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My family has been hit by some bad health concerns. Please pray for my family.
God is faithful and will never abandon us to go through trials on our own. This is a hope that I can throw myself on in times like this. I don't know what will happen next, but I know that I am not in control and never was. God is infinitely wiser than I am and I pray that I can glorify Him in these frustrating and devastating times. 

Thank you - I do consider dA to be full of friends. :)
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
I started the year saying I wanted to get better at drawing, and draw every day, and focus on it. 
I really didn't.
But now I'm thinking maybe I should focus on sculpture.
There are so many instructional DVDs and courses out there that I haven't checked out yet, I think I will work on that for awhile, even though last week I bought a book on botanical illustration thinking I would like to do that.
Did I mention I am scatterbrained?
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
I had a good time at OddMall. (A guy dressed as Doctor Fate hugged me for recognizing his costume! Lots of people were in costumes. Why? Because it was just a big celebration of weird cool stuff.)
I didn't sell very much, I didn't even make back the cost of my table. But I had fun.

Since I now have tons of dragons (and jewelry) left over, I will be putting them up on my etsy store - or you can note me!

I am not sure if I will do the next OddMall show, in November. It's possible. :)
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
I feel so unprepared.
I will try to take some photos, though.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
Well ok not squeal, exactly. SQL. I'm taking a class in SQL. Back to school when I'm ancient and all that. I need to learn more things to get my career to move forward instead of backward. 

Anyway I am still working on a ton of art for the show in May, though when I say "a ton of art" it is more like "five or six steam dragons" which feels like a ton of art to me, but is really not going to fill my gallery by any stretch. So if you say "That's it? That's not a ton of art." Well, it felt like work to me. ;)

Also I have been watching some anime: "Log Horizon" (which is great) and "Nagi no Asukara" (which is 'why are all these high school students crying and declaring love to each other every five minutes?')
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
I'm doing stuff. I will post stuff. 

All of you four people who actually read this, I greet you. :wave:

I should be doing MORE stuff, but I am doing stuff.
Some sculptures are coming, but I haven't done much drawing.
Of course this is precisely because I said this was the year I would focus on drawing.

Also I seem to be playing Hearthstone.  Nycteris#1658 
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
Speaking of that show I am going to have in May, are there any pieces in my gallery that you think would make good prints?
I am thinking probably little 4x6 inch or 5x8 inch style prints.
Also if you say "more like  <drawing>" I may try to do more art like whatever <drawing> is.

I have never tried to sell pictures/drawings before and I'm not sure! :excited:
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  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
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: