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The Future of Social Media

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The future of social media is uncertain. Lately there have been indicators that it may be bleak in the short term. Companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube have been moving toward the slippery slope of censoring individuals based on their political and religious affiliations. Engineers and CEOs have been on record admitting that they use tactics like shadowbanning which effectively blocks people from being able to see posts that the corporations thought police don’t want people to see without the person or group even knowing that others can’t see their posts. Despite these dangerous practices, I’m optimistic about the future of social media. The nice thing about company policies is they tend to produce the Streisand Effect. It’s quite possible that it may lead to a much-needed Internet Bill of Rights to protect individuals from corporations and governments. Because these monopolies have chosen this route, other platforms have been built based on the principals of free speech and are rising rapidly in popularity. This year is the first time Facebook is facing major decline in new users which is a good sign. It means people are determined to think for themselves instead of being forced to think a certain way by propaganda echo chambers.

 

I would recommend that anyone who wants to do business on social media start with having a blog. Having a social media presence had many benefits but one major downside. The content you share on them belongs to the social media company in a sense. You still own the copyright to all your content but one thing to take into consideration is that nothing lasts forever. When a social media platform is discontinued you lose the content that you posted to that site. A blog is pretty much your own site and is much less likely to be discontinued in the way social media companies rise and fall with popularity. The best thing about a WordPress blog is that you can share your blog posts with several different social media platforms at once. It’s an excellent way to reach several different audiences.

 

 

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Storytelling & Duality

Stories enrich our lives. They teach us, inspire us, entertain us and connect us to one another. The notion of storytelling is what reflects on the past, records the present and projects the future. We can’t escape our nature and affinity for telling stories. It’s how we know who we are and what we strive to become. This method is documented thoroughly in the formula known as “The Hero’s Journey.” At its core, there is a problem, reaction and ultimately a solution. The story connects us all through the ages. It’s essentially the origin of the notion of good vs evil, hero vs villain… Duality to put it simply.

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Technology has made it possible for everyone to tell their stories. Stories of epic heroism have been shared with the world via internet connection as have stories of frightening horror and stupidity. As opposed to past ages, so long as we can assume, humanity has never had the capability to share stories as widely as it can now. One story that has always struck a chord with me is that of the Alien franchise.

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While HR Giger has had a massive influence on my artwork, the franchise he contributed his visual style to has had an epic story that’s assisted in shaping the lense in which I see through. We as humans are facing some serious issues which need to be addressed yet society seems more concerned with the wasted chromosomes of the Kardashians.

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Storytelling And Social Media

From the beginning of time, mankind has been telling stories. We see evidence through the artifacts of the ancient world from the relics of the bronze age to the masterpieces of the classical age and eventually to the allegories that parallel our modern world. The story of Atlantis is one that has always captured my imagination.

 

I recently saw a documentary on Netflix (marketed through social media) that made my heart flutter. Artist and hustler Damien Hurst set out to put his money where his mouth was and finance something awesome. I really don’t think he anticipated the results of his endeavors. The crew he financed made the discovery of a lifetime and more.

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They were looking for underwater treasure and what they found was more than a dream come true times a trillion. I have very few words to describe what was found because it changes what we know of our own history. Watch the documentary and if you can go see the otherworldly work that was uncovered in person don’t hesitate. The golden medusa head is my favorite piece.

Stories are the currency of connection. The way we communicate as individuals is all about self-expression. We project ourselves in the way we tell stories. This is partially ego driven but with an underlying desire to share truth with others. We all contribute to this truth as a collective primarily through social media. The internet has made our ability to share the information we wish to project extremely fast and efficient. As we venture into the age of AI (Artificial Intelligence) we face many challenges. This is where we see a double edge sword in the vision forward. The story of Terminator comes to mind.

There are two primary schools of thought. It’s the age-old battle between past, present and future. There are some who say our technology will be our downfall, while there are others who dive in head first and whole heartedly without question of danger. What do you think will happen once the world comes to realize the singularity? Stay tuned as the plot thickens.

 

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Online Communities of Artists

The most informative content that I adapt to my process almost always comes from the inspirational people I follow online. There are thousands of great artists sharing their work online and many are putting content out there that is designed to help other artists grow as business professionals. There are some great people I follow on various social media platforms as well as their blogs, YouTube channels, websites and even virtual worlds. Some of them include people like Carolyn Edlund AKA ArtsyShark, Alyson B Stanfield AKA ArtBizCoach, and College Art Association or CAA. These people have amazing content that I learn so much from.

Some of the communities I engage with online include professionals that work for tech companies like Adobe, Autodesk, Unreal and Unity. They have YouTube channels where they share tips/tricks, how to tutorials, information about new features and most importantly live project and portfolio reviews. The folks over at Adobe were even kind enough to review one of my designs via live video feed. They checked out a ferrofluid style page set up I had created as an online store using Adobe XD which I was beta testing at the time. It was great to get their valuable feedback and I look forward to each live feed I manage to come across because it gives me an opening to have my work seen by everyone watching their videos.

For the time being, I’m working as a solo artist, so my cohorts and business partners have yet to be developed. From time to time I do bounce ideas for art projects off my fiancé and friends and their honesty gives me an idea about which projects are worth pursuing. Currently I have a project in the works which will be helping a fellow classmate and well-known blogger (Scott Stokes from Northwest Chefs) curate artwork for a virtual coffee shop he is creating in Second Life called BLACK SHEEP. The place looks great and will be an amazing social hub for people from all walks of life. I’m looking forward to contributing to this project and providing great conversation pieces while people enjoy some digital caffeine and ambiance.

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My Story

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a creator. I was always drawing in class when I should have been solving math problems or taking notes in science. There was no medium that was off limits to my artistry. Paintings, sculptures and sketches filled my room growing up. As the years went by, I started to run out of room in my home and office. Eventually it got to the point where I had so much art stacked up that I had nowhere to make more! During my short time studying art at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, I remember being taught to be cautious about selling originals so as not to cheapen my collection to a craft as opposed to fine art. This always made me apprehensive about letting my work go. Each piece is a part of me in some way.

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After working many years in jobs unrelated to my passion for the sake of paying rent I began to feel as though I wasn’t exercising my strength. Customer service has never been a problem for me, but I was selling other peoples products and not prioritizing my greatest asset, my own artwork. No wonder I wasn’t feeling fulfilled in my career. This really bothered me, so I decided to make some alterations to my direction in life. It was time for a new approach.

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With my full dedication and some careful planning, I decided to go back to college, but instead of studying fine art I decided to go after a degree in multimedia graphic design. Graphic artists have increasingly caught my attention as I got older and I began to realize that computers are extremely powerful tools for creating amazing artwork. It was also evident to me that the market place for art is global and that I wanted everyone to see my work. So many sleepless nights and lists of deadlines later, I found myself with great new skills and the ability to market my own artwork online. I even took up photography!

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Now art lovers can find me in several major hubs on the internet. I have my own website, a blog on WordPress, a Twitter feed, a Facebook page, an Instagram gallery, a YouTube channel and a portfolio on Behanced. Follow me on these platforms to see the full scope of my creations. From concept development, through process, to final product; see how I do what I do and find out why. My custom prints make great gifts and the originals are true treasures for any collector.

 

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