PK 166: How to Promote Your Art on Instagram. Interview With Mixed Media Artist and Illustrator, Donna Adi.

PK 166: How to Promote Your Art on Instagram. Interview With Mixed Media Artist and Illustrator, Donna Adi. 2 pk 166 how to promote your art on instagram pencil kings podcast

Want to know how to promote your art on Instagram to gain followers and attract the attention of the kind of clients you want to work with?

In this week’s interview, we talk to Donna Adi, a mixed media illustrator from Los Angeles. After working in the fashion industry for several years, she felt the urge to combine her love of fashion photography with illustration and animation and develop her own style of art.

And, since posting her work online since January 2017, she’s seen her audience on Instagram grow to a huge 75.8K followers, with clothing designers and many more clients approaching her for her fun images, which bring an animated twist to photos of people in various situations.

So, what motivates her to make art? And how did she overcome self-doubt and all the other hurdles faced by artists to carve out an exciting career doing what she loves?

You’ll find out in this week’s podcast…

How to Promote Your Art on Instagram – Donna Adi’s Story


“Even if you don’t know what you want to do, just keep doing, keep trying, keep learning. Listen to yourself, listen to your heart, listen to what you love…and eventually the pieces will come together.” ~ Donna Adi.

Key Takeaways From This Interview:

  • Why liking what you do…and loving what you do are two different things
  • Why the moment when you discover what you really love doing is the moment when things start changing for you as an artist
  • How to stay focused on your art – even when others don’t take your dream seriously
  • Why copying the work of artists you admire can often be a great place to start
  • Why you should make today the day you start following your true passion
  • How to find your own voice as an artist – even if you’re just starting out
  • Why inspiring others with your art can help fuel your own creativity
  • How to promote your art on Instagram and other online channels

We hope this week’s interview with Donna Adi helps you learn more about how to promote your art on Instagram and start earning a living from doing what you really love.

Got any social media or promotional tips of your own to share? Let us know about them in the comments box below!

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7 thoughts on “PK 166: How to Promote Your Art on Instagram. Interview With Mixed Media Artist and Illustrator, Donna Adi.”

  1. Christine Richers

    I haven’t taken advantage of any of the classes or podcasts because there haven’t been any of interest to me yet.

    1. Hi Christine and thanks for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear none of our podcasts or tutorials have grabbed your attention yet – can I ask what you’d like to see instead?

  2. Great interview!
    Donna reminded me to stay focussed and keep believing in what I do. Came at a good time.
    I too find it hard to get traction on Instagram but am finding some like minded creatives out there who inspire me every day.
    Would love to find some of the work Donna is involved with.. sounds exciting and challenging.
    Anyway keep up the great work guys, love the podcast and now the website.. cool…

    Miles of smiles,
    Leith in Oz (Australia)

    1. Hi Leith and thanks so much for getting in touch. I’m really glad Donna’s interview inspired you and I wish you all the best with your art career. We’re always on hand to help, so feel free to drop us a line anytime 🙂

  3. Hi Mitch and Chris, happy new year, thanks for this great podcast. I’m a first time listener, was good to get a bit of inspiration at the start of the New Year to get moving with my passion!

    Good to hear Donna’s personal journey, not sure if I really feel much more savvy about how to use instagram having listened to this though. Any advise on how Donna grew her impressive audience other than posting her work on the platform? Still just getting started in this platform at the moment and would love to learn more.

    Love the blog, keep up the great work.

    1. Hi Alex – I’d say the big takeaways here are to keep posting and look at your analytics to see what is resonating and then continue creating more work that your existing followers are reacting to favorably. Also looking at what other similar artists are doing and seeing where their breakthroughs happened is really helpful EG: even looking at Donna’s account is helpful. Analytics tools like Social Blade are really helpful for finding out where the inflection point was on an account for where it really started taking off.

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