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Hello! I do live!

It seems like since graduating college, I'm constantly busy.

I am, in fact, working on some new stuff at last. As much as I love drawing, it seemed like there for a while after college, those days when I was required to draw, I was burnt out. Now the creative juices seem to have been restored!

Look forward to it. ♥
Haha, I tend to randomly vanish from Deviantart, but I'm still alive! Some of you have seen me at Dallas conventions. Thank you all for visiting my table!

I graduated back in December 2010 with my BFA in Media Arts and Animation and got a real, full time job as a 3D animator. Other than finally exercising, I've been a bit lazy since then at home. Kind of a "F- it all, I don't have to do things that feel like homework assignments!" kind of attitude? Don't know. It's nice having my time off of work being entirely mine.

That said, graduating from art school leaves you with quite a pile of student loans. Mine are, thankfully, all federal and I only used loans to cover what my parents and I couldn't cover, but even so, damn loans build up.

So! Now I think I'm ready to do a bit of work at home!

I'm going to accept drawing commissions!


Prices:

Shoulders and up: $5
Waist up: $7
Full body: $10
Clean-up and ink: +$10
Color: +$10

Scan and e-mail: Free
Shipping in the USA: +$1

Money earned for drawings will be used for bonus payments to my student loans. I'd like to get rid of them ASAP.

Above price is for coloring with markers. I may consider doing some watercolor, however that'd be a bit more expensive.

Let me know if you're interested.

I will only take 3~5 at a time. Remember that I do have a full time job and responsibilities as well (I do iaido 3 times a week, take a language class, etc), so I don't want to take too many and panic because so many people are waiting. I'll probably get 1-2 drawings done a week.

Thank you!

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It's almost Christmas break but before that I have to go through final project hell! I will persevere!!!

Aaand this post was mostly to get that amazingly long meme off my front page. e_e
001. Real name?
Ali

002. Nickname(s)?
Li with whatever honorific

003. Zodiac sign?
Picese and Hare

004. Male or female?
Female

005. Elementary?
I went to 4... but the last one was League City Elementary

006. Middle School?
Creekside

007. High School?
Clear Creek

008. Hair color?
Brown

009. Long or short?
Medium-ish

010. Loud or Quiet?
I'm quiet unless I'm around friends.

011. Sweats or Jeans?
Jeans

012. Phone or Camera?
I like cameras better, but I rarely have one on me that isn't my phone....

013. Health freak?
Oh hell no.

014. Drink or Smoke?
Neither. I'm cheap.

015. Do you have a crush on someone?
Nope

016. Eat or Drink? drink!
Eat~

017. Piercings?
Two on each ear.

018. Tattoos?
Nope. Mom wants me to but I'm terrified of needles.


HAVE YOU EVER?

019. Been in an airplane?
Yes. ♥

020. Been in a car accident?
Yes. I seem to be a car magnet.

021. Been in a fist fight?
No, actually.


FIRSTS:

022. First piercing?
I think... between 1st and 3rd grade.

023. First best friend?
I don't remember her name. e_e

025. First award?
Um

026. First crush?
A guy in my 4th grade class who asked me out in 5th.

028. First big vacation?
We used to go up to Missouri?


LASTS:

029. Last person you talked to?
My mom

030. Last person you texted?
Probably Maggie

031. Last person you watched a movie with?
My parents

032. Last food you ate?
McDonald's fries

033. Last movie you watched?
Paranormal Activity

034. Last song you listened to?
"Mark of Destruction" by Nanase Hikaru

035. Last thing you bought?
Good question...

036. Last person you hugged?
My dog.


FAVES:

037. Food?
Lots

038. Drinks?
Coke, Dr Pepper, and tea

039. Clothing?
Normal?

040. Book?
Oh god I'm not listing this.

041. Music?
Anything that doesn't suck.

042. Flower?
Water lilies :D

043. Colors?
Blue

044. Movies?
Too long.

045. Shoes?
Tommy Hilfiger does flip flops right.

046. Subjects?
Art, english, history


IN THE PAST YEAR I ... :

047. [ ] kissed in the snow

048. [x] celebrated Halloween

049. [ ] had your heart broken (more of old friendships breaking...)

050. [ ] went over the minutes on your cell phone

051. [x] someone questioned your sexual orientation

052. [ ] came out of the closet

053. [ ] gotten pregnant

054. [ ] had an abortion

055. [ ] done something you've regretted

056. [ ] broke a promise

057. [x] hid a secret

058. [x] pretended to be happy

059. [ ] met someone who changed your life

060. [ ] pretended to be sick

061. [ ] left the country

062. [x] tried something you normally wouldn't try and liked it

063. [x] cried over the silliest thing

064. [ ] ran a mile

065. [x] went to the beach with your best friend

066. [ ] stayed single the whole year (I've NEVER dated :))


CURRENTLY:

067. Eating?
I just ate some fries, but I'm not eating now. I'm digesting!

068. Drinking?
Water

069. I'm about to?
Get ready for class

070. Listening to?
"Eternal Sailor Moon" by Takanori Arisawa

071. Plans for today/tomorrow?
Go to class?

072. Waiting for?
Time to leave for class


YOUR FUTURE:

073. Want kids?
No

074. Want to get married?
I don't think about it, but it mostly seems annoying

075. Careers in mind?
animator


WHICH IS BETTER ON A BOY/GIRL?

076. Lips or eyes?
Eyes

077. Shorter or taller?
Tall, but then I'm short...

078. Romantic or spontaneous?
Spontaneous, but not annoyingly so

079. Nice stomach or nice arms?
I'd say a nice back, but that's not a choice so stomach.

080. Sensitive or loud?
Loud.

081. Hookup or relationship?
Um.

082. Troublemaker or hesitant?
Hesitant. Troublemakers sound annoying.


HAVE YOU EVER:

083. Lost glasses/contacts?
Yes

084. Ran away from home?
No

085. Held a gun/knife for self defense?
I have but it was unnecessary.

086. Killed somebody?
No.

087. Broken someone's heart?
Probably

088. Been arrested?
No

089. Cried when someone died?
Yes


DO YOU BELIEVE IN:

090. Yourself?
I'm awesome

091. Miracles?
Yes, but not in a religious way

092. Love at first sight?
No

093. Heaven?
Don't think about it

094. Santa Claus?
I wish

095. Sex on the first date?
No. Whore.

096. Kiss on the first date?
No


ANSWER TRUTHFULLY:

097. Is there one person you want to be with right now?
No

098. Are you seriously happy with where you are in life?
No, I'm still working on getting there

099. Do you believe in God?
I don't think about it. I'm agnostic and really don't consider it to be any of my concern.

100. Post as 100 truths and tag 10 people.

Whoever!
I've decided to take five commissions! I will not begin working on them until Friday, but if you're interested, you're more than welcome to go ahead and ask. The sketch would look a bit like this, though I can do it in a more anime style or whatever if preferred!

Shoulders and up: $5

Waist up: $7

Full body (Just standing or posed): $10

Background: Add $10 to your price

Clean-up and ink: Add $5 to your price

ETC:

Sketches will be done on paper. I will make a high resolution scan and e-mail it to the commissioner. If the commissioner wishes, I can also mail them the physical copy of the sketch as well if shipping is provided. I tend to sketch with 2-3 pencils, starting with non-photo blue. The commissioner can request the color of other two color pencils, one for roughing and one for clean-up. Also, the sketch will not

I reserve the rights to display the sketch on my sites and accounts, however they will be lower resolution and I will not sell the work to another.

Openings:

1. batto_man (from LiveJournal)
Commissioned: Full body with clean-up and ink
Progress: Completed

2. batto_man (from LiveJournal)
Commissioned: Full body with clean-up and ink
Progress: Not started, waiting for details

3. marshall
Commissioned:
Progress: Not started, waiting for details and payment

4.
5.
I'm considering taking about five sketch commissions. I have a break from the 25th until October 4. I can do digital ones, but I'm much better with a pencil and I'd be willing to ship the drawing to you if you like in addition to e-mailing you the high resolution scan. The sketch would look a bit like this, though I can do it in a more anime style or whatever if preferred.

Prices I'm considering:

Shoulders and up: $5

Waist up: $7

Full body (Just standing or posed): $10

Background: Add $10 to your price

Clean-up and ink: Add $5 to your price


Features Meme:

RULES:
1. Write a comment on this here journal and I'll feature three pieces from your gallery.

2. You have to do a feature journal, too (3 works). Traditionally, featuring me on it to start with, and then the first 15 or so people who write you a comment.

1. :iconnyx-34:
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2. :icontempest-lavalle:
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RULES:
1. Write a comment on this here journal and I'll feature three pieces from your gallery.

2. You have to do a feature journal, too (3 works). Traditionally, featuring me on it to start with, and then the first 15 or so people who write you a comment.

1. :iconnyx-34:
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keirushii20.deviantart.com/art…

2. :icontempest-lavalle:
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Midterms are over. ♥
Time flies and suddenly I'm 22. How odd.
Yo, I'm still alive. I haven't updated this in so long. In fact, when I checked here I was logged into my account and accidentally logged into the wrong one; I didn't even know I had two. Needless to say, the other one was empty and I kind of went into a panic. All is well now, though.

FYI, I'm now at the Art Institute of Houston as a Media Arts and Animation major. I should be graduating next year. Also, I'll probably start uploading crap again sometime, though most of them will probably be life drawing sketches and horrible animation crap.
OMFG I CHECKED DA!!!

Seriously, I'm going to try to check this place regularly now. For a while, at least. XD Sorry if I don't run around commenting on everything and such. I've got 517 deviations made by friends and 295 messages. Whoah.
  • Watching: Kekkaishi
  • Playing: .hack//G.U.
  • Eating: Reese's
Hello, all! I'm back! Sorry for not commenting on ANYTHING all this time, but, well, I haven't even looked at devART in a while. ^^;

Apparently Sarah tagged me while I was away!

Rules: The 1st player of this "game" starts with the topic "6 Weird Habits/Things About Yourself" and people who get tagged need to write a journal about their 6 Weird Habits/Things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "You are tagged" in their devPage comments and tell them to read yours...

1) If I can get someone else to get my food ready, I will
2) I can't stand long toe nails
3) I must carry my iPod and/or NintendoDS with me. Just in case.
4) If I see a cool toy, I buy it if I can. XD
5) I must reach the top stair with my right foot...
6) I eat very often.

I tag:
:iconaj-sama: :iconpoohki: :iconsilphy: :iconsynicaldementia: :iconsamsavell: :iconminniesezmew:

(Sarah, how DO you do that little icony thing?)
  • Listening to: The Green Fields Of America by The Chieftains
  • Reading: random comics
  • Watching: .hack//ROOTS
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XII
  • Eating: Reese's
Is over for the time being

I had 8 portraits due today and I was horribly behind. I went in Monday evening and worked, then I went in last night and worked until after 1:00 in the morning... and got up at 5:00. Guh. I'm soooo glad that's over with. I can still smell the chemicals. I wound up just kind of grabbing my painting from the Painting studio and leaving so that I could take a nap before work.

The painting our class is working on now, by the way, is a master's study. I'm doing a Picasso and I can't seem to remember the name of the painting at the moment. :D It's very educational.

Anyway, g'night. *dies*
  • Listening to: For Fruits Basket by Yui Horie
  • Reading: Textbooks
  • Watching: Smallville?
  • Playing: DDO
  • Eating: Air
  • Drinking: Water
I made three prints in Photography! :D I think they came out good. *so happy*

I love my photography class~ I'm starting to warm up to my painting class... I'm getting the hang of it... slowly. Painting will never be my forte. :P

EDIT: I scanned and put up the prints. :D I just wish I could clean my scanner glass better... >.<
Wednesday I made contact sheets! Whoo!

Tomorrow/today I'm going up to UH to work on making some prints with the enlarger. I'm nervous about that...

In other news, I discovered Last.fm thanks to emukatze. :P
I suck at painting in acrylics! XD

Of course, I've never tried to paint a flat picture with them before though. I've painted miniature figures... but that's very different. I tend to work on areas a little at a time... but acrylics dry so fast! :O So I wound up wasting so much paint because I'd have to rewet the area to blend and stuff. Anyway, it has to be done by the end of class on Monday (I have classes on Monday and Wednesday), so I'll photograph it after I turn it in/finish it. :D
Buying your weight in art and camera supplies is expensive.

As ya'll may know, I'm taking Fundamentals of Painting as well as Photography. Thankfully Art Supply On Main was having a HUGE back to college sale and I saved $95 or so... but it still cost over $100 for all my supplies... which isn't bad...

...Then I went to Camera Co-Op and bought all the film, developing stuff, stuff, and more stuff and it cost nearly $300. XD

And I don't joke... I think all those bags weigh as much as I do. Seriously, you try lifting them all.

But you know what?

...It makes me so rediculously happy I'm grinning like an idiot. :D
I finally got an iPod case that I love. :D

thetinpod.com is nifty. It's a nice tin case with foam in the inside. Since Ian gets tossed in my purse, I kept worrying about him getting squashed but with a nice, tin case he's safe. FYI, I got the "DIE BLECHDOSE" case. :D :D :D

Plus a dollar of your order goes to Cityarts.
Whoa, I check out DeviantArt and there's a new layout. x_x
  • Reading: Inkspell by Cornellia Funke
  • Watching: Lady in the Water
Wow, it's been a while since I so much as looked at this. Unfortunately, I haven't been doing much original work. Mostly I've been painting pewter fantasy minis and some extra Pinky:st parts. My Pinky:st site can be found here: Pinky:cheese. Anyway, I'll try and get around to doing some proper artsy things. I know for sure that I'll have plenty this coming semester; I'm taking Fundamentals of Photography and Fundamentals of Painting. :D :D :D
  • Listening to: Davy Jones
  • Reading: Master and Commander by Patrick O'brian