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Get your Art some Attention on deviantART

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.
    • You could even bookmark certain searches to see newest art but exclude certain keywords and categories, or limit it to only your favourite categories. FAQ #577: How do I use the Search?
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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:iconhethalos:
Hethalos Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I honestly think point two is the most important although as far as improvement is concerned, you need to demonstrate consistent substantial improvement especially in your technical skills if you're not an expert.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student Interface Designer
I agree, thanks for the comment! :D
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:iconhethalos:
Hethalos Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
No problem! Much of it solid advice although success in any field will generally require great effort towards long-term goals.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student Interface Designer
For sure! Thanks! :hug:
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PurpleIllusion2341 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Student General Artist
I do these stuff already and I still can't get noticed.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Interface Designer
It takes a while and quite some time :) Especially the comments. I see you haven't done that a lot yet but you have plenty of time to do more!
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DiamondOfAge Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooo I love this! This is quite helpful and I been on here for a while, so thankies! ^^
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I'm glad to hear that! You're very welcome :hug:
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:iconunforgivable-porn:
unforgivable-porn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
channels doesn't exist anymore.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Student Interface Designer
You're right! Thanks a lot for the heads up. Thanks to you I could replace it with a similar solution :)
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:iconunforgivable-porn:
unforgivable-porn Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
you're welcome. it's kinda shame that they removed it. :/
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Student Interface Designer
It is, but at least we can do basically the same with bookmarks ^^
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:iconpurrablecat:
PurrableCat Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  New Deviant
I just did join and decided to read this! it helped me a lot ^^ thank you! :)
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I'm glad to hear that, you're welcome! :hug:
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:iconcrafyaussie:
CrafyAussie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
This is a great place to find information!! Thank you!
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Thanks, you're welcome! :hug: I'm glad it helps.
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JARONNEWYORK Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm new to the DA and I find this to be great advice. I feel a little more confident after reading this. Thx a mil.!
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I'm very glad to hear that, thanks a lot for the comment! You're very welcome :D (sorry for the delay, I was on holiday)
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:iconmegaener:
megaener Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great thank you.
I needed this, I've been registered for years and I feel like I'm a newbie. I'll start taking artwork serious and work my way up while enjoying the process. :D
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Student Interface Designer
You're very welcome! Don't worry, you're not alone :aww:
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:icondragonoftheworld:
DragonOfTheWorld Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice! Thank you so much!
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome, I hope it helps :)
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:icondragonoftheworld:
DragonOfTheWorld Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
^-^
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AlaskaSnow16 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like participating on everything
Very nice Journal I agree on everything you must be an active member 
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Thank you, I'm glad to hear that!
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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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:iconcharlotte-salcedo:
charlotte-salcedo 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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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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:icondiakoart:
Diakoart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student General Artist
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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KerrySprite 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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OpalArtz 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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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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