Twitter’s hashtag is a decade old and it has been one of the most impactful features the company has put out in a while. The functionality has been replicated in other social networks since it allows for grouping of related posts which can be easily searched.
On Twitter, hashtag is used for different purposes: Trending a fun topic, talking about serious issues or even for marketing purposes. This time round, this hashtag was used as a fun way to promote talent, specifically in the arts.
The hashtag #drawingwhileblack became a collection of art pieces (drawings especially) from black artists from around the word. Since Twitter allows you to upload upto 4 pieces, these artists were able to share photos of their art to the rest of the world on Twitter.
Starting with Kwashie from Ghana with his incredible ball point pen pieces
Name's Benjamin Kwashie from Ghana. I draw with ballpoint pen. #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/RkPgFKErlG
— Ben (@benkwash) September 17, 2017
I don’t know how she does this, but these are incredible
Hi! My name is Cerena, I'm 16 years old I've been drawing since I was 6 #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/dWBEiiPQ5Z
— Cerena Robertson (@ohsocerena) September 17, 2017
These are pieces by a female Nigerian illustrator. Very chic
#drawingwhileblack two of my followers suggested I join, so here is my entry😁😁, a female Nigerian illustrator pic.twitter.com/DbIqDNW50l
— princess kay (@princess_kay__) September 16, 2017
Wow! This should be made into an anime series or something
Hey #drawingwhileblack I'm a concept artist in NY known as SOZOMAIKA that loves making designs inspired by fashion. pic.twitter.com/sKT8UmLPZH
— SOZOMAIKA (@SOZOMAIKA) September 16, 2017
Another artist who wants his art to change current views on Manga and Anime
🇭🇹 Yo, My names Edouard. Im 18 and I illustrate characters. I want my art to change current views on manga and anime. #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/Bo6L794lNJ
— XIX | AKAIO OFFICIAL (@AKAIOOFC) September 16, 2017
Jamaican artist who comes up with cartoons
i'm a 19 year old jamaican american kid from nyc and i just wanna make cartoons! 🤙🏾😎 #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/CLIA9CD95f
— mariah (@mars_midas) September 16, 2017
West Indies lady who likes drawing plants apparently
A mixed West Indian currently living in Austria. I have a big forehead, study bio and like drawing plants #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/glwJWClzWv
— ocean man (@basilicca) September 16, 2017
Jamaican who identifies himself as a visual artist
My name is Ricardo Edwards, Jamaican visual artist. Create or DIE #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/up4lsULto9
— Ricardo Edwards (@RicardoMEdwards) September 16, 2017
Nigerian Pen artist with a recurring ball point art theme which look extremely detailed
My name is Larry Tamaraemi from Nigeria, I'm a pen artist and I'm loving it 😁#drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/wNvUKHCuqh
— Larry Tamara (@tamster_c) September 17, 2017
Daniel from South Africa is a sketch artist and his ‘scribbles’ look great
Hi, I'm Daniel. I'm an architecture student in South Africa and I sometimes scribble in between classes ✌🏿🙂 hope you like#drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/YvJcm0whzg
— West African Choklet (@_kodzo) September 16, 2017
Japanese Jamaican kid who wants to major in video game design. Cool!
#drawingwhileblack hi im ursi and im a japanese jamaican kid who wants to major in video game design!! pic.twitter.com/QVMnAoop9v
— stardust 🅱rusaders (@SAlNTBARA) September 16, 2017
Jessica majors in children’s literature.
Hi! I'm Jessica, I'm a self-taught digital illustrator that works mainly in children's literature! #drawingwhileblack pic.twitter.com/y9VAlHa86i
— Jessie🌸 (@Jessiedrawz) September 15, 2017