A message from compliments-people
You're awesome and an amazing person!

Aw! thank you!

When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.

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(P.S. I didn’t forget Rickon. I just didn’t include him because I’m the artist and I get to decide that sort of thing)

A message from Anonymous
You're an extremely talented artist that could represent anything. Why do you choose to depict celebrities and iconic figures? I believe your artwork could have so much more merit and can contribute much more to society then just entertainment. You even have your symbol as the golden spiral, which I find rather smug for an artist who creates "fan art". I don't intend to offend, it just greatly bothers me to see such a talented artist create advertisement and I would like to know why.
A reply from samspratt

Oh boy.

"Smug" is arbitrarily thinking that one entire genre of art is less than another. 

"Smug" is anonymous back-handed compliments that insult an entire group of artists while trying to police what I choose to make.

"Smug" is thinking that you bestow merit to art and decide its value or contribution to society — or that it needs to do that to begin with.

"Smug" is believing that advertisements are something that automatically lessens art when some of the best painters and works throughout art history, from Leonardo to Caravaggio to Rockwell and Leyendecker have worked in advertising for clients (churches included).

"Smug" is looking at my portfolio of hundreds of paintings over 3 years that cover dozens of genres, styles, subject matters, clients, and sits everywhere from the internet, to billboards, album covers, magazine covers, galleries, newspapers, movie posters, bus-sides, books, homes of friends, strangers, and celebrities, and still choosing to think that I am one thing — a thing that is just as valuable to me as everything I’m paid for professionally.

"Smug" is being a smug dicklet and throwing in “I don’t intend to offend” to cushion the smug dickletishness of it all.

"Smug" is not seeing a simplistic connection between realism in painting and the golden rule that is genre-irrelevant, but again insulting an entire group of artists while commenting on something you haven’t bothered to understand. 

But most of all, “Smug” is thinking that I, or any artist, owes you anything. We can make whatever we want, however we want to. I will keep making advertisements, I will keep making album covers, I will keep making posters for games and movies, I will keep making all that I’m hired to do and choose to take on, but I will also keep making fan art because despite the merit or value that you’ve decided it has — I want to — and that’s all the reason I need.

Take your soggy waffle compliments and fuck the fuck off. Viva la fan art.

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A history of art based on all the art I still have. There’s a huge gap between 2003 and 2011 because somewhere in there I moved to the U.S. so a lot of things got lost or thrown out. I started doing digital art in 2011 and got a deviantart that year too which is kind of why I had such rapid improvement within the last four years.
A history of art based on all the art I still have. There’s a huge gap between 2003 and 2011 because somewhere in there I moved to the U.S. so a lot of things got lost or thrown out. I started doing digital art in 2011 and got a deviantart that year too which is kind of why I had such rapid improvement within the last four years.
A history of art based on all the art I still have. There’s a huge gap between 2003 and 2011 because somewhere in there I moved to the U.S. so a lot of things got lost or thrown out. I started doing digital art in 2011 and got a deviantart that year too which is kind of why I had such rapid improvement within the last four years.
A history of art based on all the art I still have. There’s a huge gap between 2003 and 2011 because somewhere in there I moved to the U.S. so a lot of things got lost or thrown out. I started doing digital art in 2011 and got a deviantart that year too which is kind of why I had such rapid improvement within the last four years.
A history of art based on all the art I still have. There’s a huge gap between 2003 and 2011 because somewhere in there I moved to the U.S. so a lot of things got lost or thrown out. I started doing digital art in 2011 and got a deviantart that year too which is kind of why I had such rapid improvement within the last four years.

A history of art based on all the art I still have. There’s a huge gap between 2003 and 2011 because somewhere in there I moved to the U.S. so a lot of things got lost or thrown out. I started doing digital art in 2011 and got a deviantart that year too which is kind of why I had such rapid improvement within the last four years.

A message from Anonymous
Pretty art!!!~! ^-^

Thank you!!! :3

A message from song-of-serendipity
Heya! ^^ Do you have a post about what brushes you use? I love the feel and texture.

Hi! 

Since I’ve started using photoshop I only use three brushes all on full opacity and normal settings

I use the first one to put my base colours down, then the third one to blend everything, and the middle one for little things like eyelashes and stray hairs.

:)

A message from batsug3mu
I'm no artist, I'm absolutely rubbish and haven't drawn in years lol, but your art work is truly amazing and I wish you all the success in whatever you do in he future!

Thank you so much!!!

Anyone can be an artist, so give it another shot if you ever have the inclination :)

A message from Anonymous
Hi! I just wanted to tell you that your blog is like super amazing and that you are a really talented artist

A message from Anonymous
I saw your tutorial and wanted to know if you would be creating a much more in depth version for dummies, like myself. Or if there will be more tutorials like this one? Thank you kindly for your hard work.

If you’re talking about the “skin tones" one, I also have a "finding undertones" (In digital media) and a "Using undertones" one. Those are all the ones I have on skin.

If you’re talking about the “Korra" one then I haven’t gone more in depth than that simply because I don’t know how to put it in to words, however, i do have a livestream where you can watch me draw, theres nothing on there right now though because livestream is sucky and deleted my last two videos.

All tutorials <— there are some more process ones like the “Korra” one here

Got a twitter, if you’re into that sort of thing

follow me @peaceofseoul

A message from ofnothingspecific
Came across your blog and I love it. And your tutorials. Wow! I don't draw, I used to when I was younger, and your blog really makes me want to get back into it. Very helpful blog. Keep it up!

Thank you so much!!! You should definitely give it a shot! It’s always hard to get back into something after a long time, especially if you’re a bit rusty, but if you really love making art it won’t matter!