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1. Post to LJ more!

2. Write and finish the thesis. Yes, this is the end! My funding runs out around September, so I'd like to submit around then and have the viva before the end of the year. I am approaching this with a mixture of terror about all that writing/the viva and eagerness to have it finished, finally, and then deal with what to do afterwards (I don't know, but it's not going to be fucking academia anymore).

3. Get a bit of fanart done. I'm not expecting to have much time to do a lot because of 2., but I'd like to keep drawing regularly, even if it's just simple things.

On the whole, 2014 wasn't too shabby, and certainly better than the year before it (number of times I cried in the lab toilets = 0! I am successful adult!). Some of the highlights were: having [livejournal.com profile] bauble come visit and getting to know her while trying not to drive into a loch, and then going to NYC to see her and eating lots of delicious pie, driving up California and Oregon while the rain failed to ruin the scenery, and seeing Cillian Murphy run around on stage clad in nothing but wet white Y-fronts. When I'm on my deathbed I'm going to think of that last one and die with a huge smile on my face.

I saw that Fic Year in Review going around and thought I'd tweak it for fanart, so under the cut, questionsssss:

Looking back, did you draw more art than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?

Less, I think, but then the year before last was incredibly productive and I couldn't sustain that because of increasing PhD work. I did do quite a lot of smaller, quicker drawings though, and I really enjoyed those.

What's your favourite art of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest?

Probably I'm a Mighty Pirate! - I had a terrible time figuring out colours and I think I redrew Arthur at least three times because I couldn't tell whether his head was too big/small for his body, but I love how playful and charming it turned out. I got a very pleasing number of comments on LJ but it didn't get much attention on Tumblr, and is probably one of my least popular Arthur/Eames drawings there (my most popular are simple, uncreative ones I churned out in a few hours, grr), but whatever, I love it.

Did you take any drawing risks this year? What did you learn from them?

Well, I drew a motorcycle and promptly learned that I should never draw any kind of automobile again, ever. I tried my hand at a threesome, which was terrifying because I had to juggle 12 limbs and explicit nudity while trying not to make it look hilarious and cringe-worthy. I am, uh, not so convinced I entirely succeeded. I also tried that Tumblr palette meme, which was in equal parts fun and frustrating, but I think I learned a lot about colours from it, and I think some of the bolder palettes produced some rather lovely results, like the Arthur and Fischer one.

Do you have any fanart goals for the New Year?

Yes! Accept that I'm never going to get Arthur's legs looking right and just finish that fucking Arthur/Eames somnophilia painting already. Then finish Dinoception which I've had as a WIP for almost a year - I've got the characters and the major dinosaurs looking great, I just need to force myself to draw lots of tedious prehistoric flora for the background. And add lots more dead dinosaurs. I'd also really like to return to The Eagle and produce at least one drawing - I'm getting tempted by a daemon!AU idea, but I have to first figure out what daemon suits Esca best (Marcus' is a cow, you cannot change my mind on this). I'm still very much into Inception so I'll probably draw more for that, but I'd like to try other fandoms too - maybe a little bit of Dragon Age (my new favourite thing, but I'm not touching the fandom with a bargepole).

My Best Art of the Year

Paramedic Arthur, because I felt I really challenged myself with this one - I'm usually weak at colours in dark pieces, and while I had a rough guide for the pose (which got changed significantly), the lighting was all entirely made up - and I think it came out lovely and really surprised myself with that. It's not perfect though, there's something wrong with his visible foot that I couldn't work out how to fix, and I don't think I'll ever get JGL's nose right, but the rest of it I'm pretty proud of.

Art Most Under-appreciated by the Universe in My Opinion

I think I got a lot of lovely comments on LJ, but on Tumblr Not Wise to Upset a Wookie got a dismal number of notes, but I think that's more because I don't think I have many people following me for Star Wars.

Most Fun Art

The Bad Bang illustrations for Boink & Oink, which I had to do with my non-dominant hand because it wasn't turning out too awful at first. Lens flare! Terrible photoshop filters! Bacon lube! Even more fun than drawing it was being as wanky and offensive as possible in the comments.

Most Sexy Art

Got to be squirrel/panda fursuits.

Hardest Art to Draw

Escape from Toledo, because I wanted to avoid making it too realistic but that got really hard to control when I got to the faces because ugh, faces - I love other people's stylised faces, but when I try to do that it just looks wrong, so very wrong. I think I spent at least a month just redrawing and weeping over them.

Biggest Surprise

How much of a delight drawing Shag Art Robert Fischer was - a very, very different style for me, and I had a huge amount of fun with the colours, Robert's unimpressed little face, and tying the scene into canon. A few people even asked for prints of it, so I think it was a nice success given it was only supposed to be a quick little palette meme thing.

Date: 2015-01-04 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] osprey-archer.livejournal.com
I am in favor of resolution number 1! Although I realize that the thesis may make that difficult at first.

Good luck on your thesis! I hope it will go swimmingly for you.

Also I am sorry to hear that Tumblr didn't appreciate the pirate picture properly (clearly not because I was hoping it would go viral and inspire you to draw pirate everyone from everything, oh no. Although pirate Sybil could totally be a thing). Or the Wookie picture! I love the fur in the Wookie picture.

Date: 2015-01-04 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
If I had unlimited time, I would probably draw everyone as a pirate! They have such fun outfits and I had to reluctantly scrap half a dozen ideas that I liked equally as much as the one I ended up going with. I agree that pirate Sybil could be a great thing, but only if she runs off to sea with pirate Gwen, and they have many swashbuckling adventures together.

Also, I was about to ask if the card I sent you had arrived yet, and then I had a terrible thought: the address on my computer was probably that of where you lived last year, which is not where you are living now! Crap. So sorry, you will have to just imagine a lovely print of a Frontier Wolf in the snow instead of the real thing. :(

Date: 2015-01-05 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] osprey-archer.livejournal.com
Yes, it was probably my old address. SAD SAD. Maybe the mail forwarding is still in operation and the card will limp in halfway through February? I'll let you know if it does.

Date: 2015-01-07 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
To save me a repeat of this screw-up next time I want to send you something, could you email me your new address, pretty please? :D

Date: 2015-01-08 01:38 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-01-04 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beili.livejournal.com
Excuse me, your motorcycle looks absolutely great! :D

I hope you are successful in all your resolutions, but especially number two. Good luck! ♥ ♥ ♥ (And may the new year bring less redrawing and weeping, and more happy drawing *hugs*).

Date: 2015-01-05 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Aye, but it was a nightmare to draw - so many grey mechanical innards, and how do they fit together? Never again. If I have to do a similar scene, I shall give it a medieval AU setting and change the motorcycle to a horse.

Thank you very much! I figure I should save my tears for all the weeping I'm going to do over the thesis, right? Only fun things to draw this year... er, yeah, I have a feeling I'm not going to stick to that for long...

Date: 2015-01-05 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beili.livejournal.com
I really hope thesis writing is as tearless as possible for you. Just... a year of next to no tears, except maybe tears of joy. *hugs*

You wouldn't mind too terribly if I snagged the meme questions form you?

Date: 2015-01-05 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Aw, you are so nice! But that is all futile hoping, I am totally going to cry and have temper tantrums over writing, they're kind of needed when it all builds up and gets frustrating. And if I get the crying done and out of the way during the writing, I won't humiliate myself by blubbing in the viva! :D

Snag away! I didn't come up with them anyway, just stole them from someone else and changed "fic" to "art"

Date: 2015-01-04 11:39 pm (UTC)
ext_1611: Isis statue (Default)
From: [identity profile] isiscolo.livejournal.com
Yay finishing the thesis! Yay posting more (though I think you should post more on Dreamwidth :-)

Date: 2015-01-05 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
I'm... not really dreading writing the thesis as much as I thought I would? It's slightly less scary now I've got an outline and a few chapters started, though the words in it are more like "can I get away with saying it would be a waste of time to do this experiment?" and "mercilessly tear into this paper's methodology, they are tossers who never sent me the antibody I politely begged for" than proper, thesisy words.

Hah, are you trying to drag me over to DW? Actually, I might start crossposting now a few people I know post exclusively to it, and really, the only thing stopping me from doing it earlier was sheer laziness. Right, let me go see if I can remember how to import entries...

Date: 2015-01-05 06:07 am (UTC)
bauble: (lady windswept hair)
From: [personal profile] bauble
I approve of all your resolutions.

I'm also glad to see you acknowledging that I am indeed several of the highlights of your year. You were very lucky to have me around, inspiring such sexy works as the panda/squirrel fursuit and Shag Fischer art.

Let me know if you'll be crossing the pond to the US again! Would love to have you over to accompany me in my general quest for naked men and depravity.

Date: 2015-01-05 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Yes, what would I do without your guiding hand? Probably draw tasteful, demure, respectable art, and wouldn't that be a waste of my abilities.

I really hope it's not too long before we see each other again! I have a bad feeling that I might not make it to Boston after all - shortly before the holidays my PI told us that all of us students are pretty much out of money and we're going to have to be really careful about what experiments we want to do, so I'm not sure there'll be enough to go to that conference in September. I'm really pissed about this, given this was going to be my one and only conference of the PhD. :/ But I'm sure I'll have a holiday in the US eventually, and we can go nudity-spotting again! Or you can meet me halfway in Iceland, because I want to see all the pretty scenery and the wife is completely uninterested in that. Just let me figure out the whole job and money thing first...

Date: 2015-01-05 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Yes, what would I do without your guiding hand? Probably draw tasteful, demure, respectable art, and wouldn't that be a waste of my abilities.

I really hope it's not too long before we see each other again! I have a bad feeling that I might not make it to Boston after all - shortly before the holidays my PI told us that all of us students are pretty much out of money and we're going to have to be really careful about what experiments we want to do, so I'm not sure there'll be enough to go to that conference in September. I'm really pissed about this, given this was going to be my one and only conference of the PhD. :/ But I'm sure I'll have a holiday in the US eventually, and we can go nudity-spotting again! Or you can meet me halfway in Iceland, because I want to see all the pretty scenery and the wife is completely uninterested in that. Just let me figure out the whole job and money thing first...

Date: 2015-01-06 07:28 am (UTC)
bauble: (lady windswept hair)
From: [personal profile] bauble
Tasteful, demure, respectable art is for the birds. The birds, I say.

Alas about Boston. Let me know how that unravels.

And yes, I would love to go to Iceland with you! Let me know when you think you might be interested in heading that way and I will start tracking airfares...

Date: 2015-01-05 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-little-owl.livejournal.com
Congrats to all the pics! My favourite in this collection is the Wookiee.

And: I'm a terribly unwise owl - actually a totally stupid bird - because I just realized that I forgot your birthday. I'm so sorry! My best wishes, though, especially for the upcoming thesis. I hope you'll find some time for fanart in 2015, because your pictures are fun.

Date: 2015-01-05 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Cheers! I went to Madrid for my birthday and had a day full of gorgeous art (naked men and Rubens' pretty, pretty horses!) and stuffing myself with churros, so it was pretty great. Feeling rather relaxed about being in my 30's, much to the disappointment of my friends who've been looking forward to making fun of me being old, as I'm the first one of us to reach such a distinguished age. The disrespectful young whippersnappers!

I promise I will keep drawing things!
Edited Date: 2015-01-05 09:11 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-01-05 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-little-owl.livejournal.com
Yay for naked men and pretty horses! There can't be enough pictures of them. Actually, it should be my new year resolution to draw more of them.

And if 30 makes you "old", what am I at the tender age of ... 47? So deprecated that I have to grow white feathers? :>D

Date: 2015-01-05 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
I suspect the jokes about how 30 is soooo old will swiftly cease once they all hit that age! Anyway, I've always believed that you're only as old as the person you feel, so make sure you get some hot young thing to grope.

And leave the white-growing to me! I've got so much of it now, though that's probably the stress of the PhD and shitty genetics rather than advancing years.

Date: 2015-01-05 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-little-owl.livejournal.com
I suspect the jokes about how 30 is soooo old will swiftly cease once they all hit that age!

Yes, exactly, and you can now run for a quaestor's office in the Roman republic and join the Senate, while they can't, but still have to wade through the mud in Gaul for several years!

Date: 2015-01-05 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
I can? Sweet! Let us don our togas and do some oration!

Date: 2015-01-05 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unusual-lullaby.livejournal.com
I loved paramedic Arthur & Mighty Pirate arts. Really great job!
Probably i have seen them before but it looks better every time i look at them :)

Date: 2015-01-05 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Yay, thank you! I'm very happy you like them, and I'm so lucky and grateful to still be getting lovely feedback despite remaining in older, quieter fandoms. I hope I can contine to entertain you for a while longer, because my love of Inception shows no sign of fading away.

Date: 2015-01-06 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unusual-lullaby.livejournal.com
Joseph&Tom is still love for me. Yes i am not active on the fandom but it is good to find good long fic sometimes or see arts <3

Date: 2015-01-05 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sneaqui.livejournal.com
Your Chewie is very special to someone who is very special to me (my bro). I don't think he's ever going to take it down from his desktop. :) It makes me happy every time I see it.

And your paramedic Arthur really was gorgeous.

Happy New Year bb!!

Date: 2015-01-07 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Aww, dude, that makes me so happy. I'm so glad your brother liked it, and I always think it's adorable when you talk about him, you guys seem so close (and completely unlike my brother and I!). Happy New Year to you too, and may it be full of excellent things like a decent new Star Wars film, fingers crossed.

Date: 2015-01-06 09:11 pm (UTC)
fififolle: (Inception - Eames by motetus)
From: [personal profile] fififolle
Good luck for this year! It will fly by.

That threesome is amazing, I adore it. NOM. Your art is fantastic. And I very much look forward to Dinoception *g*

Date: 2015-01-07 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
God, don't tell me that, I'm going to spend so much time this year fretting that time is passing TOO QUICKLY and I am writing TOO SLOWLY. And even if I were young enough to pull and all-nighter (I couldn't even do this when I was young, I love my sleep too much), I somehow doubt there's enough fear and caffeine in the world to make me produce 200 pages in one go.

Thank you! It was not my favourite drawing of 2014, but that threesome one did challenge me. I think I might hold off illustrating any orgies, though. And yes, I will finish Dinoception! I think it's charming and amusing, and it would be nice to be able to show it off eventually.

Date: 2015-01-09 10:14 pm (UTC)
fififolle: (Christmas Dalek)
From: [personal profile] fififolle
Pffft, you'll be fine. :D
I'm a bit long in the tooth and long past my grad days, but I'd still be happy to read your work if you would like it. I'd like to think I still know how to read the kind of papers you'll be producing, so feel free when the time comes.

Date: 2015-01-15 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Thank you, that's very kind of you! I actually may end up begging people to proof-read bits like the introduction and general discussiony bits - I am great at the dull, detailed scientific writing, but talking about it in more of a broader, general way is something I'm weak at - so you might end up regretting that offer.

Date: 2015-01-16 11:00 pm (UTC)
fififolle: (Primeval - ferrets - feed the filthy fer)
From: [personal profile] fififolle
Hee! Happy to help any time.

Date: 2015-01-11 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] archaeologist-d.livejournal.com
I love your motorcycle. It looks great!

Date: 2015-01-15 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Thanks very much! I quite like how the motorcycle came out, but I did not enjoy drawing it. Given I'm now drawing a car though, I suspect I've got a secret masochistic streak...

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