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Happy February!
I have started working on my art skills. The more I look them over, the more I realize I need to work!
I've been very, very inspired by Jerzy Drozd, Chris Oatley, Jake Parker, Ryan Estrada, and Brandon Dayton (they have podcasts and tutorials which have been thoughtful and helpful). 

And I'm finally officially going to be selling stuff at a table at OddMall Ohio. oddmall.info/ohio/

Anyway I will post stuff, but right now I don't have any stuff.


Also, I'm really enjoying Hearthstone (Open Beta), and DCUO - anyone else play? Let's be friends!
Note: Playing a lot of those games is counterproductive to improving my art skills. *facepalm*
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
I just started playing DC Universe Online (because it's all free and stuff) - anyone else play?




  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Arrow
  • Playing: Starbound
  • Eating: ramen
I have no suggestions on how you actually celebrate this, but Spin accepts any and all gifts.
Maybe later today I'll draw some dragons.

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Arrow
  • Playing: Starbound
  • Eating: ramen
Last year was full of so many things for me, not all of them seemingly good!  But that doesn't mean they weren't beneficial.
I grew in a lot of ways, I think, but probably not all are obvious.
God really did work in my life. I can't wait to see what happens this year!
I'm glad you are my friends, watching your art and reading your comments is a huge blessing.
Anyway:  
1) I really am sketching every day this year (easy to say on Day #3) but did not yet spam you with them here. I think I will do a scrap reviewing a week's worth at a time or something like that.
2) Check out this random deviant; her lovely art needs more page views: artemischow.deviantart.com/

3) I am getting a 3Doodler and it should come today... www.the3doodler.com/

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Arrow
  • Playing: Starbound
  • Eating: ramen
Hi there anyone who is reading this!
Look, the lovely :iconwingedsonar: featured me here: wingedsonar.deviantart.com/jou…
Go look at her wonderful art, and read her comic!

Also I'm going to try to make an ACTUAL NEW-YEAR'S RESOLUTION to draw something every single day.
But I'm not sure I'm going to post them here.
Should I?
I don't want to spam you, but it would be nice to have accountability partners saying "Hey you didn't draw for a week".
If I do post them all they will probably be mostly in scraps since they aren't "finished art every day" just a sketch (at least).
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Reading: The Dragon Slippers
  • Watching: Doctor Who Christmas Special
  • Playing: Starbound
UPDATE: Apparently there are not 10 people who look at my journals so why am I even on dA? [Yes, one sort of snide comment is as close as I get to a rant. :giggle: Anyway I'm sure everyone is busy!]
I will just pick some people to feature since ten people do not apparently want me to feature them.

Anyway: FEATURES! :boogie:
I got this from FrothingLizard - look out, it's contagious!

The Rules:
* The first 10 people's avatar commenting this journal, and the three deviations I like most from their gallery, will be put on the list below!
* If you comment, it would be nice if you do the same in your journal, putting the tagger (me) and three of my art on the first place. {I'm not going to make that a requirement, though}
* The idea of this is not to get a free feature, it is to spread art around for everyone!

First Frothing :iconfrothinglizard:  
No one appreciates life more... by FrothingLizard  Turn my swag on by FrothingLizard  Norwegian Grave-Digger by FrothingLizard  (also look, she drew Spin!) Art-trade: Nycterisa by FrothingLizard

Then the actual participants:

1) :iconlord-hayati: (Feats of Duct Tape and Jello!)
Phalanx Kit: Spear and Shield by Lord-Hayati  Shield, Sword, and Wand by Lord-Hayati And Minecraft: Aeoia Tavern- Minecraft by Lord-Hayati

2) :iconyukimazan:
Dishonored : Corvo Attano Sprite by Yukimazan Cat Furry Nabihan Drawn in DA Muro by YukimazanFluttershy Human Sprite Trainer by Yukimazan

3) :iconblackholeinajar:

Wow I didn't see this one until now, very cool: 
Steampunk Drawer Handels by BlackHoleInAJar 1Eye - Trainwrecker by BlackHoleInAJar  Black-light Minis 1 by BlackHoleInAJar

4) :icongreyofpta:

I have to put MULTIPLE Spins (also he did my ID image)
Spindrift and Draconis by GreyOfPTA and Spindrift is ful of it by GreyOfPTA 
I had to get one Fanboy in here so I choose this one, 
due to videogame geekiness: Fanboys Crown by GreyOfPTA 
 Ducks Can't Hang From Trees by GreyOfPTA <-- bat and duck!
Attempt To Get Coffee by GreyOfPTA <- coffee!
and one with Belle and a pony. Wait what?!:  Radioactive Horse Question by GreyOfPTA


Fake Participants:

5) :iconzebeckras: Art:
Commission for dcencia by Zebeckras Piggyback by Zebeckras Commission for AgentGigglypuff by Zebeckras

6) :iconziblink: Art:
Australian Blackbird by Ziblink Also far too many delightful stories about my characters (I feel ashamed that she writes my stories when I don't write them myself. Note, this also means her stories may not exactly be canon, though if there is a canon involved I'm sure she brought it.): 
She's evil I tell you
Sweet, sweet syrup
Nycteris put down her spellbook in annoyance. She'd lost her bookmark again! Surely things like this didn't happen to witches in stories. Oh no! They just had to do the eye of newt and stuff. They probbably bought all their potions pre-brewed! whereas her she was, stuck in a dingy basement mixing up spells in an old washtub! Life just wasn't fair.
What was next? What was next? Ah yes, carrots, onion and pepper to season. Or was that the soup she had for lunch? Nope. It was the spell alright. It was thickening nicely and would make either a good chutney or great fertilizer. It had a strange quality to it, like it was made of molten lead. Strange shapes appeared in it briefly, then dissolved. What was reflected within wasn't the room around it.
"It looks like my mother's cooking."
Nycteris glanced up further annoyed; surely real witches didn't have their dark contemplation spoiled with glib interjections like that. On the other hand, real wi
  Spellcheck
Spellcheck awoke promptly at 7am, one of the benefits of having an internal system clock. Today was a special day, a special day indeed. She had been waiting all week for it to arrive, counting down the days, marking them off on the small calender she kept by her bed. It was a childish thing to do, she knew, but if there was one thing she had learned it was that childhood was to be treasured, maturity was forever after all. She went to the mirror and checked. No change yet... from the back? No... no change there either. Oh well, it was bound to happen sooner rather than later.
She bounced downstairs, quite literally since she had an elastic constitution and boundless energy combined with a virtual weight. Mom was at the table, nursing a large cup of hot coffee. Maybe she was just getting up, maybe she was just heading to bed, it was hard to tell, she didn't keep regular hours. Spellcheck bought up her diary and looked at the phases of the moon... yes, new moon was last night. Mom had p
  Not a finisher
Not a finisher
The small, brown creature poked its way amongst the the oddly shaped glassware are bubbling liquids that filled the room, as they did all the others. This room was unique however, in that it had rather a more... organic feel to it. Instead of pure chemical solutions many of the glass containers harbored formaldehyde and preserved specimens of what looked like the work of a god with simultaneous hiccups and bipolar disorder. There were cages too, containing things that could only be called animals by virtue of the fact that plants and Halloween costumes didn't move about by themselves. They made a variety of distressing and unnatural noises.
Finally the small creature came to the centerpiece of the unholy collection, a rather manic looking individual who, it appeared, was trying to take apart an octopus with a screwdriver. The octopus was having somewhat more success in fighting back and there was ink everywhere.
'Hem hem.'
'Ah! Zigor! Help me with this will you? I

7) :iconfogllama: Art:
Of course implied Spin: 
Going for a spin by fogllama but also: Lighted UFO Pen Holder by fogllama Kemah Boardwalk by fogllama DeviantID by fogllama
8) :iconkarnanyd: Art:
Shanthi by Karnanyd Bermuda by Karnanyd Intensity by Karnanyd

9) :iconsejuay:  Art: 
Summerhill Clock Tower by Sejuay Mischief Awaits by SejuayCustomer Service by Sejuay

10) :iconwingedsonar: Art:
Three-bat Moon by WingedSonar Ducky-Batty Heartwings by WingedSonar  <- Duck and bat!
Spectacled Fruit Bats at Dusk by WingedSonar
and Spin:<da:thumb id="82298434"/> 
11) :iconbystillwaters: Art:

 steampunk hat view2 by Bystillwaters and Spin:Spin action figure - for girls by Bystillwaters 
secret garden by Bystillwaters sheep toppers by Bystillwaters
12) :iconzeta-neubourn: Art:
Misfit Zipperteeth by Zeta-Neubourn Marsh by Zeta-NeubournContrast by Zeta-Neubourn

UPDATE: Apparently there are not 10 people who look at my journals so why am I even on dA?
I will just pick some people to feature since ten people do not apparently want me to feature them.
You are all ruining my Christmas. :shakefish:  </grain of salt>

I got this from FrothingLizard - look out, it's contagious!

The Rules:
* The first 10 people's avatar commenting this journal, and the three deviations I like most from their gallery, will be put on the list below!
* If you comment, you have to do the same in your journal, putting the tagger (me) and three of my art on the first place.
* The idea of this is not to get a free feature, it is to spread art around for everyone!

First Frothing :iconfrothinglizard:  
No one appreciates life more... by FrothingLizard  Turn my swag on by FrothingLizard  Norwegian Grave-Digger by FrothingLizard  (also look, she drew Spin!) Art-trade: Nycterisa by FrothingLizard

Then the actual participants:

1) :iconlord-hayati: (Feats of Duct Tape and Jello!)
Phalanx Kit: Spear and Shield by Lord-Hayati  
Shield, Sword, and Wand by Lord-Hayati And Minecraft: Aeoia Tavern- Minecraft by Lord-Hayati

2) :iconyukimazan:
Dishonored : Corvo Attano Sprite by Yukimazan 
Cat Furry Nabihan Drawn in DA Muro by YukimazanFluttershy Human Sprite Trainer by Yukimazan
3) :iconblackholeinajar:

Wow I didn't see this one until now, very cool: 
Steampunk Drawer Handels by BlackHoleInAJar

1Eye - Trainwrecker by BlackHoleInAJar  4) :icongreyofpta:
Black-light Minis 1 by BlackHoleInAJar

I have to put MULTIPLE Spins (also he did my ID image)
Spindrift and Draconis by GreyOfPTA and 
Spindrift is ful of it by GreyOfPTA I had to get one Fanboy in here so I choose this one, due to videogame geekiness: Fanboys Crown by GreyOfPTA  Ducks Can't Hang From Trees by GreyOfPTA <-- bat and duck!
Attempt To Get Coffee by GreyOfPTA
and one with Belle and a pony. Wait what?!:  
Radioactive Horse Question by GreyOfPTA


Fake Participants:

5) :iconzebeckras: Art:
Commission for dcencia by Zebeckras 
Piggyback by Zebeckras Commission for AgentGigglypuff by Zebeckras

6) :iconziblink: Art:
Australian Blackbird by Ziblink Also far too many delightful stories about my characters (I feel ashamed that she writes my stories when I don't write them myself. Note, this also means her stories may not exactly be canon, though if there is a canon involved I'm sure she brought it.): 
She's evil I tell you
Sweet, sweet syrup
Nycteris put down her spellbook in annoyance. She'd lost her bookmark again! Surely things like this didn't happen to witches in stories. Oh no! They just had to do the eye of newt and stuff. They probbably bought all their potions pre-brewed! whereas her she was, stuck in a dingy basement mixing up spells in an old washtub! Life just wasn't fair.
What was next? What was next? Ah yes, carrots, onion and pepper to season. Or was that the soup she had for lunch? Nope. It was the spell alright. It was thickening nicely and would make either a good chutney or great fertilizer. It had a strange quality to it, like it was made of molten lead. Strange shapes appeared in it briefly, then dissolved. What was reflected within wasn't the room around it.
"It looks like my mother's cooking."
Nycteris glanced up further annoyed; surely real witches didn't have their dark contemplation spoiled with glib interjections like that. On the other hand, real wi
  Spellcheck
Spellcheck awoke promptly at 7am, one of the benefits of having an internal system clock. Today was a special day, a special day indeed. She had been waiting all week for it to arrive, counting down the days, marking them off on the small calender she kept by her bed. It was a childish thing to do, she knew, but if there was one thing she had learned it was that childhood was to be treasured, maturity was forever after all. She went to the mirror and checked. No change yet... from the back? No... no change there either. Oh well, it was bound to happen sooner rather than later.
She bounced downstairs, quite literally since she had an elastic constitution and boundless energy combined with a virtual weight. Mom was at the table, nursing a large cup of hot coffee. Maybe she was just getting up, maybe she was just heading to bed, it was hard to tell, she didn't keep regular hours. Spellcheck bought up her diary and looked at the phases of the moon... yes, new moon was last night. Mom had p
  Not a finisher
Not a finisher
The small, brown creature poked its way amongst the the oddly shaped glassware are bubbling liquids that filled the room, as they did all the others. This room was unique however, in that it had rather a more... organic feel to it. Instead of pure chemical solutions many of the glass containers harbored formaldehyde and preserved specimens of what looked like the work of a god with simultaneous hiccups and bipolar disorder. There were cages too, containing things that could only be called animals by virtue of the fact that plants and Halloween costumes didn't move about by themselves. They made a variety of distressing and unnatural noises.
Finally the small creature came to the centerpiece of the unholy collection, a rather manic looking individual who, it appeared, was trying to take apart an octopus with a screwdriver. The octopus was having somewhat more success in fighting back and there was ink everywhere.
'Hem hem.'
'Ah! Zigor! Help me with this will you? I

7) :iconfogllama: Art:
Of course implied Spin: 
Going for a spin by fogllama but also: Lighted UFO Pen Holder by fogllama Kemah Boardwalk by fogllama DeviantID by fogllama
8) :iconka rnanyd: Art:
Shanthi by Karnanyd 
Bermuda by Karnanyd Intensity by Karnanyd

9) :iconsejuay:  Art: 
Summerhill Clock Tower by Sejuay Mischief Awaits by SejuayCustomer Service by Sejuay

10) :iconwingedsonar: Art:
Three-bat Moon by WingedSonar 
Ducky-Batty Heartwings by WingedSonar  <- Duck and bat!
Spectacled Fruit Bats at Dusk by WingedSonar
and Spin:<da:thumb id="82298434"/> 
11) :iconbystillwaters: Art:

 steampunk hat view2 by Bystillwaters and Spin:Spin action figure - for girls by Bystillwaters 
secret garden by Bystillwaters sheep toppers by Bystillwaters
12) :iconzeta-neubourn: Art:
Misfit Zipperteeth by Zeta-Neubourn 
Marsh by Zeta-NeubournContrast by Zeta-Neubourn

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Playing: Clumsy Ninja!
  • Eating: popcorn
I kickstarted a book called "Brick by Brick" by a very talented artist.
You should check out his blog: www.doodlealley.com

It's very VERY inspirational. Full of common sense, laid out so you can't ignore it.

I worked on some more sculptures today, so I should have some to post eventually.
One of them is a Super Secret Gift for someone.
I have completely failed at the 30 Characters Challenge this November, but I don't mind, as long as I am getting other art accomplished. I entered my art into the Codex Fungi contest on Neonmob (www.neonmob.com) and I'll definitely let you know if I win. ;)

Finally, I just finished watching the first Thor movie (now that the 2nd one is out...) and it succeeded in making me really like Loki. (Not that I didn't see that coming.)

Also this totally screams of Attack on Titan cosplay: blackmilkclothing.com/products…

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Eating: chocolate
I did not finish the Month of Monsters, but I felt some of my monsters were pretty ok. But now that it is November.. I just can't find my art. I have sketched a lot over the weekend, but I'm just unhappy with what I got! I know pushing through problems like this usually leads to a real improvement, right? I hope?
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Playing: Tiny Death Star
If you are wondering why I have posted so many "sort of quickie" sketches of monsters, it's because I am participating in thefuzzyslug's Month of Monsters, which is found over here: www.thefuzzyslug.com/monthofmo…

It's great fun, though I am liking some of my entries more than others (as always).
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Reading: Technomancer/The Bone Triangle
  • Playing: My Singing Monsters
I was on vacation out west (Utah, Arizona, Nevada) I flew into Las Vegas, then went out to view canyons, and canyons, and even more canyons - many photos of canyons will be coming!
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Reading: Technomancer/The Bone Triangle
  • Playing: D.O.T.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Electroswing
  • Playing: Dust: An Elysian Tale
I had a birthday! Thank you for the well-wishes! :wave:
Ice cream cake has been consumed, and the birthday money... is in the bank.
Boring huh? I am saving it for now. 
Actually I'm going on vacation to Bryce Canyon next week, so you should have PHOTOS OF ROCKS.

It's not too late to draw me art for my birthday. *innocent look* :lol:



  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Electroswing
  • Reading: A Game of Universe
  • Watching: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Playing: Dust: An Elysian Tale
I really am drawing stuff. I'll post a bunch of stuff soon.

Oh and... hi there! :wave:
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Playing: So many games I should finish!
  • Drinking: pu-erh tea
Hi there!
I have been 1) frustrated with my job, and looking for another one.
2) Trying to firm up how I draw Doc Gestalt so that I can draw her annoying the (awesome) Iakov Drobievski (go click here and admire the hairs kikile-zlovetch.deviantart.com… )
3) Forcing myself to finish filling up two sketchbooks of mine before I invest in any more sketchbooks. This is also spurred by #1, since that is cutting into my funds. And also, well, because I have more half-filled sketchbooks than a day has months.
4) Trying to fix up bad metaphors because days do not have any months.
5) Needing more coffee.
6) Reading the collected works of E. Nesbit, which you should too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._Nesbi…
7) Making major life decisions based on #1 (I think I am going to learn some more software packages, God willing, which should help me find another job. Because the answer to every problem is generally "learn more stuff" if you ask me.)
8) Being killed by :iconbystillwaters: and :iconthefuzzyslug: in repeated games of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer.
9) Drawing "Ask Spin" stuff. spindrifty.tumblr.com/
10) Anxiously waiting for the sculpting book I pre-ordered from emilysculpts.com/index.cfm to arrive

HAPPY EASTER!
He is risen indeed!

I shall randomly add, go read this ziblink.deviantart.com/art/Bea…, because :iconziblink: is an excellent author, not to mention she treats me very well in this short story.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Playing: So many games I should finish!
  • Drinking: pu-erh tea
I actually answered two!
I didn't color the art, but so far so good.
spindrifty.tumblr.com/

Trying this can only improve my art. I really need the improvement, too!
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Playing: So many games I should finish!
I may regret this, but you can ask Spindrift a question at spindrifty.tumblr.com/

(But Spindrift is G and PG only! ;) )
  • Watching: Mushishi
  • Playing: Tell me your Steam &amp; iPhone names
I had a good Christmas. I actually remembered to read Luke's account of Christmas on the day we celebrate Christmas this year. I know many people have that tradition, but I don't always. It was good to just sit and read it, and ponder how Mary and Joseph felt.
Today I stayed home from work, recovering from the instant and complete case of GI type flu I had yesterday (fortunately only a 24 hr thing), and watched "Indie Game: The Movie" which was interesting (but had too many swear words).I can't say it made me want to quit my job and design games - it looks like the work is grueling, and alienating, and tough.
AND
I am watching an anime series called "Mushishi" and I am totally in love with it. triptychr convinced me to watch it. Blame him.
It's a sort of "supernatural mystery investigation" show but it is nothing like that genre, because that description makes me think of "Fringe" and "X-files" and "Dresden Files". This is much more green, and natural, and set in a sort of early-era Japan, and it doesn't really ever explain anything as much as you'd like it to. The art is beautiful, very Miyazaikiesque, and the stories are occasionally a little grotesque (in the "energy slime pouring out of his eyes" sort of way, etc.) but they are beautiful and melancholy and life goes on, and the endings are generally happy/optimistic.
I'd like to get the manga, but it's one of those series where they go out of print and are now $$$ and I don't know why someone doesn't just print a few on demand.  So I may end up reading scans online.
But it makes me want to draw, and tell stories.

I am thinking on getting rid of some of my jewelry making supplies. The market is flooded, and I don't want to compete with everyone in the world who is making the same jewelry I am making (that's most of why you haven't seen much from me lately). Also then I would focus more on sketching and sculpting stuff. Which I guess I already am.
  • Mood: Cheerful
I'm so happy that I finished my 30 characters in 30 days!
Augh. November.

My goal was to do "better" than last year, and I really think I did it, and that is an encouragement, because usually I look at my art and say "how come everyone else improves except me?" and this time I actually saw improvement. I'm like, in tears.

Anyway, how are you all?

Wait, where are you anyway?

Anyone out there?

:o
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Reading: Howl's Moving Castle
  • Eating: Pumpkin Ice Cream
All that stuff I said about art coming soon?
Yeah it is still coming soon.
I am actually drawing art, I just haven't posted it yet.

AND I am going to do the "30 Characters Challenge" come November - anyone else going to do it?

Maybe in November I will get around to renewing my sub.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Reading: Howl's Moving Castle
  • Eating: Pumpkin Ice Cream
The wonderful :iconbystillwaters: gave me a copy of Howl's Moving Castle (the novel)!
If you did not read the book, you should at least watch the film! Both are so different, and excellent!
The wonderful :icongeodekl: gave me a copy of Minecraft!
But after playing around and then looking at a different friend's Minecraft sculptures, I don't think it's the game for me. I'd rather spend that much time on a clay sculpture that more people can enjoy in real life!

I have some Autumn/Halloween themed art in the works.

Today is the last day of my dA subscription, but I will probably renew it - I like all of you :)