About Game Art HQ and its Founder
What is Game Art HQ?
Game Art HQ was an Idea of me i had in summer 2011. Who is “me”?
There are a ton of other sites with thousands of artworks , but i don’t know any project where art by fans is directly sorted after the game and characters..and that always with the knowledge and permission of the artists, also different is that not every work gets on Game Art HQ. The works shown here are chosen.
And they are chosen in a very unprofessional way. There isn’t a jury, there aren’t artists which are rating other artists and their works.
There is just me, that guy who cant even spell everything correctly in English and who can’ t code a website by his own so he is using wordpress for the site.
I am not even an artists, i can edit a bit with photoshop..that’s really all.
The artists and works you see here, are chosen because i alone thought they are great.
This might sound weird, and maybe it is..but when i look at the strongly raising visitor numbers i guess i must do something right.
Beside offical art released by companys to advertise their games and the fan art you will also see chosen cosplayers here, and there are also a few reviews and even Interviews i do with artists and cosplayers. Who knows, maybe with game developers too in the future
That all is not enough, there is also the section of fan art projects. There, you don’t see any chosen fan art, there you see fan art made by fans to be part of a community project. You see amateur artworks there next to pieces made by professionals.
These projects show many many different forms and styles of how people see and like games and game characters. I believe they are something very special and unique even.
It is great that i am able to organize these projects, it is fun to work with the artists and see them creating true artworks as a form of their tribute to their hobby and to the game creators.
That’s more or less all about Game Art HQ, things are added from time to time..i really cant say how the site will be in the future..it is an open ended project for me
Greets GBK / Ray
GBK`s hidden Game Art HQ Diary
Oh Google…you can be so helpful but you still are a company after all and now a giant content thief as well since the 25th january 2013 when you established your new image search.
As a image heavy website Game-Art-HQ got hit by Googles new politic to show images with up to 1000pixels directly there in the image search and the site lost over 60% traffic by google. The previous search-machine changed to a “find-machine” similar to torrent sites, kazaa, napster etc without displaying any contesxt to images directly and making the google users staying on google instead of visiting websites anymore. This is a big hit for many website owners as well as every artist as well. But enough of the rant which does not change anything anyway.
GA-HQ is now 2 years old, after the Google crap from January it felt down to only 600 visitors on some days and now after some restructuring, the massive success of the awesome Link’s Blacklist and a ton of new content including long articles now with a lot more text its again at over 2000 visitors per day with the number raising again and one interest art project after another on the way.
Game-Art-HQ is still super small but we reached unbelievable much in terms of creating art related to video games, its amazing to build up this community still!
OMG! I did not add anything to this little “diary” since over a year! And god did this site change..not only the layout but also the content, and more or less just everything. Since i love to talk about visitor numbers which i see as personal success (i work alone on this site still) lets start with them…currently 2500-2600 unique visitors per day is the standard now, so GAHQ grew three times bigger in the last 13 Months. In 2012 i was also able to organize some really cool and big art projects like the MK Tribute, an even bigger Street Fighter 2t5th Anniversary Tribute and the damn cool Link’s Blacklist which made my site appear on national and international websites. My goal to make game related art by fans bigger and more popular has been reached already to a good number i think, and it looks like the trend continues in 2013. If everything goes well, 5000-7500 unique visitors per day should be possible in 2014. POP UP Ads are someting from the past on GAHQ and currently i try out play asia for the whole month in the hope that it works in the long run and i dont have to rely on the usual big banners. Multiple artists mentioned they like this project and i get more and more support. I seriously cant wait to see what happens this year in relation to Game Art HQ
2 Months have passed, the site has grown a lot and there are around 750-800 visitors in 24 hours now. Ads have been added, i tried out different ones, and am glad that i don’t have to use pop ups etc.
The first really big fan art project is nearly finished, the Mk tribute project seems to be a great success for me, the site, the participating artists and every fan. For next year a really..really big project is planned with the Street Fighter tribute project, but more about that in February. The site sees more and more design changes for the better, more links, more content..and a more structured navigation.
nearly nobody uses the amazon affiliation links which was a disappointment since i ve spend a lot time to choose interesting items. Via the normal banner ads i get nearly enough money together now though to pay at least the server costs.
Wow, a long time since i wrote here..and i can start like i did with my last entry..i achieved a lot more than expected. Now the site has around 550 viewers on a day, over 60 artists gave me their permission to use their works and we got a lot official art works of games here as well. Beside that many of the galleries have more information now. Even infos you don’t see sorted like that on most other sites like related characters of a specific video game character.
And there are ads now..mostly Amazon ads ..i pick them manually by hand and try to have only those on the site which are good deals or interesting..Cammy white action figures and posters on the Cammy White gallery as example. Cant say i earned any money beside a handful dollars with those links yet but who knows..maybe that changes..i guess i would need many thousand visitors to be able to live from this site..and till that happens 1-2 years will go by..it would be a dream come true though since i love what me and my gf are doing here and i believe its good for artists and fans as well what we do.
If you want to buy something from amazon anyway..well you can lend me a hand and do it via the amazon links here, doesn’t matter if its what i linked here or something completely different.
GA-HQ is a month old now, and i archived a lot more than i expected.
Over 30 great artists allowed me to use their works here. And i think that it will pay off for them in the long run. Today – with the help of a bit advertising at a few forums – we got more than 400 visits..but there were around 230 in the last days anyway and it raises with every day. The pictures i chose are worth to be watched, i guess my goals for this site will all be reached. In the looong run i will hopefully make a bit money with the site..enough to get at least the server costs back (around 25 euro a month now) and maybe i can also fill a bucket of money for art contests which i hope to establish here in the next 12 months.
While i get more and more visitors, they are very inactive yet..nearly nobody registers or even participates in the polls. I hope that changes as i get more and more content and visitors.
For now it is not more than some ideas by me. I am a gamer since around 1988. I myself cant draw but i love to watch drawings by other people. Be they from the games themselves, made for promotional reasons or made by fans.
On June 19 i had the idea to make a website which could bring the different art aspects of a game together on a website. I searched if something like that exists already, but i only saw sites for wallpapers only or for official artworks only. There are also sites for fan arts, for cosplays..but i didn’t find a website with screenshots, cosplays, fanarts and official artworks are all together.
Game Art HQ is just a collection of ideas now..but maybe it evolves to something pretty cool in the future.
More to come ^^