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Hi I'm tried of constantly explaining this to people on a numerous amount of websites so I'm making a journal on this I can link people with current information.

So your non-sexual, nude art, body studies, or other casual nude art has been flagged by DeviantArt, or Tumblr or Twitter ect as being 'mature', mature meaning only people that have claimed to be over 18 can see it. You think to yourself 'but there's nothing sexual going on here, why is it being flagged' or 'it's just breasts, they're not a sexual organ' Even if you're absolutely correct in your assessment of the work, it doesn't change the fact that if the website you are using is hosted in the US, they are bound by US Law, which states that certain content must be filtered from access to minors if you know that minors have access to your site and you know the content is there. Warning for sites that don't require a log-in, such as those 'I agree I am 18+' splash pages on websites - yes while someone can still lie, it makes the website not responsible for someone lying about their age because they made the good faith effort to warn for the content. If there's no warning, it could be argued that they are knowingly curating their content to minors which can get them in trouble with the law.

Getting into where I have this information, here are the current, active policies themselves, COPPA and CIPA:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children…
(Wiki pages are not an exhaustive list of all the terms and policies, you can use them to get a review but you will have to look at the wordage of the policies themselves to get all the details.)

In just one cursory glance, according to these acts, content must be filtered from minors if:
"Any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that – (i) taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; (ii) depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and (iii) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors."

If it seems like that even by this verbiage a lot of mature flagged art could still be un-flagged because you could argue it as being Artistic or Academic, you would be right. There could be cases where a blanket flag wouldn't necessarily be the way to go, but the thing of it is, not everyone feels that way. A website itself might even be on your side, but if the person that decides to bring litigation into the ruling thinks otherwise, it doesn't matter what you or the host thinks. This flimsiness of the state of Obscenity laws has been a long standing issue for decades, it's the whole reason why similar laws to COPPA have been through cycles of revisions, so if you think this is frustrating, believe me, it's even more frustrating for hosts like DeviantArt, because they're the ones that have to deal with the actual litigation in the long run.

As a result, many websites instill personal policies that calls for a blanket flag on any nude image to be marked for 18+ viewership. They don't have the time or resources to argue for and keep track of, every single nude piece that could be considered of artistic or academic value, should the threat of litigation ever arise. It also prevents potential in-fighting of people arguing whether or not their art can be seen as artistic because the eyes are sultry or not, or whatever little nitpick a person might have. Some websites even instill filtration policies for the whole site for mature flagging in order to comply with other international laws, so the site won't be filtered or their viewers from other parts of the world won't get into trouble.

At the end of the day, the point is a website makes it's policies both to comply with the law of the location it is set up in and also be smoother with international laws. It isn't about them personally telling you what has value or what does not, DA of all places won't argue schematics of Artistic Intent, it flags based on what is visible in the image as well as what's in the description and that's it. And their policy states that anything nude needs to be flagged as 18+, regardless of artistic intent. It's as simple as that. And before I get this comment: If you know something that is nude but not flagged as mature, instead of complaining about it, report it. Someone reporting your content only means you were caught, it doesn't mean DA has a bias.

And if you're upset that your life art studies have been relegated to the 18+ filter, a requirement and policy clearly stated in the DeviantArt TOS? Then you know what? Make your own dang website.
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Offering Commissions for Digital Busts and Pixel Art
I can draw anything, humans, animals, creatures, dragons, robots, anything.

Xevras Bust by armaina SolsticeRain Bust by armaina
Digital Busts, (waist up) 300DPI
1200x1200 - 60$
600x600 - 30$


Pixel Commissions 2018 by armaina
Full Body - 35$
Portraits - 30$
(for an additional 5$ I can add simple 2 frame animations such as blinking and bobs, complex animations cost more)

Note here or email armaina@gmail.com for inquires

More Examples Here: gallery.armaina.com/pixel.html
Pixel Commissions 2018 by armaina
Hey I'm open for Pixel Art Commissions
Slots:
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Full Body - 35$
Portraits - 30$
(for an additional 5$ I can add simple 2 frame animations such as blinking and bobs, complex animations cost more)

I can draw anything, humans, animals, creatures, dragons, robots, anything.

Note here or email armaina@gmail.com for inquires

More Examples Here: gallery.armaina.com/pixel.html
A heads up: I’m probably going to be raising the prices on my basic pixel arts. It could go up by 5$ or 10$ for each type. Current prices will be valid until I make the new posts/infographs until then. Prices could change within a week or so.
The way I see it, a single day for a birthday is kinda awkward, since it's hard to gather everyone together for a single celebration as you get older due to conflicting schedules and what not, so why not just have a nice nebulous birthday week where you do nice things for yourself rather than a singular party. A get together is still something I want to do, but I wouldn't mind a few scattered instances instead of just one singular gathering. My goal is starting today, I have the week for 'myself'. For context, Feb 7th is my actual Birth Day, but I want to focus on just.. doing stuff for me in the 'birth week' since kinda haven't done that, in general, for a long time....

If I take any commissions they'll be small ones with a small queue, so I can focus on doing stuff for me without being gummed up by other obligations.

I may be streaming during the week, dunno when but probably somewhere between 6am - 5pm AZ time (which I think is the same as mountain time right now) Either Warframe, maybe some other games, and Art for myself I've been meaning to work on. And commissions, if I take any that is.
So just as I'm thinking I'm done with hardware problems, my boot drive up and dies on me.
The good news: All my art files were not on the boot drive and they're all still in-tact, no loss there.
The bad news: I have another drive that is the same age as my boot drive, it's what all my personal files are on so I have no idea how long that's going to last me :/

I've already backed up my stuff, so if it does die, I won't loose anything. But the problem is, if it dies I won't.. have any space for anything. To top it off, the drive I'm using as my boot drive, is just as old as the drive that just died. These drives are between 8-10 years old, so they've had a good run, but I don't know how long either of them will hold up ): I probably needs to really buckle down and put money into a new hard drive. Honestly just a 500GB or 750GB hard drive would be more than enough for me, my current drives are only 320GB and 250GB, I'm not working with a lot of space to begin with.

I am of course, open for commissions, most easily available are my pixel art commissions but other inquires are possible. (please know that anything outside of my set sizes/offerings will take me longer to set up and provide quotes for)

If you want though, I do have a Ko-Fi
ko-fi.com/armaina

I'm thinking of doing like donation headshots but I need to have it on my outing day. Maybe more information on that later?

Here's to hoping I can save enough (while also buying groceries) for a new hard drive, before the ones I have fail ):
I've been tossing about the idea of providing some paid to use and maybe some free pixel art bases. What I'm wondering is, what should I make? I'll probably do different dragon ones because of course I would because I love dragons, but are there any specific species you'd like to see made into a pixel art base? And of those bases would you like to see 50x50 or 100x100 sized pixel art ? I would make a poll but to be honest I don't know what all to put on that poll. (also I don't know of many closed species or open species that are okay with people making pay-to-use bases for the species. I only know a handful of them)

Please, any suggestion at all would be nice to hear, so anything you'd like to see me make a pixel art base for, let me know!
Apparently ever since at least the 5th generation, unsure if this is true of the 4th, but the extra nibs you get in the pen holder come with different varieties of nibs, and in them are two nibs that have become my personal favorite nibs and ones you might want to consider giving a try if you haven't already.

First of all, the Stroke Nibs.
If you like your pressure sensitivity, these are basically the best choice of nibs at all. They work great with very gentle strokes and full pressure. If you're not used to a high range of pressure, these might take some getting used to, but once you do, the stiffness of all the other nibs becomes abundantly clear. This is great for both inking and painting and I strongly recommend this one for anyone that does either.


The second is the Flex Nib.
This one I mostly use for my pixel art, it has a nice feel to it and is really good for delicate lines. So if you like small thin lines in your work and don't like the feeling of the standard nibs, this one might be your best option.
I've been mulling on having a discord server, set up something kinda simple for now. I'd like to keep maybe some of my WorldBuilding there or have a place to co-ordinate games with others (mostly Warframe and Guild Wars 2) Join if either being around me talking about my projects interests you or if you'd like to game with me or something.

Eventual plans for.. Things. Comic or Quest, I don't know what's going to happen first. Also that 'classic' adoptable project I've wanted to hammer out.

discord.gg/XbJXHEH
If you don't want to join a server but wanna add me to discord, I'm armaina#2910 (literally anyone can add me, seriously)
been thinking a lot lately about how DeviantArt is kinda.. the only fun artist community there is. (this isn't to say other communities/sites can't be fun, I'm just mostly referring to setup and infrastructure)

On DeviantArt you can draw in people's comments, respond with thumbnails of images and people make images specifically for that purpose, make your own emoticons for anyone to use without needing any specific kind of account, easily find communities to participate in, browse a category specifically geared towards art related memes. These might all seem like novelties, but when you think about being creative with anything visual, being able to do all those things are, to me, a big deal.

It feels lately that every new art site that crops up seems to hate the idea of being casual or 'fun' with art. They want to be either some sort of high skill curated deal or something of 'serious' art related like some conceptart crap. I think the only other sites that might be 'fun' are Wysp ?? And that's only because of it's more simple interaction in it's interface. In general, it's like we hit this point where people feel as though art 'has' to be serious, and it's honestly a shame. Being Super Serious about art is

People dog in DeviantArt a lot and yea, it's a hugemassive site, building a presence there isn't easy, but there are just so many ways to interact with people. People need to have fun again with their art. More art, more memes, more doing things badly and being okay with it.

And even more related, I'm much more kinder to the idea of DA Points than some people are, if only for the fact I think they need to be treated like tips and not commission currency. I mean, Twitch has it's bits and people just tip bits to streamers, why can't we revitalize the idea of tipping points to artists on DA? It's the only art site that does it.

Really miss the encouragement of Fun and Goofy art based interactions.
Well Okay all those tablet issues? Well I think they're fixed now, for good, because my sister surprise gifted me with a new tablet and monitor.

I'm going from a 17in CRT to a 24in Flat Panel and it is SO HUGE, there's a lot of personal adjustments I need to make to get used to this thing. I've never worked on anything this big before in my life, I've been using that same tablet and monitor for the last uh.. 15 years???? SO this is a huge leap for me and quite an adjustment period. I think I've *mostly* got my settings correct for the tablet. I may need to uninstall and reinstall all wacom stuff because PS is being fussy about it. All my other programs work just fine, it's just PS of all things.

It'll take me some time to get used to the new dimensions, but I'll be back on track soon enough.

In the meantime, doing Inktober, and by that I mean I'm doing a Warframe Inktober, none of which involves my tablet lol
So a few months ago my drawing tablet's cable (tablet is a Wacom Intuos 3 6x8) was reaching a point where the damage was really negatively impacting it's use. I was only able to get it to stabilize every so often but then I'd have bursts where it just did not want to remain connected. The tablet's digitizer is fine, it works perfectly, no issues. It's literally just the cable and the fact that it was damaged and torqued.

Here's the thing, it is absolutely fixable. I have about 3 options for it.

1) cutting down the damaged area, stripping the cable and re-wiring
2) Completely cutting away the original cable and shoving on a female micro USB port in order to use a normal Micro/USB cable that I'd be able to change out as needed
3) Purchasing a cheap same model tablet that turns on but doesn't work, specifically to salvage the cable from it

Of these options, 1 and 2 run the risk of botching the job and ruining any cable I had literally at all. (granted I could possibly use just a standard USB cable for this job I'm just very inexperienced with this kind of hardware modifying) 3 will cost more but will be the easiest of the options and will give me an extra cable with which to do the other options I have listed there. All of these would still be more frugal than getting literally any new tablet at all at the 'tier' I have. (talking like maybe 20-40$ ish at the most)

I'm trying a last ditch effort to stabilize my tablet with what I have now, as I have a queue of commissions I've hardly been able to get to work on because of all this. Afterward I'm going to open up physical media only commissions in order to drum up money to do the fixes I need to my tablet cus I'm absolutely suffering without it.
It's just a few days before June and that means ArtSlam is going to be kicking off very soon! So I hope you all can sign up and join us!

If you don't know what ArtSlam is, it's project/challenge between June-August where you draw once a day. Now you can do it for one month, two months or all three months. You also don't have to start on june, there are also start ups for July and August. You pick a subject or theme you give yourself to challenge and just do it once a day. The idea is to give yourself something to work on as well as commune with people that are also doing the same thing and both help and encourage each other through the community. So I hope some others participate as well!

Sign ups can be found on

Livejournal: artslam.livejournal.com/223895…
Dreamwidth: artslam.dreamwidth.org/1942.ht…

Why sign up?
So that your tags can be made and you can get fun achievements for participating in the community. While you could follow along in spirit by giving a challenge to yourself, it's always nice to have more people to engage and participate with in the community.
Seen this meme around and wanted to fill it out. Do it too if you want :O

Everyone's characters have a special place in their heart, but exactly what place do your top 10 favorite OC's take up? Fill out the places below, and then explain why you chose them, if you you feel like it! Don't have 10 characters? Go for as many as you have!
When you've completed these 10 places, tag 5 people!

1. Your Fursona/Persona!
Your character that represents you!
Armaina Reference by armaina
Yep, this is still my persona, has been for a while now. Before that was the dragon avatar I had which I still like her, this is just more personable since it's my own species.

2. Your 'Guardian Angel'
You protect yourself through them, vent through them etc, they keep you strong. You probably have a deep emotional connection with this character.
Talon Reference by armaina Talon Portrait by armaina Faded Talon by armaina Talon Erta Ink by armaina  Talon Stylized Attempt by armaina
Don't know if Guardian Angel would be the most accurate title but she is absolutely the most important character of mine and the most emotionally and psychologically connected character of mine.
toyhou.se/10725.talon

3. Your Sunshine!
A character that never fails to make you smile. Maybe they have bright colors. or maybe they are very cute. A character who's your own personal sun.
Ridir Reference by armaina
Innocent bug child
toyhou.se/10995.ridir

4. The Odd One
The odd ball character you're not sure why you have, but you treasure them deeply. Perhaps because they're just so weird?
Munin Portrait by armaina Munin Brushpen Ink by armaina
Munin. Oh I know exactly why I have him, he was intentionally made the way he is, but he is definately an Odd Bird, to say the least.
toyhou.se/10834.munin
Paul sketches by armaina
Honorary mention of Paul
toyhou.se/152778.paul

5. Sentimental Value
Okay, now who has the most sentimental value? Maybe a character you received from a friend, or who you have fond memories of. Perhaps they're very old?
New Dayma Reference by armaina
Despite not really using her anymore, Dayma is still my oldest and one I still consider important in a way.

6. The fancy one!
You're flashiest character! Probably the prettiest one or the one with the most fancy design.
Coronym Reference by armaina
While Coronym's design might not seem fancy, she is definately the most accessorized for the setting she's in and is the most conscious of her appearance of any of my characters.
toyhou.se/10816.coronym

7. The rare one!
'The rarity' How about a character you're so surprised you actually managed to get. You probably won't be letting go of them anytime soon!
I feel like this is specifically aimed toward adoptable type characters or closed species in which case, I have none.

8. Weird Attachment
Tacea Reference by armaina New Methalous Reference by armaina
a tie between these two. I don't do anything with them but I can't bear to give them up at all.

9. The Fandom character

You heard me! Everyone's got one, fork them over!
Ridir Reference by armaina Luminar Reference by armaina Flyers Are Obnoxious by armaina Saber the Tiger by armaina
I have a ton of fan characters. I'm not ashamed. These are just the most recent.
toyhou.se/armaina/characters/f…

   
10. The newbie
Okay who just joined your family of characters? Let's see them!
Discount Samus by armaina
This is Daga, I love her
toyhou.se/152759.codename-daga
So the chaos is mostly over and I've been moved into the new apartment since the end of last month. All the contributions helped significantly in feeding us and paying for transport during the move and I thank those that helped so much for that.

Still not unpacked, my main rig is still not hooked up so I'm just relying on my old, low powered laptop ATM, so it's taking me some time to catch up, that is, if I catch up completely at all at this rate.

Have a lot to get done and a new job to find.
So some developments have happened around the second week of Feb and I'm having to move very abruptly from my current location before the end of the month.

So a bit of backstory because my situation is a little awkward. When I was being forced to move out of the house of the people I lived with at the time (it was a bad mess and they were forcing me to pay more than my fair share anyway) and rent a place on my own but my credit was bad.

I went through a third party service to rent. They basically have the unit in their name and vouch for me and I pay them, it was the only way I could get an apartment on short notice with bad credit. I've been with that service for the last 3 years because we've had no money to move out. (which we would have, had my last job not have screwed me over)

Well, that third party service I rent through, their contract is running out with the place I'm living at right now, it ends this month, I was informed a week into the month. The place I'm living at now, if I were to rent from them directly, have changed their prices to 850 a month, that's not including electric which I pay upwards of 250$ a month in the summer. Now, the service I rent through does have other properties, but they have nothing available in the east valley and we can't live in north phoenix as gas for transit would be too much.

So we have to find a new place which means we need a deposit, which we don't really have. I was hoping by now to get SOME of the money I was owed at my last job, but I've heard nothing and I'm working on the indication that I'll never be paid for the time owed. I already have a place I'm looking into that's available and has all utilities included which would save us so much money in the summer and once I get a new job we should be fine, it's just the initial move in cost that we're struggling with.

TLDR: I have to move by the end of this month and I was given short notice and we're barely getting by, and we might not have the means for a deposit at a new place.

If by some chance you wish to donate, paypal is armaina@gmail.com I don't expect it, but I won't lie, it'd help us out immensely.
Discord is armaina#2910
I made a mastodon, it's mastodon.social/users/armaina
It's got a dash like tweetdeck, has selective private posts, readmores/cut, and 500 character limit

For additional contact info I have a hub here: me.armaina.com/
Job situation is still bleak (I've only been paid a total of 80$ for the month for all the work I'm doing). I'm doing what I can on my end to find new employment but I really need commissions right now.

I have stuff open in my commission section but if you're looking for any style or work I don't have posted numbers for please let me know. The things I have listed with a flat price are just works I know exactly how long will take me in most varied circumstances. Feel free to inquire about any prices or options.
Sooo job thing, I watch someone's kids right?

Well my last payment that was supposed to cover the first half of this month as well as a leftover week in December (due to winterbreak didn't have the full month, school bus drivers and all that). So Friday I get paid, and how much did I get??
80$
80$ and I'm supposed to wait until the 19th for the next payment. And there's still no guarantee she'll pay me the total 950 for the month as promised, along with the week in December.
Sooooo Now I'm trying to take commissions to attempt to cover the car payment of 200$ before the 13th. (would need a little over 120$)

Yes, I'm looking for new work. This doesn't happen over night and there would still be a gap in when I get paid next, and I would still have to wait for the family to find someone to replace me.
No she's not doing this intentionally, I know the family is struggling but so are we and we can't do this. Not with my SO's student loans, the car payment, and now 3000$ hospital bill.

So yeah, who wants to commission me ? While I love taking pixel coms (because they're fast and I can knock them out in a couple hours) I can take other commissions just gotta ask, since I don't have a new price grid yet.

Comment/DM is fine, or email armaina@gmail.com (that's also my paypal)
Whoo geeze, so, I've had notifications sitting around here for far too long, going through and giving myself a clean slate for the most part with a few things saved. I want to get some of my groups in order, at least find people that can help me run them fairly. Really don't want to deal with people trying to make my communities cliquish or exclusive in some way.

I got a lot of things here and there to wrap up, tying to keep up the pace on my art as well, but it's been difficult with my time spread so thin. But I'm here and always will be and don't ever plan on leaving DA. I just sometimes loose track of things from time to time.