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Even the stars look brighter tonight by Majoh
Even the stars look brighter tonight
Named for the excellent Depeche Mode cover by Kato Kino and Ayria:…

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Hope you enjoy, this is one of my favorite completed artworks in recent memory. :)

Photoshop CS6
A few hours
Cottage in the woods by Majoh
Cottage in the woods
I'm catching up on posting some of the art I made over the holiday break.

Here's my favorite couple of characters again, somewhere around the point in the story when Vince fixes up that crappy old cottage so Airika has a nicer place to sleep than the woods. This was just to be a quick lighting concept/experiment but I liked it a lot and decided to finish it and share it here. Hope you enjoy. :)


Photoshop CS6
A few hours
This twilight garden by Majoh
This twilight garden

It took me forever to work up the courage to attempt this idea that's been in my head for years, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Thanks, the Cure, for making such an lovely song for me to imagine things to. :) 

Photoshop CS6
Many hours
Expected visitor (2015 repaint) by Majoh
Expected visitor (2015 repaint)
I wanted to try out a new brush I downloaded (thanks wlop for the awesome Brush) and used Astrid 2014 as my test piece. I just kept going and going and before I knew it, the painting looked waaaay better than before! So I'm reuploading it. :) Enjoy! 


Ast has a mysterious friend. True to my "Annual Astrid Painting" this one is LATE as usual! Late as it may be, though, finishing the "January tradition" in December is completely legit. 
;) (Wink) 

I do a new painting of my original elf character Astrid every new year (usually at the start but sometimes I have to be flexible). 

My goals are:

*Outdo the previous year's painting
*Set the bar high for next year's painting
*Make something I'm proud of :) (Smile) 

I had ambitious ideas for Astrid 2014 in January but a bad work situation at the start of the year followed by my departure from said job followed by a return to school (coding bootcamp woot!) and then a complete career reboot kind of derailed progress. 

Inspiration returned as soon as that job (and that career as a whole, to be honest) wasn't a part of my life anymore. Funny how that works. :) (Smile) 2014 started terrible but ended as quite possibly the best year yet. Painting's easy when things are good!

Dirty glass texture credit:…;

What I've learned since last year: 
*Unhappy job situation = bad/no art :( (Sad) Man, what a dry year it was....
*I find it easier to make an interesting composition with 2 figures instead of just 1
*It's okay if the paint looks rough... in fact, I think I like it better with chunky brush strokes!
*9 times out of 10 I use a blue palette - I really need to branch out a bit lol

Goals for next year: 
*Don't be so hard on myself, this is just a hobby and life's short!
*Make something aweeeesssommme!

Annual Astrid Series: 

2013: Winter's Peach
2012: Four Witches
2011: Can I eat it?
2010: Waking the White Queen
2009: Sixteen Miles
2008: Astrida's Practice
2007: Astrida Dreaming
2006: Astrid's Violin
2005: Astrida Xenix 2005

^^ Check out the early ones if nothing else, I'm so happy at how much I've learned in a decade!

As always, here's to another great year of art. :) (Smile)

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Mandi Grant
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
An above average quality dorkus maximus specimen. Natural habitat: seated in front of a glowing screen. Responds well to electronic and industrial music. Kind to all things plush. Known predator of cake.

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VioletZen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014   General Artist
Happy Birthday :) (Smile)
SakuraVermillion Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday! :D
Danie-E Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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DenNami Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
happy early birthday
Theblackops2master Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Artist
hey is the tower secrets site still up dating
Majoh Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there, yes it is! Most of the new stuff gets rolled into existing articles to make them better, so it's not super obvious what's been changed. 

Sorry for the slow reply, I don't use DA much. :D
jesschan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome gallery
Yozane Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tessieart333 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and may this year bring you everything you hope and dream of and remember anything is possible:-)

As a gift, my music album "Enchanted MusicBox" is available for a free download here:…


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EmmyMay00 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!! ^^
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