The International Art Gallery of Everywhere
As a person who makes a lot of digital art, and for the fact that this doesn't take as long as a traditional painting, there tends to be quite a lot of material produced. My hard drive works well, for what it is, but there's a lot more that can be done with the images. I began uploading work online for sale, and more importantly, available for all to see. With the low resolution provided by social media, giving images an okay quality that works well on a post card, the images provided for the online art galleries and printers (that's how it works), are given to full spec, with large files that remain in tact when uploaded.
To get around the issue of people copying your work, we all know it happens and piracy in art is rife more than ever now we have digital representation and the right click save, just put your name on it, then if someone chooses to just keep copies it's serving as an advert. How many companies spend a fortune on making leaflets and sending them through doors? Just put your name on it.
When things go online, it's good to test your audience. Some art works sell best with the artist mentioned on the image, and some do not. We all have our routes, AB testing of image delivery is essential, so we can maximize our audience.
Many of us make photos, art on a computer, and scans of our other work. This can easily be placed in a safe online haven for art like Zazzle, or Imagekind, even Saatchi accept art but their process is a lot stricter. Professionals only for those, however Zazzle especially are not fussy and they recognise that taste is exclusive to the individual.
This isn't just about making money, of course if we wanted money and nothing more then we'd have gotten a job somewhere else. Sticking to an artistic life path is not one for those of us who want to get rich, although we all hear of those lucky few who make it to the top. So what? It's about the journey more than the view from the summit. We all have our own peaks too, as in truth, no one path is going to be the same. Everyone has their own mountain to climb.
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The important thing, is that the work is visible and available. The reason we go into art is to be able to add to the contribution of human culture over our lifetime, and the best way to do this is to deliver your art to as many out there as we can. The internet is an international art gallery, with many sites dedicated to marketing art, and helping individuals to become artists themselves.
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