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I'm an all-round artist currently based in Latrobe, Tasmania. Although young, I have a relatively extensive amount of creative experience; I've dabbled in the art forms of circus, drawing, printmaking, creative writing and stage magic, I practice photography, dance and photomanipulation as a hobby, studied theatre at university and am pursuing a career in music. I play several musical instruments, including piano, ukulele, dumbeg, tin whistles and Celtic bouzouki, I'm one third of Tasmanian inter-generational folk trio Velvet Sledgehammer, and I'm currently in the process of recording my first album and planning an appropriately epic launch tour. I also love chocolate.
Hello my lovely durps! :pat:

Here's the latest in the life of Jesse McCormack, musician extraordinaire (and shining example of modesty - please bear with me. I'm riding the happy wave at the moment):

Update of Awesomeness #1
Recently I received...A PACKAGE FROM SCOTLAND. Containing one of the. Sexiest. Things. I've. Ever. Touched. Now because this is DeviantArt and I just used a variation of the word "sexy," no doubt you'll all be jumping to dirty conclusions. You sick bastards. Watch this video and all shall be, not in that way! Get your fudging minds out of the gutter.…

Update of Awesomeness #2
Velvet Sledgehammer, the inter-generational folk trio of which I am a member, have just finished our tour of Tasmania, which was pretty darn epic, if I do say so myself. HEAPS of hard work was put in, but it all paid off in the end...just! We played at the Rosebery Festival in late February, a house concert in Wilmot in mid-March, a weekly music event in Ulverstone the weekend after that, followed immediately by the Westbury St Patrick's Day Festival the next day, and a concert in Hobart a week later. Those of you who don't live in Tasmania will probably have no idea where most of those places are, but there you go anyway (Google maps, if you're itching to find out). Have a listen to a song we recorded during rehearsals:…

Update of Awesomeness #3
After FOUR BLOODY YEARS of planning, dreaming and false starts, I have finally begun recording my debut album! WOOHOO!

So far, only two instruments of one track have been recorded. There's a long way to go yet, but it's a start. I'm very happy that this project I've had stewing in my brain for almost half a decade is finally beginning to come into to fruition. 2014 is going to be a very busy, very tiring, but very rewarding year, I think.

Until next time, my adorable durps

  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: One Straw/Caroline Lavelle/The Tea Party
  • Reading: The Children of Húrin
  • Watching: Vikings
  • Playing: My sexy new LIMITED EDITION purple MK Low Whistle
  • Eating: Sausage stew and chewy caramel TimTams
  • Drinking: water


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RavenMontoya Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the favs! :happy-wave:
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Permanent-Insanity Dec 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey I havent been on much in ages or talked to you
and I'm sorry
and heres a random glomp and hug :glomp: :tighthug:
Valadix Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Aww, no probs, sis! I've been busy and slack with this website myself anyway...I mean, I check it at least three times a week, but I'm not doing enough visual art anymore to justify being as active here anymore...which isn't to say that I never will again, of course. Just have different priorities right now.'s life, anyway? The ferrets all behaving themselves?


Permanent-Insanity Dec 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, I hope you get back into it. I miss seeing new stuff from you in my inbox :3

Uhm, my last ferret died last spring actually :C She  got too sick...
Other than that life has been crazy, I've been out of work for a few months now. But I'm now trying to get started on a new portfolio to start up my freelance career. I cant use the work I already have because it relies on stock. But I've got Photoshop and Illustrator CS 6
I wanna get started on logo design and advertisements, and clothing concept work
Valadix Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Yeah, I started a new photomanipulation recently, actually. I'm hoping to have it finished before the end of the year...there's just so much else to do, though!



Aww, poor ferret! You going to get another one?


Sounds like a good plan! I wish you all the best! :eager:

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Happy birthday m'handsome friend ... i think of you often and hope this one was a huge one for fun, love and mischief!!!! :tighthug: miss hearing from you :heart:
Valadix Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Yeah, sorry I haven't been on much. I kind of skipped DA while I was overseas and haven't got back in the habit yet. Probably busy though! And I still haven't got my laptop fixed, so photoshop projects are slow and infrequent. :cries:


Actually, the celebrations were quite small this year, as most of my friends are currently in Europe (either holidaying or living there). So practically just a family do, but we certainly made the most of it! Fun and love were certainly present, but as my gradmother was there I thought the mischief was best contained for the night. Plenty of time for that later. :plotting:


Thanks for the lovely birthday wishes, Tiger. :manhug:

:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

 It's September 19th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year! Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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rainylake Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day. :cake: :party: :dummy:

-Kathy :heart:
Valadix Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Kathy! Very nice of you to drop by. It was indeed a wonderful day! =D
rainylake Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem. I'm glad to hear that :la:
Valadix Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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