If you haven't heard by now, one of the other great portfolio sites out there, CGHUb closed its doors last week without any fanfare, warning or formalities of any kind. If you had an account there, my sincere condolences....it's utterly irretrievable.
This has forced hundreds of artists to find new pastures, relocate their contacts and set up fresh portfolio's, not an easy thing to do at zero notification. But like the forest fire, such a meltdown can work wonders for manure and sowing the buds of re-growth. The biggest lesson learnt from this is the classic "don't keep all your eggs in one basket".
There's been a tremendous upswing in activity as sites clamor to fill that vast gap in the jungle.
DA is of course the biggest out there, so I have no doubts it's been picking up survivors.
But new domains have been popping up recently, almost spookily.
One of the best I've found so far is Drawcrowd, which is just pure eye candy from pixel a to pixel z. If you have an account there already, or want to set up a new one, swing on by when you're done, I've set up a new gallery @ drawcrowd.com/mozchopz0de8
and i'll be happy to follow your portfolio.
Another couple of places in the offing are Artstation, www.artstation.com/
which is very similar to Drawcrowd, but promising to offer more in terms of community interaction, your own website portfolio if you wish (with pro accounts)...
...and Zerply, zerply.com/
, which offers artists a more "Linked-in" type of experience, with job offers, professional contact circles and whatnot. Have a sticky beak at these places, you might find something useful.
Of course, none of this is to replace the great resource that is DA, simply to share your work in different formats, and to ensure your web presence is earthquake proof and be able to withstand sudden collapses
If you know of other sites please drop us a link,
Onwards and upwards,