Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s - ‘Cold, Kind and Lemon Eyes’
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~ Mod Kanaya
actually I wish I was better friends with everyone. big group hug. hello everyone. it’s probably impossible to be good buddies with even half the people I know, but I occasionally have the desire. I am a four year old. I am a pet dog. If I don’t talk to you on a daily basis you are big mysterious figure.
if your name is Grae, Dane, or Kyler I wish I was better bros with you
allhailart asked: Hi. I am wondering what are some good tips for making a successful art blog. I just started mine and I am struggling a bit, when it comes to followers/members.
hello! i’m not sure my blog is what one would constitute as a “successful art blog”, since it’s really just a personal blog with art thrown in sometimes, but i CAN tell you how i THINK a successful art blog is made! yeah.
- don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! i know people tend to give self promotion a bad rap, but no one’s gonna know who you are if you don’t have a presence. don’t be afraid to find groups that promo artists, talk about your art to friends, crosspost your work on whatever sites you have that allow it and submit to groups and all that stuff! self marketing is awesome. do it.
- tag your posts, man. always tag your art with the fandom you’re in. a lot of people browse the tags looking for art and whatnot, so if you tag your stuff correctly, people are more likely to find it! just remember that only the first 5 tags will show up, so if you have any more tags than 5, put the most important ones first and use the rest for your own self reference (if you have an art tag, et cetera).
- draw fanart. i know it sounds like a cop-out, i know, but people LOOK for fanart. people SEARCH for it, people already KNOW it. is someone more likely to search for something they know, or something they don’t know? OCs are great, and you should absolutely never stop drawing them (ever), but people won’t know your OCs until they’ve been watching you already and can connect with them because they already know who you are. people can get mad at people who draw fanart, but man, fuck them. if you love something, show it, and don’t be afraid too! benefiting from the fact that it’s a fandom is just a bonus.
- get things done. do series pictures, do comics, do things that will make people want to watch you to see what will come next. an old animation teacher told me once that, the reason so many seemingly “crappy” kids shows are played these days isn’t necessarily because tastes have gotten worse, but because they’re the ones who get things DONE. companies are looking for people who are committed and who can make an idea an complete it, not people who have great ideas and never execute them.
- do something unique. sure, you can draw bust sketches of your favorite characters over and over, but who hasn’t done that before?? make something unique to YOU — whether it be a concept or a style or WHATEVER — that people can’t find anywhere else.
- never stop improving! people will enjoy watching you get better and better as they watch you for a longer period of time. don’t be afraid of people critiquing your work; they wouldn’t advise you how you can be better if they didn’t think you COULD be better. try not to let yourself fall into a comfort zone, because it will stagnate your improvement A LOT. it’s happened to me before. i know.
- above all else, never stop drawing for YOURSELF. getting popular sounds nice. it sounds really nice, even, especially when being ~ popular ~ can net you a fanbase that will commission you and promo you and make you feel good about yourself. and that’s AWESOME, it really is. but it can be such a double edged sword, too, especially when you get the asshole fans who think that, just because they’re doing the oh-so great service of following you, that you somehow owe them something because of it. they are wrong. you should always draw what makes YOU happy, always draw what compels YOU and drives YOU to keep drawing and improving. never lose yourself to what others want, because it will make you miserable and eat you alive. your conceived popularity or whatever is not a measure of your self worth.
that’s all the advice i have, really! i hope this helps!!