Sons Bedroom

As a part of moving house, I wanted to keep a bit of a ‘personal record’ of what we have changed, when, and how.

The house we’ve brought was (mostly) functional, but a bit dated and by far the worst room in the house was the one which has been designated to our son – it’s also the smallest room in the house as well, so the perfect room to start with for a couple of DIY novices!

The room was painted a grizzly green colour that I don’t even know if I can describe – and being an artist that’s saying something. It was a bit like infected snot or pale peas or something. Either way, it wasn’t attractive. Also left in the room was a single bed, that I don’t think even the dog wanted to sleep on! So that had to be removed before we even started doing anything in the room.

 

The first thing was to redo all the gloss paint in the room – cause the skirting board and radiator were more of a cream than white. This made the room look instantly fresher.

The next step was to paint the walls – we’d picked out a nice wallpaper from B and Q – Marcus had a hand in picking this himself by enthusiastically pointing to the wallpaper when shown a couple of options. So the paint we picked matched the wallpaper. It was one of Valspar’s colour mixing paints, which was pretty exciting in itself seeing as Marcus and I have watched how this is done on the Cbeebies show ‘Do you know?’ I think the colour we picked was called ‘Morning Glory’ but I can’t 100% recall.

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We are by no means experts when it comes to hanging wallpaper, but we were pleasantly surprised that it only took us an evening to do; while Marcus was sleeping in the spare room. We’re reasonably proud of how it came out too; considering the hiccups we had along the way – paper tearing because it was a bit too wet with wallpaper paste, not quite getting the patterns lined up and the concern that there might be stains because of the paste. Thankfully come the morning these things weren’t noticeable!!

While we changed the room around, we also took the side of Marcus’ cot as well and he has been sleeping pretty well despite the change!

 

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Sorry I have been a bit neglectful when it comes to posting on here.

I want it to be because I’ve been mindlessly busy since moving – which to a certain extent I have been, but I also think it’s because I’ve been hiding too. Having thoughts that I wanted to try and figure out before I started posting here again. There was an absolutely massive focus on my art before I moved house; and after too – but I ‘crashed’ today.

I hit my limit and just feel like detaching from everything anthro and furry; yet at the same time, I don’t want to because most of my following is from the furry fandom. Yet, as always when I try and get into anthro/furry stuff something comes along to put me off. And it’s usually the same thing; ungrateful turds that just want to use and abuse, get something for free or act like an absolute arsehole to people while egotistically claiming they are an “Art Messiah.”

It’s my own fault, like always, for trying to get closer to people and build my own sort of following on websites like DevArt or Tumblr. It’s either too much because I seem to attract people I’d rather not; or it’s a reminder that ‘Fiction is better than reality’

I wish I could be the sort of person that could upload and share art to a website; like dA, and be content with that. Not interact with people or even try to make ‘friends’ just, share and go. I might have to give it a try. Upload something; log off and move on? Because I can’t keep going on the way I am; it’s draining and stupid!

I’ve thought a bit about it this afternoon before writing this. I’ll always love anthro/furry art; it’s home so I’ll never stop drawing it completely. That and Warhammer 40K doesn’t have enough Tits and Ass for me too really enjoy for the long term. Space Marine Pin Ups can only get me so far and really, my biggest following is for the anthro stuff. It’s a bit of a conundrum really.

 

My own biggest fan – Devon

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Artwork by Squeekbat

I mentioned starting this series a little while ago now, but deliberated on who to start with or how I would write them.

Then I figured, I’d just do them in ‘aphabetical’ order according to my Toyhou.se account!

Devon started off as a redesign for Kizmit; but she didn’t really click with me in the way that I thought she would do. So she was demoted from the name and picked up as Devon. Her name came from the Disturbed song ‘Inside the Fire’ – which is one of my firm favourites of theirs. I think she was given the name around 2007.

She is a ‘Glamfur‘ which was an art movement with the anthro community that started around 2003, when I first started sharing my art online and had some prominent names in LeeLee, Inhix, Silverwing and others. It then had a revival in 2007/2008 which is when I became more interested and aware of it and I enlisted Devon to the cause.

There are a couple of different versions of Devon. The waking world Devon and the dreamer. The dreamer is the one who has blank eyes, crosses and stiches on her face. The waking world Devon is the one who has real eyes. The general story behind her is that she is an inmate at Pillsbrooke hospital – a sanitarium – and cannot tell the difference between being awake and asleep. Everything feels like a dream (or reality)

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Head-Canons:

  • She is into Nurses, Hair Falls and synthetic hair, she is technically dead and a non-rotting zombie that needs to feed of blood and alchohol in order to survive, she loves cross-gendered people and thrives among the transgendered as they don’t tend to judge her on the way she is and the way she survives. Equally she loves dressing as a nurse as well as in verious other clothing and loves bright colours.
  • Her favourite music to chill out and rock out too is: VNV Nation, CombiChrist, Celldweller and Icon of Coil.
  • Her tongue is green and poisonous.
  • She also loves it when people restyle her hair, as it changes colour very often and sometimes has hair falls in it.
  •  The four pointed earrings are usually spikes, but she often has stars dangling off her ears from the bottom on chains.
  •  Often drawn with drugs and various medical themed times, especially drips!
  •  She has her vagina sewn up and is non-sexually active, but most often than not she has lustrous feelings for people.
  • Torquemada is obsessed with her.

The above is from what I wrote about her back during that time so some of it may or may not be true anymore! I like it though.

Aesthetically, I have tried to steer her towards traditional goth – when not wearing nurses outfits.

I’ve a bit of work still to get her in the direction that I am after, but I have a Pinterest board set up for her to help me with this. She is a fun character and writing this up has made me realise that there is a lot more to her than I first remembered.

There is another element to her, and that is that my other character Torquemada is obsessed with her – but more about that when I get to writing up his ‘Biggest fan’ column in this series.

My own biggest fan – series.

The My Own Biggest Fan series of posts on here are something I have enjoyed doing in the past, and are something I would love to pick up again.

It’s basically where I get to talk about my own characters and how they have changed and developed over the time that I have had them.

I’m wondering if this is a topic anyone would be interested in reading about? Making up a category and seeing what I can put in it and who to write about, etc. I’ve just felt that lately, I’ve been a bit on the quiet side and have just been posting pictures rather than saying anything and it might be a good way to get a conversation going again.

What do you think?

Blogging Branding – Further Audit

I made a couple of little changes to the blog today.

I added some more categories – under the ‘Art’ umbrella.

There is Anthro/Furry – For everything animal-y themed.

Warhammer – For everything Warhammer fanarty

Misc – For everything else.

Really the two aspects of my art that I’d like to try and focus on are the Anthro and Warhammer side of things; be them pin-up style or otherwise and I think by having these categories here, I can use them to keep my mind focused this way.

Just wanted to make everyone aware that they can now browse my blog & art a little easier~

Blog Feature – Abaddon and Teal

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Hello everyone!

I wanted to give some exposure to one of the blogs I read on a regular basis.

It’s titled Abaddon and Teal and is about  the adventures of Warmaster Abaddon (Warhammer 40K) and his pet cat Teal; as well as some other strange misfits  the rest of the Warhammer 40k Primarchs and associates!

If you couldn’t tell by the feature artwork, it is a comic that isn’t to be taken too seriously, but is still an enjoyable and funny parody – probably because of the lack of seriousness factor.

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As you can see, the characters are presented in stick form, but if you’re familiar enough with the main characters of the Horus Heresy (and why would you be reading a 40k related blog if you’re not?) then the simple individual traits make the characters obvious enough. And if you get confused, there is always the handy who’s who page to refer back too!

The story itself is presented in a variety of ways. There are some mini series within the comic; such as ‘Through the Keyhole. Or episodes of a longer story arc, like ‘Crusade’ but most of the posts are one-off funnies!

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It’s a wonderful little read, if you can get ‘into’ it and I admit, I was somewhat skeptical at first, but it has totally grown on me and I look forward to seeing updates from it in my Reader.

So, why not give Abaddon and Teal a try for yourself, see how you get on with it!

Enjoy~

Under pressure

My blog did phenomenally (for me) last week and got nearly 200 views. I am thinking it is partially because I was blogging about the Blogging University and Blogging Branding; of which to give a quick update on – I have implemented all the changes it has recommended; putting back my archives, visiting and commenting on other peoples blogs which are relevant to my own, etc. So I guess something there is working already. I just need to keep it going and it’ll hopefully be onwards and upwards!

I must admit, I am now feeling the pressure to continue this growth and I feel a little ‘lost’ without the Blogging Branding crutch. How did everyone else who has taken it manage after the course had finished?

Ultimately, the Blogging University course has given me renewed strength, determination and direction when it comes to the blog, so I am grateful for that. I shall try my best to update with something here every day (Unless on Holiday) and just keep things going for as long as I can.

If you ‘serious’ about blogging though – as in you want to get your content seen by more people – then I really do recommend the blogging courses by The Blogging University cause it’s got some really handy hints and tips to help out.