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------ About ------

Michelle Denise Hoefener
D.o.B: August 7, 1984
State/Country: Missouri, USA
Birthstone: Peridot
Sign: Leo
Website: Iridescence (previously known as "MDH Designs")
Website Made With: Adobe Photoshop, Animagic Gif, Notepad, FrontPage
Hosted by: -- Many Thanks to Dustin ^__~

------ FAQ ------

Q: Do you do requests? ( in other words: draw pictures for people for free )
A: NO.  Don't bother emailing me about requests either.  I will still say no.  I don't care if you don't have enough money for a commission. If you are able to surf the internet and find this site or send me an email, then you definitely do have enough money.

Q: Please? Can't you just draw me one RPG character for free? It doesn't even have to be in color...
A: Sorry, it's still no.

Q: Do you do commissions?
A: Certainly! ^_~  A poor college student is always in need of more ways to pay for college!  Feel free to check out my services section!

Q: I am currently waiting on a commission to be completed... why are there new commissioned pieces being posted on your site, but mine isn't done yet??
A: No need to worry ^_~. This is almost definitely because your commission is taking longer to complete than those that have been posted here since you commissioned me. For instance, A message board signature will take much less time to complete than a fully rendered character portrait or miscellaneous drawing. Sometimes I will be working on more than one commission at once which can slow things down. I will definitely finish ALL commissions, though. ^.o;;!

Q: Can I buy prints of your artwork?
A: Yes, I currently have a few prints of 4 different images printed and ready for you to purchase!  You can find them in my purchase section.

Q: Can I use a pic from your gallery for one of my RPG, MUD or D&D characters?
A: You must get my permission through email first. If I say yes, I'll give you the guidelines that you must follow in order to use the pic.

Q: Can I use a pic from your gallery for my website layout?
A: You must first get my permission through email. If I say yes then you must give me credit by linking back to this site with a banner from my links section, and sending me a link to the site that the image is used on so I can be sure that proper credit was given. Also, I'll probably be curious to see your site and what it's about ^_~.

Q: Why can't I right click and download your pictures? When I do, It gives me a dialogue box that has copyright information in it...
A: This is to reduce the chances that someone who is selfish and cares nothing about my copyright notices will wrongly download my pictures and put them on their site or do whatever else with them without my permission. If I have given you permission to use one of my pictures, and you are having trouble downloading it, let me know and I will send you the picture through email.

Q: Why are you being so strict about the use of your pictures?
A: It took up my time and effort to create each picture on this site, not yours. It may seem like it's a piece of cake for an artist to whip up an awesome looking picture, but it also takes a lot of time, effort, and devotion.  ( I hate to sound mean, but I have to protect my hard work somehow )

Q: Will you give me drawing tips?
A: You can ask me some simple questions, but I can't tell you all there is to know about drawing. It mostly just takes a whole lot of practice and time. This also goes for pictures done in a computer program like Adobe Photoshop. I often get questions like: "Which filter do you use in your photoshop pics to get the shading to look so realistic?" The answer is that there is no "magical" filter that will do the shading for you. Just like in a picture done in pencil, paint, or the like, you must know where the lights and darks go, and place them yourself accordingly. Digital artists are talented too! (sorry, LOL, had to get my two cents in ^_^;;)

Q: Can I link to your site?
A: Sure! Use the banners and buttons provided on the Links page. You do not have to download the images for them. All you have to do is copy and paste the html into your page.

Q: What media do you use for your pictures?
A: The majority of the pictures on this site were either first inked on paper and then scanned into Adobe Photoshop 5.0.2 and colored, or directly painted in Adobe Photoshop. For those pics I used a Pablo 6 x 8 graphics tablet -- yes, I know that Wacoms are much nicer, but I didn't have the money for one of those at the time. The pictures done with graphite were done with your basic 0.5 or 0.7 lead mechanical pencil that you buy at Wal-Mart. An exception to this would be the Shadowy Tresses pic and the If Only pic which were both done with a mixture of mechanical pencil and soft lead ebony pencil. There are also a few pics done with Prismacolor markers and an even smaller few done with ball point pen.

------ Other Random Q's and A's ------

Q: Favorite color?
>> A: There are so many! LOL... probably any shade of purples, blues, and greens, and crystal (not an actual color, but oh well ^_~).

Q: Favorite medium?
A: Digital, and not far behind is Prismacolor markers on marker paper.

Q: Favorite thing to draw?
A: Hmm... probably female elves (needs to start drawing more males too...) -- if you've looked at my art, you've probably noticed already ^__^ -- and equines of various kinds.

Q: Why so many pointy ears? Are you trying to hide not being able to draw normal ears?
A: Definitely not. I just like pointy ears better, I guess. I don't like drawing "normal" pictures, and adding on pointy ears to my humanoids is one of the easiest ways to achieve "abnormality" if I'm being lazy ~.~.

Q: Pets?
A: Two cats: Gus (big male, white short hair with big gray blotches) and Bear (small female, black long hair)

Q: Favorite kind of music?
A: New Age, Ambient, Techno, video game soundtracks, anime soundtracks, various movie soundtracks, Madonna, big band (swing), and others to be discovered...

Q: Favorite anime?
A: I haven't seen a great number of them, but so far I have taken a liking to:  His and Her CircumstancesThe Visions of Escaflowne, and Revolutionary Girl: Utena (such a beautifully animated series)

Q: Favorite food?
A: Anything coffee or cheesecake flavored, cookie doe, gravy and stuffing (yes, gravy first lol), apples, bananas, broccoli... too much to list...

Q: Favorite drink?
>> A: Cherry Coke, V8, Frappachino, cream soda.

Q: Favorite video game?
A: Final Fantasy VII, X, X-2, probably XI and XII and every Tomb Raider XD.

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Legend, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Superstar, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the original Star Wars Trilogy, various Star Trek movies (yes, I'm a sci-fi geek ^_^) ...

Q: Favorite books?
A: I used to read alot more than I do now, but as it stands my favorites are: Bruce Coville's Unicorn Chronicles: Into the Land of the Unicorns and Song of the Wanderer (counts down the days for his third installment, The Final Hunt, to be published), Tanith Lee's Unicorn Trilogy: Black Unicorn, Gold Unicorn, and Red Unicorn, various Star Wars books, Green Rider, and Marco and Polo's Grand Escape (read it in 4th grade ^_~). I'm sure there are more that have escaped me at the moment...

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Version 4.0 // Feathered Wings

Version 4.5 // SciScape

Version 5 // Purity

------ More About Me ------

I'm best described as the quiet girl who can occasionally be caught sketching in a sketchbook or on school notes--minding her own business unless spoken too by another. I have been drawing for as long as I can remember and have been incredibly shy for equally as long. I wasn't truly serious about my art, however, until I reached the sixth or seventh grade. During that time, my life was in a gray pool of confusion and turmoil, thus causing me to turn to something that I could keep myself busy with--drawing.

Ever since then, my skills and interest in drawing increased dramatically. That was also the age when I was truly aware that this was what I was good at. I began to recognize different drawing styles, and my own style evolved many times from then until now, and it is still evolving. I have many goals for where I want my artwork to go and many artists who's skills I aspire to match.

I just recently graduated high school in 2003. I plan on going on to study art--more specifically 3D animation and/or 3D modeling. Another of my pass-times is playing Playstation games, and they have inspired me to direct my art toward the digital medium. 3D animation, however, is only my dream goal. If for some reason, I cannot attain that profession, I would still be happy as an illustrator, commercial artist, or web designer. I have taken almost all of the art classes available at my high school--a semester or term without an art class almost causes me to go mad. On the other side of that, though, when I am taking some form of art, there is an incredible amount of stress put on me to do my very best and to not disappoint those who know me to be good at what I do. But challenge is always good ^_~.

In the past few years, I have developed a number of styles. Fantasy has been my preferred genre of practice and in that genre are realistic, and anime styles. My favorite style, and to me the most self defining one, is my realistic fantasy style. My anime style is fun for now, but in the long run, I will work more strongly on my realistic styles since they are more self configured and able to be accepted by more viewers. When I use that style, I feel more like my artwork is truly reflecting my own personal style and not an adapted style from someone else.

Well, that pretty much defines me LOL. Please feel free to visit MDH Designs any time you want. I will try to keep the site updated regularly as I finish new pics.


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