SPIKE updatesJust thought I'd share with you guys some updates on the progress of finishing my "SPIKE" novel.SPIKE updates2 years ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of people have asked me how it's going, when it will be published and stuff. I really appreciate getting asked these things because it shows that people are actually interested in my writings, and that it just such a great feeling
I've got two news for you guys today though: one bad news and one good news. Let's start with the bad news.
I haven't finished writing SPIKE yet.
And I honestly don't know when it will be finished - which oddly enough brings us to the good news:
I've made a new, major decision in the SPIKE story that I think a lot of you will be happy to hear. As usual I don't want to spoil too much, but there is a part in the story where Spike and Sam are separated from each other for quite a long while. At first I was planning on only writing from Spike's point of view, like, what he's experiencing during this separation period. I figured that since he's the main cha
To all my watchers, fans and visitors...I wanted to write this little journal entry to just thank every single one of you for all the support and love I've been getting.To all my watchers, fans and visitors...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously, you guys all mean so much to me, and I'm not just saying that! I really mean it!
Ok, I've probably said this before; but if it hadn't been for you guys, the SPIKE novel and that whole project of mine might not have been continued at all. And, well, yes, I know I haven't uploaded anything in forever, but I never gave up on the novel, I kept on working on it, figuring out details, planning the future chapters, editing, and so on.. and that's all thanks to you guys and the feedback you've given me!
I am truly grateful for that. I really, really am...!
And I'm sorry for not replying to all of your lovely comments, notes and such... I do read it all though, and I appreciate it all, and I wish I had the time to actually reply to every single message I get from you, but it's not all that easy.... But as said, I read them all, and I love all the love you'
To all you aspiring artistsI just felt like giving a little motivational speech, based on some questions and feedback I've gotten from young, aspiring artists.To all you aspiring artists2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some of you say you look at my art and get inspired, and I just love hearing that because that's just what I want; to be able to inspire! It also inspires be back, because I know very well how it's like to work your butt off and not feeling you're getting anywhere. And I can relate when some of you say you actually lose all motivation when you see my work (or others' work, of course), because you feel you could never reach that same "level". I was there too, I've felt just like you guys! I have also had the nagging feeling that my art might not be good enough, but those thoughts are all stupid. Yeah, they are. I'll be rude enough to say that right now.
Art can be very frustrating in your "growth period", if I can call it that. And while being your own worst critic can help you grow, it can also tear you down and destroy everything called 'motivation'. So
second Spike Plushie complete!yep, I've finished my second Spike plushie, and I might put him up for sale - I just gotta figure out a nice price for him first.. (feel free to come with suggestions! )second Spike Plushie complete!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've taken some photos of him with my cellphone. I'll take some better photos of him with my camera later. But I uploaded those cellphone photos to my Photobucket account in a public folder, so hopefully you'll be able to see him here:
(I hope the link works.. )
He's made of soft 'minky' fabric, and faux 'luxury shag' fur for his hair - which is very easy to style; no need for hair gel
He's approximately 20 cm tall from toe to ear. He has small buttons for eyes, and he's just very soft and cuddly
an introduction to my Anthro universe.. :PI got a question the other day, about what dog breed Sam and Saunders in their anthro form is supposed to be.an introduction to my Anthro universe.. :P3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I started answering the comment, but soon found out it would just end up being a looooong reply... And I thought, as I wrote, that maybe others would be interested in what breed they and their relatives are, as well as Spike's breed, some character origins, how the people (or anthro) in my little fictive universe views their fellow inhabitants, and a bit of history around this whole thing.
Therefore, I'm deciding on writing a journal entry about this.
The different breeds.
Saunders and Sam were originally, when I first created and designed them, supposed to be Golden Retrievers. Thus, they did in fact both have floppy, furry ears just like the Golden has. For some reason, I felt this made the characters look sad, so I changed - I think - Saunders' ears first to stand up just like a Terrier's ears. Sam's ears changed shortly after. I kept this change as I thought it ma
Anthropomorphic animals =/= furriesI'd like to take a moment to discuss this topic.Anthropomorphic animals =/= furries1 year ago in Personal More Like This
There's a lot of controversy about what 'furry' means. It doesn't really have a set definition.
Anthropomorphic is a definition for anything with human features. Anything, like a toaster. So, all furries are anthro, but not all anthros are furries. Some artists dismiss this term, and some use it.
I don't think it's okay to call other people's anthro characters for furries unless they do so themselves. They might resent the term, therefore it would come as an insult to them - it does to me.
Well, the furry community has a bad reputation.
On sites such as FurAffinity, which is dedicated to anthropomorphic animals, has an ocean of pornographic content which range from clean to what-the-fuck-eww. People who draw and commission these kinds of things usually refer to themselves as furries. Their characters usually do not have properly developed personalities (some purely consisting of slut
WAKE UP ADMINS!:ICONOxfol: http://www.Oxfol.DEVIANTART.COM has been posting stolen photos of models for nearly 2 months now.WAKE UP ADMINS!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
WHY DOES IT TAKE 2 FREAKING MONTHS TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT AN OBVIOUS ART THIEF?!
WHY AM I THE ONE HAVING TO TAKE ACTION ABOUT THE NOTES FROM PEOPLE THAT I GET THAT SAY: "ART THIEF ON FRONTPAGE, PLEASE HELP"
I'M NOT A FREAKING ADMIN! WAKE UP ADMINS!
IF SOPA PASSES DA IS GOING TO CRUSH AND BURN BECAUSE YOU DO NOTHING ABOUT ART THIEVES ON THE FRONTPAGE FOR MONTHS!
(Wooo. My journal reached an admin in only 1 hour and now everything is under "permission form". But seriously, in a case like this there should be a block against posting new works if there are so many permission issues in the gallery already)
just......this is probably stupid to write a journal about but, I'm writing more SPIKE chapters now, and I'm literally in tears at the moment. Not like 'lol that's funny, I'm in tears!', but like 'fudge, who's cutting all these onions?! ;_; *sniff* "just...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
And when I cry over a scene, a scene that I wrote myself - I mean, I never get this emotional over things I write! I had to just stop writing it for a while, because I'm at mum's place right now, and I don't want her to find me crying when she wakes up
I wish I could share this with someone XD
aw well... I'm writing again, though, so that's a good thing
Things seem to sort of connect more in the SPIKE story now, and I'm generally starting to feel, for once, that this could actually turn out to be a good story.
I just have to write everything down...
I have a big notebook that's almost full of plot details and such, then there's all the notes I have in my head. I just need to find the time to write chapters out of it
Seasonal People + Portrait Contest Now Open!PeopleAndPortraits has well and truly launched! In conjunction with that, we wanted to bring you a fantastic shiny new contest to see you through October.Seasonal People + Portrait Contest Now Open!3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
We recognize that across the world people are entering all sorts of seasons right now...which is why this isn't just about Autumn. You can utilise any season you want - and if you're extra creative, how about combining all four into one image?
The idea of a Seasonal Portraiture Contest is for you to experiment and explore whatever season you happen to be in right now - through portraiture photography! The contest is open to all categories within the People and Portrait Photography Gallery:
Infants and Children
Harvesting favouritesA matter of interest from my watchers has just been brought to my attention,Harvesting favourites4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Finding further evidence is needed, so I'm calling upon ZEE DOOMBRINGERS to investigate this.
Someone has been harvesting favourites to push things to the frontpage, in a MASSIVE VIOLATION OF DA RULES ( http://help.deviantart.com/295/ )
Here is a list of fake accounts which do nothing but fav the same stuff.
SPIKE updates - nov2013Yesh, it's about time I gave you guys an update on the progress of my novel, "SPIKE".SPIKE updates - nov20132 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've gotten a lot of notes and comments asking when the book will be finished, how far I've come in the writing process, or how many chapters there are so far, and so forth... And I love getting questions like that, because that means people are interested in my work, many of which say they even love my work, and.. just wow, I mean, I'm completely honest when I say that it means a whole lot to me. And I'm serious when I say that without the support from you guys (you all know who you are <3 ), I would never have bothered continuing the SPIKE story. I would probably just have posted chapter 0, deleted it, and stuffed it all in a drawer and possibly even given up on the whole story-teller dream. Feedback is very important to me, which sounds very selfish, I know, but I used to be incredibly insecure of myself and everything I did. I had this dream of becoming a cartoonist to have my stories told, and
kiriban-reminder (bump)Just a friendly reminder that I've set not just one, but TWO kiribans!kiriban-reminder (bump)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you're the 1,000 000th pageview, then take a screenshot of it and send it to me (preferably in a note) and you'll receive a reward!
And if you're the 999 999th pageview, take a screenshot of that too, 'cause there will be a reward for you as well
1,000 000 pageview caught = 12 month premium membership and a free sketch commission!
999 999 pageview caught = 6 month premium membership and a free sketch commission!
I know it's a bit early still to remind you guys of the kiriban, but... *shrug* why not?
Good luck everyone!
(oh, and there will be a contest sometime in the hopefully not too distant future, I just have to figure out all the details and stuff first... But in the meanwhile, I think a kiriban might be fun :3 )
COMMISSIONS OPEN + get free art for advertising!/EDIT! As of 25 Dec 2012, all the slots for free sketches are taken. Further advertisements gets you a thank you and my love ;u;/COMMISSIONS OPEN + get free art for advertising!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of things have been going on irl, and bottomline is, I am a foreign exchange student from the Philippines in France who just got her passport stolen (along with my wallet orz). While I'm fixing all the issues related to it (and don't fuss, I am fine and dandy '3'), I am currently just bumming at my dorm waiting for papers and other embassy-related stuff.
(/ ' 3')/ SO I DECIDED I'M GOING TO ADVERTISE MY COMMISSIONS AND DRAW ALL DAY! \('u '\)
I'm also just very ashamed that I have to make my parents pay for all the fees I have to go through to get a new passport orz
...Or I was just really bored and made this:
GET FREE ART
If you advertise this journal I would also like to offer you my body a free sketch Nothing special, just a single headshot/bust sketch to show my gratitude ; u ;
The Difficulty of Getting An Art MajorIf you are a current or aspiring art student, this article may save your life. Or...your last tuition payment. Please this news article so the word gets out, and more art students can get their ass in gear.The Difficulty of Getting An Art Major4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Of Getting An Art Major
A heated argument broke out in my house this afternoon.
I live in a rental situation, renting a large room (with my own bathroom and workspace, real nice setup) in a Filipino household. Love my landlord, get along great with the other housemates, but to emphasize the 'Filipino' aspect of the living situation, there's a lot of family taking residence here. And with family, with teenage offspring, with high standards and expectations from the older immigrant generation speaking upon the younger American-born kin, tension is inevitable.
The daughter of one of the housemates is loo
BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAaaaa!!!I haev told my dear friend Pitch Black that he can use this account for the day! I hope you all don't mind Nightmares...BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAaaaa!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
10 ways to get motivatedDear, deviantart fellow artists10 ways to get motivated1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Motivation is such an important part of our lifes. Without it, we wouldn't get anything done. It's the reason why we do the things we do. And when we have the lack of it, then It can get quite depressing and give us an anxiety that keeps us away from making artworks. And it sucks. So here are my 10 tips that have helped me over the time and I hope that It'll be helpful for you too.
Have some inspirational quotes all around your workplace. Put the artworks you adore as your desktop picture. See them as motivation, something to strive for, to remind yourself what matters to you and trigger positive thoughts. Try to write an inspiring letter to your future-self - about what and why you want to achieve and whenever you'll feel down, read it and you'll be inspired to move on.
Discovering new songs or playing the old ones - that
''I would like to draw like you.''Or paint. Or sculpt. Or sew.''I would like to draw like you.''2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The point is that how many, many times that phrase appears, in some form, im many, many artist's comments. Times after times. And well why not, it's a compliment.
People like different styles, no one can be master in everything. This why we like to look around and admire how other people do something. We admit it because we can't do it exactly the same.
The problem is if a person starts looking around too much, and finally becomes completely blind for their own style, and in worst case, quits art. Comparing self to others and trying to be EXACTLY like them is something that basically just kills something, be it your developing style, nerves or self-confidence.
What I noticed a while ago when I was "surfing" in dA. I went through random people's pages, looking at their faves and picking interesting looking ones, and thus going a next page. Popularity (or namely pageviews as little as they can be called measurement of popularity) went up, until there was a pe
Quiet.I'm drawing every day.Quiet.3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
And taking photos every day.
And designing every day.
The drawing usually leads to the designing. Or vice versa.
The photos are just something I can't help. If I miss a shot, but see the photograph that could have been, I get kinda depressed about it. So I just take photos to avoid that feeling. I miss a lot of photos anyway. But I try to remind myself that those were photos just for me. And that's a nice feeling when you can see photos that someone else will never see. Really incredible things happen all around, all the time, so long as you're looking for it. Challenging yourself to see the art out there even if it hasn't been pointed out by anyone but you, for you.
The designing is all deviantART. Plus designing apartments for new friends in town, or helping friends with their apps or startups. Like http://www.trendabl.com or something. But usually it's for internal deviantART projects.
Stuff we've been working on forever that hasn't seen the light of day
Mythological Creature ContestI apologize for the long wait, it was difficult getting a hold of each of the judges and determining a unanimous decision, but here we are, the winners!Mythological Creature Contest3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
1st Place: by :iconAlex-Gil:
2nd Place: by :iconrankillerchef:
3rd Place: by :iconkatoons88:
It was a tough decision and we appreciate all your entries and hope for future entries in contests I may hold in the future! Thank you!
So, I've decided to host my first contest since I got some very generous donations from two lovely people and even some people who agreed to be judges!
This contest will be about creating any mythological creature or fantastical being. You can make something up of your own adaptation, or a by the book representation of the creature in mind. These creatures can be humanoids (such as fairies, elves, brownies, sirens, and more), animals, dragons, you name it. If it's myth, it's a
04/13/13Dear friends,04/13/132 years ago in Personal More Like This
I came back here this morning to bid a silent farewell to this place, a place I'd been a part of for a long time, and then I see the comments so many of you have left on my page and on the journal that was written by the wonderful Vris. It made me realize a lot of things… some good and some bad.
The main thing it made me see was just how much I had changed as a person and how much I should try to change further.
There's probably a million and one things I could sit here and say to any one of you but at this point I think actions could speak louder than words every could. I won't sit here and promise that I'll change everything or that I'll become a better person because that won't mean anything if it's just words. Many of you have stood by me and helped encourage me through hard times and praise me through good times. For that I am eternally grateful and I can only hope that I can somehow be just as amazing as you are one day.
To some of you I have become somethin
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.
Allegations against-about BCR and other placesAfter posting that little banner dedicated to 'Big Cat Rescue' it seems quite a few people (not just one so don't do attack anyone please) have contacted me about 'Big Cat Rescue', informing me of how horrible, untrustworthy, and suspicious they and other organizations are. In this journal I'll mostly address BCR but I'll also mention areas where all places similar to them and their cause are put under the gun from 3rd parties.Allegations against-about BCR and other places2 years ago in Personal More Like This
About 'Big Cat Rescue' (or often called 'BCR') itself, and the claims of murder, abuse, and malcontent:
BCR was founded by a woman named Carole Baskin and in her own written memoir on their site -- http://bigcatrescue.org/about/our-evolution/ she explains that starting up BCR was actually happenstance. She and her husband wanted to adopt a couple bobcat cubs but upon further investigation they found out about 'fur farms' and they wound up buying all the bobcats they could (56)
New icon, and updates!Just a small journal entry to make you guys aware that I've changed my icon.New icon, and updates!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's made by The-Rainy-Wolf
here it is:
so now you know!
and a big thanks to The-Rainy-Wolf for the icon
In other news,
I don't remember if I already told you, but when I finally finish "SPIKE", I'm thinking of self-publishing.
That way the book will be available for purchase much faster, and I'll be able to ship it to anywhere in the world!
Plus, it'll hopefully pay off for myself as well, economy-wise..
But which are you most interested in - when that time comes -
Pocket books or hardcover books?
The pocket will be cheaper, but the hard cover will look better and is probably more durable? Based on my own experiences with books that is.
I'm just curious of what you guys think of the "pocket vs hardcover" thing?
Also, I'm REALLY hoping I'll find the time to finish "SPIKE" this year. Still, I've got some pretty big real-life-commission projects going