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I had a great weekend. Thank you to everyone that emailed, texted and/or called, your thoughts and well wishes really made my day.

[livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky details our Saturday activities pretty accurately. We went down into Evanston to the Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop for brunch. I had no idea where we were going, and was quite pleasantly surprised! Omnomnom Cajun food. :9 (The cheese grits? So. Good.)

After that, we went to Happy Husky Bakery, where resident canine Astaire proceeded to give kisses all over my face. He liked faces, and kept getting my glasses. Slobbery, but so sweet, and the owners are very cool. We definitely want to go back; picked up some doggie treats for Brianna there.

Then... we went to the Spice House. this was my first visit ever, and... it really brought home just how vital the spice trade was in years gone by. You walk through the door and run face first into a wall of spicy scents, and it's just.. amazing. You'd think it would be overwhelming (there's a smelly soap shop here in Antioch that gives me headaches), but it was wonderful. :9 I have been thinking of making my own homemade vanilla extract, so I shall be going back for a handful of vanilla beans. :9

After that, we visited a couple of pet stores so Duncan and Takaza could meet and greet some local dog rescues, see if any of their charges would make a good fit for their home. They found Buddy, who is a real sweetie of a dog, at the second event we attended. He's now happily ensconced in his forever home. :) I was really impressed with the folks running the rescue, and when the time comes for us to bring another dog home, we will probably go to them.

Yesterday I had some more emotional ups and downs like I described last week. I'm convinced now that there are multiple factors that when combined, my emotions slip their leash. I'm frustrated, because for the last two years I've managed (quite well, I thought) to manage my mental state without medication. I am calling the doctor today about an appointment. I realize part of my problem is withdrawal from cigarettes (oh God, I almost caved on Saturday and asked [livejournal.com profile] roho to buy some), but the other part is a chemical imbalance in my body, and that... I need a resolution on that.

Overall though, I'm feeling chipper and bright-eyed this morning. I'm catching up on my correspondence, preparing some art for mailing, and I should, if things go well, finish a painting today. I'd like to get some domestic chores done as well, so the painting may have to wait til Wednesday.

So while I prepare for the con next month, I have a question for all of you? What do you like to see on artist tables? Freebies? Impulse buy items? (magnets and bookmarks under $5?) Prints? Tell me in the comments, so I know what to bring!
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Wow. I have a con next month. Eep. :)

I haven't scheduled anything to go into the art show, although I would like to complete one more bookmark design. I found a lead on a place that will print and cut my bookmarks for me inexpensively, leading to a better/cheaper product for the end user. Hopefully their quality meets their advertising.

I'm going to order a new set of business cards as well, but I'm thinking it's going to be a short stack, as I want to coordinate them with the final design of cheekitty.com. I have a couple of new magnet designs I want to make as well, so I'll be busy over the next couple of weeks, figuring out what pieces I want to turn into merchandise. Have a favorite painting you'd love to get on a magnet or mug or something different? Tell me about it! I have reproduction rights to everything posted online right now.

In other news, since I got the new phone, I now have the ability to take photos of works in progress, such as this painting for Tigerwolf:

Click for larger version

The lighting is really atrocious, and I need to learn to photograph art better, but it does give you an idea of what I'm up to! The story behind the piece is the two friends are wandering in the woods, and the Tiger isn't paying attention, and.... gets stuck. His buddy climbs up on the rock and tosses him a rope, and he, without thinking, throws it back. The speech bubble says, 'You're supposed to hold on to it, not throw it back!'

I thought it was a cute story, and I'm really pleased with how it's coming out. The grass in particular has some really nice textures going, and I'm about ready to start delving deeper into the textures on the rocks. It's been a fun painting!

At any rate, I just have tomorrow left to get through, then it's a weekend. Yaaay weekend! Have a great evening folks!
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Busy (if boring) day ahead. Conference with my English prof in a little bit, then a staff meeting for work this afternoon. Going to take my laptop and just wait on campus between the two. I'm really really ready for this semester to be over. Srsly.

Yesterday I watched friends leap into a frozen lake for charity. I think they are insane, but they came out cheerful and shivering and raised quite a bit of money between them for the Illinois Special Olympics. I really should have posted before the event as part of their fundraising, I'm sorry guys. :(

I'm still trying to figure out how to best break up my free time for productive activities this semester. It's been aggravating, juggling commissions, personal relaxation, and schoolwork. I cannot WAIT for May 15th.

I shall endeavor to post more later, a follow up to why I was asking about much-loved characters. If you missed that discussion, you can find it here!

Have a great day guys!
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quote of the day

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” —Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862); philosopher, writer, naturalist

I'm shaking up the format of my updates, so I'll be trying different things over the next few weeks. I have new artwork uploaded, for those that are interested, on FA and DA.

I had a bunch of clever things I wanted to post today, and I really should have written them down, because now I don't remember. -.- Maybe they'll come to me later. My plans for the day involve exciting things like laundry and mopping the floor (the dog's had a lot of accidents and while we've cleaned them all up, the floor's due for a thorough mop job). I kind of want to start a new painting, but we'll see if I have time. I have pencils done for nearly all the outstanding commissions, I have one more badge to draw, and then it's a matter of sitting down and painting everything. That feels... really good, and I really want to get everything wrapped up by early April. I realize I'm giving myself just a little more than a month to finish 5 paintings, but my Spring Break from school falls at the end of March, so maybe I can push through.

I hope everyone's having a decent Monday (as decent as a Monday can be!), and is safe if experiencing bad weather. The 'huge snowfall' we were supposed to get looks as if it happened, but stopped early enough that the roads are decent and we (read: [livejournal.com profile] roho) were able to shovel our way out fairly easily.

I'll try to come up with more interesting content later. <3!
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“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.” —Alan Alda (b.1936); actor, screenwriter, director

I really like this quote, because.. it's hard to 'leave the city of your comfort'. If we never pushed our comfort zones and pressed harder, we'd stagnate. And stagnation stinks (literally!). So try something new this week, guys. Step out of your ruts.


I have a couple of finished paintings to share, but today is a little special. Today is [livejournal.com profile] mirkowuff's birthday!

I didn't have any photos of Mirko's beautiful and personable malamute, so I had to make due with other reference, but I hope I got it close enough. Have a great day, Mirko!

current projects

I haven't made a whole lot of progress on many of my goals, other than schoolwork. It feels a bit this semester like I'm constantly working; doing my reading, studying, trying to understand the assignments for my programming class... then I come home and paint, do laundry, housework, and collapse into bed. I'll be sooo glad when this semester is over!

So.. looking at the list... I completed a painting, but I think I owe someone another one that I wasn't counting.

This week's goal, to get a tracking list for commissions done. Preferably something people can check to see the progress on their work, and what their position in the queue is.


I should have a more clever name for this section, but.. I don't. I apologize. :)

skinit.com - I've been really intrigued by this, because I know people that have gotten things here before. Do you have really awesome artwork, and want to make your laptop/iphone/kindle/other electronic device look custom and awesome for just a little money? This is what makes skinit and similar websites really shine; instead of just purchasing premade designs, you can create your own.. and I think that's really awesome. I've seen a T-Mobile sidekick skinned (it looked incredible), a matte black Kindle... the possibilities are endless. Commission your favorite artist for something beautiful! (er... and that is not a thinly veiled solicitation, I promise)

Harvest of Hope - I realize that with Haiti so much in the news that most people are a bit tapped out of charitable donations for a while, but I really want to mention this program. I was discussing a similar program last semester with my Anthropology professor, because I had read about it in one of the Anthro journals I was peeking through. Essentially, Anthropologists are going into villages that suffer from poor nutrition (the program I was reading about was in Africa) and have meetings with the village leaders. Goats are specially bred to survive in the local conditions, and are given to the women to care for; as goat milk provides vital nutrition to children once they stop breast feeding. The women keep the goats (and they are checked periodically by veterinarians and specialists), giving the first born kid (goat, not child) back to the program. They're able to keep any additional offspring to build their own herd. In my mind, this is an excellent program, and a need that will always be there.

I hope everyone has a great week, stay warm! I will endeavor to post more artwork on Wednesday. :)
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quote of the week
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” —General George S. Patton (1885-1945); American General in World War II


Art is going good! I finished another painting last night, I do not yet have permission to share it. Once the commissioner has approved everything and I can put the 'Complete' stamp on it in my mind, I'll upload it for everyone to see. (For those keeping count at home, that's 3 paintings finished in the month of January, the last one within the past 2 weeks, despite my horrible class schedule. Go me!)

I DO have other arts to share, never fear!

Self Portrait, Redux Scholars and Scribes Jingle Bells

current projects

I realized yesterday that I really should break my project lists down, and start keeping a separate calendaring system just for art and school related deadlines, along with any other projects I may be working on. I haven't found one I liked yet (I did try out a couple, but they all embed into the desktop, and, well.. I never SEE my desktop). Worst case, I use pencil and paper, oh noes. :)

Otherwise, my plate currently contains, in no particular order:

  • art - 2 bookmarks, 3 badges, 2 full sized paintings. To be complete by FCN (April 9). HA.
  • school - Of necessity, highest priority. A chapter reading, essay reading and analysis. I'll do that today.
  • home - Various cleaning activities, laundry, fix various leaky things that shouldn't leak. This week sometime.
  • business - State sales taxes need to be done this month, I am going to endeavor to get that done this week. I also need to update billing information for one of my websites (due this month) and sit down and figure out how to make Drupal look pretty; essentially learn CSS. I really need to get cheekitty back on its feet. That... maybe by the end of March.

Pretty full plate, but I think it's helpful to keep track of goals in short-mid-long range terms, and keep an eye out to make sure they're being met.


Well. Chrome kind of crashed and I hadn't bookmarked the things I had WANTED to link to today, so..

Create realistic fictional characters -- I thought this was an interesting exercise, as I've been doing a bit of world building and exploring the characters visually... although I haven't written down the bits and bobs of personality I've discovered yet. I know there are a lot of creative people out there, and you all probably have your own process, but perhaps the tips here may be useful in dealing with unruly residents in your own heads.

Carve out time for social networking -- Many artists are coming to the realization that social networking is a valuable marketing tool, but perhaps, like me, they're getting bogged down with other things. I thought this was an interesting read.

Have a great week folks! Hope it's a productive and happy Monday!
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quote of the week

“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.” —Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973), 36th U.S. president


Wewt, artwork is going well. I completed three sketches this week, and another painting. I haven't scanned one of the sketches, I'll share that next week. If you have been watching my FA/DA accounts, these are already up. For those that do not have accounts on either site (or don't want to use them for personal reasons), [livejournal.com profile] roho and I are working on getting my website gallery back up and running.

(The image with the thicker border has nudity and as such may not be appropriate for work viewing. If your journal style does not show the borders, it is the image on the right.)

current projects

I still have 4 3 commissions to wrap up from MFF, and 3 others that were non-convention related to finish! Making progress! The current painting will go quite smoothly, once I can get the background done, but that's proving trickier than I expected. I am finding pleasure in the knowledge that these commissions are definitely stretching my comfort zones. My next convention appearance is FCN in early April, and I think I might limit my commission offerings at-con to badges and sketchbooks. I reaaaally need to get caught up. O.o

School is going to be insane this semester. Tuesdays are a wash for accomplishing anything but being at class - I'm on campus for 14 hours. I have a 2-3 page paper (rough draft, really) due tomorrow, with the final version due on Thursday.. Environmental Biology is looking very interesting, too. I'll be really really glad when the semester's over.


Flying? Find the best seats! -- I found this while reading an article on Consumerist about the problems overweight people encounter while flying. (I ran into non-moveable armrest problem myself while flying home from Boston) At any rate, I fly fairly regularly, and I know a lot of non-beanpole/long-legged friends do as well. So I hope this is helpful!

Tax Updates for 2009 -- Aimed primarily at visual artists, this had information for everyone! If you are a student, PLEASE READ! The Hope Credit has been updated! (If you don't know what the Hope Credit is, and you're paying for your own education, DEFINITELY read!)

Anyhoo. I need to go write my paper, as alas, it will not write itself. Hope everyone has a great week!
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Well, I'm changing things around to a weekly post, and I will endeavor to post during the week as time allows. It's been a really busy few weeks, and school starts tomorrow (eep!). So... while I'm pretty sure I'll have time to post once per week, I know I'm not going to be able to manage something daily. :(

quote of the week

“One man may hit the mark, another blunder; but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(1900-1944), aviator, writer


I finished my first painting of 2010 last week, but I do not yet have permission to post it. It's a surprise for the commissioner's friend, and he wants to be the first to show it to her. BUT... I do have concept art to share. Quite a few people have been writing as a motivation excercise to... well, keep them writing ([livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar and [livejournal.com profile] minor_architect are excellent) and, much as I hate jumping on bandwagons, I thought maybe they were on to something. Soo, I decided to start visiting the campus gym, because it's free, and writing down little drabbles of story.

As part of that, I have some concept drawings of the characters, trying to figure out who is who and what it is that makes them special. World building is tremendous fun, even if I don't go anywhere with this.

current projects

I still have 4 commissions to wrap up from MFF, and 3 others that were non-convention related to finish. I am hoping to do one personal painting per month this year, aside from commission work. I'm not sure how well that goal will work, but.. it's a target to shoot for.

I still want to do a post about my accomplishments from 2009- I keep putting it off because it's tedious to make a lot of thumbnails, and I just haven't wanted to take the time. I promise I'll try to get that written up some time this week.

I have other projects I'm mulling, but for this week, I want to finish the painting I'm currently working on, do at least one more concept sketch done (Morag needs a love interest! Or maybe images of why she chose to be a Guardian! Hmm!), and... see where things stand from there.


What if William Shakespeare wrote The Big Lebowski? - I really think the title says it all. Enjoy! (Posted specifically for [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] feren, and [livejournal.com profile] yotogi!)

Identify your foot type before choosing athletic shoes - With many of us making vows to get off the couch and onto our feet, proper footwear choices can mean the difference between a healthier fitter you, and foot pain causing you to abandon your exercise program after a week. I personally tend to just buy whatever's cheap and on sale, but I've noticed when I actually take the time to find a shoe that fits comfortably, walking is much more pleasant.

Quick note- I switched to Chrome for my browser, and that eradicated all the notes I had on my bookmarks indicating where I found links or who gave them to me. So if I feature something, and you know you gave it to me and would like to be credited, please let me know!
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Quote of the Day

“There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.” --- Pat Riley (b. 1945); former NBA player and coach

Current Projects

The most urgent thing on my plate right now is to get better. My sinuses are starting to send the infection downstairs into my lungs, and I want to nip that in the bud if I can. So I have an appointment for Wednesday with my doctor. I don't think I will get any painting done today, but hopefully I can get back on the horse tomorrow and start knocking the commission queue out.

I still need to post about the other projects I want to do.. urgghhh, brain mush.


My artistic retrospective for 2009 is almost ready, I should be able to post it tomorrow.


Revolutions in pen-and-paper roleplaying - Want an interactive map for your D&D game? This is really really neat, and I have no idea how expensive it would be, but the gamer in me goes squee. :) (Link courtesy of Tim Johnson)

UC Berkley Acapella Group performing Lady Gaga - The group is called Noteworthy, and while I found the crowd noise annoying, the music was really well done. I rather like acapella, and I can see why Noteworthy wins so many awards. (Link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] gypsypet)

If you have any neat links you'd like to share, please send them my way! I'm running low. :)
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Quote of the Day

“Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true.” --- Author Unknown

Current Projects

I meant to post art and info on upcoming projects yesterday. I also want to do a 2009 retrospective and review goals for 2010. But I am sick as a dog (are dogs normally sick?) and think I'm about to go lay down. So... consider this a raincheck.


Ditto for above. I got a few hours worth of painting done yesterday. I will hopefully finish that painting today or tomorrow, then on to the rest. If I can stop sneezing.


Don'ts for artist marketing online -- An article that explores two of the biggest reasons artists are not successful with online marketing. I found it interesting reading, and it jived with some of my own observations. (Link from @blick_art on Twitter)

A case study in marketing -- Most people are familiar by now with the 100 sketches/pieces in 100 days thing. This is an article about the gent that came up with the idea, and how he marketed himself to help make it work. I am interested in doing something similar (maybe 20 paintings in 20 days for $20 each), but I need to do some research first and decide what I'm going to do.

That's it for today, hopefully tomorrow I'll be over the hump and feeling a bit better. Have a good day folks!
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I'm going back to trying to post on a daily basis. :)

Quote of the Day

“Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one's own values in the person of another.” --- Ayn Rand (1905-1982); writer, novelist

Current Projects

I had a really great end-of-year. I got to reconnect with family, got another semester of schooling behind me, and I got to spend a lot of time with my best friend and husband. I know 2009 wasn't so kind to a lot of people, and I really hope 2010 is better for everyone.

In other news, I have a couple of projects I will be unrolling. Once I have caught up a little more with my commission load, I will be doing a Free Icon Day. Details will be forthcoming, likely next week. The second project I'm starting this month is a Birthday Club, but I'll post about that in a separate entry.

More immediately, we are spending the rest of our holiday weekend in a hotel with friends. We'd like very much to track down [livejournal.com profile] feren and [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon and take them to lunch or dinner or something, so if they're reading this... ping us!


I have.. a lot of art to share, but I don't have it ready to post in this entry. I will endeavor to have it all ready for tomorrow. :)


Bobcats playing in backyard swingset - There's a short advertisement blurb before the video starts, so give it a moment. Apparently, a family peeked out of their back window to find 4 bobcat cubs playing on their children's swing set. They had the presence of mind to grab the video camera, cuteness ensued. (link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] feren)

Best use of pie charts, ever! - I'm sure all artists have had the experience of acquaintances and/or family members saying, 'Wow, this project of mine will only take you an hour or two, surely you can do this for me!' This particular gentleman wrote up an amusing rebuttal, complete with pie charts. The language is a little rough in spots, so if you're sensitive to that, might want to give it a skip. (link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] roho)
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Quote of the Day

"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self." --- Aldous Huxley (1894-1963); writer


Urgh. Apologies for sporadic updating, I've been ill (no fever, so it's not flu), and I'm still not feeling 100%. I've been truddling along, and haven't really felt up to doing anything productive the last week or so. Today is catching up on laundry, doing a bit of homework, and rest, I think.

It's the end of week 2 on my diet, and I'm pleased with my results. I'll write more about that on the dieting filter. :)


Alan Murphy's guide to bird photography -- I know I have some birders on my friends list, and I have no idea how you guys feel about photographing the little buggers. My brother, Matthew, is a budding photographer and avid birder; according to him, this book is a Must Buy. He's really talented (my brother, not the author) and I'm trying to encourage him to create an online portfolio. Anyway, if any of you birding afficiandos are into photography, this might be of interest!

Post Secret -- I saw this on an episode of CSI, and didn't realize it was an actual website. From the actual site itself, "PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. While some of the things confessed are pretty horrible, I admit, I can understand the fascination.

I'm running low on things to share, so I need to do some surfing. -.-

Have a great day guys. Me and my DayQuil will see you tomorrow.

::edit:: Corrected Mr. Huxley's vital information. Good eye, [livejournal.com profile] roho!
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Quote of the Day

"Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and insensibly approximate to the characters we most admire. In this way, a generous habit of thought and of action carries with it an incalculable influence." --- Christian Nestell Bovee (1820-1904); author, lawyer


Life continues to truddle along. I'm fighting off a cold (I think I'm losing the battle). I'm almost at mid-semester, and I am beginning to think about next semester. I feel really... strange. I should be almost done with my sophmore year (I'm not. I haven't got the credit hours yet) and yet, I'm still not sure what I want to do for my degree. My job in the tutoring center has reinforced that I'm not really cut out for teaching. I do great with responsive students, but I get really frustrated with the sullen, unresponsive ones. I guess it's good to know what I don't want to do? I feel rather silly to be in my 30s and still having the 'what do I want to be when I grow up?' discussion with myself.

I've been thinking about taking art classes again next semester.. I'm not sure I can make it fit into my schedule, but I really enjoyed my painting class last spring (even though I didn't learn much) and would like to take another; either another oils class or watercolor. I'd like to take more drawing classes (or even a digital art class! Ooh, animation?) but I'm leery of taking it at this school- the drawing teachers are a bit diva-ish. Sooo.. I will be thinking about that. Alot.

Next week, I'll be attending a volunteer orientation session for a local hooved animal rescue. I have loved horses since I was a toddler (my first word was 'horsie') and while I sort of put aside my dreams of riding as an adult, I've pulled them back out and am using them as a motivation for getting in shape/dieting. I am a member of an equestrian community here on LJ, and so far, it's really helped me to stick to my diet plan. When I hit my goal weight, I'll enroll in riding lessons (english! I can't wait!) and possibly lease a horse so I can ride several times a week. If I can keep up a steady weight loss, should happen within 2 years. I'm hoping that volunteering and being around horses and other large hooved animals will keep the longing sharp, so I can use that to my advantage.

Anyway, enough of that. I'm looking for volunteers for my Anthropology assignment, I'll post details shortly. After homework is done, I am going to sit down and do some painting! (I really mean it this time. :D)


Anatomy Atlas -- I suspect this is intended for medical students, but it provides some invaluable reference for the artist!

Drawing guides and pose reference -- I didn't realize DA allows you to publish 'collections' now, but someone has gone through and collected different poses and tutorials, and published them! Also great reference for the artist!

Additional tutorials and reference material -- Colored pencils, drawing, painting... you name it, there's a link here! Enjoy!

I realize today's links have little interest for non-artists. I'll have something better tomorrow. :D
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Quote of the Day

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." --- Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965); Recipient of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize


Oof! Week's almost over! YAY! I've got a bit of a full plate today- getting ready for [livejournal.com profile] roho's dad's arrival this evening, I need to finish cleaning the house, there's a trip to Whole Foods in my future to pick up his birthday cake, I need to stop by the cashier's office at school to drop off my application for Phi Theta Kappa and... at some point this weekend, I need to do homework, and give the dog a thorough grooming and ... post a few things to plan next weekend's festivities. :)


No art of my own to share (alas)! It might be a little bit before I have anything new, school is just.. kicking my rump right now.

The art of David Kawena

An Israeli conceptual artist that apparently is quite a fan of Disney. It appears he is just as obsessed with The Princess and the Frog as I am. He does some beautiful photo-realistic work in addition to the cartoony style. I found his work via the Disney Princes thread here on LJ (NSFW, don't look if you have objections to icons of your childhood in their skivvies). I am not a big fan of the bulging undershorts (haha), although I can certainly appreciate the skill that went into creating the art. I fell compelled to point out that I don't read the community; [livejournal.com profile] roho pointed me towards [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin's tweet. Amazing how links pass around like that. :)

The art of Kate Craig

I found Kate's work through her deviantart page, as she was doing a lot of World of Warcraft fanart that I found really appealing. I don't know if it's a similar artistic education, but I've noticed that a certain group of artists (perhaps through animation training?) draw in a similar style when doing humans, and Kate falls into that group. I really like it, and they each have their own individual twist on things (and as far as I know, they don't know each other), I just find it interesting, and wondered if it's something in their training, or a weird coincidence.


US Mint calls for artists! -- As part of the 'Artistic Infusion Program', the US Mint is looking to add designers for coins and medals. They're looking for artists from diverse backgrounds, and you can read about the eligibility requirements and fees offered on the website. If you're a professional artist and would like to see your work in everyone's pockets, go check it out!

The Piano Stairs - Part of a project that ... Volkswagon..? is involved with? A group in Stockholm wanted to see if they could make more people take the stairs by making it fun. The video made me a little sniffy, and it's completely awesome. I'd love to see installation projects like this in a city near me.

I'll try to do posts over the weekend, but with family visiting, it's always a little hit or miss. I hope everyone has a good one!

(edited to fix formatting. Grr.)
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Quote of the Day

"There is no teaching to compare with example." --- Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941); founder of the Boy Scouts


Phew. News. Right. I think I'm getting sick. I have no sinus congestion (Thank you, NyQuil!) but I am developing a nasty cough, and when I'm exercising, my asthmatic wheeze is more pronounced. This has been building the past week, I haven't been feeling my best, and hopefully... it will pass quickly.

I have noticed a trend that companies are watching twitter more closely, and had my own personal experience with that yesterday. About a month ago, [livejournal.com profile] roho bought a tee shirt from New Glarus Brewing Company. He wore it once. When I was folding laundry yesterday, I kept finding these long strands of blue thread tangled up and wrapped around everything... and when I got to his tee, I found out why. 3/4 of the hem had unraveled. We have never ever had this problem with a new tee shirt before (he's got several tees that are more hole than fabric, and for that matter, so do I). Unfortunately, I couldn't find an email address on the New Glarus website, so I tweeted about it, hoping to get a response. Within 20 minutes, I had a reply with an email address to write to. They haven't responded to my email yet, but they are now following me on twitter, so if I don't get a reply soon, I can nudge about it.

I have to say... I really think twitter is going to change the way companies interact with their customers, and I think this is awesome. For the first time, companies are able to get a direct line of communication with RandomCustomer01, and have a central place to look for feedback. I love Google, but there's such a poor signal to noise ratio out on the 'net that finding anything is hard. Now, I can search twitter for comments about a company if I need to get additional information. This is awesome!

No new art today, I'm afraid. I will work on getting some artists to showcase for tomorrow. :)

Locals: NEXT Weekend! Watch this space for fennec birthday bonanza planning!


Owl in a Box -- I had some other stuff lined up, but then [livejournal.com profile] dracosphynx gave me this link. I love the expressions on the owl's face- very much "I will END you." Very awesome. Also nice to see people being responsible with bird strikes, and seeing that the bird gets proper care. I noticed this person has some lovely zoo photos in her journal as well (and a genet! In the thread!), so I've watched her to see what else is there.

Windows 7 Discounted for Higher Ed -- If you are a student, or you work in higher education, you may be able to get Windows 7 for only $30. Check it out! (link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] roho)

As always, if you have a link or something spiffy you'd like to share, send it over! Have a great day guys!
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Quote of the Day

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill." --- Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] (b. 1942); athlete, boxer


Not a whole lot that's newsworthy to report this morning. I have some homework to get done for class tomorrow (I stayed home yesterday, so I need to catch up), and I have a makeup exam to take for my Access class. Otherwise, I'm just doing the same ole same ole daily routine, with some extra cleaning thrown in to prepare for [livejournal.com profile] roho's father visiting us this weekend.

I am incredibly ready for this week to be over. -.-


I have updated the profile of my journal (http://genet.livejournal.com/profile) with some art and pizazz to make it prettier! I hope everyone enjoys! The art is a little older, but it fit the space I needed to fill. I need to tweak it a little further, not everything lined up just right... but it was good enough to suit what I was hoping to accomplish.

I've been thinking about the direction I want to go, artistically. I think I've come to grips with the fact that freelancing is probably going to give me ulcers, so I can do pretty much whatever I want. This freedom of choice is heady! I don't think I'm going to have time to sit down and paint before Father-in-law visit, but... I really need to get into a routine that allows for schoolwork and art time. There just aren't enough hours in the day. >.<


The art of R.C. Davis -- Today's link theme is celebrating my heritage and roots. R.C. Davis is from a small town in Louisiana and is an entirely self-taught artist. I think "Atchafalaya Spring" is my favorite. It's so hard to choose! As a child, my father would take us down into the marshes, and we'd watch the sun rise. I have seen some beautiful sights in my time, and one that will stick with me for the rest of my life is watching the fleets of shrimping boats leave to go fish in the dawn mist. Lovely.

Natchitoches, LA -- Pronounced 'Knack-uh-dish', this community is where I spent my last two years of high school, and is the oldest settlement in Louisiana. You can read more about how the site was settled here. I spent two years living on the campus of Northwestern University and I loved the town. It was small, nearly everything was within 3 miles of campus, they had a -great- winter festival (the festival of lights), and the best meat pies I have EVER eaten (Even Emeril likes them!). Maybe next time I go home I can go back to Natchitoches. I've driven past it with Brendan a couple of times, but we've never stopped- a shame, considering we were there in the Christmas season, and everything would have been completely lit up.

Ahh. Nostalgia!

Anyway. I hope everyone has a really great day. I'd like to wish my buddy Charlie (who doesn't use LJ) a happy birthday!! (I trust [livejournal.com profile] gypsypet will pass it on. ;) )
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Quote of the Day

"The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs." -- Vance Havner (1901-1986); preacher, author


Started new diet today! I'll post more about what I'm doing to the appropriate filter. On today's agenda is laundry, some light cleaning... and I don't know what else. I'm working on updating my bios for the various websites I frequent.. I had hoped to have it finished for this morning, but no such luck. I'll work on that some more today.


New art today!

The image on the right is a nude, and as such is not suitable for viewing in the workplace. So... look with care! :)


The Painting and Drawing channel -- Sponsored by Atelier Interactive Acrylics (which are -awesome!-). Tips on drawing, painting... fascinating stuff! :) I really like the Atelier paints, as an aside. I attended a demo from them, and they really do everything they advertised. I think overall I still prefer gouache, just because the brand I use (M. Graham) is very smooth and easy to use (and acrylics dry so -fast-!), but... it's nice to have options for when I need that extra opacity!

Milieux Costume Images -- I don't recall how I found this, but... it looks incredibly comprehensive! Reference images of historical, science fiction and fantasy-related clothing. Valuable resource for the artist!

Have a great day guys!
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Before I get started with today's daily post, I'd like to apologize for the unsecheduled hiatus. I got hit with a nasty case of Life, and just couldn't handle adding another 'responsibility' (heh.) to my day. I will, as always, endeavor to do better. :) I'd also like to welcome all the new faces! I'm happy to see fresh eyes, and hope you guys enjoy my entries!

Quote of the Day

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." --- Joel A. Barker; scholar, speaker


After much deliberation... [livejournal.com profile] roho and I decided not to go to FurFright. It was disappointing, but we'd arrive mid-late afternoon on Friday, and we'd have to leave early on Sunday to get back to Boston to snag our flight, and... it just didn't seem worth paying the airfare and hustling ourselves down there for at most, a day and a half. I'd feel like I was obligated to slave away in the Alley to recoup some of our cost, and... it would just be more stress than it's worth. I'm really disappointed, because there are so many wonderful awesome people I was hoping to see... but I'm really a Thursday-Monday kinda congoer.

The good news is, this gives me more time to prep for MFF! And you, dearest wonderful readers, get to help me direct my efforts, as I only have 46 days left to get ready. (Thank you, RB, for bringing it home how little time I have. Really.;) ) I have a lot to get ready for tomorrow's entry, but I'd like to give you guys some input on what sorts of things I bring to the convention. I have some special goodies in store, I'm really excited!

I am also going to be setting up some filters.. One for health/dieting discussion, and one for the online equine sim, Howrse. If you'd like to be added/removed to or from either of those, please let me know. The Howrse one particularly is opt-in, as I don't want to spam anyone with my pony nerdiness. :D


Enough talk, more art! I have yet to scan new stuff I've doodled over the last week. :( I know, I know... slacker. I have some art-time on my to-do list for today, including a color test of a centaur commission, penciling out the roughs for a new commission, and I have a couple of jumbo badges I need to work on (I had forgotten them. I REALLY need some sort of database to track this stuff. >.>)

In the meantime, let's see who I have to share!

The art of Aimee Major

Aimee was one of my very first influences when I started doing 'furry' art, and watching her style evolve and change has been fascinating and inspiring. I stumbled on her DeviantArt account about a week ago, and wow. Alot of people will look at another more.. successful... artist and say, 'Wow. I want to be that good some day'... and yeah, I'm there. Gorgeous work!

Art of Jessica Sanders

Otherwise known as 'SightHoundLady', this is another artist I greatly admire. Her work reminds me of Jody Lee, for whom I have a great fondness. She also does a comic, which alas, I have not read. It's on my to-do list. :) Her website can be found at www.tapestryhounds.com. Check her out!

Know an artist you think I'd like? Send me a link!


Authorized sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh is published -- I loved Pooh as a kid, and I'd love to read stories about the 100 acre woods to any children I might have (or as part of my spoil rotten plan for neices and nephews). I think I'm in the same boat as Elizabeth Bluemle, who is quoted as saying spinoffs and sequels tend to be "thin soup". Especially when it's a new author taking over a well-established franchise. Reserving judgement, however! And there is a new character- an otter! Everybody loves otters! (link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] loboguara)

More supermarkets, please! -- I found this article astounding, as I have always lived in areas with an overabundance of grocery options available. I don't recall who I was discussing this with, but I had a conversation recently online about how expensive it is to eat well (was it you, [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar?) compared to how cheap it is to eat junk food. I don't want to sound preachy, or like you should all go through your cupboards and toss your snacks, it just astounds me that in a country with so many food options available, we aren't doing more to ensure that those that want to eat healthy can access healthy food options easily. I like the idea of encouraging the creation and use of urban food gardens, and I hope that if there is a federal incentive to use of farmer's markets, that they give a boost to CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). For our household, we're discussing going in on a half-share CSA with a couple of friends (since there's just two of us, and I fear we wouldn't be able to eat all the vegetables before they went bad). Interested in a CSA for your household? Local Harvest.com has information on farms across the country, as well as tips for selecting the CSA that works best for you and your family. (Original link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] gypsypet)

Got an interesting link? Let me know!

Okay, that wraps up for today. I will have my own art to share tomorrow, along with some polling questions! Have a great day everyone!
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Quote of the Day:

"I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us." --- Anne Lamott (b 1954); author, political activist


This week has left me feeling fried and tapped out, and I'm not really sure why. Maybe it's because our weekends have been so jam packed with activity lately? I only know that I am exhausted, [livejournal.com profile] roho is exhausted, and both of us could benefit from a couple days spent doing nothing more stressful than deciding what movie to watch.

I've been working on getting more exercise this week; yesterday was the first day I missed walking (because it started to rain rather hard right as we were getting ready to go). I've been walking approximately two miles in the mornings before class, then another two in the evenings after Roho gets home. It's left me feeling tired, but at at least it's the -good- kind of tired, right?

I'm still stalled out on painting. I'm going to [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky and [livejournal.com profile] takaza's place tomorrow to watch the Amazing Race premiere, I will probably bring paints and supplies with me, try and get something artistic done. I've also considered hooking up my tablet again and doing some digital sketches, see if I can shake things loose. I was making great progress over the summer, then once the school semester started... well. yeah.


I actually have some new artists to feature!

The art of Heather Meuser - I just discovered this artist recently, when [livejournal.com profile] vantid mentioned her on FA. Her work is gorgeous! I always admire the hyperrealistic artists (and feel a little sad when I see that they're younger than me). I realize now I'll never be 'that good', and I'm slowly coming to grips with that. Instead, I can enjoy their lovely works. :)

Etuix - I've watched her artwork for a few years now, and really like her whimsical style. Predominantly an anthro artist, as you can see with the Okami image, she does beautiful work with non-anthros as well.

I have no links to elsewhere today, I haven't had a lot of time to do much web browsing. And I do apologize that the art links are anthro-centric. DA is the only 'fantasy/general art' site I go to terribly often, and many artists only update on THEIR websites, which makes it difficult to find new artists unless you are searching for key words.

Who are some of your favorite artists? The people that inspire you, that you want on your walls? What do you like about them? Suggest things to me!


I've picked up some new readers, and I'd like to welcome you all! I will be updating my profile page soon (haha, no really), but I'd like to encourage comments! Open up a dialog! If you'd like me to watch your journal, that's the fastest way to catch my attention. :)

Have a great weekend, everyone! I am off to do homework, then maybe go do something outdoors. :)


(edit: apologies for weird spacing. LJ is being aggravating with the layout. :P)
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Daily Quote:

"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom and peace of mind, are always attained by giving them to someone else." --- Peyton C. March (1864 - 1955); General, US Army

General News:

Phew, where did this week go? I am knackered! Since we got back from Boston, I've been making a point of exercising more, to the tune of one hour of activity, twice a day. That plus schoolwork and reading has been taking up a lot of my time.

I really need to get my business cards together; I may work on that tonight. I need new ones for FurFright. I need to do color tests for my large commissions, as well. Phew. I will paint this weekend! I am determined!

I've cut back on my online time a bit; I have a lot going on, and I need to start scrubbing the house from top to bottom in preparation for [livejournal.com profile] roho's dad visiting next month. So much to do... swiftly diminishing time!

I have another anthropology assignment that I'll post about tonight, as I need to interview three more volunteers as part of the assignment. Maybe I'll do some sort of incentive for assistants? A thank-you sketch? What do you guys think?

I need to start getting ready for class. Time seems so fleeting!

Have a great day everybody!

January 2012



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