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
Sell yourself.. but not undersellFound this on tumblr..... and I find it incredibly relevant. Especially since I've been preaching that subject to a few others recently, myself. Though this illustrates it perfectly.Sell yourself.. but not undersell10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I also find it amusing and painfully true, at the mention of the 'DeviantArt mentality'.
If you are looking to make honest money with honest, art/writing work.. don't undersell yourself just because some kids that only get an allowance from their parents think its too much. (And don't get me wrong. I was that myself for a long while. Your perception of money's worth changes -allot- as you grow up though.. so don't tell someone something isnt worth it just because you see something like 100$ as allot.. it is to a younger person with no bills. To me though? that's not even 1/4th of my monthly car payment.. )
Most people trying to make decent money by putting more than decent effort into their work have grownup stuff to pay for.. And better ways to make money than wasting time for even less.
of course that me
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
Exploring Art 30: Theft and value of an artistHey guys. I've written about copyright law in the past, but there are some things I just.. never thought to mention. However now that Sarah and I are working together, we're dealing with several types of art theft at once. Everything from the recast dolls situation (where someone buys your doll, makes casts of it, then sells it to the public. Yes this is illegal, more on that later), to someone submitting my art to a game company as their own for a job. In many cases we are dealing with ignorance, so I thought I would clarify a few things.Exploring Art 30: Theft and value of an artist1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
This is going to take a while.
The Recast Situation
There is a new trend in the ball jointed doll industry, where people are taking dolls and sending them to 'professional recasters'. These people then make a mold of someone's doll, and recast it. They then proceed to sell the doll to their customers. The artist receives no compensation for this, nor is allowed to even have a say in anything from the quality of the resin, to the
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!2 weeks 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!
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 will draw a ref for that character as soon as I can!
If you want a li
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
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
~OPEN~ Draw my OC Contest (win drawings+points)!Edit 1: prizes added~OPEN~ Draw my OC Contest (win drawings+points)!1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Edit 2: New character added, new references added, prizes added
This contest won't have many rules to constrict your creativity, but there has to be some guidelines:
1. You can draw as many entries as you want
2. Drawings can be traditional or digital, and if you're going to use a base please make it look nice~
3. You can draw my characters alone, with your character, with another one of my characters, etc. etc...
4. Literature might be a little tough, but if you have a story in mind go for it!
5. Anyone can help! With voting, prizes, or spreading the word!
6. NSFW art is iffy, so please ask me about it before doing it ^^'
7. If any more references is needed, just ask me!
My characters that are available for drawing:
FANTROLLS (click on the names for references!)
1. Ro-Arki Amante
2. Univer Alaxes
RoF Feature: The Warrior and the MageRoF Feature: The Warrior and the Mage2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The Warrior and the Mage
presented by the Realm of Fantasy
Fantasy Knightby Fatmarco
.:Goddess of Victory:.by EVentrue
Garen League of Legendsby DavidRapozaArt
Dark waterby anndr
Applibot Illustration 9by alexnegrea
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.
Watcher Feature 9Hello, dear friends~Watcher Feature 92 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I meant to do another one of these a little while ago, but I guess this just means I have more wonderful art to feature instead!
Thanks so much to everyone who's watched me recently! If you like what you see here, please go check out the rest of their awesome work.
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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
Watercolour Workshop 2013 - almost full!I've still got some spaces for the second workshop! The first is full!Watercolour Workshop 2013 - almost full!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
WHEN: Workshop 1: August 17th/18th; one weekend (Saturday and Sunday); eight hours on both days (10-18.00) Workshop 2: August 24th/25th. Both workshops are independent of each other. Should anyone wish to come to all four dates, that will be possible too.
WHERE: Youth Hostel Aachen, Germany. http://www.jugendherberge.de/en/hostels/search/portrait/jh.jsp?IDJH=434
WHAT: You'll learn the basics of how watercolour works, along with an assortment of colour theory, special tricks in watercolour, get the chance to try out different sorts of paint (I'll bring every variety I have and you're free to give them all a try) and things like masking fluid and other gimmicks, plus anything you'd specifically like addressed. The approach that I'm going to show you is very much lineart-based, so it's a good idea to bring some lineart with you (on watercolour paper).
HOW MUCH: 60 Euros per participant. The workshop fee covers only the
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.
What happened at the *other* watercolour workshop!And more fantastic stuff, this time from the second workshop group! Check out those wonderful paintings, and give the artists some love!What happened at the *other* watercolour workshop!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
If you haven't seen what the first group did, check out their paintings here: http://gold-seven.deviantart.com/journal/What-happened-on-the-watercolour-workshop-394608419
As always, I'll update this with more art as I get it!
The Brothers Steele - Snake - Colour by JulSteele
Orange by JulSteele
Sir Marcus of Galloway by Riana-art
The Brothers Steele - Daniel II - Colour by JulSteele
Sunflowers by zornisse
Nicolaipixie by zornisse
Schoenerer by zornisse
Antiochos Study by Curundil
Practicing Watercolour by Fumettisto
looking west (with wonky legs, duh!) by Curundil
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
3000 Watcher GiveawaySo I've reached over 3000 watchers and I'll be doing the drawing for my giveaway tomorrow. If you watched me after 3000, you will not be eligible for this giveaway. Don't worry - there will be more in the future!3000 Watcher Giveaway2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. A random watcher will be drawn via random.org. Watchers at and under 3000 will be eligible only.
2. The winner will receive their choice of a custom food in 1:12 scale.
3. The watcher drawn has three days to contact me once their name has been announced. If you do not get back in touch with me, you will forfeit our prize and another person will be drawn.
4. If you win and are under 18, please double check with your parents if you can give me your shipping address, since I will send you your item via the post. If you cannot give your address, tell me ASAP so i can draw another name.
5. By accepting the prize,the winner agrees to not resell the received item.
6. The prize will take at least a week to complete, as it will be made from scratch.
Thanks to all my watcher
Percy Jackson Quotes“...if those girls found out the truth about her dad, they'd all be bowing down to her screaming, 'We're not worthy!'.”Percy Jackson Quotes1 year ago in Personal More Like This
–Leo, talking about Piper's dad
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?