being active does help a lot..but it seems fanartists really rake in the views! i've noticed when i do a random fan art (i normally just do original work) my pageviews/activity shoots up out of nowhere. >>
Though I drew tonnes of fanarts, it's not what some may think -it's simply because it's what I enjoy to do. It's personally fun drawing the characters you like or characters from your favorite series. Plus I get to befriend lots of nice people who share my interest. I greatly appreciate original art, but when it comes to me drawing something...well...original....my head is sorta blank. I don't know what to create and I couldn't be bothered to think, create and draw my own original characters that is not related to any particular series / fandom (I especially suck at drawing clothes let alone design 'em). This realization hits me hardest during a few of my subjects in art collage where I've to design an original character (within a theme and without).
the reason I think anime fanart gets so much attention is because it is more available and attracting to people of even younger ages. (a lot of fanart actually). And with younger people, they really don't have standards, they just blindly follow anything that just has the name and subject of what they like.
I think that is why original works non-fan related don't get as much attention. It requires usage of emotion and time and young viewers don't have the attention span to appreciate it as much. It also has a lot to do with how they are raised anymore.
Sure I love my fanart, but as shown by my favs, I LOOOOVE original works too.
Then naked people get attention because free titty shots are all the rage.
These subjects I think are the general mainstream popularity that will always exist. But then there is the other popular category of people that even those who worship fanarts(watch or draw), know of and in the end always look to for inspiration. These can have original works, or fanarts, but the reason they are loved so much IS because of their amazing talent as an artist.
I can be in as much awe over a fan art as I can with an original. Be amazed by both equally. It's this that sets them apart from each other. So you have the mainstream popular, but then the truly deserved popular.
I think they all have their own places in their own rights. One is more noticed than the other, but one is more worthy of the title.
Fan-art and half naked girls seem to be all the rage. Especially if the picture has your favorite pairing too. People get a little too mean and nasty over which couples should happen in these shows compared to others.
Hard work,just hard work. Seriously i'm tired from all these categories,like you mentioned,nowadays only people with no talent and/or are unoriginal get popular here. Of course there are exceptions,but unless you make fan-art/nudity you can't become popular =/
Well, I think that DA has its own sort of economy in regards to favs, page views, etc. There seems to be a gap in the rich (the popular and/or talented people who get noticed) and the poor (the opposite of that) The rich will continue to get rich and allow the occasional in to their richness, and the poor will continue to stay poor and unnoticed and unknown. It's just like England back in the day, you either had to be born into wealth or steal into wealth, no matter how hard you worked or didnt work you were still stuck in the lower class. (I'm not saying that one should steal other peoples stuff) But there also is a difference in being popular, being noticed, and being talented. Being popular is constantly getting page views and favs on stuff because 1. they incessantly dump out fan art or some other form of art to allow them the constant page views 2. they are hard working and talented artists and the general DA public knows it and loves their art or 3. they get noticed and they continue to get noticed (for whatever reason) and eventually get well known and stay well known. Being noticed is having maybe one or two works noticed because they are extravagantly done or people simply like them, and then after the noticing is done they sink back down to the lower class or they continue to get noticed and etc. Being talented is obviously being talented, duh lol but does not necessarily mean page views or favs, in order to get those one must get noticed first. So thats my take on it ha ha You cant really be popular without getting noticed first (unless you jumped strait into being popular and skipped getting noticed...jerk x) It doesnt really take talent or hard work, just a cunning mind and/or some luck. Kudos to those artists who are talented and popular because of it, and even more to those who are just as talented but less noticed. ^^
You just have to draw what the public wants. Be it fanart, or even original art. Thing is... it's hard to know what people want nowadays.
The worst method I've come to notice is the one of: "commenting / faving and giving away llama badges" They just click and drag and wait for people to check out their page to say thank you; to get more page-views and comments. Ugh. Hate it.
So, yeah. You just don't know. It's luck, I guess.
Yeah Fanart is the rage, but I tend to raise a bar. So I might wanna draw fanart that everyone draws then take it to the next character and draw those characters behaving differently. Like having a cocky-cock Ash Ketchum or a racist Sasuke. Then I'll transition to my original work. It's like Eminem said, "Sometimes you gotta show them what's popular and corny and shit before you show them your real shit"