Ready to join our Artist Network? Here's some advice to get you started.

If you are a skilled artist, freelancing may be the ideal artistic lifestyle for you. Not every artist is right for art school or college, but many art design jobs require a college education. By freelancing your artistic talents in your own business, it does not matter what kind of education you have. All that matters is the art. After all, the daily nine to five grind is not for everyone, especially many artistic types. Freelancing offers artistic spirits the opportunity to make their own rules in a dream career in art. There are many factors to consider when opening a business and freelancing your artistic talents. First, comes the art.

Drawing - Even if you do not specialize in reality drawing, such as drawing human figures or nature as it exists in reality, you should be able to do it well. All artists, like those who primarily do abstract paintings, may even need to draw occasionally in a freelance art business. People who hire freelance artists will expect good drawing skills as a basic component of being a good artist.

Color - Know about color theory, color mixing, and how to use color to achieve a vision, emotion, mood, or desired result. The ability to choose and mix colors is vital to every artist, including illustrators, graphic designers, painters, animators, and even interior decorators. Color is a powerful tool for all artists. A good knowledge of the color wheel will go a long way in a successful career as a freelance artist.

Different Mediums and Textures - A freelance artist should be able to work in many mediums and textures. Different mediums can include canvas, textiles, metal, and glass, in addition to computer graphic design mediums and types of artist materials like paint, charcoal, pencil, and more. Make sure you are knowledgeable about adding textures and dimension to your artwork to add visual interest and create interesting effects. Do not lose a client who wants a pencil drawing because you only use paint. Become skilled in every medium and texture you can.

Get Around Other Artists - Join artist associations and attend art shows, gallery openings, and any other places where successful artists congregate. This will help you in networking and learning from professional artists.

Once you are confident in your artistic abilities, the second step to becoming a successful freelance artist is being skilled in business. Most art schools do not teach business to artists, so consider enrolling in a business course or learning business by reading books and by just getting out there and starting your freelance business. Take the time to learn about marketing yourself and do not overlook important aspects of running a business like accounting, licenses, and insurance.

If you are skilled, a good businessperson, and continue to learn to stay on top of your field, you can succeed as a freelance artist. Do not be afraid to accept projects that may be a little outside of your comfort zone. Every time you submit a proposal or complete a freelance art job, you will become a better artist and businessperson.