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Solveiga Priedniece
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Hello there, and welcome to my DeviantArt page!

I grew up in a small town called Vangaži, in Latvia, and already as a kid, I knew that art was my thing, so I picked up my pencil and never stopped drawing. Currently, I am living in Riga, the capital of Latvia, and am willing to take on any challenge you are willing to throw at me, as long as it is not copyright infringing.

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Every now and again I come across this odd statement. So and so doesn't have a culture. Before stating that, we should define what the word "culture" means. By definition, "Culture" is "the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group"... that among other things. A rather broad statement.

Let's think about something as mundane as our breakfast. If you are a responsible adult and take good care of your body, chances are, you had it; if you didn't, well, we all have our flaws. So what did you have? Me personally, I had pancakes! Everyone knows what those are, so what's so special about them? Well, what if I told you that, while pancakes are known across many cultures, each culture has their own take on them? If you live in the North America, you probably had them with maple syrup or syrup of any kind -- it is normal, isn't it? No, not really, in fact, in some cultures people choose to eat their pancakes with salad. In Eastern Europe, people don't add any syrup to their delicious pancakes, at least not that I know of. They instead serve them with sour cream or jam, at times both! I live in the North-Easter Europe, and I have no clue what maple syrup tastes like, fast food isn't that popular here, and I've never seen a corn dog outside of movies. Isn't that crazy?

One day I prepared my favorite desert, "ķīselis", which is made from sugar, water, fruit and potato starch -- it has a slimy consistency and is served with milk. When I sat down to enjoy it, I realized something and asked my boyfriend: "Remember how you'd eat this often as a kid?"
"Yeah, so?"
"Can you imagine that the rest of the world probably doesn't know what it is?"
This desert had become so normal for me, that it was hard to imagine a life without it -- surely everyone had tried it out and loved it as a kid! But no, they haven't. Why would they, if each culture had their own food to start a day with? An American may choose to start their day with sandwiches, while in my household they were never regarded as a proper meal. An Italian could start his day with pasta and a Russian with a bowl of porridge. And it doesn't end with food. Did you know that in Latvian culture it is considered a bad luck if you sit at the corner of the table and that Russians hate it when you whistle inside a home? Most Europeans never heard of a boogyman, instead, they were frightened by Baba Yaga, Sumpurņi, Krampus etc.

So why is it that some people say they don't have a culture? Could it be, that the mere fact, they would say something like this, actually proves the said statement wrong? In the past, people didn't wonder whether they had a culture or not. In their mind, they had it by default. There was no other way. Now, however, in the age of globalization -- when everyone is wired together via a large network -- we are forced to see the world from a different perspective. Suddenly, we are bombarded with new ideas, languages, practices we never heard of, songs and music -- there is an overabundance of strange and unusual. And it is the usual we tend to not notice because we take it for granted.

Maybe next time you greet a stranger, remember that in another culture it would be strange.

    The elves

    There exists two species of elves – the high elves and deep elves. Genetically all elves are female, and their sexes are determined by other factors, such as maturity of the mother, lunar phases, solar phases, passing seasons, mother’s diet, or even how the mother feels about the child. The elves are a nocturnal mesocarnivores who often include large amounts of various animals, insects, and fruit in their diets. Other common traits among the elves are long pointed ears and Tapetum Lucidum. On extremely rare occasions the elves will be capable of producing children with human females, but these children will always be female. When an elven woman conceives a genetically male child from a human, it is always miscarried and half-elves are always infertile.

    The High Elves

    High elves, or Ljosalfar(Ljos- light, alfar- elves), as they call themselves, are a homogenous species, that have a little variety in terms of appearance and culture. They usually have a waifish, lanky build, and significantly lower body strength.


    The Ljosalfar males and females look very similar to one another, one would say – identical. But it is a huge misconception. Like many animal species, when it comes to ljosalfar genders, differences are in the subtleties. Male ljosalfar have longer ears, more adult-like features, flat chests, small hips and deeper, but still feminine, voices. No high elf can grow facial hair and they usually have thin body hair. There are two races of high elves – the sunlanders and dusklanders. The sunlanders usually have hair, skin, and eyes that range in gold, amber and red shades, and dusklanders usually range in blue, turquoise and lilac shades.


    Society: The ljosalfar society is matriarchal, due to males being regarded as deformed females. When it comes to mundane existence, there are little differences between sexes, with the only difference being that the mother was always the head of the family.

    Because of their low strength and poor endurance, slavery is a major part of the ljosalfar culture and the most favored species of slaves are the humans, the orcs come in second. The high elves themselves rarely practice manual labor, leaving such dirty jobs to the slaves and foreign workers, and focus primarily on spellcasting, enchanting, scholarships, management, arts and “proper” craftsmanship, such as jewel smithing, tailoring, pottery and calligraphy.


    Combat: When it comes to combat, the ljosalfar prefer to use bladed polearms, piercing weapons, and spellcasting. Their armor is often crafted from hide, scales, and bones of wyverns – a creature known for its resistance to both magic and physical impacts. Because of their lack of strength, they rarely practice archery, in fact, this discipline is actively discouraged. High elven bows have a light draw weight, useful only for hunting small game, thus on the battlefield, the few archers use crossbows exclusively. Now, the reason why archery is seen as an inferior discipline is because, it is – for the ljosalfar, of course. For them, it is far more effective to utilize arcane artilleries, which would rain down spells from the distance or above, and while they have a smaller range than a human war bow, they do devastating damage to the incoming enemy troops.

    The Deep elves

    By men, they are called the deep elves, by the ljosalfar – the dokkalfar(dokk- dark, murky; alfar- elves), but the deep elves themselves don’t consider themselves as elves at all. Instead, they name themselves dverguldur(dver- stone, guldur- offspring female – dverguldess, male – dverguldar), or dvergr in short. The high elves they name simply as Olfr(elf. fem: olfriss, male: olfar).


    Dvergr females are larger and stronger, grow full facial hair, have denser bones, larger ribcages, stronger features, higher muscle mass, lower voices and are aggressive and dominant. They make up the bulk of the society and thus, most things are run by them. Only one in ten females receive the permission to bear offspring, ensuring that only the best and the healthiest procreate and gaining such permission involves several trials of mind and body. This is compensated by a higher fertility of the female.

    The dvergr male spends most of their life caring for their children and grandchildren and symbolizes wisdom, dedication, loyalty and love, while the female represents dominance, strength, protection and fertility. Like their female counterparts, dvergr males can grow facial hair, albeit, quite patchy. This prompts them to always shave clean, as a full beard is seen as a mark of femininity and is typically worn by elder matriarchs.

    There are three races of Dvergr – the hematites, the azurites and the emeralds. Despite that it is widely believed that the deep elves were responsible for the extinction of the dwarven species, the dvergr themselves believe they originated from these stones within the Abyss.

    The hematites inhabit the lower parts the Abyss and have gray complexion, gray hair that range from white to black, and red, gray, and black eyes.

    Azurites have a complexion which ranges from deep blue to pale turquoise, silvery blue to obsidian blue hair, and pale eyes.

    The emeralds have an almost black skin that has a greenish hue, black to green hair and eyes that range from green to amber.


    Society: A dvergr family always consists of a single mother(eladess), at least three fathers and a few grandfathers, or velaldar(vel- old, wize; aldar- father) and a crowd(a dozen, at least) children.

    Dvergr live in citadels – fortified cities located in the Abyss, that are ruled by a queen and her drones(a council of husbands). In their art, social structure and warfare they closely mimic apocritas(ants, bees and wasps) – creatures that they hold sacred.

    Warfare: The deep utilize complex military strategies, of which I’ll explain later in another post. When it comes to armor, the deep elves prefer steel with light padding underneath. Their range of weaponry is as wide as that of humans, and, because they live in tunnels, they rarely utilize siege equipment, resorting to driving out the enemy troops by cutting their supply lines. Their weapons are often reinforced with dokkdaer(dokk – black, dark; daer – metal, steel, iron) and risulver(ris – tear; ulver – crystal, gem, glass) which are poisonous to most living creatures. In warfare, dvergr use magic only in forms of enchantments, as they are incapable of spellcasting.

    Orcs

    Sometimes called ogres or goblins, Orcs are a small minority that inhabits Eilaroth. They migrated to the continent thousand years ago during the second era of migration and over time, the orcs had migrated throughout the continent, forming small settlements. They mostly inhabit the central and southern parts of Eilaroth, due to them being herbivores, and, thus requiring a warmer climate to maintain a balanced diet. Orcs that reside in Northern Reaches have adapted to including a small amount of meat in their diet.


    They commonly eat herbs, young tree bark, fruit, vegetables, grains, insects, in northern reaches – fish and wild animals.


    Appearance: the orcs are a large species, averaging to 7 feet in height. They have a barrel chest with a shorter, bulkier neck, robust muscles, and thick, dense bones, and a mane, that stretches from their head all the way to their upper backs. Most male orcs grow thick, long beards, have prominent brows, massive jaws and impressive canines. The females have smaller jaws compared to their male counterparts, though, still massive when compared to humans. Most orcs have lobeless human-like ears, dark hair, and slightly green skin tones, and amber colored eyes.


    Culture: The orcs have a highly militaristic tribal society, and they hold concepts, such as honor, courage, and loyalty highly. Their communities are ruled by chiefs, who, most of the time, are male.

    Because of them having lower endurance and speed than other species, the orcs favor archery, utilizing their superior upper body strength to pack devastating damage with massive war bows and full steel arrows. Orkish war bows are capable piercing full steel plate and even wyvern plate like parchment and have a twice the range of human war bows.

    The orcs also make frequent use of polearms, such as battle axes, hallbergs, and warmaces.


    Mandatory skills that an orc has to learn include: archery, butchering, hunting, reading, and writing. After the age of twelve, the orc can choose between a variety of specialties, like scouting, espionage, battle mastery, shamanism, medicine, animal herding, farming, and scribing.

    Men

    There are two subspecies of men: halfmen and humans.


    Humans

    The humans are a species that is probably closest to my heart, because: 1)I’m one of them, and 2)they are the most balanced species out there. Why else do you think the ljosalfar would want them as slaves? They’re smart enough to fulfill orders, strong enough to lift heavy stuff without keeling over and have enough stamina to work, fight and dance for hours! And nothing beats a human drinking buddy!

    Because we all know what humans look like, I’ll continue to brag about how old their cultures are – just as old as the elven ones, in fact! They did change over time, but that was to be expected. The humans existed on Eilaroth prior to the recorded history and mostly settled in its southern reaches. During the first migration era, they migrated to the riverlands, the mountain reaches and the western part of the north. After the fall of the Asgardian Empire, another migration era occurred, during which portions of northerners migrated from the river lands to Central North, and over time, to the far north.


    The humans have a variety of cultures and are known to make heavy use of siege equipment, building impenetrable fortresses, and being the most versatile combatants. They make a good use of a variety of close range weapons, warbows, and spellcasting, and, while they do not particularly excel in any of the combat disciplines, the variety amongst their ranks makes them an unpredictable opponent.


    Most humans are skilled craftsmen, farmers, and traders, which makes them a valuable ally to most other species, particularly – the ljosalfar, who often trade with them, and employ humans for labor.


    Some of the known kingdoms: Vsjezimje, Mihtesladu, Augstzeme, Highbereich, Ilios, Harena, Liming, Shugin, Ointsoorkhoi, Bry’ard, Ashya, Eplait, Afreau.


    Halfmen

    Halfmen are the shorter cousins of humans, who used to inhabit the northern reaches prior to the migration era. Eventually, they have pushed away further to the North, where they are a small minority. The halfmen live in human settlements, where they are forced to live in slums, work dangerous jobs and are often sold as slaves. They don’t have cultures of their own, and, instead practice traditions of the humans with a slight deviation.

    The halfmen average four feet in height, usually have bulbous noses with low bridges, prominent, high brow, receding chin, wider, somewhat stockier build. The halfmen usually have a pale, freckled skin, blue, green and gray eyes, brown, black and, most often, red hair.

    Sumpurn

    The sumpurns are the only non-primate species of people of the known world. They are bestial in appearance and behaviour and have an appearance of a humanoid mutt or hound. Because of their canine appearance, they are often mistaken for werewolves, but are far from them. While a werewolf is an individual who, often willingly, assumes a wolf like form, the sumpurns are born with their appearance. The sumpurns come in various colors: brown, white, black etc. They have dog-like heads, humanlike bodies, large claws at the ends of their paws and long, sharp teeth. They live beyond the Deaths Gate and have countries of their own, where they are ruled by their alpha males, who often have much longer tails.

    They live in strictly hierarchical societies and, when in combat, they employ a variety of melee and ranged combat, while preferring to rend a single opponent with their claws and teeth instead.

    They are known to crave meat of other species of people, particularly humans, and would often hunt for them. If the sumpurns managed to capture a human alive they’d keep them captive and force feed them nuts and honey, until they were fat enough to be slaughtered and fed to their nobles. Sumpurns weren’t strangers to cannibalism either and would often devour their fallen or captured enemies.

    While most of the sumpurns are considered to be hideous by other species, some of them are attractive, particularly their females. All sumpurns are proud of their long tails – the longer, the more beautiful they were considered.


    There is another variety of sumpurns, who, have a bird-like appearance. Unlike their canine counterparts, they don’t eat meat and are slightly less hostile against outsiders.


    Culturally, both types of sumpurns are almost identical, for example, they both have societies with strict laws and traditions, and have strong family bonds. A sumpurn household would usually consist of a husband and wife, cubs or chicks, grandparents, ounts, and, uncles and cousins. The sumpurns regard their dedication to their families equal to honor, and, if a sumpurn’s spouse would die, they would be required to lay in the grave with them. Usually, the live one, that would have to lay next to their deceased lover, would be given a mug of water and a loaf of bread and instead of digging the grave, they would slide their deceased into a pit.

    Gnomes

    Gnomes are a tricky sort, and, despite their resemblance to elderly toddlers, they are not to be taken lightly. The gnomes had begun to interact with other species of people about a century ago and their intentions remain to be unknown. Like the deep elves, the gnomes lack the spellcasting ability, but their means of combat are unknown. Most of the gnomes are traders, smugglers, and advisors, and the other species, particularly the ljosalfar are wary of their growing presence.

    Dwarves

    The dwarves are a species believed to have existed several millennia ago. They are believed to be a species of people that was a mix of living creatures and spirits and are believed by most other species to have inhabited the Abyss, prior to being brought to extinction by the Dvergr. The deep elves are believed to have taken the dwarven cities and languages for themselves afterward.


    The dwarves are believed to be people about the same height as the halfmen, albeit much bulkier. They are said to have been the greatest craftsmen in the whole Sylramus.


  • Listening to: Devn Townsend -- Zeltoid the Oniscient
  • Eating: homemade fake chocolate
Hello. Well, I suppose, I should start again -- his time with more excitement. Why hello there! No, no, no... Hello. Hello! Hello. Hello? Hello! Hello... It's strange, isn't it? How the word loses its meaning when you repeat it over and over again. While it bore a significant meaning before, now it is an empty sound -- an empty, hollow sound.

You know, I often wonder, what is this strange obsession we have with greeting each other? In every culture, in every household, there exists a variation of a word, of which the meaning is universally known. Hello. Why do we say it? Do we say it, because we earnestly are happy to meet one another? If it is so, well, then that would mean that cultures accustomed say it to everyone they see are the most welcoming of all! Yes, indeed, there are people who use this word for any random bypasser, and there are people who use it only for the people they know. Which one is more earnest? Then they ask how are you.

"Hello, how are you?" A bypasser parrots to you, no lifting his eyes off his brand new phone.

'Hello' is, indeed, an empty sound.
I am sick, so I don't feel too good to draw anything today, but what's easier to do than drawing? Ranting of course. I, like most people, am a natural at this. So here comes an annoying opinion dump.

So why do "evil races" suck? Because they don't work. Case closed, thank you for reading this... Wait, you did not expect me to actually argument this? You did??? No. Grumpy Cat 

Oh, uh... what's that in your hand? Is that a quadruple-bladed katana? You should put that away before someone gets hurt... Okay, okay, I'll tell you everything, but please put that thing down!

Just because I don't want to be turned into a pile of sliced jerky, I'll try and keep it short and simple.

First off. let's talk orc. No... put down your orcsfordian dictionary, we aren't going to discuss linguistics here. What's the first thing that comes to our mind when we hear the word "Orc", apart from war maces, which look nothing like the ones used in medieval ages, and big bulging muscles. Yes, you are right, only two things come to mind: "Evil" and "Stupid". First off, why are none of the good characters stupid? It is strange that an unintelligent breed of warriors could pose a legit threat to the intelligent elves, or even humans for that matter. Now, I'm going to lay off the stupid bit, because everyone has their own limitations.

But the evil bit is where I take issues. Have you ever met someone that did something just because they wanted to hurt someone? Sure, these kinds of people exist, but they are always a fraction of the entire population and there is a reason why. If you are capable of harming another living being because YOLO, then you either lack empathy or sympathy -- two key factors, that make the communities thrive and survive successfully. If you do not care for other people around you, you will never help them, and if the rest of the community is like that too, you'll not receive any help or support either. There is no reason why these types of communities would be founded in the first place.
For example, lets say, that you are a young orc named Bob. Now, bob, you are an adult now, and your mom hates your guts. Pack you things, you're moving out. From now on, you'll have to pay your own rent, find your own stuff to eat and buy your video games yourself. So, when looking through the www.orcforhire.ugh you find only one career choice -- raiding. Your mom was a raider, and your dad was a raider, but then he got killed by a canned stump -- bloody dwarves and their steel underwear! Anyway, you decide to continue your family lineage, even if raiding alone isn't enough to support any community. On would think, that practicing something practical, as farming, crafting or even trading, would make things easier, but you're an orc, so you are too stupid to think about this stuff. After all, you only managed to find the job offer, because it had a large "JOB HERE" written on it.
So you go for the job interview and get hired instantly. On your first day, your new boss named Viny shows you how things are run. Don't look at Viny, don't look at his wife, don't look at his stuff and smash anything that's not an orc, especially, if he looks wealthy, never mind that he could be held for ransom. Simple enough.
So half the day goes by, most of which you spend by smacking random humans in the head with your club and taking their junk... not that kind of junk, you perv! And then Viny kills Billy, because he looked at him. Oh, well, now it's just the two of you. You continue raiding, for the rest of the evening, which was made harder by you not being allowed to look at your boss. So then you go back to your cave and begin to share your spoils. Everything goes fine, until you find the new Mass Effect: Andromeda game, which you really, really want to play! Vinny doesn't budge and because he decided it was part of his personal collection and you looked at it, he decides it is a good idea to slap you with his axe... because as we all know, axes are crude weapons and don't require any skill and intelligence to make. You decide to retaliate and decapitate him with your club... because reasons. Now you have all the loot for yourself. His family won't miss him, because they hate his guts, his superiors don't give a rear about him now, because you just killed him and, therefore, are stronger and smarter, no one will take revenge and no punishment will follow. Now you can do this with all your workers until the entire race of orcs are extinct... and keep the loot.

So as you see -- it doesn't really work. There is a reason why the human species isn't likely to produce individuals that only care about themselves and only themselves. You can't be a part of a community without caring for others opinions, feelings and wellbeing. A family cannot exist without affection. Why would a mother throw away her life for a miniature poop-cannon she doesn't give a crap about?

And what they think of each other.


Don't mind me, I'm just poking fun at the changes I've made to my setting.

What do humans(Eilaroth) think of:

Orcs -- Is that a man or a beast?
Half-man -- ooh... a talking gardening tool!
High elf -- Wait, that's a guy? Confused 
Deep elf -- Wait, that's a woman??? wtf ...But at least the guys are pretty! Marlon Webb #JoggingManChallenge Chat/Comment Icon 
Gnomes -- Aww, they look like bearded toddlers! la in love 


What do orcs(Eilaroth and Abyss) think of:

Humans -- Wait, that's a guy? :wat: 
Half-man -- Aww, what a cute, tiny human!la in love 
High elf -- Did they skip puberty? Confused John Travolta Meme (comment/chat emoticon 
Deep elf -- laadies??? Them eyebrows 
Gnomes -- LOOOOT!!! Tard OMG Emote 


What do half-men(Eilaroth) think of:

Humans -- Bunch of long-legged freaks! 
Orcs -- DON'T EAT ME!!! Puppet Bonnie's Existential Life Crisis (Chat Icon 
High elf -- Laaadies??? Mr Incredible 
Deep elf --  Spongebob Nope Icon 
Gnomes -- They're short.


What do high elves(Floating isles) think of:

Humans -- they're useful. Cat nods 
Orcs -- A bunch of lumbering animals. 
Half-man -- A less useful human. Ok fella (Messages) 
Deep elf -- EWWWWW!AH EW 
Gnomes -- A bunch of meddling pests. *Free Icon/Emote* Pusheen (Angry) 


What do the deep elves(Abyss) think of:

Humans -- At least the guys are pretty. 
Half-man -- They're tiny humans, right? 
High elf -- Awww, how old are these kids? Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] 
Orcs -- Uh... Are you sure, that's a guy? Confused 
Gnomes -- WHAT ARE THOOOOOOSE?!! BWAAAAAAAAAH... 


Gnomes(Unknown):

Humans -- they're tall.
Half-man -- Finally, someone I can speak with, without needing a platform!
High elf -- They should eat more snails...
Deep elf -- They've, obviously, had too many snails!
Orcs -- *hides*


Dwarves(extinct):

Humans -- . . .
Half-men -- . . .
High elf -- . . .
Deep elf -- . . .
Orcs -- . . .
Every now and again I come across this odd statement. So and so doesn't have a culture. Before stating that, we should define what the word "culture" means. By definition, "Culture" is "the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group"... that among other things. A rather broad statement.

Let's think about something as mundane as our breakfast. If you are a responsible adult and take good care of your body, chances are, you had it; if you didn't, well, we all have our flaws. So what did you have? Me personally, I had pancakes! Everyone knows what those are, so what's so special about them? Well, what if I told you that, while pancakes are known across many cultures, each culture has their own take on them? If you live in the North America, you probably had them with maple syrup or syrup of any kind -- it is normal, isn't it? No, not really, in fact, in some cultures people choose to eat their pancakes with salad. In Eastern Europe, people don't add any syrup to their delicious pancakes, at least not that I know of. They instead serve them with sour cream or jam, at times both! I live in the North-Easter Europe, and I have no clue what maple syrup tastes like, fast food isn't that popular here, and I've never seen a corn dog outside of movies. Isn't that crazy?

One day I prepared my favorite desert, "ķīselis", which is made from sugar, water, fruit and potato starch -- it has a slimy consistency and is served with milk. When I sat down to enjoy it, I realized something and asked my boyfriend: "Remember how you'd eat this often as a kid?"
"Yeah, so?"
"Can you imagine that the rest of the world probably doesn't know what it is?"
This desert had become so normal for me, that it was hard to imagine a life without it -- surely everyone had tried it out and loved it as a kid! But no, they haven't. Why would they, if each culture had their own food to start a day with? An American may choose to start their day with sandwiches, while in my household they were never regarded as a proper meal. An Italian could start his day with pasta and a Russian with a bowl of porridge. And it doesn't end with food. Did you know that in Latvian culture it is considered a bad luck if you sit at the corner of the table and that Russians hate it when you whistle inside a home? Most Europeans never heard of a boogyman, instead, they were frightened by Baba Yaga, Sumpurņi, Krampus etc.

So why is it that some people say they don't have a culture? Could it be, that the mere fact, they would say something like this, actually proves the said statement wrong? In the past, people didn't wonder whether they had a culture or not. In their mind, they had it by default. There was no other way. Now, however, in the age of globalization -- when everyone is wired together via a large network -- we are forced to see the world from a different perspective. Suddenly, we are bombarded with new ideas, languages, practices we never heard of, songs and music -- there is an overabundance of strange and unusual. And it is the usual we tend to not notice because we take it for granted.

Maybe next time you greet a stranger, remember that in another culture it would be strange.

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ViikingitValk Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for adding  Hell of a pilot by ViikingitValk  to your favourites, I'm really glad you like it!:heart:
Also, if you'd like to see more fantasy&fairy-tale arts (and SW arts too) or you'd be interested in commissioning me , you'll be always welcomed here
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JulijanaM Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch Solveiga! :D I appreciate it so so much and I hope you enjoy my future works too! :love:

My other acounts: 

Artstation www.artstation.com/artist/juli…
Instagram www.instagram.com/julijanam_/

I hope I see you there as well! :happybounce: :heart:
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JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
Thanks for the watch!
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undeadcrabstick Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, and you shouldn't post links like this, might get banned from DA.
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undeadcrabstick Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Well then it's a good thing I didn't.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind support!! ❤️
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undeadcrabstick Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
you are welcome and deep up the good work.
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