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Minh Kieu @DatCakeIzEhPai

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An art journey.

Posted by DatCakeIzEhPai - May 18th, 2018

Hi guys!

Just want to share some stuff and experience that I had for the past couples of months. This post is a deep nostalgic journey back to the time while I'm working on finding not just my art style but the identity of my graphic novel Stranded Land.

It is a rough one, including my hard time struggling to get a foot hold in America while dealing with social issues. I was swiming blind without knowing which directions to go.

That was until I read HP. Lovecraft's Tales of Horror in my college library that gives me the push I need. A theme. And idea struck. Why not combining a stylized art-style of Disney and edgy cartoon in a Lovecraft's universe? There I knew what I had to do.

Still, making concept art with limited resource and knowledge was difficult. So I practice live-studies while working on this project at the same time. To improve with a purpose.

Let's have a look at the "never-released" concept artwork of my characters in the Stranded Land in 3 months (from November 2017 to April 2018)


It is a rough journey but it pays off in the end. My plan for the future would be publishing my first art book and launching my first pilot on my new website that I'm currently working on. Later, I'll have a hard-cover printed book published with different story arcs. At this moment, I'm going over their designs one last time to make sure the characters are all fully fleshed out and ready for novel.

Lastly, I want to thank NG for providing me a place to put my artwork here for everyone to enjoy and everyone who has been giving me the love and support. Special thanks to @JozzyForge, @Coolkitten13, @YonusBahtzee for the moral support and @Tarantulaben for scouting me.

Hopefully, in the distant future, this project would come out decently successful. But it is not my only project at the moment. There are still more that I'm preparing. Can't wait to share them with you guys soon. Chào!

All of the high quality versions are on my Artstation:



Comments (6)

Agh, of course, man! I've always been a big fan of your work, and I can't wait to see how you develop your ideas in the future. :D

Thank you very much! I'll keep you up to date on expectation!

I just got here

I have zero regrets

Welcome to the family pal! Glad that you are here to see my evolution and the project I'm doing.

It's such a euphoric experience to just be able to sit back and look at what you have created in the past and not compare it to your new work. Just take it in and notice the growth that has occurred. Good luck on your graphic novel and I definitely want to read it!

Thank you so much! You would probably be expecting a pilot of this novel. Like a demo for a big product to see how it would look like. Glad that you enjoy the journey.

Its super inspiring to hear about how you came to create Stranded Land. Keep it up!

Thank you! I will and I'm looking forward one day we can do collab work together. Just say the word man.

Best of luck with your artistic endeavours, you have excellent character designs and a very cool, unique style!

Thank you very much! If it weren't for you, I won't be able to have the platform to develop my work. I'll be sure to always keep you surprise with my progress.

So inspiring! I can't wait to read this!!

Out of curiosity, how long have you been building on the idea for this graphic novel for? (I'm still finding my footing with my own story and have been stuck like this for ~4 years.)

2 years and still counting. However, I finally got the basic premise of the story. Right now, I'm going over the characters and the artstyle one last time before starting developing the first pilot chapter, expected to be in June, probably. Glad that you enjoy my work.