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    Where are the old CAers?

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    I'm just wondering where everyone is because there seem to be a whole lot of people that used to be regulars that I barely see on here. To name would be Davi, JessiBean, Steph Laberis, Justin Oaksford, Stark, Molly, AlexC, Seedling, etc, etc, etc. There are a bunch of people, actually.

    Where did they all go?


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    Hell, just look at the thumbnailed artists on the banner at the top of every page...how many of them actually post here anymore? My guess is that life just gets in the way. Ah well, for every familiar face that leaves, two new ones join.
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    I've often wondered the same thing and wish some of the Old Republic were around. I think they burn out on CA and I hate to say it, but I think because of the amount of wannabe noise vs. professional discussion. But maybe it's just me...haven't been around long enough to know what it might have been like a few years ago.
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    Im gonna guess they are all working some have moved on to other forums... school isnt done yet this year perhaps?

    i guess i dont count as old school as i havent posted in a long time

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    Sounding off. Although I ain't as cool as those peoples.

    There's a lot of politics and what not to where people go, as well as everyday life. Jobs, kids, bullshit and what not. If you're adventurous and bored, this is an archived forum, you can look up some of the stuff, but a lot of people just drifted off. Particularly those who have an art community in 'real' life. This place is a stop gap to the artistically cut off, but it can't compete with a group of people talking and drawing in the same room.
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    I would imagine it's because the artists of old you're remembering are those who were awesome with incredible art. Most probably they're busy with work now, since they are so awe-inspiringly good at what they do.

    Take Randis for example. Not as old school as these guys admittedly, but he was much more active on here a while back. Now, having made his presence known in the art world, he has clients by the bucketload bowing down before him, and thus has work to do.

    Another reason could be that CA is unusual, possibly unique in that the more time you have been here, the more you learn that you should be drawing instead, and thus the senior members spend barely any time here at all since they have learned it's more constructive to do other things.

    One day we too, will have our fans pining for us, wondering where we've gone, while we sit and draw naked supermodels in our glorious studios made of solid awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Droid View Post
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    I must add, it gets really, really old to repeat the same advice over and over again. I never understood how people like Jeff manage to keep at it.

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    -I have a hard time rendering, what's the secret?
    -Draw from life

    and so on.
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    I heard that Davi moved to Boston for his new job. Plus, you should check out what he posted on his blogspot account. It's understandable that you should getting your life in order, but you shouldn't neglect the community that you were once a part of. With that being said, it sucks that Rocketcandy deleted all of her art and left; she was in progress to becoming excellent at what she does. Ditto for Eddie Mendoza.
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    What forum are they vacating to if they are actually going to a different forum? PM me if it's unacceptable to post for whatever reason.

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    People come and people go. Seedling is busy being a mom, Justin is at Art Center, etc. A bunch of people left a while back because of some personal conflicts and the fallout thereof. A lot of the social function of forums is being taken over by Facebook. Things happen.

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    I got married a couple weeks ago and it kind of forced me to take a two or three week hiatus from here. The forums moved along without me and when I returned, it was hard to start caring again, most of the topics were unfamiliar and I had to read through a lot of posts to catch up with the times. I think it's pretty easy, if you fall behind in forums, to just never get around to catching up and instead leave completely.
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    I'm not an "Old CA'er", but I've been here for a bit. I've just.... Come to find the need for inspiration and motivation....
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    I am still around- 7 years 4 months later, but mostly just view threads in my lunch hour at the studio.
    I also check 's main page as it updates whats hot etc, which would be cool to implement here on the top banner.

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    Taking a break is a good thing. CA is pretty expansive and can consume a lot of your time. What do people always say when a thread turns bad? "While you guys were posting, I just did another painting"? Something like that.

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    I notice I was on non of those lists. I guess I get no love. Do i really make that Little of an impression
    Well Ill be back on regularly now that i'v been able to get my internet turned back on and my life back in order.

    As for Davi he is easily found on facebook, usually on multiple times a day.
    I haven't been able to go through the usual amount of posts that I like to, but from what Iv gathered it still looks like the communities healing from loosing a few members from every section weather they be higherups or just stick arround for the socialness. But it does also look like theres constantly new blood pouring in, and we still have lots of longstanding active members.
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    This is what happens on every community that grows.

    At first reputable, skilled people make up the community and that attracts newcomers until newcomers attract all the other filth. Then the old timers feel discourage to post.

    Sijun, cgtalk, conceptart etc same thing happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    People come and people go. Seedling is busy being a mom, Justin is at Art Center, etc. A bunch of people left a while back because of some personal conflicts and the fallout thereof. A lot of the social function of forums is being taken over by Facebook. Things happen.
    Yeah Facebook seems to have taken over alot of the socialising aspect from other sites too, my boyfriend hates that he used to get regular Poi-Meet updates by email then Facebook came along and he refused to join because he hates social fads and now he can't get updates anymore and has to find out by word of mouth....anyway rant over, like you say, things change.

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    Facebook probably renders this moot (I don't use it), but the professionals could always keep the Golden Horde out with private forums. You know... can't join unless you're a verified professional. Then the pond doesn't get diluted with sewage.

    I suppose anybody who's been around long enough doesn't really want to talk about art any more. There's only so much that can be said. Anything else is just private socialising.

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    I thought it was facebook indeed, and I saw those guys on FB when I was still on there. I guess it's better to pollute your own page than this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by That fat kid View Post
    I must add, it gets really, really old to repeat the same advice over and over again. I never understood how people like Jeff manage to keep at it.
    It's good to see some of the "veterans" chiming in. For me it helps stay connected to a variety of art disciplines and peers. Some of you may think you live in the sticks...it just sucks to not have an artist community to hang with any more.

    As far as the advice thing goes fat kid - I have an unfortunate genetic makeup that at some point switched on a teaching gene. But I'm trying to get better!
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    I dont think i've been around as long as the artists mentioned, but i've been here since 2006.

    I used to post almost daily in my sketchbook, but since getting hired into a fulltime position about 4-5 years ago, almost all of my art time goes toward work and i only update my sketchbook every once and awhile. I used to update it all the time because all my practice stuff was available for everyone to see, but now all the practice happens at work, and is usually under an NDA for quite awhile, so i very rarely update my sketchbook nowadays.

    In an optimistic outlook i'd like to think the same applies toward the groups of other artists who were on here all the time. my 2 cents.

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    It seems like CA is sort of like a springboard for artists. People hang out here, drawing, improving, socializing, and eventually the best artists will leave it behind as they are picked up by companies and/or freelancing fulltime, or head off to school where they no longer need a community like CA. It seems like a cycle, it happened then, it's still happening now.

    Maybe it's just me hoping that if I bum around the forums long enough I'll get some serious fulltime work haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtZealot View Post
    I used to update it all the time because all my practice stuff was available for everyone to see, but now all the practice happens at work, and is usually under an NDA for quite awhile, so i very rarely update my sketchbook nowadays.
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    That's what I assume happens to most of the old CAers. I mean if you've been progressing here, eventually you'll become a professional and so most of your work is gonna come under an NDA until you find time for personal work.

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    I personally miss bumskee updating. He's a huge inspiration of mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by That fat kid View Post
    I must add, it gets really, really old to repeat the same advice over and over again. I never understood how people like Jeff manage to keep at it.

    -Draw from life
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    -Drawing from life
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    -Draw from life
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    -Draw from life
    -I have a hard time rendering, what's the secret?
    -Draw from life

    and so on.
    Speaking for myself, I just remember what I was like at age 16. I kept pressing forward on the track, but I still didn't know shit about anything. I figure even though a lot of it is readily searchable, sometimes it's fairly intimidating for someone to wade through all of the information on this site.

    A single sentence can change an artist's life forever. I'm not saying those words are mine, but I remember what it was like to talk to professionals at age 15, you know?

    I still remember David Mack telling me at a comic book convention "Take all of these drawings out of what you show people as they are your worst ones. You are only as good as your worst drawing". Most people consider that "Common" advice, but I didn't know it and it's important. I still remember that to this day and now I share convention hall space with the same man every year at Emerald City Comicon.

    So that's why I try to help, even if it's repetitive.

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    Just wondering Jake, seeing you are saying old CAers... define old
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