Cosmosys Exhibition XVII: Alpha and Omega

Cosmosys Exhibition XVII: Alpha and Omega

Cosmosys is proud to present to you their seventeenth exhibition; ALPHA AND OMEGA. The most common association that people have with Alpha and Omega are the beginning and the end. Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet, Omega the last. Beginning and ending. With this pack Cosmosys proves it’s far from its ending with 20+ stunning pieces of artwork that either show the start or the end of all. Tidings of the apocalypse, stories of creation and everything in between. Cosmosys delivers, as usual. For this theme we decided to highlight the astounding efforts of BXD, otherwise known as Brandon Duffy; who has awed us all with his outstanding contribution to this pack and the amazing works he has produced for Cosmosys for the last year. We decided to get a closer look on him; read his interview here! All being said and done: Witness the beginning, witness the end. Witness Cosmosys’ 17th Exhibition; Alpha and Omega! View This Exhibition Read the interview with Featured Artist Brandon Duffy Read Interview And here’s my submission for this exhibition!   Life and Death by Rebecca Weaver...
Finding My Focus

Finding My Focus

Six months ago, I felt like I couldn’t pay anyone to hire me. I mean, I guess that kind of defeats the point, but I was getting pretty frustrated. After getting pregnant with my second, I’d decided to do the whole stay-at-home mom thing while using my freelancing to make up the difference between my fiance’s income and what we needed to get by. It sounded like the perfect solution- a win-win for everyone- so shortly before he was due to be born I quit my 9-5. I’d had good luck getting jobs consistently before, and I figured that by putting in even more work I’d be able to get more jobs. … Not so much. I’d spend hours scouring the deviantART job forums, Elance, FurAffinity, and anywhere else I thought there was even a small chance I might find some work. I’m ashamed to admit that I even got desperate enough to try a few contests on 99Designs, as much as it bothers me to do unpaid spec work. (As a side note, that’s really not something I would recommend for anyone- artist or client. Clients, find an artist based on their portfolio; that’s why we have them. You’ll get better work and build better business relationships. Artists, don’t devalue yourself or your industry. You’re worth much more than maybe getting some money if you win. This is a great article about why.) Back to the point, even with all of that I was only getting maybe one or two jobs a month. It wasn’t really enough to help us get by. I was getting frustrated and very disheartened, and I was starting to worry...
Cosmosys Exhibition XVI: AISTHETIKOS

Cosmosys Exhibition XVI: AISTHETIKOS

With the world around us being vast and beautiful and our artists scattered amongst it; “Aisthetikos” was quite a natural choice after being indulged in our third Experiments exhibition. Therefore Cosmosys is delighted to release its Sixteenth Exhibition: Aisthetikos. With a set of varying disciplines which makes Cosmosys great, the various interpretation of our collective’s artists on the world is nothing short of astounding and desperately in need to be shown to the world through the eyes, brushes and lenses of both veteran artists and newcomers. Events like sunrise, dusk, nightfall. Soaring to high skies and diving in deep oceans. Asking ourselves questions on the way we see the world around and each other. Figuring out the meaning behind beauty, even when the context can be devastating and finally the way in which beauty that is so easily forgotten these days. We answer these questions in the way that Cosmosys does best; by making high quality artwork. For this Exhbition we decided to underline the talent of Kuldar Leement; with two absolutely stunning commissions to this exhibition and an amazing track record at Cosmosys, it was as natural to feature him this exhibition as it was to decide the theme for it. We ask you kindly to sit tight; hold to your hoists and indulge yourself in the beauty of things with Exhibition 16: Aisthetikos. View This Exhibition Read the interview with Featured Artist Kuldar Leement Read Interview Vivere by Rebecca Weaver Skin Deep by Rebecca Weaver...
Recap of RAW: Columbus

Recap of RAW: Columbus

        On Tuesday, I participated in what will likely be my last show with RAW Artists. I have done four of them, and in the future I’ll write up a post about my thoughts on RAW overall- generally positive things. These shows have been a very positive experience for me, and I’m so glad I did them! This show was located in Columbus, Ohio, only about an hour away from where I currently live. For every show done in a home city, RAW offers its artists a complimentary show in another city. This show was one of two comp shows I had available this year; I used the other last month in Indianapolis. While Indianapolis was a very profitable show, I can’t say the same for Columbus, though it was still a mostly pleasant experience. I’ve gone 50/50 on shows with RAW being profitable. I did at least make back my expenses, so I didn’t lose anything by attending. It was very disappointing, though, I won’t lie. There are quite a few factors I think contributed to this show not being as successful as the last. First, and I think most importantly, this show was full of incredible artists. Don’t get me wrong, every show I’ve participated in has been full of really great artists. But this show in particular was very impressive. I felt really outclassed. Also notable was the fact that I was right across from another digital artist, which was actually a first for me at these shows. Not that they don’t bring in digital artists to RAW, because they definitely do, I just haven’t really...
deviantART Isn’t Actually Ruining Everything Ever By Adding New Features

deviantART Isn’t Actually Ruining Everything Ever By Adding New Features

A note going into this post: I’m definitely biased because I LOVE this change and am excited about it- this is just an opinion post, of course, and of course you’re welcome to disagree with me! I just wanted to voice some frustrations. It feels like this type of outrage happens any time a website makes any sort of change, and it gets very tiresome. What’s that sound? That’s… Oh, no. A website has changed something!! Hurry, let’s gather the pitchforks and riot! We can check out what actually changed later. What’s important right now is that we get as angry as possible. -The entire internet, probably Websites are changing all the time, always trying to create a better user experience.  Sometimes this comes in the form of small, barely noticeable tweaks, like Tumblr changing their post icons a while back. Sometimes, it’s a layout change that’s meant to put more focus on certain features, or to simply look better (Facebook does this occasionally and is greeted with mass outrage every time). What this shows, time and time again, is that people are really opposed to change in general. It doesn’t usually matter what the change is. That’s not usually important. It’s the fact that it’s different, and different means getting used to new things and adjusting to them. That’s not to say all change is good, or that change should always be accepted without question. But changes shouldn’t be rejected simply because they’re different. Not without, at least, taking time to evaluate the change. This post is about deviantART’s brand new activity feed feature, recently released to beta testers.  It’s basically an endless scrolling feed of updates from...

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