I just completed my first day as an official employee of the public library. I am so happy to be working here. I have been wanting to work for the library for a long time and now I finally am. Wish me luck!
It was me! I did it, or rather I didn't do it.
I spent most of the summer interning at the Public Library. It was the most amazing work, and I even got to co-plan a children's program related to Pokemon Go! Well once school started up again I went back to my job as a preschool teacher's assistant and after school teacher. I do love working with kids, but my ideal job is to work in a public library (also with kids). Anyway. School has been in session for 2 months now, and guess who just accepted a job at the library???? Me! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!! I start in 2 weeks and I am so happy.
In other news I updated Conquer Artist Alley: Don't Just Survive, with a fun post on shrink plastic. If you have never used the stuff it is so freakin' fun.
This was my first Game Jam ever, and I was so excited and worried about being a first timer. However it was awesome. I met so many interesting and talented people. There were developers, artists, musicians, and animators.
The theme for this jam was "Ritual". While we were having pizza and discussing the theme, I pitched an idea to the people I was sitting with most of whom I had just met. They liked the idea, and we decided to form a team. I had not expected that anyone would be interested in my ideas, or be so willing to work with me, since this was my first game jam. We ended up with several more people joining our team. Unfortunately things started going a little downhill from there when one person on the team immediately took over the entire project and behaved unprofessionally. However we stuck with it and finished the game.
I feel that even though a lot of things happened that were extremely stressful, my personal expectations for the event were met. Which were to meet people, and complete a game.
However, now I know what not to do at the next game jam, and I know who I like working with, and who I won't work with. I also learned that having a large team does not mean you will accomplish more in a short period of time. In fact it can really make it difficult to accomplish anything.
These are the assets I made for our game Chromasia.
I was surprised to hear about the complaints over the Guild Wars 2 expansion Hear of Thorns. The complaints seem to be directed at the idea that Arena.net is giving the core game to new players for free. I understand why some players may feel that this is unfair to veteran players, but I would like to point out a few big reasons why Veterans should continue supporting Guild Wars2, one really big reason why the core game should be free for new players.
As many of you know, Guild Wars 2 is an intensely detailed MMO that does not earn its money as a monthly subscription like many MMO's of its caliber. Most MMO's that also have an enormous open world and continually update it with new events cost $40 - $60 for the core game and have a monthly subscription fee of $15 or more. As serious gamers we understand that the monthly subscription cost fuels the continual updates, paying programmers and artists a livable wage, and pays for servers and all the fees that come with running an MMO. When you subscribe to World of Warcraft, paying that $15 a month subscription adds up to about $180 a year. If you consider that to be a very small portion of one pay check each year to support a game you love, it is easy to justify the expense.
So why are people complaining that Arena.net is not serving the best interest of the fans and veterans of Guild Wars 2? If you think about the cost, in the past 2 years we have been able to play an amazing MMO with huge world events and content updates for the past 2 years for a minimal cost of $50. If you were play WoW for the past 2 years you would have paid $360 in subscription fees alone. It makes me wonder how Arena.net is able to feed their artists and programmers who create so much content each year.
The main complaint seems to be that new players are getting way more for their money than veteran players. I disagree, sure they now get access to the entire world of Guild Wars 2, while paying for the Heart of Thorns expansion to the Magguma Jungle. But, the new players have missed out on the LIving World for the past 2 years. They never got to see the glory of Lions Arch, or uncover the plot against Queen Jenna, or help refugees when their homes were overrun. There are so many things that we with our $50 were able to experience, that they missed out on. Super Toy Box anyone? They have to start in as a new player at level 1 and catch up to the rest of us who already at level 80.
I am choosing to support the new expansion and support Guild Wars, because they more than deserve my support. Guild Wars 2 has given me a game experience that is worth more than the money I have put into it and I want Guild Wars 2 to be around for a long time. By paying for the expansion I am not just supporting some faceless company, I am supporting the talented individuals who worked so hard to create a compelling world.
A lot has been happening lately. I moved to Ohio, then flew to Texas to help my aunt also move. I got my old job back working at a preschool. When I accepted the job my boss actually said it was the best news she'd had. It made me really happy. My cats have been pretty chill throughout the moving process. I do miss the friends I made in North Carolina, the art group and their positive influence on my life. I also miss my sisters and my many nephews and nieces. It was fun to live close to them, and be a part of their lives.
Since moving I have done only a few sketches. I also made a few card shadow boxes using Pokemon and Magic cards. My friend Jon got me interested in them. It was interesting to figure out how best to make them and took some trial and error.
I was also trying to create an interesting character to use in a short story I'd like to illustrate. I decided that it would be easiest for me to draw animal characters than humans. I think this design is fun to draw and fun to look at. It needs more work, and may change drastically. But I'm happy with how it turned out.
Death card WIP. I did not want to make the typical skeletal reaper, so I drew this instead. I need to work on the composition a bit, but this is the basic concept. Death has turned away from the dead tree toward the sapling. The Death card is supposed to symbolize change. One thing has ended and something else is beginning. I'd like to make her cloak black, and her dress fade from black to blue like a blue morpho butterfly.
The Poison Cage Tarot deck is so inspiring. I love how it integrates so much symbolic imagery with color and form to set the tone of the card. I did some research, and there are apparently thousands of tarot decks out there, with all sorts of themes, like: steampunk, vampires, cats, rabbits, etc. One of the cutest I saw was the DNAxCat major arcana deck from Taiwan. It has adorable chibi cats representing the characters.
All of this diversity got me to thinking what kind of visual theme I would choose if I were making a tarot deck. My theme would be people wearing animal masks. I honestly think that making a whole deck is too ambitious for me to finish, but my goal is to make one card. So I started sketching out The Fool. Here is his face.
I want to keep to the usual imagery of him about to walk off a cliff, because he is unaware of the danger he is in. In my mind, the fool is naive, and ignorant, because he has not experienced the hardships of life. He is optimistic and without fear, because he doesn't know that he should be afraid, not because he is brave. Even though the fool is about to walk into danger, I feel like he would not be harmed. I wonder if there is some way to symbolize this?
The 2nd deck came today!
This is a Tarot deck of the major arcana created by Rann Poison Cage. Now I have both sets, and they are so pretty!
Oooh, and I dressed up today. Since I can't really wear this to work, Saturday is my 'dress up' day... but more often than not it is my pajama day. I love this vest, and I really like how it looks with the red shirt. You can find some of the coolest clothes at thrift stores.
I just got these two packages in the mail, and you just have to see the lovely art. I love both of these artists so much.
This is a collection of 12 postcards by Hannah Alexander. She designed Art Nouveau dresses for Disney heroines. They all look so beautiful, its hard to pick a favorite. Could you imagine if someone created these gowns to wear. They would be stunning.
My other package contained this deck of Tarot cards designed by Rann Poison Cage. This is the minor arcana deck, but the major arcana will be arriving in my mail box soon. These cards are even more beautiful in person. The colors are so vibrant. Each card has a detailed painting filled with imagery related to the meaning of the card. There are 56 minor arcana cards, 4 cards listing the meanings of each card, and 1 special thank you card.
Also, these cards are much larger than standard playing cards. You can compare them in the image below.
A few months ago, a lot of artists on Tumblr celebrated Witchsona week, by designing a witch character to represent themselves. I designed Ophelia and her familiar Sybil; a black cat with wings. I like doing design challenges like this, because they are a lot of fun. I thought it would be a one time thing....
... however, its seems she has rooted herself in my brain. I find myself drawing her in doodles, and trying out different styles using her as the model.
I really didn't know I would like her so much. Purple isn't even one of my favorite colors... but I can't stop drawing her.
In fact my profile page on Deviantart is all art of Ophelia. Its weird how characters can take on a life of their own and sweep you away with them. Because I enjoyed drawing her so much I thought hey, she needs a friend...
...and while I'm at it, I might as well write a back story... and create a magical world for them to live in.
You can see more art of Ophelia and find out what kind of magic she does ----> HERE<----