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  • Listening to: So Sleepy - Fiona Apple
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  • Drinking: Chai tea
Lapse is going to be on hold until April 4th while I finish freelance work.

On the subject of freelance work, a couple of my buddies could really use some help in the form of commissions!  They're both awesome and super skilled, so if anyone reading this has any art they'd like done, shoot them a message!

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Until next time!
  • Listening to: Working Man - Imagine Dragons
  • Drinking: Iced Tazo Chai
First of all, a big hello to all of the new people following me!  I owe a big thanks to Delano-Laramie for the link, she's awesome.  :w00t!:

So!  My computer's hard drive went and died last week and that needed replacing (some of you may remember that I had another issue with my computer back in May) but I'm pretty close to finishing it.  The first half of it is more or less completely done, so I'm going to be livestreaming as I work on the second half if anyone is interested in watching!  [Edit: Closed, thanks yo everyone who joined!]

Again to my new watchers, for the moment the 'Lapse' page updates are sporadic and unscheduled.  I'm hoping to settle into something in the future, but right now between my job, freelance animating and the comic, my progress rate is pretty hectic, so I hope that's okay with everyone. :thanks:

I also tend to post a lot of updates, concept art and panel previews at my Tumblr for those interested! You can find it here:

Thanks everyone!  |D
  • Reading: Save the Cat! - Blake Synder
  • Watching: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (hnnnnng)
  • Playing: Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Drinking: Irish Breakfast tea
Featuring Bowser, Dr. Eggman and M. Bison in the same room among other video game cameos.  Is. Is anyone else freaking out right now?  :excited:…
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  • Reading: Save the Cat! - Blake Synder
  • Playing: work work work work work work
  • Drinking: Guava Ginseng tea
Unfortunately I'm going to be late with the Lapse page today.  .-.  I was a bit short on time to begin with, but I forgot that I also had to spend half the week in Boston to attend with some family commitments.  I want to finish the page by today or tomorrow (maybe I'll even Livestream some of the work on it? I haven't done that in a while), but I can't make promises because I'm really only at about the half-way point, and, well...

The pages take a very long time to finish.  Usually more than 20 hours.  :P  Which is all well and good if I have little to do over the week, but having any plans or unexpected events come up becomes a huge obstacle.  I don't want to promise a weekly schedule if I can't keep it, but I'm also hesitant to change it.  I'm afraid not having a schedule may eventually make me too lax on updating and I don't want to halve the schedule to bi-weekly if I can avoid it because I'd like to get on with the story at a faster rate than that.  >.>  

I would like to solve this conundrum by finishing pages faster, but I don't know if there's a way to do that without sacrificing the quality.  I hoped that by this point I'd have learned enough to cut the completion time and comfortably make a page a week, but despite learning a lot of new shortcuts, it still takes me about the same amount of time.  I'm doing my best to get quicker and I recently started up a Tumblr for the purpose of staying on top of a daily quick-sketch/music exercise ( ).  I'm just concerned about when/if I'll see results, so as much as I'd hate to, I'm wondering if it's a better idea to just let it go and rush the pages a little more.

I was wondering if any of you guys had advice or opinions?  Would any of you that read Lapse rather have the pages up to the current quality, or have them out once a week?  Or any ideas for speeding up the drawing process without a crumby-looking result?  Yay or nay to livestreaming?  Or any other reactions, really?  Anything anyone can offer would be good to hear.  :thanks:

(I'll update should such a livesteam go on. XP )
  • Listening to: Fake Palindromes - Andrew Bird
  • Watching: Avatar: The Last Airbender (again)
  • Playing: work work work work work work
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Tea. So very, very much tea.
So, I have a handful of pages for 'Lapse' done, I've decided I will start posting pages on the 20th, and I'll post a page every day until Friday of that week.  After that, I'll update with a page a week for as long as I possibly can.  :XD: (I don't know what day of the week yet, but I'll figure it out.)  There is the possibility that I'll have to put working on it aside for more lucrative possibilities now and then, but hopefully by then I will have figured out what I'm doing and will work a little faster (...hopefully).

Also I was wondering if any of you guys have used Drunk Duck and/or Smackjeeves or anything like that, and if they would recommend it?  I figure more outlets probably couldn't hurt, but I don't know a whole lot about those communities to be honest!

In the meantime if anyone has any other advice/questions/whatnot, I'm quite open to them!  :D

Thanks for reading, everyone!

(PS: Why is drawing hard.)
  • Listening to: It's Not - Aimee Mann
  • Watching: Sherlock (The BBC show)
  • Playing: Batman: Arkham City
  • Eating: Blueberry bagel
  • Drinking: Tea. So very, very much tea.
Oh hey, a synopsis!  :O

Bianca Fortune feels unable to move her life forward until she suffers a mortal accident in her haunted home.  With help from the eccentric former tenants, Bianca must face her anxiety and a demonic entity if she is to reclaim her life.

SO.  After a year+ of working on it, the script for 'Lapse' is finally done at a little over 100 pages.  Or done-ish.  There's still the constant, constant editing process.  :|  It gives me a pretty good idea for how long it will probably be drawn out though (400 pages give or take).

I'm pretty excited to work on this thing and I've started sketching pages, which feels pretty weird.  Part of me just wants to stay in the script stage until it's perfect (whatever that could possibly mean) and part of me feels I just need to jump in now.  I want to be able to get drawing as that's going to be the real heavy-lifting, but the beginning is what I've edited the most by far, and it needs to do what it needs to do right.  :[  Just.  Ffff.

I'm thinking I'll finish the first five pages or so and post them for five days succession, and this will probably happen sometime in February.  I'm going to post on dA up until at least the completion of the first chapter and see where things go from there, because if things go according to plan I'd like to eventually host the comic on its own site.  :'D

Anyway, if anyone has any advice about starting or executing long-term comic projects, I'd really love to hear it! =D  And if anyone has any other reactions I'd love to hear those too.  :XD:
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  • Reading: The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Watching: Firefly
  • Playing: Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
  • Eating: Mochi ice cream
Apparently it's been about a year since my last journal. Huh. ^^;  I've been rather busy, since last year I had a student film to finish and I was occupied with various things over the summer. The vast majority of my time spent on dA lately has been working over at the Poke-fanclub.  Speaking of which, I should warn that I might be spamming a lot of Pokemon fanart soon, since this year I'm a prize artist for the storytelling contest we hold over there. xP

Speaking of posting artwork, there's some development art for a personal project that I'm kind of compelled to post here, but I'm feeling apprehensive at the moment. That said, I am going to have to post some of it eventually since I ultimately want to make a webcomic not unlike most other people on dA. :P (I've actually been wanting to do a webcomic for years, but I didn't feel like I had a story worthy of the effort until now.)  So, I don't really know why I'm so nervous about posting bits of it. I'm curious if anyone would be interested in seeing anything like that though? Otherwise I can just wait until I'm drawing the actual thing.  :XD:

Also, my good friend :icondelano-laramie: generously gave me a sub!  Whooo :dance:
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  • Reading: Green Eggs and Ham (Yeah, don't ask. XD; )
  • Eating: Nothing. :'C
So, I'm kind of broke and getting kind of tired of chili (though I do make pretty good chili), and I don't think I can tolerate the saltiness of ramen anymore.  D:  

Anyone know any good, relatively simple, and generally cheap recipes?  

Any suggestions at all would be awesome, because I kind of don't know what I'm looking for; I eat pretty much anything except... like... pastries, so my options are kinda broad.  :XD:;  (Though lately I'm leaning towards fruit and vegetable-heavy foods, if only because I'm worried I don't get all the vitamins I should be getting.  :P )
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  • Watching: The Story of Pixar
I feel like I always have this huge issue with my own work... I draw/write something that seems to work fine in my head, but then when I show it to others it doesn't read how what I meant it to at all. Usually it's something like an ineffective expression or a line that sounds really unintentionally awkward.

All my other shortcomings aside, I feel like a big factor in those problems is that I'm just not coming to my own work fresh enough to see it for what it really is. I work so hard on it and stare at it for so long that the mistakes just aren't as obvious to me as they should be.

I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem, but does anyone have any good methods of countering it? I know that for drawings, flipping them or turning them upside-down can be really helpful, but for things like writing and how gestures and compositions read to other people?

Any ideas or experiences would be a big help.  =[
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  • Reading: Help me out here. :<
  • Playing: Pokemon: Soul Silver (slowly but surely)
  • Drinking: Chai, my own recipe. |D
'Lo all.  =)  How's life?  :XD:

Life's been pretty decent for me.  I got to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios last week, which was really neat.  =D  They did a really good job with it.  How they did the inside and outside of the Hogwarts attraction (the line for the ride, pretty much) was particularly impressive.…: The Hogwarts ride was broken until literally the last hour it was open and butterbeer is apparently cream soda.  =|  Oh well.

Anyway, I got to thinking... Honestly, I think Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows was the last novel I finished reading of my own free will.  :XD:;  When it came out, no less.  I actually really like to read, but I have a very hard time getting through the first fifty pages or so, so I rarely finish books.  =/

So, anyone have any suggestions?  The only genre I don't generally like is romance (particularly trashy romance) but I'm not opposed to it if you think it's an unusually good one.  (Not Twilight books please.  Already tried that. :no: )  Graphic novels suggestions work too.  =D

(By the way, it's never too late to respond to this.  If you happen to be looking at this journal, want to recommend something and you're thinking, "Oh, it's old."  That's okay.  I'm always open to a suggestion.  :D)

PigeonSimba, I didn't forget that you want me to read Artemis Fowl.  >.>;  I'll... get to that eventually.  ^^;
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  • Eating: Pancakes
  • Drinking: Bubble Tea
EDIT:  So I kind of don't want this to take like.  Six months to fill.

Comment pleaaaase.  D:  You don't have to, but I'm going to take it down soon, so...


Taken from :iconjediannsolo:.  =o

Do et.  =D

1) If you are one of the first 14 people to comment on this journal entry, I will add you to the list!

2) For each of the 14 first people answering this journal I will put his/her avatar and the three deviations I like most from his/her gallery on the list!

3) If you answer, you'll have to do the same in your journal, putting the tagger on the first place, completing this way the list with 15 people. The idea of this is not to get a free feature, it is to spread art around for everyone!

(If you've already done this before you probably don't need to worry about doing it again, of course.  XP  I'd be happy to feature anyone.  =) )

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I'm still in the ugly sketching stage, so the animation (or lack there of at this point) is extremely rough.  (I may just try to finish a big chunk if not all of this over Livestream. We'll see what happens.  XD;; )  Some backgrounds are done, but there's really not much else to it right now.

I'd love it if any of you guys came and dropped me a line or two!  =3



I decided to hop on the bandwagon and get a Livestream account...  Some friends have suggested I do so, and while I really don't expect more than one or two people to watch my channel I guess it's something to try out.

Anyway...  I actually have a huge animation project to finish that I'm going to be working on... a lot.  I was wondering if anyone on here was interested in watching me do that from time to time?  :XD:;

In case anyone's curious about what it is I'm animating exactly, it's a 90-second film about a bear and a squirrel.  Not that much to it, but hey.

I'm going to and be working on it a whole lot over the week, possibly the month, so...  Yeah.  I'll update this journal when I go on.  :XD:;  My feelings won't be hurt if no people end up watching, but it would be great to have some company or anyone that could provide feedback at all while I'm working.  =)  Hopefully it might give me a little incentive to work, too.  ^^;

Would anyone be interested?  :thanks:

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  • Listening to: Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) - Billy Joel
  • Playing: I wish.
  • Eating: Slices of bread
  • Drinking: Ceylon tea

To keep in with my trend of submitting a few pieces in succession and then disappearing for months, I've become completely swamped with work again.

Actually, the truth is that I never wasn't and just ignored it for a while.  =I

So yeah.

Expect a bit more inactivity for a while.  ^^;

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  • Listening to: Dig a Little Deeper
  • Eating: Chocolate
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hey everyone!

Some of you might already know that I went to one of the exclusive screenings of Princess and the Frog two weeks ago.  A couple people wanted to know what I thought, but I didn't think it would be a good idea to post a review so far in advance.  But it's out now!  :dance:  I'm going to try to be as spoiler-free as possible.  So, here it goes.  =D


For those who don't know the history, I'll be brief: After the disappointing reception of 2004's 'Home On The Range', the big guys up at Disney announced they would no longer make traditionally animated films, thinking that audiences were no longer interested in them anymore in favor of CG animation.  Traditional animation studios were completely shut down, people lost their jobs...   Disney has played an integral role in the history of traditional animation, and for them to talk about abandoning  seemed ridiculous.  Needless to say, people were upset.  A couple years later, after some changes in management and the acquisition of Pixar, however, 'The Princess and the Frog' (then titled 'The Frog Princess' ) was announced, and has been eagerly anticipated by traditional animation and Disney fans since.  But is it worth the wait?

Well, if anything I've certainly missed traditional Disney!  This movie is gorgeous.  There was a bit more computer usage than previous films, but I suppose that's to be expected.  Technology is a lot better now than it was, and it's a lot easier to integrate the two with good results.  It still could've afforded to use the computer a bit less, but I'll excuse this, mainly since Disney hasn't recovered all the traditional animation resources it's lost since it 'gave it up', and some of the film still had to be outsourced to other animation companies affiliated with Disney.   Don't fear though, all of the important animation was traditional. Gorgeous traditional!

During the first third of the film, the pacing seems rather rushed between song numbers...  There are a lot of songs in this movie.  Looking at the soundtrack, I realized that this movie actually has seven in-movie vocal pieces; most of the 90's films had six.  It's a lot of music to fit into 100 minutes, watch out for that.

I kind of missed the catchy, more singable Menken tunes, but I think the decision to go with Randy Newman as the composer was justified. The songs probably won't catch on the way Menken's do on first listen, but overall the songs are lively and fun.  The music definitely has a distinct flavor compared to other Disney movies, but are unmistakably Randy Newman's style. My personal favorite song was probably 'Dig a Little Deeper', but I think the most memorable song sequence was ‘Almost There'.  Unfortunately, I find the villain's song, 'Friends on the Other Side,' not very easy to listen to. It varies a lot.  In the film it also starts very abruptly, but narratively it's very effective, and the animation in that sequence is great.

The vocal performances, both musical- and acting-wise are top-notch.  If I'm not mistaken, this is the first Disney film since Beauty and the Beast to have all the voice actors also perform the singing roles, and the result is lovely.  Everyone was well-casted, and I think it's worth mentioning that no very popular actors were were really cast, in favor of voice actors and people who could actually sing.  =o  Shocking.  Anika Noni Rose (Tiana) does a particularly awesome job, and Keith David (Dr. Facilier) is great as per usual.  Delano-Laramie felt that at times Bruno Campos's (Naveen) faux accent felt forced.  I don't really remember, but she might be right about that, so I might as well mention it.

I was surprised and pleased that this movie took some different angles on the standard Disney fair.  For example, Tiana is different from the standard Disney heroine in that she's actually out there trying to make her dream happen.  She doesn't wish for something vague or impossible, like a prince, 'adventure' or a pair of legs.  She wants to open her own restaurant, and she's been working hard for it all her life.  Her 'I want' song is also markedly different from that of other Disney heroines in that it's not about how she wishes something would happen to her 'someday'.  She sings about how she's done all she can to attain her dream and she's literally 'Almost There'.  There are some other choice spins on things, too, but to explain would be to spoil.

I'm going to be biased and bring this up:  There was a bit of crude humor here and there. I'm not a fan of crude humor.  Of course it was no where near the places Dreamworks goes with this, mainly it was just... well, snot and butt jokes. (The latter were actually in the trailers, for the most part.) By the end of the movie I more or less forgot about them, but they're there.  In general, the humor was really over the top and not all that subtle, so if you're like me and not really big on over-the-top...ness, that might be something you want to be prepared for before watching.

This time around, I was surprised to find that I liked the leads in this film!  With few exceptions, I find Disney's leads can be pretty dull. This is an exception.  Both characters have distinct personalities and agendas.  That said, the pair get together a bit faster than I expected, but hey, that's Disney.  In the movie's defense, at least they didn't fall in love at first sight and actually got to know each other a bit.

The villain was generally less menacing than most Disney villains, and a bit under-explored in my opinion -- he didn't get a lot of screen time. Again, I don't want to spoil, but there are bigger things at play than him. This was really an interesting concept, but it did make him feel less powerful than other Disney villains by comparison.  Whether that's a good or a bad thing, I don't know.

I think whether people will like the side characters depends greatly on personal taste. I went with some friends, and we all liked and disliked different side characters. I was surprised to find that I ended up liking characters I thought I wouldn't, and vice versa.  Disney side characters are always pretty strong, and the ones in 'The Princess and the Frog' are no exception.

Finally, the last third of the film is incredible.  Obviously talking about it would be spoiling, but the high point was definitely in there, and I enjoyed it the way I haven't enjoyed a Disney film in years.  =D

Conclusion/TL;DR:  While it has its flaws, as someone who was very eagerly anticipating 'The Princess and the Frog' I wasn't at all disappointed and really enjoyed the film overall.  While it takes some interesting new spins on the Disney formula, it's still definitely a Disney movie and retreads a bit of the old line set by the 90's 'broadway' style, but whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you.

(Also even if you don't like Disney you should still totally go see it support traditional animation, because traditional animation is awesome, 4srs.)

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Allo all,

I apologize for my lack of activity lately.  I have a lot of comments I intend to make and reply to, but school work and recovering from school work has more or less eaten all of my free time. :XD:;

If I can, I'd like to color one more piece from the sketch requests, but we'll see how that goes...

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EDIT:  Full for now, thank you everyone for requesting!  A really big thanks to my good friend :icondelano-laramie: for featuring me, or I probably wouldn't have any still.  :XD:  If you didn't come from there make sure to check out Del's gallery too. I may do other sketch requests in the future if this one goes well, so if you'd like to, stay posted!


I'm thinking I might do more of these in the future if this one goes well and there's enough interest, so for fun, themes!  The theme will be original characters from original fiction.  Not because I have anything against fancharacters, but because you see a lot of fanart on dA and original characters deserve love too.

But yeah.  For now I'm doing five rough sketches, of which I'll ink and color the one that comes out the best (or possibly more-than-ones).   =)

(I can accept another five now, but the original five have to get done first.)

1. :iconneonufo: - Done
2. :iconraijin-taranis: - Done
3. :iconinsomniac013: - Done
4. :iconstarrychao94: - Done
5. :iconpenelope-black: - Done

Colors? -… and…


6. :iconpoothos: - Done
7. :icondashley37: - Done
8. :iconceata88: - Done
9. :iconpokemonloverforev: - Done
10. :iconartbyriana: - Done

Colors? - n/a

If you have any kind of visual reference I can draw from, like a picture or several, that helps a lot.  If the character is from a written piece and has never been drawn before, please do the very best you can to describe them to me.

Also, it would be really helpful if you said a little bit about the character's personality.  It would be kind of annoying if I drew a happy-go-lucky character looking angsty or vice versa.

And don't be shy!  Happy... requesting, I guess.  :XD:

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