How to make money with DT-1

posted on 12th of november, 2008

I'm a freelance illustrator. Illustration is not just a hobby for me, it's a job. I'm used to have clients who want this, that, and that one. Clients that have ideas, but not clear ideas, and your due is to find something in their mind and put it on paper. And after each project, you have to find another client with another idea... Very tiring...
This was my job before DT. Today I'm thinking about saving all the money I use to promote my freelance work and finding clients. I'm considering the idea of working full-time for DT. Working for DT is PURE FREEDOM. I love it.
So I'm trying to be an active part of the community.
And I think I can give some suggestion for all the illustrators that want to make money with DT.

1 - Make it with dedication and enthusiasm.
DT doesn't give you tomorrow-deadlines. He is NOT a boring client who tells you what to do and what not to do. So you really have time and freedom to do your best. You can choose your subject and your deadine. This can be a expected suggestion but if you give a look to some illustrators portfolios you can find a lot of cheap-looking illustrations. You have to say something with your images, not just making a quick drawing... You have to comunicate a concept ora a feeling, to make something useful and artistic at the same time.
And if you think "for nearly 1 US$ per download this is the best I can do..." you will NEVER make money with DT.

Don't do it just to have one more picture in your portfolio. I know, with your computer you can manage an image, making different illustrations with just one first drawing very quickly. Well, you can do it, but only if each variant is your best.

Not just changing randomly colors or shapes.

Even an empty book can help you making money if you take your time to make interesting different versions of it. One magic old retro book, one pink butterfly girly book, one recipes book, one greyscale empty book for people who prints in BW...

And with 8 different versions of this book in my portfolio, last month a buyer contacted me for having another one, which is selling well as the others...

Comments (25)

Posted by Crafteepics on December 11, 2008
Some great ideas. Thank you for sharing with us.
Posted by D2hd2x on December 10, 2008
thank you for your adivises!!
although am a photographer but a illustrator!!
And if you think "for nearly 1 US$ per download this is the best I can do..." you will NEVER make money with DT that is beatiful!!
Posted by Nicemonkey on December 07, 2008
Some good ideas
Posted by Paintingirl on November 30, 2008
Awesome article, I hope to learn so much from each of you!
Posted by Hot99 on November 29, 2008
I have just reached 300 sales in around 10 months.
Posted by MilsiArt on November 25, 2008
Very interesting approach. Nice illustrations in your portfolio. Cheers!
Posted by Irisangel on November 21, 2008
Great Illustrations! Really nice portfolio. The best thing I have found with stock Photography and illustrations, aside from making your own schedule, is that you can work in your pajamas if you want. Have a great day!
Posted by Papepi on November 14, 2008
I was wondering if each of us, over time, since each has a style, has one or more customers who follow him as his creator image ..
Posted by Asaliro on November 14, 2008
This is a great motivator. Thanks Korat! [imgr]https://www.dreamstime.com/days-name-image5742631[/imgr]
Posted by Korat_cn on November 14, 2008
My best sellers are in color.
Posted by Papepi on November 13, 2008
Cara Korat, but you have sold more designs in color or black and white?
Posted by Sallylux on November 13, 2008
thanks Korat, this is really a useful blog for illustrators at last!
Are you REALLY considering the idea of working full time for Dreamstime? I know your porfolio is great, but would you sell enough to earn your living?
Posted by Korat_cn on November 13, 2008
Papepi: no never, if you mean the full ownership.
Posted by Papepi on November 13, 2008
Korat: but that is seen for years that you work with DT, you never happened that a customer has bought the rights to an illustration?
Posted by Sam391 on November 13, 2008
omg,I think you said very good
Posted by Littlemacproductions on November 12, 2008
I think you are a real talent! Love your portfolio and wish you the best.
Posted by Litifeta on November 12, 2008
There is a lot of amazing talent among the illustrators on DT.
Posted by Valeria73 on November 12, 2008
Very interesting blog!
Posted by Roberto1977 on November 12, 2008
Great blog! Thank you! Bye, Rob.
Posted by Azathoth973 on November 12, 2008
Very good philosophy.

Posted by Sanshams on November 12, 2008
You are right. I love DT too no deadline no stress do my job with dedication and enthusiasm but for money nedd to improve my skills.
Ciao Sandra
Posted by Surisuri on November 12, 2008
Posted by Xevious on November 12, 2008
Usefull tips, thanks ! :)
Posted by Flycat on November 12, 2008
For me DT is a hobby. Nevertheless, I try to spread good works - and they began to bring money. It is pleasant!
Posted by Piedenero on November 12, 2008
What u wrote is really interesting! I like DT a lot too. Ciao

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I'm a freelance illustrator with more than 15 years of experience. I live and work in Italy for publishers and companies of all over the world. As a photographer I'm working on some new kind of photos: thermic images.

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