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Hello DA friends and watchers, last week my husband and I welcomed our first child into the world! Will Jack in the end be a creative person like his parents, or something totally different? I'm excited to find out! Hope everyone else out there is having a lovely May :)

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Long time no see everyone, I figured it's been awhile and that I'd poke my head in and give a quick update. Life is good, busy as usual. I'll have been at my animation/graphic design job 1 year in January, and they keep me VERY busy and pretty creatively tapped out. Which is great for my wallet, certainly, but not as great for creating personal art. Still working on that one. My biggest news though is that my husband and I are expecting! If all goes well, we'll have a baby next May :) Lots to do before then!! I hope everyone is well, and maybe soon I'll get time to comb through the backlog of over 4,000 deviations in my inbox o_O;; Eep! All right, back to animation work with me, cheers!

Making good on my word! Some new art :)

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 13, 2013, 7:25 PM
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Making it happen, folks! Some new illustration and photography to enjoy will be going up in the next few minutes. I will do my best to update more regularly from this point on!

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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2012, 2013 and Thoughts

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 8, 2013, 7:20 AM
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I sometimes feel like a broken record when I post journal entries to DA because I end up saying a variation of the same things: I've only had time for some photography, art is in the works and will eventually get posted, etc. etc. All of that is true, but I thought maybe a better approach would be a general overview of what exactly I've been up to and what my plans are for 2013 so my oft-repeated excuses have some context, especially for those who have recently put me on their watch lists (and thank you for that!! You guys are awesome).

The past few years in general have been tumultuous for me (though mostly in a good way!). In 2011 my then-fiance and I bought a house together, then planned and had our wedding in September. A week after returning from our honeymoon, I lost my job, found a new one within three weeks, and then my new husband lost HIS job only a few weeks before Christmas. In all that chaos I found it nearly impossible to find time or energy to sit and draw anything. Photography is always something I've loved, but it's also fast, easy and accessible. I have a great camera on my iPhone which lives in my purse or pocket, and I love to go shooting with my Nikon. This is why so much of what I've posted in the past couple years has been photography work; not just because I'm proud of the pictures I take, but because it's what I have the time and energy for.

2012 was another exciting, busy year. My husband found a job that wasn't fantastic, but gave him breathing room to secure a much more satisfying and well-playing position with another company (he is also in the graphics/video/animation industry and makes TV commercials primarily). Things were going well with my e-learning production job, and I was also offered adjunct teaching at my animation school for both the spring and fall semesters. Although "only" two nights a week, the outside time commitment and energy drain was enormous, occupying nearly every evening of the week and many weekends. It was a very satisfying experience, but again the time and energy I could have spent drawing and creating new illustrative work was eaten up by my teaching commitments.

We also took a few very nice trips, including San Diego Comic Con (my second time, my husband's first time), a family trip to Rhode Island, and celebrated our first anniversary with a lovely weekend cabin trip. We also spent a lot of social time with friends and family, hosted a summer and Christmas party, and generally enjoyed life away from computers, which we spend our days on at work. After 8-10 hours of heavy graphics and animation work every day, coming home to more of the same is difficult, and socially booked weekends make anything beyond photography a real challenge.

In late summer of 2012 my company was bought by a larger one, and within 2 weeks they decided they didn't need our entire development department anymore, and gave us 60 days layoff notice. Within a month I managed to secure another job with a long-term freelance client, and I started with them in December. I get to do motion graphics, illustration and layout, and hopefully even more as time goes on! It's a very exciting time for me in my career (I'm now almost 7 years post-graduation from animation school) and I'm pouring a huge amount of creative and mental energy into being a valuable asset to my new company (which is a small shop, only three people besides me, and therefore has to fight to maintain its existence in this economy).

In light of this, I chose to forgo teaching this spring (and possibly for the foreseeable future, but we'll see) because I desperately want to return to making my own work again in the evenings and weekends as much as I can. This is especially important to me because in 1-2 years we want to start a family, and once I'm a mother that will most likely take top priority for me for as least a few years until I can carve out more time for myself.

So here we are in January 2013, the start of a new year and new adventures, and I'm hoping to finally make good on the promises I've made in these occasional journal entries. I greatly appreciate all the faves, watches, badges and comments I receive, I love a that piece of myself is always out there in the world for people to discover and enjoy, whether it's a sculpture I've made, a story I've written, a photo, a piece of illustration, or Transformers fanart that's given someone joy. I love to create, but I also love to share, and I will always strive to be a part of the online art community as much as possible.

If you're interested what I've been doing professionally, please take a look at my recently re-done website, www.jessicaentis.com/ and my Linkedin profile www.linkedin.com/in/jessicaent… which may give some insight into why I've been so absent from DA. Thank you all for your patience and interest, and I hope to give my watchers new work to enjoy as soon as I can. Have a fantastic week!

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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Print Shop and Comic Con 2012!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 5, 2012, 7:00 PM
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Hey all, I've started gradually adding prints to my print shop, especially of my Japan photography, please have a look! It's been a super busy year so far, and I'm really stoked to go to Comic Con 2012 next week!! Anyone else going?

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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Wacom Cintiq 12WX for sale!

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 14, 2012, 11:56 AM
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Hi guys! Poking my head up to let you know that since I was able to upgrade to a larger Cintiq model a few months ago (thanks freelance $$!!) I'm now selling my smaller Cintiq 12WX on Ebay for $800 (it was over $1000 when I bought it new in 2009). If you think you might be interested in this awesome drawing tool for your studio, the listing can be found here: cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

Thanks everyone! Please note that I'm only shipping within the United States. The box is fairly big and 9lbs. so international shipping would be way to expensive for most people anyway.

UPDATE: My Cintiq has sold, woohoo! :) An iPad might be in my near future...

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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So...what's new??

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 9, 2012, 8:21 AM
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Life, the Universe and Everything. Pretty much. Seriously though, sorry again for my absence everyone, it's been a very busy year so far! I was hired as an adjunct professor at my animation school, The Columbus College of Art and Design, so I've been teaching a storyboarding class two nights a week! There's a lot of outside hours involved with teaching, including grading and curriculum work, so that's been filling a lot of my evenings and weekends. I'm also teaching an animation course for grades 8-9 on Saturday mornings this semester. So basically I have 3 jobs right now, which is keeping me plenty busy! But the experience is great, as is the extra $$. I've also been doing some freelance work, and earned enough to upgrade some of my computer equipment at home, so I'm excited to plunge back into art projects this summer once the spring semester ends.

My husband and I are also going to Comic Con in San Diego in July!!! I am SO excited for that, I can't even describe it. I've been to Comic Con once, back in 2008, and it was a ton of fun. I'm even more stoked to take my buddy with me this time, my husband's never been :) WOOOO!

I hope all of you are well, spring is almost here! :)

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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The crazy tapestry of life

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 21, 2011, 9:27 AM
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I've long since lost track of the number of times I've thought life was settling down, then a new pile of Things to Do, both good and bad, gets thrown my way. My wedding and honeymoon were awesome! There was a huge sigh of relief from all parties when the Giant Life Event was over with. Life can return to normal now, hooray! Then about a week after my honeymoon, I was laid off from my art job of five years. Craaaaaaap :(

Since I cannot afford to be unemployed (and wouldn't want to be anyway, as I like working) I busted ass and found a new art job within three weeks. Go me! I'm settled into my new job now just in time for the craziness of the holidays to begin; there are special Xmas gifts we have planned this year too which we have to make. I've also been fulfilling a lot of freelance commitments I took on while job hunting, one of which will be ongoing for the next two months (the project needs to be completed by the first of the year).

Moral of the story: life just doesn't slow down! I might be teaching some animation courses at my ala matar next spring as well, which should be pretty awesome! My goal as always through this craziness is to find the time for my own art, so I can get back to updating this gallery again on a consistent basis. I keep promising this, and so far it has not happened; come on 2012, give me the break I need after this insane 2011!

As always, I hope all of you are doing well, and thank you for the continued support, comments and faves. It means a lot!

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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New Las Vegas Photos!

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 21, 2011, 9:25 AM
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Hi everyone, I'm back from my honeymoon and armed with new photos! I'll be posting one or two a day for a bit, today's offering is a lovely sunset :) Las Vegas is such a fun city, we had a great time! I hope everyone else had a great week :D

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 11, 2011, 2:26 PM
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I got married this weekend! What'd you do? ;)

Heading off to our honeymoon in Las Vegas tomorrow morning, see you guys in a week! :D

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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Vote for me in the Threadless NASA contest!!

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 26, 2011, 9:09 AM
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Hi guys, remember that Atlantis as a bird WIP I posted a few weeks ago? I finished up the design and entered the Threadless NASA t-shirt contest, and my design was approved for voting! WOOOOO! If you guys like what you see, give me a vote!

atrium.threadless.com/nasa/sub…

I'm so, SO stoked about this! I'll post the finished the design here on DA tonight for you guys to enjoy :)

Edit: Well results are in and I didn't win, but that's okay, I'll definitely be entering more of their contests!

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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Godspeed Atlantis!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 8, 2011, 9:40 AM
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This morning at 11:26am Space Shuttle Atlantis launched for the final time, marking the end of NASA's space shuttle program. It's the end of an era, and it will be several years before any other human launches from the US. Private industry is working on it, and may actually beat NASA to it, since at the moment Congress can't get their act together concerning NASA's direction and budget. It's frustrating and sad, but nevertheless Atlantis' flight this morning was flawless and beautiful. What an amazing ship; it's also the same shuttle I got to watch launch in person in 2009. I feel so fortunate that I got do to that, and I can't wait to see where humans go from here in space! I'm working on a commemorative piece for this right now, I just posted a WIP sketch today. Happy Friday, guys :)

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 7, 2011, 7:21 AM
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Hello, all! I know it's been a while, we've finally settled into our new house and our wedding is now only two months away, so we're knee-deep in last minute planning. But we did take some time Sunday to go see the third Transformers film, Dark of the Moon. There are many reviews and thought about this movie floating around, so I doubt I can much that's unique, but as someone who became a first time fan of Transformers with the first film (and did a LOT of fanart in response to it), I did want to share some thoughts about the whole thing.

My biggest issue with the series is the fact that Michael Bay helms it; as a director it's clear that his only interest is blowing things up in bigger and louder ways (mostly at sunset). He doesn't care about coherent plots or character development, and thus the three Transformers films are a study in missed opportunities. I've seen some reviews that go "well hey, you haters of this movie, Transformers is based off a kids cartoon from the 80's that was basically just a weekly toy commercial anyway, so what do you expect?"

This type of argument has never convinced me. Pirates of the Caribbean was just a theme park ride with literally no story or real characters. The writers and director of that film took a bare-bones idea and made something amazing and memorable out of it. You can take almost ANY concept and with imagination and care, make it awesome. Transformers, had it been helmed by a director who gave a damn, could have been something great. Instead it's a pile of half-executed ideas and (admittedly cool) special effects.

I LOVE the concept of Transformers: Intelligent, feeling alien machines embroiled in a civil war thousands of years old. That's fascinating to me, and has so much terrific science fiction potential. The first film has some great ideas that launched a whole fandom, with some of the best fanfiction I've ever read. The first movie introduces the Allspark and Sector 7, really shows the intricate construction of the robots (thank you, ILM wizards!), and at its core has the story theme of a boy and his first car, which is a piece of Spielberg heart that really helps to redeem this film's many faults. Its faults are cartoonish and often offensively stereotyped characters, cringe-worthy dialogue for the Transformers across the board, and some truly asinine moments such as Bumblebee "peeing" on Agent Simmons. Despite those things though, the movie still is enjoyable enough that I can get into it, and it really does have some amazing action setpieces with some of my favorite shots in any movie. It also has great sound design, music and effects.

So the first movie really captured my imagination, and left me wanting more. I remember when the trailer for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen was released, I was SO excited. It looked like what was good about the first film mixed with some hardcore sci-fi; Transformers, especially Decepticons, could be DANGEROUS and scary and bad ass. There were going to be more than five Autobots this time!! It was going to be awesome!!! Sadly, the actual movie was anything but awesome. Many of the new characters were offensive racist stereotypes, robots humped legs for no reason, and many returning characters were even more annoying and poorly written than last time. Not to mention Devastator, an otherwise awesome Transformers concept, being ruined by a pair of giant clanging robot balls. The story itself was a complete mess. Even now I can't really tell you what it was about. Jetfire showed up and was lame, Optimus died or something, was resurrected and ended up with a jetpack, and Megatron somehow came back from the dead and became a whiny, pathetic non-villian. Even more simpering than Starscream, if that's possible. The whole concept of "The Fallen" made no sense at all, and...yeah. I could go on forever about how much this movie sucked and how utterly disappointing it was, but I'll just stop here. This movie killed my interest in Transformers for a good long while. On the positive side though, I think the best part of Revenge of the Fallen is Soundwave and his "cassette" minions. They're visualized beautifully, especially the one-eyed Ravage, who looks absolutely amazing, and his toy still decorates my desk at work :) I wish Soundwave and company would have gotten more to do in TF2, it would have made for a better film.

Thankfully, Dark of the Moon redeems the series somewhat. I still think the first film is the best; it has the most color and heart, and a lot of good humor. Dark of the Moon is quite a bit more serious and dramatic in tone, which is absolutely fine and appropriate for the storyline, but a lot of its attempted humor falls flat, since the writing is as clumsy as ever. Most of the new characters are over the top and cartoonish, but they are tolerable and in some cases even enjoyable. The special effects are top-notch; I actually saw this in 3D and it worked! Using the 3D camera forced Bay to slow down his action sequences, which is a welcome change from his usual frenetic style where you can't tell what the hell's going on most of the time. You can actually SEE the robots this time, which is awesome. Shockwave makes a nice appearance, though he has zero character development or explanation for being there. He just...IS. But he has a neat robot snake thing that eats buildings, so that's cool. The story in general is comprehensible and makes sense, and builds to a very nice exciting climax. Dark of the Moon has the epic scale the first film didn't, which works in its favor. There are still a million plot holes, bad writing and stupid moments, but I was happy when I left the theater this time. I'd gotten what I'd paid for; robots beating the crap out of each other in cool ways, and a somewhat satisfying story.

Still, the missed potential saddens me. I'm glad this was the last Transformers film because really, Bay has done enough. This could have been such a great science fiction series; instead we got a loud, sloppy toy commercial. The offical comics and unofficial fanfiction have done a much better job with all these concepts than Michael Bay ever could, and I'm grateful that Transformers will live on that way for the foreseeable future. At some point I'd like to get back into my own TF graphic fan novel based off the first film. Thank you Dark of the Moon for not completely sucking; thank you for providing a decent end to a trilogy, and for making me interested in Transformers again. All is right with the world.

If you've made it this far, thanks for reading, and hopefully I'll have new art for all of you soon! Have a lovely summer :)

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Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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HOUSE!!!

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 28, 2011, 9:25 AM
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Yesterday my fiancé and I just made the biggest purchase of our lives so far, we now own our own home!! Moving day is Saturday, and pretty soon after that we'll have our new office set up and maybe, just maybe some art will get finished. Of course we will be diving back into wedding planning as soon as the dust settles too. This is going to be an insanely busy summer. I'm excited for the rest of 2011, but I'm looking forward to 2012 too. No wedding, no moving, just normal life and art. It'll be awesome :D

I hope everyone is having a lovely April :)

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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Update on the state of me!

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 27, 2011, 6:12 AM
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Hi everyone! I realize it's been forever since I've posted a journal, and about as long since I've put up any new art or photos. Life has just been very, very busy and will continue to be so for some time. I keep up with the artists I watch here on DA as well as I can, but that's all I've been able to manage recently. That doesn't mean I don't have new art in the works, it's just taking forever to get it complete enough to post. Here's a quick run down on what I've been up to, and what I'm working on:

1. I'm getting married this year!!! Sept. 10, 2011 :) So I've been deep in wedding planning for several months now; there was a bit of a lull in that for a while, but at the moment it's kicked into high gear. Lots of decisions to be made!

2. My fiancé and I are also planning to buy a house before September! We have to move before the wedding one way or the other (our rent has just gotten too high) and at this point, finally taking the homeowner plunge just make the most sense. I've gotten pre-approval for a loan, but I have to complete the full loan process with paperwork and, of course, we have to find the right house. It's quite a project! That will also be consuming a lot of my time in the coming months.

3. But! Art is still happening :) I actually have some photos from the holidays to post, hopefully I can get to that this weekend. Also I'm continuing to work on our group animated film Sphere in Boxland, right now I'm making our "movie poster", which is 24"x36" resolution in Photoshop. That is a LOT of pixels to fill, but it's really fun! I'm confident the film will be done by summer :D Once that's done I'll be finally at last starting on my griffin field guide, which is something I've been wanting to do since high school. I'm in the planning stages for it right now :)

So...yeah, I'm a busy woman right now! But I'm excited for the future :D Keep watching everyone, and have a great 2011!

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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Autumn is here!!

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 16, 2010, 6:57 PM
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And so are the beautiful fall colors :) I went to Highbanks Metro park in Columbus today, the weather was gorgeous with perfect lighting. I had a VERY good photo day, I'll be posting the best ones over the next few days :) Enjoy!

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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Opening commissions!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 27, 2010, 8:20 AM
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Hey there everyone, here's the deal: I'm getting married next year, and so I need money to do stuff! And also, I miss doing commission work, it's always a lot of fun :) So for the first time in a long while I'm opening up to commissions! What I'll draw: Transformers, fantasy, landscapes, etc., pretty much anything except for anthros (sorry guys, I'm just not interested in that) or pornography. Think PG-13 rating as the max for the images and all will be well :)

All work will be digital (I work in Photoshop on a Wacom Cintiq) and will be created at 8.5 x 11" print resolution so you can print yourself a wall image if you like :) Specific image rights (mine and yours) will be outlined in the contract you receive from me. I treat commissions as freelance and as such I ALWAYS work with a contract; it won't be a complex jumble of legalese or anything, but it would be binding and simply serves to protect both parties from misunderstandings.

All that said, on to the important bit: rates!

One character:
B&W sketch: $15
Color sketch: $25

Two-three characters:
B&W sketch: $30
Color sketch: $40

Four characters and up:
Total price determined on a case by case basis, but would start at $60 and go up depending on the complexity of the image

*Note: by "sketches" I mean basically that there is no background. B&W would be nice lineart (or sketchy style if you prefer that), maybe with some light shading. Color would be more detailed. A sketch CAN have a background if it's very loose and sketchy. Examples:

Dochas plots by calger459 Green griffin by calger459 Mini-Shockwave by calger459 Go by calger459 Prowl n Blue by calger459 Garun: GAU Mascot by calger459

FULL finished B&W or color pieces with backgrounds: These generally take me from 10-20 hours in Photoshop. If you picture an hourly rate for the artist of $10/hour (which is super cheap, FYI) a full piece will run anywhere from $100-$200 depending on what's called for in that particular image. A very complex image could run higher.

Examples of what a full color or B&W image would look like:

Cloud Dragon - Mei by calger459 Christmas Flower by calger459 Maned Dragon by calger459 Meeting by calger459 Race by calger459 Wheeljack's Epic BOO by calger459 Snow Rabbit - Xmas 08 by calger459

So there it is! I don't have a set number of commission slots at the moment, that may be determined at a later date. If you're interested please drop me a note! :)

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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Happy birthday to meeeeeee! :)

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 20, 2010, 6:55 AM
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31 today...kind of a weird feeling. I'm like in this weird young/old middle ground now, but it's a good place to be :) Have a lovely day everyone!

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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Red, White and Boom 2010!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 15, 2010, 7:17 PM
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I went to Columbus's annual Fourth of July celebration again this year :) So much fun!!

Waiting for the show by calger459
Finale: Bouquet by calger459
Finale: Chandelier by calger459
Night Beauty by calger459
Explosions in Pink by calger459
First Shot by calger459

Enjoy the photos! I've been getting a lot of llamas lately, thanks so much everyone! I'm honored :D Life as usual has been super busy, but good! I hope everyone's having a great summer :) Cheers!

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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lol llamas!

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 3, 2010, 3:44 PM
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I've apparently been upgraded to SUPER llama because I got ten of them :D Woo! He has a little cape and everything! That is just adorable <3

Thank you to all who've given me llamas, comment here and I'll give you one too :)

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Stuff to do:

Be a mom; visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite; go to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, Europe, Africa, China, Japan; learn to skydive; work on a major film; go to the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, New York Comic Con; drive a muscle car; drive a smart car; finish an original comic; make another personal animated film; learn to cook a really complex dish; climb Mt. Fuji; learn to ride a horse properly; learn to scuba dive; drive cross-country; work for Pixar; write an original novel; walk on a glacier; visit the Egyptian pyramids; attend a summer Olympics; live in a foreign country; successfully train a dog to do something; see a Space Shuttle launch in person; see an Aurora Borealis in person

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