July 28th, 2002

Shabu Dog

Moral of the story: Don't get a ticket

Well i completed traffic school today after getting that lame-o ticket in Laguna from that dumbass cop. I swear, i bet he laughed about it.

The traffic school was called "Comedy For Less" but i never got to see the "Comedy" aspect of it. It was not funny AT ALL. ah well, i guess you get what you pay for.

We all had to go around the room and tell what our tickets were for, mine was one of the most colorful stories out there. *sigh*
and not to mention i was the YOUNGEST person there!
Im 17 and everyone else was in their 30's to 60's. i felt like such a loser.

The hispanic guy who sat next to me, Saul, was pretty nice. He had a hard time picking up what i was saying sometimes but what he did understand, he at least laughed at my jokes. He also liked my artwork *he ruffled through my sketchbook like 3 times, showing others in the class what i had drawn* It was nice to get at least SOME attention.

However, not all attention is wanted attention. This 20 something guy who looked like he was 30 something came over and started asking me "so what art school do you go to?" and i told him my whole story about that and how im still in highschool *read: im very illegal still* He then was like "oooh animation? so: *and here comes the famous question that Tiff knows i absolutely HATE* Ever think of working for Disney? "*there it is*
i responded with , "Disney is the evil empire, my friend. Do you have any kind of idea of what kind of sweatshop they run? i know people who have gone CRAZY from working there. Including Tim Burton who suffered serious depression before he was allowed to do his own independent thing" he just goes "oh....really? you wouldnt think"
*well sir, im sorry to say but what YOU dont know could fill a warehouse.*

Suffered through some videos, was very disappointed that they didnt play Red Asphalt. I had missed that day in drivers training.

Just for kicks my teacher decided to keep us waiting till the very last second of class with corny jokes about a rabbi and a priest *such a cliche*

Finally when i was leaving the greasy ponytail *DISNEY* guy started talking to me again. He asked me what highschool i go to *red alert red alert* i told him anyway, and he goes *do you know Katie Brown?* hmm.i said yes but i could have sworn Katie Brown was my ex boyfriends most recent ex girlfriend. i hate that bitch...Branden and i are gonna do something to her car =)

Hes like *kind of a ditzy girl..not all there* brandens ex girlfriend to a T

So then he asked me if i had to go to traffic school anymore..i said no. he said he had already completed 3 and had 2 more to do!!! i said, uhh..for what? i forgot what the other ones were i cut him off cuz i was freaking out *he was getting a little too close to my car* one was him driving on the other side of the road. im like "this isnt england buddy" he just looks at me quizically. so yeah he keeps talking to me and im inching towards my car, sorta scared of him cuz he keeps flirting with me and i go *um...i have an appointment in RB and im already gonna be 20 minutes late nice meeting you!* and he goes nice meeting you and that was that. I kept checking my rearview mirror to see if he was following me though...eep.

dont get me wrong, im not really freakishly mean or anything im just REALLY cautious of older men who talk to me a lot and ask me a lot of personal questions like where i go to school what grade im in etc. because he knows what i look like he could easily come to my school and such and find me. i have had several stalkers before and am very nervous. I hold my own though. =)

so yeah, weeee! that was fun =P
Shabu Dog

LJ sux

dont you hate it when you make an entry and it doesnt work, so you submit it again and it ends up posting like 4 times? yeah..i hate it too...
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Shabu Dog

i am not a machine

I absolutely LOVE getting fan mail. In fact i got some today from a kid in Italy who even wants to commission me to do a piece. *crosses fingers, i hope i hope i hope i hope*
I have even gotten e-mails asking "do you have any tutorials" of course, i think this is a grand idea, so i log it away for the future so when i get some time i will grant their wish. A great suggestion IMO. However, there are times when people just push me over the line and ask me too many questions at once.

I got an e-mail from this kid saying:
"Hi Thorn Wolf! Do you mind if I do a comission like you, only for free? And I won't do furries, I'll only do Wolves, malamutes, huskeys, wolf dogs, and Balto wolves, and wolf dogs from the movies.
~Iditarod"

Do you understand this? cuz i dont. Did he say he wanted to draw me something? or does he want to commission me..but for free? is it an art trade? IM SO CONFUSED! *pulls hair*

Then he sent me this after i sent my confused letter....


"Well, I want to do a comission, like you are, but just for free. So I can draw you something, along with other people. Can you tell me how you use photoshop and image ready? And I also need to know how to send pictures drawn on the computer through e-mail, and, how do you send pictures through e-mail that are NOT drawn on the computer.

Can you tell me those things?"
~Iditarod

Oooookay....that is a LOT to ask for. and a commission is not for free =P thats called a gift pic/fan art
and it seems to me this guys never heard of a scanner.

I replied the best i could specifying that *you need to let me know what exactly you want to DO with photoshop* and i got this...



"Well, I have Photoshop 6.0 tryout version, and how do you get colors like blue, because I can't get colors on it. I can only get Gray black and white. and how do you get such fine pictures? With your pictures, it looks like they are hand drawn. and how do you get backgrounds, like the styles, and, how do you get the glows, and, how do ou get the awesome texture stuff, and the color fading stuff, like you did on Sabarika, and how do you get the irises on eyes of things to look so much like eyes? And, you know, all of the other stuff with that.
~Iditorod"

So he wants a free photoshop lesson now?? wtf? im not a machine! i cant type out a lesson comprehendable enough that he might be able to be a master in an hour! Hell, i suck at PS and ive been doing it for years!

I sent him this:

okay one thing at a time:
colors: the reason youre only getting gray is probably becaue the image is set at Grayscale. To change this, you need to go to Image, Mode, and RGB color. Then to change colors, click on the color squares and you can change them from there.

fine pictures: talent and practice really. if you do it enough it just ends up that way. =)

hand drawn: yes they are hand drawn first in black and white ink *pen* then i scan them in and color them from there

backgrounds: well you can use the gradient tool which is part of the *paint bucket tool* just hold down the paint bucket tool and change it to the button that shows the color going from black to white *thats the gradient tool* from there you can choose your colors and styles in the top menu. all i can say to you about that is, play around with it a bit.

glows: you use the burn and dodge tool, which is a pictuer of a hand cupping or a black circle with a stick on it. they are both part of the same button/option. play around with that

fur effects: use the Nose/ add noise option and make sure its monochromatic. i forgot what menu its under but youll see it.

color fading stuff: use the smudge tool which is a finger pointed downwards.

irises on the eyes? i have no idea what youre talking about. i just draw them honestly. if you mean color, i just use the same effects i use on the rest of the drawing. different colors and color fading.

but above everything else....PLAY AROUND FIRST. dont expect to go right into a drawing. i strongly suggest toying with all the tools and seeing what they do first.
hope that helps
~Thornwolf

I mean...what was i supposed to say to that? im not good at teaching people in the first place, and i learn most of my stuff through just experimenting, not necessarily KNOWING. *sigh*

I dont mind giving tips and reccommending supplies and providing techniques but all this crap? jeeze! i cant deal =P Theres just too much typing involved lol!

when i get my site up and running i MUST put this as an FAQ question

Q: will you teach me all there is to know about how you draw?
A: no.
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Shabu Dog

i feel inspired

im at it again...im really liking how my stuff is turning out as of lately. Now that classes are over i have more "me" time =)


e-mail me if you want to buy prints

Talking to huskie now.
la dee da
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