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About Digital Art / Professional Premium Member Amy Wu Donovan23/Female/United States Groups :iconpokemon-of-avalon: Pokemon-of-Avalon
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Quick Life Update

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:07 AM

Hey guys, and thanks for the birthday wishes! It was very nice to see that so many of you still active and doing well~.

Anyway, like it implies in the title, just a few things going on in my life. Mostly I'd been playing Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (woo~) for the past two months!! (And beating a Pokemon game only takes like a few days, by contrast.) Man, that game takes soooooooo long for me to accomplish everything I want in it, but at the same time, it can be so addicting... Thankfully, I think I'm finally almost done with it, so that's good, as it'll allow me to focus on other more comics of it. XD

Also, I have a part time job now, so that's awesome. Since I've been making a lot more money at that than at say, commissions, I think I can push that journal aside for now, but at least have a link for it for anyone who's interested. 

Hm, I dunno...I feel like I'm at that point in my life where I'm pretty satisfied with how things are going. Yet at the same time, I know there are other goals I can easily work towards, like finding an even better job (supposedly), and trying to think of which idea would make for the best original story that I can work on. Yeah, I know I said that one of my goals was to make an original comic story, but it's been proving difficult for me to decide on a storyline that I'll really go with, as I keep second-guessing myself as to whether it'll even be entertaining/good, and/or I lose motivation, and...well, the list goes on. Right now, I was thinking about going with a storyline that lasts only one book, or heck, maybe even start an original version of a 4-panel gag comic series. I seem to be good at that stuff, or at least really enjoy drawing them, and I thought I'd never say that! All I know is that going with what I am truly the most motivated for is usually the best course of action.

Oh yeah, I recently saw the Diancie movie, and, while the princess herself as well as her Carbink butlers were cute, the rest of the Makes me want to try and write my own version of the plotline to see how that turns out. I actually did this before with the Arceus movie, renaming it "Sheena and the Jewel of Life", so it would be interesting to see how this re-imagining compares with the previous one. Probably I might make it a prose-with-pictures sort of deal like I did with In the Shadow of the Empress, because I'm impatient like that when it comes to story ideas. XD If I go with this, it'll either be before or after the next wave of Harvest Moon comics.

Hopefully, I'll never have to play a game so insanely long again. XD But still, for what it was worth, I really enjoyed it, and I was glad I was able to experience the game series today. I'm sure I wouldn't have appreciated it nearly as much even just a few years back as I do now.

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Journal History


Amy Wu Donovan
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Hi, I’m Amy, and I’m an extremely active member AND admin of the group Pokemon-of-Avalon. I’m a comic artist who has been practicing since the age of 14, and I didn’t achieve my current speed until I was about 19, though I have been drawing all my life. Although Pokémon is but one of my favorite things, the sheer diversity of creatures in it, as well as the number of groups here on dA that have been created with a focus on creative storytelling, have made it so that the vast majority of my submissions have been Pokémon comics, pictures, and stories. Other franchises I like primarily include those of the science fiction genre, especially the Metroid series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Lilo and Stitch, Wall-E, Invader Zim, Ben 10, and other such things, though lately, I've also taken a liking to pretty much ANY good story, regardless of genre. But you rarely see art of those from me since it’s the Pokémon franchise that is by far the most suited to allowing you to create original characters in it. In particular, I like the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon style the best, not because of the mystery dungeon/guilds aspect of it, but because of the fact that Pokémon can talk and have personalities just as colorful and entertaining as people.

I actually have a crazy number of interests that aren't even begun to be listed, especially since I've started watching a lot of anime in recent years, so check out the "Interests" tab at the bottom of this spiel to see more. I also used to play video games a lot, but ever since I got into comic-making and storytelling, not so much anymore. Whenever my hands get tired, I either go running for 30 minutes to an hour at a time, or watch movies. I’m very much an introvert; whenever I’m by myself, I can concentrate for hours at a time and get stuff done.

Speaking of getting stuff done, I tend to submit a LOT of deviations in a very short time period compared to a lot of other people on this site, because I’m fast at art and tend to get a ton of story ideas at once. Only during those idea floods, though; all other times, there's no flood of art. You should also read ALL of the artist’s comments that I write on every deviation—though I tend to write a lot, they’re all full of useful factual information that reveals what usually goes on in my head when I’m writing and drawing these comics, pictures, and stories.

My current career goals right now include getting a job (any job that pays the bills that my skills are well-suited for, really) while continuing to do comics on the side as a hobby. Maybe later, I might consider graduate school in order to obtain some sort of job in graphic design. But if I can somehow obtain an actual job doing comics, that would be even better!

My storytelling style includes several prominent themes:

:bulletpink: Being suitable for all ages. For the most part. Originally starting out as a backlash against all the stuff that I realized that I didn’t like when I turned 13, the fact that making stories suitable for all ages will allow anyone to easily access it proved to be a powerful motivating factor, as well as allowing my work to stand out. And it's just a force of habit now, more or less. :lol: True, “all-ages” is a subjective term, but in general, you won’t see any blood, gore, or even any cuss words in my stories. Or if there are “cuss words”, they’re always either bleeped out like “@!#?$%” or with such euphemisms as “ZZZT”. (Note that since I've been testing out the romance genre as of late, there may be slight hints of adult themes now and again, but I strive to keep those as subtle as possible for the audience's sake.)

:bulletpink: Colorful characters. Now of course, ALL series have characters, but I like to make characters who have very diverse personalities, and if possible, have distinct speech patterns. This is an area which has drastically improved over my career as a storyteller; before, many of my characters pretty much acted like myself. Not so true today.

:bulletpink: Humor. My brain has a tendency to exaggerate story situations and character reactions to make situations hilarious, as well as looking into the personalities of the characters and figuring out what kinds of interactions are entertaining. Short stories and stories that don’t have any emotional or powerful themes in them tend to have such humor in sheer abundance to compensate.

:bulletpink: Emotional and powerful storylines. I might like comedy, but that’s not all my brain can dish out. My stories can be very, very dramatic, too. But I never, ever make my characters suffer true physical and emotional pain for no reason at all. Behind the pain, there is always a lesson behind it, and my stories, above all, serve to show everyone that, no matter how painful things get, it is possible to face the adversity, overcome it, and come out of it as a better person, stronger than you were before. I don’t know how many people facing difficulties in their lives who read my comics gain the courage to face them better, but if I can help even ONE person, then I’ll be happy.

:bulletpink: Diversity. While this might not have seemed as true in the past, nowadays, I don't like to limit myself to just being pigeonholed as being proficient in only the genre of "sci-fi manga aimed towards kids ages 8-12", at least in terms of what I am capable of. I like to experiment with as many story genres, inking styles, coloring styles, and if possible, pencilling styles to see what the effect of going with a new style has on conveying a story. However, I don't just strive for diversity in terms of stories and art; I also try to do my best to include diverse characters and/or species as possible, depending on the genre.

I now feel confident from all my experience in Pokemon RP groups to once again start creating original series! :D Though I still perform admin duties for Pokemon-of-Avalon and may do a bit of work for Auroris-OCT to experiment with new art styles. I look forward to improving my skills and seeing just how far I can go!

And though my financial situation is currently adequate, I can also take commissions from time to time for extra cash, just in case. An important point to know is that I only take payment in actual dollars; no points allowed (except for friends, as any and all points I receive will automatically go towards maintaining Pokemon-of-Avalon's super group status). Be sure to note me with exactly what you want, and wait for me to approve it before you send me the payment via Paypal.

More commission info here:

Stuff I despise: Any and all trollfaces, flagrant amounts of cursing, jerks, inappropriate material, inappropriate jokes, etc. I'll add more to this growing list of things to avoid whenever talking to me.

Oh, and one more thing... 日本語を分かりますよ。日本語もタイプすれば、自由に話しましょう!(I can understand Japanese, so if you can type it too, feel free to do so with me!)



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Yuzuyunoko Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Llama! :D -gives a llama in return;
SapphireMiuJewel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy (belated) Birthday!~ ^^

Hope your day be filled with wonderful memories!~
alexamary Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Happy Birthday :)
Winged-Wolf22TM Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student General Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU :iconlawooplz::iconmrsnezbitplz:
whmSeik Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday Amy!
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