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okay, so a slew of questions that i am pummelled with  made me do this.

so here we go.


i am stjepan sejic, a comic and videogame artist designer 3d modeller illustrator, and a comic writer.

yeah... i have a few hobbies XD

in my career i have drawn the following comics

arcana comics
kade sun of perdition, my first comic book outing

top cow
darkness levels  1 issue
first born event  3 issues
witchblade.. 30 +issues
broken trinity 3 issues
angelus 6 issues angelus pilot season 1 issue
first born aftermath 1 issue
artifacts about 15ish issues
aphrodite 9 8 issues and going!
and a crapton of covers

dynamite entertainment , a crapton of covers

zenescope entertainment a crapton of covers

marvel a bunch of covers

comics i draw and write

ravine- epic fantasy 1 issue out, 2 about to be published…

teen witchblade, adventure/comedy  being finished, and issue 1 will be posted here in it's entirety  before and of march before top cow handles the kickstarter…

death vigil, adventure issue 1 will be finished  in february, i will announce publishing very very soon…

sunstone, erotic romantic comedy currently in pre print stages and available for reading (at your own  risk) on my alternate account shiniez

from videogame work i usually just do stuff with a local based croteam helping them out with designing and modelling for serious same first person shooter games from which i did work on
serious sam hd , and serious sam 3


18 years of drawing 8 hours a day every day.

simple ,. huh?

in short i was not born this way, if anything i learned to draw out of spite XD
true story, i had a frient in high school who was skillwise generations above me, it wasn't even funny. being a competitive easily challenged lil dumbass i started trying to draw like him. i was doing nicely, advancing and all that...

till my teacher went.. you are improving stjepan, but you will never be as good as your friend is...


we proved him wrong haven't we...yess we did preciousss.... and with no permanent damage  to our sanity, right stjepan?
you said it stjepan!

anyhoo you can see me doing some of my stuff here…


ahem... yeah.. thing is.. i am self taught... and my methods are weird. i tried explaining most of them in my video tutorials... with allergies DEAL WITH IT!

but really the problem is, i was never taught this stuff,  so i lack the method of teaching. for a while now i have been planning out and outlining the structure for a series of relatively short  videotutorials, so they will be coming   this year.  how useful they will be remains to be seen

detailed explanation here with an update…

 after all this ron marz who helps me out with the final rewrite on the book lost his mom this year so that  ended up delaying it more but it is about to go to printer in a few days so i will happily announce that  when it does

ARE :iconnebezial:AND :iconshiniez: THE SAME PERSON?
very much so! as the  deviant id blatantly points out XD


certainly not out of any embarrassment XD it just amused me...

at first i was merely curious to see how fast would the account's popularity rise without any help of my main account

but then... it got funny

 i had people making alternate accounts to follow shiniez , and then from those accounts telling me that if we were the same person i should just say it...

irony was too good not to troll XD

and then the game of avoiding flat out denial begun XD

it had one rule. be ambiguous

answer the questions  usually like this,
Q: are you and shiniez related in some way?
A: oh yes i taught him EVERYTHING he knows....(true)


Q: are you shiniez?
A: it would be a little crazy if  i was able to do all of this work, the monthly comics, the covers the fanarts the joke pieces the  videogame work ... and be shiniez at the same time, wouldn't it?  (again..true... i am a little crazy XD)

a few people in the notes figured out that these were actually non-answers so they actually demanded a yes or  no answer XD

to which they got an immediate yes with an explanation of the game, and we had us a good chuckle
but after a while the damn shiniez account exploded beyond anyone's wildest expectations

cause my name actually means stephen  in english! by nebezial


it is an old cliche of saying i can't teach you this, you must learn this....

in this case it is true.  while i will be providing more tutorials drawing is a matter of practice.
it is a matter of breaking down wall after wall only to be facing another wall

i will paste here some replies i have given on this topic

as for learning to draw we all pretty much start the same way. we take stuff and copy, we adopt measurements and  understand things through repetition. you are training both the arm and the mind yknow

as arm becomes  a finely tuned tool so does a mind become an organized collection of specific knowledges, rules measurements and structures. and the more you do it the deeper the understanding becomes.

unfortunately the major discouraging element is the nature of learning itself.

it is the wall to wall progress that often defeats people and makes them either give up or settle.

by wall to wall i mean, you learn something but for the life of you you don't see any progress beyond that. and you are beating against that wall chipping away at it's stone... never knowing just how close to a breakthrough you are.

that is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of it all, but over time i have learned to take solace that every punch thrown at any of those walls  chips away some of that obstacle.

brain is an amazing machine. once things start linking up you are not learning merely linear, you are learning exponentially  radial. by that i mean while you are focused on learning one thing you are also learning 20 other things  without even focusing on it.

learning to draw means prioritizing certain informations in your mind.  these are then connected together  into a rudimentary machine of drawing so to say.

now, as you learn more you are upgrading the machine, but upgrades are affecting every aspect of the machine.

imagine it like this. you learn drawing a face and you connect this  new folder of facedrawing knowledge to your main drawing network.

link is there but it is basic.

then you practice,  and you strenghten that link, but in order to truly make that facedrawing  folder permanent, you start crosslinking it with other folders such as expressions, volumes, skin tones, subsurface scattering, each knowledge exponentially increasing the initial facedrawing folder of knowledge.

this is why  high level  drawing seems like magic, but ask anyone and they will tell you the story of that sudden flow of insight  past which breaking down the advancing walls becomes a second nature to an artist.  we know that any progress is ultimately a matter of  work

lots...and lots  of work

there was a time   when if i was to see what i can do now i would consider it absolutely impossible, flipped the table said fuck this shit and left...

i know better now XD

but yeah.. i will try to make some tutorials that will hopefully help

this is all i can think of for now, if i remember more stuff i should write, i will update this thing :)
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LeShar Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well, I suppose this comment will be lost among others, but I still want to thank you. 

Your art inspires me in so many ways, and this particular entry is one of the  very few things that keep me going when I feel desperate because I feel like I never will be as good as I hope to become. 

Just thank you.
nebezial Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
you are welcome, and as far as feeling desperate about your progress...i remember a day when i was so frustrated by the wall  of non progress that i screamed in the middle of a city...

we all hit our lowpoints, but it is then when we must not give up
thelop1992 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
there goes the dream of a threeway with shiniez and nebezial T_T
RavenTchu Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Teachers and a few friends always compare me to my friend. She draw ''disney style'' so people like it. Everytime im trying to impove, everybody point out the mistakes. When it's her, everybody loves it. If I point out the wierd proportions she did, they say it's not that bad. 

Im always the mean one when I say that, but this keep pushing me to be better, to prove them im good to.
Im tierd of being in her shadow.

Everyday I draw, I hope to be good as you one day!! 
thelop1992 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
well it was sorta clear when sigeel referred to to both shiniez and nebezial as "her husband" =|

however you can always say that you had your brain split in two like zaphod beeblebrox XD (just to stick with the hitchhiker guide)
Rivvyn Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just want more Twitchblade!!! Yah killin me here man!!! XD
DraxKroener Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm putting this comment up as a test because every time I tried to post something, the comment was removed for no reason.  I'll post my actual comment should this one stay up
DraxKroener Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Disregard this. The comments miraculously popped up :P
DraxKroener Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
just looking through this, I may have missed it, but how long were you looking for work in the art field before you started getting paid for your work? or did somebody notice your talents and pass an offer?
nebezial Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
the second one. i got asked by an established comic artist tyler kirkham to color some of this stuff, he showed it to top cow editor at the time and they hired me to do paintover style coloring on darkness wolverine comic, and after that they realized i can actually paint this stuff on my own
DraxKroener Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ah, well how long were you doing your own stuff before being offered that job? And would you consider posting your earlier work to show your progression from then and now? or do you only look forward instead of looking back?

I may ask a lot of questions but your work intrigues me and I am a little inquisitive when it comes to certain artists. :)
nebezial Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
my own stuff about 7 or so years

i do have some of my early stuff posred in my gallery under old stuff folder but i generally gavr all my old stuff to a friend :)

and i threw away my oldest stuff... this i am regretting as i would so lovve to make a progression through years collage piece  :(
DraxKroener Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
saw your old work. Even if it's old, it's still impressive to say the least. Kind of curious to see what the other work is that you gave to your friend.

I understand your regret. I consider it an ultimate taboo for an artist to throw away the earliest work but I dont hold that against an artist when they make that decision :)

I hope you aren't tired of my questions but I have a couple more to ask.

As a small time artist with aspirations I'd like to know, what's it like to have such a large fan base as yours? Is it encouraging? Is it a little pressuring? I only hope to have my own one day and can prepare for it.

also in case my message seems jumbled. I'm typing off my phone and can't scroll to the top of my message to see if something was accidentally cut and pasted or misspelled.
sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
3d artist? oh cool! didnt knew you were into that as well.
WickedFnatic Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
have you seen all his dragons from Ravine? all 3D, the dude is way too good at to many things :D
NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Anyway, I stick to it - Nebezials grammar is better than Shinies´ xD
Phesant33 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great perspective on the learning process, and thanks for the daily speed paint vids too, always keen to see you're trade off between quality and speed :)
RAHAMZ Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student Filmographer
that was v motivational ..... im also trying to learn everything on ma own ... but at least thanks to u  i have ur tutorials ... :) best wishes ..... 
TheP4GAN Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
hey you forgot to mention Radical comic "Aladdin"!
FlyQueen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Noooooo! The shiniez-game is over now?!! It was so much fun XD
When i first saw the stuff on shiniez, i was like "Hey it's nebezial" - then i watched and saw how much output BOTH accounts have and thought it CAN'T BE THAT THIS IS ONE PERSON. CAN'T. JUST NO. 
Well...Guess you really are crazy.  But at least you know it.
sigeel Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
the game was over a year ago XDDDDD
FlyQueen Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014   Digital Artist
... Oh.
I'm a little bit late then XDD
Well then, Ignore me, I'm from the past X>
Nasnusmasnusan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You talk about how you are self taught (which is awesome), but what kind of sources did you use to learn from? Did you use books or shows or tutorial videos?
AlisMeisVolo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist
How did you learn anatomy?
Farelle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I think i want babies from you :P seriously besides the awesome content of this journal your style of writing and trolling is just awesome :D yeah srsly!!!


I have to admit when i found you before a few years (i think it IS already that long) that you are some kind of rolemodel for me :P like what I WANT to be :P dont know if I'll ever reach your quality though, but atleast I can say you helped me already tons, even though I probably havent seen any video or tutorial from you yet,because simply mentioning to think out of the box like in 3D terms already IS helping to get a better understanding that one shouldnt be too focused on information that purely 2D drawing can give....but that there is lots more to learn :)

thanks for that :)

besides its always enjoying to read your trollposts hehehe

RacMyCoon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Hey asshole ! You forgot the details of your sex life xD
nebezial Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
no, i just have enough common sense and self control not to share that with the society in any blatant way.

 are you interested in the quality of my boogers as well? XD for i assure you like anyone elses they are made of gold and have healing properties XD
RacMyCoon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
If thats the case... consider me a gold miner xD
nebezial Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
aren't we all! XD
RacMyCoon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
eh lol
Demondog888 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how you feel about competition. My older sister used to copy anything she saw almost perfectly! I was so envious that I tried to draw. My folks made fun of my art a lot ("one arm is longer than the other", or "that guy has no package"), so I got angry and followed every tutorial within every genre I could get my hands on.

I'm glad you didn't give up or anything. Isn't it funny how it's usually school teachers who tell kids that their art isn't good? :p
MoHarri Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for sharing all this, I found it very insightful. I do however have a question if you don't mind answering it and you don't find it rude of me asking, but what program do you do your line art in and color in?
Kiyomi-Nakamura Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm maybe I should post my comics once a month... maybe that'd be better than a page or two a week. I agree with you though when you improve it's kind of weird and sudden after chipping away foreverty. Currently every other page I make is in a slightly different slightly better style, but I've made a couple of huge and sudden breakthroughs with hair and backgrounds and tones and faces... but all at separate times. When you notice how much you've improved though you gotta kind of force yourself not to look back at your beginning pages or you'll be tempted to go back and fix them. If you do that though you'll be stuck redoing your beginning pages forever and the rest of your story will never progress. That's a lesson I've learned the hard way too many times. And now, I'm off to check your other account!
Coco-Maya Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
... I though shiniez was your wife.

and I was like: lucky bastard XD

phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Bwahaha the answers made me cry :happycry:
toshers-girl Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I remember the trolling on Shiniez. I remember one in particular where someone asked you straight out 'Who are you?'. You replied 'I'm Batman'.

I've been calling you 'Batman' ever since.
prettypunkae Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's so funny... I knew you were the same person from the very start. One of my friends saw both accounts, I looked at the art and was like, it's the same guy, no doubt about that. I mean, there's something to be said for people who can do good replication work, but there are subtle things that each of us bring to our art, and if you can pick up on them, you can pretty well tell sometimes that the same person is doing two pieces of art... or rather, two series of art things. :meow:

I think you are amazing. I'm a huge fan of your art and your style. As a learning artist, I'm very inspired with what you've been able to accomplish. I too am self taught, although still in the fledgling stages of learning and growing as an artist. Knowing that you don't have to go to a top of the line school and pay money to be good at art is inspiring because I have no problem with hard work and learning.

Thanks for doing what you do, and best wishes! Meow Love 
cadisraizel1617 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
How do you pronounce stjepan? Shintarou Kisaragi (Bad Smile) [V2] 
hobzart Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have asked this before, and i feel like it was missed here. no biggie but i repeat. what are your CURRENT work days like. hour wise. with the amount you turn out. even with YOUR speed it seems like you must put in 12 t0 16 hours a day or more. is that the case?

Keep in mind this is not me bitching. I have a day job and spend all my time not there working at home too. so i understand the long hours and I am willing to pull them... something not everyone is willing to do.  also that analogy about the wall was spot on . thanks for writing this entry.
nebezial Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
i work about 8 hours a day, 10 if i'm really feeling it :)
EmilyBlue20 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
it is very nice to see artists like you responding to their fans! I am amased by the  expressions your characters have ecery single time. It is hard to start drawning (epsecially when you don't have the self confidence to) but you have given me both inspiration and courage to pick up my pencil. Thank you Stjepan!
sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Besides it all, learning to draw LIKE A BOSS is a really great expierence for a person, beyond just drawing. It teaches someone that stuborness and never give up do pay up in the long run. I say this as a guy who is an idiot that gives up easily to frustration, and I imagine that someone like you, how has never given up to drawing even in some of those really hard moment when you are willing to send it all hell and never draw again, you have probably learned the value of keep trying. Not just that you know it, but that you have learnt to dont let frustration take the best of you, and remain calm and keep trying.
kitiaramajere Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Well, hell, I gots some reading to catch up on now!! YAY!
Niyox Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Smiri se stjepane
Drag0n24 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
do you have an artist back slump... just curious if 18 years of this will do that to me.
lTheUnderkingl Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Not gonna lie. Based on the art, I just assumed that shiniez was you and that your reasons for separating the accounts were...personal.
hs1110 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
You worked on Serious Sam! And here i thought you couldn't get more awesome ;-).

Good old mindless monster killing. Give me another wave!
Anilian Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Long live Stjepan Sejic nebezial shiniez whoever you are!!! LONG LIVE!!!
DamonVonBohn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL I learned to draw out of spite, too. that's awesome.
sorudo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
i can relate there, i have the same thing with making 3D maps for games.
first it looks like it's so easy till you do it, it takes allot of time getting every single detail to work with what you have in your mind.
in my current state, i can call my self a good enough environmental artist, not professional but i am quite the nitpicker if it's about details.

i do have a really small suggestion, if you make a tutorial, could you show how to make the breasts of a woman look equal?
i always end up with 2 sizes and they always ruin the costume i am trying to make.
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