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Feminist, Anarchist, Activist, Illustrator, Addict. Artist, Photographer, Bicyclist. Hookah enthusiast. Photoshop narcissist.

36, Male

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Coulumbia College Chicago


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Posted by ArtistJ - September 18th, 2013

Looking to get back into animating cartoons, trying to build a new animation portfolio.

I just need a story worth telling!

Posted by ArtistJ - January 2nd, 2011

Big news! On Nov. 1st 2010 I quit pop.
Withdraw was rough. It took 60+ hours of withdrawal migraine, and three separate nausea induced vomits before the symptoms have faded. And then I was physically free, but the psychological battle raged on for a few weeks. It was especially hard when eating out! So weird to choose lemonade instead of diet coke @ subway!

Today though, after a decade of drinking four or more 2liters of pop a day...
I am caffeine free for 2 months!

Posted by ArtistJ - August 28th, 2010

Sometimes I wonder if I'm too old for newgrounds. But how can an animation aficionado like myself ever grow tired of indie cartoons and video games? I'll always be lurking.

You know you like it...

Posted by ArtistJ - January 23rd, 2009

I just want to say that I think Barack Obama will be the best president we have ever had. I voted for him in 2005 and I voted for him again in 2008. I want to say this now, publicly, at the beginning of his term in office, before anything that might change public opinion happens. Here's hoping for a better world.

Posted by ArtistJ - January 2nd, 2009

Why should you know me? For the same reason you should know earfetish or purelionheart or crimson_edge or Gooch. I was a key player in the part of newgrounds history that took place between 2004 and 2006.

The main reasons I was loved is because of my art contributions and stories. Here are some interesting threads

The cause of my initial fame:
"I will draw you artistJ style"
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/15 3043
at the time it was made, it was the longest I will draw you thread in the history of the bbs.

Before I was famed for the drawing, I came out of my shell in DirtySyko's appreciation thread and Osamaramma is cool club, as well as similar clubs and crews threads where we all sucked each others dicks and made friends

Links here:
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 0807/3
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/13 6693/3
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/17 9637/2

In those days people tended to like personal my stories about my life... I would put a little life story into many of my posts. Not that I claim to be particularly interesting.

Here were a few of those stories.

About the time I was Homeless.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 8838

Last thing I stole
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/19 3671/3

Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/16 8197

and the time I saw a ghost
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/13 4645/2

and when I got stabbed by a homeless man
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/37 1581

In those days I thought my rants were very well put together at times. Like this one about Pirating Software where I went head to head with the NG political giant Maus-well before she was a mod.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/19 5415
We were able to have a mature argument over the distribution of goods... I got involved in a lot of political threads, but wont really post links since it was always just me ripping off the daily show. My political stance hasn't changed much, but in retrospect my immaturity shows in those posts.

I also spent a lot of time picture spamming and was known to be quite the attention whore.

http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/16 9974/2
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/18 5839/1
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/18 5535/9

My pop obsession worked like a gimmick in my favor
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 8674/2
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/35 2627

Showing off Art skills that, compared to the digital stuff I create these days, were super lame, but worth a look anyway.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 6836
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/16 6899/1
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/99 649/148
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/13 8436

And then there was giving art tips to people new digital art.
These are shitty examples but there were many others, albeit they are all mundane to reread.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 1314
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 8264

But most of my critiquing and advice occurred on Josh Bend's web startup Retrogade, which cloned newgrounds portal/forum layout, only for art, and was entirely populated by Newgrounds transients.
BTW, do you know if Bedn is out of prison yet?

and then this thread gave me a fat head
ArtistJ Appreciation Crew
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/16 9956

And so I attempted to make another drawing thread.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/22 3033/1
And I failed.

And then I faded into obscurity.
And people missed me.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/81 6373
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/77 5281
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/77 3780
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/60 4195

I guess that sums up who I was pretty well...

Can we be friends now?

Posted by ArtistJ - December 28th, 2008

Check out my new series of aSka influenced oil paintings created step by step in this thread! Your comments influence the direction I take!

Posted by ArtistJ - December 27th, 2008

I'm really looking forward to being a regular again on newgrounds. Plannin' on making 2009 the best year yet. If you have an idea for a flash cartoon, or if you are an adult in the chicagoland area, hit me up!

Posted by ArtistJ - May 7th, 2008

So, Im pretty into this whole mariokart thing,

so race me!

friend code: 2535-4293-3444

Just be sure to PM me so I can add you back.