The dA World Tour
landed in Toronto yesterday, and it was just a fantastic experience. It was such a great turn out. Seeing so many people in "real life" just puts things in such a different perspective, especially when you start connecting usernames to a real faces. It was great to see artists coming together from all sorts of styles (w00t digital art!), backgrounds, and ages... it's really inspiring.
I pretty much got lost coming into High Park (it's my first time there, and the place is huge!). But I managed to stumble into a couple of lost deviants along the way... and we did eventually find our way. I was showing off some demos and just watching people interact with each other
After the meet, we headed to the cafe for a bite. Heidi
, my wife Alice, and I found a table and hung around with Winyumi
(thanks for hooking me up with the friends mockups!), BleakSteadtler
(I hope you had fun, and thanks for letting us borrow your iPhone!), crackerz1972
(I couldn't help but keep peeking over your cool sketches!), CaptainQuirk
(you gotta brush up on our previous contests, lol), and DaPineapple
(who somehow drove all the way to Toronto!). It was cool talking to you guys about life and sharing all sorts of dA trivia.
Oh, I finally got to meet sodalicious
! They've been putting their heart and soul into organizing toronto
, so if you're local, +watch them and keep a look out for upcoming events! And it's great to see neom
. It brings back memories of the good ol' days here at dA
Check out axl99
's High Park photo collage for a quick overview of what happened
! Thanks so much for dropping by and lugging that SIGNED PEPPER SKETCH FROM ARTGERM
from Singapore all around the world just for me
I hope you guys had a great time here (And I'm sure Moonbeam13
and family took really good care of you guys!)
I also got a chance to meet up with Erik and Jim from Udon
! They do a lot of the-not-so glamorous business side of things so their artists can focus on producing lots of great stuff... and that kind of sacrifice has been very inspiring. They really try to take the time to reach out to their fans (there's always new stuff to see at UdonCrew
). They're just really great people (and great hosts) who have a really infective passion for sharing new stories and art.