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Journal Entry: Thu Oct 16, 2014, 9:57 PM


:iconblacksparklesplz: Episode 1 :iconblacksparklesplz: 






ANIMATION: Another Colour by XXXxVivixXXX     ANIMATION: 2P!talia by XXXxVivixXXX<- I guess you remember them?




I'm finally done with my first Episode. I spend more than a year on it. ^^;
I know I'm not the best animator but I give my best on this...
I hope I don't dissapoint someone with my work.... it's kind of difficult to give the 2P! a character.
It haven't got a dub, only subtitles, because I only have one dubber who can't do everything on her
own...
By the way, the music doesn't fit that well I guess. It was hard to find something that fit the atmosphere....
even if I got some suggestions for the Ending and the Opening I dedicide myself for that music which you can hear
now.
If you want a few more informations you can go and check the description of the video on Youtube :'3
I hope you like it. ^^;
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: Lemon Tree - Fool's Garden
  • Eating: Lemons
  • Drinking: Lemon Tea

Bringing You Closer to the Community

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As DeviantArt grows, we strive to find more ways to connect you with the things and people that matter to you most. After months of designing, testing, and engaging in community conversations around the shape of things to come, we're proud to announce a series of features that will bring you closer to the community.


Our guiding principles are to bring you a better, fresher, yet familiar site experience, giving you more power to do what you want and, more importantly, create deeper connections between your friends and favorite artists.











Today Page


Welcome to Today on DeviantArt.

The Today page is the place to start your day. It's the pulse of the DeviantArt community. When art-related news happens around the world, deviant artists are among the first to respond in the most evocative ways possible. We're proud to unveil the Today page — the new human and dynamically powered newspaper for the community that reflects the stories inside of DeviantArt as they pertain to art, fandom, pop culture, and world culture.


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WATCH FEED & STATUS UPDATES


Connecting you with your watchers.

The Watch Feed creates a sequential stream of activity from your watchlist, including deviations, Journals, Collections, Polls, Forums threads, and more. Status Updates let people share quick updates about what they're working on or what inspires them. Find an awesome deviation? Share it in your Status Update.


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COLLECTIONS


Giving curators the recognition they deserve.

You can now watch Collections, delivering you a custom stream of daily inspiration to your Watch Feed. Collections are now visible on deviation pages and tag pages, giving curators more exposure. Become a curator and create Collections of artwork around topics or genres you love.


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Discover more of your favorite topics.

Tags bring together different types of content around a common topic, allowing deviants to discover new art, meet new artists, and create conversations about shared interests. As an artist, tags can help you reach new audiences. Tags can be used basically everywhere — on deviations, Status Updates, Comments, Journals, deviation descriptions, private Notes, etc.


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I remember when I was a kid, I'd record Saturday morning cartoons, play them back, pause the image, put a piece of paper over the screen and trace my favourite characters.
Now this was really hard in the VHS era, because a paused image on a VHS is usually either broken up or shakes so much that you’ll have some kind of fit if you look at it too long, it depended on how cheap and sh*tty your machine was.
But I worked really hard at it, man. I spent ages getting the linework just right, I was so careful, and when I peeled the page from the static cling of the bulbous, cathode ray tube screen, the character looked exactly right on the page. And you wanna know what I took away from that endeavour? What all that effort taught me?

Jack f**king sh*t.

You don’t pick up or develop any skills by tracing. You don’t devise and perfect your own methods by tracing. You do not progress as an artist by tracing. All you get is a loss of credibility, especially in this day and age, because even if you rip off the work of a lesser-known, hack-cartoonist like me, someone’s gonna spot it and call you out.


Really?


REALLY?!


F**KING REALLY?!
Over a year ago a person got very offended by an old comic of mine and wanted to explain to me why it was offensive. When they wrote to me I had long since understood that and deleted it from my own galleries, but they had found it on Tumblr and felt it was important to talk about NOW. At first I didn't respond because a lot of things were going on in my life and I needed to not stress about it, but then they started shouting on Tumblr about it and got more people shouting at me and I finally gave in. I tried to explain to the person what my thoughts had been behind it at the time but that I no longer felt that way, but they kept going. 

At the same time a lot of people were writing me about minor things like if they should move to Denmark or what my opinion was about one thing or another, and I didn't respond to any of those either and some questioned me about it. All the while this person was getting all worked up and wouldn't just take my "I'm sorry but I can't do this right now for personal reasons" for an answer.

The thing was, at the time I was dealing with the early stages of cancer and was going through an operation to get it removed. I didn't feel like talking to strangers on the Internet about it, and I was overall acting weird during that period, like leaving conventions I had been invited to early and changing plans all the time. Not very professional and I feel really shitty about it now, but I was worried I was dying.

It's all gone now and I'm fine, but the point of this journal entry is just to remind you all that even if you feel like you know people well through the Internet, they also have a real life and some really terrible shit could be going on they don't feel like sharing and they might just need to relax, so I hope that unless their silence is somehow life threatening to you that you'll respect when they don't respond. :)
Many people asked me about which sites I use (or used) to learn and keep myself updated about art. So I decided to make a list with art websites that offer tutorials, advice, or other content that inspired me. Of course there are many other individual artists that inspire me greatly, but I've tried to keep this list to the ones that provide the community of advice and tutorials (otherwise I could go on forever).
I hope you enjoy it ^__^


Proko

Proko by DamaiMikaz
What? 
A large collection of video tutorials, mainly on human anatomy. Very detailed, to the point, and with visuals that make it easy to follow even for non-native English speakers.
Category
Tutorials. Human anatomy. Traditional art.
Website
www.youtube.com/user/ProkoTV


Ctrl+Paint

Ctrlpaint by DamaiMikaz
What?
Basically your starting point for digital painting. The digital paint 101 offers a great beginners tutorial on how to paint with Photoshop for the absolute beginner, explaining the absolute basics and shortcuts. Other tutorials cover more advanced topics. 
Category
Tutorials. Digital art. Traditional art. Photoshop.
Website
www.ctrlpaint.com/


FZDSCHOOL

Fzdschool by DamaiMikaz
What?

Timelapses and videos about all kinds of concept arts make. Amazing to watch. Perhaps a bit harder to learn from, since not everything is explained in layman's terms and the drawing is certainly advanced (professional) level. Nevertheless a good source to learn from, especially if you're interested in the concept art industry, as Feng Zhu explains a lot about that in his video's as well. 
Category
Concept art. Tips & tricks. Advice. Timelapses. Artist's life.
Website
www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL


Imagine FX

Imaginefx by DamaiMikaz
What?

Imagine Fx magazine  is well known among artists of all kinds for it's interesting content, and certainly worth to check out. While subscriptions are definitely pricey (especially when not living in England) the magazine comes with a YouTube channel that offers interesting content and tutorials once in a while. 
Category
Tutorials. Tips & tricks. Articles.
Website
www.imaginefx.com
www.youtube.com/user/imaginefx…


Mark Crilley

Markcrilley by DamaiMikaz
What?

Manga artist Mark Crilley showing how he draws manga. The channel contains a mixed bag of video's, some narrated and some are not. What makes it interesting is the simplicity of the drawings, making it approachable to both beginner and intermediate artists
Category
Tutorials. Manga. Traditional art.
Website
www.youtube.com/user/markcrill…


Sycra

Sycra by DamaiMikaz
What?

Sycra explaining how and what he draws. His channel offers tutorials and advice on all kinds of art related subjects, including common questions as "how to deal with no inspiration or artblock". 
Category
Tutorials. Tips & tricks. Advice. Digital art. 
Website
www.youtube.com/user/Sycra


Level up

Levelup by DamaiMikaz
What?

A collection of interviews and paint overs with all kinds of skilled artists and interesting figures from the concept art world. While the videos are long (over an hour) and are more something to put on as 'background' when painting or playing games, it's certainly interesting to watch one or two. The general level of artists is very high, and they tell a lot of interesting things about art and the artists life in general. Though it's probably more suited for intermediate users than for beginners. 
Category
Concept art. Tips & tricks. Advice. Artist's life.
Website
www.fusroda.com/watchsessions/
www.youtube.com/user/levelupse…


CubeBrush

Cubebrush by DamaiMikaz
What?
Blizzard artist Marc Brunet doing a good job explaining all kinds of art related topics, and showing timelapses of some of those incredible artworks. Even though his work is advanced level, his tutorials are brought in a way that they're easy to grasp, even for a beginner.
Category
Tutorials. Timelapses. Tips & tricks.
Website
www.youtube.com/user/bluefley0…


Parkablogs

Parkablogs by DamaiMikaz
What?

Parkablogs isn't necessarily a website that hosts good tutorials, but it's a website that offers a wide range of reviews of all kinds of art books and art materials. While those same reviews might be found at other places, it's certainly convenient to find them all nicely ordered at once place. Parkablogs serves as a sort of library, in that regard. A great place that sparked many interesting ideas for me on which art books to buy and what materials to try out.
Category
Reviews
Website
www.parkablogs.com/


Skillshare

Skillshare by DamaiMikaz
What?

Skillshare offers tutorials in the same way as a school would do. You can enter a program and get feedback from both the teacher and your fellow students. The big pro is the variety on programs, and the high level of the courses. The only con is the fact that it's the only service from this list that isn't free.
Category
Tutorials
Website
www.skillshare.com/

Mashup: The Avengers and Guild Wars

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We are forever inspired here at DA HQ whenever roaming the wonderful interpretations of beloved characters that inhabit theDURRRRIAN DeviantArt page.






It seems only fitting that we recite the Charge Of The Light Brigade when imagining these otherworldly and battle ready warriors from alternate realms transformed by Daniel’s imagination as they prepare for war. “The Charge of the Light Brigade” a 1854 poem about the Battle of Balaclava (Crimean War) by then Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson.









Octopus Accessories - art thieves

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 4:58 AM
www.octopus-store.ro/
this is their store. They are Octopus Acessories 

This is their facebook page www.facebook.com/OctopusAccess…

They had my drawings printed and were selling necklaces with them. They also lied to me that they did not steal them and took them from from some deviant who supposedly stole them first.
They sent me this link to this deviant :iconxyqueen: but the drawings that belong to me were submitted 12 hours ago. So obviously this couldn't be true since Nijikon was over 12 hours ago, and they had them for sale since 3 days ago.
This girl is so shameless, she lied to my face! She made me feel bad about calling her out and "making a scene" in front of her booth. OMG! And i believed her, i could have had her kicked out of the convention on the spot! She made me apologize for making a scene in front of her booth :( So she stole my art, and i was the one who apologized.
THAT. IS. WRONG.

Wow, if thievery was a game, she would be the final boss :iconfacepalmplz:
well this info is public now. I hope this journal will apears whenever someone googles her shop.

They also seemed to have stolen the design of the octopus in their logo from :iconbriankesinger: 
look at their logo here 


www.facebook.com/OctopusAccess…
and look at this drawing here Traveling with your octopus by BrianKesinger
pretty damn similar.
There is not one drop of originality in their designs. There is not one drop of shame.

The thing that bothers me is not the stealing, not the making money off of it, anyone makes mistakes, but it's the way they handled me at the convention, the lies, her attitude of OUTRAGE that i was making a scene and she was oh so damn innocent
People have stole my art before, on deviantart, on facebook, i always discuss with the first, and most of the time they apologize and simply add a link to my gallery, that's all i ask. I wasn't going to report her and have her booted out of Nijikon anyway if she owned to her mistake and not lie to me and have that attitude! I feel like a complete idiot for apologizing to her! 

:new:They have made a public apology to me:

www.facebook.com/OctopusAccess…

Please don't use curse words, no threats, no ugly words, no other drama, i did this so the drama ends. If you do it will reflect badly on me so please don't do that.

This is the translation of the apology:

:For Nijikon we prepared a series of necklaces with 3 characters from The Hobbit (Bilbo baggins, Legolas and Thranduil) because we didn't receive approval to use them, the images created by Yuuza (link to galery) which is the reason we retreated them immediately from being sold. With this occasion i am also presenting my apologies, and thank the author for bringing this to out attention."

I am satisfied with the apology although that does not erase these unpleasant memories and the lies they told me.

I am very happy that you care about my art and what has happened, and i know you were outraged too by what has happened. That's why i want you to see this apology too and know that at least some justice was served. 
I do not however want to see some shitstorm on that apology, if you're angry about what has happened, and want to vent about it, comment on this journal.

Thank you so much for your support in this :hug: your comments made me feel better! If i didn't have you on my side, she probably wouldn't have paid any attention to my complaints whatsoever, it's because i had so many people backing me up that i managed to end this problem and have my voice heard. :new:

Please +fav this journal so that it appears better in google searches.
Thank you!

A while ago I wrote a list of my top 11 most hated cliches. I tried to come up with an alternative. My top 11 favorite cliches, but I couldn't think of enough so I decided to do something different but similar. Have you ever had one of those plot types that you could manage to enjoy no matter how cliche and sterile they are? Those plots that have a large chance at being your guilty pleasures at worst? So, if you do know any episodes (or hell movies) that use these plots, I'd love to hear them; they don't even need to be animated. Although, each of these can and have been done badly before.

Number 12: Genie Plot
One that doesn't have the third wish be "I wish I'd never met you" (with a few exceptions, like one of the Fairly OddParents TV movies, the one with Norm), which is odd because this doesn't really apply to shows like Fairly Odd Parents where reality is bended at will. The basic gist of this plot is that a normal character suddenly gets the ability to get whatever they want. It tends to show new sides of a character that we hadn't seen before. It especially works well when the character is modest and selfless. Granted, the plot usually goes that the wish backfires horribly, and exceptions to that rule I find much better (hello Aladdin, which is probably the best example of this). It also allows the writers to be very creative, though not always.

Number 11: Episode in Space
Space is cool. Episodes in space are cool. Keep in note that this doesn't apply in shows that primarily take place in space like Buzz Lightyear of Star Command or Lloyd in Space. It needs to be a specific episode where our Earthling main characters find their way into space like Journey to the Sun from Courage the Cowardly Dog and Deep Space Homer from the Simpsons. I'll admit that it's largely for the aesthetic, since I like the feel of space in every medium. Space levels are some of my favorite video game levels too, although that might be for the music (Check out "Far Out theme" from Pac-Man World; "Welcome" from Ape Escape; or the space theme from Spectraball.

Number 10: Body Snatcher Episode
Speaking of space. Anyway, this episode pretty much homages "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." I would have brought this up in my top 25 Modern Spongebob episodes when I was talking about Planet of the Jellyfish but that's because I didn't realize how much I liked this plot. We've all got that homage that we'd like no matter what, whether it be to Willy Wonka, It's a Wonderful Life, or Star Wars. Although mine is a weird one since... I've never actually seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Although whenever I think of this plot being done in another cartoon, like Dexter's Lab, it always ends up being a very memorable episode, if not one of my favorites. Not to mention that it frequently overlaps with zombie episodes, which is pretty cool.

Number 9: Idiot Becomes a Genius
It's kind of obvious that many TV shows will use idiots (or weirdos) as one-note joke machines with little personality other than just being stupid. I like this because it really turns that on its head, like Patrick SmartPants or that episode where Homer got the crayon out of his brain. I will say that very often, this ends up trading being generically stupid for being generically smart in the lesser forms of this episode. However, when you get really lucky you see how the sudden intelligence meshes with the rest of their personality. Like in the aforementioned episodes, Patrick is still kind of arrogant and Homer still cares about his family. Or maybe their intelligence turns them evil, like in Jimmy Neutron. And no, the head becoming the size of a refrigerator isn't necessary.

Number 8: Brainwashing and Hypnosis Episodes
There are certain ideas and episodes that have been done to death. Amnesia is one of them, and this is another. It's frequently pulled out by writers who are running out of ideas, like The Simpsons' Day of the Jackanapes. However, this is one I really can't hate because I like seeing characters do strange things and I can see so much possibility with this. I mean, one of my favorite childhood book series' was the Molly Moon series (mostly the first book). Done for just one episode, it forces the dynamic to change. Unlike amnesia though, I think there's a lot of untapped potential regarding episodes messing with people's heads. Like... maybe don't reveal that it's a hypnosis episode until the last few seconds... that would be some Twilight Zone shit right there.

Number 7: Evil Twin Episodes
So just the other day I watched Dexter's Rude Removal for the first time. Yes, I'm late to the punch, but it's one of the funniest episodes of the show. But I actually like this episode best in shows like Samurai Jack, or super hero shows when the heroes are forced to overcome their own abilities and win the fight in new ways. It does make it hard for me to see anything too bad about Dan Vs. The Imposter (although The Telemarketer doesn't get a pass). I like it in superhero shows, especially late in the series run, because we've seen the heroes fight through endless enemies and it seems like they can't be stopped. This episode puts one unstoppable force against another unstoppable force and has them collide. 

Number 6: Dream and Bizarro Episodes
I'll put it plain and simple. This really forces people to be creative. We get to see interesting visuals and interesting dynamics that we couldn't see in other episodes. Not to mention that in dream episodes we get to see insights to who the characters are and what they're feeling. Keep in mind though that "It was all a dream" doesn't get a free pass from me. It should be put up front that we're in a dream, possibly by doing both of these episodes at the same time. Or, alternatively use the dream excuse to do fantastical things in a mundane world. I've seen at least a few examples of this and it's always a surprise since you're not expecting it. A good framing device can really let you do anything, and having something be a dream is a great one. Episodes that follow the Bizarro route tend to be unforgettable, like One + One = Ed; Mad Mod; Operation REPORT and Operation UTOPIA (my definition of dream is loose).

Number 5: Groundhog Day Loop Episode
I often find myself wishing that I had more time to do things that I want. In this plot people keep repeating the same time period (usually one day) over and over again. As we get further down this list it becomes harder and harder to come up with reasons that I like these things beyond "I just like them," since I can even enjoy the cliched formula. Character has a miserable day, they repeat that day until they enjoy it. Though that's not always the case. It's just usually the case. I guess I could also add episodes that deal with manipulating time: stopping it, travelling through it, slowing it down. I guess we've all got an innate desire to have more control over time, or to have more of it. Then again, in this episode time still manages to control you. One of my favorite Groundhog Day Loop episodes is Thursday from Strange Days at Blake Holsey High, a show that I wish got more attention. It's pretty much a live action Gravity Falls, with the main characters dealing with random supernatural events based on the things that they were learning. They learn about tesseracts, and reality folds in on itself with one room leading a different one that it's supposed to, at a different time of day; they learn about DNA and someone's DNA gets altered.

Number 4: Dystopian Future Episode
Okay, I love time travel episodes to no matter the era. However, any show can put its characters in the past where we (think we) know what happened. It takes some imagination to take us to the future, speculating about what technology that we (probably won't) have. But there's always the change that the writers aren't so optimistic. Maybe your characters didn't listen to the crazy hobo ranting outside the library. Maybe your superhero failed to stop a bad guy. Whatever the case, now you're living under his rule. It's hard for me to dislike this episode. Back to the Past from SpongeBob was a runner up for my top modern SpongeBob list (Patrick's the main reason why it didn't make it. Also I don't know how to feel about the Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy death joke nowadays). It doesn't have to be villain like Dr. Doofensmurts taking over the world, it could be... Libby from Jimmy Neutron? Actually, that one is one of the better ones because the dictator in the present isn't evil. It gives interesting insight into their personality, which was really touched upon in the Danny Phantom finale, although I don't think I've ever seen an episode where someone sees that they rule the world with an iron fist and delving into what that does to them psychologically.

Number 3: Body Swap Episode
This one... I've got a really hard time explaining. The closest explanation I've got is that the "fish-out-of-water" story appeals to me as that's a basis for a lot of these plot types and other fish-out-of-water plots might be runners up for this list. But most stories follow the same basic plotline. Characters think that the other one has an easy life while their own life is hell, they bicker for a bit, and get swapped in order to give them a new perspective on things. The humor tends to relatively stay the same from story to story, even though the types of fusion may change (although same gender parent/same gender child and brother/sister swaps are by far the most common). I guess this is a definition of the type of plot I could watch without really caring, although there's definitely a limit. I haven't seen the Breadwinners body swap episode, but I'm pretty sure I'm not going to like it. The body swap plot doesn't work if two people are the same character...

Number 2: Role Reversal Episode
No... ya think? I'm just the guy who's doing a whole series based on role reversal. I guess once again, it's the fish-out-of-water thing, although that would make it hard for me to explain why a whole series on that that doesn't have the fish-out-of-water aspect. This one is largely the same as above, and as such they're interchangeable. Why this one is higher is because it tends to be more common, more varied, and a large part of its charm is that the characters have to be willing to play along whereas the body swap plot forces the characters to play along whether they want to or not. It makes it harder for the writers, since they've got to keep the characters willing to go along with this for as long as possible.

Number 1: Alternate Universe Episode
My favorite type of plot is the type where characters travel to an alternate universe. Why? Mostly because it's something different every time. It has to be. It can also be anything and the writers can get away with not having any explanation to why the world is that way, like in Operation POOL (probably my favorite KND episode), and explaining things can end up badly, like in Road to the Multiverse, which like I'm With Stupid has parts that I do like, just brought down too far by well... stupid. I guess a large reason this is my favorite is because of wanting, not having. I want more stories like this. Most series tend to touch upon it, but don't really even go into the concept. Most of my experiences come from video games, specifically the Zelda series with A Link to the Past and Majora's Mask being my favorites. I guess this is one that I'm still looking for. So yeah, if you know any of these types of episodes I'd love to hear about them. Also, tell me what your favorite types of episodes are. The ones that you'd happen to love, no matter how cliched they are, and want to see more stories of.






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Catwoman Leaks Justice League Contract Details to deviantART


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Catwoman Leaks Justice League Contract Details to deviantART


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Robin Tops Wonder Woman




This morning the Today Page Editorial Team was reading through Mike Fleeman’s coverage on The Wrap discussing Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsugihara’s press conference this week where he revealed the DC Comics movie schedule. As we were sharing our thoughts (placing our bets) we received our first major exclusive from our share@deviantART.com tip email address. It turns out it was from Catwoman.


The Miss–Chief maker, Catwoman, leaked all of the Justice League movie contracts for the new Warner Brothers slate. While we were reviewing the contracts we quickly understood why she decided to leak them to the press.


WONDER WOMAN is being paid less per film than ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER!


Warner Bros. and the Justice League have thus far refused to comment on this article.










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