Prompt me?

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:50 am
darthneko: prompts for the poor? ([writing] prompts for the poor?)
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I'm testing a theory, which says that half my problem is the dreaded "blank page" phenomena - ie, it's hard to START something, but easy to keep going after it's started. Writing? I can keep trundling along slowly working on the worldbuilding stuff, because there's a nice list of prompts for me to sit and think on. Art? Not to much. I have a list of stuff I'd like to do, but it's all large, time intensive Big Finished Pieces sort of things.

So, I asked my Patreon, and I'll ask everyone here too - prompt me? Art prompt? Give me nouns, adjectives, things that have a visual presence, either singularly or in groups. Or fandoms/characters, if they're ones I know or you think I might know!

I'll mix and match as the ideas takes me, and I promise to post stuff here (and tumblr/instagram) after I post to Patreon. I'd just love to compile a nice large list (like the #worldbuildinginjune list large) of art prompt ideas that I can do sketches from.

Because reasons.

Jul. 18th, 2017 05:53 pm
merikuru: (Screw canon)
[personal profile] merikuru
It's clearly meme month. Snagged from [personal profile] taichara and [personal profile] kalloway.

Give me a character and I'll tell you...

• what they'd do if they had a kitten in their shorts
• what they'd do if sent on a multi-week camping trip
• their most fabulous moment in canon
• what they'd sing at karaoke (and how they'd do)
• what they think about in the shower
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the future
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the past
• what kind of hobbies they have
• if their hair color is natural and how I know
• if this character is dead, and if so, if they can get better

OCs are fair game too though I'm not sure any of you know any of my OCs... *ponders* *shrugs* *you can all poke [community profile] plotamariatori if you wish?*


Jul. 17th, 2017 05:16 pm
merikuru: (Thoughtful face)
[personal profile] merikuru
*swoops in to steal a meme from [personal profile] sarajayechan and [personal profile] facetiousfutz!*

Send me a character, and I’ll answer:

How do I feel about this character:
What do I like/admire about this character:
What do I dislike about this character:
Favourite moment for this character:
Who I ship romantically with this character and why:
Who are my platonic ships for this character and why:
Things done in fanfiction with this character that annoy me:
Things done in fanfiction with this character I want to see more of:

Also there's a renewal event on in Yume100 right now and one of the Drei variants introduced before I started playing is in it. I think the world is trying to kill me in the best way.


Jul. 14th, 2017 07:38 pm
merikuru: (Quangle wangle quee)
[personal profile] merikuru
So there's another event on in AkaSeka right now. You probably know where this is going.

Out of the four variants introduced in this event, I really wanted three of them. Two, thankfully, are drops/rewards from the event itself, but it wasn't looking good for the one I wanted from the gacha. Still, the game gives crystals as login rewards every couple days or so, and crystals are also awarded at various point thresholds in the event, and there's a chance to get some from event-exclusive missions and leveling up character bonds. So, I happen to have some crystals on hand when the gacha first opens up, and as I'm apparently more optimistic than I'll ever let on and perhaps also a bit purposely idiotic at times, I do a gacha pull.

...At which point I end up with Ranpo, the 5* event char that I did not even actually want. (Insert laughing self into tears here, because seriously, what the firetruck AkaSeka. 5*s are damn near impossible to pull and you give me the one I don't WANT. Why.)

Whatever. He'll give me a points bonus if I use him in the event, so in my party he goes and I start grinding for those other two units. This naturally proceeds to turn into a superfluous Teika sort of situation - in three days, and with actually fairly minimal grinding, I've ended up with ten of the 4* (Shiki, who was the one I wanted most) and thirteen of the 5* (Ougai, who is actually pretty awesome). So I amass crystals, as one does, eventually try for another pull.

Oh. Hello, Chuuya. (4* event gacha unit. Cranky. Short. Very embodiment of angry smol. Seriously, he's shorter than me by a whole centimeter, and I'm 157cm. Poor guy.)

So now I own all four of the event units, which gives me a nice solid x1.70 points bonus from Ranpo and Chuuya for every run (without adding on any bonus from companion units.) I'm not going to complain, nosirree bob.

But it gets better. So I missed out on the Narihira variant from the last event because pay gacha, right? Well, this event's 300K point reward was a gacha ticket, which I promptly hied off to the gacha to use, as one does.


The event Narihira is still available from the gacha. How do I know this? I friggin pulled him.

What is my luck. Seriously. I am both elated and a little concerned.


Jul. 13th, 2017 09:29 am
darthneko: Be a light unto yourself ([personal] light)
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I sort of failed to do much over the tail end of last month and the long extended holiday weekend at the start of this month. And now it's already halfway through July and WTF, where did the time go?? This is leaving me somewhere between flailing in a corner and determined to pick myself up and dig myself out of the hole. I'm very much going to try to do the digging instead of the flailing.

I need to be consistent on the Patreon and the social media. This is not going to be another "did okay for a month or two and then bombed out" scenario, dammit. The poll on my patreon to find out what people want to see helps. I want a posting schedule to adhere to, and then a several day later posting schedule to tumblr and instagram to back it up. I want this to succeed, dammit. It doesn't have to be my primary income with the thousands that some people make on their. I just want it to sustain and in the process inspire me to be a better artist.

Speaking of better art, I have a goal. DeviantArt has always been a bit of a hinky fit for me - on the one hand, ego aside, I do know I'm on the high end for fanart. Not the best, but up there, and I've actually done illustration as a day job. It makes it hard, sometimes, because there's no real space for me in fandom communities to go for critique or help or anyone who will push me to go further and do more. And DeviantArt is very split - it's either the fandom side or the pro side, with the pro side largely made up of Marvel and DC artists. Either way, I've just never really fit in or connected with people there, and much like any other social media it's become a place where if you don't post regularly then you're utterly forgotten and my several year hiatus means I might as well just delete my account and start from scratch because I basically don't exist there any more. No eyes, no interactions, and my middle-high grade of art still doesn't really fit in anywhere.

So... big fish in a small pond with no peer to peer connection? Or suck it up, brace myself, and go play with the big kids? Because the big kids are not DeviantArt. Not any more. The big kids are Behance if you do mobile game art, or Conceptart if you're more focused on classical art training, or Artstation if you're doing game/movie concept art and design.

I can't navigate Behance's un-intuitive (for me) site for love or money, not to mention mobile vector game art isn't really my style. I tried Conceptart back in the day and.... well, that made me want to cry and burn my sketchbooks. They don't pull their punches, fanart/anime-style/comics are Frowned Upon, and honestly the classical realism stuff just isn't my gig, and it wasn't a good fit for me. (I don't mind the no punches pulled thing so much, but having it be because of a basic differential in style just highlights that *I* was not a good fit for *THEM*.)

Artstation, though... Artstation is 90% for Big Kids. There is a steady trickle of beginner level stuff, but it is by far outnumbered by the pros. Concept artists for movie and game studios, matte painters for movies, 3D artists for games, character designers, etc. The stream feed of "new" on their site is gorgeous and diverse in a way DA's feed has never been. Also, Artstation does regular contests - not for cash or prizes the way DA sometimes does, but just to give people the experience of working to a deadline, some ego kudos and notoriety on the site for placing in the top three, and maybe a bit of swag like a t-shirt. That's it. But the contests are things like "you have four weeks - here's a theme, design ten characters, broken into two distinct groups of five, that fit with this theme, and we want to see everything from thumbnail sketches to finished art". (that's the character design part of the challenge, which I'd love to do. they also have similar things on the same theme for the matte painters and concept artists and storyboarders and 3D modelers.)

There's a lot less wank in the comments - say something good, or something helpful, or stfu, seems to be the general rule. Artists aren't all defensive about their stuff. Everyone there is either already a pro, or is actively trying to become one. They're not just artist galleries, they're portolio sites and Artstation provides space for your professional resume. It is obvious that companies looking to hire are actively browsing the user base looking for good matches. When it appears you can never quite be sure if fanart is just fanart, or if it's something the person was hired to do for the media franchise in question.

I don't have a single piece that I'd be willing to post up there. Nothing I have is good enough. Not a single damned thing, unless I maybe dip into the book covers I've done, but those are photo manips and not really what I want to be known for.

But... my goal is to have something good enough to start creating a portfolio on there. Not necessarily to look for a job, but to establish a presence. To drive myself to be good enough to go swim with the big kids. I want to have posted something to Artstation before the end of the year.


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