Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Day 7 - 30/30 Marketing Your Art Challenge + What are YOU reading?

Today's tip from Leslie Saeta's challenge - sizing and updating your Facebook header & profile picture.
It is helpful to use this cheat sheet from Infographicjournal.com  though I seriously doubt I will be worrying about the sizes of the posts and other images, especially because of FB's penchant for changing their layouts and sizes of everything. All the time.
However, what I would recommend, is that when designing your header you work in a proportionately larger size. For instance I make the header box 851px x 315px, but I work in 300 dpi. (Sometimes I even proportionally scale the pixel size.) This creates a better looking, sharper image, (especially if you use type) when it's uploaded to FB.
Here's another hint: I save a layered version of this so that when I want to change the image or type, I just create a layer for the new image.
Here's the result on my Mermaid Sue's Studio Facebook page:

It's also good to know that Facebook has rules about what can be in that header image. (I was looking for the link - but they do make it rather hard to find stuff sometimes. Sigh.) How much type you're allowed to have (20%), no advertising (20% OFF!), no calls to action (LIKE THIS PAGE!).

(The Blue Truck, North Fork painting above is no longer for sale - It IS however, available as a print on Fine Art America.)

Which brings us to something else blue:
((See how I did that?)

On My Night Table - Sacré Bleu a Comedy d’Art by Christopher Moore
It is July of 1890 and Vincent van Gogh has shot himself...or has he? 

Last year at Acadia Workshop Center, in Bernard, Maine, I had a wonderful time getting to know artists Steve Rogers and his wife Janet Rogers. Sacré Bleu was highly recommended by Steve. A little bit history, a little bit fiction, a little comedy, a little mystery, a little fantasy, the book moves back and forth in time, but always comes back to Paris in the 1890s and features Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in a fairly prominent role. With guest appearances by Pissarro, Gauguin, Monet & Manet, and Courbet, as well as Whistler & Renoir, the the author connects all the little sub-stories with Paris, the Impressionists and – the color bleu. 
I'm about halfway through right now – it takes me forever to finish anything. I never quite get the time to read more than 10 pages at a time and it's always right before going to sleep. I'll let you know how it turns out!