Does this look even? It's not supposed to...
Cool Story, Bro!I must be crazy. On something resembling an impulse, I've launched a webcomic adaptation of the “Cool Story, Bro!” concept from my website. If mediocrity is your scene, check it out.
Cool Story, Bro! on Comic Fury
New ComputerNew computer has been acquired and installed in the bedroom. I shall call it Tedd, and it looks really pretty with purple Aero windows, the Bubbles screen saver, and this artwork by Dan Shive as the wallpaper.
Tedd has a hyperthreaded quad-core i7 CPU at 3.4GHz, and 32GB of RAM, running Windows 7. I look forward to exercising all this processing capability for art and entertainment.
Camera RevivalI may begin using my 3.3 MPix* camera with renewed frequency. Apparently, its battery contacts need periodic cleaning. But I also acquired a 4×D-cell external battery pack for it, for long-lasting power. Now that I don't think I'll be replacing this thing anytime soon, maybe I'll try to develop an ICC profile to take care of the corrections I always seem to be applying.
* I don't know where they get that 3.3 megapixel figure. The largest pictures it takes are 2048x1536. That's 3,145,728 pixels. Or, exactly three binary-million pixels.
The Meaning Of Llamas (rant-ish)So deviantART rolled out this whole Llama Badge thing a couple of weeks ago. I've now received several, mostly from people I've never heard of, who never commented or +fav'd my work. Apparently, each deviant can give a Llama Badge to each other deviant, at most once. Furthermore, this requires confirming one's site password. That's a lot of pressure to think twice before awarding a Llama Badge.
And I don't even know what they're supposed to mean.
Okay, I guess it's a good thing. But how good is it? If they cost nothing to give, are they worth anything? By what criteria should I decide whether to give a Llama Badge?
And then people started trading Llama Badges for other dA commodities, notably Points. And then dA came out with this Points-for-Llamas market thingy, further complicating the matter. I don't know if that makes Llamas more valuable or just cheapens them by taking artistic merit
#roadgeeks Group (now online!)So, I went and filled out the form to create a Group called #roadgeeks. My first choice would have been #roadgeek but apparently there's been a ~roadgeek for about a month now who hasn't done a single thing since creating the account. Annoying, isn't it? Anyway, I know there are a few highway enthusiasts out there on deviantART so there should be a group for that. For that matter, there seems to be a fair amount of incidental roadgeek material from non-roadgeeks which will make for a well-populated Group Favorites section. So, I await the group's birth, and I have a couple of people in mind who will receive invitations to join at that time.
Update: :iconroadgeeks: is online and accepting membership requests!
ObsoleteI just noticed, every single item I listed for "Tools of the Trade" on my front page could be considered "obsolete" in some way. But it's all still useful, at least enough for my purposes.
That said, I want a new camera for my birthday.
P.S. Why do all the "journal skins" options appear to be available now? I don't have time to see if they actually work, but it's odd to see the options...
WatchlistI just went through clearing out all the deviations, journals, notices, etc. in my Message Center. (There were nearly 400 deviations in there...) Some of the items I just went though were months old. I still have to get to the Feedback section, so to all those folks who commented and +fav'd me, you'll get responses soon.
My watchlist is pretty big, but I don't think I'll be dropping anyone. I'll just have to check dA more often.
GenderYou know, I'm just really bad at guessing what people's genders are on deviantART. There have been multiple times when I've assumed someone on my watchlist was a girl, and then I see something that indicates otherwise; and vice versa. To complicate matters, there are at least a couple deviants I watch whom I believe to be transgendered.
Does it matter? Absolutely not. I don't mind the occasional amusing surprise.
Oh yes, and in case it's not already blindingly obvious, I'm a guy inside and out.
Dude, I got a Dell!As a birthday present, and compensation for being his wedding photographer, my dad got me a new Dell PC. It has dual 2.4GHz processors, 3GB of RAM, and a cool Realtek sound card. I'll probably have to get a nice GeForce graphics card later -- I want to be able to play Flight Simulator X -- though it will be interesting to see how well FS 2004 works with the built-in Intel graphics card. Anyway, the new computer runs Windows XP Pro, and I've named it Dexter. I'm still in the process of installing software and customizing the settings, and when I finish expanding the home network, I can copy my old documents over from Niklas, my 2002-built 721Mhz P3 running Windows 98SE.
OC Contest Closedis time for a new Contest
Ends on October 26
Draw one or more of my OC´s here
justy by TaSaMaBi
Chess by TaSaMaBi
Luvis by TaSaMaBi
Thorsten by TaSaMaBi
Tom Tom by TaSaMaBi
new OC´s Couples, Siblings
Psina and Nara
Psina and Nara by TaSaMaBi
Protecting yourself from Paypal chargebacksI decided I'd write something on this since it seems to be affecting a lot of my friends and artists I'm close to. I'll start with a few disclaimers.
I am not a finance expert. I have never filed a chargeback nor have I been in a chargeback dispute (fortunately). I have done some research out of both curiosity and out of desire to help out the community a bit. This is going to be quick(ish) and summarized. I'm also going to be changing some things to the way I sell as well (obviously).
This journal isn't about what to do in a chargeback dispute but rather, how to set up your sales so that you'll have the upper hand when having to deal with a dispute. I've included some useful links at the bottom for further information!
Regular Payments / ABs
Some believe that Paypal does not help in disputes over digital goods but a policy
Close To You - Lyrics - Sans VersionTHE FLOWERS OF THE NEW AND LAUGHTER OF THE PAST,
THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL LIKE YOU, BEAUTY UNSURPASSED!
GONE WITH A WHISPER, YOU FALL ASLEEP LIKE DEATH,
BREAKING THROUGH THE EARTH, YOUR SMILE SHINES AGAIN!
MY EMPTY GRATITUDE, ANOTHER EMPTY THANK YOU,
I FINALLY LEARNED REGRET, FROM WORDS I'VE ALWAYS SAID.
NEVER MEANT TO SPEAK TO HURT, YET IT HURT TO PUT IN WORDS,
GOODBYE WHEREVER YOU ARE, GOODBYE UNBROKEN HEART.
IN TRUTH I WANT TO FEEL, THE TRUTH I WANT TO SEE,
I'M TRYING TO EMBRACE YOUR DRIFTING HEART AND SMILE!
WHENEVER I BEGIN TO FEEL THE BURNING TEARS OVERFLOWING FROM MY EYES,
I KEEP ON LOOKING FORWARD AT YOU, HOPING THAT YOUR LIGHT WILL NEVER PASS ME BY!
I WONDER WHAT THE STARS THAT SPARKLE IN YOUR EYES ARE HIDING FROM MY MIND,
HIDING FROM MY OPEN HEART AND FROM YOUR OPEN HEART!
TOGETHER, YOU AND I WILL ALWAYS BE ALIVE, CONNECTED, CLOSE TO YOU I'LL STAY!
AS LONG AS I CAN HOLD YOUR HAND AGAIN AND AGAIN, FOREVER, I WILL FIND MY WAY!
YOU MAY NEVER ANSWER BACK MY CALL BUT YOU SMILE AT ME WITH
[s] geno brigade [taking activity rolls 05/14]New alt payment: All genos unless otherwise listed are now worth one activity roll each.
Explores, cavings, and large prey hunts are preferred; I'll accept diving too. Must be completed in around two weeks.
Long Island Larabee 36341 x Rhea 39547
Can carry John brown from dam.
2) Female, Natural Mane
Average - Healthy
Marked collared cream seal sable brown with accents, bearmarks and flecking
4) Male, Natural Mane
Average - Healthy
Marked collared cream seal sable brown with accents
Commission info (CLOSED)
Thank you so much!
📅 I work on commissions from Monday to Friday.
(Almost all day, unless I have to leave home to do something)
Saturday and Sunday I will work on personal drawings (or I will just rest)
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What can i draw:
Any other kind of animals/closed species.
(If you have any doubt just ask me if I can draw your character)
What I WON'T draw:
Icon commissions OPEN
Each one is 6$
animated (head boop) 8$
the limit you can buy is 3 until they are all finish you may buy more
You must always pay before i start.
Great book for learning about pixel artI read through this a while ago and have been meaning to plug it here since I've always found good pixel art guides hard to come by and this was super helpful to me!
This book is very thorough and goes from how pixel art was originally made for old games (which I've always wondered about and find super interesting) to basic pixel art concepts and on to more advanced subjects including animation! I learned some new stuff and it clarified other things I knew about but didn't really have a clear understanding of. It's also very visually oriented so there's a lot of clear examples of the concepts covered.
There's also a free preview available here if you want to check that out first -
COMMISSIONS (on hold)
How to order:
Use commission widget with description of your order (for points), note or comment (for PayPal)
You could withdraw your request anytime, until I accept it.
But when it was confirmed, that means I started to draw and there is no way back.
Payment: Points / PayPal
Read this before paying:
Crayon chibi - 2000 or 21 USD for character
Commissions (closed)The form is now closed! I'll be picking out commissions and noting clients in the next few days, thank you everyone! ❤️
This journal updates on the 3rd of every month when I open commissions!
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Paypal only, I'll send you an invoice. I only start working after payment.For additional characters, add half of the