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I've noticed lately, that there's this emotion that leaves people overwhelmed with the massive amount of good art in the community, thinking that they can never become as good or popular as those others. So sad, because skill or popularity in itself shouldn't be the major goal of an art community. I think many people who start out here get so overwhelmed that they forget what it's actually about.

About popularity

Many people out here, sign up to DeviantArt (or any internet art community) in order to publish their work on the internet. They've probably looked around for a while already. They saw those amazing artists that had millions of pageviews, and secretly hoped that by putting their art on the internet, they would be able to do the same. To become madly popular -- a community icon.

Well, sorry to burst your bubble; but it's probably not gonna happen. And if it's gonna happen; it's not going to be soon.

According to DeviantArt, the website has over 31 million registered users. 
To have an idea how many people this is; look up the average number of people that live in your town/state/country and compare the number with that. It's a whole damn lot of people! I'm currently watching about 1000 of them; getting a lot of artwork in my inbox every day. But the number of people I'm watching is not even 1% of the total amount of people on DeviantArt. That's how big the number of people here is! Those amazing artists that have over a million pageviews, are even less than 1% of the DeviantArt community. To you, it might seem as if there are many popular artists out here. But as a matter of fact; there are only a few. The popular ones stand out. That's why you know them. But by far the largest amount of people aren't anywhere near popular. You don't know them at all, and you probably never will. 

While these numbers might seem depressing, they're actually very liberating. Knowing this, it's easy to rationalize not being able to get immense popularity. I mean; with that kind of goal you haven't exactly got statistics on your side... 

Popularity is a fleeting thing on DeviantArt. Being one of those 1% users often required a very precise cocktail between having good art, being social, and having people help you on the way up (because it does help if the staff puts your image on the front page). The first 2 things are things you can influence. Making good art is something you can learn. Being skilled in social media too. The last one; having people to help you on the way up -- you can't control that at all. So there's no reason to fret over that. You can't control it anyway. Why worry about it?
Even knowing the science behind all of this; it's a matter of trying and a bit of luck.
There are many people that are very skilled at making art, yet not very popular. There are people that are very social, yet not very popular (although being social is one of the most important things when it comes to popularity). And there are people that have been promoted by the staff, but still aren't well known. 

What is important, is that popularity shouldn't be a goal in itself.
Because if it is; you've basically set yourself up for major disappointment.

And despite all that; being a popular person probably isn't all that fun either.
It's true that you might get a lot of feedback from people, and it's nice to hear compliments. Yet there are major downsides to it that are often underestimated by many people. Once you get reasonably known (let's say; 10.000+ watchers), you can't express everything freely anymore. Popularity comes with expectations. People are going to judge you. Your every artwork you post. To check if it's 'good enough' to justify your popularity. If not; people will be angry. The number of messages you get will explode. Prepare to answer 200+ messages a day. And if you don't answer; people will regard you as arrogant, because you "don't want to talk to them". And you'll get haters. No matter how nice you are; you'll always get haters. People love to hate on those that have accomplished things they haven't yet.
All in one; popularity isn't all that fun. It's something made big by people that haven't got it yet. Just like having a relationship is made big by desperate singles. In reality, it's not even remotely worth it to get depressed over. Seriously not.

About skill

Skill is something we all want to acquire. Because art is the best when it looks exactly like the image we have in mind. 
In reality; this is often not the case. Even the greatest artists out here (the pro's, that work for huge company's) struggle with this issue. So exactly what makes you think you won't ever face this problem?

Skill is something that people build over years.
It's not like you start with art, get yourself a paper and pencil, and make amazing artworks all of a sudden. No matter how much talent you have; nobody is able to pull that off. Meaning; you aren't able to pull that off either. If you want to get good at art, you have to work for it! Study anatomy, light, color, composition... and everything that applies to your type of art. Practice. Work your ass off. And don't expect results until you're at least a few months in. 

No matter how intelligent you are; the human mind isn't some sort of supercomputer.
It can only pick up things so fast. 

Have some patience. Don't get frustrated if it doesn't work out. Just put it down for a while and try again tomorrow. We all have good and bad days.
Instead of dwelling on things you can't do, take the time to look back and appreciate how far you've gotten already. We all move forward. But most of the time, it's hard to see. And that's what getting you frustrated. 

Like popularity, skill alone shouldn't be your goal either. 
It's easy to become disappointed when you judge art by skill alone. But luckily, there's more to art.
The process of creation. The interaction with other artists. The idea of actually learning something. There are so many small things to be appreciated when making art!
When you feel jammed, look at those small things, rather than the big picture. It'll make you feel comfortable and will encourage you to go on.

Have realistic expectations

Having covered both popularity and skill, there's only expectation left.
Disappointment is an emotion coming from having your expectations set far too high. It's like expecting a new iPhone for your birthday, but all you got was an old flip phone. It's still a phone. You can still make phone calls and send messages. And at least someone was kind enough to get you something for your birthday. But it's not what you expected, so you're disappointed. 

Art works the same way.
If you set your expectations too high, it will only leave you disappointed. 

Have realistic expectations. You won't get professional skills in just a year. On average, it takes at least 5 years to work yourself up to a level that's good enough to get a position in the industry (this due to the high demands of the industry). And that's only when you dedicate yourself fully to art, spend all your time painting, and are serious as hell. For popularity goes the same. A while ago I started to be more active on DeviantArt, just in order to see what would happen. Yes, I have a lot of followers now. But it took me over a year to get that far. And if you take into account that I've been working in the web industry for years already, where I had all the chance to study internet and social media... then it's even a lot more years.

Having realistic expectations also means looking at yourself and your situation in life in a honest way.
Yeah... there are people that get good at art very quickly. But what did they do? And what are you able to do? Can you even begin to compare that? 
I used to be really sad over the fact that many people that were (semi-)professionals all surpassed me with their quality of art. Then I realized they were painting more than 12 hours a day, while I live with a handicap that limits me to painting 1 hour a day as a maximum. No wonder that they improved much faster than I did! I couldn't even begin to approach their level of practice. I might actually praise myself for the fact that even despite they were getting 12 times as much practice, I was able to keep up at least a bit.

Not everybody is able to dedicate their selves fully to art. 
Many people have obligations in life; like going to school, having a job, or taking care of kids. Some people have illnesses or handicaps that limit their time. And that's totally fine.
What isn't fine; is that we compare ourselves to people that don't have these limits. We shouldn't do that. It isn't fair to ourselves, and by doing so we're basically sabotaging our own happiness.
Yes, I realize society works in such a way that other people pass this judgement in such a way as well. However, do realize that every person that has a bit of common sense takes these kind of factors into account when judging another. If they don't, it's their lack of experience -- and it's up to you if you want to have anything to do with people that judge others like that.

Realize that people that get really good at something, often sacrifice a lot for this. Like those young, talented, sportspeople that spend their entire childhood training.
You can imagine that painting for 12 hours a day doesn't leave you much time to see friends and family, and it doesn't allow you to socialize, party, or do other things. Yes, they are very good at something, and you could be too. But are you willing to sacrifice so much for it? Despite what people think, it's not a shame to admit that you rather spend some time with family and friends, than practice every day. It's only human to do so. But if you do, accept the consequences. There's no need to feel bad or guilty about it.

Remember what got you started

What helped me most, when I felt depressed about my art, was thinking about the reason why I started doing art.

We all started doing art for a reason; and most of those reasons don't include mad skills or massive popularity.
We started doing art because it somehow felt right to do it.

Remember that feeling you once had when you finished a painting.
When you showed your art to your parents, your teacher, or whoever would like your painting.
It's that feeling that got you started, and it's that feeling that will keep you going! Inspirations change over time, as do fandoms. But the very reason you make art, won't change that much. 

Ask people for help

Last but not least, I want to highlight the fact that DeviantArt is a community
We are all artists, and we all have our own skills. But we're all together here, to share experiences and learn from each other.

There are many helpful people on DeviantArt. People that have invested their time in helping the community by making all kinds of helpful texts, tutorials, or lists with resources.
Make sure you check them out. They're here for free. Why not use them?

Other than that; there are many people here that take commissions or art trades.
If you feel like you can't do something yourself... why not ask a fellow artist to help you out with it? Either in exchange for money, or in exchange for something that you're good at (if the artist in question accepts that, of course).

Social interaction is the one thing that makes DeviantArt stand out from doing art on your own.
Make sure to use this feature! 
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lifeislife1999 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... life is like that. Lots of expectations. Lots of assumptions. After I read this, I keep telling myself that I am self-taught and I joined DA because I love to draw since 12 years old. I draw art because I love art and art IS FUN!! :) you are a very wise person. God bless you and god bless to all the deviants here!! :)
Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amen Lady Damai! :rose:
SharonMusica Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice for a reread as well. I agree with the time thing. I've worked on my art (with a rather fluctuating schedule) for quite some time now and can definitely see a difference. This can be more obvious some times than at others because I often use my older artwork as references when working towards my new art pieces. Yeah.... It takes a while to actually figure out how to use all aspects of certain tools.
MODalineARTisTree Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Choulaphone Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much
G-SJ Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really awesome to read. Reminding us to be human. So many strive for perfection particularly in the art zone being realistic and reminding yourself why you loved art in the first place really does encourage people. There are so many amazing artists including yourself that are inspiring yet seem perfect in ability. People judge themselves. This is so encouraging I hope more read it ♡♡♡
Comic-Ray Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's a very helpful and motivating journal. I too used to overdo self-criticism (and I still do, but in a moderate way) and thaugz that nobody really enjoys my (original) art - Until I remembered that my best friends do. And even a few artists in this community that I admire. That's what keeps me going: To know that I bring a smile to the face of those who really matter.
ElmFeather Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Thank you for those wonderful and meaningful words. It's more than enough to inspire people. :)
Burthstone Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're amazing, these journals (By "These Journals" I mean a number of the ones you've put up) are great and you write in a manner that's easy to read. I've never been (Completely) happy with my art, but this is basically what goes through my head. (Minus some things and add others, no two people are the same!) I want to be as good as the popular artists, but how the hell am I going to get that good if I get depressed my art ISN'T that good and stop drawing every time I see a good piece of art? I'm certain that this journal helped a good bit of people, and while I knew some of this, it was interesting to read someone elses take on it. (And confirms I'm not just rationalizing why I'm not better.)
JeraruFerunandesu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such an inspiring journal. This makes me look at art in greater and broader perspective. 
LeahPlainAndTallish Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such an important message! Thank you so much for writing this. When I see awesome art I always think about how great my own will look when I finally learn that skill. It's a great feeling and honestly without DA I would not have pushed myself to the level I am now at. I am very thankful this site exists.
tommyboywood Featured By Owner Edited Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What I've learned is what so many artists learn. Fame is fleeting, except for a very special few.  In my first year I had one piece hit over 11k views and another over 5k.  For poetry that's pretty exceptional.  Lately some of my pieces are lucky to get a hundred views.  I ask myself: Has my skill decreased?  The obvious answer is no.  If anything I'm sharper than ever.  It's simply the nature of things.  You just can't have a hit every time.  Frustrating, but true. The other frustrating thing is that popularity often triumphs over skill, but that is life too.  For example, who sells more albums - Brittany Spears or Christine Aguilera?  Madonna or Sarah Brightman?  And so it goes.... 
sabrinametal Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ayano Tateyama (Bows) [V12] Thank you, just thank you!Clap 
EA-Firestorm Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
ach, het is moeilijk niet jezelf steeds met anderen te vergelijken... iedereen blijft het met alles doen, niet alleen met art...
Als er iemand trouwt, zit de helft van de mensen in diens vriendenkring ook meteen wanhopig vast te klampen aan het vinden van partners... En iemand die een zaak begint, probeert zich ook altijd te vergelijken met andere bedrijven.

It's a competitive world out there. As artists we should not have this affect our art, but it so often does.
LadyElasa Featured By Owner Edited Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this. I needed this. I draw to visualize my characters and just because ... well I like drawing. I tend to feel like my art gets lost in the sea of other art, but I still enjoy it. Thank you for the encouragement. :)
EvelenSnape Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student General Artist
This is something I needed, I appreciate this entire journal. I haven't been in the most motivated mood to draw in almost a year, and finally I'm trying to get back into it. I want to make it my career, I love art. I just got very depressed at the progress I was making and DA and all of its amazing users artworks made me feel a bit down, but I realized that obviously its going to take time and I have to WANT it and work hard for it. I love your art and I appreciate your words of wisdom, I will keep them in my head and my heart, and I hope one day my artwork is just as amazing as I picture it, or at least halfway there. <3  
lovelymars908 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, this was nice. :) I feel happy about my writing. Hopefully, I'll feel more happy when I totally learn sketching and drawing. 
SuccubiSamus2013 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm speechless.....thanks for your words.
Hanafae Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. I find it sad to see so many people on dA are obsessed over popularity. Some groups even encourage that by frequently posting "how to get popular"-types of blog entries. One of the worst advices I often see from those are "draw fan art of currently popular series" :no: You're supposed to make art about what *you* like to satisfy your need to, not make art to pageviews and faves of all things... those are just numbers that don't mean anything. So sad to see!
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Although I agree with what you're saying, there's one thing I have to correct you on. The pageviews DO in fact matter, because the more traffic you bring in, the more people notice you, and the more people notice you, the more likely that some big shot working at your favorite company is going to notice you, and the more they notice you, the more likely that they'll talk about you to their higher ups, and the sooner those higher ups will higher you. So, in fact, the pageviews and popularity does matter.


But the thing most deviants need to realize is that pageviews aren't EVERYTHING. If you DO end up getting noticed, you have to have some TALENT to show them, otherwise it's all for naught.
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... fan art DOES work... Statistics prove it.
If it isn't your cup of tea, however, you shouldn't do it.
Hanafae Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't see a problem with fan art either when it's of a series that you love *yourself*. When you do it out of love for the series.

However, drawing fan art of a popular series that you have no interest in, just for the sake of popularity, is wrong imho :(
Cheneytoons Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautiful thoughts, Damai, and all very much needed to be told.  There will always be artists who are better than us, and always those with much to learn, but as artists, regardless of our experience or skill level, we are all sticking our necks out when we create and express our ideas.  Being a critic is easy...nothing ventured, nothing lost.  However, the artist at any skill level is a sitting duck, and is to be commended for any work of art he or she is willing to put out there.  I've survived 38 years as a professional artist not by comparing my work to others, but by striving to do the best that I personally can do (as well as answering the desires of paying clients.)  I must also say that the generation that has followed me has been nothing short of amazing, dazzling, and breathtaking.  I have never seen such an explosion of great art and exceptional talent, even at its beginning levels.  What has been accomplished artistically with this generations' computers and software is sheer genius beyond description, and the talent that todays young artists are bringing to the technology is a national treasure.  More museums, greater media coverage, and greater recognition of these artists is long overdue. 
Marcelo-C-C-Filho Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
So Damai, I've been thinking...specially on the dates and such... And although I MIGHT be wrong on this matter, I'd like to BELIEVE at least this also apply for anyone else who reads this and might relate to this situation:

I've been around DA for 2 years tops and out of hiatus usually for good reasons (intense studies of art or some other sort of investment to my career), and I KNOW for a fact Damai and other great artist have a far greater experience than I do on the subject but I must say...Things must've changed a little bit. Some for the worst unfortunately, but I can see in these 2 years that either I'm VERY lucky or perceptive ; or somethings ARE changing for the better...

I've (fortunatelly) had the pleasure of having replies from AWESOME artists (though as a begginner that I am now I may be biased to say that) and it DID help a LOT just like miss Damai says ! I feel really hyped to do my best when I see that you "big guys" of art CARE for us...and I DO know that you CAN'T possibly do that for everyone but for those who haven't experienced this yet, there ARE people like that around here, and they ARE trying their best to help everyone the best way they can. Journal entries like this is one of these ways, to give a "universal reply" so please for everyone who reads this, take that into account. =)

So basically that is all I have to say, lucky or not I know there are good people. They're busy but they're there! XD And I guess you're part of these changes too Damai, so as usual, thank you so very much!

On a side personal note , I already heard this kind of comment "you should take all your old crappy drawings off your gallery or else people won't take you seriously". I won't name the said guy and I respect his opinion, but I won't take them out. My response to that is that I just have to get good enough for the improvement be clear both community and companies alike and forge ahead! So off I go /o/
Vic30461 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Filmographer
Kalpeshrc Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very useful !!!
Jolli-y Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for this ^-^ Your doing everyone a favor and helping them get motivated! Watch deserved .3.
AkikoTenshi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist
This give me motivation. Thanks for writing it. Blahblahblah 
ApplesToThe Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This hit me. In the best way possible.
I'm so glad I clicked on the name of some random person who gave me a llama thingy.

I forgot what was important. I started drawing to make beautiful things. And that was it.
But lately, it's been all about the faves and the watchers and the numbers that meant people fleetingly saw what I had made.

It's so stupid, looking back to this morning when I deleted my upload only to re-upload it at a time with more site traffic.

I draw to make beautiful the things that I like.

Thank you, for reconnecting me to that.
ParDeLis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the llama and for this inspiring article! Gonna read more on your journal :)
ashhishnocturne Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It is indeed a real eye-opener. Being an amateur and a newbie to dA (even otherwise shouldn't stop you), I carefully went through everything you said. And guess what, I decided to stay on, not to quit; hone my skills till I reproduce EXACTLY what I envision. Not because I want to be a "community icon" as you mention, but because I want the gratification, the euphoria of creating something great, something I'm truly proud of. Thank you, O Wise One. 
Ronerk Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with this :)
ObsidianTrance Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your journal entries like this ^_^ They should be put in a wall of Features for new and discouraged artists alike. With so many
people of all ages on DA, there will be those that want the fame and recognition while others just enjoy sharing their art and learning
from others. Some just enjoy the social aspect. I myself am not very social but have drawn since little and absolutely love it! I like to share
and encourage others that are young or just trying their hand at it.
I never knew how large the community was but that sounds about right. I don't think many will stay if they have certain expectations in
mind, but we should strive to keep at heart the reason we love the ability to make art which is unique to each of us
(not everyone can craft, design, draw or paint) and keep growing :)
Thanks a lot for this great entry! :D
Yukikaze-Creations Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A spot on article !
birdsivu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just flat out the best thing ever written here.  I once said of course I know who the top artists here are, and of course, I couldn't possibly know all of the top artists.  I know when I see something I like and have purchased some things here.  I purchased one of my favorite art items here and was so delighted because the artists was in France and I did not have to travel there to discover his artwork.  Really it is a fantastic art forum.  I have to admit that when I am browsing others favorite galleries, I think to myself, wow how did they find this artists?  Where do you look to find the top artists on DevianArt?  Love it here and once again, great article! 
wasthatanorder Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness! Thank you for the words of encouragement~
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Great journal entry, hope lots of people read it :)
pjenz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an absolute fabulous journal.  You hit all of the key points, about an artists artwork.

 I have always said, that to me, art is not just about the technical aspects.  Art to me, is emotional, a piece I can look at or read, or listen to and feel.  A piece of art that pulls at my emotions and makes me feel is what attracts me to so many artists.

 I have alot of people I watch, professional artists and intermediate artists, fabulous artists, who create art for their jobs, their hobbies, or just to improve, and I love them all.  I also watch a of ton of beginners, because they bring me so much joy.  I make sure I comment and fave all of their works and give them encouragement, not because I wish to be popular, not because I wish to gain more viewers.  It is because I thoroughly enjoy watching them grow.  Just watching a beginner, get their feet wet, and watching them learn, and grow, is like watching a new born baby foal or something.  If they ask for my opinion or thoughts on their works, I am truly honored, that I can be a small part of their pending success. 

To my watchers and the people I watch, who seem generally surprised that I comment so much on their works, when they are struggling at times, it is not because of their technical skills, as it is their concepts, their ideas, their outlook on their vision.  Technical skill they can learn, there are enough of tutorials out there and so many generous artists out there that are willing to help, but their concepts, their ideas, their creativity, is what draws me and pulls me in.  It has been such a pleasure to watch them grow as artists as they improve and gather watchers of their own. 

I love your "remember what got you started".  It is too easy to get wrapped up and pulled into the routine, putting pressure on yourself as an artist to perform, and to create masterpiece after masterpiece.  If you put enough of feeling and emotion into it, that will transcend and people will see it, people will feel it.  So my advice would be to stop doing just to do, stop trying to be like others, just feel it, put yourself into your art, and that will definitely come across, and that, that is what makes your art quality. :heart:
KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student General Artist
For me it was very dificult to realize that I can be happy with the result of my work even if it's still far from perfection. I had this irrational fear that if I said that I like my drawing someone would point endless mistakes in response. 
Vexcel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You do a great deed by writing these journals for tons to see! I won't be bothered if you don't reply to this, but I hope you know that you're awesome! Have a nice day~
DreamaDove93 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice journal <3 I think a lot of the popularity comes from drawing stuff that are related to something that has a large fandom. I used to do that and it was wonderful to get tons of faves and comments,; however, that is not all that I wanted to draw. Most of what I draw now is based on stuff that has very small fandoms and while I might not get a lot of feedback it's what I like to do so I just keep putting things out there in case it'll be appreciated. I draw for myself and for close friends and its quite freeing to be able to put whatever randomness I want in my gallery without worrying about the number of faves it'll get.
MisterSnowLeopard Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another great journal :) For me, I draw because I want to be able to bring the ideas in my head to paper, for me to see. I want there to be skill and work involved, because if I could just crap out great art, what would be the point? I wouldn't commission people because I feel like I want to do it, with my own hands, with my own skills. And I don't think I got to be the greatest, but I want to be able draw those ideas I have in a manner that pleases me aesthetically. And I've found I have to make my work practically flawless. I don't feel like it's a bad motivation tho, I get that some people just want to draw for the sake of it, and I enjoy the process itself, but its' the end result that I truly do it for. I long to have a piece that I can truly feel proud of, an accomplishment of my abilities with pencil and at the same time the idea that I came up with in my head drawn the way I wanted it.

Fortunately, I believe I'm on the verge of that right now :)
MisterSnowLeopard Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I also want to add that I don't draw for popularity, even if only a few people like what I draw, I'm content. I really just want me to like it, because I draw for myself. And honestly? On this site, you don't even have to be good to be popular, I've seen some average and awful artists here that have tens of thousands of watchers, artists who fail at basic anatomy, lighting, shadow, etc. From what I've learned, a lot of people, possibly most, don't care about execution, just the idea. Tho I think usually, if not always, the bad art that becomes popular is fanart, which wouldn't surprise me, honestly. Loads of people see a terrible Naruto drawing and love it just because it's fucking Naruto.

For me, I have 50 watchers (somehow) and probably won't ever get extremely popular, no matter how good I become, but that's fine. I can socialize well, but practically nobody interests me enough to want to start up a relationship with, and at the same time, nobody seems to find me interesting. I can hold conversations, but it doesn't lead to anything. So yeah, if getting popular requires that I make loads of friends here, I'll never be popular. But I'm sure there are artists who don't socialize with their fans AT ALL and are extremely popular. But they just got lucky, lucky that lots of people have seen and like their art.
ron4ldk Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for a great article. 
I'm just starting out and the reason I want to create art is because I want to express myself.
mushuni Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
to be honest , when i started out i too wanted people to know me, not here on deviant-art but in my local area, and that same applied to all the online platform i was using at that time. I used to compare myself with pros and it just left me depressed and sad. there was a period when i didn't shoot any picture for almost 8 months.... i also deleted all my social media ( fb, blog, twitter) . But then i always saw things and craved for shooting pictures and i realized that this is why i started photography, in the beginning i was hungry for recognition but then after a long period of depression i found the reason why i want to do it, i started again but this time i concentrated on making picture only. yes it do feel bad when you put so many hours editing a picture and not even one person like it, but then i try to create something better than that . I just finish one piece and move onto next, if i just make one picture and sit whole month waiting for people to like it, then it not going to happen, we as an artist need to create as much as we can .

p.s - i am glad that i discovered you among 31 million users.... i am just lucky :)
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pretty active... so I  hope a lot of people discover me :)
Penguinity Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014   General Artist
When you're making art, you're creating something that has never existed before... but it does now, thanks to you. It's a miracle in itself.

And yes, there will always be people who will appreciate it, and people who won't. Joining sites like Devinatart can sometimes make you feel invisible (if you're not -yet- popular), and you can feel like your effort isn't worthwhile. But the quality and value of your art doesn't have anything to do with how many watchers or favs you have. It is quite easy to forget that.

This journal is a wonderful reminder of that important truth. May we never forget it.
Shyartist245 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I find myself just putting my art up, and not really caring how many watchers I have. I honestly checked and I was like "Wait what? I don't remember these guys XD!"
SirenLash Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
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