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Arcade Sona by Puffyko
by Puffyko

Hello Puffyko! So, I finally took my time to write a critique of this deviation. It has been about time. Now, you have probably checked...

Timeless. by Ryuutsu
by Ryuutsu

Oy, guess who's here. The Captain Smartass! :D So, let me explain the "star rating" first (ok not so first), on why I placed them like t...

Matsu Rika by MarioWibisono

Well, just another beautiful piece of work, as expected. I'm impressed about how full the artwork is. It has so much content, so many b...

Hello everyone!

Today I feel like updating several of my 'profiles' around the web. The year is coming to an end, and as you know, one gets some shit done at such occasion. First, let me do a quick recap of what was going on.

As my June post informed you, I returned from the Student Exchange, at the beginning of February. Then, I joined a Star Wars Project, which was a hardcore team experience, we produced quite a nice bunch of artwork of all kinds. Then, I did a 'tiny bit almost of an internship' at a company called InVida, where I didn't really work for them (much), but I was working on my own projects and in case I'd need help, I could ask them for a tip or two. Well, in the end, they only had one 3D generalist (really good, though) and I found Sculptris and violently used it for my artwork. However, a student year quickly turned and I couldn't afford to stay in Ljubljana anymore...
....for a week. At the end of the week I got a call and a company needed a 3D visualisation of some molecules. They also gave me some more work, and I worked there for a month. That is, because when the work became less and less fun, I made a call to another company if they need 3D artists and they said "yup, come tomorrow for an interview". The next week I was already modeling a deep sea fish. In other words: The stars aligned and it rocks.

So, the reason I didn't post much interesting stuff in the last year or so is, that a) I never finished it (like the high poly Nautlius and Fizz I worked on during the summer), b) I'm not entitled to post it (like the Star Wars stuff, but I'll ask for permission). And I have almost no time to make my own work; if I do, it's highly conceptual stuff or isn't a 2D/3D artwork at all.

Admittedly, I kind of feel urge to produce more artwork for myself, to show what I want to work on, not only what I'm asked to do.
I work on my graduation project, which kind of shifted in the last two years (more experience means knowing my limits); but most abruptly in the last month. I didn't even inform my mentor about it (note to self). That means, besides my 'daily job', I also work on this... a paper (Character Design), and I have to make a film. Then, I also work on another project with a few of my friends, but it's the "that tiny bit of spare time we have left" project.

Maybe I work too much. I also make sure to hang out with my friends, but lately I'm feeling the lack of holidays for me. I didn't have a decent time off for probably more than half of a year. If I'm not working on one project, I'm working on another one; only now and then I take my time to play a game with friends and that's about it. It's still fun, though. I have a feeling I became addicted to (apparently) that there's always something going on. My mom just warned me that I better not keep that up or it's gonna leave permanent damage on me and I'm afraid she's right. Gotta clear the shit up. ;)
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: HDD working
  • Reading: Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: True Detective (bad choice for holidays)
  • Playing: Age of Empires II HD Edition
  • Eating: Too much
  • Drinking: Tea

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Gun and Sword wielding by DeXmeX010
Gun and Sword wielding
About a week ago we were skype-ing with some friends. One of them said something like:
"Guys.. so, I woke up a couple of days ago and I found out I can draw. Since then, I'm drawing pretty much every day..."
that reminded me I could get myself to draw again after a long while. I started with a sketch, thinking "okay I'll try to do a fantasy chick with some guns or something twist".

I don't know how long did it take me to draw her. I think I had about 3 or 4 sessions, each taking about 4 hours maybe. With this drawing I decided to go in the same way as I usually do traditional art. Through most of my drawing 'career' my traditional art generally looked or felt better than my digital art. With this approach, what you see here is the result of this 'hack'.

I used Photoshop CC and Wacom Intuos5 Touch Medium.
Please don't hold back on comments and what could/should I work on.
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Hello everyone!

Today I feel like updating several of my 'profiles' around the web. The year is coming to an end, and as you know, one gets some shit done at such occasion. First, let me do a quick recap of what was going on.

As my June post informed you, I returned from the Student Exchange, at the beginning of February. Then, I joined a Star Wars Project, which was a hardcore team experience, we produced quite a nice bunch of artwork of all kinds. Then, I did a 'tiny bit almost of an internship' at a company called InVida, where I didn't really work for them (much), but I was working on my own projects and in case I'd need help, I could ask them for a tip or two. Well, in the end, they only had one 3D generalist (really good, though) and I found Sculptris and violently used it for my artwork. However, a student year quickly turned and I couldn't afford to stay in Ljubljana anymore...
....for a week. At the end of the week I got a call and a company needed a 3D visualisation of some molecules. They also gave me some more work, and I worked there for a month. That is, because when the work became less and less fun, I made a call to another company if they need 3D artists and they said "yup, come tomorrow for an interview". The next week I was already modeling a deep sea fish. In other words: The stars aligned and it rocks.

So, the reason I didn't post much interesting stuff in the last year or so is, that a) I never finished it (like the high poly Nautlius and Fizz I worked on during the summer), b) I'm not entitled to post it (like the Star Wars stuff, but I'll ask for permission). And I have almost no time to make my own work; if I do, it's highly conceptual stuff or isn't a 2D/3D artwork at all.

Admittedly, I kind of feel urge to produce more artwork for myself, to show what I want to work on, not only what I'm asked to do.
I work on my graduation project, which kind of shifted in the last two years (more experience means knowing my limits); but most abruptly in the last month. I didn't even inform my mentor about it (note to self). That means, besides my 'daily job', I also work on this... a paper (Character Design), and I have to make a film. Then, I also work on another project with a few of my friends, but it's the "that tiny bit of spare time we have left" project.

Maybe I work too much. I also make sure to hang out with my friends, but lately I'm feeling the lack of holidays for me. I didn't have a decent time off for probably more than half of a year. If I'm not working on one project, I'm working on another one; only now and then I take my time to play a game with friends and that's about it. It's still fun, though. I have a feeling I became addicted to (apparently) that there's always something going on. My mom just warned me that I better not keep that up or it's gonna leave permanent damage on me and I'm afraid she's right. Gotta clear the shit up. ;)
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: HDD working
  • Reading: Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: True Detective (bad choice for holidays)
  • Playing: Age of Empires II HD Edition
  • Eating: Too much
  • Drinking: Tea
A Marionette (Lutka) by DeXmeX010
A Marionette (Lutka)
Of all the art I made over the course of the last year, I decide to upload this? A whole year of 3D modeling, drawing, both traditional and digital and this gets posted? What the hell is wrong with me?

I don't know. Apparently my 2D art style is heading towards more stylized direction. But I think it's just a matter of inspiration why after a year of inactivity (as far as uploading art concerns) I decided to post the most recent drawing, which is the one you see.

Lutka. That's a word we use in Balcain for a marionette. The drawing in particular was inspired by a song by Serbian band S.A.R.S., titled Lutka (www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8Ms56…. I was listening to it through most of the day and oddly enough the more I listened to it, the more I liked it.
Generally I dislike balcain music, but every now and then I hear a song from the countries of former Yugoslavia and it gets stuck in my head. Lutka is one of those, and especially I like the lyrics, which is also a bit related to the drawing above, however, it's mostly a story behind it.

I linked it to a friend of mine and turns out she's really a fan of the song. Then she pasted part of the lyrics "ti si cilj mog lutanja i predmet pobude, razlog mog drhtanja, boja moje požude", which somewhat translates to "You're the destination of me wandering, a subject of inspiration; a reason for my shivers, a colour of my lust." Now, before anyone starts to wonder - yes, she's taken, no, I'm not in love with her, now can we proceed?
Okay; after that, I wrote back "I have yet to find the destination of my wander..." and I thought about it for a second. It was followed by me writing "now that I think of it, maybe that's why I feel kind of lost most of the time in my life..." and that's when it really struck me. I'm single for my whole life, although I have many female friends. My social life is far from bad, but it still feels there's something missing.
For my whole life, I was mostly pursuing my passion - art, design, animation. I love my friends, my family and my colleagues, we always had good time and I never felt really deep need for 'that special someone'. Over the years, as the pressure of life became stronger, we got into our proffessions more and more; more work for school and jobs, friends got girlfriends and boyfriends, so did my cousins and our interests started drifting away; although we still hang out a lot, we aren't as close as we were, all ending up in realisation it's hard to share your feelings with anyone anymore, since people have a lot of other stuff to worry about.
So, the drawing. First verse of the song goes "Ko mi tebe uze? Ko mi tebe posla?" which, if I got it right, translates something like "Who takes you away from me? Who's making you for me?", it might not make sense at first, but if you imagine it's a marionette in the making, it does. After that, almost entire song goes as if they're talking about a real person. Applying this to the drawing and the explanation above, it'd go as... who is the girl that is about to become my companion? What is she doing, is she becoming a girl I'll fall in love with? Or there simply is none? In my life, there haven't been many girls that would make my 'partner in crime'. Someone who would spark my imagination, inspire me, make me push the limits, make me think about what I do; and better yet, would expect the same from me.

But hey, since until here, it all sounds like whining 'oh I need a girlfriend', easy, easy. Those of you who know me might have seen that coming: I know what I'm doing. There is a reason why I never really worked on getting a girlfriend. The reason is that I don't know where life will get me and I don't want that one person that means that much to me to suffer for that. Wouldn't it be selfish from me to get someone to hand their heart and soul over to me, only to take it with me far away? Wouldn't it be foolish from me, to do the same, give my heart and soul and all that makes me who I am to that person, only to go away, the moon being the one thing that we can look at together and wonder what time is it where they are?*
What if I never left? The pain would be the same, because I never want to wonder what would happen if I kept following my dreams, pursuing career in motion picture and make my legacy. I'm heading towards that dream of mine, like a hungry wolf following the scent of a wounded deer. There might be something interesting on the way, but the animal instinct is telling him to follow where the heart wants. Yes, it's tempting. No, it's not an option. It's not a choice, really, it's who I am.

OK, the essay can stop here now. So that goes to all the people who ever wondered who I am, what I'm doing, why I'm doing it.

*keeping in mind the fact that most of entertainment (gaming, animation) industry takes place in North America and I originate in Europe
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Arcade Sona by Puffyko
Hello Puffyko!

So, I finally took my time to write a critique of this deviation. It has been about time. Now, you have probably checked my star rating and wonder why is that. I told you I don't go easy on artists. ;)
Now, a warning before you start: I want to warn you, that at first it will probably seem to you like a really negative critique, but that's due to the nature of this deviation. Don't be scared! Now, brace yourself...

Vision:
I like your vision of Arcade Sona. Generally, I find it hard to think of any better Anime adaption of this particular LoL champion. She has all and every feature of the Sona we know, and it's a mere 'remix' of the champion. Admittedly, maybe I would have hoped to put a slight extra twist to it. Don't get me wrong: I think it's marvelous. But I think you can do better. That's why you get 4 stars out of 5 for the Vision.

Originality:
Well... everyone who ever played Sona know the champion. Most of them also know there's the Arcade Sona version of it. So, anything more than 2 stars out of 5 would be close to an insult to the artists (or artwork) who make their own creatures, characters and even worlds. I know you are perfectly capable of making such things - you did it before - but this particular piece is not one. That's why I'll save other three stars for your future artwork.

Technique:
You absolutely rock your technique. Years of artistic expressioning is shining through every pixel of this drawing and soon the world might have to add additional colour to the palette so you can use it. Clear 5 out of 5 stars for it and I don't have second thoughts. The execution is flawless. Once again, I trust you will only get better, but I simply have no complaints.

Impact:
It's Arcade Sona. We know that. It's probably just another Arcade Sona. I pointed this out in Originality and therefore I'd bet my tomorrow's lunch money it won't have any noticable impact on future art - either your own or anyone else's. It just might be the nicest anime/manga-ish Arcade Sona drawing out there. So that kind of seals it. You are capable of pushing the boundaries, you will, but not with this deviation. It was a great way to practice your skills, and plenty of fans will add it to their favourites. However, it will mostly be due to the fact that they love LoL and Manga art, but not because they would find this as something entirely new.

Now, until here, it probably sounds like I destroyed your artwork. I only favoured your exceptionally good execution, but let's distance for a moment. It's actually also the only thing that really really stands out. We just learned, that skill is important to please the eye, but the soul remains unsatisfied. So once again, I have to absolutely congratulate you on your skills, but I'm infinitely eager to see you make a really original deviation. Deviation is absolutely an eye candy, and I know it is precisely what it's meant to be. From that point of view, you would get 10 out of 10 (hey, that's what 5 stars for the Technique is, right?), but that's just one aspect.

I look forward to see more from you. Don't get scared, I encourage you to make more of fan-art and re-interpretations like this. But then, I'm sure your imagination has so much more to offer us. And that's what I really want to see from you.

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So, that's it. I hope you didn't lose trust and excitement in what you do. I know I'm not much of an artist myself, hell, even I did many remixes of LoL champions, although it's set in a little bit of a different setting. I kind of took the "mentorship wannabe" route in this critique. Of course, I pulled this off, because I plan to get out of you more than you expect from yourself. You are a really good artist, but I think you can also be an outstanding creator - if you know what I mean to say. Now I'd like you to remain critical to my critique, and think for yourself if you disagree with anything what I said. In the end, I just may be wrong at some points. :)

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Sandise Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
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trsto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
kvajedec :p, kje si me pa najdu ?
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DeXmeX010 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
Ja serbusdec. Pa ja na tvojem sajtu kje pa misliš. ;) Sajt si mi pa ti linknil... tk to gre. :D Internet, oh, vast internet.
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trsto Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
ah saj res :)
še sam nevem kam vse sm fliknu linke
zi internets
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool man i like ur models! i also use solidworks. havent seen many others that use it..
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DeXmeX010 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hi!

Thank you! I checked through your gallery, are all your models built in SolidWorks? If so, you really know how to do your deal! :D
Basically only first 3 space ships were made using SolidWorks, everything onwards was made using 3Ds Max, soon I'll start to use Maya, too.
I'm glad to inform you that you're the second user that ever left a comment on my page; and the first since I actually started to use deviantART! xD
Therefore you get a Llama! :P
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey yeah they are and thanks! :) yeah i noticed only those were sworks, but good job on ur models either way! :)
hahaha thanks a lot for the llama! u should post more models! ;)
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Rok3OVERLORD Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
Bodi pozdravljen in nakracaj kaj lepega =D
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DeXmeX010 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Student Filmographer
vešda bom... kr priprav se :P
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