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Just a quick update to announce that my new website is live! :) You can find all the usual artwork and a nice resource section listing all the tutorials, videos and time-lapses available to download. charliebowater.co.uk



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1st of December had just arrived, and you know what that means! We only have a few more days to go til Christmas, and this is exactly what this contest is all about!

The gist is: draw a Christmas-themed Vaati.

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YES!!!! YOU HEARD ME RIGHT! :D
TEEN TITANS IS BACK! BUT
... It is not season 6.

There are good news and bad news (it depends on how you view it)

Good News:
-THE RUMOR ABOUT TESTING TT SHORTS ON BRINGING BACK THE ACTUAL SHOW WAS TRUE.
-ALL VOICE ACTORS WILL BE TOGETHER
-Still has that kid-ish appropriate.
-Full half-hour shows!
Bad News( Changes. it depends if its good or bad in your view):
-The title will be: Teen Titans Go!
-Different drawing styles
-More focused on humor
-It's more of a filler episode as being teenagers during their free time
-Premieres in 2013.

Link: www.ign.com/articles/2012/06/0…
Found out where?:fav.me/d52ux02

I'm glad they're back but I'm sorta scared on how it'll turn out. Hopefully it's still interesting, yes? :)
I'm just disappointed that there's no continuation to the last episode "Things Change"... and I'm not sure if Rob and Star will even have a relationship here! :/

But you know what..? I waited 7 years for this day to come, so whether it comes out good or bad, I'm still gonna watch and support the show.

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Teen Titans: Go! vs Teen Titans

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:47 AM


Teen Titans: Go...? Teen Titans, Go!...?

For arguments sake, let's just call it TTG vs TT. Yeah. I'm sure you all knew I was referring to the new spin-off series of the original Teen Titans. Y'know. The one that everybody demanded then so turned out that that same group hates it? :D Anyway,  I thought I'd voice my opinion here and now since the only better thing I have to do right now is romance Alistair in Dragon Age: Origins. LOL. ONWARD!

:star:WARNING: Many bipolar moments, blunt opinions, swearing and off-track ramblings. You may leave if you wish not to read. That's RIGHT! 8D Free use of your own browser, who knew?!


Also, I bring up a couple of things in regards to animation, but I'm in no way a professional. I'm probably using the wrong terminology. LOL Oh, and I apologise in advance if any of my facts about DC Comics here are wrong/misleading or confusing. It's been a while, okay guys? D: Been busy assassinating things in the 1700s, drawing for money, romaning NPC's...LOOOL. ;___;

I thought it'd be fun to address a couple of things about it since I haven't really done so via journal, just in lengthy debates between people on some deviations. Teen Titans seems to have gotten lost among all the Young Justice I go on about and quite honestly, I like Teen Titans more, believe it or not. But not for the reasons you may assume.

No, I don't like it more because I think Teen Titans is so gosh darn action packed and bad-ass. I like it more because it's funny. LOL. Don't know if any of you have noticed by looking at my gallery, but I do prefer more light hearted themes over the darker ones. That's all Young Justice seems to dish out and it became very...cumbersome. Now that that's out of the way, onto the issues (if you really want to call them that, lol) about this new spin-off.

I always see two main arguments/complaints about TTG in comparison to TT.

1. TTG is a major let down! We wanted a season 6! I HATE IT AND WILL NEVER ACCEPT IT!
Translation: It's not season 6/has no apparent continuity and therefore shouldn't be given a chance. BECAUSE MY SHIP/S AREN'T IN IT!
Solution: Give it a FUCKING CHANCE. :|
2. The animation in TTG compared to TT is sooo terrible! I HATE IT!  
Translation: I don't like chaaange!

Solution: ...CHANCE IT.

...:iconunamusedjaredplz:

In short? Your expectations were/are too high. But that'd make this too easy, and this journal too short. :iconohstopityouplz: Here's what I really think:

Okay. I'll admit it, I was...shocked to hear that they're renewing the show after it being cancelled for so long, which only shows it has/had a pretty huge fan base-- which I am part of. Not even kidding, I ran around all happy about it. :XD: However, I was also kind of...taken aback by the animation style, their designs and by the whole lack of continuity (BECAUSEYESMYSHIPAHHSHIT). But, ultimately, you can't really diss it, can you?

Here's the reasons I think why:

1. A new team is working on it (for the most part, I believe).
2. New plot (if you can call it that...), ergo a new take on the characters which is set in between the seasons aired.
3. What could you possibly hope they would go on with for season 6?
4. You're damn well lucky it's back at all. :stare:


Now, there's not a lot out about TTG yet, but what we've gotten from the limited sources is that it's going to be more comedy ba--

:iconfanboyjapanplz::iconsaysplz: BUT TEEN TITANS IS SUPPOSED TO BE SERIOUS!!! BAAARGHDGFHJSDGFHS;;BARGH

DDDDDD8< BACK! BACK, I SAY FANGIRL! :iconslapslapplz:

--SED. IT'S GOING TO BE COMEDY BASED. Which, in my opinion, is far better than trying to take a kids show in the other direction. Because yes, let's face it: Teen Titans was made to appeal to the kids.

--

Another thing I'll admit, I liked the 'serious stuff' in Teen Titans...when I was a kid. I was 11-12 when it came out and that's when I got the most enjoyment out of it. But, ultimately I think the humour is what carried it through and is what helped it keep its fan-base after so long. Because, think about it, you guys...

How many superhero shows do you see that bases itself around humour? Granted, a little dry at times, but overall? Good for a giggle. It had its pretty standard set-up with the main characters, too:


:bulletred:Robin: Token hot-headed leader with a chip on his shoulder and an unmentionable past.
:bulletorange:Starfire:Token sweetheart to said hot-headed leader that likes playing damsel in distress for him despite being able to hurl him through several walls with ease :B
:bulletpurple:Raven:Token misunderstood, shy gothic girl that prefers to be left alone.
:bulletgreen:Beast Boy: Token comedy relief kid with a child-like love for stupid things and video games. OH, wait. HE IS A KID! 8D
:bulletblue:Cyborg:Token secondary source of comedic relief, 'brother' to other team members, can be a bit of a hot-head and is also the eldest.


...:music: It's rainin' TOKENS! HALLELUJAH! :icondancenaoplz:

Oh, hey. Would'ya look at that. They all come from different cultural backgrounds. Huh.

--

Now, we all should know that already. Right? Right. I think the overall dynamic for the team was good, despite them not exactly being true to their comic counter-parts. But, whatever. It's a kids show, right? RIGHT. :iconyesmemeplz:

Actually, looking back now-- they really shouldn't have used the Teen Titans for the basis of a kids show at all. They could've made it more like The Justice League, instead. And replaced Teen Titans with another team you may or may not be familiar with... oh, say...Young Justice. The actual Young Justice team (from the comics). Not this obscure mash-up of Teen Titans/Young Justice/Justice League. :| BECAUSE, LET'S FACE IT: MOST OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS IN YOUNG JUSTICE (animated) ARE ESSENTIALLY TEEN TITANS/TITANS AT SOME POINT, ANYWAY. The histories of the individual members of the Teen Titans most people know aren't exactly kid-friendly, anyhow and were all taken down a notch or two to cater for kids.

ALLOW ME TO RUIN YOUR CHILDHOOD IF YOU DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE:

Pretty princess Starfire? In the show, well, she said to be a 'prize' for the Gordanians? In the comics? Sex slave. Mmhm. :B Basically wears nothing.
Don't get me wrong, though. I still like her. Kind-of-sort-of. I like her in my head. LOL

You can look up the rest if you don't know or aren't aware.

Also, here's another thing. What's associated as the 'Teen Titans' now, isn't exactly right. It is, but it isn't. :B PREPARE TO BE AMAZED! 8D:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Tit… See: 'Original Incarnation'.

See? The original-original team consisted of: Robin, Speedy, Wonder Girl (Donna Troy, not Cassie Sandsmark A.K.A. the one from Young Justice), Aqualad and Kid Flash.

There was an original-original team before the one that was show-cased on the cartoon. :iconnowayowlplz:

The team you know of that was used on the show: Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven and Cyborg are from 'The New Teen Titans' by Marv Wolfman and George Perez.

So, Robin came before any of them, which is why he isn't highlighted. He was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger way before any of this came about. I think in the 1940s? Not 100% on that and am too lazy to go and check. LOOKING GOOD FOR A 70 YEAR OLD, DICK. IF I DO SAY SO MAHSELF. :iconimallembarrassedplz:

:icontruestoryplz:

--

ANYWAY, BACK ON TRACK:

Point is, how can anyone take the characters seriously? Honestly? They were all 'dumbed down' and made into a joke. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not exactly ideal either, right? Fun, but not anything that can be thought of as a show in the same league as...The Justice League. :iconwhatyoudidplz:  

:iconfanboyingplz::iconsaysplz: But the fight scenes were sooo cool! So badass and intense!!

ORLYNAO?

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT YER PRECIOUS ANIMATION THAT YOU CLING TO. :icondawhatplz:

I'd like to point out once more: As a kid, it served its purpose. I certainly can't animate and I drew them all the time a few years back. It was a great learning curve for me. But now? I'm sorry, I can't and never will take Teen Titans as a serious, gripping show.

I honestly felt that the writers didn't know what they wanted to do with the show as far as a flowing theme or genre went. I know that Glen Murakami's idea was to mix a Western and Eastern style of animation (i.e. comics [in this case] and anime) into one, but, they're just too different. They're two different styles for a reason, amirite?

While Anime is more stylised, most comic books (that I've seen/read/heard about) are made to be more anatomically correct and 'human looking', for lack of a better phrase. By all means it's of course possible to mix the two together into a single style-- but that style needs to have a consistency to it that works. You can't sort of favour one over the other. It was painfully clear that Teen Titans was more Eastern than Western. Which of course there's nothing wrong with anime, or people who like it. It's just...why didn't they go the full way into anime so it would be consistent? I guess that's my main beef with the animation in Teen Titans. Not consistent enough. The idea was there, the execution wasn't.

Other superhero shows like Justice League, The Batman, Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League: Unlimited and Young Justice all have a single style that's consistently used throughout the entire series.

Take Ben 10, for example. Murakami worked on that, and it didn't randomly jump to some ultra-stylised cut scene from a 'serious' looking one every two seconds. Starting to see where I'm coming from? Let me show you some stills from Teen Titans to elaborate my point further:

I'll use one episode as my example, one with (in my opinion) the best animation of the entire series: Sisters, from season 1, if I recall.
Incidentally, it's also what got me started on shipping RobStar. JUST SAYIN'.
So, here we have some pretty decent screencaps from the episode, the anatomy isn't perfect, but it's pretty good for the animation style and the best from the series overall.


WHEN, SUDDENLY...THIS:



:iconhmmminterestingplz:

Hm?! :iconragefaceplz:

Oh. :iconimhappyplz:


:iconfliptableplz:
WOAH. WOAHWOAHWOAH. You're telling me, that people take this seriously? And let me tell you, this isn't all of it from the episode, but it's certainly there and it's certainly significantly less than what the rest of the series has. The transitions weren't even limited to say, when they're at home or having a laugh, no, they were also randomly thrown in when there was supposed to be an intense fighting scene going on. THE ONE PLACE THAT YOU (or, I, at least) DON'T WANT THAT KIND OF SHIT TO HAPPEN. AND THAT SAYS SOMETHING, DON'T YOU THINK?

You know what it says to me? The creators don't take the show itself seriously enough. How am I expected to? Want to know why they probably didn't take it seriously enough?

It's a kids show.

Now, I definitely can't criticise anyone for enjoying a kids show, or any cartoon, really. That's not what I'm trying to say, even if it comes off like that. Bottom line is, the people who think TTG is going to be a piece of assballs simply because it's 'taking away from the serious aspect' need a reality check. What kids show should be obligated to have a serious allure to it? None that I know of. But then, I feel like the creators tried midway when they discovered they had a wider range of an audience watching, but ultimately failed. Ask anyone that knows me personally, he or she will tell you I live by that shit. HAVE YOU SEEN MY JAMMIES AND FIGURINES?! 8D

While I understand the idea behind the transitions from 'normal' to 'chibi'/exaggerated expressions (to make it more light hearted, or perhaps convey the feelings more obviously to the children of the audience), but, seriously? Seriously. COME ON. I'm not saying Teen Titans couldn't be both serious and funny, but what I am saying that it's extremely hard to actually take it seriously with such a style of animation. Again it's the consistency. I might take it slightly more seriously if it were constantly the staple (whatever that may be, the quality kept declining and then spiking) animation style. Y'know, when they look 'normal'.

--

So, a thought just occurred. It's like they tried using the wonky/inconsistent animation style to help push along the comedy of the show. Which, quite honestly? Didn't really need it. As I said, some of the humour and jokes were corny/dry, but, come on...Superheroes making jokes (or trying to) is funny enough. :XD: Especially teenaged ones, at that. HA-HA...Puberty. 8,D

Now that I've covered the bases that are most pertinent to the 'issue' or fear of the new spin-off not having the 'serious qualities' of the old one, let's get back to TTG and-- OH WAIT. I SHOULD JUST STOP HERE BECAUSE LO AND BEHOLD, THEY'RE THE FUCKING SAME THING ONLY WITH A DIFFERENT STYLE OF ANIMATION.

...What? We still have time left? :iconokayfaceplz:.

--

ALRIGHT, SO. What we know about TTG thusfar:

1. Comedic/fun with more about what goes on with them living as roommates.
2. ONE FLOWING FORM OF ANIMATION.


Before you get your panties in a bunch about the second point-- think about it. Look at the stills. There's so much more artistic freedom in 'morphing' the characters and it'll work. It won't look as...demented and it'll fit right in with the idea of making the show funny.  

First point there? Don't know about you guys, but when watching the show-- even as a kid, I wondered where Batman was, why Robin wouldn't take off his mask, why we never got to see them 'venture to the mall of shopping' and well, be themselves. You see them playing video games and whatnot, but you never see Dick, Garfield, Vic, Rachel and Kori (then again, when don't you see Kori in the comics? :iconwhatyoudidplz: BUTTHATSNOTMYPOINT) being themselves. The excuse for this was that kids may not understand them having secret identities. WAY TO UNDERESTIMATE MY GENERATION. :| I grew up watching Batman and Robin, FFS. (LOL Burt Ward, I love youuu. :iconwhatdoesitmeanplz:).

--

DO YOU HONESTLY THINK I WON'T BE ABLE TO TELL ROBIN AND DICK ARE THE SAME PERSON? AND NO, THE HINTS/NODS TO THEIR IDENTITIES DOESN'T COUNT FUCKING FUCK.


ROBIN:
'Nosyarg Kcid' (Fractured), Raven all going into his head and using her dang-ass eyes on his which was CREEPY and seeing his parents falling to their deaths (Haunted) and the whole 'I ALREADY HAVE A FATHER *BATMAN FORESHADOWING*' (Apprentice Pt I)-- NOT GOOD ENOUGH. :iconangrydededeplz:
CYBORG:
'My name...is Stone!' (Deception)-- Great job, Cyborg. Use your real I.D. as a secret I.D...Hiding in plain site, I get it now! 8D Still... :stare:
STARFIRE:
'HFKJSDHFKJSHKORIAND'RX'HAL!' (Betrothed) -- .............

:iconderp1plz:


:iconderp6plz:

You know what? Beast Boy and Raven were the only ones that kind of sort of had some focus on their 'alter egos'. Even though Raven wasn't called Rachel or anything, she had a whole season about her/Trigon and you see her go to Azarath and meet Arella.

Beast Boy met up with his 'other family' The Doom Patrol and even got called by his real name directly (Garfield). Hm. HMMMMMMMMMM. Noticed nobody gave a shit and just kept calling him Beast Boy, anyway. LOL.


:iconsnapedisbeliefplz::iconsaysplz:10 POINTS TO YOUNG JUSTICE FOR USING THE SECRET IDENTITIES SUCCESSFULLY. Dick still seems to have a bit of trouble with it, but the little guy is learning, bless him. ; u;

Okay, I'll admit. The nods to the secret identities were clever, but let's face it-- people who don't know any better wouldn't care/pick up on them. How hard can it be to just have them call each other by their real names? DICK ISN'T A SWEAR WORD, YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE.

--

And already, by the brief descriptions about the new show, it appears that we'll get to see more of the good stuff. Granted, I doubt they're going to indulge the alter-egos and identities, but hey. It's better than nothing. Even if they do look a little different. And, in my opinion, in 're-birthing' the show as they did was all they could do and you, as the fans, should appreciate and support that, not shun it. Because as I said: We're lucky enough it's back in the first place. So show some damn respect to the people working behind the scenes. The original voice cast all got back together and are doing the voices of the main five, what more can you ask for within reason? And don't say season six, you're being stupid if you do. I've had so many people coming up to ask me to sign some dang-ass petition to get the word around to the producers or CN. NOPE. I love the show, don't ruin it. You want pointless drama in the superhero genre? Go watch Young Justice.

NOW, LET'S NOT FORGET TO MENTION THE GOOD POSSIBILITIES OF THIS NEW SHOW! LIKE NEW CHARACTERS! 8DDD
Donna, I'm waiting! :la:

:iconfangtasticplz::iconsaysplz: But there needs to be a season six! There's like, so many things left unanswered!

...:iconfancytrampgurlplz:

:iconsighingedwardplz: ...Okay. Here we go.

Of course there were some plot-holes in the original show that may or may not have been addressed in a 6th season (i.e. Red X's identity,more on Starfire, Cyborg and Robin's pasts, being explored, etc), but then, after that's all said and done...then what? They covered all the comic book arcs that were of importance and then killed it by making the movie (YES. I HATE THE MOVIE. ALL IT WAS GOOD FOR WAS ROB/STAR AND YES THAT MAKES ME GOOEY ON THE INSIDE, BUT THAT'S IT! D<). There would be nothing more to continue on with then we'd be back to the whole 'bring back season ass!' thing.

Here's something else to think about: Ever stop to consider that the original team that worked on TT are, oh, I don't know...BUSY? Working on other projects? WELL? :iconangryfinnplz:

Besides, Young Justice now fills the void of seriousness you all seem to crave. In fact, it's overkill and contributes to me really, really wanting to see the new TTG series' humour. :B

Now I'm perfectly aware that people can throw into my face that it's the animation style/mix that gives it its charm and whatnot well, all I have to say to that is:

:iconmingplz: Your side of the Internet is over there. -----> :|

In other news...



I've got a commission due before Christmas for :iconjudedeluca: and I'm also working on a...Teen Titans Christmas picture! LOLOLOL. Gonna go and try to have a life. By romancing Alistair. Okay. Bye. C:

...WHADAYA MEAN 'WHO'S ALISTAIR?'?! D< JUST LOOK AT MY DANG-ASS JOURNAL. SHIII--


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There is a bunch of things online artist do terribly wrong on a regular basis. Some of it might be directly aimed to you and some might be things you from others. 
Shortlist:
:bulletblue: Way too little time spend on painting/practice.
:bulletblue: People making nit pick pointers.
:bulletblue: The extreme fuzz about labels and methods.
:bulletblue: Witch-hunting/ talking smack.

However I'd like to start with a totally opposite note:
This year I've also experienced great support from the art community for which I'm dearly grateful for.
:icontituslunter: got me an amazing birthday gift(video), made by him and fellow awesome artists:
www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1…
And the support I've had this past week with the event of my sisters death has been incredibly helpful. (Thank you for all the donations, there are no more worries about money anymore thanks to you awesome people!)
I need help.Some of you might already know (though FB). I've suddenly lost my sister as she suddenly died a week ago in her sleep.
This came as a big shock and leaves all of us sad/angry/confused. She was a kickass rockchick and no way old enough to leave this world.
She had a daughter (my niece) for who'm this indecent hits the hardest.
As if losing someone isn't one of the most unfair feelings in the world so is the technical stuff that comes with it.
Not being prepared for paying for a funeral is one of those technicalities that in no way helps such an awful event.
(4200 euro)
So that's where I could use your help.
I'm willing to sell all sorts of things to get as much money together as possible.
So I'm temporary opening up more affordable commissions and offering 1 and a half hour feedback sessions for cheap.
(This ends by the end of this month. July



:bulletred: (most of) You seem to spend way to little time on painting!!!

Last month I've had people fill in a questionnaire and the results were quite shocking.




So since you all want to be pro's, are looking for work and a bunch already made it as pro's.
The amount time spend on training is shockingly low!! 



There really needs to be more study time done if you want to succeed in the field.
It's different per person depending how quickly and well you learn things, but I would say the real estimate time you should spend painting on a weekly basis would be between: 40-50 hours (only 2,09% of the contestants did that..)
After seeing that I was not surprised to see the low results on people who actually manage a living as an artist. Even though 87% were older than 19.

43% thereby admitted to not having started their career yet.
49 % were not able to life of the money or were completely unsuccessful.
Leaving a bare 8% leading a successful artistic career.



These are some interesting statistics on art-browsing and sharing.



I've got a few journals to help you get going if you have trouble training your skills or starting our career:
Are you on the right track? + Fuck Talent!Am I on the right track?
This is a thing people often wonder and think it's a complicated to find out, but it is actually pretty simple. It's a different question you need to ask yourself based on different topics.
As for: Fuck talent! You'll find it if you scroll down :P
:bulletblue: Topic 1: Am I on the right track to becoming a better artist?
Does your work from today, look closer to your initial goal than your work from last week? (this needs to be both in skill and idea.)
:bulletgreen: Good skills: Honing your technique, training you muscle memory, being more knowledgeable about your tools and art rules. With art rules I mean: Perspective, form, light, texture, composition.
:bulletgreen: Good ideas: Storytelling, characteristics, charm, emotion and design. Not just making things look polished but also convey something more, something that brings it to life and speaks to pe
A big black hole called: Procrastination.Procrastination is an infinite cycle that becomes bigger and bigger the longer it's there and the time wasted being sucked into it is a dark matter of nothing.
:P hahah I figured this was the most dramatic way to put it, but yeah, it's real and it sucks.
For those who don't know what it means: Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
We all suffer from procrastination. It is pretty innocent when you have it with household chores or packing your suitcase before you go on a holiday. 
But it becomes a serious problem when you do it with the important things in your life. I take it you're an artist if you're reading this and the biggest aim of being an artist is to be an even better one.
As shown in previous journals there are many
What do do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I find most aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidance
and this is what I tell them.
Find out for yourself what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of bookcovers, or card games.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must find the best work on the market in those fields. 
Find out what makes the best art of your favorite field the best art. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.
The most basic study aims are the following:
:bulletblue: Lighting.
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will give you a lot of insight.
  
:bulletblue: Shapes.
How do you paint shapes? How do you light them the right way?
You will learn a l
Where to get started before you can apply for workThere is no such thing as suddenly knowing when you are ready to turn your
passion into your profession. But there is a way of measuring your chances on being
able to get work and eventually sustain a living from it.
Accepting commissions or freelance for low payment won't help you. You can think any penny counts, but it will lower the worth of your work and damage the market.
:bulletblue: How to measure that you are ready?
You probably have high goals, but they are usually not your first step. You must search out the clients who can be that first step. Often found in the card game industry, book cover illustrations and smaller game company's. 
Look at the artwork shown by a company such as the card game company: Fantasy Flight games. Compare your skills with the average of their artworks. If it matches yours, you will have a chance. However, keep in mind that those artworks had been done in a limited timeframe, usually within 12 hour
Fast lane to becoming a better artist.I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?

Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general. 
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
1. Willpower.
2. Endurance.
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.
:bulletblue: Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image
and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!
:bulletblue: Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc. 
You will hardly notice that you are learning thing
Are you being honest with yourself?As part of becoming good at something you need to be able to reflect upon yourself. Judge your own abilities and work and consider the possibility that what ever you have been doing it wrong all along. Or perhaps you're actually being to hard on yourself and you're better than your conscious is telling you. (This is bad too because it leads to insecurities.)

Signs that you might overestimate your current skills.
Do you often feel these things when you look upon work from good artists?:
I can totally do this too.
This is not so hard, I can do this faster.
My work is way more interesting.
It's not fair that this person gets way more attention than I do.
Why am I not being recognized for my skills.
This other technique is cheating! (photo-bashing, using reference, filters, effects etc)
I don't need to draw and learn all day to become this good.
I spend 2 hours on a painting, Masterpiece!!
Signs that you might underestimate your skills.
Do you ofte
So tired of not achieving what you want?So tired of not achieving what you want?

Everyone has something they really want dearly, a career, to have a certain loved one, to be able to make certain things...
The most common one among us artist are:
- I want to be able to draw better
- I want to be able to draw like "this"person.
- I want to earn money with my drawing.
- I want to be able to draw what I imagine in my head.
- I want more people to appreciate my art.
- I want more feedback from artists I admire.
- I want more..
- I want better....
All this wanting.. dreaming of... hoping for.
How about doing it!! With these sort of "wants", it's a matter of DOING IT!
How? You ask?
There are many ways, but the usual and only answers to those desires are: 
- Spend the most time you have on drawing/painting.
- Go and ask people for help, it is okay to do so!
- Look at that amazing artwork and try and figure out how this person made it, perhaps he/she will tell you? Perhaps this person has made a video or tutoria



:bulletred: Nit-pick pointers.

Some people feel the need to go through Facebook simply to report people on nudity in their anatomy studies so they work gets banned. Or people that point out where they recognize stuff from....
No body really cares about where you recognize that piece of building from or that facial feature that sorta looks like.. this or that. In no way does the remark make you seem smarter.
It's like pointing to a cloud and saying.. mh that looks like a cloud...
If anything, artists really really hate getting such comments on their work so you're better off keeping it to yourself.
Another bad one is the: your work reminds me of this other artist.
Though sometimes the artist might consider this a compliment, it's a risky thing. Everyone tries to be their own unique individual. Don't think that just because another artist did something similar they automatically own it!
(because we can take that way back and people like Rembrandt will totally own the patent on dramatic lit portraits and Turner on seascapes... etc)
The end result of it all: You've gotten no wiser, you limited your creative self and possibly insulted the other person.


 Kickstarter illustration by alexnegrea Obliskura - Contemplation by AlexKonstad Black Goldfish by Selenada


:bulletred: The extreme fuzz about labels and methods.

Why is the end result of an art-piece undermined by it's method?
So many artists now care about: how it's made, how long it took and how it should be labeled.
'Oh my Glob!' quoted Lumpy Space Princess.

Stop caring so much about these things. I totally understand you want to learn and be able to make your art rock too.. but this has gotten really unfriendly!
Discussing whether or not something should be labeled as painted or photo-bashed... or neither.
Or questioning someones artistic abilities based on their medium.
Or artists in training being bashed for experimenting with techniques (such as using photos) and simply because it doesn't look that good as pro's, they get told they shouldn't do it at all! 
Don't let it stop you! You are allowed to fail as much as you do, no matter what medium or method you approach! Let using photos in your work be as much part of your training as penciling figure studies and copying master paintings.
Fuck the people that judge you!



Little Black Riding Hood by JonasDeRo Reactor No3 by TitusLunter Killzone: Shadow Fall Stahl chair by Phade01



:bullettred: Witch-hunting & talking smack online.

Gossip, you will find it everywhere. It's a healthy and normal human thing to be taking part in, it's best kept in private and the internet is rarely private.
The smallest accusations and one sided stories can lead to full on witch-hunts and online bashing. 
And it's scary. I've seen it happen to friend of mine in the past.
what are witch-hunts and online bashing you say?

Witch-hunts: Stalking people online on forums or Twitter/FB feeds. encouraging others to take part in this. Becoming incredibly incredibly aggressive towards the accused "witch". Completely ignoring reality and the fact the person you harass is a real human being. (I've been send photos of burned and tutored horses and people threatening me to kill me)

Talking smack online/ online bashing: Saying mean things about a person or their artwork without actually knowing this person first hand. This is usually from stories the person has heard form others and they are simply passing it through without consideration. 

I've dared to Google my name a while back: the topics I was mentioned in where hilarious..
(Apparently I'm a fake artist and fucked my way into a concept art job XD)


The end result: Being a mean and rude person in the open that gossips leaves you a bad and untrustworthy reputation.


More journals for artists and creatives :D (Big Grin)
The 5 bullshit myths of concept art.Concept art is getting bigger and bigger. More people know what it is nowadays, it gets shown in the media more often and more books get released. This automatically results into more people wanting to become concept artists. So many artschools are now creating special courses all towards game art or concept art. (Game art can also include UI design, 3D modeling etc.).
Yet it is a fairly new thing to most people and the idea of "becoming a concept artist" has grown rapidly over such a short time that a lot of people who are new to it seem to get a lot of misguide info. I am going to try to list this misguided info and direct you to the correct info.
(Again I would always advise you to do your own research and form your own knowledge and not just simply agree with what you read online, not from anyone, not from me. Even though i'm right ;) .. ofcourse. :P *wink *wink )
  
  Are you on the right track? + Fuck Talent!Am I on the right track?
This is a thing people often wonder and think it's a complicated to find out, but it is actually pretty simple. It's a different question you need to ask yourself based on different topics.
As for: Fuck talent! You'll find it if you scroll down :P
:bulletblue: Topic 1: Am I on the right track to becoming a better artist?
Does your work from today, look closer to your initial goal than your work from last week? (this needs to be both in skill and idea.)
:bulletgreen: Good skills: Honing your technique, training you muscle memory, being more knowledgeable about your tools and art rules. With art rules I mean: Perspective, form, light, texture, composition.
:bulletgreen: Good ideas: Storytelling, characteristics, charm, emotion and design. Not just making things look polished but also convey something more, something that brings it to life and speaks to pe
How to win Art-contests! (+ Caldyra winners!)Let me start by saying how incredibly happy I am with all these amazing and inspiring entries! This definitely calls for doing another such contest soon!
Most of you have really tried their best and it shows! I couldn't have asked for better or more, choosing the winners among these was already aching my brains.
This journal will show the winners and the special mentions but also a bit about how to higher your changes on winning contests (maybe good for the next one).
This was my contest for those interested:

How to win contests?!
The change on winning a contest always gets smaller based on the amount of people joining in, however this doesn't mean that your work will be diminished by the numbers.
Here is a list of tips and tricks to make sure that your work gets into the top 10 !
:bulletblue: Triple read the contest's description. Make sure you got every detail right.
In this case it was pretty important that the Skyworm loo
A big black hole called: Procrastination.Procrastination is an infinite cycle that becomes bigger and bigger the longer it's there and the time wasted being sucked into it is a dark matter of nothing.
:P hahah I figured this was the most dramatic way to put it, but yeah, it's real and it sucks.
For those who don't know what it means: Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
We all suffer from procrastination. It is pretty innocent when you have it with household chores or packing your suitcase before you go on a holiday. 
But it becomes a serious problem when you do it with the important things in your life. I take it you're an artist if you're reading this and the biggest aim of being an artist is to be an even better one.
As shown in previous journals there are many
What do do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I find most aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidance
and this is what I tell them.
Find out for yourself what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of bookcovers, or card games.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must find the best work on the market in those fields. 
Find out what makes the best art of your favorite field the best art. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.
The most basic study aims are the following:
:bulletblue: Lighting.
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will give you a lot of insight.
  
:bulletblue: Shapes.
How do you paint shapes? How do you light them the right way?
You will learn a l
Where to get started before you can apply for workThere is no such thing as suddenly knowing when you are ready to turn your
passion into your profession. But there is a way of measuring your chances on being
able to get work and eventually sustain a living from it.
Accepting commissions or freelance for low payment won't help you. You can think any penny counts, but it will lower the worth of your work and damage the market.
:bulletblue: How to measure that you are ready?
You probably have high goals, but they are usually not your first step. You must search out the clients who can be that first step. Often found in the card game industry, book cover illustrations and smaller game company's. 
Look at the artwork shown by a company such as the card game company: Fantasy Flight games. Compare your skills with the average of their artworks. If it matches yours, you will have a chance. However, keep in mind that those artworks had been done in a limited timeframe, usually within 12 hour
This is why you (and your art) get ignored.People often get the sense of being ignored in the art-scene, especially here online. We all try so hard to get our foot in the door, it's like trying to stuff yourself in an overfull bus like a sardine in a can.
Sometimes you just want to socialize with other artists you admire and you seem to be talking into a brick wall or perhaps you've send your portfolio to a company over a dozen times and still don't even seem to get the smallest response or feedback. I will try and tell you WHY you get ignored and HOW you can get noticed instead.
I will go through the following cases of being ignored:
:bulletgreen: Your comment.
:bulletgreen: Your art.
:bulletgreen: Your Portfolio.
:bulletyellow: Do know, that even though being ignored feels very personal it's hardly ever personal at all! 
:bulletblue: Your comment(s) gets ignored.
It happens ever so often. You notice an artwork or a discussion and you weigh in with your opinion or admiration, perhaps even some feedback? T
The problematic behavior of online artists.There is a bunch of things online artist do terribly wrong on a regular basis. Some of it might be directly aimed to you and some might be things you from others. 
Shortlist:
:bulletblue: Way too little time spend on painting/practice.
:bulletblue: People making nit pick pointers.
:bulletblue: The extreme fuzz about labels and methods.
:bulletblue: Witch-hunting/ talking smack.
However I'd like to start with a totally opposite note:
This year I've also experienced great support from the art community for which I'm dearly grateful for.
:icontituslunter: got me an amazing birthday gift(video), made by him and fellow awesome artists:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10203399746211607
And the support I've had this past week with the event of my sisters death has been incredibly helpful. (Thank you for all the donations, there are no more worries about money anymore thanks to you awesome people!)

:bulletred: (most of) You seem to spend way to li
Don't let the crap of the internet brainwash you.warning: This journal is my opinion and my view on things. I support open-mindedness and the possibility of anything.
The internet is full of it: People with strong opinions. Usually about 'how to do things' and 'how to absolutely not do things'.
Ask any given person this question: What is good art?
They will all give you a different answer and some of those answers are waaaay to specific for their own good.
Meaning they have a very specific view on what is good and see other work that does not meet up those qualifications as: bad, fake or cheating.
It is natural to have a preference toward certain topics or techniques when making art, but it's wrong to push those ideas upon others as a set of rules. (kinda like forcing someone into a religion)
Art should be a free medium for people to express themselves, even if this means their work goes against your standards or deems unpleasant for your taste.
(Child pornography, animal cruelty etc not included, there are limits to

The stuff that artists go through.There are so many pro's and con as to being an artist, professional or as a hobby. 
It feels nice to be able to express yourself through something you make and when that something turns out to be looking good we get this sense of accomplishment. 
Most of the time though there are bad feelings mixed with the good ones.
:bulletblue: Not being understood. Those moments where your friends or family does not understand that you have to desire to be alone and work on your art. Those copious amounts of hours you spend working and they wonder why you wouldn't rather be outside relaxing in the sun or hang out with your friends.
The only people who will ever fully understand this are other artists or simply very understandable people. It's important they they will eventually understand so there wont be any hurt feelings. Try to explain ti as calmly and rational as you can, perhaps with using examples in terms they  would understand.

:
  Overcome your unfair obstacles.We all have certain obstacles that gives us the feeling of: 'This is so unfair!.'
To me it's one of the most annoying feelings in the world because in general we don't really know how to deal with it. One little part of us says: 'Don't whine about it, you are just being jealous.' the other part of you tells you: 'If I didn't have this obstacle or disability I would rule the world!!'
So you bounce around  anger, sadness, hopelessness and envy. 
If you were just sad about something or simply angry it would be a lot easier to deal with, you cry or you just vent a bit towards a friend. 
But how to deal with he feeling of unfairness? 

:bulletblue: There are many things that can form this unfair obstacle for you.
Physical obstacles such as: MS, Lyme disease, Arthritis, Color blindness, missing fingers?
Mental obstacles such as: Depression, being a procrastinator (yes I'm naming it because it's a mental blockade that keeps y
Fast lane to becoming a better artist.I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?

Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general. 
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
1. Willpower.
2. Endurance.
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.
:bulletblue: Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image
and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!
:bulletblue: Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc. 
You will hardly notice that you are learning thing
Why it's so important to unite as artists.We are with many though yet we are with few. We're all divided over little subgroups such as, fantasy illustrators, concept artists, comic book pencilers, photomanipers, techartists, anime drawers, realism sketchers etc. You might even find your place at multiple sections.
I found that the biggest united groups on Deviant Art are mostly evolved around fan art, such as Sonic, or My little pony. 
Observations aside, I think the good thing about those groups is that they serve for companionship. Being an artist all by yourself with no one to share/talk about/discuss your work with can feel rather lonely. And that lonely feeling is not encouraging at all. Most of us  keep a lot of things taboo as well, like techniques or rates. If we were more openly with these the changes of being underpaid or missing out on a job because someone else does it for hardly any money at all will grow slimmer. People should know what they are worth and not be afraid to ask for it.
When I joined Devia
Are you being honest with yourself?As part of becoming good at something you need to be able to reflect upon yourself. Judge your own abilities and work and consider the possibility that what ever you have been doing it wrong all along. Or perhaps you're actually being to hard on yourself and you're better than your conscious is telling you. (This is bad too because it leads to insecurities.)

Signs that you might overestimate your current skills.
Do you often feel these things when you look upon work from good artists?:
I can totally do this too.
This is not so hard, I can do this faster.
My work is way more interesting.
It's not fair that this person gets way more attention than I do.
Why am I not being recognized for my skills.
This other technique is cheating! (photo-bashing, using reference, filters, effects etc)
I don't need to draw and learn all day to become this good.
I spend 2 hours on a painting, Masterpiece!!
Signs that you might underestimate your skills.
Do you ofte
When someone brings your art down...Putting our art out there makes us very vulnerable, especially when you've made something close to your heart. Perhaps something of your own fantasy, a story, a fan fiction your passionate about?
As much as most of us really want to improve, we also simply want to make art because we love it and when we share it there is a slight hope there is someone out there who will love it too.
There are all kinds of ways other people can bring you down by saying something about your art, or by doing nothing at all! Perhaps YOU are even part of making someone feel down and you're not realizing it!

:bulletblue: The harsh critique.
This person might want to help you or simply likes to bring you down. In either case this person will write in length about your lack of technique, uniqueness and/or skill. 
:bulletred: Respond option: Thanks but no thanks! Tell this person you appreciate the time spend on their post, but you rather hear constructive c
How to deal with or get feedback.Getting feedback or critiques may be hard for people.
Some people want it really bad but can't seem to get it, at least not from the people he/she is hoping for.
And other get it all the time but feel a little attacked or bullied by it.
Pretty much anyone with eyes and some intelligence is able to spot mistakes or irregularities in someone's work. This person doesn't have to be more skilled than you. 
However, this person... might be wrong.... 
:bulletpurple: How do you judge a critique?
You initially made your artwork according to the knowledge you currently have. Leaving room for mistakes in the elements you're not trained or knowledgeable in. Or perhaps you think you know something and you are not aware that it's wrong.
When someone gives you feedback, even though it might feel incorrect. Take a little time to do some extra research on the matter. 
:bulletblue: You can ask others if they agree with someone's  feedback.
:bulletblue: You can search online (wit
So tired of not achieving what you want?So tired of not achieving what you want?

Everyone has something they really want dearly, a career, to have a certain loved one, to be able to make certain things...
The most common one among us artist are:
- I want to be able to draw better
- I want to be able to draw like "this"person.
- I want to earn money with my drawing.
- I want to be able to draw what I imagine in my head.
- I want more people to appreciate my art.
- I want more feedback from artists I admire.
- I want more..
- I want better....
All this wanting.. dreaming of... hoping for.
How about doing it!! With these sort of "wants", it's a matter of DOING IT!
How? You ask?
There are many ways, but the usual and only answers to those desires are: 
- Spend the most time you have on drawing/painting.
- Go and ask people for help, it is okay to do so!
- Look at that amazing artwork and try and figure out how this person made it, perhaps he/she will tell you? Perhaps this person has made a video or tutoria
Avoid getting ripped off by a client.As a freelancer most of your business takes place online, which makes it really easy
for people to rip you off. How many times have we seen the following scenario's:
1- Someone offers a descent payment for your artwork but wants you to do an art-test first.
after the art-test you're being told you're not good enough. Later you find out that other people
got to do different art-test topics and also weren't good enough. The client clearly ripped people off to get free artwork.
2- Someone offers good money for your artwork. The sketch gets approved so you continue working. Right when it's done the total image suddenly becomes a great disappointment and the client ends up not paying you.
These were just 2 examples of situations that happen a lot to freelancers. There are many more like it.
:bulletblue: How to detect if a client is a bit fishy...
Does their email address look professional? Some legit people may use their Gmail address, with their real name or nickname, those are questionabl

The emotional shield that prevents hurt.Being an artist = Being sensitive.
We all know it. Making something and then showing it out there makes you very vulnerable, emotionally.
What if people think it's shit? What if they think it's weird... what will they think? Will that reflect on how they think of me as a person?
I know what some of you are thinking right now... 'You should care less about what people think of you or you art.'
In a sense you are right.. than again, you SHOULD care what people think of you and your art! They are your market and potential clients.
It's easier when you're already doing your dream job and couldn't care less for other potential directions... but most of us will always stay interested in new opportunities.
They= Everyone who see your personality and/or artwork.

Being an artist = Being lonely.
Artists of a certain type tent to stick together. Industry veterans seems to ignore the public eye and the internet fully. Some artists in the making clut
Being a miserable artist = being a bad artist.I recently felt it being one of the most important things, not just for an artist; being happy with what you do. No one wants to get up every morning thinking.. shit .. another work day. Of course there can be days, maybe even a full week of that, but the majority of your time you should be feeling content and happy even.
With that lack of love and enthusiasm it is most likely reflected into your work.

Now it's not always your own fault that your work doesn't make you happy and doesn't feed your creative monster. But it can be in these cases.
You make your OWN workday miserable when:
:bulletblue: If you don't speak your mind and stand up for your opinion and values.
:bulletblue: If you're not open minded regarding feedback and new techniques.
:buletblue: If you don't aim for improvement. (though aiming for perfecting all the time can be stressful)
:bulletblue: when you allow yourself to work under stressful circumstances for too long.
These are
Timing fucking matters.Time does a lot of things, it makes you older, it gets you to places, it never stops going forward. However you control when and how you use it!
Everyone makes choices on a daily bases, most of them are actually done with your auto-pilot function out of habit.

Most people usually sit in the same spot on the couch, chooses what to wear based on previously made combinations and so on, unless they consciously become aware of their action and might decide it's time for a change. It can be a small thing that makes people aware of their options
You can count that pretty much every person out there works like this and YOU often depend on THEIR choices.
My point of this journal is saying: Use this in your advantage!
Time can be compared to a diet. Eating to much bad stuff will make you unhealthy and feel bad, while eating healthy things will keep you going and feel good. So time can either make you feel stuck in one place, maybe even going backwards (ageing already does that for you) or
Things I learned at: The Industry Workshops 2014Holy shit amazeballs... this past weekend....
But let me start of by shortly telling you what the industry workshops actually were.
(The artwork in this journal are from some of the lecturers.)
:bulletblue: What is: #IW_14?
The Industry workshops took place last weekend August 29 to 31 2014, at 2 venues both located at Hoxton Square, London United Kingdom.
It was organized and hosted by a group of industry professionals in the fields of concept art, matte painting and illustration in film, games and freelance.
Let me name the people that profited the lectures and demo's from 10 in the morning to 8 in the evening, ending with a 1+ hour QA session as seen on the picture below.

(Not in the same order as the picture)
Alex Brady, Alex Heath, Alex Negea, Andrei Riabovitchev, Björn Hurri, Dave Neale, emrah elmasli, Jama Djurabeav, Jon McCoy, Jonas De Ro, Kan Muftic, Levi Peterffy, Mark tompkins, Nadia Mogile
When inspiration is far to be found...We all get these anoying times when we really want to make something cool, get inspired and work that magic. We see everyone around us (online) do it, but how come we are not?
So we look for ways to get inspired, we ask around, find these usual answers: go watch a film, listen to music.. take a walk...
But even when we do that, we still end up stuck most of the time.
Part of the solution is knowing WHY we get stuck and this is my theory.

:bulletblue: ADT - Attention Deficit Trait.
'Experiencing an inner frenzy of distractability, impatience, difficulty in setting priorities, staying focused and managing time. Those are our biggest enemies as they all end up cluttering your head and keeping you from spending quality focused time on a singular topic.
Everything we do now a days is based around multitasking and it is giving us a constant overdose of information. Let me elaborate.
How many of you travel daily by public transport and don't look away


Thanks for reading, you amazing people! ^^ !
I write these journals to note down my thoughts and experiences and am really humbled by the fact it draws to many readers ^^ 


The random winner selected for doing the questionnaire is: :iconanjadipaolo: She got an artbook to pick! Send me a note girl!
I will make a new questionnaire soon, meant for artists aiming for an artistic career only. Again a random entry will be selected and gets a free artbook :D

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Alright, so I'm totally experimenting on the airings on the TTS. I'm pretty sure that there's a pattern of when they're airing.
Don't get mad at me if I'm wrong, like I mentioned earlier, I'm just hypothesizing of when it airs.

Since the very first airing of the DC Nation on March 3... TTS didn't air till the next Saturday (3/10) along with Superman @ Japan.

There's a 3 weeks gap with the airings and hopefully it will stay that way since Superman @ Japan aired at the same time as TTS.
So far... 3/10 and 3/31

If I'm right... the next TTS airings will be on:
3/10
3/31
4/21
5/12
6/2
6/23 no airings on this day
7/14 no airings on this day
8/4
8/25 no airings on this day
9/15 no airings on this day
9/29
10/6
10/20no airings on this day
10/27no airings on this day
11/17no airings on this day
12/8no airings on this day
12/29no airings on this day

...and every 3rd Saturday after that...

I'm still testing it out, but hopefully this will help TT fans who set up their alarms at 10am on Saturdays :)


Here are the shows that have passed:


Preview #1: "Burp" www.youtube.com/watch?v=usL0ZF…
Preview #2: "3D" www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT-N1o…
3/10: "Wrong Belt" www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-6eim…
3/31: "Stream of Conscious" www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zUA1S…
4/21: "Turn Back the Clock" www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPnfVI…
5/12: "Blackfire's Babysitters" www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdMk68… Mother's Day special
6/2: "Cyborg the Lifeguard" www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvROvn…
6/9: "Taped Before Live Audience" www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQdz0d… This was caught me off guard. This was a TT short that was shown last Saturday, but I was waiting for someone to post the link on youtube
7/2: "Burping Contest" Full short www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OU1Kd…
8/14: "Red X Unmasked" www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVSoCs…
9/29: "Gamma Rays and You" www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnyFMN…
10/6: "Language Lesson"/Raven's Date" www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkintk…
11/10: "Titanimal Kingdom" www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…
11/15: "Groundhog Minute" www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…
11/17: "Kids Korner 4 Kids" www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQSCNO…
12/1: "Apprentice Part 3" www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVbjZO…
12/8: "Bad Dad" www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7vmzL…
12/15: "Lightning Round" www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfBdA7…
12/22: "Mayhem at First Sight" www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmRVHn…

~~~~Update~~~~

So after the 4/21 eps, there was a preview of "Teen Titanic" For 4/28. It's a new short show. And also after 4/21's short preview, TT will just be partnered with random shorts. Today was Elastic man instead of Superman @ Japan. Just hopefully they didn't change the pattern of when they'll show TTS

Here is the (MAD)Teen Titanic link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7J9E-…

~~~~Update 6/8~~~~

THE BIG NEWS: www.ign.com/articles/2012/06/0…

BIG NEWS EVERYONE! TEEN TITANS IS COMING BACK!!! BUT... with a few exceptions:
Good News:
-THE RUMOR ABOUT TESTING TT SHORTS ON BRINGING BACK THE ACTUAL SHOW WAS TRUE.
-ALL VOICE ACTORS WILL BE TOGETHER
-Still has that kid-ish appropriate.
-Full half-hour shows!
Bad News( Changes. it depends if its good or bad in your view):
-The title will be: Teen Titans Go!
-Different drawing styles
-More focused on humor
-It's more of a filler episode as being teenagers during their free time
-Premieres in 2013.

~~~~Update 6/9~~~~

So a new TT short came out earlier! I just waited for the link to be posted on youtube (:
I put it with the other episodes listed above.
I'm not sure if it'll affect the pattern... but let's hope it doesn't ^^;

~~~~Update 6/15~~~~

Promo pic :3
worldsfinestonline.com/WF/tita…

~~~~Update 7/6~~~~

Not related to DC Nation but an old special features video for Teen Titans as to how they came up with the voices :)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gk23W…

~~~~Update 7/16~~~~

2013 Teen Titans Go! series pics

titans-tower.tumblr.com/post/2…

~~~~Update 7/20~~~~

Teen Titans Go! Reboot news

www.theouthousers.com/index.ph…

~~~~Update 7/29~~~~

Comicon Teen Titans Go! Interview
collider.com/teen-titans-go-aa…

~~~~Update 9/28~~~~

It's been a really long time since I've made a note on this. I haven't heard about anything about the TTS! shows in a long time (since CN was taken out of my DTV schedule). So I've been looking around for news on here, fb groups, youtube, etc. just to find out about it.
So good news, I found a note on the :iconteentitans: group and they posted this link of new upcoming TTS!

One is coming up tomorrow! "Gamma Rays and You" I'll be able to post the link soon when I receive notes of the link :'3
For now, here's a sneak peek trailer for the new upcoming DC Nation :)
yjfanvids.tumblr.com/post/3247…

~~~~Update 9/29~~~~

Just for those who want to learn how to draw them :)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeZHFZ…

~~~~Update 11/3/12~~~~

Got some awesome news from this note from :iconteentitans:
and here are some updates for those who didn't see it!

Anyways, here are two different pictures of the new 2013 Teen Titans Go! pictures.
The only difference in these two pictures is the way Beast Boy appears.

Here is how the 'new' BB looks (I personally prefer this one): i.imgur.com/jGrlZ.jpg
Here is how BB looked the first time we heard of TTG 24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5b…

Also here's a new game of Teen Titans Go! posted on CN! www.cartoonnetwork.com/games/t…

It's actually fun. There is about 30 levels in this game before you reach the end. The ending is pretty ironic. But you gotta play it to get what I mean! :D
Happy playing for all you TT lovers :wave:

~~~~Update 11/4/12~~~~

I'm so freaking late. 8:12 "Starfire is a character that we're talking about for season 3."
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQnptA…

WHAT.

~~~~Update 11/10/12~~~~

New episode for TTS posted today on youtube. I found the link off of tumblr simplyuniqueme.tumblr.com/post…

Anyways guys, I crossed off the every third saturday because it's no longer being tested. TTS had the most hits, I assume.
It appears that this may be the last video for the year, well until January of next year.

Tune in for more news next time! :D

~~~~Update 11/26/12~~~~

Didn't know I missed several episodes ago, but here they are updated! :)
I love that BBRae moment on "Groundhog Minute" short at 0:26 :)

~~~~Update 12/1/12~~~~

I can't even. SilkiexLarry moment. Had to laugh so hard xDD
But I could totally picture Robin acting like Larry to save Starfire xDDDD

~~~~Update 12/15/12~~~~

Cyborg's voice is temporarily replaced by someone else because he was (If I may assume) busy with his "The Last Push" debut.

~~~~Update 12/22/12~~~~

Seems like MotherxMumbo is now cannon. xD
Slade's cameo made my night.
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PIXEL RAFFLE(CLOSED)

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 27, 2013, 3:26 PM
Im holding a pixel raffle again :iconexcitedblushplz:


Bullet; Pink HOW TO JOIN - just fave this journal :D
there will be 2 winners  and winners get a pixel avatar of there choice

raffle will end in 24 hours 

good luck guys :iconhandsomeonionplz:


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Scribblenauts Unmasked Contest

Wed Sep 25, 2013, 12:08 PM

Contest Ends October 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM, Los Angeles, CA, time.

In Scribblenauts Unmasked, Maxwell solves puzzles by summoning anything you can think of using his magic notepad. This time, he has the ability to summon thousands of characters from the DC Comics Universe! Help Maxwell in his mission by creating your own unique Scribblenauts version of any character from the DC Comics Universe, in any environment. Scribblenauts Unmasked features all of your favorite DC Comics characters like Superman, Batman, and the Joker, and all the obscure ones too like Calendar Man, Stephanie Brown, and The Zoo Crew.

Watch the trailer above for inspiration and ideas. It will clue you into the Scribblenauts world.

Create your own Scribblenauts version of your favorite DC Comics character(s) using any drawing tool. You can place your character(s) in any environment.

Enter your unique Scribblenauts character(s) into the contest by using the SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY button below. Remember to put the name of the character(s) in the description for your entry when you submit. Your entry must be a single .JPG or .PNG file and must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width by 550 pixels in height.

Each grand prize winner will receive $1,000 USD and their entry will be featured in a billboard on the deviantART homepage that links directly to the winner's deviantART profile for maximum exposure!

THE SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED CONTEST BEGINS AT 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC TIME (PT) ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 AND ENDS AT 11:59:59 PM (PT) ON OCTOBER 2, 2013.

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of September 25, 2013.
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PT) on October 2, 2013 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
  • Entrant must submit an original rendering of a Scribblenauts version of any character(s) from the DC Comics Universe;
  • The Work may originate in any drawing medium but must be submitted as a single .JPG or .PNG file;
  • Your entry must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width by 550 pixels in height;
  • You may not use any third party stock images for the Work however licensed brushes and textures are acceptable. Do not include the Scribblenauts name in your entry.
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the Official Rules carefully.

Three grand prize winners will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff on or about October 5, 2013, from all eligible and qualified entries.

Judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Adaptation of the DC Character(s) in the style of Scribblenauts
  • Overall Impact of the Work,
  • Originality and Artistic Skill.

The three winners will be announced by appearing one at a time and one per day on October 6, 7 and 8, 2013 in home page billboard takeovers and thereafter in a message center announcement to all entrants.



In Scribblenauts Unmasked, Maxwell solves puzzles by summoning anything you can think of using his magic notepad. Help Maxwell in his mission by creating your own unique Scribblenauts version of any character from the DC Comics Universe, and you could win cash and a feature on deviantART's home page!
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Some sketches from the last month

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 28, 2014, 9:57 AM


I decided to show some sketches from the last month. I draw in my sketchbook everyday so I like to do some compilation. I Hope You enjoy this small update ! :)

























Instagram compilation by mannequin-atelier





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New One Piece OC List!:new: +OP+ OC x Canon List :new:
:new: +OP+ OC x OC List :new:
Okay lets get started~
Click here for more information: List of (all) One Piece OCs - Rules
Btw. if you like you can
 tell your friends about this list or write a journal
,
any help is welcome~
PLEASE, ONLY YOUR MAIN OC(s)!
Current number of OCs:

203



:bulletblue::bulletyellow::bulletblue::bulletyellow::bulletblue::bulletyellow:[Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Yellow][Bullet; Blue]
[Bullet; Green]A[Bullet; Green]
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MonkeyDSophie
Abbo Bach Pic
Assistant
Devil Fruit: None
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Saints-Of-Ravens
Adonis
Arms dealer (Onyx/black market)
Devil fruit: Phero Phero Fruit (pheromones)
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GueparddeFeu


Hey guys!
I decided to do a ONE PIECE list with (all) OCs :la:
Lets bring the One Piece fandom back to life!
(It would be great if you could tell your friends about this list so we can collect as many OCs as possible~)


All you have to do:
Comment with your One Piece OC(s)
-Name of the creator
-OC Name
-Pirate or Marine or sth else
-what sort of Devil Fruit / no Devil Fruit
(you also can send a link with a picture of your OC)

PLEASE, ONLY YOUR MAIN OC(s)!

Example:
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Running-Gecko
Petrol  Pic
Pirate
Devil Fruit: None
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Sth like this :D
(comment if you have other suggestions)

Running-Geck(o)


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