A testimonial from Bram Vanhaeren, a 20 yr old Cross Media Design student in Belgium
I joined the Behance Network in 2007 when some friends introduced me to this network. It was the first time I was surrounded by such a positive crowd of talented, creative people! Being young and always in search for the newest techniques and inspiration, I immediately loved Behance.
I’m currently a student – but two years ago, I dropped out of Art School and decided to work as a freelance digital artist. I quickly found out that it’s not easy to get hired when you’re an 18 year old without a degree. People tend to look at your degree before they look at your true ability. Since I am self-taught, I needed a place where I could share my work and show what I love to do, in the hope someone would like to work with me. Thanks to the Behance, I was able to share my work with an amazing network of creative minded people and find the right people to work with.
Vanhaeren‘s work, featured in ESPN Magazine. [Visit]
A few months ago, I shared a collection of my experimental worked called “Black and White.” To my surprise, the project was featured on Behance, and my inbox filled up with requests to see if I was interested in working with them. One of the people who contacted me was ESPN Magazine, wondering if I’d be interested in working on 8 portraits for an article. I decided to do it, and two weeks after sending them my work, I received an email from the ESPN Creative team, letting me know they loved the portraits, and were sending it to print!
Today I use Behance as my main platform to share my work, for one single reason: I haven’t had a single negative experience, only felt love and support! This leads to better projects, new collaborations and more inspiration. Behance helps me do what I love to do even more, and show my support for the whole creative field. Just a single click on the “appreciation” button and you help another creative! Thanks to the Behance, I was able to share my work with an amazing network of creative minded people and find the right people to work with.
One of Vanhaeren’s illustration’s in ESPN’s May Magazine [Visit]
Since I focus on my school now, I have promised myself to only pick projects I really like and those which help me push my boundaries, and thanks to all the support and appreciations on my “Black and White” project, ESPN was able to find me and offer this amazing opportunity.