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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 3:15 PM





Self Suggesting


Members are more than welcome to self suggest their own art work for a Daily Deviation, in fact many CVs highly encourage self suggestions.  While self suggesting may have been something people frowned upon in the past, this is thankfully no longer the case as we all recognize the need for self promotion in the competitive world of art.


But suggesting my own work is embarassing


There is no shame in trying to get yourself and your work seen.  By self suggesting you are merely looking to gain more exposure from a broader audience. Look at it this way, if you're not willing to advertise your own work and get more clients and exposure, who will?

When we CVs receive self suggestions we treat them the same as we would any other suggestion so you can easily treat a self suggestion the same as you would a submission of your art to a group so more users can see the piece.  While we do not guarantee that we will select your suggestion as a Daily Deviation, nobody will look down on you as if you've done something unspeakable.  If your piece is chosen we don't list you as the suggester so nobody but you and the CV would even have to know that it was a self suggestion.  

Things to consider when Self Suggesting


While most of this applies to any type of Daily Deviation suggestion, it never hurts to go over the basics again.
:bulletpink: Before suggesting your piece have a look at FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen? to figure out which CV to send your suggestion to.  Please also remember only to send it to one CV (given there are more than one who look after that gallery).
:bulletpink: It's always a good idea to read over the CVs DD suggestion guidelines before suggesting.  Some CVs have certain preferences and reading their guidelines can help you know if your piece is likely to be accepted by them as well as how the CV prefers to get suggestions (do they like an explanation of why you feel the piece should be a DD etc).
:bulletpink: If you have received a DD within the last 6 months, you will need to wait to suggest your piece since we can only give a DD to the same artist every 6 months. FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
:bulletpink: If you have never suggested a DD before it might be worth having a look at this in depth tutorial on DD Suggesting; So you want to suggest DDs by alexandrasalas

Now that you should have a basic idea about self suggesting DDs, for some first hand insight I recommend having a read of ChewedKandi's journal entry about self suggesting Self Suggesting DDs.

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Astralseed and alexandrasalas



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:iconjazmocamp:
jazmocamp Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I learned a lot from this artical and the comments made! Thank You!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm very glad to hear that :hug:
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Riemea Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A great article! :clap:
I'll probably never suggest my own artwork for a DD, I'm simply too self-conscious about it, but I think this article will help other deviants who were a bit tentative about whether it's alright to send in self-suggestions :)
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
I hope it will make a difference, if nothing else then at least for those who were on the fence about suggesting their own work etc.
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:iconriemea:
Riemea Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope so too :)
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:iconapi-beast:
API-Beast Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Holey moley a DD, I didn't expect that at all" :rofl:
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NightVenus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student
Thank you for this article, it is always good to know what you think about that, because even if it's not a shame to suggest my own work, sometimes I think it may look a bit selfish, and suggesting that I'm not interested in suggesting other people's art, but that's not the point at all...I hope it will encourage shy but great artists to suggest themselves :)
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's not selfish at all and hey, just because you can suggest yourself doesn't mean you can't suggest other artists as well. We all deserve a chance to be seen and there is nothing wrong in working towards that goal ourselves :)
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secretplanet Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
i self suggested once a year or so ago & got it! only one comment called me "selfish", & i ignored her. after all, it's those people that can't be bothered suggesting worthwhile art who are selfish! it only takes a minute, & if only there were more people out there spending a minute or two, perhaps i wouldn't have needed to suggest myself!
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's sad to me to think that anyone would consider another person selfish for wanting to get their art seen by more people. Isn't that what we are all here for after all, to have our art seen by more people?
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:iconsecretplanet:
secretplanet Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
exactly! we can't work in a vacuum!
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MoltoFuckingBene Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
If by some unexplained holy miracle of cheese I ever got a DD (Self-suggested) I don't think I'd feel as proud of it as I would waking up and checking DA to find someone else had suggested me or that a CV had found my work :( It's really good to know that it's not "Frowned upon", though :love: I think I'll stick to suggesting other people however.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I can understand that, it's a great feeling to know that others thought your art was good enough to get more recognition etc, but I think self suggesting is more about getting your art seen and noticed by a broader audience, so yes, it may not be as special but it's still a great tool :)
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:iconmoltofuckingbene:
MoltoFuckingBene Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Yeah :love:
Maybe some day :XD:
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:iconarichy:
Arichy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I suggested my work for DD and....got it! :w00t:
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
:highfive: that is awesome!
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:icondeshrubber:
deshrubber Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Marketing 101: Be your own best pimp!
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heck yes!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
That's interesting to read that CVs usually don't list self-suggesters as the suggester for the DD. I remember seeing a DD a while ago where the deviant was saying how terrible their work was in the artist comments, but they were listed as suggester for the DD. It was so confusing!
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think there used to be a CV who openly said that if people self suggest to her she would list them as the suggester but in general we don't list them.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Ahh, I see. Makes sense now!
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:iconcrickatoo:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:eager: Suggesting DDs is SO FUN! I hope more deviants warm up to self suggesting :D
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
:nod: indeed
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:icontvlookplay:
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
my artwork never really follow the rules for a DD so its hopeless for me xD
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
How do you mean it doesn't follow the rules for a DD?
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:iconcandydechocolate:
CandyDeChocolate Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once I feel that my art has improved I think I will suggest my art :3
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
:highfive: I fully support that!
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have received self suggestions before that would I be absolutely bummed to have missed :love:
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Me too :nod:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome article :iconjumpingla-plz::iconjumpingla-plz::iconjumpingla-plz: Self suggestions shouldn't feel so awkward or embarrassing, but with articles like this we're getting closer to our aim <3 Good job my dears!
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I couldn't agree more! :heart:
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