First of all: No worries, I'm not leaving dA. I'm mostly inactive at the moment because I have a bunch of commissions I'm not allowed to share till they had been either released in the printed version or gifted on Christmas.
I'm normally not someone who is too afraid of change on a webpage, but with the recent "updates" on deviantART, I do start to worry. The way their community gets completely ignored when it comes to the things they ask for and dislike is not a good sign. And the interaction is on a steady decline, which is my main reason to check the internet for other options: I'm not on dA to upload a few pictures and then ignore the page. I got where I am now thanks to the constant interaction with people.
I'd even go as far as to say: Interaction is crucial for me. And while each new drawing normally got me a few interesting discussions in the past, it does not get much further than a "nice drawing" in most cases today. It's simply depressing if the most interesting and challenging discussions I had lately were with trolls (good trolls, mind you. The kind of troll that shatters your arguments with real facts and clearly enjoy doing that. Not the kind that barely knows how to spell.
So I started to browse other art pages to see if there are some good communities out there. And there are.
So far I tried and found: Twitter
Twitter is suboptimal for artworks, but still a big page, so it should not get ignored. The limit for the posts makes receiving critiques pretty much impossible though. Tumblr
Tumblr. I... have a love/hate relationship with tumblr. On one side it's incredibly easy to upload stuff and share it with people, on the other side it's the worst storm front of hypocrism you can imagine. Still fun if you ignore big parts of it and never open your mouth. Plus, the reblog system instead of comments and replies limits interaction to fanmails and asks. Wysp
Wysp. I have joined Wysp yesterday and I LOVE it. Yes, already. It's that good.
Though... can someone explain their Fave-/Thanks-system to me? Facebook
Facebook is... Facebook. Sadly, it has very little serious interaction, which makes it a good platform to show your work to the world, but not one that will help you improve. Like twitter, too big to ignore, but should be more considered as advertising. Flickr
Flickr is just plain boring. Considering it's a page for photos, not surprising when a traditional artist like me drops in.
I fear this account will face the same fate as my storm-artist account: Forgotten for years till I think I drop in again. Storm Artists - Found my Password!
I have tried Storm Artists a long time ago. Now, I'll check how it developed since 2009. :'D Was nice in 2009 with an artistic community and a slightly improvised way of doing stuff that was charming. Is anybody here active on that page and knows how it is now? Pixiv
Pixiv. It's an asian page. So, even if I tell the page that I need messages in English, it still writes to me in Japanese. I'm proud that I was able to read the follow-message. XD (user-san wa anata o fo-roshimashita :'D ) The upload system seems good but not something you just check out in between and as complicated as the one dA uses. Can't say much so far, I only joined yesterday.
And I don't think I have ever been that glad about having studied Japanese for a year. :'D Crowdshare
Crowdshare is a pretty sweet page again. Small community with lots of love for art. But so far the accounts are limited to invited people. You might want to keep this one in mind in case it gets more public later on though! It really has a lot of potential! Redbubble
Aaand just got reminded that I have Redbubble too. I have absoutely no experience with this page so far. But the shop part is easy to understand and works well. ^^
My own homepage
is mostly used as some kind of connection to all the other accounts.
I will add a complete list of links there too, once I made up my mind which pages I will stick to.
So far I like wysp the most and I enjoy the simple system of Tumblr.
Got any other recommendations yourself? Or pages I should avoid at any cost?