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Please expect a lot of updates involving my original senshi character. I'm sure I'll update with original stuff every now and then as well, though I've got other places for my more professional portfolio. If you want to see what I'm up to with original work, check out my blog at The Danger of Going to Starbucks. Thank you!

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Mon Aug 11, 2014, 12:40 PM
So apparently, I missed the memo that the 14th DeviantArt Story thing was supposed to be a journal about MY work Derp 

Still... the people I follow are super cool and have had a huge hand in how my art developed over the 6 years I've been an active member. I highly recommend checking them out on this journal feature.

Without further ado- my REAL DeviantArt story :D

Star Bullet (Yellow) - F2U! Rounded Star Bullet Star Rounded Star Bullet Star Bullet (Yellow) - F2U! 
Let's see... what's the oldest artifact I can drag out from the bowels of my gallery?

Peter Pan by Cionie 


Dear God, please not that project...... :projectilevomit: 
Just... don't ask. We don't talk about that project anymore.

What's next? Oh! The dragon phase!
This was when I was taking a lot of inspiration from reference photos I found online. I mashed them together in my brain and came up with some cool black and white drawings. I had just graduated high school and, as I had been since I was little, I was ready to become a kick-ass illustrator!

Rough Feathers by Cionie  Camouflage Coral by Cionie  Fire and Scales by Cionie

Freshmen year of college, I began to really learn a lot in regards to using different mediums and, perhaps more importantly, color.

Nebula by Cionie   Atlas by Cionie   Artemis by Cionie
^Fun fact! The middle image is one of the first paintings I'd ever done 100% in Photoshop!
With a MOUSE Kill me Now 

Ah yes, the vampire and mostly-naked-lady phase! The first image here was a redrew of a drawing down by a different artist I'd found here on DA. She was nice enough to let me do the drawing and I used it as an opportunity to learn more about digital painting. Still with a f**king mouse.

I also hit my first 1,000 page views during this time and I began to look at DA as a resource more valuable for feedback.

Vampire Kisses by Cionie  1000 pageviews by Cionie   Swan Maiden by Cionie

Fast-forward to my internship in Italy. Featured here are items that best represent three of the most important obsessions that developed during this time. These things really have shaped me a lot over the years and the communities of DA helped foster these obsessions (for better or for worse).

The first is a love of art history-- manifested through a short comic I had made that featured Leonardo Di Vince and Michelangelo.

The second representing an important step I'd taken in recognizing a deep rooted fear I'd had since childhood. It was years after this poem was written that I was finally able to come to terms with this fear and be free of it.

The third-- PIGEONS! Look at them... AREN'T THEY ADORABLE?? :pigeonwag: 

Le Vita-Deleted Scenes 2 by Cionie      Nub 2 by Cionie

Next, I entered my first contest (which I didn't win, but that's okay) and started flooding my gallery with design commissions and roll-play stuff from a (now dead) pbp I got really involved in. I started (and closed) my first DA group!

My Escape by Cionie  The End of an Age by Cionie  Peonies by Cionie 

2011-2012 was special. A lot happened! I started doing series images, finished my senior showcase at college AND became a published illustrator! Two of the three images below are featured on my personal website, which is provided by my DA subscription.

Green is the color by Cionie  Dancing Fire by Cionie  Zahava - pg 4 by Cionie

I jumped headlong into the writing community on DA and immersed  myself in poetry and short stories. I was still learning a lot about digital painting (this time with a drawing tablet) and got my first Daily Literature Deviation!

From One Friend to Another by Cionie   What? by Cionie   When Intending Permanence
When one intends "permanence",
one must write it with
a well-crafted ampersand.

I made a breakthrough at the end of 2012 on a number of levels. Created (and posted) some of my first fanart EVER, really became comfortable with my drawing tablet, and used a writing contest on DA to finally express (and come to terms with) all of the fear crap I'd been facing head on for the past three years. I didn't win the contest, but I did receive an honorable mention.

Sofie by Cionie   Resolution23 years living
There was a time
when I’d sit to rhyme
and every line
would carefully define
this mental grime.
With intentions malign
the words would twine,
like some horrid design,
and on the page they’d shine;
all an act, easy and fine.
Such filth brought to light
by a hand made of pyrite,
then, with a voice so polite,
read aloud like frostbite
and dried with sulfite.
The memories I’d recite
of the ever-present floodlight,
the bodies that would ignite,
up in flames by a gaslight,
and the final scream of a Semite.
An eleven-year old heir
who was just so aware;
but for her age to bear
this fowl nightmare…
it just wasn’t fair.
She wasn’t there,
never witnessed warfare,
though in her mind somewhere
she recognized the despair
and transcribed the affair.
17 years in the making
For the sake of my pride
through the years it would hide;
I was afraid of the riptide
and the fear festered and fried,
waiting by the wayside.
On the outside
it all
   Sunset - WIP by Cionie

Then..... this happened:
Sailor Cafe by Cionie  Sailor Citrus by Cionie

Not only did I have the balls to post some guilty-pleasure Sailor Moon fanart... but people liked it. Like.. they encouraged me to make MOAR!

Well, THAT opened a can of f**king worms!

I entered Sailor Moon themed contests, Peggy Marinos was born and the rest, I have to say, has been history. I've improved my art dramatically over the past year alone and much of that can be credited to the incredible senshi community on DA. Thanks to their support and encouragement, I pushed my limits and stepped out of my artistic comfort zone more times than I care to count. Though this seemingly fluffy fanbase, I achieved things I never thought possible. From taking on commissions to entering contests, from creating my first animation in under a month-- to raising $3,500 for a charity supporting rape victims...
To my offline friends, it was fan art. To me, it was "challenge accepted" Rainbow Bullet - F2U! 

Sailor Flamma by Cionie  Sailor Alpheratz's Chain Lightning - Second Round by Cionie  Dear God, What Have I Done? by Cionie  Round 4 - Back to Black by Cionie  R5: Behind The Scenes by Cionie  SMV Character Reference: ORCUS by Cionie  The Messenger by Cionie  Commissions for Charity: Sailor Aries by Cionie  Like A Man by Cionie  Rise Above - Sailor Archangel by Cionie

Welp, that's me to date! I hope you enjoyed!

I'm Back, Baby by Cionie

  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs


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Artist | Professional | Design & Interfaces
United States
I am a spinner.
What, you may ask, do I spin?
Well, stories of course ;)

Current Residence: Niagara Falls, the American side :-P
Print preference: Matte, not photo
Favorite genre of music: rock and roll
Favorite style of art: one with figures and lots of movement!
Operating System: mac OS X (i don't want to hear it, i like them!)
MP3 player of choice: my laptop ;)
Shell of choice: unicorn horn shells you find on the beach!
Favorite cartoon character: Kiki
Personal Quote: Be like a duck; calm on the surface, always paddling like the dickens underneath.

Other favorite quotes:
"When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."
~C.S. Lewis

"Tonight this fool is half-way to Heaven and just a mile outta Hell!"
~Bruce Springsteen

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
~Martin Luther King Jr.

"You have enemies? Good. It means you stood up for something in your life"
~Winston Churchill

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather, the judgement that something is more important than fear."
~Meg Cabot

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Which Hogwarts House would you be placed in? Tell me why in the comments! 

5 deviants said Ravenclaw
5 deviants said Slytherin
1 deviant said Gryffindor
1 deviant said Hufflepuff


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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tnx for watching me ^^
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Thank you for the :+fav: Liz.  :iconmuchsignplz:
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:blowkiss: Thanks for :+fav: 'ing my work!
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:iconkittyglompplz: Thanks so much for faving my FMA FanART~! :+fav:
You Made the Artist Mad, Didn't You? by Sakura-Araragi
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:iconkittyglompplz: Thanks so much for faving my FMA FanART~! :+fav:
Family Outing II by Sakura-Araragi
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sola-shines Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fave! Hug 
xDx Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for adding to your favorites.
altergromit Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav on "Sunflower and the bird"! :D
Cionie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
No problem! What a beautiful bird you captured :)
altergromit Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...He is my Giovanni!! :lol: :love:
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