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Posted by Tarantulaben - September 20th, 2013

Okay. So Madness Day is two days away and things. Aaand of course, I'm not near complete my project. Sad. It will have to be submitted late, but probably even later because I unfortunately have dedication problems.

Dedication to projects that is.

Basically I'm beginning to lose dedication, and I'm not working on it much. However, the good news is that it is practically impossible for me to abandon. Why? Why, because I've made too much progress to just let it slide. Some day it will be done. But there is just a lot to do for it, and it takes time. My time, which I also need to use for other things, as well as other projects that are sneaking into view. Damn my brain. Too many creative ideas.

The same dedication reasons are why I haven't completed you guys' commissions. Ugh. I can't even remain dedicated for my fans. I'm sorry guys. They WILL get done, but I don't know when. But if you absolutely need your commission for something (if you planned on using it for something like Madness Day), then let me know and I'll make it a priority to finish it before whatever deadline there is.

Anyway, as a little apology, here is a sneak peek on my upcoming project. Enjoy.


Posted by Tarantulaben - August 21st, 2013


So. Still working on that top secret project. For those who are wondering what it is, I will tell you three things. First- It will be for Madness Day 2013 if I can get it finished before the deadline. Second- It is not The Madness Assassin. This is leaning more towards more of a solo project. And lastly, it is not a static art piece. This is something different.

Oooooooooh, I really hope I can get it done for Madness Day. School is starting up again soon, and that will make progress slower. I would prefer to submit it on Madness Day, because it would get more attention then. However, if I don't make it, then I will submit it late. I doubt I'll wait another year just for another Madness Day. I would have it done before then, and the anticipation would kill me to wait that long. Oi.

Anyway, as for the free commissions, they have been sort of put on hold for the moment. However, I have started and made significant progress on 4 of the 7 total requests, and one of those four is already done, another is almost. I'm doing them generally in the order they were requested, so in case you are wondering where you are on my to-do list, here is everybody who requested, in order;


Keep yer hopes up. My art isn't dead yet. :DD

Posted by Tarantulaben - July 27th, 2013

Well, I've gathered up all the requests.

I'll get working on 'em soon. In the meantime, have a happy internet day!

In other news, I've also started working on a top secret project... YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.

Posted by Tarantulaben - July 23rd, 2013

And its not even Sunday!

Welp, looked at my fans today. 202 of 'em now. I believe I said I would do something when it got to 200. Hmm...

How about, say, free commissions? Alrighty, here's what I'll do. I'll do solo character commissions of the character of your choice. To submit, all ya gotta do is comment below or (preferably) PM me here. Either way, just give me all details on the character you want me to draw. And then that's it! I'll draw your character.

Now, this is an NG exclusive, but I'll probably post the finished characters on deviantART too. I'll probably host more free commissions once I reach 100 watchers over there (currently 67).

Okay, now we need a deadline. I can't give out free commishies forever. How about... from now (Tuesday, July 23) to say, Friday (July 26). You've got from now until then to send me the details on the character ya want me to draw. You can only request one character per person.

So how does that sound? We'll see how it works by Friday. This will be fun. :DD

-Send details on character before Friday
-Get character drawn
-Receive character

NOTE: Your character doesn't have to be Madness related!

Posted by Tarantulaben - July 13th, 2013

I'm not dead. I just haven't updated this in like forever.

This is to put your mind at ease. In other news, I haven't had my laptop all last week and I won't have it all next week, so I unfortunately won't be able to do any work for the time being. I also just came back from a week's trip to Montreal. It was fabulous. :DD

And to those who didn't forget, the Madness Assassin is not dead, at least, not yet. We're restarting using custom sprites and graphics using my art style. It will also be fabulous. Unfortunately it probably means me and Aryf won't make MD2013. We still have a ways to go. SOMEONE REMIND ME TO GET WORKING HARD ON THIS STUFF ALREADY.

Posted by Tarantulaben - March 26th, 2013

Well, here's a post since I haven't made one since I went to Cuba. And that was like a month ago.

So, as some of you may have noticed, I've updated my avatar! Awesome, no? I was aiming for a bit more realistic look, if you haven't already caught onto that. :3 So yea, I think it's pretty sweet.

You also may have noticed that I made an official James & Jim submission to the Art Portal! That's right, remember James & Jim? My comic I was raving about a while ago? Well anyways, I've realised that the process of making a full episode is very long and time-consuming. So, I have decided to start up a series of shorts in the meantime. You can find the first one right here, go check it out and tell me if you like it! Be prepared to see more. For all the info, go check out the official J&J website!

Speaking of websites, I'm also now returning my attention to my own website, which has been down for quite a while now. Well, the good news is that now I'm back to working on it! Zee progress is going well. To make up for the delay, here's a little sneak peek of the new Art page to whet your appetites. Enjoi.

New Avatar, J&J and other Whatnots

Posted by Tarantulaben - February 4th, 2013

So, as I'm sure absolutely none of you know, I'm leaving for Cuba tomorrow. I'll be gone for exactly ONE week, that's Tuesday to Tuesday. Whilst I will be enjoying myself in paradise, you shall all be freezing in the cold. Unless of course, you live in Cuba... or anywhere else. :3

I will have no internets, so prepare for an intense wave of inactivity everywhere. I'LL BE INACTIVE ALL DAY ERRYDAY!

Feel free to not create the apocalypse when I'm gone. Oh, and chances are, I probably won't see any of yer comments 'till I get back, unless you spam me before I leave, which is like, early tomorrow morning. But feel free to wish me an awesome time anyways. Because you jelly. CUBA.

Posted by Tarantulaben - January 22nd, 2013

Well hey there guys. Remember that time when I said I'd redesign my website? Well, that's in the works now. :D There's nothing to see yet though... literally. The site is down until I finish the revamp. :3

However, once it is done, you'll notice some new things... mainly two new pages, Projects and Fan Base. Now you're probably thinking, "Well them sounds cool bruh, but what's on 'em?". Well, to answer your question, they are going to be for you guys. That's right, O faic. The Projects page will help keep you up to date on the stuff I'm working on, which will also help me keep track of unfinished stuff. From there you will be able to find a nice list of W.I.P.s, along with an estimated progress of completion. If I release any sneak peeks, they'll be there.

The Fan Base page is all for you guys. There I'll have a bunch of goodies, mainly so that you guys visit more often. :3 I'll have message boards, shout walls, feeds, galleries, and I'll try and see if I can get polls up too, because those were really helpful on deviantart when I was a one-month member. Now I don't have them anymore. Of course, on this page you'll also be able to send me art requests, which I can accept or deny. This, again, will keep me more organised and less likely to forget that you wanted me to draw you something.

So yea, this new stuff will take some time, but it'll be great. Oh, and I'm also revamping my logos and avatars as well, which are going great so far. Here's a peek, enjoy it, and PEACE OUT.

Revamp in Progress

Posted by Tarantulaben - January 13th, 2013


Last time I actually looked it was at like, 120 or somthing. Man, I should make a celebratory art piece once I reach 200. Am I really gathering a decent-sized fan base? Hmm, maybe I should start submitting things more often. c:

Oh, and I'm also thinking I'll redesign my website, especially with the creation of my James & Jim website, which I still need to finish. Ah, projects, projects. That's me, I can't stay focused on one thing for long enough, then I'll forget about it, move onto something else, then resume it later.

THIS IS YOUR NEW GOD. Wait, wha-? Oh, and expect minecraft arts.

Posted by Tarantulaben - January 1st, 2013


Since I'm lazy, just go here to view actually news-ish stuff.