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(Thanks to Clairvoire for this fantastic birthday image. xD)

Hey everyone!

Thanks for all the notes, comments, confection icons, incredibly awesome art , and general well-wishery. :]   

Especially considering I, as usual, have been all but completely dead around these parts. Haha, it kills me every time I swing around with a few buckets of art to toss up here on dA, and every time I get a slew of comments of people that seem so happy to see that I am back, and actively submitting work. And I don't mean 'kills me' in the hilarious sense, I mean more, well, I honestly feel bad that I can't BE more active around here. As active as I used to be, anyway. When free time was much more in abundance.

I always gave off the impression I was really busy with day-to-day things, but I think it helps to know what's ACTUALLY up. SO! I think it's time to spill a bit about life! HUNKER DOWN. If any of you have been here since the beginning you may remember my tendency towards long, rambling journals! And hell, I miss making those too!

I think I got into it briefly in a previous journal, but I'm still working as a creative director for an awesome game company in Barcelona. It's a fantastic fit, I have to tell you it's great when a company just.. enjoys the sort of work you create without supervision. In that sense, I mean, I've worked for a few studios in the past, and you have to get used to molding your creative style to what they are looking for in whatever project you get assigned at the time. This means that you don't have as much creative liberty as you'd like. The way you prefer to draw noses or elbows just won't fly, or your personal taste in armor and weapon aesthetic isn't matching what they want. This is just part of the job, and it's something any artist worth their salt needs to be ready for if they want a job in the games industry. You are, after all, there to bring whatever concept is thrown at you to life, and make it look good.

But what I'm getting at here is that these guys.. they basically just cut me loose and let me do whatever. And generally, when I show them what I came up with, they're very pleased with it, and we just roll from there. It's a tremendous thing. It makes you happy to wake up and get to work in the morning. And I'm pretty durn happy where I am right now as a result. It'll be nice when I can actually TALK about the game we've been working on, haha. Toughest part about game industry art is that you can't show a lick of it for like, years at a time. It's rough!

  I'm looking to move yet again. Probably not out of Texas.. I've grown to like this funny 'ol state quite a bit. Sure, it's no Jersey.. but it's all give and take. For every quirky, awesome little thing I miss about Jersey, there's an endearing quality about Texas to make up for it. (That and the living costs here make it a steal to stay.. aha.) But yeah, looking to move into a bigger place. Been feeling a might bit too cramped where I am right now, between me and the two mangy beasts I live with. I mean I have a third mangy beast I'm hoping to move over from Germany in the next year, by then it'll just be necessary! That and I'd really like a work room/study.. place to squeeze in all these art supplies, books, desks.. sure would make things easier.

I'm still working on that poster! For those of you that weren't involved, it is a poster full of characters from people here on dA who helped Zombiesmile and I win a comic contest a while back. I haven't forgotten about it. It's up to..  let me check.. seven full pages of nothing but your characters crammed in and mooshed up with one another, that I'm going to stack on top of one another until I have a full poster. I absolutely refuse to chop this thing up.. unless of course dA's page size limits turn it down. But we'll see! It's been killing me to not show previews.. because this is easily, far and away the most characters I've ever drawn in a single 'setting' in my entire life.  What is that tally.. oh yes, it's a little under 600 individual characters. And actually, that brings me to something else I wanted to say..

While I was drawing that poster, I saw a loooot of reference sheets. Of so many wild, incredibly varied characters. Just one after the other. I was marveling at this site on a whole, as an amazing.. AMAZING outlet of creative energy. Honest to god, I was moved. It was just something else. Seeing all these different faces, produced by people from all walks of life.. little bits of themselves put into every last one of them. Every character had a story different than the one before it, and it got me thinking, I mean.. just how much creativity there IS out there. It was a great reminder as to why I do this, why we ALL do this, what we love about it, how great it is that we choose to share it with one another.. and a whole bunch of other mooshy things that I can't put into words at the moment 'cause I only recently woke up. But yeah, eh. It was something. Really something. And I can't wait to slap up that poster.

Now, as for the aforementioned 'books' in the title.. I'm going to be releasing a sketchbook as soon as I'm able. Still doing some fiddling with the printing presses, but on the whole it's pretty much ready to go. Well, for anyone who cared to have a gander. :] It's a compilation of sketches and pencil illustration work for the past.. hell, uh, four years or so, about 90% of which I never put up on dA.  The other 10% are the lined versions of some of the colored images you may have seen. I know that, since I've been putting work up here, I've had a number of people ask me about working with pencils, lining and rough work, even going so far in some cases to say that they enjoy looking at sketchy linework over polished, finished material. I actually tend to agree with that sentiment, as I absolutely love when my favorite artists show their sketches and process. It just has that.. organic, fresh on the paper feel, haha.

But yeah! It's roughly 100 pages or so, featuring characters, concept processes and scrapped ideas from Everafter, Ree, Living in Sin, along with a handful of other 'stories' that never got as much airtime here on the site. Once we get some test copies printed out and make sure it's tweaked to satisfaction, I'll get some example pictures and haul it over here in case anyone is interested. :]

All right, time for me to get going. I think I'm going to make good on an earlier promise to myself to post more 'unfinished' work up here on dA, and start in on that backlog of stuff..

See you guys soon. Still one more bit of news that's not quite ready to come to light yet, but..  getting closer. CLOSER STILL I SAY. Mwahahah.

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Zeikier Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, it's gonna be weird actually seeing that huge-ass poster be a reality. Hopefully your wrist doesn't turn to dust by the end of it!
zimatrix Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Please tell me this art book will be shipping worldwide XD
Aridax Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love you, Endling! (I hope the misses won't be jealous haha!) Your quirky writing is always a joy to read. :)
kurokumo-yume Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy late Birthday and Happy Christmas if you do that sort of thing. ; D

And I so totally did not forget about your 'secret news'. We are still waiting on that. : P
AsFollowsD Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student
Good luck in finding a new place for you, the waifu, and all the art supplies.
Hearing about your work environment and how far you've gotten, (and hell, just looking at your art) always makes me want to work harder. I definitely appreciated the longer rambling journal.
tarorae Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Any idea what the price point looks like? You're one of the main inspirations for me to get better at my sketching work so that I could be prouder of my pencils. I'd love to buy a copy of your book, assuming it'll ship to Canada and that I can afford it!
Live-Life-Music-Art Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yay :D happy birthday ~
LordOfIrony Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Happy birthday wishes as late as they maybe, Tis good to see that you're enjoying your job. Makes life a whole lot better when you enjoy what you do after all. The poster sounds like it's going to be a BEAST and over all I'm very VERY interested in this sketchbook/artbook deal you will be releasing. Definately gonna keep my eyes open for that one.

I hope you find a nice house and that the moving goes smoothly ^-^
wings33 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Aww, dude. That stuff about your job? That's really great. I'm happy for you. :nod: (Me and like, at least a thousand other people or so.) That's the sort of life people dream of, having a job that is fulfilling and makes you actually want to wake up in the morning. Not gonna lie, I'm pretty jealous.
Considering I like to follow your rambling journals, I can't believe I missed this comic-poster shindig. I can't even imagine 600 characters crammed into a single image.... but dang, I can't wait to see it.
Happy Belated Birthday, my FriEndling. Keep on rockin'.
CetylNautica Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see all is well. It is always nice to love your work :) happy belated birthday also sir, hope it was awesome sauce
SaucyPlebeian Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you luck in finding a bigger place for you and yours! Also, I'm very excited about your artbook- I love sketch-ier drawings.
Dragontrap Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
First of all, happy birthday. Secondly, can not WAIT to see that sketchbook (and the poster)!
Rinian Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
happy birthday end! :D
batlesbo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the long journal post! I loved reading it. That bit about being moved by the creative minds of so many out there is something I love seeing, and love reading about. It really is amazing.
And about that book? I've said it for years. You make a book, I buy. No questions asked. No prices concerned.
Also, I was partying in Belgium this weekend so I wasn't able to say it before so: Happy Fantastic Birthday!
Fell4 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Yah, Texas rocks like that!!! :woohoo:
Sargasurm Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday Endling :D
chungking2399 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Happy Birthday! DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we need to go have lunch some time!!!!
UchihaPandora Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthdaaaay! :la: :cake:

I liked a lot what you wrote about creativity. I've thought about it too and I think is amazing, wierd, pretty... I don't; a lot of things. xD Is interesting to think about how there's a little world in everyone's mind that's different from the rest of all ~
Khaiya Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday End!
That's really awesome to hear when people find a nice place where they can make art and be appreciated!
I recently got my first job in the industry and I have to say I am just SO stoked everyday to go to work. "I get payed REAL MONEY for this???"
StyxTwig Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Happy burthday end ~ x3
bamseper Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
yaaay! hello endyman
Tobogi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
i live in korea and i wish to buy your book is there anyway i can get it ANYWAY. i do noy have paypal but i really wish to buy your book please tell me there is a way.
NeoVersion7 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy BornDay!~ :lol:
Kukiol Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
happy birthday End^^!
TobiusMcKenzie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Student General Artist
I always think its amazing when you hear artists enjoying their work, and you certainly seem quite thrilled by what you're doing at the moment!
So I say Happy Birthday Endling, you awesome, awesome human being :iconbadassplz:
DrawsTillIdie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
I agree about the sketches part. Often the first thing I go looking for in an artists gallery is sketches. I love them:)
allnamesareinuse Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday :D
wandering-ronin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Late but a Happy Birthday to you :iconcaekplz:

That's wonderful news to hear all around too.
Squird5 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Texas can get pretty weird, but be glad you aren't in Miami, it's the most hateful city I have ever lived in.
Ebiru-Zeru Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
I didn't know you were in texas now! which part? I want to go back home so bad, florida is really dinky

nice to see you get to work for a company that appreciates your own ideas and style, very lucky!
HaveConquest Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Buahahah. :heart:

Also, sketchbook news is seriously exciting. Can't wait for it! : ]
neilak20 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Have a safe and happy Birthday! It's great to hear you're getting to work on the sort of work you like! :D It's gotta be great to have that sort of creative freedom! :)
purspecktif Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday haha ^_^ and gosh, can't wait till your sketchbook rolls over~
lenoir-whittlethorn Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
yamata Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Happy birthday
GeminiPsyche Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student Writer
Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoyed it :)
Nun2artzy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
100 comment Happy Birthday!
KeyoGrlRipper Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday. Hope we get to hear about that game soon. XD
Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you're loving your job so much! Wish I could say the same, but hey, c'est la vie. You going to be getting the zombie-lady back for a visit or are you hoping for perhaps something a little more permanent? Hmm? Nudge nudge, wink wink? :D

Oh, and hope you had a great birthday! I spent the whole day working and then decorating cookies with my in-laws, or I would've said something sooner. Think it's about time I passed out, now. Peace out, amigo!
DNCMF036 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday End!
Raving-Psychotic Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
I can't believe you're actually doing the 600 character poster. I don't think I've ever seen an image with even half as many characters smooshed will definitely be a sight to see.

Happy Birthday! All of us here on dA love you :D
Matsu-sensei Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Take it easy man, it's your day. : D
E-N-O-C-H Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday, Endling! Can't wait for both the sketchbook and that massive poster. I can tell it's going to be epic. And I'm definitely buying that sketchbook as soon as it comes out.
RabidElf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I am very much looking forward to seeing the sketchbook come up for sale. And I am happy to hear that you are doing so well with your job; it sounds awesome.

All the best
Zeikier Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Merry B-Day. Hope it's the birthday to end all birthdays! :V
RedFishing Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
happy birthday!
QuaterComet Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Aww, End. :hug: I wish you the best in finding a bigger apartment. Well, really, I wish you the best in all your endeavours. The studio you're working at sounds like a dream come true (all that freedom, eee 8D), and I can't wait to see that sketchbook happen. <3
betsys Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday, I admire your work for many years. I already know you can not show all of your work, of course, but you could not tell which is the company you are working at least?

Well, you spend a happy day and happy holidays :)
zimatrix Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You sir, are a huge inspiration to me. Not just artistically but also how you treat us fans. I don't comment on your work often, I've been following it for years so I know just how many comments you get and how many of those are likely to go unseen.

But I have to post this regardless of whether I think you'll see it or not because it's worth it for that slight chance it'll catch your eye XD the way you see your fans not as a gelatinous blob of admirers, but as individuals you respect and appreciate is admirable. Especially with the fame you've acquired on this little corner of the internet.

Your artwork is amazing and I'm so glad to hear your in a job you love but you better make sure you get enough of those sketchbooks printed because I sure as hell don't wanna miss out on one =p
0mura Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
happy birthday man, ur one of the most awsome artist on the site so keep up the good work
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