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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.

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Journal Entry: Sat Jul 28, 2018, 2:27 PM
  • Listening to: "Sweet Victory" ~ David Glen Eisley

I did it!

I completed my first short story!


Granted, it still has a long way to go. It still needs to be proofread and it's subject to change and it may be a while before it's actually published...

...but I've got a full, coherent story on paper!


clap remake 1b clap remake 1b clap remake 1b


:w00t: revamp of sorts :w00t: revamp of sorts :w00t: revamp of sorts 

For those of you who are anxious about the welfare of my novels about Terence/Terence's offspring, never fear. I haven't given up on them; I just thought I'd start out with something small before I worried about the big stuff. A college counselor advised me as much.

Something to kind of introduce me to the writing world, if you will. Something to put my writing chops to the real test.

That's why I'm not posting it on DA...but if I get it published, you can bet I'll let you know!

Yay, this is so exciting! :eager: Even small accomplishments are worth celebrating!

I'll say it one more time:



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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



Alternate Coco 6
And they all lived happily ever after...with the obvious exception of de la Cruz! :XD:

I just remembered that Julio is Coco's husband in the movie, so I guess in this version, he could be Héctor's father or possibly Imelda's father. But Victoria would definitely be changed to Victor, Marcela's new sibling would be a brother (and they would call him Curro, too), Oscar and Felipe and Rosita would stay as they are, and I've got the perfect name for Curro's wife: Juanita! (Those familiar with the movie and soundtrack will know what I'm talking about! ;))

I take back what I said earlier: this is my most favorite batch of sketches! :love: I can easily picture Héctor dipping Imelda while giving her the most romantic kiss, and you can't top the last image!

Coco © Disney/Pixar

Alternate Coco 4
When they're on the stage, I imagine Imelda would still sing and dance (while trying to dodge Ernesto; I think this version makes him even more of a slimeball) and Héctor would demonstrate his amazing guitar skills. Then Imelda would throw herself into Héctor's arms afterwards...and this time he would let her.

As for Dante and Pepita (the dog and cat), I think I'll keep them as they are.

Coco © Disney/Pixar

Alternate Coco 3
I don't know about you, but I think this version of the story is much more depressing. To have a father walk out on you is one thing, but to have a mother leave you behind...

And yes, Héctor does sing "Remember Me." It was a song he and Imelda worked on together, as a gift for their son. He'd strum the guitar while Imelda gently waltzed with "Curro" around the room. Even after Imelda was gone and Héctor tried to make himself neither think nor care about her, he would often sing it to himself, without even realizing it.

Naturally, their son would sing it in private as well.

Coco © Disney/Pixar

Alternate Coco 2
As I mentioned in my previous image, I'm keeping Ernesto de la Cruz as he is, with just a few tweaks.

In this version, Imelda was a free spirit; she hated being tied down. She ended up learning the hard way that it is good, even essential, to have some kind of anchor.

She struggled against the "stay in the kitchen" mentality of her neighborhood; nobody believed a woman should have a career outside the home. While Héctor loved Imelda's free spirit and supported her dream of professional singing and dancing (contributing to her falling in love with him) and had remarkable music talent of his own, he too believed it was time for her to "settle down" after their son was born. "I remember that feeling...when I would play, my wife would dance, and we would sing together, and nothing else mattered. But when we had Curro, suddenly there was something in my life that mattered more than music. I wanted to settle down, put down rules. She wanted to 'share her talent' with the world. We each made a sacrifice to get what we wanted."

Ernesto, who had always kept a lustful eye on Imelda (no surprise, given her stunning beauty), buttered her up and convinced her that she shouldn't "waste" her talent. When he invited her to come sing and dance with him around the world, she jumped at the opportunity, only realizing afterward what a horrible mistake she had made.

Assuming Imelda was "free game" since she intentionally left her husband behind, Ernesto tried more than once to get her to make love with him. She refused, since she still considered Héctor her true husband and her one true love. When Ernesto realized he could never have her, that she had every intention of going back to Héctor and her little boy and never leaving them again, he poisoned her.

Then he kept her songbook as a sort of consolation prize, and you can guess the rest of the story.

I imagine a woman abandoning her family for a career would have been quite the scandal in those days. Even if she made it back to Héctor alive and he took her back, he would have risked his whole family's reputation. No wonder he would still be so heartsore and bitter after all those years; Imelda not only rejected him and their son, but more or less spat on their sacred culture.

That would actually make the story even more poignant, wouldn't it?

One way or another, the moral stays the same: fame comes and goes, a career can give you great pleasure, but when all is said and done, "nothing is more important than family."

Coco © Disney/Pixar

Alternate Coco 1
While I like Disney and Pixar movies as they are, it's always fun to imagine the movies "the other way around." And everybody loves alternate universes and "gender-bending," so why not?

"Curro" was the best I could come up with (but I am quite pleased with the drawing), and "Marcela" had the best ring to it. Eduardo's name is perfect.

For the record, Ernesto de la Cruz stays the same but it's Imelda who left the family, and Héctor is the practical shoe-maker. I will reveal more of my own spin on this story in a minute.

Coco © Disney/Pixar

Thumbnail Unicorns
I've wanted to make a unicorn coloring book for a while now. So I sketched some thumbnails to jog some ideas.

How many pages would you suggest? 20? 30? 40? 50? More than 50?

Just like with my short story, I don't expect this thing to become insanely popular, or even popular at all. But it would be a start.
Well, my family WAS going to see "Christopher Robin" today. But as it turns out, it's completely sold out and we would either have to sit in front row or go to a super-late viewing. :hmm:

Oh, well. I never liked front row, huge crowds, or being away from home at night anyway. :slow:

Besides, I don't need to see a movie THAT badly. :shrug:

I'd like to write a collection of flash fiction (stories with 1,000 words or less). How many stories would you suggest? 

15 deviants said 10 stories
9 deviants said 20 stories
2 deviants said More than 50!
1 deviant said 30 stories
1 deviant said 40 stories
No deviants said 50 stories


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


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PinokeDisneyFreak Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
May we collaborate tomorrow? 
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We'll see. I was out with my family for the day; we went to the planetarium.
PinokeDisneyFreak Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
PinokeDisneyFreak Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Wanna collab later?
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes but you don't have to ask me 10+ times a day. ;P
PinokeDisneyFreak Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My phone may say I'm available but who knows how far away I am from my phone at the present moment?
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PinokeDisneyFreak Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Wanna chat, if you're up to it?
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hold your horses.
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