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Fri Jan 20, 2012, 6:00 PM
  • Listening to: Zomboy, Kill The Noise, Nero
(Little long, but hopefully you'll read)

When I first sold LMS to Paramount, a lot of people asked me: "How much money did you get?" "You're probably rich now, right?"

I mean, the solid gold mansion I bought was just a little gift to myself...but...

Ever since I was little, I've known I wanted to draw. From the day my parents put a pencil in my hand, this was my future. I just knew it, I had that gut feeling. So I stuck to it, and thankfully it took me to heights I'd have never imagined possible. Now with my new book Redemption heading off to studios soon for a hopeful movie package, I can't wait to see where this new road takes me.

That said, there's something else that tops all of this.

The other night I went out to visit my girlfriend's cousin and her family. Incredibly kind people with very sweet kids. Other than the two parents, there were 3 kids, but the one who caught my interest was the eight-year old boy, Diego.

Diego, shy, tiny, slender, reminded me of myself when I was his age. In other words, a little nerd. He was quiet, kept to himself, and shy...just like me. I asked his mom about what Diego was into, she replied with: "Halo and drawing."

At first, I could relate--as I, as a kid too, enjoyed videogames. But the drawing is what really grasped at my attention, so I asked Diego to bring me some art of his. He ran upstairs, then came back down with a battered up white sketchbook. Holding it to his side, almost hiding it, he walked up and handed it to me.

Look, not to be a jerk, but I imagined it to be little scribbles and what-nots. The kind where I have to put on the fake smile and say how good they are. But upon my surprise, I opened the book and was shocked. He was actually talented.

These weren't tiny doodles, or stick figures. These were actually carefully drawn renderings. From World War 2 planes, to soldiers fighting, Angry Birds, Halo, Great White Sharks and *gasp* Boba Fett.

I shut the book, and looked at my girlfriend Ana and went "Wow, this kid is me."

I looked at Diego, and asked him to promise me never to stop drawing and to keep continuing what he was doing. His mom told me his dad always wanted him to play sports, but he wasn't into it. This was ME as a kid, all over again. And then she told me the only part of sports he enjoyed was the snacks.

Holy shit.

So I speak to his dad, whom is a really, really cool and nice guy. He tells me how he tried to get Diego to play sports, but he wasn't having it. Not that he didn't already, but I told him to please, continue to support his talent. To embrace it and cherish it and be his cheerleader. Because every kid needs that when she/he's growing up. Especially the one with a true talent.

After, I showed them my art on DA and my website. As I'm showing them, Diego is snapping pictures away on his Nintendo DS and telling me to open this one, and that one. He even told me that he's saved some of my work before. <3

After this, I find out Diego's mom has a tablet on her computer. So I get on it, and begin drawing. As I'm drawing, I see Diego (followed by immediate "AWWs") trying to lift a giant chair and sit next to me. He continues to watch as I draw him a Halo helmet.

Right after, his mom demands he goes and grabs his glasses. Now the similarities are uncanny. He comes down, with his own thick rimmed black glasses and puts them on. I tell him to sport his glasses,  because those that wear them are boss-status.

He wears them the entire time.

After he goes to bed, my beautiful gf and I go home. I tell her how amazing that felt, and how money will never touch that. If I can go through my entire life, and inspire only one artist to continue his dream and feel the escapism and joy that I've felt creating. Then I've done my job.

The next morning, I get this message, and I know I've done it.

I've never felt so good before. I'm proud of you bud, and can't wait to see you flourish as an artist and kick ass.



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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Jeez, my iMac has a 27" screen but ours looks crazy big! What size is that? Or maybe you are just very tiny...
DanLuVisiArt Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You may have the 27", but I have the Cintiq 24 HD ;)
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I now officially hate you, ;)!
renegademind Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thankyou for this Adonihs...iv been feeling my drawing was not going anywere lately because of the competition in the industry, but now i know never to give up what i love for things i dont need. Drawing is my life and im never going to second guess it ever again....thanks again, you have no idea how you'v helped me. Im definately not a kid anymore but you'v schooled me on my values all over agai[link])[link]
CameronJF Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's awesome and deep. lol It makes people think about how amazing this world is.
PhoenixGR Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh don't you worry man, you inspire people every time we come to you're gallery, that kid you described, is not just him or you, nor me, its every single one of us who'd rather play a good round of Halo and draw something than go out and play footie xD rock on!
kryzz10 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this awaken the hidden talent within me now im so inspired to draw thanks dude :)
JosiahDaniels Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
very cool story, id like to see him make a DA :D
VanDiabloArt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You inspired me to continue and progress as an artist years ago.
QUARAN7INE Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Argentum-Mane Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
You be sure to let us know if he gets himself a dA account. There are far too few true believers left, after all!
lghtstrm Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing the great story and congratulations on achieving "your" dream and everything that's going on in your world right now. It's an inspiration to Diego and all of us.
Cyrus911 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Probably the only journal entry I've ever read that when I got to the end of it I didn't think "Fuck it, another 3 minutes of my life wasted" this was truly inspiring... Can't wait to see Diegos DA page hahahaa wait...... :/ does he already have one? :)
IICHACONII Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
i don't normaly read journals and heck i don't think I've ever even comment on any of your art but i m sure glad i decided to read this one... really inspirational and motivating...
LaughingManC111 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Hell yeah. I dare say you've left a legacy!
k35magnum Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that is awesome man - truly
Grimfeather Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thats an awesome story, its not often you get a first hand view of how inspiring art can be with alittle poking and encouragement
danielpicciotto Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
That is a nice story. I feel the same way when I see kids who draw. I tell them if they love it, dont ever put the pencil down, no matter the adversity.

I have a question for you though Dan, and that is; Why did you sell LMS? Were you not allowed IP? Or were the rights to make a movie sold, with you sharing IP?

BombOPAUL Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
i bet it almost jerked some tears. if it did'nt already. you are an amazing person. You don't even know what you lit up on this kid. Someone did the same for me when i was 12. I saw the same person again after 8 years and gave him the greatest hug. this person now is working on Marvel Comics.
AbyssalCerebrant Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Doesn't matter if this was three times longer. You are an amazing, accomplished, artist. And therefore what you say is important to me. It does feel good inspiring others, doesn't it? ;)
MissTangent Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
That's beautiful, if you think inspiring others is doing your job and if you actually did it. Children must be encouraged and I'm sure Diego will remember you as inspiring him just as you'll remember him being a little you. Thank you because you do inspire deviantART's community, too, and encourage people to always do what they love more =)
poisonless Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
That's great! You really are an inspiration. I love your work and can stare at it for infinity with admiration and envy. I just wish I knew how to start, where to start, what to do, what to use so I can atleast try and learn to get 1/100 as good as you. If I only could put the images of my imagination on paper in some form, I'd be the happiest guy in the world.

Keep on doing what you do and being who you are.
ivandeleon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
From Mexico: Congratulations i really admire you!
CarlosArthur Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
^^ , very cool thanks a lot for sharing this Adonihs
soaringmoose Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
totally boss! I have a cousin who's exactly the same. I was complaining that there were no panda pokemon yet and he stole my sketchbook and drew 4 elementa panda pokemon that were soooo awesome. I was like WHEN DID YOU KNOW HOW TO DRAW, MAN?! He got really shy about it and tried to downplay it like no one should care.

I had to sit him down and be serious with him for once.
I bought him a sketchbook and I let him play on photoshop. One day on photoshop without knowing anything about it...he was amazing. I wish I could have given him more tools...bought him a laptop or something...but I know that the next time I see him, that sketchbook is gonna be full!
DEchartea Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Its what missing in this cruel and hopless world love kindness , and inspiration ....
Frozx398 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
it doesnt get any better that that! great story!
Alex1001 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I cried :happycry:
That is I wish I could help someone out like that. Tell them that they should pursue those talents and dreams :)
KanakoNakamura Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. Choked me up. Thank you for sharing such a touching story. It really is simple serendipitous encounters like those that make life so fantastic. Can't wait to see Diego succeed and embrace his Boss-Status! :)
T-blan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hi's hooked :D, it sucks not to get any support as a young artist, it's a good thing you encourage him. I feel all inspired now , got to go draw something .
RogueSamurai Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Perfect. Thank you for sharing that.
PYTHON-PTN Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just imagine how many people have you inspired without you being aware dan :)
ReiSif Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's just great and inspiring. :iconclapplz:
Drakmurai Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow man just awesome man
DieterMiller Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow, what a great story, I know you will continue to keep inspiring artists young and old as you continue your career. I'm excited to see his name popping up in spectrum!
Hyrage Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Don't stop drawing Diego, unless one day it doesn't make you happy.
nianfo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Money can't buy you everything. The happiness you experience while helping someone is unmatched. Keep it up!
etc2913 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Dude, my butthole is so tight right now. So inspirational.
Ashikagura Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats fucking amazing man, hopefully you'll continue to help this little guy out and maybe he'lll be as good as you one day! lmao
s1naptic Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You've done a good thing here; something you can't put a pricetag on or quantify the meaning of. I wish I could have had that kind of encouragement as a kid.

Well done, speaks a lot to your character sir.
VoRuVa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist
awesome ! congrats Dan ! i'm sure this isn't the last one you'll inspire
landers2core Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a college student, majoring in art. I've always had that same gut feeling of art being what I wanted to do. Lately though, I've been a bit uninspired. This has really picked me up though. Thank you very much for sharing this.
FineCigars Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really glad I read this. I love hearing that artists are being successful in life. Mainly because I had a similar childhood where all I wanted to do was draw, watch animated shows, and play video games. Though my dad told me that there was no future for someone who likes to draw. That I had to be better at something else...anything else. "Something useful", he said. Now I'm unhappy and can't get a decent job anywhere. I gave up on my creative, artistic side in high school and wish I hadn't.

The fact that you supported Diego while he's young and helped talk to his father is something that I freakin' love. The world has plenty of would-be sports stars. Lets hope for more kick ass creative artists. Keep up the good work, `adonihs.
fastclickchic0413 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Omaly424 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
wackymaus75 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
you are awesome.
horsescrycheese Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Lovely story! And God Speed to that kid!
FeroVIII Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
I wish I had someone to support me when I was in the drawings... My dad was always complaining about me drawing that "people"...

That really touched me.

Well done sir. You have my infinite respect now (more than before, if it was even possible).
xDreamx Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Ahh, Dan. You are a very good person, and I am very happy to have seen you grow in this years as an artist (and I am proud to have your first Artbook and your autograph :) ). I can only imagine how you feel now and how you will feel while watching the talent of Diego growing as was for yours. ;)
cradleofdoom Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! :trophy: to you for insisting that the kid continue harnessing his talent. Few children are blessed with the gift to wield a pencil and hold it with pride. :) I know of one more who is talented to go as far as you, who knows, maybe farther. ;)
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