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Fisherman Commission by Orchid-Black Fisherman Commission :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 4 6 Salt Air - SOLD by Orchid-Black Salt Air - SOLD :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 1 0 Let The Winds Blow - SOLD by Orchid-Black Let The Winds Blow - SOLD :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 12 1 Red Drum WIP 2 by Orchid-Black Red Drum WIP 2 :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 3 2 Model A Mini Painting (SOLD) by Orchid-Black Model A Mini Painting (SOLD) :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 6 1 San Antonio Tiger by Orchid-Black San Antonio Tiger :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 4 0 Lucky - San Antonio Zoo - SOLD by Orchid-Black Lucky - San Antonio Zoo - SOLD :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 1 0 Hidden Pride - SOLD by Orchid-Black Hidden Pride - SOLD :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 10 8 Family Gift by Orchid-Black Family Gift :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 2 0 Miniature Elvish Girl (SOLD) by Orchid-Black Miniature Elvish Girl (SOLD) :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 7 2 Mini Kitty Commission by Orchid-Black Mini Kitty Commission :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 2 2 Mini Forest at Dusk by Orchid-Black Mini Forest at Dusk :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 3 2 Mini Paintings by Orchid-Black Mini Paintings :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 1 0 Tiny Little Seascape by Orchid-Black Tiny Little Seascape :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 1 0 GMC Mini Painting by Orchid-Black GMC Mini Painting :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 2 0 Papillon - SOLD by Orchid-Black Papillon - SOLD :iconorchid-black:Orchid-Black 9 5

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Get Better At Drawing (Without Drawing Anything)
Art is a process.
Like that of the scientific method and philosophical alchemy, art can be refined and improved through process. From observation, to experiment, to reflection and conclusion, art is improved by the steps we make towards change, not solidification and stagnation. Much of the advice out there for drawing is simply “practice” or “avoid distractions”. This advice is good, but there is more to creation than just throwing yourself mindlessly into a task and avoiding bad habits along the way. Good habits and knowledge will help to excel your learning process faster, and from that, improve faster and more effectively.
Look at it
As an artist, observation is key. The skill we develop is not just seeing, but interpreting what we see, remembering what we have seen and recording it in the form of visual art. This is a skill that, aside from blindness or vision degradation, you will be able to improve during your entire life. The way of seeing from an art
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Hello all. I'm still here. So much new work that I shall probably never get it all posted. But I will try. ;)
I'm the featured artist for ArtSquared in San Marcos, Texas! December 12th at the courthouse.

Come visit!


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Terrible Beauty
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: Under the Shadow of His Wings
Favourite genre of music: gothic, darkwave, classical
Personal Quote: It is finished; do you see the Light of the Saviour inside this machine? ~ Saviour Machine


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birthdays Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

On behalf of the birthdays team, I sincerely apologize that your greeting has arrived late this year.

We hope you had an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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Annaivri Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday! :party:
Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Annaivri Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :aww:
Jasperinity Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017
Happy birthday! :D
Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
JocelyneR Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017
Happy Birthday!  :heart:

My best wishes for the upcoming year!  :hug:
Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
DawidZdobylak Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
thanks ;)
natalievonraven Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017   Traditional Artist

Thank you for :+fav:ing “Nevermore”… :blackrose: Much appreciated! :blackrose: Have an awesome day! :blowkiss:

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