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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/183327321702019
I'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!
I am publishing a book on FridayOn Friday, I am publishing my first book: "Fishy" Business: How to be a Mermaid.
Fishy Business will be released Friday morning. To celebrate, I am doing a ustream at 6:30pm ADT. The ustream will be at this link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rainwater you can create an account to sign in and chat, or you can log in with FB. If you aren't sure what 6:30ADT is in YOUR time zone, this link will show you my current time is, and you can figure out the difference from your current time: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=286
You can RSVP to the FB event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/626143357414463/
PracticeBy now everybody already knows that becoming a good artist doesn't come from talent alone. On contrary; talent is a myth. Like the famous quote goes: "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration". Meaning so much that even with a good idea and a bright mind, you still have to work your ass off in order to achieve something. While this makes mad skills available for basically everybody, I still hear many people complain about practice being a rather boring thing, or about them practicing a lot but still getting nowhere.
So I thought; Oh well... Why no article about practice?
Conscious vs unconscious practice
First of all lets divide practice in roughly two types. You have the conscious type of practice. This is the kind of practice in which you're sitting down and thinking to yourself "Hell yeah! I'm gonna draw some <subject> today to get better at this!". And then there's the unconscious type of practice. The type of practice that is often more playful an
600 POINT GIVEAWAY (PRIZE DOUBLED)
Hi Everyone! Since Fall's coming around,
I figure now would be a good time to host a quick giveaway!
THE PRIZE HAS NOW BEEN DOUBLED TO 600 POINTS
I made it onto dA's front page! ;v;
I'm doing a giveaway to help draw some traffic to my page as well! It's very VERY hard to get ahead on dA, and I really have no other options ;x;'
I'm a good artist, so please check out my gallery! ; ;
Favorite this Journal entry! ( +1 Number )
Once you favorite, leave a comment saying you did, and I'll assign you a number!
1 MONTH PREMIUM GIVEAWAY!!!Guys, we have just reached 3000 pageviews!!! :iconomgcatplz: Amazing!!
The people who stalk my profile (especially my welcome-custom box ;D) may already know
that my premium giveaway starts @ 3000 pageviews~
I'm so happy~
Only one winner~
1 Month Premium Membership
Be a watcher!
Fav this Journal!
Leave a comment and tell me that you're joining!
Giveaway ends on sunday, 5th October
The winner will be chosen through random.org
New watchers are more than welcome!
Just to clear up some thing
Art and value of timeDear, deviantart fellow artists
Our lives go by so fast and the time for what we really want to do is limited. So, how to wisely value our time, how to make the best of every single day and keep on creating?
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.
Sort what are the most important things you need to do as soon as possible and start with that. Make a list with what needs to be done and sort them by how necessary it is to do them, how much time it will aproximately take and how the result could impact your life. We have to make constant sacrifices in order to achieve our goals - instead of watching that useless youtube video, instead of checking e-mail and social media sites all the time, instead of whining that there is no time, but actually using what we have - everyone of us have 24h in a day, the difference between
[RAFFLE] Free Couple/Duo Sketches!It's been a while since I've did something like that!
SO, let's start with a new raffle!
What could you win?
I need to collect more experience to draw two people do something together.
So I need your Couples or a Duo/Friends/siblings (...).
I'll do maybe a huge sketch batch if I have some more time to sketch, ... so around
10-20 poeple could "win", I think. I'll choose with random.org and If I have a good idea
for a Couple/Duo if I see the references or the describtion! It will be mostly a black and
white sketch but maybe I like to line or color a sketch so, let yourself be surprised!
What do you need to do?
1. Add this Journal to your
2. You need to be a Watcher.
3. Write a Poll or Journal about this Raffle.
4. Leave a comment with a Link to the Poll/Journal.
Get featured! [feature for points]After some while of experimentation, I'm glad to announce that the feature thing is there to stay.
Over the last half year I've received a lot of positive feedback from both the community and the people that got featured, which inspired me to setup an even faster and fairer method of featuring people on my page. Want to join the fun? Keep on reading. Questions will be answered below.
How does it work?
First find the thumbcode of the artwork you want to feature.
Go to my page, and click the donate button
Make sure to donate a minimum amount of 50 points.
Anything below 50 points will not work!!!
Give the points. Your work will now be featured
(It might take a while. I need to put it up first)
Why would I want this?
The general idea is to give beginning artists the chance to have their artwork featured on my front page. This might se
Colouring Mini Contest! (First entries!! *O*)Welcome to Cru first colouring mini-contest!
The picture you can color:
(PSD file: lineart Innairyn)
Innairyn is one of the minor character of my fantasy novel. She is the Goddess of Hope, to which Kyed did his vow. She keeps the hopes of the people who vowed to her in sparkling globes of various dimensions, depending on the intensity of the hope and in the desperation of who did the solemn promise. She is merciful and kind, but she can read in the hearts of people their real intentions. People that wants to vow to her, needs to do the same tattoo of her forehead on the shoulders.
When the hope is finally realized, it is said that the tattoo will disappear...
For more info: :iconkherming-chronicles:!
I've never drawn her before, so she doesn't have a defined colour palette. That means that you have full freedom in colouring her! And I hope yo
Annual Halloween Contest - NOW OPEN!!! It's that time of the year again and this year we are going to have a great contest!! This year the contest will be hosted by the affiliated groups;
:iconIn-Obscuro: and :iconOmbre-de-Nuit:
Unexpected Evil - In other words we want you to show us anything that normally isn't a creepy or evil, being creepy or evil. (Note or comment if you don't understand)
1 October 2014 - 30 November 2014, midnight GMT+2
Only digital artworks will be allowed. Any form of Digital Art is welcome though
Your artwork should be relative to the theme provided
All stock must be credited WITH A DIRECT LINK (If you are not sure about how to do
DeviantsGallery Halloween of Horrors!Hello my fellow deviants and welcome to our Halloween of Horrors! *insert evil cackle here*
As some of you know, Halloween is my favorite holiday and I want to celebrate it with YOU!
Our goal is to inspire everyone to create new art and more than that we want to have activities that every member can participate in. So… instead of having a contest, we are having 5 Halloween themed challenges. Without further ado, let get's started with our HALLOWEEN OF HORRORS!
Halloween Visual Art Challenge
For this challenge we are accepting Digital Art, Photography, Drawings and Paintings that are Halloween themed.
You can submit your entries here: http://deviantsgallery.deviantart.com/gallery/51338386/Halloween-Visual-Art-Challenge
We are challenging you to create a REAL jack-o-lantern. That's right, in order to enter you must create a jack-o-lantern and post a photo of it. Most jack-o-lanterns are
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
Life is but a DreamWe are just unnourished frail bodies,
overfed with white lies and short-lived-euphorias.
Books filled with black letters,
etching lurid images into our utmost dreams.
Veering us from the big picture...
the one we fail to paint ourselves.
Our fists much too busy with fights,
that we are bound to lose.
Too occupied in line waiting,
for creativity to be let loose like a stray dog.
As if we will find home in this pursuit of happiness...
but we only enclose each other in small rooms
with nothing but old laptops.
How many times I've guessed which letter could it be...
Which letter could it be?
To free us from havoc-stricken-thoughts?
They come and go, unending like 24 hour subway stations.
There's no break for this lonely man,
heaving every breathe of stale air
into my overused lungs...
Living in confined walls of flesh
held up with brittle paper-mache bones.
Which day is it that I will burst out from this cage of a life?
And hover with the Gods found in carefully binded bo
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A two-time Community Volunteer for the deviantART Related category, Anne is well-known as a positive, helpful force. She is the community's resident expert when it comes to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and her personal gallery offers a wide variety of tutorials for new and experienced coders alike. In addition, each winter she hosts a calendar project encouraging members to create Journal designs for all to use, bringing more creativity to the community.
It is with immense gratitude that we acknowledge Anne as the recipient of the Deviousness Award for October 2014. Read More