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Journal Entry: Fri Apr 17, 2009, 11:13 PM

ACCD Term I Vanquished

My first term at Art Center is complete. When I took classes at the local community college, I never finished any of my assignments and played hooky more often than not, so I was worried that I'd have a hard time taking school seriously here. However, I completed every assignment and only missed one class session. I'm not sure what my grades are, but at least I know I did it and I didn't give up.

The entire experience so far has been frustrating. I'm not the type that likes to be told what to draw, and I never take deadlines seriously enough. I dunno though. Out of nowhere, I've got this drive to just take off. I don't know if it's my obligation to make Ian proud anymore, either. That's definitely what got me to apply for scholarships and get into the classes, but now I think I'm running on my own legs. So anyway, I got all of my assignments done on time, I made a handful of friends, and it was really depressing to leave class on Wednesday night, even if immediately after, I went to an amaaaazing Bloc Party concert at the Hollywood Palladium. <333 I would listen to Bloc Party to help me focus on my homework, so seeing them in concert was a nice way to finish of the term.

But yeah, here I am. Being thrown into a mix of hundreds of people far more talented than I thought I could ever be made me realize how much more I have to learn, how much more climbing I have to do, but most importantly, it gave me an idea of exactly where I want to be headed. Now that I know what I want, the hard part is over. I just need to make it happen.


The most important thing I've learned at school so far is that in order to become a successful illustrator, you can't just draw pretty things. You have to market yourself effectively or nobody is even going to know about your pretty drawings, and I've been doing a horrrrible job at it. I don't update my site enough, and Pon and Zi are mixed in with my other illustration here. My deviantART,, my Artician account, and my neglected LiveJournal are far from organized and anything but synchronized. I'm not the smartest person when it comes to all of that stuff, but I just learned how to use RSS feeds to synchronize my blog across all of my websites. So now, at least when I blog, visitors won't have to run through each of my profiles to get all of the information about something I'm doing.

Since I began my stay at deviantART so unorganized, there are people here who added me to keep track of Pon and Zi, and there are people who haaate Pon and Zi but added me to keep track of my other stuff. I can't cleanly remove either from my gallery here, so this page is going to be a messy combination of both. My Artician account is new, and it's not going to have anything to do with Pon and Zi. I'm in the process of making only for Pon and Zi. I'll be using RSS to thread my Livejournal through both sites, so the blog section of each site will have updates that cover everything.

So once I upload more to my Artician account, I'll post a link here in case any of you are interested in taking a look. Keep an eye on the homepage at to see if I've updated the site there. I'll be taking all of the blogs I've posted there down, and they'll be replaced with Livejournal blogs that are yet to be written. : B So yeah. Updates are coming.

New PonComics

By the way, I have TWENTY-TWO new PonComics waiting to release at the conventions I'll have booths at in the upcoming months. <333


Oh yeah. In addition to having a synchronized blog between all of my sites, I'm adding a video blog page to

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MoorePhotography Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Good luck with further terms, Its good you know where you're going, I hope you get there. You're inspiring, and I hope you go far!
-a random fan. <3
Love-Deception-Hurt Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
I don't even know how to ask this, in fact, i don't even know what i want to ask.

How have you gotten so good at what you do?
aznboardergirl Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
yayy school can really be a life changing experience :D
good luck with all the administration over your multiple accounts (:
TheHammster Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
i live in pasadena now with my rents

we should hang out next time you have school
azuzephre Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Student
I'm taking the semester off, but Pasadena is like 15 minutes away and I'm there all the time.

Texxxt meeee if you're bored and want to get food or hang out on Colorado or something.
TheHammster Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
i'm out of school, out of a job, and live with my parents. i'm always bored hahah
azuzephre Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Student
They moved there from Missouri?

I'm out of school, but I work fulltime and do illustration sidework (crazyyyy), so I'm kind of busy, but still able to hang out. Just let me know.

: )
Misterstix66 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
Twenty two? Holy sh*t Azu, can't wait. Good luck with the the Art Centre thingamagiggy! :iconhitlerwtfplz:
VCrooks Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
oh woe is me, how i turn green with envy. grrrr.

i'm glad to hear you're doing well in school and taking it seriously. i know exactly how you feel, when i started out in animation i was really freaking out thinking "i'm not good enough, everyone else is soooo much better than me". then i eventually stopped comparing myself to others and realized how well i can do on my own, as long as i stay motivated.
good luck with the whole organizational shenannigans.
kimcheese Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Yay, congrats!!! I'm so happy for you :D
HollyPacheco Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Can't wait to see the new Pon & Zi at Anime Expo!!!
creatures-third Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
:clap: Sincerest congrats! Anticipating what's to come. :D
OrangeTablet Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
oh school~

yeah, I know what you mean. I'm very unorganized when it comes to art and stuff as well, but then again you do it for a living and I do not XD

but as always good luck and have fun!
ElaclairesSkies Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Your words are truly inspiring azu :heart:
12hc12 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Good job with your first term! :thumbsup: I don't know you, personally, but I'm pretty proud. Keep up the great work; it's nice to hear that you're improving (and moving on from the past--that's a big step)! Congratulations on all the success thus far. (:
oNiMafia Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
bloc party+amazingness thats how i get thru the day too
lonino75 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
hmmm. a band i have not yet had a chance to listen to. hmmmm. very interesting. they are probally very good if you litsen to them, eh?
Sighz-no-name Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is awesome! :)
sw0rd0fm3m0ri3s Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
congrats~ * ^ *
Sheledriia Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can use the collections function to make things more organized here. I don't know if anyone suggested it yet, but it's a thought.
Ariel523 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
How are you affording Art Center?

I wanted to go to Laguna, which is 5k less per semester and I can't afford it at all.
azuzephre Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Student
Scholarships. : B I have a friend who goes to Laguna, and she likes it.

I, however, like Art Center very very much <3333
Ariel523 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
I got a friend in Laguna too.

I tried scholarships, but alot are based off of financial need, and I don't qualify for any of it. >:

I wasn't all too impressed with Art Center. I just wasn't. And don't they require originals for the portfolio? I hate that. I refuse to give originals. >:
azuzephre Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Student
They prefer originals, but will accept prints and slides. : )

I don't qualify for scholarships based off financial need either, but there are TONS of portfolio-based ones that are easy to get. : )
Ariel523 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
I've never seen them. Do you have a site you can recommend that I can find them at?
Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
congratulations, and good luck, i hope it goes well!
Sapphire911 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Congrats on all your success hun! :)
Doodlz18 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009   Artist
big congratz to yaz :clap:
cant wait for more Pon and Zi
bobbeh-monster Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
heee, It sounds like things are really looking up for you :) That's pretty sweet.
Keep it up :D
Jadie-Jade-plz Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fanime... I wish I could go but it's too far awaaay D:

Consider coming down to Texas for a con? I would definitely go, just to see your works. Gah I really wanna go see you but I'm too young to go to Cali by myself and I doubt my mom would take me just so I could meet the creator of Pon and Zi...

Ah well... I'll buy a T-Shirt at the next Con I go to..

AVerySmallWish Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Congrats on your success! I hope you can succeed even further!
PixlPhantasy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations with your schooling thus far. Keep up the attitude, never stop learning and you'll go many places. Pon and Zi are great but don't let your other work go unnoticed either. It's all very good. :)
StruckByEros Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Student General Artist
Work and no play,
Yeah same here, its the way things go.
I am happy for you Jeff that things went well, such a nice guy like yourself (so I've seen so far) deserves a good future.
I wish you the best in that future, as I always do.

Enjoy a bit of downtime.

LeGnome Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
congrats! you have excellent ideas! good luck!
SDouville Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Student Photographer
I like the idea that your DA account may be, as you call it yourself, "a messy combination of both" Pon&Zi and other stuff. In my sens I don't thin it is that messy. It's just like an online portfolio or more accuratly a showcase of mostly everyhing you do. It could be a great portal to your other sites.

Anyway I'm just saying that By the way. And sorry for the poor english :)
TyronT3 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Student Filmographer
That is cool...

irishais Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
That's great to hear that you're doing well! We're all pulling for you here. You have serious drive and dedication, so you'll do just fine.

Also, what's the link to your RSS feed? I'd like to put you on my LJ watch list.
Benevolin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
i'm glad you're doing so well at school! and the little bits of insight are really helpful too- i'm thinking of studying illustration and i was looking at your school's program too, so i'd love to see what your work was like for that first term :)
uniquely-twiggy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
That's great news! I'm glad things are looking up a bit. Just one little question, I'm not sure if anyone asked: so this sites going to have the combination of all your work right?
azuzephre Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Student
Yes, deviantART will have both. I might make some posts exclusively on or at Artician, but yes. : B

random-is-life Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Just a question, have you ever considered coming up to London for the MCM Expo they run every May and October? Ive been to one before and plan on going to the one in May this year, and I'm pretty sure you could do well to sell your Pon & Zi things, as well as lots of others. There's always a few comic artists selling things there, but the majority of people would probably prefer your things, to be honest. :giggle: Plus, there's always a butt load of people there over the weekend it runs, that much is for sure.
Just a thought, and I wish you good luck with everything~
Calefacto Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
conventions! D:
Too bad I live... like, far far away .__.

but I bought one of your fabulous T-shirts<3

Thanks for making them and good luck! : D
ChibiDyne Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
thanks for the insight! i've been a little headstrong, thinking that everyone will see my talents or abilities and automatically want me. i guess you really do have to market yourself in a way to be likable, and not just hoped to be liked.
SelenaMoon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Wow. I think this entry really helped rethink what I want for my future. I'd like to take creative writing, but I despise word limits with a burning hatred. Also, I have no organizational skills. At all.
EternalilSasami Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
I can help but read in one of the comments that you're going to be at Fanime. Oh my gosh, I REALLY don't want to sound stalker-ish or if I'm coming on too strong, I'm so sorry but I been wanting to meet you since forever (now that sound really bad). I'm a big fan of your work....AHHHHH damn I don't know how to make myself sound less of a crazy fangirl...seriously if I ever see you I might just giggle and run away XD.

I...I don't know how to express how excited I am that you're going to be be at fanime. I'm usually at fanime. A couple of years back I wanted to go to Anime expo to meet you when I discover your works, but BIG convention scared me, I can't stand crowed room and places. I will be really looking forward to meeting you at fanime if your not freak out by this comment yet. And if you don't mind I was wondering if you're going to be a table for the artist alley at fanime or not?
azuzephre Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Student
Mmhmmm, I'll be in the Artists Alley at Fanime, but in the Exhibit Hall with a huge booth at AX.

You muuuuust stop by the table and say hello. I'm friendly. : B
EternalilSasami Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
But of course, I wouldn't miss it for the world. Meeting you will be totally going to be one of my highlight this year at fanime.

It's like a dream come true XD!!!
StrangeAndILikeIt Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
YES. I love youuu. Amazingness~ :D
ladyleyleybug Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
I'm glad everything is going so well for you. :)
You are amazing. :heart:
Kuro-Mizu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Student General Artist
You went to a bloc party concert.

I Freaking hate you! Bloc party is pretty much epic win! I <3 them!
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