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How to get feedback on dA

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 24, 2014, 2:36 PM


We all joined this site, more or less for this reason, to get feedback on our art. The whole point of submitting art online is for people to see it and hear what they think about it. 

Now there are a lot of deviants out there who get little to no feedback and as a result ask the people who faved their art to comment or go to random people on dA and ask for them to look at their art or comment in the hopes that the person will be kind enough to return the favor. 
A message to the people who do that, you're doing it all wrong.
Sure, if you ask 20 people who faved your drawing what they thought about it, you might get 1 or 2 answers, but in return, you'll be ignored by say 10 people and you'll annoy 8 people. I get these comments and i'm telling you, begging for feedback is not the way to go, if someone didn't comment when they fave, what makes you think forcing their hand is the right way to go? 
A fav is a compliment, take it a it is. Not everyone has time to comment, but you should be happy they took the time to look at your art and click that fav button. 

Also, commenting on random deviants and expecting them to return the favor might leave you disappointed. There are many friendships that can be forged this way but it's tedious because many deviants aren't very active on dA, many are just interested in receiving comments and don't even reply, and many are happy to receive your comment but have no time/don't feel like returning the favor. That is especially the case with popular artists who receive lots of comments and literally don't have the time to answer/comment/ check out people's galleries. So if you want to do it this way, it's ok, but you could try to comment on deviations who have few to 0 comments. Check to see if they answer to their comments, if they don't, chances are they don't really care for giving and receiving feedback (or they might be interested in receiving feedback but are sure as hell not going to give you any).

Most deviants wait for people to come to them and comment, and that's a legitimate way of doing it. But if you really don't feel like waiting for that to happen and don't want to leave this to chance then here are your options:

1. Comment for comment group, i will even list a few in case you don't know how to search for groups on dA :iconprojectcomment: read their projects and journals and apply to get feedback there. You will have to comment in return but isn't it much better to comment knowing that you will receive feedback as well? 
more groups: :iconproject-comment: :iconiwantfeedback: :iconanimangafeedbackclub: :iconcomment-club: :iconcomment-revolution: :iconcommentart: :iconfeedbackfrenzy: 

2. critique groups - if you're interested in in-depth comments and critiques, there are groups for that as well. 
Critique groups:
:iconcritiquecommunity: :icongoldencritique-club: :iconcritique-exchange: :iconcritique-it: :iconcritique-boutique: :iconcritiquegeeks:

3. Thumbshare in forums. forum.deviantart.com/showcase/… bet many of you didn't know that even existed :)

4. if you're a writer, there are groups for you too! :iconthewrittenrevolution: :icongrammarnazicritiques: which are literature critique groups

5. Be active in the community. Give llamas, browse the undiscovered section, comment in the forums and give other people feedback, but not just random people but people who asked for feedback in the thumbshare or the feedback groups, they are most likely to be grateful for your comment and return the favor. Don't just wait for them to come to you, try to be the one to make the first step. 

I am by no means an expert, this is just what I would do. I get enough feedback and i am very happy with it. If you know of other good methods to get feedback then you can suggest it here and i will include it in this journal.

If you want my oppinion on a particular drawing, you can write a link in this journal and i will try to answer to as many people as possible.


Also, please fav this journal so that many people can see it and have this information. You'd be surprised how many deviants out there have no idea how to find these feedback groups.
I also encourage you to comment on each other's linked drawings in this journal, but you don't have to if you don't want to, but you'll make someone happy if you do.

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:iconnomorehope97:
NoMoreHope97 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, thanks! :)

Can I maybe get you to comment on this? :)
Luxurio
It's totally okay if you don't have the time :)
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jenny-theanimator Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, this is going to be really helpful for me! I'm very glad that you gave me this information. Thank you.
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:iconivy020:
ivy020 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you; this is very helpful!
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome :D
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ivy020 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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MalenaValcarcel Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the tips, Im new and still dont know how to move around. I arrived here following some interesting articles and Im so glad :) Thank you for sharing.
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no problem :D glad to share ^^
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ZlayZlay Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke!!!
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kool-kantus2 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks that is really helpful
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Shark-Demon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sometimes guilty of "faving and running" but I normally try to leave a comment even if it's something extremely short.
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Yuuza Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
don't be. there's no need to feel guilty about that because whoever whines about people "faving and running" did not deserve your fav in the first place, not to mention a comment. They don't see a fav is a compliment, they look down on them as if they're dirt and 'comments' are the holy grail. Those ignorants don't even deserve your fave :(
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jenny-theanimator Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely agree!
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Shark-Demon Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thankfully I didn't many complaints about this issue but it's appreciated. :hug:
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DantesBlazingIT Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
I found this really useful thanks
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
glad you did :D
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014   General Artist
This is a great article! Thanks for sharing it :)

> GrammarNaziCritiques is another great group for writers specifically to get feedback :heart:
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
sorry for the late response! i have added the group to the list, thanks for the suggestion :love: it's a very usefull group and it will surely come in handy to many writers! XDD
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner May 19, 2014   General Artist
:giggle: it's quite alright :)
Thanks for adding it (=
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Sakululla Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for advice us, I'm going to have a look at the feedbacks groups because I would like to have feedbacks but not in a selfish way ^^
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dracoequine Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ty for this list... I don't as a rule ask for feedback, but it's nice to know that I *can* get feedback without bugging people.
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you can ask for feedback in the description of your drawing, that way when people stumblr upon it they know you're not going to be offended or anything and invite in-depth feedback :)
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dracoequine Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ty for the tip!
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Sorrowscoldfrost Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
This sounds like good advice, but the only problem for me is I'm not good at interacting with people, online or otherwise. Which is why I'm not sure if I want to join any groups...
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
if you're not willing to be the one to make the first move then don't expect for people to magically find you and talk to you :)
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Sorrowscoldfrost Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
It's fine, I don't. I just like being on here and looking at all the art and submitting some of my stuff. Even if I don't get a lot of feedback, I'm happy with what I have now. You did have good advice though, and maybe one day I'll be able to get a little braver and make that first move. :)
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ShadowRinXDT Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for posting this. I feel the same exactly way and you're absolutely right!
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:iconlilmisspeppy:
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Or you can take requests and hope people will feature you in their journal? :XD:
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i don't suggest that, people don't put value in 'request' art, free art, trust me, i've done free art and sometimes they didn't even aknowlege they received art, sometimes they replied in a month (even though they read my note) sometimes they wrote a simple 'thanks' and that's it. And my art is good, i get people willing to pay money to buy my art and yet when i give it for free it suddenly becomes unvaluable!
Don't go through the same shit i went, don't offer art for free :(
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meongmeong1111 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aha, what I hate about taking requests is that the people,
whom request me, don't really appreciate my art etc.
They basically request anyone (not only me), whom takes free requests,
just to have 100+ drawings of their ocs :/
Then when I finish their request, they barely look at it
and end up unwatching me T^T
Sad but true... for me, that is :iconlazeplz:
But then again, I only took requests on my old account :iconasdfghplz:
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
exactly! it happened to me all the time! they ended up unwatching me those bitches, i swore not to make freebies anymore! D:<
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meongmeong1111 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad I'm not the only one T ^ T //hugs
let them suffer our sorrow someday [EXO] Luhan Emoticon 
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yes, let them :iconcreeepycatplz: let them, preciousss
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meongmeong1111 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love you for this ; v ;
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:iconlilmisspeppy:
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I see.
What about fanart?
That oughta help, right?
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yea, if you make fanart and submit it to fanart groups you have a higher chance of getting your art noticed, but don't make the mistake of thinking fanart is your ticket to popularity, it will get you at most 20%  popularity more than your original art, don't expect miracles :)
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LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
TuT
I guess it's about trial and error
and if people really like your art,
they'll stick around, even if it isn't
relevant to the group that they're watching.
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LadyCheck Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for taking the time to writie this!
It is very useful, and I will check these groups out ovo
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MckennaMcCarthy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for posting this! It helps a lot :D
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mahoujirou Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! to be honest I never really asked for comments or feedback. When I joined dA I had a bunch of friends with accounts and we commented to each other, however, they left dA or rarely post; anyway I used to get more comments, but now I get less than 10 or 5 comments per deviation, and I was exactly wondering how to get feedback or so. I also comment a lot anyway, so I wouldn't mind joining a comment group. Thanks for the journal! it's helpful :huggle:
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
make new friends :D:D it's sad that your frieds left dA but you don't have to be alone :)
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mahoujirou Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jaja it's funny that you mention making friends :XD: I'ts something specially hard for me, but I'll try, at least with dA friends :huggle:
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ThePandaPicasso Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very helpful :) Panda Emoji-01 (Clapping) [V1]  wished I'd read this when I first joined DA though 
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Nemerida Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! :dummy:
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HetariMichelleChan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This journal makes a big point, that'll help everyone, a whole bunch! -thumbs up-
Dankes for your service!^>u<^
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rcokyboom Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Artist
I never get comments except for the same person
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
try doing the things i mention in this journal, if you want feedback you should be willing to be the one to make the first step. Go out there and interact with other deviants :D if you comment, make sure you return that courtesy :D
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