Freelance, Portfolio & Job Search Resources + Tools & Social Media Resources for Artists & Designers
UPDATED Jan 25, 2014
The other day, a graphic designer buddy of mine was bummed because he didn’t have enough of a budget to afford a professional web design to use as a portfolio for his art. After showing him a few great resources, it occured to me there might be other amazing talents out there who aren’t sure where to post their work, aside from DeviantArt, or how to find the perfect job.
Here’s a solid list of the many resources available online for artists and designers!
Online Portfolios and Job Boards
Coroflot - An employment community for designers. You can make an online portfolio to promote your work, browse portfolios and post design jobs.
Krop - Online portfolios and jobs for designers, artists, and web developers.
Behance Network -A leading platform for creative professionals to build a portfolio, gain exposure and get hired.
Art Jobs – Job postings from around the US for visual and performing arts professionals.
Artist Portfolios & Online Communities
deviantART-As a community destination, deviantART is a platform that allows emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works within a peer community dedicated to the arts.
Carbonmade-Carbonmade helps you build and manage your online portfolio website. You can use Carbonmade to show off your designs, illustrations, art, or any other type of creative work.
Culturehall-Culturehall is a curated online resource for contemporary artwhere selected artists can share their work with curators, gallerists, collectors and other artists. Provides free artist portfolios with an easy to use set of web-based tools to make presenting art online simple and efficient.
ArtisanTalent.com-Freelance artist and designer jobs.
Top Freelancer Websites: Make Money, Stay Busy & Grow Your Portfolio-Post featuring the top freelance websites to help you find work and build a strong portfolio.
Freelance Folder-A blog for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and web-workers. Offers freelance tools, advice, resources, and mush more.
29 Resources for Freelance Designers Operating on a Tight Budget-Many of these resources are free or offer a free plan and others are priced well below the competition.
crowdSPRING-Custom logo design, web design and writing services. Offer your creative work to entrepreneurs, businesses and agencies and reach a global market!
Handy Web Services for Creatives
Mighty Deals-Daily Deals for Creative Professionals
BrushLovers-Offers free and premium Photoshop brushes for designers.
Tools & Social Media Resources
75+ Online Tools & Resources for Artists and Designers-”This list of over 75 computer-based tools and portable platforms can get you up and running regardless of your artistic persuasion. From sites to inspire to portable photo editors to color manipulating web tools, these resources can help any project you might be working on, digital or otherwise.”
Art Biz Blog-”For the Business of Being an Artist” A thorough, well-written blog on using social media to promote your art and career, from the internet to the art gallery, this blog is packed full of useful resources!
These are just a few of the many great resources available artists and creatives online.
Is there an online service or resource that you’ve used that you find useful, a waste of time, worth checking out?
Tell us in the comments!
I have a few very VERY hungry artist, geek and writer friends who I wish I could help. I know they need full-time jobs and fast but are they taking advantage of even the smaller project opportunities that can at least get them some rent paid for a month or buy some IAMS for Spot and Fluffy? Here are some freelance sites that are AWESOME and may just put you in a position to help thyself to some cash while keeping your skills fresh.
AND: THIS LOOKS GOOD ON A RESUME.
Example: Employer during interview: “Hey why haven’t you been working for six months?”
You, because you’re pro-active and kick ass: “Well, sir, the job market is a challenge BUT I have been keeping busy with freelance work! Allow me to show you my portfolio of recent art/publications/programs/apps!”
Get it? Good!
Freelance artist and designer jobs. Top shelf stuff…
Freelancer has created a safe environment for both freelancers and employers via their secure milestone payment system. They have thousands of freelance coders, writers, programmers, designers, marketers and more.
FreelanceSwitch is a community of freelancers of all varieties. The site offers freelance job listings, a directory of freelancers, and much more!
StudentFreelance: The largest freelance site for students.
If you have skills and talent and want to work, Elance is the place to find clients who pay for great results. To help make delivering great results easier for you, Elance offers a suite of tools to help make your work life as efficient as possible.
Sure, you’ve been living on this site looking for work, but did you know they have opportunities for freelancers. also?
Create a profile in your Skill Category; indicate five Skill Subcategories and industries reflecting your expertise. Upload optional Work Samples, Videos, Website links, Certifications or Skills Tests to help prospective Employers find you.
iFreelance is the place for independent professionals looking for freelance jobs. Whether you have experience in proofreading, art jobs or data entry, graphic design and photography to bookkeeping and data entry.
For my web dev geek friends:
Find jobs for graphic arts and design, web designers, web developers, php, .net, java, drupal, joomla programmers, etc!
VWorker/Rentacoder is good place to find small to mid-sized projects for earning extra money. It also offers a rating system which can hurt or help you depending on your work. Would you like to earn more income? If so, vWorker.com gives you the ability to do this, along with the unique freedom to choose how much, how often and where in the world you want to work. All you need is a marketable skill, the ability to communicate well and a laptop/computer with an internet connection.
This is a site for programmers, web developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and writers to find each other and work together to create websites that look and function great. FREE to join.
Final Notes on finding freelance writer, artist or web professional work:
Good luck, my hungry friends, may you find the work you need!
Did I miss any good resources? Let me know in the comments!