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Blood Under StarlightFaerun, Toril
The night was still. There was no omen or warning in this night, nothing that might hint at the coming threat.
The drow had come to the surface.
At the edge of the forest, the raiding party had gathered, waiting for the return of their scout, sent ahead to check the area. Some of the raiders prodded the trunks of the trees in wariness or disgust. Some twitched at every little sound; the rustle of leaves in the breeze, the flight of a night-bird overhead, all seemed strange and threatening.
Some, on the other hand, were staring up at the sky, looking at the stars. They'd been taught that the distant pinpricks of light served as a mocking warning of the searing fire that would rise in the sky here during other hours; combined with its obvious reminder of the uncomfortable lack of stone overhead, it was little wonder their expressions contained both distaste and perverse fascination.
Mazarun Zothyrr shivered a little as the breeze brushed his cheek and set his hair to
Wake The Night - Vhaeraunite HymnSons of shadow, wake the night
Let the dark awaken
Dusk's embrace strengthens your might
Guides the dark paths taken.
Take up blade and shadow-mask
In the silence creeping
Turn toward the holy task
While all else is sleeping.
Ebon-masked ones, wake the night
Let the dark awaken
Set yourselves to stand and fight
Let the world be shaken.
Watcher - a Mazarun and Rantel taleWatcher
Rantel has grown accustomed, more or less, to having his hearing back. He no longer needs to watch a speaker, to read their words from the movements of their mouth.
He watches Mazarun anyway. He watches Mazarun's lips shape each word. He watches Mazarun's hands, slender and graceful, as they add qualifying gestures to clarify whatever he's saying.
They got into the habit of signing their conversations and they've never entirely fallen out of it; even a spoken exchange is enhanced by signs that modify the meanings of what is said. Rantel prefers it that way; so many of the subtleties of signed speech are conveyed in the face and the body that it requires close attention. There is a connection there, an understanding that comes only with this kind of careful reading.
He doesn't have to face a speaker anymore, but he still appreciates the light touch on the arm with which Mazarun draws his attention before speaking. It's a gesture of such long standing that it
Mazarun Character Sheet for ContestName: Mazarun Zothyrr.
Age: In his eighties – looks the equivalent of a human of eighteen.
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral.
Class: Fighter 6/Wizard 2/Warblade 2.
Appearance: Mazarun has a slim build, wiry of muscle rather than bulky. His face is sharp-featured, and delicate to the point of seeming almost feminine, with high cheekbones, a high forehead, and a pointed chin. Thin brows rise upward somewhat at the outer ends, over long-lashed red eyes, tilted upward at the corners in the elven fashion. His face is framed by two locks of hair that reach his collar-bones in length, while the rest of his hair comes to his waist. His back is marked by thin scars, hard to see from any great distance – lines, all at different diagonal, vertical and horizontal angles, always in parallel pairs – the marks of a snake-headed whip.
Gear: Mazarun tends to dress
Beyond the Light - Vhaeraunite HymnI who wait beyond the light
I shall be the Hand of Night
(All masks be one
'til day be done)
See webs torn and webs unmade
Ended by the Shadow's Blade
(Their plots undone
The web unspun)
Blades in hand we stand and fight
Night Above is ours by right
(A Maskéd One
Shall fear no sun)
By our faith let shadows rise
Over all beneath the skies
(His will be done
For we are one.)
Artist Info: How to Price Commissions"The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried"
This is an informative journal to help artists determine fair pricing for commissions, based on my recent poll. I will update this as needed to include new information as it comes in.
This is part of an 'Information Series of journals
- Stand your ground, know your worth!
- [now reading]
- Artist Info: Conducting yourself professionally
- Client/Buyer info: How to go about commissioning an artist.
BIG FAT DISCLAIMER
Beware of malicious 'art theft' websites!I believe I made a journal like this in the past, but I have new watchers since, so I'll say it again.
There are quite a few websites being called out for "art theft", where you use the website's search function, and your artwork will almost invariably come up. The current one I've seen is called "Axsoris", which sounds delightfully like my favorite pairing in Kingdom Hearts, but is in actuality a VERY dangerous website loaded with malware, so not only will I NOT provide a link, I will also warn that you don't even try to find it.
There are two important things you need to know about websites like these:
1. They did not "steal" your art. ...YET.
The art is "stolen" (if you want to call it that) as soon as you or someone else searches for it. This is some new script malware-spreading websites are using, and while the intent is to dupe unsuspecting people who wander across the website to use the search, this works EXCEEDINGLY WELL on concerned artists who worry that their ar
The Baenre GirlsIt had been several weeks since Quenthel's resurrection. The drowess found it disconcerting to know that she had been dead, but she praised Lloth for the joy of living again to see the enemies of House Baenre destroyed. Quenthel's memories of the Demonweb Pits were blurred, like some distant dream. She remembered only the smell of sulphur and the feel of cobwebs.
Quenthel had been invited to Triel's private chambers, ostensibly for a few drinks. Quenthel knew her older sister was always looking for opportunities to size up her sisters, to analyse whether they posed potential threats. The drow smiled at the joy at which Triel greeted her return from the dead. The two sisters had always been affectionate towards each other and after the separation of death, especially so. Yet their hugs and kisses could not hide the rivalry between them. Triel was as aware of it as she was. When Quenthel got the chance to kill her sister and seize control of Menzoberranzan, it would be the final act of s
Sos'umptu's Unwanted Assistant ch7The next day when Zariel arrived at the Baenre chapel, she presented Sos'umptu with a box.
The surprised chaplain opened the box.
"Honey-coated lizards!" the older Drow exclaimed with delight.
"Imported from Calimport. One of your nieces told me you liked sweets," explained Zariel.
" I certainly do. That was so kind, but it was really not necessary, child," said Sos'umptu.
"Well you were really nice to me yesterday, even after I had been such a spoiled bitch. Things are in a bad way now, but you're right, I need to trust Lolth and hope for the best," said Zariel.
Sos'umptu kissed her young assistant and gave her a hug.
Later that day, Sos'umptu was summoned to the chambers of older sister, Triel.
Sos'umptu slipped off her high-heeled shoes and stepped onto Triel's plush carpet.
Triel, wearing an elegant blue dress greeted her.
"And how is your assistant shaping up?" the matron mother asked.
"I think she has the makings of a fine Drow," replied Sos'umptu.
"Too bad," said Triel. "It s
TRANSFORMERS Design Contest Now Open!CLICK HERE to begin submitting designs!
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Now is the time where we need you to roll out, artists! - our first official Transformers contest is here! The mighty, battling interstellar robots of Hasbro's enduring franchise are as popular today as they were for 80's babies the world over when they were first introduced, and fan art featuring their ultra cool vehicular designs are some of the best artwork on the web. Is some of that cool art yours, or do you think you have an awesome idea? Make it work for a shirt design and you could win up to $2,500 in the grand prize, and the chance to have your design made into an official piece of Transformers merchandise! Autobots, Decepticons, we want to see them all ready for action - so start drawing and may the best and brightest transform into winners!
GUEST JUDGES: Voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen! And Tr
Origins of most popular tablet weaving patterns.With the increasing popularity of historical re-enactment and fantasy-themed events came an accompanying curiosity about ancient crafts. Many now are thinking of how to make things as they were done ages ago. Thankfully the technique of tablet weaving was revived!
Basing on Viking period excavations, archaeologists developed a theory around the use of pierced bone and wooden squares that was confirmed in the Oseberg ship burial and also ethnological research into modern handiwork. It became obvious that the selfsame craft had been preserved in isolated regions of the Caucasus, Algeria, Burma, Slovakia, The Yemen and Anatolia and is exactly the same as had been practiced by Vikings ages ago.
With this knowledge we can now reproduce even the most elaborate pieces of weaving, however one must remain aware that tablet woven artifacts have been dated back to the 6th century B.C. and have been found as far away as Norway, China, Egypt and Anatolia, and only a portion of them were
Curious Commission InfoCOMMISSION STATUS: OPEN
- I'm mainly open for commission year-round and even though stated otherwise (e.g. in my profile or journals) always feel free to ask and we can discuss over the matter.
- Though most of the examples are TF-related, you can ask me for anything else that springs to your mind
(human, fantasy, animals, nature, scenery, buildings, ponies etc...)
- Original characters of all kinds are warmly allowed.
BUT I will NOT draw:
- Hate or offensive art.
- Mature rated art. This includes porn/yaoi/yuri/hentai and extreme gore.
- Humanizations or redesigns of canon characters
- PayPal (both $ and €)
Please note that I only accept points via DA commission widgets (which can be found in my gallery's main page)
- the prices however, are the same as in PayPal commissions (where 1 $ equals 100 )
IF the widget is not visible on my main page - that means the point commissions are closed!
Stand your ground, know your worth!I'm sure a few of you by now have seen the recent ridiculousness regarding a job posted in the forums for a rather "epic" scene to be illustrated "at the starting price of $30".
I will do my very best to keep this short (and hopefully organized), but I want everyone to really get a good feel for this and why it's so important.
*****This applies to both hobbyist and professional artists*****
I know that a lot of you do not do art for a living. You may do art as supplemental income, or maybe you do it strictly for fun. But I want to make something very clear to each and every one of you that does art: if you have the skills, no matter what you consider yourself in regards to the arts industry, make sure you are getting paid for the WORK you are putting in.
So to summarize a lot of what all the fuss with job posting is/was about.
In the job posting the OP is basically looking for the cheapest possible price they can get by way of 'barterin
Small contest Reminder!!okay okay... i wanted to try this for a very long time...
But i decided to make a small contest
Simply draw one of my chosen characters:
You can either draw them together or all at once and IF you like to draw your OWN OC character with them or a Cannon character its fine as long as one of the characters above are in it.
>I WILL ALLOW:
~Horror ( since its Halloween )
~creativity ( digital or traditional just have fun with it! XD )
>I WILL NOT ALLOW:
~Hentai ( and the likes )
>Winners will receive these in return:
#1st winner - a drawing of what he/she wants in full digital.
#2nd winner - drawing done in a combination of Traditional AND digital.
#3rd winner - Drawn on paper and Painted.
#4th winner - draw on paper and colored in color pencil.
Since a lot of people decided to join i'll give the
five hour energyi suppose
last week was only an aftershock
of the earthquake you were before.
this place used to vibrate
with metal strings and melodic,
testimonies to life,
emitting coffee-scented moods
and the burn of it too.
i had memorized the
sounds of silence,
i couldn't help but relish it.
no longer had i known
the sounds of folk
and scent of mocha-
you became nothing more
than an echo of the laughter
i so desperately needed to hear again.
then the echoes got louder,
bouncing ferociously off the walls
to be made manifest
i walked into your room
expecting exactly what i found-
an unmade bed,
and an empty beer
(the one that you insisted you needed
just days ago).
i pressed my nose
into the pillow
for incense and cologne and starbucks
to penetrate my mind
and thinking fervently
i already know
what a clean sheet smells like."
how strong an aftershock can be,
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