Becoming a skateboard artist is not for everyone. You will have to be genuinely about the sport and understand the lingo well to be able to cater to the audience. That being said, it is not something that you cannot learn while you are on the job. Skateboarders are a league of their own. There is much to offer a niche group when it comes to playing with vibrant colors. If the colors and the niche appeal to you, consider becoming a skateboard artist to cater to them. Here are some guidelines to get you cracking.

Know the Field

If you already have a good knowledge of the skateboard industry and the graphics that go on the board, then you are going to need some managerial books. If you already have a good knowledge of the skateboard industry and the graphics that go on the board, then you are going to need some managerial books. These books and magazines will help you understand how to do a profitable business out of the graphics you create. You will need to send your graphics to the art director or the creative director of other companies that wish to purchase the original. To understand who is who in the industry and get a hold of their email addresses, websites such as Linkedin will help you gain that leverage. Make sure that you subscribe to skater mags such as Chromeball, Jenkem, and Slap Boards to get up to date information on the industry and cater to them accordingly. Make sure that you subscribe to skater mags such as Chromeball, Jenkem, and Slap Boards to get up to date information on the industry and cater to them accordingly.

Master the Tools

When you are a skateboard artist, you have to be good with your creative process. If you are not confident about what you are creating, you will not be able to sell the piece either. Make sure that you use the relevant creative tools and master them. Creating profiles on websites such as Behance will help you showcase the work you produce and show off the tools that you are great at. Creating profiles on websites such as Behance will help you showcase the work you produce and show off the tools that you are great at. This way you can send your portfolio link to companies to look at what you are capable of creating.

Be Professional

In today’s world of graphic design, there are several tools and way too many websites that you have to master to stand out. If you are used to drawing by hand, then make sure that you get someone to convert it into a digital format. Digital formats are scalable to any size, and that is exactly what companies and printers are after. Digital formats are scalable to any size, and that is exactly what companies and printers are after. Make sure you understand how to work with a budget and ensure that timelines are adhered to. When you are professional with your approach, even companies who hire your services will be expert in the way they deal with you. When they know what to expect and when things will go smooth for both them as well as for you. Provide multiple sketch options but limit it to a set number. Once a client has chosen a sketch to make sure that they know that it is locked and if they want a fresh design, it would cost more. Don’t let yourself be taken for granted and stretch the timeline with unlimited redo options. More than anything, always watermark your creations before you are provided with the full payment so that you are not taken for granted.