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Knife Collection by GangsterLovin
Knife Collection
YAY POINTY OBJECTS!!

Hehe I thought I'd do something different this time, and share my knife collection for those who are intereted. Now for those of you who've known me for years, you all know that I really enjoy weapons (in the safest way possible that is). Now the funny thing is, I don't really consider myself a knife collector or go out of my way to acquire a new knife, but I think they're neat and cool to own (some of them I display and others I just keep as everyday tools respectively). Let's have a look! :D

From right to left, starting from the smallest:
- Mini balisong (otherwise known as a "butterfly knife," this was a parting gift from one of my closest friends from my high school rowing team before I went off to college)
- Spring-assisted pocket knife (another gift from the same friend that give me the balisong, the locking mechanism is a little clumsy but it's still pretty neat and useful as a letter opener)
- Folding knife (a cheap folding knife I bought at a small fair in South Dakota, for those of you who've played The Last of Us, I really like this one because it resembles the knife Ellie carries on her person :D)
- Hunting knife (a cheap hunting knife I bought at a novelty weapon shop in South Dakota, I'm not sure what the exact material its synthetic grip is made of, but it has a very strong smell)
-Heavy survival knife (a cool survival knife I found when I was in Colorado, it features a serrated back edge, and the holes are mainly for aesthetic appeal)
-"Life Saving" survival knife (another large knife I found when I was in Colorado, this one features a "Rambo-style" hollowed grip that houses a kit which contains a compass, matches, threat and needle, etc.)
- Ghurka kukri (my all-time favorite, this authentic handmade kukri knife was presented to me on my 20th birthday from a friend from Nepal, this knife came straight from Kathmandu and is exactly like the kind used by the famous Ghurka warriors)

Like I said, I don't really consider myself I knife collector, but I would really love to get an authentic M9 bayonet and a Filipino karambit some day!

Fun fact, my cheap hunting knife and "Life Saving" knife were both used in this old ID picture I took many years ago: In the Wilderness

I hope you guys enjoyed and learned something new about me! :) I'll get some new drawings posted as soon as I can.
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  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Listening to: Afterlife by Arcade Fire
  • Reading: All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Playing: Final Fantasy X, Silent Hill 3, Burning Rangers
  • Drinking: water
Hello my friends, it's been a while since my last journal post! A lot sure has happened in my life since my last update, I'll try to stay as organized as I can with the following information. First of all, I hope you guys have been doing well, and I really appreciate the continued support I've been receiving lately! As some of you have noticed, I've been a little more active lately than I have been in months (at least it feels like it here on my end, haha). I've made some amazing new friends here within the past year, so chatting with them, seeing all their artwork, and frankly, just with all the gaming I've been doing in my spare time now has really inspired me to sit down and get some more drawing done. Which brings me to the first topic I wanna cover, my artwork and my activity here on DA.

As you all should know by now, I really love survival-horror games, and I've met so many wonderful artists lately that share the same passion for these kinda games. Through out the month of October I sat down and replayed some of my most favorite games, including but not limited to Silent Hill 4, Silent Hill 3, Fatal Frame 2, Doom 3, as well as few old school horror games like Castlevania on NES and Haunted House on Atari 2600. With how much I've been playing games lately, I've been really inspired to do some more video game fan art. I got lots of new ideas, so hopefully there will be some more new deviations for you all soon. Furthermore, my dear friend :iconlonelymori: suggested that I take a break from drawing soon to get a photo of my horror game collection, that sounds like it would be fun and interesting. :D Also, I'm still preparing for an art trade with my wonderful sister :iconxfannyx:. Which reminds me, I may consider doing art trades after this first one. Over all, I've improved my DA activity significantly as of late; I've really cleaned out my message box, I've been joining more groups to submit artwork to, and I've been meeting lots of friendly new faces, good stuff.:nod:

In regards to my personal life, there's been a lot going on lately, and I'm no longer stuck in my idle daily routines that I've been so used to these past few months. First and foremost, I finally found a part-time job as a cashier at our local Target. Unfortunately, it's a seasonal job only, so I'll be laid off by the end of the holidays. However, a few other stores in my area have contacted me about job offers, we'll see if that goes anywhere. But most of all, I thought I'd mention to you all that I'll be joining the United States Peace Corps, a volunteer organization that conducts humanitarian work around the world. Now for you guys that follow me on Facebook, this isn't new information if you read my status posts on your news feed, but to those of you who only follow me here on DA, I thought I'd keep you guys up to date with this exciting new opportunity in my life. It's a huge commitment to make, as I'll be working in Eastern Europe for two years, but fortunately I won't leave the United States until next summer, so I still have time with my friends and family here at home. Working in the Peace Corps gives me a lot to think about, particularly with future job opportunities as well as the challenges of living abroad again. But with how much I've been thinking about it these past few days, I'm happy to say that I'll be granted some vacation time while I'm working abroad. So to all my friends in Europe, there's a possibility that I can hop on a train or a plane and come visit your country and hang out, that is of course money permits it and you guys are comfortable meeting face-to-face. x3 Even though there's still so much to plan for, that idea alone gives me something to potentially look forward to.

As far as other personal updates go, I really don't have much else to report other than my job status. Well, my family and I took a trip up to Connecticut over a week ago to visit my father's family. It was pretty lonesome to see his childhood home and grandparents again after so many years, as their living situation is a lot different from when I last saw them. But over all, it was very nice to see my relatives again, and we all had lots of fun. We also have all the big holidays coming up; it was Halloween a few weeks ago, but unfortunately I didn't have the motivation or funds to put together a cool new cosplay (sorry guys, no new Clock Tower cosplays this year :/ ). But despite that, I still had a fun and enjoyable Halloween, I really love it this time of year!^^ Also, we got Thanksgiving coming up next week, and I'll get to experience Black Friday from a store employee's perspective this year, that should be interesting. C: As always, I'm excited for Christmas, but I'll discuss that in further detail once we get closer to the December holidays.

That's about it guys! I could probably go on with all the extraneous details in my life, but all that's not really relevant now. All I can say is that my life back home has really improved since this new job, and of course since I got accepted into the Peace Corps. Again, thank you all so much for your support, and thank you guys for motivating me and keeping me happy when I log on to DA in my spare time! :)

Keep in touch, I love you all!:thanks:

-GL
Dress to Impress by GangsterLovin
Dress to Impress
Time for some more MLP fan art! :3 It's been several months since I last posted anything MLP-related, but thanks to my dear friend :icong0ldfishl0ve:'s encouragement, I was convinced to continuing putting out more pony fan art (at least whenever I get some ideas, hehe). xD

Rarity may not be my most favorite character in the show, but she's pretty darn close. C: Even though she's vain and obnoxious at times, I just love how generous and sophisticated she can be, she's like a little Audrey Hepburn. x3 There's actually a funny story behind this drawing; as I mentioned in my last journal post (something I really need to update, sorry guys!), I attended BronyCon at the end of the summer.  Amazingly, a good number of special guests attended the convention to do autographs and meet their fans, one of which was Tabitha St. Germain (the voice of Rarity and various other characters). I was just dying to meet her, as Rarity is one of my favorite characters, so I was up all night before the convention trying to think of something to draw for her to autograph. I must've spent hours thinking of a decent picture idea, and by the time I finished this drawing, morning had already come, and I had to get ready to go up to Baltimore. Overall, the convention was an absolute blast, and I had so much fun! But unfortunately, the lines to meet the voice actors were extremely long, and you were required to purchase these expensive tickets to meet one guest of your choice, and due to the popularity of Tabitha St. Germain, tickets sold out and I was unable to meet her. :( But that's alright, I did get to meet Andrea Libman (the voice of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy), and was able to get an autograph for my old roommate Bryan. :D It was definitely worth the wait for that!

Like I said, it took me hours to think of a good drawing. Obviously, I wanted to feature Rarity, and I wanted to go for something fun and elegant but not too complicated. I was in a hurry to get this picture done in time for the convention, and I think it really shows. =P I chose not to add any sort of real background for the sake of keeping things easy for me, and the coloring turned out pretty crude and rushed. However, I had lots of fun designing Rarity's dress and styling her mane, and even though this picture lacks the VA's autograph, I figured I'd still submit it and share this interesting story. :XD:
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Last Flight by GangsterLovin
Last Flight
Lately, I've been itching to do various types of fan art for some of my favorite games. Over the past few months, I've had the pleasure to indulge myself in a little game called Panzer Dragoon Saga, and needless to say, I was inspired. :3 I actually just beat it last night too, so I figured now was a good time to upload this picture.

To all you wonderful classic Sega fans and collectors out there, the Panzer Dragoon series needs no introduction. But to any of my amazing friends and correspondents that are unfamiliar but curious now, I'd like to take a moment to say just how amazing this old series is. Panzer Dragoon was originally a 3D on-rails flight shooter (much like After Burner or Star Fox) developed mainly for Sega's old 32-bit Saturn console. But unlike other 3D on-rail flight games, you took control of a mystical armored dragon as opposed to a jet or a spaceship. The first two games were phenomenal shooters, and the unique setting and concepts created a rich story with deep and compelling characters.

Panzer Dragoon Saga was the third and final installment to the original trilogy on the Saturn, but unlike its two predecessors, it took the series' unique gameplay and story to whole new level; instead of using the traditional on-rail shooter elements that made the first two games famous, the development team at Sega took those gameplay mechanics and applied them to an open world role-playing game that helped create a gaming experience like nothing I've ever seen before. Basically, Panzer Dragoon Saga is an RPG with a battle system that plays like an on-rails shooter, it's hard to describe and can only be understood if you've actually seen gameplay or have played it yourself. Another interesting point about this game is that it came out after Final Fantasy VII was released on the PS1, and with all the media coverage and attention Final Fantasy VII was getting at the time, they say Sega was inspired to take the Panzer Dragoon series in a whole new direction and make an equally-amazing RPG that could rival Final Fantasy VII. Well, coming from a long-time fan of Final Fantasy VII, I can safely say that at this point in time, I love Panzer Dragon Saga more. <3

Unfortunately, the Panzer Dragoon series has fallen into obscurity over the years, and this game in particular has become extremely rare and hard to find for buyers looking to obtain a hard copy. Here in the United States, a hard copy of this game now commands a price of anywhere from $500 and up. Fortunately, I was extremely lucky that my brother picked up a copy for me a few years ago while at an anime convention, and paid around $250 (something I'll always be extremely grateful for). Despite the outrageous price, I think this game is worth it to any hardcore RPG fan. I seriously can't give this game enough praise, just the story, the characters, the gameplay, everything about it is just amazing! :D

Alright, enough of that nerdy tangent, on to the details of the picture. As most of you all know, I never do fantasy-style drawings anymore (I really can't remember the last time I drew a dragon). Well, I loved this game so much that I felt the need to pay homage to it, and I was lucky to find a lot of great reference artwork online. This particular scene I drew was inspired from the last act of the game right before the final boss fight when you can go around the world map doing one last sweep of all the locations to finish all the side quests and secrets. The two main characters, Edge and Azel were quite difficult to draw, as I typically don't draw characters that small in proportion, but the dragon was actually a lot of fun to draw (I took some liberties with the various dragon designs from the game, as it tends to morph as you level up). As always, I sketched out the scene, colored it with my old Prismacolor pencils, then inked over it. I tell ya, I felt like I had to use surgeon-like precision to ink over all the small details on the two characters, and even then I think I still messed up on Edge's facial features. x'D Fortunately, I think I fixed a lot of that when I edited the scanned image in Photoshop. Much like my recent fan art, the background was sort of thrown in at the last minute, but I think it turned out alright. Over all, I'm very pleased with this one, it was fun to try something different, and I'm just very happy to celebrate one of my favorite role-playing games and share it with you all. :)
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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: 

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GangsterLovin
Silly bananas!
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
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 enjoyable and positive 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
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  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Listening to: Afterlife by Arcade Fire
  • Reading: All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Playing: Final Fantasy X, Silent Hill 3, Burning Rangers
  • Drinking: water
Hello my friends, it's been a while since my last journal post! A lot sure has happened in my life since my last update, I'll try to stay as organized as I can with the following information. First of all, I hope you guys have been doing well, and I really appreciate the continued support I've been receiving lately! As some of you have noticed, I've been a little more active lately than I have been in months (at least it feels like it here on my end, haha). I've made some amazing new friends here within the past year, so chatting with them, seeing all their artwork, and frankly, just with all the gaming I've been doing in my spare time now has really inspired me to sit down and get some more drawing done. Which brings me to the first topic I wanna cover, my artwork and my activity here on DA.

As you all should know by now, I really love survival-horror games, and I've met so many wonderful artists lately that share the same passion for these kinda games. Through out the month of October I sat down and replayed some of my most favorite games, including but not limited to Silent Hill 4, Silent Hill 3, Fatal Frame 2, Doom 3, as well as few old school horror games like Castlevania on NES and Haunted House on Atari 2600. With how much I've been playing games lately, I've been really inspired to do some more video game fan art. I got lots of new ideas, so hopefully there will be some more new deviations for you all soon. Furthermore, my dear friend :iconlonelymori: suggested that I take a break from drawing soon to get a photo of my horror game collection, that sounds like it would be fun and interesting. :D Also, I'm still preparing for an art trade with my wonderful sister :iconxfannyx:. Which reminds me, I may consider doing art trades after this first one. Over all, I've improved my DA activity significantly as of late; I've really cleaned out my message box, I've been joining more groups to submit artwork to, and I've been meeting lots of friendly new faces, good stuff.:nod:

In regards to my personal life, there's been a lot going on lately, and I'm no longer stuck in my idle daily routines that I've been so used to these past few months. First and foremost, I finally found a part-time job as a cashier at our local Target. Unfortunately, it's a seasonal job only, so I'll be laid off by the end of the holidays. However, a few other stores in my area have contacted me about job offers, we'll see if that goes anywhere. But most of all, I thought I'd mention to you all that I'll be joining the United States Peace Corps, a volunteer organization that conducts humanitarian work around the world. Now for you guys that follow me on Facebook, this isn't new information if you read my status posts on your news feed, but to those of you who only follow me here on DA, I thought I'd keep you guys up to date with this exciting new opportunity in my life. It's a huge commitment to make, as I'll be working in Eastern Europe for two years, but fortunately I won't leave the United States until next summer, so I still have time with my friends and family here at home. Working in the Peace Corps gives me a lot to think about, particularly with future job opportunities as well as the challenges of living abroad again. But with how much I've been thinking about it these past few days, I'm happy to say that I'll be granted some vacation time while I'm working abroad. So to all my friends in Europe, there's a possibility that I can hop on a train or a plane and come visit your country and hang out, that is of course money permits it and you guys are comfortable meeting face-to-face. x3 Even though there's still so much to plan for, that idea alone gives me something to potentially look forward to.

As far as other personal updates go, I really don't have much else to report other than my job status. Well, my family and I took a trip up to Connecticut over a week ago to visit my father's family. It was pretty lonesome to see his childhood home and grandparents again after so many years, as their living situation is a lot different from when I last saw them. But over all, it was very nice to see my relatives again, and we all had lots of fun. We also have all the big holidays coming up; it was Halloween a few weeks ago, but unfortunately I didn't have the motivation or funds to put together a cool new cosplay (sorry guys, no new Clock Tower cosplays this year :/ ). But despite that, I still had a fun and enjoyable Halloween, I really love it this time of year!^^ Also, we got Thanksgiving coming up next week, and I'll get to experience Black Friday from a store employee's perspective this year, that should be interesting. C: As always, I'm excited for Christmas, but I'll discuss that in further detail once we get closer to the December holidays.

That's about it guys! I could probably go on with all the extraneous details in my life, but all that's not really relevant now. All I can say is that my life back home has really improved since this new job, and of course since I got accepted into the Peace Corps. Again, thank you all so much for your support, and thank you guys for motivating me and keeping me happy when I log on to DA in my spare time! :)

Keep in touch, I love you all!:thanks:

-GL

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Hybrid55555 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
By the way thanks for the faves.
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, sir! :) Keep up the good work!:thumbsup:
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haya1 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Thank you for the fav!:D (Big Grin)
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
君の絵がかっこいです!それに、サイレン話にありがとう!(日本語の質が低い、すみません。最近、あまり練習しません!x'D)
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haya1 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
こちらこそありがとうございます!
貴方の絵もサイレンやサイレントヒルへの愛に溢れてて魅力的で引き込まれますLove
日本語、かなりのレベルで驚きました。すごく勉強されたんですね。
私も貴方のように他の国の言葉を話せるようになりたいです(*'ω'*)
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
わあ、優しい言葉をありがとうございます!先に俺のように言った、日本のホラーゲーム本当に大好きです。;)

四年前だけに日本語の勉強を始めた。大学時代中に、日本で留学をきっかけがあった。君も外国に住むきっかけがあると、取ってください!後悔しないよ!:nod:

それに、君の絵がすごいよ。じゃ、今からワッチしています!よろしくね!:+devwatch:
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GrenadeKitten Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the fav
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! Keep up the Panzer Dragoon work! :D
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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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