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The Chaotic Joy of Art Fight

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In the summer of 2017, I was stuck between high school and college, between two versions of myself. It was the high school version of me that focused on traditional academic success, and the college version of me. conduct When create Outside the box I have formed around myself.

It started with a simple DM. You should participate too! I clicked on the link and saw a dizzying number of character designs neatly lined up to fill the site’s home page. Not only did so many people join the site, but they shared so many stories and characters that I was overwhelmed. They were so passionate that I was invited to join them.

Art Fight is a fairly simple concept. In July, artists register on the site and are divided into teams. After registering and sorting, you upload your own art examples and personal characters or your own stories that interest you in what others have drawn.Then the game begins.

In Art Fight, points are earned by eliciting another team’s demands, called “attacks” in game terminology. The more complex the request, the higher the score, and at the end of the month, the team with the most points wins a special badge on the site. No one rewards more than a badge, and no one is too hard on the team. An individual can change teams multiple times during a month. The real incentive is not to win, but to draw and paint for others.

At the time, I was an amateur artist and spent very little time building social media profiles to promote my art. Still, it was exciting to know that I was able to paint for others and that they were excited to turn back.Somewhere in this space, every skill at his level was exciting. people were welcomed and not lost in the digital noise.

Over the next few years, the amount of time I spent on art fights fluctuated based on my own summer business. I made sure to draw at least one piece to keep it alive with my art style.

Another constant was the range of other artists using the platform. There were students and hobby artists who painted during their free time on weekends and after work. Others were professional artists who put together attacks as a break in their own work. What hasn’t changed is the range of people Art Fight surrounds, with people from nearly every profession interested in character design and storytelling coming together to share their work.

In the summer of 2017, I had no idea how special it was. Sandwiched between my career aspirations and life goals, my art often feels pushed into the background. It’s something that can’t be properly pursued without a ‘purpose’ (which usually requires money). It still feels exhilarating to have a space where its creation is encouraged, given its community, and with very few warnings, regardless of skill level.

Sharing online can be a mixed blessing for artists I know. Exposed to mainstream attention. Few platforms are actively engaged in art, and even fewer are built to make artists feel more comfortable. You can feel left out by being forced to constantly post to.

For me, Art Fight is the balm for it. Even for avid artists like myself, there is something exciting about individuals creating art for each other without the platform warning or frantic scrambling to be seen. It is a challenge that asks only what you want to give, not whether you are there. As such, July is a sanctuary. It’s a place I create on my terms, knowing that it will still be seen by others and might be special to some.

Camille Butera is a Master of Science from Oxford University and a recent Smith College graduate. Other than that, you can find her painting and catching up on TV shows about five years later than everyone else.