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sahra W.I.P. :iconsraffa:SRaffa 14 74 Stroker Ace :iconsraffa:SRaffa 13 29 Terpsichore :iconsraffa:SRaffa 35 66 RubyStories - Volume 1 :iconsraffa:SRaffa 14 36 RubyStories poster :iconsraffa:SRaffa 11 23 Chinese Wheel Art And Lit :iconsraffa:SRaffa 19 22 Redeemer :iconsraffa:SRaffa 84 299 Terpsichore WIP :iconsraffa:SRaffa 23 127 Monster for Drawing Day :iconsraffa:SRaffa 28 103 EAP for Drawing Day :iconsraffa:SRaffa 28 137 Revolver :iconsraffa:SRaffa 101 258 No Evil :iconsraffa:SRaffa 91 168 Three Deviants, Four Seasons :iconsraffa:SRaffa 118 199 Bumper Sticker :iconsraffa:SRaffa 41 178 Elephant Talk ID :iconsraffa:SRaffa 39 155 Snowmask :iconsraffa:SRaffa 809 481

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Fairy... :iconchristinamandy:ChristinaMandy 171 33 field :icont-a-t-k-a:t-a-t-k-a 2,264 120 Snow Queen: 2 :iconunicornreality:UnicornReality 34 55 Recluse :iconjoeyv7:joeyv7 214 100 Venetian Harpy, detail :iconforestrogers:ForestRogers 935 45 East of the Sun, West of the Moon :iconforestrogers:ForestRogers 3,111 176 Little demon :iconmokashines:MoKaShiNes 26 24 Graffiti Girl :iconrubius:Rubius 17 9 Lunam :iconshirrstoneshelter:ShirrStoneShelter 1,819 144 Waste Management Consultant :icondavidbrooker:davidbrooker 941 171 And see that life is beautiful :iconymymy:ymymy 58 3 1. :iconandiecris:AndieCris 231 50 Lama Glama :iconsynconi:synconi 598 245 Girl without heart :iconannmei:AnnMei 949 97 :Gift: The Young Priestess :icondoria-plume:Doria-Plume 408 79


keep going. dont look back. :iconcaitlin-may:caitlin-may 185 20
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Natali :iconphotoport:photoport 873 29
Blue ice cave :iconlunedark:lunedark 33 6
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407 :icondiegoidef:diegoidef 88 2
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Ecstasy :iconviper2016:Viper2016 25 12
Bees :iconmadbaumer37:madbaumer37 49 3 Pointless O.C . variant A :iconmajin88:majin88 5 3
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Down by the River (Detail) :iconthomsontm:thomsontm 19 0
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Down by the River :iconthomsontm:thomsontm 81 4
FlowerChild p2 :iconthomsontm:thomsontm 10 0 Comparion-Contrast :iconmajin88:majin88 7 6
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Female nude - study of a woman reclining :iconviper2016:Viper2016 6 3
Hera Syndulla Key Fob :iconmajin88:majin88 4 2 Untitled :iconshirrstoneshelter:ShirrStoneShelter 9 5 Mixer :iconmadbaumer37:madbaumer37 22 0 FlowerChild :iconthomsontm:thomsontm 7 0


:sphilr: by Edme

sphilr avatar by Edme


sphilr nudicon by snowmask


When everything's working right, you become transfixed by the notes and chords and the beautiful spaces in between. In the center of it, with the drums, bass and guitar all around you, the earth falls away and it's just you and your crew creating this forward motion, this undeniable, magical stuff that can move ten thousand people to snap free of life's miseries and get up and dance and scream and feel just fine.



Here was a narrative that I could place myself inside, that I could share with other people to help explain how I felt, especially at a time when I was a shy and fairly inarticulate teen. I could turn the volume up on their songs and that loudness matched all my panic and fear, anger and emotions that seemed up until that point to be uncontrollable, even amorphous. Bikini Kill's music really gave a form, a home, and a physicality to my teenage turmoil. Eventually I was able to harness that tumultuousness, build on it and make it my own. It's hard to express how profound it is to have your experience broadcast back to you for the first time, how shocking it feels to be acknowledged, as if your own sense of realness had only existed before as a concept. I felt like I could step inside something; it was a revelation.

  • Listening to: R.E.M.: Aftermath
  • Reading: Deanna Fei: A Thread Of Sky
  • Watching: The Drop

“Do not let the fact that things were not made for you, that conditions are not as they should be, stop you.  Go on anyway.  Everything depends on those who go on anyway.” 


The genuine magic of a first encounter with a work of art is in seeing all of the stages of prolonged struggle that were required to make it slammed into a single instant of viewing the finished work at once, as a singular vision.

It's difficult to imagine the breaks and interruptions, the trips to the grocery store that pulled the artist away, the concessions to sleep that derailed those moments of righteous craftsmanship which came after a dozen false starts; the struggle for money to secure art supplies (and groceries) that always postponed completion one more day; the infinite number of things that conspired to prevent the work from ever coming to fruition.

The moment of realization when you sign your name to the piece is a victory over every obstacle that made this work of yours seem impossible to accomplish; the signature is a useful reminder of how many times you really have conquered hopelessness and kept on going.

A signature is a triumph, and also a kind of resignation.

Goodbye to the year of the Horse, for better and for worse.

Happy Year of the Sheep to everyone still logging on to deviantART; to everyone still doing what we've always done here: submitting art and submitting to each other's art. Michelangelo was born in a Sheep year; may his spirit abide with us for all of the next twelve months and beyond; Happy New Year, deviantART!


Sam Raffa
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Sam Raffa is an artist and graphic designer whose clients have included Book Of The Month Club and Dark Horse Comics. His paintings have hung at Le Jardin Des Arts Gallery and Royce Galleries Ltd in Colorado, and the International Art Expo New York.

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
Where to begin with the reasons for selecting SRaffa for this month's deviousness award. How about with his passion for all things art. If you want to see someone who lives and breathes the concept, you don't have to look any further. He has spent his entire life honing his unique and easily identifiable style. You can look at what he does and just get that sense that he is the type of person who wakes up needing to create something. His journals reflect that passion as well. Additionally they provide a bit more insight to the soul of this individual. Showing a compassionate and giving nature which can then be further glimpsed through his positive and supportive commentary.
SRaffa is the real thing and we are proud to add him as a recipient for deviousness this July!
-awarded July 2007


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scarletwave Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist

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scarletwave Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So here you sit, eagerly awaiting any sign of life from just me, YES ONLY ME... shh, go with it

Hurrah revamped by ROBlNHOOD
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memod Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Professional
Thanks a bunch, Sam! Hope you're doing well? =]
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keight Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017
Thanks for the fave, Sam.
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Thank you kindly for the favorite.
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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nemosplace Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017   Traditional Artist
Hey! Thank you for faving 'Kaboom' and 'Saver'. I really appreciate it! :) (Smile) 
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SalHunter Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
:wave: Hey Sam! :hug: Many thanks for faving! :-)
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jactinglim Featured By Owner Edited Jan 28, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the FAVESS on my Yuming meets another Prof and Steve Rogers :D
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