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Darren Carnall
Artist | Professional | Varied
United Kingdom
"Tell deviantART about yourself" it says. hmmm....

well I don't know really. I mean how much do you want to know? I had toast for breakfast this morning. peanut butter too. That kinda thing? no? pfft... there's no pleasing some people.

ok... so how about the story of how I got into painting and sculpting then. That a bit better? Good.

I used to be a financial advisor many years ago (I know, different huh!), until my childhood epilepsy started acting up again. Eventually it got so bad that I had to give up my driving license, and had to stop work. This lasted for around 15 years. During this time I'd become SO bored that I decided to give oil painting a go as a hobby. Something to do. I couldn't stand watching daytime television for a single minute more!

I'd always been quite good at drawing and stuff in school, so I thought it might be fun to see if I could still do it. It turns out I could! Better than I realised. I started to get a few commissions here and there but not too many. It was enough to let me know that this was a genuine talent I had... and I became aware that it didn't affect my epilepsy in anyway! I could *control* how much work I did, and give my brain rests when it needed it.

This led to me setting up a website for my work and selling a few paintings through there, but it never really took off. Shortly after this though I had become interested in 1/6 collectable figures, and had bought myself one or two. I was frustrated though that whilst the figures themselves were good.. more often than not the faces weren't quite right. Never *really* looked like the actors they were portraying.

I could always *see* what was wrong with them (chin too big, nose too thin etc) and so I decided to have a go at resculpting and repainting one of them. I'd never done this before and to be honest thought I'd kill the figure!! But hey, it was something to do! Turns out I was good at that too!!

I put a few photos online of what I'd done, and I started getting messages from people asking me if I could do the same for their figures too! I'd never even considered that this was something that people would pay for. Over a year or two the orders increased and became more varied until today where I'm actually turning down commission requests because I'm too busy working off a 19 page waiting list that I have!!

I am now happily self employed (and finally OFF the Disability Benefit I was getting due to my inability to work because of the epilepsy) and I couldn't be happier!

Hopefully I'll be happily doing this until I'm 80 years old. (as long as my eyes still work ....and my fingers ......and my brain, I guess!)

Current Residence: in a house
Favourite genre of music: electronic or classical.... maybe
MP3 player of choice: iPod... OLD iPod (need a new one)
'Ancient and Forever' is now available as a 10" x 8" fine art print for those who have been asking!! Also available as a framed version.

(sorry, no larger versions are available with this first piece. I'll see to it that future releases are available at the full range of sizes, t shirts etc)

It's based in the U.S. but they do ship to other countries.

Buy here:…
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: movie scores
  • Reading: no time for reading...
  • Watching: first season of Game of Thrones!!
  • Playing: no time for playing...
  • Eating: healthy.. ish.
  • Drinking: Coffeeeeeeeee

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claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
DarrenCarnall Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks Clare!
Bakerdezign Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Happy Birthday :cake::juggle:
DarrenCarnall Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks mister!
Bakerdezign Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
You're welcome.
Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hope you have a great birthday! :party: :cake: :dance:
DarrenCarnall Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks Rhonda! :)
QCC-Art Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your custom figures are remarkably good
trekmodeler Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! Your work is amazing.
DarrenCarnall Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! So is yours! 
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