My name is Dinah Kalaha, I'm a visual development artist, CG Generalist, and creator!
"Work Hard & Be Nice!"
I'm currently looking for work!
As the story goes for many, my journey to becoming an artist started when I was a kid; I was drawing what I imagined dinosaurs to look like before I could spell their names properly, and my mother tried and failed to childproof the TV in an effort to get me to stop constantly watching cartoons (I cracked the password pretty quick!) At the same time, I marveled at scientists and historians and their quests for discovery, so my art revolved around things like mineralogy, historical fashion, and paleontology. As much as I loved the more academic research side of things, art had always been my passion, and I'm grateful I had a family who completely understood and supported me when I realized I wanted to pursue a career in art. Truthfully, I can't imagine doing anything else! So, eventually, I packed my bags and moved down south to attend Ringling College of Art + Design as a Computer Animation student, and graduated in May of 2020.
I've since worked as a Digital Artist intern at Hasbro's model shop, and have had my work featured in the Critical Role Mighty Nein art book, and take commissions as well. As for what I focus on when making art, I look to my personal life a lot, my friends and family and adventures. I've always felt a strong connection to fantasy, but I make things unique by incorporating my own experiences and weird, hybrid genre-flair since there's already so many awesome classical fantasy artists and writers. My brand of fantasy, and artwork in general, favors the weird, unconventional, and slightly humorous!
When I'm not working, I do a lot of tactile crafts like sewing, knitting, jewelry-making, and embroidery, and also love experimenting with music! I love playing and writing RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, and playing home-brew games with my friends when we can. Unfortunately I'm also a serial impulse buyer of dice, face masks, and crystals, but only when my pockets allow me to.
I really just love to make art, have for all my life, and I absolutely more than anything love to make people happy with it. And I'm glad that I could share it with you, too!