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oHHHH MY GOD I ALWAYS LOVE YOUR RESPONSES AND YOUR GIFS LMAOOOOOO also your sketches and art are always improving omg, I think it's bc you consistently draw and show them, so thank you for sharing your work omgoshhhh <3 <3

I just like replying with gifs, I practically wait hungrily for messages to reply to because I HAVE SO MANY PERFECT GIFS LEMME USE MY BABIES AHH -


*slaps self, bottles up crazy* Err… Yes. 8D’


And thank you so much for the compliment on my art! I dunno am I, I can’t see it, and I feel like… I’m too busy atm to put some time for actually practising art, a really good friend of mine gave me a book called Drawing People, which has been with me for like… two months orz

I only opened it like three days ago and read the first five pages… I really need to sit down and learn what I can from it before I need to return it (in a couple of weeks).

Overall, I’d wanna draw away from the Internet a bit, and just… draw privately, sketch, improve my technique and style… But I have an ad running on Furaffinity until December, so I think I’ll do this when the ad has run its course. Or idk. The  commissions I’ve got already paid back the price of the ad, and more. So I could go hermit-sketch. @u@

Or idk, I have ideas and want to do freebies via livestreaming, so I could both practise and give to peeps on the same time… *u*
I DUNNO MAN. But I am planning on putting some serious effort into improving other than simply doing what I do, like, try consciously upgrade and toughen up my game. Make my A-game be better than it is now.

Overall THANKS, feels nice that someone thinks I improve and cares and aljfslkjdgkljsfkg *massive hugging*

starscraper-g0d replied to your post “Advice for artists”

OHMYGOD THANK YOU FOR THIS thank you for writing this so much

I’ve been all

when I hear people making comments where they compare themselves to “better” artists, or when they sort of passive aggressively whine for attention that they’re not getting since they’re not popular enough.

I finally sat down and fumbled out some words as to why it bothers me.


You’re all super stars. Just keep drawing sweeties, keep drawing.

Also, this applies to other things than art - whatever you do, let greatness inspire you to become great, but don’t let it depress you as a height you “can’t reach”.

Someone else did.

Why shouldn’t you?

Advice for artists

"I’ll never be as good as X artist is"

"I wish I was more popular. What should I draw to get more popular?"

"I’ve only ever drawn X, and if I ever draw anything else, no one cares"

"It doesn’t matter if I draw, because nobody watches me anyway"

"I never get faves or comments. Nobody likes my art"

"Why bother, when I get nothing like X popular artist does?"



I’m sure everyone has seen and most likely said something like this, more often than not, to friends privately or publicly complaining on blogs, journals, other artist’s streams… I see these kinds of comments all the time everywhere.
 And quite honestly, it bothers me. It bothers me to no end. So I’m going to try and tell you why it bothers me, and how can I help you to help yourself be a better artist, be more creative, liked, and overall just happier.

The problem is, you’re looking outside, not in. You’re not supposed to be a copy or just like any of the amazing artists you adore. Nobody cares for an exact copy of something amazing - it makes the original look less unique, and you as the copy will always be shrugged off as "well they’re nothing but X’s shadow".
 Who wants that? Don’t you want to be unique, be YOU?
 … Don’t you want to bring something new into this world?
The thing is, you’re not supposed to look at all these amazing artists out here not as rivals or competition, or with angry jealousy fired by your despair because you’ll never be like them… but as sources of inspiration. Believe it or not, but if one person has been able to do something amazing, like draw an amazing landscape with fluorescent colours… so can someone else. So can you. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow… but if you really want to, and work hard, you will be able to draw that beautiful thing you admire, and much, much more. Talented people aren’t out here to outshine you. They aren’t here to make you feel small.
 They’re here to show you that it’s possible to become as good as they are, and better.
 They’re not here to put us into our place, but to inspire us to rise up and shine like they do.

How? I’ll tell you how. We all take inspiration from various sources, other artists’ works, the world outside, music we hear, the conversations we have, the food we eat… the life we live. Drawing, art, is an expression of ourselves. Those awesome artists you like? They’re not drawing because they want to be someone else. They’re good and drawing like they do because they express themselves with their art. They try to draw how they feel, how they see the world, the things they enjoy and what they value. You can never draw like them, because you can never read their mind and feel exactly as they do. So stop trying, and look inside.
 How do you feel? What do YOU want to express? What’s your take on the world around us?
And as a polite side note, if you do draw something in an attempt to mimic an artist you love… credit the artist. There’s no shame in being inspired by someone, and if you manage to improve your art by going to a similar direction as some other artist for a time, people will be curious what your inspirations are, how come your style changed suddenly… and the artist who inspired you will be honoured they’ve helped to nourish your creativity, and happy for being looked up to, and mentioned, so that other people might find them to enjoy their art.
 People will not flock to the source of your inspiration and abandon you. They will most likely follow the both of you, and be happy to watch you grow (possibly the artist you admire will be curious to see you progress, as well).
 So credit your inspirations. Share the love. Make good feels. Happiness and great art should always be shared. <3

Stop looking at the lack of feedback. Yes, I’m sure we all have felt jealous and like… well, nothing compared to popular artists who get hundreds or favourites and comments. But they’re not drawing for the popularity. It’s just a side effect of what’s really important - and that is doing whatever you want to do. Stop trying to be another artist. Stop chasing after the fame. Be you. Draw what you feel like drawing. That’s the secret to being happy, for being always at your best as an artist - when you draw what you want, what makes you happy, the drawings you’re proud of. You’ll always be great and my hero if you draw the things that make you happy. I don’t care about you skill level, but I will always smile and cheer you on and compliment you on your success as an artist when I hear you say "I’m so proud of this drawing, I like how I did X, and X looks a lot better than I usually do!"
 Yes! Excellent! That’s it! I’m so happy to hear that!! Keep going, I can’t wait to see what you do next, even if it was completely different than what you did now!
 This is the right way to draw. To be an artist. To be happy. The only worthwhile way of becoming popular, if you do.

Because popularity doesn’t matter. It’s just a side effect. Maybe you are, maybe you aren’t. But you shouldn’t care - you WON’T care if you’re true to yourself. Positive feedback is always nice, but I’ve seen many an artist crumble and fall, get artblocks and ultimately vanish… because they sold their soul to popularity.
 As an example… Faezza. Everyone knew her as an amazing Sonic fan artist, she had tons of followers, even more comments and favourites… every artist’s dream right? To be popular, loved, have a big fanbase, getting all the positive feedback.
 I can tell you as her close real life friend, she wasn’t. She felt trapped, because all anyone cared about was the Sonic art. If she ever drew anything else, it got minimal to no attention. It’s like she was living on her fans’ terms, not on her own. Like all she was good for was Sonic art. Like she couldn’t draw anything else, yet she (and I) both knew there was so much more to her.
 So she left. Or well, she has a new account where she draws whatever the hell she pleases, and her works are beautiful as ever, and I follow her because I am more interested in how she draws rather than what she draws. She’s happier now than she ever was at her most popular.
 And she isn’t the only one. It happens all the time - artists who gained popularity by chasing after it realize it tastes like ash in their mouths, and either quit, or start finally doing what they want to do… even if it cost them their popularity, because they know now its value.
 Popularity is nothing.
 
The point of my story is, you CAN become popular by doing a “popular” style of art, or sticking to drawing a certain fandom. Yes, you can.
But if you draw to become popular, if you draw what other people want from you, and not what you want, not what comes from inside your heart and soul… you’ll be unhappy. You’ll feel like a puppet, you’ll feel like your creativity is dead… it won’t be worth it. Not on the long run.

So I implore you. Please draw what you love, in ways you want to draw. Forget who is better than you, there always will be someone who is. Forget how popular you are, it doesn’t matter at all. Just be yourself and draw what you love.

If you can do that, you’ve earned my respect as an artist. <3
work work, 1/3 Halloween commissions done, 2 more in the works!Lalalalaaa, have teasers! ~&lt;3

work work, 1/3 Halloween commissions done, 2 more in the works!
Lalalalaaa, have teasers! ~<3

Stolen from Jeniak (dA/FA, I suppose they have a Tumblr too that I don’t follow? XD” )

Basics

Name: Mimosa
Nickname: Mimo, Memo, Mims… then there are the stranger ones, such as Master or Elfling, Ducky… =P
Location: Scandinavia! (born in Finland, but currently bouncing between Finland & Sweden)
Age:  23
Height: 170 cm (5’6)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese: Horse)
Pets: Three female tibetan spaniels named Chiru, Desu and Kiki. And the self-proclaimed king of the house, Amigo the ragdoll cat.
Favourite thing about yourself: I don’t give up. Apparently I don’t know how.
Worst habit: I over-think things, and systematically insult/put myself down.
Fun fact: When I was 5 years old, I was diagnosed as a retard and had to repeat kindergarten/pre-school. Because I was too happy and did not take the shrink’s questions seriously. At the age of 5. You heard me. :D
(might I add that I studied upper secondary / high school in English (not my native tongue), in the 3rd best school in the country? But yea I’m retarded whoo~!)

Identity, Sexuality & Personality

Gender identity: Female
Sexual preference: Men until otherwise stated (not saying I’d never swing the other way, since I’m more interested in who people are rather than what they are).
Romantic preference: Demiromantic I guess, since I haven’t fallen head over heels with anyone I don’t know.
"Kinsey Scale" score: 3 /”equally heterosexual and homosexual” - lol really? I’ve never taken this test before :D )
Relationship status: Taken
Myers/Briggs type: INFJ
Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff (*internal crying for not being a Griffindor or Ravenclaw* )

Routine

"Early Bird" or "Night Owl": A bit of both, as I don’t seem to be able to sleep much.
Bath or shower: Bath, if at all possible =u= <3 *soaks for hours with a good book and tea*
First thought in the morning: “Walk the dogs”
Last thought before falling asleep at night: “Everything’s okay… it’s safe here with you. Love you.”

School/Work

Do you work or are you a student: I work at a DVD rental place.
What do you do well: Overall, I’m hard-working. Whatever I consider to be my responsibility or my job, I will do to the best of my ability, even if it’s not absolutely necessary and I’m tired - I’ll still push a little harder and do what I feel needs to be done.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years: Pessimistically - in my little flat, still shuffling DVDs, wondering when will I amount to something. Optimistically - either studying or working with animals while living with my significant other and generally enjoying myself and my life.


Habits (Do you…?)

Drink: I got drunk for the first time this June. While I admit it had a certain charm to it, especially with the great company I had… not a fan.
Smoke: Nope
Do Drugs: Nope
Exercise: Dog walks count right? Everything else is a bit sporadic and happens when it happens (martial arts, bouldering & parkour, the rare DDR)
Have a go-to comfort food: Ice cream and crisps ;;
Have a nervous habit: Oh, I have a fucking routine: pull back / hunch low as if expecting to be hit, look to the ground, sorta rub hands together and start talking more silently using a lot words like “maybe”, “I don’t know”, “perhaps”, “I might be wrong, but”, “I know I’m being stupid, but”, “not that anyone cares, but”… UGH.

What is your favorite…?

Physical quality (in yourself): I… I don’t know. I tend to stare at myself for so long that I forget, and all I see are things to hate. =_=
In Others: Eyes, smiles, backs (lithe or slightly muscular)… I like legs as well. Not feet, but legs.
Mental/emotional quality (in yourself): I try to understand. No matter what, no matter who, I try see with their eyes, feel what they feel.
Food: Onions, tomatoes, avocado… sushi’s nice. Mmm, ginger dipped in soy sauce. Chili-lime flavoured almonds. Cashew nuts. Coconut. French fries. Idk, been vegetarian for such a short time that I don’t really have a favourite “food”, but several favourite components to make food out of!
Drink: Tea. Black, green, white, rooibos… herbal teas have so far been more strange than nice. I either have my tea as is or with honey (or sugar if honey is not available).
Animal: ALL OF THEM? Uhm uhm. Dogs, wolves, owls, cats.
Colors: … All of them!? xD Green for sentimental reasons, with clothes I like wearing grey, wine red, and space/galaxy patterns (not a colour, but hey).
Artist/Band/Group: Maaaaaaany. Currently loving Lindsey Stirling, Yoshida Brothers, Infected Mushroom & the soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy.
Author/Poet: Again, many. J.R.R. Tolkien will always have my heart, but so do authors like David Eddings, R.A. Salvatore, Maria Jotuni, David Mitchell, Douglas Adams, L. Onerva, Eino Leino, George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb, George Orwell….
Actor/Actress: Cillian Murphy, Viggo Mortensen, Johnny Depp, Hugh Laurie, Brad Pitt, Robert Carlyle, Ian McKellen, James MacAvoy, Sigourney Weaver, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Rodriguez, Djimon Hounsou, Mark Sheppard… & so many more ugh so many talented people!
Blogger: I don’t follow blogs, but I enjoy some Youtubers, like Jesse Cox or Epic Rap Battles of History

Feel free to do if you want!

Halloween commission preview! #memokkeen #commission #art #cat #halloween #drawing #instart #artistsontumblr #kissa #ilovecats

Halloween commission preview! #memokkeen #commission #art #cat #halloween #drawing #instart #artistsontumblr #kissa #ilovecats

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Hellooo guys, these here are my OCs, Hashrik and Zaimas.Now Zaimas has changed from her old design into the new one, but, BUT.While making the new design, I had all these other lovely options for her and&#8230; I found them again and&#8230; I&#8217;m conflicted AGAIN.  As to which version of her would be the best. The one she has now is good (they all are!), but I am kinda in love with 3&#8230;5&#8230; MANY of the other options I came up with.I would love some opinions on which you think looks the best &amp; matches with Hashrik - it can either be in contrast that they are different (opposites), or melding with his design.Thank you for all and any input in advance! &lt;3
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INPUT WANTED!

Hellooo guys, these here are my OCs, Hashrik and Zaimas.Now Zaimas has changed from her old design into the new one, but, BUT.While making the new design, I had all these other lovely options for her and&#8230; I found them again and&#8230; I&#8217;m conflicted AGAIN.  As to which version of her would be the best. The one she has now is good (they all are!), but I am kinda in love with 3&#8230;5&#8230; MANY of the other options I came up with.I would love some opinions on which you think looks the best &amp; matches with Hashrik - it can either be in contrast that they are different (opposites), or melding with his design.Thank you for all and any input in advance! &lt;3
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INPUT WANTED!

Hellooo guys, these here are my OCs, Hashrik and Zaimas.Now Zaimas has changed from her old design into the new one, but, BUT.While making the new design, I had all these other lovely options for her and&#8230; I found them again and&#8230; I&#8217;m conflicted AGAIN.  As to which version of her would be the best. The one she has now is good (they all are!), but I am kinda in love with 3&#8230;5&#8230; MANY of the other options I came up with.I would love some opinions on which you think looks the best &amp; matches with Hashrik - it can either be in contrast that they are different (opposites), or melding with his design.Thank you for all and any input in advance! &lt;3
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INPUT WANTED!

Hellooo guys, these here are my OCs, Hashrik and Zaimas.Now Zaimas has changed from her old design into the new one, but, BUT.While making the new design, I had all these other lovely options for her and&#8230; I found them again and&#8230; I&#8217;m conflicted AGAIN.  As to which version of her would be the best. The one she has now is good (they all are!), but I am kinda in love with 3&#8230;5&#8230; MANY of the other options I came up with.I would love some opinions on which you think looks the best &amp; matches with Hashrik - it can either be in contrast that they are different (opposites), or melding with his design.Thank you for all and any input in advance! &lt;3
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INPUT WANTED!

Hellooo guys, these here are my OCs, Hashrik and Zaimas.Now Zaimas has changed from her old design into the new one, but, BUT.While making the new design, I had all these other lovely options for her and&#8230; I found them again and&#8230; I&#8217;m conflicted AGAIN.  As to which version of her would be the best. The one she has now is good (they all are!), but I am kinda in love with 3&#8230;5&#8230; MANY of the other options I came up with.I would love some opinions on which you think looks the best &amp; matches with Hashrik - it can either be in contrast that they are different (opposites), or melding with his design.Thank you for all and any input in advance! &lt;3
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INPUT WANTED!

Hellooo guys, these here are my OCs, Hashrik and Zaimas.
Now Zaimas has changed from her old design into the new one, but, BUT.

While making the new design, I had all these other lovely options for her and… I found them again and… I’m conflicted AGAIN.
 As to which version of her would be the best. The one she has now is good (they all are!), but I am kinda in love with 3…5… MANY of the other options I came up with.

I would love some opinions on which you think looks the best & matches with Hashrik - it can either be in contrast that they are different (opposites), or melding with his design.

Thank you for all and any input in advance! <3

ok all three Halloween commission sketches, subject to change when I wake up and realise how horrible these are

ok all three Halloween commission sketches, subject to change when I wake up and realise how horrible these are

A sort of mirror-picture of my character Zaimas - though her armour or hair is not symmetrical&#8230; inspired by @zambicandy &amp; Sadyna (deviantArt) #memokkeen #art #inktober #inks #lineart #drawing #traditionalart #originalcharacter

A sort of mirror-picture of my character Zaimas - though her armour or hair is not symmetrical… inspired by @zambicandy & Sadyna (deviantArt) #memokkeen #art #inktober #inks #lineart #drawing #traditionalart #originalcharacter

Phases of Supernatural Dean &amp; Cas&#8230; remind me to be prepared to hate myself immensely if / when drawing with Photoshop. Ugh. x_x
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Phases of Supernatural Dean &amp; Cas&#8230; remind me to be prepared to hate myself immensely if / when drawing with Photoshop. Ugh. x_x
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Phases of Supernatural Dean & Cas… remind me to be prepared to hate myself immensely if / when drawing with Photoshop. Ugh. x_x