I do this strange thing where I buy comic books + art books, and while reading them I’m like “MOUAHAHAHA YOU ARE INSPIRING ME TO MAKE ART!” as if I’m an evil genius and this is my big evil plan.
Sneak peek from the coloring book I’m publishing at the end of April.
It’s not shallow. After all, exposure and popularity can give you connections, job offers, feedback + the opportunity to interact and connect with others. I think it’s great that you want to get your work out there.
I didn’t do anything to gain followers though. It just kind of happened. I’m happy about it, but I have no idea how or why it happened. The only thing I ever did that could have lead people to find my blog was tag my drawings properly, so I suggest trying that. I’ve heard from other people that sharing your stuff on reddit really helps, but I haven’t tried it. You can also submit stuff to blogs like eatsleepdraw.
Also, it’s worth pointing out that most people don’t follow me because my drawings are “good”. They follow me because they can relate to my doodles or because my doodles make them happy. I think people will follow you based on what you have to offer. If what you have to offer is great drawings, then people who want great drawings will follow you. If what you have to offer is fandom art, then people from those fandoms will follow you. If what you have to offer is comedy, then people who want that will follow you, and so on. That’s pretty much the best advice I can give you: have something to offer.