Online, you could set up your own blog - like a free Wordpress or Blogger site, for example. You will then be selling directly, so you must sign up for something like PayPal to be able to receive payments. If you register your own internet domain, your hosting company may offer PayPal integration or other types of shopping cart solutions. If you get a free hosted blog, you will have to manually link each of your products to a PayPal checkout page.
Also, try searching the internet for sites that will include your work into their online catalogs and then take orders for a fee. This may be a better solution. You will probably get a significantly smaller profit per sale, but your advantage will be that they have internet traffic, so the potential number of customers may be greater than what you can generate yourself.
Offline. Well, you could easily create your own magazine for promotional purposes, then start contacting shops one by one. MagCloud, which is operated by Hewlett Packard, makes it quite easy and affordable to create your magazines online, and you can buy as many or as few as you want. It requires a bit of computer skills, because they need PDFs formatted the right way.
Hope this helps, good luck!
Online - start a blog. Buy a good domain name so you look professional (yourbusiness.blogspot.com looks amateur!), get hosting and use Wordpress. There's a bit of a learning curve to doing that, and a modest cost, but it's worth it in the long run. With Wordpress, there are plugins to start your own online shop etc.
Then you need to make regular posts on your blog, and (most importantly) promote it by writing on places like HubPages about your art, with links back to your blog.
Ok, looks like a lot of people know how to promote art ONLINE. So I'll reply with how to get your art known OFFLINE.
This isn't as easy as making yourself known online, but it's amazing the results that you get if you play your cards right.
~Do you have art galleries in your town? If you do, ask if they're accepting submissions from local artists. Most will be willing to hang up your art for you.
~Once you have a website, share your website with other people. Friends, coworkers, family, people who live in the same dorm as you--doesn't matter! If they like it enough, encourage them to spread the word!
~Again, if you have a website, go to conventions (I don't care what kind of art you make or like, there's bound to be a convention for it SOMEWHERE) and ask if you can exchange links with people. Do this at art fairs, too. Artists are a very supporting bunch.
If I find any more tips, I'll definitely share them with you!
Many people think having a personal website, facebook page or blog will mean their work will sell. However, all it does is at to the noise and hundreds of thousands of blogs out there.
Its much more powerful if a provider consolidates all these artists into one single platform and assist them in selling.
My personal recommendation (if you're an asian artist) is this site:
asian art hope this helps (oh, its invite only by the way so not every artist will be able to join)
For online promoting you can use hubpages, facebook, twitter, and you can even create your own shop to sell your work on etsy.
For offline, I would suggest making business cards or purchasing some from Vista Print and ask interior design stores if you can leave them in their stores. Places that people go to for the home accents. Hope this helps
Actually, blogspot is a great place for blogging artists. There are many other artists on there with blogs...so maybe start there and build up a community than get your own address.
Connections first, and I find blogspot is a great way to tdo that.
Also, deviantart.com is an art community with millions of users. I've used it for a long time and have many fans from there. ^_^
-Check with local galleries in your area and see if they will allow you to sell your art there. They are almost always looking for new and upcoming artists.
-Host your own art show. Before you go knocking this idea, I've seen it done and it was quite successful.
-You can, of course, promote your art here, start a blog, or get a deviantart account set up.
Online also try Facebook - Set up a page for your art and post pics on your wall - add friends and direct them to your blog page.
I worked from home for years, and did not only commission work for people, but they also came to my home and bought other works as well. Now, I had business cards, and ran some ads in the local paper, but most of mine was spread by word of mouth. Also, I had places where I put my stuff on consignment, on our local, "historic" square downtown. Sold a lot that way, also. Also, anytime there was an art and craft show, or anything else going on where I could get a booth, I set up that way also. This is a great way to get seen, especially if you team up with someone else looking to sell their work or jewelry, etc., and you can share the cost and the setup work! Made a lot of money doing that.
One other thing-if you are interested, one more way is to offer to do low cost beginner art lessons. It's really easy, and in the meantime, you get exposure that way too. Another thing, lol-try doing maybe some wearable or useful art, like on clothing (read my hubs about handmade gifts, there are two of them with some good, successful ideas that I have made a LOT of money doing myself)or other useful objects. Sometimes, if people who normally wouldn't buy "art" like a painting can "use" the art, they are more prone to buy it. In the meantime, you can also sell them on your "fine art" pieces also. Worked wonders for me!!
Get your own hosting and domain name, then install a wordpress blog. But that software can also be used as a full website, so you can have a shopping cart and everything.
So use the blogging part of WP to get SE hits, and the pages function to build your website pages. I use wordpress as full websites for many sites I have.
have you thought about perhaps setting up your own art gallery online. lots of artists do it. Visit some of them and look at how they sell their work on and offline. Online can be done by a variety of means, use every free bit of webspace you can claim, including HubPages, Google, Blogspot, Webs.com, weebly.com, to show off and allow people to view your art. DO deals and make arrangements with existig galleries to get your work on their galleries. They may get a commission but you will sell art. Invest in software like SendBlaster or Bulk Emailer that can send out emailed "brochures" or newsletters with your latest art, expos, meets, whatever. Just don't spam people or they'll hate you for it.
You should put up adverts A4 of A5 size advertising your gallery space and your works. Put them up in schools, evening classes, shops, stores, art classes, art stores, public libraries, shopping mall areas, etc.
Put a media package together and send to some galleries near and around you. It should have your bio, education, shows listed with dates, samples of work you have done, some big sales and drop some names. Include your contact info. Use twitter, Yahoo!, Google, your website, your blog, email and telephone numbers contact info.
I know artists who form groups as they can advertise their stuff more and by sharing the cost and budgeting wisely. Many are better than one.
Think about going to a printer who prints high quality work cheaply (Giclee printing) who can do limited run editions of your work. Look how Thomas Kincade made it, prints, lots of them. Do that with yur best works. All the good artists do this.
Why not contact magazines like Artist & Illustrator and submit your art to them for inclusion in Jpeg format, they will print them, give you lots of exposure.
Do you write hubs? Ever tried writing an art article? I recently started doing it myself. Online, offlne, magazines.
Can you use digital software like Corel Painter? Photoshop?...if so - you could check out ways of promoting them too...
There are many good suggestions here already. If you have a pc, make the bugger pay for itself. I would.
Best of luck in your endeavours.
Oh, one other thing. regarding PAYPAL. They tend to get a small payment from when something sells and there is the set up fee everyone has to go through. They guarentee payments of up to $600, I think.
Google now has "Google Checkout" and "Google Cart". Check them out if you are iterested in going down the eCommerce road of selling on-line. Worth looking into...
The trouble with etsy.com and deviantart.com is that they are humongous sites, with thousands of artists and pieces of artwork that yours may just get lost.
First, go with local galleries. Join a local art group or arts council that holds regular shows and sales.
Do put up a website with a blog attached: wordpress.org is my choice.
If you're at that level, then advertise as a teacher.
Make art cards from your work that you can place in art galleries.
Local farmers market? Get a booth in the summer.
Join online art communities like WetCanvas.com and ArtAcademyLive.com, where you can set up a profile, join forums and show your artwork.
I am reviewing all of this right now and am investigating many art sites. There are sites that promote you and links to your own website too. I found Fine Easel Space a great site to start on that has link to Fine Art America. Their link is to a gallery which helps with exposure although you can sign up for both. In both these sites, you can sell prints, copies and greeting cards. All it takes is a few uploads and obviously to remain active on these sites.
I am building my own site at the moment and attaching all the links to where I am featured elsewhere on the internet. This keeps me in touch all the time with all of them and gives other artists access to them as well. If a site does not work well or if I experience rules and regulations that are absurd (there are many) I cancel and remove their link too.
Your own site is great and their are many ways of doing this extremely well and on your own, even if you are a technotard like me. I use a Joomla site that has a massive online support system.
I am still learn the paypal connection and should have it up soon......ALL this and I find time to paint too....good luck all
Art-3000 Free Online Art gallery / Photo gallery. Art-3000 is a free online art gallery open to all artists and photographers.
Join online communities frequented by professionals, like epilogue and conceptart
make money from your art intro guide
The above is a good start -
I didn't know there were so many sites for artists. Here's two more. Myartplot.com and Artbyus.com
This is a site set up for artists online. I sell most of my art online www.sell-art.net/online-selling
Why don't you look at online marketplaces?
Here is a completely free to list site.
All you pay, i think is 3% of the final sale price.
And you get free traffic too...
Blogs are a good idea if you want a simple approach but it doesn't really feel artistic enough to present my work there. I used to create simple websites using tools on yahoo and google, but even they look generic. I really liked etsy and deviant art, but whilst they are both quite different, it still felt like i was selling my artistic soul to a corporation by plastering their name all over my work. I would recommend a more personalised approach like making your own website, or a portfolio site like www.foliodepot.com
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