Hey All, my real name is Dave, and I originally joined theO as a wallpaper maker, but now I've been more focused on fan art and improving my work. I've been a member for about 10 years now, including various name changes lol.

As for my anime tastes, I'm a huge fan of sci-fi, action/shounen, and mecha. My first ever complete manga series was Love Hina, which I still rank as my favorite, and its also what pushed me to draw more. Akamatsu-sensei's Negima is also highly ranked on my list and also acts as a source of inspiration (although I prefer his style from Volumes 13 & 14 of Love Hina a little more lol).

Currently, I'm reading Bleach and UQ Holder!. I haven't been following much anime that's been airing lately since most of it is seemingly loli fanservice-type shows. I try and follow any Gundam series that I can, and I was actually impressed with the Build Fighters series; it focuses more on camaraderies and rivalries that are surprisingly well written. It's pretty childish, but I get a kick out of all the easter eggs hidden within it. I also own a variety of Miyazaki's movies due to their charm and underlying messages about our world and the environment.

I also game a little bit when I'm not drawing or at work/school; I mainly play RPGs and fighters, but I have dabbled into 3rd person shooters (Vanquish, Crysis series), some action adventure games, and racing (Gran Turismo 5). I also enjoy RTSs, but I pretty much only play Starcraft II on and off.

As for school/employment, I am currently employed with the electronics retailer The Source up in Canada, and I'm attending college to become a Medical Lab Technician. I'll be done around October 2015, then I can work in any diagnostic lab/hospital to help diagnose diseases!



Hazel Eyes and Mocha Dogs

Hey All!

Figured I should post an update since my last one was a little depressing! Well, this will start off depressing but lightens up, I assure you!

Firstly, the college I was attending was shut down by the Canadian government on February 19th; it was owned by Corinthian colleges in the states, but they were caught with fraud, owed the US government alot of money, and so Canada wanted nothing to do with them. The problem is the Ministry of Education just shut them down on a whim, with no plan in place to train out the now schooless students! Still waiting to here where I'll be able to finish my program... Work has fallen apart too; my manager is the incarnation of laziness, so I started calling him out on it to try and improve my work environment since he fired the last person keeping him in check (which happened to be my former art critic). That got my hours slashed to 6 hours a week, with a giant steaming pile of bulllshit as the reason. I thought about taking him to the labour board, but the complaints department at head office defends him, and he's an excellent liar/ass-puller. Then I realized being the manager at a retail store with a company that doesn't care about their staff being a much crueler fate, I moved on lol.

I'm currently in the process of being hired elsewhere, so it's all good! I also decided to try online dating with the spare time I now have; it was rough at first, with girls not wanting to talk to you when they find out their taller than you, or just straight up crazy people. I finally lucked out with a little hazel-eyed blonde, whom was featured in my "Small Town in the Big City" submission last week. She's super busy so we don't see each other much, but cell phones/skype/internet help a bit. We check in on each other every day, and so far she's been really sweet and cheerful, and always has an idea for a drawing when I get artist's block lol. My parents don't really like the fact that she has several tattoos and a lip piercing, but they've always been SUPER judgmental and kinda like to judge books by their covers... They haven't even met her yet which makes it all the more terrible! Each of her tattoos has an interesting story behind them, which I find endearing and awesome lol.

The parent's also picked up a Vizsla puppy last Saturday, so my hands have been full ever since! So far she's been good, she loves to sit in my lap when she chews her toys :P She tried to get a hold of my phone the other day, so I try and text people when she's napping now lol. So, despite having nothing but bad luck at school and at work, at least my personal life has gotten better in exchange!

And Just Like That

Hey All,

Been awhile since my last update, so here goes. I'm now in full swing at college; we've done most of the academic review, and now we're mostly in the lab doing the practical stuff. I'm in Hematology now, doing blood analyses and learning to draw blood from real people's arms. Luckily everyone has (more or less) steady hands, so we haven't been bruising too badly lol. The worst thing right now is capillary punctures, which is poking the end of our fingers like diabetics to do certain tests and stains for examination under a microscope.

And now for the more depressing part of the post, and the reason for the title. I had pretty much given up on that girl I had been persuing since the summer, but we were still friends and she was critiquing my works up until now. Hadn't seen her in a couple weeks, and decided to text her to see how she was doing. She'd been ignoring my texts since new year's, but would be normal around me when we worked. Finally confronted her about it today, and was shocked to learn that just like that, she wasn't interested in being friends, that I should only talk to her at work, and that I'd pretty much lost my critic. I am at a loss for words at how random and kinda sudden it was, because we got along just fine up until Christmas. Dave is confused lol.

Awkward Air, New Faces & Latin/Greek!

Hey All!

I've been at my new adult college about a month now, and my uniform finally came in today! It's essentially burgundy scrubs with the college logo on them. I also got a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff with them, so I'm starting to feel like a medical professional I also met my new classmates since we've all started now (they had a weird staggered beginning due to funding issues), and they are a rowdy bunch XD Their loud, love to play "bumper-chairs", and all-around just want to have fun. One of them is older and has 4 kids (whom shall now be referred to as Momma Bear), and is trying to set up her son with one of our classmates (Kelsey) since she hates his girlfriend. The funny part is the Kelsey already has a boyfriend, but that is not gonna stop Momma Bear; she also wants Kelsey to show up for her Christmas dinner as a present, and I suggested she either wrap her up or put her in a giant cake. It kinda feels like the plot for a sitcom or romantic comedy XD Luckily everyone doesn't take any of this seriously (except maybe Momma Bear).

I think its great to joke around at break, because right now we're just finishing up medical terminology, and its ALOT of memorization! The terms are stuff like cardiology (ology=study of, cardio=heart), carcinoma, gastritis, etc., etc. Its a little daunting, but we'll be using it so much throughout the course of the program (11 months!) that it should be burned into our skulls before long. Our instructor is pretty all over the place with how she gives notes, and give us information that we're not going to need until 3 months down the road. Half the battle is just filtering out what we don't need. Its mildly annoying, however there are course surveys at the end of every module, so I'll be commenting on that for sure.

Now, what is this mention of awkward air you ask? Well, I finally got around to telling my romantic interest how I feel, but she didn't give me a straight answer since she's still sorting issues out with her ex. Then I went to comment on one of her facebook posts, but it glitched out and disappeared. I thought she had deleted the comment, and in a fit of idiocy and panic I sent her this really weird text to confront her about it. She didn't answer me until a day later since she was kinda confused, but she still wanted to be friends. A few days go by and we wound up working together, but she hung out across the store from me and was pretty quiet. We spoke a little bit, and found out there was some drama between her and some people she knew smack talking her friend who had passed away a year ago. So, I figured that was it. But we worked again a day later, and I still couldn't shake the feeling that she was still kinda avoiding me. Mind you the whole staff was there, but even in group conversations she'd avoid eye contact. But, on the bright side, when we worked on Sunday she kept normal proximity between us, and I found out she was keeping this weird customer (who we think might be stalking me) away by not telling him my schedule. So, I guess the awkward air will just run its course; luckily she's not like every girl I've asked out before that just pretends I don't exist, and she's always willing to talk stuff out. She taught me that not all girls run away and hide behind a veil of lies, and has made me much less cynical about this stuff. I guess that's why she's special to me, and I don't want to lose our friendship to my own impatience lol

Anyway, enough mush/ranting/wall of text. I've gotta go study for my terminology test that is in 16 hours.

Roller Coasters and New Books

Hey All,

Wow the last couple of months and been interesting, and annoying lol. I'm somewhat keeping up with weekly submissions, missing the odd week due to sickness and/or work. I attempted to join the Canadian military recently to try and make use of my Biochemistry degree as a bioscience officer, but due to extremely slow government-run administration, I couldn't get in as an officer. They wanted me to join the infantry, which I declined because I wouldn't make use of my degree at all, and they have the philosophy that university degrees make better leaders (WTF?).

Anyway, I decided to sign up for a private college to get certified as a Medical Technician for the entire country, so I can work in any province/territory. I start in September, and that also means I'll have another student loan to pay off after the condensed, 44 week course XD So looks like I'll be making a living taking people's blood, urine, tissues, etc and analyzing them for disease ^^;

I also realized (albeit 3 months late) that Akamatsu-sensei's latest manga is being published in North America, so I've been busy reading and learning from that. I'm also still keeping up with Bleach, and still waiting for D. Gray-Man to come off hiatus LOL. My new computer has also been serving me well, giving me a lag free draw-record environment, and also allowing me to play classic games via emulators. I have also discovered the Drakengard universe; it's dark, twisted, funny, and pretty much right up my alley. Just finished Drakengard 3 (including the rhythmic final boss X_X), and now I'm juggling Drakengard 1 and Final Fantasy X HD Remaster.

Maybe I should post more often, since I just wrote a wall of text lol. Not that anyone really reads these, but ah well.

It's Been Five Years Already?

As the title implies, I did not see the last 5 years go by lol. I only noticed because I got a message from Bossman Adam promoting me to an "Otaku Eternal." I've had fun trying to keep a regular submission schedule, and user feedback has been appreciated on my works.

I hope to keep contributing artwork to theO's community, and I hope my viewers will continue to follow me through my struggles of learning digital painting XD