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Draw your Weapons by TheGurch Draw your Weapons by TheGurch
On the left is an old drawing, a self portrait of me seated at my drawing board, it's one of those pictures left unfinished and consigned to my graveyard of forgotten and abandoned sketches.
My idea was to depict a motley crew of gun toting zombies assembled behind, but I then watched From Dusk to Dawn and decided I'd much prefer a gang of armed demon biker vampires.I couldn't quite make up my mind which to go with and so it languished forgotten,
..... until now that is, bizarrely I was actually held up at gun point in October 19 2012 and as a result I remembered this picture along with a comic strip that drew that had remarkable parallels with this incident. I dusted this off, added colour and here it is presented in all its digitally re-mastered glory.

This is also the reason I hadn't been very active here on Deviantart for the most part of this year.
On the right side of the image i have shown actual CCTV stills - the bottom right image is the moment he fired at me. Luckily I was unscathed, but the real reason I've posted this up was to explain my absence and say special thanks to all those wonderful people who visited my gallery, favoured my pictures and left comments. I really do appreciate every single interaction and my most sincere apologies to you if I didn't respond.

*Quick update * I took some time to write up a basic account in my journal of what actually happened if anyone wanted a read it can be found here ---> thegurch.deviantart.com/journa…

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On a separate but related note: if I ever get to meet I would love to give the following good people the hugest hug or the biggest beer ( whichever they'd most prefer)

Justin Mabry :iconjustin-mabry:

Alex Horley :iconAlexHorley

Allan Graves :iconallangraves:

Paula ( squonkhunter) :iconsquonkhunter:

Kyle ( Mcflyky ) :iconmcflyky:

David Bonneywell ( Kaduflyer) :iconkaduflyer:

During my low points their thoughtfulness helped me a lot, just a few kind lines regularly sent by them asking how I'm doing really did make a difference. They helped reconfirm that there's more good than bad in the world, I'm thankful to have friends such as these.

You guys have my most sincere gratitude, your support was really touching.
I thank you in massive amounts.




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SilenceOfStars Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unreal man, glad you were all right.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
:) Yep just! Thank you so much for your kindness :) 
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gnomishblend Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
What city did this happen in?
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Sadly its no city , i live in a small sleepy town that you'd never have heard of, according to the local paper the last time a gun had been fired in a robbery here was 30 years ago. 
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dannycruz4 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
"I think it's pretty bad that someone of your talent had to work in a store in the first place!"

heh, i was thinking that too...not bad though just unfair.

thats an incredible story btw....the world needs more people like you in it.


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dannycruz4 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
wow! well, sorry to hear that. wishing you and your family all the best..
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Thanks buddy. 
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's pretty bad that someone of your talent had to work in a store in the first place!
I feel a bit stupid I should have recognized your work, my brother loved Gore shriek and forced me to read them often :)
I was a 2000ad fan myself :)
Anyway, I hope your'e doing better!
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, man, really sorry to hear you went through something like this... I'm so glad you got through unscathed!!  Hope you are feeling better now.  The CCTV stills you show are totally f*cking scary, especially the one where the gunman fires.  I can't even imagine what a brush with death like that must be like.  Chasing the robber was totally nuts, brave, but totally nuts- guess you never know what your adrenalin-soaked brain will do during something like this until it happens!! 

I like the drawing, looks like your graveyard of forgotten sketches would be a fun graveyard to visit!  It is really cool how you stay positive and uplifting and keep creating awesome art even when bad stuff happens and you get some tough moments. C: Keep reading comic books, they make you bullet-resistant! What's this I hear about the bad guy being lucky that it wasn't the full moon when you were chasing him, though?

Personally, I hope that the only weapons I ever have to draw are in my sketchbook or on my Wacom tablet. C: Big bear hug to you, stay safe and keep drawing!!
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Hi there Christopher - thanks for the kindness - it was pleasing to read your comment :)

Yep , im feeling much better about the whole thing thanks , I have had a wonderful therapist Carol help me work throught the problems , its been very educational and at the same time quite fascinating, its nearly been one year now and I'm proud to say that this week Im to be signed off from cognitive therapy. 

I feel i have a strong sense of justice and this act violated all my sentiments I chased after with scant regard  of my own safety as i felt  he should not be allowed a chance to escape - its later the reality of running after someone desperate  enough to use a gun to rob sinks in and even though you know you did so for the right reason youre left with a feeling of stupidity that outweighs any notions of bravery. Having said that i do have a track record of similar occurances, I once chased a handbag snatcher along roads ,across a parking lot and into a back alley where i lost him , my  pursuit was impeded by the large bag I was trying to run with  ...... It contained over a weeks work of takings!

Im glad you liked the artwork, it only saw the light of day because it seemed so apt after what happened. I have mainly zombies and creepy stuff still in those piles, i never throw anything away and some of the ideas get recycled in new drawings. 


Thanks again for a wonderful message , take care yourself too. :) 
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Glad to hear you are feeling better! :) Yeah, the line between selfless bravery and foolhardy stupidity is very thin or nonexistent sometimes.  

Zombies and creepy stuff is always good, as is saving your drawings- you never know when you can resurrect a dead idea and send it shambling across the paper in search of new brains to eat!!

No problem, and I will... XD
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
This one really strikes a chord, as I was robbed at gunpoint a while back in similar circumstances (though the weapon wasn't fired). Gun crime's pretty rare in my country, so I really lucked out that night.

If it's any consolation, the resulting stress, bad dreams, flashbacks, etc. get easier to deal with over time. I've also heard it said that after three armed robberies it's time to call it quits - from that point you're more likely to really flip out and/or do something stupid.

My thoughts are with you - keep up the great work.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
AMAZING - same happened to you too?!? Please i would love to hear your story. 

Thank you for the reassurances, although you mentioning of quitting if it happens 3 times made me laugh....if you survived 3 armed robberies I'd think it was time to consider yourself as bona fide bulletproof!!  
Trouble is not just the bullet , the side effect of thinking you have gone right up the last second of your life can take a toll too.

Thanks again , I really appreciate your kindly comment :)
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
In what seems like another life I worked night shifts at a Mobil in Sydney. Gas station security wasn't so good in those days and ours was held up a few times a year. My turn came during my third year on the job.

I was normally quite paranoid and kept the doors locked after ten, but right at the end of this shift I opened the doors for a co-worker, John, and the robber came in right behind him. John had already been robbed twice (the first time on his first shift ever) but it had only been with knives. This guy was wearing a paintball mask and had a semiautomatic pistol that looked like it had seen some use. Otherwise he didn't seem much - he was a smallish kid who sounded almost as scared as me. I did exactly as he said, giving him everything in the till, and he ordered me to lie down and was gone when I got up. The cops took their time, as expected, and John and I spent the next two hours giving them our separate reports.

John quit a short time after that, but I went back to work the next night. If I'd been paranoid before I was more so from then on and never got robbed again. A few of my co-workers were, some several times; one quit and filed for compensation, another started showing up with weapons (including a compound bow) until he was taken off night shift, and another foiled a robber by running outside and stealing his car. I had a couple of bad dreams that featured generic faceless bad guys with guns, but they soon gave way to more mundane frustrated-at-work dreams. I eventually quit that industry due to problems with a new boss and even worse new supervisor.

I imagine what you've been through was a lot worse than what I've got, and may have worse repercussions that take longer to subside. You've got a great outlet in drawing though, and it's good to see you've used a bad experience as a source for something positive. If the stress and anxiety's too much, I'd say look for another job - the people around you should understand and there isn't any shame in it. In the meantime keep on drawing!
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
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jdmacleod Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, glad to hear you are alright. I don't think low life criminals realize when they are taking pot shots at people that their may be a brilliant artist or talented person inside. Terrible what the world is like, people resort to violent instead of finding creative, peaceful ways to get by. I look forward to more art from you, glad you survived to create it.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
The long and short of it is DRUGS, it messes up more than just the addicts live. 
Sadly they hold little regard for people , property, right and wrong, - when  they crave their next fix theres no telling what depths they will sink to.

The incident opened my eyes to how fleeting life can actually be, and that i found can have a sombre effect on thoughts.

On the upside i find theres actually more decency than there is bad in this world  - kind message such as yours confirms this.
:) thank you for writing. 
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jdmacleod Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, no problem. I get mis-interperated a lot, but I really think that you being an artist is much more inspirational as an individual than some people's drug and alcohol induced frenzies. I really dig your work and think that people who create horror and sci-fi works are mis-labeled by much of society. There are way more evil aspirations than dealing with your fears in a visually aesthetic way. I have never experienced anything quite as sobering as what you went through, but I have had some close calls on highways and relate it to those instances. Again, keep doing what you do, it is inspiring!
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CrimsonCreek Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really glad that you came out of that store safe, though I'm sorry you had to deal with that. It sounds scary to go through and mentally recover from, even if physically you walked out okay.
I'm glad you're trying to stay positive through it ^^ That's really awesome of you. Keep it up, man. I'm really glad you're okay... I had no idea this happened.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Thank you for a great comment, reading it just now i actually felt my spirits lifting and i'm smiling as i write this. Your kind thoughts help, thank you :) 
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Callibanda Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh man!  Really glad that you`re ok, i`ve never known someone with such terrifying experience, i`m getting sick only imagine it. 
 Only hope that fucking bastard rots in hell someday!!  
Raise your spirit dude!
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Hi there Rodrigo , hows it going pal?
Many thanks for saying so, I try not to waste any thoughts on the person behind the gun.
 I wouldn't have believed it,I guess you can only know when you've been through a traumatic event  but sadly there are things that still  trigger bad flashbacks. The worse thing being that during these "moments" and no matter how fleeting they might be, the body sets of that very same sick feelings along with mental and physical reactions that I experienced during the actual incident. I have no control over it and it can ruin my day,  but I am coping better now thank you.

Oh Buddy and try not to pay any heed to the rumours that if the robber had used silver bullets his dastardly plan would have worked! 
   
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Callibanda Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I confess I heard rumours about your lycanthropy... but... no, don`t pay any heed...it `d be soo great! :D
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rotmouth13 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Jesus!!! I don't know what to say other than I'm glad to hear that you're alright after something that horrifying. I've been following your work for a long time ....big...BIG FAN!! Hope nothing but the best for you man your one of the greats right up there with Bernie Wrightson and William Stout!!!! ALL HAIL THE GURCH!!!!!!!! Take care man!!!!

Best Wishes,
Ole Rotmouth
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Your support is appreciated and your kindness with praise is overwhelming. I thank you Ole Rotmouth with all my Gurchiness. :)
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Shapula Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Bloody hell, Gurch, sorry to hear what happened to you. Never would've thought anything was up because you always seem so upbeat and supportive of everyone on here!
Keep doing what your doing and don't let the bad guys get you down :)
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Thank thats so nice of you to say. I've had up and downs but it was wonderful to hear those bad moments didn't show :)
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh man...I can't believe you have photo's of the incident!

This might sound callous to anyone else reading it...but wtf eh? But the combination of your art (so brilliant as always) and the CCTV shots really make for a powerful piece, speaking volumes about the awful experience and it's impact on you both as a human and as an artist.
You know I've also gone through a bad patch, so can speak from experience....and I found that doing what you're doing is THE best thing you can do...talk about it, share it, allow others to shoulder some of the burden.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
I have footage from the eight camera coverage, its been edited so it runs the events in real time, showing him approach outside , pull down his mask unwrap his gun enter the premises and carry out the raid, even the recoil of the gun , the flash and the bits of glass flying can be picked up on the footage.
I don't like watching it, apparently neither does the robber, when played back in court he didn't look at the screen at all.

Your emails and you were a godsend David, thank you, I was touched and extremely saddened to hear about your experiences but glad that you wrote.
When at a low ebb I'd get some emails from various people asking how I was doing, they were wonderful and uplifting to receive, but yours were different, you shared with me what you had been through, it was sad reading in places but didn't leave me under a cloud of depression but in fact pulled me away from my own woes, giving me a better perspective (and I hope I don't appear callous saying that.) I was inspired by your approach to life after what you had endured and how you'd managed to move on. I had some dark times as a result of the robbery and not wanting to worry my family needlessly I hid my problems from them. It did me good to have someone like you to "talk" to, your story made me realised a lot of things and helped give some understanding to parts that I'd lost a handle on. You're a great guy, I owe you a mountain of thanks for being there for me.
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Justin-Mabry Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
So sorry this happened to you buddy. You are meant to be here inspiring us all. The kid and adult in me is grateful I got to know you .
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Hey thanks superstar, I'm sure worse things have happened to nicer people.
Sadly setbacks and dangers are a real part of life.
Haha gallows humour - i gotta laugh but your comment carries the sombre air of something on a page in my remembrance book!
I'm fine buddy and ready to inspire and in turn be inspired by the likes of you :)
Thank you for the concern, what will it be a hug or a beer? :)
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LDN-RDNT Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
i was beginning to wonder what youve been up to, as i have been missing those art submissions. i am sorry to hear what yo have gone through. Godspeed on the treatments. i hope that all will be well and and hope to see them undead zombies and creatures again soon. i might have mentioned this to you before, but worth saying again if; you are the best undead/zombie/creep artist in DA and one of the best ive ever seen.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Thanks, its nice to be appreciated especially by someone as talented as you.
Hey I went to watch Pacific Rim last night, its very spectacular! You seen it yet? Im sure you'll be inspired.
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LDN-RDNT Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your welcome Gurch.

No, i havent but I am watching it soon, and glad to hear people like you saying that its good, and that is very very good sign.
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SamanthaJordaan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
I am so sorry to hear of your experience, terrible.
Thank you for sharing your personal self portrait.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Thank you very much for leaving a great comment Samantha :) I really do appreciate it :)
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice picture but damn what a nasty experience, I can't believe he fired at you what a douche!
I hope you get over any understandable traumas soon and get back to full creative capacity, I love your work as you know!
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Thank you buddy very kind of you to say so. I've been dealing with flashbacks and nightmares and the resultant up and down that they bring. It s been 8 months and I'm onto my fourth psychotherapist this coming Tuesday and as of yet not one of them has given me any corrective cognitive treatment. :(
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hang in there, these things take time.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
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McFlyky Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
Gurch you truly are a fantastic person inside and out, and brave for sharing this experience with the world (which I know could not have been easy) I think this experience has made you stronger and wiser. I am glad you have rose out of the ashes and are fighting through it strong as ever. Please don't ever give up. I am only a deviantART note away if you ever need to talk buddy. Your friendship means the world to me, you are officially my hero.

Best Wishes,


Kyle
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Oh my goodness, you are so giving of your time and support its you who is my hero Kyle!
You are ever helpful and give so freely and I don't think you even know what a great person you are, mate you're sending so much good positive vibe out there I hope its doubled when it comes back to you.
Thank you for being willing to lend an ear, its very much appreciated my good buddy. :)

P.S. you want a hug or a beer? :)
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I wish I could send a horde of my own monsters after that jerk... How dare he point a weapon at one of my favorite artists. Anyway glad to know you are unhurt.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Thank you! What a super splendid thing to say, especially the part where you state that I'm one of your favourite artist! When its your art that entertains me, so much so that I have a couple of your fabulous books in my library of fine art book!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You have books of my art on your shelf? That's flattering to hear - But... Hey man... YOU are The Gurch! I had a whole box of Gore Shriek comics that you worked on, in my room when I was a teenager in the 80's... You were were one of those artists (along with Bruce Spaulding Fuller, Vincent Locke, Guy Davis) who I looked at when I was a kid and thought, "Wow... I want to be one of THOSE GUYS when I grow up!!" So I am merely one of your students. It is I, who bows to you, sir! Stay well, and keep drawing.
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