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Amit Dutta
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
I am a self taught illustrator and concept artist.
I hope you enjoy rifling through my galleries.

If you are interested in hiring me for your project please get in touch by note or on

Please note I do not work for free, for exposure or for the equivalent of 2 dollars an hour. If you want quality work done, you need to be realistic about the value of what you are asking for.

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A big thanks to everyone who fav's my stuff. I can't often respond to them all individually, but every single one is so very much appreciated!


2014.12.10 Meeting notes by M0nkeyBread
2014.12.10 Meeting notes
Only chance I get these days to art, has been in meetings at my day job. Here are some doodles
Spirited Away-ish by M0nkeyBread
Spirited Away-ish
Facebook Group: Brainstorm, challenge 12. Miyzazaki inspired enviro design. First painting in over 6 months!! 
Just to get rid of the old journal, something I wrote in a dark hour. Apologies to watchers for lack of art updates, hopefully soon...soon.

The following cautionary sequence of events I am about to recount is perhaps not a unique one, but it shall hopefully show the initially well-intended motivations that my artistic aspirations have led me to and the resulting folly I now find myself in.

More than a decade ago after finishing University I had semi-consciously avoided the artistic  demons in my belly, present but never insistent. I generally pootled about in several interesting but ultimately unrewarding careers. It was during the October month of 2011 that I attended a 2 day illustration workshop entitled “White Cloud Worlds” in Wellington. Over the course of the weekend dark whispers began to make themselves heard from behind the sickly bright glow of points on the screen in front of me.  As I left the workshop, the sub-audible chatterings followed me from their basement lair. The chill bite of the Tasman southerlies cut through the air and the ominous clouds that roiled over the harbour were not white, but a burnt charcoal gray.  On the long solitary drive back to my estate, hidden in the remote winding gorge of the Akatarawa valley the dark whispers became more insistent and resolved into half uttered gibberish words. I didn’t know what exactly but something had shifted in me. Over the next few weeks I began to set up my dark altar.

For the next 8 months I went to my 40 hour day job as a technical analyst to satisfy the mortgage beast of Akatarawa Valley. I returned home soul depleted every day and the whispers would begin again. I sat in the cold glow of my altar and painted for 3-4 hours, sometimes more each night. I started to hear scritchings and scratchings in the walls which I accounted to some rodent seeking shelter from the cold. After 5-6 hours of a fitful sleep invaded by dreams of dark shapes clawing through a semitransparent black fabric, I would wake and repeat the cycle. 

In the weekends I would retreat to my estate and rarely leave until the next work day came around.  I installed a few rat traps around the house but I wasn’t confident I would catch anything as I knew the telltale droppings of the rodent were not present. All I had found was a sticky treacle-y substance around a small hole drilled to allow power cables through in the pantry. 

People still used to come and visit me then and they would occasionally stay overnight. Those times were good. When darkness slid over the valley as a blanket as we prepared for bed we would hear the scratching in the walls. I tried to laugh it off with jests of superintelligent rodents and I showed them the unsprung traps. I had not caught a thing. We talked about alternate methods of peanut butter and trapdoors over buckets half full of water. Even rats can’t swim forever we joked. But as they settled in for the night I would return to my altar and bathe in the glow of the screen and the insistent whispers of the shapes behind them.

As time went on I retreated further into my hole and avoided people. Eventually they stopped coming. To this day they have not returned.  I now sit bathed in the glow of my altar and listen as the shifting shapes behind the screen constantly called to me to join them, consuming pieces of me with each stroke of my pen. It is not food but the dismal hunger in my belly for creative  expression that sustains me. The clock ticks as time passes and the years of my youth melt away into the gloaming of time; the sores on my legs and back itch incessantly, my cheeks sallow and my eye sockets cast deep shadows from within which insanity twinkles.

I write this not to engender sympathy in the reader, though you would probably feel so inclined if brought face to face with the wretchedly state of my existence. I suspect you would recoil in horror at the same time. The scratching has become a slow steady deep scraping and drumming of the wall. The whispering has resolved into the vile guttural gibbering of a thousand different tongues of artists from the depths of time. I now hear the crack of the whip of the dark demon beast behind them all slavering in demand for my soul.  They will not stop until they have consumed me. I write this as an entreaty to show not how wretched I am but how motivated I am in doing the work the dark lord demands. I ask beg of you...please help me to unleash them.

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GrinNBarret Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
Hey man! How have you been?
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not bad dude! Keeping a very low profile. Almost underground. :) How are you doing man?
GrinNBarret Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
I'm still kickin'!
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:) awesome man. welcome to the furry maelstrom of dA!
Kim-Il-Songun Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keep up the good work, your deviations are amazing!
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind words! I shall try!
draco-datura Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Your gallery is really great! :)
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
Koogleblitz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow. ive been looking at your gallery and its hard to imagine you got this good being self taught. can you recommend any resources for someone starting out but not wanting to go to art school?
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Heya, getting better is just about putting in the time required more than anything. There are literally thousands of resources out there for self study. I can't go in depth, though I am putting together a self-teachers guide to art, that will have an up to date resources section, but it may be quite some time for that to come through.

The fundamentals you want to focus on are:  
Line and Dynamic sketching (Basic drawing skills...but very important)
Figure drawing (Gesture, line of action, anatomy)
Values (depth, form and volume)
Colour Theory 

if you are thinking of getting into concept design down the line, there is much value to be learned from the industrial design side of things. Design process, iteration, shape language, form, material etc

For now, start with the following free fundamentals focused sites and youtube channels:  

Sycra's youtube channel:

Shaddy Safadi's video series on doing digital painting studies. There is SO much useful process and approach information in this,  though it isn't on any specific fundamental, so don't view it as a way to learn fundamentals, but as a way of thinking about how to paint and workflow :…

Figure drawing practice sites like:

Join improvement forums like the Crimson Daggers:

Ideally I would like to explain how and in what order to get started with these, but it would take too long, hence my motivation for writing a guide. If you are serious, the most important thing is to just get started and focus on your fundamentals first.  Build doing some art at least once a day or into a sustainable regular routine early on, because one thing about self-teaching is that you need lots of motivation and discipline in order to be able to put in the time needed over the next few years. A good way of doing this is creating an account at the crimson daggers, start a sketchbook thread and post everything you do in there. People will start commenting, and the community is all about self-improvement so it is nice to be in the same boat as others. 

Hope that helps. You can always ask me questions as they come up. I can't guarantee fast response time anymore, but I will try and help where I can!

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