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The Five C's of Instagram: CONTENT

In this post, I'll talk about what I know regarding content and what makes decent content.

How to generate maximum content: Take lots of photos during the process of creating the piece. From sketch to finish, photograph it in decent light (I can talk about image editing apps at a later time but taking a decent photograph is the first step). It can be taken with a phone, considering it's not going to be viewed larger than, say, an iPad screen. But you still want to at least try for a relatively decent image. Set up your phone to be able to take a few videos, or if you have the capability, film the entire process. These videos will be chopped and shredded and used up until it's compost! But videos are the best content on Instagram. IG loves videos and will push it to the top of your followers timelines. 

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First Year on Twitch

"I'll be back again next week for "Twitching Tuesday" at 7pm EST! Let's go raid my buddy Blake's channel, have a good night everybody!" I'd sing into the microphone as I bid goodnight to my modest yet loyal and enthusiastic audience. I'd click "end stream" and the spell I had been under for the past 4-8 hours would suddenly be broken, and I'd awaken once more to my eerily quiet studio alone with my art. For the first time that night I could finally gaze upon what I had made with an undistracted eye, and many - many times my reaction has been "What have I done???" Then I would sigh, pick up my paint brush and get back to work.. fixing everything I'd gotten wrong. The evening chatting and making jokes with friends and fans had been so much fun... but at what cost? After a solid year and a half of consistent live-streaming I'm looking back at the results and wondering... is it all worth it?

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One Review at a Time: Camera Arm for Artists

You probably know that video is important for content creators. As an artist video fits naturally into what you do. People want to know how we make the magic! This year I decided to make video a priority and in order to help with that I got an articulated arm that will hold my Canon camera.

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The Zen Artist: What Comes Next?

I believe the path of artistic inspiration runs parallel to the path of enlightenment. Let’s explore this idea with an ancient Zen riddle.

Once a monk made a request of Joshu.
“I have just entered the monastery,” he said. “Please give me instructions, Master.”
Joshu said, “Have you had your breakfast?”
“Yes, I have,” replied the monk.
“Then,” said Joshu, “wash your bowls.”
The monk had an insight.

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The Instagram Algorithm (May 2019)

Instagram provides a free marketing platform for visual content creators. The days of advertising executives making all the decisions is over. 

This is GREAT news for creators. It means that we have a free stage and a free bullhorn with which to bring an audience to our art. 

"Ok great. So how do I fight the algorithm?" -you, maybe.

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Scheduling Social Media Posts with Later

This year, one of my goals is to regain a lot of lost time spent on social media while growing my online presence. When I refer to lost time, I don’t mean the lost hours of endless scrolling looking at friends posts, what I’m referring to is the tedious task of maintaining a business presence online.

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Selling on Instagram made easy

Of all the social media platforms, Instagram is the easiest for us artists to gather a following. Getting thousands of people keeping up with you is nice but if you’re trying to sell stuff, it can be tough. Instagram makes it very hard to get users to take action or buy anything.

You’re going to want to set up your account to tag products. Once you do that, you can embed a purchase link directly into your images on IG. Getting it set up is a little bit of a pain, but once you’ve got it, it’s powerful. People can make purchases from your personal site without leaving IG.

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How to Make an Amazing Patreon Cover Image

As an artist it is becoming more and more clear that Patreon is the place to be. The format and fan interaction possible over on Patreon is amazing! We’ve written several articles at 1FW about how to start your Patreon (seriously go start one already). Today let’s talk about making an amazing cover image.

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Driving to Conventions - Pros and Cons

I keep it no secret that I drive to almost all of my shows. This routinely has me on the road for between 3 and 20 hours each way, depending on the show. Why did I decide on this path? To be honest, initially it was because I’m something of a nervous flyer, but overtime I’ve learned to take full advantage of the space in the vehicle and learned to love the long days alone in the car. Let’s talk about the Pros and Cons of driving to conventions.

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Meditation, Well-being and Levitation

I started meditating recently. The short version of this story is, it’s good. The long version is more interesting.

My history with meditation goes way back to my earliest memories. My parents were both involved in a movement called Transcendental Meditation and I remember them regularly locking themselves in the bedroom so they could sit on the bed quietly. It’s one of those things that doesn’t strike you as strange when you are a kid, but then you grow up and realize that no one else you know had the same experience.

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How to Find Work Online as an illustrator

Finding Work Online as an Illustrator is Hard. But you don't need me to tell you that, do you? There are a few things I have learned along the way that have helped me earn my modest living. And while I am always looking for better methods, I want to take a minute to help my brothers and sisters get a hand up! So let's take a look at some of the things I have learned to be important…

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Why Artists Should Live Stream on Twitch

What if there was a way to push yourself to draw or paint uninterrupted for hours everyday and at the same time create a wealth of content to utilize. But wait, there’s more, you’re also building meaningful relationships with fans that last much longer than the 15 seconds someone sees your post for on other social media. This magical place exists right now and it’s just waiting for you to join in.

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Top Tips to Level Up your Newsletter Game

When getting serious about becoming an artist in this digital age one of the many things that you’ll probably here is that “you should have a newsletter.” In a nutshell, a newsletter is a way to connect directly with your audience in their inbox. Since the beginning, I’ve kept a relatively simple bi-monthly newsletter for this very reason, and I'm happy to add that it works.

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