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We don't get much snow where I live, and I know that anyone who lives on the US East Coast will probably glare at me for this but I've been wanting a good snowfall all winter.  Nothing for the most part; maybe a small dusting once or twice.  So when we woke up to a winter wonderland today of over 8 inches when we were predicted to be lucky to get 2-4, I had a very happy morning.

The high school out back is full of sledders, even now later in the day.  Snowmen were built in backyards on either side of us.  My little brother got himself pelted with snow when he went out to clean the white stuff off our poor put-upon juniper trees, then flopped all over the yard making snow angels.  Others in the family went out for a walk in the falling flakes and ended up in a snowball fight.  Birds huddled around our birdfeeder like animals in a desert oasis.  And our indoor family cat got introduced to snow for maybe the second time in her life (she nearly disappeared into it, and she's a huge, fluffy, Ragdoll; she immediately waded/dog-paddled back to the safety of the house).  The neighborhood is having fun, at least for those who don't need to drive.

The real fun part is watching nearby Seattle freak out.  They got like 1 1/2 inches, and the news is all about people who can't get to work.  The screaming SUPERBOWL happened yesterday, but is it on the news?  Nope. Rather amusing.  Of course, a lot of that is our very VERY overblown "Nothing Can Be Too Melodramatic" news, but still.  Also, I suspect a lot of people here aren't Patriots fans.  Or at the very least, were rooting for the Falcons.  Although someone in my neighborhood set off fireworks, so the Patriots have SOMEone up here, lol.

. . . Course, I didn't watch the Superbowl either.  Took a peek a couple of times at the score out of curiosity (apparently I missed a big herkn' comeback).  Just whatever about American Football.  Give me the World Series any day.  Baseball is so therapeutic for me.

But not nearly as therapeutic as a really good animated series!  Y'all loved the new season of VOLTRON??  I know I did!  I wanted to make a list of my favorite and least favorite parts, just for kicks and giggles and because I can't leave the house so now you all get to suffer my opinions.  HAHA.  And to quote River Song . . . "SPOILERS!"

THINGS I LIKED MOST ABOUT VOLTRON SEASON TWO:

1.  Expansion of characters.  We got a lot more character development on a few characters that weren't really much more than foils for other characters in season one (Keith being a big recipient of this treatment).  Also, we met some new alien characters.  Love that scientist; he's fun.  And a couple of one-shot villains who might return later were awesome.  My favorite new character was that mall cop; go him!  So dedicated to his job.  He chased them out of the mall, not because he knew they were the Voltron Paladins, but because he thought they were just pirates meddling with his mall.  So dedicated to his job; you've got to admire that.  And lets be frank; at least Lance and Pidge needed to be chased out.  Taking coins from a wall fountain?  Ladies and Gentlemen, our HEROES!  XD  Really funny ep.

2.  Expansion of the universe.  I admit, the part of me that likes my sci-fi to have some grounding in the basis of logical science keeps doing double-takes at these crazy and off-the-wall-impossible planets.  But my creative side almost immediately kicks in with a "who cares; that iced planet looks AWESOME!"  Does a planet need to be a sphere?  Not in Voltron; a series with a planet shaped like a fat comet!  Does a planet have to rely on semi-realistic geography and climatology?  Not necessary in Voltron, a series where you can have an entire planet that dissolves occasionally in acid (plus some that have entirely one ecosystem, like a forest or ocean)!  Does a planet even really need to look like a planet in any conventional sense?  Not really; its VOLTRON!  LOOK AT OUR OUTLANDISH AND INVENTIVE DESIGNS AND WEEP WITH THE BEAUTY OF THEM!  And the aliens are just fun all around.  I especially like the tech-wizards; they were rather fun looking and an interesting concept.  Reminded me of the Technomages from Babylon 5, only waaay more personable.

3.  More fun with Lions.  Got to see a few more tricks the Lions were capable of, and how they'd be useful in different scenarios.  I really like how this series makes the Lions just as important separate from Voltron as they are in their combined form.  And also how the Paladins can shine even without their Lions.  Makes the show more about everything and not just about one big robot punching things.

4.  *Sheepish look* OK, I'm not overly romantic, but I do like a good romance in a story.  Nothing overdone or too mushy.  If the story doesn't even have a hint though, I may behave like a starving fanfic writer and read into scenes a little bit.  Oh, like you don't do that.  One thing is for sure, this season has cemented me as a Pidgance fan, and you can blame the Mall ep for that (one of my new favorite eps now, and not just because of the Lance and Pidge interaction).  Hunk X Shay used to be my OTP, then it was Shallura (Shiro X Allura) for awhile.  Still love those ships, but right now I'm loving how Lance and Pidge bounce off each other.  Although I'm still of the opinion that they're bad news for the rest of the universe when paired up; those two scamps could get into all kinds of trouble, being the most likely to toss conscience to the side when it got in the way.

5.  THE. MOST. EPIC. SEASON TWO/PART TWO ENDING EVER.  Whenever a season two or movie two of a trilogy gets more gritty, more involved, and more dynamic, its usually referred to as the "Empire Strikes Back" of *insert series name*, because "Empire Strikes Back" is the poster child for how to do the second part of a series.  This was that good.  And it broke the mold.  Usually, for the final of a Part/Season/Movie Two, the good guys don't win.  Or if they do, it was a very sacrificial win indeed, and only a temporary one.  Or it was just a small battle compared to the bigger picture. Actually, no, they usually just get their butts kicked, don't they?  Look at TMNT 2012.  Look at Star Wars.  These are a couple examples.  This is so they can set up the third part to fix these problems, and for the penultimate finale to seem all that more grand in scale.  It also tells the viewer that their precious characters are not entirely immune from failure or pain.
Which makes this season finale epic.  Like with Lord of the Rings, they actually succeed in their plan.  And yet . . . they still sorta fail.  But you're not left with that gut-wrenching, "Oh no, how will they ever manage to do that again or fix this problem" thought.  Oh no, you're cheering just as loudly as you are gasping.  The characters actually lay out a plan episodes beforehand, and IT WORKS.  A couple things go disastrously wrong, because they don't have all the info, but they make it work ANYWAYS.  Too bad Zarkon is as durable as a cockroach, and Shiro's . . . uh . . . who knows, really.
Then you get that "Summon Prince Lotor" drop at the very end and you can't help but squee for both sides by the time the episode is over.  Pulling off a character success like this and yet not even remotely finishing the Big Problem is a hard thing to pull off, and this series managed it like none other that readily come to mind.

Lots more other things, but these are the big ones.

THINGS THAT I'M NOT SO KEEN ON:

1.  Galra Keith.  Sigh . . . really??  That actually became a THING?  At least he's not turning colors or anything, but I really didn't think that conspiracy theory held water.  And I'm still not a fan.  Its the most contrived thing that's happened in this entire series, and when we learn more about it in later seasons, it had better be explained more convincingly than the snippets we've been getting so far.  One thing in its favor: it DOES explain a lot about Keith's personality, and that's actually rather cool, but . . . eh.  Maybe all the Galra!Keith and Galra!Klance fanart has just put me off the possibility.  I do like that there seemed to be several callbacks to the fan-theories in the show though.  Hunk squinting at Keith to see if he'd spontaneously turn purple was the best (if he does, then I'm just done with that character; that would be the ultimate in contrivance) and Keith being defensive about it.  Actually, Hunk's working through the Galra-Keith problem was the best of the whole Galra-Keith plot-twist.  Hunk's a fun guy, and I love how he works his problems and concerns out vocally. 
Seriously though . . . while I can suspend my disbelief of science for cool planets, I can't help but get hung up on the genetics of this.  Scientifically its impossible.  And in order for it to at least appear probable-enough-for-scifi-fantasy, then either the Human race is VERY genetically adaptable, or that Galra ancestor of his better be waaaaaaaay back in the family tree.  Because the boy is very definitely NOT purple.  Or Furry.  Or pupil-less.  And had better stay that way.

2.  While I'm ecstatic to see that Hagar was an Altean (honestly, I was banking on Zarkon being that, but I'll roll with this switch, sure), I'm . . . still whatever about the bad guys in this show in general.  I feel like most of the character development being done for both Hagar and Zarkon comes entirely from their voice acting.  The actors are doing their darnedest to put some personality and life into the rather stale and typical villain lines they've been getting, but at some point the writing has to pull some weight.  The only time it ever seemed to was when Hagar was trying to get Zarkon to focus on the big picture and Zarkon was blowing her and everyone else (and anything else that wasn't Black-Lion-related) off.  Something, but not quite enough.  But this is a minor complaint, since I'm not sure where anything to develop them could have even FIT in this fast-paced season.

3.  On that note . . . this isn't a complaint, because its not really a bad thing, but it is rather sad to not have any, not even remotely any, filler.  I never thought I'd hear myself say that.  But if there's something I've learned from filler, its that while they never have any plot advancement, you always learn about whichever character is being focused on for that episode.  Some series can have far too MUCH filler, but when handled in small doses, they're perfect character studies.  Voltron doesn't have time for that, so you have to take what character development you can get in between the action sequences and the plot-forwarding conversation.  But the series handles that rather well.  You still see these characters developing despite the fast pace.  Its just a shame you don't have those eps where you can just immerse yourself in a particular character and their reaction to some minor problem or moral dilemma.  Not necessary for this series, but just something I'm missing, rather like how one looks back at their childhood and wonders why you've never been to that Fun Place recently.



OK the introspection into my brainspace is over everyone.  That went on probably longer than the average attention-span anyways, lol.  If you suffered through it, thanks for listening to my pointless rambling on this cold, snowy, and rather interesting day.

. . . I think the snow puts me in a rather analytical mood, to be honest.

~Shada
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Logging in from phone again. Wooow my artwork looks . . . BRIGHT on this thing. Are my pieces this colorful to the rest of you, or is my Samsung Edge just neon by comparison to a normal screen? Or is my laptop just dim?
Voltron LD: Moonbubbles
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Scraps version here.

SHORT SUMMARY:

Colored version of the sketch I put up in scraps.  I colored this for Valentine's Day, and also because I'm trying to get back into the practice of drawing again after STUFF.

This is based on a dream I had after watching Voltron Legendary Defenders season two and then listening to some 80's-90's rock/pop.  If you want the proper setting, go listen to Backstreet Boys' song "Drowning".

My dream took place on an alien landscape where spots of water in the ocean glows at night and rises up to form floating bubbles.  Lance investigated instead of sleeping (hence the PJs), Pidge tagged along, feels happened.  In the form of a large wave that left Lance with a new friend.  Usual fanfic stuff; further details in full description.

All art done with Photoshop.


LONG DESCRIPTION:

. . . This wasn't supposed to get colored, but Valentines was coming and this looked like something that could get me back into art after I lost a lot of work earlier.  I have no clue why I keep doing art for just this holiday; its not really my favorite.  But perhaps making art is how I deal with a whole holiday dedicated to the mushiest subject known to man.  Well, that and binging on chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs.  *munch*

But despite not being a huge romantic, I am still a sucker for a cute relationship.  And that's what I blame this artwork on  My deep subconscious desire to write cute fanfics that would give me cavities for life.  And listening to too much Backstreet Boys after watching Voltron.  Boy Bands are Cupid's hitmen; I'm telling you.

Now, I know that the creators of Voltron have outright stated that the main characters are more focused on saving the universe right now than in finding Mr. or Mrs. Right (hence the lack of focus on romance; I read it in a recent interview, and I'll link it when I can find it again), but that doesn't stop the fanbase from trying to pair various characters up in various scenarios.  I . . . don't understand the logic behind a lot of the pairings I've been seeing, but it makes fans happy to see their OTPs pictured in art and fiction, and I seem to be getting sucked onto the bandwagon, so sure . . . may as well throw my piece on the pile.

Season Two rather cemented me as a Pidgance fan.  Plance fan.  Uh . . . FlirtyRobot.  Rainforest?  Lidge?  Gah, I've never seen a fandom so confused as to what to call a pairing.  WHATEVER its called (I'm partial to Pidgance and Rainforest, personally), this is what it is.  Because, correct me if I'm wrong, but the series clearly has Lance liking GIRLS.  And this would not only be super-cute, but downright hilarious when Lance finally clued in.  Who knows if it will ever happen, but that's rather the point of fanart isn't it?

This particular piece is based off a dream I had after watching VLD Season II, and then listening to some classic music from my childhood (just to date myself there).  Backstreet Boys' "Drowning" stuck in my head, and I ended up having this rather cute dream that probably wouldn't happen in a series that's so fast-paced as Voltron, but played out much like an actual scene anyways.

In the dream, the Castle has parked on a supposedly uninhabited planet.  Lance, having trouble sleeping, goes out at night and finds the ocean water floats up in various sizes of glowing waterballs at night, and has fun goofing off with them.  Pidge, up late in bed working on her laptop, notices castle scans say there's something outside and goes to check it out.  Lance throws a waterball at her, she throws one back, and they have a nice night-time waterfight, outside, in PJs.  They even end up running and playing on the ocean itself, the water having gained some high surface tension from whatever was causing the bubbles.  Then, seeing a particularly high wave come crashing at the rocks where they're currently standing (Pidge was attempting to gain some higher ground on Lance), and Lance attempts to shield Pidge from the wave, only for it to leave the both of them soaking wet and some weird alien squid-thing on his head.  Pidge, pulling tentacles from his face, can only be amused.  They end up heading back inside, still soaking and laughing about their late-night escapade, and seem a bit closer than usual.  The following morning they're sort of unsure about what the heck happened last night.  Pidge just tries to avoid it and act as usual, and Lance keeps frowning at her in confusion and introspection.  Things eventually smooth out, but its one of those "something changed" moments.

And the entire dream time, "Drowning" was playing in my head.  Go listen to the song if you want the proper setting for this scene, and it can be stuck in your head for a week too!  I nearly called the art "Drowning", but it wouldn't have made as much sense out of context.

I have not done the beauty of the moment justice.  Apparently, I don't have that level of painting skill.  As it was, I had to look up some water tutorials to get this to look as good as it does.  Also, I'm not sure my style can quite convey it anyways.  I think the series would do better.  HEY VOLTRON ANIMATORS, MAKE ME THIS PLANET!  IT DOESN'T HAVE TO HAVE THE MUSHY CONTENT, I JUST WANT TO SEE A NIGHTTIME BEACH WITH FLOATING, GLOWING WATERBALLS.

Background took waaaay longer than the actual characters, thus turning what should have been a quick art into yet another full-on effort.  But at least it looks rather good, if not quite as good as my dream.  I used a lot of weird effects to get the rock and water to look the way they do.  And the purple clouds are a bit poofier than in my dream, but oh well.  I initially had a wave crashing behind them, but this was taking ages as it was and I had no idea how to do that, so it got omitted. As far as the ocean was concerned, that was actually easy.  A few brush strokes of different colors here, some smudge tool there, and voila.

Squid/Octopus-thing is me having fun with alien marine life, although I did pull inspiration from the Blue-Ringed Octopus.  Yeah . . . someone should probably get that off Lance's head . . .

In other news, drawing/coloring wet clothes is HARD.  No one had a decent enough tutorial anywhere on the web, so I had to contact an artist friend of mine :iconsharmclucas: and get advice.  THANKS SHARM!  If you see anything I can fix, let me know.

So, here's some . . . uh, Pidgance fluff.  Or whatever; HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!


PS . . . Does the art seem too dark?  I can lighten it up.  What do you think?
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We don't get much snow where I live, and I know that anyone who lives on the US East Coast will probably glare at me for this but I've been wanting a good snowfall all winter.  Nothing for the most part; maybe a small dusting once or twice.  So when we woke up to a winter wonderland today of over 8 inches when we were predicted to be lucky to get 2-4, I had a very happy morning.

The high school out back is full of sledders, even now later in the day.  Snowmen were built in backyards on either side of us.  My little brother got himself pelted with snow when he went out to clean the white stuff off our poor put-upon juniper trees, then flopped all over the yard making snow angels.  Others in the family went out for a walk in the falling flakes and ended up in a snowball fight.  Birds huddled around our birdfeeder like animals in a desert oasis.  And our indoor family cat got introduced to snow for maybe the second time in her life (she nearly disappeared into it, and she's a huge, fluffy, Ragdoll; she immediately waded/dog-paddled back to the safety of the house).  The neighborhood is having fun, at least for those who don't need to drive.

The real fun part is watching nearby Seattle freak out.  They got like 1 1/2 inches, and the news is all about people who can't get to work.  The screaming SUPERBOWL happened yesterday, but is it on the news?  Nope. Rather amusing.  Of course, a lot of that is our very VERY overblown "Nothing Can Be Too Melodramatic" news, but still.  Also, I suspect a lot of people here aren't Patriots fans.  Or at the very least, were rooting for the Falcons.  Although someone in my neighborhood set off fireworks, so the Patriots have SOMEone up here, lol.

. . . Course, I didn't watch the Superbowl either.  Took a peek a couple of times at the score out of curiosity (apparently I missed a big herkn' comeback).  Just whatever about American Football.  Give me the World Series any day.  Baseball is so therapeutic for me.

But not nearly as therapeutic as a really good animated series!  Y'all loved the new season of VOLTRON??  I know I did!  I wanted to make a list of my favorite and least favorite parts, just for kicks and giggles and because I can't leave the house so now you all get to suffer my opinions.  HAHA.  And to quote River Song . . . "SPOILERS!"

THINGS I LIKED MOST ABOUT VOLTRON SEASON TWO:

1.  Expansion of characters.  We got a lot more character development on a few characters that weren't really much more than foils for other characters in season one (Keith being a big recipient of this treatment).  Also, we met some new alien characters.  Love that scientist; he's fun.  And a couple of one-shot villains who might return later were awesome.  My favorite new character was that mall cop; go him!  So dedicated to his job.  He chased them out of the mall, not because he knew they were the Voltron Paladins, but because he thought they were just pirates meddling with his mall.  So dedicated to his job; you've got to admire that.  And lets be frank; at least Lance and Pidge needed to be chased out.  Taking coins from a wall fountain?  Ladies and Gentlemen, our HEROES!  XD  Really funny ep.

2.  Expansion of the universe.  I admit, the part of me that likes my sci-fi to have some grounding in the basis of logical science keeps doing double-takes at these crazy and off-the-wall-impossible planets.  But my creative side almost immediately kicks in with a "who cares; that iced planet looks AWESOME!"  Does a planet need to be a sphere?  Not in Voltron; a series with a planet shaped like a fat comet!  Does a planet have to rely on semi-realistic geography and climatology?  Not necessary in Voltron, a series where you can have an entire planet that dissolves occasionally in acid (plus some that have entirely one ecosystem, like a forest or ocean)!  Does a planet even really need to look like a planet in any conventional sense?  Not really; its VOLTRON!  LOOK AT OUR OUTLANDISH AND INVENTIVE DESIGNS AND WEEP WITH THE BEAUTY OF THEM!  And the aliens are just fun all around.  I especially like the tech-wizards; they were rather fun looking and an interesting concept.  Reminded me of the Technomages from Babylon 5, only waaay more personable.

3.  More fun with Lions.  Got to see a few more tricks the Lions were capable of, and how they'd be useful in different scenarios.  I really like how this series makes the Lions just as important separate from Voltron as they are in their combined form.  And also how the Paladins can shine even without their Lions.  Makes the show more about everything and not just about one big robot punching things.

4.  *Sheepish look* OK, I'm not overly romantic, but I do like a good romance in a story.  Nothing overdone or too mushy.  If the story doesn't even have a hint though, I may behave like a starving fanfic writer and read into scenes a little bit.  Oh, like you don't do that.  One thing is for sure, this season has cemented me as a Pidgance fan, and you can blame the Mall ep for that (one of my new favorite eps now, and not just because of the Lance and Pidge interaction).  Hunk X Shay used to be my OTP, then it was Shallura (Shiro X Allura) for awhile.  Still love those ships, but right now I'm loving how Lance and Pidge bounce off each other.  Although I'm still of the opinion that they're bad news for the rest of the universe when paired up; those two scamps could get into all kinds of trouble, being the most likely to toss conscience to the side when it got in the way.

5.  THE. MOST. EPIC. SEASON TWO/PART TWO ENDING EVER.  Whenever a season two or movie two of a trilogy gets more gritty, more involved, and more dynamic, its usually referred to as the "Empire Strikes Back" of *insert series name*, because "Empire Strikes Back" is the poster child for how to do the second part of a series.  This was that good.  And it broke the mold.  Usually, for the final of a Part/Season/Movie Two, the good guys don't win.  Or if they do, it was a very sacrificial win indeed, and only a temporary one.  Or it was just a small battle compared to the bigger picture. Actually, no, they usually just get their butts kicked, don't they?  Look at TMNT 2012.  Look at Star Wars.  These are a couple examples.  This is so they can set up the third part to fix these problems, and for the penultimate finale to seem all that more grand in scale.  It also tells the viewer that their precious characters are not entirely immune from failure or pain.
Which makes this season finale epic.  Like with Lord of the Rings, they actually succeed in their plan.  And yet . . . they still sorta fail.  But you're not left with that gut-wrenching, "Oh no, how will they ever manage to do that again or fix this problem" thought.  Oh no, you're cheering just as loudly as you are gasping.  The characters actually lay out a plan episodes beforehand, and IT WORKS.  A couple things go disastrously wrong, because they don't have all the info, but they make it work ANYWAYS.  Too bad Zarkon is as durable as a cockroach, and Shiro's . . . uh . . . who knows, really.
Then you get that "Summon Prince Lotor" drop at the very end and you can't help but squee for both sides by the time the episode is over.  Pulling off a character success like this and yet not even remotely finishing the Big Problem is a hard thing to pull off, and this series managed it like none other that readily come to mind.

Lots more other things, but these are the big ones.

THINGS THAT I'M NOT SO KEEN ON:

1.  Galra Keith.  Sigh . . . really??  That actually became a THING?  At least he's not turning colors or anything, but I really didn't think that conspiracy theory held water.  And I'm still not a fan.  Its the most contrived thing that's happened in this entire series, and when we learn more about it in later seasons, it had better be explained more convincingly than the snippets we've been getting so far.  One thing in its favor: it DOES explain a lot about Keith's personality, and that's actually rather cool, but . . . eh.  Maybe all the Galra!Keith and Galra!Klance fanart has just put me off the possibility.  I do like that there seemed to be several callbacks to the fan-theories in the show though.  Hunk squinting at Keith to see if he'd spontaneously turn purple was the best (if he does, then I'm just done with that character; that would be the ultimate in contrivance) and Keith being defensive about it.  Actually, Hunk's working through the Galra-Keith problem was the best of the whole Galra-Keith plot-twist.  Hunk's a fun guy, and I love how he works his problems and concerns out vocally. 
Seriously though . . . while I can suspend my disbelief of science for cool planets, I can't help but get hung up on the genetics of this.  Scientifically its impossible.  And in order for it to at least appear probable-enough-for-scifi-fantasy, then either the Human race is VERY genetically adaptable, or that Galra ancestor of his better be waaaaaaaay back in the family tree.  Because the boy is very definitely NOT purple.  Or Furry.  Or pupil-less.  And had better stay that way.

2.  While I'm ecstatic to see that Hagar was an Altean (honestly, I was banking on Zarkon being that, but I'll roll with this switch, sure), I'm . . . still whatever about the bad guys in this show in general.  I feel like most of the character development being done for both Hagar and Zarkon comes entirely from their voice acting.  The actors are doing their darnedest to put some personality and life into the rather stale and typical villain lines they've been getting, but at some point the writing has to pull some weight.  The only time it ever seemed to was when Hagar was trying to get Zarkon to focus on the big picture and Zarkon was blowing her and everyone else (and anything else that wasn't Black-Lion-related) off.  Something, but not quite enough.  But this is a minor complaint, since I'm not sure where anything to develop them could have even FIT in this fast-paced season.

3.  On that note . . . this isn't a complaint, because its not really a bad thing, but it is rather sad to not have any, not even remotely any, filler.  I never thought I'd hear myself say that.  But if there's something I've learned from filler, its that while they never have any plot advancement, you always learn about whichever character is being focused on for that episode.  Some series can have far too MUCH filler, but when handled in small doses, they're perfect character studies.  Voltron doesn't have time for that, so you have to take what character development you can get in between the action sequences and the plot-forwarding conversation.  But the series handles that rather well.  You still see these characters developing despite the fast pace.  Its just a shame you don't have those eps where you can just immerse yourself in a particular character and their reaction to some minor problem or moral dilemma.  Not necessary for this series, but just something I'm missing, rather like how one looks back at their childhood and wonders why you've never been to that Fun Place recently.



OK the introspection into my brainspace is over everyone.  That went on probably longer than the average attention-span anyways, lol.  If you suffered through it, thanks for listening to my pointless rambling on this cold, snowy, and rather interesting day.

. . . I think the snow puts me in a rather analytical mood, to be honest.

~Shada
  • Listening to: Nightwish
  • Reading: Voltron Fanfics
  • Watching: Studio C
  • Playing: Pokemon Sun
  • Eating: Leftover Yakisoba
  • Drinking: Milk
First time logging in from my new smartphone!! :D

(Read as: "Help, I have no idea what I'm doing!")

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FitzOblong Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
Thanks for the :+fav: on   Kim Possible as Agent Lyla by FitzOblong    . :w00t:
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No prob!  It was an awesome idea for a crossover costume, lol.

Just finally binged Kim Possible myself, so I've been looking up art.  ^_~  And I love P&F, and Lola was one of my fav characters so, this made my day.
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demonblood2021 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  New Deviant Student Artist
um i have a question can you make a pic of optimus and bumblebee as humans alone in a picture just standing there with their arms crossed looking at each other smiling if ya could that would be awesome 
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Apologies, but I don't have much time for requests at the moment!  Sorry I couldn't help ya.
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dont be sorry i understand. love your art :D
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Hey, I know you probably get told this a lot, but I think your art style is pretty cool. :)
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Thanks!  I love groups and clubs!  Yours looked like fun.
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