Where do you see your ‘art business’ in the next year?
Especially when the end of the Covid-19 pandemic seems indefinite.
Galleries, art centres, exhibitions, events, art schools are forced to close their doors to curb the spread of COVID-19. This has brought a storm of uncertainty to creatives where their livelihoods and incomes are heavily dependent on these platforms for their success.
Perhaps you feel stuck creatively as you are stuck at home, anxious about what your future holds.
It doesn't matter if you're an artist, illustrator, designer, writer or creative. We’ve all been there. You want to show your work off to the world, but you can’t make it out into physical gallery spaces, meet new people and see the likelihood of landing a new job amidst this Covid-19 chaos. So, what are we left with? Technology.
In so many ways, digital access has given us a lot of tools in reaching out to new opportunities, even getting some great paying gigs (both international and local!) without leaving home. The internet has shrunk the world and there are plenty of resources on the web to help talented creators like you to get seen, find jobs, improve yourself and connect with clients who need some stuff done.
In this blog post, we will outline some of our favourite easy-to-use digital tools where you can grow opportunities exponentially and build your creative empire online!
Behance is one of the most popular and user-friendly international social networks for artists to showcase their skills. It works like an online portfolio that concerns itself more with the design industry via categories such as graphic design, photography, illustration, UI/UX, architecture, product design, fashion, advertising, fine arts, crafts, game designs etc. The platform isn't limited to just artworks or photos but also offers resources on full-time opportunities, freelance gigs, and internships within the industry’s leading organizations, so you never miss out on what’s next. Besides that, this is also a place where you can get inspiration from other creatives, by saving the works you see to your ‘Moodboard’ for future references, you like a specific art that you love and even follow artists who inspire you. This is the place you come to if you are looking for commercialised work.
Fine art lovers, while Behance is more for the design industry, Deviant Art is primarily dedicated to art for art’s sake. Create a free account and artists can explore other people's art and get inspiration from what they see as well. They are also able to follow users, download each other’s works, comment on posts, or even award a badge in appreciation if someone had particularly inspired them with something that they created themselves! Artists can indicate their availability for work, link to their online stores, participate in contests and point fans to a Patreon account where people have exclusive access to all sorts of extras such as tutorials that artists create themselves!
If you’re a person who loves fine art and animation, then this platform fits you perfectly!
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It's been said time and again that social media has made the world a smaller place and lucky for us creatives, has made it less effortful to make our work seen by the world. Instagram, Facebook, TikTok - all these platforms are a boon to artists who want everyone else in the world to see what they do best. Social media allows you not only to show your portfolio, your process, but also connect with fans or buyers while expressing yourself in an authentic way!
Besides, you can also connect with other creatives from all around the world, get ideas from their work, and improve your content creation process that your audiences would love to see. You never know who you will impress, inspire or how many hearts you’d touch if you work. If you are feeling a little lost on how to grow your presence on Instagram, this article will give you wonderful tips on how to grow your following, attract attention and turn followers into clients.
5. Freelance Platforms
You may have heard of freelancing- the act of working as an independent professional where you take on a project, complete it for your client and receive payment. This sounds like something that interests you but you’re not sure how and where you can start. To help you with that, we have compiled the five best freelance international and local websites to get client servicing and commercialised work in 2021.
Now, more than ever, building a strong online presence can help you to secure a new job, gain freelance clients or creative collaborators, as well as build your professional reputation.
Even if we have to live with this pandemic for a long time, with the aid of technology, you can still give your artworks a life while in quarantine, bring your exhibitions online, keep your skills updated and still stand a chance to unlock new clients and potential buyers.
There are a lot of great platforms that can help you do so- but only if you take that first step!
If you have any other platforms we should know about, feel free to let us know by dropping a comment in the box below.
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