I wanted to post some updates on Instagram, because I am really impressed by the effect of the “campaign-of-three” concept. I started posting in sets of threes in November 2017. The number of followers has nearly doubled since then - currently growing at 100-200 new followers per week.
What I am noticing also is that the more the pieces are linked together (that is, part of the same mini-story), the more profile views each gets: and profile views are much more interesting than “likes”. I guess it makes sense if people see a post that is evidently part of a story, they want to go to the profile to see the rest.
Also to mention: with a business account I get lots of analytics. I am noticing that (with very few exceptions) not many people find posts based on hashtags - the majority of impressions are from the feed. So hashtags may not be as important as I was led to think (though of course, why leave them out?).
Sharing for anyone interested in trying it out - but I also have to point out that I am not sure if this helps business in any way. I`ve only ever got one good business lead from Instagram, and that was for one particular post I had made about a year before.
I am going to teach my friend some watercolor starting tomorrow morning. Just for fun but I'm a little nervous. She might not have a lot of drawing skills but would like to learn. I'm trying to think of some really fun assignments that teach the techniques, etc. but aren't too dependent on drawing. Tomorrow we will just play around with paints and brushes and papers and try washes and blooms, etc. I thought maybe we could make some big shapes to fill in using strips of masking tape but it doesn't seem all that interesting. I should have done more homework on teaching probably. Does anyone have any good projects or sites that have great ideas that I could look at ? I sent her a quizler for watercolor vocab to play around with so she can start thinking and learning that but, I just want it to be enjoyable.....Thanks. I'll keep looking :-)
@chip-valecek Hey Chip - I hope you don't mind my late opinion - for me option one is a much stronger composition and speaks better to the idea of fearlessness - the selfie stick shows that this person is totally at ease in a situation where most of us would not be - compositionally I think moving the tangent of the foot lining up with the jumper's leg and possibly removing the diver to the right of the iphone might be worth a try - I'm sure both would turn out very well but for me the first composition seems very well done - once again, I hope you don't mind my feedback after you have already decided on the other.
@lewbotart Just a couple ideas. I find it easier to know what to do if I have a specific goal in mind. Maybe set a goal for a month and decide youre going to work on that specific thing.
Portraits. I've learned a lot focusing on these and I have a Pinterest board of cool faces and things that I want to try sketching. Maybe do 30 days of Portraits? 2. The 100 hand challenge. One of the classes mentioned that as a great activity, because hands are hard. I could see it being a daily art prompt too "5 hands a day". 3. most of the SVS classes come with assignments, so you could hone in on one of those, like the draw 50 things class. I did lots of research and sketching before I did my piece for that. You literally have to figure out how to draw 50 things and figure out where to place them in a composition. If you figure out what you want to do, you could work on the objects in your composition - with the end goal of a finished piece.
When I'm stuck I usually think of something I hate to draw and try to force myself to learn it. :D
I've tried kidlit411.com, that's a solid and trusted writing critique community. That's an opportunity to get an objective feedback about your works and focus on the main points. But for the improvement of the skills, there are also numerous resources for the authors. At the college, I often shared my writings on the Writing Cheap website. I don't know about nowadays but at that time there were very good conditions for the freelancers, who help students with their essays and assignments.
I have a friend who comes from an Italian family who always built elaborate "villages" under her Christmas tree with the nativity figure at the center. I thought it was just something she did -- I didn't know it came from her heritage. If you are having difficulty with the shop perspective, you could have the child looking at the scene under his/her tree. Whatever you do, it's a neat idea.
@gary-wilkinson thank you for taking the time to further explain your comments. I understand where you are coming from on the interaction of the characters. I will work on that. I do like your sketch idea and may use something similar for additional posters. Yes a lot of these newer posters are very generic and similar in terms of layout and that is what i was trying to emulate with this poster. I agree the older posters are so much better in terms of design.