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Journal Entry: Mon Mar 2, 2015, 6:46 AM
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Journal Entry: Mon Mar 2, 2015, 10:13 AM

1,000 :points: this time

So, one(1) deviant shall win 1,000 :points:



1. Favorite this deviation; since I'll be using  random number generator, I need people to favorite it to enter. (You DO NOT need to tell me you faved, it shows up in my messages, trust me on this XD)

2. Comment with a random fact :dummy:

3. O P T I O N A L: Advertise this giveaway.

4.NO DUPLICATE ACCOUNTS. It is rude and unfair to other entrants.

Did you read all the rules? If not, go read them!

This giveaway ends on March 9th, at 5:00 PM MOUNTAIN time. No entries after this time will be accepted. I will then use a random number generator to pick the winner.

Raffle Time! | OPEN

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 2, 2015, 2:28 PM
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I'm going to hold another raffle 8D
You'll be getting an icon like this: I: Skylar by xiuemiG: AiriDumplings by xiuemiCries Rlly Hard by xiuemi

1. Be a watcher (New ones are ok!)
2. Fave this journal for your number.
3. Make a journal or poll advertising this raffle.
4. Link back to the comments with your advertisement and full body, coloured reference

If not all conditions are met, I will hide your comment.

This raffle will end in 48 hours, and the winner will be determined using
Good luck!

Oops. Write your signature, Please!

I reached 1500 watchers and 50 000 pageviews recently. You guys can't even imagine how happy this makes me, I love you all so much!!!:love: 
To give back to the community that has given me so much, I have decided to hold a giveaway!

How to enter:

1. Favourite this journal
2. Be a watcher. New watchers can enter too.*
3. Share this journal by linking it in a journal or poll of your own.
4. Comment here with a link to where you shared the journal.

*if you unwatch me when the raffle is over, you will be disqualified from future raffles. Only watch me if you like my stuff, please. :heart:

The deadline to enter will be April 1st.

Star Gold Star  Keep it magical!  Star Star Gold 
Thumbs Up Doodle 200px by Lily-Draws

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Savant - Wildstyle

March's 300 Point Giveaway Raffle!

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 2, 2015, 2:24 PM

Welcome to the second 300:points: giveaway raffle! 

How To Enter
Bullet; Green Favorite this journal and leave a comment, that's it! You don't have to be a watcher. In fact I would prefer if you didn't watch me for my giveaways, just my art. 

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

For Extra Entries You Can......
Bullet; Green Donate 20+Points All points donated will go towards the next giveaway!  (extra numbers+ a feature on this journal) 
Bullet; Green Make a journal (or poll) advertising this giveaway and link it back here with your initial comment.  (2 extra numbers)

   How the Winner Will Be Decided:
Bullet; Green When you comment you'll be given a number(s), and I will enter all those numbers into to select three winners at random.
Bullet; Red Please don't enter from multiple accounts, just enter once. 

Ends March 30th

 onion dance 

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Cheetah by LifeIsToBeHappyWhat You Looking At? by LifeIsToBeHappyMale Peacock 1 by LifeIsToBeHappyWestern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly 2 by LifeIsToBeHappyGarden of the Gods by LifeIsToBeHappyLittle Moth by LifeIsToBeHappy

Skin by SimplySilent

:iconsaniika: Hi all!

I am currently for several years now a freelancer earning my living with commissions and other side projects. Throughout the years I have made quite a bit of discoveries, tested what works for me or not and here is the compiled result on how to improve and make it easier for you to work on commissions. Some things might work for you better than others, but that's the trick - figuring it out on your own and finding whats the top for you.

Minitiny Sanii by saniika Tip 1 - Create template responses

Message by saniika

This is mostly helpful for saving up time. When I started I typed everything manually over and over again, however as my business picked up and I got more busy, templates helped me a lot. Templates shrink the time spent on correspondence. When you are doing everything on your own and don't have a secretary to take care of it, pre-typed text save time and hassle. For example you won't make a mistake with a link you use frequently or wont get your payment information wrong.

Be sure to check them out periodically and fix any updates - outdated information will again create more work for you and swallow more time than the saved one.

Minitiny Sanii by saniika Tip 2 - Keep records of your work

Excel by saniika

What I mean by this in particular are spreadsheets. You can use various programs, I personally use excel. Columns help me keep track of who ordered what, when, for how much and so on.
It is important to see numbers for each month, since it gives you sense of what you are earning and will make you motivated to keep at what you do or even push you to do more when you're not as successful.

Minitiny Sanii by saniika Tip 3 - Public worklist

Having a list of workload, compiled and clear for everyone to see does several things for you. By linking clients to it you save up time on updating them manually and personally, you give them  free way of checking needed information on progress any time they want. You will answer questions of course, but it gives a big peace of mind to both clients and you.
Second major appeal - it speaks about your credibility too, anyone can see how much work you have and how fast you get along with it. Seeing aids believing better than talk.

Minitiny Sanii by saniika Tip 4 - Private worklist

Notes by saniika
Real Notes by saniika

Yep. Private as in worklist in your private possession! I have two - digital one and physical one. Both are displayed in my workspace at all times, since its handy and important to have it close during job, either when answering correspondence or drawing itself. A quick glance on your records or digging in emails, its quite clear which is better, right?

Having a physical worklist is not indicating one should stay in old fashioned non-digitized world, but you will be in situations when you don't have a way to access the digital one. Plus it gives the opportunity to physically allow you to make the satisfying notion when scratching a finished slot away. Your brain will remember it as a movement of progress too!

Minitiny Sanii by saniika Tip 5 - Back up information on alternative medias/places accessible online*

Help, deviantart or tumblr is down! How will people see my commission info??

You know what I mean? Upload your information on various sites or places like google drive so you can link people to it, when a place they frequent is down. You should use email as a contact so they can reach you, since that is rarely out of order as opposed to websites. That way client or anyone else can email you and you can give them needed info.

*This one is in progress for me atm, so I am tardy in this regard XD

Minitiny Sanii by saniika Tip 6 - Keep track of workflow

Email Theme by saniika

Its very easy to forget how much time passes when you are working. Extreme cases are when you forget to drink, eat and even bathroom breaks... There are many trick how to catch that, I just share few of my favorites.

I use a theme, which changes with time on gmail - a little fox goes on with its day just like I do with mine. That way I get visual input when morning passes to lunch and I know its time for a break for example. Using a timer is a way to get acoustic stimuli, for example a tune from your phone or even vibration from it can give you a hint. Though, if you simple postpone or ignore it, 5 minutes will become 10 and so on. Learn to comply with your reminders, work wont run away and you deserve a break just like any other human being.

tumblr myeenpKx3E1t7tim3o1 r1 500 by saniika

Minitiny Sanii by saniika Tip 7 - Motivate yourself with help of others

Wips by saniika

In the conservative sense people usually have coworkers and work in a building or offices, so they are naturally pushed to interact and therefor motivating each other to work. However if you work from home alone, its harder to be dutiful or be pushed to further limits. A great way how to overcome it is to share a studio with other artists if you have the funds for it. Leaving your home for studio gives a person the mental border between work and of work time.

When you do not have the means to rent a studio or visit one just like me, there is still a way how to help yourself. Look for colleagues online. Other artists just like you. Here on deviantart, tumblr or other sites its really easy to interact with them. You can use email to tell your friend how your workday is, what you drew and so on. Another way to aid that is posting wip work on sites as well. You can get instant feedback and motivation. Even better - inspiration or advices how to improve the work!

Minitiny Sanii by saniika Tip 8 - Look for way to make your work better

Read articles, ask artists, look up tutorials and try new things. Stay informed and be open to change. I participate actively in various commission groups or blogs, which helps me to know new information, legislative, even receive new contacts. That all takes you a long way! That being said - feel free to share tips and tricks you discovered or find useful, I am happy to know! What works for you?

:iconsaniika:Thanks for reading, here are other tutorials I made.
For commission you can check my information:

Big Fool Emoji-03 (Creep Stare) [V2] Promo corner MONEH
Original drawings for sale here.
Adoptables I made.


Also recommend this community:… - if you order artwork or accept commissions, this community helps to clear many questions and saves up lot of trouble keeping you wary.

TargetCommission status:Target OPEN
Commission info: HERE

Graphics & CSS by Metterschlingel | Image by saniika
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  • Mood: Approval
  • Watching: King of the Hill

Flutterbat Plush Giveaway!

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 2, 2015, 3:45 PM

Flutterbat Plush Giveaway by HappyKittyShop
I'm doing a Flutterbat plush giveaway!! Please help to spread the word around.

All you need to do is either comment on here or my journal I post by answering my question:  Who's your favorite My Little Pony character and why? <33

I'll be picking by random and the raffle end date will be March 14th <33

Shipping will be included. It's a giveaway after all! Including international! Thank you for your time and support. <333 #brony #mylittlepony 

Good luck everyone!

Also my Applejack is still for sale for those still interested:

Applejack Plush SuperBowl 2015 by HappyKittyShop

A BIG thank you to my good friend :iconwhitedove-creations: for the idea <33

I can't believe it happened haha... thank you all SO much for the support and nice comments ;v;

Now that I hit 1,000 watchers I can start this art giveaway!

First of all, here are the rules:
  • you have to be watching me to participate
  • the giveaway will end on the 02.04.15!
  • please fave this journal to take part in the giveaway
  • everyone gets one entry but can get a second entry by doing this: make a new journal promoting me and my art! see below which steps you need to follow~
How to get an extra entry:
  • make a new journal promoting this giveaway and my art!
  • the journal has to include a link to my profile
  • it should also feature some art of mine
  • the title should be something mentioning an art giveaway
  • link back to it by commenting on this journal right here~
I will/will not draw:

+your Sonic fan characters and official Sonic characters

+your NiGHTS fanmaren and official NiGHTS characters

+malexmale, femalexfemale, malexfemale, etc (just any pairing in general)

- fanart of anything but Sonic or NiGHTS

- R18

- gore, violence, character death, character hate, etc

That's it! And now the prices~

1st place:

A detailed, fully-coloured drawing by me with up to two characters
 Whisper by freedomfightersonic   the real reason by freedomfightersonic   Poor Silver by freedomfightersonic

2nd place:

A coloured drawing by me of up to two characters, flat colours with some shadows

Hide Away With Me by freedomfightersonic   03.01. by freedomfightersonic   Blazes expressions by freedomfightersonic

3rd place:

A sketch of up to two characters

  Rougegijinkanew1 by freedomfightersonic  Amaze by freedomfightersonic  Roupazzzz1 by freedomfightersonic

Thank you all for participating~