Even though the pandemic means we can’t be together at comic and art conventions, like San Diego Comic-Con and LightBox, we didn’t want to miss an opportunity to help artists grow and connect with one another! We jumped at the chance to participate in the “at home” versions of those conventions to showcase insight and expertise from some excellent artists. With the below panels, you can take part in a warmup for artists, learn the history of DeviantArt, discover how personal projects can lead to paid gigs, and find out tricks to using social media as an artist. Social Media for Artists @loish, @Picolo-kun, and @kianamai connect for a panel navigating the challenges of social media for contemporary artists. From asserting your artistic voice, how to gain followers and engagement, and balancing your life with responsibilities to the art community, they cover it all. Hosted by DeviantArt’s Head of Social Media, @ggMattB. Personal Work to Paid Work You never know when the fun project you
I am a cartoonist, digital artist and professional graphic designer who’s been drawing cartoons and comics since she was 12 years old. That was when I was doodling dragons in the margins of my math books.
I have spent years studying sequential art and visual storytelling as well as applying graphic design principles to create a pleasing experience for others.
My qualifications include a bachelor of animation and a postgraduate in digital design. Currently I volunteer my services at my local charity, creating a monthly workplace health and safety cartoon to be used in their email newsletter.
I have always been passionate about visual narrative and the potential it has to change a life. It is my goal to create my own visual stories through the comic medium and send them out into the world.
I am always experimenting with the Clip Studio Paint software to find new techniques, share what I’ve learned and make things easier for up-and-coming creatives in the field. I am constantly looking to improve my art skills and help others do the same.
I have been incredibly fortunate with COVID-19 and the lockdown in my area. It's been emotionally taxing, but I could have been much worse off. The most inconvenient thing to happen to me during this time is every public place closing and the supermarkets temporarily suspending online grocery shopping (which was through March and April); and I guess huge delays in package deliveries, since everyone's buying their stuff online now. While I naturally spend a lot of time at home, mostly cleaning, I haven't been able to go out and walk around even once a week because of this pandemic. A few months of that and I start to wonder if I'm still sane. Luckily, because Australia has acted quickly on this, the restrictions are now slowly easing. Our state borders opened and then closed again when a second wave started. Victoria has had trouble keeping infections down and has gone back into a stage 3 lockdown because some people there just wouldn't self-quarantine when they were
Sorry I've been gone so long. I haven't been posting anything in ages, but I have been checking up on my messages here, so nothing has gone unread. While I am sad to see the old DA interface go, I am slowly getting used to Eclipse. I see now that the website interface did need an overhaul and some of these new features make sense. The new chat feature might be very convenient. And I am extra glad that the paginated scrolling is now working, as well as a search function. I was getting worried about forced endless scrolling. What I'm really afraid of is DeviantArt becoming like Twitter or YouTube or Pinterest, where you get addicted to browsing because of constant recommendations and endless scrolling. That's partly why I moved away from those networks. With the way they are designed, I felt like part of my brain was shut off whenever I visited them. Without the DF YouTube add-on for Firefox, it's like I lose control of my browsing on YouTube and waste so much time and energy. Really