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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 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.


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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TighearnachCreag Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Student Traditional Artist
Awesome artwork, good serah!
colin6969 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
You have amazing pieces in your Gallery !
nufftalon Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A true artist!!
Greenle4f Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Yo Dan, I haven't been on DeviantArt on ages and the only time I am on it is to see what you're up too. Do you think you're ever going back onto Facebook? Really missing your statuses and movie insight, man.
DulceVc Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Your drawings are beautiful, you are fantastic. 
I love you much!<3 
BluePrincessMaria Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi friend im doing free commisions right now if you want one check out how i draw on my front page and i will watch you but remember to tell me okay?(remember a watch and pageview and a comission and guarantee of lifetime friendship)
MarukiHurakami Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  New member Professional Digital Artist
Everything is awesome here!
Faiwen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your artwork it is  phenomenal! Your creature paintings are my favorite , super inspiring gallery. Feel better with that jaw!

Nassergamez Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kinda hard to promote you if you disappear hahahaha Hopefully everything is okay.. Wishing you the best in health and hugs the kitten extra for me... 
Moltres27 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
what happened to your facebook page dear sir ?
arneewenn Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Hello! Do you take art requests or not?
JimmyAlonzo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  New member  General Artist
danielmchavez Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015   Digital Artist
It was awesome to read your journal update and I'm very excited to hear about the future of LMS! Will always continue to support you and your work!
alex9119 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
just got your book. i cant wait for once upon a time in amerika.
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hackedlegion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
You're art is my favorite thing in this world. Got your book for Christmas. Can't stop looking at it! Everything is amazing. Hope everything is going well!
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bratchny Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Yo Danny - wishing you a happy and fantastic new year! May all your artyfart wishes come true! <33 :|
The-dolphins-cry Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
is there any chance in the future, to see some Carnage in you're gallery C:
SakuraCerry Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
liqsun307 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You. Are. Brilliant!
ninjachocobogirl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014   Photographer
My jaw dropped. Your art is amazing!
SkippySplatter Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love your work! I have LMS on my coffee table! <3 Your work is amazing!
virtuoso1618 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Hey, do you have any tips on how to cope with 'attention problems'? 
Disoxyde Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You are impressive!
Varnkiki Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's like you're some kind of nightmare factory. Is that bad? I don't like it >_>
Enricthepenguin92 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Oh my... Realistic cartoon characters is so creepy! O.o
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