Special December Discount Commissions

Alright guys n gals! I am shamelessly posting about these again for the holiday season!

December 2014 Discounts

December 2014 Discounts

I specialize in unique original pieces and personalized service for your custom order! I offer digital art, traditional art, and custom jewelry sets. To place an order for a commission or get an estimate please contact me here: Kiriramdeo.com/Contact_Me

Any commission includes one character. A second character is an additional ½ of the original price, a third character is an additional ⅓ of the original price, etc. If you have any questions at all please let me know either here or at KiriRamdeo.com – I would be more than happy to answer your questions! Here is a price sheet for reference:

Kiris Commision Price Guide-prices

Kiris Commision Price Guide-prices

For more references of my work please go to my dA gallery.

During 2015 I will be running discounts according to themes, a list I will release before January 1, 2015.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


December 2014 Special!

Alright guys n gals! I’ve got some specials for you this month – just in time for the holiday season!

This December I have some special discounts for commissions!!

Order a $5-$30 commission and get 16.7% off.

Order a $31-$60 commission and get 25% off.

Order a $61-$90 commission and get 33.5% off.

Order a $91-$110+ commission and get 45% off.

Any commission includes one character. A second character is an additional ½ of the original price, a third character is an additional ⅓ of the original price, etc. If you have any questions at all please let me know either here or at KiriRamdeo.com – I would be more than happy to answer your questions! Here is a price sheet for reference:

Kiris Commision Price Guide-prices

Kiris Commision Price Guide-prices

For more references of my work please go to my dA gallery.

During 2015 I will be running discounts according to themes, a list I will release before January 1, 2015.

Until then, I hope no matter where you are, no matter your age, no matter your obstacles, that you are moving forward to bring what you want to you. I believe in you~


Beneficial Stress

I believe Kelly McGonigal has hit on a major point as far as the key to our happiness in life in a lecture she gave regarding the stress in our lives: in certain amounts and cases stress can be positive. Think, for example, of chocolate or alcohol. Both are bad for you in copious amounts yet a piece of chocolate, glass of wine, or a bottle of beer a few times a week is beneficial for you. These, among many other items, prompt the cleaning of your system. It is also kind of like using SeaFoam in your tank after you do an oil change. Oil cleaners like this help improve the performance of your engine by lubricating and cleaning the inner passageways, fuel injectors, valves, etc.

“It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat.”

“Tower” by Kiri Ramdeo

When you think about it the effects that stress has on you are similar to exercise – it exercises a most essential muscle in your body: the heart. When we comment that someone is very inspired or driven we say they have a lot of heart – that they are strong. Strength is built from trials taken and lessons learned over time. No heart ever became strong from its system sitting around doing nothing.

“Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others…your stress response has a built in mechanism for stress resilience, and that mechanism is human connection.”

There are more people than you realize willing to provide you with help. It is through continual display of appreciation, consideration, advice, and action that contribute to building trust and respect in a great friendship. Among you on this planet are billions of potential friends – no, I am not talking about the add-you-on-facebook-and-like-your-posts friends. I am talking about friends who encourage your strength and who you take turns with to lift each other up. That said, know that it is okay to ask for help. It is okay to say, “I cannot do this alone. Please help me.” While pushing through a struggle on your own is incredibly admirable it may at times be necessary to ask for help in order to take care of you. In this you are not weak.

“…your stress response has a built in mechanism for stress resilience, and that mechanism is human connection.”

Resilience. Built up over time from becoming stronger, bouncing back, learning to outlast your past self. A great example of this is a particular Thoroughbred jockey, Russell Avery Baze. I stumbled across an article written about him, “Born to Ride,” during the period when I was recovering from my car accident. Breaking it down to the basic fact that Russell is a horseman, he is an amazingly durable rider. I say this because he has broken his cervical spine, pelvis, tailbone and collarbone, and suffers compression fractures in his back and neck. Russell receives periodic injections of cortisone to treat the resulting discomfort that remains with him for over 35 years. Rather than complain over every bit he accepts the aches and treatments as part of a “fulfilling career” as it is worth “every throb and spasm.”

“…we know from other research that healthy stress hormone patterns may protect against the development of physical and mental health problems.” — Patricia Pendry Ph.D.

"Just Horsing Around"

“Just Horsing Around”

Doing something that makes you happy lowers the overall production of the stress hormone. This does not have to be treated only in adults – it can start with children or in adolescence. Neither does human interaction have to the be the only coping mechanism for those of the shyer variety – you can turn to animals. Take for example this article: “Horsing Around in Childhood Really Can Change Your Life” by Fran Jurga. The article follows a study that compares the cortisol (the stress hormone) levels in two groups of randomly selected students. In one group of students researchers evaluated their cortisol levels before and after working with horses by sampling saliva. The other group did not work with horses and were not given a particular activity to relieve stress. In the group that did work with horses their cortisol levels were significantly lower.  Interactions with other humans and animals have been proven to increase compassion, understanding, social-esteem, and self confidence. I very strongly believe in this. How? I’ve seen it.

Kids and Horses

Kids and Horses

 

“If everybody was as happy with their job as I am with mine, it’d be a great world.”

I know I have said this before but it permeates my life and every step I take – every hardship I suffer and every amazement I enjoy pursuing art, writing, and horses: No one said it would be easy, we only said it would be worth it. Yes, we glare and curse at this, shake our fists at how easy it looks. Most people giving this advice have either made the climb or are still making the it. They know the world will knock you on your butt. In the end we have essentially two options: just lie there, or get back up.

“Chasing meaning is better for your life than trying to avoid discomfort… [so] go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows.” — Kelly McGonigal


Sketching and Learning Languages

Happy Saturday guys and gals!

Today’s update is just a quick one for you. My current projects are as follows:

Sketch Dump 3

Left to right, top to bottom we have my OC Jorra from a Star Wars themed D&D I used to play. It was so much fun! The next two sketches are prize art sketches for winners of a contest on deviantArt (details to come soon). The red wolf on the lilypad is Amaterasu from the video game Okami. Below it is the first in a series of Green Book character chibis. Centered is a collaboration piece I am working on with Shanon Hogan (Khezix) and last is a base layout for two potential characters!

They are taking a little longer than expected because I’m having a little trouble adjusting to some hours. They last until the end of December but I will find a way to work around them.

Other than these projects I’ve been trying to teach myself Korean the same way I learned to understand Hindi – listening to the music, watching shows and movies multiple times. I write down words I recognize and then look up meanings on my own. Did you know some words in Hindi cross over to Korean? It’s true! Once I am a bit more comfortable with the language I’ll buy a handbook but for now I want to do it as naturally as possible. Why Korean? Because Mandarin is a little to complicated for me to figure out on my own just now but that is also a goal.

I hope everyone has something fun planned for the weekend and is in store for a great week before Thanksgiving! I know I have something fun planned for the week. What about you?


The Headless Horseman

This last week I wanted to work on a Halloween themed illustration in time for the day. Unfortunately due to technological complications the illustration did not make it out on the day of but I was still able to complete the concept and upload that in my art gallery (shown and linked at the bottom of this post).

The Headless Horseman is one of my favorite Halloween themed icons and naturally I wondered at the origins of the myth. I found a simple break down of the cultural origins in a short Headless Horseman on Wikipedia.

As it is there are several versions of the Horseman across over five cultures, including a warrior who was decapitated in a clan battle, a headless rider on a headless horse, a Horseman whose presence is announced by a hunting horn to wanders in the woods, a Horseman who warns hunters to pass the hunt the next day lest they meet with an accident  – there is even a headless man driving a black carriage! As for the popular American version we are familiar with, it roots from a man killed during the American Revolution by cannon. Upon his death the soldier’s head was shattered. His comrades buried him without it and he rose from the grave upon a steed, searching for his lost head…

Did you know Sir Gawain’s tale also involves a headless horseman? In the Middle English poem the following is depicted:

“…when the Green Knight mocks Arthur’s silence, the king steps forward to take the challenge. As soon as Arthur grips the Green Knight’s axe, Sir Gawain leaps up and asks to take the challenge himself. He takes hold of the axe and, in one deadly blow, cuts off the knight’s head. To the amazement of the court, the now-headless Green Knight picks up his severed head. Before riding away, the head reiterates the terms of the pact, reminding the young Gawain to seek him in a year and a day at the Green Chapel. After the Green Knight leaves, the company goes back to its festival…”

For my version of the Horseman I have pulled from mainly the Irish and German versions. In an Irish version he is known as dullahan or dulachán which means “dark man” and is not actually a man but a fairy/sídhe. The whip he wields is made of a human spine. Another Irish version of the story depicts him as gan ceann which means “without a head” and an item made of gold will frighten him away. The German version identifies him as a pursuer of perpetrators of capital crimes. I do wish I had time to add a pack of black hounds with him – in that version the hounds have tongues of fire! Ah well. Next year.

Hero by Kiri Ramdeo

Until next time, go out there, utilize your search engine to conduct some research on your own favorite icons. What will you learn?


Those Who Make It So

There is a saying: Actions speak louder than words. I believe this to be true. We can sit and think positive thoughts all we like but I have never experienced anything happen until I start moving and doing. The more positively I interact with the world around me the more goodness I witness come actively into my life. Kindness and positivity does not always need a reason. Most of the time I like to do it just because, especially if it makes me feel good on the inside doing it. For example: pulling over on my drive to work to carry a turtle safely across the road. Sure, other drivers were slowing down or veering around the reptile but s/he was a long way from the destination and traffic was about to pick up.

I discovered this video a while ago and every time I see it I tear up. Whoever has cut this video together must not only have been highly skilled but also must have felt strongly on the matter. I believe that great work comes about not only because of the skill set, but because of the belief in the messages behind the piece.

 

Kindness, compassion and positivity is authored by those who take the time to make it so. For that reason I will stop to carry turtles to safety.

Speak up.

Act.

The light is in you~


The Purple Heart

“Oh my God Clark – there are these vows: no lovers, that would explain why Lois was hit, no allies, which would explain my purple heart, and no disciples outside of the cult, that’s her. ” — Chloe Sullivan, Smallville Season 9 Episode 10 – “Disciple”

Curious that phrase, “purple heart” to an exploring mind that had heard the phrase rarely. Of course I could glean a passing-in-context definition but a seeking mind will locate answers:

purple heart definition

The first of those definitions is what Allison Mack‘s character Chloe was referring to in context. What interested me the most out of the three was the second definition. I have seen plenty of dark wood, stained wood, and treated wood, but never dark purplish-brown timber. It seems that the genus of trees Peltogyne is particularly responsible for purple heartwood though it does not start out that way. First of all, heartwood is the center of a tree, a section that undergoes a natural, genetically programmed chemical reaction. This reaction results in the heartwood becoming particularly resistant to water and decay.

wood_cross_section_001

the bits that make wood

The cells of the heartwood lack cytoplasm and are functionally dead. Each species has a uniquely pigmented center, though it is not always this starkly different from sapwood (the living wood of the tree that holds sap and also stores and transports water from the roots to the leaves as needed by season). The ratio of sapwood to heartwood varies by species. Some trees can survive with a relatively slim layer of sapwood while others have a more compacted area of heartwood. We use heartwood to produce a great aesthetic effect in floors, dressers, bed frames, desks, window frames, and more. The Peltogyne heartwood is ranked one of the extremely densest woods in the world and can be used to produce a particularly pleasing pigment:

Peltogyne hardwood flooring

amaranth wood

Peltogyne is also known as purpleheart, amendiom, and amaranth. Its heartwood starts out a light brown but turns a rich purple after it is cut. The gorgeous shade above is induced by exposing Peltogyne‘s heartwood to UV light (sunlight) which turns the wood dark brown – but it retains a purple hue. When the desired color is achieved it is preserved by a UV inhibitor. Purpleheart is prized in its use for inlay work, particularly in furniture and musical instruments. It is used primarily in smaller scale projects because it is fairly expensive and difficult to work with.

One day I hope to have some of this inlay on pieces in my own home. This is beautiful work and I’m glad I stumbled upon it. It’s another of my appreciations in this wide world, not to mention another interesting connection to a translation of my name.

Well? Go feed your curious mind!

 

*I write many posts like this sharing what I enjoy researching in hopes that I share fun learning experiences. This also helps me organize the material for long term memory and develop ideas for stories. For more of these articles select the “Ratified Research” category tag.


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