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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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:iconbass-javelin:
Bass-Javelin Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student 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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AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member 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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:iconbass-javelin:
Bass-Javelin Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Also not to forget the cat ears
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AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist Artist
YES THE FREAKING "KAWII DEDU" CAT EARS
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HazelsHouseOfHorrors Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You mean kawaii desu...
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AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Artist
Typo.
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:iconrubellerising:
RubelleRising Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student General Artist
I keep thinking of making a new account. I dont want to put my improved art on this account for reasons of no one seeing it and it going to waste.
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Koowink Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  New member Student General Artist
I got bored with my old account. It was un-motivating and seemed pointless to obtain, so I decided to make a new one! So far so good. c;
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ryantheflyinlion Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's weird... I look at a lot of art on here and I've only been on for about 8 months. I feel like my artwork is getting better, but I feel like every time I submit something, I think "What's the point. It's not like anyone is going to see it...." Sometimes I feel like DA is actually more discouraging than supportive.
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SAus28 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  New member
I think, that even if only a view people will see and enjoy your artworks, it's worth it. Isn't art also about making people happy.
I've enjoyed seeing your art.
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ryantheflyinlion Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I guess you're right. Thanks for being so positive! and Thanks for viewing!!!
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darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, I think there are two types of people that want to get popular on here.. People that just want a bunch of page views so they can feel good about themselves, and they spam the hell out of the submit button with low quality pictures of their sketches. And i've seen that work a lot. Then there's other artists who have a goal. They spend time on their art even if it takes a couple weeks to submit something new. Maybe they want to make a career out of their art and need a fan base first, or maybe like me they want to google the name of some anime character and see their artwork as a result on google images or somewhere on the internet. But they could be a bit of both, by constantly trying to get watchers and also putting out their best. 
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ryantheflyinlion Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Very well put... I'm proud to say I'm in the second category. I would like to someday work as an illustrator full time... but sometimes it feels like such a pipe dream.
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darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly i notice if i just submit to groups and be nice to people my page views go up. But im actually being nice not just doing it for views. Watch 4 watch can help you get a base of watchers but it wont do all the work. Out of every 5 that watch you maybe 2 will seriously look at your art but its a start if you really need them
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Edyel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I have ZERO watchers. :/
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oopadoopabooga Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
I've been feeling the same way lately. I have around 87 watchers right now and I post a lot of cartoons that I did myself onto my DA page. Sometimes they get really good reception but I feel like it's not enough to get my name out there. It's kinda frustrating because I put quite a lot of effort into what I post and sometimes even satirize current events with what I do. If I could at least break the 200 watcher barrier, I'd be more satisfied.
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Diamond-waterfalls Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Ok, I'm a random person who happened to see this, I've been wondering how people got popular here, I've been on this site for about a year, and I only have 16 watchers T-T, I feel like I'm in my high school (I only have two good friends T-T I'm not popular,CURSE YOU!  like in here) But thank you for uploading thisLove , it's helpful Hug 
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hiyochii Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mhm, I totally understand ; v ; I was and still am sorta lost on this site =u=;; I've been here for around 8 months now, but I've gradually grown to not care about the numbers (99% of my art is OCs lol so I don't get many watchers who are there for the fandom)
Sometimes it depends on the quality of your art, sometimes it depends on the connections you have with other artists on the site.
Ofc, you never want to make friends with them just for the benefits! If all of your watchers are your friends, I think it's a lot more pleasing than having a lot of watchers but not knowing 80% of them. One of the best parts of dA is meeting new people, after all~
Don't be discouraged! Your art is coming along really nicely, so I hope you keep going!
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Diamond-waterfalls Featured By Owner Edited Nov 19, 2014  Student Interface Designer
hug I guess your right! Thank you very much! 5 seconds hug
My art is just a mix of random, I want to be part of a community :D but like I said my art is mix of random.
I do winx and anime art, while I'm a really big fan of sonic and some other stuff Sweating a little... I'm not even sure where to start :?
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Cyberlitabot Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014   General Artist
Im the same way. 
there are time where i make originals and there are times where i make fan art. 
My art is random. 
Even my coloring is random.
I only have 21 watchers. 
Its not really big deal. 
I like to just share my art, my progress. 
I had another account 2 years ago that i deleted amd i think i improved a lot since then. 

Speaking of random. i hope i wasnt too weird to jump in. 
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Diamond-waterfalls Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I saw some your, and you have done a fantastic job!
haha, it alright :)
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:iconcyberlitabot:
Cyberlitabot Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! XD yay! 
I like the five nights at freddies thing. XD
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Diamond-waterfalls Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Cool!
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Cyberlitabot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014   General Artist
The ones that you made. XD
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elcaide Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm still new in here and keep wondering why someone has so many views or watchers, even if he's just got here in DA for a very few months, or just submit a very few deviations (with lack of quality... ).
And when someone is faving my work, I go to their page to thank him then find out that he has a super huge favorite collections, and mine has been buried along with other faved artworks, within minutes! :o (Eek) (at some point, I kinda amazed how fast they fav stuffs xD)

I think I'll try joining groups and submit my artwork there, hope I can get more exposure. Meow :3 

Thank you for posting this! It's very helpful! :D (Big Grin)  
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Aruival Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm struggling with this. I believe my art is nice, I'm polite to others, but I'm barely noticed while my friend with only 6 deviations has over 10,000 page views and 2,000 comments. Is my art not good enough? Is my style too childish?
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frankman1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Kinda hard, i've been in this page for a while, i don't have that many posts but i put all the effort in the world with each piece, i really want to improve, but without feedback, without opinions it feels kinda empty and lonely.
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RaphaelTMNT923 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the bad thing is, how do i do art.... on a laptop. My mom is gonna scan some of mah drawings for me.... but..... *sigh* idk
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Usagiimodokii Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
ahh I've already tried all this Dx maybe I need to improve my art style? Uggg I don't even know anymore D:
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NegaTori164 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Trust me, you don't need to change for popularity! I'd even consider you popular, with all your comments and followers! :) Work on it if you need to be more popular, but I think you're a great artist!
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Usagiimodokii Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
heh yeah. It's just all my friends have more page views than me and I'm kinda getting jealous q v q

ohh thank you x)
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NegaTori164 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There's no need for jealousy with your talent! My friends have more than me too, though, don't worry! 
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Usagiimodokii Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
ahh your making me blush c':
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NegaTori164 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! :D
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Usagiimodokii Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:glomp:
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NegaTori164 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww Heart 
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skywolffang Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so true! I'm having a hard time with popularity?  I mean I feel good enough but no one else sees it, and some of my friends are already famous and don't care about me anymore because I'm not.... It stress me out, and I feel like quitting.
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OmniAnim Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I read your comment and I felt like I should respond. 

First of, I'd like to say that I took a gander at your page and I was amazed by your art.  You've been a faithful devaint for over four years and you /yourself/ are proud and happy with the work you've brought to this world.  You have almost 400 watchers! Can you imagine how many people that is?  Could you fit that many individuals in your bedroom?! I don't know, maybe...You might have a really big bedroom I don't know I just met you.  But anyway, that is a lot of people! 381 new friends! Also, more importantly, you are a very nice person!  You reply to all of the comments people make on your page and on you art.  And that's what's really important.

I understand that your stressed, but don't quit, I repeat, Don't. Quit. I know this reply is getting long, but I really think that you have talent.  And yeah, it might not mean a lot coming from me, but just know that you are important.
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skywolffang Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I guess I some what understand what your mean with should be happy with where I am now, but I've seen so many with the same maybe more watchers than me idk maybe I'm not looking closely. 

Anywho, I really do a appreciate this! I'm glad some got back to me :3 I made a promise to myself that if I become popular I won't ever stop talking to anyone who talks to me, I won't stop replying, I won't stop watching back, I won't stop faveoriting.  I've seen so many artist think they are to "popular/better" than everyone' else and only watch popular people or favorite popular people. It makes me sad. I feel I could be just as good as them, but because I'm not "popular" means I don't get talked to? I get ignored? I get rejected? Now how is that fair? But then again. That's kinda how the world works. :/  oh well anywho thank for this, really! <3
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:iconomnianim:
OmniAnim Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your hard work and dedication to this job will pay off in the long run.  I guarantee it. :>   You'll get there.
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skywolffang Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Idk... I don't feel like it.....:/
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:iconomnianim:
OmniAnim Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You might not now, but by the end of the line, you will look back at all the masterpieces you've created and all the people you've met and inspired.  I understand you might not think it's worth it or it won't pay off, but what matters is that you should truly enjoy sharing your art with the world and making/trying new things.  If you don't truly enjoy it then do not pursue this.  Do what you want but make sure it is for the right reasons. 
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skywolffang Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I pretty much do what I want cx I mean most art I post is for me. Cx 

anywho, thank you so much to talking to me about this, it helped me alot <3
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OmniAnim Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime.
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PumpkinsSmellFunny Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another way is to recognize what appeals to the audience. But make sure you like it too. You could draw stuff like:
-TV Shows (Cartoons, Anime, so on.)
-Video Games (Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, Pokemon, so on.)
-Movies (Frozen, Shrek, ext)
-YouTubers (PewDiePie, Tobuscus, JacksFilms, so on.)

So, if you're a bro, like Disney movies, are a StH fan, and watch cartoons and anime (like me), you could appeal to audience with the same interests. You're not going to get very popular when you don't draw what interests others, and your art isn't going to look very tidy if you draw what interests you. I've only been a deviant for a week, and I already have 6 followers.
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PumpkinsSmellFunny Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry! I meant "Your art isn't going to be very tidy if you DON'T draw what interests you." Excuse that!
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5Nights Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate you posting this journal. Hopefully luck will kick in soon!
I want to be popular on DA so my friends can get more recognition. And I really need some constructive criticism  XD
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SonicXShadowX Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gracias mi Amigo!
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thesameriver Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, this article is pretty insightful... :)
I guess I don't post enough art or comments to get noticed.
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becky0220 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I've been on deviant art for 2 or 3 years now, I have improved my art, go on everyday, and yet, idk.....
Just have to keep waiting I guess.... :sigh: 
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