Show Your Art Online: Helpful Tips for Artists
Getting your art noticed by a wide audience is easier than ever before thanks to the many options offered on the internet for networking. Blogging, social media and more all make it easier to showcase your art online and get the word out to those who are interested. Any artist can create a strong online presence with a few simple tips.
Open an Etsy Shop
Etsy is one of the premier places people go to shop for art online, and features all kinds of home and handmade art, jewelry, clothing and more. No matter what the type of art you create, you can find a home and a buyer for it on Etsy.
Opening an Etsy store is free and places you among a community of other artists who are working to create a stronger online presence for their creations. Items sold on Etsy are often featured in magazines which can help you to get noticed and sell your art.
Use Social Media Outlets
It costs you nothing to share your art online through social media outlets like Facebook. Set up your own free Facebook page and then invite all of your friends to join. Ask them to share the link to your page with others on Facebook. Consider a giveaway drawing when you reach a certain milestone number of friends; this will encourage people to share the link and invite others to join.
Post regular status updates on Facebook and also on Twitter to keep the buzz going and ensure people don't forget about you! Make sure to include information on where to find your art locally and how to contact you to make it easy.
Start a Blog
Blogging is a great way to keep up an online presence and also get people interested in your daily life as an artist. Remember to keep it interesting; funny anecdotes and tidbits of information will keep people reading and have them sharing your blog with friends. Keep blog posts short and relevant and make sure to post frequently enough to keep people reading - but don't overload them with blog posts either!
You can start a free blog and even have it hosted for free through some of the many free blogging interfaces available including Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress. Buy your own domain and redirect the blog there for a more professional appearance.
Network with Other Artists
There are a wide variety of artist forums and website where you can get in contact with other artists and find out what has worked for them. Some of the best places to discuss art online with other artists just like you are artistforum.com and wetcanvas.com. You can upload your art, get advice and critiques in a safe, friendly place, and find out more about the online artists' community.
You'll also get helpful information about selling your art online and tips for saving on supplies, getting your art noticed locally and more.
The internet offers artists a wide variety of helpful ways to share their work, find interested buyers and connect with other artists. Take advantage of all of the opportunities the internet provides for your art to shine.