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Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them? fav.me/d7ux38b

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The DeviantArt MMD community is notorious for its drama and mini-conflicts. It is also one, in my own experience, been one in which I've encountered some of the rudest people on the Internet. However, I have also been rather fortunate in being able to become acquainted with some of the nicest, talented and knowledgeable people I've ever encountered anywhere. Many of these have graced my gallery with their visits, comments, encouragement and attentions. And a few, perhaps some of the most talented, have graciously given me access to hard to get models, exclusive previews of their MMD work and even insights into their methods of doing things.

Occasionally, I am gifted with real gems and this was the case when garmus1 dropped a note in my inbox the other night. Apart from the depth of knowledge that he gives into his methods, he's also given me permission to share that knowledge with the rest of the community.

Now, I know that some will have, after reading a single paragraph, have a glazed look over your eyes - in which case, this is a good point for you to go elsewhere as there is a lot of text and some of it almost reads like a technical manual. But for those of you who really want to learn more about MMD and at least one approach to achieving stunning, profession quality video making results, written by someone who really knows what they are talking about, please read on.

In the final analysis, MMD is not about editing models or making pictures - it is about making videos and there is really very little information into this aspect of MMD in the MMD Community outside of Japan. And definitely, few that are so detailed and written with this degree of technical competence. Many people may not be familiar with garmus1 's work simply because he doesn't really market his work much. But some of you may have seen his work in the past when I hosted them on my DA front page or when he kindly created a demo for one of my more popular MMD stages. Like most MMDers, he is a hobbyist and just enjoys what he does. BUT, in my books, he is simply one of the most skilled MMD video makers in the world - especially from a technical aspect. His video work is 'world class' and if you haven't checked out his YouTube Channel yet, I highly recommend that you do. You will not be disappointed.

As for the 'tutorial', rather than rehashing what he wrote me, I am simply going to replicate the entire note he sent me for two reasons:

(1) It's already well written and in simply rehashing it I would be doing nothing to add to it. Besides, he's the expert on these things, not me.
(2) The computer system he uses for MMD is light years ahead of mine. It has some serious computing power. A lot of the effects he uses simply does not work on my 2006 vintage SONY VAIO, so I cannot replicate some of his techniques for the purposes of making screenshots.

So here is his information reproduced virtually verbatim. I have reformatted it (and corrected some typos and grammar) so that it's easier to read. There is also a small selection of his video work embedded at the end of this journal to showcase some of his work. These are not necessarily his best works; I simply chose several that used my stages (because I'm totally unbiased). So be sure to check out his YouTube Channel or better still, subscribe to it. He also has a presence on NicoNico, where perhaps his work is better known.

Note: Anywhere he's written "If you need more help with ..." - that's directed at "me" not "you". So please don't hassle him as he's got a life. Just use GOOGLE to fill in any knowledge gaps that you may have.





GARMUS' MMD Video Making Techniques:



Someone just asked me on how I make my videos and model renders to create that 3D effect. I'll copy and paste that msg here for you also for your info and if you want to make a tutorial that's up to you!

This might be a looong msg though!

O.K. First thing is you're probably a lot closer than you think you are! I had to find out on my own how to do this level of detail as all the other MMD video makers were A*** and wouldn't help or ignored me! I hated that they wanted to keep what they knew to themselves!

First of all go here and download this codex: www.videohelp.com/tools/Ut-Vid…

This will allow you to now change your settings in MMD to render directly from MMD at 1080 and 60 FPS! It's what the Japanese MMDers use and it took me a while to find out what it is!

Now that you have installed it go and adjust your screen size to whatever your computer can handle and your monitor can render.

Next load up a model. It can be any model that you want to use. Now load a shader; I'll use g-shader_neutral (greenershader). This is where most people lose out on the models. They just load the shader and leave the lighting adjustment alone. You can really bring out your model's features by adjusting the light settings. Each shader has a different intensity that it's good at but the positioning of the light makes a big difference!

The settings I use for light intensity for greenershader are R: 60 G: 60 B: 60 and for light position is X= +0.3 Y= -0.1 Z= +0.5

This should really bring out the effect now, but wait we're not done yet! Now you need to use o_SelfOverlay. You can use normal, blur or soft. I prefer using soft. If you don't have it grab it from here: okoneya.jp/mmd_files/

While you are getting that grab also o_Tonemap and o_Surplusfilter. Play around with these and use as needed! o_Surplus filter has o_Bleach-bypass in it. If you use it set it no higher than 0.5 in si and tr in the accessory panel. You can go higher if you are trying to do different camera effects. I set mine at 0.4 or 0.5 depending on what I want to accomplish.

o_Bleach-bypass will tone down the bright colors, and you will know this when you upload to Youtube. Colors like the reds becomes brighter. This will compensate for it but you will have to play around with it to see what works for you! Remember for all these filters and any others I might mention you can adjust the intensity of them in the accessory panel using the tr and si values! I usually just leave the o_SelfOverlay alone though.

Now load up excellentshadow and set the si to 10 in the accessory panel! The reason why you set it to 10 is that annoying shadow in the hairline that won't go away, this will get rid of it! If you don't have excellent shadow go here: mikudan.blog120.fc2.com/blog-e…

Now you can load up SvSSAO, XDOF, but I recommend TrueCameraLX. It has some slight autoluminous, motionblur, diffusion, SvSSAO all combined in it! I usually also add SvSSAO full version. SvSSAO is another thing most people don't adjust! You should never need to go higher than 0.4 in si and tr in the accessory panel for it. You ever notice that black outline around your model in your video or others? That's because they didn't adjust this!

Now after you have loaded all your effects and background you have an option to use diffusion. You might not need it depending on how you want your video to look! If you want more of a 3D look leave it off. If you want more of a movie look load it up and adjust the tr and si levels as needed! It should be looking pretty good now but it still not quite there yet.

Load the wave and motion files you need and of course set the ending frame for you video!

Now we want to render the video! Goto 'Render to AVI' and when you get the adjustment panel follow these steps:

1). Set your frame rate to 60
2). Goto the video compressor drop down menu and click it. You should now have additional option to choose from! I usually use the UtVideo YUV422 BT.709 DMO option.
3). Now once you have chosen that, the settings button under the drop down menu should be available. Click that! You now need to click on two boxes. They are (Same as # of logical processors) and (Optimize for compression ratio (Predict Median)) and then click on the OK button.
4). Now you can finally click on the OK button to render.

If you did everything right up to this point your video will be very sharp and even clearer than the original in MMD! The file WILL BE LARGE! Not as big as an AVI but close! We are talking GIGs, so make sure you have enough space where you put it! Next you need to compress it to a more manageable size. I use the Prism video converter but use whatever is available to you.

But for whichever one you use, you want to make sure in the converter that you set the render to 1080 and 60 fps along with quality over speed in render. If you need more help with the converter or the use of Prism just let me know and I'll give you another example!

Hopefully I didn't confuse you too much!

I know it's a lot of info but if you need anything else just let me know! Now you see why I always complain about my video quality on Youtube! Now that you know how my videos are supposed to look, look at my old videos and see how much quality they lost! Some videos do make it through ALMOST intact (still suffers some quality loss) but not much and you can tell which ones they are. I would still like to know how some of these MMD uploaders get their videos through so clear (I've got an idea but I'm not willing to pay for it and I don't have over a 10,000 subscriber base ). Well you should be putting out high definition videos from here on out!

Well there it is and hopefully it was clear enough for you! Try it out and let me know what you think!

A small selection of garmus1 's videos:






If you have methods that you use that you want to share with other video makers in the community, do feel free to add these in the comments below. The ones that are, in my opinion, of special merit will be tagged as "featured" comments so that they will be highlighted for others who visit this journal.

Anyway. thanks for reading this. Hopefully, you've found some useful information here. I most certainly have. And many, many thanks to garmus1 for allowing me to share his knowledge with the community.


Cheers.

Tuesday Treats: Get crafty!

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 7:24 PM



Monday Muses | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Friday Fun | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly

deviantART is a great place to see marvelous crafts: miniatures, jewelry, dolls, sculptures, bakery and so much more. We love them all!


Select a picture of a crafted work (even from your own gallery) and link it in a comment on this blog. Limit of 1 deviation per member please! Each submitted deviation will be featured in the next TT! Enjoy and have a good day!



:bulletblue: Suggestions must be sent before Tuesday September 23th.


Summersunset_shademon by Remjie-Malham
Meet Summersunset the Shademon who lives with me! :meow:




Surrealism


War and man by marthig Steam-punk fish by ricky4
Anxiety by wildjellybeans The Music Plays Me by A-Wakefield Sleepwalk by syuka-taupe
landscape #36 by Sylar113 Half portrait by Windklang
WDW 10 CLXXIII by LDFranklin Insomnia by virnagray
Moon owl by SabakuNoShi Giving by EvaGataArtist
Wading for the Sun by jayalders Crossing by Hengki24
Surrealism project by muhmo


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Daily Lit Recognition for September 17th, 2014

We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Recognition!

You can show your support by :+favlove:ing this News Article.

Please comment and :+fav: the features and congratulate the artists!




Poetry

Featured by: TwilightPoetess

And To Your Healthi ripped an abalone from the craig,
kicked up on sour rocks that made my feet bleed and let salt lick the wound
i dropped her on the shore, i
picked up a rock and SLAMSLAMSLAM
and i
      gourged myself on raw flesh, the same sunset blush
of the outer shell,       true and true and true
i licked the mother of pearl,
      and she whispered to me,
"are you all like this?" in her innocent, dying breath
and i had the decency to tell her

And To Your Health by creataire



There is a breathlessly beautiful 
quality to this piece by creataire 
that will leave you haunted and slack-jawed.




Featured by: chromeantennae

planetscattered in techruined
datacrypt-shards
are memoirs of an idea;
a belief
that gave rise to empires,
built on nothing but paper
and dreams
and gold.
countless searchours:
rebuild.reclaim.
they will soon find me.
i, unlike dust,
cannot scatter in the wind.

planet by abunai59



Unique diction and quirky line breaks 
along with the wonderful imagery, 
the piece makes for a truly great read.





Prose

Suggested by: SilverInkblot

Featured by DrippingWords

Cleaning Up - FFM 2014 Day 19I sighed as I shoveled through the radioactive waste. They didn't care enough anymore to make us wear protective biohazard suits, so I left mine out in the break lounge. After nuclear war broke out hundreds of years ago, humans adapted to radioactivity anyways, so the worst that could happen would be similar to a stomach flu, at least at the levels this waste is emitting. I've heard some horror stories with the clean-up crew of fresh nukes, but that's not my job. Mine's at least 50 years old; there's no problems here anymore.
My job is just that of a glorified janitor, picking up remains of nuclear wars past and trying to revitalize the land for reurbanization. Sure, I have some clever gizmos that trick the uranium to decay faster that it does naturally, but that's just par for the course. It pays well enough, and I don't have to worry about impressing chicks, since this drives them away quicker than a rocket launch, saving me even more money. I don't need status, and I've got a house

Cleaning Up - FFM 2014 Day 19 by cjpolodo



Suggester says: A janitor in a 
post-apocalyptic world is still a janitor, 
jaded and worn down 
by the menial job he has to do.




Featured by: OfOneSoul

BansheeComes and sit a spell Child, your Uncle’s got a little ditty for you.
I’m-a tell you about the fate of little lads that wander far from their folks. What happens when you get away and hear the whistling in the trees.
The Banshees, boy, are woodland spirits. They climb high in the trees and watch you from above. When you walk alone and you hear the ripping wind, it’s really the Call of the Banshee. They cry and they cry for their own young, for they’re spirits who’ve died but don’t know how to move on. When they died, they didn’t know it, and because they didn’t, they can’t find their own on the Other Side. So when young lads and lasses go out walking, the Banshees cry from their high perches. And if you wander too far from home, the Banshees might swoop down and get you too.
Here’s a story about such a boy. A boy that looks a lot like you. He was a fine lad, he was getting tall and strong. And his head was big, too big for his

Banshee by Seaxwulf



A haunting piece of prose that appeals 
to our fears and uses old tales to draw us in.




Foreign Language

Featured by Malintra-Shadowmoon

The Lost Long Ship
[English translation further down]
Rimfaxe, Skinfaxe,  himlafålar
dragit fyra droskor då
ransplog ristat fast fåra
över Endils ursinniga ängar.
God vind vägfararnas välgång.
Vår väg som bi från båge,
framför draken; resans mål.
Gladde gjorde gynnsamt öde,
glömt var Nornas nycker.
Hejdats hade Hräsvelg.
Töcken täckte alla ting.
Härskade gjorde Hels håglöshet.
Sjöhästen stampa stilla, stoppad
av Ängrirs stilla här.
Som ur ett banesår
kämparnas krafter
vågsveparna vispade väck.    
Ur djupet ett odjur
babord spjut söndersleto.
Förnöjd krossaren
väntade vårt slut.
Hels bleka leda lättades när
missmodigt öde förbytes.
Himlens låga tändes oväntat.
Ögats väg låg utan hinder,
havet som en spegel.
Främmande kust
väckte vår

The Lost Long Ship by PeKj



A narrative poetry piece in 
traditional Viking style. It is a saga 
of the Nordic Gods and Viking warriors. 
Interesting piece to read. 
Extraordinary and mythical.




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Prepared by: TwilightPoetess



Skin by SimplySilent
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Stock & Resources
How stunning were all the texture uploads in 2014 so far? For this feature Sirius-sdz and I mercurycode each picked 20 texture treasures among our favorites this year. It was a tough choice and we could have easily made it a hundred each, but we wanted to spare you a texture shock. You know, like when you eat too much candy. Only minus the candy. You get my drift!

So here's mercurycode's 20 favorites, presented by category:


ORGANIC

smooth natural structures on organic ground
Tree structure by PhoenixARTproduktionRock Print by kayaksailorStock - 02 by OtravitusBiancaStock

PAINT & PAPER

to add fine paper structures into your background
Purple Paint texture by So-ghislaineBlack May 3 by rskrakauStock_Old Pergament by aszantu

BOKEH

gives your images that certain spark or soft gradient
nature bokeh stock by koko-stock1767 by ooc-sdzGlitter texture by EliseEnchanted

METAL AND RUST

if you want to go all in
Metal Texture by akrasiel-stockHeavy Rust 3 by rskrakauTexture 570 by Sirius-sdz

GRUNGE

gives an edgy feel to your work
Walls of Cinzzetis by 1001GWounded texture by kerastTexture 470 by Sirius-sdz

FRACTAL

digitally created patterns
Alex's Mountain Pass to the Stars by PaulineMossUnder Water by PaulineMoss

SOFT

a little goes a long way
Stash 13 by jojo22Watercolors on Pavement I by Stock-Wulf

PACKED

because everything is better in packs. except mosquitos.
Bath Bomb Textures by RussellAuld

Now it's time for Sirius-sdz's 20 texture favorites, sorted by creator:

What are your favorite textures of 2014?

We'd love to see your picks in the comments!

Spread the texture love! And share the chocolate.
mercurycode & Sirius-sdz 


So I thought it would be nice to start featuring tatting, since it's not a very well-known craft, and yet it's very beautiful. Since I'm not always very good with words, let's just get to it! Here are 5 beautiful pieces from talented deviants!

Tatted pendant CARA by LacyLoveHandmade

Tatted Pendant CARA by LacyLoveHandmade

Rose hair pin in tatting by TataniaRosa

Rose hair pin in tatting by TataniaRosa

Beaded necklace and earrings by suncather

Beaded necklace and earrings by suncather

For Tobi 2 by NamiArt

For Tobi 2 by NamiArt

Sakura bracelet by dagetka

Sakura bracelet by dagetka
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Stock and Resources



Stock & Resources Gallery Descriptions Recap



Welcome to the recap and review of the Stock & Resources gallery descriptions. Each journal linked below is an excellent reference source to refer to when you are unsure what S&R sub-gallery to submit to.



Stock and Resources Galleries Pt. 1Galleries Month

3D Models

3D Model resources can be imported into a 3D modeling program like 3D Studio Max, Maya, etc.


Clipart

Pictures, buttons and other useful "precut" image files submitted by deviants for others to use in their own works


Vector Resources

Vector source files that have all of the vector data included in the submission.


Video Resources & Tutorials

Film resources for other deviants to use in their films and/or learn from.

Which includes:
<a href="http://www.deviantart.com/resources/filmresources/software/">
Stock and Resource Galleries Pt.2Galleries Month
Application Resources
Application resources are specifically developed for either one particular piece of software, or a series or group of similar software processes. These resources include brushes, patterns, parameter packs, scripts and actions.
It is worth noting that previews for actions, packs and other application resources should NEVER contain copyrighted celebrity photos, screenshots from TV series, movies or games or any other copyrighted artwork.
Further, packs and other application resources should never contain copyrighted content such as PDF books, music or content that you did not create yourself!  Please be copyright aware!
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Cinema 4D
Resources for use in the 3D package, Cinema 4D
Stock and Resources Galleries Pt. 3Galleries Month

Designs & Patterns

Designs & Patterns for a number of different projects - knitting, paper craft, sewing, crochet, wood-working and others. All patterns and designs in this gallery should be complete and usable by any deviant wishing to download them to create a final product.

Which includes:

Beading & Jewelry Patterns

Downloadable beading and wire jewelry plans.

Blueprints

Printable blueprint schematics for assembling woodcraft, floor plans, or other things which have blueprints.
Stock and Resources Galleries: Pt. 4Stock and Resources

Stock Images

Stock Photography which the provider has granted a licence for incorporation into other Deviant artists work.
Which includes:

3D & Renders

Stock images rendered with a 3D program with the aid of a 3D render engine E.G. Daz Studio


Animals

Stock images rendered with a 3D program of animals, including both real and mythical creatures, insects and animal parts such as wings and tails.

Human & Humanoid

Stock images rendered with a 3D program of human and humanoid characters.


Stock and Resources Galleries Pt. 5Galleries Month
Specifically for the Resources/ Stock Images sub category of the resources tree, DeviantArt has provided guidelines for submissions relating to size, quality and usefulness as explained in our favorite FAQ 809 -
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Images submitted to the Stock Gallery should be larger than 1000px on the smallest size - to promote good quality submissions and a basic standard across all types of stock image.
The Stock Gallery is split into many sub sub categories, not only to create a logical submission process, but also to aid artists searching for stock images.
Model
Model stock photography contains 4 main areas, which are further broken down into full body, portrait, anatomy and nude in the adult sections.  
It is worth noting at this point that all model stock photography should not contain sexually explicit poses as per DeviantArts submission policy and the following FAQ infor
Stock and Resources Galleries Pt. 6Galleries Month

Textures

Photographic or computer generated images of textures.

Which includes:

Abstract

Textures that are abstract and do not conform to traditional methods.

Bokeh

Textures that are out of focus with blurred points of light.

Fabric

Textures that are textiles, fur, leather etc.

Flat

Textures that are of flat surfaces, including tiled floors and walls.
Stock and Resources Galleries: Pt. 7Stock and Resources

Tutorials

Tutorials are step by step guides that teach you different skills and techniques.
Which includes:

Application Resources

Tutorials which explain different application functions i.e. Adobe Photoshop brush tutorials, also included are 'How To' guides.


Artisan Crafts

Tutorials explaining different craft techniques. A few examples include textiles, origami, jewelery making and woodworking.


Digital Art

Tutorials explaining different techniques in creating digital art.



Stock & Resources Community Volunteers


Elandria  PirateLotus-Stock  CelticStrm-Stock

AmazingPhotos #3

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 17, 2014, 11:38 AM


For see the other features click here

AmazingPhotos #1 & AmazingPhotos #2


Immature Little Owl by WNPhotography
There Is Life by WishmasterAlchemistTaking a stroll by Healzo
Romantic spot by XanaduPhotography
Table for two by jusstaoil and water abstract by lindahabiba
Pelotas Horseshoe by Miguel-Santos
.:Great Egret:. by RHChengCupcake au trefle by AmandineRopars
fragile. by Cocooue
Now is the Time by lindahabibaS t a y by mitazu08
Morning Forest by Dybcio
*** by FatalvJewel by DaisyDinkle
Hello, Kitty by alexgphoto
Amongst the Waves. by MauiMelleAgave Abstract 7 by joannakossak
A Piece of Heaven by alexgphoto
proud by DieffiBLUE MOOD by wiwionart
A Great Salt Lake Conclusion by tourofnature
Pondering On Life by Healzoblue paradise by all17
Blue stars. by MauiMelle
Try harder (Workaholic) by dinabelenkoGlow II by ninazdesign
Landscapes Wallpaper-Pack by Miguel-Santos
ethereal being by Miguel-SantosDivided by MikkoLagerstedt
Azzurro by ValentinaWhite
...sibenik XI... by roblfc1892Melbourne Workshop by EmilySoto
Blue Moment by the Lake by Pajunen
Sarina by EmilySotoMention by JaimeIbarra
A happy summer by FrancescaDelfino


TO BE CONTINUED...



Skin by SimplySilent
Meeting the Babies

:bulletorange: = Otterfoot
:bulletpurple: = Angelfeather

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:bulletorange: Outside of the nursery, the dark Riverclan warrior, Otterfoot, paced with uncertainty. It had happened. Angel... Angelfeather now... was inside the bush with her kittens. There were five babies, and Otterfoot felt like an anxious tom. She didn't know if she wanted to go in now or wait. It's not like she had any obligation to these kits, but she felt such a protectiveness over their mother now. She knew sooner or later she would have to meet the offspring of her friend.

After countless time waiting and pacing around camp, she finally stood at the entrance of the nursery and took a deep breath. She plunged her head inside, then took a couple steps. Her eyes adjusted to the layered sunlight that filtered through the thick bush. The nursery was located inside of a scrub that was mostly hollow inside. Upon looking around, Otterfoot saw her friend, and she saw the small lives at her belly. The dark tabby's bright orange eyes rounded into orbs as she took in the sight. Five small, perfect kits nestled in the crook of Angelfeather's belly. When she spoke, her voice was a little cracked. "Angelfeather.. they are beautiful..."

:bulletpurple: All day, faint scents of her dark friend wafted into the nursery, getting Angelfeather's hopes up, only to be dashed when she lender entered. "Perhaps she's busy..." the thought to herself as she looked down at her kits. "Or maybe she doesn't want to see them..." They were cute! Why wouldn't she want to see her perfect, beautiful children?! She blinked then calmed herself down by grooming herself, then her kits. "Maybe she's just not ready." That was her final conclusion on the matter, so she waited patiently.

When Otterfoot finally came in, it immediately brightened Angelfeather's day. "It's about time," she mewed quietly yet happily. And hearing what she said next made her feel a surge of pride. "Aren't they...? Come on, come closer. It's a little dark in here, so I want you to see and welcome them all into the family." If she had a tail, it would be flicking around happily right then.

She wasted no time introducing them- her voice bubbly with excitement and pride, as if she was showing off a collection of rare jewels. "This tom here was first born, his name is Amber kit. I love how his little tush is white! Isn't he cute? It's like someone forgot to continue painting on his ginger coat." She laughed softly mad the continued on to the next kit, "And look at this one; he looks a lot like you- well, Redwave, but still. I was thinking about you when I named him; wanna try guessing it? You get one clue. He's named after another cute fluffy brown animal that's not an otter." She winked playfully.

All those moons of carrying these little burdens had dowsed the she-cat's once vivacious personality, but now that they were here, she didn't feel so alone and for the first time in a long time, she felt truly happy. And it was obvious as well; she got that playful spark back. "I believe Mini-me was born next, but by then I was so drugged by poppy seeds that I don't really remember," she admitted sheepishly before turning to look at a little kit that look nearly identical to her, with the exception of stripes. "I decided to give her my old name, Cookie... With kit at the end of course. And then next was her sister, Fizzykit. She reminds me of this bubbly brown water two legs drink- I believe it's called 'cream soda' and it fizzes. And even as a baby, I can tell that she'll be a handful." She continued smiling and laughing, right up until she got to the last kit. Her face said it all; there was confusion as well as dislike and remorse. Just a messy mix before she looked at Otterfoot with a bit of a heavy heart. "The darkest one, the tom... He's the youngest. And I... I'm pretty sure Shadesong's the father..." She whispered quietly, just to make sure absolutely no one would hear this aside from Otterfooot. She had already told the she-cat her secret, and now that they were here, she just wanted to let her know who was whose. "I think most of them are Redwave's... I mean, they all have stripes, so that's a good sign. Shadesong had spots, so I'm not so sure if Squirrel and Match are Redwave's... But Squirrel looks just like his father... Haha, and so does Match." She shifted a little uncomfortably at the subject, but even with that tiny movement, made little Squirrelkit flop over.

Angelfeather's face lined with worry as she tried helping him latch back on, but she was still new at this, so she would need Dewsplash's help since Squirrelkit was the hardest one to feed. Though, it was a blessing in disguise, considering that it didn't leave her much time to fret over her kits paternity.


:bulletorange:Otterfoot knew she had taken too long to come inside, but her hesitance had no malice. Still, she couldn't deny the wonderful sight of the kits. She took a few steps closer at Angelfeather's encouragement.

Amberkit. Otterfoot looked down at the first born and gave him a quick sniff. All of the kits smelled like Angel, milk, and even a faint scent of Riverclan. Amberkit was strong looking with the beginnings of a fluffy coat. Otterfoot didn't say it, but she wondered how well a fluffy cat would do in Riverclan's waters. Then again, the kit could grow out of  the fluffy stage very easily.

The warrior turned to the next kit. "Only one hint?" She gave a slight grin and thought about it for a moment. "Beaverkit?" She gave a light laugh. "But they aren't really fluffy. I'm going guess Squirrelkit." She said with finality.  Upon closer inspection of the second kit, Otterfoot wondered if he was ok. He didn't move as much as the other kits and when he did it was in a strange way. It seemed like he was having a hard time kneading Angel's stomach. A slight look of concern flicked then left Otterfoot's features.

Otterfoot gave a chuckle to Angel's poppy seed comment. She had been on them once before, and she understood. "Cookiekit will grow up to be a beautiful cat, just like her mother." She said the words matter-of-fact, then blushed after she said them. She tried to continue with her comments gracefully. Otterfoot didn't know what 'cream soda' was, but she nodded as though it made since. Fizzykit was already a squirmy child, nudging her siblings and causing a little scene and Otterfoot smiled at the sight.

Her vision fell to the last kit, and then to Angel's face. Angel's emotions were clear and Otterfoot felt sad for her friend. She reached over to the dark kit and gave him a lick on the head. "You know Angel, he kind of looks like me too." The warrior's tufted ears flicked back as she gave a funny face that resembled a kit who's eyes weren't open yet. "Do you see the resemblance?" Otterfoot's sun eyes flicked back open and she once again wondered if there was something wrong with the kit who fell over.

:bulletpurple: Angelfeather couldn't help the deep rumbling purr that reverberated in her chest. She felt so happy and content! Otterfoot seemed pretty impressed by her kits; almost as if they were related to her or something. Well, maybe she and Redwave were related...? She never asked, and they both were tabbies... Oh StarClan, that would be so awkward! Her lip jutted out in a thoughtful pout before she piped up, "Hey, you and Redwave wouldn't happen to be related, would you?"

She nodded happily, "Only one! Hm... I've never seen a beaver before. So nope! Ah yes~! I can't believe you guessed it so quickly." She laughed a little, though, once she noticed that slight look of concern, she felt her heart drop down to her stomach. So Otterfoot noticed as well...? Surely it can't be that bad! He's just a kit, he can grow out of it... Angelfeather shifted a little to shelter her son protectively.

The she-cat blushed brightly at Otterfoot's comment, but she just ended up smiling and laughing quietly, "I think she'll turn out even more beautiful, since she'll have all her legs and a tail, not only that, but stripes too~! I wonder if she'll have my eyes?" She said happily; it didn't matter to her, so long as she was healthy... She found herself glancing at Squirrelkit again.

Angelfeather smiled once more when the other she-cat seemed to approve of her daughters; it was a bit of a relief to be honest. If Otterfoot gave her approval, then the rest of the clan would, right? At least, that's what she hoped for. "Hey Otterfoot? Do you think they'll be treated alright in the clan...?" She finally asked. She didn't see why not, but still... Not everyone liked kittypets or their children. But it's not their fault!

"He does?" She asked, sounding a little shocked, but after witnessing that face the tabby made, she couldn't help but snicker and giggle until she was out-right laughing, "Well~! When you pull a face like that, I'm sure you could make any kit look like you." It brought her spirits back up, and soon she said playfully, "Well, if anyone asks, then I'll just say you're the father, kay?" she joked with a wink while sticking her tongue out slightly. But after a moment, her brow furrowed as she huffed, "It's not anyone's business anyway. Besides... It's not like Shadesong is a bad cat... In fact, I hope Matchkit turns out like his father in every way possible." She mewed before glancing at the dark tabby. She couldn't help but think of how handsome he'll become in the future; she just prayed he wouldn't make the same decisions his parents made...

"Hmm..." She looked concerned as she shifted and tried her best to get in a position that would work for Squirrelkit and the rest, but that didn't seem to be happening... "Do you think you could get the medicine cat, or his apprentice...? I'm still not sure how to feed Squirrelkit yet and I don't want the poor thing starving..." The she-cat sounded forlorn; what kind of mother couldn't even feed her child? "Sorry to ask you... I mean, unless you want to watch them while I go get him? They'd probably get really fussy considering they're nursing now..." And mewling kits isn't going to warm any hearts like it did when they were first born.


:bulletorange: "Related? Well no, I don't think so." Otterfoot gave a puzzled look. She didn't think she was related to Redwave. No one in her family looked like him that she knew of. She brushed the idea off with a shrug of her shoulders.

Otterfoot thought about her answer to Angel's concern. Sometimes kits born to kittypets had a rough life, but Redwave was a warrior of Riverclan and his clanmates respected him. "I think your kits will turn out alright as long as they uphold the warrior code and work hard for the clan." The tabby nodded to emphasis her thoughts.

Otterfoot blushed at the comment of fatherhood. She felt that any cat should be proud to be the father of Angel's kits. Finally, however, the dark cat decided to ask bluntly about Squirrelkit. "Is that little kit alright? The one you named after the fluffy forest animal. " Otterfoot spoke the words frankly but with concern as well. "I will go get the medicine cat apprentice if you would prefer that."

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"Oh, good! W-well, um... not good necessarily, just... I was just curious is all, since you're both tabbies is all." She smiled sheepishly and inside felt a little relieved. So, she wasn't interested in the father of her kits' sister or anything like that. That would be... tough.

Her ears perked attentively as she watched the she-cat and listened to her advice; she greatly valued her advice, so with a meek smile, she nodded. "That's true; I'll be sure to teach them to live by it! T-though... Ahaha... I might need a little review as well." Her cheeks went a little rosy from embarrassment. The only time she had heard about the warrior code extensively was the first time she met Redwave many moons ago.

Angelfeather grinned mischievously when she embarrassed Otterfoot, but as soon as the she-cat brought up Squirrelkit, that demeanor quickly faded. Her lip quivered a bit as tears began to bubble and blur part of her vision. Quickly she looked down at him and murmured shakily, "I-I don't know... I don't know what to do Otterfoot, I'm scared I'm going to lose him...! I love all my kits, I wanna see them become warriors, b-but..." She sniffled and then gently touched her tiny brown tabby with her nose. "I don't know what to do... What if he doesn't make it? It would be my fault... I'm the mother after all...!" Carefully, she picked him up and moved him up between her paws so she could begin grooming him to soothe herself. As long as she could feel him breathing, she'd be alright. "I... think something might be wrong with his legs..." She finally voiced her concerns. She didn't want to tell anyone that she birthed kits that weren't able to become warriors. And whether it was her fault or Redwave's, she didn't know, but she felt responsible considering she was the one that carried them for those two moons, and she was the one taking care of them. "W-Well... He's not so fussy right now, so he mustn't be very hungry... I think we'll be okay without him, but once Squirrelkit starts squeaking, I'll need your help in getting him."  

:bulletorange: Otterfoot leaned down and touched her nose to the top of Amberkit's head. "I'll do my best to teach them all too." Her orange eyes returned to Angelfeather and she added, "I'll teach you too, if you want. But the elders may help even more than me. They love to ramble about the code " She gave a light laugh.

Otterfoot's tabby features twisted with concern for Squirrelkit. Something was definitely odd about the kit, and the warrior had never seen anything like it before in her life. But the warrior didn't want to worry Angelfeather any more than was necessary. "Well, I'm sure everything will work out. After all, if his mother can become a warrior with three legs and no tail, then he should be able to even with a leg problem." Otterfoot hoped she was right. The she-cat remembered when her sister twisted her paw in the undercurrent of the river. It had been a slow recovery, and life could be rough for a cat who couldn't use their front paws. Right now though, it was more important for Squirrelkit to learn to nurse.

The sturdy she-cat let her belly brush the ground as she tucked her front paws under her tan fur. "I know the clan will help out if he needs it." She spoke affirmatively.

:bulletpurple: She smiled softly and happily, her eyes closing as she nodded her head approvingly, "I couldn't think of a better mentor- that reminds me! When they're old enough, do you think I could request you to mentor one of my kits? I think you'd make a wonderful teacher, Otterfoot." She said sincerely as she peeked at the tabby warrior. "Heehee~ I'll be sure to visit them soon then," she replied happily.

Angelfeather wasn't so much convinced, her head dipping a little as she frowned at the ground, "Well... I think I only became a warrior just because I was carrying Redwave's kits..." She stated softly, hoping Otterfoot wouldn't be surprised by her revelation, if it was one. This was just Angelfeather's thoughts on the matter; she wasn't much of a fighter, so really her only skill was fishing, and even that wasn't so great. The queen glanced down at her little kittens, looking over each and every one before setting her gaze on Squirrelkit, the kit closest to her paws. Once again, she shifted then tried to find a spot for him where she could easily reach him and readjust him if he needed to be, but it seemed like that was taken. Without much of a second thought, she removed Matchkit and set him aside to better attend to Squirrelkit. Like the medicine cat had shown her, she pawed at her own belly to get the milk flowing and soon the noisy kitten was quieted again.

With a soft yet tired sigh, she nodded, "I would hope so. Clans... They're like families, aren't they?" It was a soothing thought. So soothing, that she even began to doze off... Because, let's face it, how much sleep could she have gotten with five newborns constantly squeaking and vying for her attention? And now that the noisiest one was taken care of, she couldn't help herself from nodding off. However, that left Matchkit searching for his mother's warm belly, seeing as how she was so preoccupied with Squirrelkit, it seemed like he was forgotten. The dark kit clumsily bumbled over to Otterfoot where his head blindly bumped against her paw, only to rest there for a moment and mewl out a tiny squeak.


:bulletorange: "Of course, I'd be happy..." Otterfoot started to reply when she noticed her friend beginning to seem sad again. "Oh, no Angelfeather. I don't think Echostar would have allowed you to stay if all you were good for was having kits. I really don't." Otterfoot's orange eyes noticed as her friend pushed the dark little kit aside and Otterfoot felt uneasy. She kind of liked the little kit already and she wondered if her friend's unease towards the kit was greater than she let on.

Watching Angel's head dip down in sleep, Otterfoot felt slightly relieved. She was just really tired; that was all. There couldn't be a hidden distaste towards her kit, right? Otterfoot shook her head slightly, throwing that idea away. When the tumbling, blind kit fell towards her, Otterfoot gave a surprised expression with wide eyes and tufted ears standing tall. "Oh!" She said quietly, " Shush, Matchkit. You'll wake your mother." The warrior bent down and gave the dark kit a few licks on his head to calm him down. "There's no need to fuss." She whispered then she picked up the hungry kit in her mouth and placed him down beside Angelfeather's belly. The kit began to suckle and Otterfoot felt relieved.

After replacing the kit, the warrior padded quietly towards Angelfeather's head and she laid down on the cool ground beside her. She gave her friend a few gentle licks on the head and gave a slight sigh as she rested her own head on her paws and closed her eyes. Maybe it was a good time for a nap.


:bulletpurple: That brightened her up a bit, feeling slightly better as she mewed softly, "Thanks..." With a yawn, she rested her head down and tried her best not to move so he kits could eat in peace and so she may sleep. At this point, Angel had mixed feelings about Matchkit. His father was just so charming and kind, but on the same foot, he was Thunderclan, and she was Riverclan now, and that just wasn't a good thing. Was it...? Probably not. She remembered the warrior code; not verbatim, but something like you're allowed to have friends in other clans, but you might meet them in battle one day, or something like that. Maybe having kits outside of your own clan wasn't as taboo as she previously thought. She'll have to ask about it some time...

The dark little tom gave her a quieter mew as she spoke to him, but was once again silent when Otterfoot had licked his head. His chubby little body curled up into a bundle of fur once he was picked up, and soon he was happily back at his mother's side.

Upon feeling the nice little licks from her friend, she gave her a weak little smile. She was too tired to actually open her eyes, but she felt it nonetheless and that warmed her heart. Her neck craned slightly, so her curly fur brushed lightly against Otterfoot's paw, which is where she decided she would rest. Hopefully the other she-cat wouldn't mind, but she liked having the company, which she didn't get too much of as of late. Still... Now seemed the perfect time for a nap with her dearest friend.

Bi-Weekly Promotion Lancer, Get Set!

Wed Sep 17, 2014, 4:29 AM

Hello there!

Welcome to another round of Promotion Lancer! :iconbardicheplz: :iconraisingheartplz:

If you have anything you'd like me to promote next time around, please don't hesitate to comment in this journal with the information.  Please have a link prepared for what you would like to have promoted next time :)  You know, like a journal or deviation with your commission info, a contest journal or a title page for your story :nod: I'm looking for one simple place for deviants to go to get all the info they need for what you are promoting.



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Charity, Tutorials, Projects and deviantAssitance

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Miscellaneous

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Adoptables


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Golden Childhood

Wed Sep 17, 2014, 1:59 AM


Hello friends!


I decide to dedicate this feature to Child cancer awareness month.
It's color is golden.
More info you may find here 


Enjoy golden art :heart:

Golden by DestinyBlue

Golden Heart by Lady-Ro Golden dragon by IsisMasshiro Golden by Hioshirugolden by sandara Golden hour by Raining-Insanity Fields of Gold by Gold-Seven
Gold by ftourini Gold 3 by mjagiellicz : Gold : by 3waiD-iLmoOz
Liquid Gold. by DafoeofLenin Golden Glow by eyedesign Gold sunset by papadimitriou

Also I did this journal skin using SimplySilent  Journal creator, 
I can share it if you wish.

Created at simplydevio.us
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  • Eating: cookies
  • Drinking: tea