My birthday is coming up on November 15th!
For the first time ever, I am opening up points donation in case you're feeling generous during this special occasion. You'll even get a little something in return!
80 points or 1 Cake badge - User's name featured in my next journal
120 points - User's name and icon featured in my next journal
160 points - User's name, icon, and 1 artwork featured in my next journal*
200 or more points - A sketch of your favorite Pokemon or Pokemon OC**
*Please state which artwork you would like to be featured
**Please state which Pokemon you would like me to draw
This ends on November 17th, 12:00 AM EST
Not much longer until my 250,00th page view. If you get it, take a screenshot, send it by note (other methods do NOT count), and you will win free art from me!
EDIT: Dang, you guys are fast. Thanks for playing!
I'll announce the winner on Sunday, Nov 2nd.
Also, happy Halloween everyone!
Congratulations to scott910 for being to first to get the pageview and submit it to me.
There will also be a consolation prize for Starrcasm for being very close behind! You will receive a colored sketch request.
Please notify me by note what you want.
The next milestone is 300,000
A lot has been going on in real life, so I wasn't really active for the past month and a half.
I started a new job during the later part of September. Although it takes about 30 minutes to commute there by car, I decided to go the longer route by taking the subway since I don't feel like sitting traffic. The subway takes slightly less than 1 hour to reach my office, which means I get almost 2 hours of nothing to do for 5 days every week.
In order to be more productive, I decided to spend the time drawing. I heard about Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 and how it can essentially be a portable digital sketchbook for artists. It certainly beats lugging around a Macbook Pro and tablet! So I got one last weekend, put Photoshop on it and used it on the subway to see how it goes.
The SP3 has really high resolution so you can zoom in on the artwork and it will still be fairly clear. I have to press down a bit harder since it's less pressure sensitive than my Cintiq, but the pressure sensitivity is still nice and the main reason I got this instead of another tablet. I've only had it for a few days now, so I'm still getting used to it, but so far I've been satisfied with it. And since it's Windows, I can finally install Paint Tool SAI on it and try that program out!
Well, it's October so it seems appropriate that I've been busy with some OCT stuff which I'll be submitting over the next couple of weeks. But most of you watch me for my illustrations and I can assure you that I'll have something special for Halloween and than another big thing before the release of ORAS in November! Thank you very much for your patience!
Hey guys. Still busy, but I would like to congratulate Animela-WolfHybrid for getting my 234,567th pageview!
Great job! You win a free Pokemon related artwork with up to 3 characters. Please note me when you have decided what you want.
And now I'll set the next number at 250,000. Same thing as last time. Get the pageview and you win a free drawing.
I'm almost done setting up my new apartment and will have the internet and cable enabled this coming Saturday. Hopefully I'll have officially moved in after that. Maybe I'll have more time to work on some more artwork.
I was going to do something special for my 200k page view, but I'm way past that now. So I've decided to set the next milestone at
That's right! If you're the lucky person who gets this consecutive numbered pageview, take a screenshot, send it to me by Note, and you'll win a prize - a free Pokemon-related drawing with up to 3 characters. These characters can be official ones or your own creations.
In other news, there have been some major changes in my life and that's why I haven't really been uploading anything other than an OCT entry.
First of all, I just got married! That's right, I'm a husband now. Imagine that. We had a small simple wedding that was still really lovely. We haven't had our honeymoon yet because we have other things to take care of first.
Like moving into our new apartment. We're set to do that next Saturday and it will surely take a couple of days at least before we're fully settled in.
Hopefully after that's all been taken care of, I will have some time to draw again. Maybe I'll even upload something before the end of the month! We'll see.
What? Dramatic NEW World? Does this mean there's going to be a new region instead of/along with Hoenn?
Well, my birthday is right around the corner.
November 15th to be precise.
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Pokemon X and Y come out in less than a week!
The leaks from Pokemon who have early copies have already revealed a ton of new information. I was going to get Y because of Yvetal, but I do like the color blue better. And I like Mega Charizard X and Mega Mewtwo X better than their Y counterparts. So I decided to switch to X.
My current planned team is
Sylveon or Florges
So what about you?
1. X version or Y version?
2. Girl or Boy?
3. Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie?
4. Will you be using a Kanto starter?
5. Tyrunt or Amaura?
Optional: What other Pokemon will you be using on your team?
I DON'T KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS
I'M REALLY CONFLICTED NOW
Oh, the gameplay video is up. Now that I've seen Mega Pokemon in action, it's actually pretty cool.
It's been a long time since I've lasted updated my journal so I might as well do it now while I have some time.
First, I want to thank everyone who watches me because Iast week, I have surpassed 5000 watchers!
Anyways, June is going to be a dreadfully busy month for me. Let's see what I have coming up:
Sixfold Round 4 - Due June 1 - Status: Finished
- Hyperion Conference Round 6 - Due June 24 - Status: Not Started
- Duality Round 3 - Due June 25 - Status: Started
- BFOI Round 1 - Due June 30 - Status: Not Started
- End Run Round 7 - Due August 24 - Status: Not Started
Assuming that these rounds don't receive any more extensions, then the last week of June is going to be simply hectic. Not only that, but I still have personal artwork that I want to work on, but I doubt I'll have any time before June. Maybe if new Pokemon get revealed this month, I can do something with that.
Also, if you haven't done so already, please follow my tumblr blog because I sometimes post artwork there that I don't post on dA and other times, I just post cool or funny Pokemon stuff that I find.
Thank you and see you around!
It's December already?!? But...that means 2013 is right around the corner!
I realized I didn't submit anything during the month of November. I've just been so busy and it's all OCT related. Let's take a look at my schedule for the next 30 days:
Dec 8th - End Run Round 5 due
Dec 17th - 6XL Round 2 due
Dec 23rd - Hyperion Round 5 due
Jan 1st - Duality app and intro comic due
Being in the middle of soon to be FIVE OCTs is really exhausting, but I've decided that coloring takes up most of the time. I should limit future rounds to monotone with one or two additional colors for highlights.
I was going to finally update arkeis.com around Christmas time, but lol NOPE. That ain't happening. Maybe in January...
Also gotta do my two kiriban requests and even a Secret Santa thing.
In other news, I am going on a cruise to the Bahamas starting tomorrow. Yay...I guess. I'll be back on the 8th so that's 4 days. But it's 4 days I won't be working on my entries, which is really starting to worry me.
I'm the kind of person who needs everything to be nice and complete. I cannot under any circumstance submit something unfinished. So I'll try to enjoy the trip somehow, but I'll try to do some drawing on the ship as well.
See you all in a few days!
Oh you guys!
Spamming my front page with views so that I reach 100K in only 2 days! Well, it happened, even though I was asleep when it did.
So...the winner of the kiriban IS....
CONGRATULATIONS! As a reward, you get to request anything Pokemon related and I'll try my best on it! It most likely won't be done until late December, because of all the OCTs I'm in. But I promise it will be done before the end of the year!
Oh, but that's not all! MegamanDX came VERY close. As a consolation prize, you get a smaller request, and it will be posted on my Tumblr (again, in late December).
Anyways, thanks everyone! It was pretty fun. I don't know when I'll do my next kiriban. 200,000 seems so far away. 150K seems more likely, but I still have plenty of time to decide.
Oh and as a reminder, my birthday is in 8 days (Nov 15th).
All right, so there's less than 1,000 pageviews until I hit 100K. As a reminder, the first person to grab a screenshot of the 100,000th page view will get a Pokemon-related request from me! At the rate things are going, this should happen sometime in the middle of the month.
Speaking of which, my birthday is in exactly 10 days!
That's right, it's on November 15th which is next Thursday. As if I didn't feel old already.
And tomorrow is election day to determine the next US President. I'm not too into politics, but I'll be out at the polls tomorrow morning because I genuinely favor one candidate over the other. It's going to be really close. We'll see how it goes...
I haven't posted a journal entry since July, and it's already October! Where did the year even go?!?
Also the journal has a fresh new look now! Yay!
So for the past couple of months I've been killing myself with all the OCTs I'm in. Seriously, OCTs stress me out even more than my actual job!
But they're still fun to do. It's like running a marathon, except you're drawing instead of running.
Then I realize haven't really done any non-OCT related art since June. My main gallery hasn't been updated for all this time. That will change soon though. I've got quite a few drawings planned for October, especially since this is Halloween month. In fact, I'd say this will be my most active month all year (asumming I don't slack off!).
Also I beat Pokemon Black 2 (the Japanese version) last week! Now I've unlocked Challenge Mode, so I can use it for when I get Pokemon White 2.
Speaking of which, I will be attempting a Nuzlocke and comic on White 2! More details to come...
OH! I almost forgot.
I am at over 95,000 pageviews right now. That means the 100k mark is coming up soon. I'm thinking of doing a kiriban when that happens. So if you get my 100,000th view, take a screenshot and submit it to me as fast as you can. I will only accept the first person to do it and that person will get a free request from me!
I gonna...............create a Tumblr account!
That's right! I'm hopping on the bandwagon.
What is Tumblr?
Well, Tumblr is basically a blogging and social media site, sort of like Facebook except WAY more customizable. You can post and share pictures, videos, music, etc. You can follow people and stay updated, and you can also ask them questions and send fan mail. A lot of artists have Tumblrs which they use as their personal art blogs.
So you can find the main Tumblr for Arkeis HERE.
I haven't really posted anything there, but in the near future, I'll upload sketches, WIPs, and other art that won't make it onto my dA gallery. So if you have a Tumblr account, please follow me!
I've created an ask blog for my Sixfold League character, Terry. An ask blog is basically a Tumblr where you role play as a character and people can ask you questions and interact with you. This specific one is more for other people who are also members of the Sixfold League.
You can find it HERE.
IN OTHER NEWS
It looks like my subscription is running out soon.
It would be really nice if someone can extend it or donate some points so I can renew it. I'll most likely give that kind person a free drawing request (and I'll post it on my Tumblr too!).
EDIT: Thanks so much to Mewscaper for the 1 Year subscription!
IT'S HERE, IT REALLY IS!
I mean for Black and White 2 that is.
It's so exciting, I can't help spoiling myself. If you want to get a quick rundown on everything in these sequels, click HERE.
This includes images and stats for Kyurem and the Kami Trio's new forms, a list of new level-up moves and tutors, new locations, new characters, and much more.
Here are some more useful links:
HERE you can view a sprite sheet of all trainers in this game, including those who will be in the World Tournament. You'll be pleasantly surprised. This also includes sprites from the PokeWood thing, in case you were wondering why there are zombies and robots in a Pokemon game.
HERE you can view a list of ALL the Pokemon and what tutors they can learn. Just use your browser's search function to see if your favorites got anything useful in battle. Although I should probably tell you that only a few Pokemon got any significant upgrades. Some Pokemon got completely shafted! Oh well, maybe next generation...
NEW MUSIC! Yes, go onto Youtube, type in "Pokemon BW2 OST" or something like that, order it by Upload Date, and you can listen to the cool new remixes that this game has.
If you want more spoilers including major plot points, a list of Gym Leaders and what they use, and a look at the New Unova Champion, just head over to Serebii and spoil yourself silly.
So what do you think of all these new changes? Which ones are you most excited for?
Hey guess, what? It's my 2 year anniversary on deviantART!
It's kind of scary how fast time passes. But a lot has happened these couple of years, so it's not like they've gone to waste. A big thank you to all of my watchers (wow, over 3000 already?!?) for following my art. I know I don't really respond to comments unless it's a question, but I read everything you say and I really do appreciate them.
I have many more art things planned for the future, so stay tuned!
Oh, let's talk about the Pokemon B2/W2 news! You can read all about it here: bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki…
Those new formes sure are....uh......interesting.
But oh God, that World Tournament with past gen trainers. I've been wanting this to happening for so long! Although it appears to be 3vs3 only and not 6vs6, but it's still awesome.