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St. Petersburg by avaunt
St. Petersburg
I painted this for my mom since she really likes Russian architecture. I'm planning to do two other pieces to accompany it. =) I think this is 48"x36"? She has it now so I dunno. It took me quite some time since I was in an art slump when I started to make it. =P
In the Sunset by avaunt
In the Sunset
Trying to get back into art, it's been hard but I'm starting a job painting wedding portraits for Modern Era Weddings in Pittsburgh, PA. This is one of the portfolio pieces to show to clients. Hope you like it! =)


Emma Olsen
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United States
I graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a BHA in Art and Writing and am currently available for commissions, if you're interested. I'm also currently working on a novel called The Other Breed, a story about a girl named Carmen who must confront her traumatic past when a young man with strange powers leads her to a portal to another world - which is only opened by her missing mother’s bracelet.


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dieabeticmanga Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Student General Artist
If you don't mind me asking, I'm currently working on my first decent sized comic, i'm trying to maintain a serious theme but when i start writing my story i keep getting ideas for small gags/humor, how could i work my way around the humor so that it doesn't take away from the seriousness of the story? 
avaunt Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm so sorry I just logged in for the first time in awhile. It likely depends from situation to situation, but I wouldn't worry too much about adding levity into an otherwise serious story. Many, many stories do this (Harry Potter, for instance, has Ron cracking his little jokes but the overall content is very dark.) It's more a matter of WHEN you insert the humor, if anything - in the middle of a scene where the main character's lamenting their past may not be good, for instance. Do you have examples you could show me?
dieabeticmanga Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student General Artist
it's was more when i was trying to develop a female character, i had difficulty trying to pin down a certain type of attitude for her, but as i started adding more on to her background and solidifying her character i began to get a better understanding of where she comes from and how she'd act. however i still tend to question some of her responses, such as if i should make her nervous, serious, or happy sometimes i can understand her responses, it's more of the emotions behind them that i tend to have trouble with. 
avaunt Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Sometimes characters act differently from you so you have to think of them more of as a 'friend' than anything. Look for consistency in response and try to understand the important points of their psychology, but when you're first developing and laying out a character you're just getting to know them more than anything. It's in your editing where you really start to determine who they are, especially since you often tweak personality traits, dialogue, and responses. (For instance, one of my characters was originally a bitchy, jealous girl and now she's relaxed, funny, and caring. It took me many, many drafts to get her where she is, now.) What helps me sometimes with responses is to reconstruct their past. Everyone has tiny biases and reasonings that they use when interacting with the world - and it's important to realize how personality shapes the rigidity of these biases. Maybe you should try some personality tests with her in mind and see if that helps you out any, but realize she may well change as you go and it's alright to start writing the story you plan to place her into and then keep changing it as you go. When I was initially writing my current book I would write it so that one character (and their responses) was my focus for one edit and then another the next - I know that sounds arduous but I felt it really helped. Honestly, you just need time with her and she'll develop.
Sorry if I repeated anything I said in my tutorials (I'm assuming that's why you contacted me) but I actually haven't looked at those things in forever. I probably need to update them. <<; At any rate, I wish you luck! I'm sure you'll figure it all out. I'll try to be more consistent about logging on if you have any questions or anything.
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Arica Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
you you you you yuh you!

avaunt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
How are you? =D
Arica Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Pretty fabulous (3 years later o dear!) how is your fine self this year? 
poptarts-at-2am Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Hey, just wondering how you've been. :)
avaunt Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, shit, dude. Craaaazy. I just finished sophomore year and I'm about to go to the Caribbean and then Ireland and then New York and then move into my house back in Pittsburgh. I've been busy as fuck. I never go on here anymore. haha . . . oops.
How're you doing? =) It might take me awhile to respond on here, so feel free to add me on Facebook or something. =)
cooley Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Happy (early) birthday Avaunt!
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