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As you know, I'm giving a journal feature and strange critiques to the person who screenshots my 250,000th pageview! However, for anyone who doesn't manage to grab the screenshot, I'm giving you another chance to win an, erm... fabulous, covetable prize... details below!

Unfortunately, I can't offer you a kiriban picture whatsit because I only work for money... but if you DO get my 250kth pageview, I will do the following:

Bullet; Red Choose 5 pieces from your gallery to feature in my journal

Bullet; Red Provide amusing captions for these featured pieces even if the picture is not supposed to be amusing - sorry

Bullet; Red I will provide constructive criticism/sarcastic, sugar coated lies (your choice) on said 5 pieces of art if the art requires no constructive criticism I will provide sarcastic, sugar coated truths. Or even lies if you really want. Like I could tell you how amazing the colour is when you clearly haven't used colour. Or how much I like the dog when there isn't a dog.

How can you possibly turn that down? I am a dummy!

If you get said pageview, screenshot it and upload it to your scraps or Sta.sh, then note me a link


:icondummyplz: If, on the other hand, you don't manage to grab the screenshot, or you know that your internet connection is juddery at best and that there's no point trying, you have another chance. I'll be giving a 3-deviation feature/delightful critique or sugar coated lies session to the most amusing Photoshopped screenshot of my profile page.

So, in essence, I suppose I want you to Photoshop my page really badly and make me laugh. It doesn't have to be a 'convincing' screenshot at all (and in fact, I'd rather it wasn't, or I will only end up confusing it with the 'real' 250k screenshot!).

If you want to have a go at that, screenshot my page, graffiti it, upload it to your scraps or Sta.sh then post a link in this journal (don't note me it, I'm a lot more likely to get dozens of these!!!)

So there you go, two chances. If you get the real 250k pageview, note me about it. If you want to graffiti my page for another chance to win a deeply dubious prize, tell me about it in the comments here!

For the 'real' screenshot, well, that will happen when it happens. However, for the 'Photoshopped' section, you have 48 hours to show me your photomanipulations. The deadline is Sunday at 9:30am (GMT). But if it's a bit late, there's a possibility I might not get out of bed that early anyway, so I might let you off.
So, I'm finally clearing out my gallery. Well, what's happening is that I'm moving a lot of things into my scraps folder that really don't need to be in my main gallery anymore... and I'm finally going to actually delete the 'stored' deviations that have been making my gallery look like it's got enormous, ugly potholes in it, and which have caused a few people ask why they're there, etc etc. Truth is that stored deviations never used to be a problem back in the mists of the past, because they just didn't show up at all. But NOPE, along came one update and instead you get some kind of weird placeholder instead. I used to use the storage system in order to preserve comments that I might want to read again on deviations that I no longer wanted to have in my gallery, but it's not worth it if it's going to create ugly placeholders that will annoy people who are browsing my work. Also, I've looked back at some of the old pictures and... yeah. I don't want to see these again.

However, for your amusement, I am going to provide one last look at some of these, erm... interesting first deviations here. I think you will agree that they are beautiful and far, far better than my current work. Cough.

First up... ANATOMY ABOUND! It's one of my very first pixel things, from about 9 years ago! AND IT'S HORRENDOUS:

Dusky by ToySkunk



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Next up! It's... oh good grief. No. I can't do it. Sorry. That one is all you're getting. And you're not getting it for very long either. :iconexcaliburfaceplz:


Anyway, as the title suggests, I was also going to ask about tutorials. Basically I hate the sight of my old ones, but I've run a poll on this before and everyone insisted that they were fabulous (are you all drunk?) and that I keep them... or update them. The tutorials have been a source of angst for me for many years because I don't get any income from them, or rather attention towards my other work from them... but I do like to help out and the old techniques I show in my ancient-history tutorials are actually embarrassing. So, just to put it out there:

If I WERE to do another tutorial, what would you want to see?


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This beautiful, not to be missed (cough) 250,000th pageview whatsit is still going on by the way!

As you can see, I have fewer than 1000 pageviews to go before I reach 250,000!

Unfortunately, I can't offer you a kiriban picture whatsit because I only work for money... but if you DO get my 250kth pageview, I will do the following:

Bullet; Red  Choose 5 pieces from your gallery to feature in my journal

Bullet; Red  Provide amusing captions for these featured pieces even if the picture is not supposed to be amusing - sorry

Bullet; Red  I will provide constructive criticism/sarcastic, sugar coated lies (your choice) on said 5 pieces of art if the art requires no constructive criticism I will provide sarcastic, sugar coated truths. Or even lies if you really want. Like I could tell you how amazing the colour is when you clearly haven't used colour. Or how much I like the dog when there isn't a dog.

How can you possibly turn that down? I am a dummy!

If you get said pageview, screenshot it and upload it to your scraps, then send me a link!
As you can see, I have fewer than 1000 pageviews to go before I reach 250,000!

Unfortunately, I can't offer you a kiriban picture whatsit because I only work for money... but if you DO get my 250kth pageview, I will do the following:

:bulletred:  Choose 5 pieces from your gallery to feature in my journal

:bulletred:  Provide amusing captions for these featured pieces even if the picture is not supposed to be amusing - sorry

:bulletred:  I will provide constructive criticism/sarcastic, sugar coated lies (your choice) on said 5 pieces of art if the art requires no constructive criticism I will provide sarcastic, sugar coated truths. Or even lies if you really want. Like I could tell you how amazing the colour is when you clearly haven't used colour. Or how much I like the dog when there isn't a dog.

How can you possibly turn that down? :dummy:

If you get said pageview, screenshot it and upload it to your scraps, then send me a link!



In other news, I just removed about a bazillion gazillion (okay, not that many, but it was in the thousands - MANY THOUSANDS) things from my inbox. I am very, very sorry about the vast swathes of comments I didn't reply to. I realised when I was replying to some comments that some people posted on one of my deviations a WHOLE YEAR AGO (and they were by no means the oldest ones in there) that I was starting to develop what we might call Problems. So I deleted all of them, so I can't send weird, out of context replies to you anymore. :blush:

Anyone use Twitter?

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 20, 2013, 2:39 PM
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I've decided that I should probably do social media things, because everyone else is and frankly I'd like to promote my work more, considering I'm hoping to do more commissions in the future (as far as promotion goes, riding on the attention I got for a Daily Deviation I got 7 years ago [and some other ones on tutorials, for some reason] just isn't cutting it anymore - who'd have thunk it?

If you want to see me posting about my work, making sarky comments about fashion and pestering the Hairy Bikers, you can do so @emoldroyd
You can pester me too, if you like! How fun!

And while I'm at it, I would like to share some artwork that I like. The theme is yellow because why not?

Yellow City Speedpaint by sorceressmon9 I always find this type of smoggy city illustration highly emotive. I want to be there. Then I'd probably want to run away again in case there were chavs or something.

Achiza by HeliacWolf Lovely textures, but clearly needs more pie.

Break by HeliacWolf I like this landscape. IT'S SORT OF YELLOW OKAY. It came up when I looked for 'yellow'. That counts.

 Storm Drain by areynolds65 Appealing!

Charlotte 2 by AMARENOstyle Because they have a lovely ombre effect. Part of which is yellow.

ThirteenWords. Only different.

Wed Aug 7, 2013, 8:54 AM
So, I decided that this thirteen word story beginning thingummy thing would be cool to try and the skin is quite pretty and cute, so here you go.

Only let's make it a bit different from a story. Let's make it a game. Everyone submits thirteen words per comment to continue this 'narrative' (of sorts), but the last four words must be in the format 'I -blank- -blank- because...'

The person that follows has 9 words to describe why they 'blank blank'. Let's provide some examples!

"This is space filler for the example to follow. I hate jeans because..."

"... they make me feel I am not human shaped. I eat beans because..."

"... they're a musical fruit and they make me toot. I troll forums because..."

Got it? Let me start you off. Remember, thirteen words. You get nine words to explain why you 'blank blank', and four words to start off the next person's comment!

"This is not really a story but never mind. I am happy because..."

Life stuff. Also open for commissions

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 15, 2013, 1:31 AM
Hi all,

Long time, no updates!

I finally graduated from my fashion design course (or at least, my ceremony is tomorrow!). I received a 1st class degree with honours. :excited:

The expenditure on my collection and current job hunt means that I am very much in need of funds. Therefore, I have decided to open commissions again and would be delighted if anyone is interested. Most of what you will see in my gallery is digital painting, which is a time consuming and necessarily pricey type of artwork to commission from me. I really can't do anything like that for less than 75 for a figure with a basic background, and 150+ for a more in depth picture. I realise that this is outside of most people's budgets (though if anyone is interested, please let me know). However, I am going to have to do a little bit of 'selling out' and start uploading some crowd pleasing examples of styles that are a little more wallet-friendly. Stay tuned for that, but in the meantime, if you have any ideas, do let me know.

I am still feeling like I don't even want to look at my sewing machines again for a while thanks to my course, but I also plan to start selling craft products at some point soon. I'll be delving into the world of cuddly toy manufacture, as well as garments and accessories. For anyone interested, I'm most likely going to be selling a few real fur accessories, including tanuki and coyote tails, which are left over from me entering a fur design contest this year. I also have a leather sewing machine and have every intention of producing leather accessories in the future, if anyone is interested.

Please let me know if you have any ideas. I want to get back into freelance work again and I have had some great experiences working with dA folks, and would love to pick that up where I left off.

Hope you're having a great summer!

M x

This had better be worth it

Journal Entry: Wed May 1, 2013, 11:08 PM
I have probably spent around 2000 this year on my uni final collection. :lmao: What a terrible thought...

Hurrrr my face is on a website

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 8, 2013, 2:17 PM
www.britishfur.co.uk/index.php… That's me!!

... I still await the results of the competition. :( I'm terrified every time I get an email

Mislabeled Fur

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 3, 2013, 3:51 PM
As many of you folks know, I use real fur in my garment designs and I am a finalist in the BFTA fur design contest. From looking at some of my deviations, a lot of you know that I am keen to source fur from places where strict policies are in place regarding the production of fur, under the Origin Assured scheme. Where this is not possible, I source by product fur (i.e. rabbit). But I'm not going to go into that in great depth here because you're all sick of hearing about it.

I'll talk about this instead: whenever I find that the media has picked up on a new (or revisited) issue involving fur, I'm afraid it has reached the point where I simply must take it with a grain of salt. The current issue surrounds real fur that has been labelled as faux fur in various department stores (mentioned brands include Neiman Marcus, Century 21 etc.) A particular designer who has been mentioned is Marc Jacobs, and I have seen news articles over the past few weeks discuss the fact that raccoon dog fur in Marc Jacobs clothing has been labelled as fake. This, of course, should not be happening.

However, it was particularly interesting to note that as various news websites continued to report on this mislabeled fur, the species name "raccoon dog" was eventually abbreviated by some to "dog". It is difficult to tell whether this merely indicates an honest mistake and lack of familiarity with the species, or whether this is a deliberate attempt to make the issue more emotionally charged for readers. Quotes on such news websites even mention the fact that Marc Jacobs has pet dogs, and question how he could use dog fur for his designs.

Certainly, the raccoon dog is a canid - but so is the fox and the coyote, and we do not call the hides of these animals "dog fur". I don't think that anyone can deny that when we see the word "dog", we think of our pet spaniel or labrador - suddenly, the public starts to believe that the remains of people's pets are lurking within the garments at the local department store.

I believe that fur should be correctly labelled. I also believe that the industry should be as transparent as possible, and should promote Origin Assured fur that is imported from regulated countries. I don't think that fur will ever lose its stigma with the entire population, but practices should be promoted to make people who are happy to use other animal products confident in the production of fur.

However, if complaints are going to be made, and justly so, about the correct labeling of fur in garments, then I also think that species in question should be correctly identified in newspapers. Inclusion of any evidence is a bonus!

If anyone desperately wants to read my blog thing where I ramble more about this sort of stuff, it's here: edifurcation.blogspot.co.uk/

Fur contest - I'm a finalist!

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 13, 2013, 2:29 PM
I'm a finalist in the BFTA fur fashion design contest!!!

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I'm such a late adopter of stuff

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 22, 2013, 3:42 AM
:lmao: I've been on dA for 8 years and have been a premium member for about as long... and ONLY NOW have I started to see the benefit of groups and widgets like my slideshow doodad over there. :dummy:

Now I can show off my old digital paintings, since I don't have time to do new ones now. :happycry: One day... one day...

A rant about deviantART's new commissions widget

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 28, 2012, 1:20 AM
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Don't know what I'm talking about? Here are the details in wreckling's journal: wreckling.deviantart.com/journ…


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Right, have you read all that then?

This is currently available as a widget only to Beta testers, but by the looks of what it says in the journal, other members can still request commissions from Beta testers.

Why is this widget a problem?
Look closer: Artists can track their Commission transactions and generate real profit through My Earnings, garnering 80% royalty on each transaction.

80% royalty. 80% royalty.
This means that deviantART will be taking 20% of whatever you earn using this widget. This is a massive transaction fee - think about Etsy, a service which only charges 3.5% of each transaction, and also offers many more features, including a better marketing platform.

However, this isn't my only or main gripe with the widget. My main gripe is that there is also a cap on how much you can earn from a single transaction on this site (I believe that according to other users who have looked into it, you also can't have different amounts for different commissions either, so forget it if you do a few different types of art and charge differently for each one).

The cap on what you can earn per transaction is 4000 points, which can be withdrawn as 31.05 (that's $50.06). Don't forget that you only get 80% of that! That's 24.84, or $40.05.

This widget is promoting the idea that a piece of artwork can be worth no more than this set amount. If you're trying to earn a basic living from doing commissions, don't use this widget, especially if you plan on spending more than a couple of hours on a piece of commissioned artwork: you'll be earning a lot less than minimum wage, and that is the price level that this widget is promoting to young artists. Personally, I don't think I've ever sold a piece of artwork for less than $100 and I know that deviantART is already rife with people who undersell themselves and each other. This breeds among buyers the opinion that they can get professional quality work for unprofessional prices. It exacerbates the problem that many people in the job offers forum already expect to be able to get full scale pieces of artwork for the price of a few beers.

Let's go back to the 20% 'transaction fee'. Money-handling companies do charge transaction fees generally. Paypal charges a small fee (it's something like 1.4% to 3.4% depending). Oh, and don't forget, if you want to withdraw money from this deviantART commissions widget via Paypal... you'll be paying Paypal fees on top of the 20% cut, apparently. Doesn't seem worth it, does it? Anyway, yes - money-handling companies do charge a small fee. I've already mentioned Etsy and its transaction fee of 3.5%. This, to me, does not sound the same as 20%, and Etsy, especially tailored for selling, offers you a lot more features for your money.

It could be argued that deviantART is a selling platform on which to advertise, but in my opinion, if dA want to charge a transaction fee for commissions (especially a huge one) they want to be guaranteeing that artists will have buyers crawling out of the woodwork all over the place to commission them for art. Advertising on deviantART is extremely difficult (oh, and you can advertise on the site in the form of the banner ads - BUT THAT ALREADY COSTS MONEY) because there is such a large user base and most of them are SELLERS, not buyers. Sure, deviantART offers you a gallery, and more refined features are available in which to display your work and attract people (well... if they even stumble across your gallery in the first place) via Premium Membership - but guess what, Premium Membership costs money too!

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My advice to you: if you want to do commissions, please learn to write your own contracts, think about minimum wage for the hours you put into your work, and manage your own fee collecting: you'll thank yourself later.

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Some people have put forward the worry that deviantART is going to ban people from doing commissions unless it's through this widget. This is a bit of a strawman argument. However, if it does happen... well... :iconstaresplz:

Merry Christmas

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 25, 2012, 2:08 AM
Merry Christmas everyone. :D

So what did you get?

:santa:

Fur, lace, and far too much work - oh my!

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 18, 2012, 7:19 AM
Hey all - how are you doing?

I wish I could be sharing more of what I'm doing currently on dA, but I've basically been informed that we really ought not to while it's in development stage in case our ideas get stolen. Which is fair enough, but a shame!

I sadly have no time for personal art at the moment. At uni, we have to do multiple briefs alongside our main collection - various of these involve live company competitions.

Currently I'm working on a fur brief, a lace brief, a casualwear brief, an accessories/leathergoods brief and my own main collection. :noes:

It's fun but tiring!

Thank you, mystery buyer!!

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 21, 2012, 4:06 PM
Well, someone's just bought a 24x36 canvas print of
The End of Humanatee by ToySkunk


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I'm honoured - and I have no idea who the mystery buyer is, and while I'm sure you don't want a massive fanfare, I just wanted to say a big thank you in the only way I might be able to get in touch. :D

I really, really hope it turns out exactly how you want it. This has been purchased as an art print before so it's been through dA's quality checks and therefore should be okay.

Just wanted to say thank you :heart:

Can y'do me a favour? Also, resin casting..?

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 7, 2012, 2:23 AM
Firstly, the favour - I would muchly appreciate it if you wouldn't mind voting on my design for this contest: bit.ly/Q3vjGd
It's basically a little design app for Jaeger where you pick a t-shirt style then change the colours on it. It's not actually very creative and it made me feel a bit silly as a supposed fashion designer... :lol: But I like the prize so I thought I'd enter. Of course, you guys should enter too! And show me what you make, if you're willing to share your Facebook name with me.

Secondly - does anyone know anything about resin casting? I'd like to make some objects out of resin and I was wondering if anyone had ever made resin jewellery before, or anything like that. I would like to make my own moulds, but the objects I want to make will be quite big. Is it possible to make objects that are large and solid out of resin? Also, I am aware that you can put small objects in resin and suspend them inside... do these have to be light objects? That's mostly what I've seen but I want to know if it's possible to do this with heavier and larger items too.

I have seen that there are some large objects made out of resin but I was wondering if anyone who is more familiar with it has some practical advice. :D Thank you!

What do you think?

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 3, 2012, 5:54 AM
What do you think of androgyny?

Request for a male model - NE England

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 20, 2012, 3:07 AM
Hey there. This is for guys who live in North East England. It's a long shot asking on here but worth a go - I'm in a bit of a dilemma!
As many of you know I'm a fashion design student. I specialise in menswear. I am currently making a jacket and I find myself in need of a suitable model for:
a) a photoshoot
b) presenting my jacket at uni
(dates to be confirmed but I would say that it will be in three weeks to one month's time)

The problem is that I can't think of any men in my circle of contacts who quite have the look I'm going for. I based my jacket on 60s skinheads, so if you have no hair or very short/buzzed hair you might have the look I'm going for. The jacket should fit a 38inch chest, but it's a fairly loose cut so if you're a bit smaller or a bit bigger it shouldn't matter too much (I've not made it yet so I'll take a more accurate measurement when it's done!).

The jacket is a donkey jacket, which is grey wool with white leather embellishments. If you are the kind of person who wears grey or black jeans and Doc Martens (or similar boots) styling you would be very easy. :) Ideally you should be 5'10 or taller but if you think you might have the look I'm after I'd really love to hear from you regardless.

I am hoping to do the photoshoot at Steetley Magnesite, which is in Hartlepool. The presentation will be in Newcastle. I can provide transport and payment for your time. Also prints of any photos I take of you, if you want them. :)

Here is a photo of the photoshoot location and also a drawing of the jacket (which is what it will hopefully look like!) img.photobucket.com/albums/v63…

I'm looking for someone confident who won't mind standing like a prat in front of a camera (and who will happily follow directions for poses!) and walking up and down in front of a few of my classmates and uni tutors. If you require a chaperone, that is fine - I'll have one too. I hope it's not too cheeky a request and I very much hope somebody believes they are right for the job. Let me know in the thread or via a message if you're interested! Having a photo ready of yourself on your profile would be ideal. :)

Thank you!

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And how are you all?
Things are going well with me now. I've settled into the new house and I'm getting there with uni work. I am certainly feeling a lot better about my current circumstances. :) Thanks for all the well wishes over the months, everyone.

"Controversial" Art

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 3, 2012, 3:29 AM
What do all of you lovely folk think of art that is more than just a pretty picture? Do you appreciate art that induces disgust or discomfort?

deviantART is perhaps not the right place for some pieces of art. Some pieces of art would be against the rules to upload here - this would be the case for a beautiful collection I saw some years ago at a local gallery. It was all painted roughly but skillfully on flattened cardboard boxes, and depicted various erotic acts. I certainly thought that they were art - as did the gallery! But they wouldn't have been allowed on here.

Some pieces of art may be suitable as far as the rules go, but I get the impression that the community itself would not approve of it. I can see that the appreciation for art on here tends to be for pieces of beauty and technical skill, but not so much for work that could be considered 'taboo'. There is obviously a split in one particular area - many people here approve of artistic nudes and many thoroughly don't.

What are your thoughts? I feel that I would like to explore more controversial art - not necessarily to be controversial, but to analyse my own feelings in a creative outlet. But is this the right place for them? I don't want to alienate anybody, but I'm not the same person artistically as I used to be. Some of you have been watching my art here since I was 14 - now I'm almost 22, and of course I've grown up a lot, gained a lot more experience and I have different things to explore. I suppose I have a selfish desire to maintain the approval I have had on here! I certainly enjoy your thoughts, though - so let me know what you think, please. :D

Edit: I'm aware that everyone is inclined to focus on my example of nudity and sex, but I intend to inquire about people's opinions on other taboo subjects, too. Of course, that one is a big one, and I also think that nudity and sex can be used to express things other than nudity and sex in themselves, with deeper intentions than just creating a pornographic image. But anyway - I'm asking about anything one may feel uncomfortable with. :D

The strangest thing

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 7, 2011, 3:44 PM
Our family dog is as upset as the rest of us about the death of my Dad. She is lethargic, quiet and worried, and very obviously misses him. I daresay I would have expected that, but what I didn't expect was a moment last week - when we scattered the ashes. We took her with us to the woods. She was silent all the way through, until the very moment that we scattered the ashes on the bridge, and she howled. It was absolutely haunting. I don't know what she knows or how she knows it.