Software for Artists

Update: See a more recent version of this topic.

So often when I am consulting with artists through we work together on building their mailing lists. This is important because it seems like everyone is an artist these days and many are extremely talented. Sadly, your success rarely depends on talent. More often than not, it is about who you know and, more to the point, who knows you.

(Unsure that this is currently being supported by the developer.)


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I’m sure there are more, but these are the ones of which I am aware. Most are affordable and available for free trial. To date, I have not been able to tell which one is preferred. And I do not recommend one over another.

I’d love to hear what you are using to organize your art business.

What do you like about it? Dislike? How long did it take you to set it up? Did you have to do any special formatting or was it ready to go when you purchased it?

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6 comments to Software for Artists

  • I started using Working Artist about a year ago. I like it very much. It was ready to go when I bought it. I think it is quite user friendly. It helps if you already have digital photos (esp jpgs) of all art work. It took me about 3 months the get a good start on what I want on file. (spending a day or two a week and many evenings) Now of course it is an on-going job, but worth it. I think the data base programming is very good which is the main point of the whole thing. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • I use MS Access. I started out using the MSWorks database program and then converted it over when I got a new computer with MSOffice on it. I did need some time to learn to set it up and it probably is overkill on what an artist needs for their work. It definately is worth the time it takes to set up whatever kind of database that works for you. I wouldn’t know where my work was or all the particulars without it. Every time I send work to a gallery or an exhibit it goes in the database program. A copy of the invoice is sent over to MSWord, printed out and included in the shipment to the gallery with a space for signing and returning to me. I also admit that I don’t have much of a mailing list. I used to have a good one when I was in a cooperative gallery for some years since we all needed one for our exhibits and announcements. Now, the galleries send out to their mailing lists and I’ve neglected to keep up with my old one. I do need to get one going again though for the times a gallery might want to add my list to theirs for special exhibits.

  • barbara paolucci

    I’m looking for software that lets me build my own website and protect my art from those who would print it and/or download or copy it. I know it exists – I’ve seen it on some other artist’s sites – can’t find it though so, Does anyone know what software product does this? Barbara

  • What is best for portrait artist? Our needs can be quite different. Is there anyone who does commision portraiture that can suggest something?