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Let Unkown Be Known! July
This is a monthly series where deviants send in a maximum of five(5) thumbs of works they feel should have more attention, regardless of the stats the works or the artists have garnered over their time here; the suggester makes his or her own definition of "unknown". Each suggester,is encouraged to write a short reason of why they the suggest the pieces. Suggesters are not limited to any gallery.
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:star:  A Tribute to Cosplayers and Fan Artists in Artisan Crafts :star:
Cloud, Vincent, Tifa, Yuffie, Sephiroth, Red XIII, Reno, the Turks.  Moogles and chocobos.  You know what I'm talking about ... Advent Children</b>, the most visually satisfying cinematic experience for anyone who has love for the game, which was Final Fantasy VII</b>.  Here is a tribute to the game, to the movie, and to the many artisans in the Artisan Crafts gallery who cosplay and who make fan art of this game and movie.

FF Red XIII Nanaki Plush Sit by kaijumama
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#galaxylounge contest!
Looking for an intellectual place in dAmn to relax? Check out #galaxylounge, the room for nerds, artists, and astronauts. :alien:
This room is fully equipped with a bot and contests. The contest that is currently being held is to make a stamp for galaxylounge. There are no limitations on what the stamp should look like, just in relation to the  club/room. The deviant with the best stamp will receive a 3 month subscription (donated by PurpelBlur) and a feature in PurpelBlur's, shadowed-light-waves's and keatonjohnson's journal! Send all submissions in a note to keatonjohnson with the subject "contest submission." Only one submission is allowed per person. Note: Your submissions will not be counted without adding galaxylounge to your watch list first. The contest starts right now so start uploading! The deadline for submissions is August 12th.
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Breast Cancer Silent Auction Bidding Begins!

From Moonbeam13's journal dated June 29, "This Silent Auction is obviously dear to my heart as it's in support of the Weekend to End Breast Cancer Walkathon. If myself, mombeam and (the artist formerly known as theblackmass) gimp don't reach $2000 each, we can't walk and that's the best part."
This is the 6th year that Moonbeam13 will be participating in the 60k Walkathon in "The Weekend to End Breast Cancer."  The Artisan Crafts gallery is holding a Silent Auction and has been accepting donations to the Auction gallery since June 20.  The deadline for submitting donations to the Auction gallery has passed and that gallery is now closed, because as of July 21, the bidding began on all donations and will continue until August 17.
Bidders can note Moonbeam13 with the subject titl
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Food For Thought Series 1
:wave:Welcome one and all to the first ever series empowered by EzzyGezzy for everyone to take a bite at what she has cooked up in her alphabet soup. I EzzyGezzy decided to make interviews with artists here on deviantart that I watch and whom watch me. The inspiration came from Project Educate I thought I could come with a series of articles myself interviewing artists in my own special way to share with everyone else here on dA. Every week I will post up in news article each artist that I come across in a news feature with art from their gallery too. Although "Food For The Mind" has nothing to do with Project Educate I hope this will feed your mind on questions that you may come across as yummy. I will also try and add a few more things after the interviews just for fun.
First person to be featured now is my boyfriend Azeroth-Fallen to get an idea what I maybe doing in these articles.
Sitting down and snacking of fries we discussed:
EzzyGezzyWhen did you start draw
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dATribes: Exclusive Ashanti Members Party!

dATribes:  Ashanti Members Party!
:w00t: Calling all Ashanti Members! :star:
The dATribes Contest is has ended!
Now it's time for the AFTER-PARTY! :#1:
The Details!
Where:    The #AshantiParty Room!
Date:       Thursday, July 24th, 2008
Time:       The fun begins at 8:00pm GMT (1:00pm PST)
               What time is that for you?
:star:  There will be Games, Prizes, and More! :star:
See you there!  :w00t: And feel free to join
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Trivia Night in #WildnFree
feetpeet & K-lenx are holding a Trivia Contest at #WildnFree on July 25th, 3PM EST. A world clock is here:
The trivia will be about nature related themes, including photography, flora & fauna and places.
Rule: There will be 20 questions that you have to answer via note to feetpeet. The faster you are in sending your answers the more likely you will be to win. This will require you to stay in the room for about 100 minutes to get all of the questions (which are posted about one every 5 minutes).
There will be a recap of the questions that have already been asked every 10 questions. Once the winners have been announced the answers will be posted in my journal for everyone who is interested.
1st place will get a 12 month sub from Photosbykev
2nd place will get a 7 month from feetpeet, AR & GaioumonBatou
3rd place will get a 1 month sub from AR
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Project Educate: Vector week July 21 - 25
Hey dA, it's VECTOR WEEK! :w00t:
projecteducate is moving right along, and this week is the Artist Relation's Department Vector Week! There will be a week long mini-contest, lots of get togethers in :#Vectorgasm: (the official Vector Chat Room), collaborations and just some general awesomeness!
If we haven't already met, we should! Our names are Chris, and Clay! And when our powers combine we make up the Directors for the Vector Art Gallery. This means that you can come to us with your vector questions, your vector art Daily Deviation suggestions, general gallery suggestions or anything you think we may be able to help you with! We would be honored to help in anyway we can.
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The Loovvee Child Contest
Yes, it is finally happening, this is a contest that Onna likes to do, after the results of the last 4 I was happy to do another one. SO! Here is the deal!
LUUUVVV BEBEHS ( Love children :XD: )
To take one of my characters , pick any.. boy... girl..and pick one of your characters .....boy...girl...whatever.. and make what their love child would be ! Design their name, attitude, clothes, everything! Sounds pretty simple ne?
:bulletred: Q & A : :bulletred:
( Max of 2 )
:bulletred: WHAT CAN I DRAW IT WITH? :
Traditional, Digital, Photography, Literature, Animation, Mixed Media, feel free! All are allowed!
The creativity of the design and execution of the love child in all aspects... ( yes you can draw the parents too if you want :XD: )
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Travel the World!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 6, 2011, 10:26 PM
  • Listening to: &quot;LOTUS&quot; by Arashi
  • Reading: Deciphering Kanji. Correcting Engrish.
  • Watching: My Arashi Drama Marathon has been paused 'til May
  • Eating: Rice and more Rice
  • Drinking: Miso Soup!

Checking In!

It's almost scary that I've grown accustomed to this 'lack of internet' thing...  I miss this community and feel bad that I only manage to check in every blue moon or so.  However, I guess I've traded my dA hours for layovers?  It's no substitute for this community, but I suppose it consoles my deviantHEART ever so slightly.  :heart: ;p

Come Fly With Me!

One of the best lessons I've learned by living overseas is how to travel -- and how easy it is to do!  

Over the past year, my dA Stamps have been trumped by my Passport ones.  I can't stress enough how much I hope the rest of you travel as well.  It's not a difficult thing to do and it's so much fun.  :love:  Traveling is a lot CHEAPER than I imagined too -- but that might be because I'm already based in such a convenient place, and traveling to cheap places.  Getting here is expensive, but once you get past that part, the rest is a breeze!  Japan is like the gateway to Asia.  If you are ever planning a trip to the Asian region, lemme know!  I may just hop on a plane and meet you there!  :star:

Below I've included ticket prices so you can get a feel for how much it costs to travel in this region.  All prices below are depicted in U.S. Dollars (USD) because Yen (JPY) doesn't make sense to anyone outside of Japan.  xD  All of the ticket prices are roundtrip, too.

Hotel costs listed are per person per night.  Oh!  And for the record, almost all of the places I stay are booked through because they're awesome.  They have places other than hostels listed -- cheap hotels, bed & breakfasts, inns, guesthouses, etc. -- and that site gives me a good idea as to where to stay, what I should be paying, travel tips, and places to avoid.  I love it!


Tickets to Japan from North America:
About $700~$800 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 83 yen
Hotel Costs:  $65 a night (USD)

Living in Japan has taught me many things --- how to eat first and ask later, how to convey any message through charades, how to nod and smile and laugh whenever everyone else is laughing to create the illusion that you're following the conversation.  

Strangely enough, traveling within Japan is often more expensive than traveling overseas.  In the year and some odd months that I've been here, I've done more and seen more than some Japanese people have done in their entire lives -- not only in this region, but throughout this country.  I guess they stay home because they figure they could go out and do all of the stuff I've done at any time, any year.  The problem is that if you accept that way of thinking, you'll still be saying the same thing 80 years down the road and nothing to show for it.

I look back on the time I spent back in my hometown --- and all of the time I spent lallygagging around the house --- and can't believe I wasn't exploring my own country more!   I have been to more places in Japan than I've been to places back home and it amazes me.   

It took living in another country to make me want to visit my own.

South Korea

Tickets to South Korea from Japan:
About $250 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 1120 won
Hotel Costs:  $16 a night (USD)

Busan, South Korea is only a 20-minute plane ride from Fukuoka, Japan (or a 3-hour boat ride).  The city is so full of sights and sounds -- some of which caught me off-guard when I first laid eyes on them (i.e. Little Granny in the Fish Market with an octopus a third her size climbing up her arm as she tried to shove it, still alive and wriggling, into a plastic bag for a customer.).  

The food in Korea a spicy kind of wonderful.  I've yet to explore Seoul on anything other than a middle-of-the-night layover, but I hear it's a great place, too.


Tickets to Beijing, China from Japan:
About $330 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 7 renmenbi/yuan
Hotel Costs:  $14 a night (USD)

Beijing was everything I expected China to be -- and NOTHING like I expected China to be.  It's hard to explain.  The pollution in the air is much thicker than I imagined and the streets are dirtier than I thought they'd be --- but I had no idea the Forbidden City was so big!  And I didn't know the climb UP to the Great Wall was so incredibly STEEP!  And I didn't even know the gorgeous Summer Palace on the mountain even existed!

Plus, once you're in the country, EVERYTHING is cheap!  Our hotel was maybe $15 a night?  Meals were about $2 each?


Tickets to Vietnam from Japan:
About $350 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate: 1 usd to 20,000 dong
Hotel Costs:  $11 a night (USD)

Vietnam was a last-minute destination change after that little fizzle between North and South Korean on the island off of Seoul.  We figured Vietnam wasn't really tied to either of those countries (or the big powers that back them) so it was a safe enough place to book tickets to without worrying about having to cancel the trip.

The country is beautiful.  When you get a chance, run a Google Image search for "Ha Long Bay."  The food here is also divine -- from super sweet rice cakes in a coconut cinnamon and peanut soup; to insanely spicy noodles topped with cilantro lemongrass and strange chewing things resembling ...meat?; to odd flavors and textures that aren't comparable to anything else I've ever tried (...a white, sugarless, flavorless pear thing that makes you thirsty, dipped in a spice resembling a tame salty chili powder...?).  ...No idea what that was.  xD

The exchange rate is definitely in your favor here.  Everything was cheap -- even when people were ripping you off.  I preferred the northern part of the country, but both areas were cool.  Crossing the streets was like taking your life into your hands.  Imagine a Real Life Frogger game, up against hordes of motorbikes.


Tickets to Cambodia from Japan:
About $350 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 4000 riel
Hotel Costs:  $12 a night (USD)

The Angkor Wat ruins in Siem Reap are even cooler in real life than they are in video games.  Safer, too!  :XD:  I really liked riding around in "Tuk-Tuks" -- which are basically buggies hooked to the back of motorbikes.  We met some wonderful people in this country and despite the tourist trap areas, I thought it was a beautiful country.  Parts of it really reminded me of Hawaii.  Not the flower-lei-and-tiki-torch Hawaii, but the local and laid back Hawaii.  The greenery was similar, and the Khmer people resemble people in Hawaii quite a bit, too.

The food is a bit spicy and they're fond of a strange tangy flavor that they pour on everything.  They eat a lot of beef here, too.  One thing that surprised me was that they use US Dollars alongside their own local currency.  (I wonder why that is...?)  This means everything in Cambodia is a bit more expensive compared to its neighbors (like Vietnam).

Hong Kong

Tickets to Hong Kong from Japan:
About $250 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate: 1 usd to 8 hong kong dollars
Hotel Costs:  None, lol.

I'm not sure if I can count this one...  For one, it's kind of part of China.  For another, I only  spent 11 hours here in the middle of the night during a long layover. :slow:   I left the airport and wandered around the city, meeting cool people, wandering to old temples, and having a great time -- but I've never seen this place in the daylight.  f(^~^;)

I can attest to one thing,  though:  This city was built on a HILL.  A big hill.  A STEEP hill.  Think... steeper than the trudge up to Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Japan.  Or picture Seattle, Washington or San Francisco, California in the United States.  Lugging a suitcase up and down those streets for eleven hours was quite a workout!  From what I saw of it at 3am, the city looks really fun.  Full of art galleries, restaurants, shops, street food stalls, and then some.  I'll have to take a proper trip there one of these days.


Tickets to France from Japan:
About $500 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate: 1 usd to 0.7 euros
(Do they still use Francs there?)
Hotel Costs:  $60 a night (USD)

The next place on my list is Paris, France!  I've decided to wander beyond the Asian region and head to Europe.  I've never been to Europe before! :excited: :heart:  

I'm heading there in about... 2 weeks actually!  Tickets have been bought, hotel has been booked.  Should be fantastic!  Paris is like the Great Wall --- it doesn't really exist in my head.  I can't wait to see it in person!  And I'm definitely going to try to go to Mont Saint Michel.  :heart:  It's just too pretty in the pictures to pass up!

Tray Tables Up!

Traveling is so easy.  And the booking process is so ...painless!  I realize now that the only thing that ever held me back from traveling was myself.  Money, okay yes, I suppose -- but mostly myself.  Have you ever stopped to consider how much you spend on coffees every morning?  Avoid Starbucks/Fast Food/Cigarettes for two months and you'll have saved up enough for a ticket to a nearby country!  

Before I'd caught the travel bug, the idea of traveling to different places throughout the world seemed too... surreal.  Even though I'm living overseas, the idea of just hopping on a plane and traveling somewhere on vacation didn't really seem plausible to me.  But once I'd done it -- once I bought a ticket and booked a room -- I realized how simple it was!  And how inexpensive it can be!  Now that I know what I'm doing, the process is even quicker.  Booking tickets to Paris literally took me six minutes over the phone.  I even took a picture of my phone's call log for memory's sake.

My next goal is to travel somewhere on my own to a country that doesn't speak English as its primary language (or at all).  I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to do this yet, and that's exactly why I want to do it.

The Moral of the Story:  Go out there in the world!  It's not as hard as you'd think.

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Avatar artwork by googprod.
Lyrics from Utada Hikaru's "Passion".


Artist | Varied
Hello, deviantWORLD! :wave::earth:

I originally found deviantART in 2002 through IshiIkari (who had a different username at the time), but joined in 2006 in order to wish Aoringo a Happy Birthday.

But finding deviantART and finding the deviantART Community are two completely different things. :heart:

I stumbled upon the dA Community on deviantART's first "Deviant Appreciation Day" when I accidentally clicked a link that sent me to the #devART channel. I was instantly impressed by the kindness and generosity of my fellow deviantARTISTS, and became addicted to their crazy antics and laugh-out-loud banter.

The rest, as they say, is history. :dalove:


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gxfan537 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
Happy Birthday! *hugs you* :)
gxfan537 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
Happy Birthday! *hugs you*…
shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016   General Artist
Aww, thank you!  :w00t:

gxfan537 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
You're welcome 
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016   General Artist
I'm back!  xD  Kinda?
But it's like 9pm Japan time.
So it's probably, like, 5 or 6am your time?

No self-respecting deviantARTist is awake at 5 or 6am by choice, unless they've stayed up all night the night before.  :slow:

scarletwave Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
It's YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016   General Artist
And it's YOUUUUU!!!  

scarletwave Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist

go us

shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016   General Artist
WE DO!!  :excited::#1:

March 12th, right??  8D
I actually have you in my PHONE'S calendar.
Few people in this world have made it to the level of awesomeness that is **My Phone's** Calendar.

Once you're in there, you're there for life.
That stuff stays in there forever.  xD

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Anfalas Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It was wonderful to speak to you again, but it'd better not be another five years before our next chat! ♥

Keep well, miss. ♥
shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015   General Artist
Same to you!  :wave: :heart:
Take care out there!  :dance:
And let me know if you're ever in Tokyo!  :w00t::star:

Anfalas Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, okay! :giggle:
gxfan537 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Happy Birthday! *hugs you*…
shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015   General Artist
Aww, thanks!  :#1::heart:

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