I’ve been posting to Instagram for a few years now. When I first joined I wasn’t really using it to promote my art, so I posted infrequently. When I eventually read up about it and realized it was a good tool to promote my work, I was still hesitant. It’s becoming a cliche to say this, but I kind of hate social media. When I first joined Facebook back in 2007ish, I would post my “status” like everyone else. And then one day I thought to myself: “Why the hell am I doing this? My day to day life is nobody’s damn business.” So I stopped doing it. Call me a curmudgeon. Actually, please do. That’s how I identify!
Anyway, eventually I set up a Facebook business page and opened an Instagram account. I started to really see these things as tools to get my work seen by more and more eyes, so why not? Now I post regularly to both and I feel like I’m learning a few things. For example, when I started doing what I’ve come to call my Psychological Cubist/Post Neo-Pop Art paintings (ha ha! jargon), I was posting the Star Wars and Star Trek paintings that I had made. And they kind of performed exactly as I thought they would. But the odd one, for example my painting of Mr. Spock, did a little better than the rest. It’s also one of the best of those early paintings.
But I started to move away from the sci-fi and fantasy stuff and into, how shall I say this, less geeky stuff? Maybe that’s not the right way to frame it. For example, one of the first to perform a little better than the others was my painting of the Dude from The Big Lebowski, and I suppose if you’re a fan of the movie, you might be a geek for it? Maybe a Cohen brothers geek? Anyway, that lead to a few more from that movie that all did quite well.
But then, my brother suggested I do paintings of Austin Powers and Doctor Evil. Doctor Evil was the best yet, and when I posted the two of them together, they blew up, or so I thought. But then, several weeks back I was commissioned to paint Alex from A Clockwork Orange. A brilliant idea I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of myself. What an iconic character! Anyway, I posted the finished painting to Instagram and it really blew up. So it made me think of what other iconic images from classic films could I use. And bingo, I thought of the Here’s Johnny scene in the Shining. And that one did almost as well as Alex.
On another note, my imagined characters and animals do decently. So I’ll keep doing them. Plus they’re fun!
So what I’m trying to say here, is that Instagram is telling me that my audience isn’t as interested in sci-fi/fanatasy as it is in cool movies from the 70s, 80s and 90s. I think. Maybe it’s still too early to tell, but I’m happy to paint more images like that. Send me your suggestions and they may just end up on a canvas, and maybe even your wall!
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