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Did you ever do any tutorials?
- Yes, I spent a lot of time on this one:

War - Tutorial by algenpfleger

There's a lot of explaining in there, so please before you ask anything technique or learning related, read it thoroughly first.

I also have a ton of step-by-steps in this folder here:…

And I also uploaded a ton of layered Photoshop files:…

Finally, I have lots of studies and sketches on my blog:

How do you paint/color/draw?
- You'd be surprised by how many people ask something as unspecific as this. There's really not much to reply to this other than: Play around with things, spend time learning and experimenting, be aware that frustration might be coming your way in fairly decent amounts. Practice, practice, practice, read, think, practice.

How do you do this or that in this or that program?
- Similar to the previous one, I get this question a lot too. The problem here is not the question itself, it's the attitude towards learning - that itself is something you have to learn and work on. How do you think you'll find out how to do a specific thing quicker - by asking somebody and then waiting, or by using the program help file and the internet? If you're going to learn anything, not even just painting, it's always, ALWAYS going to be about your problem solving skills. THAT is what you have to work on, seriously it's important, because even if somebody tells you the solution to a certain problem, you will be stuck with the next one if you don't learn to solve them yourself. Even if it seems frustrating or hard!

Do you recommend using the smudge or whatever tool in whatever program?
- It depends on for what! Again, play around with it, and see what you can actually do with things. Learn to handle your tools, and learn what they are good or bad for. Trial and error is how you learn!

I don't understand perspective/color/something that seems challenging at first, what now?
- A lot of these things require a good bit of theoretical understanding, and then are actually simpler than you think. Read up on stuff! There's infinite resources on the web, spend time digging through it, understanding the way things work in real life, then apply it to the stuff you do. It won't work at the first attempt, so you have to keep it up to get the results you're looking for. But don't underestimate the power of simple knowledge about physics and math!

How do you know what color/muscle/whatever to put there so it looks right?
- This is something that learning from nature will teach you. Do studies! Lots and lots of studies, from real life and from photos. And don't just copy, try to get through it with your brain, take it apart, put it back together mentally, apply it from imagination, do it again. Work from imagination, analyze what doesn't work out, go study that, apply from imagination again. This way you will tackle your weaknesses and improve where you need it the most. And don't give me that "I don't like realism". No matter how stylized, all representative art is rooted in nature, and you have to understand how it works to be able to distort it. The mangaka and cartoonists you like all learned to draw properly, and that is what enables them to do the stuff they do with such apparent ease.

What should I practice?
- Simple! The stuff you're bad at, otherwise you're never gonna get better! \o_o/

Where do you get references for studying?
- There's loads of sources for that. Deviantart is a good start (since you're here), also random blogs and tumblrs, google image search, wikipedia - there's a TON of resources. Don't worry too much about finding the perfect reference image for your study, it's better to spend two hours practicing than one with the other spent searching.

What resources do you recommend?
- Loomis' books above all, also Vanderpoel, Harold Speed, Gurney, Linda Bergkvist's tutorials, Hogarth maybe too, but actually most things are best figured out through trial and error I think! A lot of times getting caught up in the techniques of people more advanced than you might make you tend to put the cart before the proverbial horse o_o

How do you motivate yourself?
- That's a tricky one. If I'm honest, it's just the thought of working in a normal job that I can't quite become friends with. I'd rather draw for another hour than face the possibility of having to flip burgers D:

What do you work with?
- It doesn't matter! Drawing happens in your brain, not your hands or tools. But to answer the question, copy paper, HB pencils, Photoshop, my trusty Intuos4M, Illuststudio and whatever I find lying around. My first tablet was an old Volito that I got from ebay for twenty bucks! I used it for ages, together with free software (oC1.1 and Gimp). So it really doesn't matter °v°

How long have you been drawing and what's your background? Personal things?
- I started drawing at about 18, 19, and I'm 23 now. I was in university, studying informatics, at the time I got serious about art. I then started practicing as much as I could find the time for, enrolled in an art school for a few months which turned out to be a waste of time, and since then have just been learning on my own, and now I'm just working as a freelance illustrator, hikikomoriing away. My family is full of musicians, but no visual artists, so unfortunately no talent or early childhood stories :{ But you don't need that, drawing and painting is a lot like science - you use your brain to learn how the world works. If you have a brain, you have all you need!

How is life as a freelancer? How tough is it finding work?
- Oh! Interesting, finally. Well. Life as a freelancer is obviously awesome since I get to sleep in every day. About finding work - this is a bit tricky. To me it seemed there is kind of a sound barrier regarding skill, something like the entry level. Before that, I never got any work at all. But from the moment I passed a certain point (about in the beginning of 2011) I suddenly started getting way more offers, consistently too. A possible explanation would be that there is some sort of industry standard skill level - "must be this tall to ride". So get there! It's possibly a better idea, in case you're not there yet, to spend your time working on skill rather than making connections. No matter how close you are with this or that person, they won't hire you unless you can actually do something useful for them °v°

Why was art school a waste of time?
- Well, it just stems from how a day looks studying at home compared to in school. School: Travel there, talk to peeps, wait idly for lecture to start, listen to boring stuff, heckle with profs, walk from room to room, draw a bit in between. At home: Get up, draw, sleep. So you just get way more practice in if you're learning by yourself. Also it doesn't cost a hundred grand.

Am I too young/too old to learn this stuff?

Will you share your brushes?
- Sure! Here:
Hannes' Brushes by algenpfleger

Deutsche: Ich bin 23! Kein "Sie", Ihr Penner!

Thanks for the psd files! I used them here, look:
- GO AWAY ;_; I upload them for people to learn from, they are not stock. Please don't use them for anything, it's true that I like angels as well, a bit, but seriously use the stuff that actually is in the "stock section" D:

Are you taking commissions/doing requests?
- Unfortunately the answer to these is usually no since I mostly am busy doing other stuff like rolling around on the floor, the bed, or reading manga. Sorry D:

Are you open to collaborating?
- This strongly depends on my mood and the stuff I'm working on at the moment you ask. If I'm busy thinking about other stuff, probably not, but if I'm excited about the idea, who knows!

Can I use your work for this or that?
- The answer for that will probably also be no. I draw these things for myself and myself only FUFUFUFU since I am such a mean egoistic person <3

Are you happy with your life? 

1,332 deviants said I'm not unhappy I guess
1,157 deviants said Yes 8D
802 deviants said I've been a lot better
637 deviants said No ._.




Wolf token by algenpfleger
Wolf token
hey magic players and everyone else! i have a bunch of paintings i'm working on that i can hopefully share soon, but in the mean time here is a wolf token i made for playing magic! i send out fresh tokens i make every month to my patreon supporters - including stuff like hand drawn tokens and even painted ones and artist proofs. take a look! Patreon
Bee Token by algenpfleger
Bee Token
Play Hornet Queen? This is for you 8D

I make a bunch of different tokens, you can get them on my Patreon! Along with handdrawn things, sketch cards, artist proofs! Check it out ! :3
Hello Canadians and nearby Americans! 
This Saturday, so the day after tomorrow, I'll be giving a workshop at Emily Carr in Vancouver! 
Check out all the details here:
Topics I'll focus on will be credibility in sceneries, overcoming creative blocks, and making believable and relatable art. It's independent from whether you work traditionally or digitally, so come by!

  • Mood: Joy
Magic tokens for everybody :D by algenpfleger
Magic tokens for everybody :D
Okay time to finally share this! People have been asking me so much to get my tokens and proofs online and I finally found a way that works for me. Here you go! 8D

Most of you probably already know how Patreon works - basically you're free to choose any amount you want to support me with per month, and I will go and send you letters with tokens I make, sketch cards, even artist proofs and hand painted things, and other things! Go take a look!
Hello Canadians and nearby Americans! 
This Saturday, so the day after tomorrow, I'll be giving a workshop at Emily Carr in Vancouver! 
Check out all the details here:
Topics I'll focus on will be credibility in sceneries, overcoming creative blocks, and making believable and relatable art. It's independent from whether you work traditionally or digitally, so come by!

  • Mood: Joy


Johannes Voß
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Current Residence: On the Cliff by the Sea





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Mottenfest Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May I just....draw a seal for you? XD you really seem to love them!

(PS I'm cannedcowboy on tumbl, haha)
HOTgraFX Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015   Photographer
"Deutsche: Ich bin 23! Kein "Sie", Ihr Penner!"

LOL! ...das ist immer schlimm, oder?! Ich hasse das sogar in meinem hohen Alter. :D
tenniswall Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015   Digital Artist
Köstlich. Vielen Dank für die beständige Augenpflege.
dixiekasilke Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your art and the fact that you are self-taught! Echt Klasse! :nod:
AlexandreMasquio Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hi, Algenpfleger, I greatly admire your work! I used one of your paintings as a reference here:…. I don't know whether or not doing that is a copyright infringement, nor whether or not you will be upset about it, please let me know if that's the case, otherwise it was much pleasant to study and learn from your great portrait, thank you!
Chanel211 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I can't even explain how inspired I got when I saw that you started drawing in your late teens. I've been so deterred by all these artists that started at super young ages and are basically experts by the time they're my age (I'm 22 :P). So, thank you and I'm definitely gonna watch you and I hope for your continued success! 
KeIIion Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
you coming back?
theamazingwrabbit Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to say you're a huge inspiration to me! I look forward to seeing your future works as usual ^ ^
kamism Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
AnnaUkraine Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Awesome pictures! Is it all painted by photoshop?
Rui-Abel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015   Digital Artist
You're incredible Nod I think I've fainted. 
SarahMyriaCarter Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional Writer
Do you accept Point Commissions or requests?
naturalsupra Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
amazing work. keep it up, you have yourself another new watcher ;) thanks for sharing your talent. 
mlpDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Your stunning artwork is breathtaking! With no other background and only a few years of study, you are already a master with lighting, shading and color. 
There's artists that have practice their whole lives and can't even touch on this level of skill. Truly astonishing. I'm gonna take my pencil and paper and cry in a corner.
KanoeShirota Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! Ich bin wirklich beeindruckt! Das ist die coolste Gallerie die ich seit langem bewundern durfte! Danke dafür!! Manaka Smile [V1] Yato Smile Icon dancing-cat emoji 
AlienGuardian Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible art! You're insanely talented!
GrinNBarret Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome stuff man!
rosasyessenia Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014   Artist
I love your work, I want to start a manga, do you have any advice on how to set up my template and the drawing steps?
Camron-Brown Featured By Owner Edited Nov 30, 2014   Digital Artist
Do you play Magic, if so what do you like to play with, mana wise, or creature wise?
MeliciousMan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Hi there! I was wondering if you had any artist proof blood artist left? I would love one, and signed if possible. 
crushvisual Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
naja0544 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Hello there, considering I like your art and want to see more, I have given you a watch and a llama. See you around.
Puzzman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Love your art! Can't wait to see more! 
ZyraOffical Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your work, tis beautiful and inspiring.
jorisvandend Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I have just finished collection all your mtg cards
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