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So I got both a DD and a Facebook feature for my LA piece yesterday, and it finally just hit me how amazing this place is. All the love and support I've gotten here is mind-boggling to me. I would even go as far as to say that it's made my career. This is where I found my "audience", my first industry connections, fellow artist friends etc. This is where I first saw Dan LuVisi's King Kong piece and stared at it in awe for hours, and then had my mind blown the day I found out that both him and Rahll (Reid Southen) knew who I was! I mean, these were guys I was idolizing like fucking movie stars, and today I consider these guys to be good friends, even though I still havne't met either of them.. (I think they're just intimidated by me sexually.) But anyway, I always knew I could draw, based on the reactions from people around me, but I also always considered myself a complete nobody. Perhaps because I was such a fucking deadbeat loser in "real life", getting fired from jobs in grocery stores, hating every job I ever had, never having any dreams or visions up to the age of 24. Then I joined dA and discovered how much fun it was to start working on a portfolio, and all of sudden ppl recognized my name thanks to my art! I was posting here like crazy, almost every day. After a year I started working at RealtimeUK (yes, in the UK lol) and this was during the recession in 2008, so "thankfully" we had a lot of downtime. This meant I could spend my days at the office painting personal stuff and posting it to dA like a maniac! I think that's what made me interesting to watch during that period, because I would always have something new to show and I knew I was showing some improvement every once in a while.
Then came Oblivion and I got to meet more people in the industry, and more and more insanely cool job offers started to pop up, and here I am. I can't say that I'm living my dream, because I never really had any dreams. I only know I have a great life, I get to do what I love every day and I know that it's thanks to people like you, and it's thanks to this site.

So yeah, Deviantart and all you fellow deviants, you are effin' awesome!
  • Listening to: Anathema
  • Watching: Reaper
  • Playing: BF3 - CQ
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Juckey Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very, very inspirational post, your past kinda reflects my current state of life: being aware of my skills, only based on people's reactions. In a long period I've hardly drawn, but this entry made me to grab a pen once again. Thank you! Maybe I'll find my path too, one day :)

Also, massive props for Anathema (Y)
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GEDEONGEDZA Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any chance this coud get the daily deviation. It really shows how dA users benefit from this devious site :D Inspiring words mate, thanks.
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DanLuVisiArt Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Didn't even see this until now. Completely flattered, and if anything, you knock it out of the park and impress me ten fold every time. Such a fan, and I'm glad we're buddies. I can't wait to create worlds with you.


Keep kicking ass man!
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AndreeWallin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
<3
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AndreeWallin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh come on, really.. :heart: there we go
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amayamua Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very inspiring to know that this stuff actually happens to normal people as long as you're willing to work for it.
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JonathanGragg Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You just described exactly what I am going through, it is awesome to here this from an artist as talented as you. Thank you for posting this, it is like fuel to my artistic fire, lol! Hopefully I will see you at the top someday soon! Thanks again!
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jonbronx Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
that's pretty amazing! keep blowing minds here & keep your progress going :)
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sangheili117 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
totally agree man similar thing has happened to me in my time her and your right, its thanks to all this site is, the motivation of other epic artists the recognition from the big names and lets not forget the infinite storage space for your art.

keep doing what your doing man your art inspires me to keep goin :D
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leventep Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
visste du skulle klara dig alldeles finemang! cheers buddy
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