Ever dream of turning your graphic design hobby into a business?
I know the feeling.
I’m always on the lookout for ways to use my creativity to make extra money.
The good news?
There are plenty of ways to make money online as a graphic designer!
One method that has consistently helped me build up a passive income stream has been creating and selling digital assets on stock media marketplaces.
Let’s talk about how to make money online selling vector illustrations.
Can you make money online selling vector illustrations?
Yes, you absolutely can.
As a professional video editor and motion designer, I can tell you first hand how often I purchase digital assets from stock sites for client work. I’m a regular purchaser of stock vector illustrations, stock music, sound effects, photos, footage, and motion graphics templates for client work.
In fact, that’s what made me start creating and selling digital assets in the first place.
I figured, if I was buying it this consistently — I’m sure others are too.
However, it should be noted that selling vector art online isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. You’ll need to build up your library of creative assets before you start seeing any substantial income.
It’s best to think of each element you create as an asset that you own, and can benefit from for years to come.
If you have a specific style of artwork – stick to your style, and you’ll do well.
Where should I sell my vector illustrations?
There are loads of stock media marketplaces out there… with more popping up every day.
Most of these sites offer non-exclusive agreements, meaning you can upload the same artwork to multiple markets.
Personally, I’ve had the most success with sales on these marketplaces:
Click on any of the links above to learn more about becoming a contributor to one of these stock media sites.
Making Money Online from Selling Vector Art
In the following video, Martin Perhiniak of Yes, I’m a Designer walks us through why graphic designers should be creating vector illustrations specifically for sale on stock media marketplaces… He also offers tips and tricks for success, and technical advice.
He also shares his views on the pros and cons of being a stock contributor.
Lessons We Learned from This Video
In his extensive research, Martin provides tons of useful information for graphic designers aspiring to sell vector art online. Below, you’ll find some tips for success, as well as extremely useful technical advice.
Selling Vector Illustrations – Tips for Success:
- Sets of illustrations sell particularly well
- Research current design trends
- Upload holiday artwork 3 months in advance
- Always try to provoke emotions with your illustrations
- Don’t copy or steal from other artists
Selling Vector Illustrations – Technical Advice:
- Keep your files tidy
- Avoid text in most situations
- Lines should always be strokes
- Patterns need to be seamless
- Avoid auto-tracing photos & scans
- Avoid raster effects
- Pay attention to your anchor point count
- Close paths on filled shapes
- Delete any stray points
- Submit release forms (if needed)
How about you?
Do you have any tips for success in selling vector artwork online? What genre’s or styles have worked best for you?
What’s your favorite stock media site to upload to, and why?
Joel Simser is a creative writer, entrepreneur, and all around video maestro. He’s produced original music for commercials and television, lent his voice to various promos and presentations, and edited thousands of non-award winning videos (including a few actual award shows).
As founder of AwesomeContentCreator.com, he authors in-depth guides that teach fellow content creators ways to grow and develop in their industries.