Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Where to buy illustrated artwork for your home?

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Our home is tiny and about 3 walls out of the 5 available aren't suited for hanging artwork. Yet I still manage to somehow squeeze in artwork as I just can't live without it.
Due to the limited space at home, I buy artwork probably once a year only and I can tell you, it is always such a treat!

I love choosing the artwork by colors in our interior, considering the drawing's mood and how will it fit with the place in my home I want to fill, selecting top 5 pieces, consulting the selection with Chris, ordering the artwork and then unpacking the baby at home! All of these stages are super exciting (like Christmas, but you are getting something that you've carefully selected and enjoy looking at every day)!

Today I would like to share my top 4 online platforms where you can buy illustrated artwork. So if you've got some empty walls at home and happen to like illustration, you might want to consider treating yourself to an early Christmas gift :)

1. Curioos

- a curated platform focused on art prints only (in other words, they make sure that the artwork displayed on their site is top notch)
- they focus on digital artwork. That means the artist created the work on a computer. You will not believe what work is done on the computer, whilst totally looking like hand-drawn. Check this one out
- Curioos prints the artwork for you (and they have really high quality prints, I've got two pieces from them and was really surprised by the sturdiness of the paper)
- they ship from Paris and so if you are based in Europe, like me, you'll be surprised how fast the package arrives (I believe they ship from New York too)
- they usually sell limited editions (e.g. your piece will be a print number 2 out of 10)

Tip: Sign up for their newsletter; they sometimes run campaigns with free shipping, which seriously saves bucks.

I have these two gorgeous prints at home. The wolf is in our kitchen (a really large print) and the lady is welcoming us in our entrance (A3 size). LOVE them.
Lady by Floyd Grey (image from here), 'Dinner Time' by Bal√°zs Solti (image from here)

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2. Society6

- a huuuuuuuuuge selection of artwork
- all sorts of artwork types: from photography, to watercolor, digital, you name it
- artwork prints, t-shirts, wall clock, shower curtains and many more products (so if you want a matching computer skin and a phone cover, this is your place)
- Society6 prints all the products themselves
- I can't talk about the quality of print from Society6 as I haven't yet ordered anything from them, but I am convinced it is of a very good quality (it's their business, it better be :)

If I had more walls to fill at home, I would totally consider getting these two pretties!
left: Audrey by Jenny Liz Rome, right: Sketch V by Holly Sharpe
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3. Etsy

- there is a ton of artwork of all sorts to choose from
- Etsy does not print the artwork, so the quality of the print is described in each listing depending on how each of the sellers print their work
- some sellers do a top notch work in terms of personal customer service; it can be so rewarding to buy from sellers directly rather than buying from a re-seller who might not have such a bond to the work

Polar Bear by Sandra Dieckmann
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4. Directly from the artist 

- a great way to support your favorite artist as they do not have to pay a commission to a re-seller
- naturally, the artist him/herself is responsible for the print quality
- don't be afraid of high prices, artists usually sell both prints (the cheaper version) as well as originals. Prints tend to be really affordable and still look fabulous.

MissLed sells her work through her own online shop & Liz Clements sometimes sells her work through Instagram (apart from selling it on Etsy too).

left: Paris by Liz Clements, right: Paloma by MissLed
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