"...moments in time fueled by the drive to escape staring into the chaos of a blank sky..."
So I haven't published much in the last few months since the Zbrush tutorial update, I still need to add a few more tutorials. I apologize for not getting them up sooner. I was kind of in a creative slump for a while there.
Do you like to play online video games? Well those of you who know me for a while now know that video games are a big part of my life and have art and computers around since a young child. Currently I belong to a gaming community know as The Sinister Swarm [SIN] who have been around for a little over 13 years now. I have been in the community for almost two years now and these guys really helped me through my slump. I have always created wall papers and art for each of the specific games I have played seriously. Sinister Swarm was no different. So I thought to myself what can I do that will get the community involved in a way that can help me solve the lock on my creativity...
How about forum signatures I thought, great idea, everyone needs one of those (or at least most like to use something, a picture an animation etc) but how to get them involved? Then it hit me, how about a sort of contest that would get people free signatures and give back to the community who has given me so much support these last two years. Here's the original post after I threw the idea out at some people and then requested a signature:
Help me be creative for 30 days straight and get a new signature and help your guild get a nice donation! Already up to 15$! Check the sig shop thread to make your request!!!
Edit!: As an added incentive for each person who I have created a signature for will be entered into a drawing to win $20 worth of in game currency for either Tera(emp) or Guildwars 2(gems)!!! (entry is per person not per signature) So come-on keep me busy for 30 Days and get yourself some ingame cash!!!
Make your request here: http://www.sinisterswarm.com/forums/...ad.php?t=20858
I have done almost 40 signatures now for people in the guild and each one unique per the request and I still have several more to work on as well as graphics for our twitch.tv Tera chapter of the community and the special official signature given out to some of our members (no pressure here right? lol). It's been a great experience and I have a lot of fun doing it and it has helped me improve my art too and the community has given me a great response, they helped me reach my goal of at least 30 days of creativity and have received my $30 dollar donation and congratulations to Spookykid who won the Grand Prize raffle of $20 in game currency to Tera.
Each signature was a challenge to take the requests and idea of each individual person and create something unique to them and they can relate to or enjoy. Each one was like doing a mini mural that incorporated members ideas and my own vision.
I thank all of the Sinister Swarm members that supported me in this endeavor and enjoy the work I do, with all the crits and comments and coming back to the thread to see each new creation.
Check out the running gallery or navigate the gallery menu on the top bar.
For more information about the Sinister Swarm and what games we play and to find out what keeps almost 1200+ active members coming back, swing by the Hive check out our public forums and be sure to watch the intro video on the homepage.
J.M.Martin a.k.a Mercwar