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Been reflecting on my artwork recently, and just wanted to say that it's pure fiction and supposed to be
taken in a whimsical fashion, the concepts are geared towards pc/console games. I sometimes forget that
people might interperate my stuff or find meaning in it, just as I sometimes do with other art, especially
fine art, but It really doesn't mean anything. Cheers

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Bri-in-the-Sky
Brian Coughlan
Artist | Professional | Varied
United Kingdom
Character concept artist.

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Any inquires, just private message here or mail me through artstation

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Bio- Worked in engineering for many years before making the decision to switch career. Wasn't happy with my direction in life (even though engineering paid well) and remembered I liked to draw as a kid, so thought that might be my best option. Went to fine art college for a couple of years and learned about art history, although I still love fine art, I was pulled to entertainment art because of my gaming history and because it looked like more fun, so decided to focus on that instead. 2.5 years ago I picked up a graphics tablet and have been hooked since.

Now at the age of 38, I can honestly say returning to art has been the best move I've ever made, I've never felt happier or more fulfilled as I do when making art. Creativity has given me passion and drive in life, and pulled me out of the drudgery that was my old career.
It hasn't come easy though, I had to make many sacrifices and work harder than I've ever worked at anything, but when you love something, it's worth it, or at least worth trying. I can live with trying and failing more than not trying at all.

My aim in life is quite simply to keep growing as an artist, to keep learning and make the best art I possibly can and hopefully help others along the way.


Been working freelance professionally for about 1.5 years now.

I don't work for free, so please don't ask :)


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Been reflecting on my artwork recently, and just wanted to say that it's pure fiction and supposed to be
taken in a whimsical fashion, the concepts are geared towards pc/console games. I sometimes forget that
people might interperate my stuff or find meaning in it, just as I sometimes do with other art, especially
fine art, but It really doesn't mean anything. Cheers
gesture scribbles by Bri-in-the-Sky
gesture scribbles
Little pocket sketchbook scribbles I posted on facebook and people seemed to like them. A good way of getting ideas down quickly, brush-pen and black-board chalk. These can be done really quickly and can be quite a fun and relaxing way of generating rough starting points for digital. 
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Rough concept by Bri-in-the-Sky
Rough concept
Forgot to post this one. Was rough concepting a potential alien race for my own project/story, wasn't bothered about it being pretty.  He's a kinda cross between a Space Jockey and Stargate.

Shame I can't post multiple images on DA in one post, but if anyone is interested, some of the other scribbly ideas can be found here- www.artstation.com/artwork/kze… 
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BULLETPROOFCHEETAH Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  New Deviant
Sorry for waxing 'purple' , I don't draw, paint, sketch, or even doodle, so I'm overwhelmed by the seeming effortless talent you folks display. I know what you do isn't easy but it is great.   In closing I'll leave you with this to consider; when you cease to do good, you join the ranks of evil.
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Bri-in-the-Sky Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
It isn't easy being an artist, takes a lot of hard work, I make art for the love of art and nothing else. 
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BULLETPROOFCHEETAH Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  New Deviant
I am not  judging but clarifying what I believe I see in your focused efforts; from samurai, to mech, cyborg and magician, we seek to acheive and  possibly transcend whaat we are. what We strive surpass  what we believe to be  short comings or faults that we perceive to be hinderances but are in part way points to our greatness and destiny.
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Bri-in-the-Sky Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
I wouldn't look too deeply into finding meaning in my character art, it is an accumulation of hard work, a testament to following our passion, that we can overcome the hardships in life if we focus on what it is we want to do and not what others want us to do.

 As for transcending what we are, sure I believe we can always improve, can become better people, can generate more kindness towards others and ourselves, can try to help others along the way, if not then what's the point? Meditation is a great way to start on that path, bring everything back to breath, to still the mind. I believe in the power of love to overcome all things, learning to love ourselves seems to be the hardest part in that journey. I think that is why the world is in the mess it is, too many people are projecting their own issues onto it, rather than reflecting and generating compassion in themselves.  Short comings or faults ( I think) are relative to what we 'believe' to be short comings or faults, they may well be the thing that leads us to greater understanding, to growth (like you mention- way points).  It's a philosophical conundrum, because we may well want to help others out of compassion and love, but who can say what others truly need.  It's something I struggle with myself, on one hand I want to help people, but who can say, perhaps trying to help just makes things worse and it is better to just focus on our own path. Life itself is one big lesson. 
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NunChops Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  New Deviant
Your artwork is beautiful, inspiring, and magnificent you are an excellent artist please keep up the good work.
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Bri-in-the-Sky Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly NunChops, appreciate it! :)
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Annimeister Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, just wanted you to know your work is really inspiring and helps keep me motivated when I get frustrated at myself for not drawing something the way I wanted it, or if something didn't turn out the way I wanted it to look! Keep doing what you're doing! 
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Bri-in-the-Sky Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks Anni :) The frustration is a normal part of the process, it diminishes over time. I think sometimes we have this unreal expectation early on that things have to look as they do in our head, when in truth, many artists use the mental image as the 'idea' and then let it grow organically. Sometimes I end up with things that look nothing like the initial idea, and I'm fine with that, it adds to the fun. I ask myself one question at the end. 'Does it look good?' Not 'is it faithful to my initial idea'. I think the creative process feels more natural when we let things happen rather than forcing them tooth and nail. 

If we want things to look good from a technical perspective, then we gotta study, this also lessens the frustration quicker. With enough fundamentals under our belt we can be more at ease and enjoy the art much more.

 
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Zanheer Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016
I just wanted to say your batch of advice resulted in a pretty fun sketch. I look forward to getting better at employing the big blocks for silhouette design. I'm a big fan, so receiving the advice directly from you was super exciting for me. Thank you so much, man. I always look forward to your posts!
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Bri-in-the-Sky Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
Ah cheers pal :) Just keep practicing/experimenting till you find a way that works for ya.
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