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Which are the best websites to sell artwork?

SideArts answers the popular question on Quora: Which are the best websites to sell artwork?

It is important to distinguish between selling and licensing your artwork.

Selling:

Top sites like Etsy, Ebay, and Amazon allow you to create online storefronts to sell your artwork yourself. You provide the product, price, and description, as well as manage fulfilling any orders placed. These sites take a relatively low service fee per item sold.

Licensing:

RedBubble, Zazzle, DeviantArt, Cafepress, and others allow you to upload your artwork for customers to select the type of medium and format for reproduction. These sites create the product and fulfill the orders. These sites take a higher service fee per item sold.

Read more tips here.

Have a question for SideArts? Send them to mail@sidearts.com.

 

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Site Updates – November 2014

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SideArts community,

November update:

  • Streamlined the new member registration process.
  • Updated design for the call for artists page.
  • Added Google Translate and new language options.

We do our best to test all updates prior to going live, but sometimes bugs slip past us.  If you see any errors or have any suggestions, report them to mail@sidearts.com.

What’s coming soon?

  • Update search functionality for artist profiles.
  • Improved business listing process flow.
  • Improved email alerts including the ability to save search preferences and have them delivered at member’s set intervals.
  • Enable mobile functionality.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

-Todd and the SideArts team

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How Do Artists Find Art Fairs to Sell Their Art?

SideArts answers the popular question on Quora: How do artists find art fairs to sell their art?

If you are interested in art fairs exclusively, ArtFairInsiders is the way to go.  They have the most comprehensive listings of art fairs, as well as an active discussion forum where you can find great tips and reviews of fairs.

ZAPP and CaFE are good as well, but they also include and are more catered to exhibition competitions – not necessarily sales events.

SideArts (full disclosure: I am a team member) takes the best of both and lists a range of calls for artists – the majority of which are sales events (no donations, charities, or design contests).  The calls are sortable by location, type of call, if there is a fee associated, and if (and how much) an award is available.

Read more tips here.

Have a question for SideArts? Send them to mail@sidearts.com.

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Artist Poll: Which one of these activities is most important?

SideArts artist poll: Which one of these activities is most important? Answer and view updated results.

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How Do I Sell and Promote My Artwork?

SideArts answered the popular question on Quora: How do I sell and promote my artwork and find my audience on the web and in stores as a graphic artist who wants to sell prints?

Many good suggestions include some of the popular services: Etsy, DeviantArt, Society6, and RedBubble.

Other top print-on-demand / licensing services are BigCartel and Zazzle.

It is worthwhile to test everything and go for the services that 1) convert the most customers and 2) resonate with the type of artwork you are creating. Depending on your type of artwork, their might be other types of niche services that might serve you better.

Read more tips here.

Have a question for SideArts? Send them to mail@sidearts.com.

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Site Updates – October 2014

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SideArts community,

October update:

  • Call for artists listings can now be viewed without having to log in.
  • Updated the new user registration process.
  • A few minor design updates.

We do our best to test all updates prior to going live, but sometimes bugs slip past us.  If you see any errors or have any suggestions, report them to mail@sidearts.com.

What’s coming soon?

  • Update search functionality for artist profiles.
  • Improved business listing process flow.
  • Improved email alerts including the ability to save search preferences and have them delivered at member’s set intervals.
  • Enable mobile functionality.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

-Todd and the SideArts team

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Important Notice

Due to a malware issue, SideArts was intermittently up and down over the last 48 hours.  We were aware of the situation immediately and acted as fast as possible to find and resolve the issue.  We are continuing to work on the problem and to ensure something like this does not happen again.

We apologize for the interruption in service and any problems it may have caused.  Please be aware that all data is secure.

As a cautionary tale and if you manage a website or SAAS of any kind, be sure to update your anti-malware programs and plug-ins often.

Click here for more info, especially for Mac OS X or Linux users.

Thank you for your continued trust and business,

Todd and the SideArts team

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Let’s get painting! Best products for painters

SideArts (call for artists listings) asked our 2600 members, 1100 Facebook fans, and 800 Twitter followers about their favorite painting products. Here are some of the most popular recommendations.

Traditional painters:

Deborah Curtiss: Golden paints are the best ever: many consistencies, options, colors, continually developing new materials, hugely supportive of artists.

Deborah Fine: Golden Airbrush Medium. It makes it so easy to layer colors on my paintings.

Daniel Kohn recommends stretchers by Simon Liu and oil paints by Old Holland.

Debbie McCarthy: Professional grade, heavy-bodied acrylics with a good lightfastness rating, gallery or museum-wrapped heavy duty canvas, and synthetic hair flat brushes.

Trevor Oxley lists:

  • Liquitex pouring medium, string gel, natural & resin sand medium, glass beads gel, acrylic ink, and palette knives.
  • Golden acrylic flake medium, GAC Specialty Acrylic Polymers, glass bead clear gel, heavy & soft body acrylic.
  • Grumbacher modeling paste, watercolor.
  • Montana spray paint and paint markers.
  • Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India ink.
  • Fredrix watercolor canvas rolls.

Digital painters:

Joan Myerson Shrager: As a digital painter I love Photoshop C6 and Wacom. Wacom has been an incredible investment as I have had it way before the latest iMac with OS 10+. It has been updatable through about 10 years of upgrading and replacing my computers. When using conventional materials, I prefer Golden liquid Bronze, Gold, Silver. My favorite is Iridescent Copper Fine. It has a rich bronze-gold color that looks most like the metal. I also create polychrome clay sculpture for which I love Golden. Liquitex OK but not the metallics. I use synthetic brushes with plastic handles so I can leave them in water and they don’t get destroyed.

Multimedia or alternative painters:

Anythony C and Karen M mention “any kinda spray paint.”

TL;DR: Check out the following products to help amplify your paintings.

What about you? Use the comments to tell us what painting products you like and why.

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Site Updates – September 2014

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SideArts community,

September update:

  • Fixed the alignment of the social buttons on blog posts and profiles.
  • Removed least used fields from artist profiles: LinkedIn, Favorites, Get Involved.
  • Added country field as required for artist profiles; auto-populated the field with United States. Members residing outside the United States are encouraged to update this field.
  • Removed comments section from listings.
  • Added social buttons to listings.
  • Added rating widget to listings. Rating links at the bottom of listings will be discontinued.
  • Shortened the automated title slugs – removed “blog archive.”
  • Updated client account preferences.

We do our best to test all updates prior to going live, but sometimes bugs slip past us.  If you see any errors or have any suggestions, report them to mail@sidearts.com.

What’s coming soon?

  • Update search functionality for artist profiles.
  • Improved business listing process flow.
  • Improved email alerts including the ability to save search preferences and have them delivered at member’s set intervals.
  • Enable mobile functionality.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

-Todd and the SideArts team

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Site Updates – August 2014

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SideArts community,

August update:

  • Updated call-for-artists search feature with active and expired status category.
  • Streamlined the artist membership signup process.
  • Updated artist member profile fields.

We do our best to test all updates prior to going live, but sometimes bugs slip past us.  If you see any errors or have any suggestions, report them to mail@sidearts.com.

What’s coming soon?

  • Update search functionality for artist profiles.
  • Improved business listing process flow.
  • Improved email alerts including the ability to save search preferences and have them delivered at member’s set intervals.
  • Enable mobile functionality.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

-Todd and the SideArts team

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