It's a fact that the most expensive brands of art supplies aren't exactly the best. As an artist, you may have to go through a stage of experimenting with different brands until you find the one that suits your aesthetic style.
You are free to check out what the market has to offer when it comes to choosing paint (water color, oil, acrylic, etc.) and paintbrushes, drawing and color pencils. This is simply a matter of choosing the best brand that you can obtain at the most reasonable price.
(5.) Consider buying at large or well-known bookstores that periodically give discounts.
In the Philippines, stores like National Bookstore has devoted a separate section strictly for art supplies. With the school year starting in June, a sale usually happens at around April until May. Discounts range from 20 percent to as high as 70 percent. You might want to consider dropping by the store early and bulk buying.
I am now through with orienting you with the basics of freelancing as an artist. Within the next few weeks, I'll talk about the convenience and earning potential of bidding for jobs at well-known sites for freelancers.