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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
I'm Austen Mengler, a 23 year old artist & illustrator born and living in Perth, Western Australia. I love creating horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and surreal concept art, character & creature designs and illustrations.

Since graduating Curtin University in 2011, I've done a lot of published work for card illustration, magazine covers, album covers & interiors, graphic novels, character/creature designs and game illustrations for:

- Fringe Games - War Haven
- M2M Studios - Dear Charlotte
- Aurealis magazine
- Romantically Apocalyptic
- Sinister Grin Press
- Winterfold
- Optimystic MC
- Within Destruction

I'm also exhibiting at conventions, developing my own graphic novel/art book projects and constantly striving for improvement in all my work.


Facebook Page - Youtube Channel - Twitter - Tumblr - Society6 Print Shop
All Artwork © 2014 Austen Mengler.

Upcoming Events

- July 26th - PERTH - Exhibition Opening at Good Games -…

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

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

- October 18-19 - MELBOURNE - Armageddon Expo (to be confirmed) -

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

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


If you're interested in a commission or business inquiry please contact me at with as much information about the project as possible, would love to hear from you!


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HighTurtle Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Student General Artist
Thanks for the fav, ur work is awesome!
Zotoh Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thnx for fav :D
nash-k Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Woooooooow!!! That's some amazing stuff!
Congratulations, really, this is awesome!
PilcrowDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
thanks for the favs and watch, you do some killer work!
Duartwork Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
awesome gallery...keep on ;-)
tbondrage99 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Your Freddy art is featured in this weeks Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net on
LordNetsua Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :)
SarahJaneArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!
TheNewModSoul Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hey Austen!
We met face2face at Supanova this year, I bought the Mike mizowski shirt and am lovin it! (Though my folks are somehwta disturbed haha!)

Glad I found you on devart, keep up the gruesome stuff! :D 

LordNetsua Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers man! Really appreciate it! Send them my regards ;) haha
rupshree Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding my work 'Jared Leto' to your favourites.:woohoo:
LordNetsua Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problemo!
Clobutt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bought a few prints off you today at the supanova. Thank you so much, absolutely beautiful stuff! Blown away by your talent!
LordNetsua Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! Be sure to check out my convention schedule, I'll be doing a bunch more this year :)
Clobutt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh really?! oo will come JUST to buy more prints haha Legit the only thing i bought at supernova! :D
LordNetsua Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha wow! Thanks so much :D
TheHitcher23 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Insanely awesome artwork, infact the closet kind of style that I have ever seen to my own, also meet you at the supernova in Sydney
LordNetsua Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers man! I'll probably be back in Sydney for Oz Comic-Con in September :)
TheHitcher23 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Nice :P good luck with the advertising
zaENDle Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Really amazing gallery dude. You're one amazing artist :D
LordNetsua Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers man! :)
zaENDle Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers to you too. Those detailed art of yours is so cool :D
flutepiphany Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
your work is awesome!
LordNetsua Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Glad you like it :)
JAE462 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
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