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I love the picture! It looks nice, especially the coloring. However, there are a couple of things I would suggest practicing on or fixi...

Nice coloring for the clothes! However, I would suggest a couple things to fix and improve on. The body proportions are incorrect, beca...

Pretty awesome picture, I must say! Love the coloring! However, I would suggest you if shade a bit more. I mean, you have the shading o...

Very stunning picture. I absolutely love how you drew the cloth; the folds, shading, detail, design. Just wonderful. And the way the li...

by lizzy1e

Pretty impressive work! I'd have to say the emotion you drew for her face is pretty good. I like the peach-pinkish color you did, becau...


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Okay, so it's time for a major update...

I am long overdue for an update (as if anyone reads this...). But anywho, I feel the need to somehow make myself known to the art community and the Internet about myself and it's time to really start shaking up my own audience here. I do seek to connect with like-minded individuals and artist here and beyond this website. I would also like to establish some nice connections, and hope to influence or inspire each other to be better artists and individuals.

Now that I prefaced my journal, it's time to really break it down. I should probably start with talking about myself (Let me assure you, I am not conceited. ;))

As it was originally posted in my original journals, 'I'm a post-medium artist. I prefer to create traditional artworks, but considering that art supplies are really expensive, I end up using Photoshop from time to time. I'm getting a better handle at traditional art, and it's a lot of fun. It better than sitting on a computer. At least for me.'

As I should mention, this description of myself is actually sorta outdated. I still do prefer to create traditional artworks, but I am warming up for digital. College is still expensive (and I will talk about this in a few), and I'm not really to sure about myself as of this moment.

This is a story about myself: I will be graduating from my local community college; getting an associates in Fine Arts and I am excited to finally close this part of my life. I dreaded school, especially towards the end of my time being there. A lot of my education was funded through student loans, and I tried to get by with a retail job (like most working young adults, of course). However, once I graduate I would no longer have medical insurance, my insurances would increase since I wouldn't be a student anymore and I would have to start paying for loans after 6 months. I was conflicted between my want to take a year off and wanting to get a better education without getting into more debt. Plus, I could never get enough help through FAFSA and I never would qualify for scholarships.

I did get a job as an art teacher for a private business local to my city even before I got my associates, but that employment unfortunately ended due to the owner being -for the lack of better words- a complete whack-job. While I don't feel comfortable explaining the "whats" and "whys" about this individual, I will say that there were a lot of creative differences between each other, and a lack of communication of their part. I was wrongfully let go, but it didn't matter. I was just happy I didn't have to go to work in full anxiety anymore.

Unfortunately, upon my termination it took a toll on my overall confidence and security in myself as an artist and as a person. I took this job in hopes of being there for a year or two to safeguard some time to save money for art school while working at a job that I love. I wanted to take that year off. After being let go, I struggled to make ends meet and I also began to panicked about my plans regarding school.

It took some time to build myself back up (and still currently trying to), but I did learn something coming out of that experience:

1. Don't put all of your eggs in one basket.

2. Make your own decisions.

3. Art is subjective.

4. You don't need a degree to make it as an artist. (Gasps!)

That is correct: I don't believe that having an art degree matters.

So to continue onwards, I didn't have the painting job and I didn't have anything to safeguard me a year to simply work rather than going to school. I had full-confidence in this job, and it blew up in my face. I was left with feeling unsure of myself, and what plan of action I should take. Plus, I also worried about paying off my student loans since I know it would be time to start paying them back very soon. I looked into enrolling into a manufacturing program and a masseuse program. 

A lot of my professors tell me to continue going to art school, and saw my "year-off" plans or enrolling into the programs mentioned above to be absolutely terrible. They warned me that I would take twice as long to return, and I would be competing with younger people. Yet, when I asked them if there were jobs in the art field, they all said no. One professor warned me not to become an art teacher, an illustrator and/or an animator. Yet, this person suggested I go into sculpture (an art field completely different than my intended focus. Plus, this person is a professor in sculpture, so go figure.) Some suggested that I have what it takes to combat the competition. Others were very neutral, but still suggested that I continue my education. One of the professors even sat me down to apply to a college even when they knew full well that I didn't want to go to school. A lot were against taking any online art courses.

I got accepted to the school. It's 40,000 a year, but I can't even afford the damn deposit bill and the extra fees (almost totalling to $700 and then-some) since my new job doesn't pay much. Currently trying to get a second job to pay this deposit bill with no luck.

Some say to pursue the school. Some argued that I needed something to fall back on. Others said to change my major. Others said that I should do what I feel is right. Some didn't know what to say.

Everyone knew that I didn't want to continue going to school, never wanted to go in the first place and never intended to. And you know what? 

My answer still stands.

My professors felt that I wasn't getting any educational guidance, so they imposed their agendas on me. No one listened to a damn thing that I wanted to do or the type of artist I wanna become. Everyone had their plans and ideas for me when the one person I should of been listening to is me.

Me, Myself, and I.

I shouldn't get myself into a debt going to some school that cannot guarantee success, and even if I wanted to I couldn't since I have no money for the deposit. I should focus on myself and what I wanna do. I know the type of artist I wanna be, and what I wanna do. I didn't learn anything new in my community college, and I am pretty much self-taught up to this point.

I may end up doing the manufacturing program, so that way it guarantees me a job with benefits, financial stability and insurance. I would then give myself time to save money, pay off my loans and work on building myself up as an artist. I don't think a paper should show my creditably as an artist. Professions like a doctor and lawyer would require a college degree, but not for being an artist. 

Every artist is different, so they will handle their business in their own way. Just because things didn't work out working for a private business owner, doesn't mean I can't have my own painting business. I can find success in my own way.

As of now, I'm still not sure about what I wanna do but I do know what I DON'T wanna do, which would be screwing myself over.

I hope to build some connections on DA, and have myself noticed around the community, because artist need to connect with like-minded individuals. That is one way for artists to grow and learn, aside from practicing and working hard to build up skill. I am still very much passionate about art, but I need to do it the smart way.

So this is where I end my update. This is where my original journal would start. Feel free to read it. Though, I should warn you that it's a bit outdated. If you didn't read anything I wrote above, then oh well. I will update more later.

Anywho, since its 1:23 a.m. as I type this, I shall go to bed. Enjoy your day/afternoon/evening/night.


Original Journal

As my art professor has once told me: it takes two lifetimes to master the arts. I found it to be so profounding, because there is so much to learn in such little time! And I think it's just an empowering journey.

Some of the artists that I am inspired by are Maxfield Parrish, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Tritian, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Giorgione, Vincent Van Gogh, and Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. I have plenty other artists, but these are just my top fave TRADITIONAL artists. My fave digital artists are from this website. 

My career goals are to make a portrait business, and learn illustration. Anything I do outside of that is for fun. Portrait drawing is a lot of fun for me, because it's always a new challenge when starting a new face. Plus, I believe everyone is unique in their own ways, so it's interesting to draw out their personalities. 


Mediums that I use are...


Traditional mediums:

1. Pastel (Chalk, Soft, etc...)
2. Charcoal
3. Pencils (2b, 4h, 4b, etc...)
4. Prismacolor
5. Watercolor pencils
6. Color pencil blenders
7. Oil Pastel
8. Regular color pencils
9. Markers
10. Fixative
11. Watercolor paint
12. Acrylic 
13. Ink Heart

Digital Mediums:

1. Photoshop CS3
2. Scanner
3. Bamboo Tablet + pen
4. Mouse


1. Bristol
2. Mixed Media
3. Watercolor (90 lb or more)

And other-kinds-that-I-cannot-remember-at-the-moment...


Regarding fanart (and this is regarding those weird, fetish types!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), I don't believe it's entirely art because it's not of your own. Sure, nothing in art history is original. Hell, even the Renaissance artists did "fanart" of biblical scripture. However, I mean regarding those over-filtered, fetish-type fanart. I can appreciate a good fanart. Just not bad ones. I honestly rarely do fanart, and if I do, it would be for a contest or I wanna stimulate my creative senses and create a new technique for my portrait works. There's always room for improvement! :) (Smile)


I plan on creating new fanart, such as:

1. Majora's Mask

2. Legend of Zelda

3. Little Mermaid

4. Miku Hatsune and Luka Megurine

5. Kingdom Hearts

6. My series

7. Inuyasha (Check off my list for completion! *Inuyasha and Kagome 2*)

I little something about me is that I love realism. I do not favor anime.
I don't feel like explaining that at this moment. If anyone wants to make a journal or go further on this, ask me.

That's it. Like I said, I'll update this in the future and add more to this.


Like a lot of us artist here, we should strive to support each other and give each other good advice. It's important to ask questions, and communicating with others. So, here are some of my forum links or journals you might wanna check out if you have questions or you like reading things from other artists. It's good to get different perspectives:

1. How to practice drawing? Use Element of Design (Click on title)

2. Share me your art!! Looking for people to watch and fave

3. Share meh 3-5 of either your best fanart or original

4. Share with me 1-5 pieces. Will comment, fave, etc. your work(s).

5. How to sell my artworks?

6. Why are you interested in art?

7. Any good Watercolor paper?

8. Digital Artists: I need assistance!!

9. Having light source and skin tones work together?

10. How to be original when your originality sucks?

11. Traditional artworks: how do you achieve that "high quality"?

12. Help regarding 'Concept Art' career?

13. How to set up for a drawing? I need help...


15. How to become motivated to draw more often?

16. How can I make a good background?

17. Best computer for digital drawings?

18. Strategy for drawing faces and poses

19. This is probably asked often, but how do I become a better artist?

20. Works through observations question?

21. Should artist attend these expensive art schools?

22. Calling all professional artists: did you attend an art school/college?

23. Calling all artist: What do you as a way to make a living?

24. Forum: Is it legal to sell your fanart?

25. Can you paint oil based paint over a canvas that already painted with acrylics?

26. What I can do about this feeling I get everyday?

27. Should I sell my laptop for a Microsoft Surface Pro 4? 

28. How long should it take to paint a portrait?

29. Which paint is the best to make portraits: acrylics or oils?

30. How to become a professional artist in a short amount of time?


Have a good day! :)

  • Listening to: Music on Spotify
  • Reading: Articles about art schools
  • Watching: Cow Chop
  • Playing: N/A
  • Eating: N/A
  • Drinking: Water



Artist | Student | Varied
United States
I'm an aspiring artist, and I want to create a portraiture business! I am also fond of trying an illustration career, or maybe starting my own animation series. However, I love people portraits, because it always something new with faces.

I'm nice and friendly, but I can be shy and quiet; may come off cold or intimidating.

Brief back story about myself: Video games has inspired me to become who I am now: an artist. I used to draw anime, but I no longer believe that it's art, because the style is unoriginal. It's not art. Anyone and everyone can do it. However, through school, I have found that portraiture is where I believe I should really pursue for, and I'm willing to make that happen.

Currently attending community college in Fine Arts.

I love realism and semi-realism. I love colorful artworks!!

I might add more to this. :la:


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giusynuno Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm so sorry this comes so late, but thank you so, so much for faving!! It means the world to me:heart:
PKDsm Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Student General Artist
No problem dear! :)
fenifire Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017   Traditional Artist
thank you so much for the :+fav: :hug:
I'm so happy that you liked my work :happybounce:
PKDsm Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Student General Artist
No problem :)
EduardAris Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great skills :D
PKDsm Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you :3
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thank you so much for your fave :) (Smile)

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Piasecka Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
Thank you for the :+fav: :aww:.
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PKDsm Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Student General Artist
No problem! :)
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