How many years does it take before you start gaining a semblance of online popularity with your art?
I've given up on tailoring my online art presence for one day being able profit off my art (mainly because I don't think I'll have time for commissions anytime soon--also because of getting depressed with how profitable photobashing is when I don't find it fun and don't want to compete with that anyway).
I always liked showing my art to others as a kid but now that I'm around university students doing science/technology work no one cares about doodles except people online. Which is fine, I draw fan art for personal reasons and post it, but my stuff gets a couple of faves when I post and then no one ever views it again. It just feels kind of lonely.
Is it just a matter of time thing? Or do people make friends somehow that I'm not aware of?
I also barely have time for art anymore due to school, so I don't post often. Is that one reason why?
tl;dr I'm doing art as a hobby, how do I get more viewers/online friends who care about my work and presence (not to gain shekels but just for fun/interaction)
Well what i think is that you should develop a recognizable and striking personal style of drawing. It may depend also if what you are showing online can catch people's attention. You can try doing some trendy things or even maybe some "hawt gurls" ( it might help more getting some fans but in a cheap way) just do things you like. And if you dont have enough time on your day you could just do doodles some time, something funny, crazy or what could people relate to. This can help you somehow. It works for most online artists i've seen so far.
Oh yeah, and upload your art frequently, or periodicaly.
I've seen people go from literal whos to mildly popular in two or three years from just uploading their normal stuff. Perhaps much sooner if you both pander and have a high technical skill.
>Wants to make art friends
>Doesn't do art
I think you're just lonely in general fampai. If it's really popularity you're looking for start with what >>2348640 said, but for friends just reach out to people in general. Doesn't matter what field this is in btw. Be nice, be friendly, and keep the depressing bits to yourself.
Well you're not too off-base there. I like drawing and looking at fan art in my down time though so when I'm taking a break it'd be nice to retreat into some kind of art community/friend group.
It depends, I've been posting my work for a while now with a bit of recognition, on the other hand i have a blog where i post intaes type stuff which blew up after one post. It only takes one good post to go viral
Yeah I mean sure everyone wants Sakimichan's paycheck, but I've already accepted another career so I just want to keep art as a hobby. It's just funner with friends (or at least people commenting on your stuff).