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Journal Entry: Thu Aug 21, 2014, 10:14 AM



A lot's been going on lately but things are looking up! I've got a plan I'm working through and thanks to the help of some really awesome friends, I think it's going to be a lot easier soon.

-We got our new apartment reserved! No more nasty secondhand smoke or pests (hopefully) and no more maintenance problems! With everything that's included in rent (water, sewer, cable TV, valet trash, pest control) our rent may even end up being a bit cheaper.
-After pulling back on investments/retirement funds, it looks like I'll be able to afford to live more comfortably without needing to take commissions, outside of putting money towards surgery and other expenses that aren't due every month.
-With more free time I am planning to:
    *Learn to cook more and eat better
    *Play more video games
    *Go for walks and trips to parks/beaches more often
    *Make more plushies and try out clothing with the sewing machine Lydia lent me
    *Dedicate more time to personal art including Mechanima

Of course I'll still be working through my backlog of donation rewards and commissions in the meantime, but I shouldn't have to take as many in the future, and hopefully I'll be able to get myself back into shape mentally and physically. A huge thanks to everyone who's been supportive and all, I'm feeling a good bit better although still sluggish and tired. I'd like to find a different job eventually but for now, this is all a big step up from before. And thank you to those who've been leaving me feedback and praise for Mechanima recently too, the messages I've gotten just this morning gave me a bit of renewed motivation to try to return to it in the future. It's still the project I'm most dedicated to, and I want to bring it to fruition.

-Jay


Head Pain and Catching Up

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 15, 2014, 7:59 AM



EDIT: I saw a doctor today, he said it may have been a rare kind of intense migraine, but also could have been related to a blood clot and I could have died, so I need to go in sooner next time, lol.

He also said I need to reduce stress by working fewer hours, exercising more, and sleeping more, and that I need to tackle my obesity by eating a lot better. I don't look obese but I am technically considered such, so I have to work hard on this in order to get the surgery I need as well.

I know I mentioned it already but please be patient with me on commissions, trades, or other obligations, I am working so much all the time that it's becoming a threat to my health, so I gotta slow down some. Thanks so much for those who have been so patient, and thank you to everyone who has sent so much help my way to help me to balance things. I am still looking for another job that pays more or to simply find a way to survive more cheaply so I might be able to do commission work full time! That's kind of a dream of mine at this point. I'm trying to somehow make time to animate again and learn clothing design and fursuit making as well.

I also likely will do very little to no personal work anymore, and no more trades, at least very very few. Everything will be commission based for quite some time and I won't be able to respond to messages nearly as often. I'm so sorry for not being able to provide much feedback for others, I love seeing your art and you're all really awesome friends, and I always appreciate your support so much. Thanks for sticking around through everything!

---

I've been having very strange stabbing head pain in one spot on the left side of my head for the past few days, causing blurry vision, slurred speech, numbness on the left side of my body, and pain in my throat and left ear. Not sure what it could be, but it's starting to improve a bit. I'll be calling a doctor today just to see if I should go in for anything.

It seems a lot of these issues are just related to very high levels of stress from working around the clock so constantly. I'm plowing through it best I can though, and considering some big changes if I need to.

Having a full time job that doesn't pertain to the field you wanted to work in, while juggling commissioned work in a field much closer to what you want to work in, while trying to maintain your health and enjoy life just ends up being a real mess. In a perfect world, I'd take the leap into just doing what I love, but it's too risky right now. I'm considering moving to a cheaper area to live, but I'd have to drop my current job altogether and find part time work while doing commissioned work that somehow pays enough. I also don't want to move too far from everything my roommate and I love, and I want him to be happy with wherever we end up too. I'm laid back about the area long as I'm close to a beach but I know that the convenience of having other places nearby is helpful too, and I really don't want to move THAT far from where we are.

I want to play a video game and go for walks and just kick back and be a happy little derp more often though, and I can't do that with the job I'm in and the current cost of living. Been wracking my brain on how to do that. :f

-Jay


My DeviantART Story

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 7:43 AM



I joined deviantART over 10 years ago, back when I was just a kid in high school - I had been a member of Side7 for some time, and I stumbled on DA while looking for other sites to host artwork and meet other artists.

I MUST CAPTURE THE AVATAR by Robo-Shark



Some of my earliest online friends were met through the fandoms here on deviantART. I went through lots of them - Invader Zim, Sonic the Hedgehog, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Avatar, Psychonauts,  Paranoia Agent, and over time, I began to delve more often into my own original works.

Furvolution by Robo-Shark
I had a fursona character, and as I evolved over time, that changed too! Some of my earliest friends, like Myrcury-Art (who I now get to hang out with in person!), remember CJ from when I first started drawing her in 9th grade. I met a lot of fun people through the furrier side of DA, some have come and gone over the years, but I remember many of them well!

Mechanima: Snowfall by Robo-Shark

A few years ago, after graduating community college and working at a souvenir design studio for a few years, I decided I wanted to go to school for my Bachelor's. A few of my awesome online friends wolvenillusion and fowlboss encouraged me to go to SCAD, and I moved in with them and Shortcake-Middy ! SCAD was one of the most amazing experiences in my life so far, meeting and living with artists from around the world and studying my deepest passion in animation. I found people who actually appreciated my original characters, and after years of not giving them much attention, the cast of Mechanima began to take center stage!

You Make Me Feel So Young by Robo-Shark

I discovered so much at SCAD. I got to live with some of my favorite Deviant-Artists, surrounded by passionate hard-working people who lived for their art, and most importantly, amongst learning and evolving as an artist, I discovered myself. I took my first steps towards my career and towards my transition, finding my new name and working towards a new life.

Fast forward to last year: SCAD was over, and I was intent on making the leap into the art world. There was nothing for me back home in Arizona, and I knew I had to move in order to find success. I posted to deviantART announcing that whether I had a job or a place to live or not, I would be leaving home in July. I was set on Florida or California, but I had nowhere to go, and I would have opted to live out of my car until I could find a job if I had to.

A lot of kind friends reached out to me. Zeta-Neubourn and I had watched each other for some time, and while we didn't know one another very well, he sent me a note telling me that while he didn't have a lot of space, I was free to stay at his apartment while I looked for work. Albeit very nervous about moving in with someone I'd never even met before, I was really grateful he gave me a place to stay so I didn't have to live out of my car on the street while I looked for a job. I crashed like a homeless bum on his couch for what seemed like forever, living out of garbage bags that held my clothes and belongings. Finally I landed a job, working on Disney and Marvel properties in the Tampa area. It was near the beach, which was an absolute dream of mine. SubstantiallyUseless , another SCAD artist and friend, helped me to get started in the new area, and now we live within minutes of each other!

Morning Fluffs by Robo-Shark

When it came time to move, Zeta generously opted to move with me. Over time we slowly grew closer. I'm so fortunate and proud to call him my partner now.

So, in short, deviantART and the contacts I met through it made me who I am today. I met some of my best friends, who I also eventually met in person, some of whom I lived with, and one I hope to spend the rest of my life with (or a good bit of it at the very least!). They helped me to grow as an artist but more importantly, they helped me to grow into the man I am today, and gave me all the support I could have ever asked for to get there. They've commissioned my work, featured me in their journals, drawn me amazing gifts, trades, and commissions, and helped fund my future surgery.

For all of that, I'm happy to call DA my online home. Thank you all for all you do!

-Robo-Shark


Con Plush Leftover Sales!

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 4, 2014, 5:01 PM



Tampa Comic Con went insanely well! I sold most of my stock (plus everything I made while working the table) but I do have some items left!

If you're interested please send an email to sharkcommissions@gmail.com! Prices do not include shipping.

Celemera Plush by Patchwork-Shark
16" Celemeras: Purple, Green, Yellow, Pink left! $100 each

Ditto Army by Patchwork-Shark
Dittos: 1 Shiny Pillow left! $40

Patchwork Vulpix by Patchwork-Shark
Patchwork Vulpix: $150

Splatoon Hats by Patchwork-Shark
Splatoon hats: Orange and Green left, $15 each


Buttons by Patchwork-Shark
Buttons $2 each
Maromi: 8
TMNT: 5
Umbreon: 7
Toothless
Pikachu: 8
Chast: 8
Huntercat: 10
Purramid Head: 8 
Catodemon: 9
Big Catty: 9

Stickers by Patchwork-Shark
Stickers: 2 for $1
Big Catty: 4
Catodemon: 5
Huntercat: 5
Chast
Purramid Head: 8
TMNT: 8
Toothless
Pikachu: 1

All proceeds from the convention and any sales from this post will go towards my surgery fund. Thank you so much for your support!

-Jay


Tampa Bay Comic Con!

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 4, 2014, 7:09 AM



I'M BACK! It'll take me a while to sort through all the messages here but I'll be working my way through them throughout the week! Thanks for your patience!

Tampa Bay Comic Con! by Patchwork-Shark

The con was awesome! neo-dragon and I had a lot of great reception and I sold a ton of merch. I'll be listing up what's left soon so if you'd like to grab a plush, some buttons, stickers, etc stay tuned! It was great to meet some awesome new people too, hope to see more of you at future cons!

-Jay


Sharky Crossover Contest!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 25, 2014, 1:27 PM



Robo-Shark Menu Sprite by TyphloserSharky Crossover Contest!Robo-Shark Menu Sprite by Typhloser
Throw Jay into an alternate universe! It can be a video game, movie, tv series, time period, etc (maybe your own universe with your character[s])! The theme is open to your interpretation, take it however you'd like and have fun!

EDIT: Since a couple people have asked, yes, you can draw Jay as a human if you want to! I've added a ref of myself (lol) below and as it states in the rules, you can change him to fit your theme if you like - this includes different forms, species, clothing, etc. Creativity is totally cool!

Reference
Jay Reference v3 by Robo-Shark
Jay and Jay by Robo-Shark

Rules
+The image must contain Jay. You may add any other characters if you'd like to!
+You can change him to fit your theme - different species, different attire, etc!
+The entry must be visual - illustrations, crafts, etc are welcome!
+No bases, templates, or other content which you have not created.
+Mature content is OK! But no sexual situations between Jay and another character, thanks!
+Submit entries by tagging Robo-Shark in the description (with an @ robo-shark, remove the space) or via note.
+Up to 3 different entries may be submitted!
+Deadline to enter is Sept. 30th, 2014 @ Midnight EST.
+Voting will be conducted for a week after the contest ends.
+Have fun with it!


Prizes
:star:Grand Prize (Unlocked at 30 entries):star:
+8" Custom Floppy Plush
Patchwork Pokemon by Patchwork-Shark
+More Points to be Added to All Prizes!

:bulletblue:1st Prize:bulletblue:
+1000 :points:
+Full Color Shaded Illustration
Boardwalk by Robo-Shark
+Pool Toy Illustration
Inflatable Emory by Robo-Shark
:bulletgreen:2nd Prize:bulletgreen:
+500 :points:
+Rough Cel Illustration
Mechanical Comrades by Robo-Shark

:bulletyellow:3rd Prize:bulletyellow: - 2 winners!
+250 :points:
+Chibi Illustration
Chibi Ray by Robo-Shark



All entries will be featured on my page during the run of the contest!

Thanks for reading!
-Robo-Shark


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: CLOSED 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
August 9, 2014 - Thanks to proceeds from Tampa Comic Con, the fund has surpassed $5,000! I am still searching for the right surgeon, and have had two of those I looked into eliminated as possibilities unfortunately. My best lead is still a doctor in the Chicago area, so I may have to travel. His rates would also probably put me at $12,000 for the procedure/hospital fees, plus travel/accommodations. I am doing my best to put as much as I can towards it and to keep looking for more options, as my pain and cough have been worsening over the past few months. the-fox-after-dark is selling handmade Toothless plushies for proceeds too if you are interested! More straight-for-sale items will be available in the hopefully near future too. Thank you again for all of your help!

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!

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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


Artist in Need of Help!

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



Update: Please if you can, give Starimo a look! She needs to make $400 fast and it's very important. Her commission info is here: Click

My commissions are currently on hiatus but should be reopening sometime in late August/September.

Thanks!
Jay