I'm an illustrator and a cartoonist who has been doing private commissions for over a decade. I write & draw a webcomic "Broken Plot Device" that has been online since June 2009, and updates every monday, wednesday, and friday. I'm currently temporarily (hopefully) living with my Dad after a hasty break-up and move from my boyfriend of 8 1/2 years whom I'd lived with for 7. I've been out of doing swaps for a while, but given my circumstances I figured a creative, sharing outlet would be positive for me. ;^_^ Still healing day by day, progress is slow but I'll manage I hope.
GENERAL INFO STUFFS
Shoe Size (US) - 8-8.5
Shirts - Mens/Unisex small OR Womens Medium
Waist - 32"-35" (weight currently in flux) Hat size - 57-58cm
I work both digitally and with real media. When I'm drawing/painting digitally, it's primarily in photoshop. It has a half-painted/half cellshaded look to it. With real media, it looks more smooth & painted. I work mostly with markers (trias & copics), but also will add watercolor, colored pencil, paint, and/or gel pens. I don't really do collage work at all, but I am curious about experimenting.
With art trades, unless someone requests otherwise I'll be doing real media cards, unless the person I'm doing the trade with either requests digital or specifically says they like that sort of thing in their profile. I just assume most people would rather have a hand-made card as opposed to a print-out.
My musical tastes change and evolve over time; I like most genres (Pop, R&B, classic motown sound, modern off-beat alternative rock (think Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Franz Ferdinand), just anything fun with a beat & something unique in the sound). But I LOVE Michael Jackson. Love, love, LOVE, from early Jackson 5 to the newest album "Michael", released after his passing. I love it ALL. So if anything's musically-themed, MJ is a pretty safe bet with me.
I'm very much into comic books, though typically not superhero ones (the only ones I enjoy really is the "Astro City" series, and "Watchmen".) I also like Tank Girl, Kabuki, Bone, and SOME Sandman (although it sometimes gets a little too melodramatic for my tastes). I'm also an avid reader of Webcomics, some of my favorites being Templar, Arizona, Lackasaisy, and SinFest.
I don't read a lot of "normal" books, though I really enjoyed the "Harry Potter" series, and am currently working through the "Song of Ice and Fire" series in audiobook from. Some more classic books I liked include 1984, Flowers for Algernon, and Animal Farm. I also have a soft spot for Edgar Alan Poe.
For someone who doesn't have cable, I watch a decent amount of TV. ^_^ Shows I love include: Dr Who (Tennant is MY doctor), Avatar: the Last Airbender, Venture Brothers, Ghost in the Shell, The Daily Show, Cowboy Bebop, Battlestar Galactica, and Mythbusters. I've also been watching a lot of old "Twilight Zone" episodes on Netflix
I'm actually not a huge movie watcher, and don't have many movies that really stand out as favorites. I loved "Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail" (and anything else Monty Python, really), 5th Element (mostly for the visual style and Chris Tucker), James Cameron's Avatar (again, mostly for the visuals), anything Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Ponyo, etc), anything Pixar (minus Cars & The Incredibles) and Moonwalker (I love Spike, the rabbit in the "Speed Demon" segment, and the "Little Bad" segment with the kids too always cracks me up). There's others I enjoyed, but none that stick out in my mind right now.
In general, I prefer comedies & adventure movies over 'macho action' movies. I HATE horror. I'm a total wuss when it comes to on-screen gore. ;^_^
I am a total gamer. ^_^ My big one currently is World of Warcraft, where I play a Goblin Hunter, a Troll Druid, and an Orc Deathknight. (if your curious, pictures of them here).
Other games I've played & enjoyed are Portal, Mass Effect (red-head female Shepard), Skyrim (Argonian Archer-Thief), Starcraft (Protoss), Warcraft, Plants vs Zombies, Angry Birds, Pokemon (Shaymin & Scyther are my favorites), Diablo 3 (demon hunter & witchdoctor, both female), Minecraft, and Team Fortress 2 (mostly the Pyro). I also really like classic Mario games,my favorite characters being Yoshi & Bowser. I dig the Final Fantasy art style & character design, but I've only finished & enjoyed FFX (of the only other 2 I've played, X2 was WAY too "giggly girl" and I didn't like the game mechanics of XII)
I also really enjoy pixel art. Doesn't have to be from a game I've listed, or even from a game at all. But I love the look of pixel art, so if that's something you do than don't hesitate to incorporate that into a swap.
I am not a super crafty person myself. But interesting drawing or painting materials, as well as anything that can be used for scrapbooking, ATCs, or Art Journaling, I'm game. Particularly anything vintage (turn of the century through 1950's) and weathered/worn, or with bold colors & patterns (no pastels or overly girly stuff.) Anything by 7 Gypsies, Graphic45, or TIm Holtz pretty much sums up my taste in scrapbooking bits & bobs.
I'm looking to expand my collection of paper punches in particular, so if you have any you don't want anymore I may be interested in swapping you for 'em.
Bold, Colorful, Mixes of Modern & Vintage, and a Little Geeky!
Coffee & fruity or sweet teas
Beer (mostly Stouts with coffee/chocolate flavors)
Non-USA Sodas (blech corn syrup :P)
Gummy Candies (sweet, tart, sour)
Chocolate (No nuts please! I'm not allergic, I just don't like nuts)
Original Fantasy (deviates from Tolken-esque)
Lizards & Geckos
Octopi & Squid
Interesting hybrids (Sharktopus??)
ANYTHING ELSE CUTE!!
Fav colors: Lime green, Teal, or Purple
Plushes & cute dolls
Fav Flowers: Hibiscus, Stargazer Lilies, Cherry blossoms cute skull designs
Unique Pens (gel or smooth writing inks)
1"-1.5" pin buttons
Gray metals (silver, gunmetal, etc)
Interesting or Quirky magnets
Multicolor striped socks
large (2" or more) vinyl stickers
Asian-influenced designs (japan, china, & india in particular)
Interesting pendant necklaces
light weight bracelets that won't get in the way when I draw
Tattoo & Graffiti Art
Jerky or dried meat/fish snacks
Nuts or Cherries in chocolate (I don't have a nut allergy; I just don't like any nuts EXCEPT pistachios)
Anything really girly (pastels & pinks, lace, delicate florals, cherubs or fairies, "precious moments", etc)
Any rough or itchy knitted items
Earrings (my ears are uber sensitive to a lot of metals)
I use Endicia for doing shipping postage, and can provide a tracking number for any USA package swap I send out. Unfortunately international tracking is SUPER expensive, so unless I'm resending a swap because the first got lost I won't be putting tracking on international packages.
I'm generally very relaxed about receiving things, so don't worry about me being upset & not liking something. I'm appreciative of anything anyone gives me (traded or otherwise). As long as it looks like you put some thought and effort into it & didn't just slap a sticker on a cereal box cut-out, I'll be happy. :) Send what you would be happy to receive; I always try my hardest to do the same!
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