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Hey everyone! Here's the seventh installment of my feature. I know I keep on saying it, but it's really amazing how many relatively undiscovered talents there are out there, and also how many up and coming artists out there that appear to have very bright futures. It's exciting!

Also wanted to give you all a quick update on my creator-owned project...It's progressing steadily! A few of the sketches I've been posting have been designs for various characters and locations from the book I'll be doing, but the main area of progress has been in the script for the first volume. It's taking a little longer than the writer and I thought it would, but not by much. I think we're about halfway through the first volume at this point, and we're at the point of just making a few subtle changes here and there, but the overall story is already solidly planned out. I can't wait to start drawing the layouts for it!

One more note, just wanted to say thank you to all of those that sent me birthday wishes. I think I responded to everyone individually but if I missed someone I just wanted to make sure I got out a general thank you as well :)

Anyway, so here are this week's picks. Hope you all enjoy!

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Seyutana Castle by Chenthooran


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Hunter by Douglasbot


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Doc by PaulReinwand

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Strange Sunset by JonEastwood



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Metal Colab by f1x-2
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TheLeviathan45 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist
I wish I had just as much skill as each of these wonderful artists :(
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Comparing yourself to others is usually not a very beneficial thing to do. Instead of wishing that you had as much skill as them, why not ask yourself how you can better your own art? Set small goals for yourself, study and practice at the things you want to improve, put in the hard work, and I guarantee you will improve. You never know what the limits of your ability are unless you put all the effort into it you possibly can. Keep a positive attitude and it will do wonders! :)
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TheLeviathan45 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist
You might not know this but I'm a naturally pessimistic person, so trying to keep a positive attitude about...anything really is near impossible :/

Even then. How exactly do I practice? (I'm not joking, I legitimately dont know how)
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I actually tend toward the pessimistic point of view as well, so I can understand how you may feel. That said, I'm aware of those tendencies in myself and I do my best to cut them off before they take over my way of thinking. My recommendation would be that instead of just concentrating on the problem ("I can't draw as well as others."), concentrate on the solution ("How can I take steps toward being able to draw better?"). 

  Practicing drawing is the same as practicing anything else. I honestly do not believe you when you say you "don't know how" because everyone has practiced something at some time in their lives. In case I'm wrong though, here's the basic format of what you need to do: research an area of art in which you want to improve(say, anatomy for example). Find out what books to read or which tutorials to watch, then, DRAW. The only way to get better at drawing is to draw more from life, photos, copy other great artists(never put this online or claim it to be your own...strictly as a way of learning from imitation.) All of these things will help you improve. 

  That said, the fact that you would say you don't know how to practice makes me think that maybe you don't even like drawing that much. No one ever told me to practice drawing, because since I was a little kid(probably 3 years old), I've been drawing pretty much every day for at least an hour or two. That is because I naturally love to draw. If you don't have that, then why do you want to be a great artist? I could say I'd love to be a great athlete, but I don't love it enough to put in the long grueling hours that professional athletes have to put in, therefore, I don't REALLY want to be great athlete. That is the question you need to ask yourself. Do you really love art? Or do you just like the idea of being great at it? I think most people fall into the latter category.
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TheLeviathan45 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist
I have no I idea how to really respond to this because Im really glad your trying to help but at the same time i also feel insulted. I just dont know how to "practice" something at all because ussualy, despite any type of teaching tool, It doesnt get much, if any better. (This is a prime example as Ive been doing this for 4 years). Ive also tried to learn new things to improve my art style, but they don't seem to get any better. I just don't want to give up though... (You were right about the "wanting to be good at it" part because, unlike you I don't posses any natural drawing talent, but I try to prove that It doesn't matter if your born with the talent or not, you can acomplish it with hard work...Which may seem wierd coming out of a pessimistic person, but thats not to say I don't have fun drawing whats on my mind, but my goal is, in fact, to become a great artist, despite being born with no natural talent in it whatsoever.)

So yea...It still stands that I dont know how to practice (Despite you believing me or not, which to be quite honest, also offends me, but just in the sense that you think that I was joking about this...Im really not. :/)
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I'm sorry if I offended you, that wasn't my goal. I don't think you were joking, I just think that if you maybe don't realize that you DO know how to practice. It sounds like you HAVE been practicing, but you believe that you haven't improved.

  Think of it like this...If I told you "I tried to walk from New York to San Francisco, but I walked for a few days and it didn't seem like I got anywhere so I gave up" what would you tell me? Becoming a great artist is not something you accomplish in 4 years, just as walking almost 3000 miles is not something you can accomplish in a few days. Becoming a great artist is a long and difficult journey, and is not for everyone. I still don't think I'm "great" and I've been drawing for about 32 years. As I said, there is no magic formula to getting better, it's all about learning, reading, studying, and drawing as much as you possibly can. In my opinion, you DO need some amount of talent to achieve the highest level of skill, but it is not the most important element. I've known many artists who were more naturally gifted that me that never made it into a career. Out of curiosity, how old are you? 
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TheLeviathan45 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist
Thats the thing, I believe that it could be for every one, natural talent or not.
Im 15 years old btw
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Well, talent is not something you can really quantify. I don't really know how much of my ability is talent and how much is just hard work and dedication. I would advise you not to worry about whether or not you have or don't have talent. Just worry about how hard you work, and how diligent you are in learning. If you want I can recommend some good books for you to check out that will help. You are still young enough that you have lots of time to practice and learn, so don't be discouraged! If it's something you really want, then you'll put the time in required and you will eventually see improvement if you keep at it :)
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JonEastwood Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
Thanks for the mention! These are all amazing artists!!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Sure thing man! I agree!
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GoodAp0llo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
Thanks for doing these, always such great artists. :)
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
You're very welcome...Thanks for checking them out! :)
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Chenthooran Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Micah thanks for the feature, I feel honoured to share the stage with guys as skilled as this.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Sure thing man! Your work is truly amazing. Love the originality of your character designs. I was gonna post one of those, but this environment is really awe-inspiring :)
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