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Ivy Cave
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freelance illustrator, digital painter, muralist, sign maker, hand letterer, etc.
Dear friends,
I'm very sorry I disappeared again. My husband's work has stalled, so I got a straight job at the small grocery store across the street. It's leaving me with very little time and enegery to work. So I've decided to finish up the jobs I have already accepted, and to stop taking online commissions for the time being. 

I'm very sorry about this. It's always been my dream to be successful in illustration, but as I get older, I'm craving a more meaningful relationship with art. Even when I am exhausted I find I can create personal pieces, but working for other people has driven me to the brink of self-loathing. 

So I'm going to be focusing on my own work for a bit, because I feel like I've just lost all my digital mojo. I can't seem to even open Photoshop without a panic attack.

I've been working in a slightly different style inspired by french art deco; large masonite boards, in pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic and gold leaf (because I inherited a lot of it, and I am a Klimt fanatic). I recently finished my first large painting in years, maybe ten years; it took two months to complete. I find the time by working in short bursts. This is a radical departure from my previous methods, but I've gone into hermit mode again because it is taking up a lot of mental real estate.

I may be going nuts, but this is where I was always meant to go, and I think I've finally started to make some progress. As my husband says, the faces I paint have been haunting me my whole life, and I plan to find out why. Art has become my therapy. I'm compiling a lot of thoughts about this process - a layman's theory of self-psychoanalysis through meditative art - but it may be too out-there to post. I've got to remember, the internet is forever, and a lot of what I've posted in the past embarrasses me today.

When I started on this website I decried "high art" and "fine art" and embraced my own form of "low art." And I still do! I've come to the conclusion that there is no true distinction. Reluctance to delve into fine art was a form of self-defense, a way of avoiding deep criticism, of shirking my responsibility to create a lasting and meaningful body of work. It was a necessary mistake. I was attempting to destroy my own ego. In reality, I was uncovering it piece by piece.

Thank you for your continued patience with me, world. 
- Mx. Ivy Cave
  • Listening to: the trees talking
  • Reading: between the lines
  • Watching: the world burn
  • Playing: a dangerous game
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: manly tears

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Hi, I'm Ivy! I draw other people's original characters.

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-If you have a deadline, please let me know. For anything due within 2 weeks, there is a minor fee. My work timeline is a little bit unpredictable, as I have to be satisfied with the job and sometimes I have to do several versions. If you need something within a certain time period, please just let me know and I'll do my best to make you happy!
-My policy for original character art is to ask for payment up front. If you would like a different kind of illustration, please contact me at chalkitupRVA@gmail.com to discuss the specifics. For larger jobs, usually I ask for a deposit and the rest upon completion.
- I can do portraits of real people. There is no extra charge, but be aware that I'm not a traditional portrait artist, so it will come out looking like my usual work.

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:iconjamesgunner123:
jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
...a very happy birthday to you awesome artist...=3
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist
Happy birthday
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Gurdim Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
happy birthday!
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Mairelyn Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :cake: :party:
hope you have a wonderful day today.
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KittySib Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:airborne: Happy Birthday!:cake: :party: :D
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PSOWILL Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
:ahoy::cake:
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
happy early birthday my dear :) 
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HoneyGoddess57 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Do you think that you have still have your blank meme time wrap? Because I really want to do it. Anyways, your a great artist and you do nice stuff.
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Lilly-Lilsn Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2016   Traditional Artist
You have an awesome gallery.
I like your sketchy style and the way you draw the face and stuff :dummy:
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Kissakisan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great gallery, and great style :)
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Pozuu Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
oh my lord YOUR ART IS AMAZING * O *
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TheBlackChallenger Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Happy Day of your Birth! Hope it is merry. 
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thundercake Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! It was ! :) 
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Tribble-Industries Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday, sorry about the clone trooper birthday cake the fangirls hijacked it.
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