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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

YES, YOU CAN SELL YOUR ART ONLINE AND HERE'S HOW TO DO IT!

EVEN FREUD CAN SELL ART ONLINE!
THE FATAL FALLACY OF FREUD'S FAULTY FINE ART - An Artistic Parody that speaks to the fact that everyone thinks they're an artist!

It's Free and it's Easy - You have no excuses anymore!

I've discovered that many artists with a very marketable portfolio are not selling their artwork online. The internet is a wide-open marketplace with a niche market mentality. Niche markets are subject or item specific and they are the new pathway to selling anything on the internet.

If you produce a specific kind of art, or art on a specific subject matter (i.e. portraits of Yorkshire Terriers, landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands, humorous women's art, etcetera - you get the picture) you have an ideal kind of art that can be reproduced and sold as posters, archival prints and giclees on canvas and even on products like mugs, tee-shirts, tiles, aprons and other merchandise.

Many artists I come in contact with are lost when it comes to getting their work into the marketplace. They aren't selling their work because:

  • They don't know anything about digital technology
  • They don't have a ton of money
  • They don't know where to get their art printed
  • They aren't web savvy and don't have a website
Well, I'm here to tell you that none of above is an excuse any longer.
  • You do not need a full-blown website
  • You don't need a ton of money
  • You can have an online gallery page up and running in less than a day.
There are several on line galleries/services on the internet that will print and market your art for you for a percentage of the sale. These same galleries will give you a gallery site of your own to post your art and you don't have to know anything about web design or complex web programs. These sites have online page building programs than anyone can use and they provide several methods for you to get your art to them for reproduction.

You will probably have to have your art converted into a digital file. There are a lot of companies that can scan/digitally photograph art now - including Kinkos and others of that nature. Make sure you inform them that you plan to use the digital conversion for high resolution giclee printing and tell them the largest size you want to print.

Below are a few online Art Galleries where you can create an account, set up your profile, resume and bio/artist statements, and create an online presence for your art and set your art up to sell. If you google "sell art" several more will come up. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of the site and the seller agreement carefully so you will understand the contract you are signing by joining.

And you might want to check out CafePress. (There's an ad link to their site on my right sidebar) You can make your art available on a variety of products and collect a decent commission without any of the hassles of printing, storing, packing and shipping or carrying inventory! (Right now I have a basic, free CafePress store but I'm getting ready to launch a full professional store there later this month with all my art on several products.)

FREE TO JOIN:

Red Bubble

Artist Rising

Image Kind

Art Flock

MEMBERSHIP FEES:

Boundless Gallery Provides a 7 day free trial.

Yessy Provides a 14 day free trial.

THE FATAL FALLACY OF FREUD'S FAULTY FINE ART is viewable in the Parodies Series on PopArtDiva.com. Post images Copyright 2008 by PopArtDiva.com. All rights reserved. No permission is given to copy, distribute or reproduce without written permission from PopArtDiva.com.

3 comments:

Sell More Art Online said...

Thanks for the encouragement. As you say, there is now no excuse for not selling art online ... apart from fear and ignorance. Those two you can overcome...

Anonymous said...

I think it is great that you are giving advice on how artist can sell their artwork .online. It is such a different world from 5 or ten years ago, when it comes to selling art. Especially for artist who are just entering the “art world”, it can get really overwhelming and intimidating. From my research I have found out that anyone who has an art related question can find out the answer so quickly and from the nicest people. Blogs are fantastic for that! Just like yours. So thank you for the advice.

Pop Art Diva said...

Thank you both for your comments. I don't get a chance to post info here often (as I'm too busy with my own online art marketing!!!) but I try to post interesting things and information when I come across it.

BTW, CafePress is a POD service (print on demand) and there are several more out there like it - including my favorite Zazzle!