I recently discovered a new social network/ online gallery for artists called Plovist, which is a place for painters, photographers, digital artists, and other 2-D media artists to post and share art. Before you think – ‘not another Pinterest clone!’, hear me out.
The Pinterest design is a proven model, and a few clones have already arisen particularly centered on the art world (Artstack, Pictify, etc.). I enjoy surfing these types of sites because they allow the viewing of many artworks at once. I can scan the images, and easily comment and like. If I want to view a larger picture, or to find out more about the artists and their other artworks, I simply can click on the image.
I have included a brief overview of Plovist and some of the features. Plovist is a new site and seems to be dedicated to growing and expanding, along with adding new features. So, hopefully we can look forward to many improvements and additional features in the coming months.
How to Join PlovistGo to Plovist here. Click the Enter Site icon in the center. Signup by entering your name, email and a password. Agree to the TOS and click Join.
There are also options to signup using your Facebook or Twitter accounts. On the next page, login using the username and password you already created.
Edit Plovist ProfileNear your username at the top-right, click the down arrow. Hit the edit profile link.
A page appears to enter name, About (short bio), location, and website. Also upload a profile image at the bottom. This can be an image of one of your best artworks, or a picture of yourself.
When completed this section, simply click “Update”.
The url for your Plovist profile will be:
Upload ArtThe next step is to begin uploading artworks.
Click the green Upload button at the top. Either enter a URL for the image or locate it on your computer. Fill in title, description, tags and a category. Hit Post when ready.
Explore ArtNow that you have once artwork uploaded, check out how it looks. In the Explore Art menu at the top, select your category for the artwork. On the next page, click Recent.
Your artwork should be close to the top.
This page uses the same format as Pinterest and ArtStack. Icons below each image represent number of views, likes and comments.
Click the big heart at the bottom right of an image to give a like.
Art PagesClicking on any artwork brings one to a special page for that picture. The full scale artwork is displayed at the left, with sections for critique and comments below it. Buttons for Facebook and Twitter appear at the top left, making images easily shared to these social networks.
Art CompetitionPlovist’s current art competition is titled 'Most Loved Artworks Of The Month'. The winners of this contest are selected by a combination of criteria, including amount of activity on the artwork page (likes and shares), and the decision of a panel of judges. It seems that artworks don’t have to be entered for this competition. Simply post them to Plovist and share them as much as you can.
Selling Art at PlovistThe site says artists can sell art at Plovist, but I could not find much on this topic – only that the commission rate is 20% for any artwork sold. There is currently no place to enter prices, except maybe in the description of images. Clicking on the Buy button on any individual page only brings one to a contact form to email Plovist directly. The website is still very new, so I am sure they will have more on this in the future.
What do you think of Plovist? Do you see it as just another Piterest clone, or a great new site for artists with a lot of potential for sharing and selling art?