So you're a pro with Poser, or a master of Manga Studio, why then, can it still be so hard to get your work out there? The internet, Web 2.0, and social media have us more connected than ever. No matter your skill level, you can get your work in peoples’ faces by embracing technology. We've done it, and though we can be quite opinionated, it's worked for us! The following are our tips for getting seen.
1. A Place to Call Yours – A personal Web site
Cheap and efficient, a Web site can give you a home online. Having a site tells people that you’re serious about being an artist, and you want to go places. It can also act as a hub for your online universe. Get creative! And be sure to link to your social media pages, tell a bit about yourself and provide contact info.
2. Get Social! – Tweets, likes, and deviations
Free and fun, building a presence on Facebook, Twitter, DeviantArt, and more is one of the best ways to share your work. These platforms have exploded in recent years and are full of potential fans, friends, and employers! With media-friendly features, you can post all of your work within the accounts for maximum viewing pleasure.
Spider-Man (Roughs). twitter.com/DNHills/status…
— Doug Hills (@DNHills) April 20, 2012
3. The Personal Touch – Email, letter, call, fax!
Network. Reach out to people who may be interested in your work. Foster relationships that could mean big things in the future. Create a LinkedIn account too! Sending a hard copy of your work to someone, for instance, can help establish a special connection with them.
4. IRL – There’s people out there…!
Join clubs, attend conventions, and make friends with people that share your interests. Even if it means giving your grandma a heart attack when showing her your risqué Catwoman artwork… at least you had good intentions. Let’s say you’re using Poser to make 3D models to tell your digital story, and a friend of yours just happens to know someone at a movie company that needs some 3D models, stat! Keeping involved means increased chances to connect and excel. Fostering relationships are not only important to your health, but your success as well.
We like to think we know how to share, so take our advice and see where it gets you! And remember, our programs feature great tools for sharing your work, like direct exporting to YouTube and Facebook. Get out there and share!