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Needin advice [11 Jul 2012|07:18pm]

So, working on a fantasy portfolio atm, and doing a piece mostly to get a handle on technique. But color and composition are proving to be difficult. Hopefully somebody can throw some ideas at me... Sadly these are phone pics since I'm away from the scanner.

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Snuff! [14 Sep 2011|08:58pm]

Working on an illustration for class. The word is "snuff."

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Yay arts [21 Jul 2011|03:25am]

Awful quality but no scanner access with the compy caploozled. And I probably wouldn't get around to scanning anyway.

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Alice Madness Returns in review [30 Jun 2011|05:55am]

It's a beautiful game, but definitely does not stand up to the original. The creators clearly were very disappointed in Tim Burton fucking up their chance to make a creepy Alice movie, and so spent all their time working on story and visuals while level design, gameplay and playtesting were left undone until someone, somewhere around April, said "oh shit, people are gonna actually try to play this game! Quick, copy this jumping puzzle onto every level!" I admit, they did do a decent job at making the different weapons relevant for different enemies, but for a game this long and detailed they were still pretty disappointing. There were maybe a dozen kinds, and there was only one real boss fight, and if you had the fancy dress pack you might as well have been playing in god mode, so strategy got even less relevant. The original Alice on the other hand had a very simple concept, and it was the clever level design and the healthy amount of challenges, which didn't resort to minigames that were just the same reskinned jumping puzzles, that made it shine. Sure, the concept was neat to begin with. But it had engrossing game play, that made replaying rewarding just because it was fun. I will probably play the first Alice again; the sequel... Well, I'd rather save myself the frustration and wait till a movie comes out.

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[12 Nov 2010|02:33pm]
I daresay this has gone too far. Our roommate is intent on making our lives difficult (she can never possibly make them miserable), for reasons unknown, my guess being jealousy and Jim's guess being fetal alcohol syndrome. It started when she took our cupcake tin. Okay. We get it back. She takes it again and changes the locks on her door. Why the landlords do this for her is beyond me since she is not paying her rent. Alright. Then she shows her intent to move out by clearing her crap out of the kitchen. In the process, she helps herself to our cookie sheet, hand soap, and a couple of plates. At this point, we're both pretty pissed and so Jim bitches her out. It was a lot more than I expected him to, but still just insults, intended to make her cry but not actually hurt her in any way. This morning, a cop shows up at our door and hands us the papers from her complaint of "assault," which claims that Jim used threatening body language when he stood up and balled up his fist while telling her she was a "piece of shit." Okay.. If telling someone how you feel about them and being passionate in the process was an actual crime, everybody I know would be fined 500 bucks every time they broke up with someone. This is ridiculous, and it has gone too far. This bitch is the only criminal living in this apartment, seeing how she is stealing from us and living here illegally as of Wednesday. I hope Jim can talk her out of pursuing her ridiculous complaint, but I also hope he doesn't stoop so low as to apologize to her.
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[20 Jun 2010|07:15pm]
So, M:tG's latest venture into the digital realm.. I suppose that it is appropriate that there would be an ad for this game as I'm trying to complain about it.
What a piece of crap. Really. Somebody in WotC's brand department needs to alert their developer that Magic is not targeted towards color blind twelve-year-olds. They could have spent just a little bit more time developing the AI and features than the graphic interface, since, you know, those former items are what actually affect the gameplay. Great, I can change the background to any inane combination of oversaturated colors, but I'm not allowed to tap my lands on my own or even have an accurate phase order. I'm not even going to mention the ridiculous problems caused by the inept port to PC. It's a badly designed game that also has bad code, what a surprise.
Has Wizards so quickly forgotten the wonderful Microprose game they put out? I mean, they seem to remember Shandalar somewhat, seeing how they made a Planechase card of it.. Oh, but I suppose that's another product they shat out without continuing to support it after people paid for it! Somehow they felt they needed to replace that one with another novelty multiplayer oversized cards bonanza which no one will ever play again either.
But, back to Microprose. That game failed because the internet community play was so badly supported. When it came to design of the single player game, and the adaptation of the paper game to a digital format, it was stellar. Why not just take what works and adapt it to modern computers, fix the internet issue, and let it shine? The RPG-esque wandering would have certainly conveyed battles between planeswalkers a lot better than the icon-riddled but impersonal interface in the new DoP (funny how they even took the old name, but didn't give the old game so much as a passing mention.) Sure the AI in the old game wasn't that great, what with the mistargeting and the selfmana burn and etc. But you would think we would progress enough in AI development in more than ten years enough to not need to give it a perfect opening hand every game and have it still cast a "till the end of turn" pump spell on a creature after combat.
Sadly, all this seems a sign of the times. Good, intelligently designed and built games are few and far between, as the industry grows more corrupt, corporate, and is populated by numb-minded youths with degrees in "game design" instead of passionate amateurs with years of programming experience. Everything is shifting to the colorful and bland idiot-pacifying mode which has ruled Hollywood since the eighties, fantasy illustration since around '95, and interior decor since Target.
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[13 Apr 2009|07:03pm]
A little poem that came to mind, partially inspired by the window and partially by reading great prose.

The sun knocks on your window selling sunlight by the pound
But you tell him 'we don't want any today'
You draw the blinds and light your pipe

And he will slice the smoke to show his gripe
He'll try to sneak between the blades
He's like the tomcat at your door that mews and rolls around

He noses at your fish and licks your milk
But leaves you naught but worry

Sooner or later you'll be sorry
You let him cuddle in your silks

And so it is with all these shabby rakes
They lap your sweets and leave sully in their wakes.
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[18 Sep 2008|06:14pm]
Dude.. This just happened and it was hilarious. Nick and I were cuddling and there's some construction going on outside..
“You are the weirdest girl I’ve ever met”
From the workers outside the window “Jamie’s gooot a gun”
“Except her”
“I don’t think he’s a girl”
From outside “Sure looks like it from down there!”
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[31 Dec 2007|12:23am]
This was rather neat:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

2. http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

3. http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4.Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result as a comment in this post. Also, pass it along in your own journal because it's more amusing that way.
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Art, yay [28 Nov 2007|11:36pm]
Okay, so my all-in-one printer is already a piece of crap when it comes to scanning, but on top of that, after I had tried to use the scanner back home and install its drivers, twain drivers just plain dissapeared from this PC, and even the printer's original software can't find the scanner part of the printer. Luckily, Photoshop has managed to hang onto some rudimentary WIA drivers, but alas, they scan horribly. Not to mention my monitor is way too bright so I can't adjust the image properly, either. But I'm so proud of it, I'm posting it anyway. Captain Sig and her trained seagull, Gottlieb (Gotty):

I used this neat brush that comes with its own water supply, and it was lots of fun to paint. Pencil and watercolor. (And yes, this character is based on my Halloween costume.)
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[21 Nov 2007|09:29pm]
Mississippi is a fucked up place. There are flowers blooming. Yes. Now.
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[11 Oct 2007|07:20pm]
Reckoner from Radiohead's new album In Rainbows makes me feel so awesome. It's like flying. I find myself imaginining all the songs being colors because of the name, and this one's indigo-turquoise. If you still haven't spent as much as you want to pay for it and listened to it yet, do so!
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[21 Sep 2007|10:52pm]
Voila, my friends, my first foray into Threadless:

Vote for it here: http://www.threadless.com/submission/134777/Jolly_good_sir/
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[19 Jul 2007|06:42pm]
I'm going to try to do some cheap icon comissions, and badges if anyone wants them, too. The icons will be $5 each, the badges $10.

Here's three icons I did for Abyss (who got them for Cestal):

For each icon, I do a large version which can be cropped/resized to the comissioner's wishes. I haven't done any serious badges to show here.

I'll only actually take any of these if I can get five to start with - so leave a comment if you want one, and I'll put them down on the list, first come, first serve.

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[21 May 2007|04:18pm]
This particular Pirate Queen obviously shops in the discount bin.

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[17 May 2007|11:06pm]
[ mood | old ]

Man, I saw a freshman at school today wearing an "I heart LJ" t-shirt. That made me feel.. Old school. Factoring in that all I've been playing for the past month has been Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers and just installed Diablo. ONE.

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[12 May 2007|11:59am]
Also, I'm curious. Can harmful drug habits be interpreted as a mating ritual intended to demonstrate to the potential mate just how strong the male's immune system is? Smoking, after all, is often percieved as erotic; perhaps it's not the lip action on a little stick, but really a statement of "look, I'm doing stupid dangerous shit and I'm still alive!"
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[10 May 2007|10:06pm]
Hoping to get some advice on this (my saying that will probably cause people to not even see this, ever) before I ink it.

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BIRD KOOL FIFTEEN [08 May 2007|08:06pm]

Aforementioned dead bird painting. Usually don't like painting small, but there's definetely something to be said for finishing in about four hours and being able to fit the damn thing on the scanner (and it dried real quick since the sunlight was going at it). Yes, I know the brick is crooked. Fun fact: I found that cigarette butt lying next to the bird at about the same angle to it, except reversed, which inspired the stilllife almost as much as the bird itself. Another fun fact: this was painted in three different light settings (sunset, overcast, and tungsten bulb), which is why the shading & shadows make absolutely no sense.

I am really hyped about going to college all of a sudden.
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[08 May 2007|04:10pm]
Livejournal, why are you scaring me today?
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