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Pen, pencil and a TikTok with 500,000 followers: how drawings of Spider-Man, the Joker or Bad Bunny inspired Mark Livina to open an ‘online’ store

Man’s imagination leads him to imagine his future among the stars or in other worlds as a child through words, sounds and colors. Art is one of the first tools to communicate and, above all, to be fully developed.

thus began the adventure mark living only at the age of 3 or 4, when he entered the world of painting, partly due to the great inspiration of his parents, as he himself states Business Insider Spain,

Now, at the age of 23, he has managed to become one of the most prominent figures in the field of drawing on TikTok, where his profile goes by the name @marcllivina. almost half a million followers As of the date of this article.

By 2015, he started his professional career and started giving commissions, although he has also passed through the world of photography. but His first videos on Tiktok were during QuarantineThanks to the friend whose post got a million views.

Mark recalls, “At that time, TikTok was growing rapidly. There weren’t that many people and everything was just starting to grow.” ,

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“Then it was a bit sick because from September 2021 I forced myself to upload one video a day,” he says. “For me drawing involved many hours, I had to sacrifice many things and mentally it was terrible.”

Now, Mark takes it easy and no longer publishes daily. Partly, because he has to combine TikTok publications with his life as a cartoonist and commissions are significant in that field.

“You Can Make Some Scratch Off TikTok, But It’s Barely Enough For Dinner”

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Marc Llivina (@Marclivina) During A Tiktok Event

Almost always armed with a pen or pencil, this young man has found success on social networks such as Instagram and TikTok. He himself admits that those are the only platforms he uses.

He added, “Social networks are a great support right now, not only for this kind of recognition, but also for more people to discover you.” “It’s very positive in this area.”

his portraits, portray personality like Case.O, Snoop Dogg or Bad Bunny Even the anonymous figures who have executed the commissions have managed to help Mark find a great niche and, eventually, be able to sell through his new website, set to be created in 2022.

“I’ve shied away from people texting me on Instagram so I can all of a sudden price them to be more professional,” Mark observes.

Added to this is the fact that, approximately They will start selling in their stores in January 2023 print online why sales although he also does not rule out doing odd courses, they are all monetization options.

“I live well on commission because it is what I get the most, but there are also promotions, collaborations with brands… TikTok pays nothing. You can scratch something, but it barely Gives you enough for dinner.” he laments.

Still, without TikTok, Mark wouldn’t be where he is today because his algorithm made his drawings more widely known and, from there, built a business out of a passion. Still, if I can pick up on something about the algorithm on the platform, this would be one of its last updates.

For a few months, the platform has featured new sections that appear next to Famous For You. In this case, content designed specifically for the people you follow. However, sometimes these posts don’t appear in the most viewed section for you.

a mark I would like the algorithm itself to continue showing content from people you follow And that, of course, interests you.

“I think now the algorithm doesn’t matter so much as what used to,” he reflects. “I think TikTok focuses too much on FOR YOU and not the people who already follow you. The only thing that maybe needs to be improved a bit more is the algorithm.”

Finally, as he himself states, he has thought about other monetization options such as Patreon, a crowdfunding platform, although he has not yet had the time to think deeply about it.

He intends to continue to build a larger and more diverse community with the aim of reaching more people with his work. For the time being, TikTok is its most important tool to achieve this goal, although without leaving any pen and pencil behind.

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