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Looking to 2017!

So, this was definitely supposed to go up yesterday, oops! Sorry, guys and gals, it was completely my mistake.

Alright, it’s that time again! Time for a review of the previous year. To peek at last year’s post go here: On To 2016! For 2016 I added notes to a jar with good things that happened and things I learnt. It turned out to be a great idea. Here are a few highlights of my 2016:

  • attended my sister’s graduation
  • I adopted two 6 mo. rat does and they’re doing well (from 2016 goals!)
  • attended the renaissance festival (I love it and should have been going sooner)
  • I made a fluffy faux-fur wolf tail!
  • had my first up close and personal encounter with a Ducati!!!!! (Course 1198 ♥)
  • struck up a memorable conversation with a (handsome) stranger at Metrocon in the Scavenger Hunt room
  • participated in funding two kickstarter campaigns – you go, creators!
  • took a trip out of state via plane (from 2016 goals!)
  • was a bridesmaid for the first time!
  • attended two conventions this year (from 2016 goals!)
  • found a fun new way to pick up languages
  • started building a positivity wall (from 2016 goals!)
  • spent more time with animals and nature (from 2016 goals)

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What about you? Did you discover something new about yourself? Did you get to do something you thought you’d never do?

What should we put on the list for 2017, ey?

  • edit the Green Book 1
  • build a goals wall
  • start learning another foreign language
    • refresh my French
  • participate in a large collaboration project with other creators
  • volunteer with animals/wildlife/environment
  • take better care of my skin

Once again I’ll be adding my good experiences and things I learn (even from not so good experiences) this year to a jar again. I’ve been throwing in fortune cookie slips and such as well. You should try it! It’s a fun way to look back at the previous year and even remember a few of the things you’ve forgotten. This way you can also make some plans and generate ideas for the coming year~

I do not have an announcement for you regarding postings for this blog or my webcomic for 2017 yet. You will learn more towards February about those plans. For now if you want to keep up with me your best bet is via one of the following sites:

 

Here’s to hoping you had a great new year’s celebration and I look forward to seeing you part of my 2017. As always, it is a pleasure~

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Blog Hiatus

If you have not already noticed this blog is on HIATUS until 2017. The next post will be 12/31/16. After that I can so far promise no regular schedule as of yet. I ended up taking on too many projects over 2016 and over the course of the next 2 months will be shifting them around until I can manage timely updates.

Apologies for the delay and thank you for your patience.

If you want to keep up with me in the mean time your best bet are the accounts linked below ordered from the most likely to update to least from top to bottom:

INSTAGRAM @amaranthinerain

DEVIANTART @AmaranthineRain

TWITTER @KiriRamdeo

FACEBOOK @KiriRamdeo.artist

TWITCH.TV @AmaranthineRain

The And Scene contest I hosted has been judged and all that remains is the raffle portion. If you would like to attend my last stream for 2016 please go to this journal: “And Scene Results- Pick Your Live Stream Time!” for available times and either comment there or let me know on Twitter. Those are the only two locations I will take preference indications. Please keep your vote to one per person.

I will also be at the Holiday Matsuri convention this coming weekend in Orlando, FL sharing a vendor booth with Purrito Press!

Regardless of all the hiccups I hope to be in touch with you all again soon~

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Artist Interview: Ag-Cat

Happy weekend guys and gals! Briefly: As you know regular posts are on hiatus until August. I will post as often as I can until then as I prep for Metrocon and moving!

Today we have the pleasure of learning more about deviant Artist Ag-Cat! I’ve interacted with Ag-Cat on and off before and again have the pleasure of completing some prize art of her characters. She has a great resiliance to sticking with it and you can see the color selection and anatomy adjust and change to improve across her pieces.

On the Bus
On the Bus

Ag-Cats started out on traditional mediums such as pencil, crayon, paper, and anything else she could get her hands on. Partially due to the cost of traditional supply she she started practicing digital art in 2012 and now works primarily in that medium. Ag-Cat views her artistic activity as a passionate hobby and she is looking to build a career with it in the future. At the moment she takes a particular interest in working on original characters and enjoys fleshing each one out in both design and personal development. Recently I’ve noticed a different shimmer to her shading and I enjoy her colorful combinations!

Fall Leaves
Fall Leaves

So what should you do if you are on a similar journey and are looking to improve? Ag-Cat’s advice is this: “Learn the basics first…then practice, practice, practice.” She cautions not to rush into copying your favorite artists and idols but encourages you to examine the pieces by those persons you admire. Pay attention to the form, light, shadow, anatomy and flow of those pieces to understand what you do like and can apply to your own work versus what you would want to do differently. Your process is also improved by asking for critiques from others, by nursing your motivation to improve, and believing you can do better. “Don’t forget to look back on how much progress you have made and give yourself a highfive!”

Sweet Demure & Sweeter Demure
Sweet Demure & Sweeter Demure

Ag-Cat finds it relaxing to spend time developing a piece and helps take her mind of things she worries about. While spending time with friends and family is important to her and can also be stress relieving Ag-Cat reminds us it is important to let your loved ones know that you also need time for yourself. Simply talk to them. Creating art is one of Ag-Cat’s methods to handle stress and her internal struggles. Sit down with your craft and let the stress bleed away into the simple fact in the work of it.

Jawesa
Jawesa

What does Ag-Cat do when she’s not creating artistic pieces and is looking for a break and recharge? “I like listening to music. I hope that I will have time (and money) to learn an instrument one day. I have also started to dapple on film critique, just for my own enjoyment. It gives me an insight on what make a movie good: script, screenplay, cinematography, etc.”

Blue Ruin
Blue Ruin

Finally, a last few encouraging words from Ag-Cat no matter what you are pursuing: “Do you want to create? Then pick up your chosen tool and just do it! If you only have five minutes to draw a day, draw something in that five minutes.” You got this!

Thank you for taking time with us today for this interview and thank you Ag-Cat for taking time to participate in the recent raffle! Please take a moment to peruse Ag-Cat’s gallery: Ag-Cat @ dA

All prizes from the raffle are now posted on deviantArt – follow the links below to see them:

The next raffle is projected for August/September. Keep your eye out on Twitter, deviantArt, and Facebook for the notifications! I’ll see you in a bit my wonderful, patient blog checkers. Have a great weekend!

 


Other Artist Interviews:

  1. Artist Highlight: Shannon Hogan (Khezix)
  2. Artist Interview: 1tiptip1

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!

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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!! ❤