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Been a while since I updated my journal here, and with March quickly approaching, now seems like a perfect time to let you awesome folks in on the goings on of your favorite NorthChavis :)

2014 IS GOING TO BE MY YEAR!!

No if, ands, or buts about it. I'm SUPER excited for this year for several different reasons. #1: I will be completing graduate school in May! That will be the culmination of 3 long years of study. But beyond that, it'll free up my time to focus on several projects that have been long-dormant. Which brings me to #2: I'm going to be crafting my first comic book property from scratch! I've been noodling with an idea for the better part of 7 years now, and 2014 is when it all comes together. I can't wait for you guys to see what I come up with! It'll be a bit of a departure from the tights and flights--think more swords and sorcery and kingdoms and intrigue with a splash of Game of Thrones and LOTR. I'm still in the early design stage, and I'm not sure when the series will actually be completed, but I hope you all join me for the ride -- it's gonna be EPIC!

#3: I just started a Tumblr blog [ www.stephenschaffer.tumblr.com ] where I will be showing all of my sketches and all that fun behind the scenes stuff reserved for TPBs. But don't worry, dA will always be a special place for me and I will still be uploading my art here, but for all the tiny extra details you gotta go to my Tumblr. That brings up another point -- there are some other places to find me on the interwebs that you may not know about. There are as follows:

YouTube (coming soon!)

If I haven't made it clear yet, I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited for this year! I promise you guys won't be disappointed. I hope you ride with me on this journey. So buckle up and let's go!

All the best,
Stephen


  • Mood: Euphoric
  • Listening to: R&B (all day, everyday)
  • Reading: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Watching: Archer
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Water
Anyone interested?  NOTE ME if you are.

Thanks,
Stephen
Can't believe it's been 5 years since I started posting on this site...! Time sure does fly by.  I've been quite busy lately with school that I actually didn't realize it :)  I hope all of you are well.  I know I've been M.I.A. for the past 5 or so months, but I'm eagerly anticipating a summer return when school is over and I can take a breather.  Just wanted to thank all of you for the continued support.  Hope to drop some new pieces for you pretty soon, so stay tuned!

Stay blessed,
Steve a.k.a. NorthChavis
So, yeah, I've been away for a bit.  In my defense, I've been in school, feverishly getting my Masters degree :XD: And you can all congratulate me for getting straight A's! :bow: I am taking a moment to write because, as I've said, it's been a while, but I also just noticed I hit 150,000 page-views. Yay for me :excited: However, I seem to be getting a bit disillusioned with commercial art and have not really done any in a while. While in school, and even leading up to it, I really enjoyed doing more personal work. That said, it's possible that I may not post anything else on this page.  I haven't decided if I want to start a new one for my personal work (it's certainly possible) but for right now I'm just gonna play it by ear.  Take heart that I will never delete this page, and will still check it every now and then, and reply to any comments or questions that come my way. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 4+ years as "NorthChavis" and I may still use the moniker if I make a new page, but I like keeping it as a time capsule of sorts that chronicles my art growth (and missteps!). Lastly, given the time of year, I would be remiss if I didn't wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and a prosperous new year!

Do you know any artists who are changing the game?

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 4, 2011, 12:56 PM


I'm looking for some artists, preferably those who work traditionally, either here on dA or out in the interwebs, that are really pushing the envelope of art.  I want artists who aren't settling and who are challenging the status quo.  If you know of such an artist please let me know.  I'd be very interested in taking a look at their stuff, 'cause I wanna get inspired!  Thanks.

Cheers!



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  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Beyonce
  • Reading: Save the Cat!
  • Watching: Baseball
  • Playing: Solitaire
  • Eating: Fake chicken
  • Drinking: Water

I was just interviewed...

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 21, 2011, 5:12 PM


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Go check it out. You might actually learn something about everyone's favorite NorthChavis :)

Take care, y'all!



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  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Bad Meets Evil
  • Reading: Wonder Woman: Challenge of the Gods
  • Watching: Franklin & Bash
  • Playing: HR Battle
  • Eating: PB&J
  • Drinking: Water

Midnight in Paris

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 23, 2011, 9:02 PM


This movie was excellent! Do yourself a favor and check it out!



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  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Billy Joel
  • Watching: The Simpsons
  • Playing: Crosswords
  • Eating: 3 Cheese Nachos
  • Drinking: Water

First look @ Bane from The Dark Knight Rises!!

Journal Entry: Sat May 21, 2011, 9:00 AM


www.slashfilm.com/first-look-t…

So excited :woohoo:




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  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Nas
  • Reading: Batman: Dark Victory
  • Watching: ESPN
  • Eating: Heath Crunch Cookies
  • Drinking: Water

R.I.P. Randy "Macho Man" Savage

Journal Entry: Fri May 20, 2011, 10:15 AM


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  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Rap
  • Reading: Batman: Dark Victory
  • Watching: Good Will Hunting
  • Eating: Mexican
  • Drinking: Cranberry Peach Juice

Please help if you can

Journal Entry: Thu May 12, 2011, 12:18 PM


Colorist Moose Baumann is going through a difficult time. Please click the link and help out if you can.

www.comicbookmovie.com/fansite…




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  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Lloyd
  • Reading: King David by Kyle Baker
  • Watching: ESPN
  • Eating: Kashi Cereal
  • Drinking: Water

I'm going to get my Masters this fall!!

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 29, 2011, 1:20 PM


Hello friends,

Just wanted to share with you the news that I've been waiting for a while to receive: I'm going back to school in the fall to get my Masters in Art Education!  Needless to say, I'm very excited for this new chapter in my life.  When I was in undergrad, I don't think I pushed myself as hard as I should have and I am really looking forward to getting another chance to prove my worth.  It's time to stop making excuses and time to start producing some really, really awesome artwork.  I can't wait!!

Stay blessed,
Steve a.k.a. NorthChavis



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  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: "Love Letter" by R. Kelly
  • Reading: Y: The Last Man
  • Watching: ESPN
  • Eating: Whole Wheat Penne
  • Drinking: Iced Tea

Is it me, or is dA really slow...

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 24, 2011, 10:19 AM




  • Mood: Frustrated
  • Listening to: Tron: Legacy OST
  • Reading: Save the Cat!
  • Watching: ESPN
  • Eating: Cereal + Bananas
  • Drinking: Water

New Artwork

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 24, 2011, 8:38 AM


Hey Guys!

Well, it certainly has been a while since I posted anything, and for that I do apologize. I just wanted to let you all know that I am in full swing art mode trying to beef up my portfolio to go back to school this fall. Initially, I was going to wait to show you what I've been working on, but I decided that since I still have a couple months before my deadline I figured it might be beneficial to have some other eyes look at it before my final submission. I have a couple pieces done already, but I'll only be uploading them sporadically (I never liked art dumps) so please stay tuned. And again, my humblest thanks to all of the favs, and comments, and dev-watches. You guys are chock full of awesome!

Cheers.




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  • Mood: Excited

2011

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 27, 2010, 5:14 PM


...is going to be fucking AWESOME!




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Check out my bud's novel: "Blood Brother" by Jason Garrett. I know he would appreciate it! And for all you out-of towners, here's a list of where to get it around the globe.




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A second chance (of sorts)

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 7, 2010, 5:59 PM


So, many of you may remember my little Kyle Baker rant that I attached to my Captain America piece from a couple months ago: fav.me/d2rjzgb And while I stand by everything I said, I will admit that Mr. Baker can show flashes of brilliance every now and again. I recently picked up "King David" which was written (or rather adapted from the Bible) and illustrated by Mr. Baker, and I gotta say, it was pretty fantastic. If you've never read the bible, then let me be the first to tell you *spoiler alert* it's kinda dull (and oh so confusing). Now don't get me wrong, what happens in the bible is about as epic as it comes, but it's language is not for those who like clear, concise prose. The fascinating thing about "King David" is that Mr. Baker doesn't wholly abandon the source material, but uses it as a framework to, rather smartly, inject modern colloquialisms that make it quite a fun read. And as for the art, it was surprisingly good. It was handled with MUCH more care than his Captain America work. I won't go as far as to say that because Mr. Baker did the writing for this, that it was somehow more personal to him and thus more deserving of his attention (although it probably was) and that the Marvel job was just a check (although it probably was) but I was impressed. Go check it out if you get a chance.





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Check out my bud's novel: "Blood Brother" by Jason Garrett. I know he would appreciate it! And for all you out-of towners, here's a list of where to get it around the globe.




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  • Mood: Christmas Spirited

Tangled

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 27, 2010, 11:46 AM


Really awesome movie. Enjoyed it immensely. You should all go check it :nod:





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Check out my bud's novel: "Blood Brother" by Jason Garrett. I know he would appreciate it! And for all you out-of towners, here's a list of where to get it around the globe.




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MIA

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 7, 2010, 3:31 PM


So, yeah, I've been away for a bit, and I apologize. I've been trying to re-evaluate my life (again) and just haven't been really inspired to do anything art related. I have been doing a little bit here and there to help out a fellow dA-er (more on that later) and managed to produce a piece last weekend. I've been digging on a lot of traditional art lately, and it's making me question my digital exploits. However, I'm not yet going to completely give up on digital art-making; I have some ideas that will only make sense from a digital standpoint (as usual, more to come on that later). In other news, I've decided to go back to school and get my Masters in teaching. I'm really excited about that (not so excited about the GRE, but what are you gonna do). And lastly, I just want to thank all of you for your kind words a couple months ago, it really means a lot to me. Stay classy, dA :)

Cheers.





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Check out my bud's novel: "Blood Brother" by Jason Garrett. I know he would appreciate it! And for all you out-of towners, here's a list of where to get it around the globe.




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  • Mood: Peaceful

Search Engine Optimization

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 1, 2010, 3:01 PM


Anyone know enough about it to give me a crash course?






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Check out my bud's novel: "Blood Brother" by Jason Garrett. I know he would appreciate it! And for all you out-of towners, here's a list of where to get it around the globe.




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  • Mood: Eager

To Those Who Praise Sh*tty Art

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 20, 2010, 6:57 PM


:stupid:


*EDIT*
For clarification (and just so there is no confusion): I am merely making my feelings known about a particular artist who, on most occasions is a very talented artist, but has recently let me (and those with discerning taste) down. I'm sure many of you watch this artist as well, but no I'm not going to let you know who I'm talking about. But I will say that this artist is apart of the 1,000,000 pageview club (I don't believe this club actually exists, it's just what I call it). And so we are clear: when I say "shitty art" I mean art from individuals who have GENUINE talent, but choose (and it is a choice) to produce sub-par (read: shitty) work. And for the record, I'm not alone in my criticism, I've even seen correspondence with other "elite" artists who've criticized this artist's work. And of course, the artist claims it's because of deadlines and how fast he/she works. And please do not read this and think that I am claiming to be God's gift to art, and that everything I produce is the equivalent of pure gold. No, it is not. Not hardly. BUT I also do not call myself a professional. As I write this, and continue to think about my stance, I believe that my bigger complaint is with not only the people who drool over this shit, but the companies who willingly pay A LOT of money for this garbage, and TRUST it is garbage. Maybe I have high standards (I do). Maybe I'm hating (I am). Maybe I just want my "pros" to give me pro quality work (fuck yes, I do). And so should you!





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Check out my bud's novel: "Blood Brother" by Jason Garrett. I know he would appreciate it! And for all you out-of towners, here's a list of where to get it around the globe.




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  • Mood: Not Impressed

MY TOP 5IVE’S

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 7, 2010, 4:09 PM


These lists change almost daily, but this is what came up with off the top of my head today because I was bored :XD:


Top 5 Movies
1. Titanic
2. Great Expectations
3. Braveheart
4. Beauty and the Beast
5. Pride & Prejudice

Top 5 Comedy Movies
1. Fear of a Black Hat
2. Friday After Next
3. The Hangover
4. Superbad
5. The Royal Tenenbaums

Top 5 Musicians
1. Michael Jackson
2. R. Kelly
3. Stevie Wonder
4. Eminem
5. Notorious B.I.G.

Top 5 Songs
1. "I'll Be Waiting" by Lenny Kravitz
2. "Stay Down" by Mary J. Blige
3. "The Rainbow" by Vickie Winans
4. "Purple Rain" by Prince
5. "Million Voices" by Wyclef Jean

Top 5 TV Shows
1. Family Guy
2. Spongebob Squarepants
3. Mythbusters
4. The Joy of Painting
5. Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Top 5 Comics/GNs
1. Blankets
2. The Dark Knight Returns
3. Watchmen
4. Batman: The Long Halloween
5. Mail Order Bride

Top 5 Master Artists
1. Egon Schiele
2. Michelangelo
3. Lucian Freud
4. Claude Monet
5. Gustave Doré

Top 5 Contemporary Illustrators
1. Kadir Nelson
2. Tomer Hanuka
3. James Jean
4. Adam Hughes
5. Marko Djurdjevic

Top 5 Artists from devART
1. Artgerm
2. Vyrhelle-VyrL
3. Charlie-Bowater
4. janaschi
5. lorlandchain

Top 5 Comic Colorists
1. Peter Steigerwald
2. Richard Isanove
3. Steve Firchow
4. Laura Martin
5. Nei Ruffino





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Check out my bud's novel: "Blood Brother" by Jason Garrett. I know he would appreciate it! And for all you out-of towners, here's a list of where to get it around the globe.




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