This 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.
Have a central location on the internet.If 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.
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.
- Deviantart – POD – Deviantart Review
- Zatista – review process – commission
- Sell Arts
- Voodoo Chilli – upgrade
- Artists for Artists
- All Trade Art – Upgrade
- Fine Art America – POD - Fine Art America Tour
- ArtID – Upgrade
- Rebubble – POD – Rebubble Review
- ArtWeb – UK based, Upgrade
- Art Online
- Imagekind – POD – Imagekind Tutorial
- Myriad Galleries – Commission
- Print Pop – POD
- Etsy – Commission – Etsy Review
- Art Gallery
- Coroflot – For Designers and Illustrators
- Zazzle – POD, Commission – Zazzle Tutorial
- Blue Canvas
- Glossom – Glossom Review
- FindingArtOnline – Commission
- Beetle Bird
- Zhibit.org – Upgrade - Zhibit Review
- Window on Web – for all genres of the arts
- Rise Art - Rise Art Tutorial – art rental and shortlisting program
- Art Bistro
- Paintings I Love – Upgrade - Paintings I Love Review
- Artist Rising – POD
- ArtSlant – upgrade
- Saatchi Online - Saatchi Online Overview – POD – Commission
- LocalArtist – commission
- Not the Tate
- Carbonmade - Carbonmade Tutorial – Upgrade
- ArtQ – free registration until 3/31/2013, use provided code
- Art and Design Online – Upgrade
- ESBQ – ESBQ Overview – Upgrade, free membership for art patrons and collectors
- ArtWanted – commission – upgrade
- Art 3000
- Cafepress - POD – Upgrade
- Artisian – Upgrade
- Pictify - Pictify Review – Similar to Pinterest, but for artists
- ArtCardsWanted – for selling ACEO and art cards
- Artybuzz – POD
- A Singular Creation - A Singular Creation Interview – Upgrade
- Found Myself - Found Myself Tutorial – Honor System (voluntarily pay when you sell art)
- Concept Art – free artists forum
- Art Break
- See.me – Upgrade – See.Me Review
- Fine Art Studio Online – Forever Free Plan, Upgrade
- Meylah – free online store, commission – Meylah Review
Artist Website services which have a limited time free trial.
- Original Art Online
- Artist Websites
- Art Gallery Worldwide
- Art Fire
- Fine Art Studio Online (FASO)
- Other People’s Pixels
- Art Roof
Places where you can Create a Free Website from provided templates
(usually have upgrade options)
- Wix – upgrade starting at $4.95 month, hundreds of templates
- Weebly – upgrade for $5 a month
- Build your Site
- Google Sites
- Web Hosting Hub
Free Blogging platforms
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.