If you've been searching for a quick easy way to get your art in gallery format, look no further than Dripbook--an artist community site that declutters the viewing experience and puts the art first. Dripbook has the ease and functionality of Flickr--you can upload, drag and drop your images into sets or artist "books" grouped according to your preference. Artists can create a profile, message or connect with other members--unless, of course, you aren't completely engrossed in uploading your entire portfolio. The beauty of Dripbook is its ability to cross genres. Illustrator, animator, photographer--you name it--artists of all genres will find this an amazing way to showcase their work in the context of a vibrant artist community.
Want a second opinion? Mashable (which I find to be rather curmudgeonly at times) manages to sing Dripbook's praises before ultimately worrying about the lack of a common marketplace to make actual purchases. I suspect all this will come along in due time; we know from experience that it's impossible to roll out all your best ideas for a site first time out. Stay tuned. While Cyana Trendland blog reminds that Dripbook is still in beta, blogger Lehane Waddington offers her overview here.
If collaboration is the thing your artist heart has been craving these days, you might find just what you're looking for in Behance--a creative networking site with a special emphasis on the work connections you need to move that project, portfolio or burning idea to the next level. This social networking site--designed especially for artists--focuses on "circles" of like-minded professionals grouped according to interests. Behance also maintains a Gig List where you can post work requests--another great way to keep the door to collaboration wide open. You can take the tour here.
For maximum flexibility in crafting your online gallery, you might consider Clickbooq--an elegant web-based software that puts the tools in your hands. This system takes the designer out of the equation as you use the palette and tools provided to craft your own unique gallery setting. Everything about Clickbooq has the feel of excellence--the pages load beautifully and each page communicates the product with ease. But all this beauty will cost you--unlike Behance (free) and Dripbook (free with ads/$9 per month without), you will pay for the privilege of using Clickbooq. Make that $70 please. Only you can decide if it's worth it.
That's quite a selection if you--like me!--have been on the hunt for a way to display your images with the respect they deserve. Now you can solve that problem in good company, as more and more sites recognize the appeal of doing your work in the context of a bustling community.
You can read more of my reflections on creativity and the artist's life at jenlemen.com.
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