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Journal Entry: Tue Jul 17, 2018, 12:06 AM


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Greetings peeps! General update pertaining to what will be going on with me the next couple weeks, and then months to come.

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Firstly, I hope The Selection fans are enjoying the consistent updates! I am working on finishing up 3 more for the buffer that will carry into September. I don't have any plans set in stone, but I'm hoping if I can keep up the pace by the end of the year, I might try experimenting with weekly updates come 2019. Something like, do a weekly update for a month, and see how quickly I can recoup, and if I can't I'll just go back to biweekly like now. If I think I can manage, 2019 will have weekly updates at some point, but if not, I'll just periodically try weekly ones just to test until I feel confident. I appreciate everyone's support on this recent resurgence for the comic, and hope not to disappoint! I want to try having a website officially up for it in the future, when I'm sure I can keep up this schedule.

As always, don't forget to check out my Patreon! The end of this month I will be releasing a document detailing old plotlines and shenanigans I removed from the comic's plot. A lot of them are... pretty surprising and... bad. Mostly bad. And next month I'll be posting a PDF of old unpublished TS art and sketches! So check it out if you're interested in that! Along will seeing new pages MONTHS early!


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Okay, so starting next week Pyro and I will be starting our move. It'll carry into the first week of August. Around the second week, we will hopefully be settled in enough to have things come back to semi-normal. But I might be absent a lot online until then. So just be aware! TS pages are set on a queue so no worries there. Same with Birds of a Feather, though I'll be taking a week or two break from it just to have one less thing to worry about as we move.

Speaking of which, BoaF is about to reach its final arc, and it'll be complete in another 10 chapters/postings. I'm very excited and happy with the story, and have been enjoying it a lot, so I hope you guys do too who have been reading it. I think it's the longest written story I've posted here on dA. I'd love to try this format again with other stories, namely the reboot of PICARD I'll be starting in November.

Of course, once BoaF is over, I won't likely be giving up my Arpeggio shenanigans anytime soon. I might dwindle on drawing him as much... orrr maybe I'll draw more? I dunno, dawgs. You know how I get with these things. I have a project in early stages I'll be working on throughout August once I settle in and get into a new routine. I have mostly 10000 pictures I have wanted to draw but had no time... so SOON.

Anyway, move will be happening soon. July 23rd thru to around August 6th-ish give or take. I will be few and far between for sure between the 23rd-1st. After that, it might take some time, but I hope to get back to as normal as possible! I have a lot of plans for personal health and otherwise I want to get in routine for so... let's see how it goes! Thanks for being patient with me!

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Additionally, I wanted to, well, not really apologize (but kinda apologize?) for the weird updates the last few months. I've mostly been posting nothing but BoaF, TS, and commissions... and not much else. I mean, I guess it's not super weird. Prior to that I mostly posted school work and commissions and not much else. I've been getting an increase of steady, consistent commissions this year and I am insanely thankful and happy about that! And I hope to continue going strong with it (along with... actually remembering to post them pfff) I especially have been ramping up my commissions this months in order to pay for the move (which I did, thank you!). But I DO plan on doing more personal works and things in the future, now that school is behind me! BoaF is a personal work for me too, but I know not everyone reads literature, so I'll be having misc comics and illustrations upcoming! Especially reference sheets, because jeezus I need to get on that already.

Either way, I appreciate you guys bearing with me as I go through all this! I have a huge queue of finished commissions that will be blasted at ya every day this week because I have a backlog. So expect lots of ARRTT even if it's not personal art.

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Hope everyone's having a fab summer!

~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: Spooky YT stories
  • Reading: My Own Fic
  • Watching: Myself Draw
  • Playing: Far Cry 4
  • Eating: Poptarts
  • Drinking: Coffee and H2O

Upcoming Commission Sales + Updates

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 18, 2018, 6:47 PM


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Greetings peeps! More updates for you all on our moving situation and some other things!

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Firstly, I had mentioned last journal that Pyro and I were moving. Well, bad news is we are still moving, but not where we want to go. It'll hopefully be a temporary solution of 6 months to a year, before we find our next destination. But everyone's comments on moving were extremely helpful for this venture as well! And we will use all advice given for our future plans.

Our current apartment lease runs up on the 31st of July, so next month is going to be hectic between packing everything (hunting for boxes because holy crap it's so hard to find boxes?? I stole one out of a garbage can a few weeks ago), cleaning up the apartment, moving, and then the dreadful unpacking. I'll be going through a whole crapton of stuff and getting rid of them. I have a lot of things I feel hesitant donating (I'm one of those weird people who gets uncomfortable donating things to places where I don't know where the items will end up... I suppose because those items once had sentimental value, and the uncertainty of their future makes me a little anxious) so I might see if anyone wants them for dirt cheap (pay for shipping and that's it essentially). And some other stuff I might sell, like my Warrior Cats books because I don't want them and will never read them again lol

Either way, going to do a major cleanup. So I might be scarce for awhile between mid-July and mid-August.

Before that, though, we decided that, in order to pay for the moving truck, we will be hosting extra commission streams and specials! Not sure yet what I'll be doing.
Do any of you guys have suggestions?
Is there some sort of cheap deal you'd like from me?
Or just any general ideas for what might be good to try?

I definitely think I am going to try some "Doodles for Kofi" commission types, where you donate $3+ dollars on my Kofi and I draw you a small something. And then my usual sketch commission streams. We will see!
Just know this is not an emergency donation type of thing! We aren't going to suffer from this move by any means, just to make that clear! But we do need to make some extra money, so we will be doing stuff to properly earn it. It's our jobs, after all!

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Beyond this, my usual scheduled content should remain. The Selection is fine until August, and I started the next batch of updates already. Birds of a Feather might drop here and there, depending, but I do it for funzies so it isn't a huge deal to miss an update.

Don't forget to join my Patreon for early access! At current, higher tiered folks already have seen all of my current batch fully completed, and are onto the second!

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ONE LAST THING! I made several status updates last month about my parents' dog, Sadie/Toot/Tater. I didn't want to give any updates until I knew 100% what her recovery was. Well, she officially passed the "safe zone" mark, and she is back to almost-normal now! There are a lot of things that have to be changed for her now (she can no longer take flea medication as example) but other than some inconveniences, she is good to go! I'm so happy about it, because she was on the cusp of death for so long.

On the downside, however, our elderly dog Sammy may pass away soon. While that's not "okay" per-say, I am not as down about it as I had been. He's 15 years old and lived a full, more-than-happy life. I'm just thankful he's made it to such a ripe age!

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That's all I can think of for now. Be well, everyone!
~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: Joel play games
  • Reading: Peregrine's Amazing Fanfic
  • Watching: FLCL 2
  • Playing: Beseige and Far Cry 4
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coffee

Moving Questions?

Journal Entry: Sat May 12, 2018, 7:01 PM


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Greetings all! Due to unforeseen circumstances, StupidShepherd and I are going to have to make a move sometime very soon out of state (I might elaborate on this later). But we are both extremely ignorant to how this process works, and we could really use some advice!

I don't really know where to begin on all this, or what kind of information I need to give in order to help. So I'll just ask some general questions and maybe you guys can help us out? We would greatly appreciate it!
We are currently looking to continue renting someplace. And please note, yes I have Googled all of these questions and read a bunch of forums and things. But we'd still really like to hear more personal stories! So please don't link articles to answer questions unless you think they are very beneficial!

What is better to rent, a house or an apartment? What are your personal pros and cons?

Is the application process for renting a house any different than renting an apartment? If so, how?

Have you ever looked for a place out-of-state? Do you have any advice on how to go about this?
We plan on visiting the place and looking at stuff ourselves at some point, but we'd still be doing it mostly remotely, and neither of us have really had to do that before (any time I've looked for places it was local).

What are some general tips and tricks you can personally give on finding a place?
When I've looked in the past, our priority was asking about crime rates in the area, but I'd like to know if there's other very important questions to ask or things to look for.

What is the best, most affordable way to move? (long-distance)
Rent a Uhaul? Just make a bunch of trips in cars over an extended period? Hire professional movers?

Do you have any horror stories you can tell?

Any extremely good stories?


And lastly:
Does anyone here live in/have lived/visit Virginia? Specifically the Roanoke/Blacksburg/etc. area?
This is one place we are looking at/around, and any personal experiences about it help lots.


Think that's all I can think of at the moment. We are extremely stressed about this news, and any words of wisdom will really do us wonders!
Thanks everyone in advance!

~*~Filly B.~*~




  • Listening to: Meant to Be - Bebe Rexha
  • Reading: The Dragon of Lonely Island
  • Watching: Bojack Horseman
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Cupcake
  • Drinking: H2O

Something to Say

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 17, 2018, 3:52 PM


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The Selection Patreon LAUNCHING APRIL 22 by AlfaFilly

Now that I'm finally about to do this, I realize there's something I really need to get off my chest. It's been tearing me up/holding me back for a really long time and it needs to be said.

For years, thanks (no thanks) to certain people making me feel like shit, I've felt like a trashy webcomic creator. "But I have a job/am in school and have a webcomic too. You're not trying hard enough." Usually those who say this either A. aren't taking art in school or do art as a job so they have no idea what it's like or B. they just assume everyone must think and act like they do. But you know what? People aren't like you, and your advice is not the end-all be-all.

The fact that I've known so many people who were not able to juggle webcomics and school/jobs at the same time proves I'm not alone. And yes, sometimes people are lazy, but a lot of these people I speak of are anything but. Everyone is different. We are human, and we are not all carbon copies of each other for a good reason. I'm glad you can run a webcomic weekly or twice weekly and still have a good paying job on the side. But not everyone can do that, and building this stigma that everyone has to be like you is ridiculous.

Now, am I perfect? God no. I don't want to say I've ever been lazy, because I don't think I have been. My problem has always been priorities and motivation. When I've wound down from a big project over summers or breaks, instead of spending that time working on the webcomic I decided to do other projects: Picard stuff, my fanfic, [redacted], OCTs... why? Well, I guess because when you spend all your time doing things you are supposed to do, you don't really want to relax by... doing more things you're supposed to do. And then of course, there's the fact I just found those things FUN and wanted to HAVE FUN. The Selection wasn't fun for me for a really long time. In part, it was because the story itself was in a rut, and partly, it was because of "those people" who constantly made me feel like shit.

But also, those are excuses. And I need to stop using excuses so much.

I'm not perfect, as said. I've always made mistakes and I'll always make mistakes. I've broken promises and I'll always probably break promises. So I don't want to promise that now that the Patreon will soon be launched that I'll never skip an update or something won't go horribly wrong, or I won't lose motivation, cause I'm not going to put myself up for failure. All I will say, is that I'm going into it with a new perspective, and I'm going to try. And I'm looking forward to taking this journey with all of you, and I hope that all of you will help continue to inspire me, whether that be by faving and running, leaving nice comments, commissioning me, paying for my content, or just BEING THERE. That's right, I'm talking to you silent lurkers: I know you're there and I appreciate you just as much.

Will I fail? Maybe. Will I be a success? If I try hard enough.

I wish I could be in the spot of my more successful webcomic creators and friends, but wishing isn't gonna solve the problem. I have to work with what I got and who I am. And I need to let all my envy and jealousy slip away so I can become a better person than I once was. And I can't guarantee that'll happen either, but I'm still gonna try.

Thanks everyone <3

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My next goal is to PURCHASE A NEW JOURNAL SKIN OH MY GOD.

~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: DNCE songs
  • Reading: Babe the Gallant Pig
  • Watching: Dexter
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: TACOS
  • Drinking: Sweet Tea

It's the FINAL COUNTDOWN

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 25, 2018, 6:40 PM


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Belated on giving my quarterly review, so I'll do that plus give the run down on my FINAL QUARTER EVER!

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Alrighty, so pros and cons happened this past quarter. I took 2 classes: Survey of New Media (Art History) and Advanced Inking Techniques (studio). Both were great! The Survey class ended up basically being a philosophy class where we looked at funky artworks that used technology in various ways. It was a very thought-provoking class, and we had to do a lot of group projects, discussions, and essays. I enjoyed it a good bit, but god it was a tiring class that went by so slow. It's hard to explain how I could enjoy a class but also hate it... but that's how it was!

Inking was also great and I don't regret it a bit! It was super chill, even if we did have to pump out a lotta work. Made a massive amount of great pieces I've already shown on here, plus others I haven't posted yet (and might not). While I didn't exactly learn an insane amount pertaining to inking like I thought, I learned tons about textures and composition and even color theory! So it was a very beneficial class, and fun!

For the biggest con, it was all far busier than I had anticipated. I was hoping to get my comic stuff up and running earlier this year, but that simply didn't happen.
The ironic part? It wasn't even the classes that did most of it, but everything else plus the classes. I took on so much stuff this quarter... and it definitely influenced how I'm going to adjust things for the future. It basically felt like I was taking the regular full load/3 classes. I'm still having effects from that now. Hopefully after FWA things will chill out...

Current things on my plate to wrap up in the next couple weeks:
  • Anthology Submission (Due March 30th)
  • Finish FWA prep (including doing our badges) by April 5th
  • Application for convention (Due April 15th)
  • Final Layouts for student film
  • Commissions

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Which leads to the upcoming and final quarter! This will be the last class I take ever. After 7 years of college, I'm ready to be done.

This is Senior Project, and from what I gather it will be the grand finale. We will be making a project during the class that will theoretically get us hired. Since I'm no longer interested in working in the industry, I will be focusing a lot of mine around self-directed content if I'm able. He'll probably force me to do some typical business portfolio/pitch stuff, but that's to be assumed. I'll also be finalizing a bunch of crap like my resume and things of that nature. According to the listing, I will also have the option to open a Patreon through the class, so I'll probably do that, since I keep putting the dang thing to the side. So expect a launch of that sometime in the coming weeks.

In terms of my project, I'm gonna refocus on BOOM since that seems to be my most publishing-friendly story. I don't know if I'll be redoing/editing existing pages or making new ones. Ideally I'd want to make another 12 pages or so. But I guess I'll wait and see what he thinks first before saying. I would certainly like to make BOOM be my secondary comic, since it actually has a concise story to tell. So I'm hoping that works out!

I had thought about taking The Selection into class, but I... think that'd be an awful idea lol I mean, it's just too far along at this point that critiques won't benefit me much. The character designs cannot be changed and I don't focus on mega-high quality for the pages, since I use it mostly as a means of experimentation. So while I won't be bringing the comic into class, I do plan to utilize the class to get TS back up and running as planned. The Patreon, for example, plus some additional things like a new logo and things of that nature. I want to essentially double up my projects if I can since I won't be taking any other classes. With hope I'll get the time to fulfill these duties, unless the professor murders me like he did last time.

Again, I'll see how things go.

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That's all for now! Peace out~
~*~Filly B.~*~






by: StupidShepherd & AlfaShampoo-Artemis
  • Listening to: No Excuses - Meghan Trainor
  • Reading: Stuart Little
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing D8
  • Drinking: Water

TAGGED! Character Facts and Features!

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 28, 2018, 5:36 PM


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First, character fact meme! Got tagged by :iconhuman-total: and :iconreverendaspen:!

1. Post these rules.
2. Post 8 facts about your character.
3. Tag 8 other people along with the characters you want them to write about (which leads to rule 4).
4. Post their avatars and write the character names next to them.
5. NO TAG BACK!



Character: Keyona Reference Sheet by AlfaFilly

1. Keyona is a massive freakin nerd. Everything from roleplays to video games to anime, she is into all of it and more.

2. Her ref is a bit outdated and needs touching up: she's no longer into guns presently, but in her late teens she was really into sport shooting with her dad. Then she kinda lost interest.

3. She loved going to college and would be one of those people who would go back to school constantly just to earn every degree she could if she had the means.

4. Unlike her BFF Picard, she is exceptionally good at money. Her student loans have long been paid off and she has a huge amount of savings she occasionally uses to treat herself to nerd stuff.

5. She's more of a 2000's era gamer. PS2, Gamecube, XBox/360, that kinda good stuff. She'll do PC games, but she's more of a console person.

6. She currently has no interest in settling down or having kids. Making sure Picard and Audrey don't hurt themselves is hard enough. She's not opposed to dating, though.

7. In the mytho!AU, she is a sphinx.

8. She doesn't understand art, like, at all, despite consuming so much art-based content.


:icongothicmonocle: Anyone! Original or one of your AUs!
:iconperegrinefalconlady: Maybe Des? I'm not sure!
:iconnothofagus-obliqua: Guyra cause it's been awhile!
:iconladyunorthodox: Anyone!!
:iconabsolutezeroes: Geizella!

And uhhh idk. I know a bunch more people I'd like to tag but idk if they'd be into it or are else already tagged X'D So If you wanna do it, steal it!

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Second tag!

The first 10 people to comment on this journal will get three of my favorite deviations from their gallery featured!
The only rule is to make a journal like this and do the same thing featuring me in one of the slots!

1. :iconfluffyz:
Such fabulous experimental styles, amazing gestures, good graphics, literally everything delightful in one delightful gallery. Watch them ok.
I Love Rock And Metal by fluffyz Smoke Dance by fluffyz Das Bun by fluffyz
Plus stuff for me cause why not :3c
  Sexy Raptor by fluffyz Art Raffle Winner 2 by fluffyz

2. :icondekolamp: | :iconfinion591:
OPPONENT OF FORMER! Such good arts. Everything feels so solid and have great forms. Good compositions and (not included but) amazing character/creature designs.
PKMNSkies: Secret Santa 2016 by DekoLamp A curious creature by Finion591 PKMNSkies: Matilda Trade by DekoLamp
Plus this, cause good memories <3
Some sort of a cover by Finion591

3. :iconreverendaspen:
Such a fantastic writer who needs WAY MORE READERS. I've loved your writing from day 1. It helps we have similar interests in the ALLEEUMS too.
Faded and Fated, Chapter 1“Dinner and a Meeting”
            Not much happens in little towns like Daywood. Of all the cities in the nation of Lightfall, that town with a meager population of 35 is among the sleepiest. Even the most relatively energetic location in the entire hamlet, the Eight Fairies Inn & Tavern, there is very little that one could call “exciting.” However, there was one day some time ago that a sizable injection of life was given to the quiet farming village.
            A young Ratfolk was seated at the tavern’s edge near a window as he tried to enjoy the pork stew he had ordered, to little success. Just before taking a single bite, he noticed a small, almost invisible hair on top of the broth. With a huff and a few stiff steps to the bar, he sat up on the barstool and presented his issue with his would-be meal.
     
Cold Desert Night, Part 0            For some people, the year’s end brings out the worst in them. Rather than feeling joyous and charitable, they seem to almost go out of their way to be miserable. It happens occasionally on Earth, and the worlds of the Maelstronian Alliance are no different. The bitterness and tendency to be vindictive that comes to some can strike for any reason to anyone, but there’s always one common denominator: the ones who are forlorn are never the only ones to suffer. No, the people around them—even the ones that these people love and care for are in pain because of it.
            Countess Marciannah sat in the office of her palace on the evening before New Year's Eve, barely awake and grumbling to herself over her many dilemmas. There were executive orders to sort, the voices of her people to listen to, and there was her own lack of sleep. But the most pres
CoversCover me. Grab that gun; we have to move.
Cover your mouth. They can hear you a mile away; don't scream.
Cover your ears. They moan all the time; those noises will drive you insane.
Cover your eyes. Your friend got bitten; we have to make sure he doesn't attack.
Cover that body. You were a nurse; you know the hazards of leaving corpses out in the open.
Cover that grave. Keep the dead underground; they can't dig their way back to us.
Cover your nose. Don't sneeze on me; if you're sick, I don't want it.
Cover those sores. I don't know that the infection rate is; all I know is the mortality rate is 100%.
Cover yourself. There's a blanket over there; you don't look so good…

And of course B)
RAGE!Rap Battle: Nelthilta vs MarciannahMarciannah is in bold
Nelthilta is in italic
Ragerapbattlesofdeviantarrrrrrt!
Princess Nelthilta!
Verses!
Countess Marciannah!
Ready, BEGIN!
Curbstomp battles are always fun, so it won't matter when you throw a fit.
But this isn't so much for embarrassing you, that's just a side benefit.
See, wrecking your ass and tearing everything about you apart
Brings a nice and warm and gooey and fuzzy feeling to my heart.
See this through my eyes, and you'll know how little you've achieved.
I have a planet under my paw, but your mother's grasp? You'll never leave.
I started at the bottom and ascended to the top of the class.
You ain't got shit on me, you with a silver spoon in your ass.
You call that a rap battle? You barely even mentioned me!
I guess no one was kidding when they talked about your vanity.
But if you want to boast and brag, well, I can play that game too.
I'm next in line for a planet, yeah, but I still have more than you.
My body's been ripped to ribbons,


4. :iconchimericmachinations:
Fabulous writing AND adorable art that always improves. Lots of variety and experimenting and it brings me a great joy in my heart!
Pulled Back by ChimericMachinations A Close Shave - p1 by ChimericMachinations Round One - Aphelion Nyx by ChimericMachinations
AND MORE ARTS FOR ME CAUSE I'M SELFISH
Ambivian Picard by ChimericMachinations Romance is in the Air by ChimericMachinations Kailani by ChimericMachinations

5. :iconabsolutezeroes:
The MOST PRECIOUS STYLE EVER and so many delightful ponies! I remember going to you for redlines during ToH for Amniote. GOOD HORSE.
Junkyard by absolutezeroes Pony Icon Collection by absolutezeroes Gamute - Official Breed Sheet by absolutezeroes

6. :iconnothofagus-obliqua:
BY FAR my favorite thing is the attention and clear understanding of plantlife and environments. It's something so many artists miss. It is GOALS.
Daddy's little girl by Nothofagus-obliqua Awka- Page 1 by Nothofagus-obliqua Reliance or Dependence by Nothofagus-obliqua

7. :iconhelen-m123:
A colorful gallery full of cool critters and lots of super-duper pretty art! Happy birthday, by the way! 8D
:The Little Thief: by Helen-M123 :F.L.O.R.4. Reference Sheet 2018: by Helen-M123 Animation practice by Helen-M123

8. :icongothicmonocle:
I looove all the AUs that go on! It really inspired me in my own AU fic adventures. Love the cartooning and variety!
Clopin and Esmeralda by GothicMonocle [The only way he knows] by GothicMonocle Nettle and Peppermint by GothicMonocle

9. :iconperegrinefalconlady:
I seeeriously still love how you draw birds and wings! Such a unique style and really interesting creature designs!
The Chase by PeregrineFalconLady Cerlafi by PeregrineFalconLady Flying High (Gift Art) by PeregrineFalconLady
And of course GONNA THROW IN THESE HERE PEDGYS
Christmas Arpeggio by PeregrineFalconLady Arpeggio by PeregrineFalconLady

10. :icontheplutt97:
Seriously love all the alien designs, they're so unique! Along with some fantastic drawing skills (deem huuuumaaans!). And there is some wonderful storytelling going on in OCT comics so far as well!
Xotiathon: Arrival pg 1 by Theplutt97 Kahya and predator by Theplutt97 Devil Children Joy Driving by Theplutt97


~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: Janelle Monáe - Make Me Feel
  • Reading: Sly Cooper Fanfics
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Longing for Poptarts
  • Drinking: Water

The Selection Anniversary: Any Ideas?

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 15, 2018, 4:56 PM


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I realized during a recent stream that The Selection passed its 10 year anniversary in January! NOW WHAT?

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The Selection's original prologue page 1 was posted January 30th 2008.

By-passing the pitiful realization that TS is 10 years old with only an average of 9.7 pages a year (aha ouch) I find the feat of this anniversary to be something very-much worth celebrating. TS was the comic that made me love comics as a storytelling medium. It's what inspired me to do comics for my Tapestry of Horror entries, and it boosted my confidence in pursuing a college degree in sequential art, which only made me love comics more. TS has influenced a lot for me, and I know it has done the same for a lot of my readers. I still struggle comprehending that my silly comic has inspired other artists over the years, and frankly it blows my mind.

I find it rather fitting that my plans to dedicate myself to TS after I graduate comes on the very year of this decade anniversary. While I wish I had the time to start this back in January, but couldn't due to (surprise) more school obligations, I feel the passion for it coming back to me. I think the recent streams have helped, and I'll be pursuing more streams in the future as I work on it, so long as people don't mind spoilers.

But for the time being, how do we celebrate The Selection's big birthday?
I have only a handful of ideas, so please let me know if any of these options interest you! Or if you have any other unique ideas, because I'm open to anything!

1. A Raffle.
Similar to my deviantART 10 year anniversary, but maybe the prize is something TS related: an original physical page from the comic or a custom drawing of the TS characters (maybe with your own, if desired?)

2. A Contest.
Draw your favorite TS character or write a lil story in the TS verse?

3. Collab submission.
Draw yourself/a character as someone in the TS verse OR have selected people draw canon TS characters (we can scratch off a list so there's no duplicates) and arrange them all in a scene, similar to this.

Lemme know what you're interested in! I absolutely want to dedicate a portion of this to my readers: without you, I wouldn't feel the need to keep going with it, and your constant support has helped me to become a better artist, and a better person. Leave a comment below with your feels on how we should celebrate this together!


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P.S. I think I'm going to make temporary refs/a height chart of the main TS cast soon to celebrate as well. Keep an eye out!


~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: YouTube Mix
  • Reading: Sly Cooper Fanfics
  • Watching: Phillip DeFranco
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Sweet Potato Burritos
  • Drinking: Sweet Tea

Update + Anyone Make Journal Skins?

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 6, 2018, 11:55 PM


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First journal of the new year, whoo!

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Super quick update just to explain what's happening. I just traveled back up to my school town and I'm super insanely tired and cold. So cold. Classes start back Monday. I don't think my quarter this time will be too insanely hard, at the very least it's going to be way easier than last quarter. I'm hoping this will provide me some extra time to work on my projects, namely my comic stuff, but I won't confirm anything until at least I get used to my schedule. I'm nearing the end of the road here and I can taste it!

Speaking of schedules, as you know I've been promoting my fic quite a lot lately. I decided to start posting my chapters starting Monday and will be posting twice a week, Monday and Friday. I'll see if this is too frequent or not frequent enough for whoever wants to read it and either leave it as-is or adjust it from there. With how long it is, if I update twice a week it won't finish until early July and that blows my mind. Why I gotta write so much?

In other news, I had to nuke the deviations and journals in my inbox. I just got too overwhelmed by all the art pieces I wanted to read and comment on and no energy to do it. If anyone posted any pieces (regardless if we are actually mutuals or not, I don't care dawg) and you'd like feedback on it, definitely drop a link here and I'll check it out! I can respond to comments/replies a lot better than formally commenting on devs. I'm not really sure why that is. Either way, I do apologize! I saw everyone's stuff and it's great!

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And lastly, is anyone here really good at coding journal skins? I love this particular skin by an old friend of mine, but it's gotten rather dated and I really should refresh it a bit since I've had it for yeeears. I'd like something of a similar nature: simple pattern BG, clean, and with a scroll box. Scroll box is required! I'm willing to either pay through Paypal for one or trade for art. It's up to you. If anyone is interested, show me some examples! I'd very much appreciate it!

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That's it for now. Hope everyone's having a great 2018 so far!


~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: DNCE - Doctor You
  • Reading: My fanfic (omg)
  • Watching: Joel on Vinesauce play Oblivion
  • Playing: Saurian
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: H2O

The Hardest Quarter Thus Far

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 18, 2017, 5:17 PM


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... but I survived!

So, as usual, here is my quarter review!

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This time around I took Visual Storytelling 2 and an art history (Art Since 1945). I had been fearing this quarter for the last year as rumors about Vis 2 being extremely difficult were rampant. Just as suspected, they were correct. This was probably the most demanding quarter so far, and I am extremely happy I downgraded to 2 classes a quarter. I seriously do not think I could have done it taking the usual full load, especially if I was doing another studio. There's just no way.

The premise of the class was simple: come up with a 4-page comic. Redo it 3 times. Redo it without using the exact same panel layouts or camera shots/angles. If you accidentally repeat, you have to start over/you get points deducted. It doesn't seem that hard when you think about but god it's so hard. I remember it taking me an entire day to formulate just the right angles/panel layouts that didn't repeat, and they would still end up repeating. Gosh. GOSH.

Anyway, yeah, so that was horrible. But it ended up being worth it as I learned a lot about pushing myself and understanding stuff. I won't get into all the stuff I learned cause that would go on forever, but to suffice it to say, I feel my comic making skills have bumped up significantly this quarter alone. COMICS ARE HARD GUYS.

Then my paper for Art History, which was pretty much the main thing we did in that class, was really informative and interesting. I love writing, so that class wasn't nearly as hard and allowed me to put my best into the comic class. I haven't gotten grades back fully in either class yet, but I probably will after the weekend. So far I'm looking into getting A's in both so hurrah! The torture was worth it!

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As for what's next, I just got a couple things:
  • Finish up my edits/rewrites on my fic. So far I'm projecting to start posting parts up in January. I doubt anyone will care about it, but I'm proud of it so I'm doing it anyway.
  • TS, of course. Still have the next 6 pages in a mid-way limbo. Might redo some things on them now that I've been re-educated on how to not suck at comics. But least I'll have those likely done by the end of the year. Might give you guys a Christmas present and post one up before. No promises but maybe we can have a Christmas miracle!
  • Do some delightful background/layouts for a friend's senior film!

Anything else will just be treats. Only got a little over a month before the next quarter starts and it should hopefully be slightly less murdery.

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See ya peeps!


~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: My Fanfic Playlist
  • Reading: My fanfic (omg)
  • Playing: The Forest (aka Forest Dads)
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coffee

Help With a Project!

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 6, 2017, 1:28 AM


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EDIT: I did my presentation today and it went awesome! Everyone's feedback helped make an extremely interesting discussion. My 20 minute presentation winded up almost touching an hour from the questions raised and comments mentioned on this topic and from your responses! Thanks dudes <3 I won't be replying to your comments but I appreciated every one of them! I don't need anymore comments but if you are just now seeing this and wanna chip in, feel free!

Greetings peeps! This is a little random but I need some help/feedback for an assignment I'm doing in class!

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Alright, so I'm writing a paper and doing a presentation on an artist named Oliver Laric. Long story short, he is a contemporary artist who's entire body of work consists of duplications, "rip-offs", and appropriated works of others. Sometimes his work is appropriated off of roman sculptures, other times music videos, animation, free-to-use images, or other artist's work.

His artist statement is vaguely that our society has always copied from our past, and that there is an emotion/connectivity/something in the art of duplication. He's stated "I don’t see any necessity in producing images myself — everything that I would need exists, it’s just about finding it."

What honestly stuck out to me about Laric was that I saw FURRY ART in his Untitled video that was shown here at SCAD's Museum of Art. "Why are there furries in a museum??" I exclaimed in excitement and confusion. Then I found out more about him and, well, here I am 8 weeks later writing a formal essay about him.

Oliver Laric Compared by AlfaFilly
Left: Oliver Laric's work in Untitled  Right: Original Photograph (not by Laric, source unknown)

There were several other furry-related artworks in the video that I KNOW he did not illustrate, along with essentially a huge array of works consisting of him tracing animations and morphing them into other things. Unfortunately this video is currently not online anywhere yet.


What I'd like from you guys is opinions:
What do you think of Oliver Laric's work?

Do you agree with his artist's statement?
Do you think he's just a thief? Why or why not?
Is his artwork still valid?


I'd like to discuss it in my presentation, particularly coming from the viewpoint of other artist's in the modern internet age.

Please check out the following content by him and comment on this journal with your thoughts! I appreciate it!






His website which has all his work to date: oliverlaric.com/


~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: My Fanfic Playlist
  • Reading: My fanfic (omg)
  • Watching: Joel Livestreams from Vinesauce
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: H2O

New TS Prologue is Complete!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 25, 2017, 2:52 PM


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Before I start, here's another reminder about the OCT I'm judging in!
Check it out if you've ever wanted to enter an OCT or have a thing for aliens!

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Great news dudes! I finally finished up the new prologue for The Selection! It's 6 pages technically, though 5 1/2 is a better number as one is a splash page. I finished it earlier this week and have just been waiting out telling people.

I'm not sure quite yet WHEN I'll be posting the new one. I had originally planned on posting it as soon as it was done but now I'm not sure. I think I might wait until September starts up to give me more time to build up the TS buffer before my next quarter. I really don't know. I plan on posting these pages closer together, maybe 3 pages for 2 weeks or 2 pages for 3 weeks? What do you guys think? I might make another poll about it.

This prologue has been a wild ride. It doesn't seem like much, but for those of you following me for a long time you'll know I tried redoing it several times over the years. I finally feel happy with this version!

With this in mind, I want to talk about the OLD prologue. While I don't hate the old prologue's art or story it's... it's just outdated. The process for The Selection in-canon is no longer what is shown and it's just a little... creepy? I've had people tell me how unnerving it was having a bunch of adults "grocery shop" for children and even have people accusing me of fetishizing older people x underage people which is honestly really stupid. You have to understand I wrote that prologue when I was 16 years old and I hadn't developed storytelling methods that well yet.

Is it really weird looking back on it now? Yeah, but I was young and inexperienced and didn't see anything wrong with it because I was clueless to things like that. Despite the alien environment, the accusations really hurt and it forced me to "age up" a lot of things about Ambivian culture. Kailani was originally 15 because Ambivians were considered adults at that age, but she's since been aged up to her early 20's. I made her 15 originally because I was 16 and that age was relatable to me. Nothing more, nothing yes. It really didn't go past that. :shrug:

Still, I can understand the weirdness of it, which is why I opted to change it. The core concept is still the same: people were forced into arranged marriages and the process began when they were children. But there is no more grocery-picking and no creepy borderline-pedophilia concepts. That's trashed and gone. Details on why the event took place and all that good stuff will be revealed in the new version.

This does mean, though, that I will be storing my OLD Prologue as soon as I start posting the new one. The only reason I kept the old one up was in case people really wanted to know context that Chapter 1 did not provide. I don't even link the prologue pages into Chapter 1 anymore because of how inaccurate everything is. I mean, even Federico's personality is vastly different. It's just. It's just bad. It needs to go.

Now I am still VERY PROUD of the old prologue. It was the first comic I had done completely by myself and in quick succession. It was the prologue that brought on responses from people that inspired me to continue the project. I'm also horribly nostalgic and I love my old work to pieces and hate the idea of having to store it away out of view. But, well, sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do. I can't risk new readers finding this and thinking it's canon lol

So if you'd like to give one final read of the trashy OLD NO LONGER ACCURATE prologue, save it, mourn it, laugh at it, etc. you may do so here:



R.I.P. Magic light beam and mean!Feddy.


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Stay tuned for the new, not-cringy (welly, maybe a little cringy) prologue!

~*~Filly B.~*~


 


  • Listening to: My Fanfic Playlist
  • Reading: My fanfic (omg)
  • Playing: Crash Bandicoot
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coffee

dA is NOT Stealing Your Art!

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 5, 2017, 2:04 PM


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Before I start, here's another reminder about the OCT I'm judging in!
Check it out if you've ever wanted to enter an OCT or have a thing for aliens!

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Secondly, the infamous "deviantART has the right to your artwork! Leave now before it's too late!" Tumblr post has been recirculating lately.

THIS HAS BEEN DEBUNKED YEARS AGO!


dA is NOT stealing your stuff. You're fine. Please STOP spreading this rumor!

It's okay if anyone did. We are human and we make errors. I know I've spread rumors before when I didn't research it first.
I remember when the post first started up and how scared I was. Then I started researching it to see if it was true and, well, it wasn't.

If you've EVER reblogged that post, PLEASE set the record straight! In today's time, the drama ALWAYS carries more notes than the fix, and that's why this stupid rumor is STILL going around.
I always say to NEVER trust Tumblr to begin with. That site is honestly trash for news sources seeing how fast people overreact. Twitter too.

Here are some handy links to clarify the situation:

Response from the Artist

deviantART's response
Help Desk FAQ on the issue
Article describing the event

Seriously, guys, dA has PLENTY of issues we can complain about.
  • The fact they are shoddy at best at communicating with us.
  • The fact their reporting system for reposted/stolen/altered art is utter trash.
  • The fact that EVEN WHEN I BLOCK SOMEONE their art STILL appears in my "More From" section on MY artwork.
(I'm particularly salty about the last one)

But they are NOT stealing the rights to your work.

Please spread this around before more people are misinformed. This issue happened in 2014. That's over 3 years ago. Let's stop this already, it's getting ridiculous.


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That's all. Keep enjoying BOOM while I work on new TS Prologue!
I might stream tonight or tomorrow, so keep an eye out~

~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: YouTube Playlists
  • Reading: My fanfic (omg)
  • Watching: Myself write
  • Playing: Saurian
  • Eating: Egg
  • Drinking: Milk

New Alien-Themed OCT! + Updoot

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 19, 2017, 3:19 PM


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Greetings peeps! Exciting news!

My pal fluffyz has opened up a fresh new Original Character Tournament!
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How hard would you fight to bring salvation to your people?

Xotiathon, or the Alien Olympics, provides the winner with any resource they ask for to bring back to their people. Water, food, precious metal, or even an energy source - any naturally occurring provision will be lavished upon the victor’s civilization. Xotiathon welcomes all alien species to face its challenges in the name of aiding their homeland!

XotiathonOCT is an aliens only, all media permitted OCT.

Xotiathon Judges by fluffyz

Myself and other pal ChimericMachinations are judges! Here is my little representation, a member of my Swivel race that I never talk about:
Judge Ref Janie by AlfaFilly

Auditions are open until October 20th! We accept all media.

So if any of you guys were fans of my Tapestry of Horror/Chordata series or my Chernobyl Curs/Caesar writings, check it out! OCTs are a lot of fun and get your creative juices flowing! I know I never regretted my time in them.


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In other news, I'm settled back home after visiting family. I tried to work best I could there, but I did not get to be as artsy as I wanted. But now I'll get straight to work and book it!
This week I'm planning to finish my owed Raffle Prize and one of my trades. In-between I'll be working on finalizing my sketches for the TS Prologue.

Next week I'll work exclusively on inking current TS pages and Prologue stuff. Sorry I haven't been posting much, but this is mostly why!

One good thing to note, my hand is about 98% back in shape! It only hurts now cause I strained it driving 7 hours on the interstate HA.


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How are you guys doing so far this summer? Comment about anything exciting! I wanna hear!

~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: YouTube Playlists
  • Reading: My own NaNo writing
  • Watching: Myself write
  • Playing: Far Cry 4
  • Eating: Homemade Beef Stew MMMMMMMMM
  • Drinking: Sweet Tea

A Meme About My Comics!

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 8, 2017, 11:18 PM


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Tagged by Nothofagus-obliqua! Written by FrostedCanid!

My comic: alfafilly.deviantart.com/galle…

Uhhh my old comic that died: alfafilly.deviantart.com/galle…

1. What got you started drawing comics?
I don't really know, I just did them! I recently went through my old art and I found samples from as early as 2002! The first comics I did were one-panel ones with my characters in little gags. I did just gags for ages until I started spreading to multiple panels. My old friend at the time (who I met in 5th grade) would often give me ideas and I would draw them since her humor was always a dozen times better than mine.


2. What is your favorite comic that you've read?
My favorite comic is always going to be Good Cheese by Kelly Hamilton. It's not the best comic, in fact it's fairly simple, but it really got me into the slice of life genre that sparked my The Selection comic.


3. Has there been a scene so far that has been particularly hard to capture in your current and/or past comics?
I can't think of any particular scene in The Selection so much as a character: Federico. Since his personality completely flipped from when he first showed up in my old prologue, I struggle with portraying him how he actually is because I know people still view him as his old self. But hopefully once I get rid of that old prologue I won't have to worry anymore.

Power of War uh... I remember struggling to draw a scene where the leader wolf was doing some big cool-guy speech. It shows. It's real bad.


4. How long did you wait before starting your current comic and/or comics in the past? (i.e. the writing/story development process)
For TS... literally, like, a day. I had my comic's premise in a dream and decided "LOL that'd be cool as a story", drew some character designs once and called them done, then started drawing. That's my biggest regret because wow that's a trash idea, guys. Never do that.

Power of War I had written a story about a year or two before. Then I decided to turn it into a comic since animal comics started becoming a thing then.


5. If you could have done anything differently when you were starting out, what would it be?
For TS... Definitely not started the next day. Make my designs simpler. Completely remove some of the characters.

For PoW... remove half the characters and develop a game plan to RENDER THE 10 ADDITIONAL SKETCHED PAGES THAT NEVER SAW THE LIGHT OF DAY.


6. Who is your favorite character to write?
Federico, funny enough, despite #3! I really like to write his interactions with others because he's so opposite of them.


7. Who is your least favorite character to write?
Tanner, cause finding that balance of sincerity and annoying comic-relief is hard.


8. How drastically did the story change since you started?
Oh, Creator. Let me give you some examples:

:bulletblue: The plot. Was completely. Different. Let me just... give you this synopsis I told a friend:

"Feddy was originally an abusive husband. He basically beat and mentally abused Kailani until she ran away with another man. Then that man was actually someone who worked for a cult who just pretended to love Kailani but actually just wanted her away from Feddy so he could kill her cause she was a hybrid 8) and Feddy like felt guilty I guess?? For being a big asshole and rescued her and then Kailani like developed Stockholm syndrome or something and loved him despite his faults and Feddy idk became kinda nice but was still an asshole."

None of this is it anymore. NONE OF IT 8)
Federico is a giant mush and would never do any of this. The cult is gone. There's no "other man". Just none of that. GOOD RIDDANCE.

:bulletblue: Kailani was really insanely smart. She's not stupid now, but she's like a C level student.
:bulletblue: The characters (minus Federico) were all shapeshifters. See here: TS: Once Upon a Time...
:bulletblue: Oh yeah, and Federico was the warden of a prison. That was a thing.


9. What are the major influences/inspiration for your comic and/or previous comics?
A lot of things inspired my TS comic. Music for one. The bands Skillet and RED (mostly RED) really helped me. My religious journey during high school and some of my personal journeys also really molded what it is. Can't really tell that now, but later portions really reflect a lot of it.

PoW was literally just me making a story based on my old friend and I getting in fights all the time LOL


10. What does your process look like?
• I script things, first of all. My scripts are fairly simple. I mention what I want a character to be doing/their expression then just have the dialogue.

• Then I do thumbnails. They are completely illegible.

• After that I grab a set number of pages, usually 4-6 and will start sketching. I bounce around to different pages to keep me focused!

• If a page has a complicated background, I will either skip the BG entirely and draw it digitally, I will digitally draw it, print it, and lightbox it onto the page, OR I will just scan in the whole page, sketch it into the page, and print the whole page to ink over. I use the perspective tool in Clip Studio and Sketchup to help me with BGs which is why I do this.

• I ink traditionally. I also bounce around pages for that! I use Micron pens. Though I'm still contemplating switching to using cleaned pencils for my lines but idk yet.

• Then I scan it and throw it on my page template. Clean it up.

• I used to color everything in Photoshop, but I'm trying to move over to Clip Studio.

• Then I REJOICE.




 And start over.


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Not tagging but do it if ya like!

~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
  • Reading: My own NaNo writing
  • Watching: Myself write
  • Playing: Nothing D8
  • Eating: HUNGRY
  • Drinking: Lemonade

Summer Adventures Await!

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 2, 2017, 12:29 AM


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It's that time again: time for yet another end of the quarter review!

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This quarter was the first quarter I dropped down to two classes. This resulted in some... mixed results. And it's a little hard to explain.

I was less busy this quarter overall. My one class (Self-Publishing) had a constant flow of content but it wasn't very art-intensive and my other one (Advanced Storyboarding) was consistent and fairly average for a studio. Yet somehow I found myself not feeling motivated to work on miscellaneous work outside of classes. I think it was a mixture of burn out (FWA was a week after classes started AND I had just gotten off of doing BOOM) and going through another existential crisis. In my Self-Publishing class we frequently talked about such things, and the fact we had to essentially brand ourselves kinda sent all of us into a "Oh no. What am I doing with my life?" feel.

Because in truth I KNOW what I want. But is what I want logical or even possible?
My dream is to self-publish and become self-sustaining off my own work. I want to build up a community, I want to expand my worlds, I want to tell the stories I want to tell and collaborate and express. Then settle with some minor job on the side to make ends meet. I've mentioned this before. I don't have extravagant dreams.

So branding myself around all that was sort of... hard. I didn't want to tell my classmates "Um, yeah I wanna tell stories about alien furries, animal monster, and sometime an androgynous queer guy who comes in various AUs." I guess I felt ashamed? Topics like furries are like anime, they are taboo and not "real art". At least that's what I thought.
As it turns out, I got an overwhelming amount of support. My professors and classmates alike were very adamant that if I wanted it, it was possible. Apparently my "brand" of talking animal genre is not typical and is unique to my own. Which I honestly found rather surprising. I never really saw my stuff as being that original. But also who really does? Is Sparkle Alien my new brand? MAYBE.

The last couple weeks gave me some confidence, though, which is what really boosted me to make something grand for my Storyboarding final. Which, if you haven't yet, can be watched here!

No Honor Among Thieves FILM by AlfaFilly

I was also rather sad this quarter because we learned my professor was leaving SCAD to go on to another school. She's the only female sequential professor and that's just kind of depressing in its own right. We need more awesome ladies in the field (especially since 60% of the seqa department is female) and it's such a shame. But also she's going to be going on to teach more awesome people. So I'm glad I got to experience her.

She actually illustrated a graphic novel recently that's very very awesome if anyone is interested:
www.amazon.com/Afar-Leila-del-…

Overall, this was a quaint but enjoyable quarter. I'm looking forward to next quarter, where I get to start doing serious comics in Visual Storytelling 2. Oooh boooy.

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Some random highlights of the quarter:

  • FWA (my first furry con) was frikkin awesome and now I'm addicted.
  • In addition, I got to experience a couple other con activities via my class.
  • I met people who have known me online for yearssss in person!! Including some who go to my school! LIKE WHAAAT.
  • Banana Cat.
  • I became a fangirl again. I'm still kinda weirded out by that. I'm such a grump to fandoms now-a-days and I don't understand. What do?? How??

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So with that over, on to summer plans!
As always these plans are tentative and may or may not happen. But these are the "ideal" goals.

First, be chill for a week and rest up. I really want to search through all my old art bins cause I'm dying to find some gems a-la middle school. I'll probably post some up if I find some good ones lol

Here's some things I'd like to do:
  • Continue The Selection of course. Build another buffer, hopefully an even bigger one. I got a bit stalled recently since I was debating changing the art style again. I dunno. I'll keep experimenting probably.
  • Finish The Selection Prologue since my original plans for that got punched out of me when I took my Concept class last quarter. OOPS.
  • Finish ANY and ALL owed work (mostly trades).
  • Make some long-overdue references for my characters. I finally sketched images for TS characters. WOW RIGHT?
  • Do Ambivian reference sheet finally because PLEASE THAT'S LIKE 10 YEARS BELATED.
  • More YCH and Adopts maybe. I need to make dat cash.
  • GIFT!! ART!! FOR MAH BROS!!

Otherwise, just shenanigans. All the shenanigans.


Are you guys ready for summer? What're your summer plans?

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LATER NERDS.

~*~Filly B.~*~



  • Listening to: Roar - Katy Perry
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Nothing D8
  • Eating: HUNGRY
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Characters in a Meme, Hurray!

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 29, 2017, 7:01 PM


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A meme to keep things active around here! I'm trying to consciously post as often as I can and it's been crazy difficult. How did I do it back in the day? Did I have no life? Well. Yeah. Pretty much.

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Anyway, before the meme, a quick update. Things are weird around here. I feel like I have everything to do while simultaneously free time? But then I don't have free time because I need to work? It's so weird. My Advanced Storyboarding class is fairly simple: we have an assignment and then we finish the assignment, then we move onto the next. But my Self-Publishing class is like... 5 assignments simultaneously. They all overlap and it's jarring to keep track of. I need to work on Unit 3 but also Unit 5 but Unit 5 comes before Unit 4? And I think there's a Unit 6 but I don't remember? What.

Editor's Day is also coming up and I've been toiling over what to print and what to fix for print and oh boy it's a headache. And also the stress of "omg portfolio reviews are they gonna think my art is garbage? Yeah probably." So excuse my absence in things like The Selection for awhile. Once things make some semblance of organization I'll continue onward. For now I feel strangely guilty working on personal projects because (I think?) I need to work on homework. Uh. It's weird. This is a very weird quarter.

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Character meme thing tagged by FeralGator! I think I was tagged for another meme too but I can't remember...? Ah well! Let's go!
I'm also going to use this as an excuse for linking some gift art/trades/commisions of said characters!

1. Your Fursona/Persona!

Your character that represents you!
The Alfas: Filly Reference by AlfaFilly

Filly of course! I'm linking a lot of things cause idk I can't pick dawg.

Solidarity -gift- by Songdog-StrayFang More Cowbell by Ramvling THE BEST stickers by StupidShepherd Sunlight of Spring by CocoaPEBBLES Dance Filly! by Mongrelistic


Though I also want to include Picard since he has a lot of traits very similar to me, and I consider him my fursona within the furry community a little bit more for reasons.
Picard Ambivian Reference Sheet by AlfaFilly

Ych naughty present by louizim Surprise cuddles! by StupidShepherd [ADVENT] Day 13 by CassMutt


2. Your 'Guardian Angel'
You protect yourself through them, vent through them etc, they keep you strong.
You probably have a deep emotional connection with this character.

I Confess by AlfaFilly

Picard 100%! He means a lot to me and I've found venting through him has been very beneficial over the years, or drawing him doing stupid crap has helped my cope with things.
Linda is a close second, her old version anyway. She meant the world to me and I used her all the time to express myself. But I don't want to link any pictures of that version of her here.

COM - Picard and Audrey by Sylthian Peanut And Russian by StupidShepherd Sleepy Snek by Ekatii

 

3. Your Sunshine!
A character that never fails to make you smile. Maybe they have bright colors.
or maybe they are very cute. A character who's your own personal sun.

Spirit Reference Sheet by AlfaFilly
Golden Ray of Sunshine by AlfaFilly

Definitely Spirit! They are too sweet and innocent for this world (and the second picture is conveniently titled!)
Also linking a lot cause the world needs more sweet.

Weaving Dreams by MoonsongWolf Trade: Cloud Jumper by Aunumwolf42 NYOOOM by StupidShepherd Filly- Spirit by CorvusRaven Spirit by Canis-ferox



4. The Odd One
The odd ball character you're not sure why you have, but you treasure them deeply. Perhaps because they're just so weird?

Mynnie Reference Sheet by AlfaFilly
Walking Into Nowhere by AlfaFilly

Probably Mynnie! He was made one day because I wanted to draw a skeleton monster. Then he became a thing.

Giftember - Day 14 - AlfaFilly by DragonLoverTori Art Raffle Winner 2 by fluffyz [Comm] Mynnie by Pickleweasel360


5. Sentimental Value
Okay, now who has the most sentimental value? Maybe a character you received from a friend, or who you have fond memories of. Perhaps they're very old?

Nelthilta Reference Sheet by AlfaFilly
Redraw of 'Nelthilta Chibi' by AlfaFilly

Nelthilta for sure! She's not my oldest character, but she had such a complex development and went through dozens of phases. She started as a self-insert fan character for Invader Zim, was written into a fanfic, then became my secondary sona for awhile... then she got her own original story that has since been reworked countless times. She was the origin of Ambivians and without her story The Selection wouldn't exist. So I owe a lot to this particular sparkle alien!

Nelthilta by ChimericMachinations ReverendAspen Commission by SprayPaintHavoc possessed by Sardonicism


6. The fancy one!
Your flashiest character! Probably the prettiest one or the one with the most fancy design.

Official New!Linda Concept Sheet by AlfaFilly
You Work Too Hard by AlfaFilly

OKAY WELL I could easily put Kailani or Garin in for "fancy" designs because of their complexity... but Linda is 100% the prettiest in my opinion, despite being the simplest!

Sexy Raptor by fluffyz AT: What a hot by Herobula


7. The rare one!
'The rarity' How about a character you're so surprised you actually managed to get.
You probably won't be letting go of them anytime soon!

DELIGHT! by AlfaFilly
Kalkita 001 by louiadopts

I guess this is more relevant to adoptables so I'll include Jones! He was a a custom species done for me by louizim of their awesome species!
I also got this little guy in a trade that I find just as adorable and can't wait to get to draw:
Gorgon 021 by louiadopts
 

8. Weird Attachment

Upside Down by AlfaFilly

Maybe Hurvy? I have a complex relationship with his character. I love him conceptually, I love his dynamic between my sona and him in their storyverse, and I love his backstory. But his personality is extremely bland and it's been challenging to rework him over the years. I think about him often and how he works, but at the end of the day he's just kind of a boring guy. But I am attached to him and refuse to let him go or fall into development oblivion, even if all that work goes on exclusively in my head.
Commission- HURRRRRRRRRRRvy by StupidShepherd




9. The Fandom character
You heard me! Everyone's got one, fork them over!

New vs Old... of d00m! by AlfaFilly
Garin Reference by AlfaFilly

Garin 8)
He started as an Invader Zim FC and he didn't really stray far off from the sparkle mess that he was. But now he's all mine and I can say "Yeah, I own that sparkle mess completely."
These fanarts are a million years old but I'm linking them anyway:
<da:thumb id="47521365"/> GiftArt:Garin's Irkivian Love by kittydemonchild AlfaFilly contest entry by Aleiki




10. The newbie
Okay who just joined your family of characters? Let's see them!

Dinosaur Project Cast by AlfaFilly
BOOM Pitch Sneak Peeks by AlfaFilly

These dudes, technically! They're so new I still find it weird saying that they are mine.

Boom! by xLugiaLuver1x




I Tag
:iconstupidshepherd: and ANYONE ELSE!

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I dunno what I should draw. TIME TO FIGURE IT OUT.

~*~Filly B.~*~



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FURRIES EVERYWHERE + Marly Update

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 10, 2017, 8:19 PM


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Good and bad things to talk about today. Namely my recent adventures at Furry Weekend Atlanta and the Marly situation. I will be updating the Marly journal after this one so go here for details if you haven't read them already:
CAT CANCER FUNDRAISER (3/7 update)

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Before I start, anytime I say "we" I mean myself and StupidShepherd (just for clarification).

So let's get the bad news out of the way first so we can end with something good. Today we went to take Marly to the vet for her consultation with the surgeon. Turns out we had the option to actually have the amputation surgery today. We were in a bit of a shock since we did not expect that. While we weren't emotionally ready for it, we decided it was a blessing in disguise and decided to go through with it. We knew if we rescheduled it that Pyro would be on an emotional edge waiting for the day to come, like a horrible impending countdown. And Marly despises the vets so one less trip the better.

Despite the shock of it all, we did it and it's done. She went into surgery around 2:30 today and got done around 4:00? The amputation was a success and Marly was already apparently awake (and grumpy). Now we just have to wait for her to recoup at the vet for a couple days. Wednesday is a good estimate for when we will get her home.

The best news about this is that she is now completely cancer-free.

In regards to the bill... we took out money from savings to pay the $2,600 deposit and will pull out more for the rest. We will continue with our Marm Fund to make it up since that money is rather important until Pyro can get a job. Just so we are transparent in letting people know what's going on with all that. We have the money technically it's just that we kinda also don't have the money since we have to pay it back (our parents are helping). It's a weird situation but I hope that at least makes sense!
The bill for proof

We set up a GoFundMe which hasn't gotten much traction but I figure I would link it anyway. We've been much more successful with commissions and generous donations on here. But at least we have options!
www.gofundme.com/marlyfund

Once again I want to thank EVERYONE who has donated or purchased things! We can never thank you enough and I really wanna do something special for everyone when I get free time!

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And now happy news. FWA!

I was going into it not knowing what to expect. I have a strange relationship with the furry fandom. I love them. I hate them. I think they're cringy. I think they're awesome. It's just very complex, and always has been since I've been in this fandom since 2004, whether in-denial or not (does everyone go through a "GAIS IM NOT A FURRY IM ANTHRO!" phase?). And while I still don't like to label myself furry, I can still say I'm in the fandom, and after this convention I think any doubts I may have had are long gone. FWA was amaaaaazing.

The hotel was super swanky and awesome and the staff were fabulous, patient, and many even curious about the con. They kept asking us "What's your costume?" and we were like "We don't have one" and they seemed disappointed aha. FWA staff did an amazing job as well. The theme this year was "Game On" and they definitely pulled the theme into all the decorations and whatnot. And things were way more organized than I imagined. They definitely know what they're doing!

As always, the fursuits were amazing. I took pics of a lot of my favorites. I always had conflicts on fursuits. I adore them aesthetically but often thought they were really cringy when people acted "cutesy" in them. But when you're in a setting among a bunch of folks who are into that sorta thing, it's not even remotely cringy at all. It's fun and adorable and I was totally down with it! And the fursuit dance competition was frikkin raaaad. I can't get over it still. Videos online really don't capture the audio very well, guess it's just something you have to be in there for to really get into. But I'll link my favorite dances below! As far as if I ever wanna suit... well, time will tell on that.
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The Artist Alley is where we spent most of our time, between 10:00-3:00 Saturday and Sunday. While we didn't make bank, we DID make a hefty amount! We learned our mistakes this time and what to do differently the next. My biggest issue was mostly that I need to try out colored things (watercolor maybe?) and I need more examples. I keep forgetting I don't draw a lot of common animals that people could envision their characters in. So next year I'll go in with a better binder of samples. I was really pleased with a lot of the feedback I got from folks, though, on what they enjoyed about my work! It was very very flattering! I would really like to do something with my comic next year too to promote it.

Best of all was the general atmosphere of the place. Everyone was so incredibly friendly. I've been to a handful of conventions before, mostly local, though one was fairly big, and it PALED in comparison to how kind everyone was here. It's like you could be friends with everyone. I met and spoke with so many amazing people while sitting in the alley or running into the elevators. I definitely have some folks I need to track down on FA after this just from the wonderful conversations I held with them.

And!! Awesome of all!! I got to meet the fabulous :iconyesterlove:! Which is LITERALLY AMAZING because we have known each other through deviantART for the 10 years I've been on here! We grew up through our cringy teen years on here so it was really cool to get to meet in person! I really wish we could have talked longer! With hope we can meet again in the future and make more awesome memories! I also told him super secret things I want to do for the future. Maybe. If I can round up the courage. We will see... B)

And to the others I met in person, including the person who said they've followed my comic since the beginning (your name escapes me but you know who you are!!) it was amazing meeting you too!! I really wish I could have talked more as well at the time! If you ever go again PLEASE definitely find me because you were so nice and your support of my dumb comic makes me wanna cry :heart:

To anyone who talked with me, I'm sorry if I rambled on and on or was awkward at all! I do that thing where I continuously talk or say dumb shit to prevent pauses in conversations. And I get distracted by others talking. I can't talk with more than one at a time OH LAWD. So thank you for putting up with my awkwardness and ignore if I said stupid things!

Honestly, the only real negatives I had about the con were fairly small. Some people were a little too cringy for my taste, namely when they were drunk. I guess drunk people are only fun when you're also drunk? I dunno, man, I don't find it funny. Then we were both rather unprepared for how things would work time-wise. We never got to see any panels we wanted to see, we kept forgetting to eat and when we remembered it was so late that the food court was closed so we had to just eat the snacks we brought (we ate at Hard Rock the first night but we wanted to be cheap the other two days so we declined going to restaurants), and just essentially did not organize right at all. We will hopefully improve upon that next time. And lastly, the worst thing was uh... well. People thought it would be a good idea to "start a howl". At midnight. And 2 am. Guys, please, don't do that. People need to sleep. Not everyone is into all-nighters and THERE WERE NON-FURRIES AT THE HOTEL TOO. People like that give the fandom a terrible name and that's what gets conventions cancelled when the hotels can't stand it anymore. Apparently the elevators kept breaking too, though why I don't know. I guess excessively using them? I mean, I imagine they would get worn out when there was a con over over four thousand people going up and down frequently. 

All in all I had a great time. We ended up calculating everything up, and counting the profits the two of us made in the alley and pre-order badges Pyro did prior to the con, we not only made back ALL the money we spent for the FWA fund BUT ALSO we made a little bit of profit! All of which went straight into the Marm Fund! Obviously this made us feel a good deal less guilty about going in the first place.

I am so, so happy I got to go. It was a huge stress relief from this year and was just an amazing experience. I am absolutely addicted now and, if it hasn't been clear already, I'm already planning for next year. Thank you, FWA, for being an awesome furry con :heart:


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Keep praying for Marly if you can, I'll keep everyone updated. And as always, thank you for the endless support :iconbigheartplz:

~*~Filly B.~*~



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Another Quarter Complete: SUCCESS!

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 14, 2017, 9:15 PM


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Temporarily putting the cat cancer stuff to the side for today; will continue with stuff this week and onward, but let's take a small break for now.
Information on that can still be found here:
CAT CANCER FUNDRAISER (3/7 update)


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Anyway, as the title says, another quarter has wrapped up via today! I like to give my thoughts on it each time so this is no different.

This quarter was my last taking three classes, starting next I'm dropping to two since they will be more intense ones. I took Visual Storytelling 1, Conceptual Illustration, and 3D Design. Three studios! Which is hella huge NOPE NOPE NOPE by any art student standards. However, 3D wasn't intended to be a work-heavy class nor one where I had to do a lot of drawing so I figured it would be manageable. Turns out I was right!

3D was the dreaded class I put off repeatedly because the thought of making things was terrifying to me, mostly because AlfaShampoo-Artemis told me her story of 3D that involved saws. And saws breaking off. And hands getting cut. Despite being completely different schools the thought still terrified me. So I chose a professor recommended to me by a friend and she was fantastic! Totally down to earth, understandable, just a lot of fun. Also no saws. I enjoyed her class immensely and loved going in every day. The projects were extremely fun too. I've posted them around my other sites already but I'll make a big compilation here sometime.

Vis 1 was pretty standard. The class consisted mostly of "here's a prompt, make a comic of it". While I did very much enjoy the class, none of the work that came out of it I would call... great. By any means. I don't particularly know why, just wasn't feeling any of them. I could theoretically spiffy them up as portfolio pieces but ehhh. Don't even think I'd post them online. Except the last assignment which was comic strips. That was some good stuff and I'll definitely post those up sometime. All-in-all, the best thing about Vis 1 was the class itself. The professor is one of my favorites and going in is just like going into a great big dad joke. And I love it.

Conceptual Illustration was by far my most successful class. Maybe it's because I got to do things I really enjoyed a-la colorful characters, dinosaurs, my own worldbuilding, animals, etc? I just really enjoyed this class. It was intensely work heavy (which was likely why Vis 1 stuff fell a little flat) and minus some of the redesign challenges we had to do (which I liked in theory and would love to try again, just... I want to do it with stuff I actually know something about) I had zero complaints. The professor is great, also one of my favs. He critiques in ways that make you think about your work critically while making it mold to your vision. Also I'm extremely happy with my Boom story, and despite it not being my usual stuff I definitely want to keep it in my pitch folder if the contest doesn't work out.

I also found I insanely love making art books. I just want to draw more crap for my own stories just so I can make them into art books now. Strange motivation I suppose...?

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Classes aside, honestly the worst part of this quarter was the cat cancer. Still kind of reeling from that. It's certainly not a good start to the 2017 year, but the kindness I've seen has absolutely helped tremendously. It shows there's hope out there.

Minor negatives were results of unexpected stuff. TS prologue didn't get finished like I wanted because the workload for this year was too much. Boom comic isn't touching done because of the cat cancer stuff delaying it. I have been proud of myself for getting TS updates on time. Minus tomorrow/today's update not happening due to my finals, I'm super happy with how I've been doing with it! As I write this I'm beginning the next set of pages and working on Boom simultaneously. Gonna try my darnedest to get stuff done over Spring break.

Got one and a half weeks of break ahead before my next quarter. I'll be taking Self-Publishing and Advanced Storyboarding next quarter. Excited for those!

My only worry now is keeping my body in shape. My hand's been giving me some issues this quarter. I know it's not carpal tunnel since it's not affecting my wrist, and I've had wrist pain in the past. This is mostly affecting my finger joints and the bendy parts of my palm. 100% sure it's from holding pens stupid and pressing too hard with my mechanical pencil. I know this mostly because when I do personal work I don't have this kinda pain because I do stuff super loosely.
Neck pain is a constant for me and there's little to do about that but it still sucks.

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I think that's... about it. Standard journal is standard!

Thank you guys for your support once again. I appreciate it more than you know :heart:
~*~Filly B.~*~



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CAT CANCER FUNDRAISER (4/13 update)

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 3, 2017, 10:00 PM


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Marm02 by AlfaFilly

EDIT 5, 4/13: Marly came home to us Wednesday/yesterday and so far she is doing excellent! She's been moving around a good bit and, although she struggles, we can tell she is constantly improving! Her appetite isn't 100% back since she isn't eating her dry food much yet, but she's eating her wet eagerly and her treats. Maybe she is just milking it for treats.

Either way, things are going well! Here's a video Pyro took of her this morning!

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EDIT 4, 4/10: Today we went to take Marly to the vet for her consultation with the surgeon. Turns out we had the option to actually have the amputation surgery today. We were in a bit of a shock since we did not expect that. While we weren't emotionally ready for it, we decided it was a blessing in disguise and decided to go through with it. We knew if we rescheduled it that Pyro would be on an emotional edge waiting for the day to come, like a horrible impending countdown. And Marly despises the vets so one less trip the better.

Despite the shock of it all, we did it and it's done. She went into surgery around 2:30 today and got done around 4:00? The amputation was a success and Marly was already apparently awake (and grumpy). Now we just have to wait for her to recoup at the vet for a couple days. Wednesday is a good estimate for when we will get her home.

The best news about this is that she is now completely cancer-free.

In regards to the bill... we took out money from savings to pay the $2,600 deposit and will pull out more for the rest. We will continue with our Marm Fund to make it up since that money is rather important until Pyro can get a job. Just so we are transparent in letting people know what's going on with all that. We have the money technically it's just that we kinda also don't have the money since we have to pay it back (our parents are helping). It's a weird situation but I hope that at least makes sense!
The bill for proof

We set up a GoFundMe which hasn't gotten much traction but I figure I would link it anyway. We've been much more successful with commissions and generous donations on here. But at least we have options!
www.gofundme.com/marlyfund

This weekend we will likely hold another PWYW stream. I might join this time so keep an eye out! Thank you everyone for your support :heart:


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EDIT 3, 3/7: So it's been a bit since I last updated on the Cat Cancer situation. So let me fill everyone in!

First things first, I've thanked everyone already but there's NEVER enough times I can say it! THANK YOU THANK YOU to every single person who donated! We are still blown away at the amount we've gotten!

So at current, we have all the existing bills paid off with some extra started for the next set of bills. The past few weeks we have been monitoring the tumor to judge its growth. I noticed it's gotten a bit larger since we first diagnosed it. It's still fairly small, about the size of a fingertip, but it definitely has increased in size. Monday we took Marly back in for a reevaluation and the vet confirmed the tumor on her foot is, in fact, growing steadily. He couldn't tell us how fast but he finally joined us on amputation being the best choice for her, despite that the foot is currently not bothering her. We just do not want to risk it. So we set up an appointment to have a consultation with the surgeon for April 10th. On that day we will schedule the actual amputation.

So this brings us to an issue Pyro and I have been having. For roughly 2 years now Pyro and I have been planning to attend our first furry convention, Furry Weekend Atlanta. We've had our hotel booked since November and had our money saved up for it since then. Those costs were set aside in a misc fund that we wouldn't touch. Despite this kitty situation, we decided we would leave the funds untouched unless we needed them. Now that the existing bills are out of the way and we have a good start on the surgery costs, there hasn't been a need to touch those funds. 

We have been fighting whether or not we wanted to continue going or not since the cancer situation started. We did not know what to do as we had a lot of moral conflicts. Should we really go, despite that we could use this money for the surgery? Would it seem jerkish to go after so many awesome people donated to help Marly? Would that be like a slap in the face? Obviously we were leaning to not going at all for this reason.

However, we have lately had a change of mind regarding it. This year has sucked so far. Like, shit. Pyro has been stressed beyond normal reason between the cancer and being unable to find a job outside of commissions. I haven't been able to do nearly as much to help out because of school and my comic pitch that I've been non-stop working on since December. We also have misc issues going on in our personal lives, such as Pyro's aunt also having cancer (in a very very bad stage). Cancer sucks, man.

So we figure... we really need a break. Like, we really need a break. Since our local Swarmcon got cancelled this year (where we both we planning on selling at), FWA is really going to be our one attempt to network and sell some stuff via their open artist's alley. Since we already have the hotel, food, gas, etc. costs set aside, any profits we make from that will go towards the surgery fund.

And maybe we can finally have some fun and destress after all this crap. We just... really need a vacation. So we decided we are still going to attend.
We still feel a bit guilty about it, even if our reasons are justified...

This weekend we are going to go ahead and setup the GoFundMe, that way we can advertise it alongside the prints and commissions at FWA. And when we get back we wanna double up on giving people things worthy of their money. Since our PWYW stream went so well, we are wanting to do that again.

I just hope this is okay for you guys? We would never, ever want to ruin what we've accomplished with all this. You guys are so amazing and disappointing or offending you is the last thing we want!
If anyone would like to voice concerns please feel free.

I will update again on this when we get the consultation done on the 10th. Thanks everyone!


 
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EDIT 2: Greetings all! Quick update on the situation.

First of all I can't thank people enough for their support, kind comments, donations, and purchases! It's been amazing! Beyond amazing. At current we have successfully paid off the biopsy and are working towards the rest. We will be mailing packages out sometime this week once we get a couple more confirmations that way we can mail everyone's in one stop since the post office is a ways out of the way.

We also got our estimates on the surgeries. As mentioned, the effective radiation treatment is out of our price range and current means. The second radiation is still up in the air but we just don't want to trust in a method that has such little studies done on it (I'm starting to get really upset that kitties are cared for so much less than dogs in the research department...). So amputation is the one that's going to be our likely choice, however, the vet wants to wait a month before doing it because morally he doesn't think cutting off the leg would be good when the leg is causing her no problems. But we can't wait around forever because the tumor will spread, though he claims it won't become detrimental for another couple months minimum. Either way, she has an appointment at the end of the month to reevaluate. We did get estimates for everything, though, and the amputation itself is going to be around $2900-$3500 + another $200 for more xrays + another $200 for an additional doctors visit. So by the time we get everything said and done it'll round up to around $4k including the bills we still have yet to pay.

We are postponing the GoFundMe until after we 100% decide. In the mean time we are going to continue what we are doing. Prints will remain on sale until then, I got some adoptables I'll be rolling out next week or this weekend, we still plan on streaming we just haven't figured out when yet, and YCHs will come when we catch free time. I need to set my priorities on my 12 page comic pitch at the moment, so that's going to be my #1 but I'm going to try to schedule around so I can fit in Marm Fund stuff.

I'm updating everyone on this so it's very transparent what's going on. I'm relieved we have a bit more time to make up the money, even if it is stressful.

Again, thank you so much to all those who have been supporting us and sharing our posts! Once again, here are all the links to the post if you'd like to help share:

Twitter post | Tumblr post | Instagram Post | FurAffinity Post

You guys are awesome and I love you all ;n; :iconbigheartplz:

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EDIT 1: First fundraiser submissions has been posted!
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Greetings all, this time I bring you... not so good news. But I want to explain what's going to happen the next few weeks.

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As many of you know, my cat Sabrina and I live with StupidShepherd and their cat Marly. Both our cats are around the same age, being 7 & 8. Early February we discovered a small lump on Marly's hind right foot, a bit behind her large pawpad on the hock. We took her in for a biopsy and it came back as malignant. After going to a local vet oncologist it was made apparent the tumor was something in the type of a Nerve Shaft tumor. This is a good and bad thing. It's good because the tumor is slow growing and because we caught it so early it is located only in the foot and nowhere else (we even got an xray just to be safe). The bad news is that the tumor type is difficult to remove because of its nature of spreading like tree roots rather than balling outward in a mass. This makes getting rid of all those microscopic tendrils entirely impossible with just surgery.

We are left with very few treatment options. Chemo does not do anything to these tumors except slow their growth so we completely rule this option out. The next option is surgery + radiation treatment. There are few positives to this. No place here has radiation so we would have to drive 5 hours away and dump her off at a vet for over a month straight to receive the surgery and do daily radiation treatments under light anesthetics. And even then the chances of it killing all of it is not certain since apparently there are fewer incidents of this done on cats compared to dogs. As if that wasn't miserable enough, the cost is out of our capabilities, being upwards of 7-10k. As college students, this is not a good number.

There is the option of surgery + a lighter type of radiation that is significantly cheaper (something like 400~ per session) but considerably less effective. We would still have to dump her off somewhere but it wouldn't be for a month.

That leaves us with amputation. It is 98% effective (the few percent to count the rare possibility of another tumor showing up somewhere else). It would be much cheaper, but still expensive, ranging in the 1-2k ballpark. It's heartbreaking thinking about having to do this, even if we know and have seen numerous cases of cats being more than fine on three legs. It's hard imagining it, still, if not a little guilty.

We don't know yet which option we want to do (it's somewhere between the last two), but regardless we are going to have to raise money to treat her. Her current bills are already over the 1k mark between the exams, specialists, x-rays, and biopsy. I will show screenshots below as proof.

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So over the next few weeks we will be holding a fundraiser to raise money for her treatment! I'll be reselling my comics and prints along with some new prints made specifically for this. Once my queue clears up I will probably be taking some commissions. Pyro will as well! They will all be Pay What You Want (PWYW) with a minimum set price but you may donate more if you wish! After we officially decide what we want to do, we will make up an estimate and post it, possibly rallying up a GoFundMe. We both feel really bad accepting donations, which is why we want some options for those to receive things in return, but we don't have much of a choice in the matter. I have to pay for school and Pyro has to pay bills. We will accept donations through Ko-Fi too! Any little bit will help!

I wanted to put up this journal explaining the situation first. Expect to see more posts about it in the future. When we do, we would really appreciate folks spreading it around, even if you can't donate!

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To say it's been a tough month would be an understatement. I know it could be a lot worse, and we are very lucky, but it's still really, really sucky. If you could, please send support to StupidShepherd They really need it!

If anyone has ever had a pet with cancer, or had amputations, I would greatly appreciate your input or advice.
Thanks everyone :heart:
~*~Filly B.~*~



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How Good Is My Art, For Real?

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 4, 2017, 7:57 PM


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Greetings again all! I wanted to share the experience I had the last few days at my sequential department's annual Comics Art Forum and present you all a question at the end! Skip ahead if you want, you know how I like to ramble.


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So as I mentioned in a recent status post, I had the honor of having my portfolio reviewed by professional artists! But the backstory to this: every year my department holds a Comics Art Forum and Editor's Day, both of which are opportunities for students to get their work critiqued by professional artists and editors in the industry. This is a way to get feedback, make connections (the beauty of networking), and even get hired if your work is stupendously impressive. I completely chickened out on it last year, believing that my work wasn't strong enough since the only portfolio-worthy pieces I had were Graphic Design related and that's not really beneficial. And it's not like I could show them a batch of furry art cause let's be real. I did, however, attend the panels and workshops and learned a lot from those so this year I made it my goal to participate more!

So I signed up, whipped up a small 7-page portfolio and prepped myself. The artists came in to talk during some of our classes and, of course, I always get amazed at how chill they are. Literally they're just grown up children. This year we had the INSANELY down to earth Scott C. who I knew from his book Great Showdowns and whose watercolor I envy (he was also the art director on Psychonauts), the energetic and lovely Taneka Stotts who is a colorist, inker, editor, and writer for LGBTQ+ and PoC comics (and she makes it her mission to tear down the way the industry treats us artists like garbage), the super cool Dave Montes who works with game development, and Bernard Chang who is a master of comics and is currently working on Batman Beyond (the comic). I put extra emphasis on Scott and Taneka because those two were the ones who reviewed me!

Before the reviews, though, Taneka, Scott, and Dave came into my Conceptual Illustration class where my professor decided "lol I'm gonna make you guys pitch your stories to them!" to which we all went "OH SH*T". I was picked second and had to give an impromptu pitch of my doomsday dinosaur story while the professor pulled up the turnarounds on the screen. I kept it short because less is more, all the while dying a little bit inside. To my surprise, they really really liked it. They gave plenty of good feedback and I was, and kinda still am, in shock.

So then yesterday comes along when I do my reviews. Poor Scott was drained since my slot was near the end, but he still was able to give me a ton of really strong feedback! Lots of advice for things I never would have even THOUGHT of! The most important bit to me was about my environments and how, though they're good, would improve by "immersing yourself in them, understanding them, making them just as big a character as the characters" which I really loved hearing because it just made sense. Then there were other little things like consistency, anatomy, etc. He really encouraged the idea to try storyboarding more, as it would benefit to improving my angles and dynamacy.

Then the glorious Taneka: I was last in her queue but despite this she was just as hyper and excitable as ever. Literally she's just kind of amazing? Anyway, she gave me some fantastic advice on choosing my colors, creating stronger values, improving my contrast, and setting up comic documents. And she also very very much encouraged me to stick with the dinosaur story because she remembered it from the previous day's pitch (Scott did as well). So I think 100% if nothing comes out of the contest I'm entering it for, I will do something with it after. Who would have thought a little fart of a story would actually be... not complete crap? A funny bit she also told me was to not be ashamed to work in whatever medium or material works best for me... including copy paper. Because I do all my comics on copy paper and always hated admitting it because it was "unprofessional" to not do it on Bristol. She said to not even care, that professionals do the same. So SUCK IT BRISTOL I HATED YOU AND ALWAYS HAVE.

And then today I saw a lovely little workshop by Scott about finding your "Creative Place" and giving us ideas on brainstorming and other things. And a piece of that I really took to heart was to just... not worry about finding "your style". That your style will come to you, and form around you, and make itself special through work. That's something I've always struggled with since my style is not something I personally find to have mass-appeal. It's not cutesy, it's not realistic, it's not, like, anime-inspired or whatever (I dunno). It's just kinda there, not that impressive. But there's no use in worrying about it. I can only go up from here and develop as an artist. Just don't sweat it! It encouraged me to try new things, new mediums, and just experiment.


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So overall, it was just a really great week. I love getting such helpful critique on how to better myself and to get encouraged on what I'm not completely screwing up, especially since the last year has been particularly difficult for me in terms of trying to understand "what I'm doing wrong". I still struggle with that.

It did make me think, though, which brings the title back into question. As artists, we don't generally like our work. I mean, we can really love it for a couple days or a month, but a lot of us ultimately think our stuff is trash after a point. We only see the flaws. We are, truly, our worst enemy.

For me, I have and do believe my work is good. It's not crap. It's not brilliant. It's just good. But it's also not really special to me. But I can't really be the judge of that.

So I ask, how good is my art, actually?
Is it better than what I think?
Is there something strong in it that you can see and I just can't?
Is it unique in any way, like recognizing it in a crowd?
 Did my work used to have a quality and I lost it?
Was there something I did before that was great and I left it behind?
Is there something I could push to reach that next level?


Why stop the reviews now? Please give your feedback! It would mean the world to me.



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But yes, that was my week. No regrets! Thank you all for listening and being amazing and supportive :heart:
~*~Filly B.~*~



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