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COMMISSIONS OPEN!

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 29, 2010, 12:27 PM








Commissions are open!




Though I am not as active as I once was on dA, I am still here in some capacity. And for the first time, I'm opening up commissions to the general public here at dA! My computer recently went kablooey, so I am having to get together money very quickly to buy a new one since I'm still in college classes as a digital arts student...so I sort of NEED to have a good computer to do my assignments and work on, obviously.







OPTIONS FOR COMMISSIONS




:bulletorange: Option A: $100 for 2 characters, full body, full color w/background


-- EXAMPLES: PE R69: A Finely Boozed Nap by dreor 'Mission: Watching Over You by dreor



 

 



:bulletorange: Option B: $75 for 1 character, full body, full color w/background


-- EXAMPLES: PE R68: The Fungi Treason+Plot by dreor PE R75: Night in the Wind by dreor



 

 



:bulletorange: Option C: $50 for 1 character, full body, full color W/NO background


-- EXAMPLES: Chicory by dreor



 

 



:bulletorange: Option D: $30 for 1 character portrait (bust: chest/shoulders and up), full color


-- EXAMPLES: So Solemn, Cade by dreor -- kerosene-sunshine.com/characte… -- The Fuzzyface Grumps by dreor Heads, Heads, Heads -- 1 by dreor



 


 




ALTERNATE OPTIONS


 



:bulletblue: Option E: $70 for 2 characters, half body, lineart (NO COLOR)


-- EXAMPLES:



 



:bulletblue: Option F: $50 for 1 character, half body, lineart (NO COLOR)


-- EXAMPLES: Guilt + Penance by dreor



 

 



:bulletblue: Option G: $25 for portrait (bust), lineart (NO COLOR)


-- EXAMPLES: Heads, Heads, Heads -- 2 by dreor PE-Weekly: Chestnut for Gaia by dreor Novienar's Grace by dreor



 



:bulletblue: You can ask to have E, F, and G options colored by Davina Falcão :iconpsamophis: for free!


-- EXAMPLES of Davina's coloring: www.conceptart.org/forums/atta… (WIP image) - www.conceptart.org/forums/atta… (WIP image) - psamophis.deviantart.com/art/A…


-- Please note that you will get the MOST detail from Davina's coloring in portraits because she can spend more time on the face.



:bulletred: Options E, F, and G are not eligible for the spending rewards.






SPENDING REWARDS




  • Spend at least $100: get a free bust sketch.
  • Spend at least $130: get free bust lineart.
  • Spend at least $175: get your choice of either a free colored portrait or $20 off a future purchase.








TERMS AND CONDITIONS




:bulletgreen: What I need from you:

  • 1) Send me a note stating which Option(s) [A, B, C, D, E, F, or G] you want and at least one link to an image of the character(s) you'll ask for. When I confirm, THEN...
  • 2) Send the payment.
  • 3) Note me with links to: reference images, as many as you can possibly think of. Drawn, photographs, movie frames, whatever! Character information such as a description of their physical appearance, personality, a little history or whatever else you can provide. The more info you offer, the better an image I can produce. If you're not sure what to say, try filling out some of this: docs.google.com/View?id=dfhvk4…
  • 4) Contact information (email) for delivery of WIPs and final product.



:bulletgreen: What you get from me:

  • 1) I do my best when I come up with ideas for images myself, so please do not try to specify poses or details.
  • 2) I will send you at least one WIP image during the process of creating the image.
  • 3) I will send you the final product without a watermark in .jpg and .psd format, at 300 dpi, which is print quality.
  • 4) If you choose Options E, F, or G, you will receive the lineart from me as mentioned above and you may then decide whether or not you would like Psamophis to color that lineart for free. Please remember that E, F, and G options are not eligible for the spending rewards.
  • 5) If your purchases have made you eligible for a spending reward, I will inform you and you may give me the information you wish for that reward upon completion of the initial commission.



 


 



:bulletred: Payment via PayPal to kerosenesunshine@gmail.com in USD. Send it as a personal transfer (payment owed) or it will charge fees. If you are using non-USD currency, please pay attention to the currency exchange fees.


:bulletred: Payment must be made before I will start on the image.


:bulletred: Do NOT email/note/contact me constantly asking about progress of your image. I will show you WIPs when available, but I ask that you respect that this is not my full-time job and that I am a college student with other obligations. I will do your artwork as quickly as possible and if I cannot complete the image, I will refund your payment.


:bulletred: I reserve the right to refuse any commission.



:bulletred: I retain the copyright to the images at all times, the owners of the characters retain copyright to the characters. You agree to never re-use the image anywhere publicly viewable without properly crediting me, Kate N.Y. and including a link to my identity in some way, and you agree not to attempt to make money off the image.


:bulletred: If you wish to print the image for personal use, that is fine, but if you wish to print the image in a publication of any variety, please acquire my explicit permission first on a case-by-case basis.


:bulletred: I'm fine with you having other people color lineart you purchase from me, on the condition the lineart is not altered (see: redrawn) in any fashion and both you and the colorist adhere to the accreditation rules mentioned above at all times.


:bulletred: I reserve the right to use the image at my discretion (for portfolio, exhibition, internet, or other display) and promise to always credit ownership of the characters and mention the commissioning party.









Love & The Like





Partner in Crime!:
:iconlupinsansei:



2/3 of the Hivemind:
:iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten:



My Lovies:
:iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconrissbutts: :iconblitterbug: :icontephers: :iconkendre: :iconpsamophis: :iconwieldthekey:
(and others not of dA-land)



 



THE PRIVATE EXCHANGE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconamyclark:


-- also feel free to check out the PE Group page, or see the :iconprivateexchange: group to look at works from PE or to see who else is currently a member!









Profile Page CSS by NovaDuck






  • Listening to: Nina Simone/ZZ Top/The Ramones
  • Reading: Walter Benjamin/CSS books/grant applications
  • Watching: Bones/Fringe/CSI:NY/Castle/NCIS
  • Listening to: Puscifer/Rammstein/Zion I/MazzyStar
  • Reading: Derrida/image transfer techniques/color theory
  • Watching: Eureka/DefyingGravity/Warehouse13/Bones
Looking for people to commission for good art? Try these people!
:iconbrianne333: - Gorgeous art and is currently desperately in need of money. Affordable prices! Please at least see her journal and spread the word if you have a minute.
:iconamyclark: - Very clean, quick, and talented! Recently moved to a new city and is still looking for work and starting to feel desperate about the jobhunt, so the income from commissions is helpful.
:iconrissbutts: - Great artist capable of lovely painting, quirky character style, and more. College students always need money!


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"Love or Care: A letter of what is left..."

I find myself pondering what measure of care to give something that does not have my heart...

To explain...I have lately had less and less motivation to remain interested in deviantART. I don't think this means that I no longer like it. It merely means that I have changed.

When I first started here, I had just begun my junior year of high school. I was introduced to the website by someone I talked to during what was basically our school's equivalent of a weekly "study hall" -- during which most students just goofed off and waited for it to be over, but some would get stuff done. I was initially fairly intimidated by deviantART. By its massive size and activity, by the wealth of talent. I gradually got my feet wet, and soon I was merrily interacting with growing confidence.

By the time I graduated high school, I had made friends among deviantART members. Some such relationships have lasted me all these years, are precious and life-affecting. Some have faded with time as we simply grew into different people and went amiably on our way. Some have ended with dispute or unease, though I hold no ill will and I hope they are well. I have encountered unpleasant types aplenty too, of course, and there are two or three people on my "banned" members list, I admit, which I find unpleasant but in life sometimes you must cut out the people who sour your life and I am sure there have been those in my lifetime to say the same of me! Heh.

I have learned a great deal from the people and opportunities explored at this website. Artistically, morally, academically...and simply in moving through life. I have watched good artists become powerhouses of esteem by the community, and good artists depart for policy disagreements, and good artists simply remain half-known or little-known and content to be so. Bless them all. I have learned my own progress as well, and continue to do so daily.

deviantART has been resource, community, social and professional network, advertisement agency, learning platform, inspiration, motivator to press on in my own art, and so much more for me. I have enjoyed making effort to be a good and supportive person, to broaden my horizons and others' when the chance was presented.

I write this merely as observation, not as farewell. Because I do not see any sense in "leaving" or "quitting" deviantART. What would that accomplish but to alienate myself from a large user base of people I have been lucky to know as good 99% of the time, despite our many human faults.

I am attempting to better myself artistically and professionally in the hopes of eventually finding a satisfactory pace of work so as to offer commissions more readily outside of the kind flow of friends and close-peers I have benefited from. If I manage this, I should like to eventually offer such commissions for sale here too, and so it would be to my advantage if I remained active here so as to generate a good user base.

And there is Aboideau, the project I work on with my darling best friend, Tam (lupinsansei), at all times. We hope to eventually turn it into a sort of comic, and it would be lovely to bring it readership from deviantART when/if that happens, of course, so again that is reason to remain active here.

But I find it difficult. I have never been one of the "popular" artists, which mostly I am grateful for since I feel I could not live up to the expectation but also sometimes I am envious of...because we all feel envy, I suppose, even when we know our shortcomings are things only we may improve upon. But I have been blessed with a fairly regular activity log in terms of the comments, +favorites, and +watches I have received from other users. I have always endeavored to do my best to thank each and every person for such attention, individually, even if it often takes me 3 months or more to get around to it. I feel it is the least I can do.

I have watched many lovely artists for a long time as well, but over time I have become more and more of a lurker-watcher. I hold my tongue and let others comment and fav while I merely watch and appreciate, because I feel that if I am going to say something about an artwork, I want it to be truly heartfelt and well-thought and meaningful. Often, when I look at an artwork I love, I know my gut reaction, but I am hard put to leave text to that effect. I would rather be able to sit down with an artist, to talk to them about their piece and discuss its merits and critical points, formally, philosophically, emotionally... Or at least, if I must do it electronically, do it in a more intimate setting such as private correspondence.

Over the last year or two, my submission of artwork has waned as well. My production of it has not, however. Rather, I have found that I enjoy the blog format and setting more appealing, more personally endearing, as I have gradually changed as a person. Sharing my artwork in a more customized setting simply is comfortable to me and, I think, makes me feel I am maintaining fidelity to my artwork a little more personally. Artistically, I am aware of a strong need for direction and refinement on my part. I have toyed with it like a hobbyist for far too long and need to become more dedicated. While others are capable, I am not so good at doing this in a highly public setting. I am one who needs to take care of my self-education and improvement alone and then return to offer what I have accomplished to a public later, else I let my need to please overwhelm my ability to focus.

In any case, I have become less and less active here with time. I am 22 now and in October I will be 23. My life is something of a mess, I admit, and though I have grown a lot I have a lot left to do before I can say I am grown up. I am no young high school junior any longer, at once overwhelmed, impressed, and intimidated by the novelty of an art community website which caters to millions and millions of user accounts (let's face it, the actual membership is probably a vastly different number) though I certainly appreciate it for what it is.

There are things I disagree with, and things I laud as well managed when all the factors are considered, and things I simply cannot have an opinion on because I do not know so much. But all in all, the site is good, and I have enjoyed it.

But I think, for me, it has run a course. Like those friendships which ended simply because we grew different and apart and failed to continue holding communication...I have lost my eager interactive spirit with deviantART. I am changed, and perhaps eventually I shall change again and find I can be highly active and enjoy it at this site once more.

But for now I suppose this is my letter of disaffection. That I still like you, deviantART, but we are no longer in love. I shall remain with you, and visit you, and occasionally I shall speak among you, but do not be surprised if I am largely silent and half-ghost in your halls.

So here you have it. I will likely only submit an artwork here if I feel a deep and unrelenting NEED to share it. I will likely no longer respond to comments unless they ask specific questions, nor will I be individually thanking each and every favorite and +watch I receive, much as I appreciate them as greatly as ever and always. I simply need to take care of things differently for a while, and that means not holding myself responsible for every set of eyes to wander across my art.

I do this with no resentment or discontent, only a deep breath and a passive release.

I hope that, in time, if I am able to return to you with greater force and a stronger art to show for my silence, you will welcome me again and perhaps I shall be able to build a relationship of greater value with you then.

I am here, I am not gone, but I am not as I was. Thank you, dear viewers.

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For art and its blather, feel free to visit:
Kate's Art Blog -- Where I post art from crap sketches to WIPs to finished pieces and all sorts of nonsense in between, as well as notes on intent, process, meaning, and the always learning curve of being an artist...
Aboidoodles -- Where I post art often never seen anywhere else, by myself, my co-creator Tam, and by other artists. All artwork and information is related to Aboideau, a project by myself and Tam (lupinsansei)...

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Partner in Crime!:
:iconlupinsansei:
2/3 of the Hivemind:
:iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten:
My Lovies:
:iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconrissbutts: :iconblitterbug: :icontephers: :iconkendre: :iconpsamophis: :iconwieldthekey:
(and others not of dA-land)

THE PRIVATE EXCHANGE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconamyclark: -- also feel free to check out the About PE page, or see the new-and-still-in-progress collection of Private Exchange artwork here at dA on :iconpe-collection: or to see who else is currently a member!

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What's Kate listening to?
I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM!
  • Listening to: Tilly&theWall//Loquat//AirborneToxicEvent//Bea
  • Reading: CSS book...
  • Watching: Season finales of things on Hulu...
  • Playing: With commissions...
  • Eating: I forgot to eat today. Oops...
  • Drinking: Water, for the win!
Here's a quick update on things at the moment!

1) dA's "subscription aggression" seems to have eased off. At least, enough that it's not constantly pissing me off as stated in that previous journal entry. Hoorah for that.

2) I just deleted probably nearly 100 things from my gallery and scraps. Most of them were from 2003 or 2004, but there were some others that I nixed as well. It was just time. They were old and no longer represented my skills or tendencies as an artist. Some if it was gift art for Mel or Ren or Brianne or my sis. I doubt you do, but if you guys want copies I have them somewhere.

3) Spring semester for the year at college is over. I've decided to take summer courses this time around though, so I'll be back in classes again on the 22nd.

4) I have so much crap to do!


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Partner in Crime!:
:iconlupinsansei:
2/3 of the Hivemind:
:iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten:
My Lovies:
:iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconrissbutts: :iconblitterbug: :icontephers: :iconkendre: :iconpsamophis: :iconwieldthekey:
(and others not of dA-land)

THE PRIVATE EXCHANGE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently, check out the About PE page, or see the new-and-still-in-progress collection of Private Exchange artwork here at dA on :iconpe-collection:.

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What's Kate listening to?
I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM!
  • Listening to: YeahYeahYeahs/EmilianaTorrini/U2/Beethoven
  • Reading: First 5 pages of "Pride & Prejudice &
  • Watching: An owl outside...
  • Playing: With charcoal and pastel...
  • Eating: Chicken fettucine alfredo...
  • Drinking: Cranberry juice...
deviantART, I love you. I have stuck with you for years and years now, through fiasco and scandal and outright moments of stupidity. I try to be a good member of the community in my own small and insignificant-to-you ways, and I try to be the devil's advocate when everyone is screaming your faults.

But if you don't fucking stop it with the overly aggressive campaign to make me pay for a subscription, I'm going to have to quit you.

If you can't handle free users, stop allowing them to register in such numbers. Or delete dead accounts. If you want me to stick around long enough to pay for a subscription when I can afford one, stop fucking harassing me. Two or three or four messages a day about how I should buy a sub is going too far. Hell, twice a WEEK is going too far.

And now this latest message, the one about me having 100 deviations is wearing out the gerbil running my page, so I should buy a sub? That's very misleading bullshit. People who don't know better are going to think this means that if they don't buy a sub, you're not going to let them display their art when the number exceeds 100. Which is NOT true. It's just you getting desperate.

If you really need the money, here's a few ideas... Offer better perks for subscribers, ones that people will actually go "omg, I totally want to be able to do that" over. Or find a way to make it more affordable for people to get subs. Or, you know, stop reaching beyond your means on a constant basis.

If I had the money, I would get a sub just to fucking shut you up about it. But since I don't, and you're not likely to ever see this, and there's certainly no option to say "stop harassing me about getting a sub" to make the obnoxiousness stop, I'll probably just end up leaving instead. Seriously, if I didn't get a sub yesterday when you harassed me about it three times, why would I get one today when you harass me about it four times? That's completely unreasonable. You've become the kid in the back seat whining, "Are we there yet?" every five minutes as if that's going to change the answer by sheer force of will. IT'S NOT. If we get there, we will fucking get there when we get there. If you don't shut up, I will pull over and kick you out of my car and go the hell where I want WITHOUT YOU.

It's really not okay. It's a serious degradation of your quality as a fabulous art community website. It's what we call SPAM. And everyone knows how we feel about spam.

Note to watchers: No, I am not leaving. Not yet. But I may if this continues much longer. Please do not start the "noooo, don't leeeeave" thing with me. I would not do it to you. It is each of our choices, and I certainly would not like to, but there's some things I just can't tolerate. And if they can't behave, there are other websites out there that can give me what I need just as easily and less annoyingly. Should I choose to leave, I will leave a forwarding address, of course. I realize the rest of the internet isn't nearly so convenient for you as viewers, but art shouldn't be about mere convenience anyway. I appreciate each and every one of you and your generous attention, regardless.

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Partner in Crime!:
:iconlupinsansei:
2/3 of the Hivemind:
:iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten:
My Lovies:
:iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconrissbutts: :iconblitterbug: :icontephers: :iconkendre: :iconpsamophis: :iconwieldthekey:
(and others not of dA-land)

THE PRIVATE EXCHANGE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently, check out the About PE page, or see the new-and-still-in-progress collection of Private Exchange artwork here at dA on :iconpe-collection:.

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What's Kate listening to?
I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM!
  • Listening to: TAT/IngridMichaelson/VelvetUnderground/Spoon
  • Reading: Job applications...
  • Watching: The tarantula being really weird...
  • Playing: With pastel techniques...
  • Eating: french onion soup
  • Drinking: milk
The following is a list of artists I would recommend you commissioning at this time, ordered by financial need. If you like art that is good, like art that makes your characters look great, and like giving your money to those who actually NEED it, please read this listing. This list may be updated time to time, so if it appears in your messages again, please check it out. I will not make it appear for minor updates, I promise.

:iconcrystori: = ARTIST UNDER DURESS This artist has some massive medical and vet bills to pay and needs to get the money together soon for the sake of health! Her artwork has a somewhat anime/manga style, and commissions start as cheap as $5

:iconulafish: = A student without time for a regular job, Kindra Haugen is "desperately" seeking commissions to help pay for her rent, food, and school supplies. Her style is elegant and clean, ranging from surreal beauty to eerie to macabre. Please note her if interested!

:iconrissbutts: = A student without work whose education has its costs, Marissa Pittman is offering super fun cheap commissions in the $5 to $10 range. Her style is colorful, stylized, and full of character. Note her if interested!

:iconbards-tale: = As she and her husband are in "sticky times," as she calls it, this artist is taking commissions as cheap as $5 with lots of additional cheap options. Check out bards-tale.deviantart.com/jour… for details!

:iconlupinsansei: = In financial insecurity as many people these days, Tamara Williamson is offering commissions starting at $11 in a variety of formats and media. She's got a sweet talent for headshots flavored just a bit with a look of western comics. Check lupinsansei.deviantart.com/jou… for details and examples!

:icondoubtful-della: = ARTIST WITH A GOAL Daniella Koontz is attempting to raise $500 for her parents' 25th anniversary. She is not only taking commissions, but is also trying to sell a camera lens and some filters and even working an art trade angle. She is a skilled photographer and decoupage artist and also has a cute, fun painting style.

:iconpariahsdream: = Valentine's Day special! Lee Mynatt is offering $20 commissions of couples that will be done in time for Valentine's Day (February 14th). Grab it while it's hot! For details, see: pariahsdream.deviantart.com/jo…

Also taking commissions...
:iconpoeso:

((If you are an artist under financial duress or simply have to make some money pronto via art or selling items on deviantART, please feel free to note me or leave a comment explaining the situation and what you have to offer. If you're just open for commissions on a regular basis, I can list you as well. I'm all too happy to offer what little support I can through these recommendations.))


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Partner in Crime!:
:iconlupinsansei:
2/3 of the Hivemind:
:iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten:
My Lovies:
:iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconrissbutts: :iconblitterbug: :icontephers: :iconkendre: :iconpsamophis: :iconwieldthekey:
(and others not of dA-land)

THE PRIVATE EXCHANGE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently, check out the About PE page, or see the new-and-still-in-progress collection of Private Exchange artwork here at dA on :iconpe-collection:.

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What's Kate listening to?
I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM!
  • Listening to: DanLeSacVsScroobiusPip/DorisDay/CatPower/Spoon
  • Reading: "Beast" by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Watching: Time keep ticking away...
  • Playing: With photoshop brushes...
  • Eating: honey cinnamon ham
  • Drinking: cranberry juice mixed with naked juices
Hey, y'all. It's been a while since I updated the Commission Artists rec list, and I would like to keep that going in my journal. I never use my journal for journalish things, so I would like to keep using it to support others.

If you are taking commissions or are otherwise selling stuff in order to make money, or just need someone to pimp you a little bit, please feel free to send me a note or leave a comment so I may make a good rec for you!

:heart: to all

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Partner in Crime!:
:iconlupinsansei:
2/3 of the Hivemind:
:iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten:
My Lovies:
:iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconrissbutts: :iconblitterbug: :icontephers: :iconkendre: :iconpsamophis: :iconwieldthekey:
(and others not of dA-land)

THE PRIVATE EXCHANGE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently, check out the About PE page, or see the new-and-still-in-progress collection of Private Exchange artwork here at dA on :iconpe-collection:.

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What's Kate listening to?
I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM!
  • Listening to: Sia/LedZeppelin/Adele/RobertPlant-AlisonKrauss
  • Reading: Rey Arzeno's website-that-I'm-working-on
  • Watching: I have no time for watching stuff, agh!
  • Playing: the css/html/flash/java coding monkey
  • Eating: bread
  • Drinking: ice water, water, arizona green tea, more water
The following is a list of artists I would recommend you commissioning at this time, ordered by financial need. If you like art that is good, like art that makes your characters look great, and like giving your money to those who actually NEED it, please read this listing. This list may be updated time to time, so if it appears in your messages again, please check it out. I will not make it appear for minor updates, I promise.

EDIT 1: Added a new artist in financial duress, please check the listing!

EDIT Aug/7/08: Added thundercake to financial duress list, please check her out!


:iconthundercake: -- FINANCIAL DURESS COMMISSIONS (WILLING TO NEGOTIATE PRICING) -- Ms. Prillaman has come up against a sudden/unexpected and very serious issue which is draining all her savings immediately. She is willing to negotiate her commission pricing out of need as long as payment can be provided quickly. Please see her journal for details and her gallery for examples of a very clean, fresh style and talent. Her skills include clean and flowing lineart, character work ranging from cartoony to stylized to semi-realism in style, environment and background depictions, and lovely use of color and texture.

:iconpariahsdream: -- FINANCIAL DURESS COMMISSIONS + IPOD NANO -- This lady is up against financial strain of the worst type presently, being out of work and on the jobhunt for some time now, and so could really use whatever work you can give her. She is talented, has a neat sort of lanky and painterly style, is rapidly turning out some cool backgrounds of late, knows how to treat your characters with attention and respect, and is very responsible. She is also currently selling her iPod Nano (2nd generation, with USB cord included) via eBay, so be sure to check that out.

:iconpsamophis: -- GOOD CAUSE COMMISSIONS -- This lovely lady exercises a gorgeous "comic book" type of style for characters, is familiar and comfortable with anthro types, but also has a magnificent knack for realistic depictions of creatures such as you'd see in a scientific illustration. If you would be interested in perhaps seeing your fantasy creature/character drawn in that way, a way that makes them seem REAL, please consider checking her out and asking her about her work. Please also note that this artist is offering special (cheap!) pricing and donating all the proceeds to a charitable cause benefiting another artist and artist's family in severe financial need. I highly encourage commissioning this artist for that purpose.

:iconferalgrinn: -- FINANCIAL DURESS COMMISSIONS -- Sarah Petrulis is one of those artists who NEVER fails to produce something you are happy to have. She's talented, always respectful of other people's characters, and never skimps on an artwork. You'll find plenty of satisfied customers to her name, that's for sure. She has a range of styles and is quite versatile (she can work painterly, graphic design, cartoonish -- human, animal, anthro, furry, etc.), so you're bound to get something you like out of her. You may also recognize two of her deviations as past DDs! Sarah is currently out of work and could use the cash flow of commissions. Check out her commission info here: feralgrinn.deviantart.com/jour… There is also a "pay what you wish" deal listed there, how about 'dem apples, huh?

:iconsecretwalrus: -- New to the land of commissions, this guy has a wacky cartoony style that you may very well like. He's another fella who, by no fault of his own, is getting kicked in the teeth by the economy right now, so the money would be appreciated... His prices are pretty good for what he's offering, and I know personally that he could use the dough and the experience -- so check him out and give him a chance!

:iconrissbutts: -- Ms. Pittman has a terrifically fun style (you may recognize her featured artwork as a past DD)! She's got a whopper of a list of happy commissioners to her name, a very versatile talent, and pretty damn cheap pricing for what she produces. She will do everything from ridiculously cute chibis (cheap! check it out!), to basic portraits, to character pics (up to the "suggestive" level), Gaia avatars, RPG characters, furries and anthros, and animals! She is wonderful to work with, very timely and attentive, and pays attention to who your character is, not just who they look like -- that's something always worth paying for. Be aware that, though her dA journal currently mentions a "partial hiatus" this will in no way hinder commission progress and delivery.

:iconkreugan: -- One of my all time favorite artists to commission, Melissa Erickson is extremely talented at capturing the stories and personalities of characters in a jaunty, semi-realism/semi-comic style. I have always been highly satisfied with the work I've recieved from her, and I know many other happy customers as well. Her turnaround time is great, and her pricing is fabulous for the product. She is currently OPEN for commissions, but they tend to go fast, so hurry on over!

:iconren52: -- This is an extremely rare and special opportunity! If you aren't familiar with the artwork of Renée Atkinson, you should check out some of her art at Ren Amok! or at her Sheezy account. Ren stopped posting with dA a long time ago, uncomfortable with some policies and theft issues, but her work is phenomenal, gorgeous, and top knotch worthy of your moolah. Her style is great, her attention to character detail is great, and she hasn't done commissions in so long that I don't think anyone can remember the last time. And these won't be open long, so jump on that thing NOW. Pricing is lovely, though this artist does NOT accept Paypal. Please check her journal entry for more information and don't be deterred by the anti-paypal policy. Trust me, she's worth it.


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Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently, check out the About PE page, or see the new-and-still-in-progress collection of Private Exchange artwork here at dA on :iconpe-collection:.

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What's Kate listening to?
I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM!
  • Listening to: Raconteurs/Alice Smith/Metric/Chevelle
  • Reading: stacks of papers that need to be sorted
  • Eating: chicken with rice family recipe
  • Drinking: ice water, water, water, water
It's always great when you can get art that respects your characters or ideas, and it's even better when you can get that art by supporting artists who could use the work/money.

Here's a list of people I happen to know who need commission work about now...
:iconpariahsdream: -- Very capable of capturing the look and personality of characters. She's currently VERY in need of the commission work, so she's at the top of my list for you to consider, please. She also has very good turnaround time.

:iconsecretwalrus: -- New to the land of commission work and, though currently not very well known, is certainly a serious artist type. Give him his start?

:iconferalgrinn: -- Extremely talented artist, very respectful of characters' designs and personality, and always a treat to get art from. She just moved and is on the jobhunt, so commissions right now are basically paying for her internet fees (and some other bills).




Okay, next order of business... I've decided I need a new policy regarding thanking people on deviantART.

In the past, I have always made it a point to thank each person for a +fav/collect or +watch/friend on their user page, or to respond to each comment every time they make one (excepting those made by close buddies who know I'm very grateful regardless). In years past, this wasn't a big deal. But nowadays, it appears my gallery's attention-getting has upped its rate of frequency a little bit. I now get at least a couple favs or watches per a day, though rarely any comments other than those from my most faithful watchers and close buddies.

The thing is, I'd still keep thanking each and every person for each and every bit of recognition or commentary they gave my work, except there's a new phenomenon involved in this higher-frequency-faving/watching...

Blank users.

Okay, don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm ungrateful for the favs or the watches. Nor am I one of the people out there who gets pissy if someone +favs but doesn't comment. I mean, hey, I do that too.

It's just that sometimes it seems a bit suspicious when certain pieces in my gallery always get +favs from users who have NO deviations in their own gallery, NO journals on their page, NO comments on their activity log, no activity at all! They just...collect favorites. Typically, the most frequent victims of this sort of thing are pieces such as Only Ella With Her Clothes Off or Pirate That Gypsy -- which seem to attract Blank Users who collect mostly furry girls, fetish or pervy artwork. However, lately, Kabur Reference has also fallen victim to odd Blank Users of both the pervy-collecting type and the just plain weird type, and my fashion designs have frequently received the "reference collect" sort of Blank User attention.

Sometimes these Blank Users appear to be collecting "reference" type images, the sort that I have seen people prone to theft go for in the past. Sometimes they're trying to pass it off as their own art, or copy the ideas out of it for their own art. Furthermore, seeing :iconjavadoodle: deal with so many art and character thieves over the years has given me plenty of examples of reasons to be paranoid about people who MIGHT take art and use it to represent "their" characters at other sites, usually for things like RPGs or such. I'm not saying Blank Users who +fav my work are thieves or anything. I'm just saying...um...suspicious behavior ahoy?

I have no problem with the idea that some people on deviantART are not artists/writers/creator types, and maybe they just want to collect the pretty things they like to look at best. But there are plenty of people of that variety who do so and also leave the occasional comment, or make a journal just to blab about their life or something. They don't silently, creepily collect artwork and yet never leave a single word ANYWHERE on the site for years, even in response to people dropping by their page to say thanks for the +favs.

That's the other thing...these are NOT new users! These are accounts active for quite a while, collecting for quite a while, being WEIRD BLANK USERS for quite a while.

Seriously. It bothers me. And yes, it also bothers me when people who AREN'T blank users collect my images for their Nothing AT ALL But Pervy Fetish Porn Girls favorites dump. Sure, I drew female figures. Sure, I drew females wearing less clothing than the typical American would sensibly wear in modern day public. But I WASN'T DRAWING IT FOR YOU TO JACK OFF TO.

So here's my new policy.

I'm not thanking people who collect my work for favorites collections that are nothing but perversion and sexual obsession, furry girls or no. I'm not discriminating against fetish art or furries, I just don't like being associated with sexual-thoughts-obsessed types (let's face it, there's a pretty high rate of those types turning out to be creepazoids you'd worry about in your neighborhood if you had daughters or just kids at all). I think sex and sexuality is a legitimate artistic topic, and I think sexuality can be a lovely aesthetic without being perverted. I think furries and/or anthropomorphism are also a legitimate artistic topic, as well as a hobby interest and sometimes a culture that are deserving of open-mindedness and respect. (If you ever saw that CSI Las Vegas episode about "yiffing" and decided that's all furries were about, you're ill-informed and need to debunk that prejudice.)

I'm not thanking people who collect my work for favorites collections but have no other recognizable life signs on their accounts. It's creepy, suspicious, and I'm adding the names to a list from now on of users to be suspicious of.

I'm not thanking watchers who fall into the above two categories either.

If users appear to have some variety to their collections, or some life-sign other than favorites-collecting, I will thank them.

And if this sort of thing continues for too long and keeps bugging me internally the way it does, if I can't get past it and stop gritting my teeth at perverts, I'm just going to have to delete those deviations because clearly they attract attention that I am not comfortable with.

Meanwhile, checking out those Blank Users with the perversion-crammed favorites collections has also led me to several deviants who need to be reported for posting straight up pornography.

One sad thing about the open and immediate nature of the internet is the negation of a sense of responsibility to our youth. The internet and media at large have become progressively less and less concerned about what they expose to a young audience, how the things they project into the world form that young audience's minds. I don't believe in censorship, but I believe in taking some responsibility for what you leave out in the open to affect children, even other people's children. Parents can try to shield their kids' eyes and minds from all of it with extreme ferocity and still be fighting a losing battle simply because, short of locking their kid up in a room with no contact to the outside world, they cannot stop mass media and the world those kids now live in.

It's just a shame that these days, so many people don't stop to think "there are probably young kids going to see this on the site because the internet is open access and there is no age verification process..." and stop THEMSELVES from leaving things out for the young to find. Time was when it wasn't necessary for an authority figure, whether local administration or federal law, to whoop up on people's asses just for them to do the right thing.

Free and public perversion is different than free and public appreciation of the human nude as well, people, so don't even think that's my hypocrisy. Free and public perversion begets desensitizing to perversion, desensitizing to sexual objectification, and that begets creepazoids and sexual predatory behavior.

If we had some magical wand to wave to banish perversion but encourage appreciation of the AESTHETIC of the human figure WITHOUT sexual connotation, I imagine the rate of sexual crimes might drastically drop. We might also have a lower rate of "hate thy body" syndromes, a better rate of self-esteem.

And I might not want to yell at complete strangers on the internet about all of this in a journal on a public art gallery website.
  • Listening to: HushSound/Go!Team/RobertPlant-AlisonKrauss
  • Reading: NO TIME TO READ, AGH.
  • Watching: noooot much
  • Playing: Aboideau, Unavisi, various evil
  • Eating: eggplant, zuchinni, sundried tomato sandwich
  • Drinking: ice water
Well, my sub is gone now. I miss it dreadfully. It's addictively pleasant!

I'm still in the final stretch of the spring semester at college, so I won't be alive for a while yet. Consequently, death of journal until later on.

In the meantime:

Please consider commissioning :iconpariahsdream: in the next couple weeks, or even just donating if you're one of those beautifully generous types. She's in a tight financial spot that needs a rather quick/immediate resolution. You can read more at her journal and the links she provides.

If you're in a hurry, however, and don't think you can be bothered to click over to her deviantart page, you can click here to donate (or learn the quick and straight about what's up): pariahsdream.livejournal.com/1…

Lee is a very good person, and has been there for others with the sort of generosity I'm asking anyone who can to show now.

Remember that, even when you don't know someone personally, your actions matter to their life and everyone's.

Things to see, things to think of. V.

Sat Mar 29, 2008, 5:06 PM
  • Listening to: collection of Alt. Rock hits
  • Reading: novels for native american history class
  • Watching: Bones (season 2)
  • Playing: Aboideau, Unavisi, various evil
  • Eating: pesto chicken pita
  • Drinking: naked mango smoothie w/cranberry juice
The semester continues. I've been doing a great deal of traditional media artwork that I actually LIKE (trust me, this is a new development) in the last three months. Unfortunately, methods to show them to you at decent quality are not readily available because of the typically large scale they're worked in. Ah, well.

It's been a good semester, if a hard one. I have a little over a month left and, though struggling, am hopeful that I will come out pleased with myself this spring.

I was planning on taking a couple of courses over the summer, but as it is I think I might not, for fear of burning out.

Attending a regular college or university for art often brings up the disappointing fact that an academic setting is completely RIDICULOUS for many artists to endure. It's somewhat impractical to believe that an artist would need to produce work in the ways and schedules that a college expects of a student. Certainly it's important to learn how to produce on demands and deadlines, important to learn how to satisfy someone you completely disagree with, important to learn so many mediums and methods and expand your horizons! But come on. In an average week, I'm often expected to do an amount of artwork that costs about 21 hours of work outside of class hours, at least $30 of supplies, and additional paperwork. And that's per a class. To keep on schedule with school's demands of graduation plans, most full time art students at my college need to take five or six classes per semester, at least three of those being art program classes and at least two being "general education." At the end of a week, I am usually going to have had to find time to complete a few smaller scale artworks, perhaps 50% each on two larger scale projects, two random homework assignments that need to be typed out, and perhaps a paper, while reading from four different textbooks or other materials. At some point in all that I will have needed to do research for term papers and likely attended gallery showings or artist talks that someone thinks should be required for a class. At the same time, I need to eat and sleep and, oh, perhaps breathe.

On top of this, my particular college is a commuter campus. The majority percentage of students commute at least 45 minutes to get to the college, apparently. I, for one, frequently commute at least an hour to, and then an hour from, campus three times a week. That eats up a lot of time. A larger number of students also hold jobs, and need to commute to those as well.

Yes, my college has its advantages. It's cheap, is in convenient cahoots with the metro area public transportation system, and is closer than other options in the state.

But if I had the money, I would gladly attend elsewhere. Somewhere oriented more toward art and less toward "general education". Not that I frown on learning math or science. I think it's necessary. I simply believe that the organization of majors programs at a campus best known for its science and aviation programs? Is not at all geared toward the very different orientation necessary to teach prospective leaders of art fields, be it commercial design or production or freelance fine art or whatever.

I also find it ironic that, in view of the common cliche truth of a phrase like "starving artists," getting an education in art is so very expensive just in terms of having to buy or pay for everything we need to complete assignments. Meanwhile, the other programs' students pay far far far less. Tuition, department fees, that's usually it. Again, this seems especially absurd considering the "cheap, affordable" touting the college does of itself, geared toward people on low or medium income.

Artists need education often as much as everybody else. Nobody is a genius alone, except the occasional savant, and even they frequently will need a degree of some sort under their belt just to be taken seriously by employers. Honestly, that's why I'm in college (and if I graduate, I think I'll be the first in the family to do so), just to make sure I have a BA at least in case I need to please some close-minded employer. Besides, the opportunity to learn is precious.

Ah, well. Envy and bitchin' gets me nowhere. I will push through, persevere, and conquer. And when it's over, I will be grateful and remember that, regardless of its faults...the opportunity was still a blessing. I have so much more than some have ever had a chance at, and I am in some way lucky.

I hope someday to give free art lessons to the less fortunate, homeless or otherwise. Serious, genuine lessons, providing all necessary materials myself or through like-minded benefactors, and encourage innovation to cut costs in making art: like using what you can find lying around you every day, instead of going to a store to get something fancy-schmancy. I'd like to help those students get their art seen, get feedback from people who aren't blowing it out their ass or looking to get good publicity or sound sophisticated, move up in the world through something that makes them feel good. I'd like to teach, I really would, but NEVER for an academic institution. Art and the general academic world. A match made for divorce.

To contrast my snarly arguments above, see this article of which I also highly approve: 7 Reasons Why You Should Go To Art School by Joumana Medlej, aka Majnouna

In other news: SHEESH, do I ever need a good journal CSS. ><

--Kate

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SOME OF MY LOVIES!
:iconlupinsansei: :iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten: :iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconpariahsdream: :iconblitterbug: :iconren52: :iconochrejelly: :icondanhowardart: :iconkendre: :iconroxxy-chan:

THE PE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently!




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Weekly Private Exchange Feature


I'm a proud member of Private Exchange, run by Brianne Goetz brianne333 . Unfortunately, I'm a highly distractable member as well. To counteract the sincere Lame of that, I will be featuring an artwork by a PE member, done for PE, in this little spot each week.

This week's featured PE art!
"in a forest full of redwoods" for BrandyWoods by alcander
in a forest full of redwoods by alcander

Past weeks:
Valentine's '08 for Lee/pariahsdream by rissbutts
Feb '07 Lightning Round: Western Style for Ylla by purplerebecca
Oct '06 Weekly Rounds - Athair for Kendre by emoxic
PE Round 59 - Mocambo for Yorufukagawa by myre




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Random lovely:
I +fav'd this years ago, and still love it. Whimsical, a little sketch that was put through photoshop (I assume for color tinting), and...well, how could you NOT love it? -- :thumb15024870:




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Wisdom
If you had all the time in the world, it would not mean success. For success, begin now, try always, and strive forever.



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What's Kate listening to?
CandleHuff's Profile Page

I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM! (Please note that I will not add people as friends who I do not know, no offense.)


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I have been asked several times what the Unavisi are, and I know a lot of my buddies who are members of the Unavisi community have as well (especially Mel). To answer one question: no, sorry, you can't really make one. The Unavisi is a private affair and their existence truly belongs to Brianne Goetz brianne333 . You can't have more information than that, sorry! But you can enjoy the art some of our members generate, or that we commission from many people here at deviantART and elsewhere. Just use the search bar to look for "unavisi" or look in any of our favorites collections!

The Unavisi community (when we're awake/alive, at least) is...
brianne333 Javadoodle ravekitten ladyofdragons pariahsdream Lady-Silvercat kendre lupinsansei dreor blitterbug roxxy-chan Uneide ren52 sketchtastrophe greekamazon alienfirst LoreliAoD lilena Feathers-n-Fluff Psamophis

We have several other members, but I'm honestly not sure if they're alive among the comm anymore. Guys? You out there? Hehe.
  • Listening to: Sia's newest: Some People Have Real Problems
  • Reading: CSS code. Again. Grrrrr.
  • Watching: a lot of good deviant artists
  • Playing: Aboideau, Unavisi, various evil
  • Eating: grilled eggplant slices
  • Drinking: virgin pina coladas, lol
Hey y'all. The following artists are open for commissions. Some of them need the money very badly right away, so check 'em out!

:iconsketchtastrophe: = really neat style, needs money pronto for this month's rent!
:iconnibblekat: = needs money for poorness-in-the-red, offering incredibly cheap deals.
:iconrissbutts: hoboriss.deviantart.com/journa… = open for traditional commissions at the moment
:iconlupinsansei: = $10 busts! I recommend the charcoal, she does some neat ones.
:iconbleuphoria: = trying to bulk up savings for a year of studying abroad in Japan
:iconpurplerebecca: = cheap
:iconemoxic: = not cheap, but high quality

May update with more/less/others later!

--Kate

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SOME OF MY LOVIES!
:iconlupinsansei: :iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten: :iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconpariahsdream: :iconblitterbug: :iconren52: :iconochrejelly: :icondanhowardart: :iconkendre:

THE PE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently!




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Weekly Private Exchange Feature


I'm a proud member of Private Exchange, run by Brianne Goetz brianne333 . Unfortunately, I'm a highly distractable member as well. To counteract the sincere Lame of that, I will be featuring an artwork by a PE member, done for PE, in this little spot each week.

This week's featured PE art!
"PE - Valentine's Day" for pariahsdream by rissbutts
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Past weeks:
Feb '07 Lightning Round: Western Style for Ylla by purplerebecca
Oct '06 Weekly Rounds - Athair for Kendre by emoxic
PE Round 59 - Mocambo for Yorufukagawa by myre




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digital, well executed, just plain neat -- TLTEAOTJ+A: Pressure Suit by bigbigtruck




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There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.
~Albert Einstein



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What's Kate listening to?
CandleHuff's Profile Page

I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM! (Please note that I will not add people as friends who I do not know, no offense.)


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I have been asked several times what the Unavisi are, and I know a lot of my buddies who are members of the Unavisi community have as well (especially Mel). To answer one question: no, sorry, you can't really make one. The Unavisi is a private affair and their existence truly belongs to Brianne Goetz brianne333 . You can't have more information than that, sorry! But you can enjoy the art some of our members generate, or that we commission from many people here at deviantART and elsewhere. Just use the search bar to look for "unavisi" or look in any of our favorites collections!

The Unavisi community (when we're awake/alive, at least) is...
brianne333 Javadoodle ravekitten ladyofdragons pariahsdream Lady-Silvercat kendre lupinsansei dreor blitterbug roxxy-chan Uneide ren52 sketchtastrophe greekamazon alienfirst LoreliAoD lilena Feathers-n-Fluff

We have several other members, but I'm honestly not sure if they're alive among the comm anymore. Guys? You out there? Hehe.
  • Listening to: &quot;Not Your Year&quot; -- The Weepies
  • Reading: some book about colored pencils
  • Watching: TV is dead. Again. So...shadows on my wall.
  • Playing: Aboideau, Unavisi, various evil
  • Eating: macaroni+gouda-cheese w/spinach
  • Drinking: homemade smoothies
It's been almost a month since my last "weekly" journal. Hehe, that didn't last long, huh? Well, truth is, I actually find it vaguely annoying in a childish way when some people update their journals almost every day. Not that there's anything wrong with that! I'm just a silly thing. Anyway, I'm going to scoot it to a monthly journal and just try to update the PE Feature part and the Wisdom part weekly if I can. Well, Wisdom tonight, but not the feature, because it's past 2 AM and I should really consider that sleep thing.

I'm back in classes again, yet another semester of battling to keep the charcoal out from under my fingernails, my focus set long enough to survive lectures, and my urge to teach a class I'm a student in under control. Honestly, I love learning and I like the routine of college. I know I shouldn't complain. But what kind of young person would I be if I didn't? Heh.

I thought I'd make a note on something: I talk to strangers! If someone seems interesting or just nice on deviantART, I am prone to adding their usernames to my messenger list and contacting them without warning. I try to be a decent conversationalist and not scare anyone off. I think it's important to remember the community part of deviantART more often and utilize the networking opportunities. I've gotten to know some amazing people this way over the years and I hope to get to know many more to come. So strangers? Be very afraid!

I am hoping to post more traditional media artwork in the next couple months. ...hoping.

--Kate

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SOME OF MY LOVIES!
:iconlupinsansei: :iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten: :iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconpariahsdream: :iconblitterbug: :iconren52: :iconochrejelly: :icondanhowardart: :iconkendre:

THE PE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently!




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Weekly Private Exchange Feature


I'm a proud member of Private Exchange, run by Brianne Goetz brianne333 . Unfortunately, I'm a highly distractable member as well. To counteract the sincere Lame of that, I will be featuring an artwork by a PE member, done for PE, in this little spot each week.

This week's featured PE art!
"Cowgirl Ylla" for Ylla by purplerebecca
PE - Cowgirl Ylla by purplerebecca

Past weeks:
Oct '06 Weekly Rounds - Athair for Kendre by emoxic
PE Round 59 - Mocambo for Yorufukagawa by myre




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Random lovely:
lineart -- :thumb65752913:




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Wisdom
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What's Kate listening to?
I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM!
  • Listening to: &quot;All Good Things&quot; -- Nelly Furtado
  • Reading: javascript, with intent to make trouble
  • Watching: Pushing Daisies(!!!), Life, Chuck
  • Playing: Aboideau, Unavisi, various evil
  • Eating: artichoke pizza
  • Drinking: white cranberry/pomegranate juice
Sooo...today's the 30th. That means that some of my friends are already on the last day of 2007 (they live in places like Australia and New Zealand), those crazy futuristic kids! A new year is coming. Wooooo. Now, normally I don't do new year's resolutions because...well...why? I set goals every day, and every day I do what I can to accomplish those goals. Why do I have to come up with really good ones at the start of a year? BAH.

But incidentally, I'm coming into a part of my life in terms of growth where I just HAPPEN to feel like setting some big goals for myself. I don't expect to accomplish all of them in the coming year, or in two years even. It'd be great if I did! But no holding my breath or binding my soul to the idea that it MUST be done in 2008. Still, I thought I'd list them here to bully myself a bit into keeping motivated!

For Art...
1) Finish a big piece of art that is worthy of making prints of.
2) Do more backgrounds.
3) Attempt more action illustrations with characters.
4) Attempt a short sequential of some sort.

For Life...
1) Consider joining a club of some sort. Art, or something.
2) Find an apartment in Denver.
3) Find a job easily commuted to from said apartment.
4) Put myself out there. Stop letting the past keep me back.

For Every Day...
1) Schedule classwork and leisure as diligently as I have other things.
2) Remember to recognize things to be grateful for.
3) Say a kind word to a stranger.
4) Stay happy.

--Kate

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SOME OF MY LOVIES!
:iconlupinsansei: :iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten: :iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconpariahsdream: :iconblitterbug: :iconren52: :iconochrejelly: :icondanhowardart: :iconkendre:

THE PE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently!




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Weekly Private Exchange Feature


I'm a proud member of Private Exchange, run by Brianne Goetz brianne333 . Unfortunately, I'm a highly distractable member as well. To counteract the sincere Lame of that, I will be featuring an artwork by a PE member, done for PE, in this little spot each week.

This week's featured PE art!
"Cowgirl Ylla" for Ylla by purplerebecca
PE - Cowgirl Ylla by purplerebecca

Past weeks:
Oct '06 Weekly Rounds - Athair for Kendre by emoxic
PE Round 59 - Mocambo for Yorufukagawa by myre




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Three random lovelies:
a wallpaper -- Forest Glade by sketchling
an artisan craft -- The evolution of the sponge, 2 by Frost-indri
a gouache and watercolor painting -- Antique Matchboxes by Krats



Recommended artist of the week:
:thumb69931355:  :thumb60892486:  :thumb27227305:
These are acrylic paintings. ja5on is a superb example of a hyperrealism painting, but there's not just straight realistic depiction to his paintings. There is a liquidity to his work. Go full view everything in his gallery and see what I mean.




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Wisdom
Love someone as if you should have done it years ago.








What's Kate listening to?
I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM!
  • Listening to: &quot;The Salmon Dance&quot;/The Chemical Brothers
  • Reading: javascript, with intent to make trouble
  • Watching: Pushing Daisies(!!!), Life, Chuck
  • Playing: Aboideau, Unavisi, various evil
  • Eating: buttermilk biscuits-chicken-veggies box thing
  • Drinking: white cranberry peach juice
Tam got me a subscription. YOU LOCO TAMBO. :heart: anyway, sunshine. Therefore, there are thumbs! This is, uhh, a few days late.

In other news, I'm on holiday right now. Hoowah! Fall '07 was my second semester as a sophomore, since I had to drop back in the spring semester due to a mess of health issues. Usually I'd be headed off for some place else, Texas or California or somesuch, about now to spend time with family. But this year I opted to stay home and relax and I'm glad I did. I need the time to regroup before I bust into the spring semester and all the fun-joy that is classwork and commuting again.

--Kate

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SOME OF MY LOVIES!
:iconlupinsansei: :iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten: :iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconpariahsdream: :iconblitterbug: :iconren52: :iconochrejelly: :icondanhowardart: :iconkendre:

THE PE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently!




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Weekly Private Exchange Feature


I'm a proud member of Private Exchange, run by Brianne Goetz brianne333 . Unfortunately, I'm a highly distractable member as well. To counteract the sincere Lame of that, I will be featuring an artwork by a PE member, done for PE, in this little spot each week.

This week's featured PE art!
"Athair" by emoxic



Past weeks:
PE Round 59 - Mocambo by myre




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Three random lovelies:
   The pheonix by xtoratoratorax   I'm smoking clouds by brokenheartdisease



Recommended artist of the week:
SVerykios-Paintings who made 1996 P by SVerykios-Paintings and other lovely things!




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Wisdom
You haven't seen your everything yet. Keep looking.








What's Kate listening to?
I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM!
  • Listening to: &quot;Make It Right&quot; -- The May Fire
  • Reading: javascript, with intent to make trouble
  • Watching: Pushing Daisies(!!!), Life, Chuck
  • Playing: Aboideau, Unavisi, various evil
  • Eating: stuffed rigatoni
  • Drinking: hot apple cider, with brown sugar'n butter
This is not a proper journal entry. It will probably get either replaced or edited later tonight but right now I'm feeling fidgety and can't focus on any one thing (known to normal people as being hyper)!

So. Yeah. I just wanted to say: GEEEEEZ do I ever love the new gallery organization options! Have you guys TRIED these? If you haven't, YOU SHOULD.

Watch the video here: news.deviantart.com/article/37… to figure out what's going on if you're confused.

Man, this just appeals to my whimsy-OCD on so many levels that Super Mario could never hope to move his little pixel butt past!

In other news, the glitch that tosses things that DON'T go in Manga/Anime categories INTO the Manga/Anime categories no matter how you battle it? Is attacking my gallery. It seems to spawn from the Drawing&Illustration>Drawing>Fantasy selection.

...also, they misspelled "sorcery" as "scorcery". I should submit a bug report on that...

Here's some random stuff I think you should check out:
missing.you. by socialrunaway7
Vein by sveltetwo
weaker by manmadeofjam

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»»»»»»¤¤¤¤¤¤ Weekly Private Exchange Feature ¤¤¤¤¤¤««««««

I'm a proud member of Private Exchange, run by Brianne Goetz brianne333 . Unfortunately, I'm a highly distractable member as well. To counteract the sincere Lame of that, I will be featuring an artwork by a PE member, done for PE, in this little spot each week.

This week's featured PE art!
PE Round 59 - Mocambo by myre


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SOME OF MY LOVIES!
:iconlupinsansei: :iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten: :iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconpariahsdream: :iconblitterbug: :iconren52: :iconochrejelly: :icondanhowardart: :iconkendre:

THE PE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently!

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What's Kate listening to?
I like good music, you should too. Check out my eclecticism and build your own at Last.FM!
  • Listening to: &quot;Fleur de Saison&quot; -- Emilie Simon
  • Reading: CSS code up the wazoo, ugh
  • Watching: 6FeetUnder, PushingDaisies, Life, Chuck
  • Playing: Aboideau, Unavisi, various evil
  • Eating: sundried tomato &amp; basil wheat thins
  • Drinking: hot apple cider, with brown sugar'n butter
October17th: I really just don't submit the good stuff. I really don't. Maybe cuz I feel like none of my good stuff is finished or something anyone else would want to see. Or maybe I'm just stingy.

...I should really work on my website, that's what.

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Original August entry...

Okay. I just got through emptying my deviantART message box of 400+ comments, +favs, and +watches. There were things in there from 2004! BAD KATE! I tried to respond to all (non-vapid) comments from now back through mid 2006, respond to all watches since the start of 2006 (that weren't dead accounts by now), and respond to anyone who either both +fav'd and +watched at the same time, or +fav'd multiple things in one go since the start of 2006.

...I should NEVER let that happen again. Holy cannoli, Batman.

I still need to go through my gallery and fix a lot of captions/descriptions, and I scrapped a lot of stuff. Though, lot of good that does, since dA now has a glitch that marks post-submission scrapped deviations as part of your main gallery instead of your scrap bin. Grrrr.

The other thing I need to get better about, obviously, is submitting stuff. Goodness gracious but I'm bad about that! I suppose part of the issue is that I want my gallery to be more representative of me, and if I submitted everything I do, it wouldn't be. On the other hand, the things that ARE representative of me tend to be either things I'm not comfortable sharing, things I feel are incomplete, or things I feel could be improved upon.

I suppose I could submit my scribbles and such as scraps, or spam my own gallery with character reference sheets (which, no, I don't feel represent me very well). I don't know. Any thoughts anyone?


AND NOW I LEAVE YOU WITH LINKING...
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:iconjavadoodle: -- Mel is a superb artist! You're almost guaranteed to find something to love in her gallery. She's been going to an art-oriented school lately and doing fantastic, and I'm so proud of her. Cheers, sug!

:iconravekitten: -- Kat. K@. Hehe. Kat might not have much to show off in her gallery, but I assure you she's got a lot to show. Her webcam is updated now and then with cynically humorous outtakes of WWII-era images, a series called "why the 40's owned". Plus, Kat's generally a grand ol' gal in terms of friendly and fun and good to know.

:iconlupinsansei: -- Tamara is currently in transition, but heavens above, I love her and couldn't go without sharing that :heart: here. Tambooooooooooooooooooo! XD My favorite partner in crime these days, who has helped me regain a lot of the old creativity and productivity I thought I might have lost for good.

:iconbrianne333: -- Brianne is a freaktabulous artist as well, and she does commissions time to time that are totally worth your moolah! Also one of my sweeties, and a remarkable person whom I continually find new reasons to respect and adore. Also, the person I heartily blame for the fact that Unavisi inundate my addiction-scratching art...

Velut Luna -- The website for the Matihao Whenua group, their art and projects, and who knows what else to come! I designed the layout some time ago and have been hosting them for a while (I recently moved the darlings to my new domain). I adore these girls, the Matihao Whenua and all things related, and you really should check it out! Velut Luna belongs to Javadoodle , ravekitten , Ren52, and brianne333

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I recommend :iconmajnouna: for a collection of great tutorials on various subjects. Her "Artist's Guide to Human Types" series has been featured as a DD before, I think, and is truly helpful! Also check out the addendum to that series, as well as her guide to human expressions, guide to the human body, an express guide to the human body, a couple guides to drawing animals, a series on birds, how to draw arabesque elements, colour theory in a nutshell, a tutorial on drawing asian dragons, and you can bet she'll make more in time to come! If you find the tutorials helpful, there are frequently giant prints of them available, or you can just buy the book collection of them! I will also mention that Joumana is simply a very nice person and I enjoy watching her endeavors and talking to her from time to time.

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RANDOM JUNK FOR THIS UPDATE

The RGB Color Calculator - HTML Color HEX Code Generator -- This has been one of my most faithful and favorite toys for several years now. Basically, it's a fast and easy way to find web-safe/happy color codes. You can play with the calculator by clicking the RGB (red/green/blue) or HSV (hue/saturation/value) buttons, or you can just click "SAMPLES" and run your cursor over examples of many colors, click one, and get the code. Useful for when you're coding html junk!

Wildcast -- Kim Wolhuter is a dedicated filmmaker working in Africa to document the wildlife that has enchanted us for so long. Here he shares video, commentary, and near daily information on the wilderness and animals he lives among, chronicling lives he follows often from start to finish. There is remarkable and gorgeous and even heartbreaking footage here, and Kim invites you to see it all and interact with him. Free.

I Want One Of Those! -- Dangerous to visit if you're prone to the concept of its title. Ohhhh man. Yup.

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SOME OF MY LOVIES!
:iconlupinsansei: :iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten: :iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconpariahsdream: :iconblitterbug: :iconren52: :iconochrejelly: :icondanhowardart: :iconkendre:

THE PE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently!

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What's Kate listening to?
Check it out at Last.FM!
  • Listening to: &quot;How Can It Be&quot; -- Forever Thursday
  • Reading: the spanish portion of food labels
  • Watching: Pan's Labyrinth in spare moments
  • Playing: Aboideau
  • Eating: York peppermint patties!
  • Drinking: iced Arizona green tea w/ ginseng &amp; honey
Life went bonkers. I'm dealing and figuring things out.

I haven't uploaded much to this gallery in a long time. I still art constantly, but most of the finished pieces I produce just haven't made it up here, and I'm too lazy to bother uploading unfinished things. I will try to submit stuff more often.

You may (or may not) have noticed that I've been scrapping a ton of stuff today, and editing the notes on several things. I am scrapping things that are no longer representative of my artistic style or of my personal self, or which simply don't appeal to me any longer. I didn't delete anything, because I occasionally like looking back at the past...what, about five years, right? And seeing how I've developed and progressed. Still, scrapping a ton.

I have about 360 messages in my deviantbox right now. 255 +fav/friendings, 104 comments. These go back well into over a year ago, possibly longer. Dammit. I haven't deleted them because there's some I want to respond to still, believe it or not. I'll have to work on that.

I have been removing a lot of people from my watches. Some of them have left dA, some just stopped producing work I enjoyed, and some just submitted too much CRAP versus their occasional submission of really good stuff. I've also added a few people to my watch. I will probably continue to cull the list though, as there's usually about 10 submissions added to my deviation-watch per day, and I can't keep up giving them the attention I want to. Honestly, the other day I had over 900 deviations in the queue and that just couldn't go on.

I am working on building a serious website for myself. It's taking a while because I want it to look good and want it completely ready before I upload it to the domain.

I've been doing a couple commissions when I can lately. I'm slow and probably frustrating, so I've only accepted them quietly from people who know me and are prepared to deal with my...tedious and distractable nature. I am trying hard to finish them, and it's a test for me.

The last year has made me see a lot of things I flat-out did NOT want to admit to myself. Some family things, some things about myself, some things about other people, and some things about life. I've "lost" some people I counted as friends for a long time, but it seems to have been for the better. At least for me. At the same time, I've gained new friends, some of whom I feel even closer to than most in my past. To those who've stuck with me, and who I've felt comfortable enough with to stick with myself, thank you so much.

I'm going to leave you with some links to other deviant artists and outside websites. Just for kicks, eh?

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:iconjavadoodle: -- Mel is a superb artist! You're almost guaranteed to find something to love in her gallery. She's been going to an art-oriented school lately and doing fantastic, and I'm so proud of her. Cheers, sug!

:iconravekitten: -- Kat. K@. Hehe. Kat might not have much to show off in her gallery, but I assure you she's got a lot to show. Her webcam is updated now and then with cynically humorous outtakes of WWII-era images, a series called "why the 40's owned". Plus, Kat's generally a grand ol' gal in terms of friendly and fun and good to know.

:iconlupinsansei: -- Tamara is currently in transition, but heavens above, I love her and couldn't go without sharing that :heart: here. Tambooooooooooooooooooo! XD My favorite partner in crime these days, who has helped me regain a lot of the old creativity and productivity I thought I might have lost for good.

:iconbrianne333: -- Brianne is a freaktabulous artist as well, and she does commissions time to time that are totally worth your moolah! Also one of my sweeties, and a remarkable person whom I continually find new reasons to respect and adore.

Velut Luna -- The website for the Matihao Whenua group, their art and projects, and who knows what else to come! I designed the layout some time ago and have been hosting them for a while (I recently moved the poor darlings to my new domain). I adore these girls, the Matihao Whenua and all things related, and you really should check it out! Velut Luna belongs to Javadoodle , ravekitten , Ren52, and brianne333

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I recommend :iconmajnouna: for a collection of great tutorials on various subjects. Her "Artist's Guide to Human Types" series has been featured as a DD before, I think, and is truly helpful! Also check out the addendum to that series, as well as her guide to human expressions, guide to the human body, an express guide to the human body, a couple guides to drawing animals, a series on birds, how to draw arabesque elements, colour theory in a nutshell, a tutorial on drawing asian dragons, and you can bet she'll make more in time to come! If you find the tutorials helpful, there are frequently giant prints of them available, or you can just buy the book collection of them! I will also mention that Joumana is simply a very nice person and I enjoy watching her endeavors and talking to her from time to time.

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My current favorite webcomics (I read several):

Gone With the Blastwave -- crazy humor and a nifty art style, a war that is very ambiguous and seems more like a video game than life, and dropping tanks off tall buildings onto the enemy! Totally awesome.

and

Lackadaisy -- You've probably seen this one around. It's the gin-runnin', swing-funky, adorably maniacal adventures of :icontracyjb:'s precious talking kitties (of doom!).

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SOME OF MY LOVIES!
:iconlupinsansei: :iconjavadoodle: :iconravekitten: :iconren52: :iconbrianne333: :iconlady-silvercat: :iconpariahsdream: :iconochrejelly: :icondanhowardart: :iconkendre:

THE PE ( :heart: )
Captain --> :iconbrianne333: -- go to her journal to see a list of who is in PE currently!
My dA journal thingy is being stupid. Please ignore this entry until I update again.

The Deluge of Enthusiastic Insanity

Mon Nov 7, 2005, 5:28 PM
Arr, mateys. Been a while, eh?

Okay, if you read the comments on my page, you may have noticed that I just joined the PE. Yay! I'm quite thoroughly inebriated with joy over this - and some anxiety. But anxiety - as my close darlings know - makes me very productive.

The PE consists of roughly over a hundred artists, I think, and you see their work frequently posted with mention of the group on dA. They are a beautiful, friendly, family-like bunch who I've admired for some time.

I look forward to my first round of participation in their exchanges. "Oh boy oh boy oh boy!" as my puppy would say.

College is going great. I'm the top student in two of my classes (Psych, EnviSci) despite not being an enthusiast of the subjects. We're completeing midterms (as of my last exam tomorrow in WoRegGeography) and will soon be moving on to finals. Oohhhhh, boy. Fun. I won't have to take one final, because I am the top student, but haha, I'm not looking forward to the Geography final...

Christmas presents are going out. Some of you may have already gotten yours, and some of you may have been notified that yours is on the way, and some of you may be thinking: "Did she forget me?!" I did not. But shopping for some of you is difficult when you don't have wishlists. If you're a buddy of mine, leave me a link to stuff you want, dammit! I don't care if you do it privately or publicly. Mwah.

I want to squee properly over my darlings at ShadowStar. You rock my world, chickadees, and keep me creatively-generatin'. SQUEE. There, don't laugh.

Has anyone ever heard of Dollfies? Oof, I'm gettin' slightly obsessed with them as time goes on. They're basically extremely detailed ball-jointed dolls - THAT COST A FORTUNE. Just go to Google and look up "dollfies" and you'll see what I mean. My favorite site right now is the one that links to all the top suppliers: www.gigglegeek.dk/bjd.htm

NaNoWriMo is going to eat me alive. Don't know what NaNo is? www.nanowrimo.org

Okay. I think I'm done babbling. Wish me luck in this month's insanity!

--Kate N.Y.

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Places you should go!
= the official website of the Matihao Whenua clan and associated creatures, built by me, and owned and run by Javadoodle, ren52, ravekitten and brianne333 :heart:

Visit :iconbrianne333: to see a list of PE members!
  • Listening to: "Banjo Boy" -- Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand
  • Reading: "Tithe" by Holly Black
  • Watching: Witchblade (again!)
Remarkably, it has been over a year since I last posted a journal entry. Shame on me, yes, I know.

A lot has happened. I graduated from high school, panicked all summer, and just last week, found out I was accepted to Metro State College of Denver. I will be a full-time student there on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but there won't be any art classes this semester.

I have been webdesigning a great deal these past few months for both money and fun. One project that I'm particularly proud of is the website I built and host for my buddies, Javadoodle, ravekitten, and ren52. I think brianne333 just joined them. You can see much cool art and read nifty stuff there. Here is a banner...



Also! Please take the time to check out some awesome dAmn channels (that is, chat rooms), such as the following...

The Designers Lounge - A place for designers of graphic, web, or other nature. Get inspired, get help, or get some fun time. This chat looks forward to every visitor!

- A place for digital artists of all kinds to discuss their work, improve on it, and learn new tricks of the trade. I love most of the people who visit here and would be happy to see more of you.

Also visit DigitalMedia, a highly active chat with lots of cool people of many talents.

Much :heart: for all of my folks out there, many thanks to all of you who've watched, favorited, or commented, and many many thanks to those of you who keep coming back.

Be good ya'll.

--Kate N.Y.
  • Watching: Pulp Fiction