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Nicole (Nik) Isom
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: AR
Favourite genre of music: Jrock, Metal, Grunge, Disney, Musical Soundtracks, Classical
Favourite photographer: My friend Jen. ^_^
Favourite style of art: realism, comic book, digital paintings, traditional, rennaisance
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Proffessional
Tools: Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet with Photoshop CS6
MP3 player of choice: Zune
Favourite cartoon character: I am kind of partial to Popeye...>_>

Personal Tumblr: mrnicholas.tumblr.com
Art Tumblr (coming soon) mrnicholasmakespictures.tumblr…
Facebook: facebook.com/emerae
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Just warning you guys.  I've tried to keep prices low because I know some of you guys can't afford it (and because I'm terrified no one will want them at higher prices. This is my job.) , but it's getting to where I'm just working too much for next to nothing when I factor in hours. I can seriously spend 40hrs + (usually way more than that) on a piece and at what I'm charging currently it's literally like $1 an hour for the cheap ones and like literal cents for  the big pieces. I just can't keep doing that to myself. It's especially taxing realizing that I have at least 10 more commissions on my list all at those prices and I'm almost dreading it because my life is literally just doing them any more. I don't want to stop doing them, but if I keep doing what I'm doing it's just not worth weeks of my life. I need to survive too. :( So, sadly, there is going to be a price hike (when I figure them out) and I hate doing it because it's going to be quite a jump on the Hi-res stuff. That's what's killing me. the low res 1000x1000 or so stuff I can kick out fairly quickly but the big canvases with high detail...I can seriously work all day on them and still not be 10% done. They can take me a month or more because there is so much space to cover on a canvas that size. It's like painting on a regular sized canvas vs a wall for me. Anyway...I just wanted to let you guys know and not just spring it on you. I had considered raising prices on my current list and seeing how many of you would still want them at the higher rate, but part of me feels that would be kind of shitty. I don't know. I don't know what to do. I've always been really torn on my pricing because honestly at least 70% of the stuff I produce I'm not happy with and convinced somehow that I haven't done enough for you guys. I know that's just my anxiety and that all of you were happy, but I wish I could have done better. I don't think I'm good enough to charge high prices, but I recognize that I have to if I'm not going to go insane. I'm seriously just super anxious about all of this and knowing how much work I still have to go before I'm even close to finishing my list. It's exhausting.

To those who've commissioned me before: how much would you have charged for one of my paintings if you had done them? Or how much do you think I should have charged? Lower or higher, it doesn't matter, I just really want your feedback.
  • Listening to: My cat meow
  • Playing: Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Eating: Walnuts
  • Drinking: Water

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Like-to-Create Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017
Welcome!
Thank you for joining FriendsOfDorianPavus.
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R3dFangz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, just wanted to let you know I love your work and you're really really talented. There are several drawing styles that I'd like to master one day and I gotta say, your work really motivates me to try my best and become better at drawing in a realistic style. I don't know how many years it'll take until I'm good at it but I'll do my best. :D
By the way, out of curiosity, are you planning on drawing any DEG-related stuff in the future? And are you still active on YouTube? I watched some of your videos and I'd be very interested in seeing more if you ever planned on making more of those. :love:
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RaSen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
;o; Thank you so much!!!!! I think I've fainted.  That's like the best compliment any artist could receive I think. Motivating someone else. From what i saw in your gallery you definitely have a good start. It took me quite a while to get to realism from where I was. I learned how to draw from comic books (western style not manga) and learning art from art definitely made it take MUCH longer because it taught me a lot of bad habits to break. The best thing you can do is just draw what you see, either in real life or from actual photos and just keep going. But don't just draw a photo, change it as you go so your brain doesn't just rely on copying what you see. Start small, change what you're comfortable with drawing on your own. Just draw something every day, it doesn't matter if it only takes 5 minutes or even if it's very good. It can take awhile and you'll make a lot of mistakes along the way but mistakes are AWESOME. Seriously. If you don't make them you can't improve so each one is one you'll be less likely to make again. Just do your best!! When i was younger I seriously was convinced that I'd never be able to draw something that even remotely resembled realism but I proved myself wrong. I firmly believe that anyone can be a great artist if they work at it!

I mean I want to draw more DEG related stuff, but I don't get much time for my own stuff anymore. I probably will in the future but I've been having to pick and choose what I want to do with the time I do get to do them and right now I want to do Dragon Age stuff, so that's what my personal pieces will be for awhile, but that'll probably change again and I'll be back to jrock. Who knows. Currently I'm not active on youtube anymore but I plan to change that. I've been trying to plot out some tutorials and just general "watch me draw" type videos for the near future. I really really want to get into kind of teaching/helping other artists because that makes me the happiest, but I need to iron out some bugs with my video recorder and whittle down my commission list before I devote a lot of time to that. But I'm hoping it will be fairly soon. 
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R3dFangz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :heart:
I agree, when you try to copy a specific style you just get stuck at some point and can't really get out of your comfort zone anymore. Back when I was 12 or something I used to try really hard to copy the style of whatever anime I happened to like at the time and it took me about 2-3 years to get rid of the excessive influence that anime and manga had on my drawing style. It was really annoying.
And yeah, once I get a bit better at realism (especially with face features, that's like the hardest part), I'll try and change things, like... the clothes, the angle, or the pose of whoever I wanna draw. I mean, where's the fun in drawing realistic stuff if you can only make copies of photos that already exist? ^^;

Cool! Well, I'm looking forward to seeing whatever you come up with. You seem to be really busy with commissions and stuff, so good luck with that! 
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Cederien Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016
A very Happy Birthday to you.Party 
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RaSen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!!!
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016
Happy birthday! :cake:  Hope you're doing well.
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RaSen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!!! I am!
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Aidoneus91 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday, pretty lady :la:
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