Every year, more and more artwork is being sold digitally. With the rise of new technology and print on demand services, it’s never been a better time to get started selling your artwork online. Market My Art is here to guide you through 20 places to sell your art online.
It’s Time To Start Selling Art Online
It doesn’t matter whether you are just using it as a hobby, to generate some side income, or to whether you aspire to launch a full-blown career out of it, beginning to sell art online can be overwhelming. There is such a wide variety of options, platforms, niches and strategies that you can use to launch their career.
It’s not just the artists either, the traditional galleries themselves are beginning to see more sales creep in from online sources, rather than just in the standard settings. Some galleries also report that they have received more than half of their transactions online, which just goes to show that they have never even met most of their collectors.
And it’s not just any particular type of art either. All categories, from fine art all the way through to handmade niche crafts, are beginning to see more traction in their digital sales.
When it comes to online sales, the creative arts may have seen a slower start than other industries with digital sales, but over the last half a decade, that has indeed started to change. Many aspiring artists have made the brave move to work directly online and skip the middle man when it comes to selling their artwork.
So that is where we have decided to help, in this guide, we explain the strengths and weaknesses of 20 different channels, to help narrow down the field of options for you. This means that you can save yourself from needless stress & hassle, and get back to what is most important to you, and that is creating an excellent website for the rest of the world to see.
Here are, the 20 best platforms to sell your artwork online:
1. Etsy – The Ultimate Arts And Crafts Marketplace
You can’t talk about selling art online without mentioning Etsy. Since it was launched in 2005, the platform has been the go-to marketplace for artists to sell vintage and other handcrafted items. What’s best about this marketplace is that you really can buy anything from anyone.
Regardless of whether you are selling handcrafted jewellery or sculpted furniture, this is a marketplace for you. While Etsy does charge a small listing and transaction fee, users can benefit from their super-easy and straightforward store set up features.
2. Shopify Or WooCommerce – Build Your Own Art Store
After deciding that they want to sell their precious artwork online, this is where most artists will turn to first. Shopify is the largest eCommerce platform in the whole world; they have over 400,000 merchants and have over 1,000,000 active users.
What makes Shopify so unique is its high degree of flexibility and considerable ease of use. If you can design your store correctly, customers certainly won’t be able to tell that you are using this platform.
Users can entertain themselves with a wide range of customisable themes, including a whole category dedicated to selling arts and crafts. With so much potential to make your store look stunning, it’s no surprise that this platform is so popular.
A great alternative to Shopify is WooCommerce. It takes a bit more setting up than Shopify but you say goodbye to the monthly charge. If this sounds like something you are interested in you should check out the Market My Art course which currently has a full WooCommerce course as a bonus when you sign up!
The great thing about both of these options is that they can be integrated with print on demand providers allowing you to sell a whole host of products from your own online store.
3. Saatchi Art – A Famous Name
When you are looking to build some income by selling your art online, it can be useful to have one of the most respected names in the entire industry on your side. Charles Saatchi’s company founded Saatchi art, and although it was sold in 2014, it still carries the famous name.
Artists can set up a shop utterly free of charge, with some products even available for more than $10,000. While the website does take a 35% commission from sales, it does arrange to ship and also sends a courier to pick up the artwork itself, all that you need to do is package it correctly.
4. Amazon – Largest E-Commerce Site In The World
Even as the largest eCommerce business in the entire world, many artists will overlook the giant Amazon when it comes to selling their arts and crafts, for some unknown reasons. The good news is that there is less competition, helped by the fact that Amazon even has its own Amazon Art section.
For this section, however, you will need to pass the pre-approval process. You should bear in mind that only certain types of arts are available. Drawings, paintings, 2D mixed media, watercolours and photography are permitted, but unfortunately, 3D sculptures are not allowed.
If you are selling other handmade items or crafts, you can become a seller on Amazon handmade, which supports makers and individual creators.
5. Storenvy – Another Cool Option
Like Etsy, this platform is another great place to launch your store in just a matter of minutes. Regardless of whether you are a jewellery designer, musician or furniture designer, there is a place for everyone to sell here.
With Storenvy, there are two ways in which you can sell your products; you can list them on their online marketplace, and get access to the vast amounts of website traffic that Storenvy have. Alternatively, you can build out your professional store (similar to Shopify). Not to mention the additional plans such as social media blasts and automated discounts.
6. eBay – Often Overlooked But Still Has Some Potential
Ebay may not be the first choice of many artists and despite having declined in popularity over recent years, many artists still find massive success on the eBay platform, with few restrictions. Since their inception over 25 years ago, eBay has been a trusted name in the eCommerce & art industry.
They have grown a reputation of offering a massive amount of support to their sellers and even go as far as providing their very own ‘How to sell’ guides for newbies. Ebay is a great place to sell smaller items based off of your artwork for the gift market.
7. Minted – A Top-Class Platform
Minted is a top-class platform for art sellers, particularly for the photographers, graphic designers and illustrators amongst us. They are a fantastic resource for creating a whole range of artistic and personalised goods, mainly wedding invitations, Christmas cards but much, much more.
Frequent design competitions involving the public vote, give a massive opportunity for talented sellers with potential. More than just getting their Minted storefront, the winner will receive a cash prize and will earn commission on their design.
8. Society6 – It’s All Taken Care Of For You
Regardless of whether you want to sell reproductions or your creative work, Society6 is a great place to get artwork designs printed in a whole range of products. As the creator, you maintain the rights to your artwork, and Society6 will take care of all the fulfilment.
This means that you no longer have to stress or worry about packaging or shipping issues. They will even allow you to select your royalty rates on art prints, with set fees involved for some other items that they have. If you want to get set up quickly, then Society6 is the place to go.
9. Artnet – Fantastic Partnerships
Artnet is a platform which also leverages its partnerships with major galleries and their auction houses. The platform primarily works as an online display gallery for artists, where the artists themselves are represented by partner galleries, who can request that the galleries place their work on the site.
Their art will then be viewable by the gallery listing, or the listing that shows news, events and artwork available.
10. Casetify – Not The Usual
Casetify is an excellent way for you to put your artwork on a platform which people use every day. Casetify makes it easy for you to reach consumers by customising technology accessories like Apple Watch bands and iPhone cases. All that you have to do is upload your artwork, place it on a design, and whenever you make a sale, Casetify will print, package and ship it to your customer, giving you the chance to earn a profit on each case that is sold.
11. Zazzle – A Solid Print-On-Demand Option
Zazzle is a platform that gives buyers the very best of both worlds. You have the choice of either being a maker or a designer. In other words, you can sell the products, or you can just sell your art respectively.
All that you have to do is upload your artwork, make it available for print-on-demand, as wall art, or on many other products. Setting up the shop itself couldn’t be any more comfortable; you can even set your royalty fees to earn whatever you like with Zazzle taking care of everything else.
12. Redbubble – Keep Track Of Your Print On Demand
Redbubble is another hugely popular print-on-demand service that allows artists to upload their artwork, and get it printed on a massive range of products. What’s more is, Redbubble offers its sellers the chance to set their profit margins, which means you can organise your earnings just the way that you like.
They have almost everything you could ever want, from stationery to stickers to clothing, not to even mention their advanced analytic tracking data for your shop. Redbubble is an excellent option for any artist looking for a platform to sell their products.
13. Artfinder – A Powerful Network
Artfinder has an extensive network of artists from all around the globe. The standard of quality on this platform is very high. All applicants must be selected via a process to be accepted. Artists are asked to submit some of their best work, and a short statement.
Once approved, it’s incredibly easy to set up your store. Artfinder will take a 40% commission on each sale that you generate. They will only allow for original artwork, that means no posters or reproductions.
14. Artplode – Say Goodbye To Commission
Are you tired of having to pay commission in your artwork? Luckily with Artplode, you don’t have to anymore. Launched in 2014, this site works with galleries, artists and other dealers to specialise in limited edition prints and other original arts.
Instead of taking a commission on every sale that you generate, Artplode takes a flat listing fee for each piece. For a small added fee, they will even set you up with an art consultant who can give the best tips and strategies concerning marketing and pricing.
15. UGallery – US Online Gallery Experience
UGallery makes browsing the web for art similar to spending a leisurely afternoon visiting local galleries. What makes UGallery unique, is that they pick every single artists and piece that they exhibit, while making all of their artwork exclusive to UGallery.
They encourage not just beginners but mid-career artists to demonstrate their work. If you pass their selection processes, all items sold will be split 50/50, the artists then ship their work from their studio.
16. Artsy – One More For The Galleries
Artsy claim that their goal is to make art accessible to other people through the internet. However, artsy isn’t open to individual artists, but rather, had partnerships with major galleries and auction houses.
This online gallery, which was funded by venture capitalists cares for the contemporary world of art, offering live auction bidding, gallery listings and information about fairs and exhibitions.
17. Artfire – Etsy Alternative For Artists
ArtFire is actually quite similar in many ways to Etsy. ArtFire is a website for buying and selling handmade art and crafts. ArtFire has a real community spirit and has articles and podcasts to help you stay up to date.
18. Printify – One Of The Best Print On Demand Services
If you are looking for an extremely reputable print on demand service to sell your art then you should look no further than Printify. They have amazing partnerships with printing businesses around the globe which makes fulfilment times super speedy.
Printifys reputuation combined with the ability to integrate with the most popular eCommerce platforms such as Shopify or WooCommerce make Pritify a real trustworthy contender when it comes to selling your art on the internet.
19. Teespring – Let People Wear Your Art
If you are looking to make money with your artwork chances are you will want to find every way possible to get the most income out of your art. Why not let people wear your artwork on a t-shirt or on a hoodie?
You can do this with Teespring. Admittedly its a change from the usual online art stores but it may be an avenue you are willing to explore.
20. Fiverr Pro– A Source Of Commissions
Another unusual contender is Fiverr Pro. Now Fiverr is an online marketplace originally where people would pay $5 for someone to do a ‘gig’ for them (thats a job). They have grown and grown and now there are countless categories.
As normal Fiverr has a bit of an iffy reputation, the company Fiverr set up Fiverr Pro a place for verified professional individuals to work online. Fiverr Pro gigs are much more expensive than the normal Fiverr gigs. This price increase makes it a much more viable place for a professional artist to be selling services. Why not take a look through and see what’s already on the platform and then see what services you could offer?
So there you have it. There are the 20 best and most popular platforms that you can use to sell your art online, and to maybe you could even get your first sale this week!
Selling Your Artwork Online
Each platform has its advantages & disadvantages, strengths and weaknesses. This guide should have given you a taste for what you can expect from each platform. What is most essential for you to is that you chose a platform which aligns with your expectations and goals. Whether that involves not wanting to take care of fulfilment, or not wanting to give away commissions on your artwork, the choice is yours.
What’s most important is that if you genuinely want to make a career out of your passion for selling art, is that you always give it your best. You still have to keep positive, even if things aren’t quite going your way, and always use your passion for art as a fuel to keep you going. If you use some of the tips outlined above, combined with your research, and a burning desire to share your artwork, then the sky is genuinely the limits.
We really do wish you all the best with your art marketing and sales!
Okay, What Next?
So now you know where to sell your art the next natural step is to start marketing it so you make some sales. Luckily for you, we have a step by step online course called Market My Art which teaches you how to start building your brand online. Click here for more information.