Learn to read, learn to respectTo begin with - this journal is not directed at my fans, it's merely a general observation I made.
I have just visited a profile page of an artist I know. He posted a journal in which he apologized to his fans for not being able to do requests and art trades, because he was busy in real life. I've seen quite a few people on DA post similar journals, in moods raging from apologetic to furious, so it no longer surprises me. The point is - this particular artist has already posted a similar journal a couple of months ago. Apparently, one journal is not enough. That, or people are analphabets.
For this reasons, I have a big request to everybody - learn to read. Before you ask somebody for a request take your time to do your research. Most artists have stamps saying "I don't do requests", or journals stating that. Some have folders in their galeries destined for "Art for others". Some even have FAQs in which you'll find all the information you need. Trust me, having to answer an obvious que
All the fuss about friend-zoningI decided to voice my opinion on a phenomenon I've been encountering on the internet a lot. Namely the so called friend-zoning.All the fuss about friend-zoning2 years ago in Personal More Like This
First of all, I am disappointed to hear the term "friend" being associated with such a load of negative emotions. Friends are important and friendship, true friendship, is beautiful. Ever since I was little I associated the term "friend" with a magical bond of trust and loyalty, something sacred, even more so than love. I didn't even call my best friend of that time a friend until we were both 13 (we knew each other since we were 6), because I didn't feel the bond between us is as important as a true friendship should be. I have since lowered my standards, so to say. I have come to believe that even a shy, cowardly "gray mouse" like myself can have friends. I gained confidence and friendship became real. Achievable. It pains me that people don't appreciate friendship anymore.
Further on, it appears to me that the men who whine about being friend-zoned mostly s
The Moyo-Taka-Sarafina DebateWell the last few pages have definitely opened up a huge amount of commenting and debate in regards to Moyo, Taka, and Sarafina. So I thought I'd put my personal thoughts on the subject in this journal just for funzies.The Moyo-Taka-Sarafina Debate1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I'm going to start with Taka's behavior. Yes, Taka did have a point with what he said to Moyo, a point I will talk about a bit later, but Taka's behavior was completely unreasonable. Taka is a Prince of the Pride Lands. He is supposed to represent what the kingdom stands for. After all, your behavior as a child reflects positively or poorly upon the parents that raised you. And if your parents are the King and Queen a Prince should make a point of acting mature and positive to give a positive reflection of the kingdom and the rulers. Ahadi and Uru accepted the East Landers and Moyo into the pride with open arms and grace. And Taka behaving as he is reflects badly upon the rest of the Pride Lands. Had Uru and Ahadi been around, they would have been disgusted with his beh
Real women have fur!Time for some controversy. This journal deals with pubic hair. Don't like it, don't read it.Real women have fur!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I had been planning to write this rant for over a year, posting it under the picture of a group of my female OCs wearing shirts with the logo „Real women have fur". However, since so much time has passed and the said picture is still in the phase of a simple sketch, I am going to post the text in my journal instead.
About 2 or 3 years ago I was visiting my psychologist and went to the restroom. There I found the book "Vagina monologues". I read a short extract, in which the narrator describes her experience with her ex-husband. The guy refused to have sex with her unless she shaved her pubic hair. She did it, but felt bad about it. Intercourses were painful and her skin burned. Besides, she felt like a pre-pubescent girl. Once the hair grew back in, she refused to shave it again. So, her husband started to sleep around. They went to marriage counseling and he said it was all her fault, because
Dino Comic Prequel - ReadSo... I've been working on a concept for a story regarding Dinosaurs and I've had to think through a few things. My MAIN concern being how can I have a bunch of different species from different prehistoric periods all in the same environment without making it too much like Jurassic Park or completely ignoring prehistory. I wanted to be able to have dinosaurs from the Cretaceous or Jurassic or whatever be in the same environment at the same time. So… I've come up with this short prequel that will allow me to explain why some of my characters are around each other despite potentially not being alive at the same time prehistorically. And this is what I've come up with. It caters to my love of Dinosaurs, and my love of post apocalyptic stories. So yay! This will be a Dinosaur story. There will be no humans. There might be surviving critters from the human era, but no humans in this comic; I just wanted to give a description of the fictional universe this is going to take place in. SDino Comic Prequel - Read1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Official Page Tally So Far!This will be the final page tally given to you all before I announce the finishing of the first draft. Here is where I stand right at this moment:Official Page Tally So Far!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Chapter 43, Page 327
154,021 words long -- 2900 paragraphs, 13,925 lines
I am very, VERY close to finishing the entire first draft. Maybe 20-40 pages. I don't THINK it will take longer than that to get to everything I need to before I conclude the book's events. If I have to make a guess, I am guessing at 30 pages, and probably will be finished sometime next week, if life and such don't throw me any curveballs.
WE'RE SO VERY CLOSE, YOU GUYS! 8D
Suddenly An Update Appears...So the editor had a huge ugly fiery doom befall their computer. I guess the motherboard fried, and it's going to take a good while to fix or replace it or whatever. So she has to back out of the editing process as she does not know how long she'd be, and doesn't want to make me wait on her. However, she has this to say about the rest of the book she'd covered before disaster struck:Suddenly An Update Appears...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"From what I have been able to read, I really don't have much to say in the way of criticism! No, I haven't finished, but I've gotten well into [it], and I can't think of squat to say. In all honesty, you're writing is wonderful, and it was a CHALLENGE to find anything to comment on. It's very easy to get engrossed in your story. I love your characterizations, your descriptions... flat out, you're damn good at this. You should be confident that your novel is ready for the public. The beta testers got through and told you their opinions, and you know how I operate, so if you review your story
How To Make A ComicAlright, I have a few people asking how I make my comic, or asking me for help on making their own. Well, I don't have the time to help you with your own comic, but I can post my process, give you a few pointers, and hopefully inspire you into your own creative comic success . There are several steps I take to make my comicHow To Make A Comic4 years ago in Personal More Like This
1.) Decide upon your Topic:
Meaning, of course, decide what your comic is going to be about. It can be a fan comic on lion king, it can be based on OC's, it can even be based around a completely original story. But you need an idea with what your going to work on.
Me: I picked Lion King
2.) Topic Focus:
This, of course, is to focus upon the main idea around your Topic. So, if you picked My Little Pony as your main topic, you might want to consider what part of My Little Pony you want to work on. Like a back story of a main character or something. This is also the point where you focus on the time, as in historical
My Lion King ResurgenceAs you might have noticed, I'm uploading a lot more lion king pages lately... I blame this on the news about The Lion Guard (for details read this journal http://albinoraven666fanart.deviantart.com/journal/The-Lion-Guard-UPDATE2-459843364 )... Damn it Lion King! I try to break away and you suck me back in!!!My Lion King Resurgence1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Anyway, yeah... I'm all Lion King nerded out again, much to all your pleasure I'm sure. I am still drawing Dinosaurs in my free time and stuff like that, but I really want to solidify my idea, story, and style before I even bring the story to the public so maybe it's good for me to be uploading TLK stuff in the mean time.
But yeah, Uru's Reign Part 2 is trucking along pretty well. I'd say we're only about a third, close to half, of the way through it. Then we'll move onto Mufasa's Reign which is quite short, Close to the length of The East Land Chronicles. Then to Scar's Reign, which will be very long and broken into two parts, like Uru's Reign, with a mini comic like The East Land
Disney's 365 Bedtime Stories (TLK):iconHydraCarina: agreed that I could store these stories onto the Hakuna Matata Photobucket account. The first one is up (there are 11 in total), and it is called "Nala's New Attitude." Next to the original Finnish scan is the English Text, translated by HydraCarina. You can find them in this album: LINKDisney's 365 Bedtime Stories (TLK)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1) Nala's New Attitude LINK LINK
2) Delicate Balance
Mini DA RantAlrighty. So someone posted an opinion with an image on DA. I found it by scrolling through the most recent lion king search items. And I posted my opinion, quite politely I must add. I'm not one of those people who is just horribly rude about opinions, I try to be reasonable. She/he responded in quite an abrupt manor, gave her further opinion, then said 'discussion closed.' so I responded again. I never got a response. I went to find the image and found she had hidden the entire discussion. Including hers. Did I offend her? I mean really... My arguments were quite reasonable and presented with links and facts from articles as it should be... And the comments were hidden...Mini DA Rant3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anyway, her image was about how Tigers, not lions, were kings of the jungle. And though some of her points were valid, the main one being lions don't actually live in the jungle, which is true. But I politely pointed out the other things.
1.) "lions kill baby lions"- yes, but so do male tigers. Infanticide is quite
My statement!Humanized versions of TLK charactersMy statement!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So because some people already said that in their comments and some even note me because of that:
I have a reason why I drew my humanized TLK-characters more white skinned and not (only) as africans for
reasons and not because I am a racist. (Ok, actual no one called me like that directly but there was some
statements I got which made me think people could believe that this was my intention)
First of all OF COURSE Lion King plays in africa. I mean -huhu- where do lions live?
Exactly: in africa!
To be more exact: in the african savanna...
Because you know, Africa is a whole CONTINENT!!! (That includes a little bit more than only the savanna and
so it also includes a lot of different people and cultures...)
But nevertheless the reason why it plays in africa is simple, because the main characters are lions BUT
if I put the main characters into humans this reason isn`t given anymore. It could play everywhere, where
humans live and since humans live all
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!Hear me roar, you guys! The first draft of the novel is done, done, DONE! 8D It's all written! 351 pages of pure awesome (I like to think), and that means after a couple more read through from myself and the betas, and a few new betas for second opinions, it WILL BE PUT ON SALE. I even have a cover being worked on, and it should be ready, too, very very soon!BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
HOLY COW I AM SO STOKED I COULD POP. POP!
Can you believe it??? 351 pages.
Start date: March 28th
End date: July 14th
I am proud of me. That's a LOT of work in only a few months. A LOT. For me. Maybe someone else could have written it faster, but this was my speed, and I think it was pretty darn good for someone who previously had never managed more than 80 pages over TEN YEARS.
*Flails* Ok, guys. PARTY TIME.
Then I gotta go out there and promote, promote, promote, and I would be very appreciative of ANY help you guys can give me on that front. Tell your friends and family, if you think they'd
Unknown Character Background ContestThe Premise:Unknown Character Background Contest2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm going to give you a list of characters in the comic where I haven't yet explained their backgrounds. Take one of them, and produce a full image, background and all, depicting something in their background, perhaps with a written story attached to the imaged in the artist statement. You can be as serious, sad, happy, and silly as you want with backgrounds. I don't mind, I like creativity. The below list are characters that have had not had their background explained and will not have their backgrounds explained. So I wont include characters where their past has already been explained, or will be explained in the comic. Have fun!
Your Character Options:
Tehatu(Mohatu's majordomo) http://albinoraven666fanart.deviantart.com/art/Tehatu-268757500?q=gallery%3Aalbinoraven666fanart%2F40510648&qo=32
Adimu(Tehatu's mate) http://albinoraven666fanart.deviantart.com/art/Mohatu-s-Reign-Chapter4-Page16-287875700
Abasi (Mohatu's Father) http://albinoraven666fanart.deviant
Your Winners!Congratulations to all who made it to the top 10, but the votes have been cast and your winners are...Your Winners!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1st place: 600
2nd place: 400
3rd place: 200
Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered!
Devious Journal EntryI'm sorry, I HAVE to share this. Because even though I LOATHE that scene overall (too OOC for me), this is just... HOLY COW. It's fanmade animation, but seriously, it looks like it was FROM the movie, dammit. THIS GUY/GAL IS FUCKING GOOD.Devious Journal Entry11 months ago in Personal More Like This
Untold Journey contest! RESULTS!-- RESULTS!!!!!!!!! --Untold Journey contest! RESULTS!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey dudes and dudettes!
Thank you for being so patient with me! As most of you have voted in the recent poll, I have apparently 'obviously ran off and joined the Avengers team' (I voted for that option too actually). A big thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. I hope you had fun drawing your piece(s). And also for those who have been following the story. Great support from all my readers
So without further ado, I would like to announce the winners of this Untold Journey contest. It was very hard, I assure you. Very hard indeed. The entries here were quite amazing.
This picture is positively dripping with humour. Great piece to show the family bond and team working capabilities of the Highland Pride, I'd say. Full marks for creativity! And it doesn't hurt to add that 'drowning' bit Fantastic art. Made me laugh. The depiction of Chumvi fits very well with the personality in the Untold Jour
Eep!Sorry for the lack of updates and posts lately! I APOLOGIZE. I have finished with all the beta-reads, and now the manuscript is in the hands of a semi-professional editor (she doesn't get paid to do it, but she does a lot of free editing for people). So after she has ripped it a new one (which I saw some of already, which while disheartening, is absolutely necessary and points out flaws I didn't think about) and I have rewritten or edited it to address her concerns, I will be able to publish it. ;DEep!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
We're close, but not quite there just yet! 8D BUT SOOOOOOOOON!
East Land Chronicles Contest Winners!Hey guys! Sorry for the day delay! Had a busy day yesterday. Haha.East Land Chronicles Contest Winners!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anyway, This contest was great, and there were some awesome entries. But I have decided upon my top three, and even an honorable mention.
- full commission
- Official Comic Cover
(The reason this was chosen to be the first page was the over all mystery behind it. I was looking for a image that was done with skill, but that also didn't give anything away. Meaning, I couldn't very well accept images that showed them leaving the East Lands sad, showing death, or giving away any of the major plot. Because, think about it, if you are new to the comic and come to read it and the cover gives it away, whats the fun? So this entry caught my eye. It has the four males, they seem a bit suspicious, but over all the mood is light, happy, and colorful. It was perfect! Congratulations!)
The countdown has begun...... to the launch of page 1 of my sequel to "Betrothed"! :iconcheerplz::iconlawooplz::iconrainbowsqueeplz:The countdown has begun...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
See the countdown on the home page of :iconNala15-FANCLUB:.
The cover will be launched, and the title announced, sometime today. So keep your eyes open!
I just want to say thank you in advance to all my watchers and supporters who cam eon board during my run with "Betrothed" (and after discovering the finished comic). You've all been of great encouragment and make me look forward to posting these new pages as they're finished! I love you guys!
And in other news...
The last of the commissions are on their way to being finished! (Sorry about the wait, everybody.) And work on animated icon commissions will begin again shortly. Here's the list:
1 :iconJennidash: - three of her OC's + cub
"Tuli and Safwani to be showing Anasa their kingdom, which is located in a secluded plains area surrounded by mountains. Anasa looks
Contest Winners!The contest winners have been chosen! I'd like to say that everyone did a great job, I loved all the entries and enjoyed seeing that everyone enjoyed this contest! Now, the winners!Contest Winners!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This one made me crack up! I think only a couple decided upon none lion characters in this contest, and Rinja was one of them. This is very well drawn, I love the expressions, and it made me laugh my ass off when I saw it! Well done! Well deserved 1st Place.
This was also a mixture of great art skill and humor. I could definitely see Naanda reacting this way to a prospective lover XDD. And the style and drawing is just lovely
I thought this was a very well drawn and beautiful image. Not every entry had to be funny, and I love that Dwala gets some one-on-one love, rather than alw
Alternate Sites For Info and PromoIf you want to help me with promotion by following me on other sites and/or linking and reblogging to interested friends, etc., here is a list for ya!Alternate Sites For Info and Promo1 year ago in Personal More Like This
About Tawa...OK, so I've gotten a few comments about Inmate Tawa and her religious beliefs and I feel I need to say this in case things get out of hand...About Tawa...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Tawa is NOT my version of what I think all religious people are like. I know full well that isn't the case. However, this sort of personality works for her and for the plot of the comic. Everything I do, I do for the purpose of the story. I don't do things based on what I personally believe/how I view the world.
I really don't want to offend anybody with her. That certainly was not my intention. I am not using her to say 'this is how I view religious people and I think it's wrong' or anything like that. Yes, some religious folk are morons, but you get morons in ANY group of people. Plenty of my other characters make bad choices too, so please remember that.
I felt that needed to be said. Please don't worry. I am not so ignorant that I would do such a thing like attack a specific group. Tawa will get better. She is not a one-sided chara
Site Update: Film, Sta.sh Writer ImprovementsIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: Film, Sta.sh Writer Improvements3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
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Comic StuffsJust thought I'd do some rambling about the comic, and stuffs like that because I'm bored, but getting ready for the U of M(university of Michigan) football game and don't have time to draw.Comic Stuffs1 year ago in Personal More Like This
First I'd like to address something that happens occasionally regarding old fan art of mine and the comic. My old fan art is old XD old family trees, opinions, theories, drawings and so on are in no way associated with my comic! So if you go look at some of my old stuff, let's say this theory , you have to understand that these are 1, completely separate from the comic and do not correlate in any way, and 2, really fucking old so my theories have changed and my drawing has improved XD. And on the subject of old art please don't go to my old stuff and massacre it with unnecessary critique, comment, and debate... It's old XD. It holds no relevance. Like this one . A really old family tree of mine. I actually had someone crea