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We didn't expect this at all when we, me and Henning, started the Pixelbrush forums one year ago we had different plans; lesser plans than what it turned out to be.
We wanted to launch a simple art-related forum where the two of us could answer to questions that we kept getting sent to us repetitively, we didn't plan on starting an art community, or this resource site you can see today.

So what happened?

Well, people actually signed up and started using our little corner of the internet. New suggestions would lead to alterations of the forums, new features added, and here we are today, one year later (per February 3. 2008), with 681 members, 32.646.675 page-hits, 50388 written posts in our forums.

We would like to thank everyone who is, for being part of this little community. We think that the fact that we never really tried to start something big was the recipe for success; this place evolved on its own based on what we had from the start, heading towards what ever lays ahead of us. We are saying "success" as this is faaaar from what we were expecting would happen to our forum from the start. It's been a fun year, with great events where we keep getting amazed at the amount of activity and quality from all of the members.

Any plans for the future?

Well, since we're rolling, we have some vague plans and ideas. We're still taking it easy as we don't want pixelbrush.net to be too complex or extensive. We want this place to be easy, fun, and educational for all of us. And this is something we want to hold on to in the future as well.

We probably want to start some kind of daily sketch solution (probably starting off with new themes 1 to 3 times per week). This because doing daily speed painting is incredibly important for any artist to evolve, and by having a simple solution and a place to post these kind of things in an existing system, might help us out to actually do this.

We will naturally continue our monthly events, as they have been very successful, and probably and hopefully have one major event, or competition within the year with possible prizes (this will be with judges only and not as the events).

We want to finish our first art book, featuring all works from the Events of 2007. (Sorry, it's having a sliiight delay because of this site and lack of time, but it's coming along)

So we now launched the resource and information site to go with the forum. We want this new addition to evolve and get filled with all sorts of helpful and fun content, and need YOUR help to do so by sending us links or articles that you believe would be educational or entertaining to fellow artists.

Without further ado, please feel free to visit www.pixelbrush.net

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VinRoc Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats! I have some friends on Pixelbrush, I need to sign up soon :)
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MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
I want to second what Zephyri said... I really do enjoy PB. Cris kind of bullied me into joining and I'm glad she did. It's a good place for people like me who are sort of in between the paid professionals and the amateurs. Not nearly as intimidating as CA or as cliquey and gigantic as CGTalk. And it's nice to be able to talk to people who I've always admired.

Congratulations on the anniversary and the site expansion. I look forward to seeing what another year will bring.
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S4pphire Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Congratulations! And it's still going strong, that is something to be very proud of :)

However, there is a few things to criticize and some things to praise - the lovely color scheme for example is great! However, Black on white is the best way of displaying text but with the black, the images really stand out!

However the main site looks really crowded, I'm however using 1024*768 resolution so it might look a lot better in a higher one - but still, there is ways to design for both larger and tinier screens and make it work pretty smooth... but it looks have a steady ground so keep up the marvelous work! :)
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
good point - thanks for the feedback :)
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S4pphire Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Most welcome :) Keep the marvelous work up :)
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XtwiceXshakenX Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, I visited it over the weekend and was blown away! So cool you guys!! I love it and as I mentioned in the Shoutbox, it's easy to maneuver around the site and has cool stuff like tutorials and features.

Good luck in the future!
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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ZuluSplitter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
yeah, tascha, we love pixelbrush :D
i hope the community is for ever online

have a nice day
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:iconkyena:
Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks - and you too! :)
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ZuluSplitter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
np tascha :D
pb is a good community :)
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Tascha, thank you and Henning for giving us a place to grow and learn. You have done a wonderful job creating that very comfortable place.
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
<3 Keight :)
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BenDouglasUK Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Hey Tascha, congrats on the success and site of PB. I hope to be more active on there soon, I miss PB and it's fantastic members so it will be great to jump back in again - the new project Rochelle and I are working on should be a perfect excuse to lounge around the forum again :D
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks and yeah please do :)
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Starrydance Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
How WONDERFUL! Ive been thinking of meandering back over there for some serious art CC and such. I hope traditional art is still 'ok' to share? =3
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yes absolutely :)
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Starrydance Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Yay! Ill be sure to head on over there this week and recheck it out, I need more art activities =3
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minhdo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Congratulations! I swear one day I'll actually login again and post some art ;__;
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Would be great to have you post :)
And poke your lovely girlfriend too, I miss seeing her pieces.
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minhdo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Hehe I believe I'll have time to post after I finish my last 2 commissions. I wanna take a break from commissions and just do art for myself for a while. Katie's been mostly playing with Asian ball-jointed dolls lately and painting their faces and bodies. She's having a lot of fun with that hobby, but she still paints now and then. How have you been? :3
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Shyada Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Wanted to join the forum some time ago already(only lurking around from time to time) but i guess i'm too shy to post anything there and don't want to become one of those 0-Post member :bucktooth:

But congratz. It's a nice idea and from what i see when lurking around very helpful :nod: :hug:
And good luck for the next years :aww:
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
ah what? no don't be silly :)
Your DA gallery is beautiful there is nothing to be shy about!
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Shyada Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Thanks, it's not my art, it's more the fact that it always takes much time until i feel comfortable with new things(in this case new people).
But will see, maybe i'm brave enough to join during the next days :aww:
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
oic, yeah I know what you mean. :)
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DanHowardArt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Congrats on the site's success :) many more to come!
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
you should post there! <3
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DanHowardArt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
i will ;3
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not as active as I should be of late, which should change soon, but I am proud to be a part of the site, I think it's a fabulous place for digital artists to come together and learn, without the popularity contest of places like DA and gfx, or being as scary or foreboding as CGTalk or CA.

And it's super to have watched the events grow each round. The last one was a real triumph in terms of number of particpants and quality of work. You and Henning have really done a stellar job in making it user friendly and informal. You guys and pixelbrush rock!
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
That's ok, don't worry Sam, we are really happy to have you :)

Yeah, we were blown away by the amount of contributions. It's so great to see people participate.
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bananorama Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Happy anniversary and thanks for sharing all your expertise!
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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DesignsByEve Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Gratz on the anniversary hon! I just spent a good half hour wandering around over there and only meant to take a quick peek ;p Looks like it's bloomed into a great place to hang out :hug:
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks and we just let it happen - no pressure or expectations really :)
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Ivy00 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
congrats and the site is beautiful and I posted all the mushy stuff in the PB forums :D
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: Ivy
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Elitha Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
I think pixelbrush is great! I love being able to interact with and receive feedback from many artists whom I admire (yourself included:))
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
Glad you like it
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Malla13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Congratulations! The site looks wonderful. :D PB is such a great place.
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arhcamt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
congrats! :aww:
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations Tascha! I dropped by yesterday and had a look around...looks great! I thought that article where Henning went to the school was brill by the way!

keep it up!
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Norke Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
It really is a great looking site. Well done, I hope loads of traffic and may you start the community that inspires many people, like it inspires me.

:peace:
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niji707 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008   Digital Artist
\( ^o^ )/ yay! congrats!
You did a wonderful work, PB is a great community... it's becoming bigger but always so friendly! :heart:
thank you!
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P-the-wanderer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008   General Artist
YEEEY FOR PIXELBRUCH!!!! :excited:
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algenpfleger Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yay way to go!

Let's hope for lots of new members and even more awesomeness in the comign year! :#1:
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Niosan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Happy Easter Kyena
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