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I'm a digital artist, but once in a while, the whole thing becomes stale and uninspiring to me. During these times I like to step away from my computer and stretch out into different art mediums until I'm ready to come back to digital art fresh and new. Recently, I've become invested in cosplay to prepare for Momocon in May. It's refreshing for me because it's very hands on and there is no undo button. So before I cut or glue anything, I have to really be sure that it's going to do what I want it to do. And if I make a mistake, then I have to figure out a way to compensate for it, which sometimes inadvertently yields better results than I had planned. Plus it's fun to get creative with unconventional materials.

Do you guys also stretch into new mediums when your regular art outlet becomes stale? What are some of the things you've tried?
New guy is posted to our unit, seems friendly but a bit socially awkward in that he talks too much (even when he has nothing to say) and laughs at everything he says. Tolerable stuff, probably just settling in. But then at the end of work today he's walking with me to the parking lot and he says "Now, I'm not racist but..." and then proceeds to tell me how he thinks that there's something wrong with our security if they let a bunch of "Jehads" walk around base. He's of course talking about the Muslim civilian workers. I try to tell him that it is not cool but he just laughs and says that I'll see that he's right when "shit goes down". And despite my objection, he insists that he's not racist. How can you even say things like that and not think that you're being racist?

Bonus complaint, the screen on my tablet's acting up. Gonna take it to Futureshop and hope that it's still under warranty and that it won't take forever to fix.
Update to bonus complaint: my tablet is a month past its warranty. Ain't that always how it is? Soon as the warrenty runs out something breaks.
Vynil Scratch Wallpaper by Didj
Vynil Scratch Wallpaper
Just bought the "Dj-Pon3" vinyl figure. Decided to draw Vynil Scratch because of it. Pose turned out so good that I ended up turning it onto a full wallpaper image. I don't usually put my own work up as my desktop wallpaper but for this one I'll make an exception. Even though as I'm typing this the tiny little flaws in my work are glaring at me.
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Now, I'm not a fan of Angry Birds. In fact I find it shocking the sheer amount of marketing this franchise gets. I was aware of the cartoon series that it has and it looks equally unappealing to me. But then I discovered the spin-off series "Stella" as linked above... and it is a tribute to the art of animation! I love it!

I mean, look at what they do with the limits they place upon themselves. You have a series where no words are spoken and all of the characters are little more than bouncing heads. And they manage to emote and convey so much. This should be studied by animation students.

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Well, after spending a few years in art college, I tried to get into the animation industry. Realizing after a while that being an animator by far not the most stable career choice, I joined the navy. But my passion is still drawing and animation. I have a superhero comic called "Chillin' Civilians" that I've been working on for a number of years that I think you'll enjoy.
I don't know how apparent my absence has been over the last month on account of how infrequently I add to my gallery. But I've been on deployment in Hawaii for this year's RIMPAC. If you're wondering what that is, it's what was going on in the movie Battleship minus the space aliens. I'll be back in Canada in a couple of weeks (counting down the days) but I thought I would just give a journal update since I've got some shore leave and a decent internet connection. While I've got your ear, a lot of you will be very happy to hear that My Little Mages the video game is back in full production with a full engine change. The alpha was made in Gamemaker Studio, the new version is being made in Unity. We actually have a small team of people offering their time and skills this time around. I was keeping it on the down-low for a while but I'm pretty confident in the production of the people involved, especially how they've been chugging along very well while I'm on deployment. I'd like to thank my friend Andy for this people skills in that regard. Still in the early stages of program and design, so don't hold your breath on any kind of release date.

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Sora200 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Also, your MLP pictures are awesome. I too am a fan of the show. :)
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Sora200 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Really wish that our debate didn't end on a sour note. I'm sorry for anything I did that puts Christians in a bad light for you. I'm sorry if I offended you. Also, I didn't mean to sound sexist. If your female friends from the army are reading some of the stuff I said, please let them know that I'm sorry for anything I said that might have offended them.

I hate saying things that make others angry at me especially on the level that you said it would make your friends from the army feel. Even if I probably won't ever see them.

My deepest apologies for troubling you. Hopefully you don't think of me as unintelligent.
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Mark57Raider Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool page. Never thought a military man would be interested in My Little Pony... Interesting combination here. Really though, I just never....ever...thought... a navy hardened ship guy would be interested in My Little Pony. Maybe if you had some daughters or something and then gotten into that from a family point it's just very hard to fathom, but wow what a world. ...Then again maybe you do have some kids that got you into My Little Pony...
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Didj Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
It's not really as unusual as you would think. Firstly, the stereotype that all military members are the hardened grunts you see in American movies is not true. Or at least it doesn't apply to all military trades. Being in a logistic trade, my job deals more with accommodations and paperwork. And even when you take it to the American army "woo-rah" types, you see Bronies there too. Just look up "military bronies" on Google. It's really not that hard to see why. For people who live stressful lives being away from home for months at a time, something like My Little Pony is a good stress reliever. It's something lighthearted and fun in a career that is anything but that.

Plus it's just a really good show that breaks gender boundaries. Kind of like how Powerpuff Girls was a fun show to watch despite it's girly exterior. Let me put it this way, you like Disney movies like Frozen or Tangled, right?
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Mark57Raider Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Some Disney movies I like yeah. I enjoyed Tangled and some of the others. My favorite disney movie of all time is probably still either Mulan or Lion King. Both very superb movies. But yeah, I didn't know military guys were into MLP, given the stereotype.
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