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Apologies for the lack of activity, ladies and gents, for I have been super super super busy with school and among my school work includes my comic Suihira. So any commissions that haven't been completed should be completed when I have a bit of time off during Thanksgiving break! 

But I've spent the vast majority of my energy on my comic--and I wanted to have an early official announcment here that it will be published on Dec. 7th on a couple of websites and possibly here as well either on this account or another one. There will be 5 pages on Dec. 7th and then a new page every week! So hang tight everybody! :)
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First off, apologies for the inactivity. The past couple of years I've done more sketching than making presentable work that I feel is worthy to be in a deviantART gallery. But I can promise you, that it'll change very soon! If you follow any of my tumblr blogs, either personal or my art blog, you might know what I have up my sleeve! 

Anyway, I think I will take the opportunity to reflect on "my deviantART story," because I feel it appropriate given where I am now artistically and the role this website played to get me there. 

I joined here in 2003 (holy jeeze...) when I just turned 12 years old. My first deviation was this: 
Beach foals by Lightning-Duchess
I was really really excited about finally uploading my work to a website than a forum, as I did for a few months. That's where I got my real start, and that was when I discovered all I ever wanted to do was draw. I didn't even necessarily feel like an artist, I felt like a creator. Since then I've put all kinds of labels on myself, such as "prospective animator," "illustrator," "sketch artist," and what have you, but I have recently gone full-circle and I'm calling myself a creator again. But for the sake of clients, I usually use the term "cartoonist" and "sketch artist." 

Anyways, my interest at the time of joining dA was an even mix of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Sonic the Hedgehog, and The Lion King. I was a frequent fanartist, rarely making original content. From 2004 to 2007 or so, my artwork was nearly exclusive to Sonic the Hedgehog fanart, mostly work relating to my fanfiction I wrote at the time. Honestly, as much as I may pretend I regret that embarrassing project was published on the internet, I really don't. My Sonic fanfiction really got me into drawing, and I was drawing all the time. My skills in art vastly improved, because I had to think about character design, setting, storytelling, and drawing sequentially. Did I do them well? Maybe not? But I was making something, and I was making something that I considered mine. This horse drawing was done shortly after I decided to stop my Sonic fanfiction.   
Horsona lol by Lightning-Duchess
In 2007 my good friend jayfoxfire introduced me to my boyfriend of now 7 years. Because of that, a lot of positive things have happened to me artistically. Besides being fortunate and amazingly lucky to have this man in my life, he now is taking very good care of me while I go to school in Los Angeles to learn art in school to polish my skills. Thanks to him (and my family, as they pay for my tuition), I don't need to juggle a job and school, like so many people have to in this cruel college environment that this country has needs to do. I'm also eternally grateful that I live with him, too. He is the best person to have around all the time! 

Between 2007 and 2011 I spent a long time evaluating what I wanted to do artistically. I had invested my artistic "life," so-to-speak, making fanart. I hardly knew how to do anything else. I tried making a story with cats, however, it was missing an important human element that I felt I needed to express. I wasn't good at drawing people, and at the time, I wasn't interested.
Comic Page by RianaLD
Then I went to college and I knew right away I loved the illustration classes as opposed to the fine arts class. Currently I'm working on my B.F.A. in Illustration and I love it so much. However, between then and now, I thought I wanted to be an animation major, or at least a entertainment design major. I struggled a lot with what school I wanted to go into, but thankfully I found a perfect one, and one that even lets me adjust my illustration major to include pre-production animation elements into my curriculum. 

Going back to my deviantART, in early 2011, I suddenly became obsessed with South Park. This became a blessing and a curse. Because I had spent 4 years without a franchise to be enveloped with, and South Park spoke to me at the time. Plus, the characters were very fun to draw. However, my teachers looked down on my constant SP fanarting (as fanarting usually is in college, but let me tell you guys something real quick, fanart all you want, just don't tell people. I have a professor in my university that is a brilliant artist and obsessed with Naruto. She has a secret Naruto sketchbook hidden in her house. Also keep in mind, fanart is a great way for people to find your work--just don't let it be all you do.) This was absolutely vital for me to get me to actually be interested in human characters. 
South Park 1501 Aftermath by RianaLD
Plus it was really killer that a piece of artwork I made got into the South Park fanart gallery in Comic con. Oddly enough, that's what lead to the downfall of my obsession. I was planting seeds for my new obsession, a story that involved people, finally. I could finally express what I had been missing to express in almost four years. 
Charas by RianaLDBeatHollow 01 by RianaLDBeatHollow 03 dA by RianaLD

Buuuuut that still wasn't what I was looking for. I hastily put out a comic page of this new story I had. There was little to no writing involved. My friend Ayemae quickly stopped me in my tracks and thankfully told me that I should really put time into this project, especially the non-visual part of it--the writing. So, I then took the time between late 2011 and now to fabricate a story. I saved the writing portion of this project until this year. During 2012 and the early half of 2013, I spent a toooooooon of time sketching. I sketched places, characters, everything I wanted the story to be. Tree by RianaLD
That's where tumblr came in, really. Believe me, it has a big spot in my "deviantART" story, because tumblr doesn't have an efficient commenting system. I had to draw exclusively for myself for once and it let me take a break from the opinions of people on dA for a while. And I enjoyed every moment of it. Now I'm still in the middle of writing the story, but I feel I'm at a good spot to start. I uploaded the two test pages and I feel it was a success. 
Suihira: Test Page 1 by RianaLD Suihira: Test Page 2 by RianaLD
And for the future of my deviantART story? This website will probably be the first host of this webcomic! :clap:

I'm also going to make a new deviantART account, soon. I would just change the name of RianaLD to something else, however, I feel that this website has too much of a fanart legacy, so I will leave it be. 

Onward to the future! 

Oh, and for the sake of being able to put thumbs of artwork, here are the 5 pieces that I find amazing and very inspiring! These are the works that I didn't look at and later forget about, but they have been in my mind long after its initial viewing!

bahati by AMSBT Scorched earth by arcipello Bagheera's love story by barbarasobczynska Some Layouts by mhannecke fh4 by sandara

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SOOO for the past 3 hours I've been digging around the internet for a image I can't for the life of me find.

It's this...I don't know, image from a deleted scene in the movie? It's fairly dark, almost in silhouette, of Little Creek holding spirit on a chain guiding him out of the water. I wanna say there's a tree in it? Idk.

I'm hoping someone would have it on their hard drive or know where it is, because I want to make art that pays homage to it. :X 
First of all after I finish a couple more commissions I'll have them open again with updated, raised prices. If you really want to take advantage of the current prices until then, check it out.

Second of all, I actually wanted to delete the tumblr dumps from this year because I think they're amazingly ugly and I hate seeing tall rows of drawings as their own deviations. I would delete last year's but that would be a loooooot of drawings to upload. But I'll be taking the time to upload the images from this year individually. Just because they usually don't take long to make doesn't mean they're not good enough to be deviations. I'm doing this also in an effort to be more active on here. :>

THIRDLYYYYY I start university in 26 days and I'm stoked! *dances* I'll be taking a drawing for animation class, illustration class, writing for art class, and a class covering the philosophy of literature and cinema. Raaaaaaaaaad.

Until next time~
  • Mood: Anxious
  • Drinking: Tea
Now is actually the time I'm going to start making SCOW (my pet project that has concept art pop into my gallery at times) into a comic. Now, I do want to make a little money on it so it will be worth my time somewhat.

My idea will be to make issues (20-25 pages each?) and sell pdfs of them for $1 or so on maybe Etsy as a digital download. I know I can sell em for points here but I hate points... but there's a way to convert them to dollars I think?

For sure Etsy would be much more straight forward. I've already experienced their digital download system and have been very pleased.

Anyway I was wondering what you guys thought of the idea. Is selling it in the first place a good idea? Should I do the first issue free? Etsy or deviantART? Should I just sell physical copies down the line?

Etc etc. Now bring me to your opinions!!
  • Mood: Tired
  • Reading: Animation books
  • Drinking: Tea
I know I did this a jillion times but I've signed into MSN/Windows Live messenger for the last time (sad, I've been using it for 10 years but alas) and I'm making the move to make Skype my main thing.

Soooooooooooooooooo you can add me on Skype with rianald@hotmail.com or riana_ld . 'S good. I don't do calls though unless it's with good friends/family.

Off to do house cleaning and commissions, I'm pooped from going to universal yesterday with Steveo to do Jpark things. Aaaaa
  • Mood: Tired
  • Reading: Animation books
  • Drinking: Tea
I want to say that April of 2003, almost 10 years ago, was when I really started drawing. December of 2003 was when I joined dA.

Jesus me, 10 years is a loooonggg timmmeee. It really feels like forever. o__o It makes me wonder what's going to happen the next 10 or even 20 years! Seems like anything is possible, really. How exciting!

Also for those who've commissioned me, I apologize for taking a while, I keep underestimating how labor-intensive and time-consuming and just EXHAUSTING living on your own is. Especially since I'm used to a constantly maintained house and at the very sight of filth I freak out and clean it... haha least my apartment is always spotless 3
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Steve's computer making a ruckus!
  • Reading: Animation books
  • Watching: Walking Dead
  • Playing: Zelda games (OOT and TP at the same time)
  • Drinking: Tea
Due to the "tough shit" rule of life, I basically lost $1800 of financial aid money because I... took too many classes at my junior college apparently.

What?

Yeah I know. Apparently the state doesn't like it if you take a lot of units and don't get your major/graduate (I'm 3 units over the limit apparently, and it counted the two college classes I took for high school credit back in my junior year of high school....ksjhd), even though I'm a transfer student and I was trying to get university level classes while they were cheap. :l Bah. And I love how my school neglected to tell me about this even though I visited the counselors and financial aid office frequently.

I spent two weeks trying to fight for it but I'm throwing in the towel. So, I must move on.

I would get student loans, but I'm hesitant to do so because a) obvious debt and b) I couldn't transfer to the university yet (long story) so I'm taking a couple classes at a local junior college, and if I get a loan, when I leave to go to university in the fall, I will need to start paying the loan back to the junior college.

But Riana you can get a job.

YES I KNOW I CAN but here's the deal.

I want to see if it's possible if I can try to make money with my art at home before I get a "job". (I don't have a car so getting a job is kinda hard and my school apparently won't hire any student workers who aren't already full time students............)

SOOOOO

I'm not even making this journal to be like "I LOST MONEY SO BUY ALL THE COMMISSIONS PL0X" (even though I would be eternally grateful if you guys bought some), I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas of what I can do. Once I'm in university I'll be able to get grants again but in the mean time it's a little iffy.

Thanks! You guys are the best.
  • Mood: Disbelief
  • Listening to: birds
  • Reading: Habibi
  • Watching: Walking Dead
  • Playing: Skyward Sword
  • Eating: cereal
  • Drinking: Tea
Good grief, I think I've been waiting months for this day: where I didn't have to pack, unpack, scramble, step over things, search boxes for my scissors, let everything know where I live now, uasdjfndsf. But seriously I'm so happy I'm at this point because all this is much more stress than I think it should be--though I did learn in school that moving is the most stressful thing people do. So if I conquered that, I can conquer anything!!

I cannot begin to say how freaking lucky I am to have a cheap (for Southern Californian standards anyway) apartment in an absolutely lovely, safe place. Not to mention the view from the living room is gorgeous, you can see the hills and the billion palm trees and various "landmarks" me and Steve sort of made up. :P AND A LIBRARY IS ACROSS THE STREET I WANNA GET MY CARD SO I CAN GET ALL THE BOOKS HEHEHHEHEEEHH

Oh right, Wreck-it-Ralph. As some of you know from the end of Steve's recent Q&A (and my little cameo te he), Steve said "it was pretty gay", which made everyone assume he hated it. That was mostly for comedic effect. Steve actually thought it was alright, but average at best--but since everyone thought it was the best movie ever, it gave him high expectations and he didn't think it lived up to it.

As for me, I thought the first two thirds were amazing. The characters were very fresh and Ralph was just the greatest, I thought. The last third however was pretty predictable, and it disappointed me because the first two thirds were so creative and fresh! Not to mention, Paperman was just gorgeous. *__* I'll accept 2D/CG imagery like that.

But me and Steve enjoyed ourselves watching it, and that's what going to the movies is all about.

After a couple days, I'll be redoing my commission prices because I need moneys to pay rent and to feed myself all the tamales, various asian soups, and pasta in the world. 8V

But in the mean time, I desperately need time off. My break has been on for a month and 4 days and the only real day off I've had was Christmas. I've been wanting to play video games, draw SCOW stuff (thinking about a name change again :V), goof around with Steve, sleep, watch TV (we got cable and my parents house didn't have any I'm going to cry ;_______; ) and just take it easy.

AND I'M SO FREAKING HAPPY because my old school starts next week, while my new school starts in 2 AHHHH if school started next week like seriously I would've died.
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: traffic
  • Watching: The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents
  • Playing: Far Cry 3 (actually watching Steve play it lol)
  • Eating: scrambled eggs
  • Drinking: Tea
Man the snow-covered mountains sure are pretty here. In San Diego you can kind of see them, but not as well as in LA, boy.

The bulk of the mess is taken care of and all that's left is to put away the nick-nacks and putting pictures on the wall. It looks nice, me and Steve are starting to feel at home.

And today we're FINALLY going to see Wreck-it-Ralph at this theater that plays theater movies later than the others. 8VVV (Like seriously there's a billion movie theaters around here hahahaha)

Makes me wonder when I'm going to draw again with all this stuff we're going to do. U
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: The heater
  • Eating: scrambled eggs
  • Drinking: Tea
Here's the commentary and the video is below for you to watch it to!


(if the video doesn't work, just click here to watch it on youtube.)

Enjoy and happy holidays!

Oh and here's a sneak peek still from "Another Christmas with Sonic". :D



Merry Christmas!
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd's the division album
  • Eating: Ham
  • Drinking: Tea
It IS going to happen! However, due to real life sucking hard we are unable to release it on or before Christmas. However, Steve and I decided that it's better to have it a few days late than no video at all. :)

Juuust to make things clear, NO it won't come out tomorrow. We hope it'll be out this Friday. Just think of it as an extension on the holiday itself. :D

And here's a teaser picture for you all. : >



FRIDAY, NOT TOMORROW! Sorry guys. D;;;

oh and we're going to release a commentary on the original sometime today, too. I'll post a link whenever it's done. :>
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd's the division album
  • Eating: Ham
  • Drinking: Tea
So much that I almost forgot it was my 21st birthday tomorrow! 8U

If you weren't already aware, I'm in the process of transferring to University in Los Angeles (won't say which one due to privacy), and I got accepted into my school of choice (and... the only school I applied to so lol :U), but that was only the start of the journey.

This month was when me and Steve really started cracking down on finding an apartment there. We had found an ideal place that had everything we needed in a fantastic location in a safe neighborhood at a great price--though it was really scary at first because of our lack of credit (yeah.. I don't even understand how we missed that either) and my lack of job among other things. Saving the details about being so worried about getting it to the point of physical illness that lasted a whole week, the landlord was super understanding of our situation and our hard work and effort was rewarded. The apartment is ouuurrss!!

So I will be moving in with Steve next month! 8VVVV
And I'm one more final away from finishing General Education for good! This means for 3 or 4 years I will be taking nothing but art classes. VVVB

But there's still lots to do and tons to take care of. I know I'm going to be opening commissions again once we're settled in so I can make some money on the side.

Luckily though, I get to celebrate my birthday the whole weekend!

Happy Holidays, everyone!
  • Mood: Tired
  • Watching: Daily Show / Colbert Report
My friend at school says my rough works (such as these) are better than my more polished works (such as this and this). She comments on how "not-set-in-stone" the roughs are. That was her only explanation.

Personally, I think that observation is very interesting. It didn't offend me whatsoever, as a matter of fact, it made me happy--they're fun as hell and quick to make. But I do like how presentable the more polished stuff is.

What do you guys think?
NO I'm not talking about drugs I don't take em and I never will ahhaa.

FOR SOME REASON I've just been SO HAPPY this week! I'm still busy with college as ever and my family's finances are still in shit.

But some how I've just felt... happy! Like the world is so wonderful and great and the next day is going to be even better!

This might seem sort of... I guess egotistical to write this kind of journal, but think about all those journals where people are like "I'm so depressed because ____."

Perhaps this could be used as a breath of fresh air? :)


or maybe I'm just excited for Steve's Sonic in Scared Stupid Video :D
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: Gusttavo Lima!
  • Reading: Don't make me think!
  • Watching: Daily Show
Can I suddenly have tons of money and hire a bunch of people to find apartments for me, buy me a car, and move my stuff 70 miles away to that perfect, affordable apartment made just for me?

And someone do my web design midterm so I can finish commissions and work on SCOW stuff aahhhhhh

(Again, balance negative with positive thoughts: ummmm... I'm so happy I have such supportive friends and relatives about the move. Makes it much easier. And I'm about to have smoked salmon for dinner aaaaaaaa~~~! Oh and I got the official election ballot already (mail in voter ftw!) and... idk I think that's coo)
  • Mood: Anxious
  • Listening to: Wild ones
  • Reading: Don't make me think!
  • Watching: Politics!
Here's the article about it.

Sure, it may be archie, but who cares, it's Sonic Underground, and it's an epilogue! A sorta-canon explanation of what happens at the end! I am cool with this!

ButIsweartogodifSallyshowsupI'llfuckingunleashhell
  • Mood: Pleased
  • Listening to: Pandora
  • Reading: Don't make me think!
  • Watching: The Way Back
Check this out if you're remotely interested with my original story. Only the "about" page has content on it but if you're wondering what the back story is, that's where you look.

And now I notice the flood of spelling/grammar errors....fffffffffffffffffuck

I need to keep reminding myself to proofread ...

And I'm too cheap to get a real domain so this'll have to do for now. Besides, it was mostly for fun. I'm actually not going to work on the storyboards until Steve and I move in together so we can utilize both our media equipment. Besides, there's still a shit ton of writing/plotting/plot-hole-fixing to do.

But yeah I'm pretty stoked.
  • Mood: Pleased
  • Listening to: Pandora
  • Reading: Don't make me think!
  • Watching: The Way Back
But you guys are reading me complain and not listening so im do it anyway.

I just need to vent a little. I know people have it much worse than me but

I'm tired of a lot of aspects of my life right now. School has been keeping me busy 6 days a week and doing any additional work is rather difficult. I wish I can get some sort of job because I really want a car and eat something other than bread and ramen but I literally have no time for that. Commissions are hard to keep up with as it is. But I'm starting to think working part time and going to school part time is more cost effective in the long run... but I'd have to do research because I keep seeing that you get the most amount of financial aid going full time. I'll have to wait and see how that goes. But it's moments like these where I wish I lived in a country that paid students to go to University. Don't get me wrong, America is great... if you can afford it.

I just really wish I had some time off. I really want to have a vacation in the desert and bring some painting supplies and draw the landscape.

But to balance this journal out, here are the aspects that I really love, and am thankful for. Steve is the best person ever, I have amazing, amazing friends, the best anyone could ask for. I have a reason to draw at least once a day with the story I'm working on, which compared to a couple years ago I drew maybe once every couple of weeks. I'm learning web design and as much of a pain as that is, it's actually really fun and something different to drawing. I'm happy that the semester I decide to take a Health Education Lab class they changed it from working out in the gym on your own terms to playing fun games with great people (kickball, relay races, dodge-ball, Frisbee football.. ahh memories from elementary school!), I'm happy that the Art Lab that I do web design homework always has candy available and that my friends at school often share their food with me. I'm happy that even though I have to wait for my mom for 3+ hours a couple of days in the week, the school has air-conditioning (my house doesn't). I'm happy that I can start applying to my university next week and that I'll get my AA degree this December. I'm happy that I have my drivers license because that wasn't the case 4 months ago.

Alright I think I balanced that out plenty.

Because more often than not, the good outweighs the bad. Hope everyone has a lovely week!
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Pandora
  • Reading: Don't make me think!
  • Watching: The Way Back
Just sayin.
  • Mood: Daily Needs