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I do not do art for free. I charge per hour for design work plus the costs of printing/framing/postage. You can commission me for a digital copy only (i.e. only pay me for my time). I also design tattoos. Simply note me.


My dA Story...

I joined the site back on April 15, 2005. A friend at the time recommended the site to me, knowing I enjoyed drawing and such. I'm so glad that swirV did. I've never looked back.

Before I came here I was just a girl doodling pictures on scraps of paper in her living room. This site (and its people) have turned me into a girl who realises dreams. Travel. Writing. Everything.

This place has always been home. I can take it with me anywhere I go. Whether I'm in Australia, Europe, America, Asia... it's with me. Wherever I am, I know I have a familiar place to turn to.

I've run competitions. I've run groups. I've accepted challenges and collaborated. I've taken part in the community, and the community has given back. Outsiders don't understand, but we do.

I'd like to think in years to come I will still be hanging around here. Even when my books have been published. No matter what country I might be in, or who I may be with, this place will still be home.







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If you have a question, ask. If you want to say something, comment. Don't hesitate to note me, I don't bite. I do reply. I am here to learn and create just like anyone else and I have always loved interacting with other artists. If you indulge in your creative spirit, we are the same, you and I. If you hunt for silver linings, as I do, we are kindred spirits. All of us, we have much in common.

Thanks for 95k...

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 13, 2014, 8:45 PM

Update: 95,000 pageviews. It means a lot that you guys are still watching. I know there was a lull from me during limited internet, writing freak-outs, work, travel and running. My editor tells me my book will be ready for publishing at the end of the month, and I am currently working on a cover. If you're wondering why I don't share writing here, it's because deviantART is a place for me to indulge in other avenues like mixed media and photography. Most of my writing ends up in my books which makes it difficult to share until published. When the first book is in print I'll no longer have to bite my tongue.

Featured Artist: surrounded-foto

I stumbled onto this gallery while searching 'travel photography' here on dA the other night. So glad I did, every photo makes me dream of far off places...

Grandeur by surrounded-fotoPortal by surrounded-fotoTrois by surrounded-fotoMughal by surrounded-foto

Featured Competition:

Head over to thedaydreaminggirl who is preparing to host "The Big Gender Photo Challenge." Keep an eye out on her journal. You can already offer points and features towards the prize pool. Further details announced soon.

Featured Works:

Sweet Deflection by piximiFloating gold by DimRashaTraffic in the sky by deerArylideIm back by Purple20Flowers by the Sea by OJ-OKCurious sheep by thedaydreaminggirl

Previously: Travel, travel, travel...

It's all that I can think about. That is, when I'm not eating, sleeping, running or working. I am a collector of countries and cities, of all kinds of places, and most of all of memories. I have so many of them, but it is never enough. I want more! It is quite possibly the most exquisitely beautiful greed there is.

I have a work colleague who says, in order to save for his own dreams, he now asks himself, "What would Erika do?" It's funny that someone can conjure up the mental image of me and use it to keep them on a financial path towards their own bigger picture. It's the best compliment I've been given in a long time.

But financially I have my affairs in order. I am working hard on making all my dreams come true. My editor says she will be done with my book by the end of the month, and then it shouldn't be long until I have a product to present the world with. Once that is done, I have two running events ahead of me.

It's clear sailing after that towards my ultimate finish line. Next year I am taking off a minimum of 6 months for traveling even more of this earth. I am going to let my greed take me. Perhaps I'll volunteer somewhere doing something like teaching Buddhist monks English in some far off country.

But before that? I am glad you asked (or at least, I did on your behalf). I have a list a mile long of places I would love to see and people I would love to visit. Some hopefully will be kind enough to put me up for a week or two and show me around their corner of this big blue marble. I am open to suggestions...

Where should I go?

Old Friends:

Rain On The Beach by damaskangel .:: Oh love ::. by Whimsical-Dreams spinning by Kotryyyna I'll get you by swirV

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FlabnBone Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for faving "The Enchanted Path"  :heart:
If you want to see more of my photography, like my FB page
erikakochanski Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Writer
dominikmellen Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave :)
erikakochanski Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Writer
Cocooue Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Photographer
thank you very much for the fave :happybounce:
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