13 ways to Promote your Work online for Women Illustrators & Artists
In this guide I’ll show you online communities, organizations and Instagram pages that offer opportunities for female illustrators, artists and animators to show their work to a broader audience.
Getting your out there isn’t always an easy task but hopefully this guide will help women creators to promote their creative work.
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If you’re looking for even more opportunities to promote your creative work I suggest you check out my other guide here on Creativehowl where I list 70 blogs, sites and online publications where you can get your work featured.
Women of Illustration
Women of Illustration is a community devoted to empower female creators through their Instagram and The Women of Illustration Podcast.
Dina Rodriguez founded this community in 2018 and it has grown immensely since the start, with over 590,000 followers on Instagram and their Podcast going strong.
You can support Women of Illustration on Patreon, and on their $20/month tier, you get a feature on their Instagram every month. Each month they feature a lot of creators and their Instagram posts a lot so it’s hard to know if it’s going to be worth the money.
Women Who Draw
Next up we have an open directory for female illustrators, Women Who Draw. This is a massive directory with 1000s of female artists featured making it a fantastic resource for anyone looking for talented women creatives.
The directory is open for all female illustrators to join, all you have to do is follow the instructions found here.
Panimation is another directory for female & non-binary artists working with animation and motion graphics. It’s a fantastic directory to browse through, every participant have created their own animated interpretation of the Panimation logo, it’s a real treat looking through all this creativity.
Apply by heading over to Panimation and follow the instructions, it’s not required to create your own featured images of the Panimation logo but it is recommended so people can get a taste of your style and skill.
Instagram Pages featuring female creators
Pages on Instagram dedicated to showing art, design & other creation from women creators. Majority of pages are open for submissions from female creators.
Girls making magic is a Instagram page devoted to showcasing female illustrators, designers and artists. They also occasionally share in their stories opportunities around the internet for female artists to participate in.
Use their hashtag #girlsmakingmagic or tag them in your posts for a chance to get featured. Or for a better chance to get shown participate in their #makingmagicmondays challenges that are usually up every Sunday, give them a follow to get notified with the latest challenge.
Women with pencils is an art and illustration page that show amazing female art from around the world.
As of now there’s no way to submit your work for a possible feature, but it’s still a great page to follow in my opinion.
All She Makes is a Curated directory and Instagram page for female art and illustrations.
To submit your work for a possible feature you can do it here, be aware that is cost $15 to even submit your work for review so this is only a valid option if you’re looking to support All She Makes and the people behind it. Paying will not guarantee you a feature.
LW&D is an organization working for more diversity in the creative industry (especially in leadership roles). They’re active in more than 280 cities worldwide they host meet-ups and offer mentorship, portfolio reviews and other ways to connect with unrepresentative creatives.
Head to their website and see if there’s a active chapter in your city, and start connecting with creatives in your area. Some of the chapters offer chances to feature your work, which is nice but of course not the main goal of this non-profit initiative.
Creative women community is an Instagram page devoted to showing female illustration and art, often themed around feminism and female empowerment.
You can use #creativewomen with your posts for a chance to get featured here.
The page Kvinnokonsten promotes art from female & non-binary artists from the past and present. This page is wonderfully curated with a lot of variety in the art they feature, highly recommended. The name Kvinnokonsten is Swedish for “The female art”.
You can send them a DM on Instagram with your artwork for a possibility for a feature.
Hashtags to use for women creators
Here are a few hashtags you can use as a female creators on social media like Instagram. I suggest you pick and choose a few relevant hashtags and don’t use them all, you’re going to see much better results and engagement with small selection of relevant tags.
#femaleillustrator #womenillustrators #womenillustrator #womendraw #womendrawing #womenwhodraw #womeninillustration #womenwhodrawwomen #womenwithpencils #womenwhoillustrate #illustratedwomen #thewomenwhodraw
Design & Graphic Design tags
#womenofdesign #femaledesign #femaledesigner #femalegraphicdesigner #womengraphicdesigner #womenwhodesign #ladieswhodesign
#womenartists #femaleartists femaleartist #femaleart #womeninart #womeninthearts #creativewomen
#femaleanimator #womenanimators #panimation #womeninanimation #girlsinanimation