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Yo, it's like... May now. Did you keep your New Years Resolution if you had one? 

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8 deviants said Didn't even have one, resolutions are for nerds.
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1 deviant said Naw, I didn't. Damn it.
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1 deviant said Yeah! Be proud of me!

And I attended an event as an artist to be commissioned for free sketches!


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I went to a very well-hosted event here in town at a place called Showtime Cards, and from 3 to 6 I was busy busy busy with commissions. Didn't pull in a lot of tips this year which was unfortunate, but they had a live band and free food for the artists, and anything to get exposure, and a chance for some cash, right? My picture also ended up in the local news!
MOST of all it was amazing to meet other artists at the tables. They were so talented and mostly women (which just feels good to see)
Hopefully I'll be able to weasel my way into more events, it was fun to attend, and I had such a feeling of accomplishment after a big day of drawing and meeting people.

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psst also I re-pinked my hair, GPOY:
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  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Florence + the Machine
  • Watching: Avengers

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And I attended an event as an artist to be commissioned for free sketches!


Untitled by ToniicSpiderGwen2 by Toniic

I went to a very well-hosted event here in town at a place called Showtime Cards, and from 3 to 6 I was busy busy busy with commissions. Didn't pull in a lot of tips this year which was unfortunate, but they had a live band and free food for the artists, and anything to get exposure, and a chance for some cash, right? My picture also ended up in the local news!
MOST of all it was amazing to meet other artists at the tables. They were so talented and mostly women (which just feels good to see)
Hopefully I'll be able to weasel my way into more events, it was fun to attend, and I had such a feeling of accomplishment after a big day of drawing and meeting people.

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psst also I re-pinked my hair, GPOY:
Snapchat-3981518814035615557 by Toniic
  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Florence + the Machine
  • Watching: Avengers
Yo, it's like... May now. Did you keep your New Years Resolution if you had one?
80%
8 deviants said Didn't even have one, resolutions are for nerds.
10%
1 deviant said Naw, I didn't. Damn it.
10%
1 deviant said Yeah! Be proud of me!
Yo! Hello! No, I didn't die, I just stopped posting most places for a long time. Why? Why would I do that? Because Life. Life simply got real busy for me for a while, and I was a little too occupied with other things, so I left dA, my tumblr, instagram, and twitter in the lurch.

This is not something I wanted to do, or really... should have done? But between coming out of a long-term relationship, losing 2 roommates, gaining hours at work, gaining a new boyfriend, major car issues, moving, moving again at the end of the month, and working on my project "BULL'S EYE" secretly, I totally just lost track of my platforms.
Don't do that, this was shitty to do. Especially since I was trying to make a habit out of updating everything more often. Oy...

BUT I have good news, too.

I officially have a table at Phoenix Comic Con, which is pretty slick.

Yeah I actually have a table, and I'm ACTUALLY going to sell prints and do commissions right there. This is the first time I've actually had a table at a convention, and it couldn't be a better opportunity that I'm working hard to deserve. My long time best friend warnoon gave me a seat at his table and a free ticket. So I'm trying really hard not to fuck it up. More details sooooon.

Of course now I'll be updating, I'd love to talk to you guys, I HATE working in a vacuum like I tend to slip into. It's not a healthy thing to do to yourself as an artist. It feels... Wrong...
Hit me up!
  • Mood: dA Love
If you didn't read my previous journal, for Christmas I got a butt-ton of books, all of which are art or writing related. And I vowed to share with you my thoughts on them, if I remembered. And I did.

Understanding Comics, The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud


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I loved this thing so much, that halfway through reading it I bought another book he wrote; "Making Comics: the Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels". I just finished Understanding Comics today, and I'm not sure how to articulate how smart this book is.

When I told my mom I was reading a book titled "Understanding Comics, the Invisible Art" she laughed! She thought the idea of calling comics an 'invisible art' was silly and that this book must be taking itself to seriously. I explained to her that's actually what the very first chapter (and so often revisited in later chapters) was about. McCloud discusses how comics are very commonly overlooked as something children or young teens read, and how many people think of it as something not to be taken seriously. BUT in fact, as we know better now in 2015, comics are an ever-growing form of storytelling and it's not confined to one idiom. And that comics or 'sequential art' go back thousands of years.

The book was published in 1993, and I can see how it must of been very forward thinking in its day. McCloud actually predicts a lot of the directions comics took, 20 years ahead of time. He talks about Japan's 'recent' influence on American comics, and actually spends some time exploring what makes America's comics different from Europe's or Japan's.

He also discusses strange concepts comics deal with constantly, that on a surface level as a consumer you may not have ever considered. Things like time and space in panels, the panels and their shapes themselves, the perceived word and the received image, and how abstract words and written language truly is.
There's some heavy shit in here to be sure. Yet the whole book is fun to read and very involving.
It's done in comic-form, and McCloud's avatar talks to you directly, and manipulates the wold around him to make points. It's fucking crazy.

All in all the book is 215 pages, 9 chapters, and if I wanted to I could have knocked this out in a day easy. Though, many of the chapters may require some reflecting, each one leads very smoothly into the next.
I loved this book, and I'll go back to it for another read for sure. Highly recommend. I was told this was a staple of learning more intricately about comics, now I have to agree!


I don't know what I'll read next, but I'm crossing this off my list, for now.

  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Making Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Blue Estate (hardcover collection) by Viktor Kalvachev
  • Framed Ink by Marcos Mateu-Mestre
  • Drawing Words And Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden
  • Vanishing Point by Jason Cheeseman-Meyer
  • The Art of Time in Fiction by Joan Silber
  • The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
  • Empowered by Adam Warren

Also, please PLEASE let me know if there's anything that's not on my Reading List that you'd recommend! I got all of these book based of recommendations and without them I might be completely lost. Keep them coming!

  • Mood: Adoration
  • Reading: maybe Blue Estate?
  • Watching: Friends

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Llama trade! ;)
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