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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! 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!
A fellow artist (some of you may already know) Norm Breyfogle recently suffered a stroke. Being a freelancer he can't afford his health-care bills and is in major need of some help. Speaking from recent personal experience, I can say for a fact that this sort of thing sucks the big one. I have health insurance and even I got hit hard by the likes of the medical billing monster machine, and it's even worse for Mr. Breyfogle. While I can't exactly afford to do something myself right now, if anything else, I can use this journal as a means of signal boosting for a brother of the ink during his hour of need.

For those who may wish to help you can go here.

Trust me when I say that every penny counts in matters such as this. In this day and age we merry few of the pen must stick together. With people literally gunning us down for our work at this point, all we may very well have is each other... 
Hello one and all! I certainly hope that you've all been having a great time this holiday season. If you don't celebrate this time of year, then I hope that you're at least just rockin' out hard everyday.

I'm back on here today to do something I never thought I would have to do. Remember that surgery I had last month? The emergency surgery I needed in order to continue living? Well I just got a bill in today from my insurance company, and they're not covering the surgery like they said they would. I need to come up with $2,000.00 by January 21, 2015 and I simply do not have the funds right now. For anyone who knows me, I don't exactly have the highest paying job. Even though I work in health-care it isn't the most lucrative of career choices, so a sum like this is a major kick in my teeth.

Now I'm not here to e-beg all of my followers for help. What I am here to say is that my original plan of opening up commissions after the new year has been expedited substantially. All in all, I'm looking to undertake commissions in order to acquire the necessary capital.

I'll be opening myself up with twenty slots for commissions. Each slot costs $100.00 (given my circumstances this is the lowest I can go right now) featuring one character on 11 x 17 in. board, and the image is in color. I would like to keep these with single characters for the sake of speed, but if someone really wants it, extra characters on the same piece will cost an additional $50.00. I'm willing to do OC's (original characters) as well as established characters from notable franchises. Since I will be pressed for time, it would help me astronomically if I am provided visual reference for any and all OC's. I'll send originals, and I will gladly cover shipping costs as long as they're within the US. I don't mind doing hi-res digital files, but I work with physical media so don't expect digital colors. Subject matter is something I'm pretty open to, but I do reserve the right to turn down anything that I just don't feel comfortable with drawing. I reserve the right to display the image for portfolio purposes if I so deem. While I'm not the fastest or greatest artist out there in the ocean that is DA, hopefully you guys will feel that the quality of my work is worth the (somewhat steep) asking price and inevitable wait. Trust me when I say though that you WILL receive your piece! 

Believe you me guys, I wouldn't be coming here if I didn't need the help. I've been on DA for years and have never asked anything like this of anyone before. I hope all of you guys can find it in your heart to help me with this obstacle, and if anything else, you'll get to walk away a swanky picture out of the deal. Feel free to note me if you're interested. Just title the note "Commission Piece" and we'll talk about what you're looking to get.

Commission List

1. :iconminionsultd:
2. :iconmh47e: 
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5. :iconmh47e:
6. :iconmh47e:
7. :iconsurbrook:
8. :iconun-debido:
9. :iconarmodoc:
10. :iconcrowmagnon:
11. :iconcrowmagnon:
12. :icondigigato:
13. :icondigigato:
14. :icongiganticluv:
15. :icondensuo:
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Well kids it's that special time of year again. When the snow begins to fall, the colorful lights rise, and everyone takes the time to smile a little brighter, it's hard sometimes to not get at least a little jazzed by the atmosphere. Whether or not you celebrate during this time for whatever reason, I can only hope that you're having a wonderful way about it!


Seeing as how we're once again near the end of yet another year, now is not only a time for being with those you love, but a time for reflection and planning. Especially if you're an overly analytic, self-conscious, and critical someone like me.


While I can say that I certainly was more productive this year, I didn't manage to make good on some of my promises from last year. I have yet to finish The Gold Standard Retrospective like I said I would, and I didn't post nearly as much artwork as I feel I could have. A few of my own personal goals I also failed to meet, such as having at least four posts a month/one update per week. Not that I'm trying to make excuses for myself, but the surgery I had last month really threw me off my game, and I've had to deal with some health issues in regards to my mother. She's a stroke victim, and 2014 has been an exceptionally hard year for her and my family. I don't like to throw these sort of things up on the web mostly because I want to keep the mood positive whenever someone comes to my little corner of the internet. As my loyal fans though, I feel that you're entitled to at least know why things have been the way they've been.


On the other hand though I did get a lot more done than I honestly thought I could given some of the extenuating circumstances. Some of the more fun pieces I've drawn I got up there for your viewing pleasure, and I certainly had a great run with the conventions I attended this year. 2014 got off to an amazing start with Magfest (and even with a whole year behind me now) it still feels surreal to me that I got to do an interview with the incredible Ellen McLain and her kickass husband John Patrick Lowrie. Having the table at Otakon this year proved to be one of the most gratifying experiences I've had in a long time, and the drinking contest I got to have with my best friend Matt at Gencon was incredible. I got some of my first writing credits through working with my good friend Shonuff44 (who moved fairly close to me this year) and working with him on his Squeek and Shred comic has been spectacular. I even managed to pull off a collaboration recently with my great friend Joe Silver. Considering that a lot of my artist friends moved on to do something with themselves (art wise that is) it was nice to be able to say that I worked on a piece with someone of an extremely professional caliber. I also (through some wacky holiday miracle) had my first successful RPG campaign. For those not in the know I recently ran as a GM for a Maid RPG with my good friends MattCrybringerBitmonkey, and my brother Justin. The transcripts of that game will eventually be put up for all to see, but trust me when I say that the game was amazingly fun. If anything else I can't wait to hop right back into the game after the holidays pass, and hit my players with the next wave of anime maid flavored madness.


Hopefully with the year to come things will only continue to improve and I'll be able to do even better than what I did this year. I'm tossing around the idea of taking on commissions with the opening of 2015, and to maybe, hopefully, by some grace of God, get a story for everyone to read up and running. With that said, thanks to all of you for sticking with me for another 12 months! Raise a glass, and here's to 2014!


Happy Holidays 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! 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.  





 

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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  New member 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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N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.

I'll be doing more commissions in the future. Keep your eyes peeled on here for more details to come!
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, Nate!  Thanks for all the faves, man. :)
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N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob dude. You're work is still amazing!
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lvlapple Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx for the favs, and the watch :)
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