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
Anthropomorphic animals =/= furriesI'd like to take a moment to discuss this topic.Anthropomorphic animals =/= furries9 months 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
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
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...9 months 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'
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...8 months 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
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.. :P2 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
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!2 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
SPIKE updates - nov2013Yesh, it's about time I gave you guys an update on the progress of my novel, "SPIKE".SPIKE updates - nov20131 year 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)1 year 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 )
WAKE UP ADMINS!:ICONOxfol: http://www.Oxfol.DEVIANTART.COM has been posting stolen photos of models for nearly 2 months now.WAKE UP ADMINS!3 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)
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!2 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
dA PleaseWould be nice if you could stop having those silly bugs on me and if you could simply do your job and show what I upload in my gallery to my watchers. Either they don't get anything at all in their inbox or very late. It's getting really annoying, I happened to have this every once in a while but now it's everyday.dA Please7 months ago in Personal More Like This
You changed, dA. You're not the same anymore. I don't know what messed up... You don't love me anymore, that's it? Please be honest.
Even that journal, I'm not sure if it's gonna go through or not.
Harvesting favouritesA matter of interest from my watchers has just been brought to my attention,Harvesting favourites3 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.
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
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!2 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 ;
SPIKE stickers?I've actually had this idea for a while, but never thought seriously about actually doing something with that idea..SPIKE stickers?8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I was thinking... Would anyone be interested in buying stickers of my characters?
4 or 5 inch tall stickers of each character, probably even with three or more versions of some of the characters (like kid Sam, young teen Sam, older teen Sam). The characters would be drawn in a chibi-like style.. not like the ones I previously drew that had really creepy, hollow eyes... But more like the Cain paperchild I made, or the Spike paperchild with the christmas hat.
Hang on, I'll find them...
This type of chibi-style and with white edges around them (because personally I think the white edge would make it look pretty neat). Perhaps a wider edge though, but something like this.
The stickers would be of high quality. I've already found a company that prints stickers in any size and shape, in high
10 ways to get motivatedDear, deviantart fellow artists10 ways to get motivated8 months 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
IS ART SCHOOL BAD?? 0_OBTW THIS IS LONG ASS POST , BUT ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ THIS IS IF YOU ARE A PERSON CONSIDERING ART FOR A CAREERIS ART SCHOOL BAD?? 0_O2 years ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT: I ADDED NUMBER 3 IN CAUSE THAT WAS KIND OF AN IMPORTANT LESSON TOO. HAHA
Usually I am pretty quiet when it comes to the community and its dealings with drama . But I feel like I have to write my two cents about this topic.
A lot of people have been throwing around this post around about how art schools are terrible and are not worth it ya. I am sure you can find the article somewhere if you just google it . Though everyone is entitled to their own opinion I feel that I should talk about both sides of the coin when it comes to art school.
Now I have went to art school , and have done well for myself , I have worked internationally and worked for some big companies , and currently at the moment I actually teach at an art school as well.
SO THE ULTIMATE QUESTION: IS ART SCHOOL A WASTE OF TIME?
WELL THERE IS NO BLACK AND WHITE ANSWER
What I believe is that art school i
5 ways to be more positiveDear, deviantart fellow artists5 ways to be more positive5 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
How to reach the happiness, how to have and maintain the positivity in our creative lives?
It's not an easy thing to stay positive all time. Trust me, I know... so here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.
1. Get away from negative people
Stay away from those who don't believe in you, who only show up in your lifes when they need something. As mentioned in the latest journal by DamaiMikaz - some people are just pretending to be your friends in order to use you or your skills (don't let them). Be aware of those who are trustworthy and it's said that "person will become the average of their five closest friends".. so be cautious and surround yourself with like-minded people, ones who support an
Addressing Journals as Deviations!I wanted to address the controversy surrounding Journals as Deviations so that we're all on the same page.Addressing Journals as Deviations!3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
We collected a list of comments from the release article and some journals and here they are, with my responses for all to see.
First, part of being in a community is being understanding. deviantART Staff faces this daily as we understand member concerns and try our best to serve you.
In situations like the one we face right now with Journals, I ask you to be understanding with us as we battle with difficult circumstances balancing the needs of millions of members.
Any change we make creates frustration, but if we do not make changes then we are killed by change itself.
Questions & Answers:
Q: Were people complaining about the old journal system at all? Because I think people were rather happy with it. I know I was. And can't you give people t
Commissions CLOSED UNTIL I CAN GET MY ACT TOGETHERI've added points to this, but if I get too many people wanting to pay me in points instead I will have to revert back to JUST cash instead. Why, you ask, because I am entirely a traditional artist and my supplies cost $$. I can't give the art store Deviant Points to refill my markers, please understand.Commissions CLOSED UNTIL I CAN GET MY ACT TOGETHER5 years ago in Personal More Like This
All my work is done on 8.5"x11" standard paper. If you would like a specific dpi (particularly for lineart) please let me know ahead of time.
Also, I do offer all originals and/or prints sent to you for an additional $5. Again, if you would like this option included, please let me know before I calculate your total.
Simple sketch, one character: $5 OR 500
Detailed (includes optional shading) : $15 OR 1500
Add $2 ( 200 ) for background
Add $2 ( 200 ) for each additional character
Being Alive is Fucking AwesomeDo you feel that, in your lungs? Close your eyes and take a deep breath, and fill your fucking lungs because you are lucky enough to do that.Being Alive is Fucking Awesome1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Do you feel, in your chest, that little thump that means you are oh-so-very alive? Cherish that. Count those beats. It means you are fucking here. It means that whatever you have gone through in your life, you are still here.
Close your eyes and fucking listen. Find the melody in your life and fucking sing. I want you all to have to take long, deep breaths after talking, each time, because I don't want you to be able to shut up about how fucking good it feels to be alive.
If you think about everyone in this world who is still kicking, your accomplishments may seem small. But if your heart is beating, if you can fill your lungs, and if you can fucking scream that you are okay... well, that's the biggest accomplishment of all.
Take every ounce of shit life hands you with a smile because no matter what, you are breathing. Your heart is
''I would like to draw like you.''Or paint. Or sculpt. Or sew.''I would like to draw like you.''1 year 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