01 January 2012 @ 06:34 pm
Once a day every way  
Once again, it's that time for reflection on the year past! ...And once again, I don't really want to stop and do that, because I'd much rather focus on what's coming up ahead. I dunno if it's a good thing or not that I don't stop and reflect on past years much, but considering I don't think this was one of the better ones, I think I'll just move on to new things.

My main "health" goal this year is to eat at least one vegetable every day. Last year, my goal was to give up soda entirely, and I stuck to it! So sticking with something easy, simple and doable seems to work for me...none of this calorie-counting/meat-and-veggie-only diets or whatever. Just at least one vegetable a day!

I've also decided to keep up a particular schedule for my upcoming days of unemployment. Mentordude suggested I do this for another thing that I was having a lot of trouble motivating myself to do, and it ended up working out really well: just devoting an hour (or two) to the task each day, and no more. So here's what I've got planned out for an 8-hour "work day" starting next week:

- 2 hours for actual jobhunting
- 2 hours for working on storyboard projects (I've got one thumbnailed out that I need to start in on)
- 1 hour off for lunch, dishes and walking the doggie
- 1 hour for working on designs for a social networking game idea I want to add to the portfolio
- 1 hour for working on the reindeer story comic (yes, I am going to make it a comic now!)
- 1 hour for various miscellaneous projects that won't take as long, or for drawing practice.

Obviously, that schedule gets put on the wayside when freelance work or other workthings with a due date come up.

Also, I am going to go ahead and block plurk during those "work hours," since I've discovered that it actually is kind of a huge distraction for me. x_x Plurk will then be un-blocked when I'm done with my work hours.

And just because, here's another LP episode from Kia and I, plus some more waking-up drawings:

Under-covers drawings 271-273 )

Drawing: Not as much, but much coming up

Writing: Tags everywheeeere
Current Mood: satisfied
Current Location: Lynxland
Current Music: Shadow of the Colossus speedrun
31 December 2010 @ 09:17 pm
Not quite 2011 here yet...  
[ profile] lionize, [ profile] bettinamarie, [ profile] grazie, Em and Rae, I got your cards! They were all lovely, thank you so much! :D

Don't really feel like doing an introspective year-past post right now, because no one needs to hear about my personal worries. Instead, I'll just wish all of you a VERY happy and successful 2011, and I hope that I can somehow contribute to your happiness and success in whatever way. Oh, and do a silly meme:

In 2011, LynxGriffin resolves to...
Ask my boss for an okami.
Take beanclam sporking.
Lose ten star wars by March.
Drink four glasses of anime every day.
Go to redwall every Sunday.
Pay for my x-files on time.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Drawing: Just bunches of LG. While I have other things I need to work on, I just want to create a large surplus by the end of next week and then go to other things.

Writing: Need to get back on things...
Current Location: Lynxland
Current Mood: chill
Current Music: Little bro playing Twilight Princess
29 December 2010 @ 11:35 am
Goals and such  
As of yesterday, I've actually reached my goal for 10-Humans-A-Day! My goal was to draw 1000 humans by the end of the year (starting from...whenever I started, which was after I finished BBS, I think) and I've now drawn that 1000 humans! Most of the time I was drawing form stock photos, sometimes copying other artists, and sometimes my own stuff (like the BBS casts). While I didn't always feel up to it, I'm glad that I stuck with it all the way to the end of the year. My humans aren't totally perfect, but I think there was significant improvement...I feel a lot more confident drawing them, and can get them down faster, too. Soooo, yay! Glad I did that art goal.

And so knowing that I can do it, I'm setting new art goals (I guess art resolutions?) for myself starting next year. Since talking with People Whose Opinions I Trust (or recruiters, who are People Whose Opinions Matter The Most) it seems that in terms of my boards, my drawings are fine and the story is clear but my camera usage and staging needs more work. So to fix that, I need to sit down and study more movies...pick a scene from a movie and write down the shots/camera moves and then draw them out, just to see how they work. So I plan to do that for four movies a week...pick one scene and board it. My goal is to do at least 50 movies.

That aside, I also want to do one grayscale painting a week. I want to be better at color, but to do that, I need to get better at doing things in grayscale, especially faces. So, along with the movies, one grayscale painting a week (probably from a photo as well.) I'm hoping to do at least 20. Hopefully these will also work out okay.

I do have one other resolution for next year; slightly less fun...I decided I'm going to give up soda completely. Just go cold turkey on it, like my little bro did. I tried to just cut down my intake, but that didn't really work. This is going to be hard for me, because I loooove soda, and I don't really have any other regular caffeine source like coffee or tea...I drink those pretty rarely. But I know I'm already lazy about my food choices, and giving up soda is at least one "lazy" thing I can do to better my health. After hearing about all of the junk soda does to you (totally aside from weight), I'm thinking it may be for the best. So, after December 31st, I'm saying goodbye to soda.

And of course, some more Epic Mickey playage...

Up through the end of Ventureland )

Drawing Finished all of 10HAD! And some LG.

Writing: Nah much
Current Music: MST3K - Bride of the Monster
Current Mood: lazy
Current Location: Wetland
01 January 2010 @ 03:23 pm
Not-so-wild roses  
Happy New Years, everydude! Hope you had a good time! I wonder if it's pronounced two-thousand-and-ten or twenty-ten?

So I got up at 4:30 this morning to go with my parents and my aunt to see the Rose Parade in Pasadena. While I've seen the parade on TV before, this is the first time I've ever gone in person.

Overall, despite getting up at an ungodly hour, it was fun! We found good parking and seats because we got there so early, and we were sitting up in the bleachers instead of on the curbside. Mom was also smart enough to bring along squishy pads for the bleachers, and I'm really glad SOMEone thought of that, because I think I would've gone nuts at sitting on cold concrete for four hours. I tried to draw, and I got about a page of sketches out, but then tall people sat in front of me so I couldn't see anything or move my arms. :| There were delays, but pretty much the worst thing that happened was that I burned my tongue on some hot chocolate, so now I still can't taste anything.

I dunno who all usually watches the Rose Parade on TV, but they had some nice floats this year! I think my favorites were the biplane flying through the barn (I think it won the Animation Prize) and the one with the wizard and the origami dragon. Favorite band was probably the one from Guatemala. And I loved seeing all the decked-out horses, too...I was never really aware of just how friggin' huge the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales are until I saw them next to people. They're like the size of elephants. 8|

Other things I learned about the Rose Parade:
- Geez these get filthy. With all these people camping out on the sidewalk all day and all night, and with New Years partying the night before, it's bound to happen. But sheesh, that place was still choked up with trash before the parade even started! I would so not want to be on that cleanup committee. 8|
- I never knew this, but there's apparently a lot of billboard-touting Christian dudes with bullhorns that go around after the parade demanding that people be saved and warning of living in sin. And uuugh, it was aggravating, even to my parents. It's like...yeah, even if I agree with the message, the attitude with that sort of thing always comes off as judgmental and "I-know-what's-best-for-all-of-you." Dude, you may have a big billboard, but you don't know peoples' hearts.

There was reeeeedicilous traffic getting out, but since I wasn't the one driving and had the PSP with me, I didn't have to worry about that as much. >> Overall, it was also a really nice day today; with enough sun to warm up but enough cold temperature to keep it from being uncomfortable. It was a sunny-flowery way to start 2010!

Since I've been leveling more Dissidia characters, expect more commentary tonight!

Also, KH: BBS is out in Japan in a week.


Drawing: Sketchies and LG

Writing: Nuttin'
Current Music: Steriogram - Walkie Talkie Man
Current Mood: content
31 December 2009 @ 06:00 pm
I've been trying to think of what to say for the end of 2009 and the start of not only a new year, but a new decade. It's a little mind-boggling.

Looking back, it feels easy to see it as a negative year. I haven't had a solid job for the entire year, since graduating from Gnomon. I'm still living at home when I want to be on my own, able to support myself. And scariest of all, I have no idea where I'm going to be this same time next year, or when I'll get the break I need; the ability to head out on my own. The economy's been bad and that affects the people around me as well as myself.

And yet, when I think about the end, I really have lots to be thankful for. I haven't had a solid job, but I also haven't gone more than two months this year without working. I have plenty of family and friends to support me. I get along well with my family and don't feel trapped or pushed around in my own house. I've been healthy and uninjured, and none of my closest family and friends have gotten badly sick or injured. I have practically every luxury I could ask for. I've grown in my art a lot this year, and have the confidence to keep going with it. The problems I've faced, I've been able to overcome. I helped successfully complete a HUGE LJ RP that I made a bunch of new friends through.

And looking back over this whole decade, from 2000 to now? It's crazy how much has happened! I've completed high school, college and a graduate program in that time. I've gotten to visit a few places overseas. I've lived both at home and away from home. I've gotten through tough jobs, figured out how best to manage conventions, and met some artists that I really look up to. I've started a webcomic and kept it up consistently over three years. I can't even figure out how many awesome people I've met just from getting involved in the KH fandom. And I've seen my family and friends accomplish great things, too.

So while I am still scared about what this new year and new decade will bring, I think that in the long run, things will turn out all right. I hope everyone out there thinks about the long run...because I believe it'll turn out all right for you, too.
Current Music: Phoenix Wright - Objection! (Orchestral)
Current Mood: contemplative
03 January 2009 @ 10:18 pm
My thumbs are sore  
Happy 2009, everyone! I'm hoping this year treats you all like kings. Or at least like cool people that deserve to have awesome things invade their lives.

Yesterday the family drove back up to Bakersfield for a surprise birthday party for my grandma, since she turned 70. And she was totally 100% surprised! It's always great when those sorts of things work out. :D Good lunch and then cupcakes for all.

So I have had the chance to try out some of the video games I purchased! I tried out Shadow of the Colossus, and UUUUUUGH. Maybe I'm just spoiled by KH's mash-the-x-button-until-it-dies battle system, but JEEBUS was that game difficult to do. D: I died twice just fighting the first boss, because for the life of me I couldn't get the hang of the controls. The music and the art and animation are all indeed very pretty, but...uuuugh, I have no clue how I'm going to beat all of the colossi if I have trouble on just the first one. D:

I also tried out Elite Beat Agents, and considering the fact that I can play the DS in the car, I was able to get much farther. I've made it through Agent Spin and J's levels; am now on Chieftan's. HOLY CRAP. I seriously listened to Jumpin' Jack Flash for TWO HOURS STRAIGHT trying to beat that level, fffffffff. D: I really don't think I'm going to beat all of Chieftan's levels, if I was dying like mad on J's. This game is WAY tougher than DDR, at least in that it seems to punish you for doing mediocre instead of just doing badly. D8

Also also, very nearly have all the secret reports in TWEWY. /o/ Still have to tackle the Another Day report...

Drawing: A fanart, Lunargyros pages, I need to start doing some different storyboards.

Writing: More for DC.
Current Music: Cadenza - Investigation ~ Cornered
Current Mood: geeky
31 December 2008 @ 12:11 pm
Another End Of The Year post? Sure, why not.  
New Lunargyros page went up yesterday!

Yesterday after failure at two different stores, I was finally able to procure two new video games: Elite Beat Agents and Shadow of the Colossus! :D Since my brother is still hogging the PS2 with FFXII, I have started on EBA instead. It's fun, but sheesh it's difficult. I feel like I'm sucking even on easy. o_o

So it's...the last day of 2008, isn't it? Huh.

I feel like I should be terrified out of my wits for 2009. I really have no clue where I'm going to be or what I'm going to be doing even a few months from now. I could still be at home...or I could be in an entirely different city or state, wherever I manage to find work. I don't know if I'm going to make enough money to cover all my expenses and pay my loans and cover gas and all the thousand other things that I need to take care of.

And yet...right now, I'm not that worried. Things have worked out okay so far. I trust them to work out in the future, even if it's difficult.

It's been a rough year, and I suspect 2009's gonna be even rougher. But if there's one thing I've learned this year, it's that my friends and family and most everyone I know have the guts to handle it. I've seen so many people I know change this year...not always, but mostly for the better. That's encouraging to me.

I hope that everyone has a fun New Years' Eve and a highly successful 2009! I love you all! ♥

Drawing: Birthday cards and fanarts

Writing: Epic in RP
Current Music: Barrage - Rasputin
Current Mood: hopeful
03 January 2008 @ 09:29 am
First post of 2008 is...pretty standard!  
Curses! I got the crummy computer at work, so now not only is there no Firefox or AIM, there's also no music, and it's gonna make me go NUUUUTS. The weirdest thing is, the computer doesn't even seen to have a disc drive. I mean, obviously the disc tray is there to load CDs into and all, but the computer doesn't even list a D-drive in the "My Computer" section. How is that possible? D:a

Could be worse, I suppose. The computer could be running Vista. But I will be a sad thing without tunes to listen to or people to talk to. ;_; ...Or maybe this job just spoils me ridiculously; I don't know.

Oh yes, New Years evening was quite fine; hung out with everyone at the Ranch, where we watched some Doctor Who and "Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind" (although I fell asleep at the end of that one.) Em got a new DVD player that lets you play things directly off of a flash drive. :O Pretty nifty! Also that day, I went ahead and bought PW: Justice for All. XD Because dangit, these games are fuuuun.

Then on New Years Day, I drove on down to Disneyland for drawage. Man, if nothing else, going on the 1st was great because there was NOOO TRAFFIC. Although it was really kind of strange doing D-Land by myself...I've always gone with friends or family or some other. But I did get some pages' worth of sketches...they just happen to be on my home computer right now. :P Dunno whether I should try and do color finishes on any of them or not. Things I noticed:
- Both cast members and random strangers will stop and talk to you more if you're sitting still. I actually had a couple kids draw in my sketchbook 'cause they wanted to stop and draw, too. XD
- Speaking of, kids use their mouths more expressively than adults to.
- And speaking of speaking of, I suck at drawing mouths. D:

In the meanwhile, I guess I should really get to drawin' since I have the free time. Thankfully I also have PW. XD I just started the third case. A-and...I dunno what to think about Pearl channeling Mia. Except maybe D:. And dude, those psyche-lock parts were sometimes harder than the trial itself!

And almost forgot: there was a new Lunargyros page last Tuesday!

Drawing: Sketches

Writing: Stuffffffff.
Current Mood: bored
31 December 2007 @ 01:58 pm
'Nother year come and gone...  
I know a lot of people are doing years in review, but I...don't really have time to do one now, so I'm not going to bother. I think that, overall, this has been a difficult year for me at times, but it's been especially tough on people I know. However, I think that even moreso than this year, 2008 is going to see a lot of big changes...for myself, for my friends and family, and for the country. Whether those changes are "good" or "bad" remains to be seen. However, I will remain eternally optimistic that whatever changes 2008 brings will be for the better. ♥

And no, this isn't a "2007 sucked, here's hoping 2008 is better" kinda sentiment. I don't believe that 2007 sucked. I just think it was a difficult year, and I suspect 2008 is going to have a lot of growing pains, but I think they'll ultimately be good ones. Oh heck, I don't know what I'm saying anymore. XD

Speaking of milestones, my parents are in Hawaii for a week for their 25th anniversary. I'm a little jealous since I've never been to Hawaii, but always wanted to go. I suppose I've still got time ahead of me. Either way, that means the task of most chores/taking care of the house falls to me while they're gone. :P

As for resolutions? Well, I don't really like the term "resolution," as it makes things seem like I AM DESTINED TO DO THEM THE END, and 99.9% of the time, they never work out. But I do want to use the holiday as an excuse to improve things. Instead of resolutions, I want to form habits...habits are things you do without thinking about because you're so used to doing them, and they're hard to break. No one cares about resolutions. So, some habits I want to adopt this next year:

- Draw for at least an hour every day. I tell people (and myself) that I do this already, but it's not really true. If I want to get any better, I need to practice every day. So whether it's sketching, inking, or Photoshop hour a day makes bad art go away.
- I want to lose some weight/stay in shape. But I'm a lazy ass who hates to exercise, and I have a huge sweet tooth and I hate vegetables. So rather than torturing myself, I will instead:
-- Do DDR for half an hour at least three times a week. It's something I enjoy doing and it burns calories in a relatively short amount of time. Speaking of, I should really buy a new DDR game...I've had the same two games for ages now and I need new songs.
-- Limit my soda intake to three sodas a week at most. I do like soda a bunch, and yet I know it's pretty dang unhealthy. But if I drink a lot less soda and replace it with water or juice, I think (hope) that'll help me.

For tonight's plans, I am basically going to...hang with my friends. XD; (Hopefully my brothers will do fine on their own.) I'll probably go to bed right after midnight, anyway. Tomorrow, I am going to head out to Disneyland and spend the day just people-watching and sketching/pseudo-life-drawing. I know a few people said they might like to go to Disneyland too. My plan was to go alone, since I imagine most dudes don't want to just sit there while I doodle. BUT if anyone does want to either come along or meet me there, I sure wouldn't mind the company, and could spare a ride or two. :D

So I'll be gone until tomorrow night. I hope everyone has a fantastic evening! ♥

Drawing: Nothing.

Writing: Occasional LG script.
Current Music: Little bro playing KH2
Current Mood: contemplative
31 December 2006 @ 05:08 pm
Back home!  
That's right! I arrived back home on the evening of the 30th! And it's taken me alllll day to check up on the internets 'cause I'm a dork that way. XD But now, since I like recording this kind of stuff, it is time for TALES OF MY TRAVELS.

Florence! )

Stuff I got )

And this represents...Madonna and Child! Again! )

Linner? )

Rome! )

Going home )

Random observations about Italy )

And yes, that was pretty much the trip! I shall try and post some pics/videos that my brother took whenever he sends them to me, because I has no camera.

And on top of that, it is now New Years Eve! This past year has definitely been busy and full of changes, the most of which would be graduating from college and getting shoved into the "real world." @_@ But I'm still looking forward to 2007, and hoping for many more fun and exciting new things. And I want to work real hard at making new progress in the worlds of animation and comics jobs!

I hope everyone has a great New Years! ^^

Drawing: So much to catch up on! I've some more LG pages to do, more on the doujin, those gift arts I still owe, and a few other things. Must get to work!

Writing: Wrote a tad on LW over the trip. :3
Current Mood: tired, but content
Current Music: Sonata Arctica - White Pearl, Black Oceans