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I do a lil of everything...because I get into way too many things. My avatar Dio tends to hang out w/ game characters cuz she's a crazy shota nut. You're welcome to stay awhile but don't move my furniture. ^^

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I'm not picky. I'm easy to please.

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2016 Advent Calendar Day 3 by DioMaxwelle
2016 Advent Calendar Day 3
Dec. 3
Lots of Snow & Ice Everywhere We Go

This one came out softer than I anticipated for the markers, but I've had a computer upgrade since last year and the scanner driver is all wacky @_@  I wanted a nice simple look, so with Claris Sinclair from NiGHTS into dreams and a snow nightopian, I went with a bubble like background and solid colors.

This would have probably benefited best with copic markers, but we know how darn expensive they are! XD Though I am building a decent library, its still mostly greys for shading and tones.  So that the pencils wouldn't show in the ink, I used a light table with the bubble background laid in on the back and traced straight into marker on the right side.  Its a technique i use a lot when i don't want my foundation sketches to show beneath.  It also justifies keeping this big ol' chunky light table I've had since I was in art school.  XD  In any case, my NiGHTS illustrations always seem to satisfy.

Claris Sinclair, nightopians, and NiGHTS into dreams belong to Sega.
2016 Advent Calendar Day 2 by DioMaxwelle
2016 Advent Calendar Day 2
Dec. 2
Lots of Mistletoe

Another stab at Art Nouveau, more specifically every shoujo manga-ka's favorite artist: Alphonse Mucha.  I last attempted a similar style to Mucha in 2014 with Beowulf, but I went to another aspect of his art syle, which was the thin lines that make the hair strands, and focused on that as well as integrating leaves.  This image is pretty much inspired by this image here, with the greens and the close-up profile of the woman's face.  While I didn't go with a curly haired girl for this one, I certainly wanted long tresses, so i picked Rya for it.  I used some christmas paper for the background to shave time from rendering a lot (I got cookies to frost as of writing @_@), then cut a pice of cardstock in a circle, on which the rest of the image is drawn.  The pencil rendering was to try to capture Mucha's subtle shading techniques I love so much.  Overall, its a piece I'm proud of.

Rya Li St. John and Neo Black 9 belong to me.
2016 Advent Calendar Day 1 by DioMaxwelle
2016 Advent Calendar Day 1
Dec. 1
Candles Burning Low

I decided for the line about candles to go chiaroscuro all over again, and for that I wanted to do it as a sort of throwback to Ichii on the cover of Decon's Chiaroscuro album, and of course I chose Ichii for it.  I might rescan later with a higher contrast like the cover, but I rather like the more subtle approach.  It was hard doing this candlelight image, so it may have a few snafus but over all I'm very happy with it. Starting strong sets the tone for the rest of the calendar, though there are targeted days where I find I have to work a little extra harder (Day 16 in particular and Day 20 with 7 our of 9 really knocking it out the park).  It also echoes 2011's Day 9, with its simple approach, almost like a photo-negative in terms of execution as well as technique.  I do plan to revisit my cross hatching style this month as well as the blocked in style of 2010's Day 5.  Highly stylized techniques really feel satisfying.

Ichii and Forest Life belong to me.
2015 Advent Calendar Day 24 WIP by DioMaxwelle
2015 Advent Calendar Day 24 WIP
Day 24: The Wonderland of the Mind ROUGH

This one was a tough one to map out and then put everyone in.  @_@  I'm just under 30 different individual series, from mainline series to their spin offs (like Creepy & Crawly, which has about 5 spin-offs or sister series running concurrent to it), adding only one this year, which I'm tentatively calling Forest Life, which is represented by Ichi, whom has appeared once on the Mellow-MACHine album Chiaroscuro.  

Believe me…it was a challenge to not only put each representative in, but this year, being the idiot I was, wanted even paired representatives to appear together, so Bass and Treble (E.Q.) appear together, as well as Jessica and Toby (Creepy & Crawly: Next), the Senior Winchester Twins (Distance: Golden 7), California and Ohio (The Union), Anni and Kawaii, Vicci & Kymi and even Milo and Doll (Milo's Room), so there's well over 30 characters packed into my little head, which makes it an accurate representation of the universes I juggle every day.  It probably will take over an hour to ink and color, but then, the last pictures are always a character heavy day (which is why they're called All-Characters).

All series and characters belong to me.
2015 Advent Calendar Day 23 by DioMaxwelle
2015 Advent Calendar Day 23
Day 23: Give Me the Flu

This year's Funpack from Dinosaur Dracula included an awesome "Salacious Crumb in a jar" among other neato things, like instant snow (or polyacrylate, which I use at work).  The days of the XE calendar are long gone, so I dedicate the 23rd to doing a pic about something that strikes me from the site or the Funpack, something that resonates with me.  

This year he had a short story--on festive green paper--about being down with the flu on christmas.  Now as someone who routinely gets sick every year in december, I can relate.  Never on Christmas but this year was close. @_@  But the thought of that freedom from the actual stress and the frenzy of holiday itself was also profound to me.  Freedom from everything just to be wrapped in your own world, however feverish it is, is attractive, I admit.  Its why I keep coming back to DD so much no matter what.  I think I relate to the littlest, sometimes even inconsequential things Matt sometimes talks about on the site.  Its honest.  Its simple.  And its genuine.  

Merry Christmas Matt.  Hope you got the freedom this year, even a little, but without the fever dreams.

Dinosaur Dracula belongs to Matt.
Not in the locational sense, but obviously, I've moved on from here.  I've had some decent times on DA, but I haven't been able to keep up with all the changes, and frankly, the interface is seriously trumped elsewhere for my needs and uses.

That said, I'm not really closing my account.  There is WAY too much on here to just cut loose, but this place is more like a ghost town when it comes to actual presence.  I will continually post the Christmas Advent Calendar Challenge here, since its a good place to get it out and its tradition, but the newest art for newest projects will be elsewhere, like my tumblr.

To that end, if you wanna see what I (and even some of my good pals from here) are up to on collabs and the like, please mosey over to:
my tumblr, Humans can Drive Stick:…
our website, Random Lunacy:…
and my lomohome, where I post my analogue photography:…

Thanks for the memories, DA.  See you in December.  Everyone take care!
  • Listening to: Christmas music
  • Reading: Isaac Asimov's Robot novels
  • Watching: MST3K (when am i NOT), Sailor Moon
  • Playing: Animal Crossing, Pokemon, Nintendogs + cats


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Dio is a crazy nut whom is rumored to have created her name from the late legendary rocker Ronnie James Dio and Maxwell House Coffee. Her avatar has 2 younger sisters, she has an obvious shota/lolita complex, her attention span is such that a good portion of her work is pencil sketches, CUTE is her natural medium (for better or for worse), music is one of her greatest pleasures next to sleep and video games, drawing is her lifeblood but she remains a jack of all trades and master of none.

Sit a spell. Don't eat the candy.

Current Residence: anywhere but here
Favourite genre of music: anything on my computer
Favourite photographer: Miku Hinasaki, and that dude from Earthbound (I wanna drop outta the sky randomly)
Favourite style of art: honest work, w/o pretensions
Operating System: the ones that don't crash on me
MP3 player of choice: laptop
Shell of choice: the gas station
Wallpaper of choice: anything pretty
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: Canonization is for losers

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Panda-Snack Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday... or else!
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Polar-Parasite Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hey there, thanks for the watch! C:
~Peace :heart:
psychmeout Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Oh hai. Thanks for the fav on the dolls. Go play with the laker and lose HOURS of your life!
DioMaxwelle Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
OMG, already there. D8 I love it.
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CyanDrizzle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Happy Birthday! sorry if I'm late D:
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Happy Birthday~!
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