20 Online Resources EVERY Artist should be using!

20 Online Resources EVERY Artist should be using!

So you’re wanting to market your art, or learn extra tips for making and selling art? You’re looking for new channels, or site building tools to showcase your work? We’ve been scouring the net looking for the resources you need to help you achieve your goals!

  1. The Winsor and Newton website (http://www.winsornewton.com/na/discover/videos) offers some absolutely fantastic tutorials on using their products and best of all, they are free! We’re pretty sure the techniques can be used with other brands also 😉
  2. Free courses and paid courses in many artistic topics are also found at Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/). Generally if you want a certificate for completing a course it will cost $49, for most courses at least, or you can complete the same course for free without any certificate being issued.
  3. Artists Network is another site (https://www.artistsnetwork.com/create/) that offer paid courses, some free instruction, books and kits all to help you learn new techniques or to hone your skills. There is advice on building your business, promoting yourself, writing your creative statement, and all the tips on the way to assist an up and coming artist.
  4. We even have a site that can help with Artist’s Block. For an idea generator try http://artprompts.org/ and make some basic selections on theme and location. It will give you unlimited suggestions, just keep refreshing the page for more ideas.
  1. Another useful site is Artists Inspire Artists at http://artistsinspireartists.com/. They have interviews, articles, guidance and collections to inspire and intrigue. Almost guaranteed to unblock your ideas and get you out there and creating again.
  2. Learn how to improve your website with SEO tips and advice from Yoast (https://yoast.com/seo-blog/). For beginners to SEO (search engine optimisation) they offer a free beginners course here: https://yoast.com/academy/free-seo-training-seo-for-beginners/. And then as you progress, there are more advanced paid classes online.
  3. Create a free website to showcase your work. There are several places that offer free websites. One of the simplest we have found is through Wix, www.wix.com. This site builder offers a wide variety of styles, and galleries for showcasing you art. You can add a store to your site, or customise the coding if you have experience in that field or pay them to design a site for you.
  4. Another sitebuilder that’s highly recommended for sales platforms is SquareSpace (https://www.squarespace.com/ecommerce-website) if you’re looking to control your own sales channel. This way you can display products and take payments on your own site.
  5. If you are wanting to sell your work but not have the hassle of maintaining your own site and inventory listings, there are sales sites like www.redbubble.com where all you do is create an account and upload your art, they take care of the rest. Your profit won’t be as high with this model, but it’s an established site with traffic already searching for art. They will put your designs on clothing, mugs, phone cases, and print onto canvas or paper.
  6. Get on top of your marketing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using a Social Media Management suite like Hootsuite (https://hootsuite.com/), or Buffer (https://buffer.com/)
  7. Check out this opportunity! ArtMazeMag sends out a call to artists to submit works for their print and digital editions. If selected your work will be featured online and in the magazine, you may well be interviewed and have your studio featured. Go to https://artmazemag.com/and have a look around. This month’s guest curator is Tristian Koenig, based out of Melbourne, Australia.
  8. Another online and print magazine to showcase your work is Create Magazine, https://createmagazine.com/. Go to their page and look for their next call to artists to submit your work for consideration.
  9. Are you looking for coaching, advice on marketing, and the best Gallery sites out there? Want to sell your art as a career, not just a hobby? Look no further than https://theabundantartist.com/ for free information and help. You can sign up to make an account there and then dive in!
  10. Here is another coaching resource for one on one coaching and career development http://www.onlineartcoach.com/art-coaching.html. If you are looking for career guidance and art training, blogs on marketing your art and getting serious about it, there’s also https://www.ericarmusik.com/.
  11. There is a wealth of information in this article on Shopify, https://www.shopify.com/blog/211990409-how-to-sell-art-online, another online sales channel that has a fantastic support network for advice and help on setting up your online business.
  12. Here’s a guide on how to apply for grants, which can definitely give your career a huge boost, and of course put you on a better financial footing in the process. Art business has a guide here, https://www.artbusiness.com/osorgrants.html, and here is the information for the Arts council of Australia, https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/our-new-systems/.
  13. YouTube at www.Youtube.com is one of your best resources. There are artists instructing people on how to paint, what to paint, how to market, where to market. Anything you might want to learn about has got a YouTube video.
  14. Another great sales site is Artfinder. It’s easy to join, https://www.artfinder.com/ and has a reputation for paying high commissions to its artists, up to 70%! This is much higher than other online platforms.
  15. Colossal is a huge website with information on any and every genre of art. It’s a great place for artists to view other’s work, and to get inspiration and information on current trends in the art world. It’s a widely respected website and can be found here: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/
  16. The last but not least resource is one for you! Sonima https://www.sonima.com/ is a site where the important part is you. Healing and helping, calming and relaxing, educating and relaxing the mind, body and soul are all things that Sonima can help you with. Running your art business can be stressful and it’s important to have a way to unwind.

We hope these sites help you as much as they help others! There are many other great online resources out there such some amazing galleries that are an essential part of building your brand, a favourite of ours for more USA based artists is MAC Art Galleries.

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