Now for my 2015 review: I didn't think I did so well this year. In fact, I think 2015 was probably one of the worst years for my art and activity. It makes me feel as though I'm slowly creeping to a stage where I'm doubting if creating art is even for me anymore.
One of the biggest things is that I haven't made much of an effort to engage myself with all of you and I've purposely stayed quiet to seem more "professional". But you know what? It's boring. And it's just not "me" or how I am in real life.
Despite saying all this, I still want to give it a go for 2016 and I have some huge plans in store. One of the biggest changes is that there will be less Zelda art from me for 2016 (I'm sorryyy ;-; ) but that's because I want to completely broaden my interests towards other things such as original art, other video game franchises and diving into the movie/film industry (hi Star Wars!) etc.
I will be moving down to Sydney around mid 2016 for study, so there will be more of an opportunity for me to meet some of you, attend conventions or meet ups.
So I'll see you all in 2016 with new art, more activity, a new attitude and wishing you all the best for some amazing things to come! Happy New Year and stay awesome~
I'm spending less time on DeviantArt these days to shift my focus on my other social media accounts. Every work-in-progress, sketches and the like will no longer be posted here. If you want to be on the top of my activity, it's best to follow me on either my Facebook or Twitter account. I will still be around on DA to post only finished works, or to reply to comments and notes. This is more or less a "test" kind of thing, so... I'll still be here regardless.
I hope everyone is doing well~ <3
It's about time I make a new journal these days. So here we go:
How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Almost 8 years now. Whoa has that much time honestly passed?
What does your username mean?
I've actually made a journal about this some time ago when I changed my username here. If you want to check it out, click here.--> Correcting a name and identity
Describe yourself in three words
Indecisive, silent, humble.
Are you left our right handed?
Right when I draw. Left for pretty much everything else.
What was your first deviation?
Something done in pencil. I can't remember what it was since I've probably deleted it a long time ago as I tend to clean up my gallery silently.
What is your favourite type of art to create?
Anything that involves drawing/painting from scratch, whether it's traditional or digital. And usually of a fantasy genre.
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I feel like I've tried many things over the years, but if there's one thing I can think of, it's those centuries old Renaissance oil paintings. There's something so eerie, yet majestic about them.
What was your first favourite?
This beauty when I was really into drawing realism using graphite pencils.--> MILLA JOVOVICH
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Mostly fantasy art with a beautiful use of both colour, composition and lighting.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
This was a hard decision, but without her tutorials I wouldn't even have dreamed of trying out digital art in the first place many years ago. That artist is no other than sandara
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I'm not sure! The people who would love to meet me, maybe? <3
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
I think the deviants that have impacted me the most are my watchers and the people who have commented on my art over the years that have helped to push me to where I am now. Without them, I don't think I would nearly be as good as I am today.
What are your preferred tools to create art?
Mostly Photoshop with a Wacom tablet. After that, pencils~
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
The outdoors under that sun. I can't take my computer out there, but when I need inspiration I like to take out my sketchbook and sit outside on the grass and just sketch whatever comes to mind. Once I get a good idea, I take it back to paint digitally, or finish it up traditionally in my sketchbook.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
It was many years ago when I was still quite new here. I was much more involved in the community than I am today since a lot of people back then were younger and had much more time on their hands to talk to each other. I've made some great friends back then due to that activity that I am still quite close to today.
Another memory is something that happens every time I submit a piece. Just seeing and reading those positive comments usually made my day throughout my (almost) 8 years here. It really helped me grow.
In roughly a week, I'll be landing down in LA for two weeks to attend E3 again this year. I'm not really sure what to expect, but I'll try to share photos from conferences and conventions if the internet will work on me (since a lot of LA's internet slows down when E3 is taking place).
Afterwards I'll be heading back home to Australia after a year living in Sweden! I'm going to miss this place, especially the colder weather. I've learned so much visiting other places like Germany as well and it was amazing to see centuries old architecture almost everywhere.
I feel really inspired to try out new art and projects when I get back home after this year-long journey. Not only that, but I am going to branch-out my art to other franchises that I have discovered whilst being here, as well as original art, and not always focusing too much on Zelda.
I will be attending the Zelda Symphony in Stockholm this coming Thursday. Come say hi if you see me! I'll be wearing my Luigi hat like I did at Gamesom in Germany. I figured that's one way to stand out of the crowd a bit, haha.
See you there!
Hey! I had an old FaceBook page that some of you might know about, but now I have moved to a brand-new FaceBook page where I'll be posting wips, behind-the-scene stuff and completed artworks there before anywhere else.
EternaLegend on FaceBook
^^^ Just click here and like the page!
Pencil sketch commissions are now open if you're interested! However, slots are limited.
Please check out my commission journal for more info: eternalegend.deviantart.com/jo…
[EDIT] I had to remove possible shipping with the sketch commissions as it's just a general privacy issue with my temporary host family when it comes to postal details whilst I'm in another country. I apologise for the inconvenience, but I do hope you understand.
For more info, please check out my commission journal linked above. Thanks!
Also if you have some time to spare, one of my friends HalysisDesign is dealing with some serious family/housing problems. He's doing whatever he can to survive during the meantime, so he has opened commissions on the side for some extra cash. He is exceptionally skilled with all things graphic design, so be sure to check out his gallery if you need some high quality designs for your accounts or website.
Any support would be greatly appreciated
Now that I'm back home, recovered some photos and the event is over, I will share some pictures, experiences and stories of all the things that I did there right here!
Gamescom in Cologne, Germany was absolutely amazing! I personally loved it more than E3 this year. The community aspect of it was incredible and never have I seen so many people crowded around video games in my life (around 330,000+ people attended from 88 different countries!)
Here are some photos of the halls there:
Like I said, 330 000 people attended over the course of those 5 Gamescom days! It was insane!
Me about to play Super Smash Bros WiiU in front of a crowd with my Zelda Universe co-workers team.
Nintendo's main booth area. Here is a stage where the best Super Smash Bros players at Gamescom would battle it out for a medal for the crowd to see. I personally won two medals which was amazing! Fun fact: Super Smash Bros won the community gaming award at Gamescom, so I was super happy to hear that!
Meeting Mario! O:
Hyrule Warriors booth. This time Midna was playable in the demo as opposed to just having Link and Zelda playable at E3.
Some of the other halls before the crowd started to arrive!
A League of Legends live match of the best players! Check out that crowd!
I was mostly hanging around the Nintendo booth, business/press areas or the bottom floor which had all the cosplayers and merchandise stores while wearing my Luigi hat from time to time. And speaking of cosplayers, oh my gosh:
Me wearing a Pikachu hat amongst some of my team and amazing Link cosplayers!
Two of the Link cosplayers at the back on the far right are right here on deviantArt! Laovaan is Hyrule Warriors Link and Echolox is Wii U Link. Both were such amazing and friendly guys and you seriously need to check out their galleries for awesome cosplay/artworks! I also met up with Tulpen-Teufel who was wearing a Metal Gear Solid costume with a giant exclamation mark on her head! It was quite incredible to meet others from deviantArt!
A Hyrule meet-up of most of the Zelda cosplayers at Gamescom! oOSilbervogelOo is the Zelda next to Zant! If you happen to be in any of these photos, please let me know so that I can have your username tagged here for recognition, thanks!
Being at Gamescom meant that I personally played some exciting games that are on their way to be released in the near future! I tried Occulus, The Evil Within, Evolve, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros WiiU/3DS, Hyrule Warriors, Monster Hunter 4, Captain Toad, Yoshi's Wooly World and other strange things such as a Pacman board game which was really cool!
I would write my own personal reviews about those games listed, but I'm afraid this journal will end up being too long xD
In conclusion, I haven't been to an event quite like Gamescom. Apart from the pain that you slowly get in your feet from the amount of steps that you take there per day (my 3DS estimated 17,000+ steps), Gamescom was totally worth it. Saying that it was incredible is an understatement. I'm not sure if I will make it there for next year, but we'll see what happens!
To read more in-depth about what happened at Gamescom, especially around Nintendo's booth, check out ZeldaUniverse's article about it!
Thank you for reading! See you at another convention in the near future!
Heya! After getting used to Gamescom's area a lot more, you are more likely to find me at either the Nintendo Booth, Press/Business areas (whether you have access or near the entry) or the cosplay/merchandise area. Despite wearing my Luigi hat, I was at Nintendo's booth for only an hour or so today if you were trying to find me there. If anything, I usually like to be near the new Smash Bros games or Splatoon.
I have no internet there until I get back to my hotel, so I won't be able to read any messages until the end of the day if you plan to contact me during the day. The amount of reception usage there kills a lot of connectivity.
That being said, Gamescom is absolutely amazing so far! I'll be posting some photos and sharing some stories of really wonderful people that I have met there once I get the time during the event or until it's over.
See you there!
Update: I have decided that I'll be walking around with a Luigi hat on if you want to find me! It's all that I have, so I hope it stands me out from the crowd just a tiny bit. (I updated my dev ID if you're curious on what I'll look like during the event.) I'll be attending Gamescom all days except Sunday and I'll be hanging around Nintendo's area quite a bit more than the others, so for those who are coming, I'd love to meet up and say hi!
Hey guys! In just a few days now I will be arriving in Germany to attend Gamescom this year. It is Europe's equivalent of E3 in LA - just that it runs for two extra days. As always I will mostly be hanging around the Nintendo area. If you're attending and want to say hello, you know where to look for me! You can also keep an eye on Zelda Universe's twitter as we'll be tweeting while we're there.
Also, I was invited to Bergsala, which is the company that distributes Nintendo products in Sweden. I was given the grand tour of their offices and display area. It was really amazing and interesting to see the infrastructure, from their individual desks to meeting rooms, rare collectables in case displays, brand-new localised games and where everyone's broken-down consoles go to be repaired (I felt sorry for the one guy working on that specific job, because the amount of broken 3DSs and WiiUs that he had to fix in his office room was just ).
Here are some pictures of the office while I was there for the day:
There were so many more things, but there's only so much you can take on a camera and upload.
Here wraps up my E3 journal spam! But as I've promised - new photos:
The great hall of E3. The first thing you see when you enter the South hall (E3 is fricking huge).
A photo of me playing my 3DS while I wait in line to play Hyrule Warriors.
Me at a Monster Hunter photo shoot x)
The huuuuuge Super Smash Bros Wii U screen where players would battle it out to win a legit gold SSB medal. I kept winning the training part, but never the final battle T__T Still, my boyfriend won two medals and gave me one lol.
This isn't me, but I took this photo of my boyfriend and my friend photo-bombing him when we attended the Xbox One conference. It was really cool experiencing the conference live!
I also met people like the well-known Triforce guy and the creator of Tetris! *___* Plus, a developer of the DarkSider games. Both were super humble. Super humble
I also met famous youtubers as well such as EgoRaptor, Chuggaconry, and the people at Maker Studios (Polaris) afterwards at a pizza party and bowling game!
While writing this journal, I got a few emails, notes, messages etc of this same question, so I thought to answer it publicly.
"How does one get into E3?"
You can only be invited to it or if you actually work for a major video game series/company/press media. It's not open to the public since it's pretty much a VIP event. They're extremely strict about it as well.
So here's my conclusion of E3. If you have the permission to go, do it. Words cannot describe just how amazing it is. Being a huge video game fan, it's like walking into one of your greatest dreams. Video games everywhere and surrounded by people who love video games just as much as you do. I had so much fun and I definitely would love to attend again next year. If you do get to attend E3, a pro-tip would be to get fit beforehand. You have no idea how much walking you'll be doing per day at E3 xD I got really sore and exhausted after each day despite being fit, so I can understand why E3 only goes for just three days. Everyone just wants to go home afterwards.
I just left LA last night and I am now in Sweden where I'll be staying here for a whole year to start some video game, Zelda and original illustrations. I have big plans for what I will do with my art in the near future, so stay tuned! I will be attending Europe's equivalent of E3 at Germany soon, so I'll see you all there!
Thank you for reading guys!
Also, last but not least:
The story of how I met Eiji Aonuma linked here.-->eternalegend.deviantart.com/ar…
#New photo uploads (sorry for the spam guys!).
E3 has been crazy for me! It's really exciting and tiring at the same time. So I apologise for the slow responses lately. But I got to play Hyrule Warriors (you get to play either as Link or Zelda for a good 10 minutes), the new Super Smash Bros on both the WiiU and 3DS, Titanfall (I'm not really a fan of 1st person shooters, but holy moly the game is so good, and Battlefield (which I was dragged to xD) and countless others.
Here are some pics that I took today.
All those little SSBWiiU figurines!
The Hyrule Warriors booth!
There is a footage of me playing Hyrule Warriors that I will post here once it's been rendered. It'll probably be up sometime this weekend after E3 is all over. I played it terribly since I was under a lot of stress and the controls were a bit clunky. ^^' But I still had fun regardless!
Just a small pic of the behind the scenes of the Treehouse with Shigeru Miyamoto and other Nintendo reps. It was pretty cool to watch them play!
And I got to meet the one and only Aonuma *___*
Tomorrow is the last day of E3 for 2014. I hope I don't drop before then. But my gosh it's been such an amazing life experience! And there will be much more for me to share when it's all over!
#New Zelda Wii U announcement aaaahhhhhh!
What do you guys think? *___*
Like I said, I will be at the LA's E3 convention centre if you guys want to say hello! I'll be wearing a business suit on top a black shirt with a Master Sword on it (and my hair is super long and black). I'll be walking around the Nintendo showroom floor mostly. Here's a small glimpse of me:
Just yesterday I was able to enter both Xbox's and Sony's E3 conference! AND IT WAS -AMAZING-
I was able to sit third row from the very front at Sony's E3 conference and words cannot describe just how incredible it was.
The internet here has been terrible because of the amount of livestreams and internet usage from everyone, but I'll be updating via my Twitter as much as I can!
Keep watching this dA journal as I will try to update it as much as I can! I want to share a tonne of pics with you guys!
Hey guys! For the first time ever, I've been given the special privilege and invitation to enter E3 this year! I will mostly be hanging around the Nintendo showcase area, but I will be wandering around the other showrooms too.
Regarding new Zelda info: Check out above!
So going back - I will be in Los Angeles during E3 and I will be sticking around for a week until my flight to Sweden.
So things will be a bit busy for me over the next few weeks, but I will be submitting art again when everything settles down.
It was a Winter's afternoon back in 2007 when I gazed at deviantArt for the very first time. I decided to create an account, because hey - why not? I enjoyed creating art, but never did I think it would take me this far. So at the spur of the moment without giving it too much thought, I named myself uniqueLegend.
…And a mistake that haunted me for years was made.
The name "unique" was something that made me slightly cringe whenever I looked at it. In some ways it made me feel like I was someone who enjoyed standing on a pedestal above everyone else. It does not represent me. Just after I created my deviantArt account, I abandoned it for almost two years.
For years on end I had problems accepting the name. And for years on end I had constant thoughts of deleting my account and starting anew. But I was given several Daily Deviations and it felt like it was too late to start again. My artworks were starting to spread on other sites, and my name was being indented. I wanted to accept it, but I just couldn't. Thoughts of changing it kept plaguing me whenever I visited deviantArt.
In all honesty, I am not "uniqueLegend". The birth of my real internet name started on the very first social media forum that I joined a year after I visited dA - Zelda Universe. On Zelda Universe, I am known as "Eternal Legend." And the name "Eternal Legend" gave birth to an accidental nickname that people - even those in real life would use to call me: EL. In some ways, I accept EL as much as my real name imprinted on my birth certificate. I am comfortable with the name EL and Eternal Legend as much as breathing air.
My name of EL and Eternal Legend has spread from ZeldaUniverse to a lot of things that impact my daily life and relationships with work colleagues, friends and even family. And to those who are not aware of uniqueLegend, they get confused when they hear it. And it makes me feel confused. Why the two names?
So it's time for a change on deviantArt to keep everything the same on all the sites that I use, including my FaceBook art page, Tumblr and Twitter.
The only problem is that "Eternal Legend" has already been taken by an inactive and decade old account on dA. And another problem is that I had no idea that it is the title of a 1991 video game.
Trying to keep everything somewhat "original" and true to my online identity from here on out, I have decided to change my deviantArt name to EternaLegend.
For all the artworks that have "uniqueLegend" watermarked on them, they will remain there. I have no intentions of changing all of my watermarks. My old mistaken name of "uniqueLegend" will redirect to my newly-named deviantArt account anyway.
So this isn't a spur of the moment thought. I have thought about it for years and this is perhaps the best thing that I've done to my account in ages. I'll still keep my current avatar to avoid too much confusion (but it might change in the next few months - we'll see!) I hope you can all get used to it, and thank you for all the support through the years!
Edit: By a response I made in here on the word "unique" in general. By all means, everyone's artwork on deviantArt and every other social media site is "unique" in their own styles. It never felt like the name itself belonged to or represented "me".
Do you have bugs in your dA account?
This is really starting to stump me. Are people receiving my deviations? Because I'm not really getting deviations popping up in my inbox from the artists that I follow.
After notifying the admins about this problem, I keep getting ignored, so… I'm not sure what I'm going to do. This is the third time that I've noticed a huge drop in activity in my inbox for weeks on end.
It's just kind of irritating when you work on something, share it to your followers and many of them don't receive it. Less views than average blah blah (or are my works getting boring?). It really is off-putting. And vice versa when you follow someone and you just don't receive anything from them, no matter how many times you try and fix your watchlist. :/
I figured I'd create a F.A.Q. page since I've been getting the same questions asked now and then.
If there is anything that you'd like to ask relating to art that I think deserves to be on the list, feel free to comment below
--- Frequently Asked Questions ---
Q: Do you take commissions?
A: When they're open - yes. Please check my commission journal for more information which can be found here.--> [link]
Q: Do you work for free?
A: I refuse to do any work for "free". If you contact me about requests, commission without payment etc I will not answer. This is a job and it pays for my bills. I will only work for employers that offer an industry standard salary.
Q: Can I use your personal works as a book cover, music album, poster etc…?
A: For anything commercial you will need to pay usage rights. So yes. Please note me or send me an email for the usage type. I will not hesitate to take legal action on those who do not follow my art usage when it comes to commercial rights.
Q: Can I use your personal works on my blogs/youtube videos/as a desktop wallpaper/avatar usage on forums?
A: Yes - as long as it's not for commercial use, you can use my artwork anywhere. However if it's on websites such as facebook, youtube or tumblr, credit is appreciated. I own the rights to my artworks, and any alterations or unauthorised commercial usage is not allowed.
Q: What brushes do you use?
A: It depends on what software I use (Photoshop or Painter). With Photoshop I use a blend of default brushes that I sometimes customise, or downloaded brushes. With Painter it's always the default brushes.
Q: Why does your style change so much?
A: I find that I am someone who can get bored of repetition very easily, so in order to freshen things up, I explore other means of different styles and different approaches to my art.
Life is about exploring and trying new things, and I show this in my artworks from time to time.
Q: Where did you study?
A: I have studied Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries: New Media Design at Charles Darwin University. It was moreso for digital media work (animation, video/sound production, webpage design etc).
Q: What is your nationality?
A: I am half Filipino, half British (I can only speak English, sorry).
Q: What are you main sources of inspiration?
A: Video games are usually my main sources of inspiration. However, films and movies also play a large role too. If not that, then sometimes a trip or a walk outdoors can help to inspire great ideas. Whatever gets your mind "moving".
Q: How long have you been drawing for?
A: For as long as I can remember. There was a period in my life where I didn't draw for years (mostly during my high school years), but I begun to pick it up again and haven't really stopped since.
Q: How long have you been a Zelda fan for?
A: I was hooked when Ocarina of Time was released on the N64. My older brother brought home a copy one day and I watched him play it from beginning to end when I was in year 3. It all started there, and I don't think my love for the series will ever end.
For the past ten months I have been working alongside many other talented individuals on an animated series called The Forgotten Pixels! This is the story about an 8-bit game cartridge that was never played and what happens to the world inside of it when the hero never left his home village and the kingdom was never saved.
My involvement in this project has ranged from concept art and character design to the backgrounds you can see in the sample (not final) animation. I have just uploaded the poster I made for the series and I will upload more artwork in the weeks to come while we're raising money for this project on Kickstarter. It would be an absolute dream to see this project funded and for our series to become reality.
Please check out the link below if you're interested or would like to help fund our project! I would love to see this project become a reality to me. No donation is too small and no amount of shares or reblogs is too little. I want to thank everyone who supports us and this kickstarter in advance!
Thank you! !
Click here to check out the kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/5…
Hello guys! ^__^
So what did you guys think of E3 this year? I was watching all three of the major gaming companies (except for EA and Ubisoft due to my timezone), but wow… what a year! I have to admit that Sony has definitely won this year's E3 (they were absolutely brilliant with their sharing games tutorial xD), with Nintendo coming second imo. Microsoft however… pah.
I lost it when I saw the Super Smash Bros trailer for the Wii U and 3DS. Just… wow. Looks like someone is buying themselves a Wii U in the near future! It kinda makes me want to draw some SSB fan-art, but we'll see! : )
I want to draw all kinds of fan art from E3. xD Video games are so awesome <3
Interview with Eiji Aunoma
My boyfriend was in LA for E3 and he got to meet up and interview the one and only Eiji Aonuma - one of the directors behind the The Legend of Zelda series! I am so damn jealous of him xD You can read and check out the whole interview here!--> [link]