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December 7, 2012


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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?
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 :)
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!
taylrock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Artist
Are you still doing livestreams, or would that block your exploration?

Anyways yay
chimera46 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Cool beans, best of luck with it!
DarkSamuraiX1999 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Glad to hear this from you ^^ You're still as awesome as ever.
Core-Point Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
I almost expected to see LeSean Thomas up there, dammit...
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 )
reiq Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
thank you!
DREAMGEARSTUDIOS Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
true..thank you for sharing.
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