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Ganger Concept 3 by DarkMechanic
Ganger Concept 3
Last year, I made some trial illustrations for a game called Vengeance. Didn't make the cut unfortunatly, but enjoyed making these guys.
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Ganger Concept 2 by DarkMechanic
Ganger Concept 2
Last year, I made some trial illustrations for a game called Vengeance. Didn't make the cut unfortunatly, but enjoyed making these guys.
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Ganger Concept 1 by DarkMechanic
Ganger Concept 1
Last year, I made some trial illustrations for a card game called Vengeance. Didn't make the cut unfortunatly, but enjoyed making these guys.
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It's been coming up to 2 years since I've been solely an artist by trade. Although I count myself very lucky to be able to do it (although I don't believe I can keep it up much longer), at the same time I've seen, and felt, myself turning into something else, someone who I wouldn't really consider an artist.

Because of my leanings towards Sci-fi and Fantasy, and my prior work with The Agents, I get pigeon-holed with 'Guy-Holding-Gun' jobs. Don't get me wrong, it's absolutely great doing work like that, but is it art? It's like the Warhammer fan-art I do, as much as I enjoy doing it, it's in now way 'art'. Using someone else's idea and maybe interpreting it differently, or doing it in a different style is, I believe, more a homage than actual art itself.

My other line of semi-regular work is Storyboarding, which is mainly advertising/commercials, and let me tell you, there is nothing creative involved in that when pandering to the money guys in suits.

So what have I become? I'm basically a drawer. I draw things, scenes, characters, skin-deep stuff that needs little interpretation, no interaction and provokes little thought. I find myself looking back at old work (around the time I began setting myself up as an artist) with rose-tinted glasses. Back then I had less constraints, created stuff I liked. 

Also, all my work is digital, I never make something solid, something I can hang on a wall and display. I can't remember the last time I painted anything, or didn't rely on the a computer to finish an illustration. My life's work as an artist is 90% internet based. If the internet collapsed tomorrow, what would I even be?

Maybe this is all because I haven't done any personal work for the last couple of years. Even though working with other people is great, and can be more enlightening than working just on your own, it's never really you're idea, and any creative decisions you make can be easily overturned (sometime for the worse) simply because your being paid to do a job. Sometimes it's rewarding, a lot of times it's hollow.

So this year I want to be an Artist, not a Creative. I want to make real things as well as good things. I want to get work based on my merit, not because I'm the cheapest guy out there who can draw a guy with a gun. I want to be free of doing roughs, of worrying about things not looking realistic enough.

I want to be an artist.
  • Mood: Fear
It's been coming up to 2 years since I've been solely an artist by trade. Although I count myself very lucky to be able to do it (although I don't believe I can keep it up much longer), at the same time I've seen, and felt, myself turning into something else, someone who I wouldn't really consider an artist.

Because of my leanings towards Sci-fi and Fantasy, and my prior work with The Agents, I get pigeon-holed with 'Guy-Holding-Gun' jobs. Don't get me wrong, it's absolutely great doing work like that, but is it art? It's like the Warhammer fan-art I do, as much as I enjoy doing it, it's in now way 'art'. Using someone else's idea and maybe interpreting it differently, or doing it in a different style is, I believe, more a homage than actual art itself.

My other line of semi-regular work is Storyboarding, which is mainly advertising/commercials, and let me tell you, there is nothing creative involved in that when pandering to the money guys in suits.

So what have I become? I'm basically a drawer. I draw things, scenes, characters, skin-deep stuff that needs little interpretation, no interaction and provokes little thought. I find myself looking back at old work (around the time I began setting myself up as an artist) with rose-tinted glasses. Back then I had less constraints, created stuff I liked. 

Also, all my work is digital, I never make something solid, something I can hang on a wall and display. I can't remember the last time I painted anything, or didn't rely on the a computer to finish an illustration. My life's work as an artist is 90% internet based. If the internet collapsed tomorrow, what would I even be?

Maybe this is all because I haven't done any personal work for the last couple of years. Even though working with other people is great, and can be more enlightening than working just on your own, it's never really you're idea, and any creative decisions you make can be easily overturned (sometime for the worse) simply because your being paid to do a job. Sometimes it's rewarding, a lot of times it's hollow.

So this year I want to be an Artist, not a Creative. I want to make real things as well as good things. I want to get work based on my merit, not because I'm the cheapest guy out there who can draw a guy with a gun. I want to be free of doing roughs, of worrying about things not looking realistic enough.

I want to be an artist.
  • Mood: Fear

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Dan Morison
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Illustrator//Storyboard Artist//Concept Artist
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xxUlrica-Shodaxx Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you take requests?
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DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry dude, busy at the moment
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PropagandaStamps Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
Damn, your work is great! Lovely style!
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DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Very nice work!
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DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude, right back at ya
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I appreciate the watch :)
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TheDarkHeretic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015
Wow, you got a really cool artstyle- keep doing so LOVE IT :D !
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DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude!
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TheDarkHeretic Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
You`re very welcome man, love your art Clap :jumpingjacks: !
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