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It has now been over 10 years since I first decided to join deviantART and little did I know then, this decision would end up forging my entire life and career.

I wish I remembered exactly how it all started, but I'm going to go with my best guess and say I heard about it from another student when I started college back when I had just turned 18. Up until then I had been using various art forums such as,, and so the discovery of a portfolio website was a pretty cool thing.

I started posting on here and got moderate attention, I had been drawing for a long time at that point so my art was in a state where it was at least interesting to look at. If anything it was a fantastic place to get inspiration and look at art from amazingly talented artists.

It wasn't until I decided to color the line-art for the following piece that everything really started. 

Impossible LOV3 ver.3 by Bluefley

Initially not much happened, I got a a litle over a hundred favs on it which was already a bit above average for my deviations back then.  What changed everything was when it won daily deviation, my first at the time. The traffic that followed was similar to winning the lottery for me. It was nothing like I ever saw before and I couldn't believe my eyes. Back then I was posting a few pieces a month but it's really after the Daily Deviation traffic that I decided I wouldn't let the momentum die off and started to post a new polished painting at least once a week. The amount of time I spent painting was ridiculous but it was fun and with every painting I was getting a bit more favorites than the previous; it made me want to keep going and see how far it could go.

I started to get commission requests and figured I might as well do that while still in school to make some money rather than work at a shitty job. The requests kept coming and I also took on comic book coloring jobs at the same time. For a student, I was making bank doing what I loved; this was perfect.

-Warrior in a blue dress- by Bluefley -Breezy Sunday- by Bluefley

It only took a few weeks until I started to get interview requests from various unknown art sites and then bigger ones... and then really big ones.

A few months after that and tons of paintings later, I got contacted by ImagineFX, what was at the time the ultimate goal for any artist. I did a workshop for them and to this day I still question the decision of the editor to hire me for that job considering the final result, but at the same time I couldn't be more grateful.

-First Snow- by Bluefley

It was only shortly after the workshop that I was approached by an art director from A2M (now Behavior Interactive) in Montreal, a mostly portable-games studio who had just formed a small team to work on a next-gen game project.

Back then I was almost 20 and was still in school, but they offered me a part-time position where I would work 20 hours a week from home, and only come in to the office on Fridays to check in. This was a perfect fit for my student life and while completely unexpected, my video-game art career had just taken off, just like that.

This was my art test by the way, still no idea how this got me a job:

Speed Prince by Bluefley

I worked part time like this for 6 months and then decided to drop out of school and work full time on the team. I was essentially going to school to get the job I already had. I came to realize that getting the piece of paper to prove I finished school meant absolutely nothing in this business and I was learning MUCH more by actually doing the job than studying at school.

That moment when I just walked out the school's main entrance, looked back and told myself I would never come back was to this day, one of the most exhilarating moments of my life.

I had just turned 20 and I was a full-time concept artist for a game company. I never expected to go in games initially since doing illustrations was going so well, but now I could do both full time so it kind of just happened and there I was, a game developer.

Fast forward 6 months and I was now both a concept artist but also transitioned to being a 3D character artist. My coworkers basically taught me everything a 3D artist needed to know since they knew I had an interest in it. I started to deliver decent game assets pretty quickly so they kept giving me 3D-related tasks.  I could do both the things I liked the most so I was pretty happy. I had just bought a new house and when I was about to reach my 2 year mark working at A2M, I got an email that literally changed my life:

Hello Marc,

My name is XXXX and I am the Art Recruiter here at Blizzard Entertainment.  I have stopped by your Deviantart page and would love to see if you would be open to exploring a role here at Blizzard Entertainment. 

I couldn't believe my eyes.

All my life I had dreamed of one day working at Blizzard and there it was in my email inbox, an email ASKING ME if I would like to work there. I showed it to my buddies, "holy shit" and we just went to have a drink right there on the spot. We got back from lunch pretty late that day! The decision, while scary, was easy to make. I left everything behind and went for it. 

Almost 6 years later here I am working at Blizzard and founder of another awesome art community over at, living in California with my fiance, our young daughter, our dog and our soon-to-be-born son. I still can't believe all of that was thanks to a decision I made to start a portfolio 10 years ago here on DeviantART.

I couldn't be more thankful for everybody who made this journey with me throughout the years, to all of you who inspired me with your art, to all my fans who made all of that possible by sharing my paintings and showing continuous support all this time and finally, to DeviantART, who made me the artist I am today.

DeviantART provided me the racetrack, I built the car and you guys were the fuel to get me to the finish line.

Thank you.

I hope you guys found this interesting, this is the first time I've gone into such details about my life but I thought it was a perfect opportunity given it's DA's bday today. Love y'all, PCE!

Here is the first piece I did after moving to the US as a bonus to end this massive journal entry.

-Blanche- by Bluefley

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Lynthius Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing your arts with us! :)
kristyglas Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015   Digital Artist
Beatuful! Very inspiring, thank you for sharing your experience, best of luck!
LilKhaley Featured By Owner Edited Jan 19, 2015
Your story is really amazing! You are a lucky one! :) Wish the best for you and your family too!
Just a little something might somebody will read this and it may open eyes...Your story is 10 years old is almost impossible or extremely hard to make a story like this happen. When I open DA's main page the things come to my face are manga/anime, fan arts, cosplay and (almost) nude girls. Even daily deviantions seems funny...I feel if I don't force myself to draw big boobs and btm-s with huge shiny eyes or I don't draw a very popular character I don't have even a snowball chance...10 years a long time. I wish I would have started 10 years ago...
Anyways I love your tutorials, I agree with your viewpoints as well (eg art schools are generally just business and sucks, and yes artists use references and so on :)
creativeserenity87 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student General Artist
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is extremely inspirational and amazing.   I just started on DA this month so I'm not expecting anything big from it but I really like being able to post my artwork and comment on others. It also inspires me to create more too.
mylesillustration Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Definitely inspirational. Thank you for posting this!
ColourPanne Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Truly inspriational Big Fool Emoji-07 (Cry) [V2] 
TheArtisticTiger Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Artist
Really great read
Zamjex Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
esticks Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Man Im far behind. 20 yo already. I need to practice much more.
JosjeZ Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Touching and inspiring! I'm so happy for you (: 
EvilPigPowers Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you were able to achieve all your goals like that. Just based on your art I can be sure when I say that you deserve all that great stuff that's happened in your life. Thanks much for sharing your story with all of us here on dA and we all look forward to your future works. :D
This-Chick-Does-Art Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This was very inspirational to read at this time in my life.
Matoki Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
It was a very touching story of a dream coming true. Thank you for sharing!!!!
JCDreamer Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
Wow, that was amazing. Thnx for sharing, not only your story but your knowledge and experience over the years.
Since the day i found Sycra's video on youtube where he talks with you, you've really been a source of motivation and inspiration to follow my dream. =D Thnx Again! I wish you even more success and happiness in the future!
WaterWizz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Dude that was awesome. Really inspirational. I want to do exactly what you're doing right now. But like you said, gotta work my ass off right?
Raprankster Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
kirs10malinee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your story and your art are inspirational! Thank you.
brutalsunstudio Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
What an inspiring story! I keep hoping something like this will happen to me.
LadyMignon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
very inspiring. :heart: 
TornIntegral Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome journal :)
byshake Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Digital Artist
Your story gave me the chills, even though I already knew about it. Thank you for being such an inspiration and for keeping on sharing your knowledge and experience with us. You're amazing! Wishing you the best =)
Half-Cast-Studios Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I mean, WOW. Thanks so much for sharing your story. This just totally inspired me. A-MA-ZING
Mashimoshi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   General Artist
Wow this sounds like a beautiful fairytale, like one of those that you can only dream about. I wish this could happen to me too. You've had much luck, I can't even make my art get seen that much but I have to keep trying and getting better. I really liked that you made this risky decision of quitting school, I would scare myself if I did that and I would make my dad disappointed. Thank you for sharing this, it gives me hope. An artist can make it after all through internet.
Yagairudi Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014   General Artist
Very inspirational story; I hope that I will reach success someday. :)
KTierson Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That painting you initially posted was one of the reasons for me going back to school for more of an artistic/creative career path. You have my awe and thanks. I've been following your work on both Youtube and here, and never realized you were the one behind that painting. 

Consider me speechless and inspired. 
Vrinda-the-Wistful Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DANG,  you are good!  Enjoy the well-deserved success.    =^_^=
goor Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great Story and Dreams become true.
RgDraw Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
really awesome story man ! i'm a bit jealous now, i hope i could write something like that one day too ! :p
anyway keep being so awesome ! ;)
roseliza2 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
really great story! :)
VostokLucini Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is like... My dream job... I know my art isn't as totally awesome and so beautifully drawn as yours, but I would absolutely LOVE to an outcome like this. It was quite touching. When I read the email about Blizzard, I was like "*Extreme breath intake* omgomgomg, this is the coolest thing I've read. I wanna be like him!" I really hope that your career gets you even farther in life! Happy drawing!
Adawan Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm completely inspired right now. :) thank you for sharing this story. 
novadragonheart81 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Wow, you really got your happily ever after! :)
Andprog Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D"""": this took off a tear from me, very touching and interesting story, I want it too!!! Someday... someday, until then just improve is the only way
UsagiYogurt Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very, very inspirational! Thank you so much for taking the time to write and post this.
Zoltan86 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
This is like a fairytale :-)
banayue Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Reading your journal entry about how DeviantArt changed your life gave me shivers, in a good way. :-) Your art is amazing and I wish even more success and happiness for you in the future.
RenaisAngel Featured By Owner Edited Aug 11, 2014  Student General Artist
omg good for you *faints* sounds like a dream come true, you are an amazing artist and you have a lot of determination/will power, but still, congratulations for living the life you want to live
Slappy-Snifferdoo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have had an incredible journey.:faint:
serel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is an amazing and wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it with us and lots of joy to you!
beebopkat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Thats an amazing story right there. Sort of like my goal but on YouTube and writing websites. Congrats by the way
Maylion Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for being a inspiration to many of us.   
It's people like you who hand off that extra set of motivation to get better piece by piece and go for the jackpot. 
asataylor Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Incredible story - thank you so much for sharing it and your art with all of us!
Banana-Banshee Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional
Wow that's a great story to share! Blizzard!! This moment of your life with the mail...I can only imagine xD
I didn't know there was people from huge compagnies looking for artists, that's great!
Schirmherr Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This really reads like a dream career. Congratulations! Sadly not everybody gets his/her dreams fullfilled.

My story with Bluefley: Many many years ago I searched for desktop wallpapers and I eventually got myself two, which turned out to be from you, but I only found out about it when I watched the interview you did with Sycra on his youtube channel. I guess you can consider yourself a big artist when people know your art before they know your name.
art-of-fai Featured By Owner Edited Aug 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What a story, simply inspiring.
Atlas0 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
What a story! Keep up the great work.
bhop73 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
That's a great story and as a fan of your work and videos, it's well deserved.
rodrigotakehara Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I didn't know I could add a journal to favorites, never wanted to, but this is just too inspiring, thanks Marc! Also, DAs Birthday? Didn't knew haha, cool
sim725 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Congrats man! Sorry if its rude to ask, but where did you live before moving to the US?
SVK-Skyviper Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
So much I can relate to personally, though I'm just starting my career...ish. One of the reasons I follow you is because you keep it real even to this day. You haven't sold your soul to the industry and the fact that there's someone else out there that's pro-level and STILL helps out others is amazing. I only make a shitty amount of money from doing my artwork, but I'm just going to pursue that lottery you mentioned; maybe that's what I still need. Bonsoir, Marc :wave: rvmp 
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