I cannot say what I like as sometimes I just ... like. And while being 'good at arts according some code' resulted me to have good feedback from tutors and people, but it wasn't me. So I rather have 0 favs, no support from tutors as long as the things I do is 'me'. So from others work I see that "them" - atmosphere and something distinctive.
You never can explain why you like something. I.e. when you look my "page" and my 'fave' to introduce my gallery is a photo made after i placed camera on floor to tie a shoelace. And then someone offered me handful of cash to buy it out. Its a failshot, yet it's been offered such amount of euros that I found it be crime. And then i have there a work I spent hours, hours and more hours to work on and eventually i was told its worse drawing i ever done.
I stopped thinking about others, people and just do my thing. Even when its just a scribble, stick figure or something outside the mainstream. Art's something you do to express yourself and not everyone needs to like your "opinion".
There's reason i still seek my style as I spent around 10 years on art classes and under hand of quite known (local) tutors and it took LONG time to understand that I don't 'speak' for myself. Lucky are artists who start off more independent and maintain their line.. even when it is, as i said, stick figures.
300 favs? Must've been another account. Anyway on dA -- it's basically kitsch, pop culture and stuff that appeals to the (uh) baser instincts that get views.
So, don't worry too much about popularity. The unspoken rule at dA is that the popular get more popular and the rest, well, just muddle along. For example, last month, I did a random survey of the Daily Deviations for over four days. 60% of those who received DDs on those days already had one. (And, some had 3 previously.) The remaining 40% who received Daily Deviations on those days had none previously.
BTW, keep up the good work. You do have a neat gallery. (Some of my students would be jealous of your artwork.)
Ah - nicely done! I can see why it worked. The picture probably got all those favs for three reasons.
First, it's very sentimental (i.e., it triggers the emotions which cause people to go "aw!" ).
Second, it uses a prop which people identify with (i.e., the cat). In other words, it gives the picture a story - however simple. (Look for example at your "I finally drew something" pic. It is getting views for the same reason.)
Three, it was featured on a bunch of groups. (Groups tend to cause a snowballing effect. People will sometimes fav what their friends have fav'd -- especially if they are anime lovers.)
And, as for the teaching - yes, it is fun. Especially when you have good students.
perfection being "wow'ed!!" being "impressed" improvement obsession perfection anime perfect lineart being perfect "pro artists" constant obsess with "improving" "WOW!!!" factor oh did i say perfection? how about improving?
i mean, at this point i've begun to think of art as utterly worthless to anyone but the artist, and even then in most cases, seems all anyone wants to see is the technical bare-bones "skill" side of it... which kind of defeats the purpose of art.... no one cares about ideas or passion... unless you draw anime that is
I've found that some popular artist use bright colors. I personally like using candy like colors and love seeing them.
And it always seems to be the thing, isn't it? You dont' like something of yours and everyone is like "but we love it!". Use to laugh when my friends use to get upset when I scraped a piece because I didn't think it was good enough XD
But if you're looking to do popular, anime/manga fan-art, bright colors, furry, or even goth seem to be the most popular stuff. There you just reach more people overall.
TarenMorseFeatured By OwnerJun 21, 2011Student General Artist
I like awesome art. Concept art being a good example. I usually look for lots of depth, great composition, demanding colors, fluid movement, a good story, originality, and makes your eyes wide with hunger.
Although if your really wanna follow the trend, just find things that are trending, and what everyone is talking about. Thats what people like.
I think you should focus a bit less on what people like and only do what you like to do majoraly of the time. You are not likely to get people to like the same thing you like so, might as well save the trouble. If you want to gain more popularity on you, do works that you find along the way. Like the author of scott pilgrim says, just work for it.
Of course, having a balance of most art principles in place or break em so well that in either form its all compositionally sound. Usually the placement will have some sort of purpose so thats what makes composition important.
For me it's like this... First comes effort. I like an image better if someone did their best at a drawing.
Second comes the subject. Of course, I'm bound to like a drawing of a skunk better than a drawing of a wolf, seeing as skunks are my favourite animals.
Third comes originality, this is becoming a bit hard to find when searching for fan art of stuff I like. I prefer original and/or dynamic poses over stiff and/or referenced ones. While I by no means try to put down referencing, I prefer looking at the artist's own style, instead of the creator's.
And last comes colour. I am a sucker for colour, and I adore bright colours! Good colour combinations can also play a part in how much I like a picture.