From the beginning Ideating stages I had an idea of what to do for my Digital Artefact. Prior to this subject, I had an digital art account on Instagram for around 4 years, and even though I never amassed a big following, I have always managed to post regularly and have drawings posted once every week or so. Since it was already part of my posting routine, it is easy to get used to.
This subject gives me a chance to brush up on what makes Instagram tick, and what people want to see from my profile. This DA is about curating my art profile even further, and make it a platform where I and my art are seen as accessible for a certain group of people. My art as it stands now is not curated enough to appeal to a specific demographic.
My goals for this project are-
To establish regular communication between me and my followers, such as regularly posting, responding to comments, making Instagram stories posting on Twitter etc.. I also asked for their input on drawings that I created and what they ‘liked’ better.
Another goal of mine is to curate my feed, so I polled my followers on what they thought and what drawings they liked the best.
I also had a discussion about monetization with a tutor (@UnicornDispatch) on Twitter, and the questions it raised about followers and ability to monetize were interesting. I had only considered a narrow perspective of monetization, and that was that people only monetized their content when they had a lot of followers to back it up (Like a few thousand). However, a tutor proved me wrong, saying that they had sold things without the thousands of followers that I thought you needed to have, and commented that you might as well “get paid for doing homework” and even $2 dollars extra is better than nothing at all.
To be able to do that, I need to do things such as post drawings regularly, and stories too. This means that to be able to post, I have to take the time to draw a few days of the week. I also have to respond to comments and any DM’s that I get, and respond to it in a professional manner. I also put tags on the bottom of every post that I make to try to get more exposure. I have also interacted with the art community by doing a #DTIYS (Draw This In Your Style) which is a popular challenge for large artist accounts to do, who notice your work and can possibly ‘share’ it to their followers.
What I like about this DA is that Digital Art is what I like doing, and uses minimal resources + no cost. And I don’t have to vlog.
This DA can be hard if its the ‘post everyday’ type, since it is hard to put out artwork every day. Some people post sketches on their Instagram, but most people want to see finished works. So this project isn’t entirely #FIST friendly, and I have to spread out posts evenly since I can’t do every day.
I feel like I am successfully exploring ideas for my concept and getting engaged with my audience well enough to get a good start on the next modules, Prototyping and Making!