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There were a total of 29 amazing entries for the feature! They ranged from photography to writing to drawing deviations! You guys are so amazing, and thank you for participating in this small holiday event of mine! :iconbrohugplz:


DIGITAL ART


Lady Winter by Jessica-Prando snow by stealthyguncow
AoH: Winter's Coming by winnietehpoohie Nimiel - Snow by Crimi-yaoi
Nix by Vyndicare Snowflake by ah-bao
Silver Lining by maRchxhaRe Snowing by WitTea
Gift for Nik by kawaiithug Winter by scribblywish
Basil by nepheloid A fairy's birth by amumaju
Snow by immuni The Cold Throne by Acaciathorn
Nest at Crystal Falls by Marcelo-C-C-Filho Gift by yayoiakikawa
Snowflakes by Meishali It's Cold Today... by Sadbloom
12.21.13 by luciferousLimner
Snow by 1PokemonPrincess When The Saints Come Marching In by Persephonica



TRADITIONAL ART


~Tis the Season~ (OC leo) by winter3211 Day 19 - Silence by silverz777

PHOTOGRAPHY


Let it snow by Blossom-Lullabies Contest entry!! by ComputerSmiles

LITERATURE


Reminder of the Past He could feel the coming of winter with the tip of his tongue. The first sign of its arrival tasted like metal: sharp, powerful, and bitter. So bitter it made his tear-stained face numb and blood-tinted lips dry. Snow gave different impression, however; it was soft and mellow, like a hand that embraced you while you stood alone trying to make do of what happened. Its sweetness lingered hours after its passing, warming you from the strands of your hair to the tip of your toes.
 He laughed; a croaking, hollow laugh that echoed into darkness. He hated it. Winter… Winter had the power to remind him of time long past: a time of innocence, a time of glory, and a time when the right option, lead to the tragic end. He was powerless to stop its spell; like the wind itself, winter was a bitter and unstoppable reminder of shed tears and blood. Tears and blood of the brave, of the pure and of the devoted. Tears and blood of those who believed in him. He whimpered. There were time



The collection of snow features folder have been featured on my front page as well <3

Raffle time!


Honestly, all the entries were so amazing, I'll submitted them all for the raffles! <3
Prizes two 3-month premium memberships, three headshots, and a bunch of sketches

WINNERS


3-month Memberships
:iconiviernu:
:iconcrimi-yaoi:

Headshots
:iconmarchxhare:
:iconimmuni:
:iconbistraja:

Sketches
:iconsadbloom:
:iconmeishali:
:iconacaciathorn:
:iconjessica-prando:
:iconwinnietehpoohie:
:iconvindicare:
:iconscribblywish:
:iconsilverz777:
:iconwalkingnorth:
:iconblossom-lullabies:
:iconluciferouslimner:


TO WINNERS: Please note me with your request and links to any references! <3

I hope everyone has a great winter season and holiday!

Update: Thank you for all the AMAZING and lovely submissions! This gallery <3 Raffle results will be posted soon!

Hi everyone! :heart:

So my donation pool is nearing 1,000 points, and I've also just past 10,000 watchers wow @_@, so I thought I'd hold a little themed features/minicontest for my watchers mixed with raffles mixed with some art for all you awesome people who've been so supportive over the years. Living down here in "sunny" Southern California means no snow, so I'm really missing that snow! (I went to uni on the east coast, where we actually had seasons, ACTUAL SEASONS!! no way amirite)

Theme: Snow
Deadline: (Closed) December 22 midnight.



Pretty broad! All you gotta do is comment here with a link to a deviation you've submitted (after November 1st 2013, so it has to be something new) that has snow/somehow related to snow. Could be any category! (But please original artwork/writing/creations!) You can submit things you've done for groups, other contests, secret santas, whatever! :la: (Limit is one submission per person)

There's no minimum effort requirement, but if I can't tell that it's snow then sorry, doesn't count. xD

This is really just for fun and maybe a bit of creative incentive? I'm not offering super amazing/expensive prizes, haha.

If I've gotten your submission, I'll fav it, putting it in this gallery (so please check here if you're not sure whether you've submitted it successfully!).

Prizes


:star: All submissions will be featured.
:star: Just by submitting something, you'll be put in a raffle to win a headshot artwork from me :heart:
:star: If you put a lot of effort into it (I'll only judge by comparing it to uploaded stuff in your gallery, not technical skill level or other submissions) or a lot of thought/creativity, you'll be specially featured. I'll limit this to around uh, 10-20 people? (if there are even that many submissions haha) - you'll be put into a raffle to win something out of: two headshots, some sketches, and two 3-month premium memberships from me (or the points equivalent - hopefully, I'll be able to get in on a holiday sales and get those 3-month prems turned into 6-month prems) (you can only win once)
Thank you again! ;u;

After taking a break after finishing all my commissions, I have decided to open commissions again but with extremely limited slots and no waiting list so I don't get bogged down with a long backlog, like before. This means commissions will be done faster and prevent me from taking on too much at one time!


This journal will have slots and commissions progress. There is no waiting list.
Commission Types | Terms of Service

Slots are not necessarily first come first serve, so please fill out the note with your character pic/link/description so I get an idea of what I'd be drawing if I accept!


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Slots


[Headshot]
1. ...


[CG]
1. :iconvaniraa: P2
CG1 | Status: Done!
CG2 (couple) | Status: WIP2 shown; Sketching 95% Done

2. :iconskonzz: P1 Rain | Status: Sketching 10%

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At the moment, PAYPAL is the only acceptable form of payment. (However, if you are really desperate and want to use check/snail mail, you can ask me about it.)
Oct 17, 2013 update: After I take a look at someone's submission and I note someone with my edits, I usually upload the edit to my personal sta.sh. What I would appreciate is a reply after the submitter reads my note and looked over the edits I uploaded, so I can remove the image from my sta.sh to make room for other things. I am not looking for eternal gratitude or some kind of life-changing epiphany, just a response! (Most of the submitters so far have been really great, so this doesn't apply to you guys at all!)

Oct 2, 2013 update: Hey guys! Sorry for the trouble! Everything is fixed C: I switched to a different submit box, and I tested it while logged in and anon/logged out. You can also submit links (click submit link!).

Hi everyone!

I made a poll about this several weeks ago.
Well, now Vtas Redlining Agency is ready to take submissions! :"D

For this, I will be using the Tumblr framework, because I think it will be a lot more easier for me to organize submissions there.
:star: You do not need a tumblr account to submit!
:star: Everything you submit will be private unless you tell me it's ok to publicize.
:star: I will notify you on dA if you are picked - so you don't have to keep checking the tumblr account.

I am very busy and will only look at 1-2 submissions every week. Since you might end up finishing an artwork you submitted a long time ago, feel free to submit as many times as you want. I will only look at your most recent submission.

If you are chosen, you cannot submit again for 1 month.
(Please give others a chance!)

Please do not submit if you think you will have trouble accepting critique.

Read the guide & submit here!



If you have any other questions not answered by the guide, feel free to note me or comment here C:

OC Masterlist

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 20, 2013, 8:20 PM
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Updated as of Sept. 2013
All content below is copyrighted and belong to me (vtas) and other owners.


[UNAFFILIATED CHARACTERS]
Character designs for original stories unaffiliated with any dA groups or RP groups. Click on their names to find out more!


Ilien Arch Bishop Outfit by vtas
Ilien d'Emriel (♂) A young archbishop from Venoa, Lorencia, whose meteoric rise gave voice to many rumors about his abilities.


[RP-GROUP CHARACTERS]


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[AVAILABLE] The following characters are available for RP and generally belong to active or semi-active groups.
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AoH S5: Kaeddyn - Journey by vtas #Academy of Heroes
Kaeddyn (♂) A mischievous, sometimes sadistic, Shadow Arts specialist constantly searching for ancient knowledge.

AOH: S5 Julian reference sheet by vtas #Academy of Heroes
Julian von Einrichson (♂) A charming gardener-creature-tamer substitute teacher.

GC Char +Teaser+ by vtas #Grimm Chronicles
Ikanus (♂) The youngest son, a half-swan, half-human prince based on the Grimm's Fairytale "The Six Swans."


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[INACTIVE] The following characters no longer belong to these groups (due to revamps or other reasons) but the groups are still active.
===

Red Sun by vtas #DA Fantasia
Azael (♂) A sarcastic and cynical Blood Elf merchant from Arcania in the magical artifacts trade.

Sacrament by vtas #PokePalace
Soleril (♂) The light-hearted and whimsical Reshiram-King of Pandemoria.


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[CLOSED/HIATUS] The following groups are either on long hiatus or closed.
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AMP: Saint-Laurent by vtas #Amplexion
Saint-Laurent (♀) The cold part-android mercenary leader of Diebeiden.

Rain by vtas #Chrysalice Chronicles
Rain (♀) A fun-loving spymistress and chemist working undercover with the Rebel faction.

Allard in Winter by vtas #Conchordia
Armand (Allard Renoir-Leroux) (♂) A quiet musical genius.

Mr. Friday by vtas #Null Asylum
Mr. Friday (Crown Faraday) (♂) A highly intelligent, yet psychopathic doctor locked in N/A.

Prayer by vtas #Order of Saints
Ilien (♂) A rebellious teenager learning the arts of Healing with a Phoenix familiar.

OC Eridian by vtas #Voleros Saga
Eridian (♂) The gentle political Advisor of Elavernis.




[OC COUPLES]
Couples created for original 'verses unaffiliated with any dA groups or RP groups. These do not have detailed backstory and were made for fun and for their designs.


Commission for Illycia by inma
Nocturne & Sonata (♂♀) Nocturne (vtas), a stoic young man, and Sonata (Illycia), a sweet, outgoing girl, are high school students from a dystopic future.

wishes by genki-de
Viola & Jeremiah (♀♂) Viola (vtas), a vampire unafraid of expressing her desires, and Jeremiah (genki-de), a demon with two personalities and a tendency to take things literally, form an unlikely romantic couple.


Featured: Kaeddyn l Ilien l Ikanus l Mr. Friday l Saint-Laurent l Azael l Rain

Artbook Sale

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 16, 2013, 12:11 AM
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Current status: *still available*


Selling very few left over copies with 2 FREE prints from me. There was only 1 run of this book, so get them while you can! I have 3 illustrations featured in this book (previews above). It's a collection of different original artwork from a variety of fantastic artists. The majority of the book consists of colored, full-page, illustrative spreads with 4 battle scenes (2-page spreads).


INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING AVAILABLE

PAYPAL ONLY

(though if you really want to do snailmail, we can talk about it.)




NECROMANCIA COLLECTIVE

Necromaquette photos!!! by Ponchounette  Necromancia: VERSUS preview by vtas Necromancia: Preview No. 1 by vtas Necromancia: Preview No. 2 by vtas


:iconazzedar-san::iconarhiee::iconharpiya::iconmizury::iconladamedepique::iconmarymaru::iconblizz-mii::iconeinlee::iconponchounette::iconkanzakivs::iconclearechoes::iconnarurinya::iconrisa1::iconcindiq::iconmiyukiko::iconblackbanshee80::iconbokurac::iconryuuka-nagare::iconvanrah::iconmau-acheron:

INFO

SIZE: A4
PAGES: 44
BINDING: Paperback Saddle-stitch
PRICE: $25/per book
SHIPPING: USA = $5; INTERNATIONAL (30% discount) = $10 (Shipping price stays the same for up to 3 books. USA shipping only comes with tracking number.)
GOODIES/EXTRAS: Each book comes with TWO FREE 8.5 x 11 prints or ONE FREE 11 x 17 print (will be folded around the book). You can pick your prints here: [link]
All Necromancia books have also been signed by me. You have the option of getting your free prints signed as well.

:star: If you wish to purchase additional prints (+$5 for every medium sized print, +$10 for every large sized print.), Shipping is the FREE for any prints purchased with the book.

ORDER FORM

Title your note "NECROMANCIA ARTBOOK"
Domestic/International?
Real Name & Paypal Email:

Address: (just in case)
# of Books:
Additional Prints: (list #numbers and size, or leave blank)
Free Prints: (# and size)
Signature: Y/N? (All artbooks are signed; Prints can be signed in shiny gold sharpie!)
TOTAL:

:bulletred: You will then receive my confirmation note about the total, with my Paypal email address.
:bulletred: You will get another note after I receive the payment to clear you for shipping.
:bulletred: Orders will be shipped about once a week. Your order will not be on the "to-ship" list until I receive full payment.



Featured: Kaeddyn l Ilien l Ikanus l Mr. Friday l Saint-Laurent l Azael l Rain

AX 2013 Table B1

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 16, 2013, 9:03 PM
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See you guys there!

Sharing a table with the lovely :iconillycia:

Here's a guide (based off ah-bao's notes):

(click for whole AA map)

I'll be selling some stuff you see in my gallery from last year and also a bunch of new prints, like:
-Game of Thrones
-Shingeki no Kyojin
-Supernatural
-new Avengers stuff
-Studio Ghibli
-art books



Featured: Kaeddyn l Ilien l Ikanus l Mr. Friday l Saint-Laurent l Azael l Rain

DD + how I get better at art

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 5, 2013, 2:46 PM
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Thank you!


Alter Ego by vtas

Thank you so much for suggesting it and to everyone who watch me/have featured my artwork! Your support means a lot to me and without dA, I wouldn't be a digital artist today, or have progressed so far from three years ago!

==

I want to take a moment also, to make a small recommendation: I've been speaking to some people recently and it seems that they subconsciously avoided copying works and didn't realize how helpful it would be to copy to improve their art. I get asked questions like "how did you improve so fast?" a lot, and here is the answer. This journal geared specifically towards copying-as-primary-use-for-learning, and not Ctrl+C someone's picture and Photoshop filtering, etc.

It seems to me, on dA in particular, witch-hunts and "calling out" on people who copy others' works happen constantly. I've seen the extremes many times, and have also read accusing comments on my paintings like "isn't that similar to so-and-so's work?" Thus, "copy" as a word automatically seems to hold intense stigma on this site. Yes, tracing and not attributing is wrong. But that doesn't mean you can't learn from tracing. Many professional artists also do things like "master copies" (www.florenceacademyofart.com/n… ) to learn. I've done a few myself (sta.sh/0x8af5rpjpl and sta.sh/01lp7bohhhzc ).

For all those budding artists or people who hope to improve, I want to say: Copying is the best and fastest way to learn, and I don't believe there is anything wrong in doing it. Copying has been the primary form of learning in traditional art/studies for hundreds of years. Apprentices copied their masters -- nobody thought that was a bad thing.

I freely admit to copying a lot. Mostly, I copy technique and digital coloring style. (People seem to be touchy about styles too, but everyone, even people with extremely distinct styles, had their style inspired from somewhere, or several somewhere's.) I read a great blog post about developing your own style (link when I can find it again). It concludes with something like: Your style is what you keep/the elements you remember after you copy hundreds of artists and imitated hundreds of different styles. What makes you unique is the result from mixing aspects of every style you like. I find that I improve a lot faster from not doing pure copying but rather, approaching the painting the same way, with the same style, but with an original concept.

So, I guess, my message is: Don't be afraid to copy. Don't be afraid of being accused of copying. Don't be afraid to list references; they don't diminish your work.

In high school, I went to private art lessons from a traditionally trained artist who had graduated from a traditional institution in China - her words about copying/tracing: If you place the final result (your piece), side by side with the original, and you can safely say that they are separate pieces of work, then what you've done can be called your own. (something like that, my Chinese translation skills are a bit rusty.) Look at Van Gogh!: www.redbubble.com/groups/paint…

Don't be afraid to post your results (even master copies, if you get permission from the artist, like this guy: fav.me/d4vzf3g ) and BE PROUD of what you have accomplished or how you have improved. If your work is too similar/obvious derivative, get permission from the original artist and credit them (I've done this before, and I can't imagine anyone who'd say "no").

The last two DDs I've received were of paintings I created when trying to learn from another artist's techniques; I'm a proud art student and proud to have created those works through "copying."

Whoops, that ended up longer than expected XD

Disclaimer: This applies to one process of learning how to draw better. I would not recommend copying for every piece you do. You may subconsciously limit your imagination/creativity too much from direct referencing.



Featured: Kaeddyn l Ilien l Ikanus l Mr. Friday l Saint-Laurent l Azael l Rain

AX los angeles 2013

Journal Entry: Mon May 13, 2013, 10:23 PM
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UPDATE 5/14: SPOTS FILLED! Thanks for all the interest!

A group of my friends booked a really nice Hilton about 20 min away from the convention. There is food within walking distance, and wifi. They still have spots for 2-3 people left (I believe you would share a queen sized bed with someone else) and it's pretty much all girls (so if you're a girl, you don't have to share with a guy or anything) - and it's approximately $130 total for 4 nights starting from Day 0 (which is really cheap!).

I can personally vouch for their integrity, though the rooms may be chaotic since they're cosplayers! But, if you need a room for AX 2013 www.anime-expo.org/ , do send a note to GuoBia! You can get more details from her!


Side note: Yes I'll be going to AX again this year; will post table number when I get 'em!


Featured: Kaeddyn l Ilien l Ikanus l Mr. Friday l Saint-Laurent l Azael l Rain

Ty all you guysss

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 30, 2013, 2:28 PM
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you guys all so awesome


Thank you all so much for all the awesome and ridiculously nice bday wishes! I love you guys and absolutely cherish all of your support.

and some amazing gift art I've received that deserve to be featured!

GC: Reminiscing by Katarya happy birthday reaper! by caephuier

and from some AT's and SS's
deserere . by megatruh bird by wispywaffle SV - Forbidden Love by Zue SS 2012: reaper-bunny by reammara



RP Characters: Kaeddyn l Eridian l Rain l Ilien l Allard l Ikanus l Azazel l Sol

life update

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 26, 2013, 11:19 AM
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I'm still breathing


Hey guys! long time no see - sorry for disappearing, life sorta sucked me into a black hole and didn't spit me out since Dec. > < Haven't checked dA for awhile; I'm really really sorry for all the stuff I'm late on OTL;; A quick update about my life - battled art block for quite a long time and general post-grad listlessness; I was sucked into taking care of my 80+ grandmother for almost 2 months, and then had to deal with some more family and real life crap for awhile, and now my cousin's wedding. I'll check through notes and stuff soon - sorrysorry

--

Sorry for being late on my commissions > <
I am taking whatever free time I can get in between to finish obligations. I didn't want to post anything when I was still pretty much, all over the place, but now I'm pretty sure I've overcome my art block and I'm jumping back into things again.  I'll be submitting some of the things I've been working on soon. Let me know if you want an update - if your commish is still in the sketch stage, and you want a refund, please note me! Otherwise, I PROMISE, YOU'LL SEE IT SOON!


RP Characters: Kaeddyn l Eridian l Rain l Ilien l Allard l Ikanus l Azazel l Sol

NaNoWriMo - HELL YES let's do this!

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 1, 2012, 10:40 AM
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What is NaNoWriMo?

Ignoring that my page has been overrun by Nutella for the moment...
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is an INCREDIBLY fun approach to novel writing where all participants write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. TODAY, ladies-n-gents, is the first day. You win NaNoWriMo by, well, reaching your 50,000 word goal by the last day of November. The best part is, a zillion people are also trying to do this same, so you have companions to help you as you suffer through the month! Reaching the goal (or failing) is entirely based on the honor system, and it works.

I've never learned so much about writing than I did when I completed my first NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo isn't just for writers - anyone who wants to participate, whatever your day job/night job - can do so! You can sign up mentally or, if you want to join the "official" NaNoWriMo community, you can do so here: nanowrimo.org and read up about the wonderful/terrible month of November where all us participants turn into masochists (as well as get awesome prep talks from published authors!). If you win, you also get a coupon to receive up to 5 free physical copies of your NaNoWriMo book! Awesome, right? :"D (here are the other things you can get: www.nanowrimo.org/en/offers)

ANYWAY-- if I'm not convincing, do click play on this video:



I'm participating this year and would be HAPPY to word war with anyone/get partners to kick each other into writing/and more.

Great (and active) dA groups relating to NaNoWriMo you can join: :iconwrimo-writers: :iconnano-ocs: :iconnanowrimo-love:



What am I doing?


Soon, you will realize that there are two types of NaNoWriMoers- the "by-the-seat-of-your-pants" writers and the "obsessive-compulsive-planners." Personally, I've always been the latter, but this year, I have decided to (gasp) be the former.

I don't know the plot, I don't know the characters, I don't know ANYTHING about what I'm going to be writing about or where I'm headed. All I know is how I want to write it. (And that it'll probably be fantasy.)

So anyhow, please, if you're interested, join me on this great journey of pulling your hair out, running around like a headless chicken, and having the best time of your life.



And here is my idea...

The funeral was on Wednesday.

A young man in his twenties stepped out of one of the black limousines parked at the front gate of Arbist Hill Cemetery.

He looked out of place.

It was not his age, though he was certainly the most youthful of the attendees, which is to say politely, that he looked at least two generations removed from the rest. It was not his umbrella, which he had carried out of the car and through the black iron gate, despite the lack of any rain in the vicinity and up to thirty-three miles from the cemetery. It was not his smile, which could have been a great reason since Christian, post-twentieth-century funeral proceedings in The Great American Southwest meant people actually did mournful revisiting of could-have-beens and should-have-beens instead of enjoying nice autumnal weather patterns.

No, none of those things made him out of place.

Perhaps it was his eyes. A humanist might declare that they were like a blind person's, the palest of blue and experiencing something entirely different from "the rest of us." A poet might look into them and claim he had no soul, none at all, and no one should be convinced otherwise. A woman might say that they represented the tragic mysteriousness of a man far removed from his time. A psychiatrist once did look at them and shrug.

The young man, having remembered that sunglasses helped, donned a pair of Cartier's. They did help, a little, and it was a sunny day.

He hoisted his umbrella over his head as he joined the line of very serious, very bowed, funeral attendees, all of whom did not have the presence of mind to notice his physical eccentricities. Instead, they noted his umbrella and most of them wrote it off as grief but all of them were too polite to point out the lack of physical rain in the vicinity and up to thirty-three miles.

If they had, they might have been told that elsewhere, it was raining.

Elsewhere was not the mortal plane.

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And to those who I've gotten an opinion on this before- don't worry, I don't count this prologue as part of my NaNoWriMo word-count.


Featured: Kaeddyn l Ilien l Ikanus l Mr. Friday l Saint-Laurent l Azael l Rain

Ilien d'Emriel [revamp]

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 26, 2012, 5:51 AM
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ILIEN D'EMRIEL
This is his original story. The-Order-of-Saints Profile can be found here: [link]



[HAIR] Platinum blond.
[EYES] Pale blue, like a blind person's, though he is not actually blind. The scarred right eye is a more discolored gray-blue. The scar has mostly healed into pale lines, but I choose to emphasize it with very thick/ropy/pink scar in my illustrations, as it's significant to his past. (Sometimes he is illustrated with yellow eyes- this does not occur in his canon story, but more AU when he is tapping dark powers.)
[AGE] 20s (doesn't really keep track)
[GENDER] Male
[HEIGHT] 5' 10"
[BIRTHDATE] Unknown; Celebrates it at New Years.
[QUOTE] "Sic transit gloria mundi." So passes away earthly glory.

[OCCUPATION] (Officially) Archbishop of the Diocese of Venoa - address as "Your Grace"; administratively the Patriarch-in-Waiting

[PERSONALITY TRAITS] Gentle, absent-minded, scholarly, prideful || Cowardly, selfish, pessimistic, weary.

[ACCESSORIES]
  • Earrings: He wears a cross earring on his left ear. It used to be a part of the rosary his mother had, but he took apart the necklace and reforged it into a earring in honor of her. (Right ear is a simple men's hoop earring with a cross etched on, like this: pagoda.imageg.net/graphics/pro…
  • Rosary: When he first achieved the status of full Priest, Emriel gifted him this rosary. It is very dear to him.
  • Silver signet ring: He wears it on the little finger of his left hand. It is his official ring for sending letters and approving documents of the branch of the Church he serves.
  • Bible: A remnant of his acolyte days, it is a very old and worn, but very precious to him. One of the first gifts he received from Emriel.


[STORY]
  • Lusien di'Conti, 3rd son, womanizer, and all-around useless man was his father. He had disgraced his family name because, unlike other bastards, Ilien had been born under the roofs of the di'Conti's main residence. And thus, he must be acknowledged under Lorencia tradition-- not as a true son, no, but taken into the family as a child with the family's blood. Lusien's indiscretion would be the cause of much of his son's childhood suffering.
  • Though he was taught his letters with the rest of his legitimate cousins, Ilien was treated like a whipping boy by his tutors and shunned by the rest of his family. He found no solace in his mother, Reniza, who became a depressed drunk and soon committed suicide by hanging herself from the rafters of their home. Ilien was only six.
  • He ran into one of the churches in town, and knelt at the altar, praying for his mother's soul, for he had been told that those who took their own life would burn in the fires of hell. Despair overtaking him, the six year old recalled an ancient myth and offered his right eye to God in hopes of preventing his mother's fate. Secretly, however, he wished to forget his childhood and for a new life away from the di'Conti family. He had a vision with a choice - a new life or his mother's safe conduct to Heaven. To his shame, his heart wanted the former. He got both. But he did not know if he had hallucinated the entire event.
  • Ilien fainted at the altar from pain and blood loss, only to be discovered by the kindly Emriel di Luca, a humble deacon living in the church. Emriel took him in as a son and an acolyte of the Church. Ilien absolutely adored his new guardian, so much so that he rejected the di'Conti name and fashioned himself as the adopted son of Emriel, Ilien d'Emriel. Not long after, Emriel received summons from the Pope—he was to head the creation of a new Diocese in Venoa as the Patriarch. Of course, Ilien left with Emriel to take up their new task in Venoa. There, Ilien began a blessed life with his beloved new father.
  • After Ilien was promoted to Priesthood, his rise in the ranks of the Church turned phenomenal. Soon, and unheard of in one so young of age, he was considered the best candidate for the Patriarchy of Venoa. Around this time, the di'Conti family began to recognize Ilien's influence and finally offered to acknowledge him as a true di'Conti. Ilien refused their missive (with pleasure).
  • Ilien's meteoric rise in the ranks created quite a stir and many jealous tongues began wagging against him. Some claimed that he was an agent cursed by the Devil, that everything he touched appeared charmed... when it was hiding evil. Some said he was a coward and easily manipulated by the "darker" forces, that he was not at all as intelligent or well-spoken as rumor claimed. Rather, a shadowed puppet-master held the strings, constantly feeding him the right words to say, the right things to do.
  • CURRENT: Many continue to fear him and his influence across the country. He seemed so young, yet to be so connected! He must not be allowed to rise any further.
  • TBC...


[MISC. QUIRKS]
  • Right-handed when writing, uses left hand for everything else. (Probably born left-handed and forced to learn to write with right hand.)
  • Practically blind in scarred eye, near-sighted in the other.
  • Can snuff out candles with his thumb and forefinger.
  • Can peel an apple in one long continuous peel (and without cutting himself). Can make apple bunnies :"D www.ohdesserts.net/images/reci…
  • Enjoys whistling, humming, and dabbling in organ music.


[MISC. FACTS]
  • It is traditional in Lorencia for priests to cover one of their arms and hands completely (whichever their dominant hand/or the one they use to pray, hold communion, touch the Bible, touch their rosaries) because that is the arm that serves God. Thus, Ilien's alb has a maniple-like sleeve on the left side
  • His entire outfit is derivative of traditional liturgical vestment worn by Catholic priests - with alb, girdle/cincture, maniple and stole. He will gain a chasuble once he ascends to Patriarch.
  • Lorencia and the di'Contis were inspired by Italy and the de'Medicis.



ART

  • By me:

+VERSUS+ by vtas Ilien d'Emriel by vtas Ilien Arch Bishop Outfit by vtas TO - Pride by vtas today is crpy sketch day by vtas

  • By others:

Ilien - Commission by Roguetwo ilien+kaekae by caephuier



Featured: Kaeddyn l Ilien l Ikanus l Mr. Friday l Saint-Laurent l Azael l Rain

Hi guys, some thanks, other stuff, and a game??

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 12, 2012, 7:41 PM
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So I think I finally cleared my over900 backlog of replies/reading etc. (though I haven't gone through the 1400 backlog of comments yet). Sorry if I haven't responded to them for so long (and now I can't cause it would be super awkward...), and so sorry for my lack of activity/responses. I miss you guys a lot!! And I'm such an AWFUL RPer, I deserve to rot in the RP dungeon of hell forever and forever. But I finally got through reading all of them and being touched again by all your nice comments, and the ones from my friends (you know who you are >w<), so thank you all again and again! I miss dA a lot but I'm still trying to figure out what I am gonna do with my life @__@;

And I've been keeping busy planning my personal art book. I'll probably make a poll about it soon. I'm considering using kickstarter for it but they take a lot (10% o_o!) so I'm not totally sure yet. There will probably be goodies/rewards for pre-ordering (like exclusive brush packs and high-res wallpapers) since I really need capital in order to make it ; ; so far, including the 3 guest artists, it's turning out to be around 60 pages.

I've been having lots of fun sketching your chars! I know I posted the journal "sketching day 5" many days ago, but I thought that maybe once a week might be better for you guys, less posting, and I'll just pick people from that journal for the rest of the week since I couldn't get to everyone who inspired me. I'll probably sketch a few more before sunday and send out the notes >w< I'm really happy about all the response!

And finally, I've been super busy this month and last month everyday editing and working on a corporate contract for some artwork.  Even though it's really frustrating and I don't quite like the style, I think I learned a lot from the experience. Plus, the game will be coming out on mobile phones soon (apple and android) and it's free to play the beginning/trial, so I'll advertise it when it comes out! >w<

Anyway, I rarely post these life-ish-updates, so you get cookies for reading through this WALL OF TEXT LOL;;

TLDR; Hope everyone is doing good >w< I'm open to conversation/whatever in the comments :"D


Featured: Kaeddyn l Ilien l Ikanus l Mr. Friday l Saint-Laurent l Azael l Rain

Sketching Game Day 5 (closed)

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:14 PM
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Open for posting!


People sketched for last week:
Sakura-pumpkin
Lanechan
Remanoir
Jadegreenjr
nici-kitty
Hama-S
Iviernu
AnemoneInTheSky
TalliHoo
Sugar-Thief



Rules & FAQ: fav.me/d5gjymt


RP Characters: Kaeddyn l Eridian l Rain l Ilien l Allard l Ikanus l Azazel l Sol

Let's Play a Sketching Game... Rules/FAQ

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 1, 2012, 1:41 AM
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Here's how it works

Everyday (or every other day, or on any day I feel like), when I go to sleep, I will make a journal. "Sketching Game Day 1/2/3/etc"

When I wake up the next day, I will take ONE sketch request as a warm up. (Okay, maybe even two.) It can be anything from fanart (Iron Man) to OCs to Gaia avatars. I AM RUSTY. IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE SH*T. Or it might look like: fav.me/d5ev8nk

All you have to do is post a reference link of ONE character with ONE comment on that journal before I get up. Do not give me a gazillion characters to choose from. Just one.

After I pick (I will tell you if you're picked), I will sketch it out traditionally using pencil (maybe pen sometimes) and paper that very day.

Then I delete the journal and all the requests. (So each new day is a "new" journal)

At the end of the week, I will scan in all the sketches and send a digital file to the owner of every request.

If you like your sketch so much you want the physical copy you can note me "Physical Copy" and send me a flat $25 through Paypal when I reply, and I will ship you the physical original sketch, which will be signed and dated and the only one in the world ;D

Sometimes, my journals will have requirements for the poster, such as: "Long haired males only!" or "elves pl0x" or even "Must be willing to pay $5 for me to sketch something" (most likely on weekends when I will dreadfully not be happy to do work)


Some more Rules:

  • NO couples, porn, explicit, racist, anything I don't feel like, changing the sketch cause I got some detail of your character wrong.
  • YES to: friends' chars, any race, mobs, mecha, unicorn rainbows, whatever your can come up with.
  • Repeating the same requests on consecutive journals (if you were not chosen) are welcome. I open WAY TOO MANY references every day because they're all very interesting but I don't have time to go through and draw all of them that day, so you have a better chance if you keep trying.
  • If you have been picked, you cannot post again for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, you can try your luck again, but it CANNOT be the same character.
  • The sketch may be anything from headshot to full body. You are not allowed to request what you want and you are not allowed to complain when you get it...since it's FREE.
  • FRIENDS ARE WELCOME TO POST though please don't feel insulted if I don't pick your char. It's all about what I feel like that moment of that morning. NO ONE is allowed to complain about favoritism. This isn't a democracy or a lottery.
  • Accept that randomness and experimentation will happen, IN ABUNDANCE.
  • Break any, I'll disqualify you or stop the requests all together.


Q&A
1. Can I use this idea? Feel free to do your own!

2. How do I know I am picked? I note all the winners daily.

3. I go to sleep before the journal was up and I am usually late to comment on the journal! :( Don't worry, I click on every comment before I decide. You only need to post before I start clicking (it will say on the journal when I'm awake and picking.

And finally,

Don't post character links on this journal.





RP Characters: Kaeddyn l Eridian l Rain l Ilien l Allard l Ikanus l Azazel l Sol

EDIT - 111,111 Kiriban Winner

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 23, 2012, 1:00 AM
And the winner is.. :iconereida: !

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Unfortunately..
two people who noted me claiming they caught the kiriban cheated - one through bot/proxy spamming, and one through image editing. That means that no one caught the 99,999 kiriban. I will move my next kiriban up to 111,111 and hopefully, someone legitimate will get the prize. The two deviants in question are disqualified forever from any of my kiribans. ):

If you have no clue what a kiriban is, please read: antiquity-dreams.deviantart.co…

Rules:
I'm only taking ONE winner and you must be the first to NOTE me (not comment, or reply, etc). Also, I want to see the 100% full screenshot of your desktop with the time stamp, so don't cut it.

You will win a colored CG of anything you want (OC/fanart/etc) but how much time I spend on it depends on how much I'm inspired by it/how much time I have in general. Once again, I reserve the right to disqualify anyone from participating if I deem the image/their account suspicious.



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AM2/AX Cons! [AX table D23]

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 4, 2012, 3:33 PM
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AM2

omg, first day of AM2 done |D so exhausted from long drive. I want to say: if you told me you were gonna drop by my table, YOU BETTER COME SEE ME! Don't be scared or intimidated or whatever. I would love to be friends ok <3


I'm attending a con for the first time EVER. I can't even begin to describe how lost I am feeling right now haha. Totally doesn't help that I won't just be a wanderer/attendee, I'll be tabling as well, so I'm scrambling to get prints and other stuff ready. :XD:

I will be sharing a table with the lovely :iconillycia: for AM2 (website: am2con.org/) which is between June 15th and 17th.

The prints I will be selling will be the fanart stuff you see in my gallery right now (I haven't had time to draw any more), and possibly other goodies that I have not posted yet. x3


AX!!

Despite having lived in Southern California most of my life, I have never gone to Anime Expo Los Angeles or San Diego Comic Con, so this year I will be attending the former with a table in AA as well! >u<

The awesome :iconniolynn: will be flying to my house a week early and we will have lots of fun doing touristy things like going to Disneyland 8D

We are tabling together at AX and will be there bright and early every day. :la:


AX: www.anime-expo.org/
June 29 - July 2nd


Table D23

come visit!


TELL ME IF YOU'RE COMING!
I'd love to meet any of you guys!



RP Characters: Kaeddyn l Eridian l Rain l Ilien l Allard l Ikanus l Azazel l Sol

Leporidae Mortis is...

Journal Entry: Mon May 21, 2012, 1:23 AM
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...not my real name.

If you google this phrase, my dA comes up...along with the several twitter/facebook sites who have reblogged/reposted my artwork and attributing it to "Leporidae Mortis." This is certainly my fault for trying to be clever as I put that under "Real Name" on my dA profile (it's been removed now).

Let me put the myth to rest. Leporidae Mortis is a latin phrase my roommate and I came up with in a spur of the moment after taking a year of latin and a bit too eager to exercise our new-found limited vocabulary. Leporidae is the Family name for over 60 species of rabbits and hares. Mortis is the declined (conjugated; genitive) form of mors, "death." Essentially, the phrase means, Rabbit of Death; sound familiar?

(P.S. I would also really appreciate it if people at least notified me when they repost my stuff and/or followed copyright law . ): ...on the other hand, I wouldn't get funny surprises like this...)



RP Characters: Kaeddyn l Eridian l Rain l Ilien l Allard l Ikanus l Azazel l Sol