Sorry I haven’t been uploading much lately. The convention rush the last several months left me a bit burnt out, and it’s not done yet, I still have Rainfurrest next week to go to. Anyhow, this is the princess Luna I made to sell at Everfree earlier this year. Never did get a proper photo shoot of her, but she came out great. Somebody bought her about ten minutes after the dealer’s room opened. :D
Reblog if you have read fan fiction better than some published books
Help me prove a point
I have never reblogged anything faster.
Unfortunate for the books, but speaks loads about the quality of some fan fics
Oh, hell yeah. Anything by incandescens can stand on my bookcase any time.
Wait, that incandescens? Bleach fanfic writer incandescens? Hell yeah!
Yes, that one! She is all the awesome.
There are totally pony fics out there as good as anything being published anywhere. Certainly better than a lot of the junk that seems to be popular lately. (Twilight/50 Shades, I’m looking at you.)
Is there any way to answer two questions in one post here?
I will seriously never understand how art or pages I work long and hard on and am insanely proud of. Get very very little attention.
and yet pages or art that I do half-assed or feel looks like crap. Are usually the most popular pieces with the most views and comments.
I will never understand this complex feeling of love hate I have with this strange phenomenon lol.
I know that feeling. >.<
(Speaking of which, yeah, I know, no new art posts from me in ages. I’m making fox tails. They are boring. They look exactly like the hundreds of fox tails I’ve made before, so I haven’t bothered taking photos.)
Raptoring Around RMFC
This past weekend I was able to make to to RMFC for the first time. Only hours before my flight to Denver, I had managed to make myself a quick tail of somewhat appropriate shape. I dared not make it any longer, for fear of taking out bystanders with my quick and lithe raptor like movements. I am still calling her Kinglet, for lack of a better name.
I had a lot of fun, though I was pretty exhausted from camping in the approximately 10k-foot high mountains just days prior, and my stamina was not the best as a result.
(Mask base is by kierstinlapatka, check out her fantastic work! Slightly modified and finished by me. The fantastic leather thing on my butt is crafted by FolkOfTheWoodCraft .)
Photo credits to my husband, eldarath. This was the first time I had a real camera with me at a convention! Fun! If anyone else has photos of Kinglet, I’d love to see them too. I am still a bit nervous about costuming like this (you can not deny that it’s a pretty silly thing to do), but it beings out an innocent fun that reminds me of childhood. It was delightful to make people smile, and I was happily surprised that a number of people knew that I was playing as a feathered dinosaur!
This is seriously the BEST thing ever. Must reblog.
Whenever I tell one of my stories about dealing with fanboys on the make, passive aggressive fakers, or nebbishy pros hoping to raise their cred at the bar by claiming they get chicks they really, really can’t get, someone pipes up to wail, “Boy, Colleen, you are such a weirdo magnet!”
Im glad this is being talked about. When i tell my stories, people say “man you really attract ‘em” and i feel like im being told it’s my fault. Like i look for it. They dont consider it is inevitable when dealing with people. The higher number of people, the longer you do this, the more chance of strangeness. Because i love being asked if someone can “come over for a studio visit” ( !!!!) or messages that say they want to stab me. Usually it’s not that bad but there is still this background noise of tiring, pushy, boundary leaping that i really hate.
The whole thing where you treat someone like a human being and they take it as though you are sexually interested or “trust someone a little and totally regret it after you notice they tell tall tales about interactions” thing sucks. And it doesnt go away, it haunts you for years since they pop up over and over- even from people you have never heard of telling these stories. And you want to scream and go “how is this still a thing, i never ever was part of that” And you miss being able to treat people like you used to- you have to get guarded and savvy and it sucks.
The #2 reason why, as a genderqueer person, I usually present as male on the internet. Because this *is* a sexism issue. When I have presented as female, this kind of thing *always* turns up eventually. When I present as male, it does not. (And it does absolutely suck. I used to be so friendly and open and even affectionate over the net. But I have been burned too many times now, I can’t be that way any more.)
I took a few years worth of art courses. It was a mixed bag of useful skills and utterly useless nonsense, leaning heavily towards the latter. The class I thought would be the best for what I wanted to do (illustration) taught me nothing at all except the fact that my teacher was a bitter old coot who could only see that the soul-sucking commercial illustration that he used to do had been supplanted by clip-art, and thus illustration as a career was dead. As if I was taking the class because I wanted to draw hamburgers for newspaper advertisements (the example he kept using when he would rant to us about this.) I wanted to bring worlds to life, and instead we drew random objects around the classroom and occasionally each other’s faces. Useless.
I also distinctly remember the print-making class where I used a dragon as the subject of my first assignment, and the teacher hated it. Dragons are for school children doodling in the margins, it seems. Dragons are bland pop-art, not suitable for a real artist. You can do what you want in this class, she said, so long as you demonstrate the printmaking techniques, but you’ll never get anywhere with dragons.
There was a dragon, obvious or hidden, in EVERY single assignment I turned in for that class. 100% of ‘em. To her credit, she gave me an A anyway. But still… both those teachers basically tried to drive me away from something that I *could* actually have made a living with (fantasy illustration is huge, especially compared to the prospects for the high brow fine art that the print making teacher was pushing at me) for no particular reason.
Art education is kind of horrible. I don’t really recommend it to anybody. If you want to learn how to be a terrific artist, there are many cheaper and better alternatives to getting a degree in art.
Realized I hadn’t uploaded this yet. Some Discord Cosplay legs I made for a customer who wore then to Everfree as part of a pretty hilarious Discord/Q cosplay.