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  • Listening to: Coexist by The XX
  • Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (still)
  • Watching: Wilfred
  • Playing: The Great Game of Life
  • Eating: Candy
  • Drinking: Water
I think the next step for my art is to learn how to color. Give me 4 more years and hopefully I'll learn not to mix muddy browns with vibrant yellows.

To the great maw of discovery we go!
  • Listening to: Coexist by The XX
  • Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (still)
  • Watching: Wilfred
  • Playing: The Great Game of Life
  • Eating: Candy
  • Drinking: Water
I've recently had an artistic resurgence to counteract the mindless hours spent playing video games. There's a lot of things I haven't posted yet and a lot of cool new styles that I'm trying out. It's not like I'm finally satisfied with where my artistic abilities are at. Hardly. I'm very unsatisfied with myself currently, and want to improve. I want to improve a lot.

For the longest time I didn't want to take down my past stuff. Now I'm thinking of taking those down and changing my username. I don't want to switch accounts over entirely because of the laziness in me. I'll probably just snag a month's membership and be done with the act.

That's it from me for now. I'm really excited to see a lot of improvement in my art. It's kinda sad to destroy all the evidence of my hard work, but I don't need that anymore. It's not like it'll make me a better artist, knowing that I've come a long way since I first started off.

Thanks for reading. Cheers.
  • Listening to: AM by Arctic Monkeys
  • Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Black Mirror
  • Playing: Braid
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
There has to come a point in your life where you look at your art and realize that it's your own. What I mean to say is that it's fine and all to look at other people's art, but the second that you start to doubt your own skills or question your efforts is the second that you need to stop. 

Look down at your hands. Those are your hands. Close your eyes and just sit there for a few seconds. Those thoughts are your thoughts. You are unique and your art will be unique. It may be true that your work isn't as refined as Neil Gaiman's or Jamie Hewlett's. Don't worry, that comes with practice and experience. Enjoy yourself. Art is for other people as much as it is for you. 

When you feel uninspired or doubtful of yourself, try not to compare your work to other people's, especially those with more experience than you. Instead look back at your other works and see the improvement. More often than not, there will be improvement. 

Strive to improve. Strive to excel. Strive to be as good as your favorite artists. Don't strive to BE your favorite artists. It's something that I'm still trying to get into my thick head.
  • Listening to: The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
  • Reading: Myself type this out
  • Watching: Myself type this out
  • Playing: The Witcher 2
  • Eating: Lays
  • Drinking: Water
Hush, world, I'm mentally tired. Why can't we all just sleep?

Let's all go to sleep :)
  • Listening to: Who Is She by IMonster
  • Reading: Swan Song
  • Watching: BoogiePop Phantom (Funky name, huh?)
  • Playing: Demon's Souls
  • Eating: BBQ
  • Drinking: Just normal tea
Just got back from the Wildwood Christian camp thirty minutes ago. I have to admit that I had a blast.

I'd go into detail but I don't really want to.

So, that being said, I have approximately four days left before I'm forced to trudge back to the labor camp known as high school. Four days to potentially dish out my last piece for this summer.

Well, here's to an attempt for greatness. I will get back to you guys in less than four days with my "masterpiece".

Thank you all and have an fantastic day.
  • Listening to: Who Is She by IMonster
  • Reading: Swan Song
  • Watching: BoogiePop Phantom (Funky name, huh?)
  • Playing: Demon's Souls
  • Eating: BBQ
  • Drinking: Just normal tea
Yup, he's back. Back and much fancier than ever.

I'm lying. About the fancy bit, not about the part where I said "He's back". Oh... maybe I should clarify that. Hold up a second.

I'm back!

Yes, that's right. I'm back and I am drawing yet again. Improving, and trifling around with colors and poses and generally anything to do with drawing.

Where has he been for the past, I don't know, 50 years? Hibernating. I've been practicing. I honestly did not think that I my artwork was good enough for this website, so I left until I got better. Well, good news everyone. My perception of my art skills has changed, and I am proud to say that I do think I have improved. Slightly improved, majorly improved, it makes no difference. I've improved, and I will be posting things regularly again. Not as much as that one month where I had something up every day, no. I will be doing two or three submissions a week, hopefully, tasteful and well drawn submissions. I will also be adding literature into the mix. It's been some time since I've written, but I do want to get back to that.

So enjoy.

Be comfortable, be well. Because I am back, and ready to bludgeon your eyeballs with my oh so horrid art.

Thank you all and have a fantastic day.
  • Listening to: Get up by Barcelona
  • Reading: Alas, Babylon
  • Watching: Usagi Drop
  • Playing: Dark Souls
  • Eating: Apple Pie
  • Drinking: Taro Tea
I've been really busy lately so I haven't been able to draw much.

Well, alright, I may be lying. I haven't been all too busy, but I've been getting lazier. It's the last month of school and I've gone into a standstill. I don't do much of anything but sleep, play video games, and eat nowadays.

Here's to hoping that summer break will end this bad curse. I'll try posting several things before summer rolls around in a month.

See you all in the unforeseeable future.

Cheers :)
  • Listening to: Get up by Barcelona
  • Reading: Alas, Babylon
  • Watching: Usagi Drop
  • Playing: Dark Souls
  • Eating: Apple Pie
  • Drinking: Taro Tea
Oh God this Anime is so beautiful. I'm going to have a heart attack if the ending isn't happy D:
  • Listening to: Stop the Dams by Gorillaz
  • Reading: Alas, Babylon
  • Watching: China, IL
  • Playing: Dark Souls
  • Eating: Kit Kats
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper
Hey guys, it's been a long time since I've written one of these. I figured that no one really looks at my stuff, and so I don't really see a point in continuously writing journal entries. The lack of viewers won't stop me from submitting my art, though, and I think that's actually my driving point to become a better artist.

   I found out that my art style changes depending on my mood, influence, and willingness to draw. I went from anime-ish things, to a bit more realistic things, and then to minimalistic tribal art. Now that I'm watching "Guilty Crown", I seem to have fallen back into anime. I desperately want to draw as well as some of the art in the end credits are, but it seems that I can't. Well, I've only been trying for a collective 30 minutes, but still, it's a huge downer, man.

   I need to find my own style. I need to be comfortable with myself and my artistic talents. I need to be able to look at other artists, see their work, and not become jealous to the point that it drives me to draw like them. It's a huge obstacle I need to overcome if I want to get better, and it doesn't really seem like I can overcome it right now.

   So, my question is to all you lovely, invisible watchers is: Do I succumb, or do I find myself?
  • Listening to: Weekend Away by Tunng
  • Reading: The World Ends in Hickory Hollow
  • Watching: China, IL
  • Playing: Mass Effect 2
  • Eating: Kit Kats
  • Drinking: Tea
I just realized that I won't be able to submit a drawing for every day. It'll be impossible with school coming up shortly and the fact that this time around, I'll actually be doing homework.

Gross.

I'll try my best though, I promise. I'll do my best to attempt a piece every day, and if that means "forgetting" my homework, then so be it.
  • Listening to: Weekend Away by Tunng
  • Reading: The World Ends in Hickory Hollow
  • Watching: China, IL
  • Playing: Mass Effect 2
  • Eating: Kit Kats
  • Drinking: Tea
5 days late to the party, but it's here. I haven't been getting much sleep lately so I've been drawing and I've come to the conclusion that to become better, I must finish one piece every day. I guess this has to go on for the duration of the whole year (or until the world supposedly ends) so this is a warning to all of you; be on the lookout for some extremely shart performance from me.

Cheers.
  • Listening to: Love You All by Cloud Cult
  • Reading: H.P. Lovecraft
  • Watching: China, IL
  • Playing: The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (still)
  • Eating: Food
  • Drinking: Canada Dry
I have no idea how to draw Anime. I'd love to learn, but starting is so difficult. So this is my call for help, my cry for aid; I've dropped my pen and paper and am now waving the white flag of surrender. I am done. You've won, world. Now I need someone to teach me how to draw.

Would someone honestly teach me how to draw anime?
  • Listening to: Love You All by Cloud Cult
  • Reading: H.P. Lovecraft
  • Watching: China, IL
  • Playing: The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (still)
  • Eating: Food
  • Drinking: Canada Dry
So I started drawing anime... yeah. I initially wanted to draw realistic people, but my hands are just not up for the challenge yet. So I decided to step it down a peg -or three- and go with anime. I got myself SAI and went at it. At first I thought I was going to loathe the whole process of drawing in a new style, but I actually didn't. Anime is a very fluid and graceful art style. I don't know why I didn't realize that until now, but it's an easier way -and in the long run- a much more creative and beautiful way to draw people.

Don't get me wrong, I have a deep admiration for artists who can draw people as if they were human cameras, but that's my problem. We see that every day, walking the streets, whereas anime folk don't pay visits to local coffee shops. I myself live with three other meat bags, and of course I would be proud if I could completely and perfectly replicate the structure of their face, the fluidity of their hair, and reproduce every single last pore, every last strand of eyelash on their face, but to me that's not what art is.

I don't want to sound like a hypocrite, or an obnoxious snob who thinks that the universe's mysteries are capped in his head, but to me art is pushing the envelope. Art is expressing thyself -though that means realism is expressive. Art is painting the world an image that it's never seen before; a sunset valley dotted with campfires from a nomadic tribe of half cat half dog humanoids, or soaring on the wings of a two ton whale with scraggly twigs for wings. If I wanted to see someone's face realistically drawn, then I would walk outside or pick up a photograph. As I said before, don't get me wrong, I've the deepest respect and admiration for the few who can replicate the complex structure of the human face, but I feel like art is diverging from what it used to be.

Art for art's sake.

Now it seems like it's art for the sake of popularity. "I can draw this better than you, therefore it makes me a better artist. I don't care if I've no creativity or imagination, all that matters is that I'm technically good, and that makes me a superior human to you." I have a problem with that reasoning. I'm sure that there are only a few people in the world who have that very same reasoning -and thank God that that's the case- but what would happen if more people had the same mindset? I don't want to imagine that, it seems a tad too depressing.

I'll finish off by saying that this community(deviantART) is probably the best place for an artist to grow. I'm glad to be a part of this beautiful website, and I thank you all from the bottom of this deep, rancid, emotionless void that I call my heart, for being such wonderful people and for practicing art for the sake of art. And to improve and to be better artists so that the world could and will become a brighter place.

Cheers, and never stop thinking.
  • Listening to: White Blank Page by Mumford and Sons
  • Reading: No reading this month
  • Playing: The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (still)
  • Eating: Food
  • Drinking: Root Beer
It's here, here it is.

Winter break.

That time of the year that all the students look forward to. That time of the year where we can sleep late, eat all we want, and hibernate like the large, flabby mammals that we are.

On the other hand, I actually want to accomplish some things during this time. What I'm hoping to do in three weeks are 5 OC's, improving my style, and getting bags under my eyes. The latter is just purely aesthetics, I look pretty cool with bags under my eyes and ironically, this school year cured them.

I want them back and if I have to ingest five pounds of coffee every day, then by God I will.
  • Listening to: Shivers by The Wedding Present
  • Reading: H.P. Lovecraft
  • Playing: The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (Who isn't?)
  • Eating: Food
  • Drinking: Root Beer
End of the year -well almost- and so far, no great strides in improving my style. I'm hoping that with time, that'll change, and so will my feelings towards my own capabilities.

I've a huge headache, and last night I had the trippiest dream. Apparently, every time I finish something artistically "good", my brain decides to take a vacation. I don't know how this'll turn out for me seeing as finals are in a week and I've a presentation and two tests tomorrow. I want to draw and write, but my mind's telling me to take a break....

We'll see, my friend, we'll see.
  • Listening to: The Freshman by Jay Brannan
  • Reading: All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Drinking: Root Beer
I'm back, or I think I am. I've been missing in action for a good while now, and I think this season's just about the right time to come on back. I've been busy, refining my writing style and failing classes. Fun stuff. Not really something that you'd share on a public website, but it's out there now. I have no idea how to change those things up there, so I guess they'll stay. Hopefully, my stories this time around will be more enjoyable than the ones I've already got.
  • Listening to: The Freshman by Jay Brannan
  • Reading: All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Drinking: Root Beer
Hey there, DeviantART. It's been some time since my last upload and my last journal but here I am again, breathing and living. If anyone is still looking at my page, you can check out some of the stories that I've been working on shortly. I'll try to upload those as quickly as I can. I hope you guys enjoy those, I've been gone for a while and it'd be a shame if they were terrible. Until later. I feel like I'm on a boat right now so I'll have to go drink some more root beer.
  • Listening to: Into the Sea by The Album Leaf
  • Reading: Greybeard
  • Playing: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Call of Pripyat
  • Drinking: Root Beer
So after the many weeks of being dormant with posting things up here, I am proud to say that I won't be posting that many more things up here. I'll be too busy finishing up my story and too busy with my band so if anyone was actually reading my stories and enjoying them, then I apologize. Well, good luck everyone.
  • Listening to: Into the Sea by The Album Leaf
  • Reading: Greybeard
  • Playing: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Call of Pripyat
  • Drinking: Root Beer
Dear lord please have mercy on my soul. I ran around looking at my writing folders and noticed that a lot of it was trash, stinky, smelly trash. I deleted most of them and decided to refine the few that I thought were salvageable. Man, how awfully I wrote back then. Hopefully I got better, dear lord I hope I got better.
  • Listening to: Mason's Revenge by Senses Fail
  • Reading: Greybeard
  • Playing: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Call of Pripyat
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coffee
So I've had a dA for 10 months now but this past month is actually the first time I've actually used it. Hooray! So if my writing/drawings are amateurish, simple, plain, colloquial, please forgive me.
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Journal 6,

So we packed up camp today and moved on in hopes to find a better place to sleep in. We found this cave about two miles up where we were staying but some old ugly coot was sleeping in it. He kept shouting at us about some shit. It sounded like he was saying, "Help! My foot is stuck in a bear trap! Please! Hey, why are you walking away?! Help me please! I've been stuck here for two days now!" We just kept walking, to be honest, I think he was doing some satanic ritual.

We found an old cabin by a river, it was already being used by a family of three already but the dude was chill enough to let us stay in there for as long as we wanted. His name's Carter or something, really cool dude, he has this great beard that I'd totally kill for.

Oh, Shelly's starting to talk more, now she's sharing stuff about her life before the bombs hit. She's got a pretty hardcore life. Listen to this, she used to be an accountant for a major company but two years before the bombs hit, they fired her. So one day she picks up her guitar and just starts whamming at it and it sounds good. The neighbors hear it and at first they're like, "Hey! Shut up!" but then I guess she was so amazing 'cause she said they fell in love with it and she got a record deal with some company. Either that or she totally just banged them for the deal.