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Since I joined on deviantart I have been fascinated by many works.. Really nice works which have a lot of favourites and others which havent. I questioned myself why it could happen? Why works so wonderful and people so talented can be unknown in this community?
So, I decided to write this article.
For it, I sent this three questions for some pop artists:
- What's the secret to become popular?
- Why do some people become popular so fast, doing ordinary art, and others which do amazing art cant be popular?
- Is there any trick to become popular? Like watching a lot of people, faving everything you can, posting a lot of journals or promoting contests?

Some of them answered me so kindly and fast, others answered me in a way kinda rude and others didnt answer..
By now, I have some ideas, some quotes and I want to show you all information I got about it.
So, lets start:

First, I must say there are several ways to become popular. To make this article, I did a poll asking "What is the best way to get popularity on deviantart?" and asked a lot of people..
I got impressed about it: People think different about popularity and unfortunately I could notice that a lot of deviants are crazy about numbers and popularity. Deviantart for them, is not more about art, but about numbers. Its sad.

It doesnt look we have a specific secret. Of course, if your art is really good, if you give some time to your deviants friends or if you pay AdCast, popularity will come.
The question is: how much time will I take to become popular? Its a good question.
Time is good for some people but not for all. Three years of deviantart give you a lot of pageviews even if you are not talented/good. It depends but pageviews is not everything. The point is that you need spotlight to become popular! And I have some listed here:

:bulletgreen: Being a good artist: Its the most important thing to be recognized. Whats a good artist?
A good artist's someone who is always trying to improve his skills. He doesnt post just for updating. You can see the improvement in each new art;

:bulletgreen: Support: This is also a such essencial thing to be popular.
For reaching popularity what do you need? Comments, favourites, watch, etc.. from OTHERS. Yes, from others. It means that you have to be supportative and kindly with all deviants you can. My advice is that your main support was to unknown and new deviants, because almost always since they are humbler, they give you more feedback.
Dont give support for obligation, people figure out when you do it. Its fool;
p.s.: Dedications are for people who you like not for famous that you want support. Sometimes they are stupid. Its better giving support for your friends. Trust me.

:bulletgreen: Activity: Strongly linked with support, it means how active you are in this community. The more active and supportative you are, the more people will visit you and give you feedback. Being active includes things like giving favs, submiting news, journals, featuring friends, making polls, posting in forums, commenting in others deviations/journals/news, chatting, providing resources and other stuff like that;

:bulletgreen: Groups: Joining and submiting in groups is a really good way to difuse your art. Always join groups related with your art/style.. or you will have just a full inbox.

:bulletgreen: Daily Deviation: Its the most practical way to become popular but your skills have to be really awesome and originals. A featured as a daily deviation gives you the right to be on deviantart end's page for a whole day. Its a dream *-*

:bulletgreen: Contests: Promoting and participating of contests is also a nice way to get audience. Usually, when you post or promoting it, people visit your picture and your profile.


Please, consider that the main purpose of art is to appreciated and to be appreciated. Dont worry about numbers, favourites and comments.. popularity is just a consequence and humbleness is an essence.
For finishing, I selected some quotes from my collaborators which I think is pretty important:


[Eu consegui um bem maior, do que audiencia... conquistei amigos!]
"I got a better gift than audience.. I made friends!" - arianereis

[Acredito que o segredo é você ser você mesma e fazer o que gosta.]
"I believe that the secret is to be yourself and to do what you like." - Skategirl

"You need to network yourself and go out and make a lot of comments and favs. It takes a lot of time and effort but is well worth the wait." - TreLore

"There is not really a secret, it´s a ton of luck to catch the right moment for a submission or to have the mood in the art wich fits this community right now." - Villesgodgirl

"Overall i think there is no real key to becoming popular other than having a lot of luck and preferably a lot of talent." - ChrissieCool

"The only secret is to be good and work alot." - Natalie Shau



P.S.: Your comment is really appreciated.
Sorry for my English..
I wish you Good Luck.
Kisses. :kiss: :tighthug:
eclipsy
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:icondensetsu1000:
Densetsu1000 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for king this journal entry, it's advice sounds very useful.:)
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StarClawNYC Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Student Filmographer
I like this guide. My art is improving, through constant uploading. I ll keep trying this route i guess _-_ ugh this is difficult but thank you, because you are right
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RyuketsuMary Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Mainly just uploading decent art and interacting with the community allot, right?
That's what I think of it.
Yet I was never too big on popularity, and I'm still about the art,
I still want some sort of appreciation for my work, as it's nice and encouraging.
So what other way then to become popular and recognized by allot of different people?
Anyways thanks for the advise. ;3
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BWithOtaku Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
Thank you for the advice!

To be honest, I only care about numbers because I just want a few people to actually be submitting to, y'know? It's not a whole lot of fun when you're just submitting artwork for it to just be...there. But with the "improving in every artwork thing" do you have any advice for that? I actually draw Manga/Anime, and tutorials on YouTube seem to make it worse. Do I draw from an image in the mind or use references or something?
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OlchaS Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for advice! But all these hardly work. The problem is that only already popular artists can become... more popular! And noone cares how much efforts you bring to works and how good and creative works are. Even 5 min drawing with no shading and so on made by famous person here will be in 'hot'. It's a trend to follow someone famous and adore their works, because everyone do it. Personally I don't know what will help in this situation.
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PetitAngelOfTheNight Featured By Owner Edited Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're right, that's part of the problem about why starting artists have so much trouble here. But something sillier is when some random drawing with almost no effort put on gets decent attention just because it's from a hot fandom, such as ponies, hedgehogs or the like.
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PetitAngelOfTheNight Featured By Owner Edited Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not really obsessed with becoming ultra popular in dA, for me it's not about pageviews, I just wish more people noticed my art because even when I'm not a super skilled artist I put effort in what I do, and as I appreciate others, I wish my effort to be appreciated as well. I like my art, I think it's nice, it's decent, and most importantly, I love what I do which is drawing. I try submitting my stuff to groups In which it might fit but with almost zero results, makes me wonder if people just don't see it because there are many submissions, because they think it's not good enough or what. Yet I see less worked out drawings who do get attention... Maybe I need time, I'm still new here (in this account, because ironically, an old account I have in which I used to submit photo editions was a little known, even my old editions which were bad), still makes me wonder what's going on wrong... I also try to make friends here, with people who seem nice and interesting, being genuinely nice to them but guess I' m not really good with making friends either, so I'm currently stuck.
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Bearz314 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice!

I'm not a good artist and I'm learning by myself. I was hoping a little exposure could bring in some advice on my work.

i suppose, psychologically, having an interesting profile picture helps? 😂

Have a nice day!
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LeoV95 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this article! 
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MultiPokemon1111 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the advice
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missus-jakabok Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree with these points, but they seem kind of obvious since this website is all about community.
You won't get much attention if you just shove your art up and leave it. The great thing about this site is that you can mingle with thousands of different artists, and help each other out, be it with critique, or otherwise! :lol:
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LeanneStarkiePhotos Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
For me its not about popularity, it's about sharing what I love to do, and I love sharing my work, I am very proud of my art and a lot of work has gone into it. Yes it obviously makes me feel good when someone faves or comments on my work and It makes me want to do more. 
Also its about meeting other people who share the same passions as you. Its always nice to talk to a total stranger about a shared passion in art. 
Just be kind, if you don't like someones art then don't say anything but if you love their art then make a big deal out of it. It encourages them to carry on doing what they love the most.
If your doing it for the pageviews and the watchers then what kind of self satisfaction are you going to get?
Say nice things, fave the artwork you love and the popularity will follow. :)
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willowpup1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm, I'll have to try some of these things. This was helpful, thanks for writing it!
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Blackberriez Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
I don't care about popularity, but i just want to become a better artist . . i usually get only 0-2 fave's. I guess i got to keep drawing if i want to become better though.
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PetitAngelOfTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I agree with you, and I'm in the same situation. I aspire the same you do, not ULTRA popularity. Groups haven't helped me and you?
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Axol-The-Axolotl Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Always use thumbshare. Thumbshare is your friend.
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big-fluffy-cow Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
getting popular is near impossible because deviantART promotes already popular artists.. things wouldn't be such a struggle if for example related deviations would actually be similar to the shown artwork instead of just popular. it's making the big artists bigger and sucking the smaller ones into a blackhole they cant escape
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PetitAngelOfTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed, you only see hyper pro looking art in pro looking related art. It's so difficult to be seen here.
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Blackberriez Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
True..
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:iconvolentro:
Volentro Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
I just want people to look at my art, thats all. I've noticed many of my watcher never look at my art, even my friends never look at it 
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:iconlugiaflyer:
LugiaFlyer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand that feeling...none of my art gets looked at anymore... ;~;
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Volentro Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
people used to look at my art and watch me when I was a premium member, but now they don't even acknowledge my existence lol

you have a cute art style btw :)
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:iconlugiaflyer:
LugiaFlyer Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw Thank you~
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PKDsm Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Well, I took a look at your stuff and you need to work on them unless you have no intention of being taken as a serious artist. You gotta improve.
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Volentro Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
I have been trying to improve
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bethanywarrior Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i think it would be nice to be popular but it isn't really needed.
what I would like is some friends who will give me feed back on my art since I want to be a professional manga artist one day :3
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:iconpetitangelofthenight:
PetitAngelOfTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed, and it can get really frustrating when you cant get even that.
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bethanywarrior Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah V.V I have made a few friends but I am super nervous about asking for advice and things.
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PetitAngelOfTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... well, I hope I don't come off as too nosy, but if they're your friends, they'll be happy to help you in everything they can, so don't be so nervous... I saw some of your deviations and they're interesting. I may not be as much of help at giving advice because I am a beginner at digital art but my opinion is that you could practice at coloring, so your illustrations will look better than they are now :)
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bethanywarrior Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok ^w^ 
Thank you for your advice :hug:
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:iconpetitangelofthenight:
PetitAngelOfTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. Coloring can be very hard to master (I should know, and since I work with a mouse for the moment, it's slightly harder for me), but let's keep practicing! I'm just sorry I'm not really sure as to what advice give...
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bethanywarrior Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OwO I completely understand at the moment I have to work with a mouse as well ^^'
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PetitAngelOfTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? Wow, it's great to meet another person in the same situation as I! I mean, there must be many people working with a mouse but so far I have only meet one. So, you work with SAI?
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PetitAngelOfTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know the others but I myself really don't care about popularity, I'm here to get tips to be more noticed, not neccesarily popular.
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TheUncanonBagel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't care about popularity and whether people see me online and run and scream at me: "OMGOMGOGMGOGMG ITS ABASEA OMGOMGOMG OMFG CAN I HAVE YOUR TEXT AUTOGRAPH". I don't want that. I don't really care. I just want for people to enjoy my art, to entertain you. And I don't mind about your english, it was fine. :)
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TheRockyCrowe Featured By Owner Edited Apr 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I don't really care about popularity. I'm more about the support and social side of the DA spectrum.....Which is where my problem seems to persist.

I've alot of fave runners, sometimes it'll be 50 faves compared to 7 comments, one of my illustrations has close to 100 faves and 5 comments. I appreciate faves but at the same time comments are so much better, they don't have to be super intensively detailed just a tiny bit of advice or something like 'I really like it when you did this" or "nice work" would suffice. It isn't very hard to do either, I've seen simple little wips get tons of comments, easy. (or seriously really mediocre work get hundreds of comments , but since it's related to FNAF or TMNT or some shit I guess it's ok.)It's why I always make it a point to give a good comment on others work I like, because I know how much more constructive and important it is than faves.

But then again lack of commenting may be related to something else. Some artists on here are complete assholes and attack people for giving a constructive opinion. Maybe this has spurred a fear??
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PetitAngelOfTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's even more sad when people like me who only get like 2 faves, get no comments. I request people to give me any constructive critiques but still don't get any comment. If so, how the hell a small artist like me will ever improve?
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Naventho Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
(i know this is an old comment so sorry if it's weird to respond)
it's the same way with my art tbh. it's always nice to get acknowledgement, but my most popular piece has 50 favorites and no comments... it's like, i really appreciate that people like it, but what do they like about it? what could i do to be better? that's the kind of thing i wish people would tell me. even someone just saying they liked it would be nice!
and i know what you mean about people like that. i always try to give people advice, but i never know if they're the type that'll get super angry or offended and block me or something. and im not even rude about it...
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CandyPom Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Do any of y'all have advice on how to get a contest noticed and popular? I already told my watchers I'll be holding about a 3,000 point contest plus art. But after looking around, I've seen a lot of contests with prizes like that, still not get many entries, even when they're posted onto groups. I plan to hold it in the summertime when more people have the time to draw and I also plan to offer a llama and watch to all my entries. Any other tips?
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J-Juno Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
I have been trying to network and get noticed for awhile, but so far I don't feel that I am really doing it right.   :/
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Bass-Javelin Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how? Oh i'll tell you how. Its really easy:
1. Try to go to every artist artworks and yell out :"OMG THIS IS KAWAII!!oneeleven", etc.... Pretty hope you'll get your senpai's attention.
2. Your goddamn username, its gotta be something so super edgy, super kawaii to attract those Weeabos and Pastafags. Try it like "superkawaiidesune" with a cat face for an icon, it'll work believe me.
3. Who the fuck needs soft and heavy shading when all you can do is just spam the fuck out of the dodge and burn tool, make it all shiny and sprinkly, that'll attractt your destined fans of course. 
4. Spam their inbox with favenade, you'll get their attention.
5. Be a llamafag, go and spray people ass with your llamagun. 
6. Dont try to be inspirational and creative, on here you just gotta do these themes, yes these themes only, and ONLY: weeabos, edgy, furfags, hedgehogs, dank kush, your weird ass fetishes, horses,... . DO that and you'll attract some faggots on the way. I promise.
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TheRockyCrowe Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is sadly sooooo true it hurtz .

I appeal to a popular fandom and the activity in the comments and faves is strong....

Do original stuff and all of a sudden I'm back to phase 1 again.
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Bass-Javelin Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome to DeviantArt...
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:icontherockycrowe:
TheRockyCrowe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Sadly ~ =^=
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AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
NO, THIS HOW YOU DO IT:
DRAW PONIES WITH BIG TITS
DRAW FURRIES WITH BIG TITS
DRAW ANIME WITH BIG TITS
DRAW ANYTHINGGGG WITH BIG TITS
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Jester-Hellequin Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
so true its sad
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AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yep :no:
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Ankit1480 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Lol. But it's true :)
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kanadskiy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
true
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