Have you heard about dA's newest 'improvement'
? I have, and like everyone else, I've whined about it.
But there comes a time when whining becomes mere static to the background of general displeasure of lesser things. Soon, there comes a time when we must actually do something about it, rather than point fingers from our sofas.
So, here's something to do... Ze plan iz as follows; all of us watch someone, each of us has an artist friend here on dA who deserves to be seen but isn't getting enough attention. So, if everyone invested a bit of time shining a spotlight on that artist, then deviantArt would be a whole lot less one-sided. Pick someone you watch, select their pieces that you like best and talk a little about them. Cross-link artist features in other artists' journals if they've done one too. Think of it as a PRODUCTIVE
meme. Go, play.
Here's my special feature - ~cheddarpaladin
Cheddarpaladin, or Cheesy (as I call him without permission
), has been one of my longest of deviantArt
friends. Exact circumstances of our meeting are lost to time, but his comments had found me even as far back as 2004. Since then, I've watched (and damn well had my say
) his development as an artist, I've watched his style evolve, become sharper, but always remain recogniseable in my watch box.PortraitID
by Cheddar, with a characteristic cartoon-inspired style in his early period.Blue Dragon
, a gift to me, with a most excellent, impressionistic colouring approach.Rarest of all Collections
, where Cheesy commenced upon a most epic of projects - a collection of cards honouring his dA friends.
Over time, his pictures expanded to portray awesome battles, and very detailed backgrounds. Something that I'm still very much envious of.Solid Snake
, in a sneaking position in the shadows. What else could you possibly want?!The All Father
. A scene with a moody knight, and an eight-legged horse. Again, full of detail and atmosphere.The Forest Temple
. One of my favourite pieces. Lots of hyper-detailed characters locked in a kick-ass battle, with fancy-pants lighting. Perfect.
I've watched his gallery for about six years and while other deviants of the green times have gone, Cheddarpaladin is one of the few who've stuck by (Ahem, without pointlessly prancing about through new accounts
). It almost feels as though we've 'grown up' together as artists here, on this site.
Like all best galleries, his shows where he's been, what he's seen and what his interests were. His life is in his art, as it should be.
Here's to you Cheezmeister and to another six years.