How to Sell Your Art Online & Make Money as an Artist

So you’re a talented artist or a graphic designer, and you’ve created a wonderfully creative process, but you have no clue how to sell digital art, graphic design, or where to show your fine art?

You can spend all your time creating beautiful pieces of art, but even artists need to earn enough money to support themselves. Here’s my guide on how to sell your art. From the best sites to sell paintings to the best ways to sell all art media types. I’ll cover everything you need to know!

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Selling Prints and other Cool Items

One excellent way to start selling digital artwork online is to sign up for websites like Society6. You can create exciting designs and artwork, upload them to the site, and then your potential clients can select your artwork from a virtual gallery to be produced on a range of different items.  This process is called print on demand.

You can subscribe to many print-on-demand websites that will print and ship your artwork for you, for a small percentage of your earning.

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The best online art marketplace makes your art available to a considerable number of shoppers and handles all the admin and overheads like shipping for you. Websites for artists make selling online art stress-free and easy for potential buyers! 

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Vango Art, Tappan Collective and Saatchi Art, Artmajeur are more top online marketplaces. Specially designed to support up and coming artists, you can both grow brand awareness on these cool platforms.

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Using Instagram to Sell Art and Digital Art

Instagram is the hottest place for artists to be online. If you’re wondering, “How can I sell my drawings online?” you need to get to work on your Insta account, with a business mindset, as well as on the other social media platforms, and create your virtual gallery.

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Impress followers with high-quality images of your art and captivating captions, and you can sell digital art, prints, or even original pieces to your followers.

Get Active on Creative Selling Platforms

You want your art to reach as many people as possible, to build your reach, gain more followers, and sell more art and graphic design. That’s why you need to get active on creative platforms such as Etsy


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If you’re looking for the best website for artists, my top recommendations are DeviantArt, Artmajeur, Artfinder, and Etsy. Millions of customers use these online galleries and shops to get inspiration, discover new artists, creative professionals, and buy gifts and items for themselves.

You can sell both digital and print on demand products through these sites, and they will take a small percentage of your sales. 

The bonus is that with many of these creative platforms, signing up costs you nothing at all! Start your virtual gallery now. So what are you waiting for?

Selling Art on Amazon

Did you know that you can sell your artwork on the online shop giant, Amazon? Amazon has a specific section for artists to sell both originals, art prints, and digital art.

If you’ve ever wondered how to sell art on Amazon, I’ve got you covered. Make sure to follow the steps below.

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First, you’ll need to get approved. Only certain types of art are accepted: Three-dimensional art is out, but watercolors, acrylic, and oil paintings are all suitable.

Amazon will take a chunk of the price for their fees, but it’s worth it for the incredible reach you’ll get on their site. Especially if you’re just starting out, don’t overlook selling artwork on It. It might be precisely the financial boost you need for your creative business.

There you have the best ways to earn money online as an artist. From Artfinder to Etsy  Prints, you’re all set to grow your online presence, start making money online shops, or print on demand platforms.

Crowdfunding Platforms

Despite my recommendations and your efforts, you may not be able to sell your artwork easily. So in this case, you should be interested in crowdfunding platforms to be able to make a living from your artworks.

The most promising platform that will allow you to find people interested in your work in exchange for funding is Patreon. With a subscription-based payment model, fans pay a monthly fee of their choice to their favorite creators in exchange for exclusive access, additional content for their products or artwork.

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Learn How to Sell  your Art with Books

Here is a selection of books to guide you as an artist and show you how to profitably get your art noticed.

How to Sell Your Art Online: Live a Successful Creative Life on Your Own Terms

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Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

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Selling Art Online: The Creative Guide to Turning Your Artistic Work into Cash

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The Artist’s Journey: The Wake of the Hero’s Journey and the Lifelong Pursuit of Meaning

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Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist

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It’s time time to start selling your art online, start earning money, and earn passive income with any platform or marketplace above. If you persevere, who knows, you can even quit your full-time job, and earn a living from your art.

I’d love to hear what you think about this post in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!

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My name is Outmane Amahou, 2D / 3D graphic designer and artist.
I like drawing and painting. I'm an avid reader of books in various fields such as creativity, innovation, and technology.
I have a great appreciation for minimalism in art, design, and life.
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