Awesome to have just joined Minty! Its a commissioning tool for professional artbuyers and artists and it looks like a great platform to be part of :-)
Ballpit Mag - Featured Artist
Creating personal pieces of artwork is pretty awesome for showing the World what you create! Commercial work, can take longer to reach the final result and sometimes clients prefer you to refrain from sharing everything upfront. For me, I like creating new bits and bobs. It gives me a chance to experiment or try something new and some become poster prints which is a bonus! My next step is sharing it on Insta and I want to improve how I do this, so just as a starting point i'm looking at my hashtags.
The question with Instagram is how do you get more genuine followers and likes? It's all about those buzzwords, community and engagement. So what do you hashtag? Simply put lots of people say to search trends and hashtags that are relevant to what you're posting and see what's pulling the big numbers. Don't over do the amount of tags you use and many successful accounts use very little but I think being able to be that selective can only be achieved once you have a good solid base. Also looking at what other people within the same field as you are listing gives you an idea of what could potentially work.
Take these findings as just my insights so far, it's a work in progress and let see what happens! I couldn't find an arty list of common hashtags out there so i've made a one to share. Take it, use it and I hope it helps us all! Also I liked this article by Vogue on Instagram rules, happy reading!
Creative Boom article by Laura Collinson
Vibrant comic book illustrations depict three kick-ass female characters
To be honest i've been resistant about writing a blog. I've had one before and it didn't feel right to me. As a girl whose heart is in the drawing, it can feel like a big undertaking to become your own spokes person. Some people are blessed at being wonderful salesmen and I really do think it is such an amazing skill! But for some of us it's a little harder and the key for me is finding a balance. I've got to be genuine, learn more about how to promote my illustrations and to work on this, (you can probably tell i'm writing this to future me who has gotten lazy and needs a kick up the ass to get back on track)!
Ok step one, I want my blog to sound like me. This means starting with honesty. Our online personas can be kinda false, without meaning to be. For instance too many beach pictures would give the wrong impression, yes I live in Sydney but this isn't Home and Away and we don't go to there all that often. Also and most importantly is how I talk about my illustrations and what I encounter as a I try to improve what i've started. It isn't easy and I think sharing these real experiences of highs and lows is more useful.
I'm hoping this blog will serve as a way to document what i'm doing and what I learn! This could be trying to gain exposure, finding an agent or drawing hands that don't look like hooves! Whatever tips I pick up, i'll let you know as well trying to answer all those questions bunched up in my head! :-)