Drawing A Demon: How To Draw Demons

Diagram One: The Loose Sketch

This sketch should be a basic one to mark out some of the important features that you want to develop later on.
This sketch should be a basic one to mark out some of the important features that you want to develop later on.

How To Draw A Demon Step 1: Getting a random idea.

When starting to draw your monsters and demons, you can do a little exercise called drafting, this is simply a process where you begin to sketch loosely without having a clear idea what you are drawing in the first place, this may sound like kind of vague, but it produces some good results, try it out!!!

Once you have formed some ideas and rough sketches you can then proceed to lay out your art in your own style and exactly how you want it.

Start to draw the rough shape of the head like in diagram One.

Diagram two: Details And Further Developments In Your Drawings

This should be the step of working out what works and what doesn't before committing totally to a happy design, work the features and just have fun drawing.
This should be the step of working out what works and what doesn't before committing totally to a happy design, work the features and just have fun drawing.

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How To Draw A Demon Step 2 Adding features and details

Next you can add some spark to your drawings and made up demonic monster characters by adding over exaggerated features such as huge spiky teethed evil grins and over the top cheek bones etc.(usually like a skull.)

The more you draw this kind of stuff, then the more experienced you will become, so remember if you need reference material to start to do your first demon or monster drawings then do so, it's not really classed as cheating y'know, you are merely learning.

Try to draw different variations of monsters as they may come in handy later for use in something else, another drawing or painting or other project.

Diagram two is just an example, just try to draw from your own mind to realise your imaginative creations.

Diagram Three: A demon Head And Body

You can add any type of body or anything you like it doesn't have to be a full human figure, in this example I have gone for the half human form and snake like body replacing the legs, but you can do what you want.
You can add any type of body or anything you like it doesn't have to be a full human figure, in this example I have gone for the half human form and snake like body replacing the legs, but you can do what you want.

How To Draw A Demon Step 3: A body to go with your heads!

Now that you have drawn the heads or more than 1 head for your creations, they need to be added to some kind of body, usually when I draw the head on a sheet of paper, I draw it in the top right hand corner, so I can then go on to design the full creature or character in the space below.

However, most artists work differently and should not be limited to someone elses way of working, do what you think is best, start everything together next time if you wish.

However, remember try to make the head and the body match or look like they would fit together as there is nothing worse than having a good head (if that sounds right!) and it looks sort of out of place on a mismatched body.

See diagram three to see what I mean.

Full Demonic Body Pencil Sketch And Final Inked Drawing

This Developed draft sketch helps to bring the design together. By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
This Developed draft sketch helps to bring the design together. By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010
Now the final inked drawing makes the demonic drawing look a bit more real. By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
Now the final inked drawing makes the demonic drawing look a bit more real. By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Demon Pencil Sketch: Before Inking

The pencil sketch of the demon head before the inking stage. By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
The pencil sketch of the demon head before the inking stage. By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Adding history and a story to your creations.

One of the most forgotten things about creating monsters and even some characters for that matter, is that they are often made mysterious by no one adding any back story to them, this is often important only if you intend to create stories or put them in other media that require a certain level of information about the characters to add depth to the overall project.

One of the best tips I can tell you is, that you can write a brainstorming list of associated words that you think would fit well with your finished monster design, and these could be the basis of your stories.

Try not to limit your words, for instance you could add long sentence phrases to get your imagination flowing an example could be:

"dark castle shrouded in mist in the darkness"

Creating a sense of atmosphere within your drawings is important even if you have no intention of placing your character drawings in an actual story, you want to create an air of mystery and a story within your art, so that you can convey your ideas well to whoever you have to, to get your work seen or even commissioned in whatever you want to do with your art.

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Demonic artwork by Wayne Tully - Be inspired and draw some demon art!
Demonic artwork by Wayne Tully - Be inspired and draw some demon art!

Demon Pencil Sketch: After Inking

The demon head pencil sketch after the ink is applied, see how it adds shape and structure to your creation! By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
The demon head pencil sketch after the ink is applied, see how it adds shape and structure to your creation! By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

How To Draw A Demon Step 4: Refining your drawings

When you have finished your main sketches and are happy with them, it's time to refine them so that all the pencil marks become clear and more defined, this is known as inking.

Taking a good quality black ink pen and go over the lines, but there is more to this technique than simply tracing your pencil lines, you need to add shading elements such as cross hatching and other pen effects, remember the face in step 2 that I developed the demon head into the design that I was happy with, well take a look in the picture again and then take a look at the inked version and see how it becomes clearer and even more defined.

Furthermore, at the inking stage with subtle effects in the ink process you can change what surfaces and textures look like with changes in the way you apply the black ink to your drawings, these techniques can make up the clothes and accessories that your evil characters might wear, such as fur,hair and actual clothing and the folds and creases of the creatures garments.

A Quick Step By Step Demon Head Drawing Progression

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The initial demon head drawing, start off with a rough idea in mind.Adding more flesh to your drawings of demons.
The initial demon head drawing, start off with a rough idea in mind.
The initial demon head drawing, start off with a rough idea in mind.
Adding more flesh to your drawings of demons.
Adding more flesh to your drawings of demons.

Demonic Goat Sketch Video

Shaded Demon Finishes The Demonic Drawing Tutorial

Shade the demon to add tone and depth. Demon art By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
Shade the demon to add tone and depth. Demon art By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Adding Light And Shade To Your Demon Drawing

When adding tone and definition to your drawings, always work out where the light source is coming from to determine your light and shadow and how it will fall on to your creations, doing this adds more to the idea of making it more life like, and giving it a sense of tonal value will strengthen this idea.

See how I approached the shading issue in the drawing below, see how it adds more to the black pen and ink drawing and improves upon the original concept right at the beginning.

Having an idea about the light sources and colour schemes if any, beforehand can benefit your drawings a lot more, especially if everything is planned well in advanced.

See another example of How To Draw A Demon

Demon In The Shade

Shading of your demon head will give it more shape and definition, as will colour too. Demonic Art by Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
Shading of your demon head will give it more shape and definition, as will colour too. Demonic Art by Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Drawing Demons

Scary Demons Head Drawing - Learn How To Draw Demons! By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
Scary Demons Head Drawing - Learn How To Draw Demons! By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

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Drawing A Demon Comments, Is there anything I could expand upon here? 89 comments

freak123 4 years ago

dude cool!!!!!


ffhhj 4 years ago

good


marshall 4 years ago

thats totaly awsome u guys better do more of that


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waynet 4 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Yes I agree, but the concept is a valid one though!


mysteri0 4 years ago

hmm... on the snake-bodied demon the joint between the humanoid and the snake should be a lot smoother with less sharp areas. also, the demon would fall over as the torso is way too large. ;)


keone 5 years ago

nice


mememe 5 years ago

i love it !


blake 5 years ago

mad drawings bro


stalllonne 5 years ago

are you a hull city fan...and oh...I like what u r doig here..btw im a Red devils fan


kenny 5 years ago

i love south park when he said dont nuke our imagination bro woooooooo.!!!!!!!!!


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waynet 5 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Well that book is 60% finished, just gotta create a great cover and finish the interior artwork.....and will let everyone know fairly soon when it's out there!


james 5 years ago

yah man what ricky said a while ago id buy that book to


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waynet 5 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

No! Sorry as I have use for all of my artwork. Feel free to re draw it in your own style though....cheers! I'm writing several books this year and bits and pieces will feature in it that I've drawn. All artwork copyright Wayne Tully.

Although I could draw you a brand new one to feature on your book though!


Animefreak 5 years ago

I'm writing a book and i'm only ten, this would be great for the cover. I love your pictures. Is it ok for me to use one it the demons for my cover? Thnx allot,

*****Animefreak*****


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waynet 5 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers now guys!


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akeetlebeetle 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Excellent Work!!!!! You draw really well. I like your explanations on how to draw better. I'm in awe. I thought your castles were good but "How to Draw a Demon Face" was better. Awesome and keep up the good work!


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viryabo 5 years ago

Awesome. Rated up.


pytin 5 years ago

i hate it


hotmoma212 5 years ago

this so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)


gsdtbsrth 5 years ago

this so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)


elle 6 years ago

hard to draw


Bucky 6 years ago

Your art is bad but so do better next time.


Jay 6 years ago

Yeah u need to develop ur skills as an artist.


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HoopBot 6 years ago from Internet

That is really cool, but might give me nightmares!


magekid1124 6 years ago

thanks! ill have a go at designing my own one next!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Yeah well done that's great! now the idea is to have a go at what you've practiced and come up with a demon of your own....

Great job well done!


magekid1124 6 years ago

here it is is the same drawing as the one on your how to draw a scary demon hub. please view it!

http://sites.google.com/site/demondrawings/


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers Magekid!

Cool send a pic of your demon or link to it if you can, so I can have a look, cheers for the comments!


magekid1124 6 years ago

i am 12 and i have just started drawing demons and this hub has really helped!!! can i send you a picture of my drawing so you can tell me what to improve?

and 1 last thing... this hub RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

ok cheers!!


Michael Phoenix 6 years ago

Sorry Wayne I didn't know you already had a video on shading that you posted last year :/ i feel dumb now haha keep drawing man your art rocks!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Best to draw your own as these are copyrighted, but thanks for the thought anyway! sounds like a great idea doing an animation though!


beyblader761 6 years ago

these r original right?'cause my friends and i r thinking of creating a pg-13 animation series and i think these drawings would be awesome for it


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers now Michael!

A demon wolf sounds like a cool idea to try and draw....!


Michael Phoenix 6 years ago

Sorry I gave you wrong account name its mjtp321 I think :) not that it matters though TY for responding to all of my comments keep up the great work!!! Oh and you should try drawing a demon wolf or something thats all torn up and snarling only if you want to though. AWESOME DRAWINGS WAYNE!!!


Michael Phoenix 6 years ago

TYSM!!!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Sure, I'll do a drawing vid on youtube about shading, so watch out for it!

Cheers now!


Michael Phoenix  6 years ago

I love looking at your art!! I was wondering if you could make a tut on YouTube or something on shadin because I can sorta sketch out my own demons but never bring them to life bymyself( I can only copy your shading ;) ) keep adding new art man it's awesome my YouTube account is going to be michaelphoenix13 I'll subscribe to you! :) if you don't mind


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Thanks....got lots more drawing tutorials that you may be interested in soon....


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bonny2010 6 years ago from outback queensland

I am not a fan of demons,have too many of my own,but I like your work and Iliked this hub - thanks for sharing


brittney 6 years ago

all of your drawings are the bomb they are very detaled and decribtive you have

a good opertunity to do famise drowings so keep working they are great


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers now Kamyker!

Many more drawing resources coming soon!


Kamyker (Stoner) 6 years ago

NICE :D

I am 13 and i started how drawing fantasy. I veeeeerrryyy like your arts.


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers Alex!!!

Shading drawings takes some time to get right as you need to know where the light source is coming from....


Alex 6 years ago

wow dude! you can really draw. im 15 and i tried making the same drawings you have up there and they came just like them, except for in the shading im not really that good in the shading


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

I'll look into it for you, I know the design you speak of and see what I can come up with soon!

Cheers ms babs!


ms.babs 6 years ago

im not sure if this would be quite your style, but do you think you could put up a tutorial on how do draw a "psychadelic" drawing of a pot leaf? i ask simply because i think the shape and look is really beautiful (for me at leaste).


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers and good luck with your demon drawings and don't forget to check out my youtube channel for drawing videos for inspiration - http://www.youtube.com/user/WayneTully1


Michael Phoenix 6 years ago

Hey man great work! I was just browsing pages trying to find out how to draw demons with wings and stuff like that im just starting to take are a little more seriously. I'm finding it to be challenging but rewarding with practice. Keep up the good work i'ma go check out your other pictures too.


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers now Brimancandy!

I enjoyed doing this hubpage and it was the very first one that featured a how to draw format, and one that I will continue to find other things to show anyone how to draw.

This hubpage hasn't earned me much, but it has brought in a ton of traffic at nearly 40,000 views in it's life span so far.

Good luck with your online sci-fi novel!


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brimancandy 6 years ago from Northern Michigan

Awesome! I am going to come back to this page often. I plan to create a monster for my future on-line science fiction novel. Your tips will help me greatly!

I hope you are making a ton of money off from this hub. It's very well done!


tgk ( kitkat 6 years ago

nice 1 i love demon & devil drawings


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers Dave!


david 6 years ago

nice cooollllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers pasty!

I would definitely like to see your hubpage when you get them published!!


Pasty 6 years ago

dude, awesome drawings, i just checked this out and i really like your work!. i am an amatuer artist and your tutorial really helped. i might even open a hun=b page for myself and post a few of my recent pieces. Anyway, thanks man!


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Oh dear...sorry that this wasn't your cup of tea...maybe learn to write english better and draw yourself before you comment on my efforts...just a thought unknown!


unknown 7 years ago

that was fuking shit i tell you that wasccunting shit


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Hopefully I will have a few more fantasy drawing hubpages within my hubchallenge efforts, I already have a dragon drawing one in draft and how to draw a fantasy battle scene one too in draft aswell as many others such as the myths and legend series of monsters and creatures starting with medusa and then who knows?!

The best thing I like about drawing demons is you can draw lots of them in no time, I'm going to start a project this halloween and it is Draw a demon a day and all I do is draw a demon head a day for an entire year and write a short blog post for each one...just a little project that I have wanted to do for awhile!


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robertsloan2 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

One more great fantasy drawing article! Now I'm really glad you're doing the HubChallenge, so here's my vote -- do more drawing articles on various aspects of fantasy art! Some on doing big waves, fires, explosions, burning things, rocks and background elements along with other fantasy creatures like dragons or wyverns or the ever-popular hippogriff and other chimerical constructions would be great. I've often got trouble doing anthropoids or combination creatures with proportions between the human and nonhuman bits. Yet it seems to always come out all right if what I'm doing is a demon!

Mine always tended to look a little more haunted and neurotic, more Hieronymous Bosch than your grand powerful demons, but I think you're drawing the ones that had some of mine look like little backstabbing wimps. The beauty of demon drawing is that no two ever need be alike! They can represent any unwanted extreme in the human condition.


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Thanks RooBee!

There's more art/drawing hubpages on the way, so keep checking back!

Good luck with the demon drawing!!


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RooBee 7 years ago from Here

Scary, and great! You're an awesome artist and I'm so excited to go check out more of your hubs. First, I gotta try to draw a demon, though..


xXCookieXx 7 years ago

Well can you be the illistrator for my book


xXCookieXx 7 years ago

Im writing a book

And im ten lol

Its about Demons

I think your pictures are really good


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Thanks Sharrie!!!


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sharrie69 7 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

Checked out your demon gallery. Love the demons.


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Hi Sharrie69!

Having your own studio just stops distractions from occuring and sometimes the demons just want to come out in my art!!

Thanks for the comment!


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sharrie69 7 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

ahhh....all we artists have our own demons don't we!

That 'Go away' sign on your studio door is probably there for a very good reason! ;-)


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Connor, You can sign up here at hubpages for free and write and upload your art to a hub page or two, so long as you write abit about your art and that sort of stuff then your page might get seen by others who search for it.

Link to them from your profile page your hub pages I mean and just write an introduction about you and your art, it's a good starting point.

Cheers for the comments!


Connor 7 years ago

hey man great page and awsom artwork im about to attempt what your trying to put forward here ill try and get my attempts up on the net but im not sure how? iv always had a thing for demonic/angelic or fantasy art if u like but never tried to evolve my art around it so i hope from this i can! my email is Connor_summers@hotmail.com can u get back to me on how to set up and upload pics/vids and hwo to get back to this page!


Ricky 7 years ago

No prblem im her to help caus as i did say before i am 14 but its amazing for this kinda stuff for me to do i would buy that book its would have 2 thunmbs up WAY up lol


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

I have lots of notes and sketches because I have thought about it, if there is demand for one and one that I could set apart from other how to draw books then I would do one and put it on Amazon, thanks for the vote there Rick!


Ricky 7 years ago

Hey Waynet Have you ever considerd like a drawing book you know like a step by step of your drawings if your. Cause i Would definetly but it dude


Ricky 7 years ago

WoW i got to start reading more comics then lol tbh i don't think im a good enough drawer for a hub page im only 14 but im an ok drawer


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Hi Ricky, my inspiration comes from comic books mainly, but secondly horror films and other fantastic films, I often get so immersed in storylines that I imagine that the stories are part of my own mind at times, because I often think in terms of a story and then build my drawings up from that basis.

You ought to get your art on hubpages , thanks for commenting!


Ricky 7 years ago

Hey Wanet your work is a amzing i draw as well but in a carttony form like that video u made quick scetch of a demon head i looked at that and i scethed sometihng like that but into a cartton one. btw Where does your inspiration come from???


jool guy 8 years ago

hey man great job. i actually tried it myself i added a few things to it tho so it wouldnt be a "copy cat". lol well man once again great job. ill be keeping a look out for some more of your work. i graduate 2011 woot lol laterz...


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waynet 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

I will cheers!


zack 8 years ago

yep thts what u shhud definatley do!


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waynet 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Thanks for the kind comments!

I love drawing demons guys and there is going to be more hubs on this topic or maybe just added to this hub, an ever growing demonic art hub.


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kia31 8 years ago from Los Angles

I tired to draw your demon and I am still not good, but yours looks great.


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nashomega 8 years ago

I don't know, i think creating a demons in ones mind is a tough job, because we all have fantasies of beautiful stufff!!!

Good going! though i was scared... you have done a good job


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waynet 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Thanks for the comments, I am going to do more of these types of hubs, next up coming soon is the how to draw dragons, so look out for it!


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turquoise_ice 8 years ago

Wow, pretty cool stuff.


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The Phantom Blot 8 years ago

I like, demons have never been my strong point. They always turn out looking cuddly.


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jaymz 8 years ago from USA

Cool! I wish I could draw. I'd definately move up to tattoo artist versus body piercer.


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rabi Khan 8 years ago

Highly Creative!

great hub.


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Mark Knowles 8 years ago

And this is in your head? Just checking - you feeling OK?


photoblogger 8 years ago

nice write up, you have some artistic talents there!

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