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Facebook is bad for artists?

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 29, 2014, 11:19 PM

I had some interesting findings after posted a poll on DA regarding my Facebook Fan Page. Many have commented that they are against Facebook and discourage me from posting art over there due to various reasons, and one of them due to the possibility of having my art being used freely by this social media site. So here are my thoughts based on my experience running a FB page for a year.

The main reason for me to set up a facebook page, is to extend my fanbase beyond DA, to the not so artist-oriented demographics. I have been using DA, and only DA, as my art HQ for the past decade and will always be. Facebook is acting as an outpost to connect with my fans in a more responsive manner due to the convenience of making posts, replies, making announcements and sharing images. Honestly, it is not my intention to choose between DA and FB, but to use both concurrently for different purposes. 

So far I have not encountered any incident of FB using my images for advertising or any other commercial activity yet. Long before I started posting art on social media sites, my artworks were posted and shared by others on FB, twitter, tumblr, instagram, pinterest..etc, and many times without the proper credit to me. Worst, they were stolen, distributed and used illegally on a daily basis, cos there many of them found my art on these platforms without knowing I am the original creator. Now at least they can tag me on facebook or instagram if they choose to.

So is facebook bad for artists to promote their art? I can't answer for all but it works for me so far, especially with their efficient mobile apps. I am using it as an extension of dA, not the replacement of it. 

My Facebook Fan Page:…
My Instagram name: Artgerm 

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:iconbenqwek: :iconscabrouspencil: :icondcwj: :iconmarcwashere: :iconwhoiszid: :iconekoputeh: :iconsunnygho:
:iconarf: :iconadmirawijaya: :iconsami-b: :iconerufan: :iconthegerjoos: :iconshuqing: :iconkiiiat:
:iconwraithdt: :iconchesterocampo: :iconyjianlong: :iconmischievousmartian: :iconpumpkinbear: :iconluches: :iconsaktiisback:
:iconharuningster: :iconhenryz: :iconmeisan: :icon2ngaw: :iconmarkovah: :iconanggasatriohadi: :iconhendryzero:
:iconifan80: :iconp0p5: :iconvelinov: :iconherrdoktorx: :iconplue: :iconchrisnfy85: :iconyapkr:


For those who wanna know a little bit more about me, you can find the interview here:…

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RenderedThoughts Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  New member Professional Interface Designer
Also this too was great.. I was debating not making a facebook page for my art since their terms of service say you don't copyright for anything you upload.
Admahum Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Wow, thanks for the honest opinion about this. I have heard of some artists getting their work ripped off or not credited, but the artists I know directly that have facebook pages seem to be ok with having their art on facebook. I even have some stuff on there and I don't think anyone has stolen my work. It also helps that I post low-res images (unless it's a sculpture).
Kauthar-Sharbini Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
for me the answer is YES! 
I"m against posting whole works in FB ! Why? the arts stole easily. then there is no chance for credits   !
Don't worry , I also  post at FB but just link from FB to DA . 

but it's up to the person , some people against my idea and tell I made it hard ! 

It's OK ^^ thanks for your FB link :la:
VAlzheimer Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know plenty are against Facebook, but I have to repeat what you said: art theft doesn't choose a place. It can get stolen be it here or there just as quick. Others point out about "privacy issues". There is one rule that goes for all internet in global (including here): if you want your privacy kept, keep it off the web, no exceptions and no portal/forum/website/network is worse or better, once you post it on the web - it's out.

On other side of the things, whether people like it or not, social media is currently the most powerful marketing tool. If you want to be heard and seen - you simply need to engage into it. Most of my popularity comes from Facebook and Twitter engagement and my personal Blogger blog that is connected to Google plus. Have I had issues? None. Have I had success? Let's just say that my blog is visited in 3 months in equal number of visits I have on DeviantART in 3 years spent here. 'Nuff said. While I was only here I sold nothing (none, not one print, not one commission), being on social network I sell enough to cover my monthly buying needs for art I make and DAZ contents tend to be quite an expensive deal.

So everyone should simply stop whining, learn what internet is and think out the strategy if they want to break through.
motionwind Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Well you know how it is, if people are going to be somewhere talking about you, you might as well be there to be a part of the conversation, it's the same reason why I think any brand should have a Facebook page
rainygami Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
pues para subir imágenes prefiero el deviantart, uso Facebook solo para estar en contacto con mis amigos y trabajo
Manami-Miku Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist
I can actually agree with you on this
Jones3d Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Once something is digital, forget it.  It's everywhere. If the resolution you publish on the web is low rez, like people said, that's a good way to keep your high res originals more 'pristine'. Also, watermark your art with your signature. That way its easy to point at and claim, with a complicated watermark or hidden trademark in the piece.

People might be also complaining because they don't want to see every painting on their feed, and many people don't know how to manage their feeds...

Facebook is a great way to get your name out there, and for showing up in the web in searches to get work, its great. Posting topics like this is also good for your SEO if you blog again about how you blogged here, then link it for instance.  The images you upload could also be named with a convention that includes YOUR name, so when someone simply copies and reposts, it will only help people find you all over the web by searching for your name.

Food for thought. 
Pierropod Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Artist
I use Facebook too.… I only upload my work with a low resolution. So even if some people steal it. They won't do a lot with it. And I kind like when they steal it. It means that I am not too bad. :) 
TakeruTakumi Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well i will say, yes. because sometimes we don't know that our artwork, our best hardwork even though sometimes it's worst. some people dont care and they take the drawing/artwork as their own without letting us know it (Art thiefting) and it makes the artist angry because you stole his/her hardwork and they used it for making them famous. and who have the real skill/talent and have the artwork must being hated because no one would believe them. and i'm sorry but if this is happened to some amateur they will get easily stressed because no one respect them because the stolen. maybe some believes that it is their art but what if they dont believe? i called it as a "bullying" and i dont like it
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