Category: Art Resources

Top 8 Facebook Groups to Join for Artists

Facebook isn’t just for seeing what your friends are up to. It’s a great source to find groups full of like-minded individuals and also people that could be interested in your work.

These are the best Facebook groups to join if you’re an artist:

Promotion groups

 

The Artists Exchange

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheArtistsExchange

Members: 7000 approx.

Public Group

Looking to promote your work? The Artists Exchange is a community of artists sharing and promoting each other’s work. Artists, artisans, crafters, performing arts, photographers, and more, are all welcome to join.

 

All the Artists on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AllArtistsGroup/

Members: over 18,700

Closed Group

A group to promote your work and also get critiqued, as well as giving critiques and compliments to others work. With almost 19,000 members, there is always someone there to see your work.

 

The Artist Hangout

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1662965137254435

Members: over 4,700

Public Group

The Artist Hangout is described as a community where great artists connect and also that connects with art buyers.

 

Artists, Painters, Unique Art

https://www.facebook.com/groups/528790623951978

Members: over 16,400

Public Group

Share your art here and promote. The group is a large one so there will be plenty of eyes on your work.

 

Networking & Advice groups

 

Artists Share Honest Feedback

https://www.facebook.com/groups/876729205797246/?ref=br_rs

Members: over 1300

Closed Group

Looking for a critic of your work? This group values sharing honest feedback so you can make sure your work is the best it can be. It’s all fellow artists and you can even ask for advice as well as help others.

 

Creative Artist Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1450794768542899/

Members: over 25,700

Closed Group

A link between beginners and experts, Creative Artist Group is full of artists connecting and sharing knowledge. Ideal if you’re just starting out and want advice and critiques.

 

How to Sell Your Artwork

https://www.facebook.com/groups/252491768416706 

Members: over 1000

Closed Group

This is the place to be if you want to sell your work. It’s full of advice from full-time artist Tom Findlay on the business of making, marketing and selling artwork.

 

The Artist Entrepreneur Network

https://www.facebook.com/groups/857999944235323

Members: over 17,600

Closed Group

The Artist Entrepreneur Network is another great source of learning about the business behind being an artist as well as a place to share your artwork and network with other artists.

It’s a well-structured group that has every day set aside for something different, i.e. What’s Up Wednesday to show your work in progress and Tutorial Tuesday where you have the opportunity to both learn and share something new.

5 Free Art Reference Resources you Need to Know About

The Internet is full of beautiful photos, but with this comes a minefield of legal copyright risk. Using a random photo you like in your artwork as a whole or even in part may land you with fees and diminish your reputation. It is possible to photograph your own reference photos for your artwork, but you may not have access to everything you’re envisioning for your piece. Fortunately, there are several websites dedicated to helping to solve this dilemma for artists.

Here are five resources that you can use to find free high-quality stock photos with no copyright restrictions.

Pixabay

https://pixabay.com

Pixabay has over 970,000 free high-quality images that can be downloaded without an account.

There’s a good chance you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for either through the search bar or by browsing by category. The website’s ease of use makes it fun to start building a collection of favorites. Not only does Pixabay include stock photography, but illustrations and some videos as well.

 

Unsplash

https://unsplash.com/

Full of gorgeous photography, it’s really hard to believe that they’re all free. Photos are all under Creative Commons Zero, which means that you can use them for both personal and commercial purposes without needing permission or attribution.

You can even join with a free account that will suggest types of photos that you would like and you can also save them in folders (kind of like Pinterest).

 

Death to the Stock Photo

http://deathtothestockphoto.com

Sign up to receive free beautiful photos every month in your inbox. Perfect if you’re not looking for anything in particular – just something inspiring.

There also is a paid service where you get access to all the photos on the website for $15 a month.

 

Gratisography

http://gratisography.com

Looking for photos with a touch of humor and surrealism? Gratisography photos are all taken by Ryan McGuire and are free to download and use on your personal and commercial projects. It’s updated every week with new photos.

 

Picjumbo

https://picjumbo.com

Photos are all taken by Viktor Hanacek and are free to use for both commercial and personal projects. There is the option to search by keywords and categories. Picjumbo is Viktor’s full-time job which means new photos are being added frequently.

There is also a premium account available for $10 a month, which allows you access to even more photos.

There are many more websites out there that offer similar services. What are your favorites? 

Happy hunting!