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Michael Rushbrook
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I guess you can say that I'm a jack of all trades in the art field... I'm highly skilled in Graphic Design and Art Directing, skilled in traditional and digital art, and a costume prop maker.

I am the Art Director for the Augusta Magazine, here in Augusta, GA. I layout and design the overall look of the Magazine to make it look it's best. I'm also a freelance artist. I've been drawing all my life and I love it. I can't imagine I would have gone this far in my Design Career if it wasn't for my talent and creativity in drawing... and I can make costume props, from video games to movies, etc. Having the patience to carve, make props is a task in itself.

I'm here on DA to learn new things about art, to show my work to you all, and to improve. You can never learn too much when it comes to art, and I'm always wanting to improve my art skills.
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Hello! It's really been a very long time since I logged on here on DA. I really miss chatting with my friends and followers here, as well as seeing all the art that I love from my favorite artists.

I know I've been absent for a very long time... many of you wondered what happened to me. Some thought that I died (and no, i'm not dead ^_^) and only a hand full of folks (my friends here on DA) know a little of what has been happening... I'm here now to tell you why and explain things. Hopefully I don't make this too long, and that there will be those of you that care, and there will probably be those of you that don't.... but here goes....

I've been living with back pain for the last seven years. I had a herniated disc in my L5 section of my spine, that was hitting a major nerve that sends the most horrible pain you can imagine in my lower back down my left buttocks, leg and to my toes. it's something that I do not wish upon anyone, even to my worst enemy. Now, many of you, including my doctor wiho just did my surgery, would wonder why I would live like this for so long? The answer is simple... I'm afraid of the idea of getting cut on and have surgery done. back then, I was bound and determined that I would live with this pain as long as I don't go under the knife. So I tolerated it for years. And as each year went by, it got a little worse.

This also explains why i was starting to not upload art as fast as I normally would as time went by. there are moments where i just could not sit down, stand up or lay down without feeling the pain. because of this, it also affected my job as well which made me work harder because it requires me to sit for long periods of time. the combination of pain, stress, and trying to support my new growing family was taking its toll. but i still tried to pick up my pencil to draw....

...and then I just couldn't do it anymore. the pain became too much. I stopped drawing. I stopped logging on to DA.

But why didn't I explain what was happening to you all? ....It's because I felt that I let you all down... that I couldn't deliver and that i failed not only all of you, but myself. All because of my stubbornness to do nothing about this pain.

Just recently, it became too much. On May 12th, I could not stand up. I cried and screamed in pain just moving an inch... but nothing pained me more than seeing my kids cry seeing their dad in such pain. Right then and there, I decided that something needed to be done, no matter what. I'm too young of a man to have my life being ending up this way. I needed to get back into my life.

So I had surgery scheduled to be done on May 31st. I'll admit that I was scared shittless as to what was going to be done to me. But the doctors assured that I will be okay... I still was having second thoughts because of my fear of surgery.

Needless to say the surgery went well! I can say that I'm now free of all the pain I was experiencing for so long. Well, I traded one pain for another (still got to heal from surgery), but I'd take this pain over that other horrible experience any day.

I'm recovering very slowly and well, and I'm getting back on my feet. I'm taking things very very slow as my doctors instructed me to do so, and I'm able to do things that I couldn't before. Like taking the time to type this out to you all. Once I get my full strength back, I'll be back to drawing again. I do miss it... drawing has always been a part of my life, and it's something that I wanted to share with you all.

So to my followers and friends, thank you all for your support! and to those who may be upset with me (i've gotten hate messages as well), all I can say is that I'm sorry, and that I'm only human.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Special thanks to Jason and Celia for listening and standing by me. and to Manda, thanks for your support.

and if you made it this far into the journal, an extra special thanks goes to you!
And Please do leave a comment! I'd love to hear from you all...

take care everyone!

- Michael

XXX - Also, to all my NaruSaku fans, all I can say is Hell Yeah for chapter 631!!! :la::la::la::la: And that my girl Sakura is back and badass as ever! NaruSaku FTW! :la:
  • Mood: Delighted
  • Listening to: All kinds of Music
  • Reading: Naruto manga, Attack on Titan, Graphic Novels
  • Watching: All kinds of movies, vids on YouTube, FGC vids
  • Playing: Injustice gods among us, COD Black Ops 2
  • Eating: Only the good stuff
  • Drinking: Diet Pepsi

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ClayBuchanan1007 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I REALLY HOPE THAT YOU WILL INVEST A LITTLE PATIENCE AND TIME AND READ THIS TESTAMENT IN ITS' ENTIERTY.                Hey, I really and honestly can say that I know EXACTLY what kind of pain you were experiemcing. Please allow me to explain myself before you stop reading this message. I have been dealing with my exruciating and never-ending back pain for close to 25 years now and I know exactly what you must have been going through and it's no "Walk-in-the Park".  I enlisted in the U.S. Navy back in 1990 and managed to, unbenounced to myself and completely unexpectedly, "PreQualify" myself to serve in the U.S. Navy SEALS Program due to my deep water skills, ability to follow and carry out my orders faithfully and without hesitation nor reservation, and also, I believe, because I had previously served for 4 years in the U.S. Army back in 1983-87 straight out of high school. I served with the 149th Armoured Motorized Calvary Division attached to the 2nd Armoured Division {149th/2nd Armoured Div. CallSign:  "Hell on Wheels"}. I was stationed at the Ft Knox, Kentucky U.S. Army Armour Center for the duration of my 4-year enlistment and had been back to California at all seeing as to how all my living arrangements and way of life was being very well covered by our "Good 'Ol Uncle Sam." Shortly after I had graduated from my U.S. Navy Basic Training Facility, BUDS/Underwater Deployment Training and SAR Training, I was shipped off to my Primary Command Post in Maryland. After only a few short weeks, I was deployed with my SEAL Team to go overseas to Iraq. This was, of course, during the first Desert Storm Conflict back in 1991, known later as Operation Desert Storm. Initially we were there to support our ground troops to prevent/protect the major oil rigs on the coast from being blown-up or damaged by Iraqi extremist terrorist forces, aka "Suicide Bombers". Early in 1991, I lost several of my Brethren SEALS who had been captured by the Iraqi Forces and were now being held as POWs as leverage to have their so-called Iraqi "leaders" released from captivity. I was sent on a one-way mission and I was "to allow myself" to be captured and held as a POW as well in that self-same underground prison where my Brothers were also being held. I was to "Listen-In" on the enemies conversations, then we were to measure out the size and dimensions of this underground lair, including length, height and approx. distance underground, then we were to plot-out/plan the best and most effective way to affect our escape out of this "dungeon". A few of my Brothers weren't so lucky and the mission to free ourselves was a complete and total washout. I spent 94 days in that Damned Hell-Hole in the sand. Whereas Before I had even departed from "Home Plate" to undertake this GD job, and completely under duress since I was being sent out alone AND in the middle of the damn night, I had been previously been given every assurance that I would only be held captive for a couple of weeks, maybe a month at most, at which time I was to be rescued along with the rest of our captive forces and released. On the 131st day, I was back with my Team again, going through what appeared to us to be an abandoned village, somewhere in the middle of that forsaken desert. We called back to base for further instructions and asked them if they knew anything about this no-name village. After several hours passed that morning, we were advised that the village was indeed vacant and empty and it wouldn't pose any known or unknown threats to our scouting parties. W R O N G ! We had entered into the village from the South and had gained the center of town, maybe 40 meters in, when all Hell Broke lose...Literally! There were 10 -15 Iraqi snipers that were scattered about everywhere on the rooftops, inside the buildings and from the inside of a cement encased well in the middle of town. There was nowhere for us to find adequate cover from the hail of bullets that ensued faster than we could even think, blink or even breathe. We were trapped and pinned down hard. I lost far to many of my Kin that tragic and terrible day, and I wasn't going to get very far either. Thanks to some well organized ground assault helicopters, ground attack aircraft and quickly moving armour and ground troops, a few of us made it out alive after several very long, grueling hours. I had been hit in my front right shoulder. caught a deflected bullet across the the top and rear of my helmet, and the worst blow of all, one that I hadn't really even felt when it had hit me, was to the base of my spine in the back and just left of center. I now started to notice that my legs and lower back were almost entirely numb and without much of any feeling at all. I eventually recovered enough through rest and surgeries to continue to fulfill obligation and my "Time on the Beach" {Iraq} was finally over and I was giong home. Now I'm a Desert Storm Veteran and survivor, and not neccessarily anybodys' "Hero". Ya' know, it's kinda strange...when I was growing up, Veterans were always the men and women who had fought in some great world war or another and they were usually much older than everyone else in the family or even in the community. I guess Life can be funny that way, huh!?! May God Bless You and Yours Always and Forever. my Friend.   
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the-pooper Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014   General Artist
Just wanted to say thanks for all the birthday wishes! They really mean a lot. :)
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Winged-Wolf22TM Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student General Artist
:iconrainbowcakeplz::iconamericapartyhardplz: HAPPY BIRFFDAY!!! Hope that the winter season hasn't brought back some subtle pain with the cold. Hang in there dude. Us injured peeps gotta show the world that yeah we're human but we're also stronger than we look so strong that life had to make things occur in order to even out the odds for the rest of the world. ;) Hope you had a good date o' birth.
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conquest79 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
have a joyful bday
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XKirraX Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!




Pfft long time a go we use to talk, been a while.
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Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Happy coming outta the womb Day! :w00t: :party: :ahoy:
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Tarzok Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Happy day of Birth :party:
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spiralmaestro Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Happy Birthday!
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JadtheDog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Happy Birthday! Hope you come back soon.
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Happy birthday!
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