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Pay it Forward Artist feature!

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 22, 2015, 6:16 PM
Borrowed from  :iconautoconbuddy: And I love doing these anyway, because it's fun to show others what I like about the people I follow/am followed by!

So rules:

1. For the first 10 people who comment on this journal, I will feature one of their pieces of art I like the most and comment my choice. (I will go to your gallery and pick a picture(s) that I like, you don't need to tell me which one!)

2. If you comment, please do the same in your journal, and put me in the first feature slot. The idea of this is not to get a free feature, it is to spread art around for everyone! I feature you after you made the journal



1. TFP OC: Vision by AutoConBuddy by :iconautoconbuddy:
After ACB followed me (watched my livestreams etc.) I tooled through her gallery and found this VERY striking portrait.  I really love the shading and detail work on this!
2.Iirly of Geth by ArtBleed by :iconartbleed:
I've watched Bleed work on this gorgeous painted work off and on for weeks now, and I have to say even unfinished it was lovely!  That is a beautiful babe, hybrid or not, she's lovely in her peaceful repose!
3.I have to go now by Lance-Dangerby :iconlance-danger:   A simple and elegant fan art of spiderman.  I love the clean lines and feeling of repose and regret that shine from this image.
4..Smoulder. by DragonessDeanna by :icondragonessdeanna: I've always enjoyed Deanna's anthros and she's always been passionate about Eric.  This is such a striking image of him.  Sultry and yet rather dangerous.
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  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Pandora One - "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfo
  • Reading: Dragon Magic -Andre Norton
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Livestream today at 10AM!

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 17, 2015, 1:57 PM
I will be going live around 10pm PST so if you'd like to join me  Please follow this link!

picarto.tv/live/channel.php?wa…

BTW if you have a picarto stream and would like a watcher please drop your link in the comments below! (or a livestream site for that matter!)

IN OTHER NEWS:

Reposted a short story I wrote back in 2010.  For those into Gemutations, there's a bit of spoilerage, but nothing horrible - specially if you've read "Before the Fall"

IF you're interested you can take a gander here:  www.fictionpress.com/s/3231606…

I do mean short too guys!  It's just over 830 words long.  But boy the words! :D

If you take the chance drop me a review to let me know what you think of it! :D

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: Nothing at the mo....
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Success!

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 10, 2015, 9:27 PM
Finally!  Tonight's stream was an overall success!  I think I figured put how to smooth out the streams.  Tonight I set my tablet's power mode to high performance.  i was streaming the page, listening to Pandora, had skype open all  at the same time and had no noticeable hesitation during my drawing!  WOOTS!

Thanks for everyone who showed up to watch me draw!

Still there are some things that I can't do with JUST the tablet.  ctrl click will not allow me to select layers to combine.  Nor does ctrl e mere those layers.  ctrl also will not allow me to manipulate paths.  :(  Still... I really like how natural it feels to draw with the tablet, much like drawing in my sketchbook.  :)

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: Nothing at the mo....
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Once more into the Breach....

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 7, 2015, 7:13 PM
This test will be to see how well I can function with solely the tablet (the past several I've had my keyboard attached for hotkeys). 

So we are going to be going from a digital draft as far as I can stand it all! LOL!  :D  I'll be starting in roughly 1/2 hour (About 6:30pm PST) should any of you care to keep me company...


picarto.tv/live/channel.php?wa…

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: Nothing at the mo....
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Gemutations: Mercenaries and Angels 10th Ann.

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 2, 2015, 10:19 AM


This April - that is three months from now - Mercenaries and Angels will celebrate its 10th anniversary as my first published novel.

I've learned a lot about writing and storytelling since 2005, and it showed me that M&A wasn't the book it should have been.  I took the first edition off the market a little over a year ago, because I no longer liked how it was handled.

Almost immediately, I began to revise the storyline - trimming redundancies, filling in plot holes, and in general improving the description and the story.  

With the help of my good friend and Beta editor, we've polished the storyline into a more tightly written novel.

I believe that the new version of a familiar story is a much better handling of the material!

So to celebrate the 10th anniversary of that publishing.  April 2015 will mark the release of the 2nd Edition of my most popular novel to date!

If you purchased the first version, please consider giving this upgrade a go... I think you'll enjoy it as much or more than the original!

For those who have not yet read M&A, this will be your opportunity!

I will post more as the date draws closer!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Husband playing video games!
  • Reading: Nothing at the mo....
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Darksiders
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

New Toys and Their Internet Demands....

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 27, 2014, 7:00 AM
Sooo... lots of technology got handed out for Xmas this year...  and there's that one little thing I forgot about new tech toys....

They default to automatic updates.  Each and every time they get turned on they check for and download any and all updates available.  :(

For most this wouldn't be an issue.  However when you live in the boonies as I do, and you have to buy internet from a satellite server, you have a limited amount of download bandwidth in a given month.

So I wake up this morning to discover there is less than a GIG left (out of 20) and I still have 19 days to go before it will reset...  O_O

Frantically, I go through and set all devices to only download when authorized by the user, and have :icontopkicker26: turn the wifi off on her new gaming system...  But it is already too little too late.

So I will be strangely absent from streams, chats, skype and other high bandwidth using programs to TRY to keep the token usage down to a minimum (We get tokens for the months we don't use all our bandwidth and they get applied to situations like this where we are sure to go over our allotment)

So I apologize in advance, it's not because I don't want to... it's because I need to or else there will be some very pissed off individuals when the internet goes into restricted mode.  Trust me it's not pretty...

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: ROAR ~ Katy Perry
  • Reading: The Jargoon Pard
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Darksiders
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

I got what I wanted... sorta?

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 25, 2014, 12:19 PM
LOL!  Most of my DA followers know I had a huge want for one single gift for this year's Christmas...  A Wacom Cintiq Companion.

Well I got it... sorta...

This morning as we are opening gifts, Scott (my hubby) tells my daughter "That gift is last."  Speaking of this small, long box nestled amongst the boughs of the tree. 

Seeing it, I begin wondering if he had wrapped the box for the stylus/nibs (because I was sure I didn't see a box under the tree the size the Cintiq could be), as a "Haha you've got to do a treasure hunt to find your gift."

So we get through all the lovely gifts of clothes, new boots, useful utensils, etc, and then I get this box. 

Unwrapping it,  I find it is a jewelry box.  O_o maybe it's NOT what I thought it was after all...??  Now I'm thinking he bought me some nice necklace or bracelet or something.

So I open the box and there is a tightly folded piece of paper inside.  Now I'm back to thinking I'm on a treasure hunt.... and say so...

Unfolding the paper I find a printed letter, which says:

"Christmas shopping for you was not easy for me this year.  You only gave me one hint, and it was a BIG hint.  I didn't know exactly what you wanted or where to get it, or anything else regarding your new toy.  So all I'm giving you is this picture and my permission to just purchase it on your own.

Merry Christmas!!!!

Love, Scott"

The picture was of said Cintiq...  SQUEEEE!!

I can understand his confusion and trepidation, I would not have been too happy if he had gotten this one incorrect (IE he'd bought the hybrid say instead of the companion.  Not so much if he had gotten the 512 instead of the 256GB... HEE though the latter is all I feel I really need.)

So, with said permission, and while waiting for breakfast, I ordered my 256GB Cintiq Companion.  :)  If all goes well I hope to see said gift by the end of next week (IF NOT SOONER). 

THANK YOU BABY!!! I LOVE YOU!

Oh, just so you don't think I shorted him on HIS gift.  He got a brand new DELL Insperion Desktop with 1 TB of hard drive and 18GB of RAM (his old desktop is a 2006 HP.... it is old and it has been giving him fits lately.  He really needed a new one! :D).  I spent my morning following breakfast not only getting his files backed up, but his new computer booted and suited and programmed with things I know he'll use.  Then I simplified the start screen so all of those things were easily accessed on Windows 8! :D

This also gave me practice for when my tablet comes in because it will be a Windows 8 as well...

Hope everyone had a Merry Morning and is enjoying their time off with family and friends and loved ones! 

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: ROAR ~ Katy Perry
  • Reading: The Jargoon Pard
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Darksiders
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Two Week Commish Window....

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 19, 2014, 9:10 AM
Good morning all.  As I sit here recovering from surgery, I find I have a lot of moments where I am bored!  LOL!  While I have my own work to do, I was thinking about opening some commissions as a way to fill up some of the void.

Do you have a sketch you'd like lines on?  Do you have lines you'd like colored?  *

Inking your sketch: $5 (400pts)
Coloring your lines (basic flats): $5 (400pts)

*Payment is expected when the commission is accepted.

If you have an idea you want to see "fleshed out" (All of the below are without backgrounds or simple single color bgs): **
SINGLE CHARACTER:

Sketches: $5 (400pts)
Sketches and Inks (IE Clean lines): $10 (800pts)
Sketches, Inks, and Flats: $15 (1000 pts)
All of the above + shading/textures: $20 (1200pts)

Simple background (IE not a color simple general BG work) add $5 to any of the above
Detailed background add $15 to any of the above
Additional characters add $10

**Half payment is expected upon approval of any draft work.  Remainder will be expected upon approval of the low res of the final image.


I will leave this open for two weeks and then close the offer: that will give me a week to finish up any commission still outstanding.

What I will do:
~Nudity and "sensual" images
~Anthro, people and animals
~Action scenes
~Blood and violence okay.

What I Won't  Do:
~Hentai, Porn, Bondage
~Slasher images (OVERT gore)
~Images of Copyrighted material. (I don't want to open that Pandora's box)

Interested please note me:  Por Favor include either reference images or a DETAILED description of what you want done.

I accept paypal and DA points!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: ROAR ~ Katy Perry
  • Reading: The Jargoon Pard
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Darksiders
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Home Again

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 11, 2014, 6:08 AM
Just to let all my DA friends know, Surgery went off very well and I was able to come home yesterday afternoon.  Will say I'm still tired, quite sore and tender around the surgery site.  However I made it through and now on the road to recovery.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers while I was out! 

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: ROAR ~ Katy Perry
  • Reading: The Jargoon Pard
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Darksiders
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Livestream Today!

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 7, 2014, 9:10 AM
Want to shoot for about 1pm Pacific.  I will b working on a Plague page, and may start the inking a TOHS page.

So if you would like to join me you can see it here:  picarto.tv/live/channel.php?wa…

Hope you'll join me! :D

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: ROAR ~ Katy Perry
  • Reading: The Jargoon Pard
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Darksiders
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Two Halves of One WHole

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 28, 2014, 4:13 PM
Refreshing this in my readers' heads! Any and all help would be appreciated!  :D

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This is going to seem a bit out of the blue...

I am coming up on a surgery... many of you already know this.  I worry on one level that I will not be able to maintain a buffer while I recover from the procedure. 

Full on comics tend to take a lot of my time, however... a thought occurred to me.  I used to come up with funny little strips called "Two Halves of One Whole" kind of a poke in my own eye about how many of my characters suffer from some sort of multiple personality disorder.

I was thinking about creating some more for those weeks where I may not be able to live up to my update schedule for one comic or the other.  They are only three cells, very simple line work/shading... and would be fairly quick to turn out.

That's where you all come in.  While I want to do this, my bank of ideas has rather run out.  So I am hoping that those of you familiar with my comic/books/characters, can help me come up with some material.

So if you're interested, please take a look at the existing strips, get a feel of the kind of thing I'm looking for.  I want them to be somewhat funny, tongue in cheek, but rather clean in nature. (the "Mass Appeal" strip is about as close as I want to objectionable material)

If I use your suggestion, you will be given full credit for the idea, feature the strip on the comic (Whether as a filler or as an extra either way).

Thanks for reading and I hope you all can help jump start the ole brain matter!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: ROAR ~ Katy Perry
  • Reading: The Jargoon Pard
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Darksiders
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

It's been a really really messed up week...

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 16, 2014, 12:57 PM
You'll notice I didn't advert any livestreams this week...

Yeah well with all the things happening this week I've not been in the mood for an audience.  I won't go into the multiple crap storms I've dealt with, those who know me and follow on FB you've seen... if you know my daughter you know...

I just don't feel like belaboring how bad this past week has been.  Soo... I am hoping this coming week will be better.  One week left of school before the Thanksgiving break.  I am going to need that week, I really am.

Not because of my kids...  rather because of real life in general.

  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: The Last City
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Wihle I kill myself on grading...

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 8, 2014, 1:06 PM
Here have a livestream by :icontopkicker26:  She's streaming on Picarto!  Check it out!  She does some really smashing color work!

www.picarto.tv/live/channel.ph…

  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: The Last City
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Here's something I haven't done in a while...

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 18, 2014, 1:57 PM
Impromptu livestream. 

Wasn't supposed to be home this weekend at all, so I'm taking advantage and doing a bit of livestreaming... wanna join?  Seriously as soon as I post this I'm  setting up! LOL!

www.livestream.com/darwincomic…

  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: The Last City
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

HIatus Continues and Print books arive!

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 13, 2014, 6:40 PM
Hi all... I hope no one thinks I'm dead.  I'm still trolling through all of my deviation stacks, I've just not had much energy for doing more than that.  I need a few weekends at the house for things to seem normal again.  Heh....  That won't happen until hunting season ends (either with me culling a deer or the season coming to a close)... so this may not let up until early November.  O_o

Which means art production is currently at a very scary standstill.  Which is why not much is posted here at the mo... :(

I keep telling myself to take an hour or two, just do what I can... then I pull it up and nothing...it seems like too much work.  WTF?   yeah there's something wrong with my head... sigh... it's the time of year more than anything I think.

So bear with me and have a bit of patience.  I keep poking at it...

In Better News

I have received my shipment of print books to restock what I've previously sold off.  If you have been interested in purchasing one or more signed copies of my titles now is the time to act!

I now have copies of:

Dead Zone Vol 1 ($10)
TOHS: Before the fall and Redemption ($12 each)
Gemutations: Plague ($12)
The Brothers Martin: Forgotten Ties ($14)

Bundles of books get discounts!  Prices do not include shipping.

If you are interested in getting some copies, please PM me so we can make arrangements!

I take Paypal.

Hope you all will take a look and let me know what you'd like to see!

You can read previews of them here:

www.amazon.com/Denise-Randall/…

  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: The Last City
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Dead Zone is now Live!!

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 30, 2014, 9:30 PM
Dead Zone is now available in print through:  (In three days it will be available  through amazon)
www.createspace.com/4924863

Kindle Versions can be found at: www.amazon.com/Denise-Randall/…

Get your copy today!

Now I am getting my print copies by the second week in October in case you're wanting a signed copy.  :D

  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: The Last City
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

TOHS books on SALE

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 27, 2014, 6:09 PM
That's right!  Now through October 1st the kindle version of TOHS: Before the Fall is on sale for a mere $0.99!  And beginning the 29th and running through October 6th, TOHS: Redemption is also on sale for $0.99!

Grab your kindle versions of the two books preceding "Tales from the Dead Zone" for deep discounts!

Dead Zone will be available for Print and Kindle purchases beginning Wednesday, October 1st!!

All of these deals as well as my other available novels can be found at My Amazon Page!  Get your downloads today!

  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: The Last City
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

I got TAGGED.

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 7, 2014, 9:44 AM
:iconelsakroese: got me.  LOL! So here goes....

Rules of BEING TAGGED:

1. You must post these rules.
2. Each person has to share ten things about them.
3. Answer the ten questions asked to you and invent ten questions the people you tag have to answer.
4. Choose ten people and put their icons on your journal.
5. Go to their page and inform them they are tagged.
6. Not something like "you're tagged if you read that".
7. You have to legitimately tag ten people.
8. No tag backs.
9. You can't say that you don't do tags.
10. You MUST MAKE A JOURNAL ENTRY.

(Rules, why so serious? o.0)

Ten Things About Me:
1. I spent 21 years serving in the US Navy as an aircraft Mechanic.
2. I am a California transplant... but I consider myself a native when that happened when I was two.  And yes, I love living in this state.
3. I spent my summers growing up on the ocean fishing nearly every weekend.  I still love fishing to this day - and saltwater over freshwater.
4. Similarly, I love to hunt, mostly big game, and yes for the meat.  I'm not into trophy hunts.  Which is why you'll never see me hunt a big cat or a coyote or a wolf.  I see no purpose in those.
5. Most already know this, but I am a writer in addition to an artist.  In fact, IMHO I am far better at creating stories than illustrating them.  I am currently working on my 5th book release and am simultaneously revising M&A for a 10th anniversary 2nd edition.
6.  I am still a huge comic book fan, and that I've recently discovered a local comic book shop could be the death of me.  Death Vigil... you are on my list...
7.  I created a monster.... yes... I grew up watching G1 Transformers and exposed my daughter :icontopkicker26: to the fandom and... well... lets just say she's a bigger geek about it than I EVER was! LOL!
8. I've always been fascinated with monster movies... I grew up watching the classics.  Vampires especially have been a favorite.  And NO I do NOT consider Twilight vampire movies!
9. I am a self-taught artist in most respects.  I've only had one semester of formal schooling.  Additionally I taught myself to type when I got my first computer back in 1991.... Call me stubborn if you must.  LOL!
10.  I've been married to my husband for the past 21.5 years... a heck of an accomplishment these days.

My questions to be answered:
1. Which of these crafts would you pick if you could learn one for a whole year: stone carving, blacksmithing, glass blowing, wood carving.  
Wood Carving.  I tried my hand at it when I was younger and rather liked it.  I would like to get more skilled at it.
2. If you had to give up one of your 5 basic senses, which one would you sacrifice?  
Oh.... kay... uh...  I think I would give up taste, the ability to smell would allow me to fill in the gaps on food.  I rely way too much on the rest to give them up.
3. In return for that sacrifice, you get to pick a superpower!
Flight... yes please. (like my own set of wings)
4. What's the last book you've read?
The Last City
5. You can have either a dragon or a spaceship. Which do you pick?
DRAGON definitely!
6. What (video/board/card)game consumed the most hours of your life?  Bioshock Infinite and Borderlands 2 are about even right now.
7. You're going on a road trip. Which superhero/villain would you invite along? 
Archangel (See which superpower I wanted.  :P)
8. Do you have any piercings/tattoos?
Yes a colored tribal of a dragon on my left thigh.
9. You've build an experimental robot. The robot turns out to be hyper intelligent. Do you shut it down or do you set it free?
Set it free... and hope it has a good moral program. 
10. Lego or Playmobil.
OOOooo tough one.   I loved them both growing up.  I would have to go with Playmobil though....

Who to tag ...who to tag:
:icontopkicker26:, :iconartbleed:, :iconspiketail94:, :iconearthmanprime:, :iconswiftstone:, :iconvoid-knockout:, :iconjunisra:, :iconshaharw:, :iconangel-chickxx:, :iconhchan:

My Questions to you all:
1. What do you love most about doing art?
2. If you were to have a choice of vacation spots where would you go:  Australia, The Caribbean, or Europe?
3. Bike, Car, or Bus?
4. Gargoyles,  Transformers, or Ninja Turtles?
5.  How did you first start watching me? (I truly am curious!)
6. Playdough or Silly Putty?
7. What kind of books do you like to read? (Specific genre would be good)
8. What decade of music do you most associate with?
9. Your favorite animal (real or imaginary)?
10.  Would you go back to your high school days if you could do it over again?

ENJOY!  Thanks :iconelsakroese: (I think! :P)

  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: The Last City
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

New Kid in Town has another chapter!

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 7, 2014, 9:12 AM
That's right fresh off the presses this morning!  Sagira is taken to task for her effort to save Garrett from the nanites rewriting his system.  Which leaves her to question whether she saved him or not:

www.fictionpress.com/s/2955731…

  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: The Last City
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....

Izza Calling it now!

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 6, 2014, 7:14 AM
Today at 2pm, I want to do a livestream.  It's been MUCH too long and I could really use some company.  :D  SOOOO... if you'd like to join me to get the cover of the next plague chapter knocked out, I would love to have you!

2pm pacific!  www.livestream.com/darwincomic…

Hope to see you there!

  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: silence - isn't it golden
  • Reading: The Last City
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: nada!
  • Drinking: Tea....