how to be successful as an insta/deviantart artist
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Hi, here's a little list I've compiled for myself - hopefully it helps someone else! I know I'm not a popular artist yet, but soon :D

  • Have at least 2-3 platforms. Use social media like Instagram, and Deviantart. I suggest you start out on Deviantart, and when you get better, you could take to Instagram - maybe use it as a portfolio? YouTube is a great choice as well, many people like watching speedpaints and art tips there.
  • Interact with the community. 
    • Take advantage of the forums, where you can really get to know deviants here! You can answer questions and help people out in the General forums. You can promote your art in the Thumbshare forums. If you're lucky enough to be a core member, you have your own special section of the forums too! A fun section of the forums is the Muro community, those who draw in Deviantart Muro!
      • Remember to look for interesting forum posts, (not just thumbshares) so you can answer/ask questions and interact with the community)
    • Comment under people's journals and artwork, giving helpful feedback too! Participate in polls as well, those are fun!
    • Promote yourself! You have to be careful with this one, because self-advertising is frowned upon. However, it is important to put yourself out there as an artist - it's a big world, how else will people find you? There are groups which you can advertise in. Keep in mind that there are people who are looking for commissions, so keep an eye out for them. Also, on your page you can show links to your commissions, links to your other platforms, and other important journals, so visitors to your page know where to go and what to look for.
      • look for journals and forum threads that offer free promos, features, etc
  • If you see a new deviant, feel free to welcome them to the site, and offer them your help. I remember, when back in 2016, I was a new deviant, and I got my first welcome comments from ChiharusMoon, apriciity, burningdiotoir and RedRingDoctor. I had so many questions for them! ^^; But it was really nice to feel welcomed by the community! So imagine how you could make someone else's day ;)
  • Draw art often!
    • It's good to draw for free too! Of course you want to have commissions and make money, but taking requests and drawing free art is a good way to get yourself out there! (Terms of Service are very important when drawing art for others!)
    • Participate in contests, that will give you new drawing inspiration. Also consider drawing for the trendy 'monthly art challenges.' For example, Mermay (just passed) and Inktober. Here's a list online. Posting drawings based on these challenges will drive traffic to your art, because those are popular. 
    • Draw new things! If you often draw sketches, or digital art, you can spice things up with some watercolor paintings. If you only draw animals, try to draw humans too. If you only draw in a realistic style, you could consider a different artstyle too! Draw ref sheets, icons and logos too! This will benefit you and your gallery, because there will be some variation in your drawings!
  • Be positive always!! Just because you don't have hundreds of thousands of subscribers, that is no reason to give up! Keep going, you can do it! Just have some patience, it will take time. Don't stress yourself about these trivial things~
Best of luck everybody! Let's remember to support each other :hug:
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CarlD07's avatar

Thank you this is helpful I have been wanting to learn how to grow on social media as well to but thank you for sharing your tips.

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fumstixHobbyist Digital Artist

yay that's nice to hear! good luck <3

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Hoopie-SproutHobbyist Digital ArtistFeatured
another helpful tip is to try to find your aesthetic! it's really important to figure out what kind of stuff you like first, then try to draw things that revolve around it. if you don't happen to, it may make your gallery look like a clutter and a bit unbalanced! i know this from experience, and i also tend to feel a lot more energized and motivated when i draw stuff i enjoy,,,
it's also always nice to be inspired by others as long as you're not copying their works!
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fumstixHobbyist Digital Artist
I agree! I really need to work on my aesthetic, my gallery is a mess ^^;

any more tips about making art look visually appealing?
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Hoopie-SproutHobbyist Digital Artist
other than practice, (which is super important!) i'd say try looking through color pallets and mood boards for inspiration, so colors don't clash! (make sure to look for a specific-ish theme for the mood boards though,, like pastel, galaxy, ocean, exc.) coloring your lineart multiple colors is really cool too!

other than that, good luck! i hope i could be of some help haha
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fumstixHobbyist Digital Artist
<3 okay! yes that's super helpful, tysm :hug:
ShinoriChian's avatar

helpful advice. thanks a lot!

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fumstixHobbyist Digital Artist
:huggle: you are very welcome! <3
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AffinityDinaurStudent General Artist
Good advice :) (Smile) 

I kinda got bit mixed reaction because surely killing the artist with kindness is common these days 
and some I suggest would be assured on your watchers even your into different platform like updating your status update what you have felt
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fumstixHobbyist Digital Artist
:D ohh haha <33
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PMNGSNew Deviant
-deviantart is a good place to store your art as a portfolio, yes.

-i dont want to promote myself out there because i have nothing to offer lol.

-id love to take requests and all but people doesnt even care when i ask them or offer them one

etc
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fumstixHobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: :D

ohh you don't have any deviations, so maybe that's why people wont take requests? perhaps they want an example, even if it is free art :0
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PMNGSNew Deviant
i had one until last night. eh fuck all of this.
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XoXoBellatrix Digital Artist
This is really useful thank you! :heart: Ever since I was a kid I dreamed about being a artist and being able to support myself on my art. Hopefully someday Ill achieve my dream~
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fumstixHobbyist Digital Artist
:huggle: aw that my same dream too!! Best of luck to youu <3
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XoXoBellatrix Digital Artist
I hope we both achieve our dream :3
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AnAspieInPolandHobbyist Traditional Artist
Drawing often won't help You become popular. I know this from autopsy.
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fumstixHobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean?


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AnAspieInPolandHobbyist Traditional Artist
What I mean is: Just You do much for the community and draw often will not make You popular. If it was as You say above, I wouldn't be one of those 'Starving Artists' now.

Not to mention, Deviantart now is more like DeviantSHIT. Literally, I have never seen so many Artistic Frauds and Loosers sending Porn here before. And I have been her for almost a Decade.

I tried to help Deviantart to get rid of those pests. And how did they thank me? By taking 'Report' ability from me... Permanently. So now I can't do anything, while those Frauds and Porn-Scumbags flourish here.

My suggestion is... Leave Deviantart. It's not worth anyone's time.
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ERA7Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely agree. But is there an alternative?
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fumstixHobbyist Digital Artist
Check the featured comment below, I have a list!
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AnAspieInPolandHobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably. Perhaps even likely... But we just do not know about it, cause it's not as popular as Deviantart.
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ERA7Professional Digital Artist
And it's bad =( I really tried to find a good alternative which would be similar to old version of dA but couldn't. 
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Green-Dragon-ArtProfessional Digital Artist
On spot sir! I tried to upload every day, but DA is DEAD, the comunity is dead or corrupted by fetishes and porn...

And when Eclipse comes in i might just stop using this site.

I found out that working on your work silently without the audiance is much better, because you don't rely on people just only on yourself.
For example i don't need criticism! I know exactly what i'm doing wrong. It's the appreciation of others what's pushing us to do more of our work! So i stopped waiting for appreciation and started working only for myself. Best place for digital artists on DA is the "Job Offers" forum section.

I wish DA could change into a market where artists would be able to sell their actual skills and hard work!

I also hate the people who don't know the law and use copyrighted characters to sell as fanarts or T-shirt designs. They get away with it and make lots of money every day. I'm just waiting for them to get to jail for art theft.

Pozdro... napisałem po angielsku, żeby inni też widzieli!
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