Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11Time is certainly displaced. We're not really suffering jet lag but it's obvious our bodies are weirded out by being here.
My girlfriend and I traveled today to Atsugi, about an hour train ride from Tokyo. We had some business to take care of there. It was a bit frustrating because we couldn't get everything done we needed to, but the traveling to and from was delightful.
I was amazed, looking out the train window, there was not ONE piece of litter. I think we traveled 20 miles or more before I saw so much as a tissue paper beside the tracks. The Japanese, even in the less affluent areas, are incredibly tidy.
During the morning commute, the subway trains are packed so full there are literally uniformed individuals called "pushers" whose job it is to shove people into the cars as tightly as possible. As the doors slide shut they get very aggressive and carry out their job of sardine commuter packing very seriously and they do it with smiles and white gloves and a charm that everyo
Japan Trip....more daysNote to self: Getting up early does not mix well with late night drinking. The good news is, I think I'm on track for setting a new personal record for consecutive days with a hang over wait is that good news? It's amazing to me that you can buy beer in vending machines everywhere here. Ugh it's 6:30AM, I'll pass on the beer .for now.Japan Trip....more days3 years ago in Personal More Like This
My legs are sore from walking about 2,000 miles yesterday and my feet already hurt. I love it.
This morning, after crashing a little after 2AM, we got up at 6:30AM to catch the bullet train to Osaka. The train stops several times, so it doesn't always get up to the incredible speeds other ones do. We'll be on one this Sunday that tops out at about 180MPH! It's hard to describe the funny experiences one has on the subways and trains. The crazy visuals of passing another train going the opposite direction when you are only a foot or so apart. Ah these Japanese are so precise. The trains displace so much air that when we
Crossing the LineAlmost 99.9999% of the comments I get on DA are very nice and complimentary. For this I am grateful and appreciative. I also appreciate the occasional criticism that suggests I try a different crop, color, or lens choice. Even after 35 years I feel it is vital to listen to all the input I get because there are occasional jewels of ideas that come from learned professionals and beginning amateurs alike. Sometimes I even like it more when someone who is new to photography makes suggestions because they aren't stifled by the "rules" we all learn when we start out.Crossing the Line3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Recently, I've had a few people say some interesting and absurd things. These comments are related to my having taken down my gallery of nudes. First of all, let me say, my motive for this action was simply time management. I run a business so I don't have time to respond to all the comments or even read them all.
The suggestion has been made that by me removing the nudes, by responding to horrid comments then hiding and blockin
I'm a Puppy!A week or so ago, I read this article that made me laugh and yet feel so sad. Seems there is a guy from India who is in exile and may serve prison time for blasphemy. What he did was investigate what was making a statue of Jesus "weep". Supposedly water is dripping from this statue and people are drinking this "Holy Water" in hopes it will cure their ailments. Tragically, the water is sewage that is seeping up from a leaking pipe! But when this man reported on his findings, the religious were incensed and want him thrown in prison!!!!I'm a Puppy!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I find the story so....well perfectly metaphorical.
I sent this news story to a person I knew, who claims to be very anti church, and it started an email exchange which much to my dismay went ass over teakettle down the hill.
I often post rather anti-religious rant
Boy Scouts and BaptistsI often write rants about religion, so for those who are tired of reading what I have to say about this topic - it might be a good time skip this and have a cup of tea.Boy Scouts and Baptists2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I enjoy reading the daily news and having a cup of coffee every morning. I scan the headlines on my laptop and eat up all the latest scientific discoveries, local weather, and international news. I enjoyed reading about the asteroid that came close to hitting Earth because it reminds me of how fragile and insignificant we are here on our little blue marble. Our place in the Universe is pretty much meaningless in terms of time and space, yet we think we are not only important but THE singularly important species. A silly thought in my book.
Also in the news I read this: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/31/southern-baptists-to-urge-churches-and-members-to-cut-boy-scout-ties/?hpt=hp_t2 It seems a group of humans 16 million strong can't associate with another group of humans because of who they choose to love. It mak
Grow some balls.I don't mind people voicing that they don't like my work or the content of my silly little cartoons. Most of the time I find it funny! But what really grates is when the individual doesn't have the spine to do so via their day-to-day DA profile.Grow some balls.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
They set up a new one. One which they use to rattle off whatever flatulance they believe passes as worthwhile commentary in the real world, most likely in the wake of mummy and daddy slapping them on the wrist over something - angsty, juvenile pricks that they are.
And juvenile they must be, as anyone with a mite more experience would realise that any weight you hope your words might have is completely lost when someone visits your "slander" profile and reads the numbers "0 Deviations", "0 Favourites", "0 Watchers", "No Journal entries", etc.
It renders your words as vacuous as your gallery.
So if you're going to type stuff like "I feel like some of the smut you draw takes away from the credibility of your art as a whole." or
Today, I am HeartbrokenThis past week our nation witnessed one of the most horrific violations in history. A beast that I refuse to name, planned and then killed 12 people in a theatre in Colorado. I won't go into details of how, why, or who committed this atrocity.Today, I am Heartbroken2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What I WILL address is the idea of our Constitutional "right to bear arms". The misconstrued perception of this "right", saddens and confuses me. The archaic belief that having a gun in our houses will enable us to "defend ourselves" is not only statistically improbable, it is metaphorically AND literally unsettling to those who live with us. A loaded gun in a house says,"I don't trust people", "I am afraid someone will break in and hurt us", and also "I am willing to shoot to kill another human being".
If you have a gun in your house and it is NOT loaded, the statistical probability of you being able to get to it, load it, and confront a home invader AND for the outcome of that confrontation to be positive in ANY way, is insignificantly small.
Everything is Beautiful...NOT!In the 1960s, Ray Stevens wrote a song titled "Everything Is Beautiful" and it won him a grammy. Perhaps it was the idealism of those times or maybe a personal philosophy that gave birth to this song. It starts out with children singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children", a song I remember singing in church when I was a child.Everything is Beautiful...NOT!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world"
Like Disney's "It's a Small World", this song has a worm like infectious tune that rolls around in your brain like a marble in a barrel. A child, once he has learned this song, will hum it, whistle it, and sing it until adult ears bleed. Not only is the tune contagious, the lyrics are ideal and Pollyanna to the point of near myopic blindness.
After one chorus of "Jesus Loves the Little Children", Mr. Stevens' song moves into his "Everything Is Beautiful, in It's Own Way" mantra.
The notion he pu
Kim Jong-il is Kim Jong-deadHere are some of the things that The Supreme Leader, the Dear Leader, the General, Lodestar of the 21st Century and Eternal President, Kim Jong-il has been (no joke) credited with:Kim Jong-il is Kim Jong-dead3 years ago in Personal More Like This
* Even before his birth, the future leader of North Korea was triggering miracles. Official biographers say his birth in a cabin on the slopes of Baekdu Mountain in February 1942 was foretold by a swallow and heralded by a double rainbow. When he was born, a new star appeared in the night sky.
* The first time he picked up a golf club, in 1994, Kim reportedly shot a 38-under par round on North Korea's only golf course, including 11 holes-in-one. He then decided to retire from the sport for ever.
* Kim has the ability to alter the weather simply through the power of thought.
* The fledgling leader was a genius as an infant, with official North Korean biographies stating that he had learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.
* As a junior high school pupil in Pyongyang, he corrected and chasti
The Adventures of Squicken... Week OneMy name is Cameron Michael but all my friends call me "Squicken". It's a mixture of "Squid" (what Mommy calls my Dad) and "Chicken" (what Daddy calls my Mommy). I was born last Tuesday the 18th, and have learned SO MUCH that I asked Dad if I could write about it here in his journal.The Adventures of Squicken... Week One2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Dad gave me permission so here goes my first attempt at writing. Don't judge me too harshly because I'm only a week old and I've got my hands full trying to learn stuff. For instance, eyes!!! Wow, eyes are tough to control! It's hard to focus them and move them all around. I can't really see all that well yet but I think I recognize Mom and Dad and I CERTAINLY recognize a fine nipple, which makes Dad proud. Of course, I don't have much experience with other nipples but, I have time to fix that.
I spent a few days in ICU (Mom, Dad, and I called it "jail") at the hospital because Mom ran a fever during birth and the docs said they found some indication of infection in the blood samples they took from me
Birthday Scuzzle! BREAKING NEWS! Something terrible has happened!Birthday Scuzzle!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Some naughty mudkips invaded dA and stole a very important photograph. The stunning photo was a gift for all of you to celebrate deviantART's 11th birthday. It is devastating to confirm it is now missing.
Witnesses say that the mudkips were spotted sneaking out of an open window, but we cannot confirm until a full investigation has been reported and all evidence collected.
In the meantime, the photograph remains missing. Moonbeam13 is currently searching her spellbook to find a way to bring the image back.
Stay tuned for further updates. A full report will be issued on the 3rd August.
What is a Scuzzle?
A Scuzzle is a combination of a Scavenger Hunt and a Jigsaw Puzzle. There will be lots of missing pieces of this Scuzzle ready for you to find. Although there are some subtle clues to help you along your way, you will need to search high and low for them! Come back on the 3rd August for the hunt to begin!
[PlzIcons Archive]Directory | FAQ & Rules | Promotions[PlzIcons Archive]4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey let's make a collection of Naruto characters plz-icons and stamps! As there are so many plz-icons and stamps out there we'll need your help in making this collection thrive! Post your icons in the comments and we'll add them as well!
If you're wondering, here is how you can actually use plz-icons and stamps.
They can be used in comments, journal entries and in your dA-ID. To use a specific icon, take a look at what the name of the icon is, and then do the following.
-copy the name of the icon, for example, narutoplz
-enter the name along with ':icon' in front of it and end it with ':' (it should look like this :iconnarutoplz:)
-if you're uncertain whether or not you've got the right icon (or if it's actually going to work), click 'preview' next to the 'submit' button
[Characters Birthdays] November B-days!Directory | FAQ & Rules | Promotions[Characters Birthdays] November B-days!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
02 - Gekkou Hayate
03 - Uzuki Yuugao
05 - Daimyou (Wind Country)
-sorry, I couldn't find any images!!-
08 - Masashi Kishimoto (1974)
Happy Birthday Kishimoto-San!
08 - Sasori
sasori by DanteCyberMan-Sasori- by pyrogina
11 - Jiraiya
naruto and jiraiya by wbgz92Jiraiya by TaminkiJiraiya stencil by ToMnIaLlBrOwN
15 - Mubi
Mubi by Shinoharaa
16 - Kagari
Kagari by Shinoharaa
18 - Shizune
Shizune by ricE-suShizune and Tonton by ShinoharaaTsunade x Shizune by Autumn-Sacura
25 - Izumo
Izumo by Sideburn004Izumo and Kotetsu by AnnaGiladi
25 - Sai
Sai by MikutashiSai by CarrotCakeBanditakai by CarrotCakeBandit
27 - Rock Lee
Rock Lee by SaiFongJunFanLee and his dream-2 by Autumn-SacuraGreen Beast of Konoha by Pikoyx
30 - Tsurugu Misumi
Misumi Tsurugu by yaeya
Free Avatar: La Birthday Caek by FreeAvatarProject Congratulations! Free Avatar: La Birthday Caek by FreeAvatarProject
Interview with Masashi Kishimoto in Word AnimeInterview with Masashi Kishimoto in Word Anime2 years ago in Personal More Like This
★Interview with Masashi Kishimoto in "Word Anime" ★
here is the interview in English, thank you very much to :iconlindewurm: for translating =^u^=
here is in Spanish: :iconddrarrowrightplz: http://www.worldanime.tv/?p=50270 :iconddrarrowleftplz:
Q: When was the first time you considered becoming a mangaka, and why?
Masashi Kishimoto: In the period between second and fourth grade, I was obsessed with the Dr. Slump anime and the Dragonball manga by Akira Toriyama sensei. I loved his characters. I was especially fond of Arale from Dr. Slump and Goku from Dragonball. Plus
Zombie survivor contest date extended :)Hi everyone I'm going to do my first contest which is that you get to create your own zombie apocalypse survivor/s (you can have more than one entry but only can win once) for us to feature in our new comic we're going to do called The Qure.Zombie survivor contest date extended :)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
To win you must write a character biography of what they were before the apocalypse, how they first encountered a zombie and what they are like now. They can be whatever kind of person your heart desires (even a villain) or if you chose you could also do an animal that could serve as a companion to the main cast. It's not necessary but it is preferred that you draw a picture of your survivor/s as well, or include a very good description of what they look like. Please no one word descriptions. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions for me.
1st. Character becomes main party member, 1000 da points and a drawing of your choice done by me, one colored (full shade)piece of their choice done donated by :iconcassmonsta: an icon done b
Art HistoryArt History3 years ago in Personal More Like This
- What is Art History -
Art History is a Community Relations Project - looking at the History of the genres and art we love today.
This is open to any member of dA. CV's, Senior members, Beta testers, Subbed and Unsubbed accounts - EVERYONE.
Over the last year we have brought you exciting articles and features from the various genres of Art. We are now going to move into the second wave of this Project, by working through chronologically.
What we now want is for anyone with any interest in Art History to sign up!
About Daily Deviations - Please read (UPDATED)Hello everyone! I hope the new year has found you well and positive.About Daily Deviations - Please read (UPDATED)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today, I want to talk about something that's been on my mind for quite a long time: Daily Deviation suggestions.
But it wasn't until I read Lyricanna's There is no nice way to say it but and alicexz's New DD Suggestion rule that I felt the need to echo their words and add my two cents.
Quality of art: When sending a Fan Art suggestions, please bear in mind that I want to feature unique works. The best of a fanartist's gallery. What I look for in a Fan Art Daily Deviation is not cuteness. Cute just doesn't cut it, like Lyricanna said. I search for emotions, technical skill (composition, shading, colour, etc), interaction of the characters with their surroundings and other characters. I'm looking for pieces that tell me a story and/or show emotion. Of course, there ar
GOOD NEWS about my DOUJIN ^o^My doujin is already being printed!!!GOOD NEWS about my DOUJIN ^o^3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
[Bullet; Green] They told me it will take them 3-7 days plus the shipping.... I think I'll have the copies at home by next week [I've got my fingers crossed.].
I think I'll sell it soon finally, so interested people please take an eye on the upcoming journals because I'll do the announcement as soon as I get the parcel at home.
[Bullet; Green] PRICE: It will be around 15 dollars (11.9 euros) + shipping cost to your country ^^ But I'll give you more details the day I launch it.
[Bullet; Green] I also did a cute video presentation for you, like a little doujin preview :> I'll submit it soon.
[Bullet; Green] I'm so excited because it's the first time I could say I feel proud of some doujin I'd done (it has nothing to do with my previous ones). Here you are few prewiews:
NEW WEBSITE and ARTISTIC ID!!! - Please readHi, I'm Ireal, now Kaoyux.NEW WEBSITE and ARTISTIC ID!!! - Please read2 years ago in Personal More Like This
( +fav this journal if you want to keep the links or check them all later. Too much info )
I've been thinking about a new artistic ID for so many reasons since long ago (I hope you get used to my new name soon ^^)
I just wanted to inform you all that I closed my Crimson Garden website (the Censored version) and re-designed it. The link also changed, so please, if you already saved it in the past add the new one to your bookmars and delete the previous one.
I really love the new Crimson Garden design. It looks clean and simple, you'll see :iconmonkeyloveplz:
Also I want to take this opportunity to share a LIST of my other links, my "Networking" links, since I already changed a few accounts too. Keep in mind I'll not use my old Ireal or Ireal70 accounts anymore. They are already INACTIVE.
Please feel free to add me or follow me here:
CRIMSON GARDEN Website
Me, myself and my problem with Doujins+New Project(Because I always leave so random but interesting videos in my journals: look at the mess with the German and Polish areas. And yes, for those who didn't know it, Spain WAS (not anymore) the only european country that was muslim for 8 centuries in the Middle Ages)Me, myself and my problem with Doujins+New Project1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Me, myself and my problem with Doujins TT___TT
How are you? I'm just fed up XD
It said that some psychologists tell some patients, to healing:
- 1st step is admitting you have a problem I do.
- 2nd step is identifying the problem I constantly abandon my doujins.
- 3rd is learning how to correct it Applying the only effective methodology that worked for me in the past with the only doujins I finished, I mean, the 2 doujins I have for sale.
I don't know if some of you also have this problem: you start some story (drawn or written) and you end up abandoning it... you try to encourag
Project Educate: Fan Art Week 2011Project Educate: Fan Art Week 20113 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fan Art Week!
November 21-27 is Project Educate: Fan Art Week. WildCharmander and alexandrasalas will be updating this journal daily with links to all the news articles and events, so stay tuned!
Monday, November 21:
Project Educate: Fan Art Week - IntroductionFan Art in CosplayFan Art Tutorials: CosplayFeature: Old SchoolInterview with XII-ItachiInterview with sakimichanThe 2011 FAN-tastics - [#Anthro]
Tuesday, November 22:
Fan Art in EmoticonsFan Art Tutorials: TraditionalFeature: Rare Fan Art
Doujin copies ARRIVED at home + PHOTOS!!! WOW! The parcel arrived at home on Monday, just as I expected.Doujin copies ARRIVED at home + PHOTOS!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Before selling them, I'll go tomorrow to the post office with my doujin inside an envelope to know how much the shipping costs EXACTLY are.
I'll sell them in my "Crimson Garden" website, from the "SHOP" section as soon as possible (interested people will have to fill an application form about their order details and the payments will be done via Paypal)
MAMA Scared Stiff Semi-Finalist AnnouncementIn the MAMA Scared Stiff Contest, we challenged you to channel your most frightening childhood memory, and the entries were truly terrifying!MAMA Scared Stiff Semi-Finalist Announcement2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
These 25 hair-raising deviations sent a chill down our judges' spines, and have been chosen as the Semi-Finalists. It's now up to the true visionaries of horror, MAMA filmmakers Andy & Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro, to decide on the top 3 winners, who will receive their share of $10,000 USD, as well as Points, deviantART Gear, and Premium Memberships!
The remaining 22 Semi-Finalists will receive:
2,000 deviantART Points
Three-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
Congratulations to all!
Read Contest Article
Need help for the background?many people have asked for help with the backgrounds.Need help for the background?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
as a request is a bit vague! it's not like the human body or an animal..
the background is .. is .. the fucking universe!
cities, mountains, seas, forests, are a combination
of elements ALWAYS different :iconexploding-headplz:
I have not received help for these things..
I learned watching pictures and drawings in the last 2 years!
you have to watch thoooousands of landscapes and store them in your
"mental-database" to be able to invent new personal backgrounds.
it works with the perspective and the composition too!
observe and learn from the experience of others.
a sort of osmosis.
if you need pictures or inspiration I recommend this site
I love it..it's absurd.. sometimes I become depressed because
is too epic.. :iconrazycryplz:
but then I react and I try to improve!:iconlazymacho2plz:
then..if you need more specific help I can try to do
some reference sheet :icony