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Mursi by MarcusThomas Mursi :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 9 1 Woke by MarcusThomas Woke :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 11 3 Silence by MarcusThomas Silence :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 9 3 Try Again by MarcusThomas Try Again :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 16 1 Mind games by MarcusThomas Mind games :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 11 2 broken by MarcusThomas broken :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 25 2 Forgiving the Unforgivable by MarcusThomas Forgiving the Unforgivable :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 146 29 Simple and clean sketch by MarcusThomas Simple and clean sketch :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 9 1 E X C E L L E N C E by MarcusThomas E X C E L L E N C E :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 5 2 X by MarcusThomas X :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 13 2 Alle OC Flip by MarcusThomas Alle OC Flip :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 17 3 Practice sketch by MarcusThomas Practice sketch :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 4 3 The Iris Embraces You... by MarcusThomas The Iris Embraces You... :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 44 4 Total Depravity by MarcusThomas Total Depravity :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 13 2 Trials by MarcusThomas Trials :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 8 3 Instrument of Mercy by MarcusThomas Instrument of Mercy :iconmarcusthomas:MarcusThomas 200 8


CT by RoUgEmIe CT :iconrougemie:RoUgEmIe 124 11 Illusionary Informant by Morano Illusionary Informant :iconmorano:Morano 164 5
Is Reference Bad?
I feel like I've addressed this before at some point, in some other journal, but I find myself either discussing this with people a lot, or coming across people who on their work proudly claim to have "used no reference."
The biggest problem, and misconception, regarding references is that people feel like it's cheating or that it somehow cheapens their work. While I can understand the sense of accomplishment coming from using no reference to finish a painting or drawing, people who consistently do it are only hurting themselves in the long run. So in short, no, reference isn't bad.
Artists have been using reference since the days of the old masters. They would reference life, whether it be landscapes, objects on a table, or models standing in a studio. They would even reference their own sketches or other people's work in order create convincing paintings.
For some reason, a lot of people today seem to think that in order to be a good artist, they have to be able to do things without
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Guns and Ships by shoomlah Guns and Ships :iconshoomlah:shoomlah 4,194 135 Deharme BRUSHES / Photoshop-CC by Deharme Deharme BRUSHES / Photoshop-CC :icondeharme:Deharme 12,684 693 Dylan Dog MATER DOLOROSA page 92 93 by GigiCave Dylan Dog MATER DOLOROSA page 92 93 :icongigicave:GigiCave 425 7 Edge by reikureii Edge :iconreikureii:reikureii 180 15 Little Gifts by Castaguer93 Little Gifts :iconcastaguer93:Castaguer93 726 19 BRUSHES by AaronGriffinArt BRUSHES :iconaarongriffinart:AaronGriffinArt 13,443 658 Age meme by Melloque Age meme :iconmelloque:Melloque 179 15 Overwatch_Dance of the Dragons by LifelessMech Overwatch_Dance of the Dragons :iconlifelessmech:LifelessMech 5,218 209 Beware The Weight Of The World by Ascending-Storm Beware The Weight Of The World :iconascending-storm:Ascending-Storm 2,879 0 Chandra, Flamecaller by Rhineville Chandra, Flamecaller :iconrhineville:Rhineville 402 14 Undertale by JimboBox Undertale :iconjimbobox:JimboBox 3,651 253 Undertale : Hopes and Dreams by Sa-Dui Undertale : Hopes and Dreams :iconsa-dui:Sa-Dui 5,045 142 genji shimada by noax13 genji shimada :iconnoax13:noax13 197 5



Mursi Warrior | Omo Valley, Ethiopia. It took about 3 1/2 hours but I believe it would've taken much longer if I decided to completely render every detail but this practice was really all about carving in and out colors with basic shapes. I'll try to simplify things more next time!
Try Again
Woke up in the wrong Shadow Realm. 
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Mind games
I have a brand new site up for comics! If you like what you just saw check out @
And either my dramatized quirks will make you laugh at me or they'll make you relate with me.... or both...😅😂  Either way, I hope you enjoy these small pieces of me because I'm enjoying myself. We're just getting started but there will be much more on the way soon. 


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Marcus Thomas
Artist | Student | Varied
United States
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There you'll see great music, regular updates, works in progress and much more!

Hey there everyone!!
So check this out... I'm a pretty chill guy... I love video games... art (duh)... pizza...and Jesus... I'm on DeviantART for 3 reasons:
1: To post drawings of the things I love
2: To support other artists
and 3: To impact people through my art ministry and to have a fun time doing it :)

I've been on this planet for 20 year now, and throughout my short lifetime God has impacted me and placed many things on my heart to share with my peers through my art. Now, I can finally share those messages with the rest of the world! I hope to impact others with these messages and I pray that through the help of all arts, talents and movement of the Holy Spirit to reflect my creator with my creativity :) Enjoy!



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StewCat52 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Student General Artist
Happy birthday!
Aw0 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
My GOSH man! Your art is amazing!! :0
Stanwuuz Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Your art is deep as the ocean man! Loving every bit of it! :D
PaD12 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
with 20000% you deserve way more watchers ... i hate deviantart for that xD
B-Angelo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TrashcanAlphys Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!!
Kipporah Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your painting style!! God bless you.
themindofGlover Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the contrast of lights and darks in your more powerful art pieces. Also, the symbolism you use in them as well. GOD bless. 1 love.

ForestHymn Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work, I'm so happy to see Christian artists on DA, giving to others and glorifying God! :w00t:
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