Community—a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. A huge ripple has rolled through the online computer graphics (CG) community. On April 14 of this year, the former safe haven and Facebook of the CG world, cghub.com, was discontinued abruptly leaving its community members aghast and without networks and art galleries. Imagine if Facebook closed shop without warning—that is what happened to the CG art community. In an official statement the website development team explained:
“No more CGHUB. Sad day. Project CGHUB is officially closed. The reason behind this extremely tough decision is personal and will remain private. It’s absolutely not connected with business or any kind of technical difficulties. On behalf of development team I would like to apologize to CGHUB users and fans for abrupt project closure and delay with its announcement.”
Understandably, there has been significant outcry from concept artists across the globe. One such artist, Kirill Chepizhko, has teamed up with a slew of similar artists (see those mentioned below) to fill the void left by the disassembly of CGHub. Chepizhko is the owner of the Kickstarter Campaign aimed to create the replacement website.
This website is going to have an advisory board that will strategically be placed between the community members and the web developers which will provide an added level of protection, in reference to the collapse of CGHub.
“We all need a place to go to get a pulse for the industry, see what our friends are up to and discover new talents from around the world and a place we can all go to share, learn and grow over the years. Something that also provides a go to place for employers and others looking to hire artists or post jobs. CGhub was that place and now that it's gone, there is nothing out there that comes close to providing the same service.”
The artists behind this campaign are passionate about art, and they are passionate about collaboration. The purpose of this website is to rally together the old community members and welcome new ones. Many people lost trust when the old system went away, and trust is critical for this campaign if it is to take root. “We want the community to prove that it wants the website that we all love", says Chepizhko regarding the Kickstarter campaign.
Creativity is vital for entrepreneurs, and collaboration is a big catalyst. This website seeks to do both by safeguarding the community and developers with the advisory board. As Chepizhko related it, the advisory board is to provide a unified voice that is neither too large nor to small—“a voice of a thousand cannot be heard and the voice of one in a thousand cannot be clear”.
If you feel strongly about the future of CG collaboration, then support Kirill Chepizhko and many others in this campaign that offers a solid POP!
Members of the Advisory Board:
Other supporters of this project:
Jan Urschel, Brad Rigney, David Luong, Katya Bourykina, Dominic Qwek, Andrei Ryabovichev, Lorin Wood, Karla Ortiz, Mitch Mohrhauser,Trevor Claxton, Eduardo Pena, Nivahn Chanthara, Izzy Medrano, Darek Zabrocki, Vitaly Bulgarov, David Levy, Ash Thorp, Mike Nash, Maciej Kuciara, Alessandro Baldasseroni, Andree Wallin, Anthony Jones, Reid Southen, Fausto De Martini, Maxim Verehin, John Park, Tom Paul, Konstantin Maystrenko, Alex Konstadt, Ryan Kingslien, Fausto De Martini, Kai Lim, Alessandro Pacciani, Kris Costa and many others.