Will go straight into comic after.
More soon, thanks for sticking around. I'll make up for the absence of art. Promise.
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.
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.
I would have gotten back to them, but unfortunately had to go to the ER for a jaw infection that consumed a good chunk of my face. Been a shoddy last week or so, but i'm healing and back to normal (one could beg to differ).
While in there, I was thinking of how much art means to me. I often hyper focus on it, and don't pay attention to my surroundings, thus how I've ended up in the ER twice this year already. Lately, I've been hiding my work and not sharing as much, due to wanting it to be the perfect reveal. But what's the point, if there's no art to show?
I want to make a strong effort back into Deviantart. This community is what began LMS and turned it into what it is today. Check out the first book LMS: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter: Here
Currently I am working on the next chapter of LMS and will be releasing it this summer. Got a really fun idea for the next book.
I will be uploading more updates, more sneak peaks, and try to be answering questions during the process. Without FB and Twitter, I will be focusing on this site more often. I got distracted with the other social media, but wasn't getting the overall sense of comradeship that DA had.
To show my thanks, I'm offering this Video Workshop for FREE: FREE VIDEO
It's a look into how I began LMS, and how I paint from scratch. I hope you all enjoy.
Thank you for the support, and more soon. Promise
PS: To this interested in reading up on LMS, Killbook of a Bounty Hunter or sign up for the newsletter at LMS KILLBOOK
I've kinda disappeared for a bit, and wanted to write a little journal why I've left Facebook, Twitter and kind of my online persona. If you care to read, down below you will find my reasons. I hope you're well, and will try to post more art soon. Feel free to discuss below your opinions on the matter, and I'll try to reply. My answer goes far beyond "I've just been busy!" and maybe you too will connect with how I've felt:
The other day I received an email from a fellow follower of my work, asking the question of why I left Facebook. Not that everyone should know my daily activities, but if you haven't noticed, a couple of months ago I had deleted my FB in order to focus on my property LMS, as it's shaping up for film, and the next book in the series, LMS: Welcome to America
Now before I continue, this is strictly my opinion. I know people like to get angry online, so if you disagree with it, you have every right to. I am, in no way, forcing this onto you. I'm simply answering a question I've received a handful of times now.
I left Facebook for multiple reasons. But mostly due to a common feeling I had been facing every time I logged into that death-trap of a site. I'll only state the points that really stood out from the others. (Sorry selfie-addicts, you're not making the cut!)
Let's start with the News Feed. Time after time, I found myself scrolling through more negativity than positive statuses. Whether it was through tragic incidents around the world, bashing of others, or the arm-chair critics who were constantly bringing down others for enjoying a specific film, song or videogame. If not even directed at the specific person, it was the passive-aggressive and cynical nature of those comments that began to even make me feel like an asshole--finding myself slowly influenced into the same downward-spiral.
Was saying such things going to improve those films, video-games, or others? Was calling out designs I didn't like going to enhance my view of my own art, or in any way better my imagination? Frankly, it began to make me feel like a piece of shit.
Working on movies, and now being a part of my own with LMS, I've come to realize how much time and effort goes into these properties. The blood, sweat and tears that not only the creators must bring to the table (and trust me, it's more than you could imagine), but the amount the crew brings as well. You may sit there, comfortably and insult the film because you don't enjoy a specific aspect of it. But in all reality, you really don't know what that team went through to put that together until you've been through the very process.
I had come to realize that I was only absorbing the animosity others were sprouting and soon began to reflect their own opinions onto myself. See, my friend once brought up an valuable angle I had never really thought about before:
"When you read someone's negative comment, you're transcribing it in your voice, in your own head. For example, say someone writes a status about a bad day or an unfortunate event. While support should obviously be given, by reading their negativity, you're now putting yourself into that person's perspective--and to add onto that, bringing up harsh feelings or memories possibly as well."
I found myself becoming weaker, agreeing with comments that I may had not actually believed in. Not only that, but I began disliking certain people just for their opinions, when in all reality, they had every right to speak their mind. While I may sound like I'm contradicting my point, and with no way to solve such an issue, instead I decided to walk from that perspective entirely. Everyone has issues, some worse than others. But you can't fix, or sway, but instead, only lead by example.
I wasn't out of the worm-hole yet. Then there was the Critical Internal Voices. Not that I have any mental illnesses (well...), but I'll come out and say that believe it or not, at times I can be incredibly insecure with my own progress and career-status. It's not due to not enough followers, or Likes or Favs (those don't mean squat to the outside world, other than personal assurance), but more to the point of: Am I doing enough with what I have?
I'm lucky enough to have some incredibly inspiring and talented art-friends; a lot whom I assume most of you guys follow or look up to. Artists such as Maciej Kuciara, Anthony Jones, John Sweeney, Alex Konstad, Robert Chew, Ash Thorp, Jason Scheier, Raf Grassetti, Wes Burt, Jana Schirmer, Karla Ortiz, Dominic Qwek and dozens more who constantly blazed through work and absolutely killed it on the battlefield we call the business.
Day after day I'd log in to see these guys just absolutely slaying it with new piece after new piece. Was I jealous? Oh hell yes I was and still am! With that level of skill thrown at once, how could I not be? But was I jealous to the point of disliking or resenting them? Not in the slightest, but instead, I began to find myself envious of their ability to constantly inspire and build, while I sat here questioning my slowly-crawling career.
Which brings LMS (Last Man Standing) to the table. A lot of people believe LMS was handed on a silver platter, but it truly wasn't. Thousands of dollars from my own (and my business partner) pocket have been taken and put into this property to build it into what it is today. But after seven years of pushing, and pushing, I began to ask myself: am I doing this right?
See, I haven't ever worked full-time at a studio, and while I have dabbled in freelance on some awesome properties, I decided to take another route. From what I've heard, some people felt I was trying to toot my own horn, but in all reality, it was due to the fact that I was brainwashed one day by my amazing business partner, Stephan. I always wanted to work for Weta, ILM, Pixar, Marvel, or DC, and about eight years ago, I found myself counting change, without a pot to piss in. After begging him to find me work, he offered the insane-idea of those studios possibly working for me one day if I were to create my own property instead. I called bullshit, but then one day decided to take a leap of faith and gave (a bloody) birth to LMS: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter.
That decision changed my life and offered open doors to directors, studios and creative forces I'd never imagine to work alongside or with. It became one of the most humbling, blessed and fun rides I've ever had the pleasure of being part of. However, there was an expensive cost no money could solve, only perseverance and patience.
But it's not as easy as it may sound. I wasn't handed what LMS is today on a silver platter, and I was fit with a gold crown and throne. What they don't see is that I had to build this the property from the ground up, by myself (art-wise, Stephan guided me like a true scholar through the business angle), with not a cent towards the project--all done on my own dime.
What I would never be able to prepare myself was that it would take up to seven years to get to the point of success the property LMS is at now. I'm not talking maybe a month of stress here or there, I'm talking all 365 days of anxiety, stress, back-aches, weight-loss, headaches and lack of money for seven, long, long years.
During those slumps (Hollywood takes time, it's not overnight, that's for sure), I found myself not drawing. Not creating. Instead, only judging myself by my peers' standards and constantly growing more fearful of my image.
Why are they so successful, and I'm still fighting to get my property up and running?Why cant I work for any of these studios? And don't get me wrong, I wasn't wishing them ill-will in the slightest! I want nothing but the best for these artists, as they all deserve it, and even more.
But you see, the Why's weren't directed at them, but only at me. I found myself comparing apples and oranges, when really I was trying to be a piece of toast (best analogy I had, sorry). I hadn't come to discover what I was doing, as this had become one big learning curve for me; pitching an IP on my own. That didn't stop the voices however, as they continued to ring, questioning if I was truly the artist or creator I promised everyone to be. And it hurt, big time.
Then I woke up one day. I decided to delete FB without a real goodbye and Twitter as well (Twitter sucks, I'm sorry). I no longer had anything to say. I didn't want to promise, only to wait months for another update. I didn't want to act like I was living the Mark Whalberg life of Entourage, when really I was deciding "Can I pay my apartment this month?" I had realized I needed to get my shit together, on point, and accomplish what I set out to build. So I left social media behind.
The sad truth is, I don't think I'll ever be back, and I'm very proud of my stance on that. It's opened my eyes, allowed me a sense of freedom and man, I've painted at least 65-85 LMS (some finished, other's blocked in. Man, parentheses overload!) images in that time-frame since leaving.
Not only that, I began to dig deep into my own mind and drop-kick those insecurities out the window. I was no longer distracted, jaded by cynical comments, comparing myself to others and could now focus on what I wanted to build.
To the LMS fans and followers, I have a massive (if you've read or own the Killbook, that's just the tip of the iceberg) story to tell you. If you know anything about the series, that little revenge story that some critics have called cliche is not the ACTUAL story. And to those critics, you fit the very bill the book was aimed at, so thank you for proving my point. There is much, much more and I cannot wait to show you what Gabriel and his world have to offer in the near future, both in book and film.
To those wondering about the LMS film, I'll just say this: we're close. It's all talk for now, as I can't say much due to deals being put in place, so take it with a grain of salt. But if these next few weeks pan out the way I see them, be prepared to welcome the new anti-hero.
Ending this, I'm not ordering or even advising anyone to leave Facebook. It's a wonderful site filled with some of the most generous, loving and caring people I've ever been lucky enough to call friends or fans (I hate that title, you guys are all homies to me).
I've met the love of my life and my pure inspiration on it (we're now a year and still going strong!), been introduced to, helped by, and inspired by some of the coolest guys and gals out there, artists or not--and you see, that's what the site should truly be about.
Enough with the cliques, enough with the downgrading, and for the love of Gabe, just inspire the younger or those around you looking up to what you're able to do for a living. Build, create, and speak your message through your own art or story-telling. We're all in this game together, not to go against each other. If the world and society hasn't already shown you that, then I don't know what will.
For updates, feel free to subscribe to this blog or follow me on Instagram (DanLuVisiArt), as I still do lurk on there. But until my big LMS announcement I have brewing, it's time to shut up and stand by the book of text I just wrote above.
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The day has finally come…
Oh yeah; LMS HAS arrived in our warehouse (along with the promised prints) and shipping will begin this coming Monday. You have all been so incredibly patient (well; 99% of you and we can’t thank you enough for that. That said, a number of you have during the waiting period sent us individual emails with change-of-address-notifications.
Given the more-than-expected time that has passed and to really make sure that nothing has slipped through the cracks here, please respond to this final email and confirm shipping address.
We promise, it’s the last time we make you jump through this hoop and, in return for staying with us on this long and arduous journey, we have decided to add yet another print (in addition to the promised one). Dan will also sign each one of them, by the way.
If you did not receive an email, please check your SPAM folder and, if not there either, pls send us an email (preferably from the same address we have on file) and add your full name and date of purchase, so we can quickly cross-reference and avoid further delays in getting these out to you.
Again, thank you so much for staying with us and not giving up on us or these books. We certainly don’t take any of you for granted and, instead are very appreciative of all of you and feel lucky to have you as our support team.
Now, without further ado, let’s get this party started once and for all and we truly hope you enjoy the world of LMS!
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I took those notes, and listed them, including how I learned to overcome these obstacles. It's a long read, sorry, but I figured this year it's time to open up and share that knowledge that I was once taught by someone I consider my mentor, business partner and bestfriend, Stephan.
1. Don't waste time feeling sorry for yourself - I used to feel this way as a kid. I was a child of divorce, and used it as a crutch when I was younger. I hate a (mentally) abusive step-mom who would constantly take me down. I began to feel that maybe it was true, and I wasn't going to be the person I wanted to be.
You can't think that way. No one likes or enjoys a Debbie Downer. Someone who is constantly on the negative or pining for sympathy. I began to overcome these complications with art or writing. Using that form as an escape.
2. Don't Give Away Your Power - I used to want to share everything when it came to my art or business practice. Hell, some decisions I even look back now and wonder WHY or WHAT I was thinking.
Stephan really shaped me up in that sense, reminding me to never give away full power. I don't ever feel like he meant it in a tyrant form, but more of a ownership-role. Don't step down from something you believe in or trust. Hold onto it no matter what.
3. Don't Shy Away From Change - Being different is sexy. It really is. That doesn't mean you need to be weird to be different. Stepping outside of the box, challenging yourself, and aiming for giving your audience a new outlook on your art.
A lot of people don't like change, which is why this is probably one of the Notes. Change is frightening. You can see how Hollywood is a key-player in that. Always afraid of doing something different, in fears of it not working or living.
When I began LMS, a lot of people suggested start with a comic. Ease into the world with something familiar. That thought was boring to me. We've seen comics for years now. I wanted to give the audience the protagonist's bible, his cheat-codes and blueprints. Let them feel like they're the hero.
I like to think it worked.
4. Don't Waste Energy On Things You Can't Control - Holy shit. Big problem for me. I constantly feel this way--and usually--it's about stuff that's so petty and dumb.
"Why do they enjoy this drawing over that one?" "Will the Killbook work?" "Will my story be interesting?" "Will the book succeed in November?" "Will it get good reviews?" "Will they still support me?"
I can't control that. Not everyone will enjoy my art or my stories, and you know what? That's seriously, 100%, okay by me.
I can't tell if LMS will be around forever. I sure hope it is, but who's to tell? You guys? Or is it up to how much I love it?
Why not just do it and allow it to live and breathe for what it is--is what I should be telling myself.
5. Don't Worry About Pleasing Others - There are so many artists I love on Facebook. And I wish I could be friends with every single one of them, grab a drink, draw, talk shit, and so forth.
But you know what? We all don't have the same personality, thoughts, or motivations. We're not all alike, and you can't make everyone like you.
I used to fear what other people thought about me all the time. Ranging back to being a kid with the shitty-stepmom, or living up to my dad's artistic standards (which I welcomed subconsciously I've come to realize). You want to live up to this height, and prove to people you're doing the right thing.
Nasty habit, and something I always wanted to work on. Wasn't even an ego-related problem, but more of a "I'm doing this right" acceptance-problem.
But why lose sleep over that? Instead, inspire or motivate the ones who are pleased by what you put out. Those are the ones that matter and should push you. To the ones who don't share the same opinion, as I mentioned in 4.) It's totally alright to not enjoy someone's work.
6. Don't Fear Taking Calculated Risks - It's daunting. When I wanted to begin LMS, I was scared out of my mind. Which, looking back, was motivation by fear of working for the same asshole I was working for.
But as many notes, character write-ups, pieces of art, and blueprints I had, I was still afraid of it not working.
The goal is to overcome that accomplishment. I awoke one morning after a really shitty night of not being able to crack a story-issue and almost giving up, and told myself "Then make it better. Make it work. Delete, re-write, delete, re-write until it's perfect. And don't be a bitch and give up."
So I kept on writing.
7. Don't Dwell On Past - Another issue of mine. Lot of old scars from the stepmom, doubtful and mean teachers, and negative friends. It's stuff I've tried to work on, but also allow it to humble me.
The thing is, you can't change the past, but instead allow the past to teach you what to do and what not to do. If you want to get nerdy, think of it as a leveling system on a (gloooivveeen!) RPG game. You keep getting better and better over the years from what you've experienced in the past.
Don't go backwards.
8. Don't Make The Same Mistakes Over and Over - To quote the origional article, and an amazing game, Far Cry 3's antagonist, Vas, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting change."
Except when you keep continuing the bad habits, you're not allowing yourself to learn as I mentioned earlier.
Kick the bad habits, the "I'll start working on it tomorrow" excuses, or playing videogames for 24/7. It's nice to have breaks and distractions, but you also won't have success over night or without trying...bringing us to the final two that have to deal with this.
9. Don't Resent Other People's Success - Time after time I've seen this. On Facebook, from parents, family members, friends, other's friends, or even professionals.
Don't be angry if someone else is successful. Don't speak down on someone if they come to you to tell you good news. It doesn't even have be art related. It could be as dumb as someone saying they got a compliment or did something for someone.
A good friend acknowledges what the person did well and uses that to their advantage. A good friend supports you no matter what, has your back regardless of what team you're on, and will make sure you know it.
I'm lucky to have a few of those friends, and they're always the one I share my most personal art with when it comes to my projects.
10. Don't Give Up After Failure - We all fail. Failing is the key to success in my opinion.
I look at it this way, you learn a lot when you fail, because you realize the mistakes you made a long that path. For example...I try to watch all movies, regardless of how shitty they are. Sometimes people ask why?
Because you have to learn from every one of them. What doesn't work? Where did they go wrong?
Why was The Dark Knight Rises a weaker film compared to The Dark Knight? At what point in the movie did it began to fall flat?
Even thought that movie was in NO way a failure, or even a bad-film per say, I felt a bit disappointed with it. But instead of just purely hating it, I took the good parts from it, and figured out what made it not work--making sure I don't follow those same traps when I write a story.
11. Don't Fear Alone Time - It's okay to be alone. Hell, I'm alone all the time. It's when I get my best work-hours in. Use this time to reflect on problems, issues, and complications you're currently dealing with.
Shit, I don't care, but my little studio apartment is my personal zen-room. I go in there, lie down before bed, and just ramble off in my head. Whether story notes, what I have to do the next day, or straight up just going "Oh this would be cool on this page..." "No use that for this story..."
Whatever, I'm crazy, but being alone is okay.
12. Don't Feel The World Owes You Anything - You're not special. None of us really are. We're lucky enough to be able to live in a decent home, especially if you're on facebook right now, and are given food and clothing.
I look at life this way. You're given one shot. This is your largest project, bar none, and you have one chance to make it.
Don't waste it.
And finally..the most important:
13. DON'T EXPECT IMMEDIATE RESULTS - What brush is that? What layer setting is that? What photo did you use for that texture? How do you pick your colors? What song is that?
A lot of us had to learn from the ground up. Some of us have taken years, if not all our lives, to get to our level artistically.
Pouring every minute they can into being a talented artist. We all have strived to get to this point.
Yet lately, everyone seems to be in a rush. Why? Why not learn? A lot of you new artists have been blessed with schools like CDA, Gnomon, Red Engine and more. Or websites like CGHub, DevArt, CGTAlk, and all the others. Forum boards, youtube videos, tutorials, brushes, everything your heart could desire.
Take the time and learn it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
Gotta eat shit, before you can eat lavishly.
Hope this helps in whatever way, thank you for the Deviousness and let's all kill 2014.
Yes, it's actually in stores now. I know, crazy right?
It's a property I've been working on for the past five years, and started here on DeviantArt. Thanks to the loyal fanbase of it, it was able to be turned into a book first for Heavy Metal. After, it was picked up by Paramount Pictures to be turned into a film, and now picked up by Dark Horse Comics.
I can't tell you how excited I am for you to all finally see it.
But most importantly, to the 2012 Pre-Orders, your books are on the way (TO US!) Once I receive them, I will personalize each one, and send the two signed prints as well. Thank you for your patience, it means the world to me.
To everyone else interested, here are some awesome reviews and link to the book itself.
Much love from Gabriel and I.
But the reason I'm posting this, is because I try to stay pretty real on my answers. For you future artists and creators, check it. Might learn a thing or two from the mishaps I've had.
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I'm not going to spam you. I'm not going to send you stupid updates every day. And I'm not going to abuse your email.
What I'm going to do, if all goes as planned in my imagination, is make you (yes you fans, followers, and readers) a part of my book LMS's history.
Also, there will be a second option, to create your own Bounty Hunter.
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So, if you're a fan of my art or LMS, subscribe. If not, all good, thanks for reading to this point.
Love ya guys, got so much in store to those that waited. You guys inspired a very big idea.
The crazy people of Dark Horse will be having me sign on Wed - 6 PM, Thur - 10AM, Say - 9AM, Sun - 10AM
So come on by if you can! Meet, talk, shake hands, awkwardly look around and try to think of stuff to talk about. Or you can come and look at my lovely girlfriend in her custom LUCY outfit which was professionally made
OR, come to see the 20" Gabriel statue! Or the life-size one (if it gets through customs.)
Regardless, would love to meet and talk with any of ya. Thanks for the support and love so far, if you know anyone who wants to see LMS or for whatever reason, glance upon my nerdiness, I will be at:
DARK HORSE COMICS - BOOTH #2615!
SECTION 9 ENT. - BOOTH #706
After getting out of a slump, I wanted to share this story of something I went through a few years back. Bit of a read, but thanks for sticking through it
As you know, Comic-Con is arriving and as I prepare for it, I grow more and more anticipated with anxiety/joy in regards to the re-release of Last Man Standing.
As long, challenging, and mind-opening the creation of LMS was, something really stuck with me.
Before I had created LMS, I wanted to work for WETA Workshop. To those that don't know them, they've created props, designs, sets, costumes, and more for The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, District-9, Elysium, The Hobbit and many more films.
I was obsessed and inspired with them. The creator, Richard Taylor was always a huge inspiration to me. After viewing supplements on the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings DVDS, I knew right there: I HAD TO WORK FOR THEM.
So I always told my business partner, Stephan, that he had to get me a job with them one day. Whatever it was I'd do it!
He replied back with: "I challenge you with this: Instead of working for them, why not have them work with you on your own project?"
I laughed, never gonna happen. Moved on and continued to craft a portfolio for Richard Taylor and WETA. Eventually, I had my shot at San Diego Comic Con 2008. I pitched myself to the amazing and very kind Richard Taylor, and he (seemed to have) enjoyed what I brought.
But he told me that if it had been earlier (the year prior) he could have brought me in, but now it would be impossible for me to go work for them, as (at the time) they were full, and he'd hate to have me on stand-by for a film.
So we shook hands, and that was that. Wasn't mad, upset with him, or even bummed. But I went back to what Stephan said that one day....
So I continued to push, and I decided to take a crazy leap away from the companies and create my own IP, which was LMS.
To fast forward, I met with Richard Taylor a few years later, after the book was done, and I showed him a rough copy of it and he offered something in return.
What he gave me is the photo attached from the latest copy of LMS, something I never thought possible.
Moral of the story is, never let go of your passion or gut instinct. Always trust it, push, and continue to learn and grow as a person and artist.
I need to remind myself that at times, as believe it or not, I constantly doubt myself due to pressure of wanting to succeed. It's a growing process.
Thanks for all the support, and I hope you can find something in this.
Got some art coming, like 3 new big LMS paintings.
I wish we hung out more, but I don't have anything truly new to show.
That said, Comic Con is going to be big, and I hope to meet some of you guys.
More soon. Love you...you have not been forgotten.
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- Mood: Love
So Comic Con San Diego is soon approaching, and yes, I will be there, glasses and all!
The lovely Dark Horse Comics was crazy enough to adopt my graphic novel, Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter, ( CLICK TO PRE-ORDER LMS HERE ) decided to premiere the new edition at SDCC.
I want ALL OF YOU whom are going, to come stop by. I'd love to meet you, talk, maybe even grab food if there's time. You've alll been a part of LMS snce the beginning, so it's my pleasure to continue that support.
Not to mention posters from LMS AND POPPED CULTURE SERIES, signinings and maybe even hugs for the ladies (if you can get past my girlfriend).
I hope to see you all there, and again, thank you for the support and love!!!!!
Oh wait, I also forgot: There will be a life-size Gabriel statue there Come take pics with it and draw chalk marks on his armor!
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