Episode 223 – New Markets for Artists / Template-Based Apps and Games

Template-Based Apps and Games

Template-based apps and games are all very easy to make. You just fill out templates, add words and pictures, and then share the results with friends. You can post them on their walls, and when they use them by sending “gifts” to their friends, they unlock new parts of the game you made to share. For example, in the game I created called “Box that opens when you close your eyes,” the gifts you unlock are new pictures and words. That is how I chose to design that game app, but you could use images of your own art or any- thing else related to it.

This is the easiest possible way to create apps and games, because they are template-based, but if you are feeling  more adventurous, you can create an app for the iPhone or for Android phones. That is a bit more difficult, but it is possible.

iPhone Apps and Creativity

To make an app for the iPhone, you would need help, unless you are very familiar with designing software or willing to learn. Apple is trying to make it easier for people to create apps by themselves, but as of this writing, it is still too complicated for most. But hey, you might pay printers or fabricators to help you with your artwork, so you could consider this another art supply expense. If you’re considering making an app for the iPhone or for Android phones, begin by looking at the apps that are out there and deciding if you would make something similar or different. You might be wondering what could you possibly make. How about an app for the iPhone or iPad that allows you to paint by numbers using your art? Or maybe a puzzle where the final picture is an artwork of yours? Or perhaps even backgrounds—otherwise known as “wall paper”—for peoples’ phones or tablets? Be creative, and try to get ideas by looking at others. If your idea is really good, you can even charge people to download it, so that you can make an income from it. Consider this for a moment; it’s a truly new market. If you could find a way to send images of your own through your phone app in a way that is fun and entertaining, you could earn real money without doing any selling. There are many different approaches to this, like starting with a free app and upgrading it to a paid one, but take your time; think and dream about it and, most importantly, play with other apps to see which ones you like and don’t like, and that will point you in the right direction.

To learn more about Brainard Carey and his services for artists, or to take a class from him, click here.  To join one of his free weekly webinars, click here. To download the workbook mentioned in this series, click here.

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