One artists views on how social media has saved the arts.
Animator Paul Heard first started posting on MySpace in 2004 and claims that social media presented struggling artists many opportunities as it allows artists to connect directly with their audiences.
Paul set up a forum called ‘Artwork for Ale’ project to promote his work and receive commission on his unique pieces for prices that could pay for a pint and sometimes resulted in funds over £100 at a time.
He moved on to Youtube and received over 200,000 views in just a few days. The success through social media has even seen him trading artwork for computers with Stephen Fry.