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Why Newgrounds? Deathink interview

Today’s featured Why Newgrounds? creator is Deathink!

 

What do you create? Art, cartoons, music, games, etc?
I do a little of it all.

What inspires you to create?
Art, Life, and my friends.

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How do you keep yourself motivated? Do you work in short bursts of inspiration or do you have a daily routine?
I just do.

What do you do when you hit a creative block?
Thankfully, I never do. But sometimes I have the opposite problem. There are so many things I want to make I can’t focus.

How do you deal with trolls online and in real life?
Again, I am very fortunate not to really have that problem. When I was young, I was constantly told I didn’t draw the thing I drew. It used to make me upset, but looking back, I guess it’s a complement.

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Have you ever created something you thought turned out pretty bad but then when you posted it online everyone else liked it more than your favorite creations? Why do you think that happens?
Yeah, I think this happens to most of us. Why? It’s pretty simple, the “MASSES”, for the most part, don’t really care about the subtle, difficult intricacy that go into creating something as much as simply what is being drawn. They just like what they like, i.e. a poorly draw picture of a Pokemon will get WAY more attention than a perfectly drawn chair. I never grudge this.

Has rejection ever affected your creative process?
IDK, I never really cared, so I can’t recall ever being rejected. But you have to remember, I only started showing my art a few years ago, So I spent most of my life developing these techniques in secret, with only close friends and family knowing about it.

What is the best advice you ever received?
In an interview, Todd McFarlain was asked to give advice, and he said something like “This is going to sound like a cop out, but just never give up.” I was a HUGE Spawn fan at the time, and I remember being so mad at his answer, I really did think it was complete BS, and he just didn’t want to give out the SECRET good advice. But, years later, I realize, as far as art goes, that is the best advice you can receive.

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What do you do when you’re not creating or posting on Newgrounds? Do you have a job? Are you a student?
I have a few jobs, some are art related.

What does the internet mean to you?
It’s a yin yang to me. I love it relentlessly and hate it as much as I like it. People have been AMAZING to me, No one can ask for a better online experience than that which I have received. But then I see people just act so ugly or pathetic to each other. A seemingly godlike wealth of knowledge and communication at your finger tips, used mostly to meme and make each other upset. Most users are just assholes without talent pathetically shit-posting for attention, but then there are all these fantastic artists posting stuff too. I could go on, but you get the point.

Why Newgrounds?
Newgrounds is the best of the best creators. It’s my one reprieve away from all the bullshit online. It’s kinda like a work of art among web sites. It has conviction. While other sites are quick to offer a system that gives max reward for minimum effort and talent, this place only rewards effort and talent. It’s good quality control.

What is your favorite accomplishment? Post a link if it’s available online!
I guess, my dedication to art. IDK

Do you enjoy sharing your work with others or do you prefer to go unnoticed? Why?
I don’t really like sharing stuff, I could honestly just stop sharing at any time, but that is because I haven’t produced the stuff I really want to share yet. I am however really pleased to finally show my robot pics when I make ’em.

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What do you wish to accomplish with your art? Is it a hobby or do you plan on making it a career?
I love art. I want to be the greatest artist who has ever lived. But I really want to tell stories with it now. I draw a real nice picture, and I don’t even care anymore. If it’s not helping me tell a story, it seems like a waste of time.

Do you ever feel that you have to censor your creativity because you don’t want to offend anyone?
I am missing that part of the brain that thinks you should censor something. But ironically enough, most of the stuff I want to make is perfectly acceptable. (At least I think it is. Again, I’m missing that part of the brain haha)

Do you have your own “style” or do you just make whatever feels right at the time?
I have a few styles I have painstakingly created from scratch. But I will sample almost every style I see that I like, just to learn what I can from it.

Do you believe it’s important to get good reviews and have lots of followers or is just doing what you love to do enough to justify your work?
Followers and reviews are worthless if I receive them for doing something I don’t like. If I become a successful artist for making things I don’t like, than I have failed in my life. This is something people don’t understand about me. Sadly, at present, I have very few things I want people to follow me for. But that all might change soon.

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Do you ever find yourself limited by the materials that you have available?
YES!!! I need a real studio. I can create great art with a scrap of paper and broken pencil in a cardboard box, but I’m not just trying to make a nice picture. I need a place to put my tools and and the ability to scatter some papers and move around.

What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Just starting out? Think about what you want from art. See a clear goal, then make preparations to achieve that one goal. That goal might change later, and that is fine, just don’t change it weekly. Really think about what you want and what is important and it will not change that often.

Where can we find out more about your work? Post links to your Newgrounds page, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, website, or anywhere else we can find you on the web!
Anything real will be posted here on Newgrounds

I post a lot of my sketches on twitter

I have a facebook too. I’ll appreciate the like, but I rarely post there.

Oh and I have a tumblr and deviant art, but I’m not even going to post a link to ’em, they are the anus of the internet art world.

 

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