Internet Etiquette (Edited with critique advice)Some people brought up some pretty important points, so I've added some additional information about critiques below!
Something that's been bugging me a bit lately is how the DA community has sorta changed over the years (and not in a good way). People are more bold and will post whatever's on their mind, and while that can be a good thing in some scenarios, I feel that people oftentimes say things that they might not realize will hurt someone's feelings.
I generally get a lot of positive feedback, and it really helps! It's always great to know that someone likes my work, and it keeps me motivated to keep going with this hobby. However, I'm still a human being, and negative criticism can hurt me just as much as anyone else. I'm not sure what it is, but the amount of really negative comments has increased these past couple years, and it really discourages me from even using this website anymore. Many times I've considered just disabling comments entirely, but I feel that would
Upcoming Conventions and important note!Edit 7/17/2913: My subscription is up, so the notification I had on my profile has been removed because it was an extra widget. So instead I'll post it here!Upcoming Conventions and important note!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Just want to let you guys know that since I work full time and am pretty busy outside of work as well, I don't get online much anymore. I'll usually look at comments posted on new photos for few days after they've been uploaded, and I'll occasionally go through my notes, but anything more than that is a bit overwhelming for me to keep up with.
Anytime I post a new costume, I try to give as much detailed info as I can, so if you have a costume construction question, just look through those photos and I'm sure you'll find it! If you still can't find an answer, send me a note, though it might be a while before I get to it.
One of my jobs at Arda is to answer wig questions, so I'm usually not motivated to answer the same kinds of questions when I'm off the clock as well. XD If it's a wig question, feel free to shoot me
My online friendsFor anyone to say that online friends aren't real friends obviously have never had an online friend themselves. They think that any friend you make online is just a creep wanting to get with you or something. Well, I'm on here, and I know I'm not the only one here that has that close connection with another online.My online friends3 years ago in Personal More Like This
One of the things your online friends have that not many others around you have is a more open eye and world wide experience. You meet someone maybe from another state or country. You learn from them who they are and what they've experienced. More than often they will tell you their story. A story they've never told anyone else. The people I've met online I don't think I could ever meet in reality. Now my real life friends I do love, so much, but there is so much my friends online have done for me that I could never just look at these people and say "Eh, just people on the internet", more like "The people I love who have done so much for me and have helped me become the pers
Don't Drink the Turpentine!Hello folks! I've been meaning to discuss this topic here for a while, but I always forget! Well, this blog's topic is about dunDUNDUUUUN studio safety! Now I know, I know, the majority of you, myself included, don't have a private studio to work out of. Your studio may be you livingroom, bedroom, basement, or garage, but there are definitely precautions to be aware of while you're madly creating art. Note: none of this information is here to scare you or deter you from making whatever art you like, it's simply here to help you develop safe studio practices.So let's get started shall we?Don't Drink the Turpentine!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This part is specific to those of you who use traditional materials to make your artwork. The supplies we use today are much MUCH safer than those the old master's used, but there are still chemicals and materials you need to be aware of for your own health and well being (as well as those around you). I'll list the materials by
FlatteredI should be flattered.Flattered2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are people who literally spend hours of their life every day following me. People who obsessively save every work of art I post online. People who comment and hypothesize about everything I do, even when I am not doing anything. People who make their own comics, websites, and blogs because of me. People who meticulously sift through my stats, my comments, and near-decade old journals. People who obsessively screen-capture everything I say or do anywhere online. People who seemingly have no life other than to talk about every aspect of my own. People who, day in and day out, never tire of talking about me to their friends online.
These people are amazing and I am continually astounded by them and the things they come up with... over a worthless and unimportant cartoonist.
Not even a good cartoonist either. Just an average, slightly stubborn, mediocrely popular on a dubious website... cartoonist. Not a politician with real influence in the world. Not a famous
Being Critical =/= HateLooks like I need to remind people about this again, as yesterday I got several comments in a row from people who assumed that me being critical about something automatically translated into me outright hating it. I don't know how to stress this enough but that's not the case... You can be critical of stuff you like and not hate it. I don't know why our culture tries so hard to force everything into such black and white terms but come on guys, really... being critical and smart about what you love doesn't mean you hate it.Being Critical =/= Hate2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Take the Dragon's Crown comic, for example, in which I was critical of the Sorceress's design. From that someone hypothesized that I must HATE the game, and that's farthest from the truth. I know full well that Vanillaware is an amazing studio and they do fantastic work. One of my favorite games of theirs is Muramasa the Demon Blade. Dragon's Crown has scored really highly and it's most definitely worth your money to buy/download it if you can. BUT... I can still be
'Why Are We Even Talking About This?'I get that phrase a lot, that and "over react much?" whenever I bring up ANY issue, be it from a video game, politics, or whatever. There seems to be a lot of people who just don't wanna talk about anything at all, and would much rather these discussions just not exist so they can get on with their lives.'Why Are We Even Talking About This?'2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You'll be unsurprised to learn that I don't agree with that wisdom. In my books, if you don't do anything, nothing is going to happen. If there's an injustice in the world somewhere and you stay silent, that injustice isn't going to fix itself. It will just keep happening. That, my friends, is complacency.
Then of course there are those people who don't believe that the world will ever change, therefor there's no reason to try, and actively try to stop anyone who dares to stand up for something. I can't begin to describe how annoying that mindset is to me. It's almost sadistic in it's very nature, by actively trying to stop people from making the world a better place by being dismissi
About my TMNT rantGot a long journal head of you. I tried to break it up a bit so you can skim parts.About my TMNT rant8 months ago in Personal More Like This
It appears some people were a little less than happy with the idea that I’m not going to see the new TMNT movie, yet have already formed a negative opinion about it. Some people, who don’t understand what the word means, are calling this “hypocritical” since I often ask that people try to see both sides of an issue, so taking a definitive stance here with (what appears to be to them) incomplete data is wrongheaded of me. So now I gotta write this journal to explain my actions better. Hope you’re happy ‘bout that...
It’s just a movie! Why does it matter?
Because it’s not JUST a movie. Movies do not exist in a vacuum. How well (or bad) a movie does informs YEARS of upcoming movies and careers. Thousands of people’s jobs are dictated on the whim of what the box office rankings are for opening weekend. A now famous example is Guillermo
Common Misconceptions: Digital ArtCommon Misconceptions: Digital ArtCommon Misconceptions: Digital Art2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hello everyone! This is the second installment of the series of “common misconceptions” surrounding different areas in art. This blog will cover the most prevalent myths that surround the medium of digital art. (it's chock full of super sweet images, check out the wonderful artists!)
Digital Art requires less skill than Traditional art
This is probably the top ranking myth. There is no “shortcut” when it comes to making good quality art period. It is not any easier to paint a beautiful image on a computer than it is with a brush and canvas. Most people who make that argument don’t really have any personal experience with creative software or they chalk up digital art as simple drawings in MS Paint.
Digtial Art requires less practice, anyone can do it
Like any skill out there, digital art needs the same amount of practice as you would need with a pen and paper. A
Women as Sex ObjectsWarning: Imma 'bout to rant.Women as Sex Objects2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
First off I'd like to point out that I'm not a raving feminist. I acknowledge that women are not equal in western society (despite corporate efforts that seem to be more about statements and false enthusiasm on the subject rather than actually taking women seriously) and I don't think we will be equal for a long time, if ever. Just how it is. Unfortunate (from the perspective of a woman), but just how it is.
ANYWAY. Here's my rant. I'm really tired of a female character being undermined by her being half nude. Really, really tired of it. And I'm not talking about artistic nudity, I'm talking about ass-cheek flashing skirts, bikini tops and little else (I'm looking at you, Japan).
I love a strong female lead, but they're so rare. Writers find it so hard to create a complex female character; they're either so brave and outspoken that they become butch and unattractive by design, or they're a sex object. A hopeless damsel in distress or someone who can hold th
GameStop employees are heroes.OK I still have qualms with GameStop corprate, but GameStop employees are officially heroes and I love them.GameStop employees are heroes.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So I went to GameStop for a Kid Icarus event with Eneko and his boyfriend, and while I was there I bought Doctor Lautrec because they had it used. Then we left and went down the road to Taco Bell. Out in the parking lot someone called to us. It was a GameStop employee. He had my wallet! My stupid ass left it on the counter!
So this dude got in his car and followed us all the way to Taco Bell to return it to me. I was so happy and I felt so good about humanity. And also stupid for forgetting my wallet. xD
BUT YES. HEROES DO EXIST!
Yes All GamersSo I guess my last journal kinda annoyed a few people who were upset at being generally labeled “gamers” when talking about the extremists who are using the term for their own causes: ie: #GamerGate. I’m not going to apologize for writing the journal that way, though. If you don’t want to be associated with those bigots and your first reaction is to personally vindicate yourself from the herd instead of, you know, fighting the main source of the problem... them I’m sorry but that negative version of “gamer” that you’re trying so hard to avoid being associated with IS how you are being perceived by the greater non-gamer entrenched world.Yes All Gamers7 months ago in Personal More Like This
THEY don’t care that you “only want to play games that are fun,” because what they’re SEEING (and reporting on) is a hoard mentality of angry people rallying against women in gaming and harassing them to unreal levels. No matter how much you try to distance yourse
Dealing with receiving a Daily DeviationDaily Deviations WeekDealing with receiving a Daily Deviation2 months ago in Art Features More Like This
You wake up, go get some breakfast, open your laptop to check your mail, facebook, and DeviantArt, and you notice that your inbox is suddenly flooded with messages. What on earth just happened? Well, you got a DD. It's time to celebrate! Your artwork is being recognized as worthy of being featured to the entire DeviantArt community, how incredible is that?! It is quite incredible indeed, however, some of the things you might have to deal with because of this Daily Deviation might not be so awesome. This article attempts to cover some of the many ways to deal with both the positive and negative attention a Daily Deviation might bring your way.
Dealing with the positive:
So many people have fallen in love with your work, and chosen to express it by commenting on your work, adding it to their favorites, or by featuring it in a journal! Wow, how overwhelmingly awesome! First off take a second to breathe. Then take some time to reply to every thoughtfu
Gaming Hypocrisy, iOS 7, Thick SkinGaming HypocrisyGaming Hypocrisy, iOS 7, Thick Skin2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm really growing tired of the gaming industry and gamers in general. Am I the only one who sees a paradox in gamers wanting and demanding that gaming be taken seriously as a media, while demanding that the very people (journalists) who are actually critical and deliberately ARE trying to take gaming seriously to toe the line and praise the shit out of every game and give them all 10 stars out of 10 or else?
Most recently The Escapist gave GTA5 a 3.5 out of 4 stars and the internet freaked out because it wasn't a perfect score. Before that Polygon got heat for giving Dragon's Crown a 6.5 out of 10. And before that both Polygon and NowGamer got heat for giving The Last of Us a 7.5 and a 8.5 out of 10. Gamers freak out because they want EVERY journalist to give EVERY game a perfect 10, especially those they've already determined will be amazing games (like GTA5). But at the same time they bitch and moan if a game comes under any sor
Updates as of February (Music Video)Me and Circus-P are proud to present:Updates as of February (Music Video)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm so happy it's done and up for everyone to see!
Also, the Baguio Komikon 2013 was fun~
Details can be read in the deviation:
Not to forget MikeInel-FanClub's contest!
(Characters belong to the respective artists of the first 5 entries: http://fav.me/d5qryhx http://fav.me/d5qqb2s http://fav.me/d5pg0bo http://fav.me/d5r90j3 http://fav.me/d5rcini )
Based from the previous contest (Object-tan), they're continuing the saga by creating the Event-tan contest! It's where everyone is free to join and create the best design of a human form of an event.
It can be Valentine's Day, it can be Marriage, it can be a first kiss, anything that aren't considered actions, animals, humans or objects!
The prices are the following:
1st place: 2000 points + Commission Artwork by Mikeinel
2nd place: 1250 points + Commission Artwork by Mikeinel
3rd place: 750 points + Commission Artwork by Mikeinel
More information can be
The Avengers - ReviewHonestly I don't have much to say other than it's just really awesome. You don't need to have seen Captain America, Iron Man 1 and 2, The Hulk, or Thor to understand what's going on, but it most certainly does help.The Avengers - Review3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Avengers is probably one of the most epic movies I have seen since the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Harry Potter. It's up there. It's not perfect, and some moments seem to drag on a bit (mostly around the middle), but every key moment is accentuated properly, every line delivered in such a way that you don't miss out on what's going on, every action scene composed in a way you aren't confused, and overall the whole thing is just a joy to watch.
What's really fun about this movie is that they don't hold back. Ever. Everything you want to see in a movie about the Avengers is pretty much up on this screen. You wanna see Thor and Iron Man duke it out? You got it! You wanna see an army of aliens attacking a city? Got it. You wanna see Tony Stark deliver hilarious banter aga
I made up a song.It goes like this:I made up a song.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I like Yaoi*,
Yes I like Yaoi,
If you don't like Yaoi,
Well I don't give a shit because...
I like Yaoi,
Yes I like Yaoi,
If you don't like Yaoi,
Well I don't give a shit because...
*"Yaoi" in my song is pronounced "Yow-ie", otherwise it doesn't flow.
It is the most annoying fucking song in the universe, it's stuck in my head, and now some strange version of it is stuck in your head, too.
I'm not sorry.
Yuri version also acceptable.
Hell, replace "Yaoi" with anything, annoy the fuck out of anyone near you.
It just popped into my head while I was on someone's page giving them thank-you llamas. They sure liked Yaoi.
Also I should be working on plush penguins wtf am I doing
Organizing the New Year- Your Self!Let's get the new year started off well by organizing our crafts and taking care of ourselves! Knitting-and-Crochet can help you by gathering the info for you all in one place. You'll get a week's worth of ideas submitted every Friday in January. Let's make the most of it! Next up are some ideas to keep ourselves healthy and well.Organizing the New Year- Your Self!2 months ago in Personal More Like This
<<Addi Swing <<Boye <<Furls
Make your own!
<<Shelf liner or polymer clay
<<Different styles of gloves
Before you throw that pity party read thisBeing in touch with your weaknesses is important in order to grow as an artist, but are you so hung up on what you can’t do well that it’s holding you back? I'm not talking about the intermittent (or frequent) attacks of complete blockage, or even lack of inspiration, but full out pity parties.Before you throw that pity party read this2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I’ve seen far too many people on dA who post exercise after exercise, writing in the artist comments that once again they’ve failed, they’ve read hundreds of books, studied the masters for so many years, and they still cannot draw a photorealist rending of a man’s head. First of all let me say that I highly respect “self taught” artists and I’m not discouraging anyone who chooses (or must) go that route. However, setting realistic goals and finding your niche is extremely important. Let me say this: not everyone will be able to paint like a Baroque period artist! But that doesn't mean you can't be a painter, it just means
Common Misconceptions: Crediting + CopyrightsHello everyone! In this “Common Misconceptions” blog we’ll be discussing “crediting” and basic copyright issues that have been circling around our community! As always, if you have any issues after reading this (or have any other points to add/knowledge to share)Common Misconceptions: Crediting + Copyrights2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I can upload images I like that I found from around the internet
Absolutely not. This is DeviantART, the images you upload should either have been made by you, or you have permission to upload them. It’s also expressly against dA’s terms of service. If this is something you do, I warn you to stop. This is an offense that can result in being suspended or banned from deviantART. Furthermore, this is theft pure and simple. Don’t take anything that doesn’t belong to you. You wouldn’t want someone taking your hard work and using it without permission, so don’t put another artist in
Arda wigs, Capital City Cosplay day, and AnimefestCapital City Cosplay Day in Jefferson City, MO is in less than 2 weeks! If you're in the area on June 23rd, join us on the lawn of the MO Capital and hang out with fellow cosplayers and anime/gaming/etc fans. I'll be wearing Aqua :3Arda wigs, Capital City Cosplay day, and Animefest3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/356221694393707/
I've got some big news. After Animefest, I'll be moving to Chicago to work for Arda-wigs http://arda-wigs.com/
I feels a bit surreal. Lately I had been feeling a bit lost with what I wanted to do after I graduated college. While I had a degree in Computer Animation, jobs are competitive, and there's no real guarantee that someone in the field will keep their job for more than a few years with how bad the economy is right now. I tried applying to film festivals to build up my resume, but wasn't very successful. And Kyle has it worse than I do; with an Illustration degree, there aren't a whole lot of options for him besides freelance work. There was one possible opportunity in the area that he could
The 10 CommandmentsHello esteemed colleagues! This blog is particularly targeted to those of you who are considering pursuing a career in an art/creative field and those of you who are in art school as well. If you're not doing either of those things, the concepts here are good general advice for anything you're striving for, so definitely hang around and read on!The 10 Commandments2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
These '10 Commandments' were formulated by curator/artist/designer/entrepreneur/amazinginlyawesomehumanbeing Sergio Gomez. I had the opportunity of going to a lecture of his a few months back and it was very inspiring. So without any further ado, here they are!
10. You shall be PATIENT and CONSISTENT
One of the biggest lies you can tell yourself is that you will be an overnight success. Like any skill set, developing your artwork will take time. This is the same when looking for ways to advance your career, it won't fall into your lap. You must be earnest in looking for opportunities to show and sell your work, you
FrFr! Specials 1-7Hey all~ KyoAni haven't forget about us yet~FrFr! Specials 1-71 year ago in Personal More Like This
I'm giving you the links with a long delay, but hey, I think there's still some people who haven't watched these yet?
FrFr! 1-2 http://kissanime.com/Anime/Free-Specials/Episode?id=51984
FrFr! 3-4 http://kissanime.com/Anime/Free-Specials/Episode-002?id=59933
FrFr! 5-7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UioeUDvPuo#t=255
Binary HatredRemember when I was posting some journals about artist taboos and I had a couple more to talk about? Here's one of them, though it doesn't just relate to artists it's just kinda an all around taboo I wish would end.Binary Hatred2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Perceived Rivalry Hatred
Basically it works like this: You say you dislike something and immediately get attacked by people who either defend the thing you said you disliked, or accuse you of being a supporter of it's supposed rival (whether this has any basis in reality or not). It also works on things you like, things you're indifferent to, or anything really. EVERYTHING has a supposed default rival. Movies, TV, Video Games, Ideologies, Words, Phrases, etc. Everything.
Say you're an atheist? Automatically means you hate all Christians.
Say you like the X-Box 360? Automatically means you hate Sony.
Say you like the PS3? Automatically means you hate Microsoft.
You liked a Marvel movie? Guys you hate the DC stuff.
You like Chocolate Ice Creme? Fuck you and your vanilla bias!
Common Misconceptions: Daily DeviationsHello everyone! In this “Common Misconceptions” blog we’ll be covering the often-debated topic of Daily Deviations, more commonly known as DD’s. This topic is probably most talked about above any other here on deviantART and I don’t think it can be discussed enough when it comes to misinformation. So, let’s begin!Common Misconceptions: Daily Deviations2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
A Daily Deviation is an award
Deviousness is an award (and honor). A Daily Deviation is not. A Daily Deviation is a 24-hour site wide feature of the artwork of the community. Think of it as a showcase, not an award ceremony. Artists are supposed to showcase their work occasionally, and it’s not an award to have your work shown.
If you’re friends with a CV or $taff, you’ll get a DD/that person got a DD because they are friends with CV and $taff members
NOPE. First of all, our $taff and CV’s are great people, and if you don’t know any, take the time to g