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Which social media is the best for ART(ist)? Please share in the comment section some of your own experiences about social media, as an artist and/or as a subscriber, watcher. 

43%
179 deviants said DeviantArt
34%
142 deviants said Instagram
6%
24 deviants said Tumblr
4%
18 deviants said Facebook
4%
18 deviants said Other (please write in a comment)
2%
10 deviants said Patreon
2%
10 deviants said Twitter
2%
9 deviants said YouTube
2%
9 deviants said Pinterest
0%
No deviants said Google+

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BromocresolGreen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
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
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018   Traditional Artist
So true :nod:

Here it's a two way system. By other social media you just post and that's mostly it :P
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lamorghana Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Deviantart is the best, I have no doubt.
Blowkiss valentine fella (Love) 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment =D
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lamorghana Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hug 
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GeorgieDeeArt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
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.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017   Traditional Artist
Maybe you should try Behance then...there are only pros...=D
www.behance.net/
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GeorgieDeeArt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Professional General Artist
It's alright... it feel is very commercial. Layout is strange to me.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017   Traditional Artist
I didn't feel like it's a place for me either =D
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GeorgieDeeArt Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
I do really like the social aspect to this site
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017   Traditional Artist
dA is the best for connecting and getting your fellow artists know...here I don't have a feeling that we compete...it's more the opposite. People really care and want the best for you :P
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GeorgieDeeArt Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
Yes, very true :)
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atrophy129 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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. 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment :hug:...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 =D

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 :P (so lost, so lost @_@ I ain't a cool "kid"...)
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atrophy129 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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! 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017   Traditional Artist
I have an Instagram account for...:plotting: 2-3 weeks. :P
Now I'm more used to it...but still find everyday something new :dummy:

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 :O really?...that's a minus related to Instagram...but besides that...I really like artist's profiles :la: I feel much closer to them...like I was sitting beside them while they paint :giggle: Love the short videos too.

What kind of community do you mean? Colon Question Mark + plz 
I found some feature "groups/accounts"...but where do art(ist) people hang out Bear Emoji-37 (Wondering Question) [V2] 
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atrophy129 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh you are so new! It's a very fun place. 

I wouldn't say that the followers who are not fellow artists is a bad thing - they like your work! The more people that like it the better, no?

Yes it feels more personal on Instagram that's for sure. Real time updates make a difference. 

Community - I mean that I found it easy to find others making things similar to me and who had similar taste. There are people that do features too - you just have to look for them. 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017   Traditional Artist
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 =D That it's genuine. :nod:

I hate self-promotors or better said commercial adds (car dealer, or how to get 1000insta followers :O )

And yes... I'm the baby on Instagram IMing: Blush - Laugh 
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atrophy129 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh ok. Yes I agree. Self-promoters or scam accounts are very annoying. 

Lol well I hope you have fun on it! 

What's your account? We should follow eachother! 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017   Traditional Artist
I can't complain...it's very interesting :woohoo:

tokyomoonlightart :giggle: you would never guess it, right? ;)
www.instagram.com/tokyomoonlig…
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ZeldaGeek401 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
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.

                                                  :Lotus: - NaNoEmo 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your thoughts :hug:

I so can relate to dA, YouTube and Pinterest.

On YouTube I watch tutorials, but mostly like to watch artist's vlogs =D

Pinterest is awesome :love:
I save any kind of ideas I can find there...and mostly references...animals, flowers, color schemes, tutorials

If you may find it useful Panda Emoji-10 (Blush) [V1]  You can help yourself 
www.pinterest.com/TokyoMoonlig…
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ashkara2001 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017   Traditional Artist
For artists who want to sell their artwork DeviantArt maybe isn't so mature yet for this...yes, you have the sell prints option...but it's not as other sites (Society6, Redbubble) who sell prints.

For now we (the artist) don't have a perfect social media for every one of our needs. Each has a plus and a minus point =D

So no wonder we have to use 5-10 different sites to promote our art :giggle:
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bibyechan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017   Traditional Artist
One big plus of Instagram for sure is the quick uploading (posting) and lots of views :nod:

To upload on DeviantArt takes more time...to add a name of the deviation, tags, choose a category....and so on.

That comment about Instagram is :lmao: so funny

About livestreaming...didn't know it's so popular...I knew about the speed paint videos on YouTube but not about this =D Interesting...

It's seems we are trying to get closer and closer in the community :la:
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Sparkleno Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017   Traditional Artist
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 :dummy:

I happy to get here and there a watcher, but never like some where they have 2500 - 5000 watchers :faint: 1 million page views Dizzy Emote  Dream on...

Instagram has features too? Bear Emoji-37 (Wondering Question) [V2] ...I'm new to this, so I'm lost Innocent Like...for everything cute blush 
I like this one "the mercy of being Instagram perfect" :lmao:
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Sparkleno Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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."
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the info :blowkiss:

Every social media has it's own rules :dummy: It could easily be taught at an university nerd  I think that some have such courses already :giggle:
It's great for you that you got the opportunity to have your art featured. :happybounce: Awesome!

Just that Instagram perfect Day56 - Happy Cry  5 Minute Emote - Cry so sad...
May the justice prevail :epic: 
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RachaelVTStudio Featured By Owner Edited Aug 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017   Traditional Artist
Interesting :imsmart: 

I also read that it's good that we don't put the same content on all of our social media...which is logical :dummy: ...one is good for WIP, some for finished artwork, some for sharing your creative thoughts.

I never thought of Twitter as a useful social media for artists :glasses: - NaNoEmo 8/30  Learned something new =D
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JettieHier Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
After reading all your answers I have gained a bit more faith in the future of dA. Thanks peeps!!!
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JettieHier Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.)
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017   Traditional Artist
I also don't like to upload unfinished artwork on dA...but at the same time adore WIPs =D

Every social media is good for certain things.

Thank you for your thoughts on this subject matter :la:
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Katreena-O-Art Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Student General Artist
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.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017   Traditional Artist
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 :paranoid: 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 :B
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orselis Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Depends on kind of art. For digital - any. For traditional - none of them. Traditional should be viewed live.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017   Traditional Artist
For traditional art it's so true :nod:
Just when I compare my artwork in nature and the ones I have to use for the digital world :P ... 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 Panda Emoji-10 (Blush) [V1] 

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 :happybounce:  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. Headache New Hide in a Box 
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Fyreflysky Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Artstation.  Far more professionals use it and you can use it as a site to harbour your portfolio to actually find work. 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017   Traditional Artist
So many people are mentioning Artstation...wow...good to know this Llama Emoji 27 (Awesome) [V2] 
Thank you :hug:
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eWeMad420 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 18, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
i have read someone has already commented this but still.....
deviantart in static 
youtube in motion 
;P
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017   Traditional Artist
Copy cat Llama Emoji-01 (Laughing) [V1] 
It's ok =D

Thank you for the comment :la:
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eWeMad420 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
;P

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Hoshino-Arashi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
ArtStation
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment =D
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Sarosna85 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 Meow :3

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'.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017   Traditional Artist
On DevaintArt the communication is a big plus :nod:
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 :love: But it has more to do with luck.

There are many artists for so long here, yet you only find them "now" :dummy: 

Instagram =D well, I have made my account recently :plotting: but still need to upload something ^^ I'll see how that goes o.O
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Sarosna85 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017   Traditional Artist
"Even if I barely ever post art, I can still be a part of the community."

Wonderful said.Bunny Emoji-72 (Kawaii) [V4]  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 :nod:

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  Dizzy Emote :dizzy: revamp 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 I am a dummy! 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 :dunce: 
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