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New Characters by FadedDreams5
New Characters
So I've been having a bit of a writing crisis. I hate my story.  I thought it would pass, but I still can't even think about Zira or Jared or any of the others without having major anxiety.   Writing stopped being fun.  And that's obviously not a good thing.  I mean, isn't the primary reason we all write these stories that it's supposed to be fun? So I'm shelving it.  I have no idea for how long.  In the meantime, I'm going back to writing fantasy, which is what I've always written and what I feel more comfortable with.  And these are some of the new characters.

Well, technically, they're not really new.  These characters and this story have been floating around in my head since high school, but I never really planned it out much.  I never gave it a chance.  So now I am.  I think I may try to do my own version of NaNoWriMo this summer, once I've got everything planned out and have an actual plot.  It's getting there.  I at least know who everyone is and their basic backgrounds and motivations, and I have a somewhat fleshed out world to put them in.  I decided I didn't want to do the typical medieval European thing, and I've always thought a society based loosely on India would be cool for a fantasy story.  But that kind of presented a problem because when I decided to change the setting, it didn't make sense for me to be having these characters to be running around with very Anglo names and/or appearances.  When you have characters in your head for years, it's hard to just up and change their names.  But I felt like I needed to, and I really wanted to, so I figured maybe if I drew them, it would be easier to name them.  That, combined with an extensive amount of time spent combing through Indian baby names, and this is what I came up with. Amar was the hardest.  I'm sorry, but there are just not many Indian boy names that I liked.  I'm fairly happy with Amar, though.  It seems to fit.

I kind of forgot how to draw and color, since it's been an eternity since I did any art, so I'm not totally happy with how Kesari and Amar look.  And Lucian (the firey thing in Kes' frame) could have been better, but I made a screw up and painted on top of him and didn't realize it until too late, so I had to redo it and it got sloppy.  By the time I got to Saya, I finally figured out how to draw again.  And Kes' skin should be darker, and less orange.  The foreshortening with Amar was maybe a little ambitious, and I totally cheated and use this chain brush to do his chains: www.deviantart.com/art/GIMP-Ch…
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I'm stealing this from bribble because it looked fun.

And just for fun, I'm going to tag theant4, Secondsynergy and shiblets

1. What was your favorite activity as a child?
Drawing.  I think drawing has always been one of my favorite activities.  As a child though, it was mostly just animals.  I drew animals all day every day until I was about 12, when I became more serious about writing and started drawing my own characters.

2. If you could magically because a master of any skill, what would it be and why?
I almost want to say writing....but the more I think about it, the more that sounds like a bad idea.  I feel like if I magically became the master of that skill, it would be kind of cheating and I wouldn't actually learn anything from it.  As much as I grumble about my writing problems, I value the process of making mistakes and learning from them.

3. Who are your top 5 favorite artists/writers and why?
-J.R.R. Tolkien.  His characters and the world of Middle Earth changed my life.  And just because Aragorn.  Aragorn is amazing.
-Van Gogh.  I love his use of color.
-Saimain (from here on dA)  When I was about 11 or 12, I stumbled across her art on another site and was just completely mesmerized. I really credit her work for inspiring me as a young artist.  Her art has continued to be a huge inspiration to me over the years and if I someday manage to be half the artist she is, it will be amazing.
-Diana Wynne Jones.  I really need to go back and reread some of her books.  I know I have Howl's Moving Castle somewhere.  The Chrestomanci books were also really good.  Yeah....I should definitely buy those and read them again.
-I'm going to go ahead and say Neil Gaiman.  I've only read one of his books so far, but it was so good that I went out and promptly bought two more, which I am very excited to read.  And then I will probably buy a couple more....  His writing is amazing.  He has this way of describing things that is just perfect, and his characters just felt so alive and real to me.  I finished American Gods almost two months ago and the story and characters are still haunting me.  That's a good thing.

4. If you lost the ability to use your hands, would you learn to draw/write with your feet? Or learn to draw/write some other way (and what would it be), or would you just give it up all-together?
I would try to write for sure.  I don't think anything will ever stop me from writing.  It's a part of me.  Art....maybe.  I'd probably give up for a while, but again, it's so much a part of me that I don't think I could not try to find some way to make it work.

5. What is your dream job? (this does not have to be a real job)
Social work.  I know I could say being a writer or artist or something, and that would be fantastic, but honestly, at this point, I really just want to be a social worker.  I would love to work for an adoption agency or something, or be a school counselor, or even do child protection.  I just want to work with kids and adolescents, basically.

6. Would you rather be able to fly for 10 minutes a day (everyday) or be able to run forever without getting tired or sore? Why?
Running.  I feel like that would be more practical.  And I think if I could fly for ten minutes everyday, it would get old eventually and I don't know if I would continue to enjoy it if it was just for 10 minutes everyday.

7. What is/was your favorite subject in school? What made it your favorite? (great teacher, great friends, great projects…)
English.  I always just loved to write and I felt like I actually knew what I was doing and it interested me.  The reading was okay, but sometimes I feel like teachers pick really dumb books to read in school.  Maybe they don't pick; maybe that's what's required or whatever.  But whoever is making the rules--sometimes I wonder if they are trying to teach kids that reading is boring, so that sucks.

8. If you could live anywhere, where would you choose and why?
Anywhere that's warm.  I'm a desert rat.  Give me 120 degree summers--I can take it.  Winter is my worst nightmare.  I absolutely hate being cold.

9. What is your favorite type of music? Least favorite?
I like a huge variety of music, but I don't necessarily like all music.  I like individual songs, not all or even most of the songs from the same genre or band or whatever.  I do pretty much like almost all songs from the following bands though: 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, and Bastille.
Least favorite, country music.  There are some country songs I like, but 95% of the time, I hate it. 

10. What was/is your favorite cartoon and why is it the best?
Does anime count?  I'm going to say it counts, because hands down, it's Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  The story is amazing but the characters are what really make it a great series.  I liked the original anime version, but Brotherhood just seems much better in terms of plot, and I appreciated that some of my favorite characters like Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye got more screen time and background, so they felt much more fleshed out and real.  And I loved the characters we didn't see in the original, like Ling and Lan Fan and Mei and Olivier Armstrong.
Seriously people, if you ever only watch one anime series ever in your life, it needs to be Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Listening to: Glitch Mob
  • Eating: Spaghetti
  • Drinking: Water
Write This Again by FadedDreams5
Write This Again

So one of my old writing group buddies runs this tumblr blog on writing, and a few weeks ago, she posted something that I thought was really cool.  It totally reminded me of those "Draw this again" memes you see here on dA, but for writing. She took something she'd written several years ago and posted it, then rewrote the same scene as she might have written it now that she has more experience under her belt. It was pretty cool to see the growth, and she's all amazing and published in an anthology with freaking George R.R. Martin and Neil Gaiman now. It was just cool to see that she started out just like we all do, really horrible and awful, and she probably never thought she'd improve as much as she has. We all feel like that sometimes, and lately, I've been feeling pretty discouraged with my writing. So I decided to try this, just to prove to myself that I have gotten better and that I need to stop moping and just keep writing.

The "before" piece is part of the story I pretty much dedicated my entire high school years to. There was a time when I thought my story was brilliant and my characters were amazing and I loved it, and then somewhere halfway through my senior year, I realized that the thing sucked and I just wanted to shred it. I was going through my old writing files the other day looking for ideas and found the entire novel. So here it is, horrible writing from me when I was 16 or 17 years old (read at your own risk). And this--the writing itself--is not even the worst part. That little bit of writing does not show you all the horrible cliches. SO MANY CLICHES! Ugh. And the stupid premise. And the insanely and excessively large cast of unnecessary characters. And the telling instead of showing. So much telling. Also the lame dialogue that makes me want to cry. And did I not know how to use contractions at all, or what? Do you see the almost complete lack of contractions in the 'before' part?! And...and....ok, I'll stop there.

But there it is rewritten. Not brilliant, still, but it's better. And that's somehow very encouraging. It means I've made progress. It means that even though I still have a lot to learn and a long ways to go, I'm getting there.

Oh! And LOOK! I even have old ugly art to go with it!
Alia: fav.me/d53qs57
Slade and The Dragon: fav.me/d53qvxj
I even made it a cover! And a TITLE?! What?!  fav.me/d53qqcu

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I Beat Cancer! by FadedDreams5
I Beat Cancer!
This was an art commission for the same girl who commissioned this: fav.me/d8eeb8f
It is supposed to be the same girl, but I fail at consistency and I'm not sure she really even looks the same.  I struggle with drawing people from real life, but that's what all of my recent commissions have consisted of lately so.... Oh well, I guess.  In all fairness, I did warn them that I'm much more suited to drawing characters or people I have a little more artistic freedom with.

Anyways, I really enjoyed doing this because it was such a neat thing to be a part of.  This young woman has been battling cancer, apparently, and recently found out that she is cancer free!  Hooray!  She wanted to send out announcements to her friends and family, but didn't want to take a photo of herself holding a sign because the whole cancer fight thing and chemotherapy has destroyed her hair.  Her friend asked me if I would paint this for her instead, so I was pretty honored to be a part of something like that. 
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I'm stealing this from bribble because it looked fun.

And just for fun, I'm going to tag theant4, Secondsynergy and shiblets

1. What was your favorite activity as a child?
Drawing.  I think drawing has always been one of my favorite activities.  As a child though, it was mostly just animals.  I drew animals all day every day until I was about 12, when I became more serious about writing and started drawing my own characters.

2. If you could magically because a master of any skill, what would it be and why?
I almost want to say writing....but the more I think about it, the more that sounds like a bad idea.  I feel like if I magically became the master of that skill, it would be kind of cheating and I wouldn't actually learn anything from it.  As much as I grumble about my writing problems, I value the process of making mistakes and learning from them.

3. Who are your top 5 favorite artists/writers and why?
-J.R.R. Tolkien.  His characters and the world of Middle Earth changed my life.  And just because Aragorn.  Aragorn is amazing.
-Van Gogh.  I love his use of color.
-Saimain (from here on dA)  When I was about 11 or 12, I stumbled across her art on another site and was just completely mesmerized. I really credit her work for inspiring me as a young artist.  Her art has continued to be a huge inspiration to me over the years and if I someday manage to be half the artist she is, it will be amazing.
-Diana Wynne Jones.  I really need to go back and reread some of her books.  I know I have Howl's Moving Castle somewhere.  The Chrestomanci books were also really good.  Yeah....I should definitely buy those and read them again.
-I'm going to go ahead and say Neil Gaiman.  I've only read one of his books so far, but it was so good that I went out and promptly bought two more, which I am very excited to read.  And then I will probably buy a couple more....  His writing is amazing.  He has this way of describing things that is just perfect, and his characters just felt so alive and real to me.  I finished American Gods almost two months ago and the story and characters are still haunting me.  That's a good thing.

4. If you lost the ability to use your hands, would you learn to draw/write with your feet? Or learn to draw/write some other way (and what would it be), or would you just give it up all-together?
I would try to write for sure.  I don't think anything will ever stop me from writing.  It's a part of me.  Art....maybe.  I'd probably give up for a while, but again, it's so much a part of me that I don't think I could not try to find some way to make it work.

5. What is your dream job? (this does not have to be a real job)
Social work.  I know I could say being a writer or artist or something, and that would be fantastic, but honestly, at this point, I really just want to be a social worker.  I would love to work for an adoption agency or something, or be a school counselor, or even do child protection.  I just want to work with kids and adolescents, basically.

6. Would you rather be able to fly for 10 minutes a day (everyday) or be able to run forever without getting tired or sore? Why?
Running.  I feel like that would be more practical.  And I think if I could fly for ten minutes everyday, it would get old eventually and I don't know if I would continue to enjoy it if it was just for 10 minutes everyday.

7. What is/was your favorite subject in school? What made it your favorite? (great teacher, great friends, great projects…)
English.  I always just loved to write and I felt like I actually knew what I was doing and it interested me.  The reading was okay, but sometimes I feel like teachers pick really dumb books to read in school.  Maybe they don't pick; maybe that's what's required or whatever.  But whoever is making the rules--sometimes I wonder if they are trying to teach kids that reading is boring, so that sucks.

8. If you could live anywhere, where would you choose and why?
Anywhere that's warm.  I'm a desert rat.  Give me 120 degree summers--I can take it.  Winter is my worst nightmare.  I absolutely hate being cold.

9. What is your favorite type of music? Least favorite?
I like a huge variety of music, but I don't necessarily like all music.  I like individual songs, not all or even most of the songs from the same genre or band or whatever.  I do pretty much like almost all songs from the following bands though: 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, and Bastille.
Least favorite, country music.  There are some country songs I like, but 95% of the time, I hate it. 

10. What was/is your favorite cartoon and why is it the best?
Does anime count?  I'm going to say it counts, because hands down, it's Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  The story is amazing but the characters are what really make it a great series.  I liked the original anime version, but Brotherhood just seems much better in terms of plot, and I appreciated that some of my favorite characters like Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye got more screen time and background, so they felt much more fleshed out and real.  And I loved the characters we didn't see in the original, like Ling and Lan Fan and Mei and Olivier Armstrong.
Seriously people, if you ever only watch one anime series ever in your life, it needs to be Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Listening to: Glitch Mob
  • Eating: Spaghetti
  • Drinking: Water

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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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