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Yet another case of overcoming artistic block at the eleventh hour. Only on this occasion it was NOT too late to finish it in time. I mean, I had to pretty much do this in one sitting, but what the hell, sleep is over-rated. What with its comfort adddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd... I'M AWAKE!

I went into this expecting something pretty similar to what I've done for past Fourth of July's. Something with fireworks, and probably a swimsuit and stars and stripes theme. Maybe an Uncle Sam hat. But I couldn't get excited about any of that. I'm not sure what gave me the idea to try an American Revolution theme, but I fell in love with the idea and ran with it.

Or at least I would've, but that's where the artistic block hit me! I couldn't get anything to look right. And even though it was NOT what I wanted to do with the holiday so quickly approaching, I did the only thing you really CAN do when one of those nasty blocks hits you. I put it aside and tried again at a later time. And damned if it didn't work. That time it just came naturally for me. And with [barely] sufficient time to finish it up.

And I absolutely love how it turned out. This will make my list of personal favorites for sure (how many times have I said that? It feels like I've said that a lot).

But I think the coats look really cool, I love the backdrop (it's a scan of the Declaration of Independence, but I tooled around with it a little. Luckily, that's not a copyrighted document. That or Thomas Jefferson will rise from the dead and sue me.) and the flag looks really nice there.

Finally, I made them bare-legged because, well, come on! It's ME! Of course I'd do that! If it helps, they're wearing white leotards, not panties. For some reason, that makes it seem a lot less... something. I can't think of the appropriate word. When I haven't slept, I get kinda... stupid... and take long, rambling roads to simple thoughts.

SO, I think I shall take my leave now, and try to nap for a couple hours before I head to my aunt and uncle's for the day. I hope you enjoy this!
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Hello, thank you for stopping by.

It's been quite some time since I uploaded something... original and with military style ^^;

Well, so here it is. Somehow I didn't like the result, though. Perhaps it's because I didn't move my pen for a month :stupidme:
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A bust commission for :iconarconadraws:

Pleasure doing business with you!
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For :iconmorphos-metaphor:
Just submitting cause there's a deadline on these things!! :iconocryplz:

Enjoy (or rather don't :iconjudgeuplz:) Motoko my meanie school girl based off of a love for the meanie girls of Soap Opera Land (not a fictional place, go book a vacation today but watch out for the occasional murder). :nod:

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N A M E. Koizumi Motoko

A G E. 16

G E N D E R: Female

H E I G H T: 5'7"

W E I G H T: 97 lbs

L I K E S:

:bulletblue: Expensive Gifts
:bulletblue: Jewelry
:bulletblue: Lollipops
:bulletblue: Pocky (various sweet things in general)
:bulletblue: Rainy days
:bulletblue: Being Alone
:bulletblue: Jazz Music and Grunge
:bulletblue: Clubs, Bars
:bulletblue: Blending into the background
:bulletblue: Fastfood

D I S L I K E S:

:bulletblue: Love, concept of love at first sight
:bulletblue: Romantic gestures
:bulletblue: Idealists
:bulletblue: Uniforms
:bulletblue: Teachers, School
:bulletblue: Anybody Preaching
:bulletblue: Books, reading lots
:bulletblue: Cheap gifts

O C C U P A T I O N: 2nd Year Student

P E R S O N A L I T Y:

The easiest way to describe Motoko is Fake.

A troubled girl she makes no effort to hide her apathy to the world around her. She has become cynical over time and prioritizes the present over the future - valuing material goods over kinship or any human bond. Directly stemming from this, Motoko has become a manipulator of people by way of getting the things she wants without the burden of companionship. It's not that she undervalues companionship - more like she sees it as having no value at all. To her there is no honesty to be found in the world, and because of this sees little to no point in keeping company with liars. She is ultimately a very selfish person and one that is truly alone with the world.
With a personality like this, Motoko's words are usually clipped and sharp - she doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to telling you exactly what she thinks and she won't spare your feelings. And to beat all, she really doesn't give a crap what you think.

s t r e n g t h s:

:bulletblue: Independent and self sufficient; if Motoko was left to her own devices for a month or even a year she would be able to etch out a living and survive comfortably with no problems at all.

:bulletblue: She is mentally strong and will never break. The wall around her is so strong she'll probably never change the way she thinks or feels.

:bulletblue: Self-assure - there's no situation that'll ever catch her off-guard or cause her to lose her cool. She is never shocked, she never snaps. In short, she is not an emotional person. If somebody should ever do something to make her mad, all they will get is a calculated and deadly response.

:bulletblue: To survive, she will use anything. Secrets, people, her body, whatever. She does it with zero shame and clear conscious.

w e a k n e s s e s. 

:bulletblue: She has an immense disregard for other people and uses them and loses them at an insane rate.

:bulletblue: Likewise, she refuses to see any benefit in having friends or company, but ultimately this is a little hypocritical, as she mainly gets her fun out of harrassing or using people like toys.

:bulletblue: Nearly everything out of her mouth is a lie - and nothing she says can ever truly be taken for truth.

:bulletblue: If she ever gets the upper-hand on someone she will likely blackmail or harass them until she gets bored of it.

:bulletblue: She never applies herself with anything or takes her future seriously.

:bulletblue: Life is a game and for this manipulator of people all's fair in love and war. She can't see peoples feelings beyond their uses in her little game.

H I S T O R Y. 
Motoko lived a fairly typical rich girl's life back in Tokyo and despite her parents often being busy with work she got along with them fairly well. She was also quite popular at school, had plenty of friends and stayed on top of all the latest trends and fashions.

This all began to change when she began to take notice of a teacher at her school, her history teacher. He was... younger than the usual and of course a lot more attractive. She'd had boyfriends before but none of them ever made her feel the way he did. Purposefully she began to flunk history, garnering more of his attention while she hoped to receive some of his private lessons. He lead her on. He made her think she had a chance and then cruelly shut her down, telling her she was just a child and to expect anything of an adult was ridiculous. As if things couldn't get worse, she then later discovered that same teacher and her mother were having an affair.
It was absurd; from what she'd seen her parents had always loved each other very much - they seemed so happy, they'd been living the fairy-tale white picket life.
But Motoko soon realized there was a lot more to life than what she'd "seen". That her parents had been having affairs for years now - that her friends had been slagging her off behind her back for months. That every friend, boyfriend and acquaintance she'd ever met had lied to her face and made a fool of her.

Things only got worse when her father's affair caused him to lose his job, gradually losing their wealth in the process. Her mother and father finally tried for a divorce they'd tiptoed around for years and Motoko, caught in the middle, was sent to her uncle's house in Kirimori where she later attended Higashimori High.

Before the move, something broke within her.
If everyone lied and life was unfair what could she do? To her, there were only 2 options. Be lied to, or be the liar. Be abused, or the abuser.

She'd never be on the backfoot again - they'd never get so lucky.

T R I V I A S. 

:bulletblue: Started Enjo kōsai to stay in her rich friends circle when her family began to lose their wealth, but has kept up the practice since then.

:bulletblue: Motoko is actually very smart academically speaking - but what with her troubled personality and hate for conformity she rarely if ever applies herself in any tests. It's very clear how she passed Higashimori's high entrance exam, however.

:bulletblue: She spends a lot of time texting on her mobile phone. But to who or about what is always a mystery.

:bulletblue: She and Aurelia used to be good friends - by which I mean Motoko used her rather a lot - for shopping trips, homework, and outings in which more of Aurelia's money was spent than she could ever properly account for.

:bulletblue: She occasionally looks at a photo with her and another girl in it.
Moto & Nori summer school age 13 & 14.
Who is she?

:bulletblue: Before her move, Motoko got even with old boyfriends, girl friends and her history teacher - the details of which are better left unsaid.

:bulletblue: She loves men who seem haunted or lonely. They're her favourite.

:bulletblue: She's willing to go to insane lengths to get a reaction.
You have no idea.

:bulletblue: If she ever encountered her shadow self, odds are she would not be coming back.
...She's broken. The mask is so suffocating at this point that there's nothing else pure left of her.

:bulletblue: You were warned.
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Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

:bulletred: Hijab: A Misunderstood concept
Nowadays, the general perspective of the common folk, with regards to the Hijab, is a totally unguided, misleading vision of an oppressive degradation of women, where individuals are forced to cover themselves and reduced to nothingness in society.
This idea is based on misconceptions which in effect hides and distorts the truth behind the veil!

The first thing we must understand is the concept of Hijab. The literal meaning of the word Hijab is to veil, partition or place a barrier between something. This does not solely refer to clothing and does not exclusively address women.


In Surah Nur (24) of the Holy Qur’an, the command for Hijab is first directed toward the men then to the women. the God says:
قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ
Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.
وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا ۖ وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ
And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms...

From the translation of 24:30-31
In the context of the above verses, the Hijab initially starts with the lowering of the gaze. Muslim men and women are commanded to lower their gaze and not to look at the opposite gender. This reduces the possibility of any bad thoughts towards an individual which is a sin and the first step towards bigger sins. In this case, there is no physical barrier but a mental or invisible veil created by lowering the gaze.

The next part of the verse commands the Muslims to protect their modesty. This includes dressing in accordance to the Islamic dress code and refraining from all forms of lewd behaviour. This keeps the mind, body and soul free from sinful behaviour and promotes internal harmony as well as a healthy atmosphere of respect and cohesion in society.

:bulletred: Criteria of Islamic clothes:
The Islamic dress code consists of wearing clothing which fits the following criteria.
a- Extent: The minimum extent for men is from the naval to knees. For women, the hijab should cover the whole body except the hands and face. Scholars have different opinions regarding the veiling of the face. some consider it obligatory, some not...
b- Not Revealing: The clothes should be neither transparent nor tight which reveals the shape of the body. This is the case for both genders.
c- Dress type: The clothes should not be of the opposite gender. This means that men should not wear clothes that resemble women’s clothes and vice versa. The clothes should not resemble those of other religions (e.g. wearing a cross is not allowed).
d- Not Glamorous: The clothes should not be so glamorous or extravagant that they attract the opposite gender.

The criteria of the Hijab are such that it protects a woman from negative elements in society whilst promoting a healthy respect from all areas of society.

:bulletred: Any compulsion?
Islam doesn't force people to follow Islam, its rules and teachings. if a person doesn't want to follow Islam willingly, forcing them contradicts the Qur'anic verse:
لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ
Let there be no compulsion in religion

but if someone decides to follow Islam, then they should know that Islam, like all other religions, has rules and teachings. a Muslim striving to be a good Muslim MUST follow these rules. because in Islam, we worship the God the way he commanded, not the way we want. But nobody should be forced in order to become a good Muslim. it's their choice and deeds that make them become one. the decision must come from within.
Similarly, a Muslim woman should not be forced to wear the Hijab if she doesn't want to. it's her right. it's a divine command. it's better for her. but if she wants to disobey the God and ignore the Hijab, or if she has reasons why she doesn't wear it, it's her choice. but no one should force her. people have to respect her choice.

The myth of the Hijab being a tool of oppression was recently challenged when women of all ages and backgrounds began adopting the Hajib and defending their right to wear the Hijab. This was in the face of criticism by many political figures in discrediting the Hijab but it illustrated that far from being a tool of oppression it is a tool of liberation.

To be continued in part 2, in sha'Allah.

from [link]

I hope this was beneficial for you all.

if I am right, it's from the God. if I am wrong, it's from myself.
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Commission for :iconjeroenwint: with the Characters Mami Tomoe and Saya Tokido Hatsune Miku-07 (Cries)

Hope you like it Happy 
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Something I am making for a local convention here in town.  Showcasing my decent enough works and the concepts that have gone into a long running project that has gone under lots of revisions and character redesigns.  It's not even the same story it was when I first started it.   The elder brother graces the cover with his red wolf helmet.   The back cover will have the younger brother with his blue wolf helmet.   Red/blue...cliche but it's awesome none the less. :D;
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Germany Bundeswehr with uniform modification and HK417
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Ok, Another one of mine. I found this picture on Photobucket, so I don't know the Creator or Anime/Manga it might be from.

Who says Death can't be Cute?
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