Effective immediately, PaletteSwap in it’s current incarnation is no longer accepting new artwork. I currently do not have the capabilities to devote time and effort into promoting this site and it’s artists properly, or create new content for it.
I’ve been nothing but thrilled to have had this concept run as long as it has, and can’t stress enough that the AMAZING artists who took time to create brilliant pieces for the site made my day every time I received their work. But, the frustration of running this site in a near vacuum is exhausting. I can’t complain about the coverage we did receive (notably from Konami and VGJunk), but it is absolutely disheartening to see minimal interaction or page views coming in. I realize part of that comes with running a site on blogger, and the tumblr version improved it slightly, but at the end of the day it was still below what I felt the artists deserved.
It has also been extremely difficult to maintain a constant flow of submissions for the site. Part of it comes from the concept alone is pretty time consuming. If I ran a site of just straight pin-ups or single character profiles, I’m sure that would’ve been more flush with content. But, the art here has always been more than that. Composition skills, lettering work, color sensibilities, raw talent and an eye for design were ALL in play by the artists on every piece and the few who contributed excelled at it. It’s time-consuming, and a lot to ask of a potential contributor who may not even be a big game fan to begin with. We sort of rode the middle ground between comic artists and game artists and it worked really well, but the intersection may have stymied some. Also, on a more positive note, a good number of my regular contributors have grown exponentially in popularity which understandably slowed their production here, but hey that’s a great thing to see people get the attention they deserve!
So thanks for playing along, I’ll still be doing my personal work, IQB and may do the occasional P-Swap for my own entertainment, but as of now I’m closing up shop. The tumblr and blogger sites will be up indefinitely, and I’ll do some final posts celebrating the contributors soon –
Your pal, Rusty