Tumblr and Instagram let you get a lot of attention relatively fast, but none of it is particularly meaningful, or at least not in my experience. Deviant art encourages more interaction between artist and audience
I only use DevArt and Instagram for my art currently.
I treat DevArt for a full portfolio (then I use Flickr for my best of the best photography) I use Instagram to show works in progress/behind the scenes work.
If I start a commissions based art business, I may start using Facebook for marketing and networking.
DevArt glorifies a lot of mediocre art (that's tough but true). It's not a place for much professional development. Instagram is good for those who are already on the way to professionalism. DevArt is more of just a social hang out club for artists, regardless of their skill level.
I just started using Instagram and I've had TONS more response than I have on dA, and I've been a member of dA for over 9 years. There is a much wider audience there as well compared to dA which is mostly artists. That's my experience.
Thank you for the comment ...they say that Instagram is quicker and everything changes fast. Almost everyday there's a new content form the person you follow. So "Insta" is really instantly
I think (my view)...to find fellow artists who follow and comment you it's more likely to happen here on DeviantArt, where on Instagram is more likely to find audience who is more of a watcher then artists.
I guess, but I'm also fresh when it comes to Instagram (so lost, so lost @_@ I ain't a cool "kid"...)
Yes, it is quicker. Right now I usually get at least 2 new followers per week. I think it's the hashtags that really make Instagram effective. I know dA has them but I've always found it hard to use them (my experience).
You're right. dA is a better place for artist-to-artist comment and critique which is definitely useful.
Haha I am not super experienced either. I have had Instagram since before it was popular (so for like... wow 7 years already!) but that is my personal page. My art page I just started and it's been going great. There is another whole community out there that I wasn't really aware of!
I have an Instagram account for... 2-3 weeks. Now I'm more used to it...but still find everyday something new
The only thing that's bothering me right now is getting likes or followers which are more or less commercial...a car company, a design shop really?...that's a minus related to Instagram...but besides that...I really like artist's profiles I feel much closer to them...like I was sitting beside them while they paint Love the short videos too.
What kind of community do you mean? I found some feature "groups/accounts"...but where do art(ist) people hang out
I don't have to have only artists follow me^^...not at all...I only wish to see that the person who likes my art or starts to follow me is really interested in art or just found my artwork randomly, but liked it That it's genuine.
I hate self-promotors or better said commercial adds (car dealer, or how to get 1000insta followers )
DA is useful to me because I can show people my work and it's all nice and organized! It is also a decent place to get critique. And I can get some inspiration from other people's artwork and talk with fellow artists.
There are a lot of websites that can be very handy for artists though. Pinterest is full of great ideas! YouTube is great for tutorials and showing how a painting was made. I post artwork on Facebook so my friends and family can see what I've been up to. And I use my Tumblr page for my classwork and works in progress.
I've historically had far more success with sales and commissions when posting to Facebook than any other forum. DA is great for being able to see what other artists are doing, but not so great for actually selling.
Instagram works better for me since there's more people on there. More people -> more interaction -> bigger audience, especially if you know how to tag and frame your shot well. Plus I appreciate not having to lug out my scanner. Plus, my favorite comment about Instragram: "...it's low-bullshit social media. You get what you sign up for."
I use Tumblr, but I don't keep it updated; that said, its community has really dwindled in the past few years. Livestreaming has gotten really popular, either through Twitch's Creative platform, Picar.to, Livestream, Ustream and Youtube; people appreciate being to interact with you, and feel special for watching a piece come together in real time.
I've found that Instagram works best for me. I've been on this site for a long time and I only have a little over 50 watchers and little interaction (I have been very inactive for a couple years but I still didn't get a lot when I posted more). Yes, I have improved a lot since I last posted on here (if you are curious my insta is @ noellecurtis.art) but dA still didn't work out. I have much more exposure on Instagram but it takes a bit of luck to get features and the mercy of being Instagram perfect.
DeviantArt is a big...big space. I see how many hidden talents are on this site. You never saw artworks from someone and don't know the artist and when you check their profile you wonder how can he/ she be here for more than 5 years and you never found him/her
I happy to get here and there a watcher, but never like some where they have 2500 - 5000 watchers 1 million page views Dream on...
Instagram has features too? ...I'm new to this, so I'm lost Like...for everything I like this one "the mercy of being Instagram perfect"
A feature is basically a shoutout, there are pages on Instagram whose sole purpose is to share other artists' work, and some have a LOT of followers (over 1 million). The biggest feature I've received was on an account with 500k+ and got over 6,000 likes on that page alone, but I didn't ask for it, it just happened. Instagram is simply easier and more convenient to use and the platform serves well for traditional artists. I've gotten a lot of features, but it just depends what the feature pages like and how they find art to post. Some will consider posting art that they are tagged in or have a specific hashtag, others just do whatever they want, and some you have to pay money (those are usually the large accounts). It's kind of a game you have to play but it gets you farther than here.
Another problem is that you do have to be Instagram perfect. I've seen talented artists but if the photos they post don't look pretty, they won't have a lot of activity. I always feel bad for them because they are so good, but their profile isn't "pretty."
Every social media has it's own rules It could easily be taught at an university I think that some have such courses already It's great for you that you got the opportunity to have your art featured. Awesome!
Just that Instagram perfect so sad... May the justice prevail
As a hobby artist, I feel that DA is a good platform to put finished pieces with the gallery set up and search engine to find the artwork.
I use Tumblr and Instagram for my work in progresses and silly sketches, which both are linked to my Twitter account. Tumblr I love using for bloggery posts and getting to comment and reblog on things. You can comment on Instagram posts but as far as I can see you can't "share" or "reblog" on there.
EDIT: I like seeing artists on Twitter because it's a News Feed for that particular artist, making it easy to share their work from their main base and other platforms.
I have voted 'other' because it depends what you post. I love posting WIP's and other messy watercolour stuff on Instagram. For me it's a fast medium. Deviantart is for the more serious bigger works and Facebook is a bit like Instagram. I love Instagram for discovering artists to watch.
(Btw if you're a fan of on-site watercoloring/ urban sketching you can visit watercolours-by-Jettie on Insta. But you don't have to. I paint a lot of stuff in my country, Holland.)
Instagram is the best for me. 1. I can post both video and static which means that I don't have to flip flop between two sites. Compared to DA where if I want to upload a gif I have to get preview images and it gets a bit messy. 2- I like the search system, just pop a tag onto the work and when people search for that tag it will come up. I've had instances where my work won't show up on tumblr searches despite using appropriate tags and wordings. 3. I also like how you don't feel like you have to produce fan art, unlike a lot of sites, to get a following. I mean fan art is cool but I want my original work to get some interest too.
Each social media has a plus and a minus. Those search engines are sometimes a big mystery. You get the feeling like only couple of profiles are being shown / promoted I mostly like to search for watercolor art / artist and it's so hard to find something. On Tumblr I always seem to find the same profiles
For traditional art it's so true Just when I compare my artwork in nature and the ones I have to use for the digital world ... the colors are never good...no editing helps
But still, I'm very happy about the internet and the social media. That's the only possible way for me (and I guess many others too) to show my art to others. Previously almost no one saw my artworks
And another reason I'm happy, for me it's now possible to find other traditional artist and to see others artwork. I can now see so many wonderful drawings and paintings The things that are shown in our galleries are such a big mess...it can not even be called abstract art...it's just plain awful.
DA is great for interaction since we have forums and such. However I find that gaining an audience here is kind of challenging. Spamming your works into groups is a huge chore and a lot of times it still doesn't seem to net you much favs. Or then my art is just bad
Instagram is a very reliable and stable channel. At least people seem to notice that you're there. I still don't know how the get thousands or even hundreds of followers though. Then again I mostly just post pictures and never really roam and comment on others'.
On DevaintArt the communication is a big plus We can communicate (comments, notes, share status updates, forums etc.) as much as we want.
I think that groups, favorites folders and features are the main reasons people do find you. That's sure for me. Mostly I stumble on a great artist (or artwork) by accident. When you search for artwork you get lots of s*. But then you check some dA profiles see what they have favorited, their own gallery, see some features that some groups made and voila...you find treasures But it has more to do with luck.
There are many artists for so long here, yet you only find them "now"
Instagram well, I have made my account recently but still need to upload something ^^ I'll see how that goes o.O
Yeah, DA requires you to really go out there and find all the stuff and get noticed. Instagram favors more post-and-tag kind of approach I think. It's a bit more stress free perhaps but it also favors activity so if you post stuff very inconsistently (like I do) then it might be hard to gather a following. Then again that's mostly true for social media as a whole. People want to see content. That's why I like the communication tools of DA. Even if I barely ever post art, I can still be a part of the community.
"Even if I barely ever post art, I can still be a part of the community."
Wonderful said. Also the ones who don't post often or anything at all (some don't paint/draw, but like to see art) are a big part of an art community
You can always leave a nice comment to the artist, encourage a beginner to keep on painting/drawing or writing^^ You can help to promote an artist's artwork.
About posting...I think you start to feel more and more like a machine...like "you have to" upload, post...The more I read or watch about social media in general, the statistic, the perfect time to upload, tags, meta data, SEO it's like a contest on who is more pc smarter. After this you see that it's not important what you upload (the quality, the content), but when and how Promoting, promoting...that's the keyword.
I was always wondering why someone has such amazing art, yet so many fav, likes, views and another "bad" artists so many followers. That's because I was so naive and didn't know that people use tricks to gain followers and popularity