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I've been feeling stretched, disorganized, and scattered the more places I register on lately. So, I've sat down (Or rather, paced.) and figured out the best way to utilize my time no matter where I'm spending it, while also maintaining an online presence for networking myself. This may also be interesting to you guys as well, since I know all of you visit loads of websites yourselves on a regular basis.

I mean, yes, every single one of these sites gives you the tools to do literally everything you could imagine all right there, even if they work differently and are geared toward different audiences. And if you're able to stick to one social website for everything online, good for you! That means you have more sanity, and I hope you were especially thankful for that last Thanksgiving.

However, for the rest of us with friends all over the place, it really helps to manage what all we're doing and where. The below is how I'm going to handle it, and you might find some parts that you can adapt for yourself. Or maybe not, haha! I like keeping everything organized when I can.

Art Sites

deviantART

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Social Media-------------------------Blog Site

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Twitter   -------------------------   Tumblr

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Web Forums


Art Sites

(deviantART, Pixiv, FurAffinity, Weasyl, etc.)


Art-centric websites are essentially your "home" as an artist. It is your springboard to other social sites, posting finished, polished works to a worldwide audience, networking yourself, (dA groups and forums, for instance.) talking to other artists, sharing techniques, reading tutorials, being inspired by artists greater than yourself, and the list goes on.

Social Media

(Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.)


A lot of times, you might want to share random photos, things you cooked, the stray cat you're caring for, a cool rock you found, random thoughts, pictures taken on a road trip, a shout out to the kind waitress that served you, and talk to people about Halloween decorations- the list goes on. Essentially, a lot of non-art things would be too spammy to share on art-centered websites.

Odds are, you're already on one site or another because of family and friends. Social Media is honestly a great place to meet more people that aren't artists, and it's more convenient for them to keep up with artists they like, if they don't already use a deviantART account for that.

In other words, it's a great way to reach more people than you could on just art sites, and you get to kick off your socks and chat about a wide variety of topics with your followers or friends. You make yourself more approachable as well.

If you're on Facebook, make an art page if you don't like cluttering up your personal timeline. Pinterest is very organized with its board system, so you can keep artwork on boards away from things that you pin. Tumblr also allows you to make a secondary blog if you like keeping art separate from reblogs. It has never been easier to network yourself and build an audience online.

Blog Site

(Tumblr, WordPress, Weebly, etc.)


Every active, dedicated artist should have one of these, as long as you're not inclined to keep your techniques private. (An online portfolio would be more organized for you than a blog, if so.) A blog specifically for tracking your artistic journey. Rough (though presentable) sketches, speed paintings, reference sheets, experimental paintings/sketches, works in progress, your own tutorials, detailed journal updates, and finished works when you have them. All have a fitting place here.

Quite a few people are interested in seeing things behind the scenes, especially on Tumblr. Every artist approaches art differently, and see their world differently as well. It's a great way to learn from artists when you can see how their finished works look from the initial sketch to its final coloring; even better if they sometimes elaborate on their processes a little as they go. It couldn't hurt to see if an art blog is worth the time investment, and you have many choices on where to start your own.

Web Forums


Last, but likely most importantly, web forums have never stopped being useful resources. As great as social media and art sites are, (usually) you are limited to feedback from the people that follow you; it's almost like a virtual little island for yourself. With web forums, you are open to feedback from anyone that registered and regularly checks the boards. (And of course, love writing replies.) It's you against the world, or a small corner of it anyway.

If you enjoy going all wall-of-text, forums are especially great for that; social media loves to indirectly throttle that in some ways. It never hurts to be a regular visitor of a web forum or two that are dedicated to topics that interest you. Even deviantART has forums (Which some of us out in the wilds of deviantART forget exists!) you can check out without needing to make another account, and it's very active too.

And much like the other sites, they're good sites to relax and discuss other topics too. I myself have made as many friends from forums as I have from right here on deviantART. Talking to people with similar interests is an amazing feeling, and you never really feel alone in your journey. Forums are as great a place to make friends as anywhere else.

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As for me? My favorite social site is Twitter, deviantART has always been my home since I started here, and I recently revived my Tumblr blog to post lots of things. Spriter's Resource and Sonic Retro are my favorite forums to visit as well. I've really grown as a person since joining both of those places. (Seriously, they helped pop the black and white cultural bubble I used to be stuck in. Eww.)

I do have a Facebook too, but I rarely check it. Maybe I'm overly sensitive, emotionally. Still, I feel like an outsider there all the time, and I'm far from an attention whore. It's one of those things everyone on planet Earth is kinda forced to have for one reason or another. I've got my one reason too.

My journal posts are too long, aren't they? If you managed to get to the bottom of this thing without getting bored and moving on to other things in your watchlist, thanks for reading! Wouldn't mind hearing your thoughts on how to organize time on social media too. Hope you guys have a Merry Christmas, or a Happy Holiday.
  • Mood: Delighted
  • Listening to: Hatsune Miku - Angels We Heard on High
  • Reading: Art Tutorials
  • Watching: Art Videos
  • Playing: LoZ - Parallel Worlds (SNES ALttP Mod)
  • Eating: DORITOS
  • Drinking: CLIMBING MOUTAIN DEWWWWW

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Mr-Glaceon
Jonathan S. Cheathem
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Hello to all of you! My name is John, but everyone calls me Luke.

I've been a digital art hobbyist for a little over two years, but I have always been drawing cartoon characters on and off for as long as I can remember. After picking it back up again a few years ago on paper, and reading tutorials on this great site, I realized how much I really enjoyed art, and wanted to take it seriously. Within hardly a year of learning my way around GIMP, and drawing with a mouse in vectors, I knew I was serious about art, so I got myself a Wacom tablet to take things to the next level.

While I don't see myself taking classes and becoming an artist on a professional basis yet, (Would love to be an electrician!) I eventually want to use my skills with a tablet to produce web comics, and animate things for original video game projects. Cartoon artwork is something I love to enjoy or produce myself, I've always been that way.

A part of me feels there isn't a jack of all trades, but there also isn't just the one trade all of us can be good at. The path of Life doesn't only have Left or Right forks, there are many, and they all branch out in a myriad of different directions. I believe having multiple career paths open to you is the best way to enjoy life to its fullest, no matter what means you are constructive for the joy of others and yourself.

Contact Information


Email : mr.glaceon@gmail.com
Website : Shantae Fans Portal



Preferences and Interests


Operating System of Choice : Ubuntu Linux
Favorite TV Shows : Angry Beavers, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Mythbusters, Rocko's Modern Life, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Martin Mystery, Totally Spies, etc.
Favorite dA Artists : Crysa, MPsai, AlcoholicRattleSnake, foogie, MikeHarvey, RabiesGirl, ValaSedai just to name a few.
Favorite Musicians/Bands : Third Day, FFH, Amy Grant, Nichole Nordeman, Britt Nicole, Mandisa, Chris Rice, Brandon Heath, Dara Maclean, Papa Roach, just to name a few!
Favorite Authors/Writers : J.R.R Tolkein, J.K Rowling, C.S Lewis, Cecil Murphy, H.G Wells, Drew Karpyshyn, etc.
Favorite Books : Lord of the Rings Unabridged Trilogy, Mass Effect : Revelations, The Hobbit, Apollo 13, Chronicles of Narnia, War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, Star Trek Titan : Over A Torrent Sea.
Other Hobbies/Interests : Electronics, Animation, Game Design, Stopmotion, Music, Space-travel, Science Fiction, Writing.
Favorite Consoles : Gamecube, Dreamcast, SNES, PSX, PS3, NDS, GBA.

Livestream : Yuki and Her Sushi by Mr-Glaceon


Friends


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Secondary Account


:iconluranrabbit:


Favorite Art Software and Tools


Stamp - Krita User (Template by firstfear) by Mr-Glaceon Stamp - Tablet User by firstfear Stamp - Mouse User by firstfear Stamp - PhotoshopElements User by firstfear Stamp - Gimp User by firstfear

Favorite OCs of Other Artists

Shiva-Stamp by FantasyLinky Alex fan stamp by chibiirose

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:icondragoon811:
dragoon811 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: Thank you so much for all of the favourites!! ♥
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^o^ You have lots of great selfie material from that trip. XD And your new kitty is so adorable. ;w;
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you extra-much!! (And isn't she? I love her so much!)
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can see why, she looks like a really sweet, special kitten. >w< I'm amazed she grew so fast.
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midnight21 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch! i'm sorry i haven't updated much in a long time but I'll try to change that very soon :)
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, I like your art. >w< Thankies for watching back.

I had trouble regularly submitting stuff too, so I've been fixing that. XD
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MrElementron-dA Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I finally found your account. XD
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And I didn't know you had one yourself. XD INSTA-FOLLOWED

Nice meeting you here. ^o^
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DeadWolfgirl Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pst- Hey, I might be a little late to the party, but I hope you have an awesome birthday today! And that character you sketched in your journal entry was adorable too! Have a fun and safe celebration, Mr. Glaceon! :iconexplodelaplz: 
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been so backed up trying to finish that drawing for my sis, that I haven't kept up with dA properly lately. ;w; I need to fix that.

Thankies. ^o^ I had a pretty good birthday, and I've thought about giving that character some actual clothes. XD I first drew her for the Daily Sketch Challenge, and now I think she's too cute to not name and use for something.
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LorieCrisisRose Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday :party:
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankies for the birthday wishes. >w< That means a lot to me from both my friends and my watchers.
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LorieCrisisRose Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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Paskiz Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday! :party:
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankies, Paskiz. :la: I feel bad for not keeping up with dA more lately, I've missed a lot of stuff going on with all you guys. ;w;
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victor639514 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:la::dummy::glomp::cake: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :cake::party::huggle::meow:
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I forgot about half of those smilies. XD Thankies. ^o^
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victor639514 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:XD: No prob!
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay. >w< *tosses skittles everywhere*
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Joeycool1210 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Happy birthday.
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankies. >w< Yay for birthdays!
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m0niQuee Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday! 
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankies, m0niQuee. ^o^ It was a pretty good birthday too.
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Son-Void Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:cake: Birthday hugs~! :icongwompplz::cake:
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY FOR BIRTHDAY HUGSHappy Happy..Onion
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