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    You're going to get your degree in art. Not earth science, not anthropology: art. Accept this. On that note, you know those little art-based revenue streams that you're setting up to run on autopilot? Yeaaaah. Do more of those. Pretty please with cherries on top.

    On a closely related note...believe me, little miss: knowing that Freelance Art will be hard and worth it is nothing like truly understanding just how hard (or how worth it).
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    Feb 13, 2011 | Emily Karnes of Complex Actions

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    I play the occasional console or solo game, as well as Aion and Champions Online. Both of the latter subscriptions are currently inactive, though, as paying for more than one subscription right now isn't the wisest fiscal decision.

    I play mostly WoW for a few reasons. First, I really like the people I play with. We have friends there, developed RP storylines, lots of time and energy invested in building characters in both power and characterization...all of those, though mostly the people, have kept me coming back to WoW even in the face of this or that shiny, enjoyable MMO.

    I don't necessarily think that WoW is perfect, or even the best game ever. But for now, it's MY flawed game, and I do enjoy it.
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    Jul 18, 2010 | Emily Karnes of Complex Actions
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    Not currently, no. I occasionally use a guildie's character in the background when there are random extras in the scene as a favor to our lovely friends (this has happened twice so far, I believe,) but we can use, abuse, and characterize our own characters any way we like. I don't particular care to invite the drama of "my guy would NEVER say that!"

    Also, we have a large cast as it is that we don't fully utilize.
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    Jul 18, 2010 | Emily Karnes of Complex Actions
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    I'm still undecided about this, but it's possible. If I decide "yeah, this sounds like a good idea" and start using some of the better reader scripts submitted, I will most likely take the core ideas that I found funny about the person's submission and rewrite it to better mesh wish a comic format. The contributor will be credited on the comic jpeg.
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    Jul 18, 2010 | Emily Karnes of Complex Actions

Jul 17th

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    Character backstories, four to six (extra-long) comics each, have been planned for awhile. Actually, the first page was set to go up the same day the note about Tal leaving went up instead. These will still be posted, although I'm probably going to do at least one or two weeks of our usual gag-a-day fare so that it doesn't feel like I've gone mad with power and want to immediately change everything.

    In the future, I'd actually like to do short storylines every once in awhile...a week or two long, maybe. But standalone jokes will always play a big part in what Complex Actions is.
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    Jul 17, 2010 | Emily Karnes of Complex Actions

Jun 3rd

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    I heard the best answer I've ever heard from Mr. Larry Elmore at a convention... "Art chose me."

    When I was in kindergarten, I spent most of my time with their little painting easels...doing all sorts of messy shit that the teachers didn't approve of. Creative things with pipe cleaners, then in first grade I got mildly upset whenever my crayon drawings weren't the very best in the class. Got some projects into a local gallery showcasing the elementary school in third grade, got a drawing published in National Geographic for Kids when I was ten.

    In fifth grade, I took an oil-painting class with my mother. In middle school I got more serious, mostly drawing cats in earnest, and rather realistically. I put my first drawings into a smaller (non-prestigious) gallery at this time.

    In High School I got serious, starting to study proportion and anatomy and such. I still didn't get any real instruction in it from any teachers, but spent most of my time drawing. At this time, I actually did have a tough choice to make...art, writing, or music. I was about equally good at all of them at a time, but it occurred to me one day that to be good enough at any of them to make a career in six years, I needed to focus and put two on hold. That was my sacrifice, though not one I usually regret.

    In college, I went in as an earth science major, and quickly shifted to fine art. Formal training is VERY helpful, for the record. While it doesn't teach you the raw skills to use them, it does teach the fundamentals of composition, color theory, etc., and I'd recommend it for anyone.

    My first real job out of college was drawing boy scout patches. Now I'm here.

    Ta-da.
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    Jun 03, 2010 | Emily Karnes of Complex Actions

Jun 2nd

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    I drew two kitties in a recent commission. One looked like a boy to me, for some reason, but was smaller than I'd normally expect from a male. So, it was a Queen-sized ("female feline" sized) boy kitty.

    Trivia: Female cats are called "queens" not because of the reference to royalty, but because of their tendency to spread their legs and howl for sex when in heat. It comes from "quean," the Old English word for "whore."
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    Jun 02, 2010 | Emily Karnes of Complex Actions

May 24th

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    We're here because many trillions of things led to us being here. Our purpose is to find our purpose. And women are difficult to understand because people vary from one to the next, and because evolutionary pressures on each human sex were so different that the resulting psychologies can practically be considered separate subspecies...despite most individuals blurring the trends in some place or another. I personally believe that people from each sex spend so much time over-thinking the other that we all end up hilariously muddled. It doesn't help that most of us--even the tomboys and the effeminate fellows--can only base their attempted understandings on our own psyches, which is just not that helpful.
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    May 24, 2010 | Emily Karnes of Complex Actions
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    Just because.
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    May 24, 2010 | Emily Karnes of Complex Actions

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    The first step is the idea, of course! If I haven't worked with the character in the past, I also spend some time browsing photos of people--preferably normal people, not models--looking at their cheeks, noses, lips, eyes, and other facial structures until I've pieced together an idea of how the character should look. That step lets me keep all of my characters from looking the same, though I'm admittedly better at doing it with females.

    By the time I put pen to tablet, I already have a rough (sometimes very rough!) idea of what I'd like the image to look like. Since I have a painting background and am more comfortable working with wide color strokes instead of skinny lines, I start by laying down the background color (this is important to picking the right values as I begin to draw) and then throwing down a rough under-painting. This is laid down quickly and replaces a line sketch. It lets me work through the major areas of light and darkness as well as the color scheme, and makes it easy for me to catch anatomy and other technical problems as they come up. It's very important to the integrity of the image that I lay down as much of the picture as possible at this stage without getting bogged down refining any details yet. This lets me make the best decisions for the composition rather than thinking "wow...that bright red fabric just doesn't belong and the image would be composed better if I cover it, but I already spent four hours on its embroidery..."
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    May 04, 2010 | Emily Karnes of Complex Actions
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Apr 25th

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    My favorite race is Draenei. My favorite class is...well, I like rogues and hybrid classes. I "grew up" on WoW playing a shaman, and switched to a Death Knight after a long, long period of skepticism brought about by the many idiots who play DKs. I ultimately discovered that I love the class and eagerly await the day a new hero class comes along to attract the attention of the rabble polluting my lovely Death Knights. I also absolutely love rogues due to the patience and strategy needed from the class, which is also why I spec subtlety. Class/Race combo...hm. Draenei shamans do have a really great lore since they're more or less ostracized by the highly religious, light-worshiping majority of their culture and disliked by the rest of the Alliance because they're a Horde class.
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    Apr 25, 2010 | Emily Karnes of Complex Actions

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