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Sun Feb 11, 2018, 12:03 PM
    Hey guys! I wanted to tell you all about a group that some friends of mine and I started!
    If you are interested in a role play group that is story driven and oriented around a fantasy adventure, then you should stop by and take a look at Fallcrest!

    A region of Newhaven, Fallcrest is home to the lively city of Neustadt. Characters residing in Neustadt interact with one another as they face adventure.

    As characters embark upon quests and dungeons, they'll face new challenges and gain new friends as they get stronger.
Excerpt From Fallcrest

    This group will be a wonderful place to make friends and develop characters. Each character will be weaved into the story and developed through artwork, literature, and collaborative role-plays, making them especially dynamic.
    A bunch of work was put in by Nanotide, Biomatrix1-15, and myself with essential contributions from Benepotentia to refine and test the central mechanics that make Fallcrest function.
    I do ask that you check the group out, and if you would like to join, we would all love to have you!

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Challenging Myself

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 7:24 PM
        I'm not quite sure how well I'll do with this, but I've decided to challenge myself to completing a 100 prompts challenge, this time for writing. I've attempted a couple of art ones before (ex. a 100 themes) and never completed them, but I am hoping that I will be able to complete the list this time.
        From the last few experiences I've had with these sorts of challenges, I know for a fact that doing one per day for 100 days will not work for me. Not in the slightest. Too many things come up; time doesn't get set aside for the prompts, school gets top priority, and I can be rather forgetful.
        In an attempt to not leave another thing incomplete or left hanging indefinitely, I'll be aiming to do all 100 prompts by the end of the year. (I guess this is my New Year's resolution, then?) If I get them all finished much sooner, then good on me! If not, then I'll continue the challenge into next year until I finish every prompt.
        I've decided to do this prompt list:
100 Writing Prompts Challenge by Sunshockk
        (I realize my journal skin isn't going to be kind to the transparency of the submission, so I'll type it out below the journal.)
        I'll do my best to do them all in order, but I'm going to make no promises. One thing that I'm unsure of is if I will do each one independently, or if I will end up doing them as a continuous piece. That will be discovered as I write.
        There are a few reasons why the idea of taking upon one of these challenges crossed my mind. One of which is that I don't post much that isn't related to a role play group, so I thought I needed to spice up my gallery with some more original content. Probably the second reason is my professor for both American Lit and Journalism. He's gone on about how he sat down and wrote for two or three hours a day for the entire break between semesters and wrote a book (well, he's written quite a few books this way), and I figured this would be a great way to get me in the rhythm of sitting down and begin writing on a semi-regular basis.
        I hope to be able to cross one off the list - maybe two - this weekend. However, I do have some coursework to complete for my classes, so I won't be making any promises. I encourage anyone else who would like to do a 100 themes/prompts challenge to do one. There are quite a few out there with interesting lists of themes for both drawing and writing!
        Here is the list that I will be updating with my progress for my goal:


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Hey There

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 29, 2017, 4:38 PM
A bit of nostalgia this is
I coded this skin back four years ago when they still did Free Membership day...
I remember the few things I disliked about it.
the body box is too wide
the body background is off by a pixel (which is the worst)
and i am pretty sure that the title font is a dark grey green...
well, it was a good attempt

Poor Sketch. Never to be drawn again...
He’ll forever remain in my heart.

I’ve caved into the core membership sale, obviously.
I’ve got finals next week, so afterwards I’ll get up and code myself a new skin that doesn’t remind me of my art from four years ago...
And maybe some css for my profile. That should be fun.

also, I’m sick. Gotta love it.
if there are any polls that come up, it’s because i like asking questions... yep
have a good day and stay hydrated

  • Listening to: Trouble by Sleeping With Sirens
  • Drinking: Water

General Updates

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 6:56 AM
    This is just a general update journal! It's going to talk about an assortment of topics in varying order.

I've been lucky enough to get my first year of college free, and the first semester is quickly approaching it's end. It's been a wild ride, but it has not been bad by any means; in fact, it's a lot better than high school ever was. I am incredibly glad for that. However, I've signed up for what I'm assuming is too many classes for my next semester based on the consensus of the people around me who have been in college for a longer period of time than I have, but I am hoping that is not the case... Hopefully everyone will be hearing from me in the spring, haha!

    Because I've focused on writing up until fairly recently, my submissions for role play groups must be a little bit odd. I know the main thing I promote on my page are my scratchboards, which are definitely not done for any role play groups. Oops...

    I have been motivated to do more scratchboard artwork, but my wrist (and fingers) decided that my motivation equated to "time to not be a good set of joints!"  It got to the point where I had to put the metal inserts into my wrist brace; it's never been that bad.  My writs is plenty better!  No longer constantly wearing the brace (except as a precaution at school with all the note taking since I want my wrist to not be in strenuous positions), but my motivation is being place on hold again with Thanksgiving.  I have been helping with doing everything: general yard maintenance, painting the pool deck, washing fake plants, and cleaning the interior of the house.  It's a lot of stuff that will hopefully be finished by this weekend.  With all that going on, I'm hoping my scratchboard motivation will last until winter break.  Winter break would be a good time to do them.

    Depending on whether you frequent my page or not, you may or may not have noticed that I changed things around.  In the changes that took place, I purged my old journals (except for two) and added the commission widget to my front page with one offering for point commissions...  If you are ever interested in having a 3x3 inch rainbow scratchboard of something, commissions are available for points (550 points to be exact).  Just as an "if you're interested in this" option.  (The prices for the various sized black and white scratchboards have not changed, and their starting prices are also available on my profile page).  Prints of the Shrine scratchboard I did are also still available! They're fifteen USD each, so if you would like one, feel free to contact me about it!

    Until next time I do any updates, be sure to drink some water and have a good day!

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Something I've Been Thinking About

Thu Jan 7, 2016, 6:27 PM
Not that this is important, but I wanted to share something that I feel has been influencing my art block.

    Back in eighth grade I was drawing every day, and I worked hard at it. I was improving left and right, not to mention my teacher was entering a lot of what I did into art shows. If anyone remembers, I'd actually gotten first place in a school-wide poster competition (and third in districts, but that doesn't matter). Well, I had decided to go to the poster viewing at wherever the event was being held. That's where I found that I won (I almost didn't go, silly me). Well while I was there, I was looking at all of the posters, and every one of them deserved first place. Of course, that's always what an artist thinks when comparing themselves to those with other strengths in fields where they have weakness. Something I didn't expect, however, was what I overheard when people were looking at my art.
    Artists should expect critiques and such pointers on how to make their art better, but overhearing almost a dozen adults say how awful my poster looked and that the person in second place deserved to win because it looked ten times better. Believe me, I thought he should have gotten first place, too (his poster was so beautiful). The thing is, those comments haven't left me. It's been what I assume to be two or three years, somewhere in there. Since then, I've just declined to a point where I've stopped feeling like I should draw. I've wonder how insensitive adults can be to just completely fire off their judgement on a kid so quickly and blatantly, not thinking twice about if the child is in the room, as at the time no one was telling me directly. It was at that point I began to doubt myself. Just knowing people will be so open on their judgements. That people won't care about a person because they don't meet their superb expectations.
    I hate knowing that adults will bash a child's art in a contest that supports a strong meaning over a strong use of color. It broke my heart, then and every time I think about it.

That contest that year was based on the theme "Our Time, Our Future"
Peace Poster by DentistChicken

    That may not be the best poster in the world, but it isn't as though the meaning can't be seen. What I tried to portray in the background was two scenes. One is pleasant, and the other not so much. The entire meaning of the poster can be summed up as "either you let the time you have control of lead the world to chaos, or make the world a better place with your actions while you're here." Sure, the poster itself isn't the best thing in the world, but as a thirteen year old with a huge dream to be an artist it was the best thing I had done so far in my budding career. But all that seems to be slowly leaving my grasp every time I think about all of the people who decided to spout their unfiltered judgement at a child's drawing.
    What kills me is the fact that whenever I go to pick up either a pencil or my tablet pen I will be reminded of this. I will be reminded of the flicker in my spirit as I think about the time where I was proud of something and people went on about how they hated it. It's one thing to judge your own artwork so negatively, but it's something else when people do it just because they can. No pointers given, just saying how bad they felt it was.
    It's been a while since I was as creative and inspired to do the amount of work I did when I was thirteen. I am also surprised that it's taken me this long to identify the root of my art block. Now I'm waiting to see when I hold that passion again, if indeed I ever do.
    (Funny thing is, I write to deal with my problems or internal struggle, so my path has taken a turn onto the route of writing. A neutral result I guess.)

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My deviantART Story

Fri Aug 8, 2014, 10:41 AM
    So it looks like its deviantART's 14th birthday. What better way to celebrate than share my deviantART story like most everyone else?
    Though it's been a while, I first joined deviantART as Jaden-Blackfeather. That was back in 2011, which I'm pretty sure that was October 19th. I joined because my friend, Benepotentia, was on it so often, and her friends were on it a lot and just kept talking about it all the time, so I went on and here I am! I was a horrible artist back when I first joined. Everything I drew was a bunch of rectangles because I had no other way of drawing except for a mouse and good old MS Paint. Although I did do a bunch of pencil drawings that I doubt I posted because I was to lazy to do so. And though it was almost three years ago, I still have a lot of my first characters. I don't post a lot about them obviously, but perhaps that will change soon. I remember that when I made all of my characters, they were all animals of some sort. Mostly wolves now that I think about it. Matter of fact, I redrew Jaden's old design back in late April:
Old Jaden Design by DentistChicken
    Even though my first drawing was absolutely horrid now that I remember it, The picture above was quite an improvement, even though it was drawn three months ago... Being on deviantART probably help me figure out that fursonas and animal characters at that point in time were a little overdone, so I gradually changed my mind. I still have animal characters with all of my human ones, but I don't have one that I would say would represented me. I've also made so many great improvements. I underwent a ton of change once I got my tablet, which was a while ago now that I think about it. And one of the first things I did when I got my tablet was redraw a character of mine, which I think was named Jace... Oh well, names have been changed as well as designs.
    The time I've spent on deviantART has taught me many things, and my friends have taught me a whole lot more, and they are all awesome. They probably don't know how much they've taught me, because I am a quiet learner, but all the improvements I've made started with watching you guys draw and looking at your art. (I know, I have a really weird way of learning stuff.) I've also gotten better at writing, but I haven't really posted anything of that sort, now have I? Well soon enough I'll post something. I have quite a few stories in the works, so perhaps soon I'll post one.
    And knowing that I have a dream to be something creative, whether its an artist, author, or something else, deviantART has helped me progress, and everyone who's encouraged me have also ushered me toward improvement. I also loved watching all of my friends improve as well. Seeing everyone succeed in their art has always made me feel awesome inside. I just really like being happy for others, it just makes me feel good.
    I just really want to thank everyone. Everybody has helped me in so many ways. I honestly don't think I'd have gotten this far without all of you.
Thank you to:
:iconwolf-mask: :iconkagamei: :iconfaylahh: :iconpk-mangetsu: :iconbenepotentia: :iconsagefutarki-angel: :iconperiwinklehipo: :iconhappyactor: :iconglovv:
And all of the other artists I've encountered a long the way, you all are absolutely amazing.
Party Happy Birthday, deviantART! To another year of great success, for everybody. I love deviantART!

~:*A few improvements*:~

Some may be old! They're all improvements though!

[If I can find my old back up disk, I could probably redraw a few things... now where did I put it]

Gift: Jinx by DentistChicken ->AT: Peri by DentistChicken

->Chase by DentistChicken

Before And After Periwinklehipo's gift by DentistChicken

Sooner or later I'll do more "Draw This Again" things. Until then, I hope to improve along with the rest of you!

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