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Canker by JoelChaimHoltzman Canker :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 45 1 Ecology of the Asura by JoelChaimHoltzman Ecology of the Asura :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 145 6 Son of Nineveh by JoelChaimHoltzman Son of Nineveh :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 894 55 Relics of Dominion by JoelChaimHoltzman Relics of Dominion :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 222 12 Spirit of Six Emperors Chapter Opener by JoelChaimHoltzman Spirit of Six Emperors Chapter Opener :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 139 8 Welcoming Beldam by JoelChaimHoltzman Welcoming Beldam :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 56 2 Mongol Skirmisher by JoelChaimHoltzman Mongol Skirmisher :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 154 10 Prince Carrius Possessed by JoelChaimHoltzman Prince Carrius Possessed :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 28 2 Cimmerian Wizard by JoelChaimHoltzman Cimmerian Wizard :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 134 6 Panivar Lotheed by JoelChaimHoltzman Panivar Lotheed :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 95 6 Death of Ellenai by JoelChaimHoltzman Death of Ellenai :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 82 8 Soothsayer by JoelChaimHoltzman Soothsayer :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 120 6 Nareen Adella by JoelChaimHoltzman Nareen Adella :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 22 4 Crown of Scales by JoelChaimHoltzman Crown of Scales :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 121 4 Philosopher by JoelChaimHoltzman Philosopher :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 107 4 Fighting the Chimera by JoelChaimHoltzman Fighting the Chimera :iconjoelchaimholtzman:JoelChaimHoltzman 136 8

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Hi everyone!

Here is another character i painted for pathfinder around half a year ago, the ghoul ''Canker'' for the Adventure path ''Light of the Lost Coast''

Model: Leon ten Have

Hope you dig it, more coming soon

Best regards,


Ecology of the Asura

Hi Everyone!

Here is the Chapter opener i painted for Pathfinder: Temple of the Peacock Spirit, released this month.

It was a challenging brief, prompting me to tackle multiple characters in action in a readable way, something that i had to do in future briefs more and more. Really forces you to pick your focal points clearly.

''Ecology of the Asura Opener''

Art director: Sarah Robinson

Lemme know what you think, As always, wish you the best. Stay tuned for more very soon.


Son of Nineveh

Hi everyone!

Here is the promised new painting, finished a few weeks ago. It's an historical setting around ancient Assyria, where the king shows his son his heritage; Armies, slaves and the capital of Assyria, Nineveh,

The image is painted in a dreamy/mythical sequence, to enhance the boy's fantasy of his inheritance.

Lemme know what you think,



Relics of Dominion
Happy to announce a new personal painting!

I am delving into history and mythology, this time i visited ancient Persia; Powerplays in the Sassanian kingdom.

Lemme know what you think, as always :-)

''Relics of Dominion''

''the Sasannian empire was crumbling. Political intrigue and power plays dominated the higher aristocracy, and royalty, generals and holy men sought to maintain power of the dying empire. Through tasking foreign adventurers of finding ancient artifacts from the dawn of mankind, these figures of power hoped to gain autonomy and cut each other out from the Wheel of Power''
Spirit of Six Emperors Chapter Opener

Hi everyone!

Had the privilege to illustrate a chaper opener for my first Pathfinder gig ''The Six Legend Soul'', around a half year ago.

I have a lot more work done for pathfinder, which i'll be able to share next month.

Hope you dig this one so far,

Jesse Vis , thanks for posing! Tried to keep your likeness on the right guy as a cameo ;-).




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
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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!
Bernardumaine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving !
KryptsOvEternity Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Student General Artist
Cool work, man! 
JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
cheers mate!
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