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Jul 13, 2019 19:20:16

Thoughts on Instagram pt.2

by @hum | 219 words | 238πŸ”₯ | 321πŸ’Œ

Sarah Hum

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Three months ago, I wrote about how I joined Instagram. It was a way for me to keep myself accountable to improving my art. At that point, I had less than 1,000 followers. Getting to that milestone took a few months. 

Yesterday, I hit 20,000 followers on Instagram. Honestly, it's pretty wild. 20,000 people like the art that I create enough to follow me to see more. It's very motivating for me to hear that I inspire others.

Here are just some random thoughts. 

My art has improved

I've been drawing for about six months now. When I scroll back through my feed, I can clearly see how much I've improved.

Even just the amount of time it takes me to finish a piece has dropped pretty dramatically. My first post took me about ten hours to finish. Today, my average time is probably around three hours. I've even completed a couple one hour challenges.

I'm very excited to see where I'll be in another six months.

Character design is tough

I designed my first character for this common challenge on Instagram called a "draw this in your style challenge". I'm completely self taught so maybe that's why I felt so lost. 

… to be continued

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    @hum It's amazing! :D What's your advice to get better at drawing? Is it just a matter of practice or did you read additional materials?

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 14, 2019 07:36:40
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      Thanks @basilesamel! 99% practice, absolutely. I specifically wanted to get better at drawing people so I looked briefly at the Andrew Loomis method to get better at drawing faces. Beyond that, it's a LOT about practice.

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Jul 14, 2019 17:55:28
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      @hum I'd love to read about your process going from a total beginner to a 20k Instagram account, it's so inspiring and I'm sure there are many great lessons you learned along the way! :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 16, 2019 05:03:38
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      @basilesamel TBH I feel like a lot of it was a fluke! πŸ˜‚ I didn't follow any guides or do anything special. That said, there are a few things I think may have helped. On my list to write about!

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Jul 17, 2019 14:10:33
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    @hum - these are fantastic Sarah -- Now I want an orange girl sticker for my laptop.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 13, 2019 19:52:36
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      Thanks @brianball! People have expressed interest in buying them. Maybe I should open a store πŸ€”

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Jul 14, 2019 17:56:20
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      @hum - How about a monthly subscription?

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 15, 2019 10:17:42
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      @brianball haha that would require a lot more time from my side… not something I have too much of

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Jul 15, 2019 11:42:56
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