Is it me or is DA quieter these days?
Anyway, I haven't been all that active lately either. I was busy with my Nature's Prophet related projects (t-shirt and a set!), hopefully they get picked. T_T;;
...and some other work stuff.
On the pendants side, the first batch was all sold out (thank you!!) and I'm preparing a second new design - dragon/phoenix. It's a different shape, so we'll see how it goes. There'll only be around 25 of each color variant as usual.
There'll also be another run of the Tree of Life and Hades/Persephone coins. All these will hopefully be ready for sale in early October.
Also, the Evolve t-shirt designs are up on welovefine, so if you liked the designs, you can buy them - www.welovefine.com/evolve-chib…
On the personal side, it feels like my health is declining and my knees are killing me. I'm getting old.
Oh..and the Phantom Pain is almost here!! omg so excited, but also ughhhh Konami you suck
Well, that's about it from me.
How long have you been on DeviantArt?
- According to the stats, 11 years.
What does your username mean?
- A long long time ago, I read a FF5 (or 4, I forgot, one of the earlier FFs) walkthrough and the lvl 2 thunder spell was called Thundera, but would be pronounced Sandara by a Japanese. It sounded nice. So now you know.
Describe yourself in three words.
- Quiet, weird, lazy
Are you left or right handed?
- Right handed
What is your favourite type of art to create?
- Fantasy digital art
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
- Woodcraft, or glass crafting
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
- Digital fantasy art
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
- No real favs, but there's tons of really great artists here.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
- No particular artist, but DA has always been a font of inspiration.
What are your preferred tools to create art?
- Photoshop and a Wacom tablet.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
- In front of my PC. ;__;
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
- The silly April Fools prank I played here, the silly pics that I used to post and we'd have a good laugh.
Here's the April Fool's thing - 1st April 2009
The time I posted a blank image to get the watermark and folks were seeing all sorts of things in it - blank
The time I posted that Hades n Persephone pic and got a bazillion favs and comments. It's been great fun.
OHHH okay, I get it. It's the same except for the orange icon thingys. And more expensive. XD
I prefer the older icons, I mean, the orange ones are alright, but maybe just not.. orange. It's distracting.
As for price, I guess I'm not surprised.
O̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶i̶c̶o̶n̶s̶ ̶t̶u̶r̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶ ̶b̶r̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶o̶r̶a̶n̶g̶e̶,̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶l̶o̶o̶k̶s̶ ̶a̶ ̶l̶i̶t̶t̶l̶e̶ ̶w̶e̶i̶r̶d̶,̶ ̶w̶h̶a̶t̶'̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶c̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶s̶u̶p̶p̶o̶s̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶d̶o̶?̶ ̶I̶s̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶e̶x̶a̶c̶t̶l̶y̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶a̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶P̶r̶e̶m̶i̶u̶m̶ ̶m̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶s̶h̶i̶p̶ ̶(̶j̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶a̶ ̶b̶i̶t̶ ̶m̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶e̶x̶p̶e̶n̶s̶i̶v̶e̶)̶?̶ ̶A̶r̶e̶ ̶w̶e̶ ̶s̶u̶p̶p̶o̶s̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶g̶e̶t̶ ̶s̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶n̶e̶w̶ ̶f̶e̶a̶t̶u̶r̶e̶s̶?̶ ̶I̶ ̶d̶o̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶s̶e̶e̶ ̶a̶n̶y̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶e̶l̶s̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶'̶s̶ ̶d̶i̶f̶f̶e̶r̶e̶n̶t̶,̶ ̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶o̶r̶a̶n̶g̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶y̶s̶.̶
Thank you, everyone!
There are also some dragon coins listed up.
A big congrats to the US, for legalizing same sex marriage!
and uh, its a bit late, but congrats, Ireland and Mexico!
I watched it twice in a week, it was that good. I had gone in thinking it was some brainless action flick, but boy was I wrong! It's got the most beautiful cinematography and visuals of 2015! (My hubby says I can't compare, since they're different types of movies, but FURY ROAD beats Avengers AoU by a mile. By 100000 miles!)
You wouldn't think this grimy, dirty, post apocalyptic film would be beautiful, but it is. It's amazing. Every shot is so perfectly composed, you can freeze the movie at any point and that frame will look perfect. Perfect composition, lighting and color. PERFECT.
Visuals aside, I also went in thinking I would hate every character, since they all look so ..grimy and ugly. XD But I was wrong again! Every character (yes, every single character, even the secondary ones) is likable. It's amazing, that's all I can say. There's very little dialogue; there's no exposition at ALL (unless you count Max's monologue in the beginning). The world building of Mad Max is incredible. So many little details in the background; none of it is explained. You either infer it from the movie, or it's just a mystery. The vehicles, designed down to the smallest detail.
I can go on burbling all day about how great this movie is, but JUST WATCH IT! It's got my seal of approval. XD
Nux - I love that guy, omg, so amazing! I thought he'd be some mook pestering Max and co. for the whole movie, but his turn around was AMAZING! I'm so glad they wrote him that way. Those puppy eyes, omg T___T So chrome, so shiny.
Also, I like the fact that the romance (if you can even call it that) fitted so well and was totally not in your face. (I'm looking at you, BW and Banner)
Angharad defending Furiosa, when she blocked her with her body... you go girl! That was an amazing shot.
ALSO, the ending... omg, the small nods Furiosa and Maz exchanged, it was so perfect! I like that they didn't try to shoehorn in some romance between Max and Furiosa. It was RESPECT, and it fit so well.
and lastly.... the Doof Warrior. Awesome personified.
Thank you all for your advice and suggestions!
I think for now I will not go into this figurine production, but perhaps in the future.
So I'm finally launching my Patreon! I will be offering PSDs, time-lapse videos, step-by-steps. Another major thing I will be doing is going back to my watercolors, and there will be a monthly lucky draw where you can win an original watercolor sketch from me (mailed to you).
What is Patreon about?Patreon is a site where content creators (like me) can be supported by helpful Patrons (like you) through monthly donations.
It is similar to Kickstarter as a funding service, but instead of a one-off deal, Patreon is more like a subscription model.
This is a preview of the April rewards :
And here's the link to my Patreon : www.patreon.com/sandara
If you pledge this month (April), you will receive the rewards in the first week of May.
Thank you! =^_^=
FAQ : Sandara's Patreon FAQ
I've decided to give Patreon a try and I'll be launching it early April (not an April's fools joke! ).
The rewards will be the usual - videos, psds, full-sized jpgs and also a bi-weekly lucky-draw prize of a physical sketch.
So keep an eye out for the announcement in April!
Hands down he's my favorite author. He will be sorely missed.
"No one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away..." - Terry Pratchett
I am very optimistic about the pendant idea now!
I know a large majority of you voted for dragon/phoenix design, but it may not be the design I will go for first. Personally I wanted to do stag/wolf, and I'm glad it was 2nd highly voted one. Unicorn/griffin is another one I'd like to do.
I guess if the response is good, I'll eventually do a set : stag/wolf, unicorn/griffin, dragon/phoenix.
It'll be rather similar to my coins; there will be a variety of color variants.
In any case, it will be a few months down the road before these pendants ever see the light of day as I have 1 new coin design on the way and they'll be sold first.
Thank you again!
Meiyue has done a very nice interview here : Should You Become a Professional Artist?
She interviewed a few artists and myself about working professionally. The answers are varied as we all have had different experiences, so it's good to see the range of things an artist can go through!
If you are interested in art as a career, it might give you some tips and suggestions.
This is a shout-out to my bro's game Devil's Dare!
Buy it : store.steampowered.com/app/279…
Find out more : www.devilsdare.com/
Devil's Dare is a 2D zombie beat'em up, supporting up to 4 players to co-op and fight together locally. Being the spritual successor to Bitejacker, Devil's Dare carries the same theme of parodies, pitting classic game heroes against monsters straight out of 90s horror movies.
He's also running an art contest : store.steampowered.com/app/279…
(scroll down a little for info)
Here are the rules :
TOTAL OF 10 COPIES TO BE WON!
1. Awarded to top 5 most beautiful artwork.
2. Awarded to top 5 most ridiculous artwork.
1. Draw a zombified version of an iconic video game or movie character.
2. Include the link www.devilsdare.com
3. Post it on the Devil's Dare community hub on Steam (and tell your friends about it!).
4. Deadline : 31st October 2014
1. Winners will be announced and awarded on 2nd November 2014.
2. Artworks will be judge by Secret Base and guest artist, Sandara from sandara.deviantart.com
3. While there are no age-restrictions, priority will be given to students.
4. Note that this is all done in good will and trust in the gamers community, so please do not send in artwork that does not belong to you.
5. May the odds be forever in your favor!
Please check it out!
You can use this link : society6.com/sandara?promo=VNX…
to get free international free shipping at Society 6. I've added the 3 new angel images, so you can get them as prints, skins or cushions.
I have some DotA2 t-shirt designs up at the welovefine shop, so go here if you're interested : www.welovefine.com/artists-par…
The coins are ready for sale!
This time round I will be selling them in batches, as all 3 designs will be on sale. Once a design is sold out, I will re-stock it until all the coins are gone.
You can buy them here : www.etsy.com/shop/sandara3?ord…
Please note that shipping will take 2-3 weeks.
The designs are :
I see that there's quite a bit of interest in my newest coin and there's a few people asking about buying them. (Thank you!!)
This one is just the sample the mint sent me.
I will be getting the first round of minting of this coin in a month or so, and it will come in 5 color variants.
At the same time, I will be re-minting my Hades/Persephone and Loki coins.
So sometime in October there will be all 3 coins for sale.
***fingers crossed that the mint has no delays***
The coins are sold out.
There is the new Loki's Children coins
which are loosely based off this drawing of mine :
Also there is the 2nd minting of the Hades and Persephone coins.
The colors for the Fall, Spring and Black (Hades) coins have changed! So those of you who got the 1st minting of them... they're now even more special as I won't be minting in those colors again.
All the coins have a unique serial number stamped on to the sides, and they will ship in a plastic sleeve.