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Hey y'all! A little bit of a long overdue life update and art status, I know that many people been asking me about finally opening commissions again, but as per usual real life got in the way.

They finally will open this month, but even though I should stay open for a long time, don't expect me to be able to start working with you immediately after you hit me up. I still have a small backlog of older things to complete and an ongoing comic project (which isn't uploaded here because it's NSFW and so you can look it up on my tumblr and Twitter) and keeping that in mind, I have to balance everything out and spread upcoming orders evenly in time.

One thing you can be certain, is that if you wrote me, I WILL get to you. This is both to people still waiting for me and new clients.
Due to some real life circumstances I've used to overstrain myself in the past, and I am currently working on fixing that slowly but steadily, and so I don't want that to happen again in the future. I will be accepting smaller amounts of commissions per each month, and I am hoping to work more fluently because I am in a better place personally right now. IRL issues really can affect a workflow in a negative way, but hopefully this is all behind me now.

To people still waiting for me, I am sorry for this delay. Partially this is the reason why I didn't wanna open commissions earlier, I wanna have a clear account because I care about each and every single one of my clients and everything will be completed accordingly. As I've already said, if you contacted me I WILL get to you and you haven't been forgotten. Thank you all for your patience, from the bottom of my heart.

And so taking this all into account, even though I will open soon, I will be probably accepting commissions set for August and later. I still have a lot of work to do, both personally and in the art world, and so I don't wanna rush things. Once again, deepest thanks to everyone supporting me over the years.

In the meantime, feel free to take a look at the price list and the related journal entries linked in its description, there is a complex FAQ there and all the commission rules explained in great detail :nod:

Price list by FoxInShadow
twitter.com/foxinshadow_art is the Twitter I will be using for all my NSFW and fandom artwork from now on, I’ll also try to post there more sketches and speed art which I hesitate to post on tumblr, you know, all the quirky stuff

The previous twitter will remain the personal thing it grew to be, I stopped posting my art there because certain people I know IRL follow me there and I would rather not expose them to all the furry tits :D
If you folks are tired of waiting for me to open up for new inquiries in 2018, and would rather get some gorgeous and affordable traditional art right away, then my girlfriend could really use your help right now.

Long story short, for a while now Kukseleg has had her graphics card completely broken, so she can't use her PC nor make any digital art. So she decided to take Copic marker commissions to gather funds, basically to get her PC back up and running.

She does some great stuff so I wholeheartedly recommend checking her out, price list and contact info below Fox emoji - yay! 

Kuki is drawing:

-Chibi
-Ponies,
-Anthro, semi-anthro,
-furry,
-humans,
-fantasy creatures,
-animals,
-NSFW (have to pay extra, it's calculated case by case so please contact her directly)
-gore (as above)

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DeviantArt :iconkukseleg: :iconkukseleg: :iconkukseleg: DeviantArt 

Tumblr Icon littleweirdoneko.tumblr.com/ Tumblr Icon 
Tumblr Icon kukinsfw.tumblr.com/ Tumblr Icon 
Email kukicommission@gmail.com Email 

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So thank you all for your inquiries, now I have enough to keep me busy for the rest of the year, most likely :icondeadfoxplz:

However, the reality is that my waiting list changes all the time, not only due to my personal life, but also because sometimes there are dropouts or reschedules, and I am able to take care of all the orders much faster than initially planned.

So please keep an eye out, because I might have some limited openings during the upcoming months, or just open the regular commissions much faster than that! As I said, we shall see.

Important notice to all my current and upcoming clients: if you have already contacted me about a commission and I replied and got you booked, then you do not have to worry, your order will be accepted and I will contact you when your turn comes up. :wave:

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I'll also use this as a reminder that you can find me and my art in some other places, both old and new:


:iconraphshea: is my secondary deviantart

foxintwilight on tumblr

FurAffinity

Pixiv

Instagram

you can also Buy Me a Coffee

Hey y'all, it's been a while!

I've been busy as always with commission work, which is why I don't post too many updates, because there's not much to talk about.

However, I do have some art-related announcements. As you may know, I am always trying to diversify my audience and increase the number of art platforms I am using. Besides deviantart I've grown a noticeable audience on tumblr, but recent changes in its policies make me want to expand further.

And also since I have some appropriate otaku artwork coming up, I should start posting on my old Pixiv again! Feel free to follow me there as well: pixiv.me/foxinshadow

In similar fashion, I've just started a separate instagram for my art. I have other active account but it has grown to be of personal nature, so if you want to see solely my art, then follow this one: www.instagram.com/foxinshadow_…

(not everything will be getting posted to my Pixiv and instagram, but you can expect more sketches and rough drafts to pop up there)

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As for the commissions, I have already got booked until late November/early December, so if you want to snatch some of the last slots for this year, then read up on my FAQ:   Detailed commission FAQ, dos and don'ts and rulesTaking into account a few years of my experience, some recent events, few endlessly returning questions and tiresome explaining, I felt that this FAQ is much needed.
I sure as hell hope that this doesn't sound rude or anything, please remember I'm not trying to scare you away, I'm trying to fix both the issues that some of you had with me, and the issues I had with some of you. I'm taking most of the blame here, because even if only 1% of you isn't satisfied with my services, that's still too many unhappy customers. Sometimes I wasn't acting professional and I am not afraid to admit that, sometimes I was too overwhelmed to handle everything so this gotta change. Fair and square.*
*needless to say, by reading this journal you agree to the terms and conditions yadda yadda blah blah blah let's not be dicks to each other, I respect your rights you respect mine.
And keep in mind that I am aiming at making the process more enjoyable for you and me, and what sounds like a s


If you don't want to wait this long, my dear :iconkairaanix: is taking commissions as well, ready to work with you right away! Here's her Commission price list
Commissions are back and open!

But before you jump to claim a spot, please take a moment to read up on some details and changes. Most likely I won't be able to start working with you until September anyway, due to my waiting list which is still filled with some larger commission projects. However, please take into consideration I might always write you earlier than estimated, there are always some dropouts and reschedules.

Alright. First of all, I've had to noticeably increase the price of complex backgrounds. I've noticed that I've been spending increasingly more and more time working on them as I progress with my art, and admittedly I'd rather focus on characters with my commissions, so I had to balance things out. Complex backgrounds are more expensive, but if you choose to order them after all, I will have more time to work on them thanks to the increased price, resulting in even better outcome. However, I am honestly hoping that now the commissions will shift to more character-oriented orders. I am honestly enjoying working on them more.

(Note for people who haven't paid me yet, but already got their price estimate from me: your orders are NOT affected by this change, once you have gotten a pricing from me, for that order the old pricing still applies. Only the orders booked from this day onwards use the new pricing.)

With that being said, I have also posted a handy guide to my backgrounds, which should help you realize what is and isn't a complex background for me. Maybe your order doesn't even need a complex background in the first place. Please read up on the details there: 
what is and isn't a complex background for meSince I am opening commissions again and there have been some changes related to the price list, I thought I'd clarify something that's been bugging some of my clients for a while, and also something that my new clients might find useful.
Simply put, where I draw the line on what is a complex background, and how you can get around this. Sometimes you don't even need a complex background without realizing it, so this guide might save you some money, and me plenty of time required to complete your order. 
The simplest definition I can give on a complex background, at least for me, is that it's an intricate scene crowded with plenty of different elements. Complex background is a background that takes me more time to complete than the characters themselves.
HOWEVER, on the other hand I am going to point out the types of scenery that are NOT going to be charged extra for the complexity, these types of backgrounds might be more than simple flat colo

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And if you are new to my commissions, there are a few more things I have to point out and link you to:

:bulletred: First of all, I do not use a fixed amount of commission slots. I am booking you long in advance and spreading your orders evenly in time as they come, so you are simply being added to my waiting list and I am giving you a time estimate for when I should be able to begin. I do not accept payments long in advance, you will pay only once we start.

:bulletred: I have a detailed commission FAQ which you should read in its entirety before even sending me a note, so take your time because I might've already answered most of your questions:  Detailed commission FAQ, dos and don'ts and rulesTaking into account a few years of my experience, some recent events, few endlessly returning questions and tiresome explaining, I felt that this FAQ is much needed.
I sure as hell hope that this doesn't sound rude or anything, please remember I'm not trying to scare you away, I'm trying to fix both the issues that some of you had with me, and the issues I had with some of you. I'm taking most of the blame here, because even if only 1% of you isn't satisfied with my services, that's still too many unhappy customers. Sometimes I wasn't acting professional and I am not afraid to admit that, sometimes I was too overwhelmed to handle everything so this gotta change. Fair and square.*
*needless to say, by reading this journal you agree to the terms and conditions yadda yadda blah blah blah let's not be dicks to each other, I respect your rights you respect mine.
And keep in mind that I am aiming at making the process more enjoyable for you and me, and what sounds like a s


stuff that I do and don't do by FoxInShadow
Since I am opening commissions again and there have been some changes related to the price list, I thought I'd clarify something that's been bugging some of my clients for a while, and also something that my new clients might find useful.

Simply put, where I draw the line on what is a complex background, and how you can get around this. Sometimes you don't even need a complex background without realizing it, so this guide might save you some money, and me plenty of time required to complete your order. 

The simplest definition I can give on a complex background, at least for me, is that it's an intricate scene crowded with plenty of different elements. Complex background is a background that takes me more time to complete than the characters themselves.

HOWEVER, on the other hand I am going to point out the types of scenery that are NOT going to be charged extra for the complexity, these types of backgrounds might be more than simple flat colors, but they do not require the time investment I put into really detailed art pieces.

:bulletred: First I am going to show you the examples of obviously complex backgrounds:

Bright Future by FoxInShadow The tribe demands blood by FoxInShadow Successful Summoning by FoxInShadowNight Huntress by FoxInShadow Aldea by FoxInShadow Daydell by FoxInShadow Dungeons and Ponies by FoxInShadow

All these works share a similarity in that the background has a lot of elements, there are either some sorts of buildings, or cave structures or interiors with a lot of detail to them. Crowded places also count as a complex background. Things like vehicles also fall under the complex background.
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So that was simple to define. But as I said, there are some types of surroundings that you might have thought they count as complex, but in reality they are very easy for me to pull off, and they are not going to be charged extra.

:bulletred:So here are examples of backgrounds considered simple, even though they have some elements to them:

Renamon by FoxInShadow Space cop Judy by FoxInShadow Krystal Rave by FoxInShadow Jujehyu by FoxInShadow Corduroy Road by FoxInShadow The Last Goodbye by FoxInShadow  Counter Terrorists win by FoxInShadow It's MRE bread again by FoxInShadow Levitate (65/366) by FoxInShadow King Sombra (60/366) by FoxInShadow Spear of Justice (37/366) by FoxInShadow

As you can see, with simple background the character is the main focus. Even though there are things going on in the background, your eyes are drawn to the character because the scenery consists of simple elements.

:bulletred: I also thought I could list some examples of objects/settings that are not going to get you charged extra:

-Bed sheets. When I don't have to draw the whole bedroom and instead focus on just the character laying in bed, that is definitely not a complex background.
-Empty room spaces or dimly lit interiors. Similarly to the bed sheet example, if there is no intricate detail to the interior there is no need for the extra charge
-splashes of colour/water/rain/snow/explosions/smoke/wind/bokeh/small particles surrounding the character, these are all simple
-bright neon colors/rave settings/beams of light
-Deserted outdoor areas. This might be tricky to describe, but basically if I have to draw an empty field with just the blue sky and maybe some grass, that hardly counts as complex in my book. Similarly if you have a character standing in the water/swimming in sea with nothing around them, then that isn't complex either.
-accessories held by characters
-not altered textures pasted into the artwork to serve as background, I am using royalty-free textures from this site, and you are free to browse them and tell me if you want me to use any of them: www.textures.com/

So I guess that sums it all up. I hope this helped with any confusion you might've had, and in case you are still unsure feel free to write me :nod:
Right, so the only reason why I am closing commissions is because I've currently got so many inquiries that I should be occupied until June.

However, the reality is that my waiting list changes all the time, not only due to my personal life, but also because sometimes there are dropouts or reschedules, and I am able to take care of all the orders much faster than initially planned.

So please keep an eye out, because I might have some limited openings during the upcoming months, or just open the regular commissions much faster than that! As I said, we shall see. For now, I have plenty to keep me occupied.

Important notice to all my current and upcoming clients: if you have already contacted me about a commission and I replied and got you booked, then you do not have to worry, your order will be accepted and I will contact you when your turn comes up.

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Also, if you need some quality art done quick and you can't wait until June, maybe you’d be interested in checking out what my dear :iconkairaanix: has to offer. She is currently open for commissions, and yes, it is kinda an “emergency post” for her because she has some major expenses coming up soon.

Here is her price list:

kairaanix.deviantart.com/art/C…

She’d hella appreciate if you could spread the info around :*

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I have a secondary deviantart account for non-furry and non-pornographic material, maybe you'd like to check it out: :iconraphshea:
I guess I have something kinda big to announce. I decided to make a clear distinction between my current online persona, and more traditional topics.

Allow me to explain my reasoning first. After managing this account for over seven years, I can see pretty clearly what most of my watchers „expect” from me.

I don’t want to make it sound like I am ungrateful for the support I am getting, because I love you guys, and I love what I am doing here. However, whenever I was posting something unrelated to ponies, or furries or fandom artwork in general, I could feel the response was kinda… underwhelming? I get it, not everyone is interested in seeing yet another photo study or plein air painting. So why keep it here? The majority of you folks want to see me draw more boobs, and I love drawing boobs. But I also love drawing other things sometimes. And if I kept jumping between these furry and non-furry topics as FoxInShadow, there always would be a huge part of unhappy followers.

Which is why I feel that by separating the topics I am contributing to, as a result you will be getting more of what you like about my art. FoxInShadow will remain my primary account, the one focused on ponies, furries, anthro and adult artwork, all fandom artwork and such. So not much will change.

My new accounts however, will be the ones free from porn, furries and ponies. If there will be any nudity there, it won’t be sexual in nature. I will be posting there all my studies, plein air paintings, more realistic artwork and maybe even some 3D sculpting I just started getting into. There will be scifi and fantasy there, but if there will be any fandom or fanart artwork getting posted, it will be much more „serious” or "matured" than my usual smut stuff.

I need this clean slate in order to free myself from the burden of expectations. Please be open-minded about this because I was thinking about this for a very long time, and I feel that this is for the best. Don’t worry guys, I am not going to disappear and the pony/furry train won't be stopping, but I do want to expand in new directions in my spare time. Those of you who are interested in seeing these new directions, feel free to follow me there, but don’t feel obliged to. FoxInShadow will remain as active as ever :)


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Perhaps I am making a wrong decision here, but we shall see how everything goes ^^;

Some examples of content you can expect from me there: 
 
Forest Spirit by RaphShea Digital Plein Air 1 by RaphShea
Famine by RaphShea dwarf head WIP by RaphShea 
Oh boy... there we go, my contest has ended and it's time to wrap things up now. 

Now before I get into detailed summary I wanted to thank you ALL for participating, the biggest reward for me is that I have such an involved community and you're ALL wonderful and creative bunch.
Even if you haven't won, I want you to know that the most important thing in artistic development is that you tried and that alone deserves an applause, because being an artist is all about facing the obstacles, which is how you build experience. All entries were wonderful and they felt really involved in the topic, thanks again y'all :clap:

In fact the hardest part about this contest was picking the winners, which is reflected in the fact that I decided to reward nine additional runners-up (which wasn't planned for this contest), because it was that hard to settle on just three winners with so many entries (which you can all look up in my fave folder: foxinshadow.deviantart.com/fav…)

I have provided some reasoning for each of my picks, because I feel like it is much needed to explain to you why exactly I feel like the winners are much justified in my opion. While I understand why the "Skill" category was the one with the most entries provided, I want you to remember that I had to keep in mind what I asked for in the very contest rules. Remember I am rewarding here not only the sole skill, but also the ability of an author to provide some backstory to the characters and originality of their vision, since I was also asking you to play around with the underlying concepts and breathe in some creativity of your own. I couldn't downplay the creative element; if I was judging the entries based on sole skill only, the results could've been a little different. 

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Winner  The winner in the skill-based category is :iconanchorxx:

For the absolutely wonderful rendition of Vienna, which is on point not only from an anatomical point of view. Anchorxx has used Vienna's own tail as the sole source of light in the scene and that drags the eyes of the viewer in all the right places and makes the character pop out much more. I highly recommend checking out the rest of their gallery, it's full of beautifully shaded artwork.

Vienna by Anchorxx


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Winner  Winner in the originality-based category is :iconikarooz:

Cowfy Gwinty (lineart) by Ikarooz Cowfy-Gwinty 

For the very cute and funny piece of crossover animation involving both my OCs and Twilight Sparkle: 

I recommend you check the description on dA before watching, because the author had explained their inspiration in detail already. What I wanted to talk about here is that I highly appreciate the amount of work that must've went into this, because any animation requires tons of work, even if it is a "parody" which uses preexisting source material. Now before you call this "unfinished" or "rough" due to time restraints, I must argue that this is already very fulfilling as it is. The characters feel incredibly lively and the usage of original clip to fit my own OCs is an incredibly clever idea, which is why I am giving this a reward for originality. Once again I must repeat that any animation is incredibly time-consuming, which shows in the quality of this short scene.

And the cuteness, don't forget the cuteness

EDIT:

The animation has been completed now and it looks even better!
 Cowfy Gwinty by Ikarooz



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Winner  Winner in the innovation-based category is :icongrandmoffpony:

For their adult oneshot story involving Coffee Bean and Vinyl Scratch: www.fimfiction.net/story/21995…

More than for the... "plot" itself (which alone is a very nicely paced and rewarding piece of smut), I am also rewarding them for setting the mood perfectly and describing in great detail the Manehattan scenery which paints an appropriate mental image. For a story with under 2000 words the author managed to introduce plenty of their own additions to my character which is exactly what I was looking for. Without giving away too much, I recommend you check that out on your own if you're curious what's their interpretation of Coffee Bean and her work.


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[?]  Each runner-up will be receiving surprise sketch of single character of their choice plus a symbolic point bonus :points:

Coffee (Competition Entry) by Vulpessentia Probably my fave piece in Vulp's gallery so far, you've honestly outdone yourself with this one! :heart:

<da:thumb id="647011710"/> For adding a whole different perspective to the main piece by adding this short snippet of a story, I really like the chemistry here

Smoke Break [Contest] by the7PuNiSHeR For perfectly catching the moody moment of a smoke break ;) It's a really well made piece of pixel animation, I love Coffee's anatomy in this one

Bedtime fun by Gromf007 Another very interesting piece, with a very... creative angle to it ;) I love the perspective used here and the overall composition, the poses picked by author definitely aren't the easiest to pull off, especially whatever is happening to Blazing :D

Fallen Angel by SoulAddicted For choosing to draw Vienna in her... natural habitat ;)

stuff by ShareMyShipment And here on the contrary, for adding the sense of urgency to the piece while using only the minimal amount of elements required. This is also the only vector art submission in the contest. I really like the idea of Vienna sort of escaping from hell.

Lazy morning by Herbasia For drawing this really sweet morning scene

Fox Crew by ApogeeSeeker For drawing coherent alternative outfits for the characters and the overall composition


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Vienna, what by DuskBrony
 For some original chemistry between the characters and backstory which adds to the scene


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Well, I guess that's it. That was very interesting, to finally run a proper contest, and once again I wanted to thank you all for participating. I couldn't have asked for a better community, so I believe I should repeat this sometime in the future ;) I hope you all had fun preparing your entries 5 seconds hug 
Contest Reminder by FoxInShadow



Hey everyone, here's the last reminder for anyone planning to participate, and also for my new watchers. In case you did not know, I am currently running an art contest and there is only one week left for you to prepare and submit your entries, please read up on the exact details below:


Hey everyone, just a kind reminder for anyone planning to participate, and also for my new watchers. In case you did not know, I am currently running an art contest and there are two weeks left for you to prepare and submit your entries, please read up on the exact details below: 

Hello there everyone. I guess I have something special to announce.

Since holiday season is approaching rapidly and I’ve recently achieved 20 000 watchers here on deviantart, I thought I could celebrate by running my very first drawing contest. I’ve run a kiriban recently but this time I want you to get creatively involved ;)

Now before I get into details, I wanted to make it clear that anyone is welcome and free to participate, no matter your skill level. This will be explained further in the contest categories. I guess the only prerequisite is having a dA account which you will need to submit your artwork.

So it goes without saying, that all categories and mediums of art which are allowed on deviantart are welcome. Porn... is also more than allowed, so I elaborated on dA's issues with explicit content in the "how to submit" part.

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Now you have to understand that the topic of the contest is very... loose. And for a reason. You see, recently I haven't had much time to develop my own characters and I feel like they've been put on the back burner for way too long. I've grown attached to them, yet they feel underdeveloped and plenty of ideas were scratched due to the lack of time.

Which is why the name of the contest is "What the fuck even are your characters, Fox?"

I will be letting you to have as much creative fun with them as you please. I want you to surprise me with your interpretation of what they represent, basically go wild. Maybe you're going to depict how you imagine their lives or how they go about their day, or who do you think they are *ekhem*screwing with in their pastime :P Who the hell knows. No brakes on this train.

As I said, the tricky part is that there is... very little known about my OCs, but I think this leaves plenty of room for exploration. Who knows, maybe I am going to incorporate your ideas in some way in the future ;P

You are allowed either to depict both of my OCs or only one of them, because THERE IS A LIMIT OF ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CONTESTANT. Don't feel pushed to draw both if that ruins your vision, depicting only one of them does not decrease your chances.

(And yes, they can be depicted with other characters)

:bulletred: Here are the references and all the useful source material:

-a folder of my drawings of them: foxinshadow.deviantart.com/gal…
-gift art I received: foxinshadow.deviantart.com/fav…

The only official bit of info on Coffee Bean is in the description of the reference sheet :below: (click on the image), she had an ask blog but it's no longer relevant

(For the sake of contest I am okay with shipping outside of "canon", so Coffee is not limited only to Blazing Gear in terms of relationships. But in case you wanna include Blazing, here is her ref fav.me/d782bme)

Coffee Bean updated reference sheet by FoxInShadow
Vienna Reference Sheet (18/366) by FoxInShadow

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There will be three winners with the equal prizes, so there are no places like first, second and third, but instead there are going to be THREE CATEGORIES in which I will be judging the entries, and categories are as follows:

:bulletblue: Skill and technique, simply for the best artwork on a technical level

:bulletblue: Originality, for the most mind-boggling approach to the characters or to the art medium. All kinds of experimental art forms go into this category.

:bulletblue: Innovation, for the most creative additions to the characters, the storytelling and vision. Parody and humor also go into this category.

So there are going to be  three winners in total, one per each category. If I receive an overwhelmingly large amount of interesting entries and I will have a hard time picking the winners, I might be considering some runner-ups with consolation prizes, but that is not guaranteed.

So for now, the MAIN PRIZES FOR EACH OF THE THREE WINNERS ARE:

:star: 1200 dA points :points:

:star: A colored drawing of a single character of your choice, be it your own OC or not. The catch is that I can do with your character whatever I wish. Along with the character reference you can send me a short message describing what your character is like, but ultimately I will decide what to do with all this info to surprise you. It can be a fighting scene, it can be porn, it can be a scenery piece or whatever I find fitting. So by participating you agree to grant me this artistic freedom.

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I have created a folder in my favorites for this contest: foxinshadow.deviantart.com/fav…

I will be giving a fave :+fav: to every entry I receive, in order to collect all the submissions and confirm that your work entered the contest.



Please do not send me messages with links to your entries, instead please mention me in the description of your work by adding my icon :iconfoxinshadow: 

this alone ensures that I get your picture in my inbox: Zrzut ekranu 2016-11-10 o 20.42.49 by FoxInShadow



Please notify me only if you did not find your work in my contest folder.

Also, I understand that there are some topics that are not welcome on dA. I allow for porn entries in this contest, but deviantart does not =P
If your entry is not allowed to be posted on dA, then please send me a note with a direct link to your work posted elsewhere (tumblr, FA etc.), I will reply and confirm that your work has been added to the contest


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Contest ends on 10th of December, so you have a whole month to think about your entries and complete them

(due to time zone differences it is highly advised to submit your entries by the 9th of December if you're unsure if I receive them on time. I will be staying up late on the last day to ensure that I don't miss anyone, but please don't take the risk if you can)

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So I guess that this is all! If you're unsure about something or simply have any additional questions, feel free to ask in the comments! And first of all, remember to have fun!
oh man......... 1476077209167 by FoxInShadow

Today we are going to time travel.

Back when I first discovered deviantArt over seven years ago, I was hit in a face with a sudden outburst of creativity, a whole new world of art I knew nothing about. There were dozens if not hundreds of creators I was looking up every day, because quite honestly I was envious of their talents.

But instead of being a passive bystander, I wanted to be an active part of that. And I decided that I wanted to learn.

Perhaps today is the right time to show you all my very first deviantart account: :iconredfox23:

Now you have to understand, that back when I first began drawing I knew literally nothing about it, and I wanted really really hard to know everything about it, instantly.

And for me back then, the Daily Deviation was this unattainable crowning achievement. Magnum Opus of any creator. 
And you have no idea how much I used to want one. I was making a really huge deal out of it. Back when I had very little skill, this sort of reward seemed to me like an instant fix for any kind of flaw in my work. It would be gone, and I would be the king of the world. This fueled me with a kind of... wrong inspiration, because I was more driven by self-hatred rather than anything else.

But as I progressed, I learned my lesson. I kinda forgot about DDs because instead of thinking about rewards, I began to focus on everyday improvements, the simple joy of drawing for the sake of drawing and sharing it with my followers. I learned that my progress comes within myself and I stopped trying to appease to some fixed idea.

When you start your own adventure with art, please don't make the same mistakes that I did. First and foremost don't hate yourself for your own shortcomings, but instead look forward to overcoming them. Because slowly but surely, you will.


Now I hope I didn't make it sound like I am an ungrateful shithead. You have no idea how happy I am, I can't get rid of my idiotic smile right now Woohooooo! . I've been going through some tough shit recently and this community feature is the first good thing that happened to me in the last few months.

The point I was trying to make is that... rewards are not, and shouldn't be the sole end goal, especially in the creative field. Sometimes rewards can even strangle us: www.galactic-cafe.com/2014/02/…

So I am definitely not going to sit on my laurels now. I am absolutely not done learning about art, and I am soooo looking forward to the next seven years of drawing.

....and maybe snatching a few more Daily Deviations in the process Devilish 




Last but not least; every time that something like this happens, I must thank each and every single one of you, the community. I am standing on your shoulders and without your support I would be nowhere. Thank you a million times I love deviantART! 


Night Huntress by FoxInShadow
Hello everyone, if you've been following my journals you probably know already that I am getting back on track with everything and I am ready to accept some new orders.

Price list hasn't been drastically changed and I've also introduced a separate tier for the dakimakuras. I will be also updating the sketch commissions fairly soon because I've been thinking about switching over to rougher sketches which should be more enjoyable to work on.

As for now, this is the updated price list for the colored commissions:  Price list by FoxInShadow

I am not limiting these orders to any number of slots, but I will be spreading your requests evenly over time, so that you're not waiting for too long after paying me. So "first come, first served".

Please get acquainted with additional details before sending me a request, as well as the FAQ which probably answered most of the questions you might have

Important changes in commission policy PLEASE READ
This annoys me as much as you, but this is forced on me rather than chosen, so let's overcome these obstacles together, shall we?
The changes are as follows:
:bulletred:The prices are going to be increased slightly in order to fit better to my local tax law. I really don't want to get you into details of that. Check out the current price list: 
:bulletred:First time you place an order you will have to sign "Contract to perform a specific work" with me. This includes sharing personal data with me, shipping information to be exact (but you'll get mine in exchange) and also you'll have to send me a scan of a signed page. Photo will do as well.
This is completely normal among freelancers, imagine you are treated like a company ordering art assets from me. I need a paper for that.
All the personal data is completely safe with me, as I don't have any interest in sharing it. Still, it's required.
I
  Detailed commission FAQ, dos and don'ts and rulesTaking into account a few years of my experience, some recent events, few endlessly returning questions and tiresome explaining, I felt that this FAQ is much needed.
I sure as hell hope that this doesn't sound rude or anything, please remember I'm not trying to scare you away, I'm trying to fix both the issues that some of you had with me, and the issues I had with some of you. I'm taking most of the blame here, because even if only 1% of you isn't satisfied with my services, that's still too many unhappy customers. Sometimes I wasn't acting professional and I am not afraid to admit that, sometimes I was too overwhelmed to handle everything so this gotta change. Fair and square.*
*needless to say, by reading this journal you agree to the terms and conditions yadda yadda blah blah blah let's not be dicks to each other, I respect your rights you respect mine.
And keep in mind that I am aiming at making the process more enjoyable for you and me, and what sounds like a s
Hello everyone, I have another update for you

Although my recovery back to full health is going to take me a while, I gotta be honest with you: I simply have to get back to working on commissions, because my unplanned break and all the medication expenses forced me to spend a good portion of my savings. And I have bills to pay, such is life.

I've also been told that I actually should get back to work for health reasons because I should fight the long-term side effects such as the chronic fatigue syndrome, so I have to force myself to be active a little bit more. I really don't want to be stuck in a creative limbo for too long, even more so in a limbo induced by a frickin' virus. So yeah, I guess I should stop bitching and get to drawing. For the better.

So if everything goes well, I should start accepting new orders in a few days. There is going to be a new price list, maybe some new pricing options, maybe some new tiers for simple sketches and such. I am still working on everything and balancing it out.

In the meantime, if you're new to this, please get acquainted with some of my rules and additional details of the commission process, I actually answered most of the questions you might have so this should save both of us plenty of time later on: 

Important changes in commission policy PLEASE READ
This annoys me as much as you, but this is forced on me rather than chosen, so let's overcome these obstacles together, shall we?
The changes are as follows:
:bulletred:The prices are going to be increased slightly in order to fit better to my local tax law. I really don't want to get you into details of that. Check out the current price list: 
:bulletred:First time you place an order you will have to sign "Contract to perform a specific work" with me. This includes sharing personal data with me, shipping information to be exact (but you'll get mine in exchange) and also you'll have to send me a scan of a signed page. Photo will do as well.
This is completely normal among freelancers, imagine you are treated like a company ordering art assets from me. I need a paper for that.
All the personal data is completely safe with me, as I don't have any interest in sharing it. Still, it's required.
I
  Detailed commission FAQ, dos and don'ts and rulesTaking into account a few years of my experience, some recent events, few endlessly returning questions and tiresome explaining, I felt that this FAQ is much needed.
I sure as hell hope that this doesn't sound rude or anything, please remember I'm not trying to scare you away, I'm trying to fix both the issues that some of you had with me, and the issues I had with some of you. I'm taking most of the blame here, because even if only 1% of you isn't satisfied with my services, that's still too many unhappy customers. Sometimes I wasn't acting professional and I am not afraid to admit that, sometimes I was too overwhelmed to handle everything so this gotta change. Fair and square.*
*needless to say, by reading this journal you agree to the terms and conditions yadda yadda blah blah blah let's not be dicks to each other, I respect your rights you respect mine.
And keep in mind that I am aiming at making the process more enjoyable for you and me, and what sounds like a s
People have been asking, so I guess I owe you another update

For the last few days I've been feeling better and even started drawing again, I was even planning to open new commissions very soon. But today I woke up with a rash over my entire body and I had to be taken to hospital for diagnosis.

Most likely I have been suffering from mononucleosis. There is no cure for this virus because it's actually widely present in the population and only sometimes this one-time sickness causes symptoms like mine. It simply has to go away on its own, and I have to gain natural immunity against it. So I simply have to rest.

What's worse than the virus though, is the fact that I have been absolutely fucked over by the antibiotics. I am glad that the stomach pains are over, because last few days have been a living hell where I couldn't eat, sleep or move. The rash that appeared today has been most likely caused by the antibiotics too, and I had to stop taking them of course. So I am screwed over both by medication and the virus.

This marks the beginning of a third week of this wild ride, I am absolutely wrecked both physically and mentally. Once I get back on my feet, I am going to need some more time to rebuild my damaged immunity, because it has been severely weakened.
The stress from work and lack of exercise played a major role in that too, so I simply have to take care of myself for a while. You have to excuse me, but my return to full efficiency is going to take some time. New artwork is going to appear much slower than usual, because I am performing at the 10% of my full potential. 

And I am absolutely infuriated by all of this.

I wanted to thank you all for your patience and the kind words and wishes. Believe me, I want to stop spewing bullshit about this bullshit sickness and just get back to sharing art with you. But my stupidity has taken the best of me, I have overworked myself and didn't take proper care of myself, and now I am seeing the effects of this. Slowly but surely this will all blow over. Thanks again, I am not willing to give up easily :)

Also, I wanted to... remind you that :iconkairaanix: is taking commissions while I am busy with rolling on the bed for the whole day. Please pop over to her deviantart for details if you want to help us both, because as you can see my drawing powers have been limited for some time.

Another shameful display of e-begging *cough cough* is the fact that I am accepting donations! I wish the donations would go towards some admirable goal like art equipment <s>cheap booze and Steam games</s>, but I assure you that they're going to be spent on herbal tea and cough syrup, sadly: 

www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?…;

Appreciate y'all.

Really.

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Please click the image for details, do not place your bids in this journal

I hate how recently I've been only giving you my bitching and moaning and complaining. But you deserve to know because I went pretty silent again.

So on top of everything that's been going on recently, I've been also having a constant fever and the worst headache of my life for the past week.

Today I went to the doctor to get it checked because the symptoms were pretty unusual for an autumn cold or flu. I had to have a blood test and because this is Friday, I have to wait for the results until Monday. Right now I am on antibiotics but I still don't know what exactly is wrong with me.

I am so weak and out of ideas due to this sickness, that I can't even get up to my Wacom and draw something decent. So getting back on my feet is going to take me... couple of more days at best. I'm trying to sketch some stuff in the meantime, but my productivity simply went down the drain, and you have no idea how fucking infuriated by this I am. But I know that I gotta rest if I want to return to full health.

Of course, this also means a delay in opening new commissions. I'm sorry, but even though this is directly damaging me the most, I gotta set my priorities straight. Health first.

Expect another update on Monday. I fucking hope it's not a chronic condition or anything like that.

Again, sorry for slowing down recently. I felt like an explanation is much needed, the last few weeks... weren't the best for me.

Fox back to bed :U
Thanks for the constructive critique too, both public and private. Much appreciated.

Now, I don't think there is much left to be said at that point. I know what I have to do; I have to take it easy and slowly recover to full health. I'll shut up about it now, and just take all steps necessary.

And that involves temporarily closing my commissions: for a week or two I won't be accepting new orders because I have to redo my price list a little bit, also in the meantime I will be slowly working through the commissions that have been already prepaid or booked.

If you've already been added to my waiting list then you still will be getting your commission done using the old pricing, even if you haven't paid me yet. I'll get back to everyone sooner or later and nobody has been forgotten, so don't worry.

Also, to everyone who's been asking me about Patreon, I said this already and I'll have to say it again: I do not like the patron model that everyone has been using recently. And do you really think that in my current state it would be a good idea to impose on me another set of weekly or monthly deadlines and quotas that I will fail to fulfill? The sheer pressure to keep up with yet another thing would eat me up. Patreon does not click with me because it would force me to do exactly the same thing that was harming me recently; perhaps all that I'm trying to say is that I am not ready to run a honest, fulfilling Patreon just now.

And yes, I know that technically I don't even have to provide anything in return to my patrons and people could basically... pay me for existing, but hey, I already have had a donate page linked on my tumblr for years if you've been dying to give me some free dolla: 

www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?…;

Maybe I'll consider a proper Patreon model suited to my workflow sometime in the future, but definitely not now.

Thanks for listening everyone.