My Artistic Progression From Age 6 to 26!

My Artistic progression so far…

I wanted to share my artistic development with you so you can a clearer image of the artist I am today. You can see it has taken years and years of work and growing as a person for my Art take it’s current form. Enjoy!

Ages 6-9

I remember the first time I felt inspiration, it was after seeing my cousin Luke making drawings of Dennis the menace the Nike logo and other random stuff.

I was amazed by his ability to create something out of nothing, it felt like magic. I knew at that point I had to try to do the same. So my first drawings were of things that I loved at the time which were mainly computer game and comic characters such as Mario, Dennis the Menace, Cartoon network shows, South Park & the Simpsons.

I loved nature, wildlife and the Earth, I would read books way beyond my comprehension and try to draw the illustrations.

Ages 9-12

At this time I was still drawing the things I loved which like most children of the 90’s was Pokemon and Nintendo characters.

The Nintendo GameCube was released and I obsessed over the new graphics, I would paint pictures from games such as Mario Sunshine & Super Smash Brothers Melee.

I vividly remember painting each of these pieces, The watercolour Charizard was painted in my front room one morning, I was super impressed that I managed to colour the tiny eye without the paint bleeding out. The felt tip Charizard was created on my bedroom floor. The Mario Sunshine piece was painted on my landing one evening & the Super Smash Bros piece was created the morning after my dog died. It’s crazy how you embed memories into pieces of Art.

Ages 12-15

I finally got my Gamecube and would draw the cover art of the games I had.

I started to get into Animies such as Bleach and DBZ. I saw a huge progression in my ability and it was at this point where I realised I could become a decent artist if I kept going!

Art class at school made me draw and paint things I didn’t care about (this changed later!) but now I see it as a good thing.

Ages 15-18

I was still drawing anime and developing my technical skills.

At age 16 I started to get very depressed often and my interest in mental illness started.

I unexpectedly had my first lucid dreams at this age as well, I had no idea what they were or what they meant. I was confused and started isolating myself.

I created my very first digital images and paintings and loved the entire process. I considered becoming a digital artist and stopped drawing anime to focus on the human condition

Ages 18-21

I discovered the amazing joys of lucid dreaming, astral projection, meditation and was fascinated about consciousness, perception and spirituality.

I slowly let go of the mental illness fascination and started focusing on positive self development instead.

I really developed my work technically with colour, anatomy, composition as well as giving my work meaningful messages.

I started to making the first steps towards living as a professional digital artist.

Ages 21-23

I am successfully making a living as a digital artist.

I have developed my style and refined my digital painting techniques to a level I never thought possible.

I started my own online digital painting school to teach others everything I have learned so far on my journey as an artist!

Ages 23-26

I feel that this has been the biggest period of development yet, I initially went through some dark moments. But after 2 years of sobreity I managed to rise and shatter all of my goals.

I focused on learning new digital art techniques which helped push my work to new levels. I started to learn  3D sculpting, animation and even started creating my first music which is the start of a whole new journey!

I have expanded my online following to an amount I didn’t think possible and have had the most financially successful years by far.

My school is still going strong with nearly 400 students from all over the world, I continue to develop new content and to pass on everything I know about creating digital art.

I can see many new exciting things on the horizon, thank you for following and supporting my work so far!

10 Ways to make money as an artist

10 ways I generate income as an independent artist.

Making a decent living as an artist can be tough, especially when starting out, it can be daunting to realise that your stream of income heavily relies on your ability to create popular artwork that sells.

For this reason many artists have to find ways to support their passion, such as having a second job. I used to work in a factory while I was studying for my degree & building my Art & Design business to a decent level.

I have discovered that there are many other ways to create income from your passion, meaning you dont have to work a terrible job just to support yourself. Here are 10 different ways of creating a stable income to help you make a living from your art.

1. Freelancing websites

Using freelancing websites can be a great way of sourcing new clients, the beauty of these websites is that the work can be so varied and interesting.

The downside is it can be hard to make decent money with most clients looking for the cheapest fee. But if your lucky enough to find the right clients, you can find some
really great paying jobs and possible stable work.

I was able to land many art and design jobs and have made some new friends in the process. I would highly recommend using the following websites

2. Selling prints

Selling prints online has never been easier, there are many websites that you can submit your work too and they take care of the production and shipping of the artworks for a small cut of the sale. You can of course produce your own prints for sale, but for some people it makes sense to use the following websites.

3. Digital Wallpapers


I noticed my artwork was constantly being downloaded from internet without my consent, people would crop chop and edit my work and use it as digital wallpapers on their phones/computers and tablets.

Now this of course is practically unavoidable and comes with the risk of sharing your work online. So I thought maybe if someone liked my work that much, they would pay £0.99 for a high resolution copy of my work. It actually worked well and I was able to make a small income from selling HD resoultion copies of my work.

4. Online courses

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I had many people asking me how I create my work and how could they do something similar. So I decided to start teaching everything I knew about digital art. This is an ongoing development, as my skills expand so do the courses.

So far the response has been amazing, and I am planning to push this project further.

5. Commissions

Commissions are perhaps my favourite source of income as they pay well and give you the chance to connect and make someone happy. I get a number of varied commissions from individuals, companies and publishers.

6. Licensing


After several years of creating and developing my portfolios I realised I actually had an extensive catalog of work which was just sat there and not really doing anything for me. So I decided to start licensing my work, people can pay to use my work in their promotional material, for example I have one company who regularly purchases my work to use for their Facebook advertising. It is a great way of earning extra income on pieces of art that are just sitting there!

7. Reviews

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I had reviewed several digital art products in the past, some of these reviews caught on well with the public, as a result I have had more companies commission me to write about or demonstrate their products. This can be really fun, it pays well and is a way of establishing yourself as an expert in a certain field.

8. Affiliates

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Most online products now have an affiliate system, affiliates work by recommending other people to a product, when they buy the product a certain percentage of that sale will go to you. On one of my reviews I had an affiliate link that generated a really healthy source of income. But be careful not to rely on this income, if a company changes it’s affiliate system you could lose that stream of money.

9. Design services


I graduated with a First in Graphic design, when I was 16 had plans to make a living as a designer. But as my art started to take over I now use my design skills to make my own business material look great, and to support my artistic development.
I get a lot of web and print design clients which pay well. So think about other creative talents that you have that could generate extra income.

10. 1 to 1 Tuition


Recently I have been able to start charging for digital painting tuition sessions. People meet with me and I guide them through the basics of digital painting or design
specific lessons that target troubles they are having.
And most importantly: Network, promote, commit!

The key to making a living as an artist today is to constantly network and promote your best work when ever possible. Once you have fully committed to making a living from your art, make it obvious to the world how serious you are. Be polite, professional and kind to others and you will receive the same treatment back.

To sum up…

So as you can see there are a lot of streams of income here, some are more major than others but they all play a part in boosting my profile and supporting my lifestyle.
Since going self employed I have made so many interesting clients & connections and have built many new friendships!

I am 23 years old so hopefully I will discover many new ways of supporting my art career to share with you all 🙂

Thanks for reading.

Louis Dyer Plymouth, UK Louis@LouisDyer.comAbout Louis
Louis Dyer is a UK based digital artist creating artwork based on his lucid dreaming and meditation experiences.

He aims to inspire positive self development through his art, design and writing. Louis loves to work with other like minded people and businesses, helping them communicate their messages with the world through inspiring visionary art.

His artwork has been featured in magazines such as Digital Arts magazine, and is regularly shared around the internet.

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Pyramids of the future


This is a speed painting piece inspired by a hypnagogic visual that I saw just before I had a lucid dream. It was a very striking scene, some kind of futuristic pyramids with a galaxy back drop!

I am currently going through my recent dream journal and making speed paintings to add to the dream vault in my lucid dreaming for artists e-course!

10 ways to make money as an artist

making money as an artist

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Painting with the applydea maglus stylus

Painting with the applydea maglus stylus

Pogo connect stylus painting

Painting with the pogo connect stylus

Video footage of me painting my first piece with the Pogo Connect Stylus and Pro Create app

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And purchase the stylus here:

What is Lucid Dreaming?

What is Lucid Dreaming?

Everyone experiences the dreaming state several times a night while they are sleeping though some people may not remember their dreams. Dreaming is an activity that has occurred throughout time but is still something we do not fully understand. During a dream one is given a number of pictures or episodes, mostly portraying ones ordinary daily life, these have little effect on a person and most of the dreams are forgotten. However there are some dreams that have a profound lasting effect because of their amazing beauty, intensity and lucidity.

Lucid dreaming is something that everyone has the ability to experience; it is when you become aware that you are in a dream. This awareness opens up the possibility to explore your own personal universe. At times these lucid dreams can appear just as real as and sometimes even more real than waking reality, it really is an amazing experience that everyone should try at least once.

Lucid dreams can be intense, awe inspiring and pleasurable, you could use lucid dreams to find out who you really are and gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

Lucid dreams can also be used to improve the quality of your waking life, dreams can be used as problem solvers for real situations. Our waking life ego is carried over into our lucid dreams, so the character we play in our dreams is the same person we are in waking reality.

This offers immense creative possibilities for personal problem solving. People have conquered phobias and fears and gained confidence through dreams, for example a musician who was afraid of playing in front of a big audience did so in his lucid dreams to squash that fear of performing. Even though this amazing skill is easy to learn our culture does not exactly support the notion of exploring different states of mind, this can leave people who experience lucid dreams possibly feeling isolated or restricted socially as they have little outlet for their experiences.

However this is changing due to the internet, the information on how to lucid dream is becoming more widely available and more and more people are experimenting and sharing their nightly travels.

iPad paintings made with the applydea maglus stylus

iPad paintings made with the applydea maglus stylus

Hello everyone, I felt like compiling some of my favorite paintings I have made on my iPad using the applydea maglus stylus and pro create app.

The combination of a great stylus and portable painting app has really increased my productivity, I have found that I often start sketches or paintings on my iPad that I then later expand and re-create in photoshop. Being able to paint anywhere at my leisure, rather than being immediately tied to my home workstation, has been somewhat of a revelation to my workflow.

iPad paintings

Below are examples of speed paintings I have made on my iPad( on the left) that I then later refined in photoshop( on the right).

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Thank you for reading and looking at my work. You can buy the applydea maglus stylus here and save 10%

You can also find more examples of my work here.

Dreams Vs Entheogens

Dreams VS Entheogens

Now that one is aware of how crucial it is for the Visionary artist to experience the visionary realm the discussion can lead into the comparative factors that arise by an artists choice of natural or artificial methods or maybe both. Visionary artists such as Ernst Fuchs, Salvador Dali, Robert Venosa, H.R. Giger and William Blake have all used methods to disorder the senses,(Grey, 2001 p155) the most frequently used and popular methods being; experiencing the dream world, trances and meditation, or experimenting with numerous entheogens such as Mescaline, LSD, DMT (Caruana, 2010 p35).

Powerful dreams inspired Fuchs to experiment with all methods of the visionary experience. He believed that the entheogen and dream visionary experience were closely related and that they had a strong connection. But after experimenting with many entheogens the two states started to create conflict. They would now only offer him “stolen glimpses” of the “higher worlds” that the powerful dreams gave him. (Caruna, 2010 p42). The use of entheogenic substances may also in some cases be illegal and potentially dangerous as Dr Rick Strassman, the first person in twenty years to start research on humans and entheogenic substances notes. “ None of the authors of this book condones any illegal activities , even when it comes to potentially beneficial effects of altering consciousness with a psychedelic drug” He continues “In nearly the entire world , it is illegal to possess major psychedelics such as mescaline, DMT,LSD and Psilocybin” (Strassman, 2008 p268). Also a note has to be made on environment when an artist considers using entheogens, if the artist found themselves in an environment that would put them in a negative frame of mind the visionary experience would potentially provide a terrifying and unwelcomed journey. (Caruana, 2007 [online])

It may seem a little extreme to go to such lengths to search for these awe- inspiring visions by the method of taking entheogens  but there are alternative techniques and paths that can be adopted by any artist that focuses on inducing these visions naturally in form of dreams. In Laurence Caruana’s video Life As a Gradual Unfolding of The Sacred, he discusses how his work was at first influenced by his dreams, but then at the age of 33 he witnessed the powers of the entheogen experience, he admits “..entheogens also opened the door.” (Caruana. 2009 (online)

In A. Andrew Gonzalez’s artist statement he recalls how his powerful dreams had a huge impact on his life and art he also says that

“Many years later, it would be the entheogenic experience that would recharge my inspired reverence for the ecstatic visionary possibilities of the imagination” (Gonzalez  2006 [online]).

It is apparent that both dreaming and using entheogens can open the doors of perception and that artists have explored both methods, but the reason for this discussion is to find out whether these two ‘doors’ share any similarities or differences, first a further overview of what dreams and entheogens are is needed before one compares the qualities of these visionary states.