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11 Years without a emmy...

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:32 PM


What does a person have to do around here to get an Emmy? … or a DD.

So today marks my 11th anniversary on DeviantArt. Thereby making it the longest relationship I've managed to maintain.

In the time I've joined I've mange to grow exponentially as an artist, I even graduated college and stated working as a professional graphic designer.

Here are some interesting stats according to DA

I have 125 Deviations (this number doesn't include the ones I've locked or just plain deleted out of embarrassment)
322 Comments
14,529 pageviews (really in 11 years? ugh!)
119 Watchers (hey there)
I've favorited 1,910 deviations.
My works were however viewed 74,887 times

My most popular work
29 Ways to Stay Creative by edhall
29 Ways To Stay Creative (With 83 Comments, 751 Favorites and 30,595 views)

I know I don't post much or often here, I actually spend most of my time drooling over everyone else's work. But I do love this website and the community here. I've seen many art communities rise and fall and DeviantArt has stood the test of time. After 11 years I still keep coming around… that's gotta mean something.

Cheers!

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  • Listening to: Twenty One Pilots
  • Reading: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicolas Flemmel
  • Watching: Supernatural
  • Playing: DMC: Devil May Cry
  • Eating: French Fries
  • Drinking: Coke

A year of living creatively...

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 15, 2010, 9:43 PM
Come this Thursday March 18th, I will be turning yet another year older. Now I normally don't make new years resolution aka promises I don't plan to keep. But last year I made somewhat of a resolute… to take advantage of any opportunity that came my way. Now it might not be a resolution but it was something was determined to do… and wow what a great year it has been because of it. Well this year I wanted to do the same thing again. So I decided it was going to be a year of creating things.

A Year of Living Creatively.

Here is the breakdown.

I will start the book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron - www.theartistsway.com/. This is a book that is supposed to be life changing for anyone seeking to be creative. It has been recommended to me by tons of people, so really excited to finally start it.

12 Digital Paintings. Yep at least 1 painting a month… doesn't have to be sublime it just has to be a painting.
12 Traditional Artworks of any kind.
52-365 Photos. So I will take at least one picture a week but will try for a picture a day of anything.

So this adventure begins this Thursday. I'm a little nervous, because I tend to lose steam with stuff like this quickly. But I really want to try and stick it through. From the beginning I'm not going to try for perfection as I will set myself up for disaster. I just want to strive to capture something creative no matter how great or mundane it is.

If anyone else is interested in doing something like this let me know and lets encourage one another.

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  • Listening to: Aiden James
  • Reading: Twitter
  • Watching: Bones
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XIII
  • Eating: Caesar Salads
  • Drinking: Water
This year I will be walking and participating in the 2009 Kidney Walk in Philadelphia this October. As someone who has gone through kidney failure and now deals with kidney disease, this is a cause that is very close to my heart. Raising awareness and knowledge is needed to help prevent this disease.

Facts about Kidney Disease:
- Chronic kidney disease is a public health problem affecting 26 million Americans

- Risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure and family history

- One in nine American adults have kidney disease and most don’t know it

- 92,000 people are waiting for organ transplants

- 17 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant

- It is the 9th leading cause of death in the US.

If you would like to donate please stop by my donation page - walk.kidney.org/goto/eddidit to donate (any amount is greatly appreciated)

I will also be selling my Set Free poster - where proceeds will go to achieving my goal of $500 (US). If you would like to purchase this poster please go to www.eddidit.com/kidneywalk/
Set Free by edhall


Thank you for reading.
  • Reading: Twitter
  • Watching: Bones
  • Playing: Fable II
  • Eating: Caesar Salads
  • Drinking: Water

52 and thank you

Fri Feb 6, 2009, 7:15 AM
Thank you to all who has fav'd my work. I would love to go through and personally thank everyone. But I soon saw how far behind I was on doing that. And I just don't have the time. Heh but I still appreciate it.

On another note I started a project called 52. In an attempt to challenge myself while also building my skills, I created 52.  It's 52 themes that are done in a 52minute time frame.  If you want to follow along you can at the Epilogue Forums > www.epilogue.net/cgi/phpBB2/vi… or on Pixelbrush > www.pixelbrush.net/forum/viewt…

Right now I've done 2 themes with 5 pictures.  I'm still tweaking the rules. Right now I'm not sure if I should keep it in the order I have it. I'm an artist I'm meant to break rules especially my own :).

  • Listening to: Lady GaGa - The Fame
  • Reading: Twitter
  • Watching: Heroes
  • Playing: Fable II
  • Eating: Clubs and BLTS
  • Drinking: Water and Juice

Digital vs Traditional

Fri Jan 9, 2009, 6:39 PM
This is not a debate but and observation.

As I've been looking at some artwork lately, I've found myself being drawn to traditional art more and more lately. There is just something about it that is very appealing to me right now. Then I started to think, I actually haven't sat down and drawn anything really in... well I can't even remember. Sure I doodle here and there, but no actual thought out illustrations.

Then I realized that one of the reasons I went digital was because it was easier. But now I really miss drawing. But fear that I might not know what I'm doing any more.  

Has anyone else found themselves in this situation. Has going digital effected your ability to use traditional mediums. After all there is no undo or color picker when it comes to traditional. You are stuck with what you do.

If you started off traditional then went to digital, do you ever feel the need to go back. Why did you make the switch in the first place.

I'm not one to make New Years Goals. But I think this is one that I will make. I want to do more traditional work this year. Whether it's through drawing or painting or something.

I just really miss the time I would get completely lost in my work. It's usually not like that with digital for me. So I think I'm going to go and get a new drawing pad tomorrow.

Anyone else thoughts on this subject.

  • Listening to: The Killers - Day and Age
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: Heroes
  • Playing: Fable II
  • Eating: Clubs and BLTS
  • Drinking: Water and Juice

I like

Tue Dec 16, 2008, 6:27 AM
This new personal page layout. Seems so much smoother than the previous.

I also like the options.

  • Listening to: The Killers - Day and Age
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: Heroes
  • Playing: Prince of Persia
  • Eating: Clubs and BLTS
  • Drinking: Water and Juice

Movie Quote Time

Mon Nov 24, 2008, 6:59 AM
Taken from :iconmelissafindley: who took it from :iconfaerywitch: who took it from someone else... and so on and so on.

Here are 15 of my favorite movie quotes, then you guys must guess what movie they come from.

NO cheating and using google or IMDB to guess them. If you don't know, let someone else guess.

1. What we've got here is failure to communicate. - Cool Hand Luck :iconquickreaver:  

2. I would like to say this. Tardiness is not something you can do on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school; the LA city bus driver who took a chance on an unknown kid and last but not least, the wonderful crew from McDonalds who spend hours making those egg McMuffins without which I'd never be tardy. - Clueless :iconmelissafindley:

3. Why torture yourself when life will do it for you? Who said that? I did! Go ahead and quote me.

4. I was impressed to see that she made proper use of the word 'myriad' in her suicide note.

5. It's amazing the clarity that comes with psychotic jealousy.

6. Without a heart I can never really know what it would be like to love someone, or ever really understand trashy novels.

7. Yes. Yes, I did it. I killed Yvette. I hated her, so much... it-it- the f - it -flam - flames. Flames, on the side of my face, breathing-breathl- heaving breaths. Heaving breath...

8. The White House reception committee greeted the Prime Ribroast Minister and... I do the cha-cha like a sissy girl. I lik-a do da cha-cha. I'm sorry we seem to be having some technical difficulties. In other news - Bruce Almighty :iconmelissafindley:

9. That guy is tense. Tension is a killer. I used to be in a barbershop quartet in Skokie, Illinois. The baritone was this guy named Kip Diskin, big fat guy, I mean, like, orca fat. He was so stressed in the morning

10. King illegal forest to pig wild kill in it a is!
Pig illegal forest to the king's wild kill it is a in! - Robin Hood: Men in Tights :iconfaerywitch:

11. I do have a test today, that wasn't bullsh**. It's on European Socialism. I mean, really, what's the point? I'm not European. I don't plan on being European. So, who gives a crap if they're Socialists? They could be fascist anarchists, it still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car. - Ferris Bueller's Day Off :iconkalmiya:

12. That sarcastic contemptuous tone. That means you know everything because you're a man, and I know nothing because I'm a woman.

13. Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue. - AIRPLANE! :iconquickreaver:

14. Fruity Oaty Bars! Make a man out of a mouse! Fruity Oaty Bars! Make you bust out of your blouse! Eat them all the time! Let them blow your mind... ohh! Fruity Oaty Bars!

15. They look like beatniks, should I unpack my bongos?

  • Listening to: Random
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: Heroes
  • Playing: Nothing oh that's sad
  • Eating: Clubs and BLTS
  • Drinking: Water and Juice

Epic Logo, Epic Fail

Fri Oct 3, 2008, 10:34 AM
news.deviantart.com/article/59…

And the DA community eats it up. But this is just over glorified Spec Work. It's also a sad excuse for not putting the time, money and effort into hiring a marketing/design company to develop your logo and brand.  This is a common mistake by many companies. It's upsetting for several reasons.

1. There is a lot that goes into creating a brand for a company. It's not just a pretty icon and some words. A logo and everything around it has to have meaning. It's the icon of the company. It should tell you who the company is, what they do. It should be targeted toward a demographic. These are the things that must be considered when creating a logo. It's also the things that allows a logo to stand the test of time.

2. It gives DA a bunch of free logos for which they could do with whatever. They don't have to actually use that logo but take the concept. Since concepts can't be copyrighted.

3. It gives every dick and jane with a copy of photoshop or illustrator the thought that they are now a professional designer. This bothers me, not that only people with design degrees can design. But chances are there will be a lot of entries of people who will take some random tutorial of special effects that they found online slap it together with some "pretty type" and call it a logo.  No thought, no passion, no direction. See #1

4. $2500 is a nice price tag, but this also connects to #2 and in essence it's Spec Work.  Since DA has a very large community no doubt there will hundreds to thousands of entries. If the these people logos aren't chosen it becomes pointless work.  But then there is a kicker this line However, there is no guarantee of a winner being chosen.

If we don't see a logo that outdoes what we've already created, then we will continue rolling out this new logo.


So there is a high chance that DA won't even be given out this $2500.  

This is shady work for DA, and it's upsetting. This is  a common tactic among a lot of website template sites. People compete for a prize but there isn't a guarantee on a win.

It's a waste and a shame and down right wrong.  Artist should be aware of what Spec Work is.

Visit NO!SPEC www.no-spec.com/

Spread the word... do not lower the value of real design work.

  • Listening to: Mamma Mia Soundtrack
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: Heroes
  • Playing: Nothing oh that's sad
  • Eating: Clubs and BLTS
  • Drinking: Water and Juice

I think it's time...

Tue Sep 2, 2008, 12:10 PM
That I stop doing things for others and start doing them for myself.

I have a secret. To some it's not a secret only because I chose for it to not be. To others it is... I'm not a kiss and tell kind of guy, but I'm not going to hide anything either. But I decided that I will no longer put my feelings and emotions aside to make others happy. Even if it means they learn about the true me. Even if it means that they might not agree with what I agree with. Even if it means they will not be my friend.

I feel that friends are those who stick by you through thick and thin. That even though you will make mistakes they will tell you "You're an idiot" but still love you the same.

I've gone far to long not living.

Man is born free …but everywhere he is in chains.. - Rousseau

Sometimes the things that are meant to free us enslave us - Unknown

So I decided that the people I'm going to have around me have to abide by certain criteria.

   1. They must accept me for me.
   2. They must not hold any preconceived notions of what I'll be or do. (No out of this world expectations).
   3. They must accept others in my life.
   4. Be genuine.

This is my decree.

P.S. If you've been dating someone for 2 months what do you get them for their birthday?

I'm painting a picture... but I want to do more.

I have a week and 1/2 left.
  • Listening to: Timmy Curran
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: Nothing oh that's sad
  • Eating: Clubs and BLTS
  • Drinking: Water and Juice

Risk

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 28, 2008, 8:37 AM
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To hope is to risk pain.
To try is to risk failure, but... risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing   - William Blake

  • Listening to: Timmy Curran
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: Nothing oh that's sad
  • Eating: Clubs and BLTS
  • Drinking: Water and Juice

Childhood Memories

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 25, 2008, 9:05 AM
Ok these are only a few, but I remember being completely infatuated with all of them. I think at some point in time I even cried during their stories. I was going to place Peter Pan in this lot but the only images I could find where mostly from the Disney version (which I am not a fan). So my guess is that most people actually have not read the original story.

Calvin and Hobbes
John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes by spacecoyote Hobbes by Toonfreak  Calvin and Hobbes by themico Calvin and Hobbes by Suzanne239
Hobbes by aun61 Hobbes by sacking-jimmy Calvin and Hobbes by eric-with-a-k

Curious George
:thumb20072199::thumb65508119::thumb59316807: Curious? by caitie7

Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit by Porcubird Peter rabbit by pingypong

I love that it's 74degrees outside, and 90degrees inside.
  • Listening to: Teddybears
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: Dirge of Cerebus - Final Fantasy VII
  • Eating: nothing (I wish this could change)
  • Drinking: Water and Juice

Talents, Gifts, and Hard Work

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 17, 2008, 12:25 PM
The ignorance in belief of talent/gifts is astounding.

Frankly I'm really surprised at how many people do not believe in talent or gifts.  They sum it up as it's the only reason people are good at something.  But when did talent have to do with success?

I believe in talents and gifts. I believe that every one person possess a range of gifts that they are either aware or unaware of.  If people didn't have a natural gift then this proposes the idea that everyone can be good at everything.  Which means that everyone can be Scientist, Astronauts, Artist, Musicians, Writers, Teachers etc etc.

But talent isn't about being good at something it's about understanding and comprehension.  I'm talented in art, was I always good at it? Nope. But I did, ever since I was little, have a easier time understanding art and it's concepts. Putting them into practice was a whole different issue.  I take math for instance I'm by far not talented in math. Am I upset? Nope. When I was in school I worked hard in my math classes. But never did that great. The teachers would explain the techniques and I would know them but it just wouldn't click in my mind.  I worked hard but didn't understand math. Did I fail math nope got decent grades (A's and B's) by most standards, that would mean I succeeded in math. Which I did, but I just didn't get it a lot of the time, because I don't get it I don't think I'm good at it.  

Now my talent lies in art, I understand it, it makes sense. But I work hard to get better at it. It comes naturally to me and I can do it with what seems like ease.  Then there are others who see art the same why I see math. "I just don't get it"

Not everyone can be an artist, or a teacher, or a writer. I stand by that. It's a fact, has been know since the beginning of time.

Now I'm not saying that if you don't work hard you won't get good at it. Nope I still did good at math even though I didn't understand it. It just some things come a lot easier than others.  

That is talent.

  • Listening to: Hayley Westernra
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: Sunshine
  • Playing: Dirge of Cerebus - Final Fantasy VII
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: Water

My Addictions

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 13, 2008, 5:25 PM
Here is some art from some of my favorite TV shows and Movies. This will grow as I come across really cool art. And there are a few others that aren't here yet.

Movies:
Batman
Metal Bats by FabianMonk The Dark Knight by ditz

Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones by diablo2003 Indiana Jones by Norbert1972 :thumb23833226: Indiana Jones - Temple of Doom by GabeFarber Indiana Jones - expressions by GabeFarber 'Raiders' Indiana Jones by J-Scott-Campbell Indiana Jones by batfish73

Labyrinth
Henson  LABYRINTH Diorama by Skulpturen Labyrinth Hoggle figure side 2 by Skulpturen Ludo by LightlessCreations Dark Crystal Guest Art by AyameFataru Labyrinth: the trophy by lily-fox

Miscellaneous Movies:
Critters (An awesomely bad movie)
Critter by EspenG
Land Before Time  (childhood nostalgia)
Let your heart guide you. . by theCHAMBA
Evil Dead (greatest Anti-Hero ever)
army of darkness cover by nebezial

TV Shows:
Serenity/Firefly
The crew of the Serenity by Firefly-Fans Steely-Eyed Mercenary by CantonHeroine Serenity cover by leinilyu Serenity Limited Edition by jasonpal Malcolm Reynolds by jasonpal Christina Hendricks as Saffron by jasonpal Shepherd Book Serenity by jasonpal Kaylee Serenity by jasonpal Zoe Limited Edition Original by jasonpal Simon head detail by jasonpal Unrequited Love- Mal-Inara by SMH-REDELK

Miscellaneous:
Maxx  
Leopard Queen's Outback by theCHAMBA MAXX by TinyPEN15

This was spawned as I watched Serenity yesterday and my growing exciting for the new Indiana Jones movie... brewwwwweeeeeeeeeeee!!!

I'm also being slaughtered by allergies and feel like crap.
  • Listening to: Britney Spears - Blackout (no shame)
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: Serenity
  • Playing: Dirge of Cerebus - Final Fantasy VII
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: Water

Uptights, Uprights, UpSalotta...

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 9, 2008, 1:38 PM
A lot of ups heh

During my recent ventures of onlineography (ie Daily Reads) I've noticed that people are really uptight these days.  So I was going back and reading a site that I hadn't been to in about 2 weeks and was catching up. They had a simple April Fool's joke on their site and people were like...

"You've ruined my trust" or "I'll never believe anything you post again"

Um are you serious?  For one it's april fools day the notorious day of practical jokes and tomfoolery. How does one credibility all of suddeny get tainted because of a joke?

Then today I was reading a very fun blog post about well this

Lies I've told my 3 year old recently

Trees talk to each other at night.

All fish are named either Lorna or Jack.

Before your eyeballs fall out from watching too much TV, they get very loose.

Tiny bears live in drain pipes.

If you are very very quiet you can hear the clouds rub against the sky.

The moon and the sun had a fight a long time ago.

Everyone knows at least one secret language.

When nobody is looking, I can fly.

We are all held together by invisible threads.

Books get lonely too.

Sadness can be eaten.

I will always be there.


I found this funny and yet touching and I admit got a little choked up with the last one.  Then I read the replies.  

"You shouldn't tell your children lies", "You're a horrible parent for telling your kids this", "Your kids will grow up to not trust you", "Always tell your kids the truth"

Um??? Why are people so uptight about everything. I hope I never come to the point in which I forget how to be a kid. I think as adults we tend to lose touch with the simple things of imagination and become far to serious for our own good.   These are harmless "white" lies and I feel wouldn't have any negative bearing on the child whatsoever. It's a lot better than "It just is" or "Stop asking questions" as I often hear on my ventures through town.  

Maybe because I'm a pisces and by nature a dreamer and person of imagination I tend to not get so uptight.  Or maybe because I'm a eternal optimist or optimal eternalist... haven't got that quite figured out yet.  

On a footnote I can't change my avatar... so weird. <--- Nevermind my avatar did change.
  • Listening to: David Mead - Tangerine
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Playing: Devil May Cry
  • Eating: Subway
  • Drinking: Water

Giving this a shot

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 3, 2008, 2:30 PM
Was Bored
So I gave this Journal CSS a shot. Not to shabby.. molded after my current design for my website.

Will play with thos some more to see what I can and can't do with it.

  • Listening to: I'm From Barcelona
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Playing: Devil May Cry
  • Eating: Flatbread Pizza
  • Drinking: Water

Why do birds suddenly appear

Fri Mar 28, 2008, 4:06 PM
Everytime... you are near?

Just like me, They long to be, Close to you.

Hehehhe more on that later.

As always
Ed
  • Listening to: Newton Faulkner
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: Lord of the Rings Return of the King
  • Playing: Devil May Cry
  • Eating: Chilli Mac... so unhealthy but so good.
  • Drinking: Water

Wha?!?

Tue Mar 25, 2008, 7:47 PM
Drawing who me?

So after a very long two days. I've managed to put in 24 hours of work in the past 2 days. Today was a 12 1/2 hour work day. No fun leaving your house at 7:30a to get back home at 9p.  

But in light of my gluedness to the computer I decided to work on my Oar.

www.eddidit.com/other/oar_nouv…

It doesn't look like that anymore though. Pretty soon I'll have to start painting it. I'm excited I haven't painted in years. But it was nice for a change to actually do some natural media artwork. Even if it was only for a hour or so.

Downside is that I don't know what to put on the other side though.  

As always
Ed
  • Listening to: Travis
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Devil May Cry
  • Eating: Caesar Veggie Wraps
  • Drinking: Water

That sudden feeling

Mon Mar 17, 2008, 8:11 AM
That everyone has forgotten your birthday.

Tomorrow's my birthday, but yet all my friends around here seem not to remember that it's tomorrow. I've mentioned it a couple times this weekend and people were like "Oh yeah" or "That's right" or "What day is it again?"

Which either mean 1 of 2 things.. people forgot or something is planned. But since no one has asked me what I'm doing tomorrow I'm thinking it's the former.

Kind of sad really.  

Oh well it's not like my birthday doesn't happen every year.  Maybe I should just treat myself on my birthday.

As always
Ed
  • Listening to: Matt Costa
  • Reading: Blogs
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Devil May Cry
  • Eating: Boca Veggie Wraps (Western Style)
  • Drinking: Water

Ugh oh yeah

Tue Mar 4, 2008, 7:33 AM
It was inevitable

I did a very large deletion of my gallery. So sad but yet glad at the same time.

I'll also be updating some images to be purchasable (did I spell that right). I was selling them through my website but I don't feel like going through the hassle any more.  

As always
Ed
  • Listening to: Da Tah
  • Reading: Message Boards
  • Watching: Nothing of importance
  • Playing: Starting Devil May Cry
  • Eating: Boca Veggie Wraps mmmmmm!
  • Drinking: Tea - Decaf baby

The Unknown

Thu Feb 21, 2008, 7:17 AM
I currently have a love/hate relationship with Deviant Art.

As I go through the galleries I'm astonished by the numerous amounts of art that's "popular" now to each his own "art is in the eye of the beholder."  But when I see some pictures of high quality sitting 8 or 9 pages in (note: I view at 120 thumbs a page) and other images when someone just manipulates someone else photos by adding a tear or a cheesy fire effect sitting on the first page is pretty upsetting.

Just so sad that there are many great and talented artist here on deviant art who just will never be known because of some rat race of the popular artist.  

And on that note of the popular artist. There are some people who are devout followers of said artist who will chastise you if you say anything critical of the artist's work? WTH? Sometimes it seems it's better to just stay silent and if that's the kind of following that you'll get when you become popular than I'll pass on that and stay in the background.  

Just felt like saying that.  

Cheers to the unknowns!

As always
Ed
  • Listening to: Travis
  • Reading: Message Boards
  • Watching: Nothing of importance
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: PB &amp; J
  • Drinking: Chocolate Milk