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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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I was pondering art and life as usual and this topic came to mind that I felt was worth writing about. As a freelancer, especially just starting out, don't limit the quality of your work based on what you're being paid. Entry level rates are terrible, we're all trying to fix that, but in the meantime you have to play the game if you want to have a career in the arts.

To escape the sticky swamp of entry level jobs, you need to produce better work and market that work, which will never happen if you're always taking shortcuts to get your work done faster because, "They're only paying me X, it's not worth spending more than X hours on."
To grow your career, you need to create artwork that's worth more than what you're being paid, for three reasons:

1. If you do that for long enough, your existing clients will pay you more because they want to keep you.

2. If your existing clients can't pay you more, your increased work quality will attract (with the help of your proactive marketing) better quality clients who *will* pay you more.

3. Painting bad art for bad rates is demoralizing as hell. Creating work you know is below what you're capable of is a great way to kill your passion in a matter of months. If you can't increase your quality because of living expenses, look for ways to reduce those expenses or find other work while you develop your best possible portfolio.

Obviously we all need to make enough money to live, and sometimes rush jobs are inevitable because the rent is due and there's nothing wrong with that. But be wary that you don't get stuck in a rut because your clients pay bad and you haven't made anything you're proud of in two years.

That happened to me, it probably happens to all of us at some point, and the best way out is to make better art. Study more, do more ideation, spend more time on it, use more reference, take fewer shortcuts. Whatever it takes, make the time to create the best art you possibly can.
Ratatoskr Gold by Andantonius
Ratatoskr Gold
This little bugger got revealed in yesterday's patch notes, Ratatoskr's new gold skin! I love playing Ratatoskr so it was fun to get to do a card for him. I also tried to incorporate a faux-oil underpainting that's peeking through in a few spots which was interesting; though his pose was really weird and hard to figure out have you ever looked at squirrels they're freakin weird man. =P

© Hi-Rez Studios
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Figure Painting 08-22-15
I'm trying to be a little more painterly with a new piece I'm working on, so I decided to get in some practice using bigger brushes and controlling edges with paint instead of layers. So I started with a super loose gesture and then did the rest of it with paint, which was a lot of fun after doing so many hyper-layered, hyper-rendered illustrations.

Thanks to :iconkiumeireles: for the ref:
kiumeireles.deviantart.com/art…
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Don't despise the process of improving your craft. If a genie offered you instant and total mastery of art or music or whatever your thing is, would you honestly take it? Wouldn't it just be boring now that there's nothing left to explore and achieve? Certainly victories are enjoyable, getting compliments, landing a new job, and whatever else... but isn't it so much more fulfilling when you've been fighting a problem for ages and finally figure out how to solve it?

Stop wishing you were better and learn to just do the work and enjoy the journey. Success is meaningless without struggle.

Just a thought I was musing on this morning. Thought you guys might appreciate it. :)
Apparently dA is 15 years old today! This place has been a huge part of my life, I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am artistically had it not been for the people and art here that have inspired me. So I thought it would be fun to do their questionairre dealio! :3

  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?
    8 years and counting! Which means I joined as just a wee lad of 14, lol.

  • What does your username mean?
    I've had this username forever. I love mages and Warcraft, and the top dog archmage in Warcraft III was named Antonidas, so I just did a stupid spin-off of that for my battle.net name and I've used it ever since. =P

  • Describe yourself in three words.
    Swish and flick.

  • Are you left or right handed?
    Right handed. Take that weird creative-side-brain theories!

  • What was your first deviation?
    Officially it was an acrylic landscape painting, but I generally consider this dragon to be my first foray in to the nerdy art world and the beginning of my time here on dA: 
    Valdera, The Red Dragon by Andantonius

  • What is your favourite type of art to create?
    Obviously I love painting Smite cards, the design team at Hi-Rez is fantastic and it's always a pleasure to illustrate their characters! Other than that though, I really love doing figure paintings and still lifes; I adore academic art even though it is a renderfest at times.

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
    I generally tend towards realism, but I'd love to be able to do more stylized stuff. You can be so much more expressive with characters that way; some kind of Disney / Blizzard hybrid would probably be my end goal.

  • What was your first favourite?
    My actual first few are now in storage, so I'm gonna choose this one which is my 5th and because it's amazing:
    pink makes ariel cry by briannacherrygarcia

  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
    Lately I've mostly been favoriting things with really cool color or with an interesting stylization.

  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
    Mr--Jack, no contest.

  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
    :iconpargile: so we can play DnD and sing Wannabe for 3 days straight.

  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
    There's so many examples; peoples' tutorials and artwork were the initial spark that got me really serious about art, especially Mr--Jack's zerg series. And there have been so many people here that have impacted me over the years; many of my early dA friends who I first met on NDA and some I met here that guided me through my early years of crap art and gave me great feedback and advice. Like I said up top, I wouldn't be the artist I am today without dA and the lovely folks here. :)

  • What are your preferred tools to create art?
    Photoshop and Cintiq 4 lyfe!

  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
    Wherever my headphones and music are, and also forests and mountains.

  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
    There's so many, but probably when I got my first Daily Deviation on that blending tutorial (please don't look it up it's so bad, lol). I had only been here for a year and I totally freaked out when I woke up to like four thousand notifications, haha.

I was pondering art and life as usual and this topic came to mind that I felt was worth writing about. As a freelancer, especially just starting out, don't limit the quality of your work based on what you're being paid. Entry level rates are terrible, we're all trying to fix that, but in the meantime you have to play the game if you want to have a career in the arts.

To escape the sticky swamp of entry level jobs, you need to produce better work and market that work, which will never happen if you're always taking shortcuts to get your work done faster because, "They're only paying me X, it's not worth spending more than X hours on."
To grow your career, you need to create artwork that's worth more than what you're being paid, for three reasons:

1. If you do that for long enough, your existing clients will pay you more because they want to keep you.

2. If your existing clients can't pay you more, your increased work quality will attract (with the help of your proactive marketing) better quality clients who *will* pay you more.

3. Painting bad art for bad rates is demoralizing as hell. Creating work you know is below what you're capable of is a great way to kill your passion in a matter of months. If you can't increase your quality because of living expenses, look for ways to reduce those expenses or find other work while you develop your best possible portfolio.

Obviously we all need to make enough money to live, and sometimes rush jobs are inevitable because the rent is due and there's nothing wrong with that. But be wary that you don't get stuck in a rut because your clients pay bad and you haven't made anything you're proud of in two years.

That happened to me, it probably happens to all of us at some point, and the best way out is to make better art. Study more, do more ideation, spend more time on it, use more reference, take fewer shortcuts. Whatever it takes, make the time to create the best art you possibly can.

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CailinMarieCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm amazingly obsessed with Smite right now so stumbling across your work is like the coolest thing EVER.
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KittenWolfJayShady Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  New Deviant
Really love your artwork :-) keep up the amazing work! ^~^<
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TheRandomGirlXD Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
Wait a minute... I've actually seen some of your work in Smite, which means... you actually do work at Hi-Rez Studios, right? 

Well then, how is it like working at a video-game company? I'm asking this because one day I want to work in the video game industry. :)
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acrisafu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah your art is amazing!! :D 
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moon-lotus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
your art is beyond words! how old are you, if you dont mind me asking?
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