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Art Under The Radar

Each day, hundreds of thousands of pieces of art are submitted to deviantART. As more and more artists join, create, and share their work, it becomes easy for high quality art to miss its chance to stand out and be seen.
Our new browse mode, Undiscovered, aims to bring new, high quality artwork to the foreground.




Finding Hidden Gems

Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork that has not yet drawn attention or recognition at the levels of Popular or What's Hot browse modes. Using an algorithm that identifies patterns in community behavior when curating content, Undiscovered generates a browsing experience that draws attention to creative art and talented artists that may not receive the same level of attention from other browse modes.

Please keep in mind that the algorithm that powers Undiscovered is still new and we may make changes as it grows in use.


Discover New Art Daily

Because Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork, the artwork displayed may change throughout the course of a day, frequently bringing you new art by a wide variety of artists, and giving more art and more artists the chance to be seen.




DeviantART is proud to present Undiscovered, a new Browse method designed to surface new, quality artwork that has yet to be discovered!
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Does this mean if we use this, we get less Sonic porn?
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Finnguala Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the undiscovered page the same for everybody? :confused:  Cause I usually find a lot of work by artists whose page I've visited before, and work by people I'm watching. I really don't get how it works at all... but I found my own piece on the first page today. Yay? I'm undiscovered :(
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LaurenChamberlain Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student General Artist
How do I make it so it won't show undiscovered to me, and will just show the normal DA page?
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
What normal dA page? :?
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LaurenChamberlain Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student General Artist
I ended up fixing it. Like, I clicked on Undiscovered and apparently you have to press the What's New tab or something like that to get the normal feed back.
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ah. :)
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Crazed-and-Excused Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Actually I started playing around with it a minute ago and it appears as if you can already do this, it's just a little confusing at first. Hmmm
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Crazed-and-Excused Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
There should be buttons with options on different undiscovered categories. We all know that everyone wants to believe that they belong in the category. It's not entirely wrong to say they do but based on the algorithm it is. Maybe there can be like "undiscovered>traditional" and "undiscovered>digital" and "undiscovered>abstract." Maybe even a category such as these for comics, and cartoons that for the algorithm. Just to make it easier for people to find certain types of art! Of course comics will take quite a bit of effort to program into the algorithm, as would animations. 

The way it would work, is that you go to the "undiscovered [beta]" button on the browsing section, and then it has a drop down menu with several different categories of undiscovered art. Even though there would be categories, users do NOT upload them to an "undiscovered" category when submitting. They would still be chosen by an algorithm. 
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FetishZone Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So how do you get your art on there?
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Try drawing quality art. You'll never know when your art will be there.

For me, I tried submitting a poem to deviantART (in the Fan Fiction category). I went to the appropriate category that I submitted in, and scrolled down until I could find my submission.

So submit some quality art, search in the category you submitted (on Undiscovered!) and scroll down until you could find it!

Hope this helps! :)
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THE--INHERI7OR Featured By Owner Edited Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, my personal thought is that it's an ineffective solution to a dire problem. "An algorithm" is very vague and leaves me a bit confused on the actual method used to determine whether a work is "undiscovered" or "discovered". Furthermore, to me undiscovered usually means an artist with little or no exposure, regardless of the artwork, it is ultimately the artist which would deserve the recognition, not their work. I.e. The Green Mile didn't write itself. And as many people before me have also observed, artists with wide influence tend to make this category a bit too often. Perhaps a better goal would be to find fantastic, undiscovered artists, not a work of theirs which didn't do as well as their last fifty. To leave the decision up to a machine is also a red flag to me. Because when the art world, the decisions surrounding the art world, and the success of art is left to machinery, art loses that which embodies it. Humans are capable of determining the talents of any particular artist; we should seek them ourselves, rather than let a computer with no criteria other than a mathematical formula decide who thrives and who withers. That's really, in my opinion, the only way to truly solve this problem. deviantART, from what I've heard, was once a much better community than it is now. I think the only solution is to reinforce community again, rather than having people throw out their art and let it sit. Honestly, I've contemplated leaving the site in search of a more cooperative community, where if someone receives feedback, they damn well at least return the favor. It'd take a personal effort from everyone to go out and seek others, rather than become bloated on attention and sit comfortably on TOP of their mountain of followers instead of sharing the joy of community with them. Art is my life. It always has been, and probably will always be. I know I'm not the only one who harbors this passion--and we need to use it to make this right, rather than trust an equation to fix it for us.
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classicEIGHT Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm curious to know how high quality art is chosen for this. Is it a randomizing process? Or maybe it takes art thats been submitted for a while and pools it here? Or is it a manual selection process (sorry to whoever has to do that)? 
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Somnium-23 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
You can not imagine how grateful I am ;)
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RedIindian Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Artist
guys !! how do i upload my art to the undiscovered section ??
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You can't directly upload it to the Undiscovered section! Just submit in the appropriate category, search in the Undiscovered browse page (in the submitted category), and find!
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A-Shadow-Rose Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've just started using it, but I can't help but feel that it's tailored to the user's preferences. It may just be coincidence, though. I faved a lot of pieces throughout today, and I found a majority of them in the Undiscovered section hours after someone told me about it. There are quite a few that weren't in my inbox earlier today, but still, it was sort of weird. :XD:
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BunnyLebowski Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I prefer this as opposed to just searching new deviations... lets be honest, almost all new devs are lower quality than the ones on "undiscovered" (including mine so im not hating on anyone haha).
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TzarinaRegina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I've really enjoyed browsing through the undiscovered. It offers more variety than the others. I don't really understand how it works, but it's an easy way to browse a large selection of nice work.
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ContraSprite Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
I just noticed this new browse option today and I wanted to know more about it. This is a great idea! :]
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ANGELICA-LILY Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
So far , so good ! Fool Emoji-47 (Star) [V5] 
( Although I haven't received
anything from it ) Maybe I will !!!
I see some really nice things though .:D (Big Grin) 
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Riorlyne Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   Writer
Hmm... I gave it a go and it only seemed to show deviations submitted in the last 24 hours, so I don't really understand how it works. Honestly I wouldn't find it a surprise if just-hours-old deviations aren't discovered yet. :shrug: I'd prefer to see the ones that have gone undiscovered for at least a couple of days.
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ErrantCrow Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes. I would been active in dA in 2013 if I had known about this back in June.  A kickstarter for deviations that perform well out of the gate (i.e. the first 10 seconds) but don't get enough airtime to gain traction?  Great idea!

For full disclosure, I have a DD, two DLDs, and another deviation with over 25K views. If that's how we're defining success, I've won. I don't see it that way. I consider it my greatest achievement that the last is not fanart/mature/furry/pony/kawaii/whatsit - ha! BUT I also have deviations I would kill to get a response on that get a whole lot of zip. I've been lucky and had deviants with serious connections point at a piece I did a few times (thank you, thank you, thank you!). This is why I agree with the decision to focus on how the individual deviation performs. Are my works ever going to end up in Undiscovered?  I dunno, but I agree with the principle behind it.  I know from experience that getting a lot of eyes on a deviation is an amazing opportunity for growth.
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter

Brilliant!                                           

 

In this huge archive it's not obvious how to find interesting, quality and conceptually attractive ides and expressions of arts and crafts of all genres.  This fills the gap between browsing and DD's in a well targeted and efficient way.   

 

Bravo!

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out-of-the-picture Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Really curious how you guys are finding these new works every day but I think that this is such a great idea! Just stumbled upon it by accident and was amazed at how many beautiful art works are going virtually unnoticed! It's great to be able to offer these talented, lesser-known artists the support and interest that they so clearly deserve!
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MrDpom Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well so far no big boom has hit my writings. Maybe they are just bad >< haha oh well
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AquosBoost Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm a little worried about the algorithm you're using; at first glance, it's a good idea, but what about art thieves? Their stolen would could end up on "Undiscovered", then people think they did the work and praise it, and before you know it, an art thief is popular on DeviantART.
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
So true. I tried suggesting a DD via the Undiscovered page, and turns out, it was not the original artwork. :facepalm:
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AquosBoost Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I knew it would only be a matter of time before this algorithm did something stupid.
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Zekkentak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student General Artist
How does this system really work? :o
I'm really interested! :D
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
According to the article, it uses "an algorithm that identifies patterns in community behavior when curating content".

Hope this helps. :)
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013   Digital Artist
I have been really enjoying seeing this feed when I sign in now! I hope the algorithm works in my benefit from time to time, haha, but either way I have discovered a number of incredible artists since this was set up - thank you!!
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dnekrufi Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just went around the undiscovered category, I am sorry to say this feature looks like a total fiesta to me. Undiscovered deviation for 3 months by deviant with great skill but no more than 100 watchers still get single digit view count. On the other hand, deviants with over 1000 watchers also have their works classified as "Undiscovered" which already getting more than 100 view counts in just few hours. In other words, people will no longer rely on this feature to look for potential but underestimated deviation.

If you want to invite people to visit underdog deviant's gallery, just introduce their works manually in your official journal instead of using bot-generated search result.
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dnekrufi Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Typo: fiesta -> fiasco
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dnekrufi Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there anyway for us deviants to know if our submissions have been included in the Undiscovered category without backward searching?
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InagiMiho Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is a great idea. The Newest Deviations page updates so frequently that it can be hard to find those hidden gems. Better yet, it raises the chances of stories and artwork not disappearing into oblivion as soon as they're off the Newest Deviations page.

Thank you so much for this feature, and good luck tweaking it!
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fredrith Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I'm on DA since 10 years, my drawings have rarely interessed people here (not really a problem but it's sometimes frustrating) and I have less than 28000 pageviews, so my art could it be considered as undiscovered ?(my gallery is closed for the moment, I was just asking) Anyway it's a REALLY good idea I think :)
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johas Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I can't use it anymore, is it reserved to premium users now?
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wreckling Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Writer
Hi there! It's still available to everyone, should appear in the left column of deviantART's home page, by "Newest" and "Popular". Is it not showing up for you?
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Gun-bunny Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
What the heck!? "Still" available to everyone? Is it going to be a "Premium only" feature when the beta is over?
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wreckling Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013   Writer
Nope, it was launched to everyone back in April. There is no plan to make it a premium feature. :)
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Gun-bunny Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Yussssssss!
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Speltier Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Really glad this was finally added!!! I hated having to sift through the newest section T_T

Here's my first journal featuring some undiscovered artists, most of which I found through the nifty section ^^

speltier.deviantart.com/journa…
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IfOnlyItWereEasy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Photographer
I still fail to see how undiscovered works. Sorry but if a person has 50 favouites in 2 hours, I'd consider that 'discovered' I'd be freaking happy if I had 50 faves that quickly! It usually takes me a year to get that many!
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VaneFox Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yep, then when it's discovered it fades into obscurity and is spread by its fans. It just gives you a boost basically so you can get more easily recognized.
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tonygutierrez Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
hi no avia mirado esto
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AssassinWitch Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i believe that the algorithm needs improving. In reality it seems like the "Undiscovered" category is simply another page for people with tons of watchers. Several of the artists that I looked at have over 1k watchers. Some of them are even nearing 2k. 

The "Undiscovered" should be for the Undiscovered. Those who have been on deviantart for years yet only have 1-10 watchers and less than a 1,000 page views. Sure that might make it like the "Newest" category but it's better than having the popular get featured even more than they already are.
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Nudimmud Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If it were just another "Newest" filter then no one would use it. From what I can gather, the algorithm has a preference for people with less than 3000 - 30,000 pageviews (maybe one or two 100,000) with quite a few on the low end near 1000. It appears to place more emphasis on the individual image, looking for pieces that spike in pageviews soon after submission. While this might seem to only support the "haves" in their snowball effect, the filter actually looks helpful for mid-tier artists whose work gets lost in "Newest" but doesn't even make page 30 in "Popular 8 hours."

My view is that people who have not reached a certain understanding of aesthetics, design, and color theory should be allowed to submit. But they would probably be better off using the site to share with FRIENDS or small niche groups (seriously, this place is huge. If everyone made it in every category then they would blur together and become useless). Mid-tier artists could make good use of the new features that have been cropping up so they don't have to rely so much on fanart to gain popularity.

Undiscovered also seems to nicely filter out ponies, inflation, furries, screenshots, etc.
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Brizzled Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
This is wonderful, dead curious to see how it actually works :S
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SYGNALLOST Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome! I'm so sick of seeing the same 3D/realistic anime pieces, super "kawaii" pixels, and etc by the same people over and over and OVER again. Its about time others get a chance. Its a real shame because the same people have had the popularity for so long that if they take a picture of a fly in the worst quality ever they will get front page and I just sit back like WTF?! So yeah, I like this new system!
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ThaleiaFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
I am super excited that you have even started developing a method to do this! Awesome work, guys!
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