|I've set up a Donation Pool to help support artists and groups I love. I've set 10,000 as an initial goal, and if this does well, I will set up a larger pool in the future.|
Anyone who donates 100 or more Points will receive a Donation Feature for one week. A donation of 500 or more Points will net you a Donation Feature for one month.
I am not currently taking any new commissions - points-based or otherwise. When I re-open commissions in the future, a limited number of them will be points-based, but they will be the points equivalent of the USD ($) cost.
And now for Part II of the dAhub features! (If you missed Part I and have no idea what I'm talking about, you can find it here.)
Maximko's portraits and pinups have a soft, light quality that contrasts wonderfully with his earlier, darker and edgier works. Hyper-realism is becoming increasingly popular, and his take gives it a softer, gentler edge than some artists. As a bonus, he posts the progress pages for other artists to see how his works develop.
At first glance, I thought Sallynyan was just another generic anime artist, but some instinct (and probably the super-adorable avatar) made me stop and take a closer look at her gallery. I am so glad I did, because I would have been kicking myself if I had missed out! Sallynyan has incredible range, from simple, single-character chibi pictures to fully-detailed illustrations, and every single one of them is a joy of soft, bright color, smooth line, and small but important detail. This gallery is a must-see for anyone who aspires to be an anime-style artist.
There is an airy, painterly quality to DamaiMikaz's work that is easy to overlook if you're just scrolling but creates a comfortable, easy atmosphere when you stop and look at her gallery. The expressive, mood-filled art makes careful use of color to enhance the feel of each image and creates an emotional journey through the gallery. As an added bonus, she also includes sketchdumps and other "practice" works to show consistent work and development over time, which encourages other developing artists.
Pairing a fantastic skill in illustrating folklore/mythology with a mastery of portraiture has allowed PerlaMarina to create a simply gorgeous gallery of art. A special treat in her gallery is the "twisted fairytales" section, full of illustrations that create a different twist on well-known stories and bring out a level of fear the Brothers Grimm could only have hoped for. Everyone, everyone, needs to see this gallery.
That's the second set of six! However, before I go, I want to throw in a bonus feature:
I found Quelchii's gallery via a click-through, rather than directly from dAhub. Now, my particular love for a certain Norse god aside, I watched Quelchii for her exquisite use of traditional media to create rich portraits of pop culture figures. Despite being referenced directly from existing images, each portrait still retains a sense of her own aesthetics and reflects a level of technical skill that is not as emphasized today as it has been in the past. If you're a fan of traditional media and pop culture, this gallery is worth a look.