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Thu Mar 31, 2016, 11:00 PM
I've Been Chosen

I've been given the immense honor of beta testing the new ArtStroke by DeviantArt! It's a watch that digitally records your strokes! So think of it like a Fitbit but for art! I've been playing around with it for the better part of a month now, and let me tell you, this thing is AMAZING. After allowing some time to pass ( and being hush about it ) I'm finally sitting down and writing a proper review. You can find my official thoughts on it and my goals below that I tend to reach with this device.





ArtStroke In My Life



It's been life changing. I strap it right on my wrist and it's comfortable to wear while I work on my tablet. It has a smooth surface so it glides with ease across my tablet so I don't need to worry about it interfering with my digital art process. It doesn't slow me down at all or 'snag' or scrape against my tablet. It works just as well on paper while I work on traditional pieces. It doesn't feel bulky or get in my way like most watches! Who would've thought that counting your strokes could be so important to an artist and their personal goals. I can literally watch my progress through my artistic endeavors with each stroke and this has truly revolutionized the way I see myself and my art.








Counting Stroke Goals

This device let's me keep track of each stroke I make. I'm setting personal goals on how many strokes I can perform while creating my artwork. It's interesting because it records each 'flick' so I can only imagine how much I can rack up when drawing hair/fur! Right now my highest goal is 10,294 strokes for a digital painting. I think this is so awesome to see digitally because I'm such a visual person. I want to reach 50k for a full digital piece!

Below you'll find a little 'goal' list I've started to record for my own personal use :)






ArtStroke In Action



Here is a photo with the device in action! It's super awesome and trendy!





The Future Is Now!

Thank you DeviantArt for this amazing device and even more so, allowing me to be one of the select few to test it out! I look forward to continuing with the beta tests and see just how far I can go! If you want more information, read about it here!

Using My Artwork

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 1:28 PM

rule
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noun
plural noun: rules; noun: Rules
1.one of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct within a particular activity or sphere.





➵Can I Use Your Artwork for..

This question come's up a lot for me so I figured I would write a formal journal about it and link to people with these questions! If I haven't addressed something here, please feel free to note me or comment on this journal with your questions, comments, etc! I'll be updating this as I need to but here are my general rules of thumb!

Trust me I am HONORED and humbled that you consider my art worthy of putting it on products, wallpapers, print it out and frame it up but the process needs to be done right! I just want to make sure that we can all enjoy what we do and we're both treated with respect! :love:





© Watermarks

What exactly is a watermark?

"Also referred to as simply watermarking, a pattern of bits inserted into a digital image, audio or video file that identifies the file's copyright information (author, rights, etc.). The name comes from the faintly visible watermarks imprinted on stationery that identify the manufacturer of the stationery. The purpose of digital watermarks is to provide copyright protection for intellectual property that's in digital format."
I know they're not ideal and I know they sometimes take away from the image itself, but I've found that it's the more effective way to dissuade people from stealing my art. Also another method is to upload really low res photos so if my photos / art look grainy, that's why!






TLDR; My Disclaimer

All artworks are Copyright Protected and exclusive property of Amber F. "KovoWolf" Art & Design. These images/artwork may not be downloaded, copied, or edited in any manner or form for use on any website, image gallery, clipart collection, printed product, or other derivative uses without express written permission from the artist. Any use of this art/image(s) without written permission from Amber F. "KovoWolf" is prohibited. In the event a design/artwork is used without consent, a design fee will be enforced and legal action may also be pursued.








Wallpapers




I have several wallpapers available in my gallery but I usually get requests for art pieces that aren't a wallpaper to be made into one.

Any artwork that I have that is NOT a wallpaper I currently do not have plans on making it into one. Maybe in the future ( I have a list of requests from you guys! ), but for now please stop asking me : )  Below you will find my wallpaper rules.



Rules


You CAN
:iconcheckmarkplz:


Checkmark Use them for your personal computer wallpaper

Checkmark Use them for your cellphone / tablet
 

YOU CAN NOT
:iconredxplz:


:X: Re-distribute to other people

:X: Upload/Use it on any website / app

:X: Remove my watermark & claim it as your own 






 
"If you plagiarize other's techniques, you steal their emotions and tell your spectators a lie with your work. Works as such equal zero."
― Wu Guan-Zhong




Journals



My journals are purchasable through my gallery and you are welcome to download them and use them for your own personal journals on DeviantArt but I ask that you please not modify the CSS code. It takes a lot of work to create these beautiful journals and it's a shame when people go dabbing into the code, re-arrange it, break it, and then wonder why it's not working or worse; re-upload it for others to use and claim it as their own. There are some small modifications that you're welcome to do but for the most part I ask you leave the journals as they are! :heart:

You will find my official rules below:




Rules


You CAN
:iconcheckmarkplz:


Checkmark Use it for your own journal on DeviantArt

Checkmark Edit the header only to match your own design / character / etc.

Checkmark Modify basic color schemes  ( like header text ) to match your profile theme
 

YOU CAN NOT
:iconredxplz:


:X: Edit the CSS in anyway and claim it as your own ( unless otherwise stated above )

:X: Re-upload to be available for download

:X: Remove the watermark(s) / and credit

:X: You may NOT use outside of DeviantArt








 
"Creativity takes courage"
― Henri Matisse



My Artwork


You May Not Use my artwork for..



:X: Stock
:X: Bed Spreads
:X: Your Etsy Crafts / Projects / Whatever
:X: Marketing Material
:X: Book Covers
 


:X: T-Shirts
:X: Bags / Purses / Etc
:X: Any other merchandise not listed
:X: Web Banners / Facebook Profile Images/Banners



Without My Written/Verbal Consent/Contract



Basically in short if you do not have my verbal and/or written permission via a contract to use my artwork PLEASE DO NOT USE IT. You will need to contact me separately about  asking permission, otherwise it's NO :heart:!



Too Much Hugging







 
"The only time you should ever look back, is to see how far you've come."
― Unknown



My Art Shops


Feel like supporting my art and getting it on some cool things? Awesome! You'll find my various shops below where I offer my art on some pretty sweet things! Thanks for the support!










Thank You


For taking the time to look at my submission guidelines :)  I hope you have a fantastic day and stay creative, inspiring and awesome!




Help With Art Shows!

Thu Feb 25, 2016, 11:08 AM


Fellow Artists

what do you bring to art shows?


This idea came to me because I haven't really seen a journal on this before and me being an artist with so many questions about wanting to go to my own (first time) show, I really wanted to put something useful together! I think after I collect feedback I will put it together in a nice informative journal for other artists! I will obviously use credits for anyone who offers their feedback and links!

So! I've never had the pleasure of being able to be an artists at a convention or art show before. There's one that's here every year at my place of living and I always attend it as a customer and just in general, perusing. Last year I was really motivated after my visit at the art show to really want to participate buuuuuut.... I've had some reservations.

I don't think my art is good enough or diverse enough and I don't think that 'my subject' would be very well received here. Have any other artists run into this particular issue? How do you get beyond this?

HELP





My Questions!


What is your experience?  Feel free to answer some, all or one! ( or none at all, that's cool too : p )


1. What snags did you run into?
2. What marketing materials worked for you?
3. Best experience? Worst experience? 
4. Did you have Paypal or Square card swipe? Both?
5. Did you advertise anywhere like on Social Media that you where going to be at a certain event?
6. What forms do you need to sell your artwork? Any special licenses you need?
7. What is a reasonable amount to pay for a booth?
8. Did you do anything special for your booth? Decorations? Special lighting? Recommended places to purchase booth decorations?
9. PRINTS - Do you print locally? Do you order them online? If so, where?
10. Card Swipes - Which ones do you use? Paypal or Square? Which is better than the other?





Supplies

Besides the obvious things to bring, here is a list of what I could think of! I haven't sold my art before at any show or convention, so those of you who have help me add to it :love:



Business Supplies

✓ Business Cards
✓ Card Swipe ( Paypal / Square )
✓ Smart Devices ( iPad / iPhone / Android ) for slideshows?
✓ Sharpies - to sign art!
✓ Notebook / Smart device to keep track of sales
✓ Portfolio
✓ Signage with logo/business

Prints / Merchandise

✓ Prints - framed & single
✓ 20 x 30
✓ 8.5 x 11
✓ 5 x 7
✓ Postcards
✓ Stickers

✓ Pillows / Tshirts / Pencil Cases / etc.

Other

✓ Sketch book / Art book to take on spot commissions
✓ Extra pieces of paper ( blank )
✓ Planner / Notebook for people who ask for commissions
✓ Water / Food
✓ Hand sanitizer ( for all those hands you'll shake! )






Art. Life. Deviousness.

Mon Feb 22, 2016, 9:36 AM

Life Updates


I hope you all are doing well? I myself am hanging in there, or trying to, promise! So last week I went to urgent care because I've been having a slue of really weird ( and scary ) symptoms. Dizzy spells, heart racing, I feel like I ran a mile when I haven't, both my arms would go completely limp feeling "heavy" and my fingers would go tingly, and when I would lay down to sleep it would just go on from there. I've had some really weird ping pangs on the left side of my chest/arm/abdomen and just general pain to my left side. Not sure what's going on right now but I had 3 vials of blood drawn and other various things so I will get my test results on Tuesday. So.. for now it's just wait and see. Trying really hard not to worry about it, but I haven't felt like this before. I'm hoping it just might be my iron is low again which has happened and runs in my family.


Art Updates


I'm working on finishing up my logo ( all different versions )! So that's really exciting. I'm happy to finally get together on 'my brand'.

I recently posted some work in progresses and I'm currently working on finishing those bad boys up along with commission work and gifts!  I'm really excited for this year because I'm going to be expanding my palette so to speak. I've got some awesome pieces that I hope turn out as I'm working on studying other subjects. I love fantasy and I love mythical creatures and I've felt so inspired to continue expanding on that subject. I am also considering working on my human anatomy because I lack so hardcore in that department but I won't lie, it's a little intimidating! I've also really been working on my landscapes and I think I'm going to implement 1 landscape drawing per day at least, even if it's a quick sketch!

I will be posting very soon with some links to where you can buy my art on all the things :la: Stay tuned!




arrowL by KovoWolf

Deviousness Award Thank You!!


I had the great honor of being awarded with the February Deviousness award :) I am still so honored and humbled!! Thank you to everyone who wrote those amazing words about me. Honestly I am so speechless and so so grateful for each and every single word! :love: Special thank you to Moonbeam13 iingo Elandria lovelessdevotions PixlPhantasy AlexanderPaupoff  Astralseed kingmancheng Stygma TimberClipse cooley GeorgeXVII Thiefoworld DistortedSmile JZLobo BeccaJS 3wyl Oughter phoenixleo for taking the time to share your thoughts about me :) It's been a real pleasure knowing you here on DeviantArt and being able to forge the bonds I have! I'm so honored by how I've touched your lives and know the feeling is very mutual and you all are so equally as inspiring! :heart: The same goes for all of you who've responded in kind to my award, so thank you! THANK YOU! #DeviantArt4life #humbled

arrowR by KovoWolf


"The Best Is Yet To Come"




:love: Wishing you all a great Monday!!
Kwiconv3 by KovoWolf


Past/Present CVS Join CV-Alumni!

Wed Jan 6, 2016, 11:24 AM






Assemble

I know for some ( if not most ) it's tough to adjust to normal life after being a volunteer. The struggle is real. Sometimes communication drifts off as we no longer have the direct avenue to chat immediately with our present/past teammates. I myself desired to stay in contact with my fellow teammates and didn't want to see that dissipate because we didn't have a solid means to communicate. Now we do! I've come up with a solution & with Danie's permission I've created a Slack team for fellow CV's and past CV's. 

Slack is a messaging app ( for desktop & mobile devices ) for teams who want instant communication, sharing important files and posting gifs. This is totally open for everyone. It's there for general conversation with fellow CV's or CV Alumni. We also have a projects channel for people who want to collaborate with fellow deviants or just in general share what they're working on. #IDontWorkForSlackIJustLoveIt




Join

If you where a previous CV ( or current ) send me a note with your personal email address and I will be happy to add you! You can also send me a personal email!












The Goals Of  CV-Alumni







Thank You GiveAway WINNER!

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 2:23 PM

Thank You


I am totally floored by all the thank you's, kind words, and just in general awesome support! Tis the season to share joy, laughter, memories and giveaways! So to say thank you, you are awesome, happy holidays, I am giving away (1) A Love Always Carried Pencil Case!! Comment = 1 entry  Journal Share = 1 entry ( you can choose both methods! )







CONGRATULATIONS TO #13






A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated! I think I might do another one of these in the coming month or so with different artwork!  MariannaNight please send me a note with your address so I can send out your prize :)
 

Happy Holidays - LOA Notice

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 2:00 AM

I am away on Holiday!


I won't be back until 2016! All commissions are closed and on hold until next year! Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!



Senior. Change. Inspire.

Wed Dec 16, 2015, 9:00 AM







Where Meant To Be Climbed


"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts" - Arnold Bennett



Change is inevitable. Change is what allows us to grow and temper our personalities, skills, and our quality of living. It's what molds and shapes us into who we are and what we could be. Change will continue to expand, grow, mature, and evolve. So take a deep breath.

I promise you'll be ok. Just..

breathe


 


That is what I've been telling myself for a few months now. Trying to alleviate the discomfort of the inevitable. Today is where the chapter of my life volunteering with DeviantArt comes to a close. Wow, what an amazing fulfilling ride! Words truly cannot do justice as to how I am currently feeling. I've been on the team for a healthy amount of time and I've learned and evolved in so many ways. I've gained so much and I've forged some beautiful, long lasting friendships. The CR team has been with me through some amazing times and through some really hard times in my life to which I will never forget.

Life is all about change.


I am humbled beyond words for being allowed the opportunity to volunteer. To represent the Anthro community to which I hope I did justice! Thank you to the entire team for everything. Your love and support means so much to me, you have no idea! I would like to send a very heartfelt, humbled thank you to Moonbeam13 for seeing my potential and bringing me onto the team and introducing me to the wide world of volunteering; then later honoring me with the privilege of being a mentor. It's an experience like no other and one that will always stick with me through and throughout. It is life changing. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the memories shared both good and bad, the support and the laughs. You truly are wonder woman! #DanieIstheRealWonderWoman #ItsBeenSaidBefore #SorryNotSorryAboutHashTagging


Thank You My Fellow CV's!


Volunteering is an experience of great reward. Not only for myself but for the community. I will feel empty that I am no longer apart of it in that sense, but I will always be a part of DeviantArt and that is worth going through the entire experience. So thank you to my fellow CV's for everything. You all know who you are! Keep doing what you're doing. You are all stars ☆!

Thank you Deviants for allowing me to feature your beautiful art work throughout the years! It's been a pleasure and an honor! From the first Deviation I featured to the last :love:


My First Daily Deviation

Storyteller by SageKorppi 


Storyteller by SageKorppi  


My Last Daily Deviation

December by Arkras


December by Arkras








"Every New Day Is A Chance To Change Your Life"








What Happens Now

 


 

I AM NOT GOING ANYWHERE!

I'll still continue to be active in the community, you can count on that! This place has allowed me to develop, grow and become the artist I am today and strive to be. I owe so much to each an everyone of you who's supported me throughout. Thank you.

I will however be taking a small break.
The Holidays are upon us and I will be making the trek to Oregon to be with family for 2 weeks! I also need to step back and let all the experiences and emotions settle. Things need to sink in as I switch gears to being a member again so I can focus and be available for each and every one of you and be active so you probably won't see me until next year ( Jan 4th )! I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and New Year and I will see you very soon :love:



"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have"
- Maya





 

NO MORE DD SUGGESTIONS PLEASE



Your New Anthro CV Is PixlPhantasy!

Please make sure you send all your Anthro suggestions to PixlPhantasy! I will no longer be responding to DD Suggestions that are sent to me ( I will do my best to forward them along, but I can't guarantee I'll have the time to do so! ). :heart:

Also please stop mentioning me in forum close threads : ) I won't be responding to those either. If you are still not sure or are confused, please check out the list of volunteers to see whom you might need to send your suggestion(s) or forum close threads to. When sending forum close threads being polite goes a long way. No matter how emotionally charged you are on the thread or the OP, don't take it out on the hardworking human beings behind the screen trying to help you. Kthnx.   #ObligatoryMessage








CONTINUE TO INSPIRE ART!


Remember why you are here. Remember what the purpose of DeviantArt is. To live and breath art. So lets continue creating something beautiful to share with everyone else! I can't wait to show you all the things I've been working on. I have a backlog of artwork to share and I'm excited. Super excited!

So I tip my hat and say adue to my ❤ ( The FEELS !) and leave you with some inspiration!










 












Live
  

















BREATHE
  














ART 






Howl-o-Ween and Birthday!

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 2:04 PM

THANK YOU!


I will definitely write a more proper thank you on the morro as I will be heading out with some friends to celebrate all hallows eve, but thank you thank you to everyone who has commented / will comment on my birthday!! I really appreciate it and I'm truly humbled beyond words. Thank you! Also if you have time go wish my twin SpiritWolfen a happy birthday to :love: I wouldn't be who I am if it wasn't for my family's ( and friends! ) spirit and strength!

Stay safe and enjoy this Halloween!

Welcome PixlPhantasy!

Wed Oct 21, 2015, 8:07 AM

I'm Back And Guess What!


We have another new Anthro CV! Please go give a warm welcome to PixlPhantasy! You are more then welcome to send her your Anthro suggestions as well!


October 21st - 24th


 Hey guys... I just wanted to poke my head in and say that I'll be out of town for an early birthday get together with my family in So Cali! I'll be gone from today until Sunday. I'll try to get to notes as soon as possible but my access to the interwebs will be limited at best so please be patient with me if you are sending in Halloween Notes! 








EVENTS


:iconanthrocommunity: :iconanthrochallenge:



COMMUNITY


:iconcommunityrelations:



SPECIAL THANKS


To the entire Anthro Community! You guys are amazing!




Anthro Daily Deviations -  September 2015





The Collector by Tatchit
STREET SHARKS by Noirrac
Eye Candy v2 by KikiTheMonkey
Compass by synderen
Flag-fighter Jeno 2 by kazashino

CO: Get to cover! by TheTundraGhost
Arezius by Dark-Sheyn
Aria Ziva by Nordeva
Panda by MazertYoung









 


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Art In The Professions


Ways to use your art in non-artistic careers

What does this mean KovoWolf? Well let me indulge! Art can really be applied to any work force if you are in the position to be creative. Whether that's welding, photography, or a desk job.

Applying your artistic skills in a non-artistic work environment can be crucial and at times, benefit you in making you become a valuable asset to any company. So the purpose of this PE article is to shed some light on ways your artistic insight can benefit your employer and yourself! 





A Good Eye


It's safe to say that anyone who is artistic can bring a lot to the table in any career. You have the passion for things that are creative, unique and your own but can also follow guidelines and direction if need be. Think of it like coloring within the lines of a page in a coloring book. Being uniform but at the same time being totally unique.

One of the many things about being artistic means you have a good eye. You can apply your keen eye to many different aspects within the workforce. Below you will find some tips on how you can apply it accordingly!

Tips - How To Use Your Good Eye In Random Work Environments
  • Desk / Office Job
    • Presentations - You have an eye for what stands out and what doesn't. You can apply your artistic skills to create beautiful, well versed and aesthetically pleasing presentations!
    • Bringing New Ideas To The Table - As an artist we have learned to think outside the box. Because of this we often can find ourselves able to solve rather complicated ( or easy ) problems by presenting new ideas. You can focus on thinking outside the box and approach the ideas in an effective and productive manner.
  • Photography
    • Visual Space - You have a keen eye for framing. This is particularly useful in photography when you are framing your subjects.
    • Atheistic Scenery - You have a natural ability to find beauty in the most likely or unlikely of places to host a good backdrop or dramatic scene. You can find beauty and creative spaces in the natural or architectural world.
  • Examples: Directionless by techgnoticCulver City Wall by makepicturesRound and Round by Matthias-HakerMonochrome Sunburst by Wethrildae
  • Retail
    • Product Displays - The ability to present product in a unique way. For example, those awesome soda boxes constructed to look like Mario or a football for game day!
    • Product Photographs - If you are a photographer this will truly make or break a good product. If you are selling anything online or even on a company website, this makes a huge difference! Make your company shine with your artistic style and a good, well photographed product!
     
  • Examples:


"Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit." - Helena Rubinstein
 






Make An Impression


As an artist we are endowed with a certain sense of color, schemes, and understanding of how something would look good vs. off. In any career, depending on what you are doing, there's always the possibility of having to present something. Say a report, an email, or even an info graph. You can see how an artistic mind can produce something aesthetically pleasing. For example: 
    

Not As Appealing                                   Appealing





Not As Appealing

:bulletred: Dark and off set colors
:bulletred: Lacks imagination and creativity
:bulletred: Lines are over lapping which causes confusion
:bulletred: The font face is to compact

✓ Appealing


:bulletgreen: Very clean
:bulletgreen: Great use of bright colors with a smooth background
:bulletgreen: Easy to read with very appealing font face
:bulletgreen: Great use of space
 



So you can see in these examples that it can bring something fresh, new, and make an ever lasting impression not only for you but for the company. This can apply to any job where you have to present something to a boss, a client or customer and people really pick up on your creative vibe so don't be shy to show it off whenever you can.
 





Don't Be Shy - Let Yourself Shine!


Being creative allows us the avenue of understanding how to think outside the box. As an artist we sometimes run into art blocks and we, as artists, have created and developed our own way of handling those road blocks. So it's natural as an artist to help foster new ideas. This makes you stand out and become more of an asset to the company or whomever you work for.

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." - Jimmy Johnson


Let your creativity flow and if you have a good idea for a presentation, photography shoot, or just in general an idea to help improve something in the work force speak up! Don't be afraid to use your artistic skills in your work environment. It will benefit you!

Don't be shy in letting your co-workers know that you are an artist either. This can lead to commissions and open a new avenue for your artwork and being able to do more of it! So put yourself out there and let yourself shine!

 

Thank You! [ Please Help Report ]

Thu Sep 3, 2015, 7:49 AM by KovoWolf:iconkovowolf:







Thank you!


Thanks for the support guys. Both wallpapers have been removed from the Goole app store! I'm going to continue going through the whole list. If you recognize artists, send them a note to let them know and send a report themselves to help get it handled appropriately. :love:


I Need Your Help


Thanks to shadowwolf-tw for reporting this to me! So developers are using artists artwork as wallpaper apps on the Google Play app store. Can you please help report these if you can! I will notify the artists that I recognize to help them as well. You can find the whole list here.  Note: I have already filed a DMCA with them, just waiting to hear back in kind :) 





Pieces I Noticed Taken


I'm trying to identify some of the other artists I saw here. If you see someone you know, please let them know so they can report it on their behalf as the artist.

Artists - Legal Removal Requests Form: t.co/kxy1u4TeYe



Artists I Recognized



WolfRoad Starcanis


 Not one step back by WolfRoadStar Wolf by Starcanis





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Anthro DD Roundup - August 2015

Wed Sep 2, 2015, 7:06 AM by KovoWolf:iconkovowolf:





EVENTS


:iconanthrocommunity: :iconanthrochallenge:



COMMUNITY


:iconcommunityrelations:



SPECIAL THANKS


To the entire Anthro Community! You guys are amazing!




Anthro Daily Deviations -  August 2015




World of Warcraft Tribute : Mists of Pandaria by r-chie
Come with us by KukkyMota
Uh Owl... by spocha
Small War by ZzzZzooey
Welcome to The Island! by painted-bees
The Guardian (Collab with Danogambler) by LiLaiRa
Thicker Than Water by c-t-elder
Indrapyre Commission by skullcaps
Chitaury by miles-df

Sushi | CM by AgentWhiteHawk
The Music Goes Round and Around.. by Stasya-Sher
Commission: Veta by OlchaS
Sharp by SilasAgnostos

WITNESS ME by MithrilArts
Stealth by rah-bop
Yu Lin Isara: Regency by CindyAA
MtG: Daybreak Coronet by algenpfleger
Encounter with the Carnivorous Swamp Rabbits by AbigailMunoz
 


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DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 7:51 AM by KovoWolf:iconkovowolf:







DeviantArtist Questionnaire




  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?
        11 years!

  • What does your username mean?
        This is a nickname I've had for 13 years. It's actually just "Kovo" but that nick was taken when I first joined I added wolf!

  • Describe yourself in three words.
        Wild. Imaginative. Unique.

  • Are you left or right handed?
        Right

  • What was your first deviation?
       
    I put my first deviation in storage, I believe ( heh it's so old ) so this is the oldest I have currently in my gallery.
    .:: Spirits Biography ::. by KovoWolf


  • What is your favourite type of art to create?
        Digital art featuring animals and whimsical things!

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
        Traditional art with water color and macron pen's. I'm working on it! I'd also love to be able to master doll making.

  • What was your first favourite?

        
  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
        Anything that catches my eye, honestly!

  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
        This is honestly a tough question! I would have to say I have so many I couldn't possibly choose a single artist. I love so many styles!

  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
        Moonbeam13!

  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
        techgnotic is one of those individuals who has the biggest heart and passion for not only his friends but for the community as a whole! He is so creative and brings that creativity to life. He really helped spark that desire to become more involved and push myself for the community equally as much and to envelope that passion! 

  • What are your preferred tools to create art?
        Photoshop and my Wacom tablet! Not to mention lots and lots of music!

  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
       
    After coming back from a trip in nature, I like to sit down and reflect on everything I've seen and allow that to guide my muse and foster my creativity.

  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
       
    My first Devmeet and meeting staff at DevianArt HQ!  I remember meeting so many deviants at the little devmeet at a pizza parlor! Like akreon, vesner, ikazon, techgnotic , danlev and more! I even had a 1 on 1 with spyed about community, things we like/want to see change with DeviantArt, and getting a general feel for the community as itself. In the flesh. It was raw and true.

    Another fond memory was sitting at HQ, in the break room, enjoying the company of damphyr, kozispoon, and aunjuli!  Talking about our adventures in life! I also had the pleasure of meeting makepictures as well! Such genuine and awesome people :) 





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DeviantArtist Questionnaire  

 

  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?
  • What does your username mean?
  • Describe yourself in three words.
  • Are you left or right handed?
  • What was your first deviation?
  • What is your favourite type of art to create?
  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
  • What was your first favourite?
  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
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  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
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The Winner Is... pulbern!


Comment:
Dearest Farand,
You are so inspiring. You have faith in my artistic vision even when I don't. You are trusting and passionate and cool and collected. I joined dA as an outlet for my teenage angst and over the years this outlet has grown to even bigger and more positive proportions. dA isn't just an outlet for me anymore it is part of my life. You're unfailing positivity and support has helped me see the light at the end of dark tunnels and I can't wait to get to know you more!
Adam
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Thank you everyone who participated!

This was so hard to choose! So many awesome and positive quotes and inspiring words to fellow deviants! Congrats pulbern!




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My Sinuses Have Been Burned?

Tue Jul 14, 2015, 10:22 AM by KovoWolf:iconkovowolf:







So I've Been Sick


FML


I haven't been able to really be online for the past week. My husband sprayed his shoes ( outside ) with some waterproofing spray and for some reason I've had a really bad reaction to it. To the point I've literally had a metallic smell and taste in my nose and mouth for a week and change.

At first it was just at my apartment. I smelled it everywhere. No matter where I went, I could smell it. I thought it was just still lingering or maybe the spray can leaked ( which was taken out a few days after ). My tongue started burning. My lungs felt like they where burning ( that cold feeling ). I was getting dizzy here and there. I even brought my friends over and they smelled nothing. They smelled everywhere where I had smelt it and still nothing. It was driving me bug nuts crazy. Then I could start smelling it at work or wherever I went. So clearly it was me.

It's been frustrating to say the least. This past Sunday I sucked it up and I went to the clinic. Sadly I got the nurse practitioner who literally said "I have no idea what to do". She suggested that because I taste the metallic taste, I'm deficient in vitamins. But I told her it tastes and smells exactly like the spray. Giving me no answer or no suggestion at all to make it better or try to make it better I went home with my co-pay back at least. By now I'm freaking out because I don't want to have permanent damage to anything. My mind is racing with thoughts of what's going on with my body. Ugh. I hate this. I called up my dad ( who was a paramedic ) and I asked him what to do and he suggested I use a nite pot and 'flush' my sinus out. My first attempt I felt like I was literally drowning myself in the sea lol. It's a weird thing to do, but it's been the only thing that has helped. I'd rather smell 'saline' water then the crap I've been smelling.

I'm trying to get better not worse. This is the most I've been to any doctor in a single year ever. So later today I'm going to go take a picture of the can and what's in it, probably call poison control and then go back to my doctor with what's in it and see what happens.

Anyway..


I just wanted to let you all know that I've been slow with commissions and communication because of it. I couldn't stay at my apartment for any length of time which means I couldn't get onto my computer. Mobile is hard to finagle sometimes.

Things seem to be doing better but it lingers every now and then, not as strong so I am hoping that I just had a really sensitive reaction to it and my 'senses' are finally recovering. 

I've got some projects I am working on and I hope to bring them to light soon! There's been a short delay but I feel I'm finally back on track. 




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[AI] Vol. 14 - Maquenda

Thu Jul 9, 2015, 5:00 AM by KovoWolf:iconkovowolf:





Artist Interview with the Talented Maquenda 


Thank you Maquenda for allowing me the opportunity to interview you, and providing the community with some amazing feedback about yourself and your art! Without further adue, here is the interview and feature of the lovely Maquenda !





KovoWolf asks "Tell us a bit about yourself and your style of Art!"



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Well I’m a girl from the Netherlands and I’m currently in my first year of Artschool, studying Illustration. I’ve done an Animation and Audiovisual design course before but decided to continue studying. My style kinda varies. From cartoony, speedpaints and (semi)realistic paintings. I use a lot of different mediums, from acrylics, pencils, ecoline and Photoshop. Thanks to Artschool I’m trying to draw more different things besides animals and anthros. I’ve discovered that I have a passion for still life and figure studies as well.



Serene Evening by Maquenda

 





I’ve discovered that I have a passion for still life and figure studies as well. - Maquenda 



KovoWolf asks "What first interested you to Art and what made you start to take it more seriously?"



:iconmaquenda:

Like most artists that I know, I’ve drawn almost my whole life. I’ve always had a big passion for nature. My pets also inspired me to draw. Through my teenage years, Disney movies became a very important aspect of my life and I discovered The Lion King Fanart Archive. A fanart website with a lovely community and that’s how I started to post my artwork online. Later on I found about Deviantart.

I’ve been doing commissions at a quite early age. It gave me such a good feeling that people actually want to pay for my work so I keep trying to improve. Making friends through art also gives me great joy.


 

KovoWolf asks "How much do you think that the roots and origins of Art affect what we create today?"



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I think we learned a lot from the old masters; How to use several art techniques, styles and emotions. Just like classical music, these works are timeless and still very inspiring for art today.




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Like most artists that I know, I’ve drawn almost my whole life. I’ve always had a big passion for nature.- Maquenda 



KovoWolf asks "All of us artist experience the so called "Art block" once in a while. What do you do to find inspiration when you need it?"



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When I have an art block, I try to just keep drawing anyway. Even if the outcome is not as I want it to be, I continue to draw anyway. It also helps to draw personal art once in a while because commissions can really lower the creative spirit sometimes.

To find new inspiration, it’s also good to go outside and enjoy nature, animals and have some fun with friends. Watching movies, series and music also helps. Taking my mind off art once in a while is very important.



 

KovoWolf asks "What do you consider the most iconic artwork of all time?"



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It would probably be Starry Night from Van Gogh. Or maybe I’m just proud because he was a Dutch artist.



Wandering Thoughts by Maquenda

 




KovoWolf asks "How did you discover dA? What made you stay?"



:iconmaquenda:

Through friends from TLK FAA. I haven’t had a bad experience on DA so far, so I don’t see any reason to leave. 



Nostalgia by Maquenda

Patience by Maquenda






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R.I.P James Horner

Tue Jun 23, 2015, 12:12 PM by KovoWolf:iconkovowolf:







Symphony Of Memories


James Horner August 14, 1953 - June 22, 2015


I am totally devastated. James was such an amazing composer. He changed my life emotionally in so many ways. He sparked creativity and inspiration from all corners of my being and forged from the embers of his symphony's into the chords of my heart.

My passion for his music started when I was very young. I enjoyed all of his scores from all sorts of movies including Braveheart, Land Before Time, Balto and Forest Gump. James was truly one of those unique, one of a kind people that could bring to life your wildest imaginations. It could send you far away and into serene peace.

My heart hurts..

We have truly lost an amazing man and an amazing artist. If you've never heard of his work, go take a listen. He will change your life. Take comfort in what gifts he has given to the whole world.

Goodbye James. You will live on in all of our hearts forever.


"To live in hearts we leave behind Is not to die."- Thomas Campbell


Your Songs Will Resonate With Us Forever






"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey." -Kenji Miyazawa



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The Diary Of An Adventurer

Thu Jun 4, 2015, 12:14 PM by KovoWolf:iconkovowolf:







My Adventure In Yellowstone


"Not all who wander are lost"

 

On May 16th I embarked on a journey to Yellowstone National Park with family. There's nothing that can truly describe the sense of renewal from this trip despite all that had transpired that tried hard to bring it down. A total recharge. So if you are interested in what I've been doing for the past 2 weeks, feel free to continue reading!

Yellowstone is a place that truly inspires and renews. It's a place where anything can happen and discoveries are made all the time within yourself and around you! There's never the same thing twice when you visit and your experience will last a lifetime. Yellowstone has breathed new life within me and I can't wait to share what inspirations are a direct fruition of my adventure.






Day 1


A Series Of Unfortunate Events - May 16th, 2015



On the road again, can't wait to get on that road again! At around 10:30AM Wethrildae and I where off. Unfortunately it would seem that my husband contracted some sickness after returning from Anchorage Alaska for a conference so we where focused on trying to get him better. With that in mind; Texas was becoming a blurr in the background behind us. Windows down, a cool breeze at our backs and thennnnn......Storms. Lot's of them. Like a roaring lion expanding it's call in the distance it reared it's ugly head. Dark and ferocious clouds with the promise of hail approached us and fast.

Dark Storm by KovoWolf


As soon as we breached beneath those dark clouds loud hail and rain began to fall for at least 2 miles. We pressed on determined to get through it for fear we'd crack our brand new windshield ( we literally replaced it a day before our trip ). After an intense shower we finally made it through! Phew. Phew. We can breath again.

All seemed well and the trip continued to press on. We get a phone call from the in laws. We expected it to be like every other call like "here's where we are on the road" call. I pick up the phone and my mother in law seemed to be slightly stressed. I asked what's going on. Apparently while driving through Nebraska the winds where so high that it ripped the top of their just bought ( older ) pop up camper's top right off. They bought it just for this trip. Nooooo. Are you kidding me?! Sadly it was no joke. Luckily no one was hurt and no one was behind them otherwise it would've ruined the entire trip before it could even begin. Broken and battered they drove it to a tractor shop. The manager came out and helped them wrap up what was left with tarp and shrink wrap. They where then on their way. The plan now was to meet up in Cheyenne WY.

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They found a Manards parking lot and that's where we all met up. When we got there we hugged and laughed at the situation. We where more content in seeing each other well and safe then the crippled camper. What else could we do? So sad. The goal was then to buy some Gorilla tape ( best tape ever ) and wrap the whole thing up to ensure there was no more wind blowing the tarp around. The shrink wrap, by then, had all but tattered and frayed off. The spare tire was removed and wrapping began. Content with the job about 30 minutes later we drove off to get something to eat. As soon as we sat down for our meal my father in law remembered that he forgot to put the spare tire back on. Damnit.

Quickly we finished our meals, paid and drove back to Manards. As soon as we crested the hill the tire was gone. Gone. Seriously? Not even a half an hour and someone already swiped it? With a last ditch effort ( and some hope ) I ran into the store and asked if anyone turned it in. No.

"Well... here's hoping they don't' get a flat" I thought to myself then proceeded to knock on some fake wood. Hey, its all I had.

We where on the road again. The landscape was beautiful. Rolling green hills and beautiful topography was there to greet us. Our destination for the night was Rock Springs.


"Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures"



Day 2


The Grand Tetons - May 17th, 2015


Renewed and refreshed after our stay in Rock Springs we continue our journey with full bellies and smiles. The drive was peaceful with the patter of soft rain. Rainbows crested over rolling hills and elk lay lounging in the green grasses with no care in the world. We saw Bald eagles soaring over head and Osprey hunting for their young while their nests lay just a few feet from the roadsides. Life was good.

We finally reached The Grand Tetons! Just imagine emerging from a gully of rock and water into a huge valley where these giants stood before you capped with snow. The sun's light peaked through the spreading clouds and illuminated them like a beacon in the night. A cold chill nipped your nose and begged you to bundle closer into your seasoned jacket but you couldn't dare look away. So fantastic. So breathtaking. We stopped for the obligatory photo next to the sign and breathed deep the fresh mountain air.

This was just the beginning.

Grandteton by KovoWolf

"In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take"


Day 3 - 10


Yellowstone & Sickness - May 18th, 2015 - May 29th, 2015


We finally reached Yellowstone and our campsite. We quickly pitched our tents and relaxed. The week was spent driving around, exploring and picking all the good spots to take my sister SpiritWolfen and her husband lionrunestudios to who where due to arrive that weekend. They have never been so we really wanted to hit up all we could! S'mores fixin's. Check. Coffee. Check. Pancake mix. Check. Folding chairs. Check. Firewood. Check. Lets get this camping party started!

While we where preparing for the arrival of my sister and brother in law my husband was still fighting off this cold. It never got better. In fact it got worse. We where camping outside and the entire time it rained and even snowed one night so that obviously wasn't ideal for recovering. We ended up taking him to the clinic and got some antibiotics ( luckily he didn't have to take them ). After 2 days he was starting to feel a bit better. We did our best to "relax" and take it easy to ensure that allotted time to get better.

So literally a day afterwards my throat started getting scratchy. Awesome. I had been downing vitamin C and Emergen-C for at least 3 days when he got sick. No go. Not only did I get sick but I got the mutated version to the point where I couldn't keep anything down for 2 days. So not fun when you're camping. I kept myself hydrated throughout the entire ordeal and luckily after those two days I was able to down at least applesauce and gradually work myself to solids again. Phew. I was really concerned the mutation I received would ruin the trip or send me into the clinic for fluids. Yay for will and strength to get better when all odds are against you!





The Show Must Go On


Explore All The Things


Drained but excited we pressed on! Throughout the last week we took my sister and my brother in law all over. We saw all the fantastic sights and geysers we could! Old Faithful. Prismatic pools. Fumaroles and more! Though rain fell most of the time there where a few breaks in the weather that allowed us to really enjoy the day. It was warm and comforting but accompanied by the sweet scent of wet pine.

We pulled over to all the hot spot look outs, we soaked up the rain and we hung over cliff faces to take photos of a rare flower growing only in the mountains at Dunraven pass!

We visited the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in west Yellowstone. I love this place. You really get a good up close and personal view of all the animals they have there. Especially the wolves. It of course was raining and at one point it was hailing. The poor wolves sought shelter in the most adorable places. Even one who ducked under a tree hoping to stop the pinging against her coat. Enjoy the pictures below of the Grizzly & Wolf Center!



"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt"


The Animals


Woof. Roar. Chirp.


Wow what a list we have! This year yielded a great deal of animals. Below is the recordings of all that we saw. It's never seizes to amaze me just how beautiful these animals are in the wild.



 May 20th, 2015 - Madison Junction / Old Faithful
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Bison with young
  • Raven - Canyon Village



 May 22nd 2015 - Old Faithful
  • 2 Coyotes - Hunting - Road to Oldfaithful next to prismatic pool
  • Robins
  • Osprey



 May 29th, 2015 - Mammoth / Lamar
  • Red Fox - Just outside Mammoth headed into Lamar next to Roosevelt lodge
  • Coyote Pups ( # count 6 ) - Lamar Valley
  • Adult Coyote - Lamar Valley
  • Mountain Blue Bird
  • Juvenile Golden Eagle - Sitting on a snag just out of Lamar Valley near restrooms
  • Wolf - Black - Collared - Believed to be M829 Of the Canyon Pack now Alpha Male of Lamar Valley



 Not Categorized Yet ( need to go through my logs for proper days )
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagles
  • Marmot
  • Yellow Rumped Warbler ( aka: Butterbutt )
  • Robins
  • Crows / Ravens
  • Bison with young
  • Elk
  • Moose ( Female )
  • Yellow Bird
  • Mountain Blue Bird
  • Black Bear
  • Golden Eagle fighting with a Red Tail Hawk
  • Juvenile Golden Eagle
  • Big Horn Sheep ( female  / male )
  • Black Tailed deer






A Chance Meeting


M829 Of Lamar


Obviously one of my main goals when going to Yellowstone is seeing the wild wolves. There are several packs that still exist and one of the more popular one, Lamar Valley Pack, is in Lamar. I really wish I could have been around to see the Druids but alas, time is cruel.

We spent 2 weeks in Yellowstone and going in and out of Lamar and the popular wolf places there where no wolves to be seen. I was really concerned because I wanted to see at least one while I was there. More so, I wanted my sister and brother in law to see one.

Friday was our last day and we decided to go to Lamar. We found the perfect spot to settle which was near the pack's densite. They believe the Alpha female gave birth April 27th so we where hoping a small chance would arise where we could see them. A few days prior we heard them howl far in the distance at this spot so we figured we'd give our luck a go.

We just finished our lunch and where observing a juvenile golden eagle perched on a snag near a bison. I decided to pull away and randomly scan the horizon. There on the ridge I saw something large and black running just below a herd of bison. I quickly lept to the car and my husband grabbed the bino's ( binoculars ). We confirmed. It was a wolf!! My heart was racing. Admittedly I get way to excited and ran with ferocious ( yet careful ) speed to the best spot we could reach for a good look out. There it was. What a beauty. I turned away for a moment to find myself literally surrounded by dozens of people. Where did they all come from!? I looked back and admired.

It forged the river and then began to run through the open valley up to the hillside. The Bison where alert but suprisingly couldn't care less to it's presence. They drew their tails up in 'alarm' but didn't really budge. One didn't even rise from it's sun bathing. I grabbed my camera and snapped away. It was probably a good 50 yards out so it was tough to take really good pictures via my camera, but the experience will stay with me forever.

We saw a wolf. On the last day. The last few moments we were going to be there. This beautiful collared wolf ( who we think is M829 of Lamar ) arrives. So humbled and so breathtaking to see these beautiful creatures in the wild. Their movements are fluid and flawless. Their curious nature was tentative but alert.


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Wolf 2 by KovoWolf







A Glimpse Of Wilderness


Quick Photo Gallery


I may / may not upload some of these to DeviantArt but I figured I would share some of the photos I took! More to come! ( I have 3k to go through! ). I am feeling really inspired by my trip so expect a lot of awesome drawings and art to come! Sorry for the watermarks!

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