Just felt like popping in for a little note about life stuff (since I realize that not all of you probably follow me over on tumblr).
First of all sorry for the sporadic updates on Wurr lately. There was a period of crushing self doubt (the usual. Thanks for my brainstorm buddy for digging me out of it), some life happened, I've been hopping around Finland visiting people, got forced on a job applying course by the unemployment office, adult stuff like taxes (*shudders*). It's been all around a little exhausting, and the comic update schedule has taken a blow from it all. I'm also going to leave for a week again at Wednesday, so I'll be out of reach from scanners for a while.
Sorry for the inconvenience, I hope to get properly back on track soon. I could really use a breather at least!
Also I've noticed the number of unread notes in my message center has reached 150. I'm, uh, kind of avoiding it these days, it's kind of become a spam dumpster (please, don't use my notes as your personal chat! It's clogged up). So if you've sent me something important and I haven't answered (sorry!), please, let me know here or something, or send me an email (the address is in my profile). I probably haven't noticed.
(Also the really weird realization that in less than three months Wurr will be ten years old. The first page was uploaded online 27th July 2007. I don't know how to feel about it.)
Anyway. Thanks for hanging around!
I kind of want another kukuri.
While I love my one existing fluffmuppet to bits, it's kind of hard to draw interaction when there's just one. Interaction is way more fun to draw than just posing alone. So I'm looking for one new fluffy friend for my Sorja.
- Pearl or hazel base (amber is acceptable if it's hazed. I want them to be visually different. Crimson is also acceptable, if it's velvet or candied.
As a primarily traditional artist I'm just cheating my way out of having to color everything too dark)
- Not related to Sorja (for reasons) nor inbred.
- Ears and horns MUST be different from Sorja's: no droop or devil (again, for visual difference)
- Markings. Don't care what markings or how many (I can work with whatever gets thrown at me), as long as there's markings. At least one.
- Ohgoshplease not nocturnal. Diurnal would be best, crepuscular is acceptable. Just please give me excuses to draw gathering that doesn't have to be at night.
- Short tail
- Dominant underbelly
- One of the parents/grandparents/someone in the family tree be a starter (yay for travelling entries with family members!)
Oh, and totally unrelated, but anyone interested in Mutation Potion for DracoStryx?
I got one, but since I don't breed, I don't have use for it. Anyone wanna buy/trade it?
She'd like one with fuzz tail and either floppy or folded ears (having some sort of ruffle would be great too, if possible!) plus maybe some markings.
If you have anything to offer that sounds something like that, please drop a comment here, so she can see what she'd like to
I can offer my art skills for payment. Here's some examples of the stuff I can draw in exchange (I prefer drawing kukuris or pokemon, but we can negotiate):
Or, you know, my gallery.
Thanks so very muchly!
Hei, Lahden seudulla elelevät suomieliöt!
Lauantaina tän kuun 26. päivä miun karateseura, Lahden Seibukan, järjestää yhden päivän kestävän soveltavan itsepuolustuskurssin klo 11.30 alkaen. Kurssi on avoin kaikille, ja sen hinta seuran ulkopuolisille on 30€.
- 11:30-13:00 teoriaa itsepuolustustilanteista ja lainsäännöstä
- 13:00-13:30 kevyt omatoiminen välipala
- 13:30-16:30 harjoittelua
- 16:30- sauna
Ihan painavaa asiaa, ja käytännön treeniäkin asiantuntevalla ohjauksella.
Dojo sijaitsee osoitteessa Väinmöisentie 2A, pihan oikeassa laidassa on verkkoportti josta sisään, C ovi (oven yläpuolella lappu, jossa karate- ja aikidoseurojen logot) ja raput ylös.
Kurssin tuotto menee uuden dojon sisustukseen, eli hyvään tarkoitukseen.
I am going to take ONE commission to be finished this weekend. And it's going to be a styx one to nicely limit the subjects to something I'm confident I can draw within the given time limit (and because ascension points).
Will be drawn by hand but coloured digitally, in similar manner as these:
Price will be 50€, or the equivalent in USD, and will be a portrait that consist of either two stryxes or a styx and rider combo interacting. (And I mean portrait as a single image, not an AP sheet as the examples, those are just to show off the technique.)
Won't be first come first serve (since I'm at work and won't be able to stalk this journal once I shove it to the public to see). So instead I'll leave this open and check back once I get home from work in a few hours/tomorrow morning (depending on people's interest/ time zones) and will pick which one I like the best, if there's more than one comment. (I likely won't pick birds with the galyx gene, because gosh! All that shine looks a bit hard to do for something I intend to finish in a single weekend.)
So, to try your luck, comment here with link(s) to your chosen bird(s) import sheet and/or rider reference, depending on which you choose. Also helpful if you had some idea of how you'd like the characters to interact, or at least give me a short description of personalities involved so I can make something up.
Have the money ready to be sent when you comment but don't pay until I've told you to!
If this goes well, I might try this again in the future, so fingers crossed and let's see how it works!
The year is coming to a close fast and the next Finnish convention creeps behind the corner of the new year. I was originally planning on printing the next book of Wurr (Finnish edition, English one still has no ETA at the moment. Hopefully within the next year) in time for the convention, but I ran into a couple of blocks on the way. I'm getting a bit behind with the page count (just a bit over one scene to gooooo, though that is kind of a big scene) but missing the deadline isn't even the biggest block; I kind of don't have enough money for the print right now.
I'm still optimistic, though! With Desucon Frostbite coming up next month, I intend to put all my artist alley earnings towards the comic print, and for that, I thought I could use some help.
I want to make a special Wurr print for the convention! I just... don't have good ideas for the design.
So here's the idea. If you have a good idea for a print design (I might make it available in several sizes, like A3 poster, A4 print and a post card), sketch it out. Just a rough sketch, stick figures are totally fine as long as I know which character is which (name tags written over plain head circles is totally fine by me). I prefer the sketches rough, as I feel bad for asking for art when I can't pay for it, and I'm going to draw the finished print myself anyway. As long as I can get the general idea, the look or quality of the sketch doesn't matter. Multiple characters are totally okay, I'm going to draw it on a canvas twice the size I usually draw the pages, so I'll have plenty of room to play around. Go wild! Have fun!
The maker of the winning design will get a copy of the finished print sent to them when it's done (if I print it in different sizes, you'll get a copy of all of them).
To take part, comment here with a link to your design (don't send notes, if possible. My notes are a horrible mess, and I can't find anything in there) aaaaand maybe mention which is your favourite Wurr character if you feel like it. For no reason.
Let's say the deadline is 18th this month (with a little leeway, as time zones are mean and all) so I can have some time to finish it too, with all the holidaying and stuff going on.
Happy doodling, and thanks for all the help!
I was recommended to write this up as a journal for better visibility, so here goes!
As the title says, I'm looking for a stryx geno to add to my dorky family of Murderburd and its two troll mums. Because obviously one giant birdmonster isn't enough in that tiny house, I want Tekla to have one too.
I want it to be visually distinctive from Murderburd, to keep things interesting, so here's specifics of what I'm looking for (bolded bits are what's important, rest is mostly rambling and wishful dreams):
- Horned tyto (the fluffiest feetsies!) OR common corva (I have ideas for the can-learn-to-parrot-words -thing that I can't have otherwise, as I don't plan to get any more stryxes after this one).
- Geno, not uploaded (I love designing my own critters. The import template is too much fun to play with.)*
- Snow base, unless markings such as piebald or snowcap are involved, then by all means any base goes. Also if double (or "dominant", as the group's lingo goes) silver is present, then sand would be really nice, specially with unders or pangare.
- More than one marking (hood and stains would be great, but I won't complain if I don't win the lottery). No galyx marking (a bit too fancy for me, and you can sell it for better profit elsewhere anyway), crescent or half moon, and if I can be picky, maybe not frost either, but I can deal with it (beggars can't be choosers). I can deal with almost anything, though.
(- Chiroptera mutation would be awesome, but let's be realistic here, I bet you can sell those for better profit any day.)
- Any gender or biorhythm goes.
I'm too poor to offer money, but I can do art for payment. Feel free to browse my gallery for examples. As an opening offer (this can be negotiated) I could promise an AP sheet, of several fully colored and shaded full body drawings of a stryx (or stryxes) of your choosing. Let's say base of two full body drawings, and one extra for each marking the geno has. I can throw in your trainer in too for some interaction (and extra AP).
I'm in no hurry, as I plan on Murderburd growing up before introducing the new family member, but it would be nice to have the geno ready at hand when the time comes.
* I'm a bit too shy to ask around for people's breeding slots, and I don't fancy owing stuff to too many people at once, so it would be greatly much appreciated if you have a geno for offer.
(Also as a side note: If I end up with a corva, someone please commission me to draw a horned tyto, those feet are too adorable!)
Coming to Desucon this Sunday! Located in Lahti, Finland, behind the table right over here:
Wurr books, cards, embroidered patches, stickers! Will also bring my folder of Pokémon prints that will be priced as “pay-what-you-will-oh-please-take-them-off-me” because they’re old and I want to get rid of them.
I will also hang around the con during Saturday too, just not behind an artist alley table. I will probably park myself in random places around the main hall drawing the next page of Wurr. You are welcome to come and say hi if you spot me (don't be afraid of disturbing me while I draw; if I wanted to draw undisturbed, I wouldn't be drawing in the middle of a convention). I'll most probably be wearing white T-shirt, brown cap and a ponytail. I also have a blue shoespoon hanging from a lanyard somewhere around my waist, and carry around a backbag that is almost obnoxiously pink.
Se on hei Desu taas!
Lahtelaisena eliönä aion vakaasti olla tapahtumassa läsnä koko viikonlopun (perjantaina vähän kyseenalaisemmin). Sunnuntaina löydyn parhaiten taidekujalta, ihan ulko-ovien puoleisesta päädystä. Mukanani raahaan Wurr-kirjoja, kortteja, brodeerattuja Wurr-merkkejä, tarroja ja joitain printtejä, mukaan lukien kansiollisen pokémon printtejä, joiden hinta on ihan just niin paljon kuin ostaja haluaa niistä maksaa (viekää pois, pyydän).
Notkun nurkissa myös lauantain ja miut bongaakin todennäköisimmin parkkeerattuna randomeissa paikoissa ympäri pääsalia piirtämässä seuraavaa wurrisivua, ellen ole juuri sillä hetkellä raidaamassa joko myyntipöytäsalia tai taidekujaa. Tule ihmeessä tervehtimään, jos bongaat! (Minua ei siis haittaa tulla häirityksi piirtäessäni; jos seurassa piirtäminen haittaisi, en piirtäisi keskellä conia.) Miulla on todennäköisesti valkoinen T-paita, ruskea lippalakki ja ponkkari, kaulassani roikkuu noin vyötärön korkeudella sininen kenkälusikka ja reppuni omistaa jotakuinkin räikeän pinkin värityksen.
I just wanted to make a quick update about this before going to bed.
In case you have sent me a note and I haven't answered you, I am sorry, I'm not ignoring you. I just have no idea where to start anymore. My note count has kind of gotten out of my hand:
I just realized I had missed a note from a commissioner (who had already paid!) from couple WEEKS ago! Which is, needless to say, not okay by any means.
If you want me to see something, leaving a comment for me about it might be the best way to go. I do read all the comments I get and appreciate every single one of them, even if I can't answer them all, but with how my notes are at this point, I'm kind of overwhelmed. To be fair, they have been piling up for a long time (back during my practical training and thesis I didn't have much free time for things other than sleeping or eating), but I think they might have finally reached a point where I'm not sure if I can handle them anymore. I sincerely apologise for not answering them all, but I don't know where to start anymore.
Notes are okay for business such as commission stuff, I'll check them more often from now on (I mean, paid commission, GEESH!), but they're not the best way to reach me for other stuff anymore.
Thanks for all of you for being awesome, and I'm sorry for not answering you all.
I'm off to bed now. See ya!
This past year+ has been pretty hectic in my part of the world, I bet you've noticed the slowing down of my pace when it comes to comic updates. (I remember the times of uploading a page every single week fondly...)
A bit over a year ago my schedule got shot to the orbit by having practical training in the capital, which sucked up pretty much all my time (although I'm super glad I got the training job, my first time in an actual, professional animation studio! One that had more than two people in it at least. Great times, great times), and after surviving that part, I started working on my thesis to graduate from school, and that lasted pretty much an entire year. Those who follow me on tumblr are probably familiar with the despair of my "Papermonkey attempts to graduate"-tag...
Aaanyway. The thesis got stretched like half a year longer than it was supposed to, but I managed to pass the final presentation of it few days ago (while having a flu too!), and am now officially on my way to graduation! The official graduation day will be next friday, and that's it for my four and half years in Lahti University of Applied Sciences Institute of Design. (My new title will be "medianomi", which I have no clue on how to translate in English.) Whoot!
First time in twenty years I won't be a student anymore. Scary! But this means that I'm entering the glorious world of joblessness, so while I'll start wondering how on earth does one do this "adult" thing, I'm also probably going to have a lot more time in my hands, which means I can finally get back to the good old pencil wagging! I'm planning to also start streaming comic page drawing again. My brainstorm buddy is moving out of town too, so majority of my comic drawing has to be transported from her sofa into *gasp* me actually motivating myself! And speaking from experience, streaming seems like the best option to get me on my lazy butt. Having people
I'm probably going to flee for the holidays as soon as the graduation happens, so I might not be online much for the rest of the month, but expect comicing to resume upon new year!
Happy holidays everyone!
Hey, peeps! Feel like helping me with a little research for my thesis?
Tell me a few things about what you think of dinosaurs, and try not to let my way of drawing them influence your view (pretend you’ve never seen me draw dinosaurs, mkay?) I’m trying to look into how dinosaurs are portrayed in media, and how that affects how people think about them, and figured that personalised answers would be a lot better than “somebody in the internet once said” (“person A of the people questioned for the study” sounds better than “my brother’s friend’s aunt’s dogsitter’s cousin twice removed once heard this rumour”, you know). I don’t need your name or who you are, I just need to be able to point that these answers came from real people. Bonus points if you can get someone to answer this who doesn’t know me at all (and thus can’t be influenced by my view of dinosaurs).
Thanks in advance! I really appreciate all answers I can get (within the next week or so).
- What do you think of dinosaurs?
- What do you think dinosaurs are? What makes a dinosaur and what are they like?
- What is your favourite dinosaur, and why?
- Favourite dinosaur media (movie, TV show, videogame, etc)?
- What do you think of the way dinosaurs are portrayed in media in general?
Long time no see. After finishing my thesis animation, I've been spending quite a lot of my summer vacation lazying around at my family's place, where my only means to get online are my tablet (mobile dA sucks, and doesn't let me answer notes, so I don't read them either) or my mom's mini laptop which isn't compatible with my brain and patience. I apologize for the radio silence. The best place to follow me is my tumblr at papermonkeyism.tumblr.com
Also, I'm just about to leave in a couple of hours to the traditional annual road trip with bunch of my old Liminka school of arts comic department buddies. I'll be gone for a week, as we travel around on a caravan, and are most likely completely internetless during this whole time. So I'll be even more silent for the next week. I'll be back around Thursday next week.
I'll be sharing a table with my brainstorm buddy, Hukkanaama at the artist alley of this year's Tracon in Tampere next month. The fourth book of Wurr will not be there (it still needs nearly half hundred pages before there's enough material to print), and the first book is pretty much out of print at this point, but if you still wanted to get the second or third book, they'll be there*. With also maybe some dinosaur cards, hand made magnets and stuff. You're welcome to come and say hi! 8D
See ya, peeps! Have a fun end of the summer (or winter, if you're on the southern hemisphere)! I'm off to pack my road trip bags.
*As of now, the Wurr books are printed only in Finnish. English editions are planned, but there's no estimated schedule at the moment.
Also here's a link to my general convention policies because it's relevant: paperiapina.deviantart.com/jou…
(My sketchbook(s) is okay to look and/or draw into!)
Also, regarding that problem with me trying to submit my dinosaur animation yesterday. I was told it's a known bug in DA, and has been since May 27th. Could somebody come tell me when it gets fixed, so I can put my dinosaur here? Thanks!
So, today marks the start of Desucon Frostbite, in Lahti, Finland (my current hometown), and I’ve been meaning to write something like this for a dang long time, so I thought I’d throw this together
If you see me drawing
In case you spot me sitting somewhere, drawing something (most probably Wurr), you’re welcome to come and chat with me. I’m not bothered with company; if I wanted to draw undisturbed, I wouldn’t draw in a convention.
I usually carry two sketchbooks with me, in addition to my comic papers (the current one I’m fillng, and the previous one I filled before that). You are free to browse through them if you wish! Just ask. Some pages might be spoilerrific which I will tape shut, so if you see two pages stuck together from the edges, please don’t open them. (There are future Wurr concepts in there, no looking.)
Also, you’re free to doodle something, like your own hello, into the sketchbook that’s currently being filled if you wish. (I have pens/pencils to borrow. ) Trading hellos into peoples’ sketchbook is an ancient Liminka school of arts tradition.
Want me to draw for you?
This is kind of a variable one, but as a general rule, if you want me to draw my paper persona (you know, the papermonkey) or a tiny raptor/troodon, just stick a piece of paper in front of me and ask. They won’t take much time.
If you want me to draw anything else, I want to get paid. I can sketch my own characters for about 5€. Drawing something else requires time, references and concentration, so I’d rather not do too much of those (I want the con to be fun for myself too), but in slow or silent moments when there’s less people around and you stay to chat with me, I might doodle something, if you provide me the paper and keep your request simple (and have few euros to give to a poor art student). I will pause to serve customers if I’m at artist alley, so it’s usually best to ask later in the day, or if I’m already sitting somewhere outside of the alley drawing Wurr. If you want me to draw, you provide the paper.
(Wanted to put this up here as well, partly to bump the previous journal out of the front page. I got a chance to come make my thesis stuff at school, so my 3D program got upgraded from Blender to Cinema 4D.)
On other news and slightly smaller projects, gah, I want to draw trias and my nuzlocke again! I know what the next part of Constructing Triaformica will be about (I'm lumping together senses and behavior quirks) and I want to do it, and I also want to make progress on the pokémon front. I've got almost two pages of the nuzlocke sketched long ago (I need to clean them up a bit, though. They've been smudged pretty bad.) that I could just continue. Pfffffff!
And sorry for the people who commissioned me! I really didn't foresee the job taking this much of my time, I hope I can get back to working on your things as soon as possible. So, so terribly sorry for the extra waiting. 8(
So much to do, so little time. My brain just wants to do all at once.
You probably already know about my dinosaur calendar project, the Herd. (At least I have been spamming my gallery and tumblr with dinosaur stuff recently. You might have noticed.) I'm finally free from killer deadlines for a while to start working on it, and I'm pretty excited for it!
The calendar will include twelve full color monthly illustrations + cover picture, plus bunch of grayscale sketches illustrating the life of a tribe of troodons and their herd of einiosaurus for one year. I hope to teach myself to draw better, and dinosaurs. You can't say no to dinosaurs.
For simplicity's sake I'm using the Two Medicine formation as my species list, which catalogues pretty neatly the major players of the time. It's from Campanian period, from around 75ish million years ago, and located in Montana, USA. Having never been to Montana myself, I'd like to ask from you, peeps, ifany of you would have photos of the wilderness of Montana, or the areas south from there (since the climate was warmer back then, and it would be nice to have vegetation reference. It was also described as seasonal and semi arid, if that helps. What do real mountains look like anyway?). No buildings or farm fields, though I'm fine with shots of boring forest floor. I'd rather reference from pictures that people give me voluntarily rather than go to pick random stuff from google. I'd much appreciate any help!
(I only need some reference of the local vegetation and ground shapes, I'm not going to copy your photos if you give me some, don't worry.)
In an hour or two I'm going to take off to be kidnapped by a bunch of friends. We're going to go on a trip adventuring around the eastern side of Finland, way out of reach of the inturwebs, and be gone for a week. Needless to say, I'm going to be out of reach during that time.
See you later, peeps!
Papermonkey is out!
PS: The new username is composed as "Paperi"="paper" and "apina"="monkey", as the English version was already taken. Many have been curious on how to pronounce it, so I hope that helps. I'm all fine with being called "Paper" as many of you have already been doing for a long time. I still don't mind being called WolfPearl or Pearl after the old username, just please don't call me Wolf.
I came here to ramble about future schedule things, projects and stuff.
First off, Wurr book/part/chapterthingy 3 is almost done, only three and half pages missing (and covers). Yay! (Still only in Finnish) However, as a little advance warning, I'm probably going to take a little break (a month-ish) from Wurr once the bit is finished. I've noticed this happening every time I finish a book, so this time I'm prepared for hiatusing a little, so a fair warning is in order. Besides, there's only one big-ish question mark in the script of Wurr and it's located around book/part/chapterthingy number four, so I'd like to take a bit of time to sort that out before venturing in to draw it.
Fear not, however! I'm not intending to disappear from the face of the Earth (except for a week in next month when I'll get kidnapped for a roadtrip with friends). I've got several projects that have been waiting for their turn in my attention. I have collected myself bunch of commissions to help with Wurr's printing costs that I have to start working on, and I need to kick the dinosaur calendar project thingy really moving (and I really, really want to continue my Nuzlocke comic too, and I have an idea for the next part of Constructing Triaformica that I'd like to start poking) that hopefully can help fill the wurrlessness while the mutated monster mutts are on vacation.
Oh, hey, about the account name! I was honestly surprised how okay you people were with me changing my DA name to Paperiapina. Thanks for the support! I'll probably change it soon, I kind of want the new account name to be printed on the new Wurr book. And I want to print cards that I can give people in Tracon in lessthantwo months.
Thanks for your support everyone! I'm off to draw Wurr now. And maybe some dinosaurs too. See ya!