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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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Hey there everyone! Sorry I haven't been that active on here as of late. I've been busy with my regular job (working long nights well into overtime) as well as dealing with my Mother's health issues to boot. I had some car troubles on top of that, but everything seems to be calming down now. We've got a few topics to cover, so without further delay, let's get to the rundown. 

Commissions
I'm pretty sure a lot of you are wondering what the status is on the commissions. To be frank, I've been a tad lazy with them for the last few weeks due to the aforementioned issues with my car. I would get home from work, deal with the car troubles, and just feel exhausted once any free time would crop up. I know it's not a good excuse to not get the work I owe done, but it's the truth. I'm also just an insanely slow artist, and for that I'm sincerely sorry. Everyone so far has been incredibly understanding in the matter, and for that I'm very thankful. You guys are the best for being as patient as you've all been.

I am making progress on them, but most of them are still in the sketching phase yet. I don't really feel comfortable with sharing the sketches right now either, mostly due to the fact that I don't think they look like $100.00 pieces right now. They're very messy, and some of them I'm not going to stick with. I'm the sort of guy who will seriously run through fifty concepts before going with one. You guys paid me good money for good work, and dammit, you're going to get the best I can do! I know I say it on here every time, but trust me when I say that you WILL get your pieces come hell or high water! 

Where is the Money Going?
Seeing as how my hospital bill got dissolved back in February, I've been contemplating on purchasing a new computer with the acquired funds. Even though there is a bill for my surgeon that I'm still paying, I haven't touched any of the money yet, just in case someone/anyone wants a refund. I can swing paying my surgeon due to that bill not having any interest rate to speak of, and it's not as grand as the $2,000 bill I was looking at initially when I opened up the list.

If anything else though I'll be looking to make the purchase for the comp come the beginning of summer, or maybe by my birthday. I want to get something that is fairly powerful, so that I can use it to not only increase my artistic output, but maybe even break into something like livestreams, and tutorials. I've heard that a lot of people like those sort of things, and I think it would be cool to share my knowledge with those willing to watch/listen. There has even been talks between a few of my artist friends and I about doing a podcast, and a more powerful rig would certainly help in setting that sort of thing up. Nothing is set in stone at the moment. but they are things I'm thinking about doing.

Possible Patreon?
One of the things a lot of my artist friends have been telling me to do is start up a Patreon. Right now I'm still on the fence about it, but I figured that I'd throw out the line to you guys and see what you think. If I did do a Patreon, what sort of things would you want to see me do? I've been leaning towards doing the tutorials through Patreon, or doing something like art-packs, but nothing is definite. Frankly I don't think I have enough fans/followers to really justify a Patreon. let alone do I have consistent enough turn-out, but then again, it may help to get me into more of a routine.

What do you guys think? Is it something I should consider more seriously? 

Push for a Friend
One of my best friends, Joe Silver, has recently decided to post videos of his ink works on youtube. I'm pretty sure he would appreciate any views/comments on his work as much as the next artist would. He too is considering the jump to something like Patreon, but unlike myself, he is a very productive artist who inks professionally for the likes of DC comics.

Future/Other Projects
Along with working on the commissions, I've been writing away on my blog. I post reviews and editorials there for anyone who may be curious as to my thoughts on things other than the pretty pictures I post here. I also put up high-res files of my art there, so anyone who's been hankering for some high-res pics, there you go! I'm also looking to ramp up my output on there as well, but things are moving pretty slowly there too. One of my next big projects for the blog is to post the replays of a Maid RPG I ran for my artist/writer friends. We had a lot of fun playing that game, and I can only hope everyone likes reading about our exploits in that game, as much as we had fun playing it.

Another thing that's been on the plate is writing for other projects that I'm involved in. I'm not at liberty to detail all of them (due to some of them not exactly being ready for publicity yet) but a couple of them are already up and running. If anything else, I'd simply like to say that they're comic projects, and while I could just always draw them myself, I just don't have the time for it, so I've been talking with a couple artists I know to see about having them drawn through them. I don't want to say just yet who they are, but trust me when I say that they're absolutely phenomenal artists who I'm overjoyed to be working with for the foreseeable future. I can say though, for those who are fans of Shonuff44, I'm one of his writers for his Squeek and Shred comic! The first chapter to that is already up on his DA page, and the other writers and I are very happy with the chapter we wrote, and even more happy with the overall reception we got. There is more fun coming down the pipeline with that title, and frankly I can't wait to see how you guys react next!

I'm also announcing here my involvement with an upcoming Kickstarter campaign known as Roan!

What is Roan? It's a My LIttle Pony themed tabletop RPG, and I'm one of the artist who will be showcased in it! Currently I've designed the title/logo for the game, and everyone seems to be digging it so far. We're looking to launch come Bronycon, and any spreading of the word would be much appreciated. If you consider yourself a fan of MLP along with 1920's era pulp action, this is the game for you! Any further inquires about the project though should be directed to my good friend :iconmh47e: as he is the brains/writer behind the whole thing.

Conventions
I will be looking to attend Otakon once more this year, but sadly I missed out on acquiring a table in the Artist Alley. I'm gonna shoot for getting a table come the Saturday of the con like I did last year, but we'll see where that goes. On the other hand I will be attending Bronycon as an artist, promoting the aforementioned Roan game. There is going to be a few other artists attached to the game there helping to promote as well, so if you consider yourself a brony, come on out and see us!

That about does it as far as updates go. Sorry for the wall of text, but a lot has been happening to me in the last few months. While I feel terrible about not having those commissions done yet, I do want to show you guys that I haven't been sitting around doing nothing, or putting your money to poor use. Hopefully with the purchase of a new computer, and with some of these projects moving forward, I can get the time/funds necessary to open up my schedule, and dedicate more time to my art. Til next time guys, thanks for your patience and understanding, and I'll see you all on the flip side! 

 
It seems everyone is having some trouble these days, as evidenced by this journal here.

While I don't know this individual well, it seems they could use some help as they're in a bit of a sticky situation. I promised one of my fans that I would spread the word as best I could, so hopefully some of you great folks out there can lend a hand.
Hello all once more! I've got some fantastic news to share! After seeking financial aid with the hospital, I just managed to successfully have my $2,000.00 bill eliminated completely! It took quite a bit of jumping through legal hoops to get there, but I've done it! Any other bills that come my way from the surgery will not have to be paid as well. I do have to pay my surgeon though (somewhere at about $600.00) but his bill is more than manageable. What that means for all of you is a couple of things. One, it means that anyone who may want their money back on the commissions is more than entitled to it. Second, if people don't want their money back, that puts me up by over $1,000.00! The second part I will admit excites me a bit, due to the fact that I could actually use this money (along with my income from work) to begin saving for a better computer/hardware to do my art on. I've been wanting to upgrade my rig for a few years, but have simply lacked the capital to do so. With your guy's help, I can honestly hope to achieve that goal!

This means that I will potentially have much higher turn out, and can look to better produce a few ideas I've had brewing on the back-burner for the last decade. It also means that I could make doing commissions a far more regular thing, and it's something that I'd love to do. Of course I don't want/like to make promises that I may not be able to keep, but I will make the pledge here and now to do better than I have been. Loosing my aunt this past month really knocked my family and I for a loop, and I've been taking the last few weeks to really just recover mentally/emotionally from everything that has come my way. I took some time off work to clear my head, and even attended a couple local conventions just so that I could have good time with no strings attached. After all that, I finally feel rejuvenated, like I'm ready to hop back in the saddle and get some friggin' art done! Having this surgery bill go the way of the Dodo has elevated my spirits and seeing that commission money sitting in my paypal has got me big-time motivated! 

Also I've recently undertaken some more writing duties for a couple of projects that I'm going to keep mum on for the moment. Things are still pretty early, but so far it looks like there is a lot of promise coming down the road. I'm still working on the commissions in the meantime though, and I apologize to everyone on the list. Timing hasn't exactly been on my side as of late, never mind the fact I'm unfortunately not a very fast artist. I am taking my time with each of these pieces to make them as high quality as I can, and I only hope that you all like what you get!

Other than that, life it seems is turning around for me for the better! Thanks to all of you guys for being there, and helping make the most of a rough patch! You guys rock hard on toast!
Hey there everyone! Before I get into some lite updates, I want to take a moment to help signal boost someone.

It seems like the grey clouds have gathered for someone else these days, and he's in need of some major support. Perhaps even more so than me. My good friend :iconanimefreak40k: could seriously use some help right about now in raising funds to purchase a new furnace. Everything in his house is pretty much gas-operated so having this piece of machinery go down on you around this time of year is almost like a prison sentence. It's snowing up here in the Maryland area, and his house is getting pretty cold. He's a cool cat for sure, but I don't literally want to see him be cool if you know what I mean. Given my current situation I can't exactly help him myself, but who knows, maybe some of you out there can help more than I can. 

You can read all the details to the matter here.

As for things on my end, I'm still jumping through paper-work hoops in regards to the financial aid, but things are still looking to be in my favor. I'm still working on the commissions in the meantime though, seeing as how no one has come forth yet saying that they want a refund. To those who are on the list, I apologize that things haven't been moving quickly, but having lost my aunt just recently dealt a hard blow to my family and I. Everyone has been very supportive during this time and I want to take the chance to say thank you to everyone once more! You guys totally kick-ass! Also I want to take the time to thank whoever donated flowers to my aunt's funeral. Apparently someone read my journal and took it upon themselves to purchase a lovely bundle of flowers for her viewing. 

For anyone who may be curious I was also at Magfest this past weekend, and it was a good time overall. Considering all that has happened I feel like it was a weekend I needed to just clear my head and do something fun. I got to hang with friends, work on some art, and most importantly game like I had fame! To anyone looking for a good time in the Baltimore-Washington area, you can't really go wrong with a con like Magfest.

Other than that, I'm still drawing away, and I'm looking to get some quick sketches I've been doing up at work posted here. Til then folks, hopefully next time I'll have something more positive to say other than bad/decent news.  





 
Hello all once again. It seems like every time I write a journal here on DA anymore it's nothing but bad news. Yet another hurtle has come my way to coincide with all the other bits of recent madness that have been comprising my life. Last night I got the unfortunate bit of information that my aunt (Stephanie, V. Killeen) passed away. To my current knowledge she suffered a sudden and major heart attack (the hard details are still pending on my end of things as of this writing) and died shortly after being taken to the nearest hospital. For a fairly tight-knit family such as mine this loss has left us all reeling from shock to say the least...

Why this is important or what this means to any of you guys is thus: The commissions that I'm working on will have to go on hold for the time being while my family and I take the necessary measures to work things out in the wake of this tragedy. I won't put the commissions on hold indefinitely, but I do ask for everyone on the list's understanding and to please be patient with me during these trying times. I feel that for everyone who even considered to take the chance on commissioning me, you're all at least owed this much information in regards to the progress of things.

In some minor good news though, after seeking financial aid on my hospital bill, there is a chance that a significant portion (if not all of it) may be waived. The matter is still processing of course, but it looks like things are leaning in my favor. If the bill is in fact waived, I'm more than happy to send refunds to those who may want their money back, since I haven't used any of it yet. Seeing as how there could be no bill, there would be technically no need for your money. If you guys still want the commission(s) then I'll simply have my very first surplus of money from my very first online commission list. Seeing as how that was my original plan for the start of the year anyway, I guess it would all work out in a sense. I'll keep you guys posted on this matter, as you guys are the reason that I even had a chance at paying this bill in the first place! For that you're all OK in my books! 

Keep on rocking hard everyday everyone!

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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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Hey there everyone! Sorry I haven't been that active on here as of late. I've been busy with my regular job (working long nights well into overtime) as well as dealing with my Mother's health issues to boot. I had some car troubles on top of that, but everything seems to be calming down now. We've got a few topics to cover, so without further delay, let's get to the rundown. 

Commissions
I'm pretty sure a lot of you are wondering what the status is on the commissions. To be frank, I've been a tad lazy with them for the last few weeks due to the aforementioned issues with my car. I would get home from work, deal with the car troubles, and just feel exhausted once any free time would crop up. I know it's not a good excuse to not get the work I owe done, but it's the truth. I'm also just an insanely slow artist, and for that I'm sincerely sorry. Everyone so far has been incredibly understanding in the matter, and for that I'm very thankful. You guys are the best for being as patient as you've all been.

I am making progress on them, but most of them are still in the sketching phase yet. I don't really feel comfortable with sharing the sketches right now either, mostly due to the fact that I don't think they look like $100.00 pieces right now. They're very messy, and some of them I'm not going to stick with. I'm the sort of guy who will seriously run through fifty concepts before going with one. You guys paid me good money for good work, and dammit, you're going to get the best I can do! I know I say it on here every time, but trust me when I say that you WILL get your pieces come hell or high water! 

Where is the Money Going?
Seeing as how my hospital bill got dissolved back in February, I've been contemplating on purchasing a new computer with the acquired funds. Even though there is a bill for my surgeon that I'm still paying, I haven't touched any of the money yet, just in case someone/anyone wants a refund. I can swing paying my surgeon due to that bill not having any interest rate to speak of, and it's not as grand as the $2,000 bill I was looking at initially when I opened up the list.

If anything else though I'll be looking to make the purchase for the comp come the beginning of summer, or maybe by my birthday. I want to get something that is fairly powerful, so that I can use it to not only increase my artistic output, but maybe even break into something like livestreams, and tutorials. I've heard that a lot of people like those sort of things, and I think it would be cool to share my knowledge with those willing to watch/listen. There has even been talks between a few of my artist friends and I about doing a podcast, and a more powerful rig would certainly help in setting that sort of thing up. Nothing is set in stone at the moment. but they are things I'm thinking about doing.

Possible Patreon?
One of the things a lot of my artist friends have been telling me to do is start up a Patreon. Right now I'm still on the fence about it, but I figured that I'd throw out the line to you guys and see what you think. If I did do a Patreon, what sort of things would you want to see me do? I've been leaning towards doing the tutorials through Patreon, or doing something like art-packs, but nothing is definite. Frankly I don't think I have enough fans/followers to really justify a Patreon. let alone do I have consistent enough turn-out, but then again, it may help to get me into more of a routine.

What do you guys think? Is it something I should consider more seriously? 

Push for a Friend
One of my best friends, Joe Silver, has recently decided to post videos of his ink works on youtube. I'm pretty sure he would appreciate any views/comments on his work as much as the next artist would. He too is considering the jump to something like Patreon, but unlike myself, he is a very productive artist who inks professionally for the likes of DC comics.

Future/Other Projects
Along with working on the commissions, I've been writing away on my blog. I post reviews and editorials there for anyone who may be curious as to my thoughts on things other than the pretty pictures I post here. I also put up high-res files of my art there, so anyone who's been hankering for some high-res pics, there you go! I'm also looking to ramp up my output on there as well, but things are moving pretty slowly there too. One of my next big projects for the blog is to post the replays of a Maid RPG I ran for my artist/writer friends. We had a lot of fun playing that game, and I can only hope everyone likes reading about our exploits in that game, as much as we had fun playing it.

Another thing that's been on the plate is writing for other projects that I'm involved in. I'm not at liberty to detail all of them (due to some of them not exactly being ready for publicity yet) but a couple of them are already up and running. If anything else, I'd simply like to say that they're comic projects, and while I could just always draw them myself, I just don't have the time for it, so I've been talking with a couple artists I know to see about having them drawn through them. I don't want to say just yet who they are, but trust me when I say that they're absolutely phenomenal artists who I'm overjoyed to be working with for the foreseeable future. I can say though, for those who are fans of Shonuff44, I'm one of his writers for his Squeek and Shred comic! The first chapter to that is already up on his DA page, and the other writers and I are very happy with the chapter we wrote, and even more happy with the overall reception we got. There is more fun coming down the pipeline with that title, and frankly I can't wait to see how you guys react next!

I'm also announcing here my involvement with an upcoming Kickstarter campaign known as Roan!

What is Roan? It's a My LIttle Pony themed tabletop RPG, and I'm one of the artist who will be showcased in it! Currently I've designed the title/logo for the game, and everyone seems to be digging it so far. We're looking to launch come Bronycon, and any spreading of the word would be much appreciated. If you consider yourself a fan of MLP along with 1920's era pulp action, this is the game for you! Any further inquires about the project though should be directed to my good friend :iconmh47e: as he is the brains/writer behind the whole thing.

Conventions
I will be looking to attend Otakon once more this year, but sadly I missed out on acquiring a table in the Artist Alley. I'm gonna shoot for getting a table come the Saturday of the con like I did last year, but we'll see where that goes. On the other hand I will be attending Bronycon as an artist, promoting the aforementioned Roan game. There is going to be a few other artists attached to the game there helping to promote as well, so if you consider yourself a brony, come on out and see us!

That about does it as far as updates go. Sorry for the wall of text, but a lot has been happening to me in the last few months. While I feel terrible about not having those commissions done yet, I do want to show you guys that I haven't been sitting around doing nothing, or putting your money to poor use. Hopefully with the purchase of a new computer, and with some of these projects moving forward, I can get the time/funds necessary to open up my schedule, and dedicate more time to my art. Til next time guys, thanks for your patience and understanding, and I'll see you all on the flip side! 

 

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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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:iconn8dogg5k:
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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Projekt-Z Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student General Artist
I understand that. Good luck with the sales. I hope you make it.
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N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again!
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MizukiKeki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav! :iconfangasmingplz:
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ElecRockin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nate, it's good to see you're still doing artwork. Even though it was once, I still miss commissioning ya :D
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