Chapter 1, House of Hades (www.rickriordan.com)This is the real, first chapter of the new book, that has yet to be released, The House of Hades.Chapter 1, House of Hades (www.rickriordan.com)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Percy Jackson Quotes“Don’t push your luck, Leo Valdez; I still hate you.”Percy Jackson Quotes1 year ago in Personal More Like This
–Calypso to Leo Valdez, in The House of Hades
Historical Disney Princesses FAQRather than answering these individually over and over again, I'm just going to leave this here and add to it as needed:Historical Disney Princesses FAQ4 years ago in Personal More Like This
- I'm not telling you which princess I'm doing next.
- I would appreciate it if you didn't tell me what character I should do next, or what you're looking forward to, or what character you hope I'll do! It's very sweet and I definitely appreciate the sentiment, but consider the fact that you're something like the 400th person to tell me about Elsa, or Anna, or Merida- it's not adding a lot to the conversation.
- No, I'm not doing any Kingdom Hearts characters. There's no particular historical precedent, so they don't really have anything to gain from this series.
Are you going to do Merida?
YES PLEASE STOP ASKING sobsobsob
Are you going to do Elsa and Anna?
Are you going to do any more pieces in this series?
Yes! Let it be assumed that I will continue doing these until stated otherwise.
Deadly Allure - and the importance of thumbnails.Stop looking at her actual thumbnails. I mean thumbnail sketches.Deadly Allure - and the importance of thumbnails.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Okay, so this isn't exactly a journal entry. But since I can't be bothered to figure out how to post inline images in the commentary section of regular image posts, you're getting this. Deal with it.
In my perpetual state of ultimate lazyness, this image has been bouncing around for a while, and I'm just now getting around to posting it. And I've had a fair number of questions. So, I think I'll take this opportunity to walk you through some of the happy accidents that fill the days of us artists. That's right, Bob Ross may be the only one who owns up to it, but we all have them.
To me, the most important thing in art is making decisions. In fact, you can break my art philosophy into a tidy little three step triad. Observations -> evaluations -> decisions. That's the important stuff. Everything else is just about
Apparel Collection: Monster TalkTogether, we are deviantART, an amazingly diverse community of fantastic individuals from all reaches of the globe. It’s a beautiful, creative ecosystem where the wildest voices can speak their minds and share their expressions. When designing this collection, I wanted to celebrate that diversity. When you’re at a concert, on an airplane, or sitting at a café, it's sometimes fun to look at the people moving and talking around you, each with their own unique style and outlook. Be part of the big conversation, where all voices matter and everyone can be involved.Apparel Collection: Monster Talk2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The characters in this piece spawned from a conversation I had while teaching a high school class on character illustration. The topic was making interesting-looking characters, and everyone seemed to agree that you have to make a complex contour shape in order to satisfy the goal. I countered by simply drawing a line of jelly bean shapes on the board. At first, it looked boring -- just a bunch of wonky
Is anybody here? + news + ZOO animals - PHOTOS.Hi!Is anybody here? + news + ZOO animals - PHOTOS.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ok, ok, ok, I am almost scared - what happaned? It seems that this site is totally empty for last week!
I wonder what caused this: Sandy? Or do Americans have some Halloween holiday so they are not online? Or... is there some secret and slow Zombie attack?
Of course dA decided to use this time to announce free shipping usually they do it before Christmas and I usually get pretty nice money from it. This time I got just few dolars, so I hope dA will repeat the action - just before X-mas as they did the last year. Because this site really seems to be empty now! as a response to a free shipping, I released Free calendar for 2013 - I think I have never had so few faves, views and downloads on it. What a pity, what a bad time
I know about Sandy, it was covered by Czech media a lot
Poor people, I hope everything will be fixed as soon as possible. I did not know it affected so many people
You also know I asked you to vote for Allerlei's photo - thank you
The Name GameThe Name GameThe Name Game2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Pitfalls to Avoid and Tricks to Use while Naming People and Places
We've all been there. You're reading a pretty interesting piece of fantasy fiction, and a few paragraphs in you learn that the main villain's name is "Abraxas the Cruel, Lord of the Black Tower." You wince at the unoriginality, close the deviation, and move on to something more interesting. We've all been on the other side of things, too, with a detailed plot outline in hand, staring at a Word document that displays only a single line: "???? knew what he had to do--kill the president." We're sure that once we get that protagonist's name down, that perfect name, we'll be able to write the whole thing in one gush of brilliance, but all that's coming to mind are banal names like "John Everyman" or over-the-top ones like "Staff Sergeant Max Fightmaster".*
*Yes, that is his rea
Percy Jackson Quotes" Thalia: In that case, still up for dinner?Percy Jackson Quotes1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Percy: After all that, you're hungry?
Thalia: Hey, even immortals have to eat. I'm thinking about cheeseburgers at McHale's"
—Percy and Thalia, The Demigod Files
New years resolution.I slept through new years.New years resolution.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Still sick... But partying isn't exactly my thing. Neither is drinking.
My resolution this year is going to be: to balance myself
Spontaneously, I feel like writing. So here's a story.
In 2011, I was on the right track. On the way to being more centered--I was feeling good and I was accomplishing a lot (mentally and artistically). But then towards the end of the year, things got shitty... I put myself in a bad situation (the kind I didn't know exactly how to respond to)... and as a result things spiraled out of control.
In a nutshell: I lost my sense of self.
January 2012? All the mental [and spiritual] progress I had made up until that point seemingly vanished. I felt like I didn't know myself anymore--I felt as though I had betrayed my self-confidence. Depression inevitably drowned me. My health suffered. I went from 120lb to 109lbs--which made everything worse. Ill body, ill mind...
I disconnected from everything.
Eventually the episod
Charles Snippy: COFFEESENTRY: 412:Charles Snippy: COFFEES3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This evening, I returned to into the City to fill out the reports about my first tour out into the Dead Zone.
Hopefully, they won't suddenly shut down the D.Z.T.R. Department and there will be more tours for me to "guide".
Today... was different.
A buzzing, hovering Hunter-Drone met me in the Airlock.
Must be a new thing.
Ah I see,
As I'm forever unable to access ANNET, someone up top must have programmed this contraption to follow me around, shouting things at me.
Thank you, whoever you are.
I never felt more ridiculous.
To top things off, I lost my coffee.
NPC Traders! Due 8th MarchNPC Traders are a set of NPC (Non-playable Characters) trainers that will trade you rarer pokemon for the pokemon you can get easily from available areas-- BUT THERE IS A CATCH! It is for a limited time only! For only a week or so at a time will you be able to get these great deals! We will keep a timer for them on the front page, just like with the quests. Also remember its only one trade to each NPC, eg if the trade is a Caterpie for a Sandslash you can't trade 10 Caterpie for 10 Sandslash, just one. The visual look for the traders are open for interpretation.NPC Traders! Due 8th March3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Wrestler Rey Mysterio wants a Luvdisc for his Hawlucha. "Hola! I have a Hawlucha to offer if anyone has a Luvdisc, I luv da Luvdisc!"
:iconluvdiscplz: -> :iconhawluchaplz:
He is located on teh Samuel the Oak Tree.
Sailor Jack wants a Diglett for his Goomy. "Hi there, does anyone have a Diglett? I am always curious about whats in the bottom half of a Diglett, I am w
Impression of Warcraft Movie TrailerHello all fans! I know some of you didn't get the chance to go Blizzcon 2014 to watch Warcraft Movie Trailer. But, I've watched it for over three times at Blizzcon and luckily I remember almost all the senses and just drew them out here.Impression of Warcraft Movie Trailer3 months ago in Personal More Like This
1st scene, in bird's eye view of stromwind, epic, fantastic and amazing.
Sunset is shining above the city, indicates that the war is coming
An armory in Stormwind. Shining shields on walls and weapons by racks.
Scene into the Throne Hall of King, so holy! King Llane is sitting on throne, Lothar and Medivh (I guess) standing in front of throne.
Close up of King Llane is thinking, maybe he's hearing Lothar reporting the war
In Blasted Lands (or outland?), a green lightning pierces the sky
Horde now! The
Thanks for the past, present and futureI knew that the time would come, and I am so sorry, I was hoping it would be later in the future, but it is here: I can not thank you as I would like anymore. I have 4000 friends who follow my work and hundreds of fav every day (and that makes me great pleasure). Until today I wanted to tell you directly how I', grateful, but now I work 1 or 2 hours at the computer to thank, and commitments will not let me anymore. Definitely I will continue to respond to comments, but right now I want to thanks in advance all those who want to add my drawings to their collection and want to add my name to the list of friends.Thanks for the past, present and future2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I take this opportunity to share with you some of the best moments I have experienced in recent months:
Some articles about my designs have been published on the website of this newspaper:
Dailymail online 13 marzo 2013
Mirror online 13 marzo 2013
Disturbios en Mexico Diciembre 2012NOTE: This is about the urban riots in México (yeah, it scalated into riots). It´s in Spanish, just copy pasta it to a translator in google.Disturbios en Mexico Diciembre 20122 years ago in Personal More Like This
Seguro han visto en las noticias algunas de las imágenes y videos de los disturbios urbanos que ocurrieron el 1º de Diciembre de 2012 en la ciudad de México (y tal vez se enteraron de los que ocurrieron en otros lugares) y que incluyeron unos pocos miles de manifestantes, bombas incendiarias, ataques a barricadas, petardos, daños a propiedad pública y privada por millones de pesos, decenas de heridos, más de 100 detenidos iniciales y un supuesto muerto. Todo mientras Enrique Peña Nieto tomaba poder como presidente de Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, recibiendo la atención de los medios masivos que parecían no enterarse de lo que ocurría afuera en las calles. http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/79936-vivo-disturbios-mexico-dia-posesion-presidente-enrique-pena-nieto ¿Qué sucedió?
Always someone that ruins it for the rest of us.3D printing is a fabulous technological advance, and anyone with a creative mind will be thrilled at the possibilities that could be just around the corner as a result of its development….Always someone that ruins it for the rest of us.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Or would be if some dick hadn't decided to use it to make a weapon: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22421185
Yes, we're back on the gun-debate-thing. And this time the pro-gun crowd are pissing me off because they've set in motion a chain of events that will stifle the potentially fabulous ability to transfer what you create on your computer into the real world.
The man behind it harps on about liberty being his motivation for doing it.
Liberty has to be tempered with responsibility, otherwise you just have anarchy. Using new technology to build a gun doesn't make you a champion for freedom, it makes you an attention seeking moron who gives the powers-that-be REASON to restrict it. They will now do everything the can to prevent the proliferation of the technology. They
Contest time!It's nearing 2015, and while I was going to wait until then to announce this, I actually can't really wait any longer. ((then again, I'm pretty much doing the same thing with all of my other plans I was gonna do in 2015. lol))Contest time!3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Anyways, time for a contest!
The theme of this one is...
...Homestuck fan characters!
So basically the same as last year.
Unlike last year's contest though, I am having this one centered around a specific set of FC's rather than all of my sets.
The set I am centering this around is
The Constellation set!
And the Humanstuck AU is now included!
This is basically what you get to choose from.
If there is an FC you want to draw but doesn't have a ref, then let me know! I wi
Woops. I made it interesting.The comics in the Apsara Portfolio can generally be described as “titillation with a thin veneer of story”.Woops. I made it interesting.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
A couple of people have voiced disappointment with the recent Jailer comic because I inverted that formula. I stupidly put what turned out to be an interesting premise in a comic where a good narrative hook actually ruins it. It was intended to be a one-shot, but the build-up has too epic a feel to it, leaving the second half and (apparent) conclusion to be unfulfilling.
Solution: I add more to the story. More little chapters that drip-feed character details, which now exist because I started writing them as soon as people began to voice their dissatisfaction.
It should make the opening “chapter” feel more worthwhile.
The whole thing will still be an Apsara comic, though, so don’t expect an easing of the usual Apsara elements.
Lara's Adventure on QTE Island.For how many more years am I going to have to put up with new titles pretending that: a cutscene, which you have to watch again and again if you don't press a button at the right time, constitutes as "gameplay"?Lara's Adventure on QTE Island.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It never has and never will.
It doesn't make a game more cinematic. It doesn't add a sense of thrill. It simply makes viewers (I can't call them "players", as that would imply they are actually permitted to DO something) dread cutscenes, because they have no idea if they're going to be allowed to enjoy them or if they're going to have to watch them 5 times in a row because they fail to hit the random sequence of buttons indicated on the screen.
A game is thrilling ONLY when the player uses the control scheme effectively within the game environment. If the game needs to take control away from the player and lead them by the nose through a cutscene, it's been lazily constructed and as a result: isn't fun.
If you are a games designer and you have proposed a Quick Time
Harfang and DelcourtHello !Harfang and Delcourt2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm publishing my webcomic Harfang since one year now.
I have planned to release the comic (in french and in english) with the pages in full colors.
Finally the french release will be done by les éditions Delcourt !!!
I am extremely happy to see Bran & Lynette in Delcourt index. I hope you'll be pleased by the book too !!!
For the english release, nothing has changed, I'll publish the books myself (the story and sketcbook & illustrations...).
Thank you so much for your support during this past year (and the new one) !
Farewell contest [CLOSED]Farewell contest [CLOSED]2 years ago in Personal More Like This
THE ENTRIES ARE CURRENTLY BEING JUDGED
Due to the lack of actual qualifying entries, the contest will be extended until august 10th. REMEMBER TO READ THE RULES. Remember if option 1 entries doesn't look like it was made in MS paint or similar programs you will be disqualified, and it must be 100% drawn by you.
The third place prize has also been removed due to the lack of participants
Edit: READ the ENTIRE thing before you ask a question. I'm not going to answer any questions that has an answer in this journal.
Aaaaaaaaaaaas you all know by now
I'm going to be going on vacation next week for a month and Im going to hold another contest during the time that I will be gone
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE THING
3 Month Premium membership
1 Free request from me
A coupon for 50% off one of my commissions (non-tradeable)
A special journal feature of the
Art-thief + small cats - PHOTOS!Hi people!Art-thief + small cats - PHOTOS!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Yup, after long time, there is another stealing guy in this site.
He posts many famous google photos, clearly claiming them as his own. His last submission was a red fox, which is in fact a very famous National Geographic photo, which is posted by thieves very often. This guy says it was him who took the photo and he was only 30 cm far from this animal. What a liar.
This guy does NOT steal my photos, he steals photos of other authors.
So please, report him. I think his gallery is totally crowded with stolen shots, so if you know the originals, report him too, please.
And please, just report, no rude words for him. Thanks!
I hate those liars so much, especially when they think that blocking you would save their butt.
Stolen ------------> original: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/red-fox/ (Property of National Geographic)
Double fail of art thief, Free calendar + photos!Hi!Double fail of art thief, Free calendar + photos!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sorry for long "no journal" break - it was so hot here and all the republic suffered in unnusual heat that I was not able to kick myself to write anything. And wow, when this journal was almost finished, I clicked on "file", thinking that it would allow me to add journal pictures right from my computer and you know what? That great system simply deleted whole journal, so I have to write it all again. So happy!
Here is a Kiriban, it is 1 033 333 this time. Yay! To win a feature, catch this number and send me a prinstreen of it via note (no feature for animal cruelty and porn, ok?)
Do something positive with US economy, my dear American friends, please! USD is still too weak, I want to transfer money to my bank account when 1 USD is at least 20 CZK it is only 19,36 CZK now so patience please and do not worry, the ZOO will get the rest of the money.
Like every year, I prepared a WOLF CALENDAR for free for you!
You'd find there sheets from Augu
GodI believe in God. Here's why.God2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I understand the universe and life to be the product of three fundamentals.
Mass, energy, information.
That's nature. More than ever, in our Information Age we should understand how these three interact.
'No God' basically asserts that information arose out of mass and energy.
Just do the math and look at reality. It doesn't seem to add up.
It seems to make more sense that information and energy came first, then mass. Of the three, mass appears to be the most fabricated. Energy organized into division upon division and well packaged boundaries. Remember information is neither energy or mass.
An example of how information interacts with mass is a computer file.
No matter how big the file is, the mass of your computer remains the same.
That file could be transferred to print on paper, a CD or your ipad. The information is identical, but the platforms change. The mass is just the medium that carries the information.
ReligiousThis is how I would define what it means to be religious.Religious2 years ago in Personal More Like This
To be religious is to adhere to the morals, ethics, and practices as defined by your belief systems and values.
A bodybuilder values the visual aesthetic of lean muscle mass on an accentuated frame,
therefore he trains and diets religiously.
The degree to which he trains and diets religiously, and studies to understand the effective methods required to get results, is in proportion to the degree his physical goals are a priority in his life.
If you believe something and value something strong enough that you put it into practice, then you could consider yourself religious.
I don't think there is anything wrong with being religious. In fact I think some atheists are religious, and I think there are people who profess Christianity that are anything but religious!
What is typically happening with the religious person is that this conviction or passion is driving his/her actions to put something into practice.
Some people have the b