I am the head of design and president of a small independent game studio located... well, actually nowhere at the moment, though we will be setting up shop in Atlanta, GA sometime next year!
I peruse deviantart to find freelance artists who haven't been freelancing for very long for two reasons;
1. Because I understand it's difficult to get in the business, and I love helping out independent artists like myself. I know what it's like to have ramen as a spirit animal
2. The price is right. Less experienced artists have a tendency to work within our price range (which is pretty small given the state of our studio at the moment). It isn't exactly possible for us to even post an ad on artstation, let alone shell out the thousands of dollars that top notch artists tend to charge for their work.
You won't find very much about our studio, since at this point all the development we are doing is in the form of concept art, concept notes, and early engine design. We don't need to get any hype trains rolling quite yet, so the four of us just lurk in the background; our time will come, but we need to finish this damn engine first!
I myself am a writer and a coder, going to college at the DAVE school in Orlando, FL with two of my fellow team members for a degree in game design, while the other two lucky sods on the team graduated from Ringling [jealousy intensifies].
If you're interested in joining the project, shoot me an email at email@example.com for some information on what exactly our project is. Be warned; it's not very impressive aside from the hundreds of calculations we've done so far. We're college kids with big dreams; if you don't mind joining us on eventual revenue share, we'd always appreciate the brainstorming power