So, there are lots of sites all around to learn new and better practices for digital art. As I moved from one site to another, I found quite a few more, and each one taking me to a whole new level of art. So now I can look back at what various sites have given me, and what other sites will bring me closer to a professional standing. With all of these sites, it is more than possible to become a professional solely from subscription based sites, and workshops, completely avoiding college all together. With both 2D and 3D, once you learn the basics and fundamentals, as well as your software, it’s all about applying your style, and then learning from others, mainly professionals. So, I wanted to point out all of these awesome sites, what you can learn, how much they cost, and what you can learn from each one of them. I’ll also point out the few places I was not happy about at all, and if you are from those organizations, you can take a lesson from the other sites.
So the new site wallpart dot com, a site that simply pulls images off of facebook, imgur, and various other social media sites, turns the images into merchandise. The site is written to do this automatically, without the owner’s consent or knowing, and of course without royalties. The domain registration has been hidden, and that’s usually a good sign that the owner is up to no good. To add, the IP address resolves to an ISP address, and the DNS handled by a Dynamic DNS service; in other words, it’s some kid running out of his mother’s basement. If you are an artist with their art on social media (of course you do), you can almost count on your art being sold there somewhere.
Many people from CGSociety have been working towards shutting down the site via petition, but an abuse ticket can be filed through the ISP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +31205354444 . When doing such, mention that you are reporting abuse from wallpart dot com, and that it is selling digital images unlawfully.
Anyways, I’m sure there are lots of these sites, but one less is always great.
It was only last Friday, that I was driving up to a convention, with expectations of visiting with an artist I knew somewhat personally, meet a few people, and maybe look at what other artists create. Upon entering the Convention Center in Kansas City, I walked into the conference hall packed with artists. I roamed around, and did a quick glance at all the booths, each covered in the art of the artist or studio that claimed the space. While it felt like I was in any other convention, it didn’t take very long to find out I was completely wrong.
For the past two months, I’ve worked quite a bit on creating models for Sony’s Player Studio. If you don’t know about Player Studio, it is a program allowing people outside of Sony to create cosmetic assets for players. Each asset is sold in the Sony marketplace in a few of their games like Planetside 2, Everquest, and Everquest 2. After hearing about how modelers have made over $10k for 8-9 models, any all inspiring new artist would be drawn to this. After my time with them, I found that it is very misleading.