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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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Miss-Maf Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I saw your works on Tumblr, and immediately hunted you down on DeviantArt. Your pieces are gorgeous, and I hope that you're able to study the landscapes you want to, and finish your portfolio to you liking! Your gallery and use of lighting is inspiring! 

I hope you continue doing great things in Mexico! 
Balance-Sheet Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  Honestly it has been a long time since I've been able to take a stab at more landscapes, my day job and freelance work have taken up every free hour.  But I am planning to get some portfolio pieces out in the next couple months.   I'm glad you enjoy my work, thanks for hunting me down! :)
ShaozChampion Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
love your gallery ^^ I hope to see more
Balance-Sheet Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  Hope to be able to get some more personal work done in the next month or so. :)
MH11387sly Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Balance-Sheet Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
MH11387sly Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
how are you?
snicholes0000 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're colors are great. Such a solid feel. What I mean is my colors often feel "transparent" to me.

Do you mind my asking what sort of classes you've taken?

Also, I admire the hell out of someone taking the time to move to another country to help others.
That type of selflessness is probably why you're successful and not another hopeful complaining (like me!)
Balance-Sheet Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind words. :)  I honestly haven't gotten much out of classes, at least not at university--what I have learned has mostly been through practice, digging around online and studying better artists.  Find artists you like, look at their work objectively--how are they doing what they're doing? 

Color is a hard thing for me to quantify.  I would recommend you buy "Color and Light" by James Gurney if you haven't already, it is invaluable for artists.

Who's to say I'm successful? :P   I am still short of the one client that I really want, but getting there.   But I thank God for the chance to be with and serve my family in Mexico.  Being selfless is useful if it means getting ego completely out of the picture, if you can accept that your art will never be perfect.  That you won't have as much time as you could to invest in improving, compared to being glued to a monitor day in and out.  But I wouldn't give up these kids for anything.  
hon87 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
really love your works!!
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