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perhaps quitting

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 22, 2008, 10:22 AM

a sort of indefinite hiatus from deviantart. i've found other places on the world wide internet that i feel more suitable for what & how i want to show.
i've "met" some lovely people through this thing, & have often been inspired when i needed it most. i'll still be back to check on updates by those i still want to hear about.
if you wish to stay in touch, there's either my website (, my flickr ( or my blog (

au revoir chaps.

not quite quitting

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 12, 2008, 4:14 PM

... but i'm going to be around DA alot less (you may have already noticed!)
i'm finished uni, the degree show was a great success, i sold alot of work (including three tea monster sets & all of my badge packs), & i had a lovely week. since may i've had my website ( up, & have been using my blog ( quite regularly. i've not had the time to use DA much this past year, & with me trying to cut back on my internet use/number of social sites i visit (will it ever happen?!), i'm going to be on DA much less frequently. so, it's not goodbye, but more au revoir, we'll be meeting much less.

on a similar note though, thank you for continued watches, comments, & almost-too-many favourites: ever since i joined DA (four & a half years ago) i've made sure i thanked everyone for every single watch & favourite (i'd say my record is 99.5%, seriously), but from now (& a couple of months backlogged favourites) i'm going to have to just reply to comments & notes only. they're always appreciated though!

alright, with that, i'll say cheerio, & see you soon, just not so often. (:

- jen

:music: jack johnson - do you remember

illustration 08

Journal Entry: Sun May 11, 2008, 7:26 AM

huzzah! here is the illustratioin 08 website, if you fancy a peek at what my class have slaved over for their fourth & final year:…

there's only five days until degree show now. how exciting! i've thoroughly neglected deviantart this year, due to working for uni rather than doing random things in my own time. perhaps this will come back in the coming months? we shall see. since i started on DA, i've tried to send a thank you for every favourite & watch i've received, & they've piled up lately, so i'll try get around to that soon.

i can't believe i've pretty much finished university...


Journal Entry: Wed Mar 26, 2008, 8:10 AM

sorry for the lack of updates lately. i'm just so busy trying to complete my project! two are done & dusted (well, 95%), & it's just my personal tea monster project left to go. i'm not really posting anything, just because i want it to be a secret mostly! but it's pretty exciting as well as bloody scary. all will be revealed soon.

one other thing though, i have a domain! it's! is taken, but the word hello is a nice one. currently it's just linked to a fairly unexciting blog, but once my project is out the way i will purchase some space & make use of it! i'm rather excited, my last website was a tad boring.

:music: the secret handshake - too young


Journal Entry: Sun Mar 2, 2008, 2:31 AM

i am it.


except i don't mind because i quite like the number two, & now i have two of them.

:music: an angle - whales talk whales talk


Journal Entry: Thu Feb 21, 2008, 2:32 PM

good news: project things are better, i'm feeling a billion times more positive about my work.

bad news: they're going to stop producing polaroid film. ):


Journal Entry: Thu Jan 17, 2008, 7:58 AM

currently not feeling much of a competent illustration student.
up until january 13th, 2008 was just swell.
now my head is hurting & i'm worrying about everthing.

i don't want to lose faith in this project. i haven't the time.

:music: xiu xiu - muppet face

chrizzle shizzle

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 24, 2007, 9:04 AM

a merry one to all you deviants. hope it's a joyeous & festive day. my next update will be mac-tastic. oh yes.

:music: some christmas choon on the radio

four years old

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 18, 2007, 11:39 AM

thats me been on deviantart for four years (& four days). well gosh. i remember starting out as a seventeen year old posting anime-esque portraits i'd done of my neopets in microsoft paint. i hadn't even applied to art college.

now i'm a twenty one year old illustration student, going for honors, shitting out a dissertation, clueless on what to do art-wise half the time, using photoshop rather than paint, & drawing small monsters instead of aisha's.

how times change!

:music: iron & wine - love & some verses

uninspired rabbit

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 2, 2007, 4:24 AM

what do you guys do when you're feeling uninspired?

i've not produced anything of real worth for two weeks.
it's worrying.
i'm doing my dissertation to avoid drawing, & that makes me sad.
i miss feeling at least a little bit sure of myself.

:music: mirah - person person

happy october

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 1, 2007, 8:49 AM

is it so bad to prefer creating pleasing imagery over outlandish but unattractive stuff?


uni is getting on my tits today.

head spolde

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 27, 2007, 5:24 PM


poster/projects/dissertation/work/tea/eat/flight of the conchords/sleep.

:music: we are scientists - cash cow

fourth year

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 9, 2007, 5:49 AM

blarg, my head is all fucked up over what i'm going to do in fourth year. i've had many an idea over summer, but i have trouble keeping myself interested. i just want to draw random crap like i always do. i need to come up with a topic that'll last me eight months, will be interesting to others (this is important to me), will allow me to use any materials i like, will not be pretentious. oh gosh i don't know. i'm just typing typing typing. shit.

i've always been awful at coming up with ideas.

:music: q and not u - wonderful people


Journal Entry: Mon Aug 27, 2007, 5:51 AM

a large curse upon the contemporary media theory department for making it a course requirement to write a 7,000* word dissertation! & an equally large (perhaps larger) curse upon myself for choosing a subject that i, quite honestly, have no interest in! & that has nothing to do with my fourth year project! & that i have written a mere 300 words about since my last submission in april! bollocks!

to put it into perspective, the above spiel is about a sixth of the word count i have accomplished in four months. that is approximately 2.4 words per day. & i have to write roughly 280 words a day from now until the start of term if i want to finish my first draft by the time i go back to uni. keep in mind that i work & also want to enjoy what's left of what is realistically my last proper summer.

as i said; bollocks!**

*yes, i know, 7,000 isn't as bad as it could be
**yes i know, it's my own fault, i'm quite aware of that. hence the equally large, or perhaps larger, curse upon myself.

twentay fousan'

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 17, 2007, 2:31 AM

while i was asleep. thanks peeps. undeserved, for really.

if you go to my page & visit my "friends box", you'll find a whole bunch of people who deserve that many pageviews (& if they've already got that, give them 20,000 more), so go give 'em it.

ps. i'm back from travellin', although i'm sure you've worked that out for yourself, maybe.

:music: ben folds - landed


Journal Entry: Fri Jul 13, 2007, 4:06 PM

back around the 28th ladies & gents. don't post too many deviations whilst i'm gone! hopefully i'll bring back a tasty selection of photos. until then!

paperback writer

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 3, 2007, 10:34 AM

or not... its been a while since i updated, so yes.

summer has reorganised itself. i got a job a few weeks ago (but for various reasons haven't had any shifts yet, bah), & have set up a space in uni to do summer work (although it hasn't exactly been spilling out). drawn the odd drawing, entered a couple of competitions, set up a carbonmade portfolio (thanks to CaptainRage for introducing me). i'm settled on a theme for fourth year, although i don't know if my tutors will like it much, but i'm trying not to let that put me off (again). my aims for this year are to produce work in all the mediums that i enjoy, that are pleaseing aesthetically, & are accesable to both an "arty" & "non-arty" audience. half my brain is excited & half my brain is panicing already. good stuff.

so i have a week & a half of either fun times/uni work/real work before i go off a-travelling with ma famille for a fortnight, then i have six weeks to cram in more fun times/uni work/real work.

hope everyones summers are super.

:music: the beatles - she loves you

ps. 19,000 pageviews, thanks guys. <3

summer reschedule

Journal Entry: Tue May 22, 2007, 12:29 PM

so, just as i was cozying into the idea that my summer was organised, something had to come along & ruin it, right? my summer job plans have fallen through, but instead of sitting moping, i'm trying to take advantage of it.

asides from looking for a new job, i'm going to attempt (key word being attempt) to make money from the only thing i'm any good at (art, by the way). so far these plans include looking into a DA print account (someone showed interest) or setting up prints myself (probably more fun & interesting). also, selling work, be it past work or requests such as flyers, banners, drawings, photos, etc. i have an etsy account, but i'm still figuring that out. i also ought to get another website since my old one ran out. you get my drift.

if it doesn't work, i always have my new job search to keep me busy! but if anyone has any comments, tips or thoughts, let me know or note me. we'll see how it goes!


in other lack-of-work related news, on sunday we finished the world record comic attempt. it stands at 496 A2 panels & 297 meters long; if there are no complications, we'll beat the current record holders (disney!) by almost 50 meters! & if not, it was a fun weekend to be a part of.

today i started painting a primary school mural with two girls in my class. it's quite theraputic to just sit outside & paint in bright colours after a hectic few weeks. i'll take photos when that's finished.

apart from all that, & a few others plans, my summer is a blank canvas! so i reckon it's time i started painting it (see what i did there? pure cheese).

:music: stick finlays - strange head

busy bee

Journal Entry: Wed May 16, 2007, 11:20 AM

well gosh. i've been trying to keep myself busy of late, & it's working. it's involved tea with friends, cake making, cleaning my room (uber tidy) & buying three versions of hellogoodbyes "here (in your arms)" single. oh yes.

in the more art side of life, i'm trying to get involved in stuff too. i've joined TheSketchbookProject which sounds exciting. in real life i'm helping with the six cities design festivle world record attempt at making the longest comic strip. sounds a bit scary, think i'm basically making sure people don't draw sexual organs & helping old people record their memories of the blitz. i'll let you know how that goes. i may be helping with a primary school mural next week but it's not definate. then theres the degree show which i'm looking forward to, having a look-see at what & who my art college is spewing onto the big wide world.

summer is taking shape, think i've got two weeks of freedom (aka should-be-doing-dissertation) before heading to the place i worked last summer for four/five weeks (sob), then a week or two of freedom/dissertation before a two week family holiday, then a month before i'm into fourth year, which i need to write my proposal for. i've been kind of dreading summer, but hopefully it won't be too bad.

okay, time to draw an overlarge comic. wish me luck.

:music: hellogodbye - weird science


Journal Entry: Sun May 6, 2007, 10:01 AM

these are all going around my head so i would like to get them out.

my room is of decent size, but it's too small. there aren't enough sockets, & i have so much furniture that it makes it impossible to move it around. but i can't get rid of any furniture because i have too much stuff. i'm almost a minimalistic hoarder. all my hoarding is hidden in cupboards & boxes. i have furniture within furniture because i have too much! i'd quite like to move my room around, & to have a proper desk to do work at, both of which are near impossible, & strange because i do my work on the floor anyway. i would sell my bed to buy a low double one, but i won't because that requires time, money, a bed that isn't mine, & a flight of stairs. i think i'm going to have to clean out my hoarding to make myself feel better.

i'm all creative in my head but having trouble getting it out. i'm in a weird mood, not a good one, but good in the sense that i've felt alot worse & i'd MUCH rather feel like this than that, to the extent that i feel grateful to my mind for just feeling the way i am. kind of excitable for no reason, like i might jump up & do something spectacular. imagine!

i'm on a quest for some sort of constant contentedness, but i'm wondering if that's even possible? i think i'm striving after something that doesn't actually exist.

i've got all these mini projects flying around my head. & plain old thoughts swimming alongside. i need to make lists!

i do like this band. i'm so glad i'm seeing them in two weeks.

thats all, gosh.

:music: the wombats - caravan in wales