Hello Hello F22 Crew!
Are you an artist?! I bet you are…but I secretly think everyone is an artist and you just have to find your medium! But in this day an age it can be super hard to find people to buy your work, and then sometimes shipping can be a pain and it’s this entire thing. I myself have boxes of artwork that just stare at me begging for me to give them a home. SO I knew there was a need for a post like this! Here are five places to sell your art online, whether it be digital, physical, sculptural whatever!
Society6 is one of my favorites for many reasons. One they have a TON of shit. Like they print on everything from tapestries to mugs to clocks. The plus side is that you can sign up with them, upload high quality scans of your work and they will put it on any of these products! You can curate your best work and then spread a link to it around. So now no one has any excuse that that painting you did is too small or too big for you space….because they can pick what size it is! You also get the benefit or regular users of Society6 just stumbling upon your designs and purchasing them!
Displate is a relatively new powerhouse that prints your artwork on metal canvases. Since this is super hot right now its a great way to get your artwork on a new medium, without having to figure it out yourself. They work with over 89 countries in the world, and artists receive a commission based on sales. I will say I don’t find the commission you get to be very high, but considering the weight and medium I guess that makes sense. Honestly I would spend a couple days making great scans of your artwork or picking out pictures and then just sign up with all of these websites! It’s a great passive income stream.
Saatchi goes beyond just selling prints (though they have a huge marketplace!) and goes on to organizing groups, and setting up art fairs. It can be harder to get visibility but they have a ton of users and creating unique artwork can really set you apart!
500px is great if you are a photographer! Not only can people and businesses buy your creations, but there is a bit of a social aspect as well. The website and app boast galleries of popular pictures as well as up and coming photos, meaning you have a larger chance of being seen! If you have your models sign a release form this is a great way to double down on your income from taking photos! Sell your finished projects to the subject in them, as well as the entire experience, and then turn around and sell them again to people on 500px.
The powerhouse of selling artwork online, which is why it’s at the very end! Etsy is great because people flock to it for all sorts of gifts and project! BUT because of that it has also become very competitive and watered down. It may not be a great place for beginners, but if you have a digital product or things that are easy to ship it may be a winner. Paying for ads also increases views on your products. Just remember that people can file claims against you, and the shipping is entirely on you to handle.
Overall I think selling your artwork online is such a great option for budding artists. Your overhead only grows a little bit (you’ll need to pay for high quality scans) but you’ve already created the pieces so there’s no extra cost there. Plus once you get your portfolios up and going on these sites (and dozens of others) it’s really a set it and forget way to bring in money. Sure it may not be a huge commission, but since you’re not the one doing the labor or fulfilling the product it makes sense!
So which website do you plan to use? I think I once set up a portfolio on Society6 and forgot to upload art to it! I definitely should get on that!