Giveaway InformationMy last journal entry about the giveaway I'm holding seems to have deleted itself. Strange. Anyway, this is just me reposting the giveaway information.Giveaway Information1 year ago in Personal More Like This
To be eligible for the giveaway you must do all of the following:
- Watch me
- Favourite my Mini Octopi (only the original set I posted)
- Favourite this journal entry (If you favourited the original giveaway journal entry do not worry about this. I've already put you down on the potential winners list. But if you are only just entering the giveaway favourite this journal entry).
I'll be selecting the winner using random.org. As each deviant becomes eligible for the giveaway I've been taking down their ID's and assigning them a number. I'll use the site's random number generator to decide the winner. The winner will receive one of my mini octopi and can choose from whichever colour they want from the ones I've posted. The winner also doesn't have to worry about postage as I'll take care of it (yay for free stuff!)
So good luck
Pre-Expo post and cosplay commission warning!RandomsPre-Expo post and cosplay commission warning!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Again, sorry I haven't updated since coming back from the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD pre-launch.
Lots of things have been going on.
Mainly to do with my health. So if I'm not around as much - or if I'm not as social - or just don't seem myself - please don't take it personally. I have a lot of health issues going on at the moment and might have to go for surgery (potentially, I may have to have two operations) - so there's a few things on my mind right now.
Onto other things - London MCM Expo (sorry, I'll NEVER call it Comic Con because it's just NOT! XD) is this weekend.
Tenkaii and I will be about from Friday to Monday and we'll be taking lots of cosplay and event photos for Anime Picks - so please don't be afraid to approach us!
I'll be in my secret Disney cosplay on Friday, Mikasa Akerman from Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan on Saturday, and either Barrioth Armour from Monster Hunter or Rei Ayanami's plugsuit from Evangelion on the Sunday
On misunderstandings about cosplayThis is a topic I've been meaning to talk about for quite a while now. I finally got the motivation to when Sarah sorairo-days emailed me to share my thoughts on what cosplay means to me, and what I feel it really means to be a cosplayer despite all the misconceptions about the hobby. It's for this article on Random Nerds, in which Sarah shares her side of it as well.On misunderstandings about cosplay3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Over the years, I've witnessed how cosplayers are constantly looked down upon, which makes people apprehensive towards it. It's such a shame because it's a wonderful and rewarding hobby which brings people together. And in general, I am firmly against making anyone feel bad about doing something they want to do.
I am aware that the concept of cosplay might be too much for some individuals, but our intention definitely isn't to get all up in everyone's faces and say everyone should cosplay or whatever. We just want to promote a
Updates and Amecon~MathematicalUpdates and Amecon~3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thought I would update this thing! First thing I would like to say was how amazing Amecon 2012 was! It was definitely the best convention I have been to as of right now! I met so many amazing people and made some great friends! (:iconprincess-marina-chan: is amazing! Not only is she awesome, but she also found my bag! ). Brad Swaile was an amazing guest, and the convention itself ran really smoothly, aside from the slight delay in the masquerade : )
Just Alcon next and possibly the Expo in October!
Final year of uni is soon starting, quite scared but excited at the same time, a project I coded for has been given some great opportunities as well as the uni showcasing it!
I completed my dream cosplay of Sailor Moon princess Serenity!
Here is a picture of :iconx-the-red-angel-x: (Goddess Palutena!) and I (Minus my wings and arm thingys ) Photo by the amazing FoxyChan81!
Thoughts on the 'Trading Places' Pin-UpsFor the past few days I've been uploading a series of "pin-ups" of famous cartoon characters who've exchanged each other's outfits. I originally made these about 6 months ago, so they are a little outdated in comparison to how I work now.Thoughts on the 'Trading Places' Pin-Ups2 years ago in Personal More Like This
These weren't originally meant to be seen by the public. At the time I was still very sick and had stopped making comics and art all together. This was sort of a therapeutic way to try and get me back into drawing again. And even though they're "pin-ups," aside from a little creative licensing here or there I never tried to make any of them look slutty or give them M.C. Escher spines.
I must admit that looking back on this now from the vantage point of hindsight there are a few things I would've changed. I use more photo references now for hands and feet, so I probably would've spent more time making sure those looked better. I'd try to get the proportions of the character's bodies a little more accurate as well (Velma is too skinny), and try to match
Disney vs Lucas ArtsIf ever you bring up Disney in a conversation, people immediately recite tired old issues with the company that haven't been true for a long time. For example, complaining about the excess of half-assed sequels. That was part of Michael Eisner's regime. When he left the studio the quality Disney was producing suddenly skyrocketed considerably. Likewise the excessive merchandising and branding of Disney related products has also ceased to be as all-consuming now that Eisner is gone. In fact, a lot of the main issues people had with Disney during the 90's and early 2000's was a result of Eisner.Disney vs Lucas Arts2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since Eisner left, the Disney studio has done a REMARKABLE job in clearing their name of many of the atrocities they had committed during his regime. They promptly turned the animation department around and have even begun doing 2-D animated films again after Eisner said "no." Granted, at the moment 2-D is still in hiatus, but the situation isn't as dire as it use to be and there's still promise
damnitSorry girls and boys and mostly girls and Other,damnit2 years ago in Personal More Like This
busy week teaching and le sniffles (and some GND plot tangles to smooth that are rather daunting, honestly...). Anyone folornly hitting refresh on their devwatch for this week's page, I am officially letting you down. Sorry 'bout that.
Welcome!Welcome to Draw a Feckin' Comic!Welcome!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If this little contest goes over well enough we might do more in the future and thus can host more comic fun times here!
I've laid out some basic agreed upon rules in the Rules Journal. I've also set up a section to meet our Competitors and Judges.
Current topics: Truly Final Extension
I know last extension was last extension, but long story short it's been bumped. But this is an unofficial thing for friends, so wheeeee.
Regardless due to progress being made the judges decided that an extension was fine, but that this truly is the final one. July 1st (a Monday) at 10pm MST.
Keep working, and draw a feckin' comic!~
:iconyuyuchan: Pokémon Cent
SYAC updatingSYACSYAC updating3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been working on retooling SYAC recently. I've also been experimenting with Illustrator too. I'm still learning and there's a lot to work on, but I think I'm getting close to reaching the point when I can relaunch SYAC again.
There are three basic rules I'm gonna try to follow with this new series.
1. Keep it cartoony.
2. No strawman arguments.
3. Focus on the characters and their interaction with each other.
Since the newer style requires more work, there will be fewer comics a week, so I don't know if I'll have a regular schedule yet. Also, please be patient with the first batch of comics. With all this experimentation and style reworking, it's likely the first batch will be a little "off" until I can work out a rhythm.
The new SYAC will focus on a group of people as they enter an Art College. Some characters will be returning (like Persistent Pam and Curmudgeonly Carl) but others (like myself) will be ditched entirely. The comic will be less about giving art advice a
For those of you inclined to listen...So. I've been sitting on this for a while, because there's no way it will actually happen, but if Roommates had a voice cast...For those of you inclined to listen...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Benedict Cumberbatch for Erlkonig. Yes?
The Survivor BlogSo, I started up this new blog on Tumblr that hopefully a couple of people will be contributing to!The Survivor Blog3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's called The Survivor Blog
It's an in-character blog, run by the Survivors of L4D/L4D2, with all the posts and reblogs done with an in-character style. They will be text, photo, and gif posts.
So far, the posts are only by Jenn and I, as Nick and Ellis, but I'm hoping a few more of the crew will get involved. I've already got two more people potentially in on it, so we'll see how it goes from there!
So yeah, if you're a tumblr user, please add it to your follow list! Oh, this isn't an Ask account. There are plenty of good L4D Asks out there, and we fancied doing our own thing
Video Plans for 2012Hey guys!Video Plans for 20123 years ago in Personal More Like This
Long time; no talk. How are you all doing?
Since this year is the year of the apocalypse you can expect more Left 4 Dead 2 videos. I'm definitely thinking about making some Keith and Ellis derp videos. The current winning idea is 'How to with Keith.'
Oh, yes. Chaos shall follow.
I'm ALMOST done with a second Blame it on the Cosplay video; THE REVENGE. Seriously, this is so so so so much better than the first one. I really can't wait. The only reason I haven't uploaded it yet is because the contacts for Lestat haven't arrived yet. Once his part is filmed then it shall be up for your pleasure!
You can definitely expect more Marauders. These guys will have plenty more episodes and silly shorts to come.
What else is worth mentioning?
We -might- be filming a final special Sora Show video. This is only a possible at the moment. So don't get your hopes up too much. It might happen. It might not, however it is being talked about.
I will get the Demyx Time 15 bloopers to you. I'm half
Opinions on Nude ArtIt's been busy for me of late!Opinions on Nude Art3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Inbetween taking Jenn up to the resting place of Lord Byron, helping her film some Amnesia cosplay footage, sorting out things for Metrocon and preparing for the SFX Weekender this weekend, I am shattered! Still, the Weekender is going to be wickedawesome, so it's worth it.
Sadly, Jenn can't make it to SFX with me any longer (she has a job interview that she cannot afford to miss), so sora1992 will be coming along with me! 8D
A nice, varied (and plentiful!) set of responses to this one. It was very interesting to read about the different ways that many of you were brought up in comparison to me, so thanks for all the comments!
-------Nudity on DeviantART-------
Nudity comes up often as a discussion on dA, and I've wondered what my followers views on it were.
You can view the restrictions on nude art here: http://help.deviantart.com/565/ (warning: possible graphic descriptions are used)
I'm a little torn on thi
Good News StoriesReading through the BBC yesterday and today, there's a lot of doom and gloom, despite being so close to Christmas, which is one of our most festive seasons!Good News Stories4 years ago in Personal More Like This
So, I went on a search for GOOD news to share with you all. Here are my favourites (edited to be shorter, but you can search their titles on Google for more info!)
Once homeless Miami man earns a Masters degree
After several arrests, drug addiction and being homeless, a Miami man has overcome the odds to graduate from FIU with a Master's degree in social work.
Out of thousands of graduates, only one -- 50-year-old Aaron Alvin Sr. -- got a standing ovation at Tuesday night's graduation ceremony.
"I wanted to make sure I was in a position to help people and so I went ahead and got my Master's," Alvin said. "I just continued to pursue something that was bigger and better and ended up here."
Alvin was arrested several times for drugs, grand theft auto, and domestic violence. He was also homeless for a time.
He said he never,
The Value of Good WritingWe all typo.The Value of Good Writing4 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are all words we don't know how to spell, or have a habit of spelling incorrectly.
We all create grammatical errors.
These things I accept. I like to think I'm quite a good writer, but I still fall into these mistakes as well. However, I try to keep all my written pieces and correspondences as well-written as possible. Why?
Because when I am confronted with someone elses writing, poorly written, with atrocious spelling, non-existent grammar and dreaded 'txt tlk', I instantly lose the desire to read it.
There - Their - They're
Your - You're
Accept - Except
Things like that also irritate me.
If you've ever written me a message or note in terrible use of English, and haven't received a reply... I'm probably ignoring it.
It's a pet peeve. Whether it's a justified peeve or not, I have no idea, but it's something that has always irritated me. I was part of the generation that didn't have mobile phones as a kid. People first started getting cell phones for personal use (bef
Frozen WON? Best Animated Picture?I hate the Oscars for a variety of reasons, but last night we got more proof about how little respect and decision making actually goes into things. Frozen, as you might know by now, won “Best Animated Picture.” But what you may not know is that only some the people voting had actually SEEN the movie, or for that matter, ANY of the animated films listed in the Best Animated Picture category.Frozen WON? Best Animated Picture?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The Hollywood Reporter was able to get a few quotes from academy members who were voting for various categories (specifically best animated) and here are some of the results:
1. I have seen none of them. I have no interest whatsoever. That ended when I was 6. My son dragged me to a few when he was 6; I would seat him and go outside and make phone calls. My pick: I abstain.
2. I thought Frozen was amazing, and my personal favorite was Despicable Me 2, but I didn’t see all of the nominees, so I didn’t vote. My Pick: I abstained.
3. I don’t see much of a co
Hot Topic DA Art Theft...Maybe?Changed User AgreementsHot Topic DA Art Theft...Maybe?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
You know what I hate about companies? The fact that they can, effectively, take their user agreements and update them without your consent. Thus changing the rules to something you’ve already signed long long ago. I signed up for DA 10 years ago but I’ve never once been asked to agree to the frequently new Terms of Service Agreements they keep updating.
Recently it’s been called to our attention that now DA can license your work, even fanart, off to other companies for a profit. DA gets licensing money, the product makers get money off the merch they sell... but the artist gets nothing. Worse yet, DA doesn’t even need to ask you for permission to do so.
This recently came to our attention in a big way when DA user :iconrismo: discovered that his Adventure Time fanart was being sold on Hot Topic without his knowledge. http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/Adventure+Time+In+The+Rain+T-Shirt-10171581.jsp
Finally the DBZ Group out-takes I'M SO SORRY THIS TOOK SO LONGFinally the DBZ Group out-takes3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Kita was ages ago now however I really have been so busy yes that old chestnut but it's true
ANYWAY I'm here now to make it up to you as I'm about to type up this long photo-journal, so I hope you enjoy-
To start off I suppose I should tell you a bit about the group. I formed it in 2011 as a group on facebook with just a few friends not really expecting many people to join but having it out there just incase, to my delight friends of friends saw it and other people saw it on the Kitacon forum and it wasn't that long before we actually had quite a few people. We arranged to meet up on the Sunday in the afternoon and due to infuriating costuming issues (near enough my entire costume was made at the convention because it was so last minute I'd brought a whole bag full of cosplay making bits and bobs) I was actually late to meet everyone for the group which I felt awful about but it was only half an hour at most. oops! thankfully everyone wa
Free Bear/Cat/Dog Amigurumi Pattern~! d^___^bHi guys! I've been busy lately, being finals week and stuff. I am officially now on Spring Break! :iconfinallyplz: So I had a course project for one of my classes and it's to create a website. I chose to create a website on How to Crochet Amigurumi! :iconsmartyplz: I also added a free pattern on my website, so I thought why not post it on dA? The idea is thanks to :iconyarnhoardingdragon: due to one of the conversations we had!Free Bear/Cat/Dog Amigurumi Pattern~! d^___^b2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You may use this pattern for personal use, but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern unless you ask for permission. Please also credit me when using this pattern!
Let's get started~!
Worsted-weight yarn in brown, tan, and white
Size G/6 (4.25 mm) crochet hook
8 mm safety eyes
Pink and tan felt
Brown, pink, and tan/white sewing thread with sewing needle
Use brown yarn for the bear, white yarn for the
Earth Day: The Inspiration of the Natural WorldEarth Day: The Inspiration of the Natural World3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Since human beings harnessed the secret of fire the natural world has been seen by many
only in terms of how best it can be exploited of its abundant riches. It’s amazing now to
look upon the desert sands of the Arab lands and know that this place, the cradle of earliest
civilization, was once known as “The Fertile Crescent.” All Europe was once one great forest –
until all those trees were needed to create the naval armadas of dueling empires. Only the
Earth’s natural forces, like earthquakes, have been more destructive and wasteful than humanity.
“The Romantics” were a movement of poets, painters, philosophers and others who launched
the first Great Dissent against the idea of our Earth as being only a resource to be used up.
They sensed the destruction of the
Fill to me the parting glass...... Good night and joy be with you all!Fill to me the parting glass...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So; happy end of year collective festivities to everybody! It has been quite a year, full of joys and frightening instances, but generally indicative to me that life after a bachelors degree isn't nearly as terrifying as it could have been.
First and foremost, the health issues I've been having are more or less resolved. Back in June, I started experiencing fairly painful, constant abdominal pain. I was terrified for several reasons: A) It very well could be the same kind of cancer my mom passed away from as the symptoms and my experience with dealing with doctors during the whole deal were near identical, B) if not her cancer, it could have been something faaaaar worse, and C) regardless of the previous reasons, how was I going to pay for all the medical nonsense, being uninsured and under-employed? Luckily, I found a decent state funded program for medical treatment, and after jumping through some hoops with some doctors, I got one who cut to t
Welcome to Your LossHey losers--Welcome to Your Loss2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You all smell.
YuYuchan was here.
I'm totally gonna win the walrus, pals, but I'll humor you all with this journal where we can discuss the possibility of you winning. Comment with your current ideas for your comic and we'll all make fun of your lameness.
~Future Walrus Owner, :iconyuyuchan:
I am suddenly struck...... by the desire to see the differences in the crystal forms of the boys' souls. Hmm. Draw this myself, or invite a contest?I am suddenly struck...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Trying to go ProfessionalWhat would it mean if I could actually take on YouTube as a profession?Trying to go Professional3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Mainly it would result in 100% more videos for you guys, as well as being able to branch out and really dedicate time in production and editing.
This is something I've been talking about with Kelly for a while now, and I have recently (after some serious talk) gained my mothers support in the venture.
However, I can't do it for free. This is where you guys come in.
1) In the last few months of 2012, I plan to push for new designs in the Parlé store. So if you'd like to support us; then please buy a t-shirt or two when they are ready to go!
US STORE: http://parleproductionsusa.spreadshirt.com
UK STORE: http://parleproductions.spreadshirt.co.uk
2) Tell your friends about our shows, make your own videos talking about the shows. Do journals and tumblr blogs; anything to get the Parlé name out there and appealing to more people. The more people we get; the more likely this will happen.
3) Although we're not ke