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Beware the Kitterpillar! by Sarilain

Do you feel like no one cares about your artwork?  That no matter how hard you try, you'll never improve?  Well, I've been there before.

A little less than a year ago, I didn't even have 100 watchers.  It was tough trying to find commissions, even though I priced them around 10 - 100 :points: an hour.  Sure, I had some wonderful people supporting me (thank you very much for that!), but when I looked at the thousands of diehard fans the "popular" artists had, I felt kinda useless.  It seemed like even a thousand watchers, or just being able to earn minimum wage was impossible.  Sometimes I wanted to cry from all the effort I put in.  I kept drawing and drawing but barely improving.  I was frustrated and felt useless.  But instead of giving up, I pushed myself even harder, and by God's grace it's starting to work out for me.

I now have over 16,000 amazing people encouraging me, and I know it's only a matter of time before I'm earning enough to be a full-time artist!  Sure, I'm not super popular yet, and I might not have what's considered "professional" quality art, but there's a lot that I've learned these last few months.  And I pray it can be of use and encouragement to other struggling artists.




Disclaimer and Credit:



This advice is only from my own perspective, and is by no means 100% accurate or at all professional.  This is simply what has worked for me.  I've often been asked about commissions, exposure, and such, so I hope this answers everyone's questions.

All images are linked back to the original artists.  Added them for artist features, inspiration, and to make my rambling a little less dreary.=P






You CAN Improve Your Artwork!



"Practice makes perfect."  I'm sure you're as tired of hearing it as I am, but this is the best advice I have ever received.  Certainly, no one will ever be perfect, no matter how "pro" we get, there's always more improvement to be made.  But practicing drawing is the only way you will actually become better at drawing.  Not practicing your craft but expecting to improve is like trying to win a race with a parked car.

Tourists by pepperin AT : Rurii-sama by Relxion Lemon Drop by camilladerrico I will eat all your night mares by Fraizy-Sama Lux and Frey by laverinne

:bulletpink: Draw as often as you can.

I draw almost every single day.  If you think you don't have time for artwork, that's simply not true.  You don't have time because you don't make time.  This might mean sometimes giving up watching tv, spending time with friends, going out to eat...  If you really want to improve at something, you have to make sacrifices.  Even the busiest person with a family and a full-time job, ask yourself, can't you put aside just five minutes a day to sketch in a notepad?  It might not seem like much, but before you know it, those five minutes will add up into hours, days, months, even years of experience!


:bulletpink: You don't need fancy lessons.

This might be considered bad advice by a lot of professional artists, but you don't have to go to school to become an amazing artist.  Yes, schooling can help you improve much faster.  You have access to trained, seasoned professionals who can work directly with you.  But not everyone has access to, or can afford a professional education.

Instead, check out some of the awesome, free tutorials offered on deviantART alone.  They're made by wonderful people who started out just the same as you and I, why not benefit from their experience and further your own path?  It might save you a little time and struggle trying to figure it out on your own.

For instance, I found this one on colour theory particularly helpful in improving my adoptable designs:

Quick and Dirty Color Theory by DarlingMionette



:bulletpink: Study and search for inspiration!

140724 by fxerie [CLOSED] ADOPT AUCTION 98 - Reflection by Piffi-adoptables Hot Chocolate Teacats .Adoptables. [OPEN] by scribblin Custom Kysvee! ((JaskaTheFennec)) by Will-O-Wisps [closed] Fluffy Adopt Batch by SquiggleCakes

Study things in real life, like how shadows form around objects, how colours reflect off of surfaces, how a cat moves.  If you're an adoptable artist, try mixing weird things together.  If you like drawing cats, try drawing some made of unusual things... like bubbles, rocks, newspaper, socks...  Don't be afraid to experiment!

Study artists you admire, find out exactly what it is about their art that you love.  Then don't be afraid to try similar techniques in your own work.  Just try not to directly copy them.  For instance, as a child, I loved Lisa Frank, Sanrio, and Pokemon.  If I drew a rainbow Pikachu with a bow on its head and called it "Hello Mouse", that would be copying.  But if I drew a colourful picture with imaginary creatures in bows... it might be in a similar style, but it's still completely my own thing.  There's a difference between copying someone or being inspired by them.  Definitely don't be afraid to get inspired.  It's how everyone builds their art style.  It's done over years of taking tiny bits of inspiration and melding it all together.  I'm still finding mine.


:bulletpink: "I can't" actually means "I won't".

If Bob attempts a painting ten times before he perfects it, but Mary tries a hundred times but still can't do it, does that mean that Bob is better than Mary?  No!  Everyone matures at different speeds, some things just come more easily to some people.  And what if Mary says, "oh well, I tried a hundred times, I'll never get it, I give up!" but she doesn't know that on her very next try, it would have been the time she finally painted that award winning masterpiece?

If you tell yourself you can't do something, then most likely you will give up.  It could be right before that amazing breakthrough, but you'll never know.  Yes, we might take one step forward, then feel like we've fallen back three.  But if we keep trying, there's no way to move but forward.  Your artwork WILL improve, because there's no other way for it to go.  You just have to be patient and give it some time.




You CAN Gain More Exposure!



"All the popular artists get all the commissions!  No one will even look at my art!"  Throw that negative attitude out the window.  You CAN gain more watchers, you CAN receive commissions, and you most definitely DON'T have to under price to do it.

Check these out:

Commission: Nerine Charm by SarilainCommission : Princess Ariana Charm by SarilainCommission : Frostbite Charm by SarilainSteelers Pikachu Commission by Sarilain Blaziken Sketch Commission by Sarilain

They were my first commissions.  Maybe you think they're good, or maybe you think they're dreadful.  Either way, they're not what I consider high-end, front page deviantART material.  So how did I gain so many watchers and higher paid commissions?  Here's some tips.


:bulletpink: Make your profile interesting.

Think like a potential customer.  If you were someone else, why would you want to watch you?  They aren't going to dig through your gallery and find that reason for you.  Find some way to display your best and most interesting work.  Even without premium, you can still decorate with the deviant ID widget and latest gallery submissions widget.  If you have an open giveaway, or if you are offering a special promotion like discounted commissions, free sketches, etc., be sure to write a journal and display it with the profile journal widget.

Keep your profile clean, organized, and easy to understand.  Try not to ramble on too much, use proper grammar, and punctuation.  Upload an attractive icon and have a simple, memorable username.  Your profile is usually your first impression on others, so be sure to make it a good and lasting one.


:bulletpink: Be unique and attractive.

FREE Snuggly Icon / Avatar : Pikachu by Sarilain FREE Chubbicons : Kanto Starters by Sarilain Commission: Snuggly Icon for Meli-chan3 by Sarilain FREE Chubbicon: My Little Bunny Fluttershy by Sarilain  FREE Snuggly Icon : Vulpix by Sarilain FREE Snuggly Icon : Espeon by Sarilain FREE Chubbicon : Pikachu by Sarilain

If you want more watchers and hopefully commissions, you need to try to offer something they can't get any place else.  For instance, I'm not particularly skilled in anatomy or high definition artwork in general, so I came up with my own icon style.  It's not particularly jaw dropping, but this is an example of how I worked with my strengths and around my weaknesses.  Because I'm not great with high quality, I kept them simple.  They're cute and colourful because that's what I like most.  And best of all, there may be similar icons, but mine were still different enough to gain some attention.


:bulletpink: Advertise.

You won't gain watchers by sitting on your behind.  There are SO many ways to get exposure, here are just a few:

- Critique and comment on others' artwork; be active in the community.

- Llama badge spam!  They make others happy, and give you the opportunity to attract more profile visitors.

- Submit artwork as often as you can.  Bonus points for fan art, it gives others something to relate to!

- Host free raffles/giveaways.  Everyone loves free stuff, right?=P

- Join groups and fill up their galleries!  The more places your art is, the better chance you have of being noticed.

- Submit to less popular categories.  It's much easier to make it to the front page of deviantART with an icon (especially if it's free-to-use and a fan art), than it is to make it with something submitted to the Digital Drawings/Paintings category.

- Give back to the community.  Whether it's through encouraging journals, picture tutorials, or free-to-use resources, there's so many ways to help others, and gain a little exposure for you too.

Out of all of those methods, I've found the free-use artwork and llama method the most effective, but see what works for you!  And don't give up if you've given out a hundred llamas, or made five icons, and nothing's happening for you.  I've given out almost a hundred thousand llamas, and by the end of the year I hope to have a hundred free icons.  Everything takes time and effort.


Glam Mane Flutterbabe by Kiwicide Adoptable: Auction 01 [CLOSED!: AB'D TY!!!] by rosanova :Blueberry Lollipop: by PrePAWSterous strawberries by Melonkitten There's a ray of hope beyond despair. by Detrah

:bulletpink: Don't sell yourself short.

Try to estimate the time you spend on each type of commission.  Then price it according to what you would like to earn per hour.  I would recommend no less than minimum wage per hour, however, it's always up to you!  And ignore people who complain and badger you to death that your prices are too high, it's no one's business but your own.  No need to lower your self worth and standards!  After all, it takes years of practice to become a professional quality artist; you shouldn't undervalue all your blood, sweat, and tears.

If you have trouble receiving commissions, then either A) you need to advertise more, or B) you might need a little more practice.  Don't let it get you down though, both things are super simple to fix, you just have to work hard and be patient!  Because, again, I'm no Pixar quality artist, and if I can sell my simple little doodles, you can too!  It just took me a few years of practice, and half a year of advertising.

Here's some more of my old stuff to encourage you:

*Re-uploading* OLD Art: Aria by Sarilain Shattered Glass App 1 by Sarilain Old Sjutin by Sarilain Aisha Glomp *Old Art* by Sarilain*Re-uploading* OLD Art: Baby Chomby by Sarilain





You ARE Special!



No matter what anyone says, you are the only YOU in the whole entire world.  You're the only you that will ever exist!  There's no one who can do what you do, exactly how you do it, and don't let them tell you otherwise.  And most importantly, God already loves you, exactly how you are.  You don't have to struggle to meet impossible standards set by some strangers who don't even know you.

My favourite Bible verse is Zephaniah 3:17 :



I'm always encouraged and amazed over the fact that the Creator of the entire universe, could possible care enough about me to not only remember my name, watch over me... but singing?  Like celebrating and being proud kind of thing?  Wow.  I must be pretty special.

And because we're so super special, there's one more thing to remember.


:bulletpink: Don't let others define your originality.

This is especially prominent with adoptable artists.  There's always someone who leaves a nasty comment arguing that your species or designs aren't original enough, and you're just trying to rob people of their hard earned money.  Nonsense!  What is originality?  According to Merriam Webster, originality is "the quality of being new and different in a good and appealing way" and "the power of independent thought or constructive imagination".  So it basically means different, right?  Well, if everyone else decides that the only "original" adoptables are some super complicated freaky creatures, doesn't this in turn become unoriginal because everyone's doing it?  Besides, there's nothing truly "original", there's always something similar that has been done before.

Instead, celebrate who you are, and enjoy drawing what you like to draw.  With enough practice, your passion will show and it will attract others.  There's always someone else who's into what you're into.  So draw your pudding cats, jello dogs, and super complicated freaky creatures!=P  Your originality is for YOU to decide.  After all, if your designs are "so simple anyone could do it", then why don't they?







Kitten Chocobox by ethe I love chu by Paleona Mlp oc by AquaGalaxy Fizzy Tiger by Pand-ASS Chibi Lava Cake by witchpaws

In conclusion, there are NO secrets, NO shortcuts to becoming a successful artist.  It's nothing more than sheer determination, effort, and for me, constant prayer.  How hard are you willing to work for what you want?

You CAN do it!  You are amazing and one of a kind, never forget that!=)

450 by kat4nka
Purple Dream by dev1n swim in by asinant 310 by kat4nka
Place where happiness lingers by Korpinkynsi grace by illusionality Snowdrops by kat4nka
Soft morning by Estrilda
351 by kat4nka 
nature fairies by Laura1995 705 by kat4nka Purple Flowers by BrokenFayth
Ephemeral Instant by Karisca Vicia cracca by StargazerLZ flows in you. by simoendli
treasure. by simoendli .: falling down :. by biszkopciik p u r p u r e a by poppy412
sunrays flowers 2 by StargazerLZ fleur by girlmarvel easiness by vitzy
Look from above.. by Bojkovski 0996 by topinka Flowers Of Paradise by Onceuponatime13
little by theluckynine
Windowbox. by DafoeofLenin
::Hidden Passion:: by onixa Searching for a new world by Healzo lily by nakedlady
Day 42 - Little flower by EliseEnchanted As time goes by by cloduy Did you ever feel? by MarsiaMS
.: rainy flowers :. by biszkopciik breeze by mebilia sweet flower times by kyokosphotos
I See Colors by CasheeFoo Take me back by Healzo Lost In You by Healzo
7227 by topinka Shine by Milasery Flowers .. .. by d-a-r-e-k
2web in gold by StargazerLZ Rise by EliseEnchanted at sunset by StargazerLZ
Joy of life by Karisca .bee2me. by SilenBlues snail by eVike
inside green by foart Distant memories by BizzyTee Good Morning by Healzo
gold morning by dukeofspade


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ProjectPorkchop Vol353

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 5:23 PM



ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.




:iconfelis-lynx:

Chernobryvets is a digital artist from Ukraine. She enjoys painting animals both realistic and in caricature form. Her works are very humorous and largely portray animals acting as humans. She puts a lot of thought into costumes and special details and her painting technique resembles that of oil painting. I guarantee that you will find her gallery very entertaining!

chrysanthemum warrior by Felis-lynx1 by Felis-lynx
Pigwoman by Felis-lynxFox by Felis-lynx

Suggested by :dev: 
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:iconxyril19:

Xyril is a varied artist from the Philippines. He focuses predominantly on digital but his traditional pencil work is also quite impressive! His pixel art is some of the most impressive I've ever seen and extremely detailed complete with shading! His digital paintings consist of solid shapes filled with a gradient for a bold, graphic signature look. Xyril's gallery is definitely worth a look!

Caster by xyril19Headless by xyril19
Portcolor by xyril19Waternymph by xyril19

Suggested by skittlefuck 
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:iconcraftypixel:

CraftyPixel is a digital artist from the United States with a very unique take on fan art. She recreates characters from video games but instead of making them look traditional, she implements different themes like a character drawn in a candy motif, for example. Her work is cute, colorful and makes her stand out among the rest. You must check out her wonderful gallery today and see for yourself!

Spongebob by CraftyPixelColorful Thwomp by CraftyPixel
Crimson Rampage by CraftyPixelBitty BMO by CraftyPixel

Suggested by skittlefuck 
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:iconmangonaid:

Mangonaid is a varied hobbyist from the United States. She enjoys creating fan art and drawing her own original characters. She works in both digital and traditional media and her gallery includes some comic pages as well! She is really good at using dramatic angles and her poses are very dynamic and interesting. Be sure to visit her gallery today and explore her diverse body of work!

SoulBound by MangonaidCOTJ pg.5 by Mangonaid
COTJ pg.8 by MangonaidOur Children: Addison Loche by Mangonaid

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:iconamyearhart:

Amelia is a traditional art student from the United States. Her work is rooted in fantasy and has an air of mystery that draws the viewer in. Her female characters portray a sense of strength and have an attitude about them that you can't help but love. Her works are very emotional and expressive and display her vivid imagination. Be sure to stop by her gallery today and show this young artist some support!

Her Favorite Color by AmyEarhartWindswept by AmyEarhart
Beach Hammock by AmyEarhartFiregirl by AmyEarhart

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Shadow's Sunday Sweet Sixteen (#1)

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 27, 2014, 5:03 PM
  • Mood: Delighted
Hello, and welcome to Shadow's Sunday Sweet Sixteen! First of all, I want to thank WeirdAndLovely for helping me decide which skin to use and coming up with a title! :heart: What was supposed to be a productive Sunday in catching up with everything in my inbox turned and trying to write a journal so you all could rest assured that I hadn't suddenly dropped off of the face of the Earth, turned out to be a fave-fest and an urge to feature literature pieces from amazing deviants. So, every Sunday I am going to attempt to update you all on my life as well as showcase literature. These will either be from my inbox or from what I find in the Undiscovered section of literature. 

Personal News

Summer has been good to me so far; I hope it's been good to you! Er, well, if you're in the other hemisphere, you're most likely experiencing winter.... Ah, well. Whichever season you're in, I hope you're enjoying it to the fullest! :D As for me, it's been pretty spectacular. I've graduated from high school with my high school diploma and AA degree, and in less than a month I will be moving into my dorm with my friends and finishing up my major at a university! My family went on a vacation for the first time and had the most amazing experience! Such a relaxing week of sleeping, eating, swimming, and sight-seeing. And hanging out with friends has been amazing, especially after not seeing them for such a long time. It's been a wonderful few weeks of laughs and tears, but smiles nonetheless. And that's all we can ever ask for, right?

Ever since I came back from my family vacation, things have been pretty slow. I'm not writing as much, which is quite sad. Beating the block is incredibly hard when all you want to do is put out something. But, some have been teaching me that forcing creativity doesn't do you any good, so that just gives me time to read through my inbox and catch up on the many novels on my reading list. I have maybe...thirty books to read and still counting. I'm still taking recommendations, so drop me a note on what books you love/hate so I can judge for myself!

Ugh, the thought of moving out and (somewhat) being on my own is scary. Eventually, I'll be drowning in my own tears, wiping my face with my notes, and calling my mom asking if she'll still love me even if I become a stripper.:thumbsup:

The Sweet Sixteen

I hope you all enjoy these pieces as much as I did. They were a pleasure to read and I hope you end up adding all of these pieces to your collection and checking out the many artists within the literature community here on deviantArt. Happy reading! :blackrose:

a bleeding heart is a living heart.i lifted up my shirt this morning
to discover a warring civilization between
my ribcage and spine,
my heart the prize
and my sternum the dmz.
never before have i felt such
disillusion, such depression
at knowing even my insides
are taking damage from this
chthonic idea we call living.
i parted my ribs today
to try and let them finally fight it out.
it was the last fourth of july,
it was d day limited by my inhibitions,
spears in my vertebrae
and gunpowder in my esophagus;
dancing blue lights inside my body.
a hand twisted around my heart
and the prize was found,
my body a slave to this leviathan
that had been swallowed by the crowd.
i sighed, only once
thinking of how i should’ve tried to win,
of how i should’ve fought harder
and never allowed my kingdom to crumble.
my men and my women,
my children and my animals;
rebelling against my soul’s residence
just above my heart,
south of my clavicle,
tucked inside the lungfuls of lies
i told myself every day.
then a thought
cicada lullabies.you kissed my hand
to seal a promise
and i watched you
with stars in my eyes.
the fireflies danced in the trees,
beckoning us to make wishes
over the serene graveyard.
you would have been mine.
i am wasted with the thought
of your quiet fist against my window pane.
i am gone with the idea
of my lips on yours.
i can't settle down
when you look at me that way.
pull the string back;
let the arrow fly.
wordless they succumbAnd they fell -
just like that.
Just like the act of breathing;
soundless and inevitable.
Like an eager girl slipping
straps from her shoulders,
they became
the soft crush of silk at her feet.
If stars were just starsAnd now we parry and joust
on this beach that is just a beach,
in the wind that is just the wind,
under these stars that are just stars.
But I have your tender fingers in mine
and this beach seizes to be just a beach.
And it warms my heart the way your hair gently dances in the wind
- a melody of passion.
And then you say not to look at you in that way,
and whisper a goodbye,
and it tears my heart to see these stars remain just stars.

to the girl i lose my words aroundi have been meaning to tell you for years:
i think you’re beautiful. i have
seen nothing on earth that holds a candle
to the ocean you carry inside your body.
it spills over your edges sometimes, like
a rain shower around you, blurring your penciled-in
lines until there is nothing left of you but your natural
cliffs, valleys, and deserts.
i like that.
i have never met someone who is, somehow,
a sea and a storm at the same time.
maybe i never will again.
maybe you are the only one
who gathers clouds on her forehead
like a promise, or feels the push and pull of the tide
with her every step.
you are beautiful, honestly.
you are honest, beautifully.
it is in the way you talk, the way you hold ice
on your tongue but forget to use it—
you always forget to use it, i don’t think
you know how.
to be truthful, i’m afraid of your smile
and how it breaks over me, how it pulls
me like a whirlpool down, how it pushes me
like a current back to the surface. i’m afraid of
to the girl with the razors in her back pocket,stop. turn around. i understand you,
and i understand the sadness
entrenched in your bones. i understand
the late nights spent in anxious prayer
to the towels, to the creaky floorboard
just outside your parents' room, to the sink
that stains too easily. i understand
the catastrophic glances that people throw you
when you open your mouth and try
to belong. i understand the intense moments
spent in dressing rooms splicing together outfits
that will gracefully sweep past tally-marked wrists and ankles
and hopefully make sense in the dead of summer.
i understand the nights that you carve the emptiness
onto the razor and wonder if it wouldn't be better
to just die tonight instead. no one can be angry...
or disappointed...or judgmental...or sympathetic (because
sometimes forced empathy is the worst)...when you
no longer exist. it just stops. and anything
has to be better than this.
well, you're right about one thing. it does
get better. and not in that corny way
people tell you. you won't se
Don't Fall In Love With A Writer               Just because they will bruise your neck with pearls of metaphors; and splash palettes of colours onto your chest with reckless waves and boundless twilight. They will smear ink onto your lips as you kiss them because that is how they leave hickeys. They are wildest in their 2 a.m. diary, and liveliest in book racks of novels; they have butterflies in every heartbeat and they breathe living poems. They leave trails in libraries and coffee shops like Hansel leaves crumbs in forest and they have undying lovers because every love story is ever living in their abyssal oceans of analogies and similes. They know every clichés like the sunset knows the moon rise, and every wound in their heart like blood in their veins. They are terrifying because they weave you in splinters of fires rolling down their cheeks. They are weird because they don't smile much but sometimes you could catch their smiles in poems or tales. They are psychotic O |We bleed amongst those who seem to drain us of all integrity, yet we bleed amongst those who seem to need our essence the most. It's utterly remarkable how much this blood is able to supply and be brought forth of many surrogates, before it is thinned out and truly ran dry. A way to embark on the journey we all master at some point. To be able to give and not let go, yet have the ability to forget what is given and never hold on to the love that is cherished within it.
what love is not.it was a s l o p p y first kiss where
my drunk lips fumbled against yours.
the dull thwack of my heart,
locked behind curved ribs
cleared my groggy brain, 
clouded with lustful premonitions.
it was an e l e c t r i f y i n g first kiss where
you entwined your hands in my hair.
your mouth encompassed mine and
my breath became lost in the steady
rise
&
fall
of your chest.
it was a s h y first kiss where
i pulled away before you could explore.
your tongue grazed my teeth, 
searching for a way past the ivory gates.
i dug my finger into the stubble along your jaw,
my nail lulling your carnal desires.
it was my first kiss with you.
one night standInspiration kicked me out
of bed, threw my
clothes-
said, I'll call you-
and moved on
to the next.
shallow by designshe's a bare distraction,
echo falling from her lips
over and over in revolutions
that do little more
than revolt
she's caught in a curtsey
that's half seduction,
and half a mannequin movement
poised just how you like her.
they carefully planned her
from blueprint bruises,
the puppeteers dripping vice
down her strings like virtue
in saccharine whispers;
a lewd command-cum-question
leaking slick into moments
that were supposed
to be dulcet.
and you can't help but pity
the porcelain fleshling,
for she's only
a lust-wrought
mimic.
Four EverSugar coated, and devoted
To the bright side of life.
Optimistic, and artistic
With a blessed soul and mind.
May God bless you, for breaking through
The darkest side of death.
Keep your smile clear, my precious dear
For it brightens the sky.

spring street
the world catches its breath
between traffic lights’ red and green,
the gutter sips yesterday’s rain
like five am coffee and cream,
the smog curls its tail round
brick-dusted buildings.
it is quiet on spring street.
a woman drinks a syrah
on the fire escape,
her lipstick lingering
on the styrofoam cup.
a man across town
wakes to find her lace
tangled in his sheets.
he wishes she was too.
it is quiet on spring street.
victory falls: xvi.And in similar fires,
brought forth Regin
a fine edge - blind-stricken
grief-bearer, shadowed
and cracked upon the anvil.
So hilt and blade,
now divorced, returned
to Hell interminable:
all evil must be forged
by infernal flames, and devils
defeated only by betrayal.
Let bloody hands be bathed
by sinister kiss; no sword
would do but that of history's making:
the Fates walk hand in hand
with breath-filled lungs.
So the murder-hand,
winged and feathered, imitation
of foe and fire,
sealed its wounds (lustful
scars of Phoenix blood)
and took flight,
weightless, thought and memory
cowered in fear
and Earth herself split open
to its will.
163the girl's lungs have swelled and sighed for nine
trips around the sun and four cycles of the little hand,
and for a quarter of her life she has wished for these heartbeats.
here she stands, her fingers trembling, her nose glowing red
with the cold city air, and suddenly sparks fly as
she forgets how to breathe even though she seems
to finally be sucking in the same oxygen as the star
who soared over her head and straight into her heart.
(i wrote you a letter. you don't even remember me. you'll never remember.)
alas, she is too young to paint every millisecond of
this moment onto the canvas of her ever-spinning
mind, but she doesn't think anything of it - she can't,
because the cold wind slashes at her face and numbs her
mind to everything but the fact that she
needs her heart to stop beating (hush, stop beating,
it will be alright, i promise). broadway dances in front
of her very own eyes, pulsing to its own beat,
and as she stares into the lens, beaming as bright as the neon lights,
Shards Of RealityShards Of Reality
there are days when words drift by him, 
and like leaves floating on a still day, 
like migratory birds that aren't supposed 
to be in this town 'til september; 
there's something wrong about it all, 
something he can't quite pin down.
so he puts his pen down,
and rushes out of his room.
because he refuses 
to be pinned down to any space.
he'd rather unplug from this outlet
that traps him inside,
and turn on whatever this tip off is,
that escapes him, 
as it skims his skin.
he'd rather suffocate
than to put his collector's pin
into the socket.
a breath of fresh air
always did him good,
so he stepped out on bladed grass,
not expecting the lacerations
to hurt so much
and he didn't know if it was the lawn
or his skull that framed his sod;
the tender soil under graminoids
that made him lose
his grip on his terrain.
but he was losing his territory,
the way dew dissipates in the heat.
like crops dying in a famine.
his eart


deviously yours,
A-Shadow-Rose

Macro Spotlight Vol. 126

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 4:20 AM by MarcosRodriguez:iconmarcosrodriguez:

Want to be Featured?

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 27, 2014, 11:52 AM
A new updated journal! :la:

Do you just really want to have yourself and your art featured? Well you can do that just by donating a few points

:meow: I will feature you at the top of my profile so everyone can see it AND I will select TWO of your deviations to feature in a special journal as well!!!! :meow:

So here is the list for the features:
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Apologies to the winners for being late with this. :heart:
This was the first contest held for Darkroom-Photos, y'all should check the group out if you like what you see featured here :).

FIRST PLACE

:iconfassod:

with:

Lamentate by Fassod

more of his work:

Gnossienne by Fassod Rive Paleo by Fassod Fostercare by Fassod
Superficial Energy by Fassod

SECOND PLACE

:iconmishkin-rayman:

with:

Northern Flour by Mishkin-Rayman

more:

Cars In-a-Box by Mishkin-Rayman Old Steam Engine by Mishkin-Rayman Wheels by Mishkin-Rayman
Frozen Lake by Mishkin-Rayman

THIRD PLACE

:iconmando-damon:

with:

Capital blueORANGE by mando-damon

more of his work:

Nancy by mando-damon superMOONX2 by mando-damon DUSTBUSTERsolar by mando-damon
buskersDRUM by mando-damon
 

Big thanks as well to :iconjennystokes: for contributing to the prizes!

Some of her work:

Maman et enfant. by jennystokes Waiting and watching. by jennystokes You and Me by jennystokes
Monster in the Rhone 2 by jennystokes 4 Ravens by jennystokes