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So to all my watchers that give a shit: For my first ever DeviantArt status, I wanna say that reading all the feedback for the new site updates is very amusing. C: 
AMS's Finest by GangsterLovin
AMS's Finest
Hey, more fan art! This time it's for the House of the Dead, another one of my all-time favorite games. :w00t:

I've always been a huge fan of on-rail lightgun shooters, and it was always such a treat to play games like these at a public arcade when I was a kid. Unfortunately, arcades seemed to die out after the '90s here in the States, so being able to play a game like House of the Dead on an arcade cabinet is a pretty rare experience (unless you're lucky enough to live in an area that still has arcades and game centers like Dave & Busters). My brother and I were also huge Sega fans growing up, and this is without a doubt my most favorite franchise to come out of that company. The original has always been my favorite, just because I have such a fond memory playing it on arcade during a family trip when I was a little kid, it seemed so scary back then. xD (I also found the voice acting to be better in the original than in House of the Dead 2)

I actually started this drawing when I was still in Japan two years ago, and I didn't finish it until recently. Being somewhat of a retro gamer, I managed to do a perfect playthrough of this game on my Sega Saturn within the past few months, and I guess that motivated me to go back and finish this one. ^^; Even though the zombies and gore are what make these games sell, I've always loved the character designs and the story (or what little story there is). As far as arcade-style lightgun games go, House of the Dead probably has the best story (it's comparable to the older Resident Evil games). For those who are unfamiliar with the series, these are the two agents you and a buddy play as in the first game, Tom Rogan and G (Rogan on the right, G on the left). After I got into Resident Evil (which was years after I first played House of the Dead), I've always thought of Rogan as an older, more experienced Chris Redfield. :D

Lately, I feel like I've been refining my own personal style of drawing with the use of prisma color pencils. This picture was good practice for coloring, but it was especially good for practicing character poses. I actually used this official game art as a direct reference: www.thewebsiteofthedead.com/wp… The background was sort of thrown together at the last minute, I guess I was trying to go for the "store room" area from the first level in the game. I guess I had this screenshot in mind when I came up with the background:www.thewebsiteofthedead.com/wp… (I think backgrounds are overrated sometimes -_-). I'd also love to give a quick shout-out to my buddy and fellow arcade enthusiast :iconxuhanshi: for sharing this website with me: www.arcadequartermaster.com/, they have a ton of great reference and information for classic arcade games! :D Despite the two-year time frame it took me to finish this, I had a blast drawing it and I hope to do more House of the Dead fan art! :)

I'd highly recommend these games to anyone who loves a good zombie game. Whether it's House of the Dead Overkill on Steam, or House of the Dead 3 or 4 on PSN, just check them out if you haven't heard of them. :3 Of course, all this stuff belongs to Sega and those talented developers at AM1.
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Melancholy Requiem by GangsterLovin
Melancholy Requiem
I figured I'd post another bit of fan art, and this time it's something Silent Hill, or more specifically Silent Hill 4: The Room. I was initially inspired to draw this one after completing my third playthrough of this game a few months ago (and I finally got the best ending, huzzah! :D).

The scene is supposed to depict SH4's protagonist Henry in the very early stages of the game, like right before he begins his descent into Walter's twisted world. On a more personal topic, I thought it would be fitting to submit this drawing tonight because from what I remember, it's been ten years since this game's release, and if I remember correctly, today marks my tenth anniversary since I first picked up this game and got into the Silent Hill series. I'm gonna try to not go into too much of a tangent here, but 2004 was a really great year for me, and it's pretty surprising how much of that was because of gaming. That was just such a great time for video games, as a lot of great game franchises were going strong, and there were tons of amazing new releases. Those of you that remember those days know what I mean! ;P

Anyway, the summer of that year was when I first really learned about Silent Hill, and I knew nothing of it except for how terrifying the games supposedly were. I was always fascinated with horror, but I never knew just how scary games could be. After a buddy of mine told me about Silent Hill and described how frightening it was, I just had to play one, I didn't care which one at that point! Well, Silent Hill 4: The Room was the newest installment in the series at that time, and on the first Friday night after I started 8th grade, I went to our local Blockbuster and rented it, completely unaware that it would become one of my most favorite games, and that it would completely change my tastes as a gamer. Playing my first Silent Hill game was one of those rare experiences where you go into it not knowing what to expect, yet you're so excited and the game leaves such a strong impression. After my first playthrough of Silent Hill 4, it just captured my imagination and I knew I had to play the entire series, I was hooked! Since the older games are considered to be the best in the series, it just got better for me from there on out! :) It was thanks to this series, and more specifically THIS particular game that I branched out and became such a fan of survival horror games. I never would've gotten into games like Resident Evil, Fatal Frame, Clock Tower, Siren, Dead Space, and everything in between if it wasn't for my childlike curiosity to try the Silent Hill games.

Silent Hill 4 was the last in the series developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, and is considered by many of the fans to be the end of the classic Silent Hill games, and the first "sub-par" entry in the series. Considering the fact that this was the first one I played, I had no other point of reference to compare it to, and I got so into the series that I did a "reverse-sequential" playthrough for each game that year. I still love the franchise as a whole and really enjoy the newer ones, but the first four will always be my favorites, with SH4 being my absolute favorite! Not only was it my initial exposure to the series, but I just loved the raw tension and the sheer amount of what-the-fuckery  that was prevalent throughout the game's story!:excited: Even though the developers tried to take the series in a completely new direction, I personally loved the story and concepts the fourth game had to offer. I just loved the use of Henry's apartment room as the game's hub, and the fact that you were trapped in that room instilled a feeling of claustrophobia and paranoia.

Well, that's my Silent Hill story and I'm sticking to it! I'm just feeling a little sentimental today, but I really love hearing how people get into their favorite games, it's quite fun! =] So here's to ten years of Silent Hill!:w00t: I still haven't seen the entire PT trailer, but hopefully the new Silent Hill turns out great!

The drawing itself took a lot of time and effort, but I'm pretty happy with the final results. I thought this was great practice for lighting and shadows, and overall it was just a lot of fun to recreate a setting from one of my most favorite games. Drawing Henry was also a lot of fun, but that pose was certainly a pain in the ass. As usual, I started off by sketching everything, then I added multiple layers of color using Prismacolor pencils, and then inked over all the outlines to help bring out the details. It's definitely not my best work, but it's a step in the right direction with all the progress I made. :phew: Now I'm motivated to do more SH4 fan art, and just SH fan art in general now!

The title is based on the first track that plays after the opening when you start a new game (very fitting, in my opinion). As we all know, Silent Hill and all things Silent Hill are copyright Konami. C:
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Within the Woods by GangsterLovin
Within the Woods
It's been a few months since my last deviation post, and I figured now is a good time to start posting some more fan art since I finally have some new stuff. However, this one has actually been sitting dormant in my sketchbook for over a year now. I initially started this at the beginning of April of last year in anticipation for the new Evil Dead.

I consider the original Evil Dead and its two sequels to be some of my most favorite movies, and like many horror fans out there, I was initially turned off by the idea of a remake. But after I saw the trailers, my thoughts had changed and I had high hopes for it. A friend and I got to see it in theaters before we got out of school last year, and I enjoyed it so much, I had to go and see it again with my sister. I still feel like it doesn't hold up to the original, but I was very happy with it and thought it made for a good remake. :)

I think this was good practice for drawing forest backgrounds as well as shading, although I really feel like the shading didn't turn out so well here. As a matter of fact, part of the reason it took me so long to submit this was because I went back and redid the shading after I had already done so and inked over it, I was pretty frustrated with how it turned out. But frankly, I feel like shading is an overrated technique, and I tried to compensate by adding extra details. I tried to capture the creepy atmosphere the movies are known for, and I thought the deadite form of the Mia character looked really cool. I actually used stills like these for reference: www.joblo.com/newsimages1/evil…. Overall, I wish I could've done better, but it was still pretty fun to draw, and looking back at this one brings back some really fond college memories! :D

On a side note, the title is supposed to be a reference to the independent film made by the original Evil Dead cast and crew to fund the original movie. =P
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  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Summer Madness by Kool & the Gang
  • Reading: All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Playing: Killing Floor, Panzer Dragoon Saga
  • Drinking: water
To all my amazing friends and correspondents, I hope you guys have all been doing well and are having an enjoyable summer! It certainly has been a long time since my last post, and with how much my personal life has changed in the past three months, I really haven't had much motivation to make any new journal or deviation posts. :/

I guess to start things off, I finished my final semester of college about three months ago, and the weeks leading up to graduation couldn't have been any more productive. Graduation and the time thereafter was a lot of fun, as expected, but since then I've moved back in with my family and have been searching for a job. Unfortunately, it's been completely unsuccessful so far, but hopefully I'll get lucky soon, I think it's just a matter of putting more effort into my applications and working harder to find a career path that's right for me. Other than looking for jobs, nothing else has really gone on for me this summer. I've had so much free time lately that it's just been overwhelming, so naturally I haven't been motivated to log on to DA as much because I've just been so darn lazy. v.v However, all this free time has given me a chance to get caught up on a lot of the video games I have lying around, and I have actually been doing a bit of drawing lately. I also got to go to a OneRepublic concert in my area over a month ago, so that was very fun and memorable! :D Besides that, I've just spent my summer going to the gym and doing nothing much in between, hm.

It's been a very idle summer for me thus far, but now that it's August, I got some interesting plans that I'm very much looking forward to. I'm actually planning on attending a local convention this weekend, but not an anime convention like I've usually done in the past. This time I'll be attending BronyCon 2014, since I've really gotten into the My Little Pony fandom this past year. I also have a wedding to go to at the end of the summer, and I can't think of a better way to finish off the month of August. C: Overall, it's been pretty relaxing being at home all summer and having all this free time, but with how busy everyone else around me is and how little I've accomplished within the past few months, I can't help but feel like I'm going crazy with where I'm at in my life. x( But that's okay, these kinda things have a way of sorting themselves out, so I'm just gonna stay patient and positive and wait for whatever challenge life throws at me next. :) I guess this is the life of a college graduate, hehe.

I'll be sure to post a few new drawings in the coming weeks, hopefully I can stay motivated to get some more work done.

I wish you guys all the best!:peace:

-GL

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GangsterLovin
Silly bananas!
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United States
I've been a fan and user of DeviantArt for over ten years now, and I'm proud to say that it's been a very worthwhile experience. I don't like to consider myself a real artist, but I enjoy art and a bit of photography every now and then. I love using this website as an outlet for expressing whatever creativity I have, and as far as artwork goes, I can be very scattered-brained and will focus on drawing anything that gives me inspiration (and I mean ANYTHING!). Usually, I let me interests and other hobbies inspire my own artwork, and those hobbies would include video gaming (particularly retro and survival-horror games), movies, weapons (particularly firearms), anime, and cartoons. As a result, my art usually ranges from fan art, weapon and firearm designs, and my own original character art. I'm always humbled by people that add me as a friend, and I love making new friends around here! :)

Current Residence: Northern Virginia
Favourite genre of music: 80's pop/new wave, rock(punk/alternative/some metal), techno, country, some classical
Favourite style of art: Cutesy anime, or dark and twisted
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: I'm not too big into MP3 players
Shell of choice: M406 antipersonnel shells, M576 buckshot shells, M381 high-explosive shells, M397 airburst shells
Wallpaper of choice: Whatever I friggin' want it to be! D:<
Skin of choice: Does racial color really matter?
Favourite cartoon character: Applejack from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Bender from Futurama, Rick and Morty, oh and Bugs Bunny, just to name a few...
Personal Quote: "All it takes is all you got." - My high school coach
Interests
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Summer Madness by Kool & the Gang
  • Reading: All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Playing: Killing Floor, Panzer Dragoon Saga
  • Drinking: water
To all my amazing friends and correspondents, I hope you guys have all been doing well and are having an enjoyable summer! It certainly has been a long time since my last post, and with how much my personal life has changed in the past three months, I really haven't had much motivation to make any new journal or deviation posts. :/

I guess to start things off, I finished my final semester of college about three months ago, and the weeks leading up to graduation couldn't have been any more productive. Graduation and the time thereafter was a lot of fun, as expected, but since then I've moved back in with my family and have been searching for a job. Unfortunately, it's been completely unsuccessful so far, but hopefully I'll get lucky soon, I think it's just a matter of putting more effort into my applications and working harder to find a career path that's right for me. Other than looking for jobs, nothing else has really gone on for me this summer. I've had so much free time lately that it's just been overwhelming, so naturally I haven't been motivated to log on to DA as much because I've just been so darn lazy. v.v However, all this free time has given me a chance to get caught up on a lot of the video games I have lying around, and I have actually been doing a bit of drawing lately. I also got to go to a OneRepublic concert in my area over a month ago, so that was very fun and memorable! :D Besides that, I've just spent my summer going to the gym and doing nothing much in between, hm.

It's been a very idle summer for me thus far, but now that it's August, I got some interesting plans that I'm very much looking forward to. I'm actually planning on attending a local convention this weekend, but not an anime convention like I've usually done in the past. This time I'll be attending BronyCon 2014, since I've really gotten into the My Little Pony fandom this past year. I also have a wedding to go to at the end of the summer, and I can't think of a better way to finish off the month of August. C: Overall, it's been pretty relaxing being at home all summer and having all this free time, but with how busy everyone else around me is and how little I've accomplished within the past few months, I can't help but feel like I'm going crazy with where I'm at in my life. x( But that's okay, these kinda things have a way of sorting themselves out, so I'm just gonna stay patient and positive and wait for whatever challenge life throws at me next. :) I guess this is the life of a college graduate, hehe.

I'll be sure to post a few new drawings in the coming weeks, hopefully I can stay motivated to get some more work done.

I wish you guys all the best!:peace:

-GL

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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav on Off to War 1914!
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure, sir! :D Keep up the good work!:nod:
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HereBeDragons2014 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, buddy! :)
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80SMMC Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Awesome cosplays of Scissorman & George Maxwell
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad I have your approval! :thumbsup: They were a lot of fun, and it's a pleasure to meet a fellow Clock Tower fan!:handshake:
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HereBeDragons2014 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the faves! :)
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, my friend! Just keep the good stuff coming! :D
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav on the Armee Universal Gewehr!
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! Great work as always!:thumbsup:
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