I hope you all had a wonderful New Year 2014 and are now settling in to enjoy what I’m sure will be your BEST year yet. My resolution for this year is this: “To continue to explore, expand and push the boundaries of Mobile Photography Art, especially concentrating on utilising both iOS and Android platforms, as I have literally at my fingertips the best of both worlds. This will be the year I get my work Licensed by global companies, and really make my mark on Print On Demand online stores.”
And so, to begin the New Year with a fresh start, I’ve found this site which explains various avenues the aspiring artist can explore. It’s called Fresh Rag, and the banner reads “The No BS, straight talk approach to earning more from your creative pursuits”. Dave Conrey is his name, and he has the scoop on how you can get your art selling online.
Dave also recommends these sites on his blog:
Etsy – The site to be on if you’re selling arts and crafts, vintage goods or supplies online.
Artfire – Similar to Etsy, but with a much tighter community.
Meylah – Like the two above with a bit more focus on art and design.
PRINT ON DEMAND
Zazzle – My personal favorite print-on-demand site for selling art online (shirts, iphone cases, posters, etc.) where you never have to manage the manufacturing side of the process. They print, fulfill, ship and handle the customer service for you.
Society6 – Print-on-demand with a very strong focus on top-notch artists. Does not have the reach of the other services, but has some really great products offered.
Red Bubble – Similar to Society6 in that they offer really great designs on their limited amount of products.
Cafe Press – Probably the largest of the print-on-demand providers, but quality has a tendency to be less than the others.
Spreadshirt – Print-on-demand with a focus toward shirts and other clothing items.
Another site I found that has a good listing of potential avenues of income for the artist is this one:
Towards the bottom of the article is a run-down of sites that may assist the fledgling or veteran artist:
Inky Little Fingers: inkylittlefingers.co.uk
Printclub London: printclublondon.com
Ditto Press: dittopress.co.uk
WS Bespoke: wsbespoke.co.uk
Döts Printhaus: dotsprint.co.uk
Awesome Merchandise: awesomemerchandise.com
Ist Kunst: istkunst.com
Global Thread Collective: globalthreadcollective.com
Phone, tablet and computer accessories
Buttercup china: buttercupchina.co.uk
Now, as I am primarily a mobile photographer and my medium is digital and as such not tangible until made into prints, posters, t-shirts, etc, I think my concentration will be more on the Print on Demand Market and less on the Art Market. I am currently researching more Licensing sites and will of course report back here in due course.
Seeing as I have a whole, brand new year ahead of me to work on achieving my New Year Resolutions, I’m going to explore these avenues, and more, and I hope you will too!