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Dude, fencing is AWESOME FUN.  I was on the team in college..... if you ever want to talk foil.................

 

YOU ARE KICKING MAJOR BOOTY!

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Dude, fencing is AWESOME FUN.  I was on the team in college..... if you ever want to talk foil.................

 

YOU ARE KICKING MAJOR BOOTY!

 

Hmmm I am interested in hearing more about that!   You mentioned dance but I cannot recall if you mentioned fencing before!  Awesome!

 

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All right chums!  Before I go to bed, I have a WIP to post!  Here is Sailor Mars in all her glory!

 

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As you can see, the inking is pretty much done.  Wondered if I should experiment more with in the line art, but pushing that aside for now since I really want to get to shading her and also giving her Flame Sniper some life!  Hope you enjoy!

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All right, now I'm getting tired of the rain.  I understand that Colorado is dry and we need all the rain we can get...but the grey skies are starting to get me down and I demand the sun...which looks like it's coming back tomorrow!!! YAY!!! THE SUN!!!

 

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Maybe a bit of a busy workday today due to needing to finish up a few documents and then working on some new design while having meetings scattered through the day, but I'll get through it.  Just pacing myself.  I'm also REALLY hungry for breakfast so lets' get this awesome shit outta the way!!

 

Day 15

 

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("I did it all Ryuko...")

 

Side Quest 1: Once a week, do a SUPER EPIC WORKOUT!

Day 15 Details: I think I'll do this either Friday or Saturday.  Not sure when.  But for todays' workout, I did that killer arm one I posted about on the daily battle log.  That REALLY painful one which made my arms feel like noodles.

 

They feel like noodles.  Here are the numbers.

 

Chest Fly @ 14 lb per hand for 2 * 8

Reverse Fly @ 9 lb per hand for 2 *  8

Bicep Curls @ 14 lb per hand for 2 * 8

Bent Over Tricep Extensions @ 14 lb per hand for 2 * 8

Lateral Raise @ 7 lb per hand for 2 * 8

Bent Over Rear Raise @ 7 lb per hand for 2 * 8

Ventral Raise @ 7 lb per hand for 2 * 8

Pull over + Narrow Press @ 14 lb total for 1 * 8, 18 lb for 1 * 8 (pull over progress!)

Row + Rotation + Extenstion @ 9 lb for 2 * 8 (8 per side)

Roundabout Push ups for 2 * 8

 

The next one...oh...

Hello Satan...

 

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Lateral Raise + Cross @ 4 lb per hand for 1 * 8, 3 lb per hand 1 * 8 (OWWWWWIE!!!  Oh god the pain!)

Bent Over Shrug @ 14 lb per hand for 2 * 8

Rotating Curl @ 14 lb per hand for 2 * 8 ( Increased weight instead of decreased...did it but ow)

Skull Crusher @ 14 lb per hand for 2 * 8 (Same here).

 

 

I may have arms doms tomorrow!  So I shall be doing HIIT and instead of killing my legs tomorrow with strength training afterwards since I'll have kickboxing on Wednesday and I need legs for that, I'll do a tough ab routine.  In fact I have a 45 minute HIIT + abs!  W00t!  Prepared!

 

Side Quest 2: Try out a martial art once a week until one is found by the end of this challenge.  If one is found before the end of the challenge, do this martial art class at least once a week.

Day 15 Details: SOON.....

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Though I do need to call that Kung Fu place if I'm gonna check it out.  A part of me wants to wait for Easton and see how I feel there and what I can do with that schedule.

 

Life Quest:  Once a week, post a photo or link to at least item to add to a spring/summer wardrobe.

Day 15 Details: So here are the new glasses I got!  I got them in the blue denim color and man oh man I can see again!  It's so lovely to be able to see without using a very old prescription nor having split vision due to cracks!  Yay!!  I'll look into finding some active clothes tomorrow or Wednesday :D.

 

Art Quest: REQUEST TIME!!!  Have five requests from NerdFitness friends and draw (sketch, full painting, etc) that request!

Day 15 Details: Posted the latest WIP of Sailor Mars last night; I know still have ways to go but I plan on making headway here tonight and hopefully tomorrow I can finish it up!  We'll see.

 

Monk Mini Challenge 3: Welp let's see if there is a monk mini already up...

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...Well then.  So be it.  100 burpees in the week.  I got dis.

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Okay so, considering it is raining a lot, I'm gonna try and find a place at work to do some burpees during my lunch hour.  This will be really awkward.  Expect a post saying the count of what I did today.  And I'll also do a certain number in the morning tomorrow as well...in fact...I could cheat and while I do my HIIT routine, replace several exercises with more burpees! I do prefer burpees over jumping lunges and star jumps...May not be a bad plan at all.

 

Anywho!  TIME FOR FOOD CAUSE I WILL DIE IF DON'T EAT NOW!!

 

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Wooooo lady, another great week!    So inspiring.      I hear ya on the having a lot to tackle, but you're doing it!   Maybe it will get a little easier going forward, or like you said, get a little less busy.     You have such cool goals too.  I think I may need to mimic your wardrobe goal at some point.   My closet is organized by:  dressy shirts that I almost never wear because I get shy, 'dress' tee-shirts (which means they have no printing on them) and then my biggest section, NERD RELATED T's!  It so doesn't help that I can /wear/ nerd shirts to work without it being an issue, - but I should start throwing them for loops by dressing to impress on occasion, or something!

 

I of course, love the art, and love watching the WIP pics as I feel like it might help my brain on some subconscious level to see it go step by step.   SO thank you for posting them like that!

 

I also concur, (totally just wanted to say concur) fencing is monkish!

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Hmmm I am interested in hearing more about that!   You mentioned dance but I cannot recall if you mentioned fencing before!  Awesome!

 

My other monk cred includes some training in kendo back in high school......... I was definitely best at fencing, though. :D

 

I AM A WOMAN OF MANY MYSTERIES, OR SOMETHING.

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My other monk cred includes some training in kendo back in high school......... I was definitely best at fencing, though. :D

 

I AM A WOMAN OF MANY MYSTERIES, OR SOMETHING.

 

DUDE KENDO?!  WTF?!  That's awesome!!  You're a modern Renaissance Woman!!  Specializing in the art of BEING AWESOME!!!!

 

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Wooooo lady, another great week!    So inspiring.      I hear ya on the having a lot to tackle, but you're doing it!   Maybe it will get a little easier going forward, or like you said, get a little less busy.     You have such cool goals too.  I think I may need to mimic your wardrobe goal at some point.   My closet is organized by:  dressy shirts that I almost never wear because I get shy, 'dress' tee-shirts (which means they have no printing on them) and then my biggest section, NERD RELATED T's!  It so doesn't help that I can /wear/ nerd shirts to work without it being an issue, - but I should start throwing them for loops by dressing to impress on occasion, or something!

 

I of course, love the art, and love watching the WIP pics as I feel like it might help my brain on some subconscious level to see it go step by step.   SO thank you for posting them like that!

 

I also concur, (totally just wanted to say concur) fencing is monkish!

 

Hopefully it'll get less busy, and it should I think.  I have hope!   The wardrobe was not my idea originally!  I had some help with that since I was totally unsure on what to do for a third quest.  I still need a few more pieces which is great since I have a few more weeks to go here, but I'm pretty happy with what I gathered!  I also have an issue with not wearing very work-like shirts to work, so maybe more of those will help!  I tend to wear T-Shirts covered by one of my sweatshirts, or a flannel with a tank top underneath, though sometimes I wear nicer shirts :D.  So we're very similar!

 

Hehe I post progress pics for several reasons, one of which is pretty much what you said:  to show it step by step, not just to prove that yes, I am making art of some kind, even though it's late, but also to help me see the steps I take on the thread, like a reminder.  It's also really fun to show off my process (Rough Sketch, Detailed Sketch, Ink, Flat Colors, Background and Effects since those affect shadows and light, Shading, Extra Filter work, Done).  The detailed sketch takes a long time, but the flat colors step is the most boring.  Fun steps are shading and sometimes background.

 

Maybe I will check out fencing then!   Just for Funsies!

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Several things before I go to bed!

 

  1. Monk Mini Challenge 3: Totally did 30 burpees at work through out the day.  So one hundred is definitely easy and I may hit it by Wednesday depending on my energy levels.
  2. One final...FINAL...FINAL wip for Sailor Mars:sailor_mars_wip_3_by_artisticallystrange

All I need is to shade her and finish the fire and then I am DONE!  Took me a while today cause I decided to color her outline various dark shades of the corresponding flat color.  Interesting look, done it before but only on characters with simple costumes, and the Sailor Fuku is rather simple.

 

ALMOST DONE!  I MAY FINISH TOMORROW...YAY!!!!!

 

Time to stretch a little before bed :D

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You are doing great!

 

I just want to chime in on last week's mini challenge.

 

 

I no longer regret posting my weaknesses.  Seriously this is one of the nicest things I have read so far.  Again I feel so much love and joy being here!  Thank you so much Starpuck!!  I'm honestly a little surpised to be fangirled over...definitely makes me feel like I'm doing something right! 

 

I do need to get over wearing the mask all the time.  I do tend to open up, but I also try to cover up some feelings.  Online it's easy to do that, but even then it helps to let it go sometimes.

 

I think a lot of people, women especially, have those thoughts because society teaches us to be pleasers.  I had a bit of a difficult childhood (nothing completely out of the ordinary, just rough spots), so those thoughts get a bit exacerbated.  I am not a big believer in fate or coincidence so naturally for nothing to go wrong, I have to have control of everything and thus be perfect.  Which doesn't work.  There are no easy tips...but I am getting much better at handling my emotions :D.  Growing older helps a lot.

 

  Like I said these thoughts are stupid, all things considering, but I can never shake them off completely.  It doesn't help that I need constant affirmation to feel like I AM doing something right.

 

I can quiet those thoughts though.  I can think on things I enjoy and things I am good at, that I proved to myself I am good at.  I can quiet those little tiny insecurity demons that blow things out of proportion.  With music, anime, art, fresh air, kitties, puppies, pilates and stretches...

 

I completely agree. Everyone feels like they are faking it a lot of the time. Every now and then you get to use your skills and do something you are really proud of. Treasure those moments. Most of the time you just need to do an adequate job. No super powers required, just get things done. Sometimes that takes a different kind of strength to get through the tedium.

 

One of the myths that we get fed is "always do your best". I'm stealing this from an essay by Marissa Lingen. She notes that only a few things a week are important enough to actually benefit from your best effort. Do you need to keep your kitchen spotless? Probably not. When you have guests - yes, but not every day. You have to pick and choose what to do with your limited energy. It does not help that other people will lobby you to spend your energy on their pet projects.

 

As you get more experience making those choices you will feel better about saying "No". You get practice telling people "that sounds interesting but I'm tied up working on other things". Instead of pleasing everyone you will do what YOU care about and stop worrying about what other people think.

 

Just like building muscle, this takes practice. Some of the time it will hurt. Over time you will get better and feel strong and secure in your choices.

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YES TO ADULT FENCING.  Oh my.  !!!!!

 

I LOVE MARS' LEGS.  They are strong and capable and NOT the 500 mile long stick thin twigs of Sailor Moon Crystal and YAAASSSSSS THE FIRE, OH THE FIRE

 

You are a beautiful soul <3

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Well, some stress is a sign that you're moving forward, right? You're testing the boundaries of your awesome with the idea of expanding them. That's what the journey is.

 

You'll get it managed. I know it.

 

Hopefully some stress indicates forward momentum yes!  I'll figure it out somehow, but I will always want a little bit of calm.  Thankfully I get them once I'm home so yay!  Thank you for your faith in me :D.

 

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Also, I love your drawing!  It is fun to see how you go from a sketch to a polished finished image.

 

Thank you!  So happy that everyone likes seeing the progression as well as the final work! 

 

Also, thank you for your previous post and the link to the essay!  I'll have to read it because it sounds a lot like me and my thoughts.  I definitely think that training expectations and the ability to say no, or prioritize things (choose which ones get pushed to the side) is very important and something I am working on everyday.  I'm pretty okay doing this at work since it's expected we will be busy a lot and thus need to put things ahead of others, but throw in outside activities and yeah...a little stressful.  Just need to take a breath and relax and not worry about things so much.

 

The sailor mars picture looks great. Something seems a bit odd about her expression, I think it is the mouth and lips, but I am not sure.  But you definitely got the legs thing figured out. Now the exciting part that makes it come alive, shading.

 

I see what you mean.  I'll try to experiment with the mouth a little more since that's a simple enough thing to fix even inked, but I'm so happy you like the legs.  Ugh I'm so glad to figure that out!  And YAY!!! SHADING!!!!

 

YES TO ADULT FENCING.  Oh my.  !!!!!

 

I LOVE MARS' LEGS.  They are strong and capable and NOT the 500 mile long stick thin twigs of Sailor Moon Crystal and YAAASSSSSS THE FIRE, OH THE FIRE

 

You are a beautiful soul <3

 

Since this Sailor Mars is being for you, I must say that I am SOOOOO HAPPY YOU LOVE HER LEGS YAY!!!!!!

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So I must've mentioned that I can only draw specific body types and those are body types I am most familiar with.  There is NO WAY IN ABSOLUTE HELL that I can draw Mars Crystal/Manga body.  No way, especially legs.  Besides, considering how much the Senshi fight and Mars herself being fiercely independent in all incarnations of Sailor Moon, I think strong legs are meant for her.  As well as Jupiter.  In fact the only frail Senshi that I would love to draw and try to make her look frail is Sailor Saturn since she's either ALWAYS sick, or she is the second youngest Senshi.   But Mars?  Nope.

 

 

Oh dudes, I have been having a BUSY morning trying to get some stuff done and I decided to give myself a minor mental break to give my daily update while I have the energy (didn't sleep well due to waking up during the night...sigh)!  I need to do this now so I can spend the time I am home before trivia tonight finishing up Sailor Mars.  It's been quite a day already and I can't wait to do my walk once I finish this so LET'S GET THIS SHIT STARTED!!!

 

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Day 16

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(Gamgoori and Houka are how I look with stress...Mako is how I feel)

 

Side Quest 1: Once a week, do a SUPER EPIC WORKOUT!

Day 16 Details: I definitely had arm doms today from yesterday's workout, so I did do a HIIT with core/abs workout!  It was pretty hard and I got sweaty but I'm happy I did that instead of lower body strength training.  I also did a lower back stretching routine afterwards which really helped me feel much better!  As I said I would, I did replace several HIIT exercises with more burpees as well as counted modified burpees (like burpees with a squat hold instead of a jump, or a squat jack instead of a jump) towards my monk mini because...

 

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Side Quest 2: Try out a martial art once a week until one is found by the end of this challenge.  If one is found before the end of the challenge, do this martial art class at least once a week.

Day 16 Details: SO CLOSE!!! YAY!!!

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Life Quest:  Once a week, post a photo or link to at least item to add to a spring/summer wardrobe.

Day 16 Details: Posted my new glasses yesterday but I did not do any exploring or shopping for workout clothes yet.  May wait till tomorrow or Thursday...or...well...whenever time permits.

 

Art Quest: REQUEST TIME!!!  Have five requests from NerdFitness friends and draw (sketch, full painting, etc) that request!

Day 16 Details: As you saw, I posted the FINAL WIP of Sailor Mars last night cause I intend on finishing her to the best of my abilities today.  I need to play with her mouth and lips a little bit and then I'll start shading as well as finishing the flame effect on her fiery bow.  The arrow may need a final tweak or glow added but thats' pretty much complete.  Finally almost done!

 

Monk Mini Challenge 3: So, I did about 50 burpees (including modified burpees) this morning and throughout the workday, which brings up the tally to 80 burpees so far this week.

 

That's it for today!  Time for my walk and some more water!

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It has been pretty hectic even last night!  Annoyed that I didn't get to finish Mars yet but I did finish shading her skin and I'll be hopefully finishing her tonight.  If she's finished tonight, I'll start Guyver 3 Thursday.

 

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It seems that I was wise in making only 5 requests for this challenge than trying for 6.  The first challenge, doing 5 felt too easy.  Second challenge it was harder, but I had a week break.  This challenge...well I rather take my time in making lovely pieces for each person who requested, so making it 5 definitely gives me some more flexibility.  I'll be sticking with 5 for all my challenges, especially since the art quest is here to stay.

 

Part of the issue is that even though I went to bed at a decent time, I still get woken up in the middle of night, or two hours before my alarm. 

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It's annoying and I hope I can work on it without using ZzQuil.  Could be I just need to kick out the dogs.  Which is hard to do with adorable dogs, one of which is an adorable corgi and my furrbaby.  Thankfully he does not do this:

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But if he ever did...then that's a battle I will surely lose.  I'll need to post pictures of my adorable corgi sometime.  I can't wait to go home to him and just unwind from the long meeting filled day.  Until then, here is my update!

 

Day 17

 

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Side Quest 1: Once a week, do a SUPER EPIC WORKOUT!

Day 17 Details: Planning this for Friday or Saturday, depending how I feel tomorrow!  I did not do a normal workout today since I checked out that kickboxing class instead! 

 

 

Side Quest 2: Try out a martial art once a week until one is found by the end of this challenge.  If one is found before the end of the challenge, do this martial art class at least once a week.

Day 17 Details: Okay, Easton had what I was looking for.  The instructor did give us some conditioning work, mostly on the core, but actually explained reasons for the conditioning and it was in the last 10 minutes of the class.  The remaining of it was all on technique with heavy bag work.  It was a lot of fun and he focused on actual technique and making sure we were using proper form giving power to our punches and our KNEES.  A lot of kneeing the bag was to be had.  My knees are bruised.  What made me smile was that the instructor told me that I could go right into the Muy Thai class instead and do partner work, since I already knew the fundamentals apparently.  So yay!  The cost is cheaper than Krav Maga for an introductory rate and there is also a groupon for 10 classes.  I may do the groupon first, depending how long that introductory rate lasts (apparently, they just added Kickboxing/Muy Thai classes to their schedule).  Pretty excited for this one!  I hope to hear back from the manager to find out more about what their monthly rate include and other questions in my head. 

 

 

Life Quest:  Once a week, post a photo or link to at least item to add to a spring/summer wardrobe.

Day 17 Details: I have not had a chance to look at new workout clothes and after that kickboxing class, I'm sure mine are stinky.  I'll need to do this pretty soon, hopefully tomorrow? 

 

Art Quest: REQUEST TIME!!!  Have five requests from NerdFitness friends and draw (sketch, full painting, etc) that request!

Day 17 Details: I WILL FINISH THIS TONIGHT DAMMIT!...Okay not set in stone, depending on how much I need to unwind first.  However, like I said, I did finish shading her skin, so the rest should follow nicely, including how I want her bow flame to look.

 

Monk Mini Challenge 3: I did a total of 20 burpees today, giving me 100 burpees. I'll keep counting burpees till 200 since I decided to do stillskies share because WHY NOT!!??

 

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That's pretty much it!  As I said I'll update with burpee numbers and I hope I'll also update with a completed version of Mars.  However, right now there is another meeting coming right up!  Time to work.

 

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So I must've mentioned that I can only draw specific body types and those are body types I am most familiar with.  There is NO WAY IN ABSOLUTE HELL that I can draw Mars Crystal/Manga body.  No way, especially legs.  Besides, considering how much the Senshi fight and Mars herself being fiercely independent in all incarnations of Sailor Moon, I think strong legs are meant for her.  As well as Jupiter.  In fact the only frail Senshi that I would love to draw and try to make her look frail is Sailor Saturn since she's either ALWAYS sick, or she is the second youngest Senshi.   But Mars?  Nope.

 

Yeah, see, this is one of the things I didn't really like about the manga, and what really disappointed me about the new series. I mean, yeah, Sailor Moon is about way more than a bunch of good-looking gals fighting in fuku, but there's something about the old designs that seem more... Iunno, more vital, more real. These were feminine women who, if necessary, could fuck your shit up, and they looked the part.

 

But the original style is way shoujo - lots of supremely skinny women standing around looking verklempt, and like they are made of glass. And I'm just like, "Yeah, no, this doesn't appeal to me at all."

 

I mean, okay, sure, the manga did a lot more with their powers, and in that respect I like Crystal, but my aesthetics just won't stop nagging me whenever I watch.

 

Also, (unrelated), I really, really liked the side stories and stuff that happened in the original series.

 

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Yeah, see, this is one of the things I didn't really like about the manga, and what really disappointed me about the new series. I mean, yeah, Sailor Moon is about way more than a bunch of good-looking gals fighting in fuku, but there's something about the old designs that seem more... Iunno, more vital, more real. These were feminine women who, if necessary, could fuck your shit up, and they looked the part.

 

But the original style is way shoujo - lots of supremely skinny women standing around looking verklempt, and like they are made of glass. And I'm just like, "Yeah, no, this doesn't appeal to me at all."

 

I mean, okay, sure, the manga did a lot more with their powers, and in that respect I like Crystal, but my aesthetics just won't stop nagging me whenever I watch.

 

Also, (unrelated), I really, really liked the side stories and stuff that happened in the original series.

 

Glad to hear that the place you were leaning toward turned out to be what you hoped it would be. Now the next step: hopefully, you can make it something you do long term.

 

I'm one of the few who was not completely bothered by the redesign since Toei was trying to following the manga style, which was very very, as you said, shoujo.  However I think that the noodly form in the manga looks really pretty and emphasize the fairy tale aspect of reading it in a book format.  The lines of the characters didn't always touch and while they looked thin, it seemed to mimic vintage (very vintage) fashion prints.

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So the aesthetic looks much better on paper; translated onto animation and it looses the dream like, fairy tale quality, even though they kinda tried to keep that quality in Crystal.

 

But Crystal has so...so many problems, not just in the aesthetic.  I am not a fan of filler so I was really hoping for a good animated version of the manga.  However, for some reason, they decided to not give any characters outside of Usagi and Mamoru...personalities.  The original series spent so much of it's filler fleshing out the characters that was it jarring to see no fleshing out at all.  I still watch it cause...well my childhood.  I have to.  But yeah I have issues with it.

 

However...speaking of Sailor Moon...GUESS WHAT'S FINISHED GUYS!!!?!

 

SAILORS MARS IS FINISHED!!!!

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So lol, I totally just noticed...when shading was like 90% done...how massive her shoulder is.  Mars lifts, people.  She works that upper body like no other. 

 

Ugh flaws.  But overall I do like how she turned out and I hope Sharawy does too.  The flame was a ton of fun to do and I love how it all melds with the background I gave her.  I hope you all enjoy!!!

 

Now to work on that Guyver image...

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Oh gosh.  I just LOVE IT.  I LOVE THAT ROCK HARD SHOULDER. It resonates with my lifting lately.  You are SO awesome with the shadow from the fire on her limbs, it gives it another badass dimension...

 

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I agree with you on Crystal that I feel I -have- to like it because childhood, but damn if I got 8 episodes in and just got bored... every episode was so slowly paced and dragged on, and the lack of personality... ugh.  It really made me sad.  Some of the transformations were pretty darn noodley, too, lots of odd limb movement.  Overall I find the art style pretty sweet but I think that's all it has going for it in my mind. :(

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What flaws?  It's gorgeous, you goose.

 

Everyday I'm shuffling...

 

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Oh gosh.  I just LOVE IT.  I LOVE THAT ROCK HARD SHOULDER. It resonates with my lifting lately.  You are SO awesome with the shadow from the fire on her limbs, it gives it another badass dimension...

 

Thank you <3 <3!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

So glad you love it!  Even resonating with MONGO shoulder!  Thank you so much for enjoying Mars so much!!!

 

Victory dance!!!

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I agree with you on Crystal that I feel I -have- to like it because childhood, but damn if I got 8 episodes in and just got bored... every episode was so slowly paced and dragged on, and the lack of personality... ugh.  It really made me sad.  Some of the transformations were pretty darn noodley, too, lots of odd limb movement.  Overall I find the art style pretty sweet but I think that's all it has going for it in my mind. :(

 

Oh man it gets worse 8 episodes beyond.  Oh the words I have about that show.  It has a few ups and then so many downs I just...ugh I don't understand why...  The lack of care is almost in every frame...I don't hate the show...

 

I just want it to be good.

 

The transformations also bother me and while the art style is pretty (when it's not...off model), the music is what sells it to me.  I love some of the transformation soundtracks (Mars song in Ep 3 was amazing and Jupiters' Rock remix of the transformation music was pretty sweet).  It's just...I'm just floundering here.  I'm watching the show like it's a obligation to my inner child.  And my inner child is not happy about it. :(

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A bit of a short status today.  I didn't really do much today by way of my challenge due to being sore and then needing time after work to do grocery shopping, then pretty much relaxing at home.  No workout, no martial arts, not sure I'll be shopping for any workout clothes until next week folks.  Did start the Guyver 3 image and I think I'm gonna take my time on this one.

 

Onward to be the official update!

Day 18

 

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Side Quest 1: Once a week, do a SUPER EPIC WORKOUT!

Day 18 Details: I took a bit of a rest today and just did my usual 30 minute walk during my lunch break and then did some yoga tonight.  I was pretty sore, so relaxing today felt best, especially since I was doing grocery shopping and thus adding more walking and some lifting of food items.  Tomorrow I have planned my SUPER EPIC workout, which will be a doozy, I can definitely imagine that.  Saturday, I'll my kickboxing with upper body bodyweight work that ends in more yoga, which should help my soreness before hosting a board game day :D.  The hubs is gonna make chimichangas and oh man I am excited for that!  I LOVE CHIMICHANGAS!!!

 

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Side Quest 2: Try out a martial art once a week until one is found by the end of this challenge.  If one is found before the end of the challenge, do this martial art class at least once a week.

Day 18 Details: So I have yet to hear from the manager of Easton and after talking to the hubs, I may actually sign up for membership there even it's still a bit pricey ($99).  I want to find out more on their contract though and talk to the manager about other classes they have.  If he doesn't call tomorrow, I may call Easton myself to discuss it.  I'm still thinking on trying out that Kung Fu place next week, so I'll give them a call to see if they'll let me check out a class as well.  Cause I have never done Kung Fu before and why not try it?

 

Life Quest:  Once a week, post a photo or link to at least item to add to a spring/summer wardrobe.

Day 18 Details: I'm probably not gonna do this till next week so at least be satisfied with my new glasses link!  That counts for something DAMMIT!!

 

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Art Quest: REQUEST TIME!!!  Have five requests from NerdFitness friends and draw (sketch, full painting, etc) that request!

Day 18 Details: As you all saw, I FINISHED MARS!!!  I finally finished her and I realize a few things; I'm pretty damn good at shading and I'm getting better at backgrounds, but I do a lot of same face.  My style is distinctive to the point that my faces are hard to distinguish.  This is a lot more noticeable when I'm doing my original characters, though with some of my fan art, I still get into the same face habit.  I need to work on differently faces a bit more, which means nose and mouth practice.  I have an idea for what I'm gonna do art wise for my next challenge and that is to focus on something to improve on with my art on a weekly basis.  Thankfully, next challenge is a ways away and now I'm focusing on Guyver 3.  As mentioned before, this was definitely be the hardest one for me due to the armor detailing.  I hope it ends up looking okay for strickland5 and I may have a WIP of the rough sketch and detailing sketch up tomorrow evening.

 

Monk Mini Challenge 3: I did 25 burpees today, so it's a total of 125 for the week.  Since I'll be doing my SUPER EPIC workout tomorrow, that implies HIIT, so I'll be replacing some of the exercises with more burpees.  Shit, I may hit the remaining 75 in my workout alone!  So yay for stillskies!!!  She won't have to worry about burpees at all!!

 

That's all for tonight folks!  Time for bed!

 

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Thankfully, next challenge is a ways away and now I'm focusing on Guyver 3.  As mentioned before, this was definitely be the hardest one for me due to the armor detailing.  I hope it ends up looking okay for strickland5 and I may have a WIP of the rough sketch and detailing sketch up tomorrow evening.

 

 

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Thank you for your faith!  I think I have a good direction for this...

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It's funny seeing my husband this morning.  Either he is already at work, or he is sleeping in to work in the afternoon, but instead he was up to greet the house paint estimator person guy.  Kinda nice, except when he got up I was just finishing my SUPER EPIC workout, so I didn't look the best.  I'm hope that the paint estimation won't be too terrible cause our house really does need to be painted now and I much rather get that out of the way before we begin the basement renovation.  Ugh that's gonna suck.  Why did I make a challenge that requires money spending...Next challenge Life Quest: Anti-Challenge 3 LifeQuest- No money spending.  Or something.  Maybe money saving.

 

We have the funds to paint the house and the basement renovation will be handled mostly by my in-laws (I love my in-laws.  I :love_heart: them) so I don't have much to worry about, but definitely gonna focus on saving money next challenge.

 

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Also, apparently outside forces beyond my control are making my work duties a bit more difficult.  No seriously, I love my job, I love my co-workers, boss is awesome, business people are great, it really is outside of my company forces that make things a bit tough.  It's really frustrating.  Also kinda annoying to come in on a Friday and realize how annoying this is getting.  Like really...on a Friday?  Seriously.

 

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Already looking forward to the end of my workday and start of the weekend cause thats' gonna be lovely!  

 

Day 19

 

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Side Quest 1: Once a week, do a SUPER EPIC WORKOUT!

Day 19 Details: DONE!!!   10 minute core, 36 minute HIIT, 26 minute strength routine and no I don't remember the numbers for this, with a warm up and stretch included.  Oof that HIIT was brutal probably cause some of the exercises I replaced with burpees would've given me a little bit of a break.  Happy to have got it done, especially after my rest yesterday cause I feel a lot more energetic now!  WOO!!!!  I did push myself during the strength portion so I'm probably gonna need stretching tonight, lots of back stretching.  Fun times!

 

Side Quest 2: Try out a martial art once a week until one is found by the end of this challenge.  If one is found before the end of the challenge, do this martial art class at least once a week.

Day 19 Details: Honestly, since I posted yesterday's status so late, this has not change.  Hoping to hear from Easton and still thinking about trying Kung Fu.  I'll update this with any news I hear today.

 

Life Quest:  Once a week, post a photo or link to at least item to add to a spring/summer wardrobe.

Day 19 Details: Yup.  I'm just gonna considered my glasses (which were pretty pricey actually) this week's wardrobe piece.  Rather not worry about it at the moment.

 

Art Quest: REQUEST TIME!!!  Have five requests from NerdFitness friends and draw (sketch, full painting, etc) that request!

Day 19 Details: I'll be working on Guyver 3 and as I said, I hope to have a WIP up tonight!  Depends on how far I get on the rough sketch and detailed sketch since I'm sort of doing both at the same time.

 

Monk Mini Challenge 3: So during my EPIC workout, since I was doing HIIT anyways, I replaced quite a few exercises with burpees.  In fact the last HIIT exercise in the workout was burpees and by the time I got to that point, I did 84 burpees.  I was completely BURPEED out when I got to that point so I replaced burpees with different exercises instead.  So this brings my total up to 209 burpees and thus NO MORE GOD DAMN BURPEES!!! 

 

So Stillskies...the debt has been paid.

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Considering how much of workout I had, I think it's time for some breakfast!  Till next time!

 

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What is it lately with everyone's work life just being a dumpster fire?!?!?!  UGH!!

 

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Hang in there lady, sweet sweet weekend is coming soon!!!

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All righties folks!  I think I got to a good point with Guyver 3!  Not the most creative pose and I'm using a lot of references, but so far I'm liking how it's coming out!  The helm took me a long..long time but I think now that I have that done, everything else should fall into place.

 

So here is Agito aka Guyver 3:

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A lot more work to do but the detailed sketch should be done over the weekend and maybe the inking as well!  Yay!!!

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