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I realized that a lot has happened since the last time I posted here, so here's a quick news post while I eat lunch.

I've been hired as a junior artist for Big Fish Games's Oakland studio, Self Aware. I now live in the bay area, I've been working for a week and a half so far, and everything is awesome and great. It's full time, I'm a salaried worker, I've been making awesome things, and the benefits are super good ahhhh. Everyone here is awesome and there is no bullcrap in terms of internal bureaucracy or anything like that and ahhhh you guys I feel like I hit some kind of weird jackpot here.

I spent a lot of college thinking that I'd either a) take at least a year to get a job or b) not get a studio job at all and work at starbucks for the rest of my life while working on personal art and failing.

Somehow I've ended up here, and this is the happiest I've been in a really long time.

IF YOU LIVE IN THE BAY AREA, POKE ME. I'm still new here and I have no idea what I'm doing hahaha
  • Listening to: Stuck on f*cking you
  • Reading: Noli me tangere
  • Watching: Les Stroud Beyond Survival
  • Playing: Bejeweled
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
So here's the official post announcing the Indiegogo campaign that I started!

Hey guys! We're down to the last couple of weeks left before it's time for me to move and start working up in Oakland, and while everyone who donated to the other fundraiser have helped me immensely and it means so much to me that you did, I am still a bit short of having enough money to spend a comfortable first month in the bay area.

This time, you will be getting stuff in return for your donations, like a digital sketch, a nice Pentalic a la modeskin journal with some art in it, physical art, and you might even get all of the above and the chance to pick how I cut my 1960's Yoko Ono hair. For anyone with a lot of money who for some reason wants to see me with a mohawk or something.

Honestly, anything helps, and if you're willing to help me, it would mean the world.

And if you can't help, please spread the word! Go over to the Indiegogo page and take a look!

(And of course, the other fundraiser, where you cast votes for which fandom I will draw a full-colored poster, is still going if you wish to keep supporting that! But honestly, thank you to every single one of you who have helped me out thus far, and I hope I make you proud. If there's anything I can do for everyone, if there are tutorials you'd like me to do, or if you still have questions you'd want me to answer, or help you want me to give you, please feel free to say. It's the least I can do as a thanks for the help and the support you've all given me not only right now but over the years)
  • Listening to: Stuck on f*cking you
  • Reading: Noli me tangere
  • Watching: Les Stroud Beyond Survival
  • Playing: Bejeweled
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
75 votes ($75) for Final Fantasy IX

55 votes ($55) for Gant and Lana (Phoenix Wright)

45 votes ($45) for Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

42 votes ($42) for Supernatural

35 votes ($35) for Secret of Mana

25 votes ($25) for Wreck it Ralph

20 votes ($20) for Rise of the Guardians

18 votes ($18) for Aquabats

15 votes ($15) for L.A. Noir

12 votes ($12) for Thor and Loki

5 votes ($5) for Touhou Project

5 votes ($5) for Game of Thrones

3 votes ($3) for Adventure time

3 votes ($3) for Homestuck

1 vote ($1) for No More Heroes

Click here to donate/vote

Fundraiser Info

(To clarify, it's a vote per dollar, so you can donate $1 for one vote, or $5 for 5 votes, etc—thanks for the people who donated so far!)

NOTE: There are a few people who sent me a couple of dollars, but didn't leave a note regarding what they want to vote for! If you don't see your donation vote listed here, or you couldn't leave a message with the donation, feel free to drop me a note here with the paypal address you used and your vote. Thanks!

Bolded updates are New Fandoms Added.

Italicized updates are fandoms with added donations.

I got a big one for Final Fantasy IX yesterday. If you want me to do a big, pretty, full colored poster of your fandom, please vote for it (talk to your fandom friends, get them to vote for it! IDK)! Every donation will go towards helping me in my relocation to Oakland, where I will start my journey as a professional game artist.

If I get $150 more in donations, I will draw the top TWO voted for fandoms. Anything and everything helps.

Sorry for pulling this on you on the holidays. Thanks for everything!

(P.S. if the donation link doesn't work, please tell me, and I'll see what I can do. There have been a couple of hiccups)
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
So my housing plans have fallen through

turns out staying with my relatives when I move up north is non-viable at this point in time. The commute would take far too long, and I'd be spending more than $20 a day just to get to my work and back, and I just can't do that.

I really need to raise money somehow so that I can afford to get a room. I am dead fucking broke and I don't know what to do.

If you guys can help me out, if it's donating, giving me advice, or if you know someone in the Oakland area, or whatever, that'd be really helpful. I need to figure all of this stuff out before the 10th of January, hopefully a lot sooner.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
EDIT: List of Votes/Donations
  1. 35 votes ($35) for Secret of Mana
  2. 32 votes ($32) for Supernatural
  3. 20 votes ($20) for Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
  4. 20 votes ($20) for Rise of the Guardians
  5. 15 votes ($15) for L.A. Noir
  6. 12 votes ($12) for Thor and Loki
  7. 3 votes ($3) for Adventure time
  8. 2 votes ($2) for Homestuck
  9. 1 vote ($1) for No More Heroes

(To clarify, it's a vote per dollar, so you can donate $1 for one vote, or $5 for 5 votes, etc—thanks for the people who donated so far!)

NOTE: There are a few people who sent me a couple of dollars, but didn't leave a note regarding what they want to vote for! If you don't see your donation vote listed here, or you couldn't leave a message with the donation, feel free to drop me a note here with the paypal address you used and your vote. Thanks!

I'll update this if I get more donations. Thanks!


Original Message:

I got an email from Big Fish Games in Oakland, telling me that they are excited to have me on board, which I am too happy about right now. I'll be working as a 2D artist for some of their online games, focusing mostly on UI and backgrounds/environments (They really liked my environments. I am happy)!

This is great news! The sort of stressful news is that they want me up there sometime in January, and I'm going to have to find a way to raise enough money to move up there and survive before my first paycheck. I don't think that they're giving me money to move up there, sadly, since I live in State and they found out I have a sister living in Berkeley (in a dorm on the UCBerkeley campus but WHATEVER).

I would open up commissions, but I'm still working on my current list and I didn't think that would be fair to my current commissioners.

And I was thinking that maybe I should beg for donations, but then I have terrible guilts for taking things and not returning them in some way or form.

So I've decided to do something of an auction.

I feel bad doing this so close to Christmas, so I'm not hugely hopeful, but any little bit would help, if you can spare anything.

If you donate, you can vote for a full colored picture from any fandom from me!

  1. Every dollar you donate counts as ONE VOTE towards a fandom of your choice. Just send me a note with your donation and I'll add it to the list.
  2. You can vote for any fandom. Do you miss when I used to draw for Hunchback of Notre Dame? Does the world need more Homestuck? Have you ever wondered what it would look like if I drew characters from Supernatural? Something else you always wanted me to draw? Then vote for them!
  3. You can vote as many times as you want, as long as you donate.
  4. Regardless of the amount of money raised, on Thursday, January 3rd, I will draw a full-sized illustration, painted background and everything, for the fandom that got the most votes.
  5. If I hit the $500 mark, I will draw illustrations for the top 2 fandoms voted for.
  6. If I hit the $1000 mark, I will draw illustrations for the top 3 fandoms voted for.
  7. If I hit my goal of $2000, I will draw illustrations for the top 3 fandoms, and give free sketches to 5 random donators.


Like I said, I'm not hugely hopeful, because it is Christmas, but I don't know what else I can do at this moment, and I just want to give something else in return.

The money will be used for transporting all my stuff up there, food, public transportation, rent (though, luckily, I have some family who are willing to let me live with them for a little while for a sum that isn't too bad, so hopefully that won't be a big chunk), and utilities/internet. $2000 would be a decent goal before my first paycheck, but any little thing helps.

Click here to Donate, Vote, and Help Me Move!
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
There has been an awful lot going on here lately. For the past few weeks I've been going through interviews for an art job at a casual gaming company up in Oakland (just did my face-to-face interview earlier this week--they flew me out there and put me up in a hotel for an interview, and it was good, and I am waiting to see if I got the job). In addition, the house that we are renting is going into foreclosure, because the landlords refused to pay the bank for the loan that they took out to buy this thing. Which means that realtors are kicking us out of the house almost every day for a few hours to lead people (and there are shitloads of people, as this is a good neighborhood surrounded by good schools) around our house. We are not allowed to be there. I'd talk about it more, but it fills me with seething terrible anger, so I'm not going to. In addition to all that, though, I am suffering what I am starting to believe is chronic vertigo.

Every couple months I get vertigo spells that incapacitate me like whoa. I spent most of yesterday curled up in bed with nausea. And then the realtors kicked us out for a few hours to do house tours, so I ended up going to the library, where I vomitted a couple times in the restroom and sprawled out on the foyer couch like a hobo. Glamorous person, I am not.

I'm doing alright for now, but I can feel it lurking in the bottom of my throat and the back of my head. Just a warning to people who are waiting for updates to commissions or comics or just in general. bluh.

If you have any questions, just leave me comments and notes, and I'll try to answer them as best as I can. Sorry about that, guys.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
CHANGE OF PLANS: I think I'm pretty much set on buying a desktop now.

Helpful tumblr ghost gon-dan-jie-yi has convinced me that it would be better to focus on raising money for a desktop computer than to keep maintaining an old laptop. Big thanks to him, as he helped me do some research and find out what I wanted for relatively cheap, so we ended up with a refurbished 20" LCD monitor, a decent desktop, and a USB wireless adapter (WHICH I WILL NEED FOR INTERWEBS) for around $500.

It's still more than the goal for a new laptop, but the desktop would probably last me longer and be easier to upkeep, AND I'd be able to do more livestreams. Also I'd do more work, because I wouldn't be able to yield to the ever-existent temptation to lie on the couch and watch netflix on my lap. You'd want that, right?

So, now I need to raise $500. Somehow. IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS, I'D BE REALLY GRATEFUL TO HEAR.

The money raised by the emergency commissions will be going towards the desktop, as will the money that some awesome people (Wytwolf, i owe you way too many things) donated. I'm considering doing a special on black and white 6x9 comic pages as well, if anyone's interested in me illustrating your stories.

And I dunno. Maybe I'll sell my next hair cut. Like, whoever bids the highest gets to choose my next hairdo. But then again, I don't know how mean you guys are so…

BUT WE'LL SEE.

TO THE PEOPLE WHO SENT ME NOTES REGARDING COMMISSIONS, I will respond to you soon, promise! Things are busy bee around here right now. Thanks for the patience <3
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
I know I haven't been open for commissions for a little bit, because I've been working on a previous list (which I am still working on, but getting to the end to, so people who commissioned me previously, please don't worry), but I'm in a bit of a pickle here in regards to Lappy.

My laptop is reaching 6 years old. I'm not going to try to replace it (that would take too much money than I have at the moment, being flat skint), but I need to at least buy an external keyboard, and a new battery and charger plug or whatever the hell you call that. I primarily work on lappy when working on art and doing business, but the keyboard is starting to die on me (For a while I was typing with 5's replacing the S key--btw, the reason I can type alright here is because I'm using the family desktop. I've been using the family desktop a lot lately, when I can actually get my paws on it, which is the problem). In addition the battery is straight up dead, and I have to keep it plugged in for it to operate. Which wouldn't be a problem, but the old charger thingy is really loose, and sometimes it falls out without me realizing, which results in the laptop shutting down automatically from the power disappearing.

I guess I don't really need the new charger plug or whatever that's called--if I at least get the battery replaced it won't die on me if the charger falls out, so the priority is keyboard and new battery. I wouldn't usually pop up with this when I still have the tail ends of a list to finish up, but it's starting to get in the way of me getting work done.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S MORE IRRITATING THAN YOUR LAPTOP RANDOMLY SHUTTING OFF? YOUR LAPTOP RANDOMLY SHUTTING OFF AND THEN YOU OPENING UP PHOTOSHOP TO REALIZE THAT YOU LOST THE WORK THAT YOU HAD PREVIOUSLY DONE BECAUSE THE "S" KEY IS BUGGING OUT AND DIDN'T REGISTER THE FACT THAT YOU HAD TRIED TO SAVE EARLIER.

Anyway, neither the battery or the keyboard cost too much money if I go cheap on it, but I am actually straight up flat skint from helping the fam out. I just need to do a few and hopefully I can get everything to work again.

Commission Prices

1 Character Sketch - $5
Each Additional Character - $3 each
Complex Background - $5

1 Character Clean Lineart - $10
Each Additional Character - $5 each
Complex Background - $7

1 Character Cel-Shade - $15
Each Additional Character - $7 each
Complex Background CEL SHADE - $10
Complex Background PAINT - $20

PAYPAL ONLY THIS TIME AROUND.


If you've got anything else you have in mind that you'd like me to do that doesn't fit the above criteria feel free to ask, and i'll get back to you asap.

If you're interested, please send me a note, or send an email to jacks10_31@hotmail.com

Thanks >.<
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
I just realized I haven't pimped this comic out on deviantART yet! Time to rectify that.

A little bit back I posted a piece of art with Freya Crescent from FFIX and Frog (or Glenn) from Chrono Trigger on it. I've actually been working on the comic for that, and posting it online.  

You can find it on smackjeeves here: searching.smackjeeves.com/comi…

It follows Freya a few years before the events of Final Fantasy IX. During her search for Fratley, she finds the mysterious Glenn, who at first reluctantly agrees to help her find her lover. It isn't long before Freya wonders if there is more to the story than Glenn is telling her.

It started off as a way of testing a process of making comics digitally (since, as you could see with Magic Train and DeviantDEAD--which I will address later in this post--I have a tendency to only use digital media for coloring and lettering), as well as potentially testing out a printer I was considering using for later projects. After making the first couple pages, I decided to continue it.

I've got about ten pages up so far, and I'll be working on it each weekend between other bits of work I have to do.

AS FOR MY OTHER COMICS:

DeviantDEAD will continue on OCTOBER 31st. I need to get some projects and stuff I HAVE to do out of the way to give myself the opportunity and the ability to just HUNKER ON DOWN and devote as much time as I can to completing it. So I'm giving myself a month to do those things. I talk a lot about wanting to make self-publishing my own comics and stories my future, but if I can't finish something that is already on its final chapter, then that is leaving a door closed. I think once I finish deviantDEAD, I'll be able to stop doubting myself as much as I do.

Magic Train is on hiatus at the moment. I'm not unhappy with the comic, but I feel like I need to go back and re-outline/re-plan a few things before I can continue on with it with real confidence, which has been the main thing keeping me from drawing the next few pages. I think I might over-plan as a comic artist, and there's an annoying amount of perfectionism that does hinder me sometimes, but these are things that I feel are important to the feel of the comic as a whole, and I'll devote some time to figuring that stuff out too. IN ADDITION there are currently some problems with finding the fundage to even keep the site up once rent is asked for again, since times have been hard on me and my coconspirators this past year, so, it's stuff I have to consider.

But yeah, take a look at Searching, if you want! Any support would be cool.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
So I've gotten so many prompts I am considering making 3 books instead of 2. The first book will be Fire (Amarant), the second book will be Rain (Freya), and the third book will be...Steam.

And I wish I wasn't actually considering asking you guys for slightly pervy prompts to fill up the "Steam" book. But I am seriously considering asking you guys for slightly pervy prompts to fill up the "Steam" book. If I actually do that, then I'll make it an item with most of the art not posted online, and it'll be slightly more expensive than the other books, because that way only a very limited amount of people can use it for blackmail later in my life e.e

BUT UH, UM, Yes, I need 25 more prompts. QUICK, THROW RANDOM WORDS, PHRASES, SITUATIONS, QUOTES, ANYTHING AT ME.

(Or if you want to throw something slightly pervy, feel free to send me an anonymous ask, if you don't want me to judge you.)
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
Someone asked me if I would compile the "Year of Fremarant" pictures into a book once I've got them all done, and I thought about it, and I was like "yeah, sure, you know, why not." I'm considering breaking them up into 2 books, though--put one out at the half-year point, and put the last one out after another half year. The FIRE book for the warmer months, and the RAIN book for the colder months. It'll be like my Beatle book, which means it's mostly just a bunch of colored pictures of certain characters put together.

I want to put more than just the pictures in the 1 drawing a week challenge, though, so that it would make buying the book worth it--there should be extra art in there, so instead of 26 pages of art, maybe I'll have 40 pages of art per book, with those extra pages being stuff I won't post online.  I'm looking at a cheap print on demand site right now if it comes down to it, but I'll try to keep the cost down so that it won't cost a huge amount to buy.

So 1: I'd need to know if anyone was interested...

and 2: That means I need more prompts for the art! GIMME.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
I'm challenging myself to do at least one personal illustration a week for a year

And by personal illustration, I mean drawing a Freya/Amarant picture each week apart from work, commissions, and comics until I eventually become sick of the pairing.

I've got a month of ideas planned out, but there are 52 weeks in a year.

Please send me prompts.

It can be anything from single words, to phrases, to situations, to random quotes.

I just feel like I need to siphon inspiration out of other people right now.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
If you want to do an art trade with me, there are a couple of rules: You must be willing to draw Freya and Amarant. You have to be good enough to draw Freya and Amarant.  I will probably draw a prettier picture for you and get it done faster if it's FFIX related. I will do an art trade with you only if you draw Freya and Amarant for me. I never do art trades ever, but I am willing to do them for Freya/Amarant art for the limited time that I am this exorbitantly obsessed with this pairing. Just note me.

I don't do requests except sometimes on tumblr when I ask for ideas. But that is very rare.

Commissions are closed for now so that I can catch up on what I have to do. I'll maybe open them again in a month or two when I get this batch done. And to the people who are waiting for their commissions, I am working on them! I am sorry for the delay.  

Just cuz I've been getting some notes! Things on deviantART have gotten a bit slower since I don't always have polished art to put up here due to working and things. Love you guys.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
Someone brought to my attention that I haven't been on deviantART for a VERY LONG TIME, and I want to apologize for that right now. It appears I've been eaten by the tumblr beast, and I've ended up venting all of my sordid troubles there. Also I haven't made any good art for a while *laughs* but there you go, I guess...

A lot has been going on on my side of things...After a particularly bad set of breakdowns, I finally went to the clinic, and I was diagnosed with extreme depression and a month and a half ago they put me on anti-depressants, and I am a much happier person, strangely enough. I never knew that there was actually the possibility of a life without hating oneself or the things that one does, but now I'm somewhere close to living it. It makes me want to cry when I think about how little I loathe myself these days. I'm thankful for it, despite avoiding getting help for my problems for years.

There's been family drama, car accidents, some terrible things that i really don't even want to think about right now, and some great things that I don't have the capacity to talk about right now...What else, what else... I had my 22nd birthday a couple of weeks ago (WHO GOT ME A PRESENT?)! I got a job as an artist's assistant for an Eisner-nominated comic artist! I'm making a Freya-focused RPG maker fan game in my spare time (If you want to see more about that, you can look at this blog--I might need your help if you're willing to give it! fireandraingame.tumblr.com/ )

And...I'm not sure what else. Things have been pretty alright despite the rocky bits. I'm still climbing anyway. Things will be fine. Fingers crossed.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
Yup. I'm holding one. Because why not? You know that I am well obsessed with something if I end up holding a contest for it.

You all know that I ship this like crazy pants, maybe more than anything else because it was such a part of my childhood that it's harder to shake off than most other things. I have been shipping this for twelve years. How sad is that?

CHECK IT OUT HERE: crispy-gypsy.tumblr.com/post/2…

So if you like the pairing, take a shot! I don't expect a lot of entries, since this is a somewhat obscure pairing, so you've probably got a decent chance.

Any questions or comments or ideas for prizes or whatever, feel free to say and I'll get back to you! Going back to work now. Thanks!
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
Do you know where your towel is at?

Tell me what your towel looks like and what you've done with it so far today--or what you plan on doing.

Mine's good old fashioned purple. I am planning on using it as a whip to ward off the coyotes pawing at my back door.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: with my feces
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
Sorry that I haven't been around much lately--so much has been happening, and I've been so busy, it's sometimes crazy for me to think that I used to post really really frequently here. Hopefully I'll be able to do that again. We'll see. :3  

Anyway, some really great news!

AS OF SATURDAY, I'VE GRADUATED FROM UNIVERSITY. You are now looking at someone who has a bachelors in art, and who will hopefully not be one of the many who get such a degree only to have it waste away in a corner, never used. I'm going to be tweaking up a (better than i have at the moment) portfolio, and then we'll see. But, anyway, I feel like I can take on the world. Maybe someday I'll be making comics for a living.

And, as of THURSDAY, I have an American passport and am officially and provably a Citizen of the United States of America. I can barely believe that, considering how long I've already lived in America, how long I've been trying to get to this point, and all this other junk. Mostly, I am excited that I can get a proper job now. Also, I can vote! THAT means a lot to me. I have been jealous for the past 3 years, and now I don't have to be.

I'm going to try and go back to working on Magic Train and DeviantDEAD at a more regular schedule now that I can afford to a bit more, I'm going to finish and send off tarot cards, I'm going to work on commissions, and I'm going to do my best to work towards being able to tell people my own stories.

There will be a lot to do.

On a random note, does anyone have any experience in making mini-comics?
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: with my feces
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
Seriously? Wow. Okay.

I'm sure there will be an inundation of people saying that I don't deserve it, and that's quite alright--just keep in mind, folks, that I didn't ask for it, right? It's not up to me if someone likes my doodles, and if you don't like it, you can tap the shoulder of the person who gave it to me. I'm just sittin here workin on school junk. Anyroad, this was a surprise myself, and I'm grateful and a little befuddled. I think it's a bit hilarious, actually!

ANYWAY

Thanks TheCreativeJenn for the feature, and thanks to the people who've enjoyed it thus far. I'm graduating in a week, so things have been super stressful, and this is a nice little thing to come back to. *salutes* Now, back to business, all!
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: with my feces
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
Life is busy. I'm sorry for the lack of updates around these parts! A lot of shit has been  happening.

Things that have happened:

Yesterday, my mom became unemployed. She's been fighting with really bad arthritis for years now, but it's affected her back so badly that she can't stand or even sit up for long periods of time anymore. Doctor told her that she was unfit for work, and she ended up having to quit her job as a cashier at Target. She's depressed about it, and things are going to be harder and even busier around her because of it. Things have been financially very tight lately, and now we just had another income stream cut off. I can't get a job because of the citizenship shit that I'm STILL dealing with. My 19 year old sister is trying to get more part time work now in order to try and help out. I wish there was something I could do, but you can't fix the world, I guess. I'll just sit here being useless as usual.

Yesterday, I submitted my portfolio to Nick. It's probably not going to happen, but better to have done something than to sit on my ass and lament the world as is typical, right? Fingers crossed anyway. In the end, at least I have some new pieces to show for it.

MAGIC TRAIN has been on a small hiatus, despite my best efforts. The next page is slowly in production, but school and the past month spent pulling together a portfolio has gotten in the way of it. I'll update once it's finished, though, no worries!

DEVIANTDEAD...you guys already know what it means to wait on that one. I am so sorry XDD I promise it will be finished. It will be one of the few things that I will finish in my life. Ned's too near the end of this story for me to back away. And anyhow, I just re-introduced Birdie. I'd be an asshole to not do something with that. BUT, it will be done. You just have to wait a midge bit. (On another note, there's an epilogue to DeviantDEAD after I finish the story... I was considering opening up for donations--just enough to deal with some current hurdles I have to face in regards to getting my American (!!!!!!!!) Passport, and release the epilogue when I reach a certain amount. It shouldn't be too much, I'm just sort of desperate right now, and I don't have time for commissions as of this moment because school is HORRIBLE and it'd take even longer to get stuff to people than even my typical slow pace. What do you think?).  

PROCESS TUTORIAL will be done when I have time. I initially started this out because I had a friend at school asking me how I do my art, so it was to help a classmate and friend out. I was surprised by the reaction. Thanks guys. You'll get to see the rest sometime soon. If Mattie Ross had to depend on me, she'd have died from snake poison already.

Is there anything else? I don't know. I don't think so, anyroad. Hm...

Well, I guess for a more personal thing, I'm reobsessing over Final Fantasy IX as of late, in particular Freya and Amarant. Maybe during one of my very very small breaks, I will draw something for them. I miss posting something every other day >:C And I particularly miss spamming you guys with my unconventional pairings in hopes of hypnotizing people into doing something with them so that i can sit back and watch myself instead of doing all the work.

First five people to draw or write me something that is GagaLennon, Freya/Amarant, Rooster+Mattie, or ZeldaGanondorf will get a free doodle sketch request. I sit here sure that I will not have to worry about doing any of this stuff, because hardly anyone pays attention to these pairings and anyway, this note is at the bottom of a long journal about myself, which means most people won't read it. I have beat the system and proven a point. HA.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Professor Layton
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
I'm a bit surprised at the amount of people who have taken a look at my Process tutorial, and i just want to say thank you to all the new people who has started watching me, and I hope that everyone who's seen the tutorials will find some use in them! I'm busy with school right now, but the next tutorial is being done on my breaks, and taking a bit longer because it's somewhat more incomprehensible. We'll see.

But yes, thank you everyone! And if there are any questions, feel free to ask and I'll try to answer them the best of my abilities. I'm still learning myself, but like I said, maybe I can serve as a jumping off point.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must get back to work and junk like that.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Professor Layton
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece