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I do cover art and design, editing, and writing for The Arcadian Storyverse Books. I also have my own website at Shadowdancer Studios.

Books currently available: Visit our shop page on!

For those of you who'd like to read our books on Kindle: there is a great free ebook reader, converter and manager: Calibre

Lineage II
I used to be in the NovaVita guild on Chronos but stopped playing at the end of 2013. I play occasionally and only with clannies, and am now in Rescue Rangers clan.

Star Trek Online
I play this too. To see more about our fleet, Apathy Squadron, read here.

GIMP related stuff

Mirror Painting

People whose stuff I like and cheerfully plug: Sci-Fi stories with traditional, beautifully water-color painted illustrations; set in completely engrossing worlds. Beautiful and intricate steampunk jewelry, and some Jewish cultural items as well.

Deviantart Artist

*Kerembeyit's Dragon Art

The Art of Ferdinand Ladera - I would love to be able to paint such glorious landscapes someday.

Online Music

Symphony of Science

Charles Ner's Music

Fellow Artists:

Terri-chan's Graphics



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 8:22 PM


Xiao Zhu by cutelildrow
Xiao Zhu
I felt like drawing a lovely Chinese woman, and when I was trying to think of a name to give her, I decided to give her the name of a classmate I had back in France. The picture looks nothing like her however. I just wanted to try draw a manga-style Chinese woman. I'm rather happy with how this Xiao Zhu turned out though, since it's not my usual painting style. Other than the bamboo on her dress I didn't use any fancy brushes, just the default ones on Photoshop.
Cintiq-setup-sketch-Martel and Fred by cutelildrow
Cintiq-setup-sketch-Martel and Fred
Got my Cintiq set up at the new house and did some calibration-test sketches. This one turned out well so I decided to upload it for fun.

Martel and Fred were originally drawn here - Martel The Mage - Hat Catch

but I didn't have this picture open so this isn't accurate to the original design I have in mind for these characters.

I have got a lot more unpacking to do so it'll be a while before I actually get to really sit down and draw again. I have a huge backlog of projects, both written and art projects, to get done, so I don't think I'll be doing a lot of funsie sketches other than warm-ups.
Height Comparison by cutelildrow
Height Comparison
Just relaxing and drawing stuff for fun. Decided to draw a height comparison and body study, spinning off of Rhys And Me by cutelildrowthis picture that I posted earlier. Pushing some artistic boundaries for myself, which is fun. I got this nice artbook in Japanese about giving characters expressions, but it's more than just that to my delight. It gives ideas on how to do characterization through posture, attire, gestures, attitudes - in other words, the visual cues that translate body language to us. It was worth the money spent!

For a while I really didn't know what to do with Rhys' hands, and he said just to put them in his pockets, or on his hips. I think it worked nicely for the character's pose.

Out of the three, he's the hardest to draw, because in terms of body language he's very different from Aff, as well as in body type. Proportions are different from what I'm used to drawing in the lazy comic, which seems to be taking up more effort than I'd originally intended, but oh well. In the long run, I suppose that the more practice I get is a good thing.
Rhys And Me by cutelildrow
Rhys And Me
Rhys as he appears in F.M.L. and me drawn with my hair down instead of twisted into a bun. Being a soldier, Rhys is pretty built and he has naturally broad shoulders to boot.

Aff is taller than he is. My head comes to Rhys' shoulder when Rhys is standing, while my head is well below Aff's shoulder when he's standing.

This is actually part of a panel for a future FML comic but it's not easy to draw so I haven't finished it and might not finish it for a while.

I think for fun I'll draw the three of us standing side by side.
Deathgoddess Rory Modena by cutelildrow
Deathgoddess Rory Modena
Bit of a joke that started off of Twitter. Sinapus said he misread "Death Goddess Rory Mercury" with "Death Goddess Rory Modena" so it stuck in my head enough that I did a drawing of the idea. I gave my Apostle version gold eyes for the heck of it.

Would I be an Apostle of Emroy? Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe? Though that's not the same outfit as Rory Mercury's, and goth-loli clothes seem to be the 'Priestess' attire (The only other Apostle that's been shown in the manga was Hardy's, and I haven't read the light novels, so...) That said, I don't think I'd mind being Emroy's Apostle ... or Rory's  even, once she Ascends. Heh.

Anyway, put some quick soft-cel colors and shade on this just for the heck of it (Forgot to shade the lips, aw, oh well) and maybe sometime in the future I'll go back to this and do a more attentive job of coloring. For the time being though I think I'll curl up in bed and hate my sunstroke-induced headache.
I updated the F.M.L. comic strips, with a more consistent font, header and speech bubbles.

I also added a new strip, Geolocation to the sub-gallery. Enjoy!
  • Listening to: The hum of the computers all around me
  • Reading: Skin Game - Jim Butcher
  • Watching: the clock
  • Playing: no time for games! :shakefist:
  • Eating: Red Rock Deli Honey Soy Chicken Potato Chips
  • Drinking: Coca Cola

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Shadowdancer Duskstar
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
Current Residence: Australia
Favourite genre of music: Another 'oooge list
Favourite photographer: My Dad.
Favourite style of art: anime/manga
Operating System: Debian
MP3 player of choice: Banshee
Shell of choice: Cone snails... er, wait. Wrong kind of shell. MATE.
Wallpaper of choice: Whatever's on my background just now
Skin of choice: whatever is on you.
Favourite cartoon character: Milgazia
Personal Quote: "Everyone has problems. Not everyone has common sense."

Donate points? I'd love to get a premium account :happybounce:


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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly for adding me to your watch, I'm glad you like my illustrations. :)
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for faving my brushes demonstration, I hope you found it useful. :)
dresew Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
Thanks+fav !
Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch !
pstutorialsws Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
Thanks for the fave =D
Aenea-Jones Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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J-Skipper Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for watching me!
Eden-West Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my god a lineage II player! AHHH I LOVED THAT GAME SO MUCH! Thanks for the watch! :D 
cutelildrow Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! Loved the dragon design! And I still love the character and monster designs for L2 XD
Eden-West Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah same! :D
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