The web has evolved a lot over the years, but in some fields such as illustration it has done so at a slower pace or at least not as well known. And it is certainly not because people have stopped drawing: the digital age has brought endless new tools for artists.
And even if you draw freehand or using a graphic tablet, you have at your disposal several web portals where you can share your work. And I’m not talking about Twitter or Facebook (which too), but about sites where at least a certain community of cartoonists has taken hold that is worth following. Let’s take a look.
Tumblr is the most generic option, but perhaps the fastest and most flexible for those who simply want to maintain their own corner on the internet with their own drawings. Thanks to that, the service is being used by many cartoonists, even if it is to keep sketch diaries. It is also one of the most convenient to consult from mobile devices.
This is perhaps the oldest, and let’s face it: it hasn’t aged very well after the rise of mobile and social media despite initiatives like Muro. But still DeviantArt remains one of the reference websites for many artists.
This website is more focused on design, but it is still a good place to upload drawings and illustrations. We will find above all small samples of icons, and the odd artist who has managed to publish their stickers on Facebook or LINE.
We are already talking about Tapastic as one of the new platforms that have brought a good step forward for comic creators. Designed for the mobile age, here we can publish our own comic strip without problems.
We enter the field of services by which we can get a slice of the hobby of drawing. On Patreon, users can give you regular donations, and depending on the amount they donate, you can reward them with exclusive content. More and more people are encouraged to do so, since you can always get even a small “tip” from your followers.
This is very specialized, but it is the most suitable for those who want to upload drawings on a platform where Japanese artists predominate. Pixiv is capable of creating galleries with our work, and the profiles of each user are very complete. Don’t worry, it’s in English.
Why not? There are many people who even post photographs of their sketchbooks and drawings on this network, designed to show quick photographs. If you simply want to have a unique album of works that can be easily followed from any device, perhaps you don’t have to move from this photo service. There is a whole movement of cartoonists that is already there.
A Spanish alternative: Drawfolio allows us to upload our work and create an online portfolio in a matter of minutes, being able to integrate it with our social networks.
Another Spanish service where you can explore a gallery of works uploaded by artists and create your own profile. A detail that they dedicate a section of their website to works with a Creative Commons license.
We ended up with a social network similar to Dribbble, but more aimed at helping artists from various fields to have their portfolio there. Professionals can find their best alternative here, since Behance is integrated with Adobe’s creative applications and also focuses on companies searching the web user base for potential employees.
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