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Commander Sikes and the Princess :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 1 0 Waifu :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 1 0 Stay With Me :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 2 0 New Years 2007 - London :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 1 0 New Years 1922 - Atlantic City :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 0 0 New Years 1922 :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 3 0 Let Sleeping Dragons Lie :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 0 0 Shore Leave :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 1 0 Soledad :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 0 0 Enter the Savage Land :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 5 3 Svetlana Unplugged :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 3 0 Night's True Conquest :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 0 0
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The Attic :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 2 3
Duet :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 1 0 Savage Tales :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 1 3 Mech Pilot :iconnelsonjames:NelsonJames 0 0


MephistoAdvanced :iconpablofernandezartwrk:PabloFernandezArtwrk 184 8 Tenebrosi Regina :iconvampirekingdom:vampirekingdom 171 42 WIP: Drawing without a reference... :iconchrisscalf:chrisscalf 89 35 Abby 001 :iconangelikazbojenska:AngelikaZbojenska 97 6 Pale :iconthefirebomb:thefirebomb 690 16 Don't let darkness prevail :iconthefirebomb:thefirebomb 157 4 The wind and the moon :iconclair0bscur:clair0bscur 302 12 Wintry :iconthefirebomb:thefirebomb 253 3 Smilla's sense of Snow :icondripoint:DriPoint 603 306 Yelena Mantanova #04 :iconchemicq:Chemicq 122 43 Awakening :icondouglassjohns:DouglassJohns 372 36 Lost in You :icondouglassjohns:DouglassJohns 108 28 Riona :iconseridan:Seridan 84 8 I just said nothing :icondouglassjohns:DouglassJohns 55 19 Drawing of 2015 :iconnababa:NaBaBa 10,067 287 Daz3d/Iray Skin Shader Settings :iconsecond-circle:second-circle 144 14


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I saw a commercial for a virtual companion for "lonely bachelors" and it made me think that as our society becomes increasingly unable to communicate with each other sans technology and our rabid pursuit of escapism that if a robot were ever created that could mimic basic human emotions,  many people would forego human interaction altogether.
Stay With Me
Recently got on a Lovecraft kick, which in turn lead me to watch some cinematic adaptations of his works.  One particular Spanish film, Dagon really presented some imagery that stuck with, and inspired me.
New Years 2007 - London
Continuing my set of New Years images.  Playing with reflections and lighting though I still didn't achieve that "Bond" like atmosphere I was trying to capture.
New Years 1922 - Atlantic City
Reworking of an earlier idea,  now with a theme I wish to pursue in a future series.   While I liked the expression in the original, I opted to go with a more photo-realistic look, and added items to the scene order to hint at a story.
So 2016 comes to an end and I managed to knock out 15 pictures that I actually felt good enough about to share with people.

If it's true that artists discover what they truly want to say through evolution and time,  the only common themes I can clearly see in my own work at this point are women and Sf/fantasy settings, which isn't such a bad thing; I know a few professional artists that do that and make a fairly good living at it.

What started out as a means of doing storyboards for the web series I was planning has become a hobby in it's own right -- especially after my house was burglarized and all my camera gear stolen putting my film aspirations on hold, and  leaving me only able to work on CG art.  Furthermore, I honestly had more ideas for stuff than I suspected though I'm not nearly at the skill level to pull many of them off.  I can see where all of the submissions I've made to the gallery could be made better by someone with a full understanding of the software.   So that is the job for 2017,  to learn CG,  modeling,  and my software to become a more original artist not solely reliant on other people's assets; to find out if I do have anything to say that people even want to hear.   Artistic expression is a wonderful thing in it's own right,  but few people create stuff in a vacuum that they only do for themselves.  Most artists put their work out in the public sphere to see how it resonants with people, and most artists (if they are honest with themselves) want to do good work that people like.  One of the biggest horror films to me is the film Ed Wood and the idea that I could be a bad artist/filmmaker/musician whatever and not have the slightest clue that my stuff was bad.

As for now it's all fun, and I'm amazed at the talent out there, people that started out just like me and kept working at it until they are consistently doing phenomenal work.  The 21st century is without doubt the best time in human history to be a creative, with the greatest opportunities of having your work seen by people.  There really are no excuses, and very few limitations.


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James Nelson Smith
Artist | Hobbyist | Film & Animation
United States
Former film student, new convert to the very interesting world of digital artwork.

And lover of Argentine Tango, all things Tanith Lee, and Steampunk.


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Surreal-Muse Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for watching! Enjoy!
shellyuk1990 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch, please accept a llama as a sign of my appreciation!
SnowSultan Featured By Owner May 15, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch.  :)
timnaas Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016
Hello, thanks for the Added to my devWatch! Dance!
ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for adding me to your watch list, James ! I really appreciate your interest for my work !
Oh, I wish you welcome on D.A., I hope you soon feel 'at home', here !
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