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The Shorty Interview
with Mary Winkler
What's your best tweet?
Oh snap, not a clue. What a strange question.
What are six things you could never do without?
Paint, canvas, music, room to dance, and people to share it all with (people are things...things I LOVE! YEAH!)
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
Announce new projects, shop sales, upcoming merch, share secret sketches, etc.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Twitter or Facebook?
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
Most anything taken out of context has been hilarious.
What feature should Twitter add?
Custom emotes to the main twitter page? That's probably too designy. Just wanted some cutesy unicorns.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
Was going to say Peter Max, but it turns out he has one! So I'm pretty set. That's everyone.
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Congratuwelldone. Why shorten a celebration, why?
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Anyone who's ever taken a gander at my work, of course. And Peter Max. Who doesn't want their idol to follow them?
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Absolutely. Sometimes some accounts turn out to be a bit spammy. Or perhaps I no longer dig an artist or musician. It happens. :)
Why should we vote for you?
I'm an illustrator, designer, entrepreneur, and all around groovy chick who's keen on sharing her work, process, and product with the masses.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Found some of my models through Twitter. Really wouldn't have had been in touch with them w/o it. Created friendships too. :)
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#confusedasallhell The responses would be delightful to read. What conundrums await?
How do you make your tweets unique?
Unless it's a retweet, it's coming from me. I happen to be my very own person.
What inspires you to tweet?
Connecting to fans of my work and fellow artistes.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Yes. A simple unfollow will solve that for complainers. Honestly, though, it only happened once (the vocal complaint).
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Everything you wish you could say but seem to be forever alone? Twitter is your friend! Share and grow with the world.
How long can you go without a tweet?
3 hours. or 2 days, depending on how occupied I am and whether or not I can share my current project.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
If you could be a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Hopefully it won't be any more spam-filled or saturated with sponsorships than it already is.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
Brent Spiner. For a while he carried on a whole alternate self, updating multiple times a day for weeks. Simply amazing.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
Eddie Izzard, of course.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That it's all about telling people what you ate for breakfast.
Why should people follow you?
For sunshine and sparkles to fill their day in the form of fantastical illustrations and doodles. And the odd bizarro thought.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
@rebeccawatson, @heymadeleine, @zambicandy, @misskika, @twinkiechan, @iamchubbybunny just to name a few (so, so many).
How do you decide what to tweet?
It usually pertains to the work I'm engaged in that moment. Or something ridiculous, like my hair colour.
Why'd you start tweeting?
New outlet to get my artwork to more people.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Brought me SO much closer to those that dig my work as well as allowed me to get closer to those that I dig. Happy, happy family.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Connect with their followers rather than solely promoting their ideas. Both are crucial.
How will the world change in the next year?
Hopefully we'll be flooded with fantastic design. Or just continue to grow in a positive manner. No neutral or negative growth here.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Doing that whole #teamfollowback thing. A nice gesture, but you won't really connect with anyone.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Not nearly as cool as 5 years from now. We'll be watching Jaws 19 and cruising on hoverboards!