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As part of the Dolls, Plushies & Toys Week I am posting interviews and features, there will also be contributions from other galleries as part of this week, check them out here.

Today's Special is all about Soft Body Dolls.


What is a Soft Body Doll?
Soft body dolls are constructed from fabrics and enhanced with details made from clay, polymer clay, resin or other more solid materials. Some of these creations have sculpted faces and hands/paws or other such details.
Here is an example of fantastic soft body dolls to be found in the Dolls, Plushies & Toys gallery:

Bazyliszek - The cockatrice by Cloven-Hooves Katie - No 2 by JitterBugBark Coins please by IHeartPlushies Beasties by Longhair Fall unicorn by Shalladdrin Fuzzy Wuzzy Wormy alt view by Darmael

Today I would like to introduce six of the best soft body doll makers here on dA! If you check out the Dolls, Plushies & Toys gallery, you will find an abundance of stunning works from a variety of great artisans.


Hello! Could you please introduce yourself?
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:iconremjie-malham:
Remjie-Malham : Hello! Friends call me Remjie, and thats the name Im using on the internet, I am 22 years old. I was born in Urkaine but now live in Moscow, Russia and hopefully moving to Norway soon. I had my first big sculpting experience at my art school, when I was 14, I made a big relief of a salted dough as one of my art projects. After that I was sculpting rarely, only at sculpting classes in university. But it never was something big. And I can't say I was trying it professionally ever.
As for making dolls - I was making a lot of stuffed animals when I was a kid, and that helped a lot - now I know how to sew by a hand, use sewing machine and create my own patterns. The only thing I was using as a manual was an old "plushie makers" book. So I think I can say that I am a self thought artist, at least in this type of arts.

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:iconsantani:
Santani : Hello! I am Santani. i am 20 and live in Russia, Moscow. I started working with clay 5 years ago. I have no prof art education, so i learned sculpting myself. Now it is my hobby and professional career. Here is my online shop: boontart.ru/

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:iconhelenhighwater:
HelenHighwater : Hi, My name is Helen. Helen Highwater. Honest.
I’ve only recently joined DA and I’m afraid I’ve only got a few things in my gallery so far.
I believe I first delved into the enthralling world of clay at the tender age of four.  We lived in my Grandma’s house in England and her garden vegetable patch was full of clay, which wasn’t great for growing things in but it was great to make blobs of mud with, squish your fingers through and bury things in.
One day I thought it would be a great idea to bury a treasure in the old veggie patch and make a treasure map for my Mum. Like a present.
Conveniently, my Mum’s wedding ring was on the kitchen counter, which I thought made a smashing treasure. It was real Gold and everything.  
Strangely, despite having my excellent map consisting of some smudged clay, a worm, some purple crayon lines and a piece of tape, my Mother was unable to locate her ring. She was never very good at map reading.
Thus ended my brief foray into the world of clay. It would be many more years until I picked it up again.

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:icontroublenight:
TroubleNight : Hi! My full name is Margarita Gurova, yet somehow people often call me just “Ree”. I’m 22 years old and I live in the capital of Russia – Moscow, where all bears march after drinking some vodka.
The first one of my dolls appeared when I was about 17 years old, since then I’ve been making monsters, cuties and cute monsters. I’ve never attended any kind of art schools or lessons, that’s why I might call myself a “self-taught artist”, but I do realize I’ve learned a lot from my mother and my creative friends.
Currently I’m planning to become a full-time artist and make dolls to pay my living, though I worked primarily as an editor and cinema reviewer before and making dolls was my hobby.
I already have an Etsy shop: limeinmoloko.etsy.com which is currently empty, but very soon will be filled with new dolls and sculptures.

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:iconkimrhodes:
kimrhodes : I'm 27, from NW Washington State. I started taking art lessons at an early age and carried on through high school and college. I completed my BA in art with a concentration in design in 2006 and have been working full time as a graphic designer. My work on DA is my personal stuff i do in my spare time, I love painting and sculpture. I recently started an etsy shop for some of my work. www.etsy.com/shop/KimAlisse

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:iconmagweno:
Magweno : Hey, my name is Maddy, I'm a 20-year-old art student studying Illustration in Scotland. I was inspired by Santani's work and the challenge making a working armature and pose able doll without its head falling off or legs breaking. It's kept me going for a year so far and I've used my dolls as outcomes for projects at uni and from that have been inspired to work with foam latex (which has evolved into a yearning to work for Jim Henson!) I am entirely self taught in the sewing/sculpting respect but thanks to the hundreds of helpful tutorials all over the net I've managed to make my dolls moderately presentable. Here comes the shameless plug: please support your friendly starving art student by visiting www.etsy.com/shop/MaddingtonBe…!

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Archibald the Longest II by TroubleNight Frederick by HelenHighwater Critter-01 by kimrhodes Kiwi by Santani Dikdik Stretch by Magweno Noise_shaksie_lizard_commish by Remjie-Malham
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When you create a soft body toy, how do you go about it?
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:icontroublenight:
TroubleNight : To be fair, I find it harder and harder to understand what exactly inspires me. An old legend or a short phrase heard somewhere, a dream or a moment in reality, a random match of colours or fabrics – each can become a source of inspiration. Once it’s found, I know this is “IT” as it captures my mind entirely and all I have to do is to wait until it turns out into exact image, which I just copy into reality. Because of it all of my dolls are unique and not available for recreation; they are entirely handmade and have a personal character with a story to tell.
Sketches help to think out the details, but I don’t use them very often and prefer to think of decorative elements once the “blank body” is made. I always start with sculpting and painting the head, which is the main part of the character and the leading part for the whole doll.

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:iconmagweno:
Magweno : A weird desire to create the perfect creature seems to keep reoccurring throughout my life and I suppose this is another way of satiating that bizarre ambition. (Fun fact: I started with dragons made from toilet-roll tubes and paper when I was young.) I have an amazing book full of old, royalty-free etchings of animals which I use for reference and just sketch from that until I build up a rough idea of which parts of an animal I'd quite like to splice. Swan-neck, deer legs and horns usually feature quite a lot. Then I wing it, building up the armature and sculpting until I'm happy with what I've created. It's usually after I've wrapped it with stuffing that I decide it isn't the perfect creature and start a new one. This weird disjointed process means that every creature is unique, although one day I'd like to finally achieve my dream and make some sort of mould for vinyl casts, like wereRemjiff. More recently I have begun work on a project focusing on Scottish fairy tales, so that theme is currently feeding my creative juices when it comes to designing creatures. The process of building a creature - from a pile of wire to a finished, painted and named being - usually takes around three days on and off.

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:iconhelenhighwater:
HelenHighwater : I’ve never really had any kind of process.  An idea will pop into my head, sometimes inspired by nature, sometimes by another artists inspiring work, sometimes by a sad and ugly bit of fabric I find in the “ends” bin at the fabric store.  You know the ones I mean. The drab, lonely, rough and scratchy kind. The kind of fabric that never aspired to be more than a mismatched elbow patch on a rough and scratchy jacket of a drab and lonely old man.  These fabrics give my teddies a forlorn kind of sadness that tugs at ones heart and makes you want to pick them up for a bit of a cuddle.

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:iconremjie-malham:
Remjie-Malham : I am very much inspired by Asian beasts and other legendary creatures. Thats what made me try myself in dollmaking after all this years.
I create my first plastic face/paw doll in 2008. I made it just for fun, and after that I started making commissions. I was making that every day for the last 2 years, so thats what Im living off for . I learned a lot since that time. Sometimes I am making a sketch if I wanna see how the colors will match together. Sometimes Im working by a sketch the commissioner gives me, and sometimes the commissioner requests me to make a sketch to see how his or her doll will look like. Not that long ago I tried molding. I have a few dolls I started molding plastic parts for Shademons   and Shaksie lizards . Both of them was really successfull and people liked them, so Im gonna keep on making them in the future. Also Im planning to make more molded dolls in a different sizes. But as for my sculpted dolls like doros or commissioned pieces - all of them are being one of a kind and will never be reproduced.

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:iconkimrhodes:
kimrhodes : I havn't been making soft bodied dolls for long so I am still figuring some things out as i go. My pattern making skills are limited and my main skills are in sculpting so the body part of my work is a modified existing pattern. I start by sewing the body together so i know how big the head needs to be. I like each piece to be unique but to speed things up a little I have a basic head shape mold i use. This gets me the basic head size and shape quickly which then goes onto a ball of foil and then i add all the features to the face. I sculpt the feet out of sculpey as well, bake in the oven, paint and then glue on the clay parts.

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:iconsantani:
Santani : At first a toy comes to my head as an idea. i do sketches rarely, so i usually start making the doll "from my head". I find inspiration in books, films and animal world. Sometimes i duplicate my work, but some of my dolls are unique.

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Lammergeier by Magweno masala_doro__commission by Remjie-Malham Blue Griffin by kimrhodes Big and small by Santani Manfred+Manfred Co by TroubleNight
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Where do you work and what materials do you use?
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:iconhelenhighwater:
HelenHighwater : Anywhere I feel like, with whatever I feel like. Sadly this method hasn’t been kind to my clothing and Furniture upholstery. I’m trying to be a bit more disciplined, I actually have a workshop now.

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:iconsantani:
Santani : I work in my room (i live with parents), but i dream of my own studio=). I use fimo plastic, cernit plastic and fabric fur. I buy my tools and materials in Moscow doll-master shop "Russkiy kukolniy dom".

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:iconkimrhodes:
kimrhodes : I have a work room in my house, but it is hard to confine to one area and ends up everywhere else too. I use original Sculpey, faux fur, poly-fil, felt, wire, acrylic paint and clear enamel to make shiny eyes or claws. :) To sculpt i have the wooden sculpting tool set, but I have found that there is only one in particular I ever really use. Occasionally I can find fur to use at Joannes but I mainly like to buy it at Mendels Far Out Fabrics www.mendels.com. I like getting the remnant packs, you don't get to pick the fur but i like the surprise and it encourages me to be a little more creative. Everything else I need i get at Michaels.

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:iconmagweno:
Magweno : Because I'm a student and I get overexcited about getting my hands dirty, I have to keep all my materials for making things in my studio at uni or else I'd never go in! The tables at uni are tiny and we're all squished together, but it's nice to have my friends all around (even if they get annoyed with my constant mess). You can see a photo of it here: carn-dearg.deviantart.com/art/…
One very frustrating problem I have with wonderful tutorials is that they're American and materials listed can sometimes be hard to get ahold of in the UK. Thankfully my uni art shop stocks Fimo and can usually order in anything they don't have in stock, so for now I'm pretty lucky when it comes to materials. When it comes to sculpting, I use my fingers, a toothpick and a tiny palette knife. I have a HUGE problem trying to get quality faux fur though, so I'm afraid to say I do occasionally shop at Primark, solely to rip apart the clothes and recycle them into far more interesting objects. They usually have some sort of sale on with some nice faux fur or at least fabric that can be used for making patterns. Winter is the best season for finding the furs and I'll be stocking up when it comes to sale time!

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:icontroublenight:
TroubleNight : My work area is in my flat and it consists of a comfortable armchair and a table. I don’t use any special tools except my fingers, a needle and an emery board to grind the sculpted parts of a doll. All the fabrics I currently use are vintage and were found at my grandmother’s house.
For sculpting I prefer Efaplast Light and Fimo Soft; for colouring – acrylics and watercolour paints, - all of these materials can be found at local shops.

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:iconremjie-malham:
Remjie-Malham : My current residence is a nice and light flat, so I am living there and Im working there as well.
:bulletgreen:Fabrics: buying it in the fabric stores, on the fabric factory and sometimes online. I have a lots of bags stuffed with faux fur and fleece in the corner of my room.
:bulletgreen:Polymer clay: if you want to start working with polymer clay, Id recommend Super Sculpey and Super Sculpey Firm. Those clays are perfect for me. But if you cant reach those, you may use Fimo (I dont like it that much but its still wotking well), also have some epoxy putty somwhere near just in case if your baked piece will loose a nail or horn (Bondo, Miniput etc.).
:bulletgreen:Painting and stuff: I am using Games Workshop Citadel paints and washes, I am using their brushes as well-its really high quality painting stuff (and sadly really pricey) so I wouldnt recommend you to start with it, especially if you never tried to paint the sculpture. Better get some water based acryllics from the hobby store and try that first. For protecting finished piece Im using Darwi glossy and matt gloss. It is alcohol based glosses made for doll crafting. Also Im using Army paint primer, Sculpey clay softener and some dentist/medical tools for sculpting and sandpaper.
:bulletgreen:Molding: for molding I am using Smooth-on resin and Oomoo silicone. Also Vacuum pump and vacuum chamber. (all about that you can read on their official webpage smooth-on.com/ )
Most of that stuff I am buying in the stores in my city, or on Ebay, so I dont think I can give you any useful links.
All this you can search in Google for more information. But you should try different types of media and find the one that you`ll be comfortable to work with.

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Albino_shademon by Remjie-Malham Couple by Santani The First by Magweno vera by TroubleNight Juniper by HelenHighwater Flame Dragon by kimrhodes
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Do you have any tips for beginners?
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:iconkimrhodes:
kimrhodes : I'm sort of a beginner myself but the best thing for me was to just learn by doing, trial and error and such.  

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:iconremjie-malham:
Remjie-Malham : Umm.. I am not making tutorials but sometimes Im livestreaming (when the commissioner ask me), I am usually not explain how I attach details to the fur. I think everyone should find their own way how to create dolls. Give it personality and charisma. There is no wrong or right way to do it. You may choose by yourself how you want to your future doll to look like, how their face/pattern/hands will be attached to the body and how you will paint it. Its like with sculpting or drawing. Once you start, you can always choose your own way.
As for the molding, you can just use a random molding tutorial from smooth-on.com/
They have a lot!

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:iconhelenhighwater:
HelenHighwater : Have fun and experiment a lot. Research and try new processes and materials. Sometimes, if you are stuck for ideas, the materials will inspire you. Shapelock is great to work with and has unique qualities. Magic Sculpt is AWESOME! (no need to bake, sticks to anything!)

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:iconsantani:
Santani : I am beginner myself, so i don't run any master-classes, make tutorials or smth. I started with fimo and work with it for 5 years. I did not read any books. The best lessons for me are my own mistakes =).

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:icontroublenight:
TroubleNight : Remember: creativity begins with the lack of tools and materials. You don’t have to buy all the things listed in hobby shops to start making dolls – finding substitutes for common materials and inventing new techniques is the first step to forming your personal style and further development as an artist.

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:iconmagweno:
Magweno : I am a beginner myself so the only advice I can offer is to keep trying and don't be discouraged! To explore as many art doll books and links as you can find and to be inspired by everything. All you really need is Fimo – throw in some wire and tinfoil and you're ready to go! Don't be afraid to experiment with materials either – I use fishing wire for whiskers and dressmakers pins for eyes on my creatures. If you can't get fimo then you could use cold porcelain – an air drying clay recipe of one cup PVA, one cup cornflour, one tbsp baby oil and one tbsp lemon juice. It dries slightly translucent and can be dyed and painted, it's pretty good if you don't want to cough up for Fimo. (I do recommend Fimo: it is fab stuff; easy to work with and you can bake it in your own oven.)

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Mr and Mrs Crazy II by Santani cthulhu kitty by TroubleNight Purple and Silver Dragon by kimrhodes OOAK_werewolfbear_doll by Remjie-Malham Kelpie - Horse Form by Magweno
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Which soft body toy in your gallery are you most proud of and why?
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:iconsantani:
Santani : Well, i have some dolls, that i like for some reason. some of them are not shown here in my gallery. Maybe my favourite doll from DA gallery is Bars grypho:
Bars grypho by Santani
i don't know why actually. he was funny and soft, like a pillow or smth, and was made in summer with his 2 brothers (white and red grypho), my favourite season. Nothing complicated in making him: fimo clay and fabric "bars" fur+sintepon (i am not sure how to translate this word in English). in future i am planning to make some similar creatures in different color variations.

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:iconhelenhighwater:
HelenHighwater : The ones I’m most proud of are not the ones in my gallery. They are the ones I have made for my niece and nephew and they are now far too worn out and used up to take photos of. Other than that, I don’t really have any favourites.

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:iconremjie-malham:
Remjie-Malham : I am really proud of a few dolls im my gallery.
White Chef Maria.

white_chef_Maria by Remjie-Malham

I was using reference commissioner drew for me ( i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj… ) and I am really happy that the doll turned out like in the drawing. It was a lot of work and I tried some new tecniques while I was doing it.

Theriosh doll.

theriosh_doll by Remjie-Malham

Made for my dear friend and wonderful artist. I spent like 2 weeks working on this one.He is one of my longest art projects also the biggest doll I made that far. And I was using a sketch here as well:: s54.radikal.ru/i146/1004/07/9e…

Memento doll.  

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Also one of my biggest projects. Commissioner was giving me some helpful tips all the time and thats what made this doll look exactly how she wanted.

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:iconmagweno:
Magweno : I have to say my favourite piece is the kelpie:
Kelpie by Magweno
It was made for a project I'm working on now and turned out so well. The mane is my favourite part, it was so much fun making the dreads and the latex seaweed. I could have done a better job sculpting his face but I'm still especially proud of all the different bits and pieces made with different techniques and materials.
A close runner up is Chemosit though:
Chemosit Portrait by Magweno
He's huge (stands at about nine inches) and has real sharks teeth and resin eyes that follow you, but what makes him really special is his character. I'll never forget the reactions he got at the exhibition he featured in! I wrote a whole back-story into the project he was made for and got really into the factual superstition behind his creation. He gets a lot of compliments at craft fairs, even if he's really badly made (his feet have fallen off and he doesn't stand properly because the armature isn't strong enough). He lives on top of my bookshelf and watches over my room which can be a bit creepy at night because his eyes glow in the dark! I still love him to pieces (possibly literally).

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:icontroublenight:
TroubleNight : Every artist’s life is a perpetual search of new forms. My life as an artist is also a search for new stories, a path to forming “new mythology”. I try to make each one of my dolls not only a part of “visual art” or “crafts” category, but to give them personality. That’s why every creature I’ve made has a little story to go with. Maybe one day I will even publish a book with these stories!
The new round in forming my “mythology” are Birdmen from woods.
birdman from woods 2 by TroubleNight and birdman from woods by TroubleNight
these dolls gave a start for the first series in my “career” and became an endless source of inspiration for me. Making costumes for birdmen helps me to develop my designing and sewing skills as well, that’s why I guess I won’t get tired of this series of dolls for a long long time.

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:thumb143256318: Phineas by HelenHighwater Odette by Magweno Ice Dragon by kimrhodes Elric Tylenol by TroubleNight Shu dragon by Santani
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Thank you so much for taking the time to participate in this special feature! I hope you go on creating amazing monsters for all of us to enjoy. :)

Cheers,
MyntKat
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PE Interview with =agnes-cecile

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 4:46 AM


Silvia is, without any doubt, one of the most marking figures of this site. Many thousands love her works and some artists consider her to be the role model of their artistic life. Instead of rambling about how she is a popular figure of this site, i decided to show you what other people think of her.
Green-EyedGhost says: "Her art is inspiring, emotional, brilliant, incredible, indescribable. Her every single work is what actually can be called art. She always inspires me, she is the most amazing artist I've ever seen in my life!"
airheadOMer completes: "...she has a brilliant and copious use of color. All her work is very intricate and lavish while remaining fairly luminous and simple. It has a wonderful flow to it and is, basically, quite beautiful. She has ineffable talent and her work shows that."
With this being said, let's see what agnes-cecile has to say!


You are a very successful artist, what do you believe are your most important features that made you pop out of the crowd?


I think it was always important that I make simple images, easy pictures to be appreciated by any kind of person. I talk just for the aesthetic aspect, what strikes in the surface. The abstract parts in my paintings are mixed with a strong realism that helps to approach also people that usually aren't interested in abstract stuff, the recognizable figure in my painting is as an anchor.

did you miss it? by agnes-cecile

What do you want to express through your artworks? What inspires you the most?


When I look my paintings I see them as pages of a diary, but this is just for me. I don't want my images to clearly describe my thoughts, from my artworks i want to stand out just the same feeling that I felt, not the story behind it. So, my everyday life pushes me to paint and inspires me, but for who looks the result is just a mirror of my feelings.

this thing called art is really dangerous by agnes-cecile

In your opinion, the quality of your art depends more on technique or on its message?


As I wrote, the message is a memorandum for me, rarely someone reads exactly what I was saying in a painting, it's not a problem of course! But for this I think that technique is more important, I'm able to represent a feeling, but my message is just my inner thought. If I wanted to talk about important messages to the people, I would write, not paint.

e non ci sara' nessuno by agnes-cecile

Your works are particularly realistic and detailed - do you believe that what you do requires a particular skill or it's just about the practice?
What skills do you consider to be the most important?


The real skill that I posses is that i am able to focus myself on what I want and understand how to grow up in that way, all the artistic skills are a consequence of this; I wanted to paint in a certain way and so I started with a lot of practice. Real skill is just understanding how to start and move on to achieve your goals.

Forever yours, Freckles by agnes-cecile

Most of the artists wish for their own style. How would you describe yours, and how did you develop it?


I don't have a real answer, I make human emotional portraits, I start from human figure and I add lines and colors to arrive to something approximately close to what I had in mind. I developed it looking into the line and these forms, I was interested how lines can make figures and how figures can make forms, all the abstract in my works is an extension of the subject, after this start all the work was to try, try and try, make experiments and a lot of errors.

l'assenza by agnes-cecile

What are your favourite tools and how were you introduced to them? Did you experimented or someone recommened them to you?


My favourites are two tools apparently so different: watercolor and varnish. I like them because I use it apparently random, I give great freedom to the tools, I guide this freedom, I "trust" them ahahah, I know that if I make a specific movement they will create a specific and elaborate form, maybe don't immediately visible, but just wait for the results! Watercolor was totally experimented by myself, varnish was recommended from an art teacher.

crisp morning by agnes-cecile

What role has deviantART in your artistic life? Do you use it solely to expose your art or you also make friends and learn? Why did you join?


DeviantArt was really important in my artistic life, it's a great medium to enter into relationship with the rest of the world, it made my career year after year, making it something of real. I started scrolling for hours deviantART's pages when I was 13! It was a window on what I wanted to try doing. Over the years I found a lot of lovely and young artists as myself, people with which i confront myself better than I could do in my class room everyday. I find myself growing on similar ways of other deviantART's artists, it's really nice to see how we can develop ourselves.

about a new place - project by agnes-cecile

 

Regarding your own art, what do you think has been your greatest achievement so far?


Perhaps to be able to organize totally by myself, my second solo exhibition, see a real recognition to the whole theoretical popularity that I have on the web and meet real people who wanted to see beyond a digital file.

my eyes refuse to accept passive tears by agnes-cecile

Show us the pieces that you are most proud of. Do they have a story behind them? What is the reason you consider them your favourites?


Hard question! I have more different favourites for different types, but the reason is always the same, my favourite paintings are the ones that evoke emotions in me in the first place, those which really work with my head. To give some titles: "la nostra infinita abnegazione", "drawing restraint", "you are not wrong", "the uneasiness creeps through each rib", "for each beat of his heart", "vedendo bianco", "my purity is in accepting all the flaws", "volontà di violenza".

for each beat of his heart by agnes-cecile
you are not wrong by agnes-cecile la nostra infinita abnegazione by agnes-cecile
 vedendo bianco by agnes-cecile volonta' di violenza by agnes-cecile
drawing restraint by agnes-cecile my purity is in accepting all the flaws by agnes-cecile
the uneasiness creeps through each rib by agnes-cecile

Do you have favourite artists on deviantART?


DeviantART is full of great artists and everyone I like is also an inspiration to me, some of them are Carnegriff BenoitPaille, Fahad0850, alicexz, axcy, laura-makabresku, kikyz1313, gunnmgally, Ryohei-Hase, winst, trance-orange and SeaFairy.

lines hold the memories by agnes-cecile

How do you choose your models? Did it ever happen to have a stranger come to you and ask if they can be your model?


I prefer I don't have relations with the models that I use, I use aseptic faces and then I add specific features. I need models to make realistic portraits, but I just use pictures to work with shadows and lights. I never work with real models, I always use photos, often of fashion models. When I can't find the right expression or pose, I use myself. Yes, people ask to model for me really often, but I only accept that for my rare commissioned works.

stupidly tiny (about two years ago) by agnes-cecile

Is there anything else you would like to add? A few words for your audience and/or other artists, maybe?


Everything you do don't overdo it, be balanced with yourself.

conspiracy of silence by agnes-cecile antimonocromatismo II by agnes-cecile

Thank you, agnes-cecile :heart:




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Promoted deviations and journals are pieces of media selected by and sent from deviantART that we believe you should know about. They represent deviations and journals we believe are of significant importance -- so much so that we want them to have a greater reach within the deviantART network. They appear and act just like any other deviation or journal in your Message Center, with the exception that they're clearly marked as Promoted. As with all deviations and journals, they can be commented on, favorited, shared, and more.



Change Log

  • Deviation pages would not always open in Internet Explorer. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Menus on the mobile website were not working. Fixed by inazar and shadowhand
  • Improvements were made to the sorting of the Friends List. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Deviations could show up in the "More from this artist" section on their own deviation page. Fixed by helloandre
  • When deleting stored deviations using the Opera browser, all modal buttons displayed as "Adjust Image". Fixed by adahacker
  • Premium Membership rebilling would result in an additional "Gift" email being sent. Fixed by yury-n
  • The "Follow us on Tumblr" link in the footer would erroneously open in a Share sized popup window. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Items in the header were not correctly aligned on the mobile website. Fixed by helloandre
  • Very long descriptions on Gallery pages did not adjust page layout gracefully. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Click to view DeviantArt muro drawings in comments would only work for the first image. Fixed by inazar
  • There were some overlap issues between comment replies and header menus. Fixed by inazar
  • Various fixes were made to the Sta.sh API. Fixed by muteor
  • The "View Original" and "Product Preview" buttons did not work when viewing Prints on deviations page. Fixed by helloandre
  • The wording for the 5,000 Watch limit warning messages was unclear. Fixed by helloandre

Sta.sh / Submit


  • When opening an item from a stack, it would be impossible to navigate to the second page of comments. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Uploading non-image items would result in a broken thumbnail until the page was refreshed. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When returning to a deviation page after editing that deviation, modals would be incorrectly styled. Fixed by kouiskas
  • On touch devices, the "Enter text" and "Select File from Sta.sh" links were hidden behind the upload button. Fixed by muteor
  • Uploading non-image items as Premium Content would result in thumbnails being stuck on "stashing". Fixed by kouiskas
  • Various bugs related to Multi-Submit and Scheduled Submit have been fixed. Fixed by kouiskas and drommk

Sta.sh Writer


  • If someone drew on an image in deviantART muro that had been linked to and resized in a Sta.sh Writer document, the resizing would be lost. Fixed by kemayo
  • Clicking on stacks in the Writer sidebar could cause display problems. Fixed by inazar
  • Search boxes in the sidebar were not consistently aligned. Fixed by inazar
  • Some sections of the sidebar had a large blank space at the bottom in Firefox. Fixed by Alisey
  • The friends list in the deviantART section of the sidebar would cut off before showing all friends. Fixed by Alisey
  • Multiple links that were included right next to one another were being mangled down into a single link in Webkit browsers. Fixed by Alisey
  • Editing Journal Skins on the Write a Journal Entry page was broken for Beta Testers. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback


Thanks for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Deviants were positive about Multi-Submit and Scheduled Submit.
  • Feedback regarding the discuss topic varied. Having rich-text formatting and the emoticon sidebar in comments were both well-received, though some deviants who mentioned thumbnails or full-sized images being included in comments were opposed to their inclusion, or else their inclusion without a limit.

Discuss!

Sharing Deviations
When you find artwork that you think a friend would like to see, how do you typically choose to share it with them? Do you use the "Share" feature to send them a Note? Do you manually send them a Note with a link or thumbnail in it? Do you share it with them via chat, email, or instant messaging? What other methods do you use?


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This week's Site Update includes an update to the Twitter widget, the launch of Promoted deviations and journals, and more!
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EDIT: WINNER

Journal Entry: Sun May 12, 2013, 8:00 AM
:iconkupori:
kupori
Student Digital Artist






Comment Skin



After entering the entries into the generator, we have a winner!
The winner isssss....



#41; nikiten! c:
Thank you all for entering! uvu I will notify the winner at this time.


EDIT: DATE EXTENDED SO PEOPLE CAN ENTER. I MAY NOT CHECK ENTRIES AT EXACTLY 4, BUT I'LL TRY.
*flips abunch of tables*

GIVEAWAY TIME

I'M PRETTY SURE YOU WANT TO WIN 50 POINTS FOR DOING PRETTY CLOSE
TO RELATIVELY NOTHING.

so my watchers and people who have done this before know the gist, but
for anyone else...

WHAT YOU MUST DO:

✿ CLICK THAT FAVORITE BUTTON

AND THAT'S IT!
:iconorekibakaplz:

Once you click that favorite button, you're automatically entered into the raffle for 50 :points:! :iconyukkolikeniplz:
The winner will be selected by the everfamous random.org!

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Short FAQ:

When does this end?
More than likely 5/17/13, at around 4 p.m EST. ( wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time… ) This will be a really short contest, so ENTER ENTER ENTER!

Are there ways to get multiple entries?
Sorry, no. I'm only accounting favorites into this giveaway.
I WILL VERIFY WHETHER OR NOT YOUR ACCOUNT IS AN ACTUAL ONE OR A FAKE ONE.

Do I have to watch/llama/whatever you?
Although I'd love it if you did, you really don't have to.

Why the heckie are you doing this?
I try to host giveaways often as a way of giving back to the dA community
This site has done so much for me, and it's played a part in my growth as an artist.
I'm usually really sad that the giveaway amounts are really small.. I'M SORRY I'M SO POOR :iconbedcryplz:

WHY SUCH SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME?
It takes more than 1 minute to read this over and click the fav button?
But seriously, it's because my mom is returning from Cambodia on the 15th. I have to pack my stuff up, unpack, help her readjust, etc. etc.

any other questions? ASK IN THE COMMENTS! :iconorekismileplz:

----------------------------------------------

And that's it for my rambling.
ONCE AGAIN: THE GIVEAWAY WILL END ON 5/17/13. SO, SPREAD THE WORD!! :D

✿ T H A N K Y O U, A N D G O O D L U C K! ✿


BAKAAAA

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The New Profile Tabs

Mon Aug 12, 2013, 5:47 PM


As part of an initiative to make deviantART more user-friendly and clearer, tabs on the Profile Page have received a visual and functional uplift!




The tabs on Profile Pages (Gallery, Prints, Favourites, and Journal) have been visually improved for consistency, cleanliness, and an overall up to date appearance. Navigation elements have been moved to the left column of the page, and the placement of major elements of each tab have been aligned so that the transition from one tab of one's Profile to another is more smooth, natural, and clean.




In addition, when viewing tabs of your own Profile, you can easily add to that tab! The Gallery tab prompts you to submit artwork, the Prints tab prompts you to submit a Print, and the Journal tab prompts you to write a Journal entry!


Screen Shot 2013-07-26 at 11.18.49 AM by wreckling


As part of an initiative to make deviantART more user-friendly and clearer, tabs on the Profile Page have received a visual and functional uplift!
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XNALara
~ Models From Left 4 Dead ~


Survivors
Zoey ~ Download
Francis ~ Download
Louis ~ Download
Bill ~ Download

Ellis ~ Download
Ellis Cowboy ~ Download
Nick ~ Download
Rochelle ~ Download
Coach ~ Download
Keith ~ Download

Infecteds
Witch ~ Download
Witch Bride ~ Download
Hunter ~ Download
Boomer ~ Download
Boomette ~ Download
Jockey ~ Download
Charger ~ Download
Smoker ~ Download
Tank ~ Download

Zombies
Worker Zombie ~ Download
TSSAgent Zombie ~ Download
Military Zombie ~ Download
Patient Zombie ~ Download
Zombie Male  ~ Download
Zombie Male 2 ~ Download
Zombie Male Suit ~ Download

Weapons
Autoshot M4Super ~ Download
Dual Pistol 1911 ~ Download
Pistol 1911 ~ Download
Rifle M16A2 ~ Download
Sniper Mini ~ Download
Shotgun ~ Download
Uzi SMG ~ Download

Itens
Pills ~ Download
Molotov ~ Download
Adrenaline Shot ~ Download
Pipe Bomb ~ Download
Medickit ~ Download
Boomer Bile Bomb ~ Download
Jukebox ~ Download
Door Safe House ~ Download

Scenery
Airplane Destroyed ~ Download
Hospital - Rooftop ~ Download

XNALara
~ Models from Team Fortress 2 ~

Models
Scout ~ Download
Heavy ~ Download
Spy ~ Download
Demoman ~ Download
Pyro ~ Download
Soldier ~ Download
Engineer ~ Download
Medic ~ Download
Sniper ~ Download

Scenery
Map 1 ~ Download

Objects
Gifts ~ Download

XNALara
~ Half Life 2 Models ~
Alyx ~ Download
Barney Calhoun ~ Download
G-Man ~ Download
Breen ~ Download
Judith Mossman ~ Download
Combine Soldier ~ Download
Combine Soldier PrisonGuard ~ Download
Dog ~ Download
Headcrap Classic ~ Download
Kleiner ~ Download

XNALara
~ The Walking Dead ~

Models
Clementine Season 2 ~ Download
Clementine - The Walking Dead ~ Download
Ben Paul - The Walking Dead ~ Download
Carlos - The Walking Dead - Season 2 ~ Download
Matthew - The Walking Dead - Season 2 ~ Download
Lilly - The Walking Dead ~ Download
Christa - The Walking Dead - Season 2 ~ Download
Sarah - The Walking Dead - Season 2 ~ Download
Daryl Dixon ~ Download
Merle Dixon ~ Download
Eddie ~ Download
Nick ~ Download

Objects

Backpack and Pistol ~ Download

XNALara
~ Tangled ~

Models
Flynn Rider ~ Download

Scenario
Room Rapunzel's ~ Download
The Snuggly Duckling (Outside) ~ Download

XNALara
~ My Little Pony ~

Models
Twilight Sparkle ~ Download
Applejack ~ Download
Fluttershy ~ Download
Rainbow Dash ~ Download
Derpy Hooves ~ Download
Pinkamena ~ Download
Pinkie Pie ~ Download
Spike ~ Download
Rarity ~ Download
Zombieshy ~ Download
Celestia ~ Download
Luna 1 ~ Download
Luna 2 ~ Download
Trixie ~ Download
Bonbon ~ Download
Lyra ~ Download
Vinyl Scratch ~ Download

XNALara
~ Resident Evil ~

Models
Chris Redfield - Casual Clothing ~ Download
Chris Redfield Meshmod ~ Download
Chris Redfield - Suit ~ Download
Sheva Alomar - Formal Dress ~ Download
Sheva Alomar - Coat ( Mesh Mod ) ~ Download
Chris Redfield - Stylish ~ Download
Sheva Alomar Full Armor ~ Download
Chris Redfield Full Armor ~ Download
Classic Hunk ~ Download
Plagas ~ Download

Objects
Motorcycle Majini ~ Download
Mobile Phone Chris R. ~ Download
BulletProof Vest ~ Download
Chris and Sheva Knife ~ Download
Bow and Arrow's Sheva ~ Download

Scenario
Scenary 1 ~ Download
Corridor ~ Download
Wesker Room ~ Download
Grave (Jill Valentine) - Resident Evil 5 ~ Download

Others

Plaga - Resident Evil 5 ~ Download

XNALara
~ Memento Mori ~

Scenario

Memento Mori 2 - Back Streets ~ Download
Memento Mori 2 - LeClerq Manor ~ Download
Memento Mori 2 - Park ~ Download
Memento Mori 2 - Hotel Bathroom ~ Download
Memento Mori 2 - Hotel Room ~ Download
Memento Mori 2 - Living Room and Bedroom ~ Download
Memento Mori 2 - Offices ~ Download
Memento Mori 2 - Motel near Inari (Outside) ~ Download
Memento Mori 2 - Zenzele's Flat ~ Download
Memento Mori 2 - Drunken Sailor Bar ~ Download
Memento Mori 2 - Streets ~ Download


~ Frozen Free Fall ~

Hans ~ Download
Hans (Coronation Costume) ~ Download
Kristoff (Young) ~ Download
Kristoff ~ Download
Anna (Young) ~ Download
Anna ( Summer Costume ) ~ Download
Anna (Travelling outfit) - Frozen Free Fall ~ Download
Anna ( Bikini Mod ) ~ Download
Elsa ( Young) ~ Download
Elsa ( Formal Dress ) ~ Download
Elsa ( Bikini Mod ) ~ Download

XNALara
~ The Wolf Among Us ~

Models
Bigby Wolf ~ Download
Bigby Wolf ( Almost Wolf )~ Download
Bigby Wolf (Shirtless) ~ Download
Faith ~ Download
Woodsman ~ Download
Beauty ~ Download
Beast ~ Download

XNALara
~ Silent Hill ~

Models
Murphy Pendleton (Clean) ~ Download
Harry Manson ~ Download
James Sunderland ~ Download
Mary Sunderland ~ Download


~ Grand Theft Auto IV ~

Models
Niko Bellic ~ Download
Dimitri Rescalov ~ Download

XNALara
~ Killing Floor ~

Survivors
Harold Lott ~ Download

Infecteds
Scrake ~ Download
Gorefast ~ Download
Stalker ~ Download
Siren ~ Download
Fleshpound ~ Download
Clot ~ Download
Crawler ~ Download
Bloat ~ Download

~ Others Models from XNALara ~

Models
Ralph - Wreck-It Ralph ~ Download
Jessie - Toy Story 3 ~ Download
Linguini - Ratatouille ~ Download
Hannah Montana - HM The Movie Game ~ Download
Inyuasha Pack ~ Download
Angry Birds Pack 1 ~ ~ Download
Angry Birds Pack 2 ~ ~ Download
Tikal the Echidna ~ Download
Toothless - How to Train Your Dragon ~ Download
The Fly ~ Download
Sam and Max ~ Download
Chai Xianghua - Bikini ~ Download
Elexis Sinclaire and Jessica Cannon - Sin Episodes ~ Download

Scenery
Ratatouille - Restaurant ~ Download
The Sims 3 - CAS (Create a Sim) ~ Download
The Sims 3 : Ambitions - CAS (Create a Sim) ~ Download
The Sims 3 : Into the Future - CAS (Create a Sim) ~ Download
Hannah Montana The Game - Living Room and Kitchen ~ Download
Hannah Montana The Movie Game - Meadow Hall ~ Download
Police Station - True Crime : New York City ~ Download
Mortal Kombat 9 - Subway ~ Download
The Simpsons Hit & Run - The Room ~ Download
The Simpsons Hit & Run - Laboratory ~ Download
The Simpsons Hit & Run - Bart Bedroom  ~ Download
Roman Pool ~ Download
Barber Shop ~ Download
Library - Counter-Strike Source ~ Download
City - Burnout Paradise : The Ultimate Box ~ Download

Objects
WWE Props Pack 1 ~ Download
HalfPipe Snowboard - The Sims 3 ~ Download

Vehicles

Wreck-It Ralph - Car ~ Download
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Neotropolis by Draken413o











Hotel for DeviantDreamers?


Ever wondered what a hotel designed by the artists of DevianArt might look like?  Probably something like the new Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, one of Beijing, China’s many newly constructed state-of-the-art luxury lodgings.




Imagine this: Spanning 18,075 square meters, the exterior glass surface is covered by more than 10,000 glass panels. The panels are angled so that the top portion of the building reflects the color of the sky, the middle reflects nearby Yanshan Mountain and the bottom section reflects the lake. At night, the hotel is lit up by hydroelectric-powered LED lights.


Glass panels on the Kempinski Sunrise Hotel reflect the nearby mountains, sky and lake.







The question is whether all these fancy new hotels, in and of themselves, will be tourist attractions enough to bring in visitors from all over the world. The repressive Chinese government is gambling that the world’s travelers will be so dazzled by these beautiful gateways into China that they won’t bother so much with venturing too far within the country’s troubled interior, where the depredations of high velocity modernization are taking a toll on the citizenry.















Your Thoughts






Most importantly, what would your DeviantArt Hotel look like?










Hotel for DeviantDreamers?
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Merry Christmas for you too <3
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it's already passed more than a month, sorry that I'm soooo slooow :c :iconslowpokeplz::iconslowpokeplz:

Happy Holidays to you guys too! how do you celebrate them? :3
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Billy Blue Change Your World Contest

Tue Sep 24, 2013, 6:04 PM
 
 
 
 

Designers are always learning, always evolving, they are true agents of change, in their lives and the world around them. Billy Blue College of Design has helped inspire the careers of many graduate creatives who have gone on to change the world around them.

 
 

Billy Blue College of Design has grown into an inspirational space for design education within Australia over the past 25 years. Specializing in Communication Design, Digital Media, Commercial Interior, Residential Interior and Branded Fashion - Billy Blue College of Design empowers people to change the world.

 

Take anything from the world around you and improve on it. For example you could take a photo and retouch it. You could take a found object and paint on it.

 

Take anything from the world around you and improve on it. For example you could take a photo and retouch it. You could take a found object and paint on it.

 

You could take a fashion garment or even a sneaker and customize it. You could take an application and reskin it. You could embellish your backyard with some of your own 3D elements. The ways in which you could positively change your world are endless.

 
 

Visit the Billy Blue College of Design website to familiarize yourself with the courses offered across the varied design disciplines.

 

Use any medium of your choice. You may provide multiple views as long as they appear in a single combined .JPG or .PNG.

 

You must include a reflective statement in the description for the submission that expresses your personal connection to the entry and describes your thought process in making it.

 

Submit your entry as a single .PNG or .JPG to the contest. Be sure to read the Official Rules.

 
 
 
  • Leica V-Lux 4 Camera
  • Trip to MONA: Flights (from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane) to Hobart
  • 2 x nights accommodation for 2 in Hobart
  • Ferry and entry to MONA
    *Travel dates are subject to availability and some blockout dates apply.
  • 12-Month Premium Membership to deviantART.com
  • MacBook Pro 15"
  • 6-Month Premium Membership to deviantART.com
  • Wacom Intuos 5 medium tablet
  • 3-Month Premium Membership to deviantART.com

22 Semi-Finalists: 1-Month Premium Membership to deviantART.com

 
 

25 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Semi-Finalists, Paul Brafield, Billy Blue College of Design Head of Academic Studies, will select the final three grand prize winners. All entries will be judged on the following criteria in whatever proportion the judges determine:

  • Creativity in the execution of the Assignment
  • Artistic skill
  • Overall impact of the Work and its description

Read the Official Rules.

 
 

Entries must be received no later than 11:59:59 PM (AEST) on 22 October 2013 and must be submitted to contest gallery linked on this Journal page.

  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free.
  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of 25 September 2013 to be eligible to enter the Contest and has to be a resident of Australia as of the date of his or her entry.
  • Entrant must follow the instructions for an entry in this Journal and in the Official Rules.
  • The entry must be completely original. No stock permitted. Licensed brushes and textures are permitted.
  • The entry must be a single .JPG or .PNG
  • Do not forget to include the reflective statement about your entry in the description when you submit.
  • Additional terms and conditions apply. Read the official rules.
 
 


DeviantART presents the Billy Blue Change Your World Contest! In this contest, we're challenging you to take anything from the world around you and improve upon it. Include a reflective statement in the description of your submission, and enter to win a trip to MoNA in Hobart, Australia! 
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Ok, my little deviant darlings, I'm cracking my whip with to many extensions ;) I'm wrapping up Richard's birthday artbook to get it to him on time for his birthday :love: This has been the most trying and craziest summer ever, but it has given me an escape when I have needed it the most. I have enjoyed meeting everyone and I hope that next year I will be able to do this again. (I definitely came up with a better plan) So get your new pieces ready, we have one year lol, thank God :faint: 

The book will not be coming to me, but is being sent directly to him from the company. I have just ran out of time and honestly it is way over budget and this will save me from having to pay to ship it again. There is no way I could take pictures of everyone's pages, it ended up being about 64, but I have took some of the beginning of the book on my computer screen, so not the best quality, but where everyone could see examples. I will "try" to add more soon. If you don't see your page come up, you could send me a note and let me know you would "pretty please" like me to hunt it down and take a quick shot for you, I don't mind.  I would've liked to have seen mine too hehe.  I honestly can't tell you who all is listed below and who isn't???  It may not be the same day, or the same week, but I will try and get it to you. I never intended on going this extra step, but I was to proud of his book not to show it off. 

Front cover and back was snagged by :iconwizzard13: opening page by :iconxatrax: and closing page :iconcrazkid: All my other lovelies graced the heart of the book :kiss: 

The pictures are in my stash here:
sta.sh/0h815w70a2z                              sta.sh/0nc85wi1v3z
 
sta.sh/0x0jev499b1                               sta.sh/0insynm3ncq

sta.sh/01v6kdennm44                            sta.sh/02946jps6hru

sta.sh/02es3587b0yn                             sta.sh/023upizod6jf

sta.sh/01w41xv962l8                             sta.sh/02f1uqgenhyc     

sta.sh/0t9p2ly8o8e                               sta.sh/01c1zfdpy5kq

sta.sh/0ev0zwxl306                              sta.sh/019x6pmj0evs

sta.sh/01pyfzbpg9m6                            sta.sh/03omrrfnov1

sta.sh/01v2k7mff0v3                             sta.sh/0290ncqk17az

sta.sh/01eyw8tigwsq                            sta.sh/01qbsqw25uoa

sta.sh/013mge05fbwl                            sta.sh/0j2kf4wfme4

sta.sh/010fo46q6q0h                            sta.sh/01ieo3jf47nv






After much debate, messages to Richard got pushed to the back of the book in a message section. Some messages were so long, it just took away from the art. It looks so much better this way and he is still getting them :love: I know he will love it and it would have never been possible without everyone's beautiful art to fill it, so thank you!!! It came together far better than I could have ever dreamed :blowkiss: He better like it hehe 

Lucky Guy :D









 
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