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  JANUARY 2015
 
DATE: 2015/01/02 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, happy 2015! Here's to a grand year full of happiness and good fortune for you and me both! My holidays are winding down but I still wanted to swing by and bring you an update, a cast illustration in the form of Henna from 'Wildcard: Flock'! I'm going to be getting down to doing some new illustrations next week so look forward to even more new artwork hot off the presses! As well, this year I'd like to get some more stories up-and-running as well as post some older art for you to take a look at; lots in store for the this new year I do hope! I've been playing 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' quite a bit lately and just passed the one-hundred-hour mark. I've been doing a ton of reading and exploring mind you so my time my be a little spread out. It's still a very robust - at times overwhelming - game that I thoroughly recommend! And those war table missions? Very reminiscent of 'Assassin's Creed' and a heck of a lot of fun! Anyways, hope you have a grand one and I'll see you again next week! Enjoy the weekend, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/05 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how's it going? I hope you are well this fine Monday and that your week - and year - is off to a grand start! Just checking in quick today as I've got a bit of a hectic schedule getting back into the swing of things post-vacation. I do have a new cast illustration for you today though so please do check out Luthor from 'Kingdom's Curse'! I'm hoping to get in some good drawing time this week but I'll see how things pan out as the week progresses. I do plan on getting in some more time with 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' as well; it is just such a marvellous gameplay experience! The writing is particularly fantastic especially - as typically with BioWare games - with the cast of characters. It's great seeing a new take on some old characters as well as some strong newcomers. The way the story is building on the pervious titles - and, at time, subverting things you thought you knew - is well played and engrossing. Definitely a worth-while investment of time and I'm eager to see what will come of the next 'Mass Effect' as well! As an aside, extremely glad I played the DLC for 'Dragon Age II' before cracking into 'Intuition'; super worth it! Anyways, have a grand week and see you again on Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/07 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's it going? I've been stricken with migraines over the past couple of days but I'm on the mend though feeling a little out-of-sorts today. I do, however, have a new piece of artwork for you so please do check out Zen Zero from 'Darien's Line'! I'll have for you a new cast illustration (and my first drawing of 2015) on Friday as well so drift on by for that! Still plugging away at 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' when I've been able and still just loving it! It has been a fully enjoyable experience so far and I'm quite eager to see how the tale wraps up. I'm still a ways out from that, though, so my backlog is still on hold. Anyways, I'm off to get some rest before continuing my work for the day so do have a good one and I'll catch you again on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/09 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, happy Friday! I hope you are well and that your week has been a good one! I'm pretty worn out but otherwise pretty good and I've been migraine-free now thankfully. Today I have for you my first illustration of 2015 and a new cast illustration from 'Moons Opera' so please do check out Parker! I hope to get some more illustrative and story work done in the coming weeks and have some pretty big plans/ideas so I'm excited to see how things shape up! I plan to play a lot of 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' this weekend, though, as I haven't had much of a chance to play this week. So much exploring left to do and I'm loving it! Aside from that, I checked out some gameplay for the multiplayer and I'm thinking I may just crack into that this weekend too as it looks crazy-fun! Anyways, have a grand weekend and I look forward to swinging by again come Monday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/12 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things? Hopefully you had yourself a grand weekend! I'm looking forward to a productive week this week and have a lot on my mind that I'd like to accomplish. Today I come bearing a new cast illustration from 'Kingdom's Curse' so please take a look at Ederly! I recently head something really interesting about Netfilx. They said that they have not been collecting ratings data as it's not what determines success for their programming and availability. Rather, the focus of Netflix is to provide the content and make it available for you to watch and enjoy if you so choose and if it's your cup of tea. I have very much the same philosophy in that a lot of what I do here I do for my own enjoyment. I like making my stories and artwork available for you to enjoy if you want; if it's not your cup of tea, then no worries. I like creating for the sake of creating and if you dig it too, all the better! Well, I'm off to get some work done so have yourself a grand week and I look forward to dropping by again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/14 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you? I must apologize as I am feeling quite unwell this week. I do have a piece of concept art for you today all the same so please do take a look at Ridley from 'Darien's Line'! I may be on the brief side today as I am working on recovering my health but it's nice to pop by all the same. I've been continuing to progress through 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and I must say I love the character dialogue. Even just hearing my party members chat is up as I explore is a real treat; such a fantastic game! Anyways, I'm off to get some rest but I'll be back again with another new content update on Friday. See you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/16 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things? I'm still on the mend but I'm planning to get some good rest over the weekend so hopefully that will give me a nice boost. I wanted to swing by quick today and bring you another new cast illustration from 'Moons Opera' so please do check out Sal! y health has put a little bit of a hold on my current artistic plans but I'm still thinking, planning, and scheming so I should be able to get moving again relatively quick once I start feeling a little better. I'm getting ever-closer to the end of 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' which is still just a blast. I'm thinking I may go for something a little less intensive for my next game since I've been spending so much time on the 'Dragon Age' series. Perhaps a light shooter? Or maybe finally crack into 'Alien: Isolation'? We shall see. Anyways, have yourself a grand weekend and I will see you again come Monday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/19 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're things? I'm on the mend and feeling a little better today. I haven't been in the best health so I just have a small update for you today which comes in the form of some hilariously-old art! Today I thought I would post the original cast illustrations from 'FireWorks' which were completed as of February 2005 - nearly ten years old now! So please do check out this look back to 2005 and I hope you get a kick out of the old work (especially in comparison to the new cast illustrations I have been posting)! I'm progressing through 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and must say that whole Wicked Minds mission was quite stressful (though still a blast to do) and am glad to have managed to finish it, the related Trophy, and all the of sidequests. Whew! I'm seriously considering adding more tension to my plate by jumping into 'Alien: Isolation' once 'Dragon Age' is all finished up so wish me well. Anyways, do have a great week and I will be back again with some (contemporary) cast illustrations come Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/21 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's it going? I hope you are well and I must apologize that I am still not at my best. I do have some new artwork for you today in the form of a cast illustration from 'Darien's Line' so please do check out Mr. Glenn! I've been a little run down, worn out, and under-the-weather but I'm hoping to get a little sleep over the next couple of days to help me recover a little. I haven't even made much progress in 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' over the past few days but I hope to get in some time over the weekend. Anyways, I'm off to try and get some work done before crashing. I hope you are well and I will see you again on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/23 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things? Super-short post today as I am not all that well. Just wanted to pop by and bring you a look at Rome'Artita from 'Moons Opera' today so please do take a look! I haven't had much gaming time but I hope to get to some 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' this weekend with any luck. I hope you are in for a grand weekend and I hope to be feeling much better come Monday. See you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/26 JESSEN:
     "Hello there and happy Monday! I'm finally starting to feel a bit better after getting some good rest over the weekend. Though I've had a little time to do some sketching here and there, it'll still take a little time for me to get back on track. However, I do have some concept artwork for you today. I really enjoyed posting some of the original concept art for 'FireWorks' last week so I thought I might continue to trend this week in the form of a look back at 'Owl and Fish-man'. Please do take a look at these original cast illustrations from the original 2004 run of 'Owl and Fish-man'! I've had a little time to do same gaming and I must say, I'm itching to get to my backlog soon. I just added 'Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell' and the HD port of 'Resident Evil' so I'm looking at some rather varied gameplay on the horizon. Anyways, I'm off to get some more work done before kicking back with some 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' so have a grand day and see you again on Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/28 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going? I'm still feeling pretty rough unfortunately so I may be on the brief side again today. I do have some new content for you though so please do check out the cast illustration for Dr. Leewood from 'Darien's Line'! I'll be bringing you a mixed bag of content over the next little while - some old, some new - as I get back on my feet. I'm getting myself set up, however, to start recording some new story content for you so hopefully I'll be able to air some of that soon. I haven't been feeling up to doing much gaming recently so I haven't made too much progress in 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' but I just picked up 'Dying Light' so my backlog is growing and there are a huge number of games I want to get to (not to mention that I'm dying to see how the 'Inquisition' story wraps up) so here's hoping I can get to some more gameplay soon. Anyways, I hope you are well and that your week has been stellar! Keep well and I'll see you again on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/01/30 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you today? I'm still on the mend but I feel like I'm making a little progress at least. As I mentioned, I'm going to be bringing you a random selection of things over the next little while and today, that comes in the form of character sketches from 'Moons Opera'! I hope you dig this sketchy look at some of the main characters from 'Moons Opera' as I may be bringing you some more sketches in the coming days. Still not much movement on the gaming front here but I'm hoping to get in some time over the weekend and maybe finish up with 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'! Here's hoping. Anyways, have yourself a grand weekend and I'll see you again come Monday, cheers!"
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  FEBRUARY 2015
 
DATE: 2015/02/02 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you today? I'm still working to get better as I seem to have caught a touch of the flu. I've been getting a fair amount of rest, though, so here's hoping I will recover quickly. I have another classic-style for you today in the form of some older character illustrations from 'Owl and Fish-man' so please do check out this second collection! I didn't get in much gaming time over the weekend but I'm hoping to finish up 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' soon so we'll see how this week goes. I hope you are in for a great week this week and I look forward to dropping by again on Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/02/04 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things? I'm still not feeling at my best but I hope you are doing well and I'm looking forward to getting back to business-as-usual. I do have something for you today - a never-before-seen concept sketch from 'Voiceless Songs' which I have been eager to share with you for some time! Though it's a few years old now, I really like how this set of sketches turned out and I hope you dig this more-current look at the Gunman. I've had a tiny bit of time to play 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and have managed to finish up with pretty much all my sidequests so I'm ready to progress to the end (as soon as I am well enough and find the time to sit and spend some good quality time with the game). Well, I hope you are faring well and that the coming days help you wind down your week in a grand fashion! See you Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/02/06 JESSEN:
     "Hello there and happy Friday! I'm feeling a bit on the rough side today so I may be a little brief. I do have a new piece of concept art for you today, though, so please check out this fun mock blueprint from 'Stray Night'! I've been doing a little sketching here-and-there lately but nothing too concrete. Once I get feeling a little better again I should be able to get in some new polished colour work so stay turned for that! Since my progress on 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' has been slow, I opted to pick up something on Steam I could play for short amounts of time here and there when I am feeling up to it. I grabbed 'Darkest Dungeon' which is earning every cent I paid so far! Though an Early Access game, it feels exceptionally polished and features hand-drawn-art styled graphics I've often seen compared to Mike Mignola's work on 'Hellboy' (which I think is a lovely comparison). The style and atmosphere are delightfully occult and the narration is reminiscent of 'The Raven' as read by James Earl Jones on 'The Simpsons'. If you're looking for an exceedingly stylish, dark dungeon-crawler, I definitely recommend you check out 'Darkest Dungeon'! Anyways, hope you are in for a wonderful weekend and I will see you again come Monday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/02/09 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things today? I hope you had a great weekend and that your week is off to a great start! I'm feeling a little bit better today which, I must say, is a nice change. I'm going to be taking it easy this week but I'm hoping to get some things done here and there that I have been wanting to. Today, I have for you another retrospective piece from 'Owl and Fish-man' so please do check out this look back at some of the cast and characters! I must say, I'm eagerly awaiting the upcoming update to 'Final Fantasy XIV' as it will be introducing the Gold Saucer (of 'Final Fantasy VII' fame) to Eorzea and it looks like it will be a blast! Tons of new games to play (as well as some returning classics and the inclusion of Triple Triad from 'Final Fantasy VIII' which I am thrilled about) plus new prizes such as costumes and mounts! Fun times! Thankfully, they have also said the Real Money Shop will not impact the Gold Saucer. I'm not sure how I feel about the Real Money Shop. On the one hand, I don't like paying full price for a game, a monthly online fee and then having additional pay items. They have said all the items on offer are to be available in-game which gives you the choice of spending time or real money to get rare items. I'm okay with that concept really, though they have yet to make the items available in-game. I thought it would have been a better idea to off specialty items such as Collector's Edition items or the minions that come with the artbook and CDs. Aside from that though, I love what they are doing with 'Final Fantasy XIV' and I hope it keeps up. I hope you have a grand week and I will see you again on Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/02/11 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how's your week going? I hope all is well and that the week is treating you well! I'm mending - albeit slowly - and am really looking forward to getting back on my feet again soon. Today, though, I have some never-before-seen concept art for you today in the form of a new cast roster from Voiceless Songs'! I was intending to air these a few years back but never got the chance and now will be redoing the illustrations so I thought I might post the illustrations here for you to take a look at! Much like my artwork, I haven't made nearly as much gaming progress as I would have liked but I'm hoping that will change soon. I have been delving deep into the 'Darkest Dungeon' which is still a Lovecraftian delight so I highly recommend you check it out! Anyways, I'm off to try and get a little work done so I hope you have a great day and I will see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/02/13 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, super short post today as I am so very exhausted; my sincere apologies. I do have something new for you today, incomplete as it may be. I have the character profile page for Lacey from 'Wildcard: Tainted' up for you to check out though I don't yet have an audio story to accompany it. I will rectify the missing tale as soon as I am able. Please do check out the new content though and I hope you enjoy! I hope you are well, also, and that you are in for an excellent weekend! Best wishes and see you again come Monday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/02/16 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's it going? I hope you are well and that your week is off to a great start! I've been rocking a sick/exhausted combo so I'm a little rough-around-the-edges today but I do have another piece of throwback art for you today! Please do check out the next piece of classic 'Owl and Fish-man' character art! Not much from me on the gaming front I'm afraid but I'm hoping to get in some time to both draw and game once my health starts to pick up again. Anyways, have a grand week and see you again this Wednesday for some more content, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/02/18 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're things? I hope all is well and that your week is progressing nicely! I'm still quite run-down but I'm resting up the best I can and hoping to be feeling more myself again soon. I have a little update for you today in the form of some story concept work from 'Voiceless Songs' so please do check out the new content! I've decided to take a break from 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' for a little bit. Though I was getting quite close to the end, I wasn't making much progress due to my health so I have opted to wait for the upcoming update to the game before finishing it off. The update will reportedly (finally) add an item storage system to Skyhold plus a rad bonus by way of including the Black Emporium from 'Dragon Age II'! So, while I wait for good health and update goodness, I've decided to jump into the horrifying (in a good way) world of 'Alien: Isolation' and have certainly not been disappointed! The retro feel to everything from the ship and station designs to the music and title screens is phenomenal. My progress is crazy-slow but it's an easier game to pick up and put down without interrupting the flow of the story. I'll keep you posted on my progress but, for now, I'm opting to get myself some rest. I hope you are well and I'll see you again on Friday for some FUTURE TEXTS content, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/02/20 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's it going? I'm still feeling pretty rough and just had some dental work done so feeling a little sore as well. However, I've got some time to rest over the weekend and I plan to take advantage of it. I hope you are doing well and that the weekend is looking bright for you! I have another character profile page for you to check out today, this time from 'Wildcard: Driven'! Sadly, Chaplain's page - like Lacey's - is without an audio story at the moment but I do plan to rectify that in - both cases - as soon as I can. I've played some more 'Alien: Isolation' and cannot really believe how great it is! It is just so beautifully and faithfully crafted and I'm itching to play more even as I write this to you. Actually, on the topic of 'Alien': I'm not sure if you've heard but Neill Blomkamp (of 'District 9' fame and the upcoming 'Chappie') has announced that he will be doing the next 'Alien' movie, to be produced by Ridley Scott once he finishes 'Prometheus 2'. To say I am excited doesn't quite cut it but I'll be wary all the same just until the film is put into official production. Anyways, I hope you are in for a grand weekend and I look forward to dropping by again come Monday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/02/23 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you today? I'm updating a little late today as I have been a bit worse-for-wear thanks to my recent dental work coupled with my health issues. I should be feeling a little more myself again soon though I hope and, moreover, I hope you are doing well today! I have some older work for you again today but, this time, it comes from 'Saigo Yume: Pilot' and is something I've wanted to share with you for quite some time but never really had the chance. Please do take a look at this never-before-seen concept work and I hope you enjoy! I hope to be posting some new work again soon but I need a little more time to recover so I will keep you posted on that front. I had some time over the weekend to crack into 'The Order: 1886' and I'm really enjoying it! It's nowhere near as short as I'd been hearing and, as someone who loves stories - and finds good stories in games as important as good gameplay - I'm not at all bothered by the movie-esque tale of 'The Order'. If you enjoyed games like 'Heavy Rain' and you go into 'The Order' looking for a robust story that blends cinematics and beautiful art direction with solid action sequences (and, yes, some quick time events that are reminiscent of 'Heavy Rain') then I think you will be quite satisfied. If you go into 'The Order' expecting a standard third-person shooter with focus on action over a minimal story, you may be disappointed. Either way, I think the hype made a bit of a mess of things in this case. I hope the finish it up tonight or tomorrow and then continue with my 'Alien: Isolation' outing in earnest. Well, have yourself a grand week and see you Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/02/25 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things? I'm - as you may have guessed - still feeling a little rough but I am on the mend so here's to being well again soon! I hope your week has been shaping up well so far! I have some throwback art for you again today, this time providing a sneak-peek at some of the cast from 'Zombie Feet'; please do take a look! Though I am eager to get some new art to you, I'm getting the chance now to show you some art I've been sitting on for years and stuff that I not only still use today as reference material, but things most people have never seen. It's a lot of fun for me and I hope you're getting at least a little bit of a kick out of it! I didn't get a chance to finish up 'The Order: 1886' just yet but I'm hoping to get a chance to do so tonight. Mainly I've just been resting up over the past few days and listing to be beautiful - albeit slightly sad - music of Ólafur Arnalds. So do have yourself a grand week and I look forward to popping by again come Friday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/02/27 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how're things? I certainly hope all is well on your end! I'm slowly on the mend and feeling a tad bit more myself today, which is a plus. I wanted to swing by today and bring you a new piece of content in the form of Rome's character profile from 'Moons Opera'! As before, Rome is lacking an accompanying audio story which I will rectify as soon as I am able. I finished up with 'The Order: 1886' and really enjoyed the experience! True, it was a little on the short side but I highly doubt they intended this to be the end of their tale and I think Ready at Dawn will likely have a more robust tale with their next outing. I'd certainly dig playing more of the story set in this rich world they have developed and I'm eager to see where they go next. I haven't had a chance to jump back into 'Alien: Isolation' just yet but I hope to get in plenty of time with it over the weekend. I also picked up 'Resident Evil: Revelations 2' which I am beyond excited about! I'm planning to wait a few weeks before cracking into it though as I'm not a huge fan of the episodic format and would like a few episodes to be available before starting in. Well, I'm off to get a little more rest before trying to run some errands. Do have an excellent weekend and I'll be back again with some more content for you on Monday, cheers!"
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  MARCH 2015
 
DATE: 2015/03/02 JESSEN:
     "Hello and happy March! I hope you are well today and that you had a grand weekend! I'm feeling a little stronger today, which has been nice. I must apologize for the late update, however, which is actually the result of me feeling a bit better. I decided to draw something fresh and new for you today but, as I am still not as strong as I'd like, it took me way longer to finish than I had anticipated (not to mention I tried a new technique as well). So apologies for that but I hope you enjoy the new piece which is of the main character, Cactus, from 'Cactus: Gunslayer'! This is the first time I've done an illustration completely digitally (from pencil sketch to finished coloured product) and it was a lot of fun (though is a little simplistic when compared to my hand-drawn illustrations). Tomorrow I plan to post some more classic artwork but perhaps I'll post another digital illustration come Friday? We'll see how I'm feeling as the week goes on. I didn't get to nearly as much 'Alien: Isolation' over the weekend as I had planned but maybe this week will yield better results. I hope you're in for a grand week - and a grand month as well - and I look forward to popping in again come Wednesday! Hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/03/04 JESSEN:
     "G'day to you, how're you today? I hope all is well! I'm feeling a little run down today and have a bit of a hectic schedule ahead of me but hopefully I'll be able to get some good rest tonight. I have for you some more never-before-seen concept art from 'Zombie Feet' today so please do check out the next set of cast illustrations! I'd really dig doing another digital illustration - like the one I posted on Monday - but when I am able to do it will depend on how my health is over the next few days. With any luck, I'll have another new illustration for you this Friday but, failing that, I will be back with some more concept sketches for you. Due to my exhaustion, I haven't really been able to get in much more time with 'Alien: Isolation' which is sad for two reasons: first, gaming is my go-to activity to unwind and I haven't even been feeling up to doing that these days and, second, I'm really loving 'Isolation' and am dying to get back to it in earnest! But I should be getting healthier as the month progresses so I'm looking forward to getting in more time with my gaming backlog and my art backlog. Anyways, I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you are doing well yourself! Take good care and I'll be back here again come Friday! Hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/03/06 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things going? I'm feeling a little beat after my week but I'm not as run down as I have been feeling in recent weeks prior so things are looking up! I hope you are well and that you are in for a fantastic weekend! I, sadly, do not have a new digital illustration for you today as I was hoping. I do have something relatively new for you today, though, so please check out Roseline's character profile from 'Moons Opera'! As before, this character profile update comes without an accompanying audio story but I will be getting those up-and-running as soon as I can. Additionally, while I was not able to do another digital illustration for you to check out today, I do hope to post one next week if I can so stay tuned for that. I didn't really even make it to 'Alien: Isolation' this week but that is what this weekend if for I do believe! I hope you are in for some fun and relaxation over the next couple of days and I look forward to swinging by again come Monday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/03/09 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how was your weekend? Hopefully you had a grand one! I'm feeling pretty worn out still as I haven't been feeling the best and had a bit of a busy weekend. But I do have some brand new artwork today; a fresh, new digital illustration from 'Saigo Yume I' so please do take a look! My digital inking skills are getting better though I've still got a lot to learn and look forward to doing a lot more of these illustrations soon. I also finally got a chance to play some more 'Alien: Isolation' over the weekend and it is still just a delight! I'm impressed with how much tension the Xenomorph can create and how cinematic an experience it can deliver while putting you in Amanda's shoes. A thoroughly enjoyable - if terrifying and stressful - experience and I look forward to wrapping up the game soon. Anyways, I'm off to finish a little work before getting some more rest. I hope you are well and I will see you again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/03/14 JESSEN:
     "Happy (epic) Pie Day and my sincere apologies for my delay in posting! On top of my recent health issues, I came down with a serious case of food poisoning that knocked me out for the better part of the week. I'm still functioning at low capacity but I wanted to drift by, say hi, and drop of some overdue content for you to check out. I would have come by sooner but was just physically unable so please accept this piece of concept art from 'Zombie Feet' from the CITY STORIES and this character variant from 'Wildcard: Tainted' from the FUTURE TEXTS! I'd love to stay and chat but I think I need to lay down now so I hope you are well and I'll be back again come Monday with some form of content for you. Best of health and happiness, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/03/16 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going? I'm still recovering from my bout with food poisoning last week (coupled with my resident health issues) so I'm still pretty exhausted. However, I am on the mend so, again, I apologize that I missed posting most of last week but - in case I missed you over the weekend as well - I did do a double-post on Saturday to shore up the content I wanted to share with you. So feel free to check out any of the content I posted for you over the weekend or take a look at the new piece of 'FireWorks' content I have for you today! I will be getting down to doing some more brand new content as soon as I am able so thanks for sticking with me all this time! I haven't really felt up to playing 'Alien: Isolation' over the past week but I did take in a little Triple Triad via 'Final Fantasy XIV' as it was something simple I could play when I was able. I loved playing Triple Triad in 'Final Fantasy VIII' and the new rules, cards and implementation in 'Final Fantasy XIV' is fantastic! I'm really digging the Gold Saucer in general though I need to spend some more time taking in the attractions when I'm feeling better. Anyways, I'm off to get some rest but I hope your week is off to a grand start and I will see you again Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/03/18 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're things? I'm doing well enough, though still fairly weak from my battle with food poisoning in conjunction with my other health issues. I am, however, on the mend and I am hoping you are doing well today! I wanted to drop in and bring you a new piece of content which is the last early look at the cast of 'Zombie Feet' so do enjoy! I'm hoping to start preparing some completely new work for you over the next little while as I plan to get down to work on some story content but I'm still taking things slowly so I'll have to keep you updated on my progress. I'm just waiting for my copy of 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' to arrive so I'm planning to finish up my 'Alien: Isolation' playthrough this week and hopefully dive into 'Type-0' come the weekend; I can't even wait! My gaming backlog continues to suffer but hopefully I'll start making some progress on that front soon as well. Anyways, have a grand day and I will see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/03/20 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're you doing? I'm a little on the exhausted side today so I may be a little brief. I did want to swing by and bring you a digital sketch today from 'Stray Night' so I do hope you enjoy! This is quite a new sketch and, while not a full illustration, sketching is getting me back into the swing of things and I hope to get some more new artwork done over the next little while. First, however, I am looking forward to getting a large amount of rest in over the weekend. I'm going to be kicking back and finishing up with 'Alien: Isolation' I think as well as starting in on 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' so it should be a lot of fun and relatively stress-free! I do hope you are in for an excellent weekend yourself and I will see you again come Monday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/03/23 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how's your week kicking off? I hope you are well and that you are in for a great week! I wanted to swing by and post some simple roster illustrations from 'FireWorks' for you to take a look at today so I hope you enjoy! I'm feeling a little more rested as I took ample time to relax and just game over the weekend which was nice. I'm going to be on a bit of a 'Final Fantasy' tangent the next few days so please bear with me. I want to talk a bit about both 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' and the 'Final Fantasy: Episode Duscae' demo but I'll just stick to talking about the latter for today. First off, I want to say that the demo for 'Final Fantasy XV' is absolutely beautiful and sure to become even more so between now and the game's full release! In fact, I'm sure much will probably change between now and the final release of the game, for example: they took out magic to streamline the demo and instead focused on refining the summon system, they disabled the driving mechanic, and it has been said that the battle system underwent changes and tweaks even before the demo was out. Having played the Japanese demo for 'Final Fantasy XIII' way back, there were quite a number of changes - especially visually - between the demo and the full release. That said, I really dig the characters and costume design and both the English and Japanese voices are top-notch. The setting is immersive and really blends contemporary and fantasy elements well. As well, the combat and summon systems are a blast and I'm beyond excited for the full game! Well, I'd best stop rambling. I hope you have a grand day and I will see you again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/03/25 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going? I'm feeling a little tired but I have been pretty busy over the past few days so hopefully I will recover my energy a little before the weekend. I wanted to unlock a new story for you today and simultaneously deliver a piece of concept artwork for this older tale called '7 Stories too Late'! Please do take a look and I hope to bring you more artwork from the tale soon. I also wanted to share some thoughts on 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' which is a fantastic game! I have some experience with the Japanese PSP release and the game works off of a very similar mechanic to 'Parasite Eve: 3rd Birthday' and 'Crisis Core' but feels like a full, numbered 'Final Fantasy' in its own right. The story is dark and compelling and I love the World War-esque setting. The HD remaster, however, feels a little... underwhelming. The UI is all new and the playable cast have been hyper-polished with PS4-style graphics, whereas other major, voice-acted characters have only been slightly polished (much like the backgrounds) and still retain some jagged, pixilated texture. The NPC and enemies remain virtually unpolished as do the cinematics in general. It makes for an extremely uneven visual style (especially with the enhanced colour pallets used in the polished sprites that are not present in the cinematics) that leave it feeling out of place on current generation consoles. That is my only real gripe though as the game is still fantastic and I'm itching to play more right this moment! On that note, I'm heading off so I will see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/03/27 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's you week been? I hope it has been going well so far and that you're in for an excellent weekend! I'm still feeling a little tired out but I'm hoping to have another game-filled weekend this week and, what with my Birthday landing tomorrow, I should have a little time to just kick back and have fun. I wanted to bring you a brand new illustration today, one that I literally just completed today! So please do take a look at this new illustration from 'Moons Opera' and I hope you enjoy! Now I must say, I really dig the 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' combat system! Having a world map with random encounters is classic and yet the battles are set in their own little map - a map effected by weather (the fog is especially compelling) and that is fairly broad and open where you are free to run and dodge and be awesome with the use of your 'Dissidia'-style equippable skills. It feels a little odd (not just due to the strange remaster) playing this on the PS4 especially with the similarities to 'Crisis Core', '3rd Birthday', and 'Dissidia'. I'm wondering, since they are now talking about what is codenamed 'Type-Next', if we will see a new entry announced either for the PS4 with more native controls or perhaps head back to handhelds with the PS Vita? Regardless, I hope next time they will stick with plans to bring it overseas from the start! Well, do have yourself a grand weekend and see you again come Monday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/03/30 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're things going? I hope you had a grand weekend! Mine was quite nice and I had a lovely and relaxing Birthday! My health is still continually improving so I'm quite happy about that as well and I hope to be feeling right-as-rain again soon. Today, I wanted to unlock another story section for you today and bring you another classic illustration for you to check out! This piece comes from the GAIA CHRONICLES story 'Continuum Break' so please do take a look! Now, in the past I have discussed my distaste for retailer-specific DLC and pre-order bonuses but I must say that a far worse irritation is timed exclusives. Microsoft has really been investing in timed exclusives possibly as a reaction to the XBOX One's troubled start. Finding games like 'Dead Rising 3' and 'Rise of the Tomb Raider' locked to the XBOX One for a period of time is quite a real frustration as is find that the DLC for a title is timed as well. In this case, I'm referring to the new single player DLC for 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' which was recently released only on PC and XBOX One. They announced today that the DLC will be coming to other consoles but not until sometime in May which is a real raw deal for players. Making these kinds of exclusive deals doesn't do gamers any favours as the companies behind the deals are essentially forcing portions of the games audience to wait which, for me, doesn't make me think more highly of - or want to switch consoles to - a competitor (in this case, Microsoft). I really hope this trend is one that ends soon and that companies spend that money on making even better games over forcing gamers to wait. See you Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/01 JESSEN:
     "Hello there and happy April! Fear not, friend, for I am not much of a prankster so no need to fear April Foolings. That is not a misdirection by the by, just fact. Truth be told, I'm a terrible liar anyways so if it were, you'd probably know by now. Anyways! I wanted to stagger on in here and drop of a bit of concept art from 'Voiceless Songs' for you today so please do take a look at this older piece I used for some rarely-seen promotional material! I haven't be able to get much drawing or gaming done as of late but I'm hoping that will change as the week progresses. I'm still itching to do some more digital illustrations, not to mention get moving on my story work. As well, I'm dying to finish up my 'Alien: Isolation' playthrough and get back to my wartime adventures in 'Final Fantasy: Type-0'! I'm off to rein in my schedule a little so have yourself a grand day and I will see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/03 JESSEN:
     "Good day to you! How was your week? I hope you're in for a grand weekend and Happy Easter if you are celebrating! I plan to pack in some good rest and drawing time over the weekend so hopefully it will pan out! I wanted to bring you some never-before-seen early concept art from 'Moons Opera' (and really the FUTURE TEXTS as a whole) with a look at the early design of the Cu'Lratii species. The design of the Cu'Lratii has since changed a bit (and has now been finalized) so I wanted to share this piece as a comparison; I hope you dig it! I've had a chance to check out 'Bloodborne' this week and it's a real blast! Challenging, to be sure, and in some cases even more so than 'Dark Souls' and 'Demon Souls'. It's truly a part of this lineage, however, and has left me and my brother contemplating whether there is a secret canon that has each game plotted in a timeline in this dark world. I love the concept of the transforming weapons and the new take on rather sudden boss encounters really ups the tension. I definitely recommend it, though perhaps not as something to unwind with. Well, have a grand weekend and I will be back again come Monday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/06 JESSEN:
     "Hello, how fares you? I hope your week is off to a great start after a fun, relaxing, and/or Easter-filled weekend! I'm feeling a little more rested though I didn't get in quite as much drawing as I had hoped. I did get in some, however, so I feel happy to have been able to spend some time with my art and hope to have more time in the coming week. Speaking of art, I have another simple roster for you today - this time from 'Kingdom's Curse' so please do take a look should you like! I've nearly capped off my (tense) 'Bloodborne' experience and look forward to finishing up 'Alien: Isolation' in its stead before diving wholly back into 'Final Fantasy: Type-0'. My backlog of games is still intimidating at best but I'm enjoying playing what I can when I can. My daily schedule should be changing up soon and my health continues to improve so things are on the up-and-up and I hope to have more time for both drawing and gaming soon! I hope life is treating you well as well and I hope you'll swing on by Wednesday as I'll be posting some CITY STORIES content then! Have a grand day and see you again soon, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/08 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things? I'm feeling alright though a little tired as the week is progressing. I've been fairly productive though so I feel decent enough about that. I've unlocked another story for you today and, if you were drifting by this site back in early 2005, it is a story that may be familiar! Along with the unlock comes a piece of content - an old cast illustration from the tale - so please do check out the CITY STORIES tale, 'Thunder Struck'! As I have mentioned in the past, I am quite committed to getting all previously-available artwork from TIME FOR SLEEP up-and-running again so expect the prologue chapter of 'Thunder Struck' that ran in 2005 as well to crop up around here in one form or another in the future. I haven't had much time to do any gaming this week so far but hopefully that will change tonight. I hope you are well and I will be back again come Friday with some FUTURE TEXTS content for you! Hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/10 JESSEN:
     "Hi there! I must apologize for posting so late today; I had a bit of a busy day and ended up working on a digital illustration that I wanted to post for you today and it took a little longer to finish than I anticipated. But please do take a look at this new concept piece from 'Stray Night' which I hope you enjoy! I hope you are well and that you are in for an excellent weekend! I haven't been able to get in much gaming time this week so I hope to make up for it over the weekend and maybe finish up with 'Bloodborne' and play some more 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' or 'Alien: Isolation'. We'll see what the weekend brings. Before I head off though, have you seen they're doing a new 'Dissidia: Final Fantasy' for arcades in Japan? It's a bit odd as they are working with Team Ninja to create it but they are adding to the roster and really amping up the grahpics so I'm really hoping it makes its way to consoles in the future and overseas in general for that matter! Well, I'd best finish out my day before getting some solid sleep. I hope you're in for a grand weekend and I'll be back again come Monday! Hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/13 JESSEN:
     "Hi there, how're you today? I'm sorry I'm posting super late again today; I opted to do up another digital illustration for you today and it took way longer than I anticipated! I'm happy with the results though and I think my digital illustration skills are improving with each new piece I do so I'm excited for the next! Please do check out this new illustration of the cast from 'Kingdom's Curse'! I had a fairly relaxing weekend with some sketching thrown in here and there though I didn't really make it to much gaming (just a very small touch of 'Bloodborne'). I did manage to take in a couple of episodes of 'Daredevil' on Netflix and I am impressed! I was quite looking forward to Marvel's new set of shows and they really kicked things off well. The 'Daredevil' series is dark with a touch of genuine humour, the fight scenes are incredibly well done, and they mix in the origin story as more of a process as opposed to dwelling on it straight from the beginning. I love the cast, the portrayal of the characters, and am continually impressed with the high-calibre offerings that Marvel continually puts out! Can't even wait for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', just saying! Anyways, have a great evening and I will see you again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/15 JESSEN:
     "Good day, how're you doing today? I hope your week has been shaping up well, especially coming into the home stretch before the weekend! I've been doing up some more digital illustrations and wanted to share another with you today, this time from 'Darien's Line'; please do take a look at this new piece as I'm quite happy with the end result! I'm really eager to put all that I have learned so far about digital illustrations to practice when I begin doing my audio stories and the accompanying illustrations. I'm still on the mend, though, so it may be a little while still before I really get to start in on my story work... However, I will keep you posted! I took in a little more 'Bloodborne' (nearing the end) and 'Daredevil' (getting even better with each episode) so I've been enjoying my downtime even if I may have strained my neck and haven't been sleeping the best. No matter, I'm sure I'll get some time to rest up come the weekend and look forward to maybe getting in some more game time (finally)! Have a great mid-week and I will se you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/17 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you today? I hope you are well and that you have a grand weekend ahead of you! I just wanted to pop by quickly and bring you a brand new simple roster illustration from 'Moons Opera' today! I love doing these simple little looks at the cast so I hope you dig getting an early look at the cast (some of which I have yet to share more detail illustrations of just yet)! My neck is starting to feel a bit better and, while I haven't been sleeping much better yet, I hope to catch up on some rest, gaming, and drawing come the weekend. I wish you well and I hope to see you here again come Monday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/20 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going? I hope you had a great weekend and that you're in for a grand week this week! I think I may be catching a cold so I'm hoping to shake it off before I get too sick or anything. We've had some pretty strange extremes in our weather as of late so I'm sure that has something to do with it. I have another simple roster for you to check out today, by the way, this time from 'Cactus: Gunslayer' so please do take a look! I didn't get nearly as much time to draw or game over the weekend as I had planned but hopefully I will get a chance to get in some as the week progresses. I did have a rather enjoyable, rather social, weekend which was a nice change from the norm. Well, I'd best get back to work but I hope you have a great day and I will see you again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/22 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're things? I'm feeling a little rough today. My cold is getting worse and I managed to chip one of the teeth I had a root canal done on so I'm just feeling a little ragged. Sadly, as a result, I don't have any brand-new digital illustrations to share with you today but hopefully I will come Friday. I do have something hilariously old for you today, though, from 'Voiceless Songs' so please do check out this glimpse at a very early cast illustration! Still haven't made it to much gaming this week but I've been reading up on the new 'Dissidia' they are making and I am super excited! They have confirmed a PS4 console release sometime after it releases in arcades in Japan which is one step closer to it releasing overseas! As well, they are looking to add fifty or more characters with Ramza from 'Final Fantasy: Tactics' already confirmed and I hear talk they are considering adding Noctis from 'Final Fantasy XV' as extra content post 'Final Fantasy XV' launch. I always love the idea of DLC characters (and even costumes) for fighting games as I think it adds to a sense of player choice and customizability. Anyways, I'm off to get a little rest and try and kick this cold before the weekend. Take care and see you Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/24 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're you today? I may be a little brief as I'm still feeling under-the-weather and have even lost my voice. But I to rest up over the weekend and look forward to some time playing videogames and maybe even catching up on some sleep! I hope you are well though and I wanted to send you off to the weekend with a new piece of concept art from 'Stray Night' so please do take a look! I still haven't had much gaming time (something I do hope to fix over the weekend) but I'm nearing the end of 'Daredevil' on Netflix and it is just fantastic! It seems the series is doing well as it was just announce they will be doing a second season - not to mention they are still doing 'Jessica Jones', 'Powerman/Luke Cage' and 'Iron Fist'! Love this series idea and would love to see Marvel take a look at 'Punisher' or 'Ghost Rider' or even 'The Incredible Hulk' in this format. Anyways, I'm off for a bit of a social day (despite my lack of voice) so I bid you a grand weekend and I hope to see you here again come Monday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/27 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things? I'm still feeling pretty run down but I am on the mend! Sadly, I do have some bad news for you today: I need to change my update schedule for the next little while and it may be a little drastic at first... Starting next week, I will be updating only on Wednesdays. This greatly reduced schedule shouldn't last long though and I promise to increase the number of updates I make per week again as soon as possible (likely in a couple of months). The reason for this is that I have been having some health issues recently and it has led me to changing careers. As I work on recovering my health and winding down my current day job, my already-tight schedule will be leaving me with even less time to work on my artwork. The good news, however, is that my career change is actually a move into an art-focused one. As such, I will be spending a large portion of my days working on my art which will result in increased updates, website modifications, and story content in the near future! I'm really excited about this change but, for right now, I won't be able to update as frequently. I will still be here every Wednesday with new content for you to check out so please bear with me and thank you for hanging in there! Speaking of content, I have a new piece of content for you to check out today from '' so please do take a look! I will be back again this Wednesday with more content for you, as well as this Friday before I switch to the slimmer update schedule. Thanks again and I look forward to bringing you more stories and content in the near future, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/04/29 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you today? I'm feeing a fair bit better today and have been having a great week so far, even though is has been a bit of a busy one. As I mentioned on Monday, due to my current schedule as well as my recent health issues, I will be switching to a once-a-week schedule starting next week. Today, though, I do have for you another classic look back at 'Voiceless Songs' so please do take a look! I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty sad about having to reduce my update schedule over the next few months but, rest assured, my updates will definitely increase once I'm settled into my new, art-related career! I'm also totally saddened by the new that, whatever has been going on at Konami recently (and possible tensions between Hideo Kojima and Konami) has resulted in the upcoming 'Silent Hills' being cancelled. Guillermo del Toro mentioned his sadness at the situation over the weekend and Norman Reedus confirmed and concurred as well with Konami officiating it early this week. Even the amazing Playable Teaser for 'Silent Hills' is being removed from the Playstation Network today which is a shame as it is a fantastic game - albeit a short one - in its own right. I was truly looking forward to Kojima and del Toro's take on the franchise starring Norman Reedus this time around and am unbelievably disappointed that all the potential in the team and the trailers and the Playable Teaser will not amount to a new 'Silent Hill' game. Anyways, I hope you have a grand day and I will see you again come Friday before switching to my Wednesday-only update schedule for the next few months. See you then, cheers!"
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  MAY 2015
      
DATE: 2015/05/01 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how have you been? I hope you have had an excellent week! I've had a bit of a hectic one myself but I am doing well and looking forward to the weekend! I have for you a piece of concept art from 'Wildcard: Flock' today so please do take a look! Next week will bring a random update on Wednesday so please join me then if you can! I managed to finish watching 'Daredevil' on Netflix last weekend and am just in love with it! Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk is incredibly compelling and the casting, costumes, fight scenes, and overall tone make it one amazing series! 'Jessica Jones' is slated for either late this year (based on Marvel's original plan) or April of 2016 (based on a proposed Netflix schedule of 1 new series each year). Regardless, they plan to add another season of 'Daredevil' to next year and the wait for that as well as the wait for 'Jessica Jones', 'Iron Fist', and 'Luke Cage' - especially if it's a year between each - may well kill me. However, I will be catching 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' tonight and I am sure that will tide me over for at least a little while! Anyways, I hope you are in for a wonderful weekend and, as I mentioned before, next week I will be switching to a Wednesday-only update schedule for the next few months so I will see you next Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/05/06 JESSEN:
     "Hello and welcome to my new Wednesday update schedule. As I mentioned last week - and I am sure you have now noticed - I've had to reduce my update schedule to just once a week. I will be posting new content every Wednesday, though which story it will be from will be increasingly random as it can come from any of the genre categories. Rest assured, though, that this update schedule will not be permanent as I really like posting a variety of content multiple times a week. However, between me recovering my overall health and the craziness of switching careers, it's just not possible at the moment. Once I get settled into my new-and-exciting art-focused career and my health stabilizes a little more - hopefully in a month or two - I will be back to posting more frequently; I should even come bearing story content! So today I have for you one last piece of classic 'Voiceless Songs' concept artwork so please do take a look! I finished up with 'Bloodborne' over the weekend and what a stellar experience it was! The combat was very much like 'Dark Souls' but so much faster-paced and intense. The atmosphere was rich and dark, the story was intriguing, and the detailed environments were beautiful! Truly it was the next evolution in the 'Souls' series! Aside from that, I managed to catch 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' which was just fantastic! Consider me sated until my Marvel cinematic hunger rises again. Anyways, I do hope you are well and you're in for a great week/weekend! Thanks for bearing with me in the hectic time and I look forward to swinging by again next Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/05/13 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going this week? It feels weird going back to a this once-a-week schedule and, while it is helping me keep things sorted out in my day-to-day life, it will be nice to be able to check in more frequently again in the future. No word on exactly when my schedule will let up enough or me to update more often just yet, but expect to hear something in the next month or so. Over the next few weeks, I'll be having a fairly steady stream of classic CITY STORIES content so bear with me if nostalgia is not your thing. I will have more new content coming soon - and hopefully even some story content as well - but it will likely be when my schedule changes. This week, I'm taking a break from 'Voiceless Songs' to bring you a look back at the character profiles of old from 'Bleeding Hearts'; please do take a look! I haven't had too much time to relax as of late but over the weekend I did have a little time to play some more 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' and, despite the odd visual discrepancies, I'm still loving the game, story, combat, and overall depth! I wouldn't necessarily say it's a true current-generation game but it is a solid title and worth playing if you are even remotely interested! Anyways, I'm off to get a little rest before diving back into work. Have yourself a great week, a wonderful weekend and I look forward to popping in again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/05/20 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how're things on your end? I hope all is well! I'm really looking forward to getting back to a more frequent update schedule though I've had a lot more time to rest and get all my career-related affairs in order which has been so very nice. I wanted to swing by today and bring you some more classic 'Voiceless Songs' artwork so please do take a look! I've got a few more of these pieces for you and, by the time I'm finished posting these, I hope to be starting in on my new stream of artwork and hopefully some new story content! I've had a little time here and there to jump into 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' here and there and am really loving the robust nature of the story, quests, and characters. As someone who digs codex entries in videogames, I was thrilled to see them added to the Chrystarium in 'Type-0' and love reading the expanded history of the characters and the world. I'm also looking forward to next month when Square-Enix plans to release a 2.0 update to the 'Final Fantasy XV' demo based on player feedback; I'll be sure to let you know my thoughts on it in case you haven't had the chance to play it. Anyways, I'm off to get some more work done before calling it a day so have a great week and coming weekend and see you again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/05/27 JESSEN:
     "Hi there, how're you today? I've been feeling a little run-down thanks to a bad infection and a rise in the heat and humidity around here. I'm still getting a fair bit done, though, and winding down with one career which gearing up for the next! I'm extremely excited to start working in the art and even more excited to start diving into my art full-time so look forward to more new (and frequent) updates in the future. Today, I have another classic look back at 'Voiceless Songs' so please do take a look! In my off hours I've been doing my best to play some 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' when I get the chance and have otherwise been checking out that 'American Horror Story' on Netflix; not a bad show at all! I dig that each season is a different kind of horror story and that many actors return but playing new roles, much like a theatre troupe. I've become a bit of a horror fanatic in recent years and have watched plenty of horror movies and the far-more-rare horror TV series and this, I would say, is the best of the latter I have seen so far. I'm hoping to get a chance to check out more series on Netflix in the coming months as I have some catching up to do. Speaking of catching up on things, I'd also like to catching up on my ever-growing gaming backlog as well since there are some games I have yet to finish (see 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' and 'Dragon Age: Inquisition', not to mention that 'Final Fantasy XIII' series playthrough I started a little while back). Let's just say that I am eager for days to come! Anyways, I'm off to get in some more work and organizing so have a great week and weekend and I will be back again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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  JUNE 2015
      
DATE: 2015/06/03 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's it going? I hope your June has been off to a great start! I've been sleeping strange hours but I'm just about finished finalizing things with the end of my day job so I'm starting in on getting set up for my new career! I still don't have near as much free time as I would like but my mind has been working away in the background hamming out some story detail and character designs that I've been jotting down when I get the chance. Rest assured I will have a torrent of new content for you as soon as I am able! For today, I have yet another classic look back at the 'Voiceless Songs' cast so please do take a look! I haven't had too much free time for gaming though I'm hoping to get in some 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' over the weekend (which is heading to Steam soonish it appears) and maybe even finish up with 'Alien: Isolation' when I get the chance! I'm also eager to get back to 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' now that both Jaws of Hakkon has been released on the PS4 and the Black Emporium has been patched in. All in due time I suppose. BioWare has also made mention that they plan to release more story content for 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' in the future so I'm certainly looking forward to that as well! I had best get back to work now but I do hope you have a great week, a wonderful weekend and I shall be back again next Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/06/10 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how've you been? I've been getting stronger mentally and physically as of late though with my hectic work schedule I've still been feeling a little out-of-sorts and run-down. All the same, I've also been feeling quite creative and have even managed to get in a little time to sketch and draw! I'm excited to start working with my art full-time so look forward to more content to come in the following months! Today, though, I'm wrapping up with the classic look back at 'Voiceless Songs' so please take a look at these last character illustrations! Next week, I plan to still post some older art though this time, it'll be art I have never before posted so please swing by for that as well. I finished up with the third season of 'American Horror Story' over the weekend and had some thoughts on the series as a whole. I like how each season is so unique, though I feel they were trying to add in a bit too much in such a short period of time in both the second and third seasons. I'm eager to check out the fourth season to see if this trend continues and I'm curious about the 're-invention' they're planning for the fifth season. Additionally, I've been playing a little 'Ultra Street Fighter IV' when I have the chance especially since they patched the PS4 version. And speaking of patches, a lovely update that reduces motion blur in 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' just dropped as id the 2.0 update to the 'Final Fantasy XV' demo which I hop to check out tonight! Anyways, I'd best be off but I will be back again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/06/17 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how're you? I'm certainly hoping you are well! I'm feeling a little tired and sluggish these days but once my career transition is finalized, things should even out for me a bit more. Today, I wanted to bring you some never-before-seen character artwork from 'Bleeding Hearts'! I had been starting to expand the story and rework the style back in 2006 which is when these illustrations were finished. I also updated the first piece of character art so there is a matching variant that goes along with the rest of this series of classic illustrations (which I will be continuing to bring you for the next few week); please do take a look! So, my wallet is cowering thanks to the Steam Summer Sale and the announcements coming out of E3. I always liked E3 but the past few years had become somewhat disappointing and lacklustre so this year has been a real treat! New 'Metroid', 'Zelda', 'Star Fox', 'Gears of War', and 'Hitman' games, not to mention the upcoming PS4 remake of 'Final Fantasy VII'! I'm not going to lie, I got a little choked up watching that 'Final Fantasy VII' trailer. I'm so eager to play so many things on the horizon so I've got to get to clearing out my gaming backlog and soon (something the Steam Summer Sale has not been helping with). Also, backwards compatibility on the XBOX One? Nice move Microsoft! I wish Sony would have gone that route instead of the extremely pricey Playstation Now digital 'rental' service. I'll be keeping tabs on the announcements coming out of E3 and hope to get to some gaming this weekend. Speaking of, I hope you have a great weekend and I'll be back again come Wednesday! Cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/06/24 JESSEN:
     "Hi there, how're you? I'm utterly exhausted this week so I may be a bit brief today. I've been burning the candle at both ends a little the past couple of weeks but that should be coming to an end soon. I do have another piece of classic concept art for you today from 'Bleeding Hearts' so please do check out this never-before-seen look at some of the character art done for the tale! I had a little gaming time last weekend and managed to play a little more of 'Alien: Isolation' (finally) and am nearing the end. It's such an incredible game and really puts in you shoes of a Xenomorph-terrorized civilian which is way more fun than it sounds! There are many horror elements present in this that were also present in the 'Silent Hills: Playable Teaser' which makes me all the sadder that it was cancelled. I have, however, heard grumblings that it may just be resurrected as an XBOX One exclusive which, despite my hatred for exclusives, would make me happy as 'Silent Hills' deserves to have a release if the early look we had at it is anything to go by. Anyways, I'm off to get some rest before diving back into my work. Have a great week, a wonderful weekend and see you again next Wednesday; cheers!"
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  JULY 2015
      
DATE: 2015/07/01 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, happy July (and Canada Day)! How have things been going for you? I hope all is well! I apologize if this update is a little late, I've been having trouble with my internet connection so I'm not sure if this will update on-time. I've still been fairly busy and my career change has been a little delayed, though that has given me some more time to prepare and even some more time to draw and do some gaming here and there! Today, I have another classic, never-before-seen illustration of some of the cast of 'Bleeding Heart' so please do take a look! I've been working on some new illustrations for you to check out but progress has been slow. Still, expect to see them coming in the next couple of months. I've had a little more time with 'Alien: Isolation' which has been horrifying-yet-lovely as always and, while I have many games sitting unfinished, I decided to try out 'Watch Dogs' just to unwind a little. I find it an interesting mix of of the free running, HUD, clothing customization, and mission style elements of some 'Assassin's Creed' games (though far more polished mind you) with the open-world city exploration, morality, and crime prevention systems present in the 'inFAMOUS' series. With some rather clever puzzles and varied (and sometimes robust) minigames thrown in, it's holding my attention quite well so far and I'm enjoying it much more than I anticipated! I haven't progressed very far in the story yet but I hope to rectify that between working, drawing, and ridding that damn space station of the Xenomorph threat! Have yourself a grand week, a grand weekend, and see you again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/07/08 JESSEN:
     "Why hello there, fancy seeing you here! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope all is well with you! I've been a bit busy still. My former teaching career has wound down but the transition into my new art career has been slightly delayed, sadly, due to some construction and renovation delays at my future workplace. I'm managing financially, though, and still quite busy doing prep work for the upcoming career change so I'm certainly not any less busy - something I'm hoping will even out once my new career gets moving. That said, I do have some more classic content for you today so please do check out this next look at never-before-seen 'Bleeding Hearts' character illustrations from back in the day! I'm looking forward to sharing some new art with you soon but delays seem to be the theme in my life at the moment so no exact timeframe on that just yet. When I have had a spare few moments, I've been inching closer to the end of 'Alien: Isolation' - and, I must say, the tension is really ramping up! Aside from stalking space station corridors, I've been stalking the citizens of Chicago in general when playing 'Watch Dogs' which continues to be far more fun than I was anticipating! The game, I feel I should clarify, not necessarily the stalking... Anyways! I'm off to run some errands and then (hopefully) get in some sketching! I hope you have a grand week and an even grander weekend and I look forward to seeing you again come next Wednesday; cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/07/15 JESSEN:
     "G'day, how're you today? I've been struggling with a nasty case of Laryngitis as well as a bit of a back injury but I'm doing well otherwise and my new career will be starting soon so I've been doing my best just to take it easy until then. I have another classic piece of never-before-seen artwork for you today from 'Bleeding Hearts' so please take a look! I have one more of these pieces for you which I will share next week then I hope to be posting some new work the following week! In my down time recently I've managed to get in a little gaming. I finished up with 'Alien: Isolation' last and absolutely loved it! I loved the approach of making the gameplay reminiscent of the original 'Alien' film where you're not really well-armed, you're not really there to ill the Xenomorph, you're just trying to survive. It has a really rich atmosphere, genuinely tense gameplay, and a compelling story. I even had a chance to check out some of the DLC - namely the classic 'Alien' story missions. I was truly impressed with the attention to detail: the iconic helmets on the flight deck, the acid burns on the floor in the medbay, the retro motion tracker you're equipped with (rather than the slightly different version Amanda has), and the inclusion of the original cast voicing their characters. I was sad that Ash was the only one not being voiced by the original actor but the voice talent they got to replace him was top-notch. My only gripe was that that missions themselves played a little fast-and-loose with the cannon to make longer missions. Overall, though, very well done! Well, I'm off to get some work done so have a great week, a wonderful weekend, and see you next Wednesday; cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/07/22 JESSEN:
     "Hey, did you know this week marks the Twelfth Anniversary of TIME FOR SLEEP? It's true! Not all of those years saw many updates but the fact still remains. I don't have much fanfare to share this year but I am working on a sizable update to the site so expect that to arrive in the coming months. Today, though, I come bearing the last of my classic, never-before-seen 'Bleeding Hearts' character illustrations so please do take a look! Next week I hope to bring you a fresh-off-the-press, new piece of artwork (though, failing that, I will have an update of some kind)! I've been playing my way through 'Watch Dogs' when I'm not working and am enjoying it far more than I was anticipating! The story is more substantial than I was expecting which was a nice treat as I am all about story-based games. I do have some issues with the gameplay though... The cover system certainly needed some more polish. Often enemies can see you through cover which makes stealth a little hit-and-miss sometimes and randomly inconsistent. Not to mention that the cover and melee attack buttons are the same button making for some ridiculous climbing-into-plain-sight-instead-of-attacking-from-cover situations. Speaking of inconsistency, you unlock a number of weapons and vehicles from completing minigames but the requirements are all over the place. Some unlocks require you to complete every minigame of a kind, while others you need to complete only 3, or face each minigame opponent of a kind. Despite the aforementioned, it is still a neat game and is nice to unwind with. Have yourself a great week/weekend and see you again come next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/07/29 JESSEN:
     "Hi there, how're you today? I hope you are well! I'm utterly exhausted thanks to a terrible sleeping schedule, a nasty heat wave, and an over-abundance of busywork that has left me feeling less-then-accomplished. That said, I do have a small, sketch-based content update for you today from 'Stray Night' so please do take a look! I'm sorry it's not something more substantial but hopefully next week will bring something bigger. When not working until the wee hours of the morning, I've been playing a bit of 'Watch Dogs' here and there. I finished off the story which I felt lost a bit of momentum right at the end but was otherwise a decent tale. I've since been delving into the Digital Trips which have been interesting. Again, these are rather fully-fleshed-out minigames and are quite a lot of fun on the whole. The requirements to unlocking costumes via these minigames sport some more inconsistency though... Some games are rather easy to finish up with in a fairly short period of time thanks to things like checkpoints. Madness, however - a driving-based Digital Trip - requires you complete increasingly-difficult challenges with no checkpoint system, meaning if you fail you have to start over from scratch. Combine this with a particularly nasty requirement for the 27th Phase and you get an exercise in frustration. My favourite has to be Alone though, as it really emphasizes stealth and an eerie post-apocalyptic vibe. I hope to dive into the story-based DLC soon but we'll just have to see how this week goes. Anyways, have a grand week, a lovely weekend and I'll see you again come next Wednesday, cheers!"
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  AUGUST 2015
      
DATE: 2015/08/05 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how're you today? I hope your week has been treating you well! I had a rather strange end to last week and an even stranger weekend. My time off, especially, was filled with a strange mix of wonderful highs and rather unpleasant lows. Starting in on this week, though, I have a nasty pain in one of my teeth which, seeing as the pain seems to be radiating from a tooth I had a root canal done on, doesn't seem to make sense. I'll be getting my tooth checked out soon, though, and should be in better spirits following my appointment. Today I wanted to swing by with some rather simple-yet-colourful character sketches from 'Darien's Line' so please do take a look! I haven't had much gaming time recently but I have got in a little 'Watch Dogs' here and there and hope to start in on the DLC when I get a solid block of free time. I've also been doing some brainstorming as my new career affords me time (and even encourages me) to work on my website and artwork! As such, I have some new story ideas I will be working on when my schedule finally evens out as well as putting together some brand new forms of content for you to check out so please look forward to some big things coming to TIME FOR SLEEP in the following year! Well, I'm off to rest my head a bit before diving into some more work. Have a great week and weekend and I'll see you again come next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/08/13 JESSEN:
     "Hi! So sorry for the delay in posting! It has been a bit of a hectic week, compounded by some computer problems and by relocating to my new workspace. However, everything is (mostly) sorted out now so I am getting back on track, slowly but surely. Today I have some more older concept art to share with you but art I am proud of despite its age; so please check out this piece from 'Thunder Struck' and I hope you enjoy! What with my crazy schedule as of late, I haven't really had much gaming time (or free time of any kind) but I did manage to polish off the Digital Trips in 'Watch Dogs' and even managed a very shallow dive into the DLC! I quite liked T-Bone as a character so it's fun getting a chance to play as him and flesh him out a little bit more! I must say, though... I know we're playing as a new character in the DLC but did they have to disregard our car collection from the game proper? Have to re-collect things like scores in Digital Trips, cars, songs, and money is exhausting. Sure it adds to playtime but if one has already gone through amassing all this stuff, wouldn't it be nice to have it transfer over? They could even have done it canonically, with Aiden passing on his resources or some such. Ah well, aside from that gripe, the small amount I did get to play was surprisingly robust and I am eager to see what the story content will amount to. Well, I'd best be off to get some work in (and then some rest, I hope) so I hope you have a grand weekend this weekend and I hope to be on time for my update come next Wednesday! Until then my friend, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/08/19 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things on your end? I'm actually one time (early, to be honest) this week which was nice after this delays last week. I'm working from home at the moment and may be for the next little while as things get sorted out with my new job and my new workspace. It's not too bad, though I wish I could get a break from the heat for a little while. But enough of my complaining; I have a new piece of concept art for you to check out today so please take a look at this new illustration from 'Moons Opera'! I've been working my way though the DLC for 'Watch Dogs' and I'm not sure how I feel about it quite yet. There are a lot of elements that I like: T-Bone is an interesting character to play as, I like the new music that is included, and the amount of new content. That said, things still seem buggy and inconsistent in certain areas of the game and I'm not sure the story was one that necessarily needed to be told... I'm not to far into the story content though so I'll see how that shapes up before finalizing my thoughts on that aspect. All-in-all, I'm enjoying it but I'm feeling ready to move on to something else to occupy my off hours (maybe finally finishing up 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'?) I do hope you are well and I look forward to swinging by again come next Wednesday! Until then, take care and best wishes; cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/08/26 JESSEN:
     "Well hello, how're you today? I hope you are well and I appreciate you stopping by! I'm still feeling pretty sore and run-down but I am on the mend and should be feeling much better come next week! Despite not necessarily being at my best, I have had some time to do some sketching and even have a brand new illustration for you again today - this time a simple roster piece from 'Wildcard: Driven' - so please do take a look! I'm finally getting back into the swing of having a regular time to draw (for the most part) so I am feeling pretty happy about that. I'm hoping my schedule will finally even out again soon; especially since I was expecting things to have been more balanced a couple of months ago. All the same, I'm having fun getting back to my art a little and look forward to posting more new content for you over the next little while! I had some time over the weekend to finish up with the DLC for 'Watch Dogs' and, despite some hitches, I overall really enjoyed it! I actually liked the story most of all and it also served to sort of set the stage for a sequel (one that is rumoured to be in the works already in fact) but it was fairly subtle about it and mostly focused on fleshing out T-Bone's character. Also, between the all the content it adds in combined with the new story and missions and such, it really is a decent buy, especially if you pick up the Seasons Pass. So, with 'Watch Dogs' finished up, I've opted to (finally) jump back in and finish up 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'! I haven't had much time to play but I'm looking forward to wrapping it up too. Well, have yourself a great weekend and I will see you again come next Wednesday, cheers!"
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  SEPTEMBER 2015
      
DATE: 2015/09/02 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things? I hope you are well and that your September is starting off well! I'm finally starting to feel a bit better, which has been very nice and is thanks in no small part to me sleeping more normal hours again. I've also been able to get in a fair amount of sketching over the past few days and hope to share even more new artwork with you in the coming weeks! For today, though, I have for you another simple cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Driven' for you to check out so please do so if you like! I've also been playing a bit of 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' which has been a real treat to get back to! I've picked up with DLC and am about to crack into that before finishing the game proper which comes in good time as BioWare is apparently releasing one more piece of story-based DLC next week, and it's a tale said to come after the ending of the game. I'm quite eager to see how it all shapes up and am thrilled with a lot of the things they have fixed or added in (such as the Black Emporium and the storage chest) while I was away. Well, I'd best get down to work so I can have some time tonight to play some more 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'! I hope you have a great week and I'll be back again come next Wednesday; hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/09/09 JESSEN:
     "Hello my friend, how're things? I hope you are well and thanks for stopping by today! I'm still feeling a little tired but overall I am healthier and the temperature is cooling off (finally) so I'm feeling more myself. I wanted to swing by with a small update today in the form of a brand new simple roster illustration from 'Wildcard: Tainted'! Now that I'm starting to feel better, I hope to get much more artwork done over the next little while as well as get some more gaming time in! I didn't get to play much of 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' since last week but I have manage to play a little of the browser game 'Dragon Age: The Last Court' which has been a lot of fun really! It's basically a text-and-card-based resource management game and is cool and even unlocks some bonus Skyhold content once completed! Additionally, I hung out with my brother of the weekend and took in some 'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain' which is fantastic! The gameplay is a beautiful hybrid of the 'Metal Gear Solid' numbered titles and the base-and-army-building elements of the handheld titles with some contemporary mechanics mixed in then baked in an open-world setting. The storytelling is top-notch and seems like it really will close the loop Hideo Kojima started in 1987 with the original 'Metal Gear'; a beautiful way to end off if I do say so! Anyways, I hope this week is treating you well and that you're in for a great weekend! See you again come next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/09/16 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how's it going? I'm feeling pretty rough and utterly exhausted this week but hoping to be feeling better come the weekend. I just wanted to swing by quick today and bring you a new piece of simple roster concept art from 'Wildcard: Tainted' so please do take a look! I haven't been feeling up to doing much gaming this past week but last weekend I did crack into the the 'Jaws of Hakkon' DLC for 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and am really impressed! It adds a full-fledged new location with it's own story, Astrariums, Ocularum, quests, and unlockable War Table missions which is quite nice and makes it feel a part of the game proper. Speaking of the War Table, I managed to crack into the missions that 'The Last Court' unlocked which was a real treat so I definitely recommend checking it out! Anyways, I'm off to get some rest before starting in on my work for the day. I hope you have a great week and I will see you again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/09/23 JESSEN:
     "Hey again, how's it going? I must apologize as I may end up being brief again this week as I am extremely tired. I've been working pretty hard around my apartment, getting set up at my new job, and getting in some artwork when I can, so I'm feeling a little depleted. Nonetheless, I wanted to swing by today and bring you another sketchy piece of concept art from the HISTORY TOMES so please do take a look! I will be able to start bringing you some more substantial updates as soon as things settle down around here a bit - which should (emphasis on the 'should') be around the end of the year. On the gaming front, I haven't had nearly enough time to play 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' as I would have liked but I have managed to finish up with the 'Jaws of Hakkon' DLC (which was a delight) and plan to start in on 'The Descent' as soon as I can play next. Before I sign off for the week, I did want to mention that I have some ideas I've been working on to liven up the place around here on TIME FOR SLEEP and, without giving too much away, I would like to say that I think next year is going to be a lot of fun for both you and I! Anyways, I hope you have a grand week and I look forward to checking in with you again next Wednesday! Until then, be well my friend; cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/09/30 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're things? I'm still running low on energy and sleep but I'm hoping things will change on that front this week or next. I did want to come by with another sketch for you today so please check out some concept art from 'Saigo Yume I' and I do hope you enjoy! I know I've had a lot of lighter, more sketchy updates lately but it's just while I'm finishing adjusting to my new schedule and getting everything set up and established for my new routine moving forward. Updates should become more substantial (and frequent) in the coming months so thank you for your patience and for continuing to stop by! I haven't had much time to play anything recently but I did play a brief amount of 'The Descent' in 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and really enjoyed what I played! The story is even more robust in the this DLC pack it seems and they switched things up by having you spend the majority of your time in the Deep Roads, having built a base camp complete with it's own variant of the War Table on site to deal with Deep-Roads-specific missions. It's a lot of fun and I hope to crack back into it soon. Alas, I must now be off to get in some more work (then hopefully some more sleep) so I do hope you have a grand weekend this coming weekend and I hope to see you again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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  OCTOBER 2015
      
DATE: 2015/10/07 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, I hope you are well! I've been having a bit of a crazy week again but overall I'm not feeling quite so run-down. I'm hoping to get in some more time for my artwork soon but I'll have to see what the rest of this week/next week brings. Today, however, I do have a new piece of concept art for you to check out and, since we are in the month of October and Halloween is ever-nearing, I thought I might bring you some more horror-themed artwork this week and in the coming weeks! So, today please check out the new piece of content from 'Tainted Symphony'! I had a little bit of time to relax and do some gaming on the weekend which was a welcome change, I must say. I used said time to play through the rest of 'The Descent' in 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and really enjoyed it! It was quite grand in scale - albeit a little more buggy in parts, likely due to this larger scale I could imagine - and the story answered some questions while building some new mysteries that I am sure will crop up again in the future. Having finished up these two (rather impressive and thoroughly enjoyable) add-ons, I hope to finish up the game proper over the next little while then dive into the 'Trespasser' DLC before finishing my time as the Inquisitor. Anyways, I do hope you have a grand week and I will be back again with some more content for you come next Wednesday! Until then, best wishes and see you soon; cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/10/14 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're thing on your end? I had a pretty relaxing Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and so I've been feeling pretty energetic this week so far, despite a rather hectic few days. I wanted to swing by today and bring you another simple roster from 'Tainted Symphony' so please do take a look! I'll have more 'Tainted Symphony' concept art for you next week but expect something a little more substantial! I've been working on a lot of things recently with the hopes of having a ton of new content for you in the coming year but it feels like I haven't made nearly as much progress as I would like. All the same, my schedule should finis evening out come the end of November/beginning of December so hopefully both you and I will be seeing some more progress after that! I haven't had too much time to sit down and do any gaming but I did finish up my collecting in 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' for the most part so I'm ready to launch into the ending when I know I have some decent time to just sit down and play. I'm also really eager to check out 'Trespasser' post-game so I'll keep you updated on my progress. Well, I've got a bit of a busy day ahead of me so have a great week and I will be back again next Wednesday; cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/10/17 JESSEN:
     "Surprise, it's me again! I hope your weekend has been going smashingly! I've been a little out-of-commission thanks to yet another dental complication but I sat down to do a little drawing and thought I might post the results here for you to check out. Please do take a look at this extremely new piece of concept artwork for 'Stray Night' and I hope you enjoy this little bonus update! I'm pretty burnt out now, however, so I think I'm just going to kick back and play a little 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and relax for the rest of the evening. Have yourself a grand weekend and I will see you again this coming Wednesday as usual with some more 'Tainted Symphony' content for you to take a look at! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/10/21 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how is your week going? I hope today finds you well and that the rest of your week goes quite smoothly! I'm feeling rough still thanks to a toothache but hopefully that will get resolved soon. In case you missed it, I swung by late on Saturday to bring you a surprise content update from 'Stray Night' and today I have another Blood Arts illustration for you from 'Tainted Symphony'! I hope you dig both of these illustrations as they were each a ton of fun to do. I managed to take some time to relax over the weekend and even finished up the main story of 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' which had a really solid ending followed by a rather surprising post-credits scene! I've eagerly started in on the 'Trespasser' DLC since though I haven't had much time to play through it. What I have play of it, though, has been quite fun and I like how the story picks up two years after the ending (even though in some cases they sum up some pretty important/significant events in a few sentences here and there...) and I look forward to seeing where this epilogue will leave things when it is all said-and-done. I'm also starting to narrow down what I would like to play next and, with Halloween around the corner, I'm looking pretty intently at starting either 'The Evil Within' or 'Until Dawn'. That is a decision for another day though and, for now, I'm off to get some more work done. Have a good one and see you next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/10/28 JESSEN:
     "Greetings from my bed and apologies as I am currently lacking in both physical strength and mental clarity... I'm still having pain from my dental issues and, to make things more complicated, recently caught a nasty cold that turned straight into a bad sinus infection. I'm doing my best to rest up and I feel thankful of my past self for finishing the content update for this week early. Please do take a look at this year's second Blood Arts illustration from 'Tainted Symphony' and Happy Halloween! I haven't been able to focus enough for 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' so I opted to test out my new Steam Controller and booted up 'Torchlight' again (as I never finished it the first time I played). It's nice and easy to jump into and dungeon crawl with solid mechanics and beautiful environments so it's comfortable to play and a treat for the eyes. The Steam Controller is taking a little getting used to but I love that you can use pre-made Steam Controller layouts, grab custom community layouts, or configure your own - or any of the aforementioned layouts - yourself all from one easy menu you can bring up at any time. Some of the button placements (especially the A/B/X/Y buttons) are a little odd but I like how the touchpad can be used for mouse control and the added grip buttons are quite handy! I also dig the use of the same button colours as the XBOX controller so that anything that natively supports one, works smoothly and intuitively with the Steam Controller both physically and visually. Anyways, enough rambling. I'd best lay back down so I hope you are well and that you have a grand/spooky week and I will see you again next Wednesday; cheers!"
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  NOVEMBER 2015
      
DATE: 2015/11/04 JESSEN:
     "Hi there, how've you been? I hope you had a great Halloween weekend and that your November has started off grand! I'm still a bit of a mess thanks to this sinus infection and tooth ache but I should start seeing some improvements soon I hope. I just wanted to pop in quick today and bring you a sneak peek at some of the sketches and designs I've been working on lately for 'Stray Night'! I haven't really felt up to doing much gaming aside from popping in to play a little 'Torchlight' here and there and a brief appearance in 'Final Fantasy XIV' to take in the Halloween festivities with my Free Company. Once I get back on my feet (literally and figuratively) I hope to finish up with 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' before moving on to my substantial backlog. I hope you have a great week and I'll be back again next Wednesday with some more content for you, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/11/11 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things? I'm finally kicking that nasty sinus infection so, while I may still have pain from my tooth and may be slightly sleep-deprived, I'm feeling a whole lot better finally! I wanted to pop in today and bring you a small update in the form of a simple roster for 'Stray Night' so please take a look at this piece as this is a neat sneak-peek at a majority of the characters soon to appear in the tale! I'm finding more time to work on my art these days despite being under-the-weather so expect to see more and more content coming in the near future! I haven't had much time to do any gaming though nor have I really felt up to it. I've popped in to play a little 'Torchlight' here and there but otherwise I'm still waiting to finish up with 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'. I hope you have been well and getting to enjoy your free time! I hope you're in for a great weekend as well and I will be back again next Wednesday; until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/11/18 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how're you? I hope all is well! I'm starting to bounce back a bit though I need to catch up on some more rest it seems. My sinus infection is just about gone and my dental problems should all be fixed now (finally). I wanted to just pop in really quick today and bring you another simple roster update to 'Stray Night' so feel free to take a look! I've been doing some more sketching here and there and I'm really looking forward to getting in more art time now that my new job is in full swing and my body is on the mend! I haven't had much gaming time yet but I'm hoping to get in some more time in the coming weeks so here's hoping! I do hope you are in for a great week and I'll be back again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/11/25 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going? I hope you've been having a grand week so far! I've been feeling much better finally and feeling healthier by the day! I wanted to pop by today with a new sketch for you - more armour concepts from 'Saigo Yume I'! I've had a little more time to do up some sketching and I'm looking forward to sitting down with my Cintiq and doing some inking and colour work sometime soon. I haven't had a chance to get back to 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' just yet though I'm eager to finish up with the DLC. I did, however, get a chance to finally start in on 'Bravely Default' as, when I wasn't feeling well, I wanted something I could easily pick up and put down (though putting it down has been a bit of an issue since). I absolutely love this game! It's one of the most beautiful games I've played on the 3DS with beautiful, detailed, and seemingly-illustrated 3D environments and fantastic character design. It's very much a classic 'Final Fantasy' in many ways; it follows up 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' as a sort of spiritual successor and feels like a cross between the remake of 'Final Fantasy III' and 'Final Fantasy Tactics'. I'm enjoying it thoroughly and I'm even more eager now that they have announced the sequel - 'Bravely Second' - is being brought overseas in the near future. Well, I'm off to resist playing some no; do have yourself a great week and I'll see you again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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  DECEMBER 2015
      
DATE: 2015/12/02 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you doing today? I've been having a bit of a busy week so far but I'm feeling pretty good (albeit a bit tired) so my spirits are high! Over the next few weeks I'm planning to bring you a more in-depth look at some of the various species I have been developing for the FUTURE TEXTS stories so today, I have the first two pieces of Ogza race designs for you to check out! I've been working on these designs for quite some time and I'm excited to finally share a bit of a sneak-peek at some of the more complete examples. I've been able to carve out a little more time to draw recently and I've also managed to settle in for some solid gaming time as well! I finished it up the fantastic 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' DLC and really loved the 'Trespasser' ass-on - especially the ending! However, this leaves me feeling a little mixed as I feel that 'Trespasser' is really setting up what BioWare will pursue in the next 'Dragon Age' title and I feel, without the 'Trespasser' content, one might be left missing out on some vital information story-wise. This edges dangerously close to the extremely-shady practice of withholding the 'true' ending of a game and then selling it later as DLC. I appreciate that they made the 'Trespasser' DLC especially meaningful but do have concerns as to the combined prices of DLC amounting to hidden costs for a game's full experience. All things considered (and even though it had a bit of a rough start) this DLC was well-worth the price in my books! I've been having fun with 'Bravely Default' but I'd best sign off for the day so more on that (and 'Until Dawn') next time! See you next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/12/09 JESSEN:
     "Hey again, how's it going? I must apologize as it seems I am quite under-the-weather again. I should be back on my feet again soon, though, and I hope you are faring well! I wanted to pop in quick and bring you another two concept illustrations from the FUTURE TEXTS to round out the species and race designs for the Ogza! I have some more of these designs for you so expect a few more of them over the coming few weeks (with a break for my annual Christmas illustration of course). Since last we spoke, I actually managed to both start and finish 'Until Dawn' and highly recommend it if you are into story-driven games and especially 90s horror movies! It is very much though you are playing a movie - much in the same way as something like 'Heavy Rain' or, to a lesser degree, 'The Order: 1886' - but with some very nice domino effect choices that can lead to characters being killed or surviving without you necessarily knowing it right away. The graphics, scenery, music, characters, and voiceacting are all quite excellent and I'm even considering replaying it just to see some different outcomes to the story! Other than 'Until Dawn', I've been playing through 'Bravely Default' which I still love to death even though I'm still not very far into it. It is definitely reminiscent of old-school 'Final Fantasy' games and I love that they are keeping up with these on handhelds while trying new things with the mainstream 'Final Fantasy' entries. Also, have you seen the trailer for the 'Final Fantasy VII' remake? Beautiful! I can't even wait! Well, more on that in my next post. For now, have a great week and see you again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/12/16 JESSEN:
     "Why hello there, fancy running into you! How have you been doing this week? I've been sleeping some odd hours but I've been feeling a bit better and getting some more sleep overall (just not necessarily in a row) so I'm getting there! I wanted to bring you another species sneak-peek this week (just one image this time though) so take a look at some of the Vel races! I'll have my annual Christmas illustration for you to check out here next week with a few more species illustrations to follow so I hope to see you here sometime over the holidays. Now, I mentioned the 'Final Fantasy VII' remake last week and have been devouring all the news that has been pouring out about it since its announcement. I know some aren't thrilled that they are planning to release the game in parts however, from the beginning they had said that, were they to embark on a remake of 'Final Fantasy VII, it would be a big financial drain and that a simple scene-for-scene remake would be a waste of that investment. So far, Square has mentioned that they are vastly expanding the story, explorable areas, and overall content of the game and want to avoid cutting any content - all in order to make a game that is both worthy of, and could even surpass, the original. As well, with each 'episode' being the length of a full game all on its own (the scenario of the first is already complete) I think this is the most financially-responsible, story/content-honouring way of doing things and that is just fine by me! After all, why make a remake if all you're going to do is make it pretty and not add to the substance? Anyways, have a grand week and see you next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/12/23 JESSEN:
     "Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays my friend! I hope you are well today and I wanted to swing by before the holidays and bring you a special wintery update in the form of a brand new illustration from 'Winter Wonders' so please do check it out! I'll be swinging by again next week with another species illustration from the FUTURE TEXTS but I wanted to bring you something more seasonal this week. I'm planning a lot of updates around here at TIME FOR SLEEP that will mostly be going up in the new year (though when, exactly, is still to be determined) so I'll keep you updated on that! I haven't had too much gaming time recently so I've just been playing a little bit of 'Bravely Default' when I get the chance and am looking forward to some time off during the holidays when I can really dig into the story. Speaking of, I hope you are in for a wonderful week and weekend and that you and yours are surrounded by the best this season has to offer! Take care and see you again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2015/12/30 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you doing? I hope you've been having a happy Holiday season and I hope that you are in for a great New Year! I've been enjoying a little bit of time off but I wanted to swing by and bring you a new piece of species concept artwork from the FUTURE TEXTS so feel free to check it out! I've been playing a little 'Bravely Default' here and there when I can and I'm still loving it! I'm hoping to take in a little more 'Jessica Jones' via Netflix as well over the week if I can as the series is fantastic albeit darker than even 'Daredevil'. Anyways, I'd love to stay longer but I've a bit of a busy day today so I hope you have a wonderful end to this year and I will see you again come 2016! Best wishes to you and yours, cheers!"
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