Dispite all this sites flaws and continuing to spiral downhill in quality for the artist I still latch onto the one thing that has made this site super fun for me: the community
I've found alot of great artists and very fun penpals/IRL friends through DA. No matter how unpopular you are and how much someone is going to stumble upon your gallery to troll you just remember this one thing, those things don't matter. Its what you can get from the small handful of friends that is what will make your experience on here great.
I've been a member on this site for about 7 years. A small handful of you have watched me grow as an artist and member of this community. I'm not popular, I'm not upset over this. I find that being an underdog will yield better quality friends and watchers because it is they that went out of their way to find me. Those are the watchers you want, people who look for you.
For any of you that are new to this community and understandably feel incredible overwhelmed here are a few tips I can give you.
-Interaction. This is the biggest thing. You don't need to respond to every comment you get. But I recommend you take the time to respond to the comments that actually are comments and not just "ZOMG! SUPER COOL ART DUDE!" You'd be surprised on how much you two can have in common
-Groups. Got a specific style of art or genre? Submit to groups! SUBMIT SUBMIT SUBMIT
-Ask for help. This is if you don't feel super confident in your work. There are alot of better skilled people out there that want to watch you grow better as an artist
-Once you start getting a small following. Do journal features and commentary. People love to chat
.....remember, acknowledgement doesn't happen over night and don't expect any results because then you'll just be disappointed with the slow rate it actually is.
Whats cool about all this? You can find some great fellow artists to do sweet-ass art trades with and learn new things that you might never have thought to get into LOL
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