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!
Critiquing, do's and dont'sSo i almost always request critiques on my art, and i also get a lot of them too (thank you so much guys/galls) and i've noticed some critiquers have some misconceptions about critiques, their role, how to do it, etc.Now i don't want to critique someone's critiuque, i rarely do that because people take it as being defensive about the art that is critiqued. So i'll just make this journal to hopefully inform/educate some of you about critiquing. Do's-If an artist requests critiques, and you have something to say about it then do use the critique widget to leave a critique. Don't critique in the comment's section though. I know some of you are more shy, but if you're bold enough to write a critique then put it in its proper place, that's what the widget is fore. This does not apply to artists who do not have a premium and can't requests critiques through the widget.-Do read the artists comments on the artwork first. They might offer hints on what
Wonderland Euphoria!! (Contest and Secret Phrase)Spot the Secret Phrase!Somewhere in this journal, thy will seeStrange threes of words so to speakSpot the phrase to earn thy keepOne to three months premium I'll hand thee( Gosh! My poem doesn't rhyme at all )First twelve people with the correct answerNo jokes, no qualms, no banterNo need to cheat. Just have to readSpot the phrase and answer in speedNo phrase will be the same as the otherWhen spotted, it'll be changed right afterKeep haste for it shall be at random momentsThe change of phrase for your enjoyment- - - - - - - - -If the phrase has been seen, DO NOT COMMENT!Send me a note with thy answer instead!Or upload the answer to Stash and note thy linkI'll hand thee a premium, a sash and a wink!( See what I mean? )SLOTS:See how many are still available hereContest: Draw or Write!Theme: Alice in Wonderland
8 Legal Cases Every Photographer Should KnowSource: http://petapixel.com/2014/10/28/8-legal-cases-every-photographer-know/Understanding your legal rights as a photographer can often be confusing and overwhelming. From copyright infringement to fair use to DMCA, there are a number of legal concepts that every photographer should be familiar with. Here are eight important legal cases that are illustrative of these concepts and the importance of registering your copyright.1. Andrew Paul Leonard v Stemtech Health Sciences, IncKey concept: Copyright infringement and registrationMicrophotography expert Andrew Paul Leonard’s photographs of bone marrow stem cells were stolen and used on the Stemtech website and other marketing materials.The court ruled in Leonard’s favor for copyright infringement awarding him $1.6m in actual damages. However, he was denied statutory damages because he didn’t register his images until after the infringement occurred.2. Nussenzweig v DiCorciaKey concepts: Right of Privacy/Publici
Halloween Chat/Forum Events Schedule!Are you excited for Halloween this year?? You should be! communityrelations has a series of chat and forum events along with a special Trick or Treat Scuzzle game for you to participate in this Friday 31st. And of course, the treats will be awesome prizes such as or premium memberships! All chatroom activities will take place in CommunityRelations, and all times are PDT. Please use a time converter as needed: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/Trick or Treat Scuzzle! What is a scuzzle, you may ask? Well, a scuzzle is part scavenger hunt and part jigsaw puzzle. There will be clues dotted around in the forum threads and it is your job (should you choose to take it) to unravel all the clues and put all the images together to complete the scavenger hunt and the jigsaw puzzle!Guidelines
THANK YOU RAFFLE! [closed]Hi everyone! I really need your help (just 5 seconds of your lovely time) to like a contest entry for me on Facebook ;w; You will be rewarded with a raffle entry if you do ~!UPDATE: The raffle is now closed! The voting period ended 24 hours ago and results come out on Wednesday. I'll let you all know the winners for my raffle shortly after that! If you still want to 'like' my entry, you're more than welcome to, but it will no longer be counted in the contest haha *O* Thanks for helping out guys!!Please support me by liking my entry at Clip Studio Paint's facebook pageto help me win!I’ve entered a mascot design competition for Clip Studio Paint, where the top 10 most liked entries win monetary prizes. I know this piece isn’t one of my best works but it
Month-aversary Contest!A CONTESTIn celebration of my one month anniversary on deviantArt, innoctemn and I have concocted a devious (see what I did there?) CONTEST! The amazing people in the Literature community have made me feel so welcome, so at home, that I decided that I should do something to give back. It was innoctemn's idea to host a contest, and here we are!Rules i.Deadline: December 15th, 2014 ii.MUST use at least one of the prompts. Put which one you use in the author's comments. iii.In addition to which prompt, please mention that it's for this contest.iv.BOTH prose and poetry are accepted! v.Prose limit: 3,000 wordsPoetry limit: 40 linesvi.And don't forget to have fun!NOTE ME your entries, and I will add them to the contest folder!Prompts
Fan Art and Music Winners!Sorry for the delay in judging, life got a bit crazy! But we have the winners for you now In 1st Place winning a 1 year subscription and 2500 points (and by a margin of 1 point!) is:In 2nd place winning a 6 month sub and 2000 points is:In 3rd place winning a 3 months sub and 1500 points is:And special mentions to entries that blew my mind but did not place: Thank you to everyone who entered
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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