Well, sort of! We recently got feedback from a member stating that she was less than happy with how small her images were here compared to elsewhere. So, we took a critical look at our display sizes, as well as the thumbnail display sizes of other art and photography venues online. And she was right. Our images, in comparison, were downright tiny at 100 x 100 pixels. So, we’ve embiggened our thumbnails to a whopping 166 x 166 which we think GREATLY enhances the viewing experience on our site because in the end, it’s all about your art.
Want to see our new size in context?
Check out the portfolio of our current featured artist, Vikki King
EBSQ has been doing artist interviews for almost as long as we’ve been online (for those keeping track, that’s almost 9 years!). The one question we’ve been asked time and again is, “I want to be featured; how do I do that?” In the past, it’s always been an editorial decision. But lately, we’ve been wondering, “People actually want to apply; why not let them?” So long as you’re a paid member in good standing, you’re eligible. (not yet a paid artist member of EBSQ? Join now!)
And so we’re excited to introduce our revamped Featured Artist interview program. Here’s how the application process will work:
Send us a photo of yourself along with 5 jpegs that best represent your art right now as well as answer up to 5 of the following questions:
How long have you been creating?
What’s your media of choice?
What, besides your art, brings you creative fulfillment?
What are your motivations for creating?
What other artists or movements inform your work?
How do you know when a piece you’re working on is done?
What do you find stimulating right now? How does this influence your creative process?
What brought you to EBSQ?
What are some of your artistic goals for the future?
What would you like your fellow EBSQ artists and our collectors to know about you and/or your work?
If it looks like your email will be larger than 6MB, please send additional emails with attachments as needed. The ultimate display size for your work will be 450 x 450 pixels, so if you want to pre-format your images to those size restrictions, we’d greatly appreciate it!
We’ll be featuring one artist per week. Your profile will be displayed prominently on the front page of EBSQ, and your interview will appear both as part of your portfolio and in the EBSQ blog.
Due to the volume of email anticipated, we won’t be able to reply to everyone’s emails, although we’ll certainly drop you a line if you’re selected!
Our next EBSQ Featured Artist spot goes live on Monday, 10 August 2009, so get those applications in today!
First the good news: EBSQ is up and stable. We haven’t seen any of the errors that necessitated our emergency maintenance last night. Yay!
The bad news is that email to and from EBSQ still isn’t functioning properly. Some functions, like lost passwords, registration confirmations when you sign up to use the site, and Art of the Day are all working as expected. But our personal email accounts, including our primary site contact address and tech support address, aren’t able to get messages in or out right now. Nor is the EBSQ forums sending subscription/pm notifications directly to your mailboxes.
That said, we’re working on it! And if you want/need to get in touch before we iron out all of the kinks in the mail server, please feel free to give us a jingle at twitter!
Thanks for your neverending patience during this amazingly weird and stressful week. You guys rock!
Our data center suffered a total network outage from approximately 7am – 1:50pm EST today. Needless to say, this is not how we wanted to start our week! We are now back online. Thanks for your patience today, as well as your entertaining tweets! And for those of you wondering, today’s additional drama involved my almost 5 year old daughter hacking off huge hunks of her hair right before school.
You can follow today’s downtime updates at Twitter.
Again, thanks for sticking with us. We greatly appreciate each and every one of you for being here!
We’ve been experiencing connectivity issues since yesterday and full-blown downtime for all of our servers since ~7am EST today. We have just learned this is the result of a network outage at our ISP. We have been given no ETA on when we’ll be back up. Sorry for the rotten start to your week, folks. Hope to see you back online soon!
Apparently the problem one of our servers was having yesterday happened again this morning. We’re waiting for our ISP to physically reboot the machine since our servers are off site and inaccessible remotely right now. We greatly apologize for this inconvenience!