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Michael Raphael
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I'm a (check at the top of the profile) years old artist. I was summoned on the 21st of 1994's November. I'm interested in the digital arts and gaming industry. I game a lot. I love watching gaming podcasts such as Bonus Round, Invisible Wall and EpicBattleCry and also keeping in touch with all the gaming news. I'm also a gadget whore.

My main purpose here is to improve as much as possible!

Something else I enjoy doing is being part of the dA community and visit the profiles of many deviants here. This way I can discover lots of awesome artists I can learn a lot from. On this journey I always take my time giving a llama to each account I visit symbolizing a 'Thumbs up!', 'Keep it up!' or 'Welcome on dA!'. :aww:
I'm aware of your gratitude. That makes me happy and I'd like you to know you're all welcome! It's all my pleasure to cheer you, guys.

I may not reply to all your comments, but I always read them and I'm doing my best in getting the necessary time to reply. :thanks:


Enjoy your staying on my profile! Thank you all for all of your support! I truly appreciate it! =D
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Amane Misa by AW08
Amane Misa

Semi-Outfit and Full Nude versions available for +$20 patrons on my Patreon!



DONE! First time tackling a full nude with everything showing after ages since I've last done that for an old client. Had some neat and exciting study sessions during the process and it turned out to look... delicious! Haha! But all naughty things aside I'm very please with how my soft shading skills are developing. This is my 2nd illustration of this sort and it really takes me out of my comfort zone. Nice to have myself evolving. :D 

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#2 - eAW08 - More Kuende, New Prices, New Home


Greetings, fellow watchers!









I've just went through the first year of University!



        I feel guilty of not knowing where to start from, what to start with and what to do to cover it all. But I will. I will take a deep breath and just do it. Last time I told you about
Kuende and its BETA launch. Since then we’ve surpassed the 20.000 user count and everybody loves it! We implemented tons of new awesome features. You know how on Facebook all the chat windows are static and you can only minimize them, right? Not only we allow you to have all your chat windows minimized in chat bubbles that you can move around freely, but you can also expand the size of the chat window by dragging from its bottom right corner. That’s only one example of how awesome it got since then. In the following days we are finally adding the ability to earn points via your activity and earn ACHIEVEMENTS which grant you even more points. Coming up next just around the corner are the TRAITS - you may pick only three of the +40 of them to have displayed on your profile. They reflect your personality and you will be able to spend points on upgrading them. Lastly, but definitely not the least, by the end of this month we’re going to launch the mobile app, too. So look forward to it!

Big Preview 1.5 by AW08


        Moving on, time was harsh with my previous third party pen tablet, so it needed replacement. It worked just fine, I had no issues with it. I was only afraid it’d just collapse on me in the middle of a busy period. On top of that, it was also a bit too big for my laptop shoulder-bag. I took the money I was saving for Cintiq Companion 2 after realizing that the cost of that PC tablet is high enough to build two 4K desktops. I went on with an Intuos Pro Medium. Fits perfectly in my bag and it’s so easy to carry around. It also has a wireless adaptor that allows for 6 hours of work. Very happy with it.

20150418 110735-2 by AW08


        Another thing I recently managed to do is me passing the first year in university with flying colors and boy what experience it was. Can’t wait to see what next year brings about. We started working on this small game and I hope by the end of this summer we’ll also get to publish it on mobile platforms and Steam. So wish me luck with that. I plan on studying some 3D this summer holiday, but things keep get between me and my desires. Last thing that showed itself to be an obstacle is the fact that I had to move out of the accommodation. Right now I’m writing from the comfort of this very very soft, extremely comfortable and warm sofa. Though we didn’t get an internet provider just yet and all this writing is done in MS Word, haha.

11058270 897296423660559 2408271781249600262 N (1) by AW08
My new ''office''!

        Pretty bad timing, especially since E3 is right around the corner and I’m tremendously excited for it! I’ll most probably find a way to link the internet on my phone to my laptop and watch it that way on a bigger screen. My personal hotspot allowance just ran out. I have an unlimited data plan, but the personal hotspot allowance is limited so that people won’t abuse the unlimited data condition. But then there are still root apps that allow you to bypass that. Need to be careful though as they might still see what I’m doing even though they’re supposed not to. Oh well, fuck it. I’m gonna watch it live one way or another and bring you that huge ass-balls-kahootz-long cover of all the things that caught my attention this year. I fear though this will be heavily filled with VR and personally I’m just not excited about it. At all. I don’t fancy the idea of wearing something on my head while playing these games. I’m the kind of person that at all times needs to be aware of their surroundings. Don’t want my girlfriend pop out of nowhere and scare me shitless while playing some atrocious VR experience. Well, I could lock myself in the room, but then… what if it burns my brains and I need immediate help? Huh? I’m overthinking it. But how can’t I?! VR – the future of gaming! It puts so much weight on everything. But forget it. I just want to be surprised and amazed. I’ll let them throw everything at me. I’m a little concerned though. Last year… it was the first time that E3 disappointed me. Couldn’t put my finger on it, but it just felt incomplete. Maybe because they were laying down the bridge between two gaming generations. Things go rough at start, though that’s not the case for all generations/platforms. I could name a few that did just so fine in their humble beginnings. Anyways, how excited are you for this year’s E3? Tell me about it! Tell me what you loved most about it! Write it all down below peeps! I want to chat long and nicely with you about it!










According to the plan...



        Recently I started working on a new page for my comic and I plan to start sketching many more. I’ve filled tons of plot wholes and came up with fantastic concepts. I don’t think I’ll ever have the time to make a full fledged comic out of it so I will just turn myself into my own fandom and create comics and illustrations featuring certain moments in this story. I will also try and provide written explanation on all of it, worry not.

WIP by AW08
       I've also put some more colors on this badass.













All about those colors!



        As always, the commissions I’ve mostly worked on lately are inking and coloring commissions for Rtenzo and riv3th3d which can be found on their accounts.

Commission Rates by AW08

        I have also updated my prices which are around 25-30% cheaper than the previous ones. I made them a nice grafic and finally figured out a way to display them more efficiently. These are here to stay as well as the OPEN status of my commissions. I am available at any time to create artworks for you. Just name it and I’ll draw it. 












Things are going well!




        In the meantime I’ve gotten a second patron and I’m very thankful for that. It makes me eager to work even harder on my Patreon campaign. You could also notice how in the past submissions this was my main focus. I have a feeling I’m going on the right path with it and people will start finding exactly what they expect there. On the pipeline I have this very sexy illustration of Misa Misa from Deathnote. I’m debating which two girls to pick next for the BEGROOM series and what girl should be drawn for the redHOT series. I’m very excited to get down with as many as I plan to and receive your feedback. 

TOKYO GHOUL - RIZE KAMISHIRO by AW08BEGROOM - Konan by AW08BEGROOM - Sakura by AW08BEGROOM - Asuka by AW08
















Smashing the backlog!



        The main focus of the previous entry was how frustrating it was for me to go through GTA Online’s heists in the main order so that I could experience the story of this feature in the right manner. I had huge issues with the 2nd heist. People were total imbeciles, but then the servers were shit, too. Time passed, things got better, I got passed the 2nd and 3rd heists just fine. But then there was this heist that involved stealth. You had to eliminate some targets without being seen. Have one bullet miss the target and that was it… setup failed. It was then when I realized I will never be able to get these heists done in order unless I have very very good friend with a strong habit of playing online at all times to help me. What I did was to see which setups and heists unlock me the vehicles exlcusive to the Heists Update and just joined those respective missions in order to get them. And I did. I miss three of them, because I didn’t play that much long after getting what I crave most for. I should go back and enjoy the latest GTA Online update, but thing is this very particular game has caught my attention and I just can’t get out of it. Yes – The Witcher 3. I never imagined this game would captivate more than any GTA game. For a game to get me out of my obsession with GTA is something rare. I think it’s the first time it ever happened actually. How I got around purchasing it is rather arbitrary. Internet starting to spew out articles about Just Cause 3 and how the developers are talking lots about the game giving interviews on all websites. I got the wrong impression that there was already a Pre-Ordering tab somewhere in the PS Store. I didn’t bother to check – I added $60 to my PSN Wallet only to be disappointed – no Pre-Order tab for Just Cause 3, but obviously, there was for The Witcher 3. I though “Hell, I’m still gonna get it at some point in the following months for sure, I might as well get it now!”. And there I was trying it. Took a while to get the hang of it, being the first The Witcher game I’ve ever played. I had to gather strong knowledge on everything that happened in the past game. Luckily Kotaku got that covered and it turned out that this game is more of a sequel to the 2nd game rather than the 3rd game in the franchise. In the same time it’s also more of “Wild Hunt” than it is “3”. The game also does a damn fine job at introducing new comers. I colleague from Uni was so sweet as to give me a code to redeem the digital version of a hard copy guide she received with the Collector’s Edition of the game. I’m so grateful for that and it warms my heart to think she specifically thought of me instead of anyone else, because she has tons of gamer friends. The guide is fantastic as it gives you information on all quests and shows them all on an interactive map. As you play the game you’ll find out that not all locations and quests are revealed from the get go and you might even finish the game without discovering everything there is to the world. The guide is a ton of help if you want to 100% it.

        In between I’ve also been playing quite a bit of FarCry 4 and I enjoy it tons. I finally found the financial opportunity to purchase it as it went low enough in price at a nearby Gamestop-like shop here in Manchester – CeX. 

        On my PS Vita I did a bit of justice to my huge backlog of untouched games I got in time over the PS Plus subscription. I finished Killzone Mercenary, but got frustrated with how the challenges it has you do on each of the campaign missions have to be fulfilled all at once. For instance I had to nail 25 headshots with a certain weapon while getting a certain accuracy rate all while trying to finish the whole mission in under 20 minutes. What was even worse is that the checkpoints could screw you big time. I tried so hard, got everything right, but the last checkpoint caught me with only a dozen of seconds. It was so damn frustrating, because in that part all I had to do was cross a section of the map and I was done, but the remaining time was just too little for that, so I was supposed to simply restart the mission. I was planning on getting as many trophies for this game as I could, but the harsh way it handles progression got me to quit in no time. Too bad, I loved its story mode. Now I moved on to Freedom Wars, a game with a very interesting concept. From what I got so far the world is at the brink of… something bad. Resources are scarce and most people have jail sentences of millions of years on their head. They only get to set themselves free if they contribute to the Greater Good by joining some sort of army and receive special training to defeat some sort of abductors. For each contribution you get a few hundreds of years out of your way towards freedom. But in the beginning you are not allowed to do anything at all and the game slightly punishes you for that. In previous cutscenes I was told that resting laying horizontally was forbidden. Later on in the game I was asked if I wanted to get some rest. I had to dialogue lines as options and picked the one that suggested my character would lay down and take a nap – received 10 more years as punishment, haha. And it just surprises you like that. At the moment I’m having problems with a certain mission in the game, but I think I’ll get past that at some point.

        Gaming on mobile caught my attention with Tiny Tower Vegas, Pocket Trains and some Peggles-like game called, Wonderball. Also an acquaintance of mine made a silly little game called Wrassling. You be good and check it out. It’s stupid mindless fun!













koponya 



MGSV: Skull Face by koponya
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” - this is the quote you will find on top of her profile when you will take the time to pay her a visit and check out her gallery; trust me you will after seeing the masterpieces below. Coming back to the quote, it is amazing how well her gallery resemblance Einstein's quote. The science of her well thought brush strokes uncovers the art of her breathtaking concepts. 


Have a look at some of her artworks down below! :)





030215 Killzone by koponya

Guardian's Oath by koponya

160115 SkullFace by koponya



210315 I am become death by koponya

Lalaci by koponya

010115 Skull Face by koponya








Goodbye and take care, fellow watchers!


Keep in touch for more tasty news!




Commission Rates by AW08
Commission Rates
These are the latest rates - cheaper than the last ones. 

Been busy with moving out of accommodation. I'll have a blog post soonish. Expect it to be real huge. And by huge I mean skjadflskdjfskdjbf huge. I'm having trouble with the CSS code in my Journal Skin. Gives me lots of problems. 
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#2 - eAW08 - More Kuende, New Prices, New Home


Greetings, fellow watchers!









I've just went through the first year of University!



        I feel guilty of not knowing where to start from, what to start with and what to do to cover it all. But I will. I will take a deep breath and just do it. Last time I told you about
Kuende and its BETA launch. Since then we’ve surpassed the 20.000 user count and everybody loves it! We implemented tons of new awesome features. You know how on Facebook all the chat windows are static and you can only minimize them, right? Not only we allow you to have all your chat windows minimized in chat bubbles that you can move around freely, but you can also expand the size of the chat window by dragging from its bottom right corner. That’s only one example of how awesome it got since then. In the following days we are finally adding the ability to earn points via your activity and earn ACHIEVEMENTS which grant you even more points. Coming up next just around the corner are the TRAITS - you may pick only three of the +40 of them to have displayed on your profile. They reflect your personality and you will be able to spend points on upgrading them. Lastly, but definitely not the least, by the end of this month we’re going to launch the mobile app, too. So look forward to it!

Big Preview 1.5 by AW08


        Moving on, time was harsh with my previous third party pen tablet, so it needed replacement. It worked just fine, I had no issues with it. I was only afraid it’d just collapse on me in the middle of a busy period. On top of that, it was also a bit too big for my laptop shoulder-bag. I took the money I was saving for Cintiq Companion 2 after realizing that the cost of that PC tablet is high enough to build two 4K desktops. I went on with an Intuos Pro Medium. Fits perfectly in my bag and it’s so easy to carry around. It also has a wireless adaptor that allows for 6 hours of work. Very happy with it.

20150418 110735-2 by AW08


        Another thing I recently managed to do is me passing the first year in university with flying colors and boy what experience it was. Can’t wait to see what next year brings about. We started working on this small game and I hope by the end of this summer we’ll also get to publish it on mobile platforms and Steam. So wish me luck with that. I plan on studying some 3D this summer holiday, but things keep get between me and my desires. Last thing that showed itself to be an obstacle is the fact that I had to move out of the accommodation. Right now I’m writing from the comfort of this very very soft, extremely comfortable and warm sofa. Though we didn’t get an internet provider just yet and all this writing is done in MS Word, haha.

11058270 897296423660559 2408271781249600262 N (1) by AW08
My new ''office''!

        Pretty bad timing, especially since E3 is right around the corner and I’m tremendously excited for it! I’ll most probably find a way to link the internet on my phone to my laptop and watch it that way on a bigger screen. My personal hotspot allowance just ran out. I have an unlimited data plan, but the personal hotspot allowance is limited so that people won’t abuse the unlimited data condition. But then there are still root apps that allow you to bypass that. Need to be careful though as they might still see what I’m doing even though they’re supposed not to. Oh well, fuck it. I’m gonna watch it live one way or another and bring you that huge ass-balls-kahootz-long cover of all the things that caught my attention this year. I fear though this will be heavily filled with VR and personally I’m just not excited about it. At all. I don’t fancy the idea of wearing something on my head while playing these games. I’m the kind of person that at all times needs to be aware of their surroundings. Don’t want my girlfriend pop out of nowhere and scare me shitless while playing some atrocious VR experience. Well, I could lock myself in the room, but then… what if it burns my brains and I need immediate help? Huh? I’m overthinking it. But how can’t I?! VR – the future of gaming! It puts so much weight on everything. But forget it. I just want to be surprised and amazed. I’ll let them throw everything at me. I’m a little concerned though. Last year… it was the first time that E3 disappointed me. Couldn’t put my finger on it, but it just felt incomplete. Maybe because they were laying down the bridge between two gaming generations. Things go rough at start, though that’s not the case for all generations/platforms. I could name a few that did just so fine in their humble beginnings. Anyways, how excited are you for this year’s E3? Tell me about it! Tell me what you loved most about it! Write it all down below peeps! I want to chat long and nicely with you about it!










According to the plan...



        Recently I started working on a new page for my comic and I plan to start sketching many more. I’ve filled tons of plot wholes and came up with fantastic concepts. I don’t think I’ll ever have the time to make a full fledged comic out of it so I will just turn myself into my own fandom and create comics and illustrations featuring certain moments in this story. I will also try and provide written explanation on all of it, worry not.

WIP by AW08
       I've also put some more colors on this badass.













All about those colors!



        As always, the commissions I’ve mostly worked on lately are inking and coloring commissions for Rtenzo and riv3th3d which can be found on their accounts.

Commission Rates by AW08

        I have also updated my prices which are around 25-30% cheaper than the previous ones. I made them a nice grafic and finally figured out a way to display them more efficiently. These are here to stay as well as the OPEN status of my commissions. I am available at any time to create artworks for you. Just name it and I’ll draw it. 












Things are going well!




        In the meantime I’ve gotten a second patron and I’m very thankful for that. It makes me eager to work even harder on my Patreon campaign. You could also notice how in the past submissions this was my main focus. I have a feeling I’m going on the right path with it and people will start finding exactly what they expect there. On the pipeline I have this very sexy illustration of Misa Misa from Deathnote. I’m debating which two girls to pick next for the BEGROOM series and what girl should be drawn for the redHOT series. I’m very excited to get down with as many as I plan to and receive your feedback. 

TOKYO GHOUL - RIZE KAMISHIRO by AW08BEGROOM - Konan by AW08BEGROOM - Sakura by AW08BEGROOM - Asuka by AW08
















Smashing the backlog!



        The main focus of the previous entry was how frustrating it was for me to go through GTA Online’s heists in the main order so that I could experience the story of this feature in the right manner. I had huge issues with the 2nd heist. People were total imbeciles, but then the servers were shit, too. Time passed, things got better, I got passed the 2nd and 3rd heists just fine. But then there was this heist that involved stealth. You had to eliminate some targets without being seen. Have one bullet miss the target and that was it… setup failed. It was then when I realized I will never be able to get these heists done in order unless I have very very good friend with a strong habit of playing online at all times to help me. What I did was to see which setups and heists unlock me the vehicles exlcusive to the Heists Update and just joined those respective missions in order to get them. And I did. I miss three of them, because I didn’t play that much long after getting what I crave most for. I should go back and enjoy the latest GTA Online update, but thing is this very particular game has caught my attention and I just can’t get out of it. Yes – The Witcher 3. I never imagined this game would captivate more than any GTA game. For a game to get me out of my obsession with GTA is something rare. I think it’s the first time it ever happened actually. How I got around purchasing it is rather arbitrary. Internet starting to spew out articles about Just Cause 3 and how the developers are talking lots about the game giving interviews on all websites. I got the wrong impression that there was already a Pre-Ordering tab somewhere in the PS Store. I didn’t bother to check – I added $60 to my PSN Wallet only to be disappointed – no Pre-Order tab for Just Cause 3, but obviously, there was for The Witcher 3. I though “Hell, I’m still gonna get it at some point in the following months for sure, I might as well get it now!”. And there I was trying it. Took a while to get the hang of it, being the first The Witcher game I’ve ever played. I had to gather strong knowledge on everything that happened in the past game. Luckily Kotaku got that covered and it turned out that this game is more of a sequel to the 2nd game rather than the 3rd game in the franchise. In the same time it’s also more of “Wild Hunt” than it is “3”. The game also does a damn fine job at introducing new comers. I colleague from Uni was so sweet as to give me a code to redeem the digital version of a hard copy guide she received with the Collector’s Edition of the game. I’m so grateful for that and it warms my heart to think she specifically thought of me instead of anyone else, because she has tons of gamer friends. The guide is fantastic as it gives you information on all quests and shows them all on an interactive map. As you play the game you’ll find out that not all locations and quests are revealed from the get go and you might even finish the game without discovering everything there is to the world. The guide is a ton of help if you want to 100% it.

        In between I’ve also been playing quite a bit of FarCry 4 and I enjoy it tons. I finally found the financial opportunity to purchase it as it went low enough in price at a nearby Gamestop-like shop here in Manchester – CeX. 

        On my PS Vita I did a bit of justice to my huge backlog of untouched games I got in time over the PS Plus subscription. I finished Killzone Mercenary, but got frustrated with how the challenges it has you do on each of the campaign missions have to be fulfilled all at once. For instance I had to nail 25 headshots with a certain weapon while getting a certain accuracy rate all while trying to finish the whole mission in under 20 minutes. What was even worse is that the checkpoints could screw you big time. I tried so hard, got everything right, but the last checkpoint caught me with only a dozen of seconds. It was so damn frustrating, because in that part all I had to do was cross a section of the map and I was done, but the remaining time was just too little for that, so I was supposed to simply restart the mission. I was planning on getting as many trophies for this game as I could, but the harsh way it handles progression got me to quit in no time. Too bad, I loved its story mode. Now I moved on to Freedom Wars, a game with a very interesting concept. From what I got so far the world is at the brink of… something bad. Resources are scarce and most people have jail sentences of millions of years on their head. They only get to set themselves free if they contribute to the Greater Good by joining some sort of army and receive special training to defeat some sort of abductors. For each contribution you get a few hundreds of years out of your way towards freedom. But in the beginning you are not allowed to do anything at all and the game slightly punishes you for that. In previous cutscenes I was told that resting laying horizontally was forbidden. Later on in the game I was asked if I wanted to get some rest. I had to dialogue lines as options and picked the one that suggested my character would lay down and take a nap – received 10 more years as punishment, haha. And it just surprises you like that. At the moment I’m having problems with a certain mission in the game, but I think I’ll get past that at some point.

        Gaming on mobile caught my attention with Tiny Tower Vegas, Pocket Trains and some Peggles-like game called, Wonderball. Also an acquaintance of mine made a silly little game called Wrassling. You be good and check it out. It’s stupid mindless fun!













koponya 



MGSV: Skull Face by koponya
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” - this is the quote you will find on top of her profile when you will take the time to pay her a visit and check out her gallery; trust me you will after seeing the masterpieces below. Coming back to the quote, it is amazing how well her gallery resemblance Einstein's quote. The science of her well thought brush strokes uncovers the art of her breathtaking concepts. 


Have a look at some of her artworks down below! :)





030215 Killzone by koponya

Guardian's Oath by koponya

160115 SkullFace by koponya



210315 I am become death by koponya

Lalaci by koponya

010115 Skull Face by koponya








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