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Old 04-29-2008, 03:17 PM   #1
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Question Deviant art

Any sculptors here have Deviant Art pages? If so, how does it work and is it worth the effort to set up a membership?

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Old 04-29-2008, 03:45 PM   #2
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I set up an account there a while back---

http://monsterpappa.deviantart.com/


It's easy to use, but honestly I've yet to find any real benefit to signing up. I'm not entirely convinced that it's a great venue for reaching out to potential clientel... I've gotten several thousand pageviews and a handful of commission inquiries, but nothing that amounted to much more than a fellow artist wanting a maquette sculpted of one of his/her creations (for pocket change of course). To be honest, I only log in once every couple months, just to make sure I haven't missed any interesting private messages. Of course, if I didn't already have a personal website to serve as an online 'portfolio', I would probably view DA as being invaluable.

It's a good place to meet other like-minded artists though, if that's what you're looking for. Just be prepared to sift through thousands of "how did you make that?" and "your stuff is teh awesome!" comments on a weekly basis.
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:03 PM   #3
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I set up an account there a while back---

http://monsterpappa.deviantart.com/


It's easy to use, but honestly I've yet to find any real benefit to signing up. I'm not entirely convinced that it's a great venue for reaching out to potential clientel... I've gotten several thousand pageviews and a handful of commission inquiries, but nothing that amounted to much more than a fellow artist wanting a maquette sculpted of one of his/her creations (for pocket change of course). To be honest, I only log in once every couple months, just to make sure I haven't missed any interesting private messages. Of course, if I didn't already have a personal website to serve as an online 'portfolio', I would probably view DA as being invaluable.

It's a good place to meet other like-minded artists though, if that's what you're looking for. Just be prepared to sift through thousands of "how did you make that?" and "your stuff is teh awesome!" comments on a weekly basis.
Sort of the last thing I want, to be honest. On both counts.

I'll think about it some more. I don't have an actual web site. Somebody needs to slap me.

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Old 04-29-2008, 08:11 PM   #4
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Sort of the last thing I want, to be honest. On both counts.

I'll think about it some more. I don't have an actual web site. Somebody needs to slap me.)
You're not the only one William. I've rattled on about "geting a website" for years now and need to get one done soon too.

I can see a Deviant Site useful if you need to send potential clients to a place to see your work though- especially if you don't have a full website.

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Old 04-29-2008, 09:47 PM   #5
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Any easy website to make is a blog like mine: www.claudiosetti.com

Easy to change and update plus search engines will find it easier because of all the words on it...

Granted its not for everyone but it is one option

A web site alone is really not going to get any new clients though but you need to have some sort of presence online now a days... I've never gotten any work from my website to be honest but then again that wasn't what it was geared towards either

A lot of people do comment on how much it has helped them which is the point of my blog...

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Old 04-29-2008, 09:55 PM   #6
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You're not the only one William. I've rattled on about "geting a website" for years now and need to get one done soon too.

I can see a Deviant Site useful if you need to send potential clients to a place to see your work though- especially if you don't have a full website.

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its been really useful for me.

the only downside is that people can't really contact me there . . so i need to give them my page as well as my email.
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deviantArt is really only good if you're an unestablished nobody like me and want to help get your name out and build a fan base. It does serve as a decent online portfolio as well if you're an html 'tard like me. But other than that it really won't do too much for you.
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Hey, how could I forget.... Meeting ol' Prof. Oreo has probably been the single most rewarding thing to come out of my DA membership so far.
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Hey, how could I forget.... Meeting ol' Prof. Oreo has probably been the single most rewarding thing to come out of my DA membership so far.
Aww shucks... Thanks Andy!!! I'm blushing!!
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:23 PM   #10
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deviantArt is really only good if you're an unestablished nobody like me and want to help get your name out and build a fan base. It does serve as a decent online portfolio as well if you're an html 'tard like me. But other than that it really won't do too much for you.
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i guess that's why it works for me
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