I get asked all the time, "How can I turn my passion into my living?" In fact, I've been asked to speak in public many times about this very topic.
This is my formula for building an online audience for your artwork, using social media. If you're here on DeviantArt, perhaps much of this seems redundant. On the other hand, perhaps not.
Feel free to share, especially if you have a budding artist in your life who wants to profit from their talent. With free tools at our fingertips, there's no better time than right now to be a self-representing artist.
This is all very good advice. I finally decided I'm going to try to sell my art and as far a getting the word out this is great advice. I really needed it. I'm selling my paintings but I felt that wasn't enough and I myself have started to look into leatherwork as well. I used to make bracelets back in high school that I would burn ornate picture and designs into, but I know if I wanted to pursue that more I'd need the right tools. :/
Since you are a very good self-taught leatherworker yourself, any advice for the basic tools, dyes, and finishes I should get to start? Nothing fancy like yours. lol I'm just looking to do the basic works on bracelets and handbags.
Though will note to folks, if you want a less "heavy" program for color correction (though it doesn't offer as many options) Paint.NET is good for things that just need quick touchups with nothing fancy.