For many artists it can be intimidating to think about actually selling artwork to other people for the first time. On top of that, many people who enjoy art don't realize that the abundance of places where they can sell their art even exists. There are many, many places on the net where people can sell art, and there are a hefty number of sites and apps where beginners and amateurs are welcome and can find success. If you are an artist wanting to begin selling your art online the following sites are few examples of good places to start.
Vango is a fairly new website where people can buy and sell art. It was launched in 2013 as ARTtwo50 and changed its name to Vango in 2014. Vango also developed an iOS app in 2014 with an interesting function that allows buyers to see what pieces they are considering buying would look like on their walls by accessing the iPhone's camera. Sellers can also upload images of their art directly from their iPhones' cameras, as well as upload images on a traditional desktop or laptop computer. This site currently only accepts original, handmade pieces that are ready to hang on a wall. It does not take photography and giclee prints and does not create prints to be sold of work that artists upload. Artists can unlock higher price points the more they sell on this site. To begin with, artists are restricted to pieces in the $100 to $200 range. Artists can also apply to sell pieces in the $2,000 to $5,000 range from the start. Pricing is pretty straightforward with this site. Artists receive 80% of the sale and the remaining 20% covers shipping, insurance, taxes, and operations at Vango. There is not a fee to upload images of art to Vango, however there is a premium version that artists can pay to upgrade to if they wish. If you are a painter or creator of other handmade, non-digital works, this would be a good website for you.
Etsy is another site where people can buy and sell handmade arts and crafts. In addition to hangable pieces, artists can sell other handmade crafts such as pottery and jewelry. People can sell vintage items and craft supplies on Etsy as well. Etsy does not have a membership fee but does have a listing fee of $0.20 per item per every four months or until the item sells. However, Etsy only deducts a 3.5% fee from the sale of each item. With Etsy, sellers set up an individual shop with a name and are free to price their items however they wish. Etsy is an older website and has been around for almost 10 years now. It is a fairly well known and popular website with good search engine rankings for products. Amateurs and beginners are welcome on Etsy.
Nuvango is an interesting newer website. It used to be known as GelaSkins, a line of artist designed protective covers for iPods. Today artists can upload images of their work to Nuvango for free and those images, when selected by buyers, are then put on a variety of products offered on the site. Artists retain the rights to their work and are paid royalties for all products sold with their images on them. The site offers cases and skins for iPhones, Samsung phones, and many other phone brands such as LG and HTC. In addition to that it offers skins for tablets and eReaders, laptops, gaming consoles, and some various other accessories. The site also sells their artists' works as prints on stretched canvas, greeting cards, and as fine art prints. Artists get 20% of what customers pay for products with their prints on them. Artists can choose which images can be available on what product and can remove an image from the site at any time. Nuvango takes care of all of the shipping, handling, and selling procedures and simply pays their artists royalties. This site may not be the best place to do a lot of sales or make high priced sales, but it is very hands free and a great source of passive income. It is open to amateurs and beginners and is great for photographers and makers of digital art as well as artists who draw, paint, or use other mediums.
Ebay is actually a decent place to start out selling original art. You probably won't be able to sell pieces in high price ranges on Ebay, but because Ebay is so large and well known your art will get a lot of exposure and you may be able to sell pieces more frequently than on some other sites. You can list an item as an auction as well and if people really like the piece it may go for more. Ebay allows sellers to elect to either pay for shipping themselves and offer free shipping on an item or include shipping in the item's cost. Everyone loves free shipping and you can use this to your advantage to promote your art. Unlike many art dealing sites, Ebay does not detract a percentage of a seller's sale. However there are still shipping fees to be aware of and insertion fees. Insertion fees are charged per month per item listed, however, they are typically only charged on items if a seller lists over a certain number of items per month or if the items fall in certain categories. For art products, sellers can currently have 100 items listed as auction style listings per month with no fees. For fixed priced items in the art category, it costs $0.30 per month to list an item. Even though it is not a site specific to art, Ebay is a flexible site to sell art, and of course is open to anyone.
DeviantART allows artists to sell a wide variety of art types and styles. DeviantART allows users to upload images of their art to be made into prints that are available for purchase on a variety of mediums. Artists can sell wall art including giclee art prints, canvas prints, and photo prints, as well as art gifts such as mouse pads and mugs on deviantART. Categories of art include digital art, photography, traditional art such as drawings and paintings, anime and manga style art from both traditional and digital mediums, and several other types of art. DeviantART has many categories and subcategories of art and is great for many different types of artists. Sellers get 20% of the selling price of the item their art is printed on and there are no fees to list prints. Along with that, sellers do not have to worry about shipping or other procedures and costs. Artists can also sell commissions on deviantART. You would probably only want to do this after gaining some experience and creating a presence on the site. DeviantART also allows people to sell downloadable, art-related premium content. In addition to that, deviantART's website also offers artists and art buyers functions for communicating with other artists and art buyers through forums, chat, groups, critiques, and other options. Other websites offer functions like these to their users, but deviantART is well known for being one of the best social networking sites specifically for artists and art enthusiasts. DeviantART is a unique and interesting place to sell and find art, and is open to anyone.
ArtPal is a cool website for artists. Artists can sell both original works and prints on this website. Paintings, drawings, photography, and other works in both their original forms and printed/reprinted forms can be bought and sold here, as well as other artistic products such as jewelry, ceramics, and textiles. It is free to join this website and it is free to sell prints. The cost to make the print is deducted from the sale price then the artist gets the rest of the profit for an item. Artists can also get cash bonuses if a buyer frames one of their products. There is no fee to sell original products as well, but a 5% commission is deducted when ArtPal sells these items. Along with that, sellers are responsible for shipping of their items. The only requirements that ArtPal has for items sold on its site is that images uploaded for printing are high-quality images, professionally scanned or photographed if they are not originally created or photographed digitally, original, cropped tightly, and do not show a watermark. Anyone can sell here and many different styles of art seem to sell successfully on this site.
These are all great sites to get started selling your art. Along with these six sites, however, there are many, many more. A simple google search will allow you to find many places where you can begin your endeavor to sell art. Remember that promoting, sharing, and discussing your and others' artwork never hurts your profits. Also watch out for and take into account PayPal, bank account transfer, and other fees associated with selling online, and be sure to do your best to protect your online privacy as an artist.
Christine Coulsen from Untited States on October 19, 2017:
I have sold a few pieces on ebay, but I don't seem to attract much attention or make very much. I think I just need to keep working at it.
msheldon21 on May 06, 2017:
thank you lol
Richard Thomson on February 17, 2017:
You can also sell your digital products on Dreamstime: https://www.dreamstime.com/#res16879538
OR shutterstock, Istock photo etc... to get money there too! Like the old saying says do not put all your eggs in one basket!
Nguyễn Phi Hùng from Vi?t Nam on April 06, 2016:
Thank you so very useful article
MarieLB from YAMBA NSW on November 15, 2014:
It never ceases to amaze me how many different subjects we find to write about. Now here is one that is no doubt, interesting to many. I know that I find it so.
Thank you Laura Wells.