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"
I definitely agree with what everyone is saying here. Talent is the #1 thing, but can't stand on it's own (sadly).
Speaking from personal experience, no one (seriously, NOBODY) even looked at my page until I started doing disney fanart just for practice. 5 drawings later, I'm still not very popular, but I've got a handful of watchers--mainly because the pieces were submitted to a group.
And honestly, I find most of my favorite artists through the groups that I subscribe to.
But what makes me sad about the whole ordeal is that I'm a PHOTOGRAPHER, not a digital artist (although I do like to dabble), but my digital paintings are the only things getting any love...
I think hardwork has alot to do with it. just like and They have amazing amounts of skill and they are continuely drawing basically the same thing over and over and are very, VERY popular for it. and they also do commisions which help get them noticed even more.
Myself, I think most people look at pageviews to determine how popular that artist is, which is not an accurate measure. I often see people dropping by the commenter's page just to say a "thanks for faving" or "thanks for watch" but in reality, the person is just mass faving/adding wherever he/she fancy without much thoughts. The pageviews just keep rolling in. :/
I love to see other people's art. It inspires me to draw and create. However , I rarely upload what I have drawn. Yeah, I mean Kiribans are fun, but I think that It's really overdone. Btw, I like your new Byakuya piece ^_^
Yes. I love her original arrtsss. xD But, I think that generally it's very difficult unless you have something that really appeals to a large audience to become popular on Deviantart. *nods* Yuumei is lucky enough to have a great talent that really appeals to people, and I really respect her for that.
....But mostly fanart. Which I consider a shame, since drawing like this [link] or this [link] don't get even half the attetion the deserve, while this [link] is shit and got 100% more faves than it was worth.
well, sadly you don't get any attention with hard work, if you're not already popular. my friend worked 3 days on a coloration and it was an very awesome picture, in the end it had got 10 faves after almost one year. with fanart you get the most attention. upload a drawing of nny and if it is crappy and drawn in five minutes or not it will be more popular then all the other stuff you upload. my most faved picture is a johnny i drew in 10 minutes on a crinkly paper.
I actually think it's being active, I watch about 6 people who make just breathtaking art and their art only gets about 2 comments (without them commenting 2). And if you look at how many people do the 'new deviant +fav' with every new dev if you get what I mean, they get a lot of comments and views etc. I mean, if you look at two people just as talented and the other one only uploads and the other also goes to other people to comment and fav etc. than that person would get more views/faves/watches...
fanart seems to be popular, but u've gotta be mighty good at it b4 u ever get noticed, being active helps too! and then plain luck hahaha this person =>[link] has like 28mil pageviews and doesn't seem all that great to me
-----------Its a variety of variables, from who they know to their talent, however it it is not limited to these things alone. People who make sexually attractive works get many views, that is as long as they have enough skill, the old saying "sex sells" is exactly the case here. However that isn't all, for popular people who create fan-art's, or even centralize on fan-art's alone must also have inherent skill. The first thing a DA surfer will notice is the skill-level of the picture, as in the how well the picture is made, however in some cases a specific part of a picture may catch their eye and then they'll click on it only to be dissapointed, however this creates more Dv's for their pictures, and over time creates a buffer zone between the pictures which are of great quality (mostly, as in the first page of a certain searched subject), but then shift into the average pictures, which after a long time have gained enough views to block out newer, possibly much better pictures. Thus keeping unknown artists continually unknown, it is not until an artist of the popular type takes time to promote an unknown artists work that they will be widely known. However this is not the only way, but is most definitely the fastest way. Another part of ones popularity is based upon what the current audience wants to find pictures of (this more connected with fan-art type things), so if the audience is looking for *insert random thing here then they will undoubtedly search for it. An artist who follows the popularity train and creates works the audience is looking for will definitely be found and then talked about. However I know many people who dont like to see an artist simply spew fan-art left and right, especially when it is for something as shallow as popularity. There have been many great artists who were relatively unknown, until they died, two being Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Ganguin, if memory serves even Rembrandt had a similar popularity spike after his death (this doesn't mean killing yourself is a popularity draw). The point is, its basically impossible to find the specific factors for popularity, for one many times people have used net-bots to either up their pictures view number, or their own page-views, or they upload pictures of other artists and try to pass them off as their own. One must still remember skill does not = popularity, as you and many others have seen, there are many artists with refined and excellent skill whom have yet to receive the "closer look" they deserve. Skill has never been the sole draw-in for artworks, sometimes its a certain flaw or the way in which the work is presented that effects the feedback given. In a world of millions of artists it isn't too hard to believe that a few are simply left in the fray.
As far as DD's the people whom are allowed to give them out don't look at popularity, they look at what they like, and nothing more, or they take the suggestion of a friend. So DD's are constantly shifting, Ive seen many days where the art just makes me , and other days where I can sit and stare a piece for an hour thinking "Wow".