If you’re an artist or designer, you have more social network options than just Pinterest. Don’t get me wrong; Pinterest is a great avenue for sharing and posting your work. However, there’s also a bevy of other possibilities where you might thrive (or be the big fish in a smaller pond). Check out these art-driven sites.
DailyBooth was a site where you upload a photo every day. If you’re a photographer, this was a no brainer. Whether you specialized in artistic shots of heavy equipment or portraits, it was a great way to build a community on a more intimate scale than Pinterest. Unfortunately at the end of 2012, it disappeared off the radar – replaced by newer, shinier networks like Instagram and Pinterest. But if you are still looking for more intimate spots to share your artwork and build a following, read on!
Find Your Niche
deviantART is a well-known community for artists of nearly any medium. The only catch is that the perspective is a little dark, twisted or very modern (so traditionalists might not care for it). However, it’s a great site for sharing your most stunning work. You can also find other artists who share your angle.
Flickr is another biggie and centered on the photography community. While it doubles as a photo storage site for non-pros, it’s also a great source for amateur and professional photographers. Many site owners and bloggers go to Flickr as a source. If you share your photos here, you have a chance of having them selected for use elsewhere.
A Little Lesser Known
MOG is the go-to site for musicians. You can share your latest music and check out other bands or artists who share your taste. It’s a popular choice for fans looking for something off the beaten path (read: not iTunes). You can help boost your fan base here.
PureVolume is a similar site, but it’s dedicated solely to indie music. If you love your music with an independent vibe, this is the place to be. It also means it’s a must for up and coming bands who want a little more exposure. MySpace is also taking a crack at becoming a music-centric site, but it’s not happening yet.
Hey, It’s an Art
Ravelry is the site for knitting and crochet lovers. If you want to connect with others who share your art and passion, you’ll find plenty of kindred spirits here.
Taltopia is a general site for the artistic community and has everyone from calligraphers to oil paint artists.
Wakoopa is a site dedicated to computer pros, and designers have a very solid community here. If you’re a graphic designer who wants to connect with others, ask questions or dish up advice, then this is the place to be. If you’re just not hitting your groove with the big sites, it might be time to try something a little different. You just might find the perfect place to share your artistic vision.
Written by Adrienne: Adrienne is a blogger and aspiring writer. When she’s not blogging about tech and social media, you might find her practicing her French, whipping up some recipes she found on Pinterest, or obsessing over vintage postcards and stamps.