I have come across many artist websites who use mockups to show how a piece of art may look in frame, on a wall or sitting on a shelf. I think it’s quite a good way to showcase your artwork in terms of it’s size, how it looks framed, and how it feels in a space.
There are a lot of mockup sites, but I think that Creative Market offers the best deals overall. You can find mockup images created by various individuals, and I think it’s great to be able to support other creatives! Often you can purchase bundles, with the option of downloading a “tester” image to play with before you purchase.
As far as I can find, there aren’t any free mockup frames that you can download. I tested out a lot mockup websites, and Creative Market and Etsy were definitely the best options. Specifically, because you can download one or two for a couple dollars, and spend more if you want.
The other option is to use photographs from sharing sites, and superimpose your artwork into these images. However, you must be sure to use “free stock photos,” that have been shared by creatives for free from copyright use. For example, Pexels or StockSnap.
As an artist who is new to selling and self-promoting, I was intrigued by this option to display my work. Though I am (slowly) improving at photographing my art, I don’t have the crisp wall colours and hanging spaces that these mockups provide. I highly recommend other artists to give them a try!
I am certainly no pro yet. It does take time to figure out how to position the shadows to make them look natural, and customise the size of framed artwork so that it closely resembles realistic proportions. But it’s certainly a fun way to spend a few hours, tinkering with my hobby.
For a first timer, I think they look pretty good!
Until next time,