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Summer Commisions

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 17, 2016, 6:58 AM
Well...  I was surprised when interest was shown in possible commissions.  So... While I hadn't considered it before now, I am going to go ahead and post commission information just in case there are others who are also interested.

So copied from the note I sent the said interested party:

My current rate is $10 an hour. To give you an idea of what that would translate to cost wise:

Sketches take between 20-40 minutes depending up on detail.

Clean inks about 1-1.5 hours

Color foregrounds about 2-3 hours (simple backgrounds like a solid color)

Detailed backgrounds 4-8 hours depending upon requested details.

Estimates are given up front (IE you tell me what you want done and I give you an estimate on how much I will charge for the work).

First half of payment is expected upon acceptance of the job and the estimated cost (Before any work begins)

Changes can be made up to final acceptance of the rough draft without additional charges, after which additional charges will be incurred for further changes.

Final payment is expected when approval of lo-res final is accepted after which I will remit the hi-res image to an email/location of your choice.

If you are interested please let me know, I normally work with Paypal, but would consider point commissions of equitable value.

Only three slots to start:
1. :iconchandies: - Blue - draft complete
2.
3.

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Starting Over Updates!

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 4, 2016, 8:56 PM
Update 6-16-16- The story has been updated with more Steve goodness. Starts with chapter 20
www.fictionpress.com/s/3283307…

UPDATE!  Three More chapters are posted!  Starting with chapter 17!!

www.fictionpress.com/s/3283307…
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That's right... after a long dry spell, I finally uploaded three more chapters of Steve's story!  Chapters 14, 15, and 16 are UP!

Check it out, leave me some reviews!  I'll love ya forever!  :)

www.fictionpress.com/s/3283307…

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Douchetastic is back and spreading the hate....

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 4, 2016, 10:00 AM
Oh dear god....

I'm sure you remember me talking about a hater that was dropping garbage all over DA into unrelated groups that haven't restricted how their group accepts deviations?

YEAH asshat is back under a new name with the same garbage to spew....

Protect your groups!  Change the way your group accepts deviations!  No autoaccepts or your safe for everyone group will seem to be supporting this douche's art and hateful messages!!

Please pass along to anyone you know who has a group!!

I'm not naming the asshat, because I don't feel he/she needs more attention than they are already seeking.

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Kiriban at 50K!!

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 1, 2016, 8:26 PM
JESS!!  Close to a REALLY high goal!  50,000 page views is something I say!  And I haven't done something like this in what seems forever!! 

So screen capture your 50K pageview (or the closest to the mark) and note me with it!

The winner will receive a free full color single subject/simple background commission!!

Stay sharp my friends! :)

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Tales from the Dead Zone Vol 2 PREORDERS LIVE

Journal Entry: Mon May 30, 2016, 9:23 PM
Tales Vol 2 are now available for Kindle preorder! 

That's right for a mere $1.50 you can preorder 176 pages (approx) of Only Half Goodness!

Downloads will be delivered automatically on June 10th to all purchasers!

Print orders will be available at that time as well!  Additionally if you're willing to wait and order the print version through Amazon, you will be able to get the Kindle version for free through Matchbook!

Don't have a Kindle?  Kindle apps are free for any device!  :)

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Starting Over

Journal Entry: Sat May 7, 2016, 9:13 PM
Starting Over  has updated!  Chapters 11-13 are now posted over on Fictionpress!  Steve's getting in deep now!  :)

The Brothers Martin: Starting Over

Please take a moment to swing by and give it a read!!  Reviews are greatly appreciated!

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The Brothers Martin: Starting Over

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 23, 2016, 8:33 PM
I have decided, in an effort to get feedback and critique, that I am going to be posting Starting Over for a limited time over on FictionPress.

I am hoping to post all of the chapters for it within the next month, and it will remain up only until July 31st - at which time it will be taken down from the site for final polishing!

Please take a moment to read a chapter or two?  Thankies!

Tigershark

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Darwin Comics Turns 10!!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 10, 2016, 4:27 PM
That's right!  April 7th, 2006 Gemutations: Plague made its debut on Drunk Duck!

Two months later, The Only Half Saga joined the ranks!

Ten years, two hosting changes and over 900 comic pages later, the two titles have come to be collectively known as Darwin Comics.

To celebrate I am running a "Name that Frame" contest on BOTH titles! (That's two chances to win!).  Each Friday from now until May 13th, stop by either Plague or The Only Half Saga and you'll find a series of images from scattered pages throughout the archive! 

The goal is simple!  Gather a list of what chapter and page each image is found on and email it to me at tgrshrk06@hughes.net OR PM me here!  Keep your answers private!  Any "blurts" will disqualify the image for everyone.

The winner of the challenge will get a single subject, simple background, full color commission worth approximately $50!

Good Luck and thank you for supporting Darwin Comics the past 10 years!!

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Darwin Comics' Patreon

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 6, 2016, 9:11 AM
I would like to remind my supporters that I have a Patreon page for Darwin Comics.

All Patrons get recognition on my supporters page on Darwin Comics. 
  • $1 a month allows you to see sneak peeks of comic drafts. 
  • $2 gets finished pages early as well as concept work for related projects.  (+$1 and below)
  • $5 gets periodic sketch requests  (+$2 and below)
  • $10 gets free novel downloads of a choice between Plague or TOHS novels. (+ $5 and below)
  • $25 gets both novel sets on download, plus half of each month's money goes to a yearly commission!

All donations will go towards helping me maintain site costs, as well as help justify the time I spend creating comic pages.

Thank you for those who have already supported my efforts.  Please consider becoming my Patron.

Thanks!



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Don't Feed the Trolls

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 14, 2016, 10:06 AM
EDIT:  If you own a group, I would suggest shutting down the ability of new members to automatically add a deviation to your group's folders!  I noticed this Troll is a member of the groups in question, and is able to upload crap to their folders unchecked (DA Admins have yet to take care of him!).  I know this creates more work for your moderators, but rather that than the impression you SUPPORT this person's hateful diarrhea... 

Okay off again! 

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Okay, I've got to say something, because I can't say it to the asshole involved for fear of breaking that saying above.

There is currently a troll on Deviant Art who is dropping some really hateful art/entries into pretty much every group he/she can lay hands on... REALLY hateful.  It showed up in one of the groups I follow.

Here's the deal people... the dude is LOOKING for people to react negatively to his/her diarrhea, they want you to comment, to visit, to give attention to their stupidity.

DON'T FEED THE TROLL!

Yes they are offensive and hateful and it was hard for ME not to react and say something in anger.  Yet, I BEG you, PLEASE, if you see it, quietly report it to admins and then move on.  Don't give the ass anymore of your time of day than that!!   Don't say anything... trust me you don't want the response you will get... I've seen how this person answers "haters" as he/she puts it.  It's ugly.

I wish it wasn't the weekend so they could have banned this MF'er already.

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Tales from the Dead Zone Vol 2 Chapter Art

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 14, 2015, 5:39 PM
HOOO kay!  I realized as I was trying to tell my SF buddies about my requirements that "900x300px) seems to translate to 2"x0.66"  O_O  Nope nope NOPE!  So this journal has a few edits including an extension on the deadline and the new dimensions I would like to see for the images!

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When the previous Tales from the Dead Zone was being prepared for publishing, I asked my readers and followers to help me out by making art to head up the stories.

I would like to bring that back for the next TftDZ (vol 2)!

As last time,  all entries will be credited (including links of your choice and a listing in the illustration credits).   

PROMOTION: TOHS: Tales from the Dead Zone

RUNNING: December 18-May 01

SYNOPSIS OF PROMOTION: Would you like to see your art in a published novel?? Would you jump at the chance to read a story from the collection before the public can get their hands on it? Now is your opportunity! Tales from the Dead Zone (Vol 2) is slated to be published in October, 2016.

I am looking to include small black and white images at the beginning of each short story in the collection and I'm hoping my fellow artists will be willing to help me out!

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RULES!

~The promotion will run from Dec 18-May 01

~Each interested artist will be emailed one of the eight short stories at random to read, with the expectation that the artist will provide a piece of art to exemplify that particular story in the novel. I will accept up to two artists per story (16 total entries). One entry per artist please. Please let me know as soon as possible so I can get the story to you ASAP. Include a good email address (Here if you're not shy or via PM if you don't want the world to know it)

~The image needs to be 300dpi or higher in resolution and needs to be reducible to a dimension of 4"x2". It should also represent the content of the story without being too spoilerish.

~Save the image as a .png with a clear (or white) background or a .jpg with a white background and email them to me @ tgrshrk06@hughes.net Include the following information:
-Your name or alias or profile name
-Any links you would like included in the credits (please limit this to one or perhaps two: such as a novel website or a DA profile)

**If multiple artists submit an image for the same short story, it is up to the discretion of the author which of the two images will be placed with the story.

**Images not chosen to accompany a story will be distributed throughout the extras section of the novel.

***All entries will be given credit for their work and get linked to a site of their choice for cross promotion. All illustrations will be listed at the beginning of the book (list of illustrations) and what page their work can be found on.


INTERESTED ARTISTS:
1. :iconebilrubberducki: - The Rescue
2. :iconhchan: (??) - A Chance Encounter
3. :iconkezhound: (SF) - Flesh of My Flesh
4. Thiefy (SF) - Not Ready to Die
5.
6.
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Drama... too much Drama

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 21, 2015, 8:00 AM
Oh my...
Potentially offensive art... check
Artist overreaction... check
White knighting... check
Rationalizing and demonizing... check
Hurt feelings... check
Childish reactions... check
Retaliation... check
Polarizing views... check

Yup Drama...

I guess every fandom has it.    Currently it's in the TF fandom and I'll be staying the FUCK out of it! 

I think both sides of the drama are getting a bit out of control TBH. 

Stay out of the poison, keep away from the crater, it's toxic.  It's a black hole that will suck you in and never let you go.

There's a bully in your fandom?  Stay away from them... don't answer them, don't stalk their journals, don't add to the cycle.

That is all...

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Imposters....

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 10, 2015, 11:10 AM
As of yesterday afternoon access to the faux Dream Scar on Tapastic has been cut pending the investigation into the thievery!  The same for the Webtoons site!  Hchan plans on putting a mirror on Tapastic (maybe) and if that happens I'll pass the word!

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Please pass this along to your readerships.

There is someone on the internet who is pretending to be :iconhchan: the creator of Dream*Scar

So far she/he has posted early pages of the comic in both Webtoons and in Tapastic!  Neither of these are sanctioned by Heather, nor will going to them support her in any way.  The trend seems to be the person is posting in places where there is potential profit to be had.... don't help this person out.

AGAIN DO NOT PATRONIZE EITHER WEBTOONS OR TAPASTIC FOR DREAM SCAR! 

If you wish to help support :iconhchan: monetarily please support her through her Patreon

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A Reflection

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 18, 2015, 8:29 AM
This journal is going to be a reflection on the recent notice DA sent out about art theft, intellectual properties, etc.
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I'm not going to harp the details of it, most of it was information I already knew.

But I found a lot of anger and resentment in the comments regarding the "apparent lack of caring" by the DA staff regarding reporting infringement.  I rather disagree with that assessment.

People seem to think that DA has a massive staff of people dedicated to assessing reports and punishing violators.  While I think their staff is large, I don't think they all are sitting at their computers all day looking over the MILLIONS of reports that come their way regarding misuse, misappropriations, and infringement that has to come through their servers daily.  (This is not even mentioning the trouble calls they have to look into!)

I don't think most people understand the ratio of users to staff here.  I'm sure they're inundated with reports all the time.  I'm sure reports get lost, buried, over looked.  They're human, just like we are. 

I'm sure that sometimes reports get looked into and there isn't enough evidence to support the claim of the report.  They don't get back to users - they don't have to - they don't have time to. 

Sometimes I feel it's just users lacking patience to allow the process to be completed.
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While this was going on various users dropped links in the discussion about ("infringers" ) who the users wanted taken care of.  I actually looked at a few of these links.  One in particular struck me.

Two profiles had the exact same images, one (I was  pretty sure the person was the original artist) had posted images back in late 2014.  The other claimed that the first stole them off a site that person had posted on five years prior and that was why the art was the same.

The person was ADAMANT in their denial, even when the art had signatures from the artist still attached.  How can infringers even TRY for that kind of argument when the proof is against them?  Yet almost every time, these trolls act as if either A) they've done nothing wrong or B) insist it's their art and the other people are lying?  Just by the responses I've seen the thieves are young , immature, and unable to communicate effectively (or in an intelligent manner) their position.  They often degrade into huge flame wars between the two users and each groups support.

What was weird (And this is digressing seriously) was that several of the images were posted at the same date and the same time.  So it struck me as odd... was it a elaborate hoax to stir drama in readers?  Were they in fact the same person posting two different places (Another DA violation BTW) and then creating a mock fight to get attention?

Are people really so starved of attention they would need to do something like this to get it?

Hmmmm... thoughts to ponder....

LATERS

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Am I Really That Out of Touch?

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 13, 2015, 8:25 AM
I've known for a long time that I come from a completely different generation.

I grew up before there was satellite anything, SiriusXM, internet, and even before the introduction of not only cell phones, but wireless head set phones and even PUSH BUTTON phones.  That's right I remember using rotary phones, and not because it was kitsch ...  I remember only three channels on TV believe it or not. (Oh yeah, I lived through cars having no seatbelts followed by no enforced seat belt laws...)

But I don't normally feel out of touch with the world.  I normally feel I've done well keeping up and adapting to the ever more rapid social and technological changes around me.

Yet, I was just reminded how anacronistic I can be.

I recently used "fat chance" in one of my comic pages.  Essentially it means "very little chance."   It's an idiom and an irony.  Used sarcastically it means the same as "In your dreams" or "I don't bleeping think so...".

A reader took it to mean the phrase was calling another character fat...  O_o  ooops... there's that generation gap rearing it's ugly head again... 

Go away man I want to be the hip grandma dang it!

I find this with my kids too... "Six of one, half a dozen the other", "Hold your horses", "Want in one hand, (poo poo) in the other, see which fills up faster..." these things fly right over their heads.  When did we lose touch with such colorful idioms to brighten our language?  LOL

*crawls back in hole*

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Tutorials Anyone?

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 12, 2015, 7:46 AM
New Hair Texturing Tutorial!

Hair Tutorial 2015 by Tigershark06
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Looking through my tutorials, I decided (while you guys are still thinking on it) that I am going to upgrade my hair tutorial.  While the process is still mostly the same, it has evolved from the previous one! LOL!

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I have been rather Jonesin' to create another tutorial.  The only problem is, I can't really think of a good subject for said tutorial.

So for my watchers...

Is there any comic or art making process you would be interested in seeing me create a tutorial for?  I work with CS4, so please let me know!  I'd be happy to whip up one or a couple this summer!

Being that my streams don't currently get recorded/saved, a step by step might be helpful for people.

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SQUEAL!!

Journal Entry: Sun May 3, 2015, 8:00 AM
I have to share this comment I received on Mercenaries and Angels!

SPOILER ALERT for those who've not read M&A (Fair warning)

"I've finished the book now, and I thought it was a really good read. I particularly liked the ending - the way you played with expectations and had Max accept what had happened to David, while Angelina found she couldn't handle it. It was surprising, while at the same time it made sense - and it came across as a lot more realistic than a happy 'walking off into the sunset' ending.

I also liked that you let on that Tigershark was David fairly early into the story, instead of having some big revelation at the end. It was more original this way and it gave more time to explore what felt to me to be the real heart of the story - how the two of them reacted to what had happened, and what it meant to them and the people around them. While still having all the exciting running about stuff, of course."

EEE!!! I'm so excited a new reader found this story so engaging!  *Dances*


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Ooo ooo ooooo!!!

Journal Entry: Fri May 1, 2015, 5:14 PM
With the proposed completion of the original TOHS trilogy coming up this Fall... I have been seriously considering making  a "Box Set" for the series...

Though I'm not having a whole lot of luck trying to track down methods to do this with my print versions, I realized through my reading that there is the sincere possibility of offering a DIGITAL box set!  Oh yes... THIS is definitely happening!  No fricking lie....

I don't know that it will be released at the same time as the single novel or whether I am going to give it a couple months into the following year to make it a special event.

If I do there will be extras.... lots and lots of extras!  (Now I just need to figure out WHAT!  LOL)  I will include images not seen in the books before like A Glass Of Wine: Cabal or I may actually create all new art falling into the trilogy...  Or even redux older pieces that were okay but could use a bit of upgrading! LMAO!

Is there anything else you my readers can think of that you would like to see in a special version of the three TOHS books?

I am SO excited but this is still so far away!

I should be talking up "Brothers Martin: In the Beginning" coming out this summer.

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Small Rant

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 26, 2015, 8:55 AM
Run if you're not interested in hearing me vent about a small irritation.

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Still here?  You brave soul...

So, I know one of the reasons people get on a public forum such as DA is to garner attention and build an audience, we all have that intrinsic need to get our work some attention.  Even I'm guilty of that.

However, I get irritated when someone faves a work of mine, not because they really like my work, that they think it has something special that speaks to them... but because they're looking solely for more numbers to visit their profile.

When a response to a "thank you for faving" is "Look at my Gallery" I realize their fave was not in sincere interest of my work.  They're just trolling for numbers.

I'm sorry people, I visit your profile when I get the fave, how do you think I go about saying  "Thank you" for taking the time? 

That does NOT mean I am going to comment on every gallery I visit - I don't have the kind of time for that.  Don't come back at me and beg for some kind of comment on your work.  I don't expect it of people I fave and you shouldn't expect it from people whom you fave.

If you do, I merely delete your comment and move on with my day.

Have a good morning/day peeps

/rant

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