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BrainSpew the 82nd by Altalamatox BrainSpew the 82nd by Altalamatox
Been a strangely long time since the last installment of spew. I've been far luckier with paint than pencils this year.

My thanks to the folks who humored my sudden desire for instant-gratification critter commissions the other week, among them ~Dacina, ~A-VeyZ, and ~AraRouge!

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moonlight-goose Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh god! The two Eric's are cute! It seemed as if chibi fluffers was just wondering around this page eating sweets until he was found by Eric in his cookie jar house. :D (Big Grin) 
*opens cookie jar*
Chibi Fluffers: Surprise! You found me! Meow :3 
*followed by the cute scene above* 
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Hee! That is an overwhelmingly adorable notion, I like it very much. I may have to hide a chibi-containing cookie jar in Eric's home now just so this can be a thing. :3
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moonlight-goose Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist
I'm sure Eric would like that very much. :D (Big Grin)  Together they can have taco parties!
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Oh god, the LAST thing the world needs is TWO Gluttonies running around...

Eric & Eric: *shiny eyes*

Eric: O pweeease!

Eric: Think of the tacos!

Eric: There is a world surplus of tacos!

Eric: Some nations are only a few feet above the taco-line! Any more tacos,

Eric: and everyone will die. Of tacos.

Eric: A terrible, terrible death.

Eric: Isn't it just.

Eric: I think we've made our case clear.

Eric: I think we have.
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moonlight-goose Featured By Owner Edited Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist
I'm afraid their evidence is irrefutable miss Altalamatox. Give them the tacos and no harm will become of you...I'm sure they wouldn't hurt you otherwise-but it's best to stay on the safe side of this situation.
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Renee-Niels Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... Morgan really should consider wearing fancy hats more often~ That one in particular becomes him quite nicely~
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I had the most terrifying idea for a first meeting of Corny and Melissa
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
DO IT. :D
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, I can explain it better than I can draw it ((Hit an art slump. HARD))

Melissa loves fish. She will eat barrels of fish if left unsupervised. Now if a magical mishap were to occur landing her in the Network in her Terra form, conveniently in front of the Monterey house (mansion I'd think) andshe'd catch the slightest wiff of fishy galinti she wouldn't be able to help herself...

*Cornelius busy working at his fancy imported desk, doing whatever poloticans do on their day off. Probably drinking coffee and reading the paper.*
WHUMP pad pad pad...
*Cornelius would look up, listen for a moment, shrug and return to the political section.*
Snuff snuff snuff, Mmmm....
*He looks up again, annoyed now. Penny probably had Eric over. He rolled his eyes and shook his gead knowing they'd need another trip the market.*
CRASH
*He jumps, startled. What the bloddy hell was going on?? He got up, armed with a rolld up newspaper and hot coffee to investigate. He opened the door quickly with his newspaper poised for the kill. No one is there but an expensive vase was broken. Slowly he crept out and rounded a corner, looked left and right, a window was carelessly left open. He sighed with relief and stood up straight and shut it, locking this time. But as he turned around a gaping set of jaws and a flash of purple knocked him to the ground. Once he came too a large purple bat..., thing... was standing above him.*
You smell like fish and scream like a little girl. *The apparent girl smiled and picked up him up and attempted to straighten his robes*
Sorry there cgeif, I couldnt help myself..
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Christstarrgirl Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to see the full pic of Penny and Eric hugging. ^_^
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Christstarrgirl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the hugging sketch! I want a hug from him too...Grr. 
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hottopic1989 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
so pretty much there is nothing that you cant draw. that's what im gathering from all these.
that and the fact that not only can you draw anything but you can draw it amazingly well.
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EleDabi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Speecheless.
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SapphiresFrost Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
It is official, I will never ever get tired of your Brain Spews! They are some of the most inspiring things on the planet, and I exaggerate not! They are the most amazing things, ever! It is wonderful just to see the process you go through, the little scribbles here and there that come to life on the screen, and the beautiful characterizations and expressions you capture on paper! My own characters always spring to life in a yammering chorus of 'DRAW US, dangit!'. Hehe, I'd quite willingly oblige, if I wasn't always so gosh darned afraid of screwing up. Alas, the woes of an artist! *Dramatic pose* Hehe! #^______^# Anyway, just figured I'd put in my two cents--though I'm afraid it has become so much more! I'm not sure if I have ever commented on your stuff, but if I haven't, it has been LONG overdue! You are amazing and ever my inspiration so from the deepest part of my heart THANK YOU!!!

P.S. *Cough* Excuse the length..... I ramble on the rare occasion I actually 'talk'.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
No worries on long comments, I enjoy them! And thank you for your very kind words, I'm glad you've found these inspiring!

Aw, never be afraid of your own characters. Make them earn their keep by suffering along with you as you learn to draw. Free Guinea pigs are what OCs are for!
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SapphiresFrost Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha! So true! Thank you for the wonderful advice! Now all I have to do is get a pencil and paper! :D
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Candied-Cyanide Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a BIG question for you. I understand that you use and tablet and such, but what drawing...thing?..
do you use? I mean, naturally I've heard of MS Paint, Paintbrush (MAC), and GIMP, but I'm very curious in what you use. Pencil and Paper, with a scanner? Something else unheard of? Your artwork is extraordinary, and the coloring/shading is fantastic!! Please let me know as soon as you can, I am dieing to know. :) Thank you! -Pocky
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Aw, thank you! Big question, little answer: nearly all my drawings are mechanical pencil (.5) on regular printer paper. I find it's the best combo for clean lines for scanning and for not smearing. I've been doing more digital drawings (with an Intuos4 in Photoshop) lately, like Dacina's dragon and my mushy couples' portraits here. I'm not as in control drawing with my tablet, which used to infuriate me but now I'm really enjoying how much it loosens up my lines. (:
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Candied-Cyanide Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooh! Alright! ^ ^
I don't think I have a scanner, I don't have a tablet, much less I can't draw with a mouse, so I'm a bit screwed. xD Pencil and Paper it is then. :3
(Woooo~ Something I can actually draw with. xD)
Anyway, thank you so much! I really do look up to your art and your style, and it means a lot to me that you answered. :) Thanks!
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Susiron Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHHHH just casually coming back here to stare at these lovely sketches

You've probably been asked this before but-- how does your hand hold up throughout these sketches? I'm not sure how long it took you to draw all of these collectively, but man it seems like you draw a lot and very frequently, so I'm just wondering if you ever have trouble with your hand because of this, and if so what measures you go through to make sure your hand doesn't get super crampy?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I do have problems with hand cramps, so much that I thought I was developing actual carpal tunnel a few years ago. But it's actually typing, mouse work, and repetitive strokes (like endless fur) with my tablet that do most all the damage. Pencil drawing doesn't bother me much, for whatever reason.

When I do have hand troubles, as I'm starting to now on account of writing too much online tonight, I have a brace for my right wrist I'll slip on while typing/navigating to give my crushed nerves a rest. I'm a moron with my tablet and paint for hours and hours at a sitting until I can barely get my fingers to uncurl from my pen. When I'm not being over-indulgent I'll set timers on the hour to get up and go do something else for ten minutes. So breaks are good. I also mess with clay sometimes, which serves the same purpose as one of those squishy stressball things, I'd imagine. Get the blood flowing in your fingers again and all. I also have a pair of warm, finger-less knit gloves I'll wear sometimes when working because heat is supposed to help against aching wrists. Maybe that's helpful? Do you have troubles with crampy hands?
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Susiron Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hrmmm perhaps it's how you move your wrist while drawing on paper? I remember reading something about how a smaller tablet will give you worse hand pain since you are forced to do more wrist movement rather than arm movement-- and typing definitely involves more wrist movement than arm as well so that might be the case?

Ahhhh oh wow those all sound like good management ideas to help. Yeah, I have quite the achy hand/wrist as well from drawing and typing (but primarily drawing, I think.) It's definitely my own fault as well since I also overindulge and sit down for hours on end to draw, neglecting to take breaks. Perhaps I should try and set timers too AHHHHHHIJEHtrh

But man I never thought of clay or stress balls, really; those sound like some great ideas. I really do need to get into the habit of exercising my hand more. I found my mother's old Baoding balls recently and I think those may help as well.
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Mallenc Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
I see peacock Cornelius has returned. :)
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
To his displeasure, apparently. Predictably. Amusingly, perhaps. It's not even his character critter, I just like to make stabs at his sprawling ego like the kind and loving creator I am.
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AngeliqueAlene Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
It's not really a secret that I've always been impressed by the creatures that you draw, but how well you draw them makes me wonder, do you like drawing animals more than people, is that why you're so awesome at it?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Secret or not, thank you for saying so! And I'm not sure. I love drawing animals because, for me, they're more easily stylized and exaggerated and offer more play space just in terms of species. But humans are where all the meat is, humans are ultimately faaaar and beyond more intriguing to me than animals, which are interesting on a physical and behavioral level to a great degree but nothing like the depths of human personalities. Because we're attuned at every level to our own species, humans are also BLOODY HARD TO DRAW, convincingly, at any rate. I might put it to you that my animals look better than my humans for that reason.

I will say I draw tend to draw animals when I'm feeling exhausted, distracted, nervous, or shaky about what's going to come out of my pencil, because the margin of error is so wide and it hikes my confidence up. It's a minor act of courage every time I start to draw a human being, because they are nuanced, demanding, and more than half the time I dislike the results. (I would probably never draw them if I didn't have a human cast to work with, because even if it's a crappy drawing of Cornelius it is still a drawing of Cornelius and perhaps his story and quasi-lifeforce-of-a-sort carries it.) But the occasional successful rendering of a person absolutely trumps hundreds of mindless animal doodles, to me, in my mind. And, that seems to be about the proper proportion of what I draw...
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TysonLaFollette Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
So there I was, asking for the fangs... then five minutes later I come to your scraps and feel like a fool for speaking too soon. :ohnoes:

Ah, but that's life.

Oh man, I think Jackie would drive me up the wall as a person, let alone as a bird! XD And chibi-Eric really is a little cutie!
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Also I like how doodle-bunny fluff-butt Eric looks terrified that he is being sucked into a black hole of scribbles.
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
SKINNY LORD ERIC <3 I just... Can I just borrow him for awhile? I promise to return him intact. :)
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Eric: *doffs hat and offers arm* Yes, yes you may, m'lady.

Pft, intact? He's pretty durable given the regeneration business, have at the bugger!

Eric: Oh gosh, I love you too...
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
*Squees and links arms with him then runs off to go find someplace to waltz and one of those ritzy Victorian style smoking room bars with those platters of little cakes and sweets* DANCE WITH ME, YOU FABULOUS MAN.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Eric: *eyes on the little platters of cakes and sweet* I- oh, what? Oh, yes, of course! Lead on! I do hope you're familiar with Gangnam Style. ;) *slips on shades*
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student General Artist
IT'S OKAY ERIC YOU CAN STUFF YOUR FACE FIRST. I'll just sit here watching you because you're a handsome devil.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Eric: DAW, I LIKE THIS ONE. :D *huggles* Do feel free to come round and be a bad influence on my ego and waistline whenever you like, k?
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
*throws hands up in the air excitedly*
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
CORNELIUS AND DIANA CAN COME TOO.
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I just... Those eyes, that hair...his HAT! *melts all over sputtering admiring gibberish*
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Susiron Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The teeth brushing omg ahahtergtjfbh
So many awesome drawings here but I think that little seal might be one of my favorites it's ridiculously adorable
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AwesomePonyTail Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! So inspiring! I love your art style. The smoothness of your lines and the rounded shapes and the exaggerated features. I aspire to be able to draw a whale just like yours. :XD:
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CalliScribbles Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I've noticed that you like whales.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
What can I say, they have a very fun shape. :)
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CalliScribbles Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Yes they do, but so does everything you draw, especially toucans. :)
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RunawaySpirit Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I've been scrolling through the comments- so I have a vague answer to my question already- but I still must ask: Why do you have so many unhappy/sad characters drawn? Normally if you have one or two forlorn faces, there's a description written next to it, either with a witty anecdote to the situation, or simply 'sad dragon is sad'...but no more than just a scraping.
I hope the art therapy helped, if you were drawing out your emotions, but don't hesitate to Emote-Spew as well as Brain Spew! Better to listen to the same word from a thousand voices than to be deafened by the singular voice inside (as my mother once taught me).

Leeeaving that: I choked on my tea at Cornelius' response to his chibi-self. And Eric's response made me squeal, once I was done retrieving a towel to clean myself with. Your way with describing scenes is uncanny and amazing. I'd read your grocery lists.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
I imagine you read my response to Pendrey, then. What I told her was mostly about fear and frustration. What's making me sad, and what I keep trying to drown in paintings, and my couples, and commissions, and anything else to stop me thinking about it, is that I've been lately kicked from the nest. I'm so lucky to have an incredible family, but on the flip side it's crap, because now I have to grow up and move even further away than I've been for years and I'll more or less see them two weeks a year from now on. It's been keeping me going all five years of college thinking that at the end I'd get to go back home for a while and pound out freelance and live with my siblings again, who are growing up obscenely fast, and catch my brother before he starts college himself and moves to who knows where.

But Dad says no, says it's critical I get work ASAP and start paying into retirement. I just feel like it's a terrible mistake. I have my entire life to work and live alone somewhere and be miserable, but this year is the very last time my siblings and I can be kids together, it seems precious. And the alternative, which I guess is the reality of the future now, really looks so bleak... I don't make friends and I'm terrible at keeping them and if I move cities I will be alone, maybe for years. It sounds stupid, but it's my track record. I've been sick at heart over all this, and I'm depressed to know that what happens next is that I will- indeed I'm already doing it- cut the emotional strings to the people I care about because it seems to be that if I can't be with a person then I want them and that pain out of my head. And this is my family I'm talking about, I'm talking about trying to forget my family. I don't want to do this hard-heart thing, but if I don't then I do what I'm doing now, and cry. Or possibly it is the crying that actually cuts the strings, a few more every time. I don't know how to hold on loosely without letting go. I was alone enough as it was, now mentally detaching from my family... it makes me sad.

You asked but you didn't deserve that load of rubbish dumped on you, I'm sorry. Ha, a few of my relations know about my page here, imagine them coming across me saying such things. Maybe it can be fate, then, if one of them does, and I can fess up to my shameful method of dealing with emotional attachment. Or I can hide this comment. Hm. Either way, thank you very much for your concern. It's one of those times of life where you can't say you're sure you'll be back to your old self soon, because that period of self is over, but maybe adult era me will come to be more chipper in time. (:
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm so sorry to hear that. I'm going through a similar problem, too. My dad was laid off during the recession and his new job forced us to move, but leave my older brother behind. After being away from him and everybody I ever knew for years, I move back only to have to move out of my childhood home a year later because my family made stupid decisions and ended up selling it. My brother, his fiancee and I moved to a terrible neighborhood in a house that turned out to have a ridiculous amount of problems that the sellers covered up... And after all that, his fiancee keeps lobbying him to kick me out and make me dorm or get an apartment, even though I don't have a job or a drivers license yet. Plus his work hours vs my schedule mean I only see him a hour or so a day, if that, and he just seems so distant now. I've been living helpless and in fear of being sent out the door at any moment, and let's not even go into the actual living situation. I already feel like I was pushed out of the nest and lost everybody I loved because I moved around so much that everyone has had ample time to go without me. Don't mean to rant on you, but my point is there are tons of people (including myself) going through similar things, and the artists among us almost always use art to vent, and frankly such strong emotion makes some of the deepest and most meaningful art there is, so there's no need to feel ashamed of putting your troubles out there. Some people just want to know they're not alone, and seeing artwork like that helps. Also, when you're feeling down, just remember that you are one of my favorite artists ever and every time you post something I bounce up and down in my computer chair with excitement and squee! You are a bright spot in literally thousands of peoples days and we all love you to death and and here for you. Stay strong, artist brethren! :D
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RunawaySpirit Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
First of all, I don't think it's fair of your dad to ask you that. And I don't mean it in the immature 'life isn't fair!' deal. I mean that it isn't his right to snatch away your present happiness in order to paint you a picture of what adulthood is 'really like'. I'm comfortable enough in my own skin that, when people ask me to do sacrifice my sanity for the 'real world', I tell them to calm down and grow a spine. Breaking free, growing wings and flying into the abyss...that stuff is terrifying! So why on Earth would I let someone decide how fast I go through it? And why would I let them tell me what to expect?
Of course I'll take their advice. As you should take your Dad's. But what I'm trying to say is that you shouldn't let him- or anyone else-dictate how you should spend this time. My advice? Tell him thank you for the heads-up, you'll be sure to do that, and you're already in the midst of planning (reminding him of how hard this time is might do him some good!) and go visit your sibs. Give them hugs. Be silly. Laugh and enjoy the time as only children are brave to do- freely. Cherish every second and let each moment remind each of you how fast life is moving. Remind each other that phones exist, and maybe even set up a month where you spend a weekend together. Even if that's too difficult, at least take as many pictures as your computer printer will allow to print.
Being kicked from the nest is horrificly scary, I know. But you don't have to do it alone, grasping. Reaching out is just as bleak sometimes, but you'll have more people asking why you didn't do it sooner than those who will turn up their noses!

Now as to cutting the ties...I won't tell you how to deal with that, because I'm not you, but that sounds terrible. Terrible, and so lonely. Having that mindset almost makes it sound as if you're moving to a remote island where you'll never have any contact with them ever again! And that's not true. They'll be there. Cutting them away like that is what tears the binds, not the distance or leaps-of-age.
And trust me, I get the whole 'taking forever to make friends' deal. I've been in college for four years, and I've made one acquaintance. My other friends are all people I've known since childhood (the one perk of staying in-state/in county for college!). And going to a brand new place, where you have no ties, and where you're going to be too busy to have a social life? How could you ever make friends?! Easier than our panicked brains make it seem. For starters, you could always use DA. Send out a notice, asking if people live in your area (state, not town...don't want creepers ;D) and suggest a meet. It'll be casual, but you might find more people than you thought! Not a good idea? Then do that one crazy thing people always suggest: Join something! No, seriously, I did, and I'm grateful for it. I would have been a lonely mess if I hadn't joined something when I went away. Volunteer for something, if clubs seem still too much.

That last bit: Expression through art is never</> shameful, even if it's outright comments to the world. DA is a community! And art is known to be the best therapy. So it made people frown as they looked at your frowning characters. So? You expressed yourself. Good for you! Now let people worry about you because, again, this is a community. We look out for each other (the nicer ones, anyway!). Your adult you doesn't have to be immediate or perfect. There isn't a magic button that instantly makes anything, and there won't be a single moment that makes you an adult, no matter how hard it comes. Gradual-ness is the key to being a happy adult.
(I am SO sorry this is so long, but I want you to understand that I understand! I'm going through it, too, and will soon be going through the rest, and I just want to share what I learned and what others taught me!)
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Tatchu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Some of those tiny creatures there creeps my pants off.... Though, lovely spew, all of it!
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wings33 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
"We'll laugh about this one day."

..Yeah, I'm laughing about it now.
And chibi Eric IS ridiculously adorable.

Really love the one at the bottom. Colors, mood, all that jazz... loverly : )
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Jane-Martin906 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Chibi Eric is best Eric!! :3
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
great job!
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