Selling Original Art Online

United States
May 12, 2007 2:53pm CST
I'm in the very beginning of my art career and would like to use the Internet as my primary selling platform. I live in a very small town with a pretty non-existant art community, so this is the best option for me at this point. Those of you who are selling art online or buying art online, what is some advice you can give to those of us with this kind of art career pursuit?
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@KaraLee (460)
• United States
12 May 07
You could try getting your own website. Or you could join a website called deviantart.com, there you can scan or take photos of your art, and put them on your homepage and network with other like minded artists as well as become inspired. You can also sell your art through deviant art to people who admire and want to buy your art. There is also ebay but I dont know how many people actually make money doing that. Good luck, I know how it feels to be a struggling artist :)
• United States
12 May 07
Thank you for responding! I didn't get anywhere with deviantart.com (signed up in 2004 and gave it about a year). I have a bravenet site, a myspace page and a blog . . . and I've tried selling on ebay (some sales, but not much) and etsy (no sales at all). I wonder if there's more to this in the way of promotion, though. I write articles about art projects in hopes to drive traffic, but the page views rarely convert to sales. Thanks for the encouragement! This is something I've been wanting to talk about for a long time!
@KaraLee (460)
• United States
12 May 07
What kind of work are you doing? Myself I am a photographer, so its a little different than being an "artist". I use my website for 90% of my business, which at the moment is portrait work, but Im trying to get away from that and back to fine art photography. Maybe you could work more on reciprocal links for your bravenet site or search engine optimization to get your name out there a little better. Also you might want to give DA another go, from what Ive seen its changed a LOT in the last couple years. Im not a member myself but Ive been an avid DA lurker, and I have a few friends making some good money over there for their work.
• United States
14 May 07
Thank you for responding again! (Sorry I didn't notice - I'm still flittering around trying to get the hang of things over here.) Anyway, people call what I do outsider art and examples of it can be seen here: http://www.myspace.com/art_explorations I have a few things listed on http://www.artist_writer.butterflygrace.net as well. I'm trying to create a name for myself somehow and it's been a frustrating experience so far. I have a handful of followers, which is nice, but I've been told by other *successful* artists that you have to have a considerable fan base in order to see significant sales.
• United States
14 May 07
First off my dear, what kind of an artist are you? What are you selling? I started on EBay, but it is upsetting, as most people do not understand original art, and do not want to pay. But, it got me started. Then I opened a website. Word of mouth builds it up. Good luck sugar.
• United States
14 May 07
Most people consider what I do outsider art - I work on (and try to sell) mixed media paintings, handmade books, altered books, art journals that have been filled, ACEOs, and altered boxes. I keep links to where I sell and other examples of my work on http://www.myspace.com/art_explorations and http://www.artist_writer.bravenet.com - I also write about mixed media arts on suite101.com as a way to draw traffic to what I'm trying to sell.
• United States
15 May 07
I could not see any of your work. Where are you on ebay?
• United States
16 May 07
I also would go with Deviantart. I know a lot of people who have had success with selling their art there. Also eBay is a bad idea. At least it always has been for my art friends. Have you thought of making your own personal site and putting links to it on everything you do? Also join some art forums. Maybe sell at art shows too, check local coffee shops, etc. Do as much as you can to get your name out there.
• United States
16 May 07
Okay, I'll definatly give DA another shot. I wasn't sure because I was a member at one point (in 2004), but there wasn't much going on there at all - I was selling some things on livejournal.com communities and myspace.com, so I thought there would be much more success there. I guess I need to give it another shot. I have a personal website and, at one time, it was current with everything I do on there. It's in need of an update now. The hits decreased dramatically, so I thought I was just doing things all wrong.
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