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A Witch Shall be Born

Hi Everyone,

Here i am with a piece from around half a year ago.

For Modiphius' Conan the Barbarian RPG i had the privilege to reinterpret an iconic scene on the cover of Weird Tales Magazine from the 1920's where Robert E Howard actually published his short stories.

It shows the rise of the Witch Salome, subduing her twin sister, Taramis…

Special Thanks to Chantall Kool for posing as the Twins, and Leon ten Have as Salome's right hand.

Lemme know what you think of the reinterpretation!

All the best,


Knight of Wands - Khazar Bagathur

Hi everyone,

New painting!

Some time ago since i had the time to work on personal imagery. I have been swamped with freelance and i felt my personal creativity got a bit rusty, so i forced myself to pump this one out. I bought the ''Hermetic Tarot'' deck after being blown away by the art, and prompted myself to create artwork inspired by the cards from the deck.

For this artwork, i was inspired by the ''Knight of Wands'' card. My aim is to start pushing myself to make more of these, inspired by Tarot, and hopefully make a deck out of it eventually.

Art background: a ''Bagathur'' (meaning hero in old Turkic) from Ancient Khazaria, around 800 AD, after their conversion to monotheism.

''We embrace our new god with every fiber of our being, and carry him closest to our heart, however, ancestral stirrings still speak to, guide our hand, teach our children, grow our crops, and defeat our enemies''.

Please let me know what you think! Always like to read comments.



Conan the Brigand

Hi Everyone,

A bit of absence from my side. Flu got the best of me. Been finishing up freelance and even starting new personal pieces, so stay tuned for those.

Meanwhile, here is a piece i finished a while back for the Conan the Barbarian RPG by Modiphius.

Conan the Brigand himself!

Model: Satria Bimantara Karsono

Hope you enjoy the piece,



Thalory Arkenshield

Here is a Personal comission i finished a few days ago. I had to depict the clients World of Warcraft character in my style.

I have actually started out painting in Blizzard style back in the day when i began with digital painting, around 5.5 years ago. Even though my interests shifted greatly stylewise, its still fun to go back to what interested me back in the day!


Early September I went to a Death Grips concert with Leon ten Have and Bram Van der Hoorn. The show made an impression on me, the entire concert being a non-stop moshpit over the entire room, resulting in me losing the most amount of body weight in the shortest amount of time!

Here is a portrait/study of the lead singer MC Ryde,

Hope you dig it,




Hi Everyone,

In this blogpost i would like to talk a bit about my experience on my first expo, especially the opening, and i hope it encourages you to set up your own!

How it all started

I went to an exposition of friends, around a year before i decided to do mine. They were present at a local art collective and they invited friends and family. Food was present, music even and a general good vibe. I wanted to try something similar.

So i am a regular customer at my local American Book Center and i noticed that they organize various expositions upstairs. One day i just asked the store clerk if i could enter, and after showing my work he was excited and then the preparations were being made.

First steps

At first i decided to just use prints and frame them, invite a couple of friends/family and generally have a good time. The news came to my dads ears, and as a man who was a succesful artist back in the day, with expositions around the world of his photography, he implied i should take this more seriously. I should ditch the paper prints for this purpose, and he would help me get some proper prints. 

The more we worked on this, the more serious the entire idea became! I decided to invite alot of people. Print flyers, ask friends, friends of friends, old friends, and future friends. Family and in-laws.

Ordering prints

I went to the local print stores and noticed a few options that caught my attention:

(I do not own any of the 3 images shown as example below)

Option on wood:  Artwork would be printed on wood. Either with or without white colors (so that the wood would replace everything that is white) I did not choose this option because my work contains too many value ranges on different places. It would be a mess. This option, however, would work on media with strong contrast and a limited valuerange.

Museum glass: This is the most aesthetic pleasing of all options. It is something, as the name says, that could hang in a museum. The colors come out nicely and the print has a nice coating of glass for an extra professional feel. I considered this option but it was a tad too expensive. I do not have an audience that generally collects more expensive artwork/originals, mostly prints, so i should find a nuance for now.

Forex print: This is the option i decided to take. Its a high quality form of cardboard which is very light. the colors come out extremely nicely even though the print is extremely matte. However, since the material was so light/fragile it couldnt be fastened with a hanging device. This proved to be a pain later on, since i had to fasten it myself!



90% of the effort was aimed towards the opening. The most people would be there at once, after that the expo would be present for a month where only a trickle of people would be there at the same time.

I invited everyone i have and had contact with, the latter aiming to reconnect and hopefully rekindle old friendships. In many cases it happened succesfully! I am working with old friends now to expand my business and i had great talks too with people i didn't see for a while! People who were important in my life connected with each other as well which was great to see.

To backup the costs of the event i had a booth selling prints, as well as showcasing work not hanging at the expo itself.

The most important part of this expo was not to sell prints necessarily, but mostly for the reasons mentioned above. its a great experience, and it adds alot to a professional atmosphere around your work in general.

I recommend every artist take a stab at this. Invite your family, friends, old and new, fellow artist and print alot of flyers! Spread the world and who knows who will come to check out your work. It's a great reason for you and enthousiasts to look at your work in a different light.

Hope this was interesting and even inspired you to take a similar initiative as i did! To this day i even hear at conventions that people saw my artwork IRL at this exact expo and i connect with them immediately. If you have any questions regarding setting up your own expo, make sure to message me!

All the best,



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Joel Holtzman
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Illustrator-Concept Artist-Mentor.

For questions regarding commissions, prints sales and mentorships, contact me through message or mail.


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DrewDiddy1996 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019
Wow you are so talented! Are you available for commissions?
JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
hi, Thank you so much, Sure i am! Please send me your requests through message/mail. PS. I am going to have a lack of internet next week, so there is a chance i am only going to be able to respond early march, apologies for any inconveniences; Thanks again and Cheers!
JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there, i have returned from my trip. If you are still interested you can email me your details at Thanks!
DrewDiddy1996 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
Hey there. I hadn’t this seen this reply! Emailing shortly! 😉
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JoeSlucher Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the devwatch Joel!
hi want to be friends
PeterKmiecik Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I really enjoy Your recent deviation :squee: I'm watching You, hope You do more :w00t:
Please watch my profile if You like my art :dalove: :heart:
..and here's LLama badge for art motivation! :wave: 
AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey there! :la:

Nice art :wow:  If you're ever looking to share your work with other people, live, you should check out #ThumbHub on dAmn (Did you know we had a chat system!? A lot of people don't :( ) We get a lot of great artists popping in to share their work and it varies from Traditional art, to photography, to poetry :) Also a great place to gain more exposure for your art AND to make some new friends xx

Hope to see you there some time :heart:

FrerinHagsolb Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018
Wow, your works are amazing, you have a wonderful way depicting scenes and characters! I'm gladly looking forward to see more of your art! :la:
JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you my friend!
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