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Art by Allison Smith.


"Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up." 


One of my favorite lines from Batman Begins. However, there are moments where it's rather difficult to get back up, and sometimes we require that one special kick in the ass. 


From each tumble, we learn a valuable lesson. A year or so ago, I had hit a personal wall that was proving too difficult to force through. Art, which is usually front and center, took a back sea--and while we've all had art blocks--that wasn't the only issue.


It began with my roommate of two years, whom had decided it was time to move else where. With such a sudden interruption, I had to find a new home and in less than 30 days.

Having also been through a bleak breakup months prior, and finding myself with no pending freelance work and a quickly dwindling bank account due to debt, my patience and options for a new home were slim. On top of that, one of my sons, Gizmo...


Remy and Gizmo


...my loyal cat of seven years, had to undergo several vet trips due to an infected bladder. With time running out, and options far exceeding my pay grade, I was forced to move into my (at the time) rather small office. I had officially hit rock-bottom. 


I remember sneaking around to brush my teeth in the PM. Leaving in the AM so the manager wouldn't know I stayed the night. Surrounded by bins of my clothes, my bed, growing insecurities and towering cat litter, I would stare at a seven-foot tall statue of my character Gabriel, from LMS, as he stood proud, gun and head raised. To me, an image of never backing down.


"Shit." 


What the hell happened to me, and how did I let myself get here?

Finding myself struck by debt due to several hospital visits for a shitty kidney that's taken residence in my body, and with Gizmo's increasing vet-bills, I didn't know what to do anymore. Usually I have a grasp on what's going on, but during those months--nothing. I had hit that block, the one where you just laugh because shit just isn't clicking. 


My friends were great listeners and even better advisors, but that didn't change the fact that I still found myself sleeping in my office. I was too stubborn to go get a job in a studio, holding onto the idea of having my own company and IP. Pursuing a dream I was beginning to lose faith in.

Then, out of the blue, a message popped up on Facebook, from a lovely lady who I had been following on Instagram for her insane pencil and ink skills. 
We began with talks about art, film, music and what inspired us to become the artists we are today. 


Art by Allison Smith. 


When we agreed to meet on Halloween, the office was still my current residence. I hadn't gotten a haircut in months, or shaved and laundry was running short. She drove to see me, and regardless of looking like the stereotype internet psycho, didn't judge one bit. 


We spoke for hours, and soon those hours turned into days, weeks and eventually months. We drew, watched movies, and read comics together--reinvigorating a creative-passion I hadn't had in a relationship in a long time. With this sudden kick, I had a reason to paint and create again. And because of her, I've been working on something big... 


Ending this, I've been told by few to not write about my low times. That some people may consider it unprofessional to show that I've been unstable before. But I do it to show you that's not how life works. I will not sugar coat, nor give false hopes. I want to relay every experience I've met upon this road of becoming an artist, both good and bad. We're all human, made of moments that will either break or build you. 


Without those moments, I wouldn't be who I am today. Many years (fingers crossed) still lie ahead, and much more is to be collected and learned.  Throughout my life, I've made and will make more mistakes and can guarantee you, will fall again. But that's why you have people like Allison out there. To pick you back up, slap you around, and remind you why you came here in the first place. 


When we first spoke, Allison told me she was inspired by my art in her younger years. While the feeling has always been mutual, I find myself more inspired by the woman who picked up the broken pieces, and glued me back together. That brings more confidence and strength than any paycheck or job could deliver. 




Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
`DanLuVisiArt's name is one that resonates around our community with a sense of awe and wonder. His artwork not only graces our galleries, but it also heading for the silver screen, as his infamous Last Man Standing is to be turned into a film. We're extremely proud of Dan, who has put his 11 years in our community to excellent use, forging and sustaining a loyal fan base. Not only that, but Dan always takes time out to share resources and tutorials, alongside exciting new artwork on a regular basis. Congratulations, Dan!
-awarded January 2014

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xgenesisx Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
HI
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Hei Dan,

Someone is selling your work LMS - HEX - on ebay: www.ebay.com/itm/D3246-Spacema…
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saku-z Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
Account the man in the picture is for you? That appear in many placesbutI don't know
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Iceminth Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Best ID I have ever seen 8D
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Fucked-Up-Shit Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
like your fanfic pics. awesome stories
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ShhBANG Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Just wanted to say i read your blog and its so similar to how i feel
Digital Art Is Not "Real Art"

and i completely agree... i draw something digitally, at best i can get a B, then i draw something with acrylic or oil or water color, easy A...
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Nymila Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hah that picture of you and your cat looks hilarious! :D 
also I love your brush sets! ^^
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Fastmax Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Oh gosh I never laughed so much in my life.
You're take up the Muppets and Disney character being on "The Streets" is hilllarious!!!
You know of an artist here, who does a parody take on old cartoon version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", named RUBAKA?
His parody will leave you in stitches!
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mmdev Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great!!!!
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DieHardjagged Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Damn, impressive Gallery, if andava had not mentioned you in his Tumblr Post, i might have not found you and your Amazing Art.
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TravisBlack1997 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Artist
One hell of an artist, and one hell of a writer... what else can you do?
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TenderVigilante Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't wait for Chapter 5 of The Street.  Soooooo excited.
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superxtoon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Youre art is just stunning and Amazing, whit the sesame street crazy series.

they are scary and just awesome. :D
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Mrsatan10 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
It would be cool to see a The Streets samurai pizza cats. 
P.S. your style is amazing.
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RandomFeline Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Love your work.
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MissRedPoppy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I have to say I love what you do...amazing art :)
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break9443 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You gotta make a "the streets" graphic novel man, it is by far the most interesting thing I've ever seen and I promise it would just take off if you did so. The art style and the story draw an implacable interest 
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Stefperri17 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Keep up The Streets stories!!!!! They're so awesome and dark!!! A much better way to show our childhood. Keep it up!! :)
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PipStorm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
ur style colours and ideas are wonderful and inspiring for newbies. thanx.
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JOWAPPO Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sir, I just wanna say, your Minnie Mouse piece is the stuff of nightmares but it's not enough for me to avoid watching you. You're just too good.
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Morbid-T3mptation Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You have a superb and breathtakingly lovely gallery. I really enjoy your art. :D
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147CombatMedic Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Awesome gallery!  :w00t:
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Hermione-Cullen-18 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
wow I have literally only just seen your daily deviation and have now fallen in love with your artwork
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JoshuaTJKVela Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
i just became a huge fan !  just like that! ....no warning or nothing ... like toast ...or morning wood 
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Zandabear15 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work :) Clap 
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