Gee, I haven't written anything here in a long while, and it really bugs me to have that obligatory written introduction from the photography course on my front page x)
So, you know what it will be. It's rambling time, yay!
Quite a bit of stuff has been going on, firstly at home. We did a week long trip in Helsinki area last month, and met a handful of friends and guildies there and saw Battle Beast perfrom live. Needless to say, the people, places and lively culture are always inspiring and invigorating.
The very same week as we returned home me and my man unit picked up two kittens that were going under the doctor's syringe to be put down. The two girls are almost identical, black and white, and we named them Lola and Linnea.
I don't have a close history with cats, because I was seriously allergic as a child. I touched a kitty, and my eyes would turn red, swell and start watering. With time, however, the symptoms have eased so that I eventually learned I could spend weeks in a room where a cat normally lived. Even with these two devil spawns I've had no symptoms at all, and I quite like having them around. Initially they are my boyfriend's, though, like the snake and spider are mine, but we both care for 'em equally ^^
As I probably wrote earlier, I had to let go of my last, old rat somewhere during November, and the void they left was terribly vast. It's wonderful to have some extra life in the house again.
The biggest thing going on for me at the moment, however, is my upcoming practical training in Northern Ireland. The local university there is arranging a summer course that has to do with game development and everything related to it. This means a lot of paper war, since I'll be going in a month and I feel like I haven't got much done yet. Thank goodness I'll be able to catch the coordinator person tomorrow and really start to get this rolling!
I am both nervous and excited, as I'm a very adventurous person, so I am confident I'll do just fine! I'll be staying in Derry for three months, and so far my biggest concern is the culture of wearing shoes indoors.
Seriously, who does that?
Anyway, my mom and dad bought me some awesome slippers to help me tolerate it! Since few years ago wearing old folks' slippers became such a fashion fad in Finnish schools that they started to produce the classic slippers in new colours. Dad has the original brown ones, mom got her the pink ones and now they got me the lime green ones. I always wanted them, so, yay! Best parents eu. :'D
But, we'll see how it goes!This of course means I will have to postpone my plan of taking regular commissions,
which people have been requesting for quite a while! I am so sorry for being a picky bastard and mostly doing stuff for my friends for now. </3
Also, I recently got my hands on Paint Tool Sai, and so far I feel like there'll be no going back to Photoshop for me! I absolutely love how light it is to run and how smoothly the basic tools run (apart from the clumsy selection tool and silly cropping system), but I'm sure it all will come to me in time. I've found a whole new motivation for digital drawing, even if the stuff I've done with Sai so far has been very simple. I'll get a proper grasp on it soon and start expanding!