How to become popular on deviantART(The following "guide" is based on my own experience, but it's not meant to be taken seriously)
Alright everyone! You wanna know how to become popular on deviantART? Then follow these easy steps and you'll reach popularity in no time!
Change your usernameMake a new account
Whoops, sorry. I thought deviantART had a username-change system, but it doesn't. Looks like you'll have to start over and make a new account! Transfer your faves and the people you watch, because you need a good username if you want to be taken seriously here, and making a new account is the only option for now.
Make sure not to choose the name of an anime character and a bunch of random numbers as your username (naruto12345), choose one that's easy to remember and defines your person. Because seriously, who chooses a random word and random numbers as their username?
Step 2: Start making art
The site is called deviantART
Pay the PayPal FeesHave you seen someone take commissions with the following in their terms: you must pay the PayPal fee (calculate it at a site like http://www.ppcalc.com)?Pay the PayPal Fees1 year ago in Projects More Like This
Every time I run across someone with those terms, I tell them this is against PayPal's terms of service. Some respond 'oh, okay' and remove it, others argue with me and say it's not against their terms. One person has said they will refuse to work on the commission unless I do pay the fees.
I contacted PayPal directly regarding this to get final word on whether this is a violation or not.
Here is my question:
When I am shopping online, I often see people have a rule that if you pay with PayPal, you have to calculate the "paypal fee" and add that on top of the price of the product or service. Some people will refuse to ship or work if they do not receive the "full amount" (without the paypal fee added in).
Is it against the paypal terms of service for these people to do this? What should I tell them
How to win at deviantART: ExposeddeviantART is a categories game.How to win at deviantART: Exposed1 year ago in Editorials More Like This
According to deviantART's hq, "deviantART's algorithm for Popular browse results (ie. front page) is known as Fair Exposure. The goal is to maximize the display of the most popular deviations in a variety of topics with Fair Exposure, the community is exposed to a varied cross-section of deviantART. "
What this boils down to is that certain art categories have inherent ranking advantages and others inherent ranking disadvantages on front page as a means of ensuring that a variety of works from across deviantART are visible on front page and not just that of one category. Sounds pretty good right?
Well let me say before I continue that I do not know deviantART's actual mathematical algorithm for front page ranking. However, I think that anyone who notices the composition of front pages (whether 8 hour or 24, main or by category) and the statistics of the pieces that populate those fronts pages can give you a pretty good guess.
You may have noticed d
Contest ended!!Contest ended!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What you have to draw
I have chosen a background for several characters of mine (these backgrounds are their habitats). You must choose one of the following to draw.
Character - Kalamo (monster)
Ref - http://fav.me/d4aky3s
Background - Swamp or forest (preferably swamp)
Character - Titan (horse)
Ref - http://fav.me/d4te8m5
Background - Countryside
Character - Indie (dragon)
Ref - http://fav.me/d3fnp3q
Background - Desert
Character - Skeleth (monster)
Ref - http://fav.me/d3k6k71
Background - African plains/savannah
Character - Tremor (dragon)
Ref - http://fav.me/d4kywv0
Background - Mountains
Character - Excalibur (dragon)
Ref - http://fav.me/d503rx6
Background - Space
Character - Darrell (wolf)
Ref - http://fav.me/d4lmjvr
Background - Forest
Character - Grendar (dragon)
Ref - http://fav.me/d4l385g
[CONTEST OVER] My Best Friends Contest!Last day to enter! If you haven't yet and are considering entering, this is your last day to do so! The contest ends on the 3rd of August![CONTEST OVER] My Best Friends Contest!11 months ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT: When submitting entries to the contest, please specify in the title of the deviation that they're for this contest, or in the description.
EDIT: You can only enter new images made specifically for this contest. We've had a lot of people enter stuff that they've done months ago, which therefore don't count. Any deviations submitted to DA before the contest was made won't be accepted.
It's summer time and most people are now out of college, university and general schooling and thus have a chance to kick back and enjoy the summer. A lot of other contests are currently running that wish to seize upon this fact, and now we're going to be joining the masses with our first group contest entitled, “My Best Friends”. User =SAB3600 has generously offered to contribute some excellent prizes.
WIN POINTS- The winnersTHE POINT WINNERS ARE:WIN POINTS- The winners1 year ago in Projects More Like This
I'll be doing another journal like this really soon, so watch out for this.
The 'winners' will be receiving their points really soon
I just realised I have and I'm never going to buy anything on dA. So I decided to give most of them away!
Here's what you have to do:
FAVE THIS JOURNAL
For every 30 faves(or less if this doesn't get faved too much!), a random person out of these 30 will get some . It might be 10, 20, 30, I don't know, I haven't decided yet. I'll list the 'winners' as I go along.
Please do not fave/unfave because I'll be keeping a list of usernames as this gets faved(if it gets faved at all )
:iconprosaixplz: Your time starts now :iconprosaixplz:
EDIT: First few winners coming soon!
EDIT2: Lol looks like I'm one of these people
Paid Name ChangesDear deviantArt Staff,Paid Name Changes1 year ago in Written Suggestions More Like This
I've been virgino0owhore for nine years. While I understand I can just create a new account if I want a new name, I feel that this is a waste. I would have to move every piece of work over to this new account, re-favorite over 3,000 favorites and rewatch my current watch list. It's simply not worth it all because of 14 letters.
Not to mention, I lead a club against name wasting, making getting a new account hypocritical. It seems more practical to allow members to pay to change their name. This prevents the wasting of names that can't be removed because they have history on them. It also gives deviantArt a new revenue source.
Naturally you couldn't choose a taken name but, the act of paying for a name change is common in internet society and amongst gaming communities as well. The price varies but is usually around 15 U.S. dollars, and whatever that may translate into.
How would a user change his/her name?
They could access
dAMessages for iOS Is Out! - WINNERS!One of the most amazing developers for iOS on deviantART, =Pickley, just released dAMessages for iPhone, iPod, and iPad!dAMessages for iOS Is Out! - WINNERS!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
I was given 5 free codes to share among you all! What do you have to do to get one? Comment, Fave, and Be Awesome!
Later tonight, or possibly tomorrow depending on the turnout, I will give 5 of these codes away! If you don't get one, don't worry, you can buy it for pretty cheap ($2.99) in the App Store!
Buy it here ($2.99)
Post Now! :iconsupereagerplz:
Sonic Genration Fan ending AnimationThe future ending credits of my fan animation is ready, check it out here :Sonic Genration Fan ending Animation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
hope you will like it
[APPS OPENED IN GROUP] SPECIAL PROJECT: PokePAL[APPS OPENED IN GROUP] SPECIAL PROJECT: PokePAL1 year ago in Projects More Like This
Thank you all those who sent the notes to participate! ;w; I'm really stunned by the number of notes that I got (actually, I was more shocked lol) - it's really great to have these many people having interest in participating in some random project of mine I hope you can enjoy this , and hopefully there can be an art book!
If you haven't received any reply from me if your note was sent before the apps were paused do tell me.
Please be noted, that any applications that were noted to me after the journal clearly said it was "on hold" were ignored... I was a little disappointed to see how many people didn't read or ignored the status that I clearly wrote at the head of this journal. It's really nice to see many people being interested in participating (I really am), but it's hard to trust someone who can't follow what's been asked If you're one of the people who sent it during this "on hold" period, please be noted that you have to re-send the apps again.
Free dA Points and Subscription ContestThis Free dA Points and Subscriptions Contest is Now Over!Free dA Points and Subscription Contest1 year ago in Contests More Like This
Here are the winners:
- 1,000 dA Points - =Kyokochibi
- 3 Month dA Subscription - ~xNamini111V
- 500 dA Points - ~mirsheniiyou
- 1 Month dA Subscription - ~IFMComics
This journal is OVER, please do not post here anymore, check my front page for my newest giveaway.
Points Give Away! (Closed)Point Give Away!Points Give Away! (Closed)1 year ago in Journal Scraps More Like This
NOW CLOSED. COMMENTS AND FAVOURITES WILL NO LONGER BE COUNTED
This month's winners were:
First place: ~C-62-vampyyri
Second place: ~neersighted
Third place !Soulleaf
Favourite this journal
Then leave a comment to let me know you're in!
Closing date is Saturday the 11th of February at 12am GMT
If your comment is recieved any time after that it will NOT be counted.
View The Current Time in the UK
I won't reply to comments on this journal but I assure you if you enter a comment before the specified time you will be included in the points draw.
As soon as the clock strikes midnight, I will enter everyone's username into a list randomiser, courtesy of Random.Org.
The grand prize currently stands at a cool 200 points. Depending on the number of entrant
Valentine's Day Giveaway Special WINNERS1000 Free points to give away - 10 Rounds COMPLETEDValentine's Day Giveaway Special WINNERS1 year ago in Personal More Like This
My Giveaway Project is done! Over more than one month I was running 10 Giveaways for 100 points worth each. Today I announce the last winner and several runner ups.
to all winners!
Do you want to win some free deviantPOINTS and additionally get a triple chance to win? This is Round #10 of 10 rounds where 1000 points altogether will find new owners.
:iconlyna-human-da: 600 Additional Points for Valentine's Day
Because this is the last round of my Giveaway Special and because it's Valentine's Day I was thinking about some more prizes for the persistent participants of the Giveaway Rounds who didn't give up trying to win one round but didn't win.
All people who participated in 10 rounds receive: 30 points
All people who participated in 9 rounds receive: 20 points
All people who participated in
Underappreciated MammalsClass Mammalia contains a lot of the world's favorite megafauna--tigers, lions, wolves, elephants, zebras, dolphins, etc--so it's easy to see how "less charismatic" species get overlooked, not just in the public eye but in the scientific realm too. Rodents and bats contribute to over half of all mammal species, but the majority of mammalogists work with carnivores or ungulates, particularly game species. Here are some very cool mammal species that need more time in the public eye. Some are common, some are rare, and some are near extinction, but all could use a bit more appreciation.Underappreciated Mammals10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Amazon River Dolphin (endangered), American Pika (least concern), Pygmy Spotted Skunk (vulnerable)
Colugo (vulnerable), Ghost Bat (vulnerable), Aye-Aye (near threatened)
Lowland Streaked Tenrec (least concern), Northern Tamandua (le
Gotta Catch Em All (List of Pokemon La's)This is all of the pokemon La's (I think, I'm not a master of pokemon so I might of missed some or added some that aren't pokemon)Gotta Catch Em All (List of Pokemon La's)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
OH OH GUESS WHAT!?!? IT'S NOW ALPHABETIZED
Number - Icon - Copy and Paste to make it work!
No One Cares About Your StoryGOOD NEWS: This is perfectly normal!No One Cares About Your Story4 months ago in Literature More Like This
I can't remember the source, but a few years ago I read this famous author's account of how it felt to have his first book come out, and he mentioned buying a copy himself because he was afraid no one would take an interest. Now this is a guy who managed to get not only an agency but a publisher (which is a whole pile of people who were like yesplz), and he's still afraid readers won't care. I was like, 'whoa mind blown.'
But anyway, the fact is that we are all strangers on the Internet and, by default, there is no reason for you to read my stuff or vice-versa. If you went and stood in Times Square with copies of your latest story, how many people would give you more than a passing glance? And how many of those people would get to the end of your work, and how many of those would offer critical feedback?
And, if you were one of the passersby, whom would you stop for?
Okay, I'm done scaring the shi
You DO suck - The Comprehensive Bullying GuideOkay, so this blog is going to cover this whole "bullying" awareness going on the internet.You DO suck - The Comprehensive Bullying Guide1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Basically, I don't give a shit about this, because I'm like a decade out of high school, and when I see people my age, or just in their twenties argue about bullying I just don't get it. But then, it's all social dynamics, and well, the "bullying", under a different name, happens to adults too, under different names, so maybe I can talk about it.
As always, I'll try to tell you people the actual truth, not the pretty bullshitting that is usually done to address this phenomena. No sugarcoating, no nothing. It's fucking time to look yourself in the eye. This blog will be long, so brace yourselves for the tl;dr.
ATTENTION HUGE POST
*** The roots
I like watching nature shows on the internet time from time. Not because I'm a huge animal lover, but because I'm a really materialistic person in daily life, and watching animals tells a great deal about people. Our behavior is reflected in the behavior of
STAMPS TO SUIT EVERYONE, Issue 18Well yet again, its been a while since I have done an article like this, real life always seems to get in the way, deaths and college this time.STAMPS TO SUIT EVERYONE, Issue 181 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Anyway here we go again.
So you think you can stamp?Stamp GuideSo you think you can stamp?1 year ago in Resources More Like This
Hello Everybody and welcome to my Stamp making guide. You may be wondering, why is ~TheSaltyMonster making a stamp guide? Well the answer is because a lot of people have been asking me how I make my stamps, and how to get started. So here it goes, and pardon the journal title. Please also check out the stamp feature towards the end of the journal
If you use any of the resources I have included in this journal, make sure to credit the original artist in your deviation description
How to get started..
Well, first things come first: What do you want to make a stamp about? Is it dA related, is it of your favorite TV show, or food? Or is it just an inspirational quote?
This is absolutely the first step in planning.
Is your message funny, girly, cute, serious? Depending on the type of message you're going to be portraying, you need to choose an appropriate stamp:
Journal Raffle! (+FAV CAP EXTENDED TO 750)UPDATE:Journal Raffle! (+FAV CAP EXTENDED TO 750)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This journal hasn't been up for 24 hours, and has already surged past the 400 cap. Thus, I'll be extending the cap from 400 to 750, meaning we'll have up to 15 winners of this raffle!
The :iconcolor-me-club: Presents:
THE "+FAV THIS JOURNAL AND WIN A PRIZE" CONTEST!
(AKA "That Raffle I Promised Y'all Last Month")
So remember a couple weeks back when I asked you guys to that news article for the November Contest? Remember that I held a raffle for all the people who 'd that article as a bonus incentive to help get the word out? Then remember when that raffle totally crashed and burned because the DeviantArt News messages were suddenly done away with, thus obliterating the whole listing of people who 'd it?
And remember how, after totally freaking out and succumbing to a panic-stricken stupor, I swore I would make up for i
PE: Literature Critique TipsAs part of Project Educate Critique week, the Community Volunteers would like to share more art specific elements to consider whilst giving good critique.PE: Literature Critique Tips1 year ago in Projects More Like This
Today we are looking at the Literature gallery, with our Top Tips.
Before you start
READ the piece all the way through.
Read it again, making notes of what you would like to point out in your critique.
Stay Objective- you are critiquing the piece not the person.
These tips are areas which aren't just necessary in critiquing others' work, but also when self-critiquing your own writing. This is one person's suggestions and I welcome any further tips in addition.
A good opening. The opening to any form of writing doesn't necessarily need to involve a physical explosion, but it needs to have an initial hook; something to entice the reader in. It needs to be clear, something that
Free dA Points Giveway #4The winner of this contest is...Free dA Points Giveway #41 year ago in Personal More Like This
Who didn't have a referrer... but won 2,000 dA Points!!!
Check my front page for the newest contest.
Of Copyright + PremadesOf Copyright + Premades1 year ago in Editorials More Like This
Disclaimer: I'm no lawyer, I do not work for deviantArt, I'm merely someone who has been doing photomanips for quite a while and has taken the time to read quite a few articles on the topic. The views expressed hereunder are mine alone. They do not reflect any "official dA opinion" nor are they to be taken as "legal advice". Furthermore, you may live in a country that hasn't signed any of the treaties that govern international copyright law, so you'd have to check with your country's national laws.
I strongly urge you to not only read the journal, but also the comments underneath it as there are a lot more examples of what you can and can't do as well as more links to information being shared by your fellow deviants!
What is Copyright?
I'll paraphrase/quote the wikipedia article on the topic for this:
"Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclus
Creating a Comic: Where on Earth do I Start?You like stories. You wanna tell them.Creating a Comic: Where on Earth do I Start?2 years ago in Manga & Anime More Like This
But it's more than that, isn't it?
You want to build them.
You want others to experience them.
We tell stories everyday in conversation, but how do we transform those into sequential art?
"Where on Earth Do I Start?"
Words, Words, and More Words!
In many ways, comics, that is, sequential art, resembles the art of film making. Every comic has it's own art design and "directing" style, right down to how the characters think and act. The art of comics has been closely linked to realms such as storyboarding and graphic design. Though the common lingo includes the term "novel" (as in graphic novel), the typical novelistic fashion of writing must be adapted for comics much in the same way it is reshaped for a screenplay. Comics don't only involve the thoughts and feelings of your character(s), but they also include specific actions to showcase these emotio