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August 15, 2011



Preview and Pets

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 15, 2011, 11:14 PM

:iconalhilton:alhilton is a wonderful author who has built a fantastic and emotionally engaging world of fawn-like creatures called "Shelts." It is an illustrated, full-cast audio book series that is available for free on her website or on iTunes! Click here for Cowry Catchers!! NSFW.. Enjoy!



-oh its a beta problem nevermind hahahaaa

Contest Entry

Hey guys!

First off, thank you for the well-wishes on my contest entry :'D Winners will not be notified until January of next year, and will be published in the Artists Network magazine in March/April of next year... so I do not think I should post it in my gallery until then. However, I did want to show you what I had been working on the past few here is a small preview:


It was my first time using soft pastels (and I think I did alright for a first time!), but I definitely know there are a lot of things I could have done better. I am particularly unhappy with the bear. He underwent one large revision (completely re-did the paws)..but looking at it now, I'm still unhappy with his face (his eyes, especially). Ah well. Live and learn.

That, and I desperately need a better printer/scanner.. that scan looks awful. Came out kinda gritty looking, buh. Everyone else says it looks amazing I guess that's a good thing? We'll see!


Anywho. I really want a pet to care for and keep as my own, but our dorms do not allow any pets outside of aquatic animals. However, I'm not really a fish person..and I do not have the space to have a large enclosure that an aquatic turtle (like the red-eared slider) would require as an adult.

I was thinking of getting an African Dwarf Frog/African Clawed Frog. I had bought one last year, but he was put into a sort of community tank between a few friends and I, and unfortunately there was no lid and he managed to jump out and commit suicide D':. I would have a proper tank this year haha.. Maybe a fish or two along with him.

But I was also seriously looking at Axolotl's! They are just so cute. They're aquatic for their whole lives (usually), and so would be perfect for a dorm situation. And they have fairly lengthy lives - up to 10-15 years or so! But I'm not sure where I would be able to purchase one.. However, they are able to be purchased from breeders, unlike these next fellows:

I'm also seriously thinking of getting a waterdog - they are the larval form of the Tiger Salamander. I would love one of these simply because it makes me nervous to have an animal that will be aquatic their whole lives, but I'm sure I would be able to get used to caring for the water after a while. That, and they are beautiful as adults. Anyway.. from the information I have read so far, there are no specific timelines for how long these guys stay in their larval form - it could be anywhere from a couple months (too short), a few years, to their entire lives... so, there is a possibility I would not be able to keep these guys with me at the dorm, if they morphed too soon. That, and, as I said, there are very few (if any) breeders for these guys.. and the only really good way to get them are from fish bait stores..and of course, then you run the risk of getting a sick or injured animal, as they are not cared for properly in such a situation.

So yeah. I want a pet...but am indecisive currently. (Though I'm definitely leaning towards the leucistic Axolotl...d'awww bawww x3).

Do any of you own any aquatic pets? Or any reptiles, for that matter? I'd love to hear about them!! :'D


I am currently looking for commissions! Please tell your friends!

Price List
Sketch: $15
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Spot Illustration: $30
Speed Painting: $40
-Character Only: $30
B&W Painting: $55+
Full Painting: $80+

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Commission List
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Draenian Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If you're ever considering getting a turtle but are worried about size, I would suggest a Musk Turtle! Particularily the Razor-back Musk because I find them the cutest XD . Here is some info on them. They generally don't exceed 4-5 inches :D!

I have a Mississippi Map Turtle (Common) and hopefully he will be a male since they stay smaller, but I find keeping turtles quite easy so long as you do regular water changes, feed a proper diet, and have proper lighting for them :D (And correct enclosure size of course XD)
Xeraki Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
I want a turtle someday, but it'll have to wait until I have my own house where I have plenty of space to put a cage large enough, or get a pond for one xD
Draenian Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's always an awesome idea, this way you're not scrambling for a bigger home for the turtle :D! Aw man, I would SO love to have a turtle pond!!
MonochromeNinja Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG that waterdog is soo cute :3

Ive heard those african clawed frogs get pretty big, i dont no about the dwarf ones though.
Xeraki Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah I think the clawed frogs get fairly large - large enough to need feeder fish after a while, anyway :D The dwarf ones stay small, I would assume xD
ShadowTsuk Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
firebelly newts are awesome little critters but that if you can find one get it. They are awesome. I myself have 3 tarantulas and 5 hermit crabs ^^ I phased out of the aquatic stuff because i really got sick and tired of those water changes.
Xeraki Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, the water changes are what worry me the most I think. I'm just afraid I'll get something wrong, yanno? But I think I could get used to it with an Axolotl.. they're too cute to not love.
ShadowTsuk Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
agree :D water changes aren't hard to do, but they are tedious if you don't have the right equipment.
Zhoid Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If you want an aquatic salamander, have you considered getting a mudpuppy?
[link] They're fully aquatic for their whole life, although they can grow big (average ~30-40 cm) which can be a problem, although maturing takes them about 6 years which makes them slow growing.

Other than that, good luck with finding a pet that suits you! C;
Xeraki Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
They would be lots of fun, too! They get a bit bigger than Axolotl's it seems, but it would be a tough choice between the two otherwise! xD

Ooh, decisions decisions..xDD Thanks for the link!
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