There are several online venues for creative artists to choose from. With only a limited amount of time in the day to upload and maintain your work online, artists will ultimately use only a handful of the websites available. That said, what factors contribute to picking one online venue over another.
As the title suggests, communication is key. One of the reasons I have removed my work from quite a few sites is because I feel like a needle in a haystack of needles. There are so many talented artists that I felt buried under the sheer amount of artwork. Also, there was very little communication (if any) with those in charge of the websites.
Perhaps, I’m spoiled, but I like more personal attention from the places my work is listed on. After the initial sign-up and introduction, I felt alone and my work did not get the amount of attention I desired. While I do understand I am in charge of promoting my work and some sites have thousands of artists listed making it near impossible to keep up with me, it’s an important factor in where my work is placed for sale.
This is why ArtsRow is a pleasant surprise. They represents just as many artists as any other site, yet, they take the time to compliment my work periodically on my social media feeds like Twitter & Instagram.
That said, I want to say “Thank you” to @artsrow and Founder, Paula Soito for all the work they do. They posted one of my pieces on their Instagram feed, which was well received.
The real question is: How do you stand out from the crowd? The simple answer is: Create quality work.
Everything that you do is a reflection of you.
Also, it helps to show your work in brick & mortar venues. Network. Meet people. Talk to people, locally. Word-of-mouth is extremely important (another form of communication).
Yet, talk to the right people. People who have to same passion as you do to achieve goals in your career field. Otherwise, you’ll be pouring your heart out to some who don’t think your career choice is that exciting, which brings you down.
I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Eric Christopher Jackson