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Hey I forgot about Artslam.  Where is it?  Did I miss the sign up?  Are my slam buddies still around?
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Back on track

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I'm all caught up with DA now!
I've gone through everyone's art, caught up on webcomics, and got around to uploading some of my stuff from the past year.
I think I'm ready to be an artist again.

I'm working on a really big piece right now for a gallery.  One of the problems with big stuff is frames.  Frames seem to come in two styles - really tacky and cheap, or terribly expensive.  Recently I've just been going to pawn shops and buying someone's framed jigsaw puzzle, or crappy old poster, and throwing the content away and keeping the frame.  But then you never know what size you're going to get.  Last year I managed to find some Disney stand-up frame in a toy store for cheap, and I just threw away the stand and scratched off the Disney logo...  Why can't there be less expensive ones?

Anyway, thanks for sticking around.  If you know any good webcomics I might try reading, let me know.  It's become a nightly routine before bed. . .

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Am I an artist?

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I'm coming back. . .
I went on to DA after a year, there are over 1,000 things to look through.
Am I even an artist anymore?  I started wondering about that, took up a pencil again, it's not all lost!
I think I will start uploading things here again.
Thanks for sticking with me.

- Jennifer
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Got tagged by :iconlaitma:

1.  How many stories do you have?  Have you been working on them long, do you find yourself dropping older ones to work on newer ones?

I like to kill off stories and just work on one, because I tend to get overwhelmed and I really don't have a lot of free time.  But I have a list of backburner things in mind...  I also hate dropping things, I feel really guilty about them.  So I tend not to put energy into things that I think might get dropped.  But, like my Two Moons comic, there are some stories I tend to muse over from time to time and consider going back to.

2.  Do you think there's such a thing as too many OCs?

That's like saying is there a such thing as being too creative.. Uhh no?  I mean it's the brain going "what if!? what if?!"  That's always a good thing.  Being curious about other mentalities, looking at things from new perspectives, thinking about people who represent something we want to show to the world...

3.  What's your ideal format for your stories?  Comic?  Movie (live-action)?  Animation?  Novel?  Visual Novel?

I like writing.  Drawing comics is a lot faster, though, to get those visuals out there.  Sometimes I think of a story happening like a movie, but I know I can't make movies, so if I can't fit it into a medium I can do, I just drop it.  Sometimes when I listen to music, I imagine scenes playing out in my head that will never be realized because they don't fit into a medium I can do myself.

4.  What's a good comic you've read lately?  What's it about?

Aah the only ones I've read lately are webcomics...  :iconcbwebb: 's Hanged Man and :iconsquidlifecrisis: 's Unus de Caelo.
I tend to read tons of biographies and autobiographies and not so much comics...

5.  Ok, dishing time, what's something that you see other artists do that bothers you, a general thing, not naming names haha

It bothers me when people say "I can't draw" or "I'm not good enough."  It bothers me when people use this like some kind of compliment.  Like somehow me being better at drawing than another person is supposed to make me feel good about myself?  Noway, it makes me feel like crap.  It makes me feel guilty for being able to draw.  If my art being better than yours makes you say things like that, then I just want to hide it all away.  It's like saying, "If you didn't exist, I would have tried, but.. well..."

When I see someone better than me saying, "I can't draw" or "I'm not good enough" it sorta makes me angry.  Like if you're not good enough, what about all us people below you?  Are you so high and mighty that you can draw the "not good" line all the way up there, where we will never be able to reach, and ruin all our dreams??

It bothers me when people who don't draw say, "I'm not good enough."  Because they didn't even try. That's like me saying "I'm not a flute player because I'm not good at playing the flute."  I mean I've never even touched a flute in my life, of course I'm not good at it!!  It's not like drawing comes naturally.  Drawing comes through years of practice and hard work, sweat and frustration....  I hope these people don't think I was born with a pencil in my hand, because I wasn't.  I had to decide to work at it.  It's not that these people who say this can't draw, it's that they DON'T draw.  And I wonder if they realize that difference.

And finally it bothers me that some people can't tell the difference between "It's not good enough" and "I don't have any confidence."  When we draw something, we see flaws in it.  No one picks up their work and goes, "Oh hell yeah I am a genius, this is perfect!"  We are always thinking about how to make it better next time, what's different between what's on the paper and what's in our head, and comparing ourselves to people who are better.  The voice of critique in our head is what motivates us to improve ourselves, whether its art, sports, your business. . .  I'm willing to bet every single person here on DA has felt that sense of, "I wish I'd done better."  So we're all in the same boat here.  Only some of us are willing to post that picture anyway, and some of us aren't, and some of us get overwhelmed by that perfectionist feeling and drop out of art altogether.  The feeling has nothing to do with talent, it's about one's personal confidence, social ability, one's sensitivity to guilt, things like that.  Not about skill.  Ever.

Did I answer that question right?  If you're talking about art itself....
The thing that I find that really makes or breaks a picture is - layout.  I will not notice how terrible someone's art is at all if the layout is good.  And second, shadows.  When people or landscapes have no concrete shadows on sunny days, it sorta weirds me out.

6.  Favorite fruit?

Kiwi.  They're sour, but sweet, and you can pull off the skin so you don't get any pesticide residue.

7.  Are you the type of person to try out a new food when you order at a restaurant/cafe/store, or the type to go back to the same staples you love best?

New things new things new things!!!

8.  What's your favorite part of the drawing process?  Concept, thumbnailing, sketching, penciling, inking, coloring, painting, etc.?  Least favorite part?

Sketching gives my brain a time out.  I don't worry about anything when I'm sketching.  It helps me stay focused if I'm tired, it gives me something productive to do when I'm on the train or in a cafe, sitting through a terrible movie, or trying not to fall asleep somewhere..

But I love digital painting because I turn on some good music and just lose myself in the process.  That feels great!  But I don't have so much time to do it.

I hate inking and coloring.  It's tedious, and I have problems getting up the confidence to really decide on THIS line or THIS color.

9.  Are your stories primarily set in urban or rural/forest landscapes?  Other??

I love the ideas of crazy urban cities surrounded by nature.  Most of my headworlds are places where restrictive natural landscapes have created highly urbanized pockets.

10.  Suggest a favorite book/movie/tv series you think more people should know about!!!

Everything by C.S Friedman.  If you're into scifi, I have re-read This Alien Shore more times than is sane.  If you like fantasy, the Coldfire trilogy changed my perspective on life completely, made me cry, and... and... oh man it's still making me cry...  I didn't know I liked fantasy until I read this series!!  If you're into dark plays of power, sex, and magic, the Magister Triology with draw you in and tear you up.  And now she's in the middle of writing the Dreamwalker series.  Excited!!

Okay I guess I'm supposed to tag people now and make up questions.. This is embarrassing.. uh.. I'm just gonna randomly pick some of my watchers!  And anyone is just free to answer any of these down below!  I love hearing people's stories!!
:icondeer-in-headlights: :iconskulldog: :iconcinnamonalchemy: :iconwinzrella: :icontwapa: :iconkeiko22: :iconmoarre: :iconkyuubinight: :iconsoubi-kyo: :iconlaughingastarael: :iconkosmonauttihai:

1.  What's your comfort zone when you just want to draw something to relax?
2.  What's the best commission or request you've ever received?  The worst?
3.  When do you find time to do art?
4.  Is there anyone who really inspired your style?
5.  Tell me a story about how you improved on your art, based on some revelation you had when you saw something or someone told you something or something!
6.  Are you any good at taking critique?
7.  What kind of art are you totally sick of seeing these days?
8.  Do you ever compare the art process to something else?  Like, playing an instrument or sports or something...
9.  Do your friends draw?
10.  What's your favorite animal?

Have a good one!

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