This fact might surprise some of you but I used to love to draw and at one point in my life, I was relatively good at it. I started taking art classes when I was eight years old and art quickly became apart of my life for years. Eventually I switched over to reading and writing. I still love art and I often still paint to pass some time but well…it’s not good. I’m out of practice and I consider myself lucky if I’m able to draw something that resembles what I’m supposed to be drawing. Don’t believe me? Here.
I really just wanted to try drawing something on Paint. The other day I saw this girl draw an anime boy on Paint and it blew my mind. Now that is talent and patience. Also, this took me 45 minutes and I’m not really sure what it is. At least it looks like a girl so that’s nice. What is the purpose of sharing my mediocre art? Well, I wanted to make your art palette ravishing so what I’m about to share will blow you away!
Okay, I will stop messing around and get to the purpose of this blog/review. Today I’m going to review one of my favorite websites; Sketchmob. Sketchmob is a social marketplace where you can commission custom (digital) art. This next part is straight from Sketchmob’s about us page.
- We connect people with talented digital artists from around the world to create personalized art in the most simple, fast and affordable way possible.
- We believe each person has their own taste in art and that finding the right piece of art at the right price is challenging. Sketchmob provides the easiest way for people to be inspired and create personal art that they will love. Our artists are handpicked for their talent and quality of service.
- In addition to our marketplace, we offer our print-on-demand services, so that customers can print their custom art on a variety of products such as: canvas, posters, t-shirts, greeting cards, totes, mugs and more.
- Our purpose is to create more beauty, love and happiness in world by empowering creativity, imagination and self-expression.
Our Mission: Drawing people together.
1) Empower artists to pursue their passion by helping them get work, gain exposure and connect with people.
2) Help people find and create art that fits their own personal style in the fastest, simplest and most affordable way possible.
3) Provide a safe and secure platform that connect artists with people looking to buy custom art.
Sketchmob is really easy to use. It’s simple! Pick an artist you like, upload your photo, and the artist will digitally hand-paint an original piece of art from your photo!
To sum it up, it’s an online platform where you, the consumer, can commission an artist to create a digital art piece of anything you desire. It can be a portrait of your pet in the Disney style, it can be a remake of a couple photo in a realistic paint style and so much more. On this site, you will find hundreds of artists who all specialize in a certain art style. It’s relatively easy to start out. You create an account and go to the homepage. This will be your screen.
You can then scroll down the homepage screen and click on the art pieces that catches your eye or you can filter the art style and subject for your needs.
As you can see, you have a ton of options. It’s just a matter of finding the right artist for you, messaging the said artist about what you want and once you’ve connected and talked, you can then go ahead and decide if you want to commission them or not. You simply click on the commission me once you’ve selected the sample picture in their art style you want and the rest is pretty straightforward. The artist will then accept your art piece and you will be notified on when to expect delivery. When the artist uploads the final picture (you will get an email) you can then request revisions or accept the artwork (if it’s exactly how you wanted it). You can then download the file and then it’s done. American customers can have their art printed on a canvas through Sketchmob itself.
I would encourage you leave a review as this helps the artist. It’s incredibly important to talk to the artist before you commission so you can ensure that you’re are connecting and they have a clear idea of what you want and need from them. This makes the entire process so much better and just overall a pleasant expereince. I can see it going bad quite easily on both sides.
Now let’s get started!
As some of you might know, my husband and I have been trying for a baby. We also bought our first house last year and has spent the last few months turning it into our home. From the very start, we knew which room would be the baby room once our time finally arrives. Once we moved in and the main tasks around the house was completed, I slowly got to work on painting the feature wall in the baby room. Something that changed constantly and after a ton of revisions, is finally completed. I wanted to go the extra mile and add something sweet and personal to the room. I had the idea to ask the grandparents of the baby too choose their favorite animal you can find in the wild (the baby room is a nature theme). As my talents would only take us so far, I decided to commission an artist who knew what they were doing. This was when I discovered Sketchmob and hired my first artist.
I fell in love with Dilectum’s art style and ordered the first nursery animal; the elephant. The goal was to have the artist complete one nursery animal (6 in total) each month to manage the cost. Dilectum was quick to deliver, made revisions when requested and just knew what I was looking for. It was a pleasure to work with them and I would recommend them to anyone. I fully plan to work with them in the future. With absolute pleasure, here are the six animals that now hang up on my wall. I treasure these pieces and it makes my heart melt to know that this is specially created for my baby.
As you can see, Dilectum is crazy talented and incredibly versatile with their art. You can support Dilectum on Sketchmob and find other art pieces on these socials.
When I planned to write this review, I wasn’t sure when I will be sharing the news about our struggles with infertility so I went out of my way to find a new artist (in a new art style) to complete an art piece just for this review. I’ve been playing around with having something designed for my footnote of sorts. I liked the idea of using emoticons to spell out my website name. Fit = a girl lifting weights or the bicep curl emoticon. Couch = the couch emoticon. Potato = the potato emoticon. It took this idea and contacted a few artists whose art styles I liked and stumbled on Kei Izumi’s profile. They were newly signed up to the website and I would be their first customer. Normally I tend to avoid purchasing anything online without reviews to go by but someone had to give this artist a chance plus I liked what I saw under their sample art pieces.
My request was a strange one, to say the least.
Kei Izumi truly went the extra mile. Within hours after contacting them, they had a sketch ready and I commissioned them within the same day. I loved working with Kei Izumi. They constantly send me sketches and allowed me full control over the art piece. I could make changes in the infant stages and they always made revisions without any complaints. I loved working with them so much that I commissioned another piece just for the fun of it. Something a bit more ‘normal’. I definitely plan to work with Kei Izumi again and I will probably pop in every now and again to see how things are going.
As you can see Kei Izumi really hit the mark. You can support Kei Izumi on Sketchmob and find other art pieces on these socials.
My final thoughts
I truly enjoy Sketchmob and I will surely use the website again. There isn’t much I can say. It’s affordable, you’re getting custom content and you support little folks celebrating their passion in art. What isn’t there to love? If I have to pick one thing I dislike from the website is their email system. What I mean with this is: when you recieve a message on Sketchmob, you will get an email to say you got a message. That part is great but what I don’t like is that you can’t see the contents of the message and you have to log in. This would be a little annoying if I had to go above or behond to switch on my computer or laptop to see the message and it wasn’t anything super important. That’s the only thing that I kind of dislike but otherwise, I’m a really happy girl with some great custom art pieces.
Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in a click!
Sketcmob’s website — https://sketchmob.com/ —