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Hi DeviantArt people,

I'm primarily a beekeeper.  I make my own woodware (bee boxes, frames, etc) and spend most of my day covered in either bees or sawdust.  My art on DeviantArt is unrelated to my profession.

My art has always been for myself and my very close friends - I've played D&D and other roleplaying games since the late 80s.  I've always enjoyed making characters and maps for the various games I'm in.

I don't do commissions or take requests. This isn't because I don't like the idea of being paid for my work (far from it).  It's because I don't have the time to split myself between my passion for beekeeping and woodworking, and my 'other' art.  If I took a commission or an art job I'd really want to do the job right, and that would mean taking time away from the thing that puts food on my table.  While I deeply appreciate the requests (I'm flattered, really) I just don't have the time.

Also, most of my art, with the possible exception of some of my maps, is un-sellable.  Why?  Because the base pictures I use are other people's art, not my own.  Sometimes I use base art from well-known artists who make their money from being artists, and I can't sell something I don't own.  I have huge respect for people who can make this stuff from scratch - in another life I might have gone down that path, and my daughter is leaning that way already - but I can't sell a collage of famous artists no matter how much I tweak colors and stretch meshes.  For a character sheet in a D&D game it's one thing; for my own personal gain?  That's something else entirely.

Best Regards,
Matthew
Good morning!
Drinking: coffee
Thinking: about Tesla
Studious Bugbear by Tanorax
Studious Bugbear
Been forever since I've done a character paint/alteration, but here's a big, black bugbear, with a teddy bear, wearing glasses, looking relaxed in a library.
Background: www.deviantart.com/art/Library…
Bugbear: conceptopolis.deviantart.com/a…

I'm not totally happy with the arms, and some of the blending still needs work.  But the thing I find about this sort of art is that you can nearly always make it better - it's mostly a matter of time.
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Hi DeviantArt people,

I'm primarily a beekeeper.  I make my own woodware (bee boxes, frames, etc) and spend most of my day covered in either bees or sawdust.  My art on DeviantArt is unrelated to my profession.

My art has always been for myself and my very close friends - I've played D&D and other roleplaying games since the late 80s.  I've always enjoyed making characters and maps for the various games I'm in.

I don't do commissions or take requests. This isn't because I don't like the idea of being paid for my work (far from it).  It's because I don't have the time to split myself between my passion for beekeeping and woodworking, and my 'other' art.  If I took a commission or an art job I'd really want to do the job right, and that would mean taking time away from the thing that puts food on my table.  While I deeply appreciate the requests (I'm flattered, really) I just don't have the time.

Also, most of my art, with the possible exception of some of my maps, is un-sellable.  Why?  Because the base pictures I use are other people's art, not my own.  Sometimes I use base art from well-known artists who make their money from being artists, and I can't sell something I don't own.  I have huge respect for people who can make this stuff from scratch - in another life I might have gone down that path, and my daughter is leaning that way already - but I can't sell a collage of famous artists no matter how much I tweak colors and stretch meshes.  For a character sheet in a D&D game it's one thing; for my own personal gain?  That's something else entirely.

Best Regards,
Matthew

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Matthew Waltner-Toews
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
Australia
Professionally I'm a beekeeper, but my skill set includes woodworking, photoshop, watercolour, pastels, photography, and mucking about with whatever I can find.

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LJEKC Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
Welcome in Fantasy-NPC  :) (Smile)

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matatron Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Hi! I just found your maps for Keep on the Shadowfell, based on the changes from The Alexandrian.  They are great! so magnificient!
But I'd like to ask 2 things: first, I see you modified some rooms and added some elements that I'm not sure what exactly they are, do you happen to have a key or explanation of what is in those rooms? by example, what are colored squares in the steamy pool room next to Sir Keegan's tomb?
An secon, do you have modified maps of The Deeps too?

Thank you for such great maps!
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Mistgod Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome to :icondungeoncrawl:! :D
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Tanorax Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Looking forward to contributing many fun maps and misc artworks :)
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Mistgod Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :D
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LJEKC Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Thanks for the watch!
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Tanorax Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NP! Your selection and organization of characters in your favs section is awesome.
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LJEKC Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Thanks Matthew :headbang:
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MarianKretschmer Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
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thanx for the fave :)
check my current project:
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