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How To Get Popular On DA by HinoNeko How To Get Popular On DA by HinoNeko
Is this really a tutorial? Or is it humor? A little bit of both, I suppose . . . in the tutorial section because it has more of a "how to" feel. :B

A lot of people, sometimes sarcastically, say that the best way to get popular on DA is to draw Naruto fanart, or tons of babes, or kawaii neko-chans.

To this I say: BAH!

For if drawing average-to-excellent Naruto fanart, babes, and kawaii neko-chans were truly the path to internet success, then quite a few artists out there would be much more famous than they are now.

No, my friends, the secret to getting noticed is this: GET PEOPLE TO NOTICE YOU!

For quite some time my account sat here with little more than the occasional offsite buddy (Y'all know who you are.) dropping by. And that was cool! But kind of lonely.

Then, once I started linking back to my things on other sites? BOOM! A relative flood of new watchers and friends.

So my advice to you is this: Get your art out there! "If you build it, they will come" does not apply to the internet.

Is there a fandom you draw a large amount of fanart of? Join a forum or community devoted to it, and post links to your work! Or track down the "art postings" section of a more general forum, and link to things there!

And don't forget to dabble in some on-DA exposure, too. Pop into the Thumbshare forum every once in a while, and see what threads are relevant to your work. Join a club on DA, and submit some art to that!

But most importantly, stick with your pals. John Q. "Kewl Pics" may favebomb your gallery, but the people who leave interesting and helpful comments are the ones who'll stick around for your next update. They make much better conversation, too. ;]
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Clarity-Art Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, this is called when someone draws beautiful fan art for multiple fandoms, like Burdge, Viria, and sakimichan, who never notice their loyal fans and are always unresponsive when you try to message them. 

Sad part? Star Wars is not popular, so no one gives a crap if they see you drawing really good fan art of it, even if you share your art

the story of my life, right here
Timewap1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
This should come with a disclaimer: "Your results may vary"
kennedoe Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
right?! haha
littlesplashdog Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww cute expressions! ^^
Metapuns Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Student General Artist
REAL way to get famous on DA:
1. Draw anime, Sonic, or Ponies. (it can be shitty).
2. Favourite, llama, and watch everyone in the same lame fandom as you.
3. Talk about how depressed you are and how bad your art is (especially if it's good) to get that extra support
4. Request everyone to draw your Mary Sue OC based off yourself.
5. DONE. You probably are another DeviantART clone.
keremgo4d Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
So well stated! :thumbsup:
Zeebapop Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
xXRinCakesXx Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ice Bear thanks you for this helpful comic.
SparklySylveon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ice bear approves this approving message
G4M3RTHYST Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ice Bear approves this message
Penguin1620 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the help.
Timewap1 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015

That wasn't funny or ironic...
MauiNoah14 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Student General Artist
The most effective way. Thanks for this tutorial ^^
Zeriten Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
honestly guys, there isn't any way to get popular on deviantART unless join an rp group

and you gotta have mad rping skills like


and then you draw a scene of the rp

make it look good

catchy caption

321die Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
So what you're saying is, if you don't like to rp, then you're screwed?
Zeriten Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
dont read into it that much kiddo
XEiyaX Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Filmographer
I'm laughing so hard as I read these comments lol
also this deviation itself is friggin hilarious
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great idea!
Iloveguysbabe Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I ALREADY TRIED THAT YOU FUCKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ILoveRomione Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is how everyone reacts at school. Then here... Not so much.
Forever alone...
DetectiveSketch Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014   Digital Artist
More like
Post first deviant *everyone ignores
Post second deviant *everyone ignores*
Post 112th deviant *everyone ignores *
Blackania Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist
I know that feeling.
No page views, no comments and no favorites Crazy Girl (Forever Alone) [V6].
But think about how many people are on deviantart.

How did they notice that you have joined them? Most of us focus on very skilled artists and wish for their attention. Stil there are so many possibilities to ask for feedback.

:fav:Added to my devWatch! give feedback - to friends, watchers or randomly those people will be happy
                 and might take a look at your gallery
  Get Together     join groups/chat - get people to know you

 :typerhappy: Emoticon: Hug interact through forum/poll/llama/donation pool/competition/commision/critique
                 /arttrade/collaboration/requests - with your audience

 llama cancanllama cancan Think of what you would like to have and give that to others. llama cancanllama cancan 
DetectiveSketch Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Alright, sounds good. I'll do that
Blackania Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Thx to you I turned the tips above in a whole journal.
DemonRenX Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Artist
Thought most people are like "Wow! You can do something productive!"
SpetsnazKaz Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just put "TheWolf," "WolfPup," or "SpiritWolf," or anything of that nature after your screenname posting nothing but sparkledogs, recolors, and screenshots from Wolf's Rain, and claiming you're a "wolf trapped in a human body" and pretending to be "edgy" all the time will be guarantee you as a world-renowned artist here on Deviantart! :trollface:
Sierra-G Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Sadly, that can and does work for some people.
SparklySylveon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, and it's sad that is does. I know I AM human and look at me. Sparkly's only my mascot, but I use her in rp cases too :/
Alien-Psychopath Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's me at school.
isabelb-art Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love it
PixelMuffinz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
this is so hilarious
10zillionpoints Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
It is humor AND tutorial. :XD:
bittybabyseals Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes more sense when you think about it like that :)
Love-Jar Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that is TOTALLY awesome
WarwicksComicArt Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has been very informative thanks for taking the time to do this. 
YoruKazai Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i alrady do that, but all becuase i just like showing people my drawings :3
DetonationMars Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried that. Nothing.

I need to learn how to draw for real. Btw nice devianart :D
Livaly Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Laughed so hard xD
best tutorial ever <3
nickel-bug Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
but its not that easy i have no watchers!Ashamed  i know i only started like a week? ago but I want watchers Its annoying only getting like 2 favs every one in a while :(
Livaly Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why do you want watchers?
nickel-bug Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
becuase it makes me feel like people actually like me art
Livaly Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
isn't the most important thing that you like your art?
if you really do it doesn't matter how many watchers do you have
nickel-bug Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My art is second to my family and yes I do only really care if I am happy with my artwork but it would be nice to have other deviants comment what they think to help me becuase I'm 13 and still need as much help as I can get :)
superwholock99 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ikr I just got lucky, becuase I created my own specie, and for people to acutually care I sell the eggs for FREE if I didnt do that I would still be in the dust
MarkOmo83 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I try these steps, and nothing happens. And I try the steps again... multiple times. It just not working for me. 
What am I doing wrong?
Gamergirl4life Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's more of a hit or miss thing. 

trust me.

I try to tell people that i have a devianart account, when i post something new, and i don't get much of anything.

MarkOmo83 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's actually it's about having the right connection with people. You have to know someone popular in order to become it.
gmuffin Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i wanted to write something else but i forgot it...
so yeah, lol :meow:
JinseiKyuzai Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's definitely a helpful description. =)
Talaatheclown Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Instructions were not clear. Got stuck in a ceiling fan.
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