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Asa Of The Sand
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I'm a male, a YouTuber, a Twitch.tv entertainer, and a writer in my spare time. I play pokemon, and most nintendo games. I also enjoy XBox (more so than PlayStation), and my main source of entertainment is actually PC gaming. I do dramatic short story readings, so if you want me to read yours, then send it in and I'll see what I can do.


On another note, I found one of my poems on another person's account (shall not be named), and while I wasn't really all that upset (honored really that someone would want to copy me), it did kind of hurt that they stole from me an expression of who I am, a piece of (what I'd like to call) literature, claiming it to be their own. It would have been different if they'd added it to their favorites, but the fact of the matter is that they didn't, and that's illegal, as I have Creative Commons Licenses on all of my stuff.

So I simply ask you that if you find something of mine ANYWHERE AT ALL, even with a link leading back here, please tell me about it so I may investigate. Even if the account says it's mine, just send me a message notifying me. If you find an account with my stuff on it that I recognize, I'll post it on here as an approved post.

Thanks!
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Overgrown by Verticae
I'd like to begin this critique with my overall opinion on it, instead of reaching that at the end, and that will make sense as you read.

This piece has a feel to it like some kind of not-quite-disaster has befallen either this city or the world, and that even though there are people, they are few and far between. With a verdant sanctuary, one might typically expect to see things like the ruins of some ancient civilization or some kind of lost technology. The fact that there is a street sign nonchalantly planted in that spot, without nearly as much plant matter as all of the rest of the city, really puts a stark contrast on those typical ideals and leaves the piece with not a feeling of desolation or deserted-ness, but one of confusion and uncertainty. That is not to say that the piece is confusing or that it isn't prepared well or with deliberation, that is to say that it gives the feeling that while this city is more full of life than it has ever been before, it's not quite right.

Now, to begin how I came to that conclusion: with the vision of the piece.

I may be wrong, but I suppose that with all art, it is up to the viewer to attempt to decipher the vision behind and meaning behind any piece of art. In this particular case, I can say very confidently that the vision behind this piece was the idea that calling a city "full of life" can be interpreted in many different ways: and in some cases, it is only after a disastrous event that a city can truly shine as a place full of aforementioned life. With the solitary person walking through, it leads me to believe that the vision of the piece was not to capture what life would be like without humans, but how a drastic change in population (in the negative trend) could influence the course of events or the appearance of a once-heavily-populated environment. For this complicated and well-thought-out (and striking, as well) vision, I'm not being liberal with my rating when I say that it deserves the 4.5/5 that I gave it.

In terms of originality, I can say happily that I've yet to see another piece that captures so many different aspects all at the same time. The tree on the far left blocking view of some of the building on the same side gives some perspective, as do the curving tracks toward the center of the piece. With a single person, I can say that that aspect itself I have seen quite often, but keeping everything about the person shrouded isn't commonly done. It isn't obvious what type of person that is, nor is it obvious which way they are walking. Overall, I'd say that some of the more intricate and specific details are what really give this piece its originality and creativity.

In terms of technique, all I can say is: flawless. The execution of perspective, the shading, and even something so minor as the "rule of thirds", everything about this piece screams "I was made with pride and technique". (I'd also like to point out that the reflection of light in all of the appropriate places warms my heart. It's a very difficult feat to manage.)

I must say that the impact of the piece did not really strike me until I had been looking at it for a few minutes. Obviously there are first impressions (mine was "wow... this is beautiful"), but impact goes far beyond first impressions: it relates to how the piece brings forth emotion in you, what those emotions are, how complicated they are, and how strong they are. This piece certainly brings forth my curiosity: I want to know how this transpired, how it came about, how long it's been for this change to occur, who this person is and why they're out in the open, and all manner of other questions. The next emotion it brought to the forefront of my mind was trepidation: not because the piece is particularly scary, but because even though it seems tranquil and peaceful, there's just something off; it isn't something that can be explained, and it isn't anything wrong with the piece, it's something within the emotions that the piece gives me that just makes me anxious - as if something is about to happen that I'd rather not know about. Those aren't the only things it brought to my mind (included were - intrigue, awe, excitement, calm, and a mixture of appreciation for beauty and appreciation of power), but even with all of the different emotions it brought forth, they were not quite as strong as I might have expected. That being said, if impact were separated into two parts, you would earn a 5/5 on complexity of emotion and a 3.5/5 on strength of emotion, so I gave you a happy medium of 4/5.

Wonderful job.
Darmanitan Gijinka by Of-The-Sand
Darmanitan Gijinka
Snagged off of one of BluC's flash adopts, this adorably fiery Darmanitan gijinka's a great addition to the crew - and her name is Fi.  That's it.  Fi.  I definitely think it fits.
Character belongs to me
Design by BluC
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Mega Sceptile Gijinka by Of-The-Sand
Mega Sceptile Gijinka
My most recent purchase from the super-talented BluC (as of January 2nd, 2015).  I actually got Treeko/Sceptile as my starter in ORAS, and Mega Sceptile is my favorite of the three Hoenn Starter Megas.  I named my Treeko "Jacob" - because it was male - but seeing as this beauty is female, her name shall be Janna.
Character belongs to me
Design by BluC
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Mega Pinsir Gijinka by Of-The-Sand
Mega Pinsir Gijinka
Another wonderful gijinka I purchased from BluC - this time depicting Mega Pinsir.  I'm very happy I managed to get this one from the auction she was in, because I had a really tough time prying her out of the hands of my fellow bidders.  I think when I bought this little gem that I caught a Pinsir and named it Valerie.  Pretty sure that's what I named her, too.
Character belongs to me
Design by BluC
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Regice Warrior Gijinka by Of-The-Sand
Regice Warrior Gijinka
I commissioned the ever-so-talented BluC to make this for me a while after I purchased the Regice Poké-Icon from her.  I'm extremely pleased with how it turned out, and it was well worth the money.
His name shall be Bjorn.
Character belongs to me
Design by BluC
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rwetzel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Tks for the watch!
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Of-The-Sand Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob!
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WolfRoxy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a bunch for the watch =D!!
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Of-The-Sand Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's no problem!  Just keep doing what you do!
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RyuujiTakeshi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Thanks for watching me ^-^
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Of-The-Sand Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem.  You sent me here via Chatango, and I was really impressed.
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Riaka-the-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
we should play League :3
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Of-The-Sand Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well yeah.  I only get a limited amount of internet time a day, though, so we gotta be online at the same time.
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Riaka-the-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay!! ^^ Well I'm on most of the time so hopefully we can soon!
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Sakura-Pumpkin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch ;v; <3
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Of-The-Sand Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is no problem~!<3
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Tofu93 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch!
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Of-The-Sand Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's no problem!  I love your art.  Your pieces are colorful, they convey great emotion, and the characters have designs you execute wonderfully.
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Of-The-Sand Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfalcon-punchplz::iconsaysplz:FALCON PAWNCH!
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dianabokchoytan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
DON'T BE LIKE THAT. >:C
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Of-The-Sand Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
???
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