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"I've heard some people say that if you use a reference for a drawing, painting, etc. then it's not really art. That is total bull. If you make something from nothing then it is art, and even if you use a reference there's always going to be some kind of difference, even if it is so small no one can see it, because there isn't really a "perfect" artist. I mean, even landscape painters need a reference, but according to those commenters and other people, that isn't really art. Bullcrap. Art is art, and yours is beautiful, don't let ignorance make you feel bad. They're probably just more jealous than anything else, anyway."
References aren't a sin - they're a blessing. Use them.
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|| Cryophase makes a lot of excellent Metroid fan art and fan fiction.
|| FreezingIceKirby does awesome fan art of all kinds of cartoon media characters.
I just want to say you are a wonderful friend, thank you for being there when I need it most. You have an amazing style of artwork and even a great taste in movies and shows! Have a great day.
EpicPrincessofDoom and AquarianRoyalty are amazing people overall and deserve so much love! They are both cute and smart, with talents of their own.
EpicPrincessofDoom is very special to me because she is one of the first people I met on this site. Despite my flaws, and my stupid roleplaying, she's always up for being nice and has a large, and funny cast of amusing characters! She is also really cute sounding, and is overall a good person to be around. Don't let mean people keep you down, go for the crown my Australian cutie! 38)
AquarianRoyalty is the queen of rarepair ships. Be it Ararezi, Equius x everyone (especially the bby Rose Lalonde), or pale Erirezi, this girl has it! She attracts an array of fun and friendly people, so defs check her out! She has a lot of potential in her art, and it's so amazing!
Thank you thank you thank you especially to LightBulbMoon for keeping the good ship XtremeFractals running while I was in the hospital
Also a blanket thank you to each and every person who looked after my husband melodiousglenndog....sent me cards, made me art......what a wonderful group we have here.
CARBONATED-STARDUST, Although we haven't known each other for too long, I'm happy to say that you've quickly become one of my best friends! Your humor is just perfect for me, and your tastes are odd, but that's what makes you interesting and unique and what makes me like you! You're so extremely nice it's almost crazy, and your art is cute to boot!! You've already given me many gifts, although I think the biggest and best gift you've given me so far is the time that you spend with me!! Your kindly 'good morning's put a smile on my face and brighten my day instantly. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, and I hope we can spend more time together!!
sheples, There's not much I can say here except that you're one of the greatest people I've ever met!! You've inspired me, taught me, helped me, cheered me up and done so many other things for me that the list would go on and on. Although we've had our fair share of awkward moments, upsetting moments, and straight up awful moments, we still manage to stick together and keep on going. I sincerely hope that we can continue being together this way, and that we can open up our hearts more and be more honest with each other. Your art is beautiful and inspirational and it's no surprise that many, myself included, look up to you! You yourself are beautiful, too, and you need to believe it!! For day one, now, and all the days in between, I thank you for all of them!
Odyssey-Redstars, You're incredible, and there's not much else to add to that. You've done so many amazing things for me, ranging from cheering me up after a hard day, giving me advice when I don't know what to do, to giving me bunches of art gifts because you almost always want to! I'm so grateful for everything, and I definitely want to pay you back for it all one day. You're one of the best things that ever happened to me, and I'm so glad that I met you on accident, because it's made me so unbelievably happy. I want us to stay together for a very long time, and I want us to keep understanding each other and helping each other for an even longer time. You're a wonderful person, and your art is so quirky and special in many of its own ways! Even the silly, not-much-effort-put-into-it art is great. I give you many thanks for the advice, love, art, and many, many other things.
You are such a wonderful artist, and a great friend. You have many skills, just like Xena! I love seeing all the jewelry you make and exchanging letters with you, and talking HtLJ. Your friendship means so much to me, and thanks for taking the time to send me the stroopwafels!
I won't mention any names publicly, but someone very close to my heart deserves all the compliments in the world. Here's mine.
Just by coming to know you, I've learned that love and friendship are really not that different. It started out with my childish crush on you, and now you're the best friend I could ever have. And so much more too: my role model, my kindred spirit, and in your words, my plot buddy.
I speak in my hardly understandable way, and you listen. I mention what's bothering me, and you help. I cry, and you give me your shoulder. (Plus a headpat. >w<)
I'm so glad you were able to stand the old me long enough for me to become as I am now. I'm a real person because of you. I owe you more than I can ever repay, but I try to give a little back every day.
I talk with you, I listen to you, I help you, I love you.
Here's hoping I've brightened your life a fraction as much as you've brightened mine.
Elyses & Sklavenbrause
I would like to thank you two for being great friends and interesting people over so many years. But also for being such amazing artists and inspirations. You are two of the few people that really keep me going and have been an idol to me ever since I saw your pictures over seven years ago. Please keep it up and never let someone take away the fun in the things you do!
hopeburnsblue is an amazing lady. She's going through some difficult stuff right now, but I want her to know that her strength shines out despite it all. I want her to know that, no matter what, she's amazing and wonderful, and deserving of so very much kindness.
You are beautiful, smart, funny, and caring in every way. We've been through so much, the chatzys, the drama, the roleplays. I'm blessed that I met you. Your art has gotten so much better, and you've improved so much as an artist and a person. I wish I knew you in real life, but for now I'm okay with the midnight video calls XD But seriously, you are my sister, my best friend, my moirail, and my homegirl. Luv ya!
shyfurry is a brillant user. Even though she joined yesterday, she has great potential to be a great user.
Oh man. You are awesome. Words literally can't describe how awesome you are. You may be more awesome than I am - and that's saying something!
Haha, but all jokes aside - you truly are an amazing person and I wouldn't be half as far as I am now if it weren't for you. You always try to put your art and writing skills down, but, truthfully - I strive to be as amazing as you are.
Keep being you, keep being awesome - and boost your confidence, because I need more of your awesome submissions to feast my eyes upon. <3
you're an absolutely, dizzingly gorgeous writer. Your poems are something that I'd expect to find in a book, unique and beautiful and expertly crafted.
You're also a super nice, funny and clever person. I'm not even the slightest afraid of you. Honestly, I'd shake your hand if I ever got to meet you. All your kind words and the fact that you even read my poetry make me so happy. Thanks a lot for being here and being you!
What else to say... The coffee they make from your caffeinestream is very tasty, I suppose.
I hope you have a very nice day, my dear!
fishter911 is a great person who has an amazing and sweet personality that would just brighten anyone's day up~ He has helped me at times whenever I have felt down or when I just needed a hug. u-u I honestly don't know how I could thank him enough for all the things he has done for me. He's also so generous towards people and all that~.. owo I love ya lots and you should never doubt yourself whenever things get bad for you. Cuz you know that you're a strong person who can do lots of things. You rule!~~~
puchiipanda is simply wonderful. She's one of the sweetest and funniest people on dA, and her art is always lots of fun to look at! It's already very good, but it's improving at an incredible speed. This is someone who's really committed to improving- it's extremely inspiring! Coupled with a friendly attitude, this is someone I never regret watching. I really can't emphasize enough how nice she is and how fun it is to talk to her. Come for the art, stay for the artist!
I really like C-ATVOMIT and their art. I never know what kind of art to expect next, and it's always something interesting! It's strange, because it isn't the kind of art I usually like, but something about how this particular artist handles it really made it different. The colors are sharp and jump of the page, and the character designs are as unique and diverse as they are cool! These are OC's that I'd really love to read more about. There's real feeling in the lines, and to top it off, the artist is a fun and exciting person as well as a genuinely nice one- I can always look forward to seeing their new art and journals!
You're kind, caring and damn right awesome. And even though your OC has a toilet as a cutie-mark, you're amazingly talented, bringing joy into dA with your beautiful skills. I know, I'm not the only one who thinks this.
You try and help everyone, doing livestreams with free requests and even replying politely to comments which seems harsh and mean. You're even doing a contest, trying to get more people to get artistic and to actually do something, than searching around dA, waiting for a miracle.
So, thank-you for everything.Anonymous
Dear KatyMacabre ,
I just wanted to say that I've known you for such a long time,
that I wanted to tell you that I love you.
I love you so much that I would do **anything** for you.
You're so sweet and talented, you make me laugh and smile.
You just make me feel so happy to know that someone cares about me that much.
I'm sorry I'm not perfect, you could've done so much better than me.
But I'm so glad that you choose me <3
So I know I'm not the best,
I know I'm not the nicest or most talented
But I just feel like I won the lottery because I have you in my life.
I feel all warm inside when I talk to you, I just want to hug you and hold you for a lifetime.
I might not be a Romeo, but I have found my Juliet ; v ;Love,
coughs funky doghtor, u know who this is
this is ur mother emily
kATY WHEEZES LOVEME
eggs coughs giveme your art styleohmygod
bEEPLS UR SO AMAZING
mek, brother, you're the best invertebrother ever
scrolling, dude, you're hella rad.
oh katie (qIobe) and u stay hella amazing god ur so funny
these people are my dear friends
and if you hurt them i will slap u god
coughs from your lord,
You have some really cute, interesting characters. The designs are definitely better than what I see on other OCs. I think that is something to also take pride in, since coming up with characters can be, well, difficult. I'm kinda sad you're leaving because I think you are one of dA's better original artists. Oh well hope you find success on other sites I'm sure many will be just as awed by your art as your fans are here xoxo
There are so many people I wish to compliment, where do I even begin??
I think I'll start with imblue36752100,
You were basically my 1st real friend I made on here. We originally clicked when we were both obsessing over Soul Eater and we started making jokes and I just… You made me lmao XD.
Gurl, you were fabulous from the beginning don't you ever change~
I hope one day we can meet IRL since we're both in SoCal <3
Next I want to thank NINJAWERETIGER for always being SO SWEET and caring and always supporting me I've met some truly incredible people in the last few years and mostly thanks to you!
I met arisaxkureno, The-New-Host, Toxic-Weirdo and so many other incredible friends through you and I can't thank you enough!
Thank you for always being there and being so friendly cause you got me through my miserable middle school years with your kindness.
Love always and forever,
Now onto 2 awesome fellow Californians!To Avato-chan, my anime buddy,You introduced me to a lot of amazing shows that I might not have discovered otherwise. I am the person I am because of the things you've shown me and I want to say thanks for everything!See you at wondercon maybe?Love Lulu
We've had plenty of ups and downs in the past years, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Our trials have only made our bond stronger and, for that, I couldn't be more grateful~
I know you'll continue to be awesome and strong and beautiful and I hope we can meet up soon.Love LulutheDragonQueen
You're going to be off to college and I'm not gonna see you as much anymore but I want you to know you're an amazing friend, pseudo-sis, artist, partner in crime, etc xD
I'm gonna miss you so much and I honestly wouldn't be the artist or person I am today if I didn't know you. I hope you can learn to appreciate yourself and your work without me having to remind you how amazing you are! Be proud of yourself and don't compare yourself to others because you'll be loved anyways <3
(and you're gonna be great in college, don't worry )
You are a great artist, a fantastic roleplayer, and you're full of awesome ideas.
But most importantly:
You're an absolutely amazing person.
Your kindness has already brought you lots of friends and loads of admiration, and I just wanted to remind you how much of an impact you have made on all our lives.
I'm glad I met you, and that we became friends. I love talking to you, and I absolutely admire your skills. You are a treasure to so many, and it makes me even happier to know that I'm special to you, too.
This whole thing was pure coincidence, but really, you deserve compliments like this one every day. Stay the way you are, for that's how your friends love you. Bye~
RebeccaBajanJerome Where should i begin? You're such a beautiful person, both inside and out. You sunny spirit brightens my every day and you are a very special girl in the most beautiful way. The best way to to describe you is that you are like a miracle sent from above. You are a wonderful person and I love you very much. Thank you for always being my friend.
StarLightSilver123 PinkChickenInk Angelbluedeer
I'm really bad at things like this, but I just wanted to say thanks for always being there. I'm grateful for our friendship more than you'll ever know. Thanks for being my friend, online and off, even through all the crap I've unfairly put you through. <3 you guys.
Girl, you're so awesome! <33
;;w;; You're art is friggin adorable, and your my best friend on deviantART!! <3333
Now guess who I am~ |DD
shuuming is the sweetest person ever !! i am very glad i met her ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
she is a very talented artist and i just know she is going to be very successful (●ↀωↀ●)✧
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Three Little Pigs vs. GodzillaOnce upon a time there were three little pigs venturing out on their own. The first little pig decided that he needed a shelter to live in, so he built a little hut out of straw. Some time later, Godzilla ventured into that part of the village and came across the straw hut. He asked the little pig to come out and the little pig said, "Not a chance, buddy". So, Godzilla huffed and puffed and blew fire and burned the straw hut to the ground and enjoyed roast pork for breakfast.
The second little pig decided that he needed a place to live, so he built a log cabin. Some time later, Godzilla ventured into that part of the village and came across the log cabin. He asked the little pig to come out and the little pig said, "Not a chance, buddy". So, Godzilla huffed and puffed and blew fire and burned the log cabin to the ground and enjoyed smoked ham for lunch.
While Godzilla was busy devouring the first two little pigs, the third little pig decided to build a brick house. Some time later, God
You Don't Have to be Wonder Woman...I think these walls are collapsing around me because I'm not smart. I don't think with my head, I think with my hands in terms of what I can make, what I can break, and how to put back together what was previously given up on.
No, I don't always have a steady grip on reality and sometimes my abstract sight, the only one I can really see with, wavers and I'm blind to everything around me. So I feel my way through the thorns and the storms and put my friends in poetry so that way, when they leave, I can still say we're gonna be best friends forever.
It won't really surprise any of you to know that I auditioned to be Wonder Woman. They told me I had great spirit but that cape was way too big and those boots were too tall and I just didn't have the look, you know, that superhero look. But I had great spirit! And if I just stuck around long enough, they were sure I could change the world.
But even if that doesn't quite work out, even if the world is exactly the same fifty year
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