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Posted by: jimthegreat1012 Jan 10 2016, 01:51 AM
Someone, put it out of its misery, please.

Posted by: Fujii Yakumo Jan 10 2016, 12:20 PM
Why, when the lights are coming back on again?

Fred is posting comics again! Yay!

Posted by: jimthegreat1012 Jan 10 2016, 02:45 PM
Because this art forum is dead, and will be forever. It gets one post a year, if it's lucky.
Everyone moved onto conceptart.org and the like years ago. Megatokyo itself hasn't been relevant in almost ten years. This place will never see new members. This whole site should be trashed.

Posted by: Merekat Jan 11 2016, 01:55 PM
And yet somehow across the whole of the internet vying for your attention, this forum's existence offends you so deeply you feel compelled to post comments that only serve to make others feel negatively.

Warnings might not be poignant at this time, but if you decide to graffiti the walls, it is wholly preventable.

Post some art of worth and be useful to this place, if only for the respected memory of what it was at one time. If you are longing so much for it to revive, be part of the solution and draw people back.

Edit: For the record, I really miss it, too.

Posted by: Raptor007 Jan 13 2016, 01:18 AM
HEY Merekat!!!
good to see you around, I was showing some drawing buddies of mine this site, lol
Do you have a Facebook for your artwork?

here is mine
https://www.facebook.com/RaptorArtStudios/

Posted by: Raptor007 Jan 13 2016, 01:33 AM
Sorry Jim..but I have a LOT of really good memories from this place
and it's because of the members, and the help I got from here, that I got better with my artwork
I now help out others on facebook drawing groups the same way that I was help here, with draw overs, and tutorials
http://raptor007.deviantart.com/art/Helpquick-tutorial-584128633?ga_submit_new=10%253A1452670345

Posted by: Rocko'sModernLife Jan 13 2016, 09:26 PM
This Forum will be revived with Largo's return.

On the fourth day, at first light. Look to the East.


I drew a cat.
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Posted by: Raptor007 Jan 13 2016, 11:43 PM
Here are some things I did in 2015
oh and all those ties are hand painted (most sold at some anime cons I went to)
and I'm actually going to try and get folks on here from some FB groups I'm in
we'll see what happens smile.gif
enjoy the art!

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Posted by: Black Kitty Jan 14 2016, 01:25 AM
I have been drawing birds. Birds birds birds. Bird's the word.

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Posted by: Raptor007 Jan 14 2016, 01:35 AM
I hear ya Black kitty smile.gif

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Posted by: Mamma Peach Jan 14 2016, 09:19 AM
I love those ties! (I'm a bird fan too. laugh.gif )

Really I should start drawing again. I've been letting life eclipse my art. And I also happen to be a fairly new member, at least new enough to not have explored these parts of the forum or know some of the older members.

Posted by: Merekat Jan 15 2016, 10:34 PM
Heh. Heyo guys. Been quite a while, how's it going?

Kitty, dem's some FINE birds. Rocko, love the negative space. Raptor, wow, you've been busy. I really like those ties, makes me wistfully wish they were silk-screened because I'm textile snobbish. ;}

Welcome to the forums, Peach! The people you see here are an olde crewe, and I suspect there's a lot more through ye olde lurking. But yeah, the heyday was something special here. Who knows, maybe we can get some old timers to dust the place off again, I dunno. I know lately I've been checking here and thereish out of nostalgia.

Oddly, I don't have many ready sketches to post. My site has some update imagery, but not the very latest from the old job. What I'm doing now is a lot of work for myself but not ready to show until it's done. If you want to see what I've somewhat done in the last few years, it's here: www.merekatcreations.com . I keep meaning to update it more...

It'd be nice to see other lurkers post. Maybe they will. ;}

Posted by: Homeworld Jan 16 2016, 07:02 AM
Wow, a thread! Finding this place more than 12 years ago, posting in the party threads, receiving and dishing out critique (however misguided it might've been, reading some of these old posts is agonizingly embarrassing) really helped me decide to abandon my tech support career ambitions, and get more serious about art.

I stumbled in here again because i was sleuthing for some info on FJ; he's always been a big inspiration for me, and i haven't been able to find any updates on his blog for quite some time now; Seeing this thread really annoyed me and threw off my focus, but i'm glad to see that some of the old timers are still checking by occasionally! I've yet to find a successful community with the same kind of vibe as MTAD, so even if it's for posterity, and despite all the image URLs being broken and lack of new members , there's absolutely no reason to "trash" years' worth of history on a whim..

Posted by: Char Jan 16 2016, 12:54 PM
Just wanted to drop a note that, glad that the place is anything but dead~

Posted by: Elginive Jan 20 2016, 03:55 PM
I don't know the last time I posted on this forum. It's been a long time.

But, some times you find yourself reminiscing about the things that have passed; and I found my way here. To my surprise, a post that is relevantly recent. It certainly isn't the place it once was, but for many of us, it was the foundation that started us on a path that could only be for the better. I think those memories are irreplaceable and so crucial. Even if this place isn't "Alive"- it's worth it to leave it here. To a testament for those who came and went. It's a structure that holds the archive of a community come and gone. The shared growth of all those who contributed an excitement for growth and betterment. Encouraging each other to get better.

This forum was known to be critical and to the point. If there were things to improve, you heard it. As a 14 year old who joined this forum and had only ever heard praise "you're such an amazing artist!"- It was a hard learning curve. But it was what I needed. I realized how much I had to learn, and I got serious.

I just wanted to leave my thanks to those who were vital at that stage of my life.

Merekat, Dr. Cloud, Plufim, Shonensan, TheCat, TsuchiTochi, Matsuno... So many more that I can't even remember.


When I first joined MT:
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A few weeks ago:
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TsuchiTochi:
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Matsuno:
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http://shonensan.deviantart.com/:
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Plufim:
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http://drcloud.deviantart.com/


Thank you. MegaTokyo smile.gif

Posted by: Nova Jan 22 2016, 08:09 PM
Whoa, I do my monthly check in and there's a new thread and people!

Since others are posting their first work from here, this was my very first post in the MT forums, and I remember being torn to shreds about how big my noses were (: (not much has changed there). This place was always great for constructive criticism.

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Here's some stuff from recently (I went on a "I need to get better with traditional media" kick over Christmas):

My first attempts at scratchboard (sorry for blah photo) and pastel:
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A couple of character concepts for a new webcomic idea that I've since scrapped in favour of something else (I'm putting my first webcomic out to pasture):
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And I posted these here a couple of summers ago (has it already been that long?), but I like them enough to want to share again...some pieces for a Game of Thrones fanzine:

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Posted by: Merekat Jan 25 2016, 07:33 PM
Heh. I guess more people are just as nostalgic. Welcome back, folks! It's good to see everyone. And all the arts. It's heartwarming to see that so many of you kept going forward with your artwork and improving so much.

I find myself at a loss, funny enough. My art has gone into... interesting directions. And I'm neck-deep in a few big projects that don't have sketches to show. Yet I'd love to see this place get back on its feet, just not sure what I have to contribute art-wise. That feels hypocritical. Hm...

Love seeing the art posts, though. Love seeing what you guys have been up to. Homeworld: FJ's still doin stuff, but it's his choice in postin'. I'm sure it'll come eventually. Char: Hey whatup, my man? ;} Good to see you, too. Elginive: Thank you for the memories. Nova: For the record, I really hope I wasn't one that got on the nose thing. And if I was, I totally regret it now.

Posted by: Nova Jan 26 2016, 04:33 PM
It wasn't you (: And besides, it was good (and valid, ha) critique...clearly it didn't scare me away from this fine establishment!

EDIT: Just went back in my posts (note to self, there's a reason you repressed your days as a 12 year old on the Internet, hoo boy), and I guess it wasn't the very first post here, just the first I remember....probably because I remind myself of it every time I draw a face.

Man, I really really miss the heyday of this place. I didn't just learn how to receive critique, I learned how to give it, too, which IMHO is a much harder skill to learn. There were always artists I looked up to and those who were improving alongside me, and it was never so big that I didn't recognize the people posting. :'(

Posted by: Merekat Jan 26 2016, 05:04 PM
Yeah, true dat. A lot of folks improved quite fast, this place was crazy awesome and helpful and I really liked how many people stepped up to the plate to offer useful critique. Even if some of the critiques were a little on rails more than I personally liked, it was still a big boon to have people supporting. I always wondered if the other art forums out there were less forgiving of hobbyists (frequently anime hobbyists at that) and that's why we got the wanderers. That's why I stuck around for so long... didn't think it was fair they got that treatment elsewhere. Everyone deserves a chance to improve their craft.

Posted by: Nova Jan 26 2016, 05:18 PM
QUOTE (Merekat @ Jan 26 2016, 06:04 PM)
Yeah, true dat. A lot of folks improved quite fast, this place was crazy awesome and helpful and I really liked how many people stepped up to the plate to offer useful critique. Even if some of the critiques were a little on rails more than I personally liked, it was still a big boon to have people supporting. I always wondered if the other art forums out there were less forgiving of hobbyists (frequently anime hobbyists at that) and that's why we got the wanderers. That's why I stuck around for so long... didn't think it was fair they got that treatment elsewhere. Everyone deserves a chance to improve their craft.

I'm still a bit wary of sites like ConceptArt...back then it was this holy pedestal of incredible painters and artists to me, and I've never felt enough like a "real artist" to join a site like that, even in the years since (silly, I know, but first impressions die hard). You're totally right in that this was one of the few places that embraced but pushed people just starting to draw, and it's interesting to me that I haven't found another place quite like it. Twitter and Tumblr don't really have the forum architecture that lends itself to a give and take critique and subsequent improvement.

Posted by: Merekat Jan 26 2016, 07:29 PM
Well, I think the key is you have to have someone draw a line in the sand and post the pool rules for forums. But yes, perhaps the way forums existed isn't what the internet does nowadays. I'm trying to figure out the new media stuff. It moves strangely...

Posted by: Mamma Peach Jan 27 2016, 08:48 AM
... and more and more impersonally. I think we try to make it imitate life, but it still remains an ephemeral dream.

I just found out yesterday (again) how that with a single click everything you spent months (or even years) building can vanish in an instant, but then someone somewhere might actually have a copy saved (and did). Then you wonder if it's worth the effort to reconstruct it...

I always think that in time, maybe a generation or two, we'll get the hang of this and stable internet communities will arise, but then I remember that it's built on technology and technology constantly changes. So, no, we will never have something stable. It will always keep changing, vanishing, and appearing, like the ephemeral dream that it is. We just have fun while it lasts (and keep back up copies of what you want to hang on to).

Posted by: Merekat Jan 31 2016, 09:20 PM
Heh. Well, while we're waxing philosophical I can totally relate to the 'weirding ways' of the internet making you feel like you popped sideways into another dimension. I've been trying to poke my head back up and look around after what feels like ages.

Sorry to hear you had such a scare with your project, but I'm happy to hear you had a backup that saved the day. Triple that and keep it safe!

So what's everyone trying to work on nowadays?

Posted by: Nova Feb 1 2016, 03:14 PM
Finally finished up the PhD and started a real job, and as such I'm trying to spin up another comic project since my last one kinda got strangled by school u_u

Posted by: Gorion Feb 3 2016, 10:40 PM
Wow, it's been forever since I've been in here, and I come to find this thread. I just went "Wow, someone's having a bad day."

Then I saw that it kind of started people talking and sharing some art.

So that's cool, I was never too much of a participant in this part of the forum. I mostly just RPed in some of the other parts.

And to answer the question "What have I been up to?" Mostly a podcast and drawing art.

Here's some of the fan art I've done recently for RWBY.

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If you want to see more, you can find it over on my https://alixnight.deviantart.com/ or http://askluxbrush.tumblr.com/.

Posted by: craft user Feb 6 2016, 02:24 PM
First I want to say thank you to jimthegreat1012 for saying what I always wanted to say but never did. Ironic how the one post that gets traction is also the one asking for the forums demise.

My Icon was broken, was the violin the one I used before?

Also, I really should never read my old posts. I was like 15 but I sounded like I was 9. I'm still bad at grammar, thank god for spell check!

I really did like this place, everyone was so supportive of my crappy art.There where people just above my art level to keep me striving for more. Met so many great people that I talked to outside of the forum. MissWiggle, Inkmo, Raptor, and so many more that have been lost to time.

Old and Busted: 2005, 2006, 2009
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Ugg this stuff is so gross, but I can appreciate how far I've come.

What have I been up to since then?
Went to art school (yay debt!) Worked at a small animation studio, now I'm doing freelance and trying to make a business out of it!

New-n-hotness:
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Itsa me!
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You can see more of my profesional work on my site http://www.alexmillerartist.com
And my more frquent updates on my tumblr http://alexmillerartist.tumblr.com/

Its awesome to see where people have gone and where they are headed. I would have never have guessed where I would be today, making the decisions that brought me here, and I think these forums helped me get here.

Posted by: Ch3353N1nj4 Feb 8 2016, 02:21 PM
every now and then I still come back here to remember the time of the internet before myspace, facebook, and all the new fangled social media.

Merekat, it is good to see you post again. I just got your PM from last summer as I logged in now, lol.

Here's an oil painting I've been working on recently on my twitch stream:

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I think it's funny that jim mentioned conceptart.org
anyone who's been there knows it's a shell of it's former 2Ks self.

I met Jason Manley at one point when TAD was happening and he was visiting the Richmond, VA studio, and then a few years ago it turned out he was doing shady shit so John English sued his ass.

These days, it seems that facebook art groups/cliques and artstation are all the rage. there's a new cghub type thing too but i don't know that it will be able to catch up with artstation?
I miss the community of here more than anything else though.
I remember keeping up with DrCloud on deviantART for a while and then I guess life got too busy because I haven't seen new work from him since 2014. It was funny seeing the subtle changes in his art style over time, and how he's toned down certain things compared to the old days, haha.

Posted by: Ningen Feb 8 2016, 10:18 PM
I love this one...
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Posted by: E-l337 Feb 9 2016, 03:34 AM
Here's a fun thought/question: Is there an A&D IRC chat on freenode?

It seems to me that would be a nice way to get instant feedback on WIPs. I have many friends who like to hang out with other artists while they work on pieces these days - having someone to chat to can help them to better focus on their tasks, and drive them to continue working so they can show off their cool things.

And it would be a lot easier to be motivated to post things around here if we know other people are definitely going to be looking.

So, does such a place exist? And if not... maybe we should make one?

Posted by: Nova Feb 9 2016, 03:09 PM
Slack seems to be a great blend of chat/ individual forums/threads - might be worth making one of those!

Posted by: craft user Feb 10 2016, 01:53 AM
That new chat service Discord also has VoIP and text board type stuff you can easily make rooms in.

Posted by: Monzayer Korzel Mar 31 2016, 11:15 AM
Well the MTA&D forum might still be going.
but I am going to take my FTP server from 2001 offline and break all the links in my posts. sorry guys.
It's fun to read my posts as a someteen year old.

Recently I have found Iterative Drawing
It really does help build intuition.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0ufz75UvHs
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I'll check back in in 2021

Posted by: Holly Jolly May 3 2016, 02:21 AM
Well this was a fun read as I attempt to not do my homework.

I have been busy trying to get my art teaching license, and I often think of this forum while I write about my teaching philosophy.

This site helped me grow as an artist way more than any class.

My time to draw, and my passion to do so kind of died with this forum, generally speaking.

I have 5 year-old twin girls, and a 3 year-old daughter. I have been married for 11 years. I graduated with a BA in Animation back in 2012. Life has been good, even a bit maddening, and most certainly humbling. Yet it has been over a decade and I still look to a professional future that I enjoy and feel stable in.

Not sure if this forum will ever be what it once was, but I come back and sometimes hope I will find time to draw as much as I once did as I teenager.

Thanks to those that don't just linger.

Posted by: cjonii May 3 2016, 06:13 AM
Don't think i have much of a right to say anything, but whats the harm in an opinion.

I'd say that most forums are dieing, especially with the advent of non-intrusive live chats like discord. That said, I myself am a straggler coming from a closing forum elsewhere on the net. Despite this fact I don't think it is healthy to simply burn tools and toys because we are done using them. It may not ever be its former glory, but people do still post and read, if only to feel included in the story discussions. Maybe it's not your prefered forum, but it wont be anyone's if it gets closed.

I think there is a lot that can be done with a forum that doesn't work elsewhere, mostly due to the pacing of posts. If there is ever a point where a live chat can debate philosophy in a coherent manner involving 3-5 minute monologs from individuals then forums might be pointless. Until then I'd like to see as many survive as possible, as I have seen communities and friends made on technical help and corperate forums more often than in a random chat.

Posted by: Naru Jun 10 2016, 02:33 PM
I was just visiting by and I know this post is like 4 months old but figured i'll chime in with some stuff!

I do illustrations sometimes but I do graphic design stuff during the day smile.gif I'll be at Anime Expo in LA convention center so say hi if you are around.

I actually just did a 20ft wall that's going to be up at Anime Expo at the Hulu booth!


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Other than that I do a lot of life drawing these days with some anime stuff.

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and WIP that I'm doing for an artshow i'm participating in.

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Here's my instagram if you guys wanna see any of my art stuff!
http://bit.ly/1YfxdpI


Posted by: Dannthr Jul 4 2016, 02:42 PM
Congratulations on the Anime Expo-sure!

Posted by: Jeffu Jul 16 2016, 12:12 AM
Great to see all these old faces. smile.gif

I'm at a weird transition right now actually... did some cool stuff but ultimately things didn't work out and I'll be exploring new opportunities in about a month. Le sigh.

Bittersweet for sure.

http://www.jjang.ca

Might be able to share something super interesting in about a month though that I think everyone would find neat. Heh heh.

edit: whaaat I'm a real mod now? :v

Posted by: Dannthr Jul 16 2016, 10:24 PM
Definitely should've poked more often, Jeffu.

Posted by: ONI5 Oct 27 2016, 04:20 PM
This thread still lives......

Posted by: swisslad Dec 4 2016, 06:36 AM
Don't know what compelled me to come back here just now.
Probably melancholy.

I've stopped drawing like a printer a few years back because of life but am starting to get back into it only to realize that I am so out of practice, it hurts my eyes.

Anyhoo, good to see some folks are still at it!

Posted by: Ch3353N1nj4 Jan 11 2017, 05:34 AM
Looks like Merekat finally finished overhauling her site.

Today, it's my birthday and I'm putting together a collection of my sketchbook drawings from 2014-2016 to put up on Gumroad.

I got fired from my day job last month, the thursday before Christmas. sucks, but tbh I wanted out of that job too.

Posted by: Nova Jan 11 2017, 05:46 PM
Happy birthday! Sucks about the job though ): Hopefully the next thing will be even better!

Posted by: KazenoKibou Feb 2 2017, 10:55 AM
So the link to this forum was still in my bookmark and decided to stop by... Its nice to see folks posting things here again.

I think I was there in the heyday, crazy popular with parties, and people who we looked up to, to comrades that we got better with....

I definitely do not want to go back and read my posts though! Very embarrassing >_<
I think I also need to man up to the fact that, I think I became one of grumpy veterans before I left....

Currently working as a graphic design assistant... Here are some drawings and things I've done.


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It's been so long that I forgot how to post images ^^;

I actually did look back into my older posts... tried to find a pic from my first post but the link is dead and I have no idea what it was (something about "broken angel" and "fox-kun"?), so instead I'll post the first pic that was up on dev art which I'm sure I have posted here as well:

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Edit: Wow I did not realize until I posted that it's been over 15 years since I joined?! How time flies.

Posted by: Sajomir Jun 6 2017, 08:28 PM
Dang. This brings back memories.
Haven't drawn consistently over the past few years, but made this as a thank-you to a writer who has been critique swapping my novel. Cheers to the old folks in this thread happy.gif

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