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Cosplay has been gaining popularity over the last couple of years. As it grows, cosplayers are finding ways to share their work, progress and success with the world! The following article will share some of the best practices for cosplayers that are looking to go mainstream on DeviantArt.

How can Cosplayers Expand their Presence on DeviantArt?

DeviantArt is the perfect place for cosplayers to share their process. The site has an easy-to-use platform that is set up to produce some great results. Some of the things you want to consider when developing your account are:

  • How will I choose to represent myself?
  • What kind of content will I share?
  • How do I connect with other cosplayers like me?
  • How can I get followers and fans to notice my work?
  • How can I stay relevant and interesting on DeviantArt?
  • What type of attention should I be looking for from the DeviantArt community?

The answers to these questions will help you develop your presence and strategy on this platform.

Some cosplayers choose to use a “cosplay” or “costume” tag in their profiles so that anytime they post something. It will automatically get sorted into that category. This saves time for cosplayers that are working on multiple costumes throughout the year.

The downside to this is that you have to carefully choose which tags you will use to ensure they are relevant and popular tags. If you choose obscure tags, it may be difficult for people to find your tag if they are looking for it specifically. This means fewer views on your photos which means less exposure.

Another option is to use tags that are relevant to the costume but not necessarily what you would consider popular tags on DeviantArt. For example, let’s say you are cosplaying an Assassin from the game “Assassin’s Creed.”

You could tag your photos with things like “cosplay”, “cosplayer”, “costume”, “akagisei”. These are all tags that are relevant to the costume, but they may not necessarily be your most popular tags.

Share your Cosplay Progress with DeviantArt

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There is no better way to share your cosplay progress than with photos. It may seem obvious, but people are not just competing for the best costume. Every cosplayer wants to show their progress, and it is this that will catch people’s attention. Show everyone every little step you take on the road to creating an awesome cosplay.

People want to see what materials you use, where you get them from and how you go about making the costume. Sharing your process will make it feel more personal, which makes people form a deeper connection with you and your work. This alone is a great way of attracting popular attention.

Creating a Strategy

You don’t want to go making an account on DeviantArt and then stop uploading cosplay content. You need to make use of the best features that DeviantArt has to offer.

The first step is creating an exceptional user name, one that will help your content stand out in searches. If you are looking for some inspiration, think of cosplays that are popular right now. What kind of words would you associate with them? Then create a username based on these words.

The second step is to become an active member of the community by interacting with other artists and members. If you participate in discussions, comment on others’ work and upload your own content with a clear strategy, people will notice you.

Upload photos frequently and with a plan in mind. Sometimes cosplayers upload loads of photos in bulk then wait for them to get popular. This doesn’t work! You need to promote your content constantly on DeviantArt and other social media platforms so that when you add new content, it gets more exposure.

The best strategy for getting popular on DeviantArt

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There is no better way to get popular on DeviantArt than by uploading high-quality images of your progress. More important than the actual content within your photos, what people will notice about them are their quality. The clearer and more polished looking your work are, the more likely people will notice it and the more likely they are to come back for more.

One of the most critical elements in achieving high-quality photos is lighting. Natural light is typically between 3200k (very warm) and 5600k (cool). Using this range, you can achieve results that are nicely lit, not too bright, not too dark, and very clear.

It is also important to pay attention to the background of your photos. No one wants to see a blurry mess behind their cosplayer. Make sure you have a simple, plain color as your background for best results.

Avoid having anything distracting in the background, such as silhouettes or other cosplayers that could detract from the subject of your photo.

4 Tips for Cosplayers that will make the world take notice

Lighting – Natural light is best. Avoid having distracting objects in the background. Make sure your cosplayer is clearly visible and well lit. Include some close-ups to show their face.

Quality – Take as many photos as you need to get the highest quality outcome. Don’t skimp on the editing, either.

Cosplayers – Make sure your cosplayers’ faces are clearly visible and well lit. You want people to see their expressions and emotions as they work. This will give them a better sense of connection with your photos and make it seem like they can reach out and touch your cosplay.

Story – Include a short story behind each photo. People want to know what’s going on! Sharing the story will help them connect with the characters you are portraying, as well as make your photos seem more interesting.

For all of these tips, remember that editing is key. Taking high-quality photos is just the first step to sharing your cosplay progress, but it is important that you edit out any unnecessary elements or mistakes.

The more polished your work looks, the better chance you have at getting noticed by DeviantArt’s large user base.

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