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*big yawn* Hi guys, I miss you all. I know, if I REALLY missed you THAT bad then all I have to do is hop online and drop you a message. As an introvert, even socializing online is draining. I'm so exhausted and busy as an apartment manager that once I get home I don't want to interact with another human being because I have no "social energy" left to give. I don't hate people, it just takes more out of me to spend time with them than it does for extroverts. I crave "me time" constantly. I know it sounds like I'm depressed, but I'm not. Just sooooo tired. X_X 

Life is wonderful though. :) I confessed to the world (on Facebook) that I'm not Mormon/Christian (I never was, it was just the culture I was raised in) and I can tell it hurt a lot of people, but they're taking it better than I thought they would. I'm an aunt for the 5th time to a beautiful little girl named Penelope Rose. I have 8 adorable healthy pets (6 rats, a hamster and a betafish). My life is peaceful (it gets crazy sometimes at work but it could be worse). I work with a GREAT team full of very kind and funny people. My family is alive and well. I'm alive and well. Who could ask for anything more? 

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I NEED ADVICE: Does having a big graphic tablet make it all that much easier to make digital art? My graphic tablet is the smallest one Bamboo offers, and it's nice but is a pain to do much more than ink with. Sketching with it takes quite a bit of concentration. Is that just me or does having a tiny tablet make such things harder? If a large tablet makes digital drawing/painting easier to control then I'll go get one tomorrow. :) 

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1. What is the weirdest thing that's ever happened to you at work? Or, if you can't think of anything, a funny work-related story will do.

As an apartment manager I could write a book. Tenants have called me to complain about their neighbors having a curtain on their balcony, because that meant they couldn't spy on them. A tenant once asked me if he could borrow a chair so he could hop onto his balcony to get into his apartment because he forgot his keys. I've found tenants drunk/high off their rocker who couldn't remember which apartment was theirs, so they just sat down in the hallway waiting to sober up. I've walked into buildings that I manage to find graffiti of private parts/profanity all over every inch of the walls with little kids walking by to go to school. I'm lucky, though. I haven't seen a tenant naked yet. According to the stories I've been told, though, it's just a matter of time. 

2. If you could be any animal, what would it be?

A fishy 'cuz I love sea life. 

3. What is your favorite traditional art medium, not counting pencil/sketchbook...unless that's literally the only medium you've ever tried, I suppose.

Breaking the rule 'cuz I love sketching with pencil more than anything.

4. What are your biggest hobbies/loves aside from art?

Being an aunt. <3

5. What kinds of books do you like to read? I'm looking for books to add to the giant reading list I will never get through! :D (Big Grin)

Fantasy for kids, like Fablehaven. And The Tao of Pooh/Te of Piglet. 

6. How many siblings do you have and do you like them?

5 living siblings, 2 who have passed, and a foster sister who was adopted into another family as a toddler but I still think of her every day. They're all my best friends. 

7. Do you ever have reoccurring dreams? What are they? Or you could just tell me a great/weird dream you've had.

It's common for me to dream about trying to fly, but I try too hard and can't get off the ground. 

8. If you could live anywhere and money was no issue, where would it be?

Not sure about the location, but if I could build a village and have all my friends/family live there with me I'd be happy as a clam.

9. What is your opinion on aliens?

I bet they find us hilarious to watch.

10. What would you do if you suddenly landed in the 1920s?

Find my great-great-great-great-great (?) grandma and dance with her (she was a flapper girl). 
  • Listening to: Jim Gaffigan
  • Reading: The Tao of Pooh
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Meemzer Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
I like medium for tablet size. Someday, I would like to buy a larger version. ^u^
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bunnicustard Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find that with tablets you can really be fine with a 9x12. I've tried smaller ones and the screen-to-tablet ratio is just too drastic, makes it hard to do nice work. But if you get the massive ones you end up only using a small space anyway, so to me it's better to get the mid-range. 

And I feel you on the being online thing...I've been terrible for years, I've pretty much resigned myself to being a ghost on DA. e_e;
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BekaDavisStudios Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Bunni! I've loved your art since I first found your DA page. Thank you for the advice! I got a medium-sized one and it certainly does seem to be perfect. I'm now a self-employed illustrator so being active online (not just on DA, but on quite a few sites) is kinda required now, and I'm like "Hoo boy, I hope and pray I don't end up regretting this and losing my mind!" XD 
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bunnicustard Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww. <3 Glad you've gotten anything out of the goofy stuff I post around here.

And that's awesome that you're trying for the illustrator thing! I'm doing that myself now, best of luck to you! It took me about 2 years before I started getting steady work so don't be discouraged. Just keep at it and stay on top of social media! I've essentially retired this DA account, but I'm still moderately active on my main account over at xKaseix, feel free to drop a note if you ever want to talk shop. :)
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thekidKaos Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
To me, the medium is the best. I´m quite happy with it :)
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BekaDavisStudios Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup! I got a medium one and it's great! Thank you! :heart: 
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mechangel2002 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You don't need the LARGE one but I do recommend the medium. It gives you enough space to do proper linework without being unwieldly. The small ones just aren't worth the space, they're too small to do lines of a good length.
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xxdhxx Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*big hugs!* :heart: :hug:

I'm glad to see you active again! (Thank you for your comments, BTW. I'm still sort of working them all through my system!) Your job sounds like it would be pretty draining, especially if you're more introverted. Since I've moved to more of a distance-support IT job, I find myself less tired then when I was having to do face-to-face retail for so long. I'm 100% in the same boat with you: when I come home, I don't really want to talk to anyone or hear my own voice. I've spent all day talking and listening to people, and often getting the rough end of angry users.

Religion and Spirituality are personal, and there is no right or wrong way to do (or not do) either of them. I'm pretty deep in the "crunchy, crystal-grabbing, shakti-lauding, dirty hippy" pool of spirituality, but if someone asked me if I was religious I'd have to tell them "No." You need to do what's good for you. Your heart is beautiful and Good, and as long as you are compassionate with yourself and your own feelings, I think whatever statements you make on the matter are sound.

I've always had to use a larger tablet. I think I have a 12~15" tablet (they go by the diagonal, right?) which is somewhat counter-intuitive for me initially because I draw pretty small. That being said, it lets me draw more to scale with how I would normally work, so it keeps me from developing too much of a "death grip" on my pen. As for brands, I use an Intuous, the first USB version they actually made around 10 years ago. I initially put $500 into it but I've never had to replace anything on it and even with half of the casing melted in (long story involving a lack of sleep and a halogen bulb), it still works just as well as the first day I used it. :rose:

Best of luck on all of your upcoming artings, lady!
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BekaDavisStudios Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, I let my comments collect untouched for about 3 years so... I'll never hold that over your head. XD That apartment managing job really wasn't for someone like me. You gotta be someone who LOVES laying down the law, and I'm too sheepish. I totally get what you mean about "angry users" and not wanting to hear anyone's voice after work. Despite all the sweet customers/tenants I've had over the years, the bad ones REALLY stood out and almost made the sweet ones... not matter? Forgettable? Which I feel bad about... but the bad ones were really really bad!! 

Oh man, I've been SO happy since I left organized religion. I know it would break my family's heart if I flat-out told them that, and I never correct them when they say I'll come back some day, but the truth is I feel more connected to myself, others and The Universe now that I ever did when attending church/following written works. I can't imagine going back to where I was before.

My sweet mom got me a medium-sized tablet last Christmas, which is perfect, but some day (when I have money to burn) I'm excited to get a Cintiq or touch-screen tablet/computer and see what I can do with that. I've been loving traditional art lately since digital art feeds the perfectionist in me (I can sit there and edit the same line/shape/color for HOURS) but I certainly can see myself getting back into digital some day. Your Intuous sounds amazing! 10 years and still going strong? My tiny little Bamboo tablet was my baby for... almost the same amount of time, and then died on Christmas morning as I was finishing up a digital painting for my parents, only to open up one of my presents and see a new tablet. :) 
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FooRay Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Professional Artist
---> on prime could have it to you in only a couple days with no shipping. www.amazon.com/Ugee-Graphics-D…

half the price of the 13 inch wacom version. still pricey.. but with a bit of planning.. you could make this happen im sure. 19 inch for half the price though, is pretty bonks.. and the reviews are pretty good.

since moving to digital it was still iffy for drawing for me.. but coloring was mostly fine, But after moving over to an actual graphics monitor that I can draw directly on to? I think its helped me improve HEAPS in a short amount of time.

As far as size of the tablet goes? for me it didnt seem to make much difference.. because the area you end up working on is basically the same either way unless you draw in the top and bottom edges of your screen.. it ends up not making much difference. I think the real dif is removing the disconnect of your hand/eye coordination you get from drawing on a tablet vs. a graphics monitor.

either way! good luck! <3
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BekaDavisStudios Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I first saw that years ago (when you first sent this comment... sorry for the late reply!) I practically drooled at the item and price, hahaha. I still treasure the memory of you letting me play with your touch-screen tablet (was it a Cintiq? No, your computer was touch-screen... curse my poor memory!). While I'm fine without one for now, you certainly got me interested in maybe investing in one in the future. Thank you for being awesome! 
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Yokoboo Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I use the Intuos Pro medium, and it's much better than the small tablets I was using, you can use more of your shoulder (or at least elbow) rather than being constricted to your wrist.  I'm hoping my next upgrade will be the large Cintiq.  I prefer larger drawing areas.
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ConceptCat Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't cared to be online much either, especially since I started working. *shrugs*

My tablet is kind of the size of sketch paper. I do fine on it. I know I wouldn't want to do digital art with a mouse. I have no idea what other way you'd go about making digital art. I know I wouldn't mind a Cintiq, is it??? So I can actually look down at the tablet while I'm drawing. But, seeing as I don't draw much now, I think it would be a waste of money.
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BekaDavisStudios Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here. When I have a  bunch of money to burn I'll invest in a Cintiq, but until then the medium-sized tablet is working great. I sure do love your art, I hope you never stop creating and posting! :heart: 
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ConceptCat Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I try to make stuff when I can! lol
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