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Mursi 6 by MarcusThomas Mursi 6 :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 5 1 Kamasi Washington (Vi Lua Vi Sol) by MarcusThomas Kamasi Washington (Vi Lua Vi Sol) :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 5 1 Intuition by MarcusThomas Intuition :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 9 1 Mursi 2 by MarcusThomas Mursi 2 :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 6 1 Clarity by MarcusThomas Clarity :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 10 15 Johnny Tsunami by MarcusThomas Johnny Tsunami :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 1 0 Shine by MarcusThomas Shine :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 3 0 Self-Portrait (2018) by MarcusThomas Self-Portrait (2018) :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 5 2 India 2001 by MarcusThomas India 2001 :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 5 0 Departed by MarcusThomas Departed :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 6 1 The Untitled One by MarcusThomas The Untitled One :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 3 1 Mursi by MarcusThomas Mursi :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 12 1 Woke by MarcusThomas Woke :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 11 3 Silence by MarcusThomas Silence :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 11 3 Try Again by MarcusThomas Try Again :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 16 1 Mind games by MarcusThomas Mind games :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 11 2


002 by hoooook 002 :iconhoooook:hoooook 374 4 CT by RoUgEmIe CT :iconrougemie:RoUgEmIe 130 11 Illusionary Informant by Morano Illusionary Informant :iconmorano:Morano 166 5
Is Reference Bad?
I feel like I've addressed this before at some point, in some other journal, but I find myself either discussing this with people a lot, or coming across people who on their work proudly claim to have "used no reference."
The biggest problem, and misconception, regarding references is that people feel like it's cheating or that it somehow cheapens their work. While I can understand the sense of accomplishment coming from using no reference to finish a painting or drawing, people who consistently do it are only hurting themselves in the long run. So in short, no, reference isn't bad.
Artists have been using reference since the days of the old masters. They would reference life, whether it be landscapes, objects on a table, or models standing in a studio. They would even reference their own sketches or other people's work in order create convincing paintings.
For some reason, a lot of people today seem to think that in order to be a good artist, they have to be able to do things without
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Guns and Ships by shoomlah Guns and Ships :iconshoomlah:shoomlah 4,461 144 Deharme BRUSHES / Photoshop-CC by Deharme Deharme BRUSHES / Photoshop-CC :icondeharme:Deharme 13,986 726 Dylan Dog MATER DOLOROSA page 92 93 by GigiCave Dylan Dog MATER DOLOROSA page 92 93 :icongigicave:GigiCave 465 7 Edge by reikureii Edge :iconreikureii:reikureii 232 15 Little Gifts by Castaguer93 Little Gifts :iconcastaguer93:Castaguer93 2,385 52 BRUSHES by AaronGriffinArt BRUSHES :iconaarongriffinart:AaronGriffinArt 27,391 1,459 Age meme by Melloque Age meme :iconmelloque:Melloque 204 15 Overwatch_Dance of the Dragons by LifelessMech Overwatch_Dance of the Dragons :iconlifelessmech:LifelessMech 5,350 212 Beware The Weight Of The World by Ascending-Storm Beware The Weight Of The World :iconascending-storm:Ascending-Storm 2,915 0 Chandra, Flamecaller by Rhineville Chandra, Flamecaller :iconrhineville:Rhineville 456 15 Undertale by JimboBox Undertale :iconjimbobox:JimboBox 3,869 274 Undertale : Hopes and Dreams by Sa-Dui Undertale : Hopes and Dreams :iconsa-dui:Sa-Dui 5,233 145



Mursi 6
Dang this was fun. This is the 6th digital sketch painting in my Mursi series. I feel like I nailed the process of creating this one. This might be the last one I make and I just NOW feel like I actually hit my stride. Should I make another?
Kamasi Washington (Vi Lua Vi Sol)
Kamasi Washington has and continues to create beautiful and massive genre redefining music. “Truth” happens to be my favorite song from 2017 and one of my favorite songs of all time. The music he continues to make— like the tracks on his newest album “Heaven and Earth”— are like nothing I’ve heard before. Thank you for making great art.
I loved how this bad boy turned out. I haven’t digitally painted without reference in quite some time so it feels good to have something that completely came from my head.
Mursi 2
2.5 hour speedpainting. Experimenting with varying brushes different coloring techniques.
Even through the darkest clouds the sun will always be there. Even through the darkest circumstances God is still there. But it’s hard to see sometimes.☁️👁☁️
“The Arrow” EP by @andymineo is really something special. I have no doubt the rest of the chapters will be excellent. I wanted to commemorate it’s release by doing a digital painting based on the song “Clarity” because it’s exactly how it's how I've been feeling recently mostly in a creative sense. I’m pretty sure that 400,000 of the 440,255 streams on Spotify are now mine since I kept listening as I drew to get the feeling of the song right.🤔😅 I’m seeking clarity in particular places in life and it really resonated with me. This picture captures some themes and feelings from some of the other songs on the EP and if you haven’t listened to “The Arrow” EP yet you definitely should. Well done, Andy.


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Marcus Thomas
Artist | Student | Varied
United States
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There you'll see great music, regular updates, works in progress and much more!

Hey there everyone!!
So check this out... I'm a pretty chill guy... I love video games... art (duh)... pizza...and Jesus... I'm on DeviantART for 3 reasons:
1: To post drawings of the things I love
2: To support other artists
and 3: To impact people through my art ministry and to have a fun time doing it :)

I've been on this planet for 20 year now, and throughout my short lifetime God has impacted me and placed many things on my heart to share with my peers through my art. Now, I can finally share those messages with the rest of the world! I hope to impact others with these messages and I pray that through the help of all arts, talents and movement of the Holy Spirit to reflect my creator with my creativity :) Enjoy!



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B-Angelo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KRMi-e Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :-)
Adalack Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
Happy Early Birthday, Marcus Thomas.
By the way, I really like your openness standards about traditional values, especially Christianity's values.
Sincerely one of your hopefully many fans;
StewCat52 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Student General Artist
Happy birthday!
Aw0 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
My GOSH man! Your art is amazing!! :0
Stanwuuz Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Your art is deep as the ocean man! Loving every bit of it! :D
PaD12 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
with 20000% you deserve way more watchers ... i hate deviantart for that xD
B-Angelo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TrashcanAlphys Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!!
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