Many artists look for new ways to show off their latest creations. In the offline world, that can be quite challenging. Galleries and museums have a high barrier to entry, and getting a large amount of people to come to an exhibit isn't easy. Fortunately, the online world presents many more opportunities.
Perhaps the most well known site for artists is DeviantART
, often referred to as DA. It's basically a social networking site, with profiles, forums, galleries and comments, but aimed at artists. It's free to join, and you can upload any artwork you want, for all to see. There's also a journal feature, where you can talk about your work, or provide tips to other artists.
To get the most out of the site however, you should look into its groups feature. Groups are places where you can submit your deviations, or art pieces, after they are on your personal DA profile. Then, if accepted, they will be featured in that group, for all the members to see. Groups typically follow themes, and there can be groups for comics, fan art, images of animals, dark themes, and so on.
Out of all the mainstream
social networking sites, Google Plus
is the latest, and perhaps the smallest still. But even though it's a young site, it has the power of Google behind it, and has already started to become quite popular among artists. The reason is because of the way the site is made, and the nice galleries it offers. You can upload pictures very easily, and show them in your stream. Then, anyone following you can view them.
One key for success in Google Plus is to learn how to use circles correctly. Circles are simply lists of people grouped together. People have made and published circles for particular themes. For example, someone may have a circle for photographers, and another for book authors. You can ask around on Google Plus and easily find other artists in your field.
While Google Plus may be the new kid on the block, Facebook
is the established player, the site everyone visits to keep track of family and friends. By default, Facebook isn't a great place to showcase art. After all, the only people who will probably see what you post are friends and family, people who most likely already know what you can do.
However, Facebook also offers pages
. This allows you to create a front portal to the world, and post things publicly that others can find. If you give the page a descriptive name, others may find it by searching for that name.
There are a lot of smaller, niche sites that cover various art topics. For example, if you are a digital artist using Poser or DAZ Studio, you may want to use the galleries available at Renderosity
. If you are a 3D modeler, look at CGSociety
. And if you do photography or mixed art, Flickr
is still a very popular location.
These sites also quite often offer forums, where you can talk to other artists in your field, and find out new places to check out, along with tips, tricks, and techniques that may help you out.
Your own site
A lot of people neglect the importance of having their own sites. After all, with all the sites I've already mentioned, there's plenty of places you can easily upload your work for free. But the problem with any site you don't control is that you don't know what changes they can make. For example, if you upload all your work on a specific site, and that site closes for whatever reason, there's no guaranty that you can gain access to that data. Even if the site isn't likely to close, you never know when they will change features which would make it much less appealing to you, or simply close your account down, again for whatever reason they want.
Having your own web site allows you to be in control of what you post, and what it looks like. You can do it easily for free with something like WordPress
, where you can make a blog in minutes and have a basic site up. Or you can go for a more professional solution like SquareSpace
, which costs money but offers an easier way to create good looking sites. The choice is yours, but in the end it's important that there's somewhere online where you have the final say over your own content.
Right here, on TideArt!
TideArt showcases artists every week in our Artist of the Week (AOTW)
section. If you feel you or someone you know deserves to be showcased, just let me know.