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Sometimes we forget to smile because we're too busy looking at our future goals. Let me tell you something, you've worked too hard to be where you are. You've worked through the hard times, the deadlines, the personal issues, the family issues, burning the midnight turmoil when necessary and you still waiting for the future to bring you happiness. Don't hold the past against you, let the future drive you for the greatness it has to offer. Learn from your failures and let them go, praise the achievement but don't get too excited about them, as they will stop you from growing further. 

You don't know whether your goals will make you happy once you achieve them, so why not be happy about the things we've already done and then look forward to the heap of things that are working their way towards us. 

Smile! Its the greatest asset you have, no one can take that away from you and its a skill you were born with. 

Let the journey be exciting and full of surprises, learn from it and let yourself grow through the experience rather than to simply go through it. 

Signing off, with the greatest smile, 

Gagan
  • Listening to: My inner voice
  • Reading: Nah
  • Watching: Orange is the new black
  • Playing: with my tablet
  • Eating: Rice and Lentil
  • Drinking: Green tea (as usual)
We were all born at difference time and grew up with different experiences from one another, exposed to different environment. So why do we compare ourself to others and rush to overtake them or be better than them? 

I remember that when I moved to England aged 13 my classmates were light years ahead of me, they could all speak eloquently without hesitating. They knew what the trends were, they could easily mix into the society and they all seemed to be in the same bogie of the train, with me being the alien. I felt as if it would be impossible for me to get to there level, however I was passionate to learn, hungry to grow and eager to overcome my fears. I was willing to go out of my way to learn that which was necessary to hold a conversation in a language different to my own. 

'If your dreams are big enough the odds don't matter' - Unknown source

In the process I realised that if you are passionate and stay consistent, you will eventually reach your goal. I not only managed to learn to speak in a local accent and quite fluently, but within 3 years I managed to reach the top 5% in my class. Only a handful of students from my school went to the University and I was one of them. At times when I tried to rush myself in order to compete with others I ran out of fuel and giving up became a sweet dessert. 

Even though I joined the party late, I was slowly making progress and by setting high goals for myself. So the next time someone says he or she is so good and so young, just remember that they might have a head start on you but that doesn't mean that they are instant winners. 

In conclusion I would say:

'Don't rush your way to failure, work your way to success.'

Gagan
  • Listening to: Religious chants
  • Reading: Usain Bolt
  • Watching: Orange is the new black
  • Eating: Inspiration
  • Drinking: Green tea (as usual)
We are so shy when it comes to expressing ourself, we miss great opportunities just because we think that we're not worth it. 

I was at the CA workshop recently and when it was time to show our portfolio to this art director from MPC London, no one came forward. There were about 20+ people standing around me and when she asked us to see our work, I was the only one who dared to put my work in front of her. Why? There were people asking me to ask questions from her, and were too afraid to make an error. 

Which lead to me thinking about something I was reading earlier on this month, about animals. See animals, they don't wear clothes, they don't hid in rooms for their private moment, to give birth and when they're talking to each other. Why can't we do the same?

  • Why are we so afraid of going after our dreams?
  • Why are we scared of other peoples opinion about us? 
  • Why do we hesitate when talking in front of a large group of people? 
  • Why do we ask others for approval, knowing in our heart that we can make it?

I believe it has to do with our brains. We are the most educated species on earth and rather than using our brains for greatness, we use it to anticipate what others think about us. We let others tell us what we're worth and we let them bring us down. 

Just because they failed doesn't mean that you have to fail to. You are capable of achieving whatever goals you have set for yourself. 

So next time its time for you to shine or express yourself, don't let your brain get in the way. Think like animals and just go all out. You'll feel much better after doing so. 

When my friend Daniel asked me to jump on stage and talk to 300+ people that came to the Concept Art Workshop. I did not hesitate. I asked Jason Manley if I can talk to the crowd and he agreed, so there I was facing my fears. It was terrifying and exciting but I definitely felt good afterwards. Let me know if you've recently overcome your fears or are willing to do it the next time the opportunity knocks on your door?

Gagan
  • Listening to: Les Brown
  • Reading: Nothing still
  • Watching: I haven't watched a movie for some time now.
  • Playing: The game of my life
  • Eating: Weetabix
  • Drinking: Green tea
All failures will unlock the next level.

Push through the work you've set yourself and even if you fail, it'll open the door to take you to the next level. Almost as if god exist and can see when you're working at your best and need a hand. He'll come at the right moment and show you the right path. If you don't believe in god then people/ close friends will do the same.

Whether public or private, its ok to fail. I've started so many things and promised everyone that i'll do this or that and then not been able to do it. That doesn't mean that I gave up. It just means that I need some more preparation to take it to the next level. A weight lifter doesn't know weather he can lift a 500 pound set until he tries it, chances are that he'll fail a few times before he can eventually lift that weight. Every time the fail will remind him of how far he is from that goal. It'll also make his other sets easier because now he can visualise the end.

Taking the first step is the hardest part, once you get past your fears and just make a move, the end becomes closer.

Ps: Fail, stare right in the eye of failure, get back up and go in stronger.

Gagan
  • Listening to: Arnold
  • Reading: Nah, writing.
  • Watching: Will treat myself later
  • Playing: The game of my life
  • Eating: Inspiration
  • Drinking: Thirsty
Don't hold back!

We have so much potential in our life and we usually just hold back and wait for the right time. That right time ain't never gonna come by itself. If we all worked on our full potential we could literally change the whole world over night and then change it again so we don't get bored.
Most of us will have great ideas and concepts and dreams but we'll just take them to our graves with us. We won't let them out because we're scared about what our friends will say, or our parents will say about us. Well, let me tell you something, when you work on your dreams, and let go of fears, that is when people will move away from you and be slightly scared of you. You see they never went after their dream and now seeing you chase after your dream will make them slightly scared, worries and jealous. But you can't hold onto other people in your life. You were born alone and you will die alone. So apply the one person per coffin theory and walk your own path. You are 100% independent and complete as you are. You don't need anyone else to complete you.

Don't hold back, let go, try, fail, get back up and try again.

Gagan
  • Listening to: Religious music
  • Reading: Nah, writing.
  • Watching: Don't have time for that
  • Playing: The game of my life
  • Eating: Inspiration
  • Drinking: The GDS Gin
Consistency matters!

Being consistent improves the quality of what it is you're working on.
Being consistent shows others that you can do the thing you claim to do, over and over again.
Being consistent shows your passion and enthusiasm through your work.
Being consistent allows you to concentrate on something you've already done.
Consistency is practise and practise makes perfect.

GDSWorld
  • Listening to: Religious music
  • Reading: Nah, writing.
  • Watching: Don't have time for that
  • Playing: The game of my life
  • Eating: Inspiration
  • Drinking: The GDS Gin
Are you Hungry?

Hunger will make you push through your pain.
Hunger will make you work through the nights.
Hunger will make you stand in the rain and not worry about anything but your goal.
Hunger will create the desire inside you that you need to never say never.
Hunger will give you the strength to live through the failures.
Hunger will reduce the white noise for you and let you focus on the thing that is important to you.

Are you hungry?
  • Listening to: Religious music
  • Reading: Nah, writing.
  • Watching: Don't have time for that
  • Playing: The game of my life
  • Eating: Inspiration
  • Drinking: The GDS Gin
Why have achievable goals when you know that you'll only be disappointed after reaching them?

I remember the first day I walked into my university and the only goal I had in my mind was to get a 1st class honours. Sure enough, I walked out with a first class honours but only because I had a goal in front of me. After reaching my goal I realised that I could've scored even higher and set myself a goal of having at least 99 credits (70+ is a first). That would've made me even happier.

Dave Rapoza recently mentioned that its not the goal that is too big or too small, it is how you break it down and work on it in smaller chunks. If you keep trying for the finish line, you'll never get there. You  have to aim for smaller parts of the puzzle that all fit together in the end.

So in my university I made sure that I cleared all my modules with enough marks to guarantee my first.
No dream is too big and if someone has already achieved a similar dream that just shows that you can learn from them and realise the same dream. Follow them, stalk them and politely ask them questions from time to time.

Having measurable short term goals will give you the sudden excitement you need to keep pushing forward and soon enough you'll reach your goals.

Have a great weekend,
Gagan
  • Listening to: Nothing (Forgot about the music)
  • Reading: The Perfect Bait
  • Drinking: Nothing
Hey guys,

I've been thinking about doing these for a while but there is always a right time for things I believe so here we go.
I'll be sharing my thoughts and things that I believe in, hoping that it'll be useful to you. Take the goods and I hope it'll improve your life for the better.
Feel free to share with me anything that you experience so its a two way thing and so I can get inspired by your thoughts.

Whatever field you go into, take some time to give back to your community.

Benefits of giving back:
- you feel good about yourself
- you're helping change someone else's life
- remember that someone helped you to get where you are today
- you build a network of people that will help you when you need it
- you're telling others that you are serious about what you do

So take some time to help someone in your field. It could be as simple as commenting on a buddying artist work and sharing with him/ her a few tips.
Tutorials, Tips, Techniques, paint-over are just some of the form in which ou can give back.

I also believe that by helping someone you show them that you care. I've experienced on numerous occasions where someone just need me to talk to them, just say a word or two to encourage them to move on.

Lets spread positivity.

Let me know if you've helped somebody and how you feel after doing it?

Gagan
  • Listening to: Nothing (Forgot about the music)
  • Reading: The Perfect Bait
  • Drinking: Nothing
Hey Guys,

I caught up with Alex Byron and Ben Burns a few days ago in a really cool location and asked them all the questions I had regarding an Indie game studio.
I really hope there is something in there for you guys as I did it primarily to help out any artist who is thinking about opening their own studio or wanting
to work for a small to medium size studio.
Their upcoming game is called 'Go To Hell Dave' and you can check it out here www.gotohelldave.co.uk/

You can check out the full interview here: youtu.be/ylPF35TvL4k

The first 20 seconds is me doing a quick intro and I had to record this part at 5am in the morning so expect me to sound a bit dead.

The interview was recorded by the awesome camera crew at Eternal Iris with their amazing SLR's. Apparently the file size was around 60gb which they had to massively compress for me.
www.eternaliris.com/

Looking forward to hearing your response on this.

Have a great weekend,

Gagan
  • Listening to: Nothing (Forgot about the music)
  • Reading: The Perfect Bait
  • Drinking: Nothing
Hey Everyone,

A dear friend of mine is looking for a skilled illustrator to do a book cover for her. I asked her to write a brief description and also
give me an indication of the budget for this cover. Brief www.deviantart.com/download/75…

If you are an illustrator and are looking to get some exposure please read this document and get in touch with her asap.
Deadline- 18th January 2013.

Clients profile:
- Fan page with 2100 likes
- Twitter base of 1650 followers


Read the brief first and then get in touch with Anna @ studio@annarunefelt.com or if you need any more info then get in touch with me.
The exposure in this job out weights the money provided but i'm pretty sure it'll open doors to more future commissions.

Best of luck
Gagan
  • Listening to: Nothing (Forgot about the music)
  • Reading: The Perfect Bait
  • Drinking: Nothing
Hey Concepteez,

I've decided to livestream the whole Dynamo series so you guys can watch me paint and join the conversation whenever you feel like it.
I'll be starting ground up and making all my brushes as I go along so if you're interested in any of that feel free to drop by.

Livestream address: www.livestream.com/gdsworld

I'll also update this very blog as I go along so you guys can see the progress I make with every blog.

Best regards,
Gagan
  • Listening to: Nothing (Forgot about the music)
  • Reading: The Perfect Bait
  • Drinking: Nothing
2012 has been a great year for my life and I certainly ticked a lot of boxes this year for myself and the people around me.

This year I promised myself i'll try to have more fun and look after myself because last year I learnt that being miserable and worrying about everything in your life will get you nowhere.
My New Years resolution was to have as much fun as I could and help others. I can honestly say that every person that I helped have definitely given me something back which I didn't hope for. The saying 'Sharing is caring' is totally true if you believe in it.

Shaking off your past and living in the present is the biggest thing I learnt in 2012.

So wrapping up 2012 I can honestly say that its been a year of change in my life and I don't regret anything that I've been through. The goods and the bads all add to add up to make me who I am today so I won't change that for anything.

Whatever your resolution is for next year, I strongly suggest that you add a little fun and happiness to that so you can not only achieve your goals but also enjoy the journey. Think about it for a second. If you reach your goals and they were not what you expected, at least you enjoyed your journey and learnt from it.

Some highlights from 2012:
- Finished my university degree and got a 1st class Honours in Games Concept Design
- Started my own Game studio but shortly closed it to move back to London (closer to my family)
- ConceptWorld reached over 5000 members
- Gymnast was shown in 3D World magazine and I received a month worth of Digital tutors
- Gymnast received a DD and I witnessed a flood of messages and favs all in one day
- I worked on the official Manchester United fan game which was featured on their front page
- Our livestream event just got bigger and better and I had a chance to talk to great artists such as Sickbrush and Brent Hollowell. Learnt alot from them
- Met Bobby Chiu, Alex Woo and Jason Seiler and talked to them about my work and learnt from their experience.
- Had my first exhibition in Stoke
- Spend a day in Blitz studio and had my work reviewed by Simon who is the senior character artist at Blitz

Annual Meme for 2010, 11 and 12
2010- Annual Meme by GDSWorld 2011  Annual Meme by GDSWorld 2012 Annual Meme by GDSWorld

I'm not going to end this journal by telling you my plans for 2013, because guess what. Things I say now might change later down the year. But one thing I can promise you is that i'm going to have a lot of fun in 2013, more than 2012.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Gagan
  • Listening to: Nothing (Forgot about the music)
  • Reading: The Perfect Bait
  • Drinking: Nothing
Hey Concepteez,

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I was fortunate enough to grab myself a ticket for Alex Woo's gestural drawing workshop & one for Bobby Chiu's workshop in MPC London.
These tickets went fast. Funnily enough, I missed the ticket slot for Bobby's class but the window was still taking payment, so I took the risk and wallah! I was in the class. XD

Alex went over some fundamentals of drawings and really the essence of what it is to capture an idea.
Bobby shared his personal life with us, from being broke to education days and then making it big.

You can read the full blog here gdsworldp.blogspot.co.uk/2012/…

I would totally recommend these workshops to anyone who can afford them. They really are worth it.
This weekend has been really awesome for me. I heard a reply from Scott Robertson on Twitter, Ian Mcque replied to me and
Bobby Chiu re-tweeted to of my tweets to him.

I also had some pictures and autograph with 4 of them. I won't post theme here but you can find them on my twitter.

Have fun everyone,
Gagan
  • Listening to: Nothing (Forgot about the music)
  • Reading: The Perfect Bait
  • Drinking: Nothing

Setting a world record!

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:17 PM
Morning Everyone, today i'm trying to set a world record for the amount of 1 minute figure drawing I can do in a day. I'll be using Charcoal for this and i'm streaming the whole day so you can watch as I progress. www.livestream.com/gdsworld I won't be commenting, taking calls or anything. Cheers! :)

GDS

  • Listening to: Nothing (Forgot about the music)
  • Reading: Just finished reading Steve Jobs Auto-biography
  • Drinking: Tea as always

My Youtube videos are now up!

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 1, 2012, 5:54 AM
How you doing?

I've just uploaded the 2nd weeks video on my youtube page.
So far i've tried Watercolour and Ink for a week.
I found Ink really hard to use, and can safely say that its not for me.

You can have a look at my journey on my YouTube page www.youtube.com/gdsworld

I regularly post my updates to the facebook page www.facebook.com/gdsstudio and my twitter account twitter.com/gdsworld for lols.

Sorry for the quick note, have to shoot off.

I hope you're having fun. I certainly am! :D
GDS

  • Listening to: Nothing (Forgot about the music)
  • Reading: Just finished reading Steve Jobs Auto-biography
  • Drinking: Tea as always

GDSWorld: The Journey (Year long video series)

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 15, 2012, 8:15 AM
Hey Everyone,

I'm about to embark upon a new journey to find my own style. To push me, i'm using Youtube so I can keep a regular diary of my updates.
I'll be picking a new medium and style every week and working on it, ending up with a youtube video at the end of the week.

There is only one way to find out if something will work for you or not and that is by doing it.

This is the intro I made (get to know the real me). :)
Click here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=63vqrK…

The theme for the first week is 'Watercolours'.

Have fun everyone,
GDSWorld (A lost artist)

  • Listening to: Nothing (Forgot about the music)
  • Reading: Just finished reading Steve Jobs Auto-biography
  • Drinking: Tea as always

Graduated, found a contract, got published etc etc

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 25, 2012, 4:18 AM
Hi Everyone,

I haven't done one of these for ages, so its about time I get back into my DA groove.
Since my blog alot has changed for me. I've recently finished my 3 year degree at Staffordshire University, UK.
I was studying Games Concept Design and I received a First class honours. Was quite pleased with that. :)

My own Games Studio
Straight after uni I decided to open a Games Studio with a partner, but like any other partnership in the world, one puts in a lot of work and the other.... Well never mind!
That venture lasted all of 2 months and I decided to walk out of the partnership and move back to my parent house in London (Needed that). I lost a lot of health during this time and wasn't eating properly,
just because I badly wanted this to work. Everything happens for a reason and I got a lot of experience out of it. My partner is a great programmer and I wish him all the best.

Lucky contract
So after moving back to London I went to a gaming event in Cambridge. The event was ok but I was still recovering from the weakness thing.
Straight after the event, I was waiting for the bus and I met a guy who was waiting next to me at the stop. We got talking and I learned that
this guy owned a gaming studio and was after a 3D/ 2D character artist. I showed him my gymnast piece on my tablet and he just asked me to
sign a few contracts etc and I got the job the following morning. Now i'm currently working as a Contractor with him. Can't reveal much more than that
but as soon as the game is in the public domain, i'll let you all know about it. I'm working quite hard to meet the standards of the colleagues, as they all are quite
experienced than me.   

Published in 3D artist
So on a casual day, I went to the West-Field shopping centre and was browsing through a copy of 3D Artist, to my surprise one of the pages had my Gymnast piece in it 1.bp.blogspot.com/-t_BXUFYCY88…
I later found that I did receive a message from Digital Tutors telling me that I have won a month of subscription to their mag etc but it landed straight in my Junk folder.
Cheers guys! :)

A day in Blitz studio
I also had a chance to spend a day in Blitz studio. I was one of the 40 lucky contestant who had a chance to attend one of their open days.
They had lined up the seniors from all the disciplines to talk to us and I had a chance to meet with their Senior character artist Simon Ible, he gave me some critique on my work which was just awesome.
If you want to read the full article, which I typed after the excitement. Just click here gdsworldp.blogspot.co.uk/2012/…

Freelancing
So for the time being i'm working as a Freelance artist from home, I have already dealt with 2 companies and i'm just waiting on their games to be released so I can share the info with you. I'm also working on some personal projects which will be revealed soon.
The nibs on my Intuos 4 have all worn out now so i've just ordered a new set from USA. Cheap as chips....

Ok ok, without dragging it any further I just wanted to close this update by saying that i'm regularly posting my work in progress images on my facebook page, so if you have an interest in my work
make sure you follow my page www.facebook.com/gdsstudio
If you need any help, at any point just hit me up on facebook and i'll try and respond to you ASAP!

Take care guys and i'm proud to be in a circle of great friends and family.

GDSWorld

  • Listening to: Nothing (Forgot about the music)
  • Reading: Just finished reading Steve Jobs Auto-biography
  • Drinking: Tea as always

Livestreaming 6pm Scheduled

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 4, 2012, 2:14 AM
  • Listening to: Tiesto's club life
  • Drinking: Tea as always

Featured on Artfreck.com

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 6, 2011, 5:25 AM
  • Listening to: Tiesto's club life
  • Drinking: Tea as always