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So, my friend :iconundertaker33: 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. 

13. Error 404: Question Not Found

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.

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:

  1. :iconrhymelie:

  2. :iconanisopterror:

  3. :icondigitalrochambeau:

  4. :icondianalilith:

  5. :icontragicfangirl:

  6. :iconcerberuspink:

  7. :icondemon-lord-nikolai:

I would also like to extend the list back to :iconundertaker33:, if time permits; life is busy, but I would love to hear his thoughts on the questions. 

  1. What is one aspect of your art that you want to improve on? What do you feel is your greatest strength?

  2. What would you do with an identical clone of yourself?

  3. Mask of Life, Time, or Creation?

  4. Which season is your favorite? 

  5. Which of the five senses do you feel is most important? Why?

  6. If you were allowed to possess any fictional item, which would you choose?

  7. What is one personal weakness you feel you have (without being too personal)? Was there a moment where it was a miraculous strength?

  8. What is your favorite fantasy race? Why do you feel that it appeals to you?

  9. If you could have a crossover between any two franchises, which would you pick?

  10. Which Ravnican guild would you be a part of?

  11. 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?)

  12. 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!

  13. Of the other artists chosen to continue this chain message, whose work stands out to you the most? What aspects of their work do you gravitate towards? 
Gosh, that last one is so baaaad.

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!


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bubblegum-girl Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the fav!
coffeebandit Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for faving! :)
Don-de-chocolate Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2019
Thanks for the +fav
undertaker33 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Quick! What’s your favorite of your most recent favorites? Let’s say last 30.
XavierSchmidt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But it's been very nice to hear from you, my friend. I hope your feeling much better after your recent business excursions; it's a shame that they did not work as you had hoped. 

It was nice that you asked me something like this; no one really asks me what types of art I like and why I appreciate them. It felt good to write again, which I've been waiting to say for a few months now. Thank you!

Hopefully we can talk more soon. I miss our chats together. Wishing you the best!
undertaker33 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
I appreciate that. I’m still on the hunt for a new job, sadly, but it is what it is. Hopefully I’ll find something soon :) thank you!
XavierSchmidt Featured By Owner Edited Jun 21, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, that's a bit of a tricky one. Often times when I favorite works, I select them in clusters for similar references to add to my collections. So a lot of my favorites in recent times can be a bit samey. But I have liked a few in particular lately!

For hairstyles, I've taken a liking to the new design of Zelda for Breath of the Wild 2; I never got to experience the games myself, but the characters and worlds often intrigued me.
Short haired Zelda by ArtofSyo
:iconartofsyo: created this beautiful rendition. In addition to providing an excellent view of Zelda's adorable hairstyle, the artist incorporates the warm light of the torches to set a lighter tone in the darkness of the cave. Zelda's expression borders on both confidence in her exploration skills and concern of the unknown. Likewise, other artists like :iconanna-p-ru: , :iconmonorirogue: , and :iconriendonut: have created works that explore the hairstyle in different ways, each of which I found exceedingly insightful.

While not a Steven Universe fan myself, many of the works from the fandom have much love and care put into them. There are a few pieces that I can find technically pleasing, like the architecture of the Diamond's fortresses and battlecruisers. But there are some pieces that are just plain cute.
Steven Universe It's ok to be gentle by WalkingMelonsAAA
To see such an aggressive and violent force act so humbled, so innocent in bearing, has an oddly satisfying feel to it. For once she exhibits a curious nature, afraid of either the alienness of the bird or her oppressive strength that could harm it; Steven, the good-hearted boy he is, encourages her to accept the sensitive capabilities of her soul. All this is presented in the beautiful watercolor style, with blues and oranges and purples blending together like the sky after a setting sun.

I also really like :icondisharmonica: 's Li Ming cosplay, a work I favorited a while back.
Diablo 3/Heroes of the Storm - Li-Ming cosplay by Disharmonica
If looks could kill, she would probably annihilate past, present, and future versions of myself. Her emotion combined with shadowy makeup present a powerful presence, and the armor possesses such attention to detail and craft. 

A last one I can think of is the work of :icondigitalrochambeau: , who recently posted a picture that embodies my feelings this summer.

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beneath dusk by DigitalRochambeau

After trials and tribulations in learning and life, I have found it difficult to regain my artistic spark; my gestaltian creations fill me not with pride, but disgust at my lack of creativity. The fires of inspiration, no matter how much force I employ, have grown oppressively dim and cold. And in this feeling of frustration, I have found one who understands such a plight:

A really tired squirrel girl who find solace in cold rags and staring into the vastness of space.
undertaker33 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Oh man, I actually really don’t like Zelda’s new, short hair lol. One of the reasons I asked you in the first place is I saw her in your favorites for hairstyles. The DA App shows whenever people you’re watching update their collections and what they add.

Very fascinating answers though :) and well thought out as well!!
XavierSchmidt Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can see how it might be disappointing, especially how it's such a break from Zelda's iconic look. The cell-shading in the trailers didn't do it much justice either; personally, I thought it looked like a glitchy mop head for part of it. Sweating a little...  But in some moments, I thought it looked nice with HD graphics (I really like the middle bit with the lich), and the ways that other artists reimagine the style do it more justice than the trailer may have. Whether or not it's "Zelda enough"...well, I think it best to leave Zelda fans to open that lich's crypt when the time comes.

As someone who has little connection to the games, I think giving Zelda a new look to differentiate herself from the other games is nice, even if the first BotW version struck that balance of old and new better. Even game characters may want to change things up a bit, and it's easy to get long hair stuck in traps and falling doors. And it's been extraordinarily helpful with some works of mine, too; I choose my favorites based on care and need, after all ;)

I didn't know the app kept track of that. I supposed I turned off desktop notes to avoid mass inbox spam. Good thing to keep note of, though.
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thecamat Featured By Owner May 12, 2019   General Artist
Thank you for the favorite! :)
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