January 25th 2017 Wednesday 14.43
What a chaotic way to start the year! Although I recognize there hasn't been much movement in my uploadings, a lot more stuff has happened concerning my gallery in general; that, along with Christmas holidays and shenanigans, was enough to keep me busy enough to forbid me to write at least a little journal celebrating 2017. Where was I?
One of the first things I've managed to do after coming back from the LuccaComics convention was finally getting some much needed business cards printed. They luckily didn't cost that much as I thought and came out rather nice, with a synthwave-inspired graphical style that is now similar to my main art galleries, just to associate my brand name with a peculiar, main artstyle. Here they are! i.imgur.com/UI1UwZY.jpg
Since mine is still mostly an online "business", I've figured out that email and gallery addresses were the most important things to note out for this first batch: we'll see how things will evolve in the meanwhile and if I'll have to change info with the next printings (especially because I'm still very very reclutant on giving my phone number off to everyone >.>), but yeah, for now these will come along with me at every convention I'll attend to as a seller.
I've also changed/updated my portfolio name and graphics ( valycenegative.artworkfolio.co…
), which at the moment I still don't know if I'll ever actually need it as the "professional work slideshow" it's originally meant to be BUT it has been useful more than once when I had to redirect some family members to a site of mine that was er, more presentable than my personal gallery. I mean yeah, it's true there isn't basically anything compromising in my uploadings but it's also fair to assume that the few macabre and horrorish pieces I do once a while would lead more guillible viewers to raise an eyebrow at it (and more importantly no one wants their family to snoop into their personal business, heh). So, well, the portfolio for now is more like a mirror gallery in which everything's neat, everything's fair and who's viewing it is probably not keen to see the rest. :V Sure I could change some of the drawings showcased once a while, but that essentually depends on how much stuff I manage to complete each month.
Then, like I've said on my previous journal, I've also managed to open up a Facebook page despite the absolute hatred I have for social media: www.facebook.com/VeeNegative/
and... it's going decently well, I suppose. I admit I'm not updating it as much as I probably should, but for now I'm enjoying uploading the sketch phases of my digital illustrations: it helps me keep track of how much time I spend on a single picture since I have the starting date and I can compare it with the one of the uploaded, completed piece on DA. Comments and written posts are mostly in English so everyone can put a like on it and easily follow the page (hint hint!) and I'm sure the whole thing will get much more actuve once me and mlock
will start publishing Lost Without You.
Speaking of: even Lost has its page now! www.facebook.com/LostWithoutYo…
Luckily we have much more content to show there and the updates are regular, plus every Friday I'm linking a retrowave song x3 The comic production is also coming along well and I have to say we've had a good start on it: the spacey atmosphere of the comic is perfect for experimenting various shiny effects and so far, I'm not seeing it like a "chore" as I feared I would at the beginning. The only thing is that we had to momentairly pause on it in order to give priority to Sinergy... otherwise the second volume won't meet its printing deadline x.x
It's still mostly up to Diana to complete Sinergy's graphical part, but we're both helping her with the flats and since we're talking about 50 pages, some help was indeed needed: we had to split the work and complete 2 pages a day; my wrist still hurts >.> but it feels good to be useful.
Okay, enough about work xD With all the holidays I've managed to rond up a lot of gifted games and it's obviously a pity I don't have the time to play them all... at least I know I'll have something to do for a long while!
First off, my brother got a Nintendo Mini for Christmas: 68.media.tumblr.com/7534854161…
This lil' thingy is ADORABLE. It does fit in one hand, so much so that it’s the same size as the controller! Although I have to say that despite my love for small and compact consoles, I wasn’t that eager to get a Nintendo Mini at least not at the release date but hey, my brother is still a kid and it's almost a tradition to get a new game on Christmas, am I right? Despite knowing many have disagreed with this unpopular opinion, I'm partly glad the console works offline: after the Wii, 3DS and Wii U online shenanigans the Mini doesn’t waste time with chatrooms, screencap sharing and all that Mii bullshit, praising instead couch multiplayer modes (I mean come on, we're still talking about old games); I've also liked the save feature which bypasses most of the password problems a lot of old games had, but I'm fully aware it can be easily abused making every game easy to beat. Hey, it's always up to the player to game within reason, huh? xP
It just bothers me that the cables are pitifully short, especially the controller ones. It’s probably one of those things that have been drilled deep into my skull as a kid, but the cables force the player to sit right in front of the screen and I’m really not fond of staying so close to the TV; even if I found a longer HDMI cable, the console still needs to be powered by the AC adaptor (speaking of which, the adaptor isn’t included in European boxes. What’s up with that? Do they expect it to run on batteries?) and therefore can’t move from under the TV set; in some occasions, we’ve risked of pulling the poor Mini off the coffee table because we were moving our controllers with too much enthusiasm! :/Ragetip
has gifted me some graphical adventures on Steam (thanks buddy!) and thanks to the sales I've finally gotten Broken Sword V so I can put some kind of personal closure on that series. After completing the previous ones (yes, even the third and the fourth, goddammit I'm still amazed nowadays that I've survived THOSE) I'd say the fifth chapter finally goes back to its semi-2D origins and visually, the game is wonderful (the painted backgrounds especially, like whoa *w*); plotwise, though, it looks a bit on the comical side much more than the previous installments and most of the times I just feel that it ruins the atmosphere... also the puzzles are cheap and easy. I miss the times in which I had to jot stuff on paper in order to use it in later enigmas :C
As for today, I've just finished packing my suitcase as I'm going to stay at Lock's place for a little while inoccasion of his birthday. So yeah, I've managed not to upload a single thing in my gallery this month x.x But as you can see from the above ramblings, now you undestand why! xD As always my priority goes to commissioned artworks, but now that I've temporairly closed my slots I might resum sketching my illustrations; hell, I have a whole list of ideas to work on!
See you soon! <3