Are you an artist looking for a way to share your work on-line – but being an artist, you don’t have a lot of money to spend doing so? Here are few options for you.
Free: Upload your work to one of the many on-line artist gallery or artist portfolio websites.
Krop is a Job Board and career resource website for creative professionals. You can create a free account and upload a limited number of work samples, along with a description about you and your work, and even a resume. When you are done, your portfolio can be viewed by anyone by simply giving them the URL to your portfolio – which is their website/your Krop username.
For example, you can view mine at the following URL: http://www.krop.com/davidtierney/
According to their What is the Behance Network page, the Behance Network is “a free platform for the world’s leading creative professionals”. On Behance you can showcase your work, gain exposure, display your portfolio, and advance your career. I like their site because the design of their website is slick and because their are many very talented artists from around the world who display their work there. They also have many built in networking tools that I have not yet had the chance to try out, but they look promising. And again here, you can create a free account and a free portfolio that looks great. An example is here with mine: http://www.behance.net/web-designer.
Free – create a free blog with WordPress or Blogger. These are both very widely used and supported blogging platforms that are easy to learn and use as content management options and for creating a simple portfolio, you won’t need anything more.
Want more? You can hire someone like me to create a simple portfolio site like this one that I created for artist Christine Olivo, with a simple but very nice looking viewing gallery. And as an artist, you can save on money and get more of what you want by specifying or even creating the site design you want and have someone, again like me, code it for you.
And if you like the idea of a content management system like WordPress, but want more functionality than you can get with the free versions you can set-up on WordPress.com (because you can’t customize that one with “plugins” that extend the functionality of your site), or if you want a custom design, then again, you can hire someone like me to do this for you. Whether you contact me or another web designer, be specific up front about what you want, what purpose it is to serve, and what your budget range is, or at least discuss these topics so that you can be sure to get the best solution for your needs.