thewoodenboy

thewoodenboy
Asia / USA

  • Art › digital
  • Art › drawing
  • Art › illustration
  • Art › painting
  • Comics › graphic novels
  • Writing › fiction

American artist & author based in East Asia | BFA in Media Art & Animation | Former Prof. of Computer Graphic Design

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Shhh! A Trade Secret!

August 10, 2019, 12:31 pm
Taking raw images, enhancing and combining them for excellent posts.

As an artist, it's not enough for me to make unique art and designs that will go on apparel or metal posters, or whatever viewer format it ends up on, without a means to connect to or build up an audience.

That being true, marketing my artwork is a key component to putting my stuff in front of new eyes...that I hope will generate love in new hearts making new fans.

 

I recently was told by a coworker - a fellow teacher at the school where I work - that when he sees my pictures it has a calming and healing effect on his mind and emotion. This is what I hope to accomplish with my art and design. I want people to be postively impacted by the humor, interesting colors, emotive characters, and new ideas that I bring out in these projects.

 

But, people are inundated with visuals on a daily basis - that doesn't mean all the visuals they see are awesome, there is a lot of mediocre work out there, but the point is, people are inundated visually through all the many devices available in the contemporary life.

I believe that the result of inundation of a valuable substance is apathy to value.

 

So, it is important not only to make original art of high quality, but it is just as important to share that I make valuable art through high quality marketing messages, too.

 

 

That's why I wanted to share just one way that I create a social media advert to showcase a product. The image here is a brief static demo of an Instagram post which is aimed at gaining attention and guiding traffic to my website where my art store is. The demo is self-explanatory for the most part...the central image is the one I created and enhanced from raw images that had a lot required for me to do in order to make them 'pop' visually - some things are not revealed but the basics are there.

Now, even if I make attractive social media posts to *maybe* get someone to go to my website, I still need to think ahead to the end before I post a pretty picture: Have I prepared a pathway to an end goal for a visitor? (ie, does my product have a way to purchase, or does my art service have a call to action, etc.).

These days, I am using a 3-block posting scheme in Instagram. So, whenever I want to post, I need to think about 3 block designs (which could be one picture across three squares, or 3 separate images) and also about their end points by asking where I hope the visitor will be guided to if he or she is interested in owning that design at home. There's A LOT of work involved in that process from creation of the artwork, creation of the product, creation of the marketing visuals and message, researching the best # hashtags, and making sure the blog/store/website is updated at the bottom and my social media platforms are posting at the top, and so on. Whew!! 

 

Actually, I am very new to social media marketing, I'm learning as I go, I may be a little late to the party, and by no means an expert (the good news is that a good SM instructor said that there are no experts at this new thing yet!), but I have taken some courses from some much more experienced persons in the industry in the past year and in my little itty bitty spare time, I am experimenting with this marketing system and theory.

I hope you will become a follower of my art and even consider becoming a supporting Scratchbang fan of mine! Thanks! 

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Korean Caricature Portraits

June 14, 2019, 11:02 am

 

Interesting live drawings Korean children faces drawn last week!

 

I was asked to participate in a fundraiser fair by drawing cartoon versions of these beautiful kids.

 

It was fun but at the end of three hours I was in a full daze having done quite a few portraits without breaking my focus to get as many done as possible.

 

See the portraits here at Instagram!

 

 

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Cute to Cool Designer T's

April 7, 2019, 10:10 am

Did you know?

I make t-shirt designs with my character art?

Yes, I do!

I even had two purchases this week for two different designs at two separate stores!

So, come visit and browse my shops at TheWoodenBoy

(I'd like to work out a method to offer you my designers-only base price if you become my ScratchBang supporter. Ask me for details!)

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Jericho Story

February 25, 2019, 10:59 am

A fellow teacher was doing a puppet play with cut-out paper characters taped to wooden chopsticks about the Jericho story and asked me to render a few backgrounds for her class presentation. I had a few ideas and drew/painted them out. Take a look at them in my Instagram feed.

Thanks!

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A Game of Cat and Mouse

February 25, 2019, 9:58 am

It's a game of cat and mouse with these two.

What's going on? This week, and last, I had been teaching ESL lessons using a short story called, "Belling the Cat", by Eve Rice, adapted from an Aesop's Tale.

The mice have a meeting to decide what to do about the new cat in town and the proposal to bell the cat was accepted - but there were no volunteers to do the dangerous mission. Read more on TheWoodenBoy.

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Some call me Dan

February 22, 2019, 10:11 pm

Hi, I’m Daniel. Some call me Dan.

I just wanted to put a photo up of me to personalize my profile a bit more since I used my arts pseudonym and avatar at the front end.

It's the start of 2019 and this is what my life is like right now: I live in South Korea with my wife and son where I teach English at a Christian school. I also teach sword martial arts as a master instructor at the federation headquarters gym near Seoul.

I weave through this my art. On a daily basis, I use simple and funny line drawings to help me teach EFL to Korean kids — it really helps them to focus, be calm, and actually learn! From time to time I do freelance projects in graphic design or illustration… usually logos or character art for apparel/accessories. And when I'm not doing either of those, I'm illustrating my passion projects or writing fictional stories for these colorful, crazy, quirky characters I draw up from outta my heart and head.

Any support you can give will help to free my time up to focus on being productively creative. That's why I'm here on ScratchBang - and I hope that's why you're here, too!

Thanks for sharing, Dan. Your illustrations are great!
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