For folks who are new to Mastodon and are intimidated by the timeline, here's my suggestions for awesome accounts to follow:
@Curator — The admin of .ART, often boosts really lovely art, as well as creative/artistic exercises and reference images and resources.
@APoD — A bot that shows you awesome astronomy photos every day.
@todayilearned — Another bot filled with interesting tidbits/trivia (quality varies, though!)
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Some wonderful artists (non-exhaustive, just the ones at the top of my head right now!) Take a look and see if any of them tickle your fancy, they're all great folks!
@nasa_perseverance — Another bot that posts updates from NASA's Perseverance rover currently doing great work on Mars!
@selfcare_cj1 — A lovely bot that reminds you to take things slow and be good to yourself. <3
@PleaseCaption — A bot that will send you a DM if you post an image without a caption. Helpful if you want to get better at describing your images!
Some more general tips below for filling up your timeline…
Regularly check out hashtags and use them in your toots. Seriously. They're not just set dressing here, they're how we find like-minded folks here!
If you want to be proactive on blocking the bad folks before they find their way to you: #FediBlock
Plus any hashtags you can think of!
If you use the advanced web interface you can pin a feed that shows you posts from any hashtags you tell it to show. Excellent if you want a feed of artists; just pin the art hashtags and you have a wonderful feed to scroll through!
Also, check out the folks people boost. Check out their follow lists to see who they follow. Keep an eye open and follow anyone who seems interesting.
I'll add more toots to this thread when I think of more good folks to follow! 👍
Some more great artsy folks:
A friendly home in the Fediverse for creators and lovers of comics and narrative art of all sorts.