How I missed 10 super important messages on Facebook

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It started out innocently enough. I was thumbing through Facebook when I saw an article about hidden features on Facebook. I hardly ever click on these things but for some unknown reason I decided to give it a look. I wasn’t expecting much but what I discovered absolutely ruined my day.
Facebook filters your messages for spam. Hardly a shock, but I had no idea this was a thing. I guess it makes sense, I mean there is a fair amount a garbage that shows up on a daily basis and who wants to be bothered by it, right? Wrong.  This filter is built to detect and pull out spam and it does a pretty good job… except when it doesn’t. When I checked mine I found at least 10 or more VERY important messages that were filtered out. Some were from people asking questions about upcoming classes I was conducting, some from students or parents of students wanted to know what illustration classes to take. Some were even about potential illustration jobs that I missed out on because I had no idea they were there or even trying to reach me. The saddest part was these messages date back weeks, months and even years.
I have no excuse. Facebook does a pretty good job about explaining how things work. You can find information about all this and more just by Googling it but I really wish I had know about these filtered earlier, when I could have done something about it. If you’re like me and you had no idea this existed here’s how it works. Go to Messages > More > Filtered. Inside the filtered folde you’ll find a lot of spam but in between the spam you’ll probably find a lot of important stuff too. I am trying to catch up on the ones that are still timely. To the others that I failed to respond to, I’m very sorry and I hope you were able to find the information you were looking for another way. If anyone who was looking for help still needs it please feel free to get in touch through.

Excuse Me, You are a Rock Star.

cartoon computer by bob ostromHi readers its another busy week here at the studio. You may have noticed me posting a few videos last week. They are for a new class I have coming out starting November 6th. It’s called, Advanced Line Art Techniques and focuses on the methods I use to create line art with Adobe Illustrator. It’s a two part class and is for all skill levels. If you’re interested or would like to find out more about the class come see me at:

This time of year things tend to get busy for us illustrators. That can mean long hours and a lot of time spent organizing schedules, trying to find new projects and wondering where the last week went. Here’s a little tip for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed, out of sorts or needs a little pick-me-up. Go into your calendar and schedule a few positive reminders. Have your calendar send you those reminders on an alert at random times during the week. Next change the settings on your computer so it speaks your alerts. It’s hilarious and usually pops up right when you need it most.

Here’s how it works for me. I’m sitting at my desk after a long week of deadlines, maybe putting together some new ideas for a big program or something else I’m planning. The infamous artist’s self doubt starts to creep in and just as I begin to think maybe my high school guidance counselor was right and I should have considered a career as a pet waste fecal matter removal engineer my an alert goes off. My computer says in it’s slightly weird, slightly mispronounced computer voice, emphasis on all the wrong syllables ….” Excuse me Bob… You are a rock star!” 

Ok yeah, not quite as funny in print but I highly recommend trying it because even though it’s silly and ridiculous it reminds me to lighten up, get my head on straight and quit worrying about things I shouldn’t worry about. Thanks computer, you’re a rock star too…



Art Licensing Academy Course with Artist Tara Reed

Hey guys,

This week is going to have to be a short post. Lots of deadlines to take care of and not a lot of time for writing. I did want to mention one thing however and that was that last Friday on the Drawn by Success Friday Hangouts, Carlos and I got together with licensing expert Tara Reed. It was a great interview where Tara shared a little bit about the new program she’s starting. If you’ve ever thought about licensing your art then this program is for you.

I should mention that the link below is an affiliate link and as you know I hardly ever do affiliates. Please keep in mind that I only stand behind what I think will benefit my readers. My philosophy on learning and teaching is if you want to learn something always seek out the best you can possibly afford. I believe teachers who are also working professionals with a proven track record in their chosen field are the best to learn from after all, they are successful for a reason. Tara Reed is one of those people. She is an excellent teacher and a wealth of knowledge. If you are not subscribed to her blog stop what you are doing right now, head over there and check it out you’ll be happy you did.