How to Get Featured on D Emptyspace This Inktober

It’s D Emptyspace’s very first Inktober and we’re dedicating it to the reason why our platform exists — artists! We’ll be sharing submissions on our social media, so if you want to get your art in front of our followers, get inking!

Hold up, what’s Inktober again?

It’s only the biggest online art event EVER! Each year in October, artists around the globe band together for the tough challenge of Inktober. How do you complete the challenge? Create 31 drawings in 31 days (one drawing a day) and share it on social media with the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2019.

The Inktober website releases a prompt list for daily inspiration each year as well as official rules.

Okay, so how do I get my Inktober drawing featured by D Emptyspace?

The obvious first step, is to download and install the D Emptyspace app on your iPhone*

DOWNLOAD D EMPTYSPACE HERE.

*if you do not have an iPhone, you are not necessarily excluded from participating! Send us a message on Facebook to ask for more details.

2 ways to tag your work with #inktober or #inktober2019.

1. Tag specific artwork within the app

After uploading your artwork to a gallery wall, tap it to go into the detailed view. Then tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner to edit the description (pictured above). Type a quick description of the work and remember to add #inktober and/or #inktober2019.

2. Tag your gallery description

You can tag your entire gallery of work. Tap the gallery statement icon (pictured above) to go to your gallery description. Then add a brief intro plus the tags #inktober and/or #inktober2019.

We’ll select our favorite submissions every day and share them on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

How can I explore Inktober artwork on D Emptyspace?

It’s pretty easy. Do a search on the app using the tag “inktober”. Just make sure you switch over your view from “accounts” to “tags”.

This is nice and all, but I want MORE.

This is our very first Inktober… ever. We’re a small team dedicated to promoting art and making creative stuff more fun. If you think we can improve what we’re doing, let us know! Just send us a message on our Facebook page or leave a comment here.

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Android version coming soon!

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Why a Website Makes a Terrible Art Portfolio

Why a Website Makes a Terrible Art Portfolio

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It’s finally happened. A collector you chatted up at a local art event asked the golden question… “Do you have any pictures of your work?”

That question is a make-or-break moment. You need to show them a portfolio of your art — and fast — before they lose interest.

But how?

Lots of artists default to their website gallery.

With DIY website builders like Wix, you can get a website up and running in an afternoon. But does a website make a good portfolio? In some cases, yes. But does it make the best portfolio? Almost never.

So before we get into the reasons why (and what to use instead), remember that websites are useful in many other ways. You can use them to keep a personal journal or blog, build a comprehensive record of your work, supply galleries with a detailed artist’s bio and description of the artwork, and build an online presence that galleries, collectors, and curators can link back to.

Your website takes too long to load on your phone and people lose interest

How loading in WordPress works

Most artists document their artwork with photos using a professional camera or smartphone (click here if you want to know how to get the best out of your photos). While these images are excellent quality, they come along with large file sizes.

If you upload a photo to your website that’s still in its original size and resolution, it’s probably more than one megabyte. That means when you pull up your website to show someone you art ‘quickly’, you could be standing there for 30 seconds while your images painstakingly load. And that’s only after you’ve navigated to your main gallery page.

Are there ways around this? Yes — if you resize every single image AND run it through an image compressing service like tinyjpg.com. But then you have to be careful not to lose too much quality. It’s a delicate dance that takes time and know-how.

It’s worth making sure a website loads efficiently. But when you’re at a cocktail party and quickly need to show someone your work, a website simply takes too long.

Websites don’t always display images beautifully and can be troublesome on different devices

Many people don’t realize that websites are not a “one size fits all” solution. A website will display differently on every single device. So what looks good on your desktop wouldn’t look the same on your iPhone. And with 47.96% of all traffic coming from mobile phones, any display problems are a big deal.

So web designers developed something called “Responsive Design”. Responsive design means that a website will adapt to the screen size you’re displaying on. This diagram displays it best

Plus DIY websites can be clunky and annoying to use on your smartphone when you’re in a rush. Even if your photos display at the right size.

Keeping a website up to date takes time and attention

Artists are not known for their incredible powers of organization. Keeping the gallery on your website up to date is a constant struggle for many, many people. And if you want to show off an artwork that you just finished today, chances are, you’ve just snapped a picture and haven’t yet had the time to upload it.

In a nutshell: Websites are a pain to keep updated — so you probably won’t have your most recent work on-hand.

Verdict: Use one of these other methods to show people your artwork on your phone

1. Have a dedicated album on your phone

Pros:

  • Don’t need to download any software
  • Accessible without an internet connection
  • Don’t need to upload images anywhere

Cons:

  • Fiddly to set up
  • Not a professional look
  • Chance someone sees your embarrassing family photos while swiping

Use a virtual gallery app like D Emptyspace (click here to learn more)

Screen Bed by Jonnie Turpie

Pros:

  • Displays artwork in a professional gallery format
  • Share gallery links with others
  • Scale your artwork up to any size on a wall
  • Include artwork names and descriptions
  • Tell a story by sequencing your work in the right order

Cons:

  • Need to download
  • Need an internet connection or to have saved your gallery offline

Upload your art to Instagram

Pros:

  • Easy to use and familiar to most
  • Can grow a large social following
  • Automatic filters can help you color correct your photos

Cons:

  • Limited to a square image format
  • Have to create a business account for your art
  • Not very professional as a format

Building a powerful online portfolio

As a D Emptyspace featured artist mentions in her interview, being prolific online is a major asset when you’re trying to get your work out there.

“It is through technology with social media that I was invited by newyorkart.com to participate in their group exhibition of their opening of their new gallery at Franklin Place New York.” — Veronica Wong

Use whatever method looks and feels best for you as an artist when showing your portfolio of work. But don’t neglect to build an online presence at the same time.

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Android version coming soon!

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4 Artists and Photographers to Follow First on D Emptyspace

4 Artists and Photographers to Follow First on D Emptyspace

If you’ve downloaded the D Emptyspace app you probably want to find some amazing artists to connect with and to provide some inspiration for your own galleries. While the app just launched a few weeks ago, there are already thousands of incredible galleries to explore. (We’re overjoyed shocked and humbled at the incredible response!)

Here are a few of the people you should follow right away! (Just hit the search button in the tap bar on the D Emptyspace app and type the artist’s handle to find their works instantly. Or click the link to see the gallery on your desktop or phone.)

Kurt Caddy — @kurtcaddyart

Visit this gallery.

“Beauty is all around, often hiding among the mundane and the ordinary. These abstract photos are layered in color, revealing their beauty and wonder.”

Kurt Caddy is an artist based in Bolivar, Missouri. His artwork focuses on spirituality themes and connects on a deep emotional and spiritual level. Working with textured layers of mineral pigment and paint, his art entices viewers to feel the divine mysteries of hope, sorrow, brokenness, peace, sacrifice, and grace.

Ode to Spring by Kurt Caddy

Cande Aguilar @barriopop

Visit this gallery.

Cande Aguilar is a multimedia artist working from deep within Texas in a small town bordering Mexico. Addressing the juxtaposing and colorful themes of Mexican and American culture, he “carves” out each artwork in his home studio. Aguilar composes his works on panels of wood and draws inspiration from the drawings of his children, the environment around him, and popular culture. He goes as far as to customize the surfaces he displays his art on, giving his galleries a unique edge on the D Emptyspace app.

Land of Peace by Cande Aguilar

@myang

Visit this gallery.

Myang’s landscapes invoke dramatic emotion and melancholy in viewers. Bordering on the dystopian, the artist uses a combination of watercolor and pencil to achieve a dreamlike look. Often monotone and muted, each landscape is a mesmerizing exploration of texture and tone.

Untitled by Myang

Daniel Huete — @danielhuete

INDIA RETROSPECTIVE by Daniel Huete

Visit this gallery.

Born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Daniel Huete’s striking photography documents the beauty of everyday life and culture in various Asian countries. Currently based in Bangkok, he’s currently exploring a project rooted in his family and heritage. Huete’s affinity for bold colors, sharp and intricate textures, and high-contrast lighting make his photography dramatic and bold. Each photo is vivid snapshot into the everyday life of cultures far removed from first-world western society. (Curious about Daniel? Read our extended interview with him.)

Holi Festival Gallery by Daniel Huete

Visit this gallery.

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