Weeeeeee! First 'proper' piece using the Foundational Hand script I picked up yesterday.

Materials: Pilot Parallel and Rotring calligraphy pens, Sakura Pigma Micron, Ecoline and Diamine ink applied with brushes, and Edding Gold fineliner, on Daler Rowney 90gm calligraphy paper.

#MastoArt #calligraphy

You want to know the value of Mastodon over Insta? Posted this on Instagram to the 15k followers I have there, properly tagged. 29 likes, no comments.

Masto? *So* much engagement. So much fun discussion. So much more community.

Numbers don't mean squat if you don't have the follow through. I've never sold a single piece of art through Insta. People on Insta like passively browsing through images and tapping the heart. For an artist, it's a useless audience.

Further, I have a colouring book published through Barnes & Noble and a big art licensing firm in the US that represents me. Neither of these found me through FB, Insta, or Twitter. The only people who reach out to me with 'business opportunities' on Insta are accounts entirely unrelated to mine offering me 'influencer opportunities'.

Meanwhile, people here don't just buy art that I post for sale, they ask if they can buy art I haven't even listed. "Supportive" is an understatement. :artpaw:

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@welshpixie I've never even bought art from you (yet) but you humoured me in creating a calligraphic drawing with a Welsh word just because I asked.

I realise I never did say thank you for that. So thank you.

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