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So I never got round to deactivating. Does anyone even still watch this account? Apparently over 850 people do. Cool. Say hi! Catch up. 
I'll keep this account active as a fan art account! But my new one will be for my original projects while I'll be devoting a whole lot more time to this year!
So it's New Years Day and I feel like I should take the plunge and do what I've wanted to do for a while and leave this account behind. I'll still use it for stuff I don't want on my new account but for now I feel it's time for me to have a new main one and start over.

I won't be deactivating this one but don't expect it to be used again any time soon. Anyone who would like the name of my new account, please send me a note :)

People I owe commissions to (I think there are two left) will be noted with the finished product, but it will be uploaded here anyway.
My piece of shit tablet occasionally works but it's inconsistent and I'm hopelessly out of practice and suck now. So if I want to carry on doing lessons and commissions, I need to sharpen up so I'm aiming to do  a series of headshots to get used to colouring again and do them regularly (like a strict once a week, once a fortnight thing but no more than once a week because I work and study) to discipline myself. So what series of headshots should I do? Disney? Futurama? Zelda? YGO? What do you suggest?
Hey guys, gonna start seriously advertising my digital art lessons (I do them in person and online. Face to face sessions are an hour, online ones are 2 just because it takes longer.). If I can get ten students a week at £10 a lesson, that's an apprenticeship's 40 hour work week wage done in 10. So PLEASE if you're interested, contact me for more info or if you know someone who might be interested, forward them my details. But what I wanted to ask was I'm going to make up some business cards for mama bear to pass out at college. What image of mine should I put on them? Or should I create a new one? ANY input at all would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, doing some portfolio work. Who are your characters? I might draw them!
For three more hours =D
  • Mood: Excited
  • Reading: The Undead Series
  • Watching: QI
  • Eating: All the chocolate. Every chocolate.
  • Drinking: Tea
Tell me your favourite piece of mine and why you like it? :D Please? It'll help me.

It's my birthday on Saturday. When I got to work today, they'd made me a cake and gave me a nice card and lots of hugs and a gift voucher for art supplies worth £30! It was so nice!

I got my new laptop. Yay! Need the new tablet now.

I'm working on a super secret awesome project. It's taking a while to perfect but if you're waiting on references from me, this is what you're waiting for.

So yeah!
  • Mood: Excited
  • Reading: The Undead Series
  • Watching: QI
  • Eating: All the chocolate. Every chocolate.
  • Drinking: Tea
Fave this journal and get 1 - 5 points until I run out of points! Don't leave useless comments. If you can't help, don't comment.

Need suggestions for a new laptop. I've finally got a job so I'm planning to replace my piece of crap laptop ASAP. I need something that will run Photoshop quickly and effectively, is fast, doesn't overheat, generous memory etc. I love my ASUS, should I stick with the ASUS line?

Please, digital artists, I need your feedback! Help me choose. My budget is £600 (about $1000) tops but if I can get one for less that's preferable. Means I can then get a new tablet faster!

Please favourite this so more people can see it! I'd like as many suggestions as possible!
  • Reading: Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella
  • Watching: QI
  • Eating: All the chocolate. Every chocolate.
  • Drinking: Tea
My tablet died and my laptop basically followed suit. Everyone I accepted payment from will get their commissions (I've started work on all of them, if you require proof, I can send you PSDs) in time or a refund late September if you wish but in the meantime I thank you sincerely for your continuing patience while I attempt to sort these issues out.
  • Reading: Lackadaisy
  • Watching: Shaun of the Dead
  • Drinking: Tea
regarding sketch commissions. We had one of my best/oldest friends come to stay for a few days. He's been through a really rough year so some time was needed. He gave me his tablet pen! And my craptastic tabby has sort of stabilised so I'll be getting back on track with them ASAP. Thanks again for your patience!
  • Reading: Lackadaisy
  • Watching: Shaun of the Dead
  • Drinking: Tea
My tablet is almost dead.

It's been clinging on by a thread for ages but now it's seriously struggling; making noises, flashing, controls going all over the place...

If I owe you commissions, you'll still get them one way or another but it might take a while as I have to keep readjusting the cables and battling to get the damn thing to work.

I don't know what the hell I'll do without it. Not only do I spend every second of my life painting or sketching with it, I also need it for my home study art course but I have absolutely no way of replacing it.
  • Mood: Panic
  • Reading: Lackadaisy
  • Watching: Shaun of the Dead
  • Drinking: Tea
Exactly what it says on the tin, folks. We are so desperate for money, it's not even funny. I mean to buy food and heating and whatnot. I don't want to go into the embarrassing details here, but we need some extra cash and fast so I'm opening $3 sketch commissions because I think that's cheap enough that people might consider out of pure charity XD

A sketch will be like this Commission sketch 3 by Sarky-Sparky or this Commission Sketch number ? by Sarky-Sparky or at the black line level of one of these Ellie: 21 by Sarky-Sparky if I can.

Ideally, I'd like ten slots filled. Anyone can come forward, I don't care if you watch me or not, if we've ever spoken or not. If you're interested, please say so here:

01. diedott 1 sketch, 1 character, complete $3 Sketch Commission: Korra by Sarky-Sparky
02. JimmyHedgehog 1 sketch, 1 character, complete $3 Sketch Commission: Yuri by Sarky-Sparky
03. RenasAsylum 1 sketch, 3 characters, in progress
04. VindicareLIIVI 3 sketches
05.
06.
07.
08.
09.
10.

I'd really appreciate it if you'd point someone who might be interested in my direction. Thank you :heart:

Please be sensible with your requests. A glance at my gallery will tell you what I do, what I do well and what sort of style you can expect. Own characters, fan characters and existing characters are fine. I can stylize you if you like but suck horribly at portraits and likenesses. No mechas, no furries. $5 for couples.

Pokemon sketch commissions are at the same rate, but if you want a painting, my Pokerates are here:
Pokemon Commissions by Sarky-Sparky

Payment by paypal please. If you don't have paypal and are in the UK, I will accept money by post in Pounds Sterling at the conversion rate on xe.com

Thank you! Love you <3
  • Mood: Worried
  • Listening to: Crying in the Rain - Eric Stuart
  • Reading: Lackadaisy
  • Watching: TBBT/Scrubs/TBBT/Scrubs
  • Playing: Sonic Heroes
  • Eating: Spag-bol. Omnomnom =3
  • Drinking: Tea
Clean my room, more coursework, catch up at AnimeEssentials...

Contest prize for ToonMasta
Comments for ToonMasta
Contest prize for MoonlitMessenger
Contest prize for other person when they remind me who they were and what they wanted XD
Round off and post concealed cupid for xxAnimeSeekerxx
Stop ballsing up UneditedSilence's commission

And I really really want to enter this month's color-me-club contest. I never enter.
  • Mood: Unhappy
  • Reading: Lackadaisy
  • Watching: BBT (New ep = WIN)
  • Playing: Sonic Heroes
  • Eating: Nothing. Am on diet.
  • Drinking: Tea
Note me again with what you want because I think I deleted them by accident... or lost them... I don't know. But yeah, note me.

I can't remember who came where but I think in third place was a headshot, in second was a bust and first was a hips.... I think...

Doesn't matter if you've changed your mind re: characters, I really don't mind who you go for =3
  • Mood: Unhappy
  • Reading: Lackadaisy
  • Watching: BBT (New ep = WIN)
  • Playing: Sonic Heroes
  • Eating: Nothing. Am on diet.
  • Drinking: Tea
So having little time with a pen doesn't help. But when I do have it, nothing I draw is coming out right. I just seem to be stuck in a sort of limbo again. I can't finish anything that I'm working on because all skill seems to have deserted me XD Again.

But I don't want to stay like this so let's have some fun and try and inspire each other. Show me a piece of yours (preferably digital, but traditional is fine too ^^) that you're really proud of and tell me why you love it.  Also, if you have an OC you're really proud of, show me him/her too and why you're so happy with your design. It can be one or two pieces if you can't settle on one ^^

I want all you lovely, creative folks to look through other people's comments too and comment on anyone's you like!

I'll start. I'm probably most proud of...
...Papa... by Sarky-Sparky Because I actually did some pretty decent light and texture work here.
Or
Commission: CreatorRune by Sarky-Sparky because of the smaller details but the light kind of sucks.

So fire away! What are you guys proud of?
  • Mood: Unhappy
  • Reading: Lackadaisy
  • Watching: BBT (New ep = WIN)
  • Playing: Sonic Heroes
  • Eating: Nothing. Am on diet.
  • Drinking: Tea
I've been around (sort of) but less than usual and I haven't felt like talking. Or really doing much. It's horribly rude to just detach myself like that and I'm really sorry. It's nothing to do with any of the lovely people around here and I'll get back into the swing of being active soon, and catch up with everything I'm supposed to be doing = ) Just pardon me while my funk hovers.

Also, I still don't have a pen.
  • Mood: Unhappy
  • Reading: Lackadaisy
  • Watching: BBT (New ep = WIN)
  • Playing: Sonic Heroes
  • Eating: Nothing. Am on diet.
  • Drinking: Tea
On account of me not having a pen. Now what do I do with my whole life?


Fanfiction!
  • Mood: Unhappy
  • Reading: Lackadaisy
  • Watching: Gok Wan: Made in China
  • Playing: Sonic Heroes
  • Eating: Nothing. Am on diet.
  • Drinking: Tea
And late with art. I know. I'm sorry D= Unforgivably, I didn't finish either piece for TheifToASlave's birthday; I just had to post the lines. I'm sorry babe :heart:

I haven't felt like drawing at all (though I have, and Vanessa, your couple is almost finished). It's been a bad week. I've had sickness, horrible, horrible stomach cramps for no obvious reason all week (definitely not the obvious reason). Sometimes I just can't move with them. I've also been getting really bad headaches. I never ever get headaches, so it's horrible when I do because they're the kind that stop me doing anything at all.

And with all that there's been the usual anxiety and stress with mum and money and everything, and I've just been too depressed to talk to anyone. I keep thinking about someone, wanting to contact them and having to stop myself doing something stupid.

I don't really know what to do to cheer myself up at the moment. But all projects are on hold until I feel better health wise, otherwise there's just no motivation and I'm stressing myself out more.
  • Mood: Pain
  • Listening to: My beloved Eric Stuart, Shania Twain and Cé
  • Reading: The Meek, Lackadaisy, RA
  • Watching: My brother play Skyward Sword
  • Playing: Shadow the Hedgehog
  • Eating: Nothing. Am on diet.
  • Drinking: Tea
Last weekend, I spent ages cleaning out my messages as (as my friends will know) I have a hard time keeping on top of them. I haven't commented on any work or replied to any notes properly in over a week (so if you feel neglected, it's not personal). I finally got all the feedback ones down to around 350 in total. Then, my daft little I really need a hug by Sarky-Sparky thing done in an hour when I was feeling low made the front page and they rocketed up to over 4000 again XD That's the power of cute, I guess. And Pokemon. Seriously though, I've had two DDs, both for pieces I spent hours and hours on, and the response with those didn't even come close to this Pikachu thing. It's hilarious and sad at the same time because I know some people like MissTooni who lovingly devote time to creating engaging original characters and fabulous stories to go with them and doesn't get a fraction of the attention she deserves. And UneditedSilence makes the most beautiful keys. She creates each one with a clear theme, and they are the most stunning steampunk charms but she barely gets a blink. On the other hand, I'm not complaining about people liking Sad Pika, because all the lovely comments of strangers saying nice things, and offering comforting words (sheer number is astounding!) made me feel so much better after a shitty day.

So thanks for everyone who showed their support, especially those kind enough to offer sweet messages of reassurance to me after reading the Artist's Comments. You're all lovely people. And welcome to my 117 new watchers! I'm flattered so many of you chose to watch me XD and really hope you enjoy whatever rubbish I happen to post! Yes, there will inevitably be more Pokemon. I LOVE drawing Pokemon because my anatomy doesn't matter and they're all pretty colours for me to play with XD Plus, it was a large part of my childhood, and art is all about escapism and what I love to me.

So! Back to real life. I had that interview today. It was for the County Council, full time, work I'm used to, VERY generous wage for someone my age. I'm not sure I overwhelmed them but I came out of it feeling ok. Even better after I bought my post-interview treat, like I always do. Anyway. It's a very popular post though, so wish me luck. I'll hear back at the end of the month. It would solve so many problems if I got it. I also applied for an admin position at the vets near my house. That one is paid less and fewer hours but it's the one I'm angling for more. We have seven cats so we go to those vets a LOT. They know us quite well. I really love animals too <3

Speaking of cats, my Snuggy-baby has been injured! Snuggles is our youngest cat and the only one who survived from his litter (it was a rough first week. Mummy cat was VERY ill and infected the other two who soon died). I hand-reared him from birth,  (many sleepless nights, like a human baby. Except you don't wake up in the morning and find a human baby has crawled up your quilt, under your hair and is purring happily, snuggled up on your neck - hence his name.) Anyway, I worked hard to keep him alive and this week, he got a very deep, very nasty gash. It's worrying. But we know from experience what the antibiotics cost so we had to settle for TCP and makeshift bandaging. We also had one of our other cats being shaved. Someone actually repeatedly took our cat and shaved all the fur off the base of his tail and his hind legs. It's sick. There are rumours that there are immigrants (half of Poland lives in this town) who are too poor to afford meals are stealing cats and eating them. But we think it's probably just the bitchy gay hairdresser next door who hates us.

So yeah, an odd week. Very up and down XD Been quite stressed offline, but online is a ton of fun right now, even if I do feel a tad guilty about so much undeserved attention XD Here's to a chillaxing weekend!
  • Listening to: Jump Started - Eric Stuart
  • Reading: The Meek
  • Watching: New Big Bang episode &lt;3
  • Eating: Cola-cooked ham. Is delicious.
  • Drinking: Tea
SIGN UP EXTENDED UNTIL 8PM GMT. I'm hoping for a couple more people who said they'd be interested, but haven't been online since =3.

Hello =3 Sorry I've not been on much this week. Lots going on as usual. Poorly people, wounded kitties and changes in circumstances. But I have an interview for an awesome(ly well paid, considering) job next week so wish me luck!


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:bulletred: So! Some people, albeit not many, expressed an interest in my poll. There aren't that many people and I know I'm cutting it a little close to Valentine's Day but I just thought it would be fun. :bulletred:

:bulletorange: It's not a contest but everyone is a winner! It's basically a Valentine's Day version of Secret Santa. Let's call it... Concealed Cupid. Yeah! Is that lame? I don't care. =D :bulletorange:

:bulletyellow: You can request any couple!: either your own original characters or just existing characters you ship, or even yourself and your loved one! Couples can be straight or gay (if you're not comfortable drawing a gay couple, note me), from anything and any genre, but you can draw your assigned couple in whatever style you want. The requester may only request the characters, not the pose or environment or art style - just to make it easier for everyone! Requested couples must be predominantly human. This means you can request fairies/angels/nekomimi etc but no mechs, pokemon or furries. :bulletyellow:

:bulletgreen: Sign up here to tell me if you want to take part! Only sign up if you think you can finish your drawing by February 28th. Post the name of the two characters you would like drawing for you, and links to references pictures. References must be in colour and you must post two links per character, OR one link and a written description. As well as image references, please provide a couple of sentences describing the nature/history of the relationship of the couple so that the artist has some background info ^^ :bulletgreen:

:bulletblue: Sign up is open until 9am GMT tomorrow (Friday) morning. I'll note you the same day with the couple you have been assigned. It will be random ^^ There must be a minimum of three people signing up, otherwise I cancel. If you want to encourage your friends to sign up, by all means do XD :bulletblue:

:bulletpurple: Everyone who signs up gets 5 dA points for being a good sport. In the spirit of love and all that.:heart: :bulletpurple:

:bulletpink: Have fun ^^ :bulletpink:

Participants
If you could give me the sort of information you see below, that would be great ^^

1. Operia
Kiri and Eikon

Kiri by OperiaEikon by OperiaAnshin Ga Yume No - Page 6 by Operia
Eikon saw Kiri headed for an abandoned warehouse while he was travelling. Kiri thought she was about to sign a peace treaty, but in fact it was a trap...the warehouse exploded, with her still inside. Afterwards, Eikon dug her out of the rubble and carried her to a nearby settlement for treatment. The two became very close as a result of the incident.

2. diedott
Starscream and Knockout
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Basically, they aren't in a 'relationship' as such, but they wouldn't mind being so. They like to stick to together when they get the opportunity in combat, and end up with rare smiles on their faces, as they make such a good team. They are reluctant to admit anything towards each other.

3. MissTooni
Oliver and Rossa
Oliver and Rossa colors by MissTooni (There's a detailed written description in the Artist's Comments of the visual reference.)

Oliver was working for the paper as assistant to the editor when Rossa joined as an intern/secretary. The two started talking since they ended up having breaks at the same time, and while they didn't have a lot in common Rossa was always very interested in what Oliver had to say. They were both promoted to being journalists at the same time because a few of the paper's other writers left. Their desks are adjacent to each other and they help each other out with articles (Oliver helps Rossa out, really) during a timecrunch. Both have had crushes on each other for a while now - although it has taken Oliver a while to realize that his feelings for Rossa are romantic and not brotherly - but both are also shy and somewhat awkward and waiting for each other to make the first move.

4. Me =3
Eric and Mimi (I had the most references for these two XD)
Happy Birthday My Lovely by Sarky-Sparky.+ Art trade Eric +. by tobi2moodringHeartbrakeshipping MTL by TheifToASlaveMTL Cast Lines by Sarky-SparkyNonsensical Insensible Love by Sarky-SparkyCan we pretend by TheifToASlave

Eric found Mimi in her father's underground bar while he was desperately trying to avoid his wife. Despite the seven year age gap, Mimi falls very much in love with Eric. The two bond over their shared love of music. All she wants is to shelter him and his sons from his violent wife. Eric thinks Mimi is his soulmate. She loves him for him and every word she says makes him want to be with her forever... Also, they murder Eric's wife, give his sons to a trusted friend, marry illegally and commit suicide together. Happy days!
  • Listening to: Crossfire - Eric Stuart
  • Reading: Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella
  • Watching: YGOTAS 54 - Bravo, LK, bravo.