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If you have some skill in miniature painting then Painting for Profit can be a great way to fuel your miniature addiction. Not only do you get to do what you enjoy doing but you can also earn some good money. Over this series of articles I hope to provide you with the necessary information required to get into painting miniatures for money.

Before I go any further, this isn't a 'Get Rich Quick Scheme'. You will need to put a lot of time and effort in to get anything out. If this doesn't sound appealing then you should probably stop reading now.

You're still with me? Good, you have passed the first test. Now I'm not saying that you should go ahead a quit your day job to open up shop as a painting studio. Otherwise you may find yourself reliving the life of many an impoverished artist. If, however, you have some spare time and a steady hand you will find that there is plenty of opportunity out there. After all, there is money to be made when you can do something that others cannot.

Introduction

You may be asking 'Who this guy telling us what we can and cannot do, where are your credentials? Prove yourself! PROVE YOURSELF!' well calm down, lower the sharpened paintbrush and let me introduce myself. I'm not really what you would call the artistic type, I work as a programmer so I'm more shirt and tie than smock and beret. I began painting back in 2002, I was 11 when the Battle Games in Middle Earth magazine came out and I have been hooked on miniatures ever since. Over the next 9 years I  worked on my painting abilities, winning a number of in store painting competitions at my local Games Workshop. When I went to university money was a little tight so I had to sell a few of my unwanted miniatures. This is when I realized I was able to sell my painted stuff for more than the RRP. From here I continued to paint models with the sole purpose for selling them on eBay and I was reasonably successful. It was only within the last year that I actually began painting on a commission basis and business is going well. You can see some of my painted work on my blog. So if that satisfies your requirements then let me share with you the knowledge I have gained over the last few years.

Where to Begin

So where to start? Well you will need to be critical of yourself here, would someone else actually pay money for your work? Many people have fallen into the trap of overestimating their abilities based on the fact that they are the best painter among their group of friends. The simplest test of your ability is to paint a single miniature (that you wouldn't mind loosing money on) and painting it to the best of your ability. Now go ahead and list it on eBay for the lowest starting bid. If it doesn't sell for much, well I would love to say that everyone can paint for profit. But the harsh reality is that not everyone is good enough, if we all were then there would be no money to be made.

If, however, by the end of the auction it has sold for more than the RRP then congratulations, you can probably make some money from painting. This is an excellent way to begin your painting for profit enterprise, it will also help you build up your portfolio and learn what kinds of painting are the most popular.

Next Time on Painting for Profit

Over the next few articles I will give you some pointers on how to move forward from here. They will not be painting tutorials, but rather a follow on from them. In Part 2 I will be looking at how to best present yourself and your work to maximize your profits. Be sure to check back next Monday.

Do you have any experiences in painting for profit? Share them in the comments section and let us know what you think.


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