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After a year of that journal I made already a year ago. a journal a decision that have marked my life in many ways.
I've been walking without a destination.I've been walking without a destination.
during al these years of drawing and painting, I've seen my skill change a lot and one of the main reason is because I started studying more anatomy looking form other sources of inspiration then I came back to my art and it improved, but with every year that passed I felt less and less excited about drawing the same character type in the same format, same colours with some changes to represent other characters, I lied somehow to myself that this is the way I should work, I created my own safe zone, my shield, drawing the same stuff not taking risks, saying to myself , someday the moment will come when I'll draw something different, but never gave the change to let it grow.
when I started doing life drawings I felt different, I did it first to learn the anatomy, but I found something better,  I felt really like an artist, never felt like that before, I never went to a school to learn how to draw. I realised  I've been missing


this year that will end soon has been a one of the most wonderful experiences I have had, all those dreams and thoughts of being a real artist have been fulfilled after a year taking multiple classes meeting amazing artists, I could have never dream of metting, friends with the same passion and drive, motivation to keep me going for forever, I've found all of that, in one year adventure.

the previous year I said I wanted to be a concept artist and that was my goal, but I've found that I can't stop exploring and trying new things, which has changed they way I do my artwork and made me see that animation art is where I want to go, and where i'm going, amazing artist like Shyoon Kim, Tron Mai, Jay Oliva, Mark McDonnell, Andrew Cawrse and many more have influenced my life in a way I never though before it could happen.

SO, what happen at the end. I've found my passion for storyboarding and character design for animation, I've found the feeling in my heart rushing when I made the right line the right angle and pressure the right emotion , when I put my soul and mind into my pencil. its something I've never experienced before but it's that climax that comes close to sex.

So for those out there who have read my journal and are still finding a way, or are chilling out seining my progress, I invite you to take that big decision that scare you to dead and learn, study and let your self being taught, drop all that bullshit your brain is giving you and is making you slow. and do what you really want, we only live once!

I did it and I'm having the best time of my life, and as Glen Keane wrote in my paper, Keep drawing with your heart! I will Glen! I will.
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greatdiane Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
so are you actually working as concept artist in the indrustry or as a freelancer? there are not opportunities in countries like Venezuela or mine (Nicaragua) do you think you could achieve your sucess if you were in your country and not USA?
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greatdiane Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good for you, is very difficult path (being artist). But the changes are better is you donīt live in countries like latin america, so I guess is because you found more oportunities outside your country :)
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Jinai Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Hey Reiq,

My name is Jin and I've been following your work since I started coming to dA. I'm not a fanatic, but I know your name and your works and I take inspiration from them. I am no artist like the ones you find on dA, but am a Magician in real life (a different sort of artist eh?).

There's something mysterious about Art as a concept and an application to life.

I'm glad you lived and bested your fears man, you are living proof that we are our own enemies. Like you, this year has been a year of leaps and elevation for me, as a student of the craft I have such passion for. I was scared to advance, but I knew my potential and how far I could go in terms of finding my own style, uniqueness, conviction, focus and Expression. I'm glad you've found your Way. Keep on the path of excellence my friend, I hope to see some epic works from you in the future!
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taylrock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Artist
Are you still doing livestreams, or would that block your exploration?

Anyways yay
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chimera46 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Cool beans, best of luck with it!
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DarkSamuraiX1999 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Glad to hear this from you ^^ You're still as awesome as ever.
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Core-Point Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
I almost expected to see LeSean Thomas up there, dammit...
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costavalmir Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Man, already knew his work before entering on deviantart, and one of the reasons I had to create an account here was to be able to comment on your work. I'm not an artist, I just appreciate the good artists . And you're one of them.

(my english is a shit )
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reiq Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
thank you!
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DREAMGEARSTUDIOS Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
true..thank you for sharing.
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Tharkad Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
It's a big step you took there, very nice it worked out for you! :D
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bulletproofturtleman Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
MY RESPECT FOR YOU DOESN'T CHANGE AT ALL. DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, AND LIVE YOUR DREAM- THAT IS WHAT BEING AN ARTIST IS ABOUT
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fngrscr8dstroui Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Big ups bro. Keep going high.
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reiq Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
yes I will!
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ZeroStrike Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Congrats. I am glad you found something new and exciting interest. If you are interested in animation, check out the 11secondclub if you haven't already.

[link]
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reiq Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
pretty good site, but I'm not going to do full animation more like storyboards. which is pretty close
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Agent505 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Conceptual art often tells a story behind the story. Though I know what you mean - it's the guy who comes up with a practical appearance for something. Just start coming up with designs for stuff you read about and you'll get there. (I hear they're going to need conceptual artists at Disney for the new trilogy? Just saying.)
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reiq Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
hope I can get in! :D
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Courtnee-Blackmon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional
Sounds like you had a great time, you sound happy and that's good!

I have had a similar time this year and it has been quite the adventure. Last year I did something unthinkable, I quit my retail job without having another. Just got so sick and tired of doing nothing so it was the kick in the pants I needed!

Keep on trucking Reiq!!
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Grifther Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Artist
I would take that decision too, but bills come every month and i must think to my family first at all. I'm happy that you found so much and enjoyed it a bit by looking on what you draw, so don't stop it and keep doing what you like.
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ReaperKing Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Artist
I'm glad it worked out for you. My experience in school hasn't been as rewarding.
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sirDeem Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Man, I know the feeling. One year ago I quited technical university to study art. No regrets. Great decision, this is the way I want to go. I support you with all my heart on pursuing your dreams. I love to see you progressing as I am a longtime fan of yours. Keep rocking Reiq!
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shyGoggles Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
YOLO
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Xpuk Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do your best :thumbsup: You are awesome :)
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AZNbebop Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad my class made a positive impression on you!

It was a pleasure teaching you what I love to do!
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reiq Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Damn! you're like Batman! coming out of nowhere, lurking in the Darkness.
Thanks Jay! thanks for all the knowledge! hopefully it won't be the last time you'll know about me! :D
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Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Congratulation on all your success. I admire people who are willing to chase what they really want in life. You used to work in graphic design right? Leaving it is probably the best thing you ever did.
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reiq Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
yeap. :D
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MrPlaid81 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great stuff, man. True!
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DoctorSoull Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Im proud that you are able to find your passion and true calling in life. :) Continue on your fulfillment, sir.
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henryxpl Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oooh i remember that journal reiq, and now... And that's why we call it "adventure" :D
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Koenken Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome news. Will spoken about following your passion, too.
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carlospita Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's awesome news Reinaldo.
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Sean-Loco-ODonnell Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well alright mate! That's absolutely awesome news!
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Hergman Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
wow, i feel the happiness in this that you found your life's calling
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Jowain92 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Writer
Animation eh? Now that's a good idea, I'd definitely buy a movie/anime that used an animation style with you artwork :P
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Life is awesome!!!!!
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blindeyeinsight Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I'm happy to hear it reiq! It sounds like you've found the same kind of joy in animation that I have. Just a warning, the animation industry is a small world, and not a lot of it is done in North America. Character Designing in general is a very tough job to get into, but I think you have the kind of art that will stand out and give you a great chance to get in.

Also, be ready to backpack across country, following the work wherever it goes. Don't buy a house.
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Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Congratulations, man! I'm very glad you found what you were looking for this year!
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"sex"... what is that?
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Derisuse Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I'd like to thank you. *hugs tight* I was linked your jounral by a loved one as a sort of message to me. I have to say, you really were a inspiration and it is wonderfull when you find understanding people with the same or similar motivations or at least that don't mock your dreams and ideals.

I wish nothing but the best on your path and for your future.

^^ You can't spell heart without art :3
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KittyStardraco Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wonderful and inspiring journal to read ^_^
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Yay!!! Glad it worked out so well for you. Animation huh? Can't wait to see what you make in that!
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Carudo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Drawing with your heart?
Nice advice, keep it up.
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MDFive Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is a great thing to hear. I've been following you for a long time. Hell, you were the first person I ever watched here. You've certainly came a long way, and to take such a leap of faith that you did is impressive :)

I need to do something like that myself.
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Otter-10 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
A lo largo del aņo se ha podido ver tu "mejoria", como has encontrado l que querias hacery como te has vuelto increible en ello!

Hazle caso a Glen Keane (!!!!!!!!!) y sigue diujando con todo lo que tengas!!!
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carlfoxmarten Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
That leap of faith scares the **** out of me.

I don't handle the unknown very well; haven't, well, ever.
To be confident, I need a known, stable, comforting base under me.
(not that I have one yet)

Any suggestions?
Or is this one of those "Just Do It" things?
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Courtnee-Blackmon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional
It shouldn't. Whether you play it safe or not in life, you are still going to die as do we all so what is the point of playing it safe. There is always a risk, the best people manage risk, not avoid it.
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carlfoxmarten Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I guess it's the perfectionist in me.

I hate failing.
Unfortunately, that's the best way to learn... =>.<=
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:iconcourtnee-blackmon:
Courtnee-Blackmon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional
That is the best way to learn! We learn nothing by victories really, except how big our egos can get. But a failure brings all types of learning experiences, embrace that and no telling how high you can go.
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