I had hoped for more engagement with my Instagram release. I didn’t manage to reach a significant number of new people, almost all of the activity was current followers and I think that they were confused. Most of my posts are images of animals or Urbansketches and I think that I confused my followers by offering something different.
That said, I did have a good amount of activity which I graphed:
I’ve made several attempts to take advantage of Instagram adverts but they get stuck at the review stage.
To increase my chances of feedback I posted the link to OCA Critiques and the Herts Visual Arts Forum Facebook group. Comments were lovely and encouraging but not particularly useful in moving the project on.
“I love the simple drawing style in conjunction to the use of yarn”
“I love this! Such a fun idea”
“ Hi Cal, I found your work inspiring. I hadn’t though of using wool in illustrations before. A lot of illustrators are beginning their careers by posting a series of illustrations on Instagram now. This is a good way of getting your work out there and experimenting. I hope things work out for you. I think it’s a lovely idea.”
“I’ve had a look Carol. I thinks it’s a creative quirky idea and adds texture too. Best of luck with the project.”
Suggestions were limited:
“There has to be something that you can do with a woolly mammoth”
The wool is tying up the plants
“A treasure hunt” (?)
I also had a reply from a Herts Visual Arts Member who was also exhibiting in the Vintry Gardens.
“I like the idea of the story, the double meaning of yarn, the way you displayed it in Vintry gardens made people want to know more. It’s a shame you haven’t had more engagement on your IG posts. I was left feeling a bit unsatisfied by the lack of ending.”
I still don’t have an ending….