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Artist | Professional | Varied
United Kingdom
I'm an illustrator who utilizes both traditional and digital techniques incorporated in a range of styles. I've spent years trying to find my focus and be a success whilst always attempting to enjoy what I do.

I'm currently training to work in schools whilst aiming to produce artwork and illustrations for children and children's books.
I can't believe it's been a few months since I last posted a journal entry! Time for an update.

Following Mad Monster Month in October (which was immensely enjoyable as always even if it wasn't really viewed by many people despite my best efforts to get it out there on Tumblr and Deviant Art. Something I need to work on I reckon.) I was invited to take part in an eight week placement with a small local business. Well, small for now anyway..I dare say it'll soon be rather massive but more on that when it's more relevant. 

During the placement I was able to knuckle down as a full on illustrator in order to provide a mascot design and various other bits and pieces. As some of you may know I've struggled over the years to really find my focus (in terms of a goal as opposed to avoiding procrastination that is) head has often come up with a vast amount of ideas but that in itself has backfired more than once. At this point I've done professional work as an illustrator..I'm a qualified teaching assistant..I've even combined the two and acted as an artist in a school! Yet despite it all I've never really felt like I've taken a step forward from the starting block. If anything I've been standing on the starting block and running in adorable little circles. 

What my time with this local business has given me is perspective. I've yanked myself out of what was a relative rut and gone hands on into proper..9-5 work. I've been lucky enough to meet two wonderful people with a wealth of business and job related knowledge who aren't afraid to give me constructive criticism (the business owners). After a lengthy discussion with them I've started to nail down an action plan for the next six months and beyond. We decided that my focus would be 1. getting a job to get money and make it easier to find a better job 2. children's picture book illustration and writing. 

I'm hoping that this concise plan along with the opportunity to work on my art in an environment outside of my home will come together to finally get me to where I want to be. Of course, at the end of the day, it comes down to my own persistence and it's really too early to say anything yet..BUT this is a good start. And it's feels different to other times and I feel like I'm not doing it all alone. Which is good, right?

I'm the sort of person who can be very hard on himself so it can be hard for me to acknowledge my own accomplishments and easy to focus purely on the things I've done wrong. When I was younger I would often feel like a burden on the important people in my life and had to overcome a thought process that told me people were only hanging around with me until they found someone better. It's the sort of things that come when you're a thinker..and add to that some other (relatively minor) issues and life hasn't always been easy. Of course, I'm well aware that many people..if not most people..have it immeasurably harder than I do and am eternally thankful for my life and what it provides me with. Everyone has their issues is all..and I don't think it's such a bad thing to share a few of them for once. 

Anyway, I've not had that much time nor inclination to work on personal art over November apart from a small piece for a Final Fantasy VII project. That should all be changing soon though.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance.
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The Rebels Return by Hanogan
The Rebels Return
Three characters from Forsaken, a comic I once had running in a wonderful place known as the Nintendo Cult.
An updated version of…

Really made some pretty obvious changes to my style lately, do we think they're for the best? 
You wear your face like a mask of expressions, carrying the weight of every word and tracing the curve of every motion.

There is a fire to your eyes that burns atop blackened coal, beautiful and earthly like a dancer left alone in the ruins of a world.

I am but a pauper before you; the feast of previously undiscovered tastes and smells that you bombard my senses with until I am full.

And yet, as I am fortunate enough to watch slumber fall upon your face like a veil.

Your face becomes a prairie wrapped up in the last warm fingers of summer with only the briefest hint of life as something twitches and moves.

Your eyes smile with condiment as the fire is dowsed to make way for the rivers of moonlit water that beat out that soft rhythm.

Your table is left with just the scraps of the day for me to sample in lazy little gestures as I too take off the mask of day and follow you into the night.
Just a little something for a good friend who continues to be a source of inspiration. 

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FrozenFeather Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
here you go! [link]
Hanogan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, I did not expect this. Looks great, thanks very much for sharing.
FrozenFeather Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay i love surprising people i'm glad you like it ^^
WhyDesignStudios Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Dude your work needs to be more noticed. You've got great stuff and hardly any watchers for the amount of time being a deviant. Do you submit your work to a lot of groups? If not you definitely need to and get your name out there!
Hanogan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I sometimes submit to groups..there are few of my pieces in several at least, getting my name out there is something I'm working on..slowly. Thanks anyway, much appreciated.
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