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Shattered Horizon by AnimeFreak40K

As a rough sketch it's fine, but I think you could use more motion on the water. It seems a tad too blocky and stiff to really come off...

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Hello faithful readers, it is I once more, here to dispense unto you all some much needed holiday joy, cheer, and wishes. I know I haven't been too active for the last month, but that's for good reason. I've been getting a lot of headway done with my artwork/writing, so those who're on the commission list can look forward to potentially having your pieces sooner rather than later. Sorry that it's been a literal year-long wait, but things have been substantially crazy for me in 2015. 

As for any and all who may celebrate this time of season, know that I hope you have a great deal of fun with the festivities. With the way things have been all over internet, the country, and the world lately, I fully understand that having any kind of good time is a lot easier said than done. Regardless of the circumstances, even if tomorrow marks just another Friday on the calendar for you, at least try to have the best damn Friday of the year if you can!

In spite of the insanely unseasonable warmth that we're getting up here in Maryland this year, I'm doing all I can to stay in the holiday spirit. I'm going to be taking some more days off work to spend time with my family and friends. Christmas and New Year's has always been a time of gathering for my ilk, and this turn about will be no different. I know I'm going to be getting some drink on, along with some much neglected videogaming. I've got a brand-new copy of Xenoblade Chronicles X (for the WiiU) that's been staring at me since Black Friday last month, and I owe it to myself to start up a game file and just binge out. That's not even counting the 3DS games I've got on my shelf that I've yet to run through. A second viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is also on my docket, so keep an eye out for my full-on review of the latest installment in the very near future. I know I've also got some potentially cool presents coming down the pipe to me as well, so we'll see what my circle has conjured up to placate me this year.

If anything else, stay safe everyone, and enjoy the new toys perched under your trees.


Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

Today marks one whole year since I had my emergency surgery. I feel I can honestly say that my life has been somewhat chaotic since that fateful day, as anyone who's been watching this site for the last twelve months can attest. Things have been moving so fast since last year (with numerous ups and downs) that it almost feels surreal this much time has already passed.

In light of the anniversary I've taken some time to reflect, but mostly to alleviate myself from my regular job once again. Stress has only been building with me over the last several months (mostly due to my current car problems) and taking even just one day for myself feels like a much needed reprieve from the everyday grind of it all. However, I don't want to say that everything has been bad. Earlier in the year I had the benefit from you guys of being to able to build my new computer, for which I will be eternally grateful. My mother has been improving in her health, which has eased a lot of the emotional stress I was feeling since before I had to go under the knife myself. I'm surrounded by loyal friends, and understanding fans, so my life is pretty good as far as I'm concerned. Not exactly where I'd like to be, but still better than some have it.

I do have projects I'm still working on, but things have been getting delayed due to everyday grown-up problems. The podcast has been semi-delayed due to scheduling issues as well as my own inexperience with doing something like this. Work for Roan is coming along slowly but surely, and I can only hope that everyone who kicked in for that likes what we have come up with when it's released. Overall, while things are slow, we're still moving forward a little each day.

As for those commissions... Oh boy... Time has just not been on my side guys... With my schedule and efforts going towards my job (and now my car) I just haven't been able to dedicate the time I feel these pieces need. I'm still working on them mind you, but I feel you guys deserve nothing less than my very best for how patient you've all been. I can't begin to articulate how absolutely horrible I feel for taking so long on these. You guys really do deserve better for all you've done for me. It feels like everything just keeps getting in the way of all my plans. If it isn't my job running me ragged, then it's my car breaking down, if it isn't my mom's health issues, then it's my own financial burdens holding me back. I know these aren't exactly good excuses for the massive delay, but I hope you all understand my situation. This commission list was the first time I had ever done something like this and the timing on everything has just been simply terrible. It's been messing with my mind for easily the last eleven months... and the only thing I can say is I'm sorry... Please continue to be patient if you can... I know I can get these done if I just continue to try harder...

  
Sketch: Josei Taka by N8Dogg5k
Sketch: Josei Taka
Josei is another one of the characters that hails from my former fanfiction project.

My primary influence going in was pretty much exclusively Kiyone Makibi from Tenchi Universe. I just always enjoyed the characterization of Kiyone and I pretty much wanted to emulate her with Josei. As I've been rewriting the story she's started to take on less of the "designated love interest" typecast and more of a reluctant antagonist role to Sheen. While it's a bit of a major edit to the the plot's first draft, I think I like the drama this idea creates more than her original position. Granted, I still have a lot of romantic chemistry between her and Sheen, but putting them on opposite sides of the primary conflict just makes for far more compelling storytelling in my eyes.

Materials used was printer paper and a No. 2 pencil.   
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Sketch: Sheen Sentoryu by N8Dogg5k
Sketch: Sheen Sentoryu
I am somewhat of an overly ambitious artist at times, and I will admit that there are multiple projects I've been working on. Sheen Sentoryu here is a main character from one of them. It's a story I've had in my head for a very long time (almost as long as The Nexus) and actually was born (to my shame) from a fanfiction (guh... I know...) that I had been writing way back when I was in high-school. A couple years ago I resurrected the idea and began fleshing out the plot and characters. I had come to realize that despite its fanfic origins, I enjoyed the youthful optimism and passion I had in my notes. It actually had some of my more fun ideas in it (along with a very satisfying ending) so I decided why not pull a 50 Shades of Grey and just file off the serial numbers? Ultimately now it stands as my love letter to fighting games and anime (specifically Tenchi and DBZ) but I've yet to come up with a proper title for it.

My influences for Sheen's character are Vegeta (Dragonball Z) Terry Bogard (Fatal Fury) Bruce Leeroy (The Last Dragon) Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden) and Tenchi Masaki (Tenchi Muyo) to a very minor extent. He falls into the semi-stoic fighter trope, but does have a sense of humor where it counts. When I was originally coming up with his character I wanted to have someone the audience could believe in regards to the idea of having a harem. He's pretty good looking, fairly intelligent, and can totally kick ass in a fight. In other words, the opposite of someone like Tenchi, and someone I felt women would find a bit more desirable. His personal character arc is pretty much getting revenge on the person who killed his family.

For those who are wondering what the fanfic was, it was a crossover fic between Tenchi Muyo and Dragonball Z titled World's Strongest. Again, I know... I was a dumb teenager then... I won't go into all the minutia of it, but trust me when is say that I'm much better now as a creator. 

Materials used for this sketch was printer paper and a No. 2 pencil.  
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The Nexus: Micha by N8Dogg5k
The Nexus: Micha
For those wondering, I do have a base-line human race equivalent in my story The Nexus known as Hanians. They're far from the most dominate species in explored space mind you, but they do inhabit dozens of planets and hundreds of moons. Hanians have comparably shorter lifespans than other species, but have earned a reputation for being exceedingly difficult to exterminate. While several races/creeds/cultures make up the whole of Hanian society, the two most common types of Hanians are the Balderians and the Kinas. Both posses the largest populations and wield the most influence across numerous territories.

Micha is a Kinas Hanian who works as a Nyxian Hunter for The Order. Despite her relatively small size she's quite adept at taking down multiple Nyxians at a time through her quick cunning, and outright ferocity in battle. At heart she's a fighter through and through, always determined to show that she has what it takes to be the best of the best. Despite her somewhat abrasive attitude, she's found friendship with the Seraphic diplomat Eloa Karoz, who currently sits as her commanding officer on Nyxian raids. 

Some of my influences going into Micha are (of course) Chun-Li of Street Fighter fame, as well as Asuka Langley Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion. In spite of those influences though, most have told me over the years that she looks like a post-apocalyptic version of Shampoo from Ranma 1/2. She was one of the first characters I created for The Nexus and sits as one of the main perspective characters in the story. My idea was what if I had a monster-hunter type fighter, covered her in scars, and gave her a chip on her shoulder? Micha was ultimately what popped out of that thought. Even though mapping out all of her scars (trust me she has a lot more under her clothes) was a bit of a pain, I really just enjoy drawing a badass warrior woman.

Materials for this sketch was standard printer paper and a Bic ballpoint pen.     
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N8Dogg5k
Nathanial Barlow
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
I am an aspiring freelance artist and writer, self taught on much of my creative skills with only a few exceptions. I like to indulge in all things geek whenever I can. From movies, to games, to comics, I enjoy all facets of nerd media culture.
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Hello faithful readers, it is I once more, here to dispense unto you all some much needed holiday joy, cheer, and wishes. I know I haven't been too active for the last month, but that's for good reason. I've been getting a lot of headway done with my artwork/writing, so those who're on the commission list can look forward to potentially having your pieces sooner rather than later. Sorry that it's been a literal year-long wait, but things have been substantially crazy for me in 2015. 

As for any and all who may celebrate this time of season, know that I hope you have a great deal of fun with the festivities. With the way things have been all over internet, the country, and the world lately, I fully understand that having any kind of good time is a lot easier said than done. Regardless of the circumstances, even if tomorrow marks just another Friday on the calendar for you, at least try to have the best damn Friday of the year if you can!

In spite of the insanely unseasonable warmth that we're getting up here in Maryland this year, I'm doing all I can to stay in the holiday spirit. I'm going to be taking some more days off work to spend time with my family and friends. Christmas and New Year's has always been a time of gathering for my ilk, and this turn about will be no different. I know I'm going to be getting some drink on, along with some much neglected videogaming. I've got a brand-new copy of Xenoblade Chronicles X (for the WiiU) that's been staring at me since Black Friday last month, and I owe it to myself to start up a game file and just binge out. That's not even counting the 3DS games I've got on my shelf that I've yet to run through. A second viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is also on my docket, so keep an eye out for my full-on review of the latest installment in the very near future. I know I've also got some potentially cool presents coming down the pipe to me as well, so we'll see what my circle has conjured up to placate me this year.

If anything else, stay safe everyone, and enjoy the new toys perched under your trees.


Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

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:iconmightyraptor:
MightyRaptor Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Happy
Holidays!
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:iconn8dogg5k:
N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Right back at you!
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:iconeymbee:
EymBee Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Student General Artist
thanks for watching me :D
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:iconn8dogg5k:
N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is fantastic. It was only natural for me to drop a watch and some favs!
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:iconeymbee:
EymBee Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Well thank you again, ill try and keep ya interested
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:iconn8dogg5k:
N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I sure you will.
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Daniel-GS Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Hi :)...
Thanks for the fave!
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:iconn8dogg5k:
N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your piece is awesome dude!
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TixieLix Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave on my Street Fighter work!
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N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
But of course! Your work is fantastic!
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