The Wheel of Fortune
A number of weeks ago I ran into this article Imagekind. I thought it contained very pertinent and useful information,that I had to share.
Solomon Walker is a professional artist living in Toronto. His art like his writing is relevant, enlightening and fresh. He is also Co-Administrator for the Digital Fine Art group on Imagekind I want to thank Solomon for taking the time to write such a useful and concise article. It is a short article, and well worth the read!
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50 Best Places To Make Money $$$ Selling Your Art Online In 2009
By Solomon Walker
Even though world economies are a bit chaotic at the moment, that doesn’t meant you cannot make substantial amount of money selling your art online or off.
According to some recent reports from reputable industry publications such as the Art Newspaper and Flash Art Online, it’s an opportune time for new players (both buyers and sellers) to enter the Art marketplace. Savvy buyers, who are seeking to collect up-and-coming artists, whose work are selling at bargain prices. For Artists, who wishes to gain access to the coveted arena of art lovers and high-rollers with ready cash to invest.
To begin, you may want to consider targeting your market, rather than the shot-gun approach adopted by many online. Don’t be discourage by lack of sale from one site; there are literally hundreds of FREE and low-cost galleries online, where your work may finds its ideal audience.
Scott Listfield, an artist who has carved out a nice niche selling his unique paintings online, states it best:
“With the rise of the Internet in general, and Print On Demand (POD) technology in particular, the game has completely changed. As the tired cliché says, the playing field has been leveled. As an artist, you no longer need to be “discovered” by a gallery owner, or lucky enough to be one of the handful of artists a publisher prints each year. Nor do you need to “sell out,” painting schlock in order to sell.”
My personal experience has been a positive one thus far, with printed sales being relatively steady since early summer of 2008. I have a few friends and associates who are selling extremely well online. One gentleman I met on Myartspace.com a year ago has recently sold about 8-10 original paintings for prices between $500 and $10,000 each! He is a great artist. He markets relentlessly, and has an excellent rapport with customers worldwide. I think it’s a good idea to learn a few languages in a multicultural marketplace such as the internet!
While many artists I met make sales with originals, a vast majority does very well with printed work. Either option is great way to hit the road running in 2009!
The following is a list of some of the great places I personally have knowledge of, and some others are recommended by friends and associates. The list is not in order of ranking, and to be fair to each, I avoided pointing out the top moneymaker (but it’s in the top 10). This is a guide which you can use over and over again for reference as you go forward in 2009. Please have a look at each site, and decide which best fits your creative goals.
You are welcome to suggest your own sites which offer proven potential.
Good luck with your art ventures!