Calling All Artists! – 7 Places to Make Money With Your Talent

by Chris Durst   May 10, 2017

If you’re an artist or illustrator, here are seven companies that want to see (and maybe buy) your work! Be sure to check our BIG LIST for even more opportunities for the artistically-inclined!

Avatar Press
Seeking: Science fiction art

In their words: “Avatar Press is a leading independent company which publishes a wide variety of comic books — highly-regarded creator-owned titles such as Alan Moore’s The Courtyard, Warren Ellis’ Black Summer, and Garth Ennis’ Crossed; licensed comics such as Frank Miller’s Robocop, Stargate SG1, and George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and a number of other current and upcoming titles.

Avatar Press is always looking for talented freelance artists, and often has a range of work in a wide variety of subjects and genres available. If you have a web page or online gallery of your work available, sending Avatar Press editor-in-chief William Christensen a link to that is generally a good place to start. Emailing a few graphics is also okay, as long as the file size is not too large to start with. The continued search for artists to join the talented group of creators we work with for a number of upcoming projects is an important priority at Avatar.”

Bradford Group (The)
Seeking: Artists, illustrators, designers

In their words:

The Bradford Group is seeking talented freelance designers, illustrators and artists to work with our Product Development teams on innovative, unique products, including jewelry, dolls, music boxes, holiday ornaments, home décor, architectural villages, coins, books, personal banking checks, figurines and more.

To be considered for a freelance opportunity, please send us a digital portfolio of no more than twenty low-resolution images or a link to your online portfolio.

Leanin’ Tree
Seeking: Greeting card art

In their words: “This greeting card company accepts art submissions for major holidays and other genres. For example, their current needs include:

Valentine’s Day2018:  Valentine icons or images which are suited to verses with “love” or “friendship” messages, i.e., hearts, flowers, candy, photography, angels, animals, etc.  Both humorous and serious concepts are welcome.  Typography and “words as art” are also needed.

Sea Cove Gallery: Coastal imagery, including ocean scenic, boats or boating scenes, marine mammals and coastal wildlife, beach scenes, lighthouses, birds, tropical icons, beach attire, fish, coastal lifestyle scenes, golf, fishing, etc. Whimsical, serious, or fine art styles are appropriate. Images should be romantic or emotive, not purely ‘decorative.’

Laugh Out Loud:  General market humor for all everyday card sending occasions, in a variety of medium.  The humor can be edgy and bold, but not graphic or obscene.  The intent is that these card designs will make the recipient “laugh out loud!”  Cartoons, photography and illustration are all acceptable.”

And MANY other categories.

Oatmeal Studios
Seeking: Greeting card art

In their words: “We are looking for fresh and fun-looking artwork in any media and style.

Also, sophisticated, funky cartoony-type art (people and/or animals) with or without words.

All work is speculative, so put your greeting cards ideas in rough sketch form.

Be sure to include printed samples or tearsheets. If possible, you can provide us with a sample which we can keep on file for future assignments.”
Seeking: Tattoo art

In their words: “ is a community dedicated to custom tattoo designs since 2008.  We are actively looking for talented tattoo Designers who want to make money designing custom tattoos. It is 100% FREE to join and participate. We offer the following two unique ways for tattoo designers to make money:

Tattoo Marketplace:
Customers can browse hundreds of custom tattoo designs submitted by our designers. Each tattoo design can be purchased and printed out instantly. Artists get paid a 75% commission on every sale!

Custom Tattoo Design Contests:
Customers host their own custom tattoo design contests.  They post a description and tattoo artists compete to design the perfect custom tattoo.  At the end of the contest, the customer selects a winner and the artist gets paid the prize.”

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Seeking: Book covers and dust jackets

In their words: “We are currently seeking art submissions for book covers and dust jackets.

All art samples submitted must contain an element of science fiction or fantasy, although we are open to broad interpretations of the genres.”

Funny Times
Seeking: Cartoons

In their words: “Our print publication pokes fun at politics, news, relationships, food, technology, pets, work, death, environmental issues, business, religion (yes, even religion) and the human condition in general. Not much is off limits, so do your best to make us laugh. Plus we’re advertising free, so whatever we like, we use.

Cartoons should be hard-copy printouts of high-res images (please don’t send your originals … we’re awfully clumsy with our coffee). We accept both single and multi-panel formats, color and black & white, though reproduction is nearly always in black and white.”

For more jobs like these, be sure to see our Newest Jobs & Gigs page. We post new jobs and side gigs every morning except Sunday. To be the first to hear about jobs like these, like our Facebook page. Good luck!

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