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For those of you who are aspiring to cosplay Yoko or are just curious as to which materials and techniques I used to make my Yoko cosplay, I will post them here, anonymously, of course. However, if you want to be identified for whatever reason, please tell me, otherwise I will reword your question and not quote or otherwise credit you. =P

If there is a question not answered here, feel free to leave a comment (here or on a picture) or PM me! I am happy to answer! I will not make up questions for you- all of these here are things I have been asked by another person. Reason being, if you don't ask, I'll assume you already know how I made something or don't care, and there are a million questions I could make up on my own. ;3

Let us begin the Yoko FAQ!

How heavy is your rifle?

It's actually quite light, considering the size (it is four feet and nine inches). I'd estimate it to weigh about 5 pounds, since my 8 lbs exercise weight feels much heavier!

How did you make the rifle's muzzle? (Muzzle = the hexagon prism at the end of the barrel, I think)

Mine is made from wood with much thanks to my dad. My muzzle is probably a bit thinner than most, and it does have one subtle flaw. I had my dad make it for me since I needed it to be hollow and have holes for seven LED lights, and I could not do that with the tools I have here, so he made it for me. Unfortunately, despite my emphasis on HEXAGON, he made it an OCTAGON. Sure, it's less accurate, but it was less trigonometry on his part! Nonetheless, you can hardly tell unless you look at it head on. It's also a bit crooked, probably the base was at a slight angle, but this is also subtle.

Where did you get your wig from?

Cosplay Wig Fever on Ebay. Also, a basically identical seller is Wig Glamor. If you'd like direct links, I can PM them to you.

While they both have specially made wigs for Yoko, I actually bought a different wig in the same color that came with two shorter clip on ponytails. Reason being, I didn't want a big heavy ponytail, even if the length of the wig I got is a little shorter than hers in the show. The romantic effect is lost anyways if the ponytail just hangs there like a heavy wet towel. Thus, I did have to alter it, making my own wefts for the long side bangs by cutting a bit off of one of the ponytails. I would like to add more, however!

How did you do the zippers on the boots?

For the zipper pull, I could have just made them out of craft foam and mod-podge them, as I learned how to do this while making the rifle, but since I did not think of that at the time, I actually found these sturdy plastic ones on ebay. It's someone (I think from Florida?) who makes cosplay things himself and sells them to others. If anyone wants to see his work, I can send the link to his storefront if you PM me.

To attach the zipper pulls, I just used silver halloween costume fabric from Joann and glued it to itself and the inside of the boots. I forget if Joann calls it PVC or what, but it's not hard to miss if you go in and look around, since it comes in several colors. The outside of it is shiny and waterproof, just like the boots. The zipper teeth are just cut right out of the boots. I was going to use the silver fabric to make the teeth, but it came out very sloppy, so I did this instead.

How did you make your bikini top?

For her bikini top, I used padded foam cups (I got non padded ones too, but they had a seam in the middle that you could see through my thin fabric). Although, I positioned the foam-padded part in a way you normally would not. Usually, the padding goes under to push up, or on the outsides to push in, but since my bikini isn't really tight enough to "push" anywhere, the paddings are on the inside since it looked best that way.

I covered them in fabric by sewing on fabric directly to the edges of the cups. I did this rather hastily though, so the fabric on the inside is rather a mess. I will put something in there to line it probably. I painted the flames with a "Lumiere by Jacquard" fabric paint, in crimson. It's slightly metallic, so it worked well with the fabric since the fabric is also slightly shiny. Though, I recently repainted the flames in a brighter red hue.

What did you use for the bikini strings?

The first strings I tried came untied and were unreliable. The black was a tad bit elastic, and though the red was identical, was not elastic. They were more of a cord than anything, and didn't have that swimwear look to them. The only safe bet is to get or make real bikini strings or something similar that will not come untied easily or possibly rub you and cause irritation (like rough string might). However, since most bikini strings are elastic, you cannot simply paint them. Not to mention, they're designed to be waterproof, so it'll take you plenty of coats to get a nice solid coat. So, what I did is I found a red swimsuit with removable straps, as well as a cheap black top in which I could remove the string. The made my bikini better by miles compared to the crappy cord...!

The bikini tops I've tried to make come out flat or provide no support. How did you approach this with your top?

As for the support, it all depends on how you want to wear it. If you want to go for the underboob, you will undoubtedly lose some support. If you want to make it more conservative and/or want more support, pull it under for sure. Also, the cups I got are my normal cup size (a C) but they are even a bit too small for me to wear under the breast, since they are not designed to give full coverage, as say, an actual bikini lining. These are more like cups that you would insert into camisoles or dresses.

Your lining/padding will really affect how the top sits on you, and of course, the size and fit is important too. I got lucky with mine, but I did buy two, just in case. Also, if you have any old swim suits, tops, or delicate night wear, sometimes they have foam cups that can be used, but they're usually more flimsy and thin than a padded foam cup, which is more akin to a bra padding.

If you have a question feel free to ask here, on one of my pics, or send me a note! <3
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What's this??
DJ Smackdown is posting even more Vinyl pictures??

I think I'm done posting Vinyl pictures now... Maybe... Unless I'm doing a shoot with another pony or something. The reason for the recently uploaded Vinyl pictures is this: I've lost a lot of weight. Some people haven't noticed but some have, and it personally makes me feel amazing. I was at a very low point for health in my life when the actual photoshoots for Vinyl & Vinyl/Octavia were done and so far throughout 2013 I've lost nearly 50lbs. So to put it simply, my outfit and wig for Vinyl wasn't the only thing that's changed and I definitely wanted to have a couple shots of it. :]

Anyway, on to my other cosplays...
Rainbow Dash should be seen soon. I haven't had the time to do the photoshoot yet but one weekend very soon it'll be done. Spitfire though, that's another story. I was right in that creating this cosplay correctly was going to be a challenge. Progress fell apart and methods have to be re-thunk, but it will be done, I just have to start over and go about it differently. But I'm very excited to do the cosplay and I can't wait until it's complete!

That's all for now, thanks for reading! n_n

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imaginative-lioness is holding her Literature Roadtrip 2.0 in just a couple of days and I thought I'd roundup the interviews of Interview Week. :heart:

First Interview (Day 1): imaginative-lioness interviews the truly amazing WeirdAndLovely Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 1
Welcome, welcome! This is the beginning of the Literature Roadtrip Interview Week, and I hope it will introduce you all to a wonderful group of deviants, as well as prepare you for the five day Literature Roadtrip from January 10th to January 14th.
I would like to introduce you all to the fantastic WeirdAndLovely. Her work is seriously amazing, you will not be disappointed when you search through her gallery. I urge you all to choose one of her pieces and give it a comment. Perhaps add a couple to your favourites. Or add her to your watch. You will not be disappointed, I can assure you.

What is your favourite part of the literature community?
All the wonderful writing! Giggle I love how supportive we are to each other. I think it’s great that people have developed huge support sy
In this interview she talks about her favorite part of the literature community, how she would encourage others to get involved with the literature community, as well as deviants she believes deserve more attention to their works. It's a really fun read and for those that don't know, WeirdAndLovely is one of the best writers around. She writes with unadulterated passion and emotion.


Second Interview (Day 2): imaginative-lioness couldn't get in contact with her second scheduled interviewee so she held a truly wonderful literature feature for the second day as a substitute. The incredible pieces and talented writers included are:

younghabitat  brokengod--veins - midnight aches and inside strangersevery night
I wake up to strangers
in bed-
the oaths
kept in the
depths of my
live metaphors
of the fears
tucked underneath
these sheets
the dearest dreams
these are the cups
of warmth
searching for
a heaven
in my sorrows
a chest
in the riverbed
of a throat
choking in
plucking thorns
from the vine garden
that is
my neck.
They are the ones
in my blood
at night
the magnitude
shuddering my bones
without rest
There's no fright.
only a contortionist
folding and unfolding
in my chest
while the moon
my sky's pendant,
and just listens.
 - :thumb423616751: escap-ing - a jar of not-quite-nothingA jar to catch fireflies.
A simple enough concept:
       wait for the twilight hours
       stay alert for twinkling yellow
       then, give chase.
The problem was my aim
(or rather, my lack thereof.
Plus, I didn't really like bugs
I never caught any. And yet,
the jar overflows with
       childish peals of laughter
       cricket chirps
       summer air, ever-blowing
       kicked-up dirt
       wisps of evening cloud
       and the light from the stars.
If I look at that jar from
just the right angle,
I can still see it alight with angel glow:
the bright, twinkling
of firefly light.
Lady-Yume - Valley of the Butterfliesjesse,
sometimes you have to let go
of monsters and magic and guns
from the depths
of raven's garden,
let the music fill the night;
a river of time
for those slipping into the background,
defense devil,
let me fly like a bird
fetching the summer lady
in the valley of the butterflies.
Zeidah8254 - Ode to Fred WeasleyRed hair and freckles, incredibly tall-
you were no doubt a Weasley boy.
But unlike your brothers Charlie and Bill,
you had your very own twin.
You were never found alone.
George was always at your side.
Beaters for Qudditch and owners of shop-
the two of you were peas in a pod.
There's no reason to be ashamed.
You used your skills wisely.
Prefect and Head Boy- they weren't for you.
Your passion laid in inventing and jokes.
Umbridge- that woman who made kids cry
Her punishments were so heartless.
She took your broom, but she still failed.
Your fireworks spectacle won the crowd.
Oh, why did you have to die in vain?
Those Death Eaters don't deserve to live.
They will rot in Askaban,
and the world will morn your death.
mattbearcat - MonsterEver since I could remember
Everything inside of me
Just wanted to fit in
As I take a stand
To escape what is inside me
A monster, growing stronger
As I try and bring it down
Fighting what lay within
As I see it all in my eyes
All the hurt and left behind
As I am a monster to some
And a savior to others
For I’m a monster, a beast
Within the dark inside me
As all I am refuses to settle in
And I clear my continence unlike the rest
Though I am only a man with a candle to guide me
To see me through
Though I don’t want to hide the truth
If I seem dangerous to you
It is not entirely untrue
As I am definitely different from you
Inazumi-chan - :thumb424405370: SilverInkblot -
  TibetI found a poem
caught between your knucklebones
like a prayer flag.
Vanelopes-corner - Suit Of ArmorWhat people see on my outside
Isn't really me.
It's just a suit of armor
With a welded smile.
What people see on my outside
Isn't who I am.
I say things I don't believe,
And hide the things I like.
What people see on my outside
Isn't how I feel.
I laugh and joke and play,
But I'm alone in a crowd.
So before you're quick to judge me
Because what you see on my outside
Probably isn't me.
nattrozanska - LacunaI wish there was a way to say nothing over distance
to curl up and fold into you silently
without a word scarring my lungs,
To share heavy air
when language won’t do
and physicality can’t be,
I wish there was a word
I could say to you
to encompass all those looks,
I wish there was a written symbol
to mean the warmth of your flesh on mine,
I wish I could say everything to you
without any words
but you’re too far away.
littleblueraccoon - the heroin heroinehow can you save someone
with tattoos and track marks?
they called him Jesse
and I loved him, I loved him
too much for my own good.
he was a burnt-out angel
with weathered grandfather wings
and an aluminum halo.
"please," I begged, incessant,
"please, stop. you're better than this."
I wrestled with his addiction
as though it was my own,
destroyed syringes straight from
the crook of his elbows.
I always knew he had one true love,
and it sure wasn't me.
his arm was pale and thin
around my shoulders,
pale and thin in the masquerade lamplight,
where he pierced his veins
in belt-constricted solitude.
one night, as I paced
with his bent silver spoon
clutched in my palms,
he told me that he needed it,
oh God, he needed it.
he needed that one slow descent
into black oblivion, that one place
where nothing existed to hurt him.
for the first time,
I realized my place.
whenever he kissed me,
he thought not of my lips,
not of my tongue.
he thought of a cool chill,
needles pricking,
poison so
OmnomnomSquirl -
  lipsi kissed lips
that hurt
when they smiled
and lied through
their teeth
forestmeetwildfire - she was and now she isn'tit's full of promises -
death with a limited life span.
if I go as far
as Thanatos,
there isn't just one
or just one
all that remains is
misplaced feelings of pity -
she's just a vague sketch,
someone who ceased to exist.
all that remains
is to disappear
beeinthebottle - Tales-of-Tao - shall i read your palm?father-daughter whisked away
by a somber autumn's brush.
dripping with misfortune,
it casts shadows on lullabies
with a lacking-light of sorrow.
oh, widow-toddler glossy-eyed
i've spotted nuanced undertones of
hospital chapels and lillies
highlighting cancer-mottled flesh
as this family
draws its lonely breath.
hey, daddy-standing-silent,
i see you
unpolished treasures slipping
through your ring-less fingers.
is she the en memoriam
you think you just can't stand?
curling in the life line
of your not-yet empty hand:
your precious baby girl.
1nkl1ng - Chasefor you i would catch summer
like a teen catching glory on a lean silver bicycle-
ripping through the streets of Triumph and Nostalgia
as if i could conquer or escape each one
and rise- rise- rise with the reddening
of your cheek as it mirrors our desire-
i will chase you until my starving hands
can feel no curves; until my eyes cannot contain
the bursting of your colours like parachutes on a stale
blue sky; until my mouth no longer tastes the days of August
on your lips- 
your season lingers
like a haze in the sahara:
some oversaturated mirage,
or maybe just a miracle
that winked out too fast.
toxic-nebulae - gauntletI used you all up.
there is grit in my teeth.
I'm still not done picking you out,
casting my tongue around my mouth
for one last useless piece.
when I find it, I will swallow
and rid myself forever
of the taste of you.
EternalSunday - somehow, we make it feel like enoughi.
there's a stand-still in your head, quiet rainfall
before lightning strikes,
you wait for release, the rumbling,
the turmoil.
the words fall away when you open your mouth
to speak, and i struggle to meet
your eyes.
i keep waiting for a turning point, a full frontal crash
into a brick wall; but you were right,
it's more like quicksand.
you can't feel the sharpness of change until it's already drowned you.
we sit back, listen to the storm raging on,
disconnected, yet hopeful.
i almost died once, and if i had
my last words would have been,
no, it's fine, i'm alright.
if the same thing happened now, the only words
escaping my mouth would be, if only,
and somehow
that feels worse.
it's the same city, but in the morning hours
the streets feel like they belong in a far away country.
you tell me one day you want to explore, and i'm already
putting pins on a map,
everywhere, anywhere. but later when shadows fall from the pins
and the circles ar
nawkaman - The River RamblesWe cut each other halflong (simple
cell division) to find answers;
nothing spills out and nothing
floods in and nothing
ever changes.
It is a bleak burden, this
stargazer syndrome, near-sighted symphonic
strangers sipping endless streams of data
exchanging bits and bytes in and of the void.
Dark chasmal pockets
full of doubt, full of fever and strife;
we odds and end-less ebbs flow
back to the sea
as we are teased by landfall.
TheChesherCat - Covering Uplight used to radiate
from her smile.
now I only see
a shiny streak
of slick sickness.
like she's wearing down.
like something's
showing through.
TwilightPoetess - Winter PoisonTo the boy with ghost hands:
the best we can do is pretend.
The breakers will always call us home
but you don't feel the poison--it drips, it drips
like a bad habit.
We are fragile.
Bury me in white
under the winter moon.
ratikification - Clear WindsOh decadence, play onto drudgery.
Wind sways.
My face feels palms against my cheek,
Some arms around my shoulders, please,
And a mattress beneath my knees.
My soul lacks sprouts to sway,
Fear of being too active.
But a bother to stand still for tomorrow and the day after
Waiting as more life happens.
A sound so sweetly sore.
The wind to carry.
Effort weighty.
What is your taste?
I want to know
Maybe we can drift together.
Are we light enough?
Today is particularly windy.
So take a strand of my hair and
Twine it around your finger
Let our thoughts vibrate through my locks,
Like a sound wave.
You ask me questions that I only have to
Reply yes or no,
And others tell me things I should know.
I find growing fear
Am I blind
Or are you just clear?
ClaireMcWolf - Drowning in Dark WatersThis deep darkness in my soul, the darkness I do not show;
Is slowly eating away at me: I deny this darkness so much, too much;
But no matter how much I deny it, it's here, inside me, lurking;
And because of it;
It has penetrated my heart and soul, with many painful scars;
Every single one of my dreadful scars has caused ticks to me;
Changing how I feel, think, speak;
Yet I do nothing, say nothing;
My soul: A pool of swirling darkness within me;
Filled with all my lies and secrets;
Much sorrow, much regret, much pain;
And my heart, my heart is a piece of parchment;
Drifting mindlessly through this pool;
Falling apart: slowly, painfully remorsefully;
No one cares enough to notice, this poor, dim-witted piece of parchment;
The worst part is no matter how hard others try;
It's all over for the parchment;
It will never be the same again, and there will be yet another scar on the parchment;
Despite all the late efforts to save it, from the ones who thought they knew me, cared for me;
But in
fervvent - :thumb424421371: ilovegonger137 - The ForestThe trees bend down to me,
Their branches calling me,
Be with us they say,
Every night, every day.
I stay here all night,
Enjoying the sight,
As the moon shines bright,
I smile at the sky,
And hear the lullaby and a small cry.
The forest welcomes me,
I prance around happily,
This place I will forever stay,
In my own world a ways away.
Chrysalite - UndineIf I could live a thousand years, lives turning into melancholy streams of light around me,
I could listen to the whispers of birch branches by the misty river without crying,
I would be strong enough to resist following feathers in the eye of the storm.
I know the tongues of fire of dragons behind forbidden doors.
I know the mayflies dying in the thousands by the roadside.
I know the shape of my soul from the wounds on my side.
If I could stop turning to the Devil to heal him with my hands,
If I could cease listening to the songs of the searing flames,
I could shoot down the bird that survived the crusades.
Though the smoke in my lungs makes it hard to breathe,
And the howling of the wolves drowns the words,
I cannot unsee the dreams of the seers.
Poet-of-all-Art - this is not a goodbyeI have nothing left to do here--
no one to listen to,
and nobody with an open ear,
to hear me whisper
morals and poems forgotten,
taken by the petitioners,
they took everything;
took even my empty shell,
and sure I lamented:
I cursed greedy hands:
the hands that wanted
more than their cross,
the one that my children carry,
but it's a loss,
all of it.
So I leave now,
all of the pieces and bits,
nothing left on me
except the clothes on my back,
but not eyes for me to see,
see the changes the world brings
and beside the damned society,
you can hear bells ring
but only after you pay the fare
to get into heaven.
(I'm not sure if you were aware
but heaven's toll booth prices rise
like the amount of the dead
I have no advice,
as I mentioned earlier,
there was no one listening anyways--
nobody friendlier
than the big man up there himself;
who still won't lower those prices.
I'll leave you by yourself
to figure out
where you stand in this world;
a world full of doubt,
but yo
tirasunil - dear emma:this morning, i woke up beside my dog. now, don't get me wrong, i love malcolm, just not like that (grey bastard takes up all the covers).
i'm so used to waking up next to a beautiful sleeping lioness, stretched out to catch the sun's first rays, and i missed that.
i figured metaphors were a direct line to your heart, but i know jacob, i bet he doesn't put your soul on paper. he probably just snickers when you get that far-off look in your eye, like you see god somewhere out there.
well, perhaps this is just a love note but i can finish strong -- i always did ;) : emma, i love you more than this stupid dog loves your old pillow, and that's a lot.
actually, scratch that: i love you more than you love your new pillow, wherever it is, because your new pillow isn't beside mine, honey.
come back please,
thysilverdoe - circular conversationyou are always right
i am always wrong
this conversation
always moves the same
circles, one day i'm
going to make it
a square
pull the line of me out
of the equation
let you keep your triangle.


Third Interview (Day 3) imaginative-lioness interviews the very talented and totally lovable saltwaterlungs, as well as the fantastic and influential DrippingWords: Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 3
Welcome back to the Literature Roadtrip Interview Week! Yesterday, I didn't have an interview for you, but today I have two! I am excited to introduce you all to these wonderful deviants, as I love them so damn much. 
Firstly, saltwaterlungs - formerly NonsenseQueen - is an excellent deviant. Her work is seriously fantastic, and you will not be disappointed when you search through her gallery. 

What is your favourite way to get involved in the literature community?
I love joining groups. I almost obsessively sift through teh groups here and try to join as many as possible, because I believe that each group holds something special. Whether it be really great prompts or great people, there's always some element to each gorup that makes me want to become a part of the family.
How do you go about getting feedback on your work?
As I said
This double interview is a truly great read and look into how these two wonderful deviants view this great site and our awesome literature community. Caitlan (DrippingWords) and Hannah (saltwaterlungs) are both very heartfelt writers with wonderful knacks for creating some great, poignant imagery in their poetry.


Fourth Interview (Day 4) imaginative-lioness interviews one of the most adorable and wonderful-est ladies ever in the truly fantastic IrrevocableFate: Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 4
Sorry this interview is a little late (like a day), I went out for dinner last night with a couple of friends and when I got back home I was so exhausted that I put on Star Trek: The Next Generation and fell asleep to the beautiful voice of Captain Picard. Anyway! This interview was meant for yesterday, and today's interview will be posted tonight. Okay.
I would like to introduce to you all, IrrevocableFate. Have you been to her gallery? Have you? If you haven't you are seriously missing out, because you would be definitely amazed by the work that she has posted. Trust me.

What is your favourite part of the literature community?
The people, hands down. The deviants here are what truly make the community and they're such a wonderful, diverse group that it's amazing. Amazing. I've always met and come across such fabulous people who do so much, they comment,
In this spectacular interview you see how one of the most well-established and esteemed writers (And people) on the site goes about her business here. It’s always great to get insight from such an experienced (Not to mention lovely) deviant such as this. She uses emotive language so well. Stephany is simply one of the finest story-tellers on deviantART.


Fifth Interview (Day 5) imaginative-lioness interviews….me, chromeantennae: Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 5
And hello again! Welcome back to Literature Roadtrip Interview Week, how are you enjoying it so far? Have you visited the deviants mentioned? Added them to your watch? Searched through their galleries, perhaps favourited some of their work? I hope so. 
Now, I would like to introduce you to chromeantennae - though, if you haven't met him yet you must be seriously living under a rock. He is the nicest, sweetest and kindest person on deviantART, and his gallery is amazing. You could not get a better deviant.

What made you want to start 'Adjusting the Antennae?
What made me want to start ‘Adjusting The Antennae’ was a multitude of things, honestly. I had a great deal of inspirations coming from
I’m featured here as the "fifth" interviewee for LR Interview Week and in this discussion I try to shed some light for some lesser-known writers to get more attention to their works, my interview series ‘Adjusting The Antennae,’ some of my greatest influences on this site as well as some truly spectacular writers who I felt deserve more attention. Please check this out and see if you guys see any pieces, interviews of mine, or deviants you like from this interview.

Sixth Interview (Day 6) imaginative-lioness interviews the extremely influential and supremely talented BloodshotInk Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 6
Once again, I am late to post this interview. But I promise you all that apart from square dancing (yeah, I know), I have been working hard getting everything for Literature Roadtrip 2.0 ready. So, I've been very productive. This just means that you'll get two wonderful interviews today, and that tomorrow is… OFFICIALLY THE LITERATURE ROADTRIP! 

BloodshotInk is an absolutely amazing deviant. Her work is beyond inspiring and beautifully written. And she is incredibly nice and kind to everyone in the literature community. Plus, her profile page looks awesome, I'm insanely jealous!

How do you get involved in the literature community?
*Looks blank for a minute* Gosh. Uh. I don't know. I have a variety of different things I play with. I do features, interviews, I help out on groups. I like to run competitions. I've been running l
In this truly fantastic interview Kathryn talks about the different groups she's a part of, what she does to get involved with the literature community, how to get more feedback on your works (With an extremely helpful article for those that don't know!), and the artists she feels deserve more attention. Definitely an amazing read on a truly wonderful deviant.

Seventh Interview (Day 7) imaginative-lioness interviews the wonderfully kind, quirky, and multi-talented camelopardalisinblue Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 7
Annnnnddddd here we are, the final interview of the Literature Roadtrip Interview Week. I was immensely excited for this week, and despite a few days where I have been busy causing a few interviews to be late, I am pretty happy with it. I loved learning about these seven deviants.
So, the last deviant I want to introduce to you all is camelopardalisinblue. I've had the pleasure of talking to this lovely deviant a few times, she is one of the nicest people I have talked to on deviantART. Plus, her work is incredible. If you haven't checked out her gallery, I am seriously disappointed in you!

What is your favourite part of the literature community?
I think the close-knit feeling there is. Perhaps it's just me, but I feel like people in the literature community here on deviantArt tend to pull together a lot more despite wide gaps between skill levels and such. We
In this final interview to cap off what's been a truly fantastic week of interviews, Dawni speaks about her favorite part of this literature community, how she would change certain parts she didn't care for (And I completely agree with her.), as well as deviants she feels deserve more attention and eyes on their works. It's a truly wonderful final interview heading into the Literature Roadtrip.



Please, if you can, show us all some love, the writers listed here in this and be on the lookout for imaginative-lioness’ Literature Roadtrip 2.0, that officially begins on the 10th of January. Support your fellow writers by faving the interviews; watching, llama-ing, the interviewees; and faving and commenting on all featured writers' pieces. :heart:



For more information on imaginative-lioness’ Literature Roadtrip 2.0, go here.

We're on the bandwagon folks! And imaginative-lioness is leading the charge, make sure you have some snacks and a change of clothes 'cause we're moving all over dA on a literature roadtrip! :w00t:

And remember! You're all beautiful, amazing, and incredible! Yes, YOU. :D

The roundup of Literature Roadtrip 2.0 Interview Week. :love:
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Welcome to the one-hundred fifty-third issue of Love dA Lit! :iconfireworks-plz: Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group or project for two weeks. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.

Note: I kinda forgot to feature GrammarNaziCritiques two weeks in a row so I'll be making it up to the group by featuring them again. :heart: Sorry about that! Happy New Year! ♥

Literature Links

Group News

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Bi-Weekly Spotlight

:spotlight-left: :icongrammarnazicritiques: :spotlight-right:

GrammarNaziCritiques is "a group dedicated to providing critiques to writers who want honest critiques instead of wishy-washy comments" and that is precisely what they do! They also have compiled a nice list of literary resources here to help you critique your own work and others. Their front page lists what each of their critics do.

Quick Links:

Looking for more groups?

If you're still not finding a group you like check out the list of all literature groups on dA: Click here!

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Inspiration (Workshops, Prompts and Challenges)





Ongoing Challenges [No Deadline]:

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Lit Contests Galore!

These include contests that are purely Literature based and those that have other categories as well, but still accept Literature.

New Contests:

Contests Ending This Week:

Contest Extensions:

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Regular Lit Articles

General Resources

Recently Added/Updated Resources

Looking for the rest of the resources? Go to the Community portal, below!

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Looking to help out the Lit Community?

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Literature Community Relations

:iconbeccalicious: Beccalicious - Beccalicious' DD Suggestion Guidelines
:iconneurotype: neurotype - neurotype's DD Suggestion Guidelines
:icongrimface242: GrimFace242 - GrimFace242's DD Suggestion Guidelines
:icondorianharper: DorianHarper - DorianHarpers' DD Suggestion Guidelines
:iconsingingflames: SingingFlames - SingingFlames's DD Suggestion Guidelines [ Fan Fiction ONLY.]
Go on and send your literature DD suggestions to them! :eager:

#CRLiterature - The Community Relations Literature Chatroom
:new:Literature CR Update - December 2013
Literature DD Roundup - November 2013

Literature Forums
Literature Forum
Literature Forum Rules

Monthly Literature Critique Thread: December

:note: FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
:note: FAQ #18: Who selects the Daily Deviation and how is it chosen?
:note: FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

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Contacting Me

:star: Want your group to be spotlighted; your Literature project? See something you don't like? That you like? Want changed or removed? Have a suggestion for the next issue? Then please send me a note! The Literature Community is huge, so I'm always going to miss something or make a mistake, don't be afraid to let me know. ♥

Hugs, love and thanks to:
:iconevlydia: and :iconsonamyfan362: my favoritest LITplease Community Liaisons.
:iconxmothermoonx: for letting me run LITplease’s Community Portal.
:icondailybreadcafe: for telling me about their new group, PocketStories.

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Welcome to the one-hundred fifty-third issue of Love dA Lit! :iconfireworks-plz: Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group or project for two weeks. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.

Note: I kinda forgot to feature #GrammarNaziCritiques two weeks in a row so I'll be making it up to the group by featuring them again. :heart: Sorry about that! Happy New Year! ♥

:star: #GrammarNaziCritiques is the bi-weekly spotlight! :star:
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Digital art: good to know/tutorials PART_5

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 8, 2014, 4:19 AM


Lets review some basics for photoshop, and how you can optimize it so it works better. As well as painting hair :lol:
If you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart:
Ppl who suggested a few tuts: Yodon, RetSamys, DonguriArt, Pencil-Stencil ty :heart:

For more visit their youtube channel:

Digital art: good to know/tutorials

Digital art: good to know/tutorials PART_1Hey, hey cupcakes! :tighthug:
PART_2 ! General
So... this is the first part in featuring some extremely useful tutorials which can be found on DA (and some from off-site as well). This one isn't limited on digital art only, but the rest will be. I wanted to post everything in one journal, but theres 200 thumbnail limit, sooo yeah :XD: I decided to divide everything in following categories: sketching/referencing/anatomy etc, General, blending, steps, color, perspective/Composition/value, Walkthrough, nose, hair, skin, photoshop/wacom, brushes, eyes, lips, textures, ears, fabric/clothes, environment, misc (how to paint water, fire, rocks, rain, clouds, pearls etc. ). This one is about Sketching/referencing/anatomy etc.. In every journal I will also include some interesting videos that I think you should check out :nod: And, if you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart
Digital painting tutorials PART_2Hey all! :hug:
PART_1 ! Sketching/referencing/anatomy etc.
Alright, here we go, this is part 2. You can say its about general painting, but its mostly about painting faces :P I tried to cut down a little with thumbnails :giggle:
Umm, before I forget, make sure to check this one out , Pencil-Stencil told me about it, and I found some really useful stuff there :nod: Part 3 will probably be about eyes, lips, skin and blending, and it will be up in a few days.
If you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart:
Ppl who suggested a few tuts: Yodon, RetSamys, BlissfulImperfection, Pencil-Stencil ty :heart:
sheppardarts () painting video:
For more visit their youtube channel:
melaniedelon () painting video:
You can find her brushes here: youtube channel: ht
Digital painting tutorials PART_3Hey all! :hug:
PART_1 ! Sketching/referencing/anatomy etc.
PART_2 ! General digital painting
And part 3 :la: About Color, perspective, composition, value. 
Super tired... zzzzzzzzzz.....
If you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart:
Ppl who suggested a few tuts: Yodon, RetSamys, DonguriArt, Pencil-Stencil ty :heart:
Feng Zhu Realtime Fantasy Landscape Painting video:
For more visit their youtube channel:

Tutorial 10 How to have six' with colours by AquaSixioArt Tutorial: Color Theory by Xadrea
COLOR Primer - :Color + Value: by ziinyuQuick and Dirty Color Theory by DarlingMionettecolor selection by oione
A Note on Light and Colour by toerningBlue Reflected Light by toerningThe Color Tutorial - Part 1 by sashas
The Color Tutorial - Part 2 by sashasQuick and Dirty Color Theory by DarlingMionetteHow I See Color - A Tutorial by purplekecleon
Color Theory Crash Course by pronouncedyouA lesson about colors by Pompuri
Digital art: good to know/tutorials PART_4Hey all! :hug:
PART_1 ! Sketching/referencing/anatomy etc.
PART_2 ! General digital painting
PART_3 ! Color, perspective, composition, value
Lets learn how to draw and paint eyes :aww:
If you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart:
Ppl who suggested a few tuts: Yodon, RetSamys, DonguriArt, Pencil-Stencil ty :heart:
Drawing and Painting: Eyes

Drawing a realistic eye by EdanaEye Tutorial What the heck by floortjesart
Painting Eyes Tutorial by Nero749Eye tutorial - in color by liigaTiny tips: Keep an eye out by Ranarh
Eye tutorial - an update by acidlullabyPaiting eye by AURORYNew thing by AURORY
an unfinished wip forever by AURORYNEW - Eye step by step. by ElyBibiSemi-realism Eyes tutorial by FeliceMelancholie
Nose and Eyes by gothic-icecreamEye Tutorial by Bonnie-AnneDrawing a realistic eye by Edana
Realistic eye tutorial by BlattaphileTutorial Photoshop n2 EYE by ElyBibiRealistic Eye Tutorial by DeeKay130
Fantasy Eyes Tutorial by sanguisGelidus:t

Steve Argyle Lesson video (this is just part 1, theres more on their yt channel) :

For more visit their youtube channel:…

Photoshop Layers: Basics by nokariHow to Optimize Photoshop... by NorkeSharpening Tutorial by freixas
Basic Color Picking tutorial by daruePhotoshop CS4 Quick Reference by nmsmithWorking faster in Photoshop by Duffzilla
Advanced layer Tutorial by zevenstormsUpdate JPG vs PNG Tutorial by computercomedyguyWacom Starter's Guide 2011 by fox-orian
Getting Started: Setting Up the Tablet by ConceptCookieThe Pen Tool Is Your Friend by AeollPen Tool Paths Create Designs by nmsmith
Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts AZERTY by ensombrecer
Painting hair
PS - quick hair tutorial by ceruleanviiHair painting tutorial by DianaeAbnormal Hair Color Tutorial by StarshipSorceress
Light and Dark: A Tutorial on Black and White Hair by StarshipSorceressPainting Hair - Part 1: Intro by Sheridan-JPainting Hair - Part 2: Base by Sheridan-J
Painting Hair -Part 3: Texture by Sheridan-JPainting Hair -Part 4: Detail by Sheridan-JAbnormal Hair Color Palettes: Supplement Chart #2 by StarshipSorceress
Abnormal Hair Color Palettes: Supplement Chart #1 by StarshipSorceressJumbo Hair Palettes Chart by StarshipSorceressHair Tutorial by liiga
Hair tutorial by leejun35Tutorial - How To Draw Hair 1 by DarlingMionetteTutorial - How To Draw Hair 2 by DarlingMionette
Tutorial - How To Draw Hair 3 by DarlingMionetteWavey and Tousled Hair - Mini Tutorial by DarlingMionettePainting Facial Hair- Long by Sheridan-J
Skin-Facial Hair Walkthrough by nathieTutorial: More Detailed Hair (Page 8) by ReiRobinDigital Hair / Portrait Painting Tutorial part 2 by me-illuminated
Realistic Hair Tuto by OriotoPhotoshop - Painting Hair by sirasan
And special thank you to all those artists :heart:

Contest/Commissions ad

If you are hosting a contest, or you are open for commissions, feel free to send me note about it, and I will add info here in my journal.

Commission status: OPEN

Skin by SimplySilent
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It took a while to realize that, no matter how pretty the last few sketch-dumps where, I wasn't really learning anymore.
Sometimes a large user-base just feels like pressure. And pressure makes it feel like you can't afford to fail anymore. And you'll stay inside your comfort zone. And with result. Last years improvement was close to non-existent. But I realize now that staying in my comfort zone will not get me anywhere.

The lack of improvement and recent login issues made me think. So I went back at where I came from. I took a pencil and started sketching again. Real, ugly sketches, with a lot of wobbly lines and such. Anatomy, dogs, and various other things. I realize now; I want to keep this up. Really. I want to draw things that are (slightly) out of my comfort zone, in order to learn.

And I want you to help me.

Come up with anything fun to draw, that is slightly outside my comfort zone.
Things like rocks, objects, something in a specific style, specific poses, or anything that might've helped you getting insight when you were learning to draw.

Try to keep it simple and reasonable. I must be able to sketch it with pencil on paper within 1 hour.
You're free to provide me with references (preferably pictures) or any object or style that you want me to try.

You're free to request the object or style of your liking, but no "sketch my character", please.
This isn't about doing requests, no matter how much you want me to draw your characters. This is about learning.
(And tbh... I think drawing characters is kinda inside my comfort zone... even though it's my view on an unfamiliar character. I've done that a lot already)

I will pick the things that I think I will learn most from. 
And if you're willing to learn as well... follow this journal and it's comments. There might be something useful in it for you as well.

So let's make 2014 the year of improvement! 
Challenge me to draw stuff.
Challenge yourself to draw better!
Or copy this journal to your own page and invite your friends to challenge you!

Up to a whole awesome new year of sketches! :la:

:star::star::star: Good suggestions :star::star::star:
I've decided to put some good suggestions I got up here, so it would be useful for other people as well :)

Anatomy / Characters
Sports poses
For shorting
Old people
Character interaction
Character half light/half shadow
Action scene
Different body types
Distressed person
General fashion:
Carnival Venice costume
Angels (wings)
Gothic Lolita costume
Masculine character
Dynamic lighting
Breaking through a window:…

Animals / Creatures

Hosipital props
Ball jointed doll
Boat in the ocean

Stone bridge
Cliff nearby the sea
Chinese city/market
Modern architecture
Winter landscape

Something cute
Something disturbing

Perspective practice
Fisheye perspective
Light in darkness:
Self portrait
Still life
Reflective objects (glass,water,bottles)

3 colors challenge
30 day drawing challenge:…
Another artists style
Speed paint challenge:…
Randomized painting:…
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#FF - FeatureFriday 2

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 10, 2014, 3:05 PM

 Hello there!
This is nº 2 of an art feature project called FeatureFriday (or FF) which I will be doing during this 2014. 
Each week of the year I will be faving photos (old or new) that I discover and put them together every friday.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy discovering these artworks! :aww:

Fly me to the moon by iNeedChemicalX
Tulip Field by CNaene The Bahamas by SachaKalis
Hope (Happy New Year!) by Inebriantia
Spring by Good-e-nuf Be Happy by ScENeYmE
Howling by DariaPitak
Flowers for you! by katia921 In the wind by kaffemugg
Night Forest by Draken413o
my thing by Rona-Keller The Secret Garden by BluyStardust
Fading. by MauiMelle
102713 by kristianna11 Tracheen by freMDartet
warmth by michellis13
Season's Greetings Snail cards 2 by MichelleRamey 826 by Nigrita
Rophaien by TobiasRichter
Underwater by OtvaliChudovische Tahoe East Shore Late December Color by sellsworth
Pink Spring by NoahSud
unidentified mushroom by owlbird Open your wings by Fra-Emer
All is haze expcept for right here and now. by lomatic
Seasonal Flow by RS-foto 812 by Nigrita
.:Grafton Lighthouse II:. by RHCheng
Downside Up by ArtOfFragility Undecided life by Purple20
Enchanted by nhuthanh
Black Lake, Louisiana by EmileeSelf the little things that make me smile 2 by youarelightinthedark
The Sleep Of The Trees by Thinking-Silence
*** by INVIV0 Ounasvaara by markotapio

heart bullet by Reverrii Feel free to comment below or send me a note 
with photos you'd like me to see and feature!

:iconthis-isthe-life: :iconsquarephotos: :iconscapelicious:

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Skin by SimplySilent
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My Bellydance Video (Shiva In Exile)

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 10, 2014, 6:14 PM

Hello lovelies,

Here is a bellydance video of me from a while ago, dancing to Shiva In Exile. This video was shot by another videographer (and edited by me), outdoors, unlike all my other videos which are recoded by myself in my studio. 

As always, I hope that you enjoy this one! :heart: 

Visit my YouTube for more: :bulletblack: :bulletblack:
My second YouTube channel: :bulletblack: :bulletblack:

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A beatiful artwork of all the moms of each pokemon generation all in black dresses sitting on a magenta loveseat with their pokemon. It's my desktop background right now.
  • Playing: computer
  • Drinking: water
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