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Happy New Year

‘Hey Kay, you’re late New Year started weeks ago’. Well, not for me it didn’t. I’ve had a freakin’ weird start to the year. I’ve been so incredibly ill over the holidays with some weird mutant flu. Like, I was up in the middle of the night with sore throats and coughs pretty much every day for a month.

The worst thing about being sick is it means I’ve had a month where I’ve literally done nothing, I’ve barely drawn, had briefer gaming sessions because voice chat was pain, and basically barely left the house. Honestly I can’t remember the last time I was so sick. On top of that our flat started falling apart with broken washers and fans (it wasn’t actually that bad or broken, but it was bad timing when we were sick) and some of my online friends having fights is actually the worst of the lot. So 

But, we’re starting to get over all that. Well, I’m better, flat is fixed and friends are… Hopefully getting there. So I can officially announce my 2018 had started.

On the agenda for this year I already have a bunch of holidays planned, well, the big one might get put back to next year because I totally want to go to Japan in October for my 30th, but if we can’t make it over comfortably by then, we might go in 2019 in April/May time which would be a nicer time to go anyway.

But things that are actually happening this year: DCL meet up 2018. The gang met up for the first time in Chicago 2016, and it was honestly the best holiday I’ve ever had. Most of the people there had met for the first time, despite us all having known each other since we were 12. This time we’re going to New York in June. We’ve already got the AirBNB picked out, we’re just waiting for confirmation that it’s booked then the rest of us can plan our way there.

I have a weekend in Wales with Terry and some of his work pals getting booked soon too, which should be fun. Terry did the same thing last year and it sounded really fun, so that’ll be good.  Smaller things I want to do include going to London again just because I love London and me and Dev have been trying hard to get Terry and Siobhan to spend a few days in the Lake District so we can go hill climbing. They hate the idea, but when summer comes back around we’ll be back on that.

I’ll also be attending WordCamps around the UK when I’m able to, I just need to finish my topics for this years talks. I was really pleased with my imagine optimisation talk by the end of last year so I’m hoping to find another topic I really enjoy covering and can cover in a similar depth. 

In non-travel stuff, I started drawing again after I got better, and churned out a few pictures I’m really pleased with:

 

The first image is of one of my own dragon characters, and the second is of one of my friend’s characters. I’ve been doing some doodles for the DCL group because they kept me happy and busy whilst I was poorly haha.

I don’t really have any resolutions this year, be healthier is one, but that’s off to a bad start. So yeah, none! No wait, yeah I do have one. I have a handful of half finished projects and if I say it’s a resolution I’ll feel bad if I don’t make a solid attempt at actually finishing some of them. To be worked on:

  • My buggy app needs to be debugged so it works properly.
  • I had what I think is a good story idea, so turning the nots into actual writing would be nice?
  • Pass your freakin’ exams Kay omg.
  • Finish my website, well, the design, the broken map and the links that go no where.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is supposedly out this year, let me double check how long I’ve been waiting for that game, wow, okay, 13 years since Kingdom Hearts 2 was out. I don’t think I realised it was quite that long. Square take way too long to release things. Expect me to be impossibly annoying on social media as that approaches though.

I really want to blog more too, I need to think of some junk to post here more. I’ll think about something that’s actually interesting at some point!

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January’s Art Dump

I’m taking a break from making slides (I’m talking at MWUG this week, woot!) to dump some art. I got a fancy-pants new laptop over the weekend so I’m all psyched to use it! It like, runs Photoshop AND OTHER PROGRAMS. At the same time. Wow. Yeah this upgrade was overdue.

Anyway, drawings.



Oh, so not much to show really, I thought I’d done more than this. Anyway I’m pleased with both pieces, the unicorn print I got put onto fabric looks great. Val from Terry’s office is going to make a laptop case out of it for me.

The last drawing I only did yesterday. Claire is drawing a picture of Flux for me, so I wanted to make an up-to-date picture of him myself. I usually draw him too fat so I’m pleased he finally has an accurate picture.

I also changed my site layout, after looking for themes which didn’t require a horrendous amount of work to make look good. It’s a tad girly right now so I’ll change the wallpaper image when I have something a little more dragon than unicorn?

What else is new? Uhh, I’m debating getting an iPad Pro, not soon but I’d like some sort of portable tablet I can draw well on. I’ve got Vegas at the end of next month, and we’re currently trying to book The Killers for London later this year. Fun music times. 

Right, time to carry on making slides, laters!


 

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Art Blog: Cheioule

Nicole drew me a kickass picture of my dragon character months ago. It was supposed to be a commission but we ended up doing a trade instead. So here’s my piece.

Her character is based off of Chinese Fu Dogs, which I’m not sure is bovious from my interpretation of him but hey I tried!

Nicole also gave me some new Photoshop brushes and shading techniques, I’ve got a bunch of tutorials to run through so I’m going to spam some arts real soon.

Also, the work’s Christmas Do was yesterday and it was rad, I’ll blog about that tomorrow when it’s not 1am.

chei