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    I have seen a lot of artwork since I've joined the art community way back in 2005. I've been here for about 12 years, and have two accounts. It hasn't been till recently that I decide to take the plunge and become more active in the community. I suffered from confidence issues and self-esteem problems. I think a lot of artists do at some point. Often I feel they are afraid to be labeled as hacks when they work so hard to promote themselves or become better at what they do. One day I would like to learn how to become better at digital art, myself. My larger focus seems to still hold true to traditional art: graphite and colored pencil. I focus a lot on physical mediums like fabrics for sewing costumes and cosplays, quilting or home decor. This year I plan to make my own ornaments for my tree. I often feel people would label me a hack for the lack of evidence on DA of my work when the simplest of issues are at work here. I lack a camera or a scanner, or in this case, I'm about to lose my last computer. I've been so poor for so long, and I tend to focus on keeping a roof over my head that my art or exposure suffers as a result of it.

    One thing I have been working on is improving my writing. Reading about grammar and writing, and working on my story manual while pulling my plot together on a timeline. I'm hoping to finally write and finish this idea for a story that I've had since I was in 6th grade. I know I have a long road ahead of me, I'm probably not going to post it here since I plan on publishing it later down the road. I will at one point need feedback so when I get to a certain point I may look for beta readers. On another hand, I am also working on updating character concept art and I want to finish mapping an area I'm currently working in out. I have a group named WritersResources where I have been posting articles and sites that have been helping me. I want to share it with others because for so long I wanted to write and had no confidence to do it, I hope to inspire others to keep plugging along and leave me as the cautionary tale of what not to do. 

    Many a family member and friends see my works and I am encouraged to sell things, commission work and expose myself more. I live in a really small community where everyone does this and hardly anyone makes money at it. I live in a community that "promotes small business" openly but in reality, does everything it can to stunt it. I've seen so many businesses fail out here because the local government did not want them. One example is a tattoo shop that was run out of town, the city forced them to move 5 times in the span of a year. He painted the side of his 1st building to advertise and at this point in time it was legal but the city council pushed a code/law out despite him so his business was taken from him later as a result. :/ Lame. Another one is a skate shop that has been bumped around since I was in high school, I've lost count on how many times they moved. 

    Despite all this, I still have hope that my local art community stays strong. I would like to one day join their ranks as a booth owner at the art and crafts fair. If anyone has advice on how to become a self-employed artisan I'm willing to listen and take it to heart. Suggestions are welcome from anyone. As for my issues with lacking digital resources, I'm not sure as to what to do at this point. I'm all ears for suggestions.

    So to switch gears a bit here are some of my artworks. My very best in my opinion. (Shameless self-promotion.)

Artisan Crafts:

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Traditional Art: Graphite- Lineart Concept and Artworks

    




Digital Art: Buttons and Badges

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Artists That Inspire Me:

The Wheel of Fortune by shizen1102  CM: Ri Nirka by shizen1102 
Sacrifice by wlop   Ruler by wlop  Guard by wlop
hades and persephone 1 by sandara  hades and persephone 2 by sandara
The marquise and marquis by TheBrassGlass  Art trade - Amatus by TheBrassGlass
Decorated shield close-up by CathleenTarawhiti  Little Church, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand by CathleenTarawhiti

Friends who inspire me with their hard work, whether it be writing, artwork, or crafts!

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OtakuAlice45 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you can make things work, seems like you have quite a bit of talent already :D

I guess as far as suggestions, I do a bit of stuff with digital art and I use the free programs firealpaca and medibang paint pro. They are essentially the same program. My sister likes firealpaca better for her wacom drawing tablet, but I use a mouse so they seem similar to me aside from one or two brushes or settings which sometimes end up in both programs after updates. The brushes are pretty customizable and you can make some of your own brushes too...then it's just experimentation on how you'll get it to work for you, at least that's how it is for me. I'm still constantly trying new things on my programs and sometimes I create random pieces by messing with layer settings, color settings, and different brushes.
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your suggestions, I'll check them out. I usually just mess around with gimp or photoshop. I'm getting away from photoshop now though. They are getting ridiculously expensive. I still prefer traditional art anyway. I heard photoshop is doing things now where they own a portion of your work and can cash in on it. :/ Lame it's already expensive as it is to buy it and the membership they just imposed is ridiculous too. Seems like a bunch of bs to me. Although I could have gotten bad information.
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OtakuAlice45 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think the programs I mentioned really stand up to photoshop but they work well enough for what I need, I mean they are free programs. They do have line correction though (I haven't used photoshop in a couple years but I recall someone saying it didn't have that). What I don't like about them is that sometimes transforming things makes the lines a bit blurry and that there isn't much in the way of fonts since the text applies more to Japanese, but I found ways around this using other programs to input text when I need to. I've also heard good things about clip studio paint too. It isn't free, but I think it's cheaper than photoshop.
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome thank you again.
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CathleenTarawhiti Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Professional Photographer
Hi, thanks for the feature :)
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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jonwassing Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Your hometown sounds frustrating. Hope you find what you’re looking for, electronically and in real life! 
Thanks for the mention, I appreciate it. :wave:
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I guess that's what happens when you have a crap mayor who embezzles money and takes bribes. (Its how business stay in business down here. Kind of like a shut your mouth thing about it). Everyone knows he does it. I'm glad he's finally retiring though. Hopefully, we will get someone honest in, and we can solve the bankruptcy issues this county is facing.
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jonwassing Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose you guys don’t have a rail to run him out of town on? :lol: I know a thing or two about corrupt mayors, hopefully this next one is better! 
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahah I wish. People are literally so jaded here the sit on the hands. He bought a gt Porsche and no one can explain where the money came from. In a small town, he wouldn't make enough to buy one. lol He outs himself all the time. Anyway, there is an election here soon so we will see! Too bad we can't hang people for that kind of behavior. XD
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JesusFreakBlue Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Aww!!! I REALLY hope you can get the digital resources you need. Your drawings are PHENOMENAL! I LOVE them! The little Assassin's Creed symbol is so pretty, and your lines on the royal guard are so clear and precise- it looks amazing! And I absolutely ADORE the ring! Forgive me for never taking a look at your gallery! I really hope you can continue in your arts- all of them! I'd love to see more of your writing, drawings, and jewelry. 

And thanks for the mention Fluttershy blush  
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahah I hope I do too. I was thinking about doing a Patreon, but I'm not sure if anyone would even look at it. I know a lot of people use it like a Kickstarter for funding, but I feel like I might not deserve it. Most people on here who watch or friend me mostly talk with me, I don't think they actually watch the art, but that's okay too. I like having people to talk too about art or life with, which is most important to me. I'm kind of curious though how many actually do look at my gallery. I'm always looking at other people stuff, even if its hard to get to everyone at times. I notice my journals never really get responses to them, so that kind of tells me I'm mostly posting for myself for storage. Which is fine too. 

Don't feel bad okay! There is so much online here on DA it's practically impossible to see everything!

No problem! I really appreciate our new friendship. I'm glad to have met you! I like your poems and writing style. You do a great job, that kind of hard work and devotion needs attention! It's something I admire about you. Another thing would be your courage like I was stating on your status update from the school event! Public speaking is hard.
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JesusFreakBlue Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Well, you'll never really know until you try. Have you ever thought about selling your craft stuff online? Like on Etsy? My sister likes to buy stuff off Etsy in particular all the time, and I'm certain there would be people interested in your craft. Does Patreon have some kind of prize system? Where you can give people things for pledging certain amounts of money? Maybe you can take art commissions if people donate/pledge a certain amount. IDK, just a few thoughts I had. I think that you deserve to be recognized and that people would definitely be interested in your work- I know I am!

I'm really glad I met you, too! You're very encouraging, and it's really helped me considering the crap I've been dealing with at school. You're very kind, and I greatly admire the passion you have for the arts! You're a light in this community!
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Patreon does offer a tiered reward system, I'm just not sure what I would offer, though, or what anyone would be interested in. I actually have an Esty account but its a buyer account. I was going to sell on there but my friends discouraged me from doing so, saying that the site was so flooded you won't be able to sell things on there, or things like you can't really make money on that kind of site. Seems counter-intuitive to the original advice of selling my work huh? Besides those that were interested in my work, usually didn't want to spend the money on it. I wasn't even asking for very much on a lot of things. I did alterations and costumes for friends and a lot of them expected me to buy the fabric and make it for free for them. :/ So it's weird how the same crew of people would often encourage you but want to not support you the way they should. I often started giving things away for free after awhile just so I could get my name out there. It's been tough. I want to eventually be able to afford to buy fabric in bulk and make dresses and fashion. The Swan Lake beaded top, I made that from a hand drafted pattern (took two weeks of tweaking and math/measuring), I did all of it and everything including the beading. You don't want to know how much it cost to make. XD
I got offered $25.00 For it. I spent about $80 on materials and that was looking for bargains and sales like clearance.

Thank you! If you ever need to talk I'm here. I've been through high school and all that crap, my faith, and religion managed to stay intact where most of my friends had not. I honestly think that's what helped a lot. Is having something to anchor yourself into. Even if its, not a higher power, having something to hold on to is important. As for advice on certain situations, I've had about 8 years to reflect on how not to do things, and how I could have done things better. So if I can help someone, that would be awesome!

Thank you again!
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JesusFreakBlue Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Ah, I see. That's a shame :( but would you ever open up commissions for your drawings here on DeviantArt? There's the monetary system here on DA, but I don't know if you would face the same issues with that as on Etsy, especially considering how many people have commissions and how expensive they tend to be. I'd pay what I can (which isn't very much), but it's just another thought. I'm very interested, if you ever do.

NP :)
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll give it a thought. I have to do some research. I just put a print out of my Assasin logo to test something. Artists lose out a lot. For a $70 item, you only receive $9 of it. I know they print it for you and send it, but wow. :/ I wonder if the UPS store down the street would do prints cheaper. They have a system to do most sizes out here. Quality is nice too. Even Walmart does some neat prints. As for canvas nope. 
I'll have to research it a bit and see if its worth it. I'm going to ask my husband on this as well and see what he thinks. he's been encouraging me to do commissions again.
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JesusFreakBlue Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Wow, seriously? That's really lame. I hope you can figure something out. 
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I just had my husband look at it and he says you can do it yourself through a nearby company in SLC and ship it for less than DA charges for most things.
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