i have an account on shadowness, but they don't have a freakin' text submission interface (the last time i checked) so they aren't particularly supportive of writers. mostly, it's just dA. there's enough going on here to keep most anyone occupied.
I've been on DeviantART for a long time now and I love it I haven't tried any other art sites so unfortunately I can't help you there. Have you tried uploading your art to Facebook? Millions of people use Facebook so your art would get a lot of exposure
I have joined several deviantart groups but I haven't been able to find anywhere else to really join. I'm looking for somewhere to get help learning to draw but there really doesn't seem to be a place for that online.
I really like Oekaki.nl, you can draw directly on there and get comments and votes on it. Also a forum to upload art and talk. :3 I'm also member of 2 other sites, but those have nothing to do with art (although I did post some of my art there).
This, and flickr. I used to do old school personal web pages until about 2007, and since either deleted or lost the passwords for the others which I assume are long gone. It's funny because the average user on the flickr site is about the opposite of here- it's mostly male, and older. All hiding behind their cameras. And about as good for conversation as a door .
Currently I post my art on my web site, my blog, here, Facebook and Instagram.
I used to have an account on Elfwood, deleted it recently. Also on Shadowness, deleted it recently. On several other networks too, deleted all that. I post on Behance too, but that is a different type of community and different work fits there.
$10 a year is spare change, cheaper than deviantART premium anyway.. but hey to each his own
I use DA. In the past I used DA then I stopped, then I started back about a year ago using it more and more as I became bored of Facebook.
I do this now. I use DA, Tumblr, Facebook Page, Personal Blog, Blogger, Pintrest and Twitter.
I learned that you can hotlink you images from DA. (I know how to write web code) so now I hotlink my images from DA to My Personal Blog, Blogger, Pintrest, and Tumblr. I'm selective of what I show on Tumblr to keep it my safe site for showing off the best of my work, but not so much on my other sites. I post Links from DA to my Facebook Page (I'm not popular on Facebook but that's what I do) and my FB page feed is linked to post to Twitter through TwitterFeed on auto. I post to DA first all the time and then later on I pimp out the images to other sites. It doesn't make me popular but it has increased my traffic to incoming links back to my DA.
I use the share buttons that allow you to quick post from DA to other social sites (Pintrest, Facebook Page, sometimes Twitter and Tumblr) I Set up my Personal blog sets to post later down the road so it looks like I'm updating content every 2 weeks. I Host my own Wordpress Blog, so that's where I make internet money off of my images. I plan on using Blogger more as my content builds on DA and I get the time.
My reasons for doing it that way is because some people never leave their favorite sites.
Yeah DA has that auto share button right next to the art you post up. It makes it convenient to share to tumblr. Might make it convenient for blogger too, but I use Pintrest and Tumblr to see if I get collectors. Never know what people are collecting on those networks because it so easy to look like your not marketing or something.
I find Facebook to be a sanitized experience which makes you look like your trying for hits and likes, so it really comes down to popularity of style and content. They have a weird tracking style with there pages so you can expose people to content but doesn't mean they will like it, click it, or comment much if you are looking for that kind of feedback.
I'm sure if you had a really popular style and you use my method for cross posting to the social networks you can get a lot of feedback to your DA account from the outside. As for me I still need to polish my niche.
IDK... I have been able to add search tags from DA tumblr share (just go to advance options after you hit the share button), I do know if you use a saturated tag your stuff will be buried under a lot of other post. I usually tag my handle as well. #darkprincearmon
tags that everyone uses, like art, illustration fine art, design... those would be saturated with people who do the same work. Not to say they are bad to use, but just to say that if you want to distinguished yourself it would help to use a tag or two that will say this is yours, like your name or your internet handle. That way if someone finds themselves liking your work and they look things up through tags, they can just look for your specific tag and it should pull up only what you create. It may even help search engine results from google and such, but I'm no master at optimizing for search engines.