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Nathan J.
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I was born in 1984 and currently married to Mahkohime. I have been interested in art since an early age and it just has never stopped. I studied Graphic Design and Illustration in college which lend me to my current job as a graphic designer at a small business. I have been told I have a artist approach to my graphic work maybe due to the fact I love drawing and illustration. As you can tell from my devID I love many forms of art ranging from traditional work with pencil, markers, and ink to digital work using Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter, and Apophysis.

My other projects include a novel I have been working on for years and started writing it finally earlier in 2012. I have been keeping updates on it in my journal. It is a mix of a cyberpunk setting with a thriller detective narrative involving a drug whose side effects might grant a person super powers. Many of the characters have mental issues from this drug. It is hopefully going to be a complex brain thinker of a book when I am finished writing it. Hopefully, I can create some graphics for it soon. Also, I play around with music either on my keyboards or using Sony Acid Music Studio, which has been sometime since I have played with either. Later I will hook up a link here to my music, so if people are interested they can check that out.

If you want to know more about me or ask me a question feel few to send me a note.

Thank you for stopping to checkout my page and I hope you have a nice day.

Current Residence: Michigan, USA

Favourite genre of music: Metal | Rock | J-Rock | J-Pop | Pop | Electronica

Favourite Anime Characters: Sailor Mercury | Sailor Jupiter | Vash | Takaya Aiba | Noa Izumi | Motoko Kusanagi | Goku

Favourite Marvel Characters: Spider-Man | Punisher | Cloak & Dagger | Black Cat | Psylocke | Rogue | Gambit | Beast

Favourite DC Characters: Caitlin Fairchild | Roxy Spaulding | Catwoman | Batgirl | Batman | Joker

Personal Quote: "The backrub would have been great, but the bra strap was in the way." - Koenken
Interests
My Links:

Artician: Koenken
Facebook: Artwork of Koenken
Portfolio: Koenken Design Portfolio

Journal:


Hello everyone,

I am thankful for all the faves and comments on my work. Also, on the job hunting front I have not found anything just yet. I have applied for many jobs just have not heard back. Anyway, besides that stuff :iconmahkohime: and I just got a new car.

Onto the Tag from :iconclaudiasutton:

10 Questions:

1: What's your real name, nickname, and why do they call you that/those?
My name is Nathan Frank Jiskra. My nickmane is either Captain Obvious or Watson for my great ability to state facts that are self-evident.

2: How old are you and where are you from? Do you live in the same place you grew up?
I am 30 years old. I live in Mid-Michigan and moved slightly east.

3: Specific movie genre? Favorite movie(s), TV show(s), anime(s), actor(s), actress(es)?
Genre: Action, fantasy, comedy, and sci-Fi 

Movies: Final Fintasy VII Advent Children, Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor,
The Passion of the Christ
, Office Space, The Killer, Shinjuku Incident, Die Hard, Bloodsport, and Cyborg 

TV Shows: Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop, Patlabor, Sailor Moon, and Burn Notice

Anime: Mixed into movies and TV shows.

Actors: Bruce Willis, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Owen Wilson, Adam Sandler, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Patrick Stewart, Jean Reno, Chow Yun-Fat and Will Ferrell. 

Actresses: Natalie Portman, Drew Berrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, Jeri Ryan, Keira Knightley, Milla Jovovich, Cameron Diaz, and Zooey Deschanel

4: What kind of music do you listen to? Favorite band/artist(s), song(s)?

All kinds really. Lots of alternative, metal, and rock though.
Bands/Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Polysics, Little Boots, The Cars, Megadeth, ZZ Top, Satellites & Sirens, Bob Marley, Puffy AmiYumi, and X Japan.  

Songs: My fave song of all time is "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other than that most of the songs from my faves bands and artists.

5: Do you play video games? What platform/console, genre, and favorite games?
Been playing video games since the original Nintendo. Big fan of the Playstation 2 and 3 as well as my PC. I enjoy RPGs, racing and fighting the most. Elder Scolls III, Fallout 3 & New Vegas, Tekken, Guilty Gear, BlazeBlue, and Gran Turismo.

6: What are your favorite books? Are you subscribed to any magazines?
My favorite books are the Bible, Neuromancer, Kingdom of Cages, Coldfire Trilogy and The Curse of Chalion. I have a subscribetion to Game Informer and used to have ones for Import Tuner and Super Street.

7: How many languages do you speak/what are they? Are you studying any/more?
English. If you ask my wife, she will say I speck my own language since I have bad habit of not using nouns as well as other issues. I two about a year and half of French and remember little of it. Also, took one semester of Japanese. Remember that a little more, but it was on basic spoken Japanese for the most part.

8: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Being a perfectionist is really both, but lacking motivation is a big weakness. Also, I try to work on too many projects at once.

9: If you could own a dragon, what color would it be and what element would it have?
I don't think a Dragon is one to own since usually they are as smart or smarter than humans. But if I had one as a friend, maybe one multicolored like certain koi fish. As far as an element I would say water.

10: What super/power would you want to have? What would you do with that power?
This is a tough one for me, but I think I will say having something similar to Spider-Man's Spider-Sense would be cool. Other than that an arsenal like Punisher's along with the know how to use it. I would use the power and firepower to fight crime. I would likely be a little more merciful than Punisher since I would likely be making witty jokes like Spider-Man.

I tag the people that wrote to me last:

Sorry, I really don't like to bug people with tags. If you want to do it, feel free to continue it. Later.

Helping Plug Friends:

Just passing some news in my own little way.

:bulletblue: Comission News :bulletblue:

At the moment I am not doing commissions, but several of my friends and fellow deviants I watch are.
So here is a little list of some artists taking commissions:

:iconcarlosgomezartist:: Check out his profile for details.

:iconeudetenis:: Check out her profile for details.

I hope to get more linked up here just have not had the time.
If you read my journal and want to be added to/removed from this list just send me a note.
Thanks.

P.S. Also check out the comic Shadows of Oblivion by :iconshono:
Get Shadows of Oblivion on ComiXology!
or check his store link to find the other ways of picking up this cool comic.

Check out the Kickstarter by :iconthestylusmonkey:
The product he's created is called the Nomad Art Sachel.
Glad to see this Kickstarter get funded.


:bulletgreen: Contest News :bulletgreen:

Still no contest news to pass along.

Artwork:

My project list shorten to reflect what I am currently working on.

I am getting into doing vectors more and more. I hope to keep learning new things and pushing myself. The current vector I am working on a Shelby Cobra and the rest of the classic cars for that project. Then later I plan on a DMC DeLorean. Although, a new project from my brother of his truck, a Chevy LUV, will slow down progress on the Cobra and other projects a little bit. Still working on the Chevy LUV. Almost have it done. Just have to make the changes to make it modified.

I have been really bad at keeping with sketching regularly. It is a very on and off thing with me, but if I want to get better I have to make it a more common practice to draw more often. I also want to get into maybe trying some ink washes again. I am thinking a Punisher ink wash fanart would be fun. Been bad about getting to ink washing as well sorry, but still want to get into it. Hopefully, I can get moving forward. I have almost all the things needed to start doing ink washes again, so hopefully I can get to that soon. Just need one more thing before I am ready for the ink washes. I am likely to start laying out the rough outline for them soon.

Story:

My story is moving along slowly still. I am working on Chapter Five. Focus on research again. Just have not done much with this at the moment.

I started reading William Gibson's  second novel Count Zero. Still slowly reading the second book in the Wheel of Time series, which is taking a long time to read between everything else I do. Also, the book just has parts that seem to drag forever. Very slow reading at times for me. Still adding books that I want to read at some point including books from C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Also, I would like to get back to reading comics again since my setting deals with
people gaining super powers. I have read a few Spider-man and Punisher comics.
I am thinking of reading through my Gen 13 and Catwoman comics. Still have not done.

That is about it for now.

Featured Artists:

A few artists I have just started enjoying their artwork.
Check out the links to see some of their art. Enjoy.

:iconshiroang:  :  fav.me/d721ufz and fav.me/d71x1te

:icontoyonda:  :  fav.me/d5f61pd and fav.me/d6t8eof

:iconshono:  :  fav.me/d6uxt8a and fav.me/d6upmuo

Sorry still have not changed the featured artists, yet.
Maybe in an update to this journal.
Thanks for taking the time to read my long journal.

Later.

Project List that Moves like Snail:

Chevy LUV Vector: :star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty:

Shelby Cobra Vector: :star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty:

Gen 13 Fan Art: :star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty:

Hummingbird Vector: :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:

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CedricLab Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Thnk you for the fav'! Appreciate it! :) 
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Jo-mama-Olds Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for adding my 71 Olds
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Koenken Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome for the fave.
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NIKON-AJ Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   Photographer
Thanks for the Favourite!
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Koenken Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome for the fave.
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