With the recent heatwave that has hit England for the last month or so, I find my sleeping pattern has been all over the place. I'm not really built for intense heat - I'd associate myself more with the elements of Water/Ice and prefer cooler climates as a result - so I tend to find myself waking up frequently during the night and at times struggling to get back to sleep. As you can imagine this is leaving me feeling drained, and depending on what I get up to in the evening, find it's quite late when I get myself into a position where drawing is an option.
Even if I do find myself ready to sketch, focusing on an idea is difficult. As I said in a previous journal, right now my inspiration is acting like a cat chasing a laser point, only for another to appear when it homes in on the first, another after that when the cat is about to pounce on the second and so on:
- "Hey, maybe I should get back to doing my art trades for people like BigDead93, CMBaggs, Convolvolus or ZAKKIDO."
- "I should get back to finishing a new Mewrah picture, incorporating some of the ideas people have suggested."
- "Maybe I should do more anatomy study pictures."
- "I should finish that new action Snow picture I started a while back."
- "Maybe I could carry on with the "seasonal" sub series."
- "Perhaps I should start work on one of my Sentai teams, or work on the gift/tribute I have in mind for toonartist."
- "I should do some kind of artistic nudity piece, perhaps a woman topless on the beach as it is summer after all."
It's annoying to say the least as I'd like to get SOMETHING done.
Noir's New NameEdit - Based off a suggestion from StaciNadia, I decided to ultimatly go with "Norika Olivian". It keeps the NO initials I am, admittedly, more familiar with but also removes the "dark, broody etc." vibe I feel Noir has and still uses the Olivia name I previously came up with.
Over this last week I've been racking my brains over a new name for Noir. Over the last few weeks I find her current name just don't really fit or work any more; it reminds me of the days when people would assign random, dark-associated words to a character as a name to make them all "dark", "deep" and "edgy". Now I personally I find characters like that boring
as hell - but that's a debate for another time - and considering how up beat I wanted to portray Noir as these days, I felt the name didn't fit any more. Olivia Maroon was the first one that came to mind, the first name inspired by my "fanboy" crush on Olivia Wilde and a play on Olive and the latter a nod to a colour I sometimes associate with her. I will admit I was a little disappointed that the poll I made didn't spark much of a debate as I was curious to know who had voted for the old name and what it was about that name that they preferred to my proposed new one.
I'll admit that Olivia may not have fitted as well as I originally would have liked and one option I am exploring is changing her name to Norka, and some kind of new surname based off Olive. I have to admit I am warming to this idea more due to it's similarity to what she's current called but breaks away from the "dark, broody, moody, edgy" vibe I feel Noir has. As before I am keen to hear what other people think of this.
I've also included a link below if you missed out on her bio journal:
Who Is Noir Odonic/Olivia Maroon?Update 23/07/2014 - As I mentioned in this poll - http://pawcanada.deviantart.com/journal/poll/4593331/, I am strongly thinking about re-naming Noir Odonic to Olivia Maroon. Without going into too much detail (you can see my complete thoughts on why in the poll), I feel Noir doesn't really fit her anymore; it's a colour I associate with darkness which isn't really something I feel Noir/Olivia really connects with more. I am keen to hear what others think (either here or as a discussion in the poll) as I do appreciate a name change after being stuck to one for so long may seem strange to some people.
Update 17/07/2014 - Upon re-reading some of the copy I've decided to make a few revisions, as well as flash out some of the relationships (or finish ones I accidentally left half finished). Future revisions are likely but may depend on comments, feedback and opinions people leave.
After discussing Noir/Olivia with HeroPill earlier today I decided it was time to
A big thank you to akeemsam
for doing an excellent pin-up picture of Mewrah. I've yet to properly take the time to sit down and appreciate what he's done but at a glance it looks amazing
. I am planning to do a sketch for him at some point in the future as a way of saying thanks but I'll admit I'm not 100% sure on when that will be...
Until next time, peace out