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Today is the last day of my twenties. Tomorrow I will officially be in my thirties.

Let’s see. I got married, graduated college, had a baby, had a meltdown, moved half way across country, had another baby, tried and failed to get a career in art going, and I’ve found myself pregnant again in the home stretch. 

I’ve tried writing three fantasy-ish books, one abandoned just past the half way point when I realized it was broken beyond repair, one started multiple times and has a fun world built around it but no real plot and is currently percolating, and one that I’m finding really fun to write for and I hope to finish the first draft this year. I just need to sit down and do it.

I’ve tried multiple art things, made a video game that didn’t lead to anything after, tried making multiple comics and series that fizzled out due to poor planning and bad self management, did some freelance here and there, and spent a lot of time feeling bad that I was spinning my wheels and trying to figure out what I really wanted to do. But I can’t say that I didn’t have some fun or learned nothing from my failures. I think my attitude and outlook on my artistic future is better in the very least. I find myself in an incubation stage right now.

Spent a lot of time being poor. I don’t recommend this. Things are just now starting to get better but who knows how long these things might last. 

I also spent a lot of time listening and trying to understand why things were the way they were, and a lot of time angry and frustrated. My faith in God wasn’t so much tested as my faith in Christians around me. We’ve moved churches once because of some glaring hypocrisy issues with the leadership and though the one we’re at is better in some ways it still has its issues. I want to minister in a way outside of taking care of children (which I am not very good at) but as a lady person in a Church of Christ my paths are limited. The more I look into it I find fewer and fewer reasons why I should not be allowed to use my spiritual gifts or do anything other than sit down and shut up. I’ve tried starting a ladies class but the elders don’t see a real need for it. I’m waiting to have my new baby and get her a bit older before I pursue anything further. In the meantime I’m feeling pretty discouraged. I think I would have been a preacher or something if my university had allowed that for women. I can’t help but think of what could have been sometimes.

So, on the cusp of my thirtieth birthday, I look back and see a lot of regret, but hope too. I see a pretty stupid (old) kid starting to calm down and listen more, but one who is getting pretty fed up with rolling over and getting stepped on by authority figures and someone who is really wanting to start saying something. I see someone trying to figure out the whole marriage thing. Got through some rough spots in the middle and came out together on the other side. I see someone trying to figure out the mothering thing and being quite frustrated. Some of that is understandable, some of it is my own doing and I do need to keep working on that. 

I guess any advice to anyone who just turned 20 would be to learn to roll with things more, listen listen listen, research, speak less and say more, try and fail a lot and be okay with that, know when a fight is not yours, and control your temper. Above all, be kind to everyone, even those who you disagree with or who are being jerks to you. Just make sure you set boundaries and learn when you need to walk away, (or unfollow, or stop listening). You won’t be any good to anyone if you never find time for yourself and just think and repair.

Later all.
(Reposted from Tumblr)

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J. Christine Leach
Artist | Digital Art
United States
I graduated from Harding University with a BFA in Art and Graphic Design in 2009. I spend my time doodling animals in a void and love working with various kinds of ink pens, though I'm coming around to flat digital painting. I also spend a lot of time away from dA thinking about art I could be doing if I wasn't doing other things.


Art Tumblr: jchristineleach.tumblr.com
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Today is the last day of my twenties. Tomorrow I will officially be in my thirties.

Let’s see. I got married, graduated college, had a baby, had a meltdown, moved half way across country, had another baby, tried and failed to get a career in art going, and I’ve found myself pregnant again in the home stretch. 

I’ve tried writing three fantasy-ish books, one abandoned just past the half way point when I realized it was broken beyond repair, one started multiple times and has a fun world built around it but no real plot and is currently percolating, and one that I’m finding really fun to write for and I hope to finish the first draft this year. I just need to sit down and do it.

I’ve tried multiple art things, made a video game that didn’t lead to anything after, tried making multiple comics and series that fizzled out due to poor planning and bad self management, did some freelance here and there, and spent a lot of time feeling bad that I was spinning my wheels and trying to figure out what I really wanted to do. But I can’t say that I didn’t have some fun or learned nothing from my failures. I think my attitude and outlook on my artistic future is better in the very least. I find myself in an incubation stage right now.

Spent a lot of time being poor. I don’t recommend this. Things are just now starting to get better but who knows how long these things might last. 

I also spent a lot of time listening and trying to understand why things were the way they were, and a lot of time angry and frustrated. My faith in God wasn’t so much tested as my faith in Christians around me. We’ve moved churches once because of some glaring hypocrisy issues with the leadership and though the one we’re at is better in some ways it still has its issues. I want to minister in a way outside of taking care of children (which I am not very good at) but as a lady person in a Church of Christ my paths are limited. The more I look into it I find fewer and fewer reasons why I should not be allowed to use my spiritual gifts or do anything other than sit down and shut up. I’ve tried starting a ladies class but the elders don’t see a real need for it. I’m waiting to have my new baby and get her a bit older before I pursue anything further. In the meantime I’m feeling pretty discouraged. I think I would have been a preacher or something if my university had allowed that for women. I can’t help but think of what could have been sometimes.

So, on the cusp of my thirtieth birthday, I look back and see a lot of regret, but hope too. I see a pretty stupid (old) kid starting to calm down and listen more, but one who is getting pretty fed up with rolling over and getting stepped on by authority figures and someone who is really wanting to start saying something. I see someone trying to figure out the whole marriage thing. Got through some rough spots in the middle and came out together on the other side. I see someone trying to figure out the mothering thing and being quite frustrated. Some of that is understandable, some of it is my own doing and I do need to keep working on that. 

I guess any advice to anyone who just turned 20 would be to learn to roll with things more, listen listen listen, research, speak less and say more, try and fail a lot and be okay with that, know when a fight is not yours, and control your temper. Above all, be kind to everyone, even those who you disagree with or who are being jerks to you. Just make sure you set boundaries and learn when you need to walk away, (or unfollow, or stop listening). You won’t be any good to anyone if you never find time for yourself and just think and repair.

Later all.
(Reposted from Tumblr)

Pokemon Sun Team

My Pokemon Sun team as babies! And myself as a Ditto because I’m convinced that my protagonist character at some point died and was unknowingly replaced by a Ditto so as to keep the mother happy. The poor Ditto was then later coerced into going on a Pokemon adventure after moving with the mother to Alola. How else would you explain why the protagonist almost always has that blank dopey face when other characters in the story… you know… emote when things happen? 

She’s doing her best. Humaning is hard.

Anyway, here we have Baron the Rowlet, Mochi the Pichu, Polly the Cutifly, Hige the Rockruff, Bud the Mudbray, and Freddy the Stuffle. They’re all grown up now, except Mochi who’s waiting to learn Thunderbolt before I evolve her. 


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Still on hiatus, but I had some time today and just wanted to draw the pokemans. Traditional inks, digital colors. 

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There are various reasons for this. Some emotional, some practical. I wasn't posting much here lately anyhow, and I was having issues starting those dailies with how my life is right now. 

I want to finish my book before I do anymore art. I'm a good chunk in and I really want to see it through. 

I'll be back when I'm feeling better.
Final Edit: Husband has suddenly obtained new job! I'm no longer as desperate for commissions but can totally take them if you want one.

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Still looking for commissions. We got our insurance extended until the end of November, so that's something, but actual income is up in the air for next month. 

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My husband lost his job and we were month to month, and I'm pregnant and need a C-Section in March with no insurance in sight, so if anyone wants some ink drawings, full bodied or head shots, colored or black and white, let me know. Can also do simple digital paintings as well. Not looking to do backgrounds at this time. Depending on the number of characters and the complexity involved prices will fluctuate, but simple single characters/objects with no major accessories will start around 20-30 USD. Stuff like simple quick sketches or icon type commissions would be about 10-20. Send me a note with your proposition and I'll give you a quote.

Some examples:

Sorrel by FurramaChew Chew and Spits by FurramaWerewolfed OCs by FurramaArt of Transformation Heads by FurramaAll Cockatilt Birdstarter Birds by Furrama Fat White Dragon by Furrama

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:icontherony:
Therony Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Happy b-day. ^_^  Hope you did something nice for it. ^^
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:iconfurrama:
Furrama Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017   Digital Artist
I had a carrot cupcake and a nap!
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:icontherony:
Therony Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Naps are good. ^_^ 
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THEMRCAGDL Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Happy Birthday!
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Furrama Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017   Digital Artist
Thankyou!
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THEMRCAGDL Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
You're welcome!
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Dickywebster Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Happy birthday :)
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Furrama Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Dan2002 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday friend! 
            Birthday cake  icon 
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Furrama Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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