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In a very literal sense. Sorry I've not been as active on DA as I usually am, there's a lot going on in my life right now. To keep this brief:

I moved back to West Virginia in November of last year.

I've been looking for work since then, and fortunately I recently (as in last week as of the time of this writing) found a good job.

I had plans to work and upload some more artwork this weekend, but then Friday rolls around and I promptly got very sick and instead of doing anything productive my body has spent these last two days attempting to see if it is actually possible to cough up a lung.

So yea TL'DR: Got a job, got sick, haven't been able to work on artwork as much as I'd like due to the aforementioned. Hope to be able to return to a more regular update schedule soon.
All The Light (WIP) by Ardwenn
All The Light (WIP)
So this is the adult Elerus piece I've been working on based upon an idea by a friend of mine. It still needs a bit more polish and I'd love to eventually paint this with a bright gold/blue/white theme, but I just wanted to get this posted to perhaps get some feedback and prove I'm still breathing. :)
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Elerus Sketchpage by Ardwenn
Elerus Sketchpage
Just a little sketchpage of Elerus. Yes, I wish I had more artwork to show for this month, stupid block. Also, still trying to get things back in order from my last move.
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This year grows old and I find myself bemired by unseasonably warm weather. I long to stand in a light dusting of snow as it swirls down, a forest silent around me, the sky overhead blanketed by clouds. The pregnant pause of winter, harsh, but promising new beginnings and growth after the trial. Instead, I find the temperature sixty degrees and not a speck of white. Disgusting.

Still, there's a lesson even in that. This year, like any other, was full of joys and sorrows, triumphs and tribulations. We can but bask in the sunlight we are given or hunch our shoulders and pray for more favorable weather when the seasons turn against us. To all those who have commented, favorited, or even simply viewed my art you have my indelible gratitude. The support and kindness I've received from DeviantArt over the years has been a constant encouragement. I've met many friends in this community, and I've had the pleasure and life-altering experience of meeting several of them in person.

In particular I have to mention Saimain who I have visited for several years now, and even had the opportunity to move and spend time with her and her family. She is not only a fantastic artist, but a wonderful individual full of wit and humor and possibly ponies (many of them). For all the encouragement, help, and memories, I cannot thank her - or her family and friends - enough. Here's looking forward to more!

The opportunity also arose to meet ElvenSoul06 , an intelligent young lady who immediately won me over with poignant observations on both Zelda and Doctor Who. I got to use the word schadenfreude in a sentence with her. What more could one ask for?

I was also able to meet up with Tigryph , who impressed me with both her faith as well as her candor and sense of comedy. Make no mistakes though, she's tough and is also friends with both a pirate and a wizard. She even beat me in a Pokemon battle. I am forever shamed, and contemplated retreating deep into Mount Silver to train for the next three years.

Finally, and this message comes directly from the heart, I would like to make an appeal to Saimain 's pet parrot, Crackers. I know we didn't always get along, but maybe we could start anew and on the right foot for 2015? Granted, you only sleep on one leg, but I hope it's still possible. I would like to keep my fingers the next time we meet.


Horizon by Ardwenn
Horizon
Yup, another piece of Ardwen standing in armor with snow, etc. etc. In many ways I wanted to finish this year by revisiting this Northern Winds old painting and see if I could do better. Not only that, but  I wanted to change my technique. So, instead of doing a pencil under-drawing and painting that in Photoshop, I decided to do the entire thing, from scratch, digitally.

Mistakes were made.

Had I this to do over again I most certainly would change things, not least of which would be to start the painting on a much larger scale and plan out the background more before painting. These are all areas I struggle with. Still, if nothing else I've learned from the experience. In addition, I do feel the work shows progress from the older piece, if not as much as I would like. Regardless, as we close out 2014 and move forward, I hope we can all look forward to a year of learning and growth.
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Ardwenn
Matthew Drake
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United States
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In a very literal sense. Sorry I've not been as active on DA as I usually am, there's a lot going on in my life right now. To keep this brief:

I moved back to West Virginia in November of last year.

I've been looking for work since then, and fortunately I recently (as in last week as of the time of this writing) found a good job.

I had plans to work and upload some more artwork this weekend, but then Friday rolls around and I promptly got very sick and instead of doing anything productive my body has spent these last two days attempting to see if it is actually possible to cough up a lung.

So yea TL'DR: Got a job, got sick, haven't been able to work on artwork as much as I'd like due to the aforementioned. Hope to be able to return to a more regular update schedule soon.

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Saimain Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
*boings onto your page*  Happy Birthday!  :heart:
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Ardwenn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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Raakone Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Happy Birthday!
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Ardwenn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Raakone Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Happy Birthday!
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Ardwenn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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Ardwenn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you all for the well wishes and kind words. :) Unfortunately, I'm pretty sick right now with a stomach virus, so apologies I didn't get this message out sooner, just trying to recover.
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   General Artist
Happy Birthday Matthew. Have a great day. :)
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MusicalNumber Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday mate :)
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