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Thu May 1, 2014, 10:38 AM
Well, I know I don't post much anymore, but I like to blog once in a while :) To those of you who don't know, I will be attending medical school this year. I am still continuing art, but a different type of art. I am doing clay keychains, photography, and other little things I find interesting. 

I think I will upload my keychains that I make here. It is a lot of fun and clay is awesome to work with.

Hehe. Let us see!

Anyway, I hope you all are doing well. I miss dA!

It's been a while..

Sun Aug 11, 2013, 6:49 PM
Since I wrote any sort of update. You don't even have to read this if you don't want, but since I'm on deviantart I thought I would write for those who care to read how I've been.

Things are finally well, I am finally applying to medical schools this year. Things are looking pretty good. I have 3 jobs now but I have really enjoyed my summer off. The last  summer I spent studying for the exam and it didn't go as well as I wanted but finally, I finished it before summer started and did well. I feel ecstatic about how things are going for the first time.

I've actually started to write poetry if anybody actually cares to read I may make a different deviantart for it.

I hope you all have been well, please feel free to comment what you have been upto.

I really do miss deviantart.. but I have been trying to get my life together and have had much less time to make art. I enjoy going out and DOING things outside my computer. I still paint. I took a class over the summer and I will take another this fall hopefully.

Anyway. I hope you all are doing great. Hope your summer has been awesome (for those of you who have summer breaks).



Painting?

Sat May 4, 2013, 8:35 AM
So guys,

I've been taking a painting class with water based oils. I'm also going to get to use acryllics. I mean I know the basic differences between them such as acryllic dries much faster and is harder to change. But what else do you think oil vs. acryllics are good for?

Or do you prefer watercolors? (Because I love water colors as well)

:3

Hope you all are enjoying a little hint of summer!

Happy Easter!

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 9:17 AM

Happy Easter! by TheSaltyMonster

Wishing all of you a wonderful Easter, may you eat all the chocolate bunnies that your heart desires :giggle:


Zomg look! *u*

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 7:12 AM
I've ordered some new stationary that I wanted to share:



LOOK AT THAT TOTORO PENCIL CASE!

And I also got this from somebody special :eyes:



WAHHH SHINYYY.



YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY IT GOT REFUNDED, the dA staff is truly wonderfull :iconsuperhappydanceplz:
I shall wait a month or so before buying it *u*

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I accidentally extended my premium membership.. TnT I'm not even back yet fully.

Oh well.

YOURE ALL PROBABLY LIKE HOW YOU ACCIDENTALLY GIVE YOURSELF A PREMIUM..

Yeah it sounds stupid but I wasn't fully paying attention to what I was doing and clicked some wrong buttons, clearly. Oh well, at least I can have polls and stuff now and the page looks pretty? :[
EDIT:// I added a cute webcam gif on my page *u* ADORABLE!

Any plans for valentines day? :3

WHO GONN EAT CHOCOLATEZ?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVrJ8D…

Watch this if you haven't already! :XD:

One of the funniest things I've watched in a while.
It isn't exactly New Year's here yet, but other places around the world it is just minutes away :giggle:

So I have a couple questions!

:bulletpurple: What was your favorite memory of this past year (on dA, or not on dA)?
:bulletpurple: What is one resolution you have for 2013?

Here are my answers:

:bulletblue: On dA, when I first came here, I was really welcomed and I enjoyed that, earning my first DD was really surprising and humbling at the same time, so thank you!

My favorite memory of this year outside has to be when I went to a themepark with my friends and it was a lot of fun during the summer in August!

:bulletblue: One resolution I have for 2013 is to not let what others think of me affect me. Also, I want to go travel to India this year, and I want to make that happen so I can see my extended family.


:party: Here's to a rockin' 2013 :party:
Hey All,

As co-founder of Pixels-Unlimited I figured I would advertise this contest ;)

:thumb324641167:

Good luck!
Hey guys,

I know I said I would be back, and I am. I do check my messages even if I don't respond right away. I have a week of summer vacation left so I've been trying to live it up and have fun.

It is a possibility that I will be more active after it's over (strange I know). I'm also sorting out some health issues -@ I have a problem with my gut and am limited now on foods I can eat. Lost 9 lbs in 2 weeks and my parents are worried lol -@

So hopefully I will have stuff sorted out soon! ;u; Rock on you guys! I promise I haven't forgotten dA!

Well, it's official...

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 5:07 AM


Edit 8/8/2012

Hey Guys,

Just wanted to edit and make a life update. I'm trying to figure stuff out for this year and applying for jobs and such so I'll probably be a bit slow here for a while until I have my schedule settled.

I know I'm going to be working in a research lab (which I'm nervous about because I haven't done research like it). I hope I enjoy it. I'm going to be teaching and volunteering, but I want to look for a decent job too (part time) So, until I get things settled here and figure out what my schedule will look like while I take a couple classes I will be slow. :heart:

Thank you guys for your patience. It's just tough lol :XD:


I'm back!

I can finally work on art, and fit back into society (whether it be dA or real)  Yay :squee: I'm excited to be back! Time to say hi to everyone!



I may doing a voice Q and A so if you have a question you may leave it in this journal :XD:!


So many messages to read and reply to...





TheSaltyMonster has limited the viewing of this artwork
to members of the DeviantArt community only.

You can log in or become a member for FREE!

Hello! :happybounce:

-if you want to participate in the mini contest, the information is towards the bottom of the journal-
Star Divider - Free by etNoir

Graduation & Plans:

These past few days I wasn't on dA much because I had a few exams to study for, and I finished this morning. It's hitting me that I'm graduating this week from University, and I'm actually getting a little excited now! At first, I didn't care so much because I felt it was a "stepping stone" (if you will) to upper level education.

Some of you may not know this but I want to be a Doctor, and go on to medical school ;o; It will be a hard time to get in but I know I will get there. I volunteer around my community, and help people with mental illnesses, worked in research labs, and gotten good grades. I'll be graduating with Summa Cum Laude (which is the highest honors you can graduate with from my school.)


Mini Contest:

Because I am graduating this week from my university, I wanted to hold a mini-contest! All you have to do is draw my character (Sellie) being super excited about graduating. Let your imagination soar!

:bulletpurple: Contest Ends 5/10, make sure you draw under your comment before then! :bulletpurple:

Rules:
:bulletpurple: Must draw on daMuro and comment under this journal entry.

Prize
There will be 2 winners of 50 :points: each! Good luck!

Sellie may be in emoticon form or her usual form. Here are some references:
:iconthesaltymonster: - emoti-octopus form.



:squee: I'm excited to see what you all come up with!


So you think you can stamp?

Tue May 1, 2012, 9:05 AM

Stamp Guide


Hello Everybody and welcome to my Stamp making guide. You may be wondering, why is TheSaltyMonster making a stamp guide? Well the answer is because a lot of people have been asking me how I make my stamps, and how to get started. So here it goes, and pardon the journal title. :la: Please also check out the stamp feature towards the end of the journal :)

If you use any of the resources I have included in this journal, make sure to credit the original artist in your deviation description :dummy:

How to get started..


Well, first things come first: What do you want to make a stamp about? Is it dA related, is it of your favorite TV show, or food? Or is it just an inspirational quote?

This is absolutely the first step in planning.  

Stamp Base


Is your message funny, girly, cute, serious? Depending on the type of message you're going to be portraying, you need to choose an appropriate stamp:

Lace Stamp Border #1 by Gasara would not be so appropriate for a stamp against bullying, but perfect for a cute stamp! So again, message is the most important part, the art of stamp is just to portray the message appropriately using the right resources.

I personally use Stamp Template by zilla774 because it's the "generic" stamp border. However, adding a different type of border can really get your message across in a different way!

I have dug up some stamp bases and you may find more here.


Background

Dum de dum..
Moving along, after finding a stamp base (or making it) , you need to choose how to do a background. Do you want it in a gradient scheme? Do you want an image? These are all things to consider.

I make a pixelized gradient and then make my own pixelated images to support the stamp. I even sometimes use emotes in my stamp :la: Also Note: Some stamp base templates come with their own colors and gradients.
Here are some stamp tutorials that help you with this process:



Text

Dooby Doo..
Again, the message is the most important part of the stamp  and will help you determine what font to use. I use a site called dafont.com to find fonts I like.  However, there are wonderful deviants here who provide fonts as well, I just searched "fonts" in browse and a lot came up.

Would you like to..add more?

Optional Shiz
Personally, I use imageready 7 to animate my stamp. However, there is a free program called GIMP, which you can view here  and learn how to animate in that as well. I have included a gimp animation tutorial also:

Here are some tutorials to sparkles, shine, and on general animation:




There you have it

We're almost done!
Remember, you don't need an image, you can make a text only stamp, or you can have an image without text. The points of a stamp is to get some sort of feeling across and that will happen in how you choose to create it :la: I hope you enjoy the process of making one!

Congratulations! You now have some tools to help you get started on making your own stamp! Here are some links to stamp groups that have more resources:

:iconstamp-kingdom: :iconstamp-heaven: :icondeviousstamps:

Just some nice stamps!


:thumb285575126: i love my DS stamp by RRRAI Earth stamp by Mizzi-Cat    :thumb276648791: :thumb243816620:   Sticks and Stones Stamp by Mirz123   I Support dAmnMobile by litecrush It's ridiculous. by nikkittie

Stamps by Me!

Hope this was helpful

Have fun making them!
Do you have questions?

Deviant Features: ValaSedai

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 22, 2012, 9:12 AM

So she really needs no introduction, I think ^^ She's getting to be a really well known pixel artist! But there is a lot to her art beyond pixel art. I wanted to use this journal to pimp out her AWESOME DIGITAL DRAWINGS. She's such a sweet and lovely deviant! :heart: Here are some of her digital drawings!

All drawings (C) ValaSedai

Fairy Forest by ValaSedai Guardian Spirits by ValaSedai Chibi Xelha by ValaSedai :thumb284873683: :thumb296488434: The Deku Sprout by ValaSedai Skull Kid by ValaSedai Draggle Tail by ValaSedai

View the rest of her gallery here!

On another note: I will try to feature a few artists (including my lovely watchers) somewhat regulary (perhaps every week or 2 weeks) every month If you guys have suggestions on features please let me know :)



Feature: raid0u

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 20, 2012, 9:39 AM
So again is a random feature, I haven't had one in a while but recently for the past month I've been following an awesome deviant *o* Cute art and super nice! From pixel art to stamps to digital drawings, RRRAI has her own unique style *u*

Here are a few of her eye catching deviations! :heart:
free totoro icon! by RRRAI  :thumb297396791:   i love my DS stamp (black version) by RRRAI I love my TABLET stamp by RRRAI
:thumb293441811::thumb293456240: little house by RRRAI
its so fluffeeh by RRRAI :thumb281855830:

View the rest of her Gallery!


My adventures with 839o.. and other random stuff!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 17, 2012, 8:53 PM
Whee~ :squee:

So I met 839O on Saturday, and I finally have some time to sit down and really write about this, because it was SUPER DUPER FUN. She's even more excellent and crazy (in a good way) in person! I loved hanging out with her, and her friend Ari :la: We totally just wandered and had fun at an anime con. :XD: Saw some cool art tables and stuffs! Got some Bubble Tea and went to Wendy's. It was really awesome because it felt like we had known each other for ages :XD: (don't you love that? <3)

She even brought me the painting she did for me and a cute owl phone charm >w<;; And it's so cute, I need to take pictures and upload. But you can find the painting here: AT: TSM - All Grown Up by 839O

It is amazing and even BETTER in person (if that was even possible)

OH AND SHE GOT HER LICENSE PLATE STOLEN... a rental car license plate.. WHO DOES THAT? Seriously people have issues if they think it's cool to do that OTL.
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In other news, I wanted to post this for a long time but I saw the HUNGER GAMES and it was excellent.

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Also, there's this whole deal about Fair Exposure going on.. which you guys have probably seen.

:thumb296466138:

To keep it short and simple (in my opinion): Does the system have flaws? Yes, but it is due to PEOPLE abusing it, not because of dA's algorithm itself.

Another note, everybody wants a system that favors them and their exposure. I don't really know the old system because I have missed mid 2008- December 2011. All I know now is.. that there is a variety of art being exposed on the front page, which is probably a step in the right direction. If you have certain preferences you can always click on the categories to see other art instead of depending on the front page.

No matter what, people will complain about exposure because everybody wants a system that suits them (or their preferences) best.

Update: Fair Exposure and Popular Browse:bulletgreen:  Fair Exposure and miscategorization
On January 24th, 2012, we released an hq journal regarding Popular results for Browse. In this journal, we described Fair Exposure -- deviantART's algorithm for Popular browse results.  Fair Exposure's goal is to showcase the most popular deviations in a variety of styles, genres, and art forms, without bias towards a particular topic.
Since the release of our Fair Exposure announcement, especially in the last handful of weeks, we've noticed a concerted, dedicated effort made by deviants, or groups of deviants, to specifically beat (or "game") the system.  Deviations have been intentionally miscategorized in hopes of having them appear "higher" in Popular results.  This has, rightfully so, resulted in complaints from deviants who submit to deviantART in a fair and honest manner.   
:bulletgreen: 
Oh look! :)


My Birthday and other stuffs!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 9, 2012, 10:27 AM
Hey Everybody,

It felt really nice to get so many birthday wishes both on dA and off dA yesterday :hug: I had a lot of fun and celebrated with friends and family! :la: It was a blast! I also got nice presents ;u; I asked for a wacom tablet and I decided I'll wait till the summer to get it and giftcards to my favorite places. :XD: I also am going to get art supplies because that's mainly what I've asked for ^^ I'm super excited.

Commission TheSaltyMonster CAEK by happy-gurl

Also 839O is here in the USA!, I skyped her last night and we are meeting up this weekend most likely and perhaps earlier! She brought me the painting she did ^^ and also a little cute owl I'm so excited to seee it. IT WAS SO CUTE ;u; <33333333 Yays! Super duper happy about that! :squee:


Presents I've received <3
AT: TSM - All Grown Up by 839O Birthday Bunny by MaakuCat :thumb294835045: :thumb294831755: TheSaltyMonster Dango by BonBonToro Happy Birthday Salty! by ShugarMish Happy birthday TheSaltyMonster by Nice-Spice



Easter Feature! (Added more!)

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 8, 2012, 7:46 AM
Hey Everyone!

Happy Easter to all of you! I've been looking around for some egg-citing deviations to feature today! So here are a few I found to be quite egg-cellent! So please enjoy! And if you have suggestions they will be added later!

And while I am featuring Easter related deviations and stuff, please go check out Pixacious's Easter contest! You may find it here.


Chocolate Bunny Share Emotes by HecklerInk-Designs :thumb294716797:   Free Chickie in Egg Avatar by CitricLily Easter Chick - Free Avatar by r0se-designs Egg House Free Icon by spring-sky
Hoppy Easter Stamp by Mirz123 Happy easter everyone by Pixacious

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April 8. My love is a circle by mitazu08 Pikachu - Easter by mnrART Easter by pixiepot:thumb294743582:

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: Easter Card by Ouijaplayer :thumb294753009: Happy Easter! by Nice-Spice

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Easter Egg Cheesecake by claremanson Happy Easter 2012 by Emi-Liu Happy Easter by ilovestrawberries :thumb294837385:

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Happy Easter 2012 by Butterscones Easter Marshmallows by Azzeria Happy Easter! by x-ArtsiEmi-x .:I like bunnies...:. by PhantomCarnival

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Easter Bunny by nonverbalexpressive Bunny and chick animation by SadEyEdoLL Spirit + Bliss by HPNOTIQREQUIEM The Easter of Zelda by iliasPatlis :thumb294907555:



:heart: TSM

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