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Mon Jun 17, 2013, 9:38 PM

Hi everyone! :squee:

thank you guys soo much, 300 watchers is huge deal for me!
In celebration of this 300 watchers, I will be doing a free plushie giveaway!
I will be giving away a "chibi plushie" of your choice! It has to be one that I've already made.

Steps To enter this giveaway:

:bulletpink: favorite this journal entry

:bulletwhite: watch me!

:bulletpink: must comment on this journal entry

chibi disney princess plushie collection set by PuellaPlushiePokemon blackNwhite plushies by PuellaPlushieWorld is mine: Miku hatsune chibi plushie by PuellaPlushiemy little pony human chibi plushies by PuellaPlushieRed Team chibi Plushies by PuellaPlushie

This giveaway last till June 27th! so goodluck!

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It goes without saying that this is probably the hardest thing I've ever had to write. How do you describe the impact that your absolute best friend has had on you, even in death? How do you write about your idol taking his own life? How do you put into words your feelings about someone that you were so known for adoring that your name will forever be inextricably linked to his? I'm not sure if I even can, but I'd be damned if I didn't at least give it a try.
By now, it's common knowledge. Justin Spencer Carmical, an Internet reviewer known to many as JewWario and my best friend in all of time and space, died by his own hand on Thursday, January 23, 2014. And as has been said, anyone that knew Justin, a group that I am so incredibly proud to call myself a part of, is most shattered by the fact that the way he left us was the polar opposite of his personality -- at least outwardly, as we all now know.
Do you remember Dug, the talking dog from the Pixar film Up? One of that character's first lines in the film was, "I have just met you, and I love you." I can say confidently and without exaggeration that Justin Carmical was the very same way. Nobody was ever a stranger to him, only a friend he'd never met. You could approach him for the first time as a fan and he'd treat you like he'd known you since elementary school, and you'd walk away feeling like you truly made a connection, and chances are you did. He had a way of talking to people that instantly made you feel at ease, even if (like me) you were originally too wonderstruck to even form words.
Justin didn't believe in handshakes. Whether you were meeting him for the first or forty-second time, you'd find yourself the recipient of an enormous bear hug. Hell, even calling them hugs is an understatement. They were more like cuddles, and they had the power to make you feel that you were truly loved, cared about, accepted. Because that's what Justin did, he cared. I'm sure you've all seen the "you're not stupid" video that's gone viral, in a sense, since the tragedy. I was at that stream, and I can tell you, he wasn't just saying that stuff to sound good. He didn't mean it lightly. He truly believed in the potential of all his friends (he insisted on calling us that -- we weren't merely his fans, we were truly his friends), and on a personal level, I can tell you that Justin's belief in me gave me more confidence than I ever could have imagined.
We -- the community of his fans (I'm sorry, his friends) -- used to refer to him as our Mr. Rogers. He would play it up, going so far as to sing Fred Rogers' traditional goodbye song at the end of each of his livestreams:

It's such a good feeling to know you're alive.
It's such a happy feeling, you're growing inside.
And when you wake up, ready to say,
"I think I'll make a snappy new day."
It's such a good feeling, a very good feeling,
The feeling you know, that I'll be back, when the day is new,
And I'll have more ideas for you.
And you'll have things you'll want to talk about,
I will too.

As touching as this one gesture may be, the Mr. Rogers comparison didn't end with just a song. Justin radiated love and compassion wherever he went, in a way as reminiscent of Diana, Princess of Wales, as of Fred Rogers himself. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone and could find the positive in any situation. Whenever Justin entered a room, it was like there was a huge surge of positive energy that instantly made everything a whole lot livelier. The way he talked to you made you feel like the ultimate VIP. His eyes would sparkle, he'd become almost comically animated, and he'd ask questions -- relevant, truly curious questions. He loved people and was always legitimately enthralled by whatever they had to say. It was always very apparent how amazingly delighted he was to see you.
My most memorable exposure to this legendary compassion occurred in the fall of 2011. Days before Halloween, Connecticut (and most of New England at large) was hit by a freak blizzard. My car, which had been parked outside during the storm, was annihilated by a falling tree. Due to the unpreparedness and general incompetence of the state electric company (so bad that it CEO resigned due to the voulme of complaints), our house was out of power for eleven days, with our family even having to resort to showering at the local high school, since our water was also electrically controlled. However, we still had our cell phones, and my smartphone provided access to Skype. Justin would check in on me every single day to ask how we were doing ("okay"), if the roads were cleared ("mostly, but that downed pole out by the mailbox is still there"), what the power company's estimate was for the lights coming back on ("yesterday afternoon!"). He even went so far as to check the Connecticut outage maps and local weather reports to see if he could relay any information to me. During that week and a half without power, Justin was my saving grace. He never asked for anything in return, he was just doing it out of concern for my own safety.
I'm not here to try and make sense of what happened to him. Unfortunately, those are questions that will inevitably go unanswered. And that's not what I want to remember about Justin. The Justin I want to remember is the loving Justin that was my best friend, the silly Justin that could make me laugh when I was at my worst, the playful Justin whose lighthearted teasing brightened every day.
I loved him. Honestly, I have never truly adored or idolized a human being in all my life as much as I have Justin Carmical. His selflessness and sweetness was deservedly legendary, and yet he could also be frank and direct when he needed to be. He wasn't afraid to call me out when he thought I was being dumb or going overboard. I admit that conversations like this happened more often than I would have liked, albeit never entirely unexpected, but Justin would never lecture me. He was always sweet but firm, acknowledging that yes, I had screwed up, but that in the end it would be something to learn from, and while at the time it might have been a bad decision, my doing it did not automatically make me a bad person. He didn't think I was a bad person, so there was no reason for me to think that.
I've said multiple times since he left us that I'd trade living a thousand more years for just one more great big cuddly bear hug. But in truth, although the time I had with Justin, both at conventions and online, is a time that was way too short for anyone's liking, it is, first and foremost, two and a half wonderful, magical years that I would not trade for even the promise of immortality.
Finally, I would like to address Justin personally. I know you can hear me, J, so here goes.
Thank you, Justin. Thank you so much. For making me KittyMarie and, through that nickname, giving me the most amazing friends a girl could ever wish for. For seeing the real me when even I didn't know who she was. For never being afraid to be silly. For tolerating my fangirling and that unavoidable crush. For instilling in me more confidence than I could have ever hoped to have. For showing me that my Aspergers cannot and should not define me. For helping me realize that a few small stupid actions don't make a bad person. For showing me that it's OK to be passionate about what you love. For all your talks, all your teasing, all your laughter, all your hugs, all your jokes. Thank you for loving me, Justin, and know that I will never, ever, ever stop loving you. For as long as I live, you will always be my best friend.

I love you, Justin Carmical.

Katie Marie "KittyMarie" Dunne 
February 5, 2014

My Idol by KittyMarie992

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Piggyback's Summer Art Contest [CLOSED]

Journal Entry: Sat May 17, 2014, 5:10 PM
Rhyme Banner by YUSOADORABLE
Hello fellow Deviants, and welcome to my Summer Art Contest. ^u^
EEEEEEEEEEP I am so excited, its been a dream of mine to hold a art contest on DA, and I've finally have the time to be able to throw one. XD
While this isn't the first time I've held a contest, it is on DA, so feel free to ask any questions if you are unsure about something.

Please READ EVERYTHING if you want to enter.
Good luck to you all~!

Contest is Now Closed!Hi guys!
Just wanted to say, thanks for everyone for participating and for their entries to the contest.
To let you guys know how this is going, I'll announce the winner sometime mid September.
Please give me some time to sort this out, as I will be writing a comment for every single entry I've received.
(And this might take a while considering I got like sixty entries and I'm the only one judging lol so its gonna be hard.)
Good luck to you all, and I'll make a journal entry when I announce the winners.

Edit: 08/20/2014: Hey again guys. So due to lots of people asking for an extension, I've decided to increase the contest for two weeks.
The contest will end on September 4th, 2014 at midnight.
Pacific Time Zone (UTC/GMT -7 hours)
You can check out this link to see the current time in my area:
Click here to see the time in my area
There will be no more extensions after this.
If you have any questions please post below.
Just a note, if your entry is late, I will NOT accept it.
Good luck and take care. <3

Edit: 08/10/2014: Hi guys, just another friendly reminder that the first extension will kick in about 10 days for the Contest. ~
If you need more time, let me know. c:

Edit: 08/01/2014: Just a friendly reminder that the contest will be closing at the end of August.
Specific details on when it ends is stated below as always.
If you haven't started yet, now is a good time to do that. xD

- Rules
- How To Enter
- Prizes
- End Date
- Special Thanks
Ok so for this contest, there are two parts.
Contest #1
 is when you draw my OC Hug.
Contest #2 is when you create/design an outfit for her.
Note: Contest #2 theme is "Summer". Use your imagination, the outfit can be of anything, 
but it must match the theme! 

You are allowed to enter both contests, and you can also win both contests.
Please note, if you are going to enter both, your entries must be SEPARATE from each other.
(by separate, I mean individual entries)

Here is her site (for any info you need)


You must have paypal email to enter (Why? Its because that is how I'm sending the prizes)
I will not be sending the prizes any other way, so please have an paypal email ready when I ask for it.

You are allowed up to two entries per contestant.
Please keep your entries appropriate, no nudity, blood, sexuality you know all that stuff.
All your entries must be in color.

For mediums, I accept digital and traditional.
(My last winner was traditional, :>)
Your entry does not have to have a background.
Please send your entries in a note on DA OR by email at -
You DO NOT have to upload your entry to DA

I will upload all the entries on my weebly site:

Please when you are sending in your entry, you include your name with it.
Also, you do not need to upload the full resolution of the image, but keep it in handy in case I ask you for it.
Rhyme Banner9 by YUSOADORABLE
Contest #1:
1st Place: -
2nd Place: -
3rd Place: -

Contest #2:
1st Place: -
2nd Place: -
3rd Place: -
Edit 3: Check edit 3 above for the extension end date.

Contest will run from May 17th- August 20th, 2014 at Midnight.
I will allow a one week extension after this contest if necessary. 
Please try to get your entries in, as I won't accept late entries.
Pacific Time Zone (UTC/GMT -7 hours)
You can check out this link to see the current time in my area:
Click here to see the time in my area

After the end date, please give me a few days to let me pick the winners.
If you are wondering, I am the only judge for this contest.
I suggest you watch me if you want any alerts/updates on the contest, but this is not required.
I just want to give a shout out to the following people that helped me make this contest possible. ;v; :heart:
:iconaerodynamique: For making the beautiful banners for this contest. <3
:iconpork-bunny: For giving me advice and helping me layout everything.
and also to anyone who helped spread the word of this contest, dfgsdjdfhsdfsgdf :heart:
Good luck to you all~!
Feel free to post any questions below.

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OMG! HI everyone! :squee:

thank you guys soo much, 400 watchers is huge deal for me!
In celebration of this 400 watchers, I will be doing a free plushie giveaway!
I will be giving away a "chibi plushie" of your choice! It has to be one that I've already made.

Steps To enter this giveaway:

Bullet; Pink favorite this journal entry

Bullet; White watch me!

Bullet; Pink must comment on this journal entry

THIS GIVEAWAY WILL LAST TILL JUNE 15TH! :bulletred: so hurry now!!
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Important: Have you Notified your Stock Providers?

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 25, 2014, 8:42 AM
Hi all,

I just wanted to take a quick moment out from registering people for the Photomanipulation Tournament to bring to your attention an issue that is plaguing our community.

I think a lot of people think that, with the new Mentions system, there is no need to notify stock providers when you use their work. This is untrue! There are a few of reasons why you still need to notify them via note or comment, as per their preference, when you use their stock:

1. Some people turn their Mentions off because they get to be annoying. Thus, if you don't tell them, they may never see your gorgeous work.

2. Stock providers like to keep track of your work, and notes/comments help with that.

3. If your stock provider doesn't see your work, he/she can't give you love!

4. It is almost always in a stock provider's Terms of Use to NOTIFY OF USE. If you cannot follow the TOU (including notifying them via note or comment), please don't use the stock.

Please keep this in mind next time you submit a photomanipulation or other deviation that uses stock or resources. We are so lucky to have an absolutely amazing stock community, and it is important to honor their wishes and show them respect.

And while I'm at it, I couldn't give a few DDs that I wanted to give last week because people didn't credit or wrote, "I'm tired and will add credits later." Seriously? Don't upload until you are able to credit. Again, it goes back to being fair and honoring these wonderful free gifts we are being given as members of the photomanipulation community on dA.

Carry on, and don't forget about the TOURNAMENT!!

Thank you,


Don't forget this important step in crediting your stock providers!
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H.A Stamp by MichelleWalkerbecomeTHEchange stamp by insaneone

Hello everyone, and welcome to "Horsin' Around", a monthly article that brings you the latest news in and around the dA Equine Community! Horsin' Around began with MichelleWalker, who passed it into my hands. As Michelle always said: I'd be grateful if you could give me feedback on what you think of it, and if you have any suggestions for future issues, I'd love to hear them. If you think that someone you devWatch deserves a feature, let me know and I'll try and feature them here! I hope you enjoy this issue, and thanks for reading!

Crickatoo :hug:

Issue 1/Issue 2/Issue 3/Issue 4/Issue 5/Issue 6/Issue 7/Issue 8/Issue 9/Issue 10/Issue 11/Issue 12/Issue 13/Issue 14/Issue 15

Love for the Underappreciated:deviation:

A selection of artists and some of their works that I feel deserve more faves and views! Please spare a minute, go check out their wonderful galleries and show them your support. :heart:

Hidden Treasure by theclumsycorvidFresh from the Pool by theclumsycorvidNarf by theclumsycorvid

An artist with a charming style and a unique take on equine anatomy! If you're a fan of hippocampi and winged horses, this is a gallery well worth the look!

Faerie Peophin by QuartzEyesEpona Again by QuartzEyesKhael Floating by QuartzEyes

I had to stare at this deviant's gallery for a long time. Her style is so quirky and imaginitve! :love:. Her take on equines is full of character and delight. Check it out!

Suggested by Muircat
Only the Beginning - 3rd place! by SkyArrowA Visit to Silver Stone Stables by SkyArrowArato Reference by SkyArrow

This artist shows excellent potential :wow:. She has a great sense of lighting and anatomy, which shows especially in her latest works.

Featured Digital Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

Playful Dreaming by NoukahIn memory of Pentagoon by NoukahColor study by NoukahSketch: Arabian horse by Noukah
Noukah has a very playful style that is easily recognizable. All of her work shows a great deal of heart and soul, and her imagination seems to know no bounds.

Featured Traditional Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

Horse Final by CaldeiraSPGrafite by CaldeiraSPandaluz by CaldeiraSPArabian Horse by CaldeiraSP

This artist does absolutely incredible graphite drawings. They look photorealistic, and the horses are often eating their own portraits! :giggle: Absolutely spectacular work.

Featured Equine Photographer Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

Suggested by Astralseed

A striking gallery filled with crisp and emotive equine photography. This artis has a good eye, and captures a hauntingly gorgeous quality in all of her subjects. Her work deserves a lot more love and attention, so please go take a look!

Featured Equine Photomanipulator Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

Suggested by Astralseed
Abandoned. by EsveekaMajesty by EsveekaLet me be your guidance by Esveeka

This artist's work has a calming like quality to it, with manipulations that look like paintings and are virtually seamless. The scenes and atmospheres she creates are like something out of a dream. :love:

An Interview With… :phonecall:

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, it is :iconscenceable: Janine is a fantastic artist with a gallery ranging from 3D sclupture, digital, and traditional art.  Everything she creates is pure magic! :love:

Aphelion by scenceableCacique by scenceableAlgequus by scenceable

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi! :wave: My name is Janine, I'm 21 years old, I live in Ontario, Canada, and am currently in school finishing my Bsch in Psychology. I live near school with my cat, and enjoy creating art in my free time.

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been sculpting and drawing equines for?
I've always liked to draw, but I started to draw more frequently after joining DeviantArt in around 2005/ 2006. I started sculpting toward the end of 2008, and toward 2010 I've switched mostly to sculpting.

:bulletyellow: How did you learn to sculpt equines? Were you self-taught, or did you learn through a course at school?
Sometime in 2007 when I became more active on DeviantArt I discovered Riabhach and was fascinated by her fantasy models. I customized a few toy horses after that, and later I found AmandaKathryn and SovaeArt who inspired me to learn how to sculpt. I had taken a few pottery classes when I was younger and enjoyed them a lot, but I thought becoming a sculptor involved having a big studio with a kiln and the like. Through browsing DeviantArt I found out about polymer clay, and decided to try it for myself. I'm mostly self-taught through internet resources, including tutorials on DeviantArt and other forums.

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
Requiem by scenceable Requiem III by scenceable
Autumn's Requiem… she's one of maybe 3 sculptures I've sold that I've ever actually been sad to see go! She had a lot of personality.

:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
Nox by scenceable Nox by Magweno
I have a whole bunch, but my newest and current favourite is Nox. He's a flamboyant pink kirin.

:bulletyellow: Awesome! Your sculptures always look so amazing... do you have any tutorials or tips to share with budding artists?
I think my best advice for those wishing to try sculpting is to study, research, and explore. There are so many different methods and it's worth finding and trying as many as possible. For horses in particular, it's important to research anatomy and save as many resources as possible. I have a separate USB stick that I use just for sculpting resources; it contains thousands of photos, videos, and anatomy drawings. Additionally, I do have a few specific tutorials and links that some may find helpful:
My Tutorials:…
FAQ section:

:bulletblue:  And how long (on average) does it take you to make a sculpture?
For me, the sculpting part usually takes around 10-15 hours, and the painting, hairing, and extra stuff adds on another 3-5 hours.

:bulletpink: Where do you get your inspiration from?
One thing that really inspires me is browsing the work of other artists. Viewing some of the amazing sculptures out there drives me to improve and try harder. I look at the horses by Brigitte Eberl or Maggie Bennett and think "maybe one day I can be that good", and that motivates me to put more effort into what I do. I also really love videos of horses, like the short ones you find on youtube or the classics like Black Beauty, those always inspire me to create.

:bulletyellow: That's interesting. Is there any particular medium you would like to try?
I really want to get into digital painting! And maybe some plushie dolls too.

:bulletblue:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
Thank you for letting me share! Something I tell myself all the time is that no matter how "good" your art may be, there is always room for improvement. You can always find something to do better, or something new to learn. Be open to critique and willing to learn.

Themed Features:gallery:

February's Theme: Love
The Love of a Horse by Yuukake:thumb285150648:

February's Colour: Yellow
Yellow by lefty59pegasus by cl2007Yellow Pegasus Pixel by jennyleigh

February's Breed: Akhal-Teke

Akgez by Olga5Palomino akhal-teke by LadyAyslinnCommission - Akhal Teke by AomoriAkhal teke by XxRed-ButterflyxX

Photography Corner :camera:

Showcasing some of the finest and most majestic images of equines from talented photographers around the world.

Horse by BiteTheBullet The Horse by immanuel White Stallion, Head Study by kvickreyLove by jillsahner

Help Desk:helpdesk:

Helpful Resources

Having trouble with a difficult pose? Stuck on how to draw certain horse parts? Feel like you'll never get the hang of drawing horses? Don't fear! There are a number of wonderful stock accounts, Groups and tutorials that will help you on your way. When using stock, always abide by the stock photographer's rules, and always remember to link back and credit the photo you used.

Featured Tutorials

Tut - Natural Horse Eyes by JanaWTutorial: Dapple Grey by ceronalandscape speedpaint tutorial by oione

Featured Stock Account


sitting horse stock 1 by HumbleBeezYour guardian angel by HumbleBeezhorse rolling stock 7 by HumbleBeez

This stock account is filled with wonderful angles and poses, plus the phtography is pretty nice too!

Featured Group
Want your Group featured here? Just drop me a note!


Landscape-Resources Is an absolutely golden group, filled with quality stock photos of landscapes. The group is organized by terrain (Deserts, Forests, Grasslands etc.) and has a great deal of resources begging to be utilized!  

That's all, and thanks for reading! Look for the next issue around March 15th :nod:
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Art Doll Q+A group

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 28, 2013, 1:45 AM
If you have a specific question about making art dolls you should take a look at the PosableArtDolls group. We have an open blog so you can submit your question and every person who follows the group will see it in their message centre and will be able to answer.

So far we have had :
Finishes for Polymer Clay and Acrylic Paint:Edit:
Thought I should let you all know, I am now using varathane and I just LOVE the stuff. It works great on just about everything, too. It's fairly cheap, a small can will keep you going for a long time. Just transfer a little bit into a small jar to use, so that you keep the main can closed and undisturbed as much as possible. Also it doesn't have much of a smell at all, much less than the sculpey brand varnish, so you can use it indoors and paint little things right next to your nose without feeling like you are poisoning yourself.
The glossy kind is very nice, and with multiple coats you can get things VERY shiny. The satin kind is NOT matte, but more of a dull shine. Do NOT use it if you want a perfectly matte surface. I do not know if there is a true matte varnish; I have decided just to leave the paint unvarnished where it needs to be very matte.
Please note that they changed the labeling somewhat on the cans not all that long ago, I think it doesn't say diamond on it anymore
Resin casting mold advice/help?I want to start making dolls with resin parts but have never used resin or molds before.
I don't know what kind would be best (recommendations would be awesome), though I am considering the pourable smooth-on.
But the pourable smooth-on says it should not be used with clay that contains sulfur which I believe sculpey has.
Does it cause the mold to not form properly? Or does it just make the resin cloudy? (which doesn't matter as I will be painting it).
Also if you use an armature do you attach it after the resin has set or do you stick in in as its curing?
What's the best way of doing fragile/thin parts?
How do you get a small seam/not noticeable line where the mold was cut?
Any help is appreciated.
Submitted by :icontealxultimate:TealXUltimate
Shipping and Tracking Art Dolls InternationallyCMWyvern asked me recently about the different terms used when sending parcels internationally and I felt it's information that would be useful to a lot of people.
This journal is focused on the different options courier companies offer - insurance, tracking and delivery confirmation - rather than how to package your item (but I can do a journal on that too if people are interested).
Insurance is essential incase the postal service lose your parcel, it means they will compensate you for the value of the contents lost and that will enable you to make a replacement to send to your customer. You need to have proof that the contents were worth what they were worth when making a claim, so check your couriers website for more info on that. You may need to include something like invoices in the parcel, or make sure the invoices you send have very clearly what was in the parcel, the address of the person it was going to and how much they paid. This needs to be an official printed document
Adhesive advice?I'm trying to determine which glue is best for adhering wool to plastic (urethane plastic painted with acrylic paints, specifically), and cures transparent and waterproof. Basically, I've been playing around with flocking cast resin with wool, but I'd like to find a glue with a longer pot life that doesn't give me a headache. I've been mostly using silicone caulking, since it cures clear and waterproof, and the only thing it releases during curing is acetic acid so it's fairly safe with ventilation and doesn't give me a headache. Here's an example of what I'm using it for.
So far I've tried:
Silicone I caulk of all things, and it actually works. The downside is it cures too fast in this humid environment.
E6000 works but gives me a headache no matter how much ventilation there is. I hate the smell.
Fixit Paste also works, but cures opaque. Coloring it with paint doesn't work well because the paint dries
Flexible, realistic scales for dollsI've run into a design dilemma. I am trying to find a solution to scales on a posable doll.

this was the original concept sketch. In the end, I decided to change the facial structure, but plan on keeping the body fairly similar.

Here's what Epsilon looks like now. I want to carry the scale design over into the belly scales, and possibly a few accents. The issue is how to go about doing such. We've had a few ideas rolled around, and have only ruled out methods. Seeing as this doll will be around 3 and 1/2 feet long, cost is a concern.
~ Scales need to be flexible, so to avoid interfering overly much with the movement of the doll.
~ Scales need to be 3-D, able to take texture and customized details, and in the end apply a sealant to achieve a scaley, shiny look.
~ Scales need to be able to be sewn onto the fur fabric
~ Scales need to be custom done in varying sizes, and quite a few of them. castings won't work here.
Has anyone done somethin

These are problem-solving questions specific to peoples personal projects and some general advice. All of it is useful and interesting, so please add the group to your watch-list if you feel like helping or submit your journal if you're stuck!

Please remember to be polite.

For very basic and general questions about making your first art doll please refer to my tutorial Armature to Art Doll:
Armature to Art Doll Part 1 by Magweno

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Journal Entry: Sun Jan 27, 2013, 9:48 AM
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: PotC Soundtrack
  • Reading: Nought
  • Watching: Nought
  • Playing: Nought
  • Eating: Angel Cake
  • Drinking: Hot Chocolate
Gallery l Commissions l Favourites

Contest: Draw My OCs (Closed)Thank you everyone for entering!
Please check your entry is in the correct folder, or over here:
Final deadline: 1st December 2013, Midnight GMT
The title says it all, really ;)
Choose from the OCs listed below or anyone else you find in my gallery, and draw them! You can do as you like with them- draw them with your own OCs, take them to AUs, or just illustrate a scene you imagine with them. Be creative, and most importantly- have fun!
The grand prize is a tablet, and there are two to choose from, as well as a multitude of other fantastic prizes!
One is a Wacom Bamboo Pen + Touch Tablet:
The other is a�Trust Flex Design Tablet:
Both are near-new condition and work excellently- the only thing they're missing is the outer packaging. Each comes with the tablet itself, a pen and nib replacement tool, all
Contest: Draw My OCs (Closed)Thank you everyone for entering!
Please check your entry is in the correct folder, or over here:
Final deadline: 1st December 2013, Midnight GMT
The title says it all, really ;)
Choose from the OCs listed below or anyone else you find in my gallery, and draw them! You can do as you like with them- draw them with your own OCs, take them to AUs, or just illustrate a scene you imagine with them. Be creative, and most importantly- have fun!
The grand prize is a tablet, and there are two to choose from, as well as a multitude of other fantastic prizes!
One is a Wacom Bamboo Pen + Touch Tablet:
The other is a�Trust Flex Design Tablet:
Both are near-new condition and work excellently- the only thing they're missing is the outer packaging. Each comes with the tablet itself, a pen and nib replacement tool, all
Contest: Draw My OCs (Closed)Thank you everyone for entering!
Please check your entry is in the correct folder, or over here:
Final deadline: 1st December 2013, Midnight GMT
The title says it all, really ;)
Choose from the OCs listed below or anyone else you find in my gallery, and draw them! You can do as you like with them- draw them with your own OCs, take them to AUs, or just illustrate a scene you imagine with them. Be creative, and most importantly- have fun!
The grand prize is a tablet, and there are two to choose from, as well as a multitude of other fantastic prizes!
One is a Wacom Bamboo Pen + Touch Tablet:
The other is a�Trust Flex Design Tablet:
Both are near-new condition and work excellently- the only thing they're missing is the outer packaging. Each comes with the tablet itself, a pen and nib replacement tool, all


(If you entered and don't see your entry listed below, let me know ASAP!)

:iconlunalove2: Blood meets Water by lunalove2
:iconneferneferuaten: Hathor: Goddess, Party Girl by Neferneferuaten
:iconjuurianchi: Lucas Tawe - Son of the Echidna by JuurianChi
:iconafriana: The Wild One by Afriana
:iconshadow-ninja-hound: Inari Tawakemono OC sheetInari Tawakemono OC Reference Sheet
Name: Inari “Kitsune” Tawakemono
Gender: Female
Species: Shape-shifter, Silver fox bloodline
Age: 15
Heritage: Japanese-European (Father is Japanese, Mother is Swedish)
Height: Five foot Seven Inches
Sexuality: Heterosexual
Appearance: Traditional kimonos of red to represent her affiliation with the goddess Inari. Has long black hair with a silvery appearance to the tips. Also she has blue eyes. She usually goes barefoot, preferring the feel of the ground on her feet than the confines of footwear. She was often seen in the company of the current head of the shrine, an old man named Hisoka Katashi.
Inari’s father is one of the latest in a long line of shape-shifters that served at the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine in Kyoto. When she was born, her parents were told that she would be the next head of the shrine when she was fully grown. As soon as she could walk and talk, she was taught the ways of the monks of the shrine, learn

:iconkiyoshimo: Giang Portrait by NThartyFievi by kiyoshimo
:iconyixeirt: OC Design Contest Entry: Anya by Yixeirt
:icondandandanao: The werewolf Kamal by dandandanao
:iconwaterdragontonx94: Venom contest: Villa Vesna by WaterdragonTonx94
:iconfires-storm: Maxamillion Stone by Fires-storm
:icongranoidzo: Kierra (contest entry) by granoidzoKierra close up ver. by granoidzo
:iconveritas-night: Zhizhu-jing Bio by veritas-nightZhizhu-jing by veritas-night
:iconspadiekitchenqueen: Interview with a Vouivre"There we are. Please accept my utmost apologies for my earliest actions but you seemed somehow... stressed out. Are you comfortable enough? Do you need anything?"
"Untying me would be a good start I think."
My mouth is dry and yet I can't refrain from being snarky. The plump, middle aged woman in front of me smiles and pats my knee encouragingly.
"Of course I shall my dear, but not right now. This seemed to be necessary and I apologise for the discomfort but this shouldn't stop me from showing common courtesy, unlike you did. Would you like a drink of water maybe, or some tea?"
Her voice is mellow, educated as she looks at me above her perfectly proper, perfectly clear glasses, the tiniest bit of stress in her inflexions when she mentioned what she calls my lack of courtesy gone as soon as she has evocated it. Part of me knows I will certainly not survive this meeting. Part of me is still screaming at me for having provoked this, and finally, the last part of me, the louder one for no

:iconfelixuta: Design Roswitha by FelixutaRoswitha Portrait by Felixuta Roswitha AmselName: Roswitha Amsel (Amsel means "black bird" in german)
Gender: Female
Species: Witch
Age: 150 years (looks like in late teens – early twenties)
Heritage: German
Height: 1,70 meters
Sexuality: Bisexual
Appearance: She has flawless, rosy skin. She has egg shaped face and curvy body. She has large dark eyes, full rosy lips, straight nose and wavy black hair that reaches her waist.
Personality:: At first glance she’s a cold and solitaire woman. She might seem indifferent when she sees one in pain or in sadness. But once she cares for one person she would be very gentle and friendly with him/her and would do anything to protect him/her. She is difficult to impress and she is hesitant to open her heart to those that care for her. She gets jealous and angry very easily, which is the only way when she doesn't think rational and
I hate themI fear fire. That is the one thing I'm sure of.
It is not completely there, it never was solid. You can't hold onto it to make sure it is real. It burns you when you touch it, and it leaves you cold when it is not there. It can bring light and warmth, but only from a distance.
But as it has power and it can destroy many things, as it is fragile in its own way and can be taken out just as easily as it burns.
It is a weapon, a life source, almost the embodiment of yin and yang. It can create light, but it also creates smoke which blocks out the light. It is always both, never holding onto one definition, never simple, for me to try and understand.
I am cold now that the fire is gone. But I hate it.
I hate fire.
Ever since my only family was murdered by the fire the humans have set to our house, I fear every single flame my eyes meet.
I…I cannot forgive myself for the terrible sins I have committed. Mother Nature itself has cursed me to never be able to have children. Ah…Onl

:iconmansdefenderoakgrove: Contest own charakter Nacken by MansdefenderOakgrove
:iconsoseolart: Bura Aura Accha by Soseolart
:iconsupa4natural: OC Reference sheet~ Xavier Lake 
Hardly able to speak she spoke which was almost a low moan, with great emphasis, “I will always be yours….”
And like a past year, she passed away right there whilst holding his hand and leaving him drowning in the depths of deep dark melancholy… He was a demon, yet his lifeless heart cried out the tears of true grief and loss. Gradually leaving her hold, he got up slowly, his dry cheeks now soaked in painful tears and barely spoke out, “And I will always be yours….” And the Lakhe demon disappeared.
~Name: Xavier Lake
~Gender: Male
~Genus: Majipa Lakhe demon (A Nepali mythological demon)
~Date of Birth: Unknown
~Family: None
~Age: 27 years old (human world) [Actually is three centuries old]
~Occupation: Child psychologist
 ~Nationality: Nepali (Original), American (Later)
~Height: 6 ft
 Lakhey is a demon in Nepalese folklore, Lakheys were originally cannibal
OC-Xavier Lake (Demon Lakhey) by SuPa4Natural
:icontherockinghorsefly: Persimmon
Eyes like black beads perch on drooping cheeks, peaking out with greedy curiosity. They look small in comparison to the rest of her body, corpulent legs and arms, sweaty fingers, a dress draped over her that looks like a bed sheet.  Her hair, however, is beautiful and long, writhing before her like a snake and taking apart the platter of cakes Persimmon had set on the coffee table. Persimmon tries not to cringe at the sight of the woman’s hair shoving the food into the back of her head.
The woman with the long hair ignores Persimmon, looking at her mother, Eve.
“Nice nose.” She snorts. “How’d you get through town with that beak attached to your face?”
Eve avoids making eye contact with her daughter, sighing with a tired smile. “Wrapping ourselves up isn’t too strange in the winter.” She takes Persimmon’s hand without looking at her, stroking it with the rough calloused skin of her thumb. The roughness is comforting. “I w

:iconecho-neko8: Owlivia's Competition by Echo-Neko8
:iconfishydraws: Vaiva by fishydraws
:iconteknogeddon: Owlivia Contest Entry - Amate Flower Devil by Teknogeddon
:iconlamissmoxie: Isra of the Mergichan - Contest Entry OC by LaMissMoxie
:iconsmilkey: OC Asfrid - Contest Entry by smilkey
:iconaokenshi: :thumb381058891:
:iconlalalalalaimaanimal: Zhong Jie by lalalalalaImaAnimal
:iconkimikun23: The Chronicle of Aeon by kimikun23
:iconaistyrin: -CE: Annalie Althaus-Name: Annelie Gerlinde Althaus
-Alias: Rotkäppchen ("Little Red Cap"): It is common for disir to adopt a certain color robe or cloak with symbolic representation of their domain. Before they are given an associated color, young dis are given white cloaks. In the raid against the dis's forest, Annelie's white cloak was spattered with the blood of her enemies as she defended her territory. Afterwards, the older disir commended her for her bravery and ruthlessness in battle. Annelie's swift deliverance of justice earned her a bright red, hooded robe, signifying her coming of age within the group. Few people know her by her full name; even her closest friends are not quite sure. 
The closest people to her often call her Anne. As a child, her nickname was Annie. 
-Gender: Female
-Age: 16 [deceased in the human realm], 184 years old [

:iconlolacolarolaraven: CONTEST: KorinaTrickster Mythology
Tricksters are present in the mythology of many cultures, appearing as a catalyst for change. Tricksters most often serve the purpose of representing chaos and the unpredictability of life – without which, life would become bland and mankind would cease to evolve and improve. In this way, Tricksters are used in mythology and storytelling in order to cause mischief – often in a humorous manner – which in turn drives the plot forward. The mischief and chaos which Tricksters cause in myths often upsets the balance, either in nature or society, or between two characters, which must be rectified by either humans or the gods, depending on the particular issue. They are also referred to in most mythology as being demi-gods, or small gods.
Tricksters are often portrayed as being frail of body, but strong of mind, but do not always fit this description. Tricksters are commonly portrayed in mythology as being immortal, as well as notoriously self-indulgent.
Korina Concept Sketches by LolaColaRolaRavenKorina Outfit Concept by LolaColaRolaRaven
:iconpoca-purpleberry: Nimah  Owlivia's OC contest entry by Poca-purpleberry
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:iconluien: Ref l AMALIA by luienRef l Engkantada by luienRef l Lamar by luien
:iconsuperpizza: Fedelm the Prophetess by Superpizza
:iconfatbear1991: Frederick Groom by fatbear1991
:icontoscabear: OC : Rara Smita by toscabear
:iconanimeloverforever21: :thumb381592235:
:iconchibiwing: Haatim the Naga demi-god by ChibiWing

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140 unbelievably realistic mouth-watering food sculptures that can fit on the tip of your finger.

miniature ice cream IV by FatalPotato

New Cupcake Pendant 2 by PetitPlatMiniature Cake - Shades of Blue by PetitPlatRainbow Cake by birdielover

Cuppycakes by Zhoira     Cupcake by Kyandi-charms

 Polymer Clay Lemon Meringue Pie by LittlePurpleCloud      Polymer Clay Chocolate Cake by LittlePurpleCloud

Cake Decorating Scene by vesssperIce Cream Sandwich Ring by ThePetiteShop
Mini Clay Cannoli by WaterGleam

Chocolate bracelet by OrionaJewelry     Strawberry bracelet by OrionaJewelry

Chocolate treats, close up by thinkpastel
Carrot Cake, take II by thinkpastel
Halloween Treats by thinkpastel
Tutti Frutti - 1:6 assorted fruits by thinkpastel
Scale 1:3 Neko Cheesecake by asuka-sakumo
Blueberry Cake by MyPetiteCakes
Pumpkin Pie -a la mode- by sonickingscrewdriverFudge Brownie Charm by MotherMayIjewelry
Carrot Cake Magnet by MotherMayIjewelryMiniature Charlotte Cakes by MyPetiteCakes
Just a Bunch of Miniature Fruit Tarts by PetitPlatSweetness dream - 12th scale dollhouse miniature by PetitDeCherries
Miniature birthday cake by CaroMcFW

Miniature roast goose by CaroMcFW      Miniature strawberry charlotte cake by CaroMcFW      Mini Confeitaria Brilha Brilha #027 by priperca

Mini Confeitaria Brilha Brilha #005 by priperca
Dollhouse Miniature Raspberry Bundt Cake Slice by fairchildart
Various Miniature Treats by ChocolateDecadenceMiniature Fruit Bowls by PetitPlat
Just A Few Scoops by PetitPlatminiature ice cream III by FatalPotato
Dollhouse Miniature Carrot Cake by fairchildart

Apple Strudel - Miniature 1:12 by Jeyam-PClay     Miniature Baking Day Table - Size by PetitPlat

Work in Progress - Miniature Crepes by PetitPlat

Crepes. by vesssper     Blueberry Pancake Breakfast by MyLitteLunchBox

Pancake Magnet by MotherMayIjewelry

Miniature Pancakes with Syrup by ilovelittlethings      Pancake by Nassae

Give-Away!! Miniature Breakfast Tray by PetitPlatSunny side up. by Aiclay
Miniature Food - Saint Honores by PetitPlat

miniature spaghetti and friends- details by FatalPotato     Pasta Amore by kalos-eidos-skopein

miniature spaghetti and friends by FatalPotato     
little lasagna by FatalPotato
Caprese Bruschetta - Miniature by thinkpastel
Miniature Sandwiches by ChocolateDecadence
Dollhouse Miniature Egg Basket by fairchildart
Miniature favorites by MiniatureChef
Miniature Croissants by ChocolateDecadence
Miniature Cake Rolls by ChocolateDecadence
All orange by MiniatureChef
Cherry Pie by eserenitia
Fimo Ring &quot;It's Tea Time 2&quot; by Alusaf

Smores Stud Earrings by yobanda     
Chocolate cake by CinnamonFlavour

Scale 1:12 Miniature Roast Chicken by asuka-sakumo
Thanksgiving Turkey Pendant-Polymer Clay by ThePetiteShop

Unadon by SmallCreationsByMel

   Rawr Ramen by Zhoira     sushi jar necklace by MotherMayIjewelry

Miniature Sushi on Green Plate by PetitPlatMiniature Sushi Pendant by PetitPlatSushi rolls by lava-tomato

Shrimp sushi by lava-tomato      Egg sushi by lava-tomato

Sushi Platter by kalos-eidos-skopein     Polymer Clay Sashimi Tray and Dragon Roll by Talty

1-3 japanese foods by SnowfernMiniatures on Ice by fairchildartDollhouse Miniature Ritz Crackers by ilovelittlethings
Micromini KFC Bucket Meal by margaeanne
PinkBerry Original by MusicRains
Leberkasweggla by Zanaffar
Mini Sandwichs And Lemonade Platter Ring by ThePetiteShop
Jack-O-Lantern Prep Board by birdielover
Slice of Carrot Cake by birdielover
Hot Dogs by birdielover
Cheese Pizza by birdielover
Scrumptious S'more Board by birdielover

1/12th scale Mozzarella Pizza by ElreniaGreenleaf

1/12th scale Cherry Tomato/Mozzarella/Pesto bites by ElreniaGreenleaf
1/12th scale Margherita Pizza by ElreniaGreenleaf
1/12th scale morning rolls by ElreniaGreenleaf1/12th scale pizza by ElreniaGreenleafMiniature Pizza Slices by ChocolateDecadence

salad  magnet by MotherMayIjewelry

Untitled by MotherMayIjewelry
Miniature Salad by SmallCreationsByMelCommission - 40 Miniature Carrots by Bon-AppetEatsTiny Brocoli by PetitPlat
Dollhouse Food Sliced Cuban Sub by MotherMayIjewelry
Mozzarella and Tomato Panini by MotherMayIjewelry
Bread and Soup by Zhoira

More Miniature Cocktails by ChocolateDecadence      12th scale orange juice by PetiteCreation

Happy breakfast - Croissant I by Elaiss-in-icelandKrispy Kreme Doughnuts by Zhoira
Chinese Bakery close up by Zhoira
Bakery and Coffee Display by Talty
Hot Cherry Pie Earrings by DeliciousTrickery
Smushed S'mores Earrings by DeliciousTrickery
Moose Tracks Ice Cream Earrings by DeliciousTrickery

Charlotte Pastry by monpuchikissa    
 Apple Pie by monpuchikissa

Japanese Roll Cake by monpuchikissa     Meatball Spaghetti by monpuchikissa

Ripe Bananas by birdielover1:12 Banana Bunches by Bon-AppetEats
Ripe and Juicy Watermelon by birdieloverCantaloupe Melon by birdielover

itsy bitsy burger: fast food style by FatalPotato

1:12 Donut Bacon Cheeseburger by Bon-AppetEats

Miniature fastfood tray by EmisBakery     1:12 clay croissant sandwiches by FatalPotato

Fast Food Burger Earrings by MotherMayIjewelry

Give-Away : Cookie Earrings by PetitPlat

Miniature Christmas Cookies by Snowfern      Cookie Necklace #2 by PetitPlat

Chocolate Chip Cookies 1:12 Scale by abohemianbazaar     
Miniature Baking Day Table by PetitPlat

Very Small Chocolate Bars by PetitPlatChocolate and Pralines - 5 by PetitPlat

Pumpkin Shaped Bread by NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures          Pumpkin Pie by NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures         Sweet Treats Tray - NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures 

Croissants - NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures          Open Cap Mushrooms in Basket - NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures         Beefsteak Tomatoes - NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures  

GenMillsMini by MotherMayIjewelry
Miniature Food - Breakfast Tray Red by PetitPlatMiniature Food - Breakfast Tray Orange by PetitPlat
Because Pistachios are Way Cool by PetitPlat
Giant Finger and Pickles by PetitPlat

140 unbelievably realistic mouth-watering food sculptures that can fit on the tip of your finger.
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