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  • Mood: Affection
  • Listening to: Dreams - Van Halen
  • Reading: All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Watching: The Game Chasers
  • Playing: Dragon's Crown, Project Diva F, Parasite Eve
Hey guys, I know I touched base upon some New Year's resolutions in my last journal post, but I thought I'd reply to my dear friend :iconcaellean:'s journal tag and compile a list of ten personal goals for the new year.

1. Manage my personal expenses better
2. Learn to stay positive in stressful situations
3. Get my driver's license before I start my volunteer service in the Peace Corps
4. Manage my time and plan out my days better (especially now since I have no school or work)
5. Help my mother and sister clean and refurnish our home, so my family can live more comfortably
6. Practice drawing more regularly
7. Practice cooking more regularly
8. Update here on DeviantArt more regularly
9. Contact all my distance friends and family more often
10. Practice my foreign languages more often

Of course, some of these goals are certainly more attainable than others, so this list is subject to change as the year goes on. :3 I intend to meet my New Year's goal of being more active on DA and replying to messages in a more timely fashion. Sorry I haven't responded to some of your guys' comment posts and replies lately, that actually correlates with my other goal of managing my time and scheduling my days better. I talked to another good friend of mine a few days ago, and he gave me some great advice on trying to schedule my days out and setting time aside for every activity I want to do. Here's hoping I follow through with that. :)

In other news, not much has been going on with me since I last updated. My part-time job at Target ended about two weeks ago, and no job of course means no money. :/ But on the plus side, working at Target kinda sucked, and now I have time to enjoy the start of the new year and continue my hobbies. :D In regards to my upcoming project in the Peace Corps, I'm happy to say that I got all my medical paperwork submitted, and now I just have to wait for the next step. In my last journal, I mentioned that I'm scheduled to take a foreign service exam to work in the U.S. Department of State. I'll take this exam two weeks from now, and I really need to study harder for it. Needless to say, I'm pretty nervous. :/

On a more positive note, I have some new drawings to submit soon, mostly more survival horror fan art. Some of you guys have been giving lots of inspiration lately, so hopefully I can contribute some more artwork for all the survival horror fans out there. I also have a ton of other ideas for new artwork. But first thing's first, I gotta focus on the important things in my life, mainly finding a job. I guess lately finding a job is what it all comes down to for me.

So that about covers all the recent events in my life. I should go to bed soon, so I'll check back tomorrow morning, and hopefully I'll get some new artwork up pretty soon. :)

Peace out!:peace:

-GL
  • Mood: Winter Downs
  • Listening to: Back Home by Andy Grammer
  • Reading: All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Watching: The Game Chasers
  • Playing: Siren: Blood Curse, Dragon's Crown, Silent Hill 3
  • Eating: Brezensemmel and Arabic chocolates
  • Drinking: Free Trade hot cocoa
I'd like to start off this journal post by wishing all you wonderful people a happy New Year!:party: 2014 has certainly been a very exciting and productive year for me. My biggest accomplishment of 2014 by far was graduating college last spring, and I was so lucky to end my college career on such a high note; I did so well in all my classes, and I was so lucky to have such a sweet international business instructor who worked with me on an independent research project and guided me like a real mentor should. But best of all, I had my family and all my friends at school support me during my final semester. Graduating from college turned out to be my ultimate goal for 2014, and I'm proud to say that this goal was accomplished!:phew: Unfortunately, I've spent most of the year struggling to find a job after college, and wasted so much time sitting at home. v_v The summer was long and grueling, but at least I was still able to relax and have fun with friends and family. Now, for the past six weeks, I've spent my time working for our local department store during a crazy holiday season. >_< I'm gonna be honest, most of the work involves janitorial tasks, and it really sucks. But I really can't complain, I've been able to earn some pocket money and buy gifts during the holiday season!^^ Overall my year ended on a highly positive note, especially since I was given this wonderful opportunity to work in the Peace Corps. Lately, I've been undergoing their strict medical screening process, and I had to do a very thorough physical. I'm not gonna go into too much detail, but I had to take a drug test, get my blood tested, get tested for tuberculous, and then had to get my blood drawn a second time because of a mistake our health center made, ugh. >.< Furthermore, I also have to go to the dentist again and get my teeth checked, and obtain all my dental records as well. I also had to submit a federal background check to ensure that I have no criminal history. It's been overwhelming, but in spite of that, the screening process has been pretty interesting! :XD: I just hope it all works out, the last thing I need is to get my volunteer service rejected because of some issue with paperwork. One last thing, I'm also scheduled to take a foreign service test, which can help me qualify to work internationally on behalf of the U.S. government, that would be a very nice career. :D

In regards to my activity as an artist and DA user, I wish I could have submitted more artwork within these past few months, but unfortunately I haven't had much motivation. Fortunately, I've made some wonderful new friends here over the past year that have given me so much support and helped to stimulate my creativity. I'd like to give a quick shout out to :iconherebedragons2014:, :iconlonelymori:, :iconbreakneckviolet:, :iconxyukicrossx:, :iconhaya1:, :iconshakahnna:, and :iconcashopeia: for becoming part of my DA family! I hope to stay in touch with each one of you and become close friends as I have with all my regular followers! :) To all my longtime friends and followers, I'm very happy that you all have stayed in touch with me for another year!:wave: I've unfortunately lost contact with some close friends over the years, and I'm very lucky to still have all you guys following me. With online friends, it can be hard to keep in touch, and as a result, some friends just come and go. :/ It's like my new pal Shak and I discussed recently, when we add someone to our +deviantwatch, we do it because we're interested in them as people, we consider it our token of friendship.

One last thing, since we're going in to the new year, I thought I'd mention my New Year's goals, that's always fun, right? xD First of all, I think it would be better to manage my personal expenses better (this should be easy for me since I can apply the concepts I learned through my accounting and financial management classes, haha yeah because that's what it takes right?? xD). I should also try to be more positive, not that I'm an overly negative person, but sometimes it's so easy to get overwhelmed with negative feelings, so we all gotta stay positive even in those trying situations. Lastly, I really should get my driver's license soon; unlike most American teenagers, I didn't start driving until I was 19, and I haven't had any opportunities to obtain my license until recently, and I really should do that before I start working in the Peace Corps. x'D If any one of you beautiful people have any New Year's resolutions or goals, feel free to share, I'd love to hear them! :)

I figured I'd take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy New Year and give you guys an update on the events in my life. I'm happy to say that my seasonal part-time job ends this weekend, so I should have more free time after that. Hopefully I can use that time to get some of these new drawings finished! :hmm: Now I have to think about finding a new part-time job afterwards, haha. xD Oh well, at least there will be more time to relax, draw, and play games!:w00t:

Alright, it's really late, I had a long day, and I'm exhausted as hell.:faint: Take care guys, I love you all! :thanks: I'm so happy right now. :)

-GL
(Your pal Val)
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
  • Listening to: Holiday by the Bee Gees
  • Reading: All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Watching: Lucio Fulci's Zombie
  • Playing: Siren: Blood Curse, Dragon's Crown, Silent Hill 3
  • Eating: Christmas cookies
  • Drinking: egg nog
Well friends, it's that time of the year. The winter holidays are among us, and the year slowly draws to a close. :phew: I must say, it's been very productive but somewhat chaotic in the past few weeks for me leading up to Christmas. As I mentioned in my last journal post, I've been working at Target for the holiday season, and it's been an... Enriching experience to say the least (okay, I'll be honest, it really sucks :XD:). But on a more positive note, I'm very happy to have this job opportunity, and my seasonal employment ends after next week. Furthermore, I've made a fair amount of holiday cash over the past few weeks, so I've been happy to have a source of income again. :) Hopefully I can find another job when my employment ends, a buddy of mine is trying to help me get one, we'll have to wait and see...

Anyway, I'm proud to say that this is my tenth Christmas as an active artist on DeviantArt! :D It's too bad I didn't have the time or motivation to make a holiday picture for you all.^^; However, I have been working on some new fan art lately, and hopefully that should be ready soon. But speaking of fan art, I've been inspired so much from one of my most favorite games lately, that being Silent Hill 3. I've actually been replaying that one recently, and the more I think about it, the more it actually ties into some of my fondest Christmas memories. Ten years ago, I was still a junior high school student and celebrated my first Christmas here on DA. I remember I played so much Halo 2 the night before Christmas, and my parents gave me such amazing presents that year; mom got me Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 3, and Final Fantasy X, three of my most favorite games on PS2.^^ But best of all, mom and dad also got me a new TV to play my games on. That was in 2004. Well, ten years later, I'm happy to say that I still use those Christmas gifts. I cherish all the little things my family has given me all these years, but more importantly, I cherish these wonderful Christmas memories I've made throughout my life. I'm so privileged to always get such nice gifts and to be spoiled by my family and friends! :'D Incidentally, my family and I will continue to enjoy presents and good food for Christmas this year.:excited: So, here's to ten Christmases on Deviantart!:holly::beer: On a side note, I'd love to give a quick shout out to my new friend :iconshakahnna: for getting me Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut on Steam!:w00t: I just love that game.

In all these years, I've made so many amazing friends along the way, and I wanted to wish you all a very fun and merry Christmas!:love: I love you guys, and I'm so grateful to have you all as friends!:thanks:

May the holidays bring warmth and joy to you and your families!:rose: Enjoy the rest of the year, guys! :)

-GL
(Your pal Val)
Knife Collection by GangsterLovin
Knife Collection
YAY POINTY OBJECTS!!

Hehe I thought I'd do something different this time, and share my knife collection for those who are intereted. Now for those of you who've known me for years, you all know that I really enjoy weapons (in the safest way possible that is). Now the funny thing is, I don't really consider myself a knife collector or go out of my way to acquire a new knife, but I think they're neat and cool to own (some of them I display and others I just keep as everyday tools respectively). Let's have a look! :D

From right to left, starting from the smallest:
- Mini balisong (otherwise known as a "butterfly knife," this was a parting gift from one of my closest friends from my high school rowing team before I went off to college)
- Spring-assisted pocket knife (another gift from the same friend that give me the balisong, the locking mechanism is a little clumsy but it's still pretty neat and useful as a letter opener)
- Folding knife (a cheap folding knife I bought at a small fair in South Dakota, for those of you who've played The Last of Us, I really like this one because it resembles the knife Ellie carries on her person :D)
- Hunting knife (a cheap hunting knife I bought at a novelty weapon shop in South Dakota, I'm not sure what the exact material its synthetic grip is made of, but it has a very strong smell)
-Heavy survival knife (a cool survival knife I found when I was in Colorado, it features a serrated back edge, and the holes are mainly for aesthetic appeal)
-"Life Saving" survival knife (another large knife I found when I was in Colorado, this one features a "Rambo-style" hollowed grip that houses a kit which contains a compass, matches, threat and needle, etc.)
- Ghurka kukri (my all-time favorite, this authentic handmade kukri knife was presented to me on my 20th birthday from a friend from Nepal, this knife came straight from Kathmandu and is exactly like the kind used by the famous Ghurka warriors)

Like I said, I don't really consider myself I knife collector, but I would really love to get an authentic M9 bayonet and a Filipino karambit some day!

Fun fact, my cheap hunting knife and "Life Saving" knife were both used in this old ID picture I took many years ago: In the Wilderness

I hope you guys enjoyed and learned something new about me! :) I'll get some new drawings posted as soon as I can.
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GangsterLovin
Silly bananas!
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I've been a fan and user of DeviantArt for over ten years now, and I'm proud to say that it's been a very enjoyable and positive experience. I don't like to consider myself a real artist, but I enjoy art and a bit of photography every now and then. I love using this website as an outlet for expressing whatever creativity I have, and as far as artwork goes, I can be very scattered-brained and will focus on drawing anything that gives me inspiration (and I mean ANYTHING!). Usually, I let me interests and other hobbies inspire my own artwork, and those hobbies would include video gaming (particularly retro and survival-horror games), movies, weapons (particularly firearms), anime, and cartoons. As a result, my art usually ranges from fan art, weapon and firearm designs, and my own original character art. I'm always humbled by people that add me as a friend, and I love making new friends around here! :)

Current Residence: Northern Virginia
Favourite genre of music: 80's pop/new wave, rock(punk/alternative/some metal), techno, country, some classical
Favourite style of art: Cutesy anime, or dark and twisted
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: I'm not too big into MP3 players
Shell of choice: M406 antipersonnel shells, M576 buckshot shells, M381 high-explosive shells, M397 airburst shells
Wallpaper of choice: Whatever I friggin' want it to be! D:<
Skin of choice: Does racial color really matter?
Favourite cartoon character: Applejack from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Bender from Futurama, Rick and Morty, oh and Bugs Bunny, just to name a few...
Personal Quote: "All it takes is all you got." - My high school coach
Interests
  • Mood: Affection
  • Listening to: Dreams - Van Halen
  • Reading: All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Watching: The Game Chasers
  • Playing: Dragon's Crown, Project Diva F, Parasite Eve
Hey guys, I know I touched base upon some New Year's resolutions in my last journal post, but I thought I'd reply to my dear friend :iconcaellean:'s journal tag and compile a list of ten personal goals for the new year.

1. Manage my personal expenses better
2. Learn to stay positive in stressful situations
3. Get my driver's license before I start my volunteer service in the Peace Corps
4. Manage my time and plan out my days better (especially now since I have no school or work)
5. Help my mother and sister clean and refurnish our home, so my family can live more comfortably
6. Practice drawing more regularly
7. Practice cooking more regularly
8. Update here on DeviantArt more regularly
9. Contact all my distance friends and family more often
10. Practice my foreign languages more often

Of course, some of these goals are certainly more attainable than others, so this list is subject to change as the year goes on. :3 I intend to meet my New Year's goal of being more active on DA and replying to messages in a more timely fashion. Sorry I haven't responded to some of your guys' comment posts and replies lately, that actually correlates with my other goal of managing my time and scheduling my days better. I talked to another good friend of mine a few days ago, and he gave me some great advice on trying to schedule my days out and setting time aside for every activity I want to do. Here's hoping I follow through with that. :)

In other news, not much has been going on with me since I last updated. My part-time job at Target ended about two weeks ago, and no job of course means no money. :/ But on the plus side, working at Target kinda sucked, and now I have time to enjoy the start of the new year and continue my hobbies. :D In regards to my upcoming project in the Peace Corps, I'm happy to say that I got all my medical paperwork submitted, and now I just have to wait for the next step. In my last journal, I mentioned that I'm scheduled to take a foreign service exam to work in the U.S. Department of State. I'll take this exam two weeks from now, and I really need to study harder for it. Needless to say, I'm pretty nervous. :/

On a more positive note, I have some new drawings to submit soon, mostly more survival horror fan art. Some of you guys have been giving lots of inspiration lately, so hopefully I can contribute some more artwork for all the survival horror fans out there. I also have a ton of other ideas for new artwork. But first thing's first, I gotta focus on the important things in my life, mainly finding a job. I guess lately finding a job is what it all comes down to for me.

So that about covers all the recent events in my life. I should go to bed soon, so I'll check back tomorrow morning, and hopefully I'll get some new artwork up pretty soon. :)

Peace out!:peace:

-GL

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Hybrid55555 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, man! :)
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Hybrid55555 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
By the way thanks for the faves
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes sir! Keep up the good work!:thumbsup:
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Cashopeia Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the faves! Much appreciated!5 seconds hug 
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, you're welcome, Cas!:hug: You deserve them all!
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Rejiclad Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the :+fav: and badge :sun: :rose: :) 
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GangsterLovin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome, you're very deserving of it!:w00t: Please, keep up the good work, I hope to see more of your cosplays!:thumbsup:
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Rejiclad Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the support, I will do my best :) :hug:
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haya1 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Thank you for the fav!Love 感謝です!
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