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This is one of the biggest questions I've asked myself quite often: Which way do I go as a creator?

Well, obviously I am walking down a quite silent path compared to other creators out there. Let's start from the beginning...

When I first started to draw and paint, I did mostly fanart. The feedback wasn't quite mindblowing, I was never "famous", but yet I got feedback from people. When I started to approach my own characters, stories, and later on designs and settings, ideas, etc., the feedback decreased further, until it hit about 1%.

It has been difficult back then because I realised: Being famous means to follow trends, otherwise people will ignore what one is doing and those who do stick with the other path (of not following trends) could be put into a sort of "special interests" group. It is nothing bad of course.

But at the beginning, to notice that feedback decreases and people follow more of the generic stuff and the trending things, is not that easy to handle. However, I guess being creative means to take risks and to experiment as well. I took the risk to be a nobody. I am, in fact, no one. This is okay though, I have chosen my path. Back then I tried to see if there could be a way to do something unusual, experimental, own, and yet somehow getting people interested. I can say it worked at least to 1% and, as I noticed since my whole life up until now, the people who got interested in my work all have the potential to be special individuals in my life. I made best friends with some who looked far away to where I was walking, at my very own path, following something I have no idea what it even is. Maybe it is just that, my way is my goal. Not very exciting though it is the best way to put it.

Back then I had expectations and hopes as well, but seeing how the world functions and how the industry functions I stopped hoping. There is no room for hope, just for moving forward. Until now I refused to step away from my own path to create "generic" stuff.
The thing is I do not consider my work as something better or more creative, just somehow different since I put my own thoughts and point of view into things. I appreciate a lot of art and design that is out there and all the great colleagues I have totally deserve their attention.

It is not like me trying to make others worse than me, it's quite the opposite somehow.

So which way do we go... I guess it's a very special way everyone follows on their own. I stopped working like a beast just to put stuff out there into my portfolio, since it wasn't worth my loss of energy over time. I've learned a lot just with drawing on paper and writing down all my ideas for the stories I am about to tell.

I do not consider myself as a very good artist, I am just a dude with a big passion for dragons, art, and stories. I am trying to make a difference, whether people like it or not, but at the end I can tell that I tried to take a different route.

All in all I guess that, in fact, is the way all creators go: The journey to the own depths of the soul. Somewhere within there lies the answer we are searching for.

Some day I will find my answer. Maybe, when my story Forlorn Knights is done, it will wait there.

- Dave


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David Schmelling
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Besides my Journal posts, I will post more stuff on my secondary Tumblr Blog right here: thewayofthepencilsamurai.tumbl…

I am currently available for fulltime and freelance jobs. In my freetime I am practising a lot to improve my skills. I am working together with a known artist and recently worked on some illustrations for a little iPhone game.

You can follow me on Tumblr to have a look at sketches and drawings:

Current Residence: Germany
Favourite genre of music: Film/Videogame Soundtracks, Trailer Music
Favourite style of art: pencilled, inked works, lineart, or painterly/cellshaded art (traditionally or digitally)


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kawaiistock Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for watching me.
Brollonks Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad to see another helpful gallery filled with reference images. :)
kawaiistock Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Let me know if you need any particular references for things. I'm happy to help.
Brollonks Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's very kind of you. Do you want to receive ideas for collaborations (means that I am requesting particular references that will show up in specific work, which results in your gallery being featured when I upload the work) via note?
It should be better working this way. :) I'll contact you, as I indeed have some need of particular references for my character development.

These characters are knights, assassins, thieves, adventurers, etc. in different situations.

What I am mostly looking for are the poses, so it doesn't require a specific outfit. However, if it's fun for you taking special costumes or clothing for these references - it is fine by me.
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Joran-Belar Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Vielen, lieben Dank für den watch.
Freut mich sehr.
Gruß aus Rheinland Pfalz.

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