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Are you getting fed up of not having enough people watching your work?  Maybe wanting more established artists to notice you and comment on your work, but you're not actually getting any?     And the big one,  not getting enough comments on your artwork?    Maybe I can help you here!

Keep reading, though this blog is long, it is worth it ;)

I really want to help many of you get more comments, with providing AoE with all it's staff, to help every one of you become more noticed.   However it frustrates me that many are still not taking part and yet are unhappy at how unnoticed they are.  

AoE has always encouraged artists to comment and critique artwork.  We get so many artists wanting to have more comments on their work, and feel disappointed that they don't get any.   There's no magic solution to this, but I can give some pointers on getting more.


NETWORK

Sadly, yes. This *really* is the way you're going to get noticed as an artist.   Think about it,  if you don't put yourself out there - giving feedback on other artists work and generally being friendly - how will artists know to take notice of you?

We would all love for a lot of established artists to fall in love with us and everyone from the groups we submit to, to notice us.  The reality of that?  Almost impossible!

There are many artists on DA who only ever post "gd work well done"  on other members work. Are you one of them?
Think about it;  Would this say to you that the commenting Deviant stands out enough to take notice of? That their opinion clearly matters?  Not really does it?

How many of you have thought - Oh I'll do all of that another day, just not today - and that day never comes?   Can't be bothered or too hard to 'Network' that day?

Another thing to think about  - If you don't put yourself out there, how will anyone know how to find you?   Posting on a friends page won't often get you noticed, it's extending yourself into the unknown that gets you seen. Afterall, there is a LOT of artists on DA!
   

Solution  

Don't hit that :+fav: button and leave the page just yet!
:bulletgreen: Consider commenting.
:bulletgreen: Take another minute to write out WHY you like the work you're commenting on, not just telling them it's 'good'.    Reach out how you would like to be spoken to.   Give them something to like you for & feel good about.
:bulletgreen: If you feel you can give critique or feedback,  consider the positive - negative - positive  approach.  Explain a technique you use or give a suggestion, how you think something could be improved. Keep it nice, keep it polite. People only learn from constructive advice, not plain & harsh picking!    
:bulletgreen: Look through their other work, consider "watching" them.
   
It's not uncommon to find many artists feel lonely and trapped by their abilities, there's also a lot of rivalry. Consider also how your post may read to someone younger than yourself.  Use spell check too if you're unsure.


Tip for the receiving artist

If someone has taken the time to comment on your work and may be giving tips - Don't take it harshly as a sign of being a bad artist.  

They've taken the time to comment on your work afterall!    Yes there may be the odd person out there trying to inflate their own ego but if they're offering suggestions,   don't be too stuck in your comfort zone to take in what they're saying.   We all know it's hard taking advice from others, especially when it's for something we feel we are good at.    

:bulletpurple: But remember,  if you're wanting to develop as an artist, their suggestion is there. Respond politely, and consider being friendly back, even if you're not going to take the advice. You never know where it might lead to, and taking help really is okay!   We all have had to learn from suggestions. 


But I'm part of a group, why isn't that giving me more comments?

Exposing your artwork to a large group such as AoE can get you a lot of great feedback and exposure.   However remember;  some deviants don't comment on any work they see pop up in their Messages feed.   They will only go and submit artwork to a group, and never bother to view the other members submissions.    If you then have the majority of a group only ever doing this, there is a mass effect of a lot of take and very little give.     How often have you seen someone say "There's not enough good and helpful critiques/comments out there now"   Not very good is it?

Deviants need to start a chain effect, you're all part of a big group of artists. What you do affects other artists, what they do affects you.  Give out a couple of good intended comments on artwork, a few comments here and there - you're not going to get hundreds of comments overnight,   however a little each day/week will get you gradually noticed.

You're changing someones very life by just commenting on their work. We all take in what people say, and someone reading YOUR comment means they're on the PC or Laptop for another minute or so, taking in advice, changing the entire pattern of how their life unfolds.  It might start them off looking at new techniques or tools, and that might lead them to becoming confident in their work, and eventually helping others.   Isn't that such a great thing to do?    You may not know how you've influenced an artist, but I can assure you, your efforts mean something.


Does any of this even work?

YES!     When I first joined DA 6 years ago, like you, I wanted comments, recognition & hundreds of followers - FAST.  I sat around waiting for comments, and no one noticed me.  I had to go out and REALLY push myself to post on other peoples artwork.  Not just a "well done" but thought out comments or critique.  It also meant learning how to take criticism too.   It was hard work, I was fed up of not getting enough recognition.
Over the years,  I've built up quite a lot of watchers and a lot of comments on my work.  Not as many as I'd like of course, many of my watchers are inactive,  it makes me a tiny bit sad sometimes,  but we all start small!
I haven't had as much time to post around on others work, so guess what I've noticed?   Comments on my work have gone down too!



Conclusion

Just get out there and network.   Sometimes you have to take the step to be noticed first, not wait around for everyone else :)

You only get one life, and it's pointless sitting waiting to get noticed.  Push yourself out there and let other artists know their work is liked.   You might just make someones day, and even a new friend.    I think I speak for a lot of us that it would be nice to feel more noticed on DA.
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent pointers here :D I've been acting friendly/encouraging as much as possible and it's doing well for me. Well enough for one of my favourite artists - an idol of sorts - to actually watch me 8D

It helps a lot replying to comments too, as that encourages more people to comment because they know their comment will be noticed and read.
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Hazelnut-Eyes Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree! :3 I get hundreds of favourites, but some of my most favourited photos have no comments :3
I appreciate favourites, but I appreciate comments more! :3
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LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
I appreciate receiving positive comments like, "Great work!", or "Nice!" very much, but would take critique over these any day (especially if I ask for it).
But I also gotta point fingers to myself. I don't often give critiques, and I only comment when I have something meaningful to say; I don't really like repeating something mentioned countless times in comments that came before mine. Otherwise, I just fave. ^^;
These days, though, I am trying to leave comments more often. It's not only the fact that I'm seeking exposure, it's also the fact that I want to be a little more active as a DA member. :)
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Stupidkitten Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good advice ^^
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FineArtCandice Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
great article! Thank you
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starrlightstarbright Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great advise, and it's not just for artwork too, its for anything you're seeking recognition for really..
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breyersnstuff Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This journal gets a big thumbs up from me! I comment on people's work fairly often. Mostly if I like it or I'm giving critique. But it really brightens my day to see a separation from my large stack of replies and even just one comment. I love comments, it makes me feel as though someone's there. I get a fair amount of favs which I like, but I value comments more.
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AwesomePonyTail Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this information. It's so true that it almost hurt at times to read. I admit I don't put myself out there by helping other deviants enough. But I'm going to try harder. Even if I don't get anything in return, it's better to help another person than to sit around waiting for comments. :D
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Scotston Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: It takes a lot of effort being able to put in enough, the main thing is don't burn yourself out doing it, otherwise you'll probably only last a week! You will get there :hug:
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Sethrity Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Wonderful journal! Very sound and true advice. Ive made many friends and acknowledgements from doing the very thing you have said. Treat people the way you would like to be treated still stands true today as it did back then!
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Scotston Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm pleased to hear of another result of 'networking' bringing good things like friends etc!
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Sethrity Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
XD!
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BreakNeckViolet Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
:) This is a great article. Sometimes I am guilty of the odd "fav-and-run", but I always feel guilty about not commenting. I do have quite a busy offline life; I have a very sick relative that I care for, so it restricts my time for feedback. But maybe I could clear some time for networking. :) A "comment-for-comment" thing would be kind of cool.
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Scotston Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fully understandable! It's very time consuming trying to get feedback :)
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BreakNeckViolet Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
:) Thank you for understanding! I will for sure be more active in the future.
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ChristianCowgirl116 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU for putting this up! :)
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Scotston Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Not a problem! :D
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Kpopgurl98 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG! Thank you! I am new and I was wondering why no one comments or anything THANKS!
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TheManateeStables Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I have to admit that I fell into the rut of wanting comments but never really giving them, so this has really helped me to up my game, but also remember how rewarding it is to comment on others work, thank you :D
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Hey, I suggested a critique circle kind of thing back in November, has there been any development? :)
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Scotston Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Not yet, but it might be a feature seen in the group in the future. :)
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Wonderful :)
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bleistiftkind Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I totally agree with you - when you give a lot, you will get a lot back in return.
When I joined deviantArt I was completely shocked that I just got extremely positive feedback and not a single advice what I could do better the next time. I mean, it is nice to get comments like these 'Oh my god it's perfect', but when I want to get constructive criticism, deviantArt is the last commutity to go to. Maybe it is
something about the mentality, but i would sometimes be very thankful to get some words about what I could change, especially because here are so many talented and different artists.
But on the other hand - who doesn't like to get positive feedback?
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Meldielto Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is fantastic and maked you think about how network can help alot to get followers on your art! :)
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Harmony-Bender Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much. This is a really helpful blog post. I am going to try and comment on artwork more and make it not "Very good job" but maybe"You did a really amazing job. I like the way the tail and mane are and I also like the way the eye seems very real".(This is just an example).
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Maeix2 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've noticed a serious drop in comments ever since they introduced the ability to drag favs into your favourite folders right from the inbox thumbnails. It's really convenient but it means a lot more favs than comments *sighs*
Normally I don't favs things without first leaving a comment - unless there's a million of them already or I can see that the artist never responds to them - as you say, it's a give and take, but it just seems there's a whole lot more 'take' than 'give' these days.
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Scotston Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I fully agree with you! As much as it may be convenient, it's still encouraging many to just leave. As much as a 'fave' is nice, it seems an easy alternative, and artists really need the actual interaction. I don't see a massive change happening, but it would be nice to see a little more giving. Even if artists don't receive tons of comments in return, it's still nice to make a difference for someone else
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Maeix2 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No kidding. One of my latest devs has, after a week, a full 31 favs but only three people having commented. I'd be happy with simple comments - just some interaction. I've found and met some very nice people and long term DA friends through mine/their comments, so they're not just about the moment.

I liked the idea someone mentioned about the possibility of having some sort of comment/critique session/folder where you can trade comments. That way you can comment on things that you normally would pass by because the image isn't appealing to you specifically :thumbsup:
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Scotston Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you had any more luck with more comments since?
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Maeix2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's been the odd one from people I don't know well sneaking in otherwise it's just been the same people who comments as always, but that first is probably more because the art has improved ^^;

Did we ever get a critique folder?
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Scotston Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Not yet, but it might be a feature seen in the group in the future. :)
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Maeix2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds great :w00t: I'd suggest that there's a limit per month that each deviant can submit to it once it's up though...that should make it less daunting to critique as well.
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Scotston Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
We definitley would have a limit - We're hesitant to have one as we want to keep the rest of our galleries available for feedback etc as everyone is after more exposure.
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ImmortalPalomino Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Totally! This is exactly what EVERYONE needs to do. You have to give to take!!! :D I'm definitely taking your advice....no more lazy bones faves without comment! :)
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MaidenStar Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can really relate to this. Maybe we can do something like a "Comment-and-Get-Commented" thing...
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Scotston Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed! A few people have mentioned a comment - for - comment thing. I'm having words with someone who might be able to help us out on that ;)
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MaidenStar Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! :)
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sammacha Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really wish people would learn to take criticism better. I remember I would sometimes I post about how I love someones work and then one little thing I didn't like or that I thought could be improved, not only that but I also gave my opinion on how it could be fixed. Then I remember getting a nasty note or reply and I could never figure out why a person could not use this information or if it bothered them to simply ignore it. It really put me off commenting on DA for a long time. I never understood this as I am a person who would be happy to receive a critique on anything. Just because someone thinks it can be better doesn't mean your picture is bad and its not a put down either.
I'd also like to add that just because someones art isnt at the same level as yours doesnt mean that they can't give you some valuable input either. You know "easier said then done" They might be able to see and give an opinion on something that you didnt notice. That being said, all you beginners dont be afraid to give your opinion to those better then you, and dont be afraid to help others either. Anyways I think I've written enough. Good luck everyone on your quest for comments
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Scotston Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Couldn't agree more!

I've had quite a few snarky replies on comments etc - as much as DA is a place to show off your work, it seems very one sided to ask for all the attention on the work and to critique. It can be hard to take if someone is being fairly brutal of course, but there's plenty of great comments out there that were shot down. Fingers crossed people see there's no harm in taking some advice :)
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sammacha Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I hope that people will one day figure out that there really is always something to learn.
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Yes, I completely agree with this. Sadly I work full time now and sometimes am just too exhausted coming home to even log on to DA...but I do try to make up for it during the weekends! :)
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Scotston Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: I think comments from you are very appreciated too :)
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmmhhmm I completely agree Emily! :D If I comment on 2-3 of people's work, I tend to get 1-2 back, as well as sometimes a llama, fav, or even a watch! :3 It can also help if you do give watches and favs to others. But DON'T just go watching everyone! Some people would appreciate it if you left a little note, commented a few times, of fav'd a few pieces, so they know why your watching them. But I've been doing this method ^^ [yours] for quite some time, and it works wonderfully!
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Cloudrunner64 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: I second Polaris. When I take breaks from dA, it takes forever to get back to where I was before--which means like one or two comments here and there :giggle: I used to comment on EVERYTHING FOREVER and I'm bad about that now. Thanks for the reminder that it helps everyone when you do. :heart:
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderfully written :clap:

I used to go around and comment a lot, but for the past 2 years I haven't been around much and I noticed a decrease on how many people comment on my works, which is only natural.
Going out there and offer your kind words and advice is a great way to get noticed, and you might just make wonderful friends like I and many others have. Plus it feels nice to know you've helped make someone's day with one of your comments, even if you don't get anything in return!
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Scotston Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
EXACTLY! Couldn't have said it better :) I think there's such a great creative scope on DA and it could really be used. Younger artists etc seem to be discouraged easily, it would be good to see them have more confidence with their work too :)
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, I'm always sad when I see new artists here get discouraged because their works don't get much attention. Leaving a kind word, even just a simple compliment, can make a big difference and doesn't take that long.
I remember when I started out (on another art site) I was thrilled to see artists that were much more skilled than me comment on my works and giving me advice. One of those awesome artists (and one of my main inspirations ever since I met her) is still with me today, and I consider her one of my best friends even though we live oceans apart! Unfortunately, you don't see that happening now as much as before, I think it's time we all make an effort to change that.
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wingedbutt Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This really made me use my brain O.O
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Scotston Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: Sorry, I do tend to waffle on a bit!
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Would it be possible to organize perhaps somekind of critique exchange through the group? :) With the basic idea of an trade, you give a critique to someone and get someone else to critique you instead (ie. not necessarily the person you critiqued would critique you back). I know there's some groups for this kind of thing, but I rather choose from a smaller part (this groups members vs. group just for critiquing) and keep it horse-related.
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