Thinking about doing “kawaii” versions of things that aren’t usually “kawaii.” I think things are cute that aren’t really cute. And not just like “OMG THAT DOG IS SO UGLY IT’S CUTE” - like they designed these things to be weird or disturbing and not cute..
REQUEST SOMETHING THAT’S NOT CUTE AND I’LL MAKE IT CUTE.
I realize original sources getting lost amidst lots of reblogging can be an issue on Tumblr, but I can’t seem to reblog people’s reblogs and keep their comment/response. :\ Their text gets removed, so all I have left is the content of whatever they reblogged.
Sometimes I want to build on something someone else said!
Anyone know why this happens/how to prevent it?
(EDIT in response to Neekko: I’ve tried reblogging from the Dashboard and from the user’s page. Only SOME users don’t get reblogged also - so weird. I don’t see a “don’t let me be reblogged” toggle or anything in the settings or I wouldn’t even question it. )
On top of my weird double click issues in Illustrator (CS5 + CS6), I’m also having problems in Photoshop CS6 (and not just with double clicking the layers, which was a problem in CS5 as well.)
Photoshop CS6 will randomly go unresponsive for a few seconds when I switch to the brush tool using my Wacom pen (haven’t noticed that it happens any other time.) I’m also now having extremely bad double click issues on the CS6 toolbars - Every tool opens its little dropdown menu! I have to click off of it every time I select a new tool. I know I could use shortcuts but that doesn’t change the fact that this is a problem. :|
What’s weird about my double click problems is that they seem exacerbated by the Adobe Creative Suite. I don’t really get any desktop double click problems, nor do I have them as bad in other programs. I’m totally at a loss here after having installed and reinstalled the driver software, as well as removed the preferences. :C
I added Mouths t-shirts to my RedBubble! Big thanks to Neekko for the suggestion! Due to the limitations of the CMYK palette and my not wanting to halftone, I couldn’t get their original yellow teeth to look acceptable, so I just made them brush their teeth.
Also, please note that the shirts are not available on their original artwork color backgrounds - I had to work with what colors RedBubble has available. Luckily, there was a color that worked with each mouth. :3
Derp. Reblogging myself for people who aren’t following my regular newsfeed.
I’ve probably posted about this before but it keeps coming up! And I still haven’t found an answer! I’ve tried the Wacom forums and everything.
I know I can’t be the only one having this problem because it’s definitely drivers-related. My Wacom Intuos4 will double click when single clicking, all the time. I have to hold the click down longer to prevent it (which doesn’t always work.) This is super frustrating when trying to create path nodes in Illustrator (immediate add/delete :|) as well as when working with any layers (on/off/on >C).
I’ve tried reinstalling the drivers/cleaning out prefs, etc. a ton of times. I tried adjusting the double-click speed, too - and when I dual-booted, I didn’t seem to be having the problem in Windows (or it’s so rare I don’t even notice it, and that can be attributed to software or user error). The problem seems to get really bad right around the time the next driver update comes out. Then the new driver fixes it for awhile (I KNOW, WHAT THE FRAK!?) So it’s an infuriating problem, and you can see why I think it’s related to the drivers.
Just looking for a “Me too” if not a solution. :|
Running 10.6.8 on an Intel iMac. Was using the 6.2.0 drivers for the Wacom Intuos4 but currently upgrading to 6.3.1 - maybe this will fix it forever? EDIT: Instead of fixing it for awhile, this driver did nothing. :C
You can tell I’m out of school and have lots of time to think because I’ve been posting more text and unrelated stuff on my Tumblr. Anyway, this one is sorta career-related.
I’m kind of annoyed. When I had my senior show, I had a ton of people asking if I was selling prints of my Constellation series. I told them they would be available online after the show and that my website would lead you there. My website is on my business card, as is my email. I was out 50+ business cards by the end of the show.
And yet, I have not had a single sale. No noticeable rise in website hits either. No nothing.
I try to make my work accessible and easy to remember. But all of my attempts at word-of-mouth advertising haven’t been that successful, except for when my professors recommend me to someone for a freelance gig. And I had nothing to do with that. I wouldn’t dare to expect my hits or my sales to shoot through the roof or anything, but I thought surely about a third of those people would at least visit the website or find me on Facebook or SOMETHING. But nope, nothing. I haven’t gotten a lot of direct traffic (I use GoSquared’s web analytics - awesome.) In fact, most of my traffic is STILL coming from a forum post I made over 6 months ago. I won’t go into digital “advertising” here suffice to say that just being part of an online community can get you a lot of attention if you’re consistent.
I question the usefulness of paper advertising as well. It doesn’t seem cost-effective to send out 100+ mailers with at least $2-5 worth of stuff inside, plus whatever the postage and envelope cost, and pray that you get even ONE positive response back. Is that really the best we can do, short of physically going to a place and knocking the door down?
Maybe I’m just feeling that I’m in the wrong industry again - but something seems off about the way artists/illustrators are generally expected to advertise or get jobs. Sometimes it just feels like you have to roll the dice and get lucky.
I don’t like that the female Pandaren has that “Swedish” (totally Japanese) dance. Here’s a side by side with Caramelldansen if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
Pandas are Chinese. I feel like it’s a little disrespectful to give them a “Japanese” dance. And it only further confuses dumb Americans. Additionally, I don’t really understand why people feel that it’s cool (or even okay) to give their Pandaren Japanese names just because they’re both “Asian things”. Are people really that dumb? I know tons of people give shitty weeaboo Japanese names to their non-Japanese-looking characters but this is reaching a level of ethnic ignorance that inspires a bit of rage within me. Especially after all that I’ve learned and loved about Chinese culture. Jokes vs. political correctness is one thing, ignorance is another.
My boyfriend had expected a traditional Chinese dance for the female Pandaren, and was sorely disappointed. I’m not as upset as he is but I think it was an odd, slightly distasteful move. A fan dance would have been awesome.
Magna Cum Laude, too. And I was mentioned in the senior speaker's speech! Kind of bittersweet. I’ll miss my professors (especially Ken and Matt) and seeing my fellow illustrators almost every day. I’m already hurting for my studio space.
I kind of feel like I didn’t get to say goodbye to a lot of people, but my goodbye was at my thesis committee review, I think. I graduated right then, in my mind.
I hope I get a chance to actually do some freakin’ artwork in the next few weeks though. :| I wish real life people would just go away for a little while. I haven’t even gotten to sketch that much for two weeks. I have artwork blue ball or something, lol.
- Shadow of the Colossus (HNNG <3 Eff them controls though, amirite?) - Ratchet and Clank (I don’t know if I could pick one. Crack in Time had an interesting storyline/format and the R.Y.N.O. V, but Up Your Arsenal was really fantastic.) - Pokemon (The GBA remakes + Ruby/Sapphire. The DS feels a little sterile sometimes, and the original GBC releases are frustratingly slow/limited by comparison now. I miss Mystery Gifting with my friends and Pokemon Stadium though.) - Katamari Damacy (+ We Love Katamari. So weird, I had to love it.) - Kingdom Hearts (The first one won my heart, but the sequel fixed all the problems. I know it’s “not cool” to like KH but few games really go there emotionally. “MY FRIENDS ARE MY POWER!” TwT) - Banjo-Tooie (Gods, the first one was a little frustrating, okay? But Banjo-Tooie is a perfect N64 game.) - Journey (Newest one on this list. I feel like some people didn’t really get this game despite the point being the title. It’s beautiful in a lot of ways.) - Lost Odyssey (Don’t play this game with anyone else around because you’re going to cry. Absolutely gorgeous storytelling, graphics, gameplay - it’s just really excellent and you need to spend some time with it.) - Final Fantasy 12 (Underrated as hell. Balthier and Fran are the best duo in the universe. Basch is wtfhavemybabies. I still prefer Balthier, though. Seamless gameplay.) - I can’t think of a last one, to be honest. None of the runner-ups below get to that level with me - the point at which I feel it in my heart. /lame
Runner-Ups: Okami, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Musashi: Samurai Legend, Legend of Dragoon, Chrono Trigger,Spyro: Year of the Dragon, Sly Cooper
The reason you haven’t seen any sketches for awhile is because I’m graduating in like less than a week. I had a senior show two weeks ago, and then I had to get my studio cleaned out and drink way too much. (lol…huu) And I graduate on Saturday! omgwhatdidijustsay
On a more personal note, I’ve just been trying to chill out and get through these last couple weeks without my head exploding! So I haven’t been doing a lot of personal work. Most people don’t know what I had to do to get here, and I deserve a break. So I’ma tell you real quick (the abridged version, lol.)
I don’t talk about it much, but my mom had a major stroke in October. She was in Syracuse visiting my brother when it happened so we’ve been flying and driving up to Syracuse and back a lot for the past 6 months (a 9.5 hour trip by car, $600 plane tickets, and it ruined my sister’s car.) We had a couple very scary moments, let me tell you. But she’s finally home now, and she is doing so much better than they thought she’d be doing, like it’s really incredible. But she’s lost almost all movement in her left arm (and about 50% in her leg) and she’s a flute player and music teacher so it’s been hard for her. She’s not a hassle for me but I do have to help make sure someone is handling her and my stepdad’s needs whether they’re at home or going to one of my events, and so on. And my stepdad’s care of my mom has been a source of conflict for our family because we have ideas, and he has different ideas and it’s always a struggle with him. It’s been a nightmare, IMO. I could go on forever about the implications of my mom’s stroke within my family. She’s a wonderful person who helps a lot of kids and actually changes people’s lives and she didn’t deserve this.
And I’m not even going to go into what my home life has been like, suffice to say that I’m surprised I got ANY WORK DONE this semester. My home has not been much of a refuge for me.
ProTip: Don’t live in a <580 sq. foot apartment with anyone else, ever.
Anyway, I made it through all that! And I’m graduating! I am proof that you can get through it, whatever it is. I’m posting this so that you know that, especially for my friends who haven’t graduated yet/are having problems. YOU CAN DO EET. And if you need real help, I will help you, for my mom, for all the times that I needed help and didn’t get it, and for the fantastic person (and probably artist, if you’re reading this) that you are.
It’s kinda scary that some of the cool kids I’ve met online actually live in this area. We need to hang out more, guys.
Honestly when I started college and had to stop being an Internet junkie all day every day, I never thought I’d have internet friends again. But here I am with friends on both ends of the continental US. And all artists of some kind, I think. I feel like I would want to hang out with them and they wouldn’t want to hang out with me, lol. I’M NOT COOL.
(On a related note, I did just meet one of my local internet friends in person finally! LOL he lives 10-15 30 minutes away and we’ve been internet friends for over 8 months.)