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Part 1

THE NEXT THREE YEARS OF MY LIFE

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: danluvisiart.deviantart.com/jo…)
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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.
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omitagintaro Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i also have ADD as well
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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.

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

These types of stories inspires my very soul.

going to phase 2.^_^
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Well done.
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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.
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You are an inspiration. You make me want to do great like you.
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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)
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DanLuVisiArt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
best post yet. <3 thanks so much :*)
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gabrielthearchangel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gabriel... :love:
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
This looks like it might be exactly the sort of thing a lot of us have been waiting for you to write... I look forward to reading the rest.
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Elyas11 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't believe I've been watching you grow ever since you posted Alice. I saw that painting on the front page and then just DevWatched you (previous account) and since then, I've seen you grow into a hollywood creation owner. Damn, bro.
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RottweilerRage Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was very inspirational to read. You deserve your success.
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ExevaloN Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
And so this is how it all started. Its nice to know some insight on how dream projects started.
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OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Microsoft owns now apple by 40% if i'm not wrong.
i have a mac and
i think they are all right (:
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
They had majority stock share of Apple when they were about to go bankrupt about 10 yrs ago, Strangely, I always believed we can thank Gates for effectively salvaging Apple from oblivion and getting Jobs back in there. Gotta luv it, they had such a viper-like relationship but Gates was smart enough to know Jobs was what the company needed.
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temary44 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You made a great job here leaving us wanting more and more. I'm really looking forward for the rest of this!
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Hildi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Left at a cliffhanger...dangit! :B

But I was the same during all my schools years. Math was my kryptonite but science was more enjoyable. I try to use some tangible science to put some sense into my characters or creatures.

I'm trying to pursue what I love during my college years but I'm starting to realize that a college degree for art I really don't need. I just keep drawing and see where it takes me.

You keep being a huge inspiration~
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NakadaiShimada Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
And the rest... as they say, is history.
It's really nice to read you fleshing out how you turned around a less than perfect work situation into what you have now.
Hearing how you've built this up (been following you on FB for years too.) it's been amazing for you, and so cool to see your visual processes culminating in your film projects.
An inspiring story thus far mate! :)
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1TrollSniper1 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
I suspect I have ADHD and it's funny I had the same problems. Even failed the same classes and succeeded in those that you did.
There's nothing to fear though. It's manageable.
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Firreal Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ADD really is a bitch though, I also get easily distracted by random stuff which often interferes with the working process when I'm working on my pics, sometimes I just lose motivation ;;
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jwalka Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
amen brother, i feel like i'm in the same boat, where i enjoy sitting in my room all alone coming up with some super epic character in his/her own universe. i hope that through the bachelor degree that i'm aiming for, i can physically create (rather then just have people read about) my characters and hopefully they will make it into a game one day :)

i'm glad that you're back chief, i always look at your LMS work to get a 'drive' towards writing and coming up with designs since your designs deviant from most generic designs :D
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Noedig Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
You left out your apotheosis as the new god of artists. XD
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fca182 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Cool, its always inspiring to read these "behind the story" type of things. Can't wait for the next part!
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Will-Herrera Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you for sharing. This post has lit a fire under my ass!!!, so to speak. lol
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peterryczkowski Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
like where this is going.
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Modernerd Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet history there haha
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smarticusws Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh tell us another story please uncle Dan.
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Mazorzarch Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought you were talking about Microsoft? Hahaha, tangents are always fun. I'm looking forward reading to more.
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DanLuVisiArt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I wrote how the project was going downhill, and due to shitty people on board, it lead to me working on a side gig, thus, where LMS was began :D
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Mazorzarch Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, a hostile work environment can either make you more creative, or shut you down. I'm glad you chose the creative one, and so is everyone else.
Don't stop, haha
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hazel22 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
The history of Dan Luvisi's Last Man Standing. Man, can't wait for the next parts!
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Zantetsuken15 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
dude I feel the nostalgia from the Crimson Conversation a few years back. Dude you came a long way. and also happy to see your world come alive. We need people to Cosplay your characters bro and also Congrats. <3
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
School is not and never has been flexible enough to handle those with ADD (like myself and my wife). My daughter's certainly going to have it and we'll be prepared to help her, but schools don't teach with a method that works for those of us who want hands-on learning. Don't tell me about it, it float right past me. Show me... and then let me do it myself. Then I'll actually learn something. Of course, it helps if the teachers are dicks/bitches or boring as sin, but hey.
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Doom-Art Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can't express how awesome it is to know such things from you.
I've been following you and your work on Facebook and here, on DA, and although I haven't found the type of art that truly defines me and makes me happy, you've become such a huge inspiration, not only in art, but in life.
You're awesome Danny, high five! o/
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AgentMcQueen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
ANNOUNCER: "Join us for part 2 where we find out where Dan gets his crazy ideas from, how he got Gizmo, and what did actually happen during THAT drunken night... *oooh!* Right here on 'Dan's Life'.

(joke)

Kidding aside, that was a great insight. More please...
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JoeyJulian Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So awesome! Ty
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Nowio Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awesome! history, art and languages... and hell of a stress to pass in math and other sciences :D sounds painfully familiar xD
can't await the 2nd part! :3
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smrrfette Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My goodness you are such an inspiration!!
I can't thank you enough for all the inspiration and motivation that you have given me in my art journey so far.

Seriously can't wait for LMS :la: --!!
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ckmoore Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Quick question - what were you doing for Microsoft?
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meganparkes Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Digital Artist
history,art and english were the three subjects i studied for my a-levels, totally agree with you on them.

looking forward to reading more :)
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miguemaru Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
keep it up bro
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charizardag Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
interesting story

i may be the only one who doesn't get it, but who is Gabriel?
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DanLuVisiArt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Gabriel is the main character of LMS: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter, a book I created and published in 2010 and eventually got a movie deal with Paramount Pictures.
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charizardag Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
really? wow, congrats. but this story kinda sounds like you may not be getting anything out of it
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SPARATIK Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Digital Artist
i lol'ed at this. i'm not sure if danny will say this because he's very humble... but let me explain. danny's a very popular artist with great skill... he's well known amongst professional and aspiring artists. when he says "movie deal" he means it was "bought" by Paramount, the bastard won't say the amount so don't ask. he'll be highly involved in the film's production as a producer. he gets a cut out of everything in the LMS movie... i'm not sure if your comment was sarcastic... lol but trust me, he's getting everything he deserves out of it.
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charizardag Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
it wasn't sarcastic. I was genuinely curious because of the Title
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SPARATIK Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Digital Artist
i was asking about the sarcasm because... a lot of us in this LMS circle are clowns. lol no worries.
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charizardag Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
oh ok :)
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chimeraic Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   General Artist
I HATE CLOWNS!!!!!!! :stab:
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