How art thrives on Twitter

Art, it appears, thrives anywhere. Despite being locked down in the house and unable to meet new people, artists are able to showcase their works and interact with their audience through social networking platform Twitter.

Connecting to fans and inspiring people
Paolo Pangilinan (@PaoPangs), actor 

As fan meetings did not happen last year, Gaya Sa Pelikula star Paolo Pangilinan went to Twitter to get in touch with his fans as well as his friends and family. It is on the platform where he is able to bring conversations closer to home despite the actual physical distance. 

“I love using Twitter to connect with people who are avid fans of the show. Twitter has helped me reach out to friends, family, and supporters more easily due to the ease of communication Twitter brings and how it allows for each message to become amplified,” shared Pangilinan.

Fresh inspiration and connections
Drew Borja (@HHFlashbacks), artist (webcomics) 

Drew Borja of Hunghang Flashbacks believes in making the best out of the current situation by appreciating the power of online connections.

“Being an artist online is all about showcasing your creations. Twitter has not only helped me connect with new audiences but also new artist friends, people I look up to, and even the occasional oddballs,” he said.

He continued, “On Twitter, comments and feedback aren’t easily flooded or drowned with everything else. I guess that is why it’s more comfortable to build connections there. It gives the sense of familiarity.”

Strength in the (art) community
Louis Espinosa (@artbyouie), artist and painter

“The art community on Twitter has been helping me heal and regain my fuel for passion especially during the five-month long burnout I went through last year,” shared Louis Espinosa.

He also goes to Twitter  to learn from other equally amazing artists. “I remain inspired not by just browsing art and supporting my art moots by retweeting and liking their artworks, but also being able to sell my recent paintings at gallery shows as well.”

Building community and love for writing
Mina V. Esguerra (@minavesguerra), author 

As an accomplished author herself, Mina Esguerra inspires other writers to continue their craft by using the platform to reach out and show actual support for her community.

“My writing community #RomanceClass started on Twitter, when I offered a free writing class via a tweet in January 2013. Since then, at any given time there are probably 30 or so authors in the community actively using Twitter to stay in touch as they write and promote their books, even before lockdown,” she shared.

 “During lockdown,” she continued, “we just...kept going. We do theme events and chats on Twitter, do reaction Tweets as we read a book, live tweet what we watch, have threads that update readers on our writing progress.”

Topics: Twitter , art , social media
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