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Lisbon 02 by JACAC

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Gouache Pet portraits
Frasier by Mivala
A Buddha at Rest by Mivala
Blushing by Mivala
You will receive a digital copy to print as you please, but images must not be used for commercial purposes or manipulated.  Please contact me further if you are interested in purchasing the original and we can work something out that is to that effect.
Reference photo required!
Portrait drawings~
Sweet Mackie by Mivala
Weaver by Mivala
Contemplative by Mivala
I can draw just about anything with a face. Portraits are done in pencil/graphite and are usually completed within a week of point payment. Remember to be specific about what you want so we're on the same page!:) Reference photos required!
And finally, you will be receiving a digital copy, not the original (unless specified -- then other charges may apply). Note me with anymore questions!


Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
(Last Updated: February 2nd, 2013)

I suffer the joys of being trapped in a constant state of wonder. I'm always trying new mediums and evolving my philosophy on life; create, learn, repeat. I love that which I don't understand -- be it language and music, thoughts, ideas, math & science, etc.... foreign cultures fascinate me. As do sharks (for whatever reason).

I adore the DA community and the conversations that I get to have around here. I'm overly-zealous and hideously sentimental, etc. etc.

My art is what it wants to be. I consider myself a surrealist/psychedelic artist at heart, but I dabble in a little of everything. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about my creative services or life itself~!

Journal History

Hello all!

Firstly, I've reserved August for commissions and requests so you probably won't be seeing much this next couple weeks.  However, I have a really big project I hope to finish in September that will hopefully celebrate and showcase my development as an artist -- I'm painting a friend I made this past year who somehow came to represent a whole host of things I want to paint about, haha 

This is my sixth year on DeviantArt; I came as a "digital" artist, interestingly enough, using a program called Picture It! to make banners (in fact, I did a set for FusedElegance in exchange for one of their glass pendants -- I still wear it nearly every day!!).  
I didn't have much success here otherwise, so I wasn't active again until about two years ago.  I've actually had the most exciting time this past two years becoming an artist ... it was the encouragement I got to to draw portraits that inspired me to pick up a pencil again and start drawing, which ... in turn, led to me developing the skills to properly illustrate my life and ideas.  

 Player in Denim by MivalaUbo Girl by MivalaWeaver by MivalaHimalayan Smile by Mivala

Briefly, I was also toying with glass etching.  I got my first DD only about two months into being active on DeviantArt again!

Nomadic Bliss by MivalaHuitzilopochtli (Vase) by MivalaLuna Moth (Vase) by Mivala

Before coming to DeviantArt, I'd never really done anything in color before.  I'd also put my "surrealism" on the back burner for the sake of becoming a better technical artist.  Then I came across JamesRickard and his surreal work, and it inspired me to return to my roots ....

La Llorona (y sus Pajaros Tristes) by MivalaFish-Eye Road by MivalaBarrington Nasahl Knows All by MivalaChromophobia by Mivala

The latter piece was my first time deliberately adding color to a psychedelic piece.  Since I didn't really own my own markers or paint to work with, I dug up some ancient markers that my grandmother (an artist) used back in 80's or 90's.  They were very dry and virtually all the colors has turned to yellow.

Around this time, I'd decided to finally enroll at a college in the Spring of 2013.  I also had stumbled across the magical musings of WilliamDallwitz.  We had a lottttt of different conversations about just about any and everything in the universe and alongside what was happening in my new environment at school, I became inspired to try painting (I'd done murals and assignments before, but I never actually tried to paint on my own before).  I purchased some dollar store acrylics and cheap canvas boards to create some of these images:

A Mogul's Deliberation (Esoteric Sheep) by MivalaThis Approaching Repercussion by MivalaTropicanika by MivalaAbysmal Glimpse by Mivala

Incidentally, I went through a relatively turbulent phase at the end of that semester. It was an important time because I started to realize how much really went into some of the pieces I was making -- how unintentional and subconscious the process could be.  In the midst of a difficult time, I gave up technicality to explore the opposite extreme: emotion... 

Fibrous Nasahl and the Callous Tumult by MivalaLampshade Ballet of Infamy by MivalaA Schismatic White Noise by MivalaA Lapse in Glacial Pursuits by Mivala

I also started to become more comfortable with colors.
I think I personally fumbled a whole lot through my first semester, so when the summer came I was positively exhausted.  And a little fed up. But because I'd made so much artwork during my time at home in the Winter of 2012 and painted so much throughout the Spring, I had enough to be put in my first gallery exhibition.  I met this fellow by the name of Rocky Makes Room For Them in my science class; he ended up being a coworker and then the person who helped me get my foot in the door in the local arts scene.  He's the one who invited me to show my work alongside his at a fledgling art space.  At the opening and closing receptions, I was fatefully reunited with not only my culture, but a portion of my family as well.  I also made new friends and connections who have been nothing but supportive to me ever since!

The Salvation of Metanoia by MivalaSoleil by MivalaNasim by MivalaLastima by Mivala

The pieces above were a symbolic transformation for me, the first being how I felt physically and mentally at the beginning of the summer; at the height of all my stress, I'd developed this hideous and painful sore in my throat (hence the mouth painting). 
 .... the last three were moments of diffusion. Hallelujah! 

During my third semester (which was in the Fall of 2013 ... I'd taken full-time summer classes for my second), I started to take what I'd learned about technicality, color, faces, feeling both stifled and free ... what I'd learned all year long, essentially ... and put it into a new, more concise body of work.  I'd also acquired a fair-sized audience here on DA that encouraged me every step of the way.

Luminescing Yeezus by MivalaA Synesthetic Daydream by MivalaEphermeral by MivalaMeridian by Mivala

Fall 2013 was a restorative period.  I made some fantastic friends.
I enrolled in a painting class for the semester.... didn't actually get too many paintings done, haha But I helped orchestrate my second show.

Contextual Baptism by MivalaOnce Upon a Lulling Zephyr by MivalaSarsaparilla by MivalaExtraordinary Fruit by Mivala

Suddenly, I'm a portrait artist again .... fast forward to Valentine's Day 2014 and I'm featured in a show called Quaintrelle.  I've gone through more changes and met even more incredible people.  Suddenly early 2013 holds no significance. And look, my second Daily Deviation award! (Tupac was done this summer, of course...)

Dragonfly Out in the Sun by MivalaRebelle (Rebel Propensity) by MivalaAnd Their Hearts by Mivala

I didn't have to go to school anymore in Spring 2014 since I'd already earned my degree.  But graduation wasn't for awhile and I didn't want to be anywhere else, so I stayed and I am 2000% glad I did.  I treated it as a "do-over" of 2013. I end the semester with these pieces:

Our Cousin of Death by MivalaLord of Fish by MivalaNostalgia Tambourine by Mivala

And still, there's ups and downs to life and to what I do .. I just know better how to cope and how to express my ideas! Now I'm a live-painter and do public demonstrations! :) 

Without DeviantArt, I don't think I would have found the inspiration to start on my art again.  Without an audience ... without supporters .... kind people who donated supplies, paid for scans and framing, people who came to my shows, who took the time to watch me as I worked, told me their stories, played me their songs, answered my questions and asked me their own, left their comments, shared my work, ... without all the interactions that took place, I wouldn't have come this far.  

So that's my DeviantARt journey (for the most part, haha).  Muchas gracias y feliz cumpleaños, DeviantArt!

And thanks, as always, to the hundreds of you who have acted as an important part! :heart:

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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Subject #7 :+fav:
Mivala Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Poison-and-the-Rose Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave!
CreativeartboyArt Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the fave!
CreativeartboyArt Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing wroks!!
Mivala Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much!!
CreativeartboyArt Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
Check my last works and my facebook page too if you can! :D (Big Grin)…
maryjane5908 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the llama :) have a great day
Mivala Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem, right back at ya!
maryjane5908 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
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