Well, I'm a new deviant here, and honestly, seeing that there are people who actually like my stuff means more to me than anything. It's hard for me to get around though; I don't even have a tablet especially for drawing yet, and it's REALLY hard for art to get noticed when it's not digital ;~;
I like meaningful comments, because it allows me to make new friend, or have a fun conversation, and it makes me feel important. Compare to Watches and Favorites, these upsets me. Because I want to listen to their opinion, and its boring..... Especially when you do your best and nobody ever leaves a comment.
Being told that your art is terrible is generally the most impactful; even if you are good, the human mind likes to focus on the negatives, and ultimately the twenty people that disliked something get more attention than the 2,000 that liked it.
It's complicated. I'm not very popular on DA so it's hard to explain. Though compliments are nice, meaningful comments have to come from different types of people, rather than the same people or different groups. It can't be a friend or it feels less from the heart or forced. Watchers feel like more people accept you and your art and favorites aren't as special either.
sadly some deviants favorite things just becuz they want you to be their watcher. It annoys me when people just shove my art into a folder that doesn't mean anything, and that gets added to every 5 seconds
As much as I enjoy getting a favourite on one of my photographs, it's the comments that help the most. Ironically, I would also love to have some actual critisizing feedback, or I won't actually know what I'm doing wrong, and improve on myself.
As a new member, the first thing I saw was a welcome message and it really made me feel comfortable in deviantART so I think that's really helpful. And. Getting new watchers too helps feeling good in this community since it means that people are interested in you work and so it's encouraging and helps them improve well, I guess that having favs and good comments also helps... ^^
For most people it's usually meaningful comments, but as for new users, I think attention through watch & favs & comments in general are better. It lets the person know that he's doing a good work and should continue to draw and post.
i say meaningful comment,usually all i see are faves XD,but when someone leave a comment on one of my drawings it makes me happy to know that there are people who like my art and want to see more of it
More watchers is nice, but most of them aren't that active and it's hard to keep up with everyone so...I gotta go with meaninful comments. It makes me happy when someone comes on my front page and starts up a discussion about something they noticed about me, common interests, or whatever. There's more to it than just fave thank yous. I like quality feedback on my best deviations too, especially when I put alot into them. Whether it's an actual critique or a conversation on the subject matter.
I think all of us are really just waiting for feedback, any shape or form, but meaningful comments are probably the most....meaningful for new deviants, i would know, i was one up until like 2 months ago, when i was no longer classified as one.
After a new deviant sets up their new account and submits some of their artwork, the first thing they should do is build an audience. Go ahead and introduce yourselves to the forums or chat rooms and offer to take requests and trades with fellow deviants. it takes time for people to build an audience and get noticed in this community but eventually everything will fall into place on its own. Most importantly, a new deviant should be themselves and refrain from drama of any kind, especially if it's a ploy to gain negative attention. An ex friend of mine does that to people a lot and i've seen how much harm it can do to people....
Well, when someone with similar interests give you a welcome message, it means that they actually looked at your page, which, to me, means that there's so much more effort on their part, rather than them just saying something about one specific art piece. At least, I know the welcome messages I received were what I thought was the sweetest and most impactful.
Don't get me wrong, though. Meaningful comments are a close second.
A meaningful comment is everything followed by watch option in close second. It just feels great to know that the fellow artist thought about a piece long enough to know what they exactly liked about it as a whole and what they didn't like.