So glad you dropped by! I'm looking for feedback on what you (the users) would like to see from the artists that we feature, or hear any other ideas you may have that will help with the process of this idea.
So here's the run down:
I've been thinking of starting a thing called Weasyl Wednesday Artist Feature. It'd run and be posted under our lovey mascot wesley thus making it Wesley's Weasyl Wednesday Artist Feature. That's a lot of W's lol
What is it?
Weasly's Weasyl Wednesday Feature would be an event where we(site staff) will take a closer look at some of the great artists and creators of the Weasyl Community. On Wednesdays Weasyl staff (Wesley) will pick a an artist from the suggestion list submitted by users to be featured. When we feature an artist we will make a tweet, and make an announcement post on site(aka site announcement/news) featuring the artist and their talents! This is a great opportunity to recognize artists and their hard word, or even help gain exposure for newer or lesser known artists, as well as appreciate some of the well known artists out there too.
What else will be in the feature?
The feature will be a mini bio of the artist along a description of some their best works (chosen by the artist themselves), and a fun Q&A to follow up.
Can any artist can be suggested?
We would like to feature artists of all skill levels, and different areas of the community, writers, singer/song writers, 3D artists and animators, and even photographers! Of course we would like to hear something awesome about the artist that makes them special and worthy of a feature. We will keep all of the recommended submissions until the artist is chosen. Keep in mind we may not choose the artist you suggest right away. Artist with the most recommendations will most likely be featured first.
How can we nominate or suggest an artist?
This will likely be done through a Google doc, or a Typeform. I have a nice Typeform set up and ready to go when the time comes. If you's like to test out the from and pre-nominate someone let me know in the comments. I'll probably select a few users at random to fill it out if there are large number who ask.
Will this be every Wednesday?
While it would be nice to do so, we thought we would start out by doing the feature 2-3 times a month. If the event really picks up and we find over selves being drowned in requests for artists to be featured, then we will start doing every other week, and then eventually every week.
When will this be a thing?
I would like to have this up and running by the end of spring, or early summer if all goes well. Since I'd be the main staff person behind it, I'm quite busy with school and will be finishing up in June. For now I'm working on gathering as much feedback and information I can to make it a success when it's ready to go.
Please leave your comments or questions bellow! I'd love to hear them!
I want to now what you think, you feedback is appreciated in making this artist feature even better!
I'm back! Glad to see so many positive responses from everyone! :D
I'll sum up some your statements, concerns questions bellow:
That's definitely something to consider. I plan on being fair with the picks and don't plan on spotlighting just popular artists. Also would depend on the info given to us. If the nomination looks like it was well thought out, with lots of information on the artist and why they feel they should be featured, then it's likely to get picked over "Pick me cuz I'm cool" type nomination.
Will an artist be able to be featured again?
It's possible. Not against it that's for sure. Would also depend on how many features have come and gone beforehand as well.
Where will the features (new and old) be?
They will be on the front page. These will be done via new post so all user receive a notification. We will of course will also make a twitter post announcement too. Nothing definitive yet in terms of having a page where you can find featured artists previously though. That would require site changes that, I unfortunately hate to say, probably won't get done even if I asked for it. It is something I'll certainly try and advocate for if the event takes off and proves to be quite successful.
How will you showcase their art?
In the feature post there would be a mini bio, or a fun description of the artist being featured along with a Q&A. The Q&A would be fun questions aimed to help the community get to know the artist better. One of the questions will be "What are some of your favorite pieces of work you have done, or are most proud of?" This will be a chance for the artist to show ff some of their best works. Due to coding issues (mentioned above) there is no way to show off images in a news post (yet) so they will most likely just be links.
Yes, we plan to have a set of guidelines in place for artists who are featured. So no accounts younger than 3 months, must be active on site (we have ways of checking ), and of course have an account on site as we won't be reaching out to artists who are only found off site.
I hope that helps to answer some of your inquiries. If you have any more by all means ask and I will update the post accordingly! :D
Thank you! <3