20 things you can use your art for

On my last day of college I stood and looked unhappily at a wall filled with my drawings, I turned to my professor and I asked him: “What can I use this for other than gallery work?” He gave me a confused look and responded he didn’t understand what I meant.

It took me a few years after that to figure out the answer for myself and these options below are but a few. There are surely many more possibilities out there, but here are some ideas to what you can do with your artwork. Be warned all of these options take time to become proficient enough in that you can make a living, but having a focus is the best beginning.

You can:

  1. Become a gallery artist (Fine art: Abstract, Landscape, Portrait and more)
  2. Illustrate Children’s Books (Board books/Picture books)
  3. Illustrate educational books
  4. Illustrate Young Adult Books (interior illustrations/cover illustrations)
  5. Illustrate for magazines. Pick whichever genre that fits your artwork, look up magazines within the theme, submit your work.
  6. Illustrate board games (Monster, Map and Character Design)
  7. Illustrate Computer Games (Concept Art, Character Design)
  8. Illustrate for Movies (Animation, Concept Art, Character Design)
  9. Illustrate medical books (Realistic anatomical drawing)
  10. Illustrate Botanical books (Realistic plant/flower drawing)
  11. Illustrate book covers (Pick a genre ie. Fantasy, Sci-fi and so on)
  12. Blog illustration (Help writers build a brand for their blogs)
  13. Logo illustration
  14. Open a Zazzle or Etsy store: build your own illustration brand and sell your work.
  15. Paint pets for people! (A girl I know is very successful painting large scale cat portraits.)
  16. Paint babies for people!
  17. Illustrate Colouring Books for Children
  18. Illustrate card games (ie. Magic the Gathering)
  19. Illustrate Tarot Cards
  20. Illustrate Paper Dolls
Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

2 Comments

  • George Norby

    19.12.2013 at 18:25 Reply

    It seems to me that talent, and more likely, talent honed by good instruction or at least self-exploration and study, opens the door to all these things. Like many Arts, Illustration/Graphic Art does not mean chaining yourself to any one path, but allows the freedom to explore, and find the niches that are most comfortable (and/or most rewarding) for you as an artist. Most people see "Artist" and think in terms of one stereotype. Those of us who made our lives in the arts know that "Artist" simply means someone who brings part of themselves to everything they do, and strives forever for a perfection that never can be achieved. We are workers of the Heart and Mind, or, perhaps, of the Soul, and as such, the world of possibilities is open before us every day.

    • Kiri

      26.01.2014 at 21:11 Reply

      That’s a really good observation George. I think you’re on point with how it opens possibilities to us when we hone our skills. Thank you for the comment.

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