So, my friend hath summoned me to answer a gauntlet of interesting questions and urged me to spread the question infection to a few friends and/or random internet people. Normally I tend to avoid things like this (I have never done a chain message before), but I thought some silly fun would be worth the time writing responses. After 16 hours of writing (i.e too much time), a number of revisions (i.e. there’s 20% less text), and a whole lot of laughs, I made this streamlined set of responses and questions.
Anyways, here are the rules for the chain message:
1. Make a new journal entry with the rules and the name of the person who tagged you.
2. Answer the 13 questions you are asked.
3. Make 13 of your own questions and tag 5-8 more people.
4. Tag backs are allowed. Gotta make it a journal. No comments unless it's a comment about the entry itself.
5. Give it a creative name.
1. Confess. What is your most recent sin?
Out of the gate with a real personal one, huh? Well, I suppose that a sense of cowardice is most accurate. Sometimes it causes times of missed opportunities, when I hide from life-changing experiences because of an irrational fear of falling behind in work. Others, it's to avoid losing good company, hiding my eccentricities out of fear of criticism or a self-imposed shame of not fitting "The Norm;" no one wants to turn away good company, right? I suppose that's what DeviantArt is made for: expressing behaviors outside of such norms...
2. What is your favorite book?
One of my favorite recent reads was Vitruvius’ Ten Books on Architecture. It was among my most engaging reads from a set of classes I've taken for school. Known as the inspiration for Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, Roman architect and military engineer Vitruvius created a collection of documents for the emperor of the time; these documents highlighted the fundamentals of architectural design and civil planning, as well as insights into how many trades and arts are necessary to become a great engineer.
For fiction, Brandon Sanderson’s Children of the Nameless provides a nice balance of suspense and mystery with lighthearted elements. While some of the enjoyment comes from knowledge of the card game Magic: The Gathering, it does well to stand on its own merits. Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series details an alternate universe version of World War I, where tanks and airships are replaced with dieselpunk mechs and melded bodies of different animals. The illustrations are especially amazing, as seen by the map of Europe included in the first book.
3. What got you into writing, or making art?
As a child, it was likely a product of childhood play; you want to draw the characters you enjoy and replicate the feelings of joy that they bring. A lot of it was trying to emulate the works of others that I found inspiring, and much of my development and drive as an artist came from online videos and animations.
4. Now what got you into posting your writing / drawings on DeviantArt?
Looks at empty gallery, then to sketchbook on desk. Some friends recommended creating an account to post some of my personal works, either new pieces or old concepts from abandoned projects. I’ve also considered a few contests to see how other artists’ different styles provide new interpretations of the host’s characters and, hopefully, to have other artists provide their own takes on my works (assuming I win, of course!).
5. Have you ever lewded your favorite game, book, or movie?
For better or worse, no. I never really had much interest in doing so; it just wasn't much of a want for me. That being, I have found much inspiration from the “lewd” works on DeviantArt and many works have served as excellent references for my work; I find more value from the styles, lighting, and designs than from the explicit content itself.
6. Do you own any sort of medieval armor or weaponry, even if only for show?
Not medieval, but a replica Civil War sword.
7. Knights, Vikings, or those stupid shitty Samurai?
Probably between knights and samurai. While Vikings have awesome in their own right, with big axes, badass longboats, and awesome gods, I simply know more about the other warriors and find them more interesting. I would say I like samurai a little more for personal reasons; I studied a little about samurai for school projects.
Samurai were masters of horseback fighting, capable of firing bows in both hands while managing a grown horse. Similarly to knights, they were vassals promised money and land in exchange for their fighting skills. The concept of the dual swords are awesome, a long curved katana and a short sword. The symbolism of the swords is intriguing as well; swords are sheathed with the curve of the blade pointing upward, in the hopes that they ascend to the heavens when they fight for their lords. The Japanese also had master swordsmiths, like the ingenious Masamune; using special materials, he was said to forge impure metal into weapons strong enough to rival or surpass those of pure steel.
8. What's your favorite flower? Why?
I had a list of flowers I thought looked nice from a flower store, though I never bought any at the time. One was called the “Candy Pop Petunia,” which were bright purples and pinks with white stripes; I thought they looked really cute. The “Midnight Blue Lobelia” had a really pretty shade of blue and reminded me of someone close; maybe I’ll plant some next year!
9. How many OCs do you currently have? Are there any that you haven't publicly drawn or written about before?
It’s quite a long tale with OCs, actually. I had plans for a story or two, drew concepts and wrote rough character bios, but I never finished more than four pages of actual story, dozens of uncolored sketches, and a barrel of ideas that can’t easily be interconnected without a lot of mental back-bends.
I haven't posted anything for the stories I wanted to work on. There's so little there that the generic designs would probably seem lame compared to the works of other talented artists. I keep trying to pick up where I left off or start from scratch again, but I've found my work very uninteresting lately. Maybe one day I'll post something, but it doesn’t feel like there’s much point right now.
10. What generation are you? Boomer, Gen X, Millennial, or Zoomer? If there's a Silent or GI among you, greetings from the future, cave person! What are you doing, checking out fat anime bottoms?
Why, Generation IV of course! You know, the one with Glaceon and my boi Empoleon...wait, not that kind of generation? I don't know, that last one sounds cool; now I just need to acquire a motorcycle or skateboard so the name can make sense.
11. Can you name your favorite piece that you've personally produced?
Now, that's a tricky one. Not only do I have trouble picking a piece that I actually like, but I also haven't named my pieces in years. I started a painting of one of my favorite OCs(?) this month and it's probably the best painting I've done in my life. A contest submission from a while back was nice because I tried a new style that I what to use in the future. Some of the icons I made impressed me because they were entirely digital and a cyberpunk Jolteon I drew is hanging in my room, so there's that too.
12. Have you ever commissioned anything? If so, what is your favorite commission that you've received?
I have! I believe I’ve received eight works among commissions, trades, and gifts. Of the eight, the first official commission I ever received is probably my favorite; the shot of surprise and excitement when opening up DeviantArt and seeing her look back at me was so profound that I basically wrote a miniature essay praising the piece.
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Welp, I suppose the last question is a pick-your-poison type deal. I had a few ideas for questions, but I'll go with: What is some music you would recommend to the audience?
I personally listen to a lot of soundtrack music, as opposed to pop music like my peers. The idea of setting a mood with music is something that I've always appreciated; music can define the ways we view media and new meaning of artistic works can be created through the usage or manipulate of music. The documentary Ways of Seeing has a brief section on how film utilizes music to create new meanings in art.
Anyway, here’s a list of selections that I have enjoyed recently. Listen at your own risk, I guess.
Romani Holiday - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The Theme of Love - Super Smash Brothers
Hoist the Colours (Cover) - Pirates of the Carribean
Whipping Accolade Under the Light of...(the) Moon - Maiden Ammonite's Red Musical Gear of Chaos
The Willow Maid - Erutan
Theme of Nicol Bolas - Magic: Duel of the Planeswalkers
Shadowlord - Nier
Alright, now for the hard part. Seven victims and thirteen questions are needed to summon the powerful X-Blade, right? Anyways, here are the seven tagged people:
What is one aspect of your art that you want to improve on? What do you feel is your greatest strength?
What would you do with an identical clone of yourself?
Which season is your favorite?
Which of the five senses do you feel is most important? Why?
If you were allowed to possess any fictional item, which would you choose?
What is one personal weakness you feel you have (without being too personal)? Was there a moment where it was a miraculous strength?
What is your favorite fantasy race? Why do you feel that it appeals to you?
If you could have a crossover between any two franchises, which would you pick?
Which Ravnican guild would you be a part of?
Have you played "art tennis" with someone? (Chaining responses to each other's art using ideas or pieces of that person's art, similar to YouTube Poop Tennis.) Would you try it if you haven't or do you have any stories to share?)
What is one of your favorite pieces of art (picture, music, etc) from the past year? If one sticks out to you that is older, share it too!
For the few people who read the whole thing through, thank you for your time! Working on this has been a lot more fun than I was expecting, and I look forward to reading the responses!