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Dec. 18th, 2011 | 11:44 am

I finally figured out how to do the equivalent of cut tags on Tumblr, so I won't be doing photo or art posts on LJ anymore. I get so many spam comments on my public posts here, and at this point I'd rather just use this journal to keep track of my own personal stuff than spend a million years uploading and linking to photos when I can do it way faster on Tumblr.

If you have a Tumblr and want to follow me, it's http://kittendrumstick.tumblr.com! Probably gonna re-make the theme on it at some point because it's kind of disorganized right now.

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GECKO TIME: The Lizarding

Nov. 14th, 2011 | 11:44 pm

Some photos I took last month. It was a nice enough day that I took the geckos outside for pictures! Artemis didn't really care, though Rosie kept licking the air like it was a thing she could eat somehow. Also, I have confirmed that Artemis is a boy, which... matters to absolutely no one. But now you know.



...AND KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE. Yeah, you were thinking it, too.Collapse )

While I'm at it, have a random picture of my dog being weird:

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Melt-Banana 10/17/11

Oct. 18th, 2011 | 11:50 pm



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It's been awhile since I tried shooting at a concert. Why did I pick Melt-Banana's completely insane show instead of the Deerhoof show I went to earlier this month (which was also amazing but in a completely different way)? ...Poor planning? I really wasn't thinking when I was like, "Yeah, bringing expensive camera equipment to a show where everyone is going to be moshing and crowd surfing and generally just being rowdy is the greatest idea! SO GREAT." But I think I made out alright despite that! And Melt-Banana was awesome. Unfortunately due to my poor timing (to go with my poor planning, obviously) I missed out on one of the band members going around in a Richard Scarry-style cat suit getting pictures with all the fans to put on their Facebook page.

I have so many photos to go through from this summer and so much stuff to catch up on that I doubt I'll ever do it all. I want to, but it almost seems like a waste of time since it's been so long. Wendy on Wheels #4 is finished now, and I'm starting a new project doing design and illustration for an Android game. Also going to Portland at the end of the month! Which means lots more photos I will NEVER GET AROUND TO POSTING. I need to start being more choosy about the photos I take and the ones I put online. It's hard, though. Every picture captures a different moment and I want to share all of them.

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Return of GECKO TIME

Sep. 2nd, 2011 | 05:32 pm





Now it"s Rosie"s turn. She got big. And a little pink.Collapse )
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GECKO TIME

Sep. 2nd, 2011 | 03:42 pm

I never posted pictures of the gecko I got in July, so here it is!



The day I got it, in a tiny, tiny cup.



They are SO SMALL as babies. I was afraid to pick it up in case I broke it or something.

Some more recent photosCollapse )

There's a little over a month's worth of pictures for you, in chronological order. Later I'll make a post for Rosie, since she got giant.
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London + Paris part 3 (Paris has stopped looking like a word to me)

Aug. 6th, 2011 | 11:57 am

Am I doing this? I am. OKAY, onto part 3 of... I don't even know anymore.



You can guess what"s coming next.Collapse )

Still to come: More paintings, architecture, and a very special street in Paris.

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Melon!

Jul. 19th, 2011 | 11:58 pm

I have a deadline coming up which is why I've been neglecting to post the gigantic piles of photos I've been taking. I'm slowly going through them, but it's a lot of time that should be spent doing other things. However, I've finished my work for today, so here's an ENTIRE ENTRY for pictures of Rosie (I do have all of my pictures from France done, but posting them all will take forever so I'm going to do it later). I might as well get these in now since, if the weather is good, Rosie will have a friend* next week. A tiny friend. No idea what the sex is since it's still a baby, but I'll be fine with whatever it ends up being. It is okay to be you, little gecko!



Earlier I tried to see what would happen if I gave Rosie a piece of watermelonCollapse )

*I use the word "friend" extremely loosely since crested geckos aren't animals that need or necessarily want companionship. Many of them do seem to do well in pairs or around other geckos, but they're fine being by themselves. I figure I should add that in case someone was thinking that they could (or that I would) just dump two random animals in a cage together and go "THEY'RE FRIENDS NOW :D" since that's definitely not how that works, haha.
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London + Paris part 2 (still in London!)

Jun. 18th, 2011 | 10:10 pm

There are SO MANY PICTURES dear God why. Alright, round two, here we go.



Bridges, castles, art that isn"t mine! And too many pointless pictures of pigeons.Collapse )

Man, I don't even want to think about how long it took to write this entry. Next one will be about Paris.

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London + Paris part 1

Jun. 14th, 2011 | 06:54 am

I should be asleep right now, but I caught some kind of plague that made me tired as hell. Couldn't get up at all for about 6 hours even though I tried! I really wanted to eat dinner, just not at 2 AM. Oh well.

Anyway, I'm slowly going through all of the photos I took (over 1000, though I've ended up deleting a bunch of them since lots were re-takes or just extra shots in case the first one turned out poorly). Here's a bunch of photos from our first day in London:



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Eventually the rest of the photos will go up, probably in small chunks since posting all of them at once might kill me or break LJ or something.

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A random assortment of photos from the last 3 weeks

Jun. 1st, 2011 | 11:15 pm

That was a long title. But I have been taking a lot of photos, especially since I bought a Pentax K-r to replace my K 200D, and a new 35 mm lens. I am not disappointed! The old camera is going to a friend soon; I'm glad it's found a good home. It is just a camera, but it's kind of been my sidekick for the last 2.5 years, so it holds a lot of sentimental value. Maybe eventually not just for me.



A gecko, cats, dogs, flowers, and a dude with a parrot in a backpack.Collapse )

On Friday I'll be leavin' for London (and Paris, for a bit)! No doubt I'll have even more photos when I get back.

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Roooosie

May. 12th, 2011 | 05:31 pm



Some more photos I took todayCollapse )

I love her :)

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beep

May. 12th, 2011 | 12:47 pm

Woah, ok. Since my last update I have acquired two (well, three, though I don't think never-ending health problems are technically a 'thing') new things: A car, and a gecko.



This is Rosie. She is a crested gecko, which means she comes with eyelashes (not like people eyelashes, though they do get droopy when she sleeps). Yes, a lizard with eyelashes. Hey, I didn't make this shit up!

Obviously I have more photos, including a picture of the car. It wouldn"t be my LJ if I didn"tCollapse )

Also, some art I did for Spelling Bee's new album:



One more random scribbleCollapse )

The art is being hosted from my new website (elizabethgearhart.com - I also bought kittendrumstick.com and had it redirect to the first one), which isn't set up yet because I haven't found the time to transfer everything over and then update it all. As if I needed more incentive to do this, today someone who saw my art at Cranky Yellow e-mailed me to say they liked my stuff (yay!) and that they were looking for my website and found my Yahoo e-mail address instead (...weird!).

Travel stuff finally got worked out, so I will be in London from June 3-11. HOW AWESOME IS THAT. A couple of those days will be spent in Paris, but I forget which ones. Hopefully by then my stupid health problems will stop being problems so I can enjoy this trip properly. Though I guess if I get to the airport and feel like I'm gonna pass out, the plane ride won't seem as long. Maybe the TSA can just roll me through the x-ray machine with all of my belongings.

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Catching up on things

Apr. 2nd, 2011 | 01:41 pm

I was putting off posting some of this stuff while I looked at all these photos I never posted, which reminds me I desperately need to update the photo section of my website. So many pictures, aah. Anyway, here's some art first:



Newest to oldest!Collapse )



And now for some (or a lot of) photos, mostly of cats.Collapse )

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Raising a team of murderbeasts

Mar. 9th, 2011 | 05:06 pm

I got Pokemon White the other day and haven't been able to stop playing it (except to do work, but it's really hard). It's like playing Red/Blue except a million times better because the Pokemon all have cool animations and the art isn't ugly. Everything sounds nice, the characters aren't boring (well, most of them. It is Pokemon) and the new Pokemon are bad-ass. If you can forgive the stupid meme... My favorites. LET ME SHOW YOU THEM.Collapse )

Edit: Currently breeding Snivy/eventually Zorua when I get one if anyone wants to trade for the other starters (or if you just need a Snivy). My friend code is 1119 9527 2466, trainer name Sophie.

Wendy on Wheels Saves the Day is on Amazon now! I got my copy and it looks really great. I'm pretty impressed. The art in this book is way better than the last two, in my opinion (thank you Intuos 4!), but the story is more in-depth, too.

Cranky Yellow is also selling some of the prints I have up in my Etsy store. If you're in the St. Louis area you should stop by anyway because there's some really awesome stuff in there that's worth looking at. They sell all kinds of local handmade stuff, lots of local art, and other weird vintage things that seem to fit whatever else they have going on. Like cat circuses.

It's been rainy and gross outside all week long. I wish it would stop so I could actually go outside or something. This weather is not helping me be motivated to do anything right now (except play more video games, the one thing I should not be doing).

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A Thing with Limbs (hint: it's a cat)

Feb. 18th, 2011 | 11:58 pm

A NEW RADIOHEAD ALBUM HAPPENED. WHAT. It didn't do much for me until I got to Codex and Give Up The Ghost (Little by Little and Feral aren't bad, though). I never know how to feel about Radiohead's later stuff anymore. Hail to the Thief was the last Radiohead album I really got into. I like how low-key The King of Limbs is, but I think that's also a strike against it since it keeps any of the songs from standing out on their own. Except Codex, because what the fuck that song. Is amazing. Of course I immediately gravitate towards the most depressing-sounding song because that's how I roll. But overall I'd say it's alright! Gonna take a little while for me to appreciate it, I guess. Still debating whether or not I should get that newspaper album thing. My wallet says, "Please God no," but the obnoxiously zealous Radiohead fan in me says, "WHY HAVEN'T YOU BOUGHT IT YET. WHY."





Cats and cookies! And cookie cats.Collapse )

I posted this on Facebook and DeviantArt already, but I made a Tumblr for posting art: kittendrumstick.tumblr.com. It's easier to post there than to LJ, and it's something I can send to people when I'm feeling too lazy to update my website (which is ALL THE TIME) or too lazy to clean up my public LJ posts. I'll continue posting art to LJ in giant chunks the way I do now, but Tumblr will have all the most recent shit. Either way it'll be the same art, so you're not missing out if you don't add me there too.

Also, I made a new DA account: kittendrumstick.deviantart.com. I've wanted to do this for awhile. My old DA account has a stupid name and is kind of a mess. Starting over and uploading the stuff I DO like is easier than trying to decide what I don't like anymore. Not quite done with it yet, so if you add me, expect some upload spam.

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Art time

Feb. 10th, 2011 | 02:24 am

I know it's been forever, but since I finished Wendy on Wheels #3 I've finally been able to draw other things.



A flyer I did for an upcoming show - I'm trying to do another one, but my brain has crapped out on me. Getting better at lettering, though the text in that crystal ball is still pretty gross. Eh. I sketched this out in Painter, then printed it out, transferred it to an 11 x 17 piece of bristol, inked it, and then scanned it back into the computer. I don't know why I made that so needlessly complicated, but I'm sure it made sense at the time!

More stuff this way. There might be a naked lady boob, but it"s kind of sketchy and cartoony and probably not a big deal if you"re at work or something, maybeCollapse )

What's a decent blogging site for art, guys? People keep doing cool things over on Tumblr and Blogspot and stuff and I keep thinking about it, but LJ has been my home base since forever. It might be worth it to mirror my posts if more people will see them, though. Why do I always ask these questions when I notice people leaving LJ (and DeviantArt) again and then end up staying here anyway? I should be posting to my website more, but NO ONE goes there, haha.

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Ice Time

Jan. 18th, 2011 | 10:00 pm

Because I kept forgetting (more like being too lazy) to post photos, I ended up with this huge backlog of photos to go through. THEN, while I was screwing around with some security settings in LJ-Sec, my public entries magically changed to friends-only, so I had to go back and fix them all. Posting on LJ should not be this much work.



Photos of the Ice Festival, stuff at the zoo (again), my fish (...again), and whatever else was in this folder of stuff I uploaded to PhotobucketCollapse )

STILL working on Wendy on Wheels #3 (almost done). I haven't even drawn anything besides the book. I barely feel like drawing anything right now because the last two months have been horrible. Good news: Some friends also decided to cement their plans to go abroad, so this summer I'm going to London, and also probably to France and Germany! Which means I'm going to be broke forever, but it'll totally be worth it.

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Etsy store!

Dec. 28th, 2010 | 10:08 pm



Spamming the ENTIRE INTERNET to say that I have set up an Etsy store with lots of original prints for sale! Eventually I'll add more stuff, like more prints and original art. I would love to get a nice wide format printer to make prints of my digital art and photos (and some supplies so I can continue doing screen printing), so buy some stuff or pimp this link out or something.

I put a link in my profile for when this entry falls off my LJ page, though when that happens I'll probably stick it at the top of my journal.

So this entry isn't as empty, I hope everyone had a good Christmas! I got a hair straightener and Scribblenauts for Nintendo DS, so I can look great while sitting around at home playing stupid video games. How about you?

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Hello, world

Dec. 21st, 2010 | 01:15 pm



My mom found her old typewriter, so I took some photos. Also, a drawingCollapse )

Still working on Wendy on Wheels #3. I'm almost done, though. I'll probably put some prints up on Etsy and then finally work on updating my site and getting a commission page set up and whatever else. Anyone know of a good place to get prints of my artwork/photos made that's not too expensive? I used to just make my own when I had access to UMSL's giant printers, though I might go back up there and print some stuff out anyway.

Today's "Music Tuesday" on YouTube (I actually just now noticed that was even a thing on YouTube) is all about Duran Duran. Which is pretty cool, I'm down with the Duran. But if I were going to do a Music Tuesday, like I am right now, here's the stuff I would feature:

Melt-Banana - Shield for Your Eyes, A Beast in the Well on Your Hand: Anyone who knows me well knows my favorite things to listen to go somewhere from "soft and melodic" to "noisy and incoherent." Melt-Banana falls so far into "noisy and incoherent" that they come out the other side into "completely bad-ass." I think they're awesome, but if you're not into crazy Japanese noise rock you might find them impossibly obnoxious. Cell Scape is a great album, so if you do like this song you should check it out.

Asobi Seksu - Thursday: Here's one for the "soft and melodic" category, taking some pretty strong inspiration from dream pop and some from shoegaze. Coincidentally, the singer is also Japanese and has a really high pitched voice, though it's pretty and fits the music well. If the next band were Japanese, my Music Tuesday could have a theme! But they aren't, so maybe I'll try again next time.

Autolux - Kissproof: I wanted to link to the specific song, but I couldn't find it anywhere other than their Myspace. All of their newest album, Transit Transit, is on there though, so... I guess pick a song and go hog wild? Kissproof is probably my favorite, though Census and Audience No. 2 are great, too. Autolux has this knack for perfectly combining heavy drum and basslines with light vocals (mixing two things I love together so well!), which is why they're one of my favorite bands.

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Yellow Jacket

Dec. 3rd, 2010 | 12:21 am



The closest I"ve been to a wasp without getting stungCollapse )

Pentax recently came out with an inexpensive 35mm F/2.4 lens which I'm definitely buying as soon as possible. This is exactly what I've been looking for in a general purpose lens (at least from something I can actually afford). It also comes in MAGICAL COLORS! Even though I won't buy a pink lens, it's awesome to know I totally could if I wanted to.

Next on my List of Things to Own Someday When I Have Money (So Basically Never): A DSLR that does HD video. Why take pictures of bugs when I can FILM THEM. My impossibly dark Ouija Board videos will be that much more spectacular. And videos of my dog being insane will look great on my parents' ridiculously large television. Yes, HD video is sure to make my life look sharper and clearer to the three people on YouTube who waste more time on the internet than I do.

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