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Fri Jan 8, 2016, 2:40 AM
  • Listening to: Geinoh Yamashirogumi
  • Playing: LOTRO


Well, 2016 can't be any more rubbish than 2015 was, so let's start again shall we? No more drama, no more crap, get rid of the losers in your life, replace them with people who care, make sure you care for them too, spend time creating, get outside. I dunno. Do what you like.

Floopywoop blastwaffle

Thu Oct 22, 2015, 2:22 PM
  • Listening to: Faun
  • Watching: House
  • Playing: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire


A heck of a lot has happened since I last posted a journal here. Bullet point time!
:star: Suffered from bad anxiety and depression for a few months, took me a while to realise that's what it was. Took a shedload of time off of work because I couldn't cope.
:star: With some help, concluded that the reason why I was having crippling anxiety attacks was, in short, because I was lonely. Decided to move closer to my boyfriend. Somehow.
:star: One thing after another was going wrong, dragged through hell and back, never felt shitter. But I had amazing support from spacehyenas, his family, my family and a few friends. I'll never forget what they did for me!
:star: When I was feeling my worst, managed to drag myself to a few job interviews. Still unsure as to how I managed this, Alex was definitely the one thing that got me through these.
:star: Somehow managed to get the job I wanted- promotion and close to Alex. Now to find a house to live in.
:star: Found a nice house. Ok better make sure I definitely got paid so I can pay the deposit.
:star: Nope.
:star: More unfaltering support from close friends. Never, ever will I feel ungrateful for the brilliant  support I received, notably from my parents, Alex and JackLightningRipper. Just wow.
:star: Move into new place, start new job, starting to feel a bit better
:star: Darling pet rattie Ganondorf (nickname Dorfy) decides to leave the planet to join his brother.

So a pretty mixed bag, really. Not much time for art, or anything really (anxiety can really suck the life out of your life), but trying my hardest to get back into a routine and feel comfortable in my new home and with my new job.

Ramble over! : )

Deviantartist Questionnaire

Sat Aug 8, 2015, 2:13 AM
  • Watching: Modern Family
  • Playing: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire


Because who doesn't like talking about themselves, right? 

  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?

    For about twelve years. My original account is shut down so I can't prove this. But it's been a long time!

  2. What does your username mean?

    It means my name. If you write the star out in a symbol then it roughly looks like 'Jio'.

  3. Describe yourself in three words.

    Inconsistent, spiritual, loving.

  4. Are you left or right handed?

    Proud lefty right here.

  5. What was your first deviation?

    I used to make 50x50 icons in MS Paint, I tried to get favourites the easy way, and found out the hard, long way that that is not how it's done!

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create?

    Digital but I do a lot of traditional crafting that doesn't find its way on Deviantart.

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

    Probably paper quilling. So colourful and awesome!

  8. What was your first favourite?

    Something stereotypical like a manga goth girl tied up in chains or something.

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

    Digital art, people's characters but also fan art. Cliche!

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

    This changes a lot. But I'm really into dapper-owls stuff!

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

    spacehyenas. He seems like a really cool guy! *smirk*

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

    Many artists have just inspired me to keep going and try new things. My journey isn't over by a long way though!

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art?

    Photoshop, my Wacom tablet and iMac as well as pens and markers.

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

    My brain. A lot of it stays up there because I don't have the time/ confidence/ reasoning.

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

    Finding out that my boyfriend has an account. Not a lot of my friends really do the DA thing and this place is kinda important to me, so that was comforting.



This was going to be a test

Mon Aug 3, 2015, 12:19 PM
  • Watching: Modern Family
  • Eating: Vegetable tart and blueberries


Yeah, it's one of those things, with the test and the thing with the skin where it probably looks crumby.
Anyways I figured I might keep it here anyway and give you a little update since I need to fill this space with text....
I'm working on a new website. This is the first preview of the colour scheme, actually! I hope you like it. Beige is very beige...
My birthday was fabulous because of my wonderful friends and family, thankyou to all who read this.
I got eight books. EIGHT BOOKS for my birthday. I'm so happy! 
I'm saving for a masters now, so.. I'm going to be skint forever whilst I do that.
On an unrelated note I am taking commissions.
If you want to improve an egg omelette, add a splosh of soya sauce.
Okay I think that's it, have some snazzy art now.

Mature Content

You won't feel a thing by spacehyenas
  Snuff the wick by spacehyenas  Zwindy, you lost your Legs!!!!?! Scribbles #5 by Wicker-Wyrm  Zwindy's Scribbles #2 by Wicker-Wyrm

Moist Trumpet

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 24, 2015, 8:04 AM


:iconspacehyenas: spacehyenas Feature. Enjoy his beautiful work!


Commission: More kittycats by spacehyenas   Get off my head by spacehyenas

 
Self esteem by spacehyenas  We've got each other by spacehyenas


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  • Watching: Time go by
  • Playing: With my new piercing.

You've met with a terrible fate

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 11, 2015, 11:14 AM


Pretty stoked for Majora's Mask 3DS. Luckily I have it right in front of me now, to play when my system transfer is done!



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  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: Teach Yourself Carl Jung

Ox tongue anyone?

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 13, 2015, 12:55 PM


Really into Hannibal at the moment and my fiancee bought me a 2- season blu- ray box set for Christmas. It's glorious!

hannibal by zephyrianBoom   Hannibal by teralilac  Hannibal:Embrace the madness by LucLeon

Hannibal by verauko  Hannibal by fayrenpickpocket  Hannibal... by FionaHsieh

Hannibal NBC - prison by Eneada  Consumed by the devil by MissJ-Kurayami  Hannibal: Hooked by verilyvexed
 

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  • Listening to: Sailing- Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Bone Clocks- David Mitchell

Happy 2015! A review plus resolutions.

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 2, 2015, 12:18 PM


:star: Happy 2015 everyone. I hope this year is full of productivity, creativity and happiness! :star:

The first part of 2014 was spent being a little bit lost. Luckily in April, I managed to get a job that changed my life. I've met lots of lovely people, learned a lot of new things, and actually manage to buy dinner without worrying when I would next be able to have a hot meal again.

July was definitely my happiest month! I got engaged. I couldn't be more happy and it took me completely by surprise. We have been together six years so we think it was a good time.

I got more exercise and ate properly for the first time in years, so I ended up losing a bit of weight but more importantly, just being happier with who I am.

As autumn came around, we decided to expand our family (us two, plus two rats) by adopting a cat. The year before, we lost our precious angel Siegfried, who was only two years old at the time. Although we miss him very much and is always in our memories, Lebowski gets lots of love and cuddles because he is adorabubbles!

Wintertime was surprisingly hectic, and December was spent partly away from my fiancee whilst I ran around frantically trying to collect presents for my family. We had a cracking Christmas in the end.

Some art in various themes:

My friends' wonderful creations

  Take flight by spacehyenas

My art based on my irritating and persistent Lee Pace obsession:


Favourites expressing my ongoing love for the pointed- ear- folk:



And finally some lovely Lee Pace favourites because I might as well embrace it : P

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I am improving this year by studying Graphic Design, embarking on a Druidic journey, saving my money and travelling more.

If you happen to have gotten through all of this, please tell me your 2015 plans! :star:


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  • Playing: Zelda: Link Between Worlds

More thumbs and stuff

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 8, 2014, 12:52 PM


Some of my good friends (not all! Sorry, if you're even reading this) have done some nice stuff, so here it is. 

Icy Fire by JenFruzz
JenFruzzs blue flame caused quite a stir in Sharezone! Beautiful work, very sharp.

Bovine Siesta by Moni3

Your typical amazing brushwork from Moni3. So many wonderful pieces.


calebvoorhees pleased a lot of fans with a Groot sculpture, which is unfortunately no longer with us :(

cactus garden by plasmid1
Pleasant and inoffensive 3D piece by plasmid1

Smile for the camera by Akelamoonstone
It's a frog, 'nuff said! Thanks Akelamoonstone for sharing.

Seoul Grind Page 1 by justsomedude86
Lastly, justsomedude86s comic page- of which there are loads more. I love his ink style. :)

Hope you've enjoyed!

J

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  • Listening to: Qntal
  • Watching: Pushing Daisies

Wasted

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 3, 2014, 11:33 AM


My goodness, I feel like I really wasted my previous memberships. Let's do some good stuff with this one! Thankyou ScarletWarmth for the premium membership.:)

Enchanted Fall by ScarletWarmth  You and Me by ScarletWarmth
Autumn Romance by ScarletWarmth  Autumn Lullaby by ScarletWarmth

Kinda feeling the autumnal vibes right now- especially since my fiancee and I walk to work nowadays. 



Into the Woods by Cilla Jane. Also pretty autumnal, to me.

I might just do a few features of some people in my next few journal entries, there's some good stuff going on in my circles that I'm really excited about.

Leo did a remix of an Anathema song, which is lovely for arting to! Give it a try:
www.reverbnation.com/basedrive…


Y'all have a great day :star:

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  • Listening to: Faun- Von Den Elben (whole album)
  • Reading: Lord of the Rings

Yay!

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 18, 2014, 8:17 AM


I won a premium membership for giving critique to people, yay! That was a fun session.

Ok so other news... I have another colourist project coming up, yay! 
My website has been updated... check it out at www.j1star.co.uk :D
I also have a tumblr that I would like to follow more people on.
Ummm I'm drawing a lot of dragons at the moment. No, you can't see them.
I also ate a breakfast biscuit.


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  • Listening to: Cecile Corbel
  • Reading: 1984- George Orwell
  • Watching: TwitchPlaysPokemon
  • Playing: Pokemon Y
  • Eating: Read the journal!
  • Drinking: Water
I worked on a children's book with Hound Comics last year as a colourist for the illustrations, which were drawn by child- wonder Jacob Reher and written by Anthony DiChiara, an established New York Author. The book is now published and looks amazing, I would really appreciate your support in buying- if you have a child or have a little bit of kid in you still, this is perfect for you! Buy it directly from the publisher here: houndcomics.com/store/product_…


  • Listening to: Various Folk songs
  • Reading: How to Draw and Sell Digital Cartoons
  • Watching: James May's Toy Stories
  • Playing: Deadpool
  • Eating: Christmas cake
  • Drinking: Elderflower and tonic

I have a few slots open for commissions! Please leave me a note here, find me via Facebook or email me for more information or to make your request.

Prices:
Black and white sketch: £10

Colour bust: £17

Colour figure minimal/ no background: £25

Colour figure with background: £30

Extra figures: +£5 each

Examples of commission art are available in my Deviantart gallery. 

EDIT:
Thought I might as well update this entry since I want to keep the commission info on my front page...
My beautiful precious star Siegfried closed his eyes for the last time in our hands a few weeks ago. You can see a dedication piece to him here: fav.me/d6ppdxm

  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield Crises and Five Miles Out Deluxe
  • Reading: Pyramids - Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: Star Trek TOS
  • Playing: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Eating: Junk food
  • Drinking: Rockstar
Well, I didn't want to update my journal because my premium ran out, but that's life and I have more important things to talk about than my silly ocarina videos!

Firstly, my website is updated -again-. I hope you like it as much as I do. Didn't make it from scratch but it's been heavily edited by me. heres the link: www.j1star.co.uk :star:

Secondly, I am currently working full-time as a comic- book artist and freelance illustrator. I'm open for commissions so send me a note or an email or something if you want a quote or wish to purchase some art.

Thirdly if you wish you can see more ocarina videos at www.youtube.com/nequisan :star: I feel bad for saying that they're silly now since playing has bought me a lot of joy!
  • Listening to: Arrietty OST
  • Reading: Life of Pi
  • Playing: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Eating: Belvita Breakfast Biscuits
  • Drinking: Coffee

Do you like ocarinas?

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 16, 2013, 8:14 AM


..Who cares if you don't, I do! However, if you happen to have a taste in fine instruments and video game music, I encourage you to take a gander at my new YouTube channel, where you will see yours truly show her ugly mug on the net for the world to see.
I'm playing various popular themes- some of them will be my own arrangements and some of them are spot on to the originals. I hope you like all of them.

Here is what I've done so far (each video is less than a minute long);

youtu.be/eIX1p5u0uNM my very first: Zeldas Temple of Time theme. Performed on my Ocarina of Time of course.

youtu.be/SH2SG51T4JM Spirited away: Always with me, on my prized Strawfire Dragontooth.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC1JA9… Super Mario World Overworld theme, on my Dragontooth again. I learned this so quickly and with sheet music, quite proud of it.

Well, I hope you like 'em anyway. Here's some art in case you dont!

Boss Stage by SloorpWorld We'll See by sighthoundlady Tuna And Yo Pixels by ChippyFish You Rub Me the Right Way by Artgerm

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  • Listening to: David Arkenstone
  • Reading: Terry Pratchett stuff
  • Playing: No More Heroes PS3

Website n stuff

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:53 AM


I updated my website. Before it had the same colour scheme as my DA page, but I changed it up a little. Now it matches the design on my personalised debit card!

Here' the link, feedback appreciated;
www.j1star.co.uk

I have more time than usual at the moment so hopefully I can get through some of the things I've been meaning to do. Webcomic planning (which is in a sort of 'minus' stage at the moment where I'm still deciding which story to do!), life drawing and artist research are amongst the activities I plan on doing- all in between clearing up this bombshell of a house and spending time with my partner.

I've been made a Helper over at chat.deviantart.com/chat/share… so I will be spending some time in there. You should check it out, it's a good chatroom for sharing your art, getting new watchers, asking for advice, learning new techniques and finding good livestreams to watch.

Now here's a collection of images that inspire me at the moment from my favourites.. I hope you enjoy them :)

armor by jenniferhom Heroes Rise, Darkness Falls by Dreoilin moon cat by smokepaint Lackadaisy Skulduggery by tracyjb Allons-y by MeganLara fall of Arthas by breath-art Good Omens by GraphiteDoll BANG by bloodykirka Nintendo Nouveau by MeganLara

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  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: Alices Adventures in Wonderland
  • Watching: The Olympics
  • Playing: Soul Calibur V
  • Drinking: Coffee

End of the world

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 21, 2012, 4:04 PM


This has come as absolutely no surprise to me but a lot of world- changing (my world that is) things have happened recently.
A bunch of my friends from work are now out of a job (work gets a little thin after Christmas since all the games releases happen before then, for obvious reasons!), I am spending my second Christmas day without my family which is kinda stressful and I myself am in danger of losing my job. Even though the end of this year has seemed to be quite stressful/ unhappy for a lot of people (or at least in my circles), I like to think this year has been rather interesting and I'm going to try and think of the positive things.

I wanted to share a few things with you-

Firstly the wonderful firedaemon was very kind and gave me a 3 month DA sub. Thankyou so much. Here is some of her wonderful art for you to enjoy;

Succubus by firedaemon Frog by firedaemon Butterflies' Rest by firedaemon

Secondly I met a lovely lady at work who is a wonderful artist- sadly she is leaving Sega to go elsewhere. I wish you all the best Lynne. :)

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Thirdly I simply wish you a merry Christmas or whatever holiday you may celebrate (mine was today!), and have a great new year. I dunno about you, but I plan on doing some art in the new year. :star:

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  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: Alices Adventures in Wonderland
  • Watching: The Olympics
  • Playing: Soul Calibur V
  • Drinking: Coffee

Free donuts- see below!

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 31, 2012, 4:30 AM


They're right here!
Look just a little bit more-
Ohh I can smell them...
Yummy chocolate and strawberry...
...with hundreds and thousands...
and custard filings, mmmm!


...Now that I've got your attention, I'd like to give a little update to my comparatively insignificant life.
Before my birthday I was feeling pretty naff. I had a bout two weeks of horrid depression and I could see that big black hole looming over me, as it does, and I started to drift a little.
Then I decided to go for a walk, and I found that just around the corner from my house is a massive field full of wildflowers and hills and birds and giant dragonflies that hardly anyone ever visits. I sat on a rocky hill and looked out and could see nothing but trees and flowers for ages, and decided that life wasn't so bad after all.

Then, just before my birthday, I met up with some good friends and with them, Leo and I went for a walk to Bushy park and Hampton court palace gardens. We walked for hours in the scorching sun, waking pictures, catching up, having a picnic and enjoying the beautiful day. Then I decided that life was kinda good to me sometimes.

On my birthday, Leo and I went to see the olympic torch run through an area near where we lived. It was really great to be part of such a significant event and to be around other people having a fantastic time also. Shortly afterwards, we went to my parents house and my whole family was there. We had a barbecue outside and I caught up with all of my family members. I then decided that life was great.

After my birthday, I met up with another friend and we visited the Natural History museum, which I had been planning on doing for years but never did. We caught up, and we saw some absolutely amazing things- we spent a lot of time in the precious stones part of the exhibition as we are both crystal fanatics. We saw a giant room that had painted on it a map of the stars. We saw dinosaur bones and fossils. I bought myself a little citrine rock to give me good luck for the job interview I was going to have the next day. Afterwards, I decided that life was pretty damn awesome.

Then I had my job interview. It went well. I felt like a succeeded. The next few days were a blur. I had to make some tough decisions. I had to disappoint some people. I had to take a massive risk.
Today I found out that I got the job that I wanted, and I have decided that life is freaking neat.

Important things to draw from this story:

Walking around in a flowery field in the fresh air watching nature is free.
Meeting up with good friends and going to Bushy park is free.
Seeing family and spending time with them is free.
Visiting the Natural History Museum is free.


And these are all of the things that took me out of my depression and made me feel better again.

I hope you read this, because it might just help give you a new perspective on life and how it's not so bad after all :)

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  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: Alices Adventures in Wonderland
  • Watching: The Olympics
  • Playing: Soul Calibur V
  • Drinking: Coffee

Fantasy Creatures Artbook

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 18, 2012, 2:53 PM


I am starting a campaign to help raise funds for creating and publishing my own artbook. I would really appreciate it if you could contribute something to this cause!
The artbook will include full-colour prints of some of the artwork I stick up in my gallery plus a few previously- unpublished extras. The money I subsequently get from selling the artbooks will help me afford the time to create useful resources for the art community, including funding an art-related book review website, digital resource center and a weekly creative newsletter featuring information and news from the art world.
You can find the link here: www.indiegogo.com/jiosartbookf…
Thankyou in advance!

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  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: Theory of Fun- Raph Koster
  • Watching: Family Guy
  • Playing: Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Eating: Chicken Salad
  • Drinking: Ting

Do you like Transformers?

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 25, 2012, 4:30 AM


My friend GlauG is having a big clearout of some of his transformers stuff so if you're interested please help him out! The link to his journal is here fav.me/d54wan4 and you can find the forum post explaining everything here www.tfw2005.com/boards/items-s…

Thanks in advance! :star:


Fllay Allster Commission by GlauG Lacus New Year by GlauG

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  • Listening to: Omnia, Faun, Moon and the Nightspirit
  • Reading: Song of Ice and Fire 2
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Pokemon Platinum
  • Eating: Toasted teacakes
  • Drinking: Coffee