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[newsletter] 🍂 Behind the scenes Studio Ghibli, 😨 cutting features

Posted by BogusRed

Hello all of you awesome creative people,


Another newsletter with useful info, announcements, and community updates. Keep being awesome!



Studio Ghibli Artist Kazuo Oga Painting Process [Video/Industry] 🍂
Watch beautiful background art for Studio Ghibli films come to life step by step.


Art reference app for hands [Reference]

How to draw fantasy drawings [Tutorials]

The birth of Studio Ghibli [Video/Industry] 🍂
How Studio Ghibli and the first film Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind was born.


Anime was a mistake [Video/Industry] 🍂
About Hayao Miyazaki's style compares to other anime.


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  • Cutting features? [Announcement] 😨
    We're planning on removing some features from PaperDemon, including premium accounts. Let us know what you think.

  • WixeyWinsock [New member]
    WixeyWinsock is new to the community and has posted Tetris Flowers artwork done with Paint Tool SAI

  • LinmirianJoyrex [New member]
    LinmirianJoyrex has been a member for a few months but just posted their first artwork of dragons

  • Morpher [New member]
    Morpher joined us a few weeks ago and has posted quite a bit of artwork already. Check it out and give them a warm welcome to the community! From their profile:
    "I dabble in just about all forms of art, traditional, crafts, *computer, writing, sewing and costuming, etc. So, it is quite probable to expect anything from me. "

  • Xiakeyra
    has posted a new claymation video which includes behind the scenes footage of how she crafted the Nightmare Moon clay pony.



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Cutting features?

Posted by BogusRed

Hey PaperDemon community.

Over the years we've added a crap ton of features. I'd like to remove the stuff we're not actually using so that I can spend more time focusing on making the site better and adding more meaningful features.

Here are features I'm planning on removing and why...

  • Commission board
    As far as I can tell, this hasn't added anything meaningful to anyone and I doubt most members even know it exists.
  • Premium accounts
    This has never been successful in helping us raise money. The value isn't good and I have other more unique monetization plans for the site anyway. The various features that premium accounts bring are costly to maintain so I want to cut them (see below). The one thing I liked about this was being able to reward community members with premium features (such as for reporting bugs, being active community members, etc). However, I can come up with alternatives for rewarding members who contribute to the community.
  • Profile skins (premium accounts only)
    These are extremely costly to build and maintain and don't work well on mobile devices.
  • Polls (premium accounts only)
    This one I'm not sure about. If there is enough interest, I could add these to the forums and make the available for all users to use (and not just premium account holders). But having a feature that only a very small set of users use is not worth the time. But let me know.
  • Photos
    There are a multitude of other services that do photo sharing much better than us such as facebook, instagram, pinterest, and imgur. This feature really isn't necessary anymore.
  • Groups
    This was created a long time ago for a specific purpose that's no longer relevant. It was never finished and it was never open to the public for creating new groups anyway. The only useful feature was curated galleries for various events we've hosted. We already have a super awesome tagging system in the art section which we can use instead.

I'm always willing to listen. What do you think? Do you have any objection to it? Do you have ideas for other features to remove? Keep in mind: The less features we have, the better I can make everything else. Thank you for your input!


[newsletter] 😊 Everyone deserves to feel welcome and comfortable

Posted by BogusRed

Greetings creative lovelys,


More creative tidbits and tutorials await in this month's newsletter below.



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watercolor video


Watercolor for beginners [Video/Tutorial]
Covers types of paints, papers, wet on wet vs. wet on dry technique. It has timelapse examples, too.



Hands [Reference/Tutorials]
We received positive feedback on the hands tutorial we shared last time. I've assembled a pinterest board of more hand poses and reference material


water brush video

How to do brush lettering with a water brush [Video/Tutorial]

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