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Hey all, I'm fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I'm offering up my art as compensation to those who participate.
For a set $100 commission you can select ;

A NWP style image like such:
Blue Wasco by tarkheki Blue Raven by tarkheki 3 Bear Cubs by tarkheki


or a logo of a character like so:
Amethysmus Sport Logo by tarkheki

There are only 5 spots left, so grab'em while you can!

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Any and all questions can be answered via notes or here. To reserve your spot, please leave a request here, or send a note!
Thanks all!
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Hello ALL!
First a sincere apology for disappearing on EVERYONE. I have literally TENS of notes to get to, and new submission and the like, and it's going to take me time to get through some of them. That being said, I'll be prioritizing commission inquiries and cultural inquiries first, and the rest might not be gotten around to.
Please don't feel as if I'm ignoring you personally, simply that I have been undergoing a WHIRLWIND these past few months.

SO what's going on? Let me tell you:

1) Job
Some of you may now how seriously unhappy I was in my previous workplace. The studio was fantastic, the project i was working on was hilarious and fun- but sadly my supervisor was less-than-stable both emotionally and disponsitionally. His constant passive aggressive, lack-of-self-esteem and outward lashing and fault/blame rolling was becoming so unbearable that I nearly hated going into work every day. I have never seen someone so unprofessional in my LIFE. He would publicly ream people out, talk down to co workers and colleagues, and became aggressively combative if someone suggested or contradicted his opinion. Our team were all speaking behind the sense, and found that all of us were terrified that we would loose our jobs at a moments notice, and that no matter what or how we would do our jobs- it came under obsessive criticism and scrutiny that had NO rhyme or reason [literally, he used the term "feeling our way as we go along"]. No one would say anything, of course, because the rest of my team at the time were fresh out of college, and they all feared that any word against our supervisor would mean immediate termination from the job and industry.
I'm not one to take things laying down very long, nor am I going to bail at the first sign of trouble- but after a year and 3 months of this, i decided I NEEDED to move on before I lost my mind. So I did.
I wanted to get back into story boarding- a job I had not been able to do since life had lined up 5+ years of layout work conveniently for me.
I applied, and succeeded and now I am working for Dreamworks! We are currently working on a new show, set to debut in August. All I can say is what has been officially released so have at it:

www.filmdivider.com/5643/fir..…

And we are number 17 on this list:
www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne..…

The job is a DREAM come true, and an incredible change of pace to the lats one.. needless to say, I am THRILLED with the change.

2) Cultural Work
On going and fulfilling- due to the change of work place above, I had to mind my schedule for the summer, as well as draw out a new plan for the coming autumn. Working with the youth is challenging and fulfilling, but most important- it has to be CONSISTENT. I didn't want to let any of my kids down, and some are in fragile spots in their lives... the last thing they need is to have someone come in and out of it, only to re-enforce their already burning sensation of abandonment.
That being said, I'll be discussing the option with my current workplace to accommodate one day a week where my schedule can be altered so that I can provide my presence for the kids. This being said, I'm moving into temp Foster Caring for some of the children. I can't foster full time yet, but we'll see as time goes by.
On other fronts, I'm doing hands-on work with Elders again. This is always a bonus for me, so I look forward to this on a weekly basis as well.

3) Computer
Computer took a MAJOR tumble. The desktop is not booting up, and I think it has to do with the power-source again. It's an ongoing issue with the com. However, this time around I decided to take a stand- after it goes in to the shop and I get a diagnostic- if it's ANYTHING to do with motherboard or any other part, I will not be replacing it. I'll be giving up on my desktop, and buying a tablet cintiq instead. This desktop has cost me quite a bit in the last little while, and it's becoming exhausting to deal with it.
The only thing bugging me is the files stored on the com. I do regular backup, so I have not lost a great deal of things, but there is at least 2 months worth of work that had to yet be backed. Max, I'm willing to undergo the lengthy- and quite expensive process- of data recovery. This only if I can't boot and retrieve the information myself.

4) Archery
Moving up in the realm of things! I was even allowed to instruct the warm up, and blind-knocking techniques, as well as participate hands-on with fletching. Archery had been the only steady and less turmoil preoccupation as of late, and this is a blessing. I am still awaiting a call for new members to a range much closer to my place- this would increase my participation, as well as preparation on a weekly basis. Now that the days are longer, I can even jump after work to fly for an hour or two before having to retire home. I'm looking forward to this.
Another blessing is that I have been making Quivers for sale out of traditional mediums, and some have sold! So if any archers out there are looking for quivers, I can custom make them to fit your arrow length, as well as form and function. I specialize in both Woodland and Plains style quivers, and expect them to be a little pricey as I use skins, hides, and furs. We can always discuss what you are looking for, so you can send me a note!

5) Aikido
This has been neglected for the last 3 months. At my previous place of work, the lengthy hours made it near impossible to get to the dojo- which was a mere 5 min away. After changing work, I finally have the time to get back to it- and looking forward to doing so. As of earlier, I had decided that I will be perusing testing this year... so I hope to be eligible for it come this autumn.
My biggest issue is always the schedule of it all- I never seemed to be able to find a good schedule that meshed with mine. When I had late starts tot he day the only classes available were early morning, and when finally have early morning starts, the classes are evening classes. It's the biggest conundrum... I just have to fandangle it I suppose! Nothing more I can do! It certainly is causing me stress though- I'm more likely to ditch practice for work, or because I am tired- which is a bad attitude to have. I'll be discussing with my Sensei if we can start a Passport system to help reinforce me coming for the times I plan to. This might actually be instrumental in motivating me to continue even if I'm tried.

So those are the biggest things on my plate right now. I'm not even going to cover regular daily doldrums, because hey- that's life! May there always be only the trite problems, and then I know I have it good.

Cheers out my friends! I'll be posting new art as of tonight- I had some paintings I finished over the last few weeks as well... I'll put them up!
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Hello ALL!
First a sincere apology for disappearing on EVERYONE. I have literally TENS of notes to get to, and new submission and the like, and it's going to take me time to get through some of them. That being said, I'll be prioritizing commission inquiries and cultural inquiries first, and the rest might not be gotten around to.
Please don't feel as if I'm ignoring you personally, simply that I have been undergoing a WHIRLWIND these past few months.

SO what's going on? Let me tell you:

1) Job
Some of you may now how seriously unhappy I was in my previous workplace. The studio was fantastic, the project i was working on was hilarious and fun- but sadly my supervisor was less-than-stable both emotionally and disponsitionally. His constant passive aggressive, lack-of-self-esteem and outward lashing and fault/blame rolling was becoming so unbearable that I nearly hated going into work every day. I have never seen someone so unprofessional in my LIFE. He would publicly ream people out, talk down to co workers and colleagues, and became aggressively combative if someone suggested or contradicted his opinion. Our team were all speaking behind the sense, and found that all of us were terrified that we would loose our jobs at a moments notice, and that no matter what or how we would do our jobs- it came under obsessive criticism and scrutiny that had NO rhyme or reason [literally, he used the term "feeling our way as we go along"]. No one would say anything, of course, because the rest of my team at the time were fresh out of college, and they all feared that any word against our supervisor would mean immediate termination from the job and industry.
I'm not one to take things laying down very long, nor am I going to bail at the first sign of trouble- but after a year and 3 months of this, i decided I NEEDED to move on before I lost my mind. So I did.
I wanted to get back into story boarding- a job I had not been able to do since life had lined up 5+ years of layout work conveniently for me.
I applied, and succeeded and now I am working for Dreamworks! We are currently working on a new show, set to debut in August. All I can say is what has been officially released so have at it:

www.filmdivider.com/5643/fir..…

And we are number 17 on this list:
www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne..…

The job is a DREAM come true, and an incredible change of pace to the lats one.. needless to say, I am THRILLED with the change.

2) Cultural Work
On going and fulfilling- due to the change of work place above, I had to mind my schedule for the summer, as well as draw out a new plan for the coming autumn. Working with the youth is challenging and fulfilling, but most important- it has to be CONSISTENT. I didn't want to let any of my kids down, and some are in fragile spots in their lives... the last thing they need is to have someone come in and out of it, only to re-enforce their already burning sensation of abandonment.
That being said, I'll be discussing the option with my current workplace to accommodate one day a week where my schedule can be altered so that I can provide my presence for the kids. This being said, I'm moving into temp Foster Caring for some of the children. I can't foster full time yet, but we'll see as time goes by.
On other fronts, I'm doing hands-on work with Elders again. This is always a bonus for me, so I look forward to this on a weekly basis as well.

3) Computer
Computer took a MAJOR tumble. The desktop is not booting up, and I think it has to do with the power-source again. It's an ongoing issue with the com. However, this time around I decided to take a stand- after it goes in to the shop and I get a diagnostic- if it's ANYTHING to do with motherboard or any other part, I will not be replacing it. I'll be giving up on my desktop, and buying a tablet cintiq instead. This desktop has cost me quite a bit in the last little while, and it's becoming exhausting to deal with it.
The only thing bugging me is the files stored on the com. I do regular backup, so I have not lost a great deal of things, but there is at least 2 months worth of work that had to yet be backed. Max, I'm willing to undergo the lengthy- and quite expensive process- of data recovery. This only if I can't boot and retrieve the information myself.

4) Calendars
You adorable and LOVELY folks have been so understanding, and thank goodness MOST of your work has been traditional and well backed- so I have only lost a couple of items each with the computer. Let's pray we can retrieve these, and get things back on track. I am going through inspirational binges of either content or design, so I find that sometimes I dwell on one character, or design a same-styled content of each in turn.
I have stopped uploading them, however, because I'm finding it hard to keep a track one what was posted, what wasn't, and how to keep some of the stylized images a secret form the other folks who wanted a total surprise.
Stay tuned... I'm sure you all will be incredibly pleased with the outcomes!

5) Archery
Moving up in the realm of things! I was even allowed to instruct the warm up, and blind-knocking techniques, as well as participate hands-on with fletching. Archery had been the only steady and less turmoil preoccupation as of late, and this is a blessing. I am still awaiting a call for new members to a range much closer to my place- this would increase my participation, as well as preparation on a weekly basis. Now that the days are longer, I can even jump after work to fly for an hour or two before having to retire home. I'm looking forward to this.
Another blessing is that I have been making Quivers for sale out of traditional mediums, and some have sold! So if any archers out there are looking for quivers, I can custom make them to fit your arrow length, as well as form and function. I specialize in both Woodland and Plains style quivers, and expect them to be a little pricey as I use skins, hides, and furs. We can always discuss what you are looking for, so you can send me a note!

6) Aikido
This has been neglected for the last 3 months. At my previous place of work, the lengthy hours made it near impossible to get to the dojo- which was a mere 5 min away. After changing work, I finally have the time to get back to it- and looking forward to doing so. As of earlier, I had decided that I will be perusing testing this year... so I hope to be eligible for it come this autumn.
My biggest issue is always the schedule of it all- I never seemed to be able to find a good schedule that meshed with mine. When I had late starts tot he day the only classes available were early morning, and when finally have early morning starts, the classes are evening classes. It's the biggest conundrum... I just have to fandangle it I suppose! Nothing more I can do! It certainly is causing me stress though- I'm more likely to ditch practice for work, or because I am tired- which is a bad attitude to have. I'll be discussing with my Sensei if we can start a Passport system to help reinforce me coming for the times I plan to. This might actually be instrumental in motivating me to continue even if I'm tried.

So those are the biggest things on my plate right now. I'm not even going to cover regular daily doldrums, because hey- that's life! May there always be only the trite problems, and then I know I have it good.

Cheers out my friends! I'll be posting new art as of tonight- I had some paintings I finished over the last few weeks as well... I'll put them up!
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Finally made me a twitter and figured I'd remind everyone of my tumblr as well:

twitter: @ArtOfBernice
tumblr: gishkishenh.tumblr.com
Facebook: Art of Bernice

Some arts there are different, others are th same, but comments are new and interesting.

See you all there! :heart:
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Hello darlings!
I'm going to thank everyone for your on-going comments and dialogue with me over the past few months! Although I seemingly have disappeared due to lack of updates, I am actually quite well- In January I bought a condo, and since then have been juggling furnishing my place as well as full time studio work [I'm over at Titmouse Vancouver!] plus freelance and Aikido!
Bussy bussy life, and unfortunately since I have been investing so much into my work, I had little time to update.
But as you noticed, this is changing.

My tumblr account is very much bust. I was hoping the new platform would be a great way to broaden my inclusion into fandoms and fun- alas, it's not the case. My comics and sketches go unnoticed, and every time I try to become acquainted with other artisans, I'm met with distance and exclusion. So, without taking it to heart, I've decided to simply to change my strategy. I'll be posting the fun comics and images I have been producing here as well- I do enjoy tumblr's blog like format, but Devianart has still been a pivotal centre to my art and creativity. More important so, it's also where I can have discussion with folks and connect with people.
I realize this isn't the "proper conduct" of many artisans who play with an on-going crowd of cliques, niches, and "staying away from the viewers"… but that has never been my style. I don't think myself better because I can contribute to the visual aspects of fandoms, and I don't think I need to snuff people because they are deemed "spectators".
I'm still too much of an "old timer" to get along with the "young and hip" it seems.

So expect a good steady flow of sketches and comics to come in over the next week or two. I'll be posting something every 3 days… and we'll all get caught up.

Cheer all, and hope you are gearing up for a fun summer!
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It certainly has been quite the while!
The last few months have proven quite intense, as the production crunch at work led us to have our expected 12-14 hours days. Now, with the wrap of the project, I was expecting some down time that would allow me to focus on some personal projects. Quite [delightfully] unexpectedly, I ended up being hired  into a new Studio with a gracious position on a fantastic new project!

While I cannot reveal anything of the new project [NDA], I can say that the one we just finished went viral online; The show is called "Mother Up",  and you can catch it on Hulu.com for the time being. It will be airing Nationally coming the new Year. I'll be posting some promotional art that I helped produce in the coming weeks. Obviously, my fav character is Snowball- the Polar Beah.

Personal wise, things have being going splendid. I had quit the few synchronistic events, and as the clock ticks down to the big "announcement" [Jan 3rd I think it will ALL be revealed] I'm getting more excited for the preparations I'll have to face in the coming month. Safe to say, a handful of people know what it's about, but being superstitious as I am, Id' rather consolidate the final agreement and then let everyone else in on the joy. Until then, I'm reveling in my new found "Adulthood" [yah right] that comes along with a multitude of paper work and phone calls.

I recommend, if people want to see a more day-to-day activity from myself, try checking me out on Tumblr. Admittedly, some of my sketchy comic work has gone up there and not here due to its lack-of-polish. Also, I feel DA has fallen silent in the ways of being the artistic community it once was. Much like Tumblr, it's become the passive "look and like" site, rather than the on-going dialogue social network. While this saddens me, I will still be utilizing DA for portfolio and showcase purposes. However, probably only the more completed polished word will be posted so the frequency in which they are posted will be not as casual.

I hope this explains [although, probably vaguely] the lack of uploads, and absence on my behalf. Work has certainly claimed the dominant part of my life, followed by "the announcement" and the prospects of a better tomorrow!
Until then, say safe. :)
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Last year I had begun on a little personal visual analysis of myself. Looking to the cast of characters I had created over the years, I realized that all of them seem to inhabit an aspect of my personality. That is, attributes, or characteristics that I had and do use as a way of self-introspection into my behaviors, or situations that I have come across.
It was no surprise that some were cathartic characters, others of comical basis- but all evolved with my current environments and situations.

I started to post these "introspective characters sheets" on another Art website, and it had a surprising impact; people could either relate to the characters, or began liking them for their own personal reasons.

After a year, I was reconsidering my posting them on DA because of their very personal nature. DA has evolved over the last 10 years since I began here, and now it's more of a mainframe for professional portfolios, rather than a place where folks can get intimate with their work. It's either Fanart or bust, and the only original work that receives attention is very "mainstream" and coming from the established artistic community.
Hence, the reluctance to display something so personal.

But I have never been the "Conventional" person.
After seeing the attachment some folks had with some of my characters, and the off-shoot success some of them had in promoting my future Graphic Novel [God willing I ever get any free time to work on it more!], I decided that I should take a leap of faith, and post it here on DA as well. If I see the receive of its content to be alarmingly negative, I can always remove the content. So why be worried?

As of tonight, I'll be posting works from over the last year that deal with these characters, their descriptions and some comics that went along.
Who knows? Maybe we'll be in for a fun ride. :)
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Hello All!
I'm plugging it here that I have designed a TMNT shirt design for the contest Threadless is holding... if you like, please vote! And comments are ALWAYS welcome! <3

www.threadless.com/TMNT/an-old…
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Just giving everyone a big shout out reminder: Pre-orders for the 3 new T-shirt designs ends TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT [FEB 3rd, 2013]!
tarkheki.deviantart.com/art/NW…
Get then at the reduced price now, because once they hit the cons and the on-line shop- they are going to be more expensive!

I'm slowly making leeway in my commission work, and I'll probably be opening up commission for another 4 slots after these are done. So head's up all those looking for an opportunity- it will be coming after my current list is completed.
I need the extra cash because I had put a reserve sum on a fantastic drum I saw on the Island this weekend: Elk skin, 16" and the Horn is the handle in the back. Craftsmanship is FANTASTIC and this drum I'll be using in the IdleNoMore protests.

Speaking of community news as well, I was deeply touched as one of my previous bosses- and dear DEAR friend- contacted me the other day. She is the head of the conservation organization I work for, and we have a long friendship between us. She requested that I help design her dance regalia.
I am humbled and absolutely thrilled at this, let alone blown away by such and honoring request! Already after the first draft she was brought to tears, and now we are so close to revising the final outfit. This humbles me as she has done so much for me- including praying with a Circle of Women for my sister's health in the Past Full Moon Ceremony.
This would explain why the progress on my commission list below has taken a small slow-down... but everyone has been so understanding and patient, I can't express my gratitude enough!

I'll b making a post later this week about more "art conduct". I'm looking for an opening as far as time is concerned- I'm currently dividing my efforts amongst many things work related. Stay tuned, and stay safe!
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Updating all my journals with one that is a little more joyous and complimentary.

This past season had been a very busy and stressful on for myself [and my family] and thank whatever powers that be, we had pulled through and now are making our little transitions to the New Year.

This upcoming year is going to prove busy as always, both on the business fronts and the personal ones.

On the business front, I'd like to take this time to thank all my patrons and supporters of my work.
Sadly, due to the recent circumstances beyond my control [in regards to the lateness of the pendants and ornaments], I was left under-budget a near $300 for the season. This doesn't damper me however, because of the great support I had from my clients, and the ever patience that I can attribute to them all. A heartfelt Thank You to any and all my watchers, viewers, commenters, clients and patrons who support the kinds of work I do; from the Cultural Conservational, to the Environmental Conservational, to the artistic expressions and adventures I sometimes take, in the form of visual arts.

Next year will proved many new things to look forward to; in January there will be pre-orders for 2 new t-shirt designs that will be made available in convention in Feb.
The summer will be host to a huge get-a-way that will have exclusive merchandise, and workshops presented by myself on the topics of Conservation [Cultural and Environmental].
Sporadically during the year, I'll be taking some of my more lucrative and secretive projects and making them more available; my Scandinavian line of designs, clothing and other Misc items have been picked up overseas for a while now [in their own homelands no less!], and now I'm looking to bring them to more local venues- after receiving the blessing from the appropriate sources, and mustering up some courage.
I'm set to illustrate a few books as well- dealing with First Nations contents, Botany and Oral Traditions, and all this is just the fine lace on the garment that is my daily studio work. I'll be updating with as much as I can during the year, and keeping contact with all my on line friends.

On the personal front, my sister's recovering from her ordeal quite well- the Neurologist has given us both good and calming news.... so we await more follow up tests, and now annual precautionary MRIs to monitor. I will have to be screened for the possibility of the Cavernoma as well, but all said and done, the ordeal has brought some more perspective into life that was welcome [even thought the circumstances were not]. I am truly grateful to my studio for their continuous patience and compassion during this entire ordeal- although remote, I still managed to fill my fair share of the quota!

All in all, I hope that everyone is finding themselves in decent tidings this season, and looking forward to a good and strong Year ahead of us all. Never hesitate to contact me with any issue that might arise, and certainly with any question you might have!

Have a great Holiday season everyone. Winter is my most beloved- I hope it's yours too!
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Today I finally got the last piece of the puzzle to figuring out what had happened.

Today I got my package.
Nearly ONE MONTH after it's original "shipping", as I looked at the box I found out EXACTLY what happened.
The shipping date on the box reads "28 Nov".

Basically, on Nov 27th, after I inquired about the status of the package as it had not shown up, the manufacturer sold me a BS story about "stepping on a receipt" and only THEN shipped out the package to me.
Rather than come clean and simply state she forgot [heck, it was Black Friday, that's pretty understandable!] she lied about the shipping and tracking number. There is NO tracking number on this box- only that it was shipped air mail on Nov 28th.
Now, while I'm downgrading the situation from "Theft" to "Lack of professionalism and inadvertently cause of financial and reputational harm", I am still BEWILDERED at her choice to disregard my contacts with her. On a professional level it is cause for alarm and assumption, on a human level it is by far the most RIDICULOUS way of handling a situation. Pretend it doesn't exist? It will go away on its own?
I really have no idea.

Either way, I will not be working with this manufacturer again.  I keep thinking how simple this could have been dealt with, and how easily I would have continued to work with them had she come clean- I am used to other folks taking long manufacturing time, I would have simply kept that in mind for next time... but this just left me with a VERY bad taste in my mouth.
I will discontinue the fraud report with paypal- as I did receive my goods in the end, however I will be leaving the warning up on AB with the adjustment to the resolution.

For all those awaiting my packages, I'll be shipping all these babies out Monday. God willing, they will make their way to you soon.

Thank you ALL for your patience. I have had a trying month. :)
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The ornaments- until this very day- never came.

I have heard NO response from the manufacturer. She has completely disappeared, and I have had no contact with her since Nov 29th. I saw that she was active on Facebook on the days I sent her my e-mails, and there after- yet she unfriended me [I'm not sure to when she did this].  
I have filed a fraud claim with Paypal to get my money back.

Those who are interested in seeing the nitty gritty details, I have posted over at "Artists Beware" [they demand screencaps of our correspondences, and proofs to our e-mails and payments].  They are pending my post, so  think it should be up within a day or two.

I'm only posting here so that everyone knows to beware of this particular person, and their services.

Name of Manufacturer: Elsbeth Ravyn Schmidt
Alias: "Beth Brookins", "Ravynwolf", "Southpaw art"
Business name: Advanced Deployment

I made sure to consider my manufacturer's busy schedule, and her notification that she would not have a moments rest form Black Friday until Christmas [She takes weekends off not to work]. This made a crucial decision for me, to have ALL my work finished the Monday [Nov 12th] of Thanksgiving week. That way, all the ornaments produced would be shipped out that week, and reach me the following week; leaving a buffer of 1 week before my Convention, and the Dec deadline to get all the pendants and ornaments out. I also wanted her to rest a few days, before he busy schedule.

Sadly, the following week [Nov 19th], my sister's medical emergency put my work on the back burner, as I spent my time with her on the island. I had figured that by the end of the week [when I would return to Vancouver], the package would be delivered.
Upon my return to Vancouver, no package was delivered.
The following week [Nov 26th], I have begun to inquire about the whereabouts of my package. 2 weeks past for something that should have been delivered in just slightly over 1 weeks time. Something was up.

Last time I had contact with the Manufacturer, it was Nov 29th. I had inquired to see if there was any tracking number, or info that I could have to track my package. What I received was an explanation that the receipt [that had contained any info] was stepped on, and not legible anymore. I was also promised that the Postal Service would call my manufacturer with any info on a tracking number, and she would forward that info to me.

The following Tuesday [Dec 4th], I contacted her again, after a weekend of silence [again, she doesn't work weekend, but told me prior that weekends until Christmas she would be working].
Still no package, and now 3 weeks to the day or no package coming. Two days later on Thursday [Dec 6th], I sent her another message that said I was becoming un-easy with this situation- especially since her silence isn't giving me any answers.
By Friday [Dec 7th], I told her if I do not get some kind of response by the weekend, I'll be wanting my money back. I'll have to reimburse my clients.

And this is where we are today. As of 3 days ago, I have submitted a Fraud report to Paypal about my current situation with my "Ornament Manufacturer".

This entire situation is so ODD to me.  I was trying to persuade myself that this could be a misunderstanding of sorts; maybe she had an accident? Maybe she was on Vacation? But it doesn't add up.
I visited her Facebook page, only to find out that she had posted [changed her profile picture] up to the 6th of Dec- the Thursday that I had e-mailed her about the silence of 2 days. Which means she DOES have internet, she WASN'T in some horrifying accident [because who makes it a priority to change their profile picture to a T-rex baby after a horrifying accident?], and somehow, decided that the BEST course of action, is to simply ignore my e-mails.

If at ANY time between my first contacting her and now she had said that she had forgotten to mail out the package, or that something happened, I would have MORE than ready to be understanding. But now, I'm tossing out the idea of ever working with her again. My mind has now pulled out ALL the stops, and wondering what if she simply produced the items so that SHE could sell them instead?

So here is the current situation; Those who want a refund, please contact me and I'll refund you for the pendants/ornaments. Those who wish to hold on a bit longer, I am in the process of getting someone to manufacture the same ornaments [we are discussing things now].

NOTE: If ANYONE out there sees, or has bought Ornaments or pendants with these designs and they were NOT from me;  YOU HAVE PURCHASE STOLEN PROPERTY.
Please be on the lookout, as I DO NOT let other artisans sell my work WITHOUT MY NOTIFICATION [I do release lists of official dealers of my merchandise. If you can't find it, ask me!].
If someone sees my ornaments beings sold from another dealer than myself, I ask that you take down:
a) store/ local/ booth name
b) persons' name
c) the local event [if it's a fair, convention, etc]

With this information, I can easily track down who the person was, and make sure the proper authorities are contacted, and I can press charges. PLEASE do NOT approach these people on your own... just get the info I need, and the rest will be dealt with legally. Approaching them will not solve anything, other than me not getting the proper info, and they will continue, so long as I cannot get to them legally.

Please be on EXTRA vigilant alert in the Seattle/Bellingham area; this is where the Manufacturer is located, and might use my work or product for their personal gain. They had similar product last year, and contacted me in hopes to include my designs in their sales... and now  fear that this entire ordeal was just a trickery to get the designs for self profit.
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So I have the embarrassing and very disappointing displeasure to inform ALL those who have pre-ordered ornaments that they have to wait a bit longer for their ornaments to arrive.

The manufacturer assured me that they were sent to me in a timely fashion... however after 2 weeks, I have not received anything, and now they are trying to figure out just where the package is [in the course of delivery].

This saddens me deeply, as I had expect to have them in hand by this week- to avoid the Holiday Shipping rush at the post, and because this weekend is the annual Christmas Craft fair- and the ornaments were the staple in my selling. Now, I will be going with a very gloomy stock... and this was my staple income for the season.

I apologies for the inconvenience, and I will be posting any warranted events as they occur. I realize this reflects poorly on myself, however these situations are out of my control. Even more so frustrating, is that we are on the same side of our respective countries, and it should not have taken over 1 weeks to get the package.
Perhaps it is because of the recent events [Last week my sister suffered a minor Brain Hemorrhage... we were caring for her for the week], but my nerves are shot- so my usually high stress levels are over compensating with an air of abdication.

To all those who pre-ordered T-shirts; those were shipped out last week as expected.

Thank you all for your understanding.
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I'd like to take this moment to address a very important issue within the art community, and this is Copy Rights.

Recently I had had a situation with a client that reminded me that both parties- the client AND the artist- have specific rights that need to be addressed at the time of creating a design and/or illustration. Both parties need to have a CLEAR understanding of their rights, and ask any and as many questions until they feel as if they have the right information. Assumption and dishonesty are not good business foundations, let alone become legal liability in the long run. Lying on any side is the most common action that leads to bigger situations that at time, will be dealt with legally.

From here on in, the "Client" is the commissioner, and the "Artist" is the person in charge of design, illustration, and/or color.

1) The difference between "content" and "product/property".
When someone commissions you for a design, you have many different types of ownership. The most common being that the Client owns the "Content" of the image, but the Artist retains ownership of the "product/property". This means, if the Artist creates a design or illustration, the things going on in the image (the characters, and/or the environment, etc) is intellectual content of the Client. The Artist however, owns the actual image- therefore can display, and modify the actual image. The Client, however, can NOT do the same. They only have rights to the content, and therefore can only own [physically] the image, and display it [in some cases, not even display].
This can be modified of course, pending a discussion between the Client and the Artist, and an agreement on both sides to the extent of the re-use, modification, and distribution of the image. Do not assume because you paid for it, it's yours to do with as you please!
Unlike other products, art is considered "intellectual content" and therefore has more than one "owner" in several ways. It is not a blouse or shirt you bought and becomes yours... and even in that case, you might have bought a Nike logo on a shirt and the shirt IS yours, but that doesn't mean you can re-sell the Nike logo as your own.

2) Never lie about the intended use, recipient, and or purpose of the image!
This is a legal liability, as the Artisan retains the right to refuse work based on how their art is going to be used, or who is going to use it. The Artist might refuse to work for a certain organization based on personal bias, political alignment, or even for the simple fact they don't think the work will be put to good use [let alone some don't feel comfortable working with specific people].
When a Client commissions an Artist for work, they must be honest at all times about the intended purpose and the recipient. This is a HUGE legal liability- it might also involve third parties, as any misuse of the image might lead to have distributors and third party involvement also be liable under legal fraud [accomplices to].
To claim to be commissioning content for a third part is OK, so long as the Artist themselves is OK with working for an undisclosed [or disclosed] third party. But do not lie about working for a third party when in truth it is for yourself.
While this seems like a rational and very obvious thing to do, I have had situations where grown adults have decided to lie about the intended recipient of a tattoo or image... saying it's for a friend than admitting it's for themselves. While I will not even start as to what or why a grown adult would feel the need to lie about something that is their legitimate right to be doing, I can only comment that from a legal perspective it is a very VERY dangerous thing to do.

3) Never EVER comply to a third unrelated party to re-use, modify, or redistribute the product in any way, shape or form!!!
Both the Client and the Artist own aspects of the Product, and therefore cannot oblige it's redistribution or modification without the consent of the other [unless one party conceded all those specific rights to the other, or has bought those rights upon creation]. This lays more with the Client than it does with the Artist- as the Artist will usually states or explain the rights of re-distribution upon creation of the image. [Example: I retain the rights to sell prints, or make keychians of the drawing, but you cannot.]
In the event that the Artist does not- the Client has FULL RIGHT to request an outline of these rights, and discuss any change to them BEFORE the Artist begins to create the image/design.
Keep in mind; putting third parties into the equation makes the faulty side also liable for any damages retained by the third party- if they are brought up on charges of fraud or copyright infringement. The faulty party will be liable to pay them compensation for unwittingly putting them in an illegal situation. The Artist has full right to go after the third parties, even if the third parties were mislead and truly did not think they were at fault- trust me, no one ends up in a happy place in these situations.

4) Exclusivity
Like all artisans, we all have specific prices and fees for different images and property rights. Both Clients and Artist are responsible and in their full right to request and/or outline what the specific terms and conditions are, before setting to the work. Artisans might want exclusivity fees that waiver all their rights to a specific commission. Sometimes, these fees only cover some aspects of waiving rights. There is no "one term means the same" when it comes to art. You must ALWAYS clarify these things before you begin the work- usually while discussing fees.
Does the Client want to be the ONLY party that has this image? Then the Artist will want compensation for the fact they cannot re-use the image for portfolio purposes and economic purposes. Maybe the Client will be OK with leaving the display rights with the Artist, so long as they are not making money of it. All of this needs to be discussed prior.
HOWEVER- not matter WHAT fees are exchanges- the artist will always retain the credit rights to the image!
What this means is not matter what sum is paid, the Artist always has the right to say "I drew this". No matter what sum was paid, the Client cannot expect the artist to deny that they ever did draw or design the Product. The ONLY way to get around this, is if the Artist themselves do not care not to say it- however it cannot be put into writing and accepted legally; credit is the only thing that cannot be paid off.
Why?
Even though both parties might be ok with falsifying the product creation, it subjects all third parties to fraud- and so long as any person within any transaction is liable for fraud, or being fraudulent, it is an illegal act in the world of business and commerce.

To sum this all up; ask. ASK what is your right. Both Client and Artist. Both will want to know what they have rights to, and both have the right to ask such a thing. Do not assume. Do not go behind someone's back because "I felt bad to ask" or "I didn't want to offend you"... it is far more offensive, and far more ILLEGAL to assume you have the right to something, and misuse it because "I felt bad". We are grown adults in a grown-up world. Leave "feeling bad" in the playground. This is business, and it is the law.
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HEY HEY HEY EVERYONE!
Pre-orders are in full swing, and I am giving everyone a big HEADS UP!
Pendant and Ornament Pre-orders will come to a close on Sunday Nov 11, at 11:59 pm!!!!

After that, my stock will be limited to what I have, and the prices go up!

I'd like to take this moment to THANK EVERYONE for looking, participating, and supporting my work. It means a great deal to me, both emotionally and fiscally. Truthfully, from an Ego perspective as well, it's a FANTSTIC boost when the times are stressed. My words cannot express enough my gratefulness.

My commissions are still closed, sans the handful of folks whom I'm working on their projects on going. Still, you can expect some stuff from me as the weeks go by.. as hopefully now I can dedicate at least a third of my time to laying out art for my GN [that I've been talking about for SO LONG], and other small related projects.

Have a great month folks, and I'll be checking back in with you all shortly!
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Just a reminder guys:

[b]Pre-orders soon the shirts will be ending by the end of this week!
Sunday at 11:59pm!!!
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After, my stock will be limited to what I order, and the price go up significantly!
Get these babies while you can for their super low price!

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Up coming; I'll be having a pre-order for acrylic and wood pendants and keychains!
Stay tuned folks- it's the season o start thinking about Gifts for loved ones, and I have everything for the animal lover, First Nations and Scandinavian lover in you! :)

Have a great Holiday week!
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Aanii all!
Pre Orders for my NWP shirts are UP!
There are 6 styles available; Bear, Old Father Wolf, Raven, Eagle, Orca, and Octopus

I have to convince you, they are at a VERY good pre-order price, as the sale price will be significantly higher at con and regular order.

ATTENTION PAYMENT METHODS- EUROPEANS AND/OR NON PAYPAL USERS
Paypal, Money order, Cash [at your own risk] and now; CREDIT CARD!
Many over-seas persons have inquired if they can pay by Credit Card, and the answer is YES! I can issue you a personal button where you can pay by Credit Card!

All you have to do, is go see the catalogue add [seen here: fav.me/d5ior72 ], Note me [or comment] with the t-shirt you want, size, style [if applicable] and country to ship to. I'll quote you, and send you my paypal [or button] and it's good to go!
Shipping charges are also inexpensive; To North America is $5, overseas varies by country however I DO NOT charge extra for "handeling". Just the flat rate for shipping. :)

I'd also be VERY grateful if everyone can plug this journal to places of interest. :love:

CHI MEEGWITCH NIJIKAWENAG!
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Wow. Just... wow.
How to put this in words?
I met with Richard today and it was no less than a dream. If I could use a list of words to describe him, they would be: Kind, inspirational, very humble and incredibly strong.

It took me a good 3 hours to try and best think up of the words to make this post. Still, I'm a little shaken and emotional about the whole event.

We spoke about a great manner of many things, and I had to ask him a few questions about his techniques, as well as more deeply rooted cultural issues like the Appropriation and the Permission methods. He spoke with the utmost humility and humor- the humor was something we both shared! I even told him about my work within the communities and the 2 books that have just come out with my work. As we spoke, there were a great deal of compliments shared- and he even noticed the ring I was wearing; it was one of his pieces! He laughed... he couldn't believe that I was wearing it!
Amongst other things he notes that I "spoke like a teacher". This was flattering, as the Clan I belong to [Anishnabeh] were the traditional Scouts, Teachers, Providers and Defense. I felt like I was making my achievements, even more proud.

What humbled me the most were his gifts. The main one was the fact that I had inspired him to paint an animal he never painted before. Something he did over the course of 2 days [yesterday and this morning] which, by his testament, he hadn't done in years [paint one picture from start to finish uninterrupted]. What was this animal? You can guess; a wolverine.
Yes, you heard me, Richard Shorty was inspired to paint a wolverine because of my suggestion!!!! And he is giving me one of the VERY limited prints he is making of it!!!!

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[Excuse the small pic, this was sent to my phone and the files are by default small]

He brought the original for me to see and I was just floored. It was something to behold, and once again his particular style reverberated though the image so proudly! I was humbled, and then he began to give me more of his prints;

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The totem pole, he was inspired to give me because he had asked what were my favorite of them all. I said "Wolf and Bear" for West Coast, and "Wolf and Wolverine" for east coast [hence, he painted the wolverine for me]. So the totem pole had covered both Wolf and Bear. :)

With his promise of more to come, we chatted well over a good 1.5 hours. He was thanking me for my gift to him so many years ago, saying that all these prints were his way of showing me just how much he appreciated the painting, and how much he was inspired of it. I gave him 2 of my t-shirts, and promised him the entire line of NWP ones I am putting up for pre-order this week [stay tuned for that! 6 designs!]. When we meet again [probably in Nov] he's bringing me my wolverine print, and a print of a wolf- honoring both my Guardian [clan], and my Helper. We certainly have a friendship blooming, and to this I am endlessly grateful. He even told me to continue on my work- taking no regard to my own cultural heritage, as that I have invested so much work to doing it right, and helping the community [he actually used the term "gift" in regard to my work, so I'm just putting that out there because I wanna show off].

Another amazing issue was that he had suggested years ago we go in together to make prints of the Wasco painting; he would endorse my work and help promote it, and I could do the same. Truth be told, I also would have liked to suggest a collaboration with him, but I'll wait some time before I do. After all, I didn't want to load him with more work because of my excitement [this man has 30 projects on the go as we speak]!
His support was amazing, and his endorsement was blowing me AWAY.

With that, and me left on cloud nine and a half, we said our "see you laters" and he asked if I could mail him some of my images so that he can put them as wallpaper on his phone; the ones like "The Man that lived with Wolverines". Once again, I was so flattered. XDDD

I'm rejuvenated to say the least. He graced me with so many wonderful visuals of the projects he is working on- some that will probably never see mainstream. His words of advice and encouragement was stunning. Something in particular he said to me, really REALLY stuck. I don't want to reiterate it here, but it certainly is some good food for thought that I in turn will pass on to other people in the same light. I feel like he gave me some kind of insight to being that can be shared when others are in their moments of realization, and self doubt... especially after years of strife.

I am focusing on my work, and hope that my projects will be completed in quick periods of time. I have 2 clients left on my "huge commission" list that I am chipping away at, and aim to have their work done before the New year. I feel like this is so easily doable now, with my new found energy.

Thank to Richard Shorty. Once again, a major influence on my life.
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I will recap with my AMAZING meeting with Richard Shorty tomorrow, after I manage to DL the photos on my camera to my computer. I ran into a little IT problem there, and I don't want to post anything without the visuals. For now, I have another announcement!

At the beginning of this year, I had been hired to work with one of my favorite conservation organizations to illustrate books that merged the traditional methods , oral traditions and cultural traditions of East Coast First Nations [Anishinabe and Haudenosaunee] with conservation concepts to better understand and conserve the wetlands found here in Canada [specifically Ontario region]. These books were published and distributed to all the East Coast reserves, and even crossed the border into the US reserves as well! The interest we have had in the books is astounding, and promising many other spin offs- including more Turtle Stories!
You all can view the books and learn the First Nation contents as well... as both are available to download off the conservation website [including the 3rd book which is the teacher's guide];

www.torontozoo.com/conservatio…

Early next week, I'll be posting 6 designs for pre-order t-shirts. These are NWP in designs, and each shirt will contain one animal; Wolf, Bear, Eagle, Raven, Orca, or Octopus.
It's been a long emotional day today.. and I am going to bed with the highest or spirits. Tomorrow I but the card for my phone, and I'll post the days events!

Sleep well all!
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OK OKOK OK BREATH.
Ok.

So about 6 years ago, I had met Richard Shorty. Most of you probably don't know who that is, but he is a very VERY prominent First Nation artist.... his work is one of the more common ones to be seen used in the mainstream media; cards, books, shirts, etc. His works are also very well known within the circles of NWP as he revolutionized a style of "3d animals" that has since influenced my work for over 10 years.

6 years ago, I had met him in a pow-wow. I goobered over his work, and told him how he was my fav artist, and well... totally fangirled out. I gave him my painting of Wasgo [Ganukadet... seen here: fav.me/dglly1 ]
I gave it to him as a gift, and he was very happy... he even gave me a print of his as a "thank you".
Well, a few days later, I received an e-mail form him asking me to call him. I was freaking out with joy, and when we spoke, he wanted to say thank you for the gift, and how many were asking prints form it, and that we'll keep in touch. He also gave me his blessing to continue to work on the NWP style, as he saw my work and my tutelage, and I was left on cloud nine.

Well, today- 6 years later- I get crazy e-mail that only said that "Richard wants to meet you again" and then they gave me a phone number. I honestly thought it was another friend of mine, and so called the number only to be contacted with- Richard Shorty!
He asked if I was still doing "The [NWP] art", and what I was up to... and how he wanted to meet me, as he had a gift for me. Told me that my picture was framed and hanging in his work studio and wanted me to bring a portfolio with me to carry something home.
So of course, now I'm all freaking out and will call him later in the week to schedule a time and place. I'm blown away. I also have to borrow someone's portfolio case 'cause mine isn't here with me!

I'm freaking out peeps... my idol is meeting me again and I am going OUT OF MY FREAKIN' MIND. XDDD

I need to BREATH. I got up out of my seat and walked around my room and came back like 4 times already!!! OH GOD I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS WEEKEND!!!!
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