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Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them?

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Ok! We had some awesome, interesting, weird and educational replies over the last week!

Some of my favourites that didn't win were:

Dynamo-Panda with their interesting fact about the longest place name in the world 'Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg'
LovesWolves114 who inundated me with educational facts, the most intriguing one being 'Earth is the only planet not named after a god.'
Lillypop90 who posted a pair of boobs :B

And the winner or should I say winners! As I couldn't decide between these two:

Craeter with the awesome fact that I knew at one point when I was at school but have since forgotten 'All of the planets in the solar system could fit in the distance between the earth and moon.'
Kasumi-Akatsuki with their hilarious comment 'I eat broccoli because it reminds me of little trees and I feel like a giant. RAWR Rawr :3'
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So congratulations to the two winners, you both get 5 :points:

Make sure you enter again this week, I think I will keep this going for a while, it's fun :D

The rules are simple!

Bullet; Green All you have to do is +fav this journal.
Bullet; Green Write an interesting comment and post it on this journal (funny/weird/odd/interesting). Note: I will pick the winner on the most original comment!
Bullet; Green You can enter/comment as many times as you like, it's free so what do you have to loose?
Bullet; Green The winner will be notified next Saturday, when the competition will start again!
Bullet; Green Have fun with it :D (Big Grin)

Oh and if you are yet to join the hundreds of people earning Points on :icondahub: then get yourself over there. They give Points to people who watch, give llamas, and +fav other people's work. It's pretty simple!

You can also be featured if you donate.

So visit dAhub now! Cheers and have a nice day!
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[OPEN] Adopt Raffle 09 - Memories

Mon Sep 15, 2014, 3:36 PM
[OPEN]FREE ADOPT RAFFLE 09 - Memories by Piffi-adoptables

Waaah such a long time we didn't make a raffle >///v///< :heart:
We really love doing that so this time we try with our new project "Memories" , Little Owl/penguin ( x°D )
We hope you like them \;///v///;/  thanks again for the support :huggle::heart:

What can you win?

  • One adoptables at your choice between those shown , they are a species called "Memories" they are little pet/character like a owl(or penguin x°D at your choice x°D ) , they write people's memories , they never forget about you

  • Only one winners , after raffles end the 7 adoptables left will be put for sale ;v;

Required to win

  • Fav this Journal

  • Watch it's not necessary to win , but really appreciated it if you like our works enough to wish one of them ;//////v/////; <3 ( thanks ;v; )

  • You don't have to ask if you can partecipate , just fav this journal and you are in ;v;

NOT required to win but appreciated

  • Comment with the adopt you'd choose if winning and tell us if you have some plans for it çvç :heart:

  • If you have some friends you think can be interested in this raffle you can write their name in your comment çvç <3

General Rules

  • This raffle end in 48 hours ( about 0:30 follow this time zone : CEST

  • I'll choose the winner with between fav numbers

Thanks again \;v;/ :heart: see you soon in the next raffle >///v///<

Our main account : Shatik / our non-human account : Piffi-pi 
Our sister Mimru

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In August 21, "Your character in Missing Halloween!" mini-contest was announce.
In September 1, a total of 313 character designs were submitted. Judging has begun.

As the judge, there were 313 submissions, and only 32 to choose from. Trust me, it was haaaarrd! It still pains me that so many great designs didn't get in. (It's just that many) But I still did my best to judge them carefully.

So here goes, the results!!!


As mentioned, there will be 5 characters who will be featured as candy givers! (And their owners to be in the credits as "Additional Character Design")

And here they are!!!

:iconandrea4you: Andrea4You's character: Akai
AT Andrea4You / Akai by Happy-Tan

:iconskunkyfly: Skunkyfly's character: Amber
::WJB:: Big Sist Sheet by Skunkyfly

:iconshiroxix: ShiroXIX's character: Pydur
Pydur by ShiroXIX

:iconinkstainkat15: inkstainkat15's character
Missing Halloween Character Submission by inkstainkat15

:iconnaughtykittydv-1992: NaughtyKittyDV-1992's character: Mary (Marion)
Marion and Mary (or Gas Mask Maid) by NaughtyKittyDV-1992

Curious of how they will look like in the animation? Here are some screenshots:
OC-SampleShotA by Mikeinel
OC-SampleShotB by Mikeinel
OC-SampleShotC by Mikeinel
OC-SampleShotD by Mikeinel
OC-SampleShotE by Mikeinel

Thank you and congratulations~!


While there are those top 5 characters to be featured as candy givers, there's also the crowd of kids to be seen in the background~ After checking through the scenes, there will be a total of 27 kids!
(And their owners will be credited under "Character Design Contribution")

And again, here they are!!!

:icon7thpalette:'s character: Dorothy

:iconangelicbeats9:'s character: Lampy

:iconanimecrazy103:'s character: Clown Girl

:iconasgitariuosestis:'s character: Techno Dimno

:iconbirdy98:'s character: Adeline (younger)

:iconchuustar:'s character: Vivi

:iconcolor-gal:'s character: Shadow Master

:icongray-zakuro:'s character: Zombie Cat

:iconjackorjohn:'s character: Chester Freud

:iconkarusuzume:'s character: Ruru Manika

:iconkuron-kuragari:'s character: Amelia (S.H. Nurse)

:iconkwindom:'s character: Pumpkin-chan

:iconlittlecheese:'s character: Aimi

:iconlittletreehugger:'s character: Shiro

:iconmclelun:'s character: Mr. Fragile

:iconmomokoblu:'s character: Komouri

:iconnevertoomuchdotsies:'s character: Dot

:iconomega-valeth-sama:'s character: Gregory

:iconrandon-thing:'s character: Superhero/Villain

:iconreymicx:'s character: Halloween Clown

:iconrezuri-dono:'s character: Trenton

:iconsakura15elric:'s character: Mummy Kid

:iconshortpencil:'s character: RoseFe-Tan

:iconsilvyrose:'s character

:iconsoloazume:'s character: Devil-witch Solo

:iconxxcelestialwolfxx:'s character

:iconzwigie:'s character

Phew, that's A LOT of characters! Congratulations and thank you~!
Curious again of how they'll look like? Especially that they're in the crowd?
These kiddies will be distributed throughout the animation, in the background. Some are small, some are walking, some are partially hidden, but one thing's for sure: they're there!
Here are some screenshots of how they will look like:
OC-SampleShot1 by Mikeinel
OC-SampleShot2 by Mikeinel
OC-SampleShot3 by Mikeinel
OC-SampleShot4 by Mikeinel


That's right, there's still a month and a half to get this animation finished, and there may be a few adjustments to be made during the production.
This includes the submitted characters as well.

Who knows, I might need more kids in the crowd, or relocate some that were already in the sample screenshots, or maybe adjust the designs, or even change the age and role of the characters like kuron-kuragari and Momokoblu's characters.

It's hard to tell the outcome at this point. But rest assured, it's getting worked on!


I already said this so many times already, and I'll say it once again, thank you thank you thank you everyone!
Thank you for participating, and thank you for looking forward to this animation!

Thank you everyone!

Dear Departed Is Done

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 15, 2014, 10:38 AM
On September 2nd 2010, I posted the first page of Random Doom's fourth chapter, called Dear Departed. Four years later, I finally posted the last page.


Well, this four years have been really important in my life. When I started DD, I was close to finishing my studies and graduating. This was, of course, quite big deal. I had my final thesis to write and I had to find a job. Thankfully I got them all done and I now have a great job as a graphic designer.

That was one thing that affected my comic making time... But of course, there was that one reason that took my interest and eventually lead to another delay. RP groups.

I am not gonna lie, those groups took my interest completely and DD and Random Doom in general was no longer my main interest. But I do not regret it. These RP groups affected my story making skills and eventually it lead to that other delay I mentioned earlier, complete rewriting of RD casts' bios.

I did receive a comment about how this person felt it was a shame this hiatus had to happen in the middle of Dear Departed. And I agree, it is a shame. This comic had to suffer from long pauses... multiple style changes... Main human character changing her name in the middle of the story. Some of the pages now have no longer canon text... It's a mess!

BUT... At the same time... I am happy it took me this long to make this story. You see, RD is meant to be pretty humorous and light series but DD is clearly an exception there. It is the most mature and heaviest story so far and it was easily the most challenging story for me tor write. DD is actually the last chapter I wrote for Random Doom. The story how Matthew received his relic was originally meant to be just mentioned in another story but my imagination started to wander and I started to write a bigger story around it. That is how Dear Departed became its own chapter and story.

The original storyboard version was a lot different too. Elizabeth originally didn't have as big role in the story as she eventually had. Matthew's personality was also vastly different than what he has now. I was not happy with it. When it was time to start to draw the comic, I knew BIG changes needed to happen and I pretty much rewrote the whole story as I was drawing it.  Definitely the main reason why doing DD was so time consuming and stressful to do.

But, like I said earlier, I feel that it was for the best. I don't think I could have written this story four years ago. I do not think it would have came out like it did. I've also learned a lot about digital drawing during these four years and I think the comic is looking great now. And most important of all, Marlowe would not exist, if I had not taken this long to write this chapter. I love Matthew's poetic little brother togekiss so much... :heart:

Last thing, I want to thank you all. You have no idea how happy it makes me when I read you telling this chapter was one of your favourites. It means a lot to me considering I found it so hard to write. I also want to thank all my watchers. Thank you who found and started to watch me during these last stretches. Hope you'll enjoy my future works! BUT, I want to especially thank all of you who stuck with me through this whole time. Those of you, who did not leave me, even if I did not update my comic. Because... I had the pleasure of getting messages from people  who felt the need of telling me how they no longer liked my works and how my drawings sucked compared to older works... And how I was wasting my time and talent on things other than my comic.... Screw those people. Thank YOU! You who believed in me. You who stayed here and encouraged me to do any art I wanted to do at the time.  Thank you, who see me as more than a comic making tool. It is a pleasure to draw this comic for you. :thanks:

If you took your time to read all of this, awesome! You deserve something nice at the end. I bet there is this one big question on your lips. WHAT NEXT? Well, I am happy to tell you that RD is not over and I am happy to star working on the next chapter. But I will talk more about that in another journal very soon. ;) I have some... VERY exciting plans for it that I can't wait to reveal.

Thank you again, my sweet little deerlings. :icondancingfrogplz:

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  • Watching: Markiplier's "The Crooked Man" LP
  • Eating: sandwiches
  • Drinking: cola
I have some extra points and I would like to give them away because why not? I hope I will make someone happy with this giveaway. :)

The main prize of this giveaway is 1000 :points:

How can you get them? Here are the rules:

1. You need to be my watcher.
2. You need to fave this journal (You'll get a number, which I will use to determine the winner, via )
3. You need to link this giveaway in your journal
4. You need to comment here, and insert the link to your journal, containing info of this giveaway.

That's all :)

The deadline for this giveaway is

27st of September

Good luck :D
So the news this morning was that Notch, creator of the wildly successful Minecraft, not only sold Mojang to Microsoft, but he’s also stepping down from Mojang. Microsoft acquired the company for 2.5 BILLION dollars. You can read his post and what it’ll mean to the future of Mojang here:…

However, that’s only one part of the story. Notch stepping down from Mojang is a little more complicated. He mentioned that he’s realized that he’s becoming a symbol for people, not a person, and as a result he gets drawn into a lot of debate or blamed for things he never said or did. He cited this video as a good example of what his life has become recently:

I watched the This is Phil Fish video on YouTube and started to realize I didn’t have the connection to my fans I thought I had. I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.

Source -…
Alt Source -

With all the recent turmoil in the games industry, and professionals leaving for various reasons (usually harassment), it’s quite a blow that Notch is stepping down. Granted it’s true he hasn’t actually been responsible for Minecraft for quite some time (Jens is currently leading it), but his desire to get out of the limelight and seek a more normal life is one that I think many of us can sympathize with. I know I can.

I’m sure a lot of people don’t want to think about this as being about harassment, but since Notch explicitly cites the incident with Phil Fish and the corresponding video about “being a symbol not a person” it’s kinda hard NOT to. And you can see him venting his frustration of the situation too prior to all this happening:

Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for trying to do the right thing is not my gig.
Source -…

So yeah... I think what stressed Notch out is the same thing that’s stressing ALL of the video game professionals recently. The ongoing torrent of harassments online, the inability to sympathize and see big name devs/artists/people AS other human beings, and the need to use people as symbols for a greater injustice. In the past couple months we’ve lost SO MANY independent developers and professionals in the industry due to this sort of thing. And while I know some people will say “good riddance to them!” I can’t help but feel like we’re shooting ourselves in the foot for letting this happen.

And now with Microsoft buying Minecraft, they’ve effectively become THE GATEKEEPERS for how EVERYONE ON THE PLANET will get to experience Minecraft from now on. If Microsoft wanted to, they could easily just say “sorry you can’t play this on any other device besides our own” and shut off millions of fans and limit the scope of players. MAYBE Microsoft will do better with the license, but given Microsoft’s track record I am not hopeful. And just think of how much good that 2.5 Billion dollars could’ve done if put towards pretty much ANYTHING ELSE in the games industry.

So... yeah... we lost another one. *slow claps.* How many more will it take before we stop and realize what we’re doing to our favorite hobby and all of the people who work in it?
  • Mood: Gloomy
  • Listening to: I Need Your Love (feat. Ellie Goulding)
  • Watching: AVGN: The Movie
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Cheeseburgers
  • Drinking: Decaf. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

Sac Anime and Axent Wear update!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 28, 2014, 11:52 AM

I’ll be at Sac Anime this weekend from August 29th to 31st! Come hang out at my booth in the artist alley table 107! See ya :D

More info here  

And in other news, we've just finished filming the Axent Wear Kickstarter video. We're still waiting for some post production video editing but the kickstarter should launch within a few weeks! Thanks for all the support! :heart:

I’m genuinely curious. What exactly is it you fear would happen to gaming/comics/geek culture if feminism DID actually have it’s way and take everything over? I’m serious, I am curious as to what exactly about feminism or hell, even humanism, is so “scary” and what people seem to think will happen if they accept it.

I genuinely want to know, so please tell me in the comments below. I won’t block or ban anyone for speaking their mind, and I’d like to urge my fans to NOT argue with, criticize, or demonize any opinions expressed below please. I want honest answers here.
  • Mood: Approval
  • Listening to: I'm Blue - Eiffel 65
  • Reading: Twitter
  • Watching: AVGN: The Movie
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Cheeseburgers
  • Drinking: Decaf. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
Hey all!

Many of you have been asking me for something like this for years, so I'm really excited to make this announcement! Thanks to my handsome husband, cairn4, we now have a beta version of SenshiStock Sketch, a web app for gesture and sketching practice using SenshiStock images.  You can also think of it as a SenshiStock randomizer!

Here's what it looks like and how it works:

Check it out here:

SenshiStock Sketch

There's only 463 images right now, but I will be adding more soon. You have the option to change the timer and there's a link to visit the full image on DA if you want to work from it for a bit longer (you can also pause the timer to keep the current image up longer). This site should work fairly well on most mobile devices too, but please give us feedback if you run into any technical issues! :D

Also, if you guys missed out on the combo shoot advanced pack I did with Sinned-angel-stock you might be interested to know that all those images are included on her new USB drive which you can preorder now. Get all the details here:
Sinned-angel-stock collection USB pre-order!!!! by Sinned-angel-stock

Happy drawing! :la:
Sup guys and girls!

First of all, I want to apologize for not responding to you guys. I get piles of comments and notes on this account. 
I know I've been getting many questions via PM and notes on DA and Facebook, but I haven't been able to answer them all. I do read them so keep commenting and sending notes!
I would like to have the opportunity for all to ask me common questions about me or anything art and game related here. I'll look through the comments and update this Journal Entry with new Q&A.
Only request is that you ask some relevant questions and not something too personal and inappropriate. 

With that said, ask away!

1. What type of Program do you use? What tablet do you use?
  • I use Adobe Photoshop CS5. I have tried couple other programs like SAI, Alias Sketchbook Pro, and Painter X, but photoshop has all the tools I need to create art.
  • I have Wacom Intuos 5 and Wacome Cintiq 22UX mounted on ergotron arm. 
2. How long does it take to complete a piece?
  • It really depends on what I'm working on, complexity of the piece, what style I'm going for, etc. 
  • For a simple sketch and drawing that I've been doing, they take about couple of hours to a day. 
  • For a full on rendering painting, I spend like 5 to 8 hours a day total of 1 to 3 weeks depending on the complexity of the piece. 
  • On personal project, I take my time and try to have fun rather than race myself to a deadline. 
  • At Riot, we do have deadlines but producers are very generous about giving us more time if needed especially when there are necessary changes that needs to be made towards the end. But I usually hit the deadlines :D
3. Did you go to school for art?
  • I did! I went to Art Center College of Design for 3 years. I almost graduated but I decided to leave and get an early start in the industry. That's when I got hired at Riot Games. 
4. How did you learn about concept art and character design? Have you had a course or did you study it yourself? 
  • Both! at first I was mostly self taught. I grew up in Arizona state, where there's absolutely no decent art programs in schools. I studied Computer Science Engineering for first semester then I went undecided for another semester because of how much I hated programming and I wasn't sure what to do with my life. Then I discovered Industrial Design, closest profession to concept art for games and movies available to me at the time. I wasn't very passionate about it, so I struggled through it for 3 years, doing fantasy art and doodles on the side. Then I heard students talking about Art Center College of Design which is highly respected school in NA for industrial design and I guess they're one of the first to provide concept art degree. So I took a year to prepare my application and portfolio. Art Center gave me a lot of knowledge about art and connections in the industry. 
  • The course at Art Center have been useful. I still think about it til this day! Anatomy, Shape Language, Silhouette, Color Theory, etc.
5. have you ever thought about making any tutorials on how you digitally paint? if there is one that already exists, can you provide links or resources? thank you!
  • I'm working on some tutorial video or timelapse video with commentary. There will be one from and my Gumroad page. Please check back in a month or two!

Thanks for the questions more Answers coming up!