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Why does it take fan art for someone to get discovered?

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OnyisArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Most people who get "discovered" on dA happen to have that one fan art. Why does it take fan art?
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narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Your sentence structure is a bit hard to read. If you mean why does fan art get popular, well because its an already existing material that everyone knows about and likes already, while you making original that no one knows about and really cares for makes a big different.

But either way, you still have to create something that people like.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Think about the sort of groups you watch. What sort of groups are people most likely to watch, instead of joining just to post art? Part of getting attention is finding a niche and appealing to said niche.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
It doesn't. (Like people said, it can help because people can search for it, but it's not a requirement.) Don't sit around waiting to get "discovered". The prince ain't coming. Work out what you mean by 'discovered' (what your goal is, why you are on this site) and work to achieve it yourself. :la:
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nonecansee Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Amen! :D "Find your purpose." Haha but seriously, choosing the direction you want to take helps you to get closer to what you want :D
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
I think it helps. People are here for lots of reasons; making friends, improving art, selling art, getting internet-famous, finding collaborators. If you don't know where you're going, you can't get there.
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nonecansee Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Haha, I would like to have seen this on the complaints forum but you might get flacked instead of actual helpful and or meaningful answers.

I too ask the same thing :hmm: I do believe it has to do with the majority of the deviants here being involved in some fandom some way or the other, haha. Myself included :D I think that's how I first knew about dA in the first place. Someone showed me the Cloud video ("Cloud Song") and I started to visit the site on my own, primarily to search for fan art and then I checked out original art.

Yes :cry: Sorry for reinforcing the stereotype >.<
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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
People search for fan art.
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weremole Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Depends on what you mean by discovered. Fanart gets you eyeballs but not as good eyeballs as your own stuff put infront of the right audience. Like, a person that draws awesome fluffy kittens has a really good angle of approach to build an audience. I'm sure you have one as well.
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OnyisArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're right. I wish I had one. Some folks like my art. I try to submit to groups and all, but that doesn't seem to help me much. I also noticed people like anime art- I use to draw it, but I'm happy with my 'cartoonime' style.
idk what to do to put myself out there on dA anymore.
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weremole Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I wouldn't worry about popularity. Work on your art and interact with people that like the same things as you do and you'll have a good time. These things are always strange and tough. It helps thinking about it a step further than style though. Subject matters, genres, archetypes there are a lot of things that you share appreciation for with others.
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OnyisArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I wish I couldn't worry. But I'll get over it eventually--the reason I would like more watchers mainly is to get commissioned.

But in all you are (once again) correct. I've been exploring other genres so far I've done Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Regular. I would like to try Action though! :)
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HereticHesh Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What CatapultedCarcass said, effectively. On top of that, fandoms tend to be much more connected than misc individuals, so works can spread further and faster within them than on their own.
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CatapultedCarcass Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because people can't type what they don't know into a search bar.
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It doesn't, just most people are far too lazy to put in any commitment to become "discovered".
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Pyxelle-art Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Well, if you think about it, people are more likely to search for art about their favourite shows/games/whatnots than they are to search for other things. It's possible to get exposure with front-page-time and groups, but there again people will probably join fan-based groups featuring fan-art of their favourite blankityblank, because it connects them with a like-minded community.

It's just a matter of what people are looking for: they might really like something else, but if they're not looking for it they won't know :)
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OnyisArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
True. I've tried groups, but I guess my art isn't likable enough on dA(idk)

In all, you're right. I may have to do a bit more 'good' fan art!
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