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what's up! Does anyone still read these things?

Just dropping by to say hello. Another school year has gone by since my last journal, can you believe it? So much has changed! It's summer so I have more time to internet, although I'm not really returning to dA again...
Every now and then I go back on dA to reminisce and make fun of things I used to say/draw.

I've gotten a few notes here over the past year(?) or so! I thought I would answer some popular ones as to not leave you guys hanging:

Do you still do commissions (journal layouts or otherwise)?
No I don't. I don't really draw much in general, though. I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who commissioned me in the past years! It really meant a lot that I could actually make money (albeit not a huge amount) doing what I loved.

Do you play neopets?
Nope, and no I won't be giving away all my stuff :P

Can I add you on MSN?
I don't use MSN or any other IM anymore. If you reeeeeally want to talk to me, I suppose you could note me and we'll figure out an arrangement?

Can I reference your art/art style?
I'm not really in a position to stop anyone now. I would ask that you didn't directly trace/reference specific images, but if you are using elements of my style in your own (and not just copying), that's fine! Even though I'm not on patrol for art thieves anymore, some of my watchers still do it for me--thank you!

Anyways, like last year, if you guys have anymore questions, feel free to leave them here. Can be questions about art, my life, school/art college, anything with reasons. It's a lot of fun seeing old faces! I'll be replying for the next few days before I forget about dA again. Thanks for all those who continue to support me even in my absence!
hi deviantArt! It has been a long, long time since I have posted and maybe you've noticed that I've pretty much disappeared from this site. I have written journals and updates every few months to say I'd be back "eventually" but never really followed up with anything, so I thought it'd be nice to check back in.

Just to get this out of the way, no I do not think I will be "returning" to dA, nor do I think I'll ever really be active here again. I've just grown apart from this site, as sad as it is. I made this account when I was 12 years old and I'm 19 now.  Up until a year ago, I had been drawing the same cute animals... for 6 years! I am thankful for everyone I've encountered here, all the watchers, the commenters, the commisioners, the friends; my experience here has really been more than I would've ever expected...starting out as a 12 y/o aspiring artist on neopets, I've improved so much and even reached a moderate level of fame (I guess you'd call it :P) for which I will be forever grateful!

Last fall I started my first year of college. I was busier than I'd ever been with all my work and didn't have time to draw cute cats anymore. I was (still am) an art major, but the art I created was completely separate from anything I've posted here.  And when I did have time to draw my characters and such, I didn't. Just lost interest. I look back at some of my old art every now and then and can't even believe I drew it! I went in to art college thinking I wanted to be an illustrator of some sort, kind of a continuation and application of the art I was already doing before. After a year of school, my interests and entire view on art has changed. At the moment, I want to get more involved in concept based art that doesn't rely solely on aesthetics or "painting a pretty picture", but I'm sure that'll change many times before I graduate!

That being said, it is making me a little emotional to write this journal. I know this isn't really anything to get choked up about, but this is 7 years of my life; my time on dA has made me the artist I am today. The skills I've learned through the years got me into the dream college and will hopefully take me even further after I graduate. I still have no idea what career I want to eventually have, but I don't see myself ever giving up art completely.

I have had so many great memories on dA. I was constantly inspired, made money for what I loved, and made several lasting friendships. For example, I met Youki on neopets and dA when I was 13. We drew together and talked for several hours everyday for years. We still are in contact today and over the past school year, we met up twice when she was visiting colleges, and she even spent a night sleeping on my the floor of my dorm. :P


So once again, I cannot stress how incredibly thankful I am for this site and everyone who has been a part of my experience here! I'm sure there's tons I've forgotten to write but I hope you get the jist of it. If you're worried about me, yes I do still draw (although not as much atm... also my tablet broke :(), I just don't post any art here anymore.

I want to leave on a good note rather than "lol brb eventually". Thankyouthankyouthankyoux1000000! I'll be hanging around for the next few days or stop by every now and then afterwards, so if you have any questions, wanna know what's going on in my life, need advice (pertaining to art, college, or whatever else), or just want to chat since I haven't been here in a while, I encourage you to leave a comment! I missed the people here and would love to catch up before I go on another everlasting haitus

THANKS AGAINNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!

also, i'm not doing anymore requests, trades, commissions, etc. incase that wasn't already clear hehe
another journal to say I've been too busy to get on dA :P

I'll be back eventually!

Winter break!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 18, 2010, 12:04 PM



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o hai dA, I'm on winter break now for almost a month, meaning I finally have some time to draw for myself! The first semester of college has been the busiest time of my life and I must say I love it :) I've gotten sooo much better at drawing, but I'm not really interested in drawing cutesy anime animals anymore.. ya know, what college does to you :P I realize that I'm a much different artist now than I was when I joined dA 7 years ago and even from before I started college, so I'm not making many guarantees that I'll be around here much.

That being said, for this break, I will be doing journal commissions because I really miss them! I know this requires me to draw cutesy anime animals but I miss them too and could use some extra money :) I'm only going to aim to do 3 this break though, on a first come first serve basis so either comment or note me if you are interested.

1. Koyvet
2. roqstar
3. NadieWindHowl

Also, these 3 will be the last journals I do in a long long time, so get them while you still can!

And once again, to see my recent art that's not on dA and some assignments I had for school, visit my blog ruthl.tumblr.com !






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art n stuff

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 18, 2010, 7:06 AM



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Hi again dA! Since I haven't uploaded any art here in a long long time, I thought I'd let you guys know I'm still alive!

I've uploaded a few pictures I've done for school on my blog. I don't really want to submit them here just because dA is more for my digital art. I'll be updating the blog much more frequently than dA, but rest assured I intend to get back to digital art as soon as I have the chance :)

Check it out: ruthl.tumblr.com
Thanks!!






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hello dA!

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 21, 2010, 8:01 PM



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ahhhh! First I'd like to say that I've hardly been on dA in the last 2 months! As I said before, I started college and I have almost no time to check dA and 100% no time to draw on the computer anymore. I have been drawing a lot though, but only boring stuff for school that won't end up on dA.

That being said, I can't take anymore commissions, trades, requests, anything for the next few months.. maybe winter break!






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COLLEGE

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 26, 2010, 5:04 PM



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Soo... I haven't been on dA in a pretty long time. I started college on Monday! and had a week-long orientation before that. It hasn't even been a week of classes yet and I'm already so overwhelmed! I'm taking 2 art classes as well as the regular core classes, and I have soOOOoo much homework everyday! But I live on a floor thats mostly artists and everyone is awesomeeEeEe!

but anyways just wanted to let yall know about my absence and absences to come!!






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quick update

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 7, 2010, 7:50 PM



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I'm in california now! I'll be here until the 20th. I'm gonna TRY to draw a little, since my weekdays have a little downtime. I was in Sandiego over the 4th of July weekend, now I'm stationed in a smallish town with nothing to do. This weekend I think I'm going to LA and then maybe Disney :)))

Also, thanks so much for all the interest in my journal commissions! I can't take anymore new commissions for a while though, sorry! But it really means a lot that to me :') Oh yeah and I'm thinking kiriban at 200k?! There's still a while to go though!






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i'm done!!!

Journal Entry: Tue May 18, 2010, 11:10 AM



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I'm done with ScHoOl!!!!!! Well almost, my last day of high school was last Friday but our graduation isn't until the end of May.
so yeah, I'm FrEeEEEeeeeee until college starts up and then its gonna be 10000 times more work. Most of my HS friends are staying in state for college and I'm only moving a couple of hours away but it's still sooo sad :(

well anyways i have no summer plans... I was going to go to China but i don't think that's gonna happen anymore cause we didn't arrange anything yet. SO I'm going to try to get a summer job (which will probably be hard since I can only work for a couple of months before I need to move to pittsburgh). I might try to do some lesser scale traveling if that doesn't pan out :) i'm thinking west coast, but everything is still up in the air!

in the meantime, I'm gonna try my hardest to draw more!! I know I say that all the time but either way I'm going to be FORCED to draw lots when I go to college anyways :B

SOooooooo what are YOUR plans for summer?






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werkin hard

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 19, 2010, 3:53 PM



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Hi guys! Sorry for being so inactive lately. I've been pretty busy for the last few weeks and will probably continue to be busy until mid May (AP test, end of high school foreverrrr ya know)

So anyways, I've been having a string of good luck/happiness lately! I got a free trip to St. Louis from Washington University to visit the campus a couple of days ago. I really liked a lot of aspects of it, but the actual campus didn't really fit me. It was oddly... quiet lol, toooo quiet, especially for being in a big city. I met a ton of people and it sucks that I'll probably never see most of them again!

Buuuuuut I've already made my college decision, and I'm going to Carnegie Mellon University :) The decision was actually surprisingly easy since I've always wanted to go there~ can't wait to start!!

It's so nice to have all my hard work pay off! I never ever expected to get accepted to all the colleges I applied to and I'm so happy to have had great choices to choose from!

So yeah, not much else to say. I probably won't be able to post any new art for a while, though I'm constantly working on commishes and other stuff that isn't usually posted here. buuuut HOW WAS YOUR DAY?






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Commissions Open Again!

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 1, 2010, 7:45 PM



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As the title says, I'm taking commissions again! Info here- acaraluv.deviantart.com/journa…

if you've already asked before while my commissions are closed, please note me and I'll try to prioritize you :)

Thank You! Team Jacob ftw






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ahhhhhhhhh

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 27, 2010, 9:19 PM



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I feel like the last year of my life has all come down to this! Because I got accepted to Carnegie Mellon University :D It has seriously been my dream school for years and I never thought I'd get accepted cause my grades didn't really stand out. ALSO you may or may not remember, but earlier this school year I posted a huge journal freaking out about college. As it turns out, I was accepted to every college I applied to!

Annnyways I got accepted for CMU's Art program as well as Science, so I'm going for a **Bachelor of Science and Art** :))) Two for the price of one!

I'm so excited to start art school~ CMU has a great art program (Andy Warhol FTW) and it's prolly gonna be a kick in the ass, cause now I'll HAVE to be working on art constantly :D
dlkfgd;flgkdfg

Now hopefully financial aid will go well~ I will srsly die if I can't afford to go there!!






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  • Watching: SNL

What should I draw!

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 26, 2010, 9:13 AM



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First of all, commissions will be closed for a little while. I'll finish up one or two more that I have on my plate and then I'll be taking a break. I realllllllly miss drawing full pictures, since 99% of my commissions are journal layouts :P

That being said, I haven't drawn my characters in a long time! So I was wondering which one of them would YOU like to see brought back to life lulz (acaraluv.deviantart.com/galler…)
Not that I'm not going to draw the rest eventually, I just wanna know who you'd like to the most :)






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nooooooooooo

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 7, 2010, 7:37 AM



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asldjasdasd ARE THERE ANY OTHER NORTHEASTERNERS WHO GOT BURIED IN SNOW?

I ***hate*** snow!!!
We got about 2 feet of it here~ *PLUS* our power has been out since yesterday and they're predicting that it won't be back up till this Friday :|:|:|:|
Last night when i went to bed, it was 40 degrees !

Well anyways, I found a loophole and escaped to my madre's house which is located in the middle of town so she has power and heat. Only thing is I can't draw on the computer for a while (so commissions will be taking a little break)

So share your snow stories!






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New Commission Info!

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 8, 2010, 7:24 PM



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Hi everyone! My commissions journal needed a update~

:pointr: Read First!!
-I accept payment through paypal only.
-At the moment I am only doing animal character commissions.
-Due to previous mishaps, I must receive the payment from the commissioner before I start the commission.
-If for any reason I cannot complete the commission after the payment has been sent, I will refund you 100%.
-You may use images drawn for you for layouts, icons, banners, etc. but please give me credit!
-All pictures are digital and usually take 1 week-1 month to finish.
-All prices are in USD.

Prices

:pointr: Colored Sketch with Simple Background
$10.00 for one character
$7.00 for every extra character
:pointr: Examples
taste the rainbow by acaraluv where do they go by acaraluv

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:pointr: Full CG with Simple Background
$25.00 for one character
$20.00 for every extra character
:pointr: Examples
nostalgia by acaraluv bells by acaraluv lazy afternoon by acaraluv

Custom Journal Layouts

$20.00 for one character picture
$25.00 for two character pictures (see below)

***Only dA Subscribers are able to use custom layouts***

Journal layouts come with:
-A simple image(s) of your character of choice and a header and/or footer
-Journal layout design
-CSS code for the layout


:pointr: Examples
One Picture:

Two Pictures:
  

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If you're interested, go ahead and note me with details! Thank you :heart:






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  • Eating: :)
Hi everyone! Just wanted to post a new journal to get the old one off my page. :)
As you all know, Christmas is coming soon! I usually post the really long holiday wishlist forms but there's not much I want this year... Although, dA subscriptions and gift art are very very very much appreciated :heart:

I will be doing Christmas adoptables again this year (previous sets: acaraluv.deviantart.com/art/ch…, acaraluv.deviantart.com/art/co…) for friends as well as some deviants who have been supportive to me :) I'm going to try to get a good amount of adoptables done but as usual i've been ~busy~

Anyways this was a fairly pointless journal. Hope you all are enjoying the holidayyyssss

National Portfolio Day (tldr journal)

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 23, 2009, 9:36 AM



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www.portfolioday.net/ for information
Yesterday I went to the Philadelphia National Portfolio Day review with Youki and I am happy to inform you all that she is alive and well and making SWEET art
Anyways it took me 6+ hours to drive there and we ended up only going to 4 different college reviews because the lines were so long!

In my portfolio I brought 2 sketchbooks, a bunch of still life drawings, 2 really simple paintings (I need to paint more!!), and 3 prints of stylized pictures from dA (I was pretty uncertain of what reviewers would think of them), amongst others.
There were probably at least 2,000 people there and we ended up waitingggg in line for about 3 of the 4 hours. A big upset for me was that Carnegie Mellon wasn't there, and it was the one school I wanted to go to the most!

The reviews were really mixed. Each school was looking for different things in portfolios and pieces that some schools ~loved~ were criticized by others.

The colleges we checked out:
-Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: They were the host of the Philadelphia portfolio day and the first table we saw when we got in. There was no line so we decided to go to them first. The reviewer complimented a lot of my observational drawings and said that my portfolio is what they'd look for at PAFA :) Buuuuuuut they really didn't care (or even bother to look at) anything that wasn't realism.

-Rhode Island School of Design: I honestly did not plan and still don't plan to apply for RISD but we went anyways; not a diss to RISD but there are only a couple of schools that I'm applying to, and I don't think I'd get accepted to RISD anyways! The line was the longest and I could tell that everyone was a lot more anxious/appreciative/interested than we were. The reviewer brushed aside a couple of my pictures that PAFA really liked and, to my surprise, kept commenting and referring back to two pictures that I was debating whether or not to bring (acaraluv.deviantart.com/art/me… and a 5 minute Alice in Wonderland sketch) The reviewer said he liked my character design but that I should work more on line quality and that I used shading to overcompensate (lol wut)

-School of Visual Arts: SVA was the only school there that I was originally planning to apply, and I reaaaallly wish I prepared myself to answer their questions better (what do you want to do in the future-esque questions). The also liked my kitty art more than the realism pictures and even recommended including more stylized work for admissions! Overall, it was good feedback, but the reviewer kept asking awkward, vague questions which called for awkward, vague answers. :B

-Washington University in St. Louis: After we finished the SVA review there was only about 30 minutes left, so we went to the Wash U table because there were only two other people in line. By the time it was my turn, there was less than 10 minutes left so the reviewer went through my portfolio at breakneck speed. It was all positive feedback and very minimal critiques and she probably just wanted to get out of there as fast as possible. But anyways, I really liked Wash U cause not only did they ~*LuV*~ my work but I can also double major in pretty much anything I want there :)


SoOOooo overall, for other people who do a lot of stylized art, don't be afraid to include art that's not ~serious work~! It might even be refreshing for colleges who see the same drawings of still lives over and over and over again, but obviously, don't make your portfolio entirely cartoon drawings.
AND if possible, go to National Portfolio Day at least once. It will help you get a scope of what each different school is looking for :thumbsup:






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I'm alive!!

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 20, 2009, 4:34 PM



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Hellooo deviantart!
I feel really bad because I've been neglecting dA so much. I do check here everyday but I haven't finished any digital art pictures since... my last upload, many moons ago. I *have* been drawing like crazy though, a bunch of still lives. basically nothing worth uploading here :B

ANnnnnnyways, a couple of days ago, I started a blog to post my art that won't be going on dA. You probably wouldn't even be able to tell it's me since everything's so unstylized! (although I still prefer drawing character art than *serious* art)
Soo check it out here: shaper.tumblr.com/
I think tumblr's format is a nicer than a lot of other blog sites :) more picture-friendly!






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cause i know you care

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 10, 2009, 2:24 PM



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a brief update on things lately

-I have been extreeeeemely busy with life, school, and college stuff and have no time to draw on the computer e_e I did a few still life art projects at school but they're really boring/not worth uploading lul

-However! My dad bought Coral Painter/Designer/draw for his work so I installed painter on my computer :) it's really nifty and fun to use, but it's going to take a while before i can make anything decent in it; I still need to get used to it.

-I'm officially the new founder of art club at my school! I also crowned myself the president/tyrant hehehehe so if any of you are in your school's art club, please recommend me projects/activities that i can plan :)

-I just took the SAT today again, still have to take the SAT subject tests in November then I'm done 4EVR. (but I will be busy until then)

-I also have to work on a bunch more pieces for my art portfolio. I work at a snails pace, so this will be extremely hard for me. I'm going to the Philadelphia portfolio review on November 22 and still need to finish 4-5 more pictures!

-Commissions for journal entries are still open (check the commissions link below!) even though I probably should be focusing on something else :B I need the money! and I also need something to occupy myself with when I'm not working on everythingishouldbeworkingonthatwillshapetherestofmylife

sooooo... I apologize for the prolonged inactivity. I WILL TRY TO DRAW MORE WHEN 2010 COMES! that's when I can stop caring about everything






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hi dA

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 15, 2009, 3:20 PM



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I have not updated my journal in many moons (over a month and a half ago! :eyepopping:)
JUST WANTED TO SAY HI! My school started a couple of weeks ago. I am in 5 AP classes this year :< only one of my classes is not AP! Luckily my work load hasn't been super busy *yet* I actually had more homework over the summer than I do now lul

but anyways thank you to the people who have commissioned me lately :) my journal commissions are still open, but I keep forgetting to update the list when a slot gets filled.. so just note me if you're interested in one and I'll add you to the list. I'm working on them one by one so it may take a week or two to get to yours. check out the commissions link VVVV for more info! gracias!!

sooo HOW IS SCHOOL FOR EVERYONE SO FAR?? ?? ?






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