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Commission for Felicia #2 by FadedDreams5
Commission for Felicia #2
The lovely gal who ordered the couple commission from me a couple weeks ago liked it so much, she decided to order this one for a friend of hers. ^_^ I had fun with this one.  I don't draw kids very often (despite promising myself I'd do a portrait Piper every year when she was a baby--that never happened). Anyways, I tried a new sort of technique with the hair.  I like the concept of doing it this way a lot better than the random "I have no clue what I'm doing" method I used before, but I think I need a lot more practice. 
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Here is my wishlist for Secret Santa over at :iconsecretsantaproject: I love seeing my characters in all different styles, so I'm sure whatever and whoever you decide to draw, I will love it. Pick anyone you want, and please don't be intimidated by the long descriptions.  I've included them because as an artist, I like having lots of information when I draw other people's OCs, but I know a lot of people just prefer image references and no text. I've included both for people who want more detailed information, but you don't have to read it all if you don't want to. :)

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1. Tripp

References: i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j… <---art by Katurn of gaiaonline.  You can also use the actor Paul Bettany as a reference if you want.
Age: 35 
Eyes: hazel, more green than brown
Hair: blonde, short and messy
Skin: pale
Height: 6' 0"
Body type: thin and wiry
Clothing: Tripp's clothes are generally a little ragged and/or stained/dirty. He doesn't take great pride in his appearance and most of his clothes are things he picks up from second-hand shops and has carried around for years.
Personality: Tripp has a good-natured, very friendly and laid-back personality. He loves practical jokes and making other people laugh. He's also very smart, though you might not guess that by looking at him or just hearing him have a conversation. He's very resourceful. He is a former meth addict.  Drugs were a way for him to escape a lot of the horrible experiences he went through in his early twenties, including the death of his love interest and the murder of his family. He managed to get help and has been clean for over a year when he is introduced in my story. He has a whole new refreshed, positive outlook on life despite his past and a sort of "Carpe diem" mentality.

2.  Zira
Resolve by FadedDreams5WishingTreeCreation by TAngelCinnamon Beautiful Lie by FadedDreams5
Other References: www.pinterest.com/tannihernand… <--pinterest board (for clothing inspiration if you like)
Age: 18
Eyes: light blue
Hair: Very light, almost platinum blonde. Short, choppy a-line style cut with bangs in front
Skin: Pale
Height: 5' 2"
Body type: Zira is small, but very athletic and strong for her size. She has a strong, graceful build, probably similar to a dancer. Small bust, very in-shape but not overly thin
Markings/scars: Zira's right leg is amputated below the knee. The pinterest board above has some possible designs for her prosthetic that you can use as inspiration or reference. 
Clothing: Zira wears clothes that are comfortable and practical, often with a bit of a military look to them, but nothing too over-the-top. She generally wears more subdued colors, but can wear brighter colors in small doses. Just no neon or crazy patterns or anything. She always wears a round blue pendant on a silver chain that is the same color as her eyes around her neck. She usually wears boots or tennis-shoes of some kind.
Personality: Zira was trained as an assassin from a very young age. She is a very introverted person. She doesn't let people get very close to her (with a few exceptions) and is generally mistrustful of people until she gets to know them. She is very arrogant and headstrong.  She can be quick to anger and often very defensive. She generally has a pretty serious "don't-mess-with-me" sort of expression, but will smile and laugh around the right people.

3. Aubreigh
References: Aubreigh (sketch WIP) (<--this isn't finished, and it's really old, and her hair should probably be longer than this) Art by Wongdongdinger @ gaiaonline 
Age: 19
Eyes: hazel
Hair: brown, long, kind of wavy. Feel free to experiment with different hairstyles for her if you like.
Skin: she's white but not super pale. Usually has a bit of a tan
Height: 5' 6"
Body type: Average. Not skinny, not fat. Kind of curvy.
Markings/scars: Some freckles across her cheeks and nose
Clothing: Aubreigh loves clothes and jewelery and shopping and dressing up and looking good. You can put her in pretty much anything that isn't just jeans and a t-shirt, and feel free to experiment with some more dramatic, futuristic styles if you feel so inclined. She always wears a red armband around her left arm.
Personality: Aubreigh is one of those people who never seems to let the little things in life get her down. She's always happy and trying to see the silver lining in a situation. She has a big, friendly smile that cheers everyone up, and she's very compassionate, always looking out for other people and trying to help those in need. In truth, she's a lot braver and stronger than she realizes, because despite all her fears and shortcomings, she stands by her morals and does everything she can to do what she knows is right.

Revolver
Revolver OC by Robertkenneth

References: Revolver by p a n syndrome @ gaiaonline You can also use actor Jaime Bell as a reference
Name: Revolver
Age: 17 (looks a few years older than that, perhaps)
Eyes: Appear brown, but are actually a deep shade of red when you get close
Hair: Also appears brown but has a deep red tint to it
Skin: light
Height: 6' 1"
Body type: lean, athletic. Not a lot of muscle, but he does have some
Markings/scars: none
Clothing: Revolver will wear pretty much anything, as long as it is practical and comfortable. He has no preferences for colors or certain styles, so dress him however you want. Clothing that doesn't quite match would even be appropriate.
Personality: Revolver is a clone, genetically engineered to be superior to human beings in speed, strength, reflexes, intelligence, etc. At first glance, he looks just like another person. If you look closer, though, you'll notice there's something uncanny about him. The way he stands, the way he moves, the coloring of his eyes and hair, and most of all, the completely blank, empty expression on his face. Revolver is completely incapable of feeling emotions.  At times he might find it convenient to show some sort of expression or to fake it, but it generally doesn't come across correctly because he just has no comprehension of emotions.

  • Mood: Content
  • Reading: Starshine by GS Jennsen
  • Playing: "Falling" by The Civil Wars
  • Eating: Fajitas
I may have mentioned this before.  I've probably mentioned this several times, in fact, and I sincerely doubt that this will be the last time you'll hear this from me.  I hate winter. Sure, it's pretty, for those precious few hours in the morning after a full night of snowing, before everyone wakes up and starts driving and turns it all into an ugly, slushy mess.  But it's so freaking COLD! I hate being cold.  Once you're cold, it feels like it takes forever to warm up again.  Unfortunately, I think winter has officially arrived here in southern Idaho. It's been below 20 degrees (Fahrenheit) all week, but with the wind it feels more like -20.  We only got an inch or so of snow, so the roads wouldn't have been too bad.  But then it warmed up a little, everything melted, and then froze again in the night. That, plus the wind, made for some pretty horrible roads. There was a huge crash on the freeway involving multiple semi trucks about 5-10 minutes away early yesterday morning.  This is my first winter in my new car, so it makes me a little nervous driving on the roads because I've been driving nothing but 4-wheel drive pick-up trucks for the last 4 years, so obviously that's a lot different than driving a car in the snow.  So far so good though.  Hopefully it will be a mild winter since I'm going to be driving to Twin Falls a lot for classes and I really don't want to deal with miserable roads every day.

Speaking of next semester, I get to register for classes on Monday.  I looked at the course schedule to kind of try to figure out a game plan and found something that might be a little problematic.  I was advised by Utah State to take two different social work classes that would transfer next year and put me on track to apply for their Social Work program. They don't offer social work classes at the local campus, hence my plan to just drive to the main campus two or three days a week.  One of the classes is fine--there are a few sections I can take so I'm going to try to get in the afternoon one.  The other class, though, is only offered at 8:00 in the morning. There's just no way I can do that.  I've had enough trouble getting to classes here that started at 9:00.  I am not a morning person, and I know 9:00 isn't that early, but I have to wake up and get kids ready and get myself ready and so on.  If it were just me, I might consider it.  But I have to leave the girls with my mother-in-law and she's definitely not a morning person either. Plus I hate to think what the roads will be like at 6:00 in the morning (which is when I'd probably have to leave on snowy days) before the snow plows come through. So that's not happening, which kind of sucks.

Out of curiosity, I just looked at the rest of the social work classes to see if it had maybe been listed under "Upper division work" or something.  But those are literally the only ones they have--a few sections for SOCW201 and one section for SOCW272.  So then I looked at the course schedule for this semester, and it's the same.  The only difference is that my current sociology professor is teaching a SOCW272 class right now, too.  She's a social worker, so that makes sense, and I was thinking how awesome it would have been if I could have taken the 272 class from her in winter.  But she's having a baby (she's already huge--I keep thinking it will be lucky if she makes it til finals week), so I assume she's probably taking next semester off for that.  Anyways, the part that struck me funny about all of that was just that the classes are so limited.  They have a social work program, and when I was still thinking of getting my associate's here, there were a ton of SOCW classes I would have had to take. Like at least 5 or 6.  So how are people in that major ever supposed to get their degrees if they don't even offer the required classes? I don't know--I just thought it was kind of screwed up.  I really shouldn't be surprised.  CSI is great and it works out for a lot of people and it's been good so far, but...to be honest, it's not that great. The longer I'm here, the more I realize that. Just one more reason to be glad I am transferring sooner rather than later, I guess. 

Anyways, I'll have the SOCW 201 class (which is just an introductory class) and then Statistics.  There is only one professor for that class and it seems like she's pretty good--explains things to you, easy to work with, etc. I have no idea when I'm going to take that though because it conflicts with the SOCW 201 class by 15 minutes... *sigh* I don't know what to do.  I guess I just need to sit down and work it out.  That's one other big problem with going to a small college--everything always conflicts with each other because there aren't as many options.  Anyways, then I have to take another humanities class, so I'll probably just take Art History online or something and call it good.

Aside from school, I've just been doing a lot of reading for fun.  I'm a little more than halfway through the Harry Potter series, having just finished Goblet of Fire. That's kind of exciting because, while I read the first 4 books two or three times, I only read the rest of the books once and it's been a long time and I've forgotten almost everything.  Even reading the first 4 books, there was a lot of stuff that I picked up on this time that I had totally missed or hadn't understood fully before.  And can I just take a moment to gush over JK Rowling's writing? Ugh, I wish I could write characters and world-building stuff half as well as she does. That's what really makes the books so good. The story is good, but it wouldn't be so spectacular if she wasn't so good at crafting such in-depth and detailed characters and settings.  I also really love how the books go from being sort of whimsical and fun and then gradually become more serious and kind of dark as the series progresses.  It's very appropriate for the story and also when you consider the ages of the characters at the beginning and throughout the years.  It just works really well.

I also picked up a few books for my kindle app on my phone.  It gets me through night shift sometimes, having something interesting to read.  Mostly I just picked up some free classics I've been meaning to read (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Art of War, etc).  But then I decided to go ahead and buy the first book of what will be a trilogy (I think?) by an author theant4 knows, partly because it looked interesting and partly because I've just been really intrigued by the whole self-publishing thing lately.  I don't think I'd ever do it--not until I'd exhausted the traditional publishing route--but I figure it's good to be open-minded and know my options.  I still have a lot of work to do before I can seriously consider submitting my manuscript, but it's never too early to think about things, I guess. Anyways, the book is called Starshine by GS Jennsen.  I'm only about 30 pages into it so far, but it's interesting.  A little different than the typical stories I pick to read, but I've been trying to expand my horizons in that area too, lately, so I guess that's good. 

Mockingjay comes out next weekend!!! I am so excited!!! The previews look awesome and I've actually been pretty impressed by their whole marketing campaign.  Even if it is just designed to take my money--I don't care.  I thought it was pretty clever--very different than anything I've seen before.  The propaganda videos with President Snow and Peeta were especially neat. I probably won't be able to see it until....crap, I don't even know.  I hate to go to movies by myself but my husband works all the time now and we rarely get time off together.  Maybe we can go on Monday night if he gets out of work at a decent hour.  The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies is also coming out soon, but I'm still so disappointed in that whole thing (mostly just the second movie) that I haven't even decided if I'll go see it or not yet.  It just...it kind of broke my heart, to be honest.

First, though, I have to survive this week.  I have a huge research paper to do for English and the rough draft is due Friday.  I have a presentation to do in Biology about Huntington's Disease on Thursday that I am dreading, even though I'm almost done with it.  I hate talking in front of people.  And then I have a sociology test.  That's not even the worst of it though.  The worst part of this week is the resident's Thanksgiving dinner at work, which always happens the Friday before Thanksgiving.  That's this coming Friday.  I love it--the food is awesome and they feed us, too.  But it's just such a chaotic event and I dread it every year. I should be used to it by now, but I'm not.  It never fails to surprise me just what a nightmare the whole thing is.  Fun, and delicious, but still a nightmare.  I'll survive though.  Somehow we always get through it without anything too major happening. :)
  • Mood: Content
  • Reading: Starshine by GS Jennsen
  • Playing: "Falling" by The Civil Wars
  • Eating: Fajitas
Perseverance by FadedDreams5
Perseverance
This is Tiana from Disney's The Princess and the Frog. It has been sitting half-finished on my computer for months (literally--this is what I was working on before my computer crashed at the beginning of the semester).  I finally found the 2.6 version of Gimp, downloaded it, then dug this out again and found the motivation to finish it.

I almost never draw people smiling with teeth because I'm horrible at it and they usually look creepy, but I'm pretty happy with how her smile turned out here.  And then I decided to use that light/spark brush that always comes with Gimp and make some fireflies, so that was kind of fun. 

I had a hard time finding a facial reference I liked for this one, but watching Orange is the New Black one day, I saw Samira Wiley and thought "PERFECT!" So here's the photo of her I used as a reference: www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Sa…
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Here is my wishlist for Secret Santa over at :iconsecretsantaproject: I love seeing my characters in all different styles, so I'm sure whatever and whoever you decide to draw, I will love it. Pick anyone you want, and please don't be intimidated by the long descriptions.  I've included them because as an artist, I like having lots of information when I draw other people's OCs, but I know a lot of people just prefer image references and no text. I've included both for people who want more detailed information, but you don't have to read it all if you don't want to. :)

:iconxmaslights1::iconxmaslights2::iconxmaslights1::iconxmaslights2::iconxmaslights1::iconxmaslights2::iconxmaslights1::iconxmaslights2::iconxmaslights1::iconxmaslights2::iconxmaslights1:

1. Tripp

References: i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j… <---art by Katurn of gaiaonline.  You can also use the actor Paul Bettany as a reference if you want.
Age: 35 
Eyes: hazel, more green than brown
Hair: blonde, short and messy
Skin: pale
Height: 6' 0"
Body type: thin and wiry
Clothing: Tripp's clothes are generally a little ragged and/or stained/dirty. He doesn't take great pride in his appearance and most of his clothes are things he picks up from second-hand shops and has carried around for years.
Personality: Tripp has a good-natured, very friendly and laid-back personality. He loves practical jokes and making other people laugh. He's also very smart, though you might not guess that by looking at him or just hearing him have a conversation. He's very resourceful. He is a former meth addict.  Drugs were a way for him to escape a lot of the horrible experiences he went through in his early twenties, including the death of his love interest and the murder of his family. He managed to get help and has been clean for over a year when he is introduced in my story. He has a whole new refreshed, positive outlook on life despite his past and a sort of "Carpe diem" mentality.

2.  Zira
Resolve by FadedDreams5WishingTreeCreation by TAngelCinnamon Beautiful Lie by FadedDreams5
Other References: www.pinterest.com/tannihernand… <--pinterest board (for clothing inspiration if you like)
Age: 18
Eyes: light blue
Hair: Very light, almost platinum blonde. Short, choppy a-line style cut with bangs in front
Skin: Pale
Height: 5' 2"
Body type: Zira is small, but very athletic and strong for her size. She has a strong, graceful build, probably similar to a dancer. Small bust, very in-shape but not overly thin
Markings/scars: Zira's right leg is amputated below the knee. The pinterest board above has some possible designs for her prosthetic that you can use as inspiration or reference. 
Clothing: Zira wears clothes that are comfortable and practical, often with a bit of a military look to them, but nothing too over-the-top. She generally wears more subdued colors, but can wear brighter colors in small doses. Just no neon or crazy patterns or anything. She always wears a round blue pendant on a silver chain that is the same color as her eyes around her neck. She usually wears boots or tennis-shoes of some kind.
Personality: Zira was trained as an assassin from a very young age. She is a very introverted person. She doesn't let people get very close to her (with a few exceptions) and is generally mistrustful of people until she gets to know them. She is very arrogant and headstrong.  She can be quick to anger and often very defensive. She generally has a pretty serious "don't-mess-with-me" sort of expression, but will smile and laugh around the right people.

3. Aubreigh
References: Aubreigh (sketch WIP) (<--this isn't finished, and it's really old, and her hair should probably be longer than this) Art by Wongdongdinger @ gaiaonline 
Age: 19
Eyes: hazel
Hair: brown, long, kind of wavy. Feel free to experiment with different hairstyles for her if you like.
Skin: she's white but not super pale. Usually has a bit of a tan
Height: 5' 6"
Body type: Average. Not skinny, not fat. Kind of curvy.
Markings/scars: Some freckles across her cheeks and nose
Clothing: Aubreigh loves clothes and jewelery and shopping and dressing up and looking good. You can put her in pretty much anything that isn't just jeans and a t-shirt, and feel free to experiment with some more dramatic, futuristic styles if you feel so inclined. She always wears a red armband around her left arm.
Personality: Aubreigh is one of those people who never seems to let the little things in life get her down. She's always happy and trying to see the silver lining in a situation. She has a big, friendly smile that cheers everyone up, and she's very compassionate, always looking out for other people and trying to help those in need. In truth, she's a lot braver and stronger than she realizes, because despite all her fears and shortcomings, she stands by her morals and does everything she can to do what she knows is right.

Revolver
Revolver OC by Robertkenneth

References: Revolver by p a n syndrome @ gaiaonline You can also use actor Jaime Bell as a reference
Name: Revolver
Age: 17 (looks a few years older than that, perhaps)
Eyes: Appear brown, but are actually a deep shade of red when you get close
Hair: Also appears brown but has a deep red tint to it
Skin: light
Height: 6' 1"
Body type: lean, athletic. Not a lot of muscle, but he does have some
Markings/scars: none
Clothing: Revolver will wear pretty much anything, as long as it is practical and comfortable. He has no preferences for colors or certain styles, so dress him however you want. Clothing that doesn't quite match would even be appropriate.
Personality: Revolver is a clone, genetically engineered to be superior to human beings in speed, strength, reflexes, intelligence, etc. At first glance, he looks just like another person. If you look closer, though, you'll notice there's something uncanny about him. The way he stands, the way he moves, the coloring of his eyes and hair, and most of all, the completely blank, empty expression on his face. Revolver is completely incapable of feeling emotions.  At times he might find it convenient to show some sort of expression or to fake it, but it generally doesn't come across correctly because he just has no comprehension of emotions.

  • Mood: Content
  • Reading: Starshine by GS Jennsen
  • Playing: "Falling" by The Civil Wars
  • Eating: Fajitas

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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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