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  • Listening to: Rain
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rules :
- I will feature the first ten users who comment on this journal below!
- next to their avatars, I'll link three of my favorite gallery pieces with full thumbnails. 
- if you comment here you must make a journal like this and do the same thing as I have, putting me in the first slot.

1. Avvyraptor
Witch 6 by Avvyraptor  Peonies by Avvyraptor  Sketchbook [14] + speedpaint by Avvyraptor

2. Hale-Art
Guard Stance: Conquest by Hale-Art Better Than Ever! by Hale-Art NieRly Second!! by Hale-Art
  • Listening to: Rain
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I am.
  • Listening to: Witchskull - Vast Electric Dark
  • Reading: Framed Ink
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing
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Hi all. I'm not dead, I swear. My lack of posting comes down to a few factors;
1) I moved out to the bush about 2 years back, and am in the process of building a house with my own two hands (yes, literally building it).
2) I am currently living in a caravan, and there's no space to have my tablet set up, oh and I'm living on a small solar system so if the weather has been shitty for a few days having power to run my Cintiq is an issue.
3) I do a lot of traditional art, but due to the aforementioned space issue I do not have a scanner set up, and honestly I am sick of posting bad phone photos of stuff that I do.

So while I've not been very visibly active, I have been immensely busy working away on art projects. I've been learning to use watercolours and ink washes, and have also been playing around with my air brush. Aside from these new mediums I've set myself to learn I've also been working at getting better with markers. I've also been filling sketch books like crazy, mostly doing a lot of world building and character concept sketches. It is my intention to set my hand to doing a graphic novel, that I've had in my head for ages, in the new year. Giving myself this year to flesh out the world and characters, and tighten up the writing, so that next year when I sit down to start drawing pages that I'll already have all the ground work laid so I can just focus on telling the story.

Anyway, that is what has been going on. I did release an artbook earlier this year, collecting a bunch of old art and new art together and throwing it out into the wild. I'm working on art for new prints and stickers and stuff also. Plus I've been doing a gore themed Inktober, though I'm pretty behind with it, and I haven't posted anything. But well after busting my ass building in the hot hot sun all day long sometimes having energy to do any drawing at the end of the day is impossible. But I would really like to finish up with all the gore and throw it into an artbook for fellow lovers of gore.

TL:DR I'm alive and drawing stuff.
  • Listening to: Fall of Efrafa - A Warren of Snares
  • Reading: Framed Ink
  • Watching: Nothing
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I remember when I had a core account some months back, and I got to trial the new thumbnail system. It didn't last long because it was screwy, like it was repeating a lot of deviations and the like. I don't have a problem with how the thumbnails display, just that so much shit gets repeated.

Well now that they've rolled it out for everyone, I'm still having the same damn issue with multiple repeated deviations!!! It's annoying as fuck. Honestly it was bad enough trying to wade through the shit pictures trying to find something new and interesting beforehand, but now it's practically unbearable due to all the repeated shit images.

Am I the only one with this problem?
  • Listening to: Fall of Efrafa - A Warren of Snares
  • Reading: Framed Ink
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing
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So I am putting together an artbook, and should have it out in the next few weeks. It's mostly stuff that is on here, but there might be a few things here and there that I haven't put up here. It's a 60 page, full colour, perfect bound book. If any one is interested in a copy, it's $15 AUD + shipping, drop me a line if you might be interested as I just want to gauge the interest before I send the book to print so I have a rough idea of numbers.
  • Listening to: Fall of Efrafa - A Warren of Snares
  • Reading: Framed Ink
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Does anyone want to trade or collab? I'm feeling like doing something interesting with other peoples, any peoples want to do anything?
  • Listening to: Fall of Efrafa - A Warren of Snares
  • Reading: Framed Ink
  • Watching: Nothing
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Could you just stop it with the stupidly huge breasts and panty shots! Seriously, stop fucking ruining what could be an otherwise good show! Also, while we're talking, enough with the FUCKING SCHOOL KIDS!

Sick of this stupid shit. Some gratuity is fine, but constant gratuity for the fucking sake of gratuity just undermines anything that may actually be good about your show. I'm sick of seeing something with great art and an interesting premise be choc full of school girls and huge breasts!
  • Listening to: Hope Drone - Cloak of Ash
  • Reading: Framed Ink
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Draw less boring pictures....
  • Listening to: Hope Drone - Cloak of Ash
  • Reading: Framed Ink
  • Watching: Nothing
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My soul is being crushed by client work...... but at least it's arty client work. But damn I hate that "deadline looming" feeling. Gotta get these pictures smashed out, and hot, and I'm over it, and stuff.

On the bright side, I think my skills have levelled up a shit load doing this job.


Weeeeelllp, back to it I guess.
  • Listening to: Fall of Efrafa - A Warren Of Snares
  • Reading: Framed Ink
  • Watching: Nothing
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I think I'm going to go through my gallery and delete a lot of my really old shit.... and just keep my "best" old shit. I really just don't feel that the old stuff is worth keeping around any more. I've come a long way since I started this account 9 odd years ago, and I've been thinking recently of starting a new account, with my new art. BUT I don't want to do that, it's be a pain in the ass to start again. So as a compromise I'm going to /dev/null most of my old shitty shit.
  • Listening to: Fall of Efrafa - A Warren Of Snares
  • Reading: Framed Ink
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
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Damn I need to be more active here. I need to be on here and support my art buds more!! I need to be there for you guys like you're there for me. I used to be here a lot, but then I got a facebook, and I stopped being here a lot. I'm going to try and change that! If I'm going to waste my time online, I may as well at least look at pretty pictures instead of asinine posts from people that I don't really know that super well any more and who could probably care less about me and my life happenings, not that I really post my life happenings. I try to only speak when there's something to be said, however it's like talking to myself mostly, and I feel like if I dumbed down the things I posted, you know, post shit like "liek OMG *pop-culture bullshit* waz amazeballz last night. NO SPOILERS PLZ" or "BEEERTMERN GIVES ME BONERSS". Urgh. I can't stand that shit. Or..... no, sorry, I was about to rant pointless there. I'll stop. I'm not trying to insult anyone who may like that sort of stuff, it's just I feel like I'm getting stupider reading about it constantly, or reading about how fucked our (Australia's) government is, or how fucked the world is, or seeing those vapid and insipid motivational memes that people share the shit out of about adventure and shit but never get the fuck off the computer to go on the adventures they fucking meme spam about...... shit, I totally got caught up in ranting anyway. Well fuck it.


TL:DR I'm going to try and be active here a lot more than I currently am. That won't necessarily equate to more art from me, more like just more comments on YOUR art from me.


P.S. Sorry to all those people who get message spammed because I'm commenting on all the art that's been backing up in my inbox. =P
  • Listening to: Fall of Efrafa - A Warren Of Snares
  • Reading: Framed Ink
  • Watching: Nothing
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Like sometimes I think I should learn to digital paint..... but then I think "fuck, I should learn to draw first". Like seriously, sometimes I see these people who can do really nice rendering, but they can't actually draw for shit.

Anyway, I don't think I'll ever be any good at anything more than line art, and even then being good at line art is very debatable.

Of course my motto is "never let being shit at something stop you from doing it", so in that vein I've started working on my graphic novel. I already have 2 pages pencilled, so only like 80 more to go. I'm making myself work on it for at least one hour every day, because you know I'm shit at consistent effort, so even though I want to do it and have time to do it I still waste so much time when I could be working on it, though to be fair I've only managed to do for 1 hour over the past few days. It's hard to start a habit, especially a good habit. But I'll get there eventually.

I remember when I had a livejournal, and all this sort of inane blog shit went there. So um, sorry to anyone that actually reads this shit. Man I'm tired.


But yes, I've started on my graphic novel, and I intend to have it done for next year. Though that said I have started building my house so who knows, I'm sure that time frame will go to shit. Nah, 1 hour a day, that's all I've got to manage.


Anyway. Not sure if I'll post much about it, but I may put up a few pages here and there.
  • Listening to: Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea
  • Reading: Watership Down
  • Watching: Framed Ink
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Quitting art lately. Well, more like just not sharing it any more. Just feeling so "what's the point".
  • Listening to: Neurosis - Bleeding The Pigs
  • Reading: The Stand
  • Watching: Tokyo Majin
  • Playing: Nothing
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  • Drinking: Old
I think I'm going to do a fan art Friday thing, where I'll draw fan art of stuff I really like. I don't really draw fan art much, and I think it might be a nice way to a) express my love of things that inspire me b) practice drawing more varied things c) buff out my gallery.

I'll see how I go.


*edit*
I am going to start this, but it's been a little hectic at this time of year. I plan to start this in the new year.
  • Listening to: No mood.
  • Reading: Kranburn
  • Watching: Not much.
  • Playing: Not much either.
I go on Facebook, look around for a few minutes, and say to myself "what the fuck am I here for?" the closing Facebook. I think I'm going to start coming to dA more, I kind of miss this place. I think I'll stick to Facebooking my art page, where I've been fairly active with my art stuff.... well more so than here. I was pretty active on Tumblr, actually I'm probably mostly active there, as just dump more photo's from my sketch book. But yeah, I find that at least if I procrastinate on dA then I'm looking at art and photography, building my visual library, but if I do the same on Facebook I generally just read inane shit and memes.

So yeah. I say that I'm going to be more active here, yet I'm moving to my property in a few days, where I don't currently have power or mobile phone reception so I'm going to be pretty damn absent for a few weeks. But yeah......

Also, as I use my FB art page as sort of my "business page" that's where I'll mostly be posting news and photo's and stuff that I won't be putting up here. So check it out at www.facebook.com/wraithdragonart if you want to see that sort of stuff. Oh, and my tumblr is wraithdragon.tumblr.com, it's where all the raw stuff from my traditional sketch books goes.
  • Listening to: my internal voice tell me how shit I am
  • Watching: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Playing: Warframe
Feel like doing something different, so I'm going to take requests. Anyone want me to draw anything for them?

*edit*
I'm only going to be doing simple requests here. One or maybe two characters, OC's preferably, with visual refs. I will do fan art of things, but please have the references for me if I don't know the series.
  • Listening to: Slug Salt Lava
  • Watching: Not much at the moment
  • Playing: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
  • Eating: Hopes
  • Drinking: Dreams
Not much happening on the art front. I've been drawing every day, but just sketching in my sketch book. I don't really have time for anything more heavy at the moment, as life is just really crazy at the moment and I'm so worn out and so stressed and and so just want to fucking kill everyone in the face....

Anyways, all the sketching I've been doing has been focussing on learning, not being pretty or good pictures. I've really been trying to improve my perspective and image composition skills. Too many years just drawing people in static positions has left my skills of an artist very stunted. I'm trying to fix that. I'm also trying to work more on doing background scenery and landscapes, which I've always SUCKED SO HARD at. But now I'm starting to get better, mainly because I've been training my image composition, but also because I've stopped trying to use lines to define background elements and am taking a more "paintery" approach. Focussing on building form and mass instead of lines. I am also finding that this approach works much better for me when trying to draw armour and stuff like that, as I've always felt that the armour I draw has no sense of mass, so by blocking in the basic shape, focussing on making it "3D" and giving it mass just works so much better for me.

Also since I haven't been able to do much digital work, I've discovered that I can use my markers to build backgrounds in a more painterly way. Basically I have 3 different shades of grey (light, mid, dark) and a black marker. It's really helped me learn to create a sense of depth, something I've always felt my art has lacked, especially with backgrounds.

I can feel myself lvl'ing up with all this traditional, and I really can't wait till I have a chance to pull out my tablet and do some digital again.
  • Listening to: Cult of Occult
  • Reading: Kranburn #7
  • Watching: Not much at the moment
  • Playing: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
  • Eating: Hopes
  • Drinking: Dreams
So I'm thinking of opening up to do commissions. I'm thinking sketch commissions primarily, but I'd also like to take on some full coloured commissions, just not as many because they take a lot longer.

Anyways, go vote on the poll wraithdragon.deviantart.com/jo… or drop your thoughts here.


  • Listening to: Witchcraft
  • Reading: Savage Sword Of Conan
  • Watching: Black Dynamite
  • Playing: APB: Reloaded
  • Eating: Hopes
  • Drinking: Dreams
Don't you love it when you're flipping back through your old art, and those things which always bugged you about a picture which in most regards you liked, suddenly seem extremely apparent and obvious?
For example:
Girl in the store by wraithdragon There's a lot wrong with this I know, but in particular something always bugged me about her hips, and now I understand what it is. It looks to flat. I've taken time to try and show the curves of her body with the lines on her shirt, but when it hits her pants I've just drawn them straight across her body, which creates the flatness. There should be curve. I think I do this a lot, having clothes not wrapping around bodies, I need to stop doing this. There's certainly a lot more wrong with this picture, but let's not worry about that right now. I think I want to redraw this.


I find pointing out my mistakes the most helpful improvement tool. If you looked through my sketch book, you'd see lots of notes and arrows pointing out stuff which is wrong, stuff I need to be mindful of. A lot of the comments seem self deprecating, and I guess they are, but really it's kind of an "in" joke which only one other person has the chance of getting if I explained it to them. There's no real chance for anyone else to get it, even if I explained it. It's just one of those "you had to be there, at the right time, at the right place, tripping balls on LSD" kind of things. Anyways I digress! The point is that by pointing out all these problems I'm cementing the problems in my mind so that I know to AVOID doing that in the future. It's how I improve, it's knowing how to do something by virtue of knowing what NOT to do. It's just how my brain works.


Anyways....... ramble ramble ramble.
  • Listening to: Dumbsaint
  • Reading: Snikt!
  • Watching: Black Dynamite
  • Playing: Saboteur
  • Eating: Hopes
  • Drinking: Dreams
So for the past few days I have been trying to redraw an old pic for the Draw This Again competition, and completely failing. I don't know, I just couldn't get my mojo going. I did manage to draw several other cool pics, which I'll finish up and post, and also came up with a great new idea for a comic. All of which is cool, but not what I was trying to achieve. So I decided that it was pointless, and I was more interested in drawing other things, so I did that.

But this morning, while I was on the train heading to work, I managed to effortlessly, and in 20 minutes, draw exactly the picture I was trying to draw for this comp. ARGH! Anyways I guess the upshot is that I've got a cool sketch now that I can (probably never get around to) finish it up. This character is in a story in my head, so doing a current and better picture of her has been in the making for quite some time now.

Anyways, there's my pointless rambling for the morning done. =)