No talent whatsoever, or, My failure as an artist.Music, architecture, writing, web and 3D design, illustration, photography, acting, cooking...I've come to realize that even though I've been trying, throughout my entire life, to be creative, I actually have no talent whatsoever. Worse, I think I'm actually boring people with my attempts, and my hunger for recognition may even pass as pretension. I do not say I suck at everything: what I do is simply mediocre, plain, passable.Wait! Before you grab your keyboard to protest: it's actually OK. I've been thinking about this for a few months now and I'm totally at peace with the idea. It even feels like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders, to tell you the truth.Now I just need to focus on what I actually know how to do, ie something that doesn't involve creativity and/or subjective judgment: doing my job, reading, listening to music, watching TV, hiking, travelling, playing games, eating, sleeping... and readjust my mind and stop wanting to impress people with what I do. And by pe
ExposureSo yes, I've been joining many photo Groups here on dA recently, to try and get a little more exposure... the good point is that it made me go through old galleries, and I found many favourite pictures I'd actually never posted here. It's been great to dig them up!I hope this compensates for my lack of inspiration for drawings and illustrations...In other news I should get a new camera soon: a Canon SX 20 IS. My sweet little G9 still does great photos but there are some dots on the captor, and since it's already taken almost 20'000 pics, I thought it was time for an update. I hope I have time to test it before June: Mat and I are spending 3 weeks in the Nationals Parks of South-West USA...To-Do List:Tintaglia Soaring (started, no happy with the composition) Now... I just noticed that Vincent Madras Madvins painted the exact same scene, in the same hues, for one of the French editions
Season's Greetings!Merry Christmas and Happy New Year guys!Looking back at this year, I'd say it was both full and empty. I remember working a lot, travelling to beautiful places, going to great gigs, but also wasting too much time on FB and almost not drawing at all.My wishes for 2010? More inspiration, and no more stress migraines. And NZ next winter (yeah because this year we decided to try a new destination for a change: we're flying to Guadeloupe next week).Oh and I just created a Robin Hobb group. Feel free to join and submit your illustrations!:iconrobinhobb:To-Do List:Map of the Belgariad & Malloreon: DONE! Tintaglia Soaring (started, no happy with the composition) Now... I just noticed that Vincent Madras Madvins painted the exact same scene, in the same hues, for one of the French editions... So I don't know if I should do my own version or if I'd be too influenced by
Quick updateThe new job is fine. Much closer to home. Now all I need is inspiration (i.e. read something more inspiring than that old Eddings stuff which is ooookay, just not extremely inspiring).To-Do List:Map of the Belgariad & Malloreon (in the works) 5 drawings for Bologna (just a few ideas, but deadline's October, might have to skip it this year) Tintaglia Soaring (started, no happy with the composition) Now... I just noticed that Vincent Madras Madvins painted the exact same scene, in the same hues, for one of the French editions... So I don't know if I should do my own version or if I'd be too influenced by it (not to mention that I was already under the influence of The Fusion of Dragonlady, angle- and colourwise).Maulkin's Tangle & Tellur Singing The Crowned Rooster
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Farewell Geneva!That's it! My time in Geneva and its 3-hour daily commute is finally over! Looking back, it was a nice job and my colleagues were friendly, but the people I think I'm actually going to miss the most is Doushka who served me coffee every morning, and the couple of homeless people I was seeing every day on the island, and whom I finally talked to, to say farewell and give a panettone, yesterday.I'm looking forward to beginning my new job (designer for counseling engineers in transportation, 10 minutes from home), but before that I'm now facing 6 weeks off (YAY!), thanks to combined extra hours, Christmas break and paid holidays. During those, Mat and I will be going back to NZ for a month. I must say that even though it was nice to have all that snow this week, I'm really can't wait to enjoy the sun and warmth of summer.Aside from that, I'm still selling these two *gorgeous* calendars: To-Do List:Tintaglia Soaring (started, no happy with the compositi
20% off 2009 dA-Calendars: artist profit scrappedI just thought somebody should let people know (since dA apparently forgot to), in case some were eager to advertise the calendar sale to their friends and relatives...2 sales = profit $0.00Note: this is with a Standard Print Account, I don't know how it goes with a Premium Subscription Print Account.Note2: I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section, I'm not allowed to post news in Prints.
2009 CalendarsAren't calendars just the perfect Christmas gifts for your Auntie Edna and Uncle Bob?So whether you think they'll like my illustrations or my photographs: All proceeds to be given to my own little wallet... ($1.12 per calendar if you want to know) To-Do List:Tintaglia Soaring (sketches done) Maulkin's Tangle & Tellur Singing The Crowned Rooster Room (not happy with my sketches) Fitz & Verity (not happy with my sketches) The Fool & Shrewd Map of the Belgariad & Malloreon Sonea at the Source The Fox Tiffany and the Wintersmith More rabbits [Bullet; Green]More photos of NZ [Bullet; Green]Uplaoding my (139) book reviews to dA [Bullet; Green]
End of SummerWell... nothing exciting and new to say, except I'm sad the summer is over: no more bbq on the balcony, no more flip flops...But I'm also glad because I could finish my submissions for Bologna in time, this time. You can check them here:The Crane Wife I, II, III, IV and V.EDITI suddenly have a huge doubt: should I replace the hand with the crane's beak on the fourth illustration? What do you think?Comments are welcome, I'm sending them to Italy on Friday (3rd October).I'm going to submit various 3D images I did at work soon... as soon as I have time actually. So keep your eyes peeled!To-Do List:The Crane
Want to know how to use gifs?So i got a lot of comments asking how to use gifs in journals so i will teach you all!1.) Ok step one find a gif of your choice (i usually look them up on google and on tumblr)2.) Copy the image address (you do this by right clicking the gif and click on "copy image address")3.) then when your on your journal put this address in< img src="filename.gif" alt="alternative text" width=X height=Y >(i put spaces in-between < and > so you can see the address just make sure you get rid of the spaces) 4.) where it says "filename.gif" put in the image address and with x and y put in the size you want (i usually use 300 or 200 for x and 200 or 100 for y) 5.) AND NOW YOU HAVE WONDERFUL GIFS FOR YOU JOURNAL!!!!! Enjoy my friends!!!
EPIC LIST OF ONILNE HETALIA DOUJINSHIWARNING: YAOI. Lots of it. Most is just fluffy cuteness, some is quite explicit. I warn you.Dolfin (GerIta)http://animoobs.tumblr.com/post/6166685477/dolfin-geritaPirate's Chronicles (USUK)http://panoramiccc.tumblr.com/post/7031209646/pirates-chronicles(England Japan) Insolent Peridot R18http://marielitaaa.tumblr.com/post/9356477185/england-japan-insolent-peridot-r18Gap Moe (Bad Touch Trio)http://animoobs.tumblr.com/post/7069503186/gap-moe-bttKoori no Kuni ni Shinzou wo Torareta Hito (SuFin)http://animoobs.tumblr.com/post/6638729870/koori-no-kuni-ni-shinzou-wo-torareta-hito-sufinGamers syndrome (USUK doujinshi)http://ukusrules.tumblr.com/post/7730034745/gamers-syndrome-usuk-doujinshiPirate's Chronicleshttp://panoramiccc.tumblr.com/post/7031209646/pirates-chroniclesigirisu usage to chiisa na otoutohttp://ukusrules.tumblr.com/post/13635688771/igirisu-usagi-to-chiisa-na-otouto-2(America x Canada)http://fyeahdoujin.tumblr.com/post/6983306746/hetalia-americaxcanada
[ Tutorial ] Design Iggy StyleHenhoo!!Tớ là Thanh Uyên ( Yon Fujiwara )Chẳng qua hôm nay có vài người yêu cầu tớ ra cái tut bìa nên mới ra thôi :v Chứ bình thường tớ cũng không rãnh mà ra ( lười vler ).. Bình thường tớ chỉ đem ảnh ra cho các bạn hiểu nhưng hôm nay tớ dùng lời nói để nói luôn cho dễ hiểu.. tại bìa này khá rắc rối.. và làm hơi bị mệt.. :vCơ mà lần đầu design thể loại Iggy mà nhiều người khen và đòi Tut tuôi thấy hạnh phúc ghê vậy á! :3 Cơ bìa này đa số là tự tạo pk~ chứ không có phụ k
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Similar Art StylesSimilar art styles are inevitable. This community is full of young artists who look at other artist's styles in order to develop their own. It is only natural their style will look very much like their inspirations, and hopefully they will only use that style in the beginning, developing more of their own techniques and styles as they progress and mature.I suppose that is the real issue: Maturity. When I was younger, I copied :iconwhiteflamesoul: She was the first Warriors speedpainter I every watched, and I fell in love with her style. Naturally, I tried to copy it, drawing like her. Of course, because I am not her, I couldn't copy it exactly (which was very frustrating for younger me), but now I am quite glad I couldn't since I've been able to develop my own style, recognize my strengths, and move away from hers. I remember realizing that I would much rather have a drawing style that I could call my own, and I didn't feel great about perhaps being remembered only as someone wh
OPEN /journal CSS, profile coding, icons 'n more!Progress listCommission rulesBy making an order, you declare that you read and accepted my rules.dA profile design & codingA themed design of your profile page or your group's profile page, which will include graphic resources such as backgrounds, headers, art status icons and any other resources of your choice, as well as all coding of the widgets choose by you. Maximum safety guaranteed - I don't ask for password to you account!I'm also doing coding for NON-CORE user profiles and Groups.Price will be set on individual basis (should not exceed $10,00).While making an order: Please provide the theme for the design or the particular things you like (patterns, colors, elements), as well as widgets or content you would like to have on your profile (ex. donate widget, place for your stamps or friends icons, etc), and we will disc
Personal Commissions - FULLI am open for commercial/client workI am open for commercial/client work & outsourcing. To contact me, please mail me at email@example.com(workload is full until end of June 2017)I'm going to open 2 commission slots for an auction on June 16 at 11am PHT Prices & samplesChibibase Price: - undisclosed to avoid complaints in the comments - DetailsComplex and cluttered character designs will be simplifiedSize: actual sizeFile: transparent .pngBackground: Background complexity is similar to the sample above. A more complicated bg will cost additional charges!additional charges:props: $10-20Additional Character: base price * # of characters (maximum of 3 characters in one illustration)HALF BODY
How to make a good OC, avoiding Mary/Gary SuesGuys, this journal is OLD. Please stop posting on it, as I won't reply.Ok, I've been seeing really crappy OC's (original characters) floating around the place lately. I thought that I could help you guys out here.------------------------------What is a original character? It's a fan-made character someone usually makes for a book, show, game, etc that is used as a means to "interact" with the main characters of a book, show, game, etc. Unfortunately, some people get this wrong and their character/self-insert may become a Mary/Gary Sue.-What is a Mary/Gary Sue? Well....they have the following traits:-The plot of the book, show, game, etc goes THEIR way (If this only briefly mentions a canon character and is more oc-centric, it's usually ok)-They have NO weaknesses-Any and all characters are attracted to them-They have a TRAGIC past-They are a long lost relative or are the long lost lover/girlfriend/boyfriend to a character or more-They die a TRAGIC death-Every good guy
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Bye-bye Floc-FlocBye-bye Flocon . You were the most beautiful rabbit.We love you very very much, we're going to miss you.