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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.
    • 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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CloudDDPA Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some questions about this.

1. I want to post art regluary but I have college, and family things, I feel like that I'm running out of time, and don't have the time to do what I love to do.

2. I'm working on that as hard as I can but no matter they still go get hardly get little attention. I'm not giving up on my artwork and I do want to be noticed and improve.

3. I just don't like to fave and run its really un-natural here on Deviantart in my case but I mostly get that from time to time. I want to leave good comments but I don't know what to comment on and how to take the time to give a good comment, I feel like I'm always in a rush =(

4. I really don't do the forums much.

5. I keep forgetting on that part because I don't know what to brows and have 2 different accounts.
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namenotrequired Mar 25, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Hi! Thanks for your thoughts!

Don't worry, you don't have to do all of these ^^ Heck you don't have to do any of them :giggle: If you do want to expand your audience though, it'd be a good start in your case to choose two of them from the list that suit you and your situation best and practice them for a while. :)

And please, ask away! What are your questions? :)
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NotenSMSK Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This journal is before the time I joined dA so I wonder the community of that time - all the rules apply and commenting/browsing art meaning interacting with people does a great job. I personally wonder if the forums are that important a source but if you say so ^^;

Over all a very informative article :nod: I will add a link to it on my profile as well. Not wanting to start an awkward debate but I honestly don't think the mature filter does justice to 'mature' art - the criteria as I have seen it at times disappoints me. Having said that, I do realize that the topic is controversial (I don't want to start a rampage here :aww:).
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namenotrequired Mar 16, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I wouldn't say the forums are important - it can help you, but you don't need it. :D

Thank you! :aww:
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NotenSMSK Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
mhmm :nod: true, some people are able to make good use og them as well. you are very welcome!
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iDJPanda Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
How'd you get your journal posted in your gallery?
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namenotrequired Dec 23, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I don't see it in my gallery?
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Just-To-Look1 Dec 6, 2013  Student General Artist
My opinions about the 5 tips:

1) I can't do this. I'm having a busy schedule, and I go to school, which does not permit deviantART. Sad isn't it? But when I get older, I can try to achieve this tip.

2) I can try to improve in my art, but the one thing that's pulling me back is the quality of my art. Whether it's scanning or taking a picture of it from my phone, it's still at a low quality, and it looks messed up.

3) I have excellent grammar, and can spell quite well, but sometimes, I don't know what to say, and often mess up with word choice. Also, I'm typing this from my phone, and it sometimes make my spelling incorrect. Also, my avatar looks strange, probably because I can't draw on small pixels.

4) I don't go to the forums often. But if I'm bored, and I want to share something, I can type away what I want to say. It doesn't matter what I write about, as long as it sticks to the topic.

5) Browsing art is what I do whenever I want to bust boredom, but I usually browse art that's related to my interests. Whenever I see a deviation I like, I fave and make a quick comment. But at very few times I actually check the most popular deviations of all time. Those are the deviations that capture the most attention, besides my own interests.

Do you agree with these opinions? Why or why not?
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namenotrequired Dec 12, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Sure, that's all understandable and fine. :D 2. is too, though that shouldn't stop you from getting better as an artist, which can be recognised even with a bad scan. And looking at your gallery, the effect really isn't even that noticeable, so definitely don't let that stop you! :D

3-5 sure, all fine. It's up to you whether you just want to use dA in your own way or if you want to try some new approaches and meet new potential friends and watchers. ^^
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Just-To-Look1 Dec 12, 2013  Student General Artist
So, the thing that will make me a better artist, is that I should try to improve more, even if my scanner "killed" my artwork.
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