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So It's 4 am and I can't sleep.
ADHD Insomnia Kicking in I guess Staring at a roof I can't even see. I can barely type properly but yet there's all these things in my head I just have to get them out. for some this might seem like a rant, but to me it's just a way to get these things out of the way, so I can actually try to sleep.
I've been doing this Art thing for a few years now and I have worked with tons of different people from all over the globe and although it sounds so exotic and awesome, it's really not like that at all.
I've realized that despite different nationalities, languages, beliefs and religions, we are all pretty much the same. we have the same dreams, hobbies etc.
In the past few years certain things about being an artist helped me to understand people better, and it has taught me that I'm not as special as I once thought I was for having an Strong Afrikaans traditional upbringing. traditions are walls that prevents us from exploring what's out there.
Remember them  but don't let them rule you.
I don't know about other parts of the globe but I Know in South Africa the racial thing is quite a big issue, and I don't think it will change in the near future, too much has happened here.
We (South African Kids) grew up in an environment where there was (and to some degree still has) huge political unrest. Racial segregation was seen every day, the house helpers had their own cutlery, and was refused to take a cups from the cupboard to drink from. we grew up like that and as Kids, you don't fully understand why, you just think that's how things are suppose to be, in some ways you can say we were brainwashed.

I am liberated.

For these past few years I have Started questioning everything, who we are, what we believe and so on.
I use to be extremely homophobic, racist, Sexist, etc, i was the whole package, I hated everything that wasn't like me or better said: things that I didn't understand.

But then I grew up, I realized that I was wrong, So many mistakes I made. In time I've met certain people that have changed my way of thinking, Colleagues and friends, Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Blacks, Whites, Asians and a ton of other people that come from Different backgrounds.
If you want people to respect you, you are going to have to do the same for them. respect all without question, and when they prove you wrong with their actions, then you blow the whistle, or draw the line. The prostitutes you see on the side of the road should be treated with the same respect as anyone else.
Your Employer and the beggar on the street should be treated the same,  that doesn't mean treat your Boss dude like shit, no it goes the other way around.

I believe In God, And I believe In Jesus, that will never change, However I Don't like the fan club at all. Those who often judge the most.
Being Christian Makes you no better than anyone else. I've seen people pulling things out of the bible to use for their own personal gain, countless of times.

To everyone pretending to be somebody you're not, trying to please the world so that somebody would accept you, please stop. It's like putting a rose under a rock, and what the hell is the point of that. I'm actually having a hard time with that ATM, but Sadly so much of being an artist is impressing others and I'm not perfect, but that's a whole other rant for another day.

I am a South African, I'm White, Afrikaans but that's not who I am, I can choose who I am, and I chose to be me.
people will add you to their Little boxes and judge you according to that,  its called stereotyping and that is the one of the Biggest causes for so much unnecessary conflict. 
So many times you walk down the street and see a person of a specific ethnicity or Religion, and you think you know what type of person that is. the truth is you don't know anything about that person.
and you are a fool to think you do.
I'm not white, I''m Just Raymond.

So to end my almost Nobel peace prize speech, be friendly to whoever crosses your path, don't judge too easily and be try to be more humble, because the only thing you have is an opinion, just like billions of other people, opinions, opinions and opinions, opinions all around.
Opinions won't be anything more than just a mere Opinion.

Disclaimer: All of what I just said is in context of course, If you ask a famous golfer to teach you how to swing and then not agree with his particular method, please don't tell him he only has an opinion, there is such a thing as an educated and uneducated opinions.
But this is just my uneducated opinion.

And If you have the ability to shine, then its your duty to shine.

Cheerio
  • Listening to: ACDC
  • Reading: stuff
  • Watching: Dr phil, hey dont judge, its funny
  • Playing: photoshop
  • Eating: dinner
  • Drinking: Coffee

So here I am Writing up another storm, hopefully this will be a happy update.

So there is a ton of things going on, For the past few weeks I have tried to get my portfolio looking better, trying to Create more art and learn more, doing a bit of studies, watching tutorials and all those fun things we have to do.  the problem is, that's only half of the work, and my fault lies with actually marketing myself,  it's a task I have dreaded all my life.

When I started out I thought, if I could just produce good work then everybody will eventually find me, yea that wasn't really the case. the internet is like an ocean filled with colorful fish, only problem is that they are all under the water.  we as artists need to reach out and scream as loud as we can, "hey Hey here I am"  you have to cast that fishing rod in the water. and if the fish don't bite,  try different bait.

This is just fishing for opportunities.

You have to find your potential client and not the other way around,  search for the work that you want to do and chase that with all your heart.
and now it's time for me to follow my own advice.

On to other things

A few months back I started thinking about selling things online, I looked at a few options and I didn't really know anything about that, so did a bit of research and it felt like a mountain of information and I just didn't know where to start,  I gave up, I forgot about it and never thought of it again, some time later I had a conversation with a friend that sells merchandise and we came up with an awesome plan, but due to unforeseen circumstances that plan got pushed aside but that's life.

So again I put it in the back of my mind and went on with my life and  yesterday i received an email form a guy that wanted to buy some art prints and wondered where he could get some and it was like a lightning bolt hit me,  I missed an opportunity it might seem small but it was an opportunity nonetheless, at that moment I decided to just do it, try it and if it fails then so be it.

I looked at a few options and decided on society 6,   uploading the art was easy, I did a bit of editing and cleaned it up a bit,  uploaded it and I had my first prints available within 20 min,  I had to do a bit more editing for the other products like clocks and I-phone cases, I've spent a few hours doing that and fixing up my site to have the new store link up. it was really easy.  Months of worrying  for nothing.  this might sound silly and all but I have some experience with printing companies In the past and have very rarely been satisfied with the quality of prints I received, and I was afraid that my art might not look good.

I guess my point is if fear even stopped us from doing something so small,  what about the big things.

 Fear is a dream killer.

the only thing you have to be afraid of is being afraid.
So here is my advice to you, If you want to do something do it, don't let fear stand in your way, and if you fail, that's awesome you tried, now go try something else,
otherwise you will miss opportunities.

So yes I have a society 6 store now and you can buy my prints and I-pone cases and a ton of other stuff there.
Artwork choices might seem a bit limited at this moment, but in time I will make sure that it gets proper care and new content
I will also add links to the store from all my social media pages and my website.

here is the link: Society6/raymondminnaar

Feel free to also go check out my updated Portfolio site
I have also created an art station account: Art station
and a Behance account: behance
and follow me on Tumblr if you haven't done so already, this is where i post all my studies too: tumblr

I really hope this journal entry helps somebody
So thats it from me
God bless

  • Listening to: ACDC
  • Reading: stuff
  • Watching: Dr phil, hey dont judge, its funny
  • Playing: photoshop
  • Eating: dinner
  • Drinking: Coffee
Time for a new journal don't ya think.

things are going crazy this side as usual, with work and stuff, a few things happened that i didn't plan for but such is life i guess, because of this i have decided to open commissions so if anybody wants anything crazy painted just holla at me.

Send me a note

My rate is 30 $ per hour so you can commission me for anything from one to 1000 hours so feel free
Portraits, character design, card illustration, landscapes, anything you want, i can paint.

And then I Just created an account on Behance, so if anybody is on there, u know what to do.
Here is the link

Sins of Our fathers - Things are going a bit slow, but we will get to it
Avalon lords - we have been green-lit on steam so that's a Good thing

that's about it
cheerio
  • Listening to: Rise Against Black Market
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: Harry Potter
  • Playing: not playing anything gotta work
  • Eating: popcorn
  • Drinking: Coffee
So on my last journal I said I would give an update as soon as the kickstarter started, sadly I had some internet problems and a few other ones, stuff I had to sort out, (ordinary human problems that arise from time to time)  So here is the update.

Avalon lords is A mmorts game, made by Animus Interactive, an indie game company, based in New York, We have very talented Individuals working on this game, So please go have a look at our kickstarter campaign and if you find the project your liking, you have the opportunity to help out.

If you like the project, please share the link.
www.kickstarter.com/projects/a…

You can also find out more on the website.
avalonlords.com/

Next update will be a bit more about "Sins of our Fathers " and a few other new things on my side

That's it for now
Be awesome, be good
Ray
Yea so  its about time for a new less emo journal update.

So by now I hope everybody knows that life is a bunch of hills that we have to climb to get to that final destination. We all have ups and downs, but this entry wont be about that at all.
So there's been quite a few new things going on,   first of we are starting our kickstarter campaign in about 2 weeks from this post, we are very exited and hope things go well.

For those who don't know of "Avalon Lords",  its a new MMORTS(online Real time strategy game) we are developing, were trying to break new ground in combining crazy strategy game features and adding gameplay mechanics many others have tried but not succeeded, but we have very skilled people working on this project so this is just going to rock your world. You an expect another update with more details regarding the kickstarter campaign closer to the date. lets spread the word around a bit hey. please share this.

You can read a bit more here: www.rtsguru.com/game/576/artic…
And the official site: avalonlords.com/


And as most of you have noticed  there is some artwork with the tag of "Sins of our Fathers" on it
This is something I'm working on in my spare time with a friend of mine,  
It will be a series of short stories, about an outcast who's struggling through life, in a dark world filled with violence, poverty, war, and racism,and all the usual bad stuff
You can expect an update in maybe a month or 2 once I have more art to show.

So yea things are looking good
Fun to be working my butt off again, love it

Ray
So yea this art thing is hard, I knew it would be from the start, but I thought it would become easier as time went by, sure making art became easier and faster but becoming a better artist got harder and harder.

But that's not the point of this journal entry.

But first let me say that I'm a noob when it comes to writing, I suck at it, up to now I avoided it, but I want to be more active at blogging, writing and just helping people, I don't always know what I'm doing and my English just aint up to scratch, my punctuation is almost non existent and fixing most of the mistakes in these journal entries takes 6 times longer than actually writing it, so there you have it.

So lets get to the real point---

All of my life I wanted to be more than the person next to me, but somehow I was never that guy that stood out, I'm still not that guy I guess it has something to do with an all around low expectancy others had of me and my crazy narcissistic outbursts of trying to prove anyone who opposed me wrong.  That's how things started out for me.  Everybody said I'm wasting my time and this art thing will never work, so I just had to prove them wrong, and to a good degree I have, but eventually things got out of hand, all of a sudden the bad criticism started to cool down and now things are just too quiet. I systematically cut out all the naysayer's in my life.
So I'm left with a small group of friends and family that's extremely close and has always supported me and my endeavors.

Art became more than a tool for revenge and passion, it became my lifestyle and I wasn't ready for it.

Things started slow and hard for me, but I worked really hard pretty soon work started coming in. It took a good few years.
So I quit my day job to paint all day,  I got use to it and pretty soon I started working on Avalon Lords, I loved it, finally something big came along, something I could be part of, a bigger purpose,  I still feel this way about it and love working on the game, but it left a huge gap

Becoming a better artist, the problem is that I wasn't ready for this big leap,my business skills was not up to scratch, sure I might be a somewhat good artist, but outside of doing art I knew nothing. My time management was non existent, I didn't know anything about being a freelancer, and there was allot of personal problems interfering with my art, my father lost his business, so family was going through a tough time, but somehow I managed to keep my head above the water.

I tried my best and worked even harder, eventually I got into a comfort zone,  I knew that there's allot of work for Avalon Lords, so I worked day in and day out, money was coming in and that's all that matters.
I forgot why I wanted to do art in the first place. I forgot my love for fantasy, warriors and the stories I loved from my childhood days, I forgot why I loved creating art. All that mattered was the next concept and the next money coming in. I lost track again, as I have done so many times before.

I forgot how much I loved being part of a bigger picture.

Eventually I got distracted by computer games and the likes, started doing less art for myself and it got me so miserable.
I got into this comfort zone and didn't have much plans for the future, what happens 3 or 4 years from now? What do I want to do? Because at the end of the day most projects gets completed and we have to move on, what happens then, after we have been part of something that big. What happens when our safe train gets derailed? 

But I know that I have what it takes to handle anything that gets thrown at me. 

So by now I guess we all know that this art career thing is crazy roller coaster ride with low points and high points, its never the constant growth that every newbie expects and hopes it to be.
We see these awesome artists with amazing skills and somehow our mind plays tricks on us, we somehow think that these people had it easy and that their road to success is without bumps and flat tires, we think that there is something special about them, but the truth is that there is something special in every one of us.

We all lose a track sometimes but I think the key to success is getting back on the horse time and time again, pursuing short and small successes in everything we do, and never giving up.

Sometimes its a good idea to step out of yourself and try and see things from a third person perspective, we all love what we do and are passionate about it,and that's why we can get so very emotional about art, and not always see things rationally as others do.

I know I can get super emotional about this wonderful career, and I can't help myself, I just love art making and storytelling too much.

I really hope this short testimony is prove that every artist has related issues. 
We are never alone in this constant path of improvement.
At the end of  the day its always worth it.

I hope this made some sense, if not I do apologise for wasting a bit of your life

P.S Never give up, and always be open minded about everything.

Ray
Hi to all

happy valentines to all, and for the singles, happy singles day

I have to say sorry for being so absent to almost non existent these last couple of months,
things have been very very crazy and there was a bunch of stuff going on.

Anyway its not just deviant art that i have been neglecting but almost my whole online art related activity with the exception of the studies ive posted on www.tumblr.com/blog/raymondmin….

There is however a few changes coming and a few upgrades, first of which will be my portfolio site that is being rebuilt at this moment, and a blog.
  
In some previous journal entries I've made promises that i couldn't keep, I am really sorry about that.
I personally think that i need to grow a bit more as an artist, and that i will humble myself and say that i am far from perfect.
I have stopped updating journals and my portfolio for far too long.

In more recent times, Ive measured and compared myself against some of the best painters in the world thinking-" how can i ever be this good"
so i worked hard and still i just couldn't get anything to that standard, I got emotional and then started loosing faith in myself
and that's one of the reasons why i haven't been active. How can you compare yourself with people with 10+ years of more experience , how foolish of me.

Luckily I've come to the realization that i need to make a few changes and i need to get rid of all this negativity,
and start comparing myself to myself, Am i a better person today than what i was yesterday.

There's also allot of non art related factors that played a major role in my recent absence,
but i wont ever bellow out every  single life event, in an online journal.

I have to admit that this career path is hard, the roads are not always paved with cobblestones and as you progress, things gets harder, allot harder.
Balancing work, studies, play time , friends and family,  that's the hard part.

Nothing is gonna stop me though,
and if i fail, at least i could say "i have tried"  and then  I'll just try again.

I might try a different approach from, and that's just going to be about improvement, helping others where i can, learning as much as i can, and just  being an awesome human being.

That's it for now, and i promise you that i wont wait another 6 months to post a journal entry.
The next journal will most proparbly be an update on all the new stuff im doing and, future plans and so on

keep well and hi5
Hey Hey

Yes this is me updating my journal after almost 4 months,  ha  but I do actually have a reason for this,  doing loads of studies just trying to become a better painter i guess  that and some personal hectic stuff that was happening the last couple of months.
Noah's art camp is insane, and I have learned so much from it, Im definitely going to do the next one.

firstly  thanx again for all the comments and feedback i get from you guys,   its just kinda hard to reply to every message, but that's changing as of now 
the last few months i haven't been as active here on deviant art as much as I should have been, or any online social activity for that matter.  

So heres What im planning to do within the next 2 or 3 months

Ive recently decided that its time for me to contribute more, give back, for years I've only focused on what i could gain from all the knowledge on the spiderweb, take everything i could, but i have never really given anything back, Now please note that I am no super artist and there are loads of other professionals out there that knows way more than i do, and can make artwork a thousand times better looking than mine, but i always try and be fairly open minded about allot of things, and yeaa that "be a sponge" cliche its tried and tested. Ive been a sponge for quite some time now and  think its time  that you squeeze that water out of me.

I'm planning a few big things for the next 2 months, one of those would be a huge update on my personal website, I'm redesigning the whole thing from scratch and  there will be quite a few big changes and extras.

Firstly I'm adding a blog with weekly updates and articles
Secondly I'm thinking of either a weekly podcast or you-tube tutorials, discussions, opinions and advice ( still deciding how that will all work and function)
and maybe someday when i am good enough ill do some critiques and paint-overs.


Rage
2013 is Just around the Corner,

For anybody that's going to be there You have to come and say hi
its from
4 October – 6 October 2013
at the Coca Cola Dome

Ill be at the legion ink artist alley 


At this moment I'm Not going to take in allot of new work unless its for wizard's of the coast (joke) 
I'm Currently working on a big project And also want to make sure that I have a few new things to show at rage 

That"s it for now, If I think of anything else Ill just update this page

Ive got some nice ideas for paintings be sure to keep an eye out

God bless
Hey  lords and ladies   Its been some time since I've updated this here page

I hope you are all good and living life to the fullest

just want to let you all know that I'm taking a few steps back from doing commissions

I'm joining up Noah's art camp, and decided that all my focus must be on getting better
there's just so much to learn, and so little time, here's a link if you want to join
www.noahbradley.com/artcamp/
would be awesome to see a few more joining up  

Oohk  and then a few other things

for all the local yokels  there's  going to be a small convention held in Jo-burg ( KinKon )
its for for the standard weird people  
I'm going to be there selling some prints
would be awesome to come say hi and if you're not too broke  spend a Lil money
here's the link  www.facebook.com/events/165067…

that's about it,   and go check out the poll I'm putting up i need a bit of a second opinion  

thanx and God bless
  • Listening to: Rise Against
  • Reading: The Last Wish
  • Watching: Arrow
  • Playing: no time for playing anything... only art
  • Eating: carrots and lettuce and 120 grams of chicken
  • Drinking: water
I just had one blast of a holiday ,,, I just hope all of you had one brilliant holiday and festive season, in this time i haven't done much art and i somehow feel a bit rusty so now i need to up my game a bit, some good advice, take a sketchbook everywhere you go.

I'm clearly no man of many words, i guess i need to start reading again, and replying to messages, I will try my best to reply to all the brilliant comments within the week.
i also clearly need to become more active within the art community

Anyway  

there's always the new years resolutions that people say they want to achieve.
There's allot of achieving that needs to get done so I'm gonna work my butt off and hope for the best.

then Ive also updated my commission info, the previous method i used was just a bit complicated and here's how things will work:

Commissions:
>Low detail characters/creatures/dragons/  concepts and illustrations  60$
>Full Body Character/creatures/dragons/  concepts and illustrations  85$
>Face portraits 85$
>Half Body Commissions 95$

>These come with a blurred background base (no detail): 25% for a detailed background
>If any artwork is in black and white its -25%

a few examples :
Portrait of a Friend by RaymondMinnaar Elf Assassin  (Commmission) by RaymondMinnaar Eddard Stark - Game of Thrones by RaymondMinnaar Angel by RaymondMinnaar True Beauty by RaymondMinnaar

And then for landscapes: they go for roughly 120$   but rather request a quote

for the bigger illustrations with multiple characters objects narrative, ask for a quotation
it all depends on the content
here's some examples:

Water Barbarian by RaymondMinnaar Final Stand by RaymondMinnaar Dragon Tamer by RaymondMinnaar Hamoth - The Amarath (book cover) by RaymondMinnaar Colossal Ogre by RaymondMinnaar

thank you  

a few notes and terms

1> I require a 50 % deposit upfront, we can never be too safe.
2> I work only Digitally, so the delivery of artwork will be in digital format as well, so I will send  the artwork via email upon last payment. (.jpg /.pdf or something similar)
3> Also make sure to have a look at my gallery to see examples of the work, so that there are no misunderstandings in the type of artwork you will receive.
4> I do not paint anything  that might offend any religious or ethnic groups ,excessive blood or gore, sexual themes and nudity
5>  if you think my prices is too high, chances are its not, this is still undercharging, remember you get what you pay for.

I love art, this is what I do and I have dedicated a lot to it, I have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours perfecting my craft and I will spend thousands more, this is what I do I am a very friendly guy so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask

have an awesome day
  • Listening to: Rise Against
  • Reading: The Last Wish
  • Watching: Arrow
  • Playing: no time for playing anything... only art
  • Eating: carrots and lettuce and 120 grams of chicken
  • Drinking: water
Seeing as people are making end of the world jokes, like there's no tomorrow,ill get  started by saying , goodbey  to all my loyal followers ,,,, i will miss you   very much and the times we shared  was awesome ,,, all  those kind words of encouragement throughout these last few years have really brought me through the hard times, i will miss all the fun arting days, and all those weird ideas we shared,  the comments i left  and the brilliant  art on deviant art,,  this message goes out to all my best facebook friends and  the ones that just  loves the art


PS...,I'm Going out of town for Christmas, and



the World is not ending tomorrow ,,
ill see you in a week or so

the Mayans weren't very good at predicting the future, if they were i guess they'd still be around.
  • Listening to: Rise Against
  • Reading: Business of being an artist
  • Watching: Grass grow
  • Playing: no time for playing anything... only art
  • Eating: who cares
  • Drinking: Cofee and stuff
Well there   
Here is the super long overdue journal, a few days ago I wrote a nice one  and then ....wham.... by accident i cancelled the hole thing...So nice  I blame my mouse

the past few weeks have been pretty exiting with the rage expo and all that   

Rage was an absolute blast,   Rage Computer and gaming expo pulls a crowd of about 40 000 people   for the hole weekend and  it was just the perfect place in Sunny South Africa to  Show off some artwork.  I met hundreds of super nice people Even some folk here on DA came over to say hi, I met some  brilliant  artists  too i just want to say thank you very much for all the support. I made a bit of cash, I'm so glad people appreciated my work and its a huge Boost for me to see that people were actually buying. it means allot to me
So thanx again.

Just want to say thank you to all the people at legion ink For organizing the artist alley ,,, u people are awesome
here is  a link for all the SA artists  that's looking for a brilliant community: www.legionink.com/
Join  now

And then Its time for me to take that  leap of faith,  with all the recent things happening in my life I have decided its time to Give art my all. Up until this point I have been working as a full time inhouse graphic designer.  Ive set up a plan to start freelancing full time  and make a life of art, this is really not the easiest thing a person can do, But i have to do it,

So im doing this in phases , so hope that goes well.

The funniest thing happened Friday evening,

I normally buy  the imaginefx every month, because its just like the coolest magazine ever.  and the first thing i ever do is go to the fx pose, then i check out the disc  and the fx pose is the first stop, I looked at the first artists work, then the second then the third, oblivious to the other work  , and eventually i saw something very familiar and I was stunned for about a min or so, then i remembered that a few months earlier I Sent in some work for the magazine. So that was a pretty awesome  surprise,  I really didnt expect it, it might not be a full feature  but its still awesome.    its on the October edition   disc ImagineFX Issue 87 by verydeano

I have decided to start making some tutorials  in the coming weeks  so if there is anything specific that you would like just send me a note.
  
and remember I do commissions  (my wallet  likes it allot)   just follow this link raymondminnaar.deviantart.com/…

but you can just request a quote

And Ive  finally made time to upload the brushes i use.
its a collection of brushes i got from allot of different places,  Sadly i don't recall where i got all of them  if i could i would
here is the link raymondminnaar.deviantart.com/…
tel me what you think.

just remember its not the brushes that makes an artist good , its the other way around

And please be awesome
Respect   


Ray Ray
  • Listening to: Rise Against
  • Reading: Business of being an artist
  • Watching: Grass grow
  • Playing: no time for playing anything... only art
  • Eating: who cares
  • Drinking: Cofee and stuff
Hey there peepsels   

I just want to give a huge thanx to all the people who have supported me to this point
without some super nice comments and feedback i  would have thrown in the towel  a long time ago

I am glad that people like my work,  I Try to improve with every piece
When I started out I Pushed myself hard and Said that every artwork that I do, needs to have a significant  improvement

So far things have looked pretty  good and  I hope they never stop looking good

I just want to say  that sometimes I really cant thank all the new watchers and favourites  in person.  But I do try my best to give you a thanx.

At this moment, I am working really really hard improving allot of things. the trick is to never stop learning   

So again  a huge thanx  goes out to all of you  for all the support  and uplifting comments

So  are you ready to see my artwork taken to the next level?
  • Listening to: Rise Against
  • Reading: Business of being an artist
  • Watching: Grass grow
  • Playing: Diablo 3
  • Eating: who cares
  • Drinking: Cofee
hi there  fellow art freaks

it almost  here  only one month left  to prepare for rage 2012
You all know about the artist alley?   Well if you don't here's how it goes  

The Rage computer and gaming expo is held annually at the Joburg dome
Attracting thousands and thousands of people and gamers and more people.

So the good folks at legion ink decided it's a good place for artists to show off some of their work.
and  that's exactly what im gonna do.   There's  allot of work that needs to be done in the next month or so.

theres gonna be less  sleep and more art.

For you guys closer to the expo, u better come and say hi, or ill beat you with a jellybean.

c u there
  • Listening to: Rise Against
  • Reading: Business of being an artist
  • Watching: Grass grow
  • Playing: Diablo 3
  • Eating: who cares
  • Drinking: Cofee
Hi there my fellow deviants.
Looks like I'm back
These past few weeks, I have been very distant to most art related endeavours, with the exception of a few sketches and half-finished paintings, done out of sheer misery. I have come to a point that is very fatal for any artist.  I'm not sure if this makes any sense so I'll be more specific.

I love what I'm doing, I am not a super awesome concept artist, that works for blizzard or whatever. Up to this point, that's all I ever wanted to be, I guess we all need to grow up some day. All I wana do now is work for arena net,,,  lol  just joking.

I was at a point where I was feeling that I could really do it, become that awesome artist that everybody loves and yea become super famous and what not.  Most of my work is finished products, and I've had the bad habit of mostly only doing the finished ones and make them all fancy looking and so on. Which is good for illustrations, and so on I guess. But the problem is that you don't learn enough from them, I have always been avoiding sketchbooks and doodles, and just random drawings.  

This is the worst mistake an artist can ever make.

Sadly it's true

I have never been the person to sit down and learn the basics. Avoided the grind, as I call it. They form a foundation to build on. my work did improve allot, eventually to a point that people started to be more interested, commissions started coming in, and it's so awesome to see that money in the bank, things looked very good.  But here's the problem.   We don't just want to do random commissions, we want art to be our lifestyle, we want to paint from morning to evening and receive a monthly income, we want to design characters for games and movies. Insane book covers and the list goes on to infinity,

I thought I was ready., and my big head, so bold  and bragging didn't help allot, I can paint anything, it's true I can, but how well can I do it, and can I do fast enough?  

I wasn't ready.  all of a sudden I tried to paint these things and I tried to make it look like the industry professionals, I couldn't do it,  all of a sudden I got the worst case of artist block ever,  and I was procrastinating, Started a new painting and half an hour later was playing computer games, couldn't focus ,all of a sudden a cant paint anymore. This went on for about 2 weeks, worst feeling in the world. Felt like the life was sucked out of me.

Its times like these where allot of people quit, throwing in the towel.
To be honest I was actually considering it.

Eventually I stared to get my sanity back, tried to figure out what's actually wrong with me.
and found that I just didn't learn the basics,  I got focussed on people and what they thought of my artwork, caring more about page views, than the artwork themselves.

I'm not ready yet,   but you can be sure that I will be
And most of my focus now will be to right my wrongs,
Put in the hours of anatomy studies and colour theory, values and composition poses and the list goes on.

Here's the golden bit, we only have one life.
It's up to us to make it count. And I want to make mine count.
I don't think I want to be just another concept artist.
I just want to do art for the rest of my life.
I want to be a storyteller

Don't ever give in to self-doubt.  It's a killer.
And if you really want to be this awesome artist, then the only thing that will get you there, is allot of passion and hard work also a shit load of caffeine.

Just had to get this out  
English aint my best language,

Apologies for the emo journal ,
Next one will be a bit more fun.

And happy painting to all
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Hi there here is some more info for those that want to commission me, or are on the lookout for good artwork.
I have lowered my prices allot, to accommodate more people, sadly the prices won't stay the same, they might go up a bit but not too much,  Its best to jump now   so let's start,

1 full body and portraits  Black and white (medium detail):   $60  
2 full body and portraits  Color (medium detail):          $85 
3 full body and portraits  Black and white (high detail):       $80
4 full body and portraits  Color (high detail):               $105

Extras:

5 Background(low  detail):    $15
6 Background(Medium  detail):    $25
7 Background(High  detail):    $35
8 Extra characters and objects : $40 (depending on what you want extra)

Here is a few examples of the abovementioned.

Taylor Swift by RaymondMinnaar   Medium detail B&W  - no background
Angel by RaymondMinnaar   medium detail colour - low detailed background
Perseus by RaymondMinnaar   medium detail colour - medium detailed background

Eddard Stark - Game of Thrones by RaymondMinnaar  High detail B&W -  no background
Dragon by RaymondMinnaar  High detail colour - low detailed background
Barbarian by RaymondMinnaar  high detail Colour - medium detailed background
True Beauty by RaymondMinnaar  high detail colour - High detailed background

Band Poster Doellose Stilte, Vampire Slayers by RaymondMinnaar  High detail colour - low detailed background  with extra characters and objects



A few things you need to know before commissioning me

I work on a first come first serve basis; no clients get priority because they paid more.

I require a 50 % deposit upfront; we can never be too safe,

Also make sure to have a look at my gallery to see examples of the work so that there are no misunderstandings in the type of artwork you will receive.

I work only Digitally so the delivery of artwork will be in digital format as well, so I will send  the artwork via email upon last payment. (.jpg /.pdf or something similar)

I love art, this is what I do and I have dedicated a lot  to it,, I have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours perfecting my craft and I will spend thousands  more,   this is what I do



Here are some more examples of what I can do for you

Concepts for: objects, weaponry (sci-fi &fantasy), vehicles Costumes, Landscapes, scenes, Storyboards and this list goes on to infinity
Please ask for a quote first   thanx   

Hope this helps,
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As most of you know in only a few short months it's time for  Rage again, for those who don't know of it, Its South Africa's Biggest Computer and Gaming expo.

Now every year there is a great opportunity for artist to show their work to thousands of people in just a few short days. Hundreds of feet, right in front of you  looking at your artwork.
and so this year I made sure I'm there. I will be displaying some of my best and latest artworks and you will also have the opportunity to buy some prints, there will also be a limited number of merchandise such as mouse pads maybe a few cups  and coasters, small things
but mainly the focus will be on the art itself,  I'm not going there to make money.
There will be loads of other talent there as well. Allot of other artist will do Commissions Right there on the spot. Sadly I Am not one of those artists, I normally lock myself up when I paint Cuz I get easily  distracted. but  there will be a list where I will take a limited number of commissions. First come First serve.
So for all the gamers  in Sunny  South Africa (or by then it will be sunny)  First weekend in October Johannesburg  Dome
Don't miss out
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Hi hi

see  this is one of those days again

super busy   tryna figure  out how im gona finish all these commissions in time
and finishing all my university projects  in  time    well  two weeks  realy aint enough  time  
and here i was thinkin  its  gona be easy  

ooh  people say    u do  art    then  they ask   why dont you do some real work for a change
hahaha    yea  well artists    a bunch of super  specialized   people  that do  nothing all day long  
thats one of the stereotypes

its funny however when all my friends are out  partying and havin a  good time im normaly workin  tryna  finish work before  insane  deadlines  and  thats only the start  
its an ongoing  thing that doesnt stop  

and when you dont   work    u feel guilty for not doing so  
so this  is where im  going with this  

artists  needs to have insane mindsets rite
need  to be able to know alota  stuff  
need  to be passionate
need to be able to work under super pressure
need  to be able  to  set standards  super high
need to be able  to put in super long hours
need to put in alota  studies  
need to never stop learning
need to put everything  aside  
need to  be open minded
need to have insane amounts of self  respect
need to be a self motivator
need to be awsum at  the same time
need to do marketing
need to be able to carry a big stress load      

less hollidays
less  tv
less friends
less movies  
less everything

more art

being talented only gets u so far  
it gives you a nice start  but people   its not enough
if a  person  says  u have talent its nice   it means u have potential
but it doesnt mean u have what it takes   

some people  don't have any  talent  but they  do  have super passion   these are the people who makes it to the top ,,  

if you are willing to put in the work   you  will get rewarded      all you  have to do  is become one of the best      sounds  easy  


u realy wana go this  far
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Hi hi

see  this is one of those days again

super busy   tryna figure  out how im gona finish all these commissions in time
and finishing all my university projects  in  time    well  two weeks  realy aint enough  time  
and here i was thinkin  its  gona be easy  

ooh  people say    u do  art    then  they ask   why dont you do some real work for a change
hahaha    yea  well artists    a bunch of super  specialized   people  that do  nothing all day long  
thats one of the stereotypes

its funny however when all my friends are out  partying and havin a  good time im normaly workin  tryna  finish work before  insane  deadlines  and  thats only the start  
its an ongoing  thing that doesnt stop  

and when you dont   work    u feel guilty for not doing so  
so this  is where im  going with this  

artists  needs to have insane mindsets rite
need  to be able to know alota  stuff  
need  to be passionate
need to be able to work under super pressure
need  to be able  to  set standards  super high
need to be able  to put in super long hours
need to put in alota  studies  
need to never stop learning
need to put everything  aside  
need to  be open minded
need to have insane amounts of self  respect
need to be a self motivator
need to be awsum at  the same time
need to do marketing
need to be able to carry a big stress load      

less hollidays
less  tv
less friends
less movies  
less everything

more art

being talented only gets u so far  
it gives you a nice start  but people   its not enough
if a  person  says  u have talent its nice   it means u have potential
but it doesnt mean u have what it takes   

some people  don't have any  talent  but they  do  have super passion   these are the people who makes it to the top ,,  

if you are willing to put in the work   you  will get rewarded      all you  have to do  is become one of the best      sounds  easy  


u realy wana go this  far
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Hi everyone   

im not gona talk all fancy pancy   stuff  just to let you guys  know  ive done my  first timelapse recording ,,  you can have a look here  www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhRDgD…;

this was my entry for the 8ta movember competition  ,, i won a blackberry ,,,    but   havent recieved it yet ,,,,, mabe those ppl are just asleep
,,,   please go have a look at the video  and like it ,,,

im also busy  recording  my next video ,,, but this one  takes  forever cuz its 5 faces that realy needs to be perfect ,,, this is   my biggest project to  date, its a poster  for a band  so be sure to look out for that ,,,

also just want to  say merry christmas  for all my christian friends   ,,,and  happy  hollidays for all the others ,,,    and  i know  this  is  a bit early ,, but im gona say it anyway


happy new  year  ,, lets make  2012  the year that counts ,,,,, lets make it the year legends are  made,    God bless
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