How I make a living as an artist – art tips w/ Lachri

You guys keep asking so I’m finally sharing my experience in making a living as an artist. Everyone’s results will vary depending on SO many factors.

I’m currently out of town and messed up my video schedule, this wasn’t supposed to go up for over a week. OOPS! So this is going to count as the weekend vlog 😛


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Time lapse and speed painting tutorials and demonstrations by award winning artist Lachri. Learn how to paint portraits, surreal landscapes, pets, lions, tigers, and birds…pretty sure a Wizard of OZ reference should be made right about now. Get tips and watch techniques for working in acrylic and oil paint, carbon pencil, graphite and colored pencil.

This video was shot using the Canon VIXIA HF G20 HD camcorder.

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Guns N' Guitars says:

Just found you and I am enjoying your videos. Have you ever thought about decaf?

Generation X says:

how to make a living at art- sign on for unemployment benefits. As for YouTube, screw that…

Wildlife Painter says:

Great video Lisa. I am still trying to understand how you balance your time with video production, dogs, husband, sleep, painting and drawing, teaching classes, social media, eating, and doing your nails:)  I am a full time artist and I barely have time for anything else. You must have a magic wand!

Breaking Art says:

great insight. I took a pause at making a living in art and design for about a year. that doesn’t mean I gave up on art either. I spent the last year painting the things I like and developing my YouTube channel. My point being to other artist is you don’t have to be an artist full time and having a different source of income allows flexibility to explore creative endeavor. However it takes commitment to work full time a pursue passion. I have to skip things like Netflix and vacations to see improvements in my work and grow my brand. Great video Lisa, kind of got me thinking of dipping my toes back in the water of selling my art. Because I really want to watch that, “Stranger Things” show.

717deathmetal says:

“my husband.”

Da'Shawn Glover says:

Hi, what video editing software do you use?

ElAlexxis says:

a clean cut reality check for everyone! 🙂 thanks

Sherry Traveny says:

cool thanks for the tips  and I love art

Dustin Gibson says:

Where did you go to school?

ArtByNaNa305 says:

Im really glad I found your channel 🙂 Thank you for all your advice <3

Darlene Conard says:

Lisa do you recommend artist to store photos of the progress of each painting in a portfolio with the finished project?

adaptabledisease says:

WHOA! You can get paid to paint while you drink!?

Darline Spease says:

Thank you for the info.

Jaelyn Taylor says:

Have you ever thought about doing a picture of Neytiri from Avatar. I loved the art in that movie and thought it wud b cool to see you do her 🙂

kcsnipes80 says:

link to the eBay vid?

Where I Wander says:

Thank you so much for sharing!

UltimateArtistT says:

Great tips! 🙂

Ray Statter says:

Very insightful video and inspiring Lisa, it shows that you have worked very hard on your art skills but even more on creating it into a business , luv this video 🙂

Baylee Jae says:

I have 2 shifts left at my day job (which I’m at right now as I type this, heh heh) and then I’ll be doing my art full time.  Like you said, the key is to not put all your eggs in one basket.  Right now, YouTube technically CAN pay all my bills, but since revenue fluctuates, I don’t want to depend on that entirely.  I also have my online art store, Patreon, selling at conventions, and I’m doing some freelance animation (but I’m not normally a fan of doing commission work.)  It’s crazy to think I can actually make a living off art, and thanks to the internet and social media, it’s much easier these days.  It can take many years to build up a following though, so patience and passion are key.

Rebecca Graham says:

How do you decide which art work to make into prints, what type of prints, and what % do you recover from the expense of making prints?

momicajack says:

Thanks for sharing! =D

dolores brittain says:

Im dying to see what our May challenge is going to be!  If you get a moment can you critique my leopard from April’s challenge?  This is the first attempt ever at tracing an animal and painting fur!  I LEARNED A LOT!  Thank you!

CCAYCO: Artwork by Christopher Cayco says:

It’s always fascinating to hear other artists’ stories.

That thing you said about it taking time to build up an audience really hits home at the moment. I recently had an art table at a pretty big comic convention, and I felt just emasculated by these artists who have been in the field for 25+ years.

Brittany Evans says:

Thanks Lisa!! I am trying to decide what I want to do when I get out of high school and being an artist, not full time at first of course, is the #1 thing I want to do so your tips are much appreciated 🙂

Marshall Couture says:

Thank You for being so candid! It’s the type of question I always want to ask other artists but feel like i’m being too nosey if I ask. This is very helpful!!!

fingalificated says:

thank you for sharing these insights 🙂 you’re the only one I see on the internet talking about art business stuff so informatively!

Martha MS says:

I’m a young artist and you (and Baylee down there vv) are my biggest inspirations in terms of how I’m going to make a living and generally live my life as an artist in the future. Its really interesting to see how others have made ‘brand’ for themselves (I know some artists don’t like the word brand but immnnot sure how else to say it). Thanks so much for making this video anyways and continuing to inspire me 🙂

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