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Tom
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Artist // Professional // Digital Art
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My Bio
June 2010

I'm a jack of all trades who's trying to become a Renaissance man.

I have been painting and drawing since childhood, although there have been many periods of artistic standstill (we've all had those, right?). My parents recognized my talent on early age and hired an artist to teach me some techniques. Years later I attended weekend classes at the School of Arts in Utrecht, The Netherlands. I focused on fine art. My interests are extremely diverse and this all too often prevents me from spending much time creating art.

I studied media design and graduated on the subject of 'Game Design for Specific Audiences'. I love game design. It is like playing God, but without the ethical dilemmas that are usually associated with that kind of thing ;p. I have professional experience in many facets of game development - 3d modeling, programming, gamedesign, 2d art and whatnot - as well as experience in web design - especially as a flash designer/-developer.

I have an unstoppable hunger for knowledge and culture. I love to read the classics and watch tons of movies when I get the chance. Knowledge and culture are two of the most precious things in my life. If in times of personal disaster understanding won't give me comfort, art surely will.

Recently, I decided it was about time to pick up the brush again. I feel like I'm way below my potential and joined deviantArt to learn and improve my basic technique. I'm especially interested in improving my game related 2d art skills. I hope to share some of that process here and get some useful comments.

Enjoy my gallery!

Tom

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Current Residence: Eindhoven
Favourite genre of music: Trip-Hop and Classical
Favourite style of art: I don't care. Whatever piques my interest
Operating System: I operate on earl grey tea.
Shell of choice: seashell
Favourite cartoon character: No face from Spirited Away, Mugen from Samurai Champloo

Favourite Visual Artist
Friedrich, Bouguereau, Chirico, Vermeer, Dürer, Giotto, Van der Weyden, Van Eyck, Michelangelo
Favourite Movies
A Space Odyssey, The Fountain, Stalker, Alien, Apocalypse Now
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Massive Attack, Van Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Arvo Pärt
Favourite Writers
Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Kundera, Yourcenar, Stendahl, Goncharov, Kafka, Poe, Proust,
Favourite Games
Thief II, Operation Flashpoint, Half-Life, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Morrowind, Chess
Favourite Gaming Platform
PC
Tools of the Trade
Painter, Photoshop, Wacom Intuos 3 A4, Maya, Zbrush, Flash, HTML5, XML
Other Interests
Art, Culture, Media Design, Technology, Philosophy, Science, Movies, History

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merbel commented on merbel's profile
Only the occasional commission.
I don't mind. I made this uniquely for my mom almost 10 years ago. But it has since been popping up in several places as the BookCrossing site was selling the label without my consent (well... until I found out). I made an inside label as well, in case it is any use to you:
  BookCrossing Alien InsideLabel by merbel  
Book Crossing Label
I think that was exactly her point. If you imagine the roles reversed you realize that this can be considered creepy as well
merbel commented on merbel's collection
Thanks for contacting me. Unfortunately many use that image without my consent. Did you use the image commercially? You can reach me at tom.vandemerbel@gmail.com