My name is Mark Satchwill and I’m an artist and illustrator using both traditional and digital media. I live in Watford, a small town on the outskirts of London where it’s far enough to be green and leafy but close enough that it’s just a short train ride to all the city has to offer. I live with my partner Mike, our dog Dexter and cats, Will and Lyra, and a couple of demanding chickens.
How were you introduced to Facebook?
I don’t really remember! I do remember hearing about it and thinking it was another fad and being wary at first but I still joined up. I soon realised it was quite a useful tool in many ways. I joined in late 2007 and then set up my art page at the beginning of 2010. Though a lot of my regular Facebook friends follow me on the art page, it was set up as a place to send people who were interested in or who had purchased my work but who I didn’t necessarily want to share my day to day non-work stuff.
Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?
Remember it’s a tool to use. If people have joined your page it’s because they are interested in your work, so post regularly and interact, even if it’s just saying thank you if someone comments. The big difference between a blog or website and a Facebook page is how easy and direct communication is, so make use of that, because many people enjoy the interaction with the artist. Direct people to your page from your blog etc. using the available widgets and links.
What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?
I guess just the fact that it’s so direct. If you post a new work you get feedback almost straight away (or not!).
What’s coming next from your studio?
There will be more of the NoHo Noir series which I illustrate and collaborate on with writer Katherine Tomlinson, and we hope to have an e-book version for sale soon. I’ll also be doing more digital paintings, possibly a new historical series. I’m also planning to do some work for a graphic novel.
Thanks for talking to me!