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Hello everyone. I recently graduated from the Art Institute of Tampa, and now hold a BFA in Game Art and Design. Woohoo!

I've updated my portfolio site recently, be sure to check it out:
www.shiniku.com

So although I am out of school, I am still very busy. I've taken an online class over at CG Workshops and am learning a lot. I've also picked up a few contract jobs that I really enjoy. You might notice a lack of updates for a little while - I'll still be around, but my paid work is taking most of my time, and I can't show it off (yet!).

I am available for contract/freelance work and  full-time employment.
Okay, so it's been awhile since I've updated this thing. About a year and a half.

A lot has changed! You might have noticed that my submissions have shifted to more and more 3d, game-art related things. I've found my specialization and what I want to be - a character artist for video games. So, I apologize to the people on my watch list who were watching me for comic art, or digital paintings or something and really don't care about game art. I'll still do things like that on the side, but for the most part I need to put my time in on character art and that's what I'll be doing the most of.


I'm preparing to start on my next character, and I want it to be something pretty impressive, something with WOW factor. The past few things I've done have been pretty simple, so now I want to find a concept with lots of details/accessories, because models with a lot of different accessories are always the ones that impress me most.

So anyway, if you see any concepts that fit that description, or if you've done one yourself.. y'know, send me a link?
  • Listening to: Tub Ring
  • Reading: Lots of comic books
  • Watching: The Walking Dead
  • Playing: Skyrim
Hiya folks. My last journal was old. Hopefully I'll get in the habit of updating more often.

Anyway, lately I've been working toward presenting myself more as an artist, and increasing my web-presence.


Anyway, recently cool teacher/web comic artist :iconkms007: showed the class a cool blog site called posterous that seems pretty groovy, so I've started an art blog. The point of the blog is to show my studies, works in progress, and sketches, so I'll probably be updating there more than here, and only update here when I actually have some finished work to post. So, if you love me, you'll check it out:

shiniku.posterous.com/ &n… my art blog

Soon, I'll be making my portfolio site as well. I'm currently working on it and I'll have it done in a few weeks, I'll post up the URL when that's up.

Also, I'm going to Megacon this weekend (saturday and sunday) so if you're there you might see me wandering around.

So, thanks for your support you deviantart people. I know that my style and what I post seems to change a lot, an what you see now probably isn't the type of thing you're watching me for, but hey, an artist has got to explore.


I plan on offering commissions soon, assuming someone out there might want one. Just need to figure out some prices. if you want something drawn though just message me and w could work something out.
  • Listening to: Peeping Tom, Tool
  • Watching: Burn Notice
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
Ahoy.

I just finished my summer quarter at the art institute, and uploaded some of my work.
My next quarter will have:

Designing Interior spaces and worlds
Computer Modeling II
Texture I

So, prepare to see some of that. I plan on doing some stuff over the break, too.


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  • Listening to: The Alter Boys, red Snow, Death from above 1979
  • Watching: Dexter, Supernatural, Smallville
  • Playing: Surprisingly little.
Greetings, as you almost certainly haven't noticed, I haven't been around much. For the past week or so my internet has been off, and my computer has been acting iffy for the past few months. But even beyond that, I just haven't been posting much art. That doesn't mean I haven't been drawing though. I haven't been drawing as much as I should, or as well as I like, but I HAVE been drawing.

Also, I did say I'd do some requests, and I feel awfully bad for not having done them. Which is probably another reason i haven't uploaded much of what I have done, but, I'm done feeling guilty about that, all i can say is I'm sorry, and I do still intend to happen. I'm not really in the mood for detailing what prevented me from doing them the time I said, but life has been somewhat harsh.

I just want to find inspiration, and free time. School is keeping me busy though, and I'm having trouble completing any of my personal endeavors, so I always end up rushing them so i can dedicate more time to school. Which I am doing well enough with, another 4.0 (well, one of my teacher's made an error recording the grade, but it'll be a 4.0 once the proper papers go through)

In relation to that, I'm sorry for doing rushed jobs on my secret wars pages - but I am really excited about this project here, and want to follow it through to the end, and can only hope things get better for me enough to participate as well as I should.

So, anyway, I would just like to thank you all for watching me, especially the one's that actually bother to read my occasional whining.

Happy Independence Day.

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Alrighty partners. I'm 18, kind of coming into my own in art, and was thinking about starting to offer commissions or maybe prints or something. I know it would be ridiculous to assume anyone would actually want something from me, but it doesn't hurt to offer I suppose. I was thinking of something like $7.50 for a pencil drawing, $10 for inked, $15 colored, $20 painted. I don't know yet, who knows, any suggestions? I'll probably go cheaper.

But, none of that matters right now. What does matter, is i need to show I can do these things, so I need an example for each category, so the first person to make a request in the comments here will get something painted (digitally), next person will get something colored, next person something inked, and next person something penciled. And I'm not screwing around, I should be operating at the peak of my skill here, so hopefully it'll be good. Also, I'm no prude, I'm open to any type of request, but keep in mind I'm not likely to be familiar with any anime characters and am not particularly good at that style.

so, to make it clear:

DOING 4 FREE REQUESTS

1 (painted): :iconthemanfromhyrule: 's Skutena
2 (colored): :iconthewyteangel: 's Fei Young
3 (inked): :iconbricesmudar: 's Tyler
4 (penciled): :iconcalvero:
Bonus #5 (if I find the time): :iconprojectbc: 's Auria

edit: Since I got no responses here I started a forum thread and filled up my slots.


Also, in case your interested, here's what's been going on with me lately:
Working hard in college, but it's a pain. This past quarter has been absolute hell, but thankfully it's over (or close enough, this is the last week.)

I'm worried about my whole financial situation, but that's not uncommon.

Good news though, I do have a car now, so I'll be driving myself to school and around. I actually have a minor fear of driving but am hoping to get over that. Car insurance and gas and all just gives me more responsibilities though.. yeesh. Silly world.


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Just updating because I haven't done so in awhile and I hate having out dated info.

Anyway, I'm doing fine. Not submitting much.. the Art Institute keeping me dang busy. But I'm still drawing a lot, and that's nice. I miss being able to draw what I want to draw though, instead of what I've been assigned to draw. I barely have time for any recreational drawing. But I am learning, which is good.

Also, I've been messing with TexMod for Guild Wars.. rpetty fun. I always like to do some retextures in games and didn't know there was a way to in GW till now. Kinda breathed new life into that game for me. Anyone else play? Add me ingame: Lord Shiniku.
I typically have 8 lvl 20s, but I just deleted a ritualist I didn't like and started an assassin.. whom I don't like.

And I'll still do the free sketches.. really. Really. But I've got too much on my plate right now to do them now. Maybe 'round christmas break?
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  • Playing: Fallout 3, Oblivion, Guild Wars, Far Cry 2
Just a quick update on some things. First off, here's my MSN ( or windows live messenger) e-mail:
tiir27@hotmail.com

Feel free to add me I'm up for a chat anytime. Figure I'd post that since for some reason I don't have many of my dA friends on my list.

Next, AFL II has started (check out :iconangelcrusher: 's journal for details) and so I'm sure I'll be doing a lot of drawings for that. And likely, not much else.. between that and college and everything else going on I have pretty much zero free time and am unable to do much.

Scars on broadway CD was released. I love it. Some people don't, but meh, I think it rocks. For those who don't know, scars on broadway is a project spearheaded by Daron Malakian (of system of a down) and also with John Dolmayan (of system of a down.) It's a groovy band who's just released it's first CD.
Here's a rundown of how I think the system of a down, scars on broadway, and serj CDs rank.
1. Toxicity
2. System of a Down (self titled)
3. Scars on broadway (self titled)
4. Hypnotize
5. Elect the dead
6. Mesmerize
7. Steal this album

So anyway, I think it stands up pretty well to the mix. Really well. Yet it isn't system of a down, definitely different, but I can't help but compare.

And I'm still gonna do those 5 free sketches (slots still open!) but it won't be anytime soon.
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  • Listening to: Scars on Broadway
  • Playing: Nothing.. wahhh
This is where 5 people can ask me for  sketch of whatever they want done, and then they make a similar journal entry and it spreads like wildfire.
But I'm not gonna make anybody do requests themselves, people are too busy for that, but feel free to make a request anyway.

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  • Playing: Mount & Blade
Hey everybody. Just gonna let you know I've done some updates to my gallery, finally set up different sections for easy navigation. I've made custom icons too, that I'm pretty proud of.. but, I can't upload them. DevART bitches at me about my connection - which is just fine. The helpdesk acknowledges this issue, but doesn't seem to be doing a damn thing to fix it. Oh well, I guess, hopefully I'll get it working eventually.

Also, I'll probably be weeding out my watchlist. Don't worry, I probably won't remove you, mostly just people that have been inactive for a ridiculous period of time or banned.

I've also updated my Shiniku Character sheet, check it out here. the-great-shiniku.deviantart.c…
I wasn't happy with it, so changed it a bit.. still not happy with it, but please take another look. And if you feel like drawing Shiniku, go for it.

And, as none of you may know, I've recently passed the GED, and have sent a portfolio to the art institute of tampa. I've been accepted, and will be starting in July. I'm a college student. Booyah. But, that means I'll be damn busy and won't have time for trivial nonsense. Err, in other words, I'll probably be quite scarce around here, college will probably be pretty demanding.

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Saw Iron Man on friday. As you all should know by now, it rocked. As good as I could hope an Iron Man movie to be. Looking forward to any sequels, and the Hulk movie.

Got GTA IV day of release too. Wicked good fun. I plan on drawing some fanart of that soon, tis pretty inspiring.

But on that point, time to talk about fanart. Everyone's doing it.  What makes me think about this is my Robert Downey/Iron Man drawing the-great-shiniku.deviantart.c… got about 90% of it's 20 faves over the time since Iron Man's release. Thanks for all the faves everyone, by the way. It's nice to have someone fave your thing, but with this, I know people just searched 'Iron Man" and started faving everything in sight. It seems like a lot of people do that over a lot of things.. all my most faved stuff is fanart with a good fanbase. But I really don't see any of that as my best, I just do fanart for fun. But oh well, I understand it, I'm more likely to fave an OK drawing of a character I know and love than a great stand-alone drawing. I'm not gonna bash fanart - I love it, clearly. A lot of things are inspiring, and fanart is also a good way to relax and all. I have original characters and stories and ideas too, I care about them the most, but they don't seem to show up in my gallery as much because it's mostly all just sketches I keep scrawled away to myself.

So anyway, I have two points:
1. To people wildly faving.. take a look at the other stuff too. Don't ONLY look at fanart of your favorite games, movies, and such.
2. Don't you art snobs keep bashing fanart. It's fun. Not as creative? Sure. But for those of you who say people are just whoring for faves - that's not true. People draw these characters because they like them. I'm sure some are in it for the faves, but that's pointless, people are trying to have fun. Sure, originality is great, I prefer it, but that doesn't make everything else bad. Besides, a lot of people aspire to careers that require you draw other characters. For instance comic-book artists, and those who aspire to be them. I don't see any professional comic artists being called fanart whores, even though the characters they draw are not(always) there own. I see no difference to the people who aspire to be comic artists either.

So, don't throw piss fits at people who like fanart, is the point. But also, try and fave the drawings that actually deserve it just as much as you fave the characters you like.


Also, I'm going to a concert this weekend. Serj tankian, Shinedown, filter, woo.
Will probably see Speed Racer as well.



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Going to jazz off to Orlando for the weekend, for the Megacon. Should be fun.. John Romita Jr. will be there, he's one of my favorite artists, as well as a lot of other pretty awesome people. Ohh, it'll be so fun. Always is.
Hooray for comic conventions.

Since I really don't have much of a comics want list (I've already taken care of most of that in past years) i think the main thing I'll be buying is sketches and the like.

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Woo. Got my supplies and course book in the mail. SO I'll be doing the Kubert's World of cartooning mail away thing.. I chose the storytelling course. This should be great, I'm excited - but also a bit intimidated... but, I'm sure I'll learn plenty here.
Woo. Has anyone else taken one of these?

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This is a bright day for system of a down fans! Serj Tankian's elect the dead comes out today. I'm getting the special edition. Ohh I'm so excited to hear it.
Anyone else getting it? Any fans?

Well, anyway, I'm still working on drawings. Currently working on a comic 'The incomprehensible tales of Fast-hand Dan' (working title) which is set in the late 1800's but has strange sci-fi stories.

As always I'd love some requests or collaboration. or just a friendly hello.


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It's been a few years now, and I think I've gotten better. I want to continue this track, and hopefully continue to get better.

But drawings I did when I was 14 do not match my current standard, so i sent quite a few to scraps.

I'll be working on some anatomy more, and probably only submit scraps for awhile, so check my scraps from time to time in the future. I'm gonna try to carry a sketchpad everywhere I go.

Also, I noticed that i can no longer view mature deviations. It cracks me up that i can't even see something from my own gallery. Ah well.

Anybody interested in collaboration? Anybody got any requests? Please?


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Well, I'm starting to feel silly having that last journal up there as no one's replied, so down it goes.

Anyone interested in collaborations or have a request let me know.

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Well, I've had a little side thing going for quite awhile now that I've never really posted anything about. It's a light-hearted corny super-hero team comic. I wrote a script for it as well as some character descriptions and although I could draw it myself, but I thought it would be interesting in trying my hand at more of the writer side of the bargain and let someone else draw it, just to see how they interpret it.

I think it would be cool if more than one person tried drawing the 3 pages. Of  course, I might not even get one person willing to try, projects like this are hit and miss. Plus my writing might suck. I don't know.  But anyway, if you are interested I don't care what your skill level is, anything will do. While preferred size of the image is the pixel equivalent of 10" x 15", whatever size you throw at me will do as long as it's roughly the size of a comic page. If you just want to color or something when someone draws them you can color their's... or you can draw your's and color it as well. You can even put the text on if you so desire, if not, I will. I might color it too if it's uncolored.

Now, to see if you actually are interested, here's a brief description of what the story is about:
It's called 'Quack patrol' quack as in what people call bad doctors.
I'd like it to be kind've a corny old marvel ish style comic. But with comical and stupid elements...  it's about a guy who through medical malpractice is accidentally given a sex change operation, and forms a team of other people that are also victims of medical malpractice to help fight the Evil Doctor Malpractice. (yes, cheesy.)

Here's the script as a deviation:
the-great-shiniku.deviantart.c…
For a more dynamic form download the wordpad document:
www.megaupload.com/?d=AR3RJ63H

If you do do it I'll watch you, and favorite the drawings, as well as put links to your gallery and the drawings in my journal. No that's not a bribe, I would do all that anyway. Also, if you like it, or would like to continue working with me that would be cool. I could give you the whole script so you could illustrate the whole book.. or give you other script ideas to work on, or maybe you could color my pages, or maybe I could work on your scripts, or color your pages. Would all be interesting, and I always love collaboration.

Anyway, please consider it or let me know what you think.



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Yeah, clearly I wasn't able to keep up with commenting everything, I gave up on it ages ago and just wanted to replace that journal entry.

I'm bored, anyone interested in trades or collabs? Requests maybe?

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I've noticed I watch a whole lot of people but comment only a few. Well, I am watching you all for a reason, and so i'll try to get more on track with commenting your new deviations (yay for you.)
If you submit a thousand things at once I'll not comment it all, but otherwise I'll try to comment everything, unless I have absolutly no thoughts whatsoever. Which is rare. if this is too overwhelming for me though ( I do watch a lot of people.. ) I'll give it up. Anyway, yeah, maybe you guys could try commenting more of the people you watch as well.

I'm always open for art requests/trades/collaborations.



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Well, I'm sure you all thought something like that happened, but really I'm just normal. Haven't submitted anything in ages though - don't worry I'm still drawing! Wait, nah, that's probably a good reason to worry..
I'm working on another 1 page comic fanart similar to my defenders+ aquaman(see gallery) and despite reading books on comic layout, the layout still sucks. Gah.
I have all kinds of things I want/need to draw. So expect things out of me.

If you have any requests let me know.



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