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I'm no stranger to stories about dead parents and struggles with terrible losses, but this one still hits me where I live. I've yet to ...


A very fitting tribute to a truly intense scene. The shading is nothing short of incredible, the facial expression is spot-on, and I ca...


This is a very beautiful piece. The emotions in this are very tangible, and your artistic skills show. Since you requested a critique f...

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Well, it looks like I have the honor of being the first to critique this, and I'll be sure to be honest but tactful. First of all, this...

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:bulletred: Like everyone else on DA, I retain the right to draw (and write) whatever I please, so long as I remain within certain boundaries. On that account, don't go around telling me what I can and can't draw. I don't tell YOU people what to draw. If you don't like my art (or my stories), no one said you had to watch me in the first place.

:bulletred: I accept constructive criticism on my work. But I do NOT tolerate flames. It's just a waste of your time, and it does no one any good. I can handle being told where improvement could be used and how the piece could be better, but don't just trash me and my art, saying "oh, this sucks" or "you have no talent". Like the saying goes, if you can't say something nice, don't bother saying anything at all.

:bulletred: Lately, people have been asking me if it's okay that they draw my OC, Terence. I have no objection to anyone drawing (or writing about) my unicorn/human character, or any of my original characters. I love receiving gift art. The only rules are that you credit me (I'm a nice person, for the most part; but stealing my art is a surefire way to get on my bad side!), that you show me what you've done so I can check it out, and you do not (I repeat, do NOT) try to make any money off my character behind my back. Dishonesty is not worth the few measly dollars you manage to scrounge from it.

:bulletred: I am a very spiritual person, and I am not afraid to show it. I am not trying to be overly preachy, or make anybody look bad. I am only sharing what I personally believe in; whether or not you agree with me is your decision, not mine. I don't expect you to agree with me, but I do expect you to be kind and considerate of me. Even if we don't share the same beliefs, we can still be polite to each other. Respect me, and I'll respect you.

:bulletred: I don't mind making art for other people. But once I get a little more caught up with my projects, I'm going to take a little vacation from free requests. I don't want to make more promises than I can deliver, don't want to do more than I have the time and strength to do. I may be generous, but I don't want to develop an ulcer. If you want something from me, don't just come right up in my face and demand "draw this, draw that". Ask me nicely, and I may consider it. I'll be doing trades as well, and commissions are now available.

:bulletred: The prices of the commissions vary. You'll have to talk to me, and we'll settle on a reasonable price. It will depend on how many characters you want, and how detailed you want it. For every picture, no matter who is in it or how complex it is, it will cost you $5 extra for full color. I refuse to do any characters that are already copyrighted to someone else, without prior consent. I'll be more than happy to do your own OC, or even include Terence in the mix.

:bulletred: Whether I'm doing commissions, trades, or requests, the standard is the same: I refuse to draw anything involving sex (I don't mind some kissing, but NO French kissing or necking), nudity, excessive gore, or anything that promotes hate or shames another individual or country.

:bulletred: And one more thing: Terence and Tumnus are NOT homosexual. Yes, they love each other, but in a purely brotherly manner. They are not gay, in any way.

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Journal Entry: Fri Dec 14, 2018, 11:00 PM
  • Listening to: Moon Temple ~ Karunesh


My 2019 resolution is to be more of a finisher, and that includes finishing my novels, or at least one of them.

Naturally, I'm going to try to get Terence's story out there first, because he's the best known (and the best developed), and the rest of the stories I have in mind are linked to his story anyway.

I said I was going to be the one to illustrate my stories; I was very skeptical of that at first (I still am), but I figure this is as good a time as any to put my art skills to the test, and besides, I can't really afford to commission a famous and fancy artist anyway.

I'm aware that not every book cover or illustration has to be an immaculate, Michelangelo-style work of art. In fact, some of the bestselling books I've seen have very basic, borderline crude illustrations, like something a first-grader would have drawn.

Still, I do want my books to look nice, like something you would be inclined to pluck off a shelf if you saw it. That's also why I'm so torn between self-publishing and an official publishing company.

Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions for how I could design my first book?

Terence will be on the cover, of course (he'd have to be because it's all about him), but should he just be a unicorn or should I provide a few hints of the man he becomes?

Or should I just do some basic thumbnail sketches and have you guys take a vote?

Nothing's set in stone, and odds are things will change in the future.

But a little experimenting never hurt, and for all I know, this could motivate me even more to finish the darn thing.


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Mel Mather
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
:bulletpurple: Born and raised Utah girl

:bulletblue: Lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

:bulletgreen: Certified chocoholic and French fry addict

:bulletyellow: Aspiring writer and artist

:bulletorange: Terence's creator/slave driver

:bulletred: 68% dreamy, 16% artistic, 14% caring and 2% crazy














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2018 Secret Santa
My first "Secret Santa" gift of the year, courtesy of the group :iconsecret-santa-network:!
Ho-ho-hello, Salteaa!Christmas DanceI don't think you know me, but I'm your Secret Santa and here are your characters that you requested (from our left to right): Hex, Twirl, Angie, and Aspen! I hope you like how they turned out, and I hope I didn't screw up their designs too much!

Merry (early) Christmas! :merry christmas: Snowman V2fella Gift (Party)

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Art © Yours truly!

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Journal Entry: Fri Dec 14, 2018, 11:00 PM
  • Listening to: Moon Temple ~ Karunesh


My 2019 resolution is to be more of a finisher, and that includes finishing my novels, or at least one of them.

Naturally, I'm going to try to get Terence's story out there first, because he's the best known (and the best developed), and the rest of the stories I have in mind are linked to his story anyway.

I said I was going to be the one to illustrate my stories; I was very skeptical of that at first (I still am), but I figure this is as good a time as any to put my art skills to the test, and besides, I can't really afford to commission a famous and fancy artist anyway.

I'm aware that not every book cover or illustration has to be an immaculate, Michelangelo-style work of art. In fact, some of the bestselling books I've seen have very basic, borderline crude illustrations, like something a first-grader would have drawn.

Still, I do want my books to look nice, like something you would be inclined to pluck off a shelf if you saw it. That's also why I'm so torn between self-publishing and an official publishing company.

Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions for how I could design my first book?

Terence will be on the cover, of course (he'd have to be because it's all about him), but should he just be a unicorn or should I provide a few hints of the man he becomes?

Or should I just do some basic thumbnail sketches and have you guys take a vote?

Nothing's set in stone, and odds are things will change in the future.

But a little experimenting never hurt, and for all I know, this could motivate me even more to finish the darn thing.


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He Can PIP
Tallis does have a point, and his and Ann's fears concerning Lord Alroy would be well-founded if the horse really was dangerous...which he isn't.

Lord Alroy is the kind of horse that gives as good as he receives, kind of like Ginger from Anna Sewell's Black Beauty: "If [he] is well treated there is not a better, more willing animal than [he] is. But...if [he] were ill-used or unfairly treated [he] would not be unlikely to give tit for tat. You know that many high-mettled horses will do so."

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No Means Yes

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 7, 2018, 1:47 PM
  • Listening to: Let Me Be ~ Britney Spears


It's flattering that people like my art so much (I don't think my art's terrible but I don't see it as worth bragging about), but some people just can't seem to take the hint when I tell them I'm not drawing anything for them at the present moment.

Lately, I've been getting private notes (I won't mention any names) that say, "Oh, do you think you could draw me this, draw me that, draw me that, and could you draw it this way and that way..."

Most of these notes are from people I don't even know, people I'm not watching.

I politely tell them no. I tell them I don't know them, and that even if I did want to draw something, I've got other things on my plate right now, like Christmas art and overdue commissions.

At first they go, "Okay." But then they almost immediately turn around and say, "When you get the chance, draw this in this fashion..." Apparently forgetting the fact that I have never agreed to draw anything for them in the first place.

Either they're that forgetful, or they figure if they badger me enough times, I'll give in.

I've seen this happen to a lot of artists (and not just on DA) and now I can tell you that I feel your pain, mates.

If these people were offering to pay for these drawings, like a commission, I'd be a bit more inclined because I could always use the money. But nope, they want this stuff entirely for free. Nothing wrong with free art here and there; I sometimes draw things out of the goodness of my heart. (That's why I'm doing Christmas art.)

But it's one thing to offer a gift and quite another to ask for a gift. To flat-out demand someone for something with no strings attached and with no intention of giving anything in return is pretty presumptuous, don't you think? Even then, you could still ask nicely instead of plowing straight into details of what you want and how you want it done. That's the part that puts a sour taste in my mouth.

Like I said, I'm flattered. But no does not mean yes, and you do realize that the more you pester someone, the less likely they're inclined to do anything for you, don't you?

Artists are humans, not machines. Don't treat us like it's the other way around.


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Tending PIP
Tyrell kicked Reid hard enough to leave a very nasty bruise behind. So Romulus is applying a special ointment (after using some hot water), and as we can see well enough, Reid is sore in more ways than the physical sense. Neither his uncle nor his dad are in the best mood, either, and this is one of those rare times when Romulus and Tallis agree wholeheartedly.

Goes to show that Tallis isn't a completely negligent father and Romulus has his limits even with Reid.

It might have been wrong of Tyrell to hurt Reid out there. But Reid did do a dumb thing as well, so he sort of brought it on himself. Reid knows when he messed up, but he points the finger at Tyrell as hard as Tyrell points it at him. "Well, he started it!"

Too bad Lord Alroy had to get caught in the middle of this royal spat.

What will happen to the horse after this? You'll see.

While this isn't my story set in stone, I've found that these illustrations are a big help. Sometimes a drawing will generate an idea that I never had before, and it's fun to explore.

Characters © Yours truly

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New Word for the New Year

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 5, 2018, 3:13 PM
  • Listening to: Neverending Story ~ Limahl


2019 may not be here yet, but I've already picked out my special word for the New Year.

Instead of making a long list of resolutions, I just boil everything down to a single word, like CREATE or HOPE or HAPPINESS.

For 2019, I've selected FINISH or COMPLETE.

This means I resolve to finish more of what I've started: finishing books that I started reading, finishing art that I started drawing, and finishing stories that I started writing. I resolve to have at least one major story completed by the end of 2019, even if it doesn't get published for a while.

I'm going to see if I can finish at least one book in Terence's series; I've got 6 books planned for him, plus an undecided epilogue series, and then of course there's the series with his descendant Reid and his ancestor Varian.

Technically, I do have their stories mapped out; I know how the books will start and end: who's going to end up with whom, who's going to die, who's going to live, who's going to win, who's going to lose, and the overall fate that everyone will face.

The tough part, the part that's taking me so long, is putting these stories in fine detail: deciding what the characters will do until they reach their destination.

Wish me luck, mates! Tally-ho!


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Ideas for the name of a unicorn-populated forest? 

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15 deviants said Brightwood
18%
7 deviants said Springwood
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4 deviants said Greenwood
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4 deviants said Whitewood
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3 deviants said Mirthwood
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3 deviants said Sunwood
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2 deviants said Lockwood
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1 deviant said Midwood
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May we collab?
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe on Tuesday.
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Good, 'cause I've got my internet back!
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Yay.
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WeepingRose13 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018  New Deviant Student Writer
Hey. I uploaded some new art and I thought you would want to check it out if you want. Hope you like it. Bye!😊
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We'll see.
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Thank you.
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Wanna collab?
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I guess so.
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Many thanks for faving Mel, appreciated Heart  
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