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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?

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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
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:iconkrazyklod:
krazyklod Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
erm...i dont know if this is still going but...if you could have one talent(non art related) what would it be???
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:iconkamiruchan015:
Kamiruchan015 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Professional Filmographer
What is your opinion on love?

What's most important to you in a relationship?
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:iconangelsarcher:
AngelsArcher Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmm... this one's probably already asked, but where do you get your inspiration from?
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:iconalloralang:
AlloraLang Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
1. Besides Kenshin, what is your favorite anime?

2. What, in your opinion, is the coolest way to die?
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Question for you: Who would be your choice of an actor to play Gambit in a live action film?
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:iconalloralang:
AlloraLang Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
I dunno. I think the one they chose is pretty cute.
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Yeah, I'd agree. I haven't seen him in anything though. I hope he can act. :p
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
1. Fullmetal Alchemist, Last Exile, Gungrave, Escaflowne, Samurai Champloo, Trigun, and some others.

2. I can't answer that. I don't think dying is cool in any way. :( To grow old and go peacefully in one's sleep seems the least painful to me, but I wouldn't call it cool.
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:iconalloralang:
AlloraLang Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
KYA!!! YOU LIKE SAMURAI CHAMPLOO?!?!?! *kisses your feet*
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Heehee. ^^;
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:iconadilande:
Adilande Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Well, you said they could be silly, so...

If it were possible and non-detrimental to your health, would you eat a string of Christmas lights and what would they taste like?

(I can't believe I'm actually asking this.)
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
No, I wouldn't, because I don't imagine they'd taste very good. :puke: I 'd make an exception, however, if I could swallow them hold and have them light up in my belly so that I had a pretty torso with glowing colors. That might be fun. Sorta. :p


Question for you: What's the weirdest thing you ever ate?
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:iconadilande:
Adilande Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Oh ee gads, you had to pick that. When my cousin and I were... oh, eight or so... we got up to no good in the kitchen. For whatever reason, we were unsupervised, so we started mixing random things in a bowl. A short list of what I can REMEMBER being in there follows:

-2 kinds of Karo corn syrup
-Vinegar
-Cocoa Powder
-Coffee Grounds
-Flour
-Sugar
-Salt and Pepper
-Pickles

... sufficed to say, I cannot describe the taste; even the memory of it makes me gag today, a decade or so later.

For less disgusting and more "weird," I'd probably have to say blood sausage.

New question! Why do you think Asians invented chopsticks instead of silverware like most western countries?
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
:lol: That concoction sounds awful! :puke:


I have no idea. If I had to make a guess, I'd say that they didn't want their silverware to be shaped like weapons. Knives and forks hint too much at violence, perhaps? Maybe they don't like stabbing their food? (It's considered rude to stab food with chopsticks.)

I don't know. :p
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Adilande Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Hey hey! You didn't ask one back! I gots a freebie, whoot.

I don't know about the violence notion, considering Japan and China tried to invade each other several times... If I remember right, stabbing food with chopsticks is something done at a funeral, which is why it's considered rude in other settings... don't know if it would have any affect on their opinion of silverware... XD

Which is better--blue polka dots or orange stripes?
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Depends on what the background color is. :p Although I generally like blue better.


I'm probably not going to ask people any subsequent questions after my first one. It's too hard thinking up new things to ask. ^_^
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Adilande Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
Oh ho ho! So I could have a whole BUNCH of freebies.

But no, I won't, I'll lay off the silliness now. XD You have better things to do with your time.
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
^_^
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
*whole (not hold!)
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
When you were younger, did you envision yourself to be an artist when you grew up, or did you want to work in a different occupation? Be specific and name which ones you were interested in if you did. :)
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Yes, I did imagine being an artist, but I didn't really take it seriously. I just thought of it for fun, like I'd imagined myself as an astronaut or super spy or jedi, you know? Same thing. It wasn't a serious consideration.

When I was a kid, I wanted to do special effects for films. I didn't have any specific field within special effects that I was interested. I just wanted to have anything at all possible to do with it. That's pretty much been my dream job since I was around 10 or so.

I'd also briefly entertained the idea of being a concert pianist. But I didn't feel like practicing 6+ hours a day, so that dream faded pretty quickly.

When I got older, I did start thinking about art more. But it really wasn't until a few years ago (after getting encouragement from fellow DA artists) when I started really considering art seriously.


My turn: Your favorite artists outside of DA?
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hard question because so many artists that I really admire ARE here at DA. :XD: I would say that John Howe, Frezetta, and Brom.
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Nice list though! :)
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:iconerika-m-r:
Erika-M-R Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
1.)What actually got you into RK?
2.)How much time do you spend on a typical personal drawing/painting?
3.)Whats the one thing you can't live without?

:3
Erika
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
1. I was watching an anime DVD of another series. (I can't even remember what it was.) And one of the previews had an awesome swordfight in it. (Which I later realized was the fight between Saitou and Kenshin right before he left for Kyoto.) I was curious about the show and bought the first Kenshin DVD to watch a few episodes. And then I was hooked and couldn't stop. :p

2. On average, probably about 10-15 hours. But some have been as little as 2 hours, and some have been over 20. It really depends.

3. My wacom tablet.

My turn: What anime series do you like besides RK?
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:iconerika-m-r:
Erika-M-R Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's always the previews that gets you caught :3

Other anime? Let see here, Cowboy Bebop (soundtrack owns me completely), Trigun, Samurai Champloo, Eureka 7, Macross Plus, Gundam (just about all of them except Seed), Bleach, and Sailor Moon (yeah you can laugh at that one X3)
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:iconhellocaity:
HelloCaity Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
What was your favorite Halloween candy? :)
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Mounds. :lol:

What was yours?
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:iconhellocaity:
HelloCaity Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Nerds! :)
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Mmm. Nerds were good too.

I always got your strawberry ones, ha ha! :lol:
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:iconcruenta:
Cruenta Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
This is very clever. :lol:

I've got two!

1. What is your all-time favorite movie? (Hope you haven't gotten this one yet)

2. What is your biggest fear(s)?
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
1. Lawrence of Arabia (Although sometimes, when I'm in a certain mood, it's Empire Strikes Back. Heehee.)

2. A painful death. :(


My turn: What is your favorite musical piece featuring either a violin or acoustic guitar solo?
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:iconcruenta:
Cruenta Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Good movie-choice. :)

I really understand your fear for dying a painful death. I feel that way too; plus I'm scared of receiving pain and/or loosing a limb. :P


Oh, gee, that's one of the hardest questions you could have given me! I'm very much in love with both violins and guitars, and I have many, many songs to choose from...

A band called Sins of Thy Beloved has songs with violins in them, and I love the way they remind me of our Norwegian mountains.
Ed Alleyne Johnson is a great and unknown violinist... [link] Here's a clip. :)
And there's plenty of movie-soundtracks with violins in them...
This question is too hard.

Some of my favorite guitar-songs, though, have got to be some of the Mastodon instrumentals :lol: Like this one: [link]
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Oh wow! Both of those pieces are awesome! I especially like the Johnson one. I haven't heard many pieces with electric violins. Fascinating.

Thanks so much for the links. ^_^
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:iconcruenta:
Cruenta Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
I'm glad you liked them! :aww:

Electric violins are amazing instruments; there is so much one can do with the sound. :) Plus, they come in many shapes and colors. :lol: I have this one myself: [link]
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Oh wow, that's awesome! ^_^

I have a digital piano (couldn't afford a real one) and it's nowhere near as sexy, alas. :lol:
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:iconcruenta:
Cruenta Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
Ooh, you play the piano? :) I play a little piano myself; haven't learned anything anywhere, but I take it by ear. :lol:
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Yup. I took 12 years of lessons when I was a kid. My skills have deteriorated over the years though. :p
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DrinkingInk Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the Q&A journal idea is really neat, not to mention considerate ;)

Okay, this might be a little more of a personal and/or weird question: Are you very outgoing in real life?
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
No, but I fake it very well. :) People tend to think I'm really outgoing when they first meet me. And the more they know me, the more they realize I'm a hermit.

Question for you: Have you ever tasted ink?
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:icondrinkingink:
DrinkingInk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed I have, in many ways, shapes, and forms.

If you're speaking specifically in the physical sense... who hasn't licked a pen or marker at some point in their life?
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Me. o.O
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:icondrinkingink:
DrinkingInk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're missing out ;)
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:iconerickghint42:
erickghint42 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Is there one single thing that you can pin-point as far as why you got into art/continue to produce (amazing) art? Please elaborate.
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
^^; I've always liked to draw as far as I can remember. I have no idea why I got into art. I don't remember a time when I didn't love it.

But I can tell you what got me into fantasy themed art. Piers Anthony's Spell for Chameleon. I read that when I was 11, and it hooked me into the world of fantasy forever! :)

Question: If you had an unlimited budget and resources for a photography expedition of your dreams, where would you choose to go, and what would you take pictures of?
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erickghint42 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Oh wow... limitless budget eh? Aside from a hell of a camera equipment upgrade, I would have to say that the trip would have to start in Kyoto, Japan. From there I would travel the whole of the island nation, and slowly make my way across Asia until reaching Dharamsala, India. My goal would be to photograph all the historical (and in some cases new) Buddhist temples. Old and new. Those still standing and those torn down. To have a chronicling of that... just wow. I would have to make two trips however, once in Winter, and once in Spring to catch the drastic changes in the scenery. :)
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Oh, I wish you could have such resources. That sounds like it'd be such a grand adventure!
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kendranoelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Here's my question: Are you ever going to finish "Against a Sea of Troubles" or has that plot bunny long passed on? :)

And my other one was, didn't you have a story that was about a situation with Saitou and Kenshin being caught in a blizzard together, or am I mistaken...?
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
*Crawls in a hole and hides.* I've been meaning to finish that story for 4 years. I honestly don't know. I want to, but I can never seem to find the time....

No, that wasn't me. Although the premise sounds really interesting!

Question for you: What are your favorite foods? Besides shrimp tempura. :p
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:iconkendranoelle:
kendranoelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Heh, thanks. :)

Damn, now I have no idea who wrote that story and I can't find it again...noooooo! Ah well, is no biggie. ^_^ In fact, I'm re-reading "Recovery" right now.

And strangely/sadly...there was a story on your site, I can't remember who wrote it- but it was an Alternate Universe story that took place in Minnesota...in fact, it took place at the school I go to now...and in all honesty- that story was part of the reason why I chose to go to the U of MN. Odd...quite. ^_^

And now to answer your question- dumpfnula w/ Hosmer sausage. Dumpfnula is fried bread dough that my grandma makes- it is delicious...and Hosmer sausage is delicious...it's sausage you get from Hosmer, SD. ;D
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