ellana: (larissa)
Sent a confirmation about the art exhibit. Only one other person has responded so far (they only have until Sept. 1 to RSVP :X), but the lady said she'd keep me updated. Now I just need to crank out some art.

Unfortunately the pretty mushroom village at work got trashed before I could photograph it. It was all neat and Smurfy yesterday. /sigh.
ellana: (Yulia)
I think I'm finally kicking some creative block. I managed to polish off a rusty muse, and tags at other games are going a lot easier than they were. Now I just need to do some art this weekend!

I really wanted to join another game, but I really, REALLY do not think I'm capable of that right now, so I'm just tentatively considering apping another character at Ad Lib. I'd also talked about sending Frings to Gargleblasted, which I'd still like to do, but I definitely want to research more first and get a good, solid voice going for him before I jump into anything. I am on a Frings/Cecille kick. They're my new Shou/Liz or something. Only not.

Anyway, I still haven't canon reviewed for any of the Tales games besides Abyss, so my possible pick-ups at Ab Lib are limited to (and I think the problems with a lot of them should be pretty obvious): Anise, Cecille, Largo, Legretta, Mieu, Natalia, Tear, Yulia

Also open to one of the Dark Wings or Ginji. One day I want to see a Dark Wings trio. Someone make one with me?

Also. I NEED A NEW EMAIL ACCOUNT. Yahoo keeps changing up everything obnoxiously and I keep having to go in and disable things. I was using their old layout, but they seem to have screwed me over and forced me to update finally. SUGGESTIONS FOR EMAIL SERVICES? Suggestions for a username?

Lastly books. I am reading "The Daily Coyote" by Shreve Stockton. It's really interesting! /o/ It's non-fiction. It's about this lady from NYC who decides to move to Wyoming. Anyway she's staying with her love interest who happens to hunt coyotes for a living and one day he brings her a baby coyote and gives her the option of raising it. She accepts, so she raises this coyote puppy up in a community where people aren't exactly accepting of coyotes because they're worried about their livestock. Anyhow, she's a photographer, so she starts sending a photo of Charlie (the coyote) daily to friends and family, it spreads, and eventually spawns a mailing list and a blog. To summarize.
ellana: (Stella)
So, I think I'm gonna make a "super special" account somewhere or other for art-related stuff. I used to post "in progress" photos back on DeviantArt and people seemed to like that, so I might keep up the trend.

But I am NOT planning on returning regularly to DeviantArt. XDD It takes forever to load on my computer, I hate the new layout(s), and also there's the whole weird copyright thing. @-@;; I've actually had my fan art published in an Italian magazine before, because it was right there on DeviantArt. I didn't know a thing about it until someone told me. :X

So yeah, be aware that anything you post online can and will be taken, including the credit!

Can you tell I'm trying to fire myself up? I'm trying to fire myself up!
I even made a rough schedule I likely have no hope of following, but hey. (One a week seemed reasonable.) Let's play art teacher, Cherry.

(Approximately 15 Weeks...?)
0.5 - Get Inspiration From Things Around You
1 - Trademark Fox - Colored Pencil, Realism, Small - How Does He Looks Now? :3
2 - Art from a Song - Pick a song you really like and convey it; your choice of media
3 - Paint a Landscape from a Photograph
4 - Wingin' It - Something with feathers or wings; your choice of media
5 - Anime Style - try turning anime/manga into fine art
6 - Missing the Beach - Find a Beach photo and revisit the seashore
7 - Tri-Color - make a work of art using only THREE colors
8 - Set Up a Still Life - sketch it out and paint it
9 - RPG Rearrange - Pick a video game and break it apart; put your favorite elements back together into something COMPLETELY different
10 - Paint Me a Mood - Pick an emotion; use color, shape, positioning, etc.
11 - Mixed Media - Mix as many mediums as you can to create a unique composition
12 - Black and White +1 - make a work of art using black and white and only ONE other color to make it pop
13 - FREE CHOICE /o/!!
14 - Art Prep/Finalization
15 - Art Prep/Finalization Part 2
ellana: (larissa)
So I got a letter in the mail yesterday. Apparently the local art club that I won a college scholarship from is planning to put together a gallery of work by their scholarship recipients, and they want no more than 25% of the work to be NFS. RSVP date is September 1, and they're estimating a showing in December.

Meaning this could be a really good opportunity to not only get my artwork "out there", but to potentially make a little cash. The only problem is all my art is OLD, and there's nothing I'm proud enough of to sell, and I'd be embarrassed to show a lot of it. (Plus a ton is FAN ART which is a no-go, obviously.) And actually, during high school we worked from National Geographic magazine photographs a great deal. I hadn't quite grasped the "change it up and make it your own so it's not copyright infringement" rule yet. I also REALLY NEED A PORTFOLIO. I have essentially nothing to show, even if a job popped up that I wanted (which has sorta-kinda-almost happened already). So... yeah. This could potentially be a really awesome opportunity to get myself back in the game.

The question is... what sort of media/subject matter would work best? I'm thinking... landscapes, nature, still life... I know a lot of people don't even consider comic/animanga-style to be "art" (btw, I do, as long as it's "artistic"), so I wouldn't even bother taking more than one anime-inspired piece, if that. Then again... should I really limit myself to "safe" subject matter? Or should I try something a little different? (Don't get the wrong idea... all my art ends up being "cute".)

Media... eh... I could get away with colored pencils or acrylic no problem. I'm not as sure about marker work. Maybe if it was really detailed and had "texture". Watercolor I basically fail at. Maybe mixed media. Honestly, I'd rather get a bunch of thick canvases that I wouldn't have to cut out matboard for. Matting and mounting artwork is such a pain, and so many things can go wrong. I have several nightmare stories of the adhesive spray making a mess and getting everything sticky, or of cutting mats crookedly. /s-sob.

So yeah. Thoughts? What I really need to do is set some sort of a goal for myself. Like X_number of arts a week. And I need to finish old trades/requests while I'm at it, too.

HMD Meme

Jul. 20th, 2010 10:20 pm
ellana: (Asch)
The How's My Driving? Meme

I am seriously down to three that actually count. I don't even.
In other news my workplace is fast becoming a war zone. No really. It is.
ellana: (WTC? D=)
So I finally caught one of those stupid bugs and trapped him in a peanut butter jar for closer inspection. (He totally deserved it, he was crawling all over me. He's a perv.)

I don't think they're carpet beetles, which is a good thing. But IDK what they are? And I hope there are no more because they are a royal PAIN to catch/kill (they don't die!). Here's to hoping he doesn't find his way out, also. I need a test subject if I'm ever gonna figure what they are. =/

In happier news, here:

Recap this weekend.
ellana: (Asch)
Today's Jake's birthday. He turns 11!

The cat is spoiled already so I'm not getting him anything. Maybe I'll swoop in for a huge kitty hug when I get home. ...I'm sure he'll appreciate that.

Last one at work again. Why does it always turn out this way~ =/ I think I'm leaving in 15 minutes, though, because aside from this jewelry wrapper there is not much to do and geez, everyone else is gone, pages sent... Why so dedicated self?

Anyway, gotta clean the bathroom tonight as soon as I get home so I can keep up my end of a bargain. Then tomorrow I need to brain storm plot for Ad Lib. Then Sunday we're taking my grandparents out for lunch and (I guess) going shopping afterwards.
ellana: (larissa)
I don't like packing... So I decided I didn't want to take two electronics with me, so the PSP is staying home, that leaves me with bringing two books, two manga, and the invaluable iPod with me. Which meant I had to hunt down some old/new stuff to stick on it. That ended up being the Wolf's Rain OSTs and, believe it or not, part one of alleyWAY. I really need to finish part two... the lines are in, they just need mixing in BGM/SFX... and I missed a line in part one I should go back and fix - the scene doesn't make as much sense without it.

If you don't know what alleyWAY is... um... you can contemplate my icon and I'll explain when I get back.

Have a nice Easter everyone!
ellana: (Dancing Queen)
I know I've done one like this before, but.
((Note: I'm leaving in Drama CDs and BGM since it said no skipping. (But do Drama CDs even count as songs?) Meh. Two extra.))

You can learn a lot about someone from the music they listen to. Here's the game: hit shuffle on your music player, and write down the first 25 songs that come up. No cheating or skipping songs.

This will only teach you how random my tastes are and how un-random the shuffle feature is. )

Oh, and add the comic stores to the things-I-wanna-see-in-NYC-but-probably-won't list... Apparently there's one across from the Empire State Building(?) that sells manga and anime in addition to American comics. Want.

And I'm almost done with my app. Just need about two cans of polish (making sure I didn't repeat things or use bad grammar) and optionally a short round of museboxing.
ellana: (Caramelldansen)
Officially discharged~ ♥
Still have to keep up my wrist exercises and stretches and all, but!

That was almost too easy...
ellana: (Stella)
List any characters that you have considered roleplaying, but never have. Explain why you like the character, then explain what it is that keeps you from playing them, be it a lack of canon knowledge, lack of confidence, or too many people playing that character!

Let's just go with the top 8. )
ellana: (Stella)
Oh man guys, I'm going to have to pull a voice post equivalent when I get home this evening. So... look forward to it, I guess?


Feb. 20th, 2010 09:21 pm
ellana: (larissa)
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.

Since something written in Japanese would do me no good, next closest book...

She let her halo subside to its usual glow, and picked up one of her mother's brushes to try to tame her mass of hair. Isbel's image rose before her as her fingers curled around the carved wood. Mreen saw the curling auburn hair, her own round chin, her dimples. Could Isbel possibly have felt as isolated as she herself did?


Feb. 12th, 2010 08:56 pm
ellana: (Asch)
I'd appreciate some concrit if at all possible. Especially if it includes examples of what I'm doing right/wrong or ways I could improve.

The How's My Driving? Meme
ellana: (Kitty Friend)
Some of my friends have been doing some form of this, so...

Anime Recommendations?

I'm behind with manga and have a ton of books to read, so, anime that people like and might recommend? I won't be as generous as Plum who is saying she'll watch whole series, but if you recommend something, I'll at least watch the first three episodes, sound fair? And if I enjoy it I'll obviously watch the rest of it.

It can be anything.

The only anime I'm watching right now is Kobato., although I plan to watch the second season of Spice and Wolf, too.

1. Kimi ni Todoke (1)
2. Nyan Koi! (1)
3. Gundam 00 (1)
4. Baccano
5. Zombie Loan
6. One Piece
7. Miracle Train
8. Noein
9. Kamichama Karin
10. Cromartie High School
ellana: (WTC? D=)
So I think the domain situation is being cleared up. I emailed 1&1 about it and apparently I'll receive prorated credit back for my unused time, and my domain was successfully canceled. That works, I guess. I'm glad I asked.

So as for me and being sick, I'm really not sure what's going on. I'm like... quasi-sick or semi-sick or something. I was sure I was getting a cold last night, then I woke up feeling fine, got going, then started being all sniffle-y again, then it went away, then it came back, and now I'm wondering if I'm just experiencing some kind of allergies. O_o;; Really, really strange. It's like all of a sudden my nose will spaz on me for a while, and then it's as if nothing ever happened for the next several hours.

Also, Jake is a stalker. I was on the computer, in the dark, typing away. All of a sudden something brushes against the door. Wha? What was that noise? Turn to look and there's a furry kitty face. Right. There. And he meows at me to get off the computer. All like "Hey you, iz late." Ffff. Jakewhysocute?

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