Having an online portfolio is a necessity these days to be an artist. An online presence is as important as the artwork you display on it. Artists must promote their work in as many places as possible to gain exposure and attract as many clients as possible. If you don’t have a portfolio up on the internet yet here are several free options to choose from so you can get your artwork up and getting viewers.
Launched in 2006, the Behance network is not only a portfolio site but also a social network where you can follow and connect with other creatives. It’s like LinkedIn with a portfolio element and strictly for creatives. The site is now owned by Adobe, so if you use any of their tools they are integrated into the Behance site. To me it seems like Adobe has put in a lot of work into the site because it is beautifully designed and easy to use. They have made It easy to keep up with other artists and the projects they’re working on. It’s as simple as finding an artist you like, clicking the follow button, and now you’re seeing other artists work. Likewise they can follow you.
Carbonmade started in December 2005 by a frustrated illustrator who wanted a cheaper and easier way to share his artwork with the world. He teamed up with his friend and created Carbonmade. Now Carbonmade has nearly 500,000 portfolios. It’s not as social as some of the newer portfolio sites but it is very easy to use. The free option allows for 5 projects and 35 images, while the premium package offers 50 projects, 500 images, and 10 videos for $12 per month. This site definitely has the most character out of all the portfolios sites on this list. There’s a unicorn and an octopus on the homepage… enough said.
DeviantArt is one of the largest art communities on the Internet. You can find anything from photography to illustration on this portfolio site. The range of users varies from novice to professional. Sign up is free but if you upgrade to their paid model it removes the ads and unlocks additional features. To me the user interface isn’t as easy as it should be but once you figure it out you can create a profile and upload your art to 24 million members. Personally, I use DeviantArt more for inspiration then sharing my work. I found that the user base tends to skew a bit younger, so it’s been hard to find potential work leads on DeviantART. With that said I know of several artists that use it as their main portfolio site.
Krop might be the most like having your own portfolio site when you’re a premium member but as a free site it’s fairly limited. Krop’s portfolio templates are probably the best looking on this list but all the options are hidden behind a pay wall leaving you with one starter template. Krop’s basic package is free with 10 images but the premium account allows you to upload unlimited images, and videos plus they have a large amount of templates to choose from including your own custom URL. The premium membership is $10 per month. You might be asking yourself why did you include Krop on this list if it’s really not free. My thought behind that is upload 10 of your best images and you’ve now got another site that you can share your work on.
Since its inception in 1997, Coroflot has grown to host over 2 million images and boasts that 150,000 new projects are published every month on their site. Coroflot is essentially a job networking site for all kinds of design disciplines. The community is still small but they let you share your work by creating your own online portfolio. Once you upload your images to the site you can share your work with potential clients in the Coroflot user base.
This is just a handful of a lot of different portfolio sites you can choose from. I can’t really give a recommendation on which Service is best because it really comes down to the user and what you’re looking for. If you have some other sites that you used and would like to share your experience with them please leave them in the comments.