Forums typically have a dual purpose – as an educational resource and a place to get answers to questions. For artists, this means learning about art techniques, showcasing art, getting critiques, learning about art promotion, etc. Many of the larger artist forums act as an encyclopedia of art information, and are often organized into sub-forums based on subject and medium.
Please read the first part of this series if you haven’t already: Tips for Using Art Forums
In this post are listed some of the most popular online forums for artists. If you are a member of one not mentioned here, please tell us about it in the comments.
Most Popular Artist Forums
- Deviant Art Forums
Deviantart happens to have the largest and most active forum for artists on the internet. All types of artists are welcome, though the majority on the site seems to be digital art, comic art and manga. Find specific boards for photography, digital art and literature. The Deviantart forum also has a useful showcase section for promoting art.
- Wetcanvas Forums
Wetcanvas is a huge form site made up of many sub-forums organized into channels. Select channels by using the Channels menu as shown in the image to the right.
There are specific forums dedicated to abstract art, acrylics, airbrush, art business, art history, clay, creativity, drawing, colored pencil, digital art, photography, sculpture, print making and much more. In these you will find a lot of great advice for art techniques and promoting art. When first joining, be sure to post at the Welcome Forum before posting anywhere else.
- Artist Daily
The Artist Daily forum currently has 344,580 members and 40,367 posts. Participate in discussions organized by art practice, medium and subject. Also, if you are interested in learning art techniques, take a look at all the free ebooks in the right sidebar.
- Concept art Forums
Find a wealth of information here on many art and design related topics. Conceptart.org currently has 360,609 members and 3.5 million posts. The Concept Art forum has boards for fine arts, photography, animation, graphic design, concept art, Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop and much more. Particularly useful for freelancers are the Artists Looking for Work and Job Listings and Employers boards.
- A Singular Creation Forum
A Singular Creation is a combination of a portfolio site, art community and artist resource website. They regularly list new art contests, and hold their own monthly art contests for prizes. The forum is a great place to post new artworks, get critiques, and to find tutorials on art techniques and art promotion. The forum is very large, at 15480 members and 48,803 posts.
- Art Rage Forums
ArtRage is a popular iPhone digital painting app and has its own community for artists. The ArtRage forum has 32,492 members and 260,781 posts
Art community with 4847 members and 16088 posts.
Artist forum with 1999 members and 9101 posts.
- Vision Art Forum
Online art community with 4891 members and 3079 posts.
- Art and Artistry
Art and Artistry was formed by some of the former moderators of Wet Canvas. They have a total of 1197 members and 120,757 posts. Two main sections include Your Artwork (boards for critique, showcasing new art and works in progress) and Techniques (educational boards for art techniques using various media).
Regional Artist Forums
- Art Forums Asia
Oriental Outpost – 3045 members
- Art forums Australia
Artists Online Australia – Australian art forum – 734 members
Australian Art and Photos
Australian Fantasy Art
Arts.org.au forum - The Australian Arts Community
- Art Forums Canada
Canada Arts Connect
- Art Forums India
- Art Forums UK
Artforums.co.uk – 3252 vmembers
The Society for All Artists
Do you know of a particular artist forum or community, which should be included in this list?
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