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Showing your art to other people.

I have some questions about the display of your artwork, specifically, on websites/galleries online dedicated to it. I hope these questions are allowed here, but if not it'd be cool if I could be directed to a place that could help and get rid of this post. :)

I've just recently decided to get truly serious with my art (I've always wanted to make some kind of career out of it, but I had a sort of "click" in my head that I need to get going on it because my art is getting better now), and so I've finally decided to set up a website for it. I got a domain name--it's not my name, but it's a word I like. Even if it's an uncommon word, it has meaning to me--is that okay? I personally hate my name and wouldn't want a domain of it. But that's not really my question.

I draw a wide range of things, including adult artwork, and sometimes get commissioned for that type of stuff. I don't have any issues with it or drawing adult artwork in general, but what does make me feel strange is that... well, I have a lot of people who want to see my artwork that aren't exactly "in" on things like the furry fandom (where a lot of the art is focused) much less adult artwork in general, and I've already had one instance where a teacher in high school got weird on me after I gave him a link to my deviantART gallery. It didn't even have adult artwork, but i suppose some of the content weirded him out, and thus he didn't like me anymore.

So what do you do when you want to show off your artwork, but it's not something a particular individual would understand/approve of? I don't want to have to censor myself too much, but there are a number of things I draw that might offend people... and I don't want to hide. I want to be able to showcase all my artwork; the general/adult thing isn't an issue to me personally, but I worry constantly about scaring off people I know, or even potential employers who think I am "weird" because of what I draw...

One more question in passing: how do you promote yourself on the internet? My deviantART gallery never got many views, and while I realize the whole world isn't deviantART, I was under the impression it's a pretty big and important place and good for promotion. I also try to promote myself on LJ but I'm not sure if I'm doing it right. I was tempted to even buy some adspace or something, but I don't know if that is desperate or not. I'm really lost on how to get myself out there.
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avanyu
Jun. 18th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
As dinogirrl said, use different galleries. I have perhaps, threeish more than the furry ones I use, and I don't consider that "hiding". To me, it's simply a matter of presenting the right person with the appropriate folder from the same file cabinet. Deviantart-wise, if you think something's over-the-top for the peruser you directed, it might be good to mark an item as mature temporarily till you know they're done rooting around. Most of the time, clients I've directed to my DA will not get an account just to look, so it's all good.

And I know people kvetch that 'O It Takes 4ever' when you have more than one arena to upload art, but really, only two of my galleries I keep up to speed. The rest I update wheneverIfeellike in the span of two weeks to a month. This has never been overwhelming, and it keeps a lot of people , at many angles, exposed to my work. Win/Win.

As for advertising, LJ communities have been pretty helpful for me and shoot, you're in 192 of them? XD Study them. Narrow down to the few most strategic ones to post in and utilize them. Even when results aren't seemingly instantaneous, your hits aren't skyrocketing, your favs aren't up, ohno watchers are low, etc- you are still catching people's attention. You want&need that more than frabjous internet stats on some public gallery. It might not feel like that now but honestly, you do, because when a viewership becomes comfy that you are reliably visually there, enthused and productive, they may approach without you having to lift a hand to plug at all.
roaring
Jun. 19th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tips! :D

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