Hi! My name is Ashley. I like video games, and to write and draw. Sometimes I combine the three. I have a huge knowledge of video game trivia and pop culture trivia in general, and I like to overanalyze things both for fun and for your entertainment.
I also like ducks and koala cookies.
My favorite game genres are puzzles, platformers, and scrolling shooters. I also really enjoy Mario Kart. But I don't like to limit myself, so I'll give anything a go at least once.
Even though my first console was an NES, I grew up mostly on the Genesis. Much of my childhood was spent playing Sonic 2 multiplayer by myself. I would switch the controller after every round and play both characters evenly so that it would always end in a tie.
I am a little shy, so you may have to prod me, but I would love to be your newest friend!
E-mail: stripedbird at gmail dot com
Gtalk: stripedbird at gmail dot com
AIM: odd looking bird
Xbox Live: Horned Child (currently offline)
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Also, ducks - Duck is now living with a zookeeper in Alabama who can supply him with a bigger swimming area than a bathtub. He is in a better place, free of Zappers and laughing dogs.
In case you haven't noticed, I draw an awful lot. On top of that, due to some recent happenings, I have acquired a lot more free time, meaning I'm able to draw even more than usual. What does this mean for you? Several things!
1. More illustrated editorials on the front page! Those are always good, right?
2. Enough extra material to do a weekly art post here in the C-blogs! Though I may be getting ahead of myself..
3. The ability to do commissions for you guys!
I have already gotten a few art requests, thanks to the surprising amount of publicity Once Upon a Pixel got, but I would love even more (plus, I already know Yojimbo wants a bearded samurai). I really gotta work out my rates, though.. I have no idea what amount to tell people they should pay for my art. If any of you other artists out there can give me any insight on pricing, I'd sure appreciate it.
Anyway, if you want me to draw something, just email me and tell me your ideas. I will do my best to bring them to life.
To those who have contacted me so far to commission art, I really appreciate every single one of you. I'm still in the process of working on two of them, but here is one that was requested of me earlier this week from a very nice fellow named Zachary. He wanted a picture of himself riding a flying Charizard, and as a big Pokemon nut, I happily obliged. Although I'm more of a Venusaur fan, myself.
Besides that stuff, I've been drawing some art for some upcoming features like I always do. I can't show you any of that till the time comes, of course, but here's a little something that indirectly came out of it. I love these cute little houses for the souls of the damned so much!
This next piece is just a doodle, but I like it enough to share. I got the first Pikmin game a few weeks ago. I have yet to play it (I have a backlog several miles long), but I have always been a big fan of the character design for the series. While fiddling around with different brush tools in Corel Painter, I somehow came out with Olimar.
Moving forward (or maybe backward) you may remember that a while back, I illustrated a feature for Collette called the Videogame Bosses' Guide to Success. I said I would conjure up some wallpapers of the art eventually, so here they are! I've only made two sizes each for the moment: 1280x1024 and 1680x1050. If you need a specific size, let me know -- I'll do it up to the best of my ability and send it your way. There are just too many wallpaper sizes to choose from now, and I got all confused as to which to make because I still recall when 640x400 was an acceptable resolution.
That's it for this week. I'm working on making some cute Snake wallpapers too, so hopefully I will have those ready to share with you next time. See you then!