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Are you interested in selling your artwork online? In this post, you will discover the 4 best online platforms for artists selling original artwork.
Note: This is a guest post written by Sarah Young – Fat Llama.
The 4 Best Online Platforms for Artists
We all know that the internet has been both a blessing and a curse for artists — on the one hand, it’s easier than ever to put your work out there and get noticed; on the other, it’s also never been easier to have your work stolen. But there are some platforms out there that can provide real-world benefits for artists of all kinds; we’ve done our research and found 4 of the best:
Fat Llama is the platform for renting and lending (almost) anything from people nearby, at a low-cost — and there really is almost everything available for rent on the site, from cars to clothes, from drones to drums. But just how is this relevant for artists?
Well, the site is perfect for sourcing the tools you need to create and display your artworks, as well as the filming equipment to capture it for posterity. And creative types can even earn a second income by renting out their equipment; this BBC article explains how one Fat Llama user bought his mother an apartment with the money he made by lending his camera kit.
Pitching itself as ‘the art world online,’ Artsy brings a mind-boggling 1,000,000 works from the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, and art fairs together in one place; the site also provides editorial coverage of art world news, including the latest exhibitions, art fairs, and biennials. Use Artsy to keep up to date and get inspiration by collecting art — either by saving works to your online dashboard, Pinterest style, or by actually bidding via Artsy in live auctions around the world.
Artfinder’s mission is to make it possible for anyone to buy original art from all over the world, no matter their budget — and it’s safe to say that all budgets are catered for on the site, with prices ranging between 11 dollars and 11 million dollars.
So, what’s in it for the artists? To keep standards high, creators must apply to sell on the site. But, once accepted, sellers have complete control of their Artfinder store (including pricing), with free access to the page’s performance statistics and insights, as well as the benefits of belonging to Artfinder’s international community of artists. The site takes just a 33% commission on sold works (much lower than the cut taken by traditional galleries), with the only fees the artist is responsible for being shipping and packaging.
Annoyed that it’s 2018 and you still have to haul a physical portfolio around with you? You’re not the only one. Artbinder, the art world’s only cloud-based inventory management tool, was founded by a gallerist fed up of sifting through cumbersome binders. The only paid platform on this list (costing $99 a month), it’s perhaps more suited for galleries, collectors and established artists than creative hobbyists. Just upload images of the artwork you want to showcase to the platform— and voila.
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