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Artist Relations Newsletter - March 4, 2008
:pointr: Director of Artist Relations
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Hello!
The purpose of Artist Relations is to strengthen the community spirit as well as network with fellow artists so that we may bring outside opportunities to you, and help you to hone your skills. The Gallery Directors are the first people you should go to regarding your galleries. They are the people you need to make gallery suggestions to, and ask questions about your specific genre, or seek knowledge from. They also act as your lifeline to the administration. They are here to support and listen, and I can tell you we've got incredibly talented, devoted and passionate people on this team, so get to know them!
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:bulletgreen: With a heavy heart we saw DCZed leave the team for real life responsibilities.  Give him lots of love and well wishes!
:bulletgreen: New Gallery Directors!!  Please welcome to the team:
           
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Contest: Create A Feeling 3 - $1000 in Prizes!!!
Well, as promised, I am going to run another Conceptual Photography contest. The difference between this one and the first one is that anything goes. Any genre of art, any time it was created as long as it's yours and conceptual you can put it in...
Prizes
- 1st place: $500 USD
- 2nd place: $250 USD
- 3rd place: $125 USD
- 4th place: $75 USD
- 5th place: $50 USD

Contest run by Davenit
Judges: Moonbeam13 hellfirediva Davenit cosmosue Marker-Guru kuschelirmel fourteenthstar
More judges will be added as the month goes on. I wanted to post this ASAP and I'm still wrangling judges for it. There will be 10+ by the time I'm done.  
Starts: Now, March 3rd
Deadline: March 31st.

Rules and Notes:
Rules:
1) Medias allowed: Any genre of art as long as it's conceptual
2) 1 entry per deviant!
3) Entries can be old or new. The ONLY stipulation is that they must be yours and they must be conceptual.
4) Any pornography or hateful images will be
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Project Educate Is Here!!
Before I go on with the exciting promotions :giggle: I have some very important news to share with you.
Project Educate is the brainchild of an amazingly talented, passionate and freakishly intelligent deviant named MistressWit
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Journal Entry: Sun Mar 6, 2011, 10:26 PM
  • Listening to: "LOTUS" by Arashi
  • Reading: Deciphering Kanji. Correcting Engrish.
  • Watching: My Arashi Drama Marathon has been paused 'til May
  • Eating: Rice and more Rice
  • Drinking: Miso Soup!





Checking In!


It's almost scary that I've grown accustomed to this 'lack of internet' thing...  I miss this community and feel bad that I only manage to check in every blue moon or so.  However, I guess I've traded my dA hours for layovers?  It's no substitute for this community, but I suppose it consoles my deviantHEART ever so slightly.  :heart: ;p



Come Fly With Me!


One of the best lessons I've learned by living overseas is how to travel -- and how easy it is to do!  

Over the past year, my dA Stamps have been trumped by my Passport ones.  I can't stress enough how much I hope the rest of you travel as well.  It's not a difficult thing to do and it's so much fun.  :love:  Traveling is a lot CHEAPER than I imagined too -- but that might be because I'm already based in such a convenient place, and traveling to cheap places.  Getting here is expensive, but once you get past that part, the rest is a breeze!  Japan is like the gateway to Asia.  If you are ever planning a trip to the Asian region, lemme know!  I may just hop on a plane and meet you there!  :star:

Below I've included ticket prices so you can get a feel for how much it costs to travel in this region.  All prices below are depicted in U.S. Dollars (USD) because Yen (JPY) doesn't make sense to anyone outside of Japan.  xD  All of the ticket prices are roundtrip, too.

Hotel costs listed are per person per night.  Oh!  And for the record, almost all of the places I stay are booked through HostelWorld.com because they're awesome.  They have places other than hostels listed -- cheap hotels, bed & breakfasts, inns, guesthouses, etc. -- and that site gives me a good idea as to where to stay, what I should be paying, travel tips, and places to avoid.  I love it!



Japan


Tickets to Japan from North America:
About $700~$800 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 83 yen
Hotel Costs:  $65 a night (USD)


Living in Japan has taught me many things --- how to eat first and ask later, how to convey any message through charades, how to nod and smile and laugh whenever everyone else is laughing to create the illusion that you're following the conversation.  

Strangely enough, traveling within Japan is often more expensive than traveling overseas.  In the year and some odd months that I've been here, I've done more and seen more than some Japanese people have done in their entire lives -- not only in this region, but throughout this country.  I guess they stay home because they figure they could go out and do all of the stuff I've done at any time, any year.  The problem is that if you accept that way of thinking, you'll still be saying the same thing 80 years down the road and nothing to show for it.

I look back on the time I spent back in my hometown --- and all of the time I spent lallygagging around the house --- and can't believe I wasn't exploring my own country more!   I have been to more places in Japan than I've been to places back home and it amazes me.   

It took living in another country to make me want to visit my own.



South Korea


Tickets to South Korea from Japan:
About $250 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 1120 won
Hotel Costs:  $16 a night (USD)


Busan, South Korea is only a 20-minute plane ride from Fukuoka, Japan (or a 3-hour boat ride).  The city is so full of sights and sounds -- some of which caught me off-guard when I first laid eyes on them (i.e. Little Granny in the Fish Market with an octopus a third her size climbing up her arm as she tried to shove it, still alive and wriggling, into a plastic bag for a customer.).  

The food in Korea a spicy kind of wonderful.  I've yet to explore Seoul on anything other than a middle-of-the-night layover, but I hear it's a great place, too.



China


Tickets to Beijing, China from Japan:
About $330 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 7 renmenbi/yuan
Hotel Costs:  $14 a night (USD)


Beijing was everything I expected China to be -- and NOTHING like I expected China to be.  It's hard to explain.  The pollution in the air is much thicker than I imagined and the streets are dirtier than I thought they'd be --- but I had no idea the Forbidden City was so big!  And I didn't know the climb UP to the Great Wall was so incredibly STEEP!  And I didn't even know the gorgeous Summer Palace on the mountain even existed!

Plus, once you're in the country, EVERYTHING is cheap!  Our hotel was maybe $15 a night?  Meals were about $2 each?



Vietnam


Tickets to Vietnam from Japan:
About $350 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate: 1 usd to 20,000 dong
Hotel Costs:  $11 a night (USD)


Vietnam was a last-minute destination change after that little fizzle between North and South Korean on the island off of Seoul.  We figured Vietnam wasn't really tied to either of those countries (or the big powers that back them) so it was a safe enough place to book tickets to without worrying about having to cancel the trip.

The country is beautiful.  When you get a chance, run a Google Image search for "Ha Long Bay."  The food here is also divine -- from super sweet rice cakes in a coconut cinnamon and peanut soup; to insanely spicy noodles topped with cilantro lemongrass and strange chewing things resembling ...meat?; to odd flavors and textures that aren't comparable to anything else I've ever tried (...a white, sugarless, flavorless pear thing that makes you thirsty, dipped in a spice resembling a tame salty chili powder...?).  ...No idea what that was.  xD

The exchange rate is definitely in your favor here.  Everything was cheap -- even when people were ripping you off.  I preferred the northern part of the country, but both areas were cool.  Crossing the streets was like taking your life into your hands.  Imagine a Real Life Frogger game, up against hordes of motorbikes.



Cambodia


Tickets to Cambodia from Japan:
About $350 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 4000 riel
Hotel Costs:  $12 a night (USD)


The Angkor Wat ruins in Siem Reap are even cooler in real life than they are in video games.  Safer, too!  :XD:  I really liked riding around in "Tuk-Tuks" -- which are basically buggies hooked to the back of motorbikes.  We met some wonderful people in this country and despite the tourist trap areas, I thought it was a beautiful country.  Parts of it really reminded me of Hawaii.  Not the flower-lei-and-tiki-torch Hawaii, but the local and laid back Hawaii.  The greenery was similar, and the Khmer people resemble people in Hawaii quite a bit, too.

The food is a bit spicy and they're fond of a strange tangy flavor that they pour on everything.  They eat a lot of beef here, too.  One thing that surprised me was that they use US Dollars alongside their own local currency.  (I wonder why that is...?)  This means everything in Cambodia is a bit more expensive compared to its neighbors (like Vietnam).



Hong Kong


Tickets to Hong Kong from Japan:
About $250 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate: 1 usd to 8 hong kong dollars
Hotel Costs:  None, lol.


I'm not sure if I can count this one...  For one, it's kind of part of China.  For another, I only  spent 11 hours here in the middle of the night during a long layover. :slow:   I left the airport and wandered around the city, meeting cool people, wandering to old temples, and having a great time -- but I've never seen this place in the daylight.  f(^~^;)

I can attest to one thing,  though:  This city was built on a HILL.  A big hill.  A STEEP hill.  Think... steeper than the trudge up to Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Japan.  Or picture Seattle, Washington or San Francisco, California in the United States.  Lugging a suitcase up and down those streets for eleven hours was quite a workout!  From what I saw of it at 3am, the city looks really fun.  Full of art galleries, restaurants, shops, street food stalls, and then some.  I'll have to take a proper trip there one of these days.



France


Tickets to France from Japan:
About $500 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate: 1 usd to 0.7 euros
(Do they still use Francs there?)
Hotel Costs:  $60 a night (USD)


The next place on my list is Paris, France!  I've decided to wander beyond the Asian region and head to Europe.  I've never been to Europe before! :excited: :heart:  

I'm heading there in about... 2 weeks actually!  Tickets have been bought, hotel has been booked.  Should be fantastic!  Paris is like the Great Wall --- it doesn't really exist in my head.  I can't wait to see it in person!  And I'm definitely going to try to go to Mont Saint Michel.  :heart:  It's just too pretty in the pictures to pass up!



Tray Tables Up!


Traveling is so easy.  And the booking process is so ...painless!  I realize now that the only thing that ever held me back from traveling was myself.  Money, okay yes, I suppose -- but mostly myself.  Have you ever stopped to consider how much you spend on coffees every morning?  Avoid Starbucks/Fast Food/Cigarettes for two months and you'll have saved up enough for a ticket to a nearby country!  

Before I'd caught the travel bug, the idea of traveling to different places throughout the world seemed too... surreal.  Even though I'm living overseas, the idea of just hopping on a plane and traveling somewhere on vacation didn't really seem plausible to me.  But once I'd done it -- once I bought a ticket and booked a room -- I realized how simple it was!  And how inexpensive it can be!  Now that I know what I'm doing, the process is even quicker.  Booking tickets to Paris literally took me six minutes over the phone.  I even took a picture of my phone's call log for memory's sake.

My next goal is to travel somewhere on my own to a country that doesn't speak English as its primary language (or at all).  I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to do this yet, and that's exactly why I want to do it.

The Moral of the Story:  Go out there in the world!  It's not as hard as you'd think.





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I originally found deviantART in 2002 through IshiIkari (who had a different username at the time), but joined in 2006 in order to wish Aoringo a Happy Birthday.

But finding deviantART and finding the deviantART Community are two completely different things. :heart:

I stumbled upon the dA Community on deviantART's first "Deviant Appreciation Day" when I accidentally clicked a link that sent me to the #devART channel. I was instantly impressed by the kindness and generosity of my fellow deviantARTISTS, and became addicted to their crazy antics and laugh-out-loud banter.

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COME BACK
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shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016   General Artist
LOL!!  
I'm back!  xD  Kinda?
But it's like 9pm Japan time.
So it's probably, like, 5 or 6am your time?

No self-respecting deviantARTist is awake at 5 or 6am by choice, unless they've stayed up all night the night before.  :slow:


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It's YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And it's YOUUUUU!!!  
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
WE HAVE BIRTHDAYS COMINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016   General Artist
WE DO!!  :excited::#1:

March 12th, right??  8D
I actually have you in my PHONE'S calendar.
Few people in this world have made it to the level of awesomeness that is **My Phone's** Calendar.

Once you're in there, you're there for life.
That stuff stays in there forever.  xD


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It was wonderful to speak to you again, but it'd better not be another five years before our next chat! ♥

Keep well, miss. ♥
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shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015   General Artist
Same to you!  :wave: :heart:
Take care out there!  :dance:
And let me know if you're ever in Tokyo!  :w00t::star:


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