28 Nov 2009
List of 120+ websites for artists to build online presence
List of 120+ websites for artists to build online presence
[Updated April 20, 2010] I finally renamed the list to say 120+ instead of 66+. Also added few new sites that was waiting for sometime to be added. Next to each new site is a “New” symbol. I am adding more sites as people send them over, so in the last count I have more than 120 sites listed. Bookmark this post and keep checking for more updates…. MM
Any artist who wants to establish some online presence has gone through some of these questions:
- How do I build my own website? Do I really need one?
- Should I have a dedicated site? a Blog? or just photos on some photo-sharing website?
- How can I sell my art online? It needs to be safe, and I need to accept credit card, and handle shipping, and what else?
- How will anyone find me? There are so many artists out there…
- I am not technical person, I am an artists, so can I really do it?
- How much all of this will cost me?
There are many answers to these questions, specific for each individual. But the bottom line in today’s world is that “if you are not there, you don’t really exist”, where there is the Internet. So, how do you do it? There are many resources out there, and it could be quite overwhelming. In this post I wanted to list many of the already existing sites that artists can use to build their online presence. In more places they are, better their chances to be found, as simple as that.
- I am not endorsing any of these sites, nor giving my opinion or comparing them. This list is for information only. Many of the sites has lots of features, so you should check them in more details. Please feel free to let me know of new sites, closed sites, or any mistake I have made in the list. The listing and notes is solely based on my own findings. The information might change in time. If it does, please let me know.
- The $ sign denotes that there is a fee to become a member.
- The % sign denotes that there is a commission fee paid to the site.
- The # sign denotes that the artist receives licensing royalty fee from the site on sales. The royalty can be either a percentage, or a markup above the site’s price.
- I included only sites that have all the tools for the artists to use and create their own galleries. That means you will not find here sites that promote development services, nor competition or juried sites that require submission and approval for inclusion. This does not mean that these type of sites should not be explored for online presence.
Online Portfolio/Gallery Websites with ability to use your own domain
- Folio Twist ($, feature and pricing)
- Fine Art Studio Online ($, features, pricing. Check also the sister company Canvoo and the Canvoo Focal Point)
- FoundMyself (features page)
- Mosaic Globe (limited free, $, Features and pricing page)
- Artflock (%, FAQ for sellers with some features and pricing)
- deviantART (Tour and Portfolio Info)
- Gallery-Worldwide ($, some %, Compare subscription accounts)
- The Artists Web (UK, $, services, pricing. Also partnered with easyArt.com for Print on Demand in Europe)
- ArtId (limited free, $, features and pricing)
- SiteWelder (30 days free, $,details and pricing, Note: although can be for any type of site, it gears nicely to artists, see Fine Art and Creative/Other Users section in the SiteWelder Users page.)
- OtherPeoplesPixels ($, how it works and pricing)
- Art Pickle (limited free, $, features and pricing)
- Artmajeur.com (free, $ for customizations and your own domain name, information and pricing)
- Photography website builder (ArtDealers.com) ($, features and pricing)
Online Portfolio Websites (using their domain)
- DiscoveredArtists.com ($, Pricing)
- Boundless Gallery ($, Features and pricing)(March 1, 2010: As of today Boundless Gallery is not operating any longer. You can read about it on EmptyEasel and also on FASO)
- Absolute Arts (limited free, $, Features and pricing)
- Yessy ($, Sellers FAQ with pricing)
- d’ART (fine-art.com) ($, features and Pricing)
- Fine Art America ($ for Print on Demand, features and Pricing for POD)
- Artist Rising (limited free, $, #, features and pricing)
- Imagekind (a CafePress site now, limited free, $, # for frames etc, features and pricing)
- Etsy ($ for items listing, %, features and pricing)
- 1000Markets (%, information for sellers)
- localartist.org.uk (%, note: site is for amateur artists as stated on the About Us)
- ArtQ.net (Registration information)
- ArtWanted (%, limited free, $ for premium, features and pricing)
- ArtCardsWanted (FAQ with information)
- Zibbet (limited free, $, features and pricing)
- Art Break (free, $ for ad free, information)
- Original Art Online ($, features and prices)
- Zatista (%, note: there is a review process to be accepted although it is after you create the account and upload images. Information for sellers. Commission listed in FAQs for sellers).
- College Art Online(%, note: only college students professors are accepted, but from my understanding the site is not juried. Information and comission level.)
- A Singular Creation (information)
- sell-ARTS (% for escrow service sales, otherwise free. Information)
- voodooChilli (limited free, $, features and pricing)
- all trade art (limited free, $, features and pricing)
- Carbonmade (limited free, $, features)
- Art Online (display art for free)
- ArtFire (limited free, $, features, pricing and introduction video)
- Artists for Artists (Introduction video)
- [Art] or ArtBracket.com (free. Note: I couldn’t find information at all. Maybe after registration..)
- ArtGallery.co.uk (free. UK only. There is acceptance condition, but most artist are accepted, see in the information for artists.)
- ArtByUs.com (free, $ for listing upgrade options, how much does it cost FAQ)
- artistful (%, note: there is also POD prints services. Information in FAQ format)
- ArtBistro (part of Monster, offer jobs and other career info for artists)
- beetlebird.com (free, information)
- BLUECANVAS (free, tour)
- ALTPICK.COM ($, for illustrators, photographers and designers. Cost is mentioned in the Join Us page)
- Artists Space (free)
- Art House Co Op ($ for project submissions, information in sign up page)
- Wanae.com (free. Information on how it works)
- Warmtoast Cafe (free, information in sign up page)
- Noenga (free, information in sign up page. Read also article “How to sell art online – an attempt to answer the question of the year“)
- coroflot (free, for illustrators and designers, features)
- WOW Window On Web (free, not only for visual artist, tour video)
- Saatchi Online (free, from the Saatchi Gallery)
- ARTslanT (free, membership benefits)
- ArTatoo (free, information on home page)
- Fine Art Registry (limited free but without loading images, $, membership plans and features)
- Premier Gallery (very limited free, $, membership types, features and pricing)
- The Vision Grove (limited free, $, note: include both selling originals and print on demand items. Information in the How It Works page)
- Myriad Galleries (limited free, $, % based on membership type, information and pricing)
- Not The Tate ($, information and pricing)
- on-linegallery.co.uk (UK artists only, currently have special free membership for 6 months, $, % based on membership type, information and pricing)
- EBSQ Self Representing Artists ($, prices options, features for artist member account)
- artroof ($, compare packages and prices)
- espectro (limited free, $, note: to get to artist’s profile you have to insert your art to the site’s exhibitions, features, prices in sign up form)
- artshole.co.uk (free, $ for link to artist’s site, information)
- ArtOffer ($, in German and English, pricing information)
- ConceptArt.org (free)
- The Computer Graphics Society (limited free, $, for digital artists, membership and benefits information)
- CGHUB (free, a community for CG Artists, info)
- #artmesh ( Invitation based. I am not a member so I can’t review it. If you are a member, please send me an invite. Here is the FAQ)
- Artician (free, $ for pro benefits)
- Art & Design Online (limited free, $, membership information and prices)
- Art-3000 (free, information in the registration page)
- WOOLOO.ORG (free, about)
- Art Squared (free, for digital artists, info)
- Art Limited (limited free, $, account options and prices)
- Creativeshake.com (formerly portfolios.com, fees and terms)
- Check out the list at Escape From Illustration Island blog, in the post “9 free online portfolio site“. The list is geared to Illustrators and creatives, but some sites can be used also by artists.
- Check also the list at Website-Creations. I added some of the sites that I didn’t know about, and I am sure there will be more added in the future.
Artists Online Communities (Social Networking sites geared for artists)
- My Art Profile (About)
- my best canvas (also have a free link exchange directory Art-2k)
- b-uncut.net (there are also galleries and a store through CafePress, but I couldn’t find any information on pricing or setup)
- Art+Culture (site for all art disciplines, not just visual artists. Information in the User Guide)
Licensing Networks for artist who wish to license their artwork to manufacturers
Print on demand (including art prints)
- RedBubble (#, How does RedBubble pricing works)
- Zazzle (#, Why Zazzle information)
- CafePress ($ for premium account, features and pricing for premium account)
- nuzart (limited free, $, #, information and prices)
- PrintPop (#, PrintPop is for art prints. GiftPop is for merchandise. Information about royalties)
- mygall (German only…)
- artybuzz.com (#, how it works)
- Image Revolver (#, submitted art is selected by votes from other members. Information including royalties paid)
Print on demand (not including art prints)
- Printfection (#, features)
- Greeting Card Universe (#, Information for artists)
- Threadless (prints on Ts, competition based with a chance to win $, submission information)
Art for Digital Displays
- Artists In Oils (Look also for the Art Directories – Free and Art Directories – Other for more great links)
- The Art World
- Artists In Canada
- ArtSearch.us ($)
- Linkism artists directory (about)
Video Portals for Artists
- StartLooking - submission based
Wholesale Linesheets for Artists
Other sites that are not specific for artists, but are excellent to create online presence, and help with your marketing efforts:
- Facebook - Open a profile, create a fan page, connect with your friends and family, upload images, add site links, invite to shows, and much more.
- Twitter - Find quality people to follow and share the knowledge you learn from them, search for keywords and connect with people of same interest, share your announcements and links to your other sites, create promotion campaigns, and much more…
- LinkedIn - Connect with other artists and with collectors, join professional groups and contribute to the discussions, direct traffic to your sites from profile and discussions, etc.
Pictures including artwork images
- Flickr – Upload images of your art and create galleries. Here is a great article by The Abundant Artist on how to sell are online using Flickr.
Videos including artists’ created videos
- WordPress.com(note: blogs on WordPress.com are non-commercial, therefore it is better to use WordPress.org and self-host your blog)
- Squidoo- build Squidoo Lens about anything really, including your art or subject matter, and get fans to vote and make it visible.
Other ways to be listed
- Professional artist organization membership sites - local, national and international
- Link exchanges with other artists’ sites
You should also check EmptyEasel.com. There are lots of great articles regarding art and selling online. One of the latest articles shows traffic comparison between many of these sites“Online Art Galleris – How Many Visitors Do They Really Get?”
One final word – there are many more places online for artists, and there will be many more as time goes by. The sooner you get there, the sooner you can start creating your online presence, and sell online. So don’t wait, just start doing it.
Have a wonderful (online) creative day!
PS1 Do you have more sites? Corrections? Please contact me and let me know.
PS2 Ok, so while I was researching for this list, I had to check the following sites as well. All of them require submission for approval or jury approval. As I mentioned above, this is also an important way to have online presence, so I cannot ignore them of course!
- Discover Original Art
- Epilogue – Portfolio for fantasy / sci-fi artists with editors approval based submission system
- Art That Fits
PS3 Although the following link does not fall under any of the above categories, I still wanted to mention it here, mainly because of the people who are behind it. Beautiful Artist Website is a web design company specializing in building sites for artists. I have made friends with them through Twitter (where else?), and would love to mention them here too
PS4 Read more about selling art online:
Launching my Zazzle online store and thoughts about Self Art Licensing(published also at EmptyEasel.com)