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TIPS: How to get more watchers/views on art
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Disclaimer: These tips may not work for EVERYBODY, so I apologize if you have tried them and did not see results. These are merely suggestions on how to get views/watchers and the results you may get varies on a number of factors such as how often you post, how active you are etc... so I DO NOT GUARANTEE perfect results.
I have written this a long time ago and I will go to edit this in the future to work better with a more general deviantart audience as my original target audience was intended to be anime/manga artists. 
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Yooo... 12k+ Views? I never expected a lot of people to read this crappy "guide" XD
I am currently semi-active on dA so I apologize if I am not able to respond to your questions at the moment
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Also, some parts of this guide is mostly for visual artists that do drawings
I have no experience in photography/other types of art so I apologize ^  ^;
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Digital paintings requiring much blood, sweat, and tears (as well as back pain and eye strain... @_@). Price will vary from 1000 - 2000, depending on the number of characters, composition, style of choice etc. Pricey, but guaranteed to be well worth your $$!

Be the first 3 to order and get a 10% discount! 

I accept paypal as well! Please send me a note for more details.   
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Traditional Colored Pencil drawings. Price will vary from 500 for one color/head to 1000+ for full-color/full-body (please note full-color/full-body can be even more difficult than digital drawings, BUT the effects can be pretty darn amazing! Plus its less strain on my eyes...) 

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Pencil sketches on 8.5" x 11.5" paper. Can be anything, one character or two characters, full body or head, as long as it fits on the page. 

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Or How Breathing in and out saved my relationship with drawing 


In a previous post (Hello Self-Doubt my old friend... ) I was lamenting a serious case of art block that I was suffering from. So many of you then came to my aid and gave me words of comfort, thank you all of you who shared your words of wisdom :'). 
It was time for me to do my fair share of work too. Ultimately, the only person who was going to be able to pull myself together was myself. Those fears and doubts weren't going to take care of themselves. The only question was how. 
Enter Mindfulness. 

The Heck is Mindfulness? 


Most of you have probably heard of the word "mindfulness" somewhere, though exactly what it is can sometimes be obscured by all the excitement around it. More importantly, what does it have to do with art? 

To put it simply, mindfulness is about "being present". If you are mindfully eating, you are focused only on the food you are eating, if you are mindfully walking, you are focused on each step, if you are mindfully drawing, you are focused on the pen as it makes each stroke up and down the paper. Does it sound too simple? Try sitting where you are now (no, you don't need to cross your legs, just get comfortable~), close your eyes if you want and try to feel your breath coming in and out, in and out of your nostrils.  
 

Assuming you have never done this before, you may have noticed a few seconds of relief and relaxation, but then quickly followed by a torrential downpour of thoughts and restlessness. "What am I doing here?"; "Am I doing this right?", "Do I look silly?", "Is anyone watching", "I've got laundry to do", "Wow I really need to go pee", "I wonder what we're having for dinner", "OH, right! There's a new episode for..." So on and so forth. According to Jack Kornfield, apparently most beginners are shocked by the amount of thoughts that come in and out of their mind at every minute. Many of them will then try and control those thoughts, like warding off a bunch of flies from a piece of dung, but like the flies, they always come back. 

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on whatever you are doing at any moment. Solely on that thing. It isn't about controlling your thoughts, but about seeing them as they are, just thoughts. With enough practice you learn to calm down and simply let all the thoughts come and go as they please, without being attached to them. It's like watching yourself from the outside. Eventually, you learn that a lot of your thoughts are unnecessary, your anxieties are unfounded, and your regrets not useful. 

I wish I could describe more about how it feels, but I've also learned it's something that has to be experienced, rather than known. It's not something that the mind can comprehend or understand. It just is, go see for yourself if you're curious!  
And if none of what I said is incentive enough, from the words of Invitation to Meditation by Howard Cohn: "Imagine feeling calm and content wherever you are." That's right, wherever you are. In a job interview, on a date with your beloved, in a school exam. Is that incentive enough? :D

Mindfulness and Art


Which brings me to the practical applications of mindfulness, specifically how it helped me with my art block. 

To get straight to the point, with meditation, I eavesdropped on my thoughts and feelings when drawing. There I noticed, what I hadn't noticed before. When I sat down for a "relaxing" drawing session, I was terrified. My stomach practically turns each time I see an empty page or fresh file on manga studio. Breathe in, breathe out. My thoughts verged on panic, I was constantly judging each stroke, worried about whether it would turn out okay, what would happen if it didn't, worried about how long it was going to take, wanting to finish quickly already. Breathe in, breathe out. To be brief, I wasn't being present for drawing at all. My hand was drawing, but my mind was busy spinning stories. Why hadn't I noticed this before? I mean something that serious can't go unnoticed... As it turns out, it wasn't as if I hadn't noticed, but I was in the grip of my mind so I couldn't deal with it objectively. I was reluctant to.

Reluctance is a big red flag that something fishy is going on, so I should have investigated, but the mind is very good at covering up problems. By calling drawing a "burning passion" to explain away the pain, and making up stories to make me believe I will tragically be wasting all my efforts and drop drawing forever. So I kept drawing, sometimes for hours and hours at a time. Even when I wasn't drawing, I was thinking about it, while eating, while working, while sleeping. And who was making this all up? My mind. 

At some point, an "a-ha" moment was realized. The culprit the entire time was not drawing itself. It was my mind and all the stories it was spinning to try to trap me in fear (this is just what the untrained mind does, though, so let's not pretend your mind is an evil, sinister, monster.). And the underlying desires for recognition and self-worth. Slowly, I saw the interconnected problems. Not only were they spoiling my cherished moments with art, they also spoiled my fun with my job as a teacher (Am I good enough? What do the kids think of me?), even my role as a daughter when I compared myself to my sister (Am I like my sister? Am I better or worse?). When that realization set in, my head felt a thousand times lighter. 

It would be too perfect if it had ended there. Nevertheless, I catch myself whenever I start feeling panicky about my art. I remind myself that I am on a journey, the drawing is not a be-all-end-all even if it feels like it, that how this drawing is going to turn out does not decide whether I was "successful" or not. But most relieving of all, I no longer think about it (as much) when I am not drawing, allowing me to find the joy in all things in my life, not just one. 

Mindfulness Across Your Life


I heard that there are two kinds of suffering in this world. There is the kind that we run away from, and the kind we turn around and fight. Only one of these will lead to the problem being eliminated. 

A lack of mindfulness means a life of running away from problems, leading to all sorts of pain. When we work, we think about the weekend longingly to try to escape the stress. When we are sitting on the bus, we take out our phones and scroll through instagram, to try and escape our boredom. When we are stressed, we eat or starve our bodies to distract ourselves from the pain. 

When we see someone we don't like, we turn our backs or snap at them.

When we see people we think are different from us, we imagine all sorts of fearsome qualities they have that separates them, when we are really more alike than we'd like to believe.

When we see countries that threaten us, we try to eliminate them first to quench our own fears. 

When faced with our mortality, we act as if we will live forever. 

Who is the enemy? Not the work life, not social media, not some country far far away or the people who run from them. Is there an enemy? Or is it the untrained minds and the stories it makes? 

You can be the richest, most successful, most powerful person on the planet, and none of it will make any difference if your mind remains untrained. The fear, anxieties and invisible ghosts it creates will still chase you to the ends of the earth. Yet, you can also be the poorest, most decrepit person on the planet, and nothing can take the greatest treasure you already have. The present moment and all it has to offer. Use it, relish in it, take refuge in it. It is your true home.   




AUTHOR'S NOTE: This article was meant to be more about art, but it turned into more about life. Then again, they are one and the same aren't they :) 

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Made in Abyss Sketch [WIP]
Just finished all 13 episodes of the first season. I was hooked from the first episode! Just tell me what's at the bottom of that hole already!! Made in Abyss Icon Not recommended for anyone who might be kind of queasy about blood, extreme feels and children being buck naked ... 

While I love every character, Reg is probably my favourite. Made in Abyss Icon 
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Or How Breathing in and out saved my relationship with drawing 


In a previous post (Hello Self-Doubt my old friend... ) I was lamenting a serious case of art block that I was suffering from. So many of you then came to my aid and gave me words of comfort, thank you all of you who shared your words of wisdom :'). 
It was time for me to do my fair share of work too. Ultimately, the only person who was going to be able to pull myself together was myself. Those fears and doubts weren't going to take care of themselves. The only question was how. 
Enter Mindfulness. 

The Heck is Mindfulness? 


Most of you have probably heard of the word "mindfulness" somewhere, though exactly what it is can sometimes be obscured by all the excitement around it. More importantly, what does it have to do with art? 

To put it simply, mindfulness is about "being present". If you are mindfully eating, you are focused only on the food you are eating, if you are mindfully walking, you are focused on each step, if you are mindfully drawing, you are focused on the pen as it makes each stroke up and down the paper. Does it sound too simple? Try sitting where you are now (no, you don't need to cross your legs, just get comfortable~), close your eyes if you want and try to feel your breath coming in and out, in and out of your nostrils.  
 

Assuming you have never done this before, you may have noticed a few seconds of relief and relaxation, but then quickly followed by a torrential downpour of thoughts and restlessness. "What am I doing here?"; "Am I doing this right?", "Do I look silly?", "Is anyone watching", "I've got laundry to do", "Wow I really need to go pee", "I wonder what we're having for dinner", "OH, right! There's a new episode for..." So on and so forth. According to Jack Kornfield, apparently most beginners are shocked by the amount of thoughts that come in and out of their mind at every minute. Many of them will then try and control those thoughts, like warding off a bunch of flies from a piece of dung, but like the flies, they always come back. 

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on whatever you are doing at any moment. Solely on that thing. It isn't about controlling your thoughts, but about seeing them as they are, just thoughts. With enough practice you learn to calm down and simply let all the thoughts come and go as they please, without being attached to them. It's like watching yourself from the outside. Eventually, you learn that a lot of your thoughts are unnecessary, your anxieties are unfounded, and your regrets not useful. 

I wish I could describe more about how it feels, but I've also learned it's something that has to be experienced, rather than known. It's not something that the mind can comprehend or understand. It just is, go see for yourself if you're curious!  
And if none of what I said is incentive enough, from the words of Invitation to Meditation by Howard Cohn: "Imagine feeling calm and content wherever you are." That's right, wherever you are. In a job interview, on a date with your beloved, in a school exam. Is that incentive enough? :D

Mindfulness and Art


Which brings me to the practical applications of mindfulness, specifically how it helped me with my art block. 

To get straight to the point, with meditation, I eavesdropped on my thoughts and feelings when drawing. There I noticed, what I hadn't noticed before. When I sat down for a "relaxing" drawing session, I was terrified. My stomach practically turns each time I see an empty page or fresh file on manga studio. Breathe in, breathe out. My thoughts verged on panic, I was constantly judging each stroke, worried about whether it would turn out okay, what would happen if it didn't, worried about how long it was going to take, wanting to finish quickly already. Breathe in, breathe out. To be brief, I wasn't being present for drawing at all. My hand was drawing, but my mind was busy spinning stories. Why hadn't I noticed this before? I mean something that serious can't go unnoticed... As it turns out, it wasn't as if I hadn't noticed, but I was in the grip of my mind so I couldn't deal with it objectively. I was reluctant to.

Reluctance is a big red flag that something fishy is going on, so I should have investigated, but the mind is very good at covering up problems. By calling drawing a "burning passion" to explain away the pain, and making up stories to make me believe I will tragically be wasting all my efforts and drop drawing forever. So I kept drawing, sometimes for hours and hours at a time. Even when I wasn't drawing, I was thinking about it, while eating, while working, while sleeping. And who was making this all up? My mind. 

At some point, an "a-ha" moment was realized. The culprit the entire time was not drawing itself. It was my mind and all the stories it was spinning to try to trap me in fear (this is just what the untrained mind does, though, so let's not pretend your mind is an evil, sinister, monster.). And the underlying desires for recognition and self-worth. Slowly, I saw the interconnected problems. Not only were they spoiling my cherished moments with art, they also spoiled my fun with my job as a teacher (Am I good enough? What do the kids think of me?), even my role as a daughter when I compared myself to my sister (Am I like my sister? Am I better or worse?). When that realization set in, my head felt a thousand times lighter. 

It would be too perfect if it had ended there. Nevertheless, I catch myself whenever I start feeling panicky about my art. I remind myself that I am on a journey, the drawing is not a be-all-end-all even if it feels like it, that how this drawing is going to turn out does not decide whether I was "successful" or not. But most relieving of all, I no longer think about it (as much) when I am not drawing, allowing me to find the joy in all things in my life, not just one. 

Mindfulness Across Your Life


I heard that there are two kinds of suffering in this world. There is the kind that we run away from, and the kind we turn around and fight. Only one of these will lead to the problem being eliminated. 

A lack of mindfulness means a life of running away from problems, leading to all sorts of pain. When we work, we think about the weekend longingly to try to escape the stress. When we are sitting on the bus, we take out our phones and scroll through instagram, to try and escape our boredom. When we are stressed, we eat or starve our bodies to distract ourselves from the pain. 

When we see someone we don't like, we turn our backs or snap at them.

When we see people we think are different from us, we imagine all sorts of fearsome qualities they have that separates them, when we are really more alike than we'd like to believe.

When we see countries that threaten us, we try to eliminate them first to quench our own fears. 

When faced with our mortality, we act as if we will live forever. 

Who is the enemy? Not the work life, not social media, not some country far far away or the people who run from them. Is there an enemy? Or is it the untrained minds and the stories it makes? 

You can be the richest, most successful, most powerful person on the planet, and none of it will make any difference if your mind remains untrained. The fear, anxieties and invisible ghosts it creates will still chase you to the ends of the earth. Yet, you can also be the poorest, most decrepit person on the planet, and nothing can take the greatest treasure you already have. The present moment and all it has to offer. Use it, relish in it, take refuge in it. It is your true home.   




AUTHOR'S NOTE: This article was meant to be more about art, but it turned into more about life. Then again, they are one and the same aren't they :) 

Sword Fight! STEPS
I'm going to try uploading more of these for those of you who may want to see the processes ~  

I've made a new folder in my gallery for putting these step-by-step processes. 

1. Rough sketch (Goal: To try to make a pose that is both anatomically and compositionally sound)
2. Lineart (Goal: Refine the rough sketch)
3. Grey Tones (Goal: To separate the elements in the drawing)
4. Rough Colours (Goal: Trying to choose colours that look good together.) This was hard because Logi and Nor already has set colours to their hair and clothing...This is where I was kicking myself for giving both Nor and Logi black clothes in the comic...)
5. Refining muscles and colours. (Goal: Darkening and giving volume to picture) I also changed Logi's expression because his mouth was too wide. A lot of expressions that look okay in 2D turn out to not work in 3D...
6. More Refining (Goal: Darkening and giving volume to picture)
7. Final Stage (Goal: Finishing Touches, editing colours and background) 

Let me know if you guys want to see more of these :D Hope they help!  
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Sword Fight! [Norway and Logi]
For :iconlukasbondevik-vin: A picture of Logi and Norway engaged in a sword fight. Panda Emoji-28 (Hello Hi) [V2] I hope you like it ~ 

For the purpose of those unfamiliar with Logi, he is kind of my 2p version of Nor (emphasis on kind of).  
I feel like I might have overdone the shading and lighting effects... I was having way too much fun O_O 

Edit: Cropped the pic to improve the composition ~ 
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EPH-SAN1634 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The moment you go to someone's gallery and feel surprised and honoured but also stupid because an artist like you watches you and you didn't even know...

Your art is mesmerising  
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JazzLassie6020 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IKR? What took you so long?? Geez  
I kid XD You're too kind TwT 

For the record, your art is wonderful of course I had to watch you ~ 
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EPH-SAN1634 Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously, I don't know!!! I had even given you a llama!!!
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CherryMoonyPies Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hai there! I would just like to ask how do you use emojis and gifs on DeviantArt?
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Pajunen Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018
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Thank you for the :+devwatch:
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pyromanicalfire Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
Is there a way to purchase your comic in any way? Or are you aiming for the completion first? I really want that comic in my home and read it every day. Snif..Is Beautiful..Onion 
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JazzLassie6020 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg you're too kind Bunny Emoji-87 (Thanks) [V5] 

I really have no goal in mind for the comic xD I had a story, and I wanted to tell it, I never thought about publishing or anything xD. And there's so much yet to tell, so a completed comic is still a ways off. 

If you feel so inclined, to print it out and keep a copy of some sort, you are more than welcome xD I'm just happy someone likes it that much 
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pyromanicalfire Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018
You deserve my money for it. I feel bad if i am gonna print it and that's that. I am gonna reread it again since i never get sick of it. :D I am also glad that you're not going to stop making the comic. I really enjoy and i really love it. Free Choc Heart Icon 
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leometroid Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding my art into your collection!Hug
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Gotten to the newest page, and it's just as interesting and entertaining as the beginning ^^ :clap:
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