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Wed Mar 19, 2014, 6:44 AM
My biggest problem in the last few months has been now that I have finished university- what now?! There is no overriding all consuming goal looming over my life, so what do I do with myself?
John Green puts it oh so well. youtu.be/3lkn8MS3n8Q

"Adulthood is this monolithic creature. Like, you acquire your job and your spouse and then you just ride it out until time's winged chariot shows up... 95% of romantic stories end with partners committing to each other because everything else after that is just the blank terrifying morass of adulthood. This terrifying monotonous grind in which the only real excitement in your life is occasionally finding a truly ripe avocado at the grocery store."
 
Not that I'd want to go back to this time last year to when I was still at university. Hell no, that was a bit too much excitement. The feeling of constant gnawing, agonising guilt at every wasted moment not spent on university work was not a fun place to be. I remember even feeling guilty taking time to sleep for 7 hours instead of <6. No thanks. It took me literally months to wind down and to stop feeling guilty. I'd get nightmares about having forgotten to hand in my dissertation and it being past the deadline. :dead: 

When I was young I always thought when I got to this age, I'd know what I was doing. Adults know EVERYTHING right? I'm nearly 23, I still have no clue what the hell is going on :D. Everything can be summarised in this one picture: :star: emilymueller143.files.wordpres… :star:


So- to combat the terrifying monotonous grind of adulthood, I've been plotting. I have a list of things I'm going to do or make happen, a lot of these are already in motion:

:bulletgreen: I went to a primary school and did a talk on illustration. It was really successful. So since then I've applied to a course in primary school teaching. So- if that goes ahead- and I'm really not sure either way, I may be starting a new course in September to become a teacher! If that works out... big if...  BAM, new career. 
:bulletgreen: I'm currently learning to drive. My theory test is booked for April and hopefully I'll sit my test a few months after that. Woopee! Increased independence. 
:bulletgreen: I'm applying for a new place to live with my partner, so when that happens I'll have my own house! This is great because at the moment we're living in a 1 person flat. Its a squeeze for 2 people. So things will be much more comfortable.  
:bulletgreen: I'm going to go on holiday with my friends to see Eurovision in a few months :boogie: Plus I have at least 2 more trips planned to go and see concerts and friends.  
:bulletgreen: I've spoken to a local gallery about showing my work. If things come of that, maybe that will be exciting project...


So with a few of those things on the go, things are looking less boring. 

I don't know about anyone else, but for me this has felt like the longest winter ever. This year we had a solid month and a half of gale force winds. Every single day. When the weather finally broke, the wind stopped and the sun came out, it was so beautiful. There were a few storms that happened in England at the time, at most they were only a few days long. In one news report there was a man looking out at the sea breaking over a sea wall and telling the news reporter "Its like end of the world!" I couldn't help but laugh. We'd already had that level of wind for a month and it hadn't been picked up by the national news. 
When it ended one of my friends put up on facebook "The day every Shetlander cried" with a photo showing the view from his house with blue skies and sunshine. It was very apt.  

ANYWAY 
Back to the title of this journal... I've updated my deviantart profile and cleaned up various bits and added a few things in. I've also updated my portfolio. So if you could check it out and tell me what you think that would be great :D :star: heylorlass.daportfolio.com/ :star: 

The other cool thing was I realised since updating my deviantart profile is I can officially say I'm a 'professional artist'. Having been in my job almost a year now, I think its pretty awesome. It sounds better than the reality, but still, you gotta give yourself these little victories :highfive: 

:dummy: 

How are you all getting on? Tell meh ev-ury-ting :O

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Boop.

Mon Feb 10, 2014, 2:45 PM
Sooo... hello. You may remember me, you may not. I've been away from deviantart for forever. A lot of stuff has happened in the last year or so since my last post. But there hasn't been a lot of art. 

This has been due to a lot of things. New job, new relationship, new flat, new life. Life is like that.

If I ever had art block before, its paled in comparison to this. Its strange that you take 17 years of education leading up to something, you get through it, and when you're at the other side of the hell, left with nothing but freedom to do what you want to do in art, you cannot face picking up a pencil. :unimpressed:

However, I'll get back there eventually. 

Hope y'all are getting on alright in whatever you're setting out to do :) aaand I'll catch you all in a bit when I have some things to show ya 


:fart:
:stinkeye:


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I should probably update y'all...

Sun Apr 7, 2013, 11:15 AM
Since my last journal was Christmas... its been a while.

Its my birthday in 3 days! I'll have reached the grand old age of 22. Though I'm too busy to have a proper birthday this year. I'm postponing all that til after I graduate.  

Speaking of graduation. Holy smokes, its so close now. The light is at the end of the tunnel. The end is nigh! Its nearly over.
Soon... soon I'll be going home to real food... I'll be able to rediscover what life is like without constantly being stressed.

The stress leading up to the finals is doing strange things to me. My body is packing in, bit by bit. Though, I'm not stressed in my head, per say, the rest of me is.  I'm just hoping all these stress symptoms will disappear when the source of my stress is gone. It surely will.

I miss deviantart, I haven't had a chance to be on here and catch up with everyone in so so long.
But soon... it'll be OVER. I can go home and kick my feet up. Oh its the simple things I can't wait for. My mam's ( :iconheylormammy:) home cooked mince and tatties.  The thought of being able to have time to even go to the gym is a heavenly thought. That's right- I'm even craving exercise.

ANYWAY
Enough moaning.

Asides feeling like I've been dragged by the feet through a spiky hedge and I've somehow managed to ingest the hedge and torn up my insides in the process- things are going okay! :lmao:

The two films I'm working on are progressing well. The 'Forest' film and 'Fearg Na Mara' will be finished and shown at my degree show on the 17th May.
I'd post the links to the films, but I have in the past and they are due to be updated- so they aren't that exciting to look at just now.
So if anyone is around in Scotland, the degree show opens to the public on the 18th. The exhibition is on for a week @ Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee.

:star: CHECK THIS OUT- I'm on a website! :star:
(scroll down from the students listing and click on 'Kirsteen Mullay')
2013 Animation Degree Show Website

More exciting things!
Over the last few days I've put together a mini portfolio book to have at my degree show section. Click here to preview the book
I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I can't wait for it to arrive. I hope other people are making similar things for their exhibition spaces. More than anything I wanted to make a book as a keep sake from university to remind myself of what I've achieved whilst being here.

After my final hand-in, my life plans are to return home, furiously train for a full time textile job I secured a few months ago (the luckiest girl alive to have a job before graduating! I'm so so so grateful and relieved to have it). I'm doing this job for the next year, filling in for someone else. Then after that, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself. The world will be my oyster.
I'll have time to save up some money. I'm hoping to buy a Wacom Cintiq as a 'to me, from me' present for finishing university. Well, that's my excuse anyway XD

I'll get back to doing art for me, which means much more deviantart, much more roaming about the hills taking photos and posting on my blog.

You'd be better finding out what I'm up to by following my blog than deviantart at the moment
CLICK HERE TO BE ZOOMED ACROSS TO THE BLOG

Neehoo, I hope you all are getting on okay. Anyone else doing university, I can throughly sympathise. Just keep thinking of your favourite food waiting for you at the end. A bath full of it. You can do eet!



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Merry Christmas Everybody! :)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 3:55 PM
And for all you folks who don't celebrate it- weeeell, I wish you a bloody good day anyway!

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Weird spam thing happened

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 7:48 AM
Has anyone had this problem before. Well, its not so much a problem... I have this old photo here: Peelin' da tatties by heylorlass which suddenly got requests to be added to about 20 different groups, all within the last 2 days or so. They're all decently popular groups too, all run by different people, so its not even like regular spamming from one particular person.
I started accepting the requests then stopped when I realised just how many it was being added to, for no real apparent reason. Its not an amazing picture :P I.. just.. what?

WHY? Whats going on?
Has anyone experienced something like that?
I'm so confused

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I'm going through a major sort and update of all my websites that I have profiles on. Its a bit of a task. Nearer to when I graduate, I don't want any potential employers looking through my stuff and seeing something embarrassing :XD:
So after deviantart, I now also have, hotmail, gmail, skype, facebook, blogger, trello, picassa, youtube, linked-in, twitter, ozzy the otter twitter, ozzy the otter blog, ozzy the otter facebook, ozzy email... and I'm sure I've missed many out.
Phoof.

So yes, look on my profile page, you'll find links to my blog and various other things to go visit :D
:star: clickitysnip.blogspot.co.uk/ :star:

Hope you're all doing well :hug:

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NAKED PEOPLE

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 4:17 PM
Thats right. Now I have your attention- I have a blog! And I post lots of art stuff on it that I don't necessarily post on deviantart. Including my life drawing that I do through my university course (life drawing IS drawing nude people- for anyone who doesn't know- to improve your understanding of anatomy). So go check it out- or follow me if you use blogger :)

:star: My Blog! clickitysnip.blogspot.co.uk/ :star:

Thank you! :)

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Animated film in progress

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 2:06 AM
This is what I have been working on lately kelpiefilmdoj.blogspot.co.uk/ come take a look
:star: youtu.be/olvXgubGfDA :star:

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I've lost my muse. I've been looking for it ever since. Its obviously on holiday, taking all my inspiration with it. Which is a pain. I'm getting to the point where I have this terrible urge to create ART of some sort and nothing from the soup of ideas and concepts in my mind is offering itself forward, waving frantically going 'ME ME!! DRAW ME!!!'

I haven't been on deviantart for such a long time.

Updates on my little life: I'm home in Shetland for the summer til September when I go back to university. I've been working for the last few weeks. I'm missing the mainland and life on it (mainland Britain). Its like a surreal bubble, living on an island like this. I realise it more and more every time I come home how obscure a place I've happened to be born and raised in.
There has been little to no summer weather so I haven't been outside much either. Summer so far has been 8-10 degrees on average at the height of heat- thats minus the windchill. Its a cold, sunless place.

I've also been ill for more than a week now, so maybe all these things combined with eating too much, not enough exercise is stopping inspiration.  

Feeling like there is so much I have to do this summer and I have no energy or motivation to do any of those things. Stuck in a rut with everything. How do you guys get out of that rut? This next year is going to be like climbing everest in terms of work and just taking the first step is getting me down when there is so much to go.

Hope you're all having a great summer. Whats the news with you guys?

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Is signing your artwork pretentious?

Sun May 13, 2012, 6:45 AM
I've heard a lot of people recently slamming on younger artists or those with less developed talent who sign their work. I was ALWAYS taught from a very young age to sign everything I did. Purposely signing my work, so I knew when I drew it, was just normal to me. Nowadays I sign my art incase it goes missing on the internet and somone tries to steal it- which has happened to me regularily too. Back in school we always had to write our names on our art to identify it.

I really don't 'get' whats so bad about it.

If someone would care to explain for me?

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Hi everybody. Ozzy the Otter is going into full production this summer. Because of this he has set up his very own facebook page, twitter and youtube AND a production blog, where you can see the latest updates of how the project is coming along. Its very exciting. :excited:

... oh... Ozzy is here, tugging on my sleeve, he'd like to ask you guys something himself. I'll pass the keyboard to him:

Hello, this is Ozzy. I was wondering if you had a spare moment, if you could check out my facebook, or twitter and youtube pages and possibly subscribe to me. I love having friends, at the moment I don't have many. I'm going to be posting up lots of cool, interesting things regularly. You will also get a first look at how the project is coming along! My artist is working hard to put together a new book all about me and my friends.

Thank you so much, hope to see you all there soon!
~Ozzy


Ozzy The Otter Returns by heylorlass Gary the Grey Seal by heylorlass Tom the Tern by heylorlass


:bulletwhite: Ozzy's website ozzytheotter.com
:bulletblue: Ozzy's facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Ozzy-th…
:bulletred: Ozzy's youtube www.youtube.com/channel/UCmdVu…
:bulletorange: Ozzy's blog ozzytheotter.blogspot.co.uk/
:bulletgreen: Ozzy's twitter twitter.com/#!/OzzytheOtter


(Ozzy the Otter and Friends copyright Kirsteen Mullay 2008)

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I'm at the end of term again. I got my grades back and I did really well. I didn't go up or down a grade in value, but my grade was stronger than it was last year :XD: if that makes sense at all.
I'm very happy anyway :dummy:

I've worked harder than I've ever worked this semester. I'm almost sad its over so soon even despite making myself ill with stress. The time has absolutely flown. Seems like it was just Christmas and I blinked and it was suddenly the end of April. Insane.

If anyone is interested in seeing more of what I'm working on I'll stick up the blogs of the films I've been a part of so far.

Wee Monsters:
:bulletgreen: djcadmonsters.blogspot.co.uk/

Forest- working title:
:bulletorange: waitinginthewoods.blogspot.co.…

Wrath of the Sea (Kelpie film- title now chosen):
:bulletblue: kelpiefilmdoj.blogspot.co.uk/

And my own blog :dummy:
There are more titbits on this blog than I post on deviantart so check it out
I even put up things like walk-throughs of how I do some paintings, pretty cool, no?:

:star: clickitysnip.blogspot.co.uk/

Also, please be patient with me, with me being so busy I've not been able to keep up with comments.

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My 21st Birthday

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 3:58 AM
Wow guys, I didn't really realise people DID birthdays on deviantart. Thank you to everyone who has sent me happy birthday messages and points :O! So kind, I didn't expect it at all.

Now I've really joined the ranks of being an adult. I can't really excuse it. I'm not a teenager at all, anymore, never will be ever again :(.
But... I do have some final priveledges given to my age that I'm now allowed to do. Like... get drunk in America, and drive an arctic truck and stand for parliament :giggle:

Hope you're all having a good time and not stressing too much with all your exams and finals coming up :wave:

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Commissions

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 5:39 PM
:bulletgreen::fish: My Commission Information :fish::bulletgreen:


Slot 1] EMPTY
Slot 2] EMPTY
Slot 3] EMPTY


Rough Sketch Examples
Angry Cat lineart by heylorlass Wren Character by heylorlass Horse Gesture Drawings by heylorlass

Inked Examples
Owl sketches by heylorlass Yellowfang's Hunt Lineart by heylorlass  Lots Owl Love by heylorlass  

Coloured Characters without Backgrounds examples
Baby Triceratops by heylorlass Dress concept art by heylorlass Baby Stegosaurus by heylorlass Baby Gryphon sketch by heylorlass

Full Paintings Examples

Sandstorm's kits by heylorlass Chasing lights by heylorlass Witch by heylorlass Doomed sailor WIP by heylorlass

I'm a specialist in animals, though I can do people too- though I'm not as experienced at it :dummy:

I can pretty much do any critter/human you can think of in realistic or cartoony styles.
Bird, fish, mammal, cat, dog, wolf, horse, ferret... your favourite racing slug!


:bulletgreen: Prices :bulletgreen:
Prices below are in US Dollars and in GB Pounds.


Character sketch (1 character, 1 pose) rough.....$6.00  (£3.80)
Character sketch (x3 poses) rough....................$12.00 (£7.60)
Character sketch (multiple characters) rough......$5.00 for each character (£4.40 each)


Character drawing INKED..................................$15.00 (£9.50)
Character drawing (x3 poses) INKED.................$25.00 (£20)
Character drawing (multiple character) INKED.....$12.00 for each character (£3.20)


Character drawing with digital colour, without background.......$32.00 (£20)
Character drawing (x3 poses) colour, without background........$50.00  (£32)


Character drawing with digital colours,
with full complex backgrounds..... $64-100 (£42.50- 63)
+$25 (15.80)
per extra multiple character



If you need to change your currency check here how much it costs in your own currency
:star: www.xe.com/ucc/ :star:



:star:Notes on Commissions:
:bulletgreen: In your commission it would be great if you could note me:

*The character(s) you want
*References if you have them
*Whether you want it toony or realistic
*And any other information you deem necessary :dummy:

:police: IMPORTANT :police:
All commissions are to be used for a personal basis only and may not be used commercially without explicit permission.
If you wish to commission me for commercial purposes, please note me :)


Note: For all personal commission works I publish it on dA/ my personal blog or if otherwise stated by a commissioner.
If you'd not like your work to be publicised please say - for example, if it is a secret gift to someone :)


Once we have agreed on what you want, I will note you my paypal address  


:bulletgreen:Payment :bulletgreen:
Payment only by paypal www.paypal.com
NO DEVIANTART POINTS PLEASE :) - Can't eat those


You will receive your sketch commission by default to your deviantart account via a note. I can send it via email if you wish.
I'm not sure if anyone would want their sketch posted to them, but if so, I'll find out how much it would cost for postage to Europe/International


Thank you :thanks:

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Comment crusade

Tue Mar 13, 2012, 2:27 AM
I have. SO. MANY. MESSAGES.
I must have been on deviantart for hours last night trying to catch up. I made barely any impact on them.
Darn it people, you write them faster than I can reply to!

At last count:
618 comments to reply to
218 replies to reply to

But thats not the worst of it:
10,000 'activity' messages. I hit that milestone this morning
Wow. Just. Wow.

501 of which are people I have yet to thank for watching me :+devwatch:

You guuuuys...
:glomp:
Thanks from the bottom of my deviantartyheart for commenting and watching and faving my stuff! :la:

What do you guys do to deal with hoards of messages? Lock yourself in a room and not let yourself out til they're all gone from your inbox? Magic spells?
I swear, for a day when I get my holidays- for a whole day, I will do nothing but sit on deviantart and get through these messages. I doubt if I can thank everybody for all their :+fav:s but I can at least try to get through the comments :faint:

:work:




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Commissions Still open! :)

Commission Information:bulletgreen::fish: Commissions :fish::bulletgreen:
Slot 1] EMPTY
Slot 2] EMPTY
Slot 3] EMPTY
Rough Sketch Examples

Inked Examples
    
Coloured Characters without Backgrounds examples
Baby Stegosaurus by heylorlass Baby Gryphon sketch by heylorlass
Full Paintings Examples
Sandstorm's kits by heylorlass Chasing lights by heylorlass Witch by heylorlass Curiosity by heylorlass
I'm a specialist in animals, though I can do people too- though I'm not as experienced at it :dummy:
I can pretty much do any critter/human you can think of in realistic or cartoony styles. Bird, fish, mammal, cat, dog, wolf, horse, ferret... your favourite racing slug!
:bulletgreen: Prices :bulletgreen:
Prices below are in US Dollars and in GB Pounds.
Character sketch (1 character, 1 pose) rou


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I was thinking as I was walking back from town today... I have a surprising number of friends on deviantart whom I know in real life.

So, here is a quick feature of some of my favourites from the galleries of some very talented people :dance:
Go visit them, they're cool :eyes:


I'm sorry, I've had to miss out a good few people from this list because the journal is getting too large to post. I tried to miss out the people that are the least active from the list.

In no particular order:


:star::star::star: :iconheylormammy: :star::star::star:

Sunset photographer by Heylormammy Curls by Heylormammy Silent wings by Heylormammy



:star::star::star: :icontr1ff1d: :star::star::star:

Dita Von Teese by tr1ff1d A summer's day by tr1ff1d New hair by tr1ff1d



:star::star::star: :iconnikipaprika: :star::star::star:

After that robin by NikiPaprika Peachy Keen by NikiPaprika Faun by NikiPaprika



:star::star::star: :iconthesudz: :star::star::star:

Mob Mentality Front Cover by TheSudz :thumb284923867: Engineering is a Fine Art by TheSudz



:star::star::star: :iconmichichibi: :star::star::star:

Photoshoot 5 by michichibi Saloon girl by michichibi Squee Face by michichibi



:star::star::star: :iconerinthomson: :star::star::star:


NO ART YET- GET ON IT ERIN :XD:



:star::star::star: :iconloobaru: :star::star::star:

"Jurassic Jess" render by Loobaru Baba Yaga Bonylegs by Loobaru Market Stall by Loobaru



:star::star::star: :iconfiatvoluntastau: :star::star::star:

12 Doctors  updated by FiatVoluntasTau Hand cat by FiatVoluntasTau Chibi 12 Doctors by FiatVoluntasTau



:star::star::star: :iconjulie090995: :star::star::star:

Real Love by julie090995 Down To Size by julie090995 Gansey by julie090995



:star::star::star: :iconbmouat: :star::star::star:

Blue Water Splash by Bmouat Sky High by Bmouat standin' by Bmouat



:star::star::star: :iconfreya241: :star::star::star:

Sherlock by freya241 Mountains from Breakish by freya241 He saw that this was to be his death by freya241



:star::star::star: :iconl-stubby-l: :star::star::star:

Lady Macbeth by l-Stubby-l Mason by l-Stubby-l Ophelia by l-Stubby-l



:star::star::star: :iconstuartthomson: :star::star::star:

Cage by StuartThomson It's Much Easier This Way by StuartThomson The Eremite and the Truth. by StuartThomson



:star::star::star: :iconcthulu-hula: :star::star::star:

Reflections of the Dark by Cthulu-Hula Goggles of Dooooom by Cthulu-Hula Distraught Requiem by Cthulu-Hula



:star::star::star: :iconsamsey: :star::star::star:

SHINY SHINY, the stars twinkle by samsey kitty dust by samsey Code of LOVE by samsey



:star::star::star: :iconlynneface: :star::star::star:

The Tourist by lynneface The Suit by lynneface Rosali by lynneface



:star::star::star: :iconrainbow24: :star::star::star:

Blow Dry Rainbow by rainbow24 My Peerie Kitten by rainbow24 Sunset and Waves by rainbow24



:star::star::star: :iconpet-rubber-duck: :star::star::star:

D0llparts by pet-rubber-duck HOLGA: Gondola by pet-rubber-duck My Gorgeous Boy II by pet-rubber-duck



:star::star::star: :iconyellowcrayon4: :star::star::star:

The seeing Body by yellowcrayon4 Fly so high by yellowcrayon4 The last express by yellowcrayon4



:star::star::star: :iconmhaigh: :star::star::star:

End of day... by MHaigh Moisture by MHaigh Water drops on oak leaf by MHaigh

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Today (despite not really being able to afford it) I finally decided to buy a tool that I've been wanting for a long time. I bought a pyrography tool (I don't know if the tool itself has any specific name :lol:)
If you don't know what pyrography is, wikipedia sums it up pretty well:

"Pyrography means "writing with fire", from the Greek "pur" (fire) and "graphos" (writing).[1] It can be practiced using specialised modern pyrography tools, or using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens"

I'm really excited about this tool going to arrive. :excited:

I first tried pyrography a few years ago. My mother :iconheylormammy: bought a pyrography pen and some blank pencil boxes and plaques and did some designs to sell at a local craft fair. I tried my hand at some at the time and managed to sell them. That was years ago.

Lately, I looked up pyrography again and happened on these beautiful items on deviantart.

Gliga Pyrographed Violin by muradino Pyrographed Custom Violin by muradino Custom Pyrographed Violin det. by muradino Hardanger Fiddle by ibzotern

They absolutely took my breath away. I can't tell you how much I WISH I had that fiddle with the geraniums.
Not only did it inspire me to take up pyrography again, but inspired me to look into start playing the fiddle again after many years of it laying redundant in the loft (I'm still very rusty :flirty:)

Over the summer break I took out my mam's burning tool again and started working on a piece on a scrap of wood. I was quite far through working on a little illustration when the tool broke. In my desperation and frustration, my lovely :iconheylormammy: phoned a good friend of her's who creates and sells pyrography crafts. We zoomed up to her house to borrow her tool so I could finish off my little wren.  
Excuse the poor photographs, but here was the result- the wood grain was terrible for this, it was just a scrap of water-stained plywood.  

:thumb284510786: :thumb284511860:

I bought some proper wood to try other designs, but didn't want to impose on our friend's generosity at lending me the tools, so I didn't get around to putting the real wood into practice.
Pretty soon, I was leaving to head back to university again, with my fiddle on my back.

Two things happened: As usual, university life left me skint and my boyfriend accidentally broke my fiddle (I never call it a violin :XD: ).



I was practising some Shetland tunes one night while my boyfriend was in the shower, we were both getting ready to go to a friend's party. He came out and I put the fiddle down on the floor beside the sofa to talk to him. We have quite a chunky sofa, I set the fiddle down in the shadow.  In his walking around the side of the sofa intending to sit next to me, he stood on the fiddle neck and it snapped in two, right across the tuning pegs- just about the worst place it could have broken.  

I was devastated to say the least. :cries: We didn't go to the party, I was just too upset. Many years of tears and blistered fingers went into that practicing on that fiddle and it was all gone in an instant. It was only a student fiddle, but it was more than that to me. It was MY student fiddle.
My boyfriend felt and still feels awful about it. He gave me money to cover the value of the fiddle, but the sentimental value was what I couldn't really replace. I looked at the cost of getting it fixed, but in reality it would be just cheap to buy a new fiddle.

Invariably, the money he gave me had to instead be spent on electricity bills and the like. My thinking was that I wasn't going to make another purchase like that for a long time. It would make sense to buy something higher quality than a standard student violin to replace it.
I still haven't bought one to replace it. :( I don't have the cash to spare.

So, this is partly a reminder- if anyone wants to commission me for sketches (or discuss larger commissions), I can start saving to buy a new one. It would mean a lot if I could make enough to buy another. I would lay any money earned from commissions aside specifically for this purpose.


:star: Commission Information:bulletgreen::fish: Commissions :fish::bulletgreen:
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Rough Sketch Examples

Inked Examples
    
Coloured Characters without Backgrounds examples
Baby Stegosaurus by heylorlass Baby Gryphon sketch by heylorlass
Full Paintings Examples
Sandstorm's kits by heylorlass Chasing lights by heylorlass Witch by heylorlass Curiosity by heylorlass
I'm a specialist in animals, though I can do people too- though I'm not as experienced at it :dummy:
I can pretty much do any critter/human you can think of in realistic or cartoony styles. Bird, fish, mammal, cat, dog, wolf, horse, ferret... your favourite racing slug!
:bulletgreen: Prices :bulletgreen:
Prices below are in US Dollars and in GB Pounds.
Character sketch (1 character, 1 pose) rou
:star:

But all wasn't lost! :thanks: Looking on the brighter side, I decided that since the body of the fiddle wasn't much use for anything else, I could use it to practice on, if I ever bought a pyrography tool. And today, I did buy that tool. :dummy:
So hopefully, if my plans work out like I hope they will, I'll have a beautiful reminder of my first fiddle to hang on a wall. And if it goes better than I hope, I may look into buying a further instrument specifically to customise. But that is all far off :)



Thanks for reading :love:
And thanks to everybody who has recently :+devwatch: / :+fav: my work. I can't get around to thanking everyone individually, but it's greatly appreciated :hug:

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Years ago when I first joined DA, I had a lot of friends in the extended equine community. Even though I didn't draw many horses, I was still very interested in them. Many of these people I still watch today and admire for their skill and artwork. :nod:

I'm not going to name any names in this journal.
Lately there has been a huge kerfuffle about a friend of mine coming out and admitting that she has been tracing over parts of photos for her artwork for some time. She was terrified (bless her) that she would lose her friends and popularity over this. :petting: :hug:

The reason she was so worried was because this same situation happened before, a few years back. A popular girl in the equine community was hounded off DA. She was forever one to go on about art theives and on every one of her pictures she theatened against people stealing her artwork.
It eventually came out that a substantial portion of her gallery was traced from stock photos on devinatart. People were outraged at this.
:shithitsthefan:
To my knowledge she deactivated her account after all the hateful messages and I'm not sure if she ever came back. If she did, she started a new account and cut many ties. It was a huge shame. Deviantart was a big part of her life. I talked to her a back and fourth in the past, I haven't seen her since :saddummy:

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Basically, tracing: We all have done it in the past. Get over it. :grump:

There is a good way and a bad way to do it.
When and if I ever use it, I use it in the good way (or at least the way I feel its acceptable for me), basic shape or skeleton tracing.
BAD tracing (in my humble opinion) is when you blantently steal other people's work by copying their every pencil stroke and not giving credit and claim their art is entirely original.


NEWS FLASH
Tracing is a valid artistic technique. :dummy:
AND Sometimes I 'trace' images!!11!1!!! :O :ohnoes: :faint:

Big. DEAL.

I personally do it because it saves time. Some days I still want to produce art, but don't have TIME to sit and work for hours getting the pose exact. I lead a busy life. I COULD sit all day and copy a reference exactly by hand, but it would take an hour or two longer than it would otherwise. If I take enough time over it, eventually the drawing would take on a photographic look.
My point is, I do trace on occasion, but I don't rely on it. But neither am I hating on people who DO rely on it! They still produce beautiful artwork and I'm not going to stop watching them or call them out because of that! Why bother? They are still learning too. We all are.

The process of skeleton tracing (for me) is drawing out the basic circles and forms of what I'm drawing, from a photograph, to get a pose right.
More often than not,  I take body parts from other photos and combine them and draw over them together to make an entirely new pose when I can't find the right reference on the internet. I sometimes trace in this way from my own bank of stock photography that I have taken over the years.

Nearly EVERY artist does this. And if they haven't admitted it yet, then most likely they are lying or use other methods such as checking their drawing against a grid put over their reference picture. Artists have been using tracing ever since photography was invented and before that. Every young artist has traced in the past to learn! Isn't that what DA is about? Learning? :facepalm:

People seem to think that all that matters is the LINE of the artwork in question.
Not true. The colour, the textures, the lighting, the composition are all equally if not more important than the line itself. The basic traced part of the line is the LEAST of the artwork! Its just the beginning. :stare:
If you have the artistic know how, to create an entirely new image from a photo reference, then all the more kudos to you! You had the talent and imagination to colour it, set it against a background and make an original image that has never existed before.

Tracing does NOT make you an 'evil' artist. :devil: That notion is rediculous. Some people have been calling people who use this COMPLETELY VALID technique, 'scum' and 'vile'. Reading journals such as these over the last few weeks has really shocked me. All this hostility isn't needed in our community. People have been calling out for the 'good old days' of when deviantart was a 'real' community. If thats the case, I'd rather not take a backwards step to all the name calling and insults that caused some poor people to leave deviantart in tears. I thought we had matured beyond that. :tantrum:

When we were young and had just started out on this site, we didn't use a lot of the techniques we do nowadays to create the artwork we do. People uploaded things in predominantly pencil and traditional media. Then digital art became popular. Tracing became easier.

I'll use an anology here.
You need to write a letter. You have a choice of method in which you write this letter. You can either use an old fashioned typewriter to type, or you can use wordprocessing software on a computer. If you feel that having the ability to delete and edit on wordprocessing software as cheating, then by all means! Use your old fashioned type writer.

But I doubt many are really going to care in the end. Because on the whole, all they will be looking at is the end result- the letter itself. If you get your satisfaction from the process and pride of not making a single mistake in typing up the letter the old fashioned way, then go for it. Whatever makes you happy, makes ME happy.
But the people who used microsoft word still have the ability to type something out on a typewriter just like you. They may even chose to use it from time to time. But on the whole, their process of writing the letter took far less time, and ultimately, they learned more because they had more time to spare on the writing. :typerhappy:


Some people have claimed they think people trace because they think DA is a popularity game.
Well, frankly, its a game we all play. You produce art, you upload it to websites, put it in exhibitions and galleries. :gallery:
You hopefully gather fans/watchers/friends. You get commissions. If you're good enough, you gain fan clubs, you set up youtube pages showing your art process. You set up fan pages on facebook/twitter. You update your work in a blog. In the end, hopefully you can earn a living doing what you love! Isn't that the dream of all people on this site? Why is popularity made out to be this bad thing? If popularity is the key to getting you to where you want to be in life, then embrace it! :buymyprints:

I am on deviantart to gain to show others my artwork, to watch other people's art and to become a better artist.
I have an online presence to (hopefully) gain fans to my style/ illustrations and work in general. When I leave university, part of my future will be in illustrating children's books. Hopefully, when I eventually achieve this goal of producing more books, some people on this website who watch me will like the art enough to hopefully buy a copy from me. Or at least talk about me to their friends who may link me to their facebooks and spread the word about me etc etc etc.

I'm not really so much a part of deviantart through the community side of things anymore. I spend most of my online time talking to my real life friends on facebook and working through that means.:work:

Does this make me any worse of a deviantart user? I hope not. I always talk to someone if they take the time to talk to me. If I have the time, I'll thank people for their :+fav:s and :+devwatch:s. Even though I don't keep in as regular contact as I should, I'd still like to think I have friends here.

Can't we all just get along and just produce art? :dalove:

:handshake:

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I'm apparently glutton for punishment. The new university term has started again. I've been back... 2 weeks now? We're firing headlong into our FINAL animated films. This is it now, for the next year and a half. :fear: This term, from now til the end of April, we have to create production bibles (a book of stylistic reference for the characters, story and look of the film to come).

I'm currently going to be working on different areas of 3 different films.

One, a dark creepy fairytale set in an enchanted forest. Another, a story about a boy and kelpies :star: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelpie :star:, and the third film about 2 children drawing monsters, competing in a game of 'my monster is better than yours because...'

Its going to be hard work and a lot of fun.

Over to you guys:
I know most people watch me on this account for things other than my university work, but is there anything in particular you'd be interested in seeing from the animation side of my work? The next year and a half is going to probably be predominantly be animation artwork.

I do life drawing (drawing nudes, learning anatomy), observational drawing (sketches of people walking by in real time), concept art, character sketches, character designs, storyboards... the whole shebang. Its always good to get some feedback :)

Ta guys :thanks:

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My creative process

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 6, 2012, 12:33 PM
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I thought I'd just write down at the moment how I go from nothing, to a piece of art, whatever that art may be.
I wonder what you guys do! Comment below :D

Usually I have a few days of a nagging creative urge in the back of my mind. I want to make something, but I don't know what. It usually puts me in a bad mood because its so frustrating.
Once I'm sure I've got a big enough creative urge on the go, I start looking for inspiration through the internet. Most of my inspiration comes from my deviantart favourites. I scour through them trying to come up with pictures I could do.

This is the stage where I get stuck most :hmm:
Either have too many ideas, or two little, or nothing really 'grabs' me from my soup of ideas.
I've currently been stuck at this stage for more than a week now. GARGH its annoying.

Then next comes
EUREKA! I HAVE AN IDEA! The finished picture becomes very clear in my mind, the feeling and poses and characters and even sometimes the colour is all visualised.

Next step. WORK NONE STOP TIL ITS FINISHED. Literally.
I usually start work on my art about 8pm... til LATE. Most of my stuff takes no longer than 6 hours. I end up exhausted at 2am, finish off and upload it.

I'll gather my reference images in seperate tabs on my internet browser, then depending on if I'm drawing on paper or on photoshop I'll switch back and fourth til I have my picture linearted
Next I'll start colouring it out and backgrounds.
Then I'll shade it and add extra details and effects and voila.

Next step, repeatedly look at the finished piece on the internet to figure out if I'm sure I'm finished with it. Usually I've forgotten a signature or a watermark or cats whiskers- I never remember whiskers.
I might quickly fix a last final thing on photoshop, reupload the picture and then bask in the relief of the creative scratch being taken of.
Repeat in a few days to a few weeks time.

What process do you guys go through? :boogie:
How is the new year going?

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