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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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avismdrawing Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  New Deviant
Thank you, it answers my wondering about the llamas Sweating a little... 
iicastleii Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
It's like I can see you doing all those expressions as I read through your journal Wink/Razz, thanks for the lift-up Love . I'll try my best! :happybounce: 
sweetRodz Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
Warrior4hire Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
I'm glad I found this, I've been struggling to get my work out there for quite some time. Thanks.
ManchinesAndMonsters Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks you for the advice
1996Frostie Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :) 
SarcasticKhandi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very amazing.
Crisskitty Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, so simple and hard to do!
Friday-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god

This is the most useful thing

Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome. Happy it's helpful 
akrzlovesanimals Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016
i watching you this was so helpful!
akrzlovesanimals Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016
thanks! :D
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Very welcome :)
GothicReindeer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
allot of people just watch me for a watch back and don't ever talk to me :(
i'm nice (but rude to people who are rude to me)
and i think my art is pretty okay

and i am friends with allot of people ^w^

but idk what else to do, i try everything, i give shout outs to my friends (i don't get any back btw)
and my username is cringe :(
meuchelwort Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
That was very helpful to understand DA. Thank You!
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Most welcome :)
random1289 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
I fit almost all of your criteria for what not to do. and also is it ok to just not post? because I came here to see other people's art, I don't actually do any myself
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
That is absolutely fine, you can still be a great DeviantArt member :)
HochByte Featured By Owner Edited May 8, 2016
"hmm, who is this sweet deviant who just gave me a llama" they'll 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" 
more like
"hmm, this person gave me a llama, another person that doesn't care about my art but wants me to go to their page and check their gallery"
Johnny12575 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a question

If someone writes a comment on a pice of art of mine, writing great words and explaining why he loved it, but just doesn't bother even faving it, should I ask him to do so or it would be too rude?
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
It always made me wonder if they love it so much why didn't they fave it :D maybe you can ask in a nice manner, why not 
Johnny12575 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welp, almost all of them say they just forgot to do it. But it's so simple!! Well, whatever.
WiggleWurm Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Personally I wouldn't, but I know where you're coming from. 
CoreyAHill Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Can you write lores for your art?
CyberDreamer25 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
haha this is so true and thanks for the advice! :D (Big Grin) 
Pappa60 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
Thanks for the advice :-)
TheShippinati Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you properly feature someone?
Jadeiu Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist
A friend of mine did this little "Feature Friday" journal thing where she took one deviant each week, gave a little background on them, talked about their art style and lastly gave a kind of critique on her favorite piece of theirs.
nalmas Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those are some great advice. Thanks a bunch :)
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome :)
right2bearcharms Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great advice. Thanks!:D (Big Grin) 
loveablelibby519 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, that was very well said! Job well done! :D
silicon-jayce Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you I had similar thoughts about watching other people who watch me like what you described, but after explaining it, I think I will dispel those thoughts :)
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy it helped :) :rose:
termiki Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks this relly helped :3
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So happy it did :)
termiki Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
flyrocreator Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Student Filmographer
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Shaper-Nesyo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm really glad I found this! Thanks for posting this, seriously! :D
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That makes me very happy :) You are very welcome :bow:
Shaper-Nesyo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the Llama by the way!
MeavaStudios Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  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*
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You just joined DeviantArt, Let's give it some time :)
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!!!
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That would be awesome :la:
Happy you enjoyed reading it :) 
Frappe7 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
I did, thank you again :hug:
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!!!
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... 
Inass82 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much for your care and your time to reply to my problem
may be you are right, me myself feel like i do not know what i want from my art
may be with the time i'll find out, and find my own style
BTW i saw your gallery and it's amazing^^
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