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I just got back last Sunday, from one of the coolest experiences of my life.
It all started about half a year ago when my mom and I were looking for scholarships on Fastweb. We came across an art related contest called The Writers and Illustrators of the Future. There was no entry fee, and I've always had a love for fantasy and science fiction art, so I decided to give it a try.
Months went by, and I had almost forgotten about it, when I got a frantic phone call from my mother telling me that I was one of the winners and I was going to attend an illustration workshop and award ceremony in Pasadena California. I could hardly believe it at first. The nice people at Author Services and Galaxy Press were covering the expense of the hotel room, the flights and even a dinner. They treated me, and all the other winners of this contest like family. It was wonderful, and I can't thank them enough for their kindness.
At the workshop, Ron and Val Lindahn, (two very successful and talented illustrators) instructed me and the others about the illustration business. They were nice enough to take time off from their own work to do this for us. They weren't there to teach us how to draw, but they gave us valuable tips from inside the industry and strategies on how to handle art directors. It was incredibly helpful, and I will keep the list of hints that Val handed out by my side for  years to come. We also had other successful illustrators come to show their work and give us advice like Stephen Hickman, Judith Miller, and Cliff Nielsen. (They were very cool, I might add ^_-)
Well, as the week of the workshop went on, I had the chance to get to know the other illustrators better. Not only were all of them great people, but they were very, very good at what they did. My roommate, Yuliya Kostyuk, is not only a professional texture artist, but one of the most creative digital artists I have ever met. Her work is as strange as it is beautiful, and I for one, absolutely love it. Check out her work here --->…
I also met a really cool guy named Marcus Collins. Turns out he's a Pasadena local, and he was a total lifesaver when it came to finding good restaurants and shops. Not only was he awesome, he also had awesome work. I could hardly believe it when I saw his portfolio. This man is a true professional. Check out his site here --->…
One person I was shocked to meet at the workshop was a fellow Deviant Art member. I have actually had a dev watch on her for a long time, because I really was impressed and inspired by her work. Her name is Amelia Mammoliti and she rocks like crazy. Her dev art page is here --->
The other winners were all fantastic too, i just can't remember their webpages right now. I'll probably update this entry when I do.
Randall Ensley was possibly the oldest, and coolest guy there. He really looked out for all of us, and he was hilarious to boot. Also, a brilliant artist, he took more to pen and Ink Work. He's also a fellow fan of my favorite music group, Danger Doom, which definitely gives him bonus points.
Lars Edwards was a really cool guy who works for adult swim on cartoon network. Lately he's done work on Squidbillies, which I assume he's quite proud of ^_-
Geir Lanesskog is a really good 3d digital artist, and a darn nice guy. He and and his wife seemed to have a great time during their trip.
Artem Mirolevich is a crazy Russian/New Yorker, who is a brilliant traditional artist, and very fun dude to hang out with. It's not possible to dislike this guy, he's just that awesome.
Bryan Beus is a very talented illustrator too. My heart goes out to him though because he seemed to be really busy with work during the whole workshop. He's very good at what he does though, and I was really impressed by his work as well.
To say the least, i learned more in that week from the other artists and the workshop, than i did in three years of art school.

Anyway, after the workshop, there was the award ceremony, and I was completely shocked and baffled that I won the gold award among the illustrators.  This honor included a second, fantastically huge, red trophy, even more recognition, and a hefty sized check. I really wish that I had even considered that I might have been the gold award winner, because when I went up on stage to thank everyone, I babbled and almost fell over. Honestly, I was so freaked out at that moment that I don't remember much about it other than staring at my check with images of all my future tasty groceries dancing in my head. These are happy times. ^___^

To all my friends from the workshop (writers and illustrators alike), i have to say, thank you. I loved meeting you all, and it was an experience that I'll never forget. I look forward to the day that maybe I can collaborate with some of you to create a book we can all be proud of. Until then, I'll be hanging around the states, learning all i can and building up a career.
Cheers ^_-
  • Mood: Awestruck
  • Listening to: gorillaz
  • Eating: vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup. ummmm

Wisdom teeth

Wed Mar 28, 2007, 1:03 PM
Well, it seems that my time has come.

My two Wisdom teeth have decided to start pushing my other teeth around, so I have declared war upon them. I'm getting them taken out this friday, and I've kinda got a case of the jitters. If anyone could share with me good stories about how their operation went fine and there's nothing to be scared of, I would really appreciate it.

  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: presidednts of the United states


Mon Mar 12, 2007, 7:22 PM
Spring Break!

Well, I hope everyone is having a nice spring break. I am so far. My boyfriend and I took a fun trip down south to go to his Dream Blade tournament in Louisville( Dream Blade is a miniature game similar to the Magic card game). That was a lot of fun because I got to hang out a comic shop for hours and read all the graphic novels. After that, we took a trip to Squire Boone caverns and went on a really cool cave tour. Since it's slightly out of season, not no other people where there for the tour, so the guide took us to an extra part of the cave that not many others get to see.
All in all my break has been great so far! It will only get better when I go home to see my friends and family!

Good Luck everybody! Drive safe to your vacation spots! ^_-
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Eating: A lovely dinner made my by boyfriend

Happy New Year!!

Fri Jan 5, 2007, 9:43 PM

Well, the New Year is finally here, and I'm pretty excited. Now for the next couple of weeks I can say goofy stuff like "WOW! I haven't done _  *insert common activity here* _  since LAST YEAR!!" If I timed it right, I could even say something like, "WOW! I haven't used my respiratory system to convert oxygen into carbon dioxide since LAST YEAR!"
Something else I really like about the New Year, is hearing how people from different cultures celebrate it. I swear that someday I'm going to make my way to china for the New Year and party at one of those big street festivals with all the firecrackers and dragon costumes… (ok.. I'm not exactly sure that, that's how ALL people in China celebrate it, but I saw it once on the discovery channel and it looked sweet.)  The New Year's tradition I really like is from Spain. What you do is try to stuff 12 grapes in your mouth 30 seconds before midnight strikes. Or maybe it's 60 seconds before… I'm not really sure. I just start when Pilar does.(She's our host, who was nice enough to take this cool tradition with her to the Midwestern US, all the way from her childhood home in Spain. She also happens to be one of the coolest ladies in the universe.)
Anyway, I hope all you people on deviantart have a nice new year! I apologize for not responding to comments much anymore, but I DO read what people say and I really appreciate the encouragement and the constructive criticism.
Hugs to everyone,

  • Mood: Winter Downs
  • Listening to: my tummy rumble
  • Reading: bad pokemon fan fiction... i dunno why...
  • Watching: watching out for flying horses
  • Playing: gameboy on my way to class
  • Eating: a raw potato *mmmmm*
  • Drinking: minty green tea

time for fall

Wed Nov 1, 2006, 1:58 PM
Well, it's that time of the year again.

I really need to move further south. Nothing makes me have to fight my inner emo-kid more than the cold weather and the leafless trees. I try to find the beauty in these months but it's so hard for me. I miss the life and warmth of summer and spring.
Well, at least I have my job and school to keep me distracted.

maybe I'll go sneak into the campus green house....
  • Mood: Winter Downs
  • Listening to: npr
  • Eating: toast
  • Drinking: H2O

moving day

Tue Aug 22, 2006, 8:10 AM
Oh boy... Not again....

Yet again, I'm moving out of my nice comfy little home into a dormitory. That's why I haven't been responding to comments and such. I've been rushing around trying to get everything ready for moving. There are boxes EVERYWHERE!... I hope I'm not bringing too much.... though I probably am. Oh well, my parents are taking me up there, so whatever i figure out that I don't need, i can just shove back on the truck.
Also, I have been working on this great new illustration project, so i had to put all of my own work aside to focus on this. I really enjoy it, so it hardly feels like work, but I probably won't be posting any new art up for quite a while.

Well, so-long for now, I promise I will return someday! *hugs*
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New Baby!

Mon Aug 7, 2006, 12:41 PM
There's going to be a new baby in the Morera family!

I don't know if Mercedes will even see this journal entry, but I just wanted to congratulate her again on her new baby. She announced that she is one month pregnant at her father's 57th birthday party, and I've never seen a room filled with happier people. That baby is going to get so much love, she won't know what to do with it! ^_^ I've already started knitting a pair of green baby booties for her.

*happy dance*
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V is for VIDEO!!!

Mon Jul 31, 2006, 9:08 PM
guesss what?

V for Vendetta is going to be on DVD TOMORROW!!!!!( i really really need to get paid soon so i can buy it.) Is anyone else going to rush out and buy it as soon as they can?

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More Pumpkin'man art anyone?

Thu Jun 8, 2006, 6:00 PM
I'm thinking about developing a story around my pumpkin'man picture. (ya know, the guy in the Autumn Angel pic)

I don't have many good ideas at the moment, so everything has a chance of being changed. At the moment I'm considering calling him Crow... Possibly even Crow Pumpkin'man. (yeah, it's so original, but it's kinda cute right?) Anyway, He's a powerful spirit, and what determines if he's good or evil is the heart of the person he is around the most.
I can't decide if I want to make him able to talk or not. Since this will just be a writen story with only a few illusrations, it might be hard to make him loveable if he can't speak.
Maybe he's summoned by some.... I dunno, interesting bad guy of some sort, to do his evil deeds and all that stuff, but he looses controll of the pumpkin'man and it escapes to go on some horrible killing spree or something like that.  But the further away the spirit gets from the bad guy, the less evil he becomes and just kinda becomes some lost roaming spirit-thing. He scares the hell outta some crazy farmers and they try to beat him to death and tie him to some branches and leave him out in the middle of a wheat field like a scarecrow. One of the younger kids of a local farmer finds him. The kid doesn't think he's scary at all and gets him down. Since the kid has a good heart the pumpkin man also becomes very good hearted. He becomes the kid's only friend and they're all happy and stuff like Calvin and Hobbes, untill the Evil bad guy that summoned/created the pumpkin man comes back and demans that the kid give the pumpkinman back to him. Some kinda fight thing happens where the pumpkinman must choose to be good or bad and somehow saves the kids life and kills the evil guy. No idea where to go from there.

I'd be happy to hear what you guys think of the ideas so far. Feel free the leave whatever comment you want, positive or negative, Any input will help. ^_^

PS: I REFUSE TO SPELL CHECK MY JOURNALS!!! you guys know what I'm trying to say. ^_-
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work work work

Sat May 27, 2006, 10:51 PM
humm... i thought summer was for relaxing!

ok. So I lucked into getting a really good job this summer and I also got some comissions that I really need to focus on, as well as my own comic series to finish. It may be a while before i post anything new. It will probably take me a while to reply to comments and such also.
When I DO get some time to work on some nice dev art stuff, I think I might do something naruto related. (I have a nice new crush on this Kakashi fellow)

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Mon Apr 10, 2006, 9:08 PM

I just wanted to say thanks to all the nice people who gave me support while I was having trouble with that stalker. I really really really appreciate it. :hug:

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