Will Do Art For Food

About Me

Hello and welcome to this random arrangement of words and images that is in fact my website. I’m not very good at talking about myself or my artwork, but I’ll do my best to make words into sentences that can just about be understood by other human beings. I am an artist. This that means I make artwork. I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t start to take art seriously until I left school when I was 16. I’ve experimented with all different kinds of materials and techniques over the years, such as drawing, painting, photography, cutting and even ceramics. The inspiration for my work comes from a variety of different sources, such as thoughts, politics, music, games, but mostly the existential nightmare that is my life.

I began posting art online in 2013 starting with DeviantArt, a website which I inhabited until I decided to metaphorically burn my page to the ground after 5 years or so. You see, the problem with DeviantArt is that it isn’t very good. Sure, you’ll find some good bits here and there, but the vast majority of the website is cluttered up with terrible drawings of Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as whatever other fictional characters the rancid fandoms of the internet decided to fetishize that week. After salvaging the braincells that I had left after this experience, I began to move on to other sites. I tried Tumblr for a bit, but I have no idea what Tumblr actually is. It’s like a small part of every social media site in existence merged itself into one as some kind of weird experiment gone wrong, so naturally I got scared and ran away. I had a brief look at Pinterest as well, but it just didn’t seem to grab me. I’ve spent plenty of time on Twitter for some non-artistic endeavours, (like that year I spent annoying internet fascists, but that’s a story for another day) as well as some artistic ones, but Twitter is mostly a place where sociopaths try desperately to out woke each other, so I don’t venture over to there anymore. Then there’s Reddit, the website equivalent to a room full of people congratulating themselves for having the “unpopular opinion” on something, whilst being fully aware that everyone else in that room thinks the exact same way. Do you think that if a Reddit user goes 5 minutes without claiming intellectual superiority on a subject that they just discovered, it causes their heads will explode? I don’t know if that many artists have ever made it really big on YouTube, but I imagine it’s impossible to do so without putting at least a 13-hour segment on why Star Wars: The Last Jedi is objectively the worst film ever made in the middle of your painting tutorial.

I eventually found my way to Instagram, which my first experience with turned out to be surprisingly positive. I was getting far more exposure than on any previous site and the quality of work seemed to be overall higher than say, DeviantArt, which is like saying that being hit over the head with an oar is preferable to Chinese water torture. Unfortunately, things have quickly gone downhill from there. Getting enough exposure on social media as a small, unknown artist is hard enough even without Instagram’s algorithm making it so unnecessarily difficult. One day the goblins that run the site decided that for some reason, less than 1% of the people who follow me should be able to see my work and probably aren’t even aware that I still exist at this point, which kills a lot of the motivation I have to even use Instagram anymore. The general awfulness of the site’s algorithm is what drives a lot of people to use the excruciating follow/unfollow system. If you’re on Instagram and you use the follow/unfollow system, it means that you’re a terrible person and I hate you. For this reason if you’re thinking of starting up on Instagram, you better get used to the fact that 99.99% of your followers immediately leave you the second you don’t follow them back, because apparently genuinely supporting other artists is for losers. Despite all of this I do still want to continue with Instagram, but at the present moment my page is in a sort of limbo state as I’m unsure of the direction I want to take it in. However, if I’ve suddenly become Instagram famous by the time you’re reading this, do feel free to completely disregard this entire paragraph and just imagine I’ve been saying that Instagram is the best social media site ever this whole time.

The only social media site I’ve really been consistent with is my Facebook page, A Page Of Things And Stuff. It’s a good place to keep up with my latest artistic ventures as I tend to keep it up to date on a regular basis. I do also have an Etsy “store” that’s linked to this page. I put “store” in brackets because that actually implies that I have stuff for sale on there, which I don’t. Maybe one day I will, but it’s currently in my, stuff-I-plan-to-do-in-the-future-when-I-can-be-bothered-or-when-I-desperately-need-the-money, pile.

Last but not least we have this, as in what you are currently viewing – my very own website Will Do Art For Food. Its main function is to provide a big online art gallery containing all my work throughout the years. It’s fairly basic and I probably don’t update it as often as I should, mostly because I live in a permanent state of cannot-be-asked, but I’m proud of it nonetheless. Everything on here is all a bit work in progress, but who knows how Will Do Art For Food could evolve in the future? Perhaps one day I’ll have a phone app that collects and sells private information to other companies illegally? We can only speculate. Now that I’ve run out of things to write about, I leave it to you to navigate through Will Do Art For Food. I hope it’s not difficult as I’ve tried to make this site as user friendly as I can, but if you do have any problems with this site do feel free to contact me, but be wary that I only accept messages via the use of carrier pigeon. Though if you don’t own a pigeon I do also accept goose as well.


See ya!


T.D.A 31/1/20