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Phew, I almost forgot about this thing. Luckily for me, I still have twenty minutes to crank out an entry to stay focused on my goal. For today’s group, I’ll be going with the theme of the ‘Dark Prince’. To give a little background, he started out as the initial version of Iijima when I first received my black and silver crown as a birthday present. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to let go of my royal items due to the fact that they fit me so well and it would totally kill the mojo of my staple characters. Now let’s get this show on the road!

Number Six

Thoughts

Insert shit here.

Number Seven

Thoughts


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I think everything works better whenever I have a gimmick to work off of. This article should be no different because I’m having fun with this while writing up the cheesy little introductions that I always do. Just so that I’ll remember everything and set it all in stone, I’ll be putting out the ground rules now so that I don’t go back on them. Every day until I’ve finally posted all of my pieces of art and give out my input on each of them, I’ll post an article. I don’t think it’ll be hard to be that dedicated since it’s dealing with something I absolutely love. Let’s get this show on the road because I’ve got a lot of talking to do and I don’t want to crowd this thing up with nonsense already.

Number One

Thoughts

This piece of art is actually the first out of many that I would receive. You could also say that this is the beginning of my prince/royalty complex, as well. In early 2004, I commissioned pqus on a whim because her prices seemed too good to be true. But luckily for me, the 20k price tag wasn’t an error. I’m really grateful for pqus and the fact that she was able to capture the mood of Iijima without ruining it in the slightest. The manly expression, the lean but muscular fit to him, the hair, horns and most importantly, the katanas were done correctly. I think its fun looking at the more recent pieces and this piece from 2004. Though I’ve made many variations to the Dark Prince, the original will never be forgotten. Also, since I don’t role play as much as I used to, I will use this piece one day. I feel like it’s too good to not use it in that way. I mean, what girl would not want a piece of greatness.

Number Two

Thoughts

Ah, Abraxas Balakrishnan. Quite the name but I’m really proud of this original character. He was thought up on a whim one day with Brittney/Gregger and I’ve never regretted it ever sense. This is one of the many pictures that I commissioned Tirael. Much like the pqus art, I feel like she really captured the mood of Abraxas. I mean, how can you go wrong with a white haired, hit man incubus?


Number Three

Thoughts

Keeping up with the mold of Abraxas, I’ve decided to go with a joint picture with Gregger done by bitterondine. I’m proud of this piece because I know how rare it is for someone to have a piece of art done by him. Though it went for more than a pretty penny, I like this piece because it captures both brothers well. Black and white, fire and ice..straight and gay in Gregger’s case.  Just thinking about these two makes me laugh due to the hilarious story we came up with dealing with Abraxas’ missing eye and the scar on Gregger’s face.

Number Four

Thoughts

Whenever I think about the Prince of Hearts, this song comes to mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YcDAthRAJo. I feel like it really does fit him because that’s exactly how he feels about himself. I’m still searching for a weapon to for him to use but maybe it’s better without one, you know? It’s a shame that lil miu is no longer selling her great art because I would surely buy more if I had the opportunity to do so. Narcissistic is the word I had in mind and that shines through in this picture.

Number Five

Thoughts

I’ll top this off with the cutesiest piece of art that I’ve ever received. Whimzy did a great job with the genie avatar that I made. I don’t know why I created this avatar but I’m happy I did because I like this piece despite it not fitting into my usual mold. I guess the overall innocence of the picture is what makes me like it as much as I do.


Well, this wraps up the first edition. I've got a few more to do and this was certainly not as bad as I expected it to be.

 


 


 


Post ideas.

Nov. 8th, 2009 04:12 am
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Well, now that I have my ideas down, I think I found something that'll work. Starting tomorrow, I'll take five pictures from my photobucket and talk about it. That way I'll have 13 days of posts.. Now let's see if I actually stick to it.
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Well, while there's a slight intermission from game, I've decided that I'll go ahead and do another post while it's fresh on my mind. Pardon any typos made because I am starting to get a little tired.

Today brought out a rather strange but welcomed revelation. It happened because someone had a dream and told me about it the night after. Normally, I don't think anything of her dreams but we'll discuss them if she feels up to it so today was no different. I think it's very strange whenever someone tells me that they worry about me not loving them and that the possibility of me leaving them is a very frightening idea. I'd like to believe that whenever I'm in a relationship, that I'm prepared to give 110% all the way. After reassuring her that she had nothing to worry about, things got back on the right track. It was very different to actually see the fear in her eyes. Maybe it's due to the fact that I act a certain way or say certain things. Either way, it's good that things are on the table instead of hidden because I hate it when things are stashed away like that.
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Well, since I currently have two hours before my next class, I thought it would be nice to go ahead and get this entry out of the way. It feels good to finally have to write about and knowing that it'll finally have some substance to it. I don't know why I always end up doing these long introductions to my posts on here but it just doesn't feel right if I just jump into the battle without preparing myself. I also blame the fact that whenever I roleplay now, it ends up being this huge monster of an introduction. Anyways, let's get this show on the road.

Over the past couple weeks, I've been thinking about my relationships and how I should honestly feel about them. I've been through some good and bad times with different people but there will always be an aspect about them that I will always remember and cherish. Though I think that there are some that I probably should've avoided in the first place. But I think with that idea, I'm pretty sure that I'm not too comfortable with the fact of being alone. It's something that I'd like to work on because I feel like it would be extremely beneficial to me as a person and learning how to adapt to always having someone. Solid Snake didn't need a damn woman and look how he turned out..old and with a scarred face..so yeah. Not really the best example but it is the manliest one. I do think that I'll eventually find my way to a comfortable spot and truly be in a situation where I am able to deal with any and every situation that could possibly swing my way.

For nostalgia and comedy, I think I'll discuss the strangest relationship that I've been in without going into much detail. Erika was a rather nice girl with a very strange twist to her. I really didn't understand a lot of the fetishes that she had. As soon as severe ageplay came into it, that's when I decided that it had to be finished. I was already five years younger than her so just know that it was that extreme. Janelle was another one that I really, really did like. I think it lasted for a good solid two years but when we hit high school, that's when the road block happened. I still remember doing all that Yu Yu Hakusho stuff. Even though it wouldn't do a lick of good, I think that it would be nice to hear from them again just to see how they were.

With all that mushy relationship stuff out of the way, I can talk about some light hearted stuff. I have got to say that this past weekend has been fairly action packed with wrestling video games along with wrestling and MMA pay per views. Smackdown has been treating me well for the first week. I also let that take the sole responsibility of keeping me up until like 8 in the morning. UFC 104: Machida vs. Rua was a lot better than I expected. I felt like Rua was cheated out of a decision, though. Hopefully the rematch will come and justice will be served. Bragging Rights falls in the same category as UFC 104 except it was easy to predict the winners for that one. To top all of that off, Tekken is coming out tonight and I'm picking mine up at midnight. I've been playing Tekken 5 since 2005 and it's time for something new..

Well, I've hit my quote as far as length goes. I also have to prepare for a Computer Forensics test so I'm out~

Uhm..

Oct. 23rd, 2009 12:59 pm
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Damn, I need to post something meaningful today.
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I'll save this for another day~. Now I'm feeling rather lazy..but in a good way!

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Damn, I’m lucky that I actually remembered this thing because it was about suffer the same fate as Matt Hardy’s push. Only wrestling fans will get that so no worries if you don’t. I guess I’ll do a little recap of my week since it’s only Thursday and all of the important things have already passed.

 Monday – October 12th, 2009

Round 2 with Network Fundamentals

 The day started out relatively quick due to the fact that I woke up later than expected and I needed to drill a few things for my Network Fundamentals exam. I ended up doing the usual routine of trying to study at home, get sidetracked due to online activity and decided that it would be for the best if I just went to school to do all my studying. After getting a nice meal and shower in, I headed off to school. For about three hours, I went over everything while working in my lab manual and chatted with a former classmate. When exam time rolled around, I was the first one in the class. I thought Jonathan, Angela and Keremiah decided to just take the exam on Tuesday. Midway through the exam, they arrived. I was pleasantly surprised with my grade on the final. I ended up making a 91.4 when I was expecting to land in the 80 zone so that’s always a plus. After Mr. Grandalski confirmed that I passed, confirming that I could go ahead and buy my book for the next class, Routing Protocols.

 After doing so, I went back to the lab and worked on some homework for Computer Forensics. It wasn’t until Computer Forensics started at 7, that I found out that one of my friends had failed the final exam and if you fail the final, you fail the class. But I am very proud that she took the initiative to improve the situation by signing up for another class rather than crying over spilled milk. When I checked on her later that night, she was in higher spirits than before so I knew that she would overcome it. Forensics was rather funny because no one had been prepared for the quiz due to the preparation for the Network Fundamentals hands-on and online final. After Mrs. Parker told us that she was beyond pissed and that she didn’t want us to mention the class anymore, an ominous feeling until we started joking about stupid stuff. For the remaining two hours, class went by quickly, went home, watched wrestling and The Sacred Blacksmith with Sarah before finally hitting the sack.

 Tuesday – October 13th, 2009

The Semi-Bad/Semi-Good Days Off

I usually sleep in until 2 or 3 if I don’t have anything of importance to do but as fate would have it, an asshole that will remain nameless decided to show up at my house and bang on my door at 9 in the morning. Of course, I ignored it but by the time he left, I was already wide awake and unable to go back to sleep. For some reason, even though I don’t remember it, Sarah said that I called her and sang ‘Wake up now~’ for a minute before hanging up. I’ll have to get her to let me listen to the voice mail the next time she comes over. Since I was up, I decided that it would be good to pass the time by cleaning up the kitchen. I was able to kill that in a good hour or so and right when I finished, my cousin called, in need of a jump for his car. After going to help him out, we decided to kill time by going to the mall since his mom didn’t get off until 5 and we were already out. At the mall, I went ahead and paid off Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 and Tekken 6. The reviews for the game came out on Thursday so I’ll discuss that for that day once I get there. While Chavis picked up some food, I cashed my first check from the school. I’m thinking of getting an account with NBSC. They were relatively fast and I felt like the polices were fair. Once I had my money, I went back to get the food before finally heading back home. After killing two Twisters, I decided that it was time to hit the sack again..for my first nap in what seemed like years.

 

I woke up a couple of hours later, watched a couple of episodes of Naruto with Sarah and hit the sack again. Even though I didn’t get a full night earlier, I made up for it later on.

 Wednesday – October 14th, 2009

A Bunch of Nothing

 Class at 7, passed two quizzes with a 96 on both, couple time that night with more anime and watched G.I Joe with Corey. Sleep~

 Yeah, I’m getting lazy now.

 Thursday – October 15th, 2009

Smooth Sailing

I was lucky enough to sleep in again until 2 for the third time this week. Three for four isn’t bad at all. After paying the house payment, I came back home and played a few rounds of Street Fighter IV. Ran into a few grab happy opponents but I was able to handle it easily. I was happy to receive my package of peanut butter cup cookies and that Smackdown vs. Raw got an 8.5 out of 10 due to the fact that it got a 7.3 for the previous version. Two weeks of awesome new releases, a week of nothing and then I’ll get my new computer the week after that. Now it’s time for me to kick back and watch some more Darker than Black.

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Well, I guess with my return piece of art finished, it’s time for me to write a little bit about it now that I can breathe easy for a little while. This time around, I decided to go with Prince Mana again. The reason? She always captures the mood that I’m striving for with perfection and she isn’t charging an arm and a leg with her bribe prices. It also helps that she’s one of the friendlier artists on Gaia, too.

The characters I decided to go with this time around are Kazuo and Yuuta. I don’t really get to use Kaz as much as I would like these days but it was a spur of the moment birthday idea for someone and I’m glad I did it. Even though I did pay Insane Caboose a shitload of gold when the characters were first created, it’s nice to have a high quality shot of the couple. I loved the fact that she didn’t get all lazy with the tattoos like some other artists that I’ve bought art from in the past. I’ve only allowed her to see Yuuta’s hand as a little glimpse of her gift. Of course, she’s asking me when she can see it every five minutes but I don’t mind.

Before I had the chance to mention that I was having something made for her birthday, she said something about a gift for me, as well. Obviously, it’s going to be a cookie jar full of homemade Peanut Butter Cup cookies that I love so much. I think she made some for me in..August and by the end of the weekend, I had already finished every single one. It would’ve been smart to wait for some milk but I’m sure someone else enjoys cookies and soda like I do.

Getting back on the subject of art and why I enjoy it so much. The main reason I started my art collection is due to the fact that I know I’m not going to be on Gaia forever even though it seems that way. The lasting memories from the frame of mind that I was in when I received certain pictures will always be there. For example, the first piece of art I received was done pqus in 2004. I was in the 10th grade and extremely afraid about my future and if I was going to go to college or not. Looking back on it, I think it was funny because I’m taking things in stride and not stressing over stuff from the past or distant future. Also, that pqus art ranks in my top five because it was a high quality piece for 20k.

Another artist that I’m very happy about commissioning so many pieces from would be Tirael. She was slow as molasses but she would always have these random conversations with me about apple pie AND she created wicked shots of Abraxas and Souta. I’d like to think that I don’t have a lot of original characters but apparently I do. I got a lot of use out of Souta but Abraxas really didn’t get much play. But I did hook up that bitching piece for him and Gregger by bitterondine before his prices went up. So with that being said, I think that I'm going to continue to bulk up on art even though it's going to be a challenge finding quality art for fair prices but I'm up for it.

I'll end this by saying that I'm happy that the weekend is finally here. After Tuesday, I can breathe easy with Cisco 1 behind me and Cisco 2 starting up. Now it's time for me to hop on this Bayonetta demo to see if I like it~





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I never thought someone would be killed in my neighborhood and unfortunately for us, it happened last night. I have been living in Ivey Hall for the better part of seventeen years and it was the first time that such a heinous crime happened. The worst part about it is that I’ve been friends with the culprit for most of my life, as well. A.J might’ve had his problems but he never struck me as a violent person but I suppose that’s usually how it happens. The other surprise is that the victims were his mother and his boyfriend. It just surprises me that he would commit such a wild act of violence out of nowhere. I still don’t know the details but I know as a human being, you aren’t supposed to condone taking the life of another person, much less the person that brought you into this world. My heart really does go out to his sister, Courtney, who has lost her mother along with her brother. I used to take pride in my neighborhood but I don’t really see the surreal feeling going away any time soon. Relatively short post, I know. But I had to get it off my chest.

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It’s nice to finally have a place where I can let my ideas out again. Hahaha..I’ve tried the whole Livejournal and Insanejournal thing but I only updated them once or twice before forgetting that they even existed. I think it’ll be different this time around or at least I’m hoping it’ll be different.

Not even a week after my 21st birthday, I’m feeling really good about life in general. Even though school is taking up a lot of my time, I’m finally in a class with a good group of peers to keep me focused on my goal. Even with that being said, life would be a lot easier if I decided to not go through the Cisco boot camp. But it’s always worth it when you feel drained in the end, right? I really don’t know if I’m going to try for certification in May but if I end up surviving, I’m sure Mr. G would probably fill my inbox with emails until I tried. I guess that’s one positive thing about age, though. You learn how to deal with failure and use it to get your real goals accomplished. I wish I had that mentality on life when I was younger. I’d much rather sit back and not swing the bat out of fear but it’s not like that anymore. School is probably going to play a small role in this journal since I’ll probably refer back to these entries when I feel like saying ‘fuck it’ from time to time.

Boy does it suck being unemployed this time of year. With the unemployment rate going up every month, I’m starting to think that I won’t be able to find anything until after I get my degree. But that certainly bode well for all the rapid-fire of releases coming up from now and to the end of the year. One positive thing coming out of school would be the refund check I’ll be receiving from financial aid to finally get a new computer. My own machine is obsolete and I feel like it’s time to really have something nice of my own. I enjoy using Corey’s laptop but I want to have something of my own.

On a high note, I finally started being active again on Gaia. It’s lame that things have changed a lot but the BetterGaia add-on for Firefox have made things more tolerable. I don’t really have a large appetite for any of the new items but my desire for more art is still burning. But with that forces me to be patient and I’m not the most patient man in the world. Hopefully my love for Gaia will go back to where it was in 05 when I was active every single day.

To finally wrap this up, I’ll say that I’ve been trying to limit myself to emails and other accounts because I feel like I have too many. I think I’ll try to make one that is personal and another one that will be for whatever. It’s been fun writing all of this but I think it’s time to run a few more rounds in Street Fighter or BlazBlue.








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