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  1. My name is Tina Mailhot-Roberge, and I was born in Québec, QC, Canada.
  2. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design from Concordia University in Montréal, class of 2011.
  3. In 2016, I moved with my husband from Montréal, QC, Canada to Austin, TX, USA.
  4. 'vervex' is the name of my business since 2007 and my artist name since 2003.
  5. Under 'vervex', I offer illustration, graphic design, web design and creative consultancy services for small, medium and large companies. 
  6. My dream is to be able to afford doing creative work and travel, and have a cozy home to return to. I'm working on it.
  7. I was a pescetarian from 2006 to 2012. I'm a vegetarian since 2012. I like to cook, I'm a foodie and also a regular Yelper.
  8. I have two cats, one of which is a rescue.
  9. I believe referendum democracy would be more truthful and effective in the long-run than a representative democracy or republic. When elections occur however, I tend to vote Green Party or Social-Democratic.
  10. I think astrology can be surprisingly accurate and very entertaining, though I'm still puzzled as to how it really works. I'm a 6th House Capricorn Sun, Cancer Rising and 5th House Sagittarius Moon.

Cheers!
  • Listening to: Songza
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.


The past year has been very eventful for me. In fact, since mid-2012, I embarked on a life journey which has taken be unexpected places. Throughout this journey, I lost myself, found myself anew, lost my way and realized ultimately that there was no way to be found; there is only the now, there are only our choices which give our life a semblance of progression. The path is illusory.

During this time, I questioned myself and analyzed my art practice. I had put my drawing and painting on the back seat of my career, focusing instead on web and graphic design, two more lucrative domains which gave me a sense of financial security. Only I wasn't fully happy doing what I was doing; I like design, I always did, but my true passion has always been creative expression which, in my personal experience, flows more freely in painting and drawing. And so I made the choice; whenever available, I would focus more on illustration (and painting) as well as graphic design. Against all odds, I will follow my heart, more consciously than before, and see where it takes me.

Other than that, I got married in February to an amazing man. Just moved to a new place. Enjoying life and doing my best to navigate the catalysts which life throws at me. The usual, you know?

Wishing you all an awesome summer :)

Launch of Luminescent

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 17, 2012, 8:14 PM
  • Listening to: AutoKratz
  • Drinking: Earl Grey Moonlight Tea


Hey everyone,

A few weeks ago I launched my online store on zazzle: Luminescent. As the name suggests it, you will find in this shop inspiring and positive apparel for men and women, accessories such as iPhone and iPad cases, greetings, posters and more, all embodiments of love, peace and light.

I therefore would like to invite you to visit it. This art is aimed at people looking to increment their life and environment with positive designs, and I welcome suggestions and/or comments if you have any.

I am very happy about this new project and I hope you will be as well. It is a way for me to share joy and goodness.

If you want to know more about Luminescent, I invite you to read this blog article I wrote.

Thank you and take care, fellow deviants!

Find me:
vervex.ca | veodesign.com | twitter | Luminescent | tumblr

Art and Criticism: Creating for yourself

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 4, 2012, 11:00 AM
  • Eating: Chocolate pancakes


Rejection is something all of us artists have to deal with at some point in our lives. Some more than others, granted, but, ultimately, there will always be someone that will not like our style. The reasons can be numerous, single, good or stupid... In the end though, unless someone provides constructive criticism, I personally choose to see their disapproval as irrelevant.

I used to be very affected when my art wouldn't get in a group or online gallery. As I grew older and more experienced, I realized that worrying over the acceptance of one of my paintings in some unknown online community is a waste of my time and energy. I left those groups. After all, who am I creating for? Am I creating for myself or for them? Am I creating to improve my skills, learn new techniques, experiment and have fun, or am I painting to please some public composed of members unknown to me? The answer is obvious.

Not everything an artist paints is always a masterpiece. Sometimes, we even do crap. But as long as we learned something new, it was worth it, no matter what others might think.

I paint because I love it and because I want to improve. If people like my art, great. If people don't like it, I invite them to help me by telling me how they think I could improve my it, or they can walk away. I have no use for empty negative comments or rejection without a single explanation. These things don't help me grow as a person  nor as an artist.

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How do you deal with art and criticism?

I'm on a quest.

Journal Entry: Mon May 21, 2012, 10:12 PM
  • Listening to: Deadmau5 - Veldt (remix)
  • Reading: A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin
  • Drinking: Cherry Coke


I'm on a quest. Since a few years now, I fantasize about illustrating book covers. This dream has only grown in intensity with time. I used to believe I "wasn't ready" for it, doubting my skills. I do not feel that way anymore. Although I know there's always room for improvement, I realize that perfection is the (impossible) quest of a lifetime. I am ready, more than ready in fact.

I want to illustrate books and magazines. I've done it for local sci-fi and fantasy literary magazine Brins d'Éternité and loved it. The only thing is... it seems to be a really hard industry to get into. I've never ever seen an a job posting from a publishing house looking for freelance illustrators. And from what I've read on the internet, the only way to get such contracts is either to know someone, have an agent, or to keep sending publishing houses by mail postcards (or small portfolios), hoping that one of them will give you a call-back.

But I won't give up. I'll work at it until I do it. Watch me.

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Find me:
vervex.ca | veodesign.com | twitter | g+ | forrst.com | tumblr

art = work = life

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 17, 2012, 11:01 PM
  • Listening to: Fire & Ice - Kaskade
  • Reading: A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin


Hey everyone! For the past six months I've been working full-time as a freelancer/entrepreneur with my fiancé and partner on Veodesign, our design studio. No need to say it's going well and we're hoping for the best for the next months and years (hopefully even more work and more clients!). For the ones who might be interested, we have a design blog that I personally update at least 3 times a week with new original content and articles.

Besides digital painting, graphic design and web design, I started doing some photography which you can see here on my tumblr. My best friend gave me my first DSLR for Christmas and I'm in love with it! Right now I'm experimenting and learning the ropes. Hopefully, someday I will be able to offer photography services to my clients who would need them. I'm starting to feel like an octopus, doing all these disciplines at once, but I love what I do so it's not a burden at all; it's quite the opposite actually. I really love it.

So life's pretty awesome right now and, apart from a few minor things that could be tad better, I'm very thankful that I can finally live from my art and design (right now more design than art but it will come in due time).

Thanks a bunch everyone for your support!

Find me:
vervex.ca | veodesign.com | twitter | google+ | forrst.com | etsy

It's over 40 000!

Thu Dec 8, 2011, 12:10 AM
  • Listening to: Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
  • Reading: A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin


| NEWS

Oh hello there! I realized today that I finally got over 40 000 visits. Thanks everyone!

I'd like to also wish you a happy holiday period and I hope you have a nice time with your friends and family, whatever you celebrate (Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, etc.).

If you like my art, please check out my Etsy Art Shoppe where I sell prints.

Vervex on Etsy






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WINTER IS COMING

Mon Sep 19, 2011, 8:24 PM
  • Listening to: Electronic music on Spotify
  • Reading: A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin


| NEWS

Oddly familiar? Alright Sean Bean, I won't steal your lines. But winter IS coming and it depresses me to see the temperatures go down so fast. I guess that's what you get for living in Canada... But eh, at least we don't have tornadoes, crazy earthquakes and other apocalyptic natural disasters!

Since I'm working full time on my art and design, I decided to dedicate more time to painting (yay!) and I also decided to open an Etsy Shop to offer Art Prints and Custom Portraits. If you like what I do and would like to request something, I urge you to do so by visiting my Etsy Shop.

Vervex on Etsy

Why Etsy? Well first it gives me total control over my sales and prints, unlike DeviantART. I can go to my favourite print shop and decide of the paper quality and size myself. I can also take requests (see the item listed as custom pet portrait - I take other requests too) and, well, I actually make money when I sell something (sorry DeviantART). I sold a print once here and god a miserable... what was it? 30¢ I think? Not a really good deal as you can see.

My prices low so it's worth taking a look.

Also thanks for the support and love guys!






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Update is imminent

Fri Aug 5, 2011, 2:41 PM
  • Listening to: HypeM Radio
  • Reading: A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin


| NEWS

Although I go to DeviantART almost everyday to admire other artists' amazing work, I realize I haven't updated my gallery very often. I'm so very sorry about that. I've been caught up in design work since I have my own design studio. It's a lot of work but it's amazing work. I only wish I had more time to work on my paintings!

It's easy to lose focus when you try to be versatile. You end up doing web design, graphic design, SEO, tutoring and then, hey, wasn't I supposed to be an artist between all this? What am I really? A designer or an artist? I'm both, or so it seems.

I graduated this spring from Concordia University with a BFA in Design. I'm also quite pleased I can finally work full time on my art. Although I met incredible people in the last few months, clients, partners and friends, not all clients are pleasant. Some are cheap, most don't know what they want. But in the end, for all the ones that make you want to pull your hair off your head, the good ones make it totally worth it. I'm an artist and designer with my own studio, and I wouldn't want it any other way!

I invite you to check out Veodesign's new release. I'll be posting with my fiancé and partner blog articles several times a week. Some of them might interest you!

Have a good month of August :^)


| SOME OF MY ART

Salem by vervex Fire Spirit by vervex James Bone by vervex District 9 by vervex







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Rethinking the way I do things

Tue Nov 23, 2010, 8:39 PM
  • Listening to: Daft Punk -The game has changed
  • Reading: Dalai Lama - My Spiritual Journey





NEWS:

2010 was a year of major changes. Some of those changes were spiritual. Others were in the way I create. I am becoming more adventurous and it reflects in my work, mostly my designs. I want to apply the same fearlessness to my paintings. I want to add landscapes to my artworks. Coming from me who has been avoiding backgrounds for most of my practice it sounds quite bold. But it's never too late to change!

Christmas is coming. In case I don't write a new journal entry until then, best wishes to all of you!
Thanks to all my watchers - your support is greatly appreciated. It makes a difference.


SOME OF MY ART:

Salem by vervex Fire Spirit by vervex James Bone by vervex District 9 by vervex







Journal designed by VEOdesign


It's about time

Thu Aug 12, 2010, 9:10 AM
  • Listening to: MGMT - Of moon birds and monsters
  • Reading: Stieg Larsson - Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest





NEWS:

It's about time I update my journal. April? Whoa! For those interested in knowing, I spend a great summer. I went camping in the woods with friends and family last month and it was a lot of fun. I found a new part time job which, combined with my art and design work, will make it easier for me to make ends meet. I'm satisfied with the last few months, to say the least.

I learned many interesting things during the summer related to inner happiness. It seems that some things that weren't suddenly became very obvious. I am a much more positive person than I was last spring. For that, I also have thank my boyfriend and close friends. They make it so easy for me to become a better person. Thanks a lot, guys.

University in a few weeks. Thankfully I only have a year left before getting my diploma. Was it worth it? Yes, because of the friends I met there. Yes, because of some talented people I had the chance to meet. No, because of the debts and a few arrogant teachers who put value on degrees rather than good work. But I don't regret. I'm glad I went and the experience it brought me.

I wish to all of you a good last month of summer. Enjoy it :^)


SOME OF MY ART:

Fire Spirit by vervex - Flow of Life - by vervex James Bone by vervex District 9 by vervex


FRIENDS:

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Ah, vacations!

Thu Apr 22, 2010, 10:19 PM
  • Listening to: Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes
  • Reading: Jim Butcher - Changes





NEWS:

Finally, the smell of spring, the sun heating up the biosphere and the waking of nature; a symphony of freedom! No more university until September. Only work and art.

I will paint more during the summer (don't I say that every time? Déjà vu all the way!) and polish my design skills as well. I see myself falling for laziness and I don't like that. Languor and art are a match that ends in divorce.

I wish to all of you a great spring as well. Good luck with your exams if you have any, as well as your work.


SOME OF MY ART:

- Flow of Life - by vervex James Bone by vervex Jean Grey by vervex District 9 by vervex


FRIENDS:

:iconsicknarsh::iconsowolf::iconexhaltorio::iconkyzarius::icontherahedwig::iconredchinese::iconkool-ka-lang::iconkwgod::iconmoejo::iconlithium-overdose::iconsquigi::icongevurah::iconkebekoi::iconctk86::iconrachel-chong::iconhollowbyakuya::iconscreensam::iconvladdamien::iconeziade::iconvmdsgns::iconrindy::iconuchihasmex::iconkasugokage88:






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April fools

Thu Apr 1, 2010, 10:46 AM
  • Listening to: Gorillaz - Superfast Jellyfish
  • Reading: Darren Shan - Wolf Island





NEWS:

Of all the joke avatars I could have gotten, why did I end up with the team Jacob one? D: Why not Gaga, Edward or even Seeker? ;_;

I must go further and admit the truth to you, Twilight fans: Jacob is probably my least favorite character from the Twilight books. And although muscular, the actor who plays Jacob in the movies has a really disturbing nose. Me no wants!

That felt good! :^D


SOME OF MY ART:

- Flow of Life - by vervex James Bone by vervex Jean Grey by vervex District 9 by vervex


FRIENDS:

:iconsicknarsh::iconsowolf::iconexhaltorio::iconkyzarius::icontherahedwig::iconredchinese::iconkool-ka-lang::iconkwgod::iconmoejo::iconlithium-overdose::iconsquigi::icongevurah::iconkebekoi::iconctk86::iconrachel-chong::iconscorchpso::iconhollowbyakuya::iconscreensam::iconvladdamien::iconeziade::iconvmdsgns::iconrindy::iconuchihasmex::iconkasugokage88:






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Can't... keep up!

Sun Feb 21, 2010, 3:19 PM
  • Reading: Darren Shan - Sons of Destiny





NEWS:

Hello fellow Devious people!

I'd like to start this journal entry with an apology; I can't really keep up anymore with the favorites. I used to thank personally everyone of you who would fav my art. Back then I used to have 10, 20, 30, 40 favs per month... and it wasn't that bad. But since the beginning of the winter, that amount has doubled and I now get (more or less) 100 favs per month. It seems a bit insane to thank individually 100 deviants at once. I'm sorry I can't keep up anymore with the rhythm.

However, even if I can't tell you personally, I still find it important to thank all of you for your support! All the ones who fav my art and/or leave comments, MERCI - DANKE - THANK YOU - GRACIAS, etc. I will never say it enough. It's heartwarming to know that there is people out there who appreciate what I do. Of course I would also like to thank all my close friends, the ones who support me on a daily basis, if they come to read this.

Being an artist is, I believe, an endless quest. One will never be skilled enough, good enough, fast enough. And I also believe that there is no harsher critic than oneself. That said, I'm trying new things this year. So don't panic if you see me doing different things; I'm still passionate about digital painting. I just want to see what I can learn from other styles sometimes and if I can integrate it to my art.


This is by far one of the longest journal entry I've written in years! I'm going to stop now before it reaches the length of a novel ;^)


SOME OF MY ART:

- Flow of Life - by vervex James Bone by vervex Jean Grey by vervex District 9 by vervex


FRIENDS:

:iconsicknarsh::iconsowolf::iconexhaltorio::iconkyzarius::icontherahedwig::iconredchinese::iconkool-ka-lang::iconkwgod::iconmoejo::iconlithium-overdose::iconsquigi::icongevurah::iconkebekoi::iconctk86::iconrachel-chong::iconscorchpso::iconhollowbyakuya::iconscreensam::iconvladdamien::iconeziade::iconvmdsgns::iconrindy::iconuchihasmex::iconkasugokage88:






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Happy Holidays!

Wed Dec 23, 2009, 12:49 AM
  • Listening to: La Roux - Bulletproof
  • Reading: John Ajvide Lindqvist - Let the right one in





NEWS:

Just stopping by to wish all of you deviants Happy Holidays!

I'll be celebrating Christmas with my family as I do every year. I'm currently enjoying my 2 weeks off. Then university starts again. Fun, fun fun.

;^)


SOME OF MY ART:

- Flow of Life - by vervex James Bone by vervex Jean Grey by vervex District 9 by vervex


FRIENDS:

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I am a chocolate.

Sat Nov 21, 2009, 9:49 PM
  • Listening to: Vampire Weekend - Horchata
  • Reading: Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris





NEWS:

Yes, I am a chocolate. 70% cacao.

Otherwise, sorry for leaving you down guys. I've been struggling with university, work and the design association I'm part of. I've honestly never been so busy before, and it's like that since last summer. I have so many projects and artworks in mind, but no time to realize them. My muse is working 24/7 and I've got no time to give her! Gosh, I'm bad. I'll try to rectify that. For real. I'll try. I promise. Thanks for your generous support everyone! :^)


SOME OF MY ART:

- Flow of Life - by vervex James Bone by vervex Jean Grey by vervex District 9 by vervex


FRIENDS:

:iconsicknarsh::iconsowolf::iconexhaltorio::iconkyzarius::icontherahedwig::iconredchinese::iconkool-ka-lang::iconkwgod::iconmoejo::iconlithium-overdose::iconsquigi::icongevurah::iconkebekoi::iconctk86::iconrachel-chong::iconscorchpso::iconhollowbyakuya::iconscreensam::iconvladdamien::iconeziade::iconvmdsgns::iconrindy::iconuchihasmex::iconkasugokage88:






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Tell me a story

Wed Sep 30, 2009, 9:15 PM
  • Listening to: Peter Bjorn and John - Nothing to worry about
  • Reading: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher





NEWS:

I'm looking for some inspiration. Tell me a short story. It can be an already written story, a legend, a tale, a personal adventure, a book passage... anything interesting and worth telling.

Tell me a story you like and I might paint it, my own interpretation.

Thanks guys :)


SOME OF MY ART:

- Flow of Life - by vervex James Bone by vervex Jean Grey by vervex


FRIENDS:

:iconsicknarsh::iconsowolf::iconexhaltorio::iconkyzarius::icontherahedwig::iconredchinese::iconkool-ka-lang::iconkwgod::iconmoejo::iconlithium-overdose::iconsquigi::icongevurah::iconkebekoi::iconctk86::iconrachel-chong::iconscorchpso::iconhollowbyakuya::iconscreensam::iconvladdamien::iconeziade::iconvmdsgns::iconrindy::iconuchihasmex::iconkasugokage88:






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Back from Busyland (almost)

Fri Sep 18, 2009, 9:01 PM
  • Listening to: Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
  • Reading: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher





NEWS:

Back from busyland, I'm finally updating this journal!

Excuse my lateness. I've been extremely busy this summer, too busy to draw most of the time. I had to catch up with an important contract in August-September. For the ones who care though, don't worry: I'm alright! ;^)

I recently bought a new computer (Core 2 Quad, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 260 GTX video card) that I can't wait to try once all the pieces will be ready :^) I'll give you news about that!

University has started again. I seriously hope that between school, work and extracurricular activities I will find the time to draw. I'll have to make time for that! ;^)

I'd like to thank once again all the Deviants who watch and support me. Your comments are very appreciated! <3


SOME OF MY ART:

- Flow of Life - by vervex James Bone by vervex Jean Grey by vervex


FRIENDS:

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A bit of me

Sat May 2, 2009, 3:55 PM
  • Listening to: Peter Bjorn And John
  • Reading: The Island of Dr Moreau





NEWS:

A new journal entry with a new design. I was growing tired of the old one. Thanks to my boyfriend for coding it.

Amazingly, every time I write in this DA journal, I never find anything to fill it with. My life isn't the most exciting, but I believe there are some things I could talk about. Yet, nothing comes to my mind but work and school. Booh-ooh.

My first year at Concordia in the Fine Arts' Design program went well and is now over. Two more years to go! I love it. I took a mandatory course during the summer since I heard from other students it was horribly boring and painful. I figured that suffering for 3 months wouldn't be as bad as doing for a whole year. Shortening the pain. :^)

Like every spring, I'm very excited by summer's come back. God, I hate winter! The trees are starting to grow leaves and flowers; it's splendid outside! I started jogging 2 times a week with a friend and I subscribed to the spring yoga sessions until the end of June. I like it but I start to feel my motivation slipping away (thing that happens very often with sports unless I have someone to practice them with).

Apparently, I'll be part of the ImagineFX's DVD exposé for a 2nd time, in the issue 44 (June). It pleases me a lot. I'll have to buy the magazine and verify ;^)

And this is where the inspiration runs out. I know not a lot of you guys read my journal but if there is anything in particular you'd like me to put in there for next time, please tell me. Thank you <3


SOME OF MY ART:

- Flow of Life - by vervex James Bone by vervex Jean Grey by vervex


FRIENDS:

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I hate winter :)

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 12, 2009, 12:36 PM







A new semester is starting at Concordia. I need to focus all my energy on my design classes as well as on my art. I know I can do it!

It's cold outside, and I long for next summer since the first snow fall. Or maybe even before that.

I subscribed to Yoga courses at the university Gym and I'm looking forward to it :^)

And I honestly do not have much to say this time. And oh, guys, I'm open for commissions. So if you have any project in mind, just send me a private message of e-mail me. We'll discuss a price. :^)





Friends

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