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I forgot to tell everyone that I am back working!

I am back in my old place of work, and have been back now for 3 weeks. It's working on something different, using a different piece of software, but gone are the days of kids television, I am now working on a feature length animated film as a colourist.

It's different from what I used to do, but I picked up the software in a couple of days and have been churning out the shots. This is a big UK feature too that will no doubt be up for awards, so it is great to be apart of it.

Thanks to those who commissioned me before to help support me financially. I still have 2 more to finish off for :iconjpl-animation: and :iconcomicmakerjoe: - and then I think I may hang up my commission boots, or just change the prices to scare people away! lol I will try to focus on developing more of my own personal work, and of course more AFL and Dollar Fighter!

I feel bad so far with this DU AFL, as I haven't been as involved as I should have been. I wanted to post comic pages during the week to expand the story, to crate 'fight of the week' style images like I did in Dollar Fighter, and just add fun side bits that people can enjoy. So that's what I will focus on when I start up those things, and I will finally put together a story about AC and the aftermath of his death.

I can't believe I had 7 months of doing nothing of importance or relevance as I was recovering from my operation, so it has only made me want to focus my attentions for the future.

Hopefully all this is not just talk. We'll see. :)

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I forgot to tell everyone that I am back working!

I am back in my old place of work, and have been back now for 3 weeks. It's working on something different, using a different piece of software, but gone are the days of kids television, I am now working on a feature length animated film as a colourist.

It's different from what I used to do, but I picked up the software in a couple of days and have been churning out the shots. This is a big UK feature too that will no doubt be up for awards, so it is great to be apart of it.

Thanks to those who commissioned me before to help support me financially. I still have 2 more to finish off for :iconjpl-animation: and :iconcomicmakerjoe: - and then I think I may hang up my commission boots, or just change the prices to scare people away! lol I will try to focus on developing more of my own personal work, and of course more AFL and Dollar Fighter!

I feel bad so far with this DU AFL, as I haven't been as involved as I should have been. I wanted to post comic pages during the week to expand the story, to crate 'fight of the week' style images like I did in Dollar Fighter, and just add fun side bits that people can enjoy. So that's what I will focus on when I start up those things, and I will finally put together a story about AC and the aftermath of his death.

I can't believe I had 7 months of doing nothing of importance or relevance as I was recovering from my operation, so it has only made me want to focus my attentions for the future.

Hopefully all this is not just talk. We'll see. :)



I saw a lot of people posting this, and thought I would join in. DeviantArt going on for 15 years, and I was surprised to see that I have been here for two thirds of that time. Anyway, this is a beast of questionnaire, I probably should have made my answers shorter, but I enjoyed writing it, and I hope you enjoy reading it. It brought back some great memories, and was good to dig through some old pieces of art and journals I haven't looked at in years.

01 - How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Coming up to 10 years now! Wow! Didn't realize it was that long! Over a third of my life! Damn that makes me feel reeeeeeally old.

02 - What does your username mean?

I was a big 'Tenacious D' fan in school back in around 2001 / 2002. That's when the internet was becoming more accessible in school and at home. I needed a username for a site me and my friends would visit during our lunch hours, a fantasy role playing site called 'The Keep'. It was the first incarnation of AngelCrusher, an appropriately named fantasy character whose name I plucked from a Tenacious D track, 'Explosivo'. I then went on to use the name for my email accounts and a role playing wrestling website, an 'efed', called 'Cyber Wrestling Revolution'. That's when AC become fully fleshed out as a wrestling character and became my online handle for whatever site I would join up.

03 - Describe yourself in three words.
Handsome, Legendary and humble.

ok, ok, you got me.
Maybe Quiet, Ambitious and Competitive.
I've always been a bit of a wall-flower, but I like to observe and listen to others. That's not to say I can't handle conversation, I'm perfectly polite and capable and prefer one on one encounters. In a group I prefer to sit back and not compete in a crowd of voices.
I say 'ambitious', just because I have so many ideas I want to do. I don't want to just settle taking orders and being a cog in a wheel. I achieved a dream by animating for a living. It may not have been Disney, and I may never work on anything Marvel related, but I'm realistic. I have my own ideas I want to develop and make a living on being my own boss. 
Everyone who knows me knows I am competitive. I also have a very good amount of luck and happen to win most games or contests involving family and friends. I guess a non competitive people wouldn't keep coming up with all different sorts of contests and competitions on dA. I may not be able to compete in them myself, but my competitive nature tells me no one can do a fighting tournament better than me anyway. ;)

04 - Are you left or right handed?
Right handed. Although people do get confused since I wear my watch on my right wrist and use a fork with my right hand. Supposedly this isn't the normal thing to do for right handed people, but it just makes sense to me. I was always quite envious of left handers growing up. You would repeatedly hear who they were naturally more creative, and all artists seemed to be left handed. The other kids in the class, the better drawers, were all left handed, so I felt it was an unfair advantage! lol It just pushed me harder to try and be better.

05 - What was your first deviation?
Postman Bat
Postman Bat by AngelCrusher
A piece for a project in my first year degree in animation. We had to create a character and make a maquette out of plasticine and wire. I joined up dA because I heard about it by a lot of students a year above me, the likes of :iconstressedjenny::iconkinkei::iconraygirl::iconwesleyriot: I'd never even heard of dA before, or considered going online to look at and publish artwork, so it was definitely a turning point for me.

06 - What is your favourite type of art to create?
Tricky. I do like drawing, or trying to draw superhero type characters, but I probably have more fun drawing cartoon version of things. It's quicker and easier! While I enjoy animating, and nothing can beat seeing your work moving on screen, on tv, it is a lot of work, while just being able to sit and sketch something fun and cartoony, that is probably my favourite thing to do.

07 - If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I would love to use 3D, to sculpt and to animate in that medium. The ability to animate and use an 'undo' button, or to 'tween' and let the computer and plugins do some of the work for you...yes! Other than that, I wish I could paint digitally, speed painting, but looks like a painting. I just don't get how the brushes work. :s

08 - What was your first favourite?
Spiderman by Alentrix
I think the first thing I did when I signed up was to look up Spider-Man artwork. I love spidey, and wanted it on my page, and this piece is badass.

09 - What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
I tend to favourite fanart, mostly digital, and mostly of comic book characters. Nowadays I am a little more diverse, and look for styles and designs, and to use my favourites for things that I also have difficulty drawing, like pin-ups or muscles. I think it's a good way to catalogue reference and see how others tackle the same topic.

10 - Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
:iconthechamba:
Seriously, this guy doesn't draw a bad thing. He is incredible. His anatomy, his perspectives, his colouring, his traditional sketches, his style, his ability to change styles, it's just awe-inspiring. I could read any comic he makes because it is page to page of awesomeness. How Marvel or DC have not signed him up is a crime.

11 - If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
Tricky one this, I have gotten to know a lot of people on this site really well, and have known them a really long time. And it's not just them being great people, but also great artists too. I don't think I could whittle it down to just one person, and to then name a handful would do a disservice to the many people I know, as I just know I will have forgotten many important people on the list. 
:iconkostmeyer::iconritualist::iconspeedslide::iconzody::icongale01:
:iconcheeky-lil-phoenix::iconqueenbex::iconcartoonray::icongaston25::icondante91:

For all the others I failed to mention, how about a big meet up at AFLcon? ;)

12 - How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
Wow, a little heavy!
Again, I'll go back to :iconthechamba:, for different reasons entirely. When I first came to dA all those years ago, he used to host weekly or monthly art jams which were always fun and interesting, and was the only guy doing this sort of thing that I knew. Suddenly he stopped doing it, so I kept doing it myself with my own watchers. This eventually led to a month of a OC fighting tournament, AFL (AngelCrusher's Fighting League), which now I am probably more known for than my actual art. 
With over a thousand pieces of art created for my tournament, and the little community we have created, and maybe even inspired, friends that have been made through it, this has been the biggest thing to impact my life through dA, and it all started with Chamba and his art jams.

13 - What are your preferred tools to create art?

Col-Erase pencil, fineline pen (0.3-0.8), photoshop cs2
Sometimes I draw straight onto my cintiq 12wx which I have had for maybe 6 years now. That's been a life saver, as I really do hate graphics tablets. I find them so unnatural to draw with!

14 - What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Little pretentious? What sort of answers is expected? 'In the mountains of Tibet, the sound of the wind whispering in my ear playing the soundtrack of mother nature as a nearby waterfall trickles the fresh elixir of life,the sun basking down on my sketchpad as I sit, naked, pencil in hand...'

I just draw in my office/study, which has all my books, toys/action figures/statues, surrounded by posters, and of course, it has my computer with cintiq in it!!! Not so much inspirational as functional! As long as I have quiet, no distractions, then I'm good. Maybe throw on my itunes playlist which hasn't been updated since I left university, but that's all I need.

15 - What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
I've got a lot of good memories, so this one will be difficult.
I have been lucky enough to get on my hero's commission list, and have had numerous commissions from him. The excitement of receiving artwork of your own characters from your hero is really hard to measure, but it's up there.
RVCOM - AngelCrusher by theCHAMBA4voidCommish - AngelCrusher by theCHAMBAAngelCrusher's AngelCrusher by theCHAMBA

I've even received gift art from many people, and getting surprise gift art, it really does warm the heart. Now imagine someone posted you the original drawing of that gift art! Very cool!
Contest- Here comes the champ by The-Real-Mags-Satan

I've been lucky enough to received Daily Deviations. When I first started on dA, pageviews and Daily Deviations were the pinnacle. I've received 3 deviations and have been in a collaboration for a 4th.
Ownage by AngelCrusherSpiderman_Ivybeth colours by AngelCrusher
They may not have made me famous like I naively thought, but seeing that someone cared enough to even nominate me for Daily Deviations meant a huge deal to me! The fact that my animated films, work that took months, that were unbelievably hard work, was picked, really meant the world to me. And it's a great feeling to give back too. I have been lucky to nominate a fellow deviant to get a Daily Deviation, as well as my fighting tournament, AFL, also getting Daily Deviations for some of the artwork that was submitted by the participants! That filled me with pride, that my friends, through my tournament, were being rewarded like this.

Of course, dA has helped me with recognition as well. I've received commission requests, my artwork has gone viral, been published in magazines and has even been ripped off and sold on eBay. While annoying as it is, it meant my artwork was being seen. 
Homer Vs. Peter Dream Fight by AngelCrusherSimpsons V Futurama PotC Fight by AngelCrusherSpartan '300' Comic by AngelCrusherSpider-Mouse by AngelCrusher

Like I said, when I first got on here, pageviews were evrything, and it would be so exciting to just reach 1,000 views, and keep going for every thousand! Then it became every 10,000, then 100,000! As my 'popularity' grew, I even appeared on the front page on a couple of occasions. Ok, maybe not one the top of the front page, but within the first 60-120. That's not too bad, right? ^_^
I don't think I have celebrated pageviews on years now, but I am near the half a million mark, so who knows, may be time to celebrate with something once again!

5k Party by AngelCrusher50k Flash by AngelCrusher100k - LAWay Cartoons by AngelCrusher

Recently, I've had a bit of a hiatus from dA. I was inactive for around 2 years. I was on and off, but wasn't posting as much as I used to. I was non existent in 2014. Then my first post in over a year/year and a half, was to let everyone know that I had cancer.
I had been away for so long, I wasn't sure people would care, would respond, would notice. I had watched artist's develop and continue to create art, but I just wasn't doing anything myself, so I thought I may have lost these friends and fans. But I had such an overwhelming response from a lot of good people, ones who I consider friends. When I told then the night before my surgery, I just had to let my thoughts and emotions out, but then to read them while I was recovering, that was a great memory!

But my favourite memory...?

Going back to my fighting tournament, AFL, the first event was an art jam, and it was good fun. Was it a fluke? After people asking for it, I delivered and hosted yet another one. This is where I knew this was a special event. This wasn't just an art jam any more. These just weren't random artists, followers, strangers. This was a community, of family and friends. We built something special here with the spirit we had. The first one wasn't a fluke, there was something special here! We had 64 different artists taking part! They were involved in 296 different fights! There were 488 original pieces of art produced! All within just over a month!


This was mind blowing. 

And everyone enjoyed it so much, that it had a life outside of dA. And this is where my favourite memory comes in. Not only was this just a small deviantArt 'thing', but this was real to people. They formed friendships, exchanged pieces of artwork...and created t-shirts.

Actual. T-shirts.

I SURVIVED: 1 by MacabreMoe

It was unreal. This was just a little art jam that I did because my hero wasn't doing art jams any more. Now these people are enjoying participating in these events I do, and have their own memes, own mythology, own jokes, character development, and now t-shirts! 

But that's not all.

I got my own t-shirt.

AFL T-shirt for Angelcrusher by QueenBex

:iconqueenbex: designed this for me, and sent it through the post. I have my very own AFL t-shirt, the big boss man, AngelCrusher. I am so proud and happy, not just with the t-shirt and the kind gesture, but what it represents to me.

Over the course of hosting these events, so far 6 in total, we have produced probably in the region of around 3000 pieces of art. And this t-shirt that I have represents all those pieces of art, all those people who have entered, all the friends that I have made a long the way.

I think that's a pretty awesome memory to have.
#deviantartistquestionnaire 
Psionic Character Mentor Commission by AngelCrusher
Psionic Character Mentor Commission
This is a big one.

Character Mentor for :iconclockwerksoul:
Asking me to redesign and create a backstory and personality of their character Psionic

I did a lot of work for this one. It was tough because the character was fresh with not much development to it. 2,500 words in total and countless hours on it. I'll probably have a rest from these character mentors now and evaluate what I do with them, as currently I am doing way too much work on them. Perhaps I will separate designs from backstory to free up some time. I enjoy doing them, but get way too involved and do more than what was asked.

Anyway, have a read if you have some spare time, probably more insightful than the designs.
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Sorry guys!

There has been a delay in the voting because of me. I was up until 4am last night and got half way through but had to call it a night.

Then today I have been at the hospital to receive news on how my cancer treatment has gone, after having an MRI scan 2 days ago.

I'm pleased to say that there is no sign of cancer or any further development at this time!
Bonnie Gagnam Style lol (Chat Icon) PARTY HARD Fella BreakDance (Music Band) GIF Star vs. the Forces of Evil -  Dance Naruto Dancing dance KFC Chicken Epic Dance Rock Lee Dance Squee! 

It means that we will keep monitoring it, and have another scan in 6 months time, but it's great news anyway, and a little weight lifted off the shoulders.

Anyway, I have submitted my judging results to :iconmja42x: just now, so the next round will be a lot later posted than planned. Again, I am sorry folks, my bad. It was great to see so many great entries with the difficulty level really ramped up in this round. We lost a lot of folk a long the way, but this was never going to be easy and it is survival of the fittest. We'll see how you all fare next round, and how this will shape the leaderboard. Let's see if those bonus points will make the difference!
Bo Character Mentor Commission by AngelCrusher
Bo Character Mentor Commission
Commission for :icondemonicking101:
of his character Bo
Bo Full Body With Duster by DemonicKing101

I was asked to try redesigning the character, using a detailed backstory and colour indications, this is my thought process and what I did. There are infinite ways you can approach a redesign, this was mine during this one session. I like the end result, and at the end of the day if the character at the end can still stand on it's own merit in design, then something has worked. Otherwise, hopefully during the whole process within the notes, there is some information that can be taken and used for the future that may help with your own redesign.


After nearly 2,000 words, it is quite a read. I didn't realize I typed so much, and probably haven't all in one go since a made rush to make an essay deadline the night before, but even if everyone doesn't read it all, as long as the one person it's meant for get's something out of it, then it's all worth it.

Hope you enjoy.
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Leigh Way
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
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Welsh professional storyboard artist and animator with an MA degree in Animation.

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ClockwerkSoul Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
Thanks for the faves. :)
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
Thanks for the :+fav: for AFL sketches by Kostmeyer  - much appreciated!
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AngelCrusher Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Lots of lovely images man, shame they weren't complete, but great to see regardless.
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KnightSlayer115 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heya!

i know im not in the DU AFL (would have if i hadnt procastinated my DU entry) but i know my buddies are and im rooting for them :D

but anyways, this was the entry who WOULD have been in DU/AFL, oh well : P

knightslayer115.deviantart.com…


I would love to know what you think ^^
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timpu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav.
Cheers.
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