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A chapter near completed

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 25, 2011, 7:26 PM
As of last week i have done the something that will be a first in over a decade and that is taking a second day off per week. Before this point i have been working 6 days a week, and only 4 years prior i was working 7 days a week from home. All this is to say that I am using my new found free itme to update my dA and actually take some tiome for a change and write something more than a note alerting people to a blogTV show.

Over the last ten years i have gone through so many huge changes in my life that if you knew me 10 years ago you would have to say that I am not the same person. Obviously everyone can say this, but in my case everything from religion, to job, to wife, and kids has been huge in my life.

And now we have yet another milestone: The Girl Book entitled "G7"

From start to finish this book has taken me one entire year plus two months. I had to entertain other jobs during the persiod but I must say this is by far the most important book i have worked on after Sakura Legends, and here's why:

This book is one of the only real chances I have been able to be free and just escape all the stereotypes i have had and start fresh. This book was not supposed to be the way it turned out: In the begininning it was supposed to be a simple book of pin ups and done in a simple style. What it ended up being was me trying to out do myself on every subsequent piece. For this reason and the freedom of choice to work on what I please, i learned more in the last year than the last 5 or even 6 years. I have learned so much about fashion and posing and I feel I could do another book like this and continue improving.

Now at first blush, you might think that this book is filled to the brim with smut and cheesecake. It's not, though there is some of thatin there too, its nothing more than what youve seen. This was one of the main issues I had working on this. At the time i had no extra work and i need to get some cash going  to feed the family and pay bills. My boss basically came up with this project to give me something to work on and thats exactly how it began. It was not my idea, though i turned it inot something other than what it was intended to be.

In a nutshell this book is an expose' of my learning process over the last year. My self inposed rules were this: all pieces are drawn in order of chapter and coloured in the same order. i am not allowed to go back and fix anything, even if i really want to. This means that you see all my mistakes and it is a very humbling experience.

The other unique thing about this book is that i did the entire colouring process on blogtv right infront of your very eyes. i may not have advertized each show, but over the course of the year i have found some very hardcore fans who will be rewarded heavily for their patronage.

This book will be coming out most likely in january 2012, and is a hallmark in my career. All i have to finish now is the commentary and the cover. All the art is done 7 girls X 9 chapters + 10 bonus group shots and more = over 100 new pieces of art , not including the linearts which would add more.

I do have to say that my students have helped me in an indirect way in that they learn so quick and it makes me want to learn and improve as well even though i am older than them by a decade. And of course thank you to the hardcore fans who have  supported me and  been there through the whole process and a major thank you to my boss formaking this happen. Without his faith in me , this would not have happened.

I will have more on it when the time comes, till then take care!


I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.


Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!



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:iconanguiad:
Anguiad Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Wow, I didn't expect this! Such great news Omar, congrats, looking forward to the book's release!

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fermentedmind Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Awesome, can't wait to see it, dude.
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NuclearConvoy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
You bloody well know you've got a hardcore fan in me! I'd have watched every BlogTV stream if I didn't have a job and all, lol.Can't wait to see this book printed, Omar, its been a long time coming. Oh, and I can't wait to see that page with the easter egg to me on it :P Keep us thoroughly informed of the launch date, so I can pimp this book to everyone I know.
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Kanji-The-Wanderer Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student General Artist
I've watched many of your blogTV shows. I've easily seen you work on over a dozen pieces, and each time you have inspired me, and motivated me to do even better. For I see your talent and skills grow and expand each show at a time. I am eagerly waiting for your book to be available for purchase. I will be one of the first in line! Count on it. ;)
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Stickfigure5000 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional
Congratulations Omar! I'm beyond excited to finally see the final product of the book. Though I had to stop attending the blogTV shows about half way through, I can say that while you were learning plenty by doing the G7 girls, I also learned plenty just by watching you. If you hadn't taken the time to share your talent with all of us fans, I may not have learned the great techniques and talents that help me improve my art. So thank you Omar for being an extraordinary host to all your fans! You're an inspiration!
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joverine Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
congrats on this man!
I can't wait to check it out :)

hope you and the fam are doing well

cheers!
joe
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thx man, i have plans to tr0ll your show as well now that my work load is less....
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Alvaria-Eleven Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Unfortunately I only recently started attending the BlogTV events (the last 3 pieces) but I enjoyed every moment of it. In the time I spent there I learned that your a very down to earth guy who connects with his fans in whatever way possible. I'll admit I was a little afraid to join your more hardcore fan base but you and the others were actually very welcoming.
I've only seen about 10 or 12 of the pieces in "G7" and I'm already excited to crack open the book when I get my hands on it day one. You have been a great inspiration to me not only as an artist but as person in general (also you taught me more about Canadian currency lol).
Here is to another great year of Omar Dogan, a brilliant artist who is still finding ways to improve.
-Marc (AlaskanKactus on BlogTV)
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks man, and may the 0P5 be with you.
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RayArtz Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
G7 -- I've been waiting to nab a copy since you first said you were working on it!
I'll be more than happy to wait just a little longer :D
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mariust2007 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
YAY! I can't wait to get the book! I am sure it will be just as amazing as all of the rest of your work, so I am very excited.
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yezzzsir Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Been Great fun Omar! Really looking forward to seeing the finished book.
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Dogeborn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
It have been a pleasure to watch you and your style evolve. Because of the way you chose to connect with your fans, (BlogTV) this book will mean a whole lot more to me then past art books I've purchased. I know it will contain a lot of personality and precious memories.



Take care, MA BOY
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thx, enjoy your D1NN3R
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IsiPeinto Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Thank you for the update! I am happy for you! What religion are you? And where can I find your work besides here on da? I haven't seen any of it!
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10SunsUp Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student
I wish you knew how much you have helped me in so many ways. You are the reason i joined deviant art and blog tv. I didn't know any of these things existed until a little over a year ago. Watching and hearing you on blogtv motivated me to pursue the one thing i got away from but always love to do. Thank you for all the inspiration.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thx man seriously.
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shaotemp Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Mistakes.. yea right! Can't wait to get my hands on that book!
I've been working my tail off this year just for improvements I'm hitting NYCC in a new and improved way and you helped A LOT in the process...heh you didn't even know did you?
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Danny-Haymond-Jr Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Omar, you are the MAN! I really appreciated you sharing your life with us. It is really unique. Thank God for Blog TV and all of its DDOSSS H4X. I totally am going to miss the show on a reg. Hopefully you get to do other things that you want to do as well! Don't forsake the chaka cheesecake! 54LL44M!
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the-pooper Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011   General Artist
Your live streams are really great and fun to watch... besides the art, you talking with the watchers (a lot of your hardcore viewers and fans) and jokes really adds to the show that makes it so enjoyable. "Dinner" never gets old. lol

Looking forward to the "G7: book, and congrats!
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You-with-the-spikes Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
I rarely ever get the chance to watch you on blog tv but when I do, I get so sucked in to it that I end up improving greatly in the next thing I work on. Your work and style is truely inspiring and just makes me want to go further than I ever thought I could. Congrats on finishing your book and you can bet I'll have G7 the moment it comes out.
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Pltnm06Ghost Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Glad things are going smoothly. Wish I'd tune into every show like I said I would ;~;
(I'm that Ghosty guy from the other day)
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ajha100 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Congrats, both on the book's approaching completion, and on the second day off! You deserve both richly! I wish I could have seen every one of your blogTV sessions but it was just impossible with my slow internet connection. Oh well, you can be sure I'll get the book when it's published! I look forward to your continued success!
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Senior-X Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Thanks a lot for Sharing with us in BlogTV, best best wishes for your book (I really hope I can found a method to buy it from here) :')
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Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Glad to hear you have just about completed this project. I never really knew how much this particular art book meant to you but your words describing the process here are inspiring. :thumbsup:
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can not wait! :eager:
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WhiteLeyth Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
it's to us to thank you for sharing your great art !^^
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BTrinidad Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist
Like everyone else I'll say congrats on closing this chapter! It's really has been an honour to watch you evolve your style to what it is today, It's been really inspiring!

I would also like to thank you for sharing so much of your life with us over the past year!
I think we learned much about you, beside the the art.

But I can't wait to get the book, I think it will be nostalgic looking back at the pages!

And here's to the opening of the new chapter in your life! May it be filled with much happiness and success!
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Danny-Haymond-Jr Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree B! I wish I could've said it like this!
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BTrinidad Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist
=D
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks man
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BTrinidad Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist
A you're welcome man!
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hierojux Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Thanks for sharing your process and many talents with us. G7 is mine day 1.
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Zantetsuken15 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student General Artist
its was a honor getting to know you and the guys from blogTV. I've enjoyed seeing the process and also have new friends to talk to(some of which is awesome).

I can't wait to get my hands with the book and I hope I can see you guys later on!? I wish you the best of luck and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.

thanks.omar
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redzer0fox Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely looking forward to this.
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peroro Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is awesome Omar! you helped me learn that you never really stop learning when it comes to art. best wishes for your book (if i have some money i may buy it myself)! :3
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Congratulations!

And no smut or cheesecake?

Excellent!
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scyth118 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
It's been great watching the streams. From "Great White North" to dinner, your shows are the best, and not just because of the amazing art. Your commentary and jokes are just as fun.

Looking forward to the book and seeing your works from front to back.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
DINNER
thx
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maxblackrabbit Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Always good to take some time and reflect, I'm trying to do that myself. I need to stop pumping out the same crap and practice more, time off will help with that. Good luck out there. :)
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Naslee Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Salam omar, ill waiting for that as always, it was a great expirence to see you evolve in the way you did, that book is gonna be a treasure for me (when i have it) in so many ways

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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
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Zantetsuken15 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student General Artist
I get what your saying in |337!? nice!
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Dekamaster Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Its great to watch you do your thing on BlogTV. I can't wait to see this book.
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ninjatron Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I will definitley buy it and hope for even more art books from you in the future.

Sayonara.
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DeltaEchelon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Sucks that work got in the way of watching your last few BlogTV streams, really wanted to watch them. But I guess on the bright side there will be more pieces of art that I haven't seen before and I can enjoy them that much more.
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WilliamFocus Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Your work is inspiring and its good to see artists of your calibre very humble about their experiences and relationships. You have a permanent supporter here.
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cshd Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's been great watching you Omar. (I mean your show, no stalkzors here).
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Moustachi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
D'aw, thank you for sharing it all with us on your streams!

Alot o' good times 'ey.
If it wasn't for your streams then I probably wouldn't have as much motivation as I have now to keep goin'. And I wouldn't be as patient either. LOL. Fix up, look sharp!

Anywho, I really hope the book sells well. The effort ya put into it is amazing. Take care~
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Whots all this then?
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