There are hundreds of places on the Internet where artists can showcase and sell their works and visitors can browse and buy them. This market is so huge that it’s quite difficult to decide which sites are actually worth visiting and which are not. Here’s the list of five art-related pages, all of them offering a place where artists can put their works in front of thousands of potential buyers, but at the same time focusing on slightly different aspects of this activity.
DeviantART is actually the world’s largest online art community – both for artists and art lovers. You can find there over 280 million pieces of art by over 30 million artists from all over the world. Setting up a profile is free and it enables the user to create galleries, communicate with others and build a fan base. The website serves, on the one hand, as a platform for artists, photographers and designers to share their ideas and inspirations and, on the other hand, as a great place for art enthusiasts where they are able browse galleries, write comments or buy prints. The range of art types available on the website is really vast and everyone can find something for himself – fashion photography, fine art, street art, poetry and literature, film and animation and many many more. DeviantART Shop offers thousands of products with prints of the artists’ works – from canvas prints, calendars and greeting cards, through mugs and fridge magnets to even mouse pads.
Displate is a roughly new company offering artworks designed by artists coming from the most distant corners of the globe. The thing that distinguishes it from other art related websites is that it specializes only in one type of products, namely prints on steel. The metal canvas, called Displates, are manufactured of thick high-quality steel and can be mounted on the wall in just a few seconds, using a magnet. But displate.com is not only about selling art – artists and users can set up a profile for free there and then create galleries and displays, post comments and rate artworks. And since all the artists collaborating with the company are so different, the artworks offered by Displate are also extremely diverse, so that everyone could find inspiration for himself – photographs, abstract paintings, illustrations, typographies and many more.
Society6 offers a wide range of products with prints designed by hundreds of thousands of artists from around the world. The company assures that “selling your artwork as a product on Society6 is as simple as making a Post – except you make money from it. All you have to do is post your artwork to make it immediately available for sale as a variety of products. When you sell a product, we’ll produce it, package it and ship it for you, so that you can focus on making more art!”. In comparison to DeviantART, Society6 is definitely more focused on selling products than serving as a platform for communication between artists themselves and potential buyers. However, on the blog run by the Society6 team we can find some interesting interviews with the artists collaborating with the company. Society6 offers products like shower curtains, mugs, wall clocks, t-shirts, (framed) art prints, iPhone or laptop skins, tote bags, throw pillows or cards.
Etsy provides a great place for artists, crafters and buyers to sell and buy all types of handmade works, vintage goods and crafting supplies. Thanks to the website, artists and creators can share ideas, join a team or attend an event in their area. It’s a community of more than 30 million buyers and creative businesses. All the artists can set up their profile and then upload item photos or their shop banners. There is also a forum where members can communicate with each other and a blog with articles concerning artists and DIY tutorials. On etsy.com you’ll find hand-made products from categories like jewellery, home & living, clothing, hair accessories and many more.
Zazzle is again a website offering a vast range of products with prints designed by artists from around the world – from canvas prints and postcards, through t-shirts, bags and hats, to compact mirrors and calendars with personal photos. The company gives also an opportunity to personalize and customize an existing design or upload your own project in order to make a unique gift for anyone. You can decide on the colour, style, shape or the words you want to put on your product – “Personalize one of the amazing designs made by artists in our marketplace, or upload your own photos and fine art images and have them made into posters and prints of all sizes!”. And all that in only 24 hours.