Age Versus Knowledge

I realize that I worry substantially about my personal riding habits.

I worry that my seat is too light, my leg position is off – that my hands are too heavy on the bit. As such I also find that my enjoyment of riding is indirectly proportional to the amount of worry I carry. The more I carry the more the horse carries and a little bit of weight in the wrong area can mean the difference between a favorable fall and a bad fall. Why do I carry so much of it? Perhaps because I have moved to

On that note I want to bring your attention to a writer who breathes such horse sense into her writing that it is soothing. As I read Anna Blake’s posts the tenseness in my shoulders relax and my worries about being a good rider – my focus on my bad habits – eases slightly. Anna’s most recent post contains a bit of wisdom that has me pondering about timelines:

“One of the very best things about being 60 is that no one wants to see me naked- on a horse or anywhere else. That makes me really happy. Liberated. Free. The meat wagon has left. Friends I have now love me without cosmetic correction, for the same reason horses and dogs have from the beginning. It’s dependable.”

It reminds me that we come out of the womb knowing knowing next to nothing cosmetically factual, yet very much instinctually. Does that mean you have to wait until you are aged three score years to feel the way Anna describes? Should you place a calendar marker on thirty years to acquire a prescribed amount of knowledge? Not necessarily. Age specific markers of knowledge on a timeline are placed there by others. For a large portion of childhood we hear, “You’ll understand [insert-situation] when you are [insert-age-here].” I have reached a few of the ages prescribed by aunts, parents, and an assortment of other adults. Do you know what I have learned? That markers are silly. None of the markers dictated to me were accurate to the ages paired with them. There is no correct age for mastering riding or producing a best seller novel. There is no correct mindset for a specific age. Accept that you are going to process the lesson you learn in a time and way that is unique to you. While yes, we are sometimes grouped by age for such experiences that does not make it an ultimatum. Becoming negative towards yourself because you haven’t learned the lesson for [insert-situation] by [insert-age] does not help either. There are enough people weighing in on you as it is, why add to your load?

When I returned to taking riding lessons at twenty-four I found a lot of riders around me were younger than I and knew more factually about the discipline they rode in. I felt disappointed. However, I stuck with it and while I sometimes feel sad that I did not come into this area of my passion sooner I no longer feel disappointed. I know plenty of things others will not and to write every little thing down would take longer than I have to live. Consider that we pass on knowledge both factual and experiential to each person who crosses into our circle of life. Sometimes the lesson is learning how to navigate the social circle you prefer, sometimes it is learning how to listen to and sharpen your instincts. You will meet people who learned lesson A at fourteen or forty what you realized at twenty four.

In the end age is no consequence. You are a culmination of your experiences no matter your age. Although, just keep in mind that you do not have to experience a situation to be sure you would not enjoy any part of it. Learn from both your negatives and positives. Focus on your positives.

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I hope everyone has a fun weekend~


Drawings and Helping with a Show

I have decided that this blog shall remain at the address it is, at least for now.

That said, thank you all, return readers and watchers of my art. I love having your feedback. I meet so many wonderful people pursuing this dream and each personality is unique. Thank you for your advice, consideration, and support. It is not easy and starting out is the hardest part for any endeavor. If you know of anyone who is interested in print quality digital commissions I possess a wide variety of ability and unique style. The easiest way to contact me is via my artist page on Facebook or at KiriRamdeo.com.

Daily Drawings

This weekend I am in Ocala helping Arbordale Riding Academy at a horse show in Ocala. I shall not be riding in a class but helping work horses and working with Arbordale’s Owner and Trainer, Andrea Whiting, as well as her Assistant Trainer, Emily Whiting. To learn more about these wonderful women and the details of their experience visit Arbordale’s Facebook page.

I’ll check back in with you soon. I hope everyone is having a good start to their weekend!


Move the Blog?

Hey guys and gals! Thank you for all the birthday wishes last Saturday I had a blast!

I’m wondering if I should move my blog from kiriramdeo.wordpress.com to my website. Do not worry, the website is hosted by WordPress so you will not need an additional login to comment on or read content. I want to move it over primarily because I like having one less account to update, and in all honestly my main site should probably be where the most activity is outside of deviantArt and such. What do you think? Check out the differences in display and color and let me know. I’m counting on your opinion!

In the mean time I have started hosting livestreams again! You can either follow this link or go to the Links tab above to access the page. Livestream does not require a login to participate in the stream and I usually leave the audio on so we can listen to music and I can respond to your chat messages. If you really want to log in to chat you can always ping in with Facebook.

Speaking of streaming, I will be taking livestream commissions when I stream – these are commissions that I will draw for you during the stream! Streaming commissions are on a first come first serve basis and I start the commission after you have deposited the appropriate funds in Paypal. For this commissions I will do sketch lines with either monochrome blocking or flat colors. I will also do chibis. Here is an example of what full body stream commissions will look like (¾ busts and chibi examples will be up soon):

You are most welcome to come by and join me, my watchers have great fun!

Next week’s post will probably be something related to horses – no promises though! I hope you are doing something fun with your weekend otherwise and I wish you great resolve and will for moving towards your goals~


About Commissioning my Artwork

I do take commissions for artwork and I love doing illustrations in particular. Here is a piece I completed recently for a commission:

Tristan and Elysia  Reshare on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter

Tristan and Elysia
Reshare on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter

I am experienced in a variety of subjects and have several different options to choose from in pay rates. I have also illustrated two children’s books and am preparing to complete art for a continual runner game. Below is a reference sheet for my commission prices. Each rate incorporates one character commission and any additional characters are a compiled price. Currently I am holding a special, limited discount: your second character is half off! If you are interested I am more than happy to work with you or give you a quote before payment. Let me know in the comments below or fill out this contact me sheet on my main site. You can also contact me through deviantArt or send me a note on Facebook.

Commission Price Guide

Art is my passion and I hope to find a way to make it my way of making a living. All dreams start with the first step and I always want to keep moving forward.

As always it helps me immensely to receive feedback from my audience so any questions, comments, or constructive criticism are most welcome!

I hope everyone is having a great week, and has some fun plans for the weekend, whether it is to finally take a break and curl up with a good book, or go out on the town with friends~


Explore New Things

Being creative for me goes hand in hand with being curious, exploring, and being active in the things I like doing. Discovering new things and taking active steps forward towards what I want to do and be involved in feels like unfurling wings and freewheeling and an entirely new current.

“Creativity” by Zyari

However, taking steps forward with my art and writing can be scary and exhilarating at the same time. Sometimes I am nervous to make a move, like putting together a commission price guide, or branching out into a different area of my art to expand and develop skills. I will worry about the prices not reflecting the quality of my work or the new piece of work turning out to be a total mess. On that note, I’ve made a gif to illustrate my own concept of taking a leap.

Leaping-Animation

How do I do it? By looking at the gap as a fluid expanse of space. Birds do not fly linearly but run around in a three dimensional area. While most humans are used to moving linearly if you’ve ever swam around underwater you have experienced what I am trying to explain. Or try this one: typically people think on an xy axis but we are also aware that there is a z axis. Beyond the xyz axis you get into bonus dimensions and that’s for a different post entirely.

So until next week, there are a pair of old OCs. The bunny is “Creepy Bunny” created by my cousin Anita Warren and the kitty is Io aka “Panty Thief” who has a strange obsession with panties – clean ones mind you. It started out as part of a humor factor and the we started making comics. If I ever finish the comics I shall post them and notify you~

Flying Panties

Want to re-share these pictures on other sites? Try out these links~

Leaping:  Tumblr, TwitterdeviantArt, FurAffinity, Facebook

Flying Panties: Tumblr, Twitter, deviantArt, FurAffinity, Facebook


Artist Highlight: Shannon Hogan (Khezix)

Today I want to bring your attention to a wonderful artist who I am privileged to be acquainted with. She is constantly growing and learning but has a great understanding of anatomy, composition, color theory, as well as her own flare and style. Below is an introduction to her art and the results of the interview we conducted earlier this week.

 

Quiet Place

Shannon pursues art as a hobby. She has been drawing since she could pick up a crayon and has progressed through using colored pencils, watercolor, watercolor pencils, charcoal, pastels, and more! Digital art and watercolors are her favorite and most common mediums. For digital art she uses Painter 12 and Photoshop CS6. Recently she has enjoyed using Copic Sketch Markers which she sometimes mixes with watercolors.

Altitude (bookmark)

Altitude (bookmark)

Original characters are Shannon’s favorite works to develop, whether the characters are her own or commissions and trades with others. She also loves working on urban scenery and I see a lot of nature development in her work. Although she admits that she experiences difficulty with architecture, perspective, and military themes, she uses a wealth of photo references to develop her skill further. Many of these reference photos come from Wikipedia and Shannon sometimes combines them to develop an entirely new picture to reference.

Kaluhai

Kaluhai

“I eyeball the [reference] photos and draw what I see. I draw it over and over, then start drawing from my imagination, using reference photos just as a guide…”

If Shannon wants to draw something at an odd angle, a handgun for example, she uses a 3D modeler and manipulates the image.

Under Grey Skies

Under Grey Skies

Shannon takes inspiration from everything around her. The inkling of a story or illustration idea can come from random conversation, movies, history, other artists, etc.

Rush Delivery

Rush Delivery

At first Shannon wanted to pursue producing artwork as her career but as she started researching the requirements to become a professional artist she decided the process was not for her. Instead, she is studying for an Associates Degree in Science, which she hopes will one day become a Masters in Science. At the moment she concentrates on molecular biology but eventually wanted to become more involved in genetics and work in a private sector job. I believe art will continue to be a favorite hobby of hers so keep an eye out for her work!

Thank You For Your Participation

Thank You For Your Participation

To new artists or artists looking to develop their skills Shannon leaves this advice:

“Keep on drawing. Draw what you love. Try new things. Artists should never be afraid to draw the things they like…never be afraid of judgement, and only draw things you want to draw, not what you think you should want to draw.”

Burning

Burning

check out her gallery at Khezix@Fur Affinity

Know an artist you think should get a feature? Drop a comment with a link below!


My 2014 Metrocon Experience

Hey guys and gals!

First off, if you found this blog from my business card at Metrocon, welcome! It was wonderful meeting you at Metrocon and I hope to see you at another convention this year! Which ones are you going to? Leave a comment below, on my Facebook artist page, or my deviantArt page! I update this blog weekly on Saturdays. Hopefully soon I will be moving to bi-weekly posts. I’m also on Twitter and Tumblr. Click on the “About…” tab above to be linked to my other accounts!

The following post is a highlight account of my time at Metrocon last weekend with a cute recount story at the end. To see the entire album of my photos please visit my Facebook artist page, linked above.

That said, getting back into my art and attending Metrocon this year was so much fun! It was so busy and there were so many people but I loved every minute of it and I’ll definitely aim to be there again next year!

Metrocon Friday 2014

Metrocon Friday 2014

Frida was a little hectic, putting my new display stand together, organizing prints, cutting out a few more masks, adjusting prices – but I had great neighbors all around, and even reconnected with a great table neighbor I met last year! As you can see above from the first day I featured masquerade masks for the Fantasy Masquerade Ball hosted on Friday each year. There was another table selling masquerade masks next to me and she had beautiful feathers and sparkles on her masks, as well as sticks to hold them up in case you were wearing glasses or had a delicate hair do to keep in tack. Some of my designs were pre made, attendees could purchase a flat color and design one themselves, or custom order one from me. A lot of people enjoyed designing their own! However, I forgot to take pictures. Next time~ Two of the best custom designs were of Ichigo’s hollow mask from Bleach and a black demon mask with long spikes that dropped down over the wearer’s cheeks. I learned something else for the masks this year – how to retrofit mask designs to eyeglasses! That’s right, you read correctly. There were a few people wearing glasses who wanted masks and I cut slits in the sides just so the mask would fit inside the glasses for them. I’ve an idea for next year regarding that – you’ll have to wait and see!

Leftover Masks Metrocon 2014

Leftover Masks Metrocon 2014

Saturday was the day for convention attendees to break out their costumes! If you can only attend the convention for one day Saturday is the day to go. It’s a full day of costumes, games, art, crafts, and fun! I met so many people there. The old friends who stopped by and new ones I met made the experience even better than the last year!

My dad came to help me with the table~

My dad came to help me with the table~

Several of you stopped by and asked about hypoallergenic jewelry. Unfortunately I’d run out of my hypoallergenic hooks before the convention but I am ordering more. If you order jewelry from me online You will notice that there is a note in the description to notify me if you need hypoallergenic hooks. I am more than happy to exchange out the hooks on the earrings for you. The other metal parts on charms include tibetan silver, bronze alloy, etc. The stones I use are natural earth stones or crystal. I use a wide variety of materials to craft the pieces below.

I make earrings, keychains, bracelets, ear cuffs, necklaces, anklets, and more!

I make earrings, keychains, bracelets, ear cuffs, necklaces, anklets, and more!

Sunday was a great wind down day. I participated in a few art trades, purchased some goodies, and exchanged contact information with new friends! This was also a kids day at the convention. This is something new from last year which the convention organizers carried over as it was a success. It featured games, face painting, and pictures for kids day! It was on this day that the story at the end of this post occurs. I think it’s a great way to promote acceptance and involvement for both the convention participants (costumers, attendants, artists) and the general public who may not know or understand what it is we are so excited about. A convention to me is not just about the fans or the art, crafts, comics, guests, etc. it’s also about meeting so many wonderful people who have so many different areas of expertise all coming together to work together – to grow and improve – and enjoy every minute of it! It’s a similar energy and atmosphere that I feel when I am around many horses and many types of horse people.

Cosplayers Photos by Roocke Entertainment Cosplay

Cosplayers
Photos by Roocke Entertainment Cosplay

The neighbor behind me was Amy Ellis. She designs chibis of your favorite characters and they’re available as collectable stickers! Go check out her Etsy shop! She’s in the process of making it over but in the mean time you can find her on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter! Just search her name~

Amy Ellis from A. Ellis Creations

Amy Ellis Amy managed her A. Ellis Creations table in the row directly at my back! Shenanigans!

I also met Anna Douglas who has Grandmother Clock! They make plushes, hats, and all sorts of other goodies! Grandmother Clock had a pair of the greatest costume sets at the convention. You should see Anna’s cosplay of GLaDOS! I didn’t get a picture of it this time but I’m sure I’ll be seeing Anna again~

Anna (as Fiona from Adventure Time), myself (partial Yoruichi from Bleach), and Jason (Magic Man from Adventure Time) Grandmother Clock

Anna (as Fiona from Adventure Time), myself (partial Yoruichi from Bleach), and Jason (Magic Man from Adventure Time)
Anna and Jason managed Grandmother Clock’s table next to me!

There are so many more photos I wish I could fit in here. Please take a look at my album (linked above) and the Metrocon page albums on Facebook. Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Heidi who helps all the artist settle in. She helps manage the events along with Alex Craddock.

Heidi who helps all the artist settle in. She helps manage the events along with Alex Craddock.

Do you want to hear a story? I guarantee you that if you stop anyone in costume and ask for a picture they would be only too happy to oblige you. The table I was situated at had a view over a row of doors and windows and was right next to the bridge to the hotel. A gal dressed in a beautiful Elsa from Frozen costume was making her way out to the hotel and I saw a mother pulling a little girl after her. She was waving her arms and running as fast as her daughter could go, calling out, “Wait wait!” with a camera in hand. Elsa turned to look over her shoulder and that was it. An illustration idea was born. It’ll be up soon on my deviantArt page!

Oh the lovely reaps of a convention~  From left to right we have: 1. chibi stickers by Amy (linked earlier in post) 2. hair clip and phone charm from Practical Futilities 3. Sesshomaru print from Real Dandy Art

Oh the lovely reaps of a convention~
From left to right we have:
1. chibi stickers by Amy (linked earlier in post)
2. hair clip and phone charm from Practical Futilities
3. Sesshomaru print from Real Dandy Art

See you at the next convention! Until then, go have an adventure!


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