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The making of Harley's new head by Saya1984 The making of Harley's new head :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 1 0 Full circle by Saya1984 Full circle :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 1 13 Growing up by Saya1984 Growing up :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 1 5 I make my own luck by Saya1984 I make my own luck :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 3 3 Hanging out by Saya1984 Hanging out :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 1 3 Practically spiderwoman by Saya1984 Practically spiderwoman :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 1 1 The eye of the dragon by Saya1984 The eye of the dragon :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 9 3 Suicide Squad movie outfit by Saya1984 Suicide Squad movie outfit :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 12 6 Bang bang! by Saya1984 Bang bang! :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 2 3 Community service by Saya1984 Community service :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 3 5 Pillow fiiiight! by Saya1984 Pillow fiiiight! :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 1 3 The Pillow talk by Saya1984 The Pillow talk :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 1 2 Suicide Squad movie outfit WIP by Saya1984 Suicide Squad movie outfit WIP :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 0 3 Life's little pleasures by Saya1984 Life's little pleasures :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 5 3 Easter Egg hunt gone... right? by Saya1984 Easter Egg hunt gone... right? :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 1 7 Harley, the Alien Quinn by Saya1984 Harley, the Alien Quinn :iconsaya1984:Saya1984 1 0


I've been gone awhile. 
The past few months have been some of the most eventful in my life (I think? Or does it always feel that way?)
Anyway! Here's a rundown of what I've been up to.

While procrastinating my Master's thesis, I recorded another song:

I became enthralled with DC Superhero Girls 12" dolls. It started almost by accident, but I came into possession of a Harley and Ivy. The dolls are so expressive (to me, anyway), that I got carried away coming up with stuff for them to do. Little outfits and props soon followed. I decided to take :iconwinxhelina:'s advice and I'll be posting the chronicles of the girls' adventures here. Stay tuned (if you're in to it XD). Mainly I've been working on doll stuff of late. I'm preventing myself from talking any more about my dolls right now. It's taking serious effort. 

I've been reading lots of LitRPGs of late. Any of you know what that genre even is? I guess Ready Player One was the first that stood out. Currently switched to Russian authors. Some are pretty good, and audio books are available both in English and Russian, which means I can enjoy my native language while still being able to read the same book with my ... Puddin' XD
Of course, I'm playing an RPG, because those books are giving me cravings like you wouldn't believe it! Ever heard of Bravely Default? It's a 3DS game. I just started. The art is cute. That is all. 

I'm hooked on WaniKani! Heard of such a thing? Supposedly really good at teaching you kanji. Kanji is a one big blank in my knowledge of Japanese, so I thought I'd try it out. It's hilarious, challenging, very frustrating at times. I love it. Highly recommend. Aaand you can try before you buy. How cool is that? 

I TA'd for a class with 300 students last quarter. What hell >_<. I don't think classes should have that many students T_T. It's over now. 
As of March 23rd I am a Master of Science (or, as I like to be called, the Mistress of Science) in Computational Media (that's sort of an intersection of computer science with humanities).
I finished my thesis and wrote a scientific paper about the same thing. I should know in the beginning of May whether it will be accepted for publication. Wish me luck. 
As you may have seen in the previous journal entry, I've published a game. It was featured in my research, so my professor allowed me to recruit a few undergrad students to program the UI and add consistent graphics, all as part of official, paid research. Preeeetty cool. 
Now I'm on my way to a PhD. In a few years I could be Dr. Keehl. Like a villain name with a bad accent XD
The coolest thing ever is that I landed an internship with EA for the summer! I'll be doing AI research with them. It is so beyond any of my hopes and well into my dreams! That's starting in the end of June. I can not wait. After being rejected by the likes of Google, Mozilla, Amazon, etc. etc. etc. for generic software engineering internships I was quite disheartened when BAM! Life's ambition on a silver plate. 

My New Year started with a fever. It steadily rose day by day and the day before my birthday I ended up in the ER with a 103.3. Then I spent several days at the hospital, while they probed, tested and scanned every inch of my body, trying to figure out what was causing the fever. They didn't find out, but they gave me some hard core antibiotics just in case and that seemed to take care of the problem. I also managed to "stress out" my liver by taking the maximum recommended dose of Tylenol for several days to keep the fever (and accompanying intense body aches) at bay. Be warned! Just because it says "Don't take more than this" doesn't mean that you can take that much without hurting yourself. 
Both I and my liver are perfectly fine now. It was just a very strange occurrence. It was also my first birthday in a hospital. The nurses brought me a piece of delicious cake and decorated my "menu" with colored highlighters. It was very sweet :3

Love and Family:
I'm about to be an aunt!!!!!! I don't want any children of my own, but I'm super excited to have a little one to spoil and care for from afar :D
Trying to get this polyamory thing working. I have the guy I love and the girl I like and getting to know better and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It's not easy to maintain and develop two relationships while also working on a graduate degree. Well, I guess it's not easy to do two relationships period, but the hope is that the reward is worth the effort. Anyone care to share their own poly-love success stories? 

Ok, that is that for now. Back to sewing :D 
  • Listening to: nothing >_>
  • Reading: The way of Shaman, Step 3
  • Watching: iZombie
  • Playing: Bravely Default
  • Eating: chicken liver
  • Drinking: home made grape soda


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Oleksandra Keehl
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
While my guitar gently weeps~

Current Age: 31, Current Residence: San Jose, CA, Favorite genre of music: indy rock, Favorite style of art: mixed media, Operating System: Windows?, Favorite cartoon character: Excel, Sunako Nakahara, SebyxGrellxWill, Personal Quote: I don't mind going nowhere, as long as it's an interesting path (actually, I do orz).


The making of Harley's new head
The making of the new Harley Quinn head. I'm currently waiting for the hair to dry. Probably will have to wait a whole day. Not sure how it will turn out, but excited about the face. Lightening the skin tone was hella tricky, but the result is worth it :D The hardest part though was adding more hair to her head, to be able to do a part down the middle. That was my first time trying something like that. In retrospect, I should have used softer hair. As it was, I just used the nearest blonde wig with rather coarse hair. Hopefully it'll work.
Full circle
Aaand I've gone full circle. I've decided to give Ivy a normal sized head to go with her body. My first Barbie face-up :D. A little lopsided, but so are human faces usually >_>
RE: pic #2 - #NoMakeup XD
Growing up
I "upgraded" my dolls to Made to Move Barbie bodies. Ivy's body was significantly darker than her face, so I had ta paint her face. I initially tried just darkening her skin, but that went terribly wrong and I had ta do a complete makeover. Decided to go for an older look, and freckles just sort of happened. So there, my first faceup-y attempt.


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Winxhelina Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
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Happy birthday!!
Best wishes from your watcher ^_^
Have a wonderful day today! :party:

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Hotaru-chan6666 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017

Hiiiiiiiiiii! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have a wonderful day! :D <3 

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Aardapel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
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Moogleborg Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Happy birthday Saya! :D (hugs) ^_^ <3
FeministWitchHazel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D :iconpurple-hplz::iconpurple-aplz::iconpurple-pplz::iconpurple-pplz::iconpurple-yplz: 
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Winxhelina Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hello, Saya- dear! I wish you a very Happy Birthday and may all your dreams and heart's desires come true. I hope you will have a wonderful year filled with joy, laughter and hopefully some art as well!Birthday cake  icon 
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