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Free Artwork GiveawayWant a free chibi sticker, or mini print?
View my website here for details: http://melfinacosplay.com/?p=1037
Remember to follow my Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/MelfinaCosplays
Post KatsuconHey wow, it's been a while! February's been a very busy month, with two conventions back to back: Dallas Sci-Fi Expo and Katsucon. Unfortunately, I came down with strep throat the week prior to Katsu, so truthfully it probably wasn't the brightest idea to still attend ... but I had a great time regardless! Though, now I've caught a nasty cold ON TOP of all that, so transitioning from con to 'real life' hasn't been as smooth as it ought to be, lol.
I recently uploaded some pictures of Rei Ayanami and Catherine that I recently had photoshoots for, and there should be a few more of those coming, along with the costumes I wore at Katsu!
However, I'm much more active on my Facebook page, so follow me on there for the most updates: https://www.facebook.com/MelfinaCosplays
Facebook GiveawayHey~ So I made a Melfina plushie a little ways back, and will be giving her away when I reach 3000 likes on my Facebook page. If you haven't already followed my Facebook page (and feel inclined to do so), now is a good time!
Melfina on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelfinaCosplays
geeklurvI don't think I've made an announcement here on DeviantArt about this yet, but I'm doing promotional work for geeklurv.com, an online dating site for "geeks"!
I have a discount code that will be valid for the rest of 2013 if you sign up for a subscription, as do many other cosplayers (which you can find and stack on top of eachother for a total of 73% off!).
My code is "melfina" (without the quotation marks, of course).
I also made a little graphic for it on my Facebook page HERE!!!
Find out more about geeklurv by going to their Facebook page or visiting geeklurv.com ~
Selling WigsWelp, it's that time again! I need to clear out space, so I'm selling some wigs that I no longer use. Click here to go to my Storenvy:
Everything's all listed there, and there will be more wigs being listed in the next few days. Everything's $20 or under!
Thanks for looking!
Arda Wigs Banner ContestHey everyone! I entered Arda Wigs' Banner Contest with my Utena costume, and would really appreciate it if you go and vote!
Of course, the competition is very fierce, and I'm not expecting to win anything, but any support would be super-duper appreciated!
You can vote here:
Thank you for looking!
April into MayHey everyone, sorry I've been kinda dead on here as of late. Cosplay has been picking up lately since Katsucon, and now summer con season is almost upon us! Next convention for me will be Dallas Comic Con, which is local to me. I will probably only go for one day, seeing as how I only made plans for it at all pretty recently. I haven't gone to a comic con since Megacon, and even that was multi-genre! I wish I had a comic book costume to wear for it, but with everything coming up all at once in May, I will not have time~
After that will be A-Kon, again here in Dallas. My friend MeruCosplay will be joining me, and I couldn't be more excited! We will be cosplaying Stakes (Umineko), idols (iDOLMster) and Wedding dress versions of Zero no Tsukaima characters (because we can! ).
I recently had an updated Movie version Utena photoshoot, which I am still posting pictures from.
Cons and Life and StuffSooooo, it's been a while since I last journal-posted up in here~
Katsucon came and went - I'm still deciding on what pictures to upload from it. Got new pictures of Sheryl and Neptune, and of course of the groups I was with (iDOLMster x2, and Umineko 7 Stakes).
Now I've got Anime Matsuri coming up next week in Houston, TX. Can't wait! Got nothing new planned for it, but I'd LIKE to at least start working on my new project before Matsuri, if I am ever able to order the darn fabric, lol.
Yeah, not much else goin' on! I post more frequently on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MelfinaCosplays
Deadness of LateWow yeah, so I haven't been on DA very much if at all lately - sorry guys!
I've been busy working on Katsucon costumes, so I've been limiting my online time while at home! 3 MORE WEEKENDS TO WORK ON STUFF. I don't usually save EVERYTHING for the 11th hour like this, honest. Moving and working full-time has put me behind schedule, and while both of those things are good, they kind of suck for cosplay productivity.
So yeah! Just wanted to quickly update here to let you guys know I haven't abandoned this place.
Oh! Also, I've recently become a Cosplay Ambassador for Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/
They're an official anime streaming site and online community! I've been watching anime through them for a while, and have noticed them having a presence at conventions more and more over the last year. I'm excited to say the least! Katsucon will be my first convention attending as an Ambassador, and I'll probably be hanging out at the Crunchyro
You CAN Do It Too! Commissions, Exposure, and...
Do you feel like no one cares about your artwork? That no matter how hard you try, you'll never improve? Well, I've been there before.
A little less than a year ago, I didn't even have 100 watchers. It was tough trying to find commissions, even though I priced them around 10 - 100 an hour. Sure, I had some wonderful people supporting me (thank you very much for that!), but when I looked at the thousands of diehard fans the "popular" artists had, I felt kinda useless. It seemed like even a thousand watchers, or just being able to earn minimum wage was impossible. Sometimes I wanted to cry from all the effort I put in. I kept drawing and drawing but barely improving. I was frustrated and felt useless. But instead of giving up, I pushed myself even harder, and by God's grace it's starting to work out for me.
I now have over 16,000 amazing people encouraging me, and I know it's only a matter of tim
No more excuses, it's time to improve your art!You’re probably well acquainted with the old proverb “practice makes perfect.” And while I don’t fully believe that perfection is attainable, because the very notion of perfection is somewhat subjective, getting better at anything requires both time and effort. I’m going be very blunt here; if you want to improve your artistic skill you need to actually practice.
My heart goes out to everyone here who is struggling to improve so don’t feel that I’m purposely singling you out here. However throughout my time on dA (and in real life) I’ve met artists begging for advice on how to quickly improve and sadly when I tell them to begin practicing the excuse is always ‘well, I don’t really have the time for that.’
And I ain’t got time for yo attitude.
You do have the time
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This is the new way to find our winner of our monthly challenge: instead using a Poll with the ten most voted of the period, we'll be using a blog to showcase the 20 MOST VOTED on this theme!
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Freelance Paychecks are RealA few weeks back while thinking about this journal, I came across a forum for paid photojournalism jobs. I left it some time later in complete shock. There I found posting after posting about jobs paying nothing, next to nothing, or promising payment and then paychecks never arriving in the mail. I sat there, closed the laptop lid, and thought for a long while.
I know I’m fortunate to be paid for what I do. A big part of this is because I specialize in something very few photographers are doing at a professional level. But what most people don’t realize is that even at this level a large percentage of my workload involves pay negotiations. There are contracts that took months of negotiation. Some took weeks, or a single week, or several days, or a flurry of emails or texts in just a few minutes.
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