What are the best websites for artists? The art world can be hard to navigate online and make your presence known as an artist. With so many possibilities available, you can be left wondering which website is best for you and may find yourself asking questions like “where’s best to stay up to date with news?” or “how can I increase my visibility?”.
We’ve already published an article with tips on how to sell your art online, but that’s not all the internet has to offer! Whether you’re looking for ways to stay organized, connect with other artists, discover and learn new techniques, or just integrate a community, we’ve got you covered.
Separated into four different categories, check out these 11 websites for artists that you should be familiar with:
It is a common notion that the art world can be a little bit… restricted. This makes it difficult for new artists to gain visibility and integrate artistic communities.
The good news is that there are websites dedicated to give the art world more of a democratic approach.
If you’re looking for ways to put yourself (and your art) out there, then a good start is by integrating an already existing art community. ARTMO allows you to not only showcase and sell your art (commission-free), but also expand your network and converse with art buyers, as well as galleries and other artists on the site.
Join different groups that match your artistic interests, befriend like-minded people from all over the world, partake in discussions about art; and receive feedback on your artwork.
Pinterest is mainly used as a mood board tool by many. You can share and save images from Pinterest, so take advantage of what it has to offer and share your art! Repost content and connect with other users on the platform.
Pinterest’s integration along with other social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter makes it a great way to increase your visibility.
There are so many interesting publications out there it’s not a mystery that you may miss a few. We’ve gathered a few ones that can be extremely useful for any artist.
2.1 COOL HUNTING
Cool Hunting is an independent publication dedicated to unfold the intersections of design, culture and technology. What it really intends to promote is people’s curiosity, thus generating insights and inspiration through access to information. At Cool Hunting you can find a little bit of everything – from art to tech, music to sustainability, travel to style; all connected.
The Public Domain Review is an online journal mainly focused on works that have fallen into public domain. From art pieces to literary work, this platform is dedicated to celebrate and share materials that everyone is free to use. You can take advantage of this to get motivated and inspire new ideas for your art.
You may already know this one since it is considered to be one of the most decisive voices in the art field. Artforum is an international magazine dedicated to the world of contemporary art. It features in-depth articles, reviews, columns, essays, and much more. Definitely a publication worth checking out.
It can be a little bit difficult for some creatives to effectively manage their artwork within a business mindset. With that in mind, we’ve selected a few websites that can be helpful.
3.1 ARTSY SHARK
Created by an artist and former sales representative – Carolyn Edlund. Artsy Shark is a platform dedicated to providing business consultation to creatives and artists. The website has published numerous articles on art marketing and business strategies. Extremely useful to artists with experience and also for those who are just starting their career.
3.2 ARTWORK ARCHIVE
Artwork Archive is a website which provides organizational tools to help out artists or collectors to manage their artwork, career or collections. They offer appliances that can help track your inventory, track pricing and sales, manage your contacts, and keep up with your deadlines for instance.
Society6 has a mission to introduce art into people’s everyday life and promote independent artists while they’re at it. Basically, they custom make everything from home decor to phone cases using original artwork. This way they generate profit for artists willing to make their creations available while promoting a more democratic approach to art.
Sometimes all we need is a useful tool to make everyday life simpler. These sites don’t really focus on business or sales, or anything of that sort, however, they are still equally relevant.
Whether you’re an art enthusiast, or an artist, this is a website you don’t want to miss out on. Try giving Feedly a go if you feel like you’re letting things pass you by. It compiles news feeds from various sources according to your interests, making it easier for you to filter the information you want to receive and share.
Some people may not have the time (or energy) to stay on social media for hours on end. Bufferis a platform that offers tools to help you out with your social media quest. Try using it to schedule posts, analyze your online performances and build yourself a community.
Figma is a free cloud-based collaborative interface design software. It can be hard for some people to get familiar with web and graphic design tools such as Adobe Creative Cloud, so this is a perfect alternative. Focused on user experience design, it is super intuitive and easy to use.
In short, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online resources for artists. After all, you’ve got to start from somewhere. Once you get to know the platforms that caught your attention, you will be able to define your priorities and needs in a more effective way.
The opportunities the online world has to offer are endless! We hope this article can help you create a more useful digital experience.