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Second Life: The Outlands, Completed by Tzolkin Second Life: The Outlands, Completed :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 1 0 Raskal by Tzolkin Raskal :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 4 2 Sunset by Tzolkin Sunset :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 0 4 A Matter of Time by Tzolkin A Matter of Time :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 1 5 Make a Wish by Tzolkin Make a Wish :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 3 0 Cathedral by Tzolkin Cathedral :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 4 5 Monolith by Tzolkin Monolith :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 0 4 Weathered Watcher by Tzolkin Weathered Watcher :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 4 4 Mushroom Mushroom by Tzolkin Mushroom Mushroom :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 3 4 Dark Promise by Tzolkin Dark Promise :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 1 2 Fable by Tzolkin Fable :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 1 0 Rebel by Tzolkin Rebel :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 2 2 Abyss Poster by Tzolkin Abyss Poster :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 0 4 Elegance by Tzolkin Elegance :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 6 5 Journey by Tzolkin Journey :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 3 6 Looking Glass by Tzolkin Looking Glass :icontzolkin:Tzolkin 1 2
More of my junk.

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Glow critter- Adoptable by Key-Feathers Glow critter- Adoptable :iconkey-feathers:Key-Feathers 40 4 Kitty by Kamirah Kitty :iconkamirah:Kamirah 632 43 White plumed moth by Key-Feathers White plumed moth :iconkey-feathers:Key-Feathers 17 2 Starry Night by Heyriel Starry Night :iconheyriel:Heyriel 693 82 I think you're purrr-fect! by Heyriel I think you're purrr-fect! :iconheyriel:Heyriel 215 21 Fennek Dreams by Heyriel Fennek Dreams :iconheyriel:Heyriel 383 26 Cheshire Cat by Heyriel Cheshire Cat :iconheyriel:Heyriel 464 54 Calico Princess by Heyriel Calico Princess :iconheyriel:Heyriel 230 28 Tazzley by KatieHofgard Tazzley :iconkatiehofgard:KatieHofgard 1,134 33 x41_0 by SHiNiGAMi-Xiii x41_0 :iconshinigami-xiii:SHiNiGAMi-Xiii 25 36 Tavern by Twokinds Tavern :icontwokinds:Twokinds 2,000 153 Kat in the Sun by Twokinds Kat in the Sun :icontwokinds:Twokinds 2,679 374 don't like to sweep by TanteTabata don't like to sweep :icontantetabata:TanteTabata 27 6 Don't Look Back by KatieHofgard Don't Look Back :iconkatiehofgard:KatieHofgard 2,036 45 The Fern Sleep by KatieHofgard The Fern Sleep :iconkatiehofgard:KatieHofgard 2,527 100 Cats Bane by Key-Feathers Cats Bane :iconkey-feathers:Key-Feathers 28 0
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Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
Current Residence: TN, USA
Favourite genre of music: I have broad tastes.
Favourite style of art: I have broad tastes.
Operating System: I'm multiplatform.
Shell of choice: I don't care, as long as it works.
Wallpaper of choice: Dark. Minimal.
Skin of choice: Depends on my mood.

Premium Membership Day

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 7, 2014, 11:30 PM
  • Listening to: Within Temptation
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper

So, I was able to catch the last few hours or so of Premium Membership Day. Hence the journal skin, etc... I've been playing around with it for about half an hour now, and while I can see the perks, or at least some of them, I'm not sure that I'm impressed enough to pay money for the experience. Perhaps it is because I'm not an artist, but perhaps it isn't. The large previews of images are cool, obviously, but it also means I'm scrolling down a lot more. Being able to fav on the spot is also nice.

My evaluation of critiques, however, remains that it doesn't belong in the list of premium-only features. I maintain my stance that any user should be able to give and receive detailed, structured feedback and to counter-evaluate that feedback. I have seen far too many aspiring artists torn down by negative feedback in comments to ever want to read through that arena when looking for constructive criticism. They are too short, simple to post, and do not supply enough of a guideline to the person making the critique. Yes, I do believe that the way a person is required to submit feedback has a bearing on its quality. I could explain this theory in detail but it would most likely be tl;dr.

As for journal skins, I thought I would try this one out, since it is the most personally interesting one i could find to test with. Already I am seeing enough visual glitches that my HCI alarm is going off like crazy. I do like this skin, but the font for the journal content is small and the bottom of the graphical area is a bit too busy. The background also comes very close to the same color as the text near the bottom of the page. It does, however, blend with the color scheme of deviantArt a bit better than some other dark schemes I have seen, so kudos to the skin creator for that. Perhaps I would like the feature better if I invested time in tweaking the skin, or making my own, but I just don't have time for that today.

So in conclusion, DA's premium membership qualifies as mildly nifty. Critiques belong to everyone though, not just premium members and the staff would do well to consider opening the feature to everyone, if for no other reason than to set some standards in this community before they've completely bitten the dust. This is not facebook, or myspace. It is supposed to be art-centric, and people should not have to pay a premium to see the site from such a perspective. In any case, if I were a visual artist who was making money doing art, I might consider a premium membership, but I am not. I am a programmer and a writer, and as much of an art as that can be at times, it doesn't seem to be accepted as such by most of the community, so I am limited, for the time being, to the title of Art Enthusiast.

I do not leave comments, because they are too simple. I cannot leave critiques, because I do not wish to pay a third party to give them. If I fav your artwork, this means you were either using a stock image of mine, or your art is among the best I have seen on this site. And that, I think, is all I have time to ramble about.


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Inkohaulyc-1 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Happy Birfday!
Tzolkin Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ultra-belated thanks. I hadn't logged on in ages.
Inkohaulyc-1 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Happy Birthday, Tzol! :hug:
Tzolkin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.  ^^
SHiNiGAMi-Xiii Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
(= :+fav: ɹoɟ sʞuɐɥʇ
TanteTabata Featured By Owner May 2, 2015

                      Thanks a lot for the :+fav: on my emote  

                                  :heart:   It's much appreciated!

                                                      Tabby is happy about +fav 

novus41 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the favorite:)
pinochioO-5 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for checking out my art.
Inkohaulyc-1 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Happy Birthday! :hug:
Tzolkin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. *hugs*
Inkohaulyc-1 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
You're welcome. Hope you had a good one. I would have drawn you something but I wasn't sure what. Still, I hope you had a good time. :D
Tzolkin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Celebration was mostly postponed until Monday while I'm off from class, but thanks. We need to chat sometime about some modified Maxwell references. Is there an instant messaging client I can use to do so?
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Nightdoodles Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey happy B-day Tzol! :cake:
Tzolkin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. n.n
fabilua Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for all the fav dear :squee::iconbugplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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