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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
That's what I need to do; improve so people can ask me how I do stuff! Exactly, I need to get some self confidence... but when there are so many awesome artists out there it's like *run away*. ROFL. :')
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 ^^