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kasumicr:

philmcandrew:

I have given this exact same advice dozens of times. It goes for both…

Reading through the responses to this post, I think people are confusing “don’t use Deviantart or Facebook as your primary presence on the internet” with “never use Deviantart of Facebook or any social media communities to promote your art.”

I use tumblr and DA and twitter and facebook to great success (obviously), but my business cards always link to shoomlah.com or clairehummel.com.  Easy to remember, professional finish, and it gives me more or less complete control over how my art is presented to people.  My main page links to my tumblr and my DA, sure, but I give people the option to browse my art quietly, on their own terms, without being bombarded by ads and other superfluous nonsense.

If you have 12 bucks to spare, you can get a domain name and have it link back to an organized, art-specific tumblr!  If you don’t, you can at least set up a daportfolio and link to that instead.  Maintaining a presence in social media is really important, yes, but so is maintaining a professional presence, the face you put forward towards potential employers and clients.

And I’m sorry, but Deviantart is hard to browse.  I’ve been on it for ten years now so I know my way around, sure, but from a visual standpoint there is next to no design logic or hierarchy of information.  The category system is a redundant joke, art pieces are called “deviations” which is completely alienating to new visitors, and the front page is littered with art chosen by a completely obtuse and self-propogating popularity system.

And have you looked at a person’s individual profile page recently?  With fresh eyes?  It can be IMMENSELY confusing to figure out that you need to click on that tiny “gallery” link at the top to get to any actual art.  Ugh.

DA has been so good to me over the years, it really has, but I’ll be the first to say that it is not an Optimized Art Browsing Experience- I use it out of necessity rather than any actual fondness for the platform.

I should probably write up an actual article about internet presence at this point,

-C

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saezutte:

bookshop:

gaminginyourunderwear:

WANT! Pin-Up Calendar of the Apocalypse.

brain-food:

Pin-Up Calendar of the Apocalypse

They’re not appropriately dressed, but these ladies are managing to get by in the apocalypse all the same. Illustrator Andrew Tarusov created a doomsday calendar,…

i do think the apocalyptic concept is cool but i’m reblogging because i absolutely don’t support appropriation without credit, and i reblogged the original set of illustrations.

I agree that these are little close for comfort (especially since they’re all from the same artist rather than from a variety of different pin-up artists), but I absolutely think the “apocalypse” angle is enough to “justify” the borrowings. He pretty cleverly chose originals to fit his apocalypses and he says right on his website that they’re based on Gil Elvgren’s work (if the English-language coverage doesn’t see fit to translate the page, that’s not his fault.) Taking retro, happy, slightly-exploitive-but-fun pin-ups and setting them in the apocalypses that fill our modern consciousness is an all-around clever idea (whether it’s done for fanboy appeal or for social commentary) and it perhaps makes the execution better that he directly ripped off famous pin-ups (you know, the kind that take five minutes to find.) 

just, idk. People always accuse appropriative artists of being “lazy” or “cheating” without realizing that, at times, stealing is art. 

I’m all for letting artists riff off of each other- I’m a big fan of Kirby Ferguson’s current Everything’s a Remix video project- I just think this artist took Elvgren, made the art worse, and added backgrounds without properly adjusting the figures or anything to make them match.  I’ve seen tons of fandom artists remix classic paintings and pinups, but they’ve done it in a way where they’ve brought something new to the table…  And they openly acknowledged their source, instead of letting people assume otherwise.  I’m not saying this is wrong, or morally inexcusable, it’s just clear that the artist doing them is an otherwise talented illustrator- he seems capable of (given the time and effort) actually making pinups that are good enough on their own.

Like take Bill Mudron’s Doctor Who/Mucha riffs, for instance:

 

…instantly recognizable as playing with Mucha art, but the artist is bringing enough to the table in the way of typography, design, etc. to make it worth your while.  I’m not saying the Pin-UP calendar isn’t art, it clearly is, but I just don’t understand the motivation when the final product isn’t intended to be a wink at the viewer or commentary.

There are some awesome redesign contests over on Warren Ellis’ forum every once in a while and, seeing how this round was Egyptian mythology, I’m finally throwing my hat into the ring.The idea for this particular challenge was to do a modern day version of Sakhmet, as she might appear in comics. I took a bit of a high fashion route in interpreting her traditional garb (read: ZIPPERS EVERYWHERE ZIPPERS), and what the hell! I like it.-C

There are some awesome redesign contests over on Warren Ellis’ forum every once in a while and, seeing how this round was Egyptian mythology, I’m finally throwing my hat into the ring.

The idea for this particular challenge was to do a modern day version of Sakhmet, as she might appear in comics. I took a bit of a high fashion route in interpreting her traditional garb (read: ZIPPERS EVERYWHERE ZIPPERS), and what the hell! I like it.

-C

My buds over at The League of ST.E.A.M. commissioned me to design the cover for their upcoming webseries DVD and, seeing how they finally got around to announcing it, I can finally post it up here! good times.I’m not usually one for doing portraiture- especially portraits of people I know and care about and don’t want to insult- but it was worth it for this. I just gave them ALL SEXY FACE ALL THE TIME and it worked out perfectly. Sideways glances are a speciality of mine.( The Adventures of The League of S.T.E.A.M. - volume 1 DVD is going to debut at this year’s San-Diego Comic-Con, booth #607. You can also see the League this weekend at the Labyrinth of Jareth masquerade in LA, and you can help fund a second season of the webseries over at Kickstarter! )

My buds over at The League of ST.E.A.M. commissioned me to design the cover for their upcoming webseries DVD and, seeing how they finally got around to announcing it, I can finally post it up here! good times.

I’m not usually one for doing portraiture- especially portraits of people I know and care about and don’t want to insult- but it was worth it for this. I just gave them ALL SEXY FACE ALL THE TIME and it worked out perfectly. Sideways glances are a speciality of mine.

( The Adventures of The League of S.T.E.A.M. - volume 1 DVD is going to debut at this year’s San-Diego Comic-Con, booth #607. You can also see the League this weekend at the Labyrinth of Jareth masquerade in LA, and you can help fund a second season of the webseries over at Kickstarter! )