Series II is coming...Everything connects. "The fire rises." There's more than to what meets the eye or in this case eyes. Many of them. Everything you have all witnessed is leading up to something BIGGER! The unseen will be shown and more ghastly insanity will be revealed. "Is there a method to the madness?" You will see.Series II is coming...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
About StrawmenAlright a couple of things...About Strawmen4 years ago in Personal More Like This
First off, I'm getting really tired of people assuming that every character I create has to be a 1:1 representation of something. Be it a strawman, a mary sue, or whatever. I didn't have this problem before I started working on SYAC, but I have a feeling it's because I earned a bad reputation early on.
In some of the earliest SYAC comics (done almost a year ago I might add) I had my character arguing against broad representations of "fans." They were the closest thing I've ever done to a strawman comic and I realized right away how negative and petty it was. I stopped doing them, but by that point I fear the damage was already done. I had made a bad first impression, and first impressions are the most important.
Ever since then whenever a new character pops up in SYAC, people assume they must be a representation of something. Curmudgeonly Carl? He must represent hatred of fine artists. Persistent Pam? She must represent haters. Tenko? He must represent hat
Devious Journal EntryJust in case anyone was interested, shading from newest pic for the middle layersDevious Journal Entry3 years ago in Personal More Like This
3) Planning out highlights
4) Also dappled light filtering through foliage, shadows from beams
5) Finished shadow layer
6) Over the flats
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Back to School and Accepting CriticismI am sick to death of people bitching to me that I can't accept criticism.Back to School and Accepting Criticism4 years ago in Personal More Like This
And I'm tired of people thinking that I don't WANT constructive feedback or that I block anyone who "offers" it.
But because I'm tired of writing long defense journals trying to open people's eyes to what I think is noticeable improvement on my part.... we're gonna try something a little different.
I think the best way to tell if I am accepting criticism is to SEE it in action. So this is what I'm gonna do. Each week I am going to post something I'm working on, be it a page from a comic, an illustration, or whatever. I'm gonna start with the pencil sketches and I'm going to allow everyone everywhere to critique it.
But hang on... I don't just want people writing longwinded essays pointing out what's wrong with it and how to improve...
I'm a visual learner and I need to see what I am doing wrong in order to get better. You'll be able to download it and draw on it, resubmit it as a link in a comment, redraw it ent
The Derpy Issue Part 4 (final)Alright, so now we get to the crux of the matter. Hasbro has finally made a statement:The Derpy Issue Part 4 (final)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"The 'My Little Pony Friendship is Magic' series has always been about acceptance and inclusion, and the series strives to convey that through the playful antics of a diverse cast of characters. Some viewers felt that aspects of the episode 'The Last Roundup' did not stay true to the core message of friendship which is the heart and soul of the series. Hasbro Studios decided to make slight audio alterations to this single episode."
NOW would be the appropriate time to start getting all freaked out over this issue. Personally, I am not going to worry too much. I am disheartened that they've chosen to respond this way, but I am not surprised. Hasbro is a corporation, they have to think of their image. "Derpy" is a debatable term that can either mean "goofy and silly" or "insulting towards disabled people" and frankly I agree that this is not an appropriate word to be used for a kids TV show
SOPAA few months back I wrote a journal about an internet censorship bill that was looking to be passed in the congress. The bill was poorly written, but the broadness of the wording freaked a lot of internet dwellers out. People were scared their favorite websites would be censored or removed completely. Thankfully the bill didn't pass. Unthankfully a new version is going up for vote now and this time it's getting far more support.SOPA3 years ago in Personal More Like This
SOPA = Stop Online Piracy Act
Once again it's very broadly written and could have very serious implications if it gets passed. The bill is written with the expressed purpose of being able to take legal action against online piracy in foreign markets. It seems likely that the bill is meant to snub out piracy sites like ThePirateBay.org, but the wording is so broad that it's very possible that it could have serious repercussions elsewhere.
Yesterday the bill was supposed to be voted on, but it was delayed due to a filibuster. It's currently set to be voted
Why so many people love MLP:Because in this era of constant fear of terrorism and economic collapse, a little corner of sweetness and happiness has been desperately needed for a long time. People are tired of being scared all the time. It's a place where you can forget our miserable world for a fun-filled twenty minutes. It's a place where you can meet amazing people from every country, who are kind, generous, loyal, honest, and full of laughter and friendship in equal measure.Why so many people love MLP:3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In a nutshell.
Devious Journal EntryOH GOD DERPY MOST AMAZING EPISODE EVER SDKJADHFDKHSAGFHKSAJFSAFSADevious Journal Entry3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Opinion of a friendWell, like the journal says, I will be posting what my friend :deveasatea: asked me to post while we were talking about our views on 'sane' Hetalia fans. I liked it a lot, so here it is:Opinion of a friend3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Okay, this is kind of about those 'sane' Hetalia fans. I know there's actually real sane fans, but on DA and Tumblr, I don't see sanity, I see a bunch of assholes. To me, all they seem to do is complain about the flaws of the fandom. That's why I left that group for sane fans. No sanity there, just whining. Okay, you guys can stop making stamps, we get it. I know you don't like stupid Hetalia fans, I know you don't like fans who are all like "PASTAAAA", we know you don't like the yaoi or the fact that people think Hetalia is educational or that it promotes world peace. After the 15th stamp I've seen on shit like this, I just thought I'd say something. If you don't like it, go to another fandom, because this one doesn't need your crap. And on Tumblr, I saw a group that was showing really crazy fa
A Fantastic Tool for Combating Art ThievesLooking back at that art thief incident, I was reminded of the times in which I came across a familiar work in a thief's gallery but had NO idea where the original was. I was lucky that someone was able to recognize my work and inform me of the theft, but there are so much unreported theft on deviantART and on the Internet as a whole, and its harder to report the theft without links to an original source. Now, I know I'm not the first to discover this tool (in fact, I'm probably the last and will most likely receive a chorus of "Oh, I already knew that!" responses, but this is too important to ignore), but Google has extra features to its image search engine: reverse image search.A Fantastic Tool for Combating Art Thieves3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Basically, you can find most websites featuring the image in question by clicking on camera icon in the query box (images.google.com), copy/paste image URL into the box OR upload the image, and then hit search! Within the first couple hits should be the original
Improving your artOne of the most important thing to do in order to improve your art is..Improving your art3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is one thing I realized a lot of artists will not listen to. There is a reason why there are class critiques in school and professionals who dedicate their life to this. It is not to criticize you as a person or what you do, it is to help you improve and point out things that you may not see. When you work on something for a long time, you tend to miss out on things because you stare at a picture for so long.
Honestly it really bothers me when I see people so against receiving critiques and start bashing the critic for their help. The person commenting just wants to help you. Something people should really worry about instead is not receiving any critiques, cause that means people who look at your art doesn't care about it enough to say anything. If you REALLY don't accept what they are saying, you should thank them anyways.
If a person take the time out of their day
SOPA Defeated... for now.It looks like SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) has been officially defeated in Congress ( http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/115265-U-S-Congress-Shelves-SOPA ). During the past week SOPA has had a very difficult time as opposition started to pour in.SOPA Defeated... for now.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
To try and appease everyone they removed the dreaded DNS blocking part of the bill (which honestly was the one part of the bill which was freaking everyone out), but it didn't help. The DNS blocking was the part of the bill which stated that if a website was suspected of having copyrighted material, even tangentially related, the whole website would be blocked. Even without that, though, the bill was still a horrible unclear mess.
The Obama administration finally stepped in on which side of the fence they were on, and thankfully for us all they were opposed to the bill too ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/13/obama-administration-responds-we-people-petitions-sopa-and-online-piracy ). On top of that, many prominent websites p
Totally Made A Little Girl's Day [EDITED FOR NEWS][EDIT]Totally Made A Little Girl's Day [EDITED FOR NEWS]3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I just ran into my little friend and her mother again, here at the library!
She recognized me and came right up to me while I was logging in, just now! X3 She gave me a hug and showed me some of the new drawings she's been working on!
HAPPY DAY, GUYS! 8D MY DAY IS NOW OFFICIALLY A HAPPY DAY!
No, the title doesn't lie.
I made a little girl's day, today. (And apparently her mother's as well.)
I had gone into work and been asked to clock on early because the training manager was running behind in what all she needed to get done so the store could be ready when we opened, and therefore, there would be no one to watch the dining room register in the event customers came in.
And I'm so glad I did this.
Right about 11:00 exactly, I was watching the dining room while one of my coworkers was restocking parfait ingredients behind me, when all of a sudden I hear a little voice squeak "Excuse me" from the other side of the counter. I walked to the
So I'm finally doing itWith enough encouragement and support I am finally, finally writing a letter to my grandmother about...everything. The pain she causes from religion, how she turned me away from it, the harm I do to myself when she pushes me to the edge...So I'm finally doing it3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I wrote it all and all five pages are in my hand with my entire confession.
I couldn't take the nightmares anymore, and I couldn't take the fights. I could no longer tolerate fearing God and his word. Did you know I actually froze in terror when I was asked to say Grace on Christmas? "Bless Us Oh Lord"? I actually froze and pretended I forgot. I nearly took a panic attack when my boyfriend invited me to Christmas Eve mass.
Yes, it is all that bad. The way I see it, this will either end the moment she reads it or...or I lose my loving Nana. I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being the latter.
I'm going to slip it into something of hers she always uses. Maybe her glasses case, and I'm going to attach a note that says "read when you're alone."
I am not the creator of Powerpuff Girls......or Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. I just worked on them. Those shows were created by Craig McCracken, who happens to be my husband, so I can see how people might get confused.I am not the creator of Powerpuff Girls...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I know most of you know that, but it's seems a lot of people are getting that mixed up.
If you don't accept criticism, you won't improveThis statement is, to be blunt, incredibly stupid. I see it repeated around DevianART and, as bad as it is hearing it from the general public, I have to laugh uproarously when I see it coming from an artist. I usually try to be more diplomatic, but sometimes my inner Snape just can't be contained.If you don't accept criticism, you won't improve3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here is the reality of the situation. A person who is building a set of skills can improve without feedback of any kind. Through trial and error, a human being can identify their own mistakes and, with honest work, rectify those mistakes. To say that this is not possible is so counter to reality as to be absurd. I could give thousands of examples but I'll just say this: if it were not for an individual's ability to invent skills from within themselves we would have absolutely no skills to pass on to other people.
Is this a good reason to reject any kind of negative criticism or criticism in general? Does this mean that criticism is useless? Absolutely not. This
It never stopsOk. So the corporate powerhouses of MPAA and RIAA have gotten what they wanted.It never stops3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sure, we all rally and bitch about PIPA CIPA and all the other bills. And we scare enough political people to get them to back off. Great. But like I said, its not over.
But wait, there have not been new bills have they? Not really. But they gave up on the law. They had a back up. In case they could not get it legally they go illegally.
From what I have read starting (maybe) July 12th (assuming they are ready and do it) ISPs, yes your internet provider, will begin monitoring you online.
From what I can understand all major high speed internet service providers will begin to watch to see if you use TORRENT sites (such as Pirate Bay) and torrent clients such as U Torrent and they will keep a database of all who do. They will warn you a few times then after say 5 warnings to stop they can begin to punish you.
No Current Contest / Redesigning Contest WinnersNo current contest.No Current Contest / Redesigning Contest Winners3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The group has spoken...
The winner of the Redesign Contest is GuinevereToGwen with Les Mis Logo (Contest Entry)!
Second place goes to Kalia24 with Tanz der Vampire - poster
Third place goes to samanthamuscaria with Godspell - Redesigned poster
Congrats to all, and thank you to everybody who took part, voted, or donated to the prize!!
1st place: 260 points (donated by elphieofkiamoko, ThreshTheSky, Starlene + anonymous), requests for the winner by ThreshTheSky and Starlene, features in ThreshTheSky's and Starlene's journals
2nd and 3rd place: features in ThreshTheSky's and Starlene's journals, sketch requests (max. two characters) from Starlene
Redesigning the logo/po
Digitally Delicious: February 12thDream Deer by sherrae78Digitally Delicious: February 12th1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
little girl 2 by SansaXIX
Elemental Lord by Changinghand
In the walls... by AndyKluthe
Sleep... by DigitalCutti
~ Oasis City ~ by ChristianGerth
The Fish by Noldofinve
Risen from burning ashes by cat-meff
Zeros Blaze by EnferDeHell
The Shaman sketch... by Phobs
Snake dragon by antilous
UPDATE - THANK YOU!***UPDATE*** The auction is complete and the sketches raised over $18,000 for the Adams family!!! I am humbled and inspired by your generosity. Go Bronies!!!!!UPDATE - THANK YOU!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
***UPDATE*** check out the auction here!
This Thursday, April 5, Bento Box will be hosting a silent art auction at the Animation Guild in Burbank CA to benefit storyboard artist Joey Adams and his family. I do not yet have the pleasure of knowing Joey, but the Los Angeles animation community is really rallying around him and his family's current crisis trying to save the life of one of their little boys--- only a couple years after tragically losing their 16-month-old daughter to a similar condition. (You can read about Joey's story
Film News: DVD releases + Extended Cut PetitionEDIT MARCH 9: The Les Misérables movie will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 22th in the USA and May 13th in the UK.Film News: DVD releases + Extended Cut Petition3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The US DVD release has less special features than the Blu-ray. It seems like the UK DVD and Blu-ray releases may be identical. They will have the following features:
The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo's Les Misérables – mini documentary about Victor Hugo's novel and how it inspired the movie
The Stars Of Les Misérables – director discusses the cast
The West End Connection – a feature with Cameron Mackintosh (only on Blu-ray in the US)
Les Misérables On Location – cast and crew talk about the filming locations (only on Blu-ray in the US)
Creating The Perfect Paris – creating the Paris set
Battle At The Barricade – filming the barricade scenes (only on Blu-ray in the US)
Les Misérables Singing Live
House to myselfMy parents went to the Madonna concert in Phoenix today and they're staying the night there..so I have the house to myself.House to myself3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Nadine is coming over to stay the night too..
I turned on the TV to listen to some music and I just blasted the Hottest Hits station.."We Are Young" by Fun came on and I started singing at the top of my lungs...I love that feeling when one of your favorite songs come on the radio and it just makes you so happy that you break into song.
I really love this..I wish I had my own place..
I love my parents..but the freedom to walk around not wearing a shirt and singing at the top of your lungs is one of the best feelings..I really like to have the house to myself..I never do..cause my mom doesn't go to work..so this is a rare thing to happen.
Well I'm gonna just take advantage of my alone time with my love..till it happens again in December. That's when my parents go to a Rush concert in Phoenix. Yess I'll have the house to myself again<3