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Devil and Elf on the beach by RedShoulder
Devil and Elf on the beach
This was the first piece I've drawn using Deleter's "doujinshi" comic boards.  I had ordered some by mistake, but instead of returning them I discovered that they were perfect for pencil drawings and a lot sturdier than the 8.5 x 11 paper I normally use--and they are a bit larger.  So, that's why you see the lines and such.

This was drawn with no photo references used--although I have no idea where the idea came from....but it may mean that I have to get out more. :)

This will also be colored in the near future, similar to this:…

Drawn using 2H, HB, 2B and 3B pencils on Deleter "doujinshi" comic board.
Tiffany 2 by RedShoulder
Tiffany 2
The second picture of SneakyLizard's OC Tiffany Karell.  It was drawn using the same tools as the previous one and like the previous one I used photo references....and I still don't think I got everything right.  Oh well...

Drawn using 2H, HB, and 2B pencils.

Tiffany created by Ryan Callan; artwork by me.
Tiffany 1 by RedShoulder
Tiffany 1
Well, it's close to summer and bathing suit season--I mean, this is one of two pictures done for SneakyLizard's OC Tiffany Karell.  I did use photo references for this (but I'm still not sure I got it right) and for the first time in a while I used 2H and HB and 2B pencils--no Col-Erase this time.  The pic was drawn on Deleter "doujinshi" board, which is somewhat larger than 8.5 x 11 paper (and a lot sturdier too).  Unfortunately, I don't think it scanned very well, but....

Drawn using 2H, HB and 2B pencils. 

Tiffany created by Ryan Kallan.  Artwork by me.
....nah, just kidding.  Or, as a good friend once told me "Just f@&*ing with you".

I haven't been around in some time, and there are several requests and commissions that I need to get done, but real life has been intruding.  So please bear with it (and obviously, that's why I can't quit!).

But as to the title...I've been drawing/creating art for quite a number of years.  I honestly did not consider that I would be going as long as I have--if you'd asked a much, much younger version of me (say, around eleven) what my future profession would be, I would've said "An astronaut or a writer."  Well...I sort of accomplished the second.  I wasn't smart enough for the first.  And I was pursuing a career in science before I ended up just being honest with myself and decided to chuck everything and go to art school.

Things have not been easy.  I've had ups and downs (more of the second), and yes, there were times when I considered putting down my pencils and going on to find work in another field.  And yet....I still end up going back to drawing.  I admit that there are not many things in life that I can do well, but art is something that I manage to get something decent down, even if it isn't on the level of say, Michelangelo, Alex Ross, Haruhiko Mikimoto, or Walt Simonson.

But of course my work has to stand on its own.  It has to be unique, to be, well, me.  And since I don't have children--not yet, anyway--my art may end up being one of the few things I can leave behind after I've passed on from this life. 

Still, how many of us out there have felt the urge to just hang it up and go elsewhere?  We will always face doubts about our abilities and whether or not we will ever be able to continue creating art.  The only thing we can do is to keep going, keep putting pen to paper (or stylus to tablet or screen) and keep cranking things out.  After all creating art is something unique--it can be considered something irrational.  After all, what reasonable, rational person would draw something?  It makes no sense; we are creating something out of nothing.  And yet, there are many people who have done just that--and the world is a better place for it.  Imagine a world without the art of Giotto, Da Vinci, Amano, Byrne, Chaykin, Kirby, Colan, Saunders, Frazetta, Brundage...

So, has anyone felt the urge to quit art?  If you have, how did things work out in the end?
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: The Bob and Chez Show
  • Reading: Lucifer's Hammer; Log Horizon Vol. 1
  • Watching: SPT Layzner; Gundam Unicorn
  • Playing: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!; Valkyria Chronicles
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water


Marc McKenzie
United States
Current Residence: Hillsborough, New Jersey
deviantWEAR sizing preference: 900
Favourite genre of music: Hard rock, movie soundtracks, jazz
Favourite photographer: Annie Leibowitz (sic)
Favourite style of art: Manga-influenced, science fiction and fantasy
Operating System: Windows
MP3 player of choice: NA
Shell of choice: NA
Wallpaper of choice: NA
Skin of choice: NA
Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: "Every drawing has to be struggle if it is going to be any good."--Robert Fawcett

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YourAfternoonTea Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Student General Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:!
pinkythepink Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love: Thank you for the favorites, it really means ever so much to me that you enjoy my artwork! I invite you to add me to your watch so that you can see all the future beaded and stitched pieces I have planned! :blowkiss: Just think of the sparkles... :squee:
Kuro-C-Nyanko Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
arigato for hte :+fav:
Rubycored Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
xXxEleanorxXx Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Thank you so much for the favs!
timnaas Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Hi...........thanks for favoring!:headbang:
WeasleFire Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Thank for the fave, I'd appreciate it more if you watched, I've got waay more things to build.
AnimatorAR Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the watch.  You won't regret it.  ^_^
SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Despite all that happened, I'm also glad ya remember the details of the upcoming requests.

BTW, was any progress of the Johann spectral piece made even before all this happened?
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