Hey all, DA peeps. It's been a while since I rapped at ya. Still running my game company in Bangkok. We've grown quite large. Due to me running the company, I don't have much time anymore to do leisure art. It's a shame really. I always think I'm happiest when I'm drawing or doing art. The upside is that I bought a beautiful house close to a lake. It's a great place to hang out and the kids love it there. I do think I found my niche in game art. So that's the reason why you don't see anime illustrations from me anymore. I like art but I'm much better at building things with components. It scratches the technical as well as artistic itches at the same time.
On a side note, I do have job advice for aspiring artists. I can say this because I frequently hire production artists who often are on deviantart or doing anime style illustrations.
Tip #1. Don't think that DA represents the real world. You might think your top dog because your werewolf cross-gender, inflation-fantasy comic got a half million views. Understand that DA is a niche filled with sub-niches. A potential boss will be less than impressed.
Tip #2. Diversify your art portfolio. Unless you're specifically targeting a certain job (which is recommended), you may want your general portfolio to show what you're capable of as an artist. If you apply for a graphic designer position and your portfolio is nothing but characters, it's not going to do too well.
Tip #3. Get creative with your resume. I've seen some really cool, well designed graphical resumes. Not appropriate for a programmer but completely appropriate for a creative artist.
Tip #4. Are you Genzoman? If you're not Genzoman or at the top of your illustration game, chances are, nobody is going to pay you to sit around and make pretty character illustrations all day. It's not a worthless skill but it needs to be accompanied by something else. Show some layout skills, user interfaces, logos, buttons, ads. Anything with commercial value is welcome in a general portfolio.
Tip #5. Don't depend on school projects for your portfolio. I can smell a school project from a mile off. I'm more interested in what YOU like to do or projects that you've involved yourself in.
Hope that helps. I'll probably post this on a forum or something.