As most of you have probably observed, the vast majority of my journal entries over the past seven years on dA have been about things relating to the constructs of artistic and written skills, as well as the various social networks within the deviantArt community. They are things of observation, tallying the different nuances of the human psyche. Hardly anything here is truly a media's representation of a journal, and most of it is equated to something from a medical or science magazine. In lame speak, the journals are basically essays, and not journals. Because of that, I wish to put forth a few personal details, some questions, maybe gain some answers, and answer anything thrown at me. Most of what I'm going to write down exists on my website's bio [link]
. Other than that, I would love to be asked some stupid things since I have the impression people do not know me.
What/Who is VLK: My name is Vanessa L. K. This is where I get my username, Vaporeon Lugia Krabby from. As per my name, I am an over-achieving, artsy show-off with more than her fair share of vanity problems. I also am notoriously ruthless, unabashed and egotistical, so much so that I have been accused of being a robot, a guy, and Mewblade interchangeably with an apparent empathy issue. Because of this, I am at times convinced people are afraid of me, on part because of the unrelatability (most of the reason why I am doing this).
What are my strengths and weaknesses? We all have one thing we're better at than most people, and possibly worst at. Math, music and anything involving names (geography, references to great people) are my horrible mental flaws, other than the trust issues. I highlight art and verbal communication as strengths, as well as manipulation. I love the idea of molding people to be better members of society, not for the betterment of me. Anyone else wastes precious natural resources. (And for those who have made pathetic, irritating attempts to lie or twist things around me; guaranteed, I am smarter than you are at it.)
What do I do on my free time? Umm... nothing? Net rounds, some tv, and a lot of creative projects. Otherwise, I work, a lot.
Now what have I done for schooling, and careers? Not something common here, but I went to a gamer college. It's where I picked up my skills in Maya and helps me dabble around in the industry. I've done game testing (Electronic Arts), tech support (Geek Squad) and a wide variety of indy work (voice acting, scripts, interface and graphics), along with my current position which is basically you name it, I'm doing it. Because of the background, I feel that I can, and often do ridicule people about their skills versus goals. Want to get anywhere in the game or animation industry? Stop drawing anime! Or at the very least, have original ideas.
What are my relationships like? Safest place to be is have everyone at an arm's distance. I prefer to make acquaintances but I do keep a few close friends. Otherwise, I am married to one of the first Mewthree players I ever met (and since I am a dinosaur in terms of the Mewtwo/Mewthree community, that was a long while ago). I criticize online relationships, since mine was a struggle, and as most people I know are around my age (often younger), I condone them. It takes way too much effort, money and sacrifice for most people to be successful long term.
Mewtwo and Mewthrees, and what is up with it? Going off of the relationship thing as follows... Without Pokemon there would be no Mewtwo, without Mewtwo there would be no Mewthrees and without Mewthrees I wouldn't be in a relationship today, have gone to the school I went to, been on the career path I've been on, and otherwise had any involvement in anything I am involved in today. Some do it because it's cool, but to me Mewtwo and Mewthrees define my identity, which is why I will from time-to-time mention the "old ways" and may consider killing people for messing with it.
Then what about my characters? I have some 200+ characters. There is a list somewhere but it includes dragons, fantasy, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, the Mewthrees, Digimon, Sonic, the Boos, the Vancouvers, the Dancers, a cluster of aliens and so on and so on. If you're a watcher of me, you know of Mewblade (Mewthree). She is not my first character, technically it's a stuffed animal named Ginger from when I was a baby, but she is my favorite. About 60% of my characters are female, or female identified. I prefer to draw girls more often than boys as more of my females are good natured than the guys are. Of course, Mewblade takes up most of the pictures. I enjoy characters that are both beautiful and powerful, and exemplify confidence and capabilities. Basically, give me the Greek pantheon of gods, and I'm happy.
Why am I on dA? I've always been attracted to a specific community for long periods of time. Usually until it goes under. Being on dA, of course I like to be here to watch the art of others and see them develop, as I do for myself in turn. I also want to promote my art, and my characters. Currently my goal is to try and get a DD (Daily Deviation), as things like Favorites and Pageviews don't really equate to a sense of skill here.
Also, it's pretty common for me to struggle with talking about myself. (There is something about talking about yourself that comes across as so pathetically vain it is nauseating at best to think of it.) Not sure if there is anything anyone wants to inquire of me, so hopefully a few basics is enough to work off of.