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Wed Mar 12, 2014, 4:21 PM

Finally got a chance to do some vector work again! :flower1: by Helen-Baq

I will be submitting some photography and some jewelry/metalsmithing work soon, as well as some ceramics, so stay tuned! :fairyla: by Helen-Baq

Also, I finally figured out how to use my emoticons in comments and such... :foilnoid: by Helen-Baq

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  • Listening to: Lisdzt
  • Reading: Latin and Astronomy textbooks
  • Watching: Dexter and Cosmos
  • Playing: Anna
  • Eating: an avocado
  • Drinking: coffee


Sun Mar 2, 2014, 2:07 PM

I find it amusing that no matter how many times I post a journal stating that I will no longer be adding new emoticons here and any I may make in the future will be on my :iconbaq-yard: account, I get new watchers all the time that are clearly only interested in my emotes. 

Actually, it's a bit depressing and it kind of makes me wish I'd never made any emotes in the first place. I wish I knew of another good artists' community that I could establish myself in as a serious artist. :(

  • Listening to: Lisdzt
  • Reading: Latin and Astronomy textbooks
  • Watching: The Powerpuff Girls
  • Playing: Fallout New Vegas
  • Eating: fruit and cottage cheese
  • Drinking: coffee

I am slowly but surely turning off comments and mentions for my emoticons. I hope this doesn't piss anyone off. Most of the comments are just people trying to make the emoticon in their comments and the mentions are mostly just people using the emoticon. There are a few very cute comments, but my inbox is being overwhelmed by emote comments and useage, most of which don't really say anything, and I can't see when people comment on or mention something that isn't an emoticon. 

I'd like to stress that I feel emoticons are an art form and what I say next is in no way meant to be derogatory toward emoticon artists. However, emoticons are not an art form that I consider to be "my art", if that makes sense. I love my emoticons and I am proud of them, but I want to be taken seriously as an artist who draws, paints, and sculpts. I do not, as an example, truly consider myself to be a fractal artist, either, so if I'd made some fractals that were taking over my gallery with attention, for some reason, I'd be stressed about that. It's the same for the emoticons I made. I originally made them to use in chat for myself and my friends. It was fun and challenging and I very much enjoyed it. I don't mind being known as an emoticon artist, but I wish now that I had made a separate account for them, from the start. If I'd had any idea it would get to this point, I certainly would have! :lmao:

I don't feel any of the people making my emoticons so popular are even watching this account, so if you are, prove me wrong and comment here! I sort of feel used, in that respect, I guess... :paranoid:

If I make anymore emoticons, and it could happen, they will be posted to my emoticon account: :iconbaq-yard:, so if you do watch this account for emotes, you probably want to watch that account, instead. 

The future of this account will be for drawings, photography, metalsmithing, ceramics, digital art, and other forms of fine art that I do and am in school to study. Please stay tuned if you're interested in seeing serious fine art, hand made jewelry, ceramics, dolls (NOT the pixel kind), photography, sculpture, etc. 

Also, if you know of a way to turn off notifications of favorites for individual deviations, please let me know as that is also driving me mad and keeping me from seeing the stuff I'm interested in. This will save my sanity and keep me from deleting my emoticons in a huff, which I would surely regret. I love you all and hope you are doing well. It will be good to wrangle this account back to what I originally wanted it for. :blowkiss:

  • Listening to: Amanda Palmer
  • Reading: Latin and Astronomy textbooks
  • Watching: My inbox explode :(
  • Playing: Fallout 3
  • Eating: fruit
  • Drinking: coffee

Looking for information on dA...

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 7:05 PM

Do any of you know if it's possible to move deviations to a different account without losing comments, likes, and DDs? I'm thinking it isn't, but I'd like to know. I'm not very happy with how this account is getting more attention for emoticons than for my artwork and I'd like to do some rearranging, if I am able to. If not, I may just move my emoticons to my emote account, anyway. I'm not sure. If I don't move them then I probably won't really be around much anymore, as this account doesn't feel like an art account to me. :sniff:

  • Listening to: My thoughts
  • Reading: Latin textbook
  • Watching: Powerpuff Girls
  • Playing: Dungeons and Dragons: Daggerdale
  • Eating: pork roast and cauliflower
  • Drinking: water

Finally, New Artwork!

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 7:54 PM

I've finally done it and submitted some artwork. There's still a couple of pieces from my classes I'll be uploading, as soon as I can photograph them (right now my dining room is full of mannequin parts). I have some photos I took today that I will also be submitting soon. Whatever I reject will be uploaded to my stock account :iconbaq-stock: for free use. :dance:

  • Listening to: Marty Robbins
  • Reading: Grain Brain
  • Watching: Heros
  • Playing: Fallout New Vegas and Dragon Age Origins
  • Eating: spinach salad with sheep feta
  • Drinking: ginger kombucha

I Give Up!

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 12:31 PM

Okay, I give up. It's semester break as of tomorrow afternoon, so I'll just take pictures with my actual camera and get them uploaded, rather than trying to get them off my phone. :lmao:

  • Listening to: My brain fry
  • Reading: school stuff
  • Watching: my brain fry
  • Playing: Fallout New Vegas
  • Eating: ham with cranberry chipotle cheddar cheese
  • Drinking: hibiscus kombucha

Hey Peeps :)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 8:22 PM

I've been really busy in school, but I want to get some art posted. Sadly, I haven't taken any photos (except for one) of my school stuff on my good camera. I have photos of questionable quality on my phone, and I'd be happy to upload them and replace them later with better pictures, but... well... I can't figure out how to get them off my phone... :paranoid:

Any suggestions? It's a Galaxy SII. I feel so full of fail... :sigh:

  • Listening to: the TV
  • Reading: Learn to Read Latin
  • Watching: Warehouse 13 (sort of, it\'s kind of lame)
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: philly steak and cheese stuffed green pepper
  • Drinking: milk oolong

Going Back to School

Thu May 16, 2013, 1:15 PM

Hey lovely friends,

I know I've been absent and I intend to post some artwork/photography, but right now I'm working on getting back into school. I'm looking at getting a BA in 130 weeks (about 2 1/2 years), so I will be busy as a fuckcicle! Hopefully, though, it will improve my artwork and I should have lots of interesting things to submit.

I will be studying jewelry making, photography, drawing and painting. When I finish, I'm considering going back for a comprehensive degree - possibly doing computer animation, digital graphics, jewelry making, photography, and/or painting. I'm really looking forward to taking classes again. :dance:

  • Listening to: the birds sing
  • Reading: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Watching: Fringe
  • Playing: Fallout 3
  • Eating: pork chop and spinach
  • Drinking: Sierra Mist


Thu May 17, 2012, 10:17 AM

I have 420 watchers! :dummy:

Just wanted to comment on that... :paranoid:

  • Listening to: White Zombie
  • Reading: Nimisha's Ship by Anne McCaffrey
  • Watching: Breaking Bad
  • Playing: Fallout 3
  • Eating: avocado sammich
  • Drinking: milk

I May Have an Inkling...

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 10:00 PM


In my last journal I posted a video of the Wacom Inkling, which I WANT. Sadly, it was forever out of stock. I kept trying, but it was continually unavailable, unless you wanted to buy it on Ebay for 2x or more what it is going for retail. So I waited and waited and waited. Finally, yesterday I found it on Amazon. They only had two available!!! :omfg: I hopped up and down and threw down an order for that bad boy. Hopefully it will get here in time for my birthday. We shall see... :paranoid:

Oh, and btw - I love you and have missed you all. :heart: :heart: :love: :heart: :fluffy: by cindre

  • Listening to: Tool
  • Reading: Ring World by Larry Niven
  • Watching: X-Files
  • Playing: Bioshock
  • Eating: chicken pot pie (creamy parm)
  • Drinking: Pepsi Throwback


Journal Entry: Thu Sep 8, 2011, 1:43 AM
I wanted to share with you a MUST HAVE by Wacom  for digital artists coming out THIS MONTH!!! La love by Indae It's called Inkling and it is the most pants jizziest amazingly back flippiest piece of technology I've ever seen! I haven't been this excited about art supplies in a long, long time. I MUST HAVE THIS AND I WISHED TO SHARE IT'S WONDERFULNESS WITH YOU!!! :screaming: by PoisonTouch So, here it is, the Inkling:


  • Listening to: Tool
  • Reading: Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Firefly
  • Playing: Myst III: Exile
  • Eating: Coconut shrimp
  • Drinking: Pepsi Throwback

I Gots a New Compooter!!! :D

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 5, 2011, 1:29 AM

I finally got myself a new computer built, one that I shouldn't be able to break with my arts. I'm back in front of a monitor, poking my pen around, making vectors! Hurrah revamped by ROBlNHOOD It's so good to be doing art again. I realize now how much I've missed it. I also realize now how cramped and limited I felt by my old set up. I am so happy with my new set up.

I realize I owe some of you emoticons and icons and I am so sorry to have made you wait. I have everything set up and ready to go again, so I'm happy to get them done now. I will do what I can to make it up to you all for having to wait so long. :heart:

So how've you all been? Let me know what's been up with you. I've missed you, my friends. :fluffy: by cindre

My New Art Setup by Helen-Baq

  • Listening to: Tool
  • Reading: Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Torchwood
  • Playing: Myst III: Exile
  • Eating: Coconut shrimp
  • Drinking: Pepsi Throwback

Incense and Peppermints

Journal Entry: Wed May 4, 2011, 2:25 AM

Hey, hey, hey!

How's my favorite group of bandits (ahem) artists?

It's so amazingly beautiful here, this spring! I'm so glad to be out of Seattle and someplace with seasons and sunshine. I hope all of you are happy, too.

I'm around again, just not as much due to work and yoga... gotta get back in shape and all... :paranoid: However, I'm around more in chat than on my page. Please come visit. I'm there more late at night than any other time, though I've been known to be there early on my days off. Here's a list of some of the chatrooms I'm in regularly, my own being the top one, of course... :paranoid:

:#BaqTalk: My chatroom, in case you couldn't tell... :bucktooth:

:#ARSTOCK: For, liek, stock artists and martypunker :bucktooth:

#CommunityRelations Gallery Moderators, General Staff sorts, but mostly all the weirdos who like to sit in this room and once in awhile spam emotes or talk about random shit in caps... :bucktooth:

#iPhotograph Full of photography types and such. :bucktooth:

#WeEmote Crazy emoticon artist types. :bucktooth:

:#DigitalMedia: This one is for, you know, digital art and stuff... :bucktooth:

#dAPaganChat This one is for pagans. On dA. Who want to chat. :bucktooth:

:#StockPlayground: Another stock artist chat because you can't have too many stock artist chats. :bucktooth:

#photographers Another photography chat because it's so awesome to talk to photographers you want to do it twice. :bucktooth:

There's other ones, but I can't think of the entire list right now as I have to get ready for work now. :noes:

I hope to see everyone soon. :blowkiss:

  • Listening to: Tool
  • Reading: R A Salvatore
  • Watching: doves and cardinals in my front yard
  • Playing: Myst Online: Uru Live
  • Eating: honey flavored greek yogurt
  • Drinking: golden milk

Job, Moving, and Life Stuffs...

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 20, 2011, 9:59 PM

Hey everyone! Long time no me for joo!!! :noesgodzira: by FDNT I've been busy learning my new job, moving, and trying to get my life back in order. I'm mostly back together now and wanting to get on with my life. So, here I am telling you all about it! :iggle: by PunkyB

First, my job. I'm happy with my job! Hurrah revamped by ROBlNHOOD The reason I'm so happy with it is how much I like the people I work with. I've really met some great people there and I've been very happy to be making new friends. Seattle was such a comparably sterile environment, it's so nice to be back in an area where people are friendly and open and quick to befriend. :fluffy: by cindre The nice thing about working tech support is everyone is smart and knows about computers and a majority are gamers! :sawesome: by OchreJelly

Now for moving. I've finally moved! I can has interwebz! :dance: revised by nillemotes I have a house! And a yard! And a kitchen! And stuff!!! :o It's awsesomesauce! Also, I have a roommate that I get along well with and I'm slowly accruing furniture and clothes and such. Now that I'm rid of the money sucking leech that is my ex-boyfriend I actually have money to spend on myself. I've managed to make a comfortable bed for myself and put together a nice bookshelf (bookshelves are important, you know). About all I need is a dresser and I'm set! :Thriller: by DEVlANT

As for getting my life back in order, I'm pretty darn proud of myself. It's almost like the past years with Jake never happened. Seriously, I look back and mostly just remember life as if I lived alone. That may seem odd, but considering he mostly slept all the time, it's not surprising! :rofl: I truly wonder what I saw in him and why I was with him. I've pretty much always fallen for guys for who they are - personality, heart, mind, and spirit, so how did I end up with someone so self absorbed, thoughtless, and so lacking in joie de vivre? It was like dating a void! :lol: May the next man in my life be full of fun and love because I'm sure as hell sick of the full of shit scene! :lmpo: by Helen-Baq

I've missed all of you so very much. I love you all, you are dear friends and I'm very happy to have you in my life. So many of you have helped me so much in getting through the hard times I've been through recently. My life is so good right now and I'm not sure I could have made it to this point without the help and support of my friends here. If any of you need anything, please let me know and know that I cherish you all because you rock my socks (and I has teh cool socks)! Also, please drop by my chat :#BaqTalk: and say 'hi'. I'm mostly there late at night (U.S. tiemz) because I work late, but sometimes I might just surprise you... :tribblenoid: by Helen-Baq

Graphics by tyleramato
CSS by moonfreak
  • Listening to: my computer
  • Reading: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Watching: The King's Speach
  • Playing: Myst Online: Uru Live
  • Eating: coconut shrimp with chilli sauce
  • Drinking: green tea with ginseng and honey


Journal Entry: Thu Jan 27, 2011, 8:02 PM

For all my talk about how I was gonna be around more, I haven't been around much, huh? Sorry about that. :sadtard: by InvaderZaeon I have an excuse, though! Really! I've been busy working and I've had to be up waaaay early (for me) for the day shift while I'm in training. If you know me well enough you know this against my nature (getting up early, not working... :paganoid: by Helen-Baq). Now, I've been enjoying my new job. It's fun and there's geeky people, which is always a plus. I just can't seem to get to bed early. If that weren't enough to do, I've also found a 'new' place (a friend could use a roommate)and so I've been preparing to move. Soon I will have time and...

wait for it...

wait for it....

wait for it...

REAL ACTUAL INTERWEBZ OF REAL ACTUAL SPEEDZ AND CONNECSHUNZ! :noes: Which means... you guessed it! It means I really and truly will be around more!!! Hurrah revamped by ROBlNHOOD

And look at my fancy new avatar!

LOOK AT IT!!! :spiderstare: by Helen-Baq

:iconhelen-baq: JoyJoyfulTheRabbit :iconjoyjoyfultherabbit: made it for me AND I FRICKIN' LOVE IT!!! Now I know none of you could possibly have gotten sick of the awesome avatar I had for so long, but I was wanting something new, I mean it had been what? Four years? I'm thinking four years. Anyway, go tell JoyJoyfulTheRabbit :iconjoyjoyfultherabbit: how awesome she is and leave some :la:s on her page for me! :giggle:

Now, how about all of you tell me how you are doing, for a change, since I'm fantastic, but busy. :lol: And remember, I'm in chat most every night and my chatroom is :#BaqTalk: :blowkiss:

Graphics by tyleramato
CSS by moonfreak
  • Listening to: my computer
  • Reading: Essential Reiki Teaching Manual
  • Watching: you!
  • Playing: Fallout New Vegas
  • Eating: rosemary and oo trisquits with veggie cream cheese
  • Drinking: green tea with ginseng and honey

Baq on Mah Feets

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 11, 2011, 4:22 AM
note me

So, most of the drama and weirdness from my previous journal is over, though I did have another run in with that weird woman and she accused me of having 17 abortions! :lol: And the Ex-Mr. Baq actually had the audacity to ask me to come by the hospital on my way to my first day at my new job and drop off some money for him, which made me :rofl:! Other than that, it's all going well.

I started my new job yesterday. I'm pretty excited about it. I will be helping people with their hp laptop problems! :giggle: I have several weeks of training before I actually do the job, but it's been fun so far and it's nice to work with folks who know computers and love video games, even if it's pretty much all men in my training class except me and one other girl... :paranoid:

Also, I have my desktop moved into my room, reformatted, and now sporting Windows 7, so I should be able to be online and do art at the same time and you will hopefully be seeing more of me again! :dummy:

I love you all, let me know how you are! I've missed hanging out here daily, though I'm still in chat everyday, so feel free to drop in and say "hi" if I'm there. My chatroom is :#BaqTalk: :hug:

  • Listening to: random music at the coffee shop
  • Reading: art books
  • Watching: Star Gate SG1
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XII
  • Eating: philly steak and cheese on flatbread
  • Drinking: Americano with cream

Single! :U

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 23, 2010, 4:39 PM
  • Listening to: random music at the coffee shop
  • Reading: art books
  • Watching: Star Gate SG1
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XII
  • Eating: philly steak and cheese on flatbread
  • Drinking: Americano with cream

My attempt at a joke... _

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 23, 2010, 7:11 PM

What do you call it when Helen-Baq gets a cold?

Baq-Atchoo! :giggle:

If I have not paid much attention to you lately, it's because I've been wrapped up in my latest vector. Now that I'm done with it, I'm feeling much more sociable and I apologize to anyone I didn't love on enough. Come chat and I'll love on you extra! :fluffy: by cindre

Commissions are still available!
For emoticons, the payment plan goes like this:

basic emote, 1 - 2 frames = 75 points
small emote (like ) = 100 points
medium emote (like ) = 175 points
large emote (like ) = 250 points

For other stuff I have yet to set a rate. Let me know if you're interested in anything and we can work something out.

Join us in :#BaqTalk: for fun chat tiemz! :dummy:

  • Listening to: random music at the coffee shop
  • Reading: The Secret Life of Plants
  • Watching: Disney movies
  • Playing: Dark Cloud
  • Eating: philly steak and cheese on flatbread
  • Drinking: milk

New Emote Account, Commissions, And Other Stuffs

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 1, 2010, 6:31 PM

The emotes are taking over my gallery, so I've decided to make a new account just for them. I won't be moving any emotes from here to there, just putting any new emotes there instead of here... :woosh: by LeoLeonardo ANYWAYS! My new emote account is Baq-Yard It is so new I do not have an avatar for it! Anyone that makes me an avatar for it (because I am unbelievably lazy sometimes) that I choose will get a free emote. You are welcome to use my emotes to make it, but it must be snazzy and I must decide it is the one I want to use, so MINI-CONTEST!!! :hoLA: by howlzapper

I am now taking commissions! Not that I wasn't taking commissions before, I'm just making it official... :paranoid: Ok, so, commissions! This includes, but is not limited to, emotes! :hoLA: by howlzapper For emoticons, the payment plan goes like this:

basic emote, 1 - 2 frames = 75 points
small emote (like ) = 100 points
medium emote (like ) = 175 points
large emote (like ) = 250 points

For other stuff I have yet to set a rate. Let me know if you're interested in anything and we can work something out. :Thriller: by DEVlANT

In other news, my new chatroom :#BaqTalk: is still fun and awesome, so come chat and give some luff! :fluffy: by cindre

  • Listening to: random music at the coffee shop
  • Reading: The Secret Life of Plants
  • Watching: Disney movies
  • Playing: Dark Cloud
  • Eating: philly steak and cheese on flatbread
  • Drinking: milk


Journal Entry: Fri Aug 27, 2010, 7:20 PM

So, I was poking around in my gallery, getting some stuff together for a portfolio, and for kicks and giggles I decided to search TinEye for This picture of mine: Rockabilly Beach by Helen-Baq and OMG LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!!… :excited: I'm really excited about that, so I just wanted to share. :giggle:

Also, because I love you all and don't want anyone to miss out on any fun, I've started a new chatroom here at deviantArt: :#BaqTalk:. We've been having lots of fun telling jokes and playing games like "Troofs troofs by catluvr2 or Daerz :daerz: by Athenas88" So, come join us for some :la:s :giggle:

And... AND! I'm working on a colab - fractal to vector - with the amazingly wonderful FarDareisMai :iconfardareismai: :Thriller: by DEVlANT

I'm sorry I haven't been too quick to reply to comments and such, my internet is kind of dodgy, but I'm trying - I read everything, though. But, I am in chat most every day.  :fluffy: by cindre

  • Listening to: goldfinches
  • Reading: The Secret Life of Plants
  • Watching: Twilight Zone
  • Playing: Dark Cloud
  • Eating: Turkey and Cheese Sammich wif sprouts <3
  • Drinking: ice water