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The Kickstarter for the first volume of my long-running webcomic, The Meek is nearly through! This is your last chance to get the comic while it comes loaded with all of the unlocked rewards, including bonus comics, several prints by artists like Makani, Joy Ang and Missmonster (to name a few) as well as a free set of bookmarks that were unlocked when we hit our last stretch goal.
Thanks for looking! :]

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I'm Kickstarting the first volume of my long-running webcomic, The Meek, right now! It's already reached goal, so printing is not only guaranteed, but is actively increasing in quality as the campaign continues...
Go take a look :]

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Well, it's that time again... time to make foolish advertisements for stuff

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Though honestly I don't feel bad XD I work really hard to make sure these Patreon tutorials are worth the money, and are what my readers want to see from me. This was the highest voted topic for July, which is awesome. This month's tutorial might return to my roots and focus a bit more on anatomy stuff, so we'll see~~

Before anyone asks, yes, these tutorials will be made available here for free: this will happen 6 months past the date of posting on Patreon. So, you can expect to see this one in Jan (but we have a backlog, so you'll be actually getting the first one in the series in November).

I have another big announcement coming on Thurs so THIS IS NOT THE LAST YOU'LL HEAR FROM ME unfortunately

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Sup dA~

Do people still use dA? I feel like we've all moved on to Tumblr or elsewhere, haha. Ah well, I'll keep updating here as long as I have a few things to talk about.

First, new tutorial is up on Patreon. The topic voted for this month was Writing for Webcomics! I also made a pretty sizeable support worksheet to go along with it... I had a lot to say. A few previews below~

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Last month's tutorial, Coloring with Masks, was a great success, and it seems like people are really enjoying this new one too, so that makes me glad. I'll be posting the full versions here with a 6 month delay, so... that will begin in... November or so? But if you can't wait, you know where to go~
As usual there will be a new tutorial every month that we stay funded at this level, which seems fairly stable for the time being :] Anyone is free to vote or suggest a topic for July!

In other news, an anthology I participated, in ELEMENTS, is now live :D

Can you tell which is my icon? :3 lol

This book has some AMAZING editors, and as a result is filled with a ton of incredible artists and stories of a very diverse background. It launched today and raised about 4k in a hour so the hype is real... I'd definitely give it a look if you enjoy supporting diverse indie comic creators.

And last, I'm working on my own Kickstarter for The Meek, which is launching in less than a month now :D It is the first time my work will have ever been in print in book form, and the clock is ticking down... idk even what to say really XD I'm RIDICULOUSLY excited... have already gotten guest artists for reward tiers tied down and they are some people I can't believe are creating art to go with the Kickstarter. I've also seen the books we'll be printing with and the quality is just... *kisses fingertips* It's going to be the best, I really can't wait to share what's happening with all of you~

So yeah July is going to be busy but hopefully super filled with comics and more stuff soon! Even if I'm not posting to dA feel free to keep up with my stuff elsewhere below, cuz I'm usually updating a lot and definitely am ramping up everything in July.


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And read more about the deets, see some art, etc here

Hi guys, look what happened

That's right, I'm making tutorials again.

I suspect that most of you know me from my tutorials, which are still somewhat popular on dA, even 7-8 years after I made them... I rarely look at them any more but dang a lot of you read and continue to use them. I'm so grateful that they've been of use to so many of yalls, and I'm excited to announce that I am going to be creating brand new monthly tutorials starting this month for my patrons! There is already one tutorial posted a few months ago, which can be found here.

What is probably going to happen is: every month I will be making and posting a new tutorial for all my $5+ guys. Then probably a few months after that I'll be unlocking them for my $2 friends, because they deserve to see them too. Eventually I suspect they will wind up here, but it will probably take several months to trickle down. Bottom line is I love teaching and sharing info very much, but first dibs on that info will of course go to folks who are supporting my ability to make comics :] Now that we've unlocked that, I'm also planning on some supplementary work that goes along with it, so keep an eye out.

Thank you again for enjoying my work all this time, and I'm really looking forward to making and sharing more of it with you!

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A little belated, but happy new year :]

2015 was kinda wild for me: started a new webcomic called Mare Internum, broke The Meek's long hiatus, and did a mega crapton of freelance. In July I also launched my Patreon, which has been an awesome experience so far!

I made this thing to show exactly how much work I've done in the past year, haha... (and this doesn't count the book, the other small random projects, or the like 30+ commissions)

ANYWAYS the Patreon is doing really well too, and is allowing me to really blast ahead with my personal work and give folks a chance to pick up commissions and whatnot. If you are a fan of my tutorials, you might want to hang around... we're getting pretty close to the tier that unlocks the monthly Patreon-exclusive tutorial (there is one up there already actually). That's in addition to the comic notes and sketches, livestreams, wallpapers (like this recent one), and other comics swag that comes along with a few bucks donation. Feel free to check it out if you want~

I'm kinda excited to keep pushing forward in 2016 and expand my skillset a bit... I worked so hard in 2015 I feel like I didn't get to breathe or learn new things! I really want to do some stuff I've never tried before, and I'll hopefully share it here too now and then :]

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It's been a while. I have been very busy!! Going to work. Escaping from work. Doing things. Some of it has been this thing:

Yup, new comics!!! Mare Internum is about a lot of things, but generally speaking it is a scifi- fantasy adventure type story. I've been working on it for the last two years... it is a little dark and a little heavy, since I made it while I was going through some shit. BUT THAT'S WHY PEOPLE MAKE THINGS, haha... I don't know about you, but a lot of my comics end up being therapy that I post to the internet for everyone to look at.
I put a few dev sketches on dA here and there, but finally launched the real thing in January :] I didn't want to post here until I had some archives, but there's like 20 pages up there now, so yay. Chapter 1 is updating regularly at 2-3x a week at the moment. I post update reminders to my twitter and tumblrs, but I think I'm going to start posting panels here as well, since I work very large... nice to share those closeups sometimes.

I also did a lot of freelance last year, some of which I'm actually able to share now, so I'll probably be posting a bunch of that here too.

A lot of you have been asking about The Meek, that is also coming back this year! I am just waiting to tie up some loose freelance ends and fix up the site and stuff, but I am very confident that it will be happening within a month or two. So, there's a lot of comics going on. It has been a long time since I've been able to work on my projects freely like this and it is such a joy and relief to be able to.

Well anyways, looking forward to spamming you with stuff soon, haha. Read my stuff! Lets all be on the train together when it finally jumps the tracks :D
OK I'll bite

I've almost been on this site for 10 years! In December it will have been 10. The only reason I started using my account was because my friend AmandaTurnage started using hers, and I wanted to be cool too, although I'd browsed here before that. The word "deviant" kinda turned me off initially (thought process "hey no I'm not deviant"), but now the word has lost nearly all of its original meaning, haha.

Without deviantArt I'm not sure I'd be where I am today, with just enough internet-cred to make friends with all the cool artists and get enough money out of my hand and to continue to put food in my mouth... but I've gone from idly doodling my characters (who got to go in The Meek 4 years later) and drawing reptiles/ dreaming of being an independent artist, to doing Avatar fanart, making tutorials and finally doing paid art for soulless corporations. I've circled back around now though and am spending my time again drawing my characters and planning comics, and doing meaningful freelance projects that really make me feel like I'm contributing to society. I'm looking forward to continued documentation of my weird journey through sporadic uploads. But the real value of the site isn't through being a fridge where I can put my work on it; its from interacting with all you cool guys and meeting new friends and, hopefully, helping other people get to where they eventually want to go too...

I hope dA has many more years ahead of it helping other artists grow :)

PS: thought I'd post my first 5 deviations, just as a reminder of how crappy I used to be! I took them out of storage just to celebrate >__> ugh

Just slogging around by shingworks Symon by shingworks Calde by shingworks Smeg and Jerry by shingworks Night Walk by shingworks

Been away for quite some time! I'm thinking about transitioning slowly back in though; I posted something the other day and kinda forgot how nice it is to be able to read and respond to comments directly.

What have I been up to? Mostly making games (both facebook and mobile), but I recently transitioned back to freelance to finish an interesting business-oriented book that I am finding pretty fulfilling. And some illustration work, and some other comics... Also working on my own stuff but of course freelance and commissions are a priority :)

I think I'm happier now than I've been in a while: I live in a pretty cool area, have cool friends who do lots of different and interesting things, and for the first time in a while, free time with which to do my personal stuff. Big change from my usual working-my-ass-off-and-barely-having-time-to-breathe schedule. Also freelancing lets me choose the kind of thing I want to work on, which is a nice change from games (for now). I really can't wait to get my own comics going again, which will be pretty soon.

Anyways, that's enough about me... I'd ask "what's up with you guys" but that seems kinda lame. How about, "what would you like to be working on the most right now (and are you)?" Any cool projects, ideas, etc?
I've been feeling pretty bad recently. I'm going to try to focus on more important stuff for a while and cut out the extraneous. I'm not doing anything drastic like Leaving The Internet or anything... My deviations are in storage for the time being, and I'll reinstate things when it feels like a good time to do it.  Anyhow, talk to you guys later.

No really, what I really really hate is...

Moldy fruit!

No what really pisses me off is...

Nothing! I've been working my butt off recently. One of the games I worked on came out on FB and is doing super well, and another game I'm working on now is a lot of fun and my coworkers are the best.  All the plum and cherry trees around here are turning white with flowers, DST is coming and it's going to be light at 8 PM, and everything is great.

I guess there is some minor drama floating around about something I said a while ago about another artist (please don't name them, thanks, trying to keep this civil and not spread things around), which is unfortunate, but I hope you know if you want to talk to me personally about anything, I am more than happy to discuss with you via note or whatever. I am a fan of discussion but posting public things on my art page isn't the best way to go about it (though you are free to do whatever on your own page). I like to think that it's possible to have an opinion about something without needing to make sure everyone else agrees with it first, but maybe this is too much to ask. Anyways.

Thanks for being considerate even if you disagree, and have a great weekend!
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I accidentally the whole thing :CCCC

I accidentally just deleted all my pending people who I was going to thank for the watch (about 240 of you). NOW I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE oh god

I appreciate you! I apologize deeply for not being able to go to your page and thank you personally, I have done that to every single person for the last 7 years and now my streak is over

I still love you guys ;___;
Thanks for the DD!

Thanks so much to jcroxas and dust-bite for suggesting and featuring Angora! It's my first DD for a straight-up page out of the comic, so it means a lot to me. I also have more DDs than any human should so I apologize for that. My mom (theresahelmer) for one is not happy about this disporportion XD

Exciting stuff has been going on with me and I have a lot of work on my plate, but I talk about all that on my Tumblr so I won't bother you with it here. Instead I'll take some time to appreciate lovely Meek fanart from the last few weeks, since I haven't done it in a while. Thanks again to everyone for continuing to look at my stuff <3

Mature Content

The Meek by YONXI
Representatives of Caris by Whasup

Mature Content

-The Meek- Shadow by cling17
The Meek: Soli and Alamand by Plixik :thumb277739581: Angora's Apple by FeloniusMonk Ambassador John by Whasup Angora by Virukan Dagre by griffsnuff :thumb271573313: :thumb271784115: Soli and Alamand by NatashaFenik

Mature Content

The Meek - Angora by LittleGreenHat

I took a bunch of sketch commissions last year, some of which never were finished! I have had literally no time to work on anything until, like, now, so I want to clear my existing queue. Thanks to everyone who has waited patiently for theirs! You're the best.

    Finished! For obvious reasons, no new commissions are being taken at the moment!

...and notes, and art, and etc. I haven't looked at most of my inbox for like... 5 months DX If you wrote me a note that wasn't titled urgent, or sent me some art that wasn't titled "URGENT" then I'll be checking it this weekend and I AM SO SORRY TO MAKE YOU WAIT FOR A REPLY holy god I'm an asshole. You know how it gets when your inbox is like "3000 messages!" and you want to kill yourself. I've had over 30 notes in my note box since last year, I hate it ;__;

Give it to me

Hope you are doing well!

Carve pumpkin, get stuff

Sat Sep 10, 2011, 1:24 PM
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4DE is hosting a pumpkin carving contest! Read about it here or suffer dire consequences.


Thanks for the DD!

Thu Aug 11, 2011, 1:37 PM
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Got a DD a few days ago! Thanks very much to cthulhuburger for the suggestion and alexandrasalas for selecting it! And many thanks to all of you for viewing and for faving. Dagre and Mocheril were very happy for like three seconds, then went back being inscrutable and slapping each other. BTW, lovely awesome-quality prints of the image are available at this very moment (gasp) for the measly price of $5 at the 4DE store. Imagine that hotness on your wall for only 5 bucks... you can't resist...

I've been somewhat absent from dA (and the internet) lately because I am working full time B] Like a boss. Well, like a contractor. But it's a super fun job. I get to do 2-D art for a facebook game that isn't out yet, but will be beta released in a month or so! Everyone I work with is super talented and organized and they give us free food and drinks every day so this is basically the best thing ever (right after making comics alone in the dark of my room, of course). I am still working on comics on my "free time," it's just taking me a little longer to finish things because I only get an hour or two a night to pick at pages. I'll be releasing the rest of Chapter 3 in one big chunk in a few weeks, I'm in the process of wrapping that up right now...

What else... oh yeah, I got some dA fanart in my inbox which I, like an asshole, didn't see because it was buried under all the messages I hadn't checked for months. I will show them off now though, because they are great.

Luca deSadar by PatrickDevine Soli Reloading fanart by PatrickDevine Royalty by Homemade-Happiness

Anyways there you go! If you want to see more stupid art and updates, feel free to follow my Tumblr, or if you hate me and just want to look at scary chinchillas you can follow my other tumblr for all the Legschilla action.


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I mean: FANIME.

I am there, tomorrow (Sat), because I am cool like that. I won't be there the rest of the con, but my bud yuumei will be, and she is right next to me so you can visit her and check out her awesome prints.

I will also be doing awesome low-price sketch/ ink commissions at the con because sitting is verryy boring without having something to do. So if you are going, come by and give me some money in exchange for a drawing, okay? There will also be Meek merch there and of course my horrifying smiling face.

4DE and friends are at tables 307-312 in the crapass section at the back of Artist's Alley, just put your hand on a wall and walk until you see cool people. I am the one reading a book about eels.


Thu Mar 31, 2011, 2:28 PM
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My publisher suggested a "tasteful" reminder to all of you that we (me, :icontracyjb: and :iconyuumei:) are doing a webcomics panel TODAY April 1 at Wondercon in room 220 from 3:30-4:30. If you'd like to find out how to make your own webcomic that will produce thousands of dollars in revenue every week and become your effortless dream job, I suggest you write a letter to Santa in a few months. In the meantime this is definitely the next best thing.

Hopefully this message is tasteful enough, I tried pretty hard.

Why harro there

Mon Mar 28, 2011, 11:24 AM
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I haven't updated this journal since November! Just so you know, the last journal was written while I was watching The Human Centipede, and was 100% completely genuine. Nothing will make you happier to be alive and well and more appreciative of your life than watching The Human Centipede without having read the synopsis.

I'll write a proper journal later, but some things!
  • WONDERCON Be there. Especially April 1 from 3:30-4:30, since I will be in a panel with the amazing tracyjb and yuumei answering questions and being generally winsome. If we fill the room we will be giving out a free download of things so I am hoping that we are able to achieve that! I will also be there on Saturday signing things like a boss.
  • Since October I achieved a metric crapton of work. I'm seriously going to have like... 5 or 6 books with my credits in them out next year, that's how much work I did. Some of them are SO COOL and I really want to talk about them but I shouldn't yet! Others are SO COOL and I can talk about them now, like my short story in Flight 8 :D I am so crazy excited to be in the last volume of the anthology with some of my alltime favorite artists like ktshy and nicholaskole.
  • Today is Eric(my publisher / owner of Team4D)'s birthday. He just turned 123, making him the oldest person on record. Despite his infirmities he is a swell guy and he likes llamas (hint)
  • I really need a haircut
  • My good brostan heysawbones got a DD for her awesome tutorial. Read part 2 as well for maximum effect!
  • If you like my tutorials and are annoyed that I haven't done any for a while, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that I am working on some. They are on the way!
  • Mount Everest: for the love of all that is holy just don't climb it
  • I recently got this amazing commission from galgard. He has an intense style that I really love, and I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for great art by a really professional artist!
  • And last, The Meek is totally completely back to regular 2x a week updates for the foreseeable future. COMICS FOREVER

I guess that's about it. Oh, and I also have a Tumblr now, I am kind of just messing around and posting random junk but if you like messing around too then feel free to follow me!


You are lovely

Sat Nov 27, 2010, 10:11 PM
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You are a lovely person. Everyone who is reading this, you are awesome.