Once I was dating an artist, and at parties at my house we would draw names
and the winners would get their sketch done by her (usually a charicature).
You might try renting out your services in that manner- and you would
certainly meet plenty of people, who would be made aware of you services.
Steve Kreitler, Land Based Treasure Hunter,
And Professional Woodworker!
And heck, do not be shy about appropriate soliciting...you have to think of
yourself as a commodity, not a bother. One place (restaurant/bar) I know of
here has drawings of "clients" on the walls and just the artist's name and
best good luck,
Try your local beauty salons... You might offer the shop owner a comp
portrait to set up for the day. Ladies usually feel beautiful when they
leave a salon anyway... you'll catch them at their best!
Watch your newspaper for coming 'Grand Openings' and 'big sale'
events... contact the owners... an on-site portrait artist would be an
Contact business owners and sell your portraits as great 'employee
incentive awards'... don't forget to offer your services for their
company partys. Many industries now have several 'family oriented'
parties throughout the year... not just parties around Christmas and New
Best of luck!
House Of Alexander
Print permanent inkjet images on fabric...
There's probably a "freenet" in your area with local online bbs. You can
sign up, usually through a library, and let people know what you're doing -
in the appropriate group, of course. Ask there for advice about specific
opportunities in your area. Can you sketch from a photo? Pet portraits are
very lucrative. So are drawings of faraway grandkids. Identify where the
retired people go - community college, senior center, bowling alley - and
put your notices on the bulletin boards in those places.
Being open to making new acquaintances and being prepared, these are the
keys to drumming up business. Early in any conversation a new acquaintance
will usually ask "what do you do?" Always have your notices with you, so
you can say "this" and hand them a notice. Be relaxed and don't push any
one contact. You will be surprised at how many people actually call you
later, or pass on your notice. People have saved my card and called me