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HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your dresses! You're so talented!
Thu Jul 17, 2014, 5:52 PM
I'd freak if you did the Eeveeloutions (especially Flareon!). I'd totally work it, or at least try to!!!!
Tue Jul 15, 2014, 12:24 PM
I would totally just DIE from happiness if you would make a disney villain themed pinafore!!! especially one of jafar and ursula or a disney side character like GENIE :D
Fri Jun 27, 2014, 5:34 PM
I have made stemepunk version of characters as commissions if that counts XD
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 11:41 AM
I was wondering if you could make a steampunk themed pinafore XD
Sat Jun 14, 2014, 9:32 PM
Have you considered any Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) inspired pinafores? Or The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices?
Mon Sep 23, 2013, 5:00 PM
I said Hogwarts houses but also Dr. Horrible & Captain Hammer, Wolverine, and The Joker pleeeassse (PS I will buy Slytherin as soon as it's done)
Mon Sep 23, 2013, 4:55 PM
Also: Zelda Wind Waker Nayru, Din and Farore symbols; they're simple, and gorgeous colours, and I would so buy one..
Fri Sep 20, 2013, 2:56 AM
The suggestion for harry potter pinafores are so good, I'm drooling at the thought O.o Have you made any hunger games ones??
Fri Sep 20, 2013, 2:51 AM
Saw tons of people wearing your pinafores/aprons at a convention I went to this weekend! They looked so cute!<3
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 1:29 PM

Are you entering the art contest? 

93 deviants said Heck yes!
67 deviants said If I have time...
66 deviants said I can't draw TT____TT
55 deviants said No harm in trying
32 deviants said No.

Darling Army Art Contest - Win a Pinafore!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 10, 2014, 8:15 AM
Hello and welcome! I’ve decided it’s about time that I hosted another art contest! The last one turned up so much talent. I would love to see more  ^_^

The Darling Army wants you! It’s time to put your talent to create the adorable to the test and join the Darling Army! As someone who can’t draw or paint, I always admire those who can create beautiful things with a pen and paper (or tablet and screen  XD). I would love to see how the Darling Army inspires you.

Here are some ideas of things I’ve seen in the past:

+ Your own cosplay pinafore, kimono dress, or skirt design

+ A character (ex. Goku, Matt Smith, Castiel, etc.) wearing a Darling Army design

+ Your own Darling Army mascot

First, create your original artwork! This can be a chalk painting, a sculpture, watercolor, sketch, copic marker, digital art, etc. If you are not working with a digital medium, please scan your art or take a very clean picture of it (but scans are recommended). 
The contest will be held on deviantART, so you will need an account to submit artwork and enter. No worries though since it's free and fast to sign up. You can choose to abandon your account after you submit, or join the art community and stay awhile  ^_^  Anywho, having the contest on deviantART will allow everyone to submit their artwork to the contest group I set up. It will also allow you and others to comment on all of the images in the gallery.

deviantART Darling Army Contest group: darlingarmycontest.deviantart.…

You're also going to need to SHARE this contest and will be asked to provide proof that you did so in the event that you win. You can share this via DeviantArt (even just a link in your gallery), twitter, Facebook, tumblr or any other media site you use. Sorry, but since I'm independent and not on any search engines (like Etsy or eBay) I need all of the exposure I can get  XD
The absolute deadline is Monday, September 1st at 8PM. Winners will be announced on that Wednesday (the 3rd) and will be notified via email (if possible) and deviantART notes.

I will be the ultimate judge of the art contest, but I will take the comments and “favorites” of others into account. All images will be available for browsing on the contest page, but I will also feature some on my Facebook randomly. While technique and general skill will be taken into account, they are not necessary to win. Your unique ideas are just as valuable as your skills as an artist.

While I will need all submissions by Monday , September 1st at eight at night, I will begin browsing through submitted images as early as the time I receive them. If you want more feedback from your peers, you should send in your pieces earlier. Please be aware that I am located in California and will therefore be using my time zone as reference.

Grand Prize: $85 in Darling Army store credit and free shipping on one piece. You can choose a pinafore design that already exists, a custom commission, or a design that you create. If you want a pinafore priced above $85, you have the option of paying the difference at my next order acceptance date

Runner Up: $40 in Darling Army store credit. You can choose to spend this on accessories or pay the different for a cosplay design just like above.

Honorable Mention: Darling Army Bow. Can be one that exists or a custom one.

All winning and notable art will be posted on my DeviantArt, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and the Darling Army Store along with credit and a link to your online art portfolio’s if provided. This should offer you a lot of exposure as I have roughly 20,000+ followers spread out over the interwebz.

+ The scan/image/photograph must be submitted before or by the 1st of September

+ You must share the contest post via twitter, Facebook, DeviantArt, tumblr, etc.

+ You can submit multiple entries, but you can only win ONE prize (i.e. You can't win the grand prize and the runner up prize).

+You can certainly win and give the prize to a loved one if you have no need for a pinafore.

+ The contest is only valid if there are a minimum of 50 unique submissions from different people, so tell your friends! The more the merrier  ^_^

Check out the Art Contest page on the main site to see submissions from last year!:…

Summer 2014 Art Contest Rules by DarlingArmy

  • Listening to: Many Shades if Black by The Raconteurs
  • Reading: Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  • Watching: Legend of Korra
  • Playing: Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
  • Eating: Bagel and swiss cheese
  • Drinking: Diet Pepsi


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Amanda Marin
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
United States
Hello! Welcome to the DA site for the Darling Army! I specialize in making otaku cute! No longer do girls need to wear pants to be their favorite boy characters!

I specialize in femme designs inspired by anime, gaming, and geek culture in general. Most designs are in the form of aprons and pinafores which are a type of dress accessory. You can follow along in a variety of ways!

Join the Darling Army on Facebook and instantly be updated about upcoming events and designs. The Darling Army facebook page is also unique in that it allows you to post your own photos of you wearing Darling Army designs! Show off your full costume and show the world how you are a member of the Darling Army! I also post fanart of characters in DA designs, so feel free to submit them!

I finally have my own store! Introducing the Darling Army Store! This is where I sell existing designs as well as accept new commissions =) I only accept 20 orders at a time so, if everything is marked as Coming Soon, that means I'll be accpeting another 20 orders in a week or so, so check my Facebook to find out exactly when!


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ChuChu-jellie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
My contest entry is in! I am hoping to complete another
DiaperLulu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Your dresses are so cute! ^^ Heart 
Want hear a idea for a dress? :)
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure. If I get enough requests for a certain design, I'll usually make one eventually. You would not believe the amount of sketches I have of character designs I want to release  >_<  Last time I checked it was over 150  TT___TT
DiaperLulu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Maybe a version of Chun-li's outfit.
That's will be cute! ^^ 
jkseraphim Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
so cool! If I had money I would buy one
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you  =3
jkseraphim Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
You're welcome
NechoCatNoodle Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
I love your aprons and dresses! So sweet. Heart 
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!  ^_^:happybounce: 
NechoCatNoodle Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
You're welcome.~
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