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Happy dA birthday to me!

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 11:16 AM
I've just realised that today is the 7th anniversary of my joining deviantART. Seven whole years, guys! Seven years of art and friends and silliness and inspiration, llama and cake and dancing and joy. What an amazing experience it's been!

I feel it's appropriate to give a special mention here to some of the first people to watch me. The fact that you guys still watch me... It's beyond words. Thanks for sticking with me so long!


And while the nostalgia is rife, I've gone back through my gallery to find some of the first pieces I uploaded. Not much has changed from the early days, has it? Boys Over Faeries, Beyblade and abject silliness still abound. And I fervently hope that these things will abound forever.

Meiro by Gasara
Happy Halloween 2008 by Gasara Mao by Gasara Hellboy Mini 5 by Gasara

You know, we should celebrate. Because I love birthdays and any excuse for celebration and fun. And, after all, without all of you guys reading this now my account would be a lonely, sad little place. You've filled this account with joy and cheer, you've inspired me and supported me. You've cheered for my characters and encouraged me when thing have been rough.

You, my dears, are so very important to me.

So let us celebrate. We might not be able to do it in person but let's have a party of sorts. Take this as an opportunity to go and grab some cake or to treat yourself to your favourite snack. Put on your favourite song and have a dance. Take a moment to realise that you are utterly adored. Just for a few minutes forget about everything but how awesome you are.

And feel free to share the ways you have celebrated this random thing in the comments. Feel free to tell the world how awesome you are!

So let us party and dance and, together, let's look forward to the many more dA years ahead ♥

Freebie Friday Archive

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 12:50 PM


Freebie Friday is a weekly celebration of free-to-use graphics and resources from all over deviantART. Every Friday I'll upload new free resources as well as feature some of my favourite freebies from other artists. Amongst other things I'll be sharing with you pixel decorations, backgrounds, fonts, avatars and stamp bases.

The idea behind Freebie Friday is to keep my resources posted on a regular basis as well as to share with you some of the great freebies that the generous artists of deviantART offer.

Below you'll find a list of all the Freebie Friday articles as well as guides for helping you with using the featured freebies on your dA pages and personal websites.

And as always, if you have any questions or requests just let me know. Enjoy, guys!


Freebie Friday #01 / Mood Icons
Freebie Friday #02 / dA's 14th Birthday
Freebie Friday #03 / Pixel Fonts
Freebie Friday #04 / Pixel Bullets
Freebie Friday #05 / TBA
Freebie Friday #06 / TBA
Freebie Friday #07 / TBA
Freebie Friday #08 / TBA
Freebie Friday #09 / TBA
Freebie Friday #10 / TBA
Freebie Friday #11 / TBA
Freebie Friday #12 / TBA
Freebie Friday #13 / TBA
Freebie Friday #14 / TBA
Freebie Friday #15 / TBA
Freebie Friday #16 / TBA
Freebie Friday #17 / TBA
Freebie Friday #18 / TBA
Freebie Friday #19 / TBA
Freebie Friday #20 / TBA
Freebie Friday #21 / TBA
Freebie Friday #22 / TBA

Guides & FAQs

deviantART Customisation FAQ
Basic HTML Formatting Guide
Basic CSS Style Guide
Custom Box Troublehsooting
Custom Folder Icon Tuorial
Free backgrounds, graphics and skins

Freebie Friday #04

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 12:50 PM
Howdy! Welcome once again to Freebie Friday!

This week I'm sharing with you a bundle of pixel bullets for decorating your pages. These little guys can add a lot of flair with very little effort. Enjoy!

New Freebie

SWEET-ness Bullet Pack by Gasara


Star + Dangles Bullet (Pink) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre

Star + Dangles Bullet (Purple) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre

Star + Dangles Bullet (Blue) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre

Star + Dangles Bullet (Black) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre

Star + Dangles Bullet (Purple2) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre

Star + Dangles Bullet (Silver) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre

Butterfly Bullet V2 - Turq by Drache-Lehre

Butterfly Bullet V2 - Pink by Drache-Lehre

Butterfly Bullet V2 - Pale Orange by Drache-Lehre

Butterfly Bullet V2 - Light Purple by Drache-Lehre

Butterfly Bullet V2 - Pale Pink by Drache-Lehre

Butterfly Bullet V2 - Light Green by Drache-Lehre

Arrow Bullet (Pink) by JEricaM

Arrow Bullet (Gray_1) by JEricaM

Arrow Bullet (Light_Blue) by JEricaM

Arrow Bullet (Green) by JEricaM

Arrow Bullet (Light Blue) by JEricaM

Arrow Bullet (Purple) by JEricaM

Spinning Bone (Outline) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre

[-ai- ROMANCE] Light Pink Love Letter by Gasara

Sweet Points by UndeadZombiie

Computer Bullet by Pastel-BunBun

F2U - Pixel Wing by vvhiskers

[-ai- ROMANCE] Dark Pink Heart Balloons by Gasara

37 Free Fruit Bullet Icons by iingo

64 Free Pixel Bullet Icons by Gasara

Guides & FAQ

01 - deviantART Customisation FAQ
02 - Basic HTML Formatting Guide
03 - Basic CSS Style Guide
04 - Custom Box Troublehsooting

Freebie Friday Archive

Life Update - Family, Inbox + Things

Fri Aug 15, 2014, 12:22 PM
Howdy guys!

I have to tell you, I had the most wonderful and unexpected surprise at the weekend. My sister randomly decided that she and her family were coming down to stay with us for a few days. I can't even begin to tell you how happy that made me.

We didn't really do anything but just being able to spend some time together was lovely. Though it was over far too quickly.

I love my family ♥

After they left for home I was straight back at work so after all that excitement and then the horror and stress that is my job, I'm utterly exhausted. I'm out tomorrow on a day trip to Barmouth (this will count as my holiday for the year, I guess) but from Sunday I've got just over a week off from work so I'll be able to reply to notes and comments then. It's funny because I was so pleased when I cleared my inbox recently but then I was sad because it was empty but now I'm frustrated again because I haven't been able to reply to all the recent comments. I have such a love-hate relationship with my inbox!

I must also remember to renew my subscription. dA are quite aggressive with their reminders, aren't they? I know my sub's running out, dA. I'm getting to it, okay? Sheesh. :D

In other news, All Things Gasara is still available to pre-order. And just to let you know I only have fifteen copies left of this print run and after they're gone that'll be it I think. You can still pre-order up until 31st August though and there's 15% off with the discount code 15BRO.

Pre-Order @ Storenvy Crown Mood Icon by Gasara

And I think that's it for tonight. I'm really looking forward to a nice sit down and a bit of relaxing on Sunday. And a huge sleep!

See you next week, guys!

Freebie Friday #03

Fri Aug 15, 2014, 11:52 AM
Hello and welcome once again to Freebie Friday!

This week I'm sharing some of my favourite pixel fonts. These awesome little fonts can be used to add a little something extra to your stamps and pixel art, amongst other things of course. Enjoy!

New Freebie

Sweet Heart by Gasara


Nano-Serif Pixel Font by Mirz123

CAPS LOCK Pixel Font by stuck-in-suburbia

PjukHand Pixel Font by pjuk

Gothic Pixel Font by SparklyDest

Simply Font by SimplySilent

Tall and Skinny: Pixel Font by BlissfullySarcastic

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01 - deviantART Customisation FAQ
02 - Basic HTML Formatting Guide
03 - Basic CSS Style Guide
04 - Custom Box Troublehsooting

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My deviantART Story

Fri Aug 8, 2014, 1:52 PM
I'm not usually one to point the finger of blame. But it was all bobthescaryman's fault.

SR- Officer down by bobthescaryman

And wish-away' certainly had something to do with it.

OC - Miyuki by wish-away

Come to think of it, SlumberPoppy didn't help matters either.

BEYBLADE - Fiery Battle by SlumberPoppy

And don't get me started on Ponchounette...

Arpakawaii sketchbook :: guest art by Ponchounette 

Oh, goodness, and MYVxKIRITO has a lot to answer for!

.:Levin + Snueks:. by MYVxKIRITO

These guys! These are the guys that started my dA journey.

Like many of us deviantARTists, my dA story, while art-based, is more about being part of this wonderful (and often strange) family. It's about the people I've met, the people I stalk admire, the people who encourage me and the people I've yet to discover. It's my watchers - my friends - and the people who just stumble by. It's my heroes, my inspirations. It's that little moment of joy when someone you adore leaves a comment on your profile.

It's just... everything. It's all of us together. And that's why it's so wonderful. That's why I came here. It's why I stayed.

And it's all of you guys reading this now. My deviantART story is very much for and because of you.

Which, I think, is perhaps how it should be.

I love you guys ♥

Freebie Friday #02

Fri Aug 8, 2014, 1:03 PM
Hello and welcome once again to Freebie Friday!

This week's freebies are all birthday-themed in celebration of dA's 14th birthday! Happy birthday, dA!

New From Me

dA Birthday Decor Pack by Gasara


Pixel - BDay Box Bar by firstfear

Happy Birthday Balloons (Rainbow)! by Drache-Lehre

Free Avatar: La Birthday Caek by FreeAvatarProject

Happy Birthday Sign by Mirz123

Birthday Present Custom Box Background by Gasara

Cupcake Custom Box Background by Gasara

Free Lovely Cupcake avatar by iamyourleader



FREE AVATAR: Birthday Caik by jamal1

Happy Birthday dA by xXAli-StarXx

DA brithday free party avi by MixedMilkChOcOlate

Guides & FAQ

01 - deviantART Customisation FAQ
02 - Basic HTML Formatting Guide
03 - Basic CSS Style Guide
04 - Custom Box Troublehsooting

Freebie Friday Archive

All Things Gasara Preview

Tue Aug 5, 2014, 3:27 PM
Look what arrived today! ♥

Remember, you can still pre-order your copy up until the 31st August. Use discount code 15BRO to get 15% off for a limited time only.

Tiny Star Emoticon by Gasara Click to pre-order @ Storenvy Tiny Star Emoticon by Gasara

[Pre-Order] All Things Gasara - Second Edition by Gasara

Oh, guys. Do you remember those little contests I used to host back when I had money for prizes? Me too. And I miss them. So I've decided to ignore my oft-dire financial situation and bring them back.

Yes indeed! So let's get started.


The primary purpose of these contests is to have art-based fun. While there is obviously that element of competition there, the idea is to enjoy the process of creating your art rather than worrying about winning. It's not about perfection, it's not about skill, it's about doing. You have an entire month to enter, during which you can spend as much or as little time on your piece as you like. I only ask that you put effort into you work as this will be partly how I judge the entries.

How to Enter

All you have to do is create a piece of art based on the theme of seasons. Your art can contain references to one, some or all of the four seasons.

You can create any kind of art you like - drawings, pixels, literature, skins, anything at all.

Your art must be created and uploaded during the duration of the contest. Art submitted before the first day or after the last day of the month will not be counted.

Your art must be submitted by no later than midnight Sunday 31st August.

Leave a link to your entry in the comments here and I'll add it to the contest gallery.

And, as ever, if you have any questions just get in touch. Good luck, m'dears!


The lucky winner will receive one month premium membership. And there might be one or two points given away too.


Wondering in a Winter Forest by CaptainSquirel

Autumn by LilacColourSplash

Equinox by LlikeOaVsinE

At least I can dream by kit-su-ne

The Seasons by by-MK

Summer- Gasara-sama contest by bobthescaryman

Gasara Season Entry by BubblezMs

Winter Child.. by OliverTauras

Week 29 - Majestic Matterhorn by serel

Freebie Friday #01

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 12:26 PM
Hello and welcome to the first Freebie Friday! In this new series I'll be featuring some of my favourite free-to-use resources from around deviantART as well as posting new freebies of my own.

A new journal entry will be up every Friday with each week featuring a different theme. This week we're celebrating the absolute necessity that is mood icons and emotes - for all those times when words just aren't enough.

New Freebie

16 Flat Mood Icons by Gasara


bey . rei smilies by chrissichan

Tardmotes by darkmoon3636

tardmotes part deux by darkmoon3636

Skull Emoticon set by oOLuccianaOo

Rainbowmotes: Animated Emote Pack by BlissfullySarcastic

Star Emotes by etNoir

Heart Emote by Gasara

Exclamation Emote by Gasara

Skull Emote by Gasara

Sweatdrop Emote by Gasara

Silence Emote by Gasara

Question Emote by Gasara

Guides & FAQ

01 - deviantART Customisation FAQ
02 - Basic HTML Formatting Guide
03 - Basic CSS Style Guide
04 - Custom Box Troublehsooting

Freebie Friday Archive

RE: Using my Pixels and Graphics

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 3:06 AM
Just a quick reminder that you are not allowed to edit, trace, redistribute or sell any of my free pixels and graphics.

I keep seeing uploads of modified versions of my work. Please, please, do not do this. If I see that you've uploaded any of my graphics with the intent to pass or sell them on to others, or that you've uploaded any of my graphics in an edited state, you will be asked to remove them immediately.

I will update my Terms of Use to make the above abundantly clear. In the meantime I just ask that you respect my wishes and only use my graphics as they come.

Thanks guys.

Operation: Tidy Up

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 3:11 AM
25/07/2014 - Operation: Tidy-Up

Update 4: Day three. Moved a bunch of scruffy sketches and promotional images to my scraps. Working on updating the terms of use for my graphics.

Update 3: It's been an entire day and I've only just finished sorting out my journal entries. After looking through them again I decided to keep only a mere handful: the tutorials and the personal ones that mean the most to me. I thought it made sense to keep only the ones that might warrant a second or third read through. It was a shame to get rid of so many but I have to admit that I feel somehow liberated and my mind somehow clearer. It's funny how that happens.

So, with that done, it's off to start on my gallery. Good fun.

Update 2: I've now replaced the worst of the broken journal skins. Some extra editing to do at a later date.

Update 1: I've deleted all of my unnecessary journals - y'know the ones that don't actually really say anything or are no longer relevant. Reading back through them was good fun, though. It's always nice to be reminded of the good things that happen or how ridiculous you are sometimes.


Yes, this mission that I have been putting off for ages has finally commenced.

Today I'll be starting the epic sort out of my gallery and journal pages. This is going to include a little bit of a reshuffle in the gallery, relevant updates to links and artist's comments and perhaps the removal of one or two things. With six years of submissions to go through this may take me a while...

Suffice to say I'll be on dA for quite a while today so now's a good time to catch me if you need to. And, y'know, feel free to drop by later to provide moral support when I've had enough!

Have a good day, guys!

deviantART Customisation FAQ

Wed Jul 23, 2014, 11:26 AM

Basic CSS Style Guide

Wed Jul 23, 2014, 11:16 AM


CSS is a style language used to define the style and formatting of web pages. It is used in conjunction with HTML.

If we think of HTML as the building blocks of the web then, essentially, CSS is the painter and decorator. Very simply, HTML defines the structure of the page and CSS defines the style.

What I'll be helping you with here is getting to grips with the basics of CSS. I'll be explaining how use CSS as well as providing a number of examples that you can use to style your own web pages and journals. All you need to do is copy/paste the code and replace the sample text with your own content. Along with the quick reference I've also written a brief glossary of terms and provided a list of useful links in case you wish to do some further reading.

A point of note is that while the information and examples I've given here apply to CSS use anywhere on the web, this guide itself is geared towards the use of CSS on deviantART. As such, and given that this has been created as a basic guide and quick reference, you may require further reading to make the most of CSS's capabilities.

As always, if you have any questions or problems just let me know.

How To

CSS is written in the following format.

selector {property:value;}

The selector selects the element to be styled, the property defines the aspect of that element to be styled and the value defines the way the element will be styled. Let's look at a complete example to see how it works.

h1 {color:#4f4f4f;}

In this example we're saying that we want the colour (property) of all h1 (selector) elements to be dark grey (value).

You can specify a number of properties and values for the same element.

h1 {color:#4f4f4f;text-transform:uppercase;}

In the above example we're saying that we want the colour of all h1 elements to be dark grey and written in uppercase letters.

Now, CSS contains the information for styling elements but it can't act on it's own. HTML elements are needed to create content for those styles to then be applied to. Let's look at an example of how this works.

h1 {color:#4f4f4f;}
<h1>sample text</h1>

In the CSS we're saying that the h1 header elements should be dark grey. In the HTML we're declaring the sample text as a h1 element. The CSS will read the HTML <h1> tags and colour the text in-between them dark grey.

CSS on deviantART can be used in journal and gallery skins. For journals, the HTML will be written along with your normal journal text in the editor and the CSS will be written in the journal's Edit Skin area. For galleries, the HTML will be written in the description box and the CSS will be written in the Add CSS area.


Selectors determine the element to be styled. There are a number of different selector types you can use depending on the desired outcome.

Element Selectors target the content of HTML tags based on the element name. The example below says that all paragraph text should be dark grey.

p {color:#4f4f4f;}
<p>sample text</p>

id Selectors target the content of HTML tags based on a specified id. The id should be unique and used for a single element on the page.  Id selectors are signified in CSS by a hash tag preceding the id name. The HTML element should include the text id="..." within the opening tag.

The example below says that paragraph text with the 'intro' id should be dark grey.

#intro {color:#4f4f4f;}
<p id="intro">sample text</p>

Class Selectors target the content of HTML tags based on a specified class name. Elements using the same class can be used multiple times on the page. Class selectors are signified in CSS by a full stop preceding the class name. The HTML element should include the text class="..." within the opening tag.

The example below says that any element with the 'info' class should be dark grey. In this case any <a> tag, <p> tag or any other tag including the 'info class' will be styled.

.info {color:#4f4f4f;}
<p class="info">sample text</p>

The example below says that any paragraph text with the 'info' class should be dark grey. In this case only <p> tags including the 'info' class will be affected. <a> tags, for example, containing the 'info' class will not be styled.

CSS {color:#4f4f4f;}
<p class="info">sample text</p>

You can use your own id and class names. Just remember to make sure that the class or id name you use in the HTML matches what you've written in the CSS.


The reference list below gives examples of a number of common properties that you can use to style your pages and journals. Simply replace the green text in each example with your own values. If there are limited acceptable values for a property then the options are given underneath the example. Where a numerical or hex value are required you can enter any valid value.


specifies the font to be used
font-family: arial;
times new roman, georgia, arial, etc

specifies the size of the text
font-size: 12px;
insert a value

styles text as italic or normal
font-style: italic;
normal, italic

styles text as bold or normal
font-weight: bold;
normal, bold

sets the text colour
color: #000000;
insert a hex value

inserts space between letters
letter-spacing: 2px;
insert a value

aligns text
text-align: right;
left, right, center, justify

strikes out or underlines text
text-decoration: none;
none, underline, line-through

sets text to uppercase or lowercase letters
text-transform: uppercase;
uppercase, lowercase


sets the background colour
background-color: #ffffff;
hex value, transparent

sets a background image
background-image: url(;
insert your image URL.

repeats background image / used with background-image property
background-repeat: repeat-x;
repeat, repeat-x, repeat-y, no-repeat

creates a border around an element
border: 1px solid #4f4f4f;
solid, dotted, dashed

creates rounded border corners / used with border property
border-radius: 5px;
insert a value


creates space around the outside of an element
margin: 10px auto 10px auto;
insert a value for each side (top-right-bottom-left)

creates space inside an element
padding: 10px auto 10px auto;
insert a value for each side (top-right-bottom-left)

floats an element left or right
float: left;
left, right

specifies the type of positioning used for an element
position: absolute;
absolute, relative

sets the width of an element
width: 50px;
insert a value

sets the height of an element
height: 50px;
insert a value

specifies what type of box to use for an element
display: none;
none, inline, block


CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) is a style language used to define the style and formatting of web pages.

HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a markup language used to create web pages.

Selectors specify the element to be styled. Below we are selecting all h1 header elements to be styled.

h1 {color:#4f4f4f;}

Properties are the different aspects of style that can be defined. Below we are defining the colour of all h1 header elements.

h1 {color:#4f4f4f;}

Values define the way elements are styled. Below were are saying we want all h1 header element to be dark grey.

h1 {color:#4f4f4f;}

Tags are used to define layout and styles. Tag names are enclosed in angle brackets and usually come in pairs consisting of an opening tag and closing tag. The closing tag includes a forward slash before the tag name.
<tag> </tag>

URL (uniform resource locator) refers to the specific location of an item on the internet. It is also refered to as a web address and is used to identify and link to specific pages and content.

Hex codes are a string of six digits and letters preceeded by a hash tag used to define a certain colour.


Helpful Links

deviantART Customisation FAQ
A list of the most frequently asked questions regarding customising your deviantART account. Answers include information and instructions.

Basic HTML Formatting Guide
A quick guide to formatting content with HTML.

A comprehensive information resource covering all aspects of HTML.

Hex and RGB values
Get hex and rgb numbers for any colour

Google Fonts
A collection of Open Source fonts you can use on your pages for free.

Daily Deviation #6

Tue Jul 15, 2014, 11:58 AM
Well, wasn't that the most wonderful surprise! I was just checking dA before I started work this morning and saw a comment about a DD. At first I thought 'But memory f i s h hasn't been featured as a Daily Deviation' - and then I woke up a bit and realised that obviously it had now. I really just wanted to be excited all over the internet but unfortunately I had to start work as soon as I found out. You have no idea of the agony I endured not being able to flail on dA until some 9 or so hours later.

memory f i s h by Gasara

Thank you so, so much for the feature, cinyu! It truly means the world to me. :tighthug:

I actually feel strangely emotional and just want to cling to you all while I'm desperately sobbing. Don't worry, I shan't do that - but I want to, just so you know. I just... I'm constantly overwhelmed by the really kind reactions to my artwork. And completely humbled by them.

I love you guys. I really, really do.
My bros ♥

- Laura

For those of you who missed out the first time, All Things Gasara is now available to pre-order (again). This second print run comes with a blue variant cover and a limited art card.

The pre-order period runs from Wednesday 9th July until Sunday 31st August. The books will then be sent out during the first week of September. Please take note of this before you order!

And as a thank you to my friends and followers here's a discount code to get you 15% off your order. Just enter 15BRO during checkout. This offer is only valid during the pre-order period.

For more information about the book and to order click on the link below:…

- Laura x

P.S. You may have noticed that I've been absent again. I've been busy with work and commissions but as I've nearly finished everything on my epic to-do-list I should be back with you very soon. Which I'm really pleased about because I've missed you guys. Big hugs and much love to you all. :hug:

What a Wonderful World

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 1:56 PM

Miyavi @ Shepherd's Bush Empire
Also known as 'I am so embarrassing.'

The day started with MYVxKIRITO, the usual nerves (the nerves of a country bumpkin heading to the big city) and a pleasant train journey. It was swiftly followed by the crushing fear of the tube (the fear of a country bumpkin on an underground train) and the relief of checking into the hotel without incident (for us this is a nice surprise).

We headed to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, navigating ridiculous road crossings, and encountered the usual chaos of The Queue.

There’s always a tangible sense of confusion surrounding which queue is for which ticket holder and we bumbled around until I finally asked someone where we were meant to be. With a cheery ‘Thanks!’ I headed back to MYVxKIRITO and herded us to the correct queue. A few minutes later a security man came up to us and asked if we were VIP ticket holders. We answered in the affirmative and he replied with a jaunty ‘You’re in the right queue then.’ Over the course of the night that man became a hero. He was friendly, funny, helpful and just all-round brilliant. There’s nothing I appreciate more at gigs than good security staff. He actively approached fans to make sure they knew where they were going and to point them in the right direction if they didn’t. He came round a little later to give out purple wristbands to the fanclub members (of which MYVxKIRITO is one) and then to give out gold ones to the VIP ticket holders (of which MYVxKIRITO was also one).

It was at this point that I started to really regret my decision not to join the fanclub (a decision made on the basis that two of us registering from the same house may have looked a little shady) but nevertheless my little gold wristband was enough to remind me of how lucky I was. The rest of The Wait was spent in nervous, excited anticipation.

6:45 rolled around sooner than expected and the fanclub members were soon allowed in. Within minutes, if that, the VIP crowd followed. With my ticket checked I was ushered straight past the merch stand and into the hall where I quickly spotted MYVxKIRITO in her James May cardigan. I sidled up, shimmied in and together we amazed at our position at the barrier, right in front of the mic. We took it all in with the familiar combination of awe and impatience, shifting from one uncomfortable position to the next, until the sound check, the arrival of the photographers and then the dimming of the lights.

And it began.

And it’s at this point things get a little hazy.

There was Bobo – in his tiny shorts on his tiny drum kit – and Miyavi – in an open see-through shirt, chest bared to the world – and that was that. Their time on stage is just a blur of colour and movement, raw vocals and epic guitar. In-between songs Miyavi addressed the crowd with such passion and emotion, talking about the hardships we all endure – both the big problems in the world and our own personal troubles – and that, for one night, we could throw them away and just enjoy. He spoke of music and how it broke down barriers, that it didn’t matter if we were Japanese or British, what language we spoke or where we were, that we were all connected through the music. United. And when he played, there was no doubt of that.

Personal highlights were Day 1, with which he stormed into the set, and What a Wonderful World, with which he raised the roof. But the stripped back rendition of kimi ni negai wo actually hurt. It’s a favourite of mine and it was played with such emotion, such sincerity, and with the star-like lights circling the stage it was just so painfully beautiful. I turned to MYVxKIRITO at the end to find her not at all okay from it all and so I held her hand and together we swayed our way through Guard You until she found her ability to can again.

Of course there was more, so much more, but it’s difficult to remember it coherently. There are flashes of a brilliant smile, one-sided banter with Bobo, exquisite riffs performed with a back arched so low, the cling of zebra-print trousers, the glimpse of Don’t hesitate & go and the echo of that wonderful, beautiful voice. Though, of course, it shall all forever be eclipsed by ‘fish and chips’, a running gag that seemed to very much run away from Miyavi. It will go down in history with ‘tube map on his arse’.

And in what seemed like the blink of an eye it was all over. Miyavi posed in front of the crowd for a photo, we called his name and as he walked off stage he punched the air in a show of exhilaration that mirrored that of the fans. It was a lovely thing to see, a private gesture that allowed us to see that it meant as much to him as it did to us.

With the ghost of his voice still playing in my head I turned to MYVxKIRITO and together we set about tracking down the location of the meet and greet. We asked every member of the security team we came across for directions until we finally found ourselves in line up in the highest level of the venue. MYVxKIRITO was directed to the back of the queue with the other fanclub members.

My VIP ticket allowed me to have a photo taken with Miyavi (and three complete strangers – hello, photo bros!) which was lovely but awkward (Oh lord, please don’t document my face). After the photo he said something briefly to one of the other fans and then turned to me. We shook hands (so polite) and then words happened. I’d prepared for the moment, rehearsing what I was going to say all day. It was going to be something cool like ‘The show was awesome.’ Or ‘Good luck with your film.’ But no. In that moment as we released from the handshake, I looked up at him and said ‘Thank you. That was wonderful.’

That. Was. Wonderful.

I could not have been more formally English if I had tried.

Miyavi was smiling though and he didn’t look confused or horrified so I might have got away with it. I’ve heard he likes English accents so I’m going to believe that he was blown away by my utter polite, formal Englishness. In any case, I left.


Outside, where I was waiting for MYVxKIRITO to emerge from her fanclub meeting with Miyavi, I listened to the tales of other fans – many of whom also succumbed to panic-speak – and finally looked at the card that had been passed to me as I fled. It was a signed postcard, the date and location of the gig written in silver pen over a wonderful photo of Miyavi. That, and the gold wristband still on my wrist, are a nice memento. The only mementos, really, as by the time I came out the merch stands had been closed off.

When MYVxKIRITO finally staggered out, looking somewhat dazed and with a freshly signed membership card case (‘He asked me what my name was. I was like: <prolonged, panicked silence> Oh! Jayme.’) we decided to hang around to see if we could catch a glimpse of him leaving. Happily we caught more than a glimpse. Bobo appeared first, loading a case into the back of a minivan before disappearing again. Shortly after Miyavi came out and waved at the small group of fans loitering outside. We waved back and waved some more as the minivan rolled slowly backwards out into the road and carried him away towards his next gig. The small crowd dispersed and MYVxKIRITO and I stopped off at the petrol station for some grapes and a drink before heading back to our hotel.

We laughed out our embarrassment and waxed lyrical about the night until the grapes were near gone and alarms were set. And as I drifted off to sleep, in the surprisingly warm cocoon of a budget hotel duvet, I marvelled at the wonder of it all. As I’m still marvelling at it now.

Basic HTML Formatting Guide

Sat Oct 5, 2013, 8:39 AM


HTML is a markup language used to create web pages. It primarily consists of content placed between named tags that define the layout or style of that content.

Is it just me or does trying to explain HTML and what it does always seem to make it sound more complicated than it actually is? Very simply, HTML is the building blocks of the web. With it you can create a web page right from the foundations of the layout to the finishing touches of style. Don't get me wrong, it is a fairly involved topic but it really is quite simple to pick up the basics.

What I'll be helping you with here is the formatting aspect of HTML. These are the things that add colour to your page and make your font fancy.

Below you will find a number of examples of HTML formatting that you can use to style your own web pages, dA profiles and journals. All you need to do is copy/paste the code and replace the sample text with your own content. Along with the quick reference I've also written a brief glossary of terms and provided a list of useful links in case you wish to do some further reading.

As always, if you have any questions or problems just let me know.

Text Formatting

Bold text
<b> sample text </b>

<strong> sample text </strong>

<em> sample text </em>

<i> sample text </i>

<small> sample text </small>

<sup> sample text </sup>

<sub> sample text </sub>

<strike> sample text </strike>

<s> sample text </s>

Deleted text
<del> sample text </del>

Inserted text
<ins> sample text </ins>

<u> sample text </u>

<code> sample text </code>

| Blockquote
<blockquote> sample text </blockquote>

<h3> sample text </h3>
You can define h3 - h6

Font Formatting

Replace the green text in the examples below with your own values.

<font face="verdana"> sample text </font>

<font size="3"> sample text </font>
You can define sizes from 1-7

<font color="#888888"> sample text </font>
<font color="white"> sample text </font>
<font color="rgb(255,255,255)"> sample text </font>
You can define colour using the colour name, hex code or rgb number. Please note that the font color attribute does not work on deviantART profiles.

Paragraphs & Breaks

<p> sample text </p>
Adds a margin around a block of text

sample text <br> sample text
Moves following text to the line underneath. It has no end tag.

Horizontal rule
sample text <hr> sample text
Creates a line to separate sections of content

Layout & Alignment

<div> sample text </div>
Creates a block within which to display content. Used for creating different sections on a web page.

<span> sample text </span>
Defines an area of text that can be styled in-line. It doesn't do anything by itself but allows the use of attributes to style a certain section of text.

<div align="center">sample text</div>
Aligns content.


<img src="">
Used to display images. Replace the green text with your image URL


Text link
<a href=""> sample text </a>
Creates a clickable text link. Replace the green text with your page URL.

Image link
<a href=""><img src=""></a>
Creates a clickable image link. Replace the green text with your page URL. Replace the blue text with your image URL.


HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a markup language used to create web pages.

Tags are used to define layout and styles. Tag names are enclosed in angle brackets and usually come in pairs consisting of an opening tag and closing tag. The closing tag includes a forward slash before the tag name.
<tag> </tag>

Element refers to the entire content of a pair of tags, including the text between.
<tag> content </tag>

Attributes can be added to an element to further define them. They come in name/value pairs in the form name="value"
<tag color="red"> sample text </tag>

URL (uniform resource locator) refers to the specific location of an item on the internet. It is also refered to as a web address and is used to identify and link to specific pages and content.

Hex codes are a string of six digits and letters preceeded by a hash tag used to define a certain colour.

RGB numbers use a combination of red, green and blue numerical values to define a colour.

Helpful Links

deviantART Customisation FAQ
A list of the most frequently asked questions regarding customising your deviantART account. Answers include information and instructions.

Basic CSS style Guide
A quick guide to styling HTML content with CSS.

A comprehensive information resource covering all aspects of HTML.

Hex and RGB values
Get hex and rgb numbers for any colour

Google Fonts
A collection of Open Source fonts you can use on your pages for free.

A Bedtime Story

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 24, 2013, 2:26 PM

Let me tell you a story. 

It all started with the Wii.

There's a longwinded tale about how Wii bowling led to Wii Fitness which led to Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles which led to RE Darkside Chronicles but I'll spare you that. All you need to know is that rekindling my love for Resident Evil reminded me of the fanfic I wrote many years ago. In fact, there were two fics affectionately titled Rookie1 and Resbox2. Rookie was set before the Mansion Incident and dealt with Rebecca joining S.T.A.R.S and the initial investigation into the cannibal murders. Resbox was set after Code: Veronica and followed the survivors of the games up to that point as they hid out in France and decided how to go about taking down umbrella.

I was seventeen and they were terrible.

Regardless, upon being reminded of the existence of these fics I decided I wanted to read them and soon set about tracking them down.

Now, I've always been about 10 years behind in terms of technology or, just y'know, anything remotely modern and those fics were written on a very old computer that was given to us by family friends. It ran Windows for Workgroups, guys, Windows for Workgroups. I still have the computer because of all the treasures trapped inside but unfortunately the monitor no longer works and it's seemingly impossible to track a replacement down. Fortunately I had printed out those stories way back in the day and stored them with a load of other printed work in amongst piles of computer paper I had seen fit to draw on. So off I went to dig them out and in the process I found sections from other stories I had written and forgotten about. This time they were original stories, inspired by other things, yes, but original. These had chapter titles but were never really given full, proper titles so I refer to them now as Gladsheim Angel and Neuronet - also affectionately titled Sci-Fi fic and Police fic, respectively.

Sci-Fi fic came first and wasa space-based story inspired greatly by Andromeda with its salvaged warship, the Gladsheim Angel, its incredibly aware AI, and an unlikely crew assembled through unlikely meetings. Dalett Cshesta3 gained ownership of an antique warship before falling victim to some shady medical experimentation. His blood was infused with cells from an advance human being, known as a Hyper, and the story follows his mission to find out who did it to him and for what purpose. Helping him is a woman named Vessa, the daughter of a doctor connected with the facility where Dalett's blood was infected. Then there's Brekke, a genetically engineered being who can shift between the forms of various species, and Tyarn, a Hyper who was held in the facility that created Brekke and many other genetic anomalies. Valkyrie joins a little later, a cat-like xenobiologist working for Vessa's father and Ilasnay, a young man who knows - quite literally - all there is to know about technology.

The character of Ilasnay, the only human member of the crew, was renamed Toby4 a little later and featured in a one-shot I wrote for a fanzine called Fantastic Realms5. It followed his experience in a military prison during an air raid. He gets out of his cell only to be confronted with the results of illegal genetic engineering and bio-organic weapons manufacture. Very Res. While he's trying to find a way out - and to survive - he meets other characters who it is hinted at have a connection to other members of the Gladsheim Angel crew. It ends on a rather macabre note with Toby becoming a test subject for technological experiments and being left to die. I was a lovely, sunny child. Fear not, though, Toby was later found in the follow-up fic, saved and patched up but ultimately ended up back in prison. Very sunny.

His case was picked up by Claire Seaker6, an old colleague from back before he joined the crew of the Angel. Years previously the police department had tested a new machine that was capable of linking directly into a person's brain and feeding back images. It could also be used to send someone's subconscious into the brain of another person7. Of course, things didn't go well. Toby, a technological genius, was overseeing the trials in which Claire's brother took part. Something went wrong and Christian8 ended up in a coma, Toby ended up taking the fall and was forced out of the department, hence his career change. However, despite the blame she placed on Toby for her brother's 'death'9, once Claire found out about his imprisonment and suffering she immediately went to his aid. The story then continued with Claire uncovering the extent of the illegal bio-engineering and neurological experimentation and trying to expose it, all the while trying to keep herself and Toby alive. Again, very sunny.

But why, you may be asking, am I telling you this? Because these fics are old, and unfinished and what I have of them is badly written, though incredibly well researched and thought out. You should see the pages and pages of notes I have about star systems, technological theories, time and date systems, alien species, currency, languages... I put my heart and soul into these things. I didn't just write stories I created worlds. And these worlds continue where the stories don't. The Isle of Albion from Fantasy10 fic now houses To the Soul and In Fang + Thief. Genetic experients once locked away in a detention centre on Vatarn now roam the wilds of Kilfney. Over the years I kept picking up bits and pieces from here and there and reimagining them or rehoming them. But having found the original material again I am struck by how much I still love those stories. I still ache for Toby and the terrible hand he's been dealt and I still wholeheartedly ship the volatile relationship between Dalett and Vessa.

Nowadays you guys know of Masa and of Jun. You're so gracious to love and cheer for these characters I've only given you glimpses of thus far. And these are the characters that you'll get to see grow and the stories you'll get to read.

My other guys, though, the ones I had before dA. These are the characters that will probably stay locked away in that box under my bed. They'll probably never get their stories told in the epic novels I envisaged writing as teenager. But I want them to live on. I wanted to share them with you so that in some small way they could be known and recognised. So that these characters that I slaved over and loved could be more than just scribbled words on a scrap of paper.

More than that, though, I feel that I've reconnected with a part of myself that had been lost in time, that ambitous teenager who spent 8 hours a day researching and writing. When I look back I feel really proud of what I set out to achieve and what I managed to accomplish, even if the two never really balanced.

And so with that realisation we come to the end of the tale. But if this tale's taught me anything it's taught me this: There aren't so much beginnings and endings as evolution and growth. Everything is connected and it's all a part of you, it's what makes you and nurtures you.

So treasure everything.



1 So-called because Rebecca was a rookie at that point.

2 I bought a Gamecube solely so I could play Resident Evil Remake. It became affectionately known as the Resbox. Res(ident Evil) Box(Cube).

3 Any Escaflowne fans out there?

4 Named after Tobey Maguire but based on Wayne Murray from Thirteen:13.

5  A Sci-Fi and Fantasy fanzine for artists and writers. The one-shot was for a competition to write a story about genetics inspired or influenced by a song. This was written to Showbiz by Muse and 50 Stories by Thirteen:13 - two very intense, dark and emotional songs. The links go to YouTube and I do recommend listening if you want some angsty feels.

6 This is a very old handle of mine, back before I was Gasara.

7 I had read about the film The Net.

8 Claire and Chris, anyone?

9 Though the machine kept him in a form of coma he was technically dead. He was often referred to as being killed or being dead even though his body was still connected to the machine in a form of stasis.

10 Fantasy fic was written while I was still at school, somewhere around 13 or 14 years ago. I literally wrote it at school, mostly in history lessons. It was about a girl called Lavinia and her experiences living in the family inn and later on the castle of the king. It was heavily influenced by Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt. The countries of Mercia, Owrystia, Landenyn, Danethan and Kilfney first appeared in this story though the isle wasn't called Albion until To the Soul.


Daily Deviation #5

Fri May 31, 2013, 2:46 PM

Whenever I'm presented with something this wonderful and lovely I really struggle to know what to say. My sister, MYVxKIRITO, said a simple 'Thanks, bro.' would suffice but I'm not sure that carries all the feels I want to convey. Close but not quite!

There's so many views on DDs, what they mean, how they should be considered, but to me they will always be special. This, my fifth, is still as amazing and humbling as the first. And this one in particular means so much because it's a really personal piece, one that I really feel contains a little bit of me and captures the sense of everything I love. So thank you.

rydi1689, you're such a lovely and wonderful person. You're a real star for everything that you do for the Manga and Anime community, and for the work you did as the Fan Art CV. I really admire your dedication and enthusiasm so for this to come from you is a real honour. Thank you so much ♥

And, oh dear, I feel like I'm gushing a little bit. This year didn't start off brilliantly and this month in particular's been a struggle so this is just a very surprising and very welcome little bit of joy. I'm afraid it's made me a little emotional! Luckily for you guys I don't have time right now to write much more so I'll just leave you with the promise that I'll reply to all your comments as soon as possible. Oh, and hello to all my new watchers! Thanks for dropping by ♥

Goodness, I love you guys...

The Lute and the Horn by Gasara