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mental health, where I've been 

So, I haven't been on this account too much recently. There are a few reasons for that.

First of all: I've moved! To a different account I mean. I'll still be using this one to boost important things and artists I like and to post my own art, but my musings and depression posting will be elsewhere.

Second, I wanted to have a more private account with restricted follows. So pardon if I don't advertise it here. A few close friends have already found me there, but that's about all I'm comfortable with.

Third, my depression has been very severe recently. Extremely. About as bad as it gets. So I haven't been able to do much more than sleep, work (barely), and try to keep myself alive.

Anyway, I'll be around. Just a lot quieter than I used to be.

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Heya!
If you like my art and want to show some support (or even if you like my ramblings), I have a Ko-fi!

ko-fi.com/ziphiren

Any contributions are greatly appreciated!
And if you want to show support in other ways, boosts, likes, and comments are always welcome!

Thanks,
Ren

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Hey! I'm Ren.

I'm a grey fox, an artist (primarily with watercolor, ink, and acrylics), a nonbinary trans girl, and I dabble in just about everything creative. I also struggle with severe depression and use platforms like this to discuss and process it.

I have a terrible tendency to avoid initiating social interactions, but please, feel free to talk with me! I'll open up rather quickly.

Dragons!
If only I were so cute and fluffy and terrible and awesome.

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Ink card commission! They requested something similar to my 'Year of the Rat' piece, but for year of the snake. I did a fair bit of research to come up with the words. Loosely based on the Chinese bamboo snake. This piece was a huge hit on Twitter, I hope you enjoy it too!

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Another new dragon pic!
Now that I've got the hang of this style, it's time to throw a wrench in everything with the next page, in which I need to draw a second dragon but wispier.

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I’m reviving my clock project.

I still don’t know what I’m doing, but now I have tools to accelerate my failures!

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Anyone have any advice on using a Dremel for carving wood?

I just got one, and while I’m excited to try it, it’s something way outside of what I’m used to doing.

More dagron!

Yes, I am calling her a dargon, even though she's clearly a wyvern just to annoy pedants.

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US politics 

I don't really have the words anymore to properly express what I want to say, but I at least feel like I should try.

Right now, with the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a lot of folks are rightfully upset and depressed. It seems like all hope is being taken away by circumstance and by those who oppose us.

But we can get through this. Not everything is lost. There is still much that can be done, even in the small scale of our own communities. We still care for each other and struggle for each other and hold each other up. We still live and breathe and have our voices. We still can find hope and love, even in the darkest places.

I refuse to give in to despair and fear and hatred. Not while I'm still around to fight. To do so would be to give up, and I'm not going to do that.

We can't let every single loss be what defines our struggles. We've already come so far in a relatively short period of time, and we have so much further to go. And the culture is shifting - people are becoming more accepting and more interested in equality. And no matter how much a few people in power try to change that, they've been unable to do so. That's worth celebrating. That's worth remembering in times like this when it feels like we're losing ground.

So please, don't let fear and despair be all you have to share. Share some happiness, some care with the people around you. Doing so will go a lot further in protecting the people you love than they can ever take away from us.

Again with the dragons!

I'll have twelve of these when I'm done. This one took a little less time than the other two, because I didn't have to build it from scratch. I just hid the linework from my previous iteration and kept the background whooshies.

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Finished another piece of music!
This one's a lot more traditional verse/chorus structure than I normally go. But I feel it does some interesting things within that format.

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And for anyone interested, this is part of a larger cycle of movements. Here are the final three of which:

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Finished another piece of music!
This one's a lot more traditional verse/chorus structure than I normally go. But I feel it does some interesting things within that format.

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opening for ych pool toy render commissions 

Hey I'm gonna do a couple more of these for money cuz it would make me feel competent, but only $5 because I have low self esteem. I can put the camera wherever and pose them on a pool chair or do more unique designs or whatever. Caveat is that they'll be cartoony and non-anthro because that's a million times easier. If you pay me more I can add handles, seams, a valve etc or even render a little animation. If this post is up it means I've still got slots.

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US news/pol, very -, ICE, sterilization 

https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/like-an-experimental-concentration-camp-whistleblower-complaint-alleges-mass-hysterectomies-at-ice-detention-center/

Whistleblower complaint alleges mass forced hysterectomies of women detained at ICE detention center in Georgia.

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