About your site.....
Hey spirit, just wondering, do you actually sell any of your work (from your site?) If so is it lucrative? Just wondering if you dont mind me asking,
I haven't upated that site or messed with it in years...My wife put it together for me when I first started doing digital...We sold quite a few works from it over the years actually..Prints, posters, those little laqured and wooden decortive boxes that have their lids inlaid with the tiles of my paintings, and alot of just the tiles alone of my paintings, my images on tote bags ect...Basically everything that is in the Cafe Press store catalog I have sold my images on...I usually get a few things sold from it even now..usually around the holidays..which really surprizes me, seeing how the stuff in there is years old now..so that is always a nice surprize when it happens.
My wife works full time at the Verterns Administration here in Boston, and I am retired with a veterns disability pension..service connected.
She doesn't have the time, or the energy to mess with and update the site, and I don't have the knowhow.
We have saved our earnings over the years, have a small cottage right across the street from the ocean/Boston Harbor..and are both just enjoying life the best we can,while we still can.
I'm really not a hustler when it comes to pushing my artwork for money..I just enjoy creating it for my own pleasure, especially now that I have gotten up in the years..Selling it is a hassle that i'm happy to have outgrown..It takes alot of the pleasure out of creating it, which is the part that i've always enjoyed the most.
Thank you for asking..I hope I have given you a decent answer..just trying to be truthful about the selling history of my digital works..past and present.
Last edited by SpiritDreamer; 06-09-10 at 08:05 AM.
THANK YOU Jonny..I hope it's ok to call you Jonny..
There is only one ZBRUSH piece in there if I remember correctly..It's the closeup Dragon portrait at the top of the section titled Dragons.
I think that there are two Photo manipulations..one of my wife walking on top of a rainbow,..manepulated from a photo of the view from our cottage and the other, a piece with some people waking on a pier with a hotel in the distance, and a rainbow ....manipulated from a photo at STAR ISLAND..in New HAMPHIRE where we take a vacation every once in awhile...I woke up early and saw a rainbow over the island..so I just painted it into a photo that I had already taken, and added, and painted in some people also I think..Just wanted to capture that feeling I had when I woke up and saw the rainbow, but didn't have my camera handy at the time.
The rest of the pieces are just some stuff mostly from imagination and a few from photo refferences I had to work with in the Anatomy Forum Workshops over in CG TALK...I got permission to put those photo refferenced workshop pieces in my site before I did so...didn't want to infring on anyones copy rights.
I have a few hundred newer pieces to put in the site, but just never seem to have the ambition to get around to doing it, and my wife has been going full blast at the Veterans Administration, so I hate to even bother her with all the work and agrevation it takes to put new pieces in the site.
Someday maybe..She is getting ready to retire in a couple of years..That will give her something to keep her occupied.. Should be plenty more to add in there by then...
About my military adventure.. and service...I served in the U.S. NAVY..Submarine Service..Atlantic Fleet ..SSBN 618 THOMAS JEFFERSON Blue Crew,...as a Launcher Technican for the POLARIS Nuclear Missiles,.. 16 of them, 2 warheads each, durning the Vietnam War...Had my finger on the button/switches to end it all, too many times to think about, while up north patroling off of the coast of the Soviet Union..A real life nightmare, to say the least....90 day patrols, no surfacing....A youthful adventure in the extreme..and an unpleasent thought when I think back on how close we came to ending it all ..for all.
I got out of the navy in 1973 and went on to persue what has always been my passion..ART... just like you have done
Really glad that you enjoyed my site and works..Will make my wife happy also..
Take Care ..Jonny
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Thanks for (once again) the swift reply, I've been using Zbrush since late 2008, its such an easy app to get to grips with dont you think?
I left the Army in late 2007 after serving in Iraq, its crazy that you say you had damage to your fingers as I had too. I served with the first battalion, PWRR, of the armoured infantry. I unluckily went over a mine and nearly lost 2 fingers as well as heavy head trauma, which has now lead to amnesia. I left via medi discharge. Then, as you have said, turned to my love of art. I was always drawing whilst serving as much as I could, so even in the midst of training and combat my art was always embedded in me.
After leaving the forces I found a magazine called IMAGINE FX? dont know if you know of it? Anyway, it led me to where I am now. Ive been hooked ever since. Im 30 years old now and wanna pursue life as a digital artist, (not sure which route to take as theres so many of us) So, with this in mind Im in the middle of writing a book called......... actually I'd better not say it here, heres my email: Hades1979@live.co.uk heres a clue, its about a moon in our solar system.
Hope to chat soon m8 take care
Hi Jonny...Thanks for the link, i'll get in touch in the morning.
Severe leg injury in my case.No sleep,mentally and phisically exhausted,careless and in too much of a hurry to get to my battle stations post durning battle stations missile..Stupid machinery/stupid me..Laid up and out of commission for a few months, still a problem...Minor compared to what your injuries are..WAR SUCKS.
I think ZBRUSH is alot more easy to understand now than it was in the #2 version, which is the version that I first picked up...I'm just playing catch up, while trying to keep up..Hard to teach an old dog new tricks, and hard for an old dog to learn new tricks,..but i'm giving it my best shot anyway..That's all I can do.
Hey, YOU TAKE CARE GUY, and have a GREAT ONE..CU..
Last edited by SpiritDreamer; 06-09-10 at 07:33 PM.
how is this not stealing other peoples art??
i actually kinda dig your style, but you should seriously rethink taking this one down from your CG Talk gallery. it's just not right man. other than that, nice work. i just hope that most of it is actually coming from you.
Deckard 007...That is a piece that I did in the Anatomy Forum Workshop at CG TALK...The Wip for it can be found in my CG TALK Sketchbook and The Forum Workshop thread..I can't remember what number workshop it is in off hand, there were twenty plus workshops, and I participated in all of them.
No tracing or whatever allowed in those workshops, all done freehand.
Everyone in the workshops put the results of their MASTER STUDIES in their CG TALK Portfolio..INCLUDING Magdalena /Intervain who is a well know and respected member of ZBRUSH Central and also CG TALK.
So I have no idea why you think I should take that piece out of my portfolio.
If I remember correctly, I wrote that it is my personal take on a masters work and is a study by me of a work by a MASTER painter.. Ingress..So what's the problem..
Last edited by SpiritDreamer; 06-11-10 at 12:36 PM.
Insincere humility and sanctimony are perpetual fraternity... say the mocking birds
Obz ..LOL.. That's pretty good..Did you make that up yourself..I bet I can find it spoken by someone else,, or something very similar to it somewhere in history if I really felt like searching which I don't.
The point being, what's the point.
Say for example..just as an example, a person other than the person who did the original work were to create an Orc,Batman, Superman or... even a room full of real statues from antiquity and called it their own piece of art in this forum..would they be called up to bat to explain why they think it is theirs...I think not.
I called that piece my own,for alot of reasons, one being that I made him painting himself instead of someone else as in the original..changes the whole concept...Everyone in the workshop agreed that the changes I made were enought for me to call it my own...It is only in this forum that I seem to have a problem with that...A little hypocrisy i'd say after seeing all of the copies of other peoples creations and original ideas orcs ect. ect. ect...being pased off as originals by the ones who are posting them in here...I have never seen such hypocrisy..
I agree with Lemo in his statement a couple of pages back...Save these pointless opinions for private messages..because that's where they belong.
They are not positive contrutive crits, that will help in a positive way a spacific piece of work,.. they are just pointless personal opinions about a style, technique, concept ect.. and serve no purpose except to create a negative end result....If that is a goal, then it is best served elswhere, not in this forum, and especally not in my skechbook in this forum...PERIOD
Last edited by SpiritDreamer; 06-11-10 at 12:43 PM.
Nope, you won't find it quoted as such, I wrote it from IMAGINATION. Remember language and orthography are art forms too.
And looking at your well thought out reply, you have extracted a fallacious meaning that deviates from the intention. No bother...
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