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HEY. Here is more stuff...

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Mostly I just needed to update this journal since it's been 2 years.


It's frustrating, I like the stuff I've done lately, but I don't have more than 20 minutes to an hour to put into any one drawing. :| I keep wondering what I could do if I just gave myself the time.

but I can't give myself the time.

Homework calls.

Never go to grad school.
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Its viral now, but I support forwarding this and I rarely forward things.… "how to hire an artist." If you haven't seen it yet you need to.

... :frog:

Deep down I think I always believed that people are inherently good; that is, up until the internet became a daily thing for me. Up until blogs and Xbox live. Anymore, I can't say I'm so sure about that. The internet makes a very good case to become a cartoon style villain.

Still no art due to being a full time student, working part time, and trying to get into grad schools. Finding answers to people's behavior is kind of the polite alternative to taking over the world.
  • Reading: GRE exam book
.__.;;;; Soooooooo this post actually goes out to the two people I still have standing requests/trades with me.

x__x; I think I should get credit for getting half of them done somewhat timely!

o_o But school started up again. So I had that. x_x Plus I started working. So I had that. >.> Plus I'm in a work-out thingy. So I had that. .____.;;; and then our home computer broke.

So I'm behind in EVERYTHING. ._.; The end.
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Request order:
:iconlaprasek: : done
:iconauriond: : ...
:iconekuboryu: : ...
:iconwolfkoujithegreat: : Trade


So finals week is finally over (PUN!), but really the studying for me is only beginning. I feel like I need a break, but really lack the time (see also: 'why I haven't gotten very far on the requests'). I'm feeling over-whelmed, but like I don't have the time to feel over-whelmed!

So I ask you this:

What is a quick pick-me up for you? What do you do to feel better? Any shows or movies that pick you up real quick? What makes you smile?

I'm curious as much as anything else.

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From :iconekuboryu:'s journal… I say this:

:heart:If you want some free drawings, just comment with what you'd like. I'll randomly pick at least 3 to do.:heart:

I am paraphrasing it, because in theory you're then supposed post up the same promise in your journal, but to that froggie says:

:frog: nah.

So just comment what you'd like no strings attached! Since I'm doubting I'll get many requests I'll take more than three sooner than leave people out.

Just post what you'd like. Doesn't matter what; OCs, Fan art, couples, groups, empty bottles, houses, post-modern representations, whatev.
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Since my last entry was so anti-DA I thought I'd put up something I do love about DA.

I really love groups. I didn't think I'd like them as much as I do, but now that we have stacked inboxes as well. Ah, they're just awesome.

If you have a group you really love I'd like to hear about it, but here are the groups I'm currently part of

Completely unrelated:
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So, I'm pretty sure anyone who gets journal updates from me already knows I've had problems with the DDs for a long time. YEARS, in fact.

But I feel like adding some new complaints.

Now, I think that children shouldn't be as sheltered from nudity and sex as they are in popular media. I think the fact that (American) society defines sexual material as entirely inappropriate for most audiences and violence as a lesser evil is the combination of many historical factors, but boils down to being arbitrary. That being said, I think its inappropriate that DA allows nude photographs and above all that they have a "fetish portraits" photo gallery.

I'm not saying erotic photography doesn't have a place. But DA has decided that erotic, and often homosexual, fan art doesn't have a place on DA. For that artists are expected to turn elsewhere (see: Y!Gallery). And this would respectable, except that nude, erotic photography is acceptable. I don't see why erotic nude artists can't be expected to take their work elsewhere. ... Well, I do. Erotic photographs of nude women are more cultural acceptable. Mostly nude women are often depicted as objects in advertising. However, DA diligently clings to the idea that its an art site. And to me, the difference between art and a doodle is how much thought goes into it. So the conclusion is that an art site would need to be thoughtful about the content they allow. Best as I can tell DA instead perceives to only consider legal repercussions and what brings more people to their site. And again, this kind of content is legal and sex sells.

And I get this when I argue with people. "If it bothers you, turn on the filter." But again, its not nudity and I don't want to loose many beautiful nude and mature paintings. Its the messages and content behind the photograph that get under my skin. Often the erotic shots cut off the woman's face reduce down the woman to her breasts, vagina, and whatever else the photographer can find. It is not a shot of a woman, a person, a though, an idea, it is only meant to please certain viewers. I've looked at these photographs periodically just to see if I can gain something from the artists comments or even somewhere in the comments. Instead, I find no comments or something to the effect of "this is Candy." Like the photograph, it leaves the viewer with only a fleeting concept of a person.

If this is sounding to you like the rant of some stupid feminist who is getting all irritated over nothing, turn back now, because this is only the beginning. In domestic violence theory and rape culture theory, objectifying women and reducing them down to objects is considered the first step in perpetuating violence against women.

If you go to the fetish gallery I would guarantee on the front page is multiple pictures of women tied up. Some have the look of enjoying it, while others... Well. I think goddess like paintings and nude photographs of women are healthy and empowering for any viewer to see. I think more controversial, counter-culture, sub-culture photographs of nude women who are in some way in control of the situation are fine. I think pictures of young women, bound, and gagged should not be on this site. I think like the erotic fan art, they should be expected to go elsewhere. I think pictures that perpetuate violence against women of any kind don't belong anywhere.

But what really bothers me is that DA actually holds these photos up as DDs. They not only allow photographs of violence against women, but they hold them up as saying "this is some of the best our site has to offer. This represents our ideals of this site."

I know many of the best artists on the site do not take DDs seriously. I respect these artists more than I can say for this. I also know many extremely talented artists who have left the site because of these issues. Because I find it embarrassing to have a DA site. I tried to keep it away from my family. I don't tell the majority of my friends. Because if you don't know the DA culture, you might associate what I do with what else is on the site and I don't want anyone who knows me personally thinking I condone the kind of things that is acceptable on this site.

I'm a sociologist by trade and nature. I don't point my finger at any one individual. I think we're raised on a culture so soaked in violence it tends to blend into sex. I think that women have a lower status than most people realize. I think that we are desensitized everyday.

But I think a trend is a trend. I think that artists have a responsibility to be thoughtful. I think that artists should question their surroundings.

So I ask you to look at these and tell me what is you really see:… fractalfreakphotos.deviantart.… perfectstrangerasme.deviantart……………………

All DDs from January.
So my 100 challenge list thingy is taking up pretty much the whole page. That being the case...

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Tah dah. Shorter page.

Art has slowed because 1. my Photoshop trial expired 2. less drawing during classes 3. Harvest Moon Animal Parade.

Soooo... yesssss... For lack of something more interesting to say, if you're reading this umm... hows your day been?
:3 I got 3 done, so I feel I'm ready to put this up.

I'm not playing too tightly to the themes this attempt, but I AM trying to really experiment and try new things with it.

Also, joined the group :icon100themeschallenge:

1. Introduction :frog:…
2. Love :frog:…
3. Light :frog:…
4. Dark :frog:…
5. Seeking Solace
6. Break Away :frog:…
7. Heaven
8. Innocence
9. Drive
10. Breathe Again
11. Memory
12. Insanity
13. Misfortune
14. Smile
15. Silence
16. Questioning
17. Blood
18. Rainbow
19. Gray
20. Fortitude
21. Vacation
22. Mother Nature
23. Cat
24. No Time
25. Trouble Lurking
26. Tears
27. Foreign
28. Sorrow
29. Happiness
30. Under the Rain
31. Flowers
32. Night
33. Expectations
34. Stars
35. Hold My Hand
36. Precious Treasure
37. Eyes
38. Abandoned
39. Dreams
40. Rated
41. Teamwork
42. Standing Still
43. Dying
44. Two Roads
45. Illusion
46. Family
47. Creation
48. Childhood
49. Stripes
50. Breaking the Rules
51. Sport
52. Deep in Thought
53. Keeping a Secret
54. Tower
55. Waiting
56. Danger Ahead
57. Sacrifice
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
60. Rejection
61. Fairy Tale
62. Magic
63. Do Not Disturb
64. Multitasking
65. Horror
66. Traps
67. Playing the Melody
68. Hero
69. Annoyance
70. 67%
71. Obsession
72. Mischief Managed
73. I Can't
74. Are You Challenging Me?
75. Mirror
76. Broken Pieces
77. Test
78. Drink
79. Starvation
80. Words
81. Pen and Paper
82. Can You Hear Me?
83. Heal
84. Out Cold
85. Spiral
86. Seeing Red
87. Food
88. Pain
89. Through the Fire
90. Triangle
91. Drowning
92. All That I Have
93. Give Up
94. Last Hope
95. Advertisement
96. In the Storm
97. Safety First
98. Puzzle
99. Solitude
100. Relaxation
  • Listening to: Interview tapes
  • Reading: Interview transcriptions
  • Watching: My sanity slip away
  • Playing: With running away and joining the circus
  • Eating: Anything that doesn't require cooking
  • Drinking: Diet Coke with Vanilla

^^; Looks like I'm going to have a few people passing by, so ...

:wave::heart: HI THERE! :heart::wave:

:cries:But this weekend is very, VERY work heavy for me. I promise to catch up with everything and thank people specifically later, but for now:

:heart::frog::heart:THANK YOU FOR LOOKING AROUND! :heart::frog::heart:  

Other things you should look at:

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:bulletblue: My twitter!:bulletblue:


Whatever I can get done.

:nod:Question of the Day::disbelief:

What is your favorite video game?