Last week we kicked off our current blog series, The Ecommerce Revolution. Each week in this series, I’m going to discuss a different type of e-commerce platform, along with different types of products that are successfully being sold on the World Wide Web. This week, we are going to talk about art, and e-commerce platforms for creatives.
Now, I have quite a few platforms that I need to cover in this post, so I’m going to keep the introduction short. I will say that there are so many opportunities available online for artists to profit off of their work, that starving artists should be a thing of the past. With the platforms and tools available online today, as an artist, you no longer have to starve.
So whether you are a painter, a sketch artists, a digital artist, an animator, a tattoo artist, or any other type of artist, you should know that there are free platforms available for you to showcase your work for the type of people that are going to love and appreciate it, and that is what this post is all about.
Whether you want to have your own art gallery, art store, art agency, or art show, the tools and the resources have emerged for you to do so and they are now available at your fingertips. Let’s take a look.
Free Platforms to Showcase & Sell Your Artwork
As I mentioned previously, we have a lot of these platforms to cover, so I’m going to try to cover them all in one post. Now, I do need to mention that, with some of these platforms, you don’t necessarily need to be an artist to start your own online art store. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an artist, I still encourage you to keep reading, because you may still find an opportunity that you are interested in. Here we go.
This is a platform where you can sell 3D models, 3D printing, and VR/AR. You can set your own prices for all of your products and keep 85% of any sales that you make.
This platform will give you your own artist website and portfolio for free where you can showcase and sell your work.
This is an art marketplace where you can list your artwork for sale for free. When your work sells, you keep 80% of the revenue from the sale. Shipping is free for buyers which means that, as a seller, you are responsible for covering the costs of shipping, so you may want to factor that into the prices that you set.
This is another art marketplace where you can list your work for sale at no upfront costs.
Set up your own online art gallery for free. You set your own prices and, when your work sells, you keep 85% of the revenue.
Global marketplace where you can list your work for sell. The type of art you can list includes paintings, drawings, digital art and photography.
An Art-o-mat is a retired cigarette vending machine that has been converted into an art vending machine. You can submit your artwork to be considered, but you need to make sure that you follow the guidelines laid out on the website. Art pieces are sold at a fixed price of $5.00 of which you are paid $2.50 each time someone buys your art.
This is a print-on-demand and dropshipping company that allows artists to put their artwork on a number of different products and sell them. You can set up your own online store for free and fill your store with a ton of products that feature your designs. The products that you can put your designs on include the following:
- Device cases
- Pillow cases
- Stationary cards
- Wall art
Whenever someone buys one of the products in your store, Art of Where will have the product created and ship it directly to your customer, which means you never have to worry about holding an inventory, or shipping the products. Artists and store owners get 25% of all sales in their stores.
On ArtPal, you can set up your own online art gallery for free through which you can sell your work. Whether you do paintings, prints, photography, sculptures, or hand made items, if you have art to sell it can be listed on ArtPal. They also have a referral program that pays you 5% of all sales from any buyers that you refer.
With Art Urbane, you do not necessarily need to be an artist yourself to set up shop and begin making money. You can be what they refer to as a creative entrepreneur. As a creative entrepreneur, you get to set up your own online art store through Art Urbane, and only sell the work of artists that you choose. You can also sell your own artwork of course, but on this platform, you’re not limited only to your own work. You can browse through an extensive selection of artists that are already registered to Art Urbane, and choose only the ones whose work you like, then sell their work in your online shop. You can also recruit artists outside of Art Urbane and register their work exclusively to your shop. As a creative entrepreneur, you recieve 25% of all sales in your store.
As an artist, you can register your work on Art Urbane for free. Other creative entrepreneurs can then sell your art in their own stores. This means that your work could end up being represented by quite a few creative entrepreneurs.
Art Urbane also has a creative writing program. If you are a writer, you can choose an artist on Art Urbane to write an article about. If Art Urbane publishes your article on their website, you will then recieve 5% of the first 20 resulting sales.
This should go to show you that you do not have to be an artist to get into the art business.
Art wanted is an online creative community that enables you to set up your own artist portfolio website for free from which you can showcase and sell your work.
This website seeks a very specific type of artist. If you can create pieces from found, reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, upcycled or vintage objects, then you may want to consider selling your work on Artfully Reimagined. Be aware that there is a screening process that every seller has to go through before they can sell their work on this platform, so you would have to apply to be a seller. If your artwork gets approved, you can then sell it on the platform and your work will be featured on the homepage for the first few days.
This platform will allow you to showcase your artwork on their website for free, and when people like your work, they can purchase a print of it, so with this platform you’re never selling the original piece. The website states they they pay their artists a competitive commission, but an exact percentage is not specified.
On this platform, you can register as an artist, or you can register as a gallery. I’m not really sure what the difference is, because it is not specified, but both options enable you to list and sell your artwork for free. Once registered, you can sell original art pieces, prints, or even sell your art on a number of different products including shirts, shoulder bags, totes bags, gift wine boxes, travel luggage tags, and more.
Whenever you sell an original piece, you keep 75% of the sale. When you sell prints, wall art, or any of the other products that you can put your designs on, your profit is whatever you decide to mark each product up for. Artists also get 7% of the profit from the sale of frames and mats.
List your original artwork for free and get paid royalties when it sells.
Digital art marketplace that connects artists with prospective clients.
Visual art marketplace that allows you to list and sell your original artwork for free. They claim to take one of the lowest commissions in the industry.
International art marketplace that allows you to list your art for sale free of charge.
With Artsy Home, you can set up your own online art studio for free where you can list all your work for sale. Whenever any of your pieces sell, you keep 75% of the sales revenue. On Artsy Home, artists are selling paintings, sculptures, furniture, metal works, photography, pottery, glass, woodworkings and jewelry.
Blendful is a community where artists can come together to use each other’s design assets in their projects. Upload your templates, illustrations and other creative assets, and whenever someone uses your uploads in one of their projects, you get paid.
Sell 3D models and make 80% commission. You can also apply to be a freelance designer and take on paid projects.
Create My Tattoo is an online tattoo marketplace. If you are a Tattoo artist, you can list your tattoo designs for sale, and when someone purchases one of your designs, you get to keep 80% commission. You can also promote your website or tattoo shop on the platform for free.
Upload your 3D models for sale in this online community. When your models sell, you receive a 50% commission. Each month, the top 15 artists will also receive a 15% bonus, and the top 16-30 artists receive a 10% bonus.
This company has over 38 years of experience in dealing original art worldwide. If you own original artwork by a famous artists, like Picasso, you can consign it to DIVA Art Group and they will expose it to tons of art buyers from all over the globe. The commission percentage that DIVA takes differs depending on the amount that each piece sells for. Here is how it breaks down:
- 25% of sales under $3,000
- 20% of sales over $3,000
- 15% of sales over $40,000
- 10% of sales over $90,000
Regardless of what your art pieces ultimately ends up selling for, DIVA takes a minimum commission of $300.
Marketplace where you sell your original art or art prints. You can also have your designs printed on a number of different products such as greeting cards, phone cases, tech accessories, home decor, lifestyle products, and apparel. Fine Art America allows you to set your own prices.
Platform where animators can upload and sell their animations.
This one of the few places where artists can list their artwork for free and keep 100% of the money when it sells.
On this platform, you can sell your original art, or you can rent it out.
Open your own online art gallery for free in which you can sell your own original art, or print copies of your art. You can also represent other artists in your gallery and sell their work as well.
This platform allows you to open your own online print shop to sell art prints of your work. You can also invite other artists to open their own print shops.
This is a creative community in which artists can submit their work to the art gallery to sell; publish articles, photos, and videos about themselves; post information about their upcoming exhibitions; and invite new visitors to check out their artwork.
This is a unique tool that allows you to create beautiful 3D showcases of your art to impress art lovers and collectors. Digitally present and manage your art, including an augmented reality app to show a preview of your work in any space you want.
Picasso Mio claims to be the leading online art gallery in Europe, the U.S., and Latin America. Artists can list an unlimited number of art pieces for free and, by doing so, expose their work to the 200k+ visitors and buyers that Picasso Mio receives on a monthly basis.
Picasso Mio also has a program for artist recruiters. As an artist recruiter, you will receive a 10% commission on all art sold for the first year of each artist that you successfully recruit to Picasso Mio.
Picasso Mio also accepts guest posts in their blog for which they pay guest writers $0.06 per word.
Pictorem offers a platform for artists to set up their own online art galleries for free in which they can showcase their work. Visitors can purchase reproductions of your artwork in the form of various types of prints which includes canvas prints, photo prints, metal prints, mural Prints, acrylic prints, and wood prints. Pictorem has set prices for each type of print that they produce and your profit is whatever amount you decide to mark each print up by.
3D art marketplace where artists can upload and list their 3D models for sale.
Here is yet another website that claims to be the world’s leading online art gallery. As an artist, you can register to Saatchi Art and begin selling your art to a global community of art lovers. When your artwork sells, you get 65% of all sales revenue.
This is a greeting card company whose products are all designed by independent artists. If you think that any of your artwork would look great as a greeting card, then you may want to apply as an artist to Signed Cards. If you are accepted, you will receive $0.50 for each card sold that features your art.
Minty is a “show and sell” platform for professional illustrators.
Marketplace where 3D artists can upload and sell their 3D models.
Platform for artists to showcase and earn money from their skills with no upfront costs. If you register to Turning Art as an artist, there are 3 ways for you to earn money:
- Leasing: earn a percentage of your artwork’s retail price for every month each piece is leased.
- Sales: earn a commission from selling your work.
- Commissions: earn revenue on site specific or client commissioned projects.
You can opt in to all 3 of the above options, or just 1. The choice is yours.
Register as an artist and sell your work.
Wall Blank is a printing company that prints, packs and ships art copies all over the world. You can register to Wall Blank as an artist and sell prints of your work with no upfront cost.
Art marketplace that artists can register to for free and begin selling their original work. Whenever one of your pieces sell, you are paid 55% of the sale.
As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities on the internet for you to get your own slice of the pie that is the art industry regardless of the type of artist you are, or even if you’re not an artist at all. I am sure that there are plenty of other platforms out there in addition to the ones that I mentioned in this post.
If you aspire to make your living as an artist, you no longer have any excuses as to why you can’t. You are all that is holding you back now. Thanks to the internet, and the platforms that I mentioned in this post, the starving artist stereotype is no longer valid, because those days are over. We now live in an age where there should only be prospering artists. Get yourself registered on a few of these platforms, upload your artwork, and start promoting the hell out of it. Stop starving, and start prospering!
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