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Do you create Collections for yourself, or to share and feature artwork with others?

Vote! (36,374 votes) 264 comments
76,163 Deviants Online
And here you have the number one question that people ask me:
"How the hell did you get so many people to view your art? You're not even that good!"

I can't do anything other than honestly admitting that I'm not that good at art. I'm not some awesomely skilled concept artist, at least. I've seen many people do a better job while receiving a lot less of attention.
Why a medium like DeviantArt works for me? Probably because I've been around on the internet for so long, and I've spend so much time working for internet-marketing company's, that things like advertising and web usability have become a second nature to me. A lot of the things that I've come to regard as common sense in internet communication, are things that are nowadays proven successful by research.

It's important to know that websites like DeviantArt are listed in the category social media. That probably didn't occur to most people, since DeviantArt seems to be so heavily focused towards art (and traditional social media like Facebook and Twitter lack this focus). Yet DeviantArt plays by the same rules. You can befriend and follow people here, just like you can in any other social media website. Has it never occurred to you that the most popular people aren't always the ones that have the best art? This might seem highly unfair, but this is because it's not only about art. It's about having a community sense as well! 
Even though you might not be the best at art... having a great community sense will certainly help you on your way.


Make sure your artwork looks interesting as a thumbnail. The thumbnail is the first people see from your art, and will decide if people click further. How to do this? Basically it's a matter of good composition and good use of color. You can learn all these things in your regular art workshop. You can test this while working on your artwork by zooming out so far that the image becomes small. Or with traditional work; either take a picture and zoom out, or look at the work from a distance.

Make sure your artwork is of decent quality. Scan a picture, rather than photographic it. Edit your photo's to bring the best in the colors out. Make sure your digital artwork is of a decent resolution.

Despite what many people will say; DeviantArt is heavily aimed towards (anime) fanart. This doesn't mean you have to start making fanart. Just know that if you happen to make those, it'll be in your advantage. If you don't; don't be discouraged. I got this far without making fanart as well XD
Also; sex sells on DeviantArt as well. Especially on DeviantArt, you might say, since it's a community so heavily aimed towards "pretty"' characters from series/anime.

Might seem like a non-issue to an artwork... yet a good title helps you to be found in the site's search. The same goes for goes for Google and other external search engines, as the title of your work is passed to search engines. What might be a handy trick, is that if you make artwork of a certain character (fanart) or for a certain person on DeviantArt (either fanart or gifts), you include the name of the respective character or person in the title of your artwork. Characters names are a popular thing to search for so they will generate you more pageviews. Doing a gift-art for a popular artist, and including his/her name in the title too, will help you as well since you can assume many people look for this artist.
Note: only do this when your artwork really depicts this character, or this this artists character, and keep the title believable. Creating false content (a.k.a. cheating) is heavily penalized by search engines and will -in the worst case scenario- lead you to be banned from them.

Don't forget them. Keywords might not be as important off-site as a title, yet they give you a fair chance to higher your rank on DeviantArt. Important things to list here; the name of characters (mainly if fanart), the emotion the picture depicts or the scene in which the artwork takes place.
Note: Don't use too many keywords. Using too many or too irrelevant keywords will work against you, as you won't gain people that are actually interested in your work.

If you submit artwork more often, have a consistent gallery. People won't start following you until they know what to expect from you. So have a gallery that's consistent with each other. Don't mix art with personal pictures. If you do 2 completely different types of art, it might be better to create 2 accounts to keep them separate. Because in the end, too much of everything, is nothing at all.


Keep it positive!
Because our life is bad enough already when we don't see other people complain about their first world problems. 
On a more serious note; we like the positive. Journals that encourage us to do something. Journals that make us think. Journals that are helpful for us, or provide us with helpful resources. Journals that provide us with insight. We don't like reading about negativity. There's nothing wrong with a good rant from time to time, but don't do it too often. 
Note: The way you phrase things can make a huge difference. I could've named this journal "How not to disappear into oblivion in DeviantArt". But that would make it a whole lot less encouraging to read.

Give your journal a clear and engaging title. Something that would actually make people want to read it.

First paragraph
Start out with something interesting. Something that will make people stay interested. Internet is a quick medium. If you want to keep people's interest, you better catch it at the first paragraph of your journal.

Research showed that blog posts with 500 - 800 words are most likely to be read. That's enough words to actually tell people something, but also limited to prevent people from being bored (for those paying attention; I failed miserably here XD)

Don't just talk about something. Link to it as well. If you talk about a movie, phenomenon, something that happened on the internet... or whatever: link it, rather than explain it. I do this a lot when it comes to movies/researches/DA functionality that I discuss. Doing so will prevent you getting questions about things that don't really matter to you. And it'll give the reader the idea that you thought about what you wanted to tell. 
If you talk about people on DeviantArt, make sure to use the dev- and icon links. These will transform into links and icons that will link to the respective user.

Use images when needed (or even when not needed). DeviantArt has no options for real text formatting in journals (or at least; not like graphic design has)... which will leave most journals look the same boring way. Images are a great way to break this and remind people where they were reading.

Where to submit
DeviantArt comes with 2 options for submitting journals; personal and journal portal. Use them wisely.
The personal option will post the journal on your profile and update your friends with it. It's best used for personal journals.
The other option will submit your journal to the journal portal where it'll be exposed for all of DeviantArt to read. This might seem as a great way to promote your work, but can also lead to a major backleash if you post something too personal and/or controversial

Journal skins
While a custom journal skin might look great on your homepage, be careful with this and use a skin that works in both the journal portal and on mobile. Far too often I've come across journals that failed to display in the journal portal or didn't load on my phone... with as a result that I didn't read the article at all. Also; because many people that design journal skins have rather little knowledge about how to actually make a text readable (font use and such).
When it comes to journals, it's good to prefer actual content over visuals. Neither of my journals have a customized journal skin. I stopped using them years ago, when DeviantArt released their first mobile platform. But since the default journal skin works well with the site, it's not like my articles aren't read anymore.


Keep people involved
People want to have the idea you're talking with them, rather than just to them. 
If there's one thing that all people popular on social media have in common, it's the interaction with their userbase. Even asking people simple things can lead them into a friendly chat and give them the idea they're being listened to. There's that stigma on DeviantArt that all popular artists are arrogant assholes. Be sure not to validate it.

Interact, but don't spam
There's a fine line between interaction and spam. Interaction is involving people in the things you're doing or the things on your mind. Spam is when you do that too often or with subjects people couldn't care less about (like complaints about your first world problems). Be sure to be on the good side of the line.

Talk to people personally
Many artists out here are either too shy, or say they don't feel the need to reply to the messages of their fans. I beg to differ. I've send messages to the people I looked up to and I loved it when I got a reply back. It gave me the feeling that that person noticed me, even despite my art not being that good. And encounters like that could keep me inspired for days, or even weeks.
Know that whatever you do can have a great impact on people, either positive or negative. Keep this in mind and use it wisely. Even simple things like replying to a profile page message, or thanking someone for watching you, may help people to see you in a more positive daylight. And even better; it may lead them to tell their friends about you!

Stay friendly
No matter what happens, stay friendly. Don't make nasty comments to other people. If people say hurtful things to you, have the maturity to remove their messages and ignore them (or report it to the staff, if it's really bad). Reputation is everything on the internet. Even a small reply send in a bad mood can spread around like a virus and harm your status badly.

Tag people
Deviantart recently implemented the mentions system. This basically comes down to the fact that every person that tags you in a comment, journal or whatever, will get you a notification in their inbox about it... and this option is ON by default. The mentions system is a great way to keep certain people involved with whatever you're doing, by tagging them. For example if they've won something, you wanted to feature them, you've made art for them, or just wanted to say something nice about them.
Note: Tag people only for a reason. Provide content relative to their interests. Otherwise it'll be just spam.

Submission time
Generating a lot of views in a short time will cause your artwork to go up in the charts. This is most likely to happen if a lot of people are online. While target groups can differ per person, most people on DeviantArt are from America. And most of them will be online during lunch-break and as soon as they get home from school/work. No matter in which timezone you are in; keep this in mind while submitting.
Note: Premium membership will make you able to schedule submissions. So you don't have to worry about living in a different timezone.

It might be a good idea to analyze the traffic that's coming to your page. Traditionally the only way to do this on DeviantArt was to keep a track of your number of pageviews/replies/watchers. Recently, however, DeviantArt included a possibility for premium members to install Google analytics. Google analytics is a great tool with countless of more options that'll help you to keep track of people's actions on your page. It might come in handy to see if your new approach is working.

Stock Community by DamaiMikaz

Last but not least;

Let me tell you that there's no magical trick to get pageviews or exposure. There's no such thing as "Do this and you'll get instant success".
Things like these are a matter of trial and error. You'll need time to find out what works and what not. And even more important: to find the way that works for you. You'll need even more time to adjust yourself to this kind of "pattern". Expecting a tremendous rise of pageviews within a matter of days is unrealistic and will only leave you disappointed if it doesn't work out. So don't get discouraged if this doesn't work in the first few days. It will work on the long run.
Just be patient and be persistent.

Selfies Contest Results

Tue Apr 22, 2014, 6:49 PM
For those of you that weren't watching the crazy on April Fools Day, I ran a Selfies Contest that coincided with the announcement that selfies had a new Gallery Folder here on dA.  For the record, that was part of the April Fools joke.  With all the entries in it's time to announce the winners!

Best Duckface

Prize: 200:points:
duckfaesh by iAmoret

Cutest Couple

Prize: 200:points:

The Boy and The Girl by MintyRevolution

Most Exotic Location

Prize: 200:points:

Selfie by WorldWar-Tori

Best Overall....Drum Roll Please!

Prize: 300:points:

duckfaesh by iAmoret

Thank you to all the participants!

So I've decided to make a group contest an annual thing

---but before I gee into that, MAJOR  apologies for the slow in deviation processing, even bigger apologies to littlevillagewolf and RainSometime whose deviations expired (an invite for the beautiful photos and custom has been extended)---

Back onto the contest,

:bulletred:It will run from the 23rd of April to the 30th of June
(tell me if you think an extension is needed)

:bulletorange:2014's theme is water
(Be creative! Just a drop of water an I'll except it! You could even customise a water themed horse or make water themed tack!)

:bulletyellow:I'll except entries even from non-members too!
(however, feel completely welcome to join the group!)

:bulletpink: THE photo/custom/tack MUST be taken for the contest only, a.k.a no old works

:bulletpurple: SCHLEICH horses and only SCHLEICH horses, other animals and people can be in the scene but they too MUST be schleich, ok? This group wasn't called SCHLEICH horse haven for nothing!

:bulletblue: SINCE this contest has a water theme, yes water must be incorporated or I won't except it

:bulletgreen: IT'S optional to post a journal or other as an advertisement (however it will be greatly appreciated) but you MUST put in the description, --- Entry for Schleich-Horse-Haven's group contest ---

And that's just about it :-)

:bulletyellow:ART ASSESSMENT:bulletyellow:
(Will be posted soon)

I'm working on it, sorry! -suggestions are welcome!-)

None so far


Streaming for an hour

Wed Apr 23, 2014, 6:41 AM

Olympia: Manet's Biggest Scandal

Wed Apr 23, 2014, 11:00 AM

Édouard Manet (1832-1883), a French painter who is sometimes considered one of the founders of the style of impressionism, caused quite a few scandals throughout his career.

Many of these scandals came into being because of the subject matter which he chose to portray in his paintings. Additionally, there were many critics who found fault in his painting style. Surprisingly, despite the sometimes violent reactions to his works, what Manet was really seeking throughout his painting career was official recognition as a great artist of his time. 

    At a young age, Manet found in his father an extreme opposition to his desired career as an artist. His father was a magistrate who thought that Manet should choose a “recognized” profession. Attempting to appease his father, Manet tried and failed miserably at an attempt to become a mariner. Thus, his father finally gave in and let his son become the student of Thomas Couture. Although Manet had finally gotten his wish to become an artist, he would find that he and his master disagreed on many of the aspects of painting, such as the proper way to use color and shading. After Manet painted his The Absinthe Drinker, considered to be his first real painting, which his master Couture found extremely distasteful, the two men parted ways.

The Absinthe Drinker, Edouard Manet, c. 1859

Manet would continue to evoke feelings of hostility in his viewers throughout his career.

Arguably, one of his most famous paintings caused the biggest scandal of the nineteenth century painting community. Olympia (Fig 2.) was first shown at the Salon of 1865. Although it now hangs with famous impressionist and post-impressionist artworks, being well-loved by the public and well-received by art critics and historians, the crowds who gathered around it at the Salon mostly found it immensely distasteful, considering the piece an “…offense to public morality.” 

Olympia, Edouard Manet, 1863

Although many have offered opinions as to why Olympia was virtually universally condemned by the public, it seems there were a variety of reasons. First and foremost, people of the time considered Olympia an extremely off-putting piece due to the obvious immorality of the subject matter. There are a number of details pointing toward the conclusion that the woman painted in Olympia is a wealthy prostitute, or courtesan. Many of her adornments symbolize wealth and sensuality, including the orchid in her hair, her pearl bracelet and the slipper casually dangling from her foot. Even the title of the work is something that pointed to the woman’s profession, “Olympia” being slang for “prostitute.” There are also more discreet reasons that people found Olympia offensive. It was not merely the nudity of this reclined woman that offended people, but also her posture, which dominates the viewer and portrays her as confident and in charge, as well as her expression and the way she boldly accepts her nudity and makes eye contact with the viewer.

Manet turned the idea of the traditional female nude on it's head.

It was not uncommon for Manet to reference art history in his paintings, as he did with his Luncheon on the Grass. With Olympia he references two classical female nudes: Titian’s Venus of Urbino, and Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus. Although the paintings have virtually the same general composition, they differ greatly where it counts - the details. Where the Venus in Venus of Urbino is timidly casting her gaze upon the viewer, her hand sensually covering herself while also gesturing toward her genitalia, Olympia assaults her viewer with her sharp gaze, sitting up rigidly as she ignores the gift being offered to her by her servant. One direct quotation from Titian's Venus of Urbino is where a cat stands at the foot of the bed. In the Venus of Urbino, a small dog occupies a similar position, which is intended to represent fidelity and obedience. In Olympia, the cat is a blunt contradiction to the dog, symbolizing free will, and sexual independence.

Venus of Urbino, Titian, 1538
          Sleeping Venus, Giorgione, c. 1510

Critics of Manet’s Olympia, including Claretie and Gautier wrote harshly of the style in which Manet painted the courtesan, even as friends of Manet such as Zola defended it upon the same aspects which others criticized. Once more in comparison to the Venus of Urbino, which has very vibrant colors and smooth painting quality, Olympia’s colors are dulled down and the shapes are surrounded by harsh outlines. This was not the first time Manet had used such a technique, as a similar style of coloration and shading was used in even his very early works such as The Absinthe Drinker. It was said to look unfinished by many critics, who were used to fully fleshed-out and smoothly-shaded figure paintings.

Olympia obtained enormous disapproval that when it was originally shown.

Despite this, it and many of the other paintings by Manet were important in that they helped not only to build the foundations for the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist styles, but they were some of the first of what has become a long-standing tradition of art being the subject of intense controversy and public outrage, for better or for worse. This way of responding to art, though perceived to be a negative thing, paved the way for art to eventually become a form of social commentary and criticism, and even a force for change in society.

Works Cited
Coffin Hanson, Anne. Manet and the Modern Tradition, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1977.

    Perruchot, Henri. Édouard Manet, New York: Barns & Noble, Inc., 1962.

    Rand, Harry. Manet’s Contemplations at the Gare Saint-Lazare, Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1987.

   Reff, Theodore. Manet: Olympia, London: Penguin Books Ltd, 1976.


Written by Aryiea for the Art History Project

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Original journal here:

Who Reads dA Lit? A MissionHello deviantART lit community. I have a mission for you. I would like to create an infographic of the readers and writers on deviantART as well as provide a resource for helping the writers of deviantART understand their audience: who they are, what they like, what they want, and their opinions on dA lit. To do so, I have created an easy to complete survey that can be completed anonymously and can be found here:
Who Reads dA Lit?
The results will be shared in about a month's time on May 18 as raw data for the community to analyze themselves. In the meantime, I would like to ask if you could complete the survey and spread the word to other deviantART members. It is anonymous.
Thank you for your time,

There are quite a few things happening already with the survey, and I'd like to keep people up to date with what has been going on. If you tried to access the lit survey yesterday and noticed that you were taken to a 404 page, I'd like to apologize, and give you access to the updated link, which is here:

Though the link changed, making the survey seem inaccessible, the survey is unchanged and all of the data is still there and still accessible to myself and a few trusted individuals. These individuals are: your current lit volunteers, neurotype and GrimFace242; and your current owner of DailyLitRecognition, SilverInkblot. Please be respectful and do not prod them or myself for information in any way, we'd greatly appreciate it, as every precaution for confidentiality for the respondents is still being taken, which leads us to our next point.

As brought up by maxnort here, those who commented on the initial journal could possibly be linked to their response on the survey using the timestamps that the survey records automatically and matching it up with a certain writer's way of speaking. Because of this (admittedly far-fetched) potentiality, responses will not be shown with the choices people in the survey made and the timestamps and the original document will not be shown altogether, which seems the appropriate decision to make regardless.

For my last point, I'd like to start thinking ahead: What do you want to learn from the responses? Below are the questions from the survey. Is there anything you would especially like to know?

For example:
Did extroverted or introverted people read more genres than the other?
What did the people who responded to the written questions have in common?

Who's reading by Nichrysalis

The last two questions haven't been shown, they are:

:bulletblue: How can deviantART authors get you to read their work and keep you reading?
:bulletblue: Any other comments you would like to bring attention to about deviantART literature?

Thanks again for your time dA lit,

ich suche aktuell Sci-Fi Artisten jeder Art.
Die neue Gruppe braucht dringend neue Mitglieder (wär cool überhaupt welche zu haben xD)

Der Fokus der Gruppe soll auf "realistischem" Sci-Fi liegen.

Die Menschheit hat sich nach einer gescheiterten globalen Kooperation
zweigeteilt: Auf der einen Seite steht das Grand Empire(Ganz Amerika und West Europa)
und auf der anderen die United Alliance (Ost-Europa und Asian.)
Diese Parteien führen seit 22 Jahren einen (mehr oder minder) kalten Krieg,
der nun zu eskalieren droht, da die Menschheit im Rahmen der Kooperation
einen Weg gefunden hat das Sonnensystem zu verlassen. Nun steht die
Menschheit im Jahre 2072 und liefert sich einen Wettkampf um das Kolonisieren der
so genannten "neuen Welten".

Soweit also zur Rahmenhandlung, nun seit ihr gefragt:
Jeder Sci-Fi "Artist" egal welches Skillevel, ist gern gesehen.
Die Kategorien die ich zu füllen versuche sind:

Letzteres sollen die Mechaniken, Strukturen und Ereignisse näher Beschreiben und helfen
sich in die Welt einzufühlen

wenn euch wenigstens eine Kategorie davon anspricht und ich euer Interesse geweckt hab:
Schreibt mich an, würde mich freuen euch bald willkommen zu heißen :)
This is like the last time I'm going to do this because now it's at the point where I feel I'm being used and not in the good way. So basically what I'm going to do is you can donate what ever amount you want and depending on how much you give I'll give you 4 days automatically and sit you right next to the other guy featured in my pool? Is that deal enough for you? GO
sooooo...  on quotev im writing a story about Terrance and several others... I was wondering if any of you would be interested if I put in on here too, but maybe as a comic? please let me know if I should.
btw, this is the story:…

(If you have read this, please comment.)

thank you :D
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