Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
About Digital Art / Artist Alex Martel29/Male/Canada Recent Activity
Deviant for 10 Years
Needs Core Membership
Statistics 166 Deviations 1,459 Comments 37,872 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Strutin' by crashdummie Strutin' :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 2 1 Soon by crashdummie Soon :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 67 24 Crying, Waiting, Hoping by crashdummie Crying, Waiting, Hoping :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 7 1 The Boss by crashdummie The Boss :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 2 1 Hit the road Jack by crashdummie Hit the road Jack :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 5 1 Mr Tambourine Man by crashdummie Mr Tambourine Man :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 1 3 Secret Man by crashdummie Secret Man :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 1 0 Mr Bad Example by crashdummie Mr Bad Example :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 0 0 The Slashers 45 by crashdummie The Slashers 45 :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 77 39 The Slashers 44 by crashdummie The Slashers 44 :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 70 18 The Slashers 43 by crashdummie The Slashers 43 :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 87 31 The Slashers 42 by crashdummie The Slashers 42 :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 62 19 inukshuk by crashdummie inukshuk :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 3 2 Park by crashdummie Park :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 6 0 Machine by crashdummie Machine :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 4 0 Mine decals by crashdummie Mine decals :iconcrashdummie:crashdummie 3 0


No Favourites yet.


I've finally gotten the itch to draw again. Feels good.

Things have been going great at work, and I managed to create good designs and never looked too long at a blank page, but it was different at home. I hadn't felt motivated about anything for a while. Not just art, but other hobbies and projects as well. I'm not gonna dwelve too far into the details, but I went through a lot of self doubt.

I didn't think my comics were that good. I've always had some natural talent at it, and I still believe most of them are pretty funny and the ideas behind them are rather novel/unique, but as far as the art itself went, I wasn't feeling satisfied. Most of the comics are honestly, a mix of laziness and simply doing things wrong because I didn't know better. I created nice cartoon designs for the horror icons, yet could only draw them in so many poses and copy/past these poses every other panel. No thought went into the composition of each panel as I drew the characters separately most of the time and they didn't react well to each others poses and action, leaving most of the layouts to be cluttered messes. Garfield is copy/pasting at its best (worse?), but each drawing is clear and the actions read well. I've also done about every wrong step about actually creating the comics themselves, and used photoshop and illustrator wrong for this kind of work for a long time.

I lost a lot of interest about what was going on in the horror genre. The only thing I enjoyed anymore was seeing friends because I didn't feel like I wanted to commit into any other activity.

My relationship with my fiancée was strained, and bordered more on a toxic co-dependance than on love, and even though in the past I always hoped things would work out, after too many false promises and empty threats from her part, I decided to leave her.

Now that obviously didn't help the creative slump at first, but time heals all wounds, and I started to enjoy myself some more. I resumed the hobbies I had almost given up for so long. Playing hockey, watching movies, a little gaming and I actually started to show some commitment about learning how to draw well. Progress is slow but steady, and I've been doing visual studies and drawing cartoons in different style with actual compositions and lines of action, without losing my personal style which I guess you all find appealing, or else I wouldn't have so many people who read the comics.

Life is good now. I've met another girl, who is in no way needy/clingy, and she supports me in my hobbies and passions. Drawing became fun again instead of feeling like a chore, and by setting myself the goal of actually becoming good at it, I'm only gonna have more fun seeing my progress. John K.'s blog has been one of my inspirations to start doing this again. The guy is really amazing and he explains the fundamentals in a way that's easy to understand.

So, all in all, thank you for waiting through this "sabatical" of sorts, and The Slashers will be back sooner than later, hopefully looking better than ever.

At least halway decent. ;)



crashdummie's Profile Picture
Alex Martel
Artist | Digital Art
Hey everyone, I'm Alex Martel, a tall bearded bloke from Québec, Canada. I'm a graphic designer by profession but a comic book artist by heart. I'm currently doing a comic called "The Slashers" that both parodies and pays hommage to horror movies, classics and not so classics. Rest assured that they're NOT drawn in a chibi/manga style (I consider my style much more European than anything else. Comics like Astérix, Achilles Talon and Kid Paddle were big influences), and the characters don't behave COMPLETELY differently from their movie counterparts. Either way, check it out: you may be surprised.

Come check out The Slashers's website at !

Current Residence: Québec
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite style of art: Cartoon, Super Heroes
Operating System: Mac
MP3 player of choice: i-tunes
Shell of choice: Koopa Shells
Favourite cartoon character: The Incredible Hulk, Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: Crash Smash!!!


Add a Comment:
MalphLink Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
DiamondheadMan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
MalphLink Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
happy birthday! :party::cake:
dogcat87 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
congratulations on your 25th birthday happy birthdayHave your cake and eat it too Have your cake and eat it too Have your cake and eat it too Have your cake and eat it too 
MalphLink Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ynnep Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ynnep Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Happy birthday! ^^
Ynnep Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
We miss you!
soniclover233 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
you are hellouse
Add a Comment: