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Art block exercise by Wen-M Art block exercise by Wen-M
Hello everyone, I am alive. 8D

Since the successful funding of the Anima Kickstarter, thanks for all the supporters; I had been in many personal errands and deadlines and gone MIA for such a long time, I do apologize. @__@

among many things, I had been in a long art block, knock on wood, that I am pretty much over it.

For a long time now, I had thought my style wasnt going anywhere anymore, like I reached that point that people recognize my style when they see it, and I had reached a limited in my skills (though I know it happens once in a while)

It was a time of boredom, I continued to work but it wasnt as enjoyable as it was before. I might sound spoiled as many of us work in a job we dont like everyday, but unlike some of you who has fun coworkers to cope with a not-so fun job, its important that as an working-alone Artist, I enjoy my daily assignments.

Part of my style was by conscious choice, but most of it has to do with my age and what I was exposed to during that time in life, After I gone "pro" as an artist, I spent less and less time exploring my skills and style, which I was always aware that it's a dangerous thing, as far as job security is concerned. Many of you recognize my style as extremely detailed, I put thought into things that many artists would not spend time on, for one reason or another. This inevitably takes more time than usual, and so month after month, I am still behind with work. its really an unhealthy way of working, because While I still occasionally play games and go outside, There was no time left to explore my skills and style.

When the art block hits me bad, I can do nothing but doodle around, like my brain just forces me to explore, because all the frustration from the art block just stopped me from working smoothly.

this image is a product from such a time.

As I had told many of my friends, The skeleton warrior speaks fantasy to me, louder than any other creature seen in this genre, me personally anyway. You will probably find that I drew this thing more than anything else in my gallery, haha

anyways, I don't do this very often, and I'll probably sound conceited saying this. but I recently found the work of Paul Bonner, and his work inspired me so much, I havent been inspired in a long long time. part of this is due to the fact that I stopped looking, but also because I try not to let other artists influence me, but this time, I am very thankful i found his work. if you havent see his work (like how i was just a week ago, search Paul Bonner illustrator =]


alright, i think i talked your ears off by now, lol. thanks for reading, and I hope you will find your inspiration for all your work, art or others.

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Kecks832 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me veeery much of Diablo .-.
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RubyP Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of Skyrim.... :D even more so with the arrow through the skull....
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing but how could you believe i am going to read all this "poem"?
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ZombieB Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Artist
Glad you got over your funk its scary when that happens :(
thanks for the Paul Bonner suggestion great stuff!
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Ronin-ink Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Oh shit its the Army of Darkness
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LordBloodySoul Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work! They're looking great :clap:
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LucasParolin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
pretty good!
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Zephyr-Aryn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
The arrow in the head is a nice touch....it really makes me smile. (Undead humor for the win! ...although I'm sure a few Skyrim fans would snicker to see another arrow in the knee.)

All that aside, I like the fact that you'r working to keep your art fresh, and doing it in a fun way. Good luck!
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
thank you! =D
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:iconzephyr-aryn:
Zephyr-Aryn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
You're welcome! It's always fun to see what artists do when they just let loose and draw something for themselves.
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Kutori Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice motivativational words!
Glad to see that you still alive xD I´ll still alive to and trying to improve my skills : D

加油!!!!!
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
<3 <3 <3
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Rhedrimond Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Sometimes I get stuck in similar ways with writing. All the writing I do for work is very cut-and-dry, and while I am proficient at the task, I become upset when I see the same trends bleeding over into my recreational and creative endeavors. As it's been said, sometimes the only way to measure your skill and growth is to try new things, especially if it's out of your comfort zone.

Just remember that a lot of folks really appreciate your work and will support and enjoy whatever changes you see fit to explore! :D

Also, I totally dig the skeleton on the far right. The faded/soft lines give it a really aged and mythical look, kind of like the thing you'd see on an old map while hoping a real one isn't lurking the shadows.
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
thanks man! just need to be a soldier and be an explorer. XD
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Smartfiredragon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
i think that what the viewers like are your detail to the small parts. A change of style is cool but try to keep the detail in the small things like u do in ur anima drawing serie. ik atleast that what i personally like on this one
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the details to the sword are amazing
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
ahaha, thanks! i will always have a preference for details. =D
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AshiotoPiko Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*A* Personally , there are no borders at all in art. Do what you want! *shot*
And with the art block, those things are actually really hard to get by, glad you did.
I'm still stuck on mine unfortunately. Frustrations are so terrible. x_x
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
keep practicing!
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IronNarwhal Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Dat bad posture...
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Bhurloka12 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I'm sure those skeletons would smell like stale dungeon. Hehe...

Good job on this and it's nice to hear back from you again.
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
awesome
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emokid6676 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
looks very good ^^ i like the details on the skeletal warrior :D
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duskricorn Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
i still prefer your Anima series style. it's the only way i can recognize your work from far away, even when it's in thumbnail size. as an artist struggling with finding a style, it would be great for me to have people recognize my work, and also think it's decent...:/ so i hope you are doing great and remember that i still appreciate your style for what it was and what it will be...:)
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
its great to have people like your style, but I think a change of style will probably be the best for both the artist and the viewer, if such changes will bring out better images. =D
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duskricorn Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
agreed :) we've got your back, old or new styles :)
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Crimson-Vector Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like a drauger from the elder scrolls x3
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patmax17 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i find this very interesting, it's always amazing when an artist can switch between different styles. Do you think you will do more drawings with this style, or are you returning to your usual? (for the Anima series I guess you will keep your style, but maybe for other projects?)
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I'm pretty sure i will be changing my style. XD but probably be sure to make it possible to do things the old way, should i need to.
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patmax17 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
then I'm looking forward to see your future works! Good luck! (and I'm glad you're out of your artblock and grew as an artist) ^___^
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Eisbergmann Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I'm happy you're up to the task again. ^^
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Caliphos Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, no matter how fun the people around you may be, if the job isn't rewarding and enjoyable, then it can be toxic (in the sense that it's not good for your mental health and is overly stressful). However, if you are working alone, you definitely need to keep motivated and wanting to do what you do (even more so due to your choice of profession).
Keep on trucking though!
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
oh yeah, the core problem still needs to be solved (job itself) but yeah, any kind of help is good when we can get them, right? XD thanks!
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Caliphos Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And if doodles like this help you de-stress and further explore artistic styles/possibilities, then I'd say continue to work on them. Perhaps you'll stumble on a style that is effective for your job (still fits in with the style of the game/whatever you're designing and the group finds it acceptable) and is efficient in terms of saving you time.
No problem!
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, interesting approach to the creativity start-up. Don't think I can do it like you can ^^; Do you have any close friends or relatives to share your work with? Or have any pets? :? That might makes things less lonely for you; I live with my sister, and she makes me smile just being there for me (I wish I could do the same for her, but she's so unselfish like me).
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
XD oh i have friends, and there are people in the house, but i cant exactly go out to lunch with a coworker. hehe
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why? They're gone during the day, too?
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Ascher-Malachi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is nothing better than to find someone to inspire your own arts. There is much to be gained from exploring other forms of artwork, styles, and methods :)
BTW i have seen you as my inspiration.
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
8D thank you!
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Auruka-Sunshine Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Welcome back Wen! :la: So happy to see you inspired again. Don't ever give up. :hug:
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:iconwen-m:
Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
<3
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Auruka-Sunshine Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
<3 :glomp:
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MADARTISTJOC Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Alive indeed!!! love the process!!
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Amuscaria Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice detailing. :)
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:iconwen-m:
Wen-M Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
thanks Eric =D
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DQuinn89 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
These are awesome, great work!
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Bloodymage Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Welcome back, I really love your details...hell! I love your work in general. I am truly happy that you found inspiration. :)
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
cool
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