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Me and Mike Portnoy by Cataclysm-X Me and Mike Portnoy by Cataclysm-X
It happened. It really happened... :eager:


I have met quite a few musicians and actors before, but last weekend my biggest dream came true: Meeting Mike Portnoy, who is a legend among musicians from all across the globe. After 9 years of wishful thinking I got to meet my all-time hero.


In 2009 I made a drawing in honour of him:



...to show my appreciation and respect towards his insane music qualities. Not only is he an amazing drummer who used to play in prog metal band Dream Theater for 25 years, he is also very down-to-earth despite his fame within the music world.


I met Mike at a drummers festival in Belgium. Apparently I was the ONLY girl drummer at said festival as all the males kept staring at me with this surprising gaze. :lol: After strolling around for a few hours I finally stood in front of him:

Mike: "Hey there" :)


I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be.


Me:"Hi Mike! I'm not sure you remember this but..." *shows drawing*
Mike: "Hey! So it's you who made this drawing?"
Me:"You bet!" *blushes*
Mike: "It's so cool! I'm still using this as my profile image at my forum."
Me:"Really? Awesome!" (I knew this)


I was so happy he recognized my drawing. He even told me it's the best artwork of him he had ever seen. <3


Me:"I was wondering if you could sign it for me?"
Mike: "Of course!"
Me:*grabs expensive pen* "Could you use this pen?"
Mike: "Alright. So, what's your name?"
Me:"Nicolien"
Mike: "Uh.. could you spell it for me while I write it down?"
Me: "N... I... C..."


...so I continued spelling my name until...


Mike: "Cool! We share similar names!"


...and that's when I noticed he misspelled my name! It's a common thing though. (Remember some guy called Milo Ventimiglia?) 8D

"Sorry for my bad handwriting," he said. "I wrote 'To Nicolien: Thank you for making me look so good!!'" and he smiled at me. Mike Portnoy, world's greatest drummer, smiled at me.


Before I left the table we took a picture together and I thanked him for being so awesome. In return, he thanked *me* for visitng him...! It was one of the best moments in my life. :heart:


Here are some more drum related deviations of mine:



P.S. I sadly forgot to take my expensive pen back after the drawing got signed. At least MP got a souvenir from me :XD:
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Sebrina01 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Professional Filmographer
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SvdK92 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! wat tof :D
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:iconcataclysm-x:
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
goed eh :eager:
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:iconsvdk92:
SvdK92 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ja! echt leuk voor je! hoe heb je dat voor elkaar gekregen?
ik heb m een paar maanden terug voor t eerst gezien met adrenaline mob, hij is echt een baas :la:
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:iconxskies:
xSkies Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Hahaha, his reaction: Cool! We share similar names! :lmao:

Amazing drawing, Nicolien !
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:iconcataclysm-x:
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
very close indeed! :D

Dutchies united :highfive:
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:iconflutteryay56:
FlutterYay56 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best drummer!
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:iconcataclysm-x:
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
absolutely!
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:iconbea81:
Bea81 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Oh my God! Its sooo awesome!!!
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:iconthehakumusic:
TheHakumusic Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
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ChristianSaBre Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just spotted your awesome drawing of Mike Portnoy and then I spotted this. I read the description with jealousy ( in a positive way, though) and wished I could meet him too :) He really inspires me to really sit down and experimenting with different grooves and patterns :)
Keep up the good work^^
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BFlowing Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student General Artist
GOSH.......it happened JUST like me with James Hetfield!!
Jeeez....he has been my idol for years, and finally this summer I got to meet him (and the other Metallica guys) backstage at the Big 4!!!
I couldn't believe it when he stood in front of me *v*
Fuck, that man is HEAVENLY.
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:iconcataclysm-x:
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I can imagine! :wow:
You lucky, lucky bum :D we will always treasure those moments, I'm sure!
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samosvulter Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
total AWESOMENESS.\m/
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djpicasso Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
maybe he is a good drummer but i can tell you he know nothing about drawing from the way he put his hand on the painting
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DrugstoreRomeo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
You'd be amazed at how much I melted just because I saw this
XD
Imagine me actually meeting him, I'd probably die then and there! I can't believe that... this...like...
YOU MET HIM!
LEMME TOUCH YOU SO SOME OF YOUR AWESOME-NESS CAN RUB OFF ON ME~~!!
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:iconjerinian:
jerinian Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! So do you like dream theater? It would be awesome to meet mike and the rest of the band.
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:iconfernandotravis:
FernandoTravis Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Really amazing, the feeling must have been fantastic
the design is excellent, especially with autograph of Mike Portnoy
WITHOUT WORDS ....
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:iconsteve1969:
Steve1969 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Haha.. you finally got it. Super cool! Sorry for my late reaction. I'm not here that often. Congratz girl!
Steve
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BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You deserved the attention ;) Thank you for sharing this moment :heart:
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:iconpors24:
PORS24 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
genius
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
Congrats! I believe it was an extremely happy day for you! :la:
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:icondionizije:
Dionizije Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Respect! :nod:
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miezmuschel9 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
i love him and his drumset. he's the best drummer all over the world.
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kenmeyerjr Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I have met a few of my faves by giving them art as well. As for Portnoy...tried to get into DT and couldn't, but now have gotten into Transatlantic and love that!
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:iconivistevie:
IviStevie Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
LUCKY GIRL!!!:)
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:iconblindveleda:
BlindVeleda Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Lucky you! I can't imagine how it is to meet your musical idol (I wanna meet Geddy Lee :( ) Really good artwork by the way *admire.
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:iconryouconcord:
RyouConcord Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Ahaha! How awesome.
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:iconathenatt:
AthenaTT Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
OH. MY. GOSH!!!
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:iconbrokenviolet:
BrokenViolet Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
and now he is your fan!! :D how cool is that!
sooo happy for you, congrats sweetie!! hope one day I'll experience this feeling meeting one of my heroes. :D
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scarletwave Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How unbelievably awesome for you, Nic. I am so happy for you. He seems like a very kind hearted man. I love how you just go out and get what you want, nothing is getting in your way. That's my girl!! :love:

You take extra special care of yourself, my gal!! I miss you like crazy.
All my love, Sweetie. :blowkiss: from America to you over in the Netherlands.

XOXOXOXO

Me
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nellusatko Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student General Artist
OMG it´s a great that your dream came true CONGRATS ! :wow:
- it has happened to me two months ago -I ´ve met Sonata Arctica´s members and they signed my picture of them - some of them really liked this drawing
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- I was so happy, it was best moment in my life :aww:
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meikusje Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
SO AWESOME. Ik ken Dream Theater niet echt (niet zo'n metalfan), maar wel supergaaf.
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kephart-design Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
omg that is SOOO flipn cool!!! I bet you were pumped!
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Goonlalagoon Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Epic!
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MasterDrawer Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Pure awesome... I'm still saddened that he's left DT, but I wonder will he still work with LTE... I did see him perform recently at an A7X concert... he's genius!
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:iconjenniej92:
Jenniej92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay! gefeliciteerd!! :D
hoe had ie je naam dan gespeld? :P
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:iconcataclysm-x:
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
met een M :D
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:iconjenniej92:
Jenniej92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hihi xD
dat is leuk ;)
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FallenXGod Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
With your amazing work of course it happened! XD Congrats :3
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tintin33 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOOOOWW!! I envy, super duper, envy youu!! Nice one, Nic! Thaaaat's aaawweessoommee! I might have fainted if I were in front of him. :D
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tintin33 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anyway, I was wondering where you got that drum miniature? It's cool. I want to have one like that. :)
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EtheralSnow Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrates
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Reixma Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done you!! ^_^
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:iconmithinco:
Mithinco Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Wow! What an experience for you! Glad it went mostly well :)
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:iconpikachika:
PikaChika Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on meeting him.

Glad he really likes your artwork.

Yayaness for a girl drummer!
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:iconzemby:
Zemby Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
That's just too cool! So happy for you. <3
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lee100188 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
AWESOME YOU SO DESREVED TO MEET HIM N HAVE THE DUE CREDIT!
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NiggaPyt Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
That's the power of dreaming.
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drgnladyblue Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
I am SO jealous! But y'know, with great talent comes great opportunity. I have no doubt in my mind you'll meet the Muse someday too. :) It certainly inspires me to get going on my own plans and projects!
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