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« on: July 24, 2014, 02:02 »
I have a small port of photographs,
and I tried doing some vector.

I know what will sell ( ;) ) but...
My skills are poor.

For accepted vectors, what would you say is the SS RPI (or shell we call it - RPV) ?


« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2014, 07:59 »
So you're admittedly not good at vectors, but you're most concerned with RPI right now. I think you've got your priorities a little mixed up.

And you're in a forum asking people who already sell vectors about their RPI, which makes no sense since, again, you yourself say that you're not very good at it. So how would my RPI info be of any use to you?

« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2014, 09:02 »
Vectors may be less crowded than photos, but there is no easy path anymore. I'd say do it because you enjoy it. If you don't enjoy it, then there are much more lucrative jobs out there.


« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014, 09:36 »
Take some drawing classes and some Illustrator classes. Then learn about marketing and  design trends and what's selling, and try to develop a style and find lucrative niches. It's a long, slow process.

« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2014, 13:00 »
Thank you for your tips.
I'm just interested to know if it's not a secret, just how well vectors do these days.

« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2014, 13:13 »
I think they are a lot like photos. For those select people who really understand their customers they sell very well. For most everyone else it is hit or miss. If you see a hole in the market and can deliver to those customers you will be successful. If you are just making images it probably won't work out all that well for you.

« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2014, 12:04 »

I'm sorry you felt like our replies were flippant - that is not how I read them.

You just got responses from the 4 illustrators on MSG who care to share on a regular basis. Obviously all 4 of these artist think it is worth our time. I can also tell you that all 4 of us work very hard at it and have for some time. We know our markets, we track our sales, we built our own sites, we pay attention to the trends, and we have taken the time to learn which agencies perform for our individual portfolios. FWIW I am the new guy and I started earnestly in 2009. Also most of us don't prefer the agencies at the top of the list on the right - at best we tolerate them because they do bring in the sales.

So here is the answer you really wanted.

Yes vectors sell very well! For us!

I can't tell you how well your images will sell, you just need to dive in and learn the same way we did.


« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2014, 13:04 »
And really, there's no answer to how well vectors will sell. The other three illustrators in this thread all have very distinct styles (all of which I like a lot), and I'm willing to bet their stuff sells better than mine. My portfolio's all over the place. Take a look at their work...it's really well drawn and also very much what buyers are looking for. That's what you'd be competing against.

I wasn't being sarcastic when I suggested taking drawing classes...these guys have all obviously studied art and design very seriously, and that's reflected in the quality of their work.


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