I recently entered my first contest on DeviantArt. The rules are to make a 4K wallpaper with the theme of Flower Power. Three people can win an LG UltraFine Display, while a whopping 22 people can win a 1-year Core Membership. While I actually have no need for a fancy pants computer monitor, and also don’t expect to win anyway, I decided to enter just for the fun of it. Continue reading Flower Power Contest on DeviantArt
A few weeks ago, I drew a revised version of my OC, Gretchen the dragon lady, which I originally doodled way back in 2009. Recently, I recreated another character that I first drew in 2009, Rouge the Bat from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. (I was in the mood to draw her thanks to my ongoing playthrough of Sonic Adventure 2 over on Virtual Bastion’s Youtube channel….) Continue reading Drawing Rouge 10 Years Later
Well, 2019 is here, and I have officially surpassed one year on Deviant Art. I think I had actually reached my first year back in November or December, but to make things easier, I decided to just round up to January…. And to celebrate my very first year of returning to art, I have created an art summary featuring one picture from each month of 2018. Continue reading 2018 Art Summary
I’ve never been great at coming up with original ideas. That’s probably why I so enjoy fan art and fan fiction because it saves me the trouble of having to come up with any original characters or worlds for them to inhabit. A little while back, however, the idea for a random original creature popped into my head, and I just had to draw it before my rare bout of creativity vanished. Continue reading In the Misty Woods
Things over on Deviant Art have been going pretty well. It came as quite a surprise when I started receiving a few requests, despite being a relative newcomer to the site. The first request was for a game I had never played before and the second was for literature, something I’d rather not do (the only requests I accept are for artwork). Finally, my third request was for Rayman and an original character, which I took to with gusto. It was my first real request, after all, which was quite exciting indeed. Continue reading The Quest for Requests on Deviant Art
Look closely at the image below and tell me if it looks familiar…. Continue reading This Blog Post Has No Windows and No Doors
A few months ago, the Duck returned to a largely abandoned hobby, drawing. At this time, I also joined Deviant Art in order to share my attempts at artistry with the world. Quite some time ago, I gave up on drawing after years spent trying in vain to progress my skills. This time, I am far more serious, and it seems to be greatly to my benefit. Continue reading Drawing Tips the Duck Has Learned: Shading and Hands
Ahem. You remember all those posts I wrote about creating my own comics and doing more art? Well…that’s being put on hold for a while. I would love to get good at drawing. I would love to complete comics. Yet, I don’t have the motivation for it lately. I know I must practice drawing to get good at it, and I would love to be as good as other artists I’ve seen, yet I suppose I’m not currently willing to do what it takes to get to their level. I also don’t seem to have the motivation to continue my comics. Perhaps I will return to these things someday. I really should. But, for now, the Duck must take a break from them.
You see, my original love was writing. I always wanted to be an author, not an artist. If someone could snap their fingers and make me an artist, I’d do it. Yes, please! I love beautiful art and wish I could make it and probably could if I kept trying. Nevertheless, right now, I have returned to writing, and it feels like less of a chore. I know people shouldn’t give up on things, but at the same time, if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, should you keep doing it? Perhaps not. Lately, I have not enjoyed drawing or working on my comic (even if the end result is something I would really like, if only the process to get there wasn’t so tedious), but now that I have returned to writing, I have enjoyed doing it so much more than my other projects. And so it may be time to focus on writing again.
I have so much more of a knack for writing than drawing, it seems. It comes much more naturally and easily, especially after I began writing fan fiction again several months ago. Drawing is hard. Drawing is really hard. And I work and work at it, and it never turns out that good, and I don’t have fun doing it because it’s so difficult. It’ll only get easier the more I do it, but until then, it’s more a pain than anything, and that’s not how you should feel about your passions. For me, writing is easy, which makes it more fun, and I have been improving much more quickly in it than I have been in my art. Just over the last few months, I have noticed huge improvements. I write a chapter in my notebook, then, when I get around to typing it, I can think of so many new ways to make it better. It’s such a satisfying process watching the pages fill up with words, then fixing it up paragraph by paragraph until it’s so much better. I have fun doing it, and I have fun looking at what resulted from my work.
And so, to make a long story a bit shorter, I have decided I would really like to pursue my writing seriously this time. I have given half-hearted attempts to write and get something published in the past, but starting fan fiction again has reminded me how badly I wanted to be an author and how much I used to love to write. In fact, not long ago, I had this dream that inspired a story. Currently, I am not disclosing the details of this story, but it is honestly one of the best original story ideas I have ever come up with. Not to be unrealistic and in fantasyland, but I really believe that this story stands the greatest chance of being published of any other idea I’ve had so far.
Seriously. I really think it can make it, but it all depends on if I can pull it off. I don’t know. Maybe I can. Maybe it will fail and will sit in a drawer for years until I can take it out and make it better, until it’s good enough for a publisher to take it. But, I really think I can do it, even if I can’t do it right now, but someday. But, I can’t give up like I did on my art. It is hard to succeed in everything, and if I am to get anywhere with my dreams, I really must narrow them down to a select few. I have chosen writing. Art can come later if I so choose, but I want to be a writer again. I want to go after my goal full-steam this time. I don’t expect to get rich. Or famous. Or publish a whole lot. But I want to publish at least this one thing. And maybe I’ll turn my two comic stories into novels, as well. Maybe I can’t turn them into comics, but perhaps I can make them into something I’m better suited for.
So I’m doing it again. I never tried very hard to be published before, but I really want it, more than ever this time. I just have to go for it. It’s impossible if I try so half-heartedly as I have been. But, it’s quite possible if I really try with all my might and do whatever it takes. Wish me luck.
Okay, and if you’d like some hints about my story (unsure if it will be a short story or a novel), it’s a horror story. That’s right, horror. Normally, I do fantasy or science fiction, but this time, it’s horror, but not about monsters. It’s about the human mind. And the monsters in our own head. Then again, is it about monsters? You’d just have to read it to find out….
Duck, Extra Determined Version
(Just a note: You may have seen this post a week or two ago. That’s because I meant to save it, but instead, I published it. Then deleted it, so it would no longer be published. So yeah. This is the official one.)
Today’s topic for the 100 Theme Challenge is #9, Drive. This makes me think of several things. One is driving a car, which I hate. I hate driving. I hate green lights. No, really, I hate green lights, not red. There is no certainty in a green light. It means go, unless it turns yellow all of a sudden, and then you must decide to stop and possibly stop so fast someone rams into your backside, or do you speed through and potentially run a red light. I am not good at measuring distances at high speeds (not that I go that fast, but it’s faster than I can walk, and I’m a pretty quick walker, too, seriously, you don’t know how many people have commented on how fast I can walk), so knowing if my car has enough distance to stop safely or not is difficult. A red light, on the other hand, is certain. It means stop. You see a red light, and you have no hard decisions to make. You stop that vehicular transport of yours. Unless it turns to green, and then you have the whole conundrum I just described to worry about again.
The other meaning of drive is what drives you. What motivates you. And that I shall focus on for the rest of this post. So what drives the duck? Well, it depends. Certain things I do for fun. I play video games for fun. It is relaxing. The stories and characters are interesting. And it’s a break from a world filled with frowns. I also play the piano for my own enjoyment, kind of an extension of my video games, as I mainly play video game music on it. (Currently more or less mastered Organization XIII’s theme from “Kingdom Hearts” and can do a slow, crappy version of “The Last Travel” from “FFXIII-2”, which doesn’t sound right in parts without the violin. Who wants to come over and play the violin parts? I’ll even make eggless cookies, which means even the dough is safe for human and avian consumption.)
Ahem. But, while I DO things for fun, I CREATE things for several reasons. First and foremost, I create things because I enjoy it, or else I wouldn’t do it. And I must admit, when I think into it, it seems I also create things for acknowledgement from others. I don’t want to sound like someone who needs the attention of other people. Because I don’t. At least, I don’t think I do. (I like to dress plain so people will not notice me at the grocery store. Don’t look at me! Otherwise, I might possibly get compliments, and with compliments, comes stress.) Despite my usual desire to avoid the spotlight, there are certain things I don’t want to do if I can’t share it with other people. I wouldn’t do something I don’t enjoy just to share it with others, but I am less driven (ha, there’s a form of that word again!) to do certain things I enjoy if no one will ever see it.
For example, if no one ever read my blog, I don’t know if I’d keep doing it. I should do it for my own enjoyment. But, for whatever reason, I want people to look at what I wrote. Even if it’s people I don’t even know. I mean, we all want that. Much of the people reading this right now are bloggers, and so you know how that is. It’s not that we need attention, but we receive a certain satisfaction when someone reads, comments on, and likes what we wrote. And it’s the same for other things, too. I used to like to draw more (I’ve gotten rather bored with it as of late, though, as my efforts always seem to be, well, sucky), and I wanted people to see my pictures. If no one was going to ever see it, I kind of didn’t want to do it. I also didn’t want to bother with my comic, whether it was fun or not, if no one would see it. Which is silly, but I couldn’t help feeling that way. And I love writing fan fiction, but it just would not be the same if people didn’t read my stories. I have such a great time writing them, but if I couldn’t post them online, would I even bother? There’s a good chance I wouldn’t.
So is that what drives me? People’s acknowledgement of what I do? Do I need people’s approval for my work? Is it that simple? Or is it something else? Perhaps it’s not that I do these things because I want their approval. Maybe I do it because I like doing what I’m doing, and it seems more worthwhile if I can share it with others. What use is a fantastic novel filled with suspense and mystery and cake if no one ever reads it or a masterpiece (of a painting of cake) no one has ever laid eyes on? That is not to say my work is that grand, but certain things need others to see it by virtue of being what they are.
And some things just feel a lot more worthwhile if it can be shared. It feels like I’m not simply wasting my time, but I’m actually receiving some kind of payment in the form of others enjoying my work. We wouldn’t go to our jobs everyday if we didn’t get paid for it. I would have less of a desire to continue creating things if I didn’t get the joy of comments and favorites and such from it. It would feel like wasted effort that could be better spent gaming more or learning to not be so crappy on the piano.
So in short, I guess what drives me to do certain things starts with my enjoyment of that thing, and my drive to share it is just that, my, well, drive to share it. Because sharing is good and all that nonsense. Remember that little bit of wisdom (even though it doesn’t apply to germs or gossip, so maybe it’s not so true, after all…)? I am motivated to do lots of things because they are fun, including maintaining this blog, but you, my dear reader, are what gives it meaning. Now, does that not DRIVE you to review?
What drives you to do the things you do?
I’m Driven to Be a Duck, Because “Be a Duck” is a Store Someone Drove Me To, What?!
I had wanted a drawing tablet for a while, so it was awesome when I finally got one. A silver, medium-sized tablet (made by Wacom, I think.). I didn’t want too big or too small. Medium’s just right. It took a while to get used to, but now, it’s as easy as using a pencil. And I figured out whether or not the airbrush setting should be on. It really makes a difference. I panicked with it until I changed the setting and was able to actually change brush sizes. Relief.
Anyway, as I often do, before the tablet, I had such inefficient ways of doing things. I scanned things on, erased around the lines to get rid of all the smudges and eraser marks. One day after getting the tablet, I learned how to clean it up with a click or two of the mouse. So many hours needlessly wasted. One of my greatest fails as a human being.
But, all that doesn’t matter now that I have my precious tablet. I stupidly got a left hand desk, but I’ve gotten good at using the mouse with my left hand when I’m not using the tablet, then when I want to draw something, I put the tablet on my lap, grab the pen, and draw away. I win, wrong desk!
Anybody who does computer art would benefit greatly from a tablet. I sound like an advertisement here. “Buy Wacom tablets! You won’t regret it!” I should write a jingle for it. What rhymes with Wacom? Or tablet? Hey, you know what could be a word for a baby crab? Crablet. “Buy a tablet, my little crablet!” That’s just weird.
By the way, how do you say Wacom? Wah-cum. Wah-comb. I don’t know.
An Indeed Useful Tablet, Says the Duck