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Azura is alive!!!

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 16, 2016, 4:42 AM
Update: I just got probably the best call in my entire life. A woman found Azura, hiding in the tiny space behind a stone shed, probably scared in there by another cat. She'd been trying to get him out for a couple days already, and instantly called when she saw our flyers. He was really scared but came instantly when he sniffed my hand and his favourite treats. We are so relieved, you have no idea!!! Thank you again for all the sweet thoughts and words, I am convinced it helped!! <3


I'm a nervous wreck since a couple days now because my cat has been missing since Thursday morning. He's never gone for more than 10-15h in one go; we've been calling him regularly, went all around the neighbourhood several times, put up flyers, even got some really nice calls from people trying to help,...but nothing. If you've got pets you will understand how this makes me, and my fiancé too, feel. I'm going between nightmares, crying, short outbursts of hope, and just catatonic numbness.
And of course shit happens just when you need it, because I'm already stressed out as fuck because of driving lessons and a new job I'll be starting on Monday. You can imagine that the last bit of artistic spark I had left has been killed off for good.
That cat is my world, and I don't know what I'll do if he doesn't return...

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I'm not religious, so I won't ask anyone to pray, but any good thoughts, any bit of hope you can spare for Azura...maybe it helps.



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Pixel Art DD Round Up - March 2016

Thu Mar 31, 2016, 2:14 AM
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Hortense by JuicyZone Knight by Wolfenoctis
Pinery by 1Eni1
Tree by fool rainy mood by pixelMewr
The rise of the creative class by bbrunomoraes
Boo! by SovanJedi breeze by tyronniesaur



Pixel Resources: Dithering

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 6:13 AM by ValaSedai:iconvalasedai:


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A new series collecting useful resources for pixeling, featuring a different topic each issue.
This time:


Spotlights  Dithering Spotlight Right 



Definition:
"A blending technique applied in pixel art by alternating two or more colours in more or less defined patterns."



Little Pixel Heart Tutorials Little Pixel Heart


Circular Dithering Tutorial by Sinister-Starfeesh  Pixelart Noobtorials by lollige  Pixel Shading Tutorial by kitted
Syn's Dithering TutorialWhat is dithering?
Dithering is a pixel art process used to blend blocks of colour together or help apply a texture to a pixelled surface. Within emoticons it is most commonly used when making pixelled backgrounds, however it can be used in a number of other areas, e.g. massive emote bases, pixel objects etc. In this tutorial, we will focus on how 2 colours can be blended with dithering.
To break dithering down into simple terms, it is achieved by simply taking the colours from the two blocks of colour and placing individual pixels of each on the opposite side. This creates a region where the two colours merge together to create a more blended colour transition instead of a clear line between the two.
Dithering can seem like a complex process, but it's really not. Once you get the basic idea and technique, it's just all about practice and over time you'll learn how to apply it to a number of different situations. There are many dithering styles which can be
  Pixel Art Tips by ToySkunk
How To Cheat At Dithering by mokia-sinhall  DITHERING TUTORIAL - Basics by kitted  Dither Tutorial by Skull-X


external:

Pixel Art Dithering Tutorial on spriteland.com
The Pixel Art Tutorial on pixeljoint.com
Textures and Dithering on opengameart.org
Dithering and Anti-Aliasing by mishmash manifesto
Dithered Shading on furcadia.com
Dithering: How to Create Linear Gradients with Pixel Art by PXLFLX
Dithering etc. on purloux.com




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Dithering Styles by ShoneGold







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There's a New World Coming

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 25, 2016, 12:57 AM
Does it ever happen to you that you read an entire book in one single day? Well it just did to me again yesterday. It's happened twice before in the past, once with The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin and quite recently with Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. However these two have 256 and 98 pages respectively. I think I've reached a new record by devouring 352 pages in less than 20h thanks to the talented Mr. Ransom Riggs. My interest was piqued when I saw this trailer; I knew right away that I had to get the books and read them before the movie was out. So that's one book down, two more to go.
Admittedly now that I've read the first volume, some changes that are visible in the trailer already bug me, but what with it being a Burton movie and not claiming to retell the story 100% but rather just being based on it, I still have high hopes. And I am just generally absolutely awful when it comes to book to movie adaptations. You don't wanna watch Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings with me, for I will, I promise you, not shut up for more than two minutes straight. :lol:

So what about you guys? Have you read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? (no spoilers about volume 2 and 3, please, if you have ;) ) Are you excited about the movie? And how do you feel about book to movie adaptations? Are you as picky and demanding as I can be?

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  • Listening to: Harakiri for the Sky
  • Watching: MASH, Angel
  • Playing: Stardew Valley, Dark Souls II
  • Drinking: black tea

Life = consumed

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 19, 2016, 1:15 AM
If anyone is wondering where I've been spending all my time lately...pretty much here:

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See ya after I've 100%ed this.

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  • Watching: MASH/Angel
  • Playing: Stardew Valley
  • Drinking: darjeeling

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Give some love to theskalde :3

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 2, 2016, 2:24 PM
You all gotta do me a favour and go check out this incredibly talented artist! I simply cannot believe she doesn't have more watchers because, honestly, her works are some of the loveliest, most charming things I have ever seen. :meow:


The Sleeping Lazy by theskalde The War Is Over II by theskalde Beckon from the Ocean - trio by theskalde
Trapped Soul by theskalde Kor's Legacy by theskalde The Unknown Woman of the Seine by theskalde
 

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Commissions: A Guide to Common Courtesy

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 21, 2016, 3:49 AM
  Commissions can be an incredibly rewarding experience, both for the artist and the buyer. How amazing is it for the commissioner to have their ideas brought to life by a talented artist; and how wonderful is it for the artist to get paid and make a living off something they love doing? That's the utopic vision, but, more often than not, dealing with commissioners can become a real pain. When approaching someone who sells their art, professional or not, you should respect a few basic rules that will guarantee your exchange with the artist to stay on a much more pleasant level.


Blue Square Bullet Know what you want Blue Square Bullet

  It is not the artist's job to figure out what you want, nor do they usually have the time to do so. You don't need to have every single tiny detail planned out, but at least a basic idea. Keep in mind that the clearer your own instructions are, the more efficient the artist will be able to work for you and the more accurate the final result will be. This can avoid a lot of frustration on both sides.
  If you are unable to properly describe what you want, simply have a few references or examples handy. Which is, of course, a plus even if you give a good verbal description.


Blue Square Bullet Don't argue over prices Blue Square Bullet

  You are ready to pay 50$ for a mass-produced sweater, but not for a unique piece of art that has been created specifically for you?

  Decent work may cost a lot. That applies for pretty much any job service. If you want quality you have to be prepared to pay its worth. Telling someone their art is overpriced or a rip-off simply because your budget doesn't allow you to afford it is a huge insult. You have to realize that creating a quality piece takes time and effort. Expecting an artist, in particular a professional, to work for the same pay as someone flipping burgers is, once again, a big fat insult. Professionals usually spend years studying their craft, refining their skills, learning how to be quick and efficient. Not even mentioning the tuition fees that have to be invested in art studies.

  Furthermore, don't haggle. The art world is not a flea market. A professional's prices are most likely calculated that way for a very good reason. Be it the time and energy invested or the materials needed.

  If someone's rates exceed your wallet's capacity you are always welcome to look elsewhere for someone who might offer the same service at a lower rate. But don't be bitter afterwards if the result is not what you expected.


Blue Square Bullet Read an artist's job description Blue Square Bullet

  Make sure to approach the right artist with your request. Unless you're into some really weird shit you wouldn't force your dentist to give you a rectal exam, so don't try to convince an illustrator for instance to do design work for you. There are enough different artists out there to satisfy all your possible needs.

  This ties in directly with not asking an artist to draw in another one's style. You have to realize how awfully disrespectful a request like that is. If you want a specific style, ask the artist who actually specializes in it, not someone else.


Blue Square Bullet Familiarize yourself with an artist's terms Blue Square Bullet

  If you are asked to send inquiries via email, don't send a note or write a comment on the artist's profile.
  If someone only accepts a certain method of payment, make sure you are able to use said method.
  If a waiting time is specified, don't go bother and harass the artist daily to check up on their progress.
  etc etc


Blue Square Bullet Don't be offended if asked to sign a contract Blue Square Bullet

  Unless you are willing to pay everything up front, you might be asked to sign a contract. Don't be offended, it's nothing personal. An artist simply can't run the risk of commissioners forgetting or simply refusing to pay after having received their art. It's a simple question of protecting themselves and their rights. (Note that if you are underage you are not allowed to sign such a contract but will need a legal guardian to do it for you.)


Blue Square Bullet If you change your mind, don't simply stop replying Blue Square Bullet

  There is nothing wrong with realizing, possibly in the middle of an inquiry, that you can't afford a certain commission for the time being, or that you suddenly aren't sure about some details anymore. Let the artist know. If they are professional, they will certainly understand. Ceasing to reply without any warning however is not only frustrating for the artist but, quite frankly, also incredibly rude. They have invested time listening to your request, and possibly even started brainstorming. The least you can do is letting them know that you changed your mind and thanking them for their time.


Remember to be friendly and polite and you're already off to a great start.
Happy commissioning!

|FTU| .:Blue Pixel Heart:.



(big thank you goes out to jasminjuu without whose valuable input this article wouldn't have been possible)


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Someone stole my medal

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 16, 2016, 1:00 PM
My chest is so naked now, you can actually see my heart.
Alright, that one was bad. I'll let myself out.

But in all honesty, I'm glad to be part of the team again. :D
(thank you, Moonbeam13 Little Pixel Heart )

I'll be looking after the Pixel Art gallery this time, and you can, as of now, send me your DD suggestions. I should have a few basic guidelines out by the end of the week, but you can already start throwing any suggestions my way via note. :nod:



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