I used to frequent a tumblr blog called Artist-Confessions, however some stupid drama and the mod becoming less active later, the community moved over to Artists-Gossips. Don't let the name give you the wrong impression, it used to be like that but pretty much all the petty submissions recieve backfire. It's basically AC 2.0.
Here's a comilation of frequently asked questions and frequently given advice from the blog.Artist X draws like artist Y. Why do people hate anime/ manga art?
Because while not limited to manga specifically, it tends to be the style of choice for young artists who especially like to use it as a reason or excuse to not improve on technical aspects. It's a style of art that thanks to it's popularity has essentially become one of the major abused tropes of the art world and is the major leading cause of migraines for college professors.
And as much as I may enjoy drawing in the style myself, I find the hate quite warranted and understandable actually. Especially the more mainstream styles of manga have very limited features leading to clone characters with colours being the only differentiator. To be employable you need to be flexible even within your own style, and not using aesthetics as an excuse to not learn proper anatomy.Artist X is stealing Artist Y's work!
Then stop telling random people, it's not going to solve the problem. Take screenshots in case the thief removes the work, and contact the original artist directly. The artist can then file a DMCA with Deviantart to have the infringing work taken down.Why are kawaii artists / Why is Artist X so popular?
Because people like things.Why don't some people thank for faves or watches?
Because not everyone has the time to respond to each individual one, and when a good portion of faves are from the same people it can quickly turn into spam. You get to a point where it's just much saner to respond to comments instead.How can I become more popular?
Number one is stop obsessing about it. Number two is don't draw fanart just because you want to be popular. In about a month you're going to hate yopurself because whatever you draw attracts whatever audience is interested in it. If you only draw fanart, suddenly turning to original art means losing that audience and having to build a new one that likes your original works.
Other things you can do is be active in the community. Giving literally is recieving. No one's going to go to your page if they don't know you exist. Comment, fave, give llamas, talk in the forums, make friends etc. Do it all the time, not just once or twice. Also learn to draw backgrounds. Transparent or white backgrounds can make a gallery look pretty boring. How do I improve my art?
Go out of your way to actually learn something new each time you draw something. Each artwork should be a challenge, if it's too easy then you're either not improving or only going to improve at a snail's pace. Don't know how to draw hands? Great, draw more hands. Draw lots of girls? Great, now draw lots of guys.
Use reference photos (look up stock photos on Deviantart) and utilize tutorials. Don't bother with the tutorials that don't actually explain anything though, a good one should have more text than artworks and a detailed explanation of why the artist is doing what he or she is doing.