Online Galleries And Hosting Your Art

Online Galleries And Hosting Your Art

So you have sketches and maybe finished art that would be display worthy, and may need a semi permanent online hitching post to show them off. Question is, where? And, maybe, how?
Short answer: All of them.
Answer: All the image friendly ones.
Long answer: All the image friendly ones, that have a category system + your own gumption to tag your work and make it discovered easily.

So our real question is, how do I prepare my work for online viewing, and what does each online gallery require? Well, two real questions, plus a tip on etiquette.

Preparing work, step by step: 

  1. Do art, finish your work. I’ll perhaps, one day, post a huge concise guide to digital painting, but right now I’m assuming you’ll have scanned/digitally painted work ready to rock.
  2. Shrink down the dimensions to a size range between a large postcard to under an A4 page. If you are selling that art in a physical or digital form, maybe at a convention or an online store, add your watermark to it in case you’re worried about image theft.
  3. Save as a JPG, so people don’t have to wait long to download your image, et voila.

Hosting artwork, on some suggested sites (aside from your own – you still need social media):

  • Deviantart
  • Tumblr
  • Flickr
  • Instagram (only the phone app uploads images)
  • Twitter
  • A public Facebook page
  • CG Society

Blogger/Blogspot has since improved in hosting images, whereas using WordPress might require searching for image plugins that will display images in a pleasing way.

The etiquette: 

  1. A domain or username someone can easily spell! I often find it difficult to promote other artists when I forget their online handles, mainly due to almost sentence-like usernames. Please keep it short and sweet.
  2. Know the category of your work. Sites like Deviantart will prompt for a category your work fits into, so understand the context of your work and the meaning of the categories. Example: don’t claim your drawing of a famous character is ‘Original Art’ (your original property), when it’s actually ‘Fan Art’ (drawing another company’s IP made by you, the fan).
  3. Learn how to use #tags on places such as Tumblr and Instagram. Tagging gives organisation and also more precise search terms when you want people looking for artwork. Tagging your work with #art for example, will return a very broad search result. However, if you add more descriptors concerning the content of the image, like #girl #red #happy #travel etc. viewers will zero in on your work quicker.
  4. Type clearly, even if you’re posting from your smartphone. I’ve seen folks approach employers and forum threads with the most awful typing: ‘hello i am dale.. .. .. i am looking 4 studio work .. .. please check out my art at www …. thank you….’ I believe they’re still looking.
  5. Be professional and handle critique with a stiff upper lip.

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