Raffle Nearing End and Potential Faux Wolf Tails

Yes, another raffle reminder! Go here for the journal with all instructions and dates: RAFFLE OC MEME – ART and/or WRITING

Deadline: Friday May 27th 2016

Stream: Saturday June 4th 2016 @ 4pm

View the entries so far – eee I’m so excited for you guys! It looks like a lot of people have many different types of characters and a few of you are learning new things about your cast with questions they never considered or were never asked.

I found a tutorial for how to make a fluffy wolf-like tail from braiding and brushing yarn. I’m planning on experimenting with that this week in the hopes that I can offer a few at Metrocon this year for cosplayers. If all goes well I may be able to offer commissions of it in different colors, patterns, length, and animal type. I could be getting a little ambitious but we shall see!

What have you guys and gals been up to this weekend?

Green Book Characters Illustrated Meme

Good morning gals and guys!

Today is a hustle day! I’ve got two events and a lot of deadlines to meet in between so for today’s blog I’ll let some key characters of the Green Book cast do the talking. Have a great day!

OC Meme - Green Book Characters
OC Meme – Green Book Characters

Raffle Reminder

I apologize for my absence. I’ve been chasing sleep.

Remember I’m hosting another raffle!

For the longer, fuller spiel go to this journal: “Raffle – OC Meme – Art and/or Writing

This month’s raffle is all about celebrating your creations, introducing their world, and welcoming a whole new avenue for inspiration! Come grow the story you want to write or even simply flesh out more of your details with questions via meme and community interaction. You may even make some new friends to grow with! Some of my most prevalent friends here on dA I became friends with discussing our OCs.

***feel free to adapt any illustration meme to a written/journal meme and vice versa***

 

What can we win from the raffle?

You get a free commission from me! It can be fan art or original illustration of your OC.
The first drawn number will get a color sketch of two characters and a journal feature.
The second drawn number will get a color sketch of one character and one icon.
The third drawn winner will get one colored chibi.

 

This sounds interesting, how do I get started?

The required bit of this is simple: complete one of the memes linked (find the links in the journal linked above). You can complete the meme either by writing/journal or art and illustration. You don’t have to have a fancy art style or super edited writing, just have fun and complete the meme to the best of your ability while staying true to your OC personalities~

When you complete the meme show me on whatever host site you are on (deviantArt, Facebook, etc) I’ll add it to a contest folder and send you your raffle number via note! If you do a meme with a partner/double meme it counts as one entry for both yourself and your partner.

**YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED THE MEME AFTER April 19, 2016**

Try to link back to the original meme creators, after all, we wouldn’t be here without them!

 

What is the deadline? to complete the meme?/comment on other memes?

To complete the meme: Midnight of Friday May 27th 2016
To comment on memes: Midnight of Sunday May 29th 2016

 

When will the drawing be?

Saturday June 4th 2016
Time: 4pm Eastern Standard Time

I will host a live stream* for us to gather and interact live! You can save the link to my channel but I will post the link again on Facebook, DA, and Twitter. Stay tuned~

*You do not have to be present for the stream in order to win a slot at the raffle drawing*


Any questions or anything unclear please let me know and remember – have fun!!

 

 

 

 

Passion versus Effort

Okay guys and gals, do a thing with me:

First off get yourself into a positive mindset or at least a peaceful one – burn candles, meditate, dance to your favorite song, sing along to your favorite song, play a round of a game you like, look at motivational pictures – whatever it is that cheers you up do it.

Look back at some of the things you have done so far in your life. Now, answer some of these questions for yourself:

  1. Which activities made you feel the happiest?
  2. During which events did you feel fulfilled?
  3. Which did you put the most effort towards?
  4. Are you spending a good amount of time and effort doing those things? Why or why not?

I find equal amounts of blogs telling you to pursue your passion or to just work hard and follow your effort good things will come from that.  I don’t think this is that black and white.

If you’ve gotten a taste of success pursuing a field you prefer to put more time and effort into, actually made money doing it, but you can’t yet get off the ground to at least fly at low altitude with it, this is frustrating as heck.

There are a lot of younger people getting to chase down the things they like spending a lot of time on (cooking, making videos, art, training animals). I have also noticed that a lot of those kids – not all of them – do not have to worry about paying bills on top of breaking into their field. I’ve even heard Concept Cookie/CG Cookie‘s Tim Von Rueden say during a stream that it’s harder to get into a field when you get older. Now, Tim has  a great teaching style and runs fantastic improvement workshops. Not only is he good at it it was something unexpected he came into and you can tell he loves doing it. Back on point: although I agree it can be harder the way he phrased it (possibly unintentionally) made it sound like if you haven’t already chosen the field when you are younger it’s not as worth it when you get older.

Woah, hold up.

Let me tell you something – Harrison Ford broke into fame when he stared as Han Solo (and later Indiana Jones) when he was 35.

35, people.

Richard Armitage built bookcases and laid flooring well into his 20s between acting and theater jobs to make ends meet.

If you are balancing paying bills and putting more time and effort into a differing preferred field that has to cheer you up at least a little.

The main thing I agree with in the whole passion versus effort debate is this: time.

When you spend a lot of time on something you become good at it. When you put in that extra amount of effort to excel and step out of your comfort zone you’re pushing boundaries which builds the passion for it. Along with Kate McKeon (founder of Prepwise) I agree you should be prepared to feel out of your element for between a few months to two years. Focus on your good habits and believe you are strong enough to get through this transition period in your life.

You can do this on your own will power. I believe you can do it.

So, what’s the short answer?

You can do anything you want for a living you just have to be willing to work hard putting in the time and effort.

Welcome to the April/May Raffle: Meet My OCs!

~click the linked image~
~click the linked image~

Not my OCs though, yours! This month’s raffle is all about celebrating your creations, introducing their world, and welcoming a whole new avenue for inspiration! You may also meet some people whose interaction with you and your worlds could inspire you to finally start the story you always wanted to write – or to finish the last chapter before you fix up the manuscript and send it to an editor then publisher. You’ll probably also find lots of people to talk to and develop your OC – some of my best friends here on dA I became friend with discussing our OCs.

So, how do you participate in this raffle? Simple, simply participate in a meme whether by illustration or writing some short scenes. It has to be a new meme – as in created after today’s date.

Want to get more entries? Interact with your peers. Look through the entries and interact with the OCs; find some characters that interest you or that you are curious about and talk to the creator about them – ask questions and share about your character.

I’ll be doing some memes this month [both written and illustration] which will hopefully inspire you. See mine below:

***feel free to adapt any illustration meme to a written/journal meme and vice versa***

Try to link back to the original meme creators, after all, we wouldn’t be here without them!

 

 

How to Participate:

You don’t have to have a deviantArt account to participate (though it certainly makes tracking your comments and entries a tad easier) – feel free to out-link me if you still want to participate!

Illustrated or write answers to one of the OC memes linked below. This will get you one entry (no matter if you do a single meme or an entry with a partner). Make sure to tag me or send me a link so I can see it then I’ll note you your first raffle number!

You only get one entry for completing a meme but you are welcome to do more than one or make friends and do a double – I love learning about your characters!!

**written memes can be done either by telling me what your character would do (like my examples above) or write a short dialogue or scene (try to keep it under 300 words). Remember you want a snapshot of your characters to entice readers~

 

How to Earn Additional Entries:

Once you complete your meme go here [link coming soon] to view the current entries and interact. You must comment more than a, “cool character” or “tell me about [insert character]” – read the meme, learn something about the character, and ask something more specific like “what is [Jon]’s favorite thing about winter?” or “why did [Jacqueline] stop being friends with [Ash] when they were seventeen?” etc.

For each different participant’s meme you comment on you’ll get another entry.

 

Prizes:

Will be announced soon!

Two possible winners – THREE if a certain entry amount is met [TBD]

 

Deadline:

May XX, 2016 (coming soon)

 

Drawing:

May xx, 2016 [date TBD] during a live stream, just like the last one.

 

Memes – Single (feel free to use these for either illustration or writing):

— there are short and long memes available

*no tagging necessary*

 

Memes – Partner (want to do this with a friend? one double meme will count for one entry each for both of you):

— there are short and long memes available

— discussion while completing the memes are permitted unless it is a surprise picture!

*no tagging necessary*

Any questions or anything unclear please let me know and remember – have fun!!

no post this week – sorry!

No blog post today my loves – I spent the week on a strict drawing schedule and all day today working on my car. I’d like to do a live stream once a day for the 3 day weekend this next weekend though. What do you think? Any times in particular? Let me know your preferred time and time zone please!

See you next week for a research post and streams!!❤