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Commission for Felicia #3 by FadedDreams5
Commission for Felicia #3
Third commission for Felicia, who has been so awesome to buy some of my art.  This one was more difficult since I don't typically draw older people, but it was a good challenge.
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...ugh, the last few weeks of this semester have been killing me.  I admit, most of that is sort of my fault.  There are a million and one things I would rather be doing than homework, so I kind of caved in and started doing some of those things and procrastinated my homework.  Probably not a good idea, but I seriously need a break.  I will be so happy when this is all over.  Just a few more days.  Tomorrow I have my sociology final, which I'm feeling pretty confident about.  I decided not to take my biology final since I ended up with an A in the class and that's all I really care about.  He said we didn't have to take it if we didn't want to.  Yesterday I finished the last assignment for my jazz appreciation class and took that final.  The final assignment was about ten times harder than the actual test, and I basically just BSed my way through it because I am so beyond caring about jazz music right now. This morning I saw that my instructor had posted a grade for that assignment on blackboard and somehow I ended up with a really good score on it.  And he left a comment that was like "This is very impressive!  These are some of the best answers I've ever seen on this assignment." :confused:  Whatever. I ended up with an A in that class too, so I'm happy with that.  The only reason I'm so concerned with getting high grades at this point is because I recently found out I can qualify for the Dean's scholarship at Utah State if I bring my GPA up to a 3.8.  I'm sitting at a 3.6 right now but we haven't had grades posted for this semester yet.  Basically, it would just mean that all of my tuition would be paid, and that would be pretty awesome.  Then I could just use my financial aid to pay for books and childcare since I'm not going to have my mother in law around to watch the girls anymore.

The only class I'm really concerned about right now is my English class, which is a little ironic, because when the semester started I thought that would be my easiest class.  I've always been able to write papers pretty well, and that's pretty much what our entire grade was in this class.  We had three papers, and I did pretty well on the first two but this last one is kicking my butt.  I talked to my professor about it, and he helped me out, and then an old friend from high school kind of helped me brainstorm ideas.  So when I turned in my second draft, I was feeling pretty good about it.  Then he sends it back with a list of stuff I'm supposed to fix, and it's ten different things.  And not just typo things, but like content things that pretty much would require me to rework my entire essay. I fixed the easiest parts first, and the ones I felt were actually really valid points.  There are like three things left on the list that I'm debating whether or not I want to deal with.  It would basically require me to do hours and hours of further research, and my references page is pushing 4 pages already, which I think is a little insane. Part of me knows it's obviously pretty important to listen to his feedback, and the other part of me just really doesn't care anymore.  The apathy kind of sucks, because this paper is 40% of our grade and I figure I need at least an 85% on it to keep my A in the class.

Anyways, enough about school.  Today I went out and finished all of my Christmas shopping.  I'm waiting on one more package to arrive from Amazon, but it should be here tomorrow (and it's a gift for myself anyways, so it's not as exciting).  I was going to try and make some little slipper things for Lexi but we'll see how that goes since I usually get frustrated with sewing about 2.5 seconds into it. And I still have to make a few last costumes for Piper's dress-up closet thing, but I have all the stuff now so it shouldn't take too long. I was just going to convert an old dresser or entertainment center or something to make it, because that's what all the examples I saw on pinterest did, but then Alex was at the thrift store with me looking for something one day and decided he wanted to just build it instead.  Like he ever has time for that with all the hours he works. :P  He said it would be done this weekend so I have time to paint it, so I sincerely hope that happens because I picked up a bunch of shifts at work and only have so many hours of spare time.  I did keep my Christmas and Christmas eve off though.  Alex has those days off too, and I think this is the first year since we got married that we are both off work on Christmas.  We are going to go down to my parent's house in Utah, and I think my oldest brother and his wife are going as well.  They did Thanksgiving with her family and they have some kind of rotation thing going on.  Christmas is also one of the two days out of the year when LDS missionaries can call home to their families (they always get to email and write letters but it's not quite the same).  That means we'll get to Skype with my two little brothers who are on missions.  I'm super excited because the older one has been gone a year and a half and I've always been working when he's called.  He's in Ghana, and I wasn't sure how up-to-date the technology was there, but he said he will be Skyping us so that's pretty awesome.  Lexi was born after he left so it will be fun for him to get to see her.  And then the other brother is the one I've always been closest to and had more in common with, and I miss him a lot, so I'm really excited to talk to him, too.

I got my Secret Santa assignment for :iconsecretsantaproject: a few weeks ago, and I am super excited about it.  I've been working on another commission so I just barely started the Secret Santa art last night.  I've also been trying to get some more writing done.  I actually reached a point where I don't have to rewrite everything and it's just rearranging stuff and fixing sentence structure and so on, so that's awesome.  It probably won't last long though.  It seems like everything needs to be rewritten.  That's probably good, though.  And then, I randomly decided a few nights ago at work that I miss beta-reading, so I found a beta-readers group on Goodreads and picked up someone's YA dystopian/sci-fi thing to read.  That will be good because I can probably do a lot of it at work while my residents are sleeping.  It's not like I have anything else to do at work.  There were several books I wanted to buy and start reading (including theant4's Nexus and GSJennsen's Vertigo and a few things by Neil Gaiman) but Christmas kind of wiped me out so that will have to wait a while.  That's another benefit of beta-reading: it's free! :)
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
  • Eating: Pizza
Successor by FadedDreams5
Successor

The young man approached them at a brisk pace. “He's huge,” Aubreigh whispered. She sounded almost scared.

Zira smiled; she'd had the exact same reaction the first time she saw Jared. His hardened expression would have been unnerving on any man, but Jared's size and obvious strength only made him that much more intimidating. He was well over six feet tall, with a broad, muscular build and dark brown skin. He carried himself with strength and confidence, commanding respect wherever he went. He had a reputation for being unit E2s best operative, and it was already speculated that if anything ever happened to the Chairman, Jared would be the one to take over command of the unit.

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^^Introduction to Jared that may or may not be drastically altered with the next round of revisions.^^

Anyways, this guy deserves more art than he has....which could probably be said of all of my characters since I don't draw them very often, but Jared is my favorite.  And I finally found a decent face reference for him, so of course I had to do something based off that.  I got a little lazy with the clothes. I colored them right after I did all his hair (super easy---also super tedious and time consuming) so I guess I was just ready to be done.  Also I didn't even know what I wanted him to wear so it was just...meh.  It's not perfect and it's not exactly how I've always pictured him.  But it's significantly closer than anything else I've ever drawn of him, so that makes me happy.

Reference: www.imdb.com/media/rm417449472…

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I just got back from Thanksgiving dinner at my grandma's house today.  I know, I know--a few days late.  But I think almost everyone over the age of 18 on that side of my family work in jobs where you don't get to take the day off just because it's a holiday, so we almost never do Thanksgiving on the actual day.  It was delicious.  My grandma is an amazing cook.  I'm sure everyone says this about their own grandmothers, but seriously, mine is the best.  It was awesome to see everyone.  It seems like there were a ton of little kids there this year.  Piper had plenty of kids to run around and play with and is now thoroughly exhausted and passed out on the couch, and there are a few of my cousin's kids who are close to Lexi's age, so we just plopped all the babies down in the middle of the living room floor after eating and were thoroughly entertained by them.  We also decided to draw names (like Secret Santa) for Christmas in my "immediate" family this year (by that I mean my parents and brothers and Me, Alex, and the girls).  We got my oldest brother and his wife, which is kind of tricky because I don't really know what to get my sister in law.  We may just be lame and get them a gift card for dinner and a movie out or something, but that's not very creative so I don't know.  We'll see.

On Wednesday, my husband was kind enough to watch the girls for a few hours so I could go see Mockingjay. I would have much rather gone with him, but since we didn't have a babysitter that night and he's almost never off work that early, we probably wouldn't have been able to go until next week or even the week after, so he just told me to go see it. IT WAS SO GOOD!

***spoilers beyond this point***

If you haven't figured it out by now, you should know that I'm pretty critical of movies.  Especially movies that are based on some of my favorite books.  The Hunger Games is one of my favorite series and of all three books, Mockingjay was by far my favorite.  Probably not a very popular opinion--I understand that a lot of people didn't really like it as much as the first two.  But I loved it.  So at first I was a little skeptical of them splitting it into two movies.  That seems to be a trend with popular series and it's just a money-making scheme, in my opinion.  So I was very pleasantly surprised when I ended up loving the movie. It's been a while since I read the book, but as far as I could tell, they included pretty much everything important and then some, and I could understand the changes that they made.  Like Effie.  Having her there made a lot of sense, since they didn't really establish Octavia, Flavius, and Venia in the other films. And let's face it, Elizabeth Banks' portrayal of her character is amazing and I love her.

As for all the scenes they incorporated with the rebellion and President Snow and Coin and so on--I didn't see any problem with that.  In fact I thoroughly enjoyed them and I think it added a lot of depth to the movie and the story.  The books are great and it works in the books to be shut inside Katniss' head all the time.  I think that would have been pretty much impossible to pull off on screen believably, so I've appreciated how the filmmakers have incorporated some background story and setting elements throughout the films so far.  It just seems to get better and better every time.  The scenes with the rebels were amazing, and I loved how they were so often juxtaposed with Katniss' promos to show how she was having an effect on people and inspiring them to fight back.  I was so caught up in it that I actually found myself feeling pretty devastated as the peacekeepers mowed down so many of the rebels with their machine guns.

I desperately want to watch it again. It was so good and I feel like there was so much that I might have missed or just not appreciated fully and I want to see it again.  Maybe I can catch a matinee some weekend or something. Honestly, though, I think I may have liked it even better than the book.  I sincerely hope that part 2 is just as good.  See, Peter Jackson? That's how you split a movie do the book justice.  You enhance the material without completely straying off course and turning a 300 page book into 3 ridiculously long movies, adding a bunch of crap, and still failing to include some of the best parts from the book.  (Yes. I am bitter.  I waited YEARS for The Hobbit movies and he...just....T_T )

***end spoilers***

I've been reading the Harry Potter books again this month along with some other stuff, but then I kind of got to Order of the Phoenix (which is where things start to get a lot more interesting) and pretty much dropped everything else I'm supposed to do to finish the series.  I finished Half-Blood Prince in two days, mostly because I was stuck in a room watching someone sleep at work last night and used most of that time to read.  So I'm almost done with that.  I admit all this reading has kind of been distracting me from my homework.  It's easier to just read a book than it is to sit in front of my computer trying to write a stupid research essay and then freak out about it because it's 40% of my grade, meaning I have to get an 85% on it just to barely scrape an A in the class.  I wouldn't care so much as long as I passed, but as I have mentioned before, I seriously need scholarships if I want to continue being able to afford this school thing.

Writing my story has been pretty slow.  I tweaked Seth's role in the first book a little bit at the suggestion of a couple beta-readers who, rightly so, observed that he was kind of a pointless character.  So he's more important now but that changes a whole bunch of other scenes in this first 1/3 of the story, and when you take into account the disaster that Jared and Zira's romantic subplot is in that first portion of the story, I am basically rewriting everything from almost-scratch.  It's tedious, but I'm actually kind of enjoying it because I can already sense the improvement.  Especially with Jared and Zira.  Their relationship feels a lot more natural now when before...ugh, reading over the original draft just makes me want to gouge my eyeballs out.  Speaking of Jared, I had a pretty amazing breakthrough last week and miraculously managed to find a decent reference for him.  I know this does not matter at all to the actual writing, but I've always taken great pleasure in finding people who look like my characters.  Not necessarily so I can draw them (though that is fun too) but just...I don't know.  Just because, I guess.  It's this guy . He's a little too old and Jared doesn't have facial hair, but it totally works.  I was so excited about it that I actually started working on a portrait of Jared, and it's probably not going to be perfect but it should be a lot better than the art I've done of him in the past, which was all out of my head and therefore sucked. I just have a super hard time working without a reference.

I promised Piper I would help her put up the Christmas tree tomorrow morning before work, but my house is a mess.  I should probably go clean up a little before the mess just gets buried in Christmas Stuff.
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: "Hands in the Sky" by Straylight Run
  • Reading: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
  • Eating: Leftover Turkey
...ugh, the last few weeks of this semester have been killing me.  I admit, most of that is sort of my fault.  There are a million and one things I would rather be doing than homework, so I kind of caved in and started doing some of those things and procrastinated my homework.  Probably not a good idea, but I seriously need a break.  I will be so happy when this is all over.  Just a few more days.  Tomorrow I have my sociology final, which I'm feeling pretty confident about.  I decided not to take my biology final since I ended up with an A in the class and that's all I really care about.  He said we didn't have to take it if we didn't want to.  Yesterday I finished the last assignment for my jazz appreciation class and took that final.  The final assignment was about ten times harder than the actual test, and I basically just BSed my way through it because I am so beyond caring about jazz music right now. This morning I saw that my instructor had posted a grade for that assignment on blackboard and somehow I ended up with a really good score on it.  And he left a comment that was like "This is very impressive!  These are some of the best answers I've ever seen on this assignment." :confused:  Whatever. I ended up with an A in that class too, so I'm happy with that.  The only reason I'm so concerned with getting high grades at this point is because I recently found out I can qualify for the Dean's scholarship at Utah State if I bring my GPA up to a 3.8.  I'm sitting at a 3.6 right now but we haven't had grades posted for this semester yet.  Basically, it would just mean that all of my tuition would be paid, and that would be pretty awesome.  Then I could just use my financial aid to pay for books and childcare since I'm not going to have my mother in law around to watch the girls anymore.

The only class I'm really concerned about right now is my English class, which is a little ironic, because when the semester started I thought that would be my easiest class.  I've always been able to write papers pretty well, and that's pretty much what our entire grade was in this class.  We had three papers, and I did pretty well on the first two but this last one is kicking my butt.  I talked to my professor about it, and he helped me out, and then an old friend from high school kind of helped me brainstorm ideas.  So when I turned in my second draft, I was feeling pretty good about it.  Then he sends it back with a list of stuff I'm supposed to fix, and it's ten different things.  And not just typo things, but like content things that pretty much would require me to rework my entire essay. I fixed the easiest parts first, and the ones I felt were actually really valid points.  There are like three things left on the list that I'm debating whether or not I want to deal with.  It would basically require me to do hours and hours of further research, and my references page is pushing 4 pages already, which I think is a little insane. Part of me knows it's obviously pretty important to listen to his feedback, and the other part of me just really doesn't care anymore.  The apathy kind of sucks, because this paper is 40% of our grade and I figure I need at least an 85% on it to keep my A in the class.

Anyways, enough about school.  Today I went out and finished all of my Christmas shopping.  I'm waiting on one more package to arrive from Amazon, but it should be here tomorrow (and it's a gift for myself anyways, so it's not as exciting).  I was going to try and make some little slipper things for Lexi but we'll see how that goes since I usually get frustrated with sewing about 2.5 seconds into it. And I still have to make a few last costumes for Piper's dress-up closet thing, but I have all the stuff now so it shouldn't take too long. I was just going to convert an old dresser or entertainment center or something to make it, because that's what all the examples I saw on pinterest did, but then Alex was at the thrift store with me looking for something one day and decided he wanted to just build it instead.  Like he ever has time for that with all the hours he works. :P  He said it would be done this weekend so I have time to paint it, so I sincerely hope that happens because I picked up a bunch of shifts at work and only have so many hours of spare time.  I did keep my Christmas and Christmas eve off though.  Alex has those days off too, and I think this is the first year since we got married that we are both off work on Christmas.  We are going to go down to my parent's house in Utah, and I think my oldest brother and his wife are going as well.  They did Thanksgiving with her family and they have some kind of rotation thing going on.  Christmas is also one of the two days out of the year when LDS missionaries can call home to their families (they always get to email and write letters but it's not quite the same).  That means we'll get to Skype with my two little brothers who are on missions.  I'm super excited because the older one has been gone a year and a half and I've always been working when he's called.  He's in Ghana, and I wasn't sure how up-to-date the technology was there, but he said he will be Skyping us so that's pretty awesome.  Lexi was born after he left so it will be fun for him to get to see her.  And then the other brother is the one I've always been closest to and had more in common with, and I miss him a lot, so I'm really excited to talk to him, too.

I got my Secret Santa assignment for :iconsecretsantaproject: a few weeks ago, and I am super excited about it.  I've been working on another commission so I just barely started the Secret Santa art last night.  I've also been trying to get some more writing done.  I actually reached a point where I don't have to rewrite everything and it's just rearranging stuff and fixing sentence structure and so on, so that's awesome.  It probably won't last long though.  It seems like everything needs to be rewritten.  That's probably good, though.  And then, I randomly decided a few nights ago at work that I miss beta-reading, so I found a beta-readers group on Goodreads and picked up someone's YA dystopian/sci-fi thing to read.  That will be good because I can probably do a lot of it at work while my residents are sleeping.  It's not like I have anything else to do at work.  There were several books I wanted to buy and start reading (including theant4's Nexus and GSJennsen's Vertigo and a few things by Neil Gaiman) but Christmas kind of wiped me out so that will have to wait a while.  That's another benefit of beta-reading: it's free! :)
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
  • Eating: Pizza

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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for joining my Secret-Santa-2014 group and featuring your journal! :hug:

It would always be good to submit your Secret Santa wishlist too as a favour!
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FadedDreams5 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, will do as soon as I get it made.  Thanks for all the faves
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds fair enough.

Sorry for not responding sooner or enough, but my network connection is becoming increasingly unreliable recently. :(

Your entire gallery is wonderful! I'll be looking through your older stuff on your page, btw. :hug:
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SabiNoir Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Thanks for the fav! Meow :3 
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Arkiniano Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Nice gallery! and thanks a lot for all the support ;)
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