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JemiDove
Just call me Jemi
Artist | Student | Varied
Singapore
Don't mind my character (Berura the Swan) staring at you from my profile pic. :XD: She isn't always like this; she's usually demure.

A wannabe animator/game art designer who ended up in graphic design because my parents don't have confidence in my country's animation industry (not because I couldn't). *sigh* :shrug: Graphic design isn't what I'd like to do as a career, but I guess they mean well for me. Hopefully I'll do well enough to get a change to study Animation at university level when I graduate from this Graphic Design diploma course.

Welcome to my profile page! Sonic the Hedgehog was the first active videogame series I got into. Prior to that, I had only played obscure PC indie games. Since then, I've also gotten into other videogames series such as Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper, Jak and Daxter, and other action-adventure games (plus points if there's tons of platforming). I hope to draw more fanart of those series when I have the time. :meow: I'm also constantly on the lookout for outstanding indie games to enjoy (and draw fanart for)~ :XD:

I do have some Original Characters (OCs), as well as my own comic series entitled "Big Swan" revolving around these characters. I do not have any Fan Characters (FCs).I also draw artworks reflecting the things and people I encounter in real life. :D

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I completed my GCE 'O' Level examinations in 2013 (I did not take Art as a subject and I regret it because I'm lagging behind my classmates ;w; ) and I'm currently studying Communication Design at a local polytechnic. Not because I couldn't get into a Junior College (JC), but because I chose to head down this path instead.

I've enrolled in a Communication Design diploma course in April 2014, and have been drawing a lot (but not being around on dA) of things I don't usually draw. It has been a good (but PRESSURISING!) experience so far to be surrounded by people with similar interests and skills. School sucks up almost all of my time and energy so apologies if I don't reply to your messages immediately.


Other accounts. Please let me know who you are before adding me as a friend/contact. I won't just add any random person XD

:star: Youtube: Jemiloke97 www.youtube.com/user/Jemiloke9… (I upload speedpaints and MMD videos! :D And gameplay stuff, too)
:star: Livestream: www.livestream.com/JemiLoke97/
:star: PSN ID: JemiKen (shared account with my dad)
:star: Steam: JemiDove
:star: Skype: Ask me about it~
:star: Sonic Stadium Message Board: JemiDove (I visit that forum often, but only to read and not participate in the discussions :XD: )


Some stuff about me:

-Rather down-to-earth
-Dislikes blood & gore. A lot. :stare:
-Has been self-taught until enrolment in Communication Design in 21 April 2014 (so you can look at the dates on my deviations to see how I fared on my own before that :XD: )
-Fractal art is the only art form which I detest (to the point of being fearful when looking at it) >_<
-Favourite animals: Birds (especially waterbirds), fish, exotic animals.
-Favourite colours: Blue, orange, green, purple
-Favourite videogame genres: Action-adventure / Platformer / Fighter (dislikes turned-based games and casual games)
-Favourite music genres: Techno / Drum 'n' Bass (DnB) / Trance / Electronica / Glitch Hop / String instrument music (especially the cello, for some reason).
-Dislikes shiny, glittery attention-grabbing things (especially on clothes)
-I can play the piano, but I was home-taught only until Grade 3. My mum is a music teacher, but was too busy to continue teaching me :( I now learn songs by ear on my own for fun.
-I was the Section Leader of Alto of my secondary school's choir (2012-2013).
-Favourite Sonic characters: Silver the Hedgehog, Miles 'Tails' Prower, Cream the Rabbit, Wave the Swallow.
-I don't follow and didn't grow up with much anime/manga series much unlike my peers :P I'm just neutral towards the style. Same goes for western cartoons/comics actually, though my drawing style seems to lean more towards that side. But I believe I'm equally influenced by both Japanese and Western styles.


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[OC] A random detective dog by JemiDove
[OC] A random detective dog
Just came up with this character last night. I just had an urge to draw that kind of dog with a long pointy snout ('sighthounds', is that what they are?), and since the dog was coming up too cartoony I ditched the original four-legged idea I had and went for an anthromorphic approach instead. I didn't make his anatomy completely cartoony though; otherwise he'd look like my other anthro OCs whose legs are bent like those of a human's. 

With that said, I'm contemplating whether I should have two kinds of anthros cohabiting in my comic series - the kind whose legs bend like a human's (most of my OCs so far), and the kind whose legs bend like their real-life counterpart (like this dog). It's all in the genes in my comic universe :rofl:

Anyway, this dog is yet to be named, and I created him just to see how much I can push his rectangular head and angular snout :XD: He was originally unclothed to show how I draw this kind of anthro legs, but since he turned out kinda classy I gave him a hat. And then the detective outfit. :) (he still doesn't have pants on BUT SO DOES SLY COOPER)...he'll probably be a secondary character, the kind whom you don't know who he's working for... *shifty eyes*

Still trying to tame this new colouring style in my recent works. Can't say I'm pleased with it entirely but it's better than just the plain old single layer of cel-shading.



Time taken: about 5-7 hours?
This character, and 'Big Swan' comics (c) JemiDove.
Do not use/alter/repost any of my artworks, designs and characters without my permission or claim them as your own.
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  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: various videogame OSTs
  • Reading: devWatch messages
  • Watching: The screen
  • Playing: Guacamelee (if I could)
  • Eating: medicine
  • Drinking: ginseng
Apologies for the disconnection (again). New join.me link below!

join.me/360-012-479
www.livestream.com/jemiloke97
Yeaahh holidays are here till 4th January! :dummy:
Not sure if I should work on unfinished WIPs (at my own leisure), or game, or work on my portfolio, or livestream any of these...or just lie down and rest because I'm down with a fever >_<
Mage Bros. by JemiDove
Mage Bros.
AAAAH THE CREATOR OF THIS GAME RESPONDED TO MY POST ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE AND HE'S SUPER HAPPY AAAAAH

My original post below: www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi… (I hardly use Facebook by the way, and I only accept friend requests from people I know in real life)

"FINALLY DONE! ;w; Fan art of one of my childhood games, Mage Bros! Started it on 23 September 2014 and worked on it between pockets of free time from my busy school schedule till 16 November (and left it alone till today [2 Dec] to touch it up) @_@ I think I went a little overboard with this - it's my first time dealing with so many light sources (of different colours too!) and the glowing projectiles might be a little distracting >w<;; It's also my first digital artwork with reflected light taken into consideration, on top of having multi-layered hard shading. I'm not entirely satisfied with the outcome but I'm glad it's done, because I was slogging excessively at some details which some people might not bother about (colour balance, two-point perspective, reflected light, e.t.c.).

Anyway, I hope Mr Saito likes it :3 It feels so surreal to be able to communicate with someone who has played such a huge part in my childhood. 11 years ago I never thought it would've been possible. I wanted to add in some gameplay elements like the torches you had to light up to trigger the teleporter at the end of each level, but the first boss had a greater impact on me as a child so I decided to go for that instead. I hope I can have time to draw fan art of the other Saito Games in the future!

Will upload this on my deviantART account (jemidove.deviantart.com) once Mr Saito has seen it :) Once again, thank you for the great games, great music, and fond memories! :') Always looking forward to what you have in store :D "

The creator's first response through a comment: "OH MY GOD!! This is INCREDIBLE! I really wasn't expecting you would create something so complicated and so professionally polished! I love the dynamic perspective and viewpoint, it portrays the tense feeling of the boss battle very well. You put so much effort in lighting and shadow effects too. I can see how much you enjoyed playing Mage Bros. This is a masterpiece, thank you very much for such an amazing fun art Jemima!"

That was followed by a share: www.facebook.com/SaitoGames/po…
"Jemima Loke created a beautiful fan art of Mage Bros! This is absolutely fantastic! Look at the details of coloring and lighting effects, unbelievably polished. Thank you very much for putting so much effort in it, I feel so honored. You are amazing Jemima!"




Hmm...HEY 6 year old self! Keep playing that brand-new Mage Bros shareware demo - you'll purchase the full version when you're 12 and draw a digital fan art when you're 17! You'll even get to talk to the creator himself - how's that? 8D

...I swear I'm going crazy from all this ahahahaha *cough* before I go off, PLEASE take a listen to the Saito Games' music, I guarantee that there is no one boring soundtrack! www.youtube.com/playlist?list=… For greater effect, listen to the Mage Bros' ones :D



Artwork by JemiDove. Mage Bros (c) Saito Games / James Saito.
Program: PaintToolSAI, Photoshop (for resizing of file because it was so huge that SAI kept crashing whenever I fiddled with the brick texture whereas Photoshop didn't )
Time taken: ......hmmm I dunno, a few hours every few days between 23 September - 16 November 2014. Probably over 20 hours I guess?
Date: 23 Sep - 16 Nov 2014
Brick texture: Brick Texture
Do not use/alter/repost any of my artworks/designs without my permission or claim them as your own.
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No idea what's coming. But it's cool that you can move Fella around dA's page :la: 
  • Mood: Agony
  • Listening to: Guacamelee! soundtrack
  • Reading: the text in my book assignment
  • Watching: you
  • Playing: nothing (hope to get Guacamelee! soon)
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Water
Hey guys sorry for the lack of activity and uploads, heh. Some of you might be wondering what's going on in my life, while some of you won't give a hoot, while some of you already know. Haha. Anyway before I plunge into a wall of text, I'd like to know whether you guys prefer me to upload regularly whenever I come up with something (yes I do draw/doodle often, just haven't done full-colour works due to the lack of free time) or would you guys prefer to see a huge artdump every few months?

Okay now that that's outta the way - time for some happy stuff before the negative stuff! :dummy: It's been about a year since I got into the Ratchet & Clank games, as well as playing Dust: An Elysian Tail. A few more months, and I could say the same of the Sly Cooper and Jak & Daxter games :D Also, I've recently been getting back to attending church regularly :) I was born a Christian and was raised in church and attended Sunday School until I was 12-13 years old, but  gradually drifted away and eventually went on a long hiatus for all of my secondary school life due to some life conflicts I don't want to talk about here. But anyway, I'm glad I've been able to reconnect with God and Christanity, and I'm actually surprised that not much has changed in terms of the principles taught. (My mum: "Of course nothing much has changed, you didn't change religion you silly girl!")

Okay now for the negative stuff going on in my life. Wall o' text ahead! You can stop reading if you don't wanna hear my mulling.

Basically I'm studying something which I have little passion for - graphic design. It's not something I hate completely, but it's not something I'd like to spend 3 years of my life on. I didn't choose this course. My parents advised me to do so. I wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry (animation/game design, leaning more towards animation), but my parents didn't have confidence in the current state of the local industry here. They're the kind who would want me to get a stable job. And I'm not very willing to travel overseas to work/live. We did months of research during the time before I made my decision, and we compromised that I'd take up graphic design. I read the subject modules of graphic design versus those in animation while researching, and it was the stuff in animation (storyboarding, 3D modelling, 2D animation, character design, prop design, environment design, lighting, camera movement e.t.c.) that always lighted a spark in my brain. Graphic design, however, had nothing which I liked. In fact, now that I've studied it for almost a year, I can safely say that I even HATE most of the stuff taught that play important roles in graphic design (typography, page layout, advertising, e.t.c. and a lot of abstract stuff I can't grasp). Which is sad, really. When I first entered this course I tried to keep my mind as open as possible to appreciate graphic design. But as time passed, I felt increasingly out of place. Seeing my classmates being so passionate about the things I hate really boggles my mind. I feel as though I'm beating a dead horse the longer I stay in here.

My parents aren't willing to let me quit and let me switch over to animation, despite the countless quarrels I've had with them. What's worse, my relatively good grades (I made it into the top 10% of the cohort for the previous semester) make them even less convinced. Had my grades were poor, they might be more convinced to let me switch over to animation. But I can't just do that, it's not me to purposely do poorly in anything to be able to let go of it. And that's why I said I feel as if I'm beating a dead horse - why am I pushing myself so hard, sleeping at 5am almost daily to finish my assignments to do well in this course when I have little passion for it? And not only that, in the end, WHO in the general populace cares about good page layout? About typography? About advertising (ew)? Only those passionate about graphic design would care. I'd rather spend all this time, energy and lack of sleep on something which I actually CARE about!!

The only thing I look forward to in this course so far is the Illustration specialisation in Year 2. It's my only saviour from this abstract mess. Sure, I love my classmates, but it's just the course content and industry that really isn't my thing.

Ugh. But then again, I have to keep reminding myself that I should be glad I'm not in a Junior College studying Mathematics and Chinese all over again.

Some of you might think I'm a whiny brat thinking that the grass is always greener on the other side. It's not as shallow as that. I can't even EMBRACE the stuff taught in my current course. I get frequent headaches just thinking of the stuff I have to do in my course.

Maybe I shouldn't have listened so much to my parents...? Even some of my classmates question why I'm studying graphic design if I dislike so many things about it. It hurts whenever they ask me that...and when I see some of my friends studying and loving the course of their choice, I cringe. My parents did compromise a little, though - they'd be willing to let me study animation at university level AFTER I graduate with a diploma in graphic design. They keep telling me that this diploma is just a safety net - an "insurance", so to speak - should I not be successful in breaking into the animation industry. That's probably the only thing keeping me going in this course.

Among my real-life friends and classmates, I am associated as "the one who draws cartoons"...which isn't a good thing in their eyes, because those who are also interested in the Illustration specialisation can draw all that wicked realistic stuff. I can, too, but in my free time I'd rather draw cartoons. In their free time, they'd draw realism/abstract stuff...I'm not on the same frequency as my coursemates. Not only in area of study, but also in terms of maturity and the things we like. I feel really immature around them - now don't get me wrong, this isn't me bragging about being "young at heart" - it's the stuff I like compared to the stuff they like. One of my classmates, whom I look up to in class for his skills at realism, saw some of my Sonic fan art for the very first time and said, "The stuff you draw...they're like drawn by a 12 year old. I'm not saying that it's bad, in fact, you drew them well. It's just your subject matter."...at that, I entered into a state of "emo-ness" - a state in which my classmates describe as me staring into the distance, pondering. I wasn't really too hurt by his words, I know it's just his opinion. But what I felt really worried about was that he wasn't the only one who had a similar, negative opinon on my works. About two of my teachers have commented that the stuff I do for assignments isn't "mature" enough. The first instance was for a clay sculpture I did of a sitting figure. As I was one of the last to finish sculpting, I didn't have time to wait for the clay to dry so that I could paint and move it off the wooden base that was given to us. As a result, the sculpture was stuck to the base. I decided to paint the base along with the sculpture, which none of my classmates did (they only painted their sculpture). Later on during class critique, my teacher said that my work "lacked sophistication" and the thing I painted on the base (a bright red fish swimming with an equally bright yellow fish against a bright blue sea of paint) was "not mature enough". As this was the first time a teacher has said that to me, I just brushed it off without giving it much thought. The second instance was with another teacher when I picked a plethora of colours to use for a book assignment (Publication Design), as my theme of the book was "Playfulness". He didn't like it, and advised me to "make the book look playful yet mature (by using a smaller range of colours), not for kids because they aren't the target audience of your assignment". Again implying that the stuff I produce isn't mature enough. Sigh...is it really time for me to "grow up"?

How can I thrive in this course without compromising who I am? I'm suppressing my passion just for the sake of getting through this course...how can I keep my passion for animation from fizzling out? It gets really depressing. Even my parents know how depressed I am whenever I discuss this with them and whenever they see my face while doing assignments, but they wouldn't budge. I know they mean well for me, but the whole process is just really arduous. And I had a choice! Why didn't I make use of that choice to study what I wanted to pursue? ;_;

...or maybe I should just S.U.M.O (Shut Up, Move On) like what some of my classmates have advised me to do.
But I have yet to see any good coming from studying graphic design (other than the far-fetched "safety net/insurance" idea which I keep using to reassure myself). 

To end off, let me just say that regardless of what I study, I have one life wish which I would like to fulfill - to publish a functioning videogame. It doesn't have to be anything big, just something of the action-adventure/platformer/brawler/3rd-person shooter genre(s) that's fun to play will do. Of course I'd either have to pick up programming (which is highly unlikely because I suck at logic and Mathematics), or collaborate with a friend who knows programming.

Maybe it's just my idealistic mindset going crazy again, trying to dream of an idealistic world for not just me but my friends and family too...and it's really exshausting just trying to fulfill everything.

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1. Commission type (e.g. "Coloured B, Lineart C" = "Cel-shaded Basic, Thin lineart")
2. Visual references of character(s). I may decline your commission if your references aren't good enough for me to get a feel of the character(s).
3. Any specific pose (if not, I'll draw what I want)
4. What background you want: White/transparent/simple/textured. Simple = drawn by myself, Textured = stock image from other artists/photographers.
I will not do detailed environments for commissions. :(
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:bulletred: ART TRADE with Carinaconstellation : Carina & Jemi, me: same.
:bulletred: ART TRADE with haphwei : Jade and Rula fav.me/d6t8rd0 AT with Jemi by haphwei

:bulletorange: PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT!! Practice drawing realistic human faces, heads, hands, feet, anatomy, poses (at different angles!!)

:bulletpurple: Birds of Singapore project (tradigital?)
:bulletpurple: Drawing of a cat/collage of cats for my brother (traditional)

:bulletblue: Jak and Daxter fanart, Castle Crashers fanart , Spyro fanart ( part of the project below)
:bulletblue: Huge "videogame characters of my life" tribute artworks

:bulletblue: "Organic VS Inorganic characters" tribute - Ratchet & Clank, Halo, Knight Rider, e.t.c.

:bulletblue: Script for Big Swan Chapter 2 (need to practice drawing characters more and develop them further)

:bulletred: MMD projects (5 songs - not telling ya! :V ) Forget it, my computer crashed and I lost all my models AND self-animated camera work >:U ;w; I've given up on MMD and now I'm focusing on drawing in my free time :P

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CardinalCompanion Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only just got home, and I only just got your message to play TF2. And I would absolutely love to.
Next time you have time, let's play.
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RainyPug Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
so a petail doodle / fusion happened
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Thanks for the fav!
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ww123td Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
谢谢送给我的羊驼3D Llama Badge !
同时也欢迎在steam上交流!
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SailorMoonAndSonicX Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just stopped by and saw your self comment. ;o; I hope you feel better soon, Jemi. ;-; Hang in there.
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JemiDove Featured By Owner Edited Nov 25, 2014  Student General Artist
so...so...so...SICK OF WHAT I'M DOING
why did I listen to them
why must it be this way
they mean well but it seems that everyone else around me is idealistic except them
who is ultimately right??
i should be glad i'm not in a jc
yet...i just let that opportunity slip by even though I was eligible and i had a choice!
they say it's just a stepping stone...an "insurance"...but I really don't like what i'm doing...try as i might, i can never wrap my head around graphic design...i never cared about typography and layout stuff. and i've always HATED advertising...
i'm doing well in school...top 10% for the first semester even...but oh why...why did i listen...why pour in so much energy and effort into something i have no passion for? just to get out of here?

will my passion fizzle out before I get out of here?????? why did I even choose to end up here in the first place???????????????????? call me idealistic but i'd rather cause a revolution in the digital media entertainment industry here than in the design industry...they always mix the two up but they're really very different from each other...

....i want to be part of a team who makes an impact on people. not to work on something that i myself don't care about.

ugh i should get back to work. 6 InDesign spreads due tomorrow and i've only completed 1. why must tertiary education have such long hours asdjfasfljbk

oh hey this is the first time i've typed in mostly small letters haha
i should talk less. and become a recluse wheee .. or get back to work AND GET IT OVER AND DONE WITH SO MY EYES WON'T DRY UP FROM STARING AT THE SCREEN
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Thanks  for the :iconfav3dplz:! :)  :iconoak-elfglitter:
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Seikame Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Guuuuh thanks a bunch for all the favorites ! D8
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