Now here comes a long post. Hope ya like it. DeviantART is one of my favorite places on the net, with lots of drawings and paintings made by people like you and me. I visit dA almost every day, to check what’s a trending topic, for instance, on the net, and to amuse myself with wonderful paintings. I’m not on the ‘become popular on dA’ run now, but I’ve studied what people with many views on their profiles have in common and I’m explaining it here.
Here are some points that will help you out become popular on deviantART:
- Make good art. This is not necessary but I had to say it first (LOL). Art is a subjective matter; I’ve checked which pages on dA have more visits and trust me, Kerem Beyit has few pageviews compared to people who make silly webcomics or silly fanarts.
- Make deviantART your headquarters on the net. When you start a profile on deviantART you’ll find out that you’ll be given a subdomain like myname.deviantart.com. This means that, for Google (as far as I know), your profile is an entire new page, as Google treats subdomains like standalone pages. So point people to that website first and all around the net; if you’re using a signature in a forum, place that URL instead of others; tell your friends about that URL. You have a blog there so you can populate it with stuff instead of making another blog… In sum, make dA your headquarters on the net.
- Choose your name or a pseudonim and stick to it. Make your name or your pseudonim an easy way people can identify your work on the net. Sign your artwork with that name always, and use it everytime you write down anything on the net. A name is like a brand, you must make people recognise it and make it valuable and trustful.
- Make just art. Many people have a blog, then they have some videos on Youtube, then they have their Facebook account, then they have a Tumblr, because they make art, music, videos, games, and other stuff (like me). dA works better for people who just makes painted art, like a painter or a manga artist. If you are a multi-talented artist, perhaps dA won’t work as desired.
- Respond to every single comment anyone posts on an artwork you made. When you exchange comments with another person, an emotional tie appears between you and that other person. If becoming popular means making a lot of people believe that your art is interesting, then the more emotional ties you make the more friends you’ll have and they will more likely comment or help you on your duty. For instance, Pikiru, an emerging young artist on dA, which has more than 500,000 views on her profile, doesn’t leave a comment without an answer. You can ask her about whatever stupid thing you may think; she will answer (I’ve exchanged comments with her like three or four times already and believe me, that’s true).
- Be active on the community. Comment, give feedback, know interesting people. Watch people.
- Make friends, not enemies. This suggestion is tied to the previous one. Don’t tell anybody ‘your art is bad’ because you’ll make an enemy and he/she will do the same to you. Try to make as many friends as possible.
- Make fanarts. I’m not into this so much but, if you’re stuck on getting views from your creations, make fanarts. This will help people place your art on their minds and recognise what you’re doing and what you like.
- Fanart for fanart. Make a couple friends on dA (they can be real-life friends if you have them) and tell them to make fanarts of your OCs (original characters) and in return make fanarts out of their original characters too. This will make your characters become ‘more popular’ or at least look like if they were popular!
So, if you follow these steps, I don’t know where you’ll go, but I’m sure they will help you out. These are some profiles on dA which I follow or I know they’ve got many visits, you can judge for yourself if they deserve them or not (LOL):
Pikiru – http://pikiru.deviantart.com/
Kerem Beyit – http://kerembeyit.deviantart.com/
RainCookie – http://raincookie.deviantart.com/
Wen-M – http://wen-m.deviantart.com/
ArtGerm – http://artgerm.deviantart.com/
PhoenixLu – http://phoenixlu.deviantart.com/