I think I'm doneI have been on this site 11+ years and I've been through a lot of changes. I hate the way the new DA looks. ONe of the reasons why I like DA was how it stood out from other websites. Now it's trying to FB, trying to be tumblr. Trying to be instagram. There's so much junk on here that isn't allowed but never gets moderated (stolen work, screen grabs from TV shows, internet memes) it takes a lot of digging to discover new art. I have found in their effort to be more 'social' it's had the opposite affect for me. I liked art being the center of why we're social on here, and I feel it's lost that . I know from past experience DA could give a rats ass if people don't like something. It stays anyway. And things we do want take years. I just honestly... you get out of this community what you put into it and after all the perspective I have now after 11 years... I just dont care enough. They don't make me want to care enough. There's no advantage anymore for me to have an account. I have to wad
Published another bookMY NEW BOOK IS NOW FOR SALE I AM SO EXCITED. Click my latest blog link to find out the different options you have for buying it!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who made this possible. Everyone who helped with the actual process, everyone who showed me support, all of my mermaids, Sean and every merwrangler who has ever jumped in to help, our business adviser Terry Norman, our friends and family, specific mers in the community who have been helping us with our business, and all you fans!!! I am so happy! http://halifaxmermaids.weebly.com/blog/fishy-business-my-life-as-a-mermaid
11 years may be itA few days ago I hit 11 years on deviantART. Due to some circumstances in my life I may be storing some art from this account, or bringing the account to a total close. I haven't decided yet, it depends on the outcome of some big things and when I know I'll tell you, and it'll make sense. For now, you can see more of my mermaid stuff on https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raina-the-Halifax-Mermaid/183327321702019 and on my page :iconrainamermaid: I may just change the name on this account and use it strictly for nudes/my photography. I derno! Point being the mermaid stuff at the very least will start being moved (most of it is already on the other account anyway)thanks for all the support for 11 years. Pretty trippy!
Too much junkI've been here over a decade, and I was always a pretty active user. But I find myself using the site less and less because I just can't stand getting through the insane amount of junk on here. Screen caps, art theft, sexualized minors, memes etc. Report it, and nothing ever happens, and when it does it's 6 months to a year later. It's disgusting. Yep, I get there's a LOT of content on DA but I get tired of that excuse. If you're going to be an art site, be a damn art site. :/I closed my stock account. And I mainly use my mermaid account now, just so I can redirect people to the websites where I am more active.I just feel like DA has become too junky for my time or any effort :/ it's too bad. I really used to feel like the site was on the forefront but it's faded away.
Join me on reddit + closing my stockHey folks! I am doing an Ask me Anything on reddit !! So if you'd like to ask this mer a question, please post on the thread. You can join if you don't have an account very easily. http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1pscl3/iama_professional_mermaid_ama/Also at the end of November I'll be closing my stock account :iconraine-angelstock: so if you want to use something, use it now!
Being a Mermaid Keeps me busyHey folks, I know I rarely update anymore... and I apologize. I'm so thankful for all your support... but I am so busy being a professional mermaid. It's really been crazy, and if you don't already follow me on facebook, please do so. (click for link!)I am hoping to do some work with my great friend :iconericbb: this winter, so for those of you who follow me for that work, you'll have something to look forward to!It's been a busy year, and if you didn't know already I published a book. You can see some info at www.makemeamermaid.com and if you feel so inclined as to buy it, use coupon code FAST5 for 5% off (even ebook!) However I am no longer doing signed copies That was limited and the site needs to be updated. Book 2 is around the corner, it'll be based more specifically on my experiences this past year with lovely photos, less of a "how-to".We also published a calendar for the purpose of rai
A kid stole his first kiss from me !Yup happened at a gig today, whole funny photo and context on reddit here: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1k4cv8/today_a_13_year_old_boy_stole_his_first_kiss_from/ feel free to upvote if you think it's funny!
2000 watchers + a Decade on DAI did not realize I have 2000 watchers. Nor did I realize I passed my DA Birthday, and I've now been here for A DECADE. Holy. Crap. I was a blissfully ignorant teenager 10 years ago. I still remember the summer a friend showed me DA. So many crazy things have happened since then. Like, my mermaid world for instance. I just passed 4000 fans on my FB page. Please give me a like there if you haven't already: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raina-the-Halifax-Mermaid/183327321702019I'm not really sure what else to say. I still do a lot of photos, but their more personal and not something I think the majority of the internet would enjoy to see. I have learned a lot about underwater photography. I may do 1 nude shoot this year, I derno, I weigh like 40lbs more than I did 10 years ago haha it's a little harder to get up the nerve you know? I don't draw anymore, my hands tremor too badly. I play guitar once in a while. I really just spend all my time on my mermaid company. It's like I finally f
My Book is Published I published a book http://rai925.wix.com/howtobeamermaid You can check out the website link to find out info about it, and how to order. It's kinda awesome. Selling like hot takes too!This is an auto-bio of how I became a mermaid and turned it into a job and how someone else can too!
100 point giveawayqrasshole won! yayayy im bored and want to make somebody happy with 100 points more than what they have hah( it's not much but whatver)100 points will be given to a random deviant TIS THE SEASON OF GIVINGIT"S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTSso to enter this fabulous contest just this journal and in 24 hours you will have your winner with a feature yay optional question to answer what are you doing for christmas?
Too expensive, too cheapEdit: Just wanted to add one more thought.Remember that some kids here are just playing. They can either draw for practice and earn nothing or practice by drawing commissions for small amount of money. Even a small gratification like that is a boost for someone who's just starting out and encourage them to get better. I remember when I was starting out, nobody except my two friends would want even a free request from me, so I know the feeling "at least someone out there wants it".In my opinion teen artists do not pose much threat to professionals who are way faster and more skilled than them. Moreover, they have school and homework, so there is a limited time they can spend on drawing. Am I wrong?---Some complain that artists have too high prices. Surprisingly however, others complain that teen artists ruin the market with their cheap art. People who complain about that often advise to get a real part-time job at McDonald's or something instead of selling art.But to me this sounds
Holiday raffleEDIT: All contests and raffles held by Owlies-Inc are MEMBER EXCLUSIVE. Although new members are always welcome here, we ask that you only join the group if you intend on staying awhile. Thank you!Prizes:1st - Twelve month premium membership OR 2,400 2nd - Three month premium membership OR 650 3rd - One month premium membership OR 400 How to enter:Leave a comment on this journal entry with a randomly chosen emoticon. You can earn an additional raffle ticket by adding the journal entry to your favorites.The winners will publicly be announced via journal on the night of Dec. 31st.Good luck, everyone!
Holidays Art Challenge!Dear members,To celebrate the Holiday season, GetWatchers is hosting a small challenge in which we would like to see you submit your Christmas or Holidays inspired art! The rules and guidelines are simple:Your art must be new - submitted after the 14th of December.Your art may be of any medium you choose (literature, photography, digital, etc etc)In the description of your deviation, you must write: "This is my submission to GetWatcher's Holidays Art Challenge."Your entry should be inspired somehow by the Holidays (Christmas, Hanuka, Kwanza, New Year's, and other related holidays)Please link us to your entry by leaving a comment on this journal.The winners will receive:1st place: 3month Premium Membership on DeviantART, or the equivalent amount of points 636 .2nd place: 200 3rd place: 200Deadline:22nd of December, 00:01 PST.This is a quick art challenge that we want you guys to have fun with. We will be taking into
dogebooty's art contestyes yes it's finally happeningI've been wanting to do one of these for a while so here it goes.This is basically one of those "DRAW MY OC CONTEST" but I didn't want a lame title hahaWELL LETS GET TO THE POINTyou guys will be drawing rico (psst he's right above this line of text);; that's all you need to do to join lmaoRULES-NO traced work or bases-you may draw him any way you wish in any form of art (digital, traditional, pixel, etc.) except writing-you can make more than one entry-you may humanize him/draw him anthro-you can draw him in whatever mood/pose you like-quality over quantityPRIZES1st place: 2000 2nd place: 1000 3rd place: 500 if you want to contribute a prize tell me! ( iwould be forever grateful omg) :'DDEADLINE IS JANUARY 1STi might extend if needed beplease favorite add this to your favorites so other people can join!!!
Wacom Tablet 3 and 4 GIVEAWAYYes, I'm giving away a Wacom intuos 3 and 4.They are used, and a bit worn, I have used them, and just stored them since.but instead of selling it on, I thought Id give it to 2 lucky winners in my little art family as a form of thanks .Interested?All you have to do is1: Watch me here: http://rezwanadimech.deviantart.com (do not unwatch me after winning or I wont send the tablet)2: Follow my Twitter: https://twitter.com/RezDimech3: Subscribe to me youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_f4AqhjkIhax87Ys6hbWdg ( I will be posting more vids in the future 4: Fave this journal5: Repost to your wall (Provide the link in your comment)6: Tell me why you want the tablet7: Your best and most proud peice8: Your Fave work of mineThis contest will close on the 1st of Jan 2015GO GO GOplease state when the steps are done, all steps must be done, or you will be disqualified ***its has come to my attention that some of you may not have twitter etc, if not plea
Thank you + little chrismas raffle~Waaa what?!lately I was kinda busy with school (still am it) so I didn't really notice it but,THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 500 WATCHERS~I really appreciate it, even it's still kinda shocks mehaha I kinda feel such a pressure now...hahaha:iconyosukepeeplz:And Christmas is also coming soon,so I decide to make a little raffle with 3 winners yaay <3I gonna choose the winners through random orgon the 19. december and all you have to do is:-be one of my watchers- fave this journal for the numberThe winners can choose between a chibi, pixel doll or a sketch page then.I hope some of you are interested in it and againthank you so much for taking your time and have a nice day :iconleeblushplz:
The Mentorship Project Sign-Ups!Please this, the admins at theWrittenRevolution worked really hard to pull this project together so we want it to be a success and big! Really big. <3Sign-Up START Date: December 12th, 2014(Meaning Sign-ups are open now so we can start gathering deviants in order for them to pair up. Remember that this will be a commitment so make sure you will have the time to devote! Of course if something happens, and you get behind, it won't be the end of the world! We'll be there to help you catch up and keep going. )Project Starts MID-JANUARYWhat is the Mentorship Project?Deviants will be paired up, a mentor and mentee, to create a "school" of sorts! The mentors will be there to help guide and teach you along with our lesson plans and activities . The goal is to help our fellow writers improve. You want to improve, right? RIGHT?!Mento
Win 8,000 Points for Advertising Otherworlde:iconsparklesplz::iconotherworlde::iconsparklesplz:Otherworlde Academy is having a contest where you can win 8,000 ! :iconsparklesplz: HOW TO WIN :iconsparklesplz: Post a journal or a poll stating that :iconotherworlde: OtherWorlde is an RP group currently open for applications, and will be open through Dec 31, 2014. State that you are advertising for a chance to win 8000 and link to this journal as a source As your entry, post a link to where you completed the above here on this journal. That's it! What's more...Anyone who puts you down as their referral to join the group will result in you receiving a 50 [Points] referral bonus. So even if you don't win, you'll still get referral bonuses for each player you refer to the group!The winner will be selected on Dec 31, 2014.
Halloween Nudes!Here are a selection of Halloween inspired and related nudes from all over DA! Enjoy the spooky nakedness! weee! Toxic by Rayofdark Beautiful Zombie 2 by TheDarkRabbit :thumb107851906: Zombie on Toronto street by IgorLaptev Blood Red fingernails by tedwin riven in ink XI by graemo :thumb81165222: Blood Angel by TearsOfLilith Jami Deadly's Bath of Blood by psychocatblah Blood and Cake by auxcentral Blood Pudding by MadameAbsinthe you know me as Elisabeth by suzi9mm on the edge by photographydomine prank of the pixie by 5dam lucky pumpkins by abe64 the pumpkin lovers by photographydomine Smashed I by LovittGirl Pumpkin Time by apolaroid pumpkin time by abe64 pumpkinhead by MatthewCooke pumpkin by 5dam the pumpkin queen by photographydomine Pumpkin Patch Nap by JennaBlack :thumb71948523: Halloween Fun. by LucyIreland Way too naked by UniqueNudes :thumb99094951: harvest... by AMViews Lazy Relaxation by raeadhani Christi, wild child 35 by timsumma Trick or Treat Purple Pumpkin by AmeliaG :thumb102239215: :thumb66368328: Pumpkins are coming by Zzaarr Pumpkin by SirenSeaduction :thumb24632848: :thumb100880308: Christi, wild child 26 by timsumma Dont need a Costume by cosfrog Trick or Treat by cosfrog Happy Halloween....... by photog :thumb100319075: :thumb102269559: :thumb99