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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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Greetings all! It's been a bit of a hectic three weeks since Bronycon, but things are finally starting to calm down now. With that said let us jump right into the news!

As you can probably tell from the title of the journal, the project (that I'm a part of) known as Roan has just hit its funding goal of $15,000.00 as of this morning! I feel like I can't even begin to describe how excited I am. Not just because this marks the first ever Kickstarter (let alone a successful one) that I've been a part of in a major way, but because this marks a huge leap forward for my good friend :iconmh47e: For as long as I've known this guy he's told me of his dreams to break into game design, and all the bad luck he's seemed to have attracted along the way in that journey. He wanted to be a game designer so badly, he even went to college for it, and now it looks like all his hard work is finally starting to pay off/manifest.

I want to take a moment to thank all of the those who have put their faith in this project, and to all of you guys for even taking the time to read these plugs I've done for it. Shilling a project can be a major turnoff to many, so trust me when I say that all those who even so much as read and comment on these journals is much appreciated.

Now time for some updates!

Commissions
The commissions are still coming along slowly but surely. As many of you have probably seen from the recent Shantae piece, this is the sort of stuff all of you lovely people can expect to get a hold of, except your's will be on 11 x 17 in. board. Something like that though is very time consuming due to the delicate nature of some of the media I'm working with. Mixed media images can be a bit tricky as one mistake can send you all the way back to the beginning if you screw up bad enough. I'm currently in the process of finalizing a lot of the sketches as a good deal of them I find are now satisfactory. I can only hope that you all find the wait worth it when these things are finally done and in your hands where they belong.

Computer
Once more I have to thank all of you guys for your help as you have managed to assist me in building the new computer that I am currently using. I've been neglecting taking pictures of this bad boy, but trust me when I say that it's one sick machine. I'm using it right now to type out this very journal, and it's everything I wanted it to be. It runs incredibly smooth, and I can certainly tell that this computer is going to help astronomically when it comes to the other projects I have in store. Only a few scant parts remain that I need to acquire (such as an 11 x 17 in. flatbed scanner) along with some minor audio/video hardware and software before the fun can really begin. Speaking of which...

Podcast/Webshow
Now that I have the big rig up and running, one of the many things I wanted to try my hand at is doing a podcast/webshow/webcast whatever you want to call them. Some very good friends of mine such as :iconshonuff44: :iconjosephlsilver: :iconcrybringer: and a few others have all agreed to be a part of the show. We're still discussing the overall format of the show, but we know this for certain, it'll be us talking geek for about two hours. We'll maybe do one show a week (ideally) and there has even been some talk about possibly doing videos. They could be art streams, they could be gaming streams, it's all still rough ideas at this point. All of this stuff is still a bit of a ways away, but not really that far off. I'll keep you guys updated on the progress of this as it comes. It's all very exciting to say the least.

After Roan
Now that Roan is funded, a lot more work is going to be coming down the pipe for me. I've got obligations to the project and deadlines to meet. Thankfully it's easy enough work to do, and I can only hope that we'll have books ready to sell by Bronycon next year. As for what is going to be done art-wise once my Roan work is complete? That is still up in the air. I'll hopefully be doing the webshow by then, plus I've got a few projects that I've been meaning to get off the back-burner. Of course with the new computer in my possession, my work output will hopefully increase substantially. I'm still in the talks with some artists to help me make some of my ideas a reality, but I don't want to promise too much too soon. If anything else I'm going to start putting more effort into completing some the smaller stories I've had in my note books (for years now) that take place within my big sandbox story called The Nexus. I've already posted some characters from that project up here on DA and so far people do seem to be digging the ideas. Only time will tell though how all these things will pan out, but I'm optimistic that things will go well.
Fanart: Dance Through The Danger by N8Dogg5k
Fanart: Dance Through The Danger
The half-genie hero known as Shantae has been on my personal favorite videogame characters list for years now. She's a total badass who can defeat her foes with but a whip of her hair or a shake of her hips. Her games have always been a blast to play, and I've always felt it was a crying shame that she didn't experience no where near the levels of fame that many other videogame heroines have had. Thankfully fans are starting to really warm up her with the release of her new game being right around the corner. If anything else I feel it's about damn time Shantae had her moment to shine on stage. To help commemorate/celebrate my recent playing of her fantastic trilogy of games, I've decided to do a full-on color fanart piece of her doing what she does best: Shaking it to the beat and looking fabulous while doing so! I've taken a few minor liberties with her design (such as some of her proportions) but overall I'm very satisfied with the end result. Even if it did take me weeks to complete...

For those who are still waiting on commissions, this is somewhat of a preview of the sort work you can expect. It's time consuming to do a piece like this, but I felt all of you deserved to see what your pieces are fundamentally going to look like. Of course all of your pieces will be bigger because I'm doing them on a much larger piece of board. 

Materials used were a 9 x 12 in. Bristol board, a .005 0.1 and 0.2 Micron pen, Prisma Color markers, and some spare color pencils I had lying around. There is a touch of crayon and watercolor pencil in the piece as well to help add texture and highlighting effects. 
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Greetings DA faithful! I've returned from Bronycon, and boy was it an event...

First and foremost I wish to remind/bring to everyone's attention that the kickstarter for Roan went live this past Saturday. There was a quite a bit of fanfare for the event, and tons of attendees seemed very interested in the game. Its campaign is going fairly strong so far, but every bit of support we get helps out astronomically. If any of you guys wish to help me as an artist, you can do so by donating to this project. I've contributed to this book, as well as many other incredibly talented artists, and we would love nothing more than to see the final product in your hands!

As for the show itself, I'll be doing a more thorough write-up of it on my blog eventually. The short version is this: My con-exclusive print was extremely popular and completely sold out by show's end! I want to send a huge THANK YOU! to all those who came out to see little ol' me, or those who met me and have added me to their DA watch lists in the last couple of days. I'm sorry to those who may have wanted to buy one of my prints but couldn't get it. Copies were limited, and I ultimately made the choice to keep it that way. I'm pretty big on maintaining the value of things, and I hope those who were at the con and purchased the print understand that they got something very limited, unique, and special. I meant it when I said last journal that those prints will not be available anywhere else ever. That print was my gift to Bronycon attendees.

Every artist who was there at the Roan table with me had a total blast doing art, and promoting the kickstarter. It almost goes without saying that we're all completely stoked for coming back next year (hopefully with books for sale) to rock Bronycon once more! 
Greetings DA faithful!

As the title obviously states, I'm off to Bronycon in Baltimore MD this coming weekend. Unlike Otakon this year, I'll be sharing table space with none other than good my friend (and the ever amazing) :iconshonuff44: along with the likes of :iconmh47e: :icongwstoop: :iconglacierclear: We'll all be at booth 431 promoting (as well as launching) the kickstarter for the tabletop RPG Roan. It's a project we all have had a hand in, and we're looking forward to making the launch on Saturday at the convention as big an event as we can! I'll be open for quick $10.00 commissions, and I'll be selling a con-exclusive print. This image will not be posted or made available anywhere online, so if you want in on the action, you've gotta be there! Even if you don't have the funds to buy anything, we do enjoy a good conversation all the same. Feel free to swing on by and just hangout if you find yourself in the Baltimore area. No need to worry, we don't bite that hard.

Come join us as we countdown to launch!


A raffle will be held and five lucky people during the launch event will get my Bronycon-exclusive print for FREE!  

Boost the signal, reverse the polarities! Do whatever you can! We've got to get this message out there people!

All joking aside, hello all once again. I'm here today to do a little bit of signal boosting for none other than one of my greatest friends :iconjosephlsilver: He has a brand-spanking-new Patreon up and running, and he needs folks like you to help make his dreams come true. If you've considered yourself an aspiring inker, or just want to see what goes into the inking process, this is the guy you want to be watching/supporting. He's worked for the likes of Avatar Press (on titles such as Uber) and even several DC Comics, like the recent two part Convergence: Supergirl Matrix. To say the least, the man knows his craft, and he wants nothing more than to spread his knowledge across the web to help make more fantastic inkers possible. Things are only getting started here too, because with more support he'll be able to acquire better means to make better videos.

It's only through the support all of you provide that people like Joe can continue to make such fantastic works a reality. 

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Nathanial Barlow
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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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Greetings all! It's been a bit of a hectic three weeks since Bronycon, but things are finally starting to calm down now. With that said let us jump right into the news!

As you can probably tell from the title of the journal, the project (that I'm a part of) known as Roan has just hit its funding goal of $15,000.00 as of this morning! I feel like I can't even begin to describe how excited I am. Not just because this marks the first ever Kickstarter (let alone a successful one) that I've been a part of in a major way, but because this marks a huge leap forward for my good friend :iconmh47e: For as long as I've known this guy he's told me of his dreams to break into game design, and all the bad luck he's seemed to have attracted along the way in that journey. He wanted to be a game designer so badly, he even went to college for it, and now it looks like all his hard work is finally starting to pay off/manifest.

I want to take a moment to thank all of the those who have put their faith in this project, and to all of you guys for even taking the time to read these plugs I've done for it. Shilling a project can be a major turnoff to many, so trust me when I say that all those who even so much as read and comment on these journals is much appreciated.

Now time for some updates!

Commissions
The commissions are still coming along slowly but surely. As many of you have probably seen from the recent Shantae piece, this is the sort of stuff all of you lovely people can expect to get a hold of, except your's will be on 11 x 17 in. board. Something like that though is very time consuming due to the delicate nature of some of the media I'm working with. Mixed media images can be a bit tricky as one mistake can send you all the way back to the beginning if you screw up bad enough. I'm currently in the process of finalizing a lot of the sketches as a good deal of them I find are now satisfactory. I can only hope that you all find the wait worth it when these things are finally done and in your hands where they belong.

Computer
Once more I have to thank all of you guys for your help as you have managed to assist me in building the new computer that I am currently using. I've been neglecting taking pictures of this bad boy, but trust me when I say that it's one sick machine. I'm using it right now to type out this very journal, and it's everything I wanted it to be. It runs incredibly smooth, and I can certainly tell that this computer is going to help astronomically when it comes to the other projects I have in store. Only a few scant parts remain that I need to acquire (such as an 11 x 17 in. flatbed scanner) along with some minor audio/video hardware and software before the fun can really begin. Speaking of which...

Podcast/Webshow
Now that I have the big rig up and running, one of the many things I wanted to try my hand at is doing a podcast/webshow/webcast whatever you want to call them. Some very good friends of mine such as :iconshonuff44: :iconjosephlsilver: :iconcrybringer: and a few others have all agreed to be a part of the show. We're still discussing the overall format of the show, but we know this for certain, it'll be us talking geek for about two hours. We'll maybe do one show a week (ideally) and there has even been some talk about possibly doing videos. They could be art streams, they could be gaming streams, it's all still rough ideas at this point. All of this stuff is still a bit of a ways away, but not really that far off. I'll keep you guys updated on the progress of this as it comes. It's all very exciting to say the least.

After Roan
Now that Roan is funded, a lot more work is going to be coming down the pipe for me. I've got obligations to the project and deadlines to meet. Thankfully it's easy enough work to do, and I can only hope that we'll have books ready to sell by Bronycon next year. As for what is going to be done art-wise once my Roan work is complete? That is still up in the air. I'll hopefully be doing the webshow by then, plus I've got a few projects that I've been meaning to get off the back-burner. Of course with the new computer in my possession, my work output will hopefully increase substantially. I'm still in the talks with some artists to help me make some of my ideas a reality, but I don't want to promise too much too soon. If anything else I'm going to start putting more effort into completing some the smaller stories I've had in my note books (for years now) that take place within my big sandbox story called The Nexus. I've already posted some characters from that project up here on DA and so far people do seem to be digging the ideas. Only time will tell though how all these things will pan out, but I'm optimistic that things will go well.

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Daniel-GS Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Hi :)...
Thanks for the fave!
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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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Nao-Dignity Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Hi there! I hope you have a nice day! n_n
~Daireth :heart:
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N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I hope you do too. I checked out your gallery and I must say that you do some pretty nice cosplay. 
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staino Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the Fav :+fav: :thanks:
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N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob. Your work is fantastic!
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Projekt-Z Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey dude, Omar sent me. I just wanted to wish you luck in your endeavor. I hope you make it dude! Bills like that suck. You've got a good gallery so hopefully you can make it! I'll be rooting for you. I'm too broke to do anything else.
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N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries. If you can't afford, you can't afford. Simple as that...

I wish that I could charge less, but I need to make a lot of money quick. 
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