December 2, 2011
Progress + How to get a sketch

Hello.

In my #drawmyfollowers project, I’m drawing my first 3,000 Twitter followers.

There has been a completely unexpected amount of media attention so far. From interviews on social media websites, being mentioned in a podcast in America, and even the offer of a live stream to Australian TV. It’s been incredibly fun, and it’s great to be part of a project bigger than myself.

I have just hit 600 drawings. My aim is to draw 1,500 by Christmas. Easy.

I expect this project to span a few more weeks, and I have lots of big ideas for when I’m done, like publishing a book with you all in, and a website to showcase all your drawings. But that’s for another blog post…

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There are many people who are NOT in the 3,000 that are asking for sketches, some even offering me payment to do it. A lot of you have suggested that I set up a donations button for people who aren’t in the 3,000 but want to be part of the #drawmyfollowers project.

So for those of who aren’t in the 3,000 but would still REALLY want me to sketch you, you could buy me a coffee, or some new pens, for £3 here:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VN47L3H2MHES6

Then once I’ve finished drawing the 3,000, you’ll get a drawing too. If you’re willing to pay for a sketch, that’s incredibly kind of you. If not, I hope you stay and watch the results. Either way, I appreciate it.

If you’re in the 3,000, I hope to get to you SOON. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me, interviewed me, blogged about the project and retweeted me; I appreciate it a lot. (Perhaps we can get #drawmyfollowers trending one day?) (And those of you putting your sketches as your profile pictures, that’s awesome!)

All the best,

Greg Burney,
#drawmyfollowers 

November 4, 2011
#drawmyfollowers

Hey there. Well this has become quite mammoth, and its snowballing faster than I ever imagined. At the time of writing I have 2,700 followers, with around 2,400 waiting for their drawings.

Every one of you are awesome, and I thank you for the support and the encouraging messages.

I created #drawmyfollowers because I like connecting with people. I don’t want it to be misconstrued as a desperate attempt to gain followers with no real intention of drawing all of them. I WANT to draw ALL of my followers.

However, today, in around 12 hours, I gained 2,000 followers. If the project continues to snowball at this rate, I will end up with tens of thousands of followers by the November 14 cut-off point. By the time I complete these, I will either have a ruined hand, or a long list of bored people waiting months for a tiny image that they are no longer excited about!

For this project to feel complete, and to stop people getting bored of it, I have to complete the drawings in a reasonable time.

So I am suggesting drawing my first 3,000 followers, and leaving it at that.

I’m sorry if that’s disappointing to hear, but the last thing I want is to do let thousands of people down as they wait for a sketch that may never come.

3,000 little connections is fine by me, and I’d really like to know what you think of this. Leave a comment, tweet, or send an email to burney02@hotmail.com

Thanks a lot.

Greg Burney

October 31, 2011
All smiles. Guest staring my friend Ben who wanted to watch.

All smiles. Guest staring my friend Ben who wanted to watch.

October 31, 2011
He was listening to Lil Wayne and had a nice hat.

He was listening to Lil Wayne and had a nice hat.

October 23, 2011
Man in the corner.

Man in the corner.

October 23, 2011
Contemplative.

Contemplative.

October 23, 2011
He sang me a song, the lyrics were: “Sitting on Chat Roulette, just drawin’ peoples faces.”
It’s a hit.

He sang me a song, the lyrics were: “Sitting on Chat Roulette, just drawin’ peoples faces.”

It’s a hit.

October 23, 2011
He looks anime. Complete with oversized hat.

He looks anime. Complete with oversized hat.

October 23, 2011
Cool American stoners taking a picture.

Cool American stoners taking a picture.

October 23, 2011
Happy man from Denmark

Happy man from Denmark

October 23, 2011
Solemn.

Solemn.

October 23, 2011
Man with long face. Louis Theroux’s son?

Man with long face. Louis Theroux’s son?

October 23, 2011
Turkish man grateful for my terrible caricature.

Turkish man grateful for my terrible caricature.

October 23, 2011
Happy man who looks like Peter Griffin

Happy man who looks like Peter Griffin

October 23, 2011

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