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Holy crap! I never figured this would happen, because the thumbnail is freakin' dark and hard to see. But amazingly my image "Dark Brotherhood" has made it into the DAZaholics FINAL POLL for the Dark Brotherhood contest. So please, if you like the image or even just feel kind and generous today, stop by the poll and give me a vote!
Dark Brotherhood Poll
Holy cow, it's rough using software you haven't touched in years... But this happened.
  • Listening to: hail trashing my truck
  • Reading: Firestorm
  • Watching: Farscape
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: nothing yet
  • Drinking: soon will be booze...
Some of you have noticed I get sick a lot. Well, yesterday I landed in the emergency room, and then the hospital. I'm going to have surgery tomorrow, and they'll fix me so I don't get sick like that anymore. I'll have several weeks off work, but I imagine I'll feel pretty lousy for a while. But I'll be back!

Daz Freebies

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 25, 2017, 7:29 PM
Hey, I don't know if any of you have been watching the every four hour freebie thing Daz has going now, but this current batch is really good. There's even a couple pro bundles, V7 and Teen Josie 7, and a bunch of other cool stuff. (I got the HFS Fantasy Shapes Bundle, woohoo!) So if you see this in time, go get a freebie!

my website: the Evil Kitten Project my WordPress blog: Kittenwylde

For the Entertainment of Real 3D Artists

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 29, 2017, 1:44 PM
I messed around with dForce today, with varying degrees of luck. I wrote up the result in a blog post. If you want a laugh, here it is.
The agony of dForce

my website: the Evil Kitten Project my WordPress blog: Kittenwylde

Grumpy, need to vent.

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 27, 2017, 6:57 PM
It really, really, REALLY sucks when a person is so in love with his own ideas that he is physically incapable of understanding an argument that contradicts those ideas. Why the hell do I ever even bother speaking to people like that, anyway? Oh, yeah. That's right. I live with this one.


Okay, just had to blow off a bit of steam in a public way, or that was going to keep me up all night bitching to myself. I feel better now. Goodnight!

my website: the Evil Kitten Project my WordPress blog: Kittenwylde


Journal Entry: Sun Sep 24, 2017, 3:32 PM
Yeah, that's right, I finally remembered that I'm supposed to be an author. Despite crappy health and stupid life issues getting in the way, I've managed to release a new, FREE short story. It's F/F, and it's set on Earth. No sci-fi or fantasy elements, but there's a horse. :)
High Desert Escape

my website: the Evil Kitten Project my WordPress blog: Kittenwylde

end of vacation :(

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 6, 2017, 4:30 PM
Just wanted to warn you, there's image spam coming. I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted to, since a good half of my vacation was spent doing things that were not creating new art or writing. In fact, a huge portion of my time was taken up by computer problems, my own and my boyfriend's. And no thanks given for fixing the stupid shit, either. :sigh: 
Anyway, look out, 'cause here they come. Hope someone likes something. Happy Bouncer 

my website: the Evil Kitten Project my WordPress blog: Kittenwylde

One Happy Kitten

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 1, 2017, 9:58 AM
So, as of last night, I am FREE! For the next few days, anyway. It's my vacation time. I don't have to work until next Thursday, Six Whole Days. I'm not doing much of anything, my truck needs brakes and is going to eat most of my budget, but the other day I lost my self-control and blew forty bucks at the Daz store. I finally have my Centaur 7 Pro Bundle!!! With some other goodies, too! So I have new toys to play with, a truck that will soon be safe to drive again, and just about enough money left in the bank to buy some food.
Not to mention Six Whole Days to do whatever the hell I want with. :shuffelin: I think I'm going to like this!

my website: the Evil Kitten Project my WordPress blog: Kittenwylde
Time for another feature. I've been in the mood for amazing landscapes and crazy cities lately, who knows why. I sure don't. So I'm going to dig through my favorites and find some really cool images featuring landscapes and buildings. 3D, digital painting, whatever--anything goes, as long as it makes my imagination go nuts. Once again, I'll keep it to stuff without a zillion faves and comments, that could use a little exposure. And then I really need to get busy doing what I'm supposed to be doing...

Stroll by StevenTobiasz by StevenTobiasz
Check out the comments for what I like best about this cool scene.

223 by Dimeolas7 by Dimeolas7
This looks like somewhere I want to be.

Deserted pond by slepalex by slepalex
Anyone ever use Bryce? Then you know why this scene is so amazingly cool. (For those of you who don't use Bryce, it's a huge pain in the ass to make a scene like this. Powerful program, just not the easiest thing ever to use.)

Veikur Borg by dvsrdw by dvsrdw
Cool, weird, and totally makes me wish I could produce art like this.

Cloud city by budo-san by budo-san
Not Bespin, but it makes me wonder what's the story here.

Outpost 5 by Rov65 by Rov65
Again, I like this one because it just screams "Story!" at me. Where is this place? What's it's history? Will we ever know???

Into the new Adventures by dominikzdenkovic by dominikzdenkovic
Ooh! Knight! Castle! Misty brooding landscape with a single bright spot! Coolness.

Sanctuary by EofAlien by EofAlien
Dark, a little bit creepy, and mysterious.

Reflecting Pool by whirlwindunited by whirlwindunited
Another place I would like to be.

Advanture by Andywong75 by Andywong75
Looks like something amazing is likely to happen in the near future...


Journal Entry: Sun May 7, 2017, 8:23 PM
I did it. I completed a business plan and financial projections, with a bit over fourteen and a half hours to spare. Now I have to go to the bank tomorrow, but other than that, I can return to my normal life and make 3D art again. Yay!
But for now, I'm going to bed. :sleepy: remake 

Oops, I was too tired last night. I forgot to mention I'm going to drop off the face of the Earth a bit. I'll still be here, sort of, but not very likely to post art or comments. Got to work on real life stuff for a bit. Very scary real life stuff! Details here, for the curious:
my blog.

Read An Ebook Week

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 5, 2017, 3:10 PM
It's that time again...
Here's your public service announcement! Smashwords is celebrating Read An Ebook Week right now with major sales throughout the entire site. So if you need something to read, now's the time to go get some ebooks. Mine are all hanging out in the "dirt cheap" range, I think the most expensive is at $2.50 and they get cheaper from there.…

Yes, that's right, it's time once more for National Novel Writing Month. So if I disappear, well, I'm not really ignoring people, I'm just being good and staying off the internet in favor of writing. Like I should be doing right now, in fact...
Shameless self-promotion!
Look out, world. There's more of my writing coming to get you. Dawnfire, the third and final volume of the Hidden Game series, is now available on Smashwords and Amazon. There is also an omnibus edition of the entire series, and Smashwords coupons for half off the first two books (Luminous, code AV38N, and God's War, code JR27Q) if you don't like omnibus editions. The coupons are good until December 1, 2016.
Dawnboys by kittenwyldeHidden Game by kittenwylde
NOTE: There's something freaky going on with this. Everything displayed properly until I posted, and then a bunch of images disappeared and turned into text links. So if you see a bunch of links, well, please check 'em out. The artwork is amazing!

For today's feature, I think I'll poke around in my sci-fi favorites and pick out some cool scenes, ones that make my imagination go "Ooh!" Digital art is great for fantasy and science fiction, and there are some absolutely amazing artists hanging out here on dA. Of course, I'm sticking to images that don't have hundreds of comments, so hopefully the artists can get at least a little bit more exposure.

Peering into the Void by JoePingleton By JoePingleton
What can I say? Awesome concept, really cool colors, nice use of light... just plain cool! And I love the hat.
Renaissance by FlorentLlamas By FlorentLlamas
I just love the whole idea. Pure coolness.
99ers by L04D3D By L04D3D
Better watch out, you don't want this guy pissed at you.
Rocket Environment 3 by ltramaral By ltramaral
This place is filled with possibilities and stories just waiting to happen. I like the notion of a city--and a huge vine--grown up around the rocketship that brought people to a new world.
Pure, shiny, alien coolness. So weird, and such a perfect setting for the aliens!
Lighthouse on Europa by strigoides By strigoides
I love lighthouses. :D
The Last by keeping-it-neil By keeping-it-neil
It takes a lot to get me to like any kind of character in a jar, but this image did it. I think it's the pretty lights that got me.
Genius by mylochka By mylochka
This is one of those things I love, but would never think of on my own. It just wouldn't occur to me to have that cool background, or that shirt.

I had a couple more to add, but suddenly dA is getting spazzy, so I guess I'll save those for later.
Last weekend, I made a pleasant discovery: I've gotten visibly better at both 3D renders and making ebook covers. This makes me very happy, since the entire reason I started using Daz Studio was for ebook cover creation.

Normally, I am hyper-critical of my own work, and I tend to think it sucks. I post stuff here hoping that people will tell me what sucks, which helps me improve. But since improvement is gradual, I don't always see it.

Last weekend was the end of my vacation, and I reached the point where I'd actually finished the work on my websites and was ready to take on redoing some old, cringe-worthy ebook covers, because working on the websites basically forced me to confront how awful some of those things were.

Now I'm going to embarrass myself by putting the most astonishingly horrible ones out for public display. Bad! Bad! Bad! But I will also show off the new versions, which make me feel like the past four years of focusing on 3D in general instead of writing as much as I'm supposed to wasn't such a bad idea after all.

My first self-published ebook cover evolution:
Stars2 by kittenwylde Stars3 by kittenwylde Stars3 by kittenwylde Stars4 by kittenwylde

The most shockingly horrible cover attempt I've redone so far:

Rescue by kittenwylde Rescue2 by kittenwylde Rescue3 by kittenwylde Rescue Again by kittenwylde

That's chronological. The damn things actually got worse as I tried to come up with better ones for this story! *sigh* At least I like the new one.

And the moral of the story is:
If you think your work sucks, well, maybe it does. But if you keep at it, trying to learn and focusing on improving what you do, it's definitely worth it.
I was taking a break from swearing at my website when I ran across this. It helps. It really helps. :laughing:
So after oh, I don't know, a year or so of nervous waffling, I finally decided to spring for Adobe Creative Cloud. (And be proud of me, I'm forking over the additional twenty bucks a month for the business version, not creating commercial things with the cheaper private version. Damn my honesty!) And with the subscription comes a bonus: ten free stock images. I've never had much to do with stock imagery, beyond determining that I don't have the eye for creating it. So imagine my surprise when I look at images tagged "castle" and immediately three pop up right on the first page that were made in Daz Studio! Never even dreamed of rendering images for sale as stock. Another search, "Roman." And... more Daz stuff. Maybe I'll have to learn how to make stock images after all, if people can make money with renders... Bet I could paint some nice space backgrounds, or something. Hmm...
Hey, it's the artist formerly known as sith-kitten. I've finally come up with a username I like, and am slowly but surely chopping "sithkitten" out of my web presence. Feels kind of like an amputation, or maybe a murder, 'cause I've been some form of sithkitten since... um, I was still using WebTV, which means '98 or '99. A long time ago, at any rate. But between that damned irritating hyphen I had to add to my name when I forgot my dA password from 2006, and the fact that Star Wars is becoming increasingly icky, well... it's time for a change. So now I'm going to be kittenwylde for a while, and hopefully that works.