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BettaLover1313's Art Journal

Yep, very unoriginal title . I decided to try my hand at some betta art since I've been wanting to do some art pieces with them (no clue why ). Anyway, before the spamming of various art pieces, including a quickie of Merlin, here's a bit of my art background:

-4 years of high school art
-Piece featured in the Rockford Art Show (hard to get into)
-Winner of a themed contest at Highland Community College (see image below)


Other than those, I've pretty much just had art as a hobby and do it when I can .

So here are the medias I've worked in before:

Colored Pencil:

Won the theme contest "Give an object emotion". The piece was titled Mournful Tractor.


A more recent piece, though I was still getting back into the groove of doing my art again. This was a contest entry on DA, it was of a deviant's dragon, named Myster.


One of my favorite (recent) pieces. I was inspired by a deviant on DA by one of their art works and I came up with an idea from it based on a world they'd created.


Most recent piece of the horses I work with, a gift for the owner who has allowed me to work with his horses.


Pastel:

Only piece I've done recently, even though I really like this media I find it very frustrating and I need to be in the right mindset to work with it.


Digital Art:

My most recent piece, though not shaded, I'm still practicing in this media.


A shaded piece, ironically both were for the same deviant on DA but for two different contests.


Oil Pastel

This is one of my absolute favorite medias to work in, and I really love it for underwater creatures!


Started experimenting with this media and branching out, doing birds instead of the usual fish!


Sculpture:

One of my favorite medias, but I sadly haven't been able to do it recently


One of a recipe box from high school.


Acrylic:

The media that I developed my style from, these pieces always made my teacher scratch her head.


Another of my art style, basically it's just an abstract background with colors and shapes representing the animal in the foreground, but, again, my teacher never seemed to understand this.


My most recent piece, I'm very fond of abstract as well


Watercolor

I haven't had a lot of time to practice with this media, though I really want to! Will probably be the next one I experiment with!



I do photography was well, but no need to spam you all with art anymore . I shall post my Merlin piece below this to separate it from this lot!

"Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal." ~Alfred A. Montapert

My Bettas: Dude-Male Salamander HMPK & Molly-Female Marble HM
My Goldfish: Rory
My Nerite Snails: J & K
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Quickie oil pastel of Merlin, I just wanted to see if I could get it to work with the different colors that show up in his scales, and I think I can do it! So maybe a different oil pastel later, but I really want to try watercolor next, since I've seen many beautiful watercolors of bettas, and I can't help wanting to try


(Sorry for the blurriness, my camera hasn't been cooperating as of late )

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Phew! Been awhile hasn't it? Well, I've been doing a lot of work with ceramics recently, and FINALLY I have some pieces that are actually finished (some need re-glazing >.<)

So without further ado, three of my six flower coasters (two need re-glazing, the other still needs glazing...)


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nice work!!
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nice work!!
Thanks!

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My Goldfish: Rory
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:D I absolutely love your sharks... :D
Keep up the nice work! Aren't hobbies awesome?

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming...
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:D I absolutely love your sharks... :D
Keep up the nice work! Aren't hobbies awesome?
Thanks! I love doing sharks though I haven't had a chance to do another piece with a shark yet . Hobbies are indeed awesome!

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:D If you get a chance, you should try doing a tiger shark... they have the coolest color pattern on their sides! :)

And forgot to mention... your pastel work is really cool - oil pastels are so tricky to work with, I think
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:D If you get a chance, you should try doing a tiger shark... they have the coolest color pattern on their sides! :)

And forgot to mention... your pastel work is really cool - oil pastels are so tricky to work with, I think
I have wanted to do a Tiger Shark for awhile! I agree with their stripes being very cool!

Thanks! They're one of my favorite media to work with, but I can't do some things with them (like furry animals, those are epic fails if I use oil pastel >.<)

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My Bettas: Dude-Male Salamander HMPK & Molly-Female Marble HM
My Goldfish: Rory
My Nerite Snails: J & K
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I just now noticed the skunk pic. lol Awesome!
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