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Recent disappearance + New Book

Tue May 16, 2017, 2:21 PM
(gosh it's been a while since I wrote one of those!)

Hey everyone, thanks for still being around even though I haven't been updating my deviantart in the past few months. [yes, I'm GUILTY AS CHARGED] :iconcryforeverplz:

The reason why I wasn't feeling like updating my deviantart is mostly because I don't have anything shiny or finished or polished enough recently.

I moved to my own apartment last November and I'm now officially living off of my own art! That's so freaking cool!... but I've been so caught up on freelance work that I can only feed my social media with sketches and studies, nothing that I judge "worth" of a submission here.

Skull And Teeth Studies by Picolo-kun
Untitled by Picolo-kun
The rough stuff

I'm 'the guy who skipped art education' trying to make art as a living. This thought haunts me more than I would like to admit. That's why, since last year, I've been focusing on learning everything from scratch: fundamentals such as anatomy, perspective, grayscale values, color theory and so on. I feel safer to upload these on other social media such as my instagram and twitter because posts feel less compromised there, they feel like a daily/quick thing. On dA I feel like every single post counts and it has to be always bigger, better, stronger than the previous one.

But wait a second, remember how this account started? 

Img 20140101 184817 by Picolo-kun
A doodle a day keeps procrastination away

I used to be called 365 days of DOODLES, my very first project in which I uploaded one drawing a day, however good/bad it was. Not only that but the fact that someone on facebook called me out today like "why did you stopped posting on deviantart?"made me realize I shouldn't hold my posts sacred. Here to say I'll try my best to keep you updated here too, so thanks again for staying around. ❤

In other news, I'm releasing A COLORING BOOK!

 FullSizeRender (1) by Picolo-kun
Constellations parade

CELESTIAL features all my recent constellations drawings, the zodiac arrows and their archers (yea the archers! I've been wanting to post them since forever now!). The book is coming up on June 6th, but you can already preorder here:…

Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed drawing them! 💜

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Ranma15g Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thanks for the inspiration. Exactly what I needed to hear!
mancinomagaly Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG!! Is cute job <3 
Generally-Jolly Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Only buying the book to marvel in your beautiful art! So proud of you, Gabe!excited happy 
iczerfae Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish you could release a doodle coloring book. My kids and I love your disney and Ghibli drawings.
BMeloDraws Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
will the book be available in Brazil?
DTavona Featured By Owner Edited Jul 4, 2017
Do you have the option for autographed copies? I'd be willing to a bit extra for that...
BenyiHS Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Hello! I'd like to buy your book but Amazon doesn't accept my credit card. Are you planing on posting the book at any other site?
TheFinalFightIsHere Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the coloring book! Just got it in today, and it's so cool!!
littlevioletstar Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Student General Artist
I just got that book today and I am in love with it :heart: Man if you can sell a coloring book I think you're doing pretty well as an artist =D
izayoki Featured By Owner Edited Jun 6, 2017
Ah, cara, que lindo ♥
(Tô curtindo minha tristeza pelo Gabriel só postar coisas em inglês)
StrayFlame Featured By Owner May 27, 2017   Traditional Artist
i have the exact same feeling about posting work here, which is why my gallery has a million cobwebs haha. ive stuck with instagram myself just to post quick sketches or snippets of any finished work. but i realized i missed having a community here on DA. many of my friends i met here--and are still active here--so im coming back 'home'. i think surrounding myself again with others who are actively making art will benefit my growth as an artist. so let's both try our best! sketches and doodles are just as important to share as finished work :D
InkHeart4568 Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you know my one weakness is coloring books?? Especially about stars and constellations! Definitely going to pre-order
Catstudio7 Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that color book looks amazing!!!:heart: 
BryceOfEarth Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
Th cat and the skull is so cool!
frk4sccr Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
Woaaahhh, congrats on the book! Would love to see more (published) work from you. :)
RndmPerson Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so happy for you! I've been rooting for you since your doodling days. Congratulations on the book! The cover is so beautiful =]. Now excuse me as I pre-order it. 
miyuu1chan Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome back, i've been waiting to see more art of yours around here. Love your art :D
wirudamaru Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
Congratulation on releasing your book :)
Zee126 Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah!! A coloring book that's amazing!!! :O Congrats on all you've accomplished so far that's impressive!
ilothopskaty Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Professional Writer
Yay! I'm so excited for this! 
UsagiYogurt Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
Wow! That colouring book/journal looks so impressive. 

I'm another artist who "skipped art education" and is trying to make art my job. Your art is so fantastic that I'm surprised that you didn't go to art college.
IgnisLeo Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
I love your artwork. It is very beautiful, and i look up to you :). Don´t worry about posting sketches/studies, it can be a big help for beginners like me!
EinaSelesnia Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nice to see you back! I really so love your sketches~
Don't be afraid to post your new sketches / studies, it might give some insight for other people or maybe inspiration to do try it too.

I hope that all I said made sense >_<

Anyways welcome back :)
idreamofgenie Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
Thanks for sharing more about your journey as an artist!  It makes me think there's still hope for "doodlers" like me.  ^_^
pearwood Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Very fine, Gabriel. I met you though your 365 Days of Doodles.
453679 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Student General Artist
Welcome back ! here is your home,where everyone is waiting patiently and anxiously by your return.
I understand what you mean by posting your drawings here,good luck with your book.
I'll be rooting for you!!!
RgDraw Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome back ! 
Congrats for the book ! And good luck! :D
Saphirone-Arnes Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"The guy who skipped art education", yep I think it's going to come back in my teeth one day. That's awesome all you did !
jadethestone Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to hear from you. The book looks cool!
Tazz-o-man Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i miss seeing you on here :)
but with that said i do follow you on instergram ;D haha

the color book looks amazing!! *w* congrats Gabriel! :hug:
FireBlazeDragon5 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so excited to see your sketches! The sketches are the best! It'll be great to see you back. ^^
CloudyMad Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Adding to cart to purchase :heart:
Your art is amazing and i can't express how much joy your art brings to me when i see how much you've done so far. Keep up the great work and never stop learning! :heart:
JojoDaggerback Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Long time no see! Hope to see more of your art in the future, you always had nice things to post :D (Big Grin) 
manonfruitaap Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome back! I'm stalking you on IG as well, you seem more active there hehe ^^
I'm so curious for your new book  o-o
Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Im so buying this book later,it looks amazing! Love 
Complicated-Sin Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pre-ordered! I AM SO EXCITED! I've been following your stuff since the first doodle, and just the thought of having a book you made gives me chills! 
CAN'T WAIT!excited happy 
BluPigeon Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2017  Student General Artist
I :heart: your arts and your book looks so amazing as well! :w00t:
crazykitty120 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to see you back! I love your artwork and I'm exited to see new stuff, even if it's just sketches 😊
crazykitty120 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*excited 🙄🙄🙄
yuyusunshine Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the look of the coloring book~
Might pre-order soon when I finish selling my adopts and stuff.
Might just keep it as it is because I don't want my horrible traditional coloring skills to ruin the inked pieces XD
Ejderha-Arts Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome back. :D (Big Grin) 
I've always been very impressed by your work and now you impress me even more by becoming a professional artist! It's something that I've always wished to do (making a living of my own work) but I lack the confidence.
Congratulations on your beautiful book. It looks amazing and I've already put it on my Wishlist.
I'm looking forward to your future work and I wish you good luck!
DancesWithDreams Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist
You know, there's a section just for stuff like this, called scrapbook ;) Just sayin'. I'd love to see more like it.
OPFreak34 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
I understand the trouble, but I'm still glad you're back.
If you don't want to share your sketches. that's totally fine, though I love sketches. Maybe you could do a sketchdump every once in a while?
Eliza-Willow Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to have you back! Rough sketches are nice too <3
StillWatersAreDeep Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to see that you're back!

I can understand that living from your art takes time away from working on you posts for DA. I do not know for whom you're working for as a freelancer, but maybe some of them would allow you to post the work you did for them here? Maybe with a watermark and a credit? Would be free advertisement for them too.

I'm already eager for the coloring book. I ordered it right after reading your post and cannot wait until it arrives here. Like Neon-Blue-DaggeR I do not plan to colour it. I really like your black-and-white drawings, so it will remain as it is. And a book (or maybe a calender would be more fitting) of your daily doodle challenge would be fantastic too. If your coloring book sales well, wish I hope it will, I'm sure the publisher would be interested to publish more of your works. :)

The best of inspiration and hopefully seeing some new posts here soon,

P.S.: Maybe it is time for a new challenge? "52 weeks: a doodle per week!"
bergunty Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: certainly understand being busy! 
"On dA I feel like every single post counts and it has to be always bigger, better, stronger than the previous one." Can understand the worry there, and I guess that's what happens with artists when they progress, there's nothing wrong with treating dA like a real gallery. 

Good luck with the book, I've preordered it as a gift for a friend :) 
Brandoch-Daha Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The journal looks beautiful!
ShawnHeaytherly Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Congrats on the book! I'll definitely be ordering one when I can.
Neon-Blue-DaggeR Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey there Picolo-kun! Congrats on moving to your own apartment and living off of your own passion!!! It's always great to hear successful stories like this one, you're surely one of those who totally deserve it and I'm very very happy for you!!!
And yeah deviantART missed you, but we understand you've been busy :) It will be really nice if we'll get to see you here more often, I follow artist from here on Facebook too, but I've always had the feeling dA has a more "intimate" atmosphere, that's why I prefer this platform among the other socials when it comes to art. And in your case, this is where it all began and where we started to know you so of course it will always be a special place :heart: And seeing your old stuff has vanished from fb I always come back here when I want to see it. Not having Instagram I'm sure that I'm always going to miss something here and there but that's my fault :( if I'll ever open an account I'll stalk you on there too XD
And hey you're releasing a book?!! Wow that's super great!!!
If it will be available to buy from my country's Amazon I'll definitely put my hands on it! Though, even if it's a coloring book, I'll probably never use it that way not to ruin it XD
I wish you the best with all your projects and I hope this will only be the first of many books! My dream would be to have one containing all your doodles from your 365days and then various artworks containing all the rest, am I dreaming much?
Haha welcome back to deviantART! :D
tinyliar Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to have you back!!
Can't wait for the colouring book, it's gonna be AMAZING!!! <333
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