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It’s a long shot, I know, but I’m dipping my toes in the water to see if I have any followers who are in Newcastle or there abouts? If I can drum up enough interest, I’m going to try and start a regular sketch group. This is a local thing, I want to socialise with people a bit more, I still don’t know many people here and it’d be nice to change that. If you’re in my neck of the woods and are interested, drop me a comment, note, email, whatever! (charliebowater@hotmail.com)

I don't bite, honest!

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Hello my lovelies! It's been a hell of a while. My last journal update was back in July and a lot's changed since then, so I'm due an update right? I'll try and keep it short and sweet.

Most notably, back in September I moved up to Newcastle upon tyne to start working with the lovely guys at Atomhawk. It was a crazy couple of weeks, relocating super fast, moving away from my loved ones and settling into art 9 to 5, but... I love it! My time there has flown already and it's awesome, I get to paint all day ;D
I can't wait to start sharing all the stuff I've been working on and I will as soon as I can.

In other news! If you pick up the latest ImagineFX issue, you'll find my art on the cover! It was seriously awesome to be asked to paint a cover ;)

There's a tutorial from me and if you ever wanted to see my work at 100% resolution, pick up the issue!

Lastly! It's almost five years on Deviant art for me now, where the hell did that go!? So thanks for the early 'birthday' messages.

I'll try and keep up a slow trickle of art ;p

Prints also available through: Eyes on Walls
Livestream
Video Tutorial
Tumblr blog
Formspring me
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Naphartiri Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hi, i just wondering would you be open for commission soon?
also i dont have paypal but can i still pay with credit card on paypal site? i am sorry i ask soo much but i never did commission before.

Thank you for your time reading !
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stemacdonald Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on IFX. I used to buy it religiously but it's gotten quite thin recently and I think the amount that I learn from each issue, if anything, is not enough to warrant the price. If I was made of money I'd buy it every month though XD
I've been looking for a sketch group for a while and I live just down the road from Newcastle. It's about an hour on the train, but cheap enough. The sketch group thing happening?
I don't get online much these days. I use facebook on my phone and that usually get's me by. Drop me a message if you want adding over there if the sketch group thing is taking off :)
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primalfuryan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
:icon1stbutterflykiss:Congratulations To You:icon1stbutterflykiss:
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Ice-brand Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Next time you're back in the midlands I'll meet up with ya for a sketchathon group ;-D Newcastle is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaar
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DasTenna Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
I guess I saw at least two of your artworks in the banner of atomhawk :clap:
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fri94 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Charlie, Im from round these parts. Iv sent you an email, but a sketch group sounds cool I'll definatly be up for that.
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Joolster Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
I live in Newcastle :]
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Niflheyn Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Arf, I'm in the south (Portsmouth) and Newcastle is in the North...Life is cruel sometimes ^^"
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Jagged88 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the IFX cover :)
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Steph1254 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
-raises hand-

I'm in Newcastle! We have a group - #NE-UK. (: Nice to meet you!
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KatieMakepeace Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student General Artist
im from newcastle :3
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suteki-tori Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Ahh! :D I'd love to however I'm so busy at the moment with uni ;A; Awesome idea!
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FabledFaith Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student General Artist
O: Everyone in Newcastle is so.. lucky...
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Vetro3 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
I wish I was in Newcastle...I would love to be a part of a sketch group!! Congrats on the cover and the job. You are an inspiration!
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional
Ahah, I'm in London, but new to these parts, so I didn't know where exactly Newscastle was... Yeah, it seems it's not meant to be. And congratulations on the cover for IFX! I'm barely gathering the courage to submit to their reader gallery. Gotta start somewhere, I guess.
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Razer-Athane Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011   Filmographer
In regards to the sketch group, that sounds like a lovely idea. Wish I lived over there XD
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imaeko Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, I would love to join a local sketchgroup but I dont know of any hereabouts. :( If I was up near Newc I would stick my hands up but unfortunately I'm in Bradford, West Yorkshire xD Not quite near enough..... ^^; Good luck with your sketchgroup. :-)
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FraserM9477 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
I'll meet you halfway, I'm in kent so how about York? :P
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randomlyd Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Ahhaa, Would love too but i don't live near enough newcastle ://
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Note to self: relocate to Newcastle UK...
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, I used to live in Newcastle, (I worked with Cumron, Corlen, Steven and Pete at Midway there), and we used to go to a thing called the drink-and-draw which was pretty much what it says on the box, a bunch of people from different artistic backgrounds getting together and drawing random stuff and socializing. It is easier to join a group than starting one I guess, so maybe worth looking into?
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rainytown Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student General Artist
I sadly don't live close to you or I would have been the first to volunteer :(
I think your idea is great! I live in sweden and I still haven't met people that I'm comfortable enough to socialize with, so I'm very interested in taking some tips from you. Can you tell me more about these sketch groups?
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AzurSky Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
ill move to newcastle to draw with you!!!!!
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KrisJustice Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
I'm in Gateshead/Newcastle, not very committed to the cause, fairly bad but would be interested. Anything to try and spur me and and inspire me, plus hopefully someone would be worse than me which would make me feel better.
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mariyaolshevska Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'd love to join, but I'm in Vancouver so that might not work out haha=D
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RB-Illustration Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011   Digital Artist
Bah, I'm down in Eastbourne XD Too far away from anything of interest. 8'D Sounds fun though, good luck with the idea! :D
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PPR88 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The chances are very slim, but I might be able to come out to sketch (I'm flying to Leeds tomorrow and maaaaybe I'm going to visit a friend in Newcastle on a weekend in the next 2 months). I would love to meet some of the UK-artists so please keep us updated! : D
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Mamusho Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011   Digital Artist
aww i'd lovee to sketch with you >0<. D: but im so far xD...
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sketchseven Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'd love to sign up for your sketch group idea but I live too far south :( Hope you get it off the ground though!
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goldenba11s Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
damn my lame southerly address!
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EvilWeezel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Great idea.... I'd come, but I'm in London :( Hope you find some recruits ^_^
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Shoofleed Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student General Artist
I live quite far away [Near Middlesbrough] so I'm sorry to say that indeed I could never make it! Sounds really interesting, mind, and the cover is SERIOUSLY AMAZING!
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Spikings Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So near yet so far, I live in Hull. >:
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animBoi Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
I work in toon, live about 30min commute away...sketch group sounds intreging! I was impressed with your feature in imagineFX, very nice tutorial too & to find Atomhawk is based here too.
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OrenDotan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
the cover looks awesome :)
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Kimbot1984 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Huh! Colren and Steve Pick used to go along to a 'drink and draw' with me now and again - you should ask them if it's still going on!
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sonofamortician Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
D'oh, what Kimbot said, I pretty much chimed in the same, should teach me to read the comments first before starting to flap my lips.
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Kimbot1984 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Tee hee XD
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SPyWorkz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ah! I am in Middlesbrough... around 40 minutes from Newcastle. Would love to join a sketch group... Lets see :)

Keep us updated :)
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Basu-zo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
damn, got excited when i read Newcastle, then got to UK. no, not Newcastle 2 (the one with the big iron penis)
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Charlie-Bowater Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL. I expect a lot of people will be from Newcastle... just not the right one :noes:
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Nixity Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm about 2 hours from newcastle unforunately, however if youre interested in meeting up with fellow dAers, you may be interested in this: www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=180452788659452
This will be the third meetup of its kind, with the last one in december bringing in 30 people. Were expecting that number or more this time round!
Think about it :)
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Charlie-Bowater Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's a shame ;)

Thank you for the link, sounds helpful! I may have to resurrect the old facebook account for that one!
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Nixity Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I noes :(
You wont need to join unless you need to ask for someone to meet you to bring you to the venue as I expect you won't know the chesterfield area? ;)
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Charlie-Bowater Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I see. I'm not overly familiar with Chesterfield, but I'm from Derbyshire originally and go home there regularly, I just happen to live in Newcastle these days.
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Nixity Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh neat! Its nice to finally meet someone from the UK/ derbyshire. There aren't many of us (at least that I've met). I didn't realise you were from the UK and I think I've been watching you for like 4 years O_o
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AzurSky Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Just got my copy of imagine fx :) Looks awesome.

Im guessing your comissions are full?
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Ice-guy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011   Digital Artist
I'm in that issue! Love the cover by the way!
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imaeko Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was gobsmacked when I saw your art on the cover, well done, its so COOL to get on the IFX cover! The art itself is absolutely gorgeous, cant wait to read through the how to <3 I aspire to that in distant years to come haha <3 Your new job sounds amazing, I wish you all the best :)

How do you get into the whole job market of doing this type of thing? Do you personally have any qualifications that helped you along? I feel that might hold me back if I ever try going for a career in art. I'm totally self taught, no A levels or higher in art/graphics or anything...
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VeraPeneda Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Will I be able to order it online?
Coz here in portugal I'm not sure it will be in the stores... T____T
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