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The Oni-ftermath

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 14, 2015, 8:24 AM

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That's it. The Oni Project is over for now. They're all perfect and happy, and i hope you're pleased with the results. Predictably, a few people have inquired about the NEXT Oni drawing... and at this point, there are none planned. Not anytime soon.

Some of my favorite of the lot...

The Sakura and Karin Oni Transformation III by Chronorin The Hinata and Ino Oni Transformation VI by Chronorin The Anko and Kurenai Oni Transformation VI by Chronorin The Tsunade and Mei Oni Transformation IV by Chronorin The Tenten and Temari Oni Transformation V by Chronorin The Konan and Tayuya Oni Transformation IV by Chronorin Great Oni Inotakurin by Chronorin The Queen of the Oni by ChronorinPerfect Oni Sakurin by Chronorin 

I feel like talking about this whole process. Care to hear about it? Good. It's about a lot of things apart from the drawings themselves.

Let me rewind the clock back to August of 2014. I had a rare five-day vacation about to commence, and naturally, i wanted to start some new drawings, because i'm a poor person and so vacation means "hanging around the house" and not "going someplace exciting." At that point, i had drawn the Sakura-Karin and Ino-Hinata sequences for OverlordOfNobodies as commissions. (If you like these drawings, you really ought to thank him.) And my brain kept thinking of what could be done with, say, Anko and Kurenai, Tsunade and Mei, Tenten and Temari...

...and i said to myself, self, forget about those. You know damned well that you need to work on something else besides freaky and strangely cute transformation sequences. You have too many of those already. Every time someone makes a passing remark about how your gallery is nothing but "characters standing around," you feel a rush of murderous rage that only subsides when you realize... they're totally right. You have to do some more ambitious stuff!

...and then another part of my brain said -- ahh, come on. Anko as a snake Oni and Kurenai as a tree Oni? That would be cool. You have five whole days here, why not have a little fun?

So i drew them.

Later, in November, i succumbed to the temptation of drawing the Tsunade-Mei sequence and in December, the Tenten and Temari sequence. And i thought, that's it, right? Get this stuff out of your system, dude, and start 2015 off with nothing but new, ambitious, and varied work!

...then i thought, man, if i did a sixth sequence of Konan and Tayuya, i'd have six, then they could merge after imaginary battles and i could have my watchers vote on the outcomes...

...and then draw a supreme Oni Queen...

...and then why not some perfect forms, to give this thing a happy ending?

(Jeez, you have no idea how many ways i thought of doing those. There were so many possibilities, and in the end i went with something simple, but it took so much mental effort to get there...)

And now here we are. It's... it's halfway through 2015 now. What the everloving fuck? How has half a year passed by already? And most of what i've done this year is fantasy Naruto monsters? These aren't even my own characters, for fuck's sake, i could've been drawing Zoel and Murk and Maryl this whole time!


There was a point, a brief point when i thought things were going to be different. Do you recall how i asked for donations of money to do the Tsunade/Mei sequence? As soon as i posted that journal, two sizeable donations were immediately given by two generous people. And i marveled at that, and i thought... dude... this is it. You could BE one of those artists who draws what his fans want, like that one guy -- Sakimichan -- and get money for it. Enough money to stop working overtime? Enough money to quit my job? The sky is the limit, you just got $100 in donations in one hour!


......and that's pretty much where it stopped. Not many more came.

I've learned that you guys like my drawings, but not enough. I blame myself for that. I don't even like Sakimichan's style all that much, but apparently a lot of people do. He gets money for his stuff. Way more money than i do.


I've said on many occasions that i don't want to leave DeviantArt. And that's true.

However, i need to shed the DeviantArt State of Mind. You know, the state of mind where you draw an endless flow of eye candy for your fans, and taking their requests, and doing things that you know your watchers want... as if i was some 18-year old kid living with my parents, able to do everything for shits and giggles.

Draw a cute Oni creature? 5,000 views! 120 faves!

Draw a man reading a book? .....230 views. 3 faves.


It's addictive. You like it. I like it.

But it's not sustainable.

I need to think about the future. I look at what VanHeist and Artgerm and others have done in seven years, and i'm very jealous.

Things have changed a lot in the real world lately. I'm still at my go-nowhere night job, the same place for the last seven years. It's getting a bit old, to be honest, and i'm looking around for something else.

Ah, my job.

It's changed so much.

I keep reminiscing about the early days at this place, when things were different. I was younger, and the people there were younger. Things were looser. There was this air of energy around the place every night, this feeling of "what are we gonna get away with tonight? Watch a movie? Work on drawings? Explore the complex? We have six hours before daybreak, and this place is ours until then!"

It... was... fun.

The flood of 2010 and the reshuffling of 2011 made it less fun for a while. But then it got fun again in 2012 and 2013...

...and it stopped being fun again in 2014 when my last cool coworker left.

I don't think i want any more cool coworkers. I don't want it to become fun again. Fun is a distraction.

Ever since then, i've been freaking out about the future a bit. I don't want to be here forever, and i've outlasted almost every one of my coworkers. They come and go, and i stay put.

You know, the same thing happens on DeviantArt. People come and go. I'm currently polishing up my pre-2007 drawings, which has been very rewarding... but there's a disappointed feeling i get when i realize that i'm reworking a drawing for some old watcher who has been gone for years.

What happened to Significant-Pie and his brother? Tom Hopkins? Josiah? What about BurkeOnTheSly, and Allie Kleber, and BT, and Angela, and Steph Cherrywell? Starglider? Mori-Tohsaku? CMunkii?

Not around here much anymore.

Where is Metamorphaxx?  He and i had quite a collaborative vibe going for several years, until he suddenly vanished a few months ago. And he didn't answer my last email. He might be back, or he might not be. I have no idea.

I still have some friends here. But i have far more anonymous lurkers who only pop up to ask about when the next cute Oni is going to be drawn.

It's not sustainable.

DeviantArt is not as much fun as it used to be. My job is not as much fun as it used to be. All the young people are gone, replaced by grumpy, grumbling, cigarette-smoking depressed old people who talk about the daily grind and nothing else. Every week i get shuffled to random places. No one's watched a movie there in a long time.

I might be reaching the end of a chapter in my life.

What comes next?

Well, i'm going to slow down a bit. Finish this turdpolishing. The only two new things i'm working on in the next month are contest entries for Heroes of the Storm and CubeBrush. (Man, i'm so behind on that first one. I should have delayed those last two Perfect Oni sequences and gotten started on that one earlier, damnit...)

After that?

Fewer drawings. Better drawings. No more Onis. No more candy.

The way i figure it, i need three main things to reach the next stage of my artistic career.

1. A slick new non-DeviantArt website that's overstuffed with drawings and shows that i'm prolific -- and with my new Artstation site, i think i have that one licked.

2. Five or six fully-realized illustrations that involve more than just "characters standing around."

3. A 4-6 page sequential sequence that shows of my coloring skills, suitable for submitting to comic book companies.

I have the first one, so now i want the next two by the end of the year.

(After that, i need a new computer, and want to learn ZBrush and relearn Maya... more on that later.)


If you've read this entire entry, i commend your patience. For the first time in a long time, i feel like NOT having fun and doing some boring work. I feel like being practical.

If i was drawing what i felt like now, i'd be drawing SO MUCH Stephen Universe fanart, you guys. You have no idea. There might be some eventually. But not right now.


Wait, new episodes of Stephen Universe start on June 15th?



The Wall of Turdpolish
Final Pass

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Current Movies: Birdman, The Congress.
Current TV show: Game of Thrones. Steven Universe. Wayward Pines.
Current Tunes: POWER 85. Uberzone. Matis & Mahi.
Current Foods: Tuna sandwich w. spinach soup.
Current Drinks: Delicious coffee.
Currently Feeling: Sam Cooke said a change is gonna come.

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Chronos + Orin = Chronorin
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"A man shitting in a hat is not enough; he must shit in two hats, and then spill one of them." -- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

"That is most of it, being a wizard -- seeing and listening. The rest is technique."
-- Schmendrick the Magician

"When I was alive, I believed -- as you do -- that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said 'one o'clock' as though I could see it, and 'Monday' as though I could find it on the map; and I let myself be hurried along from minute to minute, day to day, year to year, as though I were actually moving from one place to another. Like everyone else, I lived in a house bricked up with seconds and minutes, weekends and New Year's Days, and I never went outside until I died, because there was no other door. Now I know that I could have walked through the walls."

-- The Skull.

"The first duty in life is to assume a pose. What the second is, no one has yet discovered."
--Oscar Wilde

“Meaning is not in things but in between them."
-- Norman O. Brown

You're never going to find true happiness, what are you gonna do, cry about it?"
-- Weird Al Yankovic

"What's wrong with running away from reality when it sucks?"
-- Shinji Ikari.

"Life IS pain, your highness. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something."
-- Westley, The Princess Bride

"I'm not in the business of seeing whatever pleases YOU."
-- Master Shake

"This is why i hate middle-aged people -- all they want is attention."
-- Super Milk-Chan

"Comedy is a dying artform. But tragedy? Now THAT'S funny."
-- Bender

"Principal Skinner is an old man who lives at the school. I had to go to his office once because i was dirty."
-- Ralph Wiggum

"The Durions had won the day, but left behind were Bruidd ruins; for the Bruidd had left a Sign, or a Poem, as some would say, and some would not."
-- Stephen Gooch

"He who would break a thing to know what it is has left the path of wisdom."
-- Gandalf.

"The Universe is not mystical in how it exists, but in that it exists."
-- Ludwig Wittgenstein.

"All you need is love. Love is all you need."
-- John Lennon.

"There's no such thing as love. It's just another puffed-up word used by Madison Avenue to sell their skin creams and two-seater cars!"
-- Stewie Griffin.

The Solstice has passed; the Fourth is imminent; the year 2015 is essentially divided bilaterally in time. How are we doing? 

13 deviants said I can't believe the year is half over already... time is going too fast!
5 deviants said It's too fucking hot all the time now.
3 deviants said Finally, the northwards tilt toward winter shall commence in earnest.
3 deviants said When's the next Steven bomb? We have to find out what happened to Lapis and Jasper!
3 deviants said You're so weird, i hate you.
2 deviants said I can believe it. This year has been chock full of so much stuff. It's epic, Dottie. Epic.
2 deviants said Summer be really kicking into high gear now, my peeps and peepettes. Fireworks time at the barbecue, oooh yeaaaah.
1 deviant said I'm in the southern hemisphere, English, so it's nippy times fer us, actually.
1 deviant said As an apathist, i refuse to care about something as trivial as time. Time is for the weak.
No deviants said It should really stay just like this forever.


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Jamibug Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cool stuff man. I dig your style. :thumbsup:
Chronorin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thanks!
Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Chronorin Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

That's a mouthful.
Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hellfire, to be exact.
EmuEmerson Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thabk you for the llama!!
Chronorin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome.
EmuEmerson Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WhenPigsMayFly Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
I know this will seem like a weird question, but can someone explain to me fully what the deviantart submission policy is and what I'm fully agreeing to in regards to like ownership, I pretty much don't want to give them the right to submit my artwork to wherever they desire, like a porn site or something.
Chronorin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Umm, i'm not entirely sure.
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