How Artists Can Make Money With NFTs

If you’re an artist wondering how to make money with NFTs, this is the perfect article for you.

NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) are basically digital assets with unique ID codes and metadata that allow you to distinguish one from another. In this article, we will be focusing on community-driven generative art NFT projects like the Bored Ape Yacht Club.

Before we dive in, a little about myself: I am a freelance artist with experience in character design and generative art NFT. In December 2021, I was able to make 12.85 ETH from the initial sale which was equivalent to $53,412.08 at that time which does not include any upfront payments. I was the main artist of the project and received 5% of the proceeds. Now, I am working on other NFT and freelance art projects while teaching art on

Let’s dive into the details!

Main Roles in a Typical NFT Project

Before you decide to hop into or launch an NFT project, it is important to get a big-picture understanding of the team roles behind a project. Keep in mind that some of these roles can overlap and that you can take on more than one role. Here are the roles:

Project Lead

The project lead is the one with the vision behind the NFT project. They figure out key things like what the mission is, what the competitive advantages are, and what they are trying to accomplish. They are often the ones managing other roles within the project and dividing the profits from the launch. To fit into this role, you should have a deep understanding of the NFT market while knowing enough to manage other roles.


This role is probably yours, but you may also work with other artists to produce various items for the NFT project. You will be responsible for creating the art itself and promotional materials like the website background or the Twitter banner. Art allows us to communicate our values and messages more effectively simultaneously attracting attention from potential buyers.


The role of the marketer is to communicate your values, attract attention, and convert that attention into buyers. Twitter is the go-to platform for most NFT artists and projects where most people tweets their art and ideas. Try to reverse engineer successful NFT launches and figure out why those projects were successful.

Community Manager

While the marketing is all about Twitter, communities are built and managed using Discord. For most projects, you will need someone who can establish secure Discord servers and manage them effectively. In this process, you will also need to employ moderators to help manage the servers.


One of the main components of generative NFT art is actually generating the art itself. Oftentimes, it helps to have a programmer who knows how to make generative art to help generate the art for you. Alternatively, you can also use this NFT art generator following the guide in this video

The Easiest Way to Get Started – Join a Team

The easiest way to get your feet wet is probably joining a team or getting hired to work on a project. That is how I got started making NFTs. I was approached by the project lead to work on a spin-off of the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT. The main tip I can give you with this is to do a lot of networking within NFT communities on Twitter and Discord. 

Networking is quite powerful as you will encounter other creators who are interested in creating NFTs. This is the main source of jobs related to NFT for me personally. A good place to start networking may be to join Zeneca’s ZenAcademy which is a place where you can learn more about NFTs and connect with other creators. While you need to buy their NFT to get access to the server, there are also other free communities you can join. You can also join NFT communities like the Sappy Seals that have been around for a relatively long time. Getting to know more people will allow you more opportunities to hop on NFT projects. 

Alternatively, you can also find NFT-related job posting on Roo Troop’s Bounty Hub. There is quite a wide range of jobs available including 3D and 2D artists.

How to Negotiate Your Way Through Your First NFT Project

The pay range for the project can depend on a few factors: the timeline of the project, the amount of assets needed, and the amount of details involved. Here’s a recommended pay guide from Roo Troop. If you are risk averse, try to negotiate for your payment upfront. A good compromise is 50% upfront and 50% upon the completion of the project. You can also negotiate a fee for the base upfront and payment each time you complete a batch of traits (i.e. the different eyes, hats, and clothes). 

If you want to take more risk, you can negotiate a percentage of the mint proceeds (i.e. the revenue from the initial sale) and a percentage of the royalty fees. I personally prefer at least a combination of upfront payment and a percentage fee. This way you don’t lose a lot of your time for no payment in return if the project fails or gets canceled. 

Alternative Ways to Make Money With NFTs

One alternative way of joining a team is to offer your services on freelancing platforms like Fiverr and Upwork. For example, on Fiverr, you can find various artists and studios that offer NFT design services in styles like pixel art, anime, or 3D art. While I recommend trying to get your own client because Fiverr takes a big 20% cut, this is a good way to get started if you don’t know how to get clients.

Lastly, you can also list your art on sites like SuperRare and Foundation. Both of them are popular for artists that make 1-of-1 (unique, non-generative) artworks. If you already have an art style and a passionate audience, this can be a great option to sell your art.

Important Caveats

While I was able to generate a generous sum of money from my first NFT project, it is not common and could be discouraging if you expect the same results. I was fortunate to have talented team members along with great market conditions that allowed us to launch successfully back in December of 2021. At the same time, don’t be discouraged because I still see successful NFT launches quite often even when the NFT market is down.

If you do decide to become the project lead and launch a generative NFT project by yourself, do realize that it is a high-risk endeavor. You might end up losing money, but you will learn a ton along the way! Again, if you are risk averse, try to hop on a project and negotiate upfront payment.

What to do next

I hope that this article proved to be helpful in helping you get into making money from NFTs. If you’d like to learn more about art and read my other articles, come check out my recent article on motivation for art.

Guest Poster Bio:

Richard Hsu is a self-taught freelance artist that specializes in character art. He has worked on concept design projects and NFTs. Richard now teaches art on his art tutorial website,, while freelancing on the side. When he’s not doing art, he’s practicing martial arts, lifting weights, and making healthy meals in the kitchen.

Featured Artist Raoul Orzabal

The young artist painter Raoul Orzabal describes the development of his artwork:

“As someone extremely dyslexic, I was removed from three different schools as a kid due to frequently having the poorest grades apart from art. It was during my A2 levels my passion for art grew. Before that time, art was a subject I was on and off with but knew it was what I could relate to best out of the other subjects, as what my parents encouraged at the time. When I had found a greater passion for it, my first phase of my work consisted of fragmented collages of urban cityscapes, mainly of modern architecture. From that point on I would only use the collages as reference only in order to copy them down into oil painting. Originally I was more into drawing and pastel but I felt I needed to work on improving my technique in painting. Oil painting was historically a rich medium and I felt this would be my primary one to use. My collages and oil paintings of 10 years ago were mainly influenced by the aesthetics of cubism, futurism and vortisism. I was more interested in being inspired by the designs rather than the artists as individuals.

During my foundation year, I had moved to London and have lived here since. As art foundation encouraged their participants to forget all that they previously learned and to engage in new mediums, I found it quite difficult to begin with but knew I could just brush to one side what I had learned previously but temporarily. Mixed media sculpture was largely encouraged along with video and performance art. As one who simply regards himself as an artist and not an ideologist, fields in conceptual art was something I struggled to relate to as it came across as more about research and written work rather than craft but I stuck to mainly mixed media sculpture toward the end of the course.

The final body of work I produced that year was sculptural painting where I presented three painted canvases above each other with cut-out sections revealing the additional paintings beneath.

I carried on this technique into the first year of my degree at the university of Westminster before moving onto to creating pastiche altarpieces, which were influenced by the design of my earliest works. I returned to 3D painting again late in my degree but carried on with jig sawed boards instead of canvas as they stayed straight after the holes were carved in.

After graduating in 2016, I have continued to produce more paintings but in smaller scales until mid 2018 where my current phase of my work started. The latest phase was where I would spend several months on single 2D painting and fill it up with as much detail as possible according to the photographic reference I created. It was also around this time I began to frequently sell work and additionally jointly wining the 2019 Art Gemini prize. During the covid-19 pandemic, my sales declined rapidly but this year have started to see a slow recovery. “

You can find Raoul’s portfolio here

Raoul’s social media Links :


Creative Exercises To Define Your Style

Artist Marketing Resources highly recommends Andy J. Pizza’s Find Your Style: Five Exercises to Unlock Your Creative Identity on Skillshare — a little course for big results.

The dynamic and vivacious Andy J. Pizza has other brilliant ideas worthy of your serious attention–such as the 1,000 True Fans concept that he shares in this YouTube video:

Artists Create NFT Art Collectors Buy

Artists ask how to create their own NFT art and where to sell it to art collectors.

This post is an introductory outline of resources, not intended to be a How-To article.

Investigate these artist resources to Create and Sell NFTs.

First: What is NFT?:

NFTs can be used to represent photographs, audio, video, digital paintings and more. NFT or Non-Fungible Tokens are digital data in what is called a blockchain, that certifies a digital asset to be unique.

Simply put, your digital tokens are one-of-a-kind artworks collectors seek.

Turn Your Art Into NFT:

You will need cryptocurrency such as Ethereum.

If, like me, you have accumulated different crypto currencies over the years, you can try using the MetaMask app to interface currency sites and set up your cryptocurrency wallet. MetaMask is a free downloadable app available for iPhone and Android.

Use Ethereum ?

Where Artists Sell and Collectors Buy. Create Account, Add your NFTs:

You are going to want to investigate OpenSea, Mintable, and

Take a look at the featured NFT art on the OpenSea platform for both artists and collectors.

Note: To set up your artist account on OpenSea you will need a cryptocurrency wallet.

Digital Artist Exhibiting at Ft Lauderdale Art Fair 3

Artist William Montgomery will be exhibiting again this year, and sent this invitation along for me to share.

Hello All,  

I look forward to meeting you at the Art Fair this coming Thursday through Sunday in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. 1/24-27/2019.

Thursday   12-6 PM

Friday  12-8PM

Saturday  12-8PM

Sunday  12-6 PM

The address and parking with water taxi information is on the site here. 

There will be four incredible homes to visit with 150 artists exhibiting. This is the third year running and last year was an incredible experience for me. 

I look forward to seeing you there this week.


I am exhibiting in this first home shown below. 

William Phelps Montgomery 3 Archival Digital prints – 60” x 40”, laminated, Canvas and Print on Paper

Sleek, digital media / print, William Montgomery


Country Sunset, digital media / print, William Montgomery

Spatial Tapestry, digital media / print, William Montgomery


Museumpak All-in-One Art Shipping Boxes for Your Fine Art Packing Solution

Museumpak™ produces art shipping boxes. The Museumpak box is an all-in-one shipping solution for fine art and a great packing solution for visual artists!

We have a video that will show you how to pack your art when it needs to ship to international destinations using Museumpak™ art shipping boxes. Brendan will show you how to wrap your work, adjust and secure your work in the foam padding. He will also show you how to tape the box for optimal safety so your work will be ready to ship securely.


Artists Thrive: Raising the Value of Artists

Good article, information, and resource for artists…

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Artists Thrive Summit, Berea, Kentucky Summer 2019. Photo Courtesy Artists Thrive

Artists Thrive: Raising the Value of Artists

By Genie Davis

Artists Thrive is not a single organization nor is it a collection of organizations. Rather, it helps individual artists and support organizations to live up to their ultimate potential.

The best way to uncover the personal assessment tools Artists Thrive offers, and kind of community interaction it encourages, is to visit the site and take the profile test at

Casey Summar, a Carpinteria-based consultant on the project, discusses the context and meaning of Artists Thrive.

“It came about as a result of conversations among grantees and other organizations that the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation supports,” Summar says, of Artists Thrive’s roots. The Tremaine Foundation funds innovative projects that offer practical solutions to basic societal problems.

“The foundation is the backbone support of this. The conversation really started with…

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Give One-of-a-kind Gifts this season– each uniquely created by an artist!

Reminding you to support the arts this season by purchasing your holiday gifts directly from artists.

Find over 125 individual artworks, along with prices, pinned to our newest Pinterest board Art Direct From Artists. Contact the artists directly! They will love to hearing from you.





International Art Gallery Directory $10 off with Discount Code: endofsummer

Use Discount Code  endofsummer to get $10 off the International Art Gallery Directory

800+ pages with an average of 25 art gallery listings per page–each listing contains link to gallery site, email address, contact info, physical address, link to submission guidelines or online form, submission guidelines for galleries currently accepting submissions, and other useful information to provide artists with the information they need to present their art to galleries for review. Please note: In order to increase your submission success, any artist must familiarize themselves with any gallery before submitting their artwork images, include their image script, artist statement, price list, Bio/CV, along with properly labeled low resolution jpeg images of their art

Mining the Mojave for Art: Chelsea Dean’s “Remnants of Ambition”

A wonderful exhibition that I thought my readers might like to know about!

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Chelsea Dean. Remnants of Ambition. Shoebox Projects. Photo Credit Kristine Schomaker

Mining the Mojave for Art: Chelsea Dean’s Remnants of Ambition

By Genie Davis

It would be hard to underestimate the appeal of the desert as an artistic mecca. The vastness of the landscape, the shifting light, the vast horizons, and the lack of what passes for civilization or the ruins thereof is the stuff of magic to me. Ghost towns, abandoned shacks and mines, rusted trucks, and discarded furniture, the left-behinds of those who came, who stayed, who departed again, perhaps defeated by the vastness, the heat, the dryness, the sheer emptiness they could not fill – it’s a mystery the mind wants to explain, a story that no one but the vicissitudes of time and weather can account for.

It was with great anticipation, then, that I viewed the culmination of Chelsea Dean’s artist-in-residence exhibition at Shoebox Projects…

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Artists– Pro Contract Templates Available for Your Creative Niche!

The Contract Shop™ was founded by attorney Christina Scalera, to make a positive impact on the creative industry with professional, easy-to-understand contracts for your particular niche.

Now have access to quality contracts on demand.  Within minutes, you can download and fill in client details to provide your customers with pro contracts for your services or commissions.

Tap here to go to the Contract Shop.


Artists Add Your Studio to New Small Shop Directory



Just launched– a brand new directory at Small Shop Co.

Small Shop Co is an Online Directory for anyone who loves to support makers and shop small.

Let’s make shopping small easy!

We know how hard it is for small businesses to stand out in the crowd. You have access to limited resources and you work very hard for every customer that comes through the door.

On the other hand, its really hard for customers to find great small shops, and many are out there searching for new products. We want to introduce shoppers to new small businesses and help makers grow their business.

Do you run a Small Shop?

Apply here to be featured in the directory.  (It’s free!)

Brussels Gallery Weekend: A Performance Affair, 7-9 September 2018

8. A Performance Affair. Selected-exhibtors

A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR, THE NEW PLATFORM DEDICATED TO THE ECONOMIES OF PERFORMANCE ART is presenting a myriad of performances for sale by emerging and mid-career artists and featuring Violent Incident, an historic performance video by Bruce Nauman, an auctioned immaterial work by Philippe Parreno, an interactive performance installation by Greg Finger– A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR will put the whole spectrum of the economies of performance art on display and for discussion.


9. A-Performance-Affair-Announcement-list-selected-exhibitors

The Panopticon, A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR’s first edition, transforms the second floor of the Vanderborght Building into an immersive space for three days of performances in collaboration with the Brussels Gallery Weekend (7 to 9 September 2018).

Inspired by the notion of the Panopticon and the building’s unique architecture, continuous and overlapping performance works by international artists will be presented throughout the dynamic venue.

7. Alice Anderson “Lost Gestures_ performative drawings © Alice Anderson Studio

Alice Anderson “Lost Gestures’ performative drawings © Alice Anderson Studio


A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR is a new Brussels based association with international outreach dedicated to performance art. Set up as a not-for-profit organisation, APA is an evolving structure that brings together artists, galleries, collectors and institutions to research and discuss current tendencies in performance art and the economic structures around it. A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR is not another art fair, but a flexible stage aimed at stimulating the acquisition of performance while finding solutions for its development and sustainability.  Events are open to the public and free of charge.

A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR is powered by Liv Vaisberg_ Office for Art & Design and Will Kerr


A wrap-up event at the end of the first edition of A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR: The Panopticon Edition, the round table encourages participants, key players as well as any interested member of the public to discuss some keys questions driving the development of collecting performance art.

While there has been considerable attention around collecting performance in recent years, it remains a niche activity with narratives primarily circulating around a few key artists and collections. The round table is an opportunity for the speakers, participants in APA and members of the public to exchange and explore the conditions that need to be created to make a broader market around performance art.

Some key questions–

What commercial frameworks and strategies exist for selling, circulating and conserving performance art, and what do they have in common with those of more traditional art objects, and where do they differ? What other strategies exist for the support of performance art? What might we learn from making comparisons with economies that
exist around disciplines such as dance, music and theatre? What status do props, drawing, photography and other documentation hold, and how are they presented in relation to the live act, within market contexts and collections–both public and private?

When and Where:
Sunday 9 September, 14:00
In APA Bureau
Vanderborght Building, 2nd floor,
rue de L’Ecuyer 50 Schildknaapstraat – 1000 Brussels – Belgium
For more information, please contact:

You’re invited to Ethos Gallery’s White Party – Saturday, Sept. 1st.

BertaArt Studio Gallery
White Party 
6-9 PM


3405 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

3405 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

We are across the street from the new Lido House Hotel
Copyright © 2018 BertaArt Studio Gallery, All rights reserved.

Etsy Collects Sales Tax for 3 States

A young Japanese woman traveling in a train looks outside. Maybe she is contemplating her own Etsy shop sales!

Starting August 1, 2018, the Etsy site will collect state sales tax on orders shipped to Oklahoma. They currently collect sales tax on all orders shipped to Pennsylvania and Washington State. Read the guide to Etsy sales tax.

If you’d like to open your own Etsy shop–we offer you 40 free listings to get started! Use this link to get your free listings.


You are Invited: Artist Patricia Johanson’s New Land Art Project

Photographer : Adam Isaac Hiscock


We’re happy to share images and an invitation to the new Sego Lily Dam land art project of artist Patricia Johanson in Sugar House Park, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Patricia says, “The project is five blocks long, so impossible to photograph (in its entirety).  It continues under the highway, and through a “canyon” that is the spillway for the dam.  In the opposite direction, the stem is a trail, but also the path of flash floods, and at the end of that is the “Lily” root-bulb overlooking a creek (Parley’s Creek).”



SLC Lily Roads

50/50 Business Equality in the Arts – Two Initiatives

Women are speaking out in two growing campaigns. The Let’s Make the Industry 50/50 Initiative was “founded with a mission to effect drastic and measurable change as it pertains to the roles and participation of women within the creative industries.”  If you would like to sign the petition, join the directory, or just want to find out more– visit the 50/50 Initiative site.

If you earn all or part of your income as a female photographer– Sign up to the newsletter for #DiversifytheLens on the website for Trove Artist Management here.

#DiversifyTheLens campaign images

Balancing Art – Join the New Artists Group Board on our Pinterest Business Account for Artist Marketing Resources

Baja beach Zen Rocks, photograph by Marie Kazalia

Come Grow With Us!

After years of working with our old format Pinterest account, we have just created a new Pinterest Business account for Artist Marketing Resources. You can grow with us.

We’re setting up new options for artists on our Artist Marketing Resources Pinterest business account here. On it we’ll focus on promoting the art of our readers. (It’s all brand new and kind of bare at the moment–but it won’t stay that way for long!)

Many artists already post their art to our old Pinterest group board Art Direct From Artists and in the past we’ve promoted the board and artists heavily on Twitter.

Now you can be one of the first artists to join our new business Pinterest account version of Art Direct From Artists and add pinned images of your art available directly to buyers!

How to join Art Direct From Artists and add your art image pins–

Step 1: follow Artist Marketing Resources on Pinterest–click here to follow

Step 2: send an email (to: or send a private message on the Pinterest platform letting us know that you want to join our artists group board Art Direct From Artists. 

Step 3: Check your Pinterest followers (look for Artist Marketing Resources–we’ll follow you back) and check your Pinterest invitations. Once you find our invitation to join Art Direct From Artists, accept the invitation and you can start adding pins of your own art available for sale to buyers! Include your retail prices on your art image pins! Buyers will contact you directly.

The Benefits

You benefit from our promotions of the group board Art Direct From Artists in our feature articles published here and on other magazine and blog platforms. Our Twitter tweets feature the group board link and select artworks, and we talk about the group board in discussions on other social media platforms.

Our past promotions of Art Direct From Artists have brought artists on the group board more visibility! It works. We know because artists who pinned their art to our old group board– which is a few years old now– have reported sales that tracked back to our Pinterest group board!

Why we like our new Pinterest Business account:
We say “our” new Pinterest Business account because we want to integrally include you and your art! My old Pinterest account is years old and so crammed full of images that it’s time to make a fresh start.
Pinterest has many new features with their new Business account option. For instance, our group board Art Direct From Artists has Sections for sorting art images for buyers to more easily search–so far we’ve created sections for: Abstract Painting, 3-D Sculptural Works, Contemporary REALISM, Outsider / self-taught /auto-didactic
The Future
We plan to promote our new Pinterest Business account and group artist boards on Twitter and via feature articles and more.
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have in a comment.

We Want to Hear From You

Let us know what other group boards you’d like us to add to our new Pinterest business account, and if we like your idea we’ll not only create the board, and invite you to join, but we’ll tweet your link and give you a shout out too on Twitter as a thank you. Just leave on comment on this article to get things started.

Visit our new business account for Artist Marketing Resources on Pinterest
and view the new group board Art Direct From Artists.

2018 Marks the 10th Anniversary for Artist Marketing Resources


I spent new years eve at a small beach party in Mexico–and yes, I am trying to sympathize with all of you in snow, and for being stuck in what I’ve heard has been an unusually cold and snowy winter in the eastern parts of the US. But I’m using wifi on a tropical beach, enjoying the sound of the waves, and reminiscing on how ten years ago (in late January and early February) I started creating what is now Artist Marketing Resource.

I really need the beach time, and haven’t published as many articles of late, and yet artists all over the world continue to use this site around the clock.

Our most popular article offers 40 free Etsy listings–read it here. Every day of the year, multiple artists sign up using the link in our article to get their 40 free listings. I receive an email from Etsy each time one does! Plus I get free listings each time an artist signs up. So I have thousands by now and I’d like to find some nice art items in Mexico to offer in my Etsy shop.

Another popular article tells artists how to use the “97” shipping codes on their art shipments to avoid paying extra fees–and doesn’t everyone want to know about that! Here is the link to the article.

Artists remain very interested in labeling their artworks without using the term “acrylic” for various reasons–and you can read that article here.

Our most popular resource–besides all the useful information here on this site–is our hugely expanded International Art Gallery Directory–now over 800 pages in length! If you’d like to find out how to get a digital copy click here.  The International Art Gallery Directory is available in various formats, including a printable Word file, printable PDF, and in iCloud which you can access and use on your iPad or other tablet, cell phone, and computer.

If you need anything do not hesitate to make contact. Some artist do call–but many calls are not getting through to me down here on the beach! So the best way is via email at