|Doing fun stuff with giant monsters is a great excercise in insanity.|
I'm a aspiring artist from Washington that specializes in traditional drawings and digital coloring and effects. I've had semi-professional experience with tattoo, graphic design and illustration with some basic knowledge of commission work.
A lot of what I do centers around classic fantasy, mythology, giant monster related science fiction (kaiju) and critters of all kinds.
- Raifu: *Drawn - Coloring Stage*
- Dawnaria: *Drawn - Coloring Stage*
*written Bio in progress*
So, it's been almost two years since I last made a journal. I've branched out to other social media outlets. I'm primarily either lurking on Discord with my work friends or scrolling my dash on Tumblr. Half the people I know from here are on there rather frequently so I keep up to date on their stuff that way. Facebook is just a shell that I keep up for appearances, I've never bothered to actually fully make it my own as much as you'd think. Most of what I do here now is gather and favorite more art. I know it's been really quiet around here for a long time so for those looking for a regular upload of art, you're probably going to be a disappointed...or waiting a long time still. My full 40 hour work week keeps me awfully busy with little access to non-work computers or a decent enough place to work on art. Though I manage with a small sketchbook and a clip folder. I actually have a LOT of artbook I could just submit on here but as usual a lot of it is tied into the shared setting project stuff in HWE. Sooner or later it will have appropriate text and what not added to them and I can actually add them in. My main stuff has been sitting on the back burner due to the struggle of finding the right time and mindset to write. The pace is glacial but eventually my character's I have art for will get their backstories in order and then I can go about coloring them. Maybe actually use my 5000 dollar desk ornament for its intended purpose. I will be switching priorities a bit, so as to finally get a portfolio and maybe even something resembling a product line into tangible existence. As even as comfortable as I am in my current occupation, I know its not the kind of job you can do successfully forever. It's the sort of thing that really tears your body down through sheer attrition. The things I do to keep doing my job, while pragmatic, aren't 'normal'. Apparently icing my knees and feet, every single night, shouldn't be a fact of life and I would be inclined to agree, if I didn't need something 'stable' to keep me afloat while I try to get my art off the ground. Sadly it seems more like this job as eaten more than its fair share of my life and after almost three years doing it, it doesn't feel like I've gone anywhere, learned anything, or found a way to make it less costly time wise. I've been looking into shortening my hours down by at least a single day, so I can have an extra 24 hours to do anything else. But we'll have to see where the next year takes us.
Now on a more fun and personal note, after some 200+ hours since I started it, I have finally, FINALLY, platinumed Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen for the PS3. I didn't beat every DCL quest, or get every piece of gear, though I did get most of it. I never killed Death, he is akin to the 'Deviljho' of the DLC for that game. You're either equipped to deal with him or he just noms your pawns and disappears. But with DD finally completed, I can move onto other games with a more...faster pace. I'd like to tackle Dragons Crown as I loved Muramasa, but I hear it's being rereleased on PS4 and I'm not sure if I want to just play that version or eventually go through the PS3 version I already have. One thing is for sure though, I am not playing and RPG for awhile. They are massive time sinks and I got quite a backlog to burn through. Aside from Dragons Crown, I have Asura's Wrath and that will be my next game for a bit. As after seeing a playthrough of it years ago, I know it will be a very hype, fun ride that also works as a quick burn far as gameplay goes. With that my PS3 collection will be more or less complete. My small but novel Wii U collection will be next and once they are completed I can switch out my Wii U for my Switch as well as finally dig into my now rather extensive PS4 collection. But the first mountain has been conquered and I can finally put DD down with the satisfaction that I have beaten it....twice including the speed run I did to beat it twice for the achievement. Man, one shotting the dragon with a Maker's Finger after he's done bullshitting you about humanity while towering over your most precious person? Feels good man. Feels really freaking good. Now I get to move on and PUNCH GODS IN THE FACE.
But yeah, I'm just updating to let you all know that I'm alive, still trying to get some art done while keeping afloat financially. HWE, like KAS before it, has both gone so far ahead of me that I have next to no idea what it's doing anymore and grinded to a glacial pace that's likely upsetting the younger members. But at least it hasn't devolved into a group of angry children picking up their toys and going home, leaving a tattered mess behind like KAS was. Some of HWE's lack of speed is probably my fault lol. But I'll see if I can actually get my pawns on the board in earnest rather than as cameos. In the meantime you all have yourselves some happy holidays.