Inna Vjuzhanina doesn’t necessarily paint exclusively video game characters.
But her love for the medium came from her desire to pay tribute to her favorite video game heroine, Lara Croft.
Now, the Ukrainian artist has been building a side hustle that revolves around the “Tomb Raider” leading lady.
“While searching for a way to pay tribute to my beloved heroine, I started painting,” the Ukraine-based artist said recently. “That turned out to be the biggest passion of my life. Lara Croft is one of my biggest muses to this day.”
The yearlong pandemic has become one of the toughest external forces that the music industry has had to undergo.
But one local concert organizer has successfully pulled specialized bands together from across the country to keep his video game music concerts going.
Kent Ward recently hosted Virtua Ongaku VII on his Twitch stream, showcasing five performers – and paying them.
“It has been awesome,” said Ward, whose event raised nearly $1,000 for the performers. “We have no idea when live concerts or conventions that would book these acts will return so seeing fans step up to support the musicians has been a wonderful feeling.”
A group that organizes concerts of bands that perform video game music will go virtual this weekend.
Ongaku Overdrive, which has hosted video-game themed concerts in Orlando since 2013, will feature four acts on its Twitch channel.
Ongaku founder Kent Ward started hosting the events virtually in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic. This will be the third virtual event.
“We have enjoyed hosting online concerts during this time,” Ward said in a news release. “It has given fans something great to enjoy from the safety of their home, while also supporting amazing performers in our community.”