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Killing Tree Rgb  by Dragonbreath1023
Killing Tree Rgb
The killing tree lures it's victims with pretty flowers...

Acrylic on illustration board
approx. 14" x 17"
Fairy warrior rgb  by Dragonbreath1023
Fairy warrior rgb
A quiet moment while the fairy listens to advice from her allies.

Acrylic on illustration board
approx 2' x 3'
20,000LeaguesUnderTheSea rgb  by Dragonbreath1023
20,000LeaguesUnderTheSea rgb
I chose to portray the scene in which Nemo has just sunk a ship and is deciding whether or not he should take the 3 survivors on board or let them drown.
Acrylic on Illustration board
2' x 3'
Slightly Perturbed Gnome by Dragonbreath1023
Slightly Perturbed Gnome
Passed the time on a cold rainy night at a bar called the Angry Gnome. Did a quick sketch of a possible inhabitant of the place.


Christopher Kalin
Artist | Professional | Other
United States
Current Residence: Huntington Station, NY
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite style of art: fantasy,realism...
Operating System: PC
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny
Personal Quote: Stop complaining and fix it yourself.
This will be year 4 of the Illustration Master Class for me and I am still vibrating with excitement over the idea that I am part of this amazing experience.

I never realized how inspiring it can be to surround yourself with others of like mind. If I get down about my work, there are plenty of others to share their experiences and bolster my resolve to keep going. I am obviously not the only one to go through 'hard times' or 'bad art' phases, but seeing my friends and colleagues working past their rough spots lends strength and in the end picks everyones spirit up. It becomes a 'collective' experience.

My rough spot this year was that I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what I wanted in my work, so I would do a few sketches and go right to the transfer stage and begin painting.
I read a post by someone who said  - not in these exact words…
 How did the masters get so good? They drew their ideas over and over again. Then they did color studies - many of them. Then they hired models and did more sketches. Some sculpted to find the correct lighting. Then they did studies of specific areas of their paintings-to-be, fine tuning the little bits - a correct turn of the hand or tilt of the head. They painted their final idea. Sometimes a second time - not to mention the undercolor painting for value.

So my next thought was..'who do I think I am to just do a few little sketches and go right to a final painting?' When I get upset because my painting isn't coming out the way I planned… guess what..  I didn't practice enough. I was too impatient. If I want to stand out, I need to work harder. No more 'crying' because I'm not 'good'.

Needless to say, my time in this fantastic art world is humbling. Somehow, at the same time, it gives me more strength than I ever knew I had to continue without stopping short of my goals.

Next week is IMC - year 4. I am ready to be truly inspired, get my proverbial butt kicked and I am ready to come out stronger.
  • Mood: Euphoric
  • Listening to: Rush
  • Reading: Forgotten Realms & Dragonlance
  • Watching: my computer render a 3d file

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rasmus-art Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thx for the :+devwatch:

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Liarath Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks for the watch!! :)
BrittMartin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the Watch - I appreciate it!
MarioTeodosio Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank u so much for the Watch!
And if you have the chance, here's my facebook page with a lot of new stuff yet unposted here...
Facebook: [link]
Maybe take a look at it (and why not, leave a like :ninja:) I will gladly appreciate it!
For each like, a citizen of Gotham will be saved. :batman:
cwalton73 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thanks fer watchin'!
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the Watch! All the best!
1oshuart Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the watch ^^
LJEKC Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Thanks for your join the group. I appreciated it :)
jcbarquet Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Thanks for the support! :)
Dragonbreath1023 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Artist
Thanks for the welcome and the comments! It's all very much appreciated.
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