keaalu: (Pulsar)
So I wasn't planning on uploading this but eh, it's productivity. I spotted this on tumblr this morning and I went "oops. I think this is me right now?"

In case it disappears, it says:
"real writing tip sometimes you write your best stuff when you don’t even try or don’t even think about ever publishing it or doing anything with it
you go: imma write this for me and next thing you know you’ve written 60K and you have an entire world and plot and you wonder why you didn’t indulge yeARS AGO
(Audrey Rose B.)

I'm still not really planning on doing anything with this, but it's still productivity, right? And we all know what they say about plans.

Some disjointed notes! Kitty-giraffe is lost, cold, and wet )

Maybe now she'll get out of my head?


Saturday, 22 December 2012 11:06 pm
keaalu: A hummingbird (Haeckel birdie)
I revised my "peafin" (yes, peacock-griffin)!

I didn't like the way that the anatomy had ended up so strangely "cropped" - at the time, I didn't mind that the tail went off the edge, because the only shapes that Vistaprint offered were return address labels (the little thin oblong stickers), which was my reason for drawing everything in such long thin narrow oblongs in the first place. Since they started to offer circles and bigger rectangles and ovals, and I wanted to put my pictures on stickers - mainly to be gifts but also who knows maybe someday sell them? - it... bothered me, that I had such strange crops in awkward places.

Basically, I am quite the perfectionist when it comes down to a lot of things - maybe not the remotest bit tidy, but I can't have anything be a rush job. (At work? Yes, I will straighten up a label on a box and re-fold a leaflet if it's not been done completely square. ¬_¬ And my writing REALLY bothers me if it's not as perfect as my current level of skill can get it.) So naturally I didn't feel happy about giving things out with STRANGELY SLICED OFF TAILS.

So I spent a good chunk of today, while the rain poured down and foiled my desire to go out and buy buffet foods for work, carefully filling out the cropped bits and giving my birdie a whole tail and wings and fingers. He's not perfect, but he's better than he was. :)

Related to this semi-kneejerk perfectionism... Is there a way of choosing the thumbnail that shows up in LJ Scrapbook, does anyone know? My scrapbook has gone from tiny widdly pictures that at least gave some idea of what the picture was, to ridiculous nonsense like this:

Plus, it seems to have broken all my thumbnails in EVERY old entry I made - everything has been oddly stretchd and smushed into a 100x100px square. Thanks, LJ. ¬_¬


Friday, 9 November 2012 04:31 pm
keaalu: A picture of a box of pencils, with the word prolific, to show how busy I am! (Prolific pencils)
Ammut I was aiming for the sort of... Aztec/Maya/Egyptian style I used for these wee beasties, again. Not sure I managed it, precisely, but I still like how she turned out.

I have another handful of Egyptimayan-mashup pictures to finish off, so there might be more like this on the way - if I ever get them finished. (I was going to suggest people give me ideas for other creatures to doodle up, but I'll blatantly never get them finished - I mean, this took me months already - so.)

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