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Steve Hamilton
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Available for new commissions starting February 1st 2015

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Been in Mexico volunteering full-time since November, and still loving it.  So happy to be here, even if it means less time for painting.  I get two days a week to focus on art, and evenings when necessary.  Pretty much all that time goes towards client work, which would be the reason why there have been so few updates here.

But next summer, I am planning to finally hit Gencon and scout out the big-name art directors.  Their marketing manager was my mentor back in Seattle, and while I'm sure he will be very busy during the convention I hope that he might be able to help me with some introductions to art directors he knows personally.  Of course, if my portfolio isn't up to snuff it won't make much difference, but that will be the aim of the eleven months of preparation that lie ahead.  I am hoping within the next couple months to transition out of client work for a while to focus exclusively on putting together everything I've learned the past year and making a killer portfolio.  It's been a dream of mine to land a MTG contract with Wizards, and I'm starting to feel that I'm ready for that.

Of course, what I really want to do is just spend a year studying all the landscapes around the town I'm in and figure out how to capture them decently.  This town is in an amazingly beautiful part of the Baja--right now in the summer heat, huge thunderheads grow over the sea of Cortez and cover the eastern horizon with a massive wall of billowing clouds.  I want so badly to just take a day to go paint those, but time doesn't seem like it will permit this month.  Sad that landscapes aren't in as high demand as character pieces, but maybe I'm just missing the right clients. 

All the same, I am just so immensely thankful to God to be here, working with the kids and families I love and still being able to paint and do contract work.  My spanish is getting better, but I'm still missing a lot of slang and some important vocabulary.  Still learning what it means to be a servant, and still struggling at times to quit myself of some of the garbage of my old life.   Still fearful as an artist, but hopefully I can get rid of that with time.  Fear of failure slows me down so much of the time, makes me miss painting when there was less at stake.  But I'm getting better, and getting a clearer idea of what I want to make in the future.

I know that this blog post is in the same vein as much of what I've said before, but it still feels good to get it out there.  Once I get a new kindle and have all my art notes back, I will try to address something different for a change.

Hope all is going well with everyone reading this, and thank you for your attention. :)  This time next year I'll be at Gencon, if anyone has any plans to hit that let me know. 

"Be a warhorse for work, and enjoy even the struggle against defeat."  -Robert Henri
  • Mood: Thanks
  • Reading: Apologetics, the Art Spirit
  • Playing: If I touch Kerbal before v1.0 someone kill me
  • Eating: Tamales and burritos all the time

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henrystrong Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Realy love your work man, Im a CG artist and would love to turn one of your concepts into a photo-real piece if you would allow? I would of course you give you full credit but let me know what you think . All the best Henry
Balance-Sheet Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
wow, sure thing :) Which one do you have in mind?  A few are copyrighted but most would be free, would be awesome to see. 
henrystrong Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Amazing! seriously love your composition and use of color and I will do the piece proud. I was thinking of this one : Dock 17 by Balance-Sheet if it hasn't got any copy right of course.
Im of course im not not going sell it or anything like that, I just love what I do and i think I could really bring you concept to life. Anyway let me know what you think. All the best Henry
Balance-Sheet Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Sure thing! Can't wait to see it :) 
ruukle Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015   Artisan Crafter
an interesting style man
kheng Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great stuff, love your work dude. Keep it up!
Balance-Sheet Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Gracias! :)
DoomlordKravoka Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you aware that the developers of Coraabia have been using your artwork for their cards?

(They did give you credit for the art, if that makes it any better.)
Balance-Sheet Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I gave them permission a few years ago to use certain images. :)   But thank you for checking with me, I appreciate that a great deal.  As far as I know they sought and got permission for all their assets.  
DoomlordKravoka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good, I was worried that a game I was enjoying was using stolen artwork.
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