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Promoting Other People's Art On DA

Thu Aug 5, 2010, 3:54 PM

One of the great things about DA is that it's not only a place where you can promote your own work - it's also a place where you can promote art you admire by other people. There's a whole bunch of ways that you can do this, so if you'd like to help draw attention to awesome art created by your friends or brilliant things you've found while browsing, read on and find out how you could make someone's day.

Featuring art on your profile page and in your journal

If you look around DA you'll see all sorts of different features on people's pages and in their journal - selections from people's recent favourites, thumbnails of work on a theme, collections of prints etc. This FAQ explains how to link to artists and their art in your journal, page and other places on the site: FAQ #81: How can I create links to other deviants, deviations, or websites?

While it's cool to be able to show off the work that you love in such a public way don't get carried away - when writing feature- or thumb-based journals, do your best to ensure that they have a theme and/or are informative. You may want to shine a spotlight on an artist you admire or a specific style of art, so use your imagination.

You could interview people and illustrate your article with examples of their work or you could put together an educational article using work from DA as examples of artistic techniques. The possibilities are endless, and there are thousands of existing journals to draw inspiration from.

You can browse journals on DA here.

Suggesting Daily Deviations

Daily Deviations are features selected by Community Volunteers and other staff members. One of the best things about DDs is that anyone can suggest work to be featured. Regardless of whether you're a member, a subscriber, a beta tester or a senior member YOU are welcome to suggest art that you love to the relevant Community Volunteers. Of course there's no guarantee that all suggestions will be featured, and all the CVs have their own guidelines which you should check out before sending suggestion notes.

You can find out which Community Volunteers feature from each gallery in this FAQ: FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?

Sharing deviations

On the right hand side of every deviation page (where the artist has sharing enabled), you'll see sharing buttons which will allow you to send a thumbnail of the deviation to someone else in a note, and (again, if the deviant has this setting enabled) display the deviation with a link to it's page and the artist's userpage on various social media platforms.

For more information about all the points above, and loads more useful stuff, pay a visit to the Help & FAQ section.

Skin by Dan Leveille
This tutorial began life as a news article, back when news articles where a thing. It was resubmitted, in honour of DA's 10th Birthday (7th August 2010), as a
deviation which is easier to save and share. The most recent update was on 28th December 2017.

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nitchwarmer Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for posting this it was very informative.
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
Glad it's useful :aww:
I realised it had been FOREVER since I updated my tutorials and so much of the info was totally out of date. Hopefully everything's sorted now. I did feel a little twinge of sadness changing dA to DA though.
MissLemons Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
I'm glad found this article. I find this helpful. I would like to promote others artwork. Thank you for posting this.
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
You're very welcome! Glad you found it useful :aww:
bigcyco1 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very useful tut thank you!
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
You're welcome :hug:
Xerces Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice tips! :)
wolffoetowtech Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
vary nice
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Thank you :hug:
wolffoetowtech Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
keep up the great writing
arphot Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Thanks for the great ideas! I love promoting my friends. :excited:
TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Aww, it's great to see other people going out of their way to support their friends' art :hug:
arphot Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
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