"MF": Duo lane bot pls

I, along with some other 100 million gamers, regularly engage in masochism and voluntarily surround myself with people who only speak in insults and inflammatory language: I play League of Legends.

Just like any other sport, League players play 1 of 5 different positions. I'm a bot lane main - I either play ADC or support, either the ranged damage dealer or the utility-healer respectively.

My first main was Caitlyn, the long range trap "sniper" type adc. Of all games outside of Cookie Clicker, playing an adc requires SO. MUCH. CLICKING. 

Eventually I started destroying both my mouse and my wrist, so I switched to a support main. As a utility provider / team healer who requires fewerer micro skills, I found that, believe it or not, I could actually enjoy playing League - once I mute enemy chat and all my teammates.

The only people exempt from this global chat ban are the regular squad of people I play with on a near-nightly basis. For the most part, they are people I know IRL. In some cases, they are people who I have known several years back and have subsequently lost touch with. But League has been a perfect vehicle to reconnect with them. My most frequent duo lane bot partner is one example.

I made this piece for her favorite ADC, Miss Fortune. Enjoy!

"The Trombonist": New Orleans has a lot to offer.

A few years back, I made my way south down to New Orleans for a conference. Despite the wishes of other Millennials around me, I don't make travel a high priority. Airports are terrible inefficient, travelers are always rushed and inappropriately rude, and I can think of so many fulfilling, community-building related uses of the cost of a plane ticket. But whenever a chance to travel for free pops up on my radar, I'll stand in line, allow TSA employees to grab my junk, and get on that plane with Olympic-level reflexes.

At the risk of using overly-cliched language, New Orleans is truly unlike any other city. Architecturally, the blend of French and Southern influences creates a city front that can only be described as "well, you kinda gotta see it for yourself." 

But forget about the classical building design. The city is best known for the ridiculous debauchery and general level of chaos of Mardi Gras. Despite me visiting in November, Bourbon Street still provided the experiences that were promised by everyone who had visited before me: Strippers, shots being poured into your mouth straight from the bottle, and the smell of fresh vomit at 8 AM as the last of the tourists finally starts to stumble back to their lodging.

As for me, I had my first taste of absinthe on Bourbon street, some INSANE donut thing nearby, and other occurrences that only other people tell me happened - but I don't personally remember. But I expect that the touristy side of N'awlins is nothing like what the actual people care about.

It's probably Jazz music. Just being honest here: I don't get jazz. The movement of the music just seems too random for me to appreciate. Like the random diffusion of air molecules, put onto sheet music: similar to a snapshot of a Brownian motion particle tracking experiment. But I haven't given it a fair shot.

Easy jazz I can get down with though. It's real simple to follow, moves predictable as most music does, and is quite demure to my ears. But it's that "cool" experimental Jazz that's beyond my comprehension. I'm gonna try and ease myself into that musical genre, but I'm gonna need some recommendations. Please drop some links in the comment box below.

Regardless, this piece was a commission as a gift for a younger brother, who recently graduated high school and is starting to study jazz trombone in a music program SO prestigious, that most students get hired during their studies, and never actually finish their program. Isn't that the dream?

Congratulations! I hope this abstract shape / low polygon piece adorns a nice piece of real estate on your college dorm wall.

The trombonist New Orleans Jazz

"3 Ninjas": Naruto-inspired commissioned pieces for your enjoyment

Many of the forums I browse regularly talk about the "Christmas slump," an honestly surprising phenomenon where online sales right around Hanukkah seem to dip, despite this being the time when commercialism is at a peak. I expected that orders right around the beginning of December in preparation for the Kwanzaa season of giving would be my all time high. As it turns out, I did make 16 total Festivus-month sales, but this may have been just related to an increase in overall sales.

Keeping Etsy low-key

Unlike the other artists I hear about in interviews, I don't promote my store widely across my personal social network or directly to my family members. Instead, my art has been showcased publicly on a separate account, be it Instagram or Facebook. Spamming out requests to my friends to "BUY MY THINGS PLZ" just feels dirty. Getting personal sales means that my friends support me, which is nice to have that reassurance, but it doesn't mean that people at large like my art enough to pay for it. My closest circle of people are the most supportive people I know - but what I really want is for people to buy things because they think it's cool. Financially dumb, but emotionally more satisfying.

Around Thanksgiving, my friend asked if I could make some art as a Christmas gift for her boyfriend, catching me off guard. Having not really spent much time or energy promoting or even talking about my art, the request was especially unexpected. I hadn't been asked for a custom commissions before this, even though I had the pricing scheme set in place. Of course, I hooked it up for a really solid discount. 

Here are the three pieces that I made for the gift. As it turns out, I love drawing lightning but HATE drawing fire.

jiraiya art

Interested in commissioning me for some work, preferably lightning related work? Use this form to get in touch with me through Etsy, throw out the coupon code  "WINNER" during checkout for a 20% discount on any commissioned work between now and 3/1/2016!