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Day Out With The Mystery Twins by GangsterLovin
Day Out With The Mystery Twins
Time for something different; this is a long-overdue art trade for my beloved DA sister, :iconxfannyx:. If anyone is into cute, cartoon-inspired artwork, please check out Fanny's gallery, she does some amazing fan art and character designs! :w00t:

We promised we'd each do an art trade with some of our favorite cartoon characters a few months ago, and I think she made a good choice when she requested some Gravity Falls fan art. :D I attempted to recreate the show's main characters, Mabel and Dipper, but I wanted to make them look older, like teenagers. Fortunately I was able to find lots of stylized fan art that helped inspire me. I feel like Dipper's pose could use some improvements, and I wish the colors turned out a little better. But overall I'm pretty happy with the results, I had a lot of fun with this one in spite of the imperfections. This show is quickly becoming a new favorite of mine, I really enjoy it's quirky yet charming style of humor and storytelling. ^^

Ich bedauere, dass dieses Bild so sehr spät ist. Aber ich hoff, dass die Ergebnisse dir gefallen! Lieb dich, Fanny!:love:
Say Hello To My Little Friend by GangsterLovin
Say Hello To My Little Friend
I love how literal this title is. x3 I don't really make it a point to post photos of my pets anymore, but I just had to get a photo of my bird perched in front of the large Scarface poster I display in my room.

We've had a lot of pets in our family over the years, but none of them have lived as long as my pet cockatiel, I call him Tookie.^^ We got him from a breeder in the summer of 1997, and he's still an active little bird. On a side note, Scarface happens to be my most favorite movie of all time (it actually inspired my username and avatar icon). Overall, I think this makes for a mildly amusing photo.

I'll get some new artwork posted soon. ;P
Emergency Landing on Yamijima by GangsterLovin
Emergency Landing on Yamijima

Okita, please don't die! Okita!"

Well, it's been a while since I submitted any Siren 2 fan art. It's also been over a year since I finished that game, and I'm still blown away by how amazing it is. I started this drawing not too long before I finished the game, and it wasn't until recently that I got back in the mood for Siren and decided to finish it.

This scene is based on one of the early levels of the game, and the tragic beginning of Yorito Nagai's nightmare on Yamijima. As I've mentioned in the past, I just love the Siren series for its interesting characters, and Yorito is one of my most favorite characters. When I first learned about Siren 2, I was really excited to see that some of the new characters included soldiers of the Japanese Self-Defense Force, which in turn gave the player a much more potent arsenal of weapons than in the first Siren. I love Yorito not just because he's a trained soldier, but because of how much emotion his character shows throughout the game. Every character in this game has a story on why they came to Yamijima, and Yorito's story was simply bad luck after an engine failure causes his team's helicopter to crash land on the island during a routine training exercise. Unfortunately for Yorito, most of his comrades get killed in the crash, including his best friend Hiroshi Okita. He then has to put all his faith into his commanding officer Takeaki Misawa, the only other survivor from the crash. It's always so heartbreaking to see Yorito crying over his dying friend in that first cutscene. :(

I really wish the colors turned out better for this one. I tried my best to edit the lighting, but overall I don't think it turned out that well. v_v The poses were also very difficult, and it was nearly impossible to find any decent references from the game. But I'm actually quite happy with how the poses turned out, and I like how Yorito's expression shows. I probably should have included Misawa in this scene as well, but I just wanted to focus on Yorito and a dying Okita (although I should do some fan art with Misawa, that would be really cool). I also had lots of fun drawing those JSDF uniforms, as well as their iconic Howa Type 89 assault rifle. :D As for the background, I really wish it turned out better, I really should practice drawing forest scenes more often. :/ Oh well, despite the imperfections, I'm just glad to finally have this one done.:phew: I definitely plan to do more Siren fan art, this series is just too good and deserves a lot more recognition than it gets.
SH3 - Daddy's Girl by GangsterLovin
SH3 - Daddy's Girl
This is something I've been working on for a while now. After replaying Silent Hill 3 a while back, I was inspired to do a little homage to my most favorite father-daughter duo in gaming. On that note, with all the Silent Hill fan art around, I'm very disappointed at the lack of fan art showcasing Harry and Heather's relationship, so I felt obligated to contribute something, heh.

Silent Hill 3 is one of my most favorite games, mainly for the horror and the deep story, and Heather Mason is easily my most favorite female lead in any game I've played. I love how much depth there is to her character; she's strong, resourceful, and a bit sassy too. But man when it comes down to it, she's such a daddy's girl! x'D My heart just melts at the thought of how close she and Harry were (my heart also aches every time when she cries for her dad at the end of the game ;_; ).

It took a while sketching the outline for this one, the poses I wanted for Harry and Heather were quite difficult as I've never done anything quite like it. I also had a hard time trying to find good reference pics for a cuddling pose, so the final product here certainly has its imperfections. I tried my best to recreate a convincing scene from their home at the Daisy Villa Apartments, and I'm pretty happy with how the background and all the little details turned out. The coloring could use some improvement, but again, hopefully my attention to detail makes up for it. It may not be perfect, but I really like how this one turned out and I'm really enjoying the progress I've been making. :) It was also lots of fun to do some more Silent Hill fan art for a change, I definitely plan to do more.
Weapons of Vietnam Part V by GangsterLovin
Weapons of Vietnam Part V
It's been a while since my last deviation update, and it's been even longer since I last posted any firearm-related artwork. :/ My interest in firearms and weaponry is nothing new if you've been following my artwork for a while, but to those that started watching me within the past year or so, I love studying modern weaponry as much as I love survival-horror games. :) For those who follow me for my weapon art, sorry for taking so long to update my series on the Vietnam War.^^; Wow, looking back on it, I said I'd update sooner than I have in the past, boy was I wrong. x'D The reason I haven't been so consistent stems from my college courses taking a high priority at the time, as well as a lack of access to tools like Photoshop (I could color all these guns by hand, but I'd rather color them digitally for consistency's sake). Fortunately, I owe it to my dear friend :iconshakahnna: for hooking me up with a copy of Photoshop CS6, you're a real sweetheart. :heart: I figured I'd try it out and get these guns colored.

Now on to the fun stuff, SHOTGUNS! Combat shotguns have been a staple of the American military arsenal since colonial times. Being that the United States military uses combat shotguns more than any other country during wartime, this section of my Vietnam War project focuses solely on the American side of the conflict. Shotguns are known for their effectiveness and destructive power at close-range, as well being able to chamber a variety of different shells for different situations (i.e. birdshot for small-game hunting and target practice, buckshot for larger game and self-defense/combat, beanbags for riot control, rifled slugs for longer range and door breaching). But due to their limitations such as short range and a relatively low magazine capacity, the shotgun has a specialized role as a military weapon. In the Vietnam War, combat shotguns were not general issue weapons like an assault rifle or battle rifle, but instead, were special issue weapons to infantry units. One shotgun was usually issued per squad and used for routine jungle patrol, and were also used to great extent by base guards and special force teams. Being that battles were fought at very close ranges in the Vietnam War, the combat shotgun proved to be a vital weapon in the American arsenal, and many different types of shotguns were used by U.S. military forces throughout the war.

Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun": The first successful pump-action shotgun and earliest modern combat shotgun utilized by the United States military. The Winchester 1897 was one of many weapons designed by the legendary John Browning, who designed many other famous firearms such as the venerable Colt 1911 handgun. The Winchester M1897 was made famous as a military weapon when the United States entered World War I in 1917. Due to the brutal nature and confined spaces of trench warfare, the United States military was in need of an effective small arm to supplement the shortage of other service weapons such as rifles and handguns. The Winchester M1897 was modified for military service as a "Trench Gun"; this configuration featured a 20-inch barrel, a perforated heat shield, and a heavy bayonet lug designed to accommodate the fearsome 16-inch M1917 bayonet:… Thanks to its close-range firepower, the M1897 was an extremely lethal weapon in the hands of U.S. soldiers fighting in the trenches of World War I. I should note that due to a design feature of the M1897, the weapon had a considerably high rate of fire; the gun was designed without a trigger disconnect, which prevents the trigger from firing while the weapon is being cycled. Because the M1897 lacked a trigger disconnect, a soldier could hold down the trigger and fire the weapon rapidly by cycling the forearm until the magazine was emptied (a combat tactic known as "slam-fire"). This in turn made the M1897 a more formidable "trench gun," and this feature can still be seen on later combat shotguns (most modern shotguns have a trigger disconnect presumably as a safety measure). The Winchester M1897 used standard 12 gauge shot shells (usually loaded with 00 buckshot), and held 5 rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber. The weapon also featured an external hammer, which gave the gun an even more distinct appearance (this exposed hammer earned it the nickname "thumb-buster," because it would scrape the shooter's thumb when they'd rack the slide). The Winchester M1897 saw continued service with the U.S. military in World War II, as well as the Korean War. In the Vietnam War, the Winchester M1897 was still used by a few Marines during the early stages of the war, but was quickly phased out of service due to a low supply of these older shotguns.

Winchester Model 12 "Trench Gun": A modified version of the famous Winchester Model 1897; the most noteworthy difference between these two shotguns are the M1897's exposed hammer and the M12's internal hammer. The M12 pump shotgun was designed by T.C. Johnson, an engineer at Winchester who based his work on the M1897 design by John Browning. Despite the design borrowing heavily from the M1897, the M12 was a very successful shotgun in its own rite, and set the standard for pump shotguns during its period of production (1912 to 1964). This shotgun was originally chambered only in 20 gauge, but later versions chambered in 12, 16, and 28 gauge were produced. Much like the M1897, the M12 trench guns were adapted from the standard riot gun versions, and were also outfitted with perforated heat shields and bayonet lugs. The M12 was used along with the M1897 by U.S. forces in World War I, and proved to be just as effective. The M12 saw the most use in World War II when the United States military ordered 80,000 units, most of which were used in the Pacific Theater. I should also note that due to the popularity of the M12 in World War II, both the trench gun and the police-grade riot gun versions were issued. Over all, the M12 shared many similarities to the M1897, including a similar service life. Both guns were used in the two World Wars, as well as the Korean War, and even the Vietnam War. The Winchester M12 also featured a 5-round tubular magazine under the barrel, for 6 rounds total with one in the chamber. The M12 also lacked a trigger disconnect, and was therefore quite capable of clearing out a trench with the rapid "slam fire" tactic. Being the standard for military and law enforcement, the Winchester M12 Trench Gun was chambered for 12 gauge, and was usually loaded with 00 buckshot rounds. Along with the M1897, the M12 was still in use by the Marines early on in the Vietnam War, until they were replaced with more abundant, modern combat shotguns.

Ithaca Model 37: This gun was what replaced the Winchester Model 1897 and Winchester Model 12 trench guns. The Ithaca 37 pump-action shotgun was designed by none other than John Browning, and began production in 1937. This sophisticated new shotgun was quickly adopted for military service during World War II, but was only used in limited numbers because Ithaca, the company that produced the weapon, focused its resources on producing supplementary M1911A1 pistols for the U.S. military. It was during the Vietnam War that the Ithaca 37 would become an important combat shotgun in the American arsenal. By the time the United States entered the war in Vietnam, available stocks of older shotguns like the Winchester trench guns had been depleted, so the military was in need of a new supply of shotguns. In response to this shortage, the U.S. Department of Defense ordered approximately 25,000 Ithaca 37s in the plain riot gun configuration due to their great abundance and proven reliability. While there were many variations of the Ithaca 37, the riot gun version featured an 18-inch barrel with a 6-round capacity (5 in the magazine plus one in the chamber), and a parkerized finish. Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of the Ithaca 37 is its magazine loading gate that doubles as an ejection port; in other words, the weapon loads from the bottom of the receiver as any conventional repeating shotgun would, and also ejects spent shells from the bottom as well (notice that it lacks a side ejecting port compared to the other shotguns I have illustrated). This ambidextrous feature made the Ithaca 37 a coveted weapon for both right and left-handed shooters. The Ithaca 37 was one of the most widely-used combat shotguns in the Vietnam War, replacing every older shotgun and arming the U.S. Marines throughout the conflict. The point man in every SEAL team usually carried an Ithaca 37, and the bow sentries on American watercraft supposedly used Ithaca 37 shotguns to destroy mines. Here is a photo of one Captain Robert Kermen of the U.S. Navy with his Ithaca 37:… As with most combat shotguns of that era, the riot gun version of the Ithaca 37 was chambered for the powerful 12 gauge cartridge, and also lacked the trigger disconnect, which in turn gave it the "slam-fire" capability. The Ithaca 37 was phased out of military service shortly after the Vietnam War, but still remained a popular shotgun for law enforcement and civilian use, and is still produced by the Ithaca Gun Company. Personally, the Ithaca 37 is my most favorite shotgun on this list, particularly in this configuration. :)

Stevens Model 77E: This newer pump-action shotgun was the most widely used combat shotgun in the Vietnam War. Production for this weapon began in 1963 under the Stevens Arms Company, and by the time the war had escalated between the United States and the communist forces of North Vietnam, demand for this new weapon had increased exponentially. As I mentioned before, most of the stock of weapons from World War II were no longer available, mainly because these remaining shotguns were sold on the civilian market as military surplus. Due to a shortage of these weapons, the U.S. government ordered around 70,000 Steven 77E riot shotguns for American forces fighting in Southeast Asia. The Stevens 77E was used mostly by the U.S. Army and Marines, but was supplied to South Vietnamese soldiers and Australian forces as well. The standard riot gun version of the Stevens featured a 20-inch barrel, a parkerized finish, and 7-round capacity (6 in the magazine plus one in the chamber); it's also worth noting that the Stevens 77E was the first American combat shotgun outfitted with a rubber recoil pad on the shoulder stock. The most common complaint with this weapon was its weak shoulder stock, which would usually break at the connection point at the receiver (this was most likely attributed to weak aluminum parts). But overall, the Stevens 77E was reliable weapon and proved to be an invaluable asset to the American arsenal.

Remington Model 11-48: A semi-automatic shotgun designed and produced by the Remington Arms Company. Production for this new shotgun began in 1948, and would be Remington's first of the "New Generation" of self-loading shotguns produced after World War II. Basically, the Remington 11-48 is an updated version of the Remington Model 11; the key difference between the 11-48 and Model 11 was the removal of the "hump" on the back of the receiver (this feature was removed presumably to make firing the weapon more comfortable). Here are some pictures for reference: (Remington Model 11)… (Remington Model 11-48)… As a combat shotgun, the Remington 11-48 saw limited service in the Vietnam War, and was only used in small quantities by the Marines. The weapon was recoil-operated, and usually had a 4-round tube magazine (giving the gun a 5-round capacity with one in the chamber). Unfortunately, I couldn't find much information on the exact configuration of the 11-48 shotguns used in Vietnam, so I illustrated the version of what I can assume was used by the Marines during the war. Over all, it's a pretty obscure shotgun by today's standards, as it was only produced between 1948 and 1968, when it was replaced by the Remington 1100 and subsequently the Remington 11-87. However, I believe it still maintains some degree of popularity among civilian hunters, gun collectors, and shooting enthusiasts.

Remington Model 870: The Remington 870 is, without a doubt, the most successful and popular pump-action shotgun to date. This weapon began production in the early 1950s, and it was initially designed as a modern update to the older Remington Model 31 pump shotgun. At the time, the Winchester Model 12 was considered to be the highest quality pump shotgun on the market, so much that the older Remington Model 31 lost sales to Winchester's famous shotgun. Ironically, it was the Model 31's successor, the Remington 870, that would dethrone the Winchester Model 12 and become the standard by which all pump shotguns are measured. The Remington 870 was cheaper to produce, and proved to be extremely reliably thanks to its innovative new features. One of the most distinct features of  the Remington 870 is its dual-action bars (the parts that connect the forearm to the bolt and receiver of the weapon, for those who don't know ;)). Prior to the 870, pump shotguns typically had only one action bar; the addition of dual-action bars allows for more reliable and bind-free cycling of the forearm, which in turn creates a smoother pump-action with each follow-up shot. In addition, the Remington 870 featured a tilting breech lock that goes directly into the barrel extension, as well as a trigger group designed after the Remington 11-48's. During the Vietnam War, the Remington 870 saw widespread use by American and ally military forces as an alternative to other shotguns available at the time. There are many variations of the Remington 870, but the version I have illustrated here is a Remington 870 12 gauge Wingmaster with a 20-inch barrel and an 8-shell capacity (7-round magazine plus one in the chamber), along with a parkerized finish and wooden furniture. Based on what I've read, Remington 870s in the Vietnam War would have most likely been issued in this configuration or something similar.  The Remington 870 continued its service as a military weapon long after the Vietnam War had ended, and it's still used by the U.S. military today. Along with the U.S. military, the Remington 870 is in use with many other military groups and law enforcement agencies around the world, and has sold more units than any other shotgun.

These are just a few of the shotguns used by American forces during the Vietnam War, I was surprised to learn that there were a few other ones that were used as well (others included the Winchester Model 1200 and the Remington Model 1100). As always, this was meant to give a basic overview on some of the small arms used throughout the Vietnam War, and all my information was recited from the open sources. If any of my information is incorrect or inaccurate, or if anyone has any additional facts they'd like to share, please let me know! :) Again, I apologize for taking so long with this new entry to my Vietnam War series, but man I really hope it's worth it for all the time I put into drawing these and getting all this information together. This time, I'll try to be more consistent with uploading new entries to the series, and I plan on doing a collection of sniper rifles next. My goal is to finish this Vietnam War series before my service in the Peace Corps begins (we'll see how that goes xD). That reminds me, I promised my sweet friend :iconlonely-mori: that I would do a basic tutorial on how to draw guns, that should be fun. :D

I should also mention that, as always, these weapons aren't drawn to scale, so the proportions may be a little off. But that's okay, I really enjoy drawing guns, especially shotguns since they're my favorites. Like I said before, I wanted to upload this as a means of breaking in this new version of Photoshop, maybe now I can start coloring some other pictures digitally. :hmm: Also, if anyone's interested in this little project I've been working on over the years, I have four other parts up at the moment:…
(Part 1)…
(Part 2)…
(Part 3)…
(Part 4)


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
  • Mood: Passionate
  • Listening to: Amor - Sunstroke Project
  • Reading: All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Watching: Hawaii Five-O
  • Playing: Dragon's Crown, Project Diva F, Parasite Eve
I'm a little late, but happy Me Day, all you wonderful people! :D Haha, if you guys know me well, then you get the joke. But for those who are still getting to know me, I'll fill you in; as most of you guys know, I go by Val, but my real name is Valentine (not from the holiday, it's actually a family name). One of the joys of having such a cool name like that is that I get to make stupid jokes every Valentine's Day! x'D

I also have a few general updates; first of all, I finally took that government test for the State Department over a week ago. It was very challenging, as expected. I'm not sure if I'll score high enough to get a job interview, but I can always take it again if I don't do well this time.:phew: In regards to my upcoming service in the Peace Corps, I have to apply for a government passport and submit a revised resume and cover letter, that shouldn't be too troublesome. Besides that, there are a few online courses and assessments I need to complete before my staging event in June. Fortunately, I passed the medical screening after getting all my paperwork turned in, so now I can focus on all the other tasks, and I still have a few months to prepare. Since I'll be working in Eastern Europe, I'll have a chance to learn Romanian and Russian, I'm pretty excited about that.:excited: I just hope everything goes according to plan.

It's also worth mentioning that I celebrated my 24th birthday two weeks ago. Not much to say other than I had a fun and relaxing day with my friends and family. Since I've been away at school for the past six years, it was really nice to be at home for my birthday again. On a side note, my brother got me some really neat gifts; a few old survival-horror games for the Sega Dreamcast, one of which was a Japanese-exclusive called "Nanatsu no Hikan: Senritsu no Bishou" (lit. The Seven Mansions: Smile of Horror"). I've only played a bit of it so far, but the graphics look fantastic for a Dreamcast game. Being that it's all in Japanese, I can practice my grammar and vocabulary like I did with Siren 2. C: I'll probably play through Nanatsu no Hikan once I'm done with my current playthrough in Silent Hill 3, I should probably make room for the Dreamcast on my TV stand. Dreamcast had such fantastic horror games, I'd highly recommend games like Illbleed and D2 to any of my fellow survival-horror fans out there. :D

That reminds me, I have some survival-horror fan art I've been working on these past few months. It's taken me a while to get them done, but I'll have them uploaded real soon. ;) After that, I need to focus on getting my art trades for :iconxfannyx: and :iconshakahnna: done. You guys are awesome and I love your patience!:heart: Now that I have that test out of the way and so much free time, I can put more focus into my artwork, and of course replying to all my messages. Anyway, those are all the updates I have for you wonderful people. I appreciate you guys and your continued support!:thanks:

I hope you all had a happy Valentine's Day, and if not, don't worry, I'm your Valentine! :love:


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HereBeDragons2014 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the favorites! :) Hopefully I will have more material soonish!
SicBadger Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
Boo How you doing?
GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey there! :D Things have been a little slow lately, but over all I've been doing very well! Thanks for asking. :) How are you doing?
SicBadger Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
I am doing OK Thanks for asking.Are you playing any games.
GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to hear that!^^ As for games, hehe I've been pretty inconsistent, but I've been playing some older horror games lately (Silent Hill 3 and Parasite Eve in particular). Aside from that, I've also been playing a few old RPGs and a few games on Steam. How about you?
lonelymori Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
You've been nothing

nothing tell ya..

but pure awesomeness , thank you loads for all the support Val you're a beast :salute: 
GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, Mori! TwT Thank you so much for the kind words, luv!:hug: You have also shown me so much kindness, and I'm so happy to have you as a friend and to have your support too!

No matter how busy you are, I'll always give you support! :) Thank you for your patience, and thank you so much for staying in touch!^^
lonelymori Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
aye it's the truth Val you've been such a great friend as you do the same for the rest of your gang! :iconpancakeglompplz: :D appreciate it loads thank you too for your kind support always that's beyond sweet bro :iconhappytearplz: indeed! you are most welcome wish could do something more for me friends but will always be there:nod: hope you've been well take good care! 
Kerlasia Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for watching me c:
GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!^^ Please keep up the good work, and hopefully we can practice Japanese together. :D
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