By: Marv Castillo
Used: Inks, 2B, 3B, HB, 4B, 6B, 8B, and graphitints.
Spent: About 4 hours.
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|HARRY POTTER AND VOLDEMORT|
FIRST PLACE IN THE HARRY POTTER CONTEST
By: Marv Castillo
My entry for the Harry Potter contest!
Used: F, 3H, H, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 8B, battery eraser, kneaded eraser, Derwent pencils, Prismacolor pencils.
Spent: About 15 - 17 hours.
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Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83 following a brief illness. According to the New York Times the artist had been hospitalized earlier this week with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Everyone knows Nimoy from the Star Trek films, including the new ones. He also worked as a director on Star Trek: The Voyage Home. Aside from his work on Star Trek, he also appeared in TV shows such as Fringe. Leonard Nimoy was also a passionate photographer and author who has some books published under his name.
He was a very compassionate artist, who wasn’t afraid to use the power of his fame to advocate causes he cared about. The actor definitely left his mark in the world and this is a huge loss.
Rest in Peace, Leonard Nimoy
The Geek Broadside Team
I’m far from being famous, but this is a question that comes in at least once every week on my inbox. My friends also ask the same question over and over. “How did you became popular?”
Just to clear things up, I’m not even popular. I do have some followers in various platforms but someone famous is Justin Bieber, a member of One Direction, Kendall Jenner or someone else who is actually in the public eye. Someone who has more than a thousand followers when that person is only following 50 is not even close of being famous. So, if what you want is actual fame, you’re not getting it on Instagram. You will have to show up on TV or just make a YouTube channel that gets thousands of suscribers every week. I don’t know, do what people do to become famous. I think you get the point, having a bunch of followers on Instagram is not going to turn you into a celebrity. Also, I’m here to help you to get more people to follow your feed. I’m not an Instagram expert, but since I got some following in the past couple years, I feel like I’m a position to give advice.
However, just keep in mind: this kind of “popularity” makes things awkward sometimes. I lost a bit of privacy and power over my account. What does that mean? I really wanted my profile to feel personal, and if you visit it, you’ll note it was. I never posted any selfies, but I have a bunch of pictures of random stuff like new comics, souvernirs, my cat… but then my account lost much of its personality because I only posted drawings.
It was mandatory to have art and art only in my Instagram because that was what people wanted. I lost control over my account. Anyways, everything is cool now. I found a way to fix the problem.
Also, I have to be very careful when I upload pictures that have other people on them. That’s when I lost privacy. I often have to delete comments of people who is asking way to many things about my personal life, which it’s a thing I thought that happens only to celebrities. I have to clear things up, over and over again… I’m not pretending to be a celebrity here, I’m just telling you my experience.
I got my followers after accidentally tranforming my Instagram into an art account. Every week I would post a drawing or the progress of a piece. People liked that, I guess. I jumped from 200 followers to 300 in a week. The next day other 80 people came into my profile and followed me. The day after that I got 1300 more followers. Boom, just like that. I checked my e-mail just to see if someone gave an account to one of those websites that sell followers, but no. It was the art that attracted people, but also some of my behaviors when using the app. When I created my Instagram account back in 2012, I didn’t make it to become popular of famous because that wasn’t a possibilty. I’m not the kind of person that is worried about followers, but since people ask me this question so much I decided to address the issue. I investigated some of the behaviors in the site since 2012 and noted some of the things that gave me followers. These are all accidents that, I guess, gave the followers and likes that people want so much. Also, remember this doesn’t come from someone with 100k followers, but I think they work… So, here we go:
1. I like to like pictures.
I’m the kind of guy who seeks new art on Instagram. I enjoy supporting the artists and just discovering stuff in that place. Over the years I found great artists and people, but the thing is that when you like pictures, sometimes you get a lot of likes back (if your feed is interesting, of course). When I like pictures of a particular hashtag, I get a lot people to visit my account, sometimes they like a bunch of my pics and sometimes they just follow me.
You can also comment people’s pictures, just remember spam is wrong. Don’t be an annoying user spamming an user’s account. It’s useful to read Instagram’s Terms and Conditions to know what to do and what not to do.
2. Following people
Skip this one if you want to have 1000 followers while following 10 people. I don’t do this, but a lot of people I know follow thousands of users to get the follow back. Now, listen, I personally think the people who only follow an account to get the follow back is the most annoying in this platforms, mainly because they follow to unfollow afterwards. Following a lot of accounts to get followers is a trap, but I’ve seen how it works most of the times. Like you can see when you visit my account, I don’t do that. That’s one of the reasons why I don’t have more followers. If I return the follows, I would have more people with me, I’ve lost almost a thousand followers that only wanted me to follow them back, and honestly, I’m ok with that. I only follow people that I know in real life or really good accounts that are often recommended by my friends, I hope that is a choice that others respect. I mentioned before that I like my Instagram to feel personal. I hope you do the same thing. Don’t compromise yourself, enjoy the app.
3. Choose a theme
Maybe you read this in some other blog too, but having a theme always helps. My theme, if you can call it that way, is my artwork and some bits of my life. If you have a theme, people will know what to find in your profile. A mixture of food pictures, selfies, pictures of your friends, phrases, Tumblr screenshots, and stuff like that confuses people. My followers know that on Saturday they can see a picture of girlfriend and I – probably cooking dinner or something like that – or they can expect a picture of my friends in the middle of a reunion. During the week they get drawings and random artwork I do. So, I have a subject that works, my profile looks diverse, but it’s consistent. Giving people what they want is always good for an Instagram account, maybe not good for you, but it’s great for them. I’m happy and comfortable with the content I share so, it’s ok. I’m fine.
Also, have some kind of schedule, you could say I have one because I have to study in University, write for Geek Broadside, work on some scripts and then I leave a little time to draw and have a day off with someone. That’s why Saturdays and some other days of the week I publish stuff. So, stick to some schedule, it’s good.
4. Answer comments
I don’t always check my notifications, because I have a life outside, in the real world… but when I do, I try to reply people’s comments. However, most of the times, I look like a douchebag because I let some people hanging in there waiting for a reply. I stopped replying because if I answer someone’s comment and I don’t follow them back, they make a huge mess. That doesn’t happen to everyone, it’s my own trauma. It happened like, literally, 50 times.
Still, I answer some people because I like the fact that they support what I do and I appreciate them. Interacting with your audience is great.
Anyways, replying is good, because you’re being a good person and people like that, right?
5. Hashtags are stupid, but they work
Use hasthtags everytime you upload a picture, use interesting and unique tags. I don’t use them very often because they seem a little bit annoying, but some times I wrote of them down when I think of something creative that doesn’t sound stupid. You can also use popular hashtags, but remember that there’s a lot people using those too, so your picture will be lost in seconds and people will be not able to see it. No one will see my artwork if I use #art, there’s a lot photographs with that same tag.
It’s important to add that you don’t have to add a bunch of tags into your pics. A photo with 20 hashtags is embarrasing and you look like someone who is desperate for likes and followers. #like4like and #follow4follow could be the most pathetic hashtags out there, just don’t use them.
6. Post good pictures. Nice content > quantity of pictures.
This is the obvious one, post good pictures. It doesn’t matter if you have a theme, if what you share with everyone is not good, people is not going to look at you. I’ve seen many art accounts that struggle to find followers and the reason is because they don’t hard enough in their art. Most of these user publish line sketches everyday, and honestly people is not really interested in that, probably because is not complex or impressive enough. Other people only post selfies, poorly taken ones. Some share bad photography that could be done by anyone. Give people a reason to look for you, that’s good content. It’s like movies, a bunch of action scenes and visual effects are not really that important, story is more important. Think about that.
Like I said before, I like to have followers and people who support what I do in general, but I didn’t ask for my followers. I wasn’t a desperate 17-year-old girl who bought her followers in some website for $500. I think I got lucky, and I’m grateful because a lot of people can see my artwork and that’s really nice. Enjoy your experience in every social media, they’re suppose to be fun. Living every day sad because you don’t have “enough” followers on Twitter or Instagram is very stupid, and it’s not the way to live. You can follow these steps for a month and see what happens, but also have in mind that there’s other 100 million people using Instagram. Anyways, remember the sixth step, have good content. Be unique, because that’s actually attracts people.
By the way, follow me on Instagram @MarvCastillo.
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Comic Book Illustrator and hobbyist. I've drawn covers for comic book in some companies, but right now I'm working in indie comics and adapting scripts that I find interesting. Thanks for your support, it's been so nice since 2012, now more than 2000 people follow me on Instagram and some of my drawings are frequently shared on sites like Tumblr and Instagram, without taking out the credits. Thanks!
I work on more things like screenwriting and directing shorts!
Hope you like what you see here, I've been uploading drawings since 2011, so you can see my progress. I'm fixing half of my gallery! Thanks for stopping by.