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Xero-J: 4 Years by Xero-J



...A newly signed on Deviant, believing that he could make a name for himself with a community he'd been watching from afar for quite a while, finally decided to bait this same community into asking one question...

Who Am I, You Ask?

Since that day, I got to work tirelessly on actively pursuing art as a hobby and a career, watched many artists begin their time as deviants (and watched almost as many leave for greener pastures on other sites), first attended and graduated from college, and pretty much settled into the art styles, mediums, and favorite subjects I've developed since before and after joining DA.

Each time I write this, there's a certain thing I feel I've learned from the year leading up to it.

The first year since I joined, I'd learned to focus my efforts in artwork primarily into the tried-and-true fanart category (which is why that same category on my gallery bears the most submissions to its name)...

The second year, was when I learned a simple tablet and computer were not my only means of creation; many mediums, programs, and tools that I still use today were adopted during this period, and to that end, it's a favorite tactic of mine to surprise people with something from another medium every now and then...

The third year, I'd firmly cemented my ultimate goal as far as my art was concerned; to become a Paragon in the art world; someone that people can reliably come to for help, advice, and support in art and life, both online and off. This was also the year I was more or less forced to become a member of many other sites such as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. While currently, I'd gladly embrace social media as both a secondary vehicle for my art and a means to talk to people about everything else, I'll admit, if I wasn't required to do so as part of my college courses, my past self would have possibly spent YEARS before he'd ever gone near that stuff.

Now...I feel like this is the year that's taught me that there are actual people behind the usernames and avatars; that they have their own feelings and problems, their own ups and downs, their own vices and virtues...and this is the year I learned that about myself, too.

I'm not going to lie to you, this year in particular hasn't exactly been my best ever, mostly due to how unsure I've become about my age and my personal future, how little challenge in my life I've had to deal with since graduating college (the fact that it's hard to actually get a job as an artist doesn't help), and mostly how fast this year seems to be going by.

Some days I feel fine, some days I can crank out commissions hourly, other days I feel too lazy to work at all, and rarely, there are some moments I have to mentally keep a firm hold on the fact that I still have stories to tell with my art, just to have a reason to continue to live...

That's certainly not to say this new-found awareness is a bad thing at all, though. Since this past year and the year before, I've actually gotten to know a number of good people on this and other sites, connecting with them on levels other than talking about just art.

Indeed, some of those people's representations have now joined my little introspective artwork for this year, the rest of which I sincerely hope I'll get the chance to both know them better, and to continue my work with the original and tried and true characters as I have been for so long now...

Even though me, my ideals, and this site have all changed a fair amount since the day I first joined DA, I still do have much to live for, much to do, much to see, and many, many stories to tell with my artwork now, and into the near and far future.

I have no intention of letting go of my dream of finishing those stories...and for what it's worth, if you're someone without an account but hopeful about your artwork like I once was, and you're reading this before deciding whether or not you should click that big "Become a Deviant" button on the sign-up page...I hope you have no intention of letting go of your dream as well.

How long have you been on DeviantArt?

I started out almost 4 years ago, on August 23rd, 2011.

What does your username mean?

The Xero part came from my brother's old email address, which I later used for one of my main characters. The J part comes from my first and last names starting with J!

Are you left or right handed?

Right-handed.

What was your first deviation?

Xero himself, of course!

What is your favourite type of art to create?

Artwork of my favorite characters, both original and existing. I love building worlds around the characters and identities I've created!

If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

Pixel and sprite art. I've seen breathtaking examples of detail in that medium on this site, and before I joined up with DA, I was (and still am) a huge fan of Super Mario Bros. Z, a sprite-based Flash animation series which had an insane amount of effort put into it (so much so, that the entire site hosting it had to raise its file size limit just to allow its later episodes!)

What was your first favourite?

Sonamy: A Childhood promise, which, while it didn't mean much at the time, did set the ground for my preferred type of art in retrospect!

What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

Anime and Fanart. DA has quite a notorious reputation for being oversaturated with both, but that doesn't mean it's not fun to take characters into your own hands!

Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

SigurdHosenfeld, whose artwork of Rosalina, Peach and other Nintendo game girls I caught sight of long before I officially joined DA. I'm not ashamed to admit they were among the sexiest portrayals of the girls I'd seen...ever at that point, really, and ever since then, I'm also not ashamed to admit, I've taken after him with my own artwork of the Nintendo ladies at times! (especially where Rosalina is concerned!)

If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

That would be Nana-Kyoto and BlastPhantomXV, whom I've spent roughly the past year or so getting to know across many social medias besides DA. Especially significant, since, before I met them, I pretty much remained an introvert, both online and off.

How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

Like I said before, despite trying my best to be good guy both online and off, I wasn't that great at talking at length about my life or personal stuff to others. BlastPhantomXV and I now message each other on a regular basis. Nana-Kyoto and I also try to do the same here, but DA's disjointed Notes make this a difficult process on occasion...

What are your preferred tools to create art?

Off-computer: A piece of paper and a set of 2H pencils is all I need. On-computer: Adobe Photoshop, and my Wacom intuos Tablet gets the job done almost every time!

What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

Usually, in my room, when I can just relax and let my mind wander. Nine times out of ten, that's when some of my best ideas just click in my head!

What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

Early December 2011, when a massive glitch wound up locking several deviations to DA's front page for the entire day.

My artwork of Miku, Luka, Rin, and Len was one of the pieces affected by this glitch, accidentally making it one of the most popular artworks I've ever drawn, and giving me one of the luckiest breaks I'd ever gotten on this site!

Journal History

deviantID

Xero-J's Profile Picture
Xero-J
Jalen Johnson
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
.: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot thank you stamp by nightsong-the-cat Rosalina fan stamp by Tea-Strawberry I am a CROSSOVER WRITER STAMP by coraza-de-acero

Give a llama, get a llama by AskGooroo Please comment :Stamp: by KooboriSapphire (It lets me know what I'm doing right or wrong!)

Favorite Quote: "No, I didn't [thing I very obviously did] and you can't prove I did!"

My other Art Galleries (Containing art you won't find on this site!)

VS. Universe's Official Site

Colors! Gallery

XeroJ_Designs on Twitter

Xero-J Graphic Designs on Facebook

Xer042 on Pinterest

Xero-J Sketchbook on Tumblr

Xero-J Personal on Tumblr

Xero-J on Blogspot

E3 Discussion Poll #2! Which reveal out of all the conferences blew your mind most? 

100%
14 deviants said The one where...

E3 Discussion Poll #1! So, who do you think took charge with the announcements today? 

77%
20 deviants said Sony!
15%
4 deviants said Microsoft!
4%
1 deviant said EA!
4%
1 deviant said Ubisoft!

Commissions

Sketch Only
Raleno Cinoten: 2nd Update :Sketch: by Xero-J
Rosalina: Summer in Beach Bowl :Sketch: by Xero-J
The Magna Doomship :Sketch: by Xero-J
Skylanders: Ancient Zodiac: Serpentarius :Sketch: by Xero-J
For this price, I can provide you with a hand-drawn, colorless sketch! Good for traditional art lovers!
Sketch and Lineart
Raleno Cinoten: 2nd Update :Lineart: by Xero-J
Rosalina: Summer in Beach Bowl :Lineart: by Xero-J
The Magna Doomship :Lineart: by Xero-J
Skylanders: Ancient Zodiac: Serpentarius :Lineart: by Xero-J
Gives you the hand-drawn sketch, and the digital linework. If you prefer to color things yourself, go with this!
Sketch, Lineart, and Color
Raleno Cinoten: 2nd Update by Xero-J
The Magna Doomship by Xero-J
Rosalina: Summer in Beach Bowl by Xero-J
Skylanders: Ancient Zodiac: Serpentarius by Xero-J
The whole 3-step process, in which you receive the sketch, blank linework, and a properly colored, unmarked version of your desired artwork!
Colors! 3D :Commission Only:
Golden Classic Controller Pro :Colors 3D: by Xero-J
Game Boy Color :Colors 3D: by Xero-J
8-Bit Luigi :Colors 3D: by Xero-J
Rosalina: Windy Weather v3D :Colors 3D: by Xero-J
Special option only available through commissions!

This type of art is done through the Nintendo 3DS Colors App! For this you get not only your requested art, but if you have a way of viewing 3D images, you'll get the 3D file, too!
Galaxy Note Style :Commission Only:
Pompadour Paragon by Xero-J
The Diamond Princess by Xero-J
Rosalina: STAR 108 T-Shirt by Xero-J
Delta the Sorceress by Xero-J
Special 3-phase color option available through commission only!

For this, you'll get the sketch as per usual, but the Lineart and Color will be done through the ultra sketchy style I use from drawing with my Galaxy Note!

However, while this is cheaper than regular color commissions, keep in mind I can only draw up to two characters with the limited space, so if you prefer detailed backgrounds or multiple characters, go with the normal one instead.
Smash Style Symbols
Marl Kingdom Universe Symbol by Xero-J
Xero-J Original Universe Symbol by Xero-J
Paragon-R Universe Symbol by Xero-J
Sword Art Online Universe Symbol by Xero-J
Gunstar Heroes Universe Symbol by Xero-J
Ever since Smash Bros., I've been a fan of the idea that every series has an insignia to represent them, which I why I often make my own for those outside Smash, or of my own design.

I've decided I can do the same for any universe of yours (or a universe of something you've seen or played before!)
One Shot Comics :Commission Only:
Who Gets Him First? :Mini-Comic: by Xero-J
Too Much Water :Mini-Comic: by Xero-J
Lament of the Save Block :Mini-Comic: by Xero-J
Since I want to get back into comic work, and I also want to make a career of it, if you have an idea of something for a one-page comic or set of panels, let me know and I'll take it on (for a price of course!)

(Note: The maximum page size for these is considered to be Tabloid (11 x 17 in), so try to keep it concise!)
PWS2015: Mega Showcase :Ends on September 23rd:
Mega Braviary by Xero-J
Mega Machamp by Xero-J
Mega Ninetales by Xero-J
Mega Arceus by Xero-J
As part of the Pokemon World Summer 2015, I created a number of concepts for potential Mega Evolutions!

If you have any ideas of your own you'd like me to draw, from now until the tail end of summer, I'm taking submissions for a fraction of a normal color commission price!
Splatoon: Inkling Initiative :Ends September 23rd:
Splatoon X STAR 108 by Xero-J
The Pen Is Mightier by Xero-J
Nana the Inkling by Xero-J
Inkline Ice Skates by Xero-J
I'm on a serious Splatoon kick in terms of art lately, and especially coming up with custom Inkling characters and weapons!

To that end, I've decided to make designing Inkling characters or weapon concepts for others a special Summer exclusive option here at a discounted price!
Not only that, but any purchases made here have the option of either being drawn normally or in Galaxy Note style, at your choice!

Not only only that, but like the Gift Ribbon Girls series before it, any commission made here will go toward a special collage by Summer's end!

Stuff About Me

Real Name: Jalen Johnson

Profession: Digital Artist

Other Screen Names: Xer042, jalenkenai137

Pokemon Trainer Personas: Cross (in White), Grey (in White 2), Xavier (in X), Emerl (in Emerald and Omega Ruby)

Systems I own: NES, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Dreamcast, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, GB/C/A/SP/Micro, DS/Lite/i/3DS/New3DSXL, PlayStation One/2/3/P/Vita, Xbox/360/One, Steam on PC, iPod, iPad, and several Android-centric emulators.

Online Games I frequent: Pokemon Omega Ruby/Global Link, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

3DS Friend Code: 0817-3741-2956 (Comment w/ your code if you want to add me!)

(Animal Crossing: New Leaf) Verdanté's Dream Address: 5300-2184-3591

Pokemon XY Friend Safari: Dragon-type, with Gabite, Noibat, and Sliggoo

All-time Favorite Fictional Characters: Six way tie between Sonic the Hedgehog, Luigi, Rosalina, Captain Falcon, Monkey D. Luffy, and BATMAN

Currently Playing: Mario Kart 8, Pokemon Omega Ruby, The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 1 and 2, Xenoblade Chronicles, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, Bravely Default, Mother 3, Sonic After The Sequel, Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Hyrule Warriors

Current Favorite Shows: One Piece, Space Dandy, Sword Art Online, Mythbusters, Pokemon: The Series XY, Adventure Time, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Walker: Texas Ranger, Steven Universe, Sonic Boom, Kill la Kill

Currently Following on Youtube: Chuggaaconroy, TheRunawayGuys, Hellfire Commentaries, BrainScratchComms, KoopaKungFu, chipcheezumlps, MasaeAnela, Ace Attorney X MLP:FIM: Turnabout Storm, TeamFourStar, PurpleeyesWTF's None Piece, mugiwarasonicteam's One Piece Abridged, Cinema Sins

Currently Reading:
The Fancy Adventures of Jack Cannon
Brawl in the Family
Adventures of Dr. McNinja
The Retelling of Pokemon Colosseum
Exterminatus Now

Current Songs stuck in my head:

Theme of South Island (Sonic The Hedgehog OVA)

Excited Plz's

:iconexcitedshadowplz: :iconexcitedlaytonplz: :iconexcitedlukeplz: :iconexcitedkirbyplz: :iconexcitedplz: :iconexcitedphoenixplz: :iconexcitedmayaplz: :iconsonicexcitedplz: :iconexcitedlaplz: :iconexciteddusterplz: :iconkooliodragon:

Note

If you plan on thanking me for any fave or watch, I recommend you do so on my actual Favorites page instead of here.

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WageGannon6 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
Hey Xero, after reading your comment you put on my little thing I made I think you've taught me something. I mean, now I just think you're more than just an artist, you're pretty much a helpful guy.
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Raffine52 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Hello, I Liked your art, So Can I have a request? :) (Smile) 
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MrPaintRavioli Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Hey, Xero-J. Just wondering, I'm in production of a series called Everybody Hates Luigi, which has Luigi in a number of situations where everyone treats him like a jerk (I know, the concept is similar to It Sucks to be Weegie), and since Rosalina appears and I'm having trouble coming up with alternate outfits for her, can I use some of the outfits you made in your Rosalina drawings?
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Dejaguar Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015   Digital Artist
I appreciate the watch :D
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charikitten Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
FUSE Corps Dulizard by LiftedWingsFusionLab
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XXFanXofX4869XX Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student Writer
I can say with authority that :iconshinichidesho: has officially ditched DeviantART. 

So, since that technically leaves me with no other sources for my commish......feel free to ditch it.

But at least post what you did do in yer scrapbook, so I can see. 
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Vivid-Cure Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I just realized something on one of your sketches on Tumblr. A shiny Braixen should be Krystal or something like that.
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364wii Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student Artist
Hay long no type lol, just wanted to ask how the commission going?
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Wcher999 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
Can you draw more Rosalina x Palutena?
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LAdolphingirl Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi!

Thanks for joining NintendoWP! (I know it's late... sorry.)
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