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How to get noticed on deviantART!

Sat Nov 2, 2013, 12:09 PM

FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?

I've had many people ask me this question so I'm going to elaborate the best I can. :giggle:

As the FAQ above states, to get far on deviantART you HAVE to give feedback to get it. It's almost virtually impossible for you to get noticed without doing any of that. I learned that after a year of being here. :XD:

Browse Art

This is something that you will have to do in your dA lifetime in order to find your inspirations and be able to learn new techniques. When on the front page of deviantART it's probably the most diverse amount of artwork you'll see! Ranging from pixels to sculptures, tattoos to anime to poems, there has to be at least one that can catch your eye! There are millions of deviants here and even more submissions! Try searching for artworks that please you. You can even have a randomized search by using stuff like the random deviation button. You have an unlimited amount of stuff to browse here! :aww:

:bulletred: Add artworks that you like to your favorites! You never know if the artist may return the favor for you! :+fav: (Keep in mind I'm not saying you should favorite things and expect people to give favorites back. Sometimes what goes around, comes around.)

:bulletred: COMMENT! A lot of people tend to favorite and run here. While favorites are nice, comments are better! They can be used to give advice, compliment or get advice! Most of the artists here will take time to respond to your comments because you took time to make one. You only get what you give. So make sure to use communication to your advantage. 

:bulletred: There are many different channels that provide different types of art! Check them out at channels.

:bulletred: Watch people you like! By watching somebody, you'll receive stuff they make in your inbox! Support them and they might support you! :dummy:

-Tip: When commenting, you should refrain from one word comments like "Cool" and stuff like that. That doesn't help the artist at all! :noes: Although complimenting is nice, you should at least try and point out stuff that you liked! Comments like "I like how the composition in the piece looks!" is a much better comment. Strive to use comments to their full potential.

Submit Art

Producing artwork is the number 1 way to get noticed on this site. A lot of times, you will usually get a favorite or two from people browsing the "Newest" page. While you don't HAVE to post artwork on this site on this website to get noticed; it's highly recommended. When posting artwork you should.

:bulletred: ALWAYS STRIVE TO IMPROVE. You can never get worse.

:bulletred: Post quality art, while submitting art can get you noticed, make sure you are submitting your best. Quality over quantity!

:bulletred: Leave a description. I can't tell you the countless amounts of deviations I've seen without these! People like to see how your artwork came about! You can write your inspirations for the piece, definitely should link your references, how much time it took and your tools of trade (what you used to make it!). Write something! Something is better than nothing at all. :)

:bulletred: Post in the corresponding gallery. This is where finding your community comes in. If you post art in a certain category; people who appreciate the same type of art will see it too! If you aren't sure where to post your art, break it down to the components!

:bulletred: LABEL your art correctly. It makes people easier for people to search it up! :la:

-Tip: You should always only post YOUR artwork and yours only. Posting artwork that isn't yours is never the best way to go. You should only create artworks that were made with your hands. Crediting where you got an artwork from doesn't give you the right to post it. FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want? You need permission to use somebody's artwork. With pictures that were made using references, you should link them back to the original artist (Ex: photo manipulations, drawings, etc).

Who are you?

This is also an important part of being a part of dA. While it doesn't really doesn't promise for deviants to swarm to your page. It's a very important part of being a part of this website! When somebody takes the chance to click on your username, they want to see who you're all about so make sure you just leave a little description to help them out a bit! Make sure you write about yourself!

:bulletred: Make sure when you write about yourself you don't give out personal information. This is the internet, while there is many nice people here, there is always the bad ones that are out to get you! :paranoid:

:bulletred: Keep your page a reasonable. Meaning having a flashy page is nice but don't make it TOO flashy. Some people can't handle that stuff on their computers (like me. >.>) and will ultimately drive people away!


People love getting critiqued! Don't be an afraid to get deeper with your critique. If the artist asked for a critique; give 'em one! A critique should go over the good, the bad and what they can do to make it better. Don't just say all the good and forget to tell them what's bad; we're not perfect so there is always something they can improve on. Same with just telling them the bad and forgetting to do the good; there will always have to be something good in a piece of artwork. That's why you have to analyze it!

:bulletred: When writing a critique, you need a certain amount of characters; use them! Don't just leave a sentence about it and write random stuff to fill up the space! There are comments for that!


Journals are multi-purpose! You can almost use them for anything here! To write an art feature, an article (like this!), to wash your dog too! (Just kidding. xD) You can talk about your personal life or talk about contests, how you washed your dog, anything! Use journals to your advantage!

:bulletred: Prevent from using journals for dArama (drama). We already have enough drama llamas here. :grump:

:bulletred: Journals are pieces of art too! Treat them like it!


Get connected with the community using this! Lots of people totally forget that we even have a forum! There are so many nice people among the forums who just love responding to threads. Just make sure you please the forum gods with your threads. One wrong thread and you will have EVERYBODY jumping on you like a dog chasing after a ball. Be careful what you write here because it will stay there forever! Fortunately, you can lock your own threads if they get out of control. Make sure you use that to your advantage too! Make sure you go visit the forums and make a thread or respond to them!

:bulletred: The forums aren't your personal journal, remember that.


Another way you can connect with our massive community! There are tons of chat rooms where you can meet somebody with the same interests as you! There a chat rooms basically for everything, games, art sharing, roleplaying and some just for the fun of chatting. Check out the chat rooms today!

:bulletred: Chat rooms have certain rules. Make sure you read them and abide by them!


Oh the mysterious magic groups can pull! There is a group for nearly everything here and if there isn't. Make one! There is bound to be somebody who supports your cause. Groups are amazing things here. You can connect with other artists who like the same things as you and you can have people notice your artwork! Posting your artwork to groups helps lots in the long run. You can even see random groups by clicking the button too!

:bulletred: Make sure you post your artwork in the right places. Your picture of a tree shouldn't be in an anime fan group. :no:



Everybody loves badges! They are fun to give and receive! It doesn't take more than a minute to give somebody a llama (a little prank that dA pulled which soon came to be a trading frenzy of fun!); they're free! Certain people will love you for giving them badges, so try to give them out! Start giving them out today using the random deviant button! Or celebrate somebody's birthday by giving them cake!


:bulletred: There are certain badges that are given by deviantART on special occasions. If you're like me; you'll definitely attack those!

Social Sharing

This one usually is a matter of luck but there is no hard in trying it! :dummy: This method includes using social networks like reddit, facebook, twitter and so much more places. They allow for you to display your art to a larger audience. It's not guaranteed that you will get noticed from it but sometimes it works. :')


This is not an option you should use to get yourself noticed. Not only is it extremely disrespectful to whichever artist you decided to use as your advertising board and other people will not view your art, ruining your reputation.

A much better way to advertise would be using AdCast, a feature that allows you to buy an advertisement that promotes yourself (or whatever you want promoted) across deviantART.


There are tons of ways to get yourself known here; use them to your advantage and you'll be on your way to success!

The sub-titles are clickable. Clicking them will take you to the corresponding place. ;)

Other articles on getting yourself noticed here! :happybounce:

Get your Art some Attention on deviantARTFive basic tips to get your Art some Attention, Appreciation & Audience on deviantART
Here's some tips that may not get you a consistent spot on the front page right away, but that will definitely help getting some watchers and friends, whether you already have some, or not.
First, let me make clear that this is only about 'good' attention – if you just want, say, a certain pageview count, there are probably better ways. ;P This article is for those who would like some people to take them serious as an artist and to actively watch them.:nod:
Also note that you needn't follow all of the tips below, but it's recommendable to follow at least 3 of them. Just one or two will not usually get you very far.
So here we go! :iconeagerpee:
Submit art regularly.
Try to find a balance between quality and quantity. Personally I think it's best to submit one or a couple
How To Get Noticed On deviantART V1.5How To Get Noticed On deviantART V1.5
The tips that really work...
:hug: Thank you for all the help:
Wanna read V1.0? Click here.
:work: So, you want to get noticed on deviantART? Then this is the right place to be! V1.5 includes the basic factors of getting noticed and getting popular, in slightly more depth and with more elements than in V1.0. So, get out your note pad and pen, you'll need to take notes...
Self Promotion
Idea from seapuppy
Self promotion? Some of you may be thinking I'm crazy, that that's just being shallow...but the truth is, if you go about it the right way, self promotion can boost the amount of notice you receive without harming any one.
For example, someone gives you a favourite; go and thank them! You don't have to go all out, with a page long comment; a short and sweet comment on their profile page (perhaps add
Getting Noticed aka becoming *Popular*How do you get ahead on deviantART?
I am actually asked this question a lot. And in reality, many artists with lots of watchers are asked this question fairly frequently by both old and new deviantART members. There are actually several different ways to get attention on deviantART, but not all those ways are good and most work best when combined together. Let's look at them all individually and then discuss "best practices."
But what is "popular?"
Is being popular just a status symbol for you to make you happy? Is it an arbitrary number assigned to an inanimate object like a pageview? It is a silly symbol by your username that means virtually NOTHING to the majority of the deviantART community (and is meaningless to the rest of the internet)? There are artists out there who are called "popular" but who don't think they are popular. And there are artists out there who many wouldn't classify as "popular" but think they are the most popular thing since unde

Thanks for reading! If you like, please add to your favorites. :dummy:

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AnthonyH318 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Great advice, I usually don't comment that much (mainly because I'm not as social as I want to be), but still good advice all around.
JambalayaJamba Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice! I am a newbie here and didn't really know where to start or how to contribute to the art community. Now I know ;)
Hethalos Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice! Nonetheless, do you have any evidence for your claim about writing thoughtful descriptions (do people who write more quality descriptions get better pageviews)?
temary44 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not sure if "better" pageviews is even a thing but having some sort of bg info on your deviation is a plus for sure. Hell, it can be used for links to your other accounts online, to explain a character, as a compliment to a reference sheet where you don't want to post a wall of text on the picture itself....

Imagine if you went to an art gallery and there were 2 paintings by 2 different artists. Say, they're both a view of a beach and pretty similar. One says:

"No title #37
Oil on canvas

and the other says: 

"My sweet Juliette; 
In 1992 the artist met his future wife while wandering through this beach on a sunny morning. This inspired a series of paintings depicting the same scene across every beach he'd come across.
Oil on canvas.

Which artist would you be more interested to check out later? Or to mention to other people?
Hethalos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I can see what you're trying to get at but I wouldn't be swayed much by the presence or the absence of a description. It could be just me but I've seen so many artists who post minimal descriptions but get far more comments, faves, and views than somebody who takes the time to write thoughtful descriptions. Focusing on writing a good description is like perfecting a maraschino cherry on a cheesecake. It can certainly contribute, but the cheesecake itself, which in this case would be the quality of the artwork, is way more important than one topping.

Furthermore, the thought experiment felt a little weird to me because if both paintings were comparably good, I would react in two possible ways: I probably wouldn't care for them at all if they didn’t inspire me or I would disseminate both of them to my friends. That’s why I initially asked for evidence because it just doesn’t seem like a compelling claim especially when I’ve seen many counterexamples.

temary44 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess this whole conversation just goes to help prove that the whole description thing isn't a law followed by all. And personally, I wouldn't expect it in any other way.
While many would remember the funny bg story painting's artist more easily (and thus be more likely to find more of the dude's work), you'd also have many people do the same as you: judge only the main content itself.

It's more of a "description can help get + pageviews" than "+++ pageviews mean nice descriptions". It's only a small cogwheel in this large machine that is DA.

Don't worry, many of the popular artists I follow have <5 word descriptions. But they also happen to be professional artists with amazing skills. They have many other ways of getting popular. I agree with the cheesecake analogy too, hehe.
Hethalos Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Student Traditional Artist

Yes. Technical skill seems to correlate to success far better than well-written descriptions. In fact, some people don't even bother with reading the descriptions because it appears this site is geared more for looking at pretty pictures than for letting artists engage in meaningful conversations about their work. I should do a thorough statistical analysis rife with qualifying statements of the correlations between the various factors, direct and indirect, and users’ overall success and publish it in my dA journal. I’ll have to come up with a metric for technical skill, quality of written descriptions, and a reasonable definition of “success” (faves and comments per deviation might be a good start). As far as technical skill is concerned, I should set the bar rather high because if a decent but not outstanding piece gets 9/10s, it would trivialize a major portion of the study.

Furthermore, I ought to control for factors such as how actively the artist disseminates not just on dA but also on other social media if the R-factor (i.e. a number between 0 and 1 which indicates how closely the data points fit the line or curve of best fit) is below 0.6.

Anyways, do you have any thoughts as to what might be a good metric for technical skill aside from faves and comments? My reasoning would be circular if I said “faves and comments indicate an artist’s skills so an artist who is skilled must have tons of pageviews”!

Also, what do you by "bg story"? I actually tried looking up the abbreviation "bg" online but because abbreviations can be so ambiguous, I got a slew of results.

temary44 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Firstly, bg is an abbreviation for background. It's somewhat common here but sorry for that confusion anyway.

And then, oh boy... You've got some knowledge and love for statistics. I'm saying this because it's rare for me to see that online.

If by technical skill you're talking about actual skill of the artist demonstrated in the painting, I doubt pageviews and faves would be the best measurement. Unfortunately measuring such qualities in a metric way is indeed hard. If you have the possibility, assembling a group of people with some artistic knowledge or bg and have them rate the pieces on a scale and then averaging would be ideal imo.

You could also use a point system where favourites have x points, comments regarding the piece itself y points and comments about other stuff (like random fandom debauchery) would have an inferior z points of value. The major drawback would be the fact that you have to plow through all the comments.

Maybe take in account the artist themselves such as how many Daily Deviations they got, if they recently won any contests (an indirect way to measure skill against other artists) and if they have a busy commissions/adoptables schedule. Or at least if they make good money out of it. In this last case, the art price also correlates to technical skill.

I'm out of ideas. This is something you should maybe ask in the forums too? If those are really a thing >_>
By the way what would you exactly be looking for? Testing the hypothesis of whether faves+coments indicate a higher skill? Like doing a p-value for that and testing against the hypothesis that they do not?
Rocapurpura Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful! Thank you!
disney-planes Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
do you have instagram and/or snapchat? i can talk to you there
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student General Artist
JambalayaJamba Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, funny response. Was just thinking the same ;) "why?"
hina-nazir Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Useful advice. Thanks for sharing!
Hipcat44779 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is my first time on Deviantart :D But IDK how to link things XD
temary44 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You probs already know this now but... when writing a comment, a journal, or a description, look out for the "+ Add Media" button. One of the options that shows up at the top is adding a link.
MonsterGoreguts Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this info but I don't have WiFi at my house yet so my laptop can't do a lot of things but I have my phone and its too poop to anything so I'm kinda stuck. Most of my art I think is quality content
MasonicDrawing Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  New Deviant Student Interface Designer
Thanks for this tip , im geting used to DA and it has a really nice community
neciah-sama Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do the adcast actually work?
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student General Artist
The way Adcast works is by appearing in the form of advertisements on a non-subscribed member and it has a certain amount of clicks before it expires For example say you buy 5000 views, you'll get exactly that.. So yeah, it does work but it doesn't guarantee watchers. It's like a billboard or commercial, it kinda puts it out in front of you but you don't have to see what it's about. If that makes sense. :0
666 Coments... Lol
Domentijan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is best advice ''How to get noticed on deviantArt'' i ever read. This is helpful,thanks a lot for this. ;)
SaturnTrack Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
Thanks for the info. I've been on DA for a few months now and nobody's really seemed to take notice.
DeeDeeODooDoo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Very informative, thanks for posting. I'm just getting used to DA and how it works. 
FluxCapacitor100 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
new deviant? for new deviants my commissions are only 2 points, if you're interested. I mainly do pokemons and MLP
Autumnique Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just new so this will help me alot for sure! ;;v;;
DelacroixLegion Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this!
DragonOfTheWorld Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! It was so helpful
clgraphics Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Very good read, thank you ! 
chaosfire46 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello everyone!! 
BlazerNjf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Student General Artist
jhhentertainment Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
hooray! I skipped now everyone comment on my pics and share and I'll do the same to yours #s4s
also visit
DuchesseOfDusk Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, I don't know. When I was still new here on dA, I wished for more attention, more watchers, more favs etc. But today I'm content with what I've got so far. Some of my watchers write me notes and we talk about god and the world. Sometimes such conversations happen in comments on my deviations, too. I already met some people in real life whom I got to know via dA. If it gets too much, I can't handle it anymore. I already don't have enough time to answer all comments, respond to all notes and mails I get. I'm very lucky though because everybody seems to understand that an answer can take time, sometimes up to several months. So yeah, I consider myself lucky on dA and I'm content with everything I found here. But your tips are definitely helpful, if you want more attention on dA.
LollipopAkira Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
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DuchesseOfDusk Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lo0bo0 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It might be a little too late since you published this article, but thanks for the advice, I´m starting to submit on a more frecuently rate, so I really would love to have more exposure and reach more people to have feedback and improve myself, with that said, you´re welcome to visit my gallery and let me know if you like it and more important, if there is something I can improve, thanks a lot and have an excellent day :D
HoorayForSloth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
Great advice. The only thing that wasn't clear to me was why having descriptions would help you get more attention. I agree they're certainly useful, but if someone is reading the description, they've already noticed you, haven't they? :confused:
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student General Artist
People like details and infomation (or atleast I do!). I just feel like descrptions help complete the picture. The viewers sees your process and it shows how much effort you put into it. I honestly like pictures with descriptions way more than ones without them.
HoorayForSloth Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Me too. 
TheImaginartion Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
useful advice! thank you for sharing :)
iWantcoal Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need some help on tagging/naming/category. At first I thought the tags were basically what the picture contains (so I used a lot of them), but then I noticed that most other pictures have little to no tags at all. This made me feel like an attention whore, when I thought I was doing the normal thing.
And yet, my uploads never show up in searches (both DA and Google).
I deliberately uploaded a random image with very strange tagging like #meteorgetsshotdownbytiefighters; nothing comes up while searching in DA, and the image doesn't come up in Google until after a minute of scrolling down.
I'm not trying to get more attention, since I'm really using DA as a drive "I'll dump my stuff here, cheers if you stumble upon them" type of thing, I'm just curious about the tagging mechanics.

iDJPanda Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student General Artist
First off, sorry for the late response!I'm not completely sure but I believe it just takes deviantART a little bit to get it updated in the system.
iWantcoal Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Late reply is always better than no reply.
I think you're right, as some of my pieces are now #1 results when searched on Google.
Thank you for clearing things up!
LeoV95 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh, this is interesting! You wrote it one month ago so... did you find any asnwer?
LadyTsukikage Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, hey, good advice my friend!:-) ;-) :-D :-P thanks!
Colourednightmare Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I really,REALLY hate it when people give me llamas. I hate that. People give them to me,don't bother looking at my art,do they want me to look at their stuff? I'm not going to do that if It's just a llama party. I don't even know any of these people and I have already 30 unwanted llamas. It's a daily occurrence that I get a notification saying,"So and So gave you a llama" If giving and receiving irrelevant badges is a way to succeed in this site,I don't want any part of that. I also hate how 99% of DA seems to like Fan art and art by famous Deviants.But, even when submitted into a group, an artwork by a non-famous,non-fan art creator,or llama distributor gets posted... No one bats an eye,they ignore it and move along.
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student General Artist
You can turn off the notification, you know? :giggle:
fantasydreamseeker Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
I never really got the whole llama thing, as far I can tell, if get enough you can get a prize or something, idk. Also, I don't know how long you've been on dA but not all the artwork is fan art. I've seen alot of different types of art on here you just gotta look :)
Colourednightmare Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I had another account here,but it was for school related artworks only. People tend to give more fanfare to the fan artworks or to those made by a famous artist rather than one whose trying to get there.
fantasydreamseeker Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
I totally agree with you
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