Pictures that do sell and do not (personal experience)

posted on 4th of february, 2010

By this moment I have 242 sales, which include different types of images. There are some facts I've found...


Artistic pictures like these above that took a great deal of time usually sell very bad (and mostly - by subscription) or don't sell at all. This is a biggest disappointment, to be sure. But there are two exceptions that brought me 21$ and 18$ when others - zero or usually 0.42$

Sketches sell surprisingly well, even when their colored variants have no sales at all.

Borders and frames sell well if hand drawn and don't sell at all if they are collage or vector

Crayon drawings (I have few of them) sell very good. All they have at least 1 sale. These two shown above have 4 and 6 sales.

The fact that childish art can be sold was a great surprise to me. I've uploaded 29 images I've found in our family archive and 7 of them have found their buyers already.


My collages do not sell. These two have 1 and 2 sales, another picture has 1, others 36 are still at zero.

These photos have 4 sales each, others were not so lucky. I'm a poor photographer, I know. Photos are the factor that keeps my acceptance ration at 58%

I also have some watercolors and they are doing well, so it's a pity I have no opportunity to make more right now.

And my vectors were just a waste of time. I'm not going to make any more of them.

Comments (23)

Posted by Mildegard on May 05, 2010
Yes, drawings do sell well :) Good luck to you)
Posted by Thanatonautii on May 05, 2010
You have cool photos and drawings! I never thought that drawings can be sold like that! I have some drawings myself, so thank you for the idea!
I love your blue cat watching that bird! It`s so cute!
Good luck and many many sales!
Posted by Mildegard on May 05, 2010
Thank you :) No, I don't photograph drawings, I just scan them.
Posted by Joezachs on May 05, 2010
Your lemon tree is exceptionally good.
How do you do it? Draw them and take a photograph of it ?
Posted by Eclecticelegance on February 13, 2010
Interesting - I have several hand drawn illustrations and only one that is a sketch has sold, and it's sold more than once. I come to the same conclusion as you. :) Except that I have had computer generated illustration sales - the simplest of those sell better than many pictures that took me a lot of time to set up. :)
Posted by Dreamzdesigner on February 07, 2010
Your water color images are very beautiful.. lemon & orange trees also interesting... And Vectors also selling very well here. thats my personal experience.. try some different concepts..
Good Luck
Posted by Gheburaseye on February 07, 2010
Thank you for the suggestions, but you have to think about the future and not only at the present. Maybe The images that now aren't sold, in the future will be sell. I always think the airbrushing technique: until a few years ago many illustrators used this technique to create images, now it's the time to photoshop and similar softwares......who knows what the desingers will ask in a few years?
I send you a rose :-)
Posted by Ifeelstock on February 07, 2010
Hi Olga!

Your portfolio is great! To improve your sales, I will suggest you to do the following: work with the keywords. You have plenty of room to fill 80 unique and descriptive keyword for each of your work.
Success, lots of inspiration and downloads! (and uploads of course too).
Posted by Starblue on February 06, 2010
Very nice blog, but esp. very nice images! You have so interesting and nice style! I wish you to have a big successes with your illustration!
Posted by Rceeh on February 05, 2010
keep up the good work:)
Posted by Destinyvispro on February 05, 2010
I've always admired your lemon tree. I really appreciate the time that must have gone into it. You have an interesting and varied portfolio.
Posted by Fultonsphoto on February 05, 2010
Your images are all very good and I am sure in time they will all sell.
Posted by Mildegard on February 05, 2010
Some pictures are drawn in Photoshop (like the first two in this blog). Pencil drawings and watercolors are scanned.
Posted by Huhulin on February 04, 2010
very nice art work.I am wondering how you turn these into digital images?Scan or photo them?
Posted by Wildmac on February 04, 2010
Thanks for sharing this with us. I was just thinking, that maybe the different styles of work you have maybe need different subjects to sell well. Like the watercolours you show here are landscapes. The sketches are maybe more fantasy/science fiction. Maybe the vectors need to be a different concept to sell. So each style of work sells well in a different concept of image. Hope that makes sense. lol. Cheers Carol :) PS, I love the blue cat too :)
Posted by Bgphoto on February 04, 2010

Thank you for taking the time to post this information for us! It's very helpful :-)
Posted by Joe1971 on February 04, 2010
It's great news.
Posted by Justmeyo on February 04, 2010
You got nice illustrations in your portfolio,maybe some of your work not sale now but will sale in the future:)Wish you luck!Great blog also:)
Posted by smartview27 on February 04, 2010
interesting opinion
Posted by Creativei on February 04, 2010
I agree with mani, nice blog, and good to know what people buy. Hey Mani you are stuck with blue color.
Posted by Mani33 on February 04, 2010
Nice portfolio & not so bad sales so far! But you need to check about the concept. I don't know if it's about the imaginative concept or not!
Good Luck!
PS: Love the cat in blue :)
Posted by Tanyae on February 04, 2010
Olga, thank you for analysis, it's useful to know others' experience. Your findings concerning kids drawings, sketches and watercolors seem interesting, I will definitely keep it in mind. Good luck!
Posted by Frantab01 on February 04, 2010
very interesting blog - thanks for sharing - wishing you the best of luck for your diverse port :)

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