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Been having LOTS of energy lately. Don't know where it came from but i'll take it. Stores are doing well enough that i am taking some time to do some more fan art. Doing my 2 to 5 miles a day religiously again... I had not walked in a while. To much to do. Look for new Fan art here in the coming weeks! X3
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Very behind schedule... but it has been worth it. While the official launch is still some time away (hopefully before late Nov.) sales have already started thanks to a boost in both search and those who were familiar with my work from other stores. So I figured I'd give my followers here a pre launch look. :)

It's called "Say it with Symbols" as I have always been fascinated with them. Not just how artistic they are, but that they are one of the oldest forms of communication. With a single symbol or a combination one can articulate everything from danger ahead to a theological belief. What a universal yet simple way to communicate! Check out not just the designs but I've tried to include descriptions as well. Though I am always looking to expand my knowledge on them! Feel free to leave a request for a design line or information on one already up!

Say it with Symbols www.zazzle.com/rockangel2
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Simi Finalists are in! Check em out here: news.deviantart.com/article/12…

Congrats to the winners so far. :)

I will be leaving the low res ones here up for three days if anyone wants to d/l them. But then they come down so I can offer them up at my site after some redesigns. ;) Thank you to Toshiba for helping me break out of my artist block! LOL look for some of these on my new Tee Shirts for next year. We've managed to have a really good year last and this so we will be expanding next year!

Tara
Rock Angel Galleries
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Some may recognize the AVF forums from another place. We have decided to move the forums to Yuku! Born to support a streaming site the forums became a world all their own! With unique personalities busy boards and passionate fans of anime and manga. We got boards for news, AMVs, streaming links, manga and anime talk as well as the anime arts for original art and fan art, graphic and scans. Original manga board and fan fic! So if you are looking for a fun vibrant forum focused on all things Anime, Manga and the culture check us out!

We are still looking for Anime and Manga Reviewers! So if you are a fan and feel you can write up some good non biased reviews come by and check us out! Leave a note in the intro forum and we will see what you can do!

>>>>>> avf.yuku.com/directory <<<<<<<<
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Hello all! To those that celebrated hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Rock Angel Gallery had a working holiday! But it was fun... we now have all our new holiday cards and US postage up. We have had to say sad fair well to our main affiliation with Cafepress. We felt their raising of prices without opening up more options for our clients was no longer worth the work, we were not even allowed to print all sides of our cards! So from now on our new designs are exclusive to our Zazzle shop. The quality is far superior and with their tools you can use our designs and customize the inside with  loads of fonts and your own personal message. Production and shipping is fast so you can get all your cards in one place. We have everything from traditional Christmas greetings to our very popular Winter Solstice and pagan lines. Not to mention our the very cute Anime Inspired cards! All with matching postage that can be used here in the USA!

Anime Inspired: www.zazzle.com/rockangel1*/gif…

Winter Solstice/Pagan: www.zazzle.com/rockangel1*/gif…

Christmas: www.zazzle.com/rockangel1*/gif…

Postage: www.zazzle.com/rockangel1*/sta…
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A quick side note to the stock photographers. If you do not want your stock used outside DA, please make that clear in your "rules." I spent 3 days working on one of these from an account that said to write her if I wanted to use it off DA. I did so and was told she never allows any of her kids to be used off DA. I do understand and respect that. But my time was wasted because she insinuated in her rules one would just need her permission via a note. It's not hard guys... as hard as you work to get all those photos up to be used, I work that hard to create something with it. I don't have the time to do freebies. I've sold art online for over 10 years. I have no interest in selling through DA, so please try to be very concise when you lay out your rules for use.

It really is not so hard to just add "Please upload any work using *this picture* to DA ONLY"  That way a working artist like me who do most of our work away from DA won't waste your time or ours trying to get a hold of you for approval. I love DA but use it as a relevant link back to my main gallery only for the most part, and stock poses if I should need it. If I can't use your "stock" as reference in a portfolio piece I'd prefer to just move on to other stock accounts. I ALWAYS give FULL credit directly on the print, here and in links from my site.

To those of you who were very clear in your rules for use and VERY timely in getting back to me I greatly appreciate it... more than you may ever know. I am awaiting one more approval and will start an alt piece just in case. I am as eager to get this calendar out as many are to see it. I hope to have it featured as well at the shop I sell at. Several of my calendars have been featured and I hope for no less with this one. :) Full credits for all the accounts and children will be printed not only on each page they are on but on the back of the calendar as well. Again thank you all very much! I have greatly enjoyed this project, and look forward to doing another I think. :)
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The calendar designs are just about done. I am awaiting approval on 2 of the girls I used and am working on one more. Then I can put it together. And I will be offering them for sale through my site and Zazzle. I'll post when it is done! Thank you to all those who have allowed me to use their littles liknesses in this, I think it's coming together beautifully!
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Because I think theirs bit. ;)I went through EVERY SINGLE SUBMISSION. Newest to oldest. A couple of these were chosen. Most were not. But of all of them these IMO followed the rules, were original and unique, professionally executed and well thought out. The files (unlike some that were chosen) are clear and you can see all of the design. The technical skill is stellar. There were other great entries. But I felt these were stand outs that were overlooked. If you doubt it look at what WAS chosen! :( Here: news.deviantart.com/article/94…

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fav.me/d29occb

fav.me/d28xgqf

fav.me/d2941an

fav.me/d293x1q

fav.me/d291b95

fav.me/d28ufft

fav.me/d28qk6z

fav.me/d28gea7

Now you tell me. : And no none of them are mine. Personally I was totally out of my purely fantasy element. But these guys deserved to have Shane Acker see their concepts and work.

It's MY opinion!

Honestly one didn't match any other thing in the persons portfolio. Not in skill level, technical execution, style... nothing. I don't think it was the persons work. One just submitted things they did MONTHS before the contest was even announced. I won't mention names... but I get the feeling the judges just got sick of going through so many submissions.

Again it's just my opinion. But after more than 20 years in the business and on the circuit I have a kiss of experience.

EDIT: So one of the finalists has now come forward and admitted to the *judges* after already being outed that he didn't design his entries specifically for the contest. They say this will be fixed. Sadly the judges have already compromised the legitimacy of the whole process by not making sure each of the final entries followed all the rules. Unfortunately it makes one wonder what else they overlooked in their rush to be done with this.

This is to rich!

Respons to me:
"Wow! Talk about being a "Debbie Downer."

Despite your “this is only my opinion” caveat, your posts are just dripping with sanctimony, judgmentalism and ridicule for anyone who doesn't see this contest as you do."

ME: Has nothing to do with ridicule which is why I didn't mention names. I could not care less than I do. The final judge can't forward my carrer in the area I want so it means nothing to me. And I certainly make enough to buy all the "prizes" if I wanted them. This has to do with more than 20 years of judging contests and at the VERY least making sure the entrant followed the BASIC CLEAR rules of entry. So EVERYONE had an equal chance and the end result could never be questioned  



Artists, especially self-taught, T-shirt selling ones, who try to make a living in the open market, should know firsthand that "Artistic merit is a subjective judgment that is often based on how a given piece of art feels to an individual" … or, customer, or judge, for that matter.

ME: Yes art is subjective. Professionalization is not, and neither are rules for entry. You guys just don't like it unless there is zero criticism of anyone even marginally connected with running DA. "Everyone makes mistakes" yeah... but most of us have the humility to feel really bad about it and try to correct it in a timely manner rather than being mad at the people who pointed it out.

That’s why smug proclamations from you impugning the skill level, technical execution, style and creativity of finalists you dislike appear woefully hypocritical. I dare say you must think that your art is a shining example of the very best of the elements above. And, it’s a safe bet you’d be hurt and resentful of anyone who accused it of being amateurish, “knockoffs”, “questionable” or “just bad frankly.”

ME: you are the one who said art is subjective. I've certainly had many many pieces trashed over the years and didn't whine about it. If someone bawls because I said their art was badly executed, blurry, needed work, had low skill level, didn't match their other work or looked like a knockoff then they are in the wrong field. And you guys should get rid of the critique request option as it will hurt oh so many feelings.

However, based on your popularity ratings in DA and the fact that you aren’t a household name artistically, it wouldn’t be surprising if many people may think just that. But, even if they do, so what?

This community should be encouraging of one another, not backbiting, bitter and disparaging.

Me: Encouraging is one thing, but in the field if a person just can't take a negative comment on their art they are in the wrong field. Popularity on a site like this means nothing in the art world. Anyone with a million friends and notebook paper can be popular here. So I agree with you there.

I’m not the least bit apologetic that the entry I worked so hard to create made it to the finals … and no other artist who made it should be either.

Me: I think that explains a lot.

We should never let negative people take the joy out of creating art that pleases us. If our art happens to please others as well, so much the better.

Me: I agree

P.S. For those who, like God, know exactly what Shane Acker would have chosen should he have had access to all the entries, you are free to send him the link to the field of entrants so he can back you up.

Me: If I manage to run across his email I most certainly will. :)
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Was just to hot and the person I was staying with hadto go back to work. I didn't feel like hanging out by myself during the day so I flew back to the west coast. I will no doubt be returning though. It was a blast.

On that note I do have some new walls posted if you are a Gundam OO fan check them out. As well as some tattoo designs. Original art is in the works. :)

Actually good to be home!
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After almost 10 years of the sedentary life I will be on the move again starting on July 6th. My gallery at www.rockangel.com will be closed to new commissions during the next 2 months at least. The store will of course be up and running with my designs available on all sorts of fun things including tee shirts, drinkware, stickers and much more. New designs may show up but it is unlikely.

No new fan art in this time either. I will be on the East Coast for the next couple of months enjoying a much needed vacation and contemplating where my life will end up... there or a return to the West Coast. While I will have access to the net updates will be rare.

Lewis, do not think I have forgotten the Ikkaku cos play! I will be checking in and hope you manage to pull it off. I can not wait to see how that turns out!!

See you all when I return if I am not online sooner! And thanks for all the support with the art here. ;)

T
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I've been blessed with 3 large paid commissions. Been a while since I had to turn away work. Down side is I will not be online for a couple of weeks to get it all done before the deadlines pass. I'll try to finish this last Ode to The Red WIngs drawing though. ;)

The fan art is on hold right now. I'm working on a commission for the logos for an animation project at the moment. When that is released I will let everyone know. Looks to be a fun story.

More soon I hope! :)
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You know... sometimes bad things happen and it makes you learn to appreciate what you had. Oh well... I was always pretty damn happy anyway. :)
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I can't tell you how infuriating it can be. He didn't steal MY art... but I firmly believe in looking out for others who are in the field too.

From another site:
Me:Awww I got hate mail from Mr. Dick... I mean Dicky for blowing his tiny cover. Have fun:



[QUOTE="MrDicky"]
Tell me, why would a 36 year old woman spend her life on a website watching cartoons and posting images on the internet. Don't you have a job to go to, work to do around the house, huh. Why don't you mind your own business sticky beak! ::wned
[/QUOTE]



Now I has to reply. : LOL
Actually kid I own my own business and make plenty of money not to have to "work" outside the house. And I've been in the "animation" field for over 15 years. Now tell me.. why would a 14 year old little boy be SO lazy HE spends all his time online eating twinkies getting fat and stealing the art of FAMOUS artists? Could you be a bigger loser? Somehow I doubt it. The least you could do is give credit where it's due. You never know who is on these sites kid. For you to ever  ::wned me you'd have to be at least 20 years older and actually have attended school.



I posted the following in my profile there:

Now I'm just gonna put this out there as an artist. It's not that we don't want our art posted by others. It's just really really nice if we are asked and obvious credit is given. I had someone here ask if he could upload my work to his DA site and not only did I give him permission.. because he was so nice and just asked I did a picture for him and signed it to him. They have that description section for your art here so you can do just that. Tell people whether you did it or if not who did or where you found it. Leaving it blank does not mean crap.

Now Mr. Dicky is all mad because someone recognized him for what he is, A thief. Someone who wants fame and popularity but doesn't really want to have to work for it. Or worse doesn't think he HAS to. Everyone should love him because he's the clever one posting work on a site where none of you will really know he's full of it.

This site is huge. It gets massive traffic... you never know who might be coasting through. It's SO easy to just give credit and get permission. The artist might actually give you something in return!


Here is his profile. Do check out the art as while he didn't do it it IS good.


www.bleachexile.com/members/vi…
bleachexile.com/members/view-profile/Mr_Dicky/

www.bleachexile.com/members/vi…
bleachexile.com/members/view-profile/MrDicky/

Yeah he registered 2 accounts.
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It has been a sad and frustrating week. My best friend of more than 20 years lost his dad this past weekend. It was horrible. His parents were celebrating not only Thanksgiving but their 44th anniversary. I feel just terrible being on the west coast and unable to be there for him and his mom. I miss her lots. :

And on top of that... before I even found out my computer was slammed with a very insidious nasty bit of malware that I ended up having to reformat to get rid of. Took three days to get everything repaired and some serious protection software on here. I didn't want to tell my friend that as it just felt like an excuse. Typically I write back pretty fast... but couldn't this time. The one time I really should have. :(

The only positive was I did manage to back up every ounce of my work before I reformatted.  

There are a few here I need to get back to. I promise to do so in the next week. I need to get my site refreshed for the last push on holiday sales first. I lost a lot of bookmarks too. : Some week this has been.
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Thank you all VERY much. I greatly appreciate the support! Apparently some of the other artist didn't and flagged my piece as "inappropriate." Um ooookkkk. It was not but due to volume apparently it just deletes flagged entries. I have uploaded my entry again as I am not one to give up easily. Especially considering how long I worked on this. >:(

So I ask again for all my friends and those who love art to again go vote my design by clicking on the number of stars It is the lady with the Tequila shot glass and lime. Though feel free to vote for my other 2 entries. :)

www.1800tequila.com/widget/?id…

Thank you to everyone for the support!
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I know some of you have seen it around here. Well here is mine and I would really really appreciate it if you guys would go vote/rate it. Here is a direct link you don't have to sign up for anything just rate it by clicking the stars. I would truly appriciate it if you guys could spread the word too. It really would mean a lot. :)

www.1800tequila.com/widget/?id…

If that doesn't work... you can find the embedded vote box at my site at www.rockangel.com/0Main/2008/W…
just scroll down for the bottle.
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Well it's finely happened! After 2 months 2 weeks the complete revamping of rockangel. com is complete! Including both our stores and our art and music community The Last Bastion.
We relaunched it last night and so far it's been a beautifully smooth transition!

We have a heavy emphasis on art and writing (both fine and graphic art and short stories and poetry). I will be looking for people interested in Moderating some of these forums. Writers who plan to post more than a single chapter will get their own forums for each of their "series" they want to post. And by the new year we will be offering prizes for contest winners in the art forums.
I will be migrating the forums to the rockangel.com servers in the next 3 months as well. It will make them run far smoother. But I am hiring help wit that. TLB has been around a while but I shut it down for a bit while I was working on the art business. Now I'd love to get it going again but don't wan tto mess up and lose the threads there during migration.
;)

Hopefully by Feb Rock Angel Gallery will be launching our new Skateboard line as well. I've always kinda wanted to do snowboards... but skateboards are the next best thing. I'll also be offering some of my work on some interesting items in the new year.


Things are gonna get Fun!! ;)

Thanks to everyone who has supported me in this endeavor. I could not have done it without the support of my friends and family over the last 10 years.
Here is to many more!

Tara
AKA Rockangel
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Damn it... I was just updating the coffee thing. Weak... not the coffee... the entry. LOL

OK... I guess a "please forgive" update.

I AM working on an Hisagi drawing. Almost done... but it is a hand done one. I am also in the process of a complete site rebuild. I mean absolutely everything. I'm about 1/3 done. But it is looking like I wanted it. But it's well over 1000 pages... so it is being time consuming. :(

IWPI and Lemon... I sorry for teasing you with faux entries. *hangs head in shame* I can only hope this somewhat makes up for it. ;)
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UPDATE!
With the new anime tee line. They are simple clean yet original designs, and I had a lot of fun making them. I have a few more in the works. Each design comes in several different color schemes so if you see one you like at the link click the thumb to see the variation.

Hope you all enjoy them even if you aren't in the market for one. And if you have ideas on a design let me know. Just remember if I sell them on shirts they can't be copyrighted characters. ;)

Check em out here:
www.cafepress.com/ragallery/52…

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As I really really need to finish up this last tee shirt design. I am hoping now to move up the launch date of the line. :)

It's also time to whip the yard into shape for summer. The weather has been awesome! But I hope to have new work soon. I know several people are awaiting my Ichigo pic but sadly it is still in the design stage. It's a really big piece and I'm really short on time right now. But I will get it done!! LOL

I'm also working on a couple of non anime related pieces. I've been inspired. But I always am in the spring. ;)
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