Guest Author - Brandi Rhoades
Art sells online. I’ll wager that you didn’t know the extent to which that’s true – or that if you’re an artist you haven’t explored completely the possibility of getting your art online. A few major newspapers have run articles over the past year about artists who are making a living – a full-time living – from selling their art through online venues.
If you’re an artist, here are a few places you may consider hawking your wares to expand your market outside your geographic location.
eBay and Other Auction Sites
The phenomenon that is eBay isn’t just for “trash to treasure” sellers anymore. All types of art sell online from fabric art pieces to oil paintings. Find a good tutorial for selling through eBay and set up a store today. Selling on eBay involves understanding what buyers there are looking for – quick, inexpensive, and easy. If you can meet their criteria, then you may be able to sell your art online.
Online Classified Ads
CraigsList.org is the most common online classified section, and you can post an ad in most cities for free. CraigsList.org even allows free picture posting, allowing you to put photos of your art online for prospective buyers. The artists likely to do the best with this type of work are ones who sell seasonal items. Pictures of the Virgin Mary will do incredibly well during the holiday season, for example, when people are online looking for ways to sell their art.
Yep, artists have hit the blogosphere, too. Scores of artists of all stripes have their own blogs set up. Artists can comment on their blog about their daily lives and their art and also sell their works to a world of potential buyers. DuaneKeiser.com is home to an artist who has four blogs set up to sell his work. Keiser has been taking advantage of blogs since 2006 and is able to sell a good number of paintings this way.
Two group-type sites exist for artists who will to sell art online. DailyPainter.com is a listing of scores of artists who each paint a piece daily and then offer it for sale. The site accepts only a small number of new artists and wants pretty established artists who are able to commit to one painting per day. Etsy.com is more of a craft-based site, but plenty of artists work there as well. These artists put their paintings, collages, and sculptures online and allow Etsy.com to handle the details of the transaction.
With all of these online options for selling art, the market for artists is opening up to include a much larger potential artist for those who are willing to put in the time to learn the techniques of marketing and selling art online.