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Big Sky Series - Going Vertical by stevegoad Big Sky Series - Going Vertical :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 171 16 Cover Art for Novel by stevegoad Cover Art for Novel :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 192 9 Commander Shepard by stevegoad Commander Shepard :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 257 23 Announcing The King by stevegoad Announcing The King :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 133 16 Artrage 5 Promo Piece by stevegoad Artrage 5 Promo Piece :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 237 16 The Canyon by stevegoad The Canyon :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 236 10 Whimsical Watercolor Pet Portraits by stevegoad Whimsical Watercolor Pet Portraits :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 122 32 Let It Snow by stevegoad Let It Snow :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 123 7 Wonder Woman Commission by stevegoad Wonder Woman Commission :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 279 14 Cardinal Portrait by stevegoad Cardinal Portrait :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 256 16 Watercolor Pet Portraits by stevegoad Watercolor Pet Portraits :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 70 6 Portraits for Charity by stevegoad Portraits for Charity :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 17 0 Memorial Tribute by stevegoad Memorial Tribute :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 18 8 Outrunning The Clouds - Remastered by stevegoad Outrunning The Clouds - Remastered :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 34 0 Buffalo Oil Painting by stevegoad Buffalo Oil Painting :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 179 21 Stardust by stevegoad Stardust :iconstevegoad:stevegoad 272 12


le SD Stock Pack by ShinodasDiscover le SD Stock Pack :iconshinodasdiscover:ShinodasDiscover 435 37 Draw This Again by JadeMere Draw This Again :iconjademere:JadeMere 730 50 PNG:  Barn and Field - just add a sky by ArtReferenceSource PNG: Barn and Field - just add a sky :iconartreferencesource:ArtReferenceSource 139 19 amaryllis II by SzandorDuBois-stock amaryllis II :iconszandordubois-stock:SzandorDuBois-stock 6 0 Particles Design Pack by MediaMilitia Particles Design Pack :iconmediamilitia:MediaMilitia 815 217 Bird stock 31 by Bundy-Stock Bird stock 31 :iconbundy-stock:Bundy-Stock 287 53 Seagull by landkeks-stock Seagull :iconlandkeks-stock:landkeks-stock 100 14 Arctic Fox Stock 14 by HOTNStock Arctic Fox Stock 14 :iconhotnstock:HOTNStock 85 4 Arctic Fox Stock 18 by HOTNStock Arctic Fox Stock 18 :iconhotnstock:HOTNStock 100 16 A deep melancholy... by Rosa-Lynda A deep melancholy... :iconrosa-lynda:Rosa-Lynda 94 62 Vintage paper TEXTURE PACK by Knald Vintage paper TEXTURE PACK :iconknald:Knald 3,634 453 Loc Ppj V50 Fin by totorrl Loc Ppj V50 Fin :icontotorrl:totorrl 1,909 44 Steampunk Hearse by GrimDreamArt Steampunk Hearse :icongrimdreamart:GrimDreamArt 421 97 Pest Doctor by GrimDreamArt Pest Doctor :icongrimdreamart:GrimDreamArt 296 42 Usain Bolt (Scribble) by TomCatKid Usain Bolt (Scribble) :icontomcatkid:TomCatKid 8 4
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Art is what I do, and what I love. I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. I believe we all start out as artists, and I have no doubt that at some point, each of us has picked up a pencil or marker to connect with our creative side. I just decided to stick with it and have stayed committed to developing my style which consists of a wide range of realism, abstract and a little bit of both. In short, I paint what I like and choose colors that move me. My subject matter is also wide ranging, consisting of concept, whimsical, wildlife, fantasy and science fiction. I work with acrylic, oils, digital and follow a simple rule: I make my traditional paintings look like digital photos and my digital work like traditional paintings. I believe art is more than just a piece of paper or canvas; it is an extension of the artist himself. For me, my goal is to produce art worthy of being displayed in people's homes, featured on magazine covers, a catalyst to inspire our youth, and to leave a legacy for my family. Time escapes us all, thus, I choose to spend my time being a loving husband, chasing my dreams and developing my craft.

Current Residence: South Dakota

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TNT's Drama series Perception - Set Art
Clarkesworld Magazine - Cover Artist
Tobias Buckell / Science Fiction Author - 2d Artist
Clipwire Games - 2d Artist
Dream Powered Games - Concept Artist
GilliGames - 2d Artist
Mage Co. - Game Card Artist
Tommys World Entertainment - Art Director
Wulven Games - Game Card Artist
Pulp City - Character Artist

January 2015 Vogue Magazine
Mitigated Futures
Clarkesworld Magazine

Please,before you ask...

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:14 AM
I get  inquiries and requests to do custom work from a lot of different sources. I just wanted to create this journal and pin it to my profile page so I don't have to respond to the same questions that I tend to get frequently.

Free Work
I get asked a lot, and I mean A LOT to do free work. While I'm no stranger to free work (Heck I donated close to 10 large paintings and prints to charities last year) and when I offer to paint without pay it's because it's a gift from me and it means something. Please don't ask me to do free work, if I see your project and want to donate my time to it I will approach you. I have never, ever EVER asked someone to do free work. I believe people are worthy of the payment based on the work they put into something. Free work is really something I choose to give on my own terms. You don't have to try and sell me your vision, project or dream and top it with I'll get great exposure. My work was in Vogue magazine, has been on TV shows several times. I had 30+ paintings at one time on a TV series, I've had several celebrities share my work on social media and none of this brought me anything. Exposure is great, but it doesn't pay the bills.


I also get asked a lot to work on these really large projects and people want quality art but at really low rates. Let me give you an example. I was asked by a group to do a fairly large painting with all these details and ideas, they wanted to know how much I'd charge. I told them well you're going to be out 100-150 before I even apply paint to canvas or Wacom pen to tablet. It will cost me that much in materials or to order the print. Your project sounds like it would take around 22 hours.  This painting is going to run you in the ballpark of $900. Their response was they wouldn't go any higher than 250. I said I understand you have a budget but I'd like to break this down for you.
You're asking me to work 22 hours with a budget of $250. 150 goes towards supplies/print, this leaves me 100 dollars.  You're paying $4.50/hour for a skill set not many have because while there are a lot of artists out there, they truly only make up a very small percentage of the work force. Does this sound fair to you?  Their response was they'd save up for it and get back to me.
Seriously folks, I'm not greedy and to be honest my rates are lower than most professionals, but I have to set a value on my work or else I'll be selling myself short.  Rates can't be decided with a set price unless if I was only doing cookie cutter paintings, which honestly I'm not going to do anymore unless it's my own thing. When I say cookie cutter I mean you'll get x amount if I only do line-art, you'll get x amount if I only do characters without background...etc. I am a painter, I'm pretty versatile in my work and you can get a pretty good idea of what I do in my gallery. I will listen to your project/idea and give you my best guess on the number of hours I'll spend on it and base my price on that. I'm finding this easier because each project is different. Some can be done in a few hours, some in two weeks. (I'm currently working on a 30 x 40 oil painting that's taking a week)  So if you like my work and you're willing to invest in your dream, please send me a message and I'd be happy to talk to you.

If you're approaching me with the intent of saying "I can't pay you much" then please, I don't want to waste your time, there are plenty of artists on DA that would love to work with what you're offering.

Can I use your work?:

I also get this question a lot, and there have been a number of times when people just take it anyway and use it without asking. Which by they way, isn't all. If you're sharing my work on your blog or any social media, you don't have to ask. As long as you're not removing my info and claiming it as your own I'm totally fine with you sharing it, who doesn't like free marketing?

If you have a project you're working on that is non profit and you'd like to use one of my images, please ask first. If you don't get a response here (which I'm not always on DA) please email me at coolart(at)stevegoad(dot)com and I will get back to you. Or look me up on Facebook and send me a PM.…  If you don't get a response from me based on YOUR time frame then by default the answer is no. :) Otherwise, please wait for a response.
There are commissioned work in my gallery that people have hired me to do of their custom character, so it wouldn't be nice to use their own character for something of yours. 

With that said I really do appreciate the kindness towards my work and for those that take the time to comment. I'm not always the best at responding to every message on DA so if you'd like to communicate reach out to me on Facebook or email me. Thanks all, take care.


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