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DNLINK last won the day on September 20 2018

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  1. Last month on the 16th my father passed away in the hospital. I've been going through a great deal of depression. Two weeks beforehand, he suffered a stroke. I called 911 after seeing him suddenly not responding and reaching out to feel something or understand what was happening to him. Blood clot in the brain. He had to be positioned with the hope that the blood would leave the brain on its own allowing him to come back to some sort of consciousness. His chances were slim, so the hospital prepared us for the worst. A week later his vitals stabilized and we were able to Facetime with him. He was able to confirm he could understand us. I asked him to blink twice if he could hear and or see us, which he did, but he couldn't talk due to the swelling from having to use a ventilator for quite so long. We were relieved because he offered us a smile. With Covid-19, the ICU was packed, so they decided to move him to a regular ward since he seemed stable and talks started to create an environment at home that would allow us to help him recover. Morning of the 16th, I wake up and just stare at my phone next to me for only a few minutes before at 5:37am my phone starts to ring. It was the nurse tending to him. He said my father was confirmed dead at 5:20am. Two days of being in the regular ward, his blood pressure suddenly fell. Since he wasn't in the ICU and the staff stretched thin, he didn't get the immediate attention he needed and his heart seized up. I needed a few minutes to absorb the information. Then I walked over to my mother's room to tell her what had happened. Then we had to tell my brothers. Just after 6am we're at the hospital sitting outside in the cold. They were only going to let my mother see him and collect his things. She had to beg with the head nurse to allow us to see my father. After so much begging, the nurse relented, but only one at a time while wearing a gown, gloves and a mask. First my mother, then me, then the the second eldest son and finally the youngest. Only allowed 10 minutes each. I've spent almost everyday making the necessary calls to move things forward. I've driven around the city to organize his final arrangements (such as getting his naval uniform together and getting the plot and funeral scheduled). Stayed up so late at night regularly looking at piles of paperwork and paying bills. And now this Thursday and Friday, we'll finally have the viewing and burial. Originally his brother from Canada asked us to consider holding off the funeral until summer when travel restrictions might lighten up. Emotionally speaking, we thought it would be cruel undignified to force my father to remain in cold storage until May at the earliest. I've done almost everything by myself so my family could carry on, but I feel so worn out and I hardly gave myself a chance to cry. They still don't know that I had sudden heart palpitations and collapsed in my room. I just spent several minutes propping myself back up, fixing my appearance and wiping away tears so they wouldn't be the wiser. Sorry all for the long read. I just needed an outlet.
  2. Kind of nervous. I'm on the guest list to go to some wine tasting event at a country club. I got the invitation after a charity organization reached out to me after seeing my work and asked me to donate a few pieces to their silent auction. I'm still debating whether or not I should bother showing up. Being an ok fan artist seems kind of embarrassing in that type of setting.
  3. I used to be a regular here. I started to frequent these boards less and less because I started to feel unwelcome. There was a number of users who were getting kicks out of putting me down. It's one thing when people critique your work and let you know how you can improve and encourage you to keep moving forward, it's another when they basically tell you you're a hopeless case and should just give up. Even though those users have up and gone, I always have an apprehension of ever adding anything new to my gallery thread.
  4. Midna was just finished in the early morning hours of Monday. It was going to be finished earlier, but my father had a stroke and work had to be put off for a week. The two Gokus are rush jobs with the intention of having canvas prints made for them. As I'm expanding my print inventories, I've branched out more from video games into anime and manga since they're easy sales. On top of that though, I'm starting to get more people asking if I do any Disney, Marvel or DC. So I'll be exploring more of those areas to prepare prints.
  5. Repainted King Candy. I sold the original a few years back. I didn't have a chance to snap a better pic of it back then and because of that I didn't have the option to make prints of it. Older version. Newer version.
  6. Been awhile since I bothered updating here. Been avoiding it due to some hassles. Figured I might as well give it a try again. Lately, been actually going into having prints made and they're actually selling. So I get to make a bit of money with less of the work. Better part yet, I get to keep most of my originals (perfect for when I'm in the mood to revise things or touch up). Painted this as a commission for a friend on a 16"x20". I experimented with background a bit. I was afraid people would complain that you can't really see stars and such that close to a planet and sunlight, but I did it anyway to experiment with the sprinkled stars. I painted in the planet and sun as a last minute idea only because of Super Mario Odyssey. Been so long since I did anything Kingdom Hearts related. Really liked how this pieces came out. Painted this TMNT piece in a rush in a single night for a contest I only found out about two days before the deadline. Rushed this on a 24"x30" canvas. I might change it someday, what with all the negative space and Donatello and Michelangelo needing desperate revision. Still, the canvas prints of these are selling. Painted this in less than a week. People bought several prints already, but I'd like to change it up if I ever get motivated to someday. Just a tidbit: Gold statue of Link and Epona on the mantle is based on the Club Nintendo statue exclusive to only Europe. Painted this in an afternoon for a client who wanted a painting of a Scyther. This was the pose they went for regarding the concept sketches. Painted this thing quickly in two days on a used canvas. Daughter of my friend's boss somehow knew I painted. Said she wanted to give her dad something Star Wars related. Said he loved R2-D2. With only two days, I quickly painted this out and told them not to complain that it was basic. Keeping my ear to the vine, people were telling me that my collection at the San Diego Comic-Con Art Show for 2017 told me that I was one of most talked about artists there (was so happy to sell so many prints). However, they told me that several girls who liked my work wish I did something Sailormoon related. Basically, I really should be painting out stuff that get people nostalgic. While I was working on this piece, several people kept asking when it would be ready or if they could buy it when it was ready.
  7. These are incredibly well done. As EH_STEVE said, they look legit, and I did have a chance to play the original SNES games.
  8. We thought she was improving, then things turned for the worse. The doctor gave us the ultimatum last night.
  9. It seems she caught the flu and they waited before actually taking her to a hospital. My mom urged her kids to do it sooner, but they didn't do anything until she fell out of bed. She been in a medically induced coma for 72 hours now. In those small instances when she seems awake, it doesn't seem like she recognizes me. She just seems confused about everything around her.
  10. Ill be seeing my nanny (essentially my third grandma) in the ICU after work again. She seems a bit more comfortable now, but yesterday and the day before had me crying for the first time in 20 years.
  11. God I'm old. My childhood still involved Toonami being operated and hosted by Moltar from Space Ghost.
  12. I'm going to do another Final Fantasy XV piece, but this time it'll feature all four Chocobros. After that hat piece however, I'd like to hear ideas for other paintings. I have a couple of smaller canvases in stock that I need to use. More Pokemon? Other fantasy characters? Since they are smaller, they can't be too complicated and really need to focus on the subject, which means one character and nothing to make it noisy in the background. Like the perspective my Isaac icon has.
  13. With a great deal,of anxiety. I keep thinking about how much time I have left to do certain things and how time seems to start taking leaps and bounds. Collecting antique pocket watches made the feeling worse.
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