Recently an artist left a comment on a post about an art licensing agency. I have chosen not to leave the comment because it really isn’t the best way to find an agent and based on the comment, I don’t think they are a fit for licensing.  Here is why…

The artist described their work this way:  I paint that which is meant to cause shock and aw, and educate not decorate.

Well… I don’t think this artist understands licensing at all.  Art that is licensed is used to make products more appeals to consumers.  Does the average consumer want to be shocked by the image on their coffee mug first thing in the morning?  I think not. Do they want to be educated (I’m really not sure what that means but I don’t think they are talking about ABC art for kids) by art on their shower curtain? Again, I don’t think so.

The purpose of the art is to help sell products.  It’s commercial.  It’s – dare I say – decorative?

Find your niche – the way or ways of making money with your art that make you happy and that are a fit for what you do.

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

P.S. I don’t think you will find an agent by leaving information in the comments of a blog post – the post gave details about how to contact the agents, definitely a better way to go.  Be proactive because I highly doubt they come to look for artists in the comments of a post from months ago.

P.P.S.  If you are looking for an agent, we have a great list of agencies and their contact information on the blog – click the AGENTS tab at the top!