First Date: Ubercorn

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Date Report Card
Name of Date: Ubercorn
Date Location: Jet Pad
Date Activities: Netflix and Chill; we ate pizza and listened to music; somehow I don’t think Ubercorn approved of my tastes.
Date Pros: Kind, Caring, Confident, Funny.
Date Cons: Long distance relationship, wildly different tastes (He wanted peppers on the pizza, ew) his talk of travelling made me feel a bit like a left out lemon, comes with attachments.
Second Date?: Wouldn’t be adverse to the idea, but I am not expecting that phone call anytime soon.

Just reposting the “First Date” pictures on here with their report card~

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Feb 13th

numbsoul-tradeI’m mostly writing this post so I can avoid writing the next one in my writing challenge – which I started this morning and had a bit of an angst fit over.

But at least I am actually updating with something and getting to share a bit more of my art as well.

This is my half of an art trade with Numbsoul over on deviantart, their character Mellia Apricot.

I don’t have much else to share today, other than I closed down my Weasyl accounts today. Just left a journal pointing to my blog. So, if you see this post and are from there. Hello and my thanks for coming~

I know that face… sorta.

I wasn’t planning on updating the blog today, but the husband took the son for a walk out skaejre-new-sketchso I could do some drawing and this lovely lady turned up. I’ve not visited her in a long time. For those of you that don’t recognise her it’s Skaejre. She was once going to be part of this whole story that I had planned out, but couldn’t ever figure out how to start.

I’ve toyed with the idea of starting the story several times and it’s always when I have a dip in my thoughts that she seems to come crawling.

When I figure out that I am not really a good enough writer to write an entire novel, I flirt with the idea of making one of those ‘Art behind the film’ books and filling it with concept art and ideas and that sort of thing, but I always come to the conclusion that I’m not good enough for that, either – I’ve even thought of doing a Kickstarter/Crowd fund to help keep the idea afloat, but nothing really seems to stick. (That and the fact you have to make a video for a kickstarter put me off the idea completely)

Maybe it’s a sign that I should find a way to expand on this idea again and see what I can come up with to actually do?
I do still cherish this project even if it has been put on hold for the longest time now.
Still, it was lovely to see Skaejre again and I’d love to see some of her companions again as well.

A little break

I just wanted to take a bit of a break from my writing challenge today – mostly because it’ll be a difficult one to write about – but I still wanted to post an update for the blog to attempt to keep things going here.

So I thought I would post a couple of sketches that I’ve managed to do this week.

They’re both out of my comfort zone really, the bust being a World of Warcraft character that I’ve been developing. I’ve not actually played any Warcraft since Cataclysm, but I always enjoyed the characters. She is a draenei/nightelf hybrid. And writing this blog post, I really should reply to the roleplay thread that I’ve got going on with her!

The other picture is for a friend of their UFC rabbit Kekoa and she was a fine fit for drawing a more dynamic pose.

I’m also going to leave my Patreon link here, it’s also at the top of my page. The whole idea of updating this place more often is to help me streamline where I post things online. I am mostly trying to cut down on procrastination time by cutting out some of the places I visit. Although I don’t want to make my art anything exclusive and only post it to Patreon, it would be nice to have a bit of support to say, ‘You’re doing good.’
So, I’ll be updating here, twitter, Patreon (obviously) and facebook – with the occasional art trade going into my dA gallery or sta.sh.
I honestly don’t know about leaving dA because quite honestly, it’s been a part of my life for 14 years (I think) and I’ve visited most days since then. I just don’t know if I have it in me to leave it behind just yet? It’s something to consider. I really need to have a long, deep think about some of the things I want in life and see if they marry up with the things that I can actually do.

I kind of want to start

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Jenn – sitting pretty.

using my blog as a place to upload sketches and artsy works. I am honestly starting to feel less and less inclined to share my artwork on more community based places – mostly due to the constant feeling of self entitled idiots!

I recently did another Art Trade, my first one in a while after some sour feelings, and they post their half first. I am pleased, leave a nice positive comment – which was returned with someone asking for a specific pose and details for their half. I’d be fine with this, if that’s what I had given them, but they’d drawn my character flirting with one of their characters – which is already spoken for by another of their own characters. I know it’s all very silly and a minor thing, but I’m not about to have something that I find fun dictated to me like that. That’s called a commission; besides, I already got most of it done.

I’m all for giving like for like in trades.

I don’t know, I just feel all very negative about the whole art trading and being a part of a bigger community with art at the moment and while I know I could use a Tumblr or a twitter account to share everything with, I feel it’ll also give my blog a bit of a direction as well – which it has been lacking lately. It’s a shame really, because other than trades going sour I’ve been really enjoying drawing again. It’s been great to be able to reconnect with people and share doodles and sketches with them. (And even better to see theirs too.)

I will undoubtably miss a lot of having a wider community though, the nice feedback, the feeling of being a part of something bigger and the seeing what other people do. I feel like it’s a big decision right now and I am feeling somewhat unprepared in making it. Maybe a bit of a break will just do me some good?

Art Trades and the ingratitude of Furrys

Sorry I have been a bit on the quiet side lately. It’s mostly because I have been focusing my attention and time on drawing various things.

I took on a fair amount of art trades from various places on the internet. DeviantArt, Furaffinity and FA Forums mostly. And for the most part they have been pretty fun and I’ve had a blast drawing for people. I have noticed a trend though.

There is no real enthusiasm from people. Just a quick and cheap ‘Thanks’ and then move on. I don’t think that this is a reflection on my own art, as when I’ve looked at other pieces of artwork that have been given to the same person the reaction is the same.

And then there is always the unavoidable drama that comes with drawing for furrys!

I did an art trade with Jahpan on deviantArt and asked to draw their character, Hikari. This is the reference picture I was given:

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We agreed on a bust trade, because I am not so hot at drawing Feral characters. And this was what I gave them.

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I was told that what I gave them was unacceptable as I didn’t draw the character correctly. There was no asking if I could correct the image. Just that there were some flaws and it was unacceptable.

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Do people not have manners these days? When partaking in an art trade, no other artist will draw your character 100% correctly. There will be some changes – I for one was a little worried about the tone of my colours, because they are a bit stronger than in the reference picture.
But to state that the picture is so far removed from their character that they can’t accept it… to me it speaks more like they’re fishing for free artwork, but there we go.

So, seeing as the artwork I produced clearly isn’t their character – I mean, these parts of that I got wrong of the character are essential parts of her design that my artwork is a misrepresentation.

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I decided I’d keep the character that I drew (Not her one, because as stated, I drew another character) for myself. With a few obvious edits to make her not of someones own original species.

So there we have it.

Ungrateful furrys make me so angry! I don’t know what’s happened to people in the fandom, but they seem to have gotten worse – as if that was actually possible.

I feel like I should add here another reason why I feel justified keep the character. I have done my half of this particular trade and got nothing in return. I’ve not been given anything in return for what I have drawn. Seeing as Jahpan has blocked me now, I cannot say this to her. Needless to say, after this drama, I won’t be getting anything either! Despite the fact that I’ve spent my limited time on the artwork – I get nothing. And that’s not fair.