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Journal Entry: Tue Aug 12, 2014, 5:24 PM
This is gonna be super late going up 'cause I typed this in Hong Kong last week on my iPad... and you know how wonky DA is on mobile... Also it was almost 11 when I typed this so... I was kinda delirious.

Uhhh I guess it all started when I started using the internet pretty extensively back in 2007-ish, I believe? I didn't have an actual tablet back then, just this weird sensor that came with this pen that tracks your markings. I think I just made an account and noticing that no one really favorited or liked my drawings and I just used it more to track artists that I looked up to.

I dunno what exactly made me want to start posting art again, maybe getting into The Neverhood fandom...? But a friend from middle school/high school used Sharpies for her art and I started following her. I dunno, definitely not my best stuff, but at least I drew and kept going.

No, wait, THIS is Soot by pickles-4-nicklesOperatorPlaysALittlePingPong by pickles-4-nickles

I actually started Soot in the 8th grade, but it wasn't until 2010 that I started what I guess you could call the "definitive webcomic" version. As a webcomic that I just had to keep chugging along with, it definitely helped me improve my art a lot. I used to do a butt ton of stories before my time on DA, but they were really short stories and I had never really put an extensive amount of effort into them as I have with Soot. It's really awesome to see how far I've come with the comic.

Irascible by pickles-4-nicklesSerpentine by pickles-4-nicklesBlind Pallid Page 21 by pickles-4-nicklesAmbros Page 4 by pickles-4-nickles

Joining PMD-E and PMDU was one of the best things I did. I learned a lot about working with deadlines and the prompts really got my creative juices flowing. I also got to meet a ton of really awesome artists!

PMD-E: Welcome Back by pickles-4-nicklesPMD-E Tasks: Chop Chops by pickles-4-nicklesPMD-U: Don't Yolk With Me, Man by pickles-4-nicklesPMDU: Substituents Page 6 by pickles-4-nickles

The fandoms I've been a part of over the years have really shaped my style. I used to be really into Adventure Time in high school (I mean, I still am, but I don't really have time for TV anymore, bleh), I got into The Behemoth's games as I transitioned to college, and now I'm into Shovel Knight. Um, I guess it's not super DA related, but since we're talking about improvement and stuff, I just wanna say...

Originally, I tried to emulate each one of these styles to a "T," but... I mean, it looks kinda weird and wonky when you do that because... you're trying to be someone you're not. I mean, yeah, you can "copy" or "steal" all you want at first, but... try not to stay like that forever. I mean, like, don't trace art and post it, and if your art looks same-y at first, don't worry about it. Just work towards molding your art into something unique and different!

Raise the Curtains by pickles-4-nicklesJust Run Like You Have Diarrhea... by pickles-4-nicklesHalf of No Quarter by pickles-4-nicklesPokeddexy 2013: December 31 by pickles-4-nickles

Presently, I'm more active on Tumblr just because it's much easier to upload doodles and works that I like but aren't 100% polished, but if I ever come up with something I'm very proud of, it'll definitely go here! I'm currently trying to figure out an easier way to post Soot comics 'cause I know reading comics on DA isn't the easiest... and although I'm not completely sure where the comic's going, I'll still give it my all! I'm also working on another comic concept that I'm going to try to plan way more thoroughly than Soot.

And to my watchers, thanks for sticking with me! Although I may not have as many as the super famous artists, it's still great to know that people out there like my work! Thanks for all your support! C:

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Hey people of the internets! I'm pickles-4-nickles, but you can just call me Pickles. I'm shy, Chinese, and I love cartoons and video games. As you've probably noticed already, I'm working on a webcomic, but sometimes I draw some fanart here and there. Anyway, have a look around and thanks for stopping by!

By the way, I'm also a Biology major with lots of work to do and a part-time job! So, if there's a dry spell of art, which is... pretty much all the time, actually... Do not fret! It's just me studying religiously.

I read all the comments you guys leave me! If I don't answer, I'm really bad at socializing and I just don't know what to say. But believe me when I say I appreciate all your feedback! C:

Also! I've been seeing lots of people reposting my work without my permission! If you want to use my stuff please ask me first! Thank you!


YouTube: I occasionally post LPs and stuff there!
Tumblr: I'm more active on Tumblr, actually. I post lots of doodles and fanart!



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gsd4321 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Artist
What up, Awesome artwork you got there if I haven't said it yet ;)
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ionthehedgehog2 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
buckle your pants
Red-Rat-Writer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Do you have your comics hosted somewhere else, like Taptastic?
It's kind of annoying to read comics on the DA
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WandaTheFlyingFox287 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heart Heart Hello ! I want to tell you something Pickles-4-Nickles ...... YOUR ART IS TOTALLY AWESOME Explode la plz ! I love your De Blob 2 let's plays ( Yeah ,I'm a fan of that game and I have it X3 ) and the most your De Blob 2 fan artNeko Emoji-37 (Yay) [V2] ! Keep going to draw it :D (Big Grin) ! And of course , if you want to ask me on that , feel free to do that , it's nice to meet you anyway :aww: Heart Heart 
CynderActualDragon1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi there! I must say your art is really good!, I love how you did comics! The characters are really interesting....
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breadstiix Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student General Artist
sorry for mentioning you so much / w \
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Blu-Elemental-Dragon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow! How have I not seen your work!? This is awesome! I gotta take some time to look at this!
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P0LITICALLYINC0RRECT Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey what program do you use to draw your comics?
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PLASTIC-ROBOT-COMIC Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for visiting my page. I really like your work.
SDjulianna Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Remember me?....
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