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Where does the time go?  Apparently, it goes down the same black hole that swallows left socks.  Last I looked, it was mid-August; now it's almost time for the Archon convention the first weekend of October.  Wow!  

Archon is held in Collinsville, IL, which is just east of St. Louis.  I'll be there in person (mostly wandering around, as I can't sit still long enough to hold down an artist's alley table), so if you happen to be attending, pop on over and say HI!
 
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:new:  Now Coloring Book Volume 4 is available!  I'll have it with me at Archon, of course.

:bulletgreen:  Coloring Book Volume 1, Coloring Book Volume 2, and Coloring Book Volume 3 are also available for $15 each.  Shipping included in US/Canada.  

:bulletgreen:Here is the ART TO COLOR folder.  

:bulletgreen:I have Commissioned Project and Print information posted here.


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"Planning" means that I'm thinking about your project, but don't have anything on paper yet.  

"In Progress" means that I am actively working on your project.  I am drawing it, or inking it, or coloring it.  

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Commissions:  Ask me if you're interested.  Smallish projects only for now.  Posted commission information.
Trades:  Closed while I catch up.   Waiting list open.
Requests:  Closed permanently.
Kiribans:  Next one at 200,000 pageviews.

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The Dastardly Project List



:star: Kiribans/Contest Prizes
[None at this time.] 

:star:  Commissions and Trades

:bulletred:  Commission: A Stone Dragon "rainbow" diptych, with dragons based on the Chinese zodiac, for Mom.  BIG.    Part 1 done; part 2 in progress.
:bulletred:  Commission: A final Kingdom of the Snark cover for Melanie.  Planning.
:bulletred:  :iconsungryphon:  Commission:  A triptych featuring the Chinese Zodiac animals which match the members of her family.  Planning.


:iconlakandiwa:  Trade: Four-seasons dragons.  In progress, albeit slowly.



:star:Waiting List (this is a loooooong term list as you all know - maybe we'll do something later this year or in early 2015.  I feel like such a loser not getting back into art trades, but you all know how day job and commissions can just eat up all the time in the universe):

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:slow:  :crazy:  Ye gods.  Rachael is crazy.  :crazy:  :slow:
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Movie soundtracks
  • Reading: Deepest, Darkest Eden (after Klarkash-Ton)
  • Watching: Game of Thrones, Season 3
  • Playing: With watercolors and colored pencils
  • Eating: Mac & Cheese with peas and tuna
  • Drinking: Hot chai latte
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triadenforcer Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Haven't commented much, I've had college to deal with.

Perhaps now, I could spare some time.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do understand; I remember that college eats up a lot of time!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Crazy, indeed.
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ssantara Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Love the Badlands! I enjoyed living in the Black Hills for the two years I did and the remote silence it became when all the tourist left. Look for ward to seeing your pics! :)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We, on the other hand, went up while Sturgis was in season.  Oh.  My.  GAWD.  While loud and very busy, the Sturgis folks were almost as much fun as people are when we're people-watching at conventions.  :D  
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ssantara Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Ah man, that's a shame cause the wildlife viewing is so much better before the 300,000 bikes show up! Yeah, when living there, we had some stories! Goldie was running the gallery during Sturgis, I would be out of town at Pennsic but she sent me pics and plenty of stories during bike week!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome back!  :dummy:

Are there still wild horses in the Black Hills?  Did you see any?  ;)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  Good to be back home for a recharge.  I love to travel, but two weeks is about my limit.  ;-)

I saw signage that indicated there are still wild horses in some places in the Black Hills, but we did not run across any of them as far as I know.  Most of the roads we traveled were highways and "nature loops" through the national parks.  We saw plenty of bison, burrows, and assorted prairie dogs, but that was about it. 
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Burrows, or burros?  ;p  Prairie dog burrows, i'm guessing.

I need to make my way west and see some wild horses before BLM rounds them all up.  :(
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ZeitgeistDragon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Anytime you are ready! I love doing ACEOs.:3
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful!  I am still finishing a few projects, but I hope to open to art trades again soon.
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TheDutchAbsol Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
""Me? Stalking? Nooh, what makes you... Oh these, noooh these aren't my binoculairs.
All kidding aside though, I'll be looking forward to seeing more of your art :3
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL LOL - Watch out; you never know what sort of mind-numbing horror you'll see...  :evillaugh:

I have a couple of pictures that I colored during my trip.  I just need to finish up the backgrounds and then get them scanned.  Soon.  New work SOON!  :D
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TheDutchAbsol Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*throws away binoculairs* I have seen enough... I think O.O

Yay, awesome. :D
I love it when artists take their work with them. I always take a pencil and paper with me everywhere I go; never know what i will run into what might give me inspiration. :)
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teddybearcholla Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never been there, but I believe it is amazing!!! :D
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Droakir Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't been to the badlands yet. I hope you had fun!

I'm not at the end of the trades list anymore! Hooray! :w00t:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  The Badlands are worth a visit if you like those nice, dry, kind of desolate places (as desolate as a well-traveled tourist area can be).  

Well, no, you're not at the end of the trade list because I've added more people to it.  I haven't been able to make time to properly open up to trades yet; alas!
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Droakir Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm definitely going to have to visit the Badlands sometime. I minored in Geology, and my brother IS a Geologist, so we tend to like visiting desolate out-of-doors places. :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are all kinds of neat things to do in that area, and in the Black Hills as well.  Great rocks, fossils, and all of that geologically-inclined weirdness.  
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Droakir Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yup! Very cool stuff!
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
:hug: Glad you're back!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Xenaris Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
According to James T. Kirk, rocks aren't for climbing but for jumping heroically from them! And then fight lizzard-people!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LMAO - Alas, I encountered no lizard-people in the Badlands.  But if I had...  Ooooooo...  Mom would have been impressed.   ;p
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Welcome to the mountain goat club ;)
Can't wait to see your pictures!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL LOL - Yeah, I had to remember to go slowly so my parents and I wouldn't lose track of each other, and so I wouldn't give them both heart attacks as I galumphed not-gracefully from stone to stone.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nifty rocks are for climbing. :nod:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes!  Yes they are!  I enjoyed our Badlands safari even more than the Great Sand Dunes and Lathrop State Park (which also has enormous boulders suitable for climbing upon), and that's saying something.
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