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Tortall Comics Project

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 7, 2011, 11:03 AM
Hi everyone,

For those of you following me who may not know about this yet, a lot of deviantART artists who are fans of Tamora Pierce's works (Song of the Lioness series, The Immortals books, The Protector of the Small quartet, etc.) are working on a comic book anthology, which we hope to finish by this December. We have a lot of AMAZING writers and artists working on this already--take a look at our gallery! Also, if you're interested in joining the project as a member, please do so, we love having more people! :la:

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A small, quickly selected sample of what we have in our gallery (and please, I am not trying to favor anyone, since I believe all of our artists are really talented!):

TP: Dove Character Study by yellowis4happy Niko Goldeye TCP Sheet by moosewingz The Trickster by Sohalias-Light Keladry Age Meme by SeiraSky Peachblossom Head by Feuillyien Hurrock Ambush by sivvus Tortall Breakfast Club B-n-W by Fireflowermaiden Tortallan sketches by DevonianFossil TP: The Circle Opens by Minuiko itsaliongetonthehorse by hellsion Desperate by whitelyte Possible Buri Costumes by Mir-Leixon iscribble tortall scribbles by riotycurls Design Sheet - Daine WIP by Adcacai

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Steph

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I AM LAME FOR BEING GONE SO LONG

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 31, 2011, 10:50 PM
Sorry. And I said yesterday that I would be free all day today, too--and then a few hours later I got a call to do a video gig, and I was gone all day. v_v I apologize!! I know that I have a lot to catch up on--but rest assured, I WILL get back to you!!!

I need minions...

:XD: :thumbsup:

Please be patient with me!! Thank you!! :tighthug:

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Steph

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Anyone up for a chat right now?

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 24, 2011, 7:53 PM
I'm at the projecttortall chat: chat.deviantart.com/chat/proje…

Please join me for a bit! I'll be on for about an hour. :)

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Steph

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Tortall Comics Project Group Chat Sat. 1/15

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 14, 2011, 9:26 AM
Hey everyone,

Please stop by tomorrow at this group chat: chat.deviantart.com/chat/proje… around 10am PST to talk with a lot of amazing Tamora Pierce fans. We're going to discuss the Tortall Comics Project, and everyone is invited! So please do come and at least say 'Hello'! :la:

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The Tortall Comics Project

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 7, 2011, 1:23 PM
Hi everyone! So, um. Ahem. I finally listened to all of you who have been poking me about this. :D

I don't want to repost what I wrote in the group journal, but if you'd skip on over and take a look at it, there's a lengthy journal entry about what the group is about. To sum up here: I'd like to make a comics anthology based on Tamora Pierce's novels. WITH YOUR HELP!!!

Hurrah! :XD:

Okay. Get your butts on over there and take a look. Over and out. :ninja:

The Tortall Comics Project (dun dun dunnn!):
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ps. Shout Out to :iconwhitelyte: for giving me a year's worth of deviantART Premium Membership!! Thank you SO much!! You are the best!! :hug: :heart:

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Happy Halloween everyone!

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 31, 2010, 1:40 PM
How many of you are dressing up today? I'm thinking about it... I have a Renaissance Faire outfit that I love to wear, and I only ever get to wear it when I go to a Renaissance Faire, haha! I'm thinking today is a good reason to bring it out, though... :la:

I've been taking levothyroxine for a week now. I still get sick sometimes, but those bouts only last a couple of hours now, not all day. Yayyy! I'm hoping I'll be 100% very soon.

Thanks for all the well wishes, everyone! :aww:

:hug: for all of youuuu!! :XD: :love: :la:

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I have a Master's Degree in Cinematography!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 22, 2010, 10:49 AM
... but I am conflicted about it because I have realized that I do not, in the end, want to be a cinematographer. At least, not right now. Why you ask? Mainly because I am tired of all of the bullcrap cinematographers have to deal with. Everyone gives all of the credit for making a movie to the actors, the director, and the producers--but you've all seen the long list of credits at the end of a movie. There are hundreds of people who put in a lot of time and effort into their jobs on a movie; they are the unsung heroes who are the real backbone of any production. And if you go to any film set and observe the people working there--you will see that the cinematographer is the hardest working person of all, as well as the most knowledgeable. Cinematographers fulfill three roles: 1) manager, 2) technician, and 3) artist (not in any particular order). We deal with a lot of bullsh*t politics, always begging for the right equipment to get the best shot/mood possible, yet actors and directors and producers get a TON of money on every movie. It's like teacher's salary versus star basketball player's salary, seriously, it's demeaning.

I don't want to go into a full-on rant here, mainly because it's not worth ranting about... because cinematography is still a really fulfilling job when you find the right team to work with and you all come together to make an amazing movie... I'm just saying I'm kind of depressed because my parents helped me out with tuition, and I feel like at this moment I won't be able to do much with this Master's degree. Because... I am not mature enough to deal with unpleasant people in an optimal way. I withdraw and get quiet and don't know what to say to people who like to talk so much about shallow things... I dislike people who have huge egos and no kindness in them, except if it is to make themselves look better to people who are at the top....

I was recently the Camera Intern on the movie Water For Elephants, starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Christoph Waltz. I was interning under the cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC, who is the best mentor I could have possibly ever hoped for. And I admire him to no end; I love him to no end, seriously. He is one of those people you are extremely thankful for having come into your life; he makes you better; he challenges you to think differently; he has an abundant joy in his job and his family... ahhh. I will miss hanging out with him every day.

(BTW, Robert Pattinson is REALLY NICE. Albeit really shy and reserved. And also I think he is a good actor--I couldn't really tell from the Twilight movies, since they're so overly dramatic... >_>)

Also... if you guys are interested... here are two short films I made while at the American Film Institute:

1) vimeo.com/12353996 <--I made the miniature sets here! :D I didn't direct this one, but I did edit it.

2) vimeo.com/11364139 <--this one is still not finished in post-production; the sound is bad; the color is off because I haven't done color correction on this yet... but still... I am happy about it. :) I wrote, produced, directed, and shot this movie. I had an AFI editor edit for me. Awesome. :)

Umm... what else. I've recently discovered that I have a BURNING PASSION to work for Pixar someday. (And I do think I'll be able to use my Master's Degree in Cinematography in this endeavor--I still like Camerawork and Lighting, after all....) Look at their track record! ALL of their movies are universally loved. Why? Because their STORIES are amazing. No flaws. They work out all the flaws before going into production. They come up with a strong story with strong, memorable characters... great dialogue... and they make a movie that makes you cheer, makes you laugh, makes you cry... makes you feel very deeply. I want to work with a team of people whose job it is to do that kind of thing. Someday, someday.... I know it will be extremely difficult to get in. I just want to get in because IT'S OKAY TO SPEAK YOUR MIND THERE. And every employee is apparently encouraged to tell the truth, to point out any flaws or weaknesses in the company... to say, "I don't think this will work," and you can say it to anyone, even the CEOs... and they will listen. They don't have to do anything about it, but they know that if their employees are unhappy about something... they will try to fix it. Because they want to keep taking risks, and never stagnate, and never "keep doing the safe thing"... they never want to go direct to video! Hahahahaha. :)

I need to apologize to those people who have requested artwork from me. I have been in a slump for the past few YEARS about my artwork. I need to just buckle down and do this... and stop being lame... yes....

Am really excited about Avatar: The Legend of Korra. It sounds FREAKIN' AWESOME... steampunk setting... teenage female Avatar who is hot-headed... I want it, I want it right now!! :boogie:

Last of all, I've been thinking for a couple of years now that it would be amazing to see some comic books based on Tamora Pierce's novels... and I'd love to see MULTIPLE ARTISTS work on something like that... an anthology maybe... like those "Flight" books, only connected... you know.... I just think it'd be cool. :)

That's all for now. :D

Hope you're all doing well.

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It's been a year!

Sat Dec 19, 2009, 7:49 PM
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... and I've been away for much, much too long. I've been busy in my second year at the American Film Institute, and after all these months of preparation, studying and discussing and storyboarding and researching and experimenting, I'm finally done with (most of) my Thesis project. Thank goodness!! It was a really draining experience, though highly rewarding. I spent a LOT of time with my Director--almost every day, anywhere between 2 to 9 hours per day.

Filming is always a lot of fun, but to tell the truth, I definitely have been missing this community and the joy of drawing. It's been so long since I've drawn, I tried doing it a few days ago and my lines were so messy! It was kind of scary. I hope with practice I'll be able to get back to my old self. =)

How is everyone doing? What are your plans for this holiday season? I'm not doing anything special, just spending time with my boyfriend on the east coast for a couple of weeks, then heading back to Los Angeles on January 1st. Well... I shouldn't say 'not doing anything special', I am going to be working on my 35mm MOS project, which I hope to share in some way or other with all of you very soon. It'll be a short film, based on a short daydream I used to have every so often in high school, whenever I was in a class that was turning out to be really boring or difficult. I'll provide more details about it later.... :D

Have a wonderful holiday break, my friends, and I hope to exchange messages with you all again soon! Hoorah!! :XD:

Happy Holidays :

Wed Dec 24, 2008, 6:57 PM
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... Just wanted to send some warm holiday wishes out to all of you, my online friends. ;) Thanks for your support this year.... And keep submitting fantastic artwork!! Your artwork inspires me like nothing else... browsing my dA friends' galleries is always a treat for me. :heart:

I'm no good at messages like this, so I'll end here. Haha :XD:

:hug: for everyoneeeeee :boogie:

I'm back... :D

Wed Apr 2, 2008, 8:31 AM
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Sorry I've been away so long, guys. :( I've been busy applying to film grad school, among a lot of other things that would take forever for me to explain, so I won't. :P

I got accepted into the American Film Institute as a Cinematography Fellow! I'll be working for a Master of Fine Arts degree. Classes begin the last week of August 2008. :boogie:

How is everyone else doing?? =]

And now... back to work. :sadangel:

A little of my philosophy.

Wed Oct 10, 2007, 8:02 PM
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A week ago some ideas/concepts that have been floating around in my head independent of each other have finally fallen into place, and things that were once separate and distinct seem now connected and whole. At least tentatively so. Well, I'll only write of the concept that excites me most, so none of you need more than a few minutes to read through this. Aren't I nice? :D Just kidding... you don't have to read further if you don't want, I'm going to be a little rambly here. :)

When I took Tai Chi at PennState, my teacher, Amalia Shaltiel, could only teach our 30-some student class the basics of this "soft" martial art, and she told us from the first that it would take a long time to fully comprehend even those. (More "advanced" Tai Chi would be taught in the "Master" Tai Chi class.) Beginners in Tai Chi invariably start slowly, learning every move, step, and form as though moving through molasses. It's boring compared to any other martial art--very boring. Several students complained several times about it--why is Tai Chi so darned slow? Is it really only for the elderly? No, Amalia answered, it's for everyone, it's good for your health. And we practice slowly, and do the form over and over again, so that your body will remember it better. Slowness, and repetition. If the time ever comes and you're attacked and escape is not an option, even if adrenalin muddles your brain, your body will remember from repetition, and you will be able to react quickly. You'll be able to flow like water. Water doesn't think, it just moves.

I remember helping a few classmates towards the end of the semester, and a girl asked me once: how do you make it look so elegant? Like you're dancing? I thought about it for a minute and remembered a passage from the book Memoirs of a Geisha, which she luckily had also read. I then expanded on that passage, and told her to remember how it feels when something sad has happened... and grief takes over. Grief, melancholy, these things make the body feel heavy and slow. For example, when a person sweeps her arm through the air, if she does it with her mind on something else, the movement can look clumsy and awkward. But if she is grieving and she lifts her arm, the heavy emotion she's feeling will make her arm feel heavy, but if you watch carefully, it'll be full of grace and elegance, too. It was a little difficult explaining, and at that time I didn't really understand all that I was talking about, though I think I made a good start. It came to me recently that real sadness, real grief, is a pure emotion, as is anger untainted by anything else, or true love, or true joy, etc.. Meaning real grief is an honest thing, there is no lie in it; or rather, people who are grieving cannot lie to themselves. Grief may be colored by other emotions after a time, when people begin to deny the sad things that have taken place in their lives. Denial is a block to true emotion. And blocking emotion can be bad, and have serious negative effects. (This is why it seems so easy to write an angry letter when one is angry. So long as the writer is feeling nothing but anger, there is no block to his mind, and he is able to write quickly and freely, without stopping much.)

Unfortunately denial is only one of many things that serves to block people. Denial blocks truth, can narrow the flow of thought to one side or the other, so that the person is unable to understand or see "the other side of the argument", and can cause stress and any number of problems for him. He who begins denying something, anything, is not only shutting things away, but lying to himself.

I realized that blocks of any kind, whether physical, mental, emotional, etc., can turn into bad habits. Like thinking oneself superior to others. That is a bad habit a lot of people have. "My religion is right and his is all wrong." "I got a 98 on this test and he got a 90. I'm smarter." "My boyfriend is hotter than hers." "My job pays more than his." "I'm more attractive than she is, and I'm more fun to be around too." These are all examples of blocking oneself from others, putting up a wall. It can seem defensive, or secretive, or bad-mannered, or ridiculous--whatever. The thing is, people who, whether consciously or unconsciously, do not set up a wall between themselves and others, are almost always accepted easily and painlessly--not only because they are so quick to accept others. When a wall is put up, or a block, or a bad habit even--it doesn't just take the person with the wall to get over it, it takes anyone else involved with that person, too.

I've been talking with a couple of editors at a manga publishing company (not saying who, so don't ask; and if you're one of the few who know, please don't say ;) ). That started a number of months ago, and since it did, I've been agonizing over my artwork. Before this summer, art was little more than a hobby, and one I had never honestly dedicated myself to. I have some talent, and I know this, but I hit the plateau of that talent somewhere around the beginning of college five years ago, and since I hit that plateau I hadn't really applied myself to get any better. This was a truth that I denied for some years, until The Publishing Company (which we'll just call X). With X, I realized that if I wanted my art to improve at all, I really had to sit down and begin studying things from scratch. The human form. The face, the body, proportions. Folds in clothing. Perspective. Architecture. Light, shading, color. Sequential art, a bit like storyboarding, but with much more dynamic panel layout. Quality inking. All these things, and so much more--all these things, I had only scratched the surface of before, I'd never really plunged into any of them. I began to see more and more as I struggled to translate images of all kinds from my head to the paper in front of me, how much work I really needed, and I have to say I was really disappointed in myself. Why couldn't my natural talent get me any further than this? For a few nights I couldn't sleep well. Then I realized that worrying about where I was at at the moment would get me nowhere except tired and cranky, and "even a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Or something like that. I applied that to myself--I began to observe minutely, I began to sketch at least an hour every day. I told myself I had time, and so I relaxed and undid any other worries or hesitations I might have still had. It's been some weeks and I've already seen drastic improvement. Already my sense of human body proportion is much more realistic than it was before. And the more I do, the easier it gets. The more I practice, the more my hand becomes accustomed to it. The more I work at it, the more natural it becomes. Then I don't have to think so much either, I don't have to work my brain so hard. I can move like water. No thinking, just flowing.

Anyway--with X I also realized it wasn't just my artwork that had been suffering. I have all these bad habits, all these blocks, and all my life I've been lying to myself about... everything. Or others were lying (or didn't know better), and I didn't have enough sense to question them. It was really horrifying to realize. It still is. The way I blow things out of proportion. My sense of pride, so easily bruised. My former way of accepting things at face value. Sneering at super-Christians. Procrastinating, coasting on talent to save the day, when I would have learned so much more by working hard. Etc., etc.. In college I was taught to question everything. I've finally gotten the knack of it. And I've reached the area that needed the most questioning: myself. I was upset when I first realized this, I even cried about it. I saw myself, plain and naked (metaphorically speaking), and I saw that I was an ugly person. But I realized this was like Tai Chi, or my artwork: slowly, and by repeating the right way over and over again, I can begin transforming my blocks, my inhibitions, my walls, my bad habits, and I can become fully aware of what I'm doing even as I'm doing it. This is the only way for me to improve. This is the only way to be "true to myself". Not to wear a mask and then take it off whenever it's convenient, alone and by my lonesome, but to shun all masks from the very second one begins to form. To be myself, openly, with myself and with others, without shame. To accept, to understand, to flow, to be in harmony with the world in me and around me.

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... based on the world from Avatar: The Last Airbender. In my free time. Y'know.



The world under Heaven, after a long period of division, tends to unite; after a long period of union, tends to divide. This has been so since antiquity.

-Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Luo Guanzhong



Just as the soft rains fill the streams, pour into the rivers, and join together in the oceans, so may the power of every moment of your goodness flow forth to awaken and heal all beings--those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.

-Traditional Buddhist blessing and healing chant

Avatar Dream

Sat Sep 8, 2007, 7:24 AM
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Two or three nights ago I had a dream I was a modern-day Avatar. Though it wasn't really me, I was some other person with black hair... and I had friends I didn't recognize with me. Friends who were also benders. I had the whole entourage--some airbenders, some waterbenders, some firebenders, some earthbenders. It wasn't a large group. But somehow it all started in my old neighborhood in Mays Chapel in Timonium, Maryland.... and we were coming out of a house we were staying in, getting into a van to go somewhere. Suddenly we were surrounded by dozens of benders who were intent on capturing us. I don't know why. Anyway as our driver started up the vehicle I climbed onto the roof and started waterbending our enemies aside. It was pretty neat because I was doing actual stances appropriate to the fluid waterbending style. It was an awesome feeling, being connected to the water, knowing it would move to my every command, whipping away at the benders on the fringes of the fight, and flooding away the people who were closest to us.

I don't remember much of the rest of the dream since we spent the entire time fleeing and in the van, but that first part of the dream was definitely awesome. I've been having a lot of vivid dreams these past few weeks--creative surge!--and this was by far my favorite one yet. ^_^

I'm so tempted to illustrate it, but I don't have any time for it right now... maybe in a couple of weeks.... <3

New 'Brotherhood' Trailer!!! :O

Fri Aug 24, 2007, 12:42 AM
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Yeah, so... not the actual movie or anything, but... ^_^;;; (Sorry, Jyrotika!!! :()

The director, Michael A. Vollero, and one of the actors (the main actor actually!) Scott Laufer edited this new excellent Brotherhood trailer. Fights are much more highlighted than in the last trailer, which was much more drama-focused. But it's really really really really really really awesome, isn't it? ^_^ And the mysterious boss whose voice narrated the last trailer is actually shown in this one <3 Aren't they all handsome and talented? Oh man, I'm excited... <3

Me = Director of Photography! :O (I'm so proud of this v_v;; )

CHECK IT OUT HERE PLEASE :D :heart::

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xD!

Boo :(

Mon Aug 20, 2007, 8:42 AM
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My boyfriend's in Taiwan now. :(