Design Notes

Future Dage

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In this inspired painting by www.AQ.com artist, Dage, we see a glimpse of the distant future.... where an army of soul powered mechanized Samurai battle a mysterious and unstoppable force upon a post-apocalyptic world.

About "Dage the Evil"

Dage grew up playing the original AdventureQuest and other Artix Entertainment games. He was a regular on the forums and posted his 2D weapon and armor art reguarly for the team to see. Impressed by Dage's growing skill and persistance, Nulgath took him on as an apprentice. It was not long before Dage's artwork made him a fan favorite. We offered him a full time artist position and he moved to work with us here at the lab. His story is very similiar to many of the incredible artists who build the games with us.

I walked into the lab yesterday and saw Dage drawing a sketch of the image posted above. He said, "Check this out... todays warm up painting." He worked on it for an hour or so. When he switched to working on the AQWorlds items you could tell he was thinking about his painting all day. Around midnight last night I get a text on my phone. It just said "Future Dage" and had the picture above.

What is really fascinating about Dage, and something I hope every young artist who reads this pays special attention to.... Dage pushes himself harder than anyone else ever could. He is never satisfied with the work he creates. He always strives to make it better or do something new. He wakes up in the morning, comes to the lab, and does a "warm up painting." Then he creates AdventureQuest Worlds. At the end of the day, he hits the gym, goes home, and then goes right back to work on his paintings (or plays some video games, or lately, works on Project: Omni art.)

For the past year, Dage has been focusing on his painting skills because he knows that the future of our games, both 2D and 3D will require artists with strong painting skills. Of course, no one told Dage he needed to do this. In fact, I have never given Dage a painting asignment. He has created all of the paintings that you have seen posted over the past year because "he just had to." And for those of you seeking a career in art, I urge you listen carefully. Do not wait for someone to tell you to make something. If you feel that need inside you to make something... do not hesistate, start making it immediately and force yourself to finish it. Spend your time looking at the type of artwork you want to create. Let yourself get mad because your artwork does not look that good... and study, read, and keep trying different things until you create artwork better.

Someone once told me "...being an artist requires sort of mental illness." If have a super human passion and motivation is an illness, then please tell me how to get infected!
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MohamedM
MohamedM: you are right we must not wait anybody to say to us what to do and also i didn't knew these things about dage :) didnt knew that dage works without any one tell him
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raveolot86
raveolot86: wow now that cool. be cool to have that as an armer in AQW
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Yoda
Yoda: I also hope that the samurai Dage end up in AQW. I also hope that it will be legion token and not ac. Because if it is ac I can not get it. It should not be rare.
Reveileb
Reveileb: Dage's Artwork is always stunning, isn't it?
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velc
velc: SAMURAI DAGE OMGBBQ looks pretty epic
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velc
velc: Looks like halo + Samurai + paragon = teh epicness
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KeepLoLing
KeepLoLing: yeah :D
sesshomaru
sesshomaru: EPIC
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Rexxus
Rexxus: Dage the Evil
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Akriloth
Akriloth: Any chance that this could be a part of the Dage Storyline?!
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Huikka1
Huikka1: Nulgath does a card game...
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Huikka1
Huikka1: ...And Dage could make Unity run for its money :P
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KeepLoLing
KeepLoLing: yup.
The Dstroyer
The Dstroyer: It was J6 took Dage on as an apprentice.
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Lyraxiana
Lyraxiana: Dage, I'm absolutely in love with your drawings. They're, literally, unlike anything I've seen. Thank you, Dage.
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Meraja
Meraja: You are a role model to imitate (in a good way) Dage.
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Dragonmaster Flynn
Dragonmaster Flynn: Well said, Dage and Artix, and epic picture! I'm an artist myself and this post has really helped me out a lot. Thanks!
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captaindoom
captaindoom: epic dage set can u put it in aqw please for legion charaters?
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: Dage is an AWESOME artist
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ONiXOBLiViON
ONiXOBLiViON: Very inspiring words, guys! Can't wait to see more of Project: Omni. :)
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SamX
SamX: This inspired me, I'm going to try harder next time when I'm on a project.
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Darth Necroktus
Darth Necroktus: Can you post the HD version of the artwork?
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BladeMaster
BladeMaster: Dage forever <3
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Yoda
Yoda: Artix you must put this armor in aqw for legion token or something. But don't do it ac or rare please!!!
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Ultimumlord
Ultimumlord: I really want this summer event, that dage is going to do, to be this. He has really good artistic mind. I really really hope he does this for the summer.
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dethbyblade4
dethbyblade4 : that looks awesoem
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Goldgrip
Goldgrip: Awesome! Robot Samuri!
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Mannoroth
Mannoroth: Legendary!
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undeadarti
undeadarti: Sneak and slice!
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Raharu95
Raharu95: .... ;-; That is just too awesome...
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