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Heyo guys!

So...I am in need of a bit of extra money, and I thought the best way to do that fast and make some people happy was to ask if anyone here was interested in commissioning some simple things.

What I mean is headshots, chibis, single character scenes(no speedpaint), or sketches (meaning if you have a scene or a position you would like me to sketch out for you, or perhaps a character design you'd like a general idea for, I can give you a starting point :) ).

Prices:

Sketches (characters/scenes) : 500 or $5

Headshots/Chibis: 1500 or $15

Single Character Scenes: 2000 or $20


The only condition of course, is that I would prefer payment through paypal. ^^;


If you're interested, comment "Plus Ultra!" on this journal. 



This is a temporary thing. I'll delete this journal in a few days probably. 
Hey hey! I'd like to draw a few scenes for some people, however there's something a bit different about this time.

Does anyone have scenes that do not involve Warriors? I'm looking to draw things other than cats. It's alright if your scene has cats in it, but preferably they are not the focus. At the moment, I'd like to draw more humans and other animals. 

If you have a commission like that, please comment "Donut Caboose" in the comment section below. :)

Also!! This journal is tied directly to my old commissions journal:  Commissions (IMPORTANT)Hey guys!
Alright so, I've been wondering how I might do commissions lately, and I think that taking 10 at once wouldn't be a good idea since I really don't want to have a list again at the moment (best focus on other things first, and having a list will add to some stress that's been building lately). XD
However, I still really want to take some and draw your guys' scenes, so I'm going to try a temporary system.
I'm going to take 1 commission now, then when I finish it/post it, I'll take another. The selection of whose commission I take will be completely random. :)
Here's a few rules for this temporary system, please read:
1. You may only enter if you have enough to pay for a commission right now (and unfortunately this time I can't make exceptions since I would hopefully be able to immediately get to work on the commission I take. Luckily though, these commissions will be open for a while, so you'll be able to enter later too. Just don't comment the code words until you know
 All the rules are the same (save the different phrases to comment)

If you entered there previously, and are now entering here...if you are chosen for a commission then I will remove you from the old journal as well because I assume that the commission/scene you were hoping to get is the same as when you entered before. :) Basically, this journal is just to separate out those who want scenes that aren't warriors based from those who do...because the old journal has over 90 people who all want a scene, and while I would just choose from them, I have no idea who wants a Warriors scene and who doesn't in that section...

Anyway, looking forward to drawing some stuff! :D


Alright, River Out!!
Alright, it's time! Well, it was time...four days ago- but I've been a little sick and indecisive. ^^; I apologize for keeping you guys in suspense, but now the results are in!!

A quick thank you to everyone who entered! :D 
We got some flipping awesome entries, and I could see that everyone put a lot of thought into their species. It was really cool reading the detailed ideas behind their planets, abilities, cultures...seriously, it was extremely hard narrowing it down to our winners. ^^; I realize that some may disagree with the results, especially since most of our judging was based on opinion, but I hope everyone can accept the ones we chose, and understand where we're coming from. Judging a contest like this is always a challenge.

Without further adieu, here we go~

Honorable Mentions:


.:Contest Entry:. by GeministarX
The Araneae by :icongeministarx: ! This was one of the first entries, and we started to get excited for this contest right away, because this creature just looks so interesting! I knew for a fact I wanted to feature them, even in a small way. I love the idea/design, and I'm sorry I couldn't give them a higher spot.

//CONTEST ENTRY// by AllAboutWarriors
The Slika by :iconallaboutwarriors: ! This species looks really cool. Love the idea of a half gaseous creature, and the face looks very cool! :D Ava and I started coming up with a lot of ideas for how to introduce them. Plus, they seem very fun to draw. :D

The Seophix (contest submission) by Tillie-TMB
The Seophix by :icontillie-tmb: Holy carp these guys are both cute and interesting. The design itself is really cool, and I began seeing all these opportunities for characters. I'm a bit sad that I couldn't give these guys a higher spot, but I know they'll probably appear a lot in the background and maybe have a few small roles. ;)

Radiconi by spiralfur
The Radiconi by :iconspiralfur: What made this one stand out to us was the idea of different masks representing their rank/position, and their culture kind of tied around that tradition. There're some really cool ideas behind this creature, and it definitely needed to be seen in the story. :D

Nadjadex (Riverspirit contest entry) by 102945
The Nadjadex by :icon102945: Ava saw these and immediately thought of some interesting ideas as to how to include them. The species itself is a bit freaky, but certainly in a good way. A lot of thought went into how the anatomy of this creature works, and I look forward to seeing them. :D

Carrowls by AaraIsArtist
The Carrowls by :iconaaraisartist: Alright, basing an alien on coral is a pretty awesome idea. I think there's a lot of potential for interesting designs with this one, as well as a lot of opportunity story-wise. Cupcake/Purple and I agreed this one had to have a feature. :)

Diottos {RiverSpirit contest entry} by Puppieluv42
The Diotto by :iconpuppieluv42: Ava and I saw these guys and quite a few fun scenes came to mind, as their design/info makes them very workable for the story. I really love their look, and although there are other species who have a bit more flare design-wise, these could really stand out if given some personality and character. :)

Kegsynee Ref Sheet by TripleJaysArt
The Kegsynee by :icontriplejaysart: This was a last minute entry, but I am so glad they were entered. These guys not only look cool, but also have a very interesting culture that I'd love to explore. Design-wise, they can vary, but I believe there is a lot of potential. :D

Kimare speices refrence  by SpicyBrownieMix
The Kimare by :iconspicybrowniemix: Must I even point out how awesome this species looks? The minute I saw them, I began to imagine ways they could be included in the story. Although it'd be a somewhat small role, they deserve a feature.

Entry #1 (Kasai) by ShinxShade
The Kasai by :iconshinxshade: These little dudes were too cute not to include in some form. I really love their design despite its simplicity, and Ava and I could see a few fun opportunities for these little dudes. :3

Glassbowls (Open species (50)) by TrueShinyinkfox
The Glassbowls by :icontrueshinyinkfox: These guys are both cute and creative. We still have no idea how to include them into the comic, but I knew they needed a mention because of how interesting the design is.

Contest Entry for RiverSpirit456 by SparrowDraws
The Alali by :iconsparrowdraws: Honestly, it was the clothing that drew us to these creatures. The various styles made us immediately imagine a few situations where these creatures could be featured, and although their base design is rather simple, it still manages to attract the eye (pun intended). :D

Contest Entry - Telial species (read desc.) by WindBlade2313
The Telial by :iconwindblade2313: Like a few others, these stood out less in their look and more in their potential, although they do look pretty rad. We liked the idea of a species being more tribal based and accustomed to fighting. There is quite a bit of opportunity. ;)

Simul's alien by BlueElk
The Simul by :iconblueelk:  Ava was less a fan of these, but I insisted because I really love the thought that went into their culture and background. The idea of a species hierarchy based on how cybernetically enhanced you are could lead to some really interesting backstory, and I thought it would be fun to design a few characters within this species. Even if their roles are small, it would still be a cool idea to explore. :)
Gora | CE ( backstory in description) by Sundew13
The Konidia by :iconsundew13: I was a bit surprised there weren't more lizard-type species, and this one seemed like an interesting one-off character to include. It seems like a fun species to draw, and one that could be included a bit as background characters. :D
Rackmer longer version by DoodleBugsNotebook
The Rackmer by :icondoodlebugsnotebook: Ava really liked the look of these guys, and I really liked the idea of a species that dwells mainly underground in a heated environment. I felt there were some cool opportunities to explore this species, and Ava came up with some very interesting ideas on how to include them in our universe. ;)



That concludes the honorable mentions! I said I'd keep it short, but you all know how that usually turns out. ^^; Looking back, I realized how many entries were bipedal and sentient. I'm a bit sad that there wasn't a little more variety, but I'm definitely happy with the ones we've chosen, and I really look forward to drawing up some characters within each of these species, and seeing how we can incorporate them into the comic. I think it'll help to expand our universe, and keep it fun and colorful. ;)

Alright, on to...

Third Place:


Lu'driga Alien Species (OPEN SPECIES) by XxSoullessSpiritxX 
The Lu'Driga by :iconxxsoullessspiritxx: Aha, this was the species that Ava fell in love with. She came up with all these ideas for how to include them, and at first I was a bit skeptical. Not that I don't like the look, it was more that I wasn't a fan of the colors. However, after reading the immense detail that went into this species background and characteristics, I had to admit they were quite interesting, and that it would certainly be cool to include a character from this species in the comic. Ava, you got your wish. And Soulless, you clearly had a lot of ideas and put a lot of thought into your entry, and I think you did a great job. :D


Second Place:


Nelume Species || Contest Entry by Loafbud 
The Nelume by :iconloafbud:
Okay, the moment I saw this species I knew for a fact I had to include them in some way. The detail that went into its design, and the variations of the creature, help it really stand out. I think there is a lot of opportunity for character in how the species is presented, being so elegant and regal. There was also quite a bit of thought put into how they live, their culture and language, however I think there is room for expansion. They remain in the typical medieval setting, which is actually quite interesting as a contrast to the advanced sci-fi world around them, and I'm interesting to see how characters from this society would interact with the rest of the galaxy's population. :) All in all, I think Loafbud did a great job at making a cool and unique species. :D

Anguidon Reference by RevenantEcho
The Anguidon by :iconrevenantecho: Okay seriously though, this species looks incredibly awesome! I love this design, how powerful it is, and how much opportunity it has in terms of character. Ava had an amazing idea for how to incorporate this species, and I have to agree with her suggestion. The only problem is, there is still relatively little information about them. However, I'm willing to wait for RevenantEcho to create a more detailed description of this species, because they are perfect for a specific role in our comic, and we knew we had to use them. Hope to hear from ya, Revenant. :)


And finally,

First Place:


Prismites - Contest Entry by Moonspirit13
The Prismites by :iconmoonspirit13: 
This was one of the very first entries, however it immediately caught my eye. Initially, it held a place on the honorable mentions list. We were looking for a species or two that could make up the majority of background characters, and decided this one would be cool to use for that purpose. However, as time went on, we realized that there was also a lot of opportunity in terms of creating a fun character, potentially a main character, from this species. The species itself has an interesting design, with a lot of opportunity to grow. I think there are a few things that could be improved and perhaps adapted, however even just as they are, they do stick in ones memory. It was incredibly tough, however, choosing this one above so many other really awesome species, and even now I kind of wish I could include about three other first places, haha. Still, I'm happy with Prismites as our first place winner. Cute, interesting, and perhaps a great fit for the Aris/Dick/Oo'bleck team one day ;3

Congrats go to Moonspirit, as well as all of our other winners!!



Here are the prizes listed along with the names of the winners.

Prizes:

1st place: :iconmoonspirit13: 

- This creature will receive a large role in Star Chasers (perhaps main villain/rival, or supporting main character. They may travel with the main three for a while).
- a sketch of any character you'd like from yours truly
- 1000 points
- a llama (always fun to throw in a llama. :D (Big Grin) )
- digital bust painting from :iconmelaniethekitteh:
- A year-long Core Membership from :iconlefabtasticdomino:
- 1 character fully shaded drawing from :iconbloodwolfie25:
- Fullbody scene with up to 2 characters, no background from :iconskyeshade77:
From :iconany2004:
~A Llama Badge
~A traditional full body with complex background/scene
~A traditional Full Body with a round background
~Two traditional busts (must be cats)


2nd place: :iconrevenantecho: , :iconloafbud:

- This creature will receive a supporting role in Star Chasers (large side character/possible recurring rival)
- a sketch of any character you'd like by yours truly
- 500 points
- a llama
- simple one character scene from :iconmelaniethekitteh:
- 1 character fully shaded drawing from :iconbloodwolfie25:
- Fullbody with one character, no background from :iconskyeshade77:
From :iconany2004:
~A Lama Badge from me 
~A traditonal Full Body 
~A traditonal bust (must be a cat) 
~A traditonal Chibi 


3rd place: :iconxxsoullessspiritxx: 

- This creature will have a supporting role in Star Chasers (side character. They'll appear occasionally). 
- a sketch of any character you'd like by yours truly
- 250 points
- a llama
- Fully shaded bust from :iconbloodwolfie25:
- One character headshot from :iconskyeshade77:
From :iconany2004:
~A Llama Badge from me 
~A traditional Full Body 
~A traditional flat-coloured Headshot.


Honorable mentions: :icongeministarx: :iconallaboutwarriors: :icontillie-tmb: :iconspiralfur: :icon102945: :iconaaraisartist: :iconpuppieluv42: :icontriplejaysart: :iconspicybrowniemix: :iconshinxshade: :icontrueshinyinkfox: :iconsparrowdraws: :iconwindblade2313: :iconblueelk: :iconsundew13: :icondoodlebugsnotebook: 

- These species will appear in the background, or as possible small roles.
- 50 points
-a llama
- a chibi from :iconcallabunny:
- a Chibi from :iconbloodwolfie25:
From :iconany2004:
~A Llama Badge from me ;
~A traditional bust (must be cats).



Before you go...
The winners for each place were chosen for a variety of reasons: Some because we immediately had ideas for how to incorporate them, some for their potential in character, all for how cool and interesting they were. However, that isn't at all to say that the rest of the entries for this contest were not cool or interesting. 

Ava and I had a stack of over 25 honorable mentions, as well as five 3rd places, and three 2nd places... we had to slowly narrow it down to, at most, 15, 1, and because we were still indecisive, 2. There were many species that we had ideas for, but simply didn't make sense to include. Hopefully no feelings were hurt, and hopefully everyone had a blast participating.

This was a really fun contest, if incredibly hard to judge, and I'm thinking that it would be cool to have all over again sometime in the future, because you guys are obviously bursting with ideas, and many people were hyped for the idea of creating alien species.


Thank you all so much!!

And hey, if you saw a species that you thought was really cool, shout it out in the comments, even if it wasn't one of the winners! ;)
Hey guys!!

Alright first off, thank you so much for 20k watchers! It's flipping awesome that you all enjoy what I post enough to click that button. It really means a lot to me. That sounds sarcastic but I swear it isn't, haha! XD

Now, since I had a contest for 1k, and 10k, why not continue the tradition and have a 20k contest? :)

So here's the deal:

For this contest, you must create an original alien species. It can be humanoid, quadruped, completely messed up tentacle monsters, anything you want that is either comedic or awesome! Heck, if you want to create a fun new unicorn type thing you can. However, please do put some thought into how that species has evolved. Don't just slap something together, try to think about their development. :D

The contest will conclude and winners will be announced on the 21th of May! Read the rules fully in order to enter!


Rules:

1. Must be an open species. If you're really proud of it, of course you can sell adoptables since the species will still belong to you, but it would be great if we could all create our own creatures from your guys's species (like if you want to create a shark-dog, owl-person or slime-oobleck you totally can!)

2. Do not plagiarize. It's fine to take inspiration from creatures from shows and such, but please try to be original. This will play a large part in the judging portion.

3. Make sure to provide basic info about your species like their species name (including plural version), their native planet, and whether they are sentient (do they have a civilization, or are they simply creatures likes dogs, deer, or fish?). It would also be nice to know how their appearances may vary (do they come in different colors, patterns, etc.). I will provide a reference sheet for you to use, although you can also make your own ref. sheet if you'd like. Here's a link to my reference sheet:  Ref Sheet for Contest! by RiverSpirit456

4. You can submit/create as many species as you'd like as long as they remain awesome! :D However, we will most likely only select one species from each person.

5. In order to submit your creature, please go to this post: Contest Judges :submit here: by RiverSpirit456

and comment a link to your creature's reference sheet, as well as type this: "How can I refuse?" just to make sure you've actually entered this contest. Please don't comment random things on that post. It's meant to be solely for this contest. 

6. If your creature has any kind of "magical" abilities, please do not make the ability too powerful: keep it within an explainable area. Powers like telekinesis, telepathy, small elemental control, etc... these are fine and could be well incorporated into a sci-fi world, however flying without wings or laser eyes...these must be explained in some way (please don't make an overpowered superman.) Haha!

7. Please have fun!!! These contests are meant to inspire creativity and a good time.

7. Ava insists that all potato related species will be immediately disqualified. No exceptions. (wtf ava? Now people will be submitting potatos! Purple agrees! this is a stupid rule...)


Judging: 

This contest is not only for fun, but also as a way to find new species to feature in the comic Ava and I are developing (Star Chasers). Yay for ulterior motives!

We will be selecting winners based on creativity, how interesting the species is, and how much story potential they have (you don't exactly have to create a full character/personality, but it would be nice if they had potential for something really interesting). Art skills is not really as much of a requirement. Just make sure to include color and a basic idea of what the species looks like. Still, try your best! :D

The submission can be traditional (pen, colored pencils, etc.) or digital ( use any program.) :)

Prizes: (Holy carp there are so many now!)

1st place:
- This creature will receive a large role in Star Chasers (perhaps main villain/rival, or supporting main character. They may travel with the main three for a while).
- a sketch of any character you'd like from yours truly
- 1000 points
- a llama (always fun to throw in a llama. :D )
- digital bust painting from :iconmelaniethekitteh:
- A year-long Core Membership from :iconlefabtasticdomino:
- 1 character fully shaded drawing from :iconbloodwolfie25:
- Fullbody scene with up to 2 characters, no background from :iconskyeshade77:
From :iconany2004:
~A Llama Badge
~A traditional full body with complex background/scene
~A traditional Full Body with a round background
~Two traditional busts (must be cats)


2nd place:
- This creature will receive a supporting role in Star Chasers (large side character/possible recurring rival)
- a sketch of any character you'd like by yours truly
- 500 points
- a llama
- simple one character scene from :iconmelaniethekitteh:
- 1 character fully shaded drawing from :iconbloodwolfie25:
- Fullbody with one character, no background from :iconskyeshade77:
From :iconany2004:
~A Lama Badge from me 

~A traditonal Full Body 
~A traditonal bust (must be a cat) 
~A traditonal Chibi 


3rd place: 
- This creature will have a supporting role in Star Chasers (side character. They'll appear occasionally). 
- a sketch of any character you'd like by yours truly
- 250 points
- a llama
- Fully shaded bust from :iconbloodwolfie25:
- One character headshot from :iconskyeshade77:
From :iconany2004:
~A Llama Badge from me 
~A traditional Full Body 
~A traditional flat-coloured Headshot.


Honorable mentions:
- These species will appear in the background, or as possible small roles.
- 50 points
-a llama
- a chibi from :iconcallabunny:
- a Chibi from :iconbloodwolfie25:
From :iconany2004:
~A Llama Badge from me ;
~A traditional bust (must be cats).


I normally give out way too many honorable mentions, so I'm going to limit this to about 10-15 mentions. 

The contest will conclude and winners will be announced on the 21th of May! Read the rules fully in order to enter!

Please let me know any clarifying questions you have. :)

This journal may be updated occasionally.
Hey guys,
I have no idea what's wrong with me. I'm falling behind in everything and can't seem to find any motivation lately.

The only thing I can think to do is withdraw from DA and Youtube for a little while and get my priorities straight... I'd rather not have to take these classes again since that means throwing away hundreds of dollars. ^^;

I'll be back, but don't be surprised if I don't post or interact for a while. I'm on spring break right now, however that really only means I have a stretch of time to get all my end of the semester projects started/finished. 

I thank you all in advance for being patient and understanding, because I know you all will be. You guys are amazing! I hope to get back on track with commissions, comics and some new things soon!

~River
I just got an email from a concerned parent. Her daughter has an account on DA, and apparently she copies and traces my drawings. I looked on her profile and confirmed that, yes, she did trace and gave minimal (sometimes no) credit. The reason her mother messaged me was because a few people were apparently sending her harsh messages asking her to give credit. She even got a few death threats.

Listen...I'm going to say this all again because I guess it needs reiterating: When it comes to my art, I do not mind young artists copying or tracing my drawings in hopes of developing their skills, or because they are still learning the way of things. If you see someone posting a traced or heavily referenced drawing that does not mention the original picture, please DO NOT immediately jump to aggression.   If something like this (art theft/style theft) really gets on your nerves, then I understand why you might be angry upon seeing it, but you must find the maturity to take a breath, and politely ask the person to give credit.

Listen...I'm not mad. At either party.

People who copy and trace...I hope you learn it is something you can only do for so long before you must develop beyond it. You must give some form of credit to the original...even a simple "original by ____" or "inspired by ____" goes a LONG way.

People who become heated and accuse or threaten said copiers/tracers...I hope you realize how small the issue can be, and manage to take a step back. I understand it is a frustrating thing to see the original artist get no credit, but that does not give you any right to lash out and threaten others, especially when they are likely no older than 10-13 years old. If you see someone clearly tracing/copying and there is no credit, take a breath and tell them "hi, I see you're a fan of ____. Listen, I understand you are probably trying to learn from someone you admire, but you really must give credit to the original piece. Would you please update your description with a link to the original piece, or a mention to the original artist? Thank you!"


Now, I realize that sometimes, even though one is polite, the tracer/copier will respond angrily and say they didn't copy/trace and that the drawing is their own. This is not an invitation for more aggression. Simply, "I'm sorry if you took my words the wrong way, I wasn't trying to be rude, but you clearly referenced (link to the original piece), and I think it's only right to give the original artist recognition. This isn't an attack, it's just that when you post something online that was traced from another artist, the right thing to do is give them a mention for their work. If I were to trace your art, wouldn't you want me to say that you were originally the creator, then give a link to your profile so people could see what you've made?"

If they still respond with aggression, report the post but do not reply. If they never respond and do nothing to credit, then report the post if it really bothers you.



Overall, make sure to take a step back and check your anger. I know it can be hard on the internet, and it's easy to be lured into a pointless argument until eventually someone breaks into tears, but seriously...if you find yourself in an argument with a stranger online: pause, step away from the computer, take a breath, and think about the situation beyond yourself. Most often it is best to simply not reply, or to end the argument with, "well, we obviously don't agree, and I don't see a reason to continue this conversation if nothing constructive will come from it." Then never ever reply again unless they respond in a more polite manner.

In this world full of darkness, hate and anger, what point is there in working yourself up over something so small?


I hope you all have a great day! Let's continue living our lives, yeah? Hug 

~River

EDIT *please read: There are a few people in the comments who have brought up really great points, both in disagreement and as an addition to this post. I beg you to please take a bit of time and go through the comments. I've featured the ones that I think you all need to read, because what they say are definitely things that need to be considered.
Look for featured comments.
Hey guys! I almost forgot to update you.

I am still using the random selection detailed in this journal:  Commissions (IMPORTANT)Hey guys!
Alright so, I've been wondering how I might do commissions lately, and I think that taking 10 at once wouldn't be a good idea since I really don't want to have a list again at the moment (best focus on other things first, and having a list will add to some stress that's been building lately). XD
However, I still really want to take some and draw your guys' scenes, so I'm going to try a temporary system.
I'm going to take 1 commission now, then when I finish it/post it, I'll take another. The selection of whose commission I take will be completely random. :)
Here's a few rules for this temporary system, please read:
1. You may only enter if you have enough to pay for a commission right now (and unfortunately this time I can't make exceptions since I would hopefully be able to immediately get to work on the commission I take. Luckily though, these commissions will be open for a while, so you'll be able to enter later too. Just don't comment the code words until you know

If you would like to enter to get a commission, enter there after reading the rules.

I'm sorry to those who don't really like this system, but it has been working incredibly well with my schedule. Being able to work one at a time instead of burdening myself with 10 has meant I can keep on track much more easily. I don't end up with a growing list of commissions from the month before. ^^;

I may stick to this system next month as well, and only go back to the 10 monthly when my semester ends (around the end of April, beginning of May). 

Until then, follow the journal above for commissions! :) I will try to get to everyone who enters at some point or another!!

~River
Hey guys, you know what you should do if you have free time? Go to my twitter real fast and give likes or hearts or something on my suggestion of what to name the 7 new planets discovered. :D

I've never really tweeted before, but this looked like fun, and honestly I would love if my comment got some attention. I know it'll never be taken seriously by Nasa, but hey! Worth a try, right?

twitter.com/RiverSpirit456

If you don't like my suggestions, tell me what you would like to name the 7 new planets! :D
Hey guys! I don't usually do this, but I think it important enough to spread the word in hopes more attention can be drawn to them.

The first artist is NinjaKato :iconninjakato: . They have amazing art (one of my inspirations actually), but they have some trouble selling their adopts. They could really use the money and their designs are flipping awesome, so please check them out if you're interested. And if you can't afford an adoptable (there are new ones quite often), than maybe give em a watch or check out their patreon. 

Here's some of their art and past adopts:

Multi-slot/Multi-Species YCH's - CLOSED!! by NinjaKato ''I wasn't worried... I promise.'' by NinjaKato 'Citrine Papillon'(Jade Kitsune AUCTION) CLOSED by NinjaKato

Kind of speaks for itself. That shading and line art.... O/////O





The second artist is IrisSplash :iconscatteredstorm:

She also has some really cool art, yet not nearly enough watchers:

thunderclouds, rainstorms and a slight drizzle by Scatteredstorm Qibli button by ScatteredstormMerry Christmas by Scatteredstorm

Give her a watch if you like or check out some of her other things.

The reason she needs help, though, is because of a trip she really needs money for. It's her chance to meet a long time internet friend, and I think we can all somewhat relate to that. I know there are quite a few people I'd love to meet in person, but just...never really had enough money to actually go and see. This is her chance to meet/see them, so even if it's just a dollar or something, check out her fundraiser and help out if you are so inclined.
Link: www.gofundme.com/friendreunion


By no means do you have to do anything, but the suggestion is there and you'd earn a whole bunch of...err...Riverpoints(?) if you take some time to help make some people's dreams come trueGIF Gravity Falls - Celestabellebethabelle GIF Gravity Falls - Celestabellebethabelle 


Peace In, folks!
Hey guys!

Not sure if you've noticed, but lately I've begun to schedule things. Helps me keep track and actually stay true to getting things done. :)

This is the Schedule as it is now:

Commission posts on Tuesdays and Saturdays (along with their speedpaint if they have one), and comics on Fridays.

The reason I'm telling you this is because I want to know if you think there's anything else I should post weekly on the other/open days. Anything you want to see more of from me? Sketches, tutorials, wips, animations, asks, little comics, etc....

Keep in mind that I also have schoolwork due, but I am trying to stay ahead of everything, so it'd be nice to know when I need to get things done, and if I can get them done ahead of time so I don't have to worry about rushing anything. 

Let me know in the comments. ;)

~River

Watching: The Truman Show (another of my favorite movies)
Listening to: Hamilton Soundtrack...I'm a bit obsessed really...
Reading: Lord of the Rings (first book. It's great!)
Drawing: Some commissions to post week after next! :D
Thinking: Oh hey is that the guy from There's Something About Mary?
Heyo guys! I've seen a lot of comments wondering what I'm going to do in terms of a system for this month, and I think I'm sticking with the random selection from this journal: 

Commissions (IMPORTANT)Hey guys!
Alright so, I've been wondering how I might do commissions lately, and I think that taking 10 at once wouldn't be a good idea since I really don't want to have a list again at the moment (best focus on other things first, and having a list will add to some stress that's been building lately). XD
However, I still really want to take some and draw your guys' scenes, so I'm going to try a temporary system.
I'm going to take 1 commission now, then when I finish it/post it, I'll take another. The selection of whose commission I take will be completely random. :)
Here's a few rules for this temporary system, please read:
1. You may only enter if you have enough to pay for a commission right now (and unfortunately this time I can't make exceptions since I would hopefully be able to immediately get to work on the commission I take. Luckily though, these commissions will be open for a while, so you'll be able to enter later too. Just don't comment the code words until you know


Anyone who has read the rules and comments (or who has already commented) the phrase on that journal is up to get a commission.

The reason I'm not switching back to taking 10 a month is simply because college starts again next week, and there are other projects that I'd like to work on. Taking a new commission one at a time will be extremely helpful. I know you guys will understand.

Also, I'm going to try to schedule my uploads more thoroughly, posting a commission once or twice every week (if you look at the latest comic pages for SR and UT, you'll see I'm kind of doing that with them already). This way, I won't have long leaves of absence like before. ^^;

Here's to sticking to my one New Years Resolution! :D

Cheers!
Just stopping in to say Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!!! :D

Again, I was planning to draw a picture and such...........yeah, that didn't happen, but still. Hope ya'll are having a great time, and hope Santa brings/brought you exactly what you wished for. ;3

dMerry christmas everybody emote-jack free avatar Sans Christmas Icon Ba hum Flowey Icon Papyrus Christmas Icon Christmas- Pachirisu Patrick (Happy Happy Xmas) 
Hey guys! Sorry I haven't been very active. Been searching for some inspiration, just having a bit of a tough time. I'll get over it ;P

Anyway, this journal is meant to draw attention to a charity piece that :iconvizzixi: is doing. Since it's growing colder, animal shelters need more funding in order to keep their residents warm and well fed, as well rescue more from the harsh winter.



AHAR Website: savinglives.ahar.ie/

Also Viz's Local shelter: www.renvylecatanddogrescue.org…

Hope you guys check out Vizzixi's drawing and maybe donate to the charities/shelters if ya have some coin to spare! :)
On this, the 12th of November, I hath overthrown Ava. She dealt much damage in the 30 minutes when she was in control of my domain, however I am happy to announce that it is over, friends. 

It was an epic battle of wits, courage, and strength...but with the help of Skyrim, I managed to distract her. She is now trapped in its addictive grasp, not to emerge for the next few hours. Truly, a prison worthy of respect.

Thank you all for your resistance. I hear Flamebreeze was mounting a steak cannon offensive, backed by BlueDubstep's army of annoying Starkits. The steaks delicious juices seeped into the tyrant Ava, making her stumble away from the computer, while the army of Starkits proved the legends of annoyance were true. As Ava retaliated, summoning her powers of Mountain Dew, I loaded Skyrim and she was immediately transfixed.

And thus it was over..........for now.

I have remarkably terrible security, and Ava surely has impressive ninja powers. Well, whatever. In the case of the next overthrow, let it be known that there is a prophecy (of course).


When the Mt. Dew spills and the evil eyes widen,

Three shall rise, marked by Poseidon,

They'll defeat the evil and sound the chimes,

I only ended with chimes, because it rhymes with rhymes.

Oh yeah, Ava's a werewolf, who's weakness is mint,

..........Sorry, that was just a hint....





XD This has been magical.
HA HA!!! I haz ur computer onez a gain Riv!!!!! Dis is Ava, the greatest art person te world haz not yet seen!!!!!! Ma Ha Ha Ha!!

wut you do brah? 

Dis devs acount is now prop of AvaWerewolf!! I has rivs computur so I own her dev!! MEH HE HE! The acount shall b renamed to, AvaSpirit789!!!!

I'm purposely writing poorly to troll. lol 
This one expresses something that I truly believe in, and I hope you guys find it as inspiring as I do:



This video comes from the Youtube Channel Prince Ea.

As for this video itself, I'm not sure if you guys remember, but school/education is the issue that really...really grinds my gears. XD I'm not joking when I say I could rant for hours about it, and I actually did write a journal about it here on DA a while ago. Point is, this is an issue I hold close to my heart, and this video points out every flaw that I've seen in the school system for years. It's encouraging to know there is a video that gets straight to the point on why our system is broken.
We need to fix it.


The videos I choose will range from random coolness to animated short films, informative videos, tutorials, speedpaints, and so on. :) (Smile) Hopefully some of these will spark your imagination! They certainly sparked mine. ;) (Wink)
Ayyy, they're making a movie!!! :D Apparently a company called Alibaba Pictures has the film rights now, and they're planning on making an adaptation.

Some of you may be thinking, "why are you making a journal about this, River? I thought you were done with Warriors." Well, this is an exception. As a fan of the series, of course I wanted a movie when I was younger. I ate up any fan animations I could find about it because I wanted to see the warriors universe brought to life. I'm sure plenty of you guys felt the same way (or still do).

However, now that it has been announced, I guess I'm a bit wary. There's a video by TennelleFlowers about why we shouldn't want a warriors movie: [link]

Which brings up some great points about the drawbacks of a movie adaptation. Mainly, things are going to get cut, and with the amount of things that are in the warriors books (even just the first series), a LOT will probably be changed if this movie is made. ^^;

I'm still looking forward to it, don't get me wrong, and if I can, I'll do my best to help out, but yeah...keep in mind that this movie probably won't live up to our expectations of it. It could still be a really great movie, but it may be a separate story from the original books. I guess what we're looking forward to is a parallel timeline of events. XD

Anyway, I guess I'm still excited, and when/if the movie comes out a few years from now, I'll be watching it for sure. ;)
I'm really bad at keeping up with this. ^^;

Here, have some inspirational songs from wacky, great cartoons:




Both of these songs have great messages behind them, and I think we all need to slow down and remind ourselves of how important even the most simple lessons are. :)

Also, here's some incredible art:

Similar art styles are inevitable. This community is full of young artists who look at other artist's styles in order to develop their own. It is only natural their style will look very much like their inspirations, and hopefully they will only use that style in the beginning, developing more of their own techniques and styles as they progress and mature.

I suppose that is the real issue: Maturity. 

When I was younger, I copied :iconwhiteflamesoul: She was the first Warriors speedpainter I every watched, and I fell in love with her style. Naturally, I tried to copy it, drawing like her. Of course, because I am not her, I couldn't copy it exactly (which was very frustrating for younger me), but now I am quite glad I couldn't since I've been able to develop my own style, recognize my strengths, and move away from hers. I remember realizing that I would much rather have a drawing style that I could call my own, and I didn't feel great about perhaps being remembered only as someone who copied Whiteflamesoul's style.

Example: Whiteflamesoul's drawing from 2009
Crowpaw and Feathertail by WhiteFlameSoul

My early drawings:
Fireheart and Cinderpelt by RiverSpirit456 Hawkfrost's Death by RiverSpirit456

My recent drawings:
Exile by RiverSpirit456
Obviously you can still see a bit of her style in mine, but I've realized that, where her thing was line art and character design, mine is more shading/lighting, so I've tried to develop those much more, plus expand out of warriors. I still have growing to do.


This is something many of us need to realize. Similar styles are inevitable. Copying is inevitable. Deviantart is a community with many many people of all ages and maturity levels. Younger people are bound to copy in order to eventually develop their own style, and when they mature, they will realize that they must work on moving away from copying. That is simply the life of an artist.



The context of this post: As much as I appreciate how you guys look out for me, and how much you care....if you see someone with a similar style who very obviously has used my style as a baseline, please do not harass them. If they are tracing or reposting, then I understand politely calling them out and asking them to credit (if they haven't already) or take the repost down. If they are being a jerk and not listening, feel free to contact me about it. But please...if someone is simply young and copying for the sake of trying to improve and develop, I don't mind.

Obviously I don't speak for other people. This came up because I've noticed there are a LOT of new, young artists who use my style as a baseline, and people seem to get on them about it when that really isn't necessary. If you feel the need to encourage them to move away from copying my style, then tell them that politely. Please...



Sorry if this post annoys you. If you disagree, that is completely fine and I understand. This is simply my opinion on the matter of similar styles/copying on Deviantart. 

Thank you for listening.
Hey guys!

Alright so, I've been wondering how I might do commissions lately, and I think that taking 10 at once wouldn't be a good idea since I really don't want to have a list again at the moment (best focus on other things first, and having a list will add to some stress that's been building lately). XD

However, I still really want to take some and draw your guys' scenes, so I'm going to try a temporary system.

I'm going to take 1 commission now, then when I finish it/post it, I'll take another. The selection of whose commission I take will be completely random. :)

Here's a few rules for this temporary system, please read:

1. You may only enter if you have enough to pay for a commission right now (and unfortunately this time I can't make exceptions since I would hopefully be able to immediately get to work on the commission I take. Luckily though, these commissions will be open for a while, so you'll be able to enter later too. Just don't comment the code words until you know you have enough. :) ). Price list is below.

2. This is not first-come-first-serve, so don't feel like you need to rush in in order to get a spot. :) Take your time and be chill.

3. This whole "select one random person for a commission" will be open for as long as this journal is posted. I may update it occasionally, but there will be no time limit for entering this time. That said, You'll know when this closes.

4. If you would like to enter for a commission, please comment "Wilson I'm sorry!" on THIS JOURNAL.

5. I won't exactly announce who gets a commission. If you are randomly selected, I'll send you a note with details about what you need to tell me and all that. The note I send will be titled, "Floofy Commission". If you don't get this note, that means I haven't selected you yet. Remember, this pot'll be open for a while, and you may get a note a while from now, depending on how fast I work. I will try not to choose the same person twice.


Also, to those few people still waiting on their commission: Don't worry. I'm not opening this because I forgot, I'm opening this so I can build up a list of those who would like a commission, so I can start their's once I've finished the few that I have left. :)



With all that said, let me know if you're interested in le comments below, and may the odds be ever in your favor. :D


Prices: 
Headshots/Chibis = $10
1 Character = $20
+Another Character = $10
+Speedpaint = $15

If Human/Anthro scene -$5

Example: 2 Character commission with speedpaint = $45/4500 (because 20/2000+10/1000+15/1500)

Remember: $1 = 100 DA points. You can pay through DA or through Paypal.