Do you know how to create a fine art portfolio online?

To make money as a fine artist, you need to put your work in front of gallery owners, professional curators, and art collectors.

Creating an online portfolio seems like an obvious way to start, but with

at least 100 platforms, apps, and websites that promise to help promote your art, it can be hard to know where to spend your time.

We’ve put together a guide to 5 of the most popular and effective online portfolio tools* specifically for fine artists.

*No social media tools are covered in this article as they are something different altogether. If you’d like to know more about using social media to gain popularity and market your art, then jump to our article about marketing art with zero budget.

Web & App Portfolio: Behance (FREE)

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At a glance: Behance gets 60+ million page views every month so the opportunity for discovery is high. But with 10 million members and counting, your portfolio might struggle to stand out.

Millions of creatives, from designers to fine artists host their works on Behance. The portfolio site was bought by Adobe and ties in nicely with Creative Cloud apps (if you use them).

Behance is free to use and you can throw a portfolio together really quickly. Here’s an example:

Click here to open the portfolio

If you gain followers, likes, and views from the Behance community, your art will be featured on the front page. That means you have a high chance of getting discovered by curators and collectors.

Behance also has an app for IOS and Android that allows you to access your portfolio on your device and offline. On the downside, your portfolio layout will look just like everyone else’s and your image thumbnails will always be displayed in the same way.

Get started on Behance

Web Portfolio: Small Victories (FREE*)

At a glance: Put all of your images in a dropbox folder, connect it to Small Victories, select a template, and get a gallery-style website. Fast, easy, and basic.

If you don’t want to spend lots of time creating an online portfolio this is perfect. The free tool is the passion project of two coders and is really easy to use — even if you’re not good with technology.

Drop all your art into a Dropbox folder, log onto smallvictori.es, connect Dropbox, and choose a site template. For an art portfolio site, we suggest using the Slideshow or Feed theme. Remember to resize your images so they load quickly.

On the downside, this tool is pretty basic. If you want anything fancy you’ll need to do the HTML code yourself. And if you want to customize your domain name, you’ll need to buy the Pro version (only $36 a year).

We think this is perfect if you want to create multiple portfolios for different uses, but is a little too limited to be your only online portfolio. Plus you can’t access it offline.

*Pro version available for just $36 a year.

Get started on Small Victories

Web & App Portfolio: DeviantArt (FREE*)

At a glance: This is the place to go if you want a community of artists (even if most of them are digital creators).

If you want to know where the artists hang out online — it’s here. DeviantArt is the most popular site for artists on the internet. As with the other options on this list, you can upload your art and make a portfolio with ease, but the biggest advantage to DeviantArt is community.

You can write journals, comment on artwork (and get comments in return) and participate in highly active forums. It’s a great way to build connections with artists around the world.

If you want to sell digital prints of your artwork, DeviantArt makes the whole process simple with their online store. Upload your work, choose the option to make it a ‘print’ and let people buy prints on paper or canvas.

On the other hand, the majority of art on Deviantart is digital, so as a fine artist you might need to work a little harder to find like-minded artists.

Get started on DeviantArt

App Portfolio: D Emptyspace (FREE)

At a glance: If you want your portfolio to stand out, a virtual gallery space ought to do the trick! This is a new app, but it’s easy to use and not oversaturated with millions of creatives.

Our app is a great way to set up a unique online portfolio. Unlike other options on this list, you’re able to create a full virtual gallery with walls and everything. You can upload your art, scale it to whatever size you like, and make multiple galleries in different colors.

It’s a great option if you need to show a potential curator a specific theme or series of work. And yes, you can share your galleries with people who don’t have the app.

To be fair, D Emptyspace is still new and developing. You can only get it on IOS — we’re still working on the Android and Web versions. But we’re a small team dedicated to building a diverse community of artists around the world. Bonus: It’s early days, so the chances of getting noticed and followed by others is high!

Get started on D Emptyspace

Web Portfolio: Fabrik ($11 Monthly)

In a nutshell: If you want a no-nonsense customizable website AND portfolio, this is how you do it.

Fabrik is your ultimate hack to create a beautiful website with an art portfolio. The system is pretty intelligent and handles the complicated stuff like image resizing and embedding. In their own words, “let us spend our time thinking about things like load-balancing, geo-locational efficiency, site-caching and scaling infrastructure. We have people here that enjoy that sort of thing, you just get on with making great work”.

You can choose from 8 themes and customize the layout even further. Added features include blog scheduling and email support. All this doesn’t come for free though. You’ll still need to buy a domain name (if you’d like it customized) and pay $11 a month or $110 a year.

Get started on Fabrik

Tips & Trick to Build Your Online Portfolio Fast

Before you launch into signing up and making a portfolio, prepare yourself with these items. They’ll help you work much faster and save time when creating portfolios over multiple platforms.

  1. A folder of hi-res photographs of all the art you want to upload (here’s a guide)
  2. A pre-written artist’s bio in a word document that you can copy and paste (here’s some good advice)
  3. Artwork names (and descriptions if you need them)
  4. A sense of how your artwork fits together to tell a story

Download D Emptyspace for iOS: https://apple.co/2MhsxCs

Android version coming soon!

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Three Time Tested Ways to Arrange Art in Galleries

Three Time Tested Ways to Arrange Art in Galleries

fImages from Krzysztof Kowalik on Unsplash

Earlier this week, we brought you Five Resources to Master the Art of Storytelling through Curation, looking at how you can give your own galleries the same wow factor as what you’d see in a museum.

Today we’re going even more basic with clear examples of three time tested ways to arrange art on walls. First we’ll look at a few common arrangements that are proven to work. Then we’ll look at some of the elements in your photographs or artwork that help you decide what goes where.

I suppose that maybe this doesn’t need to be repeated, but remember that if you really want to make an impression, you have to get good at editing and only show off your best work, not everything.

Common Arrangements for Art and Photos

There are a two very practical reasons that galleries seldom hang artwork in clusters, preferring instead for linear layouts.

A linear layout in D Emptyspace. Single, diptych and triptych.

First, when galleries are crowded, a linear layout allows visitors to walk though and enjoy each piece of art equally. Second, it means each work can be at approximately eye level. (Gallery height is 57 inches or 145 cm “on center”. This isn’t something you’ll need to worry about though in a virtual gallery like D Emptyspace.)

The Single

Thanks to what I’ve dubbed the “Instagram Effect”, most of us consume and showcase our art and photography in singles, or one-off images. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing in a gallery, but it does get monotonous, so you’ll want to break things up with other arrangements as well.

A “single” featured in a D Emptyspace Gallery.

When singles work: Use singles for high impact images that need to be large to be fully appreciated, or images that tell a self-contained story.

The Diptych

From Greek and meaning “two fold” the diptych originated as an artwork in two parts. The earliest diptychs were actually painted on hinged wooden panels that allowed them to be folded, but, as with most things, they’ve evolved. Generally the two images in diptychs are the same size or very close to it.

Though their origins are ancient, diptychs are still used regularly in modern art. Take, for example, Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Diptych, a silk screen work from 1962.

A diptych featured in a D Emptyspace Gallery.

When diptychs work: Use diptychs to show the relationship (or juxtaposition) between two artworks, or to split one artwork across two panels.

The Triptych

I first came across the word triptych in a university art appreciation course. Like the diptych, the term comes from Greek and this time means “tri-fold.” It emerged in the early Christian church and in many cases the three images represented the trinity. While traditional triptychs had a near 2:1 aspect ratio, this is art, so there are no rules!

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, circa 1500. (Public Domain)

Perhaps the most famous and influential triptych is The Garden of Earthly Delights a very trippy piece by Hieronymus Bosch, pictured above.

A triptych featured in a D Emptyspace Gallery.

When triptychs work: Use triptychs to tell a story with clear sections, or to draw the eye across the wall. (Or as one article suggests, use triptychs to maximize wall coverage!)

D Emptyspace

D Emptyspace is available now for iPhone. It’s an app that allows you to create and explore inspiring virtual art galleries on your phone. More than just photo sharing, it’s a way to tell stories with your artwork.

Whether you want to curate an offline gallery and test the placement of your images first, send a specific arrangement to a curator, or create online galleries to share with your friends, D Emptyspace makes everything free and easy.

Download the app on iOS: https://apple.co/2MhsxCs

Android version coming soon!

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New Features: Add and Customize Galleries, Improved Sharing, Featured Galleries

New Features: Add and Customize Galleries, Improved Sharing, Featured Galleries

Photo by You X Ventures on Unsplash

You asked and we listened! Since we launched D Emptyspace about three weeks ago, artists, photographers, and art lovers have sent us dozens of messages.

Two things are clear: You’re excited about D Emptyspace and you want it to be even better.

So this week we’ve rolled out several new updates to the app that address the top three things you asked for: The ability to customize your galleries, improvements to sharing galleries and featured galleries to help you discover new artists.

Add, Delete, and Customize Your Galleries

When D Emptyspace launched, everyone got three galleries with three walls. We got so many emails from people asking for more galleries or different configurations that we knew we had to move this to the top of our to-do list.

Here’s what we’ve changed. New members will get one default gallery (white with 3 walls). You can add two more galleries, for a total of three. You can select the number of walls in your new galleries (3, 5, or 8), along with the color of the space (minimalist white, neutral beige or dramatic dark).

Select the number of walls in your new gallery.
Set the color theme for your new gallery.

Want to delete one of your old galleries and make a new one with a different number of walls or a different color? For now, you’ll find delete button on the gallery statement page. We’ll find a more convenient spot for it soon.

We know that some of you want more than three galleries. Hold tight! We’ll have something for you soon.

Improved Sharing

We thought we had the perfect solution for sharing. Let people take a screenshot of a gallery, automatically generate an invitation link, and let people share it using the phone’s own sharing menu. As it turns out, we created a totally hidden feature that only about 10% of our members found on their own!

With our latest update, we’ve done something radical and added an actual share button!

From any gallery, just tap the statement button to enter the gallery statement page.

You’ll find the share button conveniently located right there!

For fans of the screenshot method of sharing, don’t despair. That one still works too!

Featured Galleries

Randomly finding new artists with the shuffle button or searching for specific usernames are good ways to find new people on D Emptyspace, but what about the artwork that really stands out?

Now, when you tap the search button (magnifying glass) in the tap bar at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a series of featured galleries curated by our team.

Tap any of them to be amazed. (If you want to see more from the same artist, tap their handle at the top of the screen to visit their profile.)

Download D Emptyspace for iOS: https://apple.co/2MhsxCs

Android version coming soon!

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