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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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Jun. 18th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Let me begin by saying that your art teacher is a dumbass.

Moving on, if your focus is on fandoms etc. having something other than your name for a domain is fine. Art directors and other professionals seem to prefer it if you have a domain with your name.

You can always fix this later by buying your name domain later and either making it refer visitors to your current site or place a copy of your current site sans naughty things on it.

If you don't want to display naughty things on your current site you can always put it in a separate section and not link it from the main page. You can give the link to adults in your f-list and trust it'll do the rounds word-to-mouth.

Be sure to remember, no mention of Paypal on a site with porn.

I used to keep my porn on a different archive but unfortunately there's a distinct lack of quality adult art archives atm. At least in my opinion. If you consider taking your porn off-site and elsewhere entirely you'll have to look at the archives and consider how easily someone googling your name can find unshielded porn (VCL) or your name on a site which has content with which you do not want to associate (for example FA with it's cub porn).

But the world isn't DA no, thank fuck for that :3
Jun. 18th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
Reply Hijack!

Be sure to remember, no mention of Paypal on a site with porn.

Hokay, so my question is, is it okay to mention paypal if you site does not have porn anywhere on it, but say in your links section you have a hyperlink to an online web gallery that does have porn on it? Does that count?

For example, I don't post any adult stuff on my personal website, but I have an FA account that's listed on my about me page or something and I mention that I have porn there?

I haven't drawn any porn, just tasteful nudity with naughty bits showing, but you never know what happens down the road. :P
Jun. 18th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
"Reply Hijack!"

Away! Away foul demon! D: *throws beans*

But seriously, Paypal does not allow you to put their (donation) buttons on sites with sexually explicit content. I'm not sure if they also consider links to porn or tasteful nudity to be sexually explicit content but I'm told they're pretty anal. So it might be a risk, you'll have to consider if it's worth it or if you could talk your way out of a fine "You think that's arousing? it's a badger! What are you, some kind of pervert?! It's an artistic statement about the pressure the media puts on your women and their appearance!".

If it helps you never get anything in donations anyway, I just point my customers to it when they pay for commissions.
Jun. 18th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
"If it helps you never get anything in donations anyway"

I always found it kinda silly to ask for donations if you just have an art page. Maybe if you run a free webcomic, MAYBE...but yeah. D:

I think what I'd do is just mention in the commission information page that paypal is preferred method of payment, and withhold any kind of link to my account and just give it out on a touch by touch basis. Best way to do it methinks.
Jun. 18th, 2007 08:21 am (UTC)
"I always found it kinda silly to ask for donations if you just have an art page."

I don't, you pay to get into a museum so I don't think it's odd to give people the possibility to donate a dollar or two if they like what they see. It's just pity that people are so stingy :P

And yes, if you take Paypal for adult-ish commissions I'd just discuss it behind the scenes between you and the customers.
Jun. 18th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
"I don't, you pay to get into a museum..."

Oh, I never thought of it that way. In that case, I guess it doesn't seem all that silly after all. Haha.
Jun. 18th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
Plus donations are entirely voluntary, and if someone wants to give me money, well I can't argue with that :3
Jun. 19th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, he was... ehhh. :|

Thanks for the tips, I'll keep the stuff in mind about paypal.
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Paypal is in the process of revising their policies on payements for adult stuff. For a while it was completely forbidden to use it to pay for adult stuff, but they have now relaxed it a bit.


The wording is still touchy, and I'm not about to suggest folks dive into using it for their adult commissions again, but they're at least -sorta- working on it...

Though anything that is purely digital adult stuff is still out, so you'd need to send an actual disk or CD of any digital art you make to make it a 'physical product'.


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