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Starting July 21st through August 1, I'll be working alongside other creators live-streaming the creation of a coloring book on Twitch to raise money for Save the Children with #CreateForKids! And the best part is: you can get your hands on either a digital or physical copy of the coloring book just by donating. Who wouldn't want a huge coloring book filled with the best art from amazing creators around the world?!

Find out more about this amazing charity campaign here: www.patreon.com/posts/createfo…

As of this post, we've already raised $195 for charity, and the campaign hasn't even officially started! This is a huge deal.

Last year, Save the Children helped over 150 MILLION children by:
  • Stocking libraries with books
  • Feeding and sheltering refugee families
  • Contributing to famine relief funds
  • Matching donations for children in need
  • Aiding forgotten children in over 120 countries
  • And more!
This year, let's aim to help Save the Children break their record. You won't just be donating to charity. You'll be scoring awesome rewards in return.

Check out all the rewards you could earn by donating!
  • $1 - Oh Snap! Donate this amount and Cheri will say "oh snap!" live during her fundraising streams!
  • $5 - Quick Doodle! For only $5, you can request *anything* you'd like, and she'll produce it digitally, on stream, in just 5 to 10 minutes!
  • $10 - Coloring Book Group Doodle! Want your doodle in lineart form? Choose this reward to have it immortalized on a page full of donation doodles from other donors in the final coloring book!
  • $20 - Digital Coloring Book Copy! Choose this reward to score a digital coloring book chock-full of art from both Cheri and every other amazing artist contributing to the campaign!
  • $30 - Personalized Page In Coloring Book! Want your doodle immortalized in the digital coloring book for all of eternity? Donate just $30, and Cheri will create an entire coloring book page just for you!
  • $50 - Physical Coloring Book Copy! Choose this reward to score a physical copy of the best coloring book ever designed on Twitch. Every page is packed with lineart and drawings from other Twitch streamers, including Cheri! Thank you so much for your donation! You'll be mailed a physical copy of the entire finished coloring book at the end of the campaign!
  • If you've always wanted to get your hands on my artwork, scoring a professionally produced coloring book with my work in it by donating to charity is probably the best way to get it. Please, please consider donating, and if not, please do share the word by tweeting about this post!
Thank you so, so much to everyone who's already donated, and to everyone considering it. I can't tell you how closely I hold this charity and its goals to my heart, and I am honored + excited to be a part of this amazing group project!

Please donate here: www.patreon.com/posts/createfo…

Warmly,
Cheri

I'm incredibly excited to announce that I just started my very own Patreon page where you'll be able to receive exclusive and original art goodies from yours truly!

Starting today, you can get your hands on original artworks, custom paintings, and limited edition signed prints of all illustrations and drawings I create, all made exclusively available to my patrons and funders first! Whether you contribute $1/mo or $100, you'll get access to tons of behind the scenes goodies from all of the latest illustrations and pieces I'm creating. You'll even get the chance to tell me what to draw next! Any amount is appreciated, and every dollar you fund comes with exciting rewards available only through my Patreon. Contribute now!

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C'mon. You know you want to watch me draw stuff like this
live!

Why am I starting a Patreon?

I have always wanted to produce art professionally. It's one of those things where I've grown up hearing nothing but, "You'll never make money as an artist. Don't waste your time!" And, "You should be focusing on your career, not art." But if there's anything I've learned in my long-time career in blogging, branding, and marketing, it's that art is in f*cking everything.

I would not be the award-winning marketer I am today had I not spent so much of my time expanding my learning of aesthetic appeal and out-of-the-box thinking through art. In fact, I wouldn't have a lot of the fans I have today had I not spent so much of my life illustrating and drawing regularly. My fans are huge supporters of my subjective "talent", and I want to give you all the opportunity to support me in building my artwork into something more.

Through my Patreon, and thanks to the amazing patrons funding my artwork, I can finally put attention and focus on something that, besides writing, has been the backbone of my entire freaking life. Thanks to my patrons, I can start to treat my work as a business rather than just a hobby I dabble in when I'm not "busy". And that is something to get excited about.

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Fund my artwork today!

Contributions are processed on the first of every month, which is when I'll begin reaching out to help you claim your immediate rewards (things like custom drawings, signed originals, paintings, your name written in beautiful calligraphy, etc). But those aren't all the goodies you're getting. There's so much more! Help fund my artwork today. And thank you again for your unending support.

Warmly,
Sherilynn "HeyCheri" Macale
www.patreon.com/heycheri
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Whee!

Okay, first of all -- whoa. Sorry I haven't been using my DeviantArt. I came back here just yesterday to see if anyone had been checking out my stuff, and I noticed all of the favorites and watches. I was kind of blown away! What the heck?! Thanks for liking my artwork, guys. You really make me want to draw again. :)

Anyway, I just wanted to drop by and let all of you know I have a new Tumblr page for you all to check out! If you guys dig Art Tumblrs, you'll love mine. I pretty much plan on dumping all of my sketches and scraps into there as well as my finished pieces. So check it out!


And thanks again for following me! :) It's been too long.

Warmly,
Sherilynn "Cheri" Macale


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Commission: Krista and the Zombies!

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 20, 2011, 8:50 PM

"Oh, hey there."




Holy crap this took forever!
You have no idea how many times I've redrawn this image over and over trying to decide what I wanted her to look like, what pose she was in, whether she'd be holding a weapon or not, etc!  I'd say all in all, I've spent over 9 hours or so on this image just trying to get it exactly right.  And the funny thing is that the commissioner (Krista) didn't even pay for a fully-colored image! I'm just one of those artists who, if I know that I'm taking forever to finish a piece, I'll throw in a bunch of extra shit (like coloring, etc) because I feel bad that I've taken so long. -_-!

Anyhoo, this piece prints out at a beautiful 20" x 30", and I'm sure Krista's going to be pleasantly surprised with it. View a larger version on my DeviantArt!

Check out some close-ups of the finer details in this images below:









It's sad how much the image loses when it's shrunken down like this.  The full blown print is the only way you'd ever see all of the cool shit and brush-work and little details I added to it.  Sigh!  If she ever gets it printed, I'll be sure to update you guys with some photos.

Anyhoo, as usual, take a look at my work-in-progress shots below!





Here are the various ways that I've redrawn the image over and over.  Holy crap.  It was really tricky for me because, number one, she paid for the piece, so I obviously didn't want to disappoint her.  And number two, I've never drawn zombies before! So how do I draw my typically adorable characters interacting with them?! AAAH.

After scrapping piece after piece, I finally settled on the redraw to the very right.  Heh.



This is a cool trick I do.  Basically, I'll pose however I need to illustrate the character I'm working on via my MacBook's webcam, and then draw a kind of rendition of that into my piece.  This is how I nailed the poses for the zombies (as well as a few of the gruesome expressions, haha -- thus, the blurred face, LOL).



Then someone on Twitter said that the anatomy was off on my Zombie, so I was like, whaaat?! No way! She's supposed to look like that!  But just to be safe, I distorted her arms even more and added mutation-lumps all over her.  It's a shame you can't really see these details in the finished piece unless you really stare at it, but the point is, I DID IT! And it took forever! SO PFFF!



Zombies are grossss! X_x
It was pretty difficult to come up with different ways to make people look decayed, decomposed, disembodied, etc.  I didn't really know what I was doing. -_-" So while illustrating the hoard of zombies coming for the main character, I just kept in mind that I'd probably make the background colors really dark so you wouldn't end up focusing on how badly drawn it all is. HAHAHA. ^_^;;



For the coloring on this image, I actually used a combination of two different programs: Paint Tool Sai, and Photoshop.

I know you can't really tell since my coloring looks essentially the same as it always does (unless you're a massive critic and can see the minor differences like I can), but the process of coloring this image was really just an experiment for me to see if I could master another art program.

I had to save my Photoshop lineart on my MacBook, then transfer over the image to my PC (since Sai only seems to work on PC's), and began to color it there.



And dude, Sai is freaking awesome! All of the brush strokes that take me forever to craft and fake on Photoshop are built into Sai!  So I don't have to do any annoying blurring, or layering, or opacity tweaking -- it's such a simple and easy to use program!  If you have a PC or are looking to get the coloring style down that I have, I definitely suggest giving Sai a try!



Freckles, zombie color washes, blood spatters, eye coloring begins, etc.



And then I drowned out the background a bit just to bring the character to life, signed it, added my signature glowing adorable highlights all over the place, those random strands of hair I like to draw in, and BAAAMM!! FINISHED!! XD FUDDDGEEE THIS TOOK SO LOOONGGGG FMLLLLL. But I'm so proud of it and it looks great (in my opinion).  Like, this is a piece I can actually send to Krista and feel satisfied with, y'know!?

... Actually.
Looking at it now, I can't help but think I should add blood spatters to the girl as well. -_-" Oh well. That's easy enough to add! Heh. Hope you enjoyed!

Perfectionist Workaholic,
XOXO Cheri XOXO

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Sherilynn "Cheri" Macale is a freelance journalist and illustrator who can't exactly decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life and so does absolutely everything. Harass and prod her via Twitter, check out the badassery on her Website, and leave a friendly message on her Facebook.


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HUGE UPDATE! Tons of Pix.

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 19, 2011, 6:27 PM

"Oh, hey there."




Uh oh.
It may or may not be a good thing that I've learned how to animate my own images, as you will probably be seeing my blog flooded with these types of shots pretty soon (much to the dismay of those who get easily annoyed by pictures of yours truly -- just another conveniently accessible form of torture for my biggest fans! XD).



Here's this zombie board game that I convinced myself into picking up about a month or two ago.  I have yet to play it!  Which sucks because it's a game that you're supposed to play with a bunch of people, right?  And I keep telling myself crap like, "Yay, I'm in San Francisco now and there are nerds everywhere! Everyone will totally want to play this with me!" But my dumb ass keeps leaving it at home.

... And also, I just keep thinking that if I bring it out with me, people will look at me like I'm crazy.

"Cheri, we're at a party, and you want to play a zombie board game? ... Uhhhhh." Hahaha-haaaa. Sigh.



Cheeeese!
If you didn't know already, I am very much a PS3 gamer.  I personally believe that the PS Online community is much nicer (and definitely more mature) than the XBOX Live community.  In my experience, gamers on PS3 will actually make an effort to talk to you versus cursing at you, throwing around racial slurs, or making rude jokes & comments like they typically do on 360.  This isn't to say that all of XBOX Live is full of douchebags, but c'mon -- you have to admit that the majority of players on that system are fairly rude.

Before moving to San Francisco, I basically had no one to play with (as I come from a very small town where "gaming" isn't a huge part of the area's culture).  PSOnline was basically the only place where I could make friends who were into what I was into and not feel like a total dweeb for preferring to play Call of Duty rather than go out drinking.

It's different here in the city where I am obviously surrounded by tech-loving and geek-culture-embracing folks, but I still prefer my PS3 for my online friend-making, heh.



Trucker hats!  I feel so gangsta when I throw this on.  It's my only "baseball cap" type of accessory, as I normally feel like these don't look very good on me, haha!



XD!! These are just shots from yesterday of me showing off my makeup (since it's been a while since I've done anything as colorful as this -- waddap, MakeupByCheri YouTube fans!!).  I am typically neutral with my eyeshadow colors, as I don't like to look too "unnatural" and shock people when they see me without a fully painted face, ha.  So throwing on a little pink & purple was a fun experiment!

Also, I totally realize that this entry is completely scatter-brained and not at all up to par with the typical posts here on my blog. Sorry! XD





Rich and I seriously hang out, like ... What -- 3 or 4 times a week?
Which is amazing, actually, because I am such a freaking hermit that I almost never leave my apartment.  I don't care who's calling me or inviting me to come out -- I typically refuse to leave the comfort of my room.  And there's actually only a few people that I do go out with now and then, and it's only because I've hung out with them enough to feel more comfortable & safe around them.  But other than that ... If I don't know you very well, and you're not persistant?  I probably will never hang out with you unless we're in a large social situation. -_-" I suppose I enjoy my privacy?

Anyway, since moving to the city, Rich has quickly become one of my best friends and is definitely the first person I think to call if I need company, or if I am feeling gloomy (I wonder if he'll be completely embarrassed by this entry, haha).  Which is nice because, well, moving to this huge new world three months ago, I knew practically no one.  I felt uncomfortable, I felt unsafe, and I was definitely nervous about exploring the city on my own.

Rich was the one who showed me around when I first got here.  And actually, he's also the person who's really helped me to reconnect with all of the geeky, nerdy shit about myself that I pretty much kept as my dirty little undercover secret back when I lived in Stockton (for fear of being ostracized in a tiny town).


Rich is even the one who introduced me to Death Note which, if you've been keeping up with me, is my obsession.  I've seriously watched the entire anime series with him from start to finish (god, we sound so lame, LOL), and I've just now seen the live action movies (totally cried my eyes out, by the way).  Now I just have to read the entire manga and watch the spin off series, which Rich happens to have collected and never seen himself. LOL!

I. Love. Death Note.
And I'm sure he feels like he's created a monster.
Lmfao.

He's also the person who has really helped motivate me into getting back into my art.  He's a huge comics and art fan (seriously, you should see his collection of stuff -- everything from figurines to prints to entire collections of graphic novels and comics -- his apartment is like freaking geek heaven, and I could seriously spend forever there just going through the amazing junk he probably hasn't touched in I don't know how long), so we'll sit there and spend forever just critiquing and talking about it (we flipped through James Jean's book of 75 Fables Cover Art Illustrations, and pretty much thoroughly discussed each painting).  And it doesn't feel like a competition, y'know?  Like, it's not this "who knows more" verbal battle or anything that I've experienced with other know-it-all-artists in the past.  It's just this mutual appreciation for a subject that we're both passionate about, and it's incredibly freeing.

He's also introduced me to the world of comics shops.
AND IT'S AWESOME! There are so many comic book shops in the city!  Holy crap!

Check out these horrible cellphone pictures I took while out and about with him:


Harleyyy! My favorite villain ever.
If you didn't know, I'm not so much a Super Hero fan as I am a Super Villain fanatic.  I would totally collect villain figurines! This one is particularly amazing.  Heh. But uh ... Just a bit expensive. :3



Poison Ivy!!  Also freaking awesome.  My second favorite villain and, coincidentally, also from Batman. Heheh.









CUTE MINIATURE THINGS, AAAAAAHHH *Geeking out*!! I want them all!!
They're so freaking adorable!! I didn't know they had these things in comics shops! I'm obsessed with tiny shit. X_x Omg. Lmao. Want.

There's everything from fingertip sized chocolate cakes to full plates of sushi rolls as small as a marble. I WANT!! I'm seriously going to start collecting these, hahaha! XD Can't help it. Just want them. Don't know why -- just do. Tiny things ... So ... Cute ... No one will stop me! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

... Calming down, now.

Hanging out in comic shops, talking nerd smack with Rich, surrounding myself with people in the tech and games industry, putting all of my effort into pursuing a career in some sort of related field -- It feels good to just be myself, y'know? It feels good to not feel like a loser for digging anime, or manga, or video games, or art, or be obsessed with the internet, with social media, technology, with networking, or any of the other dopey crap that I used to be ashamed of liking back home. :/

I never want to go back.
I feel like I don't fit in there.
I don't feel happy in that environment.

But here ... Here, I can be myself, and no one makes fun of me.
In fact, I can actually be successful for being a geek here, ha! Amazing how that works, right? Opportunities galore. I love San Francisco!

So yeah.  If you're not following Rich on Twitter, you should.  Because number one, he's awesome sauce.  Number two, I just told you to.  And number three ... Uhhh. What else. He's the shit? And I adore him?  And I just wrote a ton of crap about him because I appreciate him to death?  And if you do follow him on Twitter by my recommendation, be sure to tell him I had you do it! XD I'm sure he'll love that.

Anyhoo, here ya go -- have a few more vain pictures of me.
I seem to collect them in my cellphone. :3





Yeeeeah.
This is a fairly picture-intensive post, isn't it? :3





And finally, some of my recent art for your enjoyment.
Can you tell I'm left handed from my anatomy practice sketch? Ha.





Oh! And I made Vodka Gummy Bears last night by following the instructions on this website! And uh ... They were pretty strong. Lmao. I can see myself liking them if I actually liked the taste of vodka, but uh, I don't. So ... Maybe these aren't for me. Lol.

Luckily, there's also a Skittles Vodka recipe that I plan on trying next. ;)



One of my best friends from back home also came up to visit me recently, and I miss her so much! Having her up here definitely helped remind me who I was (I miss all of my amazing, gorgeous, and crazy friends), and it sucked so hard to have her go. :(  Fortunately, she's almost as camera-obsessed as I am, so naturally we took a bunch of pictures together to commemorate her visit, haha.

The exciting thing about learning how to animate things (I'm sure I'll get more creative in time -- these are just little test examples of me experimenting with it) is that I can now probably make simple animations for my artwork as well! Won't that be exciting?! Can you imagine what I'll come up with?!

... Knowing me, it will probably be something perverted.
O_o ... *Whistles innocently*

Don't mind me,
XOXO Cheri XOXO

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Sherilynn "Cheri" Macale is a freelance journalist and illustrator who can't exactly decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life and so does absolutely everything. Harass and prod her via Twitter, check out the badassery on her Website, and leave a friendly message on her Facebook.


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Should I Buy a MacBook Air?

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 17, 2011, 1:39 AM

"Oh, hey there."




When it comes to making large purchases in the gadget-world (I consider anything over $500 to be "large"), I like to lay out the specs for myself.  Sort of like a "Pros and Cons" chart of why this item should or should not be added to my technology arsenal.  I enjoy making "smart" buys, after all -- the sort of investments that satisfy my needs without leaving me disappointed.

In fact, I spend a lot of time researching, comparing, and fishing information from the internet before I settle on any one thing.  And in that same fortunately convenient vein, I also have a blog where I can do just that and receive feedback from an entire slew of awesome readers who are always willing to gab with me about whatever it is that I happen to throw up on my website (thank goodness for you guys).

With that said ...
Should I pick up a MacBook Air?



First, let me tell you why I'm even considering it:

Living in San Francisco, I spend a lot of my time toting things uphill, then downhill, through public transportation, and then up even more hills all just to be able to visit my friends at their apartments, or even simply to sip a cup of coffee at a nearby cafe while also being able to get my work done on the go.  And in case you've never been in a situation like mine before, that can get pretty tiring fairly quickly.

I currently own a 15" MacBook Pro (which I love), and it completely suits all of my needs!  Blogging, photo editing, internet browsing, art and illustration, email-checking, light gaming -- I'm pretty much set when it comes to my at-home computer.  The 15" MacBook Pro is large enough to handle my personal projects, but also light enough to tote around with me short distances (like, say, from my bedroom to the living room, ha!).

However, long distances studiously clutching the MacBook Pro to my chest (or even shouldering it in some sort of carrying case) are not ideal for me.  And yes, I realize that this thing only weighs, like, 5 or 6 pounds a the most!  But dude -- I'm a 5'1 Asian girl who weighs in at 93lbs, and this shit is HEH. VEE (heavy)!  Call me a pussy, whatever.  But you'd understand if you knew the miles I've trekked just lugging this monster around with me.  I even have calluses on my hips where I've had to rest it against my side just to take the weight off of my arms (seriously).



When you have girly and bony little hands the size of a small apple when clenched, you start to realize that something a grown man considers "light" is actually pretty gargantuan in comparison.

So taking into consideration how small I am, how often I need to tote my hardware with me, the amount of crap I need to take along (my purse with all my girly bullshit, my laptop, my Wacom Tablet, my sketchbook, and whatever other nonsense I might need that day), and the distances at which I need to travel?  It becomes obvious why I have my eye on the MacBook Air.



For one, the MacBook Air weighs in at 2.9 pounds at the most (for the 13" model, anyway), while the 11" MacBook Air weighs in at only 2.3 pounds -- wow!  And if you've ever been in the Apple Store or are fortunate enough to have a friend who owns one of these conveniently sized wonder machines, you'll know just how thin and easy they are to lift, carry, transport, store, and work with in general!

And I won't lie.
I'm an Apple fan for sure.

I own everything from iPod Shuffles and Nanos to iPhones, iPads, iPods, and obviously own a MacBook Pro as well.  There's just something so gorgeous about the machines themselves (they have a very modern look that I love), as well as how quick they are, how they're so easy to use, how they almost never get viruses, how streamlined they appear across the board, etc!  They're just incredibly reliable pieces of equipment, and I am a seriously biased shopper because I already know to expect awesomeness when buying something Apple made.

That being said, yes.  I've definitely considered something like a netbook to tide me over on these long-distance treks.



This little Toshiba Netbook, for example, is 10.1 inches, weighs in at 2.9 pounds, and only costs around $300! Totally a steal, right?  Plus it has more space than the stock MacBook Airs, and from owning my own 15" Toshiba Laptop, I already know to expect quality!

... But can it run Photoshop for my heavy editing and illustrations while I check my email, surf the internet, chat on Skype, run multiple applications and broadcast live video & audio streams?

My own awesome mom owns her own Netbook, and from toying with hers for a bit, I appreciate that it's so light and easy to use.  However, it's definitely a lot slower than the MacBook Airs I've tested, and definitely does not compare to the speed or power of an Apple product.  Maybe it's the model she has?  Maybe Macs are just magical pieces of equipment?  Who knows.

But from being able to test and play with the different toys out there, the MacBook Air has impressed me the most.

A few friends of mine who already own MacBook Airs swear by them and definitely recommend that I pick one up.  For example, Mark Julio (Product Manager at Mad Catz) tweeted me the following:



This immediately intrigued me, as he seems to be in the same situation as me!  Also, he's in the gaming industry and works with physical products for a living, so I naturally assume that he knows more than the average twitter-going replier (though this is just me having a regular tendency to credit people with wisdom and respect).

I hit him up on AIM in order to dive into a deeper conversation:


Sounds about perfect, right? A machine capable of handling everything from video editing to live streaming, and is light enough to pack away in a travel-bag without having to pull it out at airport security; How convenient!

And actually, the Twitterverse has reacted fairly unanimously when it comes to the MacBook Air:



I even took it to Facebook where the reaction from one particular Joseph M Crespo was very similar:



And with reactions like this across the board, it's easy to see why I'm learning towards an 11" MacBook Air, right?

But of course, and I repeat, I am horrible with making decisions when it comes to large purchases.  So I'm here to ask for your help as well via my blog!

What I'll be using the MacBook Air for:
Live streaming (on such programs like TinyChat, BlogTV, etc), photo editing or digital illustration with the use of a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet, blogging or freelance writing, checking emails, surfing the internet (like Facebook, Twitter, my RSS feeds), chatting on various messenger programs, and possibly listening to a little iTunes or Pandora Radio.

Where I'll be using the MacBook Air:
Anywhere not at home.  Meaning, I'll be taking it with me to friend's houses, during travel, to coffee shops, and anywhere I'll be needing it on the go.

Why I want a MacBook Air:
It's incredibly light and easy to store away with my other tech while not weighing down my bags.  I've tested it out already and know from experience that it works just as quickly as a MacBook Pro for the minor needs I'll need it for.  And I just trust and know Apple products at this point.

So with everything I've said in mind ... Should I pick up a MacBook Air?  What size should I grab?  Should I opt for the largest amount of Hard Drive space?  And if you don't think I should get a MacBook Air, what other light netbooks or small laptops can you recommend that would be great for someone on-the-go like I am?  Something powerful enough to do what I need it to do, while not performing at frustratingly slow speeds (like my mom's netbook)?

And as usual, thanks for reading.
XOXO Cheri XOXO

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Sherilynn "Cheri" Macale is a freelance journalist and illustrator who can't exactly decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life and so does absolutely everything. Harass and prod her via Twitter, check out the badassery on her Website, and leave a friendly message on her Facebook.


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ART: The Forgotten Lover

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 15, 2011, 12:23 PM

"Oh, hey there."




My most beautiful artwork only ever seems to flow from me when I'm in an emotional state of mind.  The whole idea of the "tortured artist" is very true, and is definitely the case with this piece above.

In my more fervent works, the notion of being "forgotten" seems to be the prevailing theme (from children being left behind, scared and alone, to the abandoned lover, beautiful and yet mistreated).  Even my nightmares reflect this fear.  My most traumatizing dreams are often negligence-centric.  Maybe it stems from not getting enough attention when I was younger (I was the middle child)?  Maybe it stems from a painful history of unhealthy relationships? Who knows, really.

The only constructive thing that seems to come from haunting distress is my art.
Which is fine, I guess.
... Sigh.

Drawn completely with a BiC #2 0.7mm Mechanical Pencil on the first page of my brand new Moleskine Sketchbook (I picked up two yesterday), the final image can be scanned in and printed as large as you like.  Unfortunately, I don't have access to a quality scanner and am only able to photograph my traditional pieces, so forgive me if these aren't up to parr with what you might expect to see.

To view a larger version, head to my deviantart and favorite it there.

Here are some close-up shots of the finer details (again, photographed with my camera -- my apologies!):







References of real flowers were most definitely used to produce the floral sketches. And no, I have no idea what sort of flowers I drew -- I just sort of googled "flowers". Hur.

Below are some shots taken with my cellphone of the piece in progress.











Drawing with pencil again is an incredibly freeing feeling. I seriously forgot what it was like to not have to change your brush size over and over, and to not have the luxury of an "undo" button on a digital pen tablet.  Ha. I forgot how effortless it's always been to scrape in the tiniest details with graphite, versus having to zoom in on photoshop just to etch in a wash of shadow or shading.

I'm glad I picked up these sketchbooks.
They seem to keep me grounded.
And it's nice to feel like I'm able to disconnect from my computer every once in a while.

Deep in thought,
XOXO Cheri XOXO

Sherilynn "Cheri" Macale is a freelance journalist and illustrator who can't exactly decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life and so does absolutely everything. Harass and prod her via Twitter, check out the badassery on her Website, and leave a friendly message on her Facebook.


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Ask A Hot Girl a Gaming Related Question!

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 13, 2011, 3:47 PM

"Oh, hey there."


If you've been keeping up with me, you'll know that I just recently started a Games & Geek-Culture channel on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cheritv -- Subscribe Now!).  And for my first video (after I film my intro, anyway), I have a pretty sexy friend of mine coming over who happens to have incredibly large breasts! So I put two and two together and thought ...

Well, I like big boobs (according to the article I wrote for G4TV.com, this should be common knowledge), and I'm sure YOU guys like big boobs ... So wouldn't it be awesome if I could somehow combine big boobs and video games yet AGAIN, but allow you guys to participate?!

So send in your questions for Ask A Hot Girl!
Examples: Why do you think most girls don't game? Or would you ever date a gamer? Etc etc.

So before she gets here, send in some questions for my big-boobed and adorable best friend.  They can be as ridiculous, stupid, serious, or in depth as you want! I'm sure she'd be happy to answer them for you. ;)

Oh, and she looks like this:



Always happy to entertain,
XOXO Cheri XOXO

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Stay Up To Date!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 12, 2011, 6:53 PM

"Oh, hey there."


This post has been X-POSTED from HEYCHERI.COM.

Care to see what sort of freelance nonsense I've been up to across the world wide interwebs?  Check out the list below for an awesome selection of recent freelance articles I've contributed to various tech & gaming networks, as well as miscellaneous articles and posts.  Leave comments, share it across your favorite Social Networks, and enjoy!

And for those of you who only read my blog because you're thirsty for pictures of yours truly (you know who you are!), feast your eyes on these beauties! And then quit complaining that I've stopped taking pictures of myself.  I've been busy, okay?!















And for those of you interested in seeing what I've been doing illustration-wise for pleasure, here are a few ridiculous sketches that I did while goofing off with a friend of mine.





Each sketch is about 4" x 5" and took me approximately three minutes to complete for each. I doodled them on my friend's notebook while waiting for him to get out of the shower, and he shot them to me via picture message over texting. :3

And some live drawings I did over FlockDraw (this cool service online that allows you to live draw while your friends either watch or join in!). I first started off drawing pretty serious stuff like Zelda-type Fan Art.



Quickly grew bored, sketched tongues onto the characters, and transformed one of them into a Pokemon. XD



And realized that with a little tweaking, Likitung(sp?) reminded me of a friendly purple dinosaur I grew up loving. :3



After which I erased everything on the screen, and sketched something that's probably a bit NSFW (shield your eyes, children!).



Shame on you! Knock first! This stall is occupied. ;)
... Doesn't look like she minds though. Pahahahaha.

And here, I censored it for you too (even though it might be a bit late for that):


And what else have I done lately?! *Rubs forehead* Gawd, I've been doing a lot of crap.   For being unemployed, I definitely know how to keep myself busy, hmm?

I uhm ... Converted my CheriTV Channel on YouTube into a Tech and Gaming Related show? And despite having zero videos up, I seem to have a pretty sizeable amount of subscribers & views! Check it out here. -- And don't forget to subscribe!

Also, in one day, my painting of L has managed to weasel it's way into the collections and favorites of over 100+ DeviantArtists! Who knew fan art could be so popular?!

But okay! Enough working!
I have a few things left to do like writing this next article for G4TV.com, drawing up three more commissions that people have already paid for, and hopefully getting a good night's sleep.  ... But only after reading this huge graphic novel, Blankets, by Craig Thompson that my friend let me borrow.

Phew!
XOXO Cheri XOXO


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Wanna Advertise in a Cool Way?!

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 7, 2011, 8:56 PM

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Sooo basically.
Now that I actually have the web comics going (and I'm still figuring out a way to have you view them directly -- like in a gallery of some kind), I can finally start incorporating advertising into the illustrations!

For example, say you own some kind of store or something where you sell cool stuff.  Like, I dunno -- jewelry or whatever.  What you would do is toss me the moolah via PayPal (whatever I'm charging at the moment), and the characters in my comic strip would actually VISIT YOUR STORE and go shopping!  You can even make a cameo in the comic strip and talk to the characters, sell your wares or whatever, yadda yadda -- make sense?!

Another example is ...
If you own, like, a teeshirt company or something.  You can have your logo on the character's shirts, or somewhere on a flyer in the background, or on a billboard or something!  Get it?!

The best part is that this type of advertising lasts forever (AKA, it doesn't expire since it's drawn into the comic strip), and I'll link to your website or profile or whatever-it-is-that-you're-peddling in the description beneath the webcomic!  Amaze-balls, right?!

Anyhoo, if this interests you, just Contact Me for details, or check out my current Advertising Rates for more info! :3

I'll have examples up for you soon, I'm sure.
Heheh.

Hustling art like it's my job (cuz it is),
XOXO Cheri XOXO


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$30 Character Sketches Today!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 4, 2011, 6:37 PM

"Oh, hey there."


Only five slots open!
Price cut only reflects today's prices! Prices go back to normal tomorrow.
Send your character descriptions and reference photos (if you have any) to cheri@heycheri.com. Note that you are allowed to order for more than one slot, and if you see that someone has left one slot unpaid, you can easily reserve it by putting down your payment first.

SLOTS:
1. Taken by PB [PAID]
2. Taken by Kelly [PAID]
3. Taken by Jeremy [PAID]
4. Taken by Kristopher [PAID]
5. Taken by JC [PAID]

First come first serve!
XOXO Cheri XOXO


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WonderCon 2011!

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 28, 2011, 6:46 PM

"Oh, hey there."


Guess who's going to WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco, California?
My tickets are purchased, my backpack is waiting to be filled with sketchbooks & art utensils, and I'm so freaking pumped!

Are any of you going to be there?
Does anyone want to meet up and do some quick art trades?
And does anyone have any tips on putting together your portfolio for the event?

Personally, I'm loading up my iPad with my images, then taking along a few traditional pieces via sketchbook and hauling everything with me to the various portfolio reviews during the day.  I definitely want to be one of the first people there getting my work reviewed, gathering tips from actual comics artists, and meeting new people around the event.

I've never actually been to an actual convention before.
I mean, I've worked at various conventions in the past, but I've never been to one as an actual attendee.  So consider me wide-eyed and amazed by this new world I'm about to walk into.

Woo!
I'm so psyched.

Anyway, if you have any tips or advice or ideas on how to go about approaching this type of event, please let me know! I'd really love to hear from you.

XOXO Cheri XOXO


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What? No Watchers? Okay.

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 26, 2011, 8:05 PM




No one watches me on DeviantArt. I don't even know why I'm here. Lol.

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