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I haven't been on much, or uploaded much, and for that I am sorry....I've just been busy as well as burned out creatively, but I shouldn't use that as an excuse to neglect my friends here.

I'll be uploading more soon, I promise.
  • Listening to: Shake me Down - Cage the Elephant
  • Reading: Imperial Guard Codex
  • Watching: Paint Dry
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: pizza fries
  • Drinking: This lime soda that tastes like a f**king mojito
I Will be attending the Baltimore Comicon this weekend with my local comic dealer, helping him to set up his stand in the convention and - hopefully - managing to sell some prints of my own.
If any of my - admittedly few - watchers will be attending I look forward to seeing you there.

I will most likely be away for the weekend, so don't expect any new works till next week.

Oya, oya!
  • Listening to: She's so Mean - Matchbox Twenty
  • Reading: Imperial Guard Codex
  • Watching: Paint Dry
  • Playing: Borderlands
  • Eating: Cherries
  • Drinking: This lime soda that tastes like a f**king mojito
If anyone has been wondering why I haven't been uploading as much to my page here, its because I'm busy assembling and painting this:

94th Valhallan Shock Regiment - Imperial Guard

Unit: Cost:

HQ

Company Command Squad 50
Company Commander Ivander Surkov X
Bolt Pistol 2
Veteran Guardsmen
Medi-pack 30 *
Veteran Guardsmen
Vox-caster 5 X
Veteran Guardsmen
Regimental Standard 15 X/*
Veteran Guardsmen
Sniper Rifle 5 X
107

Lord Commissar 70
Commissar Sylvia Dovchenko ***
Carapace Armor 10
80

187

Troops

Infantry Platoon - First Guards Platoon
Platoon Command Squad 30
Lieutenant Chuikov *
Bolt Pistol 2
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5 *
Guardsman
Meltagun 10 X
Guardsman
Sniper Rifle 5 *
Guardsman
Flamer 5 *
57

Infantry Squad - Squad A 50 ***
Sergeant
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5
Guardsman
Flamer 5
Guardsman X7
Lasgun
60

Infantry Squad - Squad B 50 ***
Sergeant
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5
Guardsman
Grenade Launcher 5
Guardsman X7
Lasgun
60

Infantry Squad - Squad C 50 ***
Sergeant
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5
Guardsman
Grenade Launcher 5
Guardsman X7
Lasgun
60

Heavy Weapon Squad - Squad D 60 ***
Heavy Weapons Team
Lascannon 15
Heavy Weapons Team
Autocannon 5
Heavy Weapons Team
Autocannon 5
85

322


Infantry Platoon - Second Guards Platoon
Platoon Command Squad 30
Lieutenant Kiernev X
Bolt Pistol 2
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5 X
Guardsman
Meltagun 10 *
Guardsman
Sniper Rifle 5 X
Guardsman
Flamer 5 X
57

Infantry Squad - Squad A 50
Sergeant *
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5 *
Guardsman
Flamer 5 X
Guardsman X7
Lasgun ***
60

Infantry Squad - Squad B 50 XXX
Sergeant
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5
Guardsman
Grenade Launcher 5
Guardsman X7
Lasgun
60

Infantry Squad - Squad C 50 XXX
Sergeant
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5
Guardsman
Grenade Launcher 5
Guardsman X7
Lasgun
60

Heavy Weapon Squad - Squad D 60 XXX
Heavy Weapons Team
Lascannon 15
Heavy Weapons Team
Heavy Bolter 5
Heavy Weapons Team
Heavy Bolter 5
85

322


Infantry Platoon - Third Guards Platoon
Platoon Command Squad 30 XXX
Lieutenant Reznov X
Bolt Pistol 2
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5 X
Guardsman
Meltagun 10 X
Guardsman
Sniper Rifle 5 X
Guardsman
Flamer 5 X
57

Infantry Squad - Squad A 50 XXX
Sergeant
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5
Guardsman
Flamer 5
Guardsman X7
Lasgun
60

Infantry Squad - Squad B 50 XXX
Sergeant
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5
Guardsman
Grenade Launcher 5
Guardsman X7
Lasgun
60

Infantry Squad - Squad C 50 XXX
Sergeant
Guardsman
Vox-caster 5
Guardsman
Grenade Launcher 5
Guardsman X7
Lasgun
60

Heavy Weapon Squad - Squad D 60 XXX
Heavy Weapons Team
Lascannon 15
Heavy Weapons Team
Heavy Bolter 5
Heavy Weapons Team
Heavy Bolter 5
85

322

Veterans
Veteran Squad - People's Protectorate 70 XXX
Sergeant
Veteran Guardsmen X9
Shotgun
Carapace Armor 30
100

1066

Elites

Stormtrooper Squad - KGB Imperialis 85 XXX
Sergeant
Stormtrooper X4
Hot-shot Lasgun
Stormtrooper 16
Grenade Launcher 5
Stormtrooper 16
Flamer 5
127

127

Fast Attack
Scout Sentinel Squad - 19th Flame Brigade
Scout Sentinel 35 *
Heavy Flamer 5
Scout Sentinel 35 X
Heavy Flamer 5
Scout Sentinel 35 X
Heavy Flamer 5
120

120

Total 1500 Points


Besides being a time sink, its also a money sink....I've already put $200 into my army list and I'm about 1/3 of the way done, so I'm looking at another $400.....so if anyone wants a commish let me know >.<


(And yes, I'm going with a soviet red army theme...no need to call me out on it)
  • Listening to: She's so Mean - Matchbox Twenty
  • Reading: Imperial Guard Codex
  • Watching: Paint Dry
  • Playing: Borderlands
  • Eating: Cherries
  • Drinking: This lime soda that tastes like a f**king mojito
For those of you who watch me, some of the deviations I'll be submitting in the next few weeks may look familiar to you, as I will be going back and redoing some of my old paintings as a way of showing myself - and anyone else who cares - how much I have improved....I'm a few weeks shy of a year's experience in digital art, and all of my skills are self taught...So I can say I came a long way...

I already have one redone deviation finished, I plan on getting atleast two more done for the one year mark and then uploading all of them at the same time.
  • Listening to: Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
  • Reading: Boba Fett is Dead
  • Watching: TV? Bah!
  • Playing: Borderlands
  • Eating: Fried Rice
  • Drinking: Snapple
Okay, so my friends Sonellion and Zducifer and (from time to time Ragelion) are kind enough to allow me to colour their lineart, and sometimes we plan an image together and agree on a subject......but the two of them also have their own images they've got planned and I don't want to distract them from their own schedules, but I also want to work on more images and get some more practice in.....so I'm looking for a partner of sorts to collaborate with...I'm a colourist and I need a lineartist, so if you're a lineartist and need a colourist send me a PM and we can see if we see eye-to-eye.

And if any of you know anyone who may be interested in a collaboration please send them my way.

Thanks, koyacyi!
Niner9
  • Listening to: Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
  • Reading: Boba Fett is Dead
  • Watching: TV? Bah!
  • Playing: Borderlands
  • Eating: Fried Rice
  • Drinking: Snapple
To all my watchers (however few you may be :3 ) I'm sorry for my lack of deviations to upload as well as my slacking in adding deviations to Manamakers and giving feedback on others' work; my internet has barely been working ($#?$ you, Comcast) and if it wasn't for my phone I wouldn't have been on at all these past 2 weeks.....

Hopefully the issue will be fixed soon

Sincere apologies
  • Listening to: I Miss You - Blink 182
  • Reading: Boba Fett is Dead
  • Watching: memories fade
  • Playing: battlefront
  • Eating: ...corn >.>
  • Drinking: strawberry lemonade
If there's anything I can miss more than the rest, its writing about you...I want to write again, I want my muse back.....
  • Listening to: I Miss You - Blink 182
  • Reading: Boba Fett is Dead
  • Watching: memories fade
  • Playing: battlefront
  • Eating: ...corn &gt;.&gt;
  • Drinking: strawberry lemonade
All right, so I've got things straightened out again....and I've also got a new goal for myself....see, I've been using Gimp...Gimp is nice, gimp is free, gimp is Copy-left and all those other nice things, but, well, Gimp wasn't doing what I needed....

I can't get gimp to blend for me...so now, against my unfounded biases, I am using photoshop....so....it would seem that you get what you pay for...though my photoshop came with my tablet for free, so, well... >.>

anyways, a lot of what was frustrating myself with my art was not my fault but the limits of the program i was using...mostly the blending and what not...and photoshop seems to be able to mostly fix that...if it doesn't, well, there is always sketchbook pro.... >.>

anyways, although you have probably noticed already, my submissions are becoming more spread out as I spend more time on them...and now that the program I use won't be discouraging me, I can spend more than ten or so hours on a single drawing....

next on my list is the general of my as of yet only imagined EDH deck, Gisela

yeay
  • Listening to: Pandora
  • Reading: comments on Gatherer
  • Watching: my bank account shrink
  • Playing: Borderlands...cuz yeah
  • Eating: stuffs
  • Drinking: soda
Borderlands = <3
  • Listening to: Third Eye Blind - Red Star
  • Reading: about the Russians f**king up Berlin
  • Watching: my bank account shrink
  • Playing: CoD - world at war
  • Eating: stuffs
  • Drinking: chocolate milk
First off, if you didn't already see it, I have my new group.....ManaMakers, for MTG fanart.....please give your support to its members who are all great artists.  Seasoned mages of the color pie in more than one way.

Secondly, updates from myself are here on out going to be rare.....but I promise you they'll be worth the wait....my new computer - affectionately called HUD - is completed and with it I will be able to create a higher quality level of work.....

But since my time is finite that means I will be posting less work.....but more of it....

First on my list is Jhoira of the Ghitu
  • Listening to: Third Eye Blind - Red Star
  • Reading: about the Russians f**king up Berlin
  • Watching: my bank account shrink
  • Playing: CoD - world at war
  • Eating: stuffs
  • Drinking: chocolate milk
sorry to all of my followers for my not posting anything...I've been fairly busy and also at that moment where I'm listening too much to my inner critic haha

I should be adding more soon, but I'm also wary of doing anything when my computer threatens to eat it haha
  • Listening to: Pandora Radio FTW!
  • Reading: about the Russians f**king up Berlin
  • Watching: eh? what is this TV you speak of?
  • Playing: the chinese cook in a western melodrama
  • Eating: peanuts!
  • Drinking: snapple apple
So the month of january went by fast, and wasn't much like I expected.

I got done a lot of art, I was actually expecting to do none.

I've made a few friends as well.

Oh, and I got about 1,500 deviation views in that same period.

So for my first six months of posting art I had about 2,500 views.

In my first four months of posting I had 1,500

So my views are increasing near exponentially

1,500 in four
1,000 in the following two
1,500 in the following single month

so maybe I'll get 2,500 views during February

Maybe I'll be at 10,000 by my birthday haha

part of that is that i do put out a lot of deviations, and they are popular topics

I have taken note that a bad drawing of a clone trooper gets more views than a good drawing of chandra nalaar

but that doesn't impact what I'm drawing

I've also improved a lot in this past month, learned a lot about filters and overlays, and also about what tools work well for what purpose, as well as the different layer settings

I've never taken a class on digital art, but i'm improving as though i am currently enrolled in one

hopefully when i get a better tablet and computer in a month or two i'll improve even more

thanks to all you for the views and watches and comments

niner9
  • Listening to: Pandora Radio FTW!
  • Reading: about the Russians f**king up Berlin
  • Watching: eh? what is this TV you speak of?
  • Playing: the chinese cook in a western melodrama
  • Eating: peanuts!
  • Drinking: snapple apple
so, as all two-faced b*tches are should be, my computer shall be replaced.

this is mostly my fault, as when I chose this computer I was for the most part settling.

You see, someone else set us up, saying that we'd be good for each other, even though that person didn't know either of us well.

My computer and myself have been together for about seven months, and except for one occasion during which someone else turned her on, her keyboard has been faithfully mine for that time.

things were going good at first, but that was just the getting to know each other stage, where neither of us had a clear expectation of what to expect in this relationship.

we experimented with some things, from drawings to itunes, even a little bit of fantasy writing, but more and more recently that nagging doubt began to fill my mind.

that feeling where I deserve better than this, where your computer isn't giving you everything you need in the relationship.

as we moved away from the experimenting stage, I began to realize what i wanted from this endeavor.

drawing, I wanted to use my computer primarily for drawing.

initially it was a FWB (facebook, word, browser) type of relationship, but i realized i needed more than that to keep me happpy.

I needed a computer that would let me find my true potential in my drawings.

for awhile we tried, but it just wasn't working, sadly, i began to realize my computer wasn't smart enough, she was lacking the ram i needed.

i kept those feelings locked away in the back of my mind, i didn't want to express them to her out loud.

fast forward a week or so, and its today

I was working on colouring a drawing, and it was a huge file....i was testing my skills by doing a drawing without any lines, simply shading all the detail.

it was, as stated, quite the endeavor.

my computer didn't think the picture was worth it, she was struggling to stay involved, what with being a factory issued stock computer, she had a ram of only 4, and so far my file was already two, it would probably reach 7

so when i wasn't looking, my computer took my drawing and trashed it, its gone

the scheming b*tch wasted all those hours of work

and i can deny it no longer, this computer and I, we are not meant to be

so I am ending all of this, and come tax time, I will be getting the computer I need, I will not settle for factory-standard models anymore

my new model will be one of a kind, a perfect match

so goodbye, Dell, and may you rot in hell
  • Listening to: Pandora Radio FTW!
  • Reading: about the Russians f**king up Berlin
  • Watching: eh? what is this TV you speak of?
  • Playing: the chinese cook in a western melodrama
  • Eating: peanuts!
  • Drinking: snapple apple
...So I have found that I enjoy colouring drawings several times as much as I enjoy drawing them...I think it's about 3.7X as much...I may be wrong...that could be the AD-HD talking >.<

anyhows, so my purpose of this journal is....I f**king need stuff to colour haha

give me your lineart and such, and - if i like the lineart - I will colour it for you, post it, and give us both credit for our respective parts of the work and link back to your original lineart file

also, is anyone interested in doing long term partnership work?

thanks,

Niner9
  • Listening to: Pandora Radio FTW!
  • Reading: about the Russians f**king up Berlin
  • Watching: eh? what is this TV you speak of?
  • Playing: the chinese cook in a western melodrama
  • Eating: peanuts!
  • Drinking: snapple apple
the year has come and gone, and looking back it's surprising how much my art has improved....which is a LOT
I've always been drawing for as long as I can remember...originally I drew stick figure dinosaurs....

In middle school for some reason drawing mostly faded out of my life, and in high school I would occasionally draw, and I would surprise myself with how good I had gotten between each time I drew even though I didn't practice.

Believe it or not, simply admiring other people's artwork can have a huge impact on your skills, because your brain will pick up on styles and the subtle manipulations of lines and colour that look the best to you

I spent a lot of my free time writing and very little of it drawing, and then back in June I decided that - since as a graduation gift to myself I bought a computer - I was going to waste my money on a tablet

so I got a wacom bamboo

and I drew my first sketch, of Boba Fett, using a tablet

THAT was discouragingly bad

but...it was refreshing drawing with a tablet, it was addiciting

so I kept at it

and while a lot of my early work sucked (at first I didn't even know you could use layers) every now and then a drawing would come up that was pretty damn awesome
that was all on open canvas, which - while it suited my needs at the time just well - wasn't quite what I wanted to do

I wanted to draw like the masters, which simply wasn't possible on opencanvas

so I tried gimp.....at first I was clearly in a state of "what the fuck is this shit"....that sort of mass hysteria you get when you go from having ten different buttons to four hundred different buttons

I'm still trying to master gimp, but that will take quite some time

but my art has improved a lot considering the limited number of tutorials I've watched and the limited instruction I've had....95% of what I learned to do I learned on my own....

In six months I started from this niner9.deviantart.com/gallery/… ended with this niner9.deviantart.com/art/In-t… and so I am greatly looking forward to what the next six months will bring


I also may soon be opening myself up for commissions.......right now I'm too busy but after the play I should be able to do work for those who are interested
  • Listening to: Avril Lavigne - Smile
  • Reading: The Purifying Fire
  • Watching: eh? what is this TV you speak of?
  • Playing: the chinese cook in a western melodrama
  • Eating: not enough
  • Drinking: tea cooler
Huh . . . if you join Groups you get a LOT more views it would seem . . . I'm almost at 1,500 . . . . like, I'm 30 views away.

I think my time for bash'la shevan is over . . . now my problem is that I work too much.

I actually feel exceptionally happy for once, which is a rare feet for me . . . the past few years have been hard, but I actually have something to be happy about

a lot of things, actually

. . . . now I'm wondering why I titled this entry "groups" when the first few lines are the only thing about groups


DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY STAR WARS BASED REQUESTS?

This is not a commision and so I will not garauntee I will do any of them, I just need ideas.

Only rules are NO Luke, Leia, Anakin, Obi-wan and such unless they are in with someone else . . .

So far my list to do is:

Ailyn Vel, also known as Boba Fett's daughter

Venn in phase 2 airborne kit

uhm . . . Quinlan Voss (for saber1)

yeah . . .
  • Listening to: Eve 6
  • Reading: facebook posts
  • Watching: the clone wars
  • Playing: battlefront
  • Eating: not enough
  • Drinking: tea cooler
I haven't been on the computer for a fairly long time, I was on last night and now I'm on tonight . . . thats like been it for two or three weeks . . . whenever it was I posted my last journal entry in here . . .

Yeah . . . .

My one friend seems to use the anonymity of the internet as an escape from reality, the other uses it as a way of defusing an volatile emotional bomb . . . . the general consensus is that people use the internet to escape . . .

For some reason it's the first thing I leave behind when I feel the need to go Bash'la shevan.

It's nothing personal, it's just . . . when I want to run and hide I go straight towards my best friends and leave those online and such in the dust.

I'm back now, and hopefully I'll be back more.

I need to draw a picture of Boba Fett's grand daughter still, as well as Aayla Secura and Quinlon Vos for a friend on Bloomilk (he makes great custom stats under the alias of Saber1)

Life has been . . . interesting for me these past few weeks . . . I've seen my world spun around a few times, and I see how quickly ideas and goals and decisions can be changed, negated, or regretted.

Things go up and down . . . right now I'm not sure if I'm in an uploop or a downloop

Nor do I know why I'm posting this online . . . anyone who really cares already knows this for the most part.

Anyways, for those of you who don't know, Bash'la Shevan is a mandalorian word, it loosely translates into a strategetic withdrawal, it can have both a military context and a personal one.

I've used it a few times, it usually isn't the wisest choice, but I do it when I'm on the verge of loosing it . . . it means that I pull back and retreat from life and then when things have calmed down a bit I return.

It's complicated . . . .

The more I think about it the more I envy the mandalorians and their armor . . . . and sometimes I wish I could switch places with a clone trooper, beause even if you're a slave fighting for someone else's freedom at the very least you have a purpose, which is more than most people on this planet can lay claim to . . . .


With that topic in mind, I'm about to upload a, wait for it . . . . . fan fiction that I just finished.

I'm a much better writer than  . . . uhm  . . . . drawer . . . . is that a word? . . . and my fan fiction is some of my favorite writing  . . . . it doesn't carry the same emotional weight as the rest of my writing, but it's pretty awesome in its own right (but that's me saying that, and I'm biased haha)

I'll post it here rather than on my normal writing account for the same reason that I have separate accounts

yeah . . . .
  • Listening to: Third eye blind
  • Reading: text messages
  • Watching: my cat run into a glass door
  • Playing: republic commando
  • Eating: hot subs . . . . mmmmm
  • Drinking: snapple &quot;tea will be loved&quot;
so why do my less than artistic drawings have over a thousand views while my writing - the only thing I make that I can even attempt to put pride on - has eighty five

I really wanted to keep my drawings and my writings separate, but it seems that - in order to balance things out - I have to link them

my stories can be found here

darbriikase.deviantart.com/

it is the same person, but a different shade of grey
  • Listening to: Dha Werda Verda
  • Reading: wish I had time to read
  • Watching: Life creep up on me
  • Playing: if only I could finish kotor
  • Eating: food?
  • Drinking: peace tea
I think this is the first time in like 2 weeks that I was on my computer . . . my manager and the owner of the store where I work basically own my soul right not, I have about 15 or 20 hours of classes a week plus work for about 30 to 35 hours a week (part time my ass) which in total means I have no life . . . I have been unable to draw s**t for too long, I haven't been able to finish the fan fiction i'm working on . . . ironically I'm happier now than I was over summer, but that's because my friends are back while my "bane" is banished . . . I may be getting a co-op soon which means goodbye grocery store . . . yeah . . . if I don't get it I'll probably quit the grocer

I owe some people some picture, and I apologizer . . . I owe Garrbatch man a picture of Boba Fett's daughter (ailyn vel) and I owe Casey a picture of my a character I made . . . .

Sorry for the lack of updates and sorry to the people I owe pictures . . . . all blame may be delivered to my manager . . .
  • Listening to: Eve 6
  • Reading: wish I had time to read
  • Watching: when I work till 10 I sadly miss the clone wars
  • Playing: if only I could finish kotor
  • Eating: warmed up leftover kabobs
  • Drinking: snapple
Huh, in about 2 weeks the total views for my drawings has like doubled . . . how is that even possible?

Seriously, I'm not that good people (I'm barely even good).
  • Listening to: Eve 6
  • Reading: what I wrote, it's called editing
  • Watching: the flood water recede
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: jello parfaits
  • Drinking: limeade