SO, you want to sell art commissions and become super famous? I have no idea about that, but here are some tips I don't follow but I bet will help you!
1. DRAW. EVERY. DAY.
This sounds drastic, I know, but bear with me. The first thing you need to do is get yourself out there and let people know you exist! By drawing every day you get exposure and practice all in one. Themes may vary, you don't have to draw stuff you don't want to draw. It can be your OCs, fan art, requests, anything that makes you happy!
It also doesn't need to be every day: find what YOUR every day is, as often as you can or want. Maybe you are stuck with a lame day job until your art career takes off, and maybe you only have Tuesday nights free for that. Use Tuesday nights and don't skip them! It's all about consistency.
2. Hootsuite is your best friend
Followers like to see content on a constant basis, this is why you need to post regularly. Some might even come back to your page each Monday to check out what you did if they know that is the day you post.
I'm going to start by saying that Hootsuite doesn't pay me for this, but it's the platform I use. Hootsuite lets you schedule your posts on Facebook, Twitter and, Instagram, so you don't have to worry about that! As far as I know, the best times to post are 1pm and 5pm EST, usually from Monday to Friday (contrary to what you might think, Friday is usually the slow day in media).
Hootsuite is free and lets you schedule up to 30 posts a month. So if you drew 4 drawings each Tuesday you can set them out during the week and not worry about it!
Talk to your followers, don't just post and disappear! Try to answer to all comments at first, even the smallest one, your followers will appreciate it. This also makes you look more human and less of an art vending machine.
Side note on content aside art: You can use your account as a personal account or business art only, that is up to you, but that doesn't mean you have to do it that way. I use my account as a personal account. OK, I don't go full out on my personal life and family drama there, but I do retweet a lot of cool art I see and comment on rising issues every now and then. I believe that this keeps the account alive and shows more of your personality. Try to find a balance in that, but don't get sidetracked!
4.Open for commissions ...AND DROWN ON THEM! (not really)
Make sure people know you are open, pin a post to the start of the page and make yourself known. Self-promotion might feel a bit bad at first, but nobody in the artist community will shame you for it, I promise!
The truth is though, that you won't fill your queue the first times you open (probably), but don't let that get you down! Keep at it, and you are bound to succeed!
Remember: While you are not doing commissions, pretend you are commissioning yourself and keep drawing!
BEWARE (for exposure): while some people will tell you they'll pay with exposure, don't fall for it. Rent CAN'T be paid with exposure and food either. I TRIED! REALLY HARD! So, when doing a free gig, be sure to do it under your own terms. The for exposure twitter is a good place to check who you should keep away from. Beggars can't be choosers!
5. things that will make your life as a commissioned artist easier
SUPER IMPORTANT: Once you are done with the commission you invoiced, you need to go back to the invoice, go to tracking info and choose Order Processed. Otherwise you might get in trouble with Paypal.
6. Quantity and Quality
Some more tips that will make you an awesome artist to commission:
7. Don't bite more than what you can chew
,Set yourself a schedule. Customers LOVE to know when their commission will be done. Personally I do a monthly thing, where I can draw the commission any time of the month, and if I didn't fulfill this deadline I give an extra sketch as a compensation. This allows me to work in my free time (my school and work schedule is VERY erratic) and avoid having to tell my customers I haven't started yet if they ask (I hate doing that).
As much as I love drawing all the time, I know there is a limit to how many commissions I can draw per month. If you can only draw on Tuesday nights, you should not take a whole lot on your plate. Which leads to...
8. Run from the burnout as much as you can
Burnout is when you have overworked yourself and this compromises your quality of art and life. A very easy symptom is that you are not having fun drawing anymore. There are a lot of ways to avoid burnout, but it varies from person to person. I like to draw a personal piece in between commissions, other artists like to have side hobbies that don't involve art. Others just set a timer on how long they work on it, and others treat it as a day job and just don't draw past 5 pm. Find your way to avoid it, burnouts can last a long time, even months!
Well, that is all I could think of, sorry it's kinda long. I hope this helps! I wish somebody had told me about this stuff beforehand. This content is free, but if you found this useful and can spare $3 bucks you can donate to my ko-fi and, at the same time, access to some cool donation-only content I have in there like exclusive backgrounds and my Sai brushes.
And remember to have fun!