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    -"your art is marvellous and you're so lovely, I hope only good things come to you from now on."

Thank you so much. You're very lovely too and I hope things are a well as they can be for you. I'm sorry I haven't been posting much since January, too much started piling on my plate and choosing to not overwork myself wasn't an easy one. Extra bad on me for forgetting to post my decision up here though.

A lot of things have been taken care of in the meantime. The three dogs in our care finally got to go to the vets after far too long without and they're now all up to date and a few issues sorted out. The smallest, a dachshund badly needed dental work and ended up needing ten teeth, his incisors, pulled. He's doing much better now,

My current string of nightmares has ended, no more waking up with an aching chest and slippage back into old stay-in-bed-to-avoid-shit habits. Go me! Had a strange sort of not-quite-zombie apocalypse dream last night, full of survival horror stuff. (a weird blend of zombification and turning people into dolls/puppets by an invading supernatural people/demons?) But thanks to the fact that in that sort of dream I can run, prepare and even fight back means I don't consider it nightmare material. *shrug*

I'm getting better at talking about myself and being social. Been processing a lot of internal shit that's built up over the years and finding our just how many masks I've been wearing and how deeply they've gone. And because of that, discovering how neurodivergent I truly am and accepting that of myself.  Hadn't realized how much of my normal passing habits were actually deep-rooted internalized lessons that were actively, passively, or self taught behaviors that were harming me in the cost it took to maintain. Which tl;dr means that I'm "more autistic" now. But, i'm more aware of my limits, where I do "function" really well, how to communicate when I lose words, and that my losing words is alright and that fighting through is just about the worst thing I can do to myself for that.

Financially things have gotten better. Not in the long run, since it was a one time thing of life insurance coming through. But's it's why the dogs finally got to go to the vets. I need to go through my posts and see what all I've mentioned about the situation, before I talk about it again.

But yeah, things have been looking up. So thanks, and I hope I can get some art up soon. I do plan on making March an art piece-a-day in lieu of January not working out, but no promises.
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.


Day 15: Medusa

Had her in my head last night as I was (rather unsuccessfully) trying to sleep. And while the mental picture was somewhat different than how this turned out, I'm not complaining that she turned out far cuter than I intended.

As for the days I've missed, I've done the work. But I've not had the energy or brain for posting them, as writing out descriptions and figuring out tags often takes up more energy and spoons than the drawings, paints etc do.

And I've been so busy taking care of legal matters and fighting a fever that I just didn't bother. Tomorrow they'll get posted though, as I finally have nothing pressing scheduled. Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

Day 11: Green Fox Logo (semi-final draft)

Logo work for a lighting business some family is trying to start up. Thus the double signature and small size. Gonna switch tracks tomorrow as my wrist is starting to hurt in the overworked way and changing mediums should at least help with that.

(and unfortunately I don't know if I'm gonna get paid for this or not... wheee!) Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

Day 10: Generic Dragon

A painterly styled sunset dragon for a card of mine that I should have done months ago. I'm really bad at doing certain things that need to be done for myself. Like really, really bad. At least I've come to the point where I know just how bad, and know that the fact I need help with a lot of executive tasks isn't my fault. 

Mostly, though I thought I already had, coming to terms that I'm disabled has been both freeing and terrifying. Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

Day 9: Waltz Dancers Silhouette Bulb

This one was requested by my dad.a while ago since he thinks his dance group would be interested in this kind of thing.

Had to do a simple thing today since today was Long and Stressful. In part of finally getting hit with winter and I swear the number of people who don't know how to drive increases exponentially when there's snow on the ground. Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

This has been a WIP for years. Finally buckled down and finished the lineart, coloring, shading and added even the simple background.

Part of why it languished so long is that I just lost interest in the recent MLP series somewhere in season two. And in no large part of the toxicity that invaded the fandom side of it turned me off to doing anything there. Got tired of Avatar too, the alien life is great but it’s a kinda problematic movie sadly enough. Both in race and in disability, but I don’t have the words to explain myself properly about that right now.
Still love the alien life though. Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

This is just an inkling of a much larger project between Heslestor and I. One of many we're planning under a combined umbrella name of MoodyCrow Creations. This particular project is tentatively called The Unicorn Gardens.

This is part of a concept we've been working on for the past several months and it's looking on becoming our creative baby. It's been a bit hush-hush since it's gonna be massive and take years before it reaches it's full potential, but been getting itchy about wanting to show something off.

And so, the commonly called Trenchers.

(so I actually went to bed after food, since I was far more tired than I thought) Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

Wish the photo of this was a bit better, but the backing on the B is a mirror-like metallic and I have no clue on what I need to do to take a better pic. *shrugs*

The B is about 2 1/2" wide and 3 1/4" high.

(Gonna get some food before I post the last one, I'm just glad it no longer takes me over an hour to make a simple post anymore.)
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

(Belated) Day 5: Faux Fairy

Lost a couple of days uploading due to net provider shenanigans and problems with my tablet driver. Blech. Also had to deal with being overwhelmed and getting sick thanks to everything having a fragrance in stores this time of year and people having no restraint with their perfumes and other sprays. Makes it really hard to focus and do things at a normal pace.

As for today's piece, it's got some backstory. When I was little and just learning the word faux, I thought it was pronounced fox and decided to be clever with my own little created species. Basically foxes with insect wings and antennae. Jump forward over a decade and I can actually make it look nice. Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

Tomorrow will have three uploads

Been dealing with some problems, both technical and personal. We will return to our regular scheduling tomorrow.

(another thing I've worked really hard on this past year is backing off and not driving myself ridiculously hard when I don't need to.)

Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

Day 4: Winter Scene Deer Vase

In the tradition of these challenges in the years past, this is a WIP that I didn't start, but only finished today. Also tried photographing it before I sealed it to see of there'd be less of a shine and it appears so, even if the drawback is that the colors are duller this way.

Other angle shots under the cut.Collapse ) Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

Day 3: Magi Nation Chaos Jile Ornamet

Day 3: Magi Nation Duel - Chaos Jile Ornament

Had a little hiccup trying to get today's piece done, as my tablet didn't want to work and as I was running out of time I'd completely forgotten I can paint a bulb in under an hour. :P (I blame bad drivers on the road today, the entire way home was awful)

And while I had planned on making a Magi Nation clay figure this month, since I found my cards just this last week, I'd also haven't done a bulb for them yet. it also gave me the chance to try out painting on the new blank bulbs I got for christmas, which was much nicer than the old ones I was using. The glass just catches the paint better and it doesn't need as many coats to get the same coverage.

Do need to make a proper photo set up though, what I got is not going to cut it in the long run. Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

Day 2: Dragonfly Ornament

Trying my hand at sculpting again after over a decade of not doing so. I feel so rusty.

Two more pics under the cut.Collapse )
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

It's Jan Challenge Time!

Been really bad at keeping up with this thing, but I'm glad for this challenge bringing me back each year. Dunno how well I'm going to do since it's been really, really rough the last couple of months and it's not going to get better any time soon.

Day 1: Flight Rising dragon, Lelym Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.


Hey everyone, sorry I haven't been in contact much or keeping commissions updated. My health hasn't been the greatest the past couple of weeks, a seasonal bug and a slew of migraines have kept me down. Apparently my food sensitivities have jumped again and now I'm going to have to be even more careful than I already am of what I eat. Had eaten a few things that I thought were safe, but turned out to most certainly not agree with me in any way.

Then it was catching up with real life between the migraines and losing my ability to Social when sick... yeah. Lost track of time in a big way.

Right now the commission update stands at four paid and completed works, two paid-for incomplete works (one of which is about 90% done the other has an almost finished background), two TF world-building design works to be negotiated once I can present cohesive sketches, and two full body (one w/two characters) OC pics that are demi-design works. Then there's a couple of people who are patiently waiting in the wings for when I can focus on them once I whittle away at what's on my plate some. 

If any of you as commissioners are more comfortable with me posting a naming names list, please let me know. Right now I'm being vague since I didn't ask permission and I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Also! Thank you everyone who sent me TF Valentines! They're were very sweet and were a very badly needed pick me when I was feeling shitty.

(To give you an idea of what I usually need to avoid.and not clutter up the main post..)

List below the cutCollapse )
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.


Update on Jasper the Cat

Taking it easy one more day, the arm is pain free and there's only just the slightest twinge to my wrist that I hope means it'll be healed up tomorrow enough to get back into the swing of things. Slowly though, just to be on the safe side. So in the meantime, let me tell you how well the cat that showed up on our door is doing.

Jasper is recovering fantastically. His eye cleared up within days and is good as new. And as you can see with the photo, put on a lot of the weight that he needed. He looks almost like another cat and I know I wouldn't be able to wrap my finger around his waist now. In fact, he's doing so well, that we've been told that they're going to start looking for a forever home for him soon. The other cat in the photo is named Stitch, and they've become buddies while they both strengthen up.

It's kind of bittersweet, since both Heslestor and I fell in love with the little guy but there's no conceivable way we could keep him. He was such a sweetheart the whole time we had him, brief as it was. So much sadness to be had on letting him go. But on the other hand, he's being taken really good care of and the rescue does it's best to screen the adopters to make sure that the homes are best suited to the animals they help.

The Lucky Day Animal Rescue is on Facebook should you like to see more pictures of him and the other animals they've helped.
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.


January Challenge 2014: Day 23

Bad news is my right hand is still giving me fits.
Good news is I can draw with my left hand.
Bad news is I'm not ambidextrous.
Good news is I just leveled up drawing with my left hand.
Bad news is it's still like lvl 2
Good news is... 

MONSTER HUNTER 4 IS GETTING A WESTERN RELEASE! Not until next year, but I don't care. We're still going to get it! I'm so excited! You don't even know.
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

January Challenge 2014: Day 22

caiusmajor's Commission: An animal accurate Beast Wars allied Dinobot and Megatron.

Worked on this in little bits throughout the day, wrist is still sore so I'm glad this was so close to being done when drawing really started to hurt. Having to leave off commissions early yesterday had me jittery.

Will word more when I have a brain.

Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

No pic today

Been pushing it too much with commissions on top of my daily challenge and now both my wrist and arm hurt in a way that I don't want to push. I was hoping if I let it be through the day after working on a couple of commissions this morning it'll settle down, but no go. It's that tense low burn sort of way that's focused in the tendons and gets worse when I grip my stylus to draw or lift something that weighs more than.a glass of water.

Knew I was pushing it before when it started to protest the other day, but I thought if I took care of it I could continue at the pace I was setting for myself. I'm hoping a good night's sleep will at least let me finish the commission that's almost done sometime tomorrow. But if not, I'm really, really sorry. I don't want to ignore the warning signs and injure my drawing hand.
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.


January Challenge 2014: Day 21

Just a quickie stoat today. Since none of the commissions I've been working on are where I can finish them by the midnight deadline I give myself. I've missed a couple of those already even if it was only by an hour and I'd like to avoid that for this last stretch of the month.
And another lazy gradient BG because I can't settle on a flat one.
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

January Challenge 2014: Day 20

In Flight Rising your primary focus are the dragons, and your dragons can be given familiars. This is my matriarch's bratty little sneak and tattletale of a bluefin charger who does his best to watch the rest of the clan to find things to get them in trouble for. Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

January Challenge 2014: Day 18

Commission for Dragovianknight of their World of Warcraft OCs Irohne and Anying.

Going to have to take it easy the next day or two, my hand is starting to hurt.

(and artist's note to self, charge more for something like this next time, spent far longer on it than I should have :P)
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

January Challenge 2014: Day 17

Eventually Heslestor and I are going to co-run an online craft store by the name of Moody Crow. They're going to have things like homemade dog treats and handcrafted paper, and I'm going to have things like my bulbs and prints of my art. So, to spare my hand a little, I did up the icon we're going to be using.

And yes, that is the asexual flag in the back, as we both identify that way.

As for
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

January Challenge 2014: Day 17

Commission for Ultharkitty of their OC Skycraze
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

January Challenge 2014: Day 15

Frustration Rock

Because how commission.
Because unexpected computer restart.
Because lost anxiety purge art piece.
Because pick-axes keep breaking.
Originally posted at my dreamwidth account.

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