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It's been forever since I wrote a new journal entry, though not for lack of subject matter I'd care to write and/or rant about. Rather, I've been silent for reasons probably better off discussed in their own entry. In any case, I'm all for celebrating dA's birthday, even though 15 doesn't really mean much. I mean, give dA another year and we can bum rides off it, now that'd be something. And in three more, dA can vote. Can you imagine the first sparkledog president? Deviantart can. But fifteen? That's just a handy multiple of five. Oh well, that's still noteworthy for a website, and I don't want to be a party pooper. Plus, there's that whole matter of a new journal entry being long overdue, so all lights are green for the celebratory questionnaire. I care enough about dA's birthday to talk about myself on my own gallery.

1.    How long have you been on DeviantArt?

Apparently roughly 8 years, according to my page info. Sounds about right to me. It's not like I wrote down the date I signed up, and I'm terrible at remembering dates, so I can't say otherwise.

2.    What does your username mean?

It's a deconstruction of the conceptual implications of antiquated royal titles in modern society. Or maybe it means I think artist aliases are cool, really like the sound of the name "Donovan," and that name alone was already taken. So I had to modify it with something, and I really dislike the ol' "add random numbers or letters or symbols" solution. In which case, "lord" was the first title or adjective I liked that wasn't already used.

3.    Describe yourself in three words.

true aspirations unrealized

4.    Are you left or right handed?

Left. I am literally sinister.

5.    What was your first deviation?

Assuming they're listed in the gallery in proper chronological order, this:
Magic Girl by LordDonovan

6.    What is your favourite type of art to create?

That's kind of a vague question. Subject matter? Medium? I guess the answer would be... art that I like looking at. Lots of mediums are enjoyable, but there is zero fun in making imagery I don't personally like.

7.    If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

Now there's an easy question- Baroque

8.    What was your first favourite?

To this day I've never played a Klonoa game, but I like that character design.
Klonoa2006 by j-fujita

9.    What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

Definitely landscape-based photography. Not because I like photography and/or realistic scenery more than anything else, though. Rather, I'm pretty picky stylistically, and there is a lot of room for stylistic variation in hand-drawn imagery. Real life, on the other hand, has pretty much one style, so it's a lot harder to screw that up relative to my tastes. Photos of landscapes are simply the far safer choice, statistically speaking. Plus, they make great reference material, which is another important factor.
 
10.   Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

That's a tough choice, but I guess Ovopack edges out the competition because he's done my favorite digital painting ever. I should note, though, that he's not my favorite for what's he's posted here on dA specifically, his gallery here is actually pretty barren and a poor representation of his work. Doc "Venture Brothers" Hammer is definitely a super close second though.

11.   If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

Ovopack is the answer again, because I want to learn his painting technique SO BAD. Each and every step, what exact brushes, all the information.

12.   How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

They've inspired me to do better by so clearly demonstrating how much better there is, that's for sure. Beyond that though, my interaction with other people here hasn't really been very... in-depth. The most awesome artists are invariably busy people.

13.   What are your preferred tools to create art?

My old Cintiq and Photoshop. The Cintiq could sure stand an upgrading though.

14.   What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

Since I work digitally, and all I have is a desktop, I don't really do art anywhere but here at my desk. So that's about the most inspiration I get. Besides that, the kind of scenery that does get me all fired up is nowhere near where I currently live anyway. However, I definitely am at my artistic best at night, so while I don't have inspirational places, I do have an inspirational time.

15.   What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

Maybe that one time I got a Daily Deviation. Or possibly much more recently when I actually got a reply from Doc Hammer. What can I say, I'm a huge Venture fan and he's definitely the most big-deal person I've yet to have a two-sided dialog with here. That's a baby step toward greater interaction with serious professionals. Next (several) stops, better employment leads! More learning from other, better artists! Or maybe somehow finding that programmer partner/friend I wish I had.
  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Watching: Toonami
  • Playing: Terraria 1.3 Update. Still.
Mirabel Illustration Commission by LordDonovan
Mirabel Illustration Commission
The imperatortitan5046 commissions conclude with this illustration of his character Mirabel, who's entire rambling explanation is posted along with her model sheet. Sure, a model sheet is good for showing what a character looks like as directly as possible, but generic model poses aren't the most exciting thing to look at, and interesting coloring and lighting would be counterproductive details in that case. So to really show off the character, you need more of a splashy standalone illustration, and this is it.

Initially I tried some much more dynamic actiony poses, but they all very poorly communicated one part of her or another, due to foreshortening, overlap, and so on. While the goal here isn't necessarily to perfectly show everything, this is a new character that nobody would have any previous knowledge of, so the first image shouldn't be too unclear. For a comparison, if you look at the character promo illustrations for a fighting game, the poses and angles are pretty straight-forward at first, and only get more exotic in later sequels. Presumably because they figure that by, say, 3rd Strike, we know what the characters look like enough not to be confused by some wacky angles. Also, having used the easy poses already probably figures in. So with that said, I settled on this walking forward pose, and tried to zazz it up with contrasting angles and a little bit of a looking up angle. She's supposed supposed to be a cold killing mercenary, so this is the slow terminator walk of doom. Will the killing blow be the spear? The gun arm hidden under the cloak? Who knows, but that cybernetic eye glow says target acquired. Speaking of which, I initially gave it a red glow, because all laser sights and cybernetic eyes ever are red, but then settled on teal in order to better unify it with her overall color scheme.

As usual, it's all Photoshop.
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Mirabel Model Sheet Commission by LordDonovan
Mirabel Model Sheet Commission
imperatortitan5046 commissioned me to design him a sci-fi version of my female Livahk character, to be named Mirabel Lilac, and here she is. The specifics were minimal beyond that, which was very nice- it was a little taste of my dream of being one of those really iconic artists like Akira Toriyama who have a style and people come to them because they want that style. Here's a few specifics, now do what you are naturally inclined to do. Yep, that'd be the life.

Anyway, she was requested to wear armor of some sort, have weapons like a spear or arm-mounted gun, and maybe a cybernetic eye. (Speaking of which, I totally forgot to add the gun to her leftt arm. D'oh!) If you've followed my work much, you know I don't really do much sci-fi stuff, it's never really been my genre of choice. I prefer my flashy fantasy stuff to be magical and innate, not technology-based, and aside from Jedi, "natural" cool powers are fairly rare in science fiction. And overall, the level of fantastic wacky impossible stuff is just lower, and what fun is that? Plus, as a genre overall, I associate sci-fi more with drab, grey, ugly realism, which is so obviously not my cup of tea. Still, that's just why I don't naturally lean toward that stuff, doesn't mean I hate it, and if a person's paying me for some sci-fi, and didn't specify I had to make it drab and gritty, great! So I went ahead and designed the sort of colorful stylized designs I wish were in sci-fi more. First off, it strikes me as odd that there seems to be less fabric in the advanced space future, I'd think that it could continue to advance as much as anything else. Yet it seems generally minimal short of ultra-form-fitting body suits, often weirdly drab and low-tech if fabric figures in much at all aside from that. So I knew I had to throw in some brightly colored drapery. Of course, since that alone is pretty anti-sci-fi, and she was supposed to be armored, I figured classic futuristic white armor underneath would help balance things out. Plus, the one futuristic techy aesthetic I do like is the dark stuff with smooth white plastic/ceramic/whatever casing over it. As for the other colors, I didn't want things to be TOO white, and I wanted to unify her with the design she was based on to some small extent. She's in the advanced space future, but she's still a Livahk.

As for personality, she was specified as a mercenary with honor, having a generally calm nature, and haunted by something, thus having bags under her eyes as if she slept poorly. I wrestled with how much to draw the bags into the default neutral model sheet faces, and I suppose, maybe I under-did it in the end. She has the calm low-key look, but not so much the haggard. For the expressions, I decided to push them well beyond the default, because even if she has a default low emotional energy level, that doesn't mean she has to be one-dimensional. Plus, I really don't draw enough expressions since I seem to design characters more than I ever actually do anything with them. Just so many fairly neutral default expressions to go with model sheets. (Though I did check out some of my favorite art books and felt better when I noticed how limited the emotional range was in typical design sketches for any given character. Darkstalkers sketches and illustrations, for example, seem to have about two expressions per character. And since that was the first thing I saw when I was a newly hatched baby duck, I believe it's my mommy and emulate it in all ways.) So even if she usually has that calm look, on the rare occasion she's really happy or shocked, there you go. And of course even her hair and ears emote, because I love that old-fashioned cartoony style and think it is sorely missing these days. Again, everything should be more like Darkstalkers, with its wacky animations.

Regarding her weaponry, I really like polearms, so giving her a spear or more specifically, probably a glaive, was a-okay by me. To make it look techy I added some extra bits, I figure that it charges up or something for extra cutting power. Probably glows with some cool energy effect. What with those advanced space materials, you need some extra oomph in you slashamabobs. And again, she was supposed to get an arm-mounted gun on the left arm, I even sketched it out roughly, but forgot. Now personally, I always found them a bit silly, because they'd be really hard to aim accurately. But, since this is cybernetic implant level technology, it seems to me that a cybernetic eye could integrate with the aiming system on the arm gun and iron all that out. The user could switch to seeing what a gun-mounted camera sees at will, or mark targets with the eye and let the software do the fine adjustments to make sure that's exactly what the gun hits. Either way, that's totally how the thing I forgot to finalize would work. But that's just my thoughts, the commissioner said he planned to write stories about her and who knows what he'll specify.

Miscellaneous things: The color samples are broken up into sections, those being spear colors, body colors, and clothing colors, in that order. There is a little redundancy, so the palette isn't quite as bloated as it appears. The commissioner specified direct front/side/back views, and no offense to him, but man, I forgot how much I dislike doing those. For some reason, diagonals feel so much more right. And easier. And as usual, everything was done in Photoshop.

And finally, if you like what you see and have money to spend, send me a note or something. I'm up for just about anything if the price is right.
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It's been forever since I wrote a new journal entry, though not for lack of subject matter I'd care to write and/or rant about. Rather, I've been silent for reasons probably better off discussed in their own entry. In any case, I'm all for celebrating dA's birthday, even though 15 doesn't really mean much. I mean, give dA another year and we can bum rides off it, now that'd be something. And in three more, dA can vote. Can you imagine the first sparkledog president? Deviantart can. But fifteen? That's just a handy multiple of five. Oh well, that's still noteworthy for a website, and I don't want to be a party pooper. Plus, there's that whole matter of a new journal entry being long overdue, so all lights are green for the celebratory questionnaire. I care enough about dA's birthday to talk about myself on my own gallery.

1.    How long have you been on DeviantArt?

Apparently roughly 8 years, according to my page info. Sounds about right to me. It's not like I wrote down the date I signed up, and I'm terrible at remembering dates, so I can't say otherwise.

2.    What does your username mean?

It's a deconstruction of the conceptual implications of antiquated royal titles in modern society. Or maybe it means I think artist aliases are cool, really like the sound of the name "Donovan," and that name alone was already taken. So I had to modify it with something, and I really dislike the ol' "add random numbers or letters or symbols" solution. In which case, "lord" was the first title or adjective I liked that wasn't already used.

3.    Describe yourself in three words.

true aspirations unrealized

4.    Are you left or right handed?

Left. I am literally sinister.

5.    What was your first deviation?

Assuming they're listed in the gallery in proper chronological order, this:
Magic Girl by LordDonovan

6.    What is your favourite type of art to create?

That's kind of a vague question. Subject matter? Medium? I guess the answer would be... art that I like looking at. Lots of mediums are enjoyable, but there is zero fun in making imagery I don't personally like.

7.    If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

Now there's an easy question- Baroque

8.    What was your first favourite?

To this day I've never played a Klonoa game, but I like that character design.
Klonoa2006 by j-fujita

9.    What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

Definitely landscape-based photography. Not because I like photography and/or realistic scenery more than anything else, though. Rather, I'm pretty picky stylistically, and there is a lot of room for stylistic variation in hand-drawn imagery. Real life, on the other hand, has pretty much one style, so it's a lot harder to screw that up relative to my tastes. Photos of landscapes are simply the far safer choice, statistically speaking. Plus, they make great reference material, which is another important factor.
 
10.   Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

That's a tough choice, but I guess Ovopack edges out the competition because he's done my favorite digital painting ever. I should note, though, that he's not my favorite for what's he's posted here on dA specifically, his gallery here is actually pretty barren and a poor representation of his work. Doc "Venture Brothers" Hammer is definitely a super close second though.

11.   If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

Ovopack is the answer again, because I want to learn his painting technique SO BAD. Each and every step, what exact brushes, all the information.

12.   How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

They've inspired me to do better by so clearly demonstrating how much better there is, that's for sure. Beyond that though, my interaction with other people here hasn't really been very... in-depth. The most awesome artists are invariably busy people.

13.   What are your preferred tools to create art?

My old Cintiq and Photoshop. The Cintiq could sure stand an upgrading though.

14.   What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

Since I work digitally, and all I have is a desktop, I don't really do art anywhere but here at my desk. So that's about the most inspiration I get. Besides that, the kind of scenery that does get me all fired up is nowhere near where I currently live anyway. However, I definitely am at my artistic best at night, so while I don't have inspirational places, I do have an inspirational time.

15.   What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

Maybe that one time I got a Daily Deviation. Or possibly much more recently when I actually got a reply from Doc Hammer. What can I say, I'm a huge Venture fan and he's definitely the most big-deal person I've yet to have a two-sided dialog with here. That's a baby step toward greater interaction with serious professionals. Next (several) stops, better employment leads! More learning from other, better artists! Or maybe somehow finding that programmer partner/friend I wish I had.
  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Watching: Toonami
  • Playing: Terraria 1.3 Update. Still.

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mat2468xke Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
Thanks for the llama! :)
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SilenZahra Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  New Deviant
Hey there! Thanks very much for the llama! :D (Big Grin) 
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gmantb Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Thanks for the llama!
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CamilaKrauss Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
Thanks for the llama!
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ThePerrperr Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for the llama
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feedmeorchids Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your fave! :heart:
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AlliTheSuperGenius04 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama! :D It means a lot to me!
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SSBBLucario Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015
Thank you so much for the llama! I hope you have a lovely day!
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LordDonovan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I sure could use a lovely day.
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Automan217 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama! :D
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