A failed artist is someone who has completely given up, and that certainly doesn't sound like you Yes, there is a lot of competition for attention, but don't even bother with the popularity hype on this site. It will make you lose sight of what's important, and make you self-loathing for no reason Just keep being active and strive to improve what you do
Well, I wouldn't call you a failed artist. I don't know how old you are, but it doesn't really matter. But think about how old you could become. This means you still have a lot of time to practise, which leads me to the next thing: Well, you skill level isn't very high. Please don't think that I want to insult you. I don't mean it this way. But you have asked if your art is bad. I wouldn't call your art itself bad, but your skills are lacking. But you don't need to worry about. I see that you start to think about, that something might have gone wrong. I consider it that you started to open your eyes to your weaknesses. It is a good sign. You take your art seriously and you want to improve.
Have you ever studied the basics? Human anatomy? Light an shadow? Colour theory? Perspective? And other stuff... Did you make studies? Did you practise realism? No matter which style you choose for yourself, realism, the real world, is always the foundation. You need to know how things really look like to stylize them in a convincing way. As long as the viewer is convinced that this what you are showing works, everything is fine. It doesn't mean that it could be possible in reality.
You use different mediums, which is good! Continue to experiment with different styles, techniques and mediums! You will improve because of this!
Oh and your plushies are cute!
And by the way: Here are a lot of really amazing artists, which could blow your mind, but they aren't well known. They don't really advertise themselves or just aren't recognized by the other deviants. Being not popular here doesn't mean anything! So cheer up. Forget about that! Work on your art. This is what you wish to do, isn't it? You enjoy drawing, don't you? I believe this. So cheer up! Ask yourself about your motive for drawing. What kind of goal do you have and start working for this!
Don't worry I don't feel insulted at all. ^.^ I have noticed my work is really lacking but I really had no idea where to start with it. I've studied the basics before but maybe it's time to go back and study them a bit more. I feel like I've strayed a bit from them... T.T
Last but not least thank you for the encouragement ^.^ I'm not really down now, just figuring out how to make everything work in my art.
I guess everyone loses his or her way from time to time and have go back to the basics. It's always a good choice! Me, for example, I am working on tutorials, which explain the basics. I just started out, but it is a good chance to study the basics again. By trying to explain it to others, I need to understand everything and put the knowledge in easy to comprehend words plus images. It is also a good chance to figure out, what I need to study again and which knowledge is burned into my mind.
You could do something like this yourself. You don't need to make a tutorial, but you could test yourself. What do you know? Could you make a ball out of a circle? Do you know where to place the shadow and how? It's just an example, but if you see that you have trouble with it or aren't sure, than it shows you that you need to study it again. I don't know how else you could figure out on what you should work, except asking others for specific hints. But therefore you need people you can trust and who are telling you the truth. It won't help you if they are rude or trying to be nice.
Many other people had great advice, but I just want to say don't listen to illastrat. If you're over fifteen, you're not a failed artist. Sometimes people start learning art in their 40s or 50s and it looks horrible at first, but they work really hard at it and in a few years it's fantastic. You're a failed artist when you give up, not when you're over a certain age.
Someone else already said it.. but yea, caring about popularity isn't going to get you anywhere in this site. You can care all you want and cry yourself to sleep about it but at the end of the day what really gets you noticed on here is your ideas. If your ideas are unique then people will naturally swarm to them. You can't force people to look.. cause if they don't see anything special they aren't going to go back to your page or show their friends.
I don't think you are a failed artist at all. I mean, you do need some practice, but your art isn't bad. The more you keep doing your art the better you'll become and just remember to let your imagination always overflow. There has to be some ideas in there that will catch the general publics attention.
Maybe try making some friends. You could have a look in the thumbshare for likeminded people (especially people offering critique. They are often very friendly.)
You might also want to focus on what type of art you want to do specifically and work on that. There'a nothing wrong with being varied, but you may find focussing on a few areas helps you to find your niche. It's like, when you go to an artist's gallery, it's nice to be able to look at it and see what they are about. With yours, you do so much different kinds of work that a potential watcher wouldn't know what they'd get if they watched you. What kind of art would you like to be known for?
I can't say there really is a type of art that I would really want more then another. I'm a varied artist basically because I like playing with lots of mediums. So should I just post a certain type of work so it doesn't get so cluttered?
Sure thing. No, I don't you need to (unless there's a type that you don't really want on DA or you don't think will be popular. e.g. I don't put my graphic design stuff on here).
I was looking at your gallery and maybe you could just organise it better so its easier to browse. Like instead of splitting "Digital" and "Traditional" You could split it into more descriptive categories for example, "Plushies", "Manga", "Cute", "Scenery", "Animals" so that people who are browsing can find something interesting to them. And make sure the 'Featured' section just has your best, most finished and most colourful work so it looks as nice as possible. ^^
Also, work on improving your art and making friends. People like good art (duh) and you could look in projects for people doing art trades as a way to meet people. And comment art you like (not just super pros, beginners too) and watch people you like. C: Ask people interesting questions about their art or about techniques so you can learn from them too.
You say you joined multiple groups, but your art is featured in only a few groups. You should feature your art i 10-15 groups and it might get favorited by a few people. You should also try and try to connect to some deviantusers
Oh yes it is. Most of the people just delete all their Deviantwatch group messages and not everyone who actually do check them out will notice your work. When I feature my group in 10 groups or more a 100 and more view it, but only like 6 add it to favorites. I also earned a few favorites with #GetWatchers
A lot of people on this site are "really good", so most people only watch the people who are "ZOMG awesome!!1". Otherwise, everyone's inboxes would be really clogged.
Read some articles on how to market yourself as an artist. (This isn't about buying advertising, it's about how you represent and talk about your work.) Very few artists can get away with not doing this.
Remember, that your skill and talent is NOT determined by the amount of watchers you have. Just keep that in mind.
Keep improving on your work, do studies, ask for tips or critiques...Offer requests once in a while, if you feel like it or have time, comment on others works frequently (comments are scarce for a lot of people; it can really make someone's day!) and just keep doin' what you're doing!
Getting a large watcherbase takes time. I've been here almost 9 years now, and I have 400+ watchers (mind you, half of them are dead/inactive, so I'm guessing only 150-200 really even pay a little attention. ) But I'm still thankful to have THAT many.
It may not happen for a while, but you can do it if you work hard and keep going. Good luck!
I my opinion, there is no such thing as a failed artist and there's absolutely nothing wrong about any of the things in your gallery. I know it's easier said than done, from experience, but maybe you should try and upload art more frequently? I don't exactly have an abundance of watchers myself, but I think that's the best advice I can offer you.