For a few months I was unemployed which, rather than doing a lot with my free time, I was more depressed. Luckily I am currently employed and I work in a place where I can work on crafts and also be creative while at work, so it helps me a bit to push myself to do art. I also have worked on a lot of handcrafted stuff that isn't my usual 2d drawings, so I'm not sure if I'd ever add it here. =w=;
Anyway, I should soon get back to drawing and illustration since there's some conventions coming up for me and JammerLea
Mini-Mini Con – May 5, 2018. San Antonio, TX
San Japan – August 31st – Sept 2, 2018. San Antonio, TX
We haven't focused on anything beyond that yet, but it's exciting since last year we only went to one... so we're slowly building back up. Hopefully next year we can add on more. We shall see.
- Watching: RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10
- Drinking: water
I hope everyone has had a good holiday season. Even if you haven't... I hope you've at least had enough to eat and stayed warm (if you're in the northern hemisphere). I was totally blessed by JammerLea's parents and they gave me a dickblick giftcard. I've loaded up on Copic Sketch markers!! It's seriously made my Christmas that much more awesome. I do also have a renewed drive to talk less about "doing" art and actually just do it!
I think I always resolve every year to get better in art, but I do have a kind of real drive and desire to TRY now. We have a one day convention coming up in May and we have TWO tables to fill of our art... so I hope that'll be some motivation. lol
I realized, too, that I want to be a better cheerleader and better at communicating with other artists. I don't outright ever attack artists, but I don't go out of my way to praise artists, like I should. I mean, there could be artists out there who like me struggle to feel like their art is good. I struggle with that a lot, so it would be good of me to push to be more positive for others!!
My birthday is in January (late Jan) so I'm hoping I'll get a replacement Wacom tablet. (nothing too fancy, but something that works!)
Short THANK YOU list!!
There's a lot of people that I'd like to thank for helping me out this past year. Like I'm currently in a rough spot, but it's through the kindness of others that I can live my life. I'm seriously grateful to people like JammerLea who is nothing short of a saint and who has been there for me sometimes more than family has. She's a true sister and best friend. Milkbatty whose words have really helped me in dark times this past year and who knows these struggles well. Shadsie who has a way with words that is unlike anyone else and a creative force that I've admired. I regret that I'm so bad at communication that I don't always comment on the really interesting things you do and write about. mallettepagan0 who is always kind and thoughtful. I'd like to be more like that in this coming year. Jessami who has their own struggles but has always been kind and supportive. I appreciate that so much! yesse-the-hedgehog who has so much more talent than she credits herself with. She's always been a kind and tough person in the best way.
Forgive me if we're friends and I didn't mention you.
And to anyone else: I hope we can grow as artists in 2018!!
- Watching: Osomatsu-san 2
- Playing: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
So for a while I was working and lacked the drive for art, but then I started working a lot at a new job and next to zero time for art! And theeeen.... I kinda quit that job after having a mini-break down. So that's where I am right now. Kind of jobless. My old job left an open invitation, but I don't know if that's what I really want to do. I'd really like to do more art, since that was always my passion. My anxiety and depression that sometimes gets stirred with other jobs stops me from being creative.
Anyway, what I'd like to do is start some new commission work! Commissions are OPEN!
You can find most of the info here:
If that's too hard to read, please view this doc: docs.google.com/document/d/1ye…
And if none of that interests you, but you'd like to toss some coin my way I do have Ko-fi ko-fi.com/A77256VX and Patreon www.patreon.com/sammich
- Watching: Stranger Things 2
Is anyone on Discord??? I've been on that a lot. So I can chat on that, especially if you guys know of any chatrooms with anime/fandom/pairing/art-related themes. I am ALL for that kind of geek talk. SRSLY.
I've been open to requests, so a few might end up uploaded to Deviantart. I'm trying to get myself motivated to draw/sketch more in general. If you have a request, feel free to send it, but please keep it to one character. Keep in mind that I may or may not draw it. Depends on my interest, time and motivation.
I'm also trying to finish up a commission I've owed for some time to a dear person. I hope I can finish up "Dream Buddies" soon. ;w;
- Reading: Horimiya
- Watching: Channel Zero
- Playing: Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze
- Eating: Bamboo Lane Crunchy Rice Rollers
On another note, I'd been a bit busy getting prepared for our local Hetalia Day at the end of October, then got kinda depressed over the election. I've been trying to calm down and focus, but it's been a little tough! Jam and I are doing a mini local event in early December and it's a hectic time at work, since I work retail. Ahhh. I gotta use my time wisely instead of playing with the new Animal Crossing New Leaf content! (The update is so cool....)
I kind of went through my old friend list and purged a bunch of non-mutual friends and people who hadn't updated within the last 2 years or so. If I made a mistake, by all means let me know and I'll re-friend. I actually do kind of want to be a little more active on dA. (rather than just say "wow, I haven't updated in a while!")
- Reading: Kiss Him, Not Me
- Watching: Magical Girl Raising Project
- Playing: Animal Crossing New Leaf
Truthfully, I've been busy with work and when I actually work on art it had been geared more towards things I could sell in conventions like button art and keychains and a bit of prints. I also do a lot of color collaboration with JammerLea so it feels odd to upload that here if it's mostly her art with my coloring. lol
I hope everyone has had an okay time. I've been getting ready for Halloween and Hetalia Day. I love the autumn season!!
Currently I have commissions open, but it's on tumblr: pbjsammich.tumblr.com/post/150…
I don't know how the dA commission system works. lol. ;w;
alright, well I hope I can draw more! I'm participating in INKTOBER!! I'm trying to do my best! I'm always afraid to upload "crappy" art here. ;w; I feel I shouldn't upload work if it's not very good. Is that normal?? haha. oh well.
- Reading: manga
- Watching: Voltron
- Playing: Pokemon OmegaRuby
Unfortunately, I think I got a bit distracted with work and not doing too much art. I also happen to do a lot of coloring for other projects that JammerLea and I do together. So I tend not to post those things.
I'm currently working more on fanart for cons. I still love Hetalia, but I think I end up drawing things for cons more. I should probably post some of my other button illustrations here as well!
I've recently been watching Osomatsu-san, watched Gravity Falls, and I'm kinda excited about various new anime adaptations like Kiss Him Not Me, Yuri!! On Ice, etc. Fun stuff!! I watch a lot of Game Grumps and I've been meaning to draw Arin and Danny sometime.
Oh I've also been playing a lot of Miitomo, ACNL, Happy Home Designer and Fire Emblem Fates (Conquest, currently).
I also want to give an update on this piece:
Basically, I tried to color it and discovered I INKED THE WRONG SIDE OF THE PAPER. and the wrong side didn't take the colors. It looked awful. I had to redraw it. It's inked and I need to color it. Let's just say I had a mini-meltdown when I first realized I had to do it over. lol. So that's a WIP currently as well!
Well, I hope I'm able to put out more art. Haha.
- Reading: manga
- Watching: Osomatsu-san
- Playing: Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest
How long have you been on DeviantArt? 12 Years
What does your username mean? A sandwich.
Describe yourself in three words. I am groot.
Are you left or right handed? Right handed
What was your first deviation? This. It won't even load anymore.....
What is your favourite type of art to create? digital
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Anything better than my current capabilities.
What was your first favourite? This is the first thing I favorited from Jamie.
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Spamano-y things because I'm Hetalia trash.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? I can't choose just one.
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? I've met people from dA in person. I live with someone I met from dA.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? Um, best friend was met on dA. so quite a lot, actually.... but dA itself has gone down a great deal in QUALITY.
What are your preferred tools to create art? .... tablet? digital art.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? My desk. it's so.... desky.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? None.
I am specifically leaving out Painter and Photoshop as those programs are pretty high-priced. Though they do have trial versions.
Alchemy - Freeware, Experimental.
Art Weaver - Free with a Pay option for PRO version at 29 Euros.
Autodesk Sketchbook Copic Edition - A small program with a limited pallette of 72 colors. More colors available with Pro ver.
FireAlpaca - Free painting software.
Fresh Paint - App for Windows 8.
Gimp - Free software for both photo editing and digital painting. (Sell also Gimp Paint Studio for presets and brushes)
Krita - Free painting program with unique brush system.
MyPaint - Easy open source painting program.
Pinta - Open source image editor and painting system.
Pixia - Created in 2000 and still being updated! A nice free painting program.
QueekyPaint - Drawing App and art program for desktop.
SmoothDraw - Freeware boasting a customizable toolbar.
SpeedyPainter - Free lightweight OpenGL software with ability to export videos of drawings.
ArtRage - Free Demo version. $49.90 USD for Full Version.
Clip Studio Paint - Free Trial version that won't allow saves. $49.99 USD for Full Version.
DELETER CGillust Neo - Demo version available. $75 USD.
DrawPlus - Vector based drawing program. $99.99 USD.
Mischief - Free limited version. $25 USD for full version.
openCanvas - 120 day free trial. $59 USD for full version.
PaintTool Sai - 31 day trial. 5,400 JPY for Full version. Sai 2 is in development!
Sketchbook Pro - Trial available. $65 Individuals or $210 Business.
Feel free to suggest other programs for this list!
Because of DeviantART I got to meet some wonderful people. I literally met my best friend for life JammerLea on this website! It was here that we saw each other's art and decided to make connections and chat.
I've met some other cool people as well!
Through DeviantART I got to see a lot of varied art styles and because of dA I can look back on my old art and see my art transform through the years.
I think there have been some bumps along the way as dA has grown. It felt more like a small community and I remember being too intimidated to sign up and join at the start. The art was so good! Of course, now everything is in Groups, so stuff just tends to filter to Groups now. The dynamic has changed, but I still want to stay in touch with active watchers. and I really want to be good at actively watching people too!
A long time ago I used to hate "faves" with no comment, but I grew to not care as much. I truly do cherish comments, though! They're rare so it's easy to get me happy with that.
I really hope things improve for this site.
GOOD LUCK, DEVIANTART!11 ENJOY YOURSELF!
- Watching: Love Stage!!
Sorry that this note is so short. I promise that I am drawing when I'm out of work! I unfortunately don't have the time to update this right now, but I probably will in about two weeks.
Thanks to anyone who stopped at the table at San Japan. ;w; and just thanks in general to everyone because wow it was a lot of people. (14k) but also there were like 130+ artists and the AA was kinda easy to get lost in. lol
Omnicon is a lot smaller, so that'll be slightly easier to deal with!
- Watching: Dramatical Murder
There will be music, fashion show, cosplay and an artist alley. It takes place outdoors, so keep that in mind.
More info can be found on the facebook page here: www.facebook.com/events/279973…
I will be attending this event with Jam as JamSammich. owo So please stop by and say hi!
Otherwise Jam and I have mostly been busy with work and I've been doing some art on the side. I'll try to upload something soon.
I'm really excited about upcoming anime this summer, too. Free! DRAMAtical Murder and Sailor Moon Crystal!!!!! I can hardly wait for this stuff.
- Watching: Gravity Falls
- Playing: Tomodachi Life
I have this weird love-hate relationship with Tumblr too.. because of all the weird policing that goes on. It's like I'm very much a supporter and ally of equal rights and treatment, but people on Tumblr just go too far and it's like man, I just want to relax and look at pretty pictures and maybe post my art, etc. But I guess it's just all in who you follow? IDK.
I know I hadn't been active in a while, but I'm going to have to work more on art anyway as I've got a lot of cons lined up.
Speaking of which: I'm going to be going to San Japan, July 18-20th in San Antonio, TX. So that's the next thing I'm looking forward to!
I'm really looking forward to this summer and all the summer cons. I hope it'll be a good year!
- Watching: Bob's Burgers
- Playing: Animal Crossing New Leaf (still)
JammerLea and I went to the con under our usual Jamsammich banner. It was pretty fun!
We had gone to a con earlier this year that was really slow and we were pretty bummed. I, personally, was kinda down about going to cons because of that one. It was just such a small con and very small sales. The people were nice, but it was so empty.
Anyhoo, Mizuumi-con was just so refreshing. It was nice to talk to so many people. Meet up with familiar faces and just be able to share interests. There were a lot of "crafty" artists and not so much illustrative artists. It was busy and fun. And I hope that I didn't seem too tired or in a bad mood, since I was a bit overwhelmed at times. Heh. Everyone is so awesome. I'm so glad San Antonio has cool anime fans.
I really want to work on more things for the next two cons we have lined up this summer. (San Japan and Omnicon!) I guess if anyone has suggestions we can try it. We also may do a little bit of consigned art at locally owned game stores. We're thinking about it anyway!
I'm also feeling a bit better about my commission art. So I'll have to start doing that again. We've been getting good feedback on our commission work. that's always fun.
- Watching: Kill La Kill
- Playing: Pokemon X
Another thing I've noticed is the amount of fan fic authors on this site who use other people's art as the preview image. I've had my own art used without permission and without source. Often times I'll just report it because if I even bother to talk to the writer they'll get deeply offended and make certain to ban me. It's against dA policy to use images that aren't yours, but it's not like anyone on this site seems to care.
I really have been on this site for ten years and I've seen it start off as a very nice cozy place for people to chat. Hell, I met my best friend through this website. It's just disheartening to see the level of crap that is allowed to be posted on this site.
I've been kinda looking for a more dedicated art community that at least is more strict regarding art theft. I'm just so disgusted with how dA is run nowadays.
- Watching: Twitch Plays Pokemon
- Playing: StreetPass
- Playing: Animal Crossing New Leaf
- Playing: Animal Crossing New Leaf
- Listening to: Arcade Fire - Reflektor
- Reading: Attack on Titan
Lately I've been busy with work, but I've also had personal issues. I suffer from depression so there are times I have a hard time getting motivated to do things. This is kinda sad, since I love drawing.
Digital Lineart: $15
Large Full Color Illustration: $25