Prototyping has been a long journey, and through it I have interacted with many people on Instagram (@amelysart) and twitter (@AmelysArt) , as well as drawn many artworks, for myself and for other people.
On Instagram I have drawn for-
Chae Magazine– I participated in their magazine with three illustrations that reflect the natural environment and also an article about me.
Pine Zine– I participated in the First Issue of the Zine, which was ‘Self’ and I draw a face illustration for that. I also participated in the Second Issue, which was ‘Earth’.
Xintoii– A artist on Instagram that also has cats that she shows in her story. I drew one of her cats as a gift. She responded by liking and interacting with my post.
_llecholl_ – I drew a fox for Echo as part of a Draw This in Your Style, that she liked!
On Twitter I have drawn for-
The Uni Crowd- Surprisingly hard to please, I drew a meme a week for around 6-7 weeks as part of my online presence, but I also drew two comics. They haven’t gained a lot of interaction or discussion.
My Twitter Art Account- Please follow my art twitter, I beg you (@AmelysArt) I only get one like per drawing. Haven’t done much besides posting what I have already posted on Instagram, and have been mostly focused on Instagram anyway.
Notable Things- On Instagram I am more regular and have more interactions with people in general so I tend to get a lot more likes there than on twitter. Twitter isn’t very good with hashtags or ways to interact with others via stories, so I prefer Instagram.
I am also doing Inktober, which is an event where artists draw an ink drawing for every day of October. I am doing small ink drawings every day and hash tagging them. It is fun to do, and I might even see an uptick in interaction due to posting every day.
On monetization, I haven’t gained enough traction or support to be able to monetize or sell my work. I also think I don’t fall into a specific category that people like – Such as drawing anime/ semi-realism/ cartoon work. I don’t have a ‘brand’ so to speak, and people don’t follow me because of that, is my theory. But right now, I would like to experiment and see what I like, because experimenting thoroughly would be more beneficial to me now, rather than being stuck in one ‘style’ for a few years and then deciding that I don’t like it.
Why I feel like I haven’t gained any traction– The internet is big and there are many skilled artists around the world. People simply don’t think that my work is entertaining enough or ‘good enough’ (for them) to share or comment on. As Ross Hudgens from Content Marketing Institute says, “Don’t underestimate the first sentence in any blog post, Tweet, Facebook post, or ad. It will make or break effective curation.” So I have to be more aware with my caption as well as my art, and both are equally important to draw attention. I also don’t have many followers or friends on these platforms, and while I post consistently, my artwork varies on theme from post to post. Not many people share my artwork and I don’t think there is anything ‘unique’ about my drawings. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel, but it just doesn’t stand out, and I can’t put my finger on why or why not. Maybe I need to draw more fanart? Or aim for an even more niche audience?
I had the choice to do Speedpaints, but decided to not do them for two reasons-
- After I record and export it, the video loses quality and can even get corrupted or just doesn’t work in some cases. I tried a free video editing software, but it took 18 hours alone just to process a 3 minute video, and it didn’t even come out the way I wanted it to. It’s just not reliable at the moment to do them.
- It forces me to do work faster (not necessarily a bad thing), and there is more pressure for me to do it well. I can’t relax when doing a Speedpaint, and there is no room to improvise or switch to another drawing if I feel like it. I feel like I have to ‘set time aside’ to do a Speedpaint.
Which posts did the best, which ones did the worst?
Out of my 3 years of posting content on my Art Instagram there have been some really… Interesting results as to what got popular and what didn’t!
Most Popular (Top 5) Can all be found on my Instagram
- With 422 likes it is… Swords?! Who knows how this worked out
- 101 Likes- A copy of @Tofuvi’s work
- 54 Likes- A very recent fanart of Okami
- 50 Likes- A dragon, Saphira from Eragon
- Equal fifth with 44 Likes- A fox and Thorn (dragon) from Eragon
- 11 – Red Snake Girl
- 13- Blue haired girl
- 14- Purple haired girl
- 15- Persona Drawing
- 16- Zack (OC) Drawing
Morale of the story is… Don’t draw girls with fake hair colours, they destroy any capability to get likes. Just kidding. After an analysis of my most popular works, they like drawings with animals in them, and bright appealing colours, like the first two. I can’t see a noticeable difference in quality for my least liked works, but perhaps people just prefer my animal drawings over humans.
I’ve been trotting along with my DA pretty well, and have been happy with more posting on stories, and giving people more interactions and the like.
With my DA, I also don’t feel the need to ‘break’ my DA or start again. The only change I have been making recently is drawing more animals, which is what I want, and looking at what people like.