4 Reasons to Participate in Artist Forums

4 Reasons to Participate in Artist Forums

The internet is full of places for you to explore your creativity and meet like-minded people. From less niche places like Reddit to larger platforms such as DeviantArt or Cubebrush, artist forums are great spaces to connect. 

You may be asking yourself, ‘Does it make sense to spend time there?’ The answer is yes! And here are a few reasons why you shouldn't miss out:

1. Builds Your Network 

In many industries, getting in the door can be about who you know, and the art industry is no different. Having the right connections AND creating amazing art can mean a great career. That’s why building your network should be a priority for you, and artist forums are a great way to do just that. 

Participating in artist forums will allow you to expand your network, helping you seek out and secure a multitude of job opportunities and project work, which can add diversity to your portfolio. The Cuberush art forums, for example, have thousands of members that are all potential contacts. From seasoned vets who are looking for new talent to new artists working on their skills, there is something for everyone.

2. Empowers You to Learn 

At his height, Jerry Seinfeld would go to small comedy clubs and try out his new set on an audience. Their feedback gave him direction so he knew exactly what worked and what didn’t. Artist forums are similar in this way. They are great testing grounds, giving you the opportunity to try out new things or to explore areas of design you might not have otherwise. 

You can trust a forum to be a place where you'll receive honest feedback on your work, helping you learn and develop your craft to reach new heights. Take advantage of these platforms as a learning tool where you’ll have the chance to learn and gain new inspiration from fellow artists from all backgrounds and experience levels. 

3. Helps Your Personal Brand 

As an artist, building a personal brand is everything. Many of the most well-known celebrities, entrepreneurs, and musicians all have one thing in common: a great brand. Think David Beckham, Elon Musk, Jay-Z—all of these people have cultivated a certain image of themselves over the years. Or, in the world of CG art, brands can be cultivated with a certain style, like drawing with charcoal or focusing exclusively on matte painting

Having a brand will help people identify with you and your work—it will help your audience know exactly what they are getting if they were to work with you. But there are a few things to consider:

  • Align your brand to your interests- Make sure that your image aligns with your genuine interests, as it will need to be maintained and clearly relate to what you do. Even if it is an art you have always wanted to try but have yet to perfect, don’t be afraid to show your journey so that people can see your progression over time.
  • Create a large online social footprint- This means signing up to all the big social media sites—Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. You want to have a presence everywhere so that you can grow your following over time.  
  • Tell a story- Every personal brand needs a story for people to believe in. This will help your audience know what you're about and be able to connect and identify with you through your branding. You want your clients and peers to invest in your journey so that you can retain a loyal network.

4. Can Help You Make Money

Ultimately, you want to be able to make a living from your work. Forums can be an excellent way to showcase your talents to thousands of people with ease. By building a brand and maintaining an online presence on forums like Cuberush, it can serve as extra marketing for your brand. Paired participation in artist forums with an online store and you can expand your talent and earn money all at the same time.

Cubebrush Forums allow you to engage with an ever-expanding community of artists who have one major thing in common–a love for CG art. With Cubebrush, you can participate in competitions, create your own art blogs, and keep up to date with news and announcements, all while perfecting your craft and growing your network.