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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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crescent__moon
Jun. 18th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
That happens to me constantly. Furry and anthro art are unknown at all in my country, and most people here see it as a werid thing. Hence, I´m always scared to show my art to family and friends; I don´t want to scare them out.
But I´m afraid I can´t give you an advice for that: I always kept most of my art for the internet buddies only. My family only see the works I think they will be comfortable seeing. I´d also love to show them all the art and know they would appreciate it, but I know they will probably never understand what anthro art is about.

As for deviantart only one advice: interact. I took a look at your gallery, and your art is really good, but I also see you have made very few deviant comments. The better way to showcase yourself there is making comments on other people´s art. Have in mind people have to see you somewhere to click on your avatar. The more comment you do, the more chances you get to be seen.
Hope it helps :)
roaring
Jun. 19th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
That sucks. Well, I kind of know how you feel, as my whole furry identity is online-only and I don't think anyone understands it. When I played animal-games and wanted to be one as a child, my mom thought there was something wrong with me, lol.

But yeah, I need to interact more. I will keep that in mind. Thank you!

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