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...Going on holiday with family - I'll be back late Nov. :D

Will respond to any messages when I return!

:heart:
Anyone up for doing one? c:

If you are, please comment here with a link to whatever you'd like me to draw. :D

I'll try to trade with as many people as I can! :heart:
Edit: I'll see if I can do at least some kinda trade with everyone. Need something to keep me busy! c:


Please note:
Even if I finish my half before you, I will not show you my half of the trade until I see yours has been done.
I've been cheated out of trades before, and it makes me sad. :'c
Moving on from things previous...

Commissions are open, and I'll be opening art trades soon (If anyone's interested, that is!).

Other than that, I'm making progress with the last trade I owe.
I really hope you will like it, ThorinFrostclaw! :la:

I also have a 'personal art status', should anyone be interested!
It can be found here!



Ps: A beleted thank you very much to all those who left 'Happy Birthday' comments on my page. I realised I'm an ass and haven't replied to these messages. So thanks very much, loves! :heart: :hug:
There's no easy way to word this, so I'll just be blunt.

My partner has been suffering from seizures in the last couple of weeks.

The doctors have put him on anticonvulsants, but so far have told him that it is not epilepsy. They need to do a brain scan to make sure everything is ok in his head. Narrow down possibilities. Basically checking for tumours.

He's nervous, of course he is. While I'm thinking positive that they won't find anything like that...I'm not really one for praying, but I will be doing so on this occasion in the hope he will be ok. :heart:



I just want to be honest with you guys as to why I have been pretty silent recently. I hate keeping people in the dark and I feel it only fair to be open with this. If everything is ok, we can carry on as normal. If not...

I have one more commission to complete, and until this is over, I won't be taking on new ones. Just want to make sure everything is ok...otherwise I will be taking on work that I cannot complete in a timely manner, and that's just not fair.

I hate putting my personal life into journals on here, but I feel I shouldn't just say 'I'm taking a break' with no reasonable explanation.



Thanks to you if you read this, much appreciated. If you did, have a cookie and a hug.

And if you could put my partner in your prayers, he and I would appreciate it greatly. :heart:

Update 23rd Sept: Still awaiting scan results. He has since has various other examinations including an ECG and full body MRI...thanks again for everyone's patience. <3
I never really write journals much now. Oops.

Been busy at work lately - all birds up and flying well, and am posting lots of photos of my birds on my Instagram - Bandarai
(Anyone else on here have an Instagram account?)


Unfortunately summer is the busiest time of year at work. I often come home after working a 12hr day, and all I would love to do is just...rest.
So although I am doing art, as with every summer, my progress rate slows down just a little. Apologies for this!

But yes! Commissions are still open, and are still being worked on!
You can check my progress on commissions (and my personal art too) here on my website: Bandarai's Commissions


Also! Check out this awesome piece done by ThorinFrostclaw :heart:
Which I still need to comment on but I can't get over its awesomeness ;.;

Frosty Heights by ThorinFrostclaw

Hope everyone is doing ok! :hug:
...how do you do it? Total kudos to you.

My partner is away on a nearly three week holiday to see his family.

Hardly any time at all, right?



Less than 48hrs of being without him and I'm still bawling my eyes out because of how much I miss him.

My brain is just so selfish. I just want him to come back home ASAP so I can cuddle and kiss him and hold him.
It's almost like my head is angry because I can't see him and talk to him every day as I usually would.
So as much as I really want him to enjoy his time away...I'm counting down the days until he comes back home.
I'm angry at myself for feeling this way...I dunno what to do.

I feel super embarassed...I hate posting personal stuff online.
But everyone else I have spoken to has just laughed at me... :(

If anyone has any ideas of what I can do to help myself, it would be much appreciated...thank you. :heart:
Characters? Pets? Favourite species?

I'd like to get back into doing some traditional portraits, you see!

I already have one in progress of Dakarai, but I'd like to draw someone/thing else. c:

Suggestions appreciated! Any species - as long as it's a bird! :heart:

Thanks! :D
Personal thoughts have got me wondering.
Not necessarily a stage you hate, but is there a part which you find a chore or the least fun to do?

Sketching? Lineart? Colouring? Backgrounds?
Or even a subject you dislike drawing?

Just wondering what everyone's pet peeves are! :lol:


Doing lineart for an image is my personal downfall. It's the part of a piece which makes me want to throw myself at a wall. Yanno.
I mean when it's all done, I'm all YAY because it looks way neater than my sketch. >_> But it's just such a long, repetitive ordeal...so yeah, for me, it's lineart. The bane of my existance. x_x

Subject wise...humans. And mechanical things. :faint:

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For all those who helped in my previous journal. Some of you I didn't get to talk to, because I didn't see/get your comments until I woke up this morning. But you're all still appreciated just as much!

Thanks, you guys :heart:


These guys were also awesome, even if they didn't get to offer advice, they still offered an ear to listen. :heart:
:iconartistically-unique: :icondragon-demygod: :iconenkaixiomasa: :iconkibathedemonicwolf:

Hi. >_> I've kinda neglected this place. I'm sorry. D:
How's everyone doing anyways? What've you all been up to? I miss you guys.

For anyone wondering where I've been...am working with the birds still! Here have some photos:

Birdies by bladebandit

The two that have copyright on weren't taken by mum; credit for those go to Richard Hobbs!
(He didn't want the versions without watermarks being posted!)

But yeah, hopefully I can be around more often. Have actually starting doing art for the first time in like, over 8 months. So...will see.

I just wanted to come here and say I'm not dead, I miss you all, and I'm sorry for totally disappearing for like...a while.

And I hope you all still remember me, lol D:

So angry.

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 12:08 PM


One of our Harris Hawks died.

Because some idiot shot him while we were out flying him.

I am SO fucking wound up right now.
Why? Why would you do that? What sick fuck does that to a majestic bird of prey?



RIP Ramsey. You were the king. You were amazing. I loved you. You taught me as much as I taught you.

You didn't deserve to die in that way. :heart:

Love you, big boy.

Commissions In Progress...
-None!-

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DD?!

Sat Apr 30, 2011, 6:14 AM


Holy cow, woke up this morning to more messages than I normally get and fjdkfj.

A Daily Deviation?!

Kamiki Festival by bladebandit

This just...made my day so much. ;___;

Many thanks to KovoWolf for suggesting and Nyiana-sama for featuring!

And of course, to the wonderful Enaxn...with whom without, this piece would not exist!
Now let's go take over the world, beb. :3

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Ask me a question...

Sat Apr 23, 2011, 4:00 AM


...and I'll answer with a drawing. :D

Actually, it doesn't have to be a question. I'll just answer ever comment with a muro drawing until I get bored.

:iconimhappyplz:

I don't have access to Photoshop for a few hours because a technician is running a healthcheck on my PC. XD So MURO IT IS.

EDIT: No longer have time to reply with drawings. XD Sorry! Thanks to everyone who commented in time. :D

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Tumblr!

Mon Apr 18, 2011, 9:00 AM


So...I caved and got a Tumblr. XD;

> bandarai.tumblr.com/ <

I'll be posting lots of WIP's, sketches, photos and any basically any stuff I find interesting/inspiring!

If you're on there, give me a shout/follow me! :D (And I'll follow you back, if I know you! XD)


Will link it to my Twitter...and possibly my Facebook. I never use Facebook, so I guess that would...actually make it active? |D;

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'Free Commissions'

Wed Mar 16, 2011, 4:11 AM


It seems some people are a little confused, so I hope this journal clarifies things! :D


There is no such thing as a 'Free Commission'!

That in itself is an oxymoron!



Commissions are typically done for some form of payment, whereas 'free' art (Gifts or 'requests' as they are called on dA) are done free of charge at the descretion of the artist.


To put it simply: if you did not give any form of 'payment', you are not owed anything.

If they choose to not do your request, then that's ok! It doesn't make them a terrible person. It doesn't mean they don't like you! It just makes them human. Maybe they just have more important things to do - life can be very busy! :nod:

If you really want some art from a person...save up to purchase a commission! That would be much nicer for them, and you would get the artwork that you desire! That's a great thing, right? :D

NOTE: just to point out; this journal isn't talking about 'art trades'. That's a little different, imo!

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Any money you can spare for a commission would be greatly appreciated! And if you can't, that's cool too. The thought or spreading of the word is appreciated just as much. <3

Please note me if you have any questions, or want me to quote you a price! :heart:

Payment by Paypal.
I will not start work on a commission until full payment has been received.
When the commission is complete, I will e-mail you a hi-res unwatermarked version for your enjoyment!

:star: My full Terms Of Service can be found here! :star:
By commissioning me, you automatically agree to these terms!

---------Prices---------

All prices are in USD ($)!

Currency Converter


Sketch - Headshot $5
Sketch - Full Body $8
+$3 for characters with Wings/Extensive Details.
Sketch - Kianga by bladebandit Just to say... by bladebandit Rainbow Wolf Sketch by bladebandit


Icon - $12
+$2-5 for Animation.
Iconz Batch 4 by bladebandit Indra - Animated Icon by bladebandit Iconz Batch 7 by bladebandit
For more examples, see here: bladebandit.deviantart.com/gal…


Flat Colours - $18
+$10 for characters with Wings/Extensive Details.
Dhole by bladebandit Blaez by bladebandit



Coloured Sketch - $20
+ $10 for subjects with Wings/Extensive Details
+ $5-15 for a Background

Ahmir by bladebandit Surf's Up? by bladebandit Ceratotherium by bladebandit
For more examples, see here: bladebandit.deviantart.com/gal…


Cel Shaded - $30
+$15 for characters with Wings/Extensive Details.
+$20 for Additional Characters.
+$10-20 for a Background.
First Flight by bladebandit I'll Be What I Am by bladebandit Ends Of The Earth by bladebandit


Digital Painting - $50-100
+$40-80 for Additional Characters.
+$10-30 for a Background.
Note: Price varies depending on the detail of the subject / character!
My Journey by bladebandit Storm Surge by bladebandit Luau by bladebandit Garden Eden by bladebandit


I hide many comments on this journal, as some are years old!
This just helps me keep track of things - please don't be offended if I hide your comment!

WHO WANTS A LLAMA?

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 1, 2010, 1:22 PM








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Just gave out a few to people MUAHAHA.

Give them to me and I'll give them to you in return! 8D

HAPPY APRIL FOOLZ GUYZ. :heart:

PS:

TEAM GAGA FTW.

EDIT:
LOL SOME PEOPLE.

ARE ALREADY GETTING CRANKY ABOUT THIS.

WIN.


EDIT 2:
YAY I REACHED OVER 100 LLAMAS.

THANKS GUYS ILU ALL.

I know some people have loads moar. Don't burst my bubble, betches. D<


  • Mood: Big Grin

London devMEET 2009

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 15, 2009, 8:48 AM
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: Shake It ~ Metro Station


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London was incredible! Who went? Do you have photos? Shout out your usernames here! XD

If anyone saw me and didn't realise, I was the brown haired girl with the super duper red/black backpack with a skull on! 8D

Here's how the day went:

:bulletblue: Met ValkyrieSorrows at King's Cross before making our way over to the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens.

:bulletblue: Got a little confused as to where everyone was, so I rang maxwell-heza...only to find out that we were standing right next to everyone, LOL! How could we miss this lot?



:bulletblue: Met Heidi who gave us all name tags! :D

:bulletblue: Sat down and spoke to a few awesome people who were all buzzing around, including kafine and TicChallis.

:bulletblue: Noticed two people seemingly looking lost, so I took my chances and called out 'Dani, Livvi?'...yay. 8D HybridAlchemist and MintyMaguire were so amazing, not only had they made sexy badges of their characters, but they had brought along some arts for me! ;.; Gosh I felt so bad for not doing them anything...so as soon as woke up this morning I started doodling. XD

:bulletblue: We all looked through each other's art/sketch pieces, became jealous of each other's skills, and learnt about MintyMaguire's obsession with licking objects.

:bulletblue: After talking for a while, we proceeded to draw on each other. Who needs paper when you have skin. 8D;

MintyMaguire drew an awesome wolfie on my left arm!



And then HybridAlchemist drew a dragon which curled around my right arm, followed by a lion on my right hand! XD



:bulletblue: ValkyrieSorrows 'stole' a picture of Axel from HybridAlchemist, and proceeded to drool upon it. XD



:bulletblue: pachunka then came over and told us they were going to take the group photo. spyed gave us a quick speech, and then the photo was taken:

hq meet - london by cei-

:bulletblue: We were then split up into a load of categories; digital art, photography, traditional art and so forth. :D In the digital art category, pachunka started talking to us and then fled. Rarr.

:bulletblue: HybridAlchemist and MintyMaguire proceeded to pounce upon me after apparently getting bored of the traditional art section? XDD

:bulletblue: Met FennecWolf and OceanRed (I THINK LOL), who we all started drawing with...and holding up signs. Yup. Also due to my magic powers of the pen, MintyMaguire incredibly managed to grow a moustache and goatee. Fantastic!



:bulletblue: We got bored of sitting down, so decided to go over to spyed's little group to see what they were nattering on about...I think we annoyed a few people. We talked a bit too loudly ROFL.



:bulletblue: And then we all said goodbye and left...not before the crotch photos and the man hugs, eh eh eh? :P



:bulletblue: But before going home? Me, ValkyrieSorrows and Vinny all stopped off at Burger King, LOL! XD

Thanks for the fantastic day guys! Wouldn't have missed it for the world! :heart:
If Dani or Livvi want the pictures I took...don't hesitate to ask. ;DDD

Also, if you read all that, I thank you and give you as many hugs as you desire. c:

Traydes?

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 7, 2008, 11:39 AM
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Last Of The Mohicans Theme
  • Reading: What I'm Writing
  • Watching: Storm Hawks
  • Playing: Jak X




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Lol yes.

Might take a few more.

As always, not first come first served, due to time differences and to give everyone a fair chance. XD

...And no, I don't care if you've already traded with me once. |D;

Post a comment here, and a character link, if you're interested. :)

Also, if you're interested in a spam trade OR a full trade, please say! I'm always happy to accept spam trades. :3

Catch: You must get yours done, or I must see that you've started, before I start mine.

I'm still owed one trade from almost a year ago. Lmao.



OMFG STORM HAWKS MARATHON WEEKEND TOMORROW.

FKJAFHDJKHSJHFFSK

:heart:



Critique vs. Criticism

Sat Jan 26, 2008, 1:49 PM
Writing this because of many comments I've had lately.

For example:

'Wow, that's nice but -thing- looks off.'
'Cool, I like the -thing- but the -thing- looks really odd.'

K, how nice for you.

But I honestly don't care if you just write that. :)

It is CRITICISM.
AKA: Disapproval of the piece.

Not CRITIQUE.
AKA: A review of the piece, telling people how they can get better at some parts, how they're improving at others, etc.

It's annoying, most of the time, and very disrespectful. Not just to me, but to any other artist who receives a comment like that. You're basically telling the artist 'OH U SUCK LOLOLOL!!!.'

Yes, even if you're polite about it and give a slightly positive remark within the comment, it is almost always taken the wrong way.

Why?
This is the internet, not real life. People only have text to go on, no expressions, tone of voice, nothing. Zip. Nadda.

The artist may be rude to you if you place a criticising comment like this. Personally? I don't blame them. So don't get offended, just re-think what you wrote in the first place to cause this.
REMEMBER: We're only responding. We didn't write the bad comment to start with. ;P

I read Nestly's journal (Here: nestly.deviantart.com/journal/… today, particularly the part on 'Non-Constructive Criticism'
I'm just going to copy/paste this, for those who are too lazy to find it on your own.

To avoid having an artist snap at you or get all defensive when you were trying to help, try following these three basic guidelines.

#1-For every negative comment, give two positive comments.

#2-Go into detail with your criticism! I know this may not seem like a good idea, but the more an artist knows how they could fix or make better they're art, the less they can get on your back about it, and understand where your coming from.

#3-Make sure you give helpful hints, if you have any. Before you say, "The hand looks bad." Try, "The hand looks a little off, maybe try pointing the fingers more and making it a little bigger?" Remember, this is the best way to help an artist and for them to notice you helping.


IF I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU THINK SOMETHING IS ODD, WEIRD OR OFF...

Then guess what?

I can't do anything about it.

I don't really care if you're just trying to help. Because unless I can read that you're trying to help, I will not be polite to you. Guaranteed. ;)


That is all. Feel free to be all 'LOL I H8 U' at me. I need something/someone to laugh at right now. 8D