Day 49 – 60: Been a while…

I totally had not realized that it had been nearly 2 weeks since my last blog entry. Just slipped my mind, I suppose.

I picked up reference photos for the next art commission for Pizza Xtreme. It’s coming along nicely, but there have been some stumbling blocks on the way, compliments of my still recovering wrist. These piece demand more accuracy than my usual pieces.  The setting amd person are real places, and so it takes a lot more attention to detail to capture a likeness

Shading is also a challenge. If I blend for fifteen minutes or more, my hand begins to cramp up. I got enough time to shade a portrait without pain, but tgese commissions I have now are both extensive and intricate. I’ve had to do them in bursts.

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Click the link below to view on DeviantArt.

The Elven Queen by Miserie on DeviantArt
One of my warm up pieces is now available on my deviantart page as a print. Take a look at the above link to view or order a print.

I always do warm up pieces. It’s a little test to make sure I’m on point when I do these commissions. Commissions are meant to be my best work,  and sometimes I have a day or two along the way where my lines are messy but my coloring is great…or vice versa, or I just cannot draw/color anything decent at that moment and I try again later.

Creativity isn’t a switch. We can’t just turn it on or off. So I test mine out.

I actually have many people on DA who provide me with lineart to test color on. I’ll share some of my fave groups and creators in a future post.

As for lines…that’s all me.

Gym return was delayed but I shall be returning this week. I was a bit under the weather early this week. But Tuesday morning is it. Woulda been Sunday but since football season began we have been spending Sundays woth his parents so I’ll be far from the gym. Have been swimming though.

More later…

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VOTE: Music Time – HOLD THAT NOTE! We’re extending the vote!

After the poor vote outcome, I am going to extend the music type vote for our travelling bard crowd-created art project. I will be still counting the existing votes from ‘Hempy’ and Julio from FBbut right now I got two votes for song style/type and it’s a lock.

Please share a song type. This vote is entirely write in. This bard is a story we’re writing together, and I want to hear what the mood of her music is. This will determine her expression as well as crowd reaction.

Hempy’s Suggestion: Very traditional story-telling. Upbeat and triumphant.

Julio’s Suggestion: Instrumental and calming with a little beat behind it.

I’m gonna keep the vote open til Thursday Morning. After we decide this, we get into how the bard looks with art choices and all, so keep em coming.

Day 42 – 48: Wacky Schedules and Pleasant Surprises.

It’s been a busy week.

I’m creating an etsy shop for my mum’s handmade crocheted blankets. Got 9 baby blankets to list, but I had to source some packing materials and see what shipping costs look like.

I really want to offer free shipping somehow,  but so far it’s looking like a lofty goal. Til I find a placr to cheaply yet nicely source boxes and packing materials from, it may be out of reach.

I’ll be making a post about our shop as soon as it goes live. Her blankets are truly beautiful and I know you guys will love em.

I got a cool, very part time gig, mocking up website designs in Photoshop for an awesome web design company in New York. Totally on the as needed basis, but the pay grade is great and the work is fun. I hope to get more work soon. My first project went out the door and the client chose my very first design. It’s just great!

I’ve played lots of Sims 3, made lots of art, and started prepping minis for my D&D figurine shop.

Fella got the day off. We stayed at his parents’ house and right now I’m cooking cinnamon rolls.

Votr update coming soon.

VOTE: Music time!

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Today’s vote: what type of music is the travelling bard playing on her harp at the festival?

This vote will determine bard’s expression, as well as crowd reactions.

This vote will close at 11:59 pm tonight. This vote will be entirely write in. Share music from youtube or tell me a song title or even just a genre. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Luna Pop

My padawan drawing lunar: silver star story’s Luna inspired by pop culture icon Marilyn Monroe per my challenge.

Oandasan is my Eternity

Luna Pop

This was a challenge request that I did luna from the game LUNAR Silver Star Story.. I made her like a pop star ( marilyn Monroe) ‘cept I kept her original blue hair .. and made her modern.. made with only a mousepad, and the on the program paint.. Super super fun.. Slowly getting better.

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Art Vote 5 – Got the Look?

VOTE UPDATE: NEW VOTE BEGINS, READ ON!

Our bard location has been determined.  She will be playing the harp at an outdoor festival for tips.

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#artvote5 – what about her look?

1. Is she polished, dressed in fine things? Neat, tidy, and sparkling?

2. Is she a traveling bard, a la #Gabrielle from #xena, in neat clothes that function, and not afraid to show a little midriff while kicking a little tail?

3.Is she just shy of being a beggar, in tattered clothes and messy hair, just trying to scrape by?

4. Or do you see something else? (Write in your vote!)

– this vote will close Friday at 11:59pm EST.

Once we get past this, we’ll have more image based votes and less storytelling votes, and it won’t be long before art commences with the choices you’ve made.

Join in on the conversation and this crowd-created artwork. Spread the word.  The more the merrier!!

~Panda

Day 41: (9/9/13 late post) – Sixmonthiversary

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Charles and I got hitched six months ago,  and it’s been an amazing journey so far. Through the trials we’ve faced and joys we’ve shared, we’ve stood together…as we always have…but our bond just seems to grow even stronger with each passing day.

Most recently, he’s been so great with the recovery from my wrist surgery.  Helpful in taking up extra housework even though he so often works late and more often lately hasn’t had many weekends off (including labor day). Selfless in giving up his side of the bed so I could prop my arm up more comfortably, 3am runs to the fridge for more ice, and cvs dashes for pretty much anything I ask for to make my recovery go smoother or be a little less boring. 

Wrist is healing up nicely,  and I’m not sure how I coulda got through the anxiety before and recovery progress I’ve made so far without my Fella.

The day before our sixmonthiversary,  I was so happy he had the day off. I figured, as we watched football, that this would be the time we spent together for the mini-milestone. It was a little sad, but we had fun with his folks – I’d not pass up the chance to see them either. He’s my hubbs but he’s their son and I know how to share. Not to mention,  they are both really wonderful people I enjoy spending time with.  It was a good day-before-sixmonthiversary-quality-time session.

It didn’t hit me fully, til we were driving home, that Mondays at his work were the worst for lateness. There was a high likelihood that I wouldn’t see him at all beyond the morning send off til Tuesday morning, since I usually fall asleep before he gets home Monday nights. I been so moody lately, and it made me a little weepy. He apologized, which he didn’t have to do (totally not his fault) that he had to work…he and I stayed up later than we should have that night just reminiscing about our big day just six months ago, being up long enough for midnight to roll in so we could say “Happy Sixmonthiversary” all official-like on the actual day.

So the next morning I sent him off to work. I threw myself into artwork, drawing the runners up in the crowd creation art vote. Completely finished the goddess, and began work on the apace valkyrie, and he let me know he could at least make lunch. We enjoyed some taco bell and held hands while ate our burritos,  and I was so happy to see him.

When he dropped me off, his absense was felt, and the presence of my painkiller was too, so I caught a little nap. After about an hour or so, I woke,  and decided to call my Mama and chat a bit. I mean, when you’re blue, ya either call hubbs (who was in meetings much of the afternoob) or Mama. They both make me feel better.

While I was on the phone with Mama,  there came a knock at the door, and I answered it. There stood a man holding the flowers, saying, “Flower Delivery for Jaclyn Stuard.” I knew who sent them, of course,  and it was so super sweet.

The delivery guy was worried passing the vase to me with the battle damage on my wrist, but I assured him I had it. I qas quite tickled the guy actually said Stuard properly, not Straud or stward.

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“Mama, I got flowers!” I said over the speakerphone call to my parents.

“He got her flowers, Leland…did you hear that? He got her flowers. You should take some notes from this boy.” Mama said playfully.

“Yes, Ma…I heard.” Dad replied,  obviously pleased with her tone, but he returned to his normal voice and said, “That’s very nice of him.”

We gabbed about the types of flowers in the arrangement, all the while Mama would point out her favorites to Dad-la in case he “didn’t know.” They were red and yellow, like our wedding colors, since my fave flowers (the daffodils) were out of season.

My brothers dropped by mom’s house,  and both were congratulatory. Jenson vocally, while Jarod’s nod was relayed verbally by Mama

Mama, Dad, and I chatted a little longer before I was ready for another nap, as were they. We said our farewells,  then it was off to sleepy land again. But not before my mini photoshoot with my bouquet, sharing pics on social media.

I woke up around 6…when Charles is SUPPOSED TO be coming home,  and I was a little down again, but I keep looking at the sunshiney bouquet and thought, “he sent me those since he couldn’t be here himself…chin up, girlie. There’s more wedded bliss to come tomorrow.”

I was in the midst of updating vote posts and working on some pixel art when I heard keys turning in my door.  It was about 8pm, and I was ecstatic. My fella came through the door.  He had sneaked (or snuck…whatever) away from work to come make sure I was doing okay. He got glomped and thanked for the flowers as I told him how happy I was to see him.

He said that work had cleared out a bit, and he didn’t have much left to work on, and asked if I’d come with him and keep him company. I started grabbing up my art stuff and he said “you don’t need all that stuff. Just take what you NEED.” I grabbed my keys,  wallet, cell, and meds (as I was due another dose), slipped on ny sandals, and we left.

He missed both turn ins for his work complex. Said he’d make the uturn but again he kept going. We finally reached the Jared jewelry store where we had gotten our wedding bands. He said “you’ve been wanting to get our rings cleaned and today seemed like a good day. ”

I was super excited, and he and I enjoyed the service by the gals there, trying to sell us even more jewelry.  They kept offering that I try on rings and I told them “I have all the rings I need.”

Once we reclaimed our rings, all super sparkly, he said it was time to go back to work.  I groaned a little, saying I shoulda brought my sketch book at least. He shrugged it off and he headed back. But he missed the shortcut.  So we took the long way there, and then turned early into the parking lot of one of my fave restaurants.

“This is too much…you gotta get back to work, lovey!” I said. “And I don’t have anything for you…”

He hushed me and said “I’m not going back, and I have you. I don’t need a gift ”

“You’re not going back to work tonight?!” I practically rocket launched toward him, hugging his arm tight from the passenger seat.  “Today is the best sixmonthiversary a girl could ask for.”

We grabbed dins, which was way yummy, all while talking, talking about our day and how sparkly our rings are now, and we watched the Redskins take on the Eagles on Monday Night Football.

We stayed up late again, chatting more like we had the night before. We were both thankful to have each other and to have so blessed with happiness. We have been apart a lot lately, but I should have known that day was just as important to him as it was to me that we be together on our sixmonthiversary.

I know I say this all the time, but I’m truly a lucky girl.  I found the love of my life, who’s sweeter and kinder than anyone who isn’t married to him or related to him could really imagine, and he even manages to surprise me with being even more of both than I had even realized. We learn more about each other every day, and it’s been a wonderful journey so far.  Can’t wait for the next six months…and the next…and the next, til our days are past.

I know when we’re old and grey,  we’ll still hold hands everyday and never go more than a few hours without saying, “I love you.” We’ll take care of one another. Honor and cherish.  Through the good and the bad. In sickness and in health.

I hope that everyone who reads this finds someone like I’ve found (nope…sorry ladies…ya can’t have mine!), or already has. And that when you do, hold on tight, and make sure to let them know they are loved as often as you possibly can.

This may all sound like sappy newlywed talk, but I’ve been with this man for over 9 years. The ring and last name may be new, but the love has been around for a long time.

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I love ya, Fella. Totally for always and then some.

Day 40 – Family, Fajitas, & Football

Spent the afternoon with the in-laws after sleeping in. Thank goodness, Charles actually had the day off. It’s the first Sunday of the season, but all three of our teams let us twist in the wind: Steelers,  Packers, and the Giants.  Hoping next week will be better.

Quality time was good though. Snuggles, sketching,  snacks, and sports. Chuck and Mary were marvelous hosts, as always. We had tasty fajitas and chocolate pie and great company taboot.

Gonna call it a night. It’s officially Charles and my sixth-month-iversary! 3/9/2013 – 9/9/2013.

Goodnight, friends.

VOTE: Choose the Bard’s Instrument

Well, broke the tie by pulling in a judge who hasn’t been involved so far – the husband – who selected the bard.

The space valkyrie, goddess, and forest nymph will each get their own sketches,  we just won’t be voting on them. Valkyrie is underway now.

The first selection – what instrument should she play?

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Pan pipe, Harp, Lute, or Fiddle? You can also suggest an instrument if you’d like. This vote will close Tuesday morning at 9am EST.

Let’s keep creating together. Spread the word,  and tell your friends to join us on the blog here to vote and get in on the fun! They can also join on on instragram (@sweetmiserie).