deviantART: It Ain’t Your Granny’s Art Gallery

Tilt your head to one side like a bewildered puppy, and repeat after me: “What’s deviantART?”

Oh, I’m positively filled with delight that you asked!

This is the current view of dA’s homepage. It changes approximately every couple hours.

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting deviantART in the 12 years of its existence, don’t worry – you aren’t the only one! Founded in August of 2000 by Scott Jarkoff, Matthew Stephens, and Angelo Sotira, deviantART is the largest online social network for artists and enthusiasts the world over. It boasts a whopping 22+ million members and 65 million visitors a month. Members are able to have their own gallery to showcase and promote their art to anyone who stops by – potentially (and more often than not) reaching visitors from around the world. The About page on deviantART, found HERE conveniently enough, states their manifesto in big, bold letters: “deviantART was created to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us.” Indeed, there is a large variety of styles and media, and a wide range of artists from other countries and differing ages. I suggest meandering on over to the About page and watching the “What’s deviantART?” video they provide – it’s very insightful for those of you who may have never encountered the site before, and it might just persuade  you to sign up for a free account. You don’t have to be a professional artist, though there are some showcasing their talent there already!

Speaking of becoming a member, or “deviant” as they’re called, you may be wondering what’s in store for you if you join. Well, here’s the rundown:

  • Your very own Gallery! Once you submit art to your gallery, it is neatly organized for you in your Gallery, which is how others view your work. Amanda Williams, fellow Guilford student and Hand/Eye contributor, says, “deviantART has really helped me get an understanding for how to get your art out there.”
  • Your Favorites – Be a connoisseur! Collecting art is as easy as a click of your mouse. Just click “Add to Favorites” and the art is in your “faves” so you can enjoy it whenever the fancy strikes.
  • Track your pageviews, so you can see how many people you’re reaching. “I love how one can see the different types of art and ideas people come up with all over the site,” Amanda says.
  • Sell your art! You can upload a “Print” so other members my buy a print of your work. You are paid either through deviantART points, to be used to buy merchandise from their shop, or through PayPal.
  • Join some groups! If you find people who are interested in the same things as you, create a group. Or, find some groups to join! Getting your art into the gallery of a group is a guaranteed way for more people to see it.
  • Gain followers – called “Watchers” on deviantART, these are your fans who wish to be notified when you post new art.
  • Give and Get feedback – You can either comment on an artist’s work, or if they wish, provide a critique with a more structured form. Jay Rob, from NC A&T State University says, “I appreciate these sites because they allow artists to work together and get feedback off of each other. For some artists, I contacted [them] and asked what their techniques were.” He uses deviantART to get feedback and to collaborate with fellow members. He also asks how artists approach their work, and he is interested in his watchers’ creative processes – this allows him to learn from other artists that he may have otherwise never had the chance to meet. This is, I believe, what the founders of deviantART hoped for when they created the site.

So how about it? Anyone for a collaborative Guilford Art Department deviantART gallery?

Don’t miss:

Amanda’s dA gallery!

My dA gallery!

1 response to deviantART: It Ain’t Your Granny’s Art Gallery

  1. says:

    Precisely what seriously moved u to post Vertical
    Blinds “deviantART: It Aint Your Grannys Art
    Gallery | Hand/Eye”? I reallyreally appreciated it!
    Thanks -Skye

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