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Artist tips: Getting noticed

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 10:53 AM


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I'll give many ways to get out there.

Disclaimer: each thing I mention may or may not work. Some people are luckier than others, but you have to do what you can do try to be more noticed. So the list I make is what has helped me or has helped others I have seen.

-Keep drawing and posting! You won't get noticed if you don't keep making work. If there's stuff keeping you from drawing, however, that's understandable.

-with above: post the art you HAVE made to several sites. This is best during the times you can't do art for whatever reason. You're still getting yourself out there.
Sites to post to:
•Deviantart (already here)
www.furaffinity.net/ (furry and humanoid art can be posted here)
inkbunny.net/ (mainly furry)
www.sofurry.com/welcome (mainly furry)
www.weasyl.com/ (all art including drawn porn)
www.tumblr.com/ (use LOTS of tags! People are bad with reblogging art here, which is the main way with getting seen from what I have noticed)
twitter.com/ (I have heard some good things about sharing art on twitter)
www.facebook.com/ (I have also heard good things about making a group on here for art)
www.tsu.co/home (you can actually make money here by sharing your art. I just haven't done too much here yet and don't know exactly how it all works)
toyhou.se/ (a place to share your characters and make profiles for them. You'll need to get a code from someone, however)
--choose one site at a time. Don't do them all at once or else you'll overwhelm yourself. Also don't try to do EVERY art site unless you feel like you could handle them down the line.
---when you post to these sites, don't spam them. Post 1-3 a day, though once a day would be preferred. That way you can slowly get used to the site and feel a more a part of it. In the mean time, browse around and find other people to follow and maybe even comment.

-COMMENT! It will be easiest with the site(s) you already use, so start there. Comment on people's art, and make it more than one word. Make it a meaningful comment. You may not get a response, but others will see your comment and MIGHT check out your own profile! If more people commented, the community could grow even more! Of course, if you're super busy only do this when you can.

-Be active with your watchers! This is something I ACTIVELY do because I love talking to you guys! So this means respond to comments (within reason) and post journals. Some people may be against this point, but I think it's great when artists let their own personal life into their gallery, as long as it's not a bunch of negative things. Keep in mind that lots of venting and ranting can scare people away. For that it may be best with close friends and/or family. But with normal stuff you do in your day, go ahead and share it! People may not comment, but that's okay! The biggest thing is simply asking your watchers questions. Can be from something small to yourself, to anything else. Just note that stuff about politics or other heavy topics also may scare people away.

-Join groups! Smaller groups might actually be better because larger groups might post a bunch of art at once, drowning out what you had posted. But you can also do a mixture of both. Post your art wherever you can with the groups! But make sure to follow their rules as well.

-Give llamas! When you give a llama, people tend to check out your profile. This has been THE biggest thing for me getting more people to see my stuff on DA. Here is the easiest way to give llamas: One Click Llama Button by Kishan-Bagaria I give about 1,000 llamas a day. Go on people's watch lists and just give the llamas down the list. ( *name*.deviantart.com/modals/watchers/ ) Replace "*name*" with someone's name.
I'd suggest giving llamas to watchers who watch artists who do things similar to you.
Avoid Sakimichan's list, however. Most of the new watchers of hers are brand new accounts and I suspect them being spam accounts. Also go on the front page with the 8 hour and 24 hour popular art and give llamas to the commenters. That shows the ones who are active!
Warning: you'll get lots of people thanking for llamas, and you might end up getting creepers or people who are actually mad at you for it. If they say they don't want to get llamas, inform them that they can turn off the notification in settings. Others will call you dishonest or something to try to make you feel bad. Ignore them. You are cheering more people up than annoying people, so keep giving llamas!

-Fanart! Draw fanart of your favorite games or shows, or even favorite characters from other deviants! Only do this if you don't mind being seen for just your fanart work, but this will surely get more people to check you out. Again, only do this if it's fun for you. I will personally rarely do fanart because I want my original art front and center.

That's all I can think of at the moment. If you have more suggestions, I will add them here!


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K-KAT7773 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Dis helpful, imma go get noticed now
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Asmodeus623 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These tips are just awesome and a great help to me. I'm just a baby deviant wanting to grow and share! X3 Thank you for doing these!
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dVicko Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tnx, great advice :)
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Kiko-Kat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Trying this out now
>w< Thank ya!
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Ethemy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very good journal, I'd say that I am quite active and talk to some of my watchers now and then.
I have a bad habbt of not updating my Tumblr and Twitter account even though I say I'll be better 
multiple times > >. Having a full time job can also get my motivation right down and make me 
not wanna do said things..poopy job :c

But again this is a good journal, I bet it'll help many people :)
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EviDumea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
how to get noticed: a) be lucky, b) be ambitious
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
pretty much
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Thunderstorm26 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really helpful! Thanks for sharing! :D
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
welcome~
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IanDWalker Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Like the journal here. Very informative and straight to the point. I'm getting back into the flow of deviant art myself so this is going to help. Thanks a lot for this.
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Glad it could help~
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ladyofthehollow Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the info & links to resources! I'm going to try 1 of the sites u suggested this week. I already do comment alot, because there is so much great art on here. I also thank u for explaining the llamas which I couldn't figure out for the life of me! Many thanks!
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
yay! :'D
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hayshellhana Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is very helpful, thank you for sharing this with the Art community.
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
welcome~
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wolfevz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for all of the tips and I really appreciate is and again thank you
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Rott-i-kins Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I love this llama button. Thanks so much for your advice journals lately they ahave really inspired me to be more active on here and such.
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
yay! I'm glad! : D
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feather--weather Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Just note that only the first five tags on a tumblr post will be used for the site tags (sometimes) - so like if a single post is tagged "art", "fanart", "pokemon", "dog", "fanart", "lucario", the post won't show up if someone searches for lucario but would if they liked in the dog tag
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I have to say that thing trying to explain it is horrible. It would be better as panels. xD I can't read that fast. BAH

But yeah, true that.
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feather--weather Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Saaaame
I was looking for the old info graphic that i learned it from but my old blog has like over 200pgs e3e
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XenoChelle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
this button is proof a god exists  

all those hours of llama giving, reduced to the click of a button 

:iconlazepoolplz:ty:heart:
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Suga4 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016   Traditional Artist
Ikr
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
ahahah xD I hardly ever gave llamas because of how tedious it was, until I was shown this button. Now I have given like 70,000+ llamas. bahaha
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nerdynordy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student Filmographer
Thanks for the tips :D I probably should've done more of this much earlier, but I guess I'm a little "internet shy"

Out of curiosity, are you going to be doing some more artist tips?
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
yes, whenever I think of them
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nerdynordy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student Filmographer
Awesome! Looking forward to more :) (as well as future art)
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ElithianFox Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did they fix One Click Button llama already? I honestly haven't used it again ever since it broke
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
yes it was fixed a day later~ and was slightly updated as well.
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ElithianFox Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just removed my old version and added the new one, and looks like I can go back to giving out llamas! It's really strange how well that method works. I once got 20 watchers in a single day just by giving out llamas, which as a small 500 watcher artist is huge to me.

Also, how'd you figure out the link to access people's watchers? I've been searching for that and the new link to people's groups since forever haha
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Yisss~

an ex friend showed me it several months ago so I've kept the link saved on my desktop so I remembered. XD I dunno the one for groups though. Only people.
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ElithianFox Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see! That's one to keep in mind, thanks c:
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ashenrisen Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i think you hit on all the ideas! I might try a couple now lol=) thanks=)
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
welcome~
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