Just a regular ol' blog!
Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know I'm still alive, haha. Things have been going pretty well on my side recently except I wasn't able to stream last weekend because the hard drive on my PC failed Saturday. I got to spend all weekend installing Windows onto a new one and making sure my drivers/programs were installed
I didn't lose much data because I backed up about a month ago but what I did lose was devastating; the PSD to this picture I've been working on for almost a month
. I keep trying to tell myself it's okay, I can paint over the JPEG there (which is the latest version, so no work is. . . 'lost'. But I've already had to paint over a JPEG of this drawing the first time it corrupted so it's very discouraging.
This means I'll be streaming this weekend on Saturday starting 12pm and also on Sunday starting 12pm. You guys are always very nice and encouraging and your company is comforting so I'm hoping that we can all have a lovely time and I can bridge this obstacle of having to repaint this drawing again. I'm also late on my entry for :devtheshinxchange: but I'm going to be an ass and say procrastination totally paid off because I would have been infuriated if I lost two PSDs instead of one. . .
Other than that I'm great! I'm going through my messages and I got some lovely gifts. I got something in the mail from Penzone
which is really lovely and amazing tea!! It's the first thing I ever received in my new PO Box (address below if you want to send me stuff! I send stuff back!) and I totally forgot my box number when I went to check it but. . . I remembered that it ended in a 5 so I stuck my key in every box until it opened one haha. Anyway, my tea is great and I can't wait to send something back to Penzone
Also I got some lovely pieces of art recently. I can't wait to redo my journal skin so I can showcase the recent work I've received. I promise I'll start posting more art soon too! Here are the most recent gifts for me which I want to share with everyone because they are awesome and cute!! Thank you guys for the sweet pictures ;u;
I was tagged again again; this time by the lovely Sythgara
. Like last time, I can't think of 10 more things about me, so I'm just going to answer the questions, haha! These are really great and thought out questions; I apologize in advance for the long answers.1. How long have you been drawing?
I've been drawing all of my life; ever since I could hold a pencil or something that would make color (my parents almost killed me once when I used flower buds to draw in orange on the side of our white house as a child). Someone has asked me this question before and I feel that a lot of people ask this question to compare their 'level' of skill to another person's based on the amount of time each has been drawing. And people that haven't been drawing for very long often feel discouraged and that they are at a disadvantage to people who say they've been drawing since forever. I'm bringing this up because there are a lot of people out there who feel this way and they shouldn't. Even if someone has been drawing since they can remember, there is a distinct switch they must flip in their brain. People that started to pursue art at a later age have already flipped this switch, it's the one where you go from being a regular person to being an 'Artist'. But people that are already drawing have to identify at some point that they don't want to be "a person who draws things" and that they want to be an "Artist". The difference is that a person who draws things just draws things because they are bored, because they're passing time, or other reasons. You have to make a decision to begin STUDYING art to turn into an 'Artist'. You have to decide to pursue active improvement in the subject. So if I answer "How long have you been an artist", I would say since about 2006.2. Have you worked/work in the industry?
I have not worked in the industry before beyond just freelance commissions I take here on deviantART. I really do enjoy creating art but I also want to be able to do it for myself and I've experienced the level of workload that prevents you from doing personal art; I didn't like it. When I was working at Subway (I love to make Subway sandwiches, btw), I ate sandwiches every day. And for the entire four years I worked at Subway, it NEVER crossed my mind to eat a sandwich at home and I never bought a single loaf of bread that wasn't used for French Toast. I don't want art to be that way; I don't want to draw all day and come home and not want to draw because I've been drawing all day. This is why I choose to be a hobby artist. I DO like web design though which I consider to include many, many aspects of art. I even thought about pursuing a Bachelor's degree in web development. Then I landed a job at Microsoft and it doesn't look like my career is going in the direction of web development (and that's totally fine, I love what I do), so why even bother getting a BA now. 3. Do you have any WIP or existing stories including your characters?
I do actually! I have a wonderful headworld that I used to work on a lot between 2004 and 2007. Within it, I have about 100 characters at the moment. Thanks to being a fulltime student and a full time worker from 2008-2012 and then commissions in 2013-2014, I haven't been able to work on it at all. I've said it multiple times already but I'm super proud of finishing my to-do list and I'm very excited to start working on my headworld again. I will post headworld related artwork at my Tumblr
.4. Can you show me your first OC?
Awe man I don't think I have any pictures of my very first OC but my very second OC can be seen here
. He continues to be one of my favorite main characters and that's why he has a refsheet to begin with (and a recent one at that). My friend Ahkward
told me recently that I should give making comics a go. I've never been good at them and, to be honest, the thought of working on such a huge piece of art intimidates me. But after giving it some thought, I am contemplating doing a series of mini-comics that aren't necessarily plot driven but reveal backstory to my characters. If I do, the character linked in this answer will be the subject of the first comic. Would that be fun?5. Is art your profession or a hobby?
Oops, sorry. I answered some of this question already. Art is really only a Hobby to me and I enjoy it a lot that way. I work full time and I make a living wage so I don't really need to take commissions. I take commissions because people like them (apparently) and because I enjoy the opportunity to draw other artists' characters. All of the money raised through commissions goes to my emergency savings account.6. You invent a human/humanoid couple. Which one is the male which one is the female? (If you have existing one, what is it?)
This is a hard question and I'm not sure what the answer would be, to be honest. I think that it could go both ways and be very appealing and interesting either way. I suppose it's difficult for me to think about since I don't have any human characters 7. If I asked you to draw any fanart right now, what would you draw?
I would probably draw Pokémon fanart because I love using artistic liberty on drawing them realistically. And come on, it's Pokémon.8. What sort of environment inspires you most?
I'm a hermit, I like to be inside my house listening to nice music. But it has to be clean! If the place at which I am drawing is dirty or unorganized, I need to pick the place up and make it nice and neat or my thoughts will be chaotic, haha.9. What animal inspires you most? (Anatomically for example)
That question is so difficult that it blew my actual mind. There are so many animals that are super extra amazing and I suppose that I go through phases of being inspired by one animal and them moving to another one. I suppose my current favorite animal is the pangolin because they are really cute
and their skeleton are really interesting
.10. What's the most challending piece of art you've done?
I have to say that it is likely the one I am currently working on, which is linked above. It's the first time in a while that I have actually made a conscious effort to redraw the picture to make sure it is anatomically correct, and to make sure I'm trying to avoid tangents and other things I usually don't care about or pay attention to. I don't suppose it's really CHALLENGING, but I am certainly putting more effort into it than usual which is resulting in a more lengthy process than normal. I just hope it shows in the results, especially considering I'm going to have to paint over it.
Well, that's about it, everyone! Thank you for reading and I hope I see you at my Livestream this weekend! And since I said I would, here is my PO Box address! Hopefully typing it out here will help me remember what the damn box number is next time I check it, haha.
PO Box 631295
Irving, TX 75063