Chasin' the Dream

Art blog of Laura Wolfe

Nope I’m just having hallucinations now.

I just saw my cat’s eyes reflecting at me a few inches away from my face. He’s on my bed, yes, but he’s laying at my feet…. Nowhere near my face.

What the heck is going on tonight

That moment when you think someone might be in the house, so you grab your sword letter-opener and your minecraft torch to investigate.

It was the air conditioning jiggling the door. But the mental image of how ‘threatening’ I was made me laugh.

(Though it did make me realize I need a lock on my bedroom door… Hmm.)

Woke up wanting to animate Vinny using magic/shapeshifting

Realize I am a complete novice at animating and I have severe homework to do

Abort animation attempt and start homework

Mentally torment myself with how awesome the animation could look anyway

Stare at the computer screen for the next hour getting nothing accomplished

I hate being an artist sometimes

Made a new ref for Tivi since I’ll be roleplaying with her in Esoteric on RPR. She earned her scars pre-Hetherev, so it made sense to put them back!
She’ll be resuming her post as guild treasurer, but I’ll be exploring how losing two families will make her feel, so she’ll be keeping her memories.
Man she’s gonna miss Tide and the kids. Especially since her previous clutch died in her absence because of a raid against the guild whoops. :’D
I also decided to base her heritage on Costa Rica, so I changed her features a little to mimic that after doing some light research. It’s just been on my mind lately and I think it’s a good fit, since that’s where she was created. I’ll have to explore some more culture goodness for her to interact with!

Made a new ref for Tivi since I’ll be roleplaying with her in Esoteric on RPR. She earned her scars pre-Hetherev, so it made sense to put them back!

She’ll be resuming her post as guild treasurer, but I’ll be exploring how losing two families will make her feel, so she’ll be keeping her memories.

Man she’s gonna miss Tide and the kids. Especially since her previous clutch died in her absence because of a raid against the guild whoops. :’D

I also decided to base her heritage on Costa Rica, so I changed her features a little to mimic that after doing some light research. It’s just been on my mind lately and I think it’s a good fit, since that’s where she was created. I’ll have to explore some more culture goodness for her to interact with!

I tried to paint tonight but I am way too tired to make colors work so have a sketch of Margaretta in the meantime

I tried to paint tonight but I am way too tired to make colors work so have a sketch of Margaretta in the meantime

Finally edited Nera’s old Hetherev ref with BIG letters saying that it’s outdated.

I don’t wanna take the ref out of the Hetherev group, since people seem to enjoy her as a character, but lord it’s so old and inaccurate that I kept cringing whenever anyone added it to their favorites :’D

Blehhh. Why can’t refs update themselves whenever things change? pshh

Ok I know this isn’t art sorry, but this is worth posting for my sanity so BEAR WITH ME.

A big pet peeve of mine is getting griped at for drawing an owl’s foot with three of its toes forward. While I appreciate the critique, I have to chime in and say why I disagree with this a little bit.

See, I’ve been familiar with barn owls for quite a while and I’ve seen them hold their feet either way, depending on what they’re using them for. I dunno if this is true for all species of owl, but I bet it is

Anyway, they have this weird ‘pinky toe’ (for lack of a better term) that can pivot either forward OR backward. When they’re standing on a flat surface, their feet default to three/one ratio. This is even true for when they’re perched on certain objects. I imagine that they use the 2/2 ratio for round branches to maintain a better stability, but again, it likely depends on what sort of grip they need.

The other images were just great angles I captured on my phone for my personal reference, since it’s hard to see where things connect under all those feathers and observing them is very informative!

Also, I had no idea that barn owls sometimes do the ‘balancing on one foot’ action when they’re resting. These little fuzzies seem to do it quite frequently since I’ve started observing them a few days ago.

You guys should check out The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website if you’re into seeing nature things! It’s super cool to watch little fuzzy owls in real time and get a better sense for how these animals move and behave in their natural state. These owlets are in Texas and should be fledging soon!

Nera loses all sense of self when there’s a full moon. There is no control and no alliance, even among close friends and family members. She will still hurt you if you get in her way. Nera has made the mistake of mauling and eating the flesh of those closest to her, which is why she insists on keeping locked up out of harm’s way when the moon rises. Nera remembers all that takes place while the lycan is in control, so she suffers from nightmares and other PTSD because of this.

Nera loses all sense of self when there’s a full moon. There is no control and no alliance, even among close friends and family members. She will still hurt you if you get in her way. Nera has made the mistake of mauling and eating the flesh of those closest to her, which is why she insists on keeping locked up out of harm’s way when the moon rises. Nera remembers all that takes place while the lycan is in control, so she suffers from nightmares and other PTSD because of this.

Nera exposed Vincent to her wolf form as often as she could so that he would be familiar with it as he grew up. Her lycan form wasn’t shown as willingly, but Nera felt it was important for him to know all of what she was so that he might learn and understand himself as he got older.
Finished in 3 hours.

Nera exposed Vincent to her wolf form as often as she could so that he would be familiar with it as he grew up. Her lycan form wasn’t shown as willingly, but Nera felt it was important for him to know all of what she was so that he might learn and understand himself as he got older.

Finished in 3 hours.

I was in a painty mood tonight and I remembered that I had an old sketch of Nera in her younger years still on hand that I had /tried/ to paint about a year ago, but had failed miserably. Thankfully I saved the lineart layer for a second try! c:

I was in a painty mood tonight and I remembered that I had an old sketch of Nera in her younger years still on hand that I had /tried/ to paint about a year ago, but had failed miserably. Thankfully I saved the lineart layer for a second try! c:

sp-art asked: Hi! I'm interested in applying to Ringling but the tuition is too steep. Any thoughts?

Loans, grants, scholarships… Anything to get you there if you really have your heart set on going! That’s how I went about it at least, since my family didn’t have $200k just lying around.

It’s a lot of money to pay back, but honestly, I don’t regret my decision at all! I learned from the very best and grew so much as an artist and as a person during those four years, I feel that it was well worth the expense. Ringling’s name alone gets employers to look at your portfolio, so it’s something to consider.

It also depends on your major, too! Ringling is known for it’s Illustration and Computer Animation majors, so that’s something to keep in mind. The only other suggestion I have is RISD or maybe SCAD. (I’m an Illustration major so I’m not familiar with what might be a better choice for CA majors except for CalArts?????)

If you have the funds, I’d highly suggest taking a tour of the campus to get a better idea of what you’d be getting into. I live in Florida so it was only a few hours drive, but it was super nice to get to see the equipment I’d be working with and talk to some of the professors in person. What’s great is that they all know what they’re doing and with small class sizes, you get lots of personal one-on-one time with them, as well as the usual in-class critique.

You even get a free Macbook laptop in your Freshman year! Totally sweet. There’s also lots of lovely things to do in Sarasota in your free time with friends. (Like the gelato and French pastries place downtown *w*)

The choice is entirely up to you though, and you should seriously weigh your options and what’s best for you before committing to anything, of course. I’m totally biased, so you might wanna ask around and get a better perspective.

Good luck! c:

wreckingduty asked: ! I just saw your post about needing a new computer, what would be the best way to discuss commissions/donations pictures? ^_^ I thought Skype might be easiest, but I'm not sure if our schedules are working out. I've got two ideas I wanted to run past you and see what you think/which one you'd rather do/something. ^_^

I’d be okay with Skype, but if you want a sure-fire way to contact me, you can send me an email at neraaljon@gmail.com and I can read it whenever. I have a smartphone so it’s not hard to keep up that way at least! xD

Thanks for thinking of me! ;;