Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
About Traditional Art / Hobbyist Core Member Mel Mather30/Female/United States Recent Activity
Deviant for 10 Years
4 Month Core Membership
Statistics 4,243 Deviations 114,761 Comments 413,073 Pageviews


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...

by Nippy13

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...



What You Need to Know

: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.

Journal History

Insecure at 30

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:16 PM
  • Listening to: Don't Give Up (You Are Loved) ~ Josh Groban

They say age is only a number, that you're never too old to learn or accomplish anything...but lately I've been feeling insecure about the fact that I'm now 30 years old and don't have a whole lot to show for it.

I graduated from college, but so far I haven't been able to do much with my degree, and I still have a long way to go paying back the debts I accumulated.

I have a job, but it's not my dream job and my hours have been woefully cut, even though I try my best and haven't done anything really wrong (to my knowledge). I would have quit a long time ago, except I don't have another job to fall back on (and I didn't get this job so easily, either) and this place covers my medical insurance, so I'm not that eager to cut ties.

I'm making fairly good progress on paying back my college debts (even if my family had to chip in more than once), but I haven't got much money for anything else. So I'm left with a puny nest egg, and I'd be totally sunk if my mom wasn't nice enough to let me live with her. I don't mind living at home that much, I even like having my mom and siblings to come home to, but it still gets to me how poor I really am. I can't really go out and do anything, and I don't have many friends to do anything with.

I'm not married or dating; every guy in my vicinity is either too old, too young, or has somebody else. And I don't believe in online dating, either; I want somebody I can see up close and personal.

I'm an aunt, but due to some unfortunate family affairs, I hardly get to see my niece or nephews these days.

And I'm painfully, painfully slow with my art and writings. I've yet to publish anything officially, my talent isn't that outstanding, and a part of me wonders if I'm just wasting my time and energy. Of course, I won't stop drawing or writing, but that little voice still whispers, "Why do you even bother?"

I always tell people to hang in there, to not give up. But I could use that kind of advice myself right now.

Sometimes you have to have your own words of encouragement repeated back to you.

CSS designed by Crickatoo


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



New Character - Theia
Silvan's mate. She's much more wary of humans (and other creatures), and doesn't trust anyone too easily. She's less brash than Aurora, but if she trusts you, that's saying an awful lot.

Character © Yours truly

New Character - Silvan
Varian's unusual friend. What's so unusual about this friendship is that most unicorns avoid humans if they can help it. While Silvan is a little more trusting, he's not at all ignorant of what humans are capable of, and he does note the "irony" of a unicorn interacting with a human when he and Varian first meet.

For whatever reason, the man and the unicorn take a wonderful fancy to one another, and form a bond that couldn't be more genuine.

Character © Yours truly

New Character - Aurora
Even though Varian is the protagonist, this story will focus just as much on Aurora as on him.

Aurora, as you can probably tell from the looks of her, is a rebellious princess. However, she's not your typical royal rebel; at least, I'm working to make her not that way.

She has legitimate reasons for her behavior. She's an only child and her parents use her for their own benefits, caring much more about what they can gain through her than about her as a person. She's learned to trust no one, including her own servants. So while she becomes remarkably resourceful and independent, she's also quick to assume the worst of everyone she comes across. The fact that she's beautiful, wealthy, and royal also goes to her head; she considers herself vastly superior to everybody else.

Like Varian, she will learn some serious lessons in humility. But on the whole, her heart is good, and in the right place most of the time.

Character © Yours truly

New Character - Varian
The main protagonist of my new story:

Varian is good-natured and laidback most of the time, but he's also quite arrogant due to his high status and wealth. He's got some major, major lessons in humility in store.

In a time of intense prejudice, he forms an odd friendship with a unicorn, Silvan.

Character © Yours truly

The First King
Reid's story takes place after Terence's time.

Now I've come up with a story that takes place before Terence's time, the story of how the kingdom of Daire came to be. This will be my NaNoWriMo project for 2018.

I will show these characters in further detail later. But I can tell you their names now: the man is Varian, and the unicorn is Silvan.

Images used:


Who's doing "Inktober" this year? 

15 deviants said Not me! :no:
5 deviants said I am! :eager:
4 deviants said What's "Inktober"? :confused:


Happy Birthday!
Mon Jun 20, 2016, 6:48 PM
Sat Jun 20, 2015, 12:45 AM
thanks for the watch!
Mon Mar 2, 2015, 8:15 PM
Happy birthday!~
Thu Jun 20, 2013, 12:13 AM
Hi! Your drawing style's awesome :D
Sat Mar 2, 2013, 9:31 AM
Who loves Mel Mather and Terence? Oh, yeah, MANDI POPE DOES.
Sun Jan 13, 2013, 4:20 AM
You are, without a doubt, one of the best dA artists around and with even less of a doubt, the best friend on dA anyone could ask for!
Sat Sep 8, 2012, 3:57 PM
I just have to say your art is amazing and I'm glad you're one of my watchers. Didn't realize that until I decided to see who watches me. I feel special. <3
Sun Aug 19, 2012, 8:22 PM
Tue Aug 14, 2012, 5:19 AM
[link] Mandi loves Mel and Terence! Happy Birthdays!!!!!
Sat Jun 16, 2012, 6:02 PM


Sep 19, 2018
4:14 pm
Sep 19, 2018
12:07 pm
Sep 19, 2018
10:34 am
Sep 18, 2018
9:40 pm
Sep 18, 2018
6:01 pm


Add a Comment:
PinokeDisneyFreak Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey howdy hey.
PinokeDisneyFreak Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
That's me, I'm on a yo-yo!
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Buzz, I was a yo-yo!
(1 Reply)
PinokeDisneyFreak Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Feel like doing a collab? And I've got an awesome story to tell you! :excited:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tomorrow, sure. I have work today.
PinokeDisneyFreak Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It should be against the law to work retail on a Sunday.
(1 Reply)
PinokeDisneyFreak Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, Mel. May we collab? I've finally returned home.
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you want.
Add a Comment: