There are a lot of eBooks out there which claim to give good advice and/or good instructions for selling art online. Some of them are complete scams, others are overpriced, and most of them don’t give you enough information to really help
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Plus, weigh in with your own opinion as well! We ask questions ranging from "what's your favorite medium" to "what do you think of Bob Ross"—and the answers may surprise you!
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With new writers coming on board, we'd like to hear your feedback and suggestions.
Here are the results of this week's poll so far. If you haven't voted yet, please do - and have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!
This week I asked artists to divulge exactly how they created their art - whether they looked at real-life objects and scenes, took reference photographs, or just used their own imagination.
With so many different brands of oil paint to choose from, there's bound to be one that's better than the rest. The following survey asks artists to list their favorite brand of oil paint. Check out the results or add your own answer too!
Do you paint out of your bedroom, laundry room, or living room? Or are you one of the lucky artists with your own studio—a converted garage maybe? A rented space, even?
Do you often think about why you like a specific work of art? Maybe that's a funny question. Because for most of us, we like what we like. . . it's instinctive. Which brings me to this week's poll. . .
How did the encouragement you received as a young artist (or lack of encouragement) change your life? Feel free to vote below if you haven't yet, or just click on "view results" to see what other artists have said.
Since this week was "Photoshop Week" on EE, I thought it'd be interesting to know how many artists used Photoshop versus other image-editing software. Feel free to vote if you haven't yet!
Some artists are totally against making reproductions of their paintings, while other artists just want to sell prints of their work over and over again (and don't care that much about selling the originals.) Where do you stand?
Here's another easy poll question for all of you artists out there - how much time per day do you spend on art? Obviously there's no right or wrong answer since everyone has different circumstances, it's just always interesting to see how other artists respond and where you fit into the mix.
This week's poll is short and sweet - I thought it might be interesting to see how other artists expected to be using the internet a decade from now, so I wrote out the following question:
Today's poll: How much is the average artist willing to pay for their own portfolio website? When you factor in the cost of setup fees, domain fees, and who knows what else, some artist websites seem horrendously overpriced. Cast your vote below.
There's always something, isn't there? Something that keeps you from your easel, away from your paints and pencils? This week's poll is all about those "stumbling blocks" that artists face. . .
Ever wondered how your art blog or artist portfolio compares to other artist's websites in terms of traffic? Find out by taking this week's poll - just enter your daily page views and compare.
Are you an art competition junkie? Are juried shows an obsession? Or not so much? This week I asked artists how often they enter competitions, and the poll results are in - actually, you can still vote if you'd like. . .
This week's poll asks simple question—what artistic medium do you like the best? Feel free to vote if you haven't yet!
Most of us are used to art galleries taking a commission on the sale of our art - usually between 40-50% of the sale. But with the rise of the internet, there are now online galleries with lower commission rates, or with monthly fees instead. So do artists still prefer the commission-based payment plan?
As an artist myself, I tend to look at the prices on artwork from a sort of "insider" perspective. I think about the cost of materials associated with making the art, the time it may have took, where the artist is at in their career, and how much demand there is for that specific style or subject matter. . .
Inspiration is an interesting thing for artists. Personally, I get most of my ideas for new painting series randomly, almost out of the blue. . . and I have to write them down immediately because I'm likely to forget if I don't. What inspires you?
For most artists, art is either our livelihood or we'd like it to be. It's a business. And I think that a little advertising - and putting some money aside each year for just that purpose - is a smart idea.