Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
×

Oh hello there!

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 19, 2010, 7:19 PM
  • Listening to: the sound of printers in the morning
  • Watching: Photoshop batch process.
  • Drinking: the best jasmine tea EVAR. STILL.

Ohhh, hi there, internet, you still exist!

I started grad school at the beginning of September, and have barely remembered to get around to my usual haunts in weeks.  It's not that I'm constantly busy, it's just that...I'm *mostly* busy and distracted the rest of my time.

So if anyone's been waiting for me to say hello, or anything...yes.  That would be what happened.  In my defense, August was devoted to moving, so *last* month I was accomplishing something.

Yes.  Er.



ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

Ah well, it could've been worse.

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 1, 2010, 5:35 AM
  • Listening to: the sound of printers in the morning
  • Watching: Photoshop batch process.
  • Drinking: the best jasmine tea EVAR. STILL.
I seem to have been appointed to Team Seeker.  While I came to hate those books with a passion, it's still better than Twilight.

And I have a llama badge!  Thankee, Not-So-Mysterious Benefactor!


ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

Back to school FOR REAL!

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 18, 2010, 8:10 PM
  • Listening to: the sound of printers in the morning
  • Watching: Photoshop batch process.
  • Drinking: the best jasmine tea EVAR. STILL.

This is something that's been in the works for months, but I haven't spread it all over because it's been a bundle of work and waiting and anxiety.  I haven't posted much art in the last couple of months because I've been so busy either applying or fretting.

But now it's official!  I've got the word and I've been accepted to grad school!  I'm going to get my Master's in Information Systems!  WOOHOO!

To commemorate this, have some embarrassing practice sketches I've been doodling.


ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

Back to school

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 22, 2009, 2:02 PM
  • Listening to: the sound of printers in the morning
  • Watching: Photoshop batch process.
  • Drinking: the best jasmine tea EVAR. STILL.

Been out of the art-groove again since...um, June?  July?  Whenever I posted my last thing here.  I had a brief bout of Final Fantasy-itis, but that passed.  Since then, I haven't even been able to get past the initial having of an idea before I lose interest.

It's taken me this long to figure out why:  all my ideas lately are either beyond my current abilities, or else they bore me with their repetitiveness.  I want to do something *different.*  I don't even know what that means, exactly, but I know I feel dissatisfied with my current style, let alone with my usual subjects.  Boring boring boring!

Clearly, then, the solution is to learn some new skills.  I've begun doodling around with tutorials and workshops, and while so far none of it has resulted in anything I even care to save, let alone post, it feels more satisfying than anything I've thought of doing in months.

I suppose this happens to everybody sometimes.  Hopefully it'll result in changes in my work to something I like better.  My favorite piece ever is probably "Rain."  I'd love it if my usual work started turning out a bit more like that.



ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

On the practice of art

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 12, 2009, 10:47 AM
  • Listening to: the sound of printers in the morning
  • Watching: Photoshop batch process.
  • Drinking: the best jasmine tea EVAR. STILL.
People who don't try it often don't realize that art is an encompassing discipline made up of many different skills.

I tend to have several skills I'm actively improving at any given time.  I sometimes hit a point with one--say, drawing hands or using Photoshop layers--where I say to myself, "Hey, I'm finally getting good at this!  I don't have to struggle with it so much."

I feel good about myself for a few moments...and then I look back on the time and effort I spent on getting to that point, and I realize that I've just spent a year or so mastering a single detail.  >_<  One down; only about a million more to go.

And I look forward at what the masters are capable of, and realize that "good" is a relative term.

Man, art is hard work.


ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

It's true!

Journal Entry: Wed May 6, 2009, 6:41 AM
  • Listening to: the sound of printers in the morning
  • Watching: Photoshop batch process.
  • Drinking: the best jasmine tea EVAR. STILL.
If you've taken art classes, studied color theory, or resorted to tutorials on coloring and shading, you've probably come across this advice before.  But seldom has it been phrased so bluntly.

"The turquoise and coral worked all through the shadows are probably due to my painting instructor in college, the late Jerry Rudquist, who always said that as long was the shape was right, you could make things any color you wanted and people would assume it was the lighting. This is some of the most valuable artistic advice I have ever been given." - Ursula Vernon (ursulav.deviantart.com)

I thought that was worth sharing.  Especially since it was really past time to move on from my previous journal post.


ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

On improving at art

Journal Entry: Thu May 29, 2008, 9:25 AM
  • Listening to: Poets of the Fall
  • Drinking: the best jasmine tea EVAR
Several years ago, I looked at the ever-expanding gallery on my website and realized that I draw a lot more than I write.  Which is funny, because I've got a BA in English, and I grew up thinking that I wanted to write.

A year or two after that, I looked at my art and realized, "Gee, I'm actually not bad, but I definitely see flaws that need fixing if I want to be what I'd consider *good*."

For a year or so after *that*, I worked on fixing those flaws with the amusing idea in my head that there was some sort of line I could cross where I'd go from being "okay" to being "good"--as if art were structured or formalized so that I could know I had "made it" and could now call myself an Artist.

Well, that idea got knocked out of my head pretty quick, as I fixed the flaws I'd spotted, and then spotted a few more and worked on fixing those.  I discovered that getting the anatomical structure of legs right was nothing compared to getting *hands* right, and that no, I could not ignore backgrounds and scenes and whatnot forever if I wanted to continue to get better.  Oh, and then I realized how infuriatingly different it is to think in terms of a color medium compared to graphite or charcoal.  And then there's lighting.  Argh!

Yeah.  So it didn't take me too long to realize that there is no line.  There's nobody who'll swan up to you and say, "Behold!  You can now consider yourself a serious artist!"  There's no moment in time where you can (or should) look at your art and think, "Well, that's it, then."  Like most things in life, getting better at art is a continuous, never-ending process.  Oh, you'll have your periods of screaming, exhilerating, and obvious progress in skill, and your times when you'll rest on your laurels, mastering what you've developed and getting comfortable in your style and/or rut.

I've been thinking about this lately because for a while I was arting all over the place, and then around January I hit what seemed to be a dead patch.  Eh, this is how these cycles work for me.  The artist's block happens to everyone.  But for some time, I've been in that infuriating stage where I feel like drawing but I can't seem to get anything out.  I'd sketch part of a face and then feel the mood leave me, or start on a scene and then just not be able to dredge up that spark that makes me want to see it through.  At first I wondered if there was something wrong with what I'd been trying to do, some bit of zing! to the pictures that I was missing.  If I could quantify what catches my interest, then...well, I'd be sitting pretty, wouldn't I?  Who doesn't want Muse in a Bottle, after all?

But then I flipped through my sketch books and realized, no, it's not the muse.  I'm just in a doodling mood.  And the doodling mood is good, because I'm suddenly noticing that what catches my interest about a drawing lately is the little things--the lines in a person's face that give them character and individuality, the details of costuming that make an outfit really pop.  The lighting and shadows of a picture.  And right now, that's what I need to work on.

As I accept my doodling mood as merely the latest stage in my evolution as an artist, I feel at ease; enthusiastic; excited, even, for what I may reap from it, what it might lead me to create and how my work can grow and develop from it.


ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

Drawing better poses

Mon Dec 3, 2007, 2:59 PM
  • Drinking: Adagio's White Monkey tea
Ever find yourself looking at your art, thinking how boring all your characters' poses look?  It's one of the long-standing things that bother me about my art.  But recently I came across a trick that's really helping, and I figure, y'know, why not share, right?  I can hardly be the only person who wants to liven up her static-looking figures.

Now, I can't take credit for inventing this, because it's probably one of the oldest tricks in the book.  But it's the simplest thing in the world:  all you have to do is draw a line!

I was going to explain it, but pictures usually work better, so here you go: bluesrat.deviantart.com/art/Su… it helps you as much as it has me!

But hey, if that doesn't make sense to you or if it's not clear enough, tell me so.  I've never made a tutorial before.

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

Coloration!

Thu Nov 1, 2007, 12:47 PM
  • Drinking: Adagio's White Monkey tea
Check out what my sister did for me!  madartiste.deviantart.com/art/… my Lady of the Elemental Courts.  Doesn't she look spectacular?

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

Pox upon computers

Sat Jun 30, 2007, 10:39 PM
  • Reading: Vampire Hunter D
  • Drinking: Adagio's White Monkey tea
Yeah, so I've got this picture I'm working on for an art calendar.  I'm very excited about it; I've never been asked to do anything like this before, and while it's not a profit-making thing, it's still pretty nifty to think that folks like my work enough to ask me to contribute to something like that--let alone along with the other wonderful artists who're participating.

So yes, very excited, having a lot of fun with it.  Funny enough, the deadline and minor limitations actually make it easier to work out ideas for it.  I've got a fairly cool thing in my head, I think, and despite its desire to occasionally morph at random, I'm trucking along nicely on it.

Except that my computer has decided to freak out on me.

I've been having problems with it on and off for a while now, but suddenly they're getting way worse.  The thing crashes out from under me at random.  BSODs everywhere.  I haven't seen so many since I upgraded from Win98.  Sometimes it'll go hours between wiping out, other times it'll do it three times in fifteen minutes.  This, as you may imagine, makes working on art somewhat difficult.  Luckily, I have some access to another computer with appropriate software (that'd be the one at work *cough*), and I'm managing to progress pretty well despite the frustration, but...ARGH!

And I won't have the money to fix the damn thing (read: get the parts to build a new one) till August, most likely.

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

'Me' time

Fri May 18, 2007, 9:55 PM
  • Reading: Vampire Hunter D
  • Drinking: Adagio's White Monkey tea
The house is quiet; everyone's in bed.  Outside, it's a lovely spring night.  I have a hot cup of tea, a weekend ahead of me, and an open canvas to draw on.  Doesn't get much better than this!

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

Pencils

Mon Nov 13, 2006, 10:50 AM
As a way to prove I'm alive, I thought I'd write a little paean to the pencil.

Graphite is my favorite medium.  I say this even as I'm in the middle of efforts to improve my color skills.  I happily admit that color is beautiful.  It's bright and versatile, and *loads* of things can be done with it.  I enjoy it as much as anyone when I come across a picture that displays brilliant or creative use of color.  I'm not dissing color.

But as fine and wonderful as color is, there's something...pure about pencil.  Not even colored pencils, but plain old grey graphite.  It's honest.  Without the distractions of more complex mediums, a pencil drawing is the artist's essential skill displayed on paper.  A poor artist is left nothing to hide behind.  A good artist has their mastery of the fundamentals displayed in elegant simplicity for all the world to see.

Pencil is graceful.  It's all about lines, the graceful flow of shapes one into another, mirroring the beauty of real life.  It's tactile, with a three-dimensional aesthetic that has more in common, in some ways, with sculpture than with painting.

When I look at a good colored painting, I oooh and aahhh along with everyone else.  I'll happily stand there enjoying it for an hour or more if I have the time.  But when I see a good pencil drawing, I feel something more sublime.  I can *taste* it.  My hands want to reach out to touch it.  I immerse myself in the details and flow of the figures, soaking it all in the way I would a good song, absorbing the details independently and as a harmonious whole.

There are people who can evoke this in a colored painting, to be sure--some are in my DevWatch--but they're the ones who could do it with a pencil in their hand as well.  And sometimes it's nice to see the frills and complexities stripped away, so you can admire the beautiful foundation that lends its grace to everything else.

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

Oh, keen.

Wed Sep 20, 2006, 7:28 AM
I have almost nothing of worth to say.  I just wanted to express my amusement at the way monitors work.  My monitor at home makes those openCanvas doodles I've been playing with look like the pencil shade I'm using is almost blue (it's black, actually).  On my monitor at work, they indeed look black--just the way a pencil should, in fact.

I suppose I ought to look into calibrating my monitor at home.  Problem is, that blue/black thing doesn't seem to change, no matter how I adjust it.  I suppose it's because it's a flat-screen.  This here monster I have at work is an old-fashioned trinitron.

EDIT:  Oh, oh!  I want to help a dude out.  Blaquesmith's a good artist with a nifty-looking project--a comic that he hopes to sell and publish.  He's got some older raws of the pages in his gallery, and currently he's working on better-quality finished drafts of the sample pages.  Lovely pencilling.  But he needs a colorist.  If you're interested in putting your hand into a project with the potential for publication, check out his LJ (blaquesmith.deviantart.com/jou…) and maybe try your hand at finishing one of the sample pages he has ready.

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

Frustration!

Wed Sep 6, 2006, 3:18 PM
I have, like, fifteen things I want to color and no time to do it!  And when I do have time, my stupid wrist hurts.  Wah!  Wah, I say!  Wah!

Anyway, I finally discovered openCanvas a little while back, and have purchased myself a copy.  I love it.  Hugging and squeezing doesn't begin to cover it.  I still like Photoshop too, but the ability to just...draw on my computer...YEE!  I'm finding myself far more inclined to actually draw backgrounds using that.  They're such a hassle for me on traditional paper.  I draw the figures, and then lose interest.  But noodling around in a medium where I can just click a button to fix mistakes?  Oh yes, please!

Oddly, it's a bit harder for me to draw people, in some ways.  I begin to discover the allure of a larger tablet.  Mine's a widdle 4x5 guy, which generally is enough for me, and more than enough for my wallet, but it feels a bit odd compared to having a swathe of paper before me that I can roam about on unimpeded by edges and the need for scrolling.  Not that the scrolling bit would be helped by a larger tablet.  That'd need a bigger monitor, and *that* is not happening anytime terribly soon.  Mine's 19" as it is, which makes me feel like a whiner.

Yes, alright, so I am a whiner.

In other news, I'm feeling the burn of RAM--or rather, lack of it.  I cranked my virtual memory up to around 3 gigs, which is making my programs run more smoothly, but my onboard RAM is a measly 256MB.  And there it will stay until I get a new motherboard, because my computer is that damn old.  While I'm at it, I would like newer USB, a case that isn't decrepit, and, oh, a new CPU, why not?  Mine probably won't fit anything currently on the market anyway.  The happy thing about all this is that with NewEgg, I can actually purchase all this shininess for about $250 to $300!  And then I'll probably cart it northward and bond with my dad over computer innards. :D  He loves this stuff.

No, there's nothing of significance going on in my life.  Why do you ask? :D

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:

Whoa, check out the newness.

Tue Aug 8, 2006, 11:24 AM
Yeow.  I log in and everything's...different.

I sorta like it, mostly, the darker green accents and having more room for thumbnails.  But the header font is kind of ugly, and things are a tad blocky.  Wonder if I can change that...

In other news, I have a bunch of drawings and little motivation to do anything with them.  Which is a problem, because I'd really like to color them but...well, I don't have a great deal of motivation for much of anything lately.  So lazy.  We're getting Wacom tablets at work soon, though.  Perhaps I can hijack one of those and doodle on things in between the scanning and other slow, boring work that I mostly just sit here for.

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:
  • Reading: The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse

The parchmenty thing I've been doing

Fri Jun 16, 2006, 9:33 AM
So in case anyone is interested, here's how I've been getting the look I've used on my last few sketches.

First, credit where credit is due.  I snagged this from Gold-Seven's tutorial: www.deviantart.com/deviation/2…
She makes it look way better than I possibly can anyway. :D  She's a spectacular artist.  You could do worse than poke around her gallery for a while.

But I had to adapt it.  For one thing, I had no parchment pattern of my own, so I had to find one.  Lunairetic turned me on to Resurgere, and I found one of their stock packages that had some nice paper patterns:  www.deviantart.com/deviation/2…
But look through the rest of their gallery while you're there.  They have some great stuff.  Also, here I need to apologize, because in their terms they ask that credit be given to them if their stock is used, and I keep forgetting.  I'll go edit those as soon as I get done writing this.

So anyway.  I used one of their paper stock samples, dropping that on a layer above the lineart.  Below the paper but above the lineart, I put in a layer of solid sepia, using the 'color' layer filter.  

Then, above the paper, I created a layer and used the Clouds filter on it.  The two colors I selected for this were #944301 (a rich medium brown) and #ffeac2, a creamy beige.  There's no particular reason you have to use those specific two colors.  I just poked around till I found two that worked, but there's quite a range that'll probably do just as well.

Now, I didn't merge the two.  I applied the dodge tool that Gold-Seven talks about straight to the paper layer, and left the Cloud layer intact.  Actually, I haven't tried it yet, so I don't know if it'd look better or worse.  I'll have to give that a go, next time.  And all the color layers she mentions in her tutorial I slipped in between the paper and the cloud layers.  Other than that, all proceeds according to her tutorial.

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:
  • Reading: In the Ruins, by Kate Elliot

Holocaust Petition

Tue May 2, 2006, 11:23 AM
Allow me to state for the record that the Holocaust was terrible.  It was real.  It was the embodiment of human evil, and I weep every time I consider the unimaginable things those poor people must have endured.  It horrifies me to consider the depths that people can sink to, and I feel exalted to think of the miraculous endurance and persistence of those who were able to survive it and make lives for themselves afterward.  And in no way does its existence lead me to forget that such hateful genocide and persecution has happened before, and since, and I am utterly against the mindset that can so dehumanize *any* individual that a person feels free to perform such acts upon them.

So you cannot imagine how I felt when I came across this petition: www.petitiononline.com/mod_per… started it, apparently (jisuk.deviantart.com/journal/8…), in response to all the anti-Holocaust stuff, racist art, and things that he's seen posted here on DeviantArt.

No, I bet you really can't imagine my reaction, which was, "I'm not signing that!"  I was disgusted.

You're probably outraged now, and justly so.  But before you leave my page and never return again, do me the favor of listening to my reasoning.

I am offended and repulsed by the thought processes of such people (not the petition signers, but the people it's meant to shut up).  Silencing them doesn't change their opinion.  If they still believe the Holocaust didn't happen, or that the Jews (or gays, or Catholics, or gypsies) deserved what was coming to them, then what does it matter whether they SAY so or not?  They'll still do all the harm they would have done anyway.  They'll go out there into the world and act exactly the same as they would have before you gagged them.  

If you can't change what they believe, then by God have the fortitude to listen to them and understand that such hatred is out there.  It's the only way you can do anything about it.  Has anyone considered the irony of instituting this policy on an ART SITE?  Artists, of all the people on the planet, should understand this.  Artists and writers are the ones with the power to show the truth, to counteract this hateful, bigoted speech.  Silencing them does nothing, except set a precedent for YOU to be silenced.  It's not winning an argument if the other person simply stops arguing.  If you despise what they're saying, then speak up yourself!

Edit the first:  I posted this to my LJ, and it's seen some absolutely fascinating conversation about the issue:  prettyarbitrary.livejournal.co…

Edit the second:  If you happen to meet someone who *doesn't* believe in the Holocaust, here is an excellent website resource:  www.holocaust-history.org/&nbs… Holocaust History Project

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:
  • Reading: In the Ruins, by Kate Elliot

Oh, lawdy, I been tagged!

Fri Apr 21, 2006, 1:43 PM
:iconxaotl: got me.  (That's a subtle pimping, by the way.  Her art is so beautiful.  Oh, and her sister :iconendejester: too.  Check them out, you won't be disappointed.)

Rules: The 1st player of this "game" starts with the topic "6 weird habits/things about yourself" and people who get tagged need to write a journal about their 6 weird habits/things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their devpage comments and tell them to read yours.

My weird habits :
1. I often have trouble figuring out what's just me being weird, and what's the way people just work.  So um, I'm having trouble with this meme. :)
2. Xaotl's not the only one who RPs more men than women.  My breakdown is probably about 65% male/35% female.  Isn't that odd?  I wonder why I do that.
3. I like off-kilter people.  Unfortunately, in RL this leads to me meeting a lot of fruit-loops who *seem* normal to begin with, but end up being unfortunate.  Online, however, I've met an awful lot of very cool people who I can only wish lived closer to me.
4. I still sleep with a large, comfy and very fuzzy teddy bear.  Oh, he's so huggable!
5. I don't really do "feminine."  I seldom wear skirts, never use makeup, and believe that high heels are an insidious plot to kill me.  And yet, hy hair is waist-long, and I fuss over it.  ...And I sleep with a fuzzy teddy bear. <.<
6. I loathe the Yuuzhen-Vong with a flaming passion (they're a lame plot device from some Star Wars books).  Oh my god, they *suck* so bad!  And I recognize that the weirdest thing about this is that it matters to me at all. :D

I don't do the taggy.  If you're interested in this, then have fun, and tell me you're doing it, and then we can pretend like it was my idea.  How's that? :)

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:
  • Reading: The Rule of Four
Late at night, and need to clear off that old journal entry to avoid confusion.

I was looking at the few colored pieces I've got in my gallery, and comparing them to some I've got in my Favorites, and I thought, "Gee, I'm not so much an artist as an art-slut."

It's funny.  You have these real artists--thoughtful, talented, expressive people who produce graceful, subtle works of art containing layers of symbolism, powerful themes, and exquisite skill.  Gorgeous gorgeous stuff, things you could proudly display.

And then you have me.  I'm quite willing to ponder over those stunning masterpieces, but mostly I go for the 'Oooh, shiny!'  Same reason I draw the stuff I do--because I have a short attention span, and dramatic stuff looks cool and it keeps me interested.

This entry brought to you by 4 am.  Yay for weekends!

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:
  • Reading: The Rule of Four

SnE down

Wed Mar 1, 2006, 3:03 PM
Well, it's 6 pm my time, and SnE has been down since about 10:30 this morning.  Looks like it has to do with phishing.  Mortekai took the account offline to figure out what's going on.  It may be up the minute I sign off this computer, or it might stay down for a couple of days.  We'll just have to see.

In the meantime, for you confused SnE-fiends out there, I'll point you toward SnE's LJ community:  community.livejournal.com/sne_… number of us (including Jagash, one of the second-in-command types) keep an eye on that, so you should be able to find updates there for this problem and any future hiccups.

Cheers!
Annael :)

ShadownEssence--the best WoD site on the web!
www.shadownessence.com
Look me up. I'm the girl with the plushy Cthulhu avatar.

Oi, it's a club for Changeling! :iconthe-motley:
Oi, it's a club for Mage! :iconmage-club:
  • Reading: Litany of the Long Sun