Artstation vs Deviantart: Which one is better

In Art, Artists by Toni Justamante Jacobs

DeviantArt has fallen into the echelons of comparison as Facebook to Instagram” and this is the word going around the art communities online. However, DeviantArt has been around for a long time. The platform is a haven for digital artists to showcase their work to the world while ArtStation is relatively new to the massive community of artists online. The new platform seems to be on a winning streak and that’s one of the reasons why this review on ArtStation and DeviantArt has been put together so you can make an informed choice.

There is a saying that ‘Nobody is wrong or right’ and so the question is, will this be the case with DeviantArt versus ArtStation? Well, you will be getting to know that soon.

History of ArtStation

Let’s do a little background check on ArtStation. ArtStation doesn’t have much history because it has been around for a short while. Five years is a short period when compared to DeviantArt’s existence since 2000.

LinkedIn has a profile on its website with the name ‘ArtStation’, a company that was formed in 2014. The ArtStation account on LinkedIn has followers amounting to 45,075 and over 119 employees with the company have its headquarters in Canada. The platform is useful for artists of different niches who want to showcase their work.

ArtStation covers include games, films, media, and entertainment. So, the website allows artists who have signed up on its platform to post their work. The interface is slick and very stylish. ArtStation is an opportunity for artists to get new job opportunities. The website works on the basis that companies or organizations or setups that need professional artists will scout the site for talent. Truth is that the quality of art in ArtStation improves the appearance of the site.

According to ArtStation’s website, the company focuses on helping artists become independent by giving them exposure to job opportunities. ArtStation is making a positive impact on the lives of professional artists around the world. The ArtStation works as a robust team with offices in Montreal, Canada, and Kazan in Russia. ArtStation requires artists who want more given to them to sign up on their platform for a token. Yes! ArtStation offers subscription status that will not just allow them to display their works for more exposure to potential employers to see alone.

ArtStation artists get help with tools that can improve their skills and boost their careers in art. These are the premium plans offered by ArtStation.

The free plan

The users of the free plan on ArtStation get a fair deal when they sign up. The basic features are available that you can show your portfolio and have personal websites like this; ‘username.ArtStation.com’.

However, the portfolios do not have a wide variety of features like the PLUS and PRO users do. You can sell your artwork in prints. You can also sell the top Products in the marketplace and earn a 70% Revenue for your sales.

The PLUS plan 

The PLUS plan requires an artist to pay just $6.99 per month. They get to display their portfolios on ArtStation’s website, and several things make this extra special. Users can customize their pages on ArtStation with premium themes. With the PLUS account, you can sell your digital products with a revenue of 70% — digital products like tutorials, brushes, and game assets on the marketplace. You also have unlimited access to learning on the platform. While free users get the basic portfolio package, PLUS users have access to more. Although PLUS users can own domain names on the platform, you must pay for it separately.

Blogs are a good business idea you can create content and show them to attract more attention to what you do and how you do it if you are willing to share. ArtStation also gives its PLUS users access to a feature that allows them to create their blog on the platform. They can also import a blog if they already have something running before. The PLUS plan supports uploading 4K images and videos.

If you want to be in absolute control of how ArtStation displays your portfolio, then you should go for the PLUS plan. You decide which Projects to show on the website and in the community.

Password-protected pages on the website are also a part of the PLUS plan. First come, first serve? No, that’s not the case with ArtStation. It is about who has got the muller. The PLUS is a paid version, and ArtStation is ready to serve this faction of its members right. ArtStation responds to issues with the PLUS plan faster than they would to a free plan member. Did you know that you could also get recognition on the platform? well the PLUS show has a lot to offer because you get a badge to identify you as a PLUS member in their station community

The PRO plan

The PRO users have access to all PLUS features and more. The internet is now mostly profit-oriented, and that is what ArtStation wants for its users — Profit —get opportunities and make money. The ArtStation doesn’t entirely put it that way, but it is what it is. You can get advanced analytics and data tracking on the PRO plan on the ArtStation platform.

You also get to appear top of the searches in preference to free users on the platform.

Just like what most paid apps and services make their selling point now, you can hide ads. The adverts are usually annoying for most people. So, if you don’t like the advert and you are on the PRO membership in the ArtStation community you have a choice to hide the ads. A subscription to the ArtStation PRO plan also makes you eligible for seller coupons — you can create seller coupons.

DeviantArt

DeviantArt launched in the year 2000, which means that the ArtStation sprang up 14 years later. Interestingly, one of the founders — Angelo Sotira was just 19 years old when the platform launched. WIX — the website company now owns the art community. WIX acquired DeviantArt for $36 million in 2017. Before the acquisition, the company had its headquarters in Los Angeles, California. The DeviantArt had changed its design several since its launch two decades ago. The online art community was portrayed with a little character. The character is ‘Fella’ according to Wikipedia.

DeviantArt wasn’t always a platform where artists shared their works nor the buzzing community of vibrant young artist it is now. The membership grew afterwards into a site majorly occupied by artists. It used to be a platform where computer geeks modified applications to their taste. The site boomed because of the support shown by its members and volunteers. In 2014, DeviantArt parted ways with ‘Fella’. In the same year, DeviantArt launched its mobile app on iOS and Android smartphone platforms.

DeviantArt Copyright Problems

There might be an explanation for the copyright and licensing issues that have trailed DeviantArt for a reasonable time now. DeviantArt doesn’t have anything on copyright. However, the site takes care of the matter in a problematic manner. Affected users that report to the administrators in the case of these violations say the resolution of cases is slow, taking weeks and months before resolving a complaint.

Despite all this ruckus, DeviantArt has some good times and happenings in its years of existence up till now. In 2012, cool-climate — a research network with affiliations to the University of California had a contest to address the impact of climate change. DeviantArt’s worldwide reach in the arts community was vital for such involvement in the competition.

In 2012, Dodge also ran a contest receiving art submissions for the Dodge Dart of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. That year, the contest received over 400 submissions.

Later in 2013 Lexus also involved DeviantArt in another contest where they give out cash prizes and other stuff. The theme of the competition was a design for Lexus IS. The winner’s design was later altered and then displayed at SEMA 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

The DeviantArt website looks exceptionally simplistic, almost bland in comparison to ArtStation’s detailed site.

Deviants can create groups on the website. The groups are based on the creator’s art niche, which could be anything from literature to the digital or traditional art or even photography. The groups can come up with collaborations or accept submissions by individual members for planned Projects.

Networking

DeviantArt members can send notes to each other via an email-like platform. Also, DeviantArt has forums and chat rooms for groups to send messages to its members.

DeviantArt offers core membership to users rather than the PLUS and PRO subscriptions on ArtStation. The DeviantArt only provides a core membership and nothing else; this is how DeviantArt members can contribute to the community. ‘Deviants to the core’ enjoy more benefits compared to the ordinary members.

Some of the benefits that core members enjoy;

  • They can apply as beta testers and provide feedback on new developing features.
  • Core members can customize their deviation background with multiple choices available on the site 
  • They can upload numerous deviations at once. Ordinary users cannot do that.
  • Schedule a specific date and time for their upload. this feature could be useful for users who run on a tight schedule
  • Core members gain the ability to upload videos on DeviantArt 
  • They can be administrators on more than one group the core membership allows users to hold admin roles for up to 10 groups.
  • Set prints prices 
  • Get 20% off print sales  
  • 20 gigabytes of storage
  • Fastest support and assistance
  • change username every six months
  • A symbol to ascertain you as a core member 
  • The core membership subscriptions are based on two periods
  • $15 and 1200 points for three months  
  • $50 and 4000 points for a year

Who uses DeviantArt?

Recently, primarily since the arrival of ArtStation, DeviantArt has relegated to having amateur artists and hobbyists on its site.

However, ArtStation must have some moderation that makes sure only the best works show up in their gallery. The manner with which ArtStation handles its affairs has attracted many professional artists on the platform.

On ArtStation, users can easily be accessed since you have a personal link on the website. You can share your link which would direct visitors directly to your gallery.

Which of DeviantArt or ArtStation offers better reach?

Now, DeviantArt has been around for much longer than ArtStation. The website in its about page claims to have about 48 million users and over 45 million unique visitors every month. Therefore, it is more likely that there are more people to reach on DeviantArt than ArtStation. Although there is a possibility that many users are not active since DeviantArt has been running for a decade already. However, according to many users of art communities online, DeviantArt has more amateur users than ArtStation.

It is hard to tell how much traffic ArtStation pulls to its website since there are no verified statistics by them or any other online authority.  However, ArtStation is snowballing and should have many followers already. it is more likely that you get a job on ArtStation than DeviantArt.

The quality of reach

Just like ArtStation has indicated, its goal is to help artists gain exposure and change their lives for the better. DeviantArt, on the other hand, seems to be more mellow on the aspect of profit for its users. DeviantArt appears to focus more on the interaction of its members.

The professionalism and easy access with the ArtStation gallery attract serious-minded employers who are willing to pay for a professional work rather than the hobbyists and beginners who seem to be all over DeviantArt.

How do you get noticed on ArtStation?

The following tips will get you noticed in ArtStation and DeviantArt alike. The things you must do are just the same.

You should sign up and make sure you complete the entire registration process. When you complete the process, the platform can display all the necessary information anyone should know about you.

You should interact — interacting with other users in art communities will get you recognition. Also, interact with the platform itself. Yes, you can do this by always posting relevant art on the platforms.

Although the learning aspect is more organized in ArtStation, both platforms offer learning opportunities. As you upload your works regularly, people can see how much better you are doing as time goes on, and this can also give you recognition.

You don’t have to think much about which is better for you between these two art communities. And one is not entirely better than the other. What seems obvious now from review and user comments is that their values have changed. Therefore, if you are a beginner artist who wouldn’t do well in an overly competitive environment, DeviantArt is right for you. The same goes for hobbyists who don’t want to do art professionally.

ArtStation is better suited for the PROs who are seeking high paying jobs and exposure to top guns in the entertainment and game industry, among others that are art-related.

Authors : Eseandre Andrews and Toni Justamante Jacobs

Toni Justamante Jacobs

About the author: Hi, I’m Toni Justamante Jacobs. I´m a professional Concept Artist and Illustrator with more than 10 years of experience in the industry. Some of my clients are Gameloft, Fantasy Flight Games, Kunlun Games and Games Workshop. Currently, I´m working at Socialpoint as an in-house Senior Concept Artist.