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Art website involves local community
Evolution 2 by Harry O'Connor
Evolution two by Harry O'Connor
Harry O'Connor explains how difficult it is getting exposure after finishing college and living in a community where by art and promotional resources are far and few between.
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The site is also a community whereby local and international artists can explain ideas

The site promote artists without judging and charging them

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Harry O'Connor from Hereford explains more:

"The basic idea behind Voodoochilli.net is, we understand that there is not much out there in terms of exposure, and this is our way of overcoming that and hopefully giving other people in similar circumstances a chance too.

"Many people have tried to get their work published on online galleries but there are two main restrictions. Firstly the artwork has to be of a quality or particular style that is deemed acceptable by the people in charge of the site.

Bluesography by Carl Palm
Bluesography by Carl Palm

"Secondly there is normally a fee of anywhere from £30 to £200 to pay for hosting and administration charges.

"So our idea, is to promote artists without judging and charging them. Our ambition is not to make money, but rather seek acknowledgement from other similar minded people.

"The site is also an excellent community whereby local and international artists can explain ideas via the forum and direct communication."

The people behind the project

Harry O'Connor:

"I am a trained illustrator who graduated with honours in 2001. I like to think the strong things behind my images are the ideas combined with a technical knowledge of computer based illustration, composition and colour.

"I create my images by analysing ideas, something I definitely learnt at Hereford Art college. Maybe I am over analytical, but I feel this can be to my advantage sometimes.

"I am the director of the project. I also built the original voodoochilli.net (Actually there were three different versions before this one) I am also responsible for online promotions i.e. getting good search engine placements and paying for online adverts.

"Additionally I help Carl with the building of the site."

Rebecca Needs:

Doorscape by Rebecca Needds
Doorscape by Rebecca Needds

"I use the technique of collage and montage to produce my illustrations. I like to use my own photographs which I then collage or paint back into in order to produce the final piece. I use Photoshop in the final stages to clean and tidy things up. I like to try and find a slightly off the wall solution to briefs.

"Challenging issues and subjects are an area which I find intriguing to work in, as you really have to push yourself and your ideas in order to come up with a solution that is visually emotive, but also sensitive to the subject matter.

"I am in charge of promotions. In a nut shell this means I try to get your work seen by the right people and get new people interested in the site. I am also an illustrator and like many of you I am also trying to get freelance work and have my images published.

"I also work in Herefordshire College of Art and Design, where I am manager of the student shop.

Carl Johan Palm:

quote If it wasn't for Carl, the whole site wouldn't be possible quote
Harry O'Connor

"I am the little squirrel who does all the hard work. I'm responsible for the technical aspect of the site as well as web design and navigation structure. I am a perfectionist and therefore I'm never satisfied.

"I'm studying graphic design at the College of Art & Design in Hereford, at the moment. Design is a huge interest of mine but I must say I enjoy working with problem solving IT-development as on this site."

As a programmer Carl has completely automated the site making it run itself so all the artists are still able to explore their own ideas.

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