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Astral S. Kepeire
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Hello I am Astral Kepeire

Pretty much all the art you get from me is going to be Zelda related, although I like some other things too.

Who cares about my interests, really.


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I've been meaning to write an update journal for forever and here's a good time to do it-- when it will surely get lost in a sea of other Easter journals :D

Anyway let's see what has changed since I last posted a journal.

I now have Medicaid. It's incredibly frustrating to work with but they would not let me have the same insurance as the rest of my family because I am a legal adult and as my own person I qualify for Medicaid therefore... I have to have it, apparently. They literally did not give me a choice. At least the copay on my medications is zero. I still miss my old psychiatrist, she was really nice. ._. 

School's been okay. I'm doing surprisingly well in my Art History course (if you're confused, there are two parts to it. the first one was prehistory to gothic, the second part is from there to the present). I have a different teacher this time around and even though I did terribly in all my previous online courses I'm doing great in this one.

The painting class I have (specifically, Survey of Painting Materials and Techniques) has been going well. We've done Glair and Egg Tempera and Indirect Oil Painting so far. Glair is painting using the white of egg as a medium, and was used in ancient times for manuscript illuminations. Egg Tempera uses the yolk of the egg as the medium, and requires many, many, many really tiny brush strokes in many layers. it is so frustrating oh my god especially since the paint dries so fast and you can't just add water to revive it you have to make a whole nother batch of paint. hence why it's good to make small batches of paint to begin with. What is astounding is that this technique was used for large altarpieces-- some of which were over 10 ft tall-- and the brush strokes were like... half a centimeter each, and there were like 7-14 layers. I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE HOW MANY EGGS GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THIS SHIT. Oil painting is way different, although there's still an underpainting done in earth tones like in the Tempera technique, it's so much smoother and less rushed because the paint takes a long time to dry. ... kind of too long, since once a glaze is put down you have to wait for it to dry before adding another, and that's several hours to a day. It's better than it used to be though, the original linseed oil they used took two weeks to dry. THAT is freaking nuts. I still have to finish my indirect oil painting, it's due Tuesday.

My Ethics class is doing well, sort of. I'm missing some assignments that I would like to catch up on today. My Digital Photography class is super stressful because of the looming final project that involves several photo outings. I'm going to make it work, though. I have to. Failure is not an option.

Speaking of which, I was chosen for and accepted into Phi Theta Kappa because my GPA is 3.5+ (okay it's 3.51 so just BARELY acceptable but at least I'm in.) My mom is super proud of me but I'm deathly worried that if my GPA drops they'll kick me out, though she seems pretty confident that I don't have to worry about that.

Non-school stuff... well outside of school I haven't had much time to art. Some, but not much. I still have chores and stuff to get done, as well as picking up my sister as usual. So yeah this means little to no social interaction... not that I had much to begin with anyways. 

Until next time which might not be until after the semester's over
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: A slurry of songs stuck in my head
  • Reading: SHOULD be reading The Moral Life
  • Playing: Ocarina of Time 3D MQ
  • Drinking: coffee

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Thanks a lot for your comment on my Link x Darklink FA ^^//
Astralstonekeeper Mar 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome uwu
Spiritleaf7 Mar 23, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav! :D
Astralstonekeeper Mar 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome ouo
RadicalRadio Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Faia-Ookami Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch!!
Astralstonekeeper Mar 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome ovo
Joe-Roberts Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
    Thanks for faving :)
Doctor Who by Joe-Roberts 
Astralstonekeeper Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome ~
KiraTheLunarChild Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the favorite on my Flare Dancer! :D It is greatly appreciated.
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