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Many artists on deviantART would like to receive comments on their pieces, but there are certain ways of going about it. This article will list some of the ways that will hinder you and the ways that will support your efforts in getting comments. Although this list is by no means comprehensive and you may disagree with some things, we hope that it will aid in your endeavours, regardless.


Actions that are :no:


Posting on Group or Profile Pages
It does not matter what group or profile page you visit, if you post a comment asking for people to give feedback on your art, it is unlikely that people will do so, especially if the group or person encounter these types of comments frequently. Although this is a form of putting yourself out there in the community, it also suggests laziness in that you expect people to come to you (when they have little incentive) instead of the reverse. It would be better to seek a more active approach to getting feedback, as opposed to just leaving comments akin to spam.

Passive Approach
A lot of people need to put a lot of time and effort into getting themselves seen in the community. It is not enough to upload your art and expect people to come flocking to you. Because this community is so huge, it is easy to have your art towed under all the other pieces of art out there. This means that one must do more to get more exposure. These methods will be explained later in this article.

Being Self-Centred
If it's all about 'me', 'me', 'me', it's unlikely that you'll get far. Commenting and the community work best by receiving comments as well as giving comments. If everyone just wanted to get comments, nobody would give them and the balance would be tipped. If a person actively watches you and comments on your art often, consider expressing your appreciation so that their efforts are recognised if you are not already doing so. If a person keeps giving and giving without receiving much in return, be it recognition, comments, etc. they may lose the motivation to continue supporting you.


Actions that are :nod:


Invest and Explore
If you want to be involved in a group or you want to get comments, take the time to explore what it's all about, what projects there are, what systems they have in place and more. Instead of posting on a page requesting people to come to you, discover what is already there for you to seize. In terms of ProjectComment in particular, there are systems and projects in place ready for you to use:
  • Targeted Comments ~ Get your questions answered by linking your art to get comments that are more driven and focused for you.
Overall, invest your time and effort into the things you come across and, in return, other people will invest their time and effort in you.

Active Approach
As stated, it takes a lot of time and effort to be seen and to get comments on your art. However, if you integrate yourself in the community, this will be easier.

Consider doing the following:
  • Joining Groups either as an admin or member, and taking part in their projects and contests. Submit to the group's gallery and favourites to showcase your art and achieve more exposure overall.
  • Join chat events or participate in chat where you may be able to share your work. ProjectComment is hosting a chat event dedicated to commenting on your art this week, as announced here.
If you take a more active approach in getting comments and you integrate yourself in the community as well, you'll be doing something towards getting comments rather than sitting back and waiting for people to come to you.

If you want to go one step further, perhaps you could host a project or a contest yourself, or even post news articles featuring the artworks of others.

Having Fun
Take part in things for their own sake and have fun. Instead of going just to the Thumbshare Forum, for example, perhaps you could visit other Forums and post there as well. Jump into conversations, interact with others, and enjoy yourselves.  Form friendships so that you have people willing to support you for a long time to come and take a step back from getting and giving constructive comments. In some ways, it's better to take things as they are and to not come off as a person who is only concerned about comments and exposure.


These things are pretty much well known to a lot of us, but they form a good, solid foundation that many can relate with.

FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?


Keep watch :+devwatch: of ProjectComment to find out more ways to help your commenting!

Thank you for reading, :love:

3wyl, posting on behalf of ProjectComment
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:icontoonsgirl27:
Toonsgirl27 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this article! I felt I truly learned about how to get comments on my artwork and writing.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope so! The article was written a long time ago, so who knows whether it is still relevant. :O
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Mykido Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
\thanks alot
This make me understand more about commenting <///<

but i have a question : which arts should we comment ? arts of this group's folder or any art in deviantart ?
and i dont really get the " get and recieve comment " how it works ? to whose art i should comment
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3wyl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am glad! :O

If you would like to submit to ProjectComment's Gallery, please comment on the deviations in ProjectComment's Gallery, specifically, folders 2 to 4.

More information is explained here: How to Submit to our Gallery?
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Mykido Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you sooo much ^^
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Let me know if there is anything else! :)
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ZtheSOI Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Student General Artist
This is a very nice article! You pointed out that there are many opportunities out there for deviants to grasp. Hopefully many others can give out more constructive comments! Faved! :D
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely! It does require a lot of effort, time and more, but it can be worth it for sure!

Thank you for reading and for faving! :hug:
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cality Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the way this is formatted and laid out – it's very easy to follow. You make excellent points here. :la: 

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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014   General Artist
Great article :heart: thanks for writing!
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for reading! :hug:
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014   General Artist
:heart:
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jiasen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
great article....i really need to get involved with the group....thanks for sharing this... :)
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed! Either as an admin or a member, if you do something, it's better than nothing. :nod:
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jiasen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
yes..i really feel weird when i see lots of great artists are not getting as much exposure as some mediocre artists get through-dont know how..may be advertising or something (i really do not want to be judgmental about anybody's art..but i am talking about a general taste)....i would love to check on the project comment group more often..and if possible make such group so that more good ppl get exposure they deserve..thanks so much for having such nice group and inspiring people....
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's partly because people aren't putting themselves out there. A lot of people like their little corners. :hmm:

That would be great! We'd appreciate the support. :nod:
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jiasen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
yes true...and along with that few more cause contribute to it...according to my experience...

what i have seen is..some ppl get more comment watch or fav thru point accounts where they can donate points and get watches etc....which i personally do not think that construct a good community relation..

secondly i have seen many artists look for an ice breaker...they really do not get the vibe of the other person they r in conversation to start with...i cant blame anyone for that coz we all are talking from behind a screen...but what i have seen while i am interested in a conversation about art or community or anything else with a certain person..the other person often either is reluctant (which proves your first point) or do not know how to engage in the conversation.....

also what is more concerning for me is that some artists have an competing attitude with each other....they compare watchers,page views etc to be more "Famous" ..though i do not see anything wrong with that...but in this process we deviate a lot from having a good relationship with each other.....

i have seen few extremely good artist who are shy too.....
sorry for writing a wall of text....loll...i just wanted to share my experience about it....these all may not be the only reason and there may be more reasons to this phenomenon .....
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I can imagine that there are a few different causes. :nod:

Oh.. yes, I have seen that. Point accounts are interesting, but somewhat superficial, because it seems like you're buying it when you don't have to buy it at all, if that makes sense?

It doesn't construct a good sense of community relations, no. :no:

Getting involved in a conversation can be difficult sometimes. Some people are more welcoming than others, that's for sure.

Or maybe they just don't want to engage in conversation at all? =/

Yes, a lot of people view it all as a massive competition which it isn't at all. :hmm:

It's quite saddening, even, because it takes the fun out of things, no?

It is quite complicated and complex overall. :nod:
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jiasen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
:)
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Riemea Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article with some very good points. :clap:
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014   Photographer
Excellent article!.:clap:

I won't lie, one thing that will stop me from commenting on art is that dang ellipses. It's not that hard to include a personal blurb about the photo, even if it's just the location...put SOMETHING of substance there, dangit! :shakefish:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a fair point. I think I mentioned that in an earlier article somewhere. :nod:

It doesn't hurt for sure!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Fantastic article! :clap: Very good points you laid out here for both effective and ineffective methods to receive more feedback.
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I thought it'd sound a bit condescending, I have to say. >.>
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nope, thought it was great! :huggle:
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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Nameda Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
good artcicle though pictures of tits and genitalia or crappy manga gets you more faves than all of this could ever do :p 
But honestly good and to the point
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a fair point. :nod:

Thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
:hug: unfortunately true it annoys me loads that high quality art very often has so much less faves than pure crap
but than again.. what do I expect of people who watch big brother, the bachelor dalls and the likes :lmao:
I am just glad that dA has one huge plus and this is the factor that you will find gorgeous friends here!!!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the scale is quite tipped there. :hmm:

There is that. I guess it is reflective of society. :P

Indeed! :hug:
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DTKinetic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good article, I would agree, it's ideas that we're already familiar with, but it's good to have it written out for newer members. =)
I like the "Actions that are" section. :XD:
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's almost common sense, I guess, but hopefully it helps a few people.

Indeed. :D
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Wyntry Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great article. Very Informative and has taught me a few tips that I can use in the future. Hopefully, everyone will benefit from this and get out there! :) 
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you think so!

Indeed! Hopefully people do benefit from it all. :nod:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic article!!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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