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Being Motivated on DA

Tue Aug 18, 2015, 2:33 AM by Tudalia:icontudalia:
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Community Week
Heya People! Back Again! This article will be giving you some tips to take your boredom away and get motivated when you're hanging on DeviantArt. Here is what we'll go over:

  • Introduction
  • How to Get MOTIVATED
  • My Experience
  • A word of Thanx!

So we begin!




Introduction

All Deviants, Staff, Seniors, and Community Volunteers are a part of this awesome, socially-artistic networking site where we can interact and help each other by critiquing, featuring, commenting, and collecting artwork or finding new artists by searching the cool, yet small, corners of the site. But with all this awesomeness, some or many of us are sometimes stuck in a situation where we become bored and shut our computers down or senselessly move our mouse pointer in a circular direction. To keep such events from occurring, and with such an amazing site in front of you, I'll be giving you some tips and ways in which you can keep your BOREDOM AWAY when you're online on DeviantArt!
Terror by Tomasz-MroStill in Fear by Tomasz-MroI Follow Rivers by vivapo

How to Get MOTIVATED

  • Browse For amazing ART

This great practice benefits both others AND yourself... GO AND BROWSE ART! Art pieces here on DA are different from the art pieces you may find near your home. The pieces come a variety of styles, genres and fandom that are there for your viewing pleasure! While browsing art, you will come across a binge of artworks from very cool, popular, and awesome all the way to those pieces that are amazing but under-appreciated. Browsing is the key to finding some new favorites that were once hidden artists on the site! Therefore, keep browsing and discover a wide range of lovely artworks that make your day!

Ripe by SimanionGrape by DaniiSantos
Jellyfish 3 by sandersblack amsterdam Bob's Youth Hostel by orticanoodlesNEW WORKS GALERIE ITINERRANCE by orticanoodles

  • Comment/Critique on others' Artworks

This is a really great thing that you can do for others... GIVE HELPFUL FEEDBACK! An amateur artist always aspires to receive helpful/constructive feedback on their artwork and by commenting/critiquing their deviations, you can fulfill this dream of a deviant. This will not only enhance your conversational/social skills, but at the same moment will increase your potential to give constructive feedback to other artists too!
Sketched Dog by CrazyAndFallenForArtStudy of 'Kai' by marceldesignEagle - ink sketch  by EndlessBloody
Journey by Simanion Cara by cirilogazzingan

  • Collect Artwork

Collecting art is another way to put a smile on the face of the artists and alleviate your boredom. Beginner Artists who are new to this site usually receive less feedback because they aren't aware of the possibilities of this community. For example ME, yes... when I joined this site with the username of Tudalia222, I was very young and was thrilled to receive even one favorite from anyone... And if I somehow got more than five faves, I would be the happiest person on this earth. But I lost the password and made this account and then I learned more about this site. So even ONE FAV FROM YOU CAN MAKE SOMEONE VERY HAPPY! Also if you find your fandom artworks, then there's always a possibility of you faving tons of work from that particular artist!
Vulnvaldi by snailspot Blue and Chocolate Theme Decoden Phone Case by Frainy
Odin by AldhisslaSS Spider 1 by yuma13

  • Hang Out In the Forums/Chats

DeviantArt is a site that allows you to create chat rooms or Forum posts and blissfully socialize with the people from different parts of the world. This can be done through The forum and chat pages! These are some really awesome places to hangout when you are BORED! The forum allows you to create forum threads in which you can post anything and everything that follows the rules of that section of the forums. For example, the Deviants forums allows you to post almost any kind of threads according your thoughts. The Chats are a place where you can find a room for yourself and endlessly chat with other deviants. You can create your own chat room too and invite your friends to chat with you!

Eye - charcoal by mydrawings11 Mint Chocolate iPod Classic Case by Frainyburned smart by orticanoodles

  •  Feature Deviants

The BEST THING that you can do to help/make happy other deviants, is BY FEATURING THEM VIA A JOURNAL! This is a really good way to show your affection toward other artists on DA. Especially the under-appreciated artists, who will feel really great! Also, this not only makes their day but will make you feel good too. Plus, featuring other art may inspire you and motivate you! I remember starting my first volume of ProjectStarshine. The replies and blessings I got from other deviants were really encouraging! Trust me, it feels really nice to help someone get the attention they deserve! Be it fame, feedback or justice. Therefore, give the community back the love which you've got from the community... This will help in continuing the cycle of friendship, love, sharing and MOTIVATION on this site! Be polite to others as well, like TheGalleryOfEve always says!

Sibling Rivalry by snailspot Huldran by AldhisslaSS Heart by yuma13

My Experiences

So, here we all are! We have reached the end of this journal and I just wanted to tell you about my experiences with this awesome site when I was very young to being 14 now! These few years of mine of this site have been very encouraging and helpful as well for me! From being a socially introverted person to an amateur devious person... From a little artist to a helpful teen, this site has brought many happy and sad news throughout my time here. I've received a lot of love from the community and a few shocks too! There was a time when I hated being here but my friends, the forums, and the community's love sparked a rebirth in me. I transformed from a lost soul to a Friendly Goth! 

These were few of the words that I wanted to share...You are AWESOME. Keep being AWESOME! I love deviantART!

And Just to save your and my time due to a huge hiatus, I did  the features of Project Starshine here, in this article only
A Word of Thanks

I thank all of you, my friends, the editors, the advisers, and all the other staff people for helping me out in bringing up this article! If you hadn't been there, this article wouldn't have been a successful one! KEEP BEING AWESOME! I hope ya all liked my article !Love

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Article written by Tudalia
for projecteducate's community week
Keep Being Awesome!



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GrandeVictoire Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This article makes me happy.XD
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for sharing these uplifting words. 
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AlaskaSnow16 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely article, and thanks for featuring me, in this journal of high standard art :o I feel specialMeow :3 
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
I :heart: this article so much!

Another thing I've found really helpful is to actively avoid areas where people grump and whine about how terrible DA is (word for word the same bitching that people have been doing for at least the last 10 years) and focus on lovely things, like finding new art to look at, writing critiques to help people improve their photography and reading journals to keep up with what my friends are doing.

I downloaded the app a few months ago and while I don't use it for much in the way of interaction (I use my laptop for that) it is awesome for the endless stream of wonderful things to fill my eyes with. Perfect for the end of a stressful day :aww:
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:iconflyingheartsplz::iconsweethugplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
<3
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Motivation on DA isn't my problem.

It's getting motivation to get off DA and do stuff that is. XD
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Word :highfive:
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:nod:
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I say amen to that :nod:
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vw1956 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Lots of great artists have left :devart: - I know as a veteran! It seems the owners of this one great "community" are interested in making money only (see the new prizes)
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MichiLauke Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   Photographer
New prizes? Where?
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vw1956 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Shop!!!
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MichiLauke Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   Photographer
Hey ja Tudalia! Good thoughts, good motivation! You are describing one side of dA! The light and blissful one! It's good to listen to your words!

But isn't there also another side of dA you have to have in mind? The green gray depressive site look. It's still like middle age or even stone age and not like 2015 where technically everything is possible. Nothing changed in this way for 15 years.

DeviantArt looses more and more valuable artists and members because technical it's still an old fashion system. The ugly green gray outfit is discussed for many years, the stupid fav system also which degenerates real art, it has to be more differentiated! The pay and points system, which shows we are customers and not artists - money seemed to be very important for dA. The public relation of dA outside of dA is nearly SERO! All are friendly to each other - but is this enough of an art forum huge like dA? All this is far away from todays modern thinking and todays possibilities.  This makes members boring.

Yes, your words are like sunshine! On the other side: many volunteers work here hard to have some more light on dA! But they work for free - get not paid in points or dollars. They put every minute of there time here to run the main interesting things for artists like DD's and blogs and education. This not paying system is also not up to date.

I think both sides (making money with Core Membership, SuperGroups, PrintShop and Advertising and not paying Volunteers and some StaffMembers) have to be improved also.

It's only my very personal view. But it's important too. When you give your best you have to a deviantArt Galeries you can expect a lot also from dA - more than you get now. If nearly nothing comes back it's frustrating. dA is a place not only for beginners.

Cheers
Michael




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Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not curious at all! I had to see the now famous notification! :giggle:
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:XD: Yes, it's famous now!!! :iconhurrplz: :giggle:
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MichiLauke Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   Photographer
Fine to know that they are working on that. Thank you so much for this hint! Time is ripe for a big change! Heidi has put together there nice samples of a DeviantArt 2.0! I just have to be more patient! :hug:
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Astarsia Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of artistic/creative type companies look at the work you do on DeviantArt these days. I think, even with the grey/green colouring, which may or may not be depressing to some, it is iconic and memorable. I've been to other websites that use colours for artists like flat black or a light brown. The black i couldn't stand. the brown was tolerable, but I found i kept getting lost on the site.. perhaps it wasn't related to the colour, but i do remember the site and its colour, so who knows... but DeviantArt has a well set out place for everything, from galleries, to forums, to your own pages etc. It has clear markings for everything and is extremely simple to navigate. it offers so much in terms of customisation, and this is what makes it unique. And while the iconic colour has stuck around (and i personally like it) I truly think that it's not going to just go away. DeviantArt has ever been a stand out place. It's - slowly, over time - changed its face to suit the times, and to suit the needs of the community. 
While this also means that not every individual needs are completely met, the general overall needs are usually always listened to, considered, and a lot of the time, implemented in a way that both suits the site and the community. It may not be exactly what people suggested or demanded, but the staff work with what they are given within the restrictions they have, with the purpose given. I think the flexibility of the site makes it easier for artists to show their work. 
While I agree sometimes this does make us consumers, this website is built and upheld by the people that contribute to it, financially. The money won't create itself, and its because of the contributions that you get more customisations, more changes, easier access, etc. And this is fair, in my opinion. 
You can't expect to be a member of (for example) a not for profit organisation, if you haven't paid to be part of it. (no i'm not suggesting DA is not for profit!.. this is an example)... Because you can't get the help and necessities unless people contribute!

Unfortunately, that is just how things work these days. Nothing is free. even being an artist comes at some kind of financial cost, if not to you, than at least to some other person.

So... At least there is a place for you to express yourself, and enjoy the expressions of others.
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MichiLauke Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2015   Photographer
The content is more important than the color. Thats right. But the content may look better if you can choose the color around. I like your answer. The discussion is open. May be more answers will come!
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Astarsia Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well one of the new things they're looking to change for members is high customization but yes I'd like to pick my own colours. I getcha.
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vw1956 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Well said :#1:
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MichiLauke Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2015   Photographer
What is your personal opinion?
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vw1956 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I never liked the color but it's Not soooo important... What about the new prizes!?! What about the misplaced/low-quality stuff flooding all categories for example the new IR category. Nobody cares... Other thoughts below;)
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MichiLauke Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   Photographer
:thumbsup:
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vw1956 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Diplomatic... :devil:
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Egil21 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
I don't know, but maybe because you keep talking about "prizes", instead of "prices", the other part is confused?
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vw1956 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Haare spalten...?
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