Social Media & Branding

8 Simple Rules: To Writing a Blog

This week I wanted to explore some of my experiences and intentions when writing and updating a blog. I’ve been writing blog posts on my art for 4 years and have written other blogs before that, however this year has been the first time I’ve really gotten into it with a clearer head and a better idea of running a successful blog. Within this list I will be detailing 8 steps to running a blog, these are somewhat in order but are build-able and interchangeable depending on you. This will be aimed at creating an art and illustration blog but may apply to other areas you want to blog about.

1. Establish an Audience

Before you get too into blogging you need to consider who it is exactly you’re aiming your content at, what type of art do you create? Is it NSFW? Is it 3-D, digital, traditional? What are the themes/context of your art?
You don’t have to aim your art at an audience, you should base your audience around what you want to create. For example, my art work tends to contain nudity (no sexual themes) meaning on a lot of places my content is restricted. For example my 2018 Space Carer is shown nude as a form of spirituality and naturism, but can only be view-able by someone with an account on Behance to prove age or needs to be censored to be posted on media such as Instagram and Facebook. Continue reading “8 Simple Rules: To Writing a Blog”

Development · Goals and Reflection · Social Media & Branding

Blog of The Year: Overview

My Post.pngFrom September to now you can see I’ve kept a busy schedule when you look at my blog, I’ve been documenting my processes through abstract conceptualisation, radial thinking, researching, development, and final outcomes. Looking through my posts this year you’ll easily find all the work I’ve been doing from the end of 2018 through the start of 2019, all of which contributes towards my University work as I am on my final year of study for my Bachelor of Arts in Illustration. Right now I am preparing for a presentation next week of which I will be discussing what I’ve been doing this year and how it’s helped my grow as an illustrator, and how I am preparing myself for my next steps once I graduate. Continue reading “Blog of The Year: Overview”

Collaboration · My process · Public Interaction · Social Media & Branding

My Adobe Award Submission

Last week I broke down a how to guide for creating an attractive Behance project page that Adobe want to see when applying to the Adobe Awards: Blog Post. In this post I’m going to be showing off and discussing my own project set up and why it meets Adobe’s standards.

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In the first section it mentions that Adobe suggest you use a minimum of 5 images, however the art collection I created only has 3 illustrations. To make up for this lack of imagery I not only broke each illustration up into 2 close ups, but discussed the event as a whole that they were exhibited in and the brand I and my peers created.
Within my project I included the main banner we used to promote our event, the image I used to promote my own survey, the logo our team created, flyers, and the zine we put together to act as a guide for the exhibition, along with my illustrations. This was not only to add more imagery to my post but also add context to the illustrations and show that they were displayed for the public. At the end of the page there is a collection of images that show the curation of the events display as a whole, and shows the public at the event.

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Research · Social Media & Branding

How To: Make a Desirable Behance Project

This year is my final year as a student (unless i continue my masters in future) so now is my last chance to contribute art to competitions and events that are either students only or cheaper for students. One of the main competitions I want to involve myself in is the Adobe Awards, this is because Adobe is a huge company revolving around creative industries and are a great platform to get noticed on. Though my art is different to what they usually showcase I believe it is in my best interest to apply while I can.
Something I’ve worked on this year that I’m really proud of and love the composition and context behind it is my recharging illustration that was showcased at an exhibition myself and some peers hosted, A Canny Collective. I decided this would showcase my illustration as it has a beautiful colour concept along with expressions that show compassion and love between the 2 characters involved, just for me the illustration is calming and relaxing to look at. I class the illustration, along with the 2 others involved in the exhibition, as social illustrations as they are designed to appeal to a wide range of people as well as being conceptualised from public survey answers. Continue reading “How To: Make a Desirable Behance Project”

Development · Goals and Reflection · Research · Social Media & Branding · Uncategorized

Online Portfolio: Building a Website

During my final months in university it is vital I prepare myself for the industry while I have the time, as well as getting feedback and a grade I’m using the time I have now as best I can to prepare my portfolio to show when I graduate. I am currently working on some illustrations that will help flesh out my physical portfolio as well as work as projects within my course, all of which I have had the opportunity to plan myself and base around what it is I want to do exactly to show my artistic niche.
Along with my physical portfolio I wanted to work on a website that will act as an online portfolio for applying to jobs online or for jobs that might be away from home allowing employers to see my work with context as it would be in a physical portfolio with me there to explain the pieces.

I first wanted to work with Squarespace as with it you can pay for a domain as well as hosting an online store within the website that is charged along with your regular membership, cutting the cost of using another store such as Etsy. Continue reading “Online Portfolio: Building a Website”