I am in need of some advice from artists! please!

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Traditional art can get a lot of attention too, even in grayscale (see Ecmajor , Longinius ), and it's in fact a great way to get noticed (not many traditional artists around here), but as expected, the required level of skill and attention to detail and picture cleanness is quite high
Leastways
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hi there
hi. i don`t usually upload my traditional arts anywhere, but when i did, i used advices from this video to make them look better → https://youtu.be/ynET0ZYAq_M
hope you find some tips in it informative.
also, if you`d like to try digital art, i can also suggest you trying to color your traditional drawings. here is video where this process shown → https://youtu.be/j9Ub_IdceF4
regarding your other points, i can tell you that becoming popular artist is a tricky stuff. popularity overall is more about being good in social media marketing, which involves choosing popular topics over your own preferences. if drawing your own ideas makes you happy, don`t rush for other people`s approvement. it will come itself eventually, but if not, that`s not necessarily bc you are bad in art. Van Gogh sold only few paintings in his lifetime, but after his death he is concidered as one of the greatest artists of his century. i think he was upset about his drawings not being recognized by people too. but it was his passion, and lack of praising and appretiation didn`t stop him from creating his paintings. so shall we all do, i think. just don`t validate yourself or your art based on likes/favs ratio.
i hope some of my advices will help you <3
Roseluck
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A lot in this post will be reminding you of the obvious. Will start with the most important of them all.

Don't draw for "feedback or praise." That's a recipe for disaster. You'd still draw if there was no internet to post it on after all, right?

Or maybe it should be don't post for that reason. If you only upload to get your 'notice me!' fix, you won't be happy. Because you'll end up drawing what's popular to post rather than what you actually want to draw. And get disappointed every time you get less attention than you thought you'd get.

Not even ten percent of what I draw ends up on the internet (read: the to-vector list) and I'm not worse off for it. At all. Because I post to share what I've done. Feedback and praise are a bonus, not the goal. Upvotes mean I made that many people a little bit happier, nothing else. Result is I don't feel bad when I'm not noticed.

Building up from Leastways' post now.

They're right. Going 'half-digital,' cleaning up your artwork, is essential. Or even just playing with brightness and contrast to make the picture black on white rather than a mess of dark grey lineart on slightly less grey. Use something like GIMP if you don't have a smartphone. Lasso and magic wand may be necessary for extra cleaning.

Remember that the first thing most people will see of your artwork is a small thumbnail. High contrast thumbnail means more easily noticed in the sea of actually colored pictures. Also means people click because 'I want to see this closer!' rather than 'what the hell is that supposed to be?'

That's another important thing. "The sea."

You've uploaded five pictures in three months. How many tens of thousands other pictures were uploaded in that time?

It's normal that you didn't get attention. It isn't even that people don't like or care about your art. It's that they never noticed it in the first place. Because it was only a few drops in a constant downpour.

But little by little, upload by upload, watcher by watcher, more people will notice your art. Probably will only be upvotes and faves. Comments probably won't have much feedback (not everyone is capable of explaining themselves, especially with only internet words), or praise deeper than 'moar!' (usually without even a "please" too).

And obviously. Diaper fetish. Your pics won't show on default filters and that's an instant blacklist for many people. Me included. So your art will always be less noticed than regular art.

You're a recent drop in a years-old bucket. If you expect people to notice you from the start, yeah, you'll be disappointed. And if you put so much focus on 'internet attention' to begin with… Yeah, I've seen that before. Never pretty. Especially when depression's involved. Pretty much a poisoned gift.

Going back to the art itself.

In addition to the cleanup and presentation thing, well. Your art doesn't look finished.

It's good as a sketch, a draft, work in progress. I understand what everything is supposed to be. But when I look at it, I think "cool concept art, when's the final product?"

Like, if you read a comic book where all panels were like this, would you consider it a completed comic book? There are some monochrome, traditional comics out there and they don't look like that. Or they're labeled WIP.

So, outside of the 'quality of life' advice. Clean up your drawings to make them look complete. Then clean them up again 'half-digitally' because apparently scanners aren't any artist's friend.

Hope this helps. Guess we'll see after you've posted five other pictures. And five others after that…
RevyGlimmer
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@Roseluck
Don't draw for "feedback or praise." That's a recipe for disaster. You'd still draw if there was no internet to post it on after all, right?


That's not the main point I'm trying to come across, a lot of what I am trying to do is just posting it, to have it saved, and to see IF … "IF!" people enjoy it. When I say, "Praise", I mean, that in general, not completely about me. Traditional art is not getting much ratings, is what I am saying. The statement I've made was not specifically clear enough. 'Feedback' Is your only 'obvious'. While I am drawing what I want, for myself, I still would like to see if people enjoy it, even if it's left sketched or not 'picture-quality-approved'. I just don't need to be expecting it too much, as I have, I got carried away with that, and will not again.

Or maybe it should be don't post for that reason. If you only upload to get your 'notice me!' fix, you won't be happy. Because you'll end up drawing what's popular to post rather than what you actually want to draw. And get disappointed every time you get less attention than you thought you'd get.



You've uploaded five pictures in three months. How many tens of thousands other pictures were uploaded in that time?

It's normal that you didn't get attention. It isn't even that people don't like or care about your art. It's that they never noticed it in the first place. Because it was only a few drops in a constant downpour.



Most of my work so far has been from my mind and what I wanted to draw, not what others want me to draw. I am not a type of person to be the showboat, when it comes to my creativity. I think I can make that very clear. I've always drawn my artwork for myself. Never from what an audience expects.

When I say, "and figuring out what I want do and how I want do it", I really mean that my ideas were cut short. I never really got them to come out due to many struggles I've had in the past, destroying the motivations I could of had to even do it, EVEN WHEN drawing for MYSELF!~

And for the main page on here… anything is visable, it's about the on perspectives and filters.

And obviously. Diaper fetish. Your pics won't show on default filters and that's an instant blacklist for many people. Me included. So your art will always be less noticed than regular art.


'Regular art' …

My artwork, is not meant to be COMPLETELY suggestive. It's more of a inspiration in a 'what-if' universe and is not meant to be confused for just one thing in the picture.

You're a recent drop in a years-old bucket. If you expect people to notice you from the start, yeah, you'll be disappointed. And if you put so much focus on 'internet attention' to begin with… Yeah, I've seen that before. Never pretty. Especially when depression's involved. Pretty much a poisoned gift.


I'm am not in any expectations, I am open up to waiting, even when it comes to what is in my artwork. Everytime I post something, I know the rating count will be low, due to my fetish, and I understand that.



It's good as a sketch, a draft, work in progress. I understand what everything is supposed to be. But when I look at it, I think "cool concept art, when's the final product?"

Like, if you read a comic book where all panels were like this, would you consider it a completed comic book? There are some monochrome, traditional comics out there and they don't look like that. Or they're labeled WIP.


:|
RevyGlimmer
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@Leastways
Thank you for your reply! I've tried to work with cropping, filters, contrast, and fixing the lighting before, but it has been hard to get the exact outcome. I looked at both videos btw. I will look at them again, hopefully, and will find those improvements!
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