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We here I am again… after another loooooooong absence. For whatever reason I just haven’t felt driven to create much art this year, and something in me feels guilty about coming to DA purely as a spectator. All I can say is that I sure hope this lull passes because I’m much happier when I’m creating!

I’d be lying if I said political anxiety here in the U.S. wasn’t part of the problem and with the outcome of the last election I find myself driven to become even more politically engaged to preserve the progress made over the last couple of decades. But I’ll attempt to minimize bringing my political baggage into the DA sphere which is about art, entertainment, and escape. I know that barrier won’t be 100% impermeable, but I’ll do what I can.

I’d like to shout out a BIG thank you to whoever gave me the anonymous membership boost! That was a joy to discover… and joys are a valuable commodity of late. I’ll try to participate more and make the expense worth your while… but “try” is the best I can promise and clearly doesn’t pass Yoda muster.

My first book cover of 2017 just rolled out this week! It’s not precisely a “new” work, but it’s a tuned up older image and it’s on James Cambias’ first self-published e-book, “Outlaws & Aliens”. This is affordable entry into Jim’s work, if you haven’t already read him. He tends to write good SF adventure with a solid science underpinning. I hesitate to actually to use “hard SF” to describe it since, to many, that implies dry, concept driven work. Jim’s work ain’t dry and it won’t require a calculator to appreciate. He has two fun novels already published by Tor Books: “A Darkling Sea” and “Corsair”. I can heartily recommend both!…

And how about that "Rogue One"? I haven't enjoyed a Star Wars film as much since "The Empire Strikes Back"! As always let me close with a selection of neat DA stuff you might have missed… and my personal wish for ALL of us to have a happy, fulfilling 2017.

Hidden-base by bluesey Friendship 7 by GrahamTG Mosquito pair by jncarter  Spruce Moose by Alex-Brady-TAD  Space Engineers_ Journey by IvanLaliashvili  Filming the Aquashuttle by thefirstfleet     Ambition 1 Lander by MacRebisz The business end by GrahamTG Gem Cosplay from The Empath ST TOS by imonlyhalfvulcan Epistellar Horizon by elreviae Discovering by QAuZ Thunderzeka by Andrei-Pervukhin Blade Runner by MarkRaats Sulphur Fields by TK769 They should have sent a poet by Colourbrand

Pool Party... 7 by erogenesisCGI Seventh Sister by Rathskeller7  Ambition 1 Ascent by MacRebisz  SEVEN JEDI Final Poster Struzan Inspired by hapajedi To Golden Light by QAuZ  Commissioned: The Lorentz (Updated) by Colourbrand Aspirations by jollyjack  Flyby III by ahaas  Warthog says 'BRRRRRRRRRRT' by Loopydave

  • Listening to: Various SOMA-FM feeds
  • Reading: Not enough!!
  • Watching: Netflix's "Travelers"
  • Playing: Exploding Kittens
  • Eating: Well
  • Drinking: Less
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hapajedi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
Rodlox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
welcome back.  glad you're doing okay, and congrats on the book cover.
dana-redde Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Howdy! I've been in kind of the same boat for the past year or so, but I'm glad you're still here!
honormacdonald Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Late comment, 'cause I haven't been active either, but I just wanted to say I feel you on the political tensions. And I'm glad you're trying to do more creative work. I need to too.
NyrathWiz Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just caught your artwork in Allen Steele’s AVENGERS OF THE MOON! Top notch work! Love it
jncarter Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for including my Mosquito picture.
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
Yer welcome!
Niribur Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am glad to see you're still around Rob. :)
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Aye. Still staying one step ahead of the viscous zombie horde! ;)
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much sir for the two tributes - more is to come - I assure you :D
Fastmax Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Well, since you're just spectating,... you may want to "spectate" over to what I'm up to lately.
And, yes, Rob,.... you can be "hyper critical" about my artwork's execution .....if that makes you happier.
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oooo! GOODIE!!!!
Fastmax Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Rathskeller7 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for including the Seventh Sister in this collection.
Happy 2017 to you!
gmd3d Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking forward to seeing some more fantastic art in the future
LmAnt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Now the New Year can start! :)
I am already happy if I only see the tip of your nose peaking into the artzy light of day again, dear!
Now take your time and just let the machine running! :)

MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Thanks very much for including me here Rob, warmly appreciated. 

All the best for an epic 2017
Druuler Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Do not feel too bad about being just a spectator around here.  I have not contributed anything myself, except a few comments here and there, in almost 3 years.  I lost my drive and my passion...  :/  So, compared to me, you are doing great!!!
TheCentipede Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to see you back in whatever capacity. The burnout is real, so we'll just have to keep a stiff upper lip, what?
tommerch Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Good to hear you've got some work coming out In The Real World! I was fascinated by Rogue One (or, as I often spell it - "Rouge One").  Good action, interesting look at another aspect of the Rebellion. And Vader as he damn well should be. Dammit!

And for some of us, we're less interested in "escape".  <wink-wink, nudge-nudge> "Say no more!"

Thos. Merchant
psymonster1974 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
I had much the same reaction as you to Rogue One, came out of the cinema deeply satisfied (as opposed to mildly irritated at EP 7). 2016 was a weird year, but that was a highlight. I also haven't felt inspired to upload much, and have consumed more than contributed, but then again I don't consider myself an artist; you sir are, and I look forward to your future posts.
JonathanBluestone Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Artist
Rob, you're a legend in the gaming community - in fact, I grew up watching your work so I was absolutely delighted to discover you were on deviantART. Don't worry about being here or not - the fact is, anyone who googles Rob Caswell does not get offered multiple possibilities, for there is only one Rob Caswell, it even comes up 'art' as well. Frankly, one of my ambitions is to somehow convince you one of these days to do some illustrating for me! While I'm here may I wish you and your family (I assume you have one) and any significant others in your life a happy, stress-free and profitable 2017.
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional General Artist
Well thank you! This year feels better than last already! ;) 
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