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I'm slowly swinging back into art again. :XD: Progress was a little slowed because my novel project, although I've made a lot of progress on that lately, which will give me more time for art again. 13 out of 16 chapters are done, 240 pages so far, and once I'm finished with that, it will be time to cross edit both of my novels for consistency, so I can start shopping for publishers! (It's a lengthy process, so the sooner you get on the ball, the better.)

It feels very exciting. My Sci-Fi story was in development hell for nearly two years, so this is uplifting to finally have it on rails. Even though the sequel has been done for twice as long, the finer story arc details were missing too much to be very compelling, outside of the sheer scale of the action and adventure itself. Now that the first story is reaching its maturity, it will be possible to go back to the sequel manuscript, and fill in the rather vague aspects that severely hampered the effect of all the plot twists; it's been a wild ride to say the least.

This is a dream to be able to do. I never imagined in my life being able to finish a complete story, from front to back, let alone writing a second one and planning its third entry along the way! The scary part now is whether it's something a publisher will actually take. :XD: Self-publishing is an option too, but I'd rather experiment with that through a spin-off prequel to the third book I'm rewriting. I feel what I have is too big to settle for less than being able to say, "Yeah, I have a published novel!".

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Outside of creative pursuits, I'm very happy to say my braces are finally off! (A bit late to announcing that here, I kinda forgot under all the excitement of talking about it on Facebook with family.) One of my aunts talked to my original orthodontist from nearly eight years ago, and because of my unique situation, he offered to remove them for nothing.



Not only was I blown away he did that for me, his work is so well done, that even after all these years, there was absolutely minimal to no damage on my teeth! I find it a real miracle in itself, and a testament to the quality of his team's work, that my teeth could survive several years without an orthodontist's strict supervision. (Even with my wisdom teeth growing in.) I would recommend him to anyone, he and his team are wonderful, patient people who do wonders for smiles; he changed my life twice over.

I cried at the sink, when I first saw how pristine they were all this time, perfectly healthy and happy. All of my nightmares of rotten or missing teeth are a thing of the past! Food tastes better, drinks are more savory, and I can sleep in any position I want in the bed without feeling like all the blood in my gums are draining away, or my eyes hurting. It's hard to believe how many little aspects of my life those braces affected, and I don't have to worry about it anymore.

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It's a huge monkey off my back for sure. I feel like I can worry more about my GED classes, my art, and finding the right hairstyle for this bouncy below-the-shoulders mane I have right now. :dummy: Seriously love my hair!



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I also moved to Ringgold a month ago. :XD: This is where I grew up as a kid, and it's fun being back in the Catoosa area. Dalton was nice too, but I was only born there; it held few memories besides visits to Grandma's house. Of course, that's changed now, I have tons of memories in Dalton as well. I love my cousins and my grandma, they're fun, understanding people to be around.



Ringgold's such a beautiful, humble little place. If Pallet Town existed in real life, this would be it; not much traffic, a few neighbors, and a couple of old grocery stores that have stood for longer than I've been alive. Just look at the view from the mailbox alone! The ridge is a gorgeous blue at certain times of the day. Sunsets are so otherworldly here at times too.

The stars are unreal here. In Dalton, there's so much light pollution, you can't see much that aren't planets. Over here? It's like a jolly ensemble of celestial candles of every color and size, swaying ever so gently together in the night sky, all while the moon acts as their maestro. It's a very inspiring place for your imagination to happily run wild, without running empty.

The first night I was here, that the clouds weren't in the way, I stood out there looking up for hours, spiritually and emotionally lost in their wonder. There were moments I could have cried, it's so wonderful here at night, just like when I was a little kid playing with my first telescope. It brought back many memories of myself and my family learning about the planets, and seeing them with our own eyes through the lens.

All the stars I could never see before, now shine brightly before my eyes, and I feel like that's an allegory for my life. No longer am I basking in the glow of an artificial light, content with its limited, yellow radiance; I enjoy the full ocean of stars in all their glorious colors, their guiding light beaming brilliantly across the journey ahead.

The reason my eyes got so misty is, those stars make me think of all the wonderful friends I've made over the years, even those who I have yet to meet, much like stars I have yet to know the names of. I can't begin to articulate how all of you have touched and impacted my life, it's making me cry at the desk right now. Every last one of you are special, and I mean that with all the sincerity I can muster in text.

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Lastly, a little art update. This canvas I've had on the backburner for nearly two months is back in the works! It won't be long now before I'm done with it, so I can move on to other art projects I have mind, especially some really big Freedom Planet ones I have in mind.



Oh wow, this is the longest wall of text I've posted in a long time. :XD: If anyone reached the bottom, thank you for reading. While my life always has its ups and downs, things have only gotten better since this year began. I can't be more thankful for my family, my friends, and all those passersby, in real life and online, who remind me on a daily basis that we still live in a beautiful world with beautiful people.
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening OST Orchestrated
  • Reading: Math Stuff
  • Playing: Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Eating: CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESE
  • Drinking: Black Tea with Milk!

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Mr-Glaceon
❄Mister Glaceon❄
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Hello! I'm Mister Glaceon. I've drawn cartoon characters on and off for as long as I can remember. Picking it back up four years ago on paper, I realized how much I enjoyed it.

Nowadays, I use a Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch (S) tablet, and Krita, an open-source painting app, to illustrate things, or fan art of anything that interests me.

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Favorite TV Shows : Angry Beavers, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Mythbusters, Rocko's Modern Life, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Martin Mystery, etc.
Favorite dA Artists : Crysa, MPsai, AlcoholicRattleSnake, foogie, MikeHarvey, RabiesGirl, ValaSedai just to name a few.
Favorite Authors/Writers : J.R.R Tolkein, J.K Rowling, C.S Lewis, H.G Wells, Drew Karpyshyn, etc.
Favorite Books : Lord of the Rings Unabridged Trilogy, The Hobbit, Apollo 13, Chronicles of Narnia, War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, Star Trek Titan : Over A Torrent Sea.
Other Hobbies/Interests : Electronics, Animation, Game Design, Stopmotion, Music, Space-travel, Science Fiction, Writing.
Favorite Consoles : Gamecube, Dreamcast, SNES, PSX, PS3, NDS, GBA.

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Favorite Art Software and Tools

Stamp - Krita User (Template by firstfear) by Mr-Glaceon Stamp - Tablet User by firstfear Stamp - Mouse User by firstfear Stamp - PhotoshopElements User by firstfear Stamp - Gimp User by firstfear
Requests and Art Trades

"Do you take requests?"

Very rarely, because of how much time my finished works take, and most OCs on deviantART are terrifyingly generic. If your character makes me squee until my heart is orbiting Saturn, I'll consider a base-colored sketch of them.

"What about art trades?"

Currently a little too backed up to dedicate myself to a finished, colored piece in exchange. Always feel free to ask me if I'm available for an art trade, I love doing those.

"Commissions?"

While my anatomy has improved in recent years, it's not yet at the point I feel right charging money for my art. It would not be cheap (Well above the $35 range.) when I can offer anyway, because my bigger pieces with painted details typically take three weeks to finish.

"Adoptables?"

When I have characters I can't use for anything, I usually post them for dA points. Points are fun for gifting premium and llama accessories to friends, so that's why I do it. You get the character, bio, and any artworks made of them at full res. It's always cheap too, so keep an eye open if you like adoptables!

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Dukewolfendoom Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago
YOU AND YOUR GODDAMN FAVES.

...Thanks. ouo :heart:
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH U

You're welcome! I LIKE YOUR SKETCHIES.
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Paragon-Yoshi Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
So then, I contemplated giving Krita a spin.

Just wanting to check some things.
How does it overall handle, compared to SAI?
And is it just as easy to handle?
(Photoshop is too complicated for me. X_X)

Also while SAI handles superbly in my eyes, it does have some problems.
Such as poor Vector tools, being my number one issue.
And also an absense of a text-tool (since I do that comic), though I can always open up GIMP for that, it tends to acts very glitchy for me though.
So if my primary program would have that tool from the get-go, that would be good.


But yeah, just want to check the waters and maybe get some insight, before I get the trial version.
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would say Krita is a great upgrade from SAI; haven't reinstalled GIMP since switching. (The Windows version of GIMP also gave me problems since using Windows 8. It only ever seems to work properly on its Linux builds.) Krita has more tools than SAI by a long shot, without overwhelming you with mountains of them like Photoshop or GIMP does.

Krita is also free and open source, much like GIMP, so it's for everyone to use. The developers hold yearly kickstarters to fund full-time development, and that's it.

While its UI does have a few nods to Photoshop's layout, it's not half as complicated, in my experience. The quality of the ink brushes are also leagues ahead of the competition, producing results as good as Lazy Nezume. I haven't vectored anything since switching to Krita, because inking manually is that smooth with casual strokes. (As long as you set the smoothing assistant to Basic, or even higher if you need it.) No pen delay necessary; Photoshop may never have line quality that good.

As for vectoring tools, it's different to use, but the learning curve is absolutely worth it. You have dedicated layer types for Vectors, (SAI technically does the same thing as well with its Lineworks Layers.) and the vector tools only work on them. Shapes and lines can be rearranged in real time without much lag, so it's great for changing up vectored text bubbles on the fly.

The Text Tool also works only on those Vector layers, which is actually a good thing, since you can resize your text at any time without pixelation or distortion, than you would if the text was drawn on a paint layer. I played with it last night, and loved how easy it made text to type up, for as weird as the tool works compared to GIMP's highly user-friendly text tools. Adjusting or resizing text is easy, and you have many fonts to work with.

One thing to also note is how well Krita performs. With Hardware/OpenGL Acceleration turned on, the canvas runs as fast as your refresh rate, (A rock-solid 60 FPS for me.) and I love Krita for that, because my strokes are more accurate when there are no hiccups or delays in the canvas refreshing itself. GIMP or SAI do not offer that performance whatsoever, since their canvases operate in Software Mode only. Canvas rotation from SAI is here too, and it's extremely fast for me.

In short, Krita's fast, responsive, boasts more tools than SAI, and costs nothing to use. While there are bugs now and then, Krita is frequently updated enough that many bugs are addressed in a timely manner. All the worst ones from 2.9's first release are gone now.
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Paragon-Yoshi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
Welp, I tried it.
But I am not used to the new interfact yet.

If you could give me a rundown of all the useful features, that'd be great.
Especially, rotating, transforming and size changing I couldnt figure out yet.
As well as the different layer types.
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It takes a little adjusting to. I needed a couple of weeks to feel fully aware of where everything was on the interface. I'll go over some of the things I didn't realize on my own until much later.

Krita has two tools for moving and and transforming things. Move Layer is more accurate, while taking longer to refresh, (It's extremely slow, I only use it for budging something three pixels into a better position.) and the Free Transform tool drops accuracy for real-time resizing, rotating, and skewing. It's fast and great for making quick adjustments to large selections or layers. Dragging the selection from the outside rotates it, while dragging the tick boxes along the boundaries can either resize or skew it.

Any setting you would want to adjust with any tool can be found in the Tool Options dialogue; this menu changes depending on what tool you have selected. You can even lock the proportions while doing a free transform, which is helpful for simply shrinking something, instead of stretching it. There are lots of options you might like playing with to get a general feel for each tool.

Another thing to note is that your smudging and cloning brushes are simply another set of brushes in the Brushes menu, rather than a dedicated tool in the toolbox. This is done since there are multiple smudging brushes. If something feels missing from the toolbox, it's probably placed somewhere else; it may help to toy with some of the brushes that interest you, and see which ones are useful for your art.

I also feel the need to point out which brushes to use for inking, because it took me a while to figure out. Ink_circle_05, Ink_circle_10, and Ink_circle_25, are your best bets for cleanly drawing smooth ink lines in real time, (No delay needed.) along with the Smoothing Assistant turned to "Basic Smoothing" in the Tool Option. Ink_gpens aren't too clean for that; they're better for other things in my experience.

Smudge_soft is the closest to a typical smudge tool as well. It has some variance in its strokes, which you might be able to remove in the brush's advanced settings. However, I keep it in my case since it gives what your smudging a little texture. Krita's smudge brushes in general are a step up from GIMP or Photoshop's smudge tools, and aren't as messy looking.

Unlike GIMP, the Erase effect can be applied to virtually any brush, (I seem to recall GIMP having dedicated eraser brushes.) which is surprisingly helpful in a lot of cases. You can change to Erase mode at will with a button above the canvas, or by pressing the E key. Erasing with the air brush is nice for controlling the distribution of light effects for me.

The Select Tool may or may not give you trouble right away. Whenever I'm finished with using a selection, I de-select it instead of clicking outside of it to make it go away. Sometimes I end up making a one or two pixel wide selection when clearing it the old fashioned way. By de-selecting it, you're guaranteeing you didn't make a new microscopic selection in place of the last one. Ctlr+Shift+A is handy if you don't like clicking dialog menus infrequently.

Krita comes with a lot of measurement tools I never saw the likes of in GIMP. Its gridded perspective tool is especially handy for structuring rooms and doors for me. The person who coded it was originally working in architecture, and he wanted Krita have tools that are useful for buildings or man-made structures. It's a unique tool no other art program has, to my knowledge.

One last thing. Mirror mode allows you to flip your canvas in real time without modifying it, and it's very useful for checking if your subject's anatomy makes sense from either direction. Rotating the canvas is also very fast, I use it to make strokes that would be harder to do at certain angles. You can set your own keyboard and mouse shortcuts to drag your cursor for rotating the canvas, while holding a key, which gives you more angles to work with than keyboard shortcuts on their own.
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Paragon-Yoshi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
Thank you for the insight.

I downloaded it and will give it a spin soon.
thanks a lot.
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allysaxox Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
Hello!
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello to you too!
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canned-sardines Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! left shark 
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG THAT GIF

You're welcome! You have beautiful digital paintings, can't wait to see more from you.
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Juh-Juh Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Aye, a belated thank you for the watch! I really appreciate it! :D
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And a belated reply back from me. XD I love finding new artists, you're welcome!
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TheRafflesia Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for your support, dear! :hug: I'm sorry for being late, I hope I can make amends with these Easter sweets! :hug: Have a happy Easter! :hug:
EasterSweets by KmyGraphic Ciocolate egg by KmyGraphic
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Aaeruu Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the watch! <33
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