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Hello my dear friends.

It's been nearly eight months to the day since I wrote a legitimate journal entry, not that I haven't been meaning to... things always seem to get in the way.  As I've said before, however, 'I'd be a great procrastinator... if I could ever get around to it.'. :P   My laziness has spilled to other areas so I'm trying to rectify that.   It's one of those things where you don't have the time or inclination to do something and while you delay it grows a bit, then it becomes a bit more daunting, so you delay and it grows a bit, then it gets to a point where it's so out of proportion it doesn't matter if you work on it or not.  In a way that's what's motivating me to do this Journal entry now.   My Deviation notifications I usually keep up on, going through the postings of the groups I'm in and the new uploads of the all those I Watch specifically.  Not to mention the notifications of all those that are watching me.   Well, over eight months it snowballed on me and I'm embarrassed to say I have 19,958 notifications I have yet to sift through.  Over 4000 of them are notifications of people showing Favoritism and/or Watching my works.

If there is a saving grace, if I have received a comment or reply I've always responded, but to all those I haven't thanked for their generous attention to my works, and to all my dear friends whom I watch that it seemed I was uninterested in your art, I truly apologize.  I have tried to keep up with at least those favorite artists of mine and show favor to their art, but some didn't receive the attention from me I've shown in the past and I want to let you all know it was not intentional.  I still hold your skill and imagination in the highest regard, even if I haven't been showing it as I should.

I'm going to start with a clean slate and purge my notifications and hopefully I can proceed in a more responsible manner, but saying that, it means that there are going to be some wonderful art I'll be missing, which saddens me.  I'm trying to go through those I watch for anything I've missed, but please understand if I don't find them all.  To those who have decided my humble attempts at art is worthy of Watching and those who've included my works among their Favorites, I give my most humble thanks.  I'm honored you've found what I do to your liking :) :tighthug:

So, what's been distracting me?  Well, mainly the Real World.... in the past eight months been busy.   I'd mentioned that our arcade expanded, adding a downstairs area.  That really took off and people are enjoying it, but this year also marks our ten year anniversary, so last month we took a week off (as we always do around 4th of July) but instead of sun and fun used that time to revamp, repair, and rearrange.  Massive amounts of work but when we came back we celebrated our Anniversary proper and it's been going at a run ever since :)  One fun thing was from the start of our celebration we secretly kept count of all of our customers, so we were able to surprise one very nice young man and his date that he was our 1984th customers since our ten year mark.  He won a ton of stuff, including free admission into our arcade... for life :D

Usual things going on during the last several months.  Taking care of the house and farm and family.  Working the cattle, raising the calves and selling them at market.  Sam the Puppy is now 9 months old and Sam the Dog is a very large handful :P  We've cut hay so I'm in the process of putting over a hundred 1000lb bales in the barn to store them till winter.  Not exercising like I should, but I'm trying to make little changes that will get me back on track.

Art-wise I'm still exploring, as I am want to do.  Last year I did a sci-fi series "Racks View: New Horizons" (…) which was very well received.  I still need to compile it all (plus the 30 or so more pics outside of the TOS I've done with them) into one volume... would like to make it an online comic of sorts, so I'm going to get more assertive and get that done.   I've started another series that seems to be going well.  Same people ending up in different genres, so rather than the spacefaring sci-fi of New Horizons this one is more contemporary, but the lovely heroines have run afoul of the sinister N.I.C.E. Labs (whistles nonchalantly ;) ) (…)

In general there are some I've been particularly pleased with and for the sake of my ego I share them again:

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Anticipation of Summer by NICELabs

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Racks View: Lyla and Lydia... Peeking Inside by NICELabs
 Water Lily by NICELabs 

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Racks View Steamy Pinup: Denise's New Shoes by NICELabs

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Racks View Steamy Pinup: Denise by NICELabs

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Racks View Steamy Pinup: Denise 2 by NICELabs

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Racks View Steamy Pinup: Claire by NICELabs

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Racks View Steamy Pinup: Extraordinary Ladies by NICELabs

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Blue Blaze Contest Entry: Finally Finished by NICELabs

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Tell me.... by NICELabs

Anyway, I've bored you long enough with all this.  Deepest thank you again to all my dear friends and supporters who've enjoyed my art, even if my laziness hasn't made my appreciation readily known.   Thanks too to those who will forgive me for not keeping up on things and not following your art as I should and have in the past.   Best of love and happiness to all :) 

  • Mood: Caring
  • Listening to: Doctor Who audio adventures!!
  • Reading: words
  • Watching: Cows
  • Playing: D&D and Star Wars RPGs
  • Eating: better (or trying to)
  • Drinking: Water


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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"

Jonny Quest: Best Show Ever!


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


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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Y-Phil Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: for

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Divine Denise by Y-Phil
NICELabs Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure :)  Awesome work :) 
Posereality4 Featured By Owner 20 hours ago
Thank you for adding No Pants 1 and 2  to your favourites!
NICELabs Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome :)  They very much leave one panting for breath ;) :D
ddpepsi Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You for adding Elven Warrior Glory to your favs :happybounce: 
NICELabs Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
you're most welcome :) 
MADMANMIKE Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave!
Mike's Paladin by MADMANMIKE
NICELabs Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Most welcome :)  Great work.  I must admit... the glow you put around your characters is your signature style, which is totally cool, but for me it tends to be a bit distracting, however with this guy being a paladin it totally fits and really takes his look up a notch.  Most cool :)  :handshake: 
MADMANMIKE Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
It's just a technique I use to pull my art out of the uncanny valley.
NICELabs Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
yah I know and totally respect it 
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