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Morning Mail by TaralWayne Morning Mail :icontaralwayne:TaralWayne 19 4 Dishabile by TaralWayne
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White Tail by TaralWayne White Tail :icontaralwayne:TaralWayne 25 4 Le Artist Finis by TaralWayne
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What Now? by TaralWayne
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Looking Good by TaralWayne
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Sitting Around by TaralWayne Sitting Around :icontaralwayne:TaralWayne 10 3 Vickers Venom by TaralWayne Vickers Venom :icontaralwayne:TaralWayne 10 8 Leap by TaralWayne
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I Got Just the Thing by TaralWayne
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Hot Cross Bun by TaralWayne
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Chrome Finish by TaralWayne
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Fluff by TaralWayne
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Let the Moon Dance
Darl had been watching Kiki with growing interest for the last ten minutes.  Kiki appeared to be too absorbed to notice.
She sat oblivious in the dust, not far from where a busy work gang of Doozers were erecting a tower.  Kiki reached over for a Doozer stick now and then, and absently chewed on it.  Around her feet were a handful of the crystal sticks.  She seemed fascinated by them, rearranging them over and over into various patterns … then throwing them into disarray in obvious excitement.  Darl gradually gained the impression that she was discovering geometry!
Kiki was smart as Fraggles went, but any calculation beyond “one, two, many” was more than surprising.  It was genius at work!
“Kiki, darling, what are you doing?”
Suddenly surprised, she looked up at Darl and said, “Have you ever noticed that if you make a square, all the corners make the same angle?”
“Of course.”
Satisfied with her deductio
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Morning Mail
First finished drawing of the year.  I'm getting more and more tired of messing with Photoshop to clean up pencil drawings ... I almost wonder if it would be easier just to go ack to inking!  Also aggravating is scribbling in all that black fur!
The rabbit is rather similar to another drawing I did that same year.  I like posted one but chose not to post both.  After more than ten years, however, I decided to post this version as well.
White Tail
I spent much of the previous two or three months working on raw sketches, and only finished scanning and digitally retouching them recently.  I had no idea that it would turn out to be so time-consuming a task, nor was I in a hurry to begin anything new.  However, I girded my loin yesterday, and began a new drawing.  This time, however, I didn't let a backlog develop.  Scanning it tonight, I was able to post the new art immediately ... hopefully a habit I won't fall out of again.
Le Artist Finis
How I overlooked this piece for so long, I cannot imagine.  It took long enough to do, and then to digitally finish, so perhaps I simply assumed it had been posted?  In any case, it's posted now.  It is bascially the same drawing as… except that it is done as a skunk girl, and painter, rather than a rabbit in a chocolate factory.

What Now?
Classic portrait of Saara Mar, wondering what comes next?


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Taral Wayne
Artist | Professional | Varied

Why do I belong to DeviantArt? On Monday, Apr 7, 2008, 2:36 AM I was advised in strong terms to create a website where I could show my art to SF fans. Of course, even with free webspace available, I have no idea how to create a website, anyway, so I joined DeviantArt instead. I already belonged to FurAffinity, but the material posted there is oriented to furry and erotic art. What I needed was a place to show art to the “straights,” viewers who are not entirely comfortable with fur, fetishes, anime and semi-literacy…

Not that you won’t find a little of that in my DeviantArt presence. But the emphasis here is on fanzine covers, science fiction, fantasy and humour.



Let me start something like 40 years ago... I've been deeply involved with Science Fiction fandom since the early 1970's, and after that much time it would be surprising if I hadn’t left some sort of impression. For one thing, I was the Fan Guest of Honour at the worldcon in Montreal, in 2009. As of this year, I've also been nominated 11 times for the Hugo award as Best Fanartist. I haven’t won yet, but they say that miracles happen. I was awarded the Rotsler prize for fanart in 2008, which at least comes with cash.

The key to winning is probably reaching outside of the small fanzine community, which while not strictly closed, isn't well known to SF fandom as a whole. Most of the winners in recent years seem to have had presences in spin-off fandoms such as Trek or gaming or costuming. More recently, on-line activity seems to have been pushing aside traditional media. The winners were also able to attend conventions where they could display their work in the art show. I don't really have those options, but there was one way I could match other artists. An on-line presence. Let my work speak for itself. Of course, I’m not naïve enough to think that good work will win out over networking and popularity, but I can always dream.

The problem with my page on FurAffinity is as I’ve said. It’s a pretty mixed bag, with a heavy emphasis on furry art, and much of it is too erotic or too kinky for a general audience. Friends urged me to find a different site for a showcase.

After a little thought, Deviant Art seemed the best option. Here I am. Browse thoroughly. Don't miss any folders regardless what I called them. And vote often...



If you don't mind, rather than rewrite the same boring old details about myself, I'll quite from FurAffinity.

Artist Profile:
I've been drawing almost before TV's were common, let alone computers and the internet. I was drawing furry characters before there was such a fandom. I might have been the first to use a computer to cut mimeograph stencils to publish an SF fanzine. But it's almost an entirely different world now, and I tend to be a bit slow keeping up. I don't carry a cell phone, own an iPod, known how to ICQ, use PayPal, or know how to operate my digital camera yet. But I try to hang in there.

What I have done (before middle age began to slow me down) includes some magazine and book illustration, a short and obscure career in b/w comics, private commissions, dealer at cons, and too many years as an active science fiction fan to care to number.

Because of the internet, making a living has become a lot trickier, it seems. It's multiplied the number of artists a hundredfold, but the audience is accustomed to 99% of the art being free. It's hard to know if there's a net gain. At the same time travel has gotten more expensive, and the border a paranoid free-fire zone. Cons are a memory. The final insult, a Canadian dollar is over par with the buck. If I take $100 US to the bank, it appears as a two figure entry in my bankbook now. Maybe I should just get a real job, like I had when I was 25. On the other hand, if I hold out another decade, I can 'retire' on welfare, and enjoy the first real prosperity I've ever known, and finally draw what I want!

Ambition is a cruel master.

Current Residence: Toronto
Favourite genre of music: Anything but rap, gospel, or country.
Operating System: Window XP Pro
Personal Quote: "Great men are rarely good men" -- Lord Acton
I just tried to upload some new art, only to discover that there seems no way to organize it as I want it.  Instead, new posts go to a "new" folder, or to "all", but I can no longer organize them into theme folders or a featured folder.  I've searced until I've poked and pressed everything twice, but I cut can't seem to find to add stuff.  Deviant Art hasn't worked quite right for at least a year, and I'm more than a little cheesed off about it.
  • Listening to: Televison likely, Tom Waits, Yes, or Blondie.
  • Reading: "Julian Comstock", Robert Charles Wilson
  • Watching: ...the little words moving across the screen
  • Playing: With little toy cars (1l18 scale).
  • Eating: Yes, but trying to watch my weight.
  • Drinking: Are you paying the tab? I'll have a Dramboui


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Shikamaru7 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
wow, must've taken a long time to submit 141 deviations in 3 days
starbabyofmine Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful gallery :]
RCSIPublishing Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
Welcome to DA. You have such a wonderful gallery. I hope it's okay if I watch you.
Jachymor Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
Welcome! You are very talented, ya know? Worthy to watch.
freeship Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
Welcome to DA!!!!

You have pretty arts:)
sharpenr Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Good decision I think, much broader audience. Welcome to DA!
Sammeezilla Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome to DA
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