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DA Popularity

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 16, 2011, 12:03 AM


Warning.....wall of text ahead... :iconimdeadplz:


Its something I find rather interesting and I know there are a lot of varying opinions on the subject. My thoughts on this where inspired by a recent poll and at the risk of people telling me once again that I am boasting or obsessed with views *eye roll* I will tell you my take on the whole thing.

DA is a diverse place where artists can come and share their creations but in the community there seems to  be the misconception that talent/skill = popularity and if you're not the best then you don't deserve the exposure. Praise is given to those who make original work and those who do fanart are considered taking the cheap road to fame. But why is fanart more popular? simply because its more widely known and easier to relate to. Its that simple. If you see a fanart of your favourite character you are more likely to be interested opposed to someone's original character. When you draw a fanart you are drawing on the pre existing fandom that goes with it. This is also true for the oh-so-annoying motivational posters and screenshots too :bored: Building your own fan base for original works and characters is often much trickier but not impossible and in some ways more rewarding when you've built it up from scratch.

Another point is the content of the work and how it is perceived by the viewer. This applies to fanart and original art. You can have all the talent under the sun but if your art is boring people are not going to be interested. The reverse is also true, you may not be terribly technically skilled but if you can evoke an emotion in the viewer (e.g humour/fear/happiness etc) then they are more likely to take a personal interest in it and share it with others.

And now from my own personal perspective... not to proud to admit...but when I first joined I was obsessed with views >.>  I drew fanarts from anime's I though were popular and spammed the forums with 'if you watch me I will watch you' crap... but now I would have to say DA popularity isn't something that interests me terribly. It has its upsides like getting good feedback and getting to meet some nice people, but then there is the constant trolling, spamming, art theft, impersonation etc... I only noticed an increase in people looking at my art after I stopped worrying so much and just decided to make art that I enjoyed. I decided to have fun drawing different situations and exploring the the characters quirks and personalities, I love drawing art from new mangas/animes/movies and I love it when others enjoy it too. I love hearing peoples thoughts and peoples suggestions. I turned away from my frustration and focused on enjoying my own art and maybe that's what people noticed?

The reason I wrote this is because a lot of people I have talked to sounded discouraged and I just want you to know that from personal experience? Stop worrying so much and just have fun :'D

TL;DR Its about having fun! *and don't take DA so seriously >.>*

If this topic interests you or you have any thoughts I would be happy to hear them?


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DeviantRoberto Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I think about this more than I should actually. You know what I do? I look at other people's work and base my work around that style they have, which is why I watch people; for ex. I'd like to do a mix of comic/manga style so I look at a lot of stuff.
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99rupees Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're exactly right. i used to be so obsessed with gaining DA popularity...but it was short lived. i don't have tons of watchers or views, but i love every single one of them dearly<3

a balance of fanart drawn out of love for a character or series, and the free expression of original pieces...whatever makes the artist happy. c:
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WinglessHinata Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with a lot you have to say. I do see a lot of haters and trolls on DA, going off about a person's artwork. Art is a way to express emotion and passion through anything. Hating on art is like hating the person who made it. I used to be tortured (not kidding) back in elementary school because I only drew anime girls, not guys or people of my own race (I'm black if you're wondering). Now that I'm in high school, I've gotten a chance to express my love for art without any trolls coming around. Seeing this shit happen on DA was a little shocking. I mean, really. You're criticizing professionals and truly gifted people for drawing a finger wrong or not drawing a scar on right. It's really not neccesary and it hurts the artists feelings alot. :C

Also, your art is amazing and I'm always a fan of it! Continue the awesome work, dude! Or dudette if you're a girl C:
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neon-chimera Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
O: FINALLY someone addresses this topic!!
:P i have a friend who made an account on dA quite a while ago, but refuses to put up any of her work simply because she thinks its bad compared to other people on here, and because she has no watchers.... @_@ well....firstly, you'd need to post SOMETHING to get watchers...and secondly, I totally agree with the fact that dA is a community to share your art with others. It doesn't matter how good or bad you are; what matters is that you try your best. The best thing about dA is that people can give you feedback on your work, because what i hate most is people who only ever compliment me and can never tell me what needs to be improved. :') I'm really happy you posted this journal up. I'm gonna show my friend later. :D

AND IS THAT A DEATH NOTE THEME I SEE THAR?? YOU. ARE. AWESOME. :heart:
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SquirrelGirl15 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You said it :highfive:
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GZLsarah Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
I agree! And your Death Note fanart is awesome!
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fangshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
The fan art I draw are from unpopular series, so I already know I will not get popular drawing what I draw, but I'm happy, so whatevs, DA lol.
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thebagelfiend Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
i used to... sort of obsess over it too, on my old account. and i used to get really down about the fact that i didn't have many watchers (i thought 65 wasn't anything!!) and it was sort of... annoying.
it's interesting just drawing for fun and seeing what i can get out of my true friends who i actually know, and seeing if i can get some other people to like it along the way :D
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Frazzled-Niya Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
interesting journal Moni!

I've never been terribly interesting in popularity full stop, never in school and never on here. Not saying though that I don't appreciate the views that I do get.

One thing that does annoy the crap out of me though is the people who upload wallpapers of celebs or "renders" as they call them and they get uber watches and favs when artists such as ourselves struggle...or even struggle to get good crits.
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Dark-Momento-Mori Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's so true. But there are ways to use it to you advantage. The fan art brings people to a page and some stick around for the OCs. At least I'm happy to say that a few of my fan comic readers have started reading and faveing my original comic. If they like my writing they'll look at other thing I write. That being said, it is very true that my original comic has way under half the readers of my fan comic.
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