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Journal Entry: Mon Feb 16, 2009, 5:58 PM
I am posting a final update here for my sister, whom you know as Hakubaikou.  I had meant to do this sooner, but it's been very difficult for me.  As some of you may have heard, Hakubaikou recently passed away in a car accident.  Her death was instant, and she did not suffer any pain.

My sister loved art, and she loved interacting with everyone on this site, and meeting fellow artists at the conventions.  I remember when she first discovered the online art community.  She didn't have any local friends who were into drawing, and she was just giddy that she could meet so many other artists, right from her room.  And of the people she met, many became good friends, as close to her as any other.  I know for certain that my sister was very happy with her life, especially in recent years, and I thank you all for being a part of it.

As for this gallery, my family is retaining all rights to my sisters artwork, and I kindly ask people not to alter, repost, or publish my sister's artwork in any way.  Her drawings were very personal to her, and she took great care to make them look exactly as she envisioned.  And we ask that you respect her works as they were intended to be seen, here and on her own website. That said, we are leaving the gallery available for anyone to view and enjoy, and any proceeds from print sales will go towards a scholarship fund, set up in her name. (Details will be posted here at a later time.)

Edit:
A link for those of you who asked about making direct donations to the scholarship fund... www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?…
The exact details are still being worked out.  But the eligible recipients will be women in the USC film school, aspiring to become cinematographers.  (The fund is being organized by some of my sister's closest friends from film school.)

CONTESTS

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zerocomplex -- Super Awesome Photography Contest. Feb 1. news.deviantart.com/article/64…
Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Dec 25. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.
Little-Vampire -- #devart Happy Hour. Every other Wed. news.deviantart.com/article/65…

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Mar 31st. cghub.com/challenge
Save the Frogs -- Frog conservation. April 27. www.savethefrogs.com/people-fo…

MY LINKS


CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.
Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



Tagged: 8 Things

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 25, 2009, 10:52 AM
Tagged by :iconfairytwister:
I don't usually do these, but this one's nice and short.


1. Post these rules.
2. Each tagged person must post 8 things about their self on their journal.
3. At the end, you have to choose and tag 8 people and post their icons on the same journal.
4. Go to their pages and send a message saying you tagged them.
5. No tag-backs.


Eight Things
1.  I prefer PC's.
2.  I love bubble wrap.
3.  I was born in Cleveland.
4.  I enjoy playing the piano.
5.  Education is very important to me.
6.  My lowest grade ever was in art history.
7.  My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.
8.  I have a pet cactus named Fenring who is older than some of my watchers.


I TAG anyone who reads this and is not wearing socks at the moment.  Yes, I know that's against the rules.

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

zerocomplex -- Super Awesome Photography Contest. Feb 1. news.deviantart.com/article/64…
Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Dec 25. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.
Little-Vampire -- #devart Happy Hour. Every other Wed. news.deviantart.com/article/65…

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Mar 31st. cghub.com/challenge
Save the Frogs -- Frog conservation. April 27. www.savethefrogs.com/people-fo…

MY LINKS


CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.
Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



January Features

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 7, 2009, 3:15 PM
Hermit Mode


Just wanted to thank everyone for the Nintendo DS suggestions.  I ended up getting Zelda Phantom Hourglass, Professor Layton, and Phoenix Wright for now.  I probably won't get to play much, though.  January's going to be a bit of a crazy month for me.  So I'll have to hold off on the games until work lets up.  And I might not be online much.  Sad.  :p


January Features


It's that time again.  I'm featuring some lovely artwork done by awesome sci-fi/fantasy artists with under 50k pageviews.  Please give them some love.  Enjoy!  ^_^



:thumb98617832: Illustration 2 by Andruth:thumb65403053:








livingrope :iconlivingrope:
:thumb103834849::thumb74775762::thumb102860208:




CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

zerocomplex -- Super Awesome Photography Contest. Feb 1. news.deviantart.com/article/64…
Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Dec 25. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.
Little-Vampire -- #devart Happy Hour. Every other Wed. news.deviantart.com/article/65…

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Mar 31st. cghub.com/challenge
Save the Frogs -- Frog conservation. April 27. www.savethefrogs.com/people-fo…

MY LINKS


CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.
Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



New Year and Nintendo DS Suggestions?

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 30, 2008, 2:13 PM
Hey everyone.  Sorry I haven't been online much at all.  I'm at my parents' house, and I've been spending quality time with the family and visiting friends.  I only get to see these people once a year, so I figure I'd lay off the internet for a while.  Oh, and my sister finally made it home on Christmas day.  The airline was going to delay her flight AGAIN (forcing her to spend Christmas day alone in a hotel!)  But she said she glared at them until they let her aboard the flight they'd gotten for her.  I'm so glad she did.  I think it's ridiculous that they can get away with that kind of thing.  Bad enough to cancel one flight like they already had....  Rrrr!

Anyway, I hope everyone's been having a lovely holiday season!  And thanks to those who responded to the Christmas message I posed last week.  In case I don't get online again before the 1st, Happy New Year you guys!  :)  Have a great time, but be safe!  I don't know about your town, but where I live, there are a lot of crazies out on the roads after midnight, so keep an eye out.

Anyone making any resolutions?  I resolved years ago never to make any more New Years resolutions, and so far I've been successful at keeping that one.  Heh.  So no reslutions from me.  Ever.  

Oh, I got a Nintendo DS for Christmas (hee!).  I don't know a thing about games, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on fun games to get?  I've got Crosswords DS and Mystery Case Files Million Heir so far, and those two have been enjoyable.  And my sister's going to help me set up some way to let me doodle pictures on it, but that hasn't been set up yet.  Is there anything else that might be fun to try?

Seriously, I haven't played anything in about a decade.  I like puzzles and word games.  And I like the 2D story type games where you have to wander around finding things and figuring out clues.  And I like the old style arcade games with either a side view or bird's eye view of little characters wandering through stages, shooting and jumping.  (Do they even make those anymore?)  I'm not so keen on 3d games.  I usually find them way too confusing, especially if the screen's really busy and there's weird colorful stuff flying all over the place.  I don't mind graphic violence at all, so blood's fine.  But mostly, I just have trouble following what's going on if there's ammo flying all around.

My sister's a rabid gamer, and I'd normally ask her.  But she likes all the kinds of games that I'm not into.  And she isn't too crazy about puzzle and adventure type games.  So no help from her.  :-P

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

zerocomplex -- Super Awesome Photography Contest. Feb 1. news.deviantart.com/article/64…
Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Dec 25. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.
Little-Vampire -- #devart Happy Hour. Every other Wed. news.deviantart.com/article/65…

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Mar 31st. cghub.com/challenge
Save the Frogs -- Frog conservation. April 27. www.savethefrogs.com/people-fo…

MY LINKS


CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.
Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Watching: Horatio Hornblower movies
  • Playing: Million Heir
  • Eating: Mom's cooking (mmmmmm!)
  • Drinking: Hot chocolate

Merry Christmas!

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 24, 2008, 8:10 PM
:santa::rudolph::santa::rudolph::santa::rudolph::santa:


Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate it!  I hope your holiday's full of good cheer.

And Merry Christmas to my poor little sister who is stranded in Houston tonight.  Her flight today got cancelled last minute. and she's all by her lonesome in a hotel out there.   Get some rest tonight.  And I'll see you tomorrow morning!  :hug:

Anyway, to everyone else, hope Santa brings you goodies.  ;)

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

zerocomplex -- Super Awesome Photography Contest. Feb 1. news.deviantart.com/article/64…
Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Dec 25. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.
Little-Vampire -- #devart Happy Hour. Every other Wed. news.deviantart.com/article/65…

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Mar 31st. cghub.com/challenge
Save the Frogs -- Frog conservation. April 27. www.savethefrogs.com/people-fo…

MY LINKS


CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.
Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Listening to: Christmas carols
  • Drinking: Decaf coffee

Your dream art set-up?

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 20, 2008, 3:46 PM
:santa::rudolph::santa::rudolph::santa::rudolph::santa::rudolph::santa::rudolph:


'Tis the season for wishful thinking.  Har har.  ^_^  Just wondering what people's dream art set-ups would be.  Whether you're a traditional artist yearning for a personal studio and art supplies, or a photographer wanting a particular camera, or a digital artist lusting after a particular computer, monitor, software, or other cool equipment... What kind of fun dream-world totally-can't-afford-in-reality stuff would you practically kill for? :p

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

zerocomplex -- Super Awesome Photography Contest. Feb 1. news.deviantart.com/article/64…
Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Dec 25. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.
Little-Vampire -- #devart Happy Hour. Every other Wed. news.deviantart.com/article/65…

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Mar 31st. cghub.com/challenge
Save the Frogs -- Frog conservation. April 27. www.savethefrogs.com/people-fo…

MY LINKS


CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.
Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Listening to: Last of the Mohicans soundtrack
  • Reading: E-mails
  • Drinking: Diet pepsi

Suggestions for panel questions

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 8, 2008, 12:34 AM
Edit:  12-18-08

R.I.P. Majel Barrett Roddenberry.  :(

www.roddenberry.com/

---

I've been thinking of doing a monthly Q&A type news article with a panel discussion format featuring answers by some digital artists who are friends of mine or whom I admire.  

There'd be a different digital art topic each month with about a half dozen or so questions for that topic.  I've already sent out the first batch of questions to about 20 artists, and I have ideas for topics and questions for future months.  

I think it'd be really great to get input from anyone out there who's interested and has questions of their own.  Are there any topics you'd love to see about digital art?  Any questions that you have that you'd love to ask artists?  Ever been too shy to ask something?  I'd be happy to ask for you.  ^_^

To give you an idea, some topic ideas and questions I've been throwing around:

Learning and materials
-- questions on tablets
-- artists' opinions on tracing

Anime & Fanart
-- their opinions on fanart
-- their opinions on whether it's necessary to do realism to learn anime art

Textures
-- what do they think of brushes and pre-made textures
-- favorite tools for creating textures in digital art

If you have suggestions, I'd love to hear from you.  Please either comment here or send me a note with "DAD" (digital art discussion) in the subject line.  Depending on the number of suggestions I get, I may or may not use your question.  Or, if many other people ask the same thing, I might re-word your question to include elements from other people.

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

zerocomplex -- Super Awesome Photography Contest. Feb 1. news.deviantart.com/article/64…
Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Dec 25. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.
Little-Vampire -- #devart Happy Hour. Every other Wed. news.deviantart.com/article/65…

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Mar 31st. cghub.com/challenge
Save the Frogs -- Frog conservation. April 27. www.savethefrogs.com/people-fo…

MY LINKS


CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.
Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Reading: Homeland
  • Watching: Let the Right One In
  • Drinking: Strawberry sparkling water

December Features

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 1, 2008, 12:56 AM
Once again, it's monthly feature time.  Yay!  As usual, I'm listing a handful of sci-fi/fantasy artists (with under 50k pageviews) whose works I've enjoyed.  Please have a look at their wonderful galleries.  ^_^




ChainsawDroid :iconchainsawdroid:
:thumb81735619::thumb89941688::thumb89589060:






:thumb69284435::thumb74339781::thumb84031653:





For a list of previously featured artists, go here:  hakubaikou.deviantart.com/jour…

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

APaperClip -- Favorite Place/Cancer charity. Dec 15. news.deviantart.com/article/62…
Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Nov 15. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Mar 31st. cghub.com/challenge
Save the Frogs -- Frog conservation. Upcoming.


HELP OUT DEVIANTS IN NEED


GloryAngel - medical costs for Locked In syndrome - news.deviantart.com/article/61…
Endling - medical bills for surgery - endling.deviantart.com/journal…


GENERAL LINKS


Telephone Game ::: Final results
Previous Features ::: Previously featured artists.

Please consider voting No on Prop 8: www.noonprop8.com/

MY LINKS

CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.

Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Reading: Homeland
  • Watching: Let the Right One In
  • Drinking: Sparkling water - White Grape flavored

If you want to see a good vampire movie...

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 26, 2008, 1:27 AM
...then see Let the Right One In.  A wonderful Swedish film about a lonely 12 year-old boy and the odd new girl that moves in next door.  Dark yet surprisingly gentle, slow paced, and beautifully innocent.  I don't think it's for everyone though.  The pacing is extremely leisurely by American standards, and it's more about the characters than bloody gore or effects (although it does have its share of blood.)  But I thought it was beautifully made.  I haven't seen Twilight, but I would guess this is a definite contrast to that.

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

APaperClip -- Favorite Place/Cancer charity. Dec 15. news.deviantart.com/article/62…
Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Nov 15. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Mar 31st. cghub.com/challenge


HELP OUT DEVIANTS IN NEED


GloryAngel - medical costs for Locked In syndrome - news.deviantart.com/article/61…
Endling - medical bills for surgery - endling.deviantart.com/journal…


GENERAL LINKS


Telephone Game ::: Final results
Previous Features ::: Previously featured artists.

Please consider voting No on Prop 8: www.noonprop8.com/

MY LINKS

CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.

Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Reading: Homeland
  • Watching: Let the Right One In
  • Drinking: Sparkling water - White Grape flavored

Q and A

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 17, 2008, 11:22 PM
I've been a very bad little deviant in the last month.  Haven't kept up with my inbox and am going to have to mass-delete messages.  I'm very sorry about that!  Since I will probably accidentally delete people's questions, I thought it might be nice to hold a Q&A in this journal.  

Feel free to ask me anything, art-related or not.  Serious or not.  Under one condition:  If you ask me a question, I get to ask you one too!  :)  Sharing is only fair!  

I won't give out safety-related things like my full name, address, or telephone number.  But I'll try to be open and answer everything honestly.  EDIT:  Oh, and feel free to ask more than one.

If this doesn't turn out to be too painful, would you be interested in (extremely) occasional Q&A journals like this in the future?

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

APaperClip -- Favorite Place/Cancer charity. Dec 15. news.deviantart.com/article/62…
Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Nov 15. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Mar 31st. cghub.com/challenge


HELP OUT DEVIANTS IN NEED


GloryAngel - medical costs for Locked In syndrome - news.deviantart.com/article/61…
Endling - medical bills for surgery - endling.deviantart.com/journal…


GENERAL LINKS


Telephone Game ::: Final results
Previous Features ::: Previously featured artists.

Please consider voting No on Prop 8: www.noonprop8.com/

MY LINKS

CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.

Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Reading: Homeland
  • Watching: Quantum of Solace
  • Eating: Shelled edamame
  • Drinking: Water

Telephone Game Results

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 12, 2008, 1:29 PM
Telephone Game


The Telephone Game has now come to an end!  Thanks so much to everyone who participated!  This has been really fun to watch.  You can view the results here (there are still a couple of pictures out that I will be adding as they come in):  

view results

For those of you who haven't heard of this, it's similar to the Telephone Game people play at parties.  I drew pictures and sent them to the first artists in 4 teams.  Each artist looked at the pic for a few minutes, memorized it, and re-created it to the best of their abilities.  Then they passed it on secretly to the next person in line.  

The point was to see how well people could remember and re-create it, and to see how much the images stayed the same or evolved.  (Although I think some of the early rounds might not have known that they weren't supposed to alter the pics on purpose.  I hadn't made the rules clear enough at that point.)  I expected styles to change and details to alter a bit, especially due to varying skill levels.  I also expected teams C and D to have a bigger change since their picture was a nonsense picture.  Whereas, A and B's picture had a more cohesive theme.

I had quite a few surprises along the way!  :D   Both teams A and B switched the gender of the mermaid into a rather athletic looking merman.  I wouldn't have been so surprised if it was just one team that did that, but the fact that both A and B did it.  Interesting!  And as for teams C and D, the results were just...LOL, see for yourself!  ^_^

Once again, I really do want to thank everyone who participated in this.  The results are really fascinating and a lot of fun.  And it was really great to see everyone so enthusiastic about the whole project.  I never knew quite what I would find in my inbox, and there were a lot of happy and funny surprises.  I really enjoyed this, and I hope you guys enjoy looking at the results too!  :)


Future Games


On a more unfortunate note... I know I'd mentioned running another game in the spring, but I'm afraid I won't be doing so.  As much fun as it's been (and it really was very enjoyable), a low (less than 30%) rule-adherence rate meant that I had to deal with issues for every round.  This is the first time I've run this game, so the rules may have been confusing leading to honest mistakes.  But when nearly 3 out of every 4 pictures were submitted significantly late (at the expense of the next person in line), posted incorrectly, or missing altogether.... I'm afraid I don't have the time or energy to hound people about getting stuff in on time.  If someone else would like to do it, however, I'd certainly help publicize it.


Other Stuff


And finally, on a very happy note... To anyone who has ever bought one of my prints (either recently or in the past), thank you so much for your support!  Unfortunately, I have no way of knowing who you are, but please know that I really appreciate it.  I'm flattered and honored that someone out there likes my stuff enough to actually fork over money for it!  :p  Once again, to you generous folks out there, my sincere thanks!  :hug:

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

APaperClip -- Favorite Place/Cancer charity. Dec 15. news.deviantart.com/article/62…
Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Nov 15. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Dec 31st. cghub.com/challenge


HELP OUT DEVIANTS IN NEED


GloryAngel - medical costs for Locked In syndrome - news.deviantart.com/article/61…
Endling - medical bills for surgery - endling.deviantart.com/journal…


GENERAL LINKS


Telephone Game ::: Final results
Previous Features ::: Previously featured artists.

Please consider voting No on Prop 8: www.noonprop8.com/

MY LINKS

CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.

Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Reading: Homeland
  • Watching: Quantum of Solace
  • Eating: Shelled edamame
  • Drinking: Water

November Features

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 4, 2008, 12:08 AM
Random stuff first....


Before I get to the features, SenshiStock posted a news article regarding a Deviant in need.  Sara Baker was in an accident a year ago which  resulted in Locked-in Syndrome, a condition in which a person cannot move anything except their eyes, but still has full mental capacities and intact sensation in their entire body.  Her family has a fund to help with expenses and to get a special computer (that senses eye movements) which would allow her to get online and interact with people more. If you're interested in helping out, you can read the article here:  news.deviantart.com/article/61…;

Also, apologies, but I'm extremely behind in my DA message box right now.  It was bad enough before, but then I went out of town for several days for a wedding, and now it's bursting at the seams.  Sorry if I haven't responded to your comment.  And sorry, but I might end up deleting many of them.  Bad, bad haku, I know, I know!  I do read them all though, even if I might not respond all the time.  D:

Man, I can't believe it's November already.  The year has flown by.  I do hope that any of you eligible U.S. citizens will get out there to vote tomorrow, no matter which candidate you endorse.  I hope the lines aren't too insane for you....  :)


November Features


As usual, I'm featuring sci-fi/fantasy artists (with under 50k pageviews) whose works I've enjoyed browsing through.  They've got some really beautiful stuff in their galleries, so please pay them a visit.  Thanks!  I'm also featuring one community.  I think it's a lovely resource and could prove useful for people.  











:thumb100067966: La soucoupe volante by MarcSimonetti



:thumb83297962: Factions by maxetormer AmgodColors by maxetormer








CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Nov 15. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Dec 31st. cghub.com/challenge


HELP OUT DEVIANTS IN NEED


GloryAngel - medical costs for Locked In syndrome - news.deviantart.com/article/61…
Endling - medical bills for surgery - endling.deviantart.com/journal…


GENERAL LINKS


Telephone Game ::: Roster & Instructions
Previous Features ::: Previously featured artists.

Please consider voting No on Prop 8: www.noonprop8.com/

MY LINKS

CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.

Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



Prop 8 in California

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 31, 2008, 1:28 PM
Hi everyone.  I've been debating a good while on whether or not to post this entry.  It feels weird for me to be writing this.  I am, by nature, not a political creature.  I really dislike discussing politics in general.

This is in regards to Proposition 8 for those of you who live in California.  Prop8 aims to make it illegal for same-gender couples to marry.  For basic info, see the wiki article (neutral) or No on Prop 8 (against Prop 8).  

This may not affect me personally, but it affects many of my friends and some of my family, people very dear to me.  So I feel pretty strongly about this:

I would like to ask Californian voters to please consider voting NO on Prop8.  

A friend of mine wrote a very eloquent and heartfelt letter expressing why, and I'd like to share that here.  Because she is personally being affected by this, I think her letter expresses things better than I ever could.  If you have some time, I'd appreciate it if you read this.  And I know Melanie would appreciate it as well:  Melanie's Letter.

If this offends you, I do apologize.  I assure you, that's not my intent.  This is probably the only time I will ever post a political message on my DA page.  I have never done so since I joined DA 5 years ago, and I don't plan on making it a habit in the future.   

Feel free to comment, but please be respectful!  I do NOT want this to turn into a heated debate, so please don't start fighting in this journal.  I will hide any comments that are flames.  (I've never had to do that before.  Hopefully I won't have to now either.)  I'm just asking people to at least consider.  

And if you do happen to share my stance against Prop 8, please don't hesitate to comment and show your support.  

EDIT:  Oh wow, I'm quite surprised (pleasantly so) by these blog entries from Google and Apple.  I hadn't known:  googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/0… and macbook.pro/2008/11/01/apple-s…

Thanks so much for reading!   And thanks for your understanding!  :)

Oh, and on a much lighter note, Happy Halloween, everyone!  I hope those of you who celebrate it have a lovely night with lots of treats!  ^_^

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Nov 15. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Dec 31st. cghub.com/challenge

GENERAL LINKS


Please help a deviant in need: news.deviantart.com/article/61…


Telephone Game ::: Roster & Instructions
Previous Features ::: Previously featured artists.

Please consider voting No on Prop 8: www.noonprop8.com/
MY LINKS

CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.

Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Watching: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
  • Eating: Halloween candy

'This one' poll results

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 18, 2008, 8:52 PM
EDIT 10-24-08:  

I'm going to be out of town from Fri Oct 24 to Tues Oct 28.  Flying to New York for a wedding.  :)  I probably won't have much internet access this weekend, so I might not reply to notes or comments until I come back.  

For those who are playing the Telephone Game, please try to stay on schedule.  And if you're sending it via e-mail, it'd be a great help if you could contact the next person on the list and try to e-mail directly to them instead of through me, since I'm not sure I'll be able to do it in time this weekend.  

-----

Just in case anyone's curious, here's the result of the "This one" poll I posted a few days back.  I briefly edited the options to show which position the answers were.  Thanks for humoring me on this, everyone!  :lol:


(1=top, 2=middle, 3=bottom)


EDIT:  Here's a link to the poll in case anyone's wondering:  hakubaikou.deviantart.com/jour…

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

Pandemoniumswings -- Edgar Allen Poe contest. Nov 15. news.deviantart.com/article/60…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
LeahCK -- Shyness contest. Jan 2. leahhimura24.deviantart.com/jo…
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off. Biweekly. njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.

Offsite:
CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Dec 31st. cghub.com/challenge

GENERAL LINKS

Telephone Game ::: Roster & Instructions
Previous Features ::: Previously featured artists.
MY LINKS

CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.

Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Listening to: Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
  • Watching: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

Apples, dammit! D-:

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 11, 2008, 6:36 AM
EDIT:  By request, I posted this as a deviation.  Thanks for your responses!  



The Big Secret to Learning How to Draw:

In the Beginning... You see an apple, and you draw an apple.  You look at your drawing, and it's utter crap.  It looks nothing like the real thing, and you wonder why.  "Hey, a real apple is red and round.  My drawing is red and round.  Huh.  What's wrong?"

You draw some more apples.  Many times.  

And finally, one day, you have a Eureka! moment.  You realize, *d'oh!* a real apple isn't entirely round!  It's wider at the top, narrower underneath.  It's got funky little lumps at the bottom.  It's got a dip like a crazy deep belly button at the very top.  You draw another apple.  The result is better, but it's still crap.  Much nicer crap than before, but still.... Hmm.

You draw more apples.  Repeat.  

Another day of drawing, another Eureka! moment.  Hello!  The red isn't really red.  This particular apple is slightly darker than true red.  And it's got some tiny tan spots on it.  And at the top, the red turns into a pale green color near the stem.   You draw an apple once again.  And hey, it's getting close, but still not quite there.  And you wonder why.

So you keep drawing and drawing, blah blah, repeat.

And one day, after you've been drawing apples to the point where you never want to eat an apple ever again, you realize.... Holy crud!  The redness of the apple shifts with lighting!  There's a circular white spot for hard light sources.  There's a softer, fuzzier light reddish orange spot for softer light sources.  Back to the drawing board.  The apple drawing is getting pretty good now, but still not quite right.  Geez, how long does it take to learn to draw a friggin' apple anyway?

Blah blah, more drawing....

... Texture!  You forgot texture!  Little bumps on the surface!  It's not perfectly smooth!  Aha!  But...how to draw those bumps?  Hmm.... Oh!  Those bumps show up as color shifts!  You mix some lighter reds with the subtle, darker red splotches.  You break up the highlights a bit so that they're not just round white circles.  They're slightly irregular circles, and sometimes they have little satellite circles surrounding the main highlight circle.  And while we're at it, those green streaks near the top of the apple sometimes spread out a little in a star-like pattern, although it's really faint, and the color at the tips of the stars look more orange or yellow than green.  And hey, since we're looking closely, this apple is so shiny, you don't just see highlight from lights on it.  You can actually vaguely see a reflection of the rest of the kitchen on it.  The shapes are really vague and they don't affect the color much, but they're there.  Just a slight hint of shadow on the apple surface.  And oh!  The apple is on a white table, and the reflection of the table is visible on the lower half of the apple as a hint of lighter red.  And at the edge of the apple, that reflected color is a bit stronger so that it actually causes a near-white outline on the bottom half of the shape of the apple.  Woaaah, never noticed all that stuff before!  Seriously, there's hardly a single large spot on this apple that is uniform in color!  So much to think about in such a simple object!  (And at this point, your roommate walks in and wonders why you're staring at this apple, titillated, like you just met the love of your life.)

So now, you can draw an apple wonderfully when you're looking at it.  But you go to draw it without a real life model or a photo reference, and it looks like crap again.  *headdesk*  So what's wrong?

Uh-huh.  You don't know the apple as well as you think you do.  So you go look at more apples, and you obsessively try to memorize them.  You study different kinds and note how they vary in color and shape.  You compare to see how different apples are similar to each other, and how they're completely different.

Meanwhile, you keep drawing apples.

And one glorious day, you realize you can draw an apple from memory, and it looks pretty damned good!   Yay!

... And then you realize YEARS have gone by.  D-:

It didn't happen in a day.  It didn't happen in a week.  And you are disheartened, thinking that you must be the world's biggest idiot if it takes you YEARS to learn to draw a stoopid apple.  (Never mind a more complicated shape like a human!  Or a human in a dynamic pose!  Or a human in a dynamic pose standing in front of a crazy background with nutty perspective!  And multiple light sources!  Aaaargh.  Time to crawl back into bed and never come out.  Ha ha.)  

But I digress....

Yeah, why did it take so long to learn?  Hmm.  Maybe all along, while you were drawing them incorrectly, your brain was slowly learning and assimilating and percolating.  And part of the process is to collect bits of data and munch on them for a bit.  That mental munching takes time.  And without the time, you wouldn't have had those Eureka! moments because your brain wouldn't have been ready to make the leap just yet.  

The years you spent, they have nothing to do with how simple the form of an apple is.  They have everything to do with developing a different way of seeing the world.  Seriously.  Congratulate yourself!  You didn't spend years learning to draw a piece of fruit!  You spent years learning  how to see in AN ENTIRELY NEW WAY.  And learning a new way to see is quite an accomplishment.  Because now, if you want to draw something else, like, say, a banana... You won't have to spend years learning it like you did with the apple.  It'll only take a short amount of time to learn because the groundwork has already been done.  Your brain knows how to approach the task now.  

That new vision is what takes time.  And that new vision and understanding is what you can't get just from mindlessly reading a book or doing a tutorial.  Those resources can help, but only if you put forth the effort and actually bother to think while you're using them.

And sadly, so many people don't seem to get it.  They think there's some Ultra Secret Shortcut to learning how to draw.  If a tutorial doesn't help, they think they're simply using the wrong tutorial, and they go off in search of the right one, not knowing that they'll probably never find it, and they'll just be disappointed.

And all along, the answers are in their own head if they'd only put in the effort and the time.  But hey, some people can barely wait 5 minutes for a burger at the drive-thru.  Asking for years of dedication's just absurd.  Especially when you've got Wonderful Things like Photoshop and Magic Tutorials.  Right?  *..... sigh.*

:-P

GENERAL LINKS

Telephone Game ::: Roster & Instructions
Previous Features ::: Previously featured artists.
MY LINKS

CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.

Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Dec 31st. cghub.com/challenge

nJoo -- 2D Rock-off - biweekly - njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31st. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Watching: Tour of Duty - season 3
  • Drinking: Chrysanthemum tea

October Features

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2008, 12:12 AM
Telephone Game Rules


I've posted the rules/instructions for the Telephone Game for those who are playing.  The link is in my journal footer under the General Links section.  There are still some open spots for those who are interested!  And for those of you too lazy to scroll down:  hakubaikou.deviantart.com/jour…


6 October Features


As usual, I'm featuring sci-fi/fantasy artists (with fewer than 50k pageviews) whose works I've enjoyed. Please give these artists some love. Thanks!











yapkr :iconyapkr:
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GENERAL LINKS

Telephone Game ::: Roster & Instructions
Previous Features ::: Previously featured artists.
MY LINKS

CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.

Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Dec 31st. cghub.com/challenge

nJoo -- 2D Rock-off - biweekly - njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31st. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Listening to: Reflections - The Supremes
  • Watching: Religulous
  • Drinking: Chrysanthemum tea

Paul Newman nooooo! D:

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 27, 2008, 7:01 PM
I've never been so sad about an actor's death.  :(

www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movie…

GENERAL LINKS

Telephone Game ::: Roster & Instructions
Previous Features ::: List of artists I've featured.

MY LINKS

CGHub ::: My CGHub.com profile.
hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works.

Commissions ::: Commissions currently CLOSED. Sorry!

CONTESTS

If you want yours listed, note me.

CGHub.com -- Lifeless Forest. Dec 31st. cghub.com/challenge

nJoo -- 2D Rock-off - biweekly - njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Dec 31st. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
Deviant-Contests -- Info on contests around DA.

USAGE



My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



  • Watching: Tour of Duty - season 1
  • Eating: Ice cream sandwich

Telephone, speedpaint style!

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 18, 2008, 12:16 AM
Anyone up for a game of Telephone, Speedpaint Style?  ^_^

EDIT: 30.Sep.2008 - Added instructions & rules.

EDIT: 15.Oct.2008 - Edited for clarity.  I think some of the rules might have been a little confusing.

INTRO

I don't know how many of you ever played Telephone when you were a kid.  But if not, basically you have a bunch of people sitting around in a circle.  One person starts the game by whispering a sentence in the second person's ear so that nobody else can hear.  And the second person then whispers it into the third person's ear.  And so on until you've gone all the way around the circle.  Thing is, the message usually gets somewhat mixed up or garbled along the way, and the sentence that comes back to the original whisperer is often very different from the original sentence.  The result is often pretty funny.

It'd be a ton of fun to do an art version of this, don't you think?  Have one artist (yours truly in this case) start off by speedpainting a picture (probably a rather silly one).  Then pass it secretly on to a second artist who looks at the image for 5 minutes and then has to draw it FROM MEMORY in their own style.  And then they pass their picture on to a third artist, and so on.  And when the picture finally comes back from the last artist, it'd be fun to see how much it's changed from the original.  

I've done this game at another site before, and it worked really well.  I figure there are enough people here that we could do this and get some great results.  Of course it depends on an honor system.  Participants have to really draw the images from memory.  It would also truly have to be a speedpaint (a painting done in 2hrs or less.) Cheating would make this far less fun.  The whole point is to see how crazy the final version of the picture is.  



RULES / INSTRUCTIONS


PLEASE READ ALL OF THESE RULES!
I'm serious, folks.  I've had too many issues come up where people did not follow the rules, including several that ARE IN ALL CAPS.  The game won't work if you don't follow the instructions.  :(:(:(:(:(:(


INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  On approximately the date assigned to the person BEFORE you, you will receive the picture.
So, for example, in Team D, SachiAmi will receive the picture on October 3rd, and Freedom88 will receive a picture on October 6th.  If you receive the picture early, then great!  You've got extra time to work on it.  

2.  When you receive the picture, you're allowed to study it for 5 minutes to memorize it.  
After 5 minutes, please delete the image.  Do not ever look at it again.  This is obviously on an honor system.  Oh, and do not spend more than 2 hours on the painting.  This is supposed to be fun, so don't kill yourself working on it.

3.  Try to draw the image as best as you can from memory.    The point of the game is to draw the image as close to the previous version as possible.  (In other words, DO NOT CHANGE IT ON PURPOSE.)  I'm well aware that there is a wide range of skill levels and personal styles, so chances are, you won't be able to draw the image exactly as you saw it, even if you remember every detail about it.  That's okay!  Just do the best you can.  And if you can't remember all the details, that's okay too!

4.  Your picture is due on the date next to your name.  
For example, in Team D, s-girl's picture is due on October 13th.
-- EDIT:  PLEASE STICK TO THE SCHEDULE.  With over 40 people participating, you have no idea how big of a headache it is to scramble when someone is late!  It's already happened several times now.  So please don't do that to me.  ^^;
-- EDIT (due to several people being late):  If you cannot get the pic in to the next person in time, I'm afraid I will have to skip you.  It's not fair to the next person if they only get 1 or 2 days of drawing time because you couldn't get the art in to them on time.  And trying to change the schedule for everyone after you would be disastrous.  Sorry!  :)

5.  IMPORTANT!!!  When you finish your picture, DO NOT SHOW IT and DO NOT SUBMIT IT at DeviantArt!  
The whole point of this game is to keep the images a secret!!!  If you post it here, and someone sees it, that defeats the whole purpose of the game.

6.  Send 1 copy of your finished artwork to hakubaikou.  Send another copy to the next person in line.
You can do this 2 ways.  Either upload the image to a Photobucket (or other image hosting) account and send a DA note with a link to the image.  Or send an e-mail with the image attached to haku[at]hakubaikou[dot]com and I will relay it to the next person for you.  If you finish well before your due date, feel free to send the image early.  If you're working in traditional media, make sure you have a means of getting the image onto your computer and then uploading it.  Please test it out beforehand to make sure it works.

7.  After the entire game is done on November 10th, you can submit the image on DA.  Just please, for the love of Pete, don't do it anytime before we're finished!  When the game is done, I'll make a journal entry posting all the artwork.  :)

OTHER THINGS:
-- If for some reason, you can no longer participate, please let me know before your turn is up!
-- If you you don't receive the image promptly, let me know!
-- If you have a question, post a comment here.


ROSTER:

DUE DATES:  The dates on this list are the date that you turn in your pic, not the date that you receive it.

TEAM A:
Fri Oct 3: hakubaikou
Fri Oct 10:  GKA
Mon Oct 13:  GlenMiles
Fri Oct 17:  HowlSeage  
Mon Oct 20:  Queen-Christie
Fri Oct 24:  CosplayInkFactory
Mon Oct 27:  brokenheartburning  
Fri Oct 31:  Little-Vampire
Mon Nov 3:  Rushlord
Fri Nov 7:  rose-star

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TEAM B:
Fri Oct 3: hakubaikou
Mon Oct 6:  kropka-x
Fri Oct 10:  Yayster  
Fri Oct 17:  Artcandie
Mon Oct 20:  DarkElin
Fri Oct 24:  Caithe
Mon Oct 27:  Kaiazes
Fri Oct 31:  kendranoelle
Mon Nov 3:  StephenAlsoDraws
Fri Nov 7:  sererena
Mon Nov 10:  smashingtofu  

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TEAM C:
Fri Oct 3:  hakubaikou
Mon Oct 6:  mitosiskain
Fri Oct 10:    snowmask
Mon Oct 13:   JTPepper09
Fri Oct 17:   Shinou  
Mon Oct 20:  Royalblack
Fri Oct 24:  IsMiseKate
Mon Oct 27:  Jupeboxgal
Fri Oct 31:  Neobakeneko
Mon Nov 3:  Elle-H
Fri Nov 7:  GlenMiles

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TEAM D:
Fri Oct 3: hakubaikou
Mon Oct 6:  SachiAmi
Fri Oct 10:  Freedom88
Mon Oct 13:  Fairytwister
Fri Oct 17:  Maddy-Inc
Mon Oct 20:  WanderingSamurai213
Fri Oct 24:  Samika
Mon Oct 27:  Zynite
Mon Nov 3:  Myszt
Fri Nov 7:  emilynguyenart
Mon Nov 10: DarknessTwilight

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WAITLIST:  (In case any players have to drop out.)
None yet.

Contests - If you want yours listed, note me.

CGHub.com - Natives of the Lifeless Forest. Ends Dec 31st. cghub.com/challenge
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off Challenge - biweekly - njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Ends Dec 31st. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
Deviant-Contests -- Visit here for info on contests around DA.

Links & Usage Info


My artwork is not stock imagery, so please don't treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works site.
Commissions ::: Commissions are currently closed. Sorry!
  • Reading: Godslayer - Jacqueline Carey
  • Watching: Hellboy 2 (again)
  • Playing: Uh... my piano

Previous Features

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 14, 2008, 1:39 PM
Ignore this.  Just making a previous features page.

:iconaingealliath::iconchainsawdroid::iconjamga::iconmelihitchcock::iconrhysgriffiths::iconyour-fathers-belt:

:iconabiogenisis::iconkerko::iconlukavi::iconmarcsimonetti::iconmaxetormer::iconx2-glory::icondeviantartcommunity:

:iconcaelicorn::iconjermilex::iconjubjubjedi::iconjunglecookie::iconremoraz::iconyapkr:

:iconchrike::iconfalk2021::iconfish-walker::iconmanofscience::iconmorano::iconpierrick::iconsenshistock:

:iconatarts::icongatling::iconhungerartist::iconmcfrog::iconsketchboook::iconwallace::iconyoshiyukikatana:

:iconjjcanvas::icongagatka27::icongizmodus::icontanqexe::iconxhui9::iconcmalidore:


Contests - If you want yours listed, note me.

CGHub.com - Natives of the Lifeless Forest. Ends Dec 31st. cghub.com/challenge
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off Challenge - biweekly - njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Ends Dec 31st. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
Deviant-Contests -- Visit here for info on contests around DA.

Links & Usage Info


My artwork is not stock imagery, so please don't treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works site.
Commissions ::: Commissions are currently closed. Sorry!
  • Reading: Godslayer - Jacqueline Carey
  • Watching: Hellboy 2 (again)
  • Playing: Uh... my piano

September Features

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 4, 2008, 12:01 AM
Other Stuff First


Hey guys, a few things before we get to the featured artists.

First, there's a new entertainment networking site for artists [edited:  I don't think they accept photography] called CGHub cghub.com/.  Several others have mentioned it in their journals, but I'll post about it here too.  The skill level there is very high, so it's great to go for inspiration.  Take a look around and sign up if you like.  :)  

Second, on Friday, September 5th, at 8pm ET/PT, all 3 major networks (in the U.S.) are going to be airing a program called Stand Up to Cancer, a fundraising event for cancer research.  I'm sure you've seen ads for it all over the place.  It's for a really great cause.  Please tune into it on either ABC, CBS, or NBC at 8pm ET/PT.  Or visit the site here: su2c.standup2cancer.org/ …;

Okay, on to the fun stuff....


September Features


Yay, monthly feature time!  As usual, I'm listing sci-fi/fantasy artists whose works I've enjoyed.  They all have under 50k pageviews.  The only exception here is Senshistock who has over 50k, but her extensive pose-ref gallery is such a useful resource, it'd be a crime not to list it.  Anyway, please give these artists' galleries a visit.  Thanks!


chrike :iconchrike:
:thumb73429082::thumb57079674::thumb79752149:




















Contests - If you want yours listed, note me.

CGHub.com - Natives of the Lifeless Forest. Ends Dec 31st. cghub.com/challenge
nJoo -- 2D Rock-off Challenge - biweekly - njoo.deviantart.com/journal/19…
Paranoid-Duckkie -- Coloring contest. Ends Dec 31st. paranoid-duckkie.deviantart.co…
Deviant-Contests -- Visit here for info on contests around DA.

Links & Usage Info


My artwork is not stock imagery, so please don't treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)


I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.



hakubaikou.com ::: Rurouni Kenshin fan works site.
Commissions ::: Commissions are currently closed. Sorry!
  • Reading: Godslayer - Jacqueline Carey
  • Watching: Hellboy 2 (again)
  • Playing: Uh... my piano