1. Click here to support Help an Artist Pay for Medical Bills by Amanda Wagner →

    carnivaldog:

    Well, while I’m very nervous about posting this, it’s something I seriously need help with. Some of you may already know I had to go to the ER a while back for heart palpitations, and a recently received the bills.

    Any and all help is appreciated! If you can’t donate, please just reblog and spread the word!

    Spreading the word for an art-fren in need, emergency medical bills add up quickly. Carnivaldog is a joy to work with, and has created many awesome things for Flight Rising. If you want to help an artist in a pinch or snag some beautiful artwork, check out her gofundme!

  2. flightrising:

Click here!Based on information gathered during our last registration window, we wanted to give all of our new players a short list to review so that registration can be smooth and painless.
Check your spam folder - it is not uncommon for Flight Rising confirmation emails to go to the spam folder.
Remember how to spell your username.
Be sure to spell your email correctly - we saw many @gmail.co, @yaho.com, @gmail.con, etc.
Don’t use a throwaway email account, the email registered to the account is the one you need to reset your password or contact us/be contacted by us

Make sure your information on the registered account is accurate - we can’t help you if you use fake names and fake dates of birth. If you lose access to your email and your account, we need that information to help you regain access to your account.


So that game with the dragons that I work for is having another registration window. :-)

    flightrising:

    Click here!

    Based on information gathered during our last registration window, we wanted to give all of our new players a short list to review so that registration can be smooth and painless.

    • Check your spam folder - it is not uncommon for Flight Rising confirmation emails to go to the spam folder.
    • Remember how to spell your username.
    • Be sure to spell your email correctly - we saw many @gmail.co, @yaho.com, @gmail.con, etc.
      • Don’t use a throwaway email account, the email registered to the account is the one you need to reset your password or contact us/be contacted by us
    • Make sure your information on the registered account is accurate - we can’t help you if you use fake names and fake dates of birth. If you lose access to your email and your account, we need that information to help you regain access to your account.

    So that game with the dragons that I work for is having another registration window. :-)

  3. carnivaldog:

    shipcomingthrough:

    Just watch it.

    THIS IS IMPORTANT

    Indigogo to help move solar roadways from prototype to production: I want to see this go somewhere. If you think this is awesome, pledging even $5 can help; they accept paypal. :)

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    Personal Musing:
    I wonder if the HOA would be more friendly towards solar paved driveways than they are about solar panels messing up the “look” of the area?

    (Source: creeping-in-the-dark)

  4. I have restocked the etsy shop and nearly everything in it is on sale! If you were ever looking at my crafts, now is a great time to pick them up.

    My etsy shop is on sale because I do not plan on attending any conventions this year as a vendor, nor keeping the etsy shop up for the long-term. Everything that’s up there is it for on-hand stock! I do have quite a few candle and lip balm materials left over, so I may use those supplies up and make a few more items, but beyond that I can’t guarantee any of these items coming back in the near future. I am not going to be placing any reorders for materials that I run out of, as using them up is the goal!

  5. Daredevil Cats

    Alex and I have been in the same apartment for seven years. It has been nice, but it is time to make a move. One of the places that we have been looking at has an indoor balcony type area that is 11 feet off the main floor. This occurs in a hallway on the second floor of the condo, that overlooks the first floor.

    I am concerned that the cats may decide it is an excellent idea to jump off the balcony and onto the floor below. There are guard rails similar to stair rails to prevent people from taking a nose dive; however, the cats could fit through the rails fairly easily if they so chose. I am thinking of ripping up the carpeting and putting in some sort of wood flooring on the first floor, so it would not be a soft landing. (Carpet and cat fur are a bad mix, as I’ve discovered in our current apartment. )

    I have read several forum posts detailing cats and outdoor balconies, and the consensus seemed to be that cats are sensible until a prey item comes along, like a bird. I can think of some ways to prevent the cats from going through the railings, but jumping over has solutions that are not very attractive. ( cat safety is important though. I’d just like to avoid hodge podge solutions if possible. If not, I’ll deal with odd net and acrylic rigs around that area.)

    My question for cat owners is: do you have and indoor balcony, and are cats fairly aware of gravity and how it works?

  6. emilysculpts:

    Creature Sculpt is becoming Fantasy Creatures in Clay!

    I am so happy to announce that Creature Sculpt has been picked up by impactbooks, the amazing publisher that has brought you such books as DragonArt by neondragonart.  I am so excited about our partnership and I can’t wait to see where this new venture will take me and my business.

    I have been sitting on this news for a while, but I wanted to wait until I had pre-order information available.  I just reviewed the final draft of the book this past weekend and it looks AMAZING!  Though some content had to be cut due to space constraints (down to 160 pages from the original 200),  I am very happy with the overall flow of the book and am confident readers will learn just as well as they did with Creature Sculpt.

    For those of you that already own Creature Sculpt, this is NOT a new book, content-wise.  Most of the same information and images that are in Creature Sculpt are also in Fantasy Creatures, with only a few extra new tips.

    Pre-order Today!

    Use the link below to pre-order your copy of Fantasy Creatures in Clay!  And please spread the word.  If you purchase via this exact link, I will earn higher royalties on each copy sold.

    Pre-order on Amazon

    Creature Sculpt has Sold Over 1100 Copies since 1/31/13!

    Between paperback and eBook, Creature Sculpt sales have exceeded 1000 copies sold world wide.  Considering this was my first book and it was 100% self-published and self-promoted, that is pretty darn awesome!  

    I want to thank everyone that has supported me and my book, especially those that got me off the ground by pre-ordering a copy.  I never would have made it this far along without you guys.

    The Future of Creature Sculpt

    Creature Sculpt will continue to be available for purchase through my website and Etsy shop, even after the publication of Fantasy Creatures.  However, I am down to about 175 copies of the paperback (out of the 780 I originally ordered).  Once they are gone, no more will be printed.  

    If you are interested in owning a copy of the original text of my book, I suggest that you do so sooner than later.  The eBook will continue to be available even once paperbacks are sold out.

    Let’s Celebrate with a SALE Through 4/21/14!

    To commemorate this momentous occasion, I will be running a sale for the next week on ALL versions of Creature Sculpt.  Now is your chance to get the full, original 200-page text of my book at a discounted price.  It’s just a little thanks for all the support I’ve been given over this past year!

    Combo Pack - $39.99   SALE PRICE $33.99

    Paperback - $29.99   SALE PRICE $24.99

    eBook - $19.99   SALE PRICE $16.99

    Shop now on my website or through my Etsy shop!

    Congrats, lady! Impact is an amazing company to work with. They’re lucky to have you!

  7. kimaeric:

Even more awesome LOOK WHO’S TRENDING

Ok, that’s awesome.

    kimaeric:

    Even more awesome LOOK WHO’S TRENDING

    Ok, that’s awesome.

  8. Registration is Open!

    flightrising:

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    Click here to join!

    Flight Rising is the game I have been illustrating for of late. It’s a browser-based game where players can breed, raise, and battle dragons.We are having a 24 hour registration window where new users can join!

    I am so excited for new players!

  9. neekko said: Are you ever going to reopen your shop again? :c

    I’ll probably use my etsy shop from time to time, but not to the degree that I used to. I will likely be using it for one-off creations.

    Its not set in stone or anything, I just do not see a massive restock of the candles, soaps, and lip balm in the immediate future. :)

  10. grimluxx said: Hello Neon, I have a question about your terrains that you are making. you mentioned in your cliff terrain that you are using pink foam. I was wondering if you could give me the name and where you got it, also if there is anything specific about it would be great as well. Like is it condensed, ect.. I have some craft projects I'm looking forward to working on but I haven't found the right material I am looking for. And yours looks like what I have been looking for. Polystyrene(like the lil coo

    I used rigid insulation board and a hot wire cutter to craft the terrain. I got mine from home-depot. Most brands are sold at 4’ x 8’. When I was in the store I found one brand at a 1 inch thickness that sold 3’x3’ squares, so that is the one that I brought home. The other kinds were much too large to fit into my tiny car!

  11. A few of the recent familiars I’ve drawn for Flight Rising. We’re going to be having a registration window on April 14th for the game!

  12. More craftwork. I backed last year’s Dwarven forge game tiles at 5 sets. By the time all the stretch goals were added, I had a silly amount of pieces available, so I split them in half. One half I painted a standard grey to look like medieval buildings. The other half I set aside for an alternate paint scheme. These are intended to be used with tabletop RPG that use a one inch grid system. They’re sort of like terrain legos.

    I recently began the process of tackling my unpainted tiles. I went with a sandstone paint scheme, which I think will work well for desert ruins or for buildings that are a bit finer than the standard medieval fare. (Azlanti ruins are go!) Here’s my alt paint scheme. I haven’t yet tackled the stretch goals paint, so there’s more to do. I did have enough to make a two room setup though.

    I also cast some additional epoxy tiles. The dark green water I had looked great for the purposes of dungeons, sewers, or swamps, but I wanted blue water for my sandstone set. Something that was clear and enticing! Here’s the tiles I’ve cast so far. The tile on the left is what it looked like before I poured the epoxy. I added several drops of blue ink to the epoxy to help give it some depth. The little stone bits are plaster hirst arts casts that I painted the same way I painted my game tiles.

    I received asks about the game tiles the last time I posted. You can purchase them here, but they no longer have the stretch goals or free shipping associated with them from last year’s kickstarter, They are a bit hydrophobic paint-wise, so it might take a couple of coats to get it to stick. On the positive side, they’re incredibly durable and can be rearranged many different setups, so my RP group has been getting a lot of use out of them. Additionally, DF is running a caverns kickstarter now. It’s a bit more expensive this time around, but the pieces are more detailed to mimic natural cave formations and very exciting! They’ve unlocked a healthy amount of stretch goals so far. :)

  13. I have been working on a 75 gallon planted aquarium for the past couple months. Having never done a planted tank before, it’s been interesting learning how to care for the aquarium environment as a whole. I’m currently running a 7.4PH, high lighting tank with no CO2 injection, so my plant selection that I can work with is not as large as it could be, but it’s not terrible either. I am waiting for things to grow out, but I’m hoping to have a densely planted tank.

    The fish is one of five turquoise rainbowfish I picked up a couple of weeks ago. The photo really does not do its colors justice. It’s an iridescent fish, and difficult to photograph. These fellas are currently 3 inches long, but will grow up to 4.5 and fill out when they reach adulthood.

    The bamboo shrimp in the second photo an interesting little fellow that joined my tank tonight. He’s hiding here, but when he comes out he has these 4 fan-hands that he spreads out wide to catch debree in the water. He also changes color from blue to red to yellow to brown! Chameleon shrimp! He’s about two and a half inches long. I’m going to be watching closely to make sure that the rainbowfish leave him alone.

  14. Dragonborn

    I somehow acquired Skyrim: Dragonborn, and I don’t know how. :-/ I haven’t looked at steam in ages. I wonder if I picked it up during a sale?

    *shrug* oh well! After work it’s time to mow through some DLC!

  15. liveblogging-depression said: I am super excited about your tabletop shenanigans. I have never been able to get into a group but I enjoy watching people do real life crafties that I am incapable of doing it.

    I’m glad that you like them! The terrain elements are tertiary to the game - Tabletop roleplaying games can be played with coins to represent your characters and a grid - or with some systems, no grid at all and just your imagination (ala Shadowrun) Still, I enjoy crafting them to add a little bit of extra interest, plus it’s nice to have an excuse to work in 3-dimensional media. I’m 2D by trade. :)

    Tabletop RPG explanation and information on how to find groups to play with under the cut - It reads as giant info dump/advertising pitch, but I love getting more people into gaming!

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