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How you as an Artist Can Gain Commissions Beyond Social Media

Welcome back, art enthusiasts! It’s Ezra here and toay we’ll explore a fascinating topic for artists. While social media platforms are undeniably powerful tools, diversifying your avenues for visibility can open up exciting opportunities. Let’s dive in!

Building a Strong Portfolio

One of the key foundations for gaining commissions is having a strong portfolio. It showcases your skills and serves as a visual representation of your capabilities. Consider creating a dedicated website or an online portfolio on platforms like Behance or ArtStation. Highlight your best work and provide clear descriptions to help potential clients understand your artistic style and expertise. If you guys need help with the website, send me a dm and I’ll give you some advice there… I worked as a professional website designer and developer before so I know all the kinks around proper design even if you use platforms like square space, I won’t mind helping ya’ll out.

Ezra Art profile on Artstation

Participating in Art Exhibitions and Shows

Art exhibitions and shows provide valuable offline exposure and networking opportunities. Look for local galleries, art fairs, and exhibitions where you can display your artwork. These events attract art lovers, collectors, and even potential clients who may be seeking artists for commissions. Remember to prepare business cards or brochures to share your contact information and direct interested individuals to your portfolio.

Collaborating with Local Businesses and Organizations

Establishing partnerships with local businesses and organizations can be mutually beneficial. Reach out to cafes, restaurants, boutiques, or even non-profit organizations in your community. Offer to create custom artwork or murals for their spaces, which can enhance their ambiance and give you exposure to their clientele. It’s a win-win situation that allows you to showcase your talent while gaining commissions and visibility.

Networking with Art Communities and Associations

Joining art communities and associations can provide you with invaluable connections and opportunities. Attend local art events, workshops, or even join online forums and discussion groups. Engage with fellow artists, curators, and art enthusiasts. Building relationships within the art community can lead to referrals, collaborations, and exposure to potential commission clients.

Seeking Commissions through Art Agents and Galleries

Working with art agents or galleries can help artists gain access to a wider audience and clientele. Research reputable art agencies or galleries that align with your artistic style and reach out to them. Be prepared to showcase your portfolio and demonstrate your dedication to your craft. If they see potential in your work, they may assist you in securing commission opportunities and promoting your art.

Collaborating with Interior Designers and Architects

Interior designers and architects often seek custom artwork for their projects. Collaborating with these professionals can open doors to commission opportunities. Reach out to local designers or architects, or even showcase your work at design-related events. Your artwork may complement their projects, such as residential or commercial spaces, and lead to commission requests.

All in all

Remember, gaining commissions as an artist goes beyond relying solely on social media… as we all know by now that it is becoming more increasingly difficult for artists to trend on popular social media platforms.

That’s why by diversifying your visibility channels, you can unlock exciting opportunities and reach a broader audience.

  • Build a strong portfolio,
  • Participate in exhibitions,
  • Collaborate with local businesses and organizations,
  • Network with art communities,
  • Seek representation from art agents or galleries, and
  • Collaborate with interior designers and architects.

Together, these strategies will help you thrive as an artist and secure commissions that showcase your unique talent.

If you found these tips helpful, subscribe to my Youtube channel for more exciting content. You can view all the tips directly in my blog, link is down below As always, keep creating and exploring new avenues for success. Thanks for watching!

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