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Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
Nature, Prehistory, & Fantasy
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Artistic Expression: My primary hobbies are writing and photography. My writing usually takes the form of fantasy literature, and I am currently working on the second round of editing/rewriting for my first novel manuscript. I also enjoy writing literary journalism-type essays (things you would see in hobbyist magazines) and monologues/theater scripts.

My photography focuses mainly on nature and wildlife (particularly birds). The region of the US where I live has a great diversity of habitats and offers plenty of opportunities for any photographer.

Education: I have an Associate's Degree in Wildlife Technology, and my Bachelor's Degree was an independent major focused on environmental education, natural disasters, and writing. I know how to assess the health of habitats and waterways, determine whether they are suitable for a given species, perform various population studies, and do basic management of harvestable forest stands. I also know how to create basic mitigation plans for preparation and evacuation in case of any number of natural disasters.

Residence: The region of the US where I live is also along the line of the furthest glacial encroachment of the current "Ice Age." The entire landscape I live in has been shaped by naturally-occurring climate change, and because of the evidence and information I've gathered from living in this region my entire life and from the various professors I've studied under, I do not believe in man-made global warming. Any information you wish to present to me regarding this should be firsthand scientific papers with all the data and experiment details, not secondhand, media-edited hearsay for the common man.
Sorry that I've been quiet since June. I have been on dA since I returned from the summer camping season as proven by the few photos I've uploaded in the past few months. However, I've been distracted by other things - particularly working on building a writer's platform before querying my first novel manuscript and researching/writing my second novel manuscript.

I'm once again trying to improve my skills at drawing humans. It's quite frustrating, though. I'm alright at body proportions, but heads/faces frustrate the hell out of me (hence why my Phaedrus series is nothing but faceless humanoids). I also find it difficult to mentally reposition human models in the same way I do fossil/skeletal models, but whatever... it just means that I need to spend more time looking for appropriate reference photos.

I've also returned to one of my favorite studies: Alexander the Great. I have a number of books and a few novels about him that I'm rereading at this time. If I get my human drawing skills up to par, I hope to do some Alexander "fanart." If you start seeing poorly-drawn, strangely-dressed men popping up in your Message Center, you now know why.

Aside from those, however, I will be uploading my Advent series to dA over the coming weeks... my church's minister asked me to design the bulletin covers this year, because she didn't feel inspired by anything available for purchase. There are scripture verses in each one, but don't worry. I'm not going to start preaching. I'm a self-labeled heretic anyway, so it would be a bit hypocritical. I'm enjoying this Advent project, though. It's been awhile since I've gotten to work with colored pencils on something more important than a costuming sketch or tattoo design.

Finally I have a number of photos from over the summer and autumn that need to be edited, but between writing, sketching, and reading, I have more than enough to keep my free time filled. I do have some photos in my queue folder, though, waiting to be uploaded when I feel so motivated.

Thanks for reading!

- Ghost -

P.S.: If anyone is interested in reading my writer's blog (with posts on my personal writing methods, influences and inspiration, and commentary on modern writing practices), please let me know, and I'll post the URL.
  • Mood: Devious
  • Listening to: Burlap to Cashmere, Stamatis Spanoudakis
  • Reading: Gergel's comp of ATG's original biographers
  • Watching: America Unearthed
  • Eating: York Peppermint Patties
  • Drinking: black tea, hot cocoa

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BilboKatomkins Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the fav!
GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're quite welcome!
Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
:w00t: thanks a lot for the :+fav: on Territory Entrance :iconbouncyplz:
GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
Null-Entity Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou kindly for the watch :D
GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
Cosmic-Cherry-Tree Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome to :iconbeautiful-wilderness:

It is a great pleasure having you with us :floating:
GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I'm looking forward to participating in this group!
Plioart Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav!
GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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