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Dec. 29th, 2012

2012 art roundup

2012 saw a plunge in art production (insofar as you can "plunge" from a not very high previous level). It started out fairly well in January, and December was good, but nothing in-between. I even failed with the fashion meme sketches I had offered.

It's almost too depressing to index, but I've indexed every year since 2006, so: This year there were three pieces of art, nine drawbles/doodles, no icons and nine months entirely without art, compared to 2011's six pieces of art, 36 drawbles/doodles, seven icons, and three months entirely without art. 2010 it was four pieces of art, 28 doodles/drawbles, one icon, and also three months without art; 2009 five pieces of art, 20 doodles/drawbles, three icons and six months without art.

January
I posted the 2011 Secret Mutant XMFC/HP art, Learned Trust, to my journal (linked in this roundup because it wasn't yet revealed in last year's)
Illustration for Best Laid Plans (Pinky & Brain)
Seven More Joy Day drawbles five here, one here, and one illustrating Basingstoke's duck!John Watson

February - May
Nothing :(

June
Hulk with a lead binkie (Avengers/Peanuts fusion doodle)

July - November
Nothing :(

December
Solace (Captain America/Spider-Man), my Yuletart painting
Christmas Bakery (XMFC), my Secret Mutant painting
Logan as fluffy wolverine doodle (X-Men)

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Dec. 9th, 2012

I finished my Secret Mutant art!

It's five in the morning, but I'm done now (in every sense of the word). With the deadline being tomorrow night, I could have even taken a break and gone to bed at a slightly more reasonable hour, but I was afraid that if I stopped in the middle of coloring it, it would have been even more stressful, and I'd just have fretted even more. Now I only have to think of a title and post it for the exchange on AO3.

I'm not entirely happy with how it turned out, but I am glad that I won't end up defaulting after all. And in managing to do two exchanges, I made more art recently than in all the rest of the year, which was nearly completely lacking in art production.

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Oct. 24th, 2012

eeep

I made the last minute decision to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant after all. So now I'm committed to two exchanges. *gulp*

But I got my assignment for [community profile] yuletart where you could pick prompts, and while I didn't get my favorite for a match, I think it is very doable and I have an idea how draw the prompt (my first two preferences weren't the first preferences the recipients wanted to get, whereas the one I got assigned was the first the recipient wanted, so I get why I was matched there).

And if I successfully manage to make these two pieces, my art output this year won't be quite so abysmal.

I am a bit worried about [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant because it is a mixed exchange, and in these the problem is always that many just don't think about art when prompting or giving extra info in exchange letters. I mean, I browsed the couple of letters people have already posted (I still need to post mine, I only just signed up), and three of the four only have sentences how they look forward to what people *write* or start with thanks for *writing* something, so if I got matched to someone like that, it would make me feel somewhat neurotic, that they'll just resent that they got matched with someone for art rather than getting a story and will not be happy with my gift no matter what.

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Oct. 8th, 2012

dithering

I'm wondering whether I should sign up for [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant this year. It'll have quite a tight schedule, with just five weeks between getting the assignment and its due date, and I already signed up for [community profile] yuletart, which also gives about five weeks, though that'll be due about two weeks earlier. So they don't overlap completely. OTOH, I've not been productive art-wise at all recently, so I'm not sure I ought to sign up for multiple things. On the third hand I usually do manage to produce art with the pressure of an exchange, and I would get a fanwork too.

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Dec. 29th, 2011

year in fandom meme

Your main fandom of the year?
Definitely X-Men: First Class in the second half, and probably rediscovering Highlander in the first half.

Your favorite film watched this year?
X-Men: First Class

Your favorite book read this year?
Possibly Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch. Though I was probably more invested in Ghost Story by Jim Butcher.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
I don't listen to a lot of music.

Your favorite TV show of the year?
Merlin, like last year.

Your favorite DW/LJ community of the year?
I haven't been very active on any comms besides my own (obligatory plug: check out [community profile] fanart_recs *g*), but perhaps the XMFC kink memes? But then I don't really like the kink meme format that much, it's just that I go where stories are to be found.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
X-Men: First Class again. Though I've been into X-Men before, so it's not strictly new. Then again the non-reboot media launches seem to get ever rarer.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Hmm. I've not been really disappointed in a fandom in which I was still very invested. Perhaps that so far I haven't even watched SPN season 7 anymore counts? In fandom I've missed [livejournal.com profile] yuletart a lot. And as far as general infrastructure goes, I really wish Delicious hadn't self-destructed.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
I'm still not sure how to take this question. A character I really like? Someone whom I fantasize having a relationship with? In the latter case none, in the former, possibly Erik Lehnsherr (with the understanding that I want Charles and/or Raven to keep him occupied and far away from me).

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
I don't think I fell in love with any characters this year specifically.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Uh. I actually have no real idea. Possibly Ghost Story arriving by mail?

The most missed of your old fandoms?
Like last year, when it comes to nostalgia I probably still miss The Sentinel most for the complete fandom immersion of being almost mono-fannish in a big and centralized fandom, that was very active with both fic and discussion.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
I can't think of anything. Feel free to suggest stuff...

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
The next thing in the calendar I look forward to is the new Sherlock. Later 2012 there's the new Temeraire book (I wasn't that thrilled with the last one, but still hope for the next), the Legend of Korra, and later The Hobbit movie comes to mind as well.

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Sep. 7th, 2011

curious about reader interests

I'm curious which content people are most interested in, thus a poll:



Rate how interested you are in the type of post (from 0 = not interested at all to 4 = very interested), with the assumption that you are interested in the fandom for the fannish post types:

Jul. 18th, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 3

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to draw/paint/depict/...?

Answering just for the fandoms where I created a couple of planned things: For DC that would be Dick Grayson followed by Tim Drake, for SGA John Sheppard followed by Teyla, for HP I really enjoy doing magical creatures most rather than characters, but numerically as far as characters go Snape is ahead in my fanart, even though he is actually not my favorite character, which is Harry. Whom I oddly enough have only drawn as platypus animagus outside of drawbles. (It was an animagus challenge, so not as odd as it seems, and really platypuses are awesome.) For Temeraire he is my favorite dragon, but Iskierka was fun to paint.

Jul. 17th, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 2

2 – Name the fandoms you've made fanart for, and how much you've created in that fandom, and if you still create in it.

For main numbers I counted only "regular" fanart, but because I'm not very prolific in the brackets is the number if I include quick drawbles, meme responses, comment pictures and such. I didn't count icons of any kind, neither my own, nor the ones I've made from the sources. Some crossover and fusion pieces are counted twice. I omitted some fandoms for which I've only done a single drawble.

Avatar the Last Airbender 1 (4)
DC Comics 23 (48)
Dresden Files 2 (4)
Farscape 0 (4)
Harry Potter 9 (17)
Marvel 3 (9)
Merlin 1 (4)
Muppets 3 (5)
Sherlock Holmes 0 (3)
Stargate Atlantis 6 (25)
Star Trek 1 (8)
Star Wars 1 (7)
Supernatural 0 (6)
Temeraire 3 (6)
Terminator 0 (2)
Watership Down 1 (2)

As to whether I still create in a fandom, that's hard to say. I never really leave a fandom completely, and for many my interest is somewhat cyclic, i.e. I drift out for a time, then revisit them. For the fandom where I've been most prolific, i.e. DC, I have currently no plans to tackle any of the fanart ideas I jotted down back when I was active there, though I'd still do drawbles in it. I have a partially-finished SGA piece that I have the best intentions to finish at some point, not least because I already put a bit of work in the pencil drawing beyond merely scribbles. Looking at my file with fanart ideas, there are still several I'd like to realize in Harry Potter, Merlin, SGA, Star Trek and Dresden Files, but who knows. I guess It would be more truthful to say that I'd like to have those images finished (bonus points for magically looking like in my head), but the realization part is rather more tricky with my work ethic routinely hovering between "inert sludge" and "sloth".

Jul. 16th, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 1

I've seen this meme around on my network, most recently from [livejournal.com profile] penknife, and because I don't write fanfic I adapted the questions for fanart. Some of the phrasing is a bit awkward, because due to all the different kinds of fanart I didn't just want to replace "write" with "draw".

1 – How did you first get into creating fanart, and what was the first fandom you made art for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

This depends a bit on how narrow you see what's "fanart". I've been in (non-superhero) comic fandom and drew comics as a kid, but those were more or less original, i.e. I did not use existing characters or copied comics except for style.

Even then I was much better at worldbuilding than plot, so for my first real comic project (that was back in fourth or fifth grade), I wanted to do a comic about these fluffy creatures I imagined (called Wuschels, kind of like tribbles, but with eyes, noses, feet and antenna and not as fertile), but what I ended up with was a sort of background treatise with illustrations detailing how they lived and their society and biology and such. I only managed two pages of an actual comic, then ran out of plot, and strangely enough did another illustrated thing about their version of football. IDEK. I mean, I've never been a sports fan, this just shows how pervasive football is. I did share these with my family and subjected my long suffering best friend to my efforts as well. I was never one much for drawer projects. I still have the drawings and texts from that project in a binder, but I lost the ones I made from yarn. From then on I drew comics all through high school. Some of them are posted on my website.

It took me much longer to try creating fanart in a narrow sense. The first media fandoms I got into online weren't good places for fanart. My first major online fandom was The Sentinel in the late 90s, and there was very little fanart online, and mostly just collage type photomanips that often weren't all that good. Zines were expensive, so I only ever ordered a couple, and even those often did not have any illustrations, and the few that did were all aiming for a very photo-realist style. I know now that even at the time there had been other fanart styles around for tv fandoms, but I didn't know that then. I thought to be accepted as fanart in live action fandoms art had to try for photorealism. So at that time I didn't even realize that anyone might be interested in the kind of fanart I could do.

Eventually there was a Sentinel fanfic for which I couldn't resist drawing an illustration, but the result was really quite bad. I was too embarrassed to attach my internet identity to that, and incidentally was also for a story I did not want to admit to have liked under my regular pseud either. These days I'm much less embarrassed about my kinks, and the author managed to push all my buttons really well, despite that the story was an unfinished WIP, not even spellchecked and OOC. But I still wanted to give the author the drawing her story had inspired (like I said above, I never saw much sense to produce for a drawer rather than public, not even if it's somewhat cringeworthy, I mean it still took time and effort after all), so that led to the only time I ever created a sockpuppet account in fandom. So I actually posted my first piece of fanart as a sockpuppet. I guess it is similar to venturing forth into anon kink memes first these days. Luckily afaik the yahoogroup where I posted the picture in the file section has vanished by now, so I don't think it is even on the internet anymore... Which is really better for everyone. I don't recall even the author responding with anything after getting the art.

The first fanart I posted properly was after I got drawn into DC fandom. I was inspired by [personal profile] cereta's story Secrets, and unlike the live action fandoms I was in, it seemed less daunting to draw comic characters than to have to try for a realist style, and Cereta and some others on my flist were encouraging me to try, so I took the plunge. Also at that point LJ was replacing mailing lists as platform, so not only seemed comic fandom easier to draw for and more receptive and open to art than the live action fandoms I knew previously, posting it was also easier.

The rest of the meme questions, slightly adapted to fit fanart )

Jun. 25th, 2011

huh

I was looking at my website stats and noticed that there was a significant spike in traffic one day earlier this month, so I was curious whether I had been linked/recced somewhere, and checked the referrer logs which led me to a ONTD post titled "Amazingly Bad Fan Art", which actually didn't contain any of my art, also the art of the post was neither hotlinked nor credited with links, so artists "featured" there would probably not even notice. (Incidentally much of the art wasn't particularly bad either.)

Still curious I browsed the comments, and it turns out someone hotlinked my Nightwing/Arsenal picture there, also not crediting me with a proper link. (There's a reason I tend to make my sigs large, at least viewers can see my name on the pic.) Though the opinion in the couple of replies to the pic had also some that liked the art. So I guess the thing about any publicity sort of applies.

I still find posts like this obnoxious, not so much because people mock fanart they don't like(*), I understand that impulse (it's not like I don't post my own wtf? reactions to odd fanfic every now and then), but because so often there's no credit. I mean, while I was looking through the comment pages to find which of my art was linked, I saw a bunch of art I actually liked, and some art that wasn't my fandoms but still clever or funny. Only in plenty of cases where someone wasn't siphoning bandwidth from the original artist's pages but just grabbed the picture, you often can't find the artists.

(*) ETA: Though IMO it's mean and a cheap shot if the target is art clearly posted by children and teenagers trying to portrait their first crushes. Of course the portraits will have the typical beginner problems.

Jun. 24th, 2011

fanart process over at fanartivation

I made a process post in the [livejournal.com profile] fanartivation comm for my previous SGA fanart "Offworld Team Camping". I haven't made a process post for that art here back when I posted it, so if you like process photos you might want to check out the post there.

Feb. 2nd, 2011

how sometimes my kinks catch me unaware (also contains a rec)

I was reading a LOTR AU (No Man's Child by Anoriath, it's unfortunately an unfinished WIP, and sadly seems abandoned since 2007), and I had a hard time figuring out why I liked it so much, when at first glance it has a lot I don't care for: First, it is Aragorn/OFC and I'm pretty much set on Aragorn/Arwen as my OTP by inclination. And I like AUs much less in LOTR than in most other fandoms. Also, it is from the OFC's POV and Aragorn as well as other canon characters appear only occasionally.

Eventually I realized that the whole thing, all 180k words of it, basically caters to my service kink. The premise of the story is that a few years before the ring war in wake of suffering a serious injury Aragorn bows to pressure from the Dunedain to take a wife and produce an heir to secure Isildur's line, but it does not change that Aragorn loves Arwen. We don't get to see his thoughts on this as the POV is exclusively the OFC's, and she doesn't even know Aragorn personally before meeting him for the wedding, as he sent Halbarad to ask for her. So there is no love story at all, though eventually they become fond of each other in a way. She somewhat more of him than he of her, but the distance and ritual courtesy never vanishes.

The story then mostly follows how the OFC dutifully reorganizes his household, and tries to manage politics and feudal obligations among the remnants of the Dunedain with a good amount of vivid detail, because besides wanting an heir, Aragorn asked her help keep his remaining people safe while Sauron's threat grows, yet he is mostly away doing the things he does in canon at this time, i.e. hunting for Gollum, which the reader knows, but the OFC doesn't in any detail. Eventually they are also successful with the reproductive duties, which I found nicely handled, because Aragorn does not really want to have sex with her more than absolutely necessary (he doesn't confide to her about Arwen, but the OFC realizes fairly soon that he is love with someone he couldn't marry), while she is okay with the sex but uncomfortable to press him too boldly, but also feels the pressure that conception needs to happen for his dynasty as well as for her household position, which is all complicated by him being frequently absent.

All of which is fairly bleak from a romance angle, but from a certain kind of service kink perspective it is a delightful wallow, because the OFC acts the whole time in the service to her lord, and while companionship grows between them over time the status difference is never forgotten, and meanwhile Aragorn is seen to act in service to his people even against his own desires, because it is his duty to secure his family line. So that satisfies twice over.

So I'm happy I gave this a try even though from its bare headers it seemed not to fit with my preferences at all. Anyway, if you share that particular kink (and don't mind the unfinished status) you should check this out. Also if you like stories of ordinary folk's everyday life against the backdrop of the build up to the ring war.

Jan. 5th, 2011

fanart process: my yuletart piece, "Fealty"

Considering the many, many hours my recently revealed yuletart picture took, I thought I ought to get more than one post out of it... ;)

picture heavy art process post )

Jan. 1st, 2011

gaps in my icon set...

When I posted my first Tolkien fanart rec, I realized that I do not have a single Tolkien icon. I ought to fix this, but I'm not sure how to make it recognizable. My favorite character is Aragorn, so ideally I'd like my avatar dressed up as him, but what are the iconic attributes that would make it clear my creature is supposed to be him?

Dec. 30th, 2010

2010 art roundup

I thought 2009 was a low point in productiveness, but this year wasn't any better. Back in 2009 I made five pieces of art, 20 doodles/drawbles, and three icons, and in 2010 it was four pieces of art, 28 doodles/drawbles and one icon. Though I also created [community profile] fanart_recs, so that led to me reccing fanart at least.

January
Nothing. :(
though I posted the 2009 Yuletart SGA art, Offworld Team Camping to my journal (linked in this roundup because it wasn't yet in last year's)

February
creature doodle: a valentine's card of a sort

March
Nothing. :(

April
an Easter doodle: Infiltration

May
a Sherlock Holmes doodle that I did in response to a request in [community profile] artondemand
Trek Reverse Bang fanart

June
Nothing. :(

July
a Kirk/Spock mindmeld ratcreature icon

August
eleven drawbles: ten here, and a straggler here

September
eleven drawbles for the character roulette meme

October
a comment doodle I did for Te (DCU crack)

November
Graphorn (HP fanart)

December
Dresden Files doodle
Santa Claus with dragon
Dragon bookmark doodle
and the not yet revealed [livejournal.com profile] yuletart art.

Nov. 21st, 2010

sort of self-indulgent poll

With my last acrylic painting I tried for the first time to skip the lineart inking, and now I'm wondering which version of my style viewers like better, if they have a preference at all, i.e. without inked lineart like in this Star Trek art, or with inked lineart like for example in this SGA art or pretty much any color art I've done before.

May. 29th, 2010

sigh.

I dropped out of the [community profile] sgareversebang because I had procrastinated so much that turning my concept scribbles into pencils in time for this Sunday's rough draft deadline depended on being able to draw yesterday and today, as I had planned. Only then RL didn't cooperate at all.

It's the first time I dropped out of a challenge (not that I've done many), and it rather sucks. I also regret that now there won't be a story for my picture idea, but it couldn't be helped. :(

May. 23rd, 2010

fanart process post

Because I'm procrastinating on my SGA Reverse Bang piece, I've decided to do a process post about my last fanart, the one for the Trek Reverse Bang. That painting took me a long time, and quite a lot of work spread out of over three months, and maybe some are interested how I get from the first idea to a finished painting.

image heavy )

May. 7th, 2010

to sign up or not to sign up...

I've been waffling whether to sign up for the [community profile] sgareversebang (artist sign-ups end tomorrow).

pros:
+committing to challenges and the deadline pressure helps me to produce things, when I don't otherwise
+the Trekreversebang has been turning out to be quite fun so far, and I like this model of challenge, so it would be nice to do it for SGA

cons:
-I have not quite finished painting said Trekreversebang painting, both because this has been somehow taking ages to complete, even longer than usual, and because unexpected, stressful RL events have been taking up time and also energy
-it might not be so great to introduce additional pressure in form of deadlines just now with the RL stuff going on, and the timeframe of the [community profile] sgareversebang is rather tight considering my usual snail-like pace (first art drafts would be due May 30) and the overlap with the Trek challenge

Apr. 11th, 2010

a question of moderation

Some years ago I posted some scans of a superhero drawing book, specifically from chapters where it explains drawing women. That post is widely linked, and google brings it up fairly high up when you search for "how to draw comics" and the like. This results in me still getting a steady stream of comments that range from clueless to horrible sexist drivel or worse.

Now LJ offers you the option to lock comments without deleting or hiding the old ones, and having once again an sexist idiot rant at me today (in multiple comments even, I assume the person didn't notice the comment field telling them I log IP addresses), I am considering to freeze comments there. In general I like to keep comments open, and normally I like getting comments on older posts, and every once in a while I get and interesting one even on that post, but is that worth getting enraged every so often? (I usually don't react anymore, but since I screen anon comments to weed out spam, I have to at least glance at their drivel.) The comments are an illuminating display of fail from certain segments of comic fandom, but then we all know about that already, so there is really not that much need to have them enact it over and over again in my years old post.

So I'm waffling, and wondering what you think.

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