Hi! As soon as I start recording… Okay,
where do you- what do- what do you want to do, do you want to go in the garden? […] Oh! [laughter]
You wanna go in the… GARDEN?! So being an artist is freaking difficult on the
internet at least. I mean everywhere honestly, being an artist is hard no
matter who you are, what time you’re in. You know, van Gogh didn’t have it
frigging easy. But here now on the internet you know you’ve got a platform,
you can basically throw your stuff out there for the whole world to see! And I’m
one of those people who has art and I’m like… like I’ve expressed myself making
it but now what? I started putting it online and eventually I’ve grown into who I am. Well, what I am. And a lot of people ask
me – not on YouTube, not on YouTube where my sub count is now 83? Thank you very
much by the way everyone! But a lot of people ask me say on Instagram or on
Twitter… my follower count on Instagram is at this point 16.6K and
on Twitter I just hit 5k! And on DeviantArt, I’ve hit 2k! Which is amazing, thank you
so much. A lot of people ask me on those websites, “you posted your art, how did you gain popularity?” because when you start out no one sees you! How do you grow?
There’s more than just your artistic skill. I’d say there are three things.
There’s your skill as an artist, yes; there’s your business sense and your
marketing social sense; and there’s your attitude. I guess I’m covering more of
the attitude side. A lot of videos about gaining popularity, they’re about your
business sense. I don’t see a lot of people talking about how you have to
handle yourself as a person, and that played a huge part in me growing online
and growing as a human being as well. And being better in real life! It’s been a
wonderful journey I’m sure a lot of people want to go on it. I’m still on it!
You know, I don’t know what the end is gonna be… I’m not the most popular I’m no Kuvshinov Ilya and I’m no… know you, Krooked glasses in terms of skill in
terms of popularity… [laughter] neither of those, as you could probably see! But maybe some of this advice would be useful anyway. I mean, I don’t follow all of it sometimes!
So I probably have stuff to work on. Don’t tweet out or post a DeviantArt status or an Instagram story or anything saying, “oh you know I wish I had more followers”
or “I wish I had more likes.” And honestly, I do wish I had more likes, I do wish I
have more followers, who doesn’t? I think even the biggest people, I think even the
Kuvshinov Ilyas… I think they still have that wish! I mean because there’s, there’s
no cap you can keep growing forever! If you say “my follower count’s much lower,
it’s very low; that’s why I’m complaining,” that may be true but… when you tweet that out, when you post it somewhere, the people who see it are the people who are
following you. And even if they’re a lovely, lovely, kind, forgiving person;
they’re still gonna feel a little bit inadequate or sad that you want more
than them. It’s no one’s fault or anything, it’s just they’re the only ones who see
it, so you’re not really bringing anyone in. You’re creating negative emotions in
the people who already follow you and you don’t want anyone to associate that
negativity with yourself. That’s basically what a lot of this is. Don’t
fester or grow any negative emotions that people would associate with you. You have to find out what those are and how to avoid them. If you want some way to
vent or someone to express this create a second account, a backup one; for your
rants, for your personal stuff. Don’t promote it a lot though! If it’s filled
with rants, just have it there. It exists, people can follow you, people can- you
know your close- your closest friends they can see how you feel. Well, the
negative stuff at the very least because honestly! It’s not wrong to feel those
emotions! I feel it too, you’re totally not alone, okay? I’m sure a lot of the
people following you think that as well. But still, because of that negative association I tend to steer clear of it, it doesn’t seem to do me any good.
Venting about it doesn’t even seem to do me any good personally. I used to do it. I
don’t do it anymore! I’ve broken out of that habit. I’ve
broken out of it! Which i think is very good. And if you do it, don’t worry! Don’t
think that you’re a failure, because you’re not. This is my opinion on how to
do it, and this is how I see the bigger guys do it. And another thing I’d say to
avoid, another negative thing, would be to avoid call-out posts.
I, for one, used to do this a lot because I saw a lot of people who were doing stuff
that I did not like or agree with. Such as, you know, reposting stolen art. That is
a huge noooo thank you, don’t want to see it don’t want to hear it! And although I do
still make a post saying “avoid person” occasionally – very rare – I don’t do
it all the time. I know that you’re an artist and people follow you for your
art (but at the same time like if it’s Twitter they obviously follow you for
you as well), if all they get is negative sh** to avoid, they’ll be seeing “what you
should avoid” all the time and I don’t think that’s why a lot of people come
online. When I do see stolen art obviously I want to do something about
it. So I go about like reverse google searching the images and whatnot. Maybe leave a comment saying hey credit the artist this is a copyright violation you
can get taken down if they see you! That usually tends to scare ’em a little.
Oh yeah hey! I finished this drawing of Spinel by the way, hope you like it! [sigh] There’s a lot more to it. Maybe I need to do a longer drawing for a longer speed paint so I can say more stuff, but… let’s
say that for another video. I wanna give a special shoutout and thank you
to everyone who supports me on patreon! Cameron, chewy_lemon Courtney Kamimarui, Lunar Liv, Maxsdroid, Nerzarn, Nith racesolar, Seles, SirGaia, Xiu….
please tell me I pronounced that right. Xiu? And Zigma. Thank you so much, you
guys are keeping me afloat, and I really appreciate it. Please support me, cuz then
maybe I could buy a better mic. Thaaaank you. …finally meet her oooooother friends.
What did she say about me, what did she say? What did you do without me, what did you doooo? Did you play games without me, what did you play? HURGGH. [very out of tune] Did you think all this time that I wouldn’t find out about you?! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH