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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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:iconbukashendra:
Bukashendra Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Finally I found someone who is hanging his keyboard on Wacom just like me :-P
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Ashahteh Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is rad
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AttacK-ON Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey um yeah hello

so uh i really like your art and i got to your page from this guy

www.deviantart.com/art/FINAL-H…

and i saw something about brush packs

could you help me out and explain what they are? and like which ones you have?

cuz that guy did some really cool art  (AND SO DO YOU :D) and said that he used brushes that you did, so....see where im going here?  

how do i get the brushes that you use?

im fairly new to digital art and i would apreciate you answering my question!

sorry if it isnt very clear

i watched you btw you are awesome :)


(also i am a total noob and i dont know if they where just default brushes or what)

i also dont know how to download brush packs so...:( help me out?
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Bawzon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god ur art is amazing!
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Throttled-Hen Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need you Dan. I need you in my life, Dan. Dan. Hello? Dan.

I love you, Dan. I love you.


....rrriiight that's enough creepy for today. But no seriously, I love you.
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SlingRope Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student
This man wins.
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SpiderMan642 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Can you do Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan?
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Tobyfredson Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014   General Artist
Impressed! I am very...
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matthias47 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just wanted to say I've been following you on instagram for a while now and have been incredibly impressed and inspired by the work you do man. Keep up the amazing work and inspiration my friend! 
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Leonidous Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
I was wandering through Midtown Comics in NYC the other day. I scanned the shop and decided it wasn't the day to buy anything. I was heading out the door and suddenly, I noticed a familiar looking graphic novel up in the corner shelf. It was Last Man Standing, Killbook of a Bounty Hunter. It looked so stark amongst the other novels, with its large format and striking cover art. I immediately pulled my friend over and said "Not only am I DevArt friends with the creator of that, but I have also been watching nearly every sketch he has made since the idea was thought up!" Without hesitation, I grabbed a copy and started reading it with the excitement and nerdiness of a middle school video game geek. So far, it is fantastic and I'm so happy I noticed it, because I remember seeing your initial character designs and knowing that I wanted to see the final product. Just want to say 1. Amazing job. This is a stellar piece of work that I will be proud to have on my comic shelf. 2. Props for getting it onto the competitive shelves of the infamous Midtown Comics; right alongside Jodorowsky's graphic novels nonetheless. 
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Frazzy626 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Just curious did you ever finish the Disney Stitch drawing you were working on a while back?
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tomeksz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Hello! 

Do you would like to feature my commission info 
in order to receive a feature La la la la of your commissions in return?

That would be awesome I am a dummy! 
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mrm64 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yoooo.....this stuff is genius XD 12 years and 6M??? WELL DESERVED. Keep it up!!!
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Glowhyena Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your drawing... Oh, my.. [adds ya!] <3
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alahjii Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014   General Artist
your KILLING the game!
amazing artwork. 
kudos
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MirroredHearts Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
bought all your tuts thanks :]
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Kaos456 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hello! I love your art style you inspire me with your modern references, thanks a lot!
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Zifreeper Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely love your pop cultures!
Have you ever thought of making a sponge Bob one?
(Just asking)
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xXAMemetic-EngineBXx Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey, I want to ask if you could add the mature barrier to your artwork, since most of them are quite gruesome or horrific. Look, I'm not saying this in a bad way but what if some children are with the people who go on here and see it? Don't ya think they'll get scarred from their childhood friends being revamped up to eleven? Do you think you can add the mature barrier up for them so kids whoever around were eavesdropping on their older siblings won't get mentally scarred for live?

PS ~ I don't hate your work, even if some creep me out, but I just say the above for I started to think on what if children are seeing this by their older siblings?
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raycauski Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
which software do you use to draw that stuff?
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jamescedo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dan luvisi! hello sir! im a big fan! i didnt know you have a deviant accnt! well anyway nice works sir! :O :D
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Emo-Pandazz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!!!!!happy DA B-day :3 1st Emoticon: Happy Birthday 
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MYB0307 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Happy Birthday!:cake::)
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vladimm Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014   Digital Artist
 :happybounce: :squee: Happy Birthday :party:
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Surama Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Happy Birthday! :cake:
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