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About Traditional Art / Hobbyist Core Member 'Niq ("Nick")Male/United States Group :iconartsycafe: ArtsyCafe
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ToddNTheShiningSword has started a donation pool!
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Well, now I know that maybe, just maybe, someone would donate to me, because it happened. I filled my last bar, so I'm going again. This time I want to see maybe also if I could get some of the assorted folks I see on other people's pages that drop in and drop off literally a point or two to get in on the act. I'm going to try to get enough to buy 3 months of Premium with points alone!

But I really want to use the points to help others also!
And by donating points, you're supporting Todd & The Shining Sword! Have you read that comic yet? You should!

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Please don't thank me for Faves or Watches

This is an additional button I put down here just in case people are using the 'End' key or something to skip everything on my page, and go straight to the Comments, so they miss the other big button above them.
Your intentions may be good, but it's not pleasant to receive these spam-flavored messages.
Favorites for dA by C.-L. by trad-milay


The first 5 minutes and 52  seconds of this video describe the way I've come to feel about key aspects of my characters' designs, Orz please send help
I think people missed my previous Journal because of it's title... :/
If you missed it, please check it out!
How come when I was on YouTube just now I clicked an ad and the ad had an ad for another thing?
  • Listening to: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
  • Reading: Not yet
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: Coffee
And why?
And which do you like second most?
You don't even need to be very familiar with my characters to answer this.
You can tell me which character(s) you like least, too. :3
Does anybody know a character designer?
Is anyone on this website a character designer with a moment to spare?
No need for a professional. I just need someone who knows what they're talking about and has time for me. ;u;

Do you know why I haven't made any canon comics in five and a half years?
It's because I didn't want to move forward until I knew exactly what I wanted my characters to look like! And in over five years, I still haven't figured it out!
And it hasn't been indecision. It's been confusion. Not knowing what I'm supposed to be doing.
And that's why my characters have just gotten wilder over time. I couldn't figure out how to make them PROPERLY, so I decided to just go nuts instead. :eyepopping:

It's dawned on me that maybe my Watchers don't know how much time I've spent on :iconprojectcomment: trying desperately to get helpful feedback, so I decided to post this Journal.

So here's the dilemma. :below:

I don't know what purposes my characters are supposed to be serving, and the message I want them to be sending is unclear to me.
I'm hoping that someone can look at my characters, tell what I'm confused about, and then take a crack at telling ME what they think I'm trying to do, and how I can likely better do that.

I need to design most of my characters outfits better from head to toe.
I also need references I can look at, but because I don't know what the things I'm trying to draw are called, I don't know what terms to Google up to get references to study.
I need to give each character an outfit that makes sense, looks good, and is easy to draw, that sends a clear message about the character while it's at it. How do I do that?
And, if, knowing this, you know a character that you think is a great example of something I should be learning, tell me who they are and what they're from!

I've tried commissioning people to help me with this problem, but because I failed to communicate anything through the designs I have, none of the other artist knew what to do. When I get money again, I will try to use what I've learned since then to help them help me. ;u;

LASTLY, if you're reading this and want to be awesome like Allodoxa was and take a crack at drawing one of my characters better than me, shoot! Go for it! XD ;u; Show that to me.
  • Listening to: Smash
  • Reading: Not yet
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Eating: Shrimp pasta
  • Drinking: Coffee


'Niq ("Nick")
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
:bulletred:"I'd rather have Comments on my ART than my Profile", so no need to thank me for faves, please. Or Watches.

I've got so much art I need to make that I'm immune to artist's block!

:thumbsup: Todd & The Shining Sword FTW!
:thumbsup: Regular readers of the ^^above^^ comic
:thumbsup: Babes :eyes: :XD:
:thumbsup: Emotes
:thumbsup: Detailed Comments on my art :happybounce:

I personally feel like it's almost dumb to post your dislikes if they're all things that nobody likes. Things other people like that you personally hate are much more interesting! So...
:thumbsdown: My own beliefs
:thumbsdown: Sleeping excessively
:thumbsdown: Some people like to argue. I dislike arguing, because I really don't like competition of any kind. Unless I'm WATCHING the competition. Watching people compete is fine.
:thumbsdown: I hate it when random strangers talk to me on the street. I don't care what it's about. If I don't know you, and we don't have business, then don't talk to me unless it's to alert me to something.
Of course, I love to talk to strangers on deviantART! Just not IRL!
:thumbsdown: People who feel disdain for poor people.

Personal Quote: "Oftentimes, the difference between a good person and a bad person is the good person hasn't been caught yet."

Please don't thank me for faves


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Summer-Peaches Featured By Owner May 10, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I also wonder about space
ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner May 11, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why are you running out of space
jk it's that Stamp. :highfive:
Summer-Peaches Featured By Owner May 12, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd like to go to space, if ever given the chance :)
Summer-Peaches Featured By Owner May 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read the long message about your eyes and I don't have the time at the moment to respond to everything you wrote, but I feel bad. :c I'm sorry you have to go through all that and I hope your health improves soon <3
ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner May 5, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't include the health problems that relatives began to suffer around that time. Only ones who succumbed. :tombstone: :pray:
For me, it's not about improving soon. For me, all I need to know to not be scared is that things won't get much worse. Just knowing things can improve at all is enough to make me happy. It doesn't need to be soon.
And also, some of these conditions have been with me for a super long time. One of which is getting corrected through exercise! :happybounce: BUT I DON'T know how much better it can get. Will it better actually become GOOD ENOUGH to actually help me? I don't know. However, I'm thinking that the exercises I was doing were so intense that THAT is what caused my near vision to get worse as fast as it did. When I did less exercise, I regained some of my nearest, most nearsighted vision. I had a feeling that would happen because some times my eyes would be tired- and I don't mean that the way people normally mean it!! :XD: I MEAN IT LITERALLY!! - and then it would be hard to focus- AGAIN, NOT THE WAY PEOPLE NORMALLY MEAN THAT! I MEAN IT LITERALLY!! XD :iconBlurryPLZ: If I can correct some of the conditions it will slow the worsening of others. 
Then, of course, there's the little victories that are supposed to come automatically because even eye injuries heal. :eye: And I'm glad they did 'cause that stuff was REAL TALK scary! :iconohnoesohplz:

Thanks for being considerate enough to let me know you read all that stuff. You don't have to reply to it. :meow:
Summer-Peaches Featured By Owner May 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so sorry you lost family members :( That is the hardest thing to go through *hugs* Aaaghh my emojis won't work today so I can't choose the sympathetic hug one, but know I mean it!

But I am very glad it's getting better for you! Any step toward improving is a good one, even if it is small :) I'll be thinking of you and hoping that it continues to get better and better until you are at 90000 % :D
Roninwolf1981 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for :+fav:ing my work.
Rook to Queen by Roninwolf1981 , Can't a gal get any peace? by Roninwolf1981 and Minotaur falls in love by Roninwolf1981 .
ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, but no need to thank me. ^^
I thought I had new comment Replies and it was just this. :XD:
But yeah.
DitaDiPolvere Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2019
thanks for faving!!
Summer-Peaches Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
are u ok
ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Summer-Peaches Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Little Kitten Avatar/Emote okii 
Manthomex Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2019  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank You for Watching!!
Hethroz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comments on my folder.
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