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Hey all,

Just got this note:

Hey I really like your artwork. Really nice.

I actually just found a way to get a free DeviantArt Premium Membership here:

 tinyurl.com/dapremium2015

You might want to give it a try. Get some more exposure.... Don't know how many they are giving away though.. Anyways try your luck it's
free. Worth a shot. I got a 12 month membership. (Under a new username)

Keep up the great work :) (Smile)

As I'm a naturally skeptical person, I Googled the link before I even considered clicking on it. Sure enough, it's a scam! Don't click on the link!! The username in this case was "lise-maria."

So avoid this at all costs and delete the note in your message inbox.
For a few months now I've been working on a new website featuring my own prints for sale. This week is the official launch of FolkloreForge.com! In the future I hope to add other artists whom I respect and who would like the opportunity to showcase their work, broaden their audience, and get in on the ground floor of a select community of talented artists and storytellers.

In the meantime, I urge to to explore it and offer any comments or suggestions on how to make it better.

Thank you!

FolkloreForge.com
As most of you can tell I rarely post journals, only updating them if I have something to say (even more rare if it's anything intelligent) but something happened over the weekend that I must talk about.

On Saturday, Ralph McQuarrie passed away.

For many of you, his name may not be that familiar but you knew his work regardless. He was the primary concept artist George Lucas hired back when he was still trying to pitch Star Wars to studios. He's the man who would define what the legendary film saga would look like for the next 3+ decades. Without him, there very well would never have been a Star Wars. At least not in the way we know it.

I can't even begin to express what this man has meant to me as an artist. He was the reason I became an artist. Those first concept paintings he did for the Holy Trilogy became etched into my subconscious. It became my quest to own every sketchbook, every portfolio, every art book that even made mention of McQuarrie's name. And even though I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, I felt as if I had known him for 35 years. It's almost as if I lost a Grandfather on Saturday. And it's affected me more that I would have imagined.

If you don't know the artist and his work, I HIGHLY suggest you check it out. www.ralphmcquarrie.com/

A Legend has passed. He was an icon, my idol, my hero... and I'll miss him.

May the Force be with you Ralph.

Ralph McQuarrie
1929 - 2012
...
Frank Frazetta has left this world at the age of 82. Yesterday was a very sad day for any of us who even have a minor inkling to pick up a drawing pencil. Another of my heroes has passed and his influence on me and countless others is immeasurable. Our world is a much darker place without him and his passing will leave ripples across the fantasy art landscape for generations to come.

Not that the mainstream media will notice of course. I don't know why, but this really bothers me. I know he wasn't a major media star, but is his impact any less significant than, say, Lena Horne's? Even IGN, who claims to have the pulse of popular culture, particularly with regards to comics and games, missed Frank's passing. Sure, Colin Farrell is in the new Fright Night remake and they've got the latest review of Batman and Robin #12, but somehow Frank Frazetta's passing slipped through the cracks. FRANK FRAZETTA!! A man who forever altered the landscape for comics and pulp fantasy art! They missed it.

In the end, it doesn't matter. Those of us who know, will never forget. We will miss you Frank. The void left in my heart by your passing is beyond description.

Goodbye. You were the best there was, or ever will be.
I want to give a huge thanks to everyone for their advice, thoughtful words, and good feelings. I really appreciate you all putting up with my bitchin' and moanin.'

To give you all an update, my wife is fine. The growth showed signs of pre-cancer cells, but it was benign. She'll have surgery to remove it, but she'll be fine. It's a huge relief and, at the same time, a wake-up call to how essential it is to cherish every moment of life. I know, I know, what a cliché right? But it's true. I'm as guilty as anyone of taking all of it for granted.

So let me express my gratitude to all of my friends and family for their compassion and support. It means so much and I can't thank you enough.

Cheers!
Gotta' vent.

You see, my wife is going through a tough time right now. There's a significant possibility that she may have cancer. I have no idea how to react to this. I'm trying to remain hopeful as we await her test results, yet I find myself crying half the time when I'm alone. I don't want her to know. I want to be strong for her and do my best to keep her spirits high.

Then I get angry that I'm feeling sorry for myself. After all, she's the one whom this should affect most right? Yet she show's so little emotion. Maybe she's crying in private like me and doesn't want me to worry. That's just like her. Through shit like this, she never stops thinking of me.

Well, now she's getting some petty little high-school shit from some of her "friends." You know, some of this "he said, she said" crap that means nothing to anyone except the folks who spew it forth. Good God, why can't people grow up?! This is the kind of nonsense that makes me hate people. I don't mean one or two individuals, but the entire human species! Don't we all have enough REAL worries in our lives without inventing all of this nonsensical bullshit?!

You know what makes me angry the most? My wife is the one who has apologized!! She said SHE'S sorry. And still they ramble on about it like little fucking children! I apologize for the profanity, but I'm truly at a loss for words. I've never been more amazed at how petty "adults" can be. Never in my life have I wanted to hit someone so badly! Obviously, I can't do that as I'd be as childish as those I condemn.

I'm sorry to all of you who read this rant. I've avoided saying anything to these "friends" so that I don't get drawn into the levels of defecation where they dwell. I needed some kind of release. Some way of getting this in the open so that I don't boil and explode.

Maybe Robert E. Howard was right. Perhaps "Civilization" is a false concept and barbarism is the natural state of man.
Hello my friends.

It's been an odd, eventful, stressful, depressing, and humbling year. It would be hard for me to relay to all of you what's happened over the course of 2009 and I won't bore you with details.

To make it brief, I'm back and I hope to get reacquainted with all of my neglected friends here on DA in the coming year.

Featured Deviants: JerMohler and W4M1

Mon Nov 12, 2007, 11:32 AM
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As we enter November, exciting things are happening that I'll be able to elaborate on in the coming weeks. 2007 has been a keystone year for my career and I can't wait to see how 2008 develops! Stay tuned, it's going to be a great ride.

Now for this week's features.

Both of these guys are beyond talented. They're visionaries. I consider it a great honor to be associated with these amazing artists. Each and every deviation they post is a feast for the eyes. I can honestly say that I look forward to every new piece they put up. Look, enjoy, and learn as I have.

I had are really hard time narrowing down which works to feature here, so PLEASE go check out their galleries!

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Baeg Tobar - Rilk by JerMohler The Lich King by JerMohler
WoW Thorn in the Side by JerMohler Grey Render in Color by JerMohler Tell It To My Axe by JerMohler

:iconjeffwamester:
Push by jeffwamester Farcooth Predator by jeffwamester
ScOOtish Rebellion 2 by jeffwamester FarCity by jeffwamester ScOOttish RRRebellion by jeffwamester



:thumb67916891: WMD Stamp by jeffwamester :thumb36410592:
Stamp - Comics by AzraelleWormser

Mature Content

Boobies stamp by Funeral-Of-Joy

  • Listening to: Chris Thile
  • Reading: Hellboy: Chained Coffin & Others
  • Watching: Avatar

Deviant Feature: CreepySeb...

Tue Oct 16, 2007, 12:32 PM
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Time for another feature:

John :iconcreepyseb: left DA for a short while, but came back. Thank goodness he did! His work is a real treat for the eyes. With his audacious mix of humor and pop culture sensibilities, you'll wonder whatever happened to the classic MAD magazine.

Check him out, we could use more like him!

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ENJOY!


  • Listening to: Bjork
  • Eating: Beef Jerky
  • Drinking: Crystal Light

Deviant Feature: ironhenry...

Fri Oct 5, 2007, 12:57 PM
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This is the first of many regular journal features I'm going to post in the coming weeks. And since this was the guy who first introduced me to DA, I thought it would be appropriate. ENJOY!

For over 14 years now, Ben :iconironhenry: has been my best friend, biggest influence, and an endless source of inspiration. He never ceases to amaze me and push me as an artist. He's probably taught me more than any teacher I've ever had from high school to college. If I could, I'd feature his entire gallery here, but instead, check these few selected pieces and THEN go check out his gallery. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. :D

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  • Listening to: Kate Bush
  • Reading: Hellboy
  • Watching: The Office
  • Playing: Infernal Contraption
  • Eating: MEATBALLS!!
  • Drinking: Orange Juice