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About Traditional Art / Professional Mary MacArthurFemale/United States Recent Activity
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Selena sketch by FireFiriel Selena sketch :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 2 2 Precipice of annihilation by FireFiriel Precipice of annihilation :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 8 2 Mario's Journey quilt by FireFiriel Mario's Journey quilt :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 2 6 Art of 2017 by FireFiriel Art of 2017 :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 0 0 12 - Prizewinning Pie by FireFiriel 12 - Prizewinning Pie :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 2 6 11 - BLUE Ribbon by FireFiriel 11 - BLUE Ribbon :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 4 2 10 - Moment of Truth by FireFiriel 10 - Moment of Truth :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 1 4 9 - A Job For by FireFiriel 9 - A Job For :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 1 1 8 - Sore Loser by FireFiriel 8 - Sore Loser :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 2 4 7 - Judgement Day by FireFiriel 7 - Judgement Day :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 1 6 6 - Saboteur by FireFiriel 6 - Saboteur :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 3 3 5 - Inside Intelligence by FireFiriel 5 - Inside Intelligence :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 1 6 4 - The Prize Steer by FireFiriel 4 - The Prize Steer :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 0 1 3 - Riding the Range by FireFiriel 3 - Riding the Range :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 2 2 2 - At the Billionaires' Club by FireFiriel 2 - At the Billionaires' Club :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 1 2 1 - A Visit with Ma by FireFiriel 1 - A Visit with Ma :iconfirefiriel:FireFiriel 1 2


Beauty of the mafia by CelticSakura Beauty of the mafia :iconcelticsakura:CelticSakura 515 60 Hoodies by Grimmby Hoodies :icongrimmby:Grimmby 540 19 Sirenas 44/50 by alealgethi Sirenas 44/50 :iconalealgethi:alealgethi 83 3 Flute by mclelun Flute :iconmclelun:mclelun 233 12 Classroom Flood by mclelun Classroom Flood :iconmclelun:mclelun 368 13 Rebel and General Lee by Orr-Malus Rebel and General Lee :iconorr-malus:Orr-Malus 37 18 bizenghast cut-out by franksvillage bizenghast cut-out :iconfranksvillage:franksvillage 14 6 Vintage Washington - Skiing Mazama Ridge by Yesterdays-Paper Vintage Washington - Skiing Mazama Ridge :iconyesterdays-paper:Yesterdays-Paper 14 0 Ex Luna Scientia by yakuzafish Ex Luna Scientia :iconyakuzafish:yakuzafish 120 26 Strange way by Last-Valentine Strange way :iconlast-valentine:Last-Valentine 109 16 Ace Attorney 6 by Serenyan Ace Attorney 6 :iconserenyan:Serenyan 27 3 Luna by MandyKurosaki Luna :iconmandykurosaki:MandyKurosaki 21 4 Nahyuta Sahdmadhi by MandyKurosaki Nahyuta Sahdmadhi :iconmandykurosaki:MandyKurosaki 35 2 Japanese Madonna of Tender Mercy by Theophilia Japanese Madonna of Tender Mercy :icontheophilia:Theophilia 255 89 Emperor in Exile by MatejCadil Emperor in Exile :iconmatejcadil:MatejCadil 40 14 Everyone waiting by Ebineyland Everyone waiting :iconebineyland:Ebineyland 118 4


Hopefully almost done with a freelance job that's been eating oodles of my time, wanting to throw myself fully into new projects, I looked at my art and the art of more successful artists and had a crisis of confidence.

Many people lack confidence with the figure and only do facial closeups. I realized I'm the opposite. Take my latest fanart piece, Precipice of annihilation: I think the composition as a whole, the wings, and the background came out great. But there's not much expression in the faces; I got a little bit of a likeness of Jared with Diath but didn't even try for one of Holly with Strix. I always want to have the whole figure, making faces small and often turned away. Also, I'm much better with line and shape than form and volume.

So, especially since I hope soon to move from the thumbnails to the penciling for Clockwork Dancer by Jon Del Arroz, I need to train! In drawing mechanical things as well, but here I'm talking about faces! So, I'll do a little series of portraits, starting with characters not played by live people so I don't have to worry some much about likeness, and then if that goes well, some live-portrayed characters or even just portraits of real folks!

Planned portraits: Mimi from Digimon, Miku Hatsune, Rebel from Alt:star:Hero, Dejah Thoris, Apollo Justice, Junpei from Zero Escape, Brainiac 5 cartoon design -- further suggestions are welcome and may or may not be accepted!
Accepted suggestions so far: Bang/Silver Fang from One Punch Man, Miles Edgeworth

Story List

Clockwork Dancer by Jon Del Arroz
Thumbnailed three more pages.

Paper Doll Veronika
It is underway! I've completed 36 one-panel pages!

No new progress.

26 Palaces Under the Sea
No new progress.

Mary's Mazes
I've been told that my last idea, to use background made for Paper Doll Veronika for this, is not a good idea. I see what she means, especially if I want to create a mood like Christopher Manson's Maze, which is the inspiration for this. We'll see...

Fanworks (all DC)

Batman: Decadence
No progress on pages, but some major rewriting decisions have been made.

All's Right with the World
The next story, All the World's a Pirate Ship, is being sketched.

The Curse of the Scarab
No new progress.

Justice League de Coeur
Status uncertain.
  • Listening to: Beachtowel by Typhoon
  • Reading: The Two Princesses of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine
  • Playing: Candy Crisis
  • Eating: Frosted Flakes
  • Drinking: coffee

Journal History


Mary MacArthur
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States


Takin' a break from many of the sites I frequent 'cause I don't want to see peoples' opinions about Justice League. Good or bad, I just want to see and judge for myself.
I may have been banned from Facebook? Not sure. Also texts aren't working on my phone so if you need to contact me, use email or Gab.
I had been planning to do Inktober, but I blink and the first few days are gone.
I can't believe YamatheSpaceFish, aka Clamps, the legendary-level filthy pervert SJW cyberstalker, found me. Instablock. Clamps is Y on this list, which is a great read in of itself.…
Thumbnailed five pages of Decadence today. That's actually a lot! Figuring out how to lay out the panels is the hardest part.
JustAlivest is deactivated. Did she leave, or get banned for speaking against sodomy? Is DA going to become a SJW censorship fest like Twitter and Facebook?
My first Dice Camera Action fanart, and one of the players liked it! :wow:
Danny Elfman is banal and Joss Whedon sold his soul to Moloch (aka Planned Parenthood)... everything I hear about the Justice League movie worries me tremendously. You're not Marvel! Don't try to be!


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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! That's great!
Amarycangirl998 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017
Here's the story I was telling you about:…
JustAlivest Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! :)
MyLifeForFenix Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Student Artist
I am truly sorry that you've been banned. :( 

But keep on fighting against sodomy!
FireFiriel Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Your stand against the evil of homosexuality is inspiring!
JustAlivest Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thank you very much! I'm very glad!
bayonettafan001 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday and may God bless you with many more! :D
FireFiriel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
bayonettafan001 Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome :)
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