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Hello my friends!

Been since the end of October that I made a journal entry of any kind, so I wanted to touch base in my limited way.  First and foremost I hope you and yours had a holiday season full of joy and wonder :) All the best to everyone and to those that came to rocky shores, the best healing thoughts and support I can muster.  :tighthug:

As for me the last few months has been quite busy and on the whole pretty cool.  A few valleys to go through, some will be a long walk, but walking is good for you, so I'm hopeful :)  In the Real World, been taking care of most of what I need to.  Farm of course (26 baby calves out frolicking in the snow with their mamas) and home.  Jan 9th Dad had his 92nd birthday.  Christmas brought us Sam, our new Great Pyrenees puppy :)  He's about 9 weeks old now and a 20lb football of fluff, energy, and pee :P He's learning quick though so hopefully the scamp will have us all trained in no time :D

Big developments at my business.  To those who don't know, my partners and I own a classic 80s video game arcade.  All original machines, no MAME or knockoffs.  No new stuff.  Good, solid, fun games that give meaning to the word classic:  Pac-Man, Frogger, Galaga, Missile Command, Spy Hunter, Tetris, Tron, etc...  $5 admission at the door, all the games are free to play with no time limit.   This summer we will be enjoying our Ten Year Anniversary.  It's been a great ride so far, but we've wanted to do more.  Looking at ways to expand.  Talked about new locations and whatnot, but an opportunity opened up and we grabbed it.  We're still at our same location, but the offices in the basement beneath us were vacant, so we took them over, cut a hole in the floor and had stairs built and now we're a classic 80s arcade with a Bonus Level :D  Allowed us to go from about fifty video games and eight pinball machines to eighty games and close to twenty pinballs, and our fire code capacity doubled :D  Plus two extra dedicated party rooms and a space for an 80s style lounge/living room where we show old 80s movies :D  Already we've had record nights so fingers crossed that this is going to be taking us to the next level in record time :D

For myself I've been trying my hand at being a little crafty :)  Earlier in the year I went down to Universal Studios and spent several days at their Harry Potter resorts, which was awesome.  Bought a wand there and I had won a couple wands in a couple contests at home, so I've been trying to come up with neat ways to display and all that, but then I got the notion of making some myself.  So I did :)

Wands by NICELabs

Not great, as I don't really know too much about staining and such, but for a first try I think I'm getting the hang of it.  We've got all sorts of interesting woods on our farm so I'm exploring :)  These (left to right) were made of Holly, Cedar, and the last two were Honey Locust (thorn).  I'm working on some more that are going to be Lilac and wild grape :)  Thinking about making a dozen or so for the upcoming gaming conventions I'll be going to to help raise money for the nonprofit gaming event I help put on in the fall :)

Now finally I'll turn my attentions to things here :)  I started doing a couple sci-fi pics featuring the OCs of a couple friends of mine and it really took off and developed into quite the storyline.  Doing a sort of alternate universe of the Racks View setting created by the lovely and talented :iconclairestrasza: I created the interstellar survey ship Racks view and her lovely crew.  Claire's OC is of course Captain and the sweet and gorgeous :iconwondercuria-dd: gracious let me us her OC Denise as part of the crew and finishing up were my own OCs of Khia and Margo.  It's really turned into a huge story of sexy peril, damsels in distress, lecherous alien monsters, intrigue and betrayal, humor and a few other thesaurus worthy adjectives :D  So much so that I've done over thirty more pics of the storyline.  As this is sexy peril, these extra scenes are well outside of the TOS of DA so I can't show them here, but I think they're good enough to compile the whole thing into an adult graphic novel of sorts and market it elsewhere :)  Hopefully in the next month or so I'll have it all finished and available at those adult venues.  Regardless it was a lot of fun and I'm definitely going to be revisiting this setting (with Claire and Denise's permission of course) and exploring others where the gals of Racks View do what they do best... get into trouble ;) 

It's been a few months since I've posted a journal and there's a backlog of recognitions so I wish to say I am deeply humbled and grateful for everyone who has shown interest in my works during that time, even though I haven't been able to say so when I should have.  Right now in my feedback alerts I have over 1700 notifications of favorites and Watches and Llamas and the like so please forgive my being overwhelmed by it all and not able to thank you all in the manner that you deserve.

109 people have added me to your DeviantWatches since my last posting.  Thank you all so very much.  I'm honored my works have captured your interest and I hope my humble attempts will continue to do so :)

By far my Racks View: New Horizons series has caused the most activity and I thank you all for the support and incentive you've given me to continue it :)

In the hundreds and hundreds of Favorites I've received (so weird to say that...) my gallery was explored widely, old and new stuff and I'm glad people have enjoyed the range of my works.  Of late, these seem to have been the most popular (15 or more new Favorites) and again I thank you :) 

Rings of Venus by NICELabs Khia's Abduction by NICELabs Pinup Revisited by NICELabs Moondancers by NICELabs  

I've fallen into the trap here at DA I think many are in, as I am in many groups here.  My deviation notices fill up so quickly it's a daunting task to keep up with all of the wonderful things you all share, so if I miss something or just quickly Favor it and don't comment, please forgive me.  It is not for lack of interest I assure you.  It's like running down a hill, picking flowers in an avalanche :D  The beauty is no less appreciated and enjoyed but I'm in danger of being buried at any second :D :P

On a final note, those that know me know I have weakness for puns.  Can't resist them.  They're my quiptonitie one might say ;)  Anyway, it's been a while since I've shared any and this one came to me out of the blue, so I'll pass it along for you to ponder:

It's been said that to a Dyslexic, "God" is "Dog".  Does that mean if they get upset and curse they shout "Dalmation!"  :D


Love to you all :)

John
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: new puppy barks
  • Reading: gym schedules
  • Watching: my exercise bike mock me
  • Playing: one prepaid card's worth of WoW
  • Eating: better (or trying to)
  • Drinking: too much Dr. Pepper

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John
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United States
Known as Niceman in certain circles. That reminds me... if you do a search for my art search under Niceman too as I'm so used to putting that in my tagline that I did it here on many pics in my gallery even though I'm going by NICELabs here.

Anyway, in the Real World I'm a farmboy nerd who enjoys CGI art (mainly work in Poser) when I'm not tending the baby calves on the farm or the classic 80s video game arcade I co-own with friends. My art is eclectic in genres ...pretty much whatever strikes my fancy. I'll do sci-fi, fantasy, modern, horror, just whatever idea pops into my head at the time. Usually though it involves nudity/adult themes. What can I say. I'm a lifelong fan of women and the female form :) If you know what Shokushu is, I'm THAT Niceman, though the Real World and other interests have kept me from being there for years.

Current Residence: the N.I.C.E. Labs facility just off shore of Shokushu Isle
Favourite genre of music: 80s but appreciate all kinds
Favourite style of art: appreciate many styles. Genres lean to Sci-fi and erotic
Operating System: Mac OSX
MP3 player of choice: iPod Touch
Wallpaper of choice: of my own creation
Favourite cartoon character: Jonny Quest circa 1960
Personal Quote: "Integrity is doing the right thing, even if no one's looking"
Interests

Webcam

Commission Info

My rates are $30 for a basic portrait with limited background. Scenes involving action, complex settings and/or multiple characters generally go at a $30/hour rate where most pics fall in the 3 to 5 hour range. I of course do not charge for rendering time. You shouldn't pay for the speed of my computer (or lack thereof)... only the time I'm physically working on the artwork. Transactions via Paypal.

I like to explore genres. I won't be doing any illegal type of artwork of course, but I will do my best to capture your idea. I do refrain from doing any male gay or transsexual pics as it's not my thing and I've found that my lack of inspiration in such areas makes the pics suffer and for a commission that would mean not getting what you want.

I have an extensive 3D library so odds are I can get close to clothing, props and settings you have in mind, but if latitude is allowed I'm sure I can make up for any discrepancies by my attention to the spirit of your request.

Thank You for Encouraging My Behavior

THANK YOU ALL!!

Time constraints and popularity prevent me from thanking each and every one of you for finding Favor with my work, but please know that even if I may not say it to you directly, I am deeply honored my works have been pleasing to your senses. Thank you so very much!

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exata Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thanks for the fav on You sexy thing .
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NICELabs Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure :) 
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NEWATLAS7 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thanks for the :+fav:! :)
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NICELabs Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
very welcome :) 
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riftroamer Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi John, thanks a lot for your fave on the
Busy Industrial Shuttle Port :)
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NICELabs Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :)  I loves me some Traveller :D
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FGZwergnase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Most welcome :) 
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Agr1on Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Favon Succubus Demon by Agr1on :iconbummy1::iconbummy2::iconbummy3:
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very welcome :) 
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