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Tampa Bay Comic Con and August Plans

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 22, 2014, 10:37 AM



Things are finally starting to wrap up for Tampa Bay Comic Con! I have several more plush to finish and some prints to get done, but progress is coming along and I hope that sales go well while I'm there. For those who are interested, neo-dragon and I will be at table D31 in the Artist's Alley right near the Dealer's Room. I'd love to meet anybody who may stop by!

Any leftover plush or goodies from the con will be up for grabs online shortly after too, so stay tuned if you can't make it but still want something! :D

Thank you again so much for all the support both through commissions and donations for my surgery. I have a long way to go still but am working towards saving up for a few consultations with some surgeons. I will also be opening commissions soon most likely (after completing two plush in my queue after the con), as I would like to put aside money for a new, safer chest binder (my current one is giving me a lot of pain and breathing issues, and I have to wear it almost daily for 10 hours or so), and for a simple sewing machine to help me to work faster on plush and possibly begin making hoodies and other apparel items too!

I'll start up that Jay contest when I get a chance too, and give plenty of time for folks to enter. It'd be really fun to see everyone's characters and ideas for it!

If you're interested in a commission, my new email for taking them is sharkcommissions@gmail.com, which is also the paypal address as well. I will be taking some level of NSFW commissions too, for those who are curious. I will be posting them to Fur Affinity and Weasyl but you can ask me any questions about them at my email above too!

Thank you so much!
-Jay


Another tag!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 18, 2014, 12:20 PM



Tagged again, this time by Saetje  !

Rules:


1) You must post these rules.
2) Each person has to share 10 facts about themselves.
3) Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for the 10 you tag.
4) Choose 10 people and put their icons in your journal.
5) Go to their page and inform them that they have been tagged by you. 
6) Not something like, "You are tagged if you read that".
7) You have to legitimately tag 10 people.
8) No tag-backs.
9) You can't say that you don't do tags.

10) You MUST make a journal entry! No comments.

10 Random Facts about Me


1) I think a Nintendo theme park would be the best theme park ever
2) My favorite classic art movement is surrealism
3) I love photography and it's one of my favorite categories to browse but I don't have a good camera myself
4) My favorite Disney character is Stitch
5) I wanted to be a marine biologist and took courses in it
6) I also love aircraft and wanted to join the air force when I was younger
7) 
The first time I got paid for my art was in second grade when I made my own comic and sold copies to neighbor kids
8) The first toys I collected were the original TMNTs
9) I grew on Doom and Doom 2, and didn't have a video game console until the N64 came out in fifth grade
10) TEA PARTY
Tea Party by Robo-Shark

Saetje 's Questions:



1. What music inspires you the most in your art?
That's so hard to decide, honestly it's anything with lyrics that I feel a connection to my characters through, or the right mood when it comes to instrumentals. The range of genres is too vast to pinpoint just one.

2. What brought you to DA and why are you still here?
Well I joined over 10 years ago, with the same hopes of meeting other artists to geek out about cartoons and video games with. Nowdays I'm a lot more interested in furthering my own characters and other people's original work, since I'm way too busy to be part of a fandom, hahah. I like the exposure, and hugely appreciate the feedback I get here as opposed to other sites. Also...commissions. |D

3. What's your FAVORITE thing to draw or write about or craft? 
My own characters and my friends' characters! Mostly anthro as of late, but also sci fi. Robutts and alieums and stuff. 

4. What are your goals for your craft? Where do you want your talents to be and take you in 10 years?
As a hobby at this point, and hopefully still taking commissions so I can afford to get by, as my day job doesn't pay all that much. I don't expect to be using my passion for anything beyond that anymore, and I've come to terms with it, mostly. I do hope I can be drawing comic pages for Mechanima and have at least some progress 10 years from now, lol.

5. You can only choose one: Popularity for mediocre art, or obscurity for beautiful art. Which do you choose?
Popularity of mediocre art, definitely. If I could make a living off my own creations, I would take that over obscurity any day. 

6. Do you believe in anything supernatural (ghosts, aliens, fairies etc.)?
Yes, to some extent, I'm pretty skeptical about most but aliens lifeforms already are confirmed as existing and cryptzoology is always interesting to me as there are many animals still yet to be officially discovered.

7. Where would you say your "happy place" is? (ie: your bed, a beautiful garden, the beach..?)
...Can it be my bed on the beach? Or in a little hut or a beautiful lighthouse on the coast?

8. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ahhh it's so tough to say because there is SO MUCH I want to see so equally...Japan, Italy, The Maldives, Thailand. The biggest let down of having no money is the fact that I can't experience what life is like on the other side of the planet. I want that luxury possibly more than anything else.

9. Do you know how wonderful and awesome you are :) (Smile)?
Asdlfjsd u_u

10. This is a little selfish, but whose your favorite character of my project The Taffetas so far? :>
This is a tough one. I gotta say though of all of them, I lean the heaviest towards Sapphire. I mean, she's a purple athletic ass-kickin' looking gargoyle. She just has this spunky attitude that she resonates in all your drawings of her and I love it. Really cool to be seeing new drawings of her too! On top of that I'm dying to see more of Veil's back story and family. The drawings you've done are haunting.


MY TURN!!
1) 
What's your favorite Nintendo franchise?

2) Is there a childhood toy or item that you remember most fondly?

3) What is the worst movie you've ever seen?

4) If you could travel to the past or the future, what era would you want to go to?

5) Favorite kind of cheese?

6) What are your spiritual beliefs, if you have any?

7) Choose your class: fighter, mage, thief, or Jew.

8) Is there anything you've kept secret from your family or other close friends?

9) What's your dream home like?

10) What's your favorite trope(s) or genres in fiction?

I TAG:

Well I don't think any of the people I tagged did it last time so I'll just leave the same questions up in case anybody wants to do it |D



Stream Online @ 8pm EST!

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 16, 2014, 4:16 PM



www.livestream.com/fatalerr0r

All clean art! Should be on around 8pm EST tonight for a couple hours if you want to join!


Tumblr, Fur Affinity, Weasyl

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 16, 2014, 7:08 AM



Just a heads-up to those who followed my art accounts on Tumblr - all three have been deleted. I've started new under the same names (robo-shark, patchwork-shark and naughty-shark) if you care to re-follow! I'm purging my old account entirely in order to erase my main blog and I'm no longer following anybody who posts anything outside of art. The site's become too weighed down with social justice warriors for me to continue casually following others, and the couple of times I vented my own frustrations about the hate against folks like myself resulted in exposure to certain groups of people I do not want to have.

I originally joined the site in order to have a fun place I could quickly post WIP images, find inspirational references, and for information on transitioning, as it was a great site for trans people back then. Now the tags regarding medical transition and trans information in general are polluted with absurdity that honestly does not benefit anyone so I'll be focusing primarily on using it as a dumping grounds for art when I remember to update it and browsing blogs with pretty car photos and scenery, hahah. There will likely be nothing there that you don't see on my Fur Affinity and DeviantART accounts, but it's there for those who frequent Tumblr!

I am however going to be more active on Fur Affinity (see account names above, they'll be the same across the board!) and I'm trying to post to Weasyl when I can, albeit not as often since there's been much less reception there. DeviantART remains my mainstay for most things outside of mature stuff!

Thanks!
-Jay


Pool Toy Stream!

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 15, 2014, 5:15 PM



I'm online! www.livestream.com/fatalerr0r

Feel free to join me for a bit if you like! Slightly nsfw stuff (bewbs) but just on poofy toys.

Gonna try to start figuring out a regular time to stream!


OC Interview

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 12, 2014, 8:24 PM



Also tagged by Blue-Hybrid !


1. Choose one of your OCs. 
2. Your OC must answer every question as truthfully as possible.
3. Journal title should be "OC Interview". 
4. When you're done, tag as many people as you wish. 
5. Have fun!!!

I've done this meme for all of the main characters of Mechanima, so I'll go with Jay for now!

Ask the Shaaark by Robo-Shark


1. Hi! What's your real name and nickname?
I'm Jay! I go by lots of nicknames...Jaybot, Jayburd, Juno, etc.

2. Interesting... what's your current age?
I'm 27 though I sure don't feel like I'm that old. >_>

3. Uh-huh. What's your favourite food?
Sushiiii! I like lots of sweet things though, and Thai food too.

4. And your favourite drink?
Coffee, almond milk, or green tea.

5. Confession time! Who's your crush/lover?
Emory, who's my pint-sized bro and roommate:
Emory Outfit 5 - Kirby Yo-Yo by Zeta-Neubourn

6. Aww! Have you kissed yet?
Hah yeah. I suppose we have. :f

7. Classic question! What's your favourite colour?
Greeeen! Though I love lots of colors!

8. Who's your favourite author?
Probably Douglas Adams.

9. Now what's your biggest fear?
Dying before I get to accomplish everything I set out to do in life.

10. *stifles a giggle* I'm not laughing... *bursts out laughing* Sorry. Any siblings?
>:I

No. I used to have a little brother before he ran away though.

11. Almost done, it's only twenty questions. Who's your hero?
My closest friends, who've helped me to get this far.

12. Okay, who's your worst enemy?
Those who wish harm on me or to restrict my rights.

13. What would you do if your hero and your worst enemy got together?
Pfft, sit back and watch the fight. And probably help back up my hero.

14. Interesting... what would you do if you met your creator?
...That'd be so weird, since he's me, we'd probably just stand there and say the same thing at the same time.

15. Okay, I'll contact them right now. Done! Now, what do you want to be when you grow up?
I AM NEVER GROWING UP

16. What's your worst nightmare?
...I try not to think about these things? D:

17.What's your life-long dream?
Living near the beach in a charming small home with my best friend and some kitties, while working on my comic and walking by the water every day, when I'm not traveling the world.

18.What would you do if your life-long dream came true?
I'd FLOP LIKE A FEESH ERRY DAY

19. Okay, where's your favourite place to relax?
THE BEACH okay this is probably obvious by now.

20. Last question! Where do you spend most of your time?
At work or in front of my computer at home working :I

I tag ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO DO THIS. Seriously! YOU ARE TAGGED! GO!


Tagged: 10 Facts

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 12, 2014, 8:14 PM



Tagged by CrazyCrumbCake !

Rules:

1) You must post these rules.
2) Each person has to share 10 facts about themselves.
3) Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for the 10 you tag.
4) Choose 10 people and put their icons in your journal.
5) Go to their page and inform them that they have been tagged by you. 
6) Not something like, "You are tagged if you read that".
7) You have to legitimately tag 10 people.
8) No tag-backs.
9) You can't say that you don't do tags.
10) You MUST make a journal entry! No comments.

10 Random Facts about Me


1) I am actually a robot :U (okay no but I wanna be)
2) Pikachu is still one of my favorite Pokemon
3) I want to travel to Thailand, Italy, Egypt, Scotland, Vietnam, Japan, the Maldives, and a ton of other places during my lifetime.
4) I LOVE toys, and I collect and make them
5) I'm a major loner and while I like company from time to time, I prefer to live alone or with just one other person I'm very close to (or with cats).
6) I live near the beach in Florida and that's the best thing ever
7) I like a lot of video games but rarely get time to play them
8) Thunderstorms are my favorite weather and I wanted to be a storm chaser when I was young
9) I used to be a fan artist for Invader Zim, Sonic, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, and lots of other fandoms.
10) My favorite video game is Jet Force Gemini for the N64 (oh man I miss Rare)

CrazyCrumbCake 's Questions:



1) What was your first game console you ever had?
The Nintendo 64! My dad bought it for my birthday when I was in fifth grade and it's still my favorite console I've ever owned. Before that I was into Doom on the PC.

2) Who are your three biggest ideals (art or in life)?
For art I'd say three of those who've really inspired me, either in style or in their own successes, are Jhonen Vasquez, Jamie Hewlett, and Ryan Woodward.

3) What's your favorite genre of music and why you like it?
I honestly can't choose just one, I love having variety in my life! I tend to gravitate towards either electronic or more "indie/hipster" artists right now though. Something energetic or something soothing and happy. Other times I prefer to listen to classic rock or to emotionally moving songs for inspiration, often instrumental.

4) How did you wander onto my art?
You approached me for the SoDOCT! And I was thrilled you wanted to collab, since your work is really awesome! Then we got to meet in person which was pretty cool and I hope we can meet up again one day!

5) Best and Worst Franchise in your opinion?
Ah man so tough. There's a lot of franchises I'd like to say are my favorites, like Pokemon or Zelda, but they have pretty glaring weak spots in them too. Pokemon is a favorite of mine though, and markets itself so well across so many mediums, from merchandising to card games to video games, movies, television, you name it. Worst, gah I have no idea. Call of Duty comes to mind. Obviously video games are what I have on the mind.

6) What is your opinion toward animation and cartoon shows today?
I don't really watch much, partly from lack of time. I don't have television channels either. To be honest, from the bit I've seen of a lot of what's on tv now, I'm ultimately uninterested, and prefer some older cartoons (I know, I know, I'm a close minded old fogey). As for animated films, the last one I saw that I loved was Wreck-It Ralph and it was fantastic, one of my favorites. Looking forward to seeing Lego and HTTYD2 as well when I can.

7) You drawing your job or do you do it as a hobby?
I do some level of drawing and sewing at my full time job, mostly for Disney, Marvel, and circus related things. I also take commissions on the side. I'd like to return to it as a hobby when I can afford it though, as I'd like to draw more often for my own projects!

8) Mustard or Ketchup
Ketchup, sooo much ketchup.

9) Is there anything that really makes you cringe but it doesn't with everyone else you know? (not a fear, just something you are like "ECH!") ?
Hmm most of the things that make me cringe are things that at least a few of my friends don't like either! Particularly pregnancy and pickles.


10) Got a question to ask me?
Do you have any personal projects in the works? What plans do you have after college, any places you particularly want to work or live?

MY TURN!!
1)
What's your favorite Nintendo franchise?

2) Is there a childhood toy or item that you remember most fondly?

3) What is the worst movie you've ever seen?

4) If you could travel to the past or the future, what era would you want to go to?

5) Favorite kind of cheese?

6) What are your spiritual beliefs, if you have any?

7) Choose your class: fighter, mage, thief, or Jew.

8) Is there anything you've kept secret from your family or other close friends?

9) What's your dream home like?

10) What's your favorite trope(s) or genres in fiction?

I TAG:

Myrcury-Art TwitchyKalgante Zeta-Neubourn the-fox-after-dark staraub The-B-Meister KurokiKumo plaguedlord K--O Juno-Gemini

(if you wanna)




So uh.

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 9, 2014, 4:45 PM



Ever have a character you've repressed for too long and you just can't hold him inside anymore to the point that it feels like he's going to rip his way right out of you?

Guess there will be some Mechanima art again soon because I feel this burn rising in me and I can't hold it back anymore.


Commissions Complete and Thanks!

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 2, 2014, 7:57 AM



Thanks for all the well wishes for my bro! He's really appreciated the art and the watches too. :) In addition I've finally finished the art commissions I've owed, they'll remain closed for a while since I need to get to work on more things for Tampa Bay Comic Con! Expect some goofy fanart of sorts soon, and some gifts as well when I'm able to sneak them in. I'll be shifting some focus to adult art for the furry community too. I've already started some and plan to continue that road when I can to raise more funds.

Mechanima is still on hiatus until further notice but the gift art I've received from you guys has really meant so much to me. Thanks a ton for keeping it alive even when I can't spare the time to draw or write about it, I want so much to be able to do so someday in the future. And thank you so much for sticking with me while I haven't been working on it, it is still my dream project and I have not permanently given up on it yet!

In the meantime, I have plush commissions to finish as well, so those are next on the list along with the convention materials. And once all of that is clear, I'll get to work on the surgery rewards too, they will take time but won't go unnoticed! I have not been able to find time to schedule a consultation yet (I keep trying to call the offices but get no response and I can't receive calls at work most of the time as there's no reception inside our office) but will keep working to get something arranged in the future. It's hard when you work 24/7 hahah.

That being said, I'm sorry for my lack of activity around here, I know I comment less and take a while to respond a lot of the time but I am using as much of my time as possible to earn money so I can get the help I need to fix my health issues before they get worse. Lots of exercise, eating better, that sort of thing, on top of my more than full time job, on top of taking commissions on 12 online accounts...it can be exhausting. So bear with me and please don't be offended that I won't be taking trades or participating in much of anything, it's not that I don't want to, I just can't at this time. I'm making a huge effort to take a couple hours of time every few weeks to at least play a video game with my roommate or chill, and that's tough enough to find as it is! But also definitely necessary and fun. :)

Just a reminder as well that ALL commission, trade, and donation inquiries MUST be sent to sharkcommissions@gmail.com so I can keep track of them!

Thanks!
Jay


GO CHEER UP MY BUD

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 30, 2014, 6:59 AM



Hey guys, can you do me a big favor and go spam Zeta-Neubourn with love and happy messages?

He's had a kinda rough morning and some page doodles or friendly hello's would be awesome! :U

Also if you draw him something really nice of one of his characters, you may get something from me in return...just sayin' ;P

-Jay


EMERGENCY COMMISSIONS

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 20, 2014, 7:13 AM



If you are able, please check out Digimitsu :

Emergency Commissions by Digimitsu

They could really use some help, and their commissions are not only wildly underpriced but also insanely amazing I mean just look at that sexy monster of a Jay they did there LOOK AT IT

Also Stratophobia could still use help I believe too, I know I mentioned his post earlier but thought I would give it another boost.

Those who have commissioned me for sketches, they are in progress and I am posting each one individually to scraps and will post all of them in one image to my gallery once they are completed - been working on them each night after I get home from the studio, and plush are being worked on over the weekends. Progress is slow but it is happening every minute that I can!

-Jay


Update: Furry/Fetish Accounts and Mechanima!

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 8, 2014, 2:39 PM



In order to expand my commission audience, I'm finally starting to populate my furry accounts!

The only art that will be posted to these accounts which you will not see here on DA is fetish and NSFW content. There will be mostly "clean" fetish art, anything else will be marked with mature content so no worries if you don't care to see it and still want to watch the account with your mature settings turned off!

I'll be going under the name Naughty-Shark both on Weasyl and on Fur Affinity.

Naughty-Shark @ Weasyl
Naughty-Shark @ Fur Affinity

I also am finally finishing up most of the commissions and art trades I owe, so I may be taking some fetish related trades to get my feet wet in the fandom - keep an eye on my FA and Weasyl if you're interested!

Also, I know it's been a while since I've worked on much related to Mechanima. Unfortunately at this time I need to focus on what I can work with that brings in more money. I am hoping that over time, working in the furry fandom may become lucrative enough for me to work with clients there and also have time for working on the comic here! This is a step towards what I hope will help me to work more on what I love and at the same time afford to live. It will be a challenge but I want to give it a shot at the very least. I have not abandoned the project and I hope that those with interest in it will stick with me while it is on hiatus! Once I have gotten further in the writing (which unfortunately I have not been able to work on since last year), I may aim for a Patreon to fund the pages. I appreciate those who want to read it more than you know, and I really want to make it worth your while someday!

-Jay


Top Surgery Fund Updates

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 3, 2014, 9:26 AM



Top Surgery Fund by Robo-Shark
July 11, 2014 - Currently the fund is up to $3,205! Thank you so much for all of your help, I have been working with contacting surgeons on helping me and it appears so far there are very few surgeons who can help me, none of them being in this state. The cost is becoming a close estimate between $10,000 and $13,000. The pain in my shoulders, back, and chest is becoming tougher to cope with and as a result I will try to reopen commissions this August. All funds that I can afford to spare will go towards the surgery and travel costs to get it. My paypal is sharkcommissions@gmail.com if anybody would like to help donate in the meantime (the fees through Paypal are also lower for me than GoFundMe and I can add your contribution to the fund without having to pay additional charges if you are able to use Paypal instead!).

Again, thank you so much for all your help, signal boosts are also appreciated!

June 24, 2014 - Fund has now surpassed $3,000, thank you all so much! I am working on setting up a consultation hopefully soon to better determine the procedure and possibly begin looking into a date for the actual surgery. I may need to see a few doctors before knowing for sure which one I am going to be moving forward with, and that could greatly affect cost and dates, but I am trying to find the time to book a phone appointment.

I've been insanely busy and things have come up that I wasn't prepared for (car breaking down, for one) that cut into my time a bit. I am working on commissions, all sketch comms are being posted to scraps as I finish them. Thanks for your patience and please check out the spreadsheet on my Commissions journal if you want to see the progress!

June 13, 2014 - It's reached $2,711.00 in less than 2 weeks, I'm floored. Thank you all so much. MyrcurysToybox has also contributed a reward now too, as well as SweetPlushieCake . Please check them out! 

After doing more extensive research, the procedure I'll likely need to lower the risk of permanent nerve damage will be more costly, so I've had to increase the amount for the fund. Thank you again to everyone who has contributed thus far, I know it will take a good bit of time to reach this goal and that's okay! Thank you again for everything, from signal boosts to rewards and of course the donations, I will keep working towards it with my commissions as well!

June 6, 2014 - The fund is currently at $1,575.00! New reward levels have been added thanks to YeriDG and xapster ! More may come in the future. And a huge thank you to those who have donated in the past few days, I am hopeful that I may be able to get a surgery scheduled before the end of the year if the goal is reached!

June 3, 2014 - I want to say thank you so much for such a generous turnout on only the first day for the fund - I appreciate every share, donation, and offer of assistance from everyone! This is a big step in my life and one that I had hoped to put off for a while in order to gather more funds myself, but with my doctor expressing a need for scheduling it sooner, I'm doing what I can to take care of it before too much damage is done.

I'm making this a journal post so I don't have to update the deviation every time there are changes made, I apologize for spamming anybody with it - but I wanted to add that both Color-Bubbles and LeiliaK have offered their artwork as rewards now too! Please check them out, I'm very grateful for your contributions!

--

Hello friends!

I'm a 27 year old trans man who has been presenting as male for the past three years. I am planning for surgery with Dr. Garramone and had been hoping to set up a date with him a few years in the future after saving commission money, but my HRT has been sucking all my funds, and my endocrinologist is very concerned with my health and highly recommends that I push hard to get surgery sooner than later, as binding my chest for as long and as often as I have had to due to working outside the home so much could be doing permanent damage to my ribs and lungs.

Unfortunately I can't afford to do this on my own. I'm working a combined 80-100 hours a week between my studio job and commissions, but with school loans and the cost of my injections, there is not much left at the end of the month. I'd hugely appreciate any help in getting to my goal so I can get my chest repaired and be able to live a slightly more normal life!

The surgery plus hospital stay generally costs approx. $8,000, and also requires me to stay in the Miami area for about a week. I am trying to provide $3,000+ out of my own pocket but some help would be really great. Once the total is reached, I'll work on scheduling the surgery and time off for hospital recovery!

Thank you so much for your consideration and for spreading the word. You are all amazing friends and your support has always meant so much to me! More rewards may be added over time! 

Top Surgery Fund!

-Jay


Commissions and Signal Boosts!

Journal Entry: Mon May 19, 2014, 7:02 AM



Hey everyone!

Thank you again for your support and for helping to fill my commissions so quickly. They're in progress, both illustration ones and plush ones, but it's a very heavy workload and I'm trying to keep healthy while taking on this much work (and Zeta-Neubourn is doing his job in making sure I do so, heh). I apologize in my slowness to finishing things but they are being worked on in every bit of time that I have. You can see progress here whenever you want to see the status of your commission.

Also, I'd like to point out several people who are also in need of commissions, for those who missed my slots but mentioned wanting art. Please visit CrazyCrumbCake: info, Myrcury-Art: info, Starimo: info, and oOMischiefOo: info. They all need support as well and all have really awesome artwork!

Thanks!
Jay


Introduce Yourself!

Journal Entry: Thu May 1, 2014, 9:28 AM



Hi watchers! I've come to realize there are almost 2,000 of you, but I only know a small handful, namely those who comment often. I'd like to hear from more of you and get to know you better! So hey, mind leaving a comment and introducing yourself if you have the time? I don't bite! (Well okay, I do, but I'mma shaaark, I have an excuse....) :V

1) Tell me a bit about yourself! Hobbies, interests, favorite things to do?

2) What's your favorite animal?

3) What's your favorite movie, video game, and tv show? Books and comics are good too!

4) What is your favorite piece in your gallery?

5) Why are you watching me?

6) Name 3 things you are most passionate about!

7) Introduce me to one of your characters (or if you don't have one, introduce a character you like from another artist)!

Don't be shy now :V

-Robo-Shark

EDIT: Because a few people requested it, here's mine I guess! |D

1) Tell me a bit about yourself! 
Hobbies, interests, favorite things to do?

Drawing, character building, sewing plush toys, beach trips, working out, and on rare occasion I like playing video games!

2) What's your favorite animal? 

Welp I'm sure the answer's obvious :V

3) What's your favorite movie, video game, and tv show? Books and comics are good too!

Tekkon Kinkreet, Jet Force Gemini, Paranoia Agent/Spongebob (tie), and my favorite books and comics are Shutter Island and Fullmetal Alchemist/Pluto (tie).

4) What is your favorite piece in your gallery?

Tentacle Love by Robo-Shark Monster by Robo-Shark

5) Why are you watching me?

I LOVE ME

6) Name 3 things you are most passionate about!

Storytelling, human rights, saving the Earth.

7) Introduce me to one of your characters (or if you don't have one, introduce a character you like from another artist)!

I think most of you guys know my main crew already! I do have some more to introduce in the future though!


DeviantART Meme

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 30, 2014, 9:55 AM



1. How did you join DA?

I'd been a member of Side7.org and MediaMiner.org before I joined DeviantART. When I discovered this site, I figured I'd give it a try, and was amazed at how much faster it was than Side7, and that you could upload more than 5 images a week, hahah.

2. What does your username have to do with you?

My 'sona character is a shark, and I'm a mechaphile. Hahahah ROBUTTS.

3. What is your current avatar of?

My main character Rafe as drawn by ProjectENDO 

4. How many watchers do you have, and how many do you watch?

1,942 here, 579 on my plush account.

5. Do you have more than one account?

Yes, I use Patchwork-Shark to upload my plush.

6. Name three of your favorite artists on DA. 

That's really hard to do but here are three who definitely inspire me: johnsonting , Hideyoshi , ProjectENDO 

7. What deviant(s) do you admire because of their personality?

SO many. But a few who've inspired me to push my story and professional life are caat , Saetje , Fyuvix, MagnaStorm and Myrcury-Art 

8. How many deviants do you actually know in reality? Post their avatars.

:iconmyrcury-art::iconzeta-neubourn::iconsaetje::icondemongemini6::iconneo-dragon::iconsimplylittleflower::iconcrazycrumbcake::iconwolfibane::iconfowlboss::iconwolvenillusion::icongrowlylobita::iconkhezix::iconkirafoxx::iconleiliak::iconphychoticsilence::iconshortcake-middy::iconsadnobody::iconsubstantiallyuseless::iconwolfoffire::iconxdecemberxlovex::icontwitchykalgante: and I'm sure I'm missing a few of ya, sorry! Poke me if I forgot!

9. Do you comment, fave, or both?

I try to comment when I can, at least on art where I know the artist reads the comments! I fav when I'm particularly inspired by something, so it's fairly rare, hahah.

10. What do you typically post on deviantART?

Mostly commissioned works lately it seems, but I have plans to post much more original work and some video game fanart in the near future. Comic pages too someday, I hope! You'll mostly find robutts and sharks, lol.

11. Do you participate in clubs or contests here on dA?

I participate in a few when I can, I love exchanges and contests!

12. What is your most popular deviation? As in most viewed or most favorited?

I MUST CAPTURE THE AVATAR by Robo-Shark
58,772 views, 2,587 favorites...I thought it was a funny idea at the time but holy crap.

13. What's your favorite submission in your gallery?

Probably a toss up between these two:
Tentacle Love by Robo-Shark Monster by Robo-Shark
Neither one is impressive artistically but they mean something to me, hahah.

14. What are things you wish you could draw better?

Environments, by far! Mechs, robots in general. All things I need to practice, hard.

15. Do you have a premium membership?

Yeah, there are some really nice people constantly renewing it for me, you are amazing thank you ;_;

16. How many hours a day do you spend on dA?

Probably too many. I have no idea since I just refresh the page in my browser from time to time lol.

17. Are you a fast, slow, or medium typer?

About 80wpm

18. What is the most annoying thing people ask you?

"Do you take requests?"

19. What is the most annoying/offending comment you've ever received?

Probably being told I'm "fucking sick" or that I'll "burn in hell" hahah. I've gotten my fair share of "your art sucks" comments. There's a lot more insulting stuff on my plush though which is why I keep them separate for my own sanity, mostly along the lines of me being a ripoff (funny enough, I make less money off of plush commissions than my illustration work, and neither pays enough to live, not even close to it).

20. What/Who inspires you?

Life! In general, I guess, hahah. Both the good and the bad of it. Some shows/games have influenced my work too.

21. Do you use guidelines when you draw?

Depends on the drawing, usually I toss down some quick head shape and lines of motion.

22. Do you associate people on deviantART with their icons?

Sometimes hahah.

23. Have you ever suggested a Daily Deviation?

Several times! Some got chosen too :B

24. Everyone has considered leaving DA once or twice. Have you? Why?

Yeah, the whole plush thing was pretty bad. I'm very wary of doing commissions ever again on that whole front, though I may take a few again soon. And hateful fan drama, though ever since ditching fandoms I find that the folks who watch are a lot cooler people who are there for the art and my own personal work rather than because they want to see this or that fanart, and they don't get mad when I draw something new or different. :V


Workaholism and Why It Sucks

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 10, 2014, 5:52 PM



Over the past few months, I've been struggling hard with my addiction to work. Do I need income to live? Of course I do. But beyond the work that earns me money, I am constantly making more work for myself - setting impossible goals for Mechanima, creating a list of about 30 plush I want to create before August, struggling to say "no" when people ask for favor after favor. Work can be just as bad for you as reliance on smoking or alcohol, and at times, at least in my case, it's a way to blurt out thoughts I would rather not have to think about (sounds a lot like drinking already, eh?).

I was raised by a workaholic father. He was hard on us as kids - getting a B in school was a reason for shame. From a young age, I was always productive. In elementary school, I was restricted to one half-hour television show per week, one hour of video games per month on average, and the rest of my time was spent drawing, making crafts, and cleaning the yard and house. I was raised with a strict work ethic, but I did take time to enjoy playing when I was allowed to do so, and filled my time with reading books and writing stories.

Then college happened.

Art school can be brutal - the art industry is competitive and you need a strong work ethic to succeed. But the mentalities we carried in the animation department at SCAD were not healthy. We considered SCAD an acronym for Sleep Comes After Death. We laughed about it, but it was no secret we were proud of our sleep deprivation, our hunger, our exhaustion. We strove to be the last one to stop working, because breaks meant you were not passionate enough. We felt we had achieved something when we reached the point that we were hallucinating from lack of sleep, or so sick we were bedridden. After all, Ub Iwerks was said to have drawn 600 frames of animation every day! You took a 3 hour nap? You're not working hard enough!

This kind of attitude destroys artists. It burns us out, slows our progress and stifles creativity, and it is detrimental to us both in mind and body. Being a Senior Graphic Artist working on Disney and Marvel properties has been thrilling, don't get me wrong, but working unpaid overtime constantly with unrealistic (nay, impossible) expectations, and coming home to doing MORE work, only to grow distressed with the fact that I can't do it all in a day because I need to sleep, has run me ragged. I'm looking for new work at this point, and taking a break from doing commission or freelance work on the side until I am able to recover.

As artists, I think most of us have at least a little bit of an ego. We like feedback, we thirst for people to hear our voice. Art is a form of expression, after all. But there are times we have to put that ego, that need for being successful in the sense of artistic achievement, aside and take care of ourselves and those we love.

There are a few big things I've learned from these last six months:

Do not use sleep or food as a reward.
If you are exhausted, sleep. If you are hungry, eat. Reward yourself with a half hour of video games, a chapter from a book, or a tv show. Punishing yourself by depriving your body and mind of basic needs is not the way to succeed.

You are worth more than your artwork.
Art can't be the sole reason for living. What else are you passionate about? What matters to you? Family, friends, travel, collecting bottle caps - whatever it is, it's just as important as your art goals. You DO matter and you're needed regardless of your success in the art world.

Taking breaks is not a waste of time.
This is one of the hardest things for me to digest. Playing a video game, taking a bath with a book in hand, spending a day in the woods - these things are not a waste. They are experiences, they take us away from our work to give us time to recharge, and they can lead to inspiration and a heightened sense of creativity. Art isn't produced in an empty void, our inspiration comes from around us. We need to experience life in big and small ways. You are not lazy and you are not wasting time by stepping away from your phone, your computer, and your tablet to enjoy a day with your family or friends.

Working ourselves all the time doesn't make us happy. We may like to think that it does, but it takes away our needs as human beings to interact with others and to experience the world around us. I've withdrawn from people and treated breaks like they are shameful, and as a result, I've hurt my friends and family by stressing out and using my self-depreciating attitude and projecting it on them too. It's taken me a lot of effort to listen to the people around me who have been telling me that my habits are harmful for a long time (and I am still struggling). But they're right, it's important.

Take breaks! Leave time in your crazy schedule to kick back and laugh with the people who care about you, even if it's only for ten minutes! BREATHE! It's natural, it's necessary, and it's not a sign of failure or laziness.

-Robo-Shark


Design Contest! 3000 points and more!

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 27, 2014, 9:43 AM



Headbursters with Headphones by Zeta-Neubourn
Headburster Design Contest!

My buttbro Zeta-Neubourn is holding a design contest with over 3000 points, $35 in Steam games, and artwork in prizes! I'm contributing to the prizes myself, go check it out and enter if you have the time!

-Robo-Shark


I sent my parents my coming out letter last night.

Talked to my mom on the phone at lunch today. She cried. Dad is very upset. Probably won't talk to me for a while. There was a brief exchange about how "at least you're not gay"

Except that I have a male partner now and okay, we aren't gay, but that's a technicality, so uh.

Apparently both my parents cried themselves to sleep last night too but at least Mom is talking to me. She knew about this for over a year though.

She said my dad still sees me as his cute little princess when I was rolling around in mud with Tonka trucks even as a toddler, I don't know where the princess part even came from, but nonetheless, I will keep hanging in there and hope that over the next few months or years, things might work out. I don't know yet.

Mom's afraid this will be the last straw though and he will cut me out of his life for good.

I know I hurt you and I know you might not believe it but I do love you Dad. Please don't shut me out of your life permanently.

All that being said, I apologize if it takes me some time to get through some of this. Thank you again for all of your support and help. I'll be continuing commissions though I may be a tad slower if I need to take time to work all of this out.

I especially owe a ton to my friends Hunter, Steph, and Lydia for being there for me in person a lot while I've been going through this. Thanks for not abandoning me while I've been in such low moods from this, it's really affecting me and I've done my best to control it and not let it show too much but sometimes I have to let it go I guess.

I know in the end life will go on, and things will be okay somehow, it's just not going to be easy. That's why I fought internally with this for years and that's why it took so much effort to accept that this was something I needed to do to live.

Again, thank you for all you do, without the folks I met through this site, I wouldn't have gotten to where I am today. And I'm sure that things will get better.

-Robo-Shark

EDIT: My dad called last night, even though my mom said he likely wouldn't talk to me for a while. I didn't get to the phone in time but he left a message saying that it was brave of me to have the strength to say what I did and that he admires that. He said he will be there for me but didn't particularly want me to call him back, he sounded very strained and depressed. I'm going to call him tonight, and I feel so horrible about it, but I just wish there was a way to help him understand that I'm the same person and always will be.

I really am sorry for being born with this condition, it's not something I ever would have asked for, and I fought it for so many years because I always put my family before myself and wanted so badly to be what they wanted me to be.

But in the end, it's the decision as to whether or not they have a trans child or a dead one.

Thank you so much for your words guys, I'll get to replying once I have a bit more time.

EDIT:

10ml vial, $103.99. Huge thank you to those who made it possible!

SLOTS CLOSED at least for now holy guacamole thank you guys SO insanely much for your help! I didn't expect such a huge turnout, this is more than enough to afford my next vial which will last me a while. THANK YOU, YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING AND I LOVE YOU. I'm really grateful for your help, and glad that you are cool with faster turnaround sketch slots, due to my limited time!

Today has been a big milestone for me - after years of suffering through gender dysphoria, I've begun the hormone treatment therapy I've needed for so long.

I administered my first shot of testosterone today, which should help to start improving my mental and physical health greatly! I'm really fortunate to have been able to get this far. But although I'm diagnosed with gender identity disorder, my insurance will not help cover any of my medication expenses. This means my vial of testosterone will cost over $100.

I'm doing all I can to afford the costs out of my own pocket, so I will be taking on yet more commissions. I have one left to complete and would like to fill my slots as quickly as possible - I will be doing 10 simple $10 colored sketch commissions:

Ask Rafe 02:26:2014 by Robo-SharkBirthday Suit Bizkit by Robo-SharkCommission: Pantsless Leilia by Robo-Shark

Level of detail and completion will be based on detail of the character, as each will be completed in approx. 30 minutes.

Payments can be sent to juno.luver@gmail.com, I will try to stream at least some of them sometime next week!

I also have handmade plush for sale in my Etsy shop!

Thank you all for your help and support!
-Robo-Shark