Yes, I did some further testing. It seems the function is buggy. Most artists I follow show in the artists list, however, some of them not. So I unfollowed one artists that did show up and as expected it was removed from the artists list. Then I followed the same artist again and it showed up again in the artists list as well. Now I did the same with an artist that wasn't showing up in my artist list (but that I had been following). After unfollowing and following again the artist still didn't show up in the artist list.
I will make a new thread about this since it's getting beyond the scope of the original question. In regard to the orignal question it's safe to say that next to saving music, following artists is a good (although still buggy) way to add artists to your artists list.
Hmm my Artists list is totally empty despite having "followed" artists a few days ago. Finding Spotify to be rather confusing/annoying to use overall.
Ok if you go to your profile (top right) you can actually view who you are follwoing there. So "Following" is not same as "Saving an artist" but seems you can't save artists from anywhere but the Discover section.
I found what you have to do is save a few albums or a few songs from an artist one is already listening to, and then the system will start to pull information from who you follow, music in user playlists. and so on. After I saved about 15 movie soundtrack albums, the system started adding artists automatically into Your Music under Artists based on who I was following.
@amparose It's true that "following" is something different from 'saving an artist', but Spotify never lets you save an artist directly (see also the beginning of this thread). Even when you save in the Discover section you actually save music and not artists. However, Spotify will save the 'associated artist' for you in the same process, that's the same it does for 'following artists". So: although following is something different (indeed), Spotify saves the artist that you're following in the arists list as well (often). That is: mine does, yours obviously doesn't which completes the mystery!
True it did not pull every artist from ones I have listed as following which is over 400 but I was not expecting every artist to show at the first time setting it up and testing what the Your Music section does. The following feature took some time before most of it would show properly at least for me, I figure this will be something worked out over time.
Hello sailboy777, the bug that is described in this thread has been solved quiete a while ago, so now you can save artists without any hic-ups. Just follow the artists you want to save and they will appear under "your music" in "Artists".