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About Digital Art / Professional Premium Member Austen Mengler23/Male/Australia Groups :iconblood-gore: Blood-Gore
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What program do you use to create your artwork?

I use Photoshop CS5 with my WACOM intuos3 tablet. A lot of my work is pencil illustrations scanned into the computer and then painted in Photoshop digitally - other times it's purely Photoshop painting.

Do you prefer working traditionally or digitally?

I like to mix it up between the two all the time. I like the feel of traditional sketching and will often finish a traditional piece with the digital process in mind - hence why I have a lot of work in progress pieces in the works on my computer!

How long have you been drawing?

Pretty much my entire life - since I could hold a pencil.

Did you get any special art education?

Yes, growing up in Perth, WA, I went to Applecross SHS. A special art school with an art program which meant I went to school on Saturday mornings to study traditional painting, sculpture, screen printing and more. Really just touched on a lot of different things but if you're interested you can see more of them in my Scraps section here:…

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Life. Everything is an inspiration and influence in some way - nature, music, friends, games, films, other artist's, pop culture. The list is endless!

But why do you love drawing monsters so much?

As a kid I think a huge inspiration on me was the protagonists of the film Small Soldiers. The Gorgonites were the monsters and creatures - but instead of having them as the villians they were the friendly and diverse bunch of character and creature designs that really struck home with me. I watched the film countless times - drawing the characters over and over until I got them right. Huge inspiration to me as a kid!

I also think movies like Shaun of the Dead, which was one of the first horror movies I saw back in the day - really influenced my enjoyment of the juxtaposition of comedy and horror - which is notable in a lot of my pieces.

Do you have any favourite artists?

I sure do! You can check them out under "Interests" on my deviantART profile, or look at my art page's liked pages on Facebook. here are a selection of some of them:

Brad Rigney (CryptCrawler), Jeff Simpson (jeffsimpsonkh) Beksinski, Chris Newman (Viviphyd), Dan LuVisi (adonihs), A. Hutt (Smirtouille), Luke Mancini (Mr--Jack), Anthony Jones, Axel Torvenius, Brad Wright, Dave Rapoza,

Where can I buy your artwork on prints, t-shirts, phone covers and everything else?

My Society6 Store store has pretty much all of that!

I'll also always announce whenever there is a FREE shipping and $5 off each item deal available on my Facebook Page, so be sure to follow me on that for all the best savings!

Do you do requests? Can you work on this project of mine for free?

You're more than welcome to post a suggestion or request on the Facebook page or in a comment - always interesting to hear what people are after.

And as for working for free - I'm getting to the age and stage where doing client work for purely experience is behind me now. I'm trying to focus on larger projects and approach bigger clients these days - plus I'm pretty busy this year already with my convention schedule.

How about a commission?

As I'm pretty tied up with managing current commission work, conventions to prepare for, art study, and quite a long backlog of work to follow up on - I currently can't accept any new commissions.

Best thing to do, providing your project doesn't have an urgent deadline - email me at and let me know what you're after. We might be able to figure something out in future!

Which convention will you be attending next?

To see the full list of my conventions this year, check out my blog post about it here:…

Will you ever be going to conventions outside Australia?

Yes! Hopefully in future!

Can I buy an original pencil or ink sketch from you?

At this moment, no, but it is something I'm working on implementing in future. Will keep you updated.

What's happening with you graphic novel project "EXECUTION"?

I've put EXECUTION on hold indefinitely as I feel like I've matured a lot since creating it 4 years ago now. I've got a lot planned for it, such as incorporating Survivor Slayer and other creatures of mine in it - but I'm still treading water with a lot of ideas to get out through it. I want it to be the best thing I can do, so until I know exactly what direction I'm taking it in it will remain as it is.

I do however want to release the full graphic novel version as it is in physical copy online sometime soon. Will keep you posted.

Why don't you release more YouTube videos or tutorials?

This is something I'm working on but really, I just can't find the time. I've got a backlog of speed paintings and process videos to edit and put up so will get onto it asap. Sorry! I'm not Wonder Woman!

Why are you spending so much time on this F.A.Q?

Mostly because I get asked these questions a lot and I need somewhere to direct people - but also cause I should be working on something else right now! Okay, that's it for now. Hope that clears some things up.

Cheers guys and thanks so much for the continued support. Take it easy,

- Austen


Austen Mengler
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Hey there, my name's Austen; a concept artist and illustrator living in Perth, Western Australia.

I love creating warped and interesting characters, monsters and creatures in my pieces. I specialize in the horror, fantasy and sci-fi areas of concept artwork and illustration, but have quite a range of styles at my disposal. Here is where you will find an extensive gallery of my artwork, sketches, work in progress stuff and studies.

At the moment I'm not accepting more custom personalised commissions - if you'd like to contact me for any business enquiries though, please email me at:

Please feel free to stay connected and check out the links below, cheers!

Facebook Page - Youtube Channel - Twitter - Tumblr - CGHUB Profile - Society6 Store - Redbubble Store
All Artwork 2014 Austen Mengler.


- March 29-30 - PERTH - Oz Comic-Con

- April 4-6 - GOLD COAST - Supanova Pop Culture Expo

- April 11-13 - MELBOURNE - Supanova Pop Culture Expo

- June 13-15 - SYDNEY - Supanova Pop Culture Expo

- June 20-22 - PERTH - Supanova Pop Culture Expo

- July 5-6 - MELBOURNE - Oz Comic-Con

- September 6-7 - BRISBANE - Oz Comic-Con

- September 13-14 - SYDNEY- Oz Comic-Con

- November 21-23 - ADELAIDE - Supanova Pop Culture Expo

- November 28-30 - BRISBANE - Supanova Pop Culture Expo


At the moment I'm too busy with a backlog of commissions to reply to and conventions to attend this year to take on more freelance work.

But if you're interested in a commission or business inquiry that doesn't have a strict deadline please contact me at with as much information about the project as possible, and hopefully we can work something out for the future.

I'm trying to focus on concept art/creature design illustrations for game and movie projects - but am open to book covers, album covers and personal commissions from time to time too.

I don't work for free though - so would only accept commissions that can accept some form of compensation up front.

Hope that's all clear - send me an email if it isn't! Thanks!


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ShaneProcrastinates 3 days ago  New member Student General Artist
Awesome work man, I can see the hard work and practice :) Good it's paying off!

Focus on the things you want to do, always have a great time doing them :D

Keep up the great work and have a nice day! Seizure Kitty Dance 
FantasiaMeister 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness, your art so cool! :D I love them!
LostKeep Apr 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, Austen.  Thanks for watching!  Keep up the good work, too :)
RemmyFox Apr 16, 2014  New member…

To go with all your art :P
GhaliaArt Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
  thank you so much for accept sharing your work on
LittleTacoBear Apr 12, 2014  Student Artist
I love ur art, and i love ur YouTube channel <3
Sup man, i'm the dude who spoke to you about Necromorphs at your Supernova booth on Saturday!
Ok I just saw your videos on youtube and I'm like "wow". I love your style and I just found out about it. :D I have a question though. Since the music fits the atmosphere so well I would like to know where are these songs from? Where can I get them? The
 INFERNOL one is specially good.
vonnbriggs Apr 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
thank you for blowing my mind. you got a fan, I'll be watching. 
Heroki Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw you at the gold coast! you art is so amazing!
Ry-Spirit Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
ahhhhh so this is your DA page!
I saw you at oz comic con in perth today! :3 I was with my dad and i was dressed as ash. amazing art, My we loved the cookie monster one.
LordNetsua Mar 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! I've got a Pokemon piece in the works which I think you might like. Will let you know when it's done! ;)
haha, Awesome :) Keep doing what your doing, you've got amazing talent.
You're amazing.
LordNetsua Mar 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha thanks!
ForsakenLydia13 Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the fave! ^.^
Austen, Thanks very much for the fave!
Thank you for the fav! :)
elexti Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And sorry, just totally posted the wrong link. x_x…
elexti Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there! Just letting you know you've been selected as our Featured Artist this month over at :iconaus-art:.

Congrats and looking forward to seeing more of your work! :)…
OnyxTheOverlord Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Good day to you sir! I wish you'e had a good day. I've drawn a lot of inspiration from your pieces, and I want to thank you for your contribution tp the blood and gore art category. Keep doing what you're doing and I really think there are some huge possibilities for you.
beardmancomics Mar 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Dude, wicked gallery - might see you at Supanova or Comicon in Melbourne!
Love the work. Are you at all influenced by Stephen Gammell, artist of the Scary Stories book series?
OliverHarbour Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
cheers for the fav ;)
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