I’ve had a few people ask why I don’t post on DeviantArt (and other places).
Well, I have.
I made a profile there way back when it was in beta, and I posted a bunch of work there a couple of years ago. Much like etsy, I got a decent response five minutes after uploading something. Then literally after a few minutes, the thing became swallowed by the flood of fanart and tentacles.
Aside from feeling a little weird about being under an umbrella with a billion teenagers drawing shipping pics of anime characters, it just felt too “fine art” to be there. I’m not a snob about it, my stuff is also too “illustration-y/genre/unpolished” to fit in with fine art as well. It straddles a line.
And there are plenty of good artists on deviantArt, but most of them work in the digital/photography realm. With Etsy, I figured out pretty quick that people weren’t going there to buy paintings, they were there to buy t-shirts and ceramics and crafty things. D.Art was more of a fan/cosplay showroom. And no, mom- I’m not a woman and I don’t give a shit about fancy cakes or whatever so I’m not going to be on Pinterest.
I know I could concieveably utilize a number of those sites, but that’s a massive timesink for the chance to randomly get a view or two. It’s much more valuable (and enjoyable) for me to use twitter/FB/actual people in real life to see what I do.