Hey readers. For those of you who wanted to know the verdict: I have been accepted into the BYU Animation Program! I submitted my portfolio on the 15th (literally six minutes before the deadline), and was officially accepted on the 23rd. As soon as I had recovered from the shock, I posted the news to social media, and received overwhelming praise and support. But I haven’t yet written about it on my blog.
My art doesn’t usually get this much attention. I created dustlander.wordpress.com back in February 2015 because a girl called me stupid for liking her art (sound familiar?). It was totally a spite thing; I told myself I would be a better artist than her. And it might have been a bit of an overreaction, but having this completely unknown personal blog kind of defined my entire high school experience. I was a total loner, but my friends supported me despite my weirdness. I checked the site’s analytics constantly and got high off of pride anytime I got more than five pageviews.
The last comic marked the end of the Golden Age of Dustlander. Ha, maybe I’m taking this way too seriously, but still. Moving to Utah was really hard for an angsty kid like me. I found it almost impossible to draw until I started my first BYU pre-animation sketchbook in 2019.
I’ve dreamt of making cartoons for as long as I can remember. No, really. When I was maybe ten I realized that people actually get paid to do that and the hope never left my heart, especially when I got into the college of my choice. Part of me “knew” it was futile, that I would never be as good as my peers, that I should have practiced more in high school instead of running that dumb website, that it wasn’t worth the risk. The doubt was so strong that at times I was terrified of even sketching or opening my project files. Being accepted into the program has done wonders for my hope, but I feel the doubt creeping back.
I guess what I’m trying to tell you, reader, is that your feelings may lie to you. If I “knew” it was futile to get into the animation program, how did I possibly get in? Doubt can cripple and destroy you. It can rob you of the things you love. But it doesn’t have to. My uncle Kyle says:
“You are the only person in this universe with the power to choose who you will become. Not even God can do that.”
Hiya readers! Tonight I’m posting the art on here much earlier than on social media. Only the true Dustlander fans are reading this right now.
This is a brand-new piece of art commissioned by a gal I knew in high school! It’s been fun and challenging to draw. You might think the design (a Gundam head on a human body) is a little strange, but it’s really grown on me as I’ve worked on it. It kinda reminds me of a BIONICLE mask!
Shoutout to the folks at Adobe who helped me recover this piece after Adobe Sketch glitched and deleted it about 20 hours in. I feel like I owe you guys!
Hi! It’s me again. I’ve been working on a number of different pieces as well as a bunch of coursework here at BYU. College is hard, but I feel I’m adjusting pretty well–and finding more time to draw to boot!
In between classes, I found the time to whip up these commissions for my good friends Parker and Jack (AKA the2parker and Electric Skyfish). I had a lot of fun on these, trying to make them are simple and clean as possible. I also tested out a new style here–a combination of leaky fountain pen and watercolor brushes that just screams “minimalism”. This will probably be my go-to format for commissions from now on, since it’s less time-consuming than my more refined black lineart and blocks of color.
In case you’re interested, these are $20 apiece and take only a day or two! It’s a steal of a deal. Just message me on social media or email me at email@example.com with the details and a picture of yourself.
Hey hey hey, it’s another commission after who knows how long! Well, not really… this one’s on the house.
I can explain. My family went to Nauvoo, Illinois this summer. If you didn’t know, Nauvoo is full of historical sites important to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, AKA the LDS Church, AKA the Mormon Church. I expected to be bored there, but instead I found myself quite entertained by Nauvoo’s Young Performing Missionaries, volunteers who put on all sorts of shows and paegants detailing the town’s history. They’re all so talented and full of energy, so Nauvoo is basically Mormon Disneyland! Needless to say, I had quite the spiritual experience there.
I also had the chance to see these five YPMs again after they got back from their summer-long mission! They graciously allowed me to sketch them, and I think I captured their likenesses pretty well. Remember, commissions are open, and these rougher ones don’t take too long, so hit me up!
Happy New Year, everyone! I slapped this together in a few hours for my little brother Sammy’s birthday–it started simple, but got more complicated as I kept working. You might notice that the black outline is actually pencil here, although the colored ink is the same as normal. This turned out to be much less of a hassle than the usual black ink, so I’m considering using this style more often in the future.
At the very least, the next two comics will be retaining the original OneNote style. I’m actually making quite a bit of progress on them and a couple more projects, which I hope will be ready for you all soon.
Feel free to contact me if you’d like a relatively simple caricature like Sammy here! Prices are low at the moment.
Hey everyone! Good to be back–I have a feeling my rough patch is almost over.
Down to business. Well, my good friend Pro-Crastinator asked me to draw him up this piece a few months ago. As you might guess from my erratic posting schedule, I quickly became very busy with track and field, homework, etc. Ironically enough, I was the one who procrastinated this commission, despite my customer’s fitting title… yet here I am, posting about it this very moment, wondering to myself, “How did I end up getting this done?”.
Though I took my sweet time completing this thing, I love the way it came out. Thanks to my friend’s plethora of source material, I knew exactly what to draw and really tried to flesh out the character and the world he had in mind. This is an example of a larger, desktop wallpaper-sized commission ($25-$50); though these pieces take more time and are a bit pricier, I assure you that they’re worth every penny. And I have a lot more fun drawing them!
Now that I’ve got this done, I can finally get to working on the next comic–no rest for the teenage internet cartoonist, I suppose. In the meantime, be sure to check out Pro-Crastinator’s own work on DeviantArt and SoundCloud!
Surprise! Just a quick post today to show off a few commissions I’ve accumulated over the past few months. These drawings, in particular, were drawn for my parents for their own personal use. Now y’all know why the comics have been monthly rather than weekly (as I’d hoped)–commissions are quite time-consuming!
On with the description. Well, this compilation of battle-hardened items includes a worn sword, jade shield, gold plates (an ancient set of scriptures, comparable to the Bible) and a pair of all-too-familiar running shoes (for me, at least). In any other context, this pile of equipment might seem unusual… but here at Dustlander Productions, the items are collectively considered to be a valuable arsenal.
The sword, though dulled through years of use, can be tempered and sharpened indefinitely–its purpose and power rivaling that of the Blade of Evil’s Bane. The shield is simply impenetrable and never allows the adversary even a single chance to strike. The scriptures provide a warrior with the innate courage and strength he already possesses. And the shoes–well, let’s just say this warrior runs a fast mile.
I suppose I’m just rambling at this point, but I hope I shared a bit of inspiration with all of you fine folks. Who knows? Maybe this post will motivate you through the rest of your finals. No guarantees, though.
What has it been, a month since my last post? As always, I’ve got loads of things to do in real life (yes, I have one), and keeping the website fresh and exciting is not my number one priority 100% of the time. Excuses, excuses, I know–but it’s not like I haven’t been drawing!
Behold, [CENSORED] and BlueArmorSpaceHallway, two of my best buds who purchased $20.00 caricatures recently! As you can see, each caricature is slightly different while retaining the same general style. Though these fellows also received versions with blank backgrounds, I especially wanted to show off their custom backgrounds this time around–whether it’s an atomic explosion, a pixellated landscape or a 2001-esque hallway, if you can dream it, I can draw it!
In other news, the website has finally been dubbed dustlander.com after months of technical issues with my school district’s network! The more professional URL isn’t the only new thing coming–in the spirit of the holiday season, I’ll be posting even more commissioned artwork and a new comic over the next few weeks. In fact, I might just be adding a little something extra to the comic this time… check the site often for new updates!
White Background – $10.00
Huh, someone looks familiar–oh, right, it’s Ace from 2. Homecoming! But what is he doing here??
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to announce my first specified type of paid commission available: caricatures! These headshots are perfect for your profile picture on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, especially if you want to personalize an account without revealing your real face to the whole internet. Being a freelance artist, I also work on a case-by-case basis, which means no more boring templates or restrictive avatar editors and more unique, customized awesomeness in my distinct, fun style!
As always with this type of commission, I’ll need a very detailed description of your face or a clear photo in good lighting. Any personal photos sent to me will not be shared with the general public or posted on the site… in fact, let’s get real, I’ll probably delete them afterwards to protect your privacy. In both cases, those who pay for the custom background will have to describe their idea for a background in their proposal. (Examples include explosions, lasers, lightning, rainbows, etc.)
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to propose your caricature’s design, and feel free to comment on this post if you have any questions. Thank you and thanks to Ace of Hurts for letting me use his caricatures!