Beginner freelancers and simple artists in general, often ask me about how to achieve popularity. Popularity helps people to become famous, earn good money and creatively realize themselves. It's for the main part. But do not confuse “popularity” and “earnings”. You may be a popular artist but have absolutely no income.
Consider simple, free and low-budget methods of promotion on the example of Deviantart. Some of them can be adapted for other social networks. Here are 4 recipes I tested:
Recipe 1 - Guaranteed
1-A. Make a “viral” fanart of the most popular universes (Star Wars, Pokemon, Game of Thrones, etc.). The term “viral” is taken from advertising. Its task is to cause a strong reaction from the viewer. It can contain either a funny story, either story that will surprise the audience. For example, on Devianta