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Stay calm. Be the leaf.

Sun Apr 22, 2012, 9:15 PM

I know it's whiny of me to complain and give excuses, but I'd like to apologize for not answering to all of the comments and notes in a reasonable amount of time. I'm in the middle of switching between universities. I'm going against the flow and common sense and instead of being an architect, I want to stay in the art industry. Crazy but feels so good!

As soon as I manage to go through all the paperwork and the most urgent commissions, I'll be back and hopefully concentrate on creating something for myself and adding a few things to my portfolio.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a set of really great youtube videos of painting process made by Noah Bradley (noahbradley).  He was nice enough to comment on what he was doing making the videos a great source of knowledge.  He talks about all the technical details, gives tips and tricks, and does it in a very professional yet easy to understand way. I watch videos like that all the time and find them the best way to learn next to the actual practice. I hope you find it as helpful as I did!

On a completely different  note: I can't stop thinking about Legend of Korra. Seriously. It haunts me even when I brush my teeth. It gets me so excited I want to bounce against the walls. I can't wait for the 4th episode and barely restrain myself from painting the show a dozen of fan arts. I'm the leaf!

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Anellyz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
I wish you the best. It takes a lot of courage to change from a more common happy-parent-making career to a purely artistic one, but hell, you've got no problem with the hard work/pressure (you are making a webcomic, completing commissions and perfecting you skills at the same time) and don't get me started on your talent. So way to go! :thumbsup:

PS: Thank you for sharing the tutorials!
MiroJohannes Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
About the video tutorials, those are pure awesomeness! Learned a lot of new about of a photoshop and painting in general. Like this a lot!
sonicrainboom3 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
grahh i know cause it so good tlok is epic!
vampiresongka Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Artist
gdsdsakfsh! ...legend of korra is so addicting~ she's just a great character..that's what i like~
MeteorChild Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You too!??!? Legend of Korra fan as well! It's haunting me as well, I can hardly focus on my school work what with legend of korra. Can't wait till Saturday!
suohii Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
The Legend of Korra *-* I love this show! (Honestly, the only reason I have come to this journal was because of the title "be the leaf." lolololololol)
I'm crazy to see episode 5! Tahno will be in this episode. I want ot see how it will be the meeting with the Fire Ferrets. *-*
Ooooh and have yuo seen the episode 4?? poor Kora... se was so scared kdjgsaflskjdgla and Mako is a jerk!! x( But I still ship Makorra... and Bolin is so adorable oh gosh <33

and sorry if I'm annoying you... it's just 'cause I love TLoK so much...' '-'
Naragirl007 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha! The first thing I said when I saw this in my inbox was "Ah! I totally know that reference!" XD
qpt32 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
gosh XD all my friends are saying 'be the leaf' and i hav no idea wat it means yet!!! >< havn't had time to watch legend of korra... but im SOOOOO looking forward to it

anyways, my best of wishes to ur tough time up there ^
The-Leeward-Voyage Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woot Legend of Korra! xD And thanks for sharing some great painting video's with us :) I've been meaning to work on some environment paintings
xX-EternalDreamer-Xx Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Good Luck with the switch :3
SneeMonster Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's quite alright I've watched episode 3 some 5 times now I think between Saturday and Sunday
White-Serval Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] Y KORRA? Y?
Kessima Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Digital Artist
This is my favorite journal of them all.

Of them
Saerif Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god.... yes. Korra has completely made the past few months bearable. It gives me something to look forward to on weekends in addition to sleep.
Please spam us with fanart. It would make me very happy
Nivelis Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great idea Kate, good luck with that!

p.s. nękaj tych ludzi z FFG jak już ogarniesz ;) ASP?
nightshadow123 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my cheese nips im constantly thinking about the legend of korra too!!!!!! Im dieing for the next episode. Its torture to wait D:
LuckyJackal Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saw the title and immediately knew what it was from. Tenzin's son is so freakin' derpy! I love it! XD.

On the more serious note, I think it's good you're taking the step to switching universities if it means you get to do what you love. SCREW COMMON SENSE. Though I'd say don't worry too much about the absence since real world events do come first after all.

Good luck, and thanks for the videos! Maybe I can start an actual environment speed paint after I finish my first one. For some reason, I chose to do a bear. SO much fur ._.
Aero-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I saw your journal title and got so excited because I knew it was about Korra <3 I also can't wait for the next episode! This show is awesome~
Felizis Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Don't worry about not answering notes and comments. It's more than reasonable not to do so, if you are right in the middle of the university-changing-process. Good Luck by the way with everything. I hope that the change will not cause any trouble.
Thanks for sharing the interesting videos too....they are absolutely awesome indeed.
Devinital Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the videos. And yes, I can hardly confine my excitement over this series, its better then the first.
Miraveldi Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Those videos were very helpful; thanks for sharing!
Danibird22 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
good for you!! you're following your dreams! you are an inspiration to us all!!!
Eyliana Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing the videos, they look really awesome!
talliesynn Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I know right ... Legend of Korra is seriously looking up to be epic. I love how the plot is coming along- it gets me all fuzzy and excited every time I think about it! :XD:

Thanks for sharing those videos too! They're awesome. :heart:
L-Archi Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haaa, I happened to do the same thing than you, once done with architecture school, I entered an art school, but now I have to say that I'm a bit tired of schools X3 and I'm searching for a job, no matter what I'm going to do in the future, art, architecture, whatever... all that really matter to me is my search of knowledges and happyness, travels... :)
dahowlers Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
srkgjrshng When did the third episode come out! Scratch that! I'll go look! But thank you for bringing it to my attention!! o3o
Avaira Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I also posted a journal about it here: [link] I'm not sure how many people will actually watch it from my watchers but at least I know I tried. I also added a few more thoughts on the big comment above. If you ever get the time I'd really like an opinion. You seem to be making a change and are a "higher level artist" because you have gone through more schooling than I. But I know that doesn't make us any different. I'd just like to understand your knowledge and stuff that you have learned on your own journey. Maybe some thoughts on how to continue digital painting?
Avaira Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Done! Beautiful work. I really can't say it in words how much that really made me feel as an artist. This is the type of stuff that makes my heart sing. The biggest thing is I have no idea where to go with it. Did you have this problem in school? I dont know if I know where to begin... I feel like I'm going to be shunned because of the word "fantasy" is so over powering. When all I like is making landscape scenes believable like this guy does. Sure I was into anime and stuff (still am) but not to a point that that is all I want to do. I never wanted to become a mangakathingy and never wanted to do anything that my teachers in college claim for me as a label. I really love a lot of original "master" oil paints. All which who he said in the first video! But can I really claim that this is as much as a fine art as anything else? I always want to reference from life and enjoy all of the transitional mediums but I can't see myself doing that for long. To my teachers, its all about fantasy and the no's, to me I see art as a conceptual connection between you-the piece-and the viewer. Why do I seem to be labeled as a anime noob when they have never seen my deviant page? I keep the stuff I do keep on here as a memory and a reminder of how I started of. I shouldn't have to feel like I need to wipe out my deviant because of some cheap socity veiw on what is good and whats not. I can think of a lot of Old "Masters" that did what they did out of love. BUT wasn't excepted into society. 100 years later they are the best thing sense sliced bread. Damn I'd rather be the one to prove it than die in the shadows.
HolyFrap Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! It sound scary switching career paths like that, but honestly your art is amazing! I know you hear that a lot, but I honestly think you can do wonders in the art industry.

Make us prettier cartoons! BE THE LEAF!
melonshock Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, choosing to stay an art major is a hard decision.
But don't worry, you great enough of an artist that I doubt you'll have much trouble getting a job. If Rob Liefeld can succeed in art, anyone can.
Avaira Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOL I'm on the 2nd one now and I just died when he was talking about figures vs landscape. "With the figure you must worry about the gesture and form... anatomy... stuff. With a rock you just worry about, well actually you dont. You just make a nice looking rock. BAM its a rock."
Nightmare-Kitten Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm dorking out over Legend of Korra too, it's so good!
OokamiAniyou Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No need to apologize for not commenting. Anything I comment on is because I feel you deserve it and I expect nothing in return, although I do enjoy any replies I may get.
That being said I hope everything goes well with you switching universities. And I think it's only right that you stay in the art industry. Your art is wonderful and you should do what feels right to you, not what others think you should do. ^_^
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, Meelo :D the Legend of Korra is freaking amazing!
Violation-Nova Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LEGEND OF KORRA! I giggled through half of the 3rd episode o-o

Good for you! I hope you enjoy it!
anim3admir3r Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that little boy is my favorite character. <3 He's so funny. Good luck with all your work. And I've heard a little bit about Noah Bradley.
Theillst Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
XD TLOK is amazing and so addictive! In my opinion it's one of the few good shows(especially for kids :P) that come on anymore. It's a perfect contast that's somehow in balance to/with the first series.
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my goodness! Good luck with all the paperwork and stuff! :eager:

Thanks for sharing the videos and the strange yet alluring LoK gif. XD
AtomeHanyou Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahem, anyway, that's great to hear and I hope you'll do well in the art industry <3 Hell what am I saying? I know you'll do amazing lol
DemoniaTheGuardian Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know!!! That show is so obsessive. XD
DeegeCamari Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh goodness yes ALL THE KORRA :heart: Just sayin', any LoK fanart you make would undeniably be mind-blowing and awesome. JUST SAYIN'.

and omg meelo oh no so cute, my favorite part with him was 'YEAH YOU'RE A TERRIBLE TEACHER DADDY' because the way he says terrible sdghdhjdg. I have feels for that show.
WildFireTheWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student General Artist
yeah that show is amazing!

i'll have to remember to check out those videos when i have time
TheRootOfAllEvil Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student General Artist
kjhgfg, KORRA. Tumblr is freaking exploding with Makorra-y goodness and cool theories for the series. It's a good time to be an Avatard <3
EmikoOgasawara Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Am I the only one who doesn't want her to end up with Mako? I'm rooting for Bolin.
TheRootOfAllEvil Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
There are some Borra shippers out there...but I do think you're outnumbered by Makorra shippers xD
aacrell Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Indeed <3 XD
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