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Fri Jan 1, 2016, 9:48 AM by kelogsloops:iconkelogsloops:

It's that time of the year

So as I sit here, confronted by the realization that 2015 has come to its end, it makes me wonder and really look back in retrospect about what a crazy, hectic, but incredible year it has been. To be able to sit down, and realize where I was a year ago, and how far I’ve come. 

I told myself at the start of 2015, that my motto would be to #brbchasingdreams. It was this silly, cheesy little idea to have a constant reminder to always, actively work towards my art. This little mantra would somehow eventually push me to break my boundaries, my comfort zones and my limits--to constantly challenge myself, dare myself to improve and set goals beyond anything I could imagine. But never in my dreams would I have expected to have gotten to where I am now; 2015 to me was a year of many firsts, and of very important goodbyes’

    Who could have known that in a year from then, I'd be in my first exhibition.
    Or opened my own print shop and sold my first painting,
    Or started my own YouTube channel
    Or even dropped my course of study, and change the entire trajectory of my life towards chasing the dream in art
    Heck, who could have known that I'd have over 15,000 people watching me on DeviantArt, the community that I first began in and fell in love with. That in itself blows me away.

As I look back over it all, I know one thing for sure is that I've been happy throughout, because I love what I get to do. And the best bit? That there are people out there who love what I do. And for that, I can't put to words how thankful I am to each and every one of you who do. I can’t imagine how I’m meant to top a year like 2015 but all I know is that I’m excited to give it another crack. I started last year with this motivation and drive to give it my everything, and it still thrives today. So, LET'S DO THIS 2016!!!

Happy New Year everyone!

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Fri Dec 18, 2015, 9:44 AM by kelogsloops:iconkelogsloops:

It's strange to think that a year has gone by just like that. Only a year ago, I hosted this very same Christmas Giveaway, and looking forward a year, puts everything into perspective. I really enjoy hosting these, because you really get to see people "share the love", which is the theme after all. To everybody who participated, thank you so much! It was really great to read  some of the comments and see some people get really into the festive spirit, so that was by far my favourite part to see :)  Especially for me; I didn't quite enjoy my time here on DeviantArt until I started making friends, and actually being able to share my experience of deviantArt with a fellow like-minded friend made all the difference.
Plus, it's always more fun to win something with a friend, to "share" that experience!

So without further ado, I hereby announce the winners of this year's XMAS Giveaway!


1. DanaDani with Mysterious-Momo
2. Finja-ohne-N with GreyAreas
3. Zodin00t with xXMagdaliXx


Winners and their tagged friend in the following orders will receive:

Star!1st Winner- 900 and 200 points for a friend Star!
Star! 2nd Winner - 400 and 150 points for a friend Star!
Star! 3rd Winner - 250 and 100 points for a friend Star!

Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and wishing you all the best as the year quickly comes to an end!
Christmas LaChristmas LaChristmas La

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chasing dreams

Wed Nov 11, 2015, 7:49 AM by kelogsloops:iconkelogsloops:

Hi. I'd like to finally, properly introduce myself.

Below is a video that took me a long time to finally muster the courage finally share. I've been working on shaping this YouTube channel to be a creative space for me to share and talk art and share any resources (tips/tutorials) that might help other aspiring artists out there. 

It's a video to introduce who I am, but more importantly, it's about where I am, what I'm doing and where I want to go. 

So, up until two months ago, I was studying Physiotherapy at university, and I really did enjoy it. But my heart just wasn’t in it. 
I never intended to study and pursue art, coming from a school environment where it’s about “having a real job", like a doctor or a lawyer. The general advice from adults and even my own relatives, was that anything creative was just better off as a hobby. So I decided to keep it on the side while studying for a "real job", and I feel like this is a story that resonates with so many of us. 

I drudged on studying Physio, to a point where each day that I continued the course, it ate away at my confidence in my passion. Art became a second priority, and before I knew it, it became something I did only when I had ‘spare time', and that was rare while studying such an intense course. At that point, I started questioning everything, and I realized that I was in no way happy with where I was going and what I was sacrificing.

After months of tossing and turning, I decided; screw it - I took that leap of faith. I left my course and applied to transfer to study Animation and commit everyday to pursuing my passion and doing everything I've always wanted to do. I’m going to do it and I’m going to give it my everything. I’m going to work my ass off for it, so that at the end of each day, I'll know I tried. I'll do it without having a single shred of security and certainty about what’s going to happen.

Screw waking up one day to know you shut down your dreams because they’re not “real”. 
Screw having regrets of “never having tried".
Screw it, I’m doing it.

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what are you afraid of?

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 7:59 AM by kelogsloops:iconkelogsloops:

Halloween just passed, and the general theme of halloween is the 'spooks', but more specifically, 'fear'. Halloween has always been something I've loved and wanted to get involved with (it's not very popular here down in Australia), except for one tiny aspect about the dark festivities... spiders. 

I'm terrified of spiders. I have arachnophobia and it's crippling. The one thing I hate the most about deviantArt, is the fact that every time I go to the Macro>Photography section, I have to spend the next 10-30 minutes recollecting myself and calming my paranoia because I've just had the biggest scare and adrenaline rush after seeing a zoom-in, macro shot of a spider's body. Even writing this makes me feel edgy and nervous. Seriously, am I the only one who goes through this? WHY IS THIS EVEN OKAY?!

So thinking about it a little more, spiders and insects are one form of my fears. But then it makes me think, what other fears do I have? What fears do YOU have? Not just phobias and what not, but insecurities about the world, about others, about yourself.

"What are you afraid of?"

Myself personally, I can say I'm afraid (?) of painting with acrylic, oils and larger pieces and bodies of work, I'm uncomfortable with painting landscapes and environments. 
What else? I'm afraid of letting people down. I'm afraid of becoming an adult and growing up. I'm afraid of failure and of the unknown. I'm afraid of being unhappy with where I am 'now', at any point in my life. 

There's so many different types of fears and insecurities that I've come to realize (besides from arachnophobia, which I've had for life?), and it makes me really think that it's about time I tackle these fears (I'm not tackling my arachnophobia, that's damn outright #fackthatville). 

So tell me, what are you afraid of?

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Opening my own art shop!

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 9:54 AM by kelogsloops:iconkelogsloops:

It's been soo long since my last journal entry, and heck, a lot has happened. I went through a bit of a dry spell in the last few months with my art because university really picked up and got up all in my grills like 'nah, you ain't gon get no spare time'. But all is well again and I'm back on dA, with no intention of slowing down! WOOHOO!

One of the most exciting things though this past week, is that I finally got around to creating and opening my own art shop, and website as well. It took a while to finally get around to making and actually launching it, but it was so worth it and heck I'm so excited and proud to finally announce it here :D

So here we are:, is officially open!


(you can click this image above, it's a link!)

It's just a simple page that I wanted to use to act as a re-directory kinda thing. I've never made a site before, so I'd love to hear some thoughts and feedback on it! 

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a milestone to start a year

Wed Feb 4, 2015, 11:35 AM by kelogsloops:iconkelogsloops:

As some of you might know, I've started 2015 with a big goal in mind: to pursue a silly old childhood dream of art. From the very start of 2015, I've become as motivated, driven and inspired as ever before, to try my hardest.  And this year starts off with a HUGE bang, because I've just reached a milestone of 5,000 watchers and I'm lost for words. SERIOUSLY! 5,000 people, watch my work... 
(Also, can I just mention in absolute disbelief because I can't believe this myself, but, two of my biggest, hands down, BIGGEST inspirations, escume  and loish +watched me recently, and I wanted to cry and share this with you because I can't deal.)

So with all this motivation and drive, I told myself to hit off the year with a big bang, and make that bang get even bigger as the years go by.
 But why?

Because ever since last year, where I decided to really pursue my art and invest time to improve, learn and push my limits, I've never been happier. Doing something I love, and most of all, having people love what I do. That's the best bit. And I'm going to show you some artists that have personally inspired me these past months, because they're the kind of people I want to be one day.

Because at the end of the day, my dream is to inspire somebody out there in the world.

The Fall of Undine by Heylenne    No day by Nesskain
Nature Salvation by RHADS    Waiting by Stranger-bot  <da:thumb id="480309631"/></font>
SD10.13.14: Three is company by mintyfreshmangos    water times three by loish    Take Me Away by MikkoLagerstedt
    Bleeding Mind by ChrisCold  Field of Dreams by yuumei
The last queen by noobhime  Cloudbank by JenZee
     Haze by thienbao    Shield Maiden by escume
<da:thumb id="469910141"/>    aurora polaris by GaudiBuendia
perseus by len-yan    Jump by webang111    The Drowning by chuwenjie
POLARIS / Sketch (alt) by Deharme    Far from Home by ponyania    portrait _4 by RAHAF3

Thank you so much for inspiring me, to all these guys!  

And to all my friends and supporters, thank you so much! You guys are what motivates me to try even harder.

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Winners: XMAS Giveaway

Wed Dec 10, 2014, 6:43 AM by kelogsloops:iconkelogsloops:

And with the giveaway drawing to a close, I prepared the raffle list and found that by the end of it, there were a total of 1053 raffles, with over 300 entries! I'm so glad that so many people got into it, and more importantly, tagged their friends to get a bit into the festive season of sharing and giving! Reading some of the comments were so lovely to see it all in the atmosphere. Entries were allocated raffles based on the number of optional criteria and were then assigned their respective numbers onto an Excel spreadsheet. Three winners were then selected via random number generators.

So without further ado, I hereby announce the winners of my XMAS Giveaway!


    First Winner:  
ChiccaNeko  with MaCia998 
Second Winner:  
MaxLevel27  with TheCostumeNinja 
Third Winner: emiemi345  with StickyPeach 

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Winners and their tagged friend in the following orders will receive:

Star!1st Winner- 900 and 200 points for a friend Star!
Star! 2nd Winner - 400 and 150 points for a friend Star!
Star! 3rd Winner - 250 and 100 points for a friend Star!

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas season, and I wish for all the best to everyone!

Happy holidays!

Christmas LaChristmas LaChristmas La

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a thank you of sorts

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 17, 2014, 9:20 AM
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So a lot has happened lately.

1) I've just finished my exams, so I can finally start drawing again
2) I received a daily deviation a few weeks back (still cannot believe it)
3) I was a winner of a national icon design competition (Redheads Australia)
4) I was in an exhibition, then appearing on the newspaper
and 5) I've hit 1,000+ watchers

These five things have blown my mind, and the last is something that I would like to just thank each and every one of my watchers for.

Thank you.

Really, thank you for all of the support, thank you for looking at my works, thank you for even bothering to continue following my works and progress, let alone even pressing the +watch button on my page. Thank you, really. I'd never have imagined being able to even receive a daily deviation, and now, reaching that big, four digit number of watchers, is just mind-blowing. I'm not sure how else to celebrate having that many watchers, but hopefully I can think of something to give back!
Amongst all this support and thankfulness, I'd like to give back, and thank some artists who inspire me, simply because of their gorgeous work, style and ideas.

     Sky Lanterns by wlop   Substrata - A Visit From An Old Friend by Ninjatic    Sunsets with no hope by KuldarLeement 

  Forest Prince by FionaHsieh   Fairy by Kirimimi  Vast Traverse by DraGoonMS

homeseekers by bakeddeer    Fire Phoenix by Selenada   Knowledge is power by Ardinaryas    yinyang by andrahilde

   Alucard by TixieLix  <da:thumb id="438836544"/>    Moon eater by NerinFox
Concept Art El Despertar De Nagah Hielo by Kaisel    Rise Up by FlabnBone   <da:thumb id="420876414"/>

Sail by aerroscape   June by escume    - ARIES - by Vera-Chimera

Endless... by Pink-age    forest by MartaSyrko     *** by oprisco   

<da:thumb id="442269620"/>   Breathing clouds by lily-fox    Serenity on the Moon by nna    Incubator by ELK64

   Young and Beautiful by ScarletWarmth        Bring it on by Dark134

Having people that want to even look at my works makes me feel so inspired and motivated, because one day, I hope to be able to inspire others in the way that artists like these, inspire me. 

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a daily deviation

Journal Entry: Fri May 23, 2014, 7:36 PM
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I can't believe it.

The Red Hood by kelogsloops

On the 23rd of May, I got a daily deviation.
I logged on deviantArt and saw that I had a massive spike of messages and I wondered why. So I quickly looked around why and couldn't really figure why. So I went to check the comments on my latest piece: The Red Hood, and as I was scrolling down to see the comments, I stumbled past one small little section with a gold bar and a small red love heart that read:

The Red Hood by kelogsloops is filled with magnificent textures and movement that help create a fantastic composition.  ( Featured by Astralseed )

And my heart dropped.

Those artworks that always appear at the bottom of each dA page, those absolutely stunning, creative and amazing images have always been a kind of inspiration. A goal. Those artists who get those DD's are geniuses, the kind of artists you look up to and go 'wow, I wish I could be like that'. So I've always looked up to those artists and those Daily Deviations, and so receiving one myself... I can't explain it.

Thank you so so much to everyone who has congratulated me and supported and even just brushed by have a look. And thank you, Astralseed.

I still can't believe it.

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end of 2013

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 30, 2013, 9:38 PM
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So the year 2013 marks some of the biggest moments in my life that I'll never be able to forget. 

I finished high school, I was runners up for the Australian Art Prize for school students, was House Captain in my school (one of the most prestigious schools in Melbourne), went to the best and first music festivals in my life that I'll never forget, I'm about to get my license, had some of the best days of my life and met the greatest people who will always be important to me. For me, it really has been a crazy year, especially now that I've turned 18 and everything is legal for me now! 

But also, now that I've finally become free and have my own time to myself, I get to really work on my art and become much more active on deviantArt. I've already made some friends on deviantArt who are so friendly, supportive and also talented.

:iconshikeyy: :iconkittyskittles: :iconktorresart: :iconzhukzhenya14: :iconcurulin: :iconpop2810: :icon3wyl:

Thank you for making my return to deviantArt so much more enjoyable!

Inspirational Works

Here are some artists that I've come across and fallen in love with and have become personally inspired by!Enjoy

Princess Mononoke by DocWendigo   Guren no Yumiya, Jiyuu no Tsubasa by bcnyArt    

City by theirison Soulful Contemplation by ART-BY-DOC   <da:thumb id="258399675"/>   

<da:thumb id="420876414"/>    Light by 3wyl    Red. by Biannnn  

Enchanted by ntpdang    The Beginning by FlabnBone    

  Mint by forgottenpantaloons    Wet... by TixieLix    Elsa by escume   

Defiance by Carnegriff       Venus Incarnate by SillyJellie    Emilia Clarke Commission - detail by IleanaHunter

    Howl by Yaphleen     whitehorns by jameszapata

Gg by WesleyChen   Kate Zueva by cbyn      


     Black Rock Shooter (Male Genderbend) by na-insoo    Autumn by 253421   don't you cry by NanFe

Happy New Year Everyone!

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