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Not-So-Spontaneous-Anymore Feature

Tue Nov 20, 2018, 4:00 PM
I asked you guys for thumbnails for this about four months ago... it was spontaneous then, I swear XD But anyways I'm a girl of my word, so here's the feature for all you beautiful artists ^^

50 signs you have a procrastination problem1. You have numerous unfinished projects that you had great ideas for but never got around to finishing.
I'll add more later.
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— Forgive my corniness, but I actually intended for the world to be a better place. — Geoffrey couldn't help smiling.
— Through the end of racial rivalries?
— Ethnic.
— Yes.
— Yes, it's one of the many, many ways I can make life on Earth a bit less miserable. And we start with this town.
Geoffrey strongly believed that skin color was an impediment to the peace of mankind, and had a so-stupid-it-might-work idea to improve it.
— Alright, test results for biological potable ink, sample no. 215, on the four Rattus norvegicus in cage 54B — Tom narrated to the recorder —: the skin color of each of the specimens became quite similar to the color of the inks we gave them, with no side effects whatsoever. The experiment was once again successful.
Later, he told his pa

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Under 100 Watchers Feature #2

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 3:18 AM
So as you may or may not know, I recently did a feature for new artists, and also decided due to popular demand to do a feature for those with under 100 watchers as well! Turns out this is actually the second one of this theme I've done, I'd forgotten XD 
I'm super sorry that I couldn't reply to everyone on the forum thread - I was busy for a couple of days while travelling back home for the holidays, and when I came back there were almost 180 comments XD But without further ado, here they are! :D

Due to technical difficulties once and accidentally exiting the tab twice (resulting in deleted thumbnails) I've started this over three times, have been doing this for three hours now, and my soul is dead. Apologies if anyone's art is missing XD 

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MC: Fighters, are you ready?
Both nodded
MC: You may begin!
The gong rang, signalling for both fighters to bow out of respect. While Gawain prepared himself mentally, Javier put a hand around his cloak before throwing it off, revealing a sight that many were not expecting to see. His outfit was unique, a black bodysuit with red details that gave it a futuristic appearance. The removal of the cloak also gave full view of his face, which had a red line going down the left side of his face, including the eye on that side. His hair was black, as were his eyes, which seemed to have a competitive fire in the
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New Artist Feature

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 3:14 PM
It can be really difficult to get started on a deviantART account (I still remember!) and I know I have a fantastic community of watchers who'd love to help out some newbies :D So without further ado, here are some of them! :la: Good luck to all of you guys featured in the future! Don't forget, we all started small :D

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'If We Could Keep Only One' Feature

Tue May 22, 2018, 10:20 PM
A few days ago I put to you guys 'the hard question': if you could keep just one piece of art from your gallery, which one would it be?
And this is what you said! :D
I totally agree with you all - these are lovely works! ^^ Give it up for these brave souls who answered a tricky question with the absolute right answer :D 

It's Okay by RainbowsPuking435  Night Fury | Traditional Art by dDarknezZ  Sassy Euclase by MissIrefulSeraphim  Opa by YaggyDigital  SCRAP by NeonFrags

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Are You Procrastinating?

Tue May 8, 2018, 4:45 PM
Raise your hand if you're procrastinating. If you have something you should be doing, but you're not. If you keep saying, I'll start it in ten minutes, which quickly becomes more. Or even if, like me, you want to work on something, maybe an art piece or story, and you just can't bring yourself to do it.

I'm betting there are quite a few hands up. Even if you can't see them, they're there. Mine is. So it's nothing to be ashamed of, and I think that's something really important to remember, because beating yourself up about it certainly isn't going to make you want to do it more. 

Maybe you don't enjoy this thing you should be doing. Maybe you're scared of it. Maybe you haven't the foggiest idea why you just can't seem to get around it, and that's okay too.

I've found that lately this has been a problem with a lot of my hobbies. It happens a lot around crunch time for my university work (which is now), but instead of not being able to study, I can't draw, or write, or play video games, or watch anime. 
What I've found helps is to give myself just five minutes.

Do it for five minutes. Whatever it is, whatever you can't do, just do it for five minutes. If you're just starting out with it, maybe you can even set a timer if you want. But remember to say to yourself, "I'll do it for five minutes. Then I can stop."
And you can stop. If you're new to it, you might just do it for five minutes before you feel ready to stop. And that's okay. It takes many steps to walk a mile.
But the more I do it, the more I don't stop. I start getting caught up. Just like when I'm procrastinating on something, five minutes becomes ten minutes, which becomes half an hour, which becomes an hour.
By the time I do feel ready to stop, I usually feel a lot better - and very accomplished! :D

So if you really want to work on something, or know you should - just give yourself five minutes. 
It might just be the time you need ;)

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2018 Adoptable Market!

Fri May 4, 2018, 7:59 PM
Roll up, roll up, for Ari's 2018 Adoptable Market :D Inside you'll find a wide variety of wonderful adopts just waiting to be taken home! I hope you'll find something to suit your tastes :D
The original layout was getting kind of messy so I've divided it into categories by species.
If you're interested in an adopt, just click on it to be taken to its official deviation, or contact the owner to make an offer!
If you have an adopt in here, let me know if it sells so I can remove it from the market!

Here you'll find humans and elves!

Here you'll find humanoids, kemonomimis and anthros of all races!

Here you'll find animals and pets you might find in real life!

Here you'll find mythological beasts and creatures made up by deviants!

Here you'll find outfits, hairstyles and other things!

Here you'll find text links to Toyhouse OCs, adopts with extra art, and adopt galleries I couldn't convert to images (sorry, I did try!)… - $7 each - contact lowcow - $10 - contact lowcow
pandroid-battlefield.deviantar… - includes open adopts for the closed species Pandroid-Battlefield… - includes non-species adopts (and also open YCHs)… - includes colourful animal adopts - contact halgibso
Characters UFT/UFS by lihyan96 - includes plenty of human and humanoid OCs with extra art

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dA Wishing Well Feature #2

Thu May 3, 2018, 1:48 AM
So I used to do a lot of these types of journals, but life got in the way, but I asked on a poll what kind of helpful journals you guys would want to see and a lot of you asked for a return of the Mental Health Awareness series! I've been doing mainly personality disorders so far (unless there was a specific global 'day' promoting awareness of another mental disorder - and if you know of any coming up, let me know!) and on a poll I did aaages ago, Narcissistic Personality Disorder was one a lot of you wanted to know more about. So here it is!
Again, apologies for the PD abbreviation, it doesn't let me type in the entire thing.  

Disclaimer: I do not have Narcissistic Personality Disorder, so some of the stuff I say might be unintentionally hurtful or inaccurate - if you want to make any corrections, or just contribute anything at all to this, please let me know in comments or notes! Any edits requested will be left anonymous unless you ask to be identified :)

What Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (or NPD) is a Cluster B personality disorder, the cluster characterised by 'unpredictable or dramatic' behaviours. Those with NPD may have an excessive sense of importance, a lack of empathy and a preoccupation with success. It may lead to troubled relationships and social isolation of the sufferer. 

Symptoms include:
- exaggerated sense of self-importance
- exaggerates achievements and talents
- sense of entitlement
- obsession with success, class and status
- lack of awareness and empathy
- attitude of superiority
- may exploit others for personal gain
- severe anger
- expecting constant praise and attention
- difficulty maintaining healthy relationships
- difficulty regulating emotions
- secret feelings of insecurity and shame 
- feeling hurt easily

NPD is usually diagnosed in adulthood and requires longstanding symptoms lasting over a year. As with many personality disorders, researchers are unsure of the exact causes of NPD, but is likely to be due to a combination of biological, social and genetic factors. Studies suggest that the disorder is slightly more likely to be diagnosed in individuals with a family history of the disorder. However, childhood interactions with friends and family also have a great impact on the likelihood of developing the disorder. 

What Does Treatment Involve?

Many individuals with NPD will not seek out treatment for that disorder as they may not recognise the problem, and may be more likely to do so for depression, drug or alcohol use. 
However, successful management is possible with long-term therapy. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a common and efficient method, and family or marital therapy may help to address troubled relationships caused by the effects of NPD. 
As those with NPD are often affected by depression, antidepressants may be prescribed.

What Are Some Myths About Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

- People with NPD are easy to diagnose
Many people may wrongly believe a person is suffering from NPD simply because of arrogant or grandiose behaviour. However, the disorder is far more complicated than this and a professional diagnosis is always needed to be sure a person has NPD. This tendency to diagnose "narcissists" is particularly harmful as it undermines those actually suffering from the disorder.

- People with NPD can't have close relationships
Although those with NPD may have extreme difficulty forming relationships, it is not impossible. While intimacy may be frightening or intimidating for those affected, they are able to maintain some relationships and are often more successfully able to do so with therapy. 

- NPD isn't actually a disorder
Mental disorders are described as behavioural or mental patterns that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Though people with NPD may not appear to be in distress, their underlying feelings can be extremely difficult to manage and create massive suffering in their lives. 

- Everyone with NPD is loud and flashy
No two people experience a disorder in exactly the same way, and although the cliche of NPD is a brash, grandiose individual, it is entirely possible for someone with NPD to be quiet and introverted. Though this form of NPD is less common, it is equally as valid and can cause equal problems for a sufferer and those close to them.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is among the more notorious personality disorders and there is a great deal of stigma surrounding it. Though relationships can be difficult, it is important to remember that those with NPD are people too, and are suffering through pains greater than you may realise.

My Mental Health Awareness Series!

Mental Health Awareness - Paranoid PDIt's been a while since I've done one of these, because there haven't really been any events that I've heard of, but I decided to do one without it. Again, apologies for the PD abbreviation, it doesn't let me type in the entire thing. So here's a journal to promote awareness and acceptance of Paranoid Personality Disorder.
Disclaimer: I do not have Paranoid Personality Disorder, so some of the stuff I say might be unintentionally hurtful or inaccurate - if you want to make any corrections, or just contribute anything at all to this, please let me know in comments or notes! Any edits requested will be left anonymous unless you ask to be identified :) (Smile)
What Is Paranoid Personality Disorder?
Paranoid Personality Disorder (or PPD) is a Cluster A personality disorder, the cluster characterised by 'eccentric' behaviours. PPD results in an extreme distrust of others and a tendency to interpret their actions as negative or thr
Mental Health Awareness - Antisocial PDSo it's still Mental Health Awareness month, and according to my poll a lot of you wanted to know a bit more about Antisocial Personality Disorder. (I'm actually in the same boat haha, I'm very curious about ASPD and loved doing this research!) (Excuse the abbreviated title, the whole thing was too long)
Disclaimer: I do not have Antisocial Personality Disorder, so some of the stuff I say might be unintentionally hurtful or inaccurate - if you want to make any corrections, or just contribute anything at all to this, please let me know in comments or notes! Any edits requested will be left anonymous unless you ask to be identified :)
What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder?
Antisocial Personality Disorder (or ASPD), also known as sociopathy, is a Cluster B personality disorder. It is characterised by a long-standing pattern of low empathy leading to a continuous disregard for others' rights. People with ASPD may repeatedly break the law, become violent
Happy Schizophrenia Awareness Week! Happy Schizophrenia Awareness Week! This is probably one of the most stigmatised disorders out there so I figured I'd do some research and try to spread a little acceptance where I can :)
Disclaimer: I do not have schizophrenia, so some of the stuff I say might be unintentionally hurtful or inaccurate - if you want to make any corrections, or just contribute anything at all to this, please let me know in comments or notes! Any edits requested will be left anonymous unless you ask to be identified :) (Smile)
What Is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder characterised by a disconnect from reality, episodes of psychosis involving hallucinations and periods of reduced functioning. It can affect people's thoughts, perceptions and behaviour and impacts all aspects of life. It's quite a common disorder, affecting about 1 in 100 people worldwide. It usually develops from the late teens to the early 30s. There are a fe
<da:thumb id="670891982"/><da:thumb id="668262894"/> Happy World Autism Awarenesss Day!In Australia, it's April 2nd - Happy World Autism Awareness Day! Though this disorder is quite well-known, I feel like it is still widely misunderstood and there are a lot of myths going around that simply aren't true. 
Disclaimer: I do not have autism, so some of the stuff I say might be unintentionally hurtful or inaccurate - if you want to make any corrections, or just contribute anything at all to this, please let me know in comments or notes! Any edits requested by notes will be left anonymous unless you ask to be identified :) (Smile)
What is Autism?
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way a person relates to their environment as well as to other people. Social communication and interaction abilities can be impaired, and interests and behaviours might be perceived as repetitive or restricted. Autism may also affect learning abilities. People with autism may have very sensitive senses and may avoid everyd
Happy World Bipolar Day!Hi everyone!
In Australia, it's the 30th of March - happy World Bipolar Day! I've never really done anything like this before, but since 2017 is the official beginning of an ongoing battle with my own mental health, I figured that it would be a good time to start promoting awareness for stigmatised disorders (and some non-stigmatised ones too). Some of these disorders I suffer from myself, some of them affect my friends and family, some of them I might have no experience with at all. The ones I have myself are obviously going to be more personal and accurate than the ones I don't, but I'll do my best to research them all and encourage people to become more aware and accepting of any disorders they might not understand :)
If there are any disorders that have awareness days/months/weeks and you want me to write about them, please let me know! 
Disclaimer: I do not have bipolar disorder, so some of the stuff I say might be unintentionally hurtful or inaccurate - if you want to mak

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Official Mascot and New Logo!

Tue Mar 27, 2018, 6:16 PM
Hi everyone!

I never really thought of myself as needing or wanting a logo, until I saw whitefoxdesigns's logos, and then I did XD 

So I commissioned one, and it's absolutely fantastic, and I'm really happy to be able to unveil it to you guys!

Colour by Arasteia

All credit goes to whitefoxdesigns who did an incredible job and should be endlessly praised :D

I'll use this for future page decorations and journal skins as well as watermarking (I've been feeling for ages I need a sweet watermark and this is it). The coloured version will probably be what I use the most, but there's also a badass black and white version that I'm gonna use and show off too.

Black and White by Arasteia

Because I decided she should be the one on my logo, Aelia (the one on my front page and also in my avatar) who has been kind of an unofficial mascot for a while, is now the official mascot! :la:

So, exciting stuff happening around the Ari page! :D

In other news, I am very close to finishing my latest piece. I've been mega busy with university lately (two major assignments plus three quizzes coming up within the next week, plus preparation for a week-long academic fieldtrip in the holidays - but more on that another time) but I've been fitting in painting in the mornings and evenings. I think this painting just has a fair bit TO it so it's been taking a while ^^

Hope everyone is doing well! :hug: 

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6000 Watchers + CuriousCat!

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 2:09 PM
Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for 6000 watchers! That's so incredible ;3; I always go on every time I hit a milestone about how amazing you all are and how much I have to thank you and that probably won't stop, but honestly, thank you for your support! It's always, always appreciated :huggle:

Now, I have unfortunately been sick with the flu for the past couple days (been pretty much bedridden so no chance of drawing I'm afraid) however when I'm feeling a bit better I hope to get back to doing drawing livestreams on Picarto! :D They were always fun to do before and I'd love to get back into them (will have to download OBS to my computer again though and hope it works easier than last time).

Also, for my next drawing, I hope to do a full recorded speedpaint that I post to YouTube (I'll have to make a channel) so you guys can see my whole process even if you can't make it to any streams ^^

NOW if you didn't read any of that, READ THIS! XD
Since I'm sick and bedridden, I decided to make a CuriousCat at last XD
Have you ever wanted to ask me or tell me something but been too shy? Now you can do it anonymously!
I see a lot of other artists here doing it and I figured that at the very least it's a good way for you guys to give me anonymous feedback on my art or my events or anything I do on this page! At the most you can ask me random questions or anything you want really! :D

Check it out and ask me/tell me anything!

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dA Wishing Well Feature!

Sat Feb 24, 2018, 5:27 PM
Last month I joined dAWishingWell which is an awesome group dedicating to helping people's deviantART related wishes come true! ^^ I've been doing my best to help around where I can, so you might see more of these types of features in the future - I'm making people's wishes for features come true (at least in my own little way) :la: Check them out!

Stars of the Heart“Aight, just a bit further now…” Guzma assured his blindfolded companion as he lead the other teen carefully through the hallways.
Cyrus gave a sigh, but nonetheless continued to walk, thanks to the Gryffindor’s encouragement. “You better not make me crash into anything. Again.”
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“Cataclysm!” Chat Noir called upon his special ability to destroy anything he touches.  Bringing his hand around to the tree that he was trapped against by one of Ice Queen’s rings of ice, the tree started to rot and crumble.  By leaps and bounds he quickly made it to Ladybug’s side before Ice Queen, who screamed with rage behind him.  The last black spot on Ladybug’s red miraculous earrings started to blink, indicating that she would soon be transformed back into her normal self.  
“Let’s get you out of here, milady,” Chat Noir spoke in a gentle tone as he scooped Ladybug up into his arms and took off at an unimaginable speed to take her somewhere safe.  It wasn’t until the sudden appearance of Ladybug’s Kwami that he came to a stop.  This was it, with a simple downward glance, he would know the true identity of the girl that he loved.

New Wishing Well members! (wished for by iLantiis)
Commission: Cute by Elirio  Lineless test by lintato  Tiger by dominic-barrios <da:thumb id="726147594"/>  Feline on fire by Trojan-Pony  Harthm Lizzad by FabledForest  I speak for da horde... by NekoB00 <da:thumb id="722150941"/>  Angels Outfits- Cure Sapphire by JeansLily  a new year-ningi.
shopping —
sifting the racks
in search of new skin
thinking coyly
of tangerines
and days just as cloying
iii. closing shop before midnight
in yesteryear —
the merchants’ wares 
sleepful visions chastised
by Divinity’s drum —
the hound awakens
the embrace
of familial strangers —
faintly familiar
 <da:thumb id="732450172"/>  Green mood by Robin-Redbreast  Coming for you by TinaLouiseUk  Be Strong by Cirrogrond-Lions  Jaxith icon :Gift: by Emiitio  Improvement Meme - Crescent Rose I and II by craftsbyblue  Nanakohearteye by Haruka-Fukuhara  Art Trade: Mariam by artisticallystrange  Hobblegrunt by IridescentMirage

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Thank You!

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 2:42 PM
Hi everyone!

This is just a random journal to say thank you! I honestly feel I don't thank you guys enough, because you are all really fantastic. 

My latest event, the Christmas Critique Exchange, has gone mostly really well, and I want to say an extra thanks for everyone who participated, and I really hope you got a lot out of it! :hug:

I know I've been a bit quiet lately, mostly because I've been doing commercial commissions that I'm not comfortable with releasing until the projects are public, but I have been drawing and you'll likely get to see the fruits of those labours soon! I also wanted to warn you all that my internet has once again run out and deviantART is very slow to access, and it won't get better again until I'm basically back at university. So things may continue to be kind of quiet for a couple of weeks, but I'll be back in force late February!

But mainly I just wanted to say thank you, because you are all AMAZING and honestly just an awesome community to be part of :huggle: 

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Your Art Is Too Expensive

Thu Jan 18, 2018, 6:30 PM
This idea.
I see so many comments and even journals around deviantART with this idea. And in a lot of cases, it's absolutely ridiculous. 

Since I opened commissions, I've been absolutely beyond lucky. Though my art is more expensive than a majority of what I see on dA, I've never had anyone tell me my prices are too much, so this isn't a personal thing for me (and for that I am extremely grateful). Instead I'm writing this on behalf of all the other artists who do get told this, and who are affected by this, because this needs to be heard.

When you commission an artist, it's just like hiring any other service, like a carpenter, or a car mechanic, or a pest control agent. You're hiring someone with a specialised set of skills to complete a specialised job for you. Essentially, you're not hiring the end product - you're hiring their time. With this in mind, let's continue.

This problem of perceived overpricing is particularly bad on dA - in the real world, people pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars for art, and I've seen people say a $5 illustration is too much. I think one of the main contributors to this is the currency of points. 100 points... well I mean, let's be real - 100 of anything sounds like a lot, right? In reality, 100 points is not a lot. 100 points is about $1 USD.
Let's go back to the idea of hiring an artist's time. Say the artist is selling a half-body painting for 100 points, and it takes them 2 hours to do. They are getting paid 50c an hour. It doesn't matter how inexperienced an artist is or how unconfident they are in their art, their time is worth more than 50c an hour.

A lot of people on this site are quite young, or don't make a lot of money, and I understand that in these circumstances, even prices in the $10 - $50 range can seem like a lot. But for complex, time-consuming illustrations, $10 is nowhere near enough. So please don't tell anyone their prices are too expensive, or that nobody will buy anything unless they lower them. Even if you're just trying to give them advice to get more sales, it can seem as if you're undervaluing their work or trying to get art for yourself for cheaper. Their pricing is their choice, and it's probably already less than what they should be getting!

And For Those Who Don't Feel That They Can Raise Their Prices

If you're selling art that you worked hard on for a pittance, remember that your time is worth more than that! If you're spending hours on commissions that are less than 500 points, or even less than 100 points, you're selling yourself immeasurably short. 
You might feel that people won't buy from you if you increase your prices, but if more people priced themselves reasonably, there wouldn't be this idea that 200 points is expensive!
There are always people willing to pay a bit more, and if you haven't found them, you probably just haven't got the right amount of exposure yet. 
Supply and demand is definitely something to take into account, but please - your time is worth more than 10 points! :hug:

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First Work of 2018 Feature!

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 2:04 PM
 New year, new art! I called for people to show me their first work of 2018 and wow you guys have started off the new year with a bang! Check out these amazing pieces, and thank you to everyone who contributed! :la: Sorry I couldn't reply to everyone on the thread, once I got back on there were too many :'D

Dreamcatcher by YaggyDigital  First Upload in 2018 by alenawal