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Hey guys!!!!! I just published a Kickstarter project to create paintings of traditional and contemporary Japan!!!! Please follow the link below to view it and I would love you forever if you could back my project!!!

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

Essentially, I'll be going to Japan for the next school year and I wanted to do something that brings joy and wonder to others while I was over there, especially since this will probably be the only time I get to do something like this.  So for this kickstarter project I want to portray the beauty of Japan and share it with everyone through my paintings.  I want to help people see the beauty of the world they cannot see in person, I want to help them feel the thrill of exploration of a different culture and people.

Remember, you will get some pretty awesome rewards for each pledge you give and even if you can't donate a lot, the smallest donation still makes a difference!! So, please please go check it out and tell everyone you know!! :D  I would really appreciate it if you guys could put this in your own blogs as well to help get the word out there. 

P.S. the funding will end August 10 at 2:49pm EST!!!!


P.P.S. commissions are still going, so please look at the previous journal entry and if you're interested let me know! :D
Hey guys, just writing a "quick" journal to let you all know commissions are open for environments and characters (OC's are welcome too).  Please read the whole journal to ensure you don't miss any information.

If you're interested in a commission, please shoot me a note with your email and the type of commission you want.  You can commission up to 3 pieces of your choice! :D  I'd allow more, but I don't want to overkill myself haha.  I will show you a preview of what the final piece will look like for your approval and then I'll work on finishing it up.  To let you all know in advance, all payments will be made via PayPal before the work is turned in to you, as it is the safest and most convenient way to send and receive money, so please have that in mind if you decide you want a commission.  If you don't have a PayPal account and you still want a commission, making an account is very easy, so don't be afraid to go and sign up for one :)

General quotes:
- painterly character portrait: $25
  example  
Uzumaki Prodigy by whatzitoya
- detailed character portrait: $40
   example
- full character illustration: $50
   example
- painterly environment painting: $50
   example
- fully detailed environment painting: $100
   example

Keep in mind that you may not use any of these commissioned works for any commercial purposes after you receive them (i.e. printing them and selling them, using them to advertise your own products, book illustrations, covers, or any other publishing that depicts the artwork or for any profit you may hope to make), as I still hold copyright over the work.  You can do whatever you want with them, as long as they are not used to make you a profit.  I will submit these to you all in high quality, but the price will go up in correspondence to the level of detail, as you can see in the quotes, since it takes a lot of work to get something to look super detailed :P

IMPORTANT! Please send me as much information as you can about your commission request(s) in your note, as this will help me better understand what you want.  The more information you give me, the more the better the end result will be :)

Anyway, I hope you guys are interested! :D  Just send me a note and we'll get going from there!  :)

P.S. if you want to commission me for commercial work, the most popular being book illustrations and stuff of the sort, you can send me a note stating you're interested in doing commercial work with me and with your email and we'll negotiate the terms and prices (they will be higher than the normal commission prices as this will be for commercial work).  *I require contracts to be signed for this as well*
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Hey guys, just wanted to let you know really quick that I am going to be putting up some of my paintings up for sale here on DeviantArt and on Society 6 (thanks to a kind suggestion from a follower) so if any of you are interested in buying some of them, go ahead and buy them from here or go check it out at Society 6, whichever you prefer! The link for Society 6 is: society6.com/JoseBorges and there you will find the works I put up! They are not that expensive, so jump on it if you want some of my work :D Thanks for all your support guys! :D
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Hello guys!! I hope you are all doing good! :D

So, as the title says, I plan to go study abroad in Japan for one year starting this coming September.  As you can imagine, the trip would be extremely expensive and I am hoping I can come up with the money to go because it would be an amazing experience that would completely help me grow as a person and artist.  This then brings me to the main reason I wrote this journal.  If I were to put up any of my paintings up for print and sale (probably not through deviant art, maybe through contacting each other via email and then me personally sending it to you via mail) how many of you would be interested in buying them from me?  I could print them fairly large too, so size wouldn't be an issue if that is something that may concern some people and I could print in many different types of paper, such as photo luster, canvas, HPR, and so on.  However, I probably will not be able to frame them for you, so that would have to be done after the purchase and delivery has been made.  The general price would be between $50 - $100 (through PayPal maybe, still working on the details) depending on which painting you want and what size, since it is pretty expensive to have things printed out at large sizes and I have to make sure I make a profit to be able to fund my trip.  If any of you would be interested in this, please leave me a comment saying that you are interested and if you have any questions, also feel free to ask them in a comment.  If enough people are interested, I'll start the email process, where I can personally talk to you about which piece you want, how big, what paper, and the price.  

Thank you very much for taking this into consideration guys and I just wanna say that all of you are freaking awesome.  I love all the feedback all of you give me, as they have helped me grow so much as an artist and as a person.  You have all played a very important role and will still keep playing an important role in my life, so I just want to let all of you know how important you all are to me! :)  Thanks again guys :)
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hey guys! Just wanted to let you all know that I am trying to keep updating the tumblr page at least 2 to 3 times a week to provide you with some information I believe to be useful if you are looking to go into the concept art business.  Yesterday I wrote about Photoshop brushes and discussed some useful tips and hints that you guys may find...well...useful haha.  If you are curious, go check it out and feel free to get back to me with any questions you may have on there :) Again, the link is: whatzitoya.tumblr.com/

Have a great day and rest of the week! Cheers! :)
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Hey guys! How have you all been? I hope good, yeah?

Well, I've been extremely busy with personal projects and school work as per usual (grrrrr school work >_<) but anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know that I made a new Tumblr, where I will be posting my art and also talking about what I do to achieve the final piece.  I know a lot of you ask me things, such as "what brush do you use?", "What is your inspiration?", and "how do you even make this stuff?".  Well, this new Tumblr page is where you want to go to get those answers! The link is: whatzitoya.tumblr.com/
Keep in mind that it is new and it doesn't have that many things posted in it (if anything, if you guys visit the page as soon as I post this lol), so it will be a little while before it is in full bloom, but you guys should follow me as I will be talking about my process, as well as great resources and sources of inspiration to have if you guys want to go into the concept art field.

The second thing is that I made a CGSociety profile, the link of which is: joseborges.cgsociety.org/galle…
In this one, you'll find the same stuff that I upload on here, but it in case you guys want to follow me on the forums there, feel free to do so!

Again, these two profiles are new, so don't expect much when you visit these pages yet, but as time goes by, I'll be putting more and more on there, so stay tuned!!!

I hope you guys have a wonderful week and keep it artsy! ;D
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Hey guys, I just want to take a moment of your time to direct your attention to a very good friend of mine, Suphyx
He has so many good poems and the occasional story he uploads that are phenomenal! I really recommend him to any of you who love literature!!! So take some time to read his stuff, you won't be disappointed ;)
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Hello there everyone!!!  How are you?  Artsy I hope lol :P
Anyway, I just wanted to write a new journal and keep you guys posted on what's going on on my end thus far and also to get to know you guys a bit better :)
First of all, I have been swamped with work and classes here in college, since it is my senior year...gah! lol.  Everything is going good though, as you can see, I have been uploading quite a fair amount of paintings lately and there will only be more!! The next couple of pieces are still gonna be from my senior studio course so expect to see those uploaded soon.  I know it's gonna get harder from here on out, but gotta do what I gotta do! :P

Second order of business!!  I just wanted to know what motivates you guys to create your artwork?  Do you have a certain end goal you want to meet? Or do you do it just because you like it?  I want to see the diversity of artists here on DA!!

Cheers! ^_^
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So recently I have been swamped with things that I need to do and I often find myself wondering if I will be able to attain my goals.  There are also a lot of mini goals that I want to reach while I make my way to the big one at the end.  One of which is going back to Japan for a year to study abroad, while also being close to many friends and someone I love over there.  The thing is though, that in order to be able to go through my university's program I need to be declared an Asian Studies major...and I'm not...lol.  I am a Digital Arts major, but I can also do the double major... *sigh*.  Also, it is not really that guaranteed that I can be selected for the trip even if I declare that double major.  But, you see, I really really really want to go back for many important reasons, so right now it is a huge worry in the back of my head until I know for a fact that I am going.  Man...screw uncertainty...haha.  However, I will say this: always pursue your goals, no matter how outlandish or ridiculously difficult they may seem because if it is truly what you want to do and it helps you forge your own life, it is something that is worth doing.  I, like many of you, want to be happy with my life, so I am doing all within my power make my goals a reality.  FIGHT THE POWER!!!
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Hey guys! I will not be accepting anymore Naruto requests, since I'm pretty stacked up with work from College and other things and I also want to actually get these requests done for you guys within a reasonable time span lol.  So I'm cutting it short to 16 requests, thank you for understanding and to all of you who sent me requests :D  Be sure to stay tuned so you know if your request was submitted!!! Stay classy ;)

Characters currently working on:

- Fu (finished)
- Tenten (finished)
- Naruto (finished)
- Sasuke (finished)
- Zetsu (finished)
- Temari (finished)
- Deidera (in progress)
- Kisame
- Sakura
- Hinata
- Kushina
- Anko
- Hanabi
- Zaku
- Gaara
- Sai
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  • Playing: Final Fantasy
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Alright everyone! May I have your attention please!  I will be open to Naruto requests for a while, since I am in a Naruto mood as of late ;)  So! If you want to see a certain Naruto character painted by me just send me either a note or post a comment on this journal!

Characters currently working on:

- Fu (finished)
- Tenten (finished)
- Naruto (finished)
- Sasuke (finished)
- Zetsu (finished)
- Temari (in progress)
- Deidera
- Kisame
- Sakura
- Hinata
- Kushina
- Anko
- Hanabi
- Zaku

Any character from the series is fair game! NO OC's and no pairings, just one character.  However, if you want to request a character that has already been requested by someone else I will let you know and you can request another.  I'm going to have to ask that you only request one character in order to give others an opportunity to request characters as well :)  Keep in mind that I won't be able to get them all done quickly, but I will get them done :)  Once I get around 20 requests I will not accept any more, but keep them coming until then! :D
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Hey guys!!

So I'm working on a Naruto fanfiction (which I started like 4 years ago...I am now just getting off my lazy butt to actually write it lol) as well as my original story Project: ZEON.  I will be posting concept art and illustrations for characters and environments for both stories!  Yes, I know Naruto already has a set style and story, but this is a fan-fiction, I will be remaking the story in my way.  So be looking forward to seeing a lot more Naruto around my page lol :)  As for Project: ZEON, there will also be plenty of that ;)  Look forward to seeing the next character, Eli!

That is all for now!
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Hey all! Been a while hasn't it? lol.  Well I just wanted to say that I will be making a lot more art in the next couple of weeks due to portfolio reviews, class projects, etc. So look forward to seeing many more paintings (hopefully i get to do more portraits and figures), some 3D modeling stuff, and maybe some traditional drawings.  Gotta buckle down and get shit done! :D

Anyways, that is basically all for now. Just wanted to let everyone know what's up and that i'm still breathing :) Oh! and I lost my Wacom pen holder that had all the pen tips inside of it :( major sad face, the hunt for that will begin in the morning lol.

Peace out!
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  • Playing: wish i was playing Halo: Reach
  • Eating: Yo Face! jk
  • Drinking: Agua!