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  • Listening to: my brother laughing at a movie in headphones
  • Reading: Romans / Fablehaven (Seth is an idiot)
  • Watching: Miyazaki flicks
  • Playing: Twilight Princess with my nieces
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I'd known about deviantArt for quite a while before I joined. My friends and I were into a number of fandoms, and sometimes we suffered from intense feels resulting from those fandoms.... So much so that we needed an outlet. And fanfiction.net could only help so much. I think it must have been my friend martiowlsten who pointed me toward deviantArt. And the artwork I found therein supplied. What a smorgasbord of catharsis.

And then, on August 15, 2007, I came home from work and put my key in the door.... and didn't hear my aging cockatiel Leia start shriek-singing in wonted greeting at the sound. I came inside. My brother was on the family room couch, watching something. Leia was in her cage in the living room. She was dead and stiff. I put the blanket half over the adjacent parakeets' cage so they wouldn't have to see any more.

She had been old. I'd guessed it was to be expected, someday. And I'd had pets die before. I didn't cry, but I still felt.... heavy.

I took a shovel from the shed, and buried her in the backyard.

Mom did cry. When she came home and I told her. She didn't get to say goodbye.... And I felt.... stupid for having acted so robotically, putting her in the ground so quick.

We shared memories and I wondered when I could just get back to my life. What was wrong with me? Was I so cold?

That evening I joined deviantArt, probably looking around for catharsis again, albeit a bit listlessly. Stonily. Heavily. Maybe sinking into the internet and wandering around aimlessly was just my version of getting drunk, since I'm a good little Mormon girl who doesn't drink alcohol.

Maybe it helped. Maybe it didn't. Sometimes only time helps.

It was around Harry Potter heyday time. This was my first favorite:



by :icongold-seven:

So I had an account, and even a few favorites. And my friends martiowlsten and DanikaMorningStar welcomed me warmly into this new community. They had seen some of my art at work or over emails, but I had never posted any of it online. I was afraid of.... thieves or spoilage. I wanted my works to mature before I showed them to the world. But Marti and Danika encouraged me, and I uploaded a few things.

This was my first upload, something of which I was very proud, and something the world had already seen anyway. Or at least.... anybody who'd flipped through Nintendo Power issue 175:

The Boy without a Fairy by Contraltissimo

by :iconcontraltissimo:

That and a couple other Zelda pieces went into my gallery. I had no idea how to interact with other members of the community, though. Some of the comments I got went unanswered for months.

So I had an account. And I had some art.

But I was silent for a very long time.

Life went on, and some time in 2009, I pulled myself away from a colored pencil drawing and told myself It's okay. If I didn't want to do it, I didn't have to do it. I'd been saving a DVD series I had ordered, not letting myself watch it until I finished this picture.... But I finally just put the picture aside. I wasn't enjoying it. It was a tiresome chore. I admitted to myself: I didn't like drawing anymore.

And I broke out the DVDs. The series was called "Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles". It was a computer animated show I hadn't seen since 1999 or 2000, and I quickly fell in love with it again.

It was a fantastic show, and many of its visuals still hold up well even today. But even better than that, out of the entire franchise, Roughnecks was probably the most faithful to Heinlein's original novel. However, its fanart is sadly lacking in the deviantArt community.

There are a very few good ones, though.

Nothing like a Bug hunt by taketheSky

by :icontakethesky:

That picture I'd been working on? It still sits unfinished. But I had meant it to represent.... Everything....

Around came 2010, and I finally broke down and went to see How To Train Your Dragon. I didn't expect anything more than cheap thrills; I hadn't really enjoyed anything from DreamWorks since Antz and Galaxy Quest. But strangely enough, I thought How To Train Your Dragon was chocolate covered gold with sprinkles on top. All six of the bee's knees. And I felt a strange exploding urge.... my hand, my pencils, my colored pencils.... were so restless....

Over the next few years I submitted eighty-eight How To Train Your Dragon-based submissions. I think it's safe to say that that was the milieu that brought my art back to life like a defibrillator.

Two Of a Kind by Stalcry

by :iconstalcry:

A few years have passed, and here I am. I have submitted many deviations from many milieus as well as from my own imagination or recollection, all in many, many forms. Drawn, photographed, vectored, written.... I have a better grasp of the community now, too, and though I don't always answer all my messages, I do read every single one I get. I have joined a number of groups. I take part in contests and activities. DeviantArt is a big, wide world. But I have come to feel so welcome and comfortable here.

My skills have improved as well. When I came here, I didn't know how to use my Wacom tablet:

....stupid tablet by Contraltissimo

by :iconcontraltissimo:

But I've practiced and learned.... and become more patient:

Rusl by Contraltissimo

by :iconcontraltissimo:

That is my latest, really refined art piece. Huh. What do you know? Full circle back to another Zelda piece. The Legend of Zelda really will always hold a very special place in my heart.

I am so pleased with the growth I have experienced while a member of this wonderful community of artists. I would say "I'm getting there," but.... the truth of it is, there is no "there" to get to. Artistic progression does not lead to any destination. It's just a road that goes on and on.

Where are you on the road? It doesn't matter. There's always room before, and there's always room behind, and that goes for everyone. Never judge yourself against anyone but who you were yesterday.

As for me, for now I may just keep walking down the road. Maybe we'll walk together. Who knows? Maybe one day I'll call that old colored pencil drawing back to me, and I'll finally finish.... Everything....

I'd been thinking about it lately.

This lovely lady reminded me when I saw her the other day:

Mushroom Fairy by EccentricTeatime

by :iconeccentricteatime:

I guess time will tell. It usually does.

See you down the road.

~Connie :heart:

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EndoFire Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thank you for the 3D Llama Badge !!!!
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks ever so for the Favourites.
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Thank you for posting! :aww:

You have a such an appealing style. :)
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kuabci Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
It's my pleasure!  And thanks again. :)
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SnowBunnyRabbit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student
Connie, you there? I just wanna see if you're feeling well (and still alive).
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Well hi, Snow. :) Yes, I'm here. I've been quite depressed lately, but I'm still alive, my eyes still function and I have all my toes. Trying to keep things in perspective.... I should be happy. But sometimes it's just rough, you know?

It's so very thoughtful of you to just drop in. :happycry: :huggle:
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SnowBunnyRabbit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student
What, depressed? Well, that ain't right at all! What's got you so down in the dumps? Maybe I can help you. :D
Of course, you can only tell me if you want to, I'm not forcing you or anything. I completely understand if you don't want to talk about it.

Well, why wouldn't I? I haven't heard from you for quite a while and I was getting worried. :hug:
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
I don't mind talking about it; it's.... kind of freeing to be open, sometimes.
Hm, what stupid stuff? Could be school pressure, wrapping up the semester. Family came over for Thanksgiving and.... well gosh dang it, Dad + cleaning = terror. He moves hard and fast, and I'm very OCD and enjoy a controlled and expected environment; I have processes. Dad has insta-goals. The sanctity of my room was breached. A chair was moved, a jacket displaced.... These things seem small, but they can be devastating for OCD people.

I just got really dizzy, agh. @_@ Kinda had this headache all day today. Doing/pretending to do homework while dipping into DA and other sites....

At one point I was in my brother's room. Last Wednesday. Very occasionally, I self-injure with fingernails and fists. (It used to be much, much worse when I was a young teenager, but I have tried to be better over the years.) I resisted the urge this time (though I did scream, and that hurt my throat, and I hate hurting my throat; my voice is so precious to me). But it was the first time (?) I considered using an external implement to hurt myself---my brother has a lot of knives in his room, you see. Came back in my room and considered my own knife that had been gifted to me. Then thought about the gift-giver and what he would have thought if I hurt myself with it. Didn't like that. Sent a text to his email instead (as I didn't have his phone number on hand), and drove away and drowned my woes in some Panda Express instead.

Why am I being so open with you? Why am I telling you this? Maybe I just want to acknowledge that these are real, these are issues for me.

My friend got my email and we texted back and forth and I cried in my broccoli beef and he and his wife and his son came over to the parking lot where I was eating in my car and we shared a special prayer together, a blessing. Spent most of the evening at their house.

Been escaping out of the house a lot lately, mostly to my brother's. His daughters and I enjoy playing Zelda and watching cartoons together. Hm, I guess all the leftover Thanksgiving pies were in their fridge, too. Spent so much time over there two evenings ago. Last evening. Or holed up in my room. Compulsively locking my door and staying either in my room or out of the house.

Gosh my eyes hurt. Why am I telling you all this?

Maybe just as I feel it's better to be open, God sent you as an extra shoulder to lean on. You are so.... so kind to just.... message me. Oh gosh I'm gonna cry again. Agh I still have homework to do.

Snow.... Thank you. Thank you for messaging me. :heart::iconcheerupplz::heart:
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tehstrelok Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
hey, make sure you check out part 10 and leave a comment there hehe

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KirbyIsLove Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
I'm sure you've heard, but...:iconmajorasmaskplz: on 3DS!
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Yoshigurl01 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
ERMERGERSH your art is AMAZING~!



:imwatchinyou: =3
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Oh my goodness, thank yoooou. ;u; :heart:
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Yoshigurl01 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
:D (Big Grin) No problem!
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Genesis19 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your Zelda fan art.....I've been a huge fan of the series when I bought Ocarina of Time on the N64.
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Oh my goodness, thank you so much. ;u; :heart: Ah, N64 was so good, no? :aww:
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