Do you need a website as an artist? + OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTING PROCESS!

Do you need a website as an artist? + OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTING PROCESS!



hey everyone and welcome to another painting video in today's video I talk about how important it is to have website as an artist while I show you the creation process of my newest oil and acrylic study that I was working on in the last couple of days when I started the painting I was a hundred percent sure that I was painting Magnavox until after having posted the picture on Instagram someone pointed out to me that my model is in fact the person on instagram was the name Irina I have linked her account in the video description in case you want to check out her profile her pictures are so pretty and inspiring this video is kindly sponsored by wigs wigs as an online platform with which you can make the most beautiful websites and realize every idea you ever had about making websites which brings us right to the topic of the discussion do you need a website as an artist in my opinion absolutely yes there is no better way for people to find you online then through your own website imagine someone is looking for your name after they have seen your art somewhere but they can find you because on Instagram Facebook or Twitter she's used entirely different names and even in case you used the same username on all the platforms they might find your Facebook profile but maybe they are not locked into Facebook or Twitter or don't even have an account or they only find your Instagram account and then only see your latest artworks or pictures of the food you ate or the traveling you did now they probably think that you might not even do that much art or it's too much of a hassle to scroll down your feet to find your art I think you know where I am getting here to prevent all of that chaos it is good to have a website those of you who know me a little bit longer know that I worked as a web programmer in the past in fact I self taught me how to make websites when I was a teenager and I made my own websites back then when the internet was real mess and she still had flashing sparkles as a mouse cursor and the more animated gives your head on your website the cooler your website was [Applause] over the years I watched was awe that now you don't need to have any experience or skill whatsoever was coding in order to make an amazing and impressive website they are not many platforms on the internet that allows you to really realize every idea you have but Wix is definitely one of them besides people finding you on the internet there are many other good reasons why you should have a website as an artist even if you don't do it as a business not only gives a website your craft a more professional look you also never know what will come out of it maybe a company might approach you someday and wants to Commission you to paint a mural for me listing all my gallery shows in the biography section of my website for example helped me getting invited into even more gallery shows also having a web shop is super important for many artists too even if you do it as a hobby selling a couple of artworks of prints per month is a great way to get a little bit of extra income another important thing to mention is that we don't know how long all of these social media platforms will last there are so many that got cancelled like vine for example or like Facebook that is currently dying a slow and painful death then it's even more important that people remember your name and can find you on the Internet I really enjoy making websites and when Wix approached me I decided to show you how I use their editor to make website I took the chance to create something hopefully useful for YouTube every day I get tons of questions about what art materials are used and if I would try to answer them it would keep me on my phone all day long so I just don't until I thought of a maybe useful solution for that problem I decided to create a website dedicated to my favorite art materials these are the materials that I used most often and in my recent paintings I love that in the Wix editor you can download the Amazon app which you can connect to your Amazon affiliate account if you have one to showcase your product recommend by the way many artists have their products listed somewhere either on the website or YouTube print using these links to buy something from Amazon is a great way to support them things like this function make the Wix editor stand out from you from other platforms and I absolutely love how beautifully my favorite products are displayed now yay I also contacted the wig support because I didn't know how to use the Amazon app multiple times on my website and they answered my question within 5 hours which was superb another thing that I wanted to show you about the editor is that you have so many possibilities to play around it was so much fun in fact so much fun that I had to try out all kind of different forms and vector graphics just because they look so beautiful and stylish I'm not the greatest designer myself I'm actually very bad at design to be honest so I was over the moon about all the options I could find there I hate looking for funds on the internet or stock graphics because that takes forever and having all of these options at hand was so exciting I just wanted to create a piece of art with the editor to be honest it was so much fun to add speech bubbles put a quick quote in there and just discover what else I can do was that true it's definitely very inspiring if you like these sort of things if you do your website yourself there's no drag-and-drop editor whatsoever you have to position all elements by yourself in the code this is the reason why I like when everything is in one place and I don't have to pay each little addition extra and a drag-and-drop editor is the must-have for me it is an essential thing to not getting frustrated over the design of your website believe me in the beginning the editor is a bit overwhelming because you have just so many options you can choose from but you also get lots of helpful info pop-ups and short video tutorials that explain everything to you and once you have figured out the basics it's like playing Sims where you just have to build a beautiful home and furnish it with designer furniture pieces on my Wix website I decided to make three pages the front page where I showcase my product recommendation the blog page on which I've published couple of posts about which materials are used for my recent artworks and the about page for the about page I even created a little video from footage that I had laying around the video starts automatically and when you turn the sound on you'll get this beautiful garden atmosphere with birds chirping and the wind rustling through the leaves I love that you have so many possibilities for adjustments like letting the video loop or letting it start automatically or not all these features are important if you want to realize your idea of a website most website editors have a very limited amount of functions and if you are pretty much stuck with the basics which then results in your website looking like everyone else's website I do already have a website myself but if I wanted to create an entirely new website I would add a gallery page to showcase all of my favorite artworks for example a list of all my video tutorials my online shop of course and I would also show my Instagram feed all of these features are included on the Wix platform of course you could save all that money and create your own website by renting a web space and installing a content management system but that is a hassle let me tell you being an artist is difficult enough and I don't want to spend any time doing FAQ fixing for my online shop which can easily take hours today as an artist one needs to post regularly on social media create lots of new pieces quickly to stay relevant and then also if one wants to make art their business develop plans on how to make money off it that is a full-time job it's stressful and it is exhausting sometimes I don't want to spend any of my time with back fixing my website or an online shop which stores sensitive information about my customers and should be a hundred percent safe this is why I switch from programming my website myself to use the professional platform that offers me security and a 24 hours customer service oh and another thing that I can recommend when you are starting to make your own website don't forget to link all your social media accounts there too and a contact form so that potential customers can reach out to you if you have a youtube channel even you can showcase your favorite videos on your website and just make it an overall beautiful place to stay now if you want to get started with Wix just follow the l in the video description wix.com / go / neo back and get 15% of a yearly premium plan was my code leo by 15 thanks again to Wix for sponsoring my channel that really helps me out let me know if you tried wakes yourself and show us how your website looks you can post a link to it in the comment section if you like it might take a couple of days until I find the time to approve the comments though because YouTube tends to hide comments with links in them but I will try my best to proof all of them all you can try writing your domain with blank spaces maybe that helps to well I hope you found this video helpful even though it was a little bit different than usual if you aren't a subscriber already subscribe and I see you in the next video bye bye

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