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Journal Entry: Sat Jan 30, 2016, 6:09 AM
So the cord of my favourite pendant is slowly dying, meaning where it's touching the metal of the pendant it's been tearing open bit by bit for a while now. I don't wanna risk losing the pendant if it completely tears open while I wear it but I don't wanna have to stop wearing it either. :/
Meaning my only choice is replacing the cord as soon as possible. Thing is just that I have absolutely no idea where I could get that specific kind. And I really want the same one since it's wonderfully flexible, falls nicely, and has the kind of closing via knots that lets me adjust the length so the pendant falls directly under my neck. Now I don't need one that's already knotted, I know how to make the knots but the length still needs to be right. I'll show u guys what it looks like approximately:

S5920005 by ValaSedai

(please excuse the bad photo quality)

As you can see on the right it's braided out of smaller threads.
Does anyone have ANY ideas where I could order something like that?
(Worst case I could settle for a different length, as long as it's short enough to sit at the base of my neck or a little lower. It cannot be leather though.)

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This is a deeply personal post as well as one that I am sure a lot of people can relate to, so I decided to make it public, in the hopes of spreading awareness through it.

Depression and anxiety are illnesses that are crippling and oppressing, that follow you anywhere you go, and that will, even if you think they might have left you, lurk around the next corner just to jump out at you when you least expect and need it. In many cases neither are conditions that can be fully healed, but you can learn to deal with them, how to live your life without letting them drive you to a point of no return. A huge part of getting there is having an environment that accepts you and your issues, and that offers the right support. However, not all support that is well-meant will actually come off as such. Often people will say things because they want to help, but what they say, and sometimes how they say it, will achieve the opposite. If you want to understand what you should and should not say to a person suffering from depression and/or anxiety and why, simply keep reading. :)


(all examples have either happened to me personally or friends of mine, so if you have a hard time believing some of them are real...sadly they are)

:X: "Just don't think about it!"
So easily said, with no negative thoughts in mind, yet so offensive at the same time. You have to realize that particularly if you are forced to live with anxiety you cannot simply stop thinking about whatever is bothering you, whatever is keeping you up all night, whatever makes you feel like your chest will explode because it's just all too much. So do you really think someone who is suffering didn't consider 'not thinking about it'? All you will achieve with this 'pearl of wisdom' is to make them think you consider them too naive and stupid to have thought of this magical solution.

:X: "What you're worrying about really isn't that important anyway."
That one tends to leave me speechless. It's not impossible to see where you are coming from and why you think this might be helpful, but do not ever say this. Who are you to decide what is important and what is not in someone else's life? Do not ever belittle someone else's fears and doubts. For the most part they will be fully aware that some of their worries are irrational, but you pointing it out does nothing to help. This ties in directly with the previous point. Being aware of the issue and its size will not magically make it go away.

:X: "Some people have it worse than you."
Once again, don't try to downplay someone else's problems. Yes, maybe there are people who have it worse somewhere else, it's even very likely, but that does in no way lessen the worries/fears/doubts/anxieties at hand. No one will think 'oh, that's true, his/her problem is thrice as bad as mine, now I feel so much better'. You cannot cure one condition by pointing out another and telling them to be happy they do not suffer from that one as well. That is simply not how it works.

:X: "Have you ever tried...not being sad?"
No comment or explanation needed. Just think about how dumb this question actually is, and then stay as far away from it as possible.

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:X: "But you are rich; how can you be sad when you have so much?"
Money does not buy happiness. Whoever thought it could is an idiot, plain and simple. Being wealthy might help you get treatment with less trouble, but if you are truly depressed no material possession will ever be able to diminish it.
At the same time, be careful with the opposite end of the scale. If someone is depressed and poor on top of it, having to add paying their bills to a whole pile of worries, don't go saying things like:
:X: "You don't need money to be happy."
If you don't even have enough money to buy food or pay your sure as hell won't be puking rainbows.

:X: "What I did was [enter random advice], I'm sure it will help!"
First of all: Don't give advice unless it has been asked for. You don't go dumping on someone else's art either, even if it is well-meant, if they did not actually ask for critique. (Yes, we do all realize that this is the internet and that there will always be people ignoring that, simply barfing their unabridged thoughts all over the place, but just try not to be part of them, alright?) And the same goes for someone making a statement about their mental health. There's a good chance they just needed to vent, so unless they specifically ask for your advice, don't give it, especially if it is someone you hardly know.
Secondly: You cannot know what someone has already tried, so hearing the same advice over and over again can get incredibly tiring and chances are you will create annoyance rather than a breakthrough.
Thirdly: You are not a mental health professional. Don't act like one. Just because you might have been through something similar, you cannot and will not know what someone else needs unless you know literally everything they have been through.

:X: "Last week my puppy was sick and I was so sad; I totally know what you're going through."
No, you don't. Sporadic sadness because of an obviously negative event is not even remotely comparable to years and years of depression. In particular since reasons for depression are often profoundly buried and very vague, which makes it all the harder to get rid of. Crying once because you did not do as well on an exam as you would have expected is not the same as crying every single day or night without even knowing why. It is not the same as wanting to never get out of bed anymore, no matter how far your hygiene is declining and how much your back is starting to hurt.

:X: "You have to cheer up or no one will wanna stay your friend."
Unless you want someone to think you will leave them just because they are incurably ill, do not ever go there. Or would you walk up to a friend suffering from cancer and say 'hey, stop having cancer or no one will want to be around you'? Mental illness is just as real as the physical kind, and neither can be cured with the snap of a finger.

:X: "If you currently can't do anything about issue XY anyway, then why don't you just stop worrying about it?"
Is it really that hard to grasp that the feeling of helplessness and lack of control can actually be a thousand times worse than the thing one is worrying about in the first place? Yes, it really can be and often is. And then we are even already back at the first point mentioned. You cannot 'just stop worrying'.


It is impossible to establish a list of positive things to say that will be well received by absolutely everybody suffering from depression and/or anxiety since no one is exactly alike, but there are a few that stay relatively safe.

tick "I'm there for you."
Sometimes that's really all someone needs to know.
tick "If you want to talk, I'm available."
Just that. Let them know you have an open ear, but let them be the one to approach you if they feel they need it. No pushing.
tick "I love you."
They aren't magical words that will instantly heal mental illness, but they are always a good reminder if they come from friends, family or a partner.
tick "Hey, here's a random fact..."
This might not work on everyone but getting random positive distraction is often the most useful thing you can do for someone who is currently in a bad place. Five minutes reading something random, and possibly funny, are five minutes less spent worrying.

Please feel free to share your personal experiences in the comments and/or add any points that are important to you personally!

The End Draws Near

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 31, 2015, 9:35 AM
Is it really New Year's already? Time sure does fly by.

2015 has been a year of ups and downs for me. Personal life has been good actually, I've finished my diploma with first grade honours, did an internship at a wonderful company afterwards, where I'll be returning in 2016, but things are still very much up in the air and the higher level education I really want to do might have to wait until 2017 because of some dumb bureaucracy. (part of my bad feels are in relation to that)

I've been very inactive art-wise, but still managed to create a handful of works I'm really proud of. A big thanks to JRCBROOLZ for encouraging me with his words, since I personally really have such a hard time seeing my own progress. And thank you to all my watchers in general, you all mean a whole lot to me, for commenting, faving, even just silently watching and (hopefully) appreciating what I do. Let me give you all a big fat virtual hug!

I would also like to thank four other very special people.
TheEternalSophia, for being the best friend anyone could ever wish for, for listening to my rants, keeping me sane, and making me feel loved.
Retro-Death, for being the love of my life, first-grade soulmate, and the rock I can cling to whenever shit gets rough again.
jasminjuu, for having enriched my life in a very short time already, and for hopefully continuing to do so.
VanoVaemone, for sticking with me after everything we've been through and for always being there, and if it's just with a silly RP cheer-up.
I love you guys, I really do. :heart:

Here's hoping 2016 will be good to me, good to ALL OF YOU! And more productive when it comes to my art.^^
For those who care, I have updated my artistic evolution meme with this year's four best works (imho at least):

Artistic Evolution 2002 -2015 by ValaSedai

Happy New Year, guys!

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Got some love to spare? #1

Thu Dec 10, 2015, 3:48 PM
A collection of things you might want to check out.
Update 2: Addition of another talented artist looking to be commissioned!
Update: LadyRoga has added a gorgeous new option to her commissions, go have a look!

:bulletpink: Commissions

- Zalosta's digital commissions
- Goth-Kath's digital commissions
- LadyRoga's winter commissions
   new option: L'Herbier Magique. by LadyRoga
- VanoVaemone's French poetry commissions

:bulletpink: Miscellaneous

- Goth-Kath is holding a Christmas raffle

:bulletpink: Art Features :bulletpink:

:PRIZE: Costa by Elythe Winter by jasminjuu
Forest by Castel-Eown Last light by Kulrusumi
PAINTING OF AUTUMN by WalEck Bring it on by lazzapepper
Winter spirit by MariaHimmel Forgotten spring by KupiecKorzenny

If you would like to be included in the commissions or miscellaneaous section next time, please let me know. :)

A Standing Ovation for Your Own Art

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 9, 2015, 1:11 PM
Go ahead! You know you want to!
Instead of putting your own creations down and picking on every little mistake like we all so often do, I want you to tell me EVERYTHING you love about your art. No negativity, just praise and love for your own works!

Recently I've noticed pretty clearly again how I always just focus on everything that's wrong with what I create, not seeing all the good things others might see. And I'm pretty sure I'm not alone with this feeling, so in order to make yourself feel better about what you create, focus on all the wonderful things you see in it this time. Don't be afraid to come off as arrogant. Self-confidence is a good thing and you SHOULD be proud of your art!

Now go go go, I want to hear it all! :la:

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Art Status

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 5, 2015, 12:16 AM

- Art Trade for Aroccon (pokémon gijinkas)
- OoT Fan Art (no details here, let yourself be surprised :B )

(commissions are not taken into account in this journal, commissioners are notified of progress in private)

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Does anyone actually look at their Watch Feed?

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 1, 2015, 2:54 AM
And in consequence the status updates?
(currently testing it)

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Comms to check out and Other comm related info

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 25, 2015, 3:09 AM
tl; dr: Down there are two commissions you should definitely have a look at. :nod: And I'll be telling you why I'm not uploading all comms I do.

In case you were wondering why I am only uploading a handful of all the commissions I'm doing (seriously a big thank you once again to all the lovely commissioners!), there are two very simple reasons:
1) I don't feel it's useful to have twenty different versions of the same commission option in my gallery, e.g. chibis. So if I didn't upload your commission and you are wondering why, that's probably the reason. It's not because I liked yours less. ;)
2) Sometimes the commissioner prefers to keep the work private and just to themselves, which is more than understandable. I always respect a commissioner's wishes and ask before I upload a piece.

Now go have a look at these two deviants' commissions! :la:

Fire Emblem Mug Shot commissions [CLOSED]Currently CLOSED
I have decided to open my commissions for Fire Emblem styled mug shots :D
Like this:
Lets say one character for... 200 
A reference picture is a must or if you don't have one, a good description will do.
So, is anyone interested??

To do list:
1, :iconTsuranami: Atana - Done!
2, :iconTsuranami: Freya - Done!
3, :iconTsuranami: Unnamed OC - Done!
Waiting list:
1, :iconrumbl3fish:
2, :iconY0deling-Lions:
3, :iconTsuranami:

RiverTyna creates these really mind-blowing Fire Emblem styled busts:
Shale Mug by RiverTyna Cixi Mug Commission by RiverTynaZixin Mug Commission by RiverTyna

[FR POETRY COMMISSIONS] ~Atelier du vampire [Open]Sous forme de commission, je peux créer un poème pour vous chers gens °3° Que ce soit sur l'un de vos personnages fictifs, vous-même (attention la plume de l'écrivain peut être sarcastique :') ) ou sur un thème qui vous tient à cœur, je le ferai afin de vous satisfaire °3°
*Petit vocabulaire de la poésie :
-Qu'est-ce que les rimes : c'est ce qu'on appelle les mots en fin de vers dont le son est le même. Exemple : coeur et bonheur. Il existe trois types de rimes connus : rimes croisées (de forme ABAB), rimes embrassées (de forme ABBA) ou rimes suivies (AABB)
-Rimes masculines et féminines : les rimes féminines terminent avec une rime comportant un e caduc, dit muet. Les rimes masculines sont les autres. Exemple de rime masculine : éveillé ou effraya. Exemple de rime féminine : agonie ou mélancolie.
-Qu'est-ce qu'une strophe : c'est un groupement de vers. On peut les

VanoVaemone can make any of your French poetry wishes come true!

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Pixel and Icon Commissions [OPEN]

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 29, 2015, 3:07 AM

Available options: (more examples of what I can do in my gallery)

Dancing mini chibi (50x50):
Shake It, Andrew! by ValaSedai 7€

Mini chibi-rama (50x50):
Winston by ValaSedai Burume by ValaSedai
w/ floaty object & blinking: 10€

Sitting chibi (50x50):
Lunai Nether by ValaSedai
Reikara by ValaSedai Reiz by ValaSedai

static: 11€
w/simple animation: 12€

Sitting chibi couple (100x50):
-> delivered both separate and merged

Couple-icon-zoryanny by ValaSedai    Kriin et Gwyn by ValaSedai
static: 20€
w/simple animation: 22€

Miscellaneous icon (50x50):
Birdie by ValaSedai Time by ValaSedai Little Thief by ValaSedaiSuki by ValaSedaiLittle Mac by ValaSedai

static: 13-16€ (depending on complexity)
w/ animation: 16-19€ (depending on complexity)

Retro sprites:
-> delivered in several zoom factors

Shrimp Girl Final-comm Ex by ValaSedai Amaethil Comm Final by ValaSedai

static: 12€ per pose

Group icon (or stamp of equal size = 100x50):
Group Icon: ArtisticAnimals by ValaSedai
static: 19-22€ (depending on complexity)
w/ animation: 22-24€ (depending on complexity)

Terms and conditions:

:bulletpink: Paypal only.
:bulletpink: Payment always in advance. We can discuss all the details before you pay and see how things can be done, but I will only start working AFTER the money has arrived.
:bulletpink: Depending on complexity, please consider up to two weeks working time. That excludes possible waiting time if the slot list is long.
:bulletpink: I reserve the right to decline any commission without having to give a reason but know right away that I most definitely won't do anything overly sexual or with strange fetishes etc. Keep the demands clean, please.
:bulletpink: Leave a comment on this journal or note me directly if you're interested.


1. Goth-Kath (paid)
2. OfOneSoul -place holder (payment pending)-

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DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 7, 2015, 2:59 AM


How long have you been on DeviantArt?

4,5 years on this account and about three years before that I had another account which I barely ever used though.

What does your username mean?
Watch Stargate SG-1 and read Wheel of Time to find out. ;)

Describe yourself in three words.

Loner. Dreamer. Lost.

Are you left or right handed?

What was your first deviation?
Pastpresentfuture-new-p-2-small by ValaSedai

What is your favourite type of art to create?

I think a look at my gallery makes this question useless, but okay: digital fan art, in particular TES related landscapes.

If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

What was your first favourite?
How the HELL am I supposed to know that after almost five years?

What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
fan art or fantasy art

Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
I honestly don't have one. There's too many artists I appreciate for different reasons.

If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

namenotrequired offered me a very warm welcome back on my first day with this account, making sure I was gonna stick around and feel motivated to carry on instead of abandon again as I did with my other account.

What are your preferred tools to create art?
Wacom tablet and Photoshop CS.

What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

My couch, in front of my computer, whenever I am playing a good video game.

What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Receiving my first DD was pretty insane since I would never have expected to see such extreme interest in that particular piece. But every time I meet a cool person on here would count as well. :)

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Journal Entry: Mon Nov 25, 2013, 11:12 PM
Today would have been Sophie Lancaster's 27th birthday.
Yet Sophie was robbed of the chance to live any more of her birthdays on Saturday, 11 August 2007
when a group of teenagers beat her to death and heavily injured her boyfriend for the simple reason of looking different.

Consider donating to the Sophie Lancaster foundation, an organization that aims to promote tolerance and acceptance.
The organization and the values it stands for are particularly close to my heart
since I am part of the same subculture as Sophie but I believe
that each and every single one of us should not forget that we might not all look the same
but aren't that different on the inside after all.

Have a look at the organization's official promo movie:

And Dutch symhonic metal band Delain's tribute to Sophie:

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Last month's collected DDs from the Icons & Handhelds gallery. :)

:bulletpink: 2013-10-01
Free Love Sushi Avatar by zara-leventhal by zara-leventhal
suggested by Rosella-of-Daventry, featured by ValaSedai

:bulletpink: 2013-10-05
Free Icon: Flabebe's Flower - Orange by SinfullyCute by SinfullyCute
suggested by RRRAI, featured by ValaSedai

:bulletpink: 2013-10-06
by Rigune
suggested by cliselle, featured by ValaSedai

:bulletpink: 2013-10-11
Jello Cake Icon by rosesfairy by rosesfairy
featured by ValaSedai

:bulletpink: 2013-10-13
Social Media by givesnofuck by givesnofuck
suggested by Kida-neechan, featured by ValaSedai

:bulletpink: 2013-10-18
Tryst iPad Theme by Friggog by Friggog
suggested by Kida-neechan, featured by ValaSedai

:bulletpink: 2013-10-21
Dancing Dalek by CookiemagiK by CookiemagiK
suggested by winterei, featured by ValaSedai

:bulletpink: 2013-10-26
FREE Icon / Avatar : Balloon Float Candy Pandy by Sarilain by Sarilain
suggested by JupiterLily, featured by ValaSedai

:bulletpink: 2013-10-31
Free avatar: Frankenstein by Tipleloop by Tipleloop
featured by ValaSedai

Never forgotten

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 29, 2013, 10:20 AM

In memoriam Jens-kun
25.06.1996 - 29.10.2012


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Do's and Dont's of Digital Painting

Tue Jul 23, 2013, 7:05 AM

Do's and Don'ts of Digital Painting

    The possibilities of digital painting and digital art in general are almost infinite. There is basically nothing you cannot do as long as you just know how to approach it. Yet an abundance of programs and tools has both advantages and disadvantages. Knowing what to favour and what to avoid can be both a huge time saver and help you sidestep frustration.
    What we will focus on in this article are some basic tools and techniques of digital painting; we'll try to root out pitfalls and see how to avoid them. Mind that all of the points mentioned below aren't rules carved in stone; there are always cases where breaking the rules can be much more fruitful for a certain effect than following them too strictly. With time and practice you will gain good judgment over when to follow the guidelines and when to leave them aside.

Note: Names of certain tools might vary depending on the art program you use.

:thumbsdown: White Backgrounds

    While a clean white background can be just fine for a simple line sketch, it is not advisable to leave the canvas colour on default in cases where a certain mood needs to be set and for general works with background. Plain white will 'distort' your colours in a way that otherwise light colours seem too dark and washed out. Compare the impact of the interior colour on the left and on the right side in Img1.

:thumbsup: Remedy: Instead think about the atmospheric aspect of the image you have planned and floodfill the background with the predominant colour or even better a manual gradient of several of the main colours.

Img1 - Colour perception depending on background colour.

:thumbsdown: Blending with the Smudge Tool

    On first glance the smudge tool seems like such an easy and comfortable way to blend colours, particularly for beginners. Personally I believe however that this is the tool that needs to be avoided like nothing else when starting out with digital painting. On one hand blending colours with the smudge tool easily creates a very dirty and hard-on-the-eye effect and on the other hand it is thrice as time consuming as other blending methods.
    The main problem with the smudge tool is the fact that it doesn't so much blend the colours as it just pulls them into each other in a mostly very irregular way that can take a long time to clean up. That also touches on the problem that the amount of colour shades you are using will stay at a minimum and thus make your painting appear bland and flat.

:thumbsup: Remedy: The most effective, time saving and visually most satisfying way to blend colours is a combination of eyedropper tool and airbrushes. Colour A and Colour B can easily be blended by eyedropping A and applying it with a low opacity airbrush (soft or hard depending on the desired outcome) on the border between A and B, then eyedropping B and applying it on the same border. Keep eyedropping the colour blend you create and applying it to the border. Rinse repeat.
PS Hint: Holding down Alt while having the brush tool selected gives you quick access to the eyedropper tool.

Img2 - Comparison of airbrush and smudge tool blending.

:thumbsdown: Shading with Black and White

    Choosing colours when shading should never be done by shifting them straight towards black or white. Natural lighting will always create a variety of hues even on a monochrome object and shadows are hardly ever clean black or grey. Ignoring that fact will result in unrealistic and flat looking objects.

:thumbsup: Remedy:
Use hue shifts of varying degrees to shade. For instance highlights on a red object could go over into yellow, shadows on a blue object into green,...
An easy rule of thumb would be to use the next warm colour in the colour diagram for highlights, the next cold one for shadows. Keep in mind though that depending on the prevalent lighting this could easily change. If in doubt don't hesitate to look at objects under different lighting in real life if available or make use of reference photos otherwise.

Img3 - Shading with and without hue shifts.

:thumbsdown: Shading with the Dodge/Burn Tool

    The dodge and burn tools pose a problem not unlike shading exclusively with black and white. Even when making use of the different settings these two tools allow they still tend to mainly blacken and whiten, thus easily washing out vibrant and clean colours and creating the same flat effect as shading with black and white.

:thumbsup: Remedy: Always favour shading with brushes. Airbrushes, basic round brushes, calligraphic brushes, texture brushes,...anything goes depending on the visual impact you are going for. The important thing to remember is that only brushes will give you full control over the colours you lay down while tools like dodge and burn create shades automatically which hardly ever look good.

Img4 - Comparison of brush shading and dodge/burn shading.

Remember that when it comes down to it, you should use what works best for yourself and what YOU feel most comfortable with
but keeping the above guidelines in mind can never hurt. :)


Gallery Makeover: Icons and Handhelds

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 3:48 AM
   We're slowly nearing the end of this first phase of the Gallery Restructure Project which means if you would still like to give us any kind of feedback related to the Icons & Handhelds gallery structure, now's the time to do so! :)
    Please also scroll down and see which points have been brought up by the community and feel free to tell us what you think about them.

     As recently announced by Moonbeam13 in this article deviantART will soon be undergoing a rather extensive makeover of the gallery system in order to streamline categories and simplify submissions. That will amongst others include the removal of dead categories, merging where it makes sense or simply a complete restructuring of a whole root category if necessary.
    Community input is highly important for this so with this journal you have  the opportunity to specifically give feedback concerning the Icons & Handhelds part of Customization. I will present you some personal thoughts as well as Oughter's input and then it's time for you to weigh in and let us know what you would like to see changed or kept as it is. :)

    First off though, why is it even necessary to change anything about this part of the Customization gallery?
    While I personally believe that the structure of the Icons part is quite well established and makes sense as well as it is easy to submit to, the Handhelds part is simply put a mess. Different customization elements don't have their own areas but are squished together with their respective technologies and even worse part of those are so outdated that their viability is more than questionable what with receiving maybe four submissions per month, half of those miscats. On the other hand too many newer technologies and devices aren't represented at all, leaving a good number of deviants planless when it comes to submitting their works which in turn leads to even more miscats.
    As Oughter put it, what we need is a much more flexible tree that can adapt to new technologies as well as creating broader and more open categories in order to avoid miscats as much as possible and to make it easier to locate specific types of works.

    Below you can see a quick graph I put together of Oughter's mock up. Check it out and let us know in a comment if you think it would improve the situation.

Things we would specifically like you to think about and get your feedback on:

:bulletblack: Are you satisfied with the gallery structure of the Icons and the Handhelds area?
:bulletblack: Have you encountered difficulties while finding the right place to submit to?
:bulletblack: Are there any subcategories you believe redundant?
:bulletblack: Any that you are sorely missing? (e.g. any technologies in Handhelds that you believe would deserve their own subcategory)
:bulletblack: Do you have anything else that you would like us to be aware of?

Points to discuss brought up by the community:

:bulletpink: pica-ae mentioned that having a wallpaper subcategory might not make sense since a lot of handheld wallpapers are submitted to the general wallpaper category, both as part of packages and as standalone works. Would you prefer them merged or do you think they should stay separated?
VSConcepts as well suggested to remove the wallpaper subcategory and add it to the general Wallpaper one.
Example: Cust/Handhelds/../Wallpapers would become: Cust/Wallpapers/Handhelds/

:bulletpink: IridescentStardust suggested that a division between Free To Use Icons and Non Free Icons could be useful and would clear up some confusion when looking for usable icons right away.

    Please leave your feedback either here in the comments or send a note to ValaSedai and Oughter! :eager:


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