Thursday, July 24, 2014

ourloveissemperfii:

"One day in the subway, James saw a red cat with a wound to the leg that likely resulted from a fight with another cat. It was obvious that the cat needed help. James could not pass and took the cat to the vet. With a little medical treatment and prescription drugs, the cat quickly recovered. At that point, James found it impossible to say goodbye to Street Cat Bob. Bob followed James everywhere he went. As James played the guitar on the street and Bob sat nearby, revenues increased dramatically. People found it difficult to pass when they looked at the cute kitty. James went on to write a book describing their adventures in the street which was full of life – both dramatic and comedic. In the book, James says that he could not have imagined how meeting Bob would change his life. His friendship with the cat healed him from a life that had been very hard. Most likely, if Bob could speak, he would say the same thing.”

Um, so here is a book I am going to go BUY… NOW.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

cyrilvamp said: Just so you know you're a flawless creature and I love you and all of your artwork. I've just dropped out of art school, it really took all of my passion out of me. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can get my groove back?

engelmech:

littlefroggies:

My advice for losing passion or drive is kinda different than most my friends so take that with a grain of salt, but I can only say what’s worked for me: Make yourself work. Doesn’t matter what you’re working on, don’t let yourself sit around not doing anything. You don’t have to take on, like, your opus or anything… but you need to be doing something with your art. You need to make a project, and hold yourself accountable for finishing it. Even if it looks like trash or its a failed experiment, its okay to make bad stuff. You learn from making bad stuff. Just keep your hands busy, keep your brain busy.

If I waited for when I felt my “groove” or had passion for it, I’d probably be out of a job because there was a 3 month period not long ago when I was burnt out and tired of drawing/writing, but I had to cuz its my job. I did good work I was proud of, regardless of being in my groove. I just had to find a motivation that wasn’t passion for those 3 months… which turned out to be “fear of not getting paid” and “refusing to drop quality.”

I am not of the opinion people should only work when they feel inspired. Sometimes, you just have to do it. You have to sit down and work. You have to find a reason to keep going at it during the times when the passion isn’t there, cuz the passion will not always be there.

like I said, take my advise with a grain of salt. This is what’s worked for me and how I function.

This is very good advice.

This advice resounds with me, too. There is a quote from Nick Cave that I really like on this topic: “I go into my office every day that I’m in Brighton and work. Whether I feel like it or not is irrelevant. Inspiration is nice, but if you only work when it strikes, you’re going to be an unhappy artist. This is especially true if you want to earn a living at it; you don’t hear about surgeons getting “surgeon’s block” or garbage men getting “garbage men’s block.” There are assuredly days when the surgeon doesn’t want to be removing gall-bladders, but she does it anyway, because that’s her job.”

(I do also totally echo that the advice isn’t for everybody. Everyone works different ways, so far as creating stuff goes. I think this is pretty solid, though.)

He's learning so fast sometimes I forget what internet-style text speech my dad doesn't get, but like I said, he picks up fast.

  • Me: You have to follow Gerad on his boat. Did you stow away?
  • Dad: Narp. What do u know about sea turtles?
  • Me: kisjvks are you unable to sneak on his boat?
  • Dad: What is kisjvks?
  • Me: It is a mashing of letters to signify amusement.
  • Dad: Oh. 8chpnja
Monday, July 21, 2014

jim-moroniarty:

teehewz:

my-stupid-brain:

Someone asked me for 30 Day Summer Challenge so here it is:

  1. Carnival/Cotton candy
  2. Hotel/Motel
  3. Sightseeing
  4. Souvenirs
  5. Dog days
  6. Sleeplessness
  7. Mosquito bites
  8. Summer fruit
  9. Sandals/Flip-flops
  10. Sunglasses
  11. Sandcastles
  12. Heat wave
  13. Hammock
  14. Long walks
  15. Lemonade/Iced tea
  16. Stargazing
  17. Concerts/Festivals
  18. Picnic/Garden party
  19. Sunflowers
  20. Camping/Hiking
  21. Tan/Sunburn
  22. Ocean/Sea
  23. Mountains/Forest
  24. Frisbee
  25. Air conditioning
  26. Bonfire
  27. Holidays/Vacations
  28. Photos
  29. Cocktails
  30. Barbecue
  31. Watering the garden/Sprinklers

I won’t manage to do all of them but we came up with this little challenge and m-s-b is working on writing her stories for it. thought i’d share :D

Damn, I want to do this but I already have two memes in progress, pool party stuff and Y’KNOW COMICS AND SUCH to work on. D: Sharing in case anyone might use it or I cave in and decide to add this to my to-do list…

Technically I already did heatwave and garden party but you know I have more ideas…

Maybe I could do it as a meme? Like, requests? Dunno.

I know lots of you who follow me loooooooove art memes. This one is super duper cute. You should reblog and give it a try if this is your kinda thing!

Or perhaps you could do what I’m gonna do with it, which is say if you want to send me a number with one (or more, when applicable) of my characters, why don’t you send me an ask? (I can’t guarantee that I’ll get to any of them, so really sorry if this just doesn’t occur, but I’d try ANYTHING to kick start my art-for-fun drive, again!)

Props to OP on a really nice 30 day challenge/prompt. c:

juliedillon:

"The Faerie Garden"
This is another piece I did for my Imagined Realms Book on Kickstarter. :) 

As a huge fan of flowers in illustration, I’d like to say that nasturtium aren’t utilized enough and I appreciate this piece very, very much!

juliedillon:

"The Faerie Garden"

This is another piece I did for my Imagined Realms Book on Kickstarter. :) 

As a huge fan of flowers in illustration, I’d like to say that nasturtium aren’t utilized enough and I appreciate this piece very, very much!

Sunday, July 20, 2014
kayzig:

kayzig:

regnacht:

When I bring people up to speed on the new pages I NORMALLY try not to post anything that may give away the true majesty of the page, but I couldn’t NOT let you know there is a new Boss Monster update that has a VIP sign pointed at Roddy’s face.
Unlike half the cast, I’m only human.

There’s a new Boss Monster page, Roddy’s on it, if that hasn’t already gotten you to click through and read it I don’t think I will think of anything else to type.

Good morning, reblog!

I didn’t get to reblog this yesterday when it went up, but ‘EY!! Roddy is in the comic, now! (Have we mentioned? We might have mentioned a few times, now.)

kayzig:

kayzig:

regnacht:

When I bring people up to speed on the new pages I NORMALLY try not to post anything that may give away the true majesty of the page, but I couldn’t NOT let you know there is a new Boss Monster update that has a VIP sign pointed at Roddy’s face.

Unlike half the cast, I’m only human.

There’s a new Boss Monster page, Roddy’s on it, if that hasn’t already gotten you to click through and read it I don’t think I will think of anything else to type.

Good morning, reblog!

I didn’t get to reblog this yesterday when it went up, but ‘EY!! Roddy is in the comic, now! (Have we mentioned? We might have mentioned a few times, now.)

Saturday, July 19, 2014
juliedillon:

juliedillon:

Imagined Realms: Book 1
I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first issue of Imagined Realms, an annual art publication featuring positive and diverse representations of women in fantasy and science fiction. Each book will feature 10 exclusive and new illustrations created by me specifically for the book.  

Available for purchase are the printed books, 6”x8” and 11”x14” print packs that have all 10 illustrations, limited edition fine art giclees, and a downloadable process video showing my digital painting method. 
Please check it out and spread the word! 

Imagined Realms just passed $12,000! Only $3k more to go! :D

There’s only the teeniest, tiniest bit left to go on this before we can start rackin’ up those stretch goals. I am so very hype for that possibility!

juliedillon:

juliedillon:

Imagined Realms: Book 1

I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first issue of Imagined Realms, an annual art publication featuring positive and diverse representations of women in fantasy and science fiction. Each book will feature 10 exclusive and new illustrations created by me specifically for the book.  

Available for purchase are the printed books, 6”x8” and 11”x14” print packs that have all 10 illustrations, limited edition fine art giclees, and a downloadable process video showing my digital painting method. 

Please check it out and spread the word! 

Imagined Realms just passed $12,000! Only $3k more to go! :D

There’s only the teeniest, tiniest bit left to go on this before we can start rackin’ up those stretch goals. I am so very hype for that possibility!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Something very important for you to know, this morning:

The way my cat insists on positioning herself to lay in my lap.

Anyone who discusses their characters together knows there comes a point where you reach a special kind of esoterica, if you will (You won’t. And yet, you will.) that is impenetrable to anyone else.

Anyone who discusses their characters together knows there comes a point where you reach a special kind of esoterica, if you will (You won’t. And yet, you will.) that is impenetrable to anyone else.