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Wed Jun 5, 2013, 1:37 PM


Discovering New Deviants


Browsing DeviantART

DeviantART already has some great browsing options that are really helpful when looking for new deviants. I've typically found that Popular All Time, Popular 1 month, and Popular 1 week show the same deviants over and over again, so if you're looking for more variety in deviants, I suggest browsing through Popular 3 days, Popular 24 hours, or Popular 8 hours.

Browsing through Newest will obviously give the widest variety in deviants, but it can also get annoying sifting through the massive amount of art for quality. I personally prefer What's Hot because it has a lot of quality art and shows a variety of different deviants.

Browsing by SimplySilent

If you find an artwork you like, you can also click the "More Like This" option on the artwork to get a whole bunch of similar artworks by the same artist as well as other artists. (What is More Like This?)

Now what's really cool is that you can also search the More Like This page by Artist or by Collection.

More Like This by SimplySilent

Searching by Artist shows you related artwork from different artists. With just one click, you can add the artist to your watch list, or check out more work from their gallery.

Artist by SimplySilent

Searching by Collection shows you similar artworks in other people's Favorites Collections. You can now stalk other people's favorites to your hearts content! :giggle:

Collections2 by SimplySilent

New and Random Deviants


If you're feeling particularly adventurous in your quest to discover new deviants, then you can check out DeviantART's Today page, which can be found in the drop-down menu.

Menu by SimplySilent

On the right hand side of the page, you'll see a whole list of new deviants and groups. Maybe drop by and give them a friendly hello! :wave:

New Deviants by SimplySilent
Using the menu, you can also click on Random Deviant, which will bring you to the profile page of a random deviant (duh :P). The good thing about this is that it only brings up active deviants who have logged in recently. You can, of course, also click on Random Deviation or Random Group.

Random Deviant by SimplySilent

Deviation Thumbshare Forum

The Forums are another great place to go to discover new deviants. DeviantART has two Thumbshare Forums, the regular Deviation Thumbshare forum and the Premium Thumbshare forum. Both are filled with lots of great artworks just waiting to be discovered! :dummy:

Thumbshare by SimplySilent

DeviantART on Social Media


I highly recommend following DeviantART on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or Google+ if you love discovering new artworks. The DeviantART staff who run these accounts post a wide variety of artworks, and its definitely helped me find wonderful new artists to love! :love:















Daily Deviations

(FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?)

I love browsing through the Daily Deviations because there's always a wide variety of artworks and artists that are featured each day. Most of the artists that are featured have been given their first DD, so you're always guaranteed to find an artist you've never seen before! :heart:


Features and Groups

While the Daily Deviations are the major feature on this site, there are tons of other features that promote amazing artists. You can browse Art Features in the journals or check out the Journal Portal at the bottom of the home page for popular features.

Watching groups is another fantastic way to find new deviants who have tastes in art similar to yours. Check out some Groups today! :D


Now here are just a few deviants and groups I've come across who create some great features!

:iconprojectporkchop: ProjectPorkchop focuses on promoting talented, but under-appreciated artists. I've found a ton of amazing artists to watch from these features, and I highly recommend watching the group or Astralseed, who puts together the features. :la:

:iconall-about-features: All-about-features collects features in their gallery and also has a feature series called DA starters that promotes new deviants.

:icondaily-lit-deviations: Daily-Lit-Deviations features several great prose and poetry pieces everyday.

:iconlintu47: Lintu47 runs a feature called dA Love for Everyone that has a little bit of everything including artist interviews, artwork features, and group promotions.

:icon3wyl: 3wyl runs a weekly feature called To Be Seen which showcases the work of 5 photographers from all areas around the dA community.

:icontechgnotic: techgnotic creates very interesting and beautiful features of artists and artworks.

:iconlieveheersbeestje:lieveheersbeestje has some of the loveliest themed photography features I've ever seen.

:iconoliviamichalski: OliviaMichalski features lots of beautiful and stunning photography.





An overview of the variety of ways to discover wonderful new artists on deviantART.
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:icontoastedtoast15:
ToastedToast15 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you update the tutorial for dA's new layout?
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:iconrandomchiz:
Randomchiz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
Is there still a Today button somewhere?
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:iconnekokawai:
nekokawai Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty awesome!
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:iconundeaddoktor:
UndeadDoktor Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015   Digital Artist
how do i do this with the new design?
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:icondaring-dreams:
daring-dreams Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Very helpful, thanks
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Awesome! :la:
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:iconamandahlia:
Amandahlia Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article ^_^
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Thank you! :la:
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:iconamandahlia:
Amandahlia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^_^
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:iconshadowflashdabearded:
Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Thanks
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
No problem~
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:iconshadowflashdabearded:
Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Feels good giving a wave or two :wave:
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:iconlieveheersbeestje:
lieveheersbeestje Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Lovely article :+fav:
Thank youuuuuuuu :hug:
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thanks, and no problem! :la:
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:iconpizzapotatonbacon:
PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I put myself on newest. With Mature Filter On, of course.
As someone who runs a feature series called DAD, I really need ways to find lovely artists, and this article has given me great ideas on how to find them~
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Oh, yes, that Mature Filter is especially needed. :P People these days... :D

I'm glad you found this helpful~ :la:
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:iconlintu47:
Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
    Great article :iconclappingplz:
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thanks! :la:
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:iconim-not-sana:
im-not-sana Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well written article :clap:

For those that love stalking someone's Favorites or a specific gallery, they can set up Channels ;)
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:iconfelizias:
Felizias Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feature~ :la:
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
No problem! :la:
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:iconwhatonearth:
whatonearth Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ This is cool.
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Thanks! :heart:
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:iconerladino:
Erladino Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice, silent!
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Thanks~ :heart:
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:iconerladino:
Erladino Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No problem! c;
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:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
some more groups/deviants to list! :heart:

on the lit side:
:icondailylitdeviations:
:icondreamsinstatic: does Friday Night Features - always quality

non lit specific:
:iconfeaturechallenge:
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:iconbluesolitaire:
BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool. I always leave my "Front Page" on Newest. :aww: Also, it's neat to see who's new. ^^
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
I set mine to popular 8 hours, just to filter out some of the weirdest new deviations :giggle:
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great article, and very helpful too! :) There's lots of great suggestions and links. Thank you!
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Thanks, and no problem! :D
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:iconmedli20:
medli20 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is a wonderful article; thank you very much for writing it!

On a similar note, I could have sworn we used to have something called "Discovery," which would display a handful of deviations from random artists. I'd been on hiatus for a few months, though, and I simply cannot find it anymore. Do you happen to know what happened to it? :o
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:iconim-not-sana:
im-not-sana Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was a project in Beta that's they've discontinued now I think.
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:iconmedli20:
medli20 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I see. That's a shame; I quite enjoyed using it. Thanks for clarifying, though!
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:iconim-not-sana:
im-not-sana Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh actually, think it's been replaced by More Like This :paranoid:
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
No problem at all :aww:

And hmm, I'm afraid I don't know what happened to Discovery. I don't think I ever used it, but it does sound pretty interesting.
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:iconrosenfox:
Rosenfox Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful =D
Thank you~
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
:dummy: No problem~ :D
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:iconconnyduck:
ConnyDuck Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
I also like to look through the favourites of deviants I adore. They usually fave things similar to their work.
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Yes, sometimes I go favorites stalking. :giggle:
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