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Journal Entry: Tue Mar 3, 2015, 7:16 PM

A very quick note to (once again) thank everyone for your well-wishes. After 2 weeks of feeling like I was on death's door, I'm on the upswing now. Still have a naggy cough and trouble sleeping, but it's SO much better than before. Anyhow, again I feel terrible that I haven't had time to reply to messages. I read them all and love them, and I still plan to reply to everyone. I think this is the all-time high in my in-box -- 800+. Well, I've slogged through and answered a bunch before, I'll do it again.

My hope is this coming weekend.

In the meantime, I wanted to feature the cupcakes that were won in my Valentine's drawing. Captain-Savvy did such a great job on them. They are SOOO cute. Oh, and remember, if you want one for yourself, she's open for commissions and they are super affordable.

JaxAugust Cupcake by Captain-Savvy LYP cupcake by Captain-Savvy SparklyDeath cupcake by Captain-Savvy

Oh, and I say it so often, but it's because I mean it. Thank you EVERYONE for your continued support. I have been the worst deviant; I really appreciate you all sticking by me.


Oh, and I prettied my page up for St. Patty's Day.

Journal CSS made by caybeach
Brushes by gvalkyrie

Thank You and Flu Feature

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 1:31 AM
A very quick note to thank everyone who sent me Valentine's. Though I mentioned I wasn't really in the spirit of the holiday, a few of your sent one on to brighten my day. I do love you for it.

:iconblissfullysarcastic: - :iconthorns: - :iconwdwparksgal: - :iconmoulinrougegirl77: - :iconastrikos: - :iconminato-kushina:

I have been hit by the flu, and it looks like it's not going away on its own. So I'll be trying to get into the doctor in the next few days and see if I can get some meds. It's terribly cold in these parts. -2 degrees yesterday. Blarg.

Anyhow, I have earmarked tomorrow as the day I tackle my inbox. And it's a scary proposition. I have over 800 comments and replies. So, if you were waiting for me to get back to, it should be soon. I hope to clear it out, or make a significant dent. And I may even upload a stamp or two. ;)

In the meantime, as I sit up at 3 a.m. because I can't sleep because of my cough, I thought a sickies/flu feature would be appropriate.

Sick by AlliePieGal  COUGH by CloudshadeZer0

The Flu Virus by KellerAC Last medicine on earth. by pogii28

at the hospital by LaMerry Hot tea by creatorinflames

Cat and Flu by loish Dr. Mario by MariobrosYaoiFan12

Rarity's Sneeze by ProPonyPal  fever by Bisparulz

Massive Sneeze Emote Entry by LollipopGoddess ;Chicken Noodle Soup by Poynter-Jones

Valentine's Raffle - Winners!

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 5:12 AM
I'm still sick with the flu (boo, I can't seem to catch a break these days). But, it did give me a smile to pull the numbers for the raffle.

A very odd thing about the numbers is that I ran both lotteries before posting, and 2 of the same numbers came up on each poll--though the winners were different. Silly odds. Anyhow, the winners are...

Number 1 - :iconlauraypablo: lauraypablo
Number 7 - :iconsparklydest: SparklyDest
Number 10 - :iconjaxaugust: JaxAugust

Congratulations! Captain-Savvy should be contacting you soon to get the information for your prize.

Thank you to everyone who played!


I'm in a pretty deep funk, so I apologize for my continued (mostly) radio silence with respect to comments and replies. I still promise to reply to everything eventually.

In the meantime, I don't want my sadness to get anyone down. So I'm holding a Valentine's day art raffle. I am raffling off 3 cutie cupcakes which were commissioned from Captain-Savvy. They are super adorable, and she will create one based on your OC, a real life person, or a character you love from a fandom.

Here are some examples of her sweet art:

Lerin Cupcake by Captain-Savvy Zephyra Cupcake by Captain-Savvy Mael as a Cupcake by Captain-Savvy

To participate, simply post a comment below and tell me your favorite sweet treat. I'll give everyone a number and pull 3 winners on Sunday, February 15th.

Note that I am running another raffles for 3 more cupcakes on my mirz-alt account. You're free to join in there, to up your odds. But you can only win once.

ALSO: If you advertise this raffle, and post me a link, you'll get 2 numbers in the raffle. Help spread the love.

On a side note, I really am blue now, so forgive me if I don't send DA Valentine's this year. My heart isn't really in it. I do hope this little raffle makes up for it. :heart:</b>

Artists of Relativity - Vol. 20

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 12, 2015, 2:52 PM
Welcome to Gale City

A monthly series which will feature artists and artwork from the Relativity serial, which is published over on my mirz-alt account and can be found at RelativityComic. As I frequently showcase work from the series, I also wanted to promote the individual artists and feature some of their other work. This series will spotlight deviants who have created art for us through commissions, gift-art, contest-entries, requests or other means.

This issue: :iconphil-cho:


:bulletblack: Relativity Art

Rune Commission by phil-cho

Mardi Gras Commission by phil-cho

Dark Flame Commission by phil-cho

Prism by phil-cho   August Moon Commission by phil-cho   Yule Commission by phil-cho   Mason Quinn Commission by phil-cho   Aaron Commission by phil-cho

Dieselpunk Black Torrent Commission by phil-cho   Misty Liberty head bust commission by phil-cho   Madam Night Commission by phil-cho

:bulletblack: Other Art by phil-cho

Beasts Of The East by phil-cho

SINBAD and His Crew by phil-cho

Rogue's Gallery by phil-cho

Ronin Head bust commission by phil-cho   Adonis Stained Glass by phil-cho   Batman Legacy by phil-cho   Mithras Stained Glass by phil-cho   Animal Boy head bust commission by phil-cho

The Adversary commission by phil-cho   Nightshade commission by phil-cho   Wraith commission by phil-cho

phil-cho offer commissions. See this journal for details.

:iconsuperthanksplz: to all of the wonderful artists who have worked on the series and fans who support it. We appreciate you all!

:iconrelativitycomic: To see more art or check out the series, be sure to visit the group.

:bulletblack: To see past articles, check out this folder. :bulletblack:

Where to Find Me

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 30, 2015, 7:21 PM
Pixel Mom

CSS Skin

Since DeviantArt is not the only place to find me, and in case you ever need to contact me via email or one of my other social networks, here is the skinny...

Wordpress Social Smiley by mirzjiles
Email Personal Smiley by mirzjiles Email here
Pinterest Social Smiley by mirzjiles Pinterest

Note that I hope to add a dedicated gallery to my WP site soon featuring my pixels. :eyes:

"Who came up with this 'saving the world' thing anyway?"

Loss and Remembrance

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 24, 2015, 6:16 AM
Today is the 1st anniversary of my mother's death. As I struggle with a flood of different emotions, I turned to the one thing I often do, to help sort through my feelings... Art. Looking at different pieces showing the various aspects of loss and remembrance was comforting. I thought it would be nice to do a feature with that theme, as death and loss is not covered very often, yet it is such a big part of our lives.

When choosing the pieces for this feature, I searched on things like heaven, memories, tears, mourning. I tried to pick pieces that were not overly disturbing or dramatic. However, note that if you are currently struggling with a recent loss and grief, they still may be difficult to look at.

This feature was created with love. My intention was to cover the aspects of loss for different cultures and beliefs. It was not meant to advocate any one-view. With that in mind, please keep all comments respectful.

Seaside sky by Kami-sama96 Gramma by SublimeBudd The Tears I So Silently Cry... by MrAngryDog
Mobile in Heaven by Mr-Ripley  The Weepers by JoeCooLPoserCS Tears for a Lost Love by Pennes-from-Heaven
Angel by olivestar Memories by alina0 Wall of Poppies by Tora-Howes
spirits by Blaumohn Spirit by Sydnyk Tyne Cot Cemetery by Emz-Photography
flowers for a cousin's grave by laikuma albums by embracelife Heaven by pokepetter
Bunny Heaven by angrymikko Infinite Vigil by WidowsWeeds the funeral by dancingwithrobots
The Funeral by Dewilish in the mourning by agusmp The Mourning by jjpeabody
polaroids. by worldmapps the way to heaven by wolf-minori candles by stealing-beauty

Journal skin by Ravenswd

Onions (yes, onions) Feature.

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 10:29 AM
So, this morning, my son was playing a Sesame Street game on the computer where he has to help Elmo make guacamole (go figure), and one of the things he has to do is pick onions. Hugo is 2 years old and now starting to really talk, but he still does a good bit of baby babble. Anyhow, he says as clear as a bell, "onion!" Of course, I praised him, so he went around saying "onion, onion." Since I wanted to post something new in my journal, I decided to feature this wonderful vegetable. (And, OMG, now I want onion rings!)

Apple Onion by SpicyHamster Onion Rings by lilkoda16 Of Grapes and Onions by Aqua-Blade The Sad Onion by lord-phillock the Brown Onion Brownies came to visit again... by thePicSees Purple Onion by Shadow-Dragon91 Cute Onion by Spangemberg the onion knight by Samholy Onion and Garlic by April-A Sad Onion Girl Commission by YamPuff Spider Onion by TigerBlack62 Dove and an Onion by AskPrincessOnion The Onion by raun Onion Fairy by SoulKillur

Artists of Relativity - 2014 Recap

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 13, 2015, 6:22 AM
Welcome to Gale City

Artists of Relativity is a monthly series which features artists and artwork from the Relativity serial, which is published over on my mirz-alt account and can be found at RelativityComic. Since December is the time for reflection on the past year and art recaps, we decided to do a retrospective on the artists featured over the past your in the AoR series. Ravenswd and I both chose our all-time favorite pieces from each artist. Note, my "fave" is listed first, and :ravenswd:'s second, plus we give a bit of commentary about them.

Note, each one of these artists was featured as the AoR "Artist of the Month" between January and November 2014.

:bulletblack: :iconliberlibelula: LiberLibelula

Tony by Liberlibelula by mirzjiles Commission - No hugs for you by LiberLibelula

Mirz123 - A picture of Tony a bit later in the story, I adore his expression. It's so sorrowful, and very fitting of later times in the series. One of my favorite pieces of this character.

Ravenswd - I just love the expressions everyone has. Especially Greg. You can see how uncomfortable he is. It's so easy to relate to him; we've all be in a similar situation.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Commission - Like one of your Azerothian girls by LiberLibelula Commission - Lust for power by LiberLibelula THIS is Daario Naharis by LiberLibelula Commission - The Lion's Mane (Day) by LiberLibelula

:bulletblack: :iconaimee5: aimee5

Mirz123's Michael Bruce by aimee5 mirz-alt's Melody Krol by aimee5

Mirz123 - I adore Aimee's comic, but forced myself to pick an individual art piece. With that in mind, I chose one of the first pieces we received from the artist. I feel this piece nails Michael's demeanor. You can tell so much by his body language. Stylized and perfect.

Ravenswd - Even though it's a fantasy pose (though if anyone could pull this off, Melody could), it perfectly fits her and says everything you need to know about her personality. And, it's just a fun picture.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Templar hq - evening by aimee5 The Unseen by aimee5 FRIM - Forest Reserve2 by aimee5 Jael: Expressions by aimee5

:bulletblack: :iconcolormymemory: ColorMyMemory

Bust Commission: Mirz-Alt (The Clock) by ColorMyMemory Bust Commission: Mirz-alt (No-One Girl) by ColorMyMemory

Mirz123 - Though this is a character from the Relativity RP universe, I think the artist did an amazing job at accurately capturing the look and personality of The Clock. Very nice work.

Ravenswd - I love the expression on the character. She looks so lost and a bit helpless, which is quite on-par for her. She is also quite pretty. The artist did a great job on her.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Starlight Starbright by ColorMyMemory Commission Tytoon101 (Skip) by ColorMyMemory Space Cat Nap by ColorMyMemory Cute Captain Swan by ColorMyMemory

:bulletblack: :icongnewi: Gnewi

Contest Prize - Ravenswood by Gnewi Commission: Ravenswood by Gnewi

Mirz123 - I totally wanted to pick this piece, but in the end when I had to narrow it to one, I went with this one. It's so rare when an art piece matches your mental image exactly, and this one does that. This is how I see Ravenswood; I never get tired of looking it. Amazing job.

Ravenswd - There is so much to love about this. The background, the posing, the general feel. The expression tells you so much -- you can truly sense Ravenswood's worry. And when you catch a glimpse of that stake peeking out, you know something is seriously up.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Winter Contest Entry :) by Gnewi I'll Protect You by Gnewi Happy Birthday, Adeline!! by Gnewi Lomaedia by Gnewi

:bulletblack: :icondestinyfall: Destinyfall

Gift commisn of the yummy kind XD by Destinyfall Ravenwood Cafe Commission by Destinyfall

Mirz123 - A scene from cross-over piece, I love the posing of the characters and the expressions. You can tell exactly what's going on without another word. Great atmosphere and lighting.

Ravenswd - Such a fun piece. The artist manages to capture so much in this piece. Even though it's a sketch, there's a ton of detail, and the expression on the characters is priceless.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Mael special print NECKLACE by Destinyfall Mael Wishes you to follow by Destinyfall Shark attack_Commission by Destinyfall Agid and Peggy Commission by Destinyfall

:bulletblack: :iconjen-and-kris: jen-and-kris

Victorian Dark Flame by mirzjiles Desperate Times by Jen-and-Kris by mirzjiles

Mirz123 - It is SOO hard to pick just one piece. I love so many -- my favorite changes. At the moment, I adore this Victorian version of Dark Flame. The dynamic pose and the coloring is gorgeous, and the artists' take on the costume is inspired.

Ravenswd - This piece never ceases to amaze me. The artists manage to capture the true evil nature of this character in the most subtle of ways. That smug smile, and Sara's defeated expression. Just a great piece.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Batman and Superman by jen-and-kris Point Commission: Battle by jen-and-kris Night wind by jen-and-kris Sengoku by jen-and-kris

:bulletblack: :iconekkimu: ekkimu

Cutie Dark Flame by mirzjiles The Villains by ekkimu

Mirz123 - Celeste does so much amazing art and I love it all. This is my favorite, though, as it was a special gift and it's so darned cute. This is my favorite chibi of Dark Flame, ever. Adorable!

Ravenswd - The villains of the series are so important. This is one of the best shots of many of them. I think Rune looks amazing, and the rest of the rogues are sufficiently bad-ass. It's a great piece that gives you a good look at some of our most famous protagonists.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Mantenna by ekkimu my own freddy krueger glove  2 by ekkimu Nami League of legends by ekkimu Angela by ekkimu

:bulletblack: :iconvelnna: Velnna

Naptime by mirzjiles Cricket - Teaser (Episode 4) by mirzjiles

Mirz123 - Part of a larger "couple sheet", this pose is my favorite, and my favorite piece from this artist. I adore how it shows the deep intimacy between these characters in a gentle manner. Plus, that wisp of hair on Sara's face is perfect -- it almost resembles a mask, which is awesome.

Ravenswd - How do you convey 2 heroes running away from bees in a realistic manner? This piece manages to do that. I love the dynamic poses and the expressions are perfect. I particularly love that Torrent is trying to look back. It gives a real-feel to the picture.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Merry Christmas :D by Velnna Switcharound meme by onone-chan Gareth and Jesidere by Velnna by Gnewi Keita by Velnna by PendragonMagicFairy

:bulletblack: :iconmaryneim: Maryneim

The Relativity II by Maryneim The Relativity by Maryneim

Mirz123 - So many "alternate universe" pieces in this feature. I adore this non-canon piece which shows Resin and Dark Flame. The tranformation of the stock piece is amazing. The work on the textures is top-notch. I adore the passion you can feel between these two.

Ravenswd - I'll admit, I am a bit biased to this couple. It's great how the artist managed to use different stock and create a piece that is very close to how the characters look. The pose is intimate, but still gives that hero vibe. Nice work.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Catwoman Anne Hathaway from Batman by Maryneim Alice in Wonderland Black by Maryneim Firestar from Marvel by Maryneim Little Mermaid Ariel by Maryneim

:bulletblack: :iconirenhorrors: IrenHorrors

Sara by IrenHorrors Dark Flame and OverCast by IrenHorrors

Mirz123 - Vampire Sara is from the Relativity role-play. Even though she's not canon, I still have such a soft spot for her. This piece is simply beautiful. The dress and overall design is gorgeous. It's also special as it was a little gift to me from the artists.

Ravenswd -I love to see the heroes in different styles and genres. I like how the artist managed to give the heroes a gothic look, while still keeping their costumes true to their original designs. A nice work.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Victor The Vampire by IrenHorrors Your Prince Did't Come by IrenHorrors Beetlejuice and Lydia by IrenHorrors Sweeney Todd by IrenHorrors

:bulletblack: :iconsarasaeed95: SaraSaeed95

Commission: Isabelle by SaraSaeed95Commission: Viro by SaraSaeed95

Mirz123 - It was very difficult to pick a favorite piece, as I love so many of the artist's works. In the end, this one of Isabelle won out. It manages to show the beauty of the character is a subtle manner. The camera, the pose, everything about this picture is great. This is my favorite of the artist's works, and favorite of this OC.

Ravenswd - This is a great picture of Viro. The character is a bit of a mystery and the artist captured that well. The pose and the lighting are perfect. The mask and cape are well done. A perfect piece.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Dance with me by SaraSaeed95 Commission: Rory by SaraSaeed95 Commission: Jurre by SaraSaeed95 Commission: Loonia by SaraSaeed95

Please remember that most of these artists are currently open for commissions. Keep them in mind when considering your next art purchase.

:iconsuperthanksplz: to all of the wonderful artists who have worked on the series and fans who support it. Thank you for making 2013 a great year. We appreciate you all!

:iconrelativitycomic: To see more art or check out the series, be sure to visit the group.

:bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletblack: To see the AoR Recap for 2013, click HERE :bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletblack:

Top-10 Arts of 2014

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 1, 2015, 4:22 AM
This is something I do every year, look back on my gallery and pick my top fave deviations. Looking back on the last couple of years, it's odd that I've said "this was a bad year for me" each year. Life has not be kind to me the last few years. That said, during that time I have managed to create art. That's an amazing thing to me, particularly when I look back on 2014, which was by far the most difficult year for me. Though I didn't upload tons, over 50 pieces is pretty impressive. And the upside of less art means it was a wee-bit easier to narrow down my top-10. So, without further ado:

10 -Personal Network Smileys V1 - NaNoEmo14: Day 11 by Mirz123

I am quite proud of my "sign" emoticons, and my social network ones created using my emoticon font are some of my favorites. This general set took me a while to come up with. It features a lot of useful, and cute, pieces. I'm proud of my darker shading on this set -- something I tend to shy away from.

9 - Pixel Cloud Font by Mirz123

My only font of the year, this one is special to me for 2 reasons. First, it was specifically designed for a hand-held game, and I love how stylized it is. Also, it was for a game that my daughter and her (then) boyfriend were developing. Though it was never used in the game, it was special as it gave me a small creative connection to my daughter, who tends to be vastly different than me art-wise...and pretty much all other ways. XD

8 - Cutie In-Love - NaNoEmo14 Day 14 by Mirz123

I love all my emotes, and my general emoticon style. But my "cutie" emotes have a special place in my heart. I think it's because I can be so dark sometimes, and on the flip side, so kawaii. I love the expression on this one and the double hearts. I save this one for when I *really* love something. :D

7 -  Rainbow Emote - NaNoEmo14 Day 3 by Mirz123

While this one may not seem spectacular, it took a ton of time, and layers, to get the rainbow pattern to scroll so smoothly. One of the more difficult animations I tackled this year, which says a lot since I used to do some pretty big ones. :/

6 -  Ear Worm - NaNoEmo14 Day 15 by Mirz123

I love to do emoticons that play on words and phrases. I was quite proud of my work on the ear on this piece. And the musical notes, even though they were quite a pain and I had to re-do them several times, turned out well. Just a fun and cute "ear worm."

5 - Snidley Laugh - NaNoEmo14 Day 13 by Mirz123

I totally love "evil laugh" emoticons. That's why I loved throwing together this "Snidely Whiplash" version. You can totally see a damsel emote tied to the railroad track with this guy standing over her, laughing maniacally. :D

4 - Wheelchair - NaNoEmo14 Day 2 by Mirz123

This piece has special significance to me. It was created as a bit of a nod towards my mother, who was in a wheelchair before she died, as well as my father-in-law who was getting quite ill at the time and whom we knew would eventually end up in a wheelchair. A simple animation, I'm proud of how I managed the walk-sequence with the rolling wheels.

3 - Emote Treasure Map by Mirz123

A minimalistic, but still detailed piece. It was fun studying old maps for inspiration and coming up with an emoticon version. The map texture is my own and I'm proud of how it turned out. This one actually took me a bit of time, all considering. But I love that I can imagine a pirate emoticon studying it in hopes of finding its treasure.

2 - Emoticon Cafe - VP NaNoEmo 2 by Mirz123

One of my strong points has always been pixel "scenes." I really love how this turned out, as it's almost exactly how I saw it in my mind when I envisioned it, which is so much fun when you can pull that off. The city silhouette in the background works well, and the shop itself is great. Jim was so impressed with the shadows, which I do feel gives the piece that final touch.

1 - Emoticon Phoenix - VP NaNoEmo 3 by Mirz123

Not by far my greatest pixel work, I'm still quite proud of this piece. I went for a stylized look on both the wings and the flames. Though I have seen much better Phoenixes come through the emote gallery, I am happy with my version as it took a bit of a different approach and managed to pull it off.

Honorable Mentions - The following pieces I'm mentioning more for nostalgic value. Not necessarily my best work, but pieces I'm still proud of this past year.

Sparkle Hug by Mirz123  Rainbow Sparkle Hug by Mirz123

I was so surprised to find that no one had ever done a sparkle hug before. It's such a needed emote. Nothing spectacular, but used a lot in comments by others, and one of my favorite pieces.

Dream Stamp by Mirz123

Just a sentiment that I need to remember. Simple, subtle, but also a bit dramatic. Again, not my most complex work, but so many of my favorites are the "tiny" pieces.

:bulletblue: To see my past countdowns: Mirz Past Top-10 Picks

Fave Stamps

Really not enough art to segregate regular emotes and stamps this year. Hopefully next year. ;)

Holiday Shovelling

Sat Dec 27, 2014, 7:29 AM by Mirz123:iconmirz123:

No. Thankfully the winter storm that was set to hit us on Christmas missed. Which is good. I didn't want to have to shovel out for the holidays. However, there is some other shovelling I'm going to be doing this weekend. I have over 900 messages in my in-box, some from June! :faint: I have been a terrible deviant. I'll blame it on a really cruddy year, but I should do a little better than this. Anyhow, I am starting a blitzkreig of replies and responses, so be prepared.

I also have a couple more year-end articles I need to do, so look for those over the next week.

Oh, and I finally got around to getting the Autumn leaves off my page. It's more seasonably decorated now. XD

Despite the trials and tribulations, and the plethora of "woe is me" journals (this year really has been the pits), I do thank you all for sticking by me and offering me such wonderful support. Though I haven't always had the heart to reply to everyone timely, I have read all of your messages and they mean so much to me. And I hope to finally get around to responding to them, now.

Heart by Despotasula

Skin by SimplySilent

2014 Online Videos FTW!

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 24, 2014, 6:19 AM

Top 10 Videos

As in past years, my family puts together a list of some of our favorite videos around the web. We send this list to our friends and family and it's become quite a tradition for us. We have a great time coming up with the selections, and our friends look forward to seeing what we found! I've shared the list before on dA, and since a few people seem to like it, I am continuing the tradition. :

:bulletblue: Vampire's Crown - A cute CGI animation. No worries, this one isn't scary. But it is pretty funny.

:bulletblue: Brain Divided - Another 3D animation, this time exploring the aspects of love and dating. Super cute, and I love the ending.

:bulletblue: Dreams Are Real - My kids adore this video which features a ton of very cute kitties and wonders what those felines dream about. Adorable.

:bulletblue: Fluffy McCloud - The mix of stop motion, computer, and real-life animation make this piece a neat find. It's a cute little story, too. Love Fluffy!

:bulletblue: Let It Go (D-Constructed) - I think a lot of us are sick of Frozen, and it's theme song. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy this techno version synched with gorgeous computer animation. Seriously, this is worth the watch.

:bulletblue: Henri part 2: Paw de Deux - This was supposedly the late Roger Ebert's favorite cat video of all time. It's a cute, stylistic, and very funny piece. The dialogue is French, but there are English subtitles.

:bulletblue: Best of... Relativity Art - This is a video Ravenswd and I made earlier this year, synching one of our original music pieces with art from our literature series. It's a lovely melody and features a lot of dA artists.

:bulletblue: Pigeon Impossible - A longer 3D animation with a great story. A pigeon nearly causes a global incident when it commandeers a secret agent's briefcase. Fun stuff.

:bulletblue: Whack-A-Kitty and Kitty-Whack-A- No, no cats were hurt in the making of these videos. In the spirit of "whack-a-mole", these two pieces showcase cats joining in the fun.

:bulletblue: One Night in Bangkok - As children of the 80s, it's our tradition to include one classic video from that era. This time it's the chess-inspired piece by Murray Head. I love this song and it has inspired more than one lit piece for me.

:bulletblue: Istanbul - For my generation, this cartoon from "Tiny Toon Adventures" introduced most people to "They Might Be Giants." A catchy song and a fun cartoon.

:bulletblue: Enra Pleiades - The most spectacular for last. A dance piece which incorporates movement, light, and music, to create an amazing theatrical experience. Simply gorgeous.

:bulletblue: Chad Vader: Final Season: Chad Vader is one of those guilty pleasures. Goofy, wacky, and a bit off-colored, this series follows Darth Vader's loser twin brother in his job as a supermarket employee. The series finally ended in 2012 and we featured the final episodes in our 2014 picks.

Did any of you see any great videos this year? Link them below. We'd love to see them.

:pointr: To see our picks from last year (and a bunch of other top-10s), check out THIS LINK.


Sun Nov 23, 2014, 8:53 AM
*** Cross-posted ***

Jim's dad passed away yesterday. Cancer is tragic under normal circumstance. However, in his case, it's particularly terrible as he felt fine and was in good health. While going in for what he thought was a minor issue he was experiencing, he was told he only had a few months to live. He hoped he would have a year or so. It turned out to be just under 3 months. Thankfully, the hospital was wonderful and made sure he was pain free at the end. But it was terrible ending. Jim, his brother, our son, and I were with him. So very very sad.

Our life has been topsy-turvey the last few months as we were the ones caring for him, taking him to the doctor, etc. We're now arranging the funeral and getting his affairs together. All smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. *sigh*

Obviously, I'll be busy and won't be able to do as much art. I do have plans to finish NaNoEmo, though I'm not sure if I'll get the full 30 done. Relativity is business, so we will be working on that, but it will be at a lot slower pace. Hopefully in a few weeks things will settle and we'll have a bit more time.

I'll still be around dA, but again, not as much. I still read every single comment, but replying will probably have to a wait a bit longer. If someone needs to reach me, I'll be checking Notes. Also, you can drop me an email at relativityseries[at] I check that account every day, so I should get back to you soon.

Continued thanks to everyone. This is a very difficult time. Jim's dad lived nearby and we saw him all the time; he was a big part of our family and always around at gatherings/holiday. And his passing comes less than a year after my mother's death. The loss will be felt deeply.

Don2 by mirz-alt

Artists of Relativity - Vol. 19

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 17, 2014, 4:59 AM
Welcome to Gale City

A monthly series which will feature artists and artwork from the Relativity serial, which is published over on my mirz-alt account and can be found at RelativityComic. As I frequently showcase work from the series, I also wanted to promote the individual artists and feature some of their other work. This series will spotlight deviants who have created art for us through commissions, gift-art, contest-entries, requests or other means.

This issue: :iconsarasaeed95:


:bulletblack: Relativity Art

Commission: Isabelle by SaraSaeed95

Commission: Gray Cyclone by SaraSaeed95

Commission: Sara by SaraSaeed95

Commission: Gazpacho by SaraSaeed95   Commission: Zephyra by SaraSaeed95   Commission: Sally by SaraSaeed95   Commission: Dark Flame by SaraSaeed95    Commission: Wren by SaraSaeed95

Commission: Resin by SaraSaeed95   Commission: Viro by SaraSaeed95   Commission: Tommy Flash by SaraSaeed95

:bulletblack: Other Art by SaraSaeed95

Request: Oldsmobile by SaraSaeed95

Commission: Evelyn by SaraSaeed95

Day and Night by SaraSaeed95

Request: happy birthday Hoshizora19! by SaraSaeed95   Request: Revas by SaraSaeed95     Razors And Butterflies by SaraSaeed95 Commission: Hetta Hartchase by SaraSaeed95  l Tall boyfriend by SaraSaeed95

Commission: Ria by SaraSaeed95   Arch by SaraSaeed95   Commission: Arysthial by SaraSaeed95

SaraSaeed95 offer commissions. See this journal for details.

:iconsuperthanksplz: to all of the wonderful artists who have worked on the series and fans who support it. We appreciate you all!

:iconrelativitycomic: To see more art or check out the series, be sure to visit the group.

:bulletblack: To see past articles, check out this folder. :bulletblack:

Digging Out

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 30, 2014, 5:12 AM
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I was going to write another long journal talking about issues in my life, but no one needs to read that. However, there are a few things I want to note...

I mentioned it in passing, but Jim's dad has terminal cancer. It's a very aggressive form and the prognosis is not good. This coming less than a year after my mom passed. It's been rough, and needless to say, things are quite hectic in these parts. So continue to keep that in mind when commenting, noting, and all of that. I will get to things, but turn-around time is not the best. :paranoid:

That said, over the last couple of months I have made steady progress "digging out" of a very deep backlog. While I have a long way to go, I'm encouraged by my progress and plan to keep going. In fact, with such craziness in my life, it's a bit of a sanity-saver to come to dA and focus on "fluff" for a while. My plan is to attack my message center next. I am nuking all deviations, journals and polls, so if there was something you wanted me to see, please comment or note me. My main goal is to get the comments and notes, and then hopefully on to posting a few pixel pieces.

I will be participating on NaNoEmo. I'm not sure if I can do 30-in-30, but I'm going to try. I plan to do a mix of general-use and personal emoticons. Should be interesting. Anyhow, for more details on the event, be sure to watch the group.


Over on my mirz-alt account, I'm running a small comment contest for my RelativityComic group. The series will be 3 years old, and we wanted to do a little something to celebrate. I also have a special article scheduled to post for the occasion, too. So, if you're interested, head on over.

Comment Contest - CLOSED:eager: Winners will be announced soon! -- Updating the numbers.

:happybounce: As many of you know, around August-October, we host a yearly Relativity art contest. We must delay the contest this year due to personal issues and other commitments that we want to get through. But, we didn't just want to let our anniversary pass without doing something.
We are going to have a comment contest! The nice thing about this is that EVERYONE can enter, even if you are not good at art or writing. The only thing you need to do is leave comments. There will be two categories: ART and STORIES. Each category will have slightly different rules, so pay attention. You MAY enter both categories. The idea is to leave comments on Relativity artwork and/or stories. Everyone who qualifies will be entered into a drawing to win points prizes. We also have a special grand-prize up for grabs.
:bulletorange: RULES
All comments must be N

That's it. "Keep Going" is our family motto, and that's more or less what I'm doing. I did re-open my page and gave it a bit of an autumn flavor, so take a peek if you like.

As always, thank you for your love and support. Seriously, not sure how I would get on with it.

"Who came up with this 'saving the world' thing anyway?"

2014 VP NaNoEmo Round-Up

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 30, 2014, 3:27 AM
Back in August, we ran VP NaNoEmo. This is a special event that focuses on "Visual Purpose" emoticons, which are essentially emoticons that are created to be admired as art, not with the purpose of use in chats, etc. While the turn-out was not stellar, given the lull in the emoticon community over the last year or two, the number of emotes created for the event was impressive, nonetheless.

As we very quickly approach the launch of NaNoEmo (and yes, Synfull and I plan to co-host it again this year), I thought it was about time that I did the re-cap of the Visual Purpose event. I would like to thank everyone who participated. Whether you made one emote, or manage to make all four, we thank you for taking part.

Living In A Fishbowl by a-kid-at-heart 256p Angry by a-kid-at-heart

Giant Happeh Face by happy-gurl 256p Tongue by a-kid-at-heart

Adoration of Aten (Fragment) by KitLightning The Last Samurai by KitLightning Lonely Nights by a-kid-at-heart Emote Treasure Map by Mirz123

Arrrrzack by KitLightning  Sunbath by Krissi001 On A Vikingr by KitLightning

Emoticon Phoenix - VP NaNoEmo 3 by Mirz123 Day at the Beach by Synfull  Emoticon Cafe - VP NaNoEmo 2 by Mirz123 Once Upon A Dream by happy-gurl

vp nanoemo 1 - slow, tardy, sleepy by sneakyPancake Mountain of work by Synfull support by Krissi001 In the rain by Krissi001 ...should not have done that. by happy-gurl Tech Support by happy-gurl

Again, a hearty thank-you to everyone that participated. We hope to be back on schedule for the next "visual-purpose" event, come July. :heart:

Huh..Wut? O___o

Sat Oct 18, 2014, 5:42 AM

I came here to post my newest emoticon and see I have surpassed 500,000 pageviews. How the heck did THAT happen? Last I looked I was 480-something. Anyhow, I feel this is an amazing thing. So many of you have supported me and my art for so long. I know emoticons and stamps are popular in general, but still it's quite awesome to see that my page has had a half-million views. Thank you all. I've been feeling pretty "meh" about dA lately, and this gave me a much-needed smile about the site. 

I should do something to celebrate. Life is still CRAZY right now, but I hope once November gets here, things will calm down. They had better, because I plan to get NaNoEmo going (even though VP NaNoEmo was a bit of a bust). 

Love you all, miss you all. Hope to be back soon. Certainly as soon as I can. 


Artists of Relativity - Vol. 18

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 3, 2014, 7:45 AM
Welcome to Gale City

A monthly series which will feature artists and artwork from the Relativity serial, which is published over on my mirz-alt account and can be found at RelativityComic. As I frequently showcase work from the series, I also wanted to promote the individual artists and feature some of their other work. This series will spotlight deviants who have created art for us through commissions, gift-art, contest-entries, requests or other means.

This issue: :iconirenhorrors:


:bulletblack: Relativity Art

Dark Flame and OverCast by IrenHorrors

Melody by IrenHorrors

Daniel and his wife Anna by IrenHorrors   Sara by IrenHorrors   Vincent and Iona by IrenHorrors   Sara and little Luciana by IrenHorrors

:bulletblack: Other Art by IrenHorrors

Little Red Riding Hood by IrenHorrors

Jack and Sally by IrenHorrors

Little Red Riding Hood II by IrenHorrors

I haven't seen you for ages by IrenHorrors   SparklyDeath by IrenHorrors   Mermaids Dance by IrenHorrors   Severus by IrenHorrors

The Phantom of the Opera by IrenHorrors   Memories of October by IrenHorrors

IrenHorrors offer commissions. Note her for more information.

:iconsuperthanksplz: to all of the wonderful artists who have worked on the series and fans who support it. We appreciate you all!

:iconrelativitycomic: To see more art or check out the series, be sure to visit the group.

:bulletblack: To see past articles, check out this folder. :bulletblack:

Shutting Down for a Short While

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 29, 2014, 4:29 AM
Disappearing Artist

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I honestly thought of deactivating for a week or so, but that causes too many worries and problems. So, instead I have "shut down my page."

This upcoming week is going to be very intense for me, and I need to focus fully on it. In addition, we learned that another very close family member has cancer. This is the week we will get the test results and learn the prognosis, but from the type of cancer it is, we are not expecting the news to be good.

Either way, despite what I said last week, circumstances are conspiring to keep me away a while longer.  I shall be back as soon as I can.

The VERY good news is that despite this all, I pixelled this past weekend and did (almost) 4 portraits dolls, which I'll be posting on my mirz-alt account. I feel my digital mojo is returning, so my hope it I'll be back in full form when I return. I actually have ideas for stamps and emoticons. So, fingers-crossed.

Love you all and thank you for the continued support.

P.S. I will NOT be checking this account. I will only be responding to NOTES on my mirz-alt account, if you really need to get a hold of me. Otherwise, feel free to note and comment me here and I'll reply when I return.

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Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 26, 2014, 1:17 PM
Disappearing Artist

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It's always so nice to come to this page and see that I have a slew of faves and mentions. I always fear one day there will be nothing but crickets on this account, and it will be my own fault. Once again, life just keeps whipping. Another serious illness of a close family member, as well as other life issues (new and old). I honestly read all the comments, and I plan to respond to them all in a blitz soon (literally scheduling time on my calendar to do it). In the meantime, an apology to the NaNoEmo participants.  A recap article will be coming soon.

I miss you all SOOO much. I was just commenting to a friend that dA will have all of these cool new things on the horizon, but I'll probably never get a chance to see them much. So sad. *sigh*

Oh, and for those who might have noticed (but probably not), Facebook deleted my account because I was using a pen name rather than my real name. Blargh. I lost quite a few watchers/friends who I didn't have a record of, so I can't re-connect with. So, if you're interested in stalking me there (I have a page where I post about all the art I do, digital, pixel, and literature), you can check out this HERE


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I am not dead

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 27, 2014, 8:17 AM
Disappearing Artist

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I have such a terrible habit of disappearing these days. As I've mentioned many times over the last few months, my health is not the best. No exaggeration, but I haven't have a period where I have been well for 2 weeks straight in nearly a year. Honestly, a huge part of it is stress. With my mother's passing early this year, and crisis after crisis (a new one just arose this past weekend), it keeps taking a toll on me. Though relaxing and not worrying is not an option at the moment, as I have many people who depend on me. :sighs: 

Anyhow, I have 3 NaNoEmo emotes as WIP in my folder and will have them uploaded before the month ends. I also hope to get a few other things done with stamps and emotes.  

Despite everything, I am confident that someday the IRL drama will end and I will make good to be here more regularly. Until then, you know the saying,

Not-there-yet by Mirz123

Will check in soon, and as always, I will reply to all comments. It's just usually REALLY late these days.

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