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Confidante

31 March, 2010 Wednesday // Art, Resources, Photography

iconWow, the crazy March has drawn to an epic close. Whew. :whoa: I’m happy to say our color guard team did really well for our first year of competing in WGASC, and we have the option of going to championships in April! :D My SAT scores are supposed to come out tomorrow…oh wow, I just realized that. Holy shit, okay now I’m nervous. It’s my first one and I don’t want to have a bomb ass score. x.x My spring break starts at 12:05pm on Friday. I know I won’t have much of a break—consumed by choir tech rehearsal week & concert—but just the fact I won’t have to get up early and go to school for 9 sweet days sounds beautiful. The rest of the school year dawns closer and closer, a huge blinding abyss I know I’m going to have to brave eventually, what with AP exams, finals, and the end-of-the-school-year shitpile. :frus: Hope.
Resources: I have ten (10) new icon textures. I reformatted the page so I no longer have to manually update each new icon’s code. It is automatic now. :D Teasers of them are below. I have also added some new stocks to the stock & scans page. There have been 25 downloads of the mannequin scans so far; they’re so cute and versatile to use—if you play around with color balance, you can match the outfit to any color you want.
Art: I have two new colorizations, the older one was a challenge entry at FLR Blends and lovely Angelina Jolie was done on my own for my own sake. :P Funking around on Photoshop produced a weird looking kind of conceptual design that I ended up labeling Naeolia on. It’s supposed to be an abstract old-fashioned cap (if you have no fucking clue what I’m getting at, I won’t blame you) haha. I put it under vectors because it was mostly done with the Pen tool, and the texturing was made from scratch. I love the camouflage colors I ended up with. :) Believe it or not, the scratchy looking texture stuff is actually a macro stock I have of the plush cushion things the little jewelry boxes come with. I know, weird & cool, right? :P I’ve decided to post the macro jewelry photos I took of some of my favorite daily bling. I also have two new retouches of Emily Deschanel and Drew Barrymore.

     
 

Confidence. When a person is young, it is especially hard to struggle with and balance the level of confidence and self-esteem. Some adults struggle to find their confidence all throughout their lives. The earlier you find out for yourself and become comfortable, the more you are able to grow as an individual, and most importantly, become an objective human being. As young as I am, I am glad to be able to happily say that given my circumstances, I have no issues with self-esteem. Confidence is a different matter. Confidence can almost span a lifetime to master. But, just because you are nervous, does not mean you lack confidence. I could have practiced as much as I could for a piano recital, and I would still be nervous, not because I lacked confidence to pull my repertoire off, but that’s just the way my nerves are at this point. Boldness is not a quality I wish I could always have in myself either. I don’t think being a bold person is necessarily the best thing. Bold, after all, does not always mean polite, kind, wise, intelligent, beautiful—it just means you’re bold. Which can be good sometimes and bad in other times. People like to fool themselves into thinking they have confidence, self-esteem, boldness. The latter is much more temporary than the others. Boldness is usually a fleeting attitude. Faking the first two aren’t bad; the only problem is that, as human beings, it’s usually the unpleasant that surfaces, and not breezy self-confidence. What do you think about yourself in terms of self-confidence? Do you put on a facade most of the time, or no?
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Crimewave

26 August, 2009 Wednesday // Site, Resources, Icons, Photography

iconIt’s been over a month! :argh: I wasn’t walking along my street and fell into the gutter and got swept out into sea. Or just happened to have an anvil fall on me from a plane that was flying directly overhead. The first three weeks of August were just crazy: the 1st week was birthdays galore (including mine!), and for the last two I was at color guard/band camp. I’ve had several moments of “I need to update!”, but they never turned into anything more. So sorry! Glad to be back, and with some serious content onslaught, too.
New Affiliate: b_13 at I My Me. She also runs that wonderful challenge site called Red Heaven…
New Brushset: Called Lines. You can see I used them in this layout at either sides of the main header image. Go click it out! :D
Twenty-three (23) new icons! In these categories, respectively: Femme, La Vie en Rose (new category!), and Men. Here’s some teasers:

   

Three (3) new textures! They’re all from stock photos I took.

  

And finally, one new icon tutorial. It’s the first Photoshop tutorial on Naeolia. Check it out here.
I’m SO GLAD foto decadent is back! Splendid, splendid. It’s like Disneyland for the hobbyist web designer. ^^ School starts up again on Tuesday. Oh joy. Summer sped by entirely too fast. I wonder if your summers get shorter the older you get? That’s an interesting thought. I am still really interested in seeing The Time Traveler’s Wife—has anyone seen it? I’ve heard a lot of negative comments but they’re not fazing me much. I am also enjoying reading The Scarlet Letter. I wonder if our society employed the same idea, the world would be covered with the letter ‘B’ on a million womens’ chests. Bitch.
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