I've been wanting to do this for some time now, and with the new tools that Eclipse has so graciously given to me at my disposal, I can start.
The idea of this blog is simply to show an artist ((One I've selected)) from when they started out here on SWAG and where they are today.
About a month ago I asked everyone how they came to SWAG so any information about Asok, is what he said, not of my own doing.
I think Drig spoke well enough for the both of us. We came here when we were in high school, in summer of 2002, I believe... Right after the site went live for the first time. I'm still amazed he found it way back then.
We made quite a few requests - my first got picked up by Hish, then another by Jawa Stu, so I tend to view these guys as old compatriots. They were there for me way back when. And I can't say enough about how much Hish has done for me. Over the years, he's vouched for me, given me advice, and even hooked me up with real, paying work in the industry. That's just crazy!
In the old days, Reverend Strone was still active around here, and with a little digging, Drig found out he was actually Daniel Falconer - Weta employee and legit concept artist responsible for a slew of designs in the LOTR films. Amazingly, he and I had a regular correspondence, and he gave me a ton of pointers about style and technique, and I've been more or less emulating him ever since.
Sometimes I think back to those days when Swag was a new and mysterious place. I saw a young dark Jedi by Hish in the featured art, and then a crazy ferocious sith creature by Evan Black, and it all seemed so dazzling, so amazing. And now I'm part of it. I have no regrets.
These are just some of the requests filled by Asok over the years of SWAG. It shows the progression of the highschool teenager to the man he is today. The type of guy that just keeps on giving, and wishes he could give more.
All I have to say is... Keep on out running those explosions in life...
And as Always... Boshuda
Thanks for sticking around!