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This article was originally inspired by a discussion with Alavesa and posted in a journal here but people told me I should make it a news article=P So here's a revised (hopefully improved) version. Any updates and additions will be posted there.





Tip for unknown artists


First, this is something I find many just don't realise... Did you know that you're way more likely to meet new friends and getting your work noticed if you interact with unknown artists, instead of only watching already popular ones? Unknown artists will appreciate any feedback you leave them a lot more (be it a critique, a fave etc.), and often will keep talking to you and return the favour, while to many popular artists, you may be just another drop in the sea.:D
Remember, the amounts of exposure you get doesn't just depend on the quality of your work – you'll have to get some people to look in the first place! :dummy:





Where to find them


So, if you feel like being the first to discover great art, where do find them? :eager: Well, you can use the random deviant or random deviation button, use discovery (hint: every time you load the page, you get 9 popular artists and 3 unknown ones... you can see their watcher count without having to leave the page so seek out those with few watchers!), lurk the Thumbshare forum or the #Thumbsshare chatroom, follow some Groups, or – and this may be easiest – just set the front page - www - to 'newest' instead of 'popular' :D

Other places to find art include today, channels, the portals such as literature and photography, critiquables, News Feature Articles and journal features, and collections.




How to help them


What do you do when you find an unknown artist? Well, there is of course DDs, and DailyLitDeviations for literature (besides normal lit DDs), that you can suggest them for – but there's also some initiatives that focus on unknown talent specifically.

More you can do to help them;

  • Suggest them to helping-the-unknown - if chosen will get their own news feature from one of the (usually more known) admins! (they also have a chat event coming up, see: helping-the-unknown.deviantart… )
  • Suggest them to 3wyl for her Make a Difference series: 3wyl.deviantart.com/journal/23… which features 3 different artists in an article every week.
  • If a deviation has received 0-5 comments (not counting replies), send it to ProjectComment to be featured in a weekly article (example: news.deviantart.com/article/14… )
  • Christianonfire7 has a weekly feature and likes to feature unknown artists too – note her with your suggestions.
  • hiddendelights has a series called deviants discovered focussing on underappreciated artists, for which she takes suggestions too.
  • Or... maybe you could feature them yourself? :dummy: As a premium member, you can for example feature them in custom boxes (like phoenixleo does on his page!) or journals (like Christianonfire7 and petrova and many many others do)... if you don't have a premium membership, you can feature them by displaying your 'faves' widget on your page, and you can feature them in news articles too (see the guide to dA news :D I also recommend you check out NonPremiumStyle :eager:
  • At least as useful, comment on their work. Tell them what you like about it, maybe even critique if you can! Many are on dA to improve as artist, but don't usually get constructive feedback and will be happy to receive some.






That's just my tips, if you have more ideas comment below! :hug:


I hope it helps :peace:

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GhostNinjaART Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome! :)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Thanks! :aww:
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Roos-Skywalker Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I applied many of these hints since the very beginning but my comment and profile views are still as low as my friend who joined only a week ago and has NO deviantions.

When I see that I feel fucked up becuase I have so much awesomness (espacially literature) to offer and no-one sees it! That guy over there with 0 uploads and joined a week ago is already having 5+ watchers etc. Why? I feel very underestimated and underrated.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ah! Well, you've only just started - you've just been here for a month and only made about a 100 comments, you don't usually seem to reply to comments you get (which also discourages people from watching you) etc. You can find many more tips here: [link] :)

I don't see any literature in your gallery though, are you still going to submit that? :D

Good luck! :hug:
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Roos-Skywalker Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is not in my gallery? Dunno if that is a bug or not. But in my literature history it is listed on my profile.
It can be found in the Journal tab.
[link]
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ah! I see. May I ask why you submitted it as a journal instead of as art? :)
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Roos-Skywalker Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think to keep my gallery a little bit clean but in fact i do not know. *shame*

-Must find a way to fix it-
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I see :D Let me know if you want help or advice :hug:
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Roos-Skywalker Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some critique on Dennis [link] would be much appreciated since I am practising face drawings without any sketch or help tools.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Okay will do so soon! :hug:
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cembree Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a slight question.
Many people do join groups to find people of similar interests, it's true. However, the deviation flow is crazy and requires hours to take care of. If one crosses all of them out, they feel as if they're missing out on an opportunity to meet more people. Do you have any ideas on how to solve this issue?
Thanks for the article, by the way. :worship:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Just to make sure we're on the same page - you're talking from a member's perspective, right? :)

Then, I think the best thing to do is to find a smaller group. They have more opportunity for you to form a sort of community, you keep meeting the same people and such which means you're much more likely to make good friends, or just to have them visit your page or something :nod:
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cembree Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for an answer. :)
So what would be your idea of a small group?
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Interface Designer
How do you mean exactly?
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cembree Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then, I think the best thing to do is to find a smaller group. They have more opportunity for you to form a sort of community, you keep meeting the same people and such which means you're much more likely to make good friends, or just to have them visit your page or something.
Sorry for the ambiguity. I was simply wondering what would mark a group like the one you described above. ^^
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Fewer members? :meow:
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zoe-catgirl Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011   General Artist
awesome article :3
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Thanks :aww:
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zoe-catgirl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011   General Artist
You're welcome. :D
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BoyWithAntlers Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Hmm so I should join more groups n' stuff? Makes sense :) great article.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
That works :nod: but I recommend to be careful that you don't resort to groups spamming; i.e. just choose a couple of select groups with a purpose that you're looking for (for example #ProjectComment if you mostly want comments) that you could submit to and participate in. And don't submit to more groups than you can be an active participant in yourself. That's just my advice :)
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BoyWithAntlers Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
yeah.. i think im just gonna join 4 or 5 group that pertain to my interests, and maybe others in the group can help me get m stuff out there :) or at least more noticed.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Great :hug:
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BoyWithAntlers Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
thank you, thank you.
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Lippin-Teh-Pixiekins Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for linking this article, so helpful! and glad to know I'm not alone in this :P I shall now go off and try some of these ideas :D
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Welcome! :hug: Best of luck :la:
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DeeDzaroni Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank u so much it would help a lot =)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Welcome! I'm glad :hug:
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thorns Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011   Writer
If you haven't already, maybe you could submit this as a deviation with all your updates. :D

Good work on this btw!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Hmm, I could! :plotting: Thanks for the idea! :D

Thanks :hug:
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thorns Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011   Writer
No problem. :heart:
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Topicality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
omg THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME AND RECOMMENDING HELPINGTHEUNKNOWN ILU <3


:hug:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Anytime! :hug:The founder told me it helped them a lot :la:
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Topicality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
It did I have a ton of messages/notes from that group to sift through 8D
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SombrePies Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww that's really nice.
My every wish was to be popular on deviantART, now I'm saved. :3
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Haha! Good to hear :hug:
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UnknownLyricist Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
it does helps, thank you so much :D
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Welcome! :hug:
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UnknownLyricist Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
:D *hugs you again*
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blockbatt Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
That's a good article
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Thanks! :D I hope it helps :hug:
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Gaaraterra Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, awesome article :clap:
Hmm maybe I'm gonna put a feature section on my page ;D Just need to find a place on my super long profile page lol :giggle:
Anyway~ thank you for sharing this stuff with us :la:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Thank you! :hug:

ohh, awesome :la: Tell me when you do :hug:
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Gaaraterra Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :hug:
I will for sure 8D
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sunsetXblvd Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
And if you are the unknown artist yourself, don't spam people's inboxes with your pictures in thousands of clubs. It's obnoxious, and it doesn't earn respect. Spamming people is not going to want to make anyone look at your work in a serious fashion. LOL
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Indeed. :D Submitting to a group isn't a bad thing in itself, but it shouldn't be the only way to get attention, since it's completely passive and unproductive :slow: and makes you look pathetic at the same time.
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sunsetXblvd Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
I know, but for some reason unknown artists believe that's the golden ticket to fame.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Either they're just lazy :B or they don't know better :( Which is what I'm trying to change with these articles :D
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Nannaa Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student General Artist
*don't know better*

/Pathetic Unknown Artist
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Are you one of them? :giggle: In that case I hope this article has helped you :hug:
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