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Universal Destruction: Exodus
The terrifying swamp plants had invaded dozens upon dozens of alternate and parallel Earths. Each arm of the invasion leeched the lifeforce from the the planet(s) and fed them right into the mad godling known as Ragnarok. Superheroes and villains alike attempted to stem the tide of the various invasions, and fell before the might of the seemingly sentient swamp and the mighty minions who followed Ragnarok with a loyalty that bordered on unhinged fanaticism.
Sitting in the swamped ruins of what was would have been the thriving city of Seattle on any other Earth but Earth #864040-F, nicknamed 'The TechnoSwamp', the teen terror soaked up the life energies of world after world, adding them to his own power. Most teens were in a hurry to grow up, but, Ragnarok was indeed a special case. As powerful as he was, he wanted to be a full on God of Destruction, and he wanted it NOW!. After supping to the point of bursting, he sent his army to enact the next phase of his master plan. He sent his do
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Universal Destruction: Genesis
This madness had been going on for about four months, if one can tell time with any accuracy on a multiversal scale.
The mad godling, Ragnarok and his power-augmented generals had rampaged from parallel Earth to parallel Earth, invading them with what seemed to be a creeping alien swamp filled with techno-organic plants and insects. This odd swamp seemed to 'infect' each reality with its ooze, and to siphon life energies from each place it touched down.
Most of these realities had metahuman populations. Mostly superheroes, but, some not.
Each reality sent its protectors to do battle with the superhuman madmen who violated it. Most of those champions lost. BADLY. Nearly all of the invaded Earths were overwhelmed with the alien swamp-life, and the majority of any oppositions, be it human or superhuman, failed in their attempts to protect their native lands. Many metahuman heroes and even villains lost their lives in the attempts, their bodies and powers fed to the swamp.
Ragnarok's gener
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Stella And Celeste: Happy Nude Year by Xailenrath
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Xailenrath
Johann-Octavius X. Gans
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: Seattle, Washington
Current Mindstate: Frazzled
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny, Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture, Mabel Pines, Velma Dinkley, Dr. Egon Spengler, Kaldur'ahm, Popeye the Sailor Man.
Interests
So, if I haven't let it slip, I quit my job at the pizza place I was working at.
I am putting real time and effort into throwing myself into the art thing. I figure that I must chase the ONE dream I've allowed myself to have before I get to old, too sick and/or too dead.
Well... I have a lot to learn, still, as I have not been able to devote the time and effort (and money) to actually studying it in the past, what?, 22 years? I'm self taught and have been coasting on 'raw talent' for far too long. Raw talent and 5 bucks'll get you a cup of coffee, right? Not even.

I wish to moved beyond webcomics. Sequential has been somewhat of an obsession, but it has not been as good to me as I wish it was. I would shut down my website, but, that's where my primary e-mail has been for the past 3 years. Perhaps I will simply retool and/or make it invisible.
There's going to be so much work ahead of me, but, I am confident that now that I am able to set my mind to it with fewer distractions, I can achieve SOMETHING in the end.
I am overjoyed to have the love and support of a good woman who believes in me.
I can't tell you how good that feels just in general after the life I've led of "less than ideal" family and fairweather friends. I think that Yesterday, just before 4:30 PM marks the happiest I've been in the last decade. LITERALLY. I was shown just how much she believes in me. (A story for another time.)

Still, it was the first time in a long while that I smiled genuinely and from the heart and all the pressures and depression and self-loathing and doubt melted away. I believe that I can do this. I believe in myself because she believes in me. Even if I fail. Even if a year from now I am back to working some minimum wage food service gig, I will be able to say that I gave chasing my dreams a real shot, and my girl believed in me, and I can die happy.

Now, beyond that, I have plenty of changes to make. I have so much to learn. As I said, I'm self-taught. I've been drawing, inking and coloring my comics the same way for over 15 years. I don't feel that I have moved forward or progressed since the day I discovered non-repro blue pencil leads back in 2002! I have only just a few days ago learned the most basic method of vector art. I eventually want to learn speedpainting and all that good stuff. I am going to put the sequential comics making on the back-burner and concentrate on pinups and poster art. Comics will always be one of my first loves, but, I'm getting nowhere with it right now.
I need to put a lot more focus in the writing side of things, first of all.

I have a lot of work ahead of me in order to become a professional freelancer. I have a few plans in play to sell some of the work I've already done. A bit of art cleanup and I have the tools and content to print out one or two short comics. I am also working on a coloring book.
I have a Patreon: ( www.patreon.com/Anthillustrato… )
I am not sure of the proper content to display, however, as I don't usually draw smut, and that seems to be what Patreon is FOR, these days. I guess that's another thing I'm gonna have to work on. I have no problems with doing that, but, I need to work on my anatomy before I commit to it. (Not that badly drawn nude anatomy has stopped anyone else from producing or enjoying smut, before.)

I'm two days from my 44th birthday, and, I guess maybe my mid-life crisis is in full swing. I've been trying to establish an online presence for quite a while, but to no avail. I've had only a handful of loyal followers and collaborators over the years. No one was really paying attention to my website. I only seemed to become a blip on the radar when partaking in a jam or crossover project. In the last two decades, I've been into the furry community, the webcomics community and the superhero community. They were all fun and garnered me a few friends and followers through each phase, but, nothing permanent really came of it. Also, it seems that I, in turn, all but completely ditched each genre for the next, effectively limiting myself as a graphic artist. I aim to undo that.
I've gone through more internet handles and user nicknames than I can count, always trying to reinvent myself. It's a bad habit I have, trying to keep control of the few things in life that I was able to control by way of a different name. I've gone by my own (middle) name for over a decade now, in order to be more 'official', but honestly, that hasn't really gotten me anywhere or "cemented my brand" or any of that, so, I think I'm gonna go another way with a different name. Something more fun.

Which brings me to the content that I've already have posted here.
I am far too scattered online, especially here on DeviantArt. I have Xailenrath-Comics, which I had decided to use to house designs and first looks at my webcomics projects, but, seem to only be using for the Bust Shots project these days. Particularly if I am going to put sequential comics on the back burner, and even I have lost interest in the Bust Shots thing, I really no longer need that account.
This account, Xailenrath, which I've had since the day I had my name legally changed 13 years ago, was supposed to be for random pinups and posters and non-sequential stuff. I have made a lot of connections through this one, but most of those are with other creators into superheroes. Which brings me to Xailenrath-Universe.
That's where I'm keeping all my superhero stuff these days. It started out as a group, back when one had to go through a weird process to make a DA group. I did that wrong, so, I wound up with another superfluous account that I repurposed to house all my superhero stuff.
Honestly, I'm thinking that all these accounts have to go. A lot of good memories, a few bad and evidence that my art skills have not moved forward as fast or as far as I'd like. It will take a while to download all the useful and loved stuff that I've made, but in the coming weeks and months, these 3 accounts will be deleted.
The Misfits-Of-Mischief will stay active. I haven't finished with them yet. I am still paying for their website
www.misfitsofmischief.com/
to exist, so my reality hopping shapeshifting drunken demigods will be around for a while.

Meanwhile, I have already updated and reworked all my social media into the newer brand. Instagram is actually giving me more accolades and feedback in just the dozen scribbles that I've posted there in the last week than I've gotten in the last 6 months on DeviantArt. Despite a lot of the things other artists tend to complain about, I don't dislike DA. I've been here a long, long time, and for better or worse, I am invested in this art site. That, and so many others like SheezyArt and Storm-Artists have taken the big dirtnap. I'll be here for a while... but, I am not going to be so DEEPLY invested in DA as I used to be.
A lot of my close personal IRL friends have abandoned this place. My online friends have their own things going. DA is no longer the hub of my art/social life that it once was. If I am going to concentrate on my artistic life, maybe it's time for DeviantArt to be just another place that I keep copies of my finished pics while I try to make my cartoons pay.

For those wondering about what the new username is and how to see the new stuff, just look around. My art still looks the same... for the moment. My eyes are still too big, and I am still big on drawing earlobe plugs, neckties, hockey jerseys and wireframe glasses. If you're looking for me, you'll find me.
  • Listening to: "Changes" - David Bowie
  • Reading: webcomics
  • Watching: Quantum of Solace
  • Playing: with the notion of improvement
  • Eating: chicken pattie on Hawaiian roll
  • Drinking: ice water

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Year In Art Meme 2017
My, I haven't posted in here since APRIL!

Where do I begin?
2017 was almost as bad as 2016 was.
So many changes and setbacks.
There's been holes in my art production to the point that I had to include a pic of Shrinky-Dinks I made of the Misfits-Of-Mischief as December's pic because I haven't really drawn much of anything for months.
(I even cheated a bit on July and October, as those are old pics, but "new" uploads to the :iconxailenrath-universe: account.)
Yes, the pics are all culled from my 5(?) different DA spaces, but, I am only gonna post this here.

I hope everyone has a good final week of this craptacular year and that 2018 goes much better for you!

JAN- January the Bee from 'Tales From the Backyard'
FEB- Dr. Echidna, leader of S.C.A.R.R. from SCARRed For Life
MAR- Elder Statesman, 101 year old intergalactic superhero
APR- Masque Magazine cover featuring fanart of 'Evil Centennia', dark twin of TheCosmicBeholder's character.
MAY- Monroe Coyote, Pazuzu the vampire and Lordwormm's Porkula from this year's "MayMash" attempt.
JUN- Floyd and Lloyd Holiday from "Wonderland Hates You"
JUL- Swarm, a self-replicating teen superhero who was wiped from existence after a Multiversal reboot.
AUG- Another Masque cover featuring 2 of my own versions of Jenny Everywhere made for Jenny Everywhere Day
SEP- A saucy pic I made for my Patreon
OCT- Zed Hudson, a recurring character in a fair few of my comic projects from over the years, now a metahuman in "Sick of Superheroes".
NOV- The Misfits of Mischief in what was probably the last real thing I've even drawn, muchless completed, this year!
DEC- The Misfits, used as test subjects for Shrinky Dinks, which I may try to do as a 'thing' for conventions next year.
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So, if I haven't let it slip, I quit my job at the pizza place I was working at.
I am putting real time and effort into throwing myself into the art thing. I figure that I must chase the ONE dream I've allowed myself to have before I get to old, too sick and/or too dead.
Well... I have a lot to learn, still, as I have not been able to devote the time and effort (and money) to actually studying it in the past, what?, 22 years? I'm self taught and have been coasting on 'raw talent' for far too long. Raw talent and 5 bucks'll get you a cup of coffee, right? Not even.

I wish to moved beyond webcomics. Sequential has been somewhat of an obsession, but it has not been as good to me as I wish it was. I would shut down my website, but, that's where my primary e-mail has been for the past 3 years. Perhaps I will simply retool and/or make it invisible.
There's going to be so much work ahead of me, but, I am confident that now that I am able to set my mind to it with fewer distractions, I can achieve SOMETHING in the end.
I am overjoyed to have the love and support of a good woman who believes in me.
I can't tell you how good that feels just in general after the life I've led of "less than ideal" family and fairweather friends. I think that Yesterday, just before 4:30 PM marks the happiest I've been in the last decade. LITERALLY. I was shown just how much she believes in me. (A story for another time.)

Still, it was the first time in a long while that I smiled genuinely and from the heart and all the pressures and depression and self-loathing and doubt melted away. I believe that I can do this. I believe in myself because she believes in me. Even if I fail. Even if a year from now I am back to working some minimum wage food service gig, I will be able to say that I gave chasing my dreams a real shot, and my girl believed in me, and I can die happy.

Now, beyond that, I have plenty of changes to make. I have so much to learn. As I said, I'm self-taught. I've been drawing, inking and coloring my comics the same way for over 15 years. I don't feel that I have moved forward or progressed since the day I discovered non-repro blue pencil leads back in 2002! I have only just a few days ago learned the most basic method of vector art. I eventually want to learn speedpainting and all that good stuff. I am going to put the sequential comics making on the back-burner and concentrate on pinups and poster art. Comics will always be one of my first loves, but, I'm getting nowhere with it right now.
I need to put a lot more focus in the writing side of things, first of all.

I have a lot of work ahead of me in order to become a professional freelancer. I have a few plans in play to sell some of the work I've already done. A bit of art cleanup and I have the tools and content to print out one or two short comics. I am also working on a coloring book.
I have a Patreon: ( www.patreon.com/Anthillustrato… )
I am not sure of the proper content to display, however, as I don't usually draw smut, and that seems to be what Patreon is FOR, these days. I guess that's another thing I'm gonna have to work on. I have no problems with doing that, but, I need to work on my anatomy before I commit to it. (Not that badly drawn nude anatomy has stopped anyone else from producing or enjoying smut, before.)

I'm two days from my 44th birthday, and, I guess maybe my mid-life crisis is in full swing. I've been trying to establish an online presence for quite a while, but to no avail. I've had only a handful of loyal followers and collaborators over the years. No one was really paying attention to my website. I only seemed to become a blip on the radar when partaking in a jam or crossover project. In the last two decades, I've been into the furry community, the webcomics community and the superhero community. They were all fun and garnered me a few friends and followers through each phase, but, nothing permanent really came of it. Also, it seems that I, in turn, all but completely ditched each genre for the next, effectively limiting myself as a graphic artist. I aim to undo that.
I've gone through more internet handles and user nicknames than I can count, always trying to reinvent myself. It's a bad habit I have, trying to keep control of the few things in life that I was able to control by way of a different name. I've gone by my own (middle) name for over a decade now, in order to be more 'official', but honestly, that hasn't really gotten me anywhere or "cemented my brand" or any of that, so, I think I'm gonna go another way with a different name. Something more fun.

Which brings me to the content that I've already have posted here.
I am far too scattered online, especially here on DeviantArt. I have Xailenrath-Comics, which I had decided to use to house designs and first looks at my webcomics projects, but, seem to only be using for the Bust Shots project these days. Particularly if I am going to put sequential comics on the back burner, and even I have lost interest in the Bust Shots thing, I really no longer need that account.
This account, Xailenrath, which I've had since the day I had my name legally changed 13 years ago, was supposed to be for random pinups and posters and non-sequential stuff. I have made a lot of connections through this one, but most of those are with other creators into superheroes. Which brings me to Xailenrath-Universe.
That's where I'm keeping all my superhero stuff these days. It started out as a group, back when one had to go through a weird process to make a DA group. I did that wrong, so, I wound up with another superfluous account that I repurposed to house all my superhero stuff.
Honestly, I'm thinking that all these accounts have to go. A lot of good memories, a few bad and evidence that my art skills have not moved forward as fast or as far as I'd like. It will take a while to download all the useful and loved stuff that I've made, but in the coming weeks and months, these 3 accounts will be deleted.
The Misfits-Of-Mischief will stay active. I haven't finished with them yet. I am still paying for their website
www.misfitsofmischief.com/
to exist, so my reality hopping shapeshifting drunken demigods will be around for a while.

Meanwhile, I have already updated and reworked all my social media into the newer brand. Instagram is actually giving me more accolades and feedback in just the dozen scribbles that I've posted there in the last week than I've gotten in the last 6 months on DeviantArt. Despite a lot of the things other artists tend to complain about, I don't dislike DA. I've been here a long, long time, and for better or worse, I am invested in this art site. That, and so many others like SheezyArt and Storm-Artists have taken the big dirtnap. I'll be here for a while... but, I am not going to be so DEEPLY invested in DA as I used to be.
A lot of my close personal IRL friends have abandoned this place. My online friends have their own things going. DA is no longer the hub of my art/social life that it once was. If I am going to concentrate on my artistic life, maybe it's time for DeviantArt to be just another place that I keep copies of my finished pics while I try to make my cartoons pay.

For those wondering about what the new username is and how to see the new stuff, just look around. My art still looks the same... for the moment. My eyes are still too big, and I am still big on drawing earlobe plugs, neckties, hockey jerseys and wireframe glasses. If you're looking for me, you'll find me.
  • Listening to: "Changes" - David Bowie
  • Reading: webcomics
  • Watching: Quantum of Solace
  • Playing: with the notion of improvement
  • Eating: chicken pattie on Hawaiian roll
  • Drinking: ice water

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:icongraphicbrat:
GraphicBrat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Professional
Happy (belated) Birthday!! :cake:
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Xailenrath Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, man! It was a pretty good day!
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:iconburstlion:
burstlion Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy BIRTHDAY!!

I hope you're having a great day today, with family and friends - and lots of CAKE!
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Xailenrath Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
It was sorta mellow, but still really good!
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burstlion Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to hear! :D
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monajenkins Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Do you accept requests?!?
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Xailenrath Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not at the moment. I have several comics that I am involved in, plus one paid gig, so I am only taking paid commissions right now.
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monajenkins Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Okay!! No Thank you very much!🙃😊
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bogmonster Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thanx for faving!
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fradarlin Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for fav my animation! :D
Animation commission - Freedom by fradarlin  
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