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Old 01-03-2017, 01:34 PM
Location: H-town
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After I'm done with an art piece, do I just take a couple of pictures of it and post it online? And do I have to make copies of it afterwards, like maybe 5, and hope someone looks to buy my artwork? How does the basics of posting online art work, step by step?

I've never posted any of my artwork online, let alone build up a following on social media. Do I need to be somewhat popular in order for someone to even want to buy my art? What if I'm introverted but create good artwork?

I really want to start make money off of my artwork, ever since I've been fired, I'm looking for ways to start my own business but will posting my art be a waste of time?
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Old 01-03-2017, 02:36 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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You can simply post a picture and price on Ebay and/or Craigslist and see if someone buys it, but that's not likely to make you a living. Those depend on someone happening to see your work, and wanting it badly enough to pay for it plus shipping. When I was selling my stained glass art I took an extension class at the local university called "how to market your artwork" that was taught by a successful artist with several galleries. She went over everything from online auctions and websites, art festivals and show, including juried, consignments and even opening a gallery. After that I did some consignment, successfully but they took a big chunk, some shows, mostly online sales through my own website. This was for extra "fun money" and was profitable but I gave up up after a couple of years due to lack of time to do the glass work.
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Old 01-04-2017, 05:40 AM
Location: Vermont
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:16 AM
Location: North Idaho
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I think it depends upon what price range you are selling in.

Most art galleries have web pages and quite a few artists have web pages. I think, though, that if your work is higher priced that you need to get into a gallery, where a salesperson will steer the buyer towards your art instead of towards someone else's art. Probably the majority of people buying high priced paintings do not know enough about art to buy without advice.

Craft level artwork, you might be able to sell on Etsy: Art prints, note cards, pottery. Paintings, not so much.

If you do portraits, then you need a website, an exhibition, and a lot of word of mouth.
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Old 01-04-2017, 09:08 PM
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