From teaching to funding, there's more income streams than just selling artworks
When people think of how artists make money, it is often simplified to only the physical artworks holding monetary value. Even then, it's often stereotyped to be on the extreme ends of the spectrum: a struggling artist selling their work where they can, for what they can versus world-famous artists selling paintings for millions at auction.
Although these assumptions can be true, there are so many other income streams for artists to explore and many skills they can use to make money.
As mentioned, one of the most obvious ways for artists to earn money is by selling their artwork. This can be done through galleries, online marketplaces, art fairs, and other events. Galleries charge anywhere from 40% to 60% commission, while online marketplaces such as Etsy and Depop charge a more fair 10% to 12% commission. To make sure artists get the money they deserve, at BRUSHWRK we charge only 5% commission and this fee is used to help artists with shipping, marketing, and showcasing their work across our platform.