Facebook Experiment
posted: February 23, 2010
One question for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab....
For the past several months I have been posting a drawing everyday on facebook as a way of getting some sketchbook material "out there". With the seismic change in the illustration markets, it has been my opinion that the more irons you have in the fire the better. Social networking as marketing  is something that I think deserves our attention given the sheer enormity of the phenomenon. Last weekend I attended a workshop at the Helen Day Art Center on social networking and had my first taste of Twitter. I still have alot of homework to do, but it seems like it might be a way to draw people into a site, providing you have interesting content and merchandise readily available online.On another front, my prints were recently accepted into The Artful Home site, and I am hoping for some traction there. Where's it all going? Damned if I know. But I do believe there are opportunities out there. Here are some samples of what I've been putting up on Facebook.
Dance of the Alpha Males...
Metrosexual Cowboys...
Hard Toys for Hard Times...
Texting to Oblivion...
Stephen Kroninger February 23, 2010
life begins in the sketchbook. thanks for posting.
Steve Brodner February 23, 2010
Hal: These are hilarious. Please do a daily here too!!! It can only help (us!). PS: Everything I post I send across all platforms. Er, except Chatroulette. As least so far. More, sir.
Mike Moran February 23, 2010
One of my coffee pleasures seeing these in the morning!
randy enos February 23, 2010
Nice work pal. Someday I'm going to get a cell phone and then a computer that's more advanced than an OS 9.1 then maybe a digital camera and then who knows...the sky's the limit. In about 5-10 years I might be ready for Facebook and Twitter...oh, the names just make me giddy!
Joe Ciardiello February 23, 2010
Great Hal. Love the underwear bombers.
Peter Bono February 23, 2010
Thank you Hal I like the underwear bombers best too. Social networking is useful I've been getting jobs and reconnecting w/old ADs I'll check out Artful Home
Leo Espinosa February 23, 2010
You are doing the right things. Both with your art and staying connected. PS: the print is in the frame shop :)
Daniel Pelavin February 24, 2010
Using FB to promote yourself is a delicate issue and can too easily backfire if it feels like a hard sell, but the stuff you're doing is wonderful and engaging and can only do good.
Walter Vasconcelos February 24, 2010
Great Hal, Mastering Ioga is my favorite :-)
Hal Mayforth February 24, 2010
Thanks for the comments, guys. Steve, I think I'll leave the daily Drawger posts to you. Your posts usually spark a debate. I have a hard time imagining a debate over the underwear bomber's choice of undergarments. Daniel, I hear you. I thought long and hard about how these posts would be perceived. I certainly don't want to come off as a hard sell. I think the humorous aspect of them softens that somewhat.
Robd April 3, 2010
Hal, So, so good! The weirder they are, the more acute and real they seem. Keep at it! Slick. beautiful. luscious and raw. Awesome.
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