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Darren Carnall
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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)
Interests
'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: society6.com/DarrenCarnall/Anc…
  • 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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QCC-Art Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your custom figures are remarkably good
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trekmodeler Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! Your work is amazing.
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DarrenCarnall Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! So is yours! 
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Elesis-Knight Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!
Your works is Wow!
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DarrenCarnall Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
wow! ... you're so kind! ;)

(your work is great too!!) =D
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Elesis-Knight Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, my gallery is bad, only my new works are good. hohoh
When get a goal, everything improves!

Oh! You make sculptures?
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DarrenCarnall Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've done a few. They take me too long though lol. Most of what I do is repainting heads for people. I want to do some geeky oil paintings though! 
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DBEEERS Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
I love your work!
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whisperer96 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Writer
I wish you could have all the llamas in the world, or whatever you want...
Money? *shrugs*

Oh oh oh, here's an invisible TARDIS. *gives* it's an I.O.U. for a real one.
Your art is amazing!
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