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Wow, I haven't submitted a journal since April (fail) 

I haven't been on that much (obviously). This has several reasons (and it is not because I don't love you all because I do!) 

1. I'm a senior this year (wooo) so trying to get everything together for graduation and then maybe grad school (plus the "real world" so yeah) 

2. My inspiration has been tanking. However I new photographs to upload ASAP :heart:

3. I've just been super fucking busy with my life, school work, my jobs etc. 

SO anyway, I love you all, thanks for still somehow watching me, because I appreciate every favorite, watch, comment etc. Even if I don't have time to reply to them! Also, thank you for the birthday wishes :heart: Yes, I "feel 22". Love you all!


  • Listening to: Flornce + The Machine

Happy Birthday :)

Tue Apr 23, 2013, 9:39 AM
So I had my dA birthday recently, four years on dA :D 

So, I haven't been around because back in the beginning of the month, I lost my external hard drive, thus losing all of my work, and have been trying to get my work and life back together. I am dying to make new work however, so I will probably make something this week at some point. 

I miss you all so much :heart: 

In other recent news, I went to Chicago over the weekend, it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the Art Institute of Chicago. The city was fantastic, not sure if I could ever live in a city like that, but I definitely had a great time with my photo class. I will also be living on campus in an apartment over the summer (so excited :woohoo:) and I hope I will get plenty of art made over the summer! 


Alive

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 7:32 AM
For those of you who wish to know, yes I am alive. I do not come here often (proof of that is the 3,000+ deviations in my inbox) because I do not have time. However, the end of the semester is here! Exams are this week :)

No, I have not made any art. Firstly my tablet quit working but it's okay now. Then I just honestly have not felt like it. *shrug* I haven't had any motivation/inspiration. And then lastly, most importantly, I have had absolutely no time to do so. When I have had time, I've been having a social life/enjoying my junior year here at school. There is a part of me that wants to make a manipulation but then I just never do it. I do have a lot of photography to upload but I haven't had the time to do it. I will probably as soon as I go on break at the end of the week.

I want to get back into the swing of things over break. I hope I do. I miss all of you!! :blowkiss:

Thank you :)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 5:40 PM
Edit: Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes!!! I had a great day :heart:

Wow..hi....gosh I haven't been keeping up with you all very well at all. School is just......ugh.....keeping me so busy...so...anyways I promised I would make a journal about my new photography project. SO, I am an honors student here at my school so my senior year (next year yowza) I get to do an honors thesis project in my field (which is photo/design but Im focusing on photo) and then present it to an oral defense and then to campus. (scary, I know) So, I have been focusing on fashion photography and how women are portrayed in the media: how they're sexualized, objectified, and overly Photoshopped most of the time. I am not saying this is ALL OF THE TIME but predominantly this is what happens. People do not actually realize the extent of Photoshop work on models until you see something from start to finish, which is the basis of this project. I am purposefully sexualizing my models as a commentary on society and also Photoshopping them as they would be in a magazine and then presenting them with the unretouched versions of themselves to show the extreme difference.

Everyone can be that perfect, but not without the help of Photoshop. I am hoping to help improve body images of at least the women who come and view my show next year, but one day, I hope this project (as I hone it further) will extend to a larger audience. Anyways, I want to apologize for not being around, I keep wanting to get back into art but I just haven't been into making anything digitally. (that and my tablet has stopped working, my sister is fixing it soon hopefully :) ) Nothing has inspired me, I've been swamped with homework and tests and I've been focusing so much on photography, I've almost quit caring about the digital art side of my life. Which I am sad to say, but I do have hope that I will get back into it. Probably when I'm on winter break with nothing to do :giggle:

Also, my birthday is on Saturday!! :woohoo: Pretty pumped, I'll be 21!! And no, I am not going to go out and drink and party, not really my stye, but I do have hopes of having my first drink over the weekend at some point. :) I hope you all are well and I'm sorry I'm so slow on messages. I'm trying to go through my inbox but I have SO MUCH STUFF. It's crazy.

Also, to any of the people that went through Sandy, I hope that you all are well and I really hope that your families are okay too. Please stay safe and sound!!!!

Oh and Happy Halloween!!! :skull: :pumpkin:


Good News and Feature Time

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 7:49 PM
So I have excellent news you guys.

I won't go into huge details because it's a long ass story BUT we have found funds for my schooling :woohoo: I am so happy you guys. I am over the moon about it to be honest. The stress has been lifted. Anyways, I am on Fall Break right now so hopefully I'll be able to make more art since I'll be at home not having to worry about homework and real life :D

Also, I have done a feature in a while so I feel like I need to do one. So here we go :D

It burns .. by Ash-3xpired Avenger - Destroyer by mirandaadria purple n blue by CoconutMilkyway Gift of Magic by TheDarkRayne Toil and Trouble by venomousey The Guardian by Wesley-Souza Resurrection by silentfuneral the muse. by cristina-otero Silent Curses by Corvinerium Awakened by EnchantedWhispersArt A place in the mountains by Neitin The Bleeding Moon by NanFe Meme les anges ont besoin d'amour by Creamydigital

  • Watching: Halloween Wars

Hi Guys :)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 11:26 AM
Okay so sorry for being such a Debbie Downer on my last post, wow, sorry haha I was just so overwhelmed with like...everything....

anyyywaaayyss

Okay, so I made a "Go Fund Me" page because my university costs are seriously coming up on me and my family so quickly it's making my head reel, so if you could view it/share it, whatever, that would be fantastic: www.gofundme.com/1adt2w If you have money to donate, awesome, if not, that's totally fine. This semester I owe roughly 2500 dollars, which isn't a lot compared to how much tuition is, however, my mother just told me she can't even afford orange juice because she's trying to save up for my schooling, and we've only made one payment, so I feel soooo terrible that my family is barely making ends meet just so I can go to school. Even if you guys could just spread the word, I would be eternally grateful.

Thanks guys for you support and I love you all and I just hope that I can continue to stick around with frequency, and hopefully soon I can update you guys on some super exciting news on my end about my Honors Thesis Project (once I have more solid information :woohoo:)

:blowkiss:

I am just so sorry

Thu Sep 27, 2012, 10:47 AM
Seriously. I'm sorry.


I am such a failure. Ugh. Sorry guys, I just...I'm so busy, so fucking busy, and still, I have had no inspiration/motivation to post here. I want to because I feel like a part of me is missing. I am going to see what I can do over the weekend or even tomorrow since i have no classes tomorrow. But honestly, I'm just sorry.

College

Sun Sep 9, 2012, 10:14 AM
Oh my gosh I never thought I'd ever be this busy ever in my entire life. Junior year apparently "Hell year" *headdesk*

I have a lot of work I have to do and I have a job and I'm trying to be more social and my days are long. By the time I get to the weekend I just want to crash/goof around. So I am very sorry I haven't been very active. I just honestly have not had time. I also ahven't been inspired for a long time. I'm in an art rut, so I keep trying to break out of that too. Anyways, going to be maybe working on something soon, but I don't know. I love you all, thank you for the constant support :herat:

Thank you :)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 8:37 AM
Thank you all for your kind words regarding Dragon. I am officially moved in to my new room and it's awesome, we have our own bathroom it's really great. My roommate got me a new beta fish, which may sound super harsh since Dragon just passed away but I hated staring at his empty tank, it really wasn't helping any, so we went out this morning and got a new fish. He's really beautiful, he's black with neon green and blue, he's a crowntail beta fish, he's so beautiful. I name dhim Loki and we got three glo-light tetras, and I call them the minions since they all look alike and Loki needs minions :) He seems to like them just fine, I think he actually might be afraid of them :giggle:

So I know I've been gone for a while now but I definitely plan on coming back with a bang, I'm going to work on some art after my roommate goes to her work orientation.

Also, I could really use your help again. I am in need of getting the tank a heater and I just don't have the money, we still owe about 6000 dollars on my tuition, so any money my mom has is going towards that right now. They seem to be okay right now, my room is warm enough but I would hate for them to go for very long without one. Since all four of them need warm water. I was looking on amazon and found what I need want, the heater and a thermometer will be about 25 dollars with tax/shipping etc, which isn't bad, but I just am so, so broke right now. So if you guys would like to commission me or maybe I could a tutorial for you guys to buy, something cheap, not a big deal, I just could really use your help. :heart:

Thank you all for your support and I swear I will start posting again hopefully later today :)

I haven't been around, I know, I've been really busy. I'm moving back to school on Saturday so I've been busy getting things together and I just haven't felt inspired. I'm not having a good night, my beta fish was doing really really poorly. He was pale and sick and he could hardly get to the top of his tank to breathe so I decided to put him down. I honestly just hated to see him suffer so much. Of course now I can't stop crying and I'm staring at this screen through a veil of tears but I just thought I'd try to let you guys know what's been going on. I'll try to get on more often when I don't feel so awful.
Sorry I haven't been around and this was supposed to be last week but I was very busy, so I am going to start this today. Every other Friday I'm going to be putting a feature article of manip artists that need a little more love. I you enjoy what I have compiled and I only hope to get these larger and larger each time I put them out. Enjoy.

The Experiment by SUSAltd  Acqua Tofana by Blavatskaya  Vain by ChisSweetArt  Chilling Love by MsVulgarity  .:Last Goodbye:. by BrittanyBlackrainbow  Dark... by ValentinaMayMus  Lost Soul by MsDeadly  coming from heart by Bergkristalle  Secret Door by EvanescentAngel666  The Other Side Of me by shiny-shadows-Art :thumb320852786: :thumb320884039:  - A Little Prayer - by SandyLynx  Secret Garden by giuliaraineri  Playing for the falling stars by Addicted2disaster :thumb320648994:   I'll Never Stop Loving You by Antonio-Figueiredo  .moonkissed by masKade  .Ravenna by masKade  .nowhere by masKade 

Mature Content

Lonely at the Top by Dasha444
  Breathe No More by MBHenriksen  Freedom by ChieuMua  ...Far Between... by SHUME-1  not everyone wants to fly by AnnaGiladi  World of Color by Phatpuppyart-Studios :thumb320591148:  Dream by HEROSASA  Infinite (I.M Sophie Lancaster) by Frederic-Lievre  On the sea by sickness86 

Mature Content

The Floating Rose by ENZZOK
  The Storm Ends by FictionChick  Siren by AlishaRenee 

Mature Content

Out of the Dark by Jaxsun58
  Fighter by Jaxsun58 :thumb318892469:  The Night Lands by TahaAlasari  Home by MarcoHerrera  Bad Mojo by Zerj19 :thumb317628361: :thumb318834503: :thumb318979461:  watching the fall by Sivali-Delirium :thumb318980295:  Research by Jezzy-Art  Fire Mage by RoadioArts  :thumb306700843:  Closeup MadonnA by ChisSweetArt  The Cold Despair by DemonikaDemise   kiss me day by day... by NanFe  This Endless Hour by LunarShore  . dreamcatcher by BellaArtemis  Rusalka by VinternV  waiting for her prince ... by iwetka  Laissez-la partir by Ioneek  .Spirit of Stars. by Lindowyn  ' ' BONES ' ' by disinchanted  The Lake by OleWormius  In the other sides by BlackEngel  Happiness by TopMystic  Privacy by Lili-Lou  Capricorn by Ioneek :thumb314714230: :thumb314907162:  She is ... by Mabahe  Out of Time by paulauskas   Lonely Night by flina :thumb272816967: :thumb315057195: :thumb314064220: :thumb315494399: :thumb310355861: :thumb315421168: :thumb315895225:  Mysterious by MBHenriksen  Amaranth by Liljan-Laulu  warrior by ClaudiaSchirmetz  calm down by dhe-art 

Mature Content

White Swan by AndreeaRosse
  Selfishness by AndreeaRosse  Amor de un lobo by DanielPriego  Smoke by AndreeaRosse :thumb318046053:  Bound by Nature by TheDarkRayne  Titanium by Leafbreeze7  Witching Hour by ScatteredAshe  Hope by KalosysArt  eclipse by Bi22

Worried

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 12:14 PM
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I think my beta fish is dying :tears: He's really pale and he looks so sick and he's not as active as he used to be. I cleaned his tank today and I"m letting it sit and settle before putting him back in but I'm just so worried about him. He's like my son, which I know he's "just a fish" but he's not really just a fish to me, I haven't had a pet since I had my guinea pig for seven years, so Dragon means a lot to me. I just really hope he is okay :(

Time for some general updates:

:bulletred: Going back to school on August 25th I am sooooo excited, I am ready to see my roommate and my friends (:

:bulletred: Aeirmid has allowed me to be the Features Coordinator for the Photomanipulation community. I am going to be featuring artists every Sunday in Jade's big news article. Also, every other Friday, starting with this Friday, I am going to compile a feature of more unseen artists, work that I believe deserves more love and more attention from the community. SO if any of you feel as if you see someone's work and they don't get enough attention, love etc, please bring it to my attention and I will add it to the folder I have in my favorites so I can feature it in the Friday features I'm going to be doing :)

:bulletred: Over at TheArtOfManipulation we are holding two contests: the lighting challenge, and the collaboration contest. The collaboration contest we could REALLY use some advanced/intermediate artists, so please go check it out, we would really love it if you could join us. You do not have to be a member to do the contest.

:bulletred: I am personally open for collaborations because I really love doing them and I would love to collab with new people :) (and the "old" ones ;))

And why oh why must this bag be 39.95? I saw it at Barnes & Noble the other day and I want it so very badly: www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-…

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kill them. by cristina-otero Prayer by jorgeremmy I am hers and she is mine by Daystar-Art .: Maria - Shapeshift Flight Form:. by KuramaPhoenix




Thank you all and general updating

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 9:03 AM
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I want to thank you for your support yesterday, it means a lot to me. It's times like these that I realize the vast amount of friends I have here on dA and you all mean so much to me. :blowkiss: So thank you again for your kindness and support.

Time for some general updates:

:bulletred: Going back to school on August 25th I am sooooo excited, I am ready to see my roommate and my friends (:

:bulletred: Aeirmid has allowed me to be the Features Coordinator for the Photomanipulation community. I am going to be featuring artists every Sunday in Jade's big news article. Also, every other Friday, starting with this Friday, I am going to compile a feature of more unseen artists, work that I believe deserves more love and more attention from the community. SO if any of you feel as if you see someone's work and they don't get enough attention, love etc, please bring it to my attention and I will add it to the folder I have in my favorites so I can feature it in the Friday features I'm going to be doing :)

:bulletred: Over at TheArtOfManipulation we are holding two contests: the lighting challenge, and the collaboration contest. The collaboration contest we could REALLY use some advanced/intermediate artists, so please go check it out, we would really love it if you could join us. You do not have to be a member to do the contest.

:bulletred: I am personally open for collaborations because I really love doing them and I would love to collab with new people :) (and the "old" ones ;))

I think that's about it for now. Thank you guys again for your support :aww:

And why oh why must this bag be 39.95? I saw it at Barnes & Noble the other day and I want it so very badly: www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-…

Features


The Light by Enlal :thumb318796644:

Mature Content

Awakening by kuschelirmel
The Way Home by EnchantedWhispersArt :thumb318775438: Chaos by Yobtaf





UPDATE!!! Challenge

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 8:42 AM
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Update: Once again over at TheArtOfManipulation we are holding a challenge for the photomanipulation community!! We took a poll asking our members and the community what they would like to learn about, the most voted was lighting; so I put together a long a** article about lighting, what I know about it, how it works, and the resources you can use to further your education on it. And at the end of the article we are proposing a challenge, a challenge to the community to show what they've learned, so pop on over the start creating! :dance:

Okay everyone so I have some really fun news, over at TheArtOfManipulation we are have a collaboration contest! We're trying to get the mentoring aspect back into the group so this is how we're going to kick it off. :woohoo:

How it Will Work
For this contest, two or more artists must team up and collaborate to create an entry. One artist must be at the intermediate/expert level and the other must be a beginner. We (the admins) will decide which class you fall into and assign participants into teams (requests will be considered if there is a specific person with whom you want to partner). We hope that this contest will create new friendships and allow beginning photomanipulators to learn something new .

The Rules

:bulletblack: You must note the group #TheArtOfManipulation no later than August 21, 2012. Title the note "Collab Contest" and
    let us know that you want to participate and provide us with your time zone.

:bulletblack:We will classify your level (beginner, intermediate, expert) and assign teams. We'll let particpants know who their
    partner is by August 31, 2012

:bulletblack:The actual contest will run from September 1 to October 31, 2012. Entries must be submitted no later than
    November 1, 2012!

               :bulletred: Only one entry per team and the entry must be a photomanipulation.

                   :bulletred: The theme for the contest is "Dark Halloween". Some blood and guts are fine, but no extreme violence/gore, rape,         
                   racist entries will be accepted.

                  :bulletred: At least 3 stock images must be used and all stock must be properly credited for your entry to be valid.
                   If you're not sure how to credit stock you can refer to this tutorial celticstrm-stock.deviantart.co….

                  :bulletred: The technical details of the collaboration are up to the individual teams, however each teammate must
                   contribute substantially to the work.

                   Have fun, work together, and learn something new!

  Ten finalists will be chosen by a few impartial individuals (will update when we decide who). The winners will then be                    
    decided by a poll which will take place from November 8 to November 22, 2012.

The winners will be announced on November 26, 2012. There will be prizes given to the first, second, and third    place   
    winners.


,b>Prizes (more to be added, but as of now)</b>

1st place
     1,500 points split between teammates
     Entry submitted to our "Featured Folder"
     Journal feature from michelle--renee
     Free commission from michelle--renee
     Tutorial Request from michelle--renee (if applicable)

2nd place
     850 points split between teammates
      Journal feature from michelle--renee

3rd place
     650 points split between teammates
      Journal feature from michelle--renee

We are taking donations towards prizes! Acceptable donations are points (sent to ~ivy-ashe or =Vam-pyre with a note that the points are for the collab contest), exclusive stock packs, llamas, and features. Any donation you can give will be greatly appreciated and each donator will have a work placed in our "Featured Folder", and will also be featured in a special "Donator Feature" journal that will be posted when the voting begins!



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Photography Page

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 6:26 PM
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Photography Facebook Page:

www.facebook.com/pages/Michell…

:heart: I would appreciate it if you went to like it! :aww:



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Mature Content

Eternal by TriZiana
:thumb316944025: taste by bailey--elizabeth The Forgotten Forest by Aeternum-designs:thumb316743492: Passed out on a trunk by lakehurst-images the language of crows by EmberRoseArt:thumb316662112: _Morning Remembrance_ by NanFe Sweetness by LiveKissed

Mature Content

evolution by ezorenier





All of my artwork is under copyright ©Michelle Renee 2009-2012 aka Vam-pyre All rights reserved. The materials contained in my deviantART gallery may not be reproduced, copied, tubed, edited, published, re-sold, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my written permission. Respect copyright law.

RIP

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 2:07 PM
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I was asked by ScatteredAshe to post this in my journal about a fellow deviant who has passed away. I am sorry to hear this, please spread the word so we can honor his memory.

Shawn Titus, also known as Wikked, WikkedOne was one of us, a deviant. He passed away unexpectedly on July 14th :tears:. He was 45 years old. I'd appreciate it if any of you that are taking the time to read this could spread the word, and ask your watchers to spread the word so that he can be remembered through us. Shawn was a wonderful, kindhearted man that always had a smile. Shawn, you may be gone but will never be forgotten. ((wavin))

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
- Mary Elizabeth Frye

Me, doing what I Love, Betty.. by WikkedOne Dark Clown Acrylic... by WikkedOne Carlzon's Portrait... by WikkedOne Andies fallen Angel... by WikkedOne Medusa, base blackline an Grey by WikkedOne Fallen... by WikkedOne Angel Cover up 2... by WikkedOne

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All of my artwork is under copyright ©Michelle Renee 2009-2012 aka Vam-pyre All rights reserved. The materials contained in my deviantART gallery may not be reproduced, copied, tubed, edited, published, re-sold, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my written permission. Respect copyright law.

1000 Watchers

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 7:31 AM
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I finally made it to 1000 watchers :wow: I honestly remember when I didn't believe I  wouldn't reach 1 :giggle: Thank you all SO much, really truly thank you :heart: I'd like to make a special artwork dedicated to all of you. What would you guys like to see?

If you haven't heard please go check out :iconlunebleu:'s journal. There is an artist here on dA claiming to buy our prints and then reselling them for profit. I do not know about you but I know that definitely makes me angry. Especially since she isn't actually informing the artist of what she is doing. I find this completely unethical and she needs to be stopped if possible. Thanks.   


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:thumb315446404: Rosetum by Corvinerium:thumb287327622: She Loves the Night by Mscheveous The Fugitives by Phatpuppyart-Studios Frail by VinternV Thomas Hiddleston by Red-Szajn Friend or Foe by KarinClaessonArt




All of my artwork is under copyright ©Michelle Renee 2009-2012 aka Vam-pyre All rights reserved. The materials contained in my deviantART gallery may not be reproduced, copied, tubed, edited, published, re-sold, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my written permission. Respect copyright law.
  • Watching: Supernatural

Book Covers?

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 2:16 PM
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So I've been wanting to get into book covers for a while now, does anyone have any "starting out" tips? :blowkiss:

Oh and I've taken up watching Supernatural and oh my goodness, I am SO addicted :giggle:


Features


Secret Mirror by MirellaSantana The Last Mermaid by LevanaTempest Going through the emotions by KalosysArt:thumb314812557: Lunara by Aelathen Memento Mori by Aeternum-designs Falling softly by Leafbreeze7:thumb314461956:

  • Watching: Supernatural

Journal Skins

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 7:17 AM
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Hey guys :wave: How is everyone? I hope you are all well and having a good summer. I personally cannot wait to go back to school to be honest with you :giggle: I'm sick of summer. Anyways, I was wondering if you any of you knew anything about creating journal skins. I've been searching Google etc and I haven' been able to really come up with anything. I really want to personalize my journal skin but I haven't been able to, so if anyone knows anything that would be awesome :heart:

I'm hoping to be making some new art today. My external hard drive has taken a turn for the worst, luckily I backed it all up on my parent's PC so all of my stuff was saved, I just hope to get a new one soon. :) That's all I really have right now so let's move onto features :D



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web by BaxiaArt The Lake by OleWormius - comm: black skies, by V-alkyrie Delirium by Karelys-Luna Decadent by Astaldo-Fea Vanishing from Memory by Emerald-Depths :thumb313801196: Ocean Soul by ChristabelleLAmort Child Crysta by MoonchildinTheSky :thumb314198299:   Tears of a Swan by valeskamoura Breathe Again by PlastikStars He Loves Me Not by EnchantedWhispersArt + Sweet Venom + by OmarRodriguezV no GOD in the air by NanFe :thumb313927301: Sigrun by TriZiana shinigami princess by lolliboon Red Winter Melody by Doucesse Because of You by Leafbreeze7 The bride by CindysArt :thumb313561876: Warrior of Time by Whendell Laissez-la partir by Ioneek :thumb313068947: Through Glass by jorgeremmy Storm by TheDarkRayne death for dinner by bailey--elizabeth i'd kill to be queen by bailey--elizabeth .: Thy Raven Wings :. by NatiatVII :thumb312566869: Black Steam Shoot 03 by MeetMeAtTheLake2Nite Rusalka by VinternV Hallucinogen by mariix Devotion by Bohemiart




Crap D:

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 6, 2012, 8:21 AM


I ran out of Photoshop trial days. Dang it. I was going to make a new piece this morning and now I can't. So....until I get this problem fixed (aka I somehow magically become 260 dollars richer) I will not be able to make art. :( I'm sorry guys. I'll still be around just....art-less.