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February 15, 2013


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Intellectual property (IP) is a legal concept which refers to creations of the mind for which exclusive rights are recognized.[1] Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and design.

Part 1


I had received a job offer at Microsoft. I guess this could have been one of my first 'big time' jobs, so I was a little ecstatic. It felt like a slow build to get to this point, after numerous indie games and under the table freelance jobs, but finally it had come.

I was working with my now best friend and business partner, Stephan, a suave German who I had met only a year or so prior. He had brought me into the fray, working with several other individuals who will, well, simply be known as individuals for privacy sake.

But yes, finally, I could put a professional company I was proud of on my résumé! I remember telling everyone and their mom, literally, that I had finally landed a good job.

How wrong I was.

Now, Microsoft was not to blame, but others were. And, a shitty work environment can cause for pretty shitty inspiration as you might know, and I wasn't ready for that.

I express this a lot, and I think now I understand why. I have ADD, attention deficit disorder. Screwed me over hard time in school, and I was always ashamed of it. Nearly failed middle school, held back, and struggled to get through high school.

I succeeded in some classes, but never math or science. Those classes nearly sent me into a downward spiral of F's. But English, History and Art...I loved those.

Art, well, you know this story already.

History gave me a chance to learn. I was hungry for detail, so anything I could absorb, I took in. I fell hard for wars. World War 2, Vietnam, Desert Storm and what had been happening in the middle east at that time. Every lit bit I learned, read books in the library or read stories online. It just really got to me, which I blame Steven Spielberg for with Saving Private Ryan.

English gave me a chance to write and explore my imagination in another form. Short stories were my thing, and my parent's computers took a beating for it. Wrote a lot of Star Wars fan-fiction (I know, stop), Matrix spin-off ideas, and others. But what really got to me was creating my own. I started to fall in love with the idea of building worlds and creating from nothing but pure inspiration and art.

So, back to Microsoft gig.

To step away from the stress and harm of working in a shitty environment (once again, not Microsoft), and battle this ADD, I decided to start creating some of my own characters. Just for fun, nothing more.

The first one was a young lady with nerdy glasses, a blue sweater, and few pins and stickers and more importantly, a guitar-gun. Her name was Alice.

I submitted the painting, not expecting much. But, much to my enjoyment, came on DA the next day to see that Alice had blown up. The majority of the comments spoke volumes about the details ON her. Not so much the cosmetic details, but the personality. The stickers. The toys hanging off the weapons. The human-side.

I stuck with that, and created the next one. Abel. Same thing.

Then Doyle, Nikolai, Fish, Lucy...

But it wasn't until I created one character, where everything changed.

His name was Gabriel.

(To continue on, Part 2:…
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omitagintaro Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your such and inspiration. I bought your book and i'm going to cream my pants when the movie comes out. I hope Bradley Cooper plays Gabriel lol no but really you are awesome. P.S. my fave characters are Kane and Abel if you couldn't tell by my profile pic.
omitagintaro Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i also have ADD as well
omitagintaro Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At the moment i'm trying to get through highschool and this helped me a lot.

fantasynix Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Reading phase 1 and

These types of stories inspires my very soul.

going to phase 2.^_^
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Well done.
Jaeox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   Writer
Very nice, some of reminds me of myself. With school, History and Geography was my fav. Failed in math all the time. Loved writing short stories too.
You are an inspiration. You make me want to do great like you.
tehsmok Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You sexy beast, you. I'll go all hipster and shit when the movie comes out. I swear. Watching you grow as an artist it's been amazing. Plus, following you on Facebook its like a way more personal look on your life. Every time I log on FB the first thing I always check on are your statuses just to see whats new, I check on you more than I check on any other members of my family. Not creepy at all.

So far the LMS book its my most prized posession, no joke. I open that behemoth pretty often, just whenever I need some inspiration.

Seriously dude, it may sound weird, but it does makes me happy to see LMS and all your other projects come to life. Can't wait ti see more of your art.

Also, this gave me a boner. Just kidding. (I'm not kidding)
DanLuVisiArt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
best post yet. <3 thanks so much :*)
gabrielthearchangel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gabriel... :love:
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