Can you be as successful as Saatchi?
There are now countless artists online selling their own paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. The internet has revolutionised the way that art lovers buy art.
Artists online exist in and of themselves and are also present in various communities.
From Saatchi.com to Deviant art and everything inbetween, if you are an artist or somone looking to find independent artists online to buy artwork from then all you have to do is head to your favourite search engine.
Although I have been selling art online since 2002, Joehendry.com only began in 2004. It is not enough for an artist just to have a website these days. Although crucial, there are many platforms other than online galleries and the artists own website where you can browse and buy artwork.
Want to see wonderful artwork?
Tumblr is a great forum for browsing art. It is easy to navigate and before long you find yourself jumping from artist to artist because of the way that the sharing is set up on Tumblr.
Similarly, Pinterest is very addictive if you love art! The images on Pinterest are not so large but they are still very clear and it is easy to view and create your own art collections. Many artists find that their artwork is shared on Pinterest and Tumblr a huge amount. Way more than in previous years when these opportunities were not present.
Facebook of course is an obvious place to find art although Facebook’s policies tend to prevent showing a Page’s feed to you if the artist has not paid to promote it. It is different if you are their “friend” on their personal Facebook page.
Art Platforms include:-
- Deviant Art
…and that’s just for starters.
It is not just collectors of art who benefit from being able to browse and connect with artists online. There is now a wealth of information about everything art-related. Opinion, fact and technique come together to help artists progress. YouTube is a fantastic venue for seeing artist’s work. Many artists have time-lapse videos showing their art progress from a blank sheet or canvas to a finished artwork in a matter of minutes. YouTube has really improved over the years and it is now much easier to upload and show your artistic skills via video.
There are several young artists online who are getting opportunities just not available to artists years ago. It is not uncommon for artists to have hundreds of thousands, if not millions of views on YouTube or Facebook. This type of exposure is only something that could have been dreamt of a couple of decades ago.
As for me, I try to make my images as large and clear as I can. I have not produced any time-lapse videos yet. This is because I don’t always draw or paint in the same place. Sometimes, I need to sit in a chair for support and it is difficult to have your work filmed in this position. It really needs to be at a desk, easel or drawing board. This is something that I am considering though and I have dabbled with the idea. It has a long way to go before it is perfected. My first attempt is not great but it was just to give people an idea of how I draw.
Before I became ill a few years ago, I would have drawn a piece of art like this in two or three days. This piece has taken over 2 months however. It is still not finished! Still, I believe it is better to try and keep going than to just give up! For me, doing a little whenever I can is better than nothing. Even if it is only five minutes at a time.
This leads me to another interesting point about artists online and that is how prolific artists are. It is easy to see. I know artists who create two paintings a year and some who create two per week. It is fascinating to see how other’s work and none of us would have the level of insight we have if it were not for the internet.
So What Does All This Mean?
In a nutshell, If you are an art lover, there are a multitude of places to view artists online. It would be impossible to so readily see this amount of artwork, or artists not so many years ago.
If you are an artist in today’s world the great news is that there are no excuses for not having exposure for your artwork. Get painting and get posting!
The artwork shown above to illustrate this page is called “Love Quotes”. It seems that it has taken an eternity to create but it’s all about the journey and not the destination. Or so it is said. Love Quotes is quite a small piece at A4 size, or 21 x 29 cm. Like a lot of my illustrative artwork I would like the viewer to take their own meaning from this detailed drawing but I hope that the title helps steer people in the right direction.
Love Quotes is drawn in the best quality lightfast pencil on Bristol Board paper.