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About Varied / Professional Ezelle Van Der Heever26/Female/South Africa Group :iconthevaliardmansion: TheValiardMansion
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Keyframes - VALIARD ANIMATED TRAILER - August 2017 by The-Ez Keyframes - VALIARD ANIMATED TRAILER - August 2017 :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 218 22 SNEAK PEEK - Valiard Animated Trailer by The-Ez SNEAK PEEK - Valiard Animated Trailer :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 432 64 Can't Touch - October 2016 by The-Ez Can't Touch - October 2016 :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 663 37 HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the Valiard Boys! by The-Ez HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the Valiard Boys! :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 340 35 Up Since Dark 2016 Catch-Up by The-Ez Up Since Dark 2016 Catch-Up :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 491 45 Valiard Supporting Cast - July 2016 by The-Ez Valiard Supporting Cast - July 2016 :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 481 26 Growing Up Rosewood - June 2016 by The-Ez Growing Up Rosewood - June 2016 :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 627 58 More Gangfield Backstory Fun - April 2016 by The-Ez More Gangfield Backstory Fun - April 2016 :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 496 37 Valiard Teens Sketch Dump by The-Ez Valiard Teens Sketch Dump :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 351 40 Sequel Sketchies - March 2016 by The-Ez Sequel Sketchies - March 2016 :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 523 53 The Rosewoods - March 2016 by The-Ez The Rosewoods - March 2016 :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 465 58 Ruth and Theodore's Theme - Piano Solo by The-Ez Ruth and Theodore's Theme - Piano Solo :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 147 119 More Disney Fun! by The-Ez More Disney Fun! :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 810 71 Christmas 1887 and Fairy Cake - March 2016 by The-Ez Christmas 1887 and Fairy Cake - March 2016 :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 509 48 VALIARD got a BOOK DEAL! by The-Ez VALIARD got a BOOK DEAL! :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 418 141 Ruth CG Turnaround - WIP - January 2016 by The-Ez Ruth CG Turnaround - WIP - January 2016 :iconthe-ez:The-Ez 432 93

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Something Small by leg-o-lass Something Small :iconleg-o-lass:leg-o-lass 14 8 Nightwing by dathron Nightwing :icondathron:dathron 402 22 Destroying Dinner by denim2 Destroying Dinner :icondenim2:denim2 2,861 95 Fishing Village Schoolgirl by FeiGiap Fishing Village Schoolgirl :iconfeigiap:FeiGiap 4,920 306 Tiny Dancer in My Hand by KeelyWeisPhotography Tiny Dancer in My Hand :iconkeelyweisphotography:KeelyWeisPhotography 2,153 198 untitled by panfoto untitled :iconpanfoto:panfoto 506 63 Ice Cream Tree by LuigiL Ice Cream Tree :iconluigil:LuigiL 556 81 Adventure Time Shoes 2 I by Misfit-Mistress Adventure Time Shoes 2 I :iconmisfit-mistress:Misfit-Mistress 1,726 189 SOPA- I CAN'T HEAR YOU by ChadRocco SOPA- I CAN'T HEAR YOU :iconchadrocco:ChadRocco 4,832 977 Random dude by leg-o-lass Random dude :iconleg-o-lass:leg-o-lass 13 8 Harry Otter by rainyXskyz Harry Otter :iconrainyxskyz:rainyXskyz 3,999 365 Plain Colour by LFshutter Plain Colour :iconlfshutter:LFshutter 2 3 Junk yard Dragon by LyntonLevengood Junk yard Dragon :iconlyntonlevengood:LyntonLevengood 533 101 Terre 10 by heinzboesenberg Terre 10 :iconheinzboesenberg:heinzboesenberg 5 13 THE_MEETING by donmalo THE_MEETING :icondonmalo:donmalo 2,389 349 The Painter Rapunzel by enchanted-raven The Painter Rapunzel :iconenchanted-raven:enchanted-raven 24 2


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Ezelle Van Der Heever
Artist | Professional | Varied
South Africa
What's up? :D I'm Ez! :wave:

I'm a story artist and character designer working in animation. I live in sunny South Africa where I spend most of my time indoors, except when I'm leisurely walking around doing errands, strategically plotting my every route to stay in the shade. B-)

In my free time, I work on my illustrated novel project, The Valiard Mansion, soon to be published by Golden Bell's Polar Press. If you want to learn more about that, you can pop by my Gallery or visit the links below.

If you wanna ask me anything, just drop me a Comment or a Note. :meow:

Hope you enjoy my Gallery! :hug: :heart:

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I now take commission bookings on a week-by-week basis. To see how many slots I have open for the next week's intake, or to learn more about how to book your slot, kindly visit my COMMISSIONS PAGE.

Looking forward to hearing from you! :D
Hi guys!

I check in here every once in a while and, at least among the people I used to follow here, dA has turned into something of a ghost town. My Watch feed just isn't as busy as it used to be. Folks aren't uploading, and quite a few unequivocally left the site and/or closed their accounts.

Because I'm so scarce and the folks I follow here are scarce, I'm pretty out of touch as far as what the current state of dA is. I'm terribly curious to know what you guys (those of you still active here anyway) think about this platform, and how you've perceived its changes in the past few years.

dA used to be my main online profile, but back in 2013 a layout change covertly but undeniably changed the backend algorithm by which users are discoverable on this site. The activity on my page and artworks dropped dramatically, literally overnight. I don't remember the exact ratio, but I probably got less than half the traffic I used to. Basically, only my existing following saw my work anymore. Nowadays, I'd imagine this lowered ratio of activity has become the new normal on this site; it's just something folks have come to live with. But it just seemed pointless for me to remain entirely active here when more and more people were leaving the platform, and the algorithm didn't allow new users to find my work as easily as they used to.

Whatever the intentions of dA staff over the past few years, the net result is that only the certain "chosen few", the top echelon of users on dA, get big chunks of traffic nowadays. I've read that some theorize this is because dA pushed them to the top to make the site look better and to make more money. My stance on this is more moderate: those users with a larger following simply felt the traffic cut far less than the rest of us, and were therefore able to stay at the top, as opposed to ever being at risk of newer or unknown users invading this top layer.

The site used to be so much more volatile. There was a time you could become popular by accident. It was actually possible for your image to become viral. I personally don't see that happening anymore. And a Daily Deviation meant thousands of people saw your work. It will remain a fond memory of mine, checking out the Daily Deviations every day to find some amazing unknown artist, to see one of my friends featured, or in my case, to wake up to thousands and thousands of notifications because I got a DD. (Only happened to me once many years ago, but it was AWESOME!)

With that excitement and volatility gone, my passion for this platform has gone as well. I appreciate the people here, which is why I still post and update every few months. Those of you who I've befriended and who have supported me over the years, you're the sole reason I haven't disappeared altogether.

Now I basically post to Instagram and that's it. Even Tumblr has lost its shine to me, but for entirely different reasons.

So, yeah. Those are my thoughts. But I'm coming at this from the view of a 2013 user. It's been a while.

What do you guys think of all this? Do I have a skewed take on things? Have things changed or improved? Are you happy posting here? What do you think about the amount of people who have migrated to other sites? Who are the users you miss the most? And what do you miss the most about the "old" dA?

Allow me to also take this opportunity to ask any of you who have supported me a good while (you know exactly who you are, you lovely little rascals), if you have an Instagram, I'd love to follow you there, so please pop your username in a comment if you can. Otherwise you can shoot me an friend request on Facebook, and just let me know either in a comment here or in a private Note what your real name is so I can accept your request. (I always decline requests from people whose names I don't recognize.) I'd hate to lose touch with you guys in case dA caves in.

Thanks for reading my gobbledigook. Looking forward to reading what you guys think!


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osacora Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I’m an aspiring Disney animator, and I was wondering if you have any tips for me? I don’t really have anything to prove my work or anything yet, but... Do you have any tips for inspiring artists and animators?
MrConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  New Deviant Professional General Artist
Hello Ez. I think your art is incredible and purely OUTSTANDING:D (Big Grin)! To say you were just a talented artist would be an understatement. You are creative, gifted, and have an incredible sense of detail and coordination. You and the team keep up the good work and I hope to see more from you soon:) (Smile).  - MrConcepts          
PJToon75 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your entire body of work is simply incredible. You have such amazing talent. Keep it up.
BlueHatchling Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Professional General Artist
I've followed your work for a while, and I've always been curious. how did you first break into the art/storytelling/animation world? (I'm a recent animation graduate, and I'm very curious how the artists I admire got their start)
crazycatty163 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017  Student General Artist
can you draw art for my book and possibly re-design my  book cover?\
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