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Get this out of my house sale!

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 30, 2016, 7:55 AM

Hello!  And welcome back to another edition of "kabocha wants to draw for you!"

Well, folks, I'm doing it.  I'm moving this later summer, and so to lighten my load... I'm happy to take on some cheap commissions!  ...And sell some old prints.
SO, here's the deets:

10 slots, completed in order of payment.  People coming while the list is full will be waitlisted. (This would be unusual.)
Note me if you're interested.  Paypal preferred.

Bonus!  Every order gets a fancy sparkly bookmark!
I may also be willing to do art trades with friends or artists of similar skill.

Shipping Information:

Shipping within North America: Free
Shipping anywhere else in the world: add $1 to your total.

No tracking is provided.

Let me know up front which country you are in.

Print prices:

3 Random Prints: $2 (basically shipping)
Wanna see what I've got? Everything in this folder
:bulletblue: Print sizes range from 4x6 inches to 8.5 x 11
:bulletblue: Feel free to request specific prints.  These are first-come first serve, and are the last of what I've got.
:bulletblue: At least one of the prints will be 8.5 x 11 unless otherwise specified.

ATC Paper:
If you're looking for some watercolor ATC paper, I'd be happy to cut you a pack of 10 sheets for $2.  Each sheet is approximately 3.5 inches x 2.5 inches, with slight variances since it would be hand-cut.

Commission Types:

At the moment, traditional offerings are the only type available.  Prices are cheaper than normal because I do need to clear out supplies!

Want it to sparkle?  Feel free to ask!


Marker ATC ($5ea):

Noel by kabocha Cards! by kabocha

Full watercolor ATC, no cutout ($7ea):

70. 67% by kabochaLady Aura by kabochaWhat do you mean, I'm a magical girl?! by kabochaSera by kabocha

Watercolor ATC with Copic Airbrush BG ($8ea):

Aile by kabochaRaven by kabochaHarmony Hill by kabocha

Cutout style-watercolor ATC  ($10ea):

Surprise Giftart by kabochaClara ATC by kabochaFrustrated Maggie by kabocha

Watercolor Bookmark ($10ea):

Diva by kabochaNoriko by kabochaVixie by kabocha


Request Raffle (WINNERS)

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 5, 2016, 6:02 PM

Since I won't be opening commissions for a while, I think I'll take a couple of requests.  (Also, I need to clear out paper, sooo.)

Three winners will be selected and will get the option of choosing a single-character watercolor ATC or Bookmark!

Example ATCs:
What do you mean, I'm a magical girl?! by kabochaAmaryllis by kabocha
Example bookmarks:
Lovely Mimi by kabochaCharmed Moon by kabocha

This is a physical item, so it will be mailed! Please do not enter if you are not comfortable providing me with your mailing address in the event that you do win.

To enter:

  1. You must be watching me as of the time I post this journal. (~9PM EST 6/5/2016)
  2. You must comment on this journal.
  3. In your comment, include the phrase, "An Illusion of Lace" (This cannot be the entirety of your comment)
  4. Select one of the open numbers on the list

1. CyrusAiden
2. keytajoy 
3. Sabre-Night 
4. Magical-Mama 
6. VoltronZ1 
7. FeatherfromHeL 
9. Jazeki 
10. MamuEmu 
11. OBSailorStar 
12. tarahm
13. WickedChibi
14. SM9977013

THREE winners will be selected and announced at approximately 10PM US-Eastern on June 7, 2016, using the random sequence generator.  Each winner can only win one prize.


keytajoy, OBSailorStar, Jazeki!
Winners were selected by choosing the first three results of a list 1-15.
Empty numbers were include with the list, but if 5, 8, or 15 came up in that top three, I would have moved to the next number.
Setup by kabochaWinners by kabocha    

Thanks for joining in guys!  I may do this again in the future!

Winners, please note me with each your requests, and whether you'd prefer an ATC or a bookmark!


Software List

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 20, 2016, 10:03 AM

Welp, let's face it: choosing art software can be a major pain if you don't know what's out there.

So, here's a list of stuff. Enjoy!

Just because I have something on this list doesn't mean that I know how to use it very well. Evaluate the options at your discretion.
Feel free to comment with recommendations or corrections.


Windows Runs on Windows
MacOS  Runs on MacOS
Linux Icon ultramini Runs on Linux
  Ubuntu Icon mini Specifically for Ubuntu
Exclamation Point Limited Support / Unsupported; use at own discretion

Free Drawing Software

Bullet; Blue Artweaver Windows (Has paid version)
Bullet; Blue Autodesk Sketchbook Windows MacOS (Has paid version)
Bullet; Blue FireAlpaca Windows MacOS 
Bullet; Blue KolourPaint Linux Icon ultraminiExclamation Point 
Bullet; Blue Krita Windows MacOS Linux Icon ultramini
Bullet; Blue Medibang Paint Windows MacOS 
Bullet; Blue Mischief Windows MacOS (Has paid version)
Bullet; Blue MyPaint  Windows MacOS Linux Icon ultramini
Bullet; Blue PictBear Windows Exclamation Point
Bullet; Blue Pixia Windows
Bullet; Blue Project Dogwaffle 1.2 Windows Exclamation Point (newer versions are paid and supported)

Free Image Editors

Image editors are more generalized, but often work for drawing.
Bullet; White GIMP Windows MacOS Linux Icon ultramini
Bullet; White Windows
Bullet; White Pinta Windows MacOS Ubuntu Icon mini 

Free Vector Software

Bullet; Blue Inkscape Windows MacOS Linux Icon ultramini
Bullet; Blue Karbon Windows MacOS Linux Icon ultramini (Windows & Mac may be buggy)
Bullet; Blue Skencil Linux Icon ultramini
Bullet; Blue Xara Xtreme Linux Icon ultramini

Paid Drawing Software

Bullet; White ArtRage Windows MacOS - Under $50
Bullet; White Clip Studio Paint  Windows MacOS  - $50 for "Pro", $220 for EX - Goes on sale every few months or so
Bullet; White Corel Painter Windows MacOS  - $400+
Bullet; White Corel Painter Essentials Windows MacOS - Under $50; may have student discounts
Bullet; White MyBrushes MacOS - Under $30
Bullet; White OpenCanvas Windows  - $60
Bullet; White Paint Tool SAI Windows - 5400JPY (Depends on exchange rate; usually around $55)
Bullet; White Rebelle Windows MacOS $60

Paid Image Editing Software

Bullet; Blue Adobe CS6 Software options  Windows MacOS - CALL ADOBE FOR PRICING (otherwise, you'll end up with Creative Cloud)
Bullet; Blue Corel Paint Shop Pro Windows - Under $100

Paid Vector Software

Bullet; White Xara Designer Pro Windows - $300

End of March!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 27, 2016, 7:31 PM

I had my birthday recently -- thanks everyone, you're awesome for the well-wishes and love~  :heart:

On top of that, in about a week, I'm going to be getting married!  Holy crap.  So if I'm slow to respond, it's because that's a big thing.

Anyway, here's a couple of things of interest, if you're looking for art and stuff ('cause I'm going to close up commissions after tonight for a while):
tarahm is doing some commissions!  Check out her journal for deets, and maybe you can get something like the awesome illustration of Yuki and Arina~.
Special Emergency CommissionsHi guys.
I'm doing special emergency commissions for friends who are in dire need to relocate their family. The situation is heartbreaking, you can read more about it here:
I'm planning to give a sum myself, but the reality is that I can't give as much as I really want to. The past year has not been so kind to me—I've been spending a lot on my own personal health (no worries, nothing life-threatening) which means I'm trying to be a bit more careful about my spending.
In direct consequence to spending money on my own personal health, I have a lot more energy and focus lately, and I'd like to put it to good use while it lasts. I plan to open special commissions and pool the funds I gather (in addition to my own donation) and give it to the fundraiser to help my friends.
Thanks for reading! :heart: Feel free to share this page so I can really help them out.
These special commissions will only be ope
Arina and Yuki by tarahm

Magical-Mama is also doing commissions~ This time it's headshots~  So check 'em out!
Head-Shot Commissions are: CLOSEDAll the spots have been filled! Thank you so much for all of your support! It really means the world to me!
Be on the look out for Full Body commissions in the near future!! 

Commissions are $15.00 USD each and will be colored digitally.
These are SINGLE CHARACTER pieces; one character per picture. Nothing below the shoulders will be drawn. It is only the character's HEAD, NECK, and SHOULDERS. No accessories or hands! 
Here are some examples of head shot pieces I've done:
 Sailor.Mars by Magical-Mama
Commission 15: Madison by Magical-Mama Commission 3: Sailor Celestial by Magical-Mama
So if you are interested, please drop me a note! Spaces ARE limited.
Everything earned will be going towar

Chibipalooza (Commish Sale)

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 17, 2016, 6:19 PM

Aight, I've gotten some interest on and off dA!  SO.  I'mma have a tiny sale for the next week to celebrate lotsa good things goin' on!

Who wants chibis like these?
Fat Chibi Yuki by kabochaLil' Chibi Aster by kabochaBoring Chibi Fox by kabochaDancin' Chibi Aria by kabocha

Sale Price: $8USD each OR 2 for $15USD :D

Edit: Dropped the single price for the last few days of the sale~

Like any of my other commissions, I require payment up front.  Send me a note if you're interested!  :D
To get the sale price, you will need to pay by 11:00PM EDT (-4GMT) on Sunday, March 27.

Feel free to include a little bit of information about your character's personality, likes/dislikes, etc.  It sometimes helps me come up with cute things.

If you'd like, I can work on them in a stream on Picarto on Friday, too~  This enables you to see it as I'm working!

Gauging Interest and Stuff

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 17, 2016, 11:29 AM

So I'm really enjoying drawing chibis like these guys:
Fat Chibi Yuki by kabochaLil' Chibi Aster by kabocha

They're digital, somewhere around 300 DPI (not really something you can set in MyPaint), and able to be transparent and stuff.  They take a few hours to draw/color/etc, and the linework is a little rough.

I was wondering -- would these sorts of chibis be something folks are interested in commissioning?  What's a reasonable price for them?  ($10?)

Tell me your thoughts~!

The money from commissions would go toward getting me a new video card because mine is kind of terrible and doesn't like some of my new hardware.

...also, is it just me, or is the mood bit now no longer a part of journals?  Hm.

Divider - Sparkles by Inkori

To-Do List:

:bulletblue: Draw more pages of Linked
:bulletwhite: New PS Brush set???
:bulletblue:  New Video card D:

State of Things

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 28, 2016, 12:30 PM

Here we are, it's 2016. I'm writing this journal at nearly the end of the month, but whatever.


Well, I've got a comic underway, called Linked. Here's the pitch:

Up until six months ago, Fox Myouji was a promising history student at an overseas university. Following the death of his grandmother, he moved back to his home country. Little did he expect that when he returned, he'd end up wrapped up studying magic and its anomalies first-hand...

I've just about got chapter 1 done (19/21 pages complete; not counting a cover), and will hopefully soon be working on the website.  It's probably going to update once a week until I have a much larger backlog than I have at present.

If you're curious about it, I'd probably just wait.  I have a few doodles in my gallery folder for it, though previous information may not be entirely accurate!

My goal is to start posting comics starting in late March - I'm torn on starting on March 25, but maybe doing Friday updates won't be bad at the start...

Other related things:
If you like robokiss' comic, Altar Girl (it's seriously cute and really good - go read it if you haven't had the chance), I'm helping with a fan anthology.

If you like drawing fanart, and wanna contribute to something fun, this might be up your alley!

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Remember last year, when I found kittens?  And got them homes?
They're mostly grown up now!  I don't have pictures of Trouble, but I have Tux and Moo:
Tux - Grownup by kabochaMoo - Grownup by kabocha

They got BIG. :heart:

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Brushes and Tutorials

If you're waiting on brushes and stuff, sorry!  I've been busy, and haven't really made anything new.
If you have anything you'd like to see, though, I might be willing to accommodate.

BY THE WAY.  I have Manga Studio/Clip Studio versions of some materials!

I might do a livestream sometime while I'm working on comics. :D  Which could be nice.  More on that when I decide to do that.

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Did you see the last contest?  The competition was pretty intense~! :D

Here were the winners, if you missed the announcement!

A hero, but not on fire! by FeatherfromHeL by FeatherfromHeL 
Contest entry by ScarletPegasi by ScarletPegasi
Kei, Bravest Hero by Sabre-Night by Sabre-Night CON - Kei is a Hero by Crash-the-Megaraptor by Crash-the-Megaraptor

I'm currently working through the prize requests.  I'll probably start shipping things out this weekend.

I may do another raffle or something, but no promises on when that would be, or what the prizes would be, haha.

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Personal Stuff

Let's see.
Nope, not much there.  I've got a bit of a cold, so I've been slower to do anything lately.  Hopefully I get over that soon.

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Neverending To-Do List

Bullet; White New Journal skin
Bullet; Black Work on Love, Annotated and Breakfast on a Cliff
Bullet; White Start building the website for Linked
Bullet; Black Convert more brushes to Manga Studio 5 format


Contest Winners!

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 22, 2016, 9:03 AM

I apologize for the early announcement, but there is some rather inconvenient inclement weather coming to my area, starting tonight. Snowflake 

Due to this, I figured it would be better to announce the results a day early, as no new votes have come in over the past few days.  :)

SO, with that, I'd like to announce our winners, as chosen by poll!

Rose divider by Sophibelle

Winner First Place

A hero, but not on fire! by FeatherfromHeL by FeatherfromHeL 

Ah, Kei looks totally ready to take on the dragon here. Sure, yeah, she'll go for peace if she can, but... It's clear she can't have that this time.  I feel like Kei would probably show this off to whoever she could if it was possible. :XD:
I especially like the fire~!

Rose divider by Sophibelle

Winner Second Place

Contest entry by ScarletPegasi by ScarletPegasi

I really like the delicate and calm feeling of this piece...  Kei seems really elegant and calm here, which suits her!  :D

Rose divider by Sophibelle

Winner Third Place

It's... A TIE!
I honestly didn't expect this to happen, so you're both winners!

Kei, Bravest Hero by Sabre-Night by Sabre-Night 
CON - Kei is a Hero by Crash-the-Megaraptor by Crash-the-Megaraptor

Rose divider by Sophibelle

Honorable Mention

Keiiii by Jazeki by Jazeki 

Yeah, okay, I decided an honorable mention was warranted in this case~!

Claiming your Prizes

Winners!  Please contact me via note for your prizes.  Specify whether you want the points, or a giftcard.

-Note: After looking at Amazon's terms, I may have to find a way to get a giftcard either from Amazon of whatever locality you're in, or figure out an alternative award of equivalent value.  This was an oversight on my part.  ^^;
At this point, all that's left are the art prizes! :D  I'll be able to get started on all the other stuff this week.

Also make sure to specify what you want drawn and provide references if possible!  Once it's complete, I'll ask for a mailing address.
If you prefer a digital piece, please make sure to let me know.

Art Queue

:star: FeatherfromHeL - 2 custom bookmarks

:star: ScarletPegasi - 1 custom bookmark

:star: Sabre-Night - 1 watercolor ATC

:star: Crash-the-Megaraptor - 1 watercolor ATC

:star: Jazeki - 1 digital chibi

Rose divider by Sophibelle


Contest: I'm gonna be a hero! VOTE!

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 1, 2015, 2:38 PM

Voting has started!

Please vote for your favorite entry!

Entries are closed at this point in time. :)
Results should be announced next Saturday, January 23.

Rose divider by Sophibelle

Last year, I had a contest.  It was a LOT of fun! :D

So I figured, why not do it again this year, hm?

Rose divider by Sophibelle
The theme this time is:

Star Bullet (Yellow) - F2U! I'm Gonna be a Hero!Star Bullet (Yellow) - F2U! 

At sixteen years old, Kei is already doing well for herself.  She's a palace guard, tasked specifically with protecting the Prince's fiancee.

The only thing is, things are boring most of the time!  The city guards get to see all the action, and the Palace's daemon hunting team won't take her until she's a bit older.

So, Kei sometimes daydreams of becoming a legendary knight and saving her country from evil, going on an exciting adventure, and maybe even having a little romance on the side.
With a sword in one hand, and healing magic in the other, she'll be ready to take on any challenger or foe!

The goal here is to draw an illustration of Kei being heroic and awesome in one way or another.  Maybe she's fighting a monster, or taming a dragon, or saving a prince or princess in distress~ :D

You don't have to draw her doing any of those things, just keep in mind that Kei really wants to be awesome, somehow!

Reference Images

Kei (normal) by kabochaKei (Formalwear - Winter) by kabochaKei (Work Clothes) by kabocha
There's more information and reference images if you click on any one of those pictures.  Feel free to dress her as you like, though!


Bullet; Pink No Tracing / Bases, please!
Bullet; Red Please maintain (at most) a PG-13 rating with your submission!
Bullet; Orange Creativity is encouraged!  Ask questions if you need!

Rose divider by Sophibelle


Star Bullet (Yellow) - F2U!January 15, 2016 11:59:59PM US EST

Winners decided by poll, announced January 23.

Rose divider by Sophibelle


Keiiii by Jazeki by Jazeki
Kei, Bravest Hero by Sabre-Night by Sabre-Night

Rose divider by Sophibelle


Winner First place
$25 Amazon Giftcard (digital)  OR $25 USD in points :points:
2 Custom Bookmarks

Winner Second Place
$15 Amazon Giftcard (digital) OR $15 USD in points :points:
1 Custom Bookmark

Winner Third Place
$10 Amazon Giftcard (digital) OR $10 USD in points :points:
1 Watercolor ATC

Amazon Giftcards require a valid email address for delivery.
The Bookmarks and ATCs will require that you provide me with a shipping address.  Examples of art can be found in my commission journal.
You can also substitute your bookmark/ATC with a digital piece, too.

Rose divider by Sophibelle


OC Meme thing (Ask some folks questions!)

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 28, 2015, 2:44 PM

Oh, hey, look what's going around.  Might be fun!  :D

...(And there will be a contest coming on November 1!  No worries~!)


Comment with one (or more) of my OCs and I'll answer the following in character.
If you wanna ask some characters, these might be helpful:
100 Characters - Part 1 of 4 by kabocha100 Characters - Part 2 of 4 by kabocha
(oh geez these need redrawn so bad)

01. Full name:
02. Best friend:
03. Sexuality:
04. Favorite color:
05. Relationship status:
06. Ideal mate:
07. Turn-ons:
08. Favorite food:
09. Crushes:
10. Favorite music:
11. Biggest fear:
12. Biggest fantasy:
13. Bad habits:
14. Biggest regret:
15. Best kept secrets:
16. Worst romantic experience:
17. Biggest insecurity:
18. Weapon of choice:
19. Role Model:

oh god this was a mistake Jazeki
01. Full name: Reisen Tekan (Not a raisin thank you very much.)
02. Best friend: That is a difficult question to answer, but I suppose I would consider that to be Yuki, the palace attendant. She works efficiently.
03. Sexuality: What sort of question is this?
04. Favorite color: Purple.
05. Relationship status: I am a widower.
06. Ideal mate: My wife.
07. Turn-ons: I refuse.
08. Favorite food: Bacon.  What else?
09. Crushes: I've never been crushed?
10. Favorite music: Folk music.
11. Biggest fear: Not being able to achieve my dream.
12. Biggest fantasy: I'd like to be free to do as I wish in a peaceful world, where there was no kings or queens, or suffering...
13. Bad habits: Staying up late.
14. Biggest regret: Not seeking help for my wife sooner.
15. Best kept secrets: They wouldn't be secrets if I answered this, would they?
16. Worst romantic experience: Hm, that's difficult to answer.  Let me think on this.
17. Biggest insecurity: I'm well-learned, but not very good at innovation.
18. Weapon of choice: My sharp intellect and keen wit.
19. Role Model: My father.

Jazeki why are you doing this to me

Because Jazeki requested Fox's perpetual bowl of mints (which is not a character), Fox will be answering for the mints in a squeaky voice while drunk.
01. Full name: M'name is Peppermint Candy~ I'm the best candy ya can get from the confectionery~!
02. Best friend: Oooh, well, you know, I gotta say that I go reaaaaaal well with a nice peach liquor! Real well... Mmmhm.
03. Sexuality: *starts laughing* I ain't got man bits or woman bits so how can I have a SEX-yoooualiteeee?
04. Favorite color: Prolly red. Yep. Like my stripeys.
05. Relationship status: I'm single dammit. Just like my friend here.
06. Ideal mate: Hmmm. A mouth. Oooh, lookit that one there, I could melt in it~
07. Turn-ons: How do you get turned on if you don't have no bits?!
08. Favorite food: Alcohol! Wait, is that a fooood?
09. Crushes: My pretty bowl. And alll my mint brethren. They're soooo cu~te!
10. Favorite music: THE MINT TANGO *starts laughing but why is that even funny*
11. Biggest fear: Gettin' eaten and crunched up!
12. Biggest fantasy: Getting eaten and crunched up!!
13. Bad habits: Sometimes I get sticky when the weather's hoooot.
14. Biggest regret: Not being bigger. It's saaad.
15. Best kept secrets: I don't have secrets, I'm a mint!
17. Biggest insecurity: Stop asking me these questions it hurts my feelings
18. Weapon of choice: My mint-al powers of minty freshness, yaaaah
19. Role Model: I don't ever have any role models because everything is terrible *fake cry*

Kei (Formalwear - Winter) by kabocha

01. Full name: I'm Kei Shumei!  Not Keiji, that's my grandpa.
02. Best friend: Hm.  My sissy.
03. Sexuality: ...Iunno.  Um.  I like guys, pretty much.
04. Favorite color: Blue~!
05. Relationship status: Single.  I'm too young for a boyfriend!
06. Ideal mate: Someone who respects my authority.  Also, maybe he should let me protect him.
07. Turn-ons: Hmm.  Guys who can have a sense of humor!
08. Favorite food: Hmm.  A nice fancy steak.
09. Crushes: There's this guy...
10. Favorite music: Eh, not much into that.
11. Biggest fear: Not knowing if my sissy is gonna sneak out again.
12. Biggest fantasy: Being a hero~!
13. Bad habits: Um, I daydream a lot...  I guess.
14. Biggest regret: I don't really have any!  Though, now that I think about it, once I lied about studying when I really didn't...
15. Best kept secrets: Ummm.  My sissy says I can't keep secrets, which is why she doesn't tell me any.
16. Worst romantic experience: I haven't had any, so there's that!
17. Biggest insecurity: Working around a bunch of guys is always a little annoying when they treat me like a kid. T_T
18. Weapon of choice: Sword!  Well, a shortsword.
19. Role Model: My daddy!

Doran by kabocha
01. Full name: Doran Kaito.
02. Best friend: Good question.  Probably Yuki.  Maybe Aster, but... I mean...
03. Sexuality: Ladies, please.
04. Favorite color: Surprisingly, it's green.
05. Relationship status: Engaged.
06. Ideal mate: ...If I answer this incorrectly...
07. Turn-ons: You know when a woman's angry, and sometimes, as she's storming over toward you, she'll walk a certain way, and her hips go side to side... Heh.
08. Favorite food: That's a good question.  There's a lot of good things to eat.
09. Crushes: ...Like I said, I'm engaged!
10. Favorite music: Orchestral.
11. Biggest fear: Hm.  I'll get back to you on that.
12. Biggest fantasy: Like I said, I am engaged!
13. Bad habits: Maybe I find the maids to be a little distracting sometimes.
14. Biggest regret: Nothing yet.  I don't get into trouble often!
15. Best kept secrets: Hm.  *strokes chin*  That's a good question.
16. Worst romantic experience: Probably the first night Aster slept over...
17. Biggest insecurity: That might be my best kept secret.
18. Weapon of choice: A rapier - it's gentlemanly.
19. Role Model: That would be the great King Renard, who united this country.


Inktober and Kittens

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 2, 2015, 7:23 AM

So, I'm doing Inktober. I'll post my images for the week here on Saturdays- but you can find my drawings as I do them each day on my Tumblr.  (I'm Kabocha-chan there, if you didn't know already)
Barring another serious injury, this should be something I can accomplish! (Unlike my new year's resolution, or Magical Girl March...)

In other news, the kittens are all doing well. By all reports, they cuddle with their humans a LOT, and can't seem to get enough attention in general.

I have pictures of Abby -- and will hopefully have recent images of the other two as well. ...So for now, enjoy what little I have:

Watching things by kabochaAbby Snuggle by kabocha

Aaaaaand here's the other two:
Trio Aug 2015 by kabochaTigerlily Aug 2015 by kabocha


Contests on dA and Games of Chance - Update

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 23, 2015, 3:09 PM

A very interesting bit of news came to my attention this evening:

Bad news... (Still unresolved?):star: (Newest info at the bottom) :star:

Well, I guess that answers that. I was completely unaware that giving prizes away was against deviantART policy? Anyone care to explain...why or how, specifically? And why it's only relevant now? The backup got removed too, which wasn't really much all in all, but still. 
My contest was free to enter, as was as Meeshi's. This isn't the issue. This is going around to others too. So it's not just me, at least. The more you know. :|
Raffle Removed UPDATED < Link to her journal

HurricaneIslandheart submitted a trouble ticket and received the same answer.

Courtesy of Operia, contests judged on skill are not for

In summary, giving out points in "Games of chance" (eg, raffles, lotteries, and such) are prohibited on deviantArt.  I suppose that's not a huge issue.

This is actually outlined in the FAQ:
FAQ #894: Can I run a lottery, raffle, sweepstakes or other random drawing or game of chance through my DeviantArt account?

It looks like the problem with these is when it comes down to money.  Mostly because:

  1. They can't guarantee that it's run fairly
  2. Legal issues (eg: some locations require you to report prize winnings in your taxes)
  3. CC fraud and a myriad of other issues

The area where it's murky is if it applies to physical items -- such as my bookmark raffles.  I'm currently getting clarification, and will update once I have that.

Update: 9/28 - still haven't heard back. :|

AND WE HAVE A RESPONSE!  6 days later...

Capture by kabocha
Times are PDT.

FAQ #894: Can I run a lottery, raffle, sweepstakes or other random drawing or game of chance through my DeviantArt account?

It's been updated, but they seem to be clarifying that contests where you pay to enter are what are prohibited.  The text of the FAQ is below, in case they edit it in the future (also, emphasis is mine):

Games of chance (such as raffles, lotteries and other random giveaways which require a payment to participate) and fraudulent activity are prohibited on DeviantArt.

Our principal concerns are to avoid the exploitation of members of DeviantArt, prevent unfair treatment of deviants who are solicited and pay to participate and avoid the appearance of impropriety from offers which are open to abuse as well as acknowledging the various, and varying, laws restricting or regulating the conduct of games of chance in differing parts of the world.

We encourage gift giving; we encourage trading points for art or art services; we encourage the solicitation of points as donations; and we encourage points used as prizes in contests of skill - - all of these when conducted fairly and truthfully.

Paid games of chance, however, solicit with a promise of potential reward and we have no adequate means to confirm that the “game” is conducted fairly or within the requirements of applicable law and because of these concerns we do not wish them to be run through your DeviantArt account.

Soooo, I guess it's OK to run free raffles.  So, yay for that?



Journal Entry: Thu Sep 17, 2015, 5:59 AM

Ever wanted a fancy, one-of-a-kind bookmark? Now's another chance to win one like these below!
Yes, I'm doing a second one of these. Shh.

Lady Chaos by kabochaAura by kabochaCharlotte by kabocha

To enter:

  1. You must be watching me.
  2. You must comment on this journal.
  3. In your comment, include the phrase, "There’s so much pain in the world, but so few of us can find a band-aid." (This cannot be the entirety of your comment)
  4. Select one of the open numbers on the list

Entries will be selected until the list is either full, or it's time to select the winner.

ONE winner will be selected and announced at approximately 6PM -4GMT Saturday, (Sept 19, 2015)...
Using the random number generator. The lucky number selected will get to choose a single character bookmark!

Remember, this is a physical item, so it will be mailed! Please do not enter if you are not comfortable providing me with your mailing address in the event that you do win.

Current Entries:

  1. CyrusAiden
  2. OBSailorStar 
  3. AtelierAni
  4. VoltronZ1 
  5. OPEN
  6. Miss-Gravillian1992 
  7. forgetful--prince 
  8. Crash-the-Megaraptor
  9. FeatheryJustice 
  10. Jazeki


Capture by kabocha
Settin' up the parameters...

5 by kabocha

...#5 is empty, so time to draw again.

Win by kabocha


Miss-Gravillian1992!!  Send me a note or something to claim your prize!

  • Listening to: Kemu - Reincarnation

Bookmark Raffle! - WINNER!

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 11, 2015, 8:19 AM

Ever wanted a fancy bookmark? Now's your chance to win one like these below!

Lady Chaos by kabochaAura by kabochaCharlotte by kabocha

To enter:

1. You must be watching me.
2. You must comment on this journal.
3. In your comment, include the phrase, "Time is a timid lady until she decides to tick your
tock." (This cannot be the entirety of your comment)
4. Select one of the open numbers on the list

Entries will be selected until the list is either full, or it's time to select the winner.

ONE winner will be selected and announced at approximately 12PM (noon) -4GMT tomorrow. (Sept 12, 2015)... Using the random number generator. The lucky number selected will get to choose a single character bookmark!

Remember, this is a physical item, so it will be mailed! Please do not enter if you are not comfortable providing me with your mailing address in the event that you do win.

Current Entries:

  1. OPEN
  2. forgetful--prince 
  3. TharaCorleone 
  4. YuniNaoki 
  5. Jazeki 
  6. OPEN
  7. Sabre-Night 
  8. OBSailorStar 
  9. FeatherfromHeL 
  10. CyrusAiden

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Win by kabocha

NUMBER 4!  :D  YuniNaoki 


And So...

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 4, 2015, 5:46 AM

Lots going on.

The semester's started, the students are back, and there is lots to do!  I'm exhausted!

I think I've severely overestimated myself (in terms of recuperating from various things) - so I think I'm going to push off the start date for any comics I might have in mind until spring or summer next year...  Now I see how this happens with other artists. @_@;  Life ends up taking precedence!
It was SO much easier to work on comics when I was a student.

So this means I should probably get back into the rhythm of working with some Breakfast on a Cliff.  And maybe Chloe's stupid face.

Um...  In other news, I'm going to Baltimore Comic Con at the end of the month!  Hopefully on Saturday the 25 or Sunday the 26.  Anyone else going?
The kittens are doing well.  Abby, in particular, is photographed a LOT.  Maybe I'll share some images at some point.

...and that's that.

Oh, yeah, I got engaged.  :D :heart:

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To-Do List

:bulletwhite: New Journal skin - this one's getting old.
:bulletblack: Cinna's stupid face / Chloe's stupid face (maybe)
:bulletwhite: COMICS! With Fox.  And his stupid face.
:bulletblack: Convert more brushes to Manga Studio 5 format
:bulletwhite: Bookmark raffle thing (what)


Deviant Artist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 7, 2015, 4:06 AM

I want the stupid badge.

  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
    It will have been 12 years in a couple of weeks.

  2. What does your username mean?
    It's a type of squash.  I have a character named kabocha, who... doesn't do anything.

  3. Describe yourself in three words.
    Tired. Needs tea.

  4. Are you left or right handed?
    Primarily right handed.

  5. What was your first deviation?
    I removed it from dA years ago, but here you go, it's up on stash now.  Amaze yourselves:
    Kenshin by kabocha
    I was 15, and in my full on angst mode.  And surprise, I've seen very little of this series!  (aha... I'm a loser.)

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create?
    That's a good question.  If I was a better artist, I might have a good answer for this.
    Probably scenery.

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
    Realism.  When I try it, it comes out cartoonish...

  8. What was your first favourite?
    Starry Night Brush Set by anodyne-stock
    This is probably accurate.  While I did clean out my favorites a while ago, I do remember taking a while to realize I could :+fav: things when I was younger.  And then I treated it like bookmarks, and so I am fairly particular about what I favorite.

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
    Resources, I think.

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
    I don't know?  My favorite artists are probably my favorite people, and there's a few of them.  I'm not listing them, shut up.

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
    That's a good question.

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
    They encouraged me to keep drawing.  And gave me lots of things to draw while doing so.
    Most of the deviants who have affected me in one way or another, I know off deviantArt in some way or another.

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art?
    My tablet.  Watercolors, markers...  Though I'll try pretty much any medium at least once.  (If it involves bodily fluids, though, please count me out.)

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
    Um... I actually don't know? I generally work at my desk, in front of a computer...  So... yeah.

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
    That one time admins notified us before changing--- OH WAIT.  Sorry, sorry.  That was topical.
    Realistically, it was probably when Manga-Apps was starting up.  It was an exciting time, and actually what brought me back to dA.  At the time, I'd been over on MangaBullet, and had cleared out a LOT of my dA gallery.
    I probably should do something for Manga-Apps...  I'm feeling all nostalgic.


Core Membership

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 4, 2015, 6:02 AM

I've already expressed my displeasure about this core membership change in other venues, but... Eh.  Why not here?  It'll just join the flood of other complaints, but I need to vent.

The sudden change from "premium" to "core" members is a little jarring, and seeing the pricetag, there's certainly a touch of sticker shock.  I feel like this really could have (and should have) been better communicated - especially if the main advertised "benefit" is that we're investing in the future of deviantArt.

Changing from $30 to what is now $50 yearly IS a major change in terms of pricing.  It breaks down to little bits every month, sure -- but for that price, I could buy hosting somewhere for a year.  Or pay for Manga-Apps as a super group.
Or hell, what was that portfolio thing that deviantArt had started a few years back?  (I guess that ended up on the backlog where projects go to die~)

I also note that at this point in time, the change from "Premium" to "Core" doesn't appear to be on the timeline, either.

In any case, if the future of core memberships means that communication will be this bad, then I'm not entirely sure I want to renew when the time comes.
Broke or not, it's a bad idea to spring a price increase on people without some warning.  (Or a "LAST CHANCE!" Sale.  Geez, that could have brought in some revenue, couldn't it?)


August 2015

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 3, 2015, 7:42 AM

25 August 2015

So, I feel kinda like death from food poisoning.  The good news is that my concussion symptoms seem to have really started clearing up, and I feel normal.  So that means that this misery is JUST gastric issues.

I'm gonna spend the next few days chillin' and not being around very much, so please forgive my absence.

I think next month, I'll resume my normal fashion of journal updates (whenever the mood strikes me) -- this monthly thing is useful when I gotta do a lotta progress updates.

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19 August 2015

Did any of the prize winners happen to get their cards yet? :D

Also, I have begun adding brushes for Manga Studio 5 to my site! Check it out~!

In other news, I won't be around very much next week. Why?

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13 August 2015

Contest prizes are finished, and I should be sending them off on Friday evening! Wooh!

I've been really tired lately, so I'm slow to respond to anything, really. Sorry about that!

Recently, I started playing with Manga Studio 5's brushes a bit. The engine is really nice, and allows for me to set up multiple images per brush.

With that in mind, I'm hoping to release several brush sets in MS5's format -- BUT they'll be themed sets, rather than the Photoshop sets I have in place. For example, a spatter brush set (such as the Ink Splatter Brushes and some of the spatter you'll find in Puella Tragica Brushes) will contain multiple types of brushes, but each individual brush will probably rotate through several images.

I'll probably also make a Shoujo master set, which includes the Shoujo series up to now, as well as some tidbits from other sets.

Unfortunately, I'm not 100% sure that ALL of the brushes I've made are suitable for Manga Studio, so what's going to happen to those that aren't?
Iunno. Maybe I'll release them as materials?

Edit:  Welp.  Working with this is going to be challenging!  I'll probably make brushes for MS as best I can, but no promises on *everything* being included.  But I'll do what I can. :D
They'll probably be smaller, and generally with less brushes in general than what's in the PS sets, but in the future, I'll keep MS in mind when designing new sets.

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3 August 2015
So, on my list...

Got one more prize to finish (yay) which should be within the next few days or so. Unless I get distracted more by Terraria and Skyrim... I really must be procrastinating...

I'm also getting caught up in the cycle of revision on comic pages. This is not what I wanted, and I'm going to have to break myself out of it and give up on being picky.

I can't believe it's August, though. I feel as though I've sort of failed on the whole administration of Manga-Apps. Perhaps I'll see about doing a 4-panel comic contest or something.
I had this whole huge scheme and everything laid out for the year, but apparently life had other plans!

I wonder what kind of prizes would entice people... Hm.

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To-Do List

Bullet; White Re-draw pages for chapter 1 of Linked and drag myself out of the stupid revision mess


July 2015

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 1, 2015, 10:07 AM


Just gonna leave this here...

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So, I don't normally talk about my concussion outside of with friends, but DAMN. Some of the insurance issues I was having are resolved, and that's a BIG weight off my shoulders.

In other news, I've got recent pictures of Abby and Tux.

Tux was actually at my house for an afternoon to play. Little monster!

IMG 20150711 182131:nopm: by kabocha

Abby, on the other hand, is super photogenic. She knows what's up.
Img 20150725 131252 by kabocha

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I've finally started drawing comics that don't have Cinna or Chloe in them! :D (And some that do have Chloe and or Cinna, but hey, that's normal.)

Anyway, you can find posts of WIPs and such on my tumblr (which is also now blue and not purple).

So yep.

Also, y'all should check out this awesome Kickstarter for the webcomic Altar Girl. If you like shoujo manga, you may like it! You can read it online for free, too~

I bring it up because robokiss, the author, is awesome, and she also uses my brushes all over the place! :D

(and now, back to work! ALL THE WEB DESIGN!)

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So much to do, so little time... The livestream went quite well! I might do another one next week -- I got a couple pages of comics sketched, plus some cute doodles.

It's interesting that deviantArt had a copyright discussion recently -- given that there's this whole Orphan Works thing going on in the United States.

The intent itself is good - it's meant to grant access to historical works (and perhaps abandonware) where copyright can't be determined. The problem is that it's not well written, which could be a legal nightmare for all sorts of people.

If you're in the US, you may want to look at this post, and then consider writing a letter to the Copyright Office to express your thoughts on this.

(Personally, I kind of like Canada and several other countries' way about it -- those aiming to use a work have to make a good faith effort to locate the holder, and then apply for a license to do so through the Government.)

Oh, hey.  That may or may not be worth fussing over.  Apparently it's a report, nothing is in process at the moment.

Still, it's good to read up on these things (as I clearly did not do so well).

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I'll be streaming a bit at 8PM (about 20 minutes from now)!  Probably only for an hour or two -- there's a Splatfest... >_>  And I like winning.

Click on the banner to go to my livestream page!

There will be no sound on my stream.

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If my time is correct, New Horizons achieved its closest point in the flyby of Pluto a little bit ago!

The idea that we were able to send something that far is pretty amazing. Some of the photos are really neat to look at, too!

Anyway, I still plan on livestreaming this Saturday. I look forward to seein' some folks there! :D Now that it's been suggested, maybe I'll actually work on Love, Annotated. Maybe.
Or maybe I'll draw stuff where Fox is getting dragged around and being made miserable.

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Couple things:

1. I may stream some next weekend. Probably Saturday (July 18), from 8PM US-EST to whenever. No sound, as usual.
If you have things you want me to go over, let me know! Otherwise, I'll work on Breakfast on a Cliff and this dumb illustration of Fox.

2. RAFFLE! Free art!
I was initially thinking of doing this with ATCs, but after a day or so, I'm not in a mood to paint and go to the post office.

But I will let two lucky winners get a free digital chibi request with a transparent background.

To enter:
  • You need to be watching me
  • Comment on this journal with the phrase "It's like a donut hole" somewhere in your comment. (Points for hilarity! ...the points mean nothing.)
And that's it!

1. FeatherfromHeL 

I'll close raffle entries at about... 6PM US-EST tonight. And then I'll choose a winner using the random number generator. YEAHHH---
And then I'll do the chibis as I have time. ;)

:edit:  Woah, only one entry?  Welp!  Congrats, FeatherfromHeL, you win a chibi! :D
Maybe I'll do this again sometime~  Keep an eye on the journals!

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No real update, but look at THIS:

Arina by AnonymousBlank

AnonymousBlank does nice work, eh? :D You should check 'em out and admire the awesomeness!

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How the heck is it July already?!

Ah well.

So, here's a general update:

Kittens (yeah, I thought I was done!) are doing great! Tux is being a brat and likes laying in bowls when he's not cuddling with his new mom. Abby takes exception to laundry baskets, and fell in the toilet last night... Tigerlily is doing really well, and is apparently full of spunk. If I get pictures that are OK to share, I may.

Splatoon is fun. Anyone playing and looking forward to this weekend's Splatfest~? :D

As far as art goes, yeah, I haven't done much. We've had some crazy, crazy weather, and I need to get my car fixed to pass inspection. And the failure point is probably something dumb, considering the car's only 5 years old...)

Maybe I should draw something silly that isn't Cinna-based when I have a bit of time...

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To-Do List

:bulletwhite: CC Prizes
Bullet; Black Feature with a focus on Color theory (Manga-Apps)
Bullet; White Finish pages for chapter 1 of Linked