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My deviantART Story

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 7:28 AM
Hello everyone! Today I want to take a moment and share with you my journey on deviantART. 

The first time I was actually looking at work on dA was many years ago and I didn't have an account here until about five years ago. I was using the moniker haixai and using this site to post the art I was creating while in a graphic design and commercial design class. Most of the creations from that period are not available for viewing, save a small folder titled 'haixai' in my gallery. I also had some paintings which I enjoyed but didn't want to share for personal reasons. 

Today is a Wonderful Day by JamesDarrow Kurage by JamesDarrow

In those days I was very much into kawaii vectors and more surreal style work. I watched a lot of anime, read lots of manga and really had a dark sense of humor. I'm grateful most of that didn't show through, and just the Japanese influences did.

I kept that account until I had graduated highschool. Going into the years after that I decided to pursue a career that was still creative but not quite the same artistic career like the work I had been posting. I went to school for cosmetology and now I work as a hairstylist. (Seriously though, if anyone is considering doing something like that please feel free to ask me questions!) That change in my life required a fresh start here and I made up my mind that I needed to use my name instead of hiding behind a word. *does anyone remember what haixai means? Let me know if you remember me from this!

I started taking more photographs and still do to this day. Most I don't share but when I get something I'm very proud of I make sure to post it.

Spring by JamesDarrowFlowering Plum by JamesDarrowButterfly by JamesDarrowLantern by JamesDarrow

I try to keep my work more positive and 'happy' but there has been a lot of depression in my life. This is something I'm not proud of and don't want that to show through my comments and posts. I try to keep myself surrounded by good things and as long as I don't stray from that I can usually handle life pretty well. That being said, I do have an appreciation for the darker things and can be identified as a 'goth', although I don't really consider myself one. I have taken a few major breaks from dA where I just want to delete everything and close my account but thanks to all the nice people I've been able to meet through the site, I'm still here. :)

Late 2011 I started making books and in April 2012 I made my first tutorial. I didn't have access to that great of a camera but somehow I managed to produce something I'm proud of.

Bookbinding Tutorial by JamesDarrow

That led to a few other tutorials and even a DD! I really never thought that something like that could happen to me.

Mini Book by JamesDarrowMini Leather Books by JamesDarrow

I did have to stop making books at that time because of the demands both for school and the salon really took the energy from me! 

I never purchased the programs I had been using in graphic design, and one day I might so there is a chance that I could develop my digital style of work but in the mean time I continue to take photographs and little doodles. I would like to continue to share my work with all you lovely people and make new friends along the way. I know that I haven't exactly been the most consistent and I want everyone to know that all the nice comments have really made it easier for me to stay positive in life.

popcorn by JamesDarrowCrystal by JamesDarrow

I don't want to sound cheesy saying this so hopefully it won't come off that way. I don't need extra drama in my life so I avoid it at all costs and dA has been a place for me to do that.

I have no idea what the future holds and I hope that the years to come can be just as great. Please let me know your dA story by posting a link to in the comments below!

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: きゃりーぱみ&#

Loooong time no see

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 19, 2014, 11:04 PM
I really really want to thank everyone who's been supporting me over the last couple of years, even when I haven't been around to appreciate all of you. So I want to say thank you and have a little reintroduction for everyone I haven't met yet. 

My name is James, I'm a cosmetologist working as a hairstylist and like to create art and take photographs as a hobby. I haven't really felt the need to create anything for a long time but that's changed, again. I have lots of personal creations that I would like to share with anyone interested in seeing them, I just don't expect people to take me too seriously as I don't see myself as anything special. Please feel free to see what interests me through my gallery and if you want to connect more I'm more then happy to receive comments and messages.

Also, if you messaged or commented me in the last year I promise I've read it and will respond soon!

Profiles to reach me
facebook 
(this is my personal, I hardly ever check my 'fan page') 
tumblr 
**this is a really personal blog so by request only 

I'm not really active on the Internet (。・//ε//・。)
I mostly just watch youtube now...


  • Listening to: Beats Antique
  • Drinking: iced coffee

Giveaway winners!

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 18, 2012, 7:32 AM

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Finally the time has come for me to announce the winners! Thank you everyone who gave :points: and :+fav: this journal. Also, look forward to the art feature and feel free to donate points at anytime so that I can do this again. I'll contact the winners and give the points ASAP.

Random number list

1. :iconizumiko-san:
Izumiko-san sta.sh/01a1nwtnxvf4
Donation proof

2. :iconhomikka:
homikka sta.sh/01fekumlt5zs
Donation proof
(features received)

3. :iconlittle-miss-kay:
Little-Miss-Kay sta.sh/01rm1pze4m5w
Donation proof
(features received)

4. The-Great-Bunbutchi sta.sh/0291w4f2rtiy
(features received)
5. Sakujochan sta.sh/01z4wzsd9s9s
6. miyaotohime sta.sh/02976qjhs21d
7. aeriia sta.sh/0lpqvzyz941
(features received)
8. keirui sta.sh/0i12rbvqa01
9. delcattylover53 sta.sh/01lu3ddbed1p
(features received)
10. rouge2t7 sta.sh/0zx37cmwoib



Hey! I'm so super busy right now that I can't choose the winners tonight, which I was planning on doing. That means I'll extend this until the morning and try to post the winners by noon MST 7/26!

Sorry for making you wait, I have some last minute school enrollment today which means I'll be a student again starting Tuesday. AHHH!



I've decided to have a bit of a contest and give away some points toward premium or whatever you want to do with them.

1. Favorite this journal :+fav:. The winners will be chosen using random.org from the list of people who favorite.
2. You don't have to watch me or anything, this is just my way of contributing to the community. Also, if you like the idea of this you can donate points to me and I'll use them to have another giveaway in the future. I have premium for the next year so I honestly won't be spending them on anything.
3. Please don't spam or beg me for anything! I will see that as you forfeiting your right to win.


:points: :points:  Prizes :points: :points:

1st: 500 :points:  and be included in an art feature!
2nd: 300 :points:  and be included in an art feature!
3rd: 50 :points: and be included in an art feature!
4th - 10th included in the art feature!

Also, anyone who wins and is allowed in the art feature is also allowed to advertise their commissions! :nod:  
(In the feature I might choose more than the three winners)

I will decide the winners July 25th and post the winner's feature after I've contacted them! Look for a message from me to know if you won.

Good luck and tell everyone, this contest is completely by chance and I ask for nothing in return. ヽ(*≧ω≦)ノ
Have a nice day!

Hey hey! Check out :iconxia22: 1,000 :points: giveaway!
Giving Away 1,000 Points! (ENDED):bulletpink: THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER.  IM VERY SORRY IF YOU MISSED IT.  THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. :bulletpink:
That's right.  I, :iconxia22:, with the help of :iconhoneyandthedevon: are giving away 1,000 deviantART points for free.  So check out this journal for what you have to do to have a chance!
:star::star::star:
:bulletpink: Here's what you have to do. :bulletpink:
:bulletpink: You must watch both :iconxia22: and :iconhoneyandthedevon:.
:bulletpink: You must fave this journal so other people will see it.
:bulletpink: Make a journal advertising this giveaway and make sure you LINK BACK TO THIS JOURNAL.
[Bullet; Pink] Fave this: so people will see the giveaway.
[Bullet; Pink] Comment on this journal with a link to your advertising journal.
[Bullet; Pink] And favorite either one of these journals to help advertise our contests!
[Star!] That's pretty much it.  Make sure to spread


  • Listening to: Beats Antique
  • Drinking: iced coffee

Made books

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 15, 2012, 10:32 AM

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There were so many books now I decided just to put them in their own entry. Feel free to leave links on this, the tutorial, a note or on my profile :)

BoS Completed o3o by JCBumblebeeDIY - Small booklet by KaraNariIt`s my cup of tea - (part 1) by RedilionDr Who day book by CreampawsBlack Journal by CreampawsJami-Themed Sketchbook by ameanjennMini book by Mephisto-Myrddin:thumb356189626:Totoro note book by AnuiiBook of Shadows by JamesDarrowMini Book by JamesDarrowself-made book first try by ineosbook by cbrooks903Hand Bound Book by otohime0394First Book Attempt by EAldrichsketchBook. by Lady2Shiver - New binding by ShutterBug97''Sketches And Thougts'' Book by mbahBook2 - Purple by EAldrichHand Made Journal by moonlitblackcatMy black book by respettMini Book by JamesDarrowBooks by lhasa2010Little Book of Colours by mbahSketch Book by XenaLollieNotebook 1 by luisatmnotebook 2 by luisatmnotebook 3 by luisatmNotebook 4 by luisatmNotebook 5 by luisatm.: Finished Sketchbook :. by Lil-Mouse-Chan''To Do'' Book by mbahNotebook by 666LadyLilithBook of the Awesomeness by VampirkaetzchenTiny Book Process by JamesDarrow.: Watermelons :. Stetchbook by bell-channCompass Book by saphira3479My handmade book by Maler002handmade book inside by Maler002Book Crafting! by Pistachio-sanGift: evil pineapple notebook by HazyDreamerNekoMini Notebook! by Jane-RtSecond Book-Binding Attempt by Aura-Kitty92Handmade book by yliadinosaurJapanese Notebook Covers by Totemo-OishiiCheyenne: Dear Diary by Control-the-Chaos:thumb318819399:book! by Justanelementbook! by Justanelement:thumb320693464:Handmade Floral Book by ashitx2015-02-28 12-19-49 913[1] by netmiff

  • Listening to: Beats Antique
  • Eating: mochi bread
  • Drinking: Aloe Morning