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Okay, I'll get this out right now:

My digital drawing sucks.

I've done a couple of drawings, my talents never seeming to improve beyond what a ten-year-old could do with finger paints and crayons--or on their own tablet/iPad with a drawing program.

I'm not going to blame it on the tablet, although I could--I'm not familiar with it due to lack of use (what a shocker) and no real knowledge of my artistic style from lack of use of mediums.

That's not precisely true; I seem to have some measure of success from traditional media; pens, pencils, colored pencils. I haven't used watercolors in a while, but I remember those being fun when I was younger.

Anyway, tomorrow is :iconcocho:'s birthday. I drew her a card that I considered to be pretty good given my art skills.

But, now that I look on it... it was decent. Okay, heck, it wasn't that good at all.

So I begin the wonderful circle of self-criticism and total reviling of my work as I do it, which leads to lack of confidence and the wonderful "You'll never be as good as (insert artist here)" accompanied by "Why are you even trying?"

Well, I'm trying because as much as I suck at my art, I enjoy the process--most of the time. And after finishing my most recent sort and collation of MLP:CCG cards (can we say FUN?), I looked through Cocho's collection of gift art, happening upon a simply drawn pencil sketch that wasn't as refined as anything I did.

Then I realized something.

She didn't care that the drawing wasn't aesthetically perfect or pleasing to the eye: some details are rough and could be refined. What mattered to her was that someone made the effort.

So... even though I got her a commissioned piece from :iconjadedjynx: that was awesome, next time around for any sort of gift art I'm going to draw it myself.

I was told about Prismacolor Colored Pencils by a friend that do basically what I was looking to get from the Crayola set I got--hoping that I get gifted some for Christmas or just surprise bought by my friends in the MN Bronies.
  • Listening to: Christmas Music because I can
  • Reading: Murky Number Seven
  • Watching: My Little Pony Season Two
  • Playing: Sorting Cards, BEST GAME EVER
  • Eating: Christmas Tree Cakes
  • Drinking: N/A

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Cocho's 28th Birthday Card
What can I say.  I'm sappy.

And I just don't care.

I have to thank :iconcocho: for her friendship over the last six months since meeting her at MLP-MSP and then seeing her again at BronyCon.  This is the second birthday card that I've drawn.

A bit of improper use of negative space: I could have put a background in or something similar, but had the "Ah, let's just give her all her gifts today" sort of thing.

I used SAI for the drawing, and it took about 4 hours total.

Next year, this will be done in Prismacolor Colored Pencils :)

Hoppy birfday Cocho! :)
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Okay, I'll get this out right now:

My digital drawing sucks.

I've done a couple of drawings, my talents never seeming to improve beyond what a ten-year-old could do with finger paints and crayons--or on their own tablet/iPad with a drawing program.

I'm not going to blame it on the tablet, although I could--I'm not familiar with it due to lack of use (what a shocker) and no real knowledge of my artistic style from lack of use of mediums.

That's not precisely true; I seem to have some measure of success from traditional media; pens, pencils, colored pencils. I haven't used watercolors in a while, but I remember those being fun when I was younger.

Anyway, tomorrow is :iconcocho:'s birthday. I drew her a card that I considered to be pretty good given my art skills.

But, now that I look on it... it was decent. Okay, heck, it wasn't that good at all.

So I begin the wonderful circle of self-criticism and total reviling of my work as I do it, which leads to lack of confidence and the wonderful "You'll never be as good as (insert artist here)" accompanied by "Why are you even trying?"

Well, I'm trying because as much as I suck at my art, I enjoy the process--most of the time. And after finishing my most recent sort and collation of MLP:CCG cards (can we say FUN?), I looked through Cocho's collection of gift art, happening upon a simply drawn pencil sketch that wasn't as refined as anything I did.

Then I realized something.

She didn't care that the drawing wasn't aesthetically perfect or pleasing to the eye: some details are rough and could be refined. What mattered to her was that someone made the effort.

So... even though I got her a commissioned piece from :iconjadedjynx: that was awesome, next time around for any sort of gift art I'm going to draw it myself.

I was told about Prismacolor Colored Pencils by a friend that do basically what I was looking to get from the Crayola set I got--hoping that I get gifted some for Christmas or just surprise bought by my friends in the MN Bronies.
  • Listening to: Christmas Music because I can
  • Reading: Murky Number Seven
  • Watching: My Little Pony Season Two
  • Playing: Sorting Cards, BEST GAME EVER
  • Eating: Christmas Tree Cakes
  • Drinking: N/A
I see that the dust has begun to settle here again.  Eh, there's only so much a person can do.

The last couple of days have been illuminating in the content of my conversations with my friends--and what they've told me hasn't been the most comforting of things.

Let me provide a bit of context--I've been a GM for a Fallout Equestria PnP game on and off for the last three years.  I had an incredibly successful first campaign that I've never been able to duplicate despite my attempts to recapture that environment.  And ever since that first game, I keep working at trying to improve my skills and get better at running the games.

The most recent campaign has been the most frustrating.  The players aren't getting involved in the setting, some characters have no backstory, and there have been arguments between the players that have limited the fun of the game overall.  Being the self-deprecating human that I've allowed myself to turn into, I presumed that their problems then became my problems that I needed to solve--something I am ill-equipped and rather incapable of doing as it's not my issue to settle.

As such, the game then started to absorb most of my free time.  Thinking about how to write the scene or create enemies or learn the system.  And me got lost in the process.  In said process, I've become rather dissatisfied with myself for seeming to continually fail at--even if it was simply in my own mind.  Life hasn't really helped in the process; I've been displeased with work, which I dropped from 10+ hours a day to just about 6; I got in a hit and run accident the other day and am stuck with a car I can't take in to get fixed because I don't have $500 to drop on the deductible... and don't get me started on my lack of a love life, because that's a miserable subject in and of itself.

To put it simply: I don't like who I am today.  The friends I do have I feel as if I'm pushing away or I don't want to bother with my problems as they have their own lives and pressing concerns that are far more important than my own issues.

I want to reinvent who I am.  To be a vibrant, excited and energetic individual who has a passion for life and a variety of hobbies and interests that don't require him to be super-intelligent and always come up with the plans for everything.
  • Listening to: The Balefire Symphony
  • Reading: Austreaoh
  • Watching: N/A
  • Playing: N/A
  • Eating: N/A
  • Drinking: N/A
Never Underestimate The Power of One Vote
Uhh... so, I voted in this poll between the Mane 6 and the Mane 7.

It's (at the time of this screenshot) a literal tie.

Kinda creepy when you think about it.
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batosan Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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