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Welcome to one of my little corners of the internet. Thanks so much for stopping by! =D

Artistically, I prefer using traditional wet media in my works. For me, the mess is part of the fun and can be art in and of itself; I don't mind getting my hands a little messy in the creative process (seriously, after my paintings, you should SEE some of the fantastic colors my hands turn!) I also cosplay.

I welcome and appreciate constructive criticism. It's always helpful to hear ways that I could practice to improve. I will not, however, condone trolling of someone's artistic sense with the express motive of being hurtful.

I'm also quite talkative if you get me going, so if you choose to watch me or comment, expect lengthy replies and journals.

I respond to all fav-thanks because I appreciate your having taken the trouble to make a wonderful work of art and then visit my lowly page. :worship:

If you so desire, you can also follow me on Facebook or just search "Chinaricat"; I shouldn't be hard to find.

If Tumblr's more your speed, I also have a personal blog there and a roleplay blog for Durarara's Sharaku Mikage you're more than welcome to check out.
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And now a break from the normal grind to write what is normal on here!  Or something.  Anyway, I say I'm taking a break, but meanwhile, this is being written between making dinner and making plans. 

The weather's been bad for business, but rain only closes us at the end of the day. Nevertheless, understaffing has kept hours high and time minimum.  I've chosen to spend time not at work doing other projects, the major one right now being my most involved cosplay to date. 

I've fallen hard and fast into Vento Aureo; of all the Jojo parts I've read thus far, the story really hooked me.  Giorno is lacking as a Jojo, but par for the course for odd numbered Jojos, the supporting cast is more than enough to make up for his dry personality.  Much like with Izaya, the Taurus knife child drew my attention immediately without even having to read the story.  Reading Vento Aureo merely enforced what I was already convinced would probably happen.  As such, this seemingly disjointed string of sentences I've decided to make into a paragraph find themselves linked insofar as that, almost as quickly as I found myself won over by Narancia as a character, I engaged in creating a cosplay of him.  As of yesterday, I am almost complete with the costume portion, with only the front straps to thin and tighten. 

Step 2 is making Aerosmith (or... Lil Bomber, if you'd rather the localization...), but unlike with the Dominator for Kagari Shuusei, I would like for my Aerosmith to act as something of a case.  Unlike most of my other cosplay, Narancia Ghirga is severely lacking in pockets.  For those unfamiliar with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, the psychic ability that fights alongside you based on your personality and will, known more simply as a Stand, is supposed to be invisible to non-Stand users.  Most Stands are humanoid, but this is not always the case.  Narancia's is, quite literallly, a plane.  Half of the Aerosmith case I intend to make will house an eyepiece that is also part of the Stand, but the other half will act as storage, ideally.  The size of Aerosmith in relation to Narancia is actually somewhat large, but ultimately small for a Stand. 

The actual construction of the costume part of Narancia began with the shoes.  I found the perfect set of slippers in my wanderings and painted them accordingly.  The "pineapples", as some friends and I have lovingly dubbed them, were the next hurdle, but I made them out of the bottoms of water bottles and some gold paint.  Thrifting brought about the bases for the shirt and skirt as well as the pants that were a little too big.  I mended the pants to make them fit my skinny self, and then I painted the squares on the skirt, which took almost 6 hours.  After everything was dry, I dyed the skirt and painted the squares in yellow.  Finding buttons proved difficult, but buckles were easy.  The buttons I ended up finding were, funnily enough to me, made in Italy.  Sewing the long-sleeved shirt into a strappy buckly mess took several days, but turning a short-sleeved shirt into wristbands and a headband took a matter of minutes.  The neck strap on the shirt was the second hardest behind the straps that attach to it. 

My sister and I agree that Araki's questionable sense in dressing his characters culminated in inducing confusion for how the Part 5 cast are dressed moreso than any previous part.  I am of the opinion that Pannacotta Fugo is the worst offender with all those holes.

Apart from all of that, my car needs repairing and preparations need to be made for actually utilizing my degree.  Social obligations are likewise taking a fair amount of my time, but as I hope to make gains in being a better all around friend, I don't mind spending the time with people who are willing to give theirs.  I've been doing a lot of thinking on the subject of friendship over the past few months for various personal reasons I would rather not get into here.  Regardless, friendship is not about utility, but positivity, as I've come to realize.  If one hinges one's relationship with others on usefulness, then increasing demands will diminish one's perception of one's own usefulness.  Meanwhile, a supportive friendship is, in and of itself, a useful one, but does not require usefulness to function.  A subconscious effort to improve a person's mental and emotional well-being naturally comes about in the presence of a friend whose company that person genuinely enjoys.  Usefulness equates to subservience, conversely.  If one gives until there is nothing left to give, then one is not a member of a healthy relationship; likewise, the taker is something of an abuser in that they expect the giver to give.  A friendship without expectations is one where the people therein can truly appreciate each other's presence and therefore actually be of more use to one another without actively trying.  Some level of give and take is inevitable, but to be free of demands is to uncomplicate the already overly complex human life. 

Long story short, I'm tired of not being appreciated by the people I try to appreciate, so I've decided to spend energy on the people who don't actively demand energy of me.  I want to spend energy around people who I want to be around and those people who want to be around me.  I want to be through being used.  To be a good friend to the people around me who are good to me, I need to be more discerning of the energy I spend in places and on people.

My ankle keeps doing THE THING.  I was doubtful before my accident, but I can actually feel the weather sometimes.  It's been really stormy lately, and I'm usually good for about 10 minutes out or so.  This morning, I tried to fight the feeling by dismissing it as a farce since rain had happened yesterday.  This was not the case, and afternoon clouds rolled their way in. 

Next month will be much of the same, but I'll be sure to report in.  Lates!
  • Eating: Sliced steak and pierogies with onion
  • Drinking: Coffee

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And now a break from the normal grind to write what is normal on here!  Or something.  Anyway, I say I'm taking a break, but meanwhile, this is being written between making dinner and making plans. 

The weather's been bad for business, but rain only closes us at the end of the day. Nevertheless, understaffing has kept hours high and time minimum.  I've chosen to spend time not at work doing other projects, the major one right now being my most involved cosplay to date. 

I've fallen hard and fast into Vento Aureo; of all the Jojo parts I've read thus far, the story really hooked me.  Giorno is lacking as a Jojo, but par for the course for odd numbered Jojos, the supporting cast is more than enough to make up for his dry personality.  Much like with Izaya, the Taurus knife child drew my attention immediately without even having to read the story.  Reading Vento Aureo merely enforced what I was already convinced would probably happen.  As such, this seemingly disjointed string of sentences I've decided to make into a paragraph find themselves linked insofar as that, almost as quickly as I found myself won over by Narancia as a character, I engaged in creating a cosplay of him.  As of yesterday, I am almost complete with the costume portion, with only the front straps to thin and tighten. 

Step 2 is making Aerosmith (or... Lil Bomber, if you'd rather the localization...), but unlike with the Dominator for Kagari Shuusei, I would like for my Aerosmith to act as something of a case.  Unlike most of my other cosplay, Narancia Ghirga is severely lacking in pockets.  For those unfamiliar with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, the psychic ability that fights alongside you based on your personality and will, known more simply as a Stand, is supposed to be invisible to non-Stand users.  Most Stands are humanoid, but this is not always the case.  Narancia's is, quite literallly, a plane.  Half of the Aerosmith case I intend to make will house an eyepiece that is also part of the Stand, but the other half will act as storage, ideally.  The size of Aerosmith in relation to Narancia is actually somewhat large, but ultimately small for a Stand. 

The actual construction of the costume part of Narancia began with the shoes.  I found the perfect set of slippers in my wanderings and painted them accordingly.  The "pineapples", as some friends and I have lovingly dubbed them, were the next hurdle, but I made them out of the bottoms of water bottles and some gold paint.  Thrifting brought about the bases for the shirt and skirt as well as the pants that were a little too big.  I mended the pants to make them fit my skinny self, and then I painted the squares on the skirt, which took almost 6 hours.  After everything was dry, I dyed the skirt and painted the squares in yellow.  Finding buttons proved difficult, but buckles were easy.  The buttons I ended up finding were, funnily enough to me, made in Italy.  Sewing the long-sleeved shirt into a strappy buckly mess took several days, but turning a short-sleeved shirt into wristbands and a headband took a matter of minutes.  The neck strap on the shirt was the second hardest behind the straps that attach to it. 

My sister and I agree that Araki's questionable sense in dressing his characters culminated in inducing confusion for how the Part 5 cast are dressed moreso than any previous part.  I am of the opinion that Pannacotta Fugo is the worst offender with all those holes.

Apart from all of that, my car needs repairing and preparations need to be made for actually utilizing my degree.  Social obligations are likewise taking a fair amount of my time, but as I hope to make gains in being a better all around friend, I don't mind spending the time with people who are willing to give theirs.  I've been doing a lot of thinking on the subject of friendship over the past few months for various personal reasons I would rather not get into here.  Regardless, friendship is not about utility, but positivity, as I've come to realize.  If one hinges one's relationship with others on usefulness, then increasing demands will diminish one's perception of one's own usefulness.  Meanwhile, a supportive friendship is, in and of itself, a useful one, but does not require usefulness to function.  A subconscious effort to improve a person's mental and emotional well-being naturally comes about in the presence of a friend whose company that person genuinely enjoys.  Usefulness equates to subservience, conversely.  If one gives until there is nothing left to give, then one is not a member of a healthy relationship; likewise, the taker is something of an abuser in that they expect the giver to give.  A friendship without expectations is one where the people therein can truly appreciate each other's presence and therefore actually be of more use to one another without actively trying.  Some level of give and take is inevitable, but to be free of demands is to uncomplicate the already overly complex human life. 

Long story short, I'm tired of not being appreciated by the people I try to appreciate, so I've decided to spend energy on the people who don't actively demand energy of me.  I want to spend energy around people who I want to be around and those people who want to be around me.  I want to be through being used.  To be a good friend to the people around me who are good to me, I need to be more discerning of the energy I spend in places and on people.

My ankle keeps doing THE THING.  I was doubtful before my accident, but I can actually feel the weather sometimes.  It's been really stormy lately, and I'm usually good for about 10 minutes out or so.  This morning, I tried to fight the feeling by dismissing it as a farce since rain had happened yesterday.  This was not the case, and afternoon clouds rolled their way in. 

Next month will be much of the same, but I'll be sure to report in.  Lates!
  • Eating: Sliced steak and pierogies with onion
  • Drinking: Coffee
Pencil House Commission
I was asked to do a pencil drawing of a house as close as I could to the provided reference picture.

8 hours, HB pencil
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The middle and end of May got a little more hectic than I intended!  While life continuously happens around me, I find it harder and harder to spend lots of time on the internet, yet here I am. 

One thing that ate a little time, but provided art, was D&D.  I had this group back in February and March that inspired me to do some writing and worldbuilding for my characters, even though the DM and I were the only people that were that interested in the finer details.  So I have lots of little doodles of my dudes and some backstory narrative written, but the group has been dissolved as of this week.  Like I said, the other members just weren't that involved, and that led to the group's inevitable demise.  I have another group lined up with mostly newbies, and I'm really excited to see how they rp!  I helped some in the character creation process, creating my character alongside the others, but finishing far before anyone else ^^;  This campaign's character is going to be the grandfather of my previous character, and my previous DM dictated a scene that I had coincidentally sketched out a few days prior with the two characters in it.

For a little more context into the finer details of these characters, the grandfather is a High Moon Elf who left his privileged, silver spoon upbringing to get more in touch with the world.  He found a home in a Wood Elf village and made a name for himself as a fletcher in their artisan's guild.  He took in a visiting human, traveling to explore culture in an academic light, but the two fell in love, and she settled down with him.  They had a daughter, but the regrettably shorter lifespans of humans left the elf a widower and single parent.  His daughter became a fighter with a tough, militant outlook who eventually fell for another half-elf that evened her out.  The courting process took time, however, as the other half-elf fell for the high elf's daughter long before she would even recognize him as tolerable.  The couple had a son that became a renowned marksman and fletcher in his own right, but hated his humanity because of how the other elves treated him as an inferior being.  Inspired by his grandson's quest to prove himself worthy to his contemporaries, the high elf sought out to explore the world again, seeking adventure from wherever life would take him.

There's obviously much more to their stories than what I've just written, but as a brief synopsis, that blurb works.  For this most recent campaign, I wasn't sure at first if I wanted to play the grandfather or the daughter, but ended up with the grandfather for roleplaying reasons.  I wanted to flesh him out, put a face to a name, and further construct the dynamic between grandfather and grandson.  The two are undeniably close, but with little more than a name created, their connection felt shallow.  I'm really excited to play my high elf.

I've also rolled up a couple other characters for funsies.  KakashiDarkness (who is more apt to be found at Tumblr nowadays) thought up a bard that sings raps with a lute, so we created a Tiefling named Mathieu Mattaeus, the Rap God.  When I quipped about a Barbarian Gnome, another friend brought the idea further with him having a split personality and one arm.  We rolled up Smash and Squish last night. 

I've got a few drawings of the high elf and half-elf, but there's a specific drawing I want to finish and post when time allows, inspired by a sketch I ruined at work ^^;  Hopefully I'll have that done sometime in the next month.  No guarantees on that though. vuv;

Until next time!
  • Listening to: Stadium Arcadium - RHCP
  • Drinking: Coffee
I've been especially lucky in the last month, and I'm waiting on baited breath for that luck to run out.  Of course, I don't want my luck to run out and am extremely grateful for all that's happened, but the realist in me is fully aware of the inevitable.  These sorts of things come in cycles, and I'm in an upswing, but everything could easily come crashing down without any warning at any time. 

As I have neglected writing last month due to circumstances beyond my control at the time, I will make up for this absence this month with two journals.  My previous one was an attempt to bring myself a happiness that eluded me in the prior months, a happiness that only really could come about with my freedom.  I was giving all of myself with no returns to the point where I was feeling physically ill again.  This last month, I returned to being my own, fully, and from this freedom sprang projects and trips that would otherwise be impossible.

Freedom was not without pain, of course, but now that I have more time to focus on other things, the only thing I need is the motivation, which is not always readily available.

With the ever-improving weather, I've gotten a few chances to go on hikes.  Time wandering around alone with no wont for time itself has done wonders for my mood.  The trees are in bloom now.  I'm spending more time outdoors in general thanks to work, but being bound by duty makes appreciating the splendor around oneself difficult.  One's focus is elsewhere.  While hiking, the only focus is on one's footing, allowing for a looser grip on focus and a much more relaxed overall tone.  When we bog ourselves down so heavily with how to live, we forget to live.  Hiking helps shift the focus off of trying to live so that life can happen.  There is no wrong way to live, but my experience has been that relinquishing control sometimes makes life less stressful.

In terms of making life less stressful, I also got a new phone last month.  My Windows Phone still works great as a camera and MP3 player, which ultimately saves storage on the new phone, but the new phone has resources I need for my position at work and Pokemon Go.  In less than a month, I'm level 19, and since I'm playing for fun, I chose Instinct.  It's not that I don't need help, but I'm not playing to be competitive, either, so in this regard, going alone better suits my purposes.  Since I started in Gen 2, I was somewhat surprised that the Kanto starters are still the only ones offered at the onset.  Despite this, I caught a Chikorita and hatched both a Squirtle and a Charmander.  My initial Charmander is weaker, but she'll still be the first of the two to become a Charmeleon.  Once that happens, I'll focus my attention on my Magikarp.  That sucker's gonna have a LONG way to go, but I'm excited for the eventual results.

A project and a wish helped me reconnect with an old friend over the weekend.  I spent the entire week prior to this year's Castle Point Anime Con trying to round up friends to go with me and constructing a Dominator from Psycho-Pass for my Kagari Shuusei cosplay.  I also found a pair of passable socks, but the Dominator is far more interesting.  The project totaled 30 hours spread across 6 days and was mostly made of cardboard and paper mache.  My dad helped contribute a heavy-duty spring for the functional trigger, but the gun was ultimately made to be "broken".  Because (spoilerific) reasons.  Waiting for stuff to dry was the most stressful part.  It's not perfect, but it's mine, and I put a lot of heart into it, so being able to show it off made CPAC all the sweeter.

A friend of mine from high school ended up going with me for his first con ever, making this the second time in two years I used CPAC to introduce friends to conventions.  I've always liked Castle Point, but this year upped the ante.  The panels had some expected technical difficulties and things got switched around at the last second, but panels were otherwise well run and entertaining.  I had a couple photos taken of me, and was the only Psycho-Pass cosplayer in attendance that I'm aware of, to the delight of one of my photographers.  A very cool Howl and Sophie I took a picture of commented on my character's situation, which made me smile.  My friend was also quite enamored with the Dominator and in the goings-on of the convention overall, not wanting to sit still for a minute, which was beneficial to me as well because it always kept us doing something.

Unbeknownst to me, SHiNNOSUKE of ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D was at the concert with a likewise wicked talented guitarist going by Rockwell, and they held a concert at the end of the con!  I got to introduce my friend to some ROOKiEZ that way, too.  I probably would have known they would be there if I did my research before going to CPAC this year, but the excitement of learning this information off-hand at the Dealers' Room fed into the hype and made the experience unbelievably enjoyable.  I got to see some excited con-goers attend their first concert and fan HARD, an experience I know firsthand, but was somehow unable to muster.  However, this level-headedness allowed me to say what I wanted to say with a clear mind while SHiNNOSUKE signed the CD I purchased earlier that day.  I thanked him for everything, including the pleasant surprise of the concert.  I haven't listened to the CD quite yet because I wanted to do so while adding music to my Windows Phone, which I had planned to do today.

"The best laid plans o' mice an' men gang aft agley", though, as Robert Burns so memorably denotes in "To a Mouse".  My best laid plans today were to make some phone calls, drop off a phone at work, meet up with my mother, and do some online stuff.  I'm getting to the online stuff now, but the reality of the day led me to drop the phone off as planned, but then take an expedition to the mall for books, music, and phone cases, and then fulfill a specific craving for Beef Negimaki, which wound up with me taking home some Ootoro and doing a photoshoot with my Izaya figma.  Following this, I plan to post convention photos on my Facebook and figma photos on Tumblr (Standing Ovation at Sunset, Ootoro Photoshoot). 

Speak at ya in a few weeks!
  • Eating: Fudge-stripe cookies
  • Drinking: Chai tea

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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
Nice gallery:)
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Chinaricat Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!  =D
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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
No problem, I like good art:) I invite you to my gallery:)If you like my work, watch me :)
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mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
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Chinaricat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, no, thank you~! >u< :heart:
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SpacetimePSD Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the Llama!!
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Chinaricat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gladly!  And thank you for your llama, also~! =D
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LonelyHunter9 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama :D
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Chinaricat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You got it!  Likewise, thanks for the llama and the watch! =)
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LonelyHunter9 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :)
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