Why should we bother writing journals and articles featuring art? It takes time and effort but is it really worth it? Do people read and look through our features?
I'll try to explore some of these questions in my today's article and I'd like you to write your experience and opinions as well!
Reasons to feature
"Why bother" is a question that a proud community member never asks himself. First of all, DeviantArt is a place of inspiration filled with pictures, rarely a person gets by without browsing art and eventually "faving" them. Some people focus entirely on collecting artworks into their Favorites folders - this action and displaying artworks in your journal or a poll brings me to the first reason, supporting the artist. Further than that, it starts a dialogue between you and the featured artist (either via Mentions or by letting them know about the feature yourself). Many artists on the site react positively to being featured, they are willing to thank you and often view the journal and your profile - you're supporting your own exposure as well! Interaction is what makes the community alive and by extension makes us happy for being part of it. My third reason is simple - it's fun!
Making it look nice
Have I sold you on the reasons? (assuming the answer is yes) Good, let's talk about how to do it without losing the crowd. There are always few things to avoid when featuring artworks, to make sure they are accessible and a positive experience to every viewer. I'll try to list a few of the "bad habits" here:
❢ way too many thumbnails > causes that the feature loads very slowly on many computers, therefore a considerable amount of your viewers won't even take a look at it as they're resurrecting their browser
❢ no system whatsoever > your pictures are scattered around the journal as if they're trying to escape far away from you
❢ blinking or otherwise aggressive journal skin > it's hard on your eyes and takes all attention away from the thumbs, rather use something simple, clean and nice
❢ length > nothing is worst than having to scroll through your feature for ages, chances are your viewers just won't bother
❢ mismatched size in thumbs/images > use sta.sh writer to re-size thumbnails easily and quickly
Example no.1 - NO
Example no.2 - YES
Also, join our Traditional artwork FEATURE CONTEST (9th - 15th December)!