2016 was a pretty rough year for me at times. I realized that many of my long-held career dreams and goals really aren't feasible, or are no longer the possibilities that they once were. I struggled a little, and suffered a period of burn-out, something I never thought would happen to me as I love making art.
But I got through the year, and going into 2017 I think it's time I re-evaluated what my main goals are as a professional artist, where I want to be, and what path I should take to get there. Overall, I'm pretty optimistic and looking forward to the future!
I'm still working, but it's a lot harder to hold/control the pen, and I'm still getting a lot of random nerve pain and stabbiness from the four pins holding my wrist bones in place.
FOUR MORE WEEKS. I can't wait til I can start drawing/painting/modeling again like a normal person. This cast is driving me nuts.
My sister and her husband just bought a cute townhouse not far from here, and it's been so awesome having them live close to me again. I tend to work a lot, and I don't have any coworkers (since I work from home) and don't know a lot of people here besides and (who I've known FOREVER, and it's so crazy that he lives here too), so hopefully this move will provide me with more opportunities to make some friends and get out more easily. Knowing me, that's probably wishful thinking v:
The only thing I'm sad about is no tropical vacations in sight D:
You guys got any cool summer plans?
Also, good god, this website. I forget that it doesn't automatically sort your submissions to the "featured" folder, which means half of my crap doesn't show up. And when you manually do it, there's no way to sort your stuff by submission date, so everything is horribly out of order. I've been doing some heavy cleanup of my gallery, and it's so frustrating. I can't believe that has still not been addressed! If I'm missing something obvious here, please advise thx
Hey guys, been a while. Been focusing on a lot of work lately, and just wanted to show off Spectre set for to the Dota 2 Workshop New Bloom contest, cause we're super proud of it!
You can check it out on the workshop here Votes don't count towards the sets being accepted by Valve, but we always appreciate the support!
It's also part of a larger collection by some artist friends of ours, called the Treasure of the Wondrous Ram! There's sets for six agility heroes in this chest. We'd love to hear what you think!
There's a lot of good things about Texas, and the people here are really nice, but I never managed to feel at home here and it has been a big source of stress in my life.
I'm moving up to the Seattle, Washington area, where my sister and many of my good friends now live as well. I want to get back into photography once i move, as well!
i'm visiting my parents back in Pennsylvania this week, and I do have to say, i think i'll always consider the Lehigh Valley my home, no matter where i live. I miss this place, but the nice thing about working for myself is the ability to travel whenever i want and work anywhere!
Ever do any big/cross-country moves?
This is what it used to look like:
This year Drysocket and I are hosting a Dota 2 Furtive Frostus gift art exchange event (Secret Santa). Basically, you just fill out a form telling us what kind of picture you'd like to receive, and email it to us by Monday, 16 Dec. We'll match up all the requests with other participants in secret, and in a few days you'll receive an e-mail with your prompt for your Frostee. You'll have a week to draw your gift and e-mail it back (keep it secret!), and on 25 December, all of the art will be posted here and on our Facebook page.
You don't need to be a great artist by any means to participate, as long as you have access to a drawing program/drawing tools and a scanner. It's more about the fun of making stuff for people and receiving ridiculous fanart for the holidays! The most important thing is that you get your drawing done on time.
Sign up by emailing us (firstname.lastname@example.org) your completed form by Monday, 16 Dec 2013, 11:59 CST.
Art turn in date: Monday, 23 Dec 2013 by 11:59 CST.
The Giftening: 25 Dec 2013 on www.facebook.com/dryaliaworksh… and Dota Reddit.
Request: "80's Crystal Maiden"
And remember, keep your drawing secret til it's posted on the 25th because obviously, geez.
Briefly describe your request/ultimate Frostivus fantasy drawing: (ie. 80's Crystal Maiden, a kingly portrait of Skeleton King, etc.)
Would you be willing to be a last-minute backup artist if necessary? Y/N
What do you like/dislike drawing? (optional extra info for us to make better match-ups)
That was by far the longest project we took on for Dota, over four months from concept to submission, working in the evenings and on weekends, and we're super proud of them and grateful for the support.
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What about you guys, how are you doing lately? It's been a while since I got to hear from some of you!
Anyway, that was the day I finally decided to get an account on DeviantArt like all my cool friends on the Yahoo groups had been doing, and thus began the fantastic internet journey of uploading all my crappy Mario and Sonic fan art onto this page. It's crazy to see where I started, and even though I still feel like I have a long way to go with my art, it's super cool that I've achieved my dream job of doing it professionally.
To mark the occasion, I've redone the oldest submission in my gallery! Thankfully, in ten years, my taste in high brow art has not changed.
Also in ten years, I have yet to receive any hatemail over the fact that my screen name is a pun on Saddam Hussein's cousin, who is a war criminal (and my middle name is Alia). My mom actually came up with it, and it seemed humorous at the time, and now it just stuck 0:
Also, I just got back from Seattle last night and that was positively the worst flight I've ever been on. Ever have the very last seat on the plane? The one that doesn't recline and is right next to the bathroom? That's the one I had. Some crazy death storm shut down the entire DFW airport and we were forced to fly around in circles for a few hours, before landing in Austin to refuel and wait a few more hours. During which time we were not allowed off the plane, and I'm pretty sure every single passenger (besides myself because I have standards and a basic sense of human decency) got up to take a shit like three times each. The captain was like, "Well, you all have to sit here in the 100 degree heat and without airflow, but feel free to use the facilities as often as you like to pass the time!" Seriously, there was a nonstop line of pooping and the smell was pretty intense. At least we didn't crash.
Oh, and the International was cool, and I met some cool people.
It's a weird feeling that I've had for the past few months and I'm not entirely sure how to deal with it, especially in the midst of a larger family issue. It's times like these in particular that I wish I wasn't so far away, because I might have at least had been able to provide some input in the matter. :C
Trying to look on the brighter side, I'm getting a new camera for infrared photography this week and next week Skyler and I are going to travel to Big Bend for the 4th of July weekend. Not gonna lie, I'm a little worried about getting my head chopped off by drug lords, but I'm super excited to do a desert road trip and I can't wait to try out the camera!
- Reading: Nancy Drew
Mosquitoes and spiders, children of Satan since 1982 (at least).
What do you think?
- Reading: Nancy Drew
- Playing: Altered Beast
- Eating: cookies
Anyway, it exists! Now I get to learn how to transfer everything over, what a joy. After that, I can go back to thinking of some fun new things to actually add.