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Hey guys thanks for stopping by on this page. I have a huge variety of works from literature, traditional art, photography and photomanipulation. Feel free to throw in your two cents about what you think. I'd love to hear your opinions.


These are some collaborations I've taken part in while on DA. Good times :)


Nightrace by leothefox

The composition of this is very striking! The angles of the building in the centre particularly caught my eye and I like the way that i...

Death And Rebirth by HaleyDesigns

This is really neat! You did a great job of painting over the statue's skin - I really like the way it's obliterating off. Perhaps a li...


Hi Everyone!

So for the first time in over 12 years (since this piece I believe Passion Flower by CharmyRaven ) and I felt like using oil pastels again. I've been inspired by some of the really cool techniques of some of the oil pastel artists on this site, such as:

Calla Lillies and Butterfly by the-bumble-bee-one Sea Turtle by the-bumble-bee-one From a notebook, May 24 by lauraverde From a notebook, July 3 by lauraverde From a notebook, November 16 by lauraverde Wolves by MaryAliceArt Moon #1 by MaryAliceArt Its a hoot by devonhants From a notebook January 9 (2) by lauraverde

Unfortunately, as it turns out, oil pastels do in fact expire, or harden up. So I ended up with this:

Hansel - He's So Hot Right Now by CharmyRaven

Any ways I can improve on this piece?

My memory of the oil pastels is certainly different to what it felt like using them now. Over 12 years ago when I used these Faber Castell oil pastels they were easy to blend and felt like silk when I applied them to the paper. This time around they didn't feel as vibrant or easy to apply to the paper. Perhaps I should have used up the oil pastels a lot sooner - this is what I get for jumping around from medium to medium :P Maybe next time around I shouldn't get Faber Castell pastels? I am seeing a lot of talk about Sennelier ones on Youtube.

Questions for oil pastel artists:

1.  Which brand of oil pastels do you recommend?

2. Can you do a layer of cheap oil pastels and then just use the expensive ones on top? Or do the cheap layers on the bottom somehow affect the layers on top? What do cheap pastels mean in terms of long-term achival-ness (Is that even a word? If not what is the right word in this context?)

3. What are some cool techniques with oil pastels you use?

4. I don't want to waste my 12 year old set of oil pastels. Is there a way to revive them at all?

5. Know of any other awesome inspiring oil pastel work? Feel free to put links to them down below!

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Finally got over my hatred of self-portraits! How I wished I looked on Halloween!

I am a hobbyist artist although to make a living from my art is the dream. Please feel free to check out my Red Bubble account below!

So, I'm trying to figure out if there is anything I can improve on with the piece below. Any thoughts? 

5 deviants said Fine the way it is.
1 deviant said Maybe make the dress white to provide a bit of contrast to all the red.
1 deviant said Another opinion (please leave a comment).
No deviants said Queen of Hearts by CharmyRaven (please don't click this option).


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TinaLouiseUk Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the fav :) x
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
TinaLouiseUk Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Untitled-1 (7) by TinaLouiseUk  1064434v9jjva9kl3 by TinaLouiseUk
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
CMArts-Photography Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you for+fav 
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
piaglud Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the +fav on Ornament 2 by piaglud
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for posting!
piaglud Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
THANKS so MUCH by KmyGraphic  
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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