These are similar to Facebook groups or subreddits where you submit content centered around a certain topic.
No matter what art style or medium you work with, you’ll find a place for your work on DeviantArt.
Traditional portraiture, illustration, Manga, landscape painting, watercolor, game design, animation, cartooning, there’s something for all artists and skill levels!
Quick Tips for Using DeviantArt Groups
To do anything like submit to a group or follow a group as a “watcher,” you’ll need to be a member of DeviantArt first. Don’t worry, it’s free and you can join here.
You don’t have to be a member just to view content though.
Each group works a little differently. Most will have a “Join Our Group” button on the homepage that you can click to have your request reviewed by the group admins.
When you join a group make sure to read and comply with the group rules.
You should be able to view these on the group homepage or on the About page. Different groups put their submission guidelines and rules in different places, so you may have to do a little scrolling to find them.
To see the most recent submissions visit the Gallery page. For top posts that have gotten the most engagement, visit the Favorites page. There’s also a Journal page where members can discuss different topics. Not all groups have or use all these pages, so when you check out a group make sure to look around to see where most of the action is happening.
Now onto our favorite DA groups!
In this group you can submit and view tons of amazing drawing tutorials for all different subjects, styles, and mediums.
This is great for beginners who are just learning to draw as well as seasoned pros who want to sharpen their skills or help newer artists.
You can browse tutorials in drawing basics, anatomy, and other similar topics, as well as find more general advice like how to develop your own drawing style or how to beat procrastination.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn Photoshop for artwork then give this group a shot.
Here you’ll find a gold mine of tutorials for anything you could want to learn in Photoshop. This includes help for absolute beginners, detailed tutorials on various tools, and more in-depth lessons on photo manipulation, web design, typography, and digital painting.
Krita is a free program for digital sketching and painting. It’s based on real life painting materials so if you’re intimidated(but intrigued) by the digital painting world, this might be a good gateway for you.
Krita is also an excellent choice for Linux users who may not have access to Photoshop.
Members submit concept art such as character sketches, scenery mockups, mood boards, vehicle designs, and the like in any medium; painting and dry media included.
You can also view concept art tutorials and works in progress in their gallery. As an added bonus, this group sometimes hosts contests and critiques if you’re interested in getting some feedback on concept art of your own.
Doesn’t matter if you prefer digital drawing or if you’re more of a pencil person.
The group accepts almost any medium, subject, and skill level, so it’s an awesome community to start submitting your art into. Especially if you’re nervous about showing your work or just getting started as an artist.
Don’t forget to browse the galleries to check out other artists’ works as well!
This group is dedicated to showcasing realistic portraits.
Though “pencil” is part of the name, they accept submissions of just about any dry media including charcoal, pastel, colored pencil, even watercolor pencils.
They also accept tutorials on how to draw portraits in these mediums.
They do have fairly strict submission guidelines so make sure to read the rules first. In this case though, strict rules translate to quite high-quality submissions so this is an awesome place to really hone your portrait skills.
Here you can submit art for any fandom in any 2D, 3D, or digital medium.
Browse their gallery to view drawings, animations, digital paintings, sculptures, clothing, photography, and so much more. There are also tips for creating and publishing your fan art. They even feature fan fiction!
This group almost features a behind-the-scenes peek into how animations are created from start to finish. It may not offer the same excitement as a detailed animation documentary but this is a group where true animators are born.
No matter what you’re interested in whether you want to build your skills, get inspired, or just see what other artists are up to, there’s a group and community waiting for you on DeviantArt.
Take some time to make an account. Browse around and join groups. Figure out where to find tutorials for what you want to learn, and where to submit your art to connect with other artists just as passionate as yourself.
Author: McKella Sawyer
McKella is an artist and freelance writer from Salt Lake City, Utah. When she isn't painting or writing for clients she loves to write fiction, travel, and explore the mountains near her home either on foot, horseback, or a mountain bike. You can view her art on Etsy and her writing services at TheCafeWordsmith.com.