Art and Self-Promotion

July 10th, 2011 § 1 comment

Julius' Garden

I’ve asked my artist friends and those who have gone to art school about self-promotion and art. How do you get yourself out there? How do modern illustrators get to where they are? How much of the success is attributed to networking, constant self-promotion, viral friend promotion, blogs, or is it just plain kismet?

The “overnight sensation” is a constant myth propagated by media but is there even any truth to it? Rebecca Black of Friday fame was shown on Tosh.O and her Youtube video spiralled into notoriety. Seems like it was overnight and it exploded like a firework. Instant fame, glory, talk shows then wham! Gone. No one wants to be the one-hit wonder. Lasting success is made of hard work, talent, and perseverance.

My husband tells me that all I need to do is keep producing work and keep entering in the County Fair for local exposure. I joined to get myself out there and I’ve also joined some Flickr groups centered on embroidery. I don’t know how many people actually read my blog. I check my Google Analytics stats and see a few constant followers.

Time and again I go back to: “If you build it, they will come.” — Field of Dreams

I can’t get too caught up in self-promotion and lose track of my main goal which is to produce art. I hope that if I continue producing work, people will come and check this blog and my art. It took me 31 years to realize the simple truth that producing art makes me happy and this is what I am meant to do. I am an artist. I began drawing on walls when I was young. Art has always been there for me and even when I got distracted, I keep going back to my first love.

If you have been reading faithfully and watching me grow as an artist, I thank you. I won’t disappoint. I will continue to do what I can.  Speaking of which, Little Red is underway and afterwards, I have a little side project on tap. The side project will give me time to think on what to work on after Little Red. I have a ton of options and ideas to choose from.

— Rosey


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§ One Response to Art and Self-Promotion

  • Cris says:

    I follow your blog on my bloglovin’ feed (you may want to check there for followers Rosey?) I wish you all the luck in your future endeavours. You’re a constant inspiration to me and always inspiring me to try new artsy things ♥

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