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Sophie-Lou

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About me

I am an English graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London. Hobbyist writer and artist, I have been particularly active fandom in the past although not any more. My spare time involves writing, drawing, watching, reading and playing Pokemon. I also collect the cards as well as play the games.

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Manga Studio Stamp by 6syker6 :thumb98874067: Wacom User :stamp: by Amblygon Having big boobs.... by prismpower23 I HEART comments by IridescentStardust Stamp: Nuzlocke Challenge Love by starfire-wolf I support writing English by FragileReveries Eevee Stamp by Heart-Stamp CCS- Kero stamp by Kaze-yo Sakura x Syaoran by azianwolfdoll I appreciate all support :D by Timesplitter92 Pikachu Palooza by azianwolfdoll True Artist Stamp by chibibarrage Snivy Stamp by Claws14 Marriland Fan Stamp by Conspicio Carrot x Peach by Marlenesstamps Apricot x Lettuce by Marlenesstamps Serperior Stamp by LaArka Girl Gamer Stamp by Eisoptrophobic Meowstic Fan Stamp (Female) by Skymint-Stamps Sycamore Fan Stamp by Skymint-Stamps Aurorus Fan Stamp by Skymint-Stamps Sylveon/Ninfia Stamp by Heart-Stamp Snivy Stamp by Heart-Stamp Eevee by Marlenesstamps Sylveon by Marlenesstamps Reshiram by Marlenesstamps Gardevoir Stamp by Volmise Espeon Stamp by PFV0-Stamp Vaporeon Stamp by PFV0-Stamp TRC - First scene - stamp by sam-ely-ember Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 5 by princess-femi-stamps Get Over It by h-irsch Equestria Faction Stamp by genkistamps Honesty Stamp by genkistamps MLP: Friendship is Magic Stamp by ecokitty Animated Merlin stamp by RavenclawMerlinFan Objection Stamp by Busiris The Procrastination Stamp by Busiris PW - Phoenix X Maya Stamp by Immortalmirror
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Harvest Moon: Taylor (OC) by Sophie-Lou
Harvest Moon: Taylor (OC)
I have been playing a lot of Harvest Moon: A New Beginning lately, and I just randomly drew my OC farmer girl. Typically I tried to make her as girlie as I could, completely unsuited for farm life. I just get this impression that she grew up in the city, eldest of a large family and she got sent by her father to run the farm because "If you don't, who else will?"

For the style, I decided to try something different as everyone has been advising me. It was sketched out in pencil, inked by hand, then scanned and coloured in Manga Studio. Basically, I tried a more block shade instead of the usual watercolours I employ. I might try and make a watercolour version of this later if I have time.
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Scarlett's Run: Re-doing Scarlett in the Dreamyard by Sophie-Lou
Scarlett's Run: Re-doing Scarlett in the Dreamyard
This is the first line of panels that (would/should) appear in the continuation of Scarlett's Run. This is a complete re-design of how Scarlett appeared in the first panel line as I really, really hated the original (which you can compare on stash):

Scan 2014-7-27 0002 by Sophie-Lou

In this re-edit I have brought Scarlett back in line with how my art had been looking lately. Her design has always blended between bottom lashes/no bottom lashes even on close ups but now I have favoured drawing characters with fuller eyes if it is a close-up facial shot. So, being in an art-slump, I re-edited the second panel.

There is a complete-ish (in that the panels are done) below what it shown here but anyone who has read my last two journal entries:

Lack of ActivityAlthough most of you likely won't see or read this, I feel I owe it to the few who will to explain my lack of decent activity lately. There is no beating around the bush with it -- I have been very down.
It is a slump that I cannot shake and I feel miserable in my own skin right now. Usually drawing, writing stories, making anything that is fun and pretty can me feel better but... everything I do feels awful. I know every artist looks at another person's work and thinks: "How can I ever match that?" I feel this way, I always have but it feels worse now. Everything I do is just bad, even the ones that take ages to finish. I can't produce work quickly or effectively and I hate it.
Other people - all of you - can create things so much cleaner and prettier than anything I have in a long while. Looking over my gallery there was only a few I can honestly say I felt was the best of my abilities... and even then I am bothered by the imperfections. I wish myself to get better b
  What's Been Going OnSo I know that a lot of you must have seen my journal entry last week and thought, "What the heck is up with Sophie-Lou?!" I want to thank those of you who commented, and I understand if some of you looked at it and thought, "I have nothing to saying/Can't deal with this right now." Truth is that my frustration and tears was only partly to do with my art work and chiefly to do with my my own state of mind lately. I'll just quickly tell you the background of that:
I suffer from Anxiety and have done since I was about seventeen. When I was eighteen in my final year of university, my doctor put me on medication and it worked right up until last year. In September 2013, however, my mother died suddenly and unexpectedly and since then I have felt kinks appear in my mood's stability. My mother and I were very, very close and to say she was my best friend is an understatement. To have lost her the way I did, not really getting to say goodbye, kills me even as I types it now. It is an issue I


...will know that I have been struggling for a variety of reasons in my art and in general. I actually completed all the initial artwork for what should be Issue 10 back in May but I never got it done due to one reason or another. I have also been debating on whether to continue drawing out Scarlett's Run or changing it into a written-locke (or whatever the term should be) and drawing up only key events to go with what is written down.

You can read more about my debate about how to change the series for the best here:

Scarlett's Run: Art, Future and VisionIt has taken me a while to really sit down and take a moment to write this journal entry as I have been struggling with on-off illness, both mental and physical. Today was no exception but that is a story for another time.
Straight away I want to assure you all this is not a discontinuation post. I am not abandoning or ending Scarlett's Run. This entry also features redesigns and drawings for a future issue... so spoilers.
Recently I have been thinking about Scarlett's Run. It is a project I have been putting thought, time and planning into for a very, very long time. At first it was just an experiment to see if I could draw the comic style. While I was still finding my muse, every page felt like an achievement. Now I look back on them, they simply don't feel good. I have seen what so many of you other Nuzlockers have created and I know that even at the standard my art is right now, I just cannot keep up.
What this ultimately comes down to is lack of confide
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So I know that a lot of you must have seen my journal entry last week and thought, "What the heck is up with Sophie-Lou?!" I want to thank those of you who commented, and I understand if some of you looked at it and thought, "I have nothing to saying/Can't deal with this right now." Truth is that my frustration and tears was only partly to do with my art work and chiefly to do with my my own state of mind lately. I'll just quickly tell you the background of that:

I suffer from Anxiety and have done since I was about seventeen. When I was eighteen in my final year of university, my doctor put me on medication and it worked right up until last year. In September 2013, however, my mother died suddenly and unexpectedly and since then I have felt kinks appear in my mood's stability. My mother and I were very, very close and to say she was my best friend is an understatement. To have lost her the way I did, not really getting to say goodbye, kills me even as I types it now. It is an issue I do not want to go over again now, however, as even thinking too much about it is too painful. So I will leave it at that.

Then in May 2014 I found out that my ex-boyfriend, who I parted with on good terms but we agreed not to speak, died in a car crash a month before hand before his brother finally found a way to contact me (as my ex had deleted my number). I took it fairly well but finding out about it really brought it back to me how sad I was when I lost my mother.

I have bumbled through the last couple of months fairly well but now, over the last month or so, everyone has commented on my erratic moods and behaviours. Last week, it reached its peak as I suffered two panic attacks in as many days and have broken down in tears more times than I care to count. My manager, my assistant manager and my supervisor all commented on my behaviour and said they were worried about me. I went back to the doctor. I have been given additional medication and have been put on the waiting list to receive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as being put down to attend a lecture-style session for five weeks to keep my occupied as I wait for a councilor to become available.

That is the state of affairs as it is. I have no idea where I go from here. I am due to go back to work (My boss gave me a week's holiday to get myself some help) this coming Monday and I am terrified of becoming a burden. My doctor is not all that sympathetic to my situation (and it is not hard to see why as she must deal with many people giving her sob stories etc.) and I find it hard to express my feelings whenever I go and see her so I'm pretty certain she finds it hard to gage my state. This is mainly due to an irrational phobia I have of the doctors.

tl;dr - I suffer from anxiety and I have been in a very bad place lately for a variety of reasons.

Never before has it bothered my art before. I have always been able to do solitary pursuits happily but now I have been struggling. Really struggling. It is mainly due to no being as good as I want to be but also due to the mental block I have between my hands and the page. I cannot produce anything worth while on the tablet - it has to be a pencil drawing now. The tablet pen is too clunky so I don't feel comfortable drawing from scratch with it anymore. I can colour (when it formats) but nothing else too detailed. So I draw and scan... which works for me.

The trouble now is this: what to draw? Seriously, if you have suggestions post them below or to my tumblr. It's just to help me through the slump I am stuck in. I'm going to try and post a couple of things I have already done but... please bear with me.
PWAA: Sailor Moon (Maya) by Sophie-Lou
PWAA: Sailor Moon (Maya)
Someone a while ago dared me to draw an Ace Attorney character as a Sailor Senshi, so here it is. This was originally a pencil sketch that I inked by hand, scanned and then added glow layers for colour (not unlike I did with PWAA: Warriors of Justice (AU)).
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So I know that a lot of you must have seen my journal entry last week and thought, "What the heck is up with Sophie-Lou?!" I want to thank those of you who commented, and I understand if some of you looked at it and thought, "I have nothing to saying/Can't deal with this right now." Truth is that my frustration and tears was only partly to do with my art work and chiefly to do with my my own state of mind lately. I'll just quickly tell you the background of that:

I suffer from Anxiety and have done since I was about seventeen. When I was eighteen in my final year of university, my doctor put me on medication and it worked right up until last year. In September 2013, however, my mother died suddenly and unexpectedly and since then I have felt kinks appear in my mood's stability. My mother and I were very, very close and to say she was my best friend is an understatement. To have lost her the way I did, not really getting to say goodbye, kills me even as I types it now. It is an issue I do not want to go over again now, however, as even thinking too much about it is too painful. So I will leave it at that.

Then in May 2014 I found out that my ex-boyfriend, who I parted with on good terms but we agreed not to speak, died in a car crash a month before hand before his brother finally found a way to contact me (as my ex had deleted my number). I took it fairly well but finding out about it really brought it back to me how sad I was when I lost my mother.

I have bumbled through the last couple of months fairly well but now, over the last month or so, everyone has commented on my erratic moods and behaviours. Last week, it reached its peak as I suffered two panic attacks in as many days and have broken down in tears more times than I care to count. My manager, my assistant manager and my supervisor all commented on my behaviour and said they were worried about me. I went back to the doctor. I have been given additional medication and have been put on the waiting list to receive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as being put down to attend a lecture-style session for five weeks to keep my occupied as I wait for a councilor to become available.

That is the state of affairs as it is. I have no idea where I go from here. I am due to go back to work (My boss gave me a week's holiday to get myself some help) this coming Monday and I am terrified of becoming a burden. My doctor is not all that sympathetic to my situation (and it is not hard to see why as she must deal with many people giving her sob stories etc.) and I find it hard to express my feelings whenever I go and see her so I'm pretty certain she finds it hard to gage my state. This is mainly due to an irrational phobia I have of the doctors.

tl;dr - I suffer from anxiety and I have been in a very bad place lately for a variety of reasons.

Never before has it bothered my art before. I have always been able to do solitary pursuits happily but now I have been struggling. Really struggling. It is mainly due to no being as good as I want to be but also due to the mental block I have between my hands and the page. I cannot produce anything worth while on the tablet - it has to be a pencil drawing now. The tablet pen is too clunky so I don't feel comfortable drawing from scratch with it anymore. I can colour (when it formats) but nothing else too detailed. So I draw and scan... which works for me.

The trouble now is this: what to draw? Seriously, if you have suggestions post them below or to my tumblr. It's just to help me through the slump I am stuck in. I'm going to try and post a couple of things I have already done but... please bear with me.

Journal History

How are you liking the recent mixed-media art pieces I have been posting recently? 

89%
8 deviants said Just as good as previous fully digital art pieces
11%
1 deviant said Better than previous fully digital art pieces
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No deviants said Not as good as previous fully digital art pieces

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Aikotchi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
come to say hi!(easier to comment here XD
btw I really love the way you draw eyes, beautiful~
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Sophie-Lou Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Sometimes drawing eyes is about the only thing I feel I can draw I think I've fainted. 
So it's always nice to hear people like them. 
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RedDiamondUmbreon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
fadklfhdklsfldsjklsdajfl!!!!!!!!

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tAll3Shyguy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday. 
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Fluffypuppy77 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HARPY BIRD DAY!!!!!
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DarkDragone55 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Happy Birthday, hope you have a great day. :party::cake:
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Sophie-Lou Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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lolzwaitwhat Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!!Free Avatar - CupTardCake KimRaiFan's Bday Cake OMG CAKE 
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Sophie-Lou Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :) xx
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RobbyCobalt Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Happy birthday! Have a good one on me!
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