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  • Mood: Zeal
  • Listening to: Jessie J acoustic.
  • Reading: Druuna Comics
  • Watching: Chapie
  • Playing: Skyward Sword on Nintendo Dolphin
  • Eating: Beer... Eating Beer.
  • Drinking: see previous question and answer...
Hey guys :).

It's been awhile since my last journal entry, but if you've been reading the writing beneath my deviations you should have a good idea as to my state of affairs. I wanna go over some thoughts in my head and update my watchers/friends. Maybe something here will get a dialogue going.

I'm interested in hearing your thoughts. 

So my last journal entry was a couple of months ago and a lot has changed. I grew apprehensive of the machinist position I earned. I was almost injured several times by the carelessness of my colleagues. The management [ and I use the term loosely] completely ignored these events. The clear measures which would increase safety were not taken, and I was literally fearing for my life. Some other workers were not as lucky. No fatalities, but several injuries were incurred. As such, I now work as an Undertaker for a leading funeral services provider here in Canada.

I've done work for dozens of funeral homes in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as various bodies of law enforcement and the Coroner's office itself. For the sake of brevity I'll just say that, along with many other responsibilities, I've conducted body removals, assisted in embalming, packaging, shipping and the internment of countless departed. I've even made the news a couple of times for the more uncanny passings. All of this is pretty exciting for me and I awake at the beginning of a new day genuinely proud of what I do, because for a long time I carried a shame in me that I hid. 

I never spoke of it before, but I want to address it. A lot of creators know how selfish "making" can be. The dungeons we seal ourselves in are our fortresses of solitude and a lot of us didn't really fit in "out there" to begin with. Most theorize that it is that very same ostracism buying us time which makes our abilities possible, but who do they help? Most of the time it's not good for us either! Being an artist is not the most lucrative field, with extremely few of us being able to survive on art alone, saying nothing of prospering to the point of acquiring a car, a descent house, supporting a family etc... Honestly, it's probably easier to become a doctor, or a lawyer. I enjoyed doing my work while the others in my family were working hard, hating it, and earning more than I. A few years ago I realized that they were beginning to resent supporting me and/or my not carrying an equal share of life's financial burden.  

It was regular white and no-collar jobs that got me my car, apartment, super computer, sweet phone etc... and all the same things for my girlfriend, who I love very much. Her standard of living is very important to me, and most days I just try to do what I can to make her, my mom's and my cat's life easier. When I was younger I thought mostly of myself, snapping at anyone who disrespected me, but now I'm a lot less concerned with myself. Maybe that's what changes when you become a man: you take responsibility, love your family and friends and provide as hard as you can.  

I've been lucky, or maybe I worked for it -- I don't know--  but I was able to support myself, my girlfriend and my cat on art alone for a couple of months, but it was damn hard; my bank account over-drafted on a regular basis as I was "living the dream." Funeral services makes money a non-issue, and I am free to do art, which I love, the way I want, instead of feeling like a dancing monkey doing ridiculous work out of desperation. Now I pick the interesting jobs, and reject the rest.        

Would I be happier if I was making the same money doing art instead? Honestly, probably not, because I want almost total creative control, as not all creators are destined for the studio [I've been working on a certain  project for over a year now and am soon to release it]. 

I don't mean to sound disheartening. If you're young, have the support, time and money to develop, then go right ahead and go for the studio job. Maybe you'll be happiest if you achieve greatness. I just hope that you don't have to sacrifice things like the greatness of family and life experiences. Drawing in that cubical, or home office could work for you, but please develop other skills. Don't be useless. Work for something/someone besides your own ego and gratification. All functioning people have to know to cook, clean, physically work and care for others. These things, plus your art, will make you high a value person who is worthy of love from others and yourself. 

*Be excellent to each other. 
Laundromat of Doom (1) with colour by NemoNova
Laundromat of Doom (1) with colour
Earlier I posted the inked version of this: Laundromat of Doom (1): Harley Quinn and Batgirl by NemoNova Glad to say it's finished now. Be sure to check out the reverse angle. 
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Laundromat of Doom (2) with colour by NemoNova
Laundromat of Doom (2) with colour
earlier I posted the inked version of this : Laundromat of Doom (2): Harley and evil friends. by NemoNova Happy to say it's done now. I hope people like it. Be sure to check out the reverse angle. 
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Laundromat of Doom (1): Harley Quinn and Batgirl by NemoNova
Laundromat of Doom (1): Harley Quinn and Batgirl
A client and friend of mine commissioned me to create this piece for him, and another from Batgirl's POV. These are the finished inks. I've already begun colouring them with copics/prismacolours and some pencil crayons. I'll post that when it is all said and done. My client is the one who came up with the concept, so all credit there where it is justly deserved. 

Forthwith it shall be known that my girlfriend (Deanna Bradley) and I will be showing our stuff at the coming Toronto Comicon by March's end. We hope we can see some of you there :D. In fact, your attendance is expected. 
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Favourite genre of music: Metal
Favourite photographer: Vickie Gray
Favourite style of art: Comic Art and 3D
Operating System: My way or highway
MP3 player of choice: Samsung Galaxy X3
Shell of choice: False Kindness
Wallpaper of choice: Blood of my enemies
Skin of choice: Iron Man suit
Favourite cartoon character: Dexter, from dex's lab
Personal Quote: I know freedom. I will not compromise
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  • Mood: Zeal
  • Listening to: Jessie J acoustic.
  • Reading: Druuna Comics
  • Watching: Chapie
  • Playing: Skyward Sword on Nintendo Dolphin
  • Eating: Beer... Eating Beer.
  • Drinking: see previous question and answer...
Hey guys :).

It's been awhile since my last journal entry, but if you've been reading the writing beneath my deviations you should have a good idea as to my state of affairs. I wanna go over some thoughts in my head and update my watchers/friends. Maybe something here will get a dialogue going.

I'm interested in hearing your thoughts. 

So my last journal entry was a couple of months ago and a lot has changed. I grew apprehensive of the machinist position I earned. I was almost injured several times by the carelessness of my colleagues. The management [ and I use the term loosely] completely ignored these events. The clear measures which would increase safety were not taken, and I was literally fearing for my life. Some other workers were not as lucky. No fatalities, but several injuries were incurred. As such, I now work as an Undertaker for a leading funeral services provider here in Canada.

I've done work for dozens of funeral homes in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as various bodies of law enforcement and the Coroner's office itself. For the sake of brevity I'll just say that, along with many other responsibilities, I've conducted body removals, assisted in embalming, packaging, shipping and the internment of countless departed. I've even made the news a couple of times for the more uncanny passings. All of this is pretty exciting for me and I awake at the beginning of a new day genuinely proud of what I do, because for a long time I carried a shame in me that I hid. 

I never spoke of it before, but I want to address it. A lot of creators know how selfish "making" can be. The dungeons we seal ourselves in are our fortresses of solitude and a lot of us didn't really fit in "out there" to begin with. Most theorize that it is that very same ostracism buying us time which makes our abilities possible, but who do they help? Most of the time it's not good for us either! Being an artist is not the most lucrative field, with extremely few of us being able to survive on art alone, saying nothing of prospering to the point of acquiring a car, a descent house, supporting a family etc... Honestly, it's probably easier to become a doctor, or a lawyer. I enjoyed doing my work while the others in my family were working hard, hating it, and earning more than I. A few years ago I realized that they were beginning to resent supporting me and/or my not carrying an equal share of life's financial burden.  

It was regular white and no-collar jobs that got me my car, apartment, super computer, sweet phone etc... and all the same things for my girlfriend, who I love very much. Her standard of living is very important to me, and most days I just try to do what I can to make her, my mom's and my cat's life easier. When I was younger I thought mostly of myself, snapping at anyone who disrespected me, but now I'm a lot less concerned with myself. Maybe that's what changes when you become a man: you take responsibility, love your family and friends and provide as hard as you can.  

I've been lucky, or maybe I worked for it -- I don't know--  but I was able to support myself, my girlfriend and my cat on art alone for a couple of months, but it was damn hard; my bank account over-drafted on a regular basis as I was "living the dream." Funeral services makes money a non-issue, and I am free to do art, which I love, the way I want, instead of feeling like a dancing monkey doing ridiculous work out of desperation. Now I pick the interesting jobs, and reject the rest.        

Would I be happier if I was making the same money doing art instead? Honestly, probably not, because I want almost total creative control, as not all creators are destined for the studio [I've been working on a certain  project for over a year now and am soon to release it]. 

I don't mean to sound disheartening. If you're young, have the support, time and money to develop, then go right ahead and go for the studio job. Maybe you'll be happiest if you achieve greatness. I just hope that you don't have to sacrifice things like the greatness of family and life experiences. Drawing in that cubical, or home office could work for you, but please develop other skills. Don't be useless. Work for something/someone besides your own ego and gratification. All functioning people have to know to cook, clean, physically work and care for others. These things, plus your art, will make you high a value person who is worthy of love from others and yourself. 

*Be excellent to each other. 

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AgileRhino Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
I may not be as eloquent as some here, but I want to thank you, thank you so much, for all those wicked ass tutorials. There are a lot of tutorials on this site, but precious few of them are this good! 

Keep on rocking dude! :headbang:
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Iskarien Featured By Owner Edited Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was trying really hard to improve my drawing skills for a bit more than year now, and so far it worked it pretty great. And then I suddenly stumbled across many many anatomical details that I had no clue how to draw or visualize under certain circumstances and in certain poses. Looking up medical anatomy has helped a bit, but it felt like learning and memorizing without really understanding the whole thing, understanding how different parts of the body move and change during said movement.

That was until I stumbled across your tutorials here. I think this is the first time I really understood how various muscles really work, without having to repeat to memorize it over and over again, because it all makes sense now. Really well done illustrations, without unneccessary and distracting detail, but with everything essential clearly and easily understandable.

Nowadays we find great help on the internet, think "Oh, this is nice" and move on. But not this time. I really have to thank you for taking your time and sharing your knowledge. I am sure my artwork will improve a great big deal because of this.

Keep up the good work! :)
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MadAlleyCat Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for taking the time to make those awesome tutorials. It's always useful to see others approach to drawing and techniques!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. I gotta do a couple more for the head and face features, so stay tuned. 

    What should I start with? 
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MadAlleyCat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Filmographer
What you feel most for I'd say.
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Markus-MkIII Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice collection of good tutorials you got here! Very insightful :thumbsup:.
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, man. It's cool to me that people like these tutorials. 
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Markus-MkIII Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's good to hear. They really are helpful.
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Atomic-DNA Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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Sonimul Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have some really nice art here. I especially like the tutorial section ;P
There is so much helpful informations ... it was pretty much the very first interesting tutorial literature I read and watched on Deviant Art. I really ejoyed the abdominal section :)
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