It's definitely hard to say sometimes for me, it makes sense when someone gets an incredible amount of favs/likes and watches for being really talented, yet there are some cases that I've witnessed where that doesn't always happen. I will never forget the time I came across a person's "Mario" submission, receiving over a thousand likes and ten times as more views. The image wasn't eye gouging, but it was apparent that the work was done on a very amateur level. Funny enough, it is because of images like that one in particular, that remind me that sometimes it really is a matter of just how well known the individual is throughout the community.
There have also been many cases where I witness someone who is amazingly talented in what they do, yet they hardly receive any recognition. This is sometimes because the person may not be as recognized due to a lack of commitment to the community, or the fact that he/she is only a new arrival. Regardless, a close friend and mentor once taught me that the art community, regardless of it being digital or reality, is a tough, competitive and huge environment full of individuals who each desire the same goal regardless of their practice, we all want our work to be seen by many. I've learned this the hard way, so now, regardless of what skill level I am at with my work, I make an attempt to get as noticed as possible, find a theme, find a niche that works and try to work with it.
I think this is one of the many hardships we all go through as artists, but I found that by trying to simply ignore the amount of favs, likes and comments I receive, while focusing on how much more active I can be on here, helps to turn things around.
yeah. it would be worth worrying about if favs were actually directly proportional to how much work and skill went into an image. but it's determined by such a huge number of additional factors (popularity of the artist, popularity of the subject being portrayed, etc) that it's become a rather random thing.
It has but what can we do? The best thing is to block it out and keep driving on, in the end I try to focus more on the views now than anything else, because as long as my work is being viewed by a large number of people, my name gets out there and that's really what counts.
It just depends on what kind of art you produce. Like many are saying, anime, fanart, ect..things that are more popular will get mroe views. It also depends on what you put as the search. However, we still like to think that it's directly related, b/c it makes us feel awesome to get comments ^-^
I feel tallent gets you watched and faved, but no one will find you if you don't comment alot, or upload frequently. I find about half of the artist on the front loading page andf the rest from if they comment on my page or are friends of people i watch.
I put "it's a mix of how well a deviant is known/how talented they are" because... well it's true. Some people aren't very well known but have great art, too, so lots of factors go into this. Depends what the masses think of somebody's art. Nowadays everyone can get at least 1k even if they aren't very good so hits really aren't a factor anymore... whoa I'm confusing myself. I could type for hours about this.
Interesting question...I said that it was a mix and blah blah...but really, I've seen some cruddy deviants with waaay more pageviews and +favs than they deserve because they're so well known from neopets or something... .__. ;; That bugs the heck out of me.