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(The following "guide" is based on my own experience, but it's not meant to be taken seriously)

Alright everyone! You wanna know how to become popular on deviantART? Then follow these easy steps and you'll reach popularity in no time!

Step 1: Change your username Make a new account

Whoops, sorry. I thought deviantART had a username-change system, but it doesn't. Looks like you'll have to start over and make a new account! Transfer your faves and the people you watch, because you need a good username if you want to be taken seriously here, and making a new account is the only option for now.

Make sure not to choose the name of an anime character and a bunch of random numbers as your username (naruto12345), choose one that's easy to remember and defines your person. Because seriously, who chooses a random word and random numbers as their username?
...moving on.

Step 2: Start making art

The site is called deviantART, so it doesn't matter how well you follow these steps, nobody is going to watch you if your gallery is empty. So start making stuff! Preferably, make things people like. Create fanart of popular stuff. Anime was the best choice a few years ago, but today I'd recommend My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic if you want to get popular fast. (I had about 50 watchers on October 2010. I started making fanart of ponies June 2011. I have 1800+ watchers now. I'm dead serious)

Don't like either, or you just have no artistic talent at all? No problem! Get a kitten, a camera, and start taking pictures of it. Make sure said kitten is the cutest, fluffiest one you can find. If you wanna get serious, find two kittens, and take pictures when they're sleeping, rolled up, cuddling with each other. Make up a cheesy deep, well thought title for it, because it should make people believe it is artistic. BAM! Frontpage!

Step 3: Join groups. All of them

Maybe your art is good, but people still won't stumble upon it. The solution? Join groups! Specially the ones that will actually accept the kind of work you create (which is, the ones with no quality standards). Make sure they're groups with at least 500 watchers or so. Why join small groups when you can join the huge popular ones and spam people's inboxes with your crap at such a fast rate they can't keep up with it? That's sure to draw attention to your profile!

Step 4: Start making art

But this time, make sure it doesn't look like a 3 year old's coloring book. It doesn't matter if you're spamming the Hetalia/Pokemon/MLP groups with your stuff, because if it's not good, people will just ignore you (And most of the time, the groups won't accept it). So stop using MS Paint or taking pictures of your drawings instead of scanning them, nobody likes when you do that.


It's been a while and people still won't take a look at your art. You're getting desperate. Don't panic, this never fails! Just fave every single deviation you see, and give a llama to every single person you can find (don't forget to watch them too!). Most of the time, they will click on your profile page and thank you for being so nice and faving their work. If you're lucky, they'll take a look at your art and watch you back. PROFIT!

Step 6: Buy some points :points:

Don't be cheap, you need these for the next steps. Some people can get popular without following them, but that demands time, effort, lots of practice and patience to make great art, and building yourself a reputation among the community. Who wants to go through all that hassle? Certainly not you! Buy as many points as you can. And now...

Step 7: Give away your points

Remember what you did on an earlier step, when you watched every artist you could find? Okay, now do the same, but instead, give them 1 point! :points: It doesn't have to be an artist you like. It doesn't even have to be an artist at all! When that person sees the notice, he's sure to go to your profile and thank you for your generosity. Remember, 80 points = $1, so you can buy get lots of attention for a low price. DOUBLE PROFIT!

Step 8: Make a givaway journal

Do you still have enough points? No? Then buy more, because we're not done yet! This is an easy one, all you have to do is make a journal announcing you're making a givaway, and that will immediately get people's attention. Just say that to participate, they have to comment and fave it. If lots of people do it, chances are your precious little journal will appear at the bottom bar of the site, making it popular, thus, making you popular. TRIPLE PROFIT!

(Remember, you can't tell people that they have to donate points to enter, Lottery style. Apparently that's against dA's ToS, because of course, that means you will get money, instead of them! So horrible!) And what should you give away? Anything from points to Premium Memberships. State a deadline to enter, and say that you'll choose the winner completely randomly. Pfft, whatever, just make an extra account, enter the givaway with it, and say that's the winner. Nobody will notice!

Step 9: Enjoy your popularity!

If you followed these steps, you're sure to get more popular in no time! Sure, people may comment harsh things on your profile and your work, but that's just because they're jealous of you and your incredible art. So just hide their comments and block them. Who needs honest critiques when you can get tons of people to say your art is perfect when it actually sucks? I hope this guide worked for you, and if it didn't, it means you didn't follow it well.

Okay, there's my "guide". I don't make myself responsible for whatever may happen if you actually decide to do anything on this journal.

Now, totally serious. These steps could make you popular in deviantART, but that doesn't mean you'll automatically be a successful artist in reality. My advice is just to practice, practice, practice:

"Imagine you have several thousand crappy drawings you have to get out of your system before your any good and try your damnedest to get those crappy drawings out as fast as you can."
-Lauren Faust

(I love that quote)

Of course, deviantART is a good place to start sharing your art with others. It doesn't matter whether it's drawings, sculpture, photography, literature, music (Whoops, uploading music isn't possible on the site. F***ing lovely, deviantART staff) or anything else. Just keep practicing and never give up!

By the way, do not fave this. The last thing I want is this crappy journal to take the bottom bar spot of a journal that may have actually been interesting and helpful. I'm just ranting about what I've seen on the site, that's not artistic. But again, most stuff on here isn't artistic either, right? (By the way, I'll classify this journal as "deviantart, Inc.>Help & FAQ" for the sake of parody)
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mistahj1726 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist
Cheerylollypops Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I use MS paint. God, anyone who actually takes this journals advice is a nimwit. The real way to become popular, draw. Just keep drawing, and keep practicing, and you will slowly become very popular. It's working for me just fine.
ArtsyAngelee Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
There is nothing wrong with MS Paint! It depends on how you use it.

I've made many sprites as a kid (like my avatar) with MS Paint and even though I don't do sprites anymore and I use Photoshop now,
my sprites are still the most faved and most popular deviations in my gallery.

I can link you to hundreds of absolute MASTERPIECES that were made solely in MS Paint. The tool you use doesn't matter.
OrokanaKiti Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
yea  to eah their own style...way..and thoughts ^//^ nya~<3
BlazingGuns Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
LOL at the whole make a fake account and win the raffle that's some Dick Dastardly stuff right there.
Blackberriez Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
I use MS paint, but for the background and effects i use photoshop. Is that okay?
Flowerdabunny1000 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question, if you delete your account can you still use the same email? ( I'm unable to make another.. ;-; )
YukiTheDemon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
umbrarie Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
Lmao these are the steps you HAVE TO FOLLOW
WolfKroger74 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This did not answer my question as to how someone can scribble some crap on a napkin and upload it and get 200 views in one day when my work that took hours to complete gets less than 20 views in a month, something is screwy on DA...
scoutdawson Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Bit late to the game here, but from my experience, two types of thing get 'famous' online. 1) an inhumanly amazing thing and 2) an unbelievably shitty thing.

Make one of those two and you're away. Be in the middle, and people will drift by.
XSamuraiEdgeX Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
consider yourself lucky, mate :/ i work hard on my deviations too and they're hardly ever noticed.
stormfang23 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is just the way people do. I see that people do much bad art than me and have 200 watchers. It's because they are nice. That is why
DalmasArtStudios Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the great tips!
Zulphia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Step 2 really works. ^^
Sakura-iro Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL That tip about taking pictures of kittens. So true haha! :D
Galo-ink Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don't like mlp
I going to be unpopular
ArtsyAngelee Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I like MLP but not enough to do a bunch of fanart of it.
Galo-ink Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BlackOutDotEXE Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
I have to say that step 2 always works
hell,it even worked for me :XD:
XsweetsfreakX Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Even if I try all these I'll never get popular. All I get is a tiny bit of comments and like 1 or 3 favs. :(
tabbytigers Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
this may be kind of stupid...
DeviantArt isn't about being popular, it's about sharing and improving 
AtomicPhoton Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don't understand that quote.
I was gonna ask, does a premium account really make a difference?

Also 80pts=$1?!WOW!
EvilPervyGirl Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have one question. When i see peoples drawings, on the right side where it shows the drawings of other people, it is about the same stuff. for example lets say someone draws ed,ddd n eddy and then it shows on the right where it says "more from deviant art" other people with same interest drawing ed ddd n eddy. but for me it just shows random drawings of anime..I don't really know how to explain myself really.
nickperriny7mai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm trying so hard ! :(
BeespokeBagsandMore Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use to get a lot of favs comments and commissions on my old account because I drew lots of lion king crap. Now that I draw my own charecters I am lucky if they get one fav at all!

It is annoying too when all the my little ponies base colouring accounts get tons of attention and paid hundreds of points to adopt their "wonderful" creations

I drew a mlp adopt in my own style and not one fav or interest! 
butterscotts Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014   Digital Artist
This is hilarious:D And I can see that it would probably work too haha.
DeviantSaiyan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
step 9 if none of this works just make custom requests until you get popular, then after your popular never acually do it.
PrancingTomato Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Omg the satire I love it thank you somebody needed to say this
Denimtrans Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You forgot exchanging 'Watch'
JustSnilloc Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dunno man, I can make some serious stuff in MS Paint.
BackwardsPocketWatch Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Step #1 to becoming popular on deviantart, Create a piece named "How to become popular on deviantart" and rake in image and profile views from all the desperate people.

Jk, good guide though.
Letseatpeople Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm following literally all of these steps and I've only got 35 watchers.
jomy10 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It takes time
Letseatpeople Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh. That was so surprising.
Virdeporte Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is the first honest guide i've ever seen. I mean, putting things that actually work instead of a lot of heresay and crap.
Agnethamoon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
What is the point of getting watchers that are not remotely interested in your art? A bigger penis number on your page, that's all. Making good art and putting them into (the right) Groups for display should be enough to get you some attention. .___.  Recently I got watched by someone who stated in his journal that if he got to 150 watchers, he (I think it was a he) would give away a Premium Membership. Sorry, but there are only two sorts of people that I watch back: People whose art I enjoy and people I've had a nice and lengthy conversation with. I will never get overly  popular that way but at least my audience is somewhat genuine.
jomy10 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's why you need good art :)
And i agree,
just giving away stuff isn't the way to get popular,
if you get popular and people buy your paintings (if you sell them)
then you can start by doing something like that,
just make shire they like your art,
that's the best method!
Agnethamoon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Midnight-Star234 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I hope this helps me
KhaliaArt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, this is so interesting!! :clap:
SpetsnazKaz Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey Deviantart!

If you are an "artist", follow this quick and easy guide to guarantee the maximum possible amount of pageviews humanly possible! :trollface:

If you "draw"/post Recolors/Sparkledogs/Anime/Fetishes:

You get: 10,000,000+ favourites, pageviews, watchers, a Daily Deviation, Admin support/friendship, special "priviledges" such as a free subscription, and everyone an their mothers wanting to draw your "BYOOTIFUL KARAKTURR."

If you actually know how to draw:


A handful of watchers, one or two [good] ones, if you're lucky, who [the majority] will not bother even commenting and/or favouriting ANY of your journals/forums/artwork, making you question why they even bothered watching you in the first place. 
The world will thank me later. :iconheplz:
Prince-Vegeta-0011 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
I feel ya there
SpetsnazKaz Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's funny 'cause it's true. :iconheplz:
Prince-Vegeta-0011 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
SpetsnazKaz Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, my work here is done. :trollface:
Saiyanpelt-and-Co Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The truth hurts, huh?
SpetsnazKaz Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes it does. :(
Saiyanpelt-and-Co Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:hug: I feel you, man.  Literally, we have some arm to waist contact going.
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