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You don't have to be a Gallery Moderator or have a fancy symbol next to your name to promote and support artists within your favourite gallery. The suggestions listed below are for everyone, and if you want something a little more useful than just my ideas, don't forget to pay a visit to the Help & FAQ section of dA - you'll find a link at the bottom of every single page.



Featuring art

To avoid repeating myself, I'd like to point you in the direction of a tutorial called Promoting other people's art [ rockstarvanity.deviantart.com/… ] which contains information about...

  • Featuring art in your journal
  • Featuring art in news articles
  • Making sure your features are accessible to all
  • Suggesting Daily Deviations
  • Sharing deviations




Be a groupie

Unless you've been hiding under a rock lately, you'll have heard all about Groups on dA.  These are set up and maintained by Admins, from the Founder (the person who 'owns' the group) to Moderators and Contributors.  These roles are different within each group, and each group has it's own set of rules for joining and submitting.
    
The GM who looks after your favourite gallery will also be able to point you in the direction of active groups, or at least point you in the direction of an community member who you can ask about where to find clubs to join.

Of course, you can also set up your own group if you like.  One major frustration with running a group or club is that lots of people are keen to be an admin but don't really have enough time to dedicate to the 'job'. If you're going to offer to help out with a group, please give it a decent amount of thought before you apply and be completely honest about how much time you can devote to it.

There's an entire section in the ever-useful Help & FAQ area, found through a link at the bottom of every single page on dA.



Contests and collaborations

While dA almost always has a few official contests on the go, hosted by the CR team or run in conjunction with an outside sponsor, anyone is welcome to run their own contest. Running a contest can be great fun and is a wonderful way to inspire your fellow deviants and encourage participation in a community-wide event. Please bear in mind though, if you want to run a contest with prizes you can't rely on other people to provide these prizes.

Volunteers (people with ^ and @ symbols in front of their username) do not have a contest prize budget, so while some may volunteer to offer prizes for unofficial contests relating to the galleries they moderate it is unfair to expect this. GMs are here to help though, so they may be able to help you promote your contest through news articles journals and news articles.

#CommunityRelations and #Fella are also good places to check out if you're thinking of setting up a contest or project and would like some ideas about how to publicise it.  Running a contest with big prizes isn't the only way to hold an inspirational and exciting event for your fellow artists. If you're not in a position to give big-money prizes but would still like to run your own event, here are some alternatives...

  • Points as prizes! dA has recently introduced Points which can be used prizes and incentives.  Get more info here >> help.deviantart.com/234/
  • Have an art trade, where you create a piece of art dedicated to someone else and they create one dedicated to you.
  • Offer gift art or ask your friends to inspire you by suggesting topics or subjects to base your next work on.
  • Instead of points, prints and subs, offer journal or userpage features as prizes. On a site as big as dA, a bit of extra exposure can really make someone's day.
  • Start a thread in the Thumbshare Forum asking people to link you to pieces of art that they'd like critique on, or ask for examples of work on a theme to illustrate a news article or journal entry.
  • Start a collaboration project to encourage people to work together, either on small creations shared between two people or on something bigger than you create as a group.




Be a teacher or a mentor

If you have a brain packed full of useful information, share it! Anyone can submit a tutorial to the Resources gallery and whatever you write about, someone will appreciate you sharing your knowledge. If you enjoy writing tutorials, make a folder for them in your gallery and display it on your userpage so that other people can easily find all the useful things you've made. If you enjoy collecting other people's tutorials, you can feature the collection on your userpage.

If you'd like to share your knowledge in a more personal and involved way, you can offer critique on other people's art (keep it polite and constructive, please!) or volunteer your time as a mentor.  I can guarantee that you'll have people jumping at the chance to receive helpful comments on their work from someone who knows what they're talking about!



Set an example

Who inspires you more - the person who submits three dArama-filled journal entries a day, bitches about other people all the time and publicly insults everything that isn't to their taste? Or the person who writes tutorials and helpful news articles, features art in their journal and helps out with promoting other deviants' projects?

I'm not saying that everyone should censor their opinions or silently tolerate unpleasantness, but when the majority of your journal entries are based around complaining about things you hate without offering suggestions, you aren't doing anyone any good. If you've got a problem with something, try and deal with it maturely.

You get out what you put in, so if your interactions are based in positivity you'll have a much more positive experience. It sounds obvious, but it never hurts to have a reminder...do unto others, and all that.



Make yourself known

Say hi to a Gallery Moderator or group admin today! They aren't scary and unapproachable, and when you send notes or leave comments talking about the galleries or groups they look after you are NOT bothering them or annoying us. Often, group admins and GMs want to get to know you better, to be introduced to the artists who submit to and care about the galleries they care about.  So don't be scared to make friends with your GM or group admin - when you dedicate time and enthusiasm to supporting us and each other, your efforts certainly don't go unnoticed. If you aren't sure who your GM is, you can find a list of the current CR team at #CommunityRelations.



If you do want to volunteer in an official capacity, #CommunityRelations is a great place to start your hunt for information.
This tutorial began life as a news article.
I'm resubmitting it, in honour of dA's
10th Birthday (7th August 2010), as a
deviation which is easier to save and share.


This has been translated into French by =Kereska





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Scathach24 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Wow you are seriously awesome for doing this! I am definately doing this!
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   Photographer
:hug:
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't believe I've only just come across this now.
I love it and will definitely be linking it around! :clap:
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   Photographer
Aww, thank you :hug:
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :hug:
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alexskyline Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Can I just stop by and say "hi" to you? Hi! :wave:

Liked the article, by the way! :aww:
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011   Photographer
Hi back at ya :aww:
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alexskyline Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
:meow:
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ZoeHildebrand-R Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Thank you for all the helpful advice!
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011   Photographer
You're very welcome :aww:
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titan-kaose Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for makeing it i know that it will help me in the fucture
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011   Photographer
:hug: You're very welcome.
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titan-kaose Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^_^
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ElectronicRainbow Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a lovely article, really! :clap: I don't know why I stumbled over it only today, but I enjoyed reading it and nodded all the time. It provides a very positive view on the possibilities this community offers and how you can be a part of it, help others and still get what we basically all hope for - a little exposure and feedback for and on our art!
I remember starting posting to DA and how big and complicated everything seemed to be and how you think that you will never be more than a tiny member in a humongous sea of users. But if you are willing to communicate, to share, and to really be a part of the community, it will embrace you. :nod: Commenting, faving, a few kind words - it's all about how positive your attitude towards others and their art is, and positivity (is that an existing English word? O_o)will get back to you.

So, yeah, I really enjoyed your article! :heart:
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   Photographer
Yep, positivity is an English word :)
I'm glad you enjoyed this so much. I remember joining dA and feeling absolutely lost in a sea of hugeness. I asked a heap of stupid questions and everyone was so nice. I felt at home right away.
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Xerces Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such a lovely set of tips. I can only hope more people follow!
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Snowy-Ninja Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
yes i love running contests and seeing how diffrent people view the same thing its mind blowing really :giggle: and i would like to help my watchers more... how i am not sure but oh well... I think when people say they 'cant' meet someone on here they are not really trying... you have to do more then draw and talk you really have to get stuck in... but i am rambling..
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010   Photographer
you have to do more then draw and talk

Exactly. The 'if we build it, they will come' mentality is totally void when it comes to internet stuff. It needs to be built and promoted :D
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laurenhiya21 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
i cant really do many of these lol
can't really feature art, i've joined a lot of groups but that really doesnt do anything (does give me some more exposure though), and i consider myself a noobie so i dont really feel confident enough to make a tutorial DX
plus being shy doesnt help DX
this IS a good tutorial though, (wasnt trying to say it wasnt) im sure it would help others with more confidence
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010   Photographer
If you're getting more exposure through Groups, maybe you could suggest to the group admins to make a 'Critique Me' folder or write a blog encouraging members to give each other feedback or get to know each other better :aww:
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laurenhiya21 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
maybe maybe
a lot of the groups im in already have that kind of thing lol
but thanks for the suggestion :)
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Uhm I see. But I don't think it works that easily. I mean. I've been trying to meet people, especially people who could help me making my art better, but it's not that easy. I mean, there's people watching me, but there's precious little communication, and forums and groups aren't that useful either, as a source of communication. At least not to me. Plus I'd love to help with tutorials or stuff like that, but all I know that is not based upon a constant empyrical try and error already is available in tutorials on DA, so making a tutorial would make no sense...
One of the reasons I'm here is to network with other artists, but so far, it doesn't work much... Or maybe I'm missing something.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010   Photographer
You can write tutorials about anything you know, relating to the art you create or the tools you use. There's always someone out there who can benefit from your knowledge :aww:
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nico4mk Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one! although I sometimes forget what I am here for in dA, this one certainly gave me time to think about what I can do to help others in need of guidance and tutorials.

i have to admit i do not know where to start. ;P
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010   Photographer
:hug:
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PrincessKooh Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool and im always willing to help and actuall there are a few mods ^, seniors `, and such ive found a tad unapproachable but youre definately a good person :-)
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010   Photographer
Thank you :hug:
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PrincessKooh Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Youre welcome
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Sammet-Metal Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Woo I totally don't agree with the 1st deviant said :XD: hmm I'm always willing to help If anyone wants me to, and I think I'm not doing it wrooong :XD:
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010   Photographer
Aww, thank you. I think maybe the first person to respond missed the point somewhere along the line. I'm glad other people can see that this isn't just encouraging people to whore around :hug:
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medreaming Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Thank you for making this a deviation I can :+fav:!
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010   Photographer
:hug:
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Andrea-Reyes Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
I don't see this as whoring, I see it as sharing art within a community as a whole.. why else are you here? Some come to enjoy others art and some come to share their art while enjoying others art. I don't go around asking or begging people to come to my page and view my work and I never will, but I sure as hell will share others work with all of my friends on here. I DO get to know my GMs for the galleries that I submit too, not only because they oversee my own deviations, but if I submit something that needs some kind of critiquing, they might be able to point me in the right direction. Most GMs love to be involved in the community and love helping out.


These are all wonderful tutorials, thank you so much for actually taking the time to write them up and share them with us, you did an outstanding job :love:

and what you have said is nowhere near rude.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010   Photographer
:tighthug:
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SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
Great job :)
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010   Photographer
:tighthug:
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SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:blush: :faint: :tighthug:
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Indemnite Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Basically, whore yourself out. Sorry if it sounds blunt, but that's what it is.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010   Photographer
That's absolutely not what is being said here and I'm not really sure how you reached that conclusion, but we all see things differently and everyone has the right to their own perceptions and opinions.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment :)
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Indemnite Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Except it is.
Go everywhere, post your art everywhere, post everyone else's art on your page etc.
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BadLittleMonster Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
The idea is to network.
Get your art out there, and be as active as you can. No one is going to see your work if you never post it, share it, or network with others.
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Indemnite Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Like I said.
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BadLittleMonster Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Sure, but if you sit in a hole and "never whore yourself out" you'll have little to no views (like you do now).

Good luck with that!
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Indemnite Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
What the fuck are you talking about? We agree, except we use different words.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010   Photographer
As I said, everyone has the right to their own perceptions and opinions :)
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Indemnite Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
That's a really rude thing to say, you know.
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