Turning a Cartoon Drawing Hobby into a Profession #SuperSeller

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Alyssa, Alyssaerin on Fiverr, lives in Silicon Valley, having moved there from Michigan. She’s loved drawing since she was a little kid creating storybooks using colored pencil illustrations. Today, she draws all day for her work on Fiverr, then sketches at night for fun. Here is Alyssa’s Fiverr story.

My Fiverr Journey

I heard about Fiverr during my third year of college while searching desperately for “how to earn extra money online.” The cost of textbooks and course materials, including art and animation software, put a huge dent in my budget, and the stress of not knowing how I was going to buy anything, from Christmas gifts to new clothes for myself, led me to search for a way to earn some cash without interfering with my coursework.

I’ve always loved drawing cute cartoons, but the idea that I could make money drawing them seemed far-fetched. Still, since creating a Gig® cost nothing, I had nothing to lose. Also, I never much liked the idea of working under someone or working 9 to 5, so it was definitely inspiring to start selling Gigs and try to become my own boss.

My first Gig was I will draw your favorite food as a cartoon because at the time I had a minor obsession with cute cartoon food artwork, and it was simple enough for me to create in a relatively short amount of time. I soon expanded to drawing pets, which evolved into my general animal cartoon Gig.
Alyssa, Cartoonist on Fiverr

The first order came only a few days after setting up the Gig – drawing “bunny chow,” which I had never heard of – but the buyer was thrilled with the result It took a few more days to get a few more bites, so I expanded my Gigs to include what is now my most popular Gig, I will draw any object as a cartoony character, which after several positive reviews got featured on the front page of Fiverr. I was thrilled, and the orders haven’t stopped since.

Today, I get lots of orders for school and team mascots, mascots for websites and companies, and YouTube avatars.

Tips for New Sellers

In general, sell things that you are good at, that you can do in a short amount of time, and that you can constantly improve upon. For artists, I have more specific advice. Making art that is scalable to any size has been a huge reason I get so many return buyers. While low resolution raster artwork can be beautiful, it can’t serve as a valuable resource that can be utilized for print, social media, website graphics, new storefronts and more.

Giving your artwork versatility in terms of size and file format not only makes your artwork a more valuable purchase, but also helps to get your buyer’s imagination going about other ways to use your art, which can lead to more orders for you.

Get more tips from Alyssa in this episode of Fiverrcast:

The Impact of Fiverr

Somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of my income now comes from Fiverr. I always thought I’d have to suck it up and learn some other more practical skills and put drawing cartoons in the “hobby” category forever. I had no idea that something I was doing for some money on the side in college to pay for books would become a viable source of income, or that it would lead to all the connections I’ve made with customers around the world. One of my best friends once told me, “I don’t really picture you doing anything for a living but drawing cartoons all day.” And now, thanks to Fiverr, neither can I.

I love when I can see my art impact someone in a real world way. I’ve done lots of work for teachers, and they often send back photos of children reading books with my artwork in them, or wearing shirts for their sports programs with the mascot I created. My favorite was a giant cardboard cutout of a cardinal bird wearing a baseball outfit for a little league team standing next to smiling kids.

Now I look forward to seeing how I can continue to improve my craft, get better at making great cartoons more efficiently and expanding my business. It’s been a continuous trend of growth since I started on Fiverr, and the more I do this, the more I see that the only limit on my potential is what I’m willing to put into it. That applies to nearly everything in life, but it’s really evident in a self-driven job like this. It’s very rewarding to see how effort and income go together in a way that you don’t necessarily see with a standard job.

Valentine’s Day Comic Strip Illustrated by alyssaerin
Wonder Woman by Alyssa Cartoonist on Fiverr

If you’d like to share your story about how Fiverr has impacted your life, please send it to us by email at community@fiverr.com.

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Growing and engaging communities for 10 years, Matt engages Fiverr's digital communities. Helping both sellers and buyers colaborate and share ideas with each other.
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So Many Congratulations Alyssa!

Danilo
logo_business | SuperSeller and Ambassador on Fiverr

alyssaerin
Guest

thank you so much Danilo! I always leave a link to your gig whenever someone approaches me asking for logo design! 🙂

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logo_business

Very kind of you!
You deserve to be a SuperSeller… Clear and simple>

Danilo
logo_business | SuperSeller and Ambassador on Fiverr

akmgfx
Guest

Alyssa love your work :), Congrats

Jose
Guest

You get my inspiration and knowledge for starting my own work gig on fiverr. Thank you for share your story. It’s inspirational 🙂

mango_creations
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mango_creations

Congratulation 🙂 Happy For you

elijahodusina01
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elijahodusina01

Pls can I have a phone no to speak to someone .thanks

sheana_fcs
Guest

Hi there,

Unfortunately, we do not have phone support. Our Support team is ready to help you with any issue you are experiencing. Could you send a request over to http://support.fiverr.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Hope this helps.

abubakar14
Guest

Many Congratulations.

Alex
Guest

Congrats. I hope someday I can try and reach your level on Fiverr with animation. Please keep up the good work.

onlinewhiz
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Congratulations for your success!!!

thedush
Guest

Nice! Keep up with the good work!

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chetan_raghu

Awesome story!!!!!!

God bless you.

lekefelix
Guest

Amazing. I’m joining fiverr too

jeromedl
Guest

This is just inspiring :)))

r2kreative
Guest

Congratulations alyssaerin!
Reading your story is very inspiring for a Fiverr newbie like myself.
I just got started and only have one sale but reading stories like yours make me believe that it is possible to achieve great things in Fiverr.
I loved the part when you said that in a self-driven job the only limit on your potential is what you are willing to put into it, which usually do not happen in a “regular job”.

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aveldiamuldrew

I have a few children’s books which I’ll need illustrated in the near future love your work, perhaps I’ll be in touch. Blessings

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shahzadabutt

Congratulation Alyssa 🙂

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Congrats Allysa. It’s naturally rewarding to do something you love and even much better when you get paid doing it. Keep following your passion.

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Congratulations!

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ladytooner50

You and I are doing the same thing–cartooning gigs. It’s nice to know someone who’s successful at what I do, too. My cute cartoons are getting quite a bit of attention nowadays. You give me something to aspire to. Thanks!

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alexandrawtsn

Amazing 🙂

Cathlene
Guest

Well, you have inspired me; thanks for sharing your story!
Going out this weekend to get some supplies; I used to do abstract art in pastels, but never thought I could do anything with it; you have inspired me to try. Like you said paraphrasing The only limit on my potential is what I am willing to put into it!

Smiles!

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Alyssa love your work :), Congrats

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