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Alright. I've actually planned on this article for weeks now. A little too long maybe. But now I feel I can't let it sit in a folder on my computer unfinished and take up space. It has to come out, especially after having read an article about something similar, but written in such an arrogant manner.

So many people come to this community. Some just to browse, and most come here to have a place to display their artwork and get feedback. Many want to be "popular". But honestly, what does that mean? Lots of attention, favorites, watchers, and what everyone seems to want and think their art deserves, a Daily Deviation feature? Some go as far as to attack and belittle other artists for having more pageviews than them, or getting more comments. Is that what the word "popularity" means? I think that word is misunderstood and misused.

Here are a few simple suggestions/steps that will help you become a better fellow deviant, get more attention and increase your popularity:

Be informed

Make sure to read the rules thoroughly before you start posting and submitting pictures to your gallery. DeviantArt is an Art community, not MySpace, or Photobucket to store your photos. If you've read the rules and FAQ, you'll be more sure of what you can and cannot do on this site, thus you won't have to feel lost. And besides, the rules are there for a reason. There's really no excuse not to make yourself acquainted with them. Also, be sure to read News articles to stay updated on what's going on with the site, if there are any changes concerning the rules and suchlike.

Be humble

Seriously, people. A little humility never hurts! Try to thank people for the favorites and watchers that you get. Show gratitude and appreciation, that it really means something to you, and mean it, don't fake it!
Also, don't always expect everyone to give you praise and think everything you do is just fabulous. People have different perceptions of what is and isn't Art, that's true, but if someone tells you what's wrong with your piece, the last thing you should ever do is reply with something like: "You're wrong, and to ME, this is art, so STFU and GTFO my page". If you can't handle criticism, then you obviously shouldn't post your artwork on a public site on the Internet. Try to use criticism as a tool that will help you develop and improve your art. Remember that even professional artists never stop learning, and even they make mistakes.

Show some respect and be Civilized

If you see a picture you don't like, a stamp you don't agree with, a story that doesn't appeal to you, let it go. If you don't like a story, don't read it. If you don't agree with the message on a stamp, don't comment. If it does not adhere to DA rules, report it instead of flaming the person a thousand times over and call your friends to take part in a never-ending flame-fest. Simply report, and let the staff handle the rest. No need for pointless drama, profanities and name-calling. Arguing with someone over the internet about meaningless nonsense is nothing more than a waste of time. And if you just don't like what they have to offer,'s their work, their opinions, their gallery. Take it or leave it.

Be helpful

Give constructive criticism. Believe it or not, most artists and writers appreciate critique much more than a simple one-word-comment like "Cute" or "Nice". For an artist to receive dozens of comments like that, it can be very misleading. A comment that points out the flaws of a piece (actual flaws, not personal opinions) and tells you what can be improved is worth more than a thousand compliments.

Be part of the community

Communicate, reply to comments, active. Read news, give feedback. Attend contests. Favorite the art you like and leave comments. Motivate and inspire others!

Don't cry for attention

Nobody will like it. Nobody. Whatever you do, do not cry for attention. Do not ask for people to "please look at your pictures that you've worked so hard on", because chances are, you won't be taken seriously. You'll only come across as immature and annoying. People will think you're whiny and tell you to go "be emo someplace else". Another way of begging for attention is to trace and/or copy art and claim it´s yours. Or slap something together hastily without even putting the least bit of energy into making it look presentable. Sure, by doing this will give you attention, but not the positive kind.

Don't spam people with links to your art. And seriously, don't update the same deviation over and over, notifying your watchers each time you do so, by un-checking the "This is a minor edit" box. It's rude and it will give your watchers the impression that you're begging for attention and favorites.

Post thumbnails, join Clubs

A great way to get more people to look at your art is to participate in the Thumbshare forum. That's a great place to share your art and look at others'. There's plenty of topics where you could post a few thumbs of your art, where it will be seen, and there's a good chance of getting a few favorites, comments and possibly even features and watchers. Sometimes (just sometimes) there's even a small chance of getting a DD suggestion. Joining clubs and submitting your art there is another great way to reach a broader audience and get watchers as well as critiques.

Visit a random Deviant

You never know what will pop up. It's like sticking your hand in a black bag full of marbles. You may actually pull out a really pretty one. You may actually make a new friend, or discover an amazing unknown artist you'll really like. And if you do, don't forget to leave a compliment on their front page if you find their gallery appealing to you. A random "Hello" and kind comment is always very nice to get.


You should keep in mind that the first thing about you, whenever you post a comment somewhere, that will catch others' attention is your user icon. That little 50 x 50 pixel icon to the left of your username says more about you than you would think. If you want to draw attention to your artwork, you should consider making an icon of something that YOU created, and not from a screenshot of your favorite TV-show or video game. This little picture represents your artwork, and shows others what to expect to see in your gallery.

Make Art

Last but not least, it should be obvious that this is the most important point of all.

It really doesn't matter whether you make fan art, original art, or both. What matters is that you enjoy creating art, that you do it with heart, put time and effort into it, but most importantly...that you do it for YOU, not for others (unless you're commissioned, of course).
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naruheaa2108 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist
Thank you for this guide :) It's really helpful - from the newbie 
Rhoey Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016   General Artist
I'm glad it helps :) 
Oakirart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I think this guide is very helpful for a lot of people here !
scottandrose Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ! I'm a newbie here ^^' :3
Johesy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really inspiring and helpful. This comment is actually here based on your suggestions :p. Thanks!
The-N-I-Thaowan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
I just opened DA account for a month and I don't expect to be famous/popular suddenly. I know soooooooooo~ true.
But hey, thank you! I'll try you tips!
- Sincerely and friendly- Nitthan
BreakDiamond Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks dude- newbie here

helps a lot
FreeTheBrain Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :) I'll check out ThumbShare.
gofallingupsidedown Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is definitely very helpful!
I will be sure to run with as many of these as I make time for (lol). Deviants who actually post stuff to help others are wonderful to discover. 
Thanks for your good person skills! 
Rhoey Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   General Artist
Wrong link, sorry! But hey, now you get two for the price of one ;) Here's the "real" Get Watchers:
Check it out! :) 
Rhoey Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   General Artist
I'm happy I could be of help! :) Thank you for the kind comment.

There is a group called Get Watchers, and I highly recommend it. It's a great way to get your art out there, so check it out. :) 
gofallingupsidedown Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have heard of this group and used to be a member. 
I will look into it again! 
Erednay Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
I'm new to the community - my artistic talents are null but I do enjoy browsing through so many awesome pictures (albeit a few weird ones for my taste) - and I stand in awe of what people can create on paper. This guide has been informative :D thanks Rhoey.
Rhoey Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013   General Artist
I'm glad I could help. 
Welcome to the community! I hope you enjoy your stay. :) 
Stratamax Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
This should help me get started! Thanks!
Rhoey Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013   General Artist
Glad it helped :) 
DiezelPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Very helpful.  Thank you -
Rhoey Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013   General Artist
You are very welcome!
Prophecy-Inc Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is incredibly helpful, I've been on here since like '09 and knew nothing of thumbshare...
Rhoey Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013   General Artist
Really? Well, then I'm glad I could be of help :)
VKotaku Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was very good! I agree with everything.
NanoZeta Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
How can i put ID images, without be ''Link''
Rhoey Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   General Artist
You mean a profile photo? You can upload a photo from your computer, that way there will not be a link.
vipmia Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
vipmia Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why not drawing stuff from video games or TV shows?
Rhoey Featured By Owner May 12, 2013   General Artist
"It really doesn't matter whether you make fan art, original art, or both."

Does that answer your question? :)
SaikoRapture Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A great guide and helpful advices~! However you forgot to say that you also must be patient with gaining populairity. It's usually the impatience (like me) that makes dA'ers goes e-begging for attention
Rhoey Featured By Owner May 26, 2012   General Artist
Thank you, and you're right. Patience is so absent in our society these days. If more people would practice patience, we wouldn't have so much violence and drama.
SaikoRapture Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know right. People also tends to judge a book by it's cover alot nowadays. My favourite is the Identity part of this guide XP I'm glad I did the right thing.
AnimeAleChan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow! you helped me very much!
MidnightDreamer22 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't agree more with the "Be humble" part. :clap: I see far too many people rarely replying to any of the feedback they get. A simple "thank you" would work, don't you think?
Also, drama queens. There are TOO much here, crying for attention. Puh-lease, this is DeviantART, not DeviantTeenageDrama. :chainsaw:
xEternalSkyx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not that I expect them to reply to "YAY" but they could HONESTLY HELP BY REPLYING TO A QUESTION LIKE "how do you do __________"

Or at least refer them to someone else .__.
Natural--20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Writer
And I thought you had to post naked pictures to get popular
Rhoey Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012   General Artist
That´s also true, I guess. :P
Whacked-Out-Inc Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now THAT was good advice. Have you considered doing other guides like "How to deal with trolls" or anything of the sort?
You'd be doing a lot of people good with your advice giving skills.
BlitztheArteest Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist
I just joined and read this. Thanks, for advice!
Rhoey Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011   General Artist
I´m glad it helped! You´re welcome :)
CresentBladedBrony Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Hey, thanks a lot for posting this. ^^ It was really insightful, and suddenly, posting a sketched, inked, and then colored version of my art seems unnecessary... (Think I'll take out the orginal sketch... >.>) But I totally agree with what you wrote.

I especially liked your community tips, like visiting another's profile and just saying hello... joining clubs... you know, the simple stuff. This was a nice guide. ^^
simopieros Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good, and i agree.
Jori-Lynn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student General Artist
This was really well written and helpful for a newbie like me. Thanks!
food-inspector Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
YES, thank you Rhoey, this has helped alot now im not so lost. :D
SawedOff-Shotgun Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The basic definition of "Popularity" is how well-known you are. It's just that the problem is that people use popularity to gain unnecessary power.
:iconevilplz: THEY'RE POWER HUNGRY! :XD:
Theshizirl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing. I read the other one you comment and it annoyed me. But I can see where this would be helpful for the artist who aspires for good, honest attention. Thanks for the upload, and I hope that this is favorited a million times!
LadyGravy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
I agree with this completely and it should definately be pounded into the heads of a load of people on here. deviantART<-- seriously how do people not understand that?
Wolverica Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009   General Artist
Great article! I completely agree with you.
It’s always nice to receive constructive criticism or detailed opinions of own art than those simple comments like "nice”, ”well done”. Also I always try to give as detailed feedback as possible.
And of course humility and politeness is longawaited also in internet. As you said, people have different perceptions of art. If someone doesn’t like my artwork, that doesn’t bother me. Because the main thing is that an artist has done his/her artwork with heart and effort. I have always thought that an artist have to be bit ”selfish”. I mean, as long as artist makes artwork for him/herself and doesn’t think what the others would say about it, it’s real art. Feelings and even personality of artist can be seen through the art. Artist should to be just him/herself and do what he/she really loves to do. Showing off doesn’t help at all.
CursedOnez Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen! :rgiggle:
Empyrisan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009   Digital Artist
Very good article that everyone should read! It definately opened up my eyes to some things that are so obvious! Thank you for writing this!
Saknika Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
I came in here expecting to find all sorts of great tips that I could implement... only to find I already did all this. xD Haha, awesome. Made me feel a few degrees smarter. :D
pablodiablo316 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Good points well made! I am still learning but have made some good friends here and love the community for the most part.
K-hermann Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
nice guide, thanx for sharing all it with us!(i sux in english ,sorry)
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