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> Can We Just Close This Fucking Depressing Forum!?
jimthegreat1012
Posted: Jan 10 2016, 01:51 AM
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Someone, put it out of its misery, please.

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Posted: Jan 10 2016, 12:20 PM
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Why, when the lights are coming back on again?

Fred is posting comics again! Yay!
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Posted: Jan 10 2016, 02:45 PM
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Because this art forum is dead, and will be forever. It gets one post a year, if it's lucky.
Everyone moved onto conceptart.org and the like years ago. Megatokyo itself hasn't been relevant in almost ten years. This place will never see new members. This whole site should be trashed.

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Posted: Jan 11 2016, 01:55 PM
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And yet somehow across the whole of the internet vying for your attention, this forum's existence offends you so deeply you feel compelled to post comments that only serve to make others feel negatively.

Warnings might not be poignant at this time, but if you decide to graffiti the walls, it is wholly preventable.

Post some art of worth and be useful to this place, if only for the respected memory of what it was at one time. If you are longing so much for it to revive, be part of the solution and draw people back.

Edit: For the record, I really miss it, too.

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Posted: Jan 13 2016, 01:18 AM
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HEY Merekat!!!
good to see you around, I was showing some drawing buddies of mine this site, lol
Do you have a Facebook for your artwork?

here is mine
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Posted: Jan 13 2016, 01:33 AM
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Sorry Jim..but I have a LOT of really good memories from this place
and it's because of the members, and the help I got from here, that I got better with my artwork
I now help out others on facebook drawing groups the same way that I was help here, with draw overs, and tutorials
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Posted: Jan 13 2016, 09:26 PM
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This Forum will be revived with Largo's return.

On the fourth day, at first light. Look to the East.


I drew a cat.
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Posted: Jan 13 2016, 11:43 PM
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Here are some things I did in 2015
oh and all those ties are hand painted (most sold at some anime cons I went to)
and I'm actually going to try and get folks on here from some FB groups I'm in
we'll see what happens smile.gif
enjoy the art!

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Posted: Jan 14 2016, 01:25 AM
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I have been drawing birds. Birds birds birds. Bird's the word.

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Posted: Jan 14 2016, 01:35 AM
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I hear ya Black kitty smile.gif

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Posted: Jan 14 2016, 09:19 AM
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I love those ties! (I'm a bird fan too. laugh.gif )

Really I should start drawing again. I've been letting life eclipse my art. And I also happen to be a fairly new member, at least new enough to not have explored these parts of the forum or know some of the older members.
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Posted: Jan 15 2016, 10:34 PM
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Heh. Heyo guys. Been quite a while, how's it going?

Kitty, dem's some FINE birds. Rocko, love the negative space. Raptor, wow, you've been busy. I really like those ties, makes me wistfully wish they were silk-screened because I'm textile snobbish. ;}

Welcome to the forums, Peach! The people you see here are an olde crewe, and I suspect there's a lot more through ye olde lurking. But yeah, the heyday was something special here. Who knows, maybe we can get some old timers to dust the place off again, I dunno. I know lately I've been checking here and thereish out of nostalgia.

Oddly, I don't have many ready sketches to post. My site has some update imagery, but not the very latest from the old job. What I'm doing now is a lot of work for myself but not ready to show until it's done. If you want to see what I've somewhat done in the last few years, it's here: www.merekatcreations.com . I keep meaning to update it more...

It'd be nice to see other lurkers post. Maybe they will. ;}
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Posted: Jan 16 2016, 07:02 AM
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Wow, a thread! Finding this place more than 12 years ago, posting in the party threads, receiving and dishing out critique (however misguided it might've been, reading some of these old posts is agonizingly embarrassing) really helped me decide to abandon my tech support career ambitions, and get more serious about art.

I stumbled in here again because i was sleuthing for some info on FJ; he's always been a big inspiration for me, and i haven't been able to find any updates on his blog for quite some time now; Seeing this thread really annoyed me and threw off my focus, but i'm glad to see that some of the old timers are still checking by occasionally! I've yet to find a successful community with the same kind of vibe as MTAD, so even if it's for posterity, and despite all the image URLs being broken and lack of new members , there's absolutely no reason to "trash" years' worth of history on a whim..
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Posted: Jan 16 2016, 12:54 PM
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Just wanted to drop a note that, glad that the place is anything but dead~
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Posted: Jan 20 2016, 03:55 PM
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I don't know the last time I posted on this forum. It's been a long time.

But, some times you find yourself reminiscing about the things that have passed; and I found my way here. To my surprise, a post that is relevantly recent. It certainly isn't the place it once was, but for many of us, it was the foundation that started us on a path that could only be for the better. I think those memories are irreplaceable and so crucial. Even if this place isn't "Alive"- it's worth it to leave it here. To a testament for those who came and went. It's a structure that holds the archive of a community come and gone. The shared growth of all those who contributed an excitement for growth and betterment. Encouraging each other to get better.

This forum was known to be critical and to the point. If there were things to improve, you heard it. As a 14 year old who joined this forum and had only ever heard praise "you're such an amazing artist!"- It was a hard learning curve. But it was what I needed. I realized how much I had to learn, and I got serious.

I just wanted to leave my thanks to those who were vital at that stage of my life.

Merekat, Dr. Cloud, Plufim, Shonensan, TheCat, TsuchiTochi, Matsuno... So many more that I can't even remember.


When I first joined MT:
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A few weeks ago:
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Thank you. MegaTokyo smile.gif

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Posted: Jan 22 2016, 08:09 PM
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Whoa, I do my monthly check in and there's a new thread and people!

Since others are posting their first work from here, this was my very first post in the MT forums, and I remember being torn to shreds about how big my noses were (: (not much has changed there). This place was always great for constructive criticism.

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Here's some stuff from recently (I went on a "I need to get better with traditional media" kick over Christmas):

My first attempts at scratchboard (sorry for blah photo) and pastel:
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A couple of character concepts for a new webcomic idea that I've since scrapped in favour of something else (I'm putting my first webcomic out to pasture):
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And I posted these here a couple of summers ago (has it already been that long?), but I like them enough to want to share again...some pieces for a Game of Thrones fanzine:

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Posted: Jan 25 2016, 07:33 PM
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Heh. I guess more people are just as nostalgic. Welcome back, folks! It's good to see everyone. And all the arts. It's heartwarming to see that so many of you kept going forward with your artwork and improving so much.

I find myself at a loss, funny enough. My art has gone into... interesting directions. And I'm neck-deep in a few big projects that don't have sketches to show. Yet I'd love to see this place get back on its feet, just not sure what I have to contribute art-wise. That feels hypocritical. Hm...

Love seeing the art posts, though. Love seeing what you guys have been up to. Homeworld: FJ's still doin stuff, but it's his choice in postin'. I'm sure it'll come eventually. Char: Hey whatup, my man? ;} Good to see you, too. Elginive: Thank you for the memories. Nova: For the record, I really hope I wasn't one that got on the nose thing. And if I was, I totally regret it now.
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Posted: Jan 26 2016, 04:33 PM
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It wasn't you (: And besides, it was good (and valid, ha) critique...clearly it didn't scare me away from this fine establishment!

EDIT: Just went back in my posts (note to self, there's a reason you repressed your days as a 12 year old on the Internet, hoo boy), and I guess it wasn't the very first post here, just the first I remember....probably because I remind myself of it every time I draw a face.

Man, I really really miss the heyday of this place. I didn't just learn how to receive critique, I learned how to give it, too, which IMHO is a much harder skill to learn. There were always artists I looked up to and those who were improving alongside me, and it was never so big that I didn't recognize the people posting. :'(

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Posted: Jan 26 2016, 05:04 PM
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Yeah, true dat. A lot of folks improved quite fast, this place was crazy awesome and helpful and I really liked how many people stepped up to the plate to offer useful critique. Even if some of the critiques were a little on rails more than I personally liked, it was still a big boon to have people supporting. I always wondered if the other art forums out there were less forgiving of hobbyists (frequently anime hobbyists at that) and that's why we got the wanderers. That's why I stuck around for so long... didn't think it was fair they got that treatment elsewhere. Everyone deserves a chance to improve their craft.
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Posted: Jan 26 2016, 05:18 PM
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QUOTE (Merekat @ Jan 26 2016, 06:04 PM)
Yeah, true dat. A lot of folks improved quite fast, this place was crazy awesome and helpful and I really liked how many people stepped up to the plate to offer useful critique. Even if some of the critiques were a little on rails more than I personally liked, it was still a big boon to have people supporting. I always wondered if the other art forums out there were less forgiving of hobbyists (frequently anime hobbyists at that) and that's why we got the wanderers. That's why I stuck around for so long... didn't think it was fair they got that treatment elsewhere. Everyone deserves a chance to improve their craft.

I'm still a bit wary of sites like ConceptArt...back then it was this holy pedestal of incredible painters and artists to me, and I've never felt enough like a "real artist" to join a site like that, even in the years since (silly, I know, but first impressions die hard). You're totally right in that this was one of the few places that embraced but pushed people just starting to draw, and it's interesting to me that I haven't found another place quite like it. Twitter and Tumblr don't really have the forum architecture that lends itself to a give and take critique and subsequent improvement.
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Posted: Jan 26 2016, 07:29 PM
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Well, I think the key is you have to have someone draw a line in the sand and post the pool rules for forums. But yes, perhaps the way forums existed isn't what the internet does nowadays. I'm trying to figure out the new media stuff. It moves strangely...
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Posted: Jan 27 2016, 08:48 AM
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... and more and more impersonally. I think we try to make it imitate life, but it still remains an ephemeral dream.

I just found out yesterday (again) how that with a single click everything you spent months (or even years) building can vanish in an instant, but then someone somewhere might actually have a copy saved (and did). Then you wonder if it's worth the effort to reconstruct it...

I always think that in time, maybe a generation or two, we'll get the hang of this and stable internet communities will arise, but then I remember that it's built on technology and technology constantly changes. So, no, we will never have something stable. It will always keep changing, vanishing, and appearing, like the ephemeral dream that it is. We just have fun while it lasts (and keep back up copies of what you want to hang on to).
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Posted: Jan 31 2016, 09:20 PM
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Heh. Well, while we're waxing philosophical I can totally relate to the 'weirding ways' of the internet making you feel like you popped sideways into another dimension. I've been trying to poke my head back up and look around after what feels like ages.

Sorry to hear you had such a scare with your project, but I'm happy to hear you had a backup that saved the day. Triple that and keep it safe!

So what's everyone trying to work on nowadays?
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Finally finished up the PhD and started a real job, and as such I'm trying to spin up another comic project since my last one kinda got strangled by school u_u
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Wow, it's been forever since I've been in here, and I come to find this thread. I just went "Wow, someone's having a bad day."

Then I saw that it kind of started people talking and sharing some art.

So that's cool, I was never too much of a participant in this part of the forum. I mostly just RPed in some of the other parts.

And to answer the question "What have I been up to?" Mostly a podcast and drawing art.

Here's some of the fan art I've done recently for RWBY.

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If you want to see more, you can find it over on my DA or Tumblr.
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