art portfolio websites listThis is a page I have been thinking about including at Artpromotivate for a long time – a directory of artist portfolio websites and website services geared toward artists. With the growth of the internet in the past few years, many portfolio sites, artist websites, and social networks have arisen where artists may promote and share art on the web. They typically give artists a place to post a profile, photos of artworks, and network with other artists and collectors. 

Here are some points to consider before joining these free portfolio websites.

 

  1. Have a central location on the internet.

    website central hubIf you join several of these, it is still very important to have your own website. A central location on the web can be promoted wherever an artist networks on the internet.   

    You have probably heard the spokes in a wheel analogy. The hub of the wheel is your main website, with spokes leading to the center. The spokes represent other locations on the web where you can post artworks, and share the link to your main art website. They can represent sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Fine Art America, etc. 

    Having art posted at many places will help attract people to your main portfolio website, and increase the popularity of your professional portfolio. 
     

      
  2. Send us portfolio sites not listed.

    If there is a social network or portfolio site which you think should be included here, please leave a comment below, or contact us via the Contact form.

    Please understand that this page is not meant as an endorsement of any particular service. Neither is it meant to rate online portfolio gallery sites.

This is an explanation of some of the terms used below.

POD – Print on Demand – The website offers a printing service. Artists may post artworks, and have them take care of printing, shipping, framing, etc., and receive a percentage of sales.

Commission – The site is free, but they take a commission when sales are made.

Upgrade – The website is free to join, but they have upgrade options, which often includes such things as a custom domain, more storage, promotion at the site, etc.

 

Places Where Artists can Create a Free Online ART Portfolio.

  1. Create your own Website!Deviantart – POD – Deviantart Review
  2. Zatista – review process – commission
  3. Sell Arts
  4. Voodoo Chilli – upgrade
  5. Artists for Artists
  6. All Trade Art – Upgrade
  7. Fine Art America – POD - Fine Art America Tour
  8. ArtID – Upgrade
  9. Arttatoo
  10. Rebubble – POD – Rebubble Review
  11. ArtWeb – UK based, Upgrade
  12. Art Online
  13. Imagekind – POD – Imagekind Tutorial
  14. ArtPickle
  15. Myriad Galleries – Commission
  16. Print Pop – POD
  17. Noenga
  18. Etsy – Commission – Etsy Review
  19. Art Gallery
  20. ArtMajeur
  21. Coroflot – For Designers and Illustrators
  22. Zazzle – POD, Commission – Zazzle Tutorial
  23. AbsoluteArts
  24. Blue Canvas
  25. GlossomGlossom Review
  26. FindingArtOnline – Commission
  27. Beetle Bird
  28. Zhibit.org – Upgrade - Zhibit Review
  29. Yessy
  30. Window on Web – for all genres of the arts
  31. Rise Art - Rise Art Tutorial – art rental and shortlisting program
  32. Art Bistro
  33. Paintings I Love – Upgrade - Paintings I Love Review
  34. Artist Rising – POD
  35. ArtSlant – upgrade
  36. Saatchi Online - Saatchi Online Overview – POD – Commission
  37. LocalArtist – commission
  38. Not the Tate
  39. Carbonmade - Carbonmade Tutorial – Upgrade
  40. ArtQ – free registration until 3/31/2013, use provided code
  41. Art and Design Online – Upgrade
  42. ESBQESBQ Overview – Upgrade, free membership for art patrons and collectors
  43. ArtWanted – commission – upgrade
  44. Art 3000
  45. Wooloo
  46. Cafepress - POD – Upgrade
  47. Artisian – Upgrade
  48. Pictify - Pictify Review – Similar to Pinterest, but for artists
  49. ArtCardsWanted – for selling ACEO and art cards
  50. Artybuzz – POD
  51. A Singular Creation - A Singular Creation Interview – Upgrade
  52. Zibbet
  53. Found Myself - Found Myself Tutorial – Honor System (voluntarily pay when you sell art)
  54. Concept Art – free artists forum
  55. Art Break 
  56. See.me – Upgrade – See.Me Review
  57. Fine Art Studio Online – Forever Free Plan, Upgrade
  58. Meylah – free online store, commission – Meylah Review

Artist Website services which have a limited time free trial.

  1. Foliotwist
  2. Original Art Online
  3. Artist Websites
  4. Art Gallery Worldwide
  5. Art Fire
  6. Fine Art Studio Online (FASO)
  7. SiteWelder
  8. Other People’s Pixels
  9. d’Art
  10. Art Roof
  11. ArtDealers

Places where you can Create a Free Website from provided templates

(usually have upgrade options)

  1. Touch People with your Art - Click Here!Wix – upgrade starting at $4.95 month, hundreds of templates
  2. Weebly – upgrade for $5 a month
  3. Webs 
  4. Build your Site 
  5. Jimbo
  6. Squidoo
  7. Moonfruit
  8. Squarespace
  9. Google Sites
  10. Exai
  11. Web Hosting Hub
  12. Yola

 

Free Blogging platforms

  1. blogging websitesBlogger
  2. Wordpress.com
  3. Typepad
  4. Tumblr
  5. Livejournal

Social Networks

  1. Facebook
  2. Pinterest
  3. Google+
  4. Twitter
  5. Flickr
  6. Linkedin
  7. Chimein
  8. Stumbleupon
  9. Myspace

I know this list is by far incomplete. If you know of a portfolio site, relevant social network, artist website service, etc. which you think should be included here, please let us know below in the comments.

Also, if you would like to know certain information about each website, just let me know, and I will try to include it in a future update.





18 comments:

  1. Check out fine art america http://fineartamerica.com/

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  2. Please check out Starving Artists.com, they are a small commission site I tried to get posted on. I am very inept with tech and had to give up because I couldn't figure out what to do. I think they have a good thing going though.

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  3. Hi. Please discover Plio Art Portfolio. This is canadian initiative that can be used in English, French and Spanish. It offeres a smaller free version as well as other more professionnal plans. Here are some samples of portfolios done with Plio: http://plioart.com/portfolio/highlights
    Thanks!

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  4. Hi. Thank you for the offer of a listing. My website is http://www.elynnenrosenfeld.com.

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  5. Excellent list ! Thank you ;)

    Jess @ www.madesignstudios.com

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  6. Please check out LeapDirect.com, a site I am looking into joining as well as Durham Artists Social Network of which I'm already a member.

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  7. This is an excellent of portfolio websites. I would like to add foliodrop to this list. It is rated among the best Free portfolio websites online.

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  8. I like this list. There are lots of sharing sites. I have Also a recommendation try http://www.artradio.tv you guys will love it.

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  9. It is very comprehensive list. You covered almost every 'portfolio' site available today for public at large. Bookmarked!

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  10. Just here to say thank you so much I tried almost 8 websites from your list and am happy :)

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  11. Some of free site for artist portfolio:
    artists.de
    nobullart.com
    artelista.com
    artreview.com
    myartspace.com
    smyart.com
    theartwolf.com
    equilibriarte.net
    artdoxa.com
    artistamundo.com
    artnews.org
    abstr.actioni.st
    bodyofart.com
    art.osphera.com
    artist-portfolio.net
    artobolus.com
    agenziadiarte.ning.com
    www.worldartistcatalog.com

    good luck my friends!!!

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  12. Hey guys,

    I'd love to add another site to the list:

    http://folio24.com

    It's similar to Carbonmade, but cheaper and with a few more customization options. Check it out :)

    James

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  13. Whatever you do, don't sign up for Saatchi Online. They've been trying to rip off my husband by creating a complicated system for foreign artists involving the American IRS, my husband completed all the steps but never got the confirmative letter back from Saatchi inspite of many requests. It's been almost a year and as he's now threatened to contact the police, they seem to have "gotten busy" and will sort it all out. He sold a print but never got his money because of not having the letter that excepmpts him from American tax. We have been very upset about the whole affair. He will be blogging about it at www.artedstates.blogger.com.

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  14. Hi Graham,
    You may also wish to include the Student Art Guide (http://www.studentartguide.com/). This is a site to help high school Art students excel. Teachers and students - as well as past students - are able to create a profile and upload their high school Art projects. We are a very new site but growing fast!
    Best wishes,
    Amiria

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  15. I very much like the Carbonmade platform.
    my site :- http://www.rodsutterby.carbonmade.com

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  16. Are any of these sites appropriate for 3D Art? I am a glass artist.

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  17. Are there any sites appropriate for 3D art? I am a glass artist....

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