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Ezelle Van Der Heever
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
South Africa
What's up? :D I'm Ez! :wave:

I live in sunny South Africa where I spend most of my time indoors, except when I'm leisurely walking around doing errands, strategically plotting my every route to stay in the shade. B-)

In my free time, I work on my illustrated novel project, The Valiard Mansion. If you want to learn more about that, you can pop by my Gallery or visit:

If you wanna ask me anything, just drop me a Comment or a Note. :meow:

Hope you enjoy my Gallery! :hug: :heart:

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  • Mood: Glad
  • Listening to: Ultravox - Follow Your Heart
  • Reading: Victorian fashion books hurr
  • Watching: Pride & Prejudice BBC series
  • Playing: Little Big Adventure
So the Journal on my Profile has been a fairly negative one for the past few weeks. It's about time I replaced it with something happy and optimistic! :dummy: Maybe a little update on what I've been up to, then, since I've been relatively MIA for the past while. :aww:

Steady commercial work's been trickling in, so I'm happily hacking away at storyboards and illustrations for advertisements. Lots of NDAs being passed around, so I'm sworn to secrecy, but I'll link you guys to what I've been doing as soon as I get the go-ahead from the clients. There might even be a legit, meant-for-awards-and-festivals animated short in my future where I'm attached as a character designer, story artist and maybe even as co-writer, but again, I can't say too much about that. :giggle:

My every spare moment is being poured into The Valiard Mansion. It's why I've been so dang awful at replying to comments, messages and emails. I hope you guys can forgive me. :blush: Thanks to the steady work, I've been able to invest funds back into Valiard, mostly for research. I've finally been able to purchase my favourite Victorian books that I used to read at the University of Pretoria library before I graduated. I couldn't be happier to own them! :D It feels like I've bought the greatest treasures in the world! :aww: I also grabbed myself an 11" Celeron laptop to use as a portable typewriter so I can keep writing Valiard no matter where I go. Though, admittedly, I've been using it for retro gaming more than anything else. :sarcasm: Who's surprised? Not me. :XD:

Did you guys know that modern Celerons are dual core processors? I had no idea! :faint: In my heart, I'm still in awe of anything beyond a Pentium II. And if you have a Pentium III, then my, my! Aren't you fancy! :XD: I guess I'm just shocked that an entry-level, cheapo laptop is so much more powerful than the PCs I had as a kid. Technology is moving faster and faster. It's amazing, but also a little terrifying. :P

And that's it from me for now. I need to get back to researching Victorian costume and I am ecstatic to do so! :D

Big hugs to all of you! :glomp: :heart:

Should I add footnotes to Valiard chapters for historical context and fun facts about Victorians? 

170 deviants said Sure! I'd love to learn more about Victorians and their daily lives! :D
60 deviants said Add that kind of stuff to the end of each chapter! Best of both worlds! :dummy:
19 deviants said Yes, please! Sometimes I'm confused about why characters act a certain way. :blush:
5 deviants said Rather not. Footnotes might disrupt the flow of the story. :shrug:
1 deviant said Ha! Do not underestimate my historical knowledge so! Footnotes and fun facts are for babies! :sarcasm:



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Thanks so much for your line art tutorial! It made things so much easier, I'll be sure to use that method in the future!! :D
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