hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
May got away from me. I'm not really surprised that it did, but it's still disappointing. I learned a LOT, however, both about myself and Life in general over the course of the month. I heard from and got to see people that I haven't had contact from in years, plus the comments you guys have left on my entries were great.

Which means I am ready to gather myself up and start moving forward again.

The awesome news is that my Day Job schedule has officially (at least for the next two weeks) been slashed to reasonable working hours. I'm still skeptical about it for the long run, but right now it's greater than it was.




So I'm going to be trying something new today. The suggestion came from [livejournal.com profile] neogeen:

"So maybe a Moart Moment? No obligation to post every day. Instead you can work a little here and there on a post, and then post when it happens. No stress about "it didn't get done today!" but rather "I'll shave out 10 minutes here to add a few sentences save and put it away"."


MOART Moments will just... happen. I still want to stick to some of the guidelines I use for my MOART Month outlines (plus the World-Building Wednesday one I inadvertently stumbled over) but, to save myself the crunch and the headache and the Stress about keeping up an entire month of them, I'm just going to let them happen as they come.

Some might be planned (I'm gathering a collection of Pokémon doodles, also the aformentioned WBW), some might just appear out of the blue as I finish working on something (or I want to show you what I finished RIGHT NOW OMG), but they'll happen.


[+1] )

I'm really excited to start trying to work on things as they come.... especially with my newfound afternoons.

First order of business is to get my workspace spruced back up, but I am aiming to have that done by this weekend. Then next week I can REALLY start working on stuff again.



June really is looking up.

Only took us five months to get here, hey?
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
May got away from me. I'm not really surprised that it did, but it's still disappointing. I learned a LOT, however, both about myself and Life in general over the course of the month. I heard from and got to see people that I haven't had contact from in years, plus the comments you guys have left on my entries were great.

Which means I am ready to gather myself up and start moving forward again.

The awesome news is that my Day Job schedule has officially (at least for the next two weeks) been slashed to reasonable working hours. I'm still skeptical about it for the long run, but right now it's greater than it was.




So I'm going to be trying something new today. The suggestion came from [personal profile] neogeen:

"So maybe a Moart Moment? No obligation to post every day. Instead you can work a little here and there on a post, and then post when it happens. No stress about "it didn't get done today!" but rather "I'll shave out 10 minutes here to add a few sentences save and put it away"."


MOART Moments will just... happen. I still want to stick to some of the guidelines I use for my MOART Month outlines (plus the World-Building Wednesday one I inadvertently stumbled over) but, to save myself the crunch and the headache and the Stress about keeping up an entire month of them, I'm just going to let them happen as they come.

Some might be planned (I'm gathering a collection of Pokémon doodles, also the aformentioned WBW), some might just appear out of the blue as I finish working on something (or I want to show you what I finished RIGHT NOW OMG), but they'll happen.


[+1] )

I'm really excited to start trying to work on things as they come.... especially with my newfound afternoons.

First order of business is to get my workspace spruced back up, but I am aiming to have that done by this weekend. Then next week I can REALLY start working on stuff again.



June really is looking up.

Only took us five months to get here, hey?

MOART May?!

May. 1st, 2013 12:40 pm
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
Alright everyone, time for MOART MAY.

May? Yes, May. This year March was far too hectic for me to even THINK about posting MOART, so instead I picked the other month that started with 'M'. The bonus is that not only is this my birth month, but it's also the month before [livejournal.com profile] artslam. Great excuse to warm-up before jumping into a summer of character and world building, right?

Right.

So once again, we're having a month-long celebration of MOART. For those of you who are new, or maybe just catching this the first time around, here is a brief rundown of what MOART May is and what I plan to do for it this month:


Moart is a word coined by [livejournal.com profile] neogeen and is defined as: more art. Or MOAR ART.

Winter is a very low-art time for me. Holidays mix everything up and while I WANT to do art, circumstances are usually against me during late-fall to early-spring.

In 2011, I decided that instead of trying to do MOART Mondays, I would challenge myself to an entire month of posting art.

Why?

No real discernable reason, other than I wanted to see if I could.


((Seekritly it was because I wanted to try posting for an entire month, as a warm-up for [livejournal.com profile] artslam. I've been wanting to join for years, but I've never had the confidence to work on a single project for an entire month. I figured that I could start by trying to post ANY art for an entire month, then step-up to working on a single project for the summer. I'm still not there yet, but if I keep at this long enough I might be!))


It was very successful (in that I actually managed to follow through with posting for the entire month and didn't just stop posting halfway through), so I tried again in 2012. 2012 was not my best year for MOART. Emotional and external circumstances cut my posting short and while I tried valiantly to make-up lost ground, I did not finish posting for the entire month (or any of the catch-up art that I owed in April).

I had a loose set of guidelines to follow in 2011 as well. I did NOT want them to be hard & fast rules, because that's one of the fastest ways I trip myself up with personal goals. Instead, they were more vague - e.g. - try to do one thing a week, rather than one thing a day. They were still in place for 2012 too, though I upped the ante just a teeny bit as a challenge.

March has already passed, but I refuse to give up. Sometimes you have to learn your limits and make compromises, which is why I'm shooting for continuing this project in May. I heistate to say that the slight change in the rules was what did me in last year, but I am going to keep the changes in mind as I set my personal goals for this year.

So now that you have all that, let's move on to the Guidelines and Goals for MOART May 2013~!

~*~

Personal Guidelines for 2013:

Baselines:
~ Post a minimum of one piece of art every day.
~ One post per week is going to be of "fresh" art (drawn within a day or so of posting).
~ One post per week is going to be a finished piece, which will be uploaded to DevArt/FurAffinity.

I've kept these guidelines since 2011 and I see no reason to change them. Same with the corollaries:

~ I am allowed to use previously uploaded pieces as the "Post every day" art. These are pieces that I've uploaded to Photobucket, but that I haven't gotten around to posting here yet. They're "new", just not freshly-drawn-and-scanned new. (I hope to only use these as filler art for the days where I'm too busy to draw/scan anything).

~ Finished pieces are NOT limited to "just drawings". They may also be school assignments or stuff I've crafted. Finished just means finished - it does not mean a full-blown marker/pencil/ink picture every single time.

Now, because every year is new and different, I am (once again) going to be making some changes to my rules. This time HOPEFULLY not to the detriment of my art postin's.

~ Upload the Finished piece of the week to DA/FA on the update day from the Schedule. (I.e. - Sunday: Personal DA, Tuesday: CDS DA, Thursday: Personal FA) This does NOT mean that the Finished piece will be posted on those days; just that it will be uploaded to the designated site on that day. It may show up as the weekly post on a different day.
~ One post per week is going to be re-doing old art. This can be re-drawing an old picture or expounding on an old idea or concept. It does NOT have to be Finished.

And that's it! I'm removing the whole, "Skip a day, make-up a day" thing because honestly, that is way too much stress for me. I'm already over-worked from my day-job (which I KNOW is going to cause complications this month, but I'm going to try to plan for the "outs" ahead of time), so this year I'm going to be happy if I can just get one post a day up.

~*~

Guidelines for people playing along at home:

~ This is for fun!

~ Pick a goal you want to accomplish. Keep it simple! E.g. - Don't bite off more than you can chew. No, "I'm going to finish a fully-colored and rendered picture every day!" (unless you can, and I salute you if you do)

~ Be realistic about yourself, your personality, work ethic and limits. E.g. - I know I don't have the focus to work on a single idea for an entire month, but I'm prolific enough in my sketching that I can easily post one thing a day.

~ Go easy on yourself the first time. E.g. - In 2011, I didn't set any punishments for myself if I skipped a day of posting. I didn't want that looming over my head as an "Or Else". It only creates more stress and makes you worried about NOT doing art. Don't do it! (unless that's how you motivate yourself, but this is for YOU - see Guideline #3)

~ ANY combination of posting patterns are acceptable!! You don't have to post for the entire month. That's just something that I chose to do. YOU pick your own update days. Wanna do once a week? Great! Want to post for the entire month? Also great! Want to post every other day, except Tuesdays and bank holidays? Go for it!


~*~*~

And there we have it! Another year, a different month and, hopefully, an entire month-long celebration of MOART.

Let's get this party started, shall we?

MOART May?!

May. 1st, 2013 12:38 pm
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
Alright everyone, time for MOART MAY.

May? Yes, May. This year March was far too hectic for me to even THINK about posting MOART, so instead I picked the other month that started with 'M'. The bonus is that not only is this my birth month, but it's also the month before [community profile] artslam. Great excuse to warm-up before jumping into a summer of character and world building, right?

Right.

So once again, we're having a month-long celebration of MOART. For those of you who are new, or maybe just catching this the first time around, here is a brief rundown of what MOART May is and what I plan to do for it this month:


Moart is a word coined by [personal profile] neogeen and is defined as: more art. Or MOAR ART.

Winter is a very low-art time for me. Holidays mix everything up and while I WANT to do art, circumstances are usually against me during late-fall to early-spring.

In 2011, I decided that instead of trying to do MOART Mondays, I would challenge myself to an entire month of posting art.

Why?

No real discernable reason, other than I wanted to see if I could.


((Seekritly it was because I wanted to try posting for an entire month, as a warm-up for [community profile] artslam. I've been wanting to join for years, but I've never had the confidence to work on a single project for an entire month. I figured that I could start by trying to post ANY art for an entire month, then step-up to working on a single project for the summer. I'm still not there yet, but if I keep at this long enough I might be!))


It was very successful (in that I actually managed to follow through with posting for the entire month and didn't just stop posting halfway through), so I tried again in 2012. 2012 was not my best year for MOART. Emotional and external circumstances cut my posting short and while I tried valiantly to make-up lost ground, I did not finish posting for the entire month (or any of the catch-up art that I owed in April).

I had a loose set of guidelines to follow in 2011 as well. I did NOT want them to be hard & fast rules, because that's one of the fastest ways I trip myself up with personal goals. Instead, they were more vague - e.g. - try to do one thing a week, rather than one thing a day. They were still in place for 2012 too, though I upped the ante just a teeny bit as a challenge.

March has already passed, but I refuse to give up. Sometimes you have to learn your limits and make compromises, which is why I'm shooting for continuing this project in May. I heistate to say that the slight change in the rules was what did me in last year, but I am going to keep the changes in mind as I set my personal goals for this year.

So now that you have all that, let's move on to the Guidelines and Goals for MOART May 2013~!

~*~

Personal Guidelines for 2013:

Baselines:
~ Post a minimum of one piece of art every day.
~ One post per week is going to be of "fresh" art (drawn within a day or so of posting).
~ One post per week is going to be a finished piece, which will be uploaded to DevArt/FurAffinity.

I've kept these guidelines since 2011 and I see no reason to change them. Same with the corollaries:

~ I am allowed to use previously uploaded pieces as the "Post every day" art. These are pieces that I've uploaded to Photobucket, but that I haven't gotten around to posting here yet. They're "new", just not freshly-drawn-and-scanned new. (I hope to only use these as filler art for the days where I'm too busy to draw/scan anything).

~ Finished pieces are NOT limited to "just drawings". They may also be school assignments or stuff I've crafted. Finished just means finished - it does not mean a full-blown marker/pencil/ink picture every single time.

Now, because every year is new and different, I am (once again) going to be making some changes to my rules. This time HOPEFULLY not to the detriment of my art postin's.

~ Upload the Finished piece of the week to DA/FA on the update day from the Schedule. (I.e. - Sunday: Personal DA, Tuesday: CDS DA, Thursday: Personal FA) This does NOT mean that the Finished piece will be posted on those days; just that it will be uploaded to the designated site on that day. It may show up as the weekly post on a different day.
~ One post per week is going to be re-doing old art. This can be re-drawing an old picture or expounding on an old idea or concept. It does NOT have to be Finished.

And that's it! I'm removing the whole, "Skip a day, make-up a day" thing because honestly, that is way too much stress for me. I'm already over-worked from my day-job (which I KNOW is going to cause complications this month, but I'm going to try to plan for the "outs" ahead of time), so this year I'm going to be happy if I can just get one post a day up.

~*~

Guidelines for people playing along at home:

~ This is for fun!

~ Pick a goal you want to accomplish. Keep it simple! E.g. - Don't bite off more than you can chew. No, "I'm going to finish a fully-colored and rendered picture every day!" (unless you can, and I salute you if you do)

~ Be realistic about yourself, your personality, work ethic and limits. E.g. - I know I don't have the focus to work on a single idea for an entire month, but I'm prolific enough in my sketching that I can easily post one thing a day.

~ Go easy on yourself the first time. E.g. - In 2011, I didn't set any punishments for myself if I skipped a day of posting. I didn't want that looming over my head as an "Or Else". It only creates more stress and makes you worried about NOT doing art. Don't do it! (unless that's how you motivate yourself, but this is for YOU - see Guideline #3)

~ ANY combination of posting patterns are acceptable!! You don't have to post for the entire month. That's just something that I chose to do. YOU pick your own update days. Wanna do once a week? Great! Want to post for the entire month? Also great! Want to post every other day, except Tuesdays and bank holidays? Go for it!


~*~*~

And there we have it! Another year, a different month and, hopefully, an entire month-long celebration of MOART.

Let's get this party started, shall we?
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Miscellaneous pieces to clear out the flotsam before Friday [+4] )

Man, only two more days to go. Well, them my make-up week, but that's in April.

Time, y u fly so fast?
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Miscellaneous pieces to clear out the flotsam before Friday [+4] )

Man, only two more days to go. Well, them my make-up week, but that's in April.

Time, y u fly so fast?
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
The entire reason I got my hours cut was because I was getting over-time. Now that we've lost our weekend over-night guy and one of our first shift leads took over his shift, I'm back to working 10 hours shifts because my fscking manager can't make it to work before 9am.

I fucking HATE ten hour shifts. I'm drained when I get home from work, I feel like doing jack shit when I get up.... the only reason I'm functioning and NOT sleeping forever is because I'm house-sitting this week and have to take care of chores and shit before I leave for work. Not to mention the extra 30+ minutes it's added to my commute.

Hrgh.

Tonight's post is gonna be pretty fun though.

Museum sketches! [+9] )

Ahhhh, okay. Even though I have to go to work now, I feel so much better having rambled about that amazing exhibit. It is on display until May 28th, so I am definitely almost probably going to be going again SOON (probably April).
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
The entire reason I got my hours cut was because I was getting over-time. Now that we've lost our weekend over-night guy and one of our first shift leads took over his shift, I'm back to working 10 hours shifts because my fscking manager can't make it to work before 9am.

I fucking HATE ten hour shifts. I'm drained when I get home from work, I feel like doing jack shit when I get up.... the only reason I'm functioning and NOT sleeping forever is because I'm house-sitting this week and have to take care of chores and shit before I leave for work. Not to mention the extra 30+ minutes it's added to my commute.

Hrgh.

Tonight's post is gonna be pretty fun though.

Museum sketches! [+9] )

Ahhhh, okay. Even though I have to go to work now, I feel so much better having rambled about that amazing exhibit. It is on display until May 28th, so I am definitely almost probably going to be going again SOON (probably April).
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
Scanned a whole bunch of stuff last night. Then work got SUPER BUSY and I exhausted myself by going jogging instead of coming home and working.

So it'll be a short night tonight, then more tomorrow as I crop/resize everything else...

Colored stuff today though! [+3] )

Speaking of superstitions, I managed to find my drafting pencil. The peasants rejoiced because I seriously was not looking forwards to replacing that pencil. MUCH AS I LOVE IT 15$ IS EXCESSIVE.
...though given how much of a beating it takes, I really can't complain. I wear them out to the breaking point. Good stuff.

Hrgh, don't wanna work tonight. Boo.
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
Scanned a whole bunch of stuff last night. Then work got SUPER BUSY and I exhausted myself by going jogging instead of coming home and working.

So it'll be a short night tonight, then more tomorrow as I crop/resize everything else...

Colored stuff today though! [+3] )

Speaking of superstitions, I managed to find my drafting pencil. The peasants rejoiced because I seriously was not looking forwards to replacing that pencil. MUCH AS I LOVE IT 15$ IS EXCESSIVE.
...though given how much of a beating it takes, I really can't complain. I wear them out to the breaking point. Good stuff.

Hrgh, don't wanna work tonight. Boo.
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
Aaaaand once again, we're down to the last few sketches until I can get ahold of my scanner tonight at work. Woo.

My Little Pony Joke [+1] )

Siiiiiiiign. Mondays, the reason I need to get a scanner for myself.
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
Aaaaand once again, we're down to the last few sketches until I can get ahold of my scanner tonight at work. Woo.

My Little Pony Joke [+1] )

Siiiiiiiign. Mondays, the reason I need to get a scanner for myself.
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
Pretty relaxing day today, even if I didn't get much accomplished. Little sketchpost today before I probably pass the fuck back out... or go back to coloring stuff. New colored pencils are lovely.

More Lira doodles [+3] )


I am frustrated though; I've gone and lost my green pen AGAIN. This is the pen that I use to start all of my sketchbooks with, as well as record the ending date. I have a bit of a superstition about using it, so while I've completed my most recent sketchbook, I really don't want to start my new one until I can locate that pen. My last sketchbook needs the ending date marked and I need to write a new quippy foreword for my next sketchbook.

Grah. Most likely I'm going to have to just go buy a new one, but fnrgh. It's frustrating until then because WANT DRAW.

I'm also worried/annoyed because my good sketching pencil is missing too. This is my 15$ drafting pencil, which I only find in my Michigan art supply store, so replacing it is gonna be more of a pain in the ass than replacing my green pen (which will be like, 4$ tops at Office Depot). It isn't in my backpack or sketchbook, or anywhere I normally clean out my pockets... grah. Silly artist superstitions. Why do I have so many?
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
Pretty relaxing day today, even if I didn't get much accomplished. Little sketchpost today before I probably pass the fuck back out... or go back to coloring stuff. New colored pencils are lovely.

More Lira doodles [+3] )


I am frustrated though; I've gone and lost my green pen AGAIN. This is the pen that I use to start all of my sketchbooks with, as well as record the ending date. I have a bit of a superstition about using it, so while I've completed my most recent sketchbook, I really don't want to start my new one until I can locate that pen. My last sketchbook needs the ending date marked and I need to write a new quippy foreword for my next sketchbook.

Grah. Most likely I'm going to have to just go buy a new one, but fnrgh. It's frustrating until then because WANT DRAW.

I'm also worried/annoyed because my good sketching pencil is missing too. This is my 15$ drafting pencil, which I only find in my Michigan art supply store, so replacing it is gonna be more of a pain in the ass than replacing my green pen (which will be like, 4$ tops at Office Depot). It isn't in my backpack or sketchbook, or anywhere I normally clean out my pockets... grah. Silly artist superstitions. Why do I have so many?
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
As I said earlier, I'm kiiiiinda cutting corners on this post for colored art today, but it's for a good cause I promise.

Are you ready to ROLL? [+5] )

So, as promised! OLD ART, slightly old colors, but AWESOME ART PROGRESSION. I don't draw half of the old characters I have as often as I'd like, but I always always have fun drawing them when I do.

Now for today's adventure to Nashville, TN and the art museum up there. PCHOOOOOOOO!
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
As I said earlier, I'm kiiiiinda cutting corners on this post for colored art today, but it's for a good cause I promise.

Are you ready to ROLL? [+5] )

So, as promised! OLD ART, slightly old colors, but AWESOME ART PROGRESSION. I don't draw half of the old characters I have as often as I'd like, but I always always have fun drawing them when I do.

Now for today's adventure to Nashville, TN and the art museum up there. PCHOOOOOOOO!
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
Woo! Busy day was busy, but here we are again. Back on track for the rest of MOART March!

Let's get started! Baby steps. [+5] )


Chaaa, I'm gonna cheat a bit for tomorrow's color post, but it'll totally be worth it. I promise.

I'm going over a character I've been off-and-on developing since high school. OLD ART ALERT AHOY.

Feels good to be back, man. Feels real good.
hawthorneox: (SquigglyLira)
Woo! Busy day was busy, but here we are again. Back on track for the rest of MOART March!

Let's get started! Baby steps. [+5] )


Chaaa, I'm gonna cheat a bit for tomorrow's color post, but it'll totally be worth it. I promise.

I'm going over a character I've been off-and-on developing since high school. OLD ART ALERT AHOY.

Feels good to be back, man. Feels real good.
hawthorneox: (RukaSayAnythin)
It's now officially over a week since the last MOART March post and I am deeply ashamed by that. While my heart was into the idea, same as last year, something was "off" for me the entire month. Admittedly part of that was probably my health, so I don't want to outright blame myself for skimping when there was the distinct possiblity of being anemic; however, there was really no one BIG thing that prevented me from following through my my posting schedule. Just lack of proper time management and posting material.

However, I refuse to give up. My sketchbook has been completed, I finished a few pieces while at FWA and I have gone to the doctor's. I hesitate to say I'm in any better position than I was before, BUT I have evaluated my shortcomings and will now start compensating for them.

So.

Addendum guidelines for the rest of MOART March 2012:

~ I am taking the collective sum of the days I have missed [9] and, at minimum, post one piece of full-colored art per day in April. The week this will take place on will be determined at a later date.

~ After this post, I will pick up where I left off in MOART March. Since today is Friday, that means inked pictures today, colored pictures for Saturday and then Sunday will start back with sketches.



I feel ashamed that I stumbled this badly in my own personal challenge, but I am not going to stop because of it. MOART March is about creativity and goodness knows I still have a LOT of that left to go.

When you fall down, just pick yourself up and dust off your shoulders and keep going.

MOART March will resume later today~ ♥
hawthorneox: (RukaSayAnythin)
It's now officially over a week since the last MOART March post and I am deeply ashamed by that. While my heart was into the idea, same as last year, something was "off" for me the entire month. Admittedly part of that was probably my health, so I don't want to outright blame myself for skimping when there was the distinct possiblity of being anemic; however, there was really no one BIG thing that prevented me from following through my my posting schedule. Just lack of proper time management and posting material.

However, I refuse to give up. My sketchbook has been completed, I finished a few pieces while at FWA and I have gone to the doctor's. I hesitate to say I'm in any better position than I was before, BUT I have evaluated my shortcomings and will now start compensating for them.

So.

Addendum guidelines for the rest of MOART March 2012:

~ I am taking the collective sum of the days I have missed [9] and, at minimum, post one piece of full-colored art per day in April. The week this will take place on will be determined at a later date.

~ After this post, I will pick up where I left off in MOART March. Since today is Friday, that means inked pictures today, colored pictures for Saturday and then Sunday will start back with sketches.



I feel ashamed that I stumbled this badly in my own personal challenge, but I am not going to stop because of it. MOART March is about creativity and goodness knows I still have a LOT of that left to go.

When you fall down, just pick yourself up and dust off your shoulders and keep going.

MOART March will resume later today~ ♥

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