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Blaque Family Portrait by Illumikage Blaque Family Portrait :iconillumikage:Illumikage 7 0 Art for Cuchallain by Illumikage Art for Cuchallain :iconillumikage:Illumikage 4 0 Thank You by Illumikage Thank You :iconillumikage:Illumikage 8 0 Days Like This by Illumikage Days Like This :iconillumikage:Illumikage 2 0 Cornish Rex Kitten by Illumikage Cornish Rex Kitten :iconillumikage:Illumikage 2 5 Art for Steve by Illumikage Art for Steve :iconillumikage:Illumikage 16 2 Art for Angela by Illumikage Art for Angela :iconillumikage:Illumikage 5 0 Art for Holly by Illumikage Art for Holly :iconillumikage:Illumikage 10 5 Art for Minkee by Illumikage Art for Minkee :iconillumikage:Illumikage 18 5 Art for Jacquelyn - now with 20% less MSG! :D by Illumikage Art for Jacquelyn - now with 20% less MSG! :D :iconillumikage:Illumikage 9 2 Art for Andreia by Illumikage Art for Andreia :iconillumikage:Illumikage 14 1 Art for Kelly by Illumikage Art for Kelly :iconillumikage:Illumikage 2 0 GW2 toons by Illumikage GW2 toons :iconillumikage:Illumikage 10 2 Knight steps by Illumikage Knight steps :iconillumikage:Illumikage 2 0 Functional Armor by Illumikage Functional Armor :iconillumikage:Illumikage 2 3 Magneto'sChildren - another wip by Illumikage Magneto'sChildren - another wip :iconillumikage:Illumikage 1 0

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An Argument for Said
Before reading on, I want to make it clear that I only make this argument for writings of the English language. Although it may apply to others as well, I've learned through the comments below that at least in German and Russian this principle is reversed. So unless you're planning to write in English, you should look to writers of your own language for guidance.
An Argument for Said
When writing dialogue, it is necessary to use dialogue tags, which are the phrases that identify who's speaking. They're pretty easy to recognize once you know what they are. Here are a few examples, with the tags in bold.
    "Canoodle is a funny word," she said.

    "I'll have two beers, one schnitzel," he slurred.

    "Don't drink the Kool-Aid," she whispered.
Look familiar? Simply put, they're "he/she said" and all its synonyms. Moving on.
When you're writing, you obviously want to
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The How To's of Dialogue: Grammar and Otherwise
When writing dialogue, it's easy to get confused as to what's proper grammar and what isn't. This is no surprise when considering all the variables involved, but not to worry. I'm going to go over the rules and variables of dialogue right now so you can clearly understand the do's and dont's. 
This guide has eight sections:
- Basic Dialogue
- Using other Identifiers
- Actions as Replacement Identifiers
- Interrupting Dialogue
- Using Ellipses, Hyphens, and Dashes
- Paragraphing 
- Long-Winded Dialogue
- Italics (Expanded: 5-1-12)
- One Last use of Italics (New: 5-1-12)
Basic Dialogue:
Example A1:
The man said, "Pass me the cricket bat."
The woman said, "I don't think I will."
- Observations:
     1) A comma after "said," before the quotation mark.
     2) The first letter of dialogue is capitalized since it is the first word of a vocalized sentenc
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Writing Better Character Descriptions
Writing Better Character Descriptions
We writers have a particularly tough job: bringing nonexistent people (our characters) to life in our readers’ imaginations. While it’s never easy, we usually accomplish this magic by writing each character with two qualities in mind:
1) Their personality
2) Their physical appearance
Personality is usually expressed through characterization, and appearance through physical description. Admittedly, that doesn't sound so complicated.
But there are two things I’ll suggest today: first, that description needs to do more than just craft appearance, and second, it’s good characterization, more than anything, that’s the key to conjuring vivid characters.
Character Description:
Let’s take a look at the following example.
1) When I entered Mr. Smith's office, he stood from his desk and smiled. He had a big nose, brown eyes, and short, blond hair. He wore a dark suit. I shook his hand.
What can you tel
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The Drafting Process
Among the countless number of writers in this world, each of us writes according to his or her own process. It's a routine we settle into, a habit we develop. That being said, there are good and bad habits out there, and to produce the best work we can, we need to adopt the very best of these habits while discarding the rest.
In this guide, I'd like to introduce one such habit: a basic (though incredibly effective) seven-step writing process that I've read being thrown around by a few authors (Stephen King in particular). From my own experiences, it has proven indispensable, and I highly recommend it. Not as your absolute process, mind you (although following it to the letter would still be effective), but as a base to work off of, making your own additions here and there to make it your own.
Step 1: Write the first draft.
The writer that creates something perfect on his first try is an incredibly rare specimen (although, so I've heard, not completely no
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I am an artist/writer always open to new work opportunities in my field. I have worked as an artist at IUGO and in a QA & leader/point of contact capacity for over 2 years in the game industry.

I like my daughter, my sweet and awesome boyfriend, books, MMOs, the internet, coffee and sweets. I dislike gender roles. :P

My old gallery:
DA portfolio:
Test website1:

Website (main)
I've already posted and started doing this elsewhere, but I guess I should have my price list and details here as well. :)

I am accepting commissions!  Mostly GW2 related (art of your in-game characters, nothing smutty or crazy though).

GW2 forum thread about my commissions:…

I am also accepting commissions of player-designed characters from other games that allow customization of your character.

(with discounted early-bird sale prices valid if you reserve a spot by the end of March as I am currently working on a backlog of smaller commissions from another forum until next weekend).

Sketch/Speedpainting with Simple BG
– bust $40 ~on sale $30
– half body $55 ~ on sale $40
– full body $70 ~ on sale $60

Full Color & Polished Drawing/Painting with Simple BG
-bust $70 ~on sale $55
-half body $90 ~on sale $75
– full body (not currently doing these due to time involved)

+ detailed BG or extra characters subject to additional fees, on a case by case basis (note that I am a lot less likely to take these sorts of commissions at this time… unless I’m heavily bribed muahaha! jk... not jk.)

In-game-gold equivalent of those prices (in Guild Wars 2) is totally accepted, just calculate the cash-to-gems-to-gold rate for a ballpark figure, otherwise the orders should be real life $$ and the transaction will be through paypal. 


Order Form:
Type of art requested (Sketch or painting, bust or half body etc.):
Screenshot(s) of character (include closeup of face):
Form of payment ($$ or GW2 gold):
Special notes (if any):



OR on facebook (if you are someone I already know and have added, from one group or another).

Contact through the GW2 forums is also acceptable; my username is Zelkai.3562

NOTE: if you see my artwork advertised anywhere ---other than here, my personal website (, the GW2 forums under the name Zelkai.3562 or on facebook; please contact me, as it is not me. Artwork produced by me is not for resale and I'm also not selling prints anywhere other than the places I've just mentioned.  I'm am doing personal commissions only; art for commercial purposes will be treated as such and I will be using industry standard pricing, copyright and licensing.

Once in touch, I will ask further details about your art request and we can hammer out the details. :)


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Theaitetos Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
I wish you a very happy birthday! :party: :cake:

Kepidemic Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Happy birthday c: Have a good day
Theaitetos Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Hi there, I have this wrinkle cream and thought you might need it because you are getting old again. =P

:cake: :party: Happy Birthday! :party: :cake:
Dark-Infamous Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Happy birthday~~:heart::heart: Hope you will have a great day <3
Rafael-Domination Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :D
LeiAndLove Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thankee for the fav! :glomp:
Illumikage Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
-hugs- Of course! ^^
lou2209 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Guh I completely agree that you deserve more watchers! I'm actually really surprised at how few you get :c
Illumikage Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Thank you so much for that! ^_^ I'm happy with what I get, not that I wouldn't mind more visibility of course. I'm just glad that people are able to enjoy my work. :)
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