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Hey, I'm James Merrill, a 26 year old Digital Artist & programmer originally from Baltimore, but now living in Burlington, VT.
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I have been seriously disconnected from art for the last year, which is weird because it's been such a huge part of my life for the 10ish years that I've been producing digital artwork. I think the minor successes that I've achieved have gone to my head, set expectations that are unrealistic, and caused me to doubt myself. I'm tired of talking about my art, I just want to make it. These problems all seem to have stemmed from my desire to start turning digital art into canvas pieces and hanging them up in galleries and stuff. There's almost no context for the average person when it comes to digital art. It's often times confusing, and out of place in the physical world. There has to be some explanation of the process for people to even begin to comprehend digital printed artwork, and because that process is so radically different than traditional art, the abstract styles and forms often times are unrecognizable, and unnatural to those who aren't used to seeing the result of photoshop/painter/3D. 

Is it cool educating people about digital art? Yeah, kinda. But that's not what inspires me. Here online there is an understanding, and appreciation for how it's made, what styles it derives its look from, and how it's (hopefully) changing digital art. I think being humble, and tuning out the static noise of artistic critique and praise is the way to go for me. 

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iTonTo Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Im your 66,000th visitor !
Deadfish-SilentArmy Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I used your work here deadfish-silentarmy.deviantart…

in my music video, I gave full credit!

FelixAnderson Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
Colors1 Sep 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday james!
iEvgeni Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! Yayay
kuda14 Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do u have any tutorials on how to make those abstract shapes/forms? I'm loving it...
toThePixel Jul 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I dont, but I can tell you that they are created in Flash, then painted over in Corel Painter and Photoshop. 
nickalive Jun 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks for the fav
unisonart Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great stuff!
Just looking at all my newb stuff, and had to say thanks for that one or two materials! Really helped me learn about that stuff. The Jiov account is next to look at... gonna be a throwback for sure.
toThePixel Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Woh Justin! What's up man? Still making art?? You should hit up Evoke and see how it's been going.
Garciarrhea Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Just wondering sir, but do you post on Reddit under the username "lostPixels?"
FelixAnderson Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooohooooo!!! Your gallery is so awesome!!! :headbang:
hitokage-dd Oct 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome gallery man. I have one of your pieces as a desktop wallpaper on my notebook!
Yo man saw some of your work down by thames street. Def digging your work. Just wanted to know your work ethic? When you got into Digital work? Who your inspirations were? And where you went to school? Im currently go to Towson and am trying to transfer to MICA. Id love to hear back man!!!!!!
toThePixel Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey man, thanks so much for the kind words! To answer your questions: I try and work on art whenever possible, but it's hard with a full-time job at an ad agency and a girlfriend. I always get inspired by other digital artists, graffiti and things I see in Bmore. I didn't go to school, but I live right by MICA and it's an awesome campus! Best of luck getting in.
robhoeppner Nov 30, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for inspiring me! your art is so awesome!
parckless Nov 23, 2011   Digital Artist
man, you re awesome!!!!!!
toThePixel Nov 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks man!
Malahicha Nov 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for adding me in your deviantwatch
Et bravo pour votre travail
iamnicklezzz Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice galerie!!
LDGA Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :party:
TheUnknownBeing Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday dude.
how the crap did you do your sig?
UrHellaIgnant Aug 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
dude fucking rape that piece of shit that stole your work and is hustling it. karma is coming for that fool
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