Last month, the digital art community was shocked when CGHub, long the biggest and best online community/resource for aspiring (and established) artists, disappeared off the face of the internet.
Despite being managed by a capable and passionate team, the domain was owned by an external party, who with almost no warning had decided to pull the plug on the site. This didn't just leave the developers in limbo, but thousands of artists as well, who had been using CGHub as their primary portfolio.
Well, those devs -Shakuro - have recovered from the blow, and are working on a replacement site. It's not live yet (it needs some money from Kickstarter), but you can guess what it's going to be: basically CGHub, albeit with a slightly different design (since they didn't own CGHub's code) and a new name.
It's a noble venture. I can't help but wonder, though, if they left it too late, as already a number of viable alternatives to CGHub have emerged, my favourite so far being the gorgeous ArtStation.
Shakuro are looking for $US90,000 in backing, and have the support of a number of the industry's biggest artists. You can see and read more below.