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Today I was out walking
when I had a brief flash
and saw the people I was passing
as collections of cells gathered together into muscles
pulling against the bones that they grew for some cells to live inside
slithering against each other like a bucket of live eels

And it was kind of beautiful.

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Is it time again? Sorta seems to be. I'd boost the old one but it's a little out of date.

Hi, I'm Peggy, and I run dragon.style. If "maintaining a Patreon to pay the hosting, putting off updating it for a year, and occasionally opening the place up for new users" qualifies as "running" it.

I am a trans lady who spends most of her time drawing complicated sci-fi comics and sort of earning a living doing that via Patreon.

Adobe Illustrator has been my main medium since 2000, it's a pretty unusual choice but it works for me.

I used to do burlesque, then pole dance, as a hobby and a way to stay fit. I miss it and should find something similar again.

You may know me from elsewhere as Egypt Urnash.

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another day, another rando on Deviantart trying to get me to download their malware in the guise of samples of the kind of art they want to commission me to draw NFTs of.

Unsurprisingly the answer on that “this is only worth a year of my rent” quote was “no” and really I think I’m relieved. I spent the day working on a page of that witch-on-dragon porn comic. Which pays less but has much less pressure.

stoned occasional programmer swears at her tools 

sweet fuck the dialect of javascript adobe uses for .jsx scripting is making me feel like it's 1986 and I'm writing BASIC, I don't even have forEach() so I'm doing a fucking FOR I=1 TO ARRAY.LENGTH just to get this shit to work

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stoned occasional programmer swears at her tools 

omfg why can't I remember basic javascript, I think my brain defaults to python, aaagh

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stoned occasional programmer swears at her tools 

i mean look at the fucking rollover effect on the "download" button on their webpage

nova.app

YES PANIC I AM WILLING TO MAKE THE JUMP INTO HYPERSPACE WITH YOUUUU

holy crap look at this welcome screen, the stars slowly come at you while you are fucking around making your project icon pretty, god panic I am waiting with bated breath to see how beautiful your typographic choices well be!

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"tiny" but once I've remedied that with a few clicks of command-+ holy shit it's gorgeous, this is a text editor designed by people who are not still in love with vi on a tty

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stoned occasional programmer swears at her tools 

goddamnit textmate 2 what happened to your multi-cursor editing mode

goddamnit sublime text 2 why are you rendering all your text at like 72ppi with no anti-aliasing, why are your font settings "edit this fuckin gtext file"

man what's panic's editor, panic gives a fuck about actually having a fucking ui and being a fucking mac program

hello dragon.style, you are my scratchpad right now 

fml I'm turning this into an action

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hello dragon.style, you are my scratchpad right now 

i want to make a script/action that makes a set of layers I pretty much always end up using:

hair
near arm
hair
near leg
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body
far leg
far arm
hair
tail

I could extend this by letting it ask if I want a prefix (usually the character name or a short form of it), is there an existing layer batch rename script I could also use? I can implement this as a simple action if I don't do the prefix thing.

And because Illustrator is annoying I ended up having to add these layers in reverse order. But now I have an action I can assign to a single button that makes the ten layers I routinely make for every character.

This morning I calmly quoted a commission at $13k. Up front. Super complex idea times tight deadline times NDA and work-for-hire times the amount of stress it’d cause me equals “pay my rent for the entire next year”.

I do not expect to get this gig but damn, valuing my work like this sure makes for some interesting feelings.

The palette overlap between “draw your OC in the Cartoon Network log palette” and amuses me.

no Illustrator, I would *not* like the default location of my files to be Adobe's cloud, thank you very much

Add N To (X)'s "Sheez Mine" is the purest platonic ideal of a pop song about relationships. It's just a dude shouting I! LOVE! HER! SHE! LOVES! ME! and SHE'S MIIIIIIIINE! MINE MINE MINE! over chopped-up beats. It is somewhere between scary and obsessive and innocent and pure - is Mr Shouty warning us, celebrating, or...?

youtube.com/watch?v=M0lzygt8L7

I need to decide what I’m gonna work on today and get started. Slow morning. Very slow morning.

Also I wonder if it will still be up there when people are actually awake, that'd be pretty nifty.

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Huh. Whatever algorithm runs the front page of Deviantart has decided that picture of Rita I drew today belongs on there. I think the last time that happened was back when that was somewhat curated by humans and the whole site was greenish.

I amended the image description to point to the comic, in case this ends up with a lot of new eyeballs on my work. Maybe a few will decide to stick around, that'd be nice.

Also this is probably why I had a message lurking on DA from "Cyberpunk Ape Executives" supposedly offering me an NFT gig, which is probably just some malware spam if the second search result for that name is to be believed. Please let me out of this shitty Bruce Sterling novel.

It really captured the mood of being at a con, late at night, too high to get to sleep, but tired enough that everything is Immensely Symbolic. Of what you're not sure. But it all has Meaning. And when you poke your nose outside it's almost too real.

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David Lynch's "Inland Empire" sure is a three hour long art film I saw tonight.

New tablet time.

This is a Xencelabs Small tablet sitting on top of the Wacom Intuos 4 that’s going to stop working once I get an M2 Air later this year. The tablet works fine but Wacom’s decided it’s time to drop support for it. And since they’ve also decided to stop making pens that work with my beloved Spring Nibs, I’ve decided to look elsewhere. Specifically, to a company started by ex-Wacom engineer...

Read the whole post: egypt.urnash.com/blog/2022/05/

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I'm a grumpy queer dragon lady and this is my quiet cave for me and some friends.