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To those who have played Mega Man ZX Advent

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 26, 2013, 4:05 PM
You know those medals you get by beating the Pseudoroids in a certain fashion (i.e. fight only as a certain form, or beat the boss without striking a certain area)?
Well, I spent the whole day getting them all. Fuck the Vulturon Gold medal... But I got it...
All 24 medals... They're all mine ¦D

Overhaul

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 25, 2013, 11:51 AM
I've moved a large chunk of my work to storage/scraps, so don't be alarmed by the drop in deviations; nothing has been deleted, even the shitty stuff.

This has led to a small muddle in terms of Featured and specific folders, but it shouldn't affect things that badly.

Well... That was unexpected.

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 15, 2013, 2:00 PM
So, today a friend of mine told me that my artwork is literally worthless, and then proceeded to tell me with such thick sarcasm that it's the worth it has to me that matters... Okay... I see my meaning in the world... Don't mind me, I'm just going to go find the nearest cliff in the area to jump off of.

But before I do that, let me just let you guys know that I'm working on a sort of secret thing with all 80 of my robot masters. It's not another group picture (wonder when I'll ever colour that), but it's along the lines of that. Hopefully I'll be uploading the first part of it soon.

I've also been playing both Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX. Let's just say that my life has now been surrendered to these games.

Now that that's taken care of, I'm going to Dover. I heard they have beautiful cliffs there.

Rant regarding 'Fave and Run'

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 25, 2013, 3:26 AM
UPDATE 1: I have numbered the points on this rant, so if you ever want to link someone this with a specific point in mind, you can refer to it by its number!
Also, if you have come across any excuse people give to fave and not comment that I haven't covered here, comment below and I'll update this rant accordingly!
Thank you for your understanding and support!

UPDATE 2: Removed offensive language, due to two reasons:

1. Burlew has correctly pointed out the rather immature nature of the rant when it's riddled with swears. Thank you for highlighting this.
2. I'm calmer about this issue anyway. I'm not so vehement about this anymore, but I'd still like to make a point.

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So there are these people who are fine with- No, PROUD of doing this thing called 'Faving and Running'. The general gist is this: These people meander through dA, mashing the 'Favourite' button to any old deviation, without leaving a comment or remark on the piece of work.

Now, I'm fine with the odd person who does this... But I'm not fine with a giant legion of people doing this and then proclaiming that what they're doing is completely fine and, in a sick twisted sense, beneficial to others. Perhaps I'm not truly grasping the ridiculous notions they're using to justify this act of ignorance, but it's really bugging me to the point where I had to make this journal. Seriously, how can you hold your head up so high and mighty after you're pretty much stamping on the faces of underdog artists who want to be known just a bit for the hard work they put into their art? Do you think they like it? You guys astound me...

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Let me shoot down each and every argument these guys make for their actions:


1 - Argument: I don't have time.

Rebuttal: Clearly you do, seeing as you run around the entirety of dA doing this. And the fact that you're on the internet to begin with already contradicts this: You don't have time, so you goof around for hours? This is so commonly used as an excuse, I see it more as a cop-out as opposed to an argument. Also, how much time do you really need to spend? It probably only takes a few seconds to write something short and sweet, and maybe a minute or two for something a bit deeper. Do you really not have the time to spare a few seconds?


2 - Argument: I want to appreciate other artists.

Rebuttal: Your actions speak otherwise. Appreciating an artist is more than just gallivanting around and faving random deviations; it's about absorbing their work, feeling the passion of the art and getting a sense of what was going through the artist's mind at the time. A comment can convey these feelings, and that's what artists really like, especially not-so-popular ones (like me). And besides, you're not on a time limit... Oh wait, I forgot, you clearly are, seeing as you "don't have time". Pffffffff.


3 - Argument: I can't find the right words.

Rebuttal: Use a dictionary. Next.


4 - Argument: I have nothing to say.

Rebuttal: Then why are you favouriting the work? Clearly there's something to it that you like (and if that's not the case, then you're furthering my point as to how you're a prick). There's no such thing as not being able to identify what you like about something; there's a reason for everything. And even if what you like is for a subjective/ineffable reason, highlight it to the artist, and maybe they can share as to what they think about that aspect. Perhaps they find that part embarrassing, or maybe they can tell you how hard they worked on that to make it look good. Small things like this go a long way. Favouriting does not.


5 - Argument: I'm too shy.

Rebuttal: Then what are you doing on deviantART, a place where you're supposed to express yourself? Besides, what's there to be shy about? The artist will probably never meet you, and what's the worst that can happen? If you're afraid that they'll think you're weird or a horrible, it's either what you're saying is bad, or you've stumbled upon a nut-case. The former is pretty much your own fault that can be fixed with the point above; the latter is pretty much a 5% chance of happening, loads of artists here really do appreciate a nice comment, even if it has criticism (hell, I really wish I got more criticism).


6 - Argument: I can't give a good critique.

Rebuttal: Doesn't need to be one; just say what you liked about the artwork. It's that simple.


7 - Argument: I forget to comment.

Rebuttal: Not an excuse. By favouriting, you've pretty much set the reminder already, and besides... dA GIVES YOU A REMINDER WHEN YOU FAVOURITE.


8 - Argument: I'm doing it for attention.

Rebuttal: You're doing it wrong: You WANT negative attention? Plus, you're grabbing ONE person's attention, whereas a comment can be viewed by multiple people. OOPS.


9 - Argument: I have a slow connection.

Rebuttal: This is the 21st century; you can easily upgrade. Next.


10 - Argument: What I want to say has already been said.

Rebuttal: Doesn't detract from its importance to you and the artist. We'd love to hear what you love and what you think could be better, provided you aren't a jerk about it, or act like a robot (kinda like how you favourite things mindlessly). Even if you're frightened about this, number one: The shy point I made earlier. Number two: You can easily make it different. If for example someone said "I like the way you drew the hair." You can say instead "The hair looks lovely, you clearly worked very hard on it!" Same message, different delivery.


11 - Argument: I don't speak the same language as the artist.

Rebuttal: Post your comment in your own native tongue, because that way the artist will probably be shocked/amazed that his/her art grabbed the attention of foreigners. Also, online translators DO exist.


12 - Argument: I want to bookmark your work for later.

Rebuttal: Reference art is fine for this, it's understandable; anything else doesn't really have an excuse. What, that one hand the person drew looks amazing? Google, 'hand postures'/hand gestures', done. Also, your browser should support a bookmark feature.


13 - Argument: I'm speechless by the art.

Rebuttal: I'd find this so hilarious if it weren't such an atrocious lie. So artwork of a cartoon little man can equate to a painting in a gallery? Is that what you're saying? Also, if you do this for multiple pieces of artwork, you really have a problem if they all make you speechless. And if you're still gonna play by this card (which, frankly, I'll laugh at you for doing so), here's an example: comments.deviantart.com/1/3740…
I commented on an art piece that was unbelievably amazing (to explain, the artist drew an OC of mine and made him look gorgeous), and in ways it took my breath away... Yet here I was, a dumb 17-year-old kid [28/5/13], giving a comment as to why I loved this piece of art. If I can do it, then so can you.


14 - Argument: You're being an attention whore asking for comments.

Rebuttals: You're mixing things up. Commenting is not done to raise attention, it's to get feedback (at least, it should be). When someone asks for comments, they want to know how to improve their craft, how to develop as an artist, how to continue to only get better and better, making more happier and happier. And always remember: A nice comment can always go a long way if you make it special. Have some pride in knowing that you put a smile on someone else's face. Or, you know, just favourite it and move onto the next like a mindless drone.


15 - Argument: I'm not in the mood.

Rebuttal: Well then... What are you doing? Why are you on dA? Why are you on the internet? Why don't you put that despondent/miffed emotion aside and do something constructive? If you're really not up to commenting, then I really don't see why you're up to favouriting either. And if you're gonna say that you're looking for art to cheer you up, then shouldn't the art have cheered you into a better mood to comment? Remember, don't induce your negative mood onto others; that's quite shallow of you.


16 - Argument: You should be happy with a favourite, it's just as good as a comment.

Rebuttal: *Sigh* This one is magnitudes of stupid. First off, it's not as good, it's way less meaningful. Why? Because a favourite is a one-hit ticket to laziness, a comment shows that you actually care about the artwork. Even a one-word comment is more meaningful, since you spent time to compose it. A favourite on its own just shows you know how to hit a button. Second, if you're favouriting other things like a machine, what does your earlier favourite actually mean to the artist? They're just another person whose artwork mildly amused you, or worse you faved it for the hell of it. Does that boost the morale of the artist? No, I'd vouch that it does the opposite, that they have to settle for scumbags like you. Third, we don't actually know why the art deserved its favourite, so we don't know how to please you in the future. Again, detrimental. Fourth, do you really understand the difference between a favourite and a comment? A favourite is an indicator that the artwork is impressive and that you want to keep it for the reason that it might be nice to look at once in a while (or in the case of people who 'fave and run', it's just a rude move with nothing to gain from either party); a comment is a sign of support in that it's supposed to describe what is positive about the art and even what is negative in hopes that the artist will heed those words and even tinker their work to please you. A comment can even bridge a friendship, since it opens up communication between the two of you. Don't even consider for a second that a favourite can mean just as much as a comment; it's not a compliment, it's a hollow label.

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Now granted, there are exceptions...


A - Exception: The artist shows clear signs of not reading comments, so I don't see why I should bother.

Remark: This is absolutely fine, I understand that you don't want to waste time on words that fall short of the artist's attention. But this usually only happens with popular artists, who receive comment after comment. A smaller, less known artist is more likely to read your comment, so spare a moment for them.


B - Exception: I know the artist personally.

Remark: Again, fine. You can tell the artist in person what you like about the artwork, it doesn't have to be a comment.


C - Exception: They are in my deviantWATCH.

Remark: This is an iffy subject. Provided you don't do this constantly, it's okay. But if it's all you do, then really that artist deserves people better than you in their followers. Sure, you've given them a grand gift of following their work, but what's the point if you don't actually properly follow it, huh? Ah well, like I said: Iffy subject.


D - Exception: I'm lazy.

Remark: At least you're being honest.


E - Exception: Comments are disabled.

Remark: This kinda explains itself.

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Now then, as you guys go about your daily business, I hope you realise that your actions can actually demoralise others. Stop for a sec, actually look at the artwork, and think... Would this person love you for commenting, even if it's short and sweet? Maybe... Just maybe...

Ninfia/Sylveon theory

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:26 AM
No doubt most of you Pokémon fans have heard of the new Eevee evolution being introduced in Generation VI, and you've probably speculated its type. Well, today some news has shed a bit more light on the subject, and I think I might just have a theory as to what type Ninfia/Sylveon is...

www.twitlonger.com/show/l1rrj3

Man oh man...

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 10, 2013, 6:11 AM
Revival month might be a bit slow... Fuckin' school likes to pounce at the wrong time...
But I solemnly swear under oats, that I did not say "Goofha-" Wait a minute... I mean, I swear I will start soon. I just need to prioritise myself a bit better, that's all.

Maybe I should explain what's been going on:
Recently, I applied for university, and the way it's done over in the good ol' UK- *Snickers* Sorry, that sounded like I was praising this country. Anyway, the way it's done over here is that you apply for 5 universities of your choice, send them information about yourself, your academic record, so on and so forth.

Some universities who're interested might ask to interview you, some might just require you to pass a certain exam, some might want both, and others might want neither. It's usually the better universities that ask for these things. I chose Oxford as my first choice, and 4 others that I'll get to. Oxford, as even you non-Britons might know, is well known for having one of the best universities in the country, and perhaps a strong contender for the world (Cambridge being the other place in the UK). It's like the Harvard/Yale/Princeton/equal alternative of this country.

So Oxford required me to take an exam; I did the exam, and they decided to interview me (according to my sister, I did quite well in that exam). I spent three nights in Oxford, made great friends, and I did my best with the interviews. Then, the waiting game commenced: I had to wait months until I would receive news whether I got in or not, and with classmates getting offers from other places, my nerves were wrecked with anxiety. Finally, the day arrived. The result?

"You have not been given an offer. We are no longer considering your application." (Or something to that effect)

It probably took me a day or so to stop judging myself harshly, my mind was riddled with negative thoughts and notions that I was pathetic. I mean, all I can fall back on are three other offers: Warwick, Bath and Southampton (I applied for Durham, but as of right now they've still said nothing, and by this point I don't care what they have to say).

Now tell me honestly and truly, non-Britons... Do you recognise these names?

. Warwick
. Bath
. Southampton

No? Not surprising. They're no Oxford/Cambridge, that's for sure. And besides, everyone in my year who's applied for Warwick has got an offer, so how special do I feel now? Hell, every maths applicant (I applied to study maths) who applied for Oxford got an offer... I know how special I feel: Very. Very fucking special.

But that aside, I was disappointed, and my creative niche just fizzled. I think I only drew two things in January: the front cover of a comic for a competition jasperoura has now canceled, and a slight redesign of Digital Woman. Perhaps for now, I should stick to uploading bulk stuff and commenting when I can.

So for now, I can only work towards the next best thing and move on. I should now have more time on my hands, seeing as I don't have a lot of video-making to do. Submachine is now over, and animation is only on a whim. Maybe I'll draw something... Who knows...

tl;dr version: School-life is shit.

I MADE A GAME GRUMPS ANIMATION

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 3, 2013, 4:53 AM
IT'S MY VERY FIRST ATTEMPT:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IS1kG…

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WATCH IT, AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK. I WILL BE INSURMOUNTABLY HAPPY IF YOU DO ;u;

Revival month

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 2, 2013, 1:30 PM
So it's February, and I've decided it's high time to return to dA, after a short absence.
I'll be shortly returning to uploading and commenting. I've got a hefty load of commenting to do, but I hope to cover everyone's stuff :3

Apologies for my temporary departure.

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y - Generation 6 Trailer

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 8, 2013, 4:22 AM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBlQOg…

You know you want it... At least I do...

  • Watching: This very trailer
  • Playing: I wish it was this game
  • Eating: Toasted salmon sandwich
  • Drinking: Tea

2013

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 31, 2012, 4:17 PM
Time to screw up another year, so the last one won't look so bad :D

Happy New Year!

Or greetings from the past/future... :iconwoooplz:

  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Finish Portal 2 Co-op with Natalie ^.^
Or so to speak.

I'm so very sick right now, I'm having a constant sore throat, a headache, reduced hearing, constant chesty coughing, red eyes, runny nose and above all: Sounds in my head.

I'm going insane.
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Finish Portal 2 Co-op with Natalie ^.^
Just need to paw through all this art people have done...
But like they care XD
Ah well, I've committed myself to it, too late to turn back.
  • Watching: Doctor Who
Pity me...
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Finished FE12
  • Eating: Medicine
jasperoura.deviantart.com/jour…

DO IT NOOOOOOOOOOOW.
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Finished FE12
UPDATE: No worries, I've got it to work XD

I'm trying to upload a new drawing I just finished, but the submission thing doesn't work ;n;
Stuff about it being either server issues or dA experiencing high load or shit :C

Any suggestions?
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
allyalltheway.deviantart.com/j…

Go do eeeet.
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Professor Layton
1. I'll respond with something random about you that I like.
2. I'll challenge you to try something.
3. I'll pick a color that I associate with you.
4. I'll tell you something I like about you.
5. I'll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I'll ask you something I've always wanted to ask you.
8. If I do this for you, you must post this on yours.
  • Watching: Doctor Who and Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Playing: Pokémon Black 2
Sorry for the lack of updates, lemme just shift some off my chest first:

1. Supreme special thanks to PsychoticGex for the premium membership for a whole year. I am truly grateful for it ^^

2. Schoolwork is HELL. Haven't had much time to look over some art, but hopefully, I'll get time. No promises, though.

3. Got Pokémon Black 2. Now if you'll excuse me, Stormfall and I need to travel around Unova and beat people again.

See you all later!
  • Playing: Guess...
My premium membership is going to end after today. It was fun to have it, not having to deal with stupid adverts, being able to see who visits my page and being able to create polls. I'll miss all that, and I'm glad to have had it for 3 months.

Super special thanks to :iconbatty-brandyn: for giving me the membership in the first place. I swear somehow I'll make up for it XD

Also, SUPPORT MY LPS!

Mega Man 4: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…
Fire Emblem: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

I'm a whore ._.
It was an okay summer holiday, but as with all things, it comes to an end tomorrow.
This is my last year of school before I head out to college/university. I've got to put in a lot of time for work, so don't expect a lot of me around. I know I have masses of things I need to comment on (my policies and all that), as well as uploading the rest of some things, but it's gonna grind to a slow pace soon enough when I'm consumed by work.
I'll apologise in advance now if I don't comment on your drawings now, especially since I haven't for the past 3 weeks, but I promise they'll be done eventually...


Eventually...