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Things you should do on DeviantArt

Thu May 24, 2012, 11:49 PM
A big hug to all my sweet friends:hug:



This journal is for every Deviant out there struggling to be known. Here you will find some advice on how to get more exposure on DeviantArt.

I have met so many Deviants who are having a hard time getting feedback on their work, be it favs, comments, getting watchers...  Well  if you follow these next steps, I'm sure things will change.

so here we go

                                F e l l a . DeviantART Tour 5 by thekidKaos

:iconfellaplz:  How can you get yourself known if you just sign in and sign out and expect people to find you.  BROWSE DEVIANTART :eager:  get out there in any category you like, check people's work, give them a :+fav: a comment, if you like the artist :+devwatch: them. They will come back to your page and most likely to do the same for you.

:iconfellaplz:   If someone gives you a :+devwatch: , watch them back. This way you can support everybody who supports you. You will create yourself a support system. Someone came to me and said what if this person's art is not good and I have no will to watch them back. I say for me, I watch everyone who watches me, even the ones their art is not that good, I watch them back I comment on their work, I tell them whats wrong, I try to help them improve and correct what they are doing wrong. If everybody on DeviantArt watches only the good popular artists , this wont be the loving supportive community we all inspire to have. ( It is possible, because most deviants don't have even 100 watchers)

:iconfellaplz:  Please, be a good watcher, try not to be a lazy watcher, or a careless watcher, or what I call a" ghost watcher", I'm sure so many people have those. Someone who watches you but you never hear from them. DO NOT BE LİKE THAT. A good watcher checks his friends work, give it time, fav it, comment on it. Show your support to your watchers, show them that you care about their work. This way you will have a good relation with your watchers and they will do the same for you. You may even end up being great friends.

:iconfellaplz:  Join Groups. Groups are an amazing opportunity for more exposure, join as many groups as you can, why not, Submit your work to these groups, because every group  has so many watchers, and this way you will get more feedback. If you are afraid of too many Deviations coming from the group, just do your best to check some of them. Of course you can't possibly view deviations coming from all those groups.
I once found a poem that was s submitted to 163 groups.That's what I can call exposure.  No matter what kind of Art you do, there are groups for that.

:iconfellaplz:  Contests, İf a group or a friend of yours is having a contest, join, submit  your work,  it's always great to participate, meet new people, let them see what you can do, and you never know,  you may also win.

:iconfellaplz:  Be nice :nod: Yes, that's right, and I mean, when someone fav your work, go to their page, say thank you. Always reply to your comments, no matter how much do you get.
If it's your watcher's birthday, go there, say happy birthday. İf you notice that your friend is gone for some time, send them a note, say" Hi , how is all going" .
Offer your help and your advice, and always use a good language please.

:iconfellaplz:  Do features :la::la: FEATURES ARE AWESOME PEOPLE :la:, feature your friends or people who need more support. It is always a kind gesture that makes everybody happy, features do great things. You will have new friends, those people you feature get more friends as well , more :+fav: and more :+devwatch: and more friendship:love:  

:iconfellaplz: Finally :idea: LLAMAS :la: :la:

Do you know that llamas are awesome, and they are totally free :iconllama-plz:  Give your friends llamas and if someone gives you one give it back:love:
Let's say, you answered all your messages and you wonder what to do now on DeviantArt, well, go around and give people llamas :la:. What will happen is, people will wonder, "hmm, who is this sweet deviant who just gave me a llama" they will come to your page, they will give you a llama back and they will wonder again, "hmm, this Deviant is awesome, I will check his gallery"  Isn't that awesome :la:
Believe me, it happens exactly as I just said :love:



Finally I just want to say to all my dear Deviants:hug:, don't wonder what you are doing wrong. Take the first step and get yourself out there. You will love it :blowkiss:

My friends, I hope this was helpful to all of you. Take care. I love you all :dalove:

And good luck from this cool fella :love:

                                        F e l l a . 0 5 by thekidKaos

Please, if you read this journal, :+fav: it, and share it with your friends , it helps more people read it.
:iconnewlaplz:Fav fella (Badge) by Ehsartem:iconnewlaplz:


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:iconshaper-nesyo:
Shaper-Nesyo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm really glad I found this! Thanks for posting this, seriously! :D
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That makes me very happy :) You are very welcome :bow:
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Shaper-Nesyo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the Llama by the way!
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MeavaStudios Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
We have been doing a few of these (llama for llama, feature verity, courtesy, +Watch back, joining groups) but it looks like we still have lots more work to do... *le sigh*
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You just joined DeviantArt, Let's give it some time :)
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Frappe7 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
XD I've already done most of these, except for the feature thing. I'll give that a shot someday! I also need to give out more llamas and keep watching back people ^^

Thank you!!!
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That would be awesome :la:
Happy you enjoyed reading it :) 
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:iconfrappe7:
Frappe7 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
I did, thank you again :hug:
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Inass82 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much for this^^
i think i done almost what you write in your journal not all of it , but i still do not get feedback on my work
may be my work isn't that good?? i do not know!!!
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GD-Doreen-BJ Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess I know the problem... You do the same mistakes like me^^
I also don't get much feedback although I am a very active Co-Founder of a 55.000 member strong group...

The problem with you and me is the gallery... If you visit my gallery you see stuff that isn't bad (like yours).
The big "But" is that people can't see your art style.
You and I, we are persons that do different artstyles.
You do digital, traditional and animation. If I go to your gallery I think "Why shall I watch her? I don't know what I can expect in the future".

There are a lot of artist here on dA who do it correctly. They only draw Fan Art, or only with Pencils, or only with colored pencils, or only Jewelry etc.. If I watch "AtomicCircus" f.e. I know: "I can expect wonderfull colored pencil drawings".

If you do several of these artstyles and don't specialize, people don't have a reason to watch you.
I have the same problem because I do traditional, digital, fan art, Literature and Artisian Crafts. So people also don't have a reason to watch me... Sweating a little... 
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It takes some time, try to browse in the category of the art you do, that way you will find other people who do the same genre you do and they share the same interests as you.
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:iconlpskitfit:
lpskitfit Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Nvm. I always thought that llamas cost points! LLAMA POWER
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No they don't llamas are for free :la:
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:iconlpskitfit:
lpskitfit Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Llamas actually cost points. How do I get more of those? Because I LOVE giving people llamas.
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You can give as much as you can, and they will come give you back 
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:iconlpskitfit:
lpskitfit Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I always thought they costed points. Derp
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:laughing:
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:iconlpskitfit:
lpskitfit Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
:D
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muammerkardes Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
You seem to have turned out to be an unwinged angel; so helpful , so enlightening....I am learning the mistakes I've made.
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :) 
I just love this place and I try to share with everybody things I know and that may help them :)
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SabryDfirework02 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Hey this is helpful... I had thought about some of the things you wrote but what are contests? And how do they work? I'm still new...
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Your friends or the groups you joined organize these contest. Keep an eye on them, they usually announce them in journals, join and you never know you may win :)
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SabryDfirework02 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Yeah, but how do they work? ^^;
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm familiar with poetry contests, for example a groups holds a contests, the subject is to write a poem under a certain subject or a theme. There will be judges to decide who will win, and there will be awards given to the winners. The group will already have a set of awards, usually gathered from other deviants, such as points or features or someone would offer to buy a membership for the winner. That's a basic contest :)
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SabryDfirework02 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Okay thank you very much :)
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:bow:
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Showlover Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
the part where it says that we have to watch back our watchers sounds like that we are (very) terrible persons if we don't. everyone has standards, even the nicest persons
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, of course. I wouldn't watch someone I can't look at their gallery :)
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:iconshowlover:
Showlover Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ugh. if i watch a lot of deviants, it would take a really long time for me to see them all. especially if there is school time and if someone is using the only computer that has internet access
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Of course, If you have 400 watchers that would be hard:nod:
We do our best and that's enough
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Showlover Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
plus i am watching a tutorial group that keeps on submitting TONS of deviations
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It's okay then nobody will blame you. 
Because also after some time from being a deviant, you develop this circle of friends , who are active, who care about your work also, those are the ones you focus on.  
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OnShiGou Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this!
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy to help :dalove:
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WhippingWolf Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! This is really sweet and helpful, thank you so much! Hug 
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You are welcome :) happy you think so :)
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IronLadyCreations Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was deviant years ago, and now that I'm jumping back into the boat, it was extremely refreshing to read this! Thank you so much for providing this support! :hug:
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's great. Happy to help :)
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KillDreamEata Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ugh, i have a really bad habit of being aghost watcher. as much as i love the artist im just a lazy person and click the fave button and be on with it. >.>
really enjoyed reading this, fantastic tips :D
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy you enjoyed it :)
Just click the fav button more often :D
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Astral-Ice Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful. thank you ^^
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Rivalkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This has proved to me immensely helpful. I am new to this site, and I was confused as to what to do until I read this. Thanks for posting this article!
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That makes me really happy :w00t:
İf you need anything come ask me , I will be more than happy to help you :)
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Rivalkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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xkhrymson Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really good. I should really start doing these. Thanks a bunch!
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm happy it helps :dalove:
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the first recommendation of the watch back is not possible because there are people that farm the watch (without then looking) just in order to recieve a watch back.

Anyway if you watch 3000 things, you can't watch any more artist or only little more.
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I agree, but most deviants don't have 100 watcher :) So for most people it is possible :nod:
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
agree :)
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MysticalDragon225 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
:iconllama-plz:
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