You may remember that JenFruzz previously wrote an article on doing features of your fellow deviants and their art, letting people know how to become involved in the community. And while featuring others will bring people to your profile as they look through your other offerings to see what kind of art you make, you might wonder how you can go about getting yourself featured.
There is no shame in plugging the works you're most proud of. You plug them to your friends, and you have no qualms asking people to view your work when you're posting it and submitting it to groups. Featuring yourself is an option for getting your works noticed! But it's only effective if you're bringing other people over to view your work, right?
Use the thumbshare forums (there is a thumbshare forum restricted to premium members).There are several types of threads you can start here that will bring attention to your works. You may notice thread titles varying from "Comment for Comment" to "Pick Your Favorite From My Gallery and I'll Pick My Favorite From Yours" to "Last 5 Your Art" to "Promoting New Stuff" (premium thumbshare). Each of these has one thing in common: the original poster is generating traffic to their gallery or specific items in their gallery.
All of these threads meet the forum guidelines. They each promote discussion and interaction among the community and aren't simply advertisement.
Engaging the users in this chat will make them more likely to view your works when they're posted. Also, JenFruzz does a ShareZone feature based on pieces that show up while she's in the room.
Tip: Don't dump and run! You wouldn't like someone to walk into your room, dump their stuff, and walk off a-struttin'. It's bad form, and gets you a bad rep with the regulars. It will also get your pieces ignored, which is counter-productive. Strut your stuff proudly, but don't be rude.
Featuring your art alongside a feature you create of others' similar art.I don't mean slipping it in and hoping someone will notice it out of the large stack of pieces you've put in front of them. Clearly separate your art, let your watchers know that these are your pieces before moving to pieces that they might find interesting because they like your work. Those you feature might also find they like your art, since you work in similar media. For an excellent example of what I mean, check out GeneRazART's Vibrant colors Feature IV.
Getting Others to Feature You
Some people and groups like to feature deviants. Find them and suggest yourself and your work if it meets their guidelines. How do you find these groups or individuals? A few featurists' groups are listed in Riemea's article here: Fella - About: Art Features. I would recommend watching those groups (such as TandemFeatures and All-about-features) and making sure you watch the submitted deviations. A lot of those posting works to the group will accept recommendations for their features.
- JenFruzz's APN Adventures is a series where she will accept self-suggestions.
- rainylake: Hidden Talents, Animal ABC's, and Around the World are all series where she is accepting suggestions.
- STelari accepts suggestions for the (-404) Deviant Found series.
- LadyLincoln accepts suggestions for the The Ladies of Lit series.
- UszatyArbuz posts a theme and accepts suggestions following the guidelines of the * Fun Feature series at CrazySquad
- Stygma accepts self-suggestions for the theme every Tuesday for Tuesday Treats at dAWishingWell
- I accept them for the Newly Devious feature series.
- Drop a comment on Mythiril' profile - see the widget to the left of his comments box for details.
There are some groups who accept self-recommendations as well, including ProjectPorkchop.
But by far one of the best ways to get other people to feature you is to post in forum threads requesting pieces for specifically that purpose, such as
- Art Feature Journal Volume 6 (Including Literature!)
- what piece are you most proud of and why? will be featured
- Professional-Quality Feature
- Weekly Feature.. Works you think should be noticed. (premium thumbshare only)
Daily Deviation / DLD / Senior Selection
Without getting into the debate over the visibility of DDs, there are many of us who do still check those pieces every day. I might not add every piece I find there to my faves, but I will add it to the galleries of a group I'm an admin in if I love it - which means that it's getting into the inbox of all of the group's watchers. And if your work fits more than one of the groups I'm an admin with and you haven't already submitted it there, I'll invite it to each one. I also recommend them to other groups where they would be a good fit.