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FAQ

Q: How do you make the #TwitterArt? How can I make it, too?

A: Until I get a How-To page made, check out this post I made some time ago: [link] That is how I do it: Open a text document and open the character palette and draw. I test-tweet everything in a private account before I tweet it to my followers, to make sure it works.

There is also a cool #TwitterArt editor / composer site called PixiDraw [site]. It makes solidly built, optimized 119 character drawings and lets the user draw intuitively instead of thinking in rows and returns (like I do).

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Q: Will you write or draw something for me?

A: That depends. What is it?

Q: Will you write or draw my name / username / something personal.

A: If you’re asking for a favor: I don’t have time to, I’m sorry. If you want to commission @tw1tt3rart to make content for you to tweet, or if you want to sponsor sponsor content in @tw1tt3rart’s stream, I’m open for business. [contact me] Or do it yourself… [link] Or there are dozens of people who have figured out how… And there is PixiDraw for one style of art [link] … You have options!

 

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Q: Do you work with agencies?

That is my favorite question! I love working with designers and agencies. (Nothing personal, ordinary humans.) I have worked with a couple agencies for high-profile clients and #twitterart does, indeed, get great play, high retweets. I have been a designer for two decades (one decade in-house and one freelance) and I am good with the whole process: art direction, revisions, typical super-short turn-around times. If you have a client that could use something outside the box for their Twitter feed, my prices are reasonable and I’m easy to work with. And (ahem) I am the best… Have me do a #TwitterArt animation in that Cars-To-Go style and I will make the coolest thing ever (and with safe unicode, so that the art looks perfect on Twitter, not just in a video.)

 

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Q: Will you make TwitterArt of a celebrity, band, non-profit, or event?

A: Maybe. Ask if you wish but don’t get your hopes up. I sometimes do that kind of request—if I think people at large will like it, if it is for a good cause, or if I like it. Again, you can contract my service—or do it yourself. [how-to link] or [contact me]… I’m just busy and time is scarce. I wish I could help everyone…

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Q: Will you draw something I like—a pig, a camel, some cartoon character, something like that.

A: That is a great kind of request… nothing affiliated with a brand or personal to one person or a small group. I’m more likely to draw a cat, elephant, or frog than “Justin Timberlake” @ me… let me know what you’d like to see!

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Q: But I’m a celebrity (real life or Twitter famous)… won’t you draw something for me for free?

A: Oh, of course I’ll do that! If you have a lot of followers and want to RT some custom @tw1tt3rart, I’m listening… [contact me] or @ me on Twitter (actually, @ tw1tt3rartSAYS so I am sure to see your mention… @tw1tt3rart gets a lot of MTs.

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Q: How much does it cost to commission you? And how does it work?

A: More information about commissions & sponsorship this way [contact me]

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Q: So… you just in it for the money?

A: Actually, as I write this I’ve only done a few commissions… NYC ad agency that Nissan tweeted when Leaf won Car of the Year, A Nike campaign run by W+K, LOGO TV / RuPaul’s Drag Race, and couple personal ones. And a lot of pieces for good causes. I’m pro-democracy, pro-human rights, conservation, anti-poverty, pro-peace – and most of my “commissions” have been donated to Twitter users with good causes, events, and promotions. I’ve just done this art project for fun 99% of the time. But people ask just about every day for me to write / draw something. If you want me to I will. I take PayPal :)

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Q: What is with all the @tw1tt3rart-derived accounts? Like @tw1tt3rartSAYS?

A: I’ve made a bunch of accounts, it is true. I started with @tw1tt3rart—I wanted to keep that page all-art, so I made @tw1tt3rartSAYS to converse with people specifically about @tw1tt3rart and #twitterart. I use that account regularly… but have also made @tw1tt3rGALLERY (which I haven’t had time to keep up), @tw1tt3rartNFL (there’s some NFL banners there), and @tw1tt3rartWORK (where I’ll post commissions, probably, depending…) I make too many accounts. But that is what hootsuite premium is for.

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Q: When did you start making “Twitter Art” and why?

A: in 2009, a few people like @HG47 @140artist @OmSun @GuyVincent were doing unicode art in the twitter time-line. I saw it and tried it. I started on my regular account @MattHaggett and liked working with the unicode objects as an art medium, so I set up a dedicated art account. October 7, 2009.  I named it @tw1tt3rart because people were using the hash tag #twitterart to identify the unicode art.

That is when. Why is just for fun, because it is an entertaining medium with some puzzle-like aspects. And it provides immediate gratification. A painting takes weeks. A tweet takes minutes. Twitter is just a fun medium—the art and social aspect both.

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Q: Why don’t you make art that works on iPhones?

A: Ask Twitter. In old-”New Twitter” (the 2011 version with the dreadful side-bar), #TwitterArt worked on the web and on iPhones if the art was 15 characters wide. That was the absolute narrowest that would work on the web and the widest that would work on the Twitter iPhone app. New Twitter changed and made it just barely impossible for art to read right on the site and on the iPhone both. Now art has to be 16 characters wide to work on the web (which is one character too wide for the iPhone app.)

If you want to see my art on an iPhone, it is actually easy: use the browser, don’t use the app. The mobile web site supports landscape view, so turn your phone sideways. There you go.

It is unfortunate that Twitter made it so that all iPhone #twitterart fails on the web and all web-based #twitterart fails on the iPhone (app). They could make the app do landscape view & that would fix it… but Twitter was not made for #twitterart. I optimize. When made to choose between the iPhone app and the web, I chose the web. That’s life.

If I had more time… I’ve even signed up @iPhoneTweetArt. There’s even a bunch of special unicode that works on iPhones and other Mac devices. (I will likely never have the time, sorry!)

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