Make money selling stock illustrations: 5 expert tips

Selling stock illustrations is becoming increasingly popular with illustrators, and the reasons for this are pretty clear: it fits perfectly with an illustrator's lifestyle owing to its flexibility. Selling stock illustration can be an excellent sideline, you can upload in-between commissions or depending on rights you can add some completed work to sell again.

The percentages are quite low (depending on the complexity of file and if you are exclusive or not) making only around $5 or approx £3 per download, however the same illustration may sell 500 times that year making you as much money as a good commission and if you have multiple files that sell well then it can be well worth your while.

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Anna Wray is an illustrator/author and a visiting lecturer on the Ba(Hons) Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Check out her work and writing on her website.