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Title: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on December 31, 2019, 11:17:46 PM
Is it too early to make this? Surely not?

Anywho, lets get this thing rolling. What's the best thing you got up to over the Holidays peeps?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Echo_River on January 01, 2020, 01:00:29 AM
It’s suuuuper early Vacant  :ohmy: Barely past midnight Eastern time....lol

Happy New Year 2020 chit chat!! I’m just up to playing a card game with my family.

Best thing for me over the holidays was meeting new people and sleeping in >w<b
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Manimal on January 01, 2020, 12:47:47 PM
You absolute monster you. Beat me to it. 

I was going to be all dramatic and make all this best of the decade and this and that threads but I was like nah, new decade, same progression of life. Let's do it
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 01, 2020, 01:24:12 PM
Vacant- I love how you made this thread 2 minutes after posting in the 2019 chat. Like "wait a minute - this isn't the year we're in....."

Lol given how long the 2018 chat lasted into 2019, making a new chat didn't even cross my mind XD
I did a bunch of drawing and got a new mindset for doing even more art this year which is nice.
spent a lot of time with family watching TV and roasting marshallows. Nice to relax from stresses from life and work.
the whole family is ill but we're ok :P
yeah not having to go to work was nice, I actually forgot I even had a job at one point which was super nice XD
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Lovus Eternius on January 01, 2020, 09:12:22 PM
It's heartwarming to see that most of the people I've seen many years ago are still here today.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 01, 2020, 10:18:27 PM
THE CHIT CHAT TOOIC IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE CHIT CHAT TOPIC!

Well the construction work is all wrapped up with the thread changeover, so guess I'll hit the resolutions here since I missed out in the 2019 one.

- Drink less (but drink better)
- Write more. 2019 was busy, but not as good for my writing as 2018 was. Turns out it's a lot harder to maintain a hobby while also maintaining a relationship.
- Work out smarter. 2018 was a year of massive weight loss for me, and I kept it off through 2019, so now I need to concentrate more on my total physical health and not just getting trim.
- Keep working on my Spanish. I picked up learning Spanish after a trip to Germany last year really illuminated how my education really has not prepared me for travel anywhere that's not an English speaking country. I've kept to it so far, now to keep pushing forward!

Thems the big ones that have come up. Nothing like setting apart some time to reaffirm your goals.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on January 02, 2020, 12:28:28 AM
You absolute monster you. Beat me to it. 

I was going to be all dramatic and make all this best of the decade and this and that threads but I was like nah, new decade, same progression of life. Let's do it

(https://media2.giphy.com/media/wu2nCG9rOy7AY/giphy.gif)


You've reminded me of resolutions Coryn!

-Visit more. No excuses not to get the ball rolling and check on the forum each day. I've now managed to solve the issue I had logging in on my laptop so that helps  :thumbsup:
-Post more. Reviews, critiques and more! I miss reading a chapter of a manga and then heading here to chat about it. I want to do that again.
-Pick up more Japanese. I'm heading there in June, so I have 6 months to at least learn enough to get by and not be at a total loss.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 02, 2020, 06:05:07 AM
Quote
Turns out it's a lot harder to maintain a hobby while also maintaining a relationship.
pffffft relationships :P as if I have time for that XD
but totally true social life will totally kill your productivity :/

@vacant
It would be great to see the forum buzz a bit more. I'd love to chat about manga and stuff too, should probably pick up a bit of anime as well.
and Japanese? awesome. everyone's going to Japan lately, even my offline friends haha. but never me T_T

PS
I got a (friendly) "I hate you" from one of my friends when I showed them a couple of my sketch survival sketches XD
So.....I guess I'm a good artist now? lol
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 06, 2020, 06:59:05 AM
You've definitely improved suuper! Awesome to see. And marshmallow roasting heck yesss. That's wholesome family stuff right there

@ Vacant Dude Japan? Heck yes hahaha Duolingo is good for that. And yesss I could always use motivation to learn the language too. And more Vacant and less vacancy would be good for the forum (... did that make sense)

@ Coryn The true drinker upgrades his class of drink to avoid being a full blown alcoholic mwahahaha. Yeah Europe can be merciless when it comes to languages even though English can get you far. Good luck on spanish and the writing and getting buff and all that!

@Lovus Eternus welcome back! Yeah the forum is always alive and kicking

@Manimal agreed. Let's dooo this. Looking forward to Febuary myself for... Reasons


Happy New Year all! I'm not feeling it at all my side but no biggie. Just gotta chug along. I won't call it a resolution but it'd be nice to be an early bird
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 06, 2020, 02:34:17 PM
thanks :)
waking up early is awesome but you've gotta have huge self control when it comes to switching everything off (including yourself) earlier in the evening too :P
I've finally got it into a habit and I'm absolutely loving it.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on January 06, 2020, 03:34:28 PM
Getting up to go to school is hard, and going to bed early is harder, because I am so hyper and active at night.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on January 06, 2020, 04:52:42 PM
As a night owl myself, I sympathise with you. Waking up early in the winter is always worse too.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: BobbyJoeXForgotenSB on January 06, 2020, 07:55:43 PM
so, i have no clue what to do with my life now and i donno how to make a topic about it, how is everyone doing?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 06, 2020, 09:49:12 PM
Jostling with having to get up at 5am on Thursday for a work trip and my urge to spend this week up all night on MR. Truly this is a dilemma of a younger me, lol. Everything seemed so much easier back in college (real rose tinted glasses there).

What's eating at you Bobby?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on January 06, 2020, 11:29:04 PM
so, i have no clue what to do with my life now and i donno how to make a topic about it, how is everyone doing?

Well there's the MR Pub bit where you have carte blanche to do a topic on whatever you want, so doesnt have to be structured or anything. Sometimes it helps just getting it all down in writing.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 07, 2020, 12:44:24 AM
I can totally confirm that just talking about it can sometimes solve the problem on it's own. I talk an absolute ton about my art issues and often end with "wait, did that just answer my own question?"
sometimes it's the putting of our problems into words that makes us realise what the problem actually is, which in turn makes it easier to deal with.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on January 07, 2020, 03:49:46 PM
Often times, I get the best ideas when I'm wandering alone. If you get rid of purpose, in your life, or in your art, and you go against the evolution of what society wants you to be, then that's when I think the best ideas are produced.

Everyone needs solitude sometimes. You don't need to talk. You can just be in solitude with your friends. By wandering, you are doing the same activity as other wanderers do. That's a good form of interaction.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Slammer on January 07, 2020, 08:24:40 PM
So, how about that US-Iran war, huh?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 07, 2020, 09:24:59 PM
I'm hoping we can just posture for a while and then move on with our lives. The idiot in charge may want a war but I can't say anyone else does. I'm definitely not expecting WW3 to break out over this but I don't see the conclusion being all sunshine and daisys.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 07, 2020, 10:13:27 PM
I've always had an odd optimistic view of WWIII that stems from a pessimistic fact: World leaders are too greedy for a real world war again. Nuclear war is just bad for business, so things won't be fun but nothing too nasty is going to happen (this with the caveat that human lives being lost sucks always)
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: MoonFlame on January 08, 2020, 04:47:50 AM
I dont think a WWIII is gona happen, maybe its going to be a war just between US and Iran, dunow, is there any probability of involving china and such? wish i was a more political person, here in my country the president once said he loves the american president, if a war does happen i am afraid maybe he would try to get involved.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 08, 2020, 08:00:28 AM
Well there's always people like that. People from my country love Trump. Like a lot. I just don't think we quite grasp what democracy should be like yet. Ah well

Welcome to mangaraiders by the way MoonFlame
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 08, 2020, 05:17:48 PM
well we're already 2% through 2020 already so I hope your plans are all going OK so far. time flies super fast if you're not careful :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 08, 2020, 08:31:55 PM
Oh don't think of it like that Suuper. Think of it that we're still on the part of the year we'll always forget actually happened this year come December.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 09, 2020, 03:27:19 AM
it always scares me how quickly Jan and Feb go when the new year turns. but yes easily forgotten in due time XD
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on January 09, 2020, 07:43:32 PM
I don't think about January or February that much. In fact, I take this weather for granted because spring has too much pollen, and summer is unbearably hot.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 10, 2020, 12:45:41 PM
My god, we're getting thunder storms over here. For those non-mid-westerners: you don't get thunderstorms in the winter. This is messed up yo.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Slammer on January 11, 2020, 03:10:09 AM
well we're already 2% through 2020 already so I hope your plans are all going OK so far. time flies super fast if you're not careful :P

I had a *censored*ty January so far PepeHands

February is the real start to the year : )
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 12, 2020, 04:07:10 PM
@Slammer sorry to hear it...but there's still half left, so you can still make January a good month!!

the cold is starting to set in, in the UK. but it's only 2 Degree cold, not like -15 haha. It's still cold to us XD
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Echo_River on January 13, 2020, 11:21:44 PM
No kidding, weather's been pretty weird over here as well, at least in my area.
Hitting plus degrees (7-8C is high for winter!) Super cold, followed by super rainy, and then super frozen. Smh
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Slammer on January 14, 2020, 01:51:04 AM
@Slammer sorry to hear it...but there's still half left, so you can still make January a good month!!

the cold is starting to set in, in the UK. but it's only 2 Degree cold, not like -15 haha. It's still cold to us XD

Wait where in the uk u based dude?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 14, 2020, 03:48:09 AM
South London, why, do you have good weather? lol
it's a bit warmer today.
maybe I made a mistake :P *shrug*
had pretty mad thunderstorm last night.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 14, 2020, 10:29:09 PM
I didn't think anywhere in the UK had good weather, lol.

And damnit Suuper! Have you been in London this whole time? We could have met when Nair, Vacant, and I were there on vacation a few years back!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 15, 2020, 01:06:02 AM
ahhh, yes. whoops :P
I completely missed that I think :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Slammer on January 17, 2020, 12:58:43 PM
ahhh, yes. whoops :P
I completely missed that I think :P

I just never realised you were British. We're still pretty far apart.

Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on January 17, 2020, 03:18:09 PM
America is nice, but I rather live in France. :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 17, 2020, 04:09:44 PM
ahhhhhhh I see :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on January 18, 2020, 07:41:07 AM
ANGLO-VENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 19, 2020, 08:44:37 PM
Behold, their powerful tea making and queing abilities!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 20, 2020, 04:31:52 AM
Behold, their dapper bowler hats!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 20, 2020, 11:46:07 AM
*sips tea*
Tally ho chaps!
There's mockery afoot!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Nezuko on January 22, 2020, 03:33:45 AM
How am I supposed to keep on living when it's freaking -21 outside??
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 22, 2020, 05:20:10 AM
stay inside lol
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 22, 2020, 05:34:54 AM
Ah, it's actually snowing a bit here. Finally snow in Winter.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Nezuko on January 23, 2020, 02:58:35 AM
stay inside lol

If only I didn't need to work, maybe I would have done so. It's completely garbage here.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 23, 2020, 03:36:53 AM
yeah the commute is cold for me too
lots of layers is pretty much all you can do :/
I actually bought USB heated gloves for a tenner to see if they were any good, and apart from draining my 10Ah charger battery in about 2 hours, they were half decent. Better than nothing but the cables were a pain and more effort than reward I think.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Slammer on January 25, 2020, 07:23:45 PM
I HAVENT BEEN DRAWING THIS MONTH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 25, 2020, 09:08:57 PM
The block can be realer than the real.

Total hyprocrite here but the fact that you haven't drawn for a whole month means you're overthinking things so much which means you've reached a certain level of art where you are so good you have high standards and can appreciate bad and good art. Unfortunately that is getting in your way.

*passes over phamplet*

May I interest you in our lawd and savior Sketch Survival chan?  (http://forums.mangaraiders.com/index.php?topic=6265.new#new)
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 26, 2020, 01:23:27 AM
Yes art block is a funny one. I can't say I've noticed it in the last year as much as before, and I don't experience it at all now, but that's because I perfected my workflow to avoid it. (i.e. I always have something to do when I don't feel like it - studies, WIPs etc)
The trouble is depending on mood you can sometimes produce art that is at a much higher level, so you start to use that as your benchmark, and if you dont feel in such a great mood you know that you can't produce something at your best, so you dont feel that drawing is worth it. That was the main reason for me. I've totally been there many times.

Obviously on super tired days you're not going to do too well, it's probably best to get an early sleep and have an awesome day the next one, and don't do 3am memes.

I'm with Lego, drawing daily is good because you build up a habit of drawing regardless of how you feel. I've been going for 2 months-ish now and it's awesome. I still have awful days. Just look through my sketch survival and you'll see the quality waver like a metronome on caffeine. But I still draw.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: MoonFlame on January 26, 2020, 02:40:19 AM
Sometimes i think my brain art blocks me on purpose, i'm lazy as hell so i go trought a single month on the same drawing having a lot of diferent ideas for the next ones, and even with that in mind, when i finally finish it, all the ideas i had while doing that drawing disapear. It probably has something to do with that mood thing mr. Suuper said.

Drawing daily seems like a good habit, like walking daily, or exercising daily, just as these fitness habits produce good results to your body, drawing daily probably has pretty much the same effects on your art skills.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Robin Ryuu on January 26, 2020, 02:47:47 AM
Mood is indeed a large factor of when it comes to blocks.

___


Art is making me anxious and stressed atm...

I dabble in a lot of media and I know if I want to make a living off of art that I'll have to pick one to focus on due to both time and marketing. I don't want to pick one though... I want to draw comics, create jewelry, pottery, prints, custom terrariums, polymer figurines, and other stuff too.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: suuper-san on January 26, 2020, 03:30:51 AM
@moonflame it seriously helps to write or sketch your ideas down when you have them, then you always have a starting point for your next sketch. I generally have a few "good" concept ideas a day randomly through the day, and if I'm near my phone or PC then I jot it down.
Same when I'm drawing, I have notepad open or paint and I just throw down my ideas as quickly as possible and then get back to my sketch that I'm currently on.
You wouldn't believe how much of a life saver it is. It's very hard to come up with an idea on the spot.
Second to that, getting inspiration from other artists or anywhere can be a good start for getting ideas. Like just browse through your favourite artists or look through pinterest.

funny talking of excercise, I notice sometimes that my body is actually stiffer or harder to control than other days, when I'm as light as a feather. I think that's at least 30% psychology that makes the difference, but there's a decent amount affected by fatigue, strain/injury, posture, and so on. So it's important to look after your body so it can actually perform at its best.

and importantly remember to take breaks when you spend a lot of time drawing.

@Robin
I have the exact same problem as you lol
fortunately I'm not too bothered to make a living on my craft, but deciding which crafts to focus on and how to split my time between art and other hobbies is an absolute nightmare.
I'm stuck artwise between manga stories, illustrations, webcomics, concept art, 3d designs, and so on XD
and then there is what style do I draw in......so many styles I like and want to draw!!!!!

I think it's best to just write them all down and then rotate them infrequently. I'm currently on sewing and papercraft, making notepads and little purses. But I'll be switching from sewing to knitting soon :P
I would say for selling, pick the genre that will sell the best, for the least amount of time invested, which will make the largest profits etc. Then you'll have more time to spend on your other hobbies which you aren't selling stuff of :P you have to be a little business minded, even if they are things you like, I think.



Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on February 01, 2020, 08:18:08 PM
Well, my iPad broke so MERDE.
Gonna go back to old fashioned pen and paper. Oh well. I can always try new stuff. I never needed new technology anyway. Tech is unreliable.

Anyway, how is everyone doing? Are you guys having a lucky Lunar New Year so far? I heard this year will be lucky :D
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Echo_River on February 01, 2020, 09:27:21 PM
Nuuuuu RIP Ipad. Sorry to hear that Hati.
Totally agree on tech being unreliable. Most frustrating thing when a program crashes on you mid-drawing.

I've been hanging in there. Thought it kinda funny how as soon as Lunar New Year ended all the red in the stores turned into pink.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on February 02, 2020, 10:29:33 AM
It certainly hasn't been unlucky yet. Hopefully we can maintain at least that bar of quality.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on February 02, 2020, 03:27:42 PM
Year is going. Nothing nasty, but I wish it could be a bit more... Epic? Ah we'll see.

Sorry about the Ipad
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on February 02, 2020, 11:26:06 PM
Oh well. That's life for you.
Plus we should look on the bright side ;)