Dio Brando and Star Platinum Wall Art available on paper, stretched canvas, luxury metal or acrylic. Multiple sizes available with free shipping!
Growing up, I loved cartoons, manga, video games and all that nerdy stuff. My dream was to become part of that whole industry. To make my own creations and share my passion.
Some kids got lucky and were born with tons of artistic talent. I didn’t. Learning to draw didn’t come naturally, and I often found the process quite stressful.
As I practiced improving, I would receive praise from my childhood peers and family. I had fun drawing, but I was never happy with the results. I felt like a fraud sometimes, wanting to give up constantly, when my art didn’t turn out the way I’d envisioned.
Additionally, I developed an odd phobia around the subject of death, and this got quite severe at times, preventing me from creating art when it got bad.
But I never gave up. My passion for the various characters in cartoons and films was intense. My love for the aesthetic beauty of both western comics and Japanese anime styles drove me to continue my artistic journey.
There was a certain edge to the Japanese manga of the 1990s that fascinated me and I was determined to become a professional. I persisted through all the pain of inadequacy until I eventually got good at drawing. It was emotionally brutal at times. I felt like if I couldn’t get it right, that I’d never get there. And yet, I never gave up.
It took 10 years of relentless practice and repetition to get to the point where a stranger commissioned me to create my very first paid artwork!
I’ll never forget the feeling. A total stranger contacted me via email asking for a custom piece. I blinked, barely able to believe my eyes. But there it was, in black and white text. Offering me adult money for something I’d spent the last 10-12 years doing as a hobby. It was a true rite of passage, a core memory, of becoming a man. I was only 18 at the time.
The request came from a band. They wanted an album cover custom-designed and offered me what felt like a huge sum of money at the time.
I sat there, at my home computer in my bedroom, just staring at the screen and the black and white text. My brain at that moment seemed to drown out the music I had playing at the time and the world went silent. My hand on the mouse and the other on the keyboard were the only things keeping the world real to me, everything else was a blur.
There was massive pressure involved. Before, I was just working to make something beautiful. Now, I had to do that AND please someone else at the same time. What if they didn’t like it? What if they hated it? What if I wasn’t good enough? What if this whole fantasy of becoming a professional artist was some delusion I’d indulged myself in for too long, and I’d finally get found out?
It took a solid 25 hours, working on it every day after school. After about a week, I submitted my artwork. I was so proud and excited to show them what I’d killed myself to create for them.
When I got their response, I was devastated. They didn’t even like it. My stomach sunk. It was at that point when I knew my art career was over. What was I even thinking? I wasn’t a professional, I was just a wannabe…
But I never gave up. Something deep inside of me kept pushing and decided to revise the piece completely, in alignment with their request. It took all I had to create the 2nd version. I had put everything into the first version and in my opinion, it was done right. I was right! But I pushed through this voice in my head and completed the 2nd version no matter how distraught I was.
I brought the 2nd completed version back to the band, and they loved it! They declared my project a success and they paid me in full! It was the first time I’d ever been paid for my artwork by a total stranger. It was a huge emotional moment for me.
I felt like I’d stepped across the threshold and was now a professional artist… and even more importantly, I was now a man.
I’ve continued to work as an artist for decades, authoring several best-selling how to draw books, and more recently working as a Tattoo artist for over 11 years. I want to continue to be of service to my customers, offering them beautiful artwork they can enjoy in their homes.
❇️ Production and Shipping Time:
Glossy Photo Paper: 5 days for printing, 5-10 days for shipping.
Ready-to-Hang Canvas: 5 days for printing, 5-10 days for shipping.
Artwork will be delivered anywhere in the world free of charge!
❇️ Styles of Print:
There are 5 ways to print this artwork.
1) Premium Glossy Paper is used for high quality, professional paper-prints.
♦ Sharp, Vivid and rich Color sets this apart from a casual, home photo print and makes use of artwork specifically created at super-high resolution for maximum detail.
♦ Premium Glossy Photo Paper will last a long time.
♦ This option is available in 8×10 inches, 11×14 inches or 16×20 inches.
♦ They are designed to be placed in a glass frame, which can be purchased separately (starting at a few dollars at your local Target or online).
♦ Signature watermark or numbers will not appear on actual artwork.
2) Ready to Hang Canvas is ready to put up on your wall right out of the box with. Zero assembly required for ultimate convenience.
♦ Gorgeous finished look. It comes out of the shipping box finished and ready to hang with a simple nail in the wall.
♦ Canvas Prints are a well-known, high-end way of displaying artwork.
♦ Premium 1.5 inch thick wooden stretcher-bars that give it depth and shape, in the same way an oil painting is traditionally assembled. There are no staples or ugly lines visible on the sides (very important).
♦ Add an optional modern, black frame if buying: 16×20, 12×36, 24×36 or 30×40 inch Canvases.
3) Ready to Hang Canvas (split into 3 panels). Includes the same features a single Canvas print. Also:
♦ This is for larger pieces- the artwork is split into 3 even panels. 3 separate canvas panels which put together make a single large image.
♦ This gives a modern look, and allows spectacularly large sizes on your wall!
4) Aluminium Metal Prints
♦ Elegant wall décor that shines. High-end, exclusive and unique aluminium metal print add a touch of luxury to your walls.
♦ Polished, vibrant reproduction for optimal colour saturation on a 3mm thick aluminium plate with gloss coating.
♦ UV resistant ink prevents fading. All metal sizes are ready to hang on your wall, right out of the box.
5) Acrylic Prints
♦ Eye-catching home décor with modern acrylic prints. Light refracts through the museum-quality acrylic, bringing vibrancy and depth to the artwork.
♦ The clear acrylic produces superb image quality from edge to edge and absolutely stunning, brilliant colour.
♦ UV resistant ink prevents fading. All acrylic sizes are ready to hang on your wall, right out of the box.