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Hey. Now you know I love you guys, sometimes in a manner that borders on inappropriate...but I think it's time I were honest with you about your less-than-appealing habits. So here goes.

1.) OK, here's the one I always dread complaining about, so I'm going to couch it in a way that encourages rather than scolds: If you have the talent to make a really beautiful manipulation that features a pretty model who's been outlined in a pastel color and is standing in front of a beautiful blurred background and or/ a forrest, you probably have the talent to go farther. So go farther. Stretch. Do something different. Make something surreal. Make something whimsical. I admit that I'm guilty of enjoying these sorts of manips. Some of them are so pretty they transcend their cliched nature. And I know they'll get you a crazy amount of faves. (I bust my hump eschewing--mostly--this cliche so it kinda burns my butt that folks get rewarded with such adulation for this tripe.) But, still, enough. It's been done. And done. And done. Too many times to count. I beg you, please move on. You can do it;I know you can.

2.) Gasmasks: cliched, done to death, I freaking hate them. Enough.

3.) Turning women into robots and other inanimate objects/cutting women's bodies open in general/doing cross-sections of women's bodies/etc. At what point does this go from an exercise in creativity to out and out misogyny? The sheer number of these sorts of manipulations makes me think that women's bodies are considered something they have little autonomy over--that they belong to everybody. They don't. Besides which, the robot/cross-sectioned woman has been DONE TO DEATH. Move on.

4.) Over-sharpening. I used to notice that a lot of manips looked over-smudged and blurred. Now I see a lot of people are over-sharpening their works. When you do this, it starts to pixelate your picture. Take care with the sharpen filter.

In case you're wondering, yeah, photomanipulators, I'm still totally into you. And for listening to me whinge, here's your reward...your gorgeous art.

'Lilim by J-u-d-a-s The Story Of Us by NoorL3yoon :thumb213546224: :thumb199222369: - Labyrinth of Desire - by SandyLynx Flower Girl by kuschelirmel Spring Daughters by Amiltarea Hood by Doucesse Heart of fire by CatherineNodet :thumb359281617: Back to Wonderland by Juli-SnowWhite No Return by EnchantedWhispersArt Once Upon A Time by EnchantedWhispersArt Bad News by Flobelebelebobele Autumn Fae by EnchantedWhispersArt The Moon Forest by Leafbreeze7 As i wish... by Iskander1989 Fragrance of autumn  fading by Bathoriya :thumb315621612: Lady Howard by Bathoriya The End of Path by Bathoriya THE FIRE by notmystyle LOVE FLOWERS II by notmystyle :thumb359376541: Make a Wish by JenaDellaGrottaglia SHUT UUUP by Flobelebelebobele Free Spirit by peroni68 Frozen In Time by EnchantedWhispersArt Easter Wishes by kimsol Adopted by CindysArt At the end of the World by TehAngelsCry Frogeaters by Adipose620 Door to Your Dreams by FictionChick
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Well, it looked like it was going to go viral, then the moron who uploaded the stock model informed me that she did not have permission to upload the photo. I had to delete the piece. :( Beware of using photos from this account: Apparently she just steals photos.

How incredibly stupid do you have to be upload photos you don't have permission to use? I just spent hours making this piece. I'M LIVID. Um, stockers, you're not allowed to STEAL PHOTOS FROM PEOPLE. And now you've cost me time, sweat and toil FOR NOTHING.
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A friend of mine needs a graphic made for his business. He wants a series of different sorts of buildings, with a description of his business written on one of the buildings as if its an old painted sign. This is the perfect job for the great manippers here at dA.

My friend is an awesome, non-creepy person and pays generously. If any of you reading this are interested in getting in touch with him and making a bit of money, please let me know. Feel free to respond here or note me.

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I awoke to find many lovely birthday wishes in my inbox today. THANK YOU SO MUCH, everyone. Now, how about some pressies for YOU?

winter is coming by AnjaMillen leah by payleyjean . : A b a n d o N : . by J-u-d-a-s Je reve by BurakUlker tongue rider by JasonJacenko Dr.Bulbus and his Amazing Flying Fish by imaginism In our love is our home by LilifIlane Imminent Plunge by Pi-Unresolved Wind Symphony by BigBad-Red :thumb205766480: A dream within a nightmare by LuneBleu Mr. Toad by ravenscar45 leah by payleyjean Is It Real? by PetyaPlamenova A Special Place by EnchantedWhispersArt Finger Puppet by ChrissieCool Kate 2 by zemotion ~WELCOM3 SPRING~ by 3some I of the mourning by AlexandraVBach R e d  Q u e e n by J-u-d-a-s the late late show by JenaDellaGrottaglia The Guardian II by MirellaSantana Dramatic by Aeternum-designs Lain With the Kraken by ErikShoemaker :thumb201771656: Sail by ettone Swamp mermaid by inSOLense :thumb317328087: Sycamore Gap by newcastlemale Ride the wave by ZakHarrar Ghost of a rose by ZakHarrar Well by Alshain4 Back to the Light by KarinClaessonArt :thumb137556578: :thumb316562323: Undersea Moon by anabagayan your songs to ashes by AF-studios Little Ariel by flashparade But I Wanted To Touch by MartinStranka the Lunar Moth by Alicechan D i s a p p e a R by J-u-d-a-s little red riding hood by AF-studios God's Protection by Flobelebelebobele
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Unfroze by vacuumslayer

I forgot to thank Miss Aeirmid for featuring my DD. Thank you, my dear. You made my day and my week!

For whatever reason, May was a blessed month for print sales! I sold one or more of the following:

Unfroze by vacuumslayer Keeper of the Mushrooms by vacuumslayer Beautiful Nightmare Nights by vacuumslayer Wednesday's Very Bad Day by vacuumslayer Little Bird by vacuumslayer Whichever Way the Wind Blows by vacuumslayer The Patina of Perpetual Sorrow by vacuumslayer

I can haz fame and fortune nao? ;)

A friend asked me to explain my process a bit more re:

Fight Club by vacuumslayer

Well, I got the idea from a couple of sources. 1.) The model. I think her messy/bruised appearance suggested a tussle. But instead of going dark, I thought it would be more fun and original to go humorous/whimsical.  2.) An incredible manipulation I saw awhile ago that featured a woman balancing on a telephone wire. I wanted to take that idea and do my own spin on it. So, there you have it: A very silly woman who picks fights with birds. And apparently loses. Hope this gives everybody a little more insight into how my manipulations come together. Although I have a pretty manic, throw things to the wall and see what sticks approach, so each piece is different. :D

Gah! Need help finding a piece of stock!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 24, 2012, 2:17 PM
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I Demand that You Pay for the Surgery to Reattach

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Remember Me?

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Where the hell have I been?

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Llama badges--for ME?

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This is an obscene array of gems from my collections, with an emphasis on quality over quantity. Please enjoy!

Nightmare Robin Parrish by mehmeturgut Quintetto by camilladerrico

Mature Content

gates of Anubis and Heket by b-lackdante
revive by b-lackdante Puppet Twins by vismaya Not everything Dies, Elizabeth. by OmriKoresh Banshee by michellemonique :thumb168642496: Nobody loves Alice by b-lackdante Sweet Peacock by camilladerrico Exploded View by camilladerrico Birdnest by camilladerrico

Mature Content

Moment by LudmilaFoblova
Chantal by Seitou Tribute to Burton's Alice by Dferous E'oin by NiAnluain Electric Ride by FrozenStarRo Who are you by CindysArt Through My Viens by Tiffany-Ann

Mature Content

Dragonfly by AnnMei
Musique by minouch CAT2 cover by cellar-fcp blue butterfly by milky78 Intersection by robcherry Provence Rose by MissHayleyBee

Jewel Box Vol. 6 and Invite

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 26, 2010, 7:01 AM
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Got something to say?

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I finally wrote that Dolls tut!!!!

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Did you leave a message?

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 23, 2010, 2:59 PM
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I got a DD yesterday

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 11, 2010, 9:13 AM
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You don't want tuts/Jewel Box Vol. 5

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 4, 2010, 12:49 PM
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AP Picture of the Week

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A feature of (mostly) digital art, with an emphasis on quality over quantity. An obscene array of gems from my collections.

Disturbia II by SAB687 Candy + JP - Soulstealer by FuzzyYak blue disconnect by kaunau rabbit tale by SuzyTheButcher :thumb117686967: :thumb125226496: :thumb102631044: :thumb155274274: 002 by Maurizio-Fantini Auburn by MichaelShapcott Melusine by AlexandraVBach Spirit of the Trees by Nekranea

Mature Content

in 7 corners on 1 floor by bitterev
Alice in Twilightland by bitterev :thumb156074362: The Last Drop of Summer by Behana

Mature Content

Scratch Me by BigBad-Red
Is Winter Over Yet? by hibbary :thumb157691907: The Sister by Laura-Ferreira :thumb154389116: :thumb157744554: - The Princess and the Frog - by SandyLynx Once Upon A Golden Moment by DreamsDeleted Let Them Eat Cake by AbaddonArt

The Jewel Box Vol. 4

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 26, 2010, 7:43 AM