I chose to do this assignment on one of my favorite bloggers. His tumblr blog is full of some of the most beautiful art and I find his art to be so full of tranquility and peace, so I go on there when I feel a bit out of it and need a way towards more mental peace. His username is Griffincastle, based on a video game called Call of Duty, and his name is simply Griffin to everyone online. He has owned his tumblr blog for a few years and updates semi frequently. The web address is simply griffincastle.tumblr.com. The title of the blog is also frequently changed to different phrases and quotes from this video game. Currently, it is “115 water is not for drinking”, referring to a concept in the game where the water is typically poisonous.
The visual layout is very simplistic in both the mobile version of the blog and the desktop. The desktop is a bit more in detail, but maintains the same color scheme as the mobile blog. The header and title are approximately the same thing on tumblr, whether or not it is mobile or desktop, but it is typically uplifting or humorous for whoever can understand the reference being made at the time.
At the very tip top part of the page, which only shows itself to those on a desktop computer, is a music player! The widget is fairly easy to enable in the HTML coding, I’ve even done it myself for my own blogs, and can be edited to add and take out as many songs as you would like. I enjoy this aspect, as it gives a blog a nice aesthetically pleasing feeling every time you come back to it. To the right side, as picture above, is a navigational piece which helps you go back and forth between blog pages, as far as the blog has gone with content. It also has a very short biography which is common for these days in social media. It’s nice this way, as it is short and to the point.
On the mobile form of the social media giant, it is not as chock full of details to go over or to add into a blog. If you only have a blog using the mobile app however, it shows up exactly as it does on mobile when on desktop computers. His icon is simplistic, quite literally his favorite character, and his biography straight to the point just as his desktop site. His about page is probably one of my favorite parts about his blog. For the sake of this project, I am gladly going to add in a screenshot of this, as it is nothing on his personal life, but something for the betterment of this world.
His care goes very far for his fans and followers. And that is not something that I say lightly, either. You could easily message him openly about a problem and he would be happy to help. I know this due to many testimonies of other fans who follow this blog.
His biggest posts are typically of his fanart. His work is fairly popular in this particular video game part of tumblr. The posts almost always are posted by him and contain his drawn work. He almost always posts his work, as well as publicly answering questions from fans that are left in his inbox on his tumblr. He specializes in traditional but also digital art. Recently, he’s began creating gifs by hand, and even has a redbubble shop full of stickers he sells on the side! The remainder of his blog is reblogs of other posts he finds that either have to do with the video game Call of Duty, awareness of any sort, or of General things he finds to his liking.
When it comes to his work, the titles are indeed compelling! They are not too short, but make the point loud and clear. The art is carefully created and every detail added is studied to be absolutely perfect to his artistic resolve. His work with shading has improved very much over the years, and his love for pastel color schemes is obvious in all of his original and fanmade works.
His fan base loves just about everything he creates for the reason that he cares so much about his work. The audience almost always has the ability to talk with him, whether through his inbox or his chat messenger on tumblr, he is reserved yet loving to the people who look up to him. His blog is truly littered by reblogs and is shared amongst everyone on tumblr in this fandom and even out of it! As for other means of sharing his work, he maintains much of his work on tumblr, but as stated before, he does have his work for sale on a redbubble account! Not much else for other media outlets though, which is part of the reserved nature of this artist.
As for that, I think it’s perfectly fine the way he runs his blog. While I do wish there was more content more often or possibly on another form of media, I do enjoy what I get from him now. You can share his work through other media outlets in the very bottom of his post. He pressures no one to follow his blog, he loves deeply those who do, and for those who don’t but still love his work, are highly respected. His reserved nature makes me love him as an artist even more.