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Hello everyone and welcome to this group dedicated to show fan art for Monty Oum's (:iconmontyoum:) RWBY. As of right now there's little known about the show other then the "Red" Trailer found here:…
And a post by Monty showing the creation of the world map:…
The anime is due out sometime in 2013 and a Facebook group has been set up for more updates which can be found here:
So many links!
Well enjoy the arts, and look forward to what promises to be a great ride!
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Thanks for entering if you have x3 
(If you want to enter another contest, go to this awesome one:… )
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Vergil 1
Vergil 2



Vergil 1
Request by someone,
to post the sketches of my old DMC illustrations.^__^
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She came to me like an angel
She was beautiful from every angle
Showed up when my life was grim
Poured in a light when mine was dim
She was very young, but really strong
Running around all night long
Only once did she ever speak
Made my heart jump to next week
She kissed my cheek to know she had me
Cutely said "I love you, Daddy"
The day she left, I tried not to cry
But wasn't able the moment she said bye
Mouthing the words with eyes now filled
"I love you, Daddy...I always will"
Now I gaze at her baby pictures
My heart feels it's covered in blisters
The day I found her I remember well
In the wind, it must have been hell
Sitting in that box all alone
The box Read "Give To A Good Home"
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Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has heaped a huge amount of praise on Metal Gear Rising developer Platinum Games, revealing that he would like to make a sequel to the action spinoff and would only consider partnering with the Bayonetta studio for the job.

In a roundtable attended by SPOnG, the producer also opined that Platinum is just a technological upgrade away from being "a world class studio."

"As far as [Metal Gear] Rising 2 is concerned, I really do have that in my mind, and I want to make it," Kojima explained. "And if we do make it, it would definitely be with Platinum. I don’t think anyone else could do it.

"Of course, my ulterior motive is that if Rising 2 came out, it would be guaranteed to sell! Which means that I wouldn’t have to worry about that with [new project, Metal Gear Solid] Ground Zeroes. I can just do whatever I want!" Kojima reveals more about his intentions for Ground Zeroes right here.

"Honestly, I’ve been making games for over 25 years and the state that this game was in when it went to Platinum... was really a mess! The fact that they were able to pull it off is very impressive," said Kojima on the troubled development process for Metal Gear Rising. He added that his one worry about Platinum taking on the job was its reputation for taking its time with projects.

"Platinum makes excellent games, there’s no arguing about that - but they’re not very good at honouring schedules," he laughed. "I made it clear that in order to succeed on a worldwide scale, you not only have to make a good product, but you also have to keep a tight schedule. This time, they came through and delivered the product on time. I think even [Hideki] Kamiya-san was surprised!"

Then comes the bromance. "Really, Platinum’s team is great at creating action games. They do it better than anyone else. I love them personally, as individuals... and now they’re able to do things to schedule as well! That’s very important.

"The one thing I think they can still improve on is their technological level. Their technology is not quite up to par, so maybe for the next project if we did something with them, we would maybe have them use the FOX engine. Or, perhaps their next generation engine. I’m not sure. But it’s the only point I would improve.

"If they did manage to get their technology up to par, then they would really be a world class studio.""

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Hope you like it guys:
Female Titan by Nao-Dignity
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With the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, and its gradual integration into society, people at last had access to literature.  It was William Caxton who first saw the opportunity to make money by printing and selling those stories and fables hitherto told by word of mouth.

The Storyteller WIP04 by Absurdostudio-Krum

Artist: Absurdostudio-Krum

At this time, literature did not have age-specific target audiences.  Inevitably, some stories appealed to children more than others.  Robin Hood was especially popular, while Aesop’s fables offered entertainment and life lessons to adults and children alike.

It is, of course, impossible to say exactly when and how literature was identified as a useful tool in teaching morality to children.  It is speculated that there was no concept of ‘childhood’ before the eighteenth century, although historians debate this, as historians are apt to do.  Whatever one’s view on this, it cannot be denied that the older generation has throughout history seen the necessity to teach the younger, in aspects of life both moral and practical.  This has been true across time, space and cultures, although methods and ideologies vary.  This article will focus on Europe, and particularly England, as it is here that the author’s knowledge lies.

The Seventeenth Century

We begin with the seventeenth century, when moral anxiety was rife among Puritan families, particularly where their children were concerned.  The Puritans have been identified as the first group of people to write extensively for children.  The young were vulnerable to death, especially in the disease-ridden London, which was devastated by plague in the year 1665.  Children’s health was constantly at risk, and therefore so were their immortal souls.

Unruly Girls... by BERT70

Artist: BERT70

This anxiety is reflected in the majority of books written and recommended for children by Puritans at this time.  The most famous of these is widely accepted to be James Janeway’s A Token for Children, being an Exact Account of the Conversion, Holy and Exemplary Lives, and Joyful Deaths, of several young Children (1671-2).  The title itself tells us a good deal about the text, which urged children to behave well and to protect their souls and, by extension, their parents’ peace of mind.

It was not until 1697 that Charles Perrault published his Tales of Mother Goose.  While fairytale lovers may flock to tell you that children were not and are not the only intended audience for such stories, it is true that Perrault wrote his tales primarily for children.  Here, at last, young readers could escape into a world of magic and fantasy.  Still, Perrault’s stories contained morals, perhaps the most famous of these woven into the narrative of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.  It was not until the Grimms’ version in 1812 that Red would be rescued by the woodcutter, while Perrault’s version ends: ‘Children, especially attractive, well bred young ladies, should never talk to strangers, for if they should do so, they may well provide dinner for a wolf.’

ACEO Red Riding Hood by Achen089

Artist: Achen089

The Eighteenth Century

In the early years of the eighteenth century, parents were less anxious for their children’s immortal souls and more anxious about their conscious and subconscious minds.  Chapbooks - cheap books, often sold by wandering pedlars - contained light and entertaining reading, such as rhymes, fantasy and ghost stories.

Ghost Stories by AestheticDevil

Artist: AestheticDevil

Middle-class parents did not approve, and neither did theologian Isaac Watts.  As a counter-measure against the evil influence of chapbooks, he published in 1715 Divine Songs,  Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children.  Like the Puritan texts that preceded it, Divine Songs warned children of Hell and eternal damnation, should they misbehave.

Throughout the eighteenth century, many writers produced literature for children, much of it with moral undertones.  Notable examples include John Newbery’s A Pretty Little Pocket-Book (1744) and Sarah Fielding’s The Governess (1749).  The latter charts the moral progression of nine young girls, while Newbery’s work suggests that he was a pioneer of ‘edutainment’; A Pretty Little Pocket-Book contains instructions and descriptions of games, the playing of which leads to moral learning.

Just about everyone has heard, and perhaps used, the insult ‘Goody Two-Shoes’.  This originates in another work by John Newbery, The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes (1765), a story based on the classic fairytale ‘Cinderella’.  The heroine, Margery, has only one shoe, until her outstanding moral behaviour leads her to earn a complete pair and go on to lead a useful and happy life.

Moral books continued to be written throughout the remainder of the eighteenth century, from Anna Laetitia Barbauld’s Lessons for Children (1778-9) to the more varied and ideologically diverse Evenings at Home by Barbauld and John Aikin (1792-6).  This book contained a variety of literary forms, topics and lessons, and emphasised the experiences of childhood and the voices of children.  As such, it may be considered a precursor to the less anxious ‘golden age’ of children’s literature. 

The Nineteenth Century

Where children’s literature is concerned, the golden age refers to a long period beginning in and around the 1830s, and continuing into the early twentieth century.  Writers were beginning to preach at children less, and feed their imaginations more.

Throughout this century, both prior to and during the golden age, the Brothers Grimm were publishing numerous editions of their fairytales.  They tweaked and re-tweaked them for various reasons, including the question of how suitable they were for children.  The brothers edited out pregnancies and changed uncaring mothers to evil stepmothers, but there remained much violence, and the villains often met with harsh punishments.  Andersen first published his famous fairytale collection, also laced with violence, in 1835.  Such stories’ suitability for children was, and is, for parents to decide.  Arguably the Grimms’ work is more moral than Andersen’s, as their stories tend to end happily for the good and unhappily for the bad.  In Andersen’s work this is sometimes the case, but not always.

OMG POOR ARIEL by Disney-Funker

Artist: Disney-Funker

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) are both much beloved, famous and enduring golden age children’s novels.  Alice does try to behave as she should, but so does any literary hero or heroine worth his or her salt and, like Alice, they will not always succeed.  Other notable nineteenth century golden age texts include Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies (1863) and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island (1883).  Stevenson composed a poem to introduce this work, expressing the hope that it would feed an appetite in young readers for far-fetched adventure stories (anyone wishing to read this poem should look for the title, ‘To the Hesitating Purchaser’).

Treasure Island Book Alteration by wetcanvas

Artist: wetcanvas

There was plenty of moralising to be found in some children’s books of this era, but still they were woven into charming and entertaining stories.  The angry girl was a popular figure in Victorian children’s literature.  She would often be contrasted against a more perfect, angelic female character, being physically as well as emotionally different to them, often either tall and thin or short and stout.  Perhaps the most famous of these is Jo March, of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (1868).  While all four of the March sisters have lessons to learn throughout the book, Jo is the least what a lady ought to be, and learns her biggest lesson when her anger leads youngest sister Amy to fall through some thin ice.  Another famous example of an angry girl is the titular character in Susan Coolidge’s What Katy Did (1872).  Katy disobeys her aunt’s instructions and plays on banned swing, which turns out to be dangerous and renders her an invalid for an extended period of time.

The Twentieth Century to Present Day

Golden age texts being published in the early twentieth century include J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (1902), Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1908), and various works by E. Nesbit such as Five Children and It (1902) and the more reality-based The Railway Children (1906).  Particularly interesting, at least in terms of changing ideals and morality, is Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden (1911) as the heroine, Mary Lennox, is a subverted angry girl figure.  She displays similar characteristics to those such as Jo March and Katy Carr, but in Mary’s case it is her disobedience and tenacity that lead to the recovery of her sick cousin Colin.

Secret Garden 1 by shimoyo

Artist: shimoyo

A great many famous children’s books were written during and around the time of the Second World War.  Enid Blyton, one of the most popular and successful children’s authors of all time, published a vast and eclectic range of stories between the years of 1922 and 1968.  Blyton’s extensive works, written in the context of her unconventional life and pathologically immature mind, certainly warrant further reading.  To generalise in terms of our topic, however, her books were written to entertain and delight rather than to moralise.  She is perhaps best known for writing far-fetched adventure stories, perhaps most notably her Famous Five series.  Blyton’s contemporary, C.S. Lewis, famously wrote The Chronicles of Narnia between the years of 1949 and 1954.  This is a series of fantasy adventure stories, all with deep Christian moral undertones (although some readers say that these went over their heads when they read the books as children).

In the latter half of the twentieth century, many children’s books were written that reflected more child-centred ideals.  Mary Norton’s The Borrowers (1952) teaches us that adults’ prejudices may be wrong when the young Borrower Arrietty befriends a human boy, against her parents’ advice.  Roald Dahl’s Matilda (1988) teaches us that some adults are trustworthy, while others are not, and children must recognise which to befriend and which to rebel against.

Matilda and the Trunchbull by piano-kun

Artist: piano-kun

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in 1997.  The success of the series is widely known, with the seventh and final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, being released in 2007.  There are surely numerous reasons for the stories’ appeal, one of them being the ideologies reflected within them.  Like Dahl’s Matilda, young Harry and his contemporaries must rely on their own judgement to survive and succeed.  Trust is a prominent theme in these books, and the young protagonists do rely on adult help; but they identify allies and enemies for themselves, rather than doing as they are told and submitting to authority without question.

Another recent success is Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games (2008) and its two sequels (2009-10), which follow a teenage protagonist relying on her own resources in her fight for survival.  The trilogy examines the effects of violence, suggesting a moral message.  While ideologies have changed, and children are given more intellectual freedom than they once were, they are still taught and offered guidance by adults.  A big difference is that now, children are encouraged to question things and to use their judgement.  These ideals are reflected in contemporary children’s literature.  The fairytales touched upon earlier are still loved so much that they are frequently retold and adapted - by authors such as Cameron Dokey, Margot Lanagan and a great many others - to reflect modern ideals.

Red by Carol-Moore

Artist: Carol-Moore

Many children’s stories remain timeless, as they are loved by generation after generation, but their contemporary morals and ideologies still linger within their pages.  It is not uncommon now for a child to read a book from the golden age of children’s literature, and to chuckle at the way the child protagonist is expected to behave.  That is not to say that the lessons are now irrelevant, but of course, that is for the modern child reader to decide.


:bulletblack: Hugh Cunningham, The Invention of Childhood (BBC Books, 2006).

:bulletblack: Nigel Suckling, Werewolves (Facts, Figures and Fun, 2006).

:bulletblack: The Development of British Children’s Literature in the Eighteenth Century.

:bulletblack: Seminars at Kingston University, September 2007-January 2008.

:bulletblack: Wikipedia, which helped me to fill in some of the gaps.

For You: A Writing Challenge

Write a story or poem for children that reflects a moral or morals which you value.

Additional Challenge: Newbery’s Goody Two-Shoes is an adaptation of ‘Cinderella’.  When writing your piece, begin with an existing story, from any time and any tradition.  Adapt, twist and change it as much as you like to get your message across.

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This is my article for #ArtHistoryProject's literature month, re-submitted a day late in, since it wasn't working yesterday. Do please enjoy the fully illustrated version. ;)
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10 Years on deviantART!

Journal Entry: Thu May 17, 2012, 7:47 AM

So like, woahhhh. 10 years. Crazy. How did time pass by so fast?

It doesn't really exactly feel like that long ago when I first started visiting dA and now it's already been a decade.  

So kinda for myself (and also anyone possibly interested) here's a journal post recapping my last 10 years~ (Also sort of my journal in photography too, I guess.) :D

May 17 2002
I signed up on dA when someone in the drawing group I hung out with told me to check out his works here. I was only 14 then. I didn't use dA a lot at the time because it looked like this:…

I was on a 15" 1024x768 display and the ad banner + dA header took up half my screen on every page load. Did not like. >_>

Sept 2003
I dropped by dA every now and then, in Sept I suddenly found it a lot more user-friendly, the new version:…

I added dA to my daily visit and I started making friends on the site.

Nov 2003
I started helping :iconnoah-kh: post his works on various art forums and websites, and became active on dA because of that.

Some of the first works of his I posted here:

.butterfly. by noah-kh .bride.of.lucifer. by noah-kh .hornet. by noah-kh

Early 2004
noah-kh started getting rather popular. (Back then, anyone with 10,000 pageviews was considered rather impressive, I think the new dA benchmark is probably at least 500,000 or 1 million, I have no clue.)

I liked meeting new people while managing his work. But still, it sucked to have nothing of my own to show. I started posting my modelling attempts:

waiting.. by zemotion The Present by zemotion

Gahhh goosebumps. No offense to the photographers, I'm just really not model material.

I continued managing Noah's work, and met loads of awesome, cool people.  

I was very into Japanese Visual Rock and played the keyboard for a band that did a lot of X Japan and Luna Sea covers. I met a lot of other guys in the scene at various gigs and eventually met :iconkagetsuki: (Arissa), who was doing fashion design at school. And I thought hey, I wanna do that too, then I can make awesome costumes for myself for my photoshoots! Very nice, Jingna.

May 20006
I bought my first camera as a birthday gift to myself. Dude who sold me the camera didn't even tell me I needed a memory card for the camera! So my first photos with the camera ever were of perfume bottles because that's the only things I could think of photographing while tethered to the computer. -_-

After finally getting my hands on a CF card, I asked Arissa to model for my first photoshoot:

Silence.. by zemotion THIS IS.. by zemotion

I had to feature her work because I loved her designs so much back then. Haha we were such punks.

Late 2006
It still hadn't really occurred to me that I'd wanna do fashion photography. But studying fashion design -- we had photo projects so I started experimenting in the direction.

Viola II by zemotion Dream of Summer II by zemotion

The most convenient model was still myself though, so I started doing self portraits:

Fragility. by zemotion The moment after... by zemotion Shy by zemotion

Did a collab with noah-kh! He coloured my horrendous lineart, I can't for the life of me think why he would agree to something like that.

Autumn Snow. by zemotion

Early 2007
I started getting into daily top favorites on the frontpage. Not very often but here and there, 2-3 hours at a time. My watchers started growing and I started managing both my own account and noah-kh's.

Mid 2007
I photographed some of my most viewed works on deviantART. The dress was actually school work I had to document, so it was quite unexpected for it to end up so well received.

Forgotten Fairytales by zemotion Redemption by zemotion Forgotten Fairytales II by zemotion

I remember asking :iconwen-m: for his advice on Forgotten Fairytales, if or how I should edit the picture. I was considering smoothing out the dress towards the end or cropping it, but in the end we just agreed it looked the best as it was, so I left it alone. Since then I sort of came to the habit of trying to capture all elements as perfect as possible in my shot so I never have to go through the unnatural process of changing the flow of something, it became quite important to me.

Photographed my sister:

Something beautiful. by zemotion

Received my very own Deviousness Award! You can read it on my page right under the Journal post.

Late 2007
My first commercial job! For Mandy Wu Jewelry

I think like many of my first clients, Mandy discovered my work on dA.

Opulence. by zemotion Treasure Innocence. by zemotion

Worked on a Gothic Lolita series "The Midnight Game".

The Midnight Game. by zemotion The Midnight Game. II by zemotion

Dec 2007
My last semester in fashion school. I decided to quit. You can read more about it on my blog post about my education here:…

By this time I already had some work offers. Small jobs like gigs, event photography, I was young and I was new, so I tried doing everything I could just to see how much I could make to support myself.

Early 2008
I started work as an assistant at a photo studio, more to placate my parents in my 2nd school-quitting episode than anything else. I lasted a month before I decided it was pointless if I don't get to shoot my own things, which I yearned to do so much of.

In order to really give focus to photography I quit the national air rifle team too, I saw that as the end of a chapter in my life. It was really quite a bit change.

Jan 2008
Wacom picked me up as a featured artist for their Cintiq range in Asia. The featured image was Luna:

Luna. by zemotion

I started experimenting with studio photography.

Before the Storm by zemotion of the Night: A Dream of You by zemotion

March 2008
X Japan Reunion!

For how much X Japan meant to me I couldn't miss out on this concert.

I met so many amazing people and made so many friends that trip to Japan that Tokyo remains one of the cities I actually have most friends gatherings in until today.

:iconyazukiwolf: answered my call for assistants on dA and was a super wonderful help as translator/assistant over the next half a dozen or so trips I was there.

This was quite a life-changing trip as it gave me time to reflect on what I wanted to do with photography and gave me a sense of purpose.

I did SO much work there. And I can't believe Arissa and I managed to catch the cherry blossoms in full bloom for our shoot. It was so incredible.

Sakuran. II by zemotion shirotsuki. by zemotion Selia by zemotion

Mid-late 2008
With the feeling of change and all the support I was shown on dA I decided to do an exhibition and a book.

Something Beautiful Hardcover by zemotion

I still have a hard time believing I was only 20 when I did that. And really, it probably would not have happened if not for the support I was receiving from everyone here.   

Noah and I were both chosen as featured artists for the Intuos 4.

Intuos4_Beauty by wacom Intuos4_Fantasy by wacom

After my exhibition and book I started throwing myself into commercial/editorial work and thus reduced the amount of time I had for personal pieces, something which I regretted later. But looking back now, it was the year for so many 'first times', so I can't really exactly argue.  

The few personal shoots I managed to do, I was extremely proud of them.

English Rose by zemotion Yuta. by zemotion Celosia. by zemotion Lilith. by zemotion

Mid 2009

deviantART World Tour
Holy shit, I can't believe I went to THREE of them.

I went to Paris with photographer friend Quentin Shih to assist him on a gallery project for Dior, and since I was there I thought, hey I'll go to London too. I wonder if anyone else went to more stops than I did besides :iconspyed: and :iconheidi:?

devMEET Singapore by rh89 World Tour Paris by spyed hq meet - london by cei-
From left: Singapore, Paris, London

I came back to Singapore to confirmed jobs with Mercedes Benz Taiwan, Harper's Bazaar Singapore, Pond's Indonesia, and Gothic & Lolita Bible in Japan.

Shooting for Gothic & Lolita Bible was such a dream come true, having collected the magazine from since... volume 3 or 5 or something.

The Banquet. by zemotion Fallen in Tandem by zemotion

Late 2009
The awesome thing about travelling so much is meeting deviants from around the world. Got to photograph dA superstars :iconblackmagealodia: and :iconlarafairie:~!

Alodia by zemotion Lara. by zemotion

Dec 2009
I met and photographed Sugizo. For a PERSONAL shoot. Like. Holy shit.

Sugizo II by zemotion Sugizo. by zemotion Sugizo.. by zemotion

And turns out Sugizo liked my photo enough that he requested to use it for his book the next year.

SUGIZO - Cover by zemotion

I wrote a little summary blog post for 2009, if you'd like you can read it here:…

More exhibitions! I had 2 solo ones that year.

I held a show at Japan Creative Center in Singapore, I showed a collective of images from my earlier days, the central theme was visions inspired by Japan.

Exhibition: Angel Dreams by Zhang Jingna
Some of you probably already know about this from my Facebook page, but just for those who missed out, I'm preparing for a new exhibition due to start this month on the 29th till 18th June.
This is my second solo gallery show, man, I'd forgotten how much a pain it is to do one till I got down to doing it. T_T But this is something I had really been wanting to do for this year, so here it is.
The collection will feature some Japanese-themed pieces, photos from my collaboration with Sugizo, some other previously unpublished works, a selection of my iconic pieces over the years, as well as a room with outtakes, behind-the-scenes photos, work-in-progress materials, and personal items like artbooks and photobooks that have influenced and inspired me over the years.
The venue is a really beautiful space and I'm very excited to begin with the installation, except we've yet to start on the printing because

Feel free to check out some photos from the event here:…

Also had a street exhibition along Orchard Road in Singapore during the Audi Fashion Festival. It was quite a big set up as fashion works had never been showcased in that manner before.

Aug 2010
deviantART 10th Year Anniversary Birthday Bash!

I went with :icontobiee: and met :iconspyed:, :iconheidi:, :iconzilla774:, :iconfictograph:, :iconlychi:, :iconyuumei: and the guys from IFS!

It was superbly awesome and you can check out photos on my journal post:

dA Birthday Bash! With Kissing Llamas!! XDLong post ahead~!!
:icontobiee: and I were invited to the deviantART birthday bash at House of Blues in Los Angeles last weekend.
Met :iconspyed:, :iconheidi:, :iconzilla774:, :iconfongmingyun:, :iconlychi:, :iconpelicanh: and the guys from IFS!
But we spent most of the time hanging out with :iconyuumei: and her best friend Leah. :D
There were kissing llamas!
We had early admittance so I went scouting around the place when it was still near-empty. :D I super love all their ceiling details especially the last one. It was used as the staff room so I guess most people didn't get the chance to see, the patchwork is really beautiful~
First it was pretty much just :icontobiee: and I roaming around. Bumped into the guys from Imaginary Friends Studios and spoke for a little while.
From left: Artgerm, dcwj, kunkka, and ukitakumuki
The deviantART Muro was announced after the event opened proper. Everyone was encouraged

End 2010
I continued travelling, moved to stay in Los Angeles for some time. In 2010 I got to visit Pixar, Blizzard, Dreamworks, and gave a talk for Canon in Singapore and at Laguna College of Art and Design. All was good.

Personal favourites from the year:

The Journey by zemotion Before the Tide Comes by zemotion Buried Memories by zemotion
Irene by zemotion Porcelain by zemotion Daniel Landroche by zemotion

Jan 2011
Went to Montreal with :iconerina: :iconorenji-kun: and :iconningyee7:! We crashed with :iconjeffsimpsonkh: and met up with :iconraphael-lacoste:, who gave me a tour at Ubisoft Montreal! Life is awesome when I get tours, I'm so very easy to please. :D

Mid 2011
I started a StarCraft II team, called Infinity Seven:

I shot with Rain in Korea, and was interviewed by dA at Comic Con:

Oct 2011
deviantART decided to sponsor my team! :D

We've come a long way now from then and the roster has massively changed, and instead of no-name leagues we're actually getting into group play in major tournaments like MLGs etc. We wouldn't be where we are today without dA's support, so thank you dA. :love:

deviantART teams with `zemotion for eSports!DeviantART is always on the lookout for ways to support deviants who are embarking on creative and collaborative ventures.  Zhang Jingna, aka zemotion, has been member of the site for nine years.   A vibrant member of the community, zemotion has found professional success in the field of photography, and a quick look into her gallery can easily tell you why. Our relationship with her over the years -- one of friendship and respect -- has brought us a great opportunity to support her recently formed gaming group, Infinity Seven.
Infinity Seven, or iS, is a professional gaming team in the North American eSports scene comprised of both newer players and long-term veterans of Starcraft II.  Formed as a casual clan earlier this year, iS quickly rose to the top, claiming 1st place victories in LaG League (ESGL) and American Pro League (APL).  
Infinity Seven's most recent ventures have qualified

Nov 2011

One of my favorite shoots from 2011:

Cold Flowers II by zemotion Cold Flowers by zemotion Cold Flowers IX by zemotion

I coloured my hair a dozen times this year, it's now pink.

I got interviewed a few times in the SC2 community so I get to talk about dA quite often. XD

I'd been a bit busy with shooting, went to Vietnam in March and then New York the rest of it until late April.

Now I'm in the midst of working out a move to New York, so stay tuned for pictures from there soon~

In closing I'd like to thank all the wonderful people on dA for being such an awesome community~ You guys are so super amazing, you have no idea.

Last but not least thank you :iconspyed::iconheidi::iconwen-m::iconerina::iconorenji-kun::iconevancampbell::iconblackmagealodia::iconorangeish::iconyuumei::iconasuka111::iconrei-i::iconprodigybombay::iconippus::iconchanpart::iconjeffsimpsonkh: and everyone I can't fit in here because of the journal's 60kb post limit, you know who you are~ I'm so glad to have met you here and I love you all, stay awesome. :love:

*Edit: Someone suggested I do an improvement meme, so I made one! My work from 2006-2012: 2006-2012 Artwork Meme by zemotion

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I just got back from a trip and I’ve had a lot of things on my mind that I wanted to talk about but couldn’t due to an absence of keyboards (sorry iPhone, your keyboard and hilarious auto-correcting makes long-winded journals too difficult to do on the road). So this journal might be a little... scatterbrained? I’m not sure, but I will try to separate things into groups if I can, otherwise here we go!

I live in America and a lot of times I come under fire for my political beliefs not because they’re really controversial, but because they conflict with another countries political history. So I wanted to just reiterate that I am an American. I talk about American problems. You can frame pretty much every sentence I write with the addition of “ America.” While I try to keep a level head about world politics I am not, and should not, be used as a credible source of information regarding politics or even history of other countries.

When I talk about the comic book industry, for example, I am referring to the American comic book industry which primarily consists of Marvel and DC with a smattering of indi-publishing and import companies. When I talk about LGBT rights, it’s in relation to American politics, which is (as I have so often found) far behind a LOT of countries out there who have already given rights to LGBT people. When I speak about racism or white privilege it is ENTIRELY centered on America’s role in slavery and the long-lasting impacts that has had HERE.

I would NEVER be arrogant enough to assume that I knew anything about those types of topics about other countries and if you get angry at me because of any of these topics, please stop and reconsider your argument if you live in another country.

Chances are, my beliefs and views don’t apply there.

How much is TOO much personal info?
This is a conundrum I’ve felt ever since SYAC started becoming popular. On the one hand, I want to update everyone on what’s going on in my life and keep y’all informed about key things because, well, it helps to connect with my fans!

But on the other hand, I jealously guard my privacy, especially due to how many hate blogs like to try and personally attack me. They take journal snippets from decades ago to use as arguments about what I’m doing now, mine them for personal information I may have accidentally let slip, send me e-mails, posts, come up to me at conventions, take photos of me when I’m not looking, etc etc etc.

I’m often accused of “putting myself out there” on the internet, therefor I shouldn’t be upset when people use that info against me, even if it was posted at a time when I never knew I’d have so many followers and fans. It’s even weirder when people yell at me for posting my own opinions or beliefs or rants... IN MY JOURNAL. Like, where else am I suppose to talk about this stuff, right? I do my best to not give out too much personal information anymore, but at the same time I do still feel the need to inform y’all if things come up that hinder my work or delay projects or whatever. But often times I can’t talk about that stuff because it’s... well... personal.

As of this writing, there’s something really big that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a long time now, but I am unsure if I really should. It’s primarily about my illness and my 6-7 month hiatus I took last year, and it directly relates to why I struggle so much to produce content on a regular basis. But it’s also incredibly personal and I don’t know if I should talk about it. I know my fans would really appreciate being in the know, but it would also mean letting my haters know and they’d clearly find ways to use it against me which could be... to be frank... disastrous.

There are also instances where I comment on stuff in the geek/nerd/gaming sphere and then get criticized for not being as energetic or as sympathetic as I should be to whatever the news article is. Case in point, when I commented on the new Smash Bros reveal Nintendo announced a few days ago, I got a number of people who were upset that I mentioned how unethused I was about Smash Bros in general. I mean... you guys realized I am not a journalist, right? I am not bound by this requirement to keep everything i say “fair and unbiased.” People ask for my opinions about stuff because they want to hear what I specifically have to say, not so that I can just chime in an echo-box and repeat what everyone else already has said. I feel like I should be allowed to express my opinion (good or bad) about any topic that generally relates or interests me.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this... I guess I just wanted you all's advice or opinion on how personal should an “internet celebrity” (which I guess I technically am for better or for worse?) be with their fans? How much is too much?

Like I said, this journal is a bit scattershot. I was away on a trip and I just have recommendations for y’all if you’re interested.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus ‘Notch’ Persson and the Game that changed everything.
I got this as part of the “Story Bundle” located here:
It’s like the humble bundle, but it’s ebook related instead. This bundle is all about video games and the money from your purchase (you can pay as little as $3 I believe, though if you pay $12 or more you get the “bonus” books which I will be talking about) goes towards charity. Strongly recommend getting it if just for the Minecraft book alone since it’s a fantastic deal to get so many books for so little. The Minecraft book is around $15-$20 individually as an e-book and here you get it PLUS other video game related books too for half that!


This was a very good book. It follows Notch as he works through his jobs before he created Minecraft, how it was conceived, what his social and work life was like before the big change, etc etc etc. It’s extremely in depth and well researched but it never feels like a text book. It’s actually quite an amazing behind the scenes look of Minecraft. I know that doesn’t sound all that thrilling, but it is a VERY good book.

The Final Hours of Portal 2
Another bonus book part of the Story Bundle mentioned above, this one goes into detail about the crunch time strain of trying to finish Portal 2 on time. It details all the chaos, the fear, the pressure, the dedication to the craft, and all that jazz. It’s pretty quick and not nearly as gripping as the Minecraft story, but it’s still quite a good read and gives some insight on why certain decisions were made.

This movie was... WEIRD... to say the least. But it was a GOOD weird. This film has had a lot of controversy surrounding it, and it’s pretty easy to see why. It’s a brutal retelling of Noah’s Ark from the bible, with some of the more fanciful crazy Bible stuff front and center, a retelling of the creation of the universe that looks like it came from a Discovery Channel documentary, and an unexpected 3rd act twist that shades the whole story and characters in a veil of morally ambiguous grey. Since so many people are familiar with the sunday school highly sanitized version, it’s no wonder this movie is hard to pin down.

But take it from me, an atheist no less, it was a DAMN GOOD movie. There are parts that don’t quite work, and even some which are a unintentionally silly, but overall the stuff it does well more than makes up for it’s short comings. Strongly recommend seeing it, even if you’re not into Christianity or religion or whatever.
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Atop the 4th Wall
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Lego Movie
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
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I have made a group named :icondrawing-manga:Drawing-Manga

We also have our own website ->
(In that website you will find huge amount of new manga stories!)

Each member is so special to me and to our group that I have have made a list with all members icons!

Thank you to:
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