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Journal Entry: Sat Jun 20, 2015, 5:34 PM



HEY YO WHAT'S UP

First off, I'm streaming, so if you wanna come hang out and watch me draw and struggle fruitlessly to talk about shit, you can come stop by my Twitch channel here: www.twitch.tv/medli20 Offline, thanks for coming!
HEY DO YOU LIKE MUSELK? What about T-shirts?

Well GOOD NEWS because Muselk has T-shirts that you can buy! Also I did the design, so if you order one, you'll let me buy cool things like food, rent, and computer parts! CHECK OUT THIS SWEET-ASS T-SHIRT YO



And here's a lame-ass action shot of this sexy-as-hell T-shirt:



So if you wanna buy one and be a cool kid, you can order one here! We still need about a hundred orders for this batch to get made, so if you can help us out, that'd be fanastic!



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tagged

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 15, 2015, 2:23 PM



Twitch is buggy so no stream nvm, sorry

Rules

Bullet; Black No tagbacks.
Bullet; Black Tag at least 10 people. (Or don't. Life is no fun if you're always following rules.)
Bullet; Black State 10 facts about yourself.
Bullet; Black Answer the questions asked by the person that tagged you.
Bullet; Black Ask 10 questions for the people you tag.

10 facts about me:
  1. I play like a shit-ton of TF2
  2. I main medic
  3. I'm currently studying to be an animator.
  4. When I first joined dA, inbox thumbnails were a subscriber-only feature.
  5. I can speak Japanese and some German, albeit poorly.
  6. I like to sculpt but I'm bad at it
  7. I like birbs
  8. I've done art for a few YouTubers
  9. I'm currently 23 years old
  10. I've spent way too much time in community college before transferring out to university

Bullet; Black What is your favourite mythical creature, and why?
I like Griffins because birbs.
Bullet; Black What is the best villain (in your opinion) that you have ever written?
I haven't really written many villains, but I guess Hechoton was okay.
Bullet; Black What is the most meaningful item you currently have which you've owned since childhood?
I still have my bunny that I've had since I was 2
Bullet; Black Look to your right. What is the first item you see, and how did it get there? What does it mean to you?
I see my laptop. I put it there. I use it for schoolwork and also a second monitor when I stream.
Bullet; Black When was the last time you performed in front of another person?
Uhhh oh gosh I don't perform much. I took an acting class a couple semesters ago, and I re-enacted Meet the Engineer, so that was fun
Bullet; Black What is your favourite novel? Come up with a text-to-self evaluation of how you can relate to it.
I like Willard by Stephen Gilbert. I don't really relate to it per se-- I just like it as a story. Though I guess I'm kind of a hermit like Willard? idk
Bullet; Black When was the last time you stayed up a full twenty-four hours, and what were you doing that was so important you couldn't sleep?
The last time I stayed awake for that long was the first time I tried Red Bull. I wasn't doing anything important; I just couldn't sleep.
Bullet; Black Coke or Pepsi? Any particular reason?
Depends-- if it's just a small amount, I like Pepsi because it's sweeter. If it's a larger amount, I'll go with Coke because it's not as sweet.
Bullet; Black Who was your favourite high school teacher, and what did they do for you?
Oh gosh I had some really great high school teachers, I can't pick just one.
Mr. B taught me animation and influenced me to pursue it as a career.
Mr. C taught history, and was super fun to listen and talk to, and he also let us hold the Japanese Culture Club in his classroom.
Frau G taught German and helped nurture everyone in the class into becoming mature adults.
Bullet; Black Short or long answers? Why do you prefer either, or are you right in the middle?
Depends on the question. Typically I'll be brief but if I feel that a longer answer is necessary, that's what I'll type.

Questions for anyone who wants to do this
  1. What's your favorite color?
  2. What's the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?
  3. What is the video game that you've sunk the most time into (if any)? 
  4. Other than dA, what other sites do you frequent?
  5. What's your favorite animal?
  6. What's the worst movie you've watched?
  7. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  8. In your opinion, what would be the most mundane superpower to have?
  9. What's a thing that you've always wanted to try doing but haven't been able to?
  10. Have you ever built a pc?
I tag anyone who wants to do this




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Good lord, it's been a while

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 14, 2015, 11:35 PM



So uh, hi! Sorry for kind of disappearing off the face of the earth there. I could write all sorts of excuses as to why I haven't been posting here, but at the end of the day it wouldn't really mean anything. Long story short: I got burned out on pixel art and dA intimidates me. 

So what has been going on for the past... two years? hoooooly hell

  • I learned how to sculpt. ...Well, kind of.

  • My life has been consumed by TEAMS DEFENSE FORT TWO (2). Like... really. It's all I ever draw nowadays and I even make money off of it.
  • I got burned out on pixel art. Yes, it's cute and yes, making miniature bouncy things was fun for a while, but for a while it seemed like it was all anyone wanted to see, and I felt like I was restricting myself. Plus the "hurr they're teabagging invisible people" comments turned me off.
  • I got accepted into San Jose State University's animation/illustration program, yey c:
  • I started living on my own... sort of. Just during the school semesters. As of now I'm on summer break so I'm back at my parents' place.
  • I've been extremely fortunate to hang out with people I respect the everloving hell out of: Muselk, Dapper Dog, MagMagnet, OpenGriefing, along with a bunch of others :)
  • I've gotten into the Reddit community, particularly /r/tf2. 
  • I've fallen in love with painting.
  • I learned how to draw/paint better and also how to perspective.
  • I started streaming again, though nowadays I use Twitch instead of Livestream. The quality is waaay better, and I can even use bots to add things like automated song requests, chat commands, and other things.
  • I've started to actually use YouTube for things!
  • Same with Twitter. :)
So other than that, idk what to actually talk about. Am I back on dA for good? Maybe. *sniff* ...maybe. We'll see-- I have a bit of a tendency to hover between websites nowadays without much commitment. The only site I've really constantly hung around lately has been Reddit. I do miss a lot of things about dA, though-- Reddit's nice, but it's hard to follow favorite artists. Tumblr was alright, but then it became this clusterfuck of Social Justice and pseudo-feminism... I feel like I can't be myself, and that I'm obliged to hate myself when I'm over there. Twitter is fun too, but it's mostly geared toward microblogging. Which is nice for dumb little status updates and all, but the image compression is pretty terribad.

Anyway that's about it for now. Big thanks to xLunaP for the Premium Membership-- I feel bad for not being more active over here so I think I'll try harder to not let my dA account rot lol.

bonus:






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Yoooo

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 14, 2013, 12:20 AM



So I haven't been on dA much for these past few days. The reason for this is that my brother built me a BRAND-NEW COMPUTER AWW YEEEEAAAAHHHH

...well not BRAND-new, since I've still got the same hard drive. Basically he completely took my computer apart, salvaged some parts, then stuck them in this other computer that he built. It runs SUPER-SMOOTHLY and oh my god this is like the BEST computer I have ever had the pleasure of owning, holy shit

But yeah, that was Thursday. Yesterday my computer was already pretty much done, but I went out with my family to do family things. When I got home, I was completely distracted with the fact that I now own a computer that is actually capable of playing video games other than solitaire, so I spent the whole evening playing TF2. AWW YISSS 

YOU GUYS, WE SERIOUSLY HAVE TO PLAY TF2 TOGETHER SOMETIME; I'M SUPER-SERIOUS. That would be like, the BEST thing ever omfg. Maybe I can even get my brother to play, too :D

You can note me for my Steam, but you probably don't even have to do that since it's pretty damn easy to guess.

aaaaannnnd today I went to a family party and then I came home and played L4D2 and Bioshock Infinite, which made me feel ill. 

And that's why I haven't been doing much which means I have a lot of shit to get caught up with ahahahaha

But yeah, my inbox is pretty full right now so sorry if I don't get around to answering your comments right away! I'll do my best to reply to everything, but it might take a while.




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Want to help me mess with someone's head? #9

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 10, 2013, 7:55 PM



#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8

'SUP, AWESOME SQUAD? Yup, it's that time again! Will you guys help me mess with another person's head? ;D

For those of you who are new to this, don't worry: there's nothing malicious involved. It's really quite fun for everyone, including the "victim." Keep reading to see what I've got in store!

Anyway, see this person? :iconscented-candle: I'd like to mess with her head. Glass-Spork was kind enough to suggest our star Scented-Candle waaaay the hell back in November (the suggestion was buried in my inbox so I almost forgot it existed), so many thanks for doing that! :D Anyway, let's dive right in.

To the extent of my knowledge, Scented-Candle doesn't know that I exist. They don't watch me, and I don't think I had seen them around before this, so my assumption is that they're not going to connect me with this very easily. This is a good thing, considering the nature of these events.

I'd like to ask you guys to send Scented-Candle a little love. Tell her nice things about her work, send her a llama, maybe +fav some of her work if it appeals to you, or watch her if you'd like to see more of her work in your inbox-- anything that shows a little kindness and support is welcome! If you think of a different act of kindness that I haven't mentioned, go ahead and do that, too! :D (Big Grin) 

BUT HERE'S THE CATCH: you guys can't make any direct mention of me. You can leave cryptic hints if you'd like, but I want Scented-Candle to log in to an inbox full of love and have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA where it all came from. 

Here are some works from her gallery that I like:

Steampunk King Angel Guy...? by Scented-CandleHatsune Miku Redo by Scented-CandleHappy Mother's Day~! by Scented-CandleGirl on a swing by Scented-Candle

And here are some starting stats, in case anyone likes to compare before-and-after statistics:

2654 pageviews
28 watchers
21 llamas

So, Awesome Squad, what do you say? Are you up to helping me mess with this artist's head? ;) (Wink)

Thanks again to Glass-Spork for the suggestion! If you guys would like to suggest an artist to me, please leave it as a comment here: [link] and I'll consider featuring them later. :) (Smile) (Just bear in mind that I get a lot of suggestions and I won't be able to feature everyone! ;v; )

Also, if you guys want to do a feature of your own like this, you're more than welcome to do so! In fact, if you do, send me a link to your journal and I'll feature it here as well. <3

If you want to do your own but don't know who to feature, feel free to check the comments of this journal: [link] Just be sure to leave a reply to the suggestion to let other people know!




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Check this out! +other miscellaneous updates

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 7, 2013, 9:54 PM



Check this out!
So I logged on today to find a rather pleasant surprise in my inbox: someone submitted a compliment about me to this lovely project right here: 

DeviantART Compliments #2dA Compliments
SavageFrog is one of the greatest deviants I have met on dA. She has been so supportive and caring to me personally and to the community as a whole. She is a wonderful person to speak to, and always offers a helping hand. If you don't know her already, I would suggest taking a moment to drop by her page and say hello, you won't regret it :)
rainylake
flaries has improved so much! I remember her art from back then, and then now! She improved so much in one year! c:
esturimoon
horseandGodzillaluvr is a very friendly artist with really wonderful and stylized art!
Astrikos is really sweet :love:
vanilleass is an amazing feral artist, and a wonderful and supporting friend as well. She's fun to talk to and really friendly to everyone.
Jana is one of the most amazing persons i got to know on dA, she's so warm to everybody and her articles are fantastic. jane-beata is a wonderful friend and she deserves all the love


So first off, to whoever submitted that compliment: Thank you so much! It really left a smile on my face. :D If I knew who you were and I was capable of sending hugs through the internet, I would send you the MIGHTIEST OF HUGS. So mighty, in fact, that I might end up causing a few bruises. And then I would apologize profusely for leaving bruises from my mighty hug of righteousness and take you out for ice cream or something to make up for it. So thank you!

Secondly, I wanted to feature the balls out of this project since it's a SUPER-COOL IDEA and it's a fantastic way of getting the community involved with each other. The basic premise is pretty simple: You can submit a compliment about another user and that user will be alerted when it is featured in a future article. You can submit compliments completely anonymously and the submission process is super-easy, too. 

Kudos to SimplySilent for coming up with this project! I wish her the best of luck in the future. :) 

Other miscellaneous updates

Seeing the DeviantART Compliments project reminded me that oops, I haven't posted a "mess with someone's head" feature lately. I'll get around to doing that soon, so look forward to seeing that in your inbox if you enjoy participating in those! ;)

...and if you don't enjoy them, well, just ignore it or something, I guess lol. I can't really tell you what to do. :B

Also now that I'm using Paypal to buy things on the internet, I'm kind of finding that I don't really have much of a use for points anymore. I think I'll have to host a giveaway or a contest soon to get rid of them or something. :U

or maybe I can get like, a bajillion points and just spam the hell out of the llamatrade or something ehehehe




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Wanted: Voice Actor (filled)

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 23, 2013, 1:24 AM



I got a voice actor! You can expect to hear Shadowlord90's voice acting talents in an animation soon-ish. :) 

Thanks to everyone who sent in a sample! I'll pimp you guys out in the description of the animation. ;)


Hey guys! I've been wanting to do a short flash animation, but it (kinda) needs a bit of voice acting. By "kinda," I mean I could do it without, but some voice acting would really go a long way.

Anyway, here are some specifics of what I'm looking for:

:bulletred: Mature male voice, not too deep (with a pitch around here but with kind of a high nasally quality like this)

(by "mature" I mean "sounding like a fully-grown adult," not "sultry" :paranoid:)

:bulletred: I only need one brief line (4 words) so it's nothing major

:bulletred: medium to high recording quality is preferable

:bulletred: I'm willing to offer payment in the forms of Paypal, Points, premium membership, or art. Name your price, within reason (I'm not shelling out $50 for four words; I'm not rich lol)

If you're interested, note me with a link to a brief audio recording of you saying anything  in a voice you think fits the description, as well as your price. The content of your speech can be anything-- Shakespeare, Monty Python quotes, the ingredients label on a bottle of juice, a line from your favorite book-- anything.

You can try using Vocaroo to record your message, if that seems convenient.

If your voice is the one I want to use, I'll note you back with the line I'd like you to act out. :) Please note that it may take me a while to respond since I'd like to sort through various recordings before I choose one that I think fits the situation the best. (also I'm posting this at 1:30 in the morning so I should be in bed right now *cough cough*)




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How to be a more reputable whiner

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 21, 2013, 11:55 AM



Hi guys! I'm still out of town and away from my computer, but I've got a bit of internet connectivity going on so I figured I'd write a journal.

During this past week, I've noticed that two things happened that have captured my interest: News regarding the XBone, and dA's new beta system for writing comments. Both of these have one thing in common: A lot of people whined or are whining about it. 

Now if you didn't know, the XBone is Microsoft's new console that was announced at e3 (or an earlier games conference, I forgot which) that got a SHIT-TON of negative feedback since it didn't have backwards compatibility, it required a fee to be payed if you wanted to share or lend games with a friend, it required you to be connected to the internet at least once every 24 hours (which would be problematic for those who have limited access to the internet), and it required the kinect, which could theoretically be used in a 1984-esque "Big Brother" way of spying on you. 

Needless to say, very few people were actually pleased with this. Lots of people complained, and just a few days ago, Microsoft changed the XBone to comply to these complaints. 

Shifting gears to the new dA commenting system in Beta testing, basically dA wants to change the comments to work with using Sta.sh Writer. Some of the features that come with it are pretty cool (you can use thumbnails in comments and you can also use the full version of Muro in areas that allow it) but it's rather buggy and there are some aspects of this feature that a lot of people (including myself, for some of them) don't like. You can read more about it here.

So of course, people started complaining. The comments right now seem fairly positive for the most part, but when the journal was first posted, I saw a lot of "THIS IS SHIT, DA. CHANGE IT BACK BECAUSE FUCK YOU" comments. 

This isn't the only time this has happened. Almost every time dA has changed a feature, there have ALWAYS been people who voiced their displeasure at the change. The reasons for their displeasure usually vary widely, whether it's because it causes lag, it leaves something open for exploitation, or just because it was different.

Anyway, this is getting to be longer than I expected, but my point is that there are two ways of voicing your complaints: There's a way that will get people to take you seriously, and there's a way that will make people look at your comment and think "oh look, it's another whiner."

Clearly, nobody wants to be a whiner.

I've noticed that whenever I'm reading comments on a change log, I always pay more attention to the people who have more to say. And by "more to say," I don't mean more words-- I mean more substance. If a person is able to clearly describe what it is that bothers them and uses ethos, pathos, and logos to do so, that person is more likely to be taken seriously.

On the other hand, if a person is only able to say "THIS IS HORRIBLE. YOU ARE HORRIBLE TOO AND THIS CHANGE IS A PILE OF SHIT. IT IF AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT" to voice their complaints, it's MUCH easier to simply dismiss them as being one of "those" people who complain for the sake of complaining. Or, to put it into a more visual sense:


So how can you get people to take your complaints more seriously? Simple. Do less screaming and more reasoning. People often forget that the magical force behind creating the new features on dA (or any medium for that matter) is a bunch of people, like you and me. You wouldn't go to someone's deviation, find a thing you don't like about it, then tell them it's a pile of shit and that they should go die, would you? (well, some people would, but that's another story.) 

Instead, treat your comments like a well-structured critique: Start by finding something you LIKE about it and acknowledge that (and if you honest-to-goodness cannot, then skip that part), then state what you think could use some work. After that, suggest what they can do to fix it, and not just some half-assed comment like "make it better." Put some thought into it; remember that they're only human and they make mistakes like we do.

TL;DR: Your complaints are more likely to be taken seriously if you're able to actually put more thought into your writing. "THIS IS SHITTY AND FUCK YOU" comments will just make you look like an idiot.




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Public Service Announcement

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 15, 2013, 12:37 AM



HELLO FRIENDS

Just popping in real quick before I head to bed to let y'all know that I'll be out of town Starting Sunday (which is technically tomorrow, I guess? I shouldn't have written this at midnight) so I won't have any access to my computer and I won't be able to work on any digital art.

To the people who commissioned me: this means that there will be a week's delay on your commissions. Sorry about that! I really didn't plan this; we were originally meant to leave next week but my dad was like "NO WE'RE GOING NOW" so that became a thing.

Anyway, I'll be heading up to my grandma's old house which now functions as the family vacation house. Provided my grandma's old neighbors still haven't figured out how to lock their wi-fi signal, I should be able to get online and reply to messages and whatnot. 

But yeah, that's pretty much it. I suck at writing endings, so you should watch this video instead.






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Commission Info (Currently on hold)

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 11, 2013, 9:41 AM



Commissions are currently on hold until further notice. I will still work on the commissions that have already been ordered, but I will not take any new orders for a while. Thank you.


So it's taken me pretty much forever to open my commissions, but I finally did it! Keep in mind this will be my first time openly allowing commissions that involve real, actual money so I'll probably iron this journal out later down the line.

Things I will draw
:bulletgreen: Pixel art is a thing that a lot of people seem to want from me, so it would only be logical if I made these open for commission.
:bulletgreen: I also do full-blown illustrations, too!
:bulletgreen: I'll do comics as well, as long as they're kept to a relatively short length. (No full-blown novels, please)
:bulletgreen: I'll do simple flash animations, too :)
:bulletgreen: Check out my gallery for a general idea of things I will do.

Things I won't do
:bulletred: Flat-out porn and weird fetishy things. I'll draw fluff and pin-up-y things as long as it's kept relatively PG-13, but if you would be embarrassed to show it to your grandmother, chances are I won't do it.
:bulletred: Sculpture and traditional paintings. Supplies and shipping are expensive, and setting up a workspace for these things is a pain in the ass. Not to mention I don't feel confident enough in my abilities to sell these.
:bulletred: wordy-things including poetry, literature, and typography. If any of you guys watch me for these things, I have to wonder how in the world you found such things in the first place, because I just flat-out don't do them.
:bulletred: Robots! Anglular, perspective-y things are not my forte. Simple robots are fine, though-- I just don't want to draw mechs or anything.
:bulletred: Graphic design. I know nothing about this, so I won't be able to make web layouts or logos or anything.

Payment methods

I take payment in a number of different ways:
:bulletgreen: Paypal
:bulletgreen: Credit card
:bulletgreen: Debit card
:bulletyellow: dA points via the commission widget (though this is kind of a pain in the ass and it costs 10% more to compensate for the 20% that dA takes off transactions)

:bulletred: I do NOT take payment through the mail; there are too many risks associated with it, and I do not feel comfortable sending people my home address.

If you know me IRL and we see each other fairly often (like in class or something) then you can also pay me in person with cash. :)

Prices
I don't really have set prices for my commissions yet. Instead, I think I'll start by charging an hourly work rate, at $8 USD per hour. This can be subject to change. Payment is due when I've finished your commission. I'll send you a note with my payment information when I'm done.

Below are some rough estimates of common types of commissions. Please be aware that prices can go above or below the estimated range, depending on how simple or complex your request is. I can give you a more accurate price if you describe exactly what kind of commission you want.

rough sketch
Bonus Commish: GinxShan by medli20

$8-16 USD

Simple digital drawings
Thaxter T. Mortimer by medli20Commission: Ryze by medli20Nostalgia by medli20

$16-24 USD

Illustrations with more involvement
Floaties by medli20Hello, Mallory. by medli20TF2: Badwater Basin by medli20

$24-64 USD
(There is more variety here due to the number of variables that affect the amount of time involved. Examples of such variables include but are not limited to backgrounds, materials, and level of activity within the image itself.)

150x150 animated pixel thingies
Commission: Eeyrie by medli20Tendon pixel by medli20Jamming on the guiTARDIS by medli20

$24 USD
(limit one character per pixel thingy. Any more than that and it complicates the animation cycles, causing movements to look somewhat glitchy and sloppy.)

50x50 avatars
Free Icon: Bulbasaur Cabbagepatch by medli20Free Icon: Do a Little Dance by medli20Commission: Mercury by medli20

$8-16 USD

Larger works of pixel art
Candelabra by medli20Waker of Winds by medli20Commission: Henshin A Go-Go Baby! by medli20

$24-48 USD, depending on size and complexity

Other works
Obviously there are all kinds of other types of work that I haven't listed here. Contact me if you'd like to order a thing but the price isn't listed.

Or, contact me if the price IS listed, but you want a more precise estimate.

Things that make life easier.
:bulletgreen: Notes! It's far easier to keep track of a note than it is to keep track of a comment on a journal or something. 
:bulletgreen: Progress thumbnails! If you want me to send you WIPs of your commission, let me know! That way, if something is turning out in a way that you don't like, I can change it sooner rather than later. It's also easier for me to change things earlier in the process as well, so this is pretty helpful. :) If you don't request any WIPs or progress thumbnails, I'll assume you don't want any.
:bulletgreen: Livestreams! If you want me to livestream your commission, let me know! Please bear in mind, though, that I won't be available to livestream at all hours in the day. I do have to do basic things like eating, sleeping, and showering.
:bulletgreen: Reference! Reference is absolutely wonderful. Also, please don't just send me visual references-- if you're commissioning a character I'm not familiar with, please give me a brief description of their personality, the way they interact with other characters you may also want me to draw, maybe a preferred pose, etc. This eliminates a lot of guesswork on my part and speeds up the process significantly.
:bulletgreen: Do-overs! If you're not quite satisfied with the end result of your commission, let me know! I'll do my best to fix it.

Slots
Slots will re-open as soon as they're finished, so check back later if they're full right now. I think I'll limit it to one commission per person at a time. If you would like one commission now and more later or cancel at any time, then that's A-okay. :) 

Progress key:
:bulletred: = awaiting orders
:bulletyellow: = basic order placed, awaiting reference/details
:bulletgreen: = Ready to start
:star::star-half::star-empty: = commission started. Filled stars indicate approximate progress.


NOTE: If you are unable to pay via Paypal, PLEASE let me know in advance so that payment arrangements can be secured beforehand. Thank you!




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Livestream (offline)

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 4, 2013, 3:51 PM



I'll be working on a commissioned pixel icon, so if you want to see how I do that, you should drop by ;) No voice commentary (unless it gets to the point where typing starts to take up too much time), but I'll have iTunes running in the background. If my crappy taste in music is too crappy for you to bear, feel free to request a different song or mute the video. I won't stream music from YouTube though because I don't want to break the livestream.

If you want to stop by, either click the link in the sidebar under "external links" or turn around three times, click your heels, and say "there's no place like home."






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Want to help me mess with someone's head? #8

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 1, 2013, 7:58 PM



#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7

HELLO ONCE AGAIN, AWESOME SQUAD. It's been a while, but I've finally cleaned out my inbox after that ridiculous hiatus, so I figured I'd get back to writing these journals again. :) 

Anyway, would you guys like to help me mess with another artist's head? ;D

You see this person? :iconessemjeeves: I'd like to mess with their head. CIockGears was kind enough to suggest our star :devessemjeves: to me back in January, so thank you for that! Let's dive right in.

To the extent of my knowledge, Essemjeeves doesn't know that I exist. They don't watch me, and I don't think I had seen them around before this, so my assumption is that they're not going to connect me with this very easily. This is a good thing, considering the nature of these events.

I'd like to ask you guys to go send Essemjeeves a little love. Tell them nice things about their work, send them a llama, maybe :+fav: some of their work if it appeals to you, or watch them if you'd like to see more of their work in your inbox-- anything that shows a little kindness and support is welcome! If you think of a different act of kindness that I haven't mentioned, go ahead and do that, too! :D 

BUT HERE'S THE CATCH: you guys can't make any direct mention of me. You can leave cryptic hints if you'd like, but I want Essemjeeves to log in to an inbox full of love and have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA where it all came from. 

Here are some works from their gallery that I like:

Oswald in a Tree by EssemjeevesWaiting Out the Rain by EssemjeevesClockwork! by EssemjeevesTragic Tale of an Empty Island by Essemjeeves

And here are some starting stats, in case anyone likes to compare before-and-after statistics:

4,655 pageviews
161 watchers
63 llamas

So, Awesome Squad, what do you say? Are you up to helping me mess with this artist's head? ;)

Thanks again to CIockGears for the suggestion! If you guys would like to suggest an artist to me, please leave it as a comment here: fav.me/d5nv40i and I'll consider featuring them later. :) (Just bear in mind that I get a lot of suggestions and I won't be able to feature everyone! ;v; )

Also, if you guys want to do a feature of your own like this, you're more than welcome to do so! In fact, if you do, send me a link to your journal and I'll feature it here as well. <3

If you want to do your own but don't know who to feature, feel free to check the comments of this journal: fav.me/d5nv40i Just be sure to leave a reply to the suggestion to let other people know!




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*waltzes in four months late with starbucks*

Journal Entry: Wed May 29, 2013, 6:49 PM



I LIVE

WOW, so first off, hello! It seems like a lot has happened in the time I was gone.

As some of you know, I took a hiatus back in February. This was due to all sorts of stress and anxiety and it just really wasn't a very good time for me. dA was starting to put pressure on me as well, since I wanted to maintain positive relations with my watchers and reply to every message in my inbox ever, but at the same time it just felt like one more thing I had to worry about on top of school, transferring, family drama, and legitimately-scary thoughts that I was having but didn't know where they were coming from. 

To top it off, this all happened at around the same time I turned 21, so I was getting lots of birthday well-wishes from the wonderful cutie-patoots that you guys are, but the timing of everything else was just SO BAD that I wasn't really able to respond to any of that, and I'm really sorry. 

Point commissions
*DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT TAKING ANY NEW POINT COMMISSIONS AT THIS TIME.* 

This is for those who ordered a point commission before I basically dropped off the surface of dA, namely felw, BlackCatDraws, and Eeyrie. I know it has been months since you guys sent in your requests, and minds are liable to change within that sort of timespan. If you ordered a point commission from me and you wanted to cancel or change your order, please send me a note with your updated commission info! 

This is why I don't ask for payment until AFTER I've finished commissions. OTL; 

What's new on dA?

So apparently a lot of things changed on dA while I was gone! Here are my thoughts on some of them:

:bulletred: apparently now you can only watch up to 5,000 people. I'm pretty okay with this, considering 5,000 is a RIDICULOUSLY large amount of people. Seriously, that's nearly twice the number of students who attended my old high school when I was there, and my high school was HELLA BIG. Plus this cap will cut back on the number of people who spam the "+watch" button in order to gain more pageviews, but then again that hasn't really been a "thing" for quite some time now.

:bulletred: No more deviantgear. This makes me all kinds of sad. I've really only ever bought myself a dA messenger bag, but it's a really fantastic bag and I'm a bit upset that they won't be making any more. Mine is starting to fall apart from overuse... 

:bulletred: I GOT ANOTHER DD WHAT
HOW EVEN
I WASN'T EVEN AROUND TO SEE IT HAPPEN
AAAARRRGGGH THANK YOU 

:bulletred: I apparently hit 6,000 watchers and 200,000 pageviews??? Holy shit you guys are amazing; thank you <3333

Other things

:bulletred: POST-MORTEM WILL COME BACK, I PROMISE. I put up a bonus comic over on the Smack Jeeves site if you'd like to read it.

:bulletred: I was offered a position making arty things for a nondescript video game that I really like but can't talk about, but I'm 99% sure I didn't get the job because they never contacted me after I sent them some samples sobbu. OTL;

:bulletred: I was summoned for jury duty for the first time. Whoopie.

:bulletred: I learned to paint with actual paints, so you might see some of that stuff popping up in my gallery sooner or later.

ANYWAY

That's about all that's new with me right now. I swear I'm going to try to not leave for that long again because HOLY SHIT did that do a number on my inbox. I'm going to do my best to answer to things that need answering, but I may have to nuke my inbox at some point or another. OTL; 

Thank you so much for putting up with me, guys.




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Happy Valentine's Day

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 14, 2013, 8:35 PM



Hi guys, sorry I haven't been online in a while. My life feels like it's gone to shit lately and I needed some time away from dA. I'll probably stay on hiatus for a while longer but I won't delete any of the messages sitting in my inbox so I'll be able to reply to everything when I get back.

I'm scared, frustrated, tired, ashamed, and I want to puke, but I feel like I'm not allowed to be anything other than happy, so that's the way I act most of the time. It feels like I'm wearing a mask and frankly, I get tired of it after a while.

I've fucked up my education, my mother probably thinks I'm a loser, my parents' marriage is falling apart, and I'm really not quite sure what to do anymore.

*EDIT* Feeling better now after going out for frozen yogurt and DDR with SpiritedFang. I'm sorry for whining and being a buttface and thank you so much for putting up with my shit, guys.



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ffffffff (read if you've commissioned me)

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 31, 2013, 6:08 PM



Hi guys! Sorry for my inactivity as of late; I just started a new semester at college and the workload is a lot heavier than I expected. I'll try to answer all your messages as soon as I can; sorry if I've left any of you hanging!

So anyway, it's been a while since I've posted anything, and it's probably going to be quite a while longer before I post anything else. Part of the reason is I don't like posting things when I have unanswered messages sitting in my inbox, and the other reason is that I can't use Photoshop.

Yesterday, something went wrong when I tried to boot up my computer and I had to do a system restore to set things straight. I scanned my computer for viruses and there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it-- I think I just left my computer on sleep mode for too long which messed with my Adobe product settings or something? idk. Anyway, when I tried opening Photoshop today, a prompt came up telling me to re-activate the software.

WELL, as luck would have it, my version of Photoshop is balls-old (CS1) and as a result, it's no longer supported by Adobe's official activation software. BALLS.

Fortunately, Photoshop was the only thing to have been affected. Flash and Illustrator both seem to work just fine, and Imageready still works as well. I'd seriously freak out if Imageready broke because that's the software I use to do the animating portion of my pixel art and the software has been discontinued for quite some time now.

ANYWAY, Photoshop is still broken and now I have to find a way to fix it, which hopefully shouldn't take too long but it still puts a delay on the projects I've meant to complete which have been delayed for quite some time by my classes already. OTL;

So if you have commissioned me, I'm sorry but it's going to take a bit longer for me to complete your commission. I WILL finish them, though, because it would be a dickish thing for me to do if I just abandoned them because of a minor inconvenience. (This is why I don't accept payment until after I've finished commissions. Less guilt on my end, haha)

This will also mean, however, that the Paypal commissions I planned to open after this batch will have to be pushed back farther... yet again.

Oh and Post-Mortem is going to have to be put on hold again. OH BOY. At least I can still work on the traditional portion while I work to get this resolved.



TL;DR: Photoshop broke and stuff is going to be delayed. Sorry about that.





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Want to help me mess with someone's head? #7

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:27 AM



#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6

Salutations, Awesome Squad! Thank you guys for your continuing support in these features; you really bring a smile to my face! :)

ANYWAY, I'm sure that those of you who have been following my journals for a while know what's up, but for those of you who are new to this whole shindig, I'll describe what's going on.

You see this artist? :iconoceanleviathan: Today, we are going to mess with her head. SvEtLaNa73 was kind enough to suggest our star OceanLeviathan to me, so let's go ahead and dive right into this!

So as far as I know. OceanLeviathan doesn't watch me. She don't know that I'm writing this journal, and she probably don't even know I exist, which is a good thing considering the nature of these events.

I'd like to ask you guys to go send OceanLeviathan a little love. Tell her nice things about her artwork, send her a llama, maybe :+fav: some of her artwork if it appeals to you, and possibly even watch her if you'd like to see more of her work in the future. Any acts of kindness are welcome, and if you think of something else I haven't mentioned, by all means go ahead and do it! :D

BUT HERE'S THE CATCH: You guys can't make any direct mention of me. Leave cryptic hints if you really want to, but I want OceanLeviathan to log in to an inbox full of love and have NO IDEA where it all came from. :)

Here are some works from her gallery that I like:

Wish Upon a Star by OceanLeviathanThinking of You by OceanLeviathanHBD fallingblacksnow by OceanLeviathanTWEWY - Angel by OceanLeviathan

And here are some starting stats, in case anyone likes comparing before-and-after statistics:

32,470 pageviews
269 watchers
1018 llamas

So, Awesome Squad, what do you think? Will you help me mess with this artist's head? ;)

Thanks again to SvEtLaNa73 for the suggestion! If you guys would like to suggest an artist to me, please leave it as a comment here: fav.me/d5nv40i and I'll consider featuring them later. :) (Just bear in mind that I get a lot of suggestions and I won't be able to feature everyone! ;v; )

Also, if you guys want to do a feature of your own like this, you're more than welcome to do so! In fact, if you do, send me a link to your journal and I'll feature it here as well. <3

If you want to do your own but don't know who to feature, feel free to check the comments of this journal: fav.me/d5nv40i Just be sure to leave a reply to the suggestion to let other people know!






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Whoops

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 5, 2013, 9:00 PM



So I was going to make art and stuff but a bunch of stuff happened. Some of it was pretty awesome (went to go see a movie, hung out with Triforce-Kun, and went to a spa/bath house), some of it was pretty awful (not being able to sleep because A BAJILLION FUCKING CRICKETS INVADED MY ROOM HOLY SHIT) and some of it was just inane (got hooked on Neopets again *sobbu*)

ANYWAY now I gotta play a bunch of catch-up because there's a bunch of art I owe and also lots of personal art I want to do too but probably won't have the time to do much of it any time soon because my time-management skills are balls-awful. Also the buffer for my comic ran out so I gotta bust my balls to work on that as well.

I feel like it might sound like I'm complaining a lot, but I'm really not. I just tend to sound really whiny whenever I write to-do lists for some reason. Not really sure why. :shrug:



This journal feels like it's missing something, so I'll just say that I really like coffee but sometimes it gives me runny poops.

I know right now you're like "ugghh medli we didn't need to know that" but someday I'll open up an online store and "coffee gives medli runny poops" will be a promotional code that magically gives you your very own limousine-yacht and the people who didn't bother remembering that bit of information will totally miss out on everything while the people who remembered will get to have super-cool limousine-yacht adventures. Well not really, but I did manage to waste some extra space in this journal entry, which was my original intention.

WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS





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Want to help me mess with someone's head? #6

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 30, 2012, 10:20 PM



#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

WOW I AM WAY OVERDUE FOR ONE OF THESE THINGS

Anyway, howdy, Awesome Squad! If you've participated in these events before, welcome back and thank you so much for your previous participation! :la: If you're new, then I hope you'll enjoy this as much as I do! ;)

AT ANY RATE, I've got the urge to mess with someone's head again. Anyone care to join me? ;D

My victim star today is this fantastic artist! :iconpopuluxe: In case you didn't catch it the first time, today we're going to mess with :iconpopuluxe: Populuxe's head. UltraBoo was kind enough to suggest this artist to me. :)

As far as I know, this user knows nothing about me. She doesn't watch me, she doesn't have any forum posts so she probably hasn't seen me in the forums, and she probably doesn't know I exist at all... which is absolutely fantastic given what I'm about to ask you guys to do ;D

What I'd like to ask you guys to do is send her a little positivity. Send her a llama, tell her nice things about her artwork, maybe give her a :+fav: here and there if you see anything that strikes your fancy, or maybe even watch her if you'd like to see more of her stuff in the future. :) Any acts of kindness are welcome, and if you think of anything else that might make her smile, go ahead and do it!

BUT HERE'S THE CATCH! You guys can't make any direct mention of me. I want her to log in to an inbox filled with love and have absolutely no idea where it all came from. As far as that's concerned, I don't exist-- though you can leave cryptic hints and messages to further confuse her, if you'd like. ;)

Here are some things in her gallery that I like:

Firenze and Wilhelm by PopuluxeInnocence by PopuluxeSerious Business by PopuluxeOswald by Populuxe

Aaaaand here are her starting stats, in case anyone likes to compare statistics:

1881 pageviews
84 watchers
12 llamas

So, Awesome Squad, what do you guys think? Will you help me out? ;D



Thanks again to UltraBoo for the suggestion! If you guys would like to suggest an artist to me, please leave it as a comment here: fav.me/d5nv40i and I'll consider featuring them later. :) (Just bear in mind that I get a lot of suggestions and I won't be able to feature everyone! ;v; )

Also, if you guys want to do a feature of your own like this, you're more than welcome to do so! In fact, if you do, send me a link to your journal and I'll feature it here as well. <3

If you want to do your own but don't know who to feature, feel free to check the comments of this journal: fav.me/d5nv40i Just be sure to leave a reply to the suggestion to let other people know!






medli20 awaaaaaaaayyyyy!! *whoosh*

Livestream (Offline)

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 29, 2012, 7:39 PM



Gonna be working on pixel art! Stop on by if you want to see.

No commentary this time, but I'll have music playing in the background. If it doesn't suit your taste, feel free to mute it or request a different song and I'll see if it's in my library. I won't go on YouTube, though, because that interferes with the stream.

Anyway, you can find the link here:

www.livestream.com/medli20?t=3…

(also sorry if the stream cuts out; my internet connection has been a bit spotty lately)





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Contest RESULTS

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:06 PM



AFTER A LONG AND ARDUOUS JUDGING PROCESS (that only really took a couple days), a very clean-cut contest came to a close (alliteration aaaahhh). Since I am balls-awful at writing introductions and this is taking waaaay longer to write than it should, here are the winners!

Third Place


Coming in third place, winning a one-month premium membership (or the point equivalent of 396 :points:) and a free request is...

bundleofstring with "Post Mortem hiatus blooper!"
Post Mortem hiatus blooper! by bundleofstring

Second Place


Coming in second place, winning a three-month premium membership (or the point equivalent of 636 :points:) and a free request is...

Static-Thing with "Being Stalked!"

:bigthumb340596053:

First Place


Finally, coming in first place, winning a one-year premium membership (or the point equivalent of 2396 :points:) and a free request is...

Shermandinger with "The obvious reason!"

The obvious reason. by Shermandinger

Please let me know what you'd like for your requests and if you guys would prefer receiving a premium membership or the points! If you do not contact me within 24 hours, I'll contact you, so... yeah. You're good either way, but the sooner you contact me, the sooner you'll get your prizes. :P

WAIT BUT THAT'S NOT ALL
Because I had a few points left over, I'm going to divide up the rest of my points and give them to all the other entrants. It's not much, but I hope it's acceptable. ;v; <3

Anyway, thank you guys so much for participating in my contest; it was a blast! And to everyone else: Please do go check out these entries and the galleries of the people who drew them. They are absolutely fantastic! <3

ENNNNNNTRYYYYYYY by TheDarkLordCreatorFor a giveaway by ImpishZaeliWhatever happened to =medli20??? by LittleLifeForms:thumb340596053:The obvious reason. by ShermandingerCATCH THAT WOLF by MissDarkAngel167Post-Mortem Contest by Black-WrenContest entry- Hamstah by Peeka13Post Mortem hiatus blooper! by bundleofstring





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