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Jon Neimeister
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take commissions?
Occasionally, but only in small batches. Be sure to +Watch me if you're interested, I always post a deviation with information whenever I open up a batch of commissions! :)

Do you take requests?
Unfortunately not, client work eats up most of my days and time outside of that is for personal work and study.

How did you learn to draw?
In a word: practice. I did go to art school and I learned a lot of useful stuff there, but art school isn't a necessity and anyone can learn to draw if you're willing to invest a lot of time and practice diligently.

How do you get your paintings so clean?
In a word: patience. I spend easily 30+ hours painting a single character, going in and making sure everything that needs to be clean is clean, and everything that's rough is intentionally rough. For more specifics on my process, check out the Tutorials & Resources folder in my gallery.

Can I use your art for my project?
It depends, if it's just for you and just for fun like a D&D campaign with your friends I don't mind, but for any projects / content that involve any kind of profit or advertising of another product or website you will need to get my permission first. If in doubt, please ask first.

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Figure Painting 07-19-15 by Andantonius
Figure Painting 07-19-15
It's been too long since I've painted just for the sake of painting, so after getting all inspired by Nathan Fowkes' work I did this color study to have fun and learn stuff or whatever.

I wanted to make more decisive and observant decisions rather than just ride the bus all the way to rendersville. Trying to focus on the big statement rather than getting all fussy with draftsmanship, so I pulled out my trusty oil brushes to force myself to tile instead of blend. Pretty pleased with the outcome!
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Geb - Life's a Beach by Andantonius
Geb - Life's a Beach
New art for the Summer of Smite event that's been going on! This one was pretty tricky cause Geb is so dang huge and getting his materials to read correctly while still being visible took a few passes, but I think it turned out really fun.

Also as I'm starting to put more background figures in to my work I've realized that TINY FACES ARE REALLY HARD TO PAINT UGH.

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I Want You To Know - Remix by Andantonius
I Want You To Know - Remix
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New music!! Zedd and Guitar Center are hosting a contest to create a remix / cover of his song I Want You To Know, and this is my entry. Took about a month to get it finished, but it's finally live and I'm super happy with it. :D

Cheers for listening!
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Triumph and Agni by Andantonius
Triumph and Agni
Wherefore art thou, Smite paintings? This new Agni skin was also revealed in last week's patch notes, had a lot of fun getting this one all figured out. Though I did a mockup of the background in 3D and Maxwell renderer made me want to eat my own face. T'was worth it, howeverfore!

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Bizzy B by Andantonius
Bizzy B
Had a couple new Smite cards revealed last week! First up is this little bugger, Cupid's adorable new Honeybee skin. This was definitely a leap from the other stuff I've done, but it was a fun challenge and I really like how it turned out. There's certainly no lack of variety when working on Smite. =P

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Journal time!! I apologize for the length of this post, but I think it's important for artists, especially newer artists, to consider. Hopefully it will be of some use to you in your artistic journey. :)

SO... ConceptArt has been sending out emails to promo their study programs with little snippets of advice, some of them are good but one of them that came the other day really irks me. The first thing on their list is, "Study with a sense of urgency"

Now... this is my opinion, but I've heard similar sentiments from many other artists and creators who I would consider, "successful" in their field. And, in my opinion, "Study with a sense of urgency" is the absolute worst advice anyone could give to a beginner.

Yes, you need to work hard. The arts are a competitive field, and you need to push yourself if you want to climb the ladder. BUT in all of your hard work beware of mind sets like:
-"If I don't get good fast my dream job will disappear."
-"When this artist was my age they were still twice as good as I am now, what's wrong with me?"
-"If I'm not drawing for 16 hours a day then I'm doomed to failure."
-"I've been drawing for years now, why is this still difficult?"

All of these are a sure fire way to kill your passion for art and drive yourself mad. I would know, I spent a lot of time trapped in them. There's an old adage that's corny and cliche but it's true: the journey is the destination. And as soon as you learn to appreciate that, you will be happy with your work. As a counterpoint to the above mind sets:

-If your dream job disappears, who cares? There are other jobs. There's pleasure to be had in all kinds of work, don't deny yourself happiness until you, "make it" with X company.
-Age doesn't matter, and you can't compare your journey with others. You just can't, it's too complex. You have no idea what situations lead to someone else's success, and you will never replicate it. So just do your own thing, the only thing that matters is that you're better now than you were yesterday.
-Quality over quantity. Drawing for 16 hours a day isn't healthy; you need to spend time on other things to refresh your brain. A few hours a day of high quality study time will always be better than bashing your head against a wall for 12 hours straight.
-Don't, "should" all over yourself. Graduated last year? That doesn't mean you, "should" be or have anything. The universe owes you nothing, so don't be disappointed when things don't go as you planned. Instead, work hard now so that when a good opportunity presents itself you're prepared for it.

In conclusion, urgency is (usually) an imaginary construct, assuming that there is extremely limited time / opportunity to achieve your dreams. This is a lie. There's plenty of work to be had, plenty of time to improve, plenty of opportunities to experiment, and plenty of joy and fulfillment to be had where you are right this second. Live in the moment, appreciate what you have, and enjoy the journey as you work for bigger and better.

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Grimae Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I am so amazed with your work.
Thank you a lot for sharing your artwork and all these helpful walkthroughs!
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Blue-Anubis Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude.. your work is awesome!
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Zearthus Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Seeing that you have a unique view over things, I think it would be great to add another additional topic on: How to tackle learning with the diversity of subjects there is. Especially the first few years of learning art. Food for thought maybe. Look forward to see more of your works / art work.

PS: Didn't find any article regarding to that, if there is one would love to read it :D
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ThePurpleSorcerer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
What a beautiful gallery! I watched your Cthulhu video and it led me here, and your improvement since then is staggering. 
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superAnina Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
Amazing artworks, you can clearly say you put a lot of sweet effort into your art, i love it! :heart: 
Keep up the good work. ^-^
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