90 AVATARS IN 90 HOURS!!!! WHEEEEEEEEEEEE
Actually it was 91 avatars in about 96 hours but who’s counting? Not me, I’m unconscious.
I don’t know what came over me. There I was on holiday, relaxing, wandering about. Hadn’t drawn a cartoon since the pygmy hippopotamus christmas card last Tuesday (and that was photoshopped). I was cleaning my office, looking for something to distract me from cleaning my office, when I wiped my whiteboard clean and… for no good reason, cartoonly duplicated 20 twitter avatars with a whiteboard marker. Poing! Just like that. These were a random selection of people who I have had twitter conversations with some of whom are proper internet friends and some of whom were there at the time and well, I love everybody. I felt a bit foolish. But there they were. I posted it. (I am still uncomfortable with the term tweet as in “I tweeted it”) but I did.
The response was immediate. People wanted my version of their avatar as their avatar. People who weren’t on the whiteboard were a: offended, b: a platypus and c: wanted an avatar as well. There was a @firsdogonmoon avatar feeding frenzy. Ahahahahahaha! Suddenly, I was drawing avatars feverishly – and quite happy to do it mind you – having a lovely time. A cartoon is a cartoon and I was watching the cricket and what else was I going to do? Lie around reading a book? Have some kind of alleged nap? Speak to humans? Not draw cartoons? I don’t think so. Word (tweet) got out and I was doing requests and more requests and to date I have drawn almost 91 avatars in about four days. 90 Avatars in 90 hours! (sort of) All of them brilliant (except the zombie rabbit for @missdizzy, still not sure about that one). Anyway, I am so clever.
It was important, where practicable to duplicate the existing avatar. Sometimes I did and sometimes I didn’t, particularly if an avatar was already someone elses cartoon (@zbender – Bender – @sukiebunny – A Bunny – @dcouch – Hong Kong Phooey).
I have also increased by about million followers in no time at all. I have asked people to nominate me for a shorty which is a twitter award. No really, they have them. I have inadvertantly raised my social media profile quite a bit. People are blogging about it….
Some have suggested that I knew what I was doing all along and that it was all a cunning marketing ploy. I wish I was that cunning.
You could say that Avatars are an important visual currency in a text based medium like Twitter. You could.
It was a delight I must say, to look at the twitstream I follow and see image after image that I had created. Never seen anything like it.
Some tweeps used them, some didn’t. Some coloured them and changed them about (@seancarmody, @nickhodge) and there was the brilliant marsupial at the beach (@garthk) and the guy who put a collar on a dog thing (@magian3 or something). It didn’t matter either way, they were freely given to be used in whatever way the recipient chose to use them and the only expectation is that no one makes money off them. Except me, but that comes later if I can figure out how to do it. I did just get a commission to do one for a guy in NY. Hahaha. It turns out it was my inadvertent and serendipitous New Years gift to the twitterverse and the intehwebs. I am even nicer than I thought!
Over the next few days I will post them all here with the original that inspired the cartoon. There are some below. But you can see them all here including the original whiteboard with lobster.
Note to self : Remember to have holiday at some point. After I open my redbubble.com shop. lol
Happy New Year and thanks for freaking out with me.