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Owl Girl by kramwartap Owl Girl :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 2 1 Rainbow Dash Paints A Rock by kramwartap Rainbow Dash Paints A Rock :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 0 0 Painted Rock of a Woman Smelling a Flower by kramwartap Painted Rock of a Woman Smelling a Flower :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 1 0 She-Ra ATC by kramwartap She-Ra ATC :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 6 0 Jack Russell Terriers ATC by kramwartap Jack Russell Terriers ATC :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 1 0 Chucks ATC by kramwartap Chucks ATC :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 2 0 Rainbow Dash Doesn't Know Anything About Ballet by kramwartap Rainbow Dash Doesn't Know Anything About Ballet :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 0 0 Rainbow Dash Fish Fortune by kramwartap
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Molly Rae Hakkarinen by kramwartap Molly Rae Hakkarinen :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 3 0 Sylvie by kramwartap Sylvie :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 1 0 Jeannette Manga by kramwartap Jeannette Manga :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 0 2 Not Jeannette by kramwartap Not Jeannette :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 0 0 These Ladies Don't Match by kramwartap These Ladies Don't Match :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 0 0 Life Advice From Elsa by kramwartap Life Advice From Elsa :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 1 1 An Old Classmate by kramwartap An Old Classmate :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 0 2 Manticore at the Hair Stylist's by kramwartap
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Watch Parts Scorpion No 13 by AMechanicalMind Watch Parts Scorpion No 13 :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 394 20 Runescape Mage and Warrior : YouTube! by rossdraws Runescape Mage and Warrior : YouTube! :iconrossdraws:rossdraws 4,272 63 Two Blue Jay Leather Masks by windfalcon Two Blue Jay Leather Masks :iconwindfalcon:windfalcon 424 20 Widowmaker - OW by Sciamano240 Widowmaker - OW :iconsciamano240:Sciamano240 6,922 136 Dream Ring - Sunset Shimmer by FuyusFox Dream Ring - Sunset Shimmer :iconfuyusfox:FuyusFox 2,040 75 Inktober Day 12 - Whale by TsaoShin Inktober Day 12 - Whale :icontsaoshin:TsaoShin 1,911 98 Dream Ring - Cutie Mark Crusaders by FuyusFox Dream Ring - Cutie Mark Crusaders :iconfuyusfox:FuyusFox 2,371 85 Lipstick by larienne Lipstick :iconlarienne:larienne 5,049 104 Bowsette by Grooooovy Bowsette :icongrooooovy:Grooooovy 4,509 121 Winged Mink Room Guardian by AnyaBoz Winged Mink Room Guardian :iconanyaboz:AnyaBoz 1,195 34 Bowsette sketch by raikoart Bowsette sketch :iconraikoart:raikoart 5,198 134 Super Sonic Style Zine (preview) by Jadii-L Super Sonic Style Zine (preview) :iconjadii-l:Jadii-L 1,033 41 Eastern Mercy :18+ optional: by Axsens Eastern Mercy :18+ optional: :iconaxsens:Axsens 4,607 73 Neferura by GENZOMAN Neferura :icongenzoman:GENZOMAN 3,685 72 Marceline and Bubblegum by TsaoShin Marceline and Bubblegum :icontsaoshin:TsaoShin 3,167 141 Straw it Raph by JoniGodoy Straw it Raph :iconjonigodoy:JoniGodoy 619 18

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Owl Girl
A woman that belongs to the same Multiple Sclerosis Facebook support group, that I joined back at the end of June, asked all of us if we'd send her youngest daughter, who's turning seven on October 21st, a birthday card and tell her about what it's like having MS. Said girl knows that her mother is different from other mommies, but her mother wants to show her that a lot of other people have the same condition too.

Now, that is a somewhat unusual thing to want to do on a young child's birthday, and some of the other women in the group gave the mother some crap about it ("You have MS, not her.", "Don't ruin your kid's birthday like that.", etc.), but, I figured that it was a relatively harmless thing to try, and processing that your mother has an incurable illness is probably a difficult thing for a young girl to come to terms with, so, it might help. Anyway, I decided I'd do it and told the mother to ignore the haters questioning her parenting and that I'd send her daughter a card.

I asked the woman what types of things/themes her daughter likes and she told me that she's a girly-girl that loves owls and rescuing animals. I tried to find an owl birthday card in the store, but, didn't have any luck. I found some other bird cards, but they were doves and stuff like that, and more for adults, not children. I also contemplated making a card for her from scratch, but, if, I'm being honest, I don't have a whole lot of interest or enthusiasm for making much of anything these days, so, I split the difference, picked out and bought a ballerina mouse card, and drew a portrait of the girl (using photos from Facebook as reference models), with an owl on her head, in the interior that I hope she'll like.  

Writing a letter to a soon-to-be-seven-years-old girl about what's wrong with me was kind of a hard and awkward thing to do. I tend to be verbose [editor's note: "tend"?], but, as she's still learning how to read, at her mother's request, I had to keep it relatively simple and short for her to understand. On one hand, I didn't use a bunch of big medical terms that she probably wouldn't know, but, on the other, I don't like "talking down" to children either and didn't want to insult her intelligence with "baby speak" (in other words, I didn't want my letter to read like a Dick and Jane book), so, while I limited my word choices, I didn't make it super elementary either. It's hard to remember what my reading level was like at seven, that's for sure! I mean, I know I could read fairly well at that age, but, how well? And, of course, I was very careful not to be negative about having MS or what the future may hold for the health of her mother or myself. Physically, I'm not doing too bad right now, so, it's not like I had anything all that terrible to tell the girl anyway. I just wrote that I give myself shots three times a week, to try to keep myself from getting sick again, or, if I do get sick, so that it (hopefully) won't be as bad, and that sometimes my vision doubles or I get really tired. I don't feel that my letter would upset her in any way. I suppose it was even kind of therapeudic on my end as well.
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Rainbow Dash Paints A Rock
A little photo comic strip I made of Rainbow Dash's rock painting adventure.  I recently participated in a rock painting contest at Craftster, which is what inspired this. 
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Painted Rock of a Woman Smelling a Flower

This is a painting I did on a rock, of a woman smelling a flower, that I hid somewhere in the City of Negaunee yesterday afternoon, for other people to find, as part of a contest I'm participating in at an online art community I belong to. I also wrote a quote, from the late Carrie Fisher, on it, that reads, "I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art."  The piece was done completely with acrylic paint and ink.

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She-Ra ATC

This is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) that I made for a woman in Massachusetts, for her "He-Man or She-Ra" theme. Done with ink, acrylic paint, color/graphite/watercolor pencil, & permanent marker on white paper.

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Jack Russell Terriers ATC

This is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) I made for a woman in Lower Michigan, for her "Dogs" theme.  She has a Jack Russell Terrier for a pet, so, that's why I did a pair of those.  Done with ink, acrylic paint, color/graphite pencil, & permanent marker on white paper.

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kramwartap
Mark Patraw
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gundam5 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
ADD to watch due to phenomenal talent and epic art work :O

no really your dedication and caring for details is impressive :)

and the best part is your taste in games is very similar to mine

castlevania , final fantasy 8 and 9 , silent hill , TMNT ... you name it :D

but i have one question , why dont you use materials like super sculpy firm or green stuff which have greater detales capability and good for small models ?

anyway i really enjoy you work so thanks for all the great art :)
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kramwartap Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
Thank you very much for your kind words!

As to why I don't use other modeling media, I've just always liked working with paper/cardboard and they're very inexpensive and easy to obtain.  I have dabbled with various clays in the past though.

I actually did purchase a multi-color Super Sculpey kit a few months-or-so ago, but, other than opening it up to inspect the contents, I haven't done anything with it . . . someday perhaps.
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Potatoheadmaster Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016
Thanks allot for the Leatherface Fav.

JD
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erosarts Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Your paper mache and paper craft stuff is awesome.  I'm going to have to watch you.  Maybe some of your skills working in three dimensions will rub off on me by some kind of cyber-osmosis.
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kramwartap Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
Thanks!  I don't know about that cyber-osmosis though, lol!
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erosarts Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It'll work.  We have the technology!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
Thanks for +faving my dragon sculpture! There are many more handmade dragon figurines in my gallery, if you'd like to take a look. :) (Smile)
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ogamitaicho Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the :+fav: ! :D
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MessyPaperCut Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
great stuff man!
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