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How Do You Promote Your Artwork?

:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I was just wondering how everyone chose to promote their different forms of art.

Do you join groups?
Post extensively on the forums?
Take part in competitions?
Or do you do nothing at all?

I have joined a couple of groups, but I wanted to know what you do to get your masterpieces out there.

I may have to 'borrow' some of your ideas so I can advertise my artwork too.
Haha, thanks, and looking forward to hearing how you guys go about it. :3
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:icondragonstormstudios:
DragonstormStudios Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I post artwork to groups sometimes, post on the forums on an occasion. But for the most part I just upload artwork and if folks like it, they comment or favourite it and I'm satisfied.

I've just participated in a contest for the first time so I'll see how that works out.
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need to get better and start doing some contests!
Good luck with your contest. :)
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DragonstormStudios Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! And best of luck to you as well. ^_^
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ochanotsuki Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do all of those things, and I mean, I'm still new to it, but I noticed a huge spike in page views, watch requests, and favorites when I offered free art for people. Members on here LOVE free art, and I mean, I only offered 3 pieces. Still, I've gotten 10 times the commissions I normally do since I did that. Doing the free art was completely worth it to get my name out there a little more.

Another thing I recently started doing was offering free art for a certain number of my watchers. I made a journal about it, and as soon as people hit my page it's right there for them to read. It's incentive for people to watch you and that'll increase your favorites and views :)
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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I love that idea! I've never thought of giving away free art before!
That's pretty awesome. I also like the way you've incorporated the watchers and page views thing [like a karibian I guess?]
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:iconochanotsuki:
ochanotsuki Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's pretty similar to a kariban lol I mostly did it just to show my watchers how much I appreciate them and their support. It just so happened that it helped to advertise my art a bit too ^_^
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, kill two birds with one stone kinda thing.
I like it! Thanks for contributing. :3
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:iconochanotsuki:
ochanotsuki Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :D I'm glad I could help
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
I shall use them!
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:iconhaanpere:
HaanPere Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I post to groups, go to forums every now and then and have a link to my Da in Tumblr(I've got quite a few watchers through tumblr).
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tumblr!
I've only just got one of those things, and I'm clueless on how to use it...
Maybe when I know how to navigate it a bit better I'll be able to post links to my DA and so on.
That's a great idea though. :)
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:iconmeganmissfit:
MeganMissfit Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
JOIN MOAR GROUPS.

No really. Just "a couple" of groups ain't going to cut it :) join like, 50 haha

I personally just post in the forums, both discussion topics and thumbshare
I don't really do contests, just because I either don't have time or I forget :(

And I agree, doing craft fairs/conventions definitely helps. Just have a stack of business cards on your table so people can contact you afterward.
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ROFL - joining more groups it is then!

I never really thought about the thumb share thing, so I shall definitely have a look at that.
I also like the business card idea... :D
I shall steal all of these ideas MWAHAHAHAHAHA. O.o
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:iconmeganmissfit:
MeganMissfit Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I do a lot of conventions/craft fairs/art walks so it's super easy to get your stuff out there :)
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never really thought about promotion outside of DA, but now the more I think about it, the better it sounds!
I really appreciate the ideas, thanks a bunch.
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:iconmeganmissfit:
MeganMissfit Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No probs ^^
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:iconskiblits:
Skiblits Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Since I'm not relying on my art for income anymore there is no pressure. I still how ever promote from word of mouth and when I have the money I snatch up a table at a local art fair. It's always good to look for any opportunity to promote your art, don't be shy about tooting your own horn. Part of promoting your art is promoting yourself. When you sell your art your not just selling a picture your selling yourself and your skills.
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I never thought of that either [promoting at local art fairs]!
I need to learn to show off a bit; I'm quite a modest person, and hate being centre of attention... *face palm*
I always make things so much harder for myself!
Thank you for your help. :)
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:iconjeffoffo:
jeffoffo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I post my artwork in groups, show them to friends, show them to chatroom buddies (artgermination), ask for critique from professionals in chatroom. There's not too much I can to do promote my own artwork with my schedule...

I sure wish people paid more attention to my artwork though. People crowd and gather around my tutorials, but when it comes to actual art, most of it gets left in the dust compared to my tutorials.

In fact, if you take a look at this: [link]

You'll see that my actual artwork pales in comparison. The art with the most favorites is almost four times less than the tutorial with the least favorites.

In a way, it makes me glad that people enjoy my tutorials, but it also makes me kind of sad.
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Showing them to chatroom buddies and friends sounds like a good idea!

I know what you mean with a busy schedule; I hardly have time to make art let alone promote it!
It bet that's really annoying - it's great your helping people with your tutorials, but I'm sure if that'd happened to me, I would be gutted my art isn't as noticed as my tutorials. However, I have never created a tutorial, so at the moment I don't have that problem.
I can see it must be saddening.

Sometimes we just want to be noticed for our art, don't we?
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:iconjeffoffo:
jeffoffo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, especially if your major isn't art related, you're not making money off of art, and you're not taking any art classes. It's extremely difficult to find the motivation to improve. Lots of people on deviantart insult people who want views, but for people like us, literally the only motivation we have is both critique and approval from other people.
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've hit the nail on the head!

I create art to enjoy it and for it to be enjoyed.
Like you said, if your not a professional or lucky enough to have a few hours a day to paint/manipulate etc, then finding the motavation to carry on when no one is commenting on your work is extremely hard.

I don't see why you should be hounded if you want views, but personally I would rather people critiqued/commented/fav'd my art.
I want to be told that I'm doing well, or I'm doing something wrong and how I can improve upon it.
That keeps me making my art!
The number of views don't really bother me - I just want some of my art to be noticed. :3
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:iconjeffoffo:
jeffoffo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd actually recommend you visiting #Artgermination. It's not active all the time, but visit periodically and you'll find lots of people who will critique to the fullest extent. It's a far more mature chatroom than most of the others, and even random people who come in could link their art and receive criticism from five to as much as twenty people. And not the useless kind of criticism that only states "oh, that's a fantastic piece, but something's off?"

I used to not care about view number, but I realized I was lying to myself when I said that. If you looked at my profile, you'll see that every other day in my deviantart life I received an approximate average of maybe 30 pageviews a day. My highest record was in March(?)of 2012 with 200 page views.

Then suddenly, 3 days ago, I receive a whopping 1844 pageviews in one day, and my submission beat my previous submission's record views (10,000) within a single day. After this event, I couldn't help but to be unimaginably god damn happy, jumping all over the place and cheering loudly (I'm a very vocal person). That's when I realized that views and faves do matter to me, because it means I'm inspiring and helping more people than I expected.
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll be sure to take a look!
I'd love for ym art to be critiqued, and useful critique too.

WOW. That's a huge increase!
Honestly, I too would be jumping all over the place if that happened to me, but to be honest I forget that I can look at my statistics.
That's amazing, but to me still, I'd rather just people commented and critiqued I guess [or even order something once in a while!]
Maybe as I improve more I'll get the 'I-want-more-views' bug, haha.
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:iconmidgetoverthere:
midgetoverthere Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Groups. Groups. Groups.

I've never really explored the forums. o.o
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm currently only part of two groups.

It scares me how many groups there are to choose from for my style of art, and I have a hard time trying to work out which one's would be best to be apart of...

There's a limit on the amount of groups you can contribute to isn't there?
I is clueless about these things. O.O

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:iconmidgetoverthere:
midgetoverthere Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Gosh, I've never hear of a limit to the amount of groups you can join. o.o at the moment, I'm a part of around 33 groups. For every horse manipulation I do, I submit the art work to about 21-ish groups. XD
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

You've saved my life.
Why on Earth did I think there was limit? :0
*goes out to join every group possible*

It's great that your getting your art out to such a wide audience! ^^
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:iconmidgetoverthere:
midgetoverthere Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ahha, no problem. ; )

I do try. XD
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, your trying is greatly appreciated! :D
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:iconjeffoffo:
jeffoffo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm in 201 groups :>
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As contributers or members? O.O
That is crazy mannn, I guess there isn't a limit on the amount of groups you can join. :')
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I have a tutorial about this here: [link] :D
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
That's amazing, thank you so much!
I fav'd it, so I can properly read it later.
I really appreciate it, gracias. ^^
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
No problem! :hug: I hope it will help you :D
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It sure will!
I is a happy bunny now. :dummy:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Woo :iconbunnylaplz: :D
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...BUNNY. xD
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:giggle:
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do a bit of everything. I send my arts to groups and post a bit on the forums every now and then. But I've been helping redlining other people's art as well and did some tutorials.
It's not that I'm actively promoting myself on DA... but every now and then I just do something to show that I'm still there.
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's interesting.
I really like the 'redlining' and the tutorial concept.
I think I'll have to improve quite a bit before I get to that stage, but I never really thought of how they could help you get noticed.
I need to post more on the forums too, but I is too scared man. O.O
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh... when I started out I was like that as well. But as many people asked me 'how did you do that effect in your drawings?', I decided to make a tutorial.
Sure, there will always be people that are better than you are, but as long as you're able to help out the people less good than you, it's okay :)
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what I need to do; improve so people can ask me how I do stuff! :woohoo:
Exactly, I need to get some self confidence... but when there are so many awesome artists out there it's like *run away*. ROFL. :')
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always remember: you're still better than that 50% of the earth population that doesn't have any creativity at all XD
That's what keeps me going as well... even when I know there are so many better artists around ^^
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:phew:
At least I'm in that 50% that's artistic [some more than others!]
I like that philosophy... I may have to use that one haha.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why wouldn't you be in the artistic 50%?
I mean... you are a DA member that's posting art :D
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:iconpepemyhorsey:
Pepemyhorsey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know... but I could be an anomaly. O.O
I is too crazy.
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