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Journal Entry: Wed Jul 27, 2011, 6:38 AM

Five basic tips to get your Art some Attention, Appreciation & Audience on deviantART


Here's some tips that may not get you a consistent spot on the front page right away, but that will definitely help getting some watchers and friends, whether you already have some, or not.

First, let me make clear that this is only about 'good' attention if you just want, say, a certain pageview count, there are probably better ways. ;P This article is for those who would like some people to take them serious as an artist and to actively watch them.:nod:
Also note that you needn't follow all of the tips below, but it's recommendable to follow at least 3 of them. Just one or two will not usually get you very far.

So here we go! :iconeagerpee:

  1. Submit art regularly.
    Try to find a balance between quality and quantity. Personally I think it's best to submit one or a couple of deviations a week, but only if you have something to upload that you like and find worthy (otherwise keep it to scraps). Try to keep the flow fairly consistent (rather than submitting all at once and then nothing for a month).
  2. Improve.
    Your art will interest people a lot more when your work gets better! If you struggle with this, there are a lot of tutorials and other articles that can help you with this; some of those you can find in my recent article here: news.deviantart.com/article/15… .
  3. Present yourself professionally
    Who will take you seriously if you don't? Luckily it's quite easy to show that you do. The first step would be to go to your own page and see what it looks like are there any empty or unused widgets? Simply remove them, or make use of them! Perhaps look into the other widgets you can add as well; add them and use them, or don't add them at all.
    Getting an icon, and a lit author tag (if you have any literature), helps too. You can set them in your settings; you can find many free-to-use icons on Free-dAvatars for example.
    Of course, if you want to be taken seriously, you'll also have to present yourself in a mature way when interacting with other people; using acceptable grammar, spelling, and of course manners is recommendable if not necessary.
    And don't forget to reply to the comments you get (and perhaps to thank people for faving or watching too). People are a lot more likely to remember you and do it again, and others that see it are more likely to comment etc. too.
  4. Go to the Forum
    The forum is one nice place where you can meet people. Though not everything in there is always to be taken seriously ;P Good forums to meet friends or fans are:
    • The Welcome Center is recommended for new deviants to post or those who hardly know anyone. Best is to both comment on other threads, and create your own.
    • The Thumbshare forum (and for premium members, Premium Thumbshare) has many threads where you can share your thumbs for all sorts of occasions for example to be watched, critiqued or featured.
  5. Perhaps the most important of all: browse art and comment on it. If you give useful comments, people are likely to appreciate it, and to be interested in you as well.
    A couple of places to do so are:

    • The front page (www), which I recommend you set to newest. The popular deviations usually get too many comments already for your comment to be noticed. (Be aware though that all types of art from all categories may come up - using mature content filter is recommended.)
    • Groups are great for browsing art as well as submitting your own. Make sure you keep a healthy balance between the two. Submitting to groups without participating in them in any other way will quickly get you a negative reputation.
    • For easier browsing, you can also use channels to see newest art but exclude certain keywords and categories, or limit it to only your favourite categories. FAQ #45: What are Channels and how do I use them?
Disagree on anything? Feel free to explain in a comment. It's all just based on my own experience and opinion and yours is of course just as valuable :peace:

Good luck, and stay devious :dalove:



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:iconalaskasnow16:
AlaskaSnow16 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's like participating on everything
Very nice Journal I agree on everything you must be an active member 
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:iconhimitsuuk:
HimitsuUK Featured By Owner Edited Jun 8, 2015   Photographer
:thumbsup:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Student Interface Designer
:thanks:
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:icongd4hire:
GD4hire Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wheres the forum?.. I have been on hear for about 2 years and I have trouble with the site any pros wanna help me?
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Sure! :D On the website go with the mouse over "More"  at the top (next to the bright "Submit" button) and the "forum" link will appear in the dropdown.
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:iconmeishinlong:
MeiShinLong Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Thank you very much for the advice my friend :-) Llamas all round!!!
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome! If you like, sure :dummy:
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:iconrainbowblast20:
RainbowBlast20 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Student Artist
Thank you very much!! ^^ I'm sure this will help.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome! :D I'm happy to hear that!
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:iconkaguracreepypasta:
KaguraCreepypasta Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student Artist
thank you :3
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome! :hug:
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:iconsonamyfan362:
SonAmyFan362 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Professional Writer
Awesome tips! I've been starting to submit my material on a somewhat more regular basis, lately.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Thanks :) Keep it up!
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:iconsonamyfan362:
SonAmyFan362 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Writer
No problem! Thanks!
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:icondiako-intrests:
Diako-intrests Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
useful essay !
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I'm glad to hear that, thanks :)
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:iconaiizumi29:
Aiizumi29 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
i will be squeling if someone fav my art, lol. thx for the advice!Woohooooo! :happybounce: 
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome! :eager:
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:iconmy-little-puellamagi:
My-Little-PuellaMagi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student General Artist
I go crazy when people favorite all my work but don't comment or watch T.T
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Ah, would you prefer they didn't?
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:iconsketcherskyfalcon18:
SketcherSkyfalcon18 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my flip the feels ;-; It makes you feel like they don't even care about the masterpiece you've made! Pikachu crying plz 
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:iconrippleart:
RippleArt Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
ikr :cry:
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:iconchrysanthemumsnow:
ChrysanthemumSnow Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Honestly I'd like it if people posted comments on my art work more instead of actually favoriting it, considering how long my art takes. :grump:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Interface Designer
:nod: I appreciate comments much more myself! (like yours!) Usually commenting to others will cause others to comment more to your art as well.
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:iconchrysanthemumsnow:
ChrysanthemumSnow Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Really?
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Really!
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:iconchillv:
chillv Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
(“~_ ~) I thought I was the only one who felt this way.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Interface Designer
:highfive:
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:iconchrysanthemumsnow:
ChrysanthemumSnow Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
No your not alone
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:iconchillv:
chillv Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ironically, just after saying that I get a comment on one of my works.
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:iconchrysanthemumsnow:
ChrysanthemumSnow Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
XD
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:iconfluff-pal28:
Fluff-Pal28 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I just want to be like the people who are respected and noticed :c
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Interface Designer
You want to be like them in which way? ^^
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:iconfluff-pal28:
Fluff-Pal28 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Like noticed and more friends! Friends are the best! :) (Smile) Heart 
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Hopefully this journal can help you then! :happybounce:
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:iconarty-buu-chan:
Arty-Buu-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is deviants who notice my work but never comments about it, I would have to put my work in groups to get it:faint:!!! I may change my shading style for any anime, and not many would say anything. I don't know if I should stay with my usual shading style...-.-
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Well, whether you get comments or not won't really depend on your shading style ^^
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:iconchillv:
chillv Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe she is referring to the fact that she would prefer an audience to give her input on and professionally critique her artwork and drawing style.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Maybe you're right, thanks!
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:iconarty-buu-chan:
Arty-Buu-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I'll do with whatever works with me...:hmm:
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:iconlunaandgroxanne:
lunaandgroxanne Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
help i only have 1 fav
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Hopefully this article helps :aww:
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:iconnatsumehirai:
NatsumeHirai Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a tendency to change my artstyle every few weeks or months or so. It gets really inconsistent at times, mainly because I am experimenting quite a lot... maybe a little too much? I kind of have a this nervous feeling that my watchers may leave because they were expecting this artstyle than the current one and things like that. I have lost and gained watchers at a similar rate since I started doing this. Maybe I'm just a little paranoid. ^^; Sorry if this sounds pretty silly.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I don't think it sounds silly... maybe talk to them about it? And in any case probably you will get more enjoyment and learnings from trying new styles than from trying to please watchers ^^
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:iconnatsumehirai:
NatsumeHirai Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mm yeah... you're right. xD I'll do that! Thanks. c:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Good luck :la:
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:iconnatsumehirai:
NatsumeHirai Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ <3
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:iconbekindplsrewind:
bekindplsrewind Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
That's perfectly normal to do; you're just experimenting with styles and seeing where you feel comfortable in. Eventually, you'll find something that works and will probably be your dominate style.

But even so, art is ever evolving, and as with everyone, one style can't please everyone's palette. Don't take it as a personal thing when people unwatch you, it just means you're growing, too.

And I think what most people often forget, that as an artist, you're honing your craft out of your own passion, for yourself; don't create something to get the attention of others just to please them, or worry that they won't approve of it. When you're happy with your own work, it tends to show with others who view it, too.
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:iconnatsumehirai:
NatsumeHirai Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're right, I should experiment for myself. I'll continue on and soon find my style! Thank you so much, I feel at ease now. ;u;
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:iconbekindplsrewind:
bekindplsrewind Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
You're welcome. I'm glad you're feeling more relieved C:.
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