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1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?

     About 5 years, I used to be on here under a different username but decided to use a more 'professional' one when I was out of highschool.

2. What does your username mean?


    I just use my name, nothing fancy.

3. Describe yourself in three words.

    Sincere, Dour, Tumblr

4. Are you left or right handed?


5. What was your first deviation?

    On my first account something I created in graphic design class. Mostly likely a 'かわいい' vector as I made waaaay to many of those. On this account I think it was a re-upload of the same nature.

Today is a Wonderful Day by JamesDarrow

6. What is your favourite type of art to create?

    Traditional, specifically oil paintings. I was never very good and with it being such a messy medium I don't spend do it very often.

7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

    Being able to draw anatomy.

8. What was your first favourite?

my lullaby by kidchan

9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

    Anything with skulls.

10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

    Hellobaby; I've always liked the style and the fact they're very community oriented.

11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

      There are so many amazing people, I couldn't choose just one. I have known a few people who are active on this site however. 

12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

    I think the community as a whole has. DeviantArt has allowed me to share some creations that I wouldn't have the opportunity to show my works in person. I think people on DeivantArt have been friendlier then can be expected from similar platforms. 

13. What are your preferred tools to create art?

    Heavy drawing paper and fine point pens.

14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

    If I'm taking photos I like this nature trail that goes by where I live, anything else I don't have anywhere special. 

15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

    I think when I got my DD, it was a very validating moment for me. I never really 'won' anything previous to that.

I've decided to expand my internet presence and share my links with everyone who's interested in connecting with me on more sites then just deviantart. I'll update this list as needed but everything you need can be found here.

My art tumblr
I just made this so please be patient. I plan to also post more updates, scraps, etc. here. Also, you can ask me questions art and otherwise here.

my personal tumblr : please ask, I follow back as well. Lots of gifs, lols and some mature content 

facebook : I no longer have a fanpage but I do have a personal that you can subscribe to public posts. Please ask if interested.

vimeo : I only have one video and if I post anything in the future I'll probably make a youtube honestly. 

Etsy : Currently the store is not open but once it is I'll include the link.

Email/Contact : Please message me on dA, Tumblr or facebook.

Thank you!
  • Listening to: Sini Sabotage
Hello everyone, I just wanted to make a quick journal and ask for some opinions and feedback from my watchers. I know a majority (if not all) of my watchers started following me because of my tutorial. There is a disproportional amount of response to anything book related in my gallery vs everything else (photography, drawings, etc.) that are added. Going forward is there a preference towards the kind of works you'd like to see? Would you like to see more made books, tutorials (please let me know if there's something you'd like me to share) or are you happy with what I've added to my gallery more recently. Even if you don't have much of an opinion please feel free to say hi in the comments, I'm curious to see how many of my watchers are active. 

thank you 💖
  • Listening to: Sini Sabotage

My deviantART Story

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 7:28 AM
Hello everyone! Today I want to take a moment and share with you my journey on deviantART. 

The first time I was actually looking at work on dA was many years ago and I didn't have an account here until about five years ago. I was using the moniker haixai and using this site to post the art I was creating while in a graphic design and commercial design class. Most of the creations from that period are not available for viewing, save a small folder titled 'haixai' in my gallery. I also had some paintings which I enjoyed but didn't want to share for personal reasons. 

Today is a Wonderful Day by JamesDarrow  Kurage by JamesDarrow

In those days I was very much into kawaii vectors and more surreal style work. I watched a lot of anime, read lots of manga and really had a dark sense of humor. I'm grateful most of that didn't show through, and just the Japanese influences did.

I kept that account until I had graduated highschool. Going into the years after that I decided to pursue a career that was still creative but not quite the same artistic career like the work I had been posting. I went to school for cosmetology and now I work as a hairstylist. (Seriously though, if anyone is considering doing something like that please feel free to ask me questions!) That change in my life required a fresh start here and I made up my mind that I needed to use my name instead of hiding behind a word. *does anyone remember what haixai means? Let me know if you remember me from this!

I started taking more photographs and still do to this day. Most I don't share but when I get something I'm very proud of I make sure to post it.

Spring by JamesDarrow Flowering Plum by JamesDarrow Butterfly by JamesDarrow Lantern by JamesDarrow

I try to keep my work more positive and 'happy' but there has been a lot of depression in my life. This is something I'm not proud of and don't want that to show through my comments and posts. I try to keep myself surrounded by good things and as long as I don't stray from that I can usually handle life pretty well. That being said, I do have an appreciation for the darker things and can be identified as a 'goth', although I don't really consider myself one. I have taken a few major breaks from dA where I just want to delete everything and close my account but thanks to all the nice people I've been able to meet through the site, I'm still here. :)

Late 2011 I started making books and in April 2012 I made my first tutorial. I didn't have access to that great of a camera but somehow I managed to produce something I'm proud of.

Bookbinding Tutorial by JamesDarrow

That led to a few other tutorials and even a DD! I really never thought that something like that could happen to me.

Mini Book by JamesDarrow Mini Leather Books by JamesDarrow

I did have to stop making books at that time because of the demands both for school and the salon really took the energy from me! 

I never purchased the programs I had been using in graphic design, and one day I might so there is a chance that I could develop my digital style of work but in the mean time I continue to take photographs and little doodles. I would like to continue to share my work with all you lovely people and make new friends along the way. I know that I haven't exactly been the most consistent and I want everyone to know that all the nice comments have really made it easier for me to stay positive in life.

popcorn by JamesDarrow Crystal by JamesDarrow

I don't want to sound cheesy saying this so hopefully it won't come off that way. I don't need extra drama in my life so I avoid it at all costs and dA has been a place for me to do that.

I have no idea what the future holds and I hope that the years to come can be just as great. Please let me know your dA story by posting a link to in the comments below!

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Giveaway winners!

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 18, 2012, 7:32 AM

Etsy | Prints | Facebook

Finally the time has come for me to announce the winners! Thank you everyone who gave :points: and :+fav: this journal. Also, look forward to the art feature and feel free to donate points at anytime so that I can do this again. I'll contact the winners and give the points ASAP.

Random number list

1. :iconizumiko-san:
Donation proof

2. :iconhomikka:
Donation proof
(features received)

3. :iconlittle-miss-kay:
Donation proof
(features received)

4. The-Great-Bunbutchi
(features received)
5. Sakujochan
6. miyaotohime
7. UzaiyaProject
(features received)
8. keirui
9. delcattylover53
(features received)
10. rouge2t7

Hey! I'm so super busy right now that I can't choose the winners tonight, which I was planning on doing. That means I'll extend this until the morning and try to post the winners by noon MST 7/26!

Sorry for making you wait, I have some last minute school enrollment today which means I'll be a student again starting Tuesday. AHHH!

I've decided to have a bit of a contest and give away some points toward premium or whatever you want to do with them.

1. Favorite this journal :+fav:. The winners will be chosen using from the list of people who favorite.
2. You don't have to watch me or anything, this is just my way of contributing to the community. Also, if you like the idea of this you can donate points to me and I'll use them to have another giveaway in the future. I have premium for the next year so I honestly won't be spending them on anything.
3. Please don't spam or beg me for anything! I will see that as you forfeiting your right to win.

:points: :points:  Prizes :points: :points:

1st: 500 :points:  and be included in an art feature!
2nd: 300 :points:  and be included in an art feature!
3rd: 50 :points: and be included in an art feature!
4th - 10th included in the art feature!

Also, anyone who wins and is allowed in the art feature is also allowed to advertise their commissions! :nod:  
(In the feature I might choose more than the three winners)

I will decide the winners July 25th and post the winner's feature after I've contacted them! Look for a message from me to know if you won.

Good luck and tell everyone, this contest is completely by chance and I ask for nothing in return. ヽ(*≧ω≦)ノ
Have a nice day!

Hey hey! Check out :iconxia22: 1,000 :points: giveaway!
That's right.  I, :iconxia22:, with the help of :iconhoneyandthedevon: are giving away 1,000 deviantART points for free.  So check out this journal for what you have to do to have a chance!
:bulletpink: Here's what you have to do. :bulletpink:
:bulletpink: You must watch both :iconxia22: and :iconhoneyandthedevon:.
:bulletpink: You must fave this journal so other people will see it.
:bulletpink: Make a journal advertising this giveaway and make sure you LINK BACK TO THIS JOURNAL.
[Bullet; Pink] Fave this: so people will see the giveaway.
[Bullet; Pink] Comment on this journal with a link to your advertising journal.
[Bullet; Pink] And favorite either one of these journals to help advertise our contests!
[Star!] That's pretty much it.  Make sure to spread

  • Listening to: Beats Antique
  • Drinking: iced coffee

Made books

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 15, 2012, 10:32 AM

Etsy | Prints | Facebook

There were so many books now I decided just to put them in their own entry. Feel free to leave links on this, the tutorial, a note or on my profile :)

<da:thumb id="545272018"/> DIY - Small booklet by KaraNari It`s my cup of tea - (part 1) by Redilion Dr Who day book by Creampaws Black Journal by Creampaws Jami-Themed Sketchbook by ameanjenn Mini book by MyrddinvanderWind:thumb356189626: Totoro note book by Anuii Book of Shadows by JamesDarrow Mini Book by JamesDarrow self-made book first try by ineos book by cbrooks903 Hand Bound Book by otohime0394 First Book Attempt by EAldrich sketchBook. by Lady2 Shiver - New binding by ShutterBug97 ''Sketches And Thougts'' Book by mbah Book2 - Purple by EAldrich Hand Made Journal by moonlitblackcat My black book by respett Mini Book by JamesDarrow:thumb299447805: Little Book of Colours by mbah Notebook 1 by luisatm notebook 2 by luisatm notebook 3 by luisatm Notebook 4 by luisatm Notebook 5 by luisatm:thumb300821845: ''To Do'' Book by mbah:thumb301855945: Book of the Awesomeness by Vampirkaetzchen Tiny Book Process by JamesDarrow .: Watermelons :. Stetchbook by bell-chann Compass Book by saphira3479 My handmade book by Maler002 handmade book inside by Maler002 Book Crafting! by Pistachio-san Gift: evil pineapple notebook by HazyDreamerNeko Mini Notebook! by Jane-Rt Second Book-Binding Attempt by Aura-Kitty92 Handmade book by yliadinosaur Japanese Notebook Covers by Totemo-Oishii Cheyenne: Dear Diary by Control-the-Chaos:thumb318819399: book! by Justanelement book! by Justanelement:thumb320693464: Handmade Floral Book by ashitx 2015-02-28 12-19-49 913[1] by netmiff

  • Listening to: Beats Antique
  • Eating: mochi bread
  • Drinking: Aloe Morning