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Hi all who still roam these empty streets, if you'd like to see more progressive works and blogs, please follow me on blogger!

I just ranted on blogspot that my work is getting more and more lifeless as I continue to draw. Worse, I've also become bored of what I've been drawing and it's hard to push myself to try something new when I open a sketchbook. I'm not sure what hinders me from doing it these days. I believe it's a messy conglomerate of laziness, too much time spent on a social life, fear of wasting precious art supplies with ugly drawings, not living in a artsy fartsy city with a community of artsy fartsy people, distractions of other tasks I want or need to complete first, and just plain loss of childhood imagination. 

But I'm done giving myself room for excuses, I want to be truly proud of myself. I need to stop pretending to be humble and truly become humble. 

I've definitely lost a lot of followers because of my inability to draw stuff and update regularly, but I also think I've been on the fence about starting up a new dA or just sticking with one that already has history. I also think I may have lost fans not only because there's tons of other better proactive artists to watch, but because my work has changed drastically since I started. Man did people love Naruto back in the day! 

I went through a huge series of pretty detailed ladies and claimed them as my style and I still kind of do, but I want to change my style again not only much more drastically, but also in many different styles. Albeit it be realistic or cartoon stylized or maybe even abstract, but I want to try to alienate myself from the anime-style I grew up on. Only now do I truly understand why instructors dislike the anime direction. By  just imitating the drawings I saw, I never truly learned the foundations of art, so I've trapped myself into a corner.    

So I declared a New Year's resolution that I will complete at least one sketchbook and a traditional painting every month, and etc etc. Now I want to ask you guys here what you think I could do to improve myself in the next year. I've been trying to pick up on drawing more often in my free time while watching stuff, but mostly drawing from life or experimenting with different styles. I'd like more creative input now. 

What kinds of activities/tasks/challenged do you guys propose for yourself to get your creative juices flowing? I've always liked the projects from school that other people had in Sequential Art that involved scenarios that each person would interpret differently or coming up with the first 3 things in your head to mesh together. I'd like to try something like that? If you have any cool links or forums of something like that, please share! I may try one of those 100 theme challenges too if I can't find anything else. 

For more specific stuff I'd like to improve. I want to get better at good character design. I'm a little stronger with this than anything else other than maybe illustration? I'd also love to learn more concept designing with props and environments. I'm extremely weak at environment and backgrounds both technically and creatively lol. Please help. 

I'd also appreciate any critique you want to throw at me on my art as an overall. I may or may not agree, but I would love to hear other's true thoughts. Although I appreciate the positive feedback, I'd love to hear the flips side for once. 

Another question I just thought of! Do you think it would be better for me to post rough drawings up or should I keep it portfolio worthy on here?

I'd appreciate any thoughts you guys have! Thank you for reading. :)

  • Listening to: Ellie Goulding
  • Watching: Parks and Rec
  • Playing: Borderlands 2 and Bioshock 1
  • Eating: All the Asian snacks I can afford atm
  • Drinking: Honey Citron Tea


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Joy Hua
Artist | Student | Film & Animation
United States
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Current Residence: TEXAS
Favourite genre of music: pop, hippiteh-hop
Operating System: 7
Favourite cartoon character: KYLE BROFLOVSKI, Gokudera/Haru
Personal Quote: Dude man, that's not cool.

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UchihaScuall Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Final Dance Fantasy really cool. Where are the other participants in this video now? You communicate with them?
wakaflockaflame1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*wearing a t-shirt that says "Kiss this JackAss(me),plz"*
Snowleonheart Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing art! and i have to say i really like your cosplays on JAC group xD love those videos (final dance fantasy is my favourite =D)
shiawase-chan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
haha, thank you! FDF is my favorite as well! It's always great hearing from fans~!
Snowleonheart Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I am a dummy! 
Bamboosmackx3 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your art!!!~
Also I live in tecas too, Strange thing to start with a suppose o_O
Anyways, I saw an old delinquent picture you did and was wondering if you do comissions
or Rp
I was wanting to commission a drawing for my new group- so if you DO can you note me please? If not then just ignore me as an annoying person lol.
shiawase-chan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh boy, I have not been on in a while! I apologize for the late reply, but I am not doing commissions at the moment. I will definitely let you know if I open up commissions! 
thephilipvictor Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey! I love your Suki Cosplay ^^

I'm Philip, nice to meet ya, Joy ^^
shiawase-chan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
Haha, thank you Phillip! I didn't make it, but it was fun as hell to wear~ <-- Suki Costume Maker :)
thephilipvictor Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha! It's all good ^^

Anyway, how's you?
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