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Hi all,

Apologies for being vanishingly absent. I've finally been employed in a real job since February, which leaves me little time for much else. Then again there isn't much that I've completed artistically since then to really post here.
Here's a bit of serious thinking for my watchers of DA.

So... putting it succinctly I'm trying to figure out what I want to do for a career . I look at the kinds of things I do when I have the time and I know I like drawing/creating. I'd like very much to have a career where I do this all the time.

When I was in high school I knew I wanted to be a concept artist, specifically a mechanical designer similar to the likes of Kunio Okawara and Hajime Katoki. That's what I grew up wanting to do and how I developed artistically. I know that I'm an illustrator, not a digital artist, so while I can't paint as well as Ukitakumuki or some of my other sources of inspiration, I know I can at least do line artwork like Katoki or Genocidalpenguin and then color in my artwork.

But... Is there a place where I can do this vehicle lineart and coloring for a career? I'm talking beyond commissions artwork, because I don't really put myself out there as much as I should for that kind of thing and would like to find a steady job doing this.

In Japan it feels like Mechanical Designers of anime are a recognized career in the industry there, and if I were there it would be the thing I would be doing. But what's the equivalent in the west?
  • Listening to: Retro New Wave
  • Reading: The Historical Atlas of the Bible
  • Watching: Danger 5
  • Playing: FFG's Star Wars: Armada
  • Drinking: Chocolate Milk


Michael Ptak
United States
Graphic Designer, artist, imaginative. The Right Place is somewhere creative.


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MarkAlexValdendorf Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017
Happy Birthday!
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Happy Birthday!
Mike-the-Vector Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Happy birthday!
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Happy Birthday!
blacklion68 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
Happy escape from the womb and reach orbital velocity day!:) (Smile) =P (Razz) Airborne 
KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
Happy Birthday! :D
Imperator-Zor Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
Happy Birthday :)
Gaboris Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
Happy Birthday from Hungary!
Keep up the good work. :)
ARGHouse Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday man!
Gemini-44 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Birthday!
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