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There were rules, but I am too cranky to copy them, or "legitimately tag" anyone... but I can answer some questions.

Arright, arright... I am not so absolutely cantankerously old that I can refuse to learn new tags. Lessee here...

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 Author, artist, & performer Ravyn LaRue asked these :


1. What is your favorite musical?
2. What are you most proud of yourself for?
3. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
4. How old do you feel most of the time?
5. Do you usually remember your dreams?
6. Have you ever felt saved by or deeply inspired by a song/character/movie...etc?
7. Did you keep any belongings from your childhood?
8. If you had to create a piece of art about your life, what would you title it?
9. What poem or song lyric is your favorite?
10. What are the three most important things to you?
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I say...

1. What is your favorite musical?

Musical Theatre - Mmm. I have seen MANY operatic performances of "Faust", several versions, in French, Italian, & a few in German (none of which are languages I speak, or even study peripherally). Is it my favourite? I have never seen a live performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe", but I think that one is close to perfection. 

2. What are you most proud of yourself for?

- Probably... all of the work I have put into Goth Prom. Actually, why don't I list that in my employment history? I should! I am the Art Director, officially since 2011, effectively since 2007. I have put a lot of work into the yearly events!

3. What is your favorite thing about yourself? 

- My memory... might also be my least favourite thing. It's near eiditic.

4. How old do you feel most of the time?

- The same as always: just "Now".

5. Do you usually remember your dreams?

- Often I will have some flickering recollection, unless for some reason it it Very Important, in which case I have a tendency to remember Every Little Detail, that I can continue to return to & revisit that DreamWorld for some time after (read-only access from the waking world). 

6. Have you ever felt saved by or deeply inspired by a song/character/movie...etc?

- Have I ever! 

7. Did you keep any belongings from your childhood?

- I have kept many of my own belongings, and many of my family's items, besides. I practise a peculiar sort of Ancestor Worship. 

8. If you had to create a piece of art about your life, what would you title it?

- Art is Life! One single autobiographical retrospective, probably I would title something lame, like... "Life" ...A Life. My Life. This Life Thus Lived. 

9. What poem or song lyric is your favorite?

"all god's children got their dubious side,
and it's deep and it's dirty and it's real, real wide"

10. What are the three most important things to you?

- My good health, when I have it. A place all my own, now that I have one. All these little shreds of popular culture, that zeitgeist we ride...
Newest, or next to it!

A few uploads of recent photos - this Autumn has been long & brilliantly beautiful. Apples, leaves, late-season wildflowers... all perfection.
  • Playing: d'Art
  • Drinking: Coffee
Here is a CD with artworks & whatnot from a time well before I signed up here at d'Art! Some of these go back five years, or more... scary! I keep checking to make sure I haven't already uploaded it here, but no. There will be a few new things, eh?
  • Playing: d'Art
  • Drinking: Coffee
I have all of the photos I took in 2009 & 2010 on an external hard drive. My most reliable connection to the InterNet is a computer with not much for image editing software, and my best image editing computer doesn't talk to the external hard drive, and sometimes doesn't want to talk to the InterNet, either.
So... I am picking through the photo archives for anything that is... basically perfect as-is; minimal editing, if any. Anything that is perfect AND landscape orientation, since my camera seems to have some mechanism to give an image a specific "this side up" direction, which I cannot seem to override.
There are plenty of photos to choose from, though. I will upload more as I come accross more.
  • Playing: d'Art
  • Drinking: Coffee
Something to try in photoshop when you are colouring a scanned image that is basically linework only, especially with pencil lines...
- Make a new empty layer that is for "Lighten" and maybe 50% - 70% transparency.
- Pick a "paint" colour appropriate for the eventual fill colour of the area you are working on - here : dark orange for the hair, burgundy for the dress, blue for the crutch (if it is supposed to be silver, or brown if it supposed to be wood).
- Paint with the Brush tool over the lines. Since only the dark areas (lines) will be affected by this, you do not have to be careful at all.
- Merge the line & colour layers.
  • Drinking: Sodie-Pop
Oh, I can criticize, to be sure!

"Learn to draw more faces." ...that's probably not as useful as it seems to me it ought to be. I don't mean to be mean. Faces are more differentiated than eye-colour & hairstyle. Also, I need to follow my own advice (quit it with the dolls already).
  • Drinking: Coffee
"There are times when i have nothing else to draw on!" you say. I see.
Sometimes your most brilliant ideas & your best works end up on a ripped scrap of lined notebook paper - THIS happens! That's what the lightbox is for, at a later time - to take that bright spark and build upon it...

I browse the Recently Uploaded more than the Most Popular... I see too much lined paper there, it makes me sad!

My most recent D'Art campaign is to discourage the use of lined paper... especially for 'finished works'. Oww!

I am trying to figure out how I might be able "commission an artwork" (??) or something in exchange for a pad of nice paper... get the kids' sketches out of their maths homework, and onto worthier surfaces. Not that nice paper is necessary - I am most often found with a handmade pad of nonmachineable copier paper. These are very easy to make! Nonmachineable paper is the few pages at the top and bottom of an office paper packet, which has become bent at the corners due to rough handling. If those few pages from each packet are set aside instead of being directly dropped into the recycle bin, they can be collected & used as sketchpads. I cut mine in half, because I sketch tiny!

YOU should be sketching on unlined paper!
  • Listening to: the ambient hum of the office
  • Drinking: Coffee
Half a year!
I think, in total, that I have been more artistically active than I have been in a long time. It really helps to have a partner in these endeavours.
Considering a subscription to Flickr? Nah... I like the way the pictures disapear into some dark & forgotten netherworld. WOOooo... spooky.

I still play NeoPets, even if the Guildhall has gone dusty from neglect. It's not so lonely - I started playing in early July because I was lonely & bored. I was comfortably past the age of majority then, so I don't really feel any weirder about still playing all these years later. I keep my four pets reasonably well-fed (usually). This is only worth mentioning because I sometimes make fanart dedicated to my lovely Josefiend. We take travel photos, too... much to the chagrin of my family.

The focus of my outward interest has fixed on fashionable I have become quite the quaintrelle in my dottage, no? I spend hours embroidering... Sewing? Then there are the dolls of AmoebaWorld... pupe.ameba.jp ...An interesting site. I love to meet people from all around the planet, and in that way it is much like here. So... I have linked here for the time being so I can think of using this journal somehow.

Inward focus?
I paint vegetables. My innards are filled with vegetables, and fruits. I think edible plantlife is Beauty. CAPITAL B : not merely beautiful.
I like that I can talk about art here.
  • Listening to: the ambient hum of the office
  • Drinking: Coffee
Let's see...
I do a little bit of everything. Here I will focus on Drawing, Painting, & Photomanipulation (both photos I have taken & photos I model in). For the "straight photography" (no chaser?) I will continue to use Flickr : www.flickr.com/photos/ptpengui… ...I am undecided as to whether I should ransom the photos beyond the 200-image limit there, or get a pro account? But, I have one here, and as it is, they go back a year. Who would need to see more than that to know what I am on about? But that is there, not here.
Here, a gift for "us" ~ Year-Long subscriptions to D'Art for both myself & my sweet angel of solace... archangelical.deviantart.com

Let's make the most of it, eh?!
  • Listening to: the ambient hum of the office
  • Drinking: Coffee