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How difficult do you find it to draw when you're "not in the mood?" 

42%
110 deviants said Next to impossible - I can force myself to try, but it turns out absolutely terrible, or I somehow still get nothing but a blank canvas despite my best efforts.
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96 deviants said Challenging - it's doable, but painful, and the results often suffer for it.
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21 deviants said Moderately difficult - it's not ideal, but it's definitely doable, and generally produces just as good results as when I'm in the mood.
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19 deviants said Not applicable - I don't do art.
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12 deviants said Not too bad - eh, obviously I'd rather be in the mood for it, but it's not really that hard.
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4 deviants said Not applicable - I'm almost always in the mood to do art, or find it very easy to get myself into the mood.
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2 deviants said Not very difficult at all - whether I'm in the mood or not doesn't actually really impact how hard it is to sit down and make decent artwork.

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Endless Realms player race - Ulvar Kyr (male) by jocarra
Endless Realms player race - Ulvar Kyr (male)
Player race artwork for Endless Realms, a D&D-like "pen and paper" fantasy RPG I'm working for.

When we were going over all the possibilities for types of races that would make up the core races of the game, I noticed a glaring lack of any "huge tough" races - the most physically intimidating race at the time was human, believe it or not.  Not just because I'm a personal fan of such races, I insisted the development team would be making a huge mistake if they didn't include at least one player race in the line of ogre, dragonborn, charr or tauren.  I also figured it would be a great time to also make a beast-race, thinking the concepts go well together, and the developers wouldn't have to worry about covering those two bases with the other races.  At the time, it may have been the only beast-race to make it into the final cut, although in the end, five of the nine core races ended up being "furry" :V

So this is a race that I essentially got to design entirely myself, aside from general species inspiration (I suggested alternative inspirational species, like turtles, armadillos, ankylosaurs, vultures, cervines...) - although there were lots of potentially cool things to pick from, we settled on canines and ursines being the primary inspiration for look.  However, as I developed them, I also feel a bit of big cat/smilodon, wolverine and yeti made it in as well, which I really only see as a good thing :b

So yeah.  Technically, these guys have tails and ears that make them look rather wolflike, but they're the sort of guys that chop stuff like that off because they are (or used to be) liabilities in fights.  Admittedly, this was inspired by a myriad of dog breeds, but most notably the ovcharka, the breed Casey and I want to get eventually - originally bred to defend villages from wolves, bears, and tigers, they have their ears chopped off so predators have one less thing they can rip or grab later :b

Concept & Artwork © 2014/2015 Lunar Games Inc.

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Good Intentions

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 25, 2014, 1:41 PM






You know what they say: the way to... online inactivity :V? is paved with good intentions!

To be fair, it's not just online inactivity I'm talking about, but rather the general lack of productivity on my part - I keep meaning to do all sorts of things: have more Endless Realms monsters completed regularly, post more journals now, come up with some good polls, do some personal work now and then, make some more progress on my waitlist - but I keep being, well... sick-without-being-actually-sick, I guess.

I was over at a friend's the other day, and I mentioned that I'd been suffering chronic stomach aches and/or head aches (you know, those annoyingly persistent ones that are not alleviated at all by either acetaminophen or ibuprofen?) the past month, and was frankly rather tired of it, and he asked, "Jen, haven't you been feeling like that since August?  I remember you complaining of the same thing before your wedding, but you assumed it was wedding-related stress and would go away," and I realized, actually, yes.  Apparently I've had more-or-less constant stomach aches and/or headaches for the past two and a half months.  So what the hell, body :b  Why you hate me so :c

So yeah.  I'm a bit behind on pretty much everything, it feels like, mostly as a result of me feeling consistently under the weather in a variety of ways, and I'm not sure why, and it doesn't seem to be going away.  Not that armchair-physician-ing is really worth much, but just for the hell of it: does anyone have any anecdotal stories about chronic body-feels-like-crap-but-is-not-actually-sick-iness and what made it go away?  You know, aside from the usual "I exercised/ate better/slept properly/drank enough water"...

Anyway, hoping to maybe to do at least one or two more Endless Realms monsters before the end of the month, and if I'm lucky, manage to get a Halloween picture done this year, as I missed last year's - they're a silly, just-for-fun-for-me-and-friends exercise that I'd like to do every year if I can, but so far I've only done two >_>  They're pretty inside-jokey, so harder for other people to enjoy, but here they are anyway!

Nerdy Halloween 2011 by jocarra  A Sleazy Tavern Nerdy Halloween by jocarra If you haven't seen them already, lots and lots of bonus nerd points if you can identify who/what everyone is dressed as :b



Art Status

Commissions - CLOSED

Last updated Dec 31st

  • Q: Endless Realms (block 6 advance paid)
  • Henry: phoenix/dragon - 1% (paid in full)
  • BladeMcCloud: Flind - 0% (not paid)
  • Caleb: map - 0% (not paid)
  • benymol: ?? - 0% (not paid)








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Jen Elliott (Jen Philpot)
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Canada
I'm 29 years old, happily married, with a B.Sc in animal biology. I'm an illustrator who prefers work with animal and/or fantasy elements - I use primarily digital media but also some traditional, and focus on realistic and semi-realistic paintings as well as a few varieties of lineart-based art. I largely worked freelance, but now am the lead artist for Endless Realms, a D&D-like pen and paper RPG currently in development.

As for hobbies, I am a huge music enthusiast. I am a classically trained pianist and aspiring teacher, although recent and not-so-recent life events have caused me to fall tragically out of practice. I love listening to music and almost always enjoy finding new and unusual instruments, songs, genres and artists - I collect music not just of my own tastes, but also work that I find noteworthy, unique or extraordinarily different, and I'd like to think I have at least one or two examples of any major musical genre represented in my collection.

I also love food - trying new things and appreciating the foods I like is a simple undeniable pleasure for me. I never really cooked much when I was young, but have since really grown to enjoy it. Like my musical tastes, I potentially like just about anything - it all depends on how it's done.

I'm also pretty clearly a nerd. Besides generally enjoying things like science and philosophy (and being a huge music nerd, as previously mentioned), I love good science fiction, fantasy, and character/world-building, and enthusiastically but infrequently get the chance to practice archery and poi. I also enjoy a number of games, from video games to tabletop to cards to PnP RPGs, but I grew up primarily with video games - favourites include the old X-Wing/TIE Fighter series, RPGs like Suikoden, ChronoTrigger and Super Mario RPG, stealth games like Metal Gear Solid, and music games like DDR, Guitar Hero, Osu and Audiosurf.

I also theoretically enjoy writing, although I have much more of a love/hate relationship with it. While I've never quite gotten the hang of creating good narrative flow, I do enjoy world building and have created an extensive universe called The Tripartitus - I use a Wiki as a way to organize all the information I have for it.

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All inquiries regarding commissions may be made through notes, or email me at jocarra@gmail.com - see also jocarra.deviantart.com/journal… - please don't delete previous messages from notes, as I need those to help keep track of people! Thank you :)

I am presently CLOSED for commissions! Please see my journal for more information.
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pyropainter Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav! :)
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SkyJaguar-TFproject Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
You have so many great pieces that are excellent for my various art groups!  :)
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jocarra Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
So I see!  I accepted all the requests :)
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SkyJaguar-TFproject Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Thank you!  And thank you for joining the groups.  :)
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Rykona88 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Hey Jen, I had a question for you. Is there a way to get custom card sleeves made??? I would be interested in having a commission that you've already done forme made into sleeves if it was possible.
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jocarra Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I imagine there is, but I don't know of any personally.  I'm not open for commissions right now, but if there IS a way to make your own custom card sleeves, it almost certainly won't be exclusive to artists - you will only have to supply the image, I'm guessing.
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Dark-Arctic-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Student Photographer
I hope beauty chases you while you chase it, and that wonder and majesty leave your quest for glory very successful.  
I hope you find many fun things to do, many wonderful sights to see, and many extraordinary people with whom to interact in positive ways.  
May the unexpected always turn out to be good.  
I hope this year is one of successful efforts to improve, new friendships made, old friendships renewed, and may you and those you love have a wonderful ride together around the sun in the year beginning with this day - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW 2015 YEAR! by Dark-Arctic-Fox  
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jocarra Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, aww, thank you very much!  Super cute picture :3  Happy new year!
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Dark-Arctic-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Photographer
You welcome, urrr.) :hug:
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chillingbreathofdawn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the fave! (:
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