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Disgruntled by Ahkahna Disgruntled by Ahkahna
There are only a few things that really irk me, I guess Ahk shares those feelings.

The entire piece was really difficult for me to lay out even though it's just a character shot and no background (I couldn't decide, so it's left empty). The anatomy for a taschevah isn't easy, ever, especially the pocketed wings, and it often takes me days to really figure out how each part plays against the others. To me, there are still mistakes, but that's all part of educating myself on how to fix them later and I pride myself on the effort I take to make them plausible to some degree.

I just want to say this. It's taken years to come to this point for me, it's taken years to play with their design, to make sure it all "fits" cohesively, that it works with the species. That it works for ME. Designing these guys takes a lot of effort, it takes a lot of studying, it takes a lot of re-doing, it takes a lot of my time and it takes a lot of my energy. It frustrates me when I've spent so much time on my designs when I have to deal with my fibromyalgia and frustrates me even more when I can't work on them at all. I work exceedingly hard to make taschevah what they are, they aren't simple creatures, they are meant to stand alone as their own, to stand out from the crowd, and to have something special about them.
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SoldierToger Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Man, this rocks. I hear ya on the frustration, though. Thinking about workable anatomy is definitely time consuming....but awesome!
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Ahkahna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, time consuming, sometimes insanely so. Thank you!
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SoldierToger Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome!
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DarkAfi4 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing...O.o :heart:
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TheKucKuck Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The anatomie is great! :)
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NepinRith Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing piece of art, I really enjoy how it looks.

I also suffer from fibromyalgia, so I really do understand how that goes. I wish that I could take all that pain away. I myself have to take lots of breaks because of the condition I am in as well.
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HereticCZ Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Originaly I wanted to coment this art of yours...but the commentary under it catched my eye. I thought frustration is "normal" for every artist and very common.
But then I watch deeper into your profile and found out what is the background of this (and now I notice that you mention fibromyalgia even here, but I didnīt know what it is).

Taschevah is indeed capable to stand out from the crowd, beacuse of their amazingly interesting design with plenty of details. And this made me to fave your art.

At this point, you polished taschevah nearly to itīs perfection. For some reason, black and white really suits it (maybe beacuse all those tiny details are visible).

I know you are doing your best to show your skill - let me say something to you; you donīt have to persuade others that you are doing your best (even if you find it isnīt perfect, but thatīs good - great way to improve yourself!). They see you are doing your hardest to achieve your goal,what is visible from their comments :)

Itīs amazing how far you improved even with your condition (how much debilitating and painful it is, i canīt imagine at all!). You made this far, you will make it even further. It isnīt easy, but Iīm convinced you can do it.

I wish you a lot of imagination, skilled hand and good luck!
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neverthirst Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
*close hugs* Swandog mentioned you have it too.

wingsnugs all around for angsting gryphs and dragons, God knows you aren't whining :heart:
I hope you feel better, I pray you get the treatment and support you need and I am so, so sorry because I am not even kidding I saw your icon/link on a piece of art while browsing and wanted to ask you how you manage because I don;t know if I'll have to switch from working at a desk to an easel with how bad my should and neck pain can get and now even my arms and legs just ACHE lately, like I'm bruised all over.

I'm...so sorry, I just wish there was something I could do other than say I understand..... sometimes it helps just to know you aren't alone though I'm sure like me you'd never wish it on a soul even if it "made" them understand somehow.
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Ahkahna Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for understanding, though I wish to hear better, no one should have to suffer from this condition, as you agreed with.

I am managing with pain killers, which has been helping and I'm learning my limits. My rheumatologist has me on flexeril/cyclobenaprine (muscle relaxant) and tramadol (pain killer). The tramadol I now tend to take on a daily basis, several times a day if necessary, and muscle relaxers to sleep at night or if I'm just having a really stressful day. If I know my day is going to be busy I preemptively take both pills and make sure to continue taking at least the tramadol throughout the day. It's helped more than not having them at all even if I still hurt, it's not nearly as bad.

I wouldn't use an easel, if you're like me and you get the same kind of pain in your arms and shoulders, your arms will tire and hurt worse working on an easel. I tire out quickly just brushing my hair or my teeth, washing my hair is hard enough for me to do without needing to take breaks.

I have to manage my work the same way I have to manage washing or brushing my hair, I draw, then take breaks as soon as I am feeling pain or my arm wears out. I'd get nothing done otherwise. It's extremely frustrating since I use to work long hours on a single piece and now I can't work but about an hour or two at a time, then take an hour or more break. I basically have to apply this to anything I do, and it gets really old really quick. So, my suggestion would be to take frequent breaks if you can and just take your time. <3
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neverthirst Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
sending a note <3
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