If you are considering going into the industry....If you are an artist or want to be one, especially if you want to get into the VFX industry, you should watch this:If you are considering going into the industry....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It touches on a few things I feel are important to understand as an artist and even as consumers of art:
1.) Art is not an exact science. It can be difficult to put a price tag on it, let alone the often very complicated processes of making it.
2.) Computers are tools that facilitate our work but they DO NOT do the work for us.
3.) Don't get into this industry for the money. If you go into this line of work, you do it because you love it. If someone happens to get lucky or has a really great idea and he/she hits it big, GREAT! Good for him/her. But don't go in expecting that to happen to you. Chances are it won't. If you are lucky, you will find a nice middleclass job you can support yourself and your family on for a while...... until....
4.) Unfortunately, a lot of employers see artists as disposable. When they no longer need you, they will kick you to the curb an
May the Fourth/Revenge of the FifthSo I missed May 4th but Happy Follow-Up-To-Star-Wars-Day everybody.May the Fourth/Revenge of the Fifth2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I had stuff I wanted to draw to commemorate this day as usual, but after breakneck-animating for weeks and losing sleep over my finals, I'm just not in the mood to exert myself over drawings right now. I've spent all weekend thus far sleeping in, running Star Wars marathons, and playing on my SWTOR toons. All of them.
In the meantime I guess have these two new roleplay logs instead:
Tel'nara and Arkley discuss the philosophy of Rocks:
Laz'ab gets hugged
and people die:
See you in the 'verse!
Leaving ....... To Amsterdam for two weeks for Christmas.Leaving ....3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'll be spending Christmas and New Years with :icongellyh: assuming my plane doesn't crash and burn. Trust me to go flying on December the 21st ... so I won't be very active here, if at all. Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate it, and a Happy New Year. See you in 2013!
My Animation Class Is BrillSo much fun today. Seriously. Almost no work done, but that goes without saying when you share your birthday with your animation professor and the entire class is preparing a surprise party.My Animation Class Is Brill3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Over the weekend several of us from both the 2D and 3D classes drew our own interpretations of our professor, Chris, and we compiled them into a Happy Birthday collage as part of his birthday surprise. We came in early to school to have it printed from a shop nearby and hung it on his office door, and also projected a digital image onto the far wall during the party. Unfortunately for my classmates I arrived my usual twenty minutes before ten a.m. today, which meant the decorating of the animation room with balloons and colored crete paper wasn't going to be a surprise for me.
In fact we spent all morning taping up balloons, a 'Happy Birthday' sign, and drawing goofy pictures on the glass doors with whiteboard markers ... only to find out later that our professor might not swing by ou
Was it a Good or a Bad Dream?Good ... because it didn't get to finish.Was it a Good or a Bad Dream?4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Unfortunately to my friends who enjoy reading about my crack-pot dreams and ravings I can only remember fragments of this one, so it's not very exciting. However, what I do remember, is that I was in it, my boyfriend EsRat was in it, a nameless boy and girl I didn't recognize, some cranky old shop clerk I didn't recognize, Arnold Swarchenegger, and Jareth from Labyrinth were in it. More than that we were in a dense Amazonian jungle somewhere and we had maybe half-a-dozen Predators hot on our heels. Oddly enough, we weren't running madly crying and screaming through the trees to get away, nor were we even armed. Instead Arnold drove us around in a bigass jeep while I sat in the passenger's seat discussing Predator tactics with him. Once we figured out the most Hollywood-cinematic way they'd come at us, the Predators would execute that exact move with a slow-mo finisher somewhere else in the forest ... and then die.
Of course a
About My School?I frequently get questions about LASALLE College of the Arts, where I study. Unfortunately I don't have time to go into tremendous detail when answering them, as much as I'd like to explain more what it's like. But maybe these can give you a glimpse:About My School?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I don't know why my face looks so fat in the second one. Where did my jawline go?
Win Art From Me!Thass' right.Win Art From Me!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
My commissions are still CLOSED and I don't work for free
(so PLEASE, people, stop asking for requests)but if you head on over to :iconThe-OC-Consortium:, join our ranks, and participate in the latest Exciting Competition, you can stand a chance to win a full-color, full-body, single character sketch from me if you napbfirst prize.
You can read the details of the competition here:
There are examples of full-color sketch commissions I've drawn in the past in my gallery, or you can head on over here to check out what you're in for:
So all you people who want to commission me, what are you waiting for? Now's your chance to get one FOR FREE! All you need to do is participate!! I want to see butts on seats and people d
Perfect Timing ....A visit from Aunt Flo when I'm already feeling dizzy, sick, and nauseous from a combination of exhaustion, stress, and sleep deprivation ...Perfect Timing ....3 years ago in Personal More Like This
OH FICKLE LADY FATE I LOVE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR HAR-DE HAR HAR.
On the subject of Copyrights and ContentsI'd like to take this moment to address a very important issue within the art community, and this is Copy Rights.On the subject of Copyrights and Contents3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Recently I had had a situation with a client that reminded me that both parties- the client AND the artist- have specific rights that need to be addressed at the time of creating a design and/or illustration. Both parties need to have a CLEAR understanding of their rights, and ask any and as many questions until they feel as if they have the right information. Assumption and dishonesty are not good business foundations, let alone become legal liability in the long run. Lying on any side is the most common action that leads to bigger situations that at time, will be dealt with legally.
From here on in, the "Client" is the commissioner, and the "Artist" is the person in charge of design, illustration, and/or color.
1) The difference between "content" and "product/property".
When someone commissions you for a design, you have many different types of ownership. The most common
Making Changes ...First of all, I want to say a huge THANK YOU for all of the birthday wishes. I never expected to receive any, especially after being gone for so long, and never even thought to check back here until a friend told me that I ought to see what was going on. So thank you all, and it was really heartwarming to read.Making Changes ...1 week ago in Personal More Like This
It's hard to believe it's been two years since I was last here, but I was transitioning from college to working full-time, and maintaining an online presence just wasn't working for me. I am still struggling to find a good balance between work, play, and personal projects, but I am finally in a comfortable enough position to get my art websites back up and on track. It's about damn time, I think. So time permitting I plan on making some big changes around here.
For those who miss my old stuff: I will be taking my drawings out of storage and sorting them into an "Archives" folder. You will be able to view all of my old fanart and comics, but keep in mind m
Pirates Beat Ninjas - Louis Goes to Con!Greetings, watchers!Pirates Beat Ninjas - Louis Goes to Con!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Our very own :iconredeaddie: will be attending the San Japan Convention this August - San Antonio's Major Anime Convention - and will be hosting a panel on pirate culture and costume. She will be dressed to kill - as Louis Despatis.
The convention runs from August 16-18th. The panel is on Saturday (Aug 17th) at 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. You can find more information on her event here: http://www.san-japan.org/forum/showthread.php?1730-Pirates-Beat-Ninjas-Beginners-to-Pirate-Cosplay
As well as the panel, she will be appearing as Louis for the Cosplay Catwalk, the Masquerade Ball, and even hosting the Dating Game Panel on the same day. I've long admired RedeadDie's costuymes, especially her work as Jareth in the past, and am super excited to see her finished work on Louis. Unfortunately, being in S
SW:tOR TUMBLR ACCOUNT!! Head on over!Hey guys and girls!SW:tOR TUMBLR ACCOUNT!! Head on over!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
At long last, I've finally made a Tumblr account specifically for Star Wars: The Old Republic and ALL SWtOR-related sketches, doodles, and roleplay logs. All my roleplay logs will henceforth be uploaded there, so if you're a fan of following my characters' stories then that's the place to go from now on.
For those of you who missed the first link, here it is again: http://askvallaz.tumblr.com/
I'm still stumbling my way around the confusing site (seriously, it should be called Stumblr, not Tumblr ...) so following people or reblogging and all that stuff can wait for now. I also had some issues with HTML glitches so some of the writing logs have nice gaps between paragraphs, while others are ugly and clumped together. I'm sorry, but there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it. Additionally, if any of the links on the sidebar are broken for the time being, it's
Showreel 2012-2013Hey folks,Showreel 2012-20133 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've just uploaded a new showreel showcasing some of the better Honour Amongst Thieves work and progression to my Youtube account, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYcI_6mu9FM&feature=youtu.be I've been sick all week so progress on the actual animation has been slow, but you can get a sneak-peek of Louis's scene there.
Plugging the VAsHello all,Plugging the VAs2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Things are still incredibly busy and hectic over here, in light of which I don't have much time to dedicate towards Honour Amongst Thieves at the moment. Rest assured, we haven't seen the last of the project and the characters around here, but in the meantime, I thought I might tide you over with some "goodies". Each of the characters' VAs are very talented in their own ways, and I thought I'd plug some of their websites for those of you interested in what they do when they're not cussing at pirates or berating heathens.
Brendan Julian, voice of Louis:
As well as voice acting for several college projects, Brendan is also a
musician and songwriter. He has several videos of his guitar covers uploaded to
his YouTube account, as well as some singing. You can find his best stuff here:
Richard Johnston, voice of James:
Not just a polite British man, Richa
Quotes of the Day::iconcanadian-rainwater: "I didn't see the water in the glass, it was invisible!"Quotes of the Day:3 years ago in Personal More Like This
:icongellyh: "My ass itches ... " *FARTS*
What Doesn't Kill YouWell, howdy, guys!What Doesn't Kill You2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Before I get to my update on how surgery went, I got to make an enormously futile attempt to thank you all for your incredible collective wave of stories, thoughts, and well-wishes on my previous post. I have so many people saying they believe in me I am now a minor deity. I shouldn't be surprised statistically, but I am aghast regardless at how many of you have immediate family and friends who've had cancer or indeed have had it yourselves. As I say, I've gotten off easy here, and my heart goes out to everybody that's had to grapple with far more serious cases, and especially to those who've lost dear ones. YOU are the brave sons n' daughters of beeches, you guys all blow my mind wide open. I'll tell you I was doing pretty good until about halfway through your messages, and then there was some sniffling. Hell's bells, guys, that was something. Thank you for every letter.
My thyroid is out and gone and lord knows where now. They removed it along with a
Mutiple Thefts of deviantART Stock Models: UpdatedCurrent Update, Feb 9: It seems that the artworks created with the DA stock models have been taken down from all sites. This is good news! I hope the artist will be in touch with the models they have used. It seems possible through what I've heard from these models in their research that this artist may have found these images on a 'free stock' site. Please be aware of any site that is set up with a huge variety of fabulous, high quality images for commercial use, for free. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.Mutiple Thefts of deviantART Stock Models: Updated3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
An Italian artist has been using stock images from DA's portrait models as the source of her professional work without notifying the models or crediting them. In most cases, these models do not allow commercial use of their stock without permission.
Here is a list of models discovered to have been used so far.
A troggerel, or, unpopular opinion in bad poetry.In response to a certain series' popularity on tumblr, and many requests made....A troggerel, or, unpopular opinion in bad poetry.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I do not like you, Benny-Holmes,
Though acknowledging your fine cheekbones.
I do not like your Johnlock fans,
(though rather admire gay Moriarty's plans).
I do adore your awkward Martin,
But Bilbo is his finest castin'!
Inspector Lestrade is a true silver fox,
that "Not My Division" gif everywhere rocks!
Though Lara Pulver made a gorgeous Adler,
Her character arc was a sexist disaster.
And that Black Lotus Triad Chinese ninja assassin!?
OMG, what is this, a 1950s Tintin?
'Sherlock' your plots are just clever as can be,
and a twist! the setting's twenty-twelve AD!
Still I join not in your writers' adulation,
nor, post "Reichenbach", their vituperation...
Aye, Bundersnatch is a very fine actor -
I admired his turn as Frankenstein's Monster -
But BBC Sherlock does little for me
(btw that intro? sounds a lot like Ritchie).
I cannot quite twig why exactly this is,
But this whole fangirl favourite for me does n
Pondering prologues (wall of text warning)Rant ahoy! (The following is my own pondering and can include personal opinions and just plain boring nerd rant. Feel free to disagree or ignore if you will, but I still hope some of you can find it more amusing than annoying. I'm a cronic rambler.)Pondering prologues (wall of text warning)4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I like comics. I love reading them, printed and online alike, and I spend quite considerable amount of time browsing through them when I have free time.
I'm watching a few comic groups here in DA, most of which concentrate on animal comics. And there seems to be a trend there, that is starting to feel really dull, and that's prologues. Ya know, I don't have anything against having a prologue, if it really works with the story, but this certain trend is starting to bug me real bad:
I want to read comics and their stories, why do I have to go through pages and pages of religious propaganda to even see any characters to relate with?
I don't like bland religious propaganda, specially if it's just that; there is no characters shown that would sh
Biweekly feature vol.1Hello everyone, I'm very happy to present the very first of the manyBiweekly feature vol.13 years ago in Art Features More Like This
feature journal. I'll be doing this every 2 weeks so this will allow the
feature art work to get a decent amount of views.
The feature journal is where I'll be posting some art works from artist
on DA that you guys suggested that don't have many views or favorites
and that deserve more. For the feature journal I have picked suggestions
for different category to make it more diverse.
Again, thank you allfor posting suggestions in my previous journal, sadly space is limited
so I will not be able to feature all the suggestions.
For the next feature,
If you have a piece from an artist that you really like and feel like
that they need some exposure, wither its photography, Crafting,
Painting, Drawings,etc please post below. Please make sure that they are
legit (not stolen art) and has below 1,000 faves.
without any more delay Lets get started : )
Horrible Histories EndedHorrible Histories finished at Season 5?!Horrible Histories Ended2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I think I'm going to cry.
The 'Dynamic Pose' Contest! + EditsEdit: This is now an open contest! You do not have to be a member to participate! Please read carefully the contest info below, especially if you're unfamiliar with the way our contests are run.Alright my minions. It's that time of month again, and I promised you something good for September's contest.The 'Dynamic Pose' Contest! + Edits2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I call it the Dynamic Pose Contest.
Yes, you probably know where this is going just judging from the title. The point of this contest is for you to draw one (or more) of your characters in a particularly dynamic pose. I'll be looking for usage of foreshortening, perspective, and squash-and-stretch techniques. (And if you don't know what any of these terms mean, then you can easily Google them. I checked. Google gives you good results if you just plug in the words.)
I'll be judging this competition based on how much effort you put in to breaking your character out of their usual poses. Some of us already know how to draw dynamic poses, while some of us have yet
Vampire CollegeThe other day, my dad handed me a printout of an article from a conservative website about going to college. Dad does this from time to time, I think because he suspects I'm a filthy liberal, and wants to send a few shots across the bow to see if I fire back. I usually don't, because I've been through enough warfare to have a better idea of when to pick my battles.Vampire College3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well, I won't reference the article directly, but the gist of it was that college is a bit of a costly venture that doesn't always yield the results it promises for the price of admission, and may actually do more harm than good. (High schoolers, meditate on that for a minute, please)
Now, the article itself sort of descended into a screed about how colleges just crank out liberals anyway, and liberals tend to vote Democrat, and we should just bust the whole thing up because dear God, we need conservative voters or they'll have a WOMAN in the White House next...
...Which is unfortunate, because "liberal conspiracy" aside, I
Sup?Well, guys, update time.Sup?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Never thought I'd be a stranger to this place, but I'm just never around here anymore. Wouldn't you know it, this working business takes a lot of time and energy.
Work's been super fast-paced, intriguing, challenging. I don't believe the range of things I've worked on in the past two-point-five months. Traditional animation, Flash animation (oh god so much Flash animation), concept art (the funnest stuff of all, why am I even getting paid for this?), proposals, games, toys, icons, exactly one squillion in-game items, websites, user interfaces, and on and on. SO COOL. We seem to be short-staffed, or just generally over-burdened (the guys have told me this is pretty much the busiest they've seen the place), so I've been racing through the daily minefield of surprise deadlines to keep abreast of the big thundering monster ones. But it's the speed and the unknown schedule that makes every day interesting. And a complete blur afterwards. I am so l