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Hi! I'm Mira K. Hall -- that's pronounced MAI-rah and not Mee-rah for clarifications. I was also formerly known as Lady Rumplestiltskin, AKA Rumple-chan, which was a nickname my mom gave me when I was in high school as a compliment to my art skills of "turning straw into gold".
I live in San Diego, California, and I've graduated with an Associate's Degree in Fine Arts under the 2-Dimentional emphasis since Spring 2011. I'm still attending at the community colleges as a part-time student instead of full-time.
I currently live with my sister, echochan (visit her page!), in an apartment we've dubbed "Eleventy-One" or "The Hobbit Hole" due to our unit being number 111 Even though we're living on our own and Sis has a job, we still get financial support from our mother, MamaLucia (visit her, too!). 'Til then, just call me a "Parasite Child"
Favorite visual artistTerrie Smith, DarknatashaFavorite moviesWreck-It RalphFavorite TV showsMy Little Pony: Friendship is MagicFavorite bands / musical artistsInfected Mushroom, Helix RemixesFavorite booksDivine Misfortune (A. Lee. Martinez)Favorite writersJ.K. Rowling, Rumiko Takahashi, A. Lee MartinezFavorite gamesRatchet and Clank, Skyrim, Monkey Island, Harvest MoonFavorite gaming platformPS3, PC, Nintendo WiiTools of the TradePhotoshop, Illustrator, Copic MarkersOther InterestsReading, Zen T.V., Video Games, Chillin' Muzik, Math, Sleeping and Napping
It's a few days before Halloween, but I thought I could at least share a few things regarding plans. Obviously, my birthday is tomorrow, but the only big plans I have the that is spending the day at the DMV 'cause A) my driver's license expires that day, and they want a new photo, which I think is alright, because B) since even though I look as if I haven't aged any older (I'm still being carded at restaurants I don't frequent at whenever I order alcohol), I would like to update my photo with a more current hair style and attire. Hell, I just got my bangs trimmed and slammed blond for this purpose, though I think I'm tempted to see the stylist again soon to see if she can also highlight the loose strands of side-locks that go in front of my ears when I use my special brush; won't be able to do that AND get my driver's license renewed on the same day I think, but ah, well. Just getting it to be "perfect" by my standard before FurCon will make me happy
May seem rather... odd to spend my birthday at a DMV (of course, the nurse who was looking over me today for my infusion treatment have the same birth date as I do, and HE'S gonna be working he says), but Mom swears up the wall they've improved the system since I last remember (and they've added chairs), and I'm planning to have a bit of Betty Crocker cake afterwards (thanks, Sis ).
However, I shifted my birthday celebrations to Friday, which is the real thing, Halloween and all, because I wanted to choose to go to Disneyland for Mickey Mouse's Halloween Party shindig this year. Just basically eat at a nice in-park restaurant, go on a couple of favorite rides, maybe one bad one I haven't been on since last I remember (Space Mountain comes to mind), go trick-or-treating at various kiosks for candies and fruits (the best of both worlds), and see the fireworks. Simple birthday and Halloween celebration, and this year, I chose it instead of feeling pressured to go there in order to avoid the... unpleasant restraint we were slapped with on our house. (I seriously need to work on a mock-up for a story-arch regarding what we went through for five years.)
After going through some random crying issues [possibly] caused by the damn 5-HTP, and assuming I didn't get the job for doing framing at this giant new/used items store, I went back to doing daily sketches, even though I hate how I draw them right now. Doesn't help that the Benadryl is still affecting me I think, and it is very dark in the evenings these days...
I'm seriously debating between going back to serious art for real or take a one-semester course in office clerk training this spring, which has the same high-rate guarantee employment upon completion like Sis's intensive two-year program for biochem. The advantage is, if taking a specific sub-course, I could get a paying job for sorting out random stuff in an office, perhaps a hospital, dentist office or a vet, which would be nice since sorting out stuff does calm me a bit and I am pretty good at it. On the other hand, every time I see random ads from FurAffinity of eCommerce-based websites that sells prints and other art goods from well-known anthro artists, my heart aches over the broken dreams of running my own and making a decent living creating things, but my confidence is practically nonexistent at this stage because of... so many things, never mind the crazy summer I had of thinking I was dying desite the ailments I was having was common and easily manageable this day of age. (My paternal aunt told me she used to know a guy who had Crohn's disease, and they didn't HAVE Remicade or the like back then and he somehow managed to survived it.)
But I can't help but feel a premonition of another economic crash happening, and then we're all seriously fucked when the Great Depression Part II comes around, but please prove this paranoid daughter of another paranoid old fart wrong if you can Either way, I need to make an income now that my two-year 'vacation' is almost up. And Mom said it might help with my self-esteem at least; I hope so
Mom, Sis, be sure to read this when you can before I drag your asses over to watch it at the Hobbit Hole with me
Thanks to Joshua Palmer's, Zeurel's, posting his recent animation works here on DA through Today's Faourites a few days ago, I had to watch/listen to some more KlayPex stuff, and I felt like sharing what I saw and experienced watching and listening to the following music videos, which I feel fits the Halloween theme for this month:
I don't really know the animator in question, but it seems rather unorthodox to hire this particular style for a zombie-themed short, yet I still think that the appeal for a lot of these Flash animated shorts. It tells of a story about a guy trying to get back to his daughter after the zombie apocalypse akin to The Walking Dead series happened. A side story also shows how another guy who, unfortunately, turned into a zombie while quoting Chef Boyardee and Audry II, and is now randomly pursuing the first guy mentioned. I won't go into the obvious spoilers, but watching its entirety made me tear up a bit, whether it's the minor key tone to the music or the theme of desperate survival in a hopeless situation is up for internal debate. Normally, zombie stories don't interest me, since it's been done to death (no pun intended), but with the exception of TellTale Game's take on The Walking Dead and showing how it was about the story and characters rather than about killing zombies reflects our current obsession and fears on how we feel the human race will be destroyed: back in the 50s and early 60s, it was the fear of an atomic holocaust nlowing us up into itty-bitty atomic bits, as we see from Planets of the Ape and a couple of episodes from the first original Star Trek series, but today, it's the fear of our uncontrollable greed and consumption rate and how it is slowly killing not just the planet, but our very being on a spiritual level (whatever that may be, even for an atheist like me). On a personal, subjective level for the character or characters involved, general survival and closure are the main concern for these people, and when they find out what has really become, the heartbreaking truth can be really hard to swallow. You can't help but relate to that on baseless but psychologically paralleled experiences
This one gave me Limbo vibes like crazy. I'm having a hard time understanding the root meaning of the lyrics (feel free to tell me your personal interpretations if you like), but with the haunting words and vocal melody performed by Brandon Paddock (I don't care what other naysayers will say), it gave me chills. It's like a combination of "You Gotta Be" by Des'Ree in beat, but with the melancholy feeling of "Single" by Everything But The Girl. I'm rather surprised this was categorized as "House" genre on BeatPort. But it gives me a very dark, chillout-like sort of feeling for me, which is my favorite sub-genre; anything dark and mysterious like this gets me on a personal level.
Okay, enough obviously emo stuff -- now for something completely different:
This was the main reason I decided to see what else KlayPex et. al. were up to as of late since I last check (which was when they produced the Sauce Boss single, which was a collaboration between KlayPex, Epic Meal Time AND Zeurel). I'm uber fascinated with Palmer's animation style, details and techniques; he's a definite influencee of JohnKricfalusi (in style and, ahem, humor) and Bob Clampet (in style mostly). I don't know what KlayPex told him to do for their single, Oil Spill, but Palmer's take on the Frankenstein theme with a Dubstep approach and the scientists playing modern matchmaker is quite delightful (mainly because it didn't involved "DEATH BY POONTAH!!!"-like jokes). The character designs and each of their expressions and body languages were also a mind-blower for me; it was one of the reasons, the second reason, with Homestar Runner being the first reason, I wanted to try Flash animation, even though it's heavily buggy, and most of the classes I could find on campuses are usually application-based assignments rather than animation shorts, which was rather disappointing (isn't Flash dying BECAUSE it doesn't make a good software tool these days? Not to mention there are other vector-based animation tools available for competitive prices?). Nevertheless, it's awesome to see traditional 2D animation will never die any time soon.
One More Thing...
My future upkeep infusion date won't clash with our plans for FurCon and Monterrey Bay, so I'm in the clear But if I DO plan on taking the classes mention above in January, I hope I'll be able to keep in touch with them via email for out-of-town assignments if any, because if manditory health appointments didn't stop me, my academic obligations might What canni say? I'm still a student in all respects and I don't know how to evolve beyond that without letting my *sarcastic tone* "mental condition" get in my way I should go meet some employed disables to see if they have any tools in dealing with that... and a therapist that specializes in emotional abuse and PTSD. And maybe speech therapy, because I still hate my lisp
Miyume w/ Curved Chinese Broadsword Lommi w/ Kwan-Dao Sphere Reena w/ Iron Fans 2X Dayne w/ Long Sweeper Nun-Chuck Chika w/ Throwing Daggers Bakari w/ Twin Kan Dao Swords Kamila w/ Double-edged Sword Safari w/ Chinese Longbow ___________________________________________________________________________________
Rumple-chan and B.E.L.T. 2015 Calendar
1. Slumbering Stars (January) 2. Chocolates with Snuggles (February) 3. Afternoon Bath (March) 4. Royally Spoiled (April) 5. Frolic of Butterflies (May) 6. Lazy Days (June) 7. Gonna Be Fireworks (July) 8. Get the Delicious Grapes! (August) 9. Going Back to What? (September) 10. I'm Inna Punkin! (October) 11. This is a Ladybug? (November) 12. Back, Evil Ribbons, BACK! (December) ___________________________________________________________________________________
Other Side Projects
Swimsuit Jynx Swimsuit Tina Swimsuit Elaina Comic - "Mailtime! (Or is it?)" Comic - Best Therapy Money Can't Buy Comic - Where Are My Socks? Comic - "At the Bar" (Based on comically-yours' script) Comic - "Grammar" (Based on comically-yours' script) Comic - Shaving Cream