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Hello, 2016!

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 17, 2016, 1:45 AM
:iconturquoisephoenix:


Well, it seems it turned into 2016 while my back is turned!

And 2016 has already killed two famous people I really, really liked. Is it possible to rewind the year and start anew?

I thought I'd give everyone an update of how life is now that I've moved from my previous residence of five years. So far, it's been fantastic. The area's a lot nicer than what I was used to, everything in the apartment actually works (my old residence's heater and air conditioning were both busted), the water pressure is so much nicer and there's a better feeling of safety compared to the other place.

Also, now I live near a bunch of train tracks and get to hear trains every night. Which sounds annoying but it's actually a pretty cool sound.

There were some minor hiccups, that being said. Like the major issue with mail and how the post office just randomly decided to hold onto Christmas presents for two weeks and how I have yet to receive any of my utility bills through the mail. Thank God for the ability to pay all that stuff online, sheesh. 

I am hoping that by February the whole mail problem will sort itself out. Otherwise I'm considering getting a PO Box just so I could have my stuff actually mailed to me.

But yes, otherwise I am fine. My art seems to be flowing better now that I'm in a new place with some new pieces of furniture and I just feel more...at ease. I won't promise anything but I'm pretty confident I'm going to be more productive at art this year.

Also I'm considering doing a "Best books I read in 2015" journal because I am proud of the fact that I beat my Goodreads goal of 45 books read for the year.

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To Do List

Commissions
-A7XSparx - Comic Panel. PAID! Brainstorming.
-GaiusTheDragon
- Reserved.
-DracoPhobos - Lineart.
-SLOT
-SLOT

Art-Trades
CLOSED


Other To-Do

-Art for the Banjo Partie zine (DUE APRIL 15TH)
-Crash Bandicoot and Spyro art
-Help! I'm A Fish art
-The Spyro 1 Boss Revamp series - 2 out of 5 finished!
-Fake movie screenshots for things

-Original art because I've been slacking hard on drawing my own ideas.

Skin by SimplySilent
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: I'm A Little Yellow Fish
  • Watching: Help! I'm a Fish
  • Playing: Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
  • Eating: leftover candy canes
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper

It's the annual "Which series would you like to see more fanart from me?" poll! Please comment with opinions/characters/etc. 

25%
14 deviants said Crash Bandicoot
24%
13 deviants said Spyro the Dragon
13%
7 deviants said Rareware (Donkey Kong, Conker, Banjo-Kazooie)
11%
6 deviants said The Legend of Zelda
9%
5 deviants said Darkwing Duck/Disney Afternoon shows
9%
5 deviants said Disney (like Wreck-it Ralph or other movies)
5%
3 deviants said Other Nintendo like Super Mario Bros. or Kirby
2%
1 deviant said LittleBigPlanet
2%
1 deviant said Other (PLEASE comment if you pick this one!)
0%
No deviants said Neopets

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Turquoisephoenix
I'm a bird of some sort
Artist | Student | Film & Animation
United States
Currently getting a BFA in Animation.


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:iconmobiusrules1:
MobiusRules1 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Oh, TP. Do you use your PS3 regularly?
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Turquoisephoenix Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Filmographer
I haven't been using it recently because it's currently got the yellow light. Once I fix it, I should be using it regularly.
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Chopfe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! :D I love your style!
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student General Artist
AaAah I just love your style! It's like the perfect balance of cartoony and believable shading and rendering 
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MightyRaptor Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hollaaaaaa!!!
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DragonObrutTabor Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Student Filmographer
Hi your Art is amazing
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mastergray Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello! thanks a lot for the fav!! means heaps! :iconcryforeverplz:
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What-if-Writer Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
Hey Turquoisephoenix, I've been wondering - as someone who's really good with drawing cartoon/game/movie kind of drawings, how did you improve? Like, just by practice or did you have lessons?
Just asking X) 
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Turquoisephoenix Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student Filmographer
Well, I got a BFA in animation so yeah, it was 50% practice and 50% college courses (there is a huge jump in quality in my art in the last year of college even), but I still have several ways can help you improve!

1. Good old-fashioned practice is one, of course. Just keep drawing, you're only going to get better. Try not to draw too much of the same thing, but also don't be frightened to draw what you love. Get critiques, seek improvement, figure out what is and what isn't working in your artwork.

2. Gather a bunch of artists you like (be it professional artists or just someone you see on tumblr or deviantart or whatever) and study them, see what works in their artwork and what doesn't. Don't copy them, but reference is always a good thing to see just how you too can improve. I have a whole bookmarks folder of artists I admire just so I can get like lineart, shading, or color inspiration. Just don't try to ape someone too much because you could end up losing your own voice.

3. Taking art classes really helped me, but especially life drawing (anatomy is always important; always) , basic animation, character design, watercolor, and color theory courses. I took these as college courses so I'm not sure how much of this is a help. Maybe finding some online courses could work?

4. I love cartoons so I watch a lot of cartoons. The best of the best cartoons have the most fluid animation and seeing how they bend the rules of anatomy. Again, you have to know how to do anatomy before you break the rules.

Hope this helps! If you need any more tips, feel free to ask.
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What-if-Writer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
Thanks ^^ I tried some recent Art classes, but they didn't turn out so well. I was paying good money to go in and paint things I could have done at home - the advert said we'd be learning anatomy, figure drawing, ect, but really I could have done what we were doing at home without paying. So legitimate college courses may be the answer.
I'll keep practicing, and thanks ^^' I improved a lot through practice but lately it seems I've gotten stuck in a rut. 
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