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Journal Entry: Sat Jan 12, 2019, 1:39 AM

Всем русскоязычным подписчикам сообщаю - теперь у меня есть группа в соцсети Вконтакте: Кузня Miakhano.

Там выложено много чего, ещё недоступного здесь. Загляните в гости, оставляйте мнения, критикуйте, задавайте вопросы. Фанатам серии игр Thief и тауренов особый привет. Не буду призывать подписываться, это вы сами решите, если группа вам понадобится. И всё же логично, что чем больше отзывов и подписчиков, тем больше моя мотивация и дальше пилить картинков. ;)

  • Listening to: Synthwave on Youtube.
  • Reading: Shakko's blog on history of art.
  • Watching: Chicken run (2000).
  • Playing: ...
  • Eating: ...
  • Drinking: Carte Noir again.

For the Buider! Or for Woodsie... Happy 20, Thief!

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 31, 2018, 12:36 PM
  • Listening to: Floyd The Barber - Breakbeat & Big Beat mix.
  • Reading: Stanisław Lem - Eden.
  • Watching: Short video on Ultime Thule mission.
  • Playing: ...
  • Eating: Karelian pies.
  • Drinking: Lemon bourbon tea.

And happy New Year everyone!!! But 30th of November was a special day, and I have to mention it in my journal before year ends. I do it so late because I had to investigate why quality of my pictures have degreded a little bit. Looks like Deviantart started to re-sample JPEG submissions with bigger coefficient of loss, and this affected both older submissions too. One of things for wich I loved DA was it's policy to keep images untouched, JPEG with low coefficient of loss is the best choice for artworks of my style, but it seems like DA's administrators have changed their policy. And now my JPEGs with quality of 85-90 turned into something aroung 55-65. So I had to re-submit my artworks (part of listed below) in PNG format. Good thing that DA still keeps PNG-s untouched and doesn't convert them into lossy JPEGs.

Well, Thief was a fantasy catalyst for my mind since 1999 when I played it for the first time. It had poesy, it had mystery. It had a bizzare mix of epochs and styles including steampunk, teslapunk and dark fantasy. Even it's poor graphics somehow worked for good - there always was simplification and space for it's interpretation.

What we have here? There is one relatively new picture submitted in the day of anniversary:
Bringsie forth past not dead. by Miakhano

I have published one really old picture, but one, which I still like and which was never published on DA:
Ham Steamsuit (old picture). by Miakhano

Also there is a series of ancient pictures which were redrawn in different time in the same style of "old book":
Hammerites. by Miakhano Servants. by Miakhano A Bug Beast. by Miakhano

And there is a bunch of works which were posted on DA in the past, but was reworked recently. Some only a bit, but some almost completely:
Craybeast. by Miakhano City Watch. by Miakhano Builders chamber. by Miakhano Father Karras. by Miakhano A Burrick by Miakhano

All plans are messed up. :)

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 30, 2018, 6:30 AM
  • Listening to: Mortaur - Horror Vacui.
  • Reading: Stanisław Lem - Głos Pana.
  • Watching: The little Mermaid. Seriously. =)
  • Playing: ...
  • Eating: Ritter Sport with mint.
  • Drinking: Carte Noir coffee.

All plans "to return some day to DA once and for long" are messed up, because I break my "vow of silence" again and again and again by submitting some little pieces. But hey, let everything flow as it is. May be I just want to remind of myself from time to time. :D (Big Grin) 
I never gave any importance for Halloween Sleep  (because I like creepy and mystique things every damn day and don't need special day for it Ninja meditate before battle... ), but last month I decided to break my "vow of silence" for another time and shared some of recent works in honor of "pumpkinhead" day. Deviation love 

Shapeshifters: nun (crawler). by Miakhano  Shapeshifters: clerk (soarer). by Miakhano  Shapeshifters. by Miakhano  Mud-hound troglodytes. by Miakhano

Today is November 30th, and this is a HUGE date and GOOD reason to break "vow of silence" again. There will be another submission and a new journal post for today.

Harrrrrd worrrrrk.

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 17, 2018, 6:02 PM
  • Listening to: Black Goat Of The Woods.
  • Reading: Some tutorials on painting.
  • Watching: Documentaries.
  • Playing: ...
  • Eating: ...
  • Drinking: ...

Again have I remade some old stuff with current level of skill:

Equi-bulls megaton charge. by Miakhano
Builders chamber. by Miakhano
Craybeast. by Miakhano

There are A LOT of new stuff done in the last two years, but now it's a bit early to publish all of it here.

Now there are two of them.

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 11, 2017, 4:02 PM
  • Listening to: "Nightmare" music.
  • Reading: Tutorials on CG software.
  • Watching: Darwin IV.
  • Playing: ...
  • Eating: Ossetian pie.
  • Drinking: Tea with mint.

While I'm remaining working "underground", some of my published stuff made it's way to Daily Deviations. Nice to see that and thanks to people who had a hand in that, including Oleg "Flora" Chistyakov for motivation for creation of this version of space landscape. Pretty unexpected and pleasant, because this depiction of proposed mission #Uranus_Orbiter made in non-popular key unlike my previous DD-awarded art with unicorn mecha.

How Nute Gunray have said, "now there are two of them":
Guest of a CALM seventh planet. by Miakhano Rainbow blast. by Miakhano

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As masculist activist and fucking SJW...

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 7, 2016, 8:12 AM
  • Listening to: Some electronic music mess.
  • Reading: HTML 5 tutorials.
  • Watching: Revenant, dammit!
  • Playing: ...
  • Eating: Pie with cheese.
  • Drinking: Milk.

Another update of old (2008) pic in between working on new stuff. As masculist activist and fucking SJW I just found that I can't look at old "Taurens and humans" any longer. =) Cuz I realize now that I didn't draw what I really wanted at heart, in those times I just limited myself by some stereotypes. Since today I work much-much faster then back in 2008, it was not a big deal to make an update, and yes - I quickly made it. Females on this picture gained more muscle and fat, human female received some scars, males have become smaller and more elegant. I think it makes entire picture more balanced. Tauren female now have tauren legs, not humanized mutant legs. Also I think I made weapons and clothes more suitable to fighters (since all four characters supposed to have militant lifestyle). I think it's cool that human female is only one character without earrings while the most "masculine" character got least amount of scars. Difference between two tauren characters remains to be too big, but I decided not to go too far from 2008 version, cuz it's just an update, not remake. I assume that tauren female Waffuree Khalme is just somewhat younger then male tauren (20+ and 40+), and also she's smaller-then average for female tauren, while this male is of average height. Yep, this is where picture isn't very representative, it would be wiser to keep Waffa for her personal portrayings and to use random-and-average tauren woman for pictures like this, but again - I made an update of this picture, not remake. Back in 2008 I decided to use Waffa to represent tauren females on this sheet, so be it.

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A long way for poor picture.

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 30, 2016, 2:39 PM
  • Listening to: Too tired to tell....
  • Reading: ...
  • Watching: ...
  • Playing: ...
  • Eating: ...
  • Drinking: ...

Heya! It's going to look like some form of necroposting, but Halloween is approaching, so why not? Bounce 

Yes, again I have updated another old picture. Here is a new version:

Taurens can be rogues colored. by Miakhano

Painter And some story behind it:  

Miakhano's art progress for 2008-2016. by Miakhano

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Back to Crossroads

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 15, 2016, 4:16 AM
  • Listening to: "War trance" drum beats.
  • Reading: Articles on Permian period.
  • Watching: Documentaries on Permian period.
  • Playing: Nothing at this days.
  • Eating: Cheese sandwich.
  • Drinking: 3 in 1 cheap coffee. =)

Well well well, looks like I'm about to get 30K pageviews in next several hours. Never paid much attention to counters of my gallery, so only now I'm realized that different people still visit my gallery despite my inactivity in recent years. That's another motivation to finish The Big Update as soon as possible. I checked out my "todo" list, 26% of work left. Thats close to finish, but not as easy as it seems, keeping in mind that I have to open group in Vkontakte (russian social network) before I'll bring The Big Update here. Strong!

Anyway, there is another little update of very old work named Heart of Kalimdor, which is still important to me. I've noticed that those widescreen landscape was not up to my current works by amount of details and even by size in pixels (of file-to-publish-on-internet). And what is worse, It had problem with geometric perspective of the road, it appeared as bending toward the viewer. Sherlock HolmesSo having recovery at home after a nasty flu, I took nearly four hours to refine it. Here is the result:

Stay tuned, The Big Update is on the way! I'm hungry...Get in my belly! 

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The Big Update? Not yet, but a handsel to it.

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 31, 2016, 6:45 AM
  • Listening to: Cisfinitum - Landschaft I
  • Reading: Tutorials on web-design.
  • Watching: Wanderers and New Horizons (short films).
  • Playing: WoW: Legion at the first opportunity.
  • Eating: Almond cookies.
  • Drinking: Coffee americano, pepsi again.

I prepare The Big Update of my gallery for many months already. Months? No, for years, given that the last artwork was published here three years ago. Since promised update is so delayed, today I post an announcement or rather "a teaser" - a new picture in in the genre of space landscape, new for me.

"Guest of a seventh planet" is an attempt to imagine one of NASA's future missions named "Uranus orbiter". It's a compromise between strict scientific reliability and pure fantasy, which depicts Uranus itself surrounded by faint rings, three smaller moons and new artificial one which is the probe itself. Imaginary observer stands on big moon named Miranda, which has crooked and mangled surface.

Guest of a seventh planet. by Miakhano

There is a "more reliable" version:

Guest of a CALM seventh planet. by Miakhano

In appendage, here is the probe itself on enlarged fragment of the picture so you can see the machine better. It's design is based on the New Horizons probe...

Guest of a seventh planet (fragment). by Miakhano

...and of course, "making it" animation in GIF format.

Guest of a seventh planet (making of). by Miakhano

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Minor update of flying beast.

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 6, 2016, 2:44 PM
  • Listening to: Oophoi - Corridors Of Time
  • Reading: Art blogs.
  • Watching: Documentaries about therapsids.
  • Playing: Thief 1 again X)
  • Eating: Pancakes.
  • Drinking: Milk.

Just updated old work at the same time with preparation of Big Art Pack. Stay tuned.

New and (shiny) more atmospheric and immersive:

Undead hippogriff. by Miakhano

Here is comparison of old and new. Some pure satureted colors are lost, but they were sacrificed for more organic atmosphere. New image is good in full-screen HD mode.

Gallery folders.

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 1, 2016, 11:26 PM
  • Listening to: Da Tweekaz - Celebration Of Sin
  • Reading: ...about Giant Magellan telescope.
  • Watching: 2001 in the cinema.
  • Eating: Pasta bolognese.
  • Drinking: Coffee Americano.

Changed design of gallery folders recently in preparation for the upcoming Big Update. Don't like how it turned from the aestechical view, but I believe, now structurally they are organized conveniently enough.

Hidden life.

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 15, 2014, 8:40 AM
  • Listening to: Sands of Vicis - The Mondoshawan
  • Reading: The Hobbit
  • Watching: Thief 2 cutscenes for current work
  • Eating: Fish.
  • Drinking: Tea of taiga herbs.

I didn't publish anything for a long time, but it doesn't mean that I am inactive. I'm tired of uploading small updates, so I'll return with pack of brand new artworks in nearby future. Most of them are ready, but unpublished. 

The only thing you can see now is updating some of my old works. 

Major updates (check out ):

Mondoshawans: guardians of life. by Miakhano

Minor updates (brightness/contrast, face details):

No match. by Miakhano 
Slaughterdile (character reference). by Miakhano

How protoss dragoon would say, 'I have returned'.

Journal Entry: Wed May 29, 2013, 3:36 PM
  • Listening to: \
  • Watching: Horror Express (1972).
  • Eating: Chicken.
  • Drinking: Cocoa drink.

Enough with being sick. Time to wake up. Time to continue with my ideas again and to finish all my sketches into full-color pictures.

In the last few months I have experienced a strange disease which put me off my stride. Persistent pain in the neck and back (and later - in all muscles), fever, sensory disturbances, blurred vision, awful weakness - in general, a lot of extremely unpleasant things. =) Initially I was diagnosed with spinal hernia and tonsillitis, but finally it turned to be some bigger thing... Did you ever heard about CFS? Well, a lot of people heard about it, but few knows what really nasty shit is it. X) I felt myself like 100-years oldie. That disease may start due to a chronic lack of sleep, wrong lifestyle, infections, and some more trigger causes. And it lasts from six months to seven years. In my case, there have been all trigger causes in the same time and the disease lasted eight months. Now I 80% recovered, thanks god.

Temporarily non-functional.

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 25, 2012, 2:26 PM
  • Listening to: Techno Hardcore again.
  • Watching: Disney classics. X) Yea, really.
  • Eating: Apples again.
  • Drinking: Strong strong strong black tea.

I did not post new stuff since a middle of July despite my wish to post new pictures more often. Uh, incautious me. X) Got a spinal trauma (not as serious as Ash got, but such that to be reckoned with), so now I'm have rehabilitation period. But I still hope to post something before September. =)

I should stop doing three things...

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 30, 2012, 3:09 PM
  • Listening to: Techno Hardcore.
  • Playing: WoW (exploring Kalimdor again)
  • Eating: Apples (red and yellow).
  • Drinking: Pure drinking water.

...otherwise it would better for me to submit suicide. X)

  • Stop ignoring and wrong usage of articles (a, an, the).
  • Stop jumbling "then" and "than". I must stup fucking doing this!!!
  • Stop constructing phrases as weird as master Yoda does. :)

Don't forget to save your work, dumb!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 15, 2012, 5:05 PM
  • Listening to: Techno Hardcore.
  • Eating: Salad.
  • Drinking: Black tea with vanilla.

Truly, I am one of a kind moron, who rare but regularly loses current progress in Photoshop by following silly way:

1. Saving current progress as HISTORY SNAPSHOT!
2. Making some secondary version (i.e. sheet of coloring variants with much lower resolution and merged layers) in THE SAME document window and planning to return back with help of that snapshot.
3. Saving secondary version with other filename (not using "Save as a copy", but using "Save as!!!" command).
4. Habitually closing document with a sense of satisfaction from the success of the work performed. Secondary picture is done. Let's return to work on main picture now!
5. Discovering, that my snapshot is sent to hell. Main picture is lost. Of course, snapshots exist only in RAM during work session. They are not included into PSD files.
6. Banging my head on the table.


It would be a good episode to the sequel of "Dumb and dumber".

Back again.

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 31, 2012, 8:27 PM
  • Listening to: 90s Rave.
  • Watching: Youtube.
  • Playing: Nothing now.
  • Drinking: Black tea.

I have time for drawing again, so at least I started to submit again. Promised comissions in line.


Journal Entry: Wed Feb 29, 2012, 11:43 AM
  • Listening to: Faster, harder, Scooter!
  • Reading: Wowpedia.
  • Watching: Star Wars Episode I - 3D edition.
  • Playing: Dark Project again.
  • Eating: Fish soup.
  • Drinking: Tea with some herbal &quot;dope&quot;.

I wanted to post a lot of new and shiny artworks and comissions at 29'th February, but I failed that deadline. Everything is "on the way to finish", but still are far from finish. I even planned "Plan B" - to finalize just one, only one of that artworks to that date. "Plan B" is also lost - I came home from work only now (late evening in Russia), deadly tired and can only cook my supper before Morpheus take over me. :) Well, I don't like it. Nobody likes to fail deadlines. I just got to accept - I am slowpoke.

A little promoting.

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 23, 2012, 8:12 AM
  • Listening to: Thief soundtrack.
  • Reading: Boris Yeltsin's bio.
  • Watching: Thief cutscenes.
  • Playing: Dark Project again.
  • Eating: Bigos.
  • Drinking: Non-alcohol beer. [yes I am freak]

Buddy has painted this… and posted it in social network. I adviced him to send it to "Cute Monsters Contest", and now try to make some ads here. :) Maybe my account is not very popular one, and I can't bring him significant number of votes, but this is better then nothing.

More space for flying beast.

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 17, 2011, 12:50 PM
  • Listening to: Thief soundtrack.
  • Reading: Boris Yeltsin's bio.
  • Watching: Thief cutscenes.
  • Playing: Dark Project again.
  • Eating: Bigos.
  • Drinking: Non-alcohol beer. [yes I am freak]

I know, it's not very reasonable decision to remake vastly a picture, that already has received Daily Deviation award. Many people have seen first version on DD section, shared it, gave favs to it, and now it's gone and replaced with something completely different - more bizzare and quite different in composition. But I am sure, that improvement of skills and correcting deficiencies is the more important thing, and it should have priority. In short, today I finally found time to remake it all to hell.

It's hard for me to evaluate my work immediately after finishing. So I have to return and remake my pictures long after.