I'd share a little about my research, but there's a bit of office intrigue going on over it. All I can say is I'm working on synthesizing the data from 9 surveys on 7 different instruments from the near-infrared to far-infrared/sub-mm regime to look at the star-forming regions in the galactic plane the constellations of Carina, Vela, and a little bit of Centaurus. Beautiful Hubble and ESO shots in that area, so I highly recommend googling "Carina Nebula" and/or browsing the wiki pages.
I'm also gearing up to present a 45-min presentation on neutron stars. I've never lectured so long to such a general audience, at least not since I tried and botched such a lecture to my lab students a couple years ago...eep...
So I hopped on the questionnaire bandwagon.
How long have you been on DeviantArt? I think I joined in late 2008, early 2009.
What does your username mean? It refers to my totes lamers author avatar in my ongoing personal series story. The Sen is an honorific that may or may not be short for sensei or senpai.
Describe yourself in three words. Antisocial metalhead astronomer
Are you left or right handed? Right
What was your first deviation? Depends. First one I posted was this (BTW, I made an updated version with both Raijin and Fujin, here ). Oldest one I actually made was this , which is a request I got from way back in 2006.
What is your favourite type of art to create? Character/fashion sketches
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Realism, probably
What was your first favourite? I don't have it anymore. Either I removed it or it got "put in storage", whatever that means. The last thing in my faves is Death Note: L Gets an Idea.
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Concept art, be it characters, machines, aliens, or whatever.
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? Prolly Humon. She sounds awesome.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? Well, let's see, is the only person from my primary school career who I've kept in touch with. I think if I didn't know her, I'd never have fleshed out some of my story and character ideas and I suspect my art skills would be degrading faster now that I'm a PhD student in astronomy. I also dated for a few fun years, my first real relationship. He exposed me to rocket-building, fantastic handicrafts, different music, nun-chucks, new food, new anime... And he gave me the pleasure of knowing that all my elementary school bullies turned out to be pothead flunkies. Sweet vindication. I'm a little sad he doesn't exchange cool science articles with me anymore, but I guess if he's in a new relationship it would look kinda suspicious to keep in touch with an old fling.
What are your preferred tools to create art? Mechanical pencil and a decent sketchbook
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? My room.