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Huge thanks to Mocris for suggesting and Gejda for featuring my "Lilith" as a daily deviation! It came at a time when my confidence as an artist has been a little quivering, so in a way it restored my faith I can still come up with interesting manips after all these years! Thank you! It truly means a lot.

Lilith by FrozenStarRo

Also wanted to thank everyone for the birthday messages you've sent me on the eve of my 30th anniversary! I'm really starting to feel old now, but I feel art is still keeping me young in a way :D

Have a few new stocks to upload by the end of the week, but in the meantime, you can enjoy the most recent batch of stock posted to my frozenstocks account



UNRESTRICTED - Resting Premade by frozenstocks RESTRICTED - Underworld Premade by frozenstocks
UNRESTRICTED - Antique Canvas Texture by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Grunge Steam Texture by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Galvanized Grunge Texture by frozenstocks
UNRESTRICTED - Medieval Shields by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - 3D Cross by frozenstocks
  • Listening to: Terry
  • Playing: GW2 Heart of Thorns
I'm behind on messages once more, please bear with me as I slowly go through everything in my inbox by the end of this week.

Got lots more artwork to post in the coming days/weeks along with new stock! Keep an eye on frozenstocks for some new goodies like premades, tubed stocks and brushes!

If anyone is running or knows of any fun contests going on, please let me know. I need a resub and I'm happy to work for one :)
  • Listening to: Terry
  • Playing: GW2 Heart of Thorns
It's official! My dA account has turned 10 a few days ago! This account was created Oct 27 2006, yet it all feels like yesterday sometimes. Or maybe it feels like it's been a while, but not 10 years... I still recall being a wide-eyed impressionable teen, fresh out of high-school, and working with Photoshop as a pastime. And funny enough it all started with a dare! This precedes my joining dA, I was a sophomore in high-school when a friend of mine did some (horrific) photo edits for his MySpace profile (remember when that was a thing) and I called him out for it, and he dared me to try and do a better job. I didn't btw, mine were equally horrific at that time but it was enough to spark an interest to actually learn Photoshop. I was doing sigs, tags, collages and photo edits for friends for almost 2 years before I mustered the courage to take it to a new level and try and do photomanips like I'd seen Eireen and AlexandraVBach do! To this day I can't thank them enough for the inspiration to pick up something that's become an important part of my life and that is the combined art+photomanipulation+Photoshop trifecta.

I know shoutouts aren't a thing on dA but I do feel I should give out a few special thanks to some people who may or may not still be around.

THANK YOU...

:bulletblack: Elandria, faestock, mizzd-stock for the amazing stock they provided to me as a starting artist then and continue to do to this day. I think it's fair to say not only I, but the whole of the manip community, would not be the same without the quality stock being provided right here on dA.

:bulletblack: flordelys for taking me under your wing and teaching me to work with Photoshop at a different level

:bulletblack: poetmorte : for being my first follower/watcher when I was a truly bad artist (no joke)

Iardacil, Lareth, mirandaadria, night-fate, SleeplessImaginarium and all other artists I've collaborated with in my formative years, it was a great teaching experience and a blessing to work with every one of you

:bulletblack: PaintedOnMySoul for believing in me as not just an artist, but a stock creator aswell

:bulletblack: christel-b for introducing me to 3D, it's become an indispensable element to a lot of my fantasy and sci-fi work


I could make a list that goes on and on but I'll stop here. If you are watching me: Thank You. If you ever commented, critiqued or faved my work: Thank you.

I'll have a new post soon with my (work-in-progress) calendar, but I just felt I had to make a note of my recent dA anniversary, 10 feels like a big one that should be celebrated :)
  • Listening to: Terry
  • Playing: GW2 Heart of Thorns
Hi all. I'm still around and have new art to show! First one will be posted in the morning!

I've had a week off work and used that time to catch up on all things Deviantart and sift through a backlog of comments and notes both here and my stock frozenstocks and I'm finally up to date except for groups. I'll devote the whole afternoon tomorrow to them, as I know I've left the fate of a certain fantasy group hang in the balance for too long.

For anyone who has/is using my stock, I've recently updated a majority of my stock files to unrestricted over at frozenstocks Every stock in the gallery is labeled Restricted or Unrestricted in the title and there's an updated and detailed set of terms of use for both here :pointr: Stock Rules If you ever wanted to use my stock for commercial projects, now you can :)

While on the subject of stock, I'd also like to raise some awareness regarding Pixabay, as I've seen plenty manipulators using and crediting stock from there. There's a journal entry at my stock account on the subject and I advise you to read if you have been /are using that website :pointr: Let's talk about Pixabay. My experience  If you can, spread the word to raise awareness, this situation can affect a lot more people than just m, and manipulators like me especially.

Lastly, I'm still finding my footing around here. dA's changed a lot, and yet it hasn't. I'm glad to see familiar faces around, though admittedly an equally a great number of the artists I talked to and collaborated with have gone inactive. There's also amazingly talented new artists that I was happy to find browsing this afternoon ofc. But there's also a really disappointing side to dA too. Today I was browsing the Photomanip category and sorted by Popular over the last month. I did not expect to see a portrait of a youtuber with a basic selective color-shifting of the eyes to be the 2nd popular image... in a whole month... and 2 rows below it one manip of a pokemon morphed with the Mona Lisa. Both submitted over 3 weeks ago, with thousands of views, hundreds of favorites and what years ago would not be seen on Deviantart because of copyrights. What happened there? It pains me all the more seeing as some wonderful manips by artists I admire like Alexandra Bach or Marcela Bolivar are way below these and they deserve a lot more recognition for their talent :( Sigh. If someone can clear some of this would be a big help, as I'm just at a loss here.

Anyways it's almost 5 am and I should get some sleep. I'll post a new manip when I wake up, I'm just still looking for a fitting title before I submit it, and my current sleep-deprived state isn't helping right now. I hope you like it, I'll be looking forward to the critiques and comments!
  • Listening to: Terry
  • Watching: One Tree Hill marathon for a walk down memory lane
  • Playing: GW2 Heart of Thorns
Big update coming next week once I've managed to sort through my messages :) Bear with me, have an important 9 Years dAnniversary article to post. It's been too long!
  • Listening to: Terry
  • Watching: Flash
  • Playing: GW2 Heart of Thorns
Starting tomorrow I will be uploading fresh stock to my resources account frozenstocks similar to the Advent Calendars we used to do at PNGTubes. A minimum of 1 stock resource will be posted every day throughout the month, from December 1st to 24th, my gift to you all this Christmas. I hope you'll like what I've prepared for you and find it useful in your creations!

More fresh stock from the past week

RESTRICTED - White Ruffles Skirt by frozenstocks RESTRICTED - Winter Days Premade  Background by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Spellcaster by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Flaming Brazier PNG by frozenstocks

UNRESTRICTED - Storage Box PNG by frozenstocks RESTRICTED - Winter Fence by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Staves Collection 3 by frozenstocks

Enjoy the stock and happy early holidays to you all :)
  • Listening to: Terry
  • Watching: BSG Marathon
  • Playing: TERA Rising
Gosh it's just a bit hard to believe I've been here for 8 years, since it just feels like it wasn't that long ago that I signed up, bright eyed after-school hobbyist looking to watch and learn from the masters of digital of digital art and hopefully one day become even a quarter as good as them.

Art wasn't even my long term plan at the time, I was just fiddling with Photoshop to pass time after school and through a dare. A friend of mine got a copy of Photoshop, the, at the time, newly released CS2, and he was making the most god-awful image alterations, the kind that rival the edits one could pull off with MsPaint, and I somehow wanted to prove I could do better, even if I was, for all intents and purposes, a total nooblet when it came to Photoshop. So I scoured the internet, pulled tutorials from left and right, practicing every day, making small edits via adjustments and filters to personal or friend's photos, desktop backgrounds, forum icons and signatures tags.

At that time I was also using the (now-defunct) social platform, Myspace, and was commonly getting these profile tags with beautiful artwork (albeit sometimes ruined by this dreadful flashing glitter) and some had a deviantart watermark on them, which eventually led me to discover dA and all of the vast variety of art that was displayed here. I lurked for about 3 months before I finally signed up and started following artists. Of the few that really made an impression I could name MySweetDarkness, LuneBleu, cosmosue, anaRasha, Eireen and AlexandraVBach who went by Wishmistress at the time, whose artwork A la Frontiere du Reve by AlexandraVBach sparked my drive to photomanipulation back then. So I'd like to give my thanks and eternal gratitude to Alexandra for unknowingly kind of getting me to where I am today, by inspiring me to become an artist, a photomanipulator, like she is.

I even remember my first real manip, though unfortunately I no longer have it to show, that featured Elandria for a model, as a fairie, hiding under a mushroom from a (horrendous filter created) rain. I recall she was very sweet and encouraging to me as a starting artist, though it wasn't til years later that I could do her stock justice by creating a nice manip of her! Models like Elandria, flaviacabral, liam-stock and kristyvictoria have been and continue to be a huge inspiration for me.

The time I joined coincided with the popular gloomy and blue era of dA, where manipulations were mostly in dark monochromes black & blue with girls in pretty black dresses (mainly that one from Falln-Stock) and it reflected on my work too. I make no apologies, but I was a baby back then just making my first steps in the art work.

My first work that garnered some attention was Follow the magic trail by FrozenStarRo and it set the tone for the art that followed, which was a mix of dark and fantasy. I was taken under the wing of flordelys who taught me so much in terms of blending, adding painterly bits, working with brushes and textures. Sadly she's no longer on dA, but I still keep the artwork we collaborated on in my gallery Return to the Misty Mountains by FrozenStarRo

The following year, 2007, brought my first DD  Careless by FrozenStarRo and triggered this idea that I might just be decent enough an artist to be able to make it as an artist some time in the future. I was just starting University, I wanted a degree to fall back on if all else failed, so I spent my days in lecture halls, afternoons studying and nights in Photoshop to try and make it all work. This DD was deemed a worthy enough accomplishment that my parents gifted me my first tablet at that time, a 6x8 Genius Mousepen tablet that I learned to paint on.

2008 is when I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, creating more colorful, bit brighter manips and learning a lot by trade, collaborating with other talented artists like SylwiaS, AndreeaRosse, Lareth and Iardacil, who went on to become my partners in a series of news articles we created called 'Best of... weekly photomanip features', that went on for nearly 3 years and over 170 articles published! With the help of my friends dianora and shrekutza I started a collective stock account ro-stock where they shared stock photography and I created backgrounds, tubes and brushes from my stocks and theirs. At the time of closing we had over 1000 stocks in the gallery, 2 contests and 2 DDs under that account, but we could no longer keep active on personal accounts and stock.

2009-2010 Was what I consider my peak as an artist, tried every genre there was, played with colors, concepts and styles and I feel that carried through with me today, since I feel like my art can surprise people. One day it's fantasy, the next could be sci-fi, followed by surreal, since I just like to play with different themes and genres than stick to one, but all my respect and admiration go to artists who can create their signature style like in one genre like nina-Y has with dark art or MarcelaBolivar in surreal dark art. It's around this time that I decided to start sharing resources again, this time as a personal effort, which can still be found over at frozenstocks today.

In 2011, I got my first real tablet, a Wacom Intuos 4 I am still using, as a prize from Renderosity, on their Christmas themed contest, with this manip Santa's List by FrozenStarRo that ended up getting an extra accolade here as a Daily Deviation. It was and still is one of the manips I'm most proud of. I've also received a copy of Poser as part of my prize, which through a lot of trial and error to learn, is currently providing a lot of the resources offered on the afore-mentioned stock account and has helped with elements used in my artwork.

In 2012 I started collaborating with photographers and models on a more exclusive basis, offering me the opportunity to create more unique manips. 2013 is a blur. It was only last year, I see I only have one manip posted, but it's a year I like to keep blocked from my memory, after my pet rabbit's spinal injury and ultimately demise early this year :(

2014 is the year I tried to get back to an active dA status, however time restraints and real life keeps getting in the way. My return was cut short by the death of another loved one which led me to bury myself with work to keep me distracted while I dealt with the loss.

I don't know, will continue to make efforts to hopefully be more active. On a new pc now, which has greatly improved my workflow and processing, so I may find minutes here and there to check in with everyone. I miss this place, I can't even tell you how much. I've had times I've doubted myself as an artist over the years, but coming back here, posting a new work and seeing all of the encouraging comments you leave on them has always reinforced my trust in my art.

In closing: Thank you all, it always means the world to me to have your continued support. And apologies for wasting a big chunk of your time reading this, I realise I'm a few phrases short of a novel with this long journal entry, but it was really soothing to reminisce all these years, marked by both highs and lows, that I spent here on dA!
  • Listening to: Terry
  • Watching: Constantine
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2
NOTE: These features are a reboot of the original series of newsletters started by me and Lareth way back in 2007, with help from our friends Iardacil and SylwiaS, which ended in 2011 with its #189 edition Best of... weekly photomanip features #189

I will always choose 15 manips from the week that passed. The criteria for selection is simple. They have to present creativity, polished technique and overall good quality. The kind you know when you see them, because they're just eye-catching.

Here is this week's selection of inspiring manipulations from the past week!

Final Stand by ED-Creations  Goddess of the Elves by DenysDigitalArtwork  entre la muerte by eross-666
Sea of Angels over my city by obereg The Tower by MachiavelliCro

Mature Content

Blindzipper 03 by kobaru

The Pandora by aripghazali In the jungle by FantasyArt0102
Deja Vu by Aegis-Illustration You told me i can reach the stars by Iskander1989 Safe Haven by FlewDesigns
SphynX - Portrait by zero-scarecrow13 Summer light by Brumae-Art Lotus by digitalessandra La mansion encantada by CrisestepArt
  • Listening to: My pet snoring
  • Watching: The 100
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2
Freshly returned from trip and ready to resume my usual duties, which includes this series of photomanipulation features :)

NOTE: These features are a reboot of the original series of newsletters started by me and Lareth way back in 2007, with help from our friends Iardacil and SylwiaS, which ended in 2011 with its #189 edition Best of... weekly photomanip features #189

I will always choose 15 manips from the week that passed. The criteria for selection is simple. They have to present creativity, polished technique and overall good quality. The kind you know when you see them, because they're just eye-catching.

In no particular order, here is this week's selection of impressive submissions in the photomanipulation department.

nuclear summer by LunarShore Temptation Past by kimsol The Guardians by Iskander1989
<da:thumb id="463695758"/> Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection by ArwenArts V.I.N.D.E.X 6 by PhelanDavion Space Cowboy by FantasyArt0102
Raven Queen II by eerilyfair Tell a Story - updated 2016 by Wesley-Souza Meadow by inSOLense crow creative by mu6
Our Ends Are Beginnings by ParadisiacPicture Take me with you, my love. by MirellaSantana ASYLM by NeoStockz Revenant by angel1592
  • Listening to: My pet snoring
  • Watching: The 100
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2
Last feature for the next 2 weeks, leaving on a trip next Thursday to attend my cousin's wedding.

NOTE: These features are a reboot of the original series of newsletters started by me and Lareth way back in 2007, with help from our friends Iardacil and SylwiaS, which ended in 2011 with its #189 edition Best of... weekly photomanip features #189

I will always choose 15 manips from the week that passed. The criteria for selection is simple. They have to present creativity, polished technique and overall good quality. The kind you know when you see them, because they're just eye-catching.

In no particular order, here is this week's selection of wonderful manips!

Bernhard und Bianca by AndraKa The view by robhas1left Alice In Wonderland by BenjaminHaley
Cavelands by Tri5tate Castle Quest by JJasso Lost Legends Part II by Tri5tate
Wishing Well by MAD-DSGN Dama Oscura by MariaJoseHidalgo Secret Garden by ZedLord-Art Chasing-Quetz by Mr-Xerty Oldside by newsun1236
Renaissance - II by absumaniac Artemis by 3mmI  Ocean magic by Marjie79 Farewell by LadyxBoleyn
  • Listening to: My pet snoring
  • Watching: The 100
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2
But not on this account. The DD I received was on a (heavily altered) marble texture I submitted yesterday to my recently revamped stock account :iconfrozenstocks:

UNRESTRICTED - Dark and dingy  texture by frozenstocks

Big thanks to the wonderful Lanny Elandria for the selection and all the work she does promoting the ever expanding and wonderful resources galleries here on dA :)

Here's a selection of a couple more recent stocks I hope you artists will find useful

RESTRICTED - Rocks and Vines Render 2 by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Bright shine texture by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Flower 4 by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Dragonfly Fairy Wings Render by frozenstocks
<da:thumb id="456288002"/> <da:thumb id="456288223"/> UNRESTRICTED - Flower 2 by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Rusty Birdcage Render by frozenstocks RESTRICTED - Versailles Clock 2 by frozenstocks
  • Listening to: My pet snoring
  • Watching: The 100
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2
Surprise, surprise, I actually managed to get this article out in time this week, hooray!

NOTE: These features are reboot of the original series of newsletters started by me and Lareth way back in 2007, with help from our friends Iardacil and SylwiaS, which ended in 2011 with its #189 edition Best of... weekly photomanip features #189

I will always choose 15 manips from the week that passed. The criteria for selection is simple. They have to present creativity, polished technique and overall good quality. The kind you know when you see them, because they're just eye-catching.

In no particular order, here is this week's selection of incredible manips.

The Forbidden Forest. by Antonio-Figueiredo  Silence by Aegis-Illustration Rider by BigBad-Red
Facing Death  part 2 by neverdying Matte Painting: Remnants by CavalierediSpade Mandragora by samaposebe
End of Days: A Cult Enclave by DreadJim Moon Elephants by samaposebe
A house in the woods by Ksenos-ks Raindrops keep falling on my head by lenyca <da:thumb id="455666655"/>

  Lodge in the wood by Vasylina  Judgment Day II by MirellaSantana In Roman times by ZedLord-Art CASE 303 by D4N13l3
  • Listening to: A bird chirping outside my window
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2
I'm not really good on my promises and seem to miss the point of the word "weekly" sometimes, but alas here's a brand new installment of this manip features series :)

NOTE: These features are reboot of the original series of newsletters started by me and Lareth way back in 2007, with help from our friends Iardacil and SylwiaS, which ended in 2011 with its #189 edition Best of... weekly photomanip features #189

I will always choose 15 manips from the week that passed. The criteria for selection is simple. They have to present creativity, polished technique and overall good quality. The kind you know when you see them, because they're just eye-catching.

  The Falling by Aegils DeSmOsDena by MachiavelliCro Minotaur by NM-art My fabulous friend by Vladlena111
Red melancholy by sasha-fantom An ordinary book by Iskander1989 + Damned and Divine + by OmarRodriguezV Medium by Kleemass
Evilina. Dead Flower. by Helga-Helleborus

Mature Content

gemini by ada-lena
The clearest way into the universe... by Nanalina20 Tangerine by cylonka Oblivion by A7md3mad Meditation by rudirei
  • Listening to: A bird chirping outside my window
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2
Coming to your inboxes a little later than I would've wanted, but it's finally here!

NOTE: These features are reboot of the original series of newsletters started by me and Lareth way back in 2007, with help from our friends Iardacil and SylwiaS, which ended in 2011 with its #189 edition Best of... weekly photomanip features #189

Being recently returned to a more regular visits status here on dA, I figured what better to showcase the new talent that has invaded the photomanipulations gallery than to reboot this series?! So here it is, back, once again, designed to shine a light on talented artists who deserve your attention.

I will always choose 15 manips from the week that passed. The criteria for selection is simple. They have to present creativity, polished technique and overall good quality. The kind you know when you see them, because they're just eye-catching.

Rest Your Soul by ReyeD33 Mysterious Lands by Whendell :thumb364572787: Sea train by basquiat79
HeroPsychoDreamer by mirandaadria after earth by Lais-Pinheiro The Philanthropist by MarianaPalova Castle in the Mountains by InkTheory
Lazy Rainy Day by noro8 Disappear by Antonio-Figueiredo :thumb364437257: Cirque de la Decadence by ChristabelleLAmort
Lost In Thought by Shorra Comes Alice to the Wonderland - New Collection by Wesley-Souza Pierrot by ClaudiaSchirmetz Wait For Me! by DomagojTaborski
Dracari Flux. by hybridgothica Mother II by Adipose620 inspiring muse by Lhianne Pushing Up Daisy by ValCarpenter
  • Listening to: The sound of rain on my window sil
  • Reading: Advanced Photoshop
  • Watching: The Walking Dead
  • Playing: Tomb Raider (2013)
This weekend I'm bringing it back. You may be asking yourself what I'm on about. I'm talking about the Best of... weekly photomanip features, a long standing series of news articles from back in the day that me and the lovely Iardacil, Lareth and SylwiaS, with help from AndreeaRosse and Behana, used to work on.

I see so many promising young artists and potentially sensational photomanipulations get overlooked when more established artists take the more views and preferential first page spots on browsing, while I'm generally sifting through pages upon pages and finding these gems. So I figured this was a good time for a reboot, so come this weekend, be it Saturday or Sunday, look for the fresh 2013 version of this featured series :)
Firstly it brings some hopefully useful stock! I recently updated my stock account frozenstocks with 2 new backgrounds and 2 tubes. It's not a lot but the most I could find ready to post as stock from my archive. Bear with me while I sort the mess that is my personal resources folder :D

UNRESTRICTED - Autumn Park by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Winter Forest Fog by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Lily Flower PNG by frozenstocks RESTRICTED - Burnt Music Sheets PNG by frozenstocks

I'm also making a promise to myself (and you, people who for some odd reason are still following me after being rather absent) to be more active. Both art-wise and on dA. I'm making it my mission to have (at least) a new piece every month and regularly check my messages at least once a week. Luckily I'm no longer as backlogged as I used to be, down from thousands to couple hundreds of messages! Which took hours upon hours and day after day to sort through so I refuse to let it pile up again. I don't have the heart to just delete and not respond when you are all gracious enough to leave me comment :(

Anyways have to cut this journal entry short, I'm needed for New Year's Eve prep.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!
As part of Renderosity's Daily Deals all through December, my resources store is now on sale 50% off for the next 24h!

You can find anything from brushes, to background to Photoshop Styles and tubes, as well as 3D texture sets and merchant resource textures! Lots of variety and items to choose from. You'll find a small sample of what's in there below

   
   
   
   

and a lot more! VISIT STORE HERE

Also the Advent Calendar at PNGTubes is a few short days from ending. Don't miss an opportunity to grab freebies worth almost 100$ for the small price of placing a 12.50$ order! More info HERE
As you may have noticed, I'm making a slow comeback to being a full-time deviant. Still have 2k messages to sort through, but with a little perseverence (and free time) I hope to be done with them by Monday morning.

I'd like to express my gratitude to those who still kept me in their watchlists while I was missing in action and to those who continued to fav my work in my time away. Greatly appreciated :thanks:

Also excuse my spamming your inboxes, but I have so much art, both personal and commissioned to show you all. I may have been absent from Deviantart but working with Photoshop on a daily basis like before. But I'm taking it slow, 1-2 creations at a time to give everyone a chance to see. Comments & critiques always appreciated, as well as favs.

There's also plenty of stock sitting unused that I will soon by uploading to my stock account frozenstocks but I'm making the message backlog a priority before I start the stock uploads. Got backgrounds, brushes, tubes, textures, everything you guys requested in the poll that is (still) on my frontpage.

Got a big contest planned, with software for prizes included, but I'd like to hold off on it until I'm back here regularly and the holidays have passed for most to be able to enter, as well as me taking the time to come up with a really good theme.

Oh and lastly, since the topic title said "Deviant for 6 years", yes, it's true, last week Oct. 27 marked 6 years since I first joined Deviantart! A perfect opportunity for celebration and a reason to make a promise to myself to stay more active. I sure miss the wonderful community here :)
Because it's that time of year where everyone shares gifts, here is my gift to you.
4 new premade backgrounds I posted on my stock account :iconfrozenstocks:

UNRESTRICTED - Mystery Woods Background 01 by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Mystery Woods Background 02 by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - Mystery Woods Background 03 by frozenstocks UNRESTRICTED - By the window Background by frozenstocks

Happy Holidays!
Christmas hasn't been this eventful in years, and I'm not kidding!

Woke up this morning to find a note from jagged-eye letting me know I'd placed 1st in the Umbrella Contest with my entry.

Pretty In Pink by FrozenStarRo

I know, not a big contest, no huge prizelist to get me so overjoyed, but I haven't taken part in competitions in well over a year and felt I kind of lost my touch. This win simply restored my confidence in what I do.

Then this afternoon, in between Christmas preparations, I come to my desk, load deviantart only to find a message congratulating me for my recent DD. I couldn't believe it at first so I went to the DDs page to check, to find my latest posted art piece Santa's List featured thanks to dhik-a and WDWParksGal.

Santa's List by FrozenStarRo

This same piece, last year, won me the Wacom Intuos 4 I am currently using to make art, so all around a very dear piece that now became even more special.

I've got my amazing boyfriend Sinister-DarkHorse flying in from Canada for the holidays, so this year it's definitely going to be a happy holidays season for me!

I will be away until the 2nd week of January, so I'm wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah,  Happy whatever else people are celebrating around the world at this time or year and a Happy New Year! Here's to a big, better 2012! (and no, we're not going to die ;) )