Junior beta reading mt longhand first draft.
Moving ShenanigansSo it's been hectic . . .
Originally I was moving from the flat where I've been staying because my landlords (and good friends) have an ill, elderly parent they wanted to move in. It took a while but I found a place that would let me have the cats - unfortunately there was some kind of cock up with the paperwork and the guy rented it out to someone else, which I found out less than a week before I needed to move out. With my stuff in storage and having to stay at a B&B, I started to look for another place and something in me just broke.
I realized my relationship was never going to be repaired like I'd been hoping all this time, and I was just going to be even more alone. I've been suffering from extreme bouts of depression because of this, and to be honest I've come very close to offing myself several times. It sounds weird but really the only thing stopping me has been my cats needing me. Not a good headspace to be in. I haven't seen my family in years because they're in th
MovingI'll be moving to a new place this week, so my internet access may be spotty for a few days. If you absolutely need to contact me, please use my email: viergacht at gmail.com
Sad NewsAn update to the last post: Oscar has passed away.
He was doing better for a while, then he stopped eating and I noticed the side of his face swelling. The vet realized that an abscess in Oscar's mouth was cancer and that might in fact have been behind his stroke in the first place. It wasn't worth letting him suffer any longer.
I held Oscar and told him he was the best boy ever and I loved him. He purred up to the last as he passed away peacefully in my arms.
He really was the best cat you could ask for, and he's been with me through so much. I'll always miss him.
Oscar, the first week I had him.
Oscar and Aly when she was a baby. He was about 9 months old when I got her, mainly to keep him company while I was at work because I felt bad for him. They look like they're hugging in this picture, but they were actually in the middle of a wrestling match - they were good friends. In fact, Oscar was the only cat Aly ever liked (including her own kids once they grew up!). Oscar always did ge
The Oscar sagaHaven't written here in a while because I've been very sad and anxious about my oldest cat, Oscar; this is what's been going on.
A few months ago Oscar, who's 15 (76 in people years) had a stroke. At bedtime I noticed his left eye looked odd and kind of sunken but assumed he was getting a cold, which Aly had just gotten over. The next morning the pupil in that eye was fixed and rolled down and out, so we rushed to see Dr. Nutt. At first it seemed like we had caught a break - aside from his eye, his paw being a little weak, and being a bit drooly on that side when he groomed himself, the stroke seemed minor and Oscar didn't have any problems walking or eating, and he didn't appear to have any mental problems from it other than a couple times urinating outside the litter box, which might have been due to him trying to get used to his altered vision.
After a month, though, I noticed again his eye looked a bit cloudy one night, and by the next morning it looked awful, like a dead fish's ey
EMERGENCY COMMISSIONS CLOSEDMy cat Tequila (that's her with her daughter & adopted daughter) needs emergency surgery . . . this is going to run me a couple hundred dollars at least, and since I've already spent a lot on my own medical bills this year, I'm going to open for special commissions.
$50 (via paypal) for a full figure, color, painted character on a simple or clear background similar to these:
If you are familiar with my gallery, you know what my strengths are, but I'm open to new things. Please no extreme fetish/bigotry, etc. Gore or nudity is OK.
I'm taking four slots to start with, first come first served. Please have a description or references ready to go:
1. TAKEN - Not Here - Done!
2. TAKEN - Spacix - Done!
3. TAKEN - Zenbas
4. TAKEN - Aeden Custer
If you didn't get a slot, I will probably be opening more lat
Life and stuffHey folks.
Surgery went a lot rougher than I had hoped for, and having to recover while being almost totally alone and also running out of anti-depressants and being unable to refill so suffering from withdrawal symptoms has really made the last couple weeks hard. Only making things worse was, the day before my surgery I found out my sister has breast cancer - and after that, another one of my sisters, who has been battling cancer for almost a year now, was hospitalized for an infection related to her radiation therapy. You can probably imagine being terrified for their lives, frustrated at being unable to help and pissed at the general fucking unfairness of the universe isn't helping the ol' mental state. I've not been able to really get any drawing or writing done, and I know inactivity is a good way to fall off people's mental radars. Even if I haven't responded to every message, I truly appreciate the comments and interactions I have with you folks.
Hopefully things will start look
Surgery again - updateI've got surgery coming up on the 21st to fix some issues with scarring and lumps left over from the surgery this past December, and which is causing me pain and impacting use of my right arm (the drawin' arm! I need that one). Unlike the last time, this is just gonna be under local anesthetic which means I'm gonna be doped but awake through it, and I gotta say, I'm kind of freaked out about it. I've pretty much gotten over the fear of needles I used to have so bad (I still don't like looking at them, but I can cope with the actual jab). Still, I don't know if its gonna hurt or feel weird and I'm scared I'll flip out during it, or something. And there's going to be the noises, and the smell . . . I dunno. I'm not usually a huggy person but goddamn, sometimes even I need physical reassurance and I could use some now. Badly. Maybe I should sew myself a friend :/
I'm gonna take at least a week off from work, so I have some books and a couple of movies stockpiled to keep me from
Art Theft, againJust this week I've been alerted that two different pieces of my art have been stolen, one as a website logo and one on a mug. I really hate having to use large watermarks, but this is getting out of hand. I've even had a Fox affiliate television station in the states use on of my pieces, credit it to someone else (who stole it and slapped their own watermark on it) and they refuse to answer my emails now. I've also had my art used in a youtube video and someone who asked if they could color in a sketch turned around and started selling stuff with the picture, without asking me. And I'm not even a well known or particularly skilled artist! Other folks I've watched have had similar problems.
I have accidentally used stock art that wasn't for commercial problems, and both times I took the art down immediately and offered to pay the artist. It would really help, I think, if DeviantArt had some sort of sorting or marking system for licences for stock art, because the artists themselves don
Warning/Call out Journal - TheChaosRuler (UPDATE5)WARNING: LOTS of swearing and opinions down below. Read at your own risk.
This has gone on for long enough, and I am sick and tired of all of it.
CALL OUT/WARNING JOURNAL AGAINST; TheChaosRuler
Any updates and added information will be provided near the bottom of this journal.
DO NOT ATTACK OR APPROACH HIM. NOT ONLY IS HE NOT WORTH YOUR TIME OR EFFORT, BUT IT COULD GET YOU BANNED. MY ADVICE IS JUST AVOID HIM, BLOCK IF NECCESSARY. DO NOT DO ART TRADES/REQUESTS FOR THIS GUY.
It is about fucking time I brought all of this to light. You stopped talking to me and un-watched me, so I can only assume you want nothing else to do with me. I don't have to defend you anymore. We're not friends, and now it's time to warn others so that they don't have to go through the same BULLSHIT you put me and so many other people through.
A little journal for
deviantART on our Lucky 13As you get older, you may begin to see birthdays as a distinctive point in time. A time for reflection on past successes, past roadblocks, past lessons. I also see it as an opportunity to look forward, set goals, aim ridiculously high. I'm sure everyone's heard people joke about disliking getting older and lamenting another year passing, but not me. Not yet, at least. The wisdom and hard lessons I've had to learn over the years helps me map out my immediate future. I may stumble, sure, but I also have a lifetime of overcoming obstacles and analyzing achievements to guide my decisions. All I can do is keep learning and growing.
I feel much the same way about deviantART.
I don't need to tell you that a web property sticking around for 13 years is a rare thing, and it's not an accomplishment we take lightly. We owe our continued existence to all of you, and the passion and inspiration that emanate so naturally from the community, from the most successful professional to the mo
commission works ( closed, again! )
UPDATE! [April 9th 2018]: aaaand the waiting list is full! for all those who got a spot in the waiting list, when the time comes I shall contact you again! thank you!
UPDATE! [April 8th 2018]: personal commission works are currently open! I'm putting together a waiting list ( which is already half-full ) so I can accept 5 more! cat comission works are prefered. for the rest of the info click - HERE!
old journal entry from winter:
uaggh! I don't even know how to write journals anymore D: I hope everyone is
Halloween Costume Contest Winners!The Halloween Costume Contest votes have been tallied! The winners are:
:iconNymBliss: for the Cutest Costume,
:iconGigglingmime: for the Scariest Costume,
:iconBoypaw: for the most Creative Costume,
:iconUpsidedownZack: for the Funniest Costume
:iconSirJellyRaptor: for the Sexiest Costume.
Winners of these main categories will be receiving flat colored full body drawings of a cham they own, in addition to an additional bust from Candy!
There was one additional category to recognize the favorite entries of the mods, and they were as follows:
:iconHolidaye:, :iconEdgydumpster:, :iconTia-Moon78:
:iconxWhiShaX:, :iconTropicalPancakes:, :iconAlieyn:
[OC] Witching You A Happy Halloween! by alieyn
:icon5yrex:, :iconJojo-Tiger:, :iconGigglingmime:.
Minotaur Cas by 5yrex Costume Contest: haunted armor Cherchur by Jojo-Tiger SOMEBODY ONCE TOLD ME by Gigglingmime
These favorites will be receiving additional beet
Do you know what fires your imaginationEverybody has an imagination. Some of us have learned to use ours better than others. People say they aren't creative, but everybody is creative, because everybody has an imagination.
Imagination needs to be fed, but not necessarily in the form your medium. Because that is akin to cannibalism to me.
Do you know what fires your imagination?
-- Justin Maller ekud
spyed: Why do creative people need a community?
ekud: Everybody needs a community, it's a deviation from the norm to have creativity be a defining characteristic of your person. A central tenant of your life. However you want to say it. So to find a group of people that share that, and have that affinity, is a basic human need. To have affinity with others.
spyed: Does having access to a community of like-minded people help the creative process in your view?
ekud: Sharing your affinity with others is what's going to feed that basic need that you're not necessarily going to be able to find within arms
[FREE RAFFLE] It's that time of year again...!
Thank you all for your support! ; w ;
Is it tradition now that it's the third year in a row? YES, LETS SAY YES!
THANK YOU, each and every one of you, for all your support in the past year! I've tried to be around as much as possible this year, and I hope it shows. My to-do list is at it's all-time historical low, and my clearance rate has been going up too. But that wouldn't have been possible without all of you guys' patience and support. As always, I wish I had the time to answer every comment I get, but I somehow always find myself low on time to do that AND keep up the arting pace. I do read them all, and each and every one of them makes me so happy that someone took the time out of their day to give me their feedback. More than anything, thank YOU GUYS! I couldn't do this without you. And to show that, it's the yearly free raffle!
More winners will be pulled this year: 3 guaranteed win
F.A.Q. TIME!!I get quite a few messages here on DA with various questions and requests. I don't have time due to work and family to answer all of them individually like I would like so I think a handy-dandy FAQ is in order. This way maybe I can answer a question before it's even asked and/or have a journal I can easily direct people to. So here we go!
Q: Can you give me any tips on how to draw/color,paint/whatever better?
A: The quick and easy answer is that there aren't any secrets to being able to draw well. I know it's not what people want to hear and everyone is looking for a magic trick that will instantly make them a better artist. The truth is that I have dedicated 1000s of hours to art in an effort to get better. I attended figure drawing classes, went to conventions and spent hours talking to other artists, and spent nearly every dime I had on books and art supplies. I lived it and breathed it. When you were out on a date or playing video games or seeing movies I was probably home d
Using Cross-Figure With Genesis 8Cross-Figure Genesis 3 is a program that allows you to use Genesis 3 Female hair and clothing on Genesis 3 Male and vice versa without using AutoFit. There are some extra steps using it with Genesis 8, but you don't have to be able to use a modeling program (unless you want to make a better ID morph after you're done, but we'll get to that).
Here's a YouTube version. You'll have to turn your sound up. Sorry.
Genesis 8 Male and Female
Instructions G8F to G8M:
Load Genesis 8 Female into the scene.
Load a piece of clothing or hair onto Genesis 8 Female that you wish to convert.
Go to the Parameters tab. If you do not have one, you can create one by right-clicking near your existing tabs and finding it in the list.
Click on the tiny button at top left of this