Art is an inclusive collection of all human activities involved in the production of visual, auditory, tactile, or performing works, that express the artist’s creative ideas, creative concepts, or underlying technical skill, intended for pleasure or reward primarily for their aesthetic value or emotional value. Although art has traditionally been seen as a visual medium, the development of new media and the proliferation of Internet galleries and online art buying and selling websites has made it possible for art to be marketed as a sales commodity. Selling art has become a billion-dollar business annually, and more people are taking it up as a full-time career. Many professional artists and dealers have become specialists in marketing art and their works online.
Illustration is one of the most popular categories of art, and contemporary artists such as Jon Batiste and Joby Martin have made a name for themselves as professional illustrators and designers of screen-scraping website backgrounds, images, and photo illustrations. Their works have gone viral and are displayed across the web. In these cases, the creators of the works prefer not to use any text or images on the website itself, but rather to provide “virtual art” by means of photos and photographs instead. The evolution of digital art has allowed contemporary artists to offer their works in a variety of formats. Some of these include digital file format (DFD), image format (IMF), and other compression programs.
Online art marketplaces such as Etsy and eBay have proven to be excellent places for contemporary artists to display their work. These online marketplaces allow buyers and sellers to communicate with each other through a virtual marketplace. Buyers can browse through a list of available art pieces, price and deadline information and communicate directly with the seller. Sellers, on the other hand, can showcase their art portfolio and make inquiries about potential buyers. For those who are unfamiliar with the services offered by art marketplaces and online art marketplaces, there are a number of excellent websites that offer thorough, detailed reviews on a range of digital art supplies and services.