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Thank you for checking out my gallery, and feel free to stick around!

I'm currently serving my two years of military service and it has been a little difficult trying to find the time to do art-related stuffs. With the weekdays spent entirely in camp, what is left would only be the weekends. It's a surprise to myself that I'm able to upload anything.

I appreciate the comments everyone have given me. As a self-taught artist, those compliments serve a huge motivational boost to me. I will try to reply to all of it, but if I don't, it also doesn't mean that I don't care about it. I certainly do acknowledge them. Honest. I just prefer to respond when I actually do have something to say, and not just reply for the sake of replying.

Keep calm and wear that smile of yours everyday!


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle I Do Read Them, Honest! by crazylaura64 I appreciate all support :D by Timesplitter92



September 27

Woah, two weeks just went passed.

So, today's my first book-out day, which means I get to go home for the weekend to rest before returning to the camp on Sunday. Hence, I'm able to type this (Slap self for being a Captain Obvious). 

Unfortunately, I would not be able to reply to everyone, but I just want to say that I'm absolutely grateful for the uplifting comments you guys had posted. Yep, I did read every single one of them, and it sure does helps to keep my spirit up.

Sadly, again, I wouldn't be posting any thing any time soon (exhausted from training), but I will try to get back to painting as soon as I can.

September 10

It's been so long since I wrote a journal entry that trying to type out what's in my mind is getting difficult, so I will try to keep it as short and to-the-point as possible.

Starting from 11 September, I will be serving my time in the Singapore army for two years as part of the country's mandatory enlistment act for all male Singaporean. I will be under "confinement" for the first two weeks, which means I will not return home from camp. It is only after that period that I'm allowed to book out every week during the weekends.
It sucks, because I will not have as much free time as I want to sketch, and my access to a computer to practice any digital painting (or to even internet) is pretty much limited to weekends only. It also means I would not be able to upload for the time being.

Nevertheless, I appreciate every single one of you that had followed me to this day. I'm not popular or anything, but that being said, having 4000 watchers supporting me is not something I had expected when I first joined dA. It keeps me going because I know that someone out there likes what I'm doing. You guys are a great motivation for me.I thought I would be able to upload more frequently before I go, but time doesn't allow me (and I procrastinate a lot.)

So, see ya guys for now! I will respond as soon as I'm able to touch a computer.

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Cyntrix-GM Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well.. Your art is astoundingly, amazingly, positively, wonderfully, epicly (is that even a word?) awesome! You, sir deserve an epicness badge. 


Absolutely beautiful work. :) 

May I ask what programs and/or equipment you may use? :3
Keponii Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wanted to say, I really, really love your paintings and of your concept art pieces! I aspire to be an environmental concept artist and I hope to be as good as you someday! Keep up the great work!
aJVL Featured By Owner 1 day ago
It's a great lift to my spirit to hear that. Thank you for the compliment!

Looking at your work, I find that you absolutely have the potential. I myself am still struggling to learn my fundamentals, and often than not, I'm stuck not knowing how to take my painting further without looking for references. But I guess practises and clocking the mileage are what both of us need to do to achieve better results. Nonetheless, I'm sure you can do it!
Keponii Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww thanks! Hopefully I'll be able to paint something decent soon haha.
I'm still struggling with colors/values and detailing is a tricky thing for me. I really admire your uses of color and texture, they look really professional! So yeah, I guess it really comes down to practice and things, gotta paint more!
jimmyjj654321 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Your art is absolutely amazing! It surprises me that you don't have more watchers ^^
aJVL Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thank you for the kind words.

I actually never thought I would have made it this far when I first created this account. It's been quite a ride since, and I'm quite content with the number. Haha! Though...  *hush hush* I wouldn't mind having more views Wink/Razz 
AppleBeard Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love your landscape art! So inspiring :D
I really want to start learning how to do what your doing on Ps (assuming ur using Ps?) but I am just stumped as to where to start and how the brushes work. I use SAI atm but I just don't know how to use it well so i can unleash my full capabilities
How did u learn to paint and use photoshop? anything helpful would be GREATLY appreciated :)
Sorry for being so sudden btw :P
aJVL Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
You can start by visiting these two websites.

Try searching for "digital painting" or anything similar on Youtube. There are actually tons of digital painting videos out there. Also, when painting, I used references. A lot. (I think "A lot" is an understaement... Haha) I'm not pro when it comes to art, and as a self-taught artist, references are like my teacher.

Of course, all these would be in vain if you don't... wait for it... Practise! WOO 
I myself am still learning and trying to improve with each new painting. I think it boils down to how much you are motivated, and with that motivation, how far you are going to improve your own art. 
ArKrArK Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Hi! :)

You draw perfectly and maybe you will be interested in this competition -…
aJVL Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
I will look into that. Thanks!
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