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Hey! What's your favorite kind of cookie?

stripeybutts:

Little Scootie Pootie tummy raspberries.

AWH GAWD STAAAAHP IMMA PEEE

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askapplegloom:

Stalkerloo: I broke his hand because he kept working on other things than me.
Apple Gloom: … Ah don’t think that’ll help speed up your updates any.

Still working on updates, I promise!

askapplegloom:

Stalkerloo: I broke his hand because he kept working on other things than me.

Apple Gloom: … Ah don’t think that’ll help speed up your updates any.

Still working on updates, I promise!

Twijack part 2!  
Latest update is done!  Thanks so much for your patience.  ^__^;;
Click for larger view, and feel free to ask ze questions!  When doing so, please ask story-related questions for better chance of getting answered.
Changed the question text for legibility.  Also, let me know if you prefer this format to the old one - comic book pages or single panel updates?  It’s up to you!

Twijack part 2!  

Latest update is done!  Thanks so much for your patience.  ^__^;;

Click for larger view, and feel free to ask ze questions!  When doing so, please ask story-related questions for better chance of getting answered.

Changed the question text for legibility.  Also, let me know if you prefer this format to the old one - comic book pages or single panel updates?  It’s up to you!

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leseanthomas:

Here’s some of the most amazing and invaluable advice you’ll most-likely ever get from one of my good colleagues and legends in comics/gaming, creator JOE MADUREIRA. It’s what i’ve been preaching to you aspiring artists since i arrived on DA, but i think his POV says it perfectly:

*WARNING: SOME MATURE LANGUAGE*

"DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL ARTIST? 


Or a successful WORKING PROFESSIONAL?



Believe it or not there is a difference. I’m not usually a soapbox type guy, I don’t like instructing people, and I think I’m a terrible teacher. But hey, it’s Friday and I’m in a strange mood. So here goes:

I’ve noticed that a good number of my fans happen to be aspiring artists themselves. This is for all you guys. I get asked constantly: "Where should I go to school?" "What classes should I take?" "What should I study for anatomy?" "What pencils and paper do you use?" "Should I be working digitally now instead of traditionally?" "How do I fix my poses? Learn composition? Perspective?" "When am I going to develop my own style?" "Who were your influences?" "Teach me how to draw hands!" The list goes on…


Here’s the deal. All of that stuff *is* important, and it may nudge you in the right direction. A lot of it you will discover for yourself. What works best for one person doesn’t work for another. That’s the beauty of art. It’s personal. It’s discovery. DON’T WORRY ABOUT ALL THAT CRAP!

Instead I’m going to answer the questions that you *SHOULD* be asking, but aren’t. These are things that have only recently occurred to me, after doing this for 20+ years. These things seem so obvious, but apparently they elude a lot of people, because I am surprised at how many ridiculously talented artists are 'failing' professionally. Or just unhappy. The beauty of what I’m about to tell you is that it doesn’t matter what field you’re in or what your art style is.

In no particular order:


1) DO WHAT YOU LOVE. If you are passionate about what you’re doing, it shows. If you’re having fun, it shows. If you’re bored, IT SHOWS. Some guys are able to work on stuff they have zero interest in, and still pull off great work, but I find that when I do this my motivation takes a huge hit. And Motivation is key. Money is not a great motivator. It’s temporary like everything else. And honestly, I’ve gotten paid the most money for some of the shittiest work I have ever done. That may sound awesome, but it’s not. And here’s why…

2) You MUST stay Excited and Motivated. Have you noticed that there are days you can’t draw a god damned thing? And some days you feel like you can draw anything? It’s 4am but you don’t notice because you are in the ZONE. Your hand is racing ahead of your mind and you can do no wrong?! Maybe it’s some new paper you got. Or a new program you’ve been wanting to try out. Or you just found some amazing shit on DeviantArt, or watched some movie that just makes you want to run straight to your board. This relates to the above because while it is possible to involve yourself in projects you aren’t excited about—maybe you need the cash, or think it will look good on your resume, whatever it is—it’s not going to last. You need to stay fresh. Expose yourself to new things. New techniques. You should be getting tired of your own shit on a fairly regular basis. Otherwise other people will.

3) Check your Ego. If you think you’re the shit, you’re already doomed. You may be really, really good at what you do, but there’s someone better. Sorry. There’s always plenty to learn, even for us old dogs. So when I meet young upstarts who have this sense of entitlement, or a know-it-all attitude, I just have to laugh. Some of the biggest egos I’ve ever witnessed were from people who have accomplished the least. Meanwhile, most guys who are supremely talented AND successful, and have EARNED the RIGHT to have an ego and throw their weight around, don’t. Why is that? It’s because…

4) RELATIONSHIPS ARE IMPORTANT. This may be one of the biggest lessons I’ve had to learn. Early on, I didn’t value my relationships with people. Creatively or otherwise. I felt like I didn’t need anyone’s help and I could figure everything out on my own. Let’s face it, many of us become artists because we are reclusive, social misfits. We’d rather stay inside and draw shit than go outside and play. We like to live inside our own minds. Why not?! It’s awesome in there! And sometimes we don’t want to let other people in. But like I said—you can’t do it alone. I can honestly say that as much as I try to stay current, as much as I try to push my work and draw kick ass shit that will excite people, I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for all the other people I’ve met and learned from along the way. Guys who pulled strings for me. Took risks on me. Believed I was the right guy for the job. You need to manage your relationships. You need to network, and meet people. Drawing comics is still a pretty good place for reclusive types—but if you want to work in big studios—Making games, Films, animation, basically any other type of job on the planet, you’d better start making some connections. Be likeable. Be professional. That doesn’t mean be an opportunistic ladder climber. Fake people lose in the end. Be yourself, but be professional. It’s no secret that when people are hiring, our first instinct is to bring in people we know. It’s human nature. I don’t like unknowns, even if their portfolio is awesome. If we have a mutual connection, if they have great things to say about you, you’re in. If you have AMAZING artwork to show, and I call your last employer and they tell me what a pain in the ass you are to work with, you’re done. Talent and skill only get you so far. I am literally amazed at how often I meet guys that are total assholes and think they are going to get anywhere.

5) Here’s the BIG ONE. The greatest obstacle you will ever have to overcome IS YOURSELF. And the Fear that you are creating in your own head. Stay positive. Stop defeating yourself. There are artists I know that are so damn good they make me pee my pants. I look up to these mofos. I study their shit and I want to draw like them. And they are almost NEVER working on their DREAM project. And—big surprise, they aren’t happy in their job. “Why NOT?! WTF is WRONG WITH YOU?!” is usually my reaction. And the answer is almost always "The market isn’t great right now" "Other stories/games/comics like mine don’t do very well" "The shit that’s hot right now is nothing like mine, It’s just going to fail." "I’m not sure I’m good enough." "I need the money." "Too Risky." "I tried it before and failed. " It doesn’t matter what words they use, they are afraid for one reason or another. I know. I’ve been there.

But here’s the deal. YOU NEED TO TAKE RISKS. Guess what? YOU ARE MOST LIKELY GOING TO FAIL. If you want it—REALLY want it, that won’t stop you. You will learn A LOT. My good friend Tim constantly jokes about how I jump out of planes without a parachute and worry about the landing on the way down. You may think that I’m lucky, that it’s easy for me to say because I’m already successful, that I’m in a different situation than you all are. But it’s not true. Risk is risk, no matter what level you’re at. If you’re already successful, you just take even bigger risks. But they never go away. Everything in life is Risk vs. Reward. Not just in your career. LIFE. You’d better get used to it.

I didn’t know what the hell I was doing when I got into comics. I left the #1 selling book at the time ( Uncanny X-men ) to work on Battle Chasers during a time when 'Conan' was about the only fantasy comic people knew. And no one was buying it. I wanted to work in games, so I started a game company. I had NO IDEA WTF I was doing. I just wanted it, really bad. We tanked. It failed. No big surprise. But the people I worked with got hired elsewhere and rehired me. I started ANOTHER game Company. We had 4 people and a dream, and some publishers wouldn’t even meet with us, because their ‘next gen console’ teams had 90+ people on them. I literally got hung up on. "Stick to handheld games, it’s smaller, maybe you can handle that…" one MAJOR publisher told us. I don’t blame them. But we didn’t let it stop us. Thank god we didn’t listen to them. Vigil was born. Darksiders happened, AND we got to make a sequel. It stands shoulder to shoulder with the best games in the industry, and the most elite and experienced game dev studios in the world. How is that possible?!!! Hardly any of us had even worked on a console game before. I’ll be honest, I was thinking we would fail the whole time. I just didn’t care. If I had to play the odds on this one, I’d bet against us.

Why am I telling you all this shit? This is not me patting myself on the back. It’s just stuff that has somehow only dawned on me recently when it’s been staring me in the face for so long. I feel like I need to wake you guys up!!! I’ve been limiting myself. I’ve gotten afraid. I’ve taken less risks. I saw my career going places I didn’t want to go. I wasn’t happy and I wasn’t excited. And I’ve realized, that all that stuff I just talked about is the reason I am where I am today. Not because I have a manga style, or I draw cool hands, or there’s energy in my drawings, or all the other things people rattle off to me. There are other guys that do all that same shit, and do it better. And amazingly, those same guys constantly tell me “Man, I wish I could do what you are doing.” “SO DO IT!!!!!” PLEASE listen to me—because I want you guys to make it. I want to look to one of you people for inspiration some day when it’s 2am and I need to keep drawing. Stop worrying about all the other stuff—the pencils, the paper, the anatomy, all that shit. It will only get you so far. You’ve already got most of what you need. I hope this helps some people. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the support over the years. You are all one of the greatest motivating forces in my life and my career. Sappy but true. Ok, let’s go draw some shit!!!”

All my yes.

(via mochaspar)

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04
September

I will have this commission done. And I will do another sketch stream this weekend.

lolo-doodles:

I’m done with spending too much time on it and I will just knuckle down and just finish the damn thing. Huge bills are coming up and I NEED to get my ass in gear and do some more commissions.

This Saturday at 4pm PST (September 6th) I will have a doodles for donations.

  • This means you donate what ever amount you want and you get a sketch.(Only a sketch though. I will not be doing line art or coloring pieces at this time, I need to just get these done fast.So sketches only.) 
  • Yes you may ask for NSFW, but maximum of two characters in the pic.
  • You can only ask for one picture until I say it’s okay to order more.

Things I am good at:

  1. Ladies
  2. Monster Girls
  3. Cute things animu things
  4. Ponies
  5. Furries
  6. Pin Ups
  7. Chubby women

Just give me a bunch of references. The more visual references of what you want the better

Things I am not so good at:

  1. Males
  2. Complicated armor
  3. Backgrounds
  4. Overly complex character designs ( Like a lot of stuff on them or complex patters)
  5. Guns or any kind of machinery

I will not be doing any fetishes such as inflation, scat, water sports, pregnancy, etc.

I don’t mind doing sassy pictures. I am just not willing to do any kind of fetishes right now.

I have a goal of making a grand within two weeks so i can cover all these bills and upcoming big expenses. I need to stay on top of my doctor’s visits and have money to do my biopsy to check for anything that could lead to cervical cancer. I also have rent and insurance payment is popping it’s ugly head around the corner.

You may donate at any time, it will always be appreciated. Hell I might even give you guys a big thank you at the end of the month. If you guys have any ideas of what you want from me I will do it at the end of the month if I make a good amount.

If you guys have no cash to give COME TO THE STREAM ANYWAY oh please oh please the more the better and I love talking with you guys. I even made my picarto look all pretty and we can just have a party. Just spread this around if you want.

I love you all and You are all fantastic.

( Sorry this post is so big, I just wanted to make sure everyone has a good idea of what they are paying for and hopefully I can give you guys the art you want <3)

Examples:

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Message me if you have any questions.

Signal boost for super awesome friend who needs help!

I gotta ask, her father grows imaginary corn? How does one grow imaginary corn and what purpose does it serve?

To answer that, I think you need to talk to John Peters - you know, the farmer.

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needs-more-pony:

kennoarkkan:

shadyfolk:

amaipetisu:

A few tips everybody should consider. I’ve experienced all those and some more. I’m not good at english but I hope you get it. Go and support some artists out there and let them draw you nice shit. Not as nice as FairyNekoDesu but still will be cool so give them a chance and you’ll be surprised.

THIIIIS.

All of these things.

Especially the deadline. If you don’t have a deadline thats way in advanced it’s not gonna get done by then. I am almost always taking on a ton of projects at once and sometimes need a break from it to: work on stuff for me, work on stuff for friends, search for jobs, be the work slave of parents, actually relax and try to relief stress, technical difficulties, researching on how to do stuff, ect.

Sometimes it’s done in a day. Sometimes it’s done literally a year later. But I always update the people I work with so they know I haven’t forgotten.

Do NOT rush your commissioner. Let them work at their pace and it will be worth it. Rushing them insures a rush job which will very likely make the quality decline.

All this is true. Also, ref sheets are the most important thing ever. I can’t stress that enough. They make the job A LOT easier (instead of having to compare 10 different pics between each other and see that everything fits, you just look at 1!!)  If you plan in commissioning your character a lot, or even if its not yours (like from an anime or something) Either commission one or look for ref sheets of the show (because there are!).

Also i strongly suggest not using Instant Messaging. Information can be lost pretty easily there and it’s hard to come back to it. Use emails instead. The info stays there, and it’s easy to search for it. It’s also an excellent way to keep track of the descriptions, so if either the client or artist made a mistake, you can see the email threads and see who’s right straight away.

also pushy clients LOVE instant messaging. Pls no.

All of this ^

Oh god yes this.

(via midnightquill13)

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23
August

Reblog if it’s okay to befriend you, ask questions, ask for advice, rant, vent, let something off your chest, or just have a nice chat.

(Source: prisonofsociety, via mochaspar)

21
August

Rough news

Hello all. I have some unfortunate news.
While I was at Animefest last weekend, working on traditional illustrations, my carpal tunnel syndrome took a drastic turn for the worse. The cortisone shot I had last month has worn off, and all the work I rushed to do while it was working has exacted its cost. I have discoloration from circulation problems from swelling, grip strength loss, extreme stamina loss, and loss of sensation in the hand, as well as increased shaking and less fine control. It also tends to hurt quite a bit, but you suffer for your art, amirite?

I have a surgery pre-Op evaluation scheduled for the 3rd of September with the VA. I’m not sure when the actual surgery will be, but things are slowly moving towards that.

What does this mean for you wonderful people? Pretty much that I have to slow down quite a bit more on things, especially commissions and doodles for donations. They will be completed, but I cannot promise that it will be very soon.
Aside from that, I’m going to begin focusing on thus blog and the patreon as much as I can. I’ve already got an update planned, and am working towards completing it alongside back commissions and doodles for donations work.

Should anyone want a refund instead of waiting, get with me and we’ll work something out.

After some time to recover from the surgery, I should be back to full speed and updating here regularly.

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mastermod:

ccmodblog:

buck-card-game:

BL2E-PT06 (Digital Assembly)

Oh yeah

I’d love to get the game, but sadly I’d have no one to play with.

APHEX LOOK!

Ermagerd mah erts en a berx.

Doctor Adorable, Laura The Zony, and I are sharing a table, so come by for a wide assortment of prints, along with Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie plushes by 4DE.
We&#8217;ll also be offering live, one of a kind drawings!  
See you at Bronycon vendor table 707!

Doctor Adorable, Laura The Zony, and I are sharing a table, so come by for a wide assortment of prints, along with Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie plushes by 4DE.

We’ll also be offering live, one of a kind drawings!  

See you at Bronycon vendor table 707!

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Draw my ohsea toooo!

mastermod:

OK!

Aww yiss.  Amazing.  :D

Was (Not Was)
Walk The Dinosaur
I just want to say thank you. Thank you for being such an amazing both as an inspirational artist and a person. But most of all, thank you for being such an awesome badass.
I myself am autistic and face serious health issues, in general I feel like I can&#8217;t do anything right. But hearing how you go through life with all your own hardship and still do the great things you can do&#8230; well&#8230; let`s just say you make me want to work that much harder.
((I also want to sincerely give my deepest apologies for your recent troubles. I really hope you&#8217;re okay at this point))

I just want to say thank you. Thank you for being such an amazing both as an inspirational artist and a person. But most of all, thank you for being such an awesome badass.

I myself am autistic and face serious health issues, in general I feel like I can’t do anything right. But hearing how you go through life with all your own hardship and still do the great things you can do… well… let`s just say you make me want to work that much harder.

((I also want to sincerely give my deepest apologies for your recent troubles. I really hope you’re okay at this point))

05
July

Apologies all

Going to go off to be alone for a bit. No new streams for a day or two.  4th of July hit me a lot harder than I thought.  I thought the medication would help, but I can’t shake this all-encompassing depression.

The fireworks outside my house were too similar to the sound of gunfire.  I kept flashing back to seeing friends die over and over and over again, those horrible moments on repeat with perfect clarity.  Time hasn’t made it better, if anything it’s made it worse.  I can still see where I was.  I can still smell the blood and gunpowder.  I remember why I tried to drink for three years to forget.

Nothing against those who enjoyed the fireworks. I fought for the right for people to enjoy those. The sounds just bring back too many hard memories for me, memories I can’t bear. I’m not angry at anyone, I don’t want anyone giving anyone grief for how they celebrate. Just remember us - those of us who served our country, lost friends, suffer from PTSD for it.  The war never ends for us.  Please be kind.