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I DO NOT ASK FOR POINTS AND I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO FEEL OBLIGATED TO DONATE ANY. That said, if you'd like to donate points I'm not going to discourage you.
Feel free to donate points:

--> Just because you're feeling generous

--> As a sign of appreciation for my work -- even if it's not very good, each piece was born of my blood, sweat, and tears. And usually Autodesk Sketchbook or some pixel art programme.

--> Because you're in the Christmas spirit (even if it's nowhere near Christmas and / or you don't celebrate Christmas anyway)

--> To help me donate to various causes I might find (usually I reserve my donations for Deviants in need / newer Deviants / occasionally photography-related donation pools)

--> To build up good Karma

--> Because you have a spare point or two you don't have anything better to do with

--> To help me get items off my Wishlist and into my room

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Zidge (Tilkie) Catto
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
I'm like a burrito: you'll never know for sure what's on the inside until you bite into me.

WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE, TILKIE?: Currently I'm working on developing a text-based adventure game (featuring cute characters!) I coded a prologue for several months ago for my computer programming class.
SEND ME A NOTE IF YOU WANT TO BE A BETA TESTER. (Please please please want to be a beta tester). Note that in order to do this you must have some device that is able to run Python programmes.
All art projects (photography, digital art, poetry) not explicitly related to the game are officially on hold until the programme is complete, but I may violate that 'hold' if inspiration strikes.


--> Most important person ever:

--> I do REQUESTS and COLLABS (any medium, including literature). I do not do commissions because I don't think people should have to pay for my work (unless you're buying a print). If you feel you *must* commission me for something, pay me in llama. Please send me a note if you're interested in anything ^_^

--> LLAMA-4-LLAMA, YO: as of 30 January 2016, I'm an official llama whore. I've always loved the cute lil dA livestock and had accumulated quite the collection without ever asking for them or anything, but now I've decided to go hardcore. If you find anything about me or my work worthy of a llama, I'd love to get one from you; I'll ensure you've gotten one back from me as promptly as possible.

Art Style / dA-Related Information:
Stamp: Critique Please by SimplySilent I trade llamas - stamp by kas7ia Addicted to Pixelart by Bulldoggenliebchen Im in love with vibrant colors by Bulldoggenliebchen Group Button I adore color by Bulldoggenliebchen Llama Addicted Stamp by Luciellee Both digital and traditional art stamp by CheerfulPerson Super Albino Llama Want Stamp by Gokulover4ever

British English language level NATIVE by TheFlagandAnthemGuy French lang 1 by Faeth-design Irish language level INTERMEDIATE by TheFlagandAnthemGuy USA Language Level stamp3 by Faeth-design Canada language 3 by Faeth-design Scots language level INTERMEDIATE by TheFlagandAnthemGuy Korean language level RANDOM WORDS by TheFlagandAnthemGuy Quebec French language level RANDOM WORDS by TheFlagandAnthemGuy Latin language level RANDOM WORDS by TheFlagandAnthemGuy Esperanto language level RANDOM WORDS by TheFlagandAnthemGuy Greek language level RANDOM WORDS by TheFlagandAnthemGuy Russian language level RANDOM WORDS by TheFlagandAnthemGuy Czech language level RANDOM WORDS by TheFlagandAnthemGuy Polish language level RANDOM WORDS by TheFlagandAnthemGuy German language level RANDOM WORDS by TheFlagandAnthemGuy
  • Listening to: Black Keys, 'Tighten Up'
  • Reading: Plato, 'The Trial and Death of Socrates'
  • Watching: my life slipping by
  • Playing: with my hair
  • Eating: bread
  • Drinking: to drown my sorrows. (Kidding. Water actually.)
(Titled because thirteen is a happy number.)

:iconlovlyblossomcherry: tagged me to do a ... thing!  Llama Emoji-21 (Speechless) [V1] Llama Emoji-39 (Eager) [V2]   I'm pretty sure this technically makes me qualify as cool ... Llama Emoji 27 (Awesome) [V2] 

(But I wouldn't know.  I've never been tagged in a thing before Blush)

Anyway the rules are apparently as follows:


1. Post these rules.

2. Each person has to share 13 things about them.

3. Answer the 13 questions asked to you and invent 13 questions the people you tag will have to answer.

4. Choose 13 people.

5. You have to legitimately tag 13 people.

6. You can't say you don't do tags.

7. Tag-backs are ALLOWED.

8. YOU MUST MAKE A JOURNAL ENTRY. NO COMMENTS. Unless you're commenting about the actual entry.

9. You have to finish this within a week. If not, you'll have to do whatever the creator tells you to. Art, rp, etc.

10. Be creative with the title. No "I've Got Tagged" things.

Thirteen Things about Me not Addressed in the Questions:

  1. Tom is the best musician, photographer, and digital / traditional artist I have ever had the privilege of knowing and I can never tell whether I should be incredibly jealous of him or incredibly inspired by him.  (The fact that I hold him in such high regard as an artist has nothing to do with the fact that he's also, incidentally, my fiancé.)
  2. Despite the fact that nearly half of my Deviations to date are poems, I actually for the most part really don't like poetry.  William Blake's The Tyger is a rare exception to that. 
  3. I am asexual
  4. I obsess over my dog slightly more than I obsess over other people's dogs, but mostly because he gets jealous if I don't obsess over him most.
  5. I'm a bit of a typography nerd.
  6. I'm a linguistics nerd.
  7. Actually, I challenge you to find me a single field in academia that I won't totally nerd over if given the opportunity.  I don't think one exists.
  8. A few years ago I wrote a fairly thorough essay on how the economic potential of the Iron Islands should not be overlooked or underestimated.  Purely for fun.
  9. Relatedly, I am Ironborn.
  10. I am in Ravenclaw.
  11. I am INTP, and I have Attention Deficit Disorder, Output Disorder, an IQ in the 'Very Superior' range, Major Depressive Disorder, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.  (In other words, my brain is all kinds of fucked up.)
  12. Aside from DeviantArting and other activities alluded to elsewhere in this journal, I play harp, I fence, and I self-teach languages (especially conlangs) and Polynesian dance (especially hula).
  13. I have almost no sense of smell, and usually when I do smell things, normal people don't smell anything / don't smell what I'm smelling.

Questions I was asked (by :iconlovlyblossomcherry: !)
1. If you could have any superpower, what and why?
    Shapeshifting.  Shapeshifting all the way.  Because I'm not content to be confined to the limitations of my own knowledge / experience. 
Nymphadora Tonks 
2. Favorite type of soup? If you don't like soup, why?
    You cannot make me choose between tomato soup and French onion soup.  YOU CAN'T MAKE ME

GRRR - Animated 
3. Cat or dog person? Neither? 
    Dog person.  Mostly because I'm even more allergic to cats than I am to dogs; I actually love both more than I probably should.  
4. One celebrity you would kidnap and hide in your basement? Is it out of love or hate?
    If it has to be a currently-living one, Noel Gallagher.  Out of love, obviously.  If it doesn't (because the situation is already fairly implausible), then Oscar Wilde.  Also out of love.
Starstruck / Starry Eyed 
5. Who is your favorite character?

    Oriki (an OC.  Of whom art will potentially be uploaded here one day).
6. Favorite book? Do you read at all?
    I read as much as I possibly can.  There are LLLOOOTTT of books that could qualify as my favourite.  Off the top of my head, The Language of Genes by Steve Jones or pretty much anything by Karen Maitland.  Karen Maitland is everything.
7. Do you like country music unlike me?
    nO.  NO COUNTRY MUSIC.  NOT EVER.  PLEASE.  I have nothing against people who like country music but I personally can't stand it.
12th Doctor Nope 
8. Do you have lucid dreams?
    Never.  I wish I could.
9. What creeps you out the most?
    The human body.  It can be so fragile and fuckupable sometimes and aaah

10. You a gamer? If so, what is your favorite video game?
    I'm the kind of person who isn't exaaactly a gamer, but has a modest Steam library and would probably be a proper gamer if I had any money / free time to speak of.  Age of Empires (including AoE I, AoE II, AoE III, and Age of Mythology) is where it's at.
Steam Icon 

11. What clothing style do you wear?
    I either go for insane bold colours and crazy patterns, or just minimalist greys and blacks and cool colours.  Mostly I just wear whatever fits.
trippy colour emote 

12. What is your favorite holiday? Or do you hate festivities? 
    My favourite holiday is the United States' National Catfish Day (which also happens to be my birthday).  (And just to be clear, that is in reference to literal catfish.  Like the whiskery creatures that swim around in water.  Not 'catfish'.)
 8-bit Oo Namazu 

13. Did you spend as much time on this as I did for some reason? 
    I probably spent more.  I take these things waaaay too seriously.  
bunneh icon17 

My Thirteen Questions:
  1. Do you have a motto?  If so, what is it and why?  If not, why not?
  2. What is your favourite spice?
  3. Smileys: noses or NO-ses?  (i.e., :-] or :]?)
  4. Smileys: left-facing or right-facing?  (i.e., [: or :]?)
  5. What's something you used to be better at than you are now?
  6. If you had to experience a natural disaster in a few weeks' time, what natural disaster would you want it to be and why?
  7. What's your least favourite thing you have to do every day?
  8. What's your favourite thing you get to do every day?
  9. What do you think is people's most common misperception about you?
  10. Would you rather be more clever than wise, or more wise than clever?
  11. What's a name that you think deserves to be more common / accepted than it currently is?
  12. What's one thing about you people most often have trouble relating to?
  13. What's a skill you wish you had acquired / started to learn much earlier in life?

And Here's Who I'm Tagging:
  1. :icontolkie-n:
  2. :iconsquaremelody:
  3. :iconnyxieblack:
  4. :iconhpl-c:
  5. :iconscorpiilupi:
  6. :icondyermakertoday:
  7. :iconprincesskittehh:
  8. :iconandrewkitamura:
  9. :iconwolfhowler9880:
  10. :iconyangnatje:
  11. :icontillieke:
  12. :iconshinygiratinaaster:
  13. :iconsolidmars:

Seriously, this is cool to me.  I've never done a tag thing like this on any site ever Laughing my ass off!   So I'm a little Rainbow Hurl custom emote - GET HYPE  right now




Vermillion ways to look at you,
Between each purest book-end hue
Of a spectrum rich with ways to see,
Yet none of them enough for me;
Shall I take the sanguine red
That pounds its flux within your head?
Or perhaps bright days of tangerine,
That burn you with a gentler sheen?
What of those hornet-coloured times
When thunder smirks behind your eyes?
Or days less lemon, and more lime
That seep out from your jungle mind?
Of course theres that mist-speckled sage
For a wisdom that surpasses age;
And we dance on jaded verdigris
For those days when youre as old as me;
Turquoise when your celestial heart,
Soaring, spears the skies apart;
Lapis, when your mind falls deep,
And succumbs to cobalt sighs like sleep;
And for every boysenberry night,
When Dionysus spins the world to light,
Your burgundy is brought from rest,
To smoulder, quiet, in your chest;
And each day guides me closer to
Vermillion new ways to look at you


Written 16th May, 2016
(intentionally held unpublished until 19th May, 2016)

Congratulations on squiggling your way out of some chick's womb seventeen years ago today, Tom.  You'll never know how important it is to me that you did.

A heartbeat so strong it makes me shiver,
then nothing at all, like a butterfly blizzard

My smoke tears billow out, as heavy as my mind
when the rain spits me out and drowns me to dry

Feeling light as a javelin, pine-needle spear,
Transparent, chameleon, never quite clear

One heartbeat so sick it makes me shiver
I thrive like a butterfly in winter

A rapturous smile with smoke in my eyes,
Quaverlight, I say,
Burn me blind


Written 15th May, 2016

Im only a mountain
’m only a symbol of strength, due, doomed for avalanche


’m only an avalanche
’m only boulders like held breaths and pebbles that glare like beetles


I’m only beetles 
’m only a seething, scuttling swarm that can’t hold together


’m only together
Because I
m only the girl with the broken fish tank heart, shards of glass and dead things I dont understand in my lap
The water swirls along the ground and I shake and I sob like a tumbling boulder, terrified that someone might


Written 15th May, 2016


This catharsis will be the death of me --
For the love of god, just let me sleep
The thriving thing you think I should be
Shut up, shut up, that isn
t me


s fucking killing me


Written 15th May, 2016

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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
Good miss,

With all the truly creative and vibrant art and writing here on dA, for you to take a moment of your time to watch me and my scrawlings, it is truly humbling.

Thank you, Tilkie, I am absolutely honored.
markstewart Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thanks for watching, I appreciate it.
Victoria-Star Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the Added to my devWatch!
IrianWhitefox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Happy Birthday! :hoLA: Birb intensifies 
SawuScimitar74 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016
Happy Birthday!
Danie-E Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Blower fella (Party) Party HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Handshake Flowers fella (Love)
                      Wish you all the best!
                    Hope you have a nice day!
DuneDrifter Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
♪ღ♪░H░A░P░P░Y░ B░I░R░T░H░D░A░Y░░♪ღ♪
jolabrodnica Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:party: Happy Birthday!
stargirl2791 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch and the fave!
jojo-ojoj Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
Thank you very much for the llama!
linguistic-linguine Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016
Please follow me on linguistic-linguine. I cannot login to toxiicate due to some cache/IP issues, and an email has already been addressed to dA staff. In the case that I cannot salvage that account, please watch me here.
scheinbar Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:thanks: thank you very much 4 the :iconredstarfaveplz:
skol by scheinbar
DameTenebra Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the watch :)
Anime-Gamer99 Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch ^^
BTW, your art is amazing!
Serendiipitii Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the support, I really appreciate it :heart:
JCSolis01 Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the watch!
I promise, I won't let you down! :salute:
wishyrish Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank ya for da watch <3
landobaldur Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
greetings from one creative mind to another (っ◕‿◕)っ
Tilkie Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!  :3  Greetings <3
shoesprite Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist
Thanks for the watch! Although, I'm not really sure why..
Tilkie Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Eh, it's sort of my way of keeping tabs on Deviants I find interesting, even if they don't necessarily publish deviations Shrugs 
heartsherlock Featured By Owner May 9, 2016   General Artist
Thanks for the watch! I appreciate the support. :-)
Vurai Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Fukie by Vurai
TheGentlemanCupcake Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist

        T (Alphabets) H (Alphabets) A (Alphabets) N Alphabets (Words) K Alphabets (Words) S (Alphabets) 
    Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-03 (Squee) [V1]             F (Alphabets) O Alphabets (Words) R (Alphabets)            Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-03 (Squee) [V1] 
               Taiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] T (Alphabets) H (Alphabets) E (Alphabets)  Taiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] 
Sansynyan~! Comic Commando font Letter W Comic Commando font Letter A Comic Commando font Letter T Comic Commando font Letter C Comic Commando font Letter H Sansynyan~! 

i really do appreciate it and hope you will enjoy my future worksParty
BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Edited Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for faving and the watch!!!:D (Big Grin) 
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