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Wow.  I can not believe that I have over ten thousands hits on my DA page.  Especially since I do not really do anything with it anymore.  A big thanks to you guys who for whatever reason keep coming to check out what I've done.

I suppose I owe you guys an explanation on why I have not been big on drawing lately.  Well first off, at the beginning of the year I moved from Massachusetts USA to California.  A week long road trip with my brother to pretty much start a new life.  Few months after getting to CA, I began classes at the Animatronics Institute under the guidance of Rick Lazzarini to learn about animatronics, something I have wanted to do for a while.  I have been in classes since then working on a few things and even got hired by Rick for two months when he got real busy (can't tell you what I was working on, but it is something major and can't believe he hired me for it).  Class is six hours a day, four days a week, my commute is close to an hour one way, so I spend close to 8-9 hours on this class and it is really draining on me.  The things I have learned and built are just.....well, it's hard to explain.  I should post some pictures on my tumblr of the things I've done.  You can also look at the Animatronics Institute Facebook page to see me with the thing's I've done (hand waldo and eye mechs).

I have also been working for Maker Studios, a youtube company, working as a screen capture technician which has me pretty much playing video games for work.  Things will probably be changing in the near future with the Polaris Civil War starting real soon since that is what I have been working on.  The job has been fun, but sometimes makes for very long days.  

When the weekends come around, I tend to just not want to think about anything.  Drawing has really fallen to the wayside for me with constantly trying to think about animatronics, Maker Studios stuff, and just wanting to relax.  Financially I'm not in a great spot and have had to go to my parents once, soon to be twice, for money to pursue this dream I have had about working with animatronics.  That does not mean I have not given up on drawing.  The bug has bitten me lately where I look at my mass of sketchbooks and pencils and feel like I owe you people something.  Allison, well, she is her own thing and I should keep drawing her, no matter what.  I've actually did a quick portrait drawing today just to see if I could still draw her.

I do not know if or when I will be uploading something new, I will be trying to do a 10K thanks drawing done soon, but I will try to be more productive.  I won't promise anything because I know if I do I will not be able to meet said promise.  Thanks again to all those who have gotten me to 10k hits on DA!

`Mike "Maxmillean" West.
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Yes I know it is really early, but Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it and a happy *Insert Holiday Here* those of you who celebrate one of the many other holidays that are celebrated at this time of year.

Sorry for not really being around much the past weeks/months.  I sorta hit a wall when it came to drawing and have not really be able to get around it.  Plus things like cider season came up and now I'm dealing with getting ready to move across the country to go back to school.  But through all that, I just don't have the same drive to draw as I used to a few years ago.  It is hard to explain and I am not really sure what it is that holds me back anymore.  Whatever the reason, I really am going to be putting time back into drawing again, especially in the new year.  I'm hoping to get a holiday drawing done for you folks who have for the most part been putting up with my lack of anything lately.  Hadn't planned on one at first, but then realized a drawing I had sitting on my computer could actually be turned into a holiday one fairly easily.  So look for that in the coming weeks. 

I have a few friends who have asked me to draw things for them as well.  Two want drawings of their characters from The Old Republic while the other wants something done for their youtube page.  That last one is still up in the air on what it will actually be.  I started one of the character ones, finding a good reference pose and did a quick sketch, but haven't done anything since then.

After Christmas I will be really busy with that move I mentioned.  I'm really hoping the complete change of scene helps recharge me and I will be able to get back into drawing more.  I am going to try to that is for sure.  Don't want the cintq to go to waste.

Well I think I babbled on enough and should get back to work.  Things to do and all that.  Merry Christmas and Happy various other Holidays again!  See you in the new year, maybe earlier!



Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm your run of the mill nerd-artist. I love video games, anime/cartoons, fantasy/scifi movies, and get very jealous of those who can draw better of me and wish I instantly had their skill.

In the summer of 2009 while working as a groundskeeper at a cemetery I came up with the idea for a webcomic. This idea eventually led me to download a "how to draw Manga" book and see what I could do. I never actually read the book, just took tips here and there from it and in late 2009 I came up with my first drawings. A year later I dropped the comic idea didn't like keeping myself to deadlines and really wanted to just focus on improving and began just trying to get better at drawing. I then came up with my current batch of OCs who make up pretty much all my drawings.

I've never taken a class or any lessons on drawing. All I've learned has come from reading through different books own 5 now, talking to artist who have been inspirations to me to get tips and tricks, and a whole lot of trial and error.

I'd love to hear your feedback on my work. Though try not to be too harsh...

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Fokshe Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Yo! Happy Birthday! Hope you have a really nice one and you're
having fun :3
maxmillean Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thanks.  You're a day early, or at least you are via my time, but thanks anyway.  Sorry I haven't been around that much either.
Fokshe Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Time zones n n"
It's okay. 
maxmillean Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, yeah.  Especially that I moved 3 time zones west it has thrown me off a bit more.
I have been working on a drawing, just really taking my time with it.
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rochele10 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 15, 2014
:D (Big Grin)
rochele10 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
h   max   have  1 more  entrie 
chryssv Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the fave and the comment!! :D :D
maxmillean Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also forgot to thank you for the watch, fave and comment.
maxmillean Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.  You are a great artist and I was absolutely blown away when I saw that drawing of Ryuko.  Made me super jealous of your talent.  Keep up the great work and I look forward to when you open commissions again because I would love to have you draw one of my OCs.
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