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Hey all, how's it going?
(Skip to the bold text if you don't care about my life but just wanna help out. I don't mind, I'm just happy if you leave a comment.)

I know I don't post very often, and I have a lot of reasons why, though most of them might sound like excuses.
First off, I'm at the point where most of my work takes 6+ hours to make, but in general, my time spent working hasn't increased proportionally (and may have even decreased). I'm still dealing with near constant migraines and anxiety, but I'm not writing this to talk about my medical problems so that's all I'll say. My motivation to finish things is as low as it's ever been, and I'm just not getting inspired to make new things very often.

Well, enough whining. I'm currently working on a lot of big, diverse projects; but if I told you about those this would become many pages long, so I've decided to omit them. It would bore both of us.

The reason I'm writing this is because I'm looking for ways to diversify my content, and I don't really know what direction I should go. I've decided to hold this poll/survey type thing to get your opinion. After all, the most important thing in any media is giving the fans the content they want.

So, any ideas?

I've come up with a few things, but I don't know which, if any, I should pursue. If you don't mind, please weigh in on what you like and don't like and mention anything you can come up with that I haven't thought of.

  • I have a Youtube channel, and I've been trying to make a let's play (no luck, the editing is killing me). But that means I have some screencapture software, soSpeedpaints?
  • And on a related note, would anyone like to watch a Livestream to watch and chat with me on technique and story development? I think it would be fun, but I doubt I have enough followers yet to make it work.
  • And what about things I can do exclusively on dA? Would anyone like to buyAdoptables?
  • Or maybe I should Expand my Commissions possibilities? I could maybe make a few cheaper categories, and make some character concept commissions available...
  • Would anyone be interested in Tutorials? And if so, any specific topics; and in general should I focus on character design, or general techniques.
  • I don't think I should join any RP Groups. As much as I love the concept, I know I won't be a very active member, and that's spoiling it for everyone else. Still, I love to hear about them. They provide really cool inspiration and there might just be one that I'm too inspired by to pass up.
  • And speaking of groups, anyone know of any General Art Groups that my art would fit into well? I'd love to spread my work so more people can see it.
I can see potential in all of these ideas, but I'm not sure I have the audience to make any of them work. What do you think? If I did any of this, would you buy/participate?
DeviantArt just feels like the Facebook of artwork. There's a reason why I don't use Facebook. It's too much effort.

But I need the publicity so here I go. I'm making an effort. ugh.
I'm not even gonna try talking here. Just post the pictures.

-Dn
I wanted to do something nice for my fans (seeing as there's 13 of you). I thought maybe I would do some quick and easy surprise gift art, then I had a better idea.

Mini contest time!
Everyone who enters gets a quick picture, top three get a somewhat better picture.
Contest runs for one week.
Theme is: Unique Dragon

To enter: comment on this journal with a link to your picture and what you want for a prize.

bonus rules:
-any media allowed
-color and background not required
-will be judged on creativity

*Note to my sister: I know you're watching this. You only get a picture if you win.*
*Note about prizes: If you request an animal I can do it in this style. If you request a character it will be in my regular style*

READY SET GO!
-I'm back from my unofficial Hiatus.
-I've officially graduated (as of Friday when I get my diploma)
-I can't think of anything else for this very short list.

Things to do:
-review commission info to make sure if someone asks me for art I am set up to do it.
-receive grad money to buy a new computer monitor/laptop
-redo artwork and get my kids book published
-do artwork and get my other kids book published
-do artwork and get my third kids book published
-compose a list of ways to get more commission requests
-why does this list have to be so long
VT-Muse.
10 X 6 screen.
...




*stunned silence*

P.S. I love you Uncle Kadin...
I just spent 10 minutes drawing a single curved line, only to find out...
*drumroll*
... that the entire picture is on one layer...

I have to redo all the lineart.
I hate lineart.

*removes glasses*
*begins banging head against desk*
*turns on music and continues banging head to beat of carmelldansen*
  • Listening to: Carmelldansen
  • Drinking: Mountain Dew
I can't think of a single artist that wouldn't want one of these:
I'm not just talking about digital artists, I mean every artist that has ever existed should want one of these. If you don't, you're clearly insane.

BTW- My birthday is July 15 if anyone loves me enough to spend $3,000.
Heck, I'd love just having this one for $2,000.
Or even this one for $1,000.
*Puppy eyes*
I can't think of a single artist that wouldn't want one of these:
I'm not just talking about digital artists, I mean every artist that has ever existed should want one of these. If you don't, you're clearly insane.

BTW- My birthday is July 15 if anyone loves me enough to spend $3,000.
Heck, I'd love just having this one for $2,000.
Or even this one for $1,000.
*Puppy eyes*
I buy LOTS of how-to-draw books, but I never use the step-by-step, I just use the final images as reference. After all, the steps show how someone else can draw, not how I draw.

However, I recently got my paws on some books from mom's friend, and I LOVE them. Why? Well all of the books I got are from the 50s and 60s, with one even from the 40s. I love them because they don't tell me how to draw, they give the basic tips and techniques and then go into page after page of examples.

So my tip for artists who want good resources? Search Goodwill, used bookstores, and anywhere else to find OLD how to draw books. Cause those are the ones we need more of.

P.S. just watch out for the ones with clowns...
1. What does your DeviantArt name mean and why?
"DragonNight" is an official title I invented for a char I-don't-know-when. The char was scrapped when she became a god, and is partially reincarnated in a lot of my current chars. One day, I needed a username for I-don't-know-what, and this popped into my head. I went "Hell yes", and have been using it ever since.

2. What fandom were you obsessed with when you joined and what are you into now?
I dunno, I don't obsess much over things like that… When I'm developing a char, I often will drop them in anime universes though. The most used are Yu-Gi-Oh & Sonix X

3. How many watchers do you have now?
*checks* 9, but I think I had 10 or 12 on my old account

4. Name three of your favorite DA artists.
Oihu's my best buddy, but he doesn't draw much
My favorite ARTISTS? There's too many to pick just 3, check my favs for a better list.

5. Do you comment, fave, or both.
I have a very simple method: If I love ALL of your art, I watch, If I love just one piece, I fav.
I only comment when I have something to say.

6. Do you participate in clubs' contests here on DA?
At the moment, just Hethrev & Mercs of Meleee. I'm looking into doing more.

7. What is your most popular submission?
Too lazy, go find out for yourself.

8. What is your Favorite non-Anime tv-show?
There's lots I like, off the top of my head? Big Bang Theory, or Stargate: SG1

9. What are the things you wish you draw better?
Everyone wishes they could draw everything better, therefore this question is pointless.

10. Summer or Winter?
Ick, summer? I prefer Winter, but Fall is my favorite.

11. Rain or Sun?
I HATE sunshine, bring on the RAIN!

12. What is your Favorite type of music?
I've very eclectic. Rock, electronic, metal, but also country, Japanese pop/rock and a lot of videogame soundtracks.

13. PC or Mac?
Currently a PC. A Mac would be better for my art, but I the only way I'd get one would be by winning the lottery.

14. Anime or Manga?
Aren't they kinda the same thing?

15. Coke or Pepsi
Ick. Mtn Dew

16. Read or TV
I alternate what I obsess over. Either Reading, Watching anime /documentaries /sci-fi online, or some type of video game. At the moment I've broken the pattern though, and am obsessing over RPs.

17. How many hours a day do you spend on DA?
Varies greatly

18. Name a hidden talent
… I dunno…

19. Flash or Traditional Cartoons
comics are comics…

20 What is your favorite fast food place?
I don't have enough money to eat out very often, and therefore don't have a fav.

21. Your top three written books of choice?
HOW DO I CHOOSE!?!?!
Randomly picking three (series) off my bookshelf:
Eragon (Christopher Paolini), Warriors (Erin Hunter) and… Bartimaeus trilogy (Jonathan Stroud)

22. Wii or PlayStation?
Mom won't let me have a playstation…

23. Name four of your favorite bands/singers
Once again, randomly choosing:
Linkin Park, Celldweller, Kokia, & KT Tunstall

24. Are you a fast, slow, or medium typist?
Fast, but not insanely so...

25. Do you like Denny's?
I think I was 5 the last time I went…

26. What is your favorite smiley?
Meh, Smileys are Smileys.
I seem to use :D a lot…

27. What is your favorite pie: apple, cherry, or pumpkin?
eww, Pie…

28. Have you ever stayed up for 24 hours?
More often than I should…

29. Do you go on YouTube a lot?
No.
But when I do I look at cats and music.

30. Are you a member of another site other than DA?
Yes, NDA

31. Do you cosplay?
Sounds like fun, but I don't have the money to dress up.
I'm stuck with RP in the dA chats…

32. Fruits or sweets?
Suuuugaaarrr…

33. Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn?
Not a huge fan of popcorn, but I hate plain. Pile on the butter and salt!

34. Have you ever skipped school?
I miss a lot because of headaches, but I haven't ever actually "skipped".

35. Have you ever been on a plane
Nope

36. Have you swam in the ocean?
I don't think so…

37. Have you been ice skating?
Nope

38. Favorite vacation spot?
At home, locked in my bedroom, glued to my laptop.

39. Ever been on TV?
Nope

40. Favorite salad and dressing?
Ick, salad… I hate lettuce…

41. What do you do to relax?
Music… Loudly…

42. What is the last movie you saw in the theater?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

43. Favorite sandwich?
Meh, I dunno…

44. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
North till I cross the Canadian border, then I'd find a little tiny house in the middle of the woods and LIVE THERE.

45. Favorite time of day?
Anytime my sister's not bothering me.

46. What did you want to be when you were little?
No idea

47. What do you want to be now?
Freelance Artist

48. If you could eat with anyone, who would it be?
My cat… oh wait, I can already do that…
Meh, I dunno, someone who appreciates being somewhere QUIET instead of the school lunchroom full or 1000 other kids.

49. What person would you hate to be stuck in a room with?
My sister

50. When is your Birthday?
July 15
(random side-tangent: 15 is also my favorite number for that reason)

51. Favorite type of Ice-cream?
Something with chocolate, but no nuts.

52. Last book you read?
Currently reading White Puma …by  *checks book* R. D. Lawrence

53. Which store would you max out your credit card at?
A really big awesome Art Supply store.
*is oddly proud of that fact*

54. Do you buy/sell on ebay?
Nope, I'm broke

55. What is the most annoying thing people ask you?
"Are you ok?"
No I'm not ok, I have a (censored) headache. Now go (censored) and leave me the (censored) ALONE!

56. Favorite all time movie?
Origin: Spirits of the Past
Everyone should go watch it… It will change your life…
Or it will at least be really epic…

57. What is your favorite show when you were a kid?
Practically everything on cartoon network, and (I think) on another station called boomerang (which showed more classic cartoons) My fav was Thundercats, funny cause I hate it now…

58. What are you listening to right now?
My sister watching Sonic Underground
I hate that show for the sole reason that I can never get the songs out of my head.

59. What is the last thing you ate?
Pasta Salad

60. If you were a crayon, what would be your color?
Blue
Or Brown
Dumb question

61. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
I dunno, the fact that their the opposite sex maybe?

62. Favorite sport to play?
Back! Back! *holds up a cross*

63. Favorite day of the year?
… I dunno.

64. Hugs or kisses?
Petting.
Not kidding.

65. Vanilla or chocolate?
I'm a Chocoholic

66. Favorite board game?
*hiss*

67. Favorite smells?
Ick, I HATE smelly things. I have yet to find one that I really like.
The worst is that f-ing lavender that my sister loves.

68. What inspires you?
other artists, music, my own brain when I'm trying to fall asleep…

69. Do you have any piercings?
Nope

70. Do you have any siblings?
Sister… Though I'd rather be related to my cats than her.

71. Bacon Bits or Croutons?
BACON!
Ick croutons, I don't like super crunchy stuff.

72. Favorite day of the week?
Every day.

73. Favorite phrase?
"Affairs of dragons meddle not; for you are crunchy and good with ketchup."

74. Favorite restaurant?
Golden Corral or Old Country Buffet

75. Favorite animal?
Dragons, Manticores, Chimeras
Oh, did you mean real animals?
Thylacines, Pangolins, Cheetahs, etc…

76. Favorite thing to do outside?
Walk through the woods.

77. Favorite thing to do when it's raining?
Listen

78. Favorite Disney Character?
meh, I dunno

79. What is your favorite coffee brand?
eww, eww, eww.
I only drink Mtn Dew, and sometimes Iced Tea.
The caffeine helps my headaches.
But coffee is nasty…

TL;DR: I answer a bunch of random questions.
I have a lot of boring answers in there.
Came out way longer than I was expecting.
aaand... I'll shut up now....
I can't hold a poll here on dA, so go to my blog to vote.

Livestream would allow you to watch me as I draw, and provide feedback or just chat with me.

- I'm not sure if I would remember to check the chat often, so I don't know how much I would actually "chat".
- I think it would be fairly entertaining, as I draw really quickly.
- I wouldn't have any sort of schedule, as I just draw when I feel like it & have time. I'll post a journal if and when I draw.

Feel free to comment with you opinion too.

P.S. its really hard to type this when there's something stuck under the R key and I can barely press it...
I take commissions!
For full information and examples, check my website.

The basics:
Greyscale Sketch = $5
Monochrome Sketch = $5
Full Color Sketch = $7
Blank Lineart = $10
Detailed Monochrome = $15
Flat Color = $15
Full color Final = $20

Some things will affect the cost:
Simple character?
            Subtract $1 - $5
Head only?
            Subtract $1 - $5
Complex character?
            Add $1 - $7
Complex pose?
            Add $1 - $5
Detailed background?
            Add $5 - $20
Multiple characters?
            Double the Price

E-mail me explaining the type of commission and all the details about what you want me to draw. If you are using your own character please provide a reference image.

I will E-mail you back with the final cost and a thumbnail image if applicable.
I will only accept payment through paypal.
No copyrighted characters.
Nothing above PG.

If you want something not listed here, feel free to E-mail me, I'm always open to a challenge!