Thanks to technology these days an artist has more options than ever before, but that does not mean that it is a simple thing.
When you are an artist, trying to make a living on your artistic ability, you have a truly difficult road ahead of you. Millions of people have talents, but a small percentage absolutely put in the amount of work needed to take advantage of those talents. I am a painter and a graphic designer, and art has been my total passion for years, so I treat it like a full time task… At first I thought I could generate my own art prints, but have come to realize that a printing service does a lot better than a regular printer. At a commercial printing service I get top flight detail and crispness to prints of our artwork, and I can have them blown up into posters without losing any of that wonderful crispness. Someone gave me the brilliant idea to make buttons and badges as well, which requires a laminating service, but I can take care of that at the same business. I have dealt with this same commercial printer for several years now and I have an open account and they still print for me even if I can’t pay that particular day. I have done some research about commercial printers and laminators, and the cost I would have to pay makes it an unsustainable idea! Even the oldest and cheapest used component costs more than I spend at the printers in an entire year, so I will just keep on doing what I have been.