How important would you say social media and self-promotion are to your work?
I’ve found social media, specifically Instagram to be immensely useful. Despite having its problems, it gives people the platform to show and share work in a way that wasn’t possible even a few years ago. It’s introduced me to so many artists, as well as fairs and shops. As a result of sharing my work on there I’ve been offered opportunities and paid work.
Try not to get too tied up in how well received your posts are. When I started using Instagram to share work I studied the analytics and timed my posts for maximum visibility. Obviously it’s great when something is well-received, but no one really knows how the algorithm works, so who cares? I prefer posting when I feel like it.
If you could pick three things that you’ve found useful or inspiring to your work or career, what would they be and why?
I love Lynda Barry’s approach to drawing and teaching. She has two books, Syllabus and Making Comics which both contain so much information, exercises and references to comic and graphic novels. She also posts her work from her classes.
I always enjoy art fairs and tend to sell most of my work that way. I did have some exciting ones lined up for this year, which were understandably all cancelled. I enjoy all of them but special mentions go to Shake Bristol, and Brighton Illustration Fair. The internet is great but I do love meeting people and discovering new work at fairs.