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Fanart and selling

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 19, 2012, 7:11 AM


I saw this journal entry the other day on selling fanart, and while it is pretty accurate (and a good read), the writer says that it is up to the artist to stop selling fanart. Now she does tell people to stop purchasing fanart in an aside and that's something I wanted to expand on because THAT is a big part of the issue.

Having attended a lot of anime conventions here in the states, many of which I am selling my own work, I know that the majority of con goers are not interested in original work. They want artist interpretations of characters they already know and love. This is especially a problem in America. It's why Batman, Superman, and Spiderman will never die; the audience doesn't want new superheroes, they want the old, familiar ones but told in different ways. It's also why we have so many sequels in TV and movies AND books. Madagascar 3 would not be made if they didn't think they could make money off it. Same with the new, revamped Spiderman movie.

If you are selling original work, chances are you will not make enough money to cover your table, let alone the convention. Because of this, it's little wonder that fanart is prolific at cons. If you're a college student, you can't afford to lose the $200 you paid for the table and the con fee and your hotel room and your food. You're going to sell stuff that makes money so you can at least get some money back. Even those artists who have both original work and fanart at their tables tend to sell a lot more of their fanart than they do of their original work. This is the audience saying that they will only pay for fanart. The only exception is if you're established with your own intellectual property, like Homestuck (and we all wish that we could be that lucky).

It takes a very long time to get established; I realize this. Some people are more lucky than others. But if the audience is willing to purchase original work, you will be seeing less fanart at conventions and more original work. So it's up to fans and to the buyers to help support original art and artists, not just artists saying that they won't sell fanart at conventions. Because if artists sell original work but the fans won't purchase it, it won't work.

So fans, if you really are concerned about legality and helping out artists, buy their original work. And for those of you who continue to support me, and others, in our mission to make our own art our jobs, I thank you wholeheartedly. :) Keep on doing what you're doing.


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Heroes con , E3, and Dawnguard

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 14, 2012, 6:53 AM


Just a quick time away from con prep to say I'll be at Heroes con in Charlotte, NC for the first time this year! I'm at table AA750, and will have BOTH books of my webcomic, LaSalle's Legacy, as well as my usual prints, postcards, buttons, and a new poster. I will also be dressed as Songstress Yuna for Friday at least. If you're going, come by and say 'hi'! I love talking about video games or comics or other geeky stuff. :)

I've also heard a bit of news out of E3 and am disappointed that most of the hyped games are FPSs and I'm hearing nothing about the new Sly 4. I won't even get into the new Tomb Raider as many people have already spoken about it more eloquently than I, but I don't think I'll be buying that game.

And I'm so disappointed in Bethesda and Dawnguard. I think Microsoft has an exclusive deal with just about all the major game companies: anyone who has an X-box gets stuff first. I suppose it makes people want to buy X-boxes, but I'm sticking with my PS3. I guess I just won't play Dawnguard for a bit; not that I have time considering I'm still running through Kingdoms of Amalur. XD


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Birthday and gaming (warning, it's long!)

Journal Entry: Tue May 29, 2012, 5:00 AM


First things first; thank you guys for all the birthday wishes! I wish I could hug you all in real life, but you'll have to settle for smiley hugs: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: You guys made my day. :D  :love: I spent most of it working because I was working at Balticon this weekend (more on that later), but my husband did take me out to dinner at a really nice local Italian restaurant where I had crabmeat pasta and cannolis. If you ever come to Maryland and love Italian food, Pasta Plus is the place to go.

And on to gaming news (cut and pasted from my tumblr feed)

So David Gaider's been tweeting about his ME3 playthrough and while I'm predicting that if he tweets about the ending, it will be how good it is and players shouldn't be that disappointed in it, courtesy of him being a BioWare employee and all, he did tweet something that made me think. He apparently managed to kill the Geth and while he knew there was a 'perfect' option where you could get the two to cooperate, he wished that there wasn't one. He felt that it was fitting that you would have to choose which race to commit genocide on. Thinking about this, and taking the end into account, I'm inclined to agree.

One of the problems of the ending to ME3 was that the storytellers carefully trained the gamer to expect that there would be a perfect, good case scenario. At the end of Act one, you unite the Krogans and the Turians. At the end of act two, there is the possibility, provided Shepard has enough accumulated charisma, to unite the Geth and the Quarians, disproving the Crucible's claim that synthetics and organics can no longer live together. So, it is not unrealistic for a gamer to think that there will be a choice to destroy only the Reapers and allow synthetics and organics the free will to see if they can get along (along with the possibility of Shepard surviving). If the gamer had no choice but to commit genocide, then there wouldn't be as much confusion as to what the actual theme of the series was, nor would there be much of a hope that there would be any happy ending.

ME3 gave gamers a hope that they could have a perfect scenario through training from act one and act two, and when they denied the gamer this in act three, it's no wonder people were upset. Certainly there were other issues with act three's end, but I do think that some of it could have been mitigated if the game hadn't set up certain expectations and then not followed through.

In other EA news, I've been thoroughly enjoying Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, or Skyrim with colour as I like to call it. :) I've completed a couple of Warswarn quests, currently working on a House of Ballads quests and am accumulating lots more quests. I find that I really enjoy just wandering around the areas looking for lorestones and killing bears; I don't think I left Odarath for a good 5-6 game hours. The dialogue can get clunky at times and the story is pretty stock, but it really is a fun game and makes you think strategically too. I know there's a DLC out there for it already and I might just have to purchase, despite the fact that I've barely begun my journey.

I have a Dokkalfar (did you expect anything less?) who's preference is the stealthy and magical. She interchanges daggers and faeblades for primary weapons and enjoys Chakrams for secondary along with a few deadly spells in her arsenal. I was trying to see if I could stay away from the stealth/magic approach since I use it all the time in Skyrim, but it's just too fun sneaking around. I have a feeling she'll be joining the Travellers quite soon. I'll probably draw/paint her at some point in time so be watching for that too.


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Spreading the Word

Journal Entry: Fri May 11, 2012, 8:22 AM


Create a Comic for Conservation

:iconlcibos: is sponsoring a comic contest for younger artists in support of Polar Bears International and the Arctic Documentary Project. You can read more about it here. I'm too old to participate, but maybe you or someone you know isn't. :D I think it's a neat idea, and I'm all for more learning about ecosystems.


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I joined Pottermore!

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 19, 2012, 6:26 AM


Just posting because I've been absent from DA for a while (been really busy with work stuff).

I announced this on my tumblr blog, but I could always use more friends. :D I'm WolfsbaneWing8618. Just let me know who you are. :D

And I got sorted into Gryffindor. I was expecting to be in Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, but hey, I'm not complaining. :)


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Artist Meme

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 26, 2012, 1:51 PM


I've been seeing the artist Meme floating around and decided I wanted to do it too, even though I haven't been tagged. :XD: Y'all wanna know about my art process, right?

Guidelines (because rules are restrictive, and creativity should not be restricted!):
Answer these questions in your journal post.
Tag an artist and a writer you respect and admire.
OPTIONAL: Add one question of your own (if you so desire).



Artist: :iconwanderer1812:
Writer: :iconcorbie: (though you can blog about the art process as well!)


Questions:

1. Could you please describe your artistic process?

First I look at other artists, then get into a depressive funk proclaiming how bad I suck, then tell myself I have deadlines so I need to work, then I work.  :XD: If I didn't have deadlines, that depressive funk would be a lot longer. The artistic process would be much shorter if I didn't look at other artists' work, come to think of it. :XD:

For most of my comic work, I usually have done much of the written part before hand (scripting, how much I want on a page, etc). For the one-time jokes, I usually have the dialogue written out on whatever was handy when I came up with the idea. Once the dialogue is mostly finished, I start with sketching out the layout, words included, then refine it on paper, or more recently my computer. Once I've finished the sketch, I ink it in Manga Studio, then if I'm going to color, I color it in Photoshop. After that, I type in the dialogue and modify as necessary.

For paintings, I sketch, then lay out the color palette and play around with that a bit. When I'm happy with that, I just start laying on colors. I tend to experiment a lot with brushes and techniques and I'm still learning.

I'm the kind of artist that tweaks as I go so nothing is ever set in stone until it's 'published'.


2. How do you prepare for a project?

For a long-term project, I do much of the writing beforehand. I'm a discovery writer as well as artist, which means most of the time I don't really know what the story is going to be about until I start writing it. I have an idea of where I want to go beforehand, but that can change. After that, I do research until I'm bored of doing research and then I start. I tend to do research as I go because I'm very bad at planning everything out beforehand. Very bad.


3. What sort of environment do you prefer when you are working? (i.e. writing in a corner table at a cafe during the day or painting late into the night in a silent studio.)

Our spare bedroom is my 'studio', and since my computer and art supplies are stored here, I do most of my work here. Sometimes I have an Art Day with :iconmegamijadeheart: and that helps because we both can't fit in my studio so we go to the kitchen. Preferably, I like to work alone because I'm terrible at multi-tasking, but shaking things up allows me to break out of my artistic rut.


4. Do you listen to music while you are working, and if so, what genres of music do you prefer?

Sometimes I listen to music, but lately I listen to podcasts. I prefer classical/soundtracks when I'm writing, and when I'm doing art, upbeat pop music from the 80's and 90's or the podcasts. Most of the podcasts I listen to are NPR (National Public Radio) programs.


5. Do you listen to music to help set the tone of what you are working on, or as a way to block out the world?

Mostly to block out the world and keep me sane when I'm doing backgrounds.


6. At what point do you decide it's "done" and can move onto the next project?

For the webcomic, I have deadlines so I stick to those. For other projects, it's done when I don't know what else to do or am sick of it.


7. What do you do when a project stalls or meanders or you otherwise just seem to lose all creative control over it?

Oh, that happens a lot, especially with my long-term webcomic. It's one reason why I do fancomics/fanart; to help break up the monotony of working on a long-term project. Sometimes I take a break for a week and do other things, like playing video games. I find if I get away from it for a while, the enthusiasm to do it returns. The Art Day also helps; doing art with friends is fun! :D


8. What snack/beverage or other item can you NOT do without while you are working on your project?

Coffee and tea.


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ME3 Ending (spoilers) and 10 unnecessary things

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 22, 2012, 5:24 AM


I finally finished Mass Effect 3 this weekend and am still reeling over the ending! I am soooo confused, thought to be honest I didn't even really know how to choose my first time through. I blame being hungry and it being lunchtime. :XD: I think I agree with most of the fanbase that the ending wasn't really satisfactory. It kind of felt like the ending to DA2, but I could accept DA2's ending because I knew there were going to be games afterwards. ME3 is the conclusion, and that wasn't much of a conclusion. Though maybe games are going through this stage where narratives aren't as clear-cut as they used to be. Who knows? All I know is that it felt a bit like Fallout 3's ending, where the game sort of kicks you in the teeth with a foregone conclusion that doesn't seem to make much sense. And I think that's what a lot of people hate; that it's all inevitable. For a game that gives you so much choice, it's weird that they leave out a lot of that choice in the end. I'm going to be optimistic and think that BioWare meant to do this and will solve it all in DLC, but I do think that it feels like an incomplete game.

Oh, and has anyone managed to get over 4000 Effective Military Strength without playing Multi-player? If you have, can you tell me how you do it? I pretty much got everything I could in the game (except for the Eclipse because of a stupid bug) and still only had 3500, not enough for the 'perfect' ending. And if it includes having ME1, well that sucks for us PS3 users, doesn't it? I'm a bit miffed that the game kind of forces you to use multi-player, and I'm hoping that the 'Shepard breathes' ending is more of a cosmetic thing rather than actuality. Because it is really unfair to make people do multi-player if they don't want to.

And if anyone is on the PS3 and wants to play multi-player, send me a note! I usually pre-arrange my playing times so we can pre-arrange a time to play together. :D

The second part of this really long journal is about DA2, and my Hawke. :iconcorbie: tagged me, and I am a sucker for memes, so here you go: Stuff you really wanted to know about Marian Hawke! :XD:

10 Unnecessary Things About My OC That You Really Didn't Need to Know meme.

Rules:
1. You must post these rules.
2. Each character must post 10 things about themselves on their journal.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and create ten new questions for the characters you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose 10 characters to tag and post their icons on your journal.
5. Go to their pages and tell them you have tagged her/him.
6. No tag backs
7. No garbage in the tagging section about "you are tagged if you're reading this." You legitimately have to tag 10 characters

1.Marian is a complete tomboy, but she does love wearing pretty dresses occasionally.

2.If she could fill the house with books and bookshelves she would.

3.She hates cleaning and tries to get out of it if she can.

4.She always felt bad for taking the Mabari away from Carver. She even let him name it, but Carver still resented her.

5.Marian believes in the Maker, if only because it's how she grew up. It's not fervent, but if she's in trouble she will occasionally pray.

6.Even though she didn't kill Anders for what he did to the Chantry, she never really forgave him for it. Mostly because his blowing up the Chantry made her realize that all those years she spent as Champion, she could have done something and she didn't. And she resents Anders for forcing her hand.

7.Her favorite color is blue.

8.She always thought Bethany was a lot prettier than she was and was a little jealous of her little sister.

9.Marian likes puns. A lot. Even Varric can't stand her puns.

10.She's a lightweight. One drink, and she's asleep.


1Who did your Hawke romance? Why?

Marian romanced Fenris. At first, it was supposed to be a joke, since he obviously hated mages and she  instinctively pounced on another person to tease. As they got to know each other, she discovered that she really cared about him, and was jealous of Isabela's flirting with him despite the fact that she was flirting with anybody and everybody she could. After he 'dumped' her, she was ready to call the whole thing off, but then Fenris helped her with the Qunari and a few years helped her make peace with it, especially knowing he was all messed up. When he finally came back around, she was thrilled, though he did have to make up for it.

2.Who was Hawke's best friend (other than the romance choice)?

Varric. Marian always felt 'safe' around Varric, like he was looking after her rather than the other way around (which was all of her other friends). And they both love tall tales, drinking, and making light of various situations.

3.Did he/she like living in Hightown and being Champion?

Marian loved being in Hightown because it meant she could have servants to clean the house, leaving her to her magical studies and books. She didn't like the company, but made up for it by being as big a pain in the ass as she could get away with, much to her mother's chagrin. She wasn't so thrilled to be Champion; she was too used to hiding and being out of the spotlight. One of her biggest regrets is not using her position as Champion to further help out the mages; she just ignored a lot of her duties and hoped everyone would just go away.

4. Did he/she get along with his/her surviving sibling? What happened to the sibling (Warden, Templar, or died also)?

She and Carver eventually came to an understanding, though they will never be as close as she was to Bethany. Most of that happened while Carver was a Warden; he grew up a lot and being away from the other sibling was good for the relationship.

5. Who did your Hawke hate?

Danarius. After learning what he did to Fenris, she just couldn't stand the man and was thrilled at the chance to kill him.

6. What quest was the most difficult, emotionally speaking, for your Hawke?

The one where her mother died. She had always been close to her mother and when she was taken away, Marian felt like the world was crumbling at her feet. She still misses her mother dearly.

7. Mages or templars?

Mages!

8. What do you think happened to your Hawke after fleeing Kirkwall?

She went back into hiding, but is covertly helping out other apostate mages in Ferelden somewhere.

9. What fight gave Hawke the most trouble (Arishok, High Dragon, etc.)?

Orsino, because she refused to believe Orsino had betrayed her for a little bit. She liked him and was heartbroken when he didn't believe in her.

10. What are Hawke's views on Flemeth?

Marian thinks Flemeth is a powerful mage and fully respects her. But she's still sore that Flemeth won't help her learn how to be a dragon.


And I'm breaking the rules and not tagging. :P But do it if you want to! :D


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Katsucon is this weekend!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 13, 2012, 5:07 AM


And I'll be in the Artist's Alley! My table number is R 03, which is on the wall right behind the Art show. I will have the bookmarks, a small selection of hand-made "Jolly Rodney" T-shirts, the first book of LaSalle's Legacy, and my usual assortment of onigiri buttons. I will also be offering commissions, $20 for a full color sketchcard, $50 for a postcard, and black and white commissions start at $5 for a sketchcard. I will be wearing my Bethany costume both Friday and Saturday; depending on the weather, I might wear Yuna Songstress on Sunday.

If you're going, come stop by! I love to chat about gaming, comics, Sci-fi, and random geekiness. :D


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Give my regards to Broadway

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 6, 2012, 5:07 AM


Last Saturday there was a Dragon Age meet up in New York City, all organized by Autumnyte on Tumblr. Since I've never been to NYC before, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to go. My husband and I made a weekend of it, doing all kinds of touristy things like watching a play on Broadway (Anything Goes), going to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), visiting Ground Zero and the 9-11 monument, taking a carriage ride through Central Park, and walking down the ritzy parts of Manhattan. My husband's cousin works in the city and took us to a local pub where celebrities supposedly hang out. I don't know that we saw any, but she thought one of the older gentlemen drinking might have been Keith Richards, whom I accidentally jostled while putting on my coat. I didn't get a good look, nor would i really have known what Keith Richards looked like even if I did, but it makes a nice story.

The Dragon Age meet up was also a blast. I met a couple of friends that I don't normally see beforehand, and was able to talk to some of the people I met online which was really nice. :) One thing that a friend of mine noticed was the lack of men; there were about 30 people and only 5 were men, including my husband. He commented that maybe guys don't play DragonAge, but I thought it was more guys don't go on Tumblr to talk about Dragon Age. I was also relieved that none of the Anders fans were at our table; one friend of mine thought Anders was evil and claimed to always kill him on every playthrough. :XD: It was pretty fun to geek out with so many people and just listen to other people's experiences of the game.

All in all, I had a great time in the city and I want to go back, though I may have to wait until my wallet replenishes. NYC is expensive. I didn't realize just how expensive it was until I looked at my empty wallet on Sunday morning and thought "Where did all my money go?" But it was worth it. :)

Oh, and I've been reading "Asunder". While I wouldn't say David Gaider is an inspiration for me, nor would I say he's a great writer, he's not bad and the story is pretty intriguing so far. Though I do wish that if he did write Dragon Age stories that there not be a 'canon' to them. They made these games for players to experience them in different ways. Having a 'canon' where it's assumed certain things happen kind of ruins the point of Dragon Age for myself. I'm still enjoying the books and more Dragon Age, but it just seems like in such a big world, there should be other characters to talk about, not just the ones that show up in the games.


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Features Meme!

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 20, 2012, 6:04 AM


Did this before and it's always nice to see new art, so I'm doing it again. Maybe this time it'll actually get filled. :XD:


"For each of the first  10 (or more) people  answering this journal entry, I'll put their avatar and the three deviations I like the most from their gallery on the list! If you answer, you have to do the same in your journal, putting the tagger on the first place. The idea of this is not to get a free feature, but to spread art around for everyone!"

1.:iconsoniacarreras:
DAO:TMM A gift for Satinalia by SoniaCarreras DAO: Lockpicking by SoniaCarreras DAO: Under the Antivan Sun by SoniaCarreras

2.:iconchristadoodles:
100 Challenge: Light by ChristaDoodles :thumb262656287: Dark Jenny by ChristaDoodles

3.:iconburhenn63:
Forsworn Woman 01 by Burhenn63 Adventures in Skyrim 4 by Burhenn63 Adventures in Skyrim 1 by Burhenn63

4.:iconabadir:
DAO: Portrait of a Lady by Abadir DAO: In Peace Vigilance 8x06 by Abadir Skyrim: Dovakiin by Abadir

5.:iconnexttrickanvils:
Happy Birthday Bukittyan by NextTrickAnvils FNV: Merry Christmas by NextTrickAnvils Original: Sayuri by NextTrickAnvils
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Fate of Elfquestfanart.com

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 16, 2012, 6:44 AM


To those of you who are ElfQuest fans;

It has come to my attention that elfquestfanart.com is undergoing some changes at the moment. The current administrators, Foxeye and Kael are going to be 'retiring' and are willing to pass the torch on to someone who loves ElfQuest and fanart as much as they do. If you are interested, there's more information here.

The site will continue to be up until February, so everyone can enjoy the 2013 and 2014 calendars.

I want to express my thanks to Foxeye and Kael for making a wonderful site, even if I didn't participate in it for long. Everyone was always nice and helpful and things were easy to find. I hope that someone is able to take up the torch so future generations of ElfQuest lovers can share their art and love for EQ.


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Thoughts on the new Doctor Who and Clone Wars

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 9, 2012, 2:43 PM


Mini-tv rant 'cause I can. :p

Since hubby and I are waiting for the next "Rome" to grace our mailbox this month, we caught up on some of the new Doctor Who. While I like Matt Smith and Amy, I'm still having trouble with the dialogue, In particular, the machine-gun delivery that makes the Doctor sound like Blur from the Transformers movie. Sometimes I wonder if the director orders Matt Smith to talk as fast as he possibly can so they can fit 2 hours of episode in a 1 hour time slot.  Maybe I'm just getting old and can't keep up.

I also hate horror so there are some episodes which are pretty difficult to watch (I can't look at statues the same way now, thank you very much). The old non-CGI made the more scary episodes bearable when you were an 8 year old watching. Though I still can't stand green maggots, thank you very much "The Green Death". *shudder*

All in all, I do like it and will continue to watch. Even when I get frustrated at  all the "To be continued" episodes. :XD: I hate multi-episodes, especially when I have to wait a whole week for a new one.

As for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, I'm liking the new season but it seems like Lucas is a hell of a lot better at action than story. This week's episode was resolved much quicker than I would have liked and when we got to the last fifteen minutes, I understood why. The plot had to be resolved so there could be armchair gripping action scenes! Even though I hate multi-episodic plots, I would have preferred another episode to resolve the plot correctly rather than tying up all loose ends in fifteen minutes then having lots of action scenes. Nothing wrong with the action scenes, but it feels that they're sacrificing plot for action.

And that ship that drops off troops onto planets is the worst spaceship design I've ever seen in my life. Who in their right mind would design an interior of a spaceship meant to land on various planet types with no seating?! I'm surprised none of the clones have had their arms ripped out of their sockets.


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New Year

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 30, 2011, 5:41 AM


In a couple of days, it will be a new year! I always seem to make the same resolutions: lose some weight and get better at art/writing. Last year, I lost no weight (but gained none) and improved a bit on my art. So I'm going to continue that trend by again trying to lose some weight (a modest 5 pounds) and improve on my art and writing; especially my digital painting. I'm also going to attempt to finish a short story or novel and try to get it published so I can try and actually make money at my business instead of being in the red all the time. :) And I'm also working on a Bethany costume which I hope will be mostly ready for Katsucon this year. Oh, and I'm going to make those skyrim sweetrolls. I AM!

How about you guys? Any new years resolutions?

Also, as I always do every year (except last year), I entered some pieces in the ElfQuest fan art calendar. This year's theme was 'Pin-ups' done Wendy-style and the calendar is a weekly calendar instead of a monthly one.  They just released the pictures of the calendar for download; I'll wait about a week or so to put up this year's images here.  I landed both Dewshine, my favorite character, and Brill in 2012 (the other two will be in subsequent calendars, 2013 and 2014). Check it out: there are lots of amazing artists on there, including :iconjisel: and :iconelf-in-mirror:. Plus, pin-ups. Sexy elven pin-ups. Who can say no to that?

www.elfquestfanart.com/index.p…


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Thank you guys!

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 16, 2011, 5:07 AM


:iconsoniacarreras: says it all in her journal but I also wanted to thank all you guys as well. :) Everyone who contributed is awesome. :D

And, since I'm going on vacation next week, I'll just take this opportunity to wish you all a happy holiday season, whichever holiday you celebrate. See you guys next year! :)


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Wonderful things about fandom

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 7, 2011, 10:46 AM


Normally on Tumblr I get a lot of 'confessions' masked as arrogant "holier-than-thou" statements from fans, or a lot of crap about how stupid girl gamers are that make me disheartened to be part of fandom

Then, I see this:

Donations Thermometer by SoniaCarreras

This, my friends, is beautiful. This is what fandom can be and bring. And I am so happy to be a part of it. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. :D


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  • Reading: The House on Drury Lane
  • Watching: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  • Playing: Skyrim
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Help for a worthy cause!

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 8, 2011, 8:05 AM


Most of you may already know, :iconsoniacarreras: is raising money to help get :iconkylemallory: a much needed operation. You can help by ordering the calendar from her journal. If you don't have the cash for the full calendar, you can donate as little as $2 to get a nice picture. And the some of the BEST DragonAge artists EVAH are participating.

Faylen didn't make the cut, but she wanted to help out so I'm doing a sketch for the sketchdump, hopefully in full colour. You can see a wee preview here, but out of respect for the fund-raising, I probably won't post the full image.

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DA calendar preview by bukittyan


If you can help at all, please do!


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  • Reading: A Clash of Kings
  • Watching: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  • Playing: DA2 Marian's story (replay)
  • Drinking: Coffee!

NaNoWriMo

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 31, 2011, 4:42 AM


So next month is November, which means it's  NaNoWriMo month!  I'm participating again this year, which means that I'm probably not going to be producing much art next month, what with the ElfQuest Fanart Calendar, NaNoWrimo, Skyrim, and Thanksgiving all happening in the same 30 day span. Once November is over, I'll have more time to breathe/finish all my DA stuff. At least until Christmas.

If you're also doing NaNoWriMo this month, feel free to buddy me! I go under the name 'bukittyan' (as always). Or just tell me your pseudonym and I'll add you once they've got the buddy system up. I might need the support this year as I still have only two main characters and very little plot. XD

Happy Halloween/Samhain! :D


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  • Reading: A Clash of Kings
  • Watching: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  • Playing: DA2 Marian's story (replay)
  • Drinking: Coffee!

Calendar for a good cause!

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 25, 2011, 10:55 AM


Hey everybody!

:iconsoniacarreras: is putting together a Dragon Age OC pinup fancalendar. All proceeds from this fan calendar will go to helping :iconkylemallory: get an expensive operation.

If you're interested, go to her journal (a href="soniacarreras.deviantart.com/j…"link) to vote on who you'd like to see half/nearly naked on your wall this year. For any of you who are fans of Faylen, she is an option. ;) But there are also lots of other really wonderful OCs on the list as well.


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  • Reading: A Clash of Kings
  • Watching: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  • Playing: DA2 Marian's story (replay)
  • Drinking: Coffee!

Spreading the word

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 11, 2011, 6:37 AM


:iconsoniacarreras: is opening up commissions to help :iconkylemallory: raise money for an expensive operation. Since I really don't have the time to help out, I figured I'd at least spread the word.

Sonia also has a list of other fabulous artists opening up commissions for this cause as well on her journal page. link

If you can help out, please do! :)


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  • Reading: A Clash of Kings
  • Watching: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  • Playing: DA2 Marian's story (replay)
  • Drinking: Coffee!

New month, new journal

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 3, 2011, 5:19 AM


Since :iconyuhime: made this wonderful journal, I thought I'd try it out! And I'll probably write some DA ramblings.

Soo, in anticipation of the new DLC, I've been re-playing Marian's playthrough, doing things that I totally forgot to do the first time (like Carver's personal quest; no wonder he hates her so much! XD) and revisiting old times. I don't know why I like DA2 so much, but maybe it feels a bit more personal than DA:O. Don't get me wrong, I love Origins and how it introduced us to Thedas, but I do like the smaller, more intimate story of DA2 a little better. I also discovered I like playing FemHawke more than MaleHawke. I don't know why, as unlike in Mass Effect, the voices are pretty similar to each other. Maybe with girls I can justify looking in the mirror and adjusting makeup/hair/tattoos so much. XD

While replaying it though, I did notice that except for certain companions, you don't get the full brunt of prejudice you get in Origins. As an elf, and a female one at that, no-one wanted to listen to me, and most were not very good at hiding their contempt. Maybe it's because Hawke was so good at hiding it, but I think it would have added a little something more if, by Act three, you had people not happy with a Mage as Champion. Hell, there are still people here in the US that refuse to believe Obama is a US Citizen simply because he's not white; there's bound to be someone in Kirkwall unhappy with a mage Hawke holding so much power. Same with a rogue, since most upstanding citizens don't like people who can pick their pockets or get into their personal things.  

I was also thinking it would be nice if there were some class-specific quests as well. I remember in Quest for Glory, there were many different ways to solve puzzles, and as a thief character, you had the opportunity to become the King of Thieves by the end of the game. I know that class choices mostly affect combat in DA, but I think it would add more replayability if there were only certain things you could do as a certain class on top of the character-specific conversations. Plus, it would be nice if they're not going to allow us to play any race other than human (which I hope they don't; I really enjoyed playing both as elves and dwarves).

But this is all just thoughts. I really enjoy both games, and I'm looking forward to seeing Orlais in the next DLC. I'm still not sold on Felicia Day as an actress, as her character sounds extremely similar to Veronica in Fallout: New Vegas, but, hey, more power to her if she can get good work. :)

Oh, and if you're wondering why I've been so quiet on DA lately, I've got a lot of personal fanart projects I'm working on that I can't post here, even while I'm working on them. Don't worry, I will have more Faylen/Marian stuff up hopefully soon, though some of that might be in the written word rather than comics because I need to practice my writing as well.


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  • Reading: A Clash of Kings
  • Watching: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  • Playing: DA2 Marian's story (replay)
  • Drinking: Coffee!