Dear Crossovering Creator...

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:22 am
darthneko: siamese kitten reaching for toy ([personal] shiny!)
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Firstly - THANK YOU! Thank you for writing and/or arting for me! Crossovers and fusions are one of my biggest loves and I'm sure I'll be thrilled with anything you do, so thank you!

Likes, dislikes, bits of info... )
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I went with [personal profile] fabrisse, [personal profile] greenygal, and A Person Without A Psuedonym to see Dunkirk today.

I highly recommend it, especially if you can see it in a dedicated 70mm screen. There are deaths -- it's a war movie -- but gore is actually fairly minimal. The tension, otoh, is intense. Hans Zimmer scored the movie with the recurring motif of a ticking watch, and even when you can hear the watch, there's a relentless rhythm under the score. And when there's no score, it's usually because the music is replaced with something awful, like the screaming of a Stuka bomber.

The movie is surprisingly short -- just 106 minutes -- and has three intertwining sections: The Mole, about the soldiers on the beach and the mole which is the only way of loading soldiers onto the big ships, as there is no harbor they have access to and loading from the beach would require ships with a draft of three feet or less; The Sea, about one of the Little Ships of Dunkirk; and The Air, about an RAF pilot.

I do suggest you go with someone whose hand you can grab, because as I said, the movie is intense.
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Pita, spanakopita, mixed tomato-cheese handpie, olive bread, melomakarona, mango donut peaches, regular peaches, shiro plums, blueberries, yellow sweet cherries, a half-gallon of Mocha Moo, cheese curds, 3 lb of ivory and purple bell peppers , and spicebush (now called 'sorghum', because no one knew was 'spicebush' was) vinegar.

I made blackberry preserves and cut up the fruit for mixed stone fruit jam -- about half sour cherries, the rest plums, nectarines, and donut peaches -- to cook up tomorrow.

Prompt me?

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:50 am
darthneko: prompts for the poor? ([writing] prompts for the poor?)
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I'm testing a theory, which says that half my problem is the dreaded "blank page" phenomena - ie, it's hard to START something, but easy to keep going after it's started. Writing? I can keep trundling along slowly working on the worldbuilding stuff, because there's a nice list of prompts for me to sit and think on. Art? Not to much. I have a list of stuff I'd like to do, but it's all large, time intensive Big Finished Pieces sort of things.

So, I asked my Patreon, and I'll ask everyone here too - prompt me? Art prompt? Give me nouns, adjectives, things that have a visual presence, either singularly or in groups. Or fandoms/characters, if they're ones I know or you think I might know!

I'll mix and match as the ideas takes me, and I promise to post stuff here (and tumblr/instagram) after I post to Patreon. I'd just love to compile a nice large list (like the #worldbuildinginjune list large) of art prompt ideas that I can do sketches from.
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I went with [livejournal.com profile] ipleasance and [personal profile] greenygal to IKEA today, and finally used the gift card my sister gave me for Christmas 2015. I got two KALLAX units, which I now have to put together, but which will give me a whole lot more shelf space when I'm done.

The last hour or so there I just hit a wall of 'too many people, too hot, here too long', so I'm going to finish eating a round of the Greek bakery's pita and go sleep. I have to be on point tomorrow, since I'm the only person working in my sub-department, now that the permanent employee has gone on her month-long vacation overseas...
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A pint of blackberries, a pint of blueberries, a pint of shiro plums, a quart of mango doughnut peaches (my favorite!), a pint of shishito peppers, garlic cheese curds, dill & garlic quark, herb roasted beets, olives in honey, pita bread, tiropita, seasonal Greek stuffed bread, batard of whole wheat bread.

I've finished up the peach butter I started last night -- I was so tired I had to put it in the fridge and finish this morning -- and I'm planning on making blackberry jam this week. I'll probably make kimchi stew to take for lunch this week, as it's pretty easy and I do have fresh shishito peppers...
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There's a catered picnic at work tomorrow, with an invite to bring a desert. I'm making clafoutis with the leftover cherries I have because it's an easy dish to make and it would be an alternative to the 'everything is chocolate' that seemed to be characteristic of the desert sign-up sheet.

Goals

Jul. 13th, 2017 09:29 am
darthneko: Be a light unto yourself ([personal] light)
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I sort of failed to do much over the tail end of last month and the long extended holiday weekend at the start of this month. And now it's already halfway through July and WTF, where did the time go?? This is leaving me somewhere between flailing in a corner and determined to pick myself up and dig myself out of the hole. I'm very much going to try to do the digging instead of the flailing.

I need to be consistent on the Patreon and the social media. This is not going to be another "did okay for a month or two and then bombed out" scenario, dammit. The poll on my patreon to find out what people want to see helps. I want a posting schedule to adhere to, and then a several day later posting schedule to tumblr and instagram to back it up. I want this to succeed, dammit. It doesn't have to be my primary income with the thousands that some people make on their. I just want it to sustain and in the process inspire me to be a better artist.

Speaking of better art, I have a goal. DeviantArt has always been a bit of a hinky fit for me - on the one hand, ego aside, I do know I'm on the high end for fanart. Not the best, but up there, and I've actually done illustration as a day job. It makes it hard, sometimes, because there's no real space for me in fandom communities to go for critique or help or anyone who will push me to go further and do more. And DeviantArt is very split - it's either the fandom side or the pro side, with the pro side largely made up of Marvel and DC artists. Either way, I've just never really fit in or connected with people there, and much like any other social media it's become a place where if you don't post regularly then you're utterly forgotten and my several year hiatus means I might as well just delete my account and start from scratch because I basically don't exist there any more. No eyes, no interactions, and my middle-high grade of art still doesn't really fit in anywhere.

So... big fish in a small pond with no peer to peer connection? Or suck it up, brace myself, and go play with the big kids? Because the big kids are not DeviantArt. Not any more. The big kids are Behance if you do mobile game art, or Conceptart if you're more focused on classical art training, or Artstation if you're doing game/movie concept art and design.

I can't navigate Behance's un-intuitive (for me) site for love or money, not to mention mobile vector game art isn't really my style. I tried Conceptart back in the day and.... well, that made me want to cry and burn my sketchbooks. They don't pull their punches, fanart/anime-style/comics are Frowned Upon, and honestly the classical realism stuff just isn't my gig, and it wasn't a good fit for me. (I don't mind the no punches pulled thing so much, but having it be because of a basic differential in style just highlights that *I* was not a good fit for *THEM*.)

Artstation, though... Artstation is 90% for Big Kids. There is a steady trickle of beginner level stuff, but it is by far outnumbered by the pros. Concept artists for movie and game studios, matte painters for movies, 3D artists for games, character designers, etc. The stream feed of "new" on their site is gorgeous and diverse in a way DA's feed has never been. Also, Artstation does regular contests - not for cash or prizes the way DA sometimes does, but just to give people the experience of working to a deadline, some ego kudos and notoriety on the site for placing in the top three, and maybe a bit of swag like a t-shirt. That's it. But the contests are things like "you have four weeks - here's a theme, design ten characters, broken into two distinct groups of five, that fit with this theme, and we want to see everything from thumbnail sketches to finished art". (that's the character design part of the challenge, which I'd love to do. they also have similar things on the same theme for the matte painters and concept artists and storyboarders and 3D modelers.)

There's a lot less wank in the comments - say something good, or something helpful, or stfu, seems to be the general rule. Artists aren't all defensive about their stuff. Everyone there is either already a pro, or is actively trying to become one. They're not just artist galleries, they're portolio sites and Artstation provides space for your professional resume. It is obvious that companies looking to hire are actively browsing the user base looking for good matches. When it appears you can never quite be sure if fanart is just fanart, or if it's something the person was hired to do for the media franchise in question.

I don't have a single piece that I'd be willing to post up there. Nothing I have is good enough. Not a single damned thing, unless I maybe dip into the book covers I've done, but those are photo manips and not really what I want to be known for.

But... my goal is to have something good enough to start creating a portfolio on there. Not necessarily to look for a job, but to establish a presence. To drive myself to be good enough to go swim with the big kids. I want to have posted something to Artstation before the end of the year.
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I got two more peanut plants a week ago and planted them. When I checked them today, the leaves had been eaten all the way to the stems -- something in the area really likes peanut leaves.

I'm not sure if I suspect the bunnies or not -- we definitely have rabbits here, little cottontails that are about the size of guinea pigs -- but caterpillars are also a possibility.

There's a cookout with potluck deserts at work on Friday. I'm debating bringing honey cupcakes or cherry clafoutis -- either way, a non-chocolate desert would probably be a welcome alternative.