Prompt me?

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:50 am
darthneko: prompts for the poor? ([writing] prompts for the poor?)
[personal profile] darthneko
I'm testing a theory, which says that half my problem is the dreaded "blank page" phenomena - ie, it's hard to START something, but easy to keep going after it's started. Writing? I can keep trundling along slowly working on the worldbuilding stuff, because there's a nice list of prompts for me to sit and think on. Art? Not to much. I have a list of stuff I'd like to do, but it's all large, time intensive Big Finished Pieces sort of things.

So, I asked my Patreon, and I'll ask everyone here too - prompt me? Art prompt? Give me nouns, adjectives, things that have a visual presence, either singularly or in groups. Or fandoms/characters, if they're ones I know or you think I might know!

I'll mix and match as the ideas takes me, and I promise to post stuff here (and tumblr/instagram) after I post to Patreon. I'd just love to compile a nice large list (like the #worldbuildinginjune list large) of art prompt ideas that I can do sketches from.
cypher: (tentacle porn! my favorite!)
[personal profile] cypher
I am still not dead! Not many things of great import have been happening, or at least not things I can talk about in detail yet. I'm still flinging myself at exchanges at an alarming rate; right now both [community profile] darkestnightex (all varieties of darkfic themes) and [community profile] fandomgrowthexchange (very rare fandoms, ships, or characters) are taking nominations and I'm crouched behind the couch with my tail twitching, trying to decide if I should pounce on them. Metaphorically.

I wrote a lot for [community profile] nonconathon -- my assignment and three pinch hits -- and none of them are the breakout hits of the exchange (original works are the way to go there, not weird small fandoms), but the recipients seem pleased and I got to do some interesting and varied dynamics, so overall a success. And I got two things gifted to me, both of which were delicious!

cut for details; fandoms are Voltron and Fire Emblem Fates )

YouTube channel, at long last

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:30 pm
starlady: (bibliophile)
[personal profile] starlady
Years after everyone else, I have uploaded all of my vids to my YouTube channel. All of them, that is, except the remasters and the ones that have been copy-blocked globally. I will continue to do Vimeo under password uploads for all my vids so that people in Germany can watch them, and in case of further copyright jail shenanigans on future vids.



A number of people have asked me about this for the past few years, and with the way vidding is shifting, it seemed like the thing to do. To celebrate, I have embedded my most recent and most popular vids on this entry. 


It's mostly true that I make vids for myself, but I do enjoy other people enjoying them. Feel free to subscribe to the channel, and if you feel like watching or liking the vids on this new platform (or reblog on the old tumbleweed), that would not be unappreciated by me.

One final note: I will add YouTube links to the old vid posts as time and 2017 allow.

Support a great vidder!

Jul. 17th, 2017 03:45 pm
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
[personal profile] starlady
My friend [personal profile] kuwdora is currently doing her damnedest to change careers and become a professional editor. She's got a great opportunity for coaching from the editor of Burn Notice and Empire but needs help to make the math come out. The program will give her a significant leg up as a woman in a male-dominated industry and give her essential connections in Hollywood that will enable her to succeed.

You can donate to her GoFundMe directly, or commission a vid from her. Abbey has been a huge influence on my vidding and was ridiculously generous with her time, skills, and expertise when I was starting out, so if you've ever felt like you'd like to buy me a coffee for any of my vids, please take this opportunity to pay it forward to her instead.

Dear Equinox letter

Jul. 15th, 2017 11:11 pm
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
[personal profile] starlady
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Goals

Jul. 13th, 2017 09:29 am
darthneko: Be a light unto yourself ([personal] light)
[personal profile] darthneko
I sort of failed to do much over the tail end of last month and the long extended holiday weekend at the start of this month. And now it's already halfway through July and WTF, where did the time go?? This is leaving me somewhere between flailing in a corner and determined to pick myself up and dig myself out of the hole. I'm very much going to try to do the digging instead of the flailing.

I need to be consistent on the Patreon and the social media. This is not going to be another "did okay for a month or two and then bombed out" scenario, dammit. The poll on my patreon to find out what people want to see helps. I want a posting schedule to adhere to, and then a several day later posting schedule to tumblr and instagram to back it up. I want this to succeed, dammit. It doesn't have to be my primary income with the thousands that some people make on their. I just want it to sustain and in the process inspire me to be a better artist.

Speaking of better art, I have a goal. DeviantArt has always been a bit of a hinky fit for me - on the one hand, ego aside, I do know I'm on the high end for fanart. Not the best, but up there, and I've actually done illustration as a day job. It makes it hard, sometimes, because there's no real space for me in fandom communities to go for critique or help or anyone who will push me to go further and do more. And DeviantArt is very split - it's either the fandom side or the pro side, with the pro side largely made up of Marvel and DC artists. Either way, I've just never really fit in or connected with people there, and much like any other social media it's become a place where if you don't post regularly then you're utterly forgotten and my several year hiatus means I might as well just delete my account and start from scratch because I basically don't exist there any more. No eyes, no interactions, and my middle-high grade of art still doesn't really fit in anywhere.

So... big fish in a small pond with no peer to peer connection? Or suck it up, brace myself, and go play with the big kids? Because the big kids are not DeviantArt. Not any more. The big kids are Behance if you do mobile game art, or Conceptart if you're more focused on classical art training, or Artstation if you're doing game/movie concept art and design.

I can't navigate Behance's un-intuitive (for me) site for love or money, not to mention mobile vector game art isn't really my style. I tried Conceptart back in the day and.... well, that made me want to cry and burn my sketchbooks. They don't pull their punches, fanart/anime-style/comics are Frowned Upon, and honestly the classical realism stuff just isn't my gig, and it wasn't a good fit for me. (I don't mind the no punches pulled thing so much, but having it be because of a basic differential in style just highlights that *I* was not a good fit for *THEM*.)

Artstation, though... Artstation is 90% for Big Kids. There is a steady trickle of beginner level stuff, but it is by far outnumbered by the pros. Concept artists for movie and game studios, matte painters for movies, 3D artists for games, character designers, etc. The stream feed of "new" on their site is gorgeous and diverse in a way DA's feed has never been. Also, Artstation does regular contests - not for cash or prizes the way DA sometimes does, but just to give people the experience of working to a deadline, some ego kudos and notoriety on the site for placing in the top three, and maybe a bit of swag like a t-shirt. That's it. But the contests are things like "you have four weeks - here's a theme, design ten characters, broken into two distinct groups of five, that fit with this theme, and we want to see everything from thumbnail sketches to finished art". (that's the character design part of the challenge, which I'd love to do. they also have similar things on the same theme for the matte painters and concept artists and storyboarders and 3D modelers.)

There's a lot less wank in the comments - say something good, or something helpful, or stfu, seems to be the general rule. Artists aren't all defensive about their stuff. Everyone there is either already a pro, or is actively trying to become one. They're not just artist galleries, they're portolio sites and Artstation provides space for your professional resume. It is obvious that companies looking to hire are actively browsing the user base looking for good matches. When it appears you can never quite be sure if fanart is just fanart, or if it's something the person was hired to do for the media franchise in question.

I don't have a single piece that I'd be willing to post up there. Nothing I have is good enough. Not a single damned thing, unless I maybe dip into the book covers I've done, but those are photo manips and not really what I want to be known for.

But... my goal is to have something good enough to start creating a portfolio on there. Not necessarily to look for a job, but to establish a presence. To drive myself to be good enough to go swim with the big kids. I want to have posted something to Artstation before the end of the year.
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[personal profile] mimerki
Today's random question: Does one take notes directly in the book or not?

What do you do, oh readers?

I have been both of these people. I am typically not one to take notes directly in books anymore. I was in college. My ex was adamant about not (to the extent that we had a fight about the fact that I had in books of my own before we met). I still do in textbooks (my Japanese textbooks are pretty marked up), but not usually in other books.

Netflix, god why.

Jul. 10th, 2017 08:45 pm
inkstone: Rurouni Kenshin's Yahiko & Misao smacking their heads (facepalm)
[personal profile] inkstone
I've gotten so spoiled by Crunchyroll and FUNimation, which give me nice simulcasts of currently airing anime. So much so that I've forgotten how to look for fucking fansub torrents. I don't think I've looked for them in years! Never mind the fact that Crunchyroll and FUNimation kind of decimated fansub groups due to making currently airing anime available so easily. To be clear, I'm not really complaining about this. The industry complains about piracy. I say that you fight piracy by making it easier to obtain legal copies. People are lazy. I am lazy. I'm happy to fork over a monthly subscription fee so I can watch current anime in one place via my PC, Roku, phone, tablet, etc.

I am, however, complaining about fucking Netflix, which licensed Kakegurui (based on the female gambling manga I raved about on Twitter a couple years back) and decided to... wait until the season is over and drop it in one completed batch? Okay, like, I get this is their brand. Binging is Their Thing. But learn a little something about your fucking audience! Anime fans do not want to wait a month after the entire season is over to watch the entire series at once! We want to watch the series one episode per week! THAT IS HOW OUR FANDOM WORKS.

Ugh. I am so resentful that I'm having to pirate this show. I'm happy to support it, but I'm also not waiting until October or November to watch it! Jesus, the show has no chance of blowing up because of this. None. Literally none. Anime fans will be moving onto new and shiny fall anime by then!

NETFLIX WHY.

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Jul. 8th, 2017 11:28 am
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[personal profile] meganbmoore
For the interested, Netflix just added the cdramas King’s War (more commonly known as The Legend of Chu and Han) and Qin Empire Alliance (Which I THINK is the first of a now 3-part collection of series about the Qin Empire, but I’m not 100% certain-King’s War was easier to figure out because it has Peter Ho, whose series are easy to find descriptions of).


I don’t know who else pays attention to Netflix foreign acquisitions, but I do and it’s been...interesting. They’ve had a ton of Mexican telenovelas for ages and they used to have a lot of major network kdramas, a well as a lot of Taiwanese and Chinese dramas, but those dwindled down to almost nothing a while back. Then I think around the middle of last year, they started adding a lot of Turkish and Indian series-I’ve added some of these to my queue, but all I’ve watched so far is the first 11 episodes of Razia Sultan*, which I really like, but am stretching out as far as I can because there’s a lot more episodes that they haven’t added yet- and they started slowly replenishing their Korean and Chinese series selection, though they’re sadly light on historical and fantasy Chinese dramas, and the only sageuk they had is Tamra, which I’ve never managed to finish the first episode of. The last few weeks, though, they’ve been pretty much flooding the new additions with Chinese and Korean dramas. The Korean dramas are mostly cable network shows, particularly franchises-I Need Romance, Reply and Let’s Eat- and they’ve been pretty steadily adding Naver webseries for a while, so they probably did bulk purchasing from a couple of production companies, though they've also been purchasing exclusive international licensing for several series in recent months. The cdramas appear to be more random and a lot of them are ones I’ve never heard of, but I’m assuming there was similar bulk purchasing involved there. There have been some historical cdramas in the mix, but aside from the 2 I mentioned at the beginning and Ice Fantasy, they’ve been set in the 30s and 40s, and those tend to end up fairly heavy with the political propaganda.


There haven’t been too many series that I want to see added on the cdrama or kdrama front during this recent spurt, but I’m hoping this means more shows that I want to see will be added eventually, especially some of the recent cdramas that neither Viki nor DramaFever got.


*I should mention that there’s a truly cringeworthy quest arc at the beginning that I probably only got through because I’ve encountered far worse in anime and some cdramas, and the villains are sadly cartoonishly one note, but otherwise, it’s quite enjoyable.
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