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It's occured to me that I started school four days ago and I still haven't posted the pages I promised I'd post when I had access to a scanner again. The reason why is we're currently involved in a project that will keep us all busy for two weeks, and among all the greetings of the new students and info of what's coming it simply slipped my mind. Since I won't be able to work effectively on it until the 12th I've decided to take a leaf from a fellow manga writer's book and keep what pages I've made as a stockpile, and release one page weekly. Expect the first page on monday the 31st.

What's 'La Bohème'?
'La Bohème' is a surreal comedy/drama inspired by my starting art school a year ago. It's a way of learning the comic medium in preparation for my personal style of graphic novel, and also giving me time to develop that style. It'll also help me get a sense for light and shadow, depth, and when not to be completely faithful to those to achieve a certain effect. While I like manga it's not a medium I want to work in for future projects, I want a personal style for those, but it's appropriate for 'La Bohème' while fulfilling my urge to draw manga once. Further on manga is a storyteller's medium in how the art doesn't need to be fantastic beyond comparison (though it helps) for people to appreciate the story, which to a large part is why I'm doing 'La Bohème' as a manga and you'll notice it will start pretty mediocre, graphically speaking, but gradually get batter. Think of 'Hellsing' by Kouta Hirano for a reference, except he was still better than I am currently. I am painting it traditionally, using india ink and water, which will give a very unique graphic feeling, though I've had suggestions to edit the mistakes or edit in the text in a computer, because while it would almost beyond certainty look better done in a computer there is something about using a computer which disagrees with me for the manga. This of course means it'll begin with looking awful, because when I started I hadn't learned how to stretch the paper, and I genuinely didn't have the finances to get the tape needed for the entire summer, but now that I do know how to do it it'll start looking better with a vengeance, and as I learn more and more it'll start looking better graphically as well. All in all I hope for a giving project that people will enjoy as much as I will enjoy making it.

Premise
La Bohème. Ra· boēmu. The creative commune for artistic pursuits. The last hope of Akihiko Ueda. Having grown up watching friends and familiars around him "abandon their dreams and grow up losing themselves to fit like little cogs in the societal clockwork", he has never felt the need to do anything. As long as he fit in he didn't need to follow a particular interest, and he would be fine anyway. Having always had an interest in art and artists he's still never nurtured that interest, because he simply didn't feel he needed to, despite him not liking watching the people around him abandon their dreams, and remaining constantly bored. When he fails to enter University he breaks down without understanding why, but he still knows what he needs to do - given a small second chance he needs to take advantage of it and follow his dream. Ambitiously he sends in an application to the La Bohème commune, and against all the odds he is accepted. With the promise of still studying to apply for Uni in one year his protective parents begrudgingly agrees to let him move out and into the commune, which he expects to be like a warm welcome into the ascended lands of poets and artists, only for it to be a wake-up call to the reality artists face, and he's shoved into the less than welcoming arms of Léonie Leitner - a condescending gothic Austrian African-European. Initially trying to deal with his new reality he's had enough after just a few hours, calling his parents to come pick him up, only when he realize Léonie is not just studying artistry, but is a real professional artist and savant he grows more immediately more tolerant of her, and when his father is about to get him he realize for the first time in his life he genuinely needs to do what he wants despite it being harder than just fitting in, and he chooses to stay anyway. From here the series follows the clash between the ambitious but normal Akihiko and the artists of La Bohème, his attempts to have Léonie Leitner become his sempai, his studies for the university, as well as his own artistic evolution, with lots of comedy, drama and of course very dramatized and often epic depictions of the artistic process.

A few things
I will try to maintain what I have always found to be the charm with slice of life mangas without going too much into stereotypes. I aim to give the characters a sense of depth and not just make them funny clowns, and I also aim for it to be very long. I will be taking up a variety of arts and have Akihiko explore them in what ways he can, but this will not be a instruction manual for how to become an artist or to teach about art. It will be a solid story about discovering and staying true to yourself despite what life throws at you, where I aim for the characters and the drama to be the real hook. I'll try to refrain from inserting too much of myself into the characters - while Léonie and Akihiko are largely based on myself they will not become idealized puppets for me to channel myself through, they will be their own characters with a past and depth. I will also try to not resort to cheap clichés. For example, while probably becoming good friends Léonie will not become Akihiko's love interest. 
That's about all the promises I want to make, as little more than the beginning is written yet and I will aim to draw and write this to be something I would like to read.

I hope to see you like it and stick with it to watch it grow and take shape.
Also, I'd like to thank :icondarkmastern: and :iconhattonslayden: for inspiring me to keep grinding at what I like even though it's difficult and I'm not as good as I feel I should be.
A parable, I had to look up, is a story that teaches a moral lesson, and I like parable movies, but I can only think of three that deserves the monicker Epic.

'Lord of War', inspired by the lives of several illegal arms dealers it tells the story of a man who starts selling weapons to become one of the largest arms dealers in the modern age, and the fight his conscience experiences through it all.
'American History X' - the unforgettable and unavoidable film every man and woman has been, and every child one day will be forced through whether they like it or not, it's a fantastic drama about two brothers's descend into racism following the tragic death of their father, and the subsequent life they suffer due to the older brother's actions.
'Blood Diamond' follows a man searching for his son in the battle-scarred Africa as insanity and madness are fuelled by greed. Have to admit I've never seen it, but I know I want to.

How many more can you name?

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AnthropomorPhillie
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Artist | Student | Traditional Art
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My real name is not Viktoria RosÚn. Let's get that out of the way. All the implications of that I leave to you to figure out. All great artists have a stage name or an alter ego or a psuedonym, and that's mine.
I am not a great artist and I don't want to be one either for the very simple reason - artists are no better than orthodox religious people, from the nihilistic Buddhists to the inbred Creationists. I am here to become better at my Craft and document the process along the way as well as make a name for myself, but do not ever delude yourself into thinking I'm an artist. To be clear, I define an artist as someone who does something inteligent and mistakable for original in a creative way for his/her own sake without any kind of pragmatic reason, and since DA hardly has a single person matching that description I figure it's as good a place as any to start. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying there's anything wrong in being an artist, I'm just saying I don't want to be an artist because I find no satisfaction in that thinking.
I am here to develop and hone above all my ability as an illustrator - find my style, learn to work creatively, do it proficiently, which means I want criticism for all my work. What was good, what was bad, how you liked it.
The reason is I am developing the base for a longer series or of novels based in a futuristic Cthulhu cycle exploring themes of independence, religion, personality, power, evil and goodness, all set within a erotic sci-fi/fantasy drama called "Who Durst Defy", and while I am driven I am far from near being able to pull that off. That's the main reason why I want to hone my artistic ability, but more than that I have discovered I have a generally creative mind and feel good when I do creative things such as write or draw and I would rather do that than anything else the average drone's life has to offer. I don't want to do this to make money (I am not that stupid) but I want to get by on it one day.
Most obvious things you'll learn about me is I am a nyctophile, meaning I find alot more comfort in darkness than in light, and I am an anthropomorphile, a faculty term I've invented meaning "a strong, passionate, sexual as well as spiritual desire and/or connection to a entity defineable as more than human" but that does not mean I like Furry. Porn is one thing, a starved woman can't be a picker, but other than that I do not want any connection to Furry as a movement because I do not care for nor follow that style. I draw anthropomorphs, not furry, and there is a difference between the two. Anyone who claims anything different is either living in denial or plain ignorant. Yes, there are similarities, but it's like comparing wolves with those chihuahuas you see in handbags. I've thought a bit about what it is that seperate these two genre's and I think I've come up with a fairly good explanation of the differences between them. Before you read though, let me make it plain I have little against furries as such, I simply want it plain that what I draw isn't furries as such.



1. Furry is a part of Anthropomorphism, not the other way around.

Fred Patten, a historian born in 1940 who have been able to follow the evolution of the genre first-hand, claims it originated at a sci-fi convention in the 1980's, tough furries as we've come to know them has existed since much earlier in the 1900's (take Disney's Robin Hood for example). Anthropomorphism on the other hand is exceedingly much older than any of these examples, and much more diversified. Stories of human-like animals or animals with human minds and reasoning or humans with animalistic features can be found on every continent and in every culture. The Germanic werewolves, the Greek Minotaur, La Belle et la Bŕte, the Dove of the Old Testament, the Were-lions of Africa, these are just a few of the many.




2. Furries are without exception depicted in a cartoon- or manga style.

By this I mean furry artists generally don't bother with making realistic drawings, they're always stylized, and often in a manner similar to one-another. A common denominator is I have yet to see a furry artist bothering to draw fur, but simply making a field with a few "pointy edges" to give the character a feeling of having fur. If I am unclear as to what I mean with this, the works of Walt Disney, :iconjaynaylor:, Kadath, and :iconkaboozle: ought to clue you in. Now you may point out old depictions of for example werewolves, woodcuts and the like, have a smilar style, to which I say more often than not the entire depiction is given an even fur pattern, and when it's not it's often meant to depict shades, depth, light, et cetera. Another denominator is furries can give human facial expressions no matter how their faces are designed. Of course, animals can do expressions we can interpret as simimilar to our own and it can be argued that furries therefor can do them to, and I could let it slide should it be an expression not unrealistically exaggerated. On a sidenote, furries can pronounce human words and sounds which we know are impossible for animals to replicate with a snout for example.



3. Furries are unimaginative parodies of the entire concept of the borderline between human and animal.
This is probably the most offensive title of the argumentation for where furry ends and anthropomorphism begins but I can explain why it is also very accurate. The Furry fandom is very closed-off if you compare it to the rest of all that anthropomorhism can be. The word "Anthropomorphism" is actually a synonym for "personification" and it applies not just to animals, but everything. Everything not human with human-like features and capabilities is an anthropomorph. Death as a skeleton with a scythe in black robes is a anthropomorph and so is an Easterly wind depicted as a cherub blowing ships across the sea. But for now we'll focus on the animalistic. By "unimaginative" I mean furries are essentially completely human. The one thing seperating a furry and a human is its exotic body. More often than not furries can wear clothes, they can use machines, they have a human society, and they have a human capacity for reasoning and empathy. Anthropomorph's are supposed to be in-between human and animal, and that in itself opens a world of possibilities very rarely utilized in furry. Which brings me to "parody of the concept between human and animal". What I mean by parody is the mocking trivialization of the world of possibility that lie there. "Between human and animal...is a human with a nearly human body." It's almost disrespectful. Almost. Anthropomorph's are very rarely not meant to symbolize something, usually that humans are animals in one way or another, which we through-out history have been struggling hard to deny, or put a Devil's stamp on (take the vampire, which is essentially the embodiment of the deadly sins) but it can be so much more and often is.




4. Furries is not taken seriously.

There's a very good reason people mock Furry fandom - it has yet to be depicted in a way that can be taken seriously. You have to admit all in all furry can be split into three undergenre's - porn, childrens TV-series, and minor psuedo-drama's. Furry porn is not taken seriously because it's porn and while porn in itself is often mocked furry can all to easily be interpreted as "beastiality in denial". Kid's TV-series with furries is directed at a very distinct audience - kids. What we like as kids is very rare to like as adults because we are taught to put childish things behind us as we grow older because they're often clashing with reality, which we need to embrace if we are to function in society (we are taught). This I really blaim the most for furries not being taken seriously. Finally, what I mean by "psuedo-drama's" is a general drama that not only isn't very good, but could function just as well with humans as with furries, because all characters are essentially humans with fur. Anthropomorph's aren't taken very seriously either, but it is mocked to a much smaller degree than furries. I think the reason is because everything I have already argumented - anthropomorphic animals are in total percieved as more realistic in depiction as well as mentality and nature.

Of course, this is just a generalization and depictions of furry/anthropomorphism often cross these lines in one way or another. These are just a few rules of thumb that I have written down to help maintain the distinction.
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This is who I am, and there's nothing else to say.
"Life has no Point, so we can shape it as we wish."
- Viktoria RosÚn
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It's occured to me that I started school four days ago and I still haven't posted the pages I promised I'd post when I had access to a scanner again. The reason why is we're currently involved in a project that will keep us all busy for two weeks, and among all the greetings of the new students and info of what's coming it simply slipped my mind. Since I won't be able to work effectively on it until the 12th I've decided to take a leaf from a fellow manga writer's book and keep what pages I've made as a stockpile, and release one page weekly. Expect the first page on monday the 31st.

What's 'La Bohème'?
'La Bohème' is a surreal comedy/drama inspired by my starting art school a year ago. It's a way of learning the comic medium in preparation for my personal style of graphic novel, and also giving me time to develop that style. It'll also help me get a sense for light and shadow, depth, and when not to be completely faithful to those to achieve a certain effect. While I like manga it's not a medium I want to work in for future projects, I want a personal style for those, but it's appropriate for 'La Bohème' while fulfilling my urge to draw manga once. Further on manga is a storyteller's medium in how the art doesn't need to be fantastic beyond comparison (though it helps) for people to appreciate the story, which to a large part is why I'm doing 'La Bohème' as a manga and you'll notice it will start pretty mediocre, graphically speaking, but gradually get batter. Think of 'Hellsing' by Kouta Hirano for a reference, except he was still better than I am currently. I am painting it traditionally, using india ink and water, which will give a very unique graphic feeling, though I've had suggestions to edit the mistakes or edit in the text in a computer, because while it would almost beyond certainty look better done in a computer there is something about using a computer which disagrees with me for the manga. This of course means it'll begin with looking awful, because when I started I hadn't learned how to stretch the paper, and I genuinely didn't have the finances to get the tape needed for the entire summer, but now that I do know how to do it it'll start looking better with a vengeance, and as I learn more and more it'll start looking better graphically as well. All in all I hope for a giving project that people will enjoy as much as I will enjoy making it.

Premise
La Bohème. Ra· boēmu. The creative commune for artistic pursuits. The last hope of Akihiko Ueda. Having grown up watching friends and familiars around him "abandon their dreams and grow up losing themselves to fit like little cogs in the societal clockwork", he has never felt the need to do anything. As long as he fit in he didn't need to follow a particular interest, and he would be fine anyway. Having always had an interest in art and artists he's still never nurtured that interest, because he simply didn't feel he needed to, despite him not liking watching the people around him abandon their dreams, and remaining constantly bored. When he fails to enter University he breaks down without understanding why, but he still knows what he needs to do - given a small second chance he needs to take advantage of it and follow his dream. Ambitiously he sends in an application to the La Bohème commune, and against all the odds he is accepted. With the promise of still studying to apply for Uni in one year his protective parents begrudgingly agrees to let him move out and into the commune, which he expects to be like a warm welcome into the ascended lands of poets and artists, only for it to be a wake-up call to the reality artists face, and he's shoved into the less than welcoming arms of Léonie Leitner - a condescending gothic Austrian African-European. Initially trying to deal with his new reality he's had enough after just a few hours, calling his parents to come pick him up, only when he realize Léonie is not just studying artistry, but is a real professional artist and savant he grows more immediately more tolerant of her, and when his father is about to get him he realize for the first time in his life he genuinely needs to do what he wants despite it being harder than just fitting in, and he chooses to stay anyway. From here the series follows the clash between the ambitious but normal Akihiko and the artists of La Bohème, his attempts to have Léonie Leitner become his sempai, his studies for the university, as well as his own artistic evolution, with lots of comedy, drama and of course very dramatized and often epic depictions of the artistic process.

A few things
I will try to maintain what I have always found to be the charm with slice of life mangas without going too much into stereotypes. I aim to give the characters a sense of depth and not just make them funny clowns, and I also aim for it to be very long. I will be taking up a variety of arts and have Akihiko explore them in what ways he can, but this will not be a instruction manual for how to become an artist or to teach about art. It will be a solid story about discovering and staying true to yourself despite what life throws at you, where I aim for the characters and the drama to be the real hook. I'll try to refrain from inserting too much of myself into the characters - while Léonie and Akihiko are largely based on myself they will not become idealized puppets for me to channel myself through, they will be their own characters with a past and depth. I will also try to not resort to cheap clichés. For example, while probably becoming good friends Léonie will not become Akihiko's love interest. 
That's about all the promises I want to make, as little more than the beginning is written yet and I will aim to draw and write this to be something I would like to read.

I hope to see you like it and stick with it to watch it grow and take shape.
Also, I'd like to thank :icondarkmastern: and :iconhattonslayden: for inspiring me to keep grinding at what I like even though it's difficult and I'm not as good as I feel I should be.

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