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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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AndreeWallin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
tackar, även om jag så klart borde gett dig cred eftersom det var tack vare dig jag kom in i branschen från första början :) så ett jävligt stort retroaktivt tack!
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Spirafall Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
So good to hear!
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
It nearly sounds cheesy, like in a cheap american movie or so, only difference, it is you and it is real!!! I totally share your opinion about defiantart, awesome place, never found any other platform filled with so much kindness, help, friendship, and finally love for any kind of art!

And seriously, after I got hold of my first Wacom the year you started at Realtime UK, it was actually your video tutorial of your piece "Wanna play" which showed me for the first time what a powerful tool I have here, what a skilled and talented person can do with it, and actually the steps there, how the process works. Since that day I'm idolizing you probably the way you do with Rahll (who got damn skills too!).
You totally made it to the top! To say it with Vaders words: "When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master." :D

Cheers mate, and keep up the awesome work inspiring us all!!!!! :highfive:
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AndreeWallin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear I inspired you, thanks man! :)
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
you most certainly did, do, and sure will for a looong time! ;) :)
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rich35211 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Congrats. yes, DA has really open doors for me as a artist in to movies and film making etc, connects with people from all over the world and I know the future will be even better... great work and always a fan of your work...
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Nemesis109 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Cheers mate, I aspire to become as talented as you! :-D
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bigphoenix3d Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
You can really draw buddy.You're awesome!! By the way you BF3...:)
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RudolphEurich Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats man, your work is really awesome! Nice to know about you before and after DA.
I must say that you and DanLuvisi really inspire me as an artist.
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Sark-o Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I started watching you before you hit gold I guess you could say. How exactly does DA tie in with friends? I see people making friends on DA all the time and it kind of bums me out because I think when artist get together they also inspire one another to do new things and better things.

No one I know IRL draws so don't feel I get that. Was it the forums? Chat rooms? I know every case is different but I was just curious about how you yourself made friends since we can sort of relate as to the whole deadbeat loser (in the sense of friends).

Anyway you've really grown in your art from the first pieces I can remember. Was it your friends that also amped you to get better or did you hang out other communities with art references/tutorials/videos anything? Or was it just practice?

I type weird sometimes so to make it easier:
1) How'd you make friends on DA?
2)Did your friends contribute to you growing as an artist or was it just natural practice?
3)Was there any other communities like cg society and a bunch of others that are also popular that you also liked?

Hopefully you can answer these questions. I know if you were to sit and answer each one that goes your way you'd be no where but it's worth a shot. Thanks.

ps: Also I googled you because indeed I have remembered your name due to your fame.
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AndreeWallin Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
1 - there's no magic formula, it just happens. you start to comment on eachothers artwork etc.
2 - I have no close friends from my childhood even remotely interested in concept art, so this was something I did all by myself, practice practice practice ya know
3 - never liked cg society, gave up on that site a few years ago. I mostly just hung out at dA and the forum over at sijun.com
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CleWeR Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And here I thought you've always been a kick-ass artist. Congrats! :D
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CamberGreber Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Your artwork has amazed me since I first saw it and in my opinion is also Fucking Awesome.
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Alexander-Syros Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Inspiring! You rock!
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JennAlessa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012   Photographer
:clap: ....because you really made my eyes teary.
Dude, you're the one who's awesome. We're here, as fans, because of that enormous talent you have. Because we really like what you do so, indeed, the awesome one is you.
This is a direct and clear note and because of that I found it inspiring. I would totally love to get to live because of my art. That would be --dunno if I can call it a dream either, but-- something amazing!
A big, honest and caring, hug for you. Keep creating and having so much fun with what you do! XoXo! :meow:
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AndreeWallin Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
very sweet of you, thx! :heart:
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FlurryTheBear Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
YOU are awesome! :) *HUG*
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Klaudio2U Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is almost like you have described my life..haha..except that i have just started and did my first steps 3-4 months ago in 3D and digital painting.
I still have to find my way to be good enough so that my idols (yes, one of them are you ..haha) could recognized me.

Keep the good work Andree...see you soon up there! ;)
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XAQT Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Nice and inspiring post man! Congrats with your succes!
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lithriel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I'm so glad you get to do something that makes you happy. I too feel so lucky to be able to make money as an artist. I used to work at a grocery store on college break. The older people working there and hating every minute of it woke me to the fact that I never wanted to go back. I couldn't imagine doing that at their age. Going freelance wasn't easy, but it was the best decision I ever made. No doubt you future will only push you up and beyond as you grow as an artist.
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AndreeWallin Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thx, and hey very nice gallery btw, awesome characters!
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NyeAlexandaFrayne Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
didnt know you worked at realtime, thats sick, visited there a few months back :)
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AndreeWallin Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh cool! would love to go back and visit the studio again some day. :)
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Odrobinka Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I envy You. I still want to paint like You... ;p
And I'm happy for You :)
Keep being awesome! :D
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AnnickHuber Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your life does sound awesome said like that. I'm jealous =) But you ARE awesome, you better believe it.
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AndreeWallin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hugs for everyone! Group hug!
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fedtowolves Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations! :D I've always found your work to be so inspiring, I'm glad things are going well!
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pink-ninja Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Your Awesome dude!!
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TheDude-In-NavyBlue Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Congrats! :)
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jayvonswagg Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol=)
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NightFox Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No no man.. you're F****ing awesome [link]

No really.. you are. [link]

:)
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Daandric Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconnouplz: ARE F****NG AWESOME
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EStreet Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
You're one of the best artists here, and since I discovered your work you've been a major inspiration. The way you use light puts you with Michael Komarck as my main artistic heroes. Every plaudit is well deserved...keep it up.
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arttechies Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You are done! Keep it up!
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fekb Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Inspiring story! You are now the one being idolized by others! I always look forward to your posts and new artwork, keep them coming. :D
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Treyos Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I haven't achieved anything like your kind of success here, but my watchers have certainly provided me with a lot of encouragement, inspiration and friendship over the years, so I have to agree. While I don't agree with everything dA does, it's certainly been an important part of my life. :)

Keep on rockin'!
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blu01 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing your awesome art! Hard work really pays off.
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Valerie-V Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I totally agree... deviantart is full of love and support and it's beautiful. <3
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BarneyHH Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Sounds like words of a satisfied man. I'm happy for you, it's great to find a meaning in something you really like to do.
Keep up the good work!
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Multiimage Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Andree...I always love to see your work! I must say ..your art gives me the strive......I like how you paint whats important in a scene to state your point directly. You deserve everything for what you accomplished. Truely
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