Selling Pencil Drawings
Are you interested in learning how to sell drawings online but do not know how much to charge for a fine art drawing or sketch?
There have been more artists selling artwork online over the past five years than ever before. Online art sales are on the rise, and they include original oil paintings, original acrylic paintings, original watercolor paintings, illustrations, pencil drawings, sketches, line art, and reproductions of original art.
It is now possible for an artist to showcase their work to potential art buyers worldwide. But how much are people willing to spend on drawings.
A drawing’s value is different from an oil painting, so learning how much to charge for a line drawing or pencil portrait is a good starting point for selling your art online.
Pricing art is a challenge for every artist starting to sell their work. The best way to start is by knowing how much other artists are charging for their creations.
After you have an average price, artists are selling drawings; you will want to learn more about pricing art to sell. You can learn more by visiting, How To Price Art – Ultimate Guide.
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How Much Do Drawings Sell For
Before you set a price for your drawing, take some time to look at how many artists are selling on popular online galleries.
Here are some popular platforms graphite artists use to sell their drawings and the price range for each platform.
- Original pencil and colored pencil drawings range between $300.00 – $2,000.
- Prints range between $40.00 – $100.00
Original drawings range between $246 – $2,710.00
Originals range between $36.00 – $5569.00
Pencil drawings range between – $860.00 – $7340.00
Pencil, graphite art drawings range between – $9.99 – 1,400.00
How Much To Sell Drawings For
By looking at the wide price range for drawings, you might be asking yourself, “How much should I charge for my art?”
There are a few reasons why an artist charges the amount they are charging for their work.
Art Price Guidelines:
- Market value
- Medium – pencil, color pencil, charcoal
- Size – 8 x 10, 16 x 20, 20 x 24
- Drawing surface – paper, bristol board, wood
- Drawing skills
- Name recognition
- Product in demand
All of the variables listed above will affect the prices of a drawing.
Research is the key to success when it comes to pricing art.
Begin by searching for artists who have a similar art style and skill level as yours. Start by searching on Etsy, then look through the other sites listed above.
See if their name ranks high in the search results.
See how well they are doing and how many people follow them on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Scroll down their newsfeeds to discover if people purchase products on their social media accounts.
The last step is to sign up for their email list. Take note of how many times they send newsletters and what type of content they include in their newsletters.
After you have completed your research, you will have a better idea of how much people are willing to spend on drawings like yours.
How To Price Drawings
Like we have mentioned earlier, many factors are associated with pricing drawings. You will also want to consider the amount of time it took you to complete the drawings, how big the artwork is, and how much the supplies cost.
Even if you use the best pencils supplies, the costs will not be too expensive, so the costs will be when you invest in creating the piece.
Professional artists use a few pricing formulas, including pricing by the square inch or pricing hourly.
To learn more about pricing art, visit How To Price Art – The Ultimate Guide.
Upload Drawings And Earn Money
Many platforms will allow you to sell original drawings and reproductions online, including WordPress (we recommended artists building an artist website for their art business), third-party website builders, and print-on-demand sites.
Every platform makes it easy to upload art. If you can upload an image on your Facebook account, you can upload an image on WordPress, Fine Art America, and other website builders.
The difference is the monthly fees associated with website builders, the flexibility of designing the site, and the site’s speed. (Google rewards sites that have a fast load time.)
Print-on-demand sites allow artists and photographers to sell fine art prints of their artwork and fulfill the order and directly ship the product to the buyer. The artist will receive royalties for each sale.
For an example of how easy it is to sell prints of your drawings visit, How To Sell Art Prints On Etsy With Printful.
To learn how to sell tangible products on WordPress visit, How To Add And Manage Products With WooCommerce.
To learn more about selling drawings online visit, How To Sell Drawings Online And Make Money.
How To Earn Money By Drawing
There are many ways an artist can make money drawing, and successful artists use multiple methods to generate income.
- Selling art on an art website.
- Selling artwork at local art fairs.
- Selling art in galleries.
- Selling art on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
- Teaching art classes online and one-on-one.
- Selling reproductions of an original drawing.
- Selling merchandise with prints of the original on them.
- Selling vector designs.
- Writing blog posts.
- Writing eBooks.
- Commission products.
These are just a few ways graphite artists can get work with their skills.
Final Thoughts On Pricing Drawings
There are more and more artists selling art online. Artists from the United Kingdom and the United States are doing well marketing their pencil drawings and colored pencil drawings online.
Pricing art can be a challenge when first starting, and you might want to consider pricing your art lower at first to build your following. As your art becomes in demand, you can easily increase your prices.
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