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    We're a Virtual Pets and Sim Games Community. We have a lot of Virtual Pet Sites Owners and Sim Games Owners that frequently visit, along with Artists, Writers and Programmers that come here looking for work and games to work for. Our Artists sell art in our Art Marketplace and Programmers are allowed to sell scripts in the Programming Marketplace. We've been opened since 2011 and since then we've grown and expanded quite nicely. What are you waiting for, why don't you join today?

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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Tsurimae, Jun 29, 2012.

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    Hey everyone. I'm an artist. Um....I'm looking for some long-term work eventually. I've been out of the art scene for about 6 months so I'm a little rusty, but I'm getting back into the groove now. I hope to make some artist friends here and possibly pick up a few art pointers.

    I've worked for lots of sites. Most of them aren't even around anymore just because I've been an artist for so many years (about 8). But a few are still out there.

    Not much else to say. :p

    So, talk to you later!
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    Hey @Tsurimae. :) You need to get to 11 posts before you're able to post links, images, and mention people. In case you joined to just post your portfolio. Don't worry, we can get you there. <3

    How are you doing today?
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    I'm doing okay. Just melting from the ridiculous heat outside :( How about you?

    Anyways, thanks for letting me know about the posts rule. I'm sure I would have encountered that eventually since I was just about to try to get on the approved artists list. Haha.
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    Darn my horrible reflexes in responding to you. xD

    & Yes! Pretty much the same status here. Where you live? I'm New York - I live on Long Island, actually.

    Hahaha, our mod that accepts artists is actually out right now. She won't be back for a few days, so it might be a little bit of a wait anyway. Don't worry, it won't be too much longer. <3

    How did you find out about VPL anyways?
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    I'm in VA. Not too far from New York.

    I was on VPL a long time ago. Then it disappeared....and then returned....and disappeared again...and returned. Haha. I got a little frustrated with the site being hacked and stuff so I stayed away for a while which also coincided with me taking a break from working as an artist. Now I'm back and it appears there haven't been any problems here with hackers or whatnot, so that's good. :)
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    Cool!! :D

    Well, I am SO happy we regained your trust back. :c *snugs* It's good you decided to join us again. We're much more stable and better than either, in my opinion ;) Though I believe I could be a little biased. xD
    <3 It's still nice to see you here.
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    Thanks! I'm glad to be back. It's ok if you're biased. It just means that you are proud of the place where you work. :)

    I'm curious about the posting thing here. I think I read something that if I don't post here for a while my account could be deleted or something. Is that right? Or do I have it confused? I'm asking because next week I'm going to stay with some family and they don't have any internet at all (I'll probably die while I'm there because of it :p) and I don't want my account to get deleted or anything.
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    Welcome to the forums! What made you become an artist? Were you born with the talent to draw?
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    I went to school for multimedia and graphic design. That's what started me on the road to 3D game art, but I couldn't afford the programs after I graduated from school. I eventually got into photo editing which I really enjoyed. I worked freelance with a photographer and helped him with business cards and photo editing. Then I branched out on my own and started designing photo presentations like for weddings or special events like that. After I moved to a new location I wasn't able to work with the same people at that time because I couldn't travel the 7 hour trip to work each day. I was playing around on a site called Elyzeria and they were looking for an item artist to join the team. I signed up and the owner there trained me and put up with my terrible artistic abilities. I had tried to work on several other sites before I found Elyzeria. The owner there was just the only person willing to put in the time to teach me. After a few years of struggling through tutorials, trying to understand the ins and outs of photoshop, and trying to overcome my own ignorance about what makes good art, my trainer finally suggested that I try to find a site that would pay me. So, I took her suggestion.

    I actually can't draw at all. All my art is done on the computer using a mouse and photoshop7. I don't do sketches, I just use my brain. Sometimes I might have to study a picture of something I'm not familiar with until I can draw the body proportions right (especially for made up animals that are a mix of several animals in one). In place of sketches for commissioned art, I do line art on the computer. It's pretty easy and doesn't take very long to do. Then the buyer gets and true visual of how the image will look because there's no erase lines or other things like that.

    I started doing this because I was a very young stay-at-home mom with no income. I worked as a free artist in training for several years until I was confident enough to ask someone to pay me. Eventually I found a few faithful folks who had me do commissions for them. I also did some maps which bring in a good amount of money. I love the beautiful art that I can come up with and being a petsite artist allows me to get high quality images done quickly although it's for little money. I just don't care for the restrictions the site owners put on the art. Sometimes they want an artist to come up with silly items and I just don't feel like doing. I still do it, but it does take a little joy out of it when you have little control over the types of items you get to make. The same is true for maps. Even though I got paid well for maps, it wasn't the art I wanted to make. I do it anyway because, well, a job is a job. I take huge pride in my art and try very hard to make it perfect (even on images that are really small).
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    That is the truth :') I love being at VPL so much. Working here is an experience I'm honored to have. I don't think I will ever leave it.

    Accounts are never deleted, so that isn't true at all. Some of the original accounts haven't been signed into and still are here. So, no stress. ;)

    And hey look at that! You're so close to 10 posts!!
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    @Tsurimae
    I remember that site. The owner was an active member here. Whatever happened to that place?
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    I think it went down to be remodeled and never came back up.
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    That really sucks, the site had a lot of potential. Do you still have the art that you made for them?
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    Yep. Still have it.

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