After few months I feel like writing. This time maybe less generally and vaguely than usual.
Maybe you noticed I have a journal skin. That would be because I got a premium membership few months ago! Does it mean I got serious about dA? I don't know. Yay. Anyway, what else can I do with Premium? I already got me some stamps. Is there something especially useful or entertaining?
Back to the skin, I made it myself long ago, when dA offered premium tryouts. It was hard. Me sucks at CSS. When I got it back on now, my hair nearly went gray because I couldn't change the text color of the journal title. It was dark green and completely faded into the background. Everything looked right in the code and in the preview but wrong on my profile. I poked around it for quite a long time until I remembered there is a category of 'visited link'. That made me feel even stupider. After I defined the color of visited link everything looked OK. But I am still at loss why it was dark green (not even the 'deviantart' green as something predefined, but some random green-bluish color). I did not have code for that color or visited link anywhere until I have written it. As I said, I am a dolt when it comes to CSS. But I managed to produce a working skin, so I am kinda proud and satisfied.
Of course, the background images are not mine, the header and footer is actually one amazing stitched background panshot, the 'foliage' thingy on the bottom is cut by me from the same screenshot. It's from Ghibli's Borrower Arietty, same as the pic used on my webcam.
is also not mine.
I also wanted to mention that I attended a drawing course recently. Yay! Did I learn something? I sure hope so! Having someone who can correct the mistakes you don't see is very useful. However, I realized there are no shortcuts. You must draw a lot. Draw a hand or a foot or the whole figure zillion of times. The course was great because it forced me to draw regularly. Because when I'm on my own, I only draw when I feel like. Which is not that often. I remembered why I didn't go to an art or animation school - because I cannot imagine drawing all day. I don't say that's all they do, but surely there are days like that.
Don't get me wrong, I love drawing but like with everything, I need a change, to switch and do something different every few hours. I know, I know, I have really poor attention span. That's why I have a hard time finishing anything. It always starts great, but after few hours I just have to stop drawing and switch to something different. Then I don't visit that pic maybe even for days, weeks. But I want to finish it, remembering the initial hype. At the same time, I just feel like doodling something new.
Please don't hesitate to drop a line on this, or some advice if you feel like. I know some artists set deadlines, say, a week, and if they cannot finish the piece they just scrap it altogether. I think my gallery would consist only of scraps and sketches that way.
On related note, this is what I am currently working on:
- even more Escaflowne
- SnK (or AoT if you want) group pic
- simple Levi pic
- polishing some older ASOIAF pencil sketches