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Bye-bye Floc-Floc

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 15, 2012, 3:47 AM
Flocon: stamp by Crooty

Bye-bye Flocon :heart:. You were the most beautiful rabbit.
We love you very very much, we're going to miss you.

Flocon, Posing by Crooty Floc-Floc by Crooty Flat Floc-Floc by Crooty
Chalut, moi c'est Flocon by kiboko77 Floc-Floc de Noel by kiboko77 Flocon by kiboko77

  • Listening to: The Hobbit soundtrack
  • Reading: A Dance with Dragons

No talent whatsoever, or, My failure as an artist.

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 2, 2011, 2:09 PM

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.

Join the :iconrobinhobb: Group!



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 people of course I mean other than family and friends who have always been tactful enough to encourage me... correction: have always insisted  I am creative, even though I've always denied it. And silly me, I've been struggling to prove them right all along... my pathetic joining of about 30 groups here on dA being an perfect example. I am not an artist. Period. Aaaaaaaah.

This doesn't mean I'll stop posting stuff here on dA. It'll be just sharing pictures of nice places, passages of good books, lyrics of moving songs...
And I'll definitely stop craving for :+fav:s like I used to.

  • Listening to: Piano Club
  • Reading: The One Kingdom, by Sean Russell
  • Watching: TV
  • Eating: Salad
  • Drinking: Tea

Exposure

Fri May 7, 2010, 8:28 AM
So 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:heart: 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) :bulletpink:
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 :bulletgreen:
The Crowned Rooster Room (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
Fitz & Verity (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
The Fool & Shrewd :bulletgreen:
The Queen's Garden (needs to do better than in the French comics) :bulletgreen:
Words Like Coins :bulletgreen:
Kiukiu and Snowcloud :bulletgreen:
Map of New Rossiya :bulletgreen:
"I Come and Stand at Every Door" animation :bulletgreen:
Sonea at the Source :bulletgreen:
The Fox :bulletgreen:
Tiffany and the Wintersmith :bulletgreen:
Beldaran & Polgara :bulletgreen:
More rabbits :bulletgreen:
More photos of NZ... and Iceland... and Guadeloupe :bulletgreen:

  • Listening to: Couleur 3
  • Reading: The Windsingers, by Megan Lindholm
  • Watching: Lost S6 and Koh Lanta
  • Eating: Way too much!
  • Drinking: Milk tea

Season's Greetings!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 26, 2009, 3:42 PM
  • Listening to: Jason Pegg
  • Reading: Lord of Snow and Shadows, by Sarah Ash
  • Watching: Dexter, S4
  • Playing: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • Eating: Christmas leftovers
  • Drinking: Rimus

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.

Robin Hobb Fan stamp by The-Fairywitch


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! :bulletred:
Belgariad and Malloreon Map by Crooty

Tintaglia Soaring (started, no happy with the composition) :bulletpink:
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 :bulletgreen:
The Crowned Rooster Room (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
Fitz & Verity (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
The Fool & Shrewd :bulletgreen:
The Queen's Garden (needs to do better than in the French comics) :bulletgreen:
Words Like Coins :bulletgreen:
Kiukiu and Snowcloud :bulletgreen:
"I Come and Stand at Every Door" animation :bulletgreen:
Sonea at the Source :bulletgreen:
The Fox :bulletgreen:
Tiffany and the Wintersmith :bulletgreen:
Beldaran & Polgara :bulletgreen:
More rabbits :bulletgreen:
More photos of NZ... and Iceland... and Guadeloupe :bulletgreen:

Quick update

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 26, 2009, 2:14 PM
  • Listening to: Clearlake & Decemberists
  • Reading: Belgarath the Sorcerer, by David & Leigh Eddin
  • Watching: Weeds, S3
  • Playing: Too much Bejeweled Blitz
  • Eating: Barbie
  • Drinking: Milk tea

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.

Robin Hobb Fan stamp by The-Fairywitch


The 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) :bulletblue:

5 drawings for Bologna (just a few ideas, but deadline's October, might have to skip it this year) :bulletorange:

Tintaglia Soaring (started, no happy with the composition) :bulletpink:
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 :bulletgreen:
The Crowned Rooster Room (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
Fitz & Verity (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
The Fool & Shrewd :bulletgreen:
The Queen's Garden (needs to do better than in the French comics) :bulletgreen:
Words Like Coins :bulletgreen:
"I Come and Stand at Every Door" animation :bulletgreen:
Sonea at the Source :bulletgreen:
The Fox :bulletgreen:
Tiffany and the Wintersmith :bulletgreen:
Beldaran & Polgara :bulletgreen:
More rabbits :bulletgreen:
More photos of NZ... and Iceland :bulletgreen:

Howers!

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 24, 2009, 8:47 AM
Here's a list of all (declared) Howers on dA.

I'll try and match you with you name on the forum: if you're on the list and your name's wrong or just not here, I'm really sorry. Please sent a comment or note and I'll correct that asap.

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:iconaj045:
Hunter121
(A_troll)
:iconajchimaera:
AJChimaera
:iconakeyla:
Akeyla
:iconalannamoo:
Alanna
:iconalarie-tano:
Alarie
:iconalgarraandsanchez:
The Witch King's family
:iconalheimur:
Crownshelm
:iconalti:
Alti
:iconaryundomiel:
Anaire
:iconandyiomoon:
Andy
:iconanwar-nieninqe:
Inka
:iconaragornbird:
Aragornbird
:icondolgwol:
Aranel
:iconari3n:
Ari3n
:iconarmel:
ArmelNicolas
:iconartisallan:
Allan
:iconstarsong-photo:
Asni (Frodolives)
:iconavarahaiel:
Avara
:iconazmal:
Azmal
:iconbalinets:
A. Balinets aka Vultur
:iconbelerion-art:
Pandora
:iconbeneelim:
Astarael
:iconblackhair85:
Blackhair
:iconbraveanimal:
Braveanimal
:iconcaelkriss:
Caelkriss
:iconcatfishchloe:
Windtalker
:iconcatherineanne:
C. A. H.
:iconceleriel-nailaben:
Radeon's girlfriend
(not on the forum)
:iconnatalieanne24:
CelticArwen
:iconcentrau-guardian:
Centrau Guardian
:iconchibileen:
Leen
:iconcinamon-cafe:
Noei1984
:iconcolor-me-ab:
Aragornbird
:iconcqb:
Mjay
:iconcreeps2002:
Creeps2002
:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie
:iconcrooty:
Crooty
:iconcyan-ide-design:
Cyan_ide
:iconcyanurex:
Cyanure
:icondanielpapen:
OldToby
:icondeanert:
Me2
:icongracescreations:
DarkDreamFae
:icondragonladych:
Dragonlady
:icondreamscreations:
Yamithliz
:iconearlybird-obi-wan:
Earlybird
:icondryadstudios:
InKibus's family business
:iconefenleot:
Efenleot
:iconelara-elara:
Elara
:iconelegaer:
Atalante
:iconelegaer-again:
Atalante
:iconelegaer-too:
Atalante
:iconelelith:
Nithiel
:iconelerrina:
Hobbitifyed Friend
:iconenialadam:
Enialadam
:iconerheron:
Erheron
:iconeyeprod:
Nadine
:iconeyeris:
Iris
:iconfiurin:
Laumee
:iconfluffymuffinmanorgnl:
FluffyMuffinMan
:iconformenost:
Surt
:iconfrachimera:
FraChimera
:iconfrocktarts:
InKibus's twin sister
:iconstarsong-studio:
Asni (Frodolives)
:iconfrodo-lives-photo:
Asni (Frodolives)
:icongandarius:
Radeon
:icongaurwaith:
Gaurwaith
:icongoupilch:
Dragonlady
:icongraemeskinner:
Graeme
:icongraveinimages:
Deadwoodrose
:icongreydust:
Greydust
:icongwilian:
Gwilian
:iconhobbit-jigs:
Hobbit Jigs
:iconinkibus:
InKibus
:iconinki-stock:
InKibus
:iconire-ne:
Irene
:iconiribilla:
Irene
:iconithildil:
Ithil
:iconjuliejools:
Jools
:iconjorane:
Joran
:iconjrafaelnavarro:
The Witch King
:iconsythgara:
Kathy
:iconkalchonon:
Caelkriss
:iconkenpen:
Farseer
:iconkiboko77:
Crooty's sister
:iconmeredithdillman:
Kyrn
:iconlakepeekspics:
Farseer
:iconlalwende:
Lalwendë
:iconlarrissma:
Larrissma
:iconlarrybriner:
Aurynwisher
:iconlauralorien:
Pandora
:iconlg-young:
LG Young
:iconlima9:
Thorleif
:iconlinkd3:
LinkD3
:iconlivel:
Livel (Lene)
:iconlollipop-chikadee:
Dozey Rosey
:iconmeisiluosi:
Cesare
:iconmagicalfingers:
MagicalFingers
:iconmarktarrisse:
Markus
:iconmonbaum:
Tree
:iconmelan:
Melan
:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir
:iconmewtwofan:
M.u.f.
:iconmmno:
Gandalf's Son
:iconmonamimi:
Monami
:iconmoonir:
Moonir
(Dragonlady's Mum)
:iconmunched86:
Kettricken
:iconnaera:
Naera
:iconnati:
Nati
:iconnavanna:
Nienna
:iconnightblue:
BlueGreen
:iconnoe-izumi:
Lily_Bleecker_Baggins
:iconnoei1984:
Noei1984
:iconnormanosborn:
The Witch King
:iconoak-child:
Oak-Child
:iconparthgalen:
Leareth
:iconpierre-de-lune:
CaroB
:iconpintaldo:
Piccadilly
:iconpretty-angel:
Pretty_Angel
:iconpuppeteer-for-kings:
Creeps2002
:iconqueenmerov:
Merovingian
:iconjessigraden:
Lonachai
:iconalexandrarena:
MuzbadTheAtrocious
:iconretrowarbird:
Retro
:iconrubberduckytai:
RubberDucky
:iconsamuraidragon:
Karakhanzi
:iconserkeien:
Serkeien
:iconserkeruiz:
Serkeien
:iconsilver-claws:
Silverclaw
(Atalante's kitty)
:iconskywalker-tattoo:
Skywalker
:iconsomk:
SoMK
:iconstarrynienna:
Starry
(Starrysky)
:iconsydex:
SydeX
:iconsythiar:
Synthiar
:icontaeladragonfox:
Dragonfox
:iconterrance-b-funderful:
MonkeyWrench
:icontohryanse:
:confused:
:icontolluk:
Tolluk
:icontomscribble:
C. A. H.
:iconthorleifr:
Thorleif
:iconturin-of-howerdom:
Turin Turambar
:iconunholy-scribe:
Unholy_Scribe
:iconnorloth:
Shane
:iconwoodyend:
Aranel
:iconwynahiros:
Wyna Hiros




Link:
John-Howe.com

Club:
:iconhowers:
  • Listening to: Asni
  • Reading: Fantasy Art Workshop
  • Watching: The Lord of the Rings
  • Playing: Beowulf
  • Eating: InKi's fruit cake
  • Drinking: Mead

Farewell Geneva!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 20, 2008, 2:05 AM
  • Listening to: Girls in Hawaii
  • Reading: King of the Murgos, by David Eddings
  • Watching: Pushing Daisies
  • Playing: Loco Roco II
  • Eating: Moro oranges
  • Drinking: Coffee

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.

Robin Hobb Fan stamp by The-Fairywitch


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:
2009 Robin Hobb Calendar by Crooty 2009 NZ Lanscapes Calendar by Crooty

To-Do List:
Tintaglia Soaring (started, no happy with the composition) :bulletblue:
Maulkin's Tangle & Tellur Singing :bulletgreen:
The Crowned Rooster Room (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
Fitz & Verity (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
The Fool & Shrewd :bulletgreen:
"I Come and Stand at Every Door" animation :bulletgreen:
Map of the Belgariad & Malloreon :bulletgreen:
Sonea at the Source :bulletgreen:
The Fox :bulletgreen:
Tiffany and the Wintersmith :bulletgreen:
More rabbits :bulletgreen:
More photos of NZ :bulletgreen:
Uplaoding my (139) book reviews to dA :bulletgreen:

I 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...

Artist profit scrapped by Crooty
2 sales = profit $0.00

Note: 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 Calendars

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 24, 2008, 6:26 AM
  • Listening to: Fleet Foxes
  • Reading: Pawn of Prophecy, by David Eddings
  • Watching: Journeyman
  • Playing: Who Has the Biggest Brain?
  • Eating: Walnuts
  • Drinking: Landolakes Cinnamon Cocoa

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.

Robin Hobb Fan stamp by The-Fairywitch


Aren'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:

2009 Robin Hobb Calendar by Crooty           2009 NZ Lanscapes Calendar by Crooty


All proceeds to be given to my own little wallet... ($1.12 per calendar if you want to know) :giggle:


To-Do List:
Tintaglia Soaring (sketches done) :bulletblue:
Maulkin's Tangle & Tellur Singing :bulletgreen:
The Crowned Rooster Room (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
Fitz & Verity (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
The Fool & Shrewd :bulletgreen:
Map of the Belgariad & Malloreon :bulletgreen:
Sonea at the Source :bulletgreen:
The Fox :bulletgreen:
Tiffany and the Wintersmith :bulletgreen:
More rabbits :bulletgreen:
More photos of NZ :bulletgreen:
Uplaoding my (139) book reviews to dA :bulletgreen:

End of Summer

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 30, 2008, 3:48 AM
  • Listening to: The Trials of Van Occupanther, by Midlake
  • Reading: Making Money, by Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica
  • Playing: GeoChallenge on Facebook
  • Eating: Boscop apples
  • Drinking: Chai tea

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.

Robin Hobb Fan stamp by The-Fairywitch


Well... 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.

EDIT
I 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 Wife (for Bologna; done!) :bulletpurple:
Map of Gernia (done!) :bulletpurple:
Fox in the Snow (done!) :bulletpurple:
Tintaglia Soaring (sketches done) :bulletblue:
Maulkin's Tangle & Tellur Singing :bulletgreen:
The Crowned Rooster Room (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
Fitz & Verity (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
The Fool & Shrewd :bulletgreen:
Sonea at the Source :bulletgreen:
The Fox :bulletgreen:
Tiffany and the Wintersmith :bulletgreen:
More rabbits :bulletgreen:
More photos of NZ :bulletgreen:
Uplaoding my (139) book reviews to dA :bulletgreen:
Steampunk'd! (not enough time, sadly I'll have to pass) :bulletred:
Weightless video (overdue) :bulletred:
The Rain River & Trehaug (sorry, I can never get any closer than this) :bulletred:


A summer of work

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 22, 2008, 1:32 AM
  • Listening to: The Trials of Van Occupanther, by Midlake
  • Reading: Renegade's Magic, by Robin Hobb
  • Watching: Koh-Lanta & Secret Story
  • Playing: Massive Music Quiz
  • Eating: Tomato salad & BBQ
  • Drinking: Orangina

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.

Robin Hobb Fan stamp by The-Fairywitch


So now it's been almost two months since I started my new job.

So far I can say it's OK (because I'm glad I'm finally doing 3D stuff) but not overly exciting and sometimes frustrating: I had to learn new softwares because 3D Studio Max is too expensive I guess, so I'm now struggling with SketchUp (which is not so bad but the free version has its limitations - e.g. can't export textures) and Artlantis Render, which is fast but a bit buggy and not user-friendly (especially concerning the fine-tweaking of textures).

Plus I have an over-3-hours' commute each day. But the good side is that it gives me plenty of time to read (well, about half that time, unless I get used to reading while walking again).

The bad side is that I come home pretty tired and do nothing but watch TV and fall asleep on the couch... or spend time doing nothing on FaceBook or playing Massive Music Quiz. And my inspiration is all but gone.

I hope I'll find my rhythm soon (it's already a little better than a month ago), and get my energy and inspiration back, so I can work on my Bologna submissions for this year, and do more Robin Hobb illustrations. I feel so much like a slob right now!

I'm also thinking more and more of NZ, but I don't know if we'll be able to go this year (let alone dare to go again, people think we're crazy... but that's only because they've never been there and seen it).


To-Do List:
The Crane Wife (for Bologna; done!) :bulletpurple:
Tintaglia Soaring (sketches done) :bulletblue:
Maulkin's Tangle & Tellur Singing :bulletgreen:
The Crowned Rooster Room (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
Fitz & Verity (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
The Fool & Shrewd :bulletgreen:
Map of Gernia :bulletgreen:
Sonea at the Source :bulletgreen:
The Fox :bulletgreen:
Fox in the Snow :bulletgreen:
Tiffany and the Wintersmith :bulletgreen:
More rabbits :bulletgreen:
More photos of NZ :bulletgreen:
Uplaoding my (139) book reviews to dA :bulletgreen:
Steampunk'd! (not enough time, sadly I'll have to pass) :bulletred:
Weightless video (overdue) :bulletred:
The Rain River & Trehaug (sorry, I can never get any closer than this) :bulletred:


My Robin Hobb Illustrations

Mon Jun 9, 2008, 7:07 PM
  • Listening to: Nada Surf
  • Reading: Tad Williams: The War of the Flowers
  • Watching: 24: season IV

The list of Howers on dA is here!

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I don't mean to show off, but I just wanted to make a list of all the Robin Hobb illustrations I've drawn because I'm tired of having to browse my whole gallery to find them... :aww:

The Six Duchies & Cursed Shores
Robin Hobb Map by Crooty Robin Hobb Map: no text by Crooty

The Farseer trilogy
Fitz's Room by Crooty
Fitz's Room: detail by Crooty
The Fool and King Shrewd by Crooty
On the Ledge: sketch by Crooty On the Ledge: sketch 2 by Crooty On the Ledge: sketch 3 by Crooty On the Ledge: for John by Crooty On the Ledge by Crooty
Skill Pillar: sketch 2 shaded by Crooty Skill Pillar: computer - WIP by Crooty The Skill Pillar by Crooty
The Skill Pillar: detail 1 by Crooty The Skill Pillar: detail 2 by Crooty The Skill Pillar: detail 3 by Crooty
Girl on a Dragon by Crooty
Girl on a Dragon: detail 1 by Crooty Girl on a Dragon: detail 2 by Crooty

The Liveship Traders trilogy
Tumblers in the Glass Sphere by Crooty
Testimonies by Crooty
She Who Remembers: sketch by Crooty She Who Remembers by Crooty
Adrift by Crooty

The Tawny Man trilogy
Last Hunt: sketch 4 by Crooty Last Hunt by Crooty
Nettle's Dreams: quadriptych by Crooty
Nettle's Dream: 1 by Crooty Nettle's Dream: 2 by Crooty Nettle's Dream: 3 by Crooty Nettle's Dream: 4 by Crooty
For John: Nettle's Third Dream by Crooty
Healing by Crooty
Healing: Chair by Crooty Healing: the Fool and Chade by Crooty Healing: Dutiful by Crooty Healing: Thick by Crooty
Nursing by Crooty
Nursing: Kettricken by Crooty Nursing: Chair by Crooty
Ice Cave by Crooty Fitz in the Ice Cavern by Crooty Ice Cave 2 by Crooty
Beloved by Crooty By the Pyre by Crooty
By the Pyre: detail by Crooty

The Soldier Son trilogy
Robin Hobb Map: Gernia by Crooty

Various scraps and WIPs
Fitz's Room: WIP 1 by Crooty Fitz's Room: WIP 2 by Crooty Fitz's Room: WIP 3 by Crooty Fitz's Room: WIP 4 by Crooty Fitz's Room: WIP 5 by Crooty Fitz's Room: WIP 6 by Crooty
Chade's Room: sketch by Crooty
On the Ledge: sketch 5 by Crooty On the Ledge: WIP1 by Crooty On the Ledge: WIP2 by Crooty
The Skill Pillar: sketch 1 by Crooty The Skill Pillar: sketch 2 by Crooty
Girl-on-a-Dragon: WIP1 by Crooty Girl on a Dragon: WIP2 by Crooty Girl on a Dragon: sketches by Crooty
Girl on a Dragon: WIP3 by Crooty
Tumblers: sketches by Crooty
She Who Remembers: sketches by Crooty
Adrift: sketches by Crooty
Soaring: sketches by Crooty
Last Hunt: sketch 1 by Crooty Last Hunt: sketch 2 by Crooty Last Hunt: sketch 3 by Crooty Last Hunt: sketch 5 by Crooty Last Hunt: sketch 6 by Crooty Last Hunt: sketch 7 by Crooty
Last Hunt: WIP by Crooty Last Hunt: WIP 2 by Crooty Last Hunt: WIP 3 by Crooty
Nettle's Dream 2: sketch 1 by Crooty Nettle's Dream 2: sketch 2 by Crooty Nettle's Dream 3: sketch 1 by Crooty Nettle's Dream 4: sketch 1 by Crooty Nettle's Dreams: sketch by Crooty
Healing: sketch by Crooty Healing: splats by Crooty Healing: detail - WIP by Crooty
Nursing: sketch by Crooty Nursing: WIP by Crooty Nursing: WIP 2 by Crooty
By the Pyre: sketch 1 by Crooty By the Pyre: sketch 2 by Crooty Beloved: WIP by Crooty By the Pyre: computer sketch by Crooty


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Summer's here!

Journal Entry: Fri May 16, 2008, 2:40 AM
  • Listening to: Girls in Hawaii
  • Reading: The Mad Ship, by Robin Hobb
  • Watching: Desperate Housewives s.4
  • Playing: Text Twirl
  • Eating: Cottage Cheese
  • Drinking: Orangina

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.



Summer's finally here, and with it I hope, my motivation and inspiration. I have a brand new computer so that should help, too. Plus the fact that I'm re-reading Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders trilogy!

Also, I can finally see the pictures I took in NZ last January, so I guess you should get ready for a batch of those sooner or later...

I've just noticed that there's a category for book reviews on dA, so I'm currently thinking of adding mine, but it's going to take some time.

To-Do List:
Dreamscapes: Rhapsody's house near the lake (done!) :bulletpurple:
She Who Remembers (done!) :bulletpurple:
Tumblers in the Glass Sphere (done!) :bulletpurple:
Adrift (done!) :bulletpurple:
Tintaglia Soaring (sketches done) :bulletblue:
Maulkin's Tangle & Tellur Singing :bulletgreen:
The Crowned Rooster Room (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
Fitz & Verity (not happy with my sketches) :bulletgreen:
The Fool & Shrewd :bulletgreen:
Map of Gernia :bulletgreen:
The Crane Wife (x5 for Bologna) :bulletgreen:
Sonea at the Source :bulletgreen:
The Fox :bulletgreen:
Weightless video :bulletgreen:
Fox in the Snow :bulletgreen:
Tiffany and the Wintersmith :bulletgreen:
Steampunk'd! :bulletgreen:
More rabbits :bulletgreen:
More photos of NZ :bulletgreen:
The Rain River & Trehaug (sorry, I can never get any closer than this) :bulletred:


EDIT: I have found a job! I'm starting on 30th June. :sun: Robin Hobb Fan stamp by The-Fairywitch

Back to boredom

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 12, 2008, 4:40 AM
  • Listening to: Lucky, Nada Surf's latest album
  • Reading: Dante's Divine Comedy
  • Watching: too much TV
  • Playing: LotR trivia on Facebook
  • Eating: Oranges
  • Drinking: Pumpkin soup

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.



Nothing much to say, except Mat:heart: and I are back from NZ again and missing the place so much already :cries:.

I'm going to upload more photos of the trip, as soon as I've downloaded the 3700+ of them on a computer, my Mac being actually full (and me pretty broke I can't afford a new one right now) :P.


Aside from that, my butt really needs kicking. Here's my illustration to-do list:

Dante's Inferno (3rd round of 7th circle) :bulletblue:
Tiffany and the Wintersmith :bulletgreen:
La Belle Dame Sans Merci :bulletblue:
St-Ursanne :bulletblue:
The Shankill Butchers :bulletblue:
Fitz & Verity :bulletgreen:
The Fool & Shrewd :bulletgreen:
Sonea at the Source :bulletgreen:
Rhapsody's house near the lake :bulletgreen:
The Fox :bulletgreen:
More rabbits :bulletgreen:
More photos of NZ :bulletgreen:


Rejected...

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 5, 2007, 8:13 AM
  • Listening to: The Decemberists
  • Reading: Nobody's Son / Watership Down
  • Watching: My name is Earl s.2 / Heroes s.2
  • Playing: Quizzes on Facebook
  • Eating: Boskoop apples / Vacherin Mont-d'Or
  • Drinking: Cider

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.



Poe Project: 2009 Calendar v.2 by Crooty :worry:
I just got the news... my entry for the Poe Project has been rejected (did not match their quality criteria). Which means I don't get the job as illustrator. Shame, I really wanted it and really did my very best. Not enough it seems....

I still have other applications waiting for an answer, but none as exciting as this one was. Actually I got an interview this morning and the company looked nice and the job interesting. Now am I good enough, yet cheap enough for them? That is yet to prove...

In other, happier news, I currently working on my first commission! :w00t:

And I've decided to try and enter the Bologna Children's Book Fair contest... which means I have yet to paint 5 illustrations by 19th October :omg:. I might not make it, but at least I'll try.

And finally, Mat:heart: and I are celebrating our 11th anniversary today. :D

The end... and a new beginning?

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 25, 2007, 2:23 PM
  • Listening to: Nada Surf
  • Reading: Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Battle of Evernight
  • Watching: The Nine
  • Playing: Mah-Jongg
  • Eating: Mozzarella
  • Drinking: Guinness

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.



Today was my last day at work! :dance:

I was quite glad to finally leave, especially after about 6 weeks of deep boredom (read: nothing to do at all). Therefore I wasn't really moved when I said good-bye to my colleagues... except when I went to see  Aude, my favourite apprentice, at the reception. We hugged and started crying. We haven't actually talked that much in the year she's been in the company, but I guess it just clicked, and we liked each other a lot. I'm going to miss you Aude! :hug: :hug: :hug:

I am now working on a project that could get me a job: a 2009-calendar layout, the subject of which is Edgar Allan Poe. So don't be spooked if my art looks a little more macabre than usual... :fear: I've already started wokring on Poe's portrait (I'm almost done actually) and I have ideas for the other elements and the general layout. This is exciting! :excited:

Not a surprise...

Tue Apr 24, 2007, 10:50 AM
  • Listening to: Mazarin, For Energy Infinite
  • Reading: Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Ill-Made Mute
  • Watching: Cricket World Cup
  • Playing: Zelda, Twilight Princess
  • Eating: Cherry tomatoes
  • Drinking: Cider


The list of Howers on dA is here!



My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.



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Here are some fresh news about my job: I got fired this afternoon!

No worries here, I was seeing it coming. There's no 3D planned in the near future, all their projects are blocked. They offered to reduce my time, I said I preferred quitting.

Which means, at the end of July, I'm free! I'm feeling both excited :excited: and a little apprehensive :worry:, because of all the paperwork when you're unemployed. But hey, maybe by then I'll have found another job.

Time will tell.



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Back from America

Thu Apr 19, 2007, 5:33 AM
  • Listening to: Teach Yourself Irish
  • Reading: Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Ill-Made Mute
  • Watching: Cricket World Cup
  • Playing: Zelda, Twilight Princess
  • Eating: An apple
  • Drinking: Tea

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.

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My sister kiboko77 and I had a lot of fun (and not much sleep) in Walt Disney World, we got stuck at the top of Tower of Terror (we rode it 58 times, for a total of 170 over the years), our feet got sore (and my throat too on the last day), we got soaked, we bought lots of candies, we made lots of expensive phone calls (40$ for 5 minutes, I discovered when I got home)... and I lost 3kg, despite:
Don't eat too much or... by Crooty

But we missed RubberDuckyTai. :cries:


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See you in about 2 weeks...

Sat Mar 31, 2007, 6:05 AM
  • Listening to: The Coral Sea
  • Reading: Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Ill-Made Mute
  • Watching: Grey's Anatomy
  • Playing: Zelda, Twilight Princess
  • Eating: Pâté traiteur
  • Drinking: Orangina

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.

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Tomorrow (what??!? :omg: tomorrow already??!?), very early, my sister and I will be on our way to Orlando, Florida.

I'm not even stressed yet! :confused:
(I'm scared of flying, and I usually get nervous a week in advance)

I'm looking forward to spending ten days in the Magical World of Disney and having fun! Of course I'm going to miss Mat :heart:.

See you soon everyone. Hope to see you there Taisia :iconrubberduckytai:! :D


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Featurees!

Thu Feb 22, 2007, 5:49 AM
  • Listening to: Blur: Death of a Party
  • Reading: Robert Holdstock, Ancient Echoes
  • Watching: Heroes
  • Playing: Zelda, Twilight Princess
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Bengal Spice tea

The list of Howers on dA is here!

My list of Robin Hobb illustrations is here.

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The first 10 people who post in this journal will be featured, which means I will go though your gallery and choose three of your deviations I like most and post them in my journal for everyone to see!

In return, you only have to put this in your journal too, OK?


Here are the 10 lucky ones!

Larrissma :iconlarrissma:: I love her Wooden Man series...
Searching Art by larrissma Lacking Inspiration by larrissma The Path Goes On by larrissma

Kasia88 :iconsythgara:: I'm impressed by her dedication to the world she created...
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InKibus :iconinkibus: is a multi-talented pink bunny...
Snow crown, abstract by InKibus Following me? vrs. 2 by InKibus He'd take it to Master...... by InKibus

FrockTarts :iconfrocktarts: is an amazing costume maker...
Green fairy with wings by FrockTarts Eowyn, studio shot, full skirt by FrockTarts The wooden cat by FrockTarts

BraveAnimal :iconbraveanimal: is a devoted Viking and horse lover...
Leather Helmet by BraveAnimal Hello by BraveAnimal Viking Apron dress by BraveAnimal

Ire-ne :iconire-ne:'s sweet watercolours tell a thousand stories...
Amon Hen by ire-ne Planet sweet Planet by ire-ne Talking about roots by ire-ne

CelticArwen :iconnatalieanne24:'s portraits are stunning...
Andrea Jane Corr by NatalieAnne24 Gullveig by NatalieAnne24 Arwen Undomiel by NatalieAnne24

Dragonlady :icondragonladych:'s style is unique and she's a fantastic nature sketcher...
snow cat by dragonladych In flight5 by dragonladych The Fool a portrait by dragonladych

Frodo-lives :iconstarsong-studio: is a dedicated, multi-hatted artist...
Caras Galadhon by Starsong-Studio Golden water by Starsong-Studio Sea Dragon, petrified by Starsong-Studio

Terrance-B-Funderful :iconterrance-b-funderful: doesn't realize how good he is...
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