A post about the many art selling sites…buuut mostly about RedBubble.
I have been using RedBubble for a few years now and I have some things to say about their site.
I’ll start by saying that I have tried selling my art on a few websites such as Zazzle, Society6, Threadless and DeviantArt. I’ll give a break down as to how many things I’ve sold on each site and you can have a look at my art and gauge for yourself what site you think you should sell at.
First here are some comments on the other sites.
- Sold nothing.
- Good for quick cheap quotes and stolen/inspired designs that are easy to reproduce.
- There’s a lot of customization.
- It is a massive crowd and from what I’ve looked into it seemed that even quality art would be hard pressed to get recognized amongst the garbage (no ofense to those people).
- I’ve sold 2 pillows on Society6. (Photo of the pillow above)
- Great design.
- Great art/no garbage.
- Great quality.
- Not very good at representing people that aren’t already popular.
- Very hard to get seen, unless you use the ever popular “pop culture ladder” and make some Dr. Who and Star Wars art.
- Sold multiple shirts one year after getting a Disney shirt printed for a contest. I didn’t win so all the money was from people purchasing the shirt. The total was about $300 CAD for the whole year.
- Great quality products and art.
- Huge following with awesome competitions.
- Often hard to get exposure.
- I’ve sold nothing on DA.
- DeviantArt is a great site but unless you have a following already you won’t sell anything from my experience.
- I had one very popular painting that received about 6,000 favorites and was even posted on their Facebook page and got 20,000 likes which is really good compared to their other facebook features but still I received no sales on that particular site. That is the only image that was very successful on the site due to it’s nostalgic nature it caught on.
Now for RedBubble. I have been on the site for about 2 years in which my art has changed and grown considerably. I went from making hardly any money, so I’d get paid once or twice a year, to making some money every month once I started posting better works.
You can see in the image what I made each month during my time with RedBubble. It’s not much but for an artist that sometimes makes only $200 a month it’s pretty darn awesome and that’ll be a consistent income as well. The more I upload, the more I’ll sell.
Now what I just said is the case for any of the art websites I mentioned above but the main difference is that RedBubble is FANTASTIC for spreading the word on images they like. The home page displays all of their “Found” art, not only for that day but for 4 of the previous days as well. Did I mention they also featured one of my paintings on their blog and made a post about one of my paintings on Twitter?
When uploading new art they allow up to 50 tags and it can be copied and pasted which is very handy and saves a lot of time in my opinion as opposed to hashtags that can’t be copied and pasted like in Tumblr for example ;) You can also post in a journal and put your art in groups to get more exposure then THOSE groups can feature your art furthermore.
My last bit about the site is that it has grown to have great design and I get the vibe that the creators are humorous and kind in the sense that they care about their artists. I’ve had good customer service experiences with the site as well.
I’ve had 2 family members purchase from the site and all of the products they ordered are good quality and they said there were options to customize. For example if you look in the photo above of my “Depths of Imagination” illustration, you can apparently pick whether to have the writing at the bottom or not.
If there was one thing I think the site could do better, and this is looking with fine tooth comb, is I think it would be beneficial of them to make some of their OWN groups for different categories that would be placed at the top of the groups list or perhaps on a side bar. I feel this would be a good thing to have considering a lot of their groups are often geared towards very strange and strict things that either have too many restrictions or just aren’t run or categorized too well. This would be even better for promoting unseen artists in my opinion.
That’s all I have to say for the most part when it comes to selling on any of these sites. I am open for questions as usual about any of these sites.
NOTE: I was not in any way sponsored to make this post.
By Jennalee Auclair
Instagram // JennaleeAuclair
Society6 or RedBubble
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