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Community Week


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.

Feature Yourself


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?
There is more than one way to go about this.

:star: 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.
Note: DeviantArt is, like many communities, a good deal "give to get". Whether you've noticed or not, those popular artists that you admire have done a lot of self-promotion in order to become popular. Part of that includes favoriting other artists' works, as well as commenting on others' pieces. This is advice DeviantArt gives out formally: FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?

:star: ShareZone.

dAmn chat is one of the most overlooked aspects of the site, and I will grant that the screens run pretty quickly - but that's true of any live chat. You'll want to utilize this journal to learn the commands in the ShareZone to be able to use your time there most effectively.

ShareZone by RogueMudblood
ShareZone screen, complete with self-pimpage

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.



:star: 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.
Some features I know that accept self-recommendations:


  • 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

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.
The Daily Deviation feature is an excellent way to recommend one specific piece to the site as a whole. Community Volunteers accept self-suggestions - in fact, they welcome them. Why? Who knows your work better than you, after all? If you think it's good enough to be featured as a DD, then by all means, contact the appropriate CV and explain to them why your piece should be seen by the whole site, and why it should be the next one they feature. FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
For the month of June 2015, LiliWrites is spearheading an initiative to get the community to make suggestions, so you can even be entered into a prize drawing for suggesting your own piece for feature! Find the details here: Daily Deviation Suggestion Drive.
They aren't the only group of people looking for DD-worthy pieces. For some time, LitRecognition has recognized superior literature and featured its excellence (formerly know as a Daily Literature Deviation). They will accept self-suggestions as well; just contact the volunteer handling the section your piece is in. But be aware that they do not accept fan fiction recommendations. On a more site-wide scale, there's SeniorSelections. There's a distinction in being chosen by the seniors for the superior quality of your work to be featured.

So get out there and network! Get your art noticed!




You want your art noticed - and you've been plugging it everywhere you can think of. When you think of promoting yourself, do you consider getting yourself featured? This article offers a brief look and some tips on where to get this done.

Written for projecteducate's Community Week, June 2015.

(And if you didn't get here via the article at depthRADIUS, do go check it out: Today's Headlines From The News Desk 6-4-2015)
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PolymerWantACracker Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will keep on hand as a reference.
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016   Writer
If it helps, I'm very glad. :)
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SlickeHedge Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
It's a good thing I stumbled upon this journal. It has been really informative.
I didn't even know there was a thumbshare forum.
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015   Writer
I'm glad you found it useful! Yes - there are two, one for everyone, and one limited to premium members. They both usually have a good amount of traffic from people looking to feature art, so there's definitely a good chance of getting advertised if you post in the threads there - and the post itself is advertisement, since those who glance through the threads (like me) will often check out the interesting art from individual posts. ;)

I hope you enjoy exploring it!
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Riemea Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015   Writer
:happybounce:
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fridouw Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips! Will definitely be helpful :)
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015   Writer
I'm glad to hear it - and you're very welcome! :D
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UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks for mentioning mine!
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015   Writer
But of course! I do hope people take advantage of your beautiful features. :heart:
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Stygma Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015   Writer
:tighthug: :happybounce:
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :D 
this is very sweet of you :heart:
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015   Writer
You're most welcome! I do hope you get a good many more interesting comments accompanied by intriguing art! :heart:
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! i'm getting some pieces my way indeed, sadly exams are taking a toll, so things might be a bit slow, can't wait to be done
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015   Writer
I do remember exams and how relieved I was when they were finished. I particularly hated taking courses only offered during the summer at university and having to crunch three months worth of classes into two weeks. The exam in what would have been the third week was always the most grueling. Made the twenty-four hours worth of credits I took during the regular semester seem a breeze in comparison to the nine hours during the summer months.

So good luck - and I'm sure those sharing their art with you will understand the delay! :heart:
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
2 semesters until i graduate, then that's all the school i can get. i can't wait. 
i am excited because i'll be writing my graduation letter next year too, i hope it goes well. 
i have to take a few courses once college is over, but i'd really, really like some time off first. 

thank you!
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the shout-out! :)
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015   Writer
But of course! May your inbox be flooded by tomorrow morn. :)
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015   Writer
Featuring your comment, so it will stand out! An excellent resource, to be sure. :)

And of course! :glomp:
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Tudalia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely article Rogue! Keep up the awesome work! The cheers part was awesome!

Have a great day!
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015   Writer
Thanks! Yeah, I saw that Betty White gif and I knew I had to include it. :D

I hope you have a lovely day as well!
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Tudalia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
😊😀😁😄
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Love it.
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015   Writer
Thanks! I'm glad to hear it, and I hope your inbox gets filled with DD recs. :D
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Of course! :)
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome article! Good tips for people who want to get exposed :la:
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015   Writer
Thank you kindly, milady! :D I do hope people find it useful. 
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phydeau Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Basically, the same way you'd get noticed in any crowd.  If you sit like a plant, nobody will notice you.  The more active you are, the better.
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015   Writer
Yep. For the most part, that's very true, and unfortunately, not something I think many people realize. DA offers so much more opportunity than a lot of other sites as far as getting your work in front of others simply because of the platform they provide.

But given the common statement, "Why won't anyone look at my work?" I think that some don't realize just how big the crowd is, so a few pointers on what they can do to mitigate that at least a little might be useful. :)
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