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Journal Entry: Thu Jun 26, 2014, 3:18 AM

Hello Deviants!  Not sure if anyone ever reads theses from me.  I mean I read other people's journals, but I don't post often and definitely don't have a large following out there.

So anyway....I usually do any coloring I want to do with colored pencils.  I'll find interesting drawings I like and print out a coloring page and go to town.  I have never posted any of this because  I don't have a scanner.   Well recently I purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note, which happens to have Photoshop Touch installed on it.  I started playing  around with it and have had a little bit of fun.  So then I decided I wanted to color stuff.  I found lots of great line arts and even coloring pages.  Turns out it is  a bit harder than it looks to color digitally.

I made some progress.  I am happy with what I did but I know it can be better.  I eventually want to color some of the line arts of my OC's.

I was curious if anyone out there has Photoshop Touch and has tutorials or tips they could give me.

I was also wondering if anyone might recommend a different program to use, either on my tablet or on a PC.  I have looked into Photoshop CS5, and SAI, but not sure what might suit my needs.   Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks!

Here are the things I have done already.
Colored Witch by DakartaSoladon
Dark Faerie by DakartaSoladon

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SO...oh my it must have been like back in early September I think I had posted a thing to search out some artists to draw my characters.  I got responses from fifty nine different artists.  One of which has been doing some excellent sketches for me.  Well, through my computer messing up, work, holidays, and life.  I got distracted and somewhat forgot about it all.  I just brought up the file I was using to sort out and break down to which artists I wanted to commission.  I had it narrowed down to eleven and I knew I couldn't commission everyone.  So i broke it down to a final three.  then I was going to hopefully keep the other eight to commission as I could.  So now.....I am going to try to contact them again and hopefully I will be able to move forward with my original plan.   Wish me luck. 
So I have been busy with the holidays and work and I have been quite remiss on my postings lately.  I have gotten a few new works come in from artists and I well have been hoarding them on my drives.  SO hopefully I will get a chance to post them all in the next couple of days.  
Also I have a few more character workups to post as well.  I am hoping I can get those posted too.

I may change a few things about some of my characters but still kind of on the fence about it.  Only time will tell what happens.

Well I guess that is all for now.  Until next time keep the art alive!!
So anyway!  Today is my birthday. I get to work tonight so I will be sleeping all day.  I found out at my job you used to get your birthday off.  Too bad not anymore.  Oh well.  Hopefully I will get to celebrate this weekend.
So I have been really busy with work and stuff.  I got so much to catch up on.  I recently gotten a few commissions from artists.  I need to post those to share with everyone and have in my gallery.  

Also recently, well not so recently now, I put out a line to get some artists to draw my other characters besides Nyx.  That went really well and I got way more responses than I thought I would.  Fifty seven deviants responded.  I guess I didn't realize how big of a task this would be to choose one or even just a few.  I have been through galleries over and over again.  It is so hard to narrow down, because there were so many great artists.  I think I have finally gotten it down to a top ten.  I think I am going to pick a top three or four.  I was supposed to be done with this two weeks ago.   Hopefully I can finish it up by this weekend.

Along with the artist recruitment, I decided that anyone I did not pick for the work I would pick some of their art and put them in a feature.  So as soon as the final artists are picked there will be some features coming out.  I was going to do one but fifty seven deviants featured in one journal.  I think that would be a bit crazy.  So I'll probably do ten in each journal for six journals and spaced over a couple days.  

Also, I make it fairly well known that I can't really draw.  At least I don't think I can.  I am good at coloring though.  I usually use colored pencils and I think they turn out well.  I would post some but my scanner is out of commission.  I did however recently get a Samsung Galaxy Note, which has PhotoShop Touch on it.  I have been playing around with it and it is fun but I am still learning.  I am very new at doing anything digital and PhotoShop.   I am going to be posting some of the coloring I do here on DA.  Hopefully they aren't too bad and the original artists like them.

I guess that's all for now.  Hope everyone is doing well and has a great day.

Quick Artist Feature and Promotion

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 7, 2013, 12:58 AM

Hey Deviants!  Good Morning!  Hope everyone is well.

So anyway!  I was browsing through my messages and came across an interesting post which led me to :icontwin-tail:  I realy dig her style and thought I would spread teh word.  I love the eyes on her characters.  So go check her out and show some love.

Oh by the way she is trying to earn some cash so she is doing a "Name your price Commission" right now.  If anyone does get a commission drop my name, I might get a free portrait comm.  Thanks!

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Additional characters to the story...

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 25, 2013, 12:47 PM

Here are some additional characters to the story.  I hope to have them posted soon as well.  A good portion of this batch are some of the "Bad" guys.

Querizma - Swordslinger-----done
Gennai - Monk-----done
Lucien - Rogue-----done
Zel - Berserker
Calem - Pirate
Azeal - Pirate
Dakota - Jaeger-----done
Meredy Opal Solace - Mage
Desterna - Spy-----done
Devan Aire - Fencer
Karasu Majo - Witch
Estavahl - Gunslinger
Shiv - Technician
Jade - Assassin
Lomac - Bounty Hunter
Barik - Thief

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Just got a 3DS

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 26, 2013, 10:45 PM

Finally broke down and traded my DS Lite for a 3DS.  Next purchase will be Animal Crossing: New Leaf.  So anyway if anyone else out htere has a 3DS and wants to be friends is my friend code 3840-6267-0051.

Hope to see some of you around.

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Working on more characters

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 25, 2013, 2:15 AM

So I have some time on my hands and I have a bunch of characters.  So I am going to start posting bios of all the forth coming characters.  As I post their bios I will also create an album within my gallery.  I love Nyx and its her story but I need to introduce everyone else.  Hopefully, the goal is also to have artwork done of the other characters as well.  I'd love to eventually have a sculpture done of each character too.  

So here is a run down of some of the characters you will see  coming....
Nyx Lunae - Assassin/ Royal Guard-----done
Navriel Lunae - Fighter/ Royal Guard
Sehven - Thief-----done
Fenris Narbonyll - Crystal Mage-----done
Vermillion Mizzyr - Mercenary-----done
Rhune - Thief-----done
Meredy Opal Solace - Mage
K'vaughn - Jack of all Trades-----done
Obekai Lunae - Royal Guard Captain
Naelon Lunae - Songstress
Neesa - Tech warfare-----done
Magus - Battle rager-----done
Bastion - Sharpshooter-----done
Lokee - Pilot/Gunman-----done
Gnocchi - Ninja-----done
Malachite - Tinker-----done

Well wish me luck and if anyone feels like drawing my other characters drop me a line.  

Update:  I've been doing all theses characters and I just realized that I haven't really addressed skin tone on any of them other than Nyx.  I'm going to have to go back and remedy that.

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Ask Nyx???

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 12, 2013, 8:50 PM

Ok, so I was sitting here thinking....I have this amazing character in my head.  Well, actually several amazing characters and a whole world.  Nyx however is my favorite.  I've tried to make quite a thorough description of her and most people I've talked to seem to like her.  I don't think her personality has really shined though.

So as I was wandering around DA the last few days I saw some deviants that have "Ask my OC" setups.  It made me want to do the same for Nyx.  I think it would be a fun thing and would help to expand Nyx's personality.

So I was curious what people think of these "Ask my OC" things.  If I should do one for Nyx, and if so how do I set it up and get it started.

Any input and advice is appreciated.  Thanks!!

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Free Comic Book Day is Tomorrow

Journal Entry: Fri May 3, 2013, 4:57 AM

So yeah, free comic book day is tomorrow.  Really looking forward to it.  I met a lot of great artists last year and hope to meet some more this year.  Not to mention the free comic books.

On a different note....if anyone happens to know someone who draws adorably cute elephants...please send me their name.  I am looking to get a commission done for a friend's birthday.  Thanks.

"For the love of art"

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FCBD was awesome!

Journal Entry: Mon May 7, 2012, 6:22 PM

Ok!  So as stated Free Comic Book Day was awesome.  I got lots of great comics and met some amazing artists.  Some are even here on DeviantArt.  I'll have to include them on an update later.  I have work so I haven't had a chance to visit their pages yet.  

Also, the contest deadline is fast approaching.  Only 24 days left.…

Have a great time and continue enjoying art!

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Contest worry and promotion

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 18, 2012, 1:47 PM

So I have had a lot of visits to the contest journal.  That makes me really happy, but so far no entries.  I know there is still a bit over a month left, but I am getting worried no one will enter.  So I'm going to ask everyone....please if you know anyone who might be interested refer them to the contest page .  Thank you!

contest journal -…

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Contest Time - Draw Nyx

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 29, 2012, 12:16 AM

Final Update:  I apologize that this has taken so long.  I have had a lot of problems at home and with my computer.  There were only two entries in my contest so both entrants kind of won.  However :iconcoffeebuns: won first place.  The judging was close and she won by only a few points.  I am currently contacting the artists who volunteered prizes so that they know the winners and are reminded of  the contest.  I will also contact the winners personally with more information.  I will also have the contest entries posted in my gallery.  

Update:  Ok so apparently the link below is not working for some reason.  I tried updating the link and fixing it.  It works in the preview, but not when I publish it.  So here is the same link to Nyx's info.…

Hey folks!  Welcome to my contest journal.  The contest is to draw my character Nyx Lunae.  Everything about  her can be found in this journal entry… is a written description of her, and several references.

This contest is fairly simple with straight forward rules.

1)     Use the description from the journal, and references to draw my OC.
2)     The theme, style, background, clothing, etc. is all up to you. As long as her physical features match
           her description.
3)     The only limitation is no bondage and no vore.
4)     Be creative.  I'm hoping to see some great work.
5)     I would prefer color works, but I will accept all entries.
6)     Please contact me, by note, with any entries or interest in entering the contest.

That's all for the rules.  If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

The contest starts immediately and will continue until May 31st.  I may extend the deadline at my discretion.

Judging will be based on a point scale as follows
Each work will be able to receive a total of 40 points
10 points for fidelity, accuracy to the original concept, and to the character's appearance and personality.
10 points for artistic composition (is the composition interesting? are the elements well placed to produce
a nice result on the viewers? are the colors harmonic?)
10 points for creativity and originality.  How well did you stand out with your theme?  Did your personal
style show through?
10 points for finishing ("attention to details").  for example...A badly finished piece would be one in
which you can see that "it could be better if the artist gave more attention to some points of
the drawing"

When the contest is over all entries will be judged and graded by three judges :icondakartasoladon:, :iconsoniamatas:, and :iconmarkuro:.  There may be another judge but I am waiting to hear back from them.  All scores will be averaged and the winners will be declared

Places and prizes:
First 1 year premium membership + colored digital art from :iconcargirl64:
Second 6 month premium membership + lineart from :iconcargirl64:
Third 3 month premium membership

Honorable mentions, depending on number of entries, will receive a Journal Feature.

I could always use some donations to sweeten the prize pool.  If anyone would like to participate please let me know.

For those who participate in the contest ....Good luck!  For those who wish to help out ....thanks in advance!

Ok so apparently the link above is not working for some reason.  I tried updating the link and fixing it.  It works in the preview, but not when I publish it.  So here is the same link to Nyx's info.…

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Check out "Shadows of Oblivion"

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 21, 2012, 7:12 PM

Hey Folks!  One of my favorite artists :iconshono: has a terrific comic called  Shadows of Oblivion.  The comic story is great.  I was really interested  and compelled to turn the page and continue the story.  His art work is simply stunning.  I can't really say much more than that.

Check out the information about his comic which is now on pre-order until April 1st .…

Make sure you check out his profile and gallery too.  Thanks!

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Need help with the contest

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 15, 2012, 7:23 PM

Hi folks!  I am going to start the contest very soon.  I don't have enough prizes though.  I was trying to see if anyone would like to donate something for the prize pool.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for more information.  Thanks!!

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Hey there everyone!  So I came across a contest being held by someone with an amazing OC and a great comic.  I love it.  Anyway the contest is to draw his character Syx with another character of  your choosing.  I thought it was great, but I don't have any drawing skills or I would draw Syx and my OC Nyx together.  So instead I told him I would try to promote his contest in my journal.  So all you terrific artists out there PLEASE check out this contest and enter.  What have you got to lose? Thanks !!

Contest details -

PS-If anyone would like to draw Syx and Nyx together.  GO FOR IT!  and let me know please.
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Ok...So  I am really trying to get a lot of exposure for Nyx.  Seeing how others interpret her, I am inspired to work on her story more, and I learned where I have made a few mistakes.  I also really, really enjoy seeing my girl through someone else's eyes.

With that said I have absolutely no drawing talent.  So I need to have other people to do drawing for me.  

Right now I want to try to run a contest that would consist of drawing Nyx.  There would be a few rules, but I haven't quite narrowed them down yet.  I also have a few judges in mind and the criteria to be judging on.  All this to be revealed at a later date.

I'm really interested in doing it but I don't want it to flop.  I'm not sure how to run a know get the word out there and get people to join it.  I also need prizes for the contest.  I 'm not sure what to offer since I myself don't draw and don't really have anything else to offer except a DA subscription.

So should I run the contest?
Any opinions or suggestions?
Would anyone be willing to offer/donate prizes?

I'm really open to any information and help ayone can offer.  If this goes well I may start introducing other characters from the story for future contests as well.

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