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July 2015

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


2015/07/27

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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2015/07/23

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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2015/07/20


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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2015/07/18

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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2015/07/14


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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2015/07/10

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!

Entries
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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2015/07/02

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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2015/07/01
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

 
  • Mood: Joy

June 2015

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 1, 2015, 10:22 AM


6/22/2015
Thanks to those who dropped in the stream!  It was fun, and I'd like to do it again sometime! :D  (And I managed to finish a strip of Breakfast on a Cliff, at that...)

So, here's the last update I'll probably make on the kitten front:
They went home!

I got these pictures both Saturday -- Tux, waiting for his new momma to take him inside, and Abby, as she was waiting for her daddy to come pick her up. :D

20150620 112652 by kabocha20150620 193120 by kabocha

YAY!
Trouble (now known as Tigerlily) is also quite happy with her new family -- and she keeps sleeping on people. ;)

Now I can actually take a nap when I get home!  I think I've fainted. 


6/20/2015
Definitely streaming tonight at 10PM EST on my livestream channel!

I might take a couple of requests, so if you have something in mind that you'd like to see, please feel free to state it in chat!
I won't have any sound set up for the stream for various reasons, but please feel free to drop in!

Edit to add: Streaming now!!



6/19/2015

So, I will hopefully be streaming tomorrow, at 10PM US-EST! Probably will not have any voice or music, unless someone specifically wants me to go over some tutorial stuff.

Unless something breaks, I'll use my livestream channel. If something DOES break, I'll announce it here ASAP with a new link.
Streaming 6/20/2015 @ 10PM EST

I will very likely be working on some doodles and comics (Breakfast on a Cliff, and perhaps some Love, Annotated... Or Linked, depending on my mood.) I might even take requests!

Also, on the kitten front -- Tux and Abby are going home soon! :D Tux came up clean, and will hopefully get his distemper vaccine tomorrow. Poor guy. He's really going to have something to whine about tomorrow! :XD:


6/17/2015
Do you like magical girls?
Do you enjoy drawing?
Do you want a chance to win some free art?

You should consider entering this contest for Confection-Cuties-FA~
Contest: 4th of July/B-Day Celebration! GO VOTE:new: Entries are closed!  Please vote for your favorite entry!
Because everyone's been so busy, a small extension has been granted! Please read below for the new due date!
The Theme
School's out for the Summer and all of the Confection Cuties characters are excited about the big Fourth of July picnic/barbecue that will be taking place on Chelsea's farm.
The picnic is doubling as a birthday party for Chelsea/Confectionist Indigo since her birthday is on July 2nd. (for those who did not know; the American independence is celebrated on July 4th :) )
There will be lots of eating, playing summertime games, swimming in Cheslea's pool, gifts for Chelsea, and of course fireworks and sparklers once it is dark enough.
Your job is to draw the characters having fun at this picnic! Pretty easy, eh? :meow:

The R



Also, talk about a blast from the past:

Mature Content

Raiders of the Lost Critique by akreon
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Critique by akreon

I might do a feature thing later this week. I dunno yet. Brain is meeeelting.
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6/15/2015

Kittens are monsters. Tiny little adorable monsters!

I'm down to the last commission! Gotta finish that up tonight. After this, I'll be closed for commissions for a while.

So, as far as streaming... How about Saturday, around 8 or 9PM EST? I need to figure out if I want to be on livestream or picarto, I suppose. Or maybe Twitch?
Which is the better platform~?

If you have requests as to what you'd like to see me do, lemme know!
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6/13/2015
So, the kittens are clean of FIV so far. :)  Just waiting on test results on Tux.

Trouble went home on June 11, and her family is SUPER excited to have her.

Trouble at Home by kabocha

I'll get a picture of Abby (formerly Moo) and Tux today, since they're here with me.

I'm working on commissions some -- hopefully I'll be able to get finished this weekend!  Still dealing with family issues, but well.  That's life.

Also, I wonder... What would the interested be in joining me for a livestream some weekend where I'm working on digital stuff?  Mostly doodles and that, anyway.  I'll have to figure out whether or not which streaming platform is any good.
I'd also be willing to answer questions or maybe do constructive critique or something, if that's desired. :D

edit to add:

Tux and Abby being silly under their little scratchy... thing.

Tux by kabochaAbby by kabocha

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6/11/2015

The kittens are getting tested for FIV/FeLV tonight, and pending those results, will hopefully go to their own homes very soon! That's the good news. :)


This week has been rough so far, but at least it's almost over. I'll make sure to note those who have commissioned me with updates as I progress, but otherwise, I may be slow to respond to comments.


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6/8/2015
Sorry if I'm scarce this week. Work is going to be very busy, and this usually leaves me exhausted at the end of the day. @_@ Thank goodness I have a follow-up with the neurologist soon. They may have some tips or something that can be done for long-term recovery.

I'm going to be working on commissions as I am able. As I have updates, I'll send notes to those who are still waiting. :) My goal in the next two days is to at least have sketches. I should be able to knock out Jazeki's tonight.


I may also be playing Splatoon in the evening...! That game is tons of fun. If you want to add me, my NNID is FullmetalKitsune.


I don't have any new kitten photos (yet), but thankfully, the trio are hopefully going to their forever homes this week! (Pending FIV/FeLV tests.)
They're healthy and at a good weight for their age, and pretty much played themselves to sleep yesterday. :D
I can't wait to see how they grow up! Again, thank you to everyone who commissioned me (or considered it)!

Since I don't plan on fostering further kittens, any surplus supplies (eg: their crate) will be donated to a local rescue.

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6/6/2015
Going to mail stuff today!

For commissions, unfortunately it's not feasible for me to make it to mail things every time I complete a piece -- so for the time being, I'm going to mail things out in bunches, on the weekends.  Sorry for any trouble this might cause.

Also, there's some very interesting spam going out that looks like a phishing attack, or something to serve up malware.

For your own safety, DO NOT CLICK ON THESE LINKS.  If this was from deviantArt, or promoted by deviantArt, you'd all be getting Hot Topic notifications in the message center.
At minimum, they'll ask for an email address to spam you to hell.  In other cases, they may compromise your account or computer.

If you are concerned about your machine, Malwarebytes might be able to help.

To satisfy my own curiosity, I've browsed to these sites on my sandbox machine, which won't cause me any heartache if I have to nuke it from orbit.

1 by kabocha

SO WHERE DOES IT GO
(You can view the rest of the images I took in my stash...)

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6/4/2015
Still working on commissions.  Insanely tired, etc...  Work is very busy.  I tend to work best on weekends, and it is not yet Friday (but close).  I will probably also make a post office run on Friday night, as I haven't been able to do so yet.

One of the kittens, Tabby, passed last evening.
I don't know how I feel, except quite sad.  Tabby was a sweetheart.

The other three are safe.

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6/1/2015

I have a lot of commissions to do, starting tonight when I get home.

I have a little widget for commission information on my page, so that's where statuses will be updated.

Also, have a cat video my parents took while taking care of le kittens:

They're 6 weeks (going on 7) and will soon be ready for shots! Poor things are going to learn to hate the vet so quick...

We will use money from the commissions to help pay for food, since they were recently weaned off milk. With kittens this young, you usually want to give them a high-fat and high-protein diet, and moving them straight to solid food isn't ideal.
The money from commissions will also help to cover supplies, like litter, toys, etc. Kittens are really, really energetic and messy!

Thank you guys so much for your help!

While two have potential adopters, the other two may end up being taken under the care of a rescue I've worked with, which will cover their vet expenses (assuming they are accepted).

Anyway, that's enough about kittens for now!

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To-Do List


Bullet; Black Feature with a focus on Color theory (Manga-Apps)
Bullet; White Start work on Linked (sometime)

 
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Reol - LUVORATORRRRRY!

$5 Commissons (CLOSED)

Journal Entry: Tue May 12, 2015, 9:49 AM


This special is no longer available.

The list will be worked through in the order listed below!  Some things came up today and I wasn't able to start working, however I'll continue to work on these as I'm able.  I work best on the weekends, to be honest!

For those that are waiting for me to start their commission:  I will continue working through the queue!  It's gonna take some time on my end!  Thanks for your patience so far!

As far as the kittens go:
They're 6 weeks old, getting fat, and ADORABLE.  Some relatively recent pictures are at the end of this entry.  Thank you for your support, and hopefully these guys will find their forever homes in a few weeks!


So, instead of another $5 Friday, I'mma run some cheap commissions for a while!

Anyway, so, I have kittens. They need care, and it's a little taxing! If you want to help out, consider buying a watercolor ATC from me!

Right now, they're just $5 USD EACH.
Send me a note with what you want, and once confirmed, I'll send you the address for Paypal!


THE LIST

Paid and in Queue
1. :iconfeatherfromhel: FeatherfromHeL - Marionette-Sekai-Alie
2. :iconjazeki: Jazeki - Another starry night thing
3. :iconroninnuren: roninnuren - Axiom
4. :iconmamuemu: MamuEmu - Zenspark
5. :iconcrash-the-megaraptor: Crash-the-Megaraptor - Raven



Completed:
Amrita by kabochaShadow Bay Bee by kabochaToni Love by kabochaMackenzie by kabochaHarmony Hill by kabochaAngel Wings by kabocha

Examples:
Anuenue by kabocha70. 67% by kabochaDream Catcher Elizabeth by kabochaMazui by kabochaLouis - for TheLostOctober by kabocha


:bulletblue: I do ask for reference pictures. Feel free to include a bit of information about the character as well.
:bulletgreen: Poses, bgs, etc will be whatever suits the card. May be paint, may be airbrush.
:bulletyellow: Shipping is free - but will be sent as a normal letter.


And remember, you'll be helping these guys find their forever homes. :D
This is them at 3 weeks...
Untitled Drawing by kabocha

And this Trouble (and then the group) at 5 weeks:
Trouble likes boxes by kabocha The group by kabocha

 
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Miku Hatsune - Burenai Ai De

May 2015

Journal Entry: Tue May 5, 2015, 9:02 AM


5/22/2015

Kitten update!

They've been weaning pretty well.  We can probably start introducing more solid food into their diet, since all four are now no longer on the bottle.  (They still love their formula, though...)  They're approximately 5 weeks old at this point, and cuddly. :D  They really like to get up under furniture. -_-;

The group by kabocha

Also, first holiday weekend at new job!  Yaaay~!

Also, have a video of two of the cuties crying:


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5/20/2015
I may not be around as much over the next few days! Work got busy, and I also have some commissions to finish up! :D

Also, here's some places with resources which are pretty cool, and if you haven't checked them out, you might want to!
:bulletred: SenshiStock
:bulletorange: Figure & Gesture Drawing
:bulletyellow: Posemaniacs
:bulletgreen: Springhole.net - Writing Tips, roleplaying advice, random idea generators, and more!
:bulletblue: Manga-Apps

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5/18/2015
Lunchtime kitten update! (For those curious~)

They're 1lb each, using the litterbox, and are starting to eat solid food. :D They're messy, but what kitten isn't?
At 4 weeks old, they're a little too young to get vaccines that aren't de-wormers, but it won't be long before they start getting inoculated for things like Rabies, FIV/FeLV, and other things. I really appreciate those that have commissioned me so far to help out -- and I'm glad to be getting help from a rescue around here, too!

They're being fostered with my parents, who are able to make sure they get fed regularly, rather than having to deal with being gone 8 hours of the day. Soon, they shouldn't be needing supplements from the bottle.

tree by kabochatabby by kabocha

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5/14/2015
I know I just posted about commissioning me, but if you're looking for someone to pay to do writing and not art, Jazeki's your person.
Help me pay for my last semester of grad school!Update: 5/27- So Friday the 15th came and went and I had to front the tuition myself, so I'm down to a couple hundred dollars. I'm afraid to open my bank account and see what the real amount is. Any commissions would be great! 
Hi! So here's the deal, I have reached the end of grad school. I started my last semester yesterday. Tuition is due Friday. It's about $1600 to attend. I do not qualify for financial aid because I am only taking one class.  I have some money, but if I use it, I will have only enough money to pay for bills through August and then I will be broke and my credit score will plummet and I will never amount to a fully functional adult in society/end up in debtor's prison/ God knows what because my student loans alone are about the cost of a small three-bedroom home or a fancy luxury car. 
As such, I am reiterating that I am open for writing commissions. If you want one, please check out this journal


If you've been through college at all, I'm sure you understand what a huge pain Financial Aid can be, so any help for her would be appreciated!

She and I have both worked on a couple of comics together, and she's pretty good at actually putting words on paper. Or a screen.
Or whateeeeever. I'm sure if you wanted, she could write a poem for you to put in a card for your mom. Because moms like that sort of thing.


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5/11/2015
The wedding was nice. Though it was more of a reception and not an actual wedding. Still, fun!

Also... Since it's Monday, let me share something that will hopefully make everyone happy: TINY FURBABIES.

All the little kittehs by kabocha

Eee~ So tiny and cute!

I'm currently trying to find a way to get them tested and vaccinated for cheap -- if we're gonna get them to their forever homes when they're older, they definitely need to be taken care of!

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5/8/2015
Would anyone be interested in a print of this image:
Let me give you a hand by kabocha

I decided to test out what prints from things I drew in MyPaint would look like, and they do look pretty nice in general. I got it done at Staples, so the quality's not incredible.

I've got something like 15 of them left, at postcard (roughly A6) size. If this is something you'd want for yourself, the price is $2 (USD), including shipping.

I'm also considering having the image of Aria printed for more than just one person, so if that is of interest, let me know. I've got to find a better place to have it printed, though... Maybe the print center at the local university will be helpful. :D


On another note, If I am scarce or scattered over the next few days, it's because I am exhausted from all the things.


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5/5/2015
So, I suppose I'm going to start this monthly journal thing (late).

If you all were wondering, I'm open for commissions... Pretty much all the time right now. Look at that link in the header. Or right here. :D


....Yeah, that aside, I suppose I don't do these because I don't have anything to say on a personal level, really. My sister's getting married this weekend, so that's good!


I have some plans this year to start a new webcomic, called Linked. The main character is Fox, a magic-using historian who ends up dealing with magical nonsense and people's inner daemons. It's not something he wants to do, but when you're forced into it...

It's set in the same world (and mostly the same country) as Kibou is, though it happens some time later. Since Kibou probably works best as a short-ish story, it will probably be told within the framework of Linked. :D

When it comes to comics, it's easiest to just get started and then move from there... Hope I can follow my own advice. :XD:



On a technical note, I may be moving Nagareboshi.org to my new server sometime around the end of the summer. The shared server I'm currently on went down last week, and that reminded me how obnoxious it is to have "neighbors" who all share the same IP address.


And remember...





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To-Do List


:bulletblack: Feature with a focus on Color theory (Manga-Apps)
:bulletwhite: Start work on Linked (sometime)

Completed!

:bulletblack: Article for Manga-Apps on The Grawlix CMS


 
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: SSB4 Soundtrack - Ocarina of Time Medley

$5 Friday! (OVER!)

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 24, 2015, 6:45 AM


Thank you all for being awesome~!  The sale is over, but watch out, I might run something similar again. ;)
In the meantime, you can still commission me normally!
Commission Information + PricingStatus: Closed - finishing current queue
Want something made just for you?  Look no further!
I also do digital commissions, but those are something which I need to quote per piece.  Contact me for more information! :D
My estimated turn around time is usually 1 week per piece, depending on my workload.  If I end up working slower than normal, I will keep you updated.
:star:Payment is only accepted via Paypal.  I expect payment in full before I start work.
Prices are all in USD.
Shipping rates depend on the method of shipping, the size of the piece being shipped, and the destination.  By default, I use first class mail with no tracking.

:star::star::star:If you're interested, please send me a note with details about what you'd like!  Reference pictures are always helpful.
If you want something different from what I've listed here, please let me know!


I have a lot of paper to use.

So, for this weekend, I'm going to run a special on my ACEO commission option:
$5 for any watercolor or marker ACEO!

If you're interested, please send me a note!

I do ask for reference pictures as well. Feel free to include a bit of information about the character as well.
Due to the nature of these commissions, poses, bgs, etc will be whatever suits the card.

For some example work, you can check out my normal commission entry:


 

Sparkly Material Recommendations

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 10, 2015, 11:37 AM


So, I work with some traditional materials, which are sparkly.  For those that want to work with sparkles, here's some links to various things I've found or used.

Please bear in mind that I am NOT affiliated with any of these stores, brands, or anything - they're just stuff I've found over the years.


Pens


Pixel Rose Jetpens has a VERY helpful article going over metallic and glitter pens that they stock on their blog.  It's worth a read!

Star! Wink of Stella Brush Pens
These take a bit to get used to, but overall are VERY nice to work with.  If you're a fan of brush pens, these are rather nice.  I personally prefer the clear pen, because you don't need to worry about color matching.

Star! Wink of Luna Brush Pens
Similarly to the Wink of Stella, these are metallic and not necessarily glittery - but they do have a nice sheen.

Star! Uni Ball Signo Sparkling Glitter Pens
I got very similar pens about 10 years ago, and they are going strong.  Uni's a very good brand. :D

Half Star Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
I've bought a few different varieties of these over the years -- while not one of my favorites (they clogged a lot), they're a well-known brand.

Pink Flower Atyou Spica
These are made by the same company which makes Copic markers.  I've not had a chance to play with them, but they seem pretty popular, and are good for scrapbooking -- which means they likely won't damage your art if used carefully.


Flower-sparkle by kabocha

Paints & Mediums



Star! Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium
Winsor and Newton's iridescent medium is something you use alongside your paint.  You can blend it in with pretty much any pigment you have, or layer it on top.

Star! Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors
I do use this brand a LOT.  The luminescent colors are quite nice and some shift between multiple colors.  The only downside is that the tubes sometimes separate out into gum arabic and the pigment, which can be a pain if you're not prepared for it.

Star! Yasutomo Pearlescent Colors
These are low-priced, but good for what you pay.  Niji/Yasutomo has been pretty reliable with their materials, with a reasonable price.  They can be used on their own, rather than an accent which is pretty convenient.  Unlike other brands that are caked like this (I'm looking at you, Artist's Loft), they don't get all chalky after they've dried.

No Star Artist's Loft Pearlescent Watercolor Pan Set
These are cheap, both in cost and in quality.  If you have NOTHING else and must try some sparkly paints, I guess these are okay -- but I warn you: they do get chalky and gross-looking after they dry on paper.  I don't care for it, and am only linking it here if you really, really have to get it.

Star! Zig Kuretake Pearlescent Watercolor
The picture makes this look big.  It's actually pretty tiny, but the color goes a very long way!

Star! Jacquard Pearl Ex Watercolor CD
This is pretty much the same exact thing as the Zig Kuretake palette -- only branded differently.

Star! Twinkling H2O's Shimmering Watercolors
These were interesting to work with.  Not a favorite of mine, but they are easy to store and such, if you want your watercolors completely separate.

Pink Flower Da Vinci Iridescent Watercolors
You can find a set of these colors so you don't have to buy them one-by-one.  I've heard good things about Da Vinci's brand, but haven't tried it.  Maybe I'll pick some up the next time I'm in a store where it's carried in my area.

Pink Flower Da Vinci Iridescent Watercolor Medium
I'm honestly not sure what the difference in this and the Winsor and Newton stuff is. It might be more finely ground, but until I've had a chance to try it, I can't say!

Pink Flower Turner Acryl Gouache
Note: Only some of these colors are iridescent, pearlescent, or metallic.  If you decide to go with this brand, please look over the color choices carefully.  I've seen this brand in stores, but as I don't use gouache as I prefer more transparent colors.  You can learn a bit about gouache (and how it's different from watercolor) on Wikipedia.

Flower-sparkle by kabocha

Inks


Pink Flower Liquitex Acrylic Inks
Liquitex makes some nice inks which are iridescent in nature, though it does not account for the entirety of their materials.  Make sure to read the descriptions and color choices carefully.

Pink Flower Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent Ink
I've used other things from this particular brand (such as their watercolors), and it's actually quite nice.  I don't doubt that their iridescent inks will be nice for calligraphy or adding finishing touches to a piece.

Pink Flower J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Inks - Stormy Grey and Rouge Hematite
J. Herbin has some very nice inks in general -- and these two colors are ones that look quite intriguing!

Flower-sparkle by kabocha

Pigments


Star! Pearl Ex Color Pigments
This can be either mixed in with existing paint, or a binder such as gum arabic can be used to create new paints for yourself.  I've used this in both ways before, and it works pretty nicely overall.

Pink Flower Sennelier Dry Iridescent Pigment
Out of all their dry pigments, I really could only find one which was iridescent.  Sennelier is, in general, a very expensive paint brand, but a little bit does go a long way...

Flower-sparkle by kabocha

Papers


Star! Glitter Pastel Paper Stack
Star! Glitter Jewel Paper Stack

This brand is not good for drawing on, but I've used it as a backing for some notecards and such.  It's solid and steady, and cuts well.  You can layer on top of it nicely, too. :D  It's a good accent!

Flower-sparkle by kabocha

If you have any suggestions or recommendations, I'd be more than happy to see what you all suggest! :)

 
  • Mood: Love

And so...

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 6, 2015, 3:50 PM


So, this whole recovery thing is going well.  Brain rest largely includes sitting around and doing nothing and going on the occasional walk.  ^^;  It's really quite boring, but as I've found, it's the best way to recover.  I do appreciate the kind words I've gotten, and am glad I've got awesome people around me.

Anyway, as I'm out of the thick of the woods (and am starting to feel like my normal self again), I'm reopening commissions.


I may start up a to-do list or a monthly entry or something in the near future, kind of like how a few of my friends have.  ...It seems better than having no activity for ages.

In any case, as I've not much else to say, have a cat picture:
20150202 115206 Resized by kabocha

 
  • Mood: Relief

Raffle of Good Feelings (WINNERS!)

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 24, 2015, 2:49 PM


I'm in a good mood because I got some VERY good news earlier.  More on that later.

Let's have a raffle.

I'll choose two winners -- both will get ONE free ATC request.  The medium and such are at my discretion, but hey, free stuff!

:bulletblue: Once the piece is completed, I'll need to ask for your mailing address!

Rules:
1. You must be following watching me

2. To enter, you should comment on this journal and use the following phrase in your comment:
"If your heart isn't free, you can't fly to the moon."


Rose divider by Sophibelle

Raffle Entries:

1. VoltronZ1 
2. TharaCorleone 
3. Jazeki 
4. CyrusAiden 
5. FeatherfromHeL
6. Miss-Gravillian1992
7. FShounen
8. TheLostOctober 


Rose divider by Sophibelle


Winners will be chosen using the List Randomizer -- The first two entries that come up on the list generated will be the winners!


If you don't win... Remember, I'm open for commissions! :)

Entries close tomorrow, March 25 at 6:00PM EST (-4GMT)

I do ask that whoever wins be patient with me -- things are still hectic, and I do have a full-time job.  :)


Rose divider by Sophibelle

AND THE WINNERS ARE



TheLostOctober and Jazeki, please contact me with your requests!  :D

 
  • Mood: Optimism

10 OC Features (Full!)

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 10, 2015, 7:59 PM


Followin' a meme... Might be slow to respond between overtime, software testing, and commission work (:D), but ANYWAY.

Copyin' Roughly paraphrasing from TheLostOctober 

1. For the first 10 people who comment on this journal entry, I will feature one of their characters I like the most and post a comment explaining my choice; I will go to your gallery and pick one character and one picture I like.  (No need to tell me what you'd like featured!)

2. If you comment, please, consider doing the same in your journal.

3. Create a new journal if you're going to do this, I'm not giving you the feature unless you make a new journal! I don't actually care about this, let's just do this for a free round of features, eh?

Star Divider - Free by etNoir


:bulletblack: TheLostOctober - Kaara Akiyama
<da:thumb id="418698590"/>

Oh, goodness, this was actually pretty hard to just pick one!  Honestly, I have no idea what Hakuouki is, but Kaara looks pretty damn badass.  Actually, I don't know if I should be afraid of her or not, but you do have to admire a lady who could probably kill you before you can finish your pick-up line.  In seriousness, though, I do like her design quite a bit.  The color of her hair is a nice contrast with her clothing, and I like how she has an attitude of "I don't care who you are, but you will not best me," about her.



:bulletpink: FeatherfromHeL - Plant Boss

Plant Boss by FeatherfromHeL
Plants! :D  I actually really like this character, the Plant boss.  I'm a sucker for pink and green together (complimentary colors, yay).  Something about her makes me think of a zinnia or something...  In any and all cases, if possible, I'd like to see more of her! :D



:bulletwhite: LiliumLilyy - Android 15
C.O.R.E. - Android 15 Model Sheet by LiliumLilyy
Android 15 is quite cute!  Her concept, though I haven't read too much about her, is quite interesting.  She's apparently able to travel across dimensions to take care of disturbances.  Sounds pretty cool! :D



:bulletgreen: TharaCorleone - Mazui
Mazui (Redesign) by TharaCorleone
ああ!マズイ!
Something about Miss Mazui seems rather... interesting.  I don't think there's a whole lot on her quite yet (I read a bit!), so I can only guess what she can do... But she still looks quite appealing in her own way.  It's also kind of fun to shout "Ah!  Mazui!" out like I'm 15 or something, haha!  I do like how her outfit seems to be a good fusion of cultures, here, and it's refreshing!  At least I can say her taste in clothing is good!



:bulletblue: Miss-Gravillian1992 - Chinatsu Nishidakei
Chinatsu's Spring/Summer Clothing by Miss-Gravillian1992
Ah, Chinatsu seems quite mature, and adorable. :D  Her magical form is really quite cute, too (as maiden Aoi), but I think she seems very sweet in her civilian clothing!  Now I'm left to wonder how her name is written... 夏? 千夏?  Or is it maybe a three-kanji name... Hm.  Either way!  Cuteness abound!


:bulletorange: VoltronZ1 - Alex Kucher
Tofu Beast Commission 3: Reach for the sky, sucker by VoltronZ1
I'm a sucker for badass-looking characters.  Is he supposed to star in a western?  Because he seems like he definitely could be in one... Gunfights!  Romance!  Despair!  Let's get some action in here, people!



:bulletblack: roninnuren - Mei

Mei by roninnuren
Ninjas! Webcomics!  I actually wasn't aware that roninnuren had a webcomic -- which I will probably take some time to read over tonight!  Anyway, Mei is a ninja, and if that is not awesome enough for you, I'm sorry.



:bulletred: Kuro-Torii - Linni
Linni by Kuro-Torii
I like kemonomimi.  That is all.  ...Wait, no, that's not all,  Linni looks like she's probably not the typical "Trickster" type, but is instead quite capable.  :D Interesting!  Is there a story or a comic for her, I wonder...



:bulletblue: MamuEmu - Katrina

.:Faerie-Witch + Faerie:. by MamuEmu
I liked this character when she was known as Emmy.  Psh.  This whole Katrina business is just so mainst--- Wait, no, I'm not an OC hipster.  Long ago, MamuEmu had been working on a story which I think was called The Faerie Witch, and Katrina (in the blue) was kind of a neat magical-butt-kicking fairy.  Witch.  Does it matter?  She's adorable~!



:bulletpink: KawaiiTsuyu - ?

28/10/2014 by KawaiiTsuyu
Again with the pink/green combo (I love it~!). I really like how relaxed this young lady looks, and hopefully there is more of her!  I didn't quite catch a name, but does she have one? :D


Star Divider - Free by etNoir


Whew!  That was exhilarating, and a lot to pick from!  Thanks you all for letting me choose -- maybe I'll do this again in the future!  Be sure to spread the love with your friends and fellow artists!

 
  • Mood: Tired

Ah, Yes. Wonderful!

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 13, 2015, 4:52 PM


I'm really, really good at making descriptive journal titles.

So, I'm still working on requests... I've started sketching one for Marce-Salami, and still have yet to start LOOMcomics' -- but no worries!  I'm working on them as I can!
(What requests?  They're the contest winners!)


In any and all cases, I've been in a near-constant state of being ill this winter.  It'd be better if it was just the flu or something, but it's mostly stress from work, which is hitting me pretty hard.  Ugh.  Ah well, it'll pass, like all other things.
Word of advice, though: If anyone goes to work in tech support, try to avoid a call center, unless you can cope with a high-stress environment.



Ivy by kabocha

On another note, I've been submitting things to pumpkin-spice-desu  -- an alternate account I have, just for making some weird things.
Right now, I'm on a stamp kick.  SO, there's some nice status stamps there!


Anyway, for the important thing I wanted to share:
I finally got MyPaint working with my Intuos Pro.  I thought it was a lost cause, and that GTK wasn't reading what kind of tablet I had for some unknown reason... Turned out to be an issue with a setting that Wacom has enabled by default.

I found this out thanks to the wonderful Frenden (who makes some awesome materials for Manga Studio) via Twitter and Tumblr:

"You have to set Wacom’s drivers to report their full 2048 levels of pressure. On Windows machines, they default to 1024 levels of pressure reportage for legacy compatibility."


:star::star::star:If you have a newer tablet, you need to check out his post.

So that means that my favorite program for sketching and doodling in is now back in full commission - and that makes me very happy.
Well, that and Nyquil, but that's only because I need to not cough up a lung whilst I sleep.

 
  • Mood: Joy

Contest Winners!

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 23, 2015, 8:54 AM


Wow -- there were quite a few entries for the contest this time, and every one of them was great!  Thank you all for entering!


Without further delay, I'd like to announce the winners, as chosen by popular vote!

Winner First Place


Cool Summer Nights by Stormweaver-Arts by :iconstormweaver-arts: Stormweaver-Arts

This piece is absolutely lovely.  I really find that Stormweaver-Arts did a great job with the background (to the point where I'm a bit envious, honestly)!  I love how calm Fox seems.

Bunting Divider by Kezzi-Rose

Winner Second Place


Summer Swimming! Yuki and Aster by LOOMcomics by :iconloomcomics: LOOMcomics

Poor Aster!  I can't help but feel a little worried for her, as it looks like Yuki is about to do something somewhat... devious.  LOOMcomics'  chibi style is really fitting for this situation!

Bunting Divider by Kezzi-Rose

Winner Third Place


Summer Time!! by Marce-Salami by :iconmarce-salami: Marce-Salami

This was a really ambitious entry, and Marce-Salami managed to use all of the characters in one image!  :D  Everyone looks to be having a good time on the beach (except Aster, but hey, Doran'll help, right~?). 


Bunting Divider by Kezzi-Rose

Claiming your Prizes


Winners!  Send me a note with your requests and your choice between points or the premium subscription!  All points have been awarded - now I'm just working on art!  :D

When sending your requests, reference images are helpful!
Also, please allow me some time to handle the requests -- they'll be done as I have time!


:star: :iconstormweaver-arts: Stormweaver-Arts
COMPLETE! :D
Prize - Victor by kabochaPrize - Kaytia by kabocha

:star: :iconloomcomics: LOOMcomics
Fullbody Request:
COMPLETE!
Prize - Sarah by kabocha

:star: :iconmarce-salami: Marce-Salami
Headshot Request:
COMPLETE!
Prize - Glenna by kabocha


Bunting Divider by Kezzi-Rose

Honorable Mentions


 Accept the puddle. by Jazeki by :iconjazeki: Jazeki


Oh, no! NATURE! by Erin314 by :iconerin314: Erin314 


Fox at the beach by d-manstewart by :icond-manstewart: d-manstewart


Bunting Divider by Kezzi-Rose

Thank you all for entering! :happybounce: 


This was fun to do -- I may run another contest again in the future!

 
  • Mood: Joy

Contest Time! (Vote for your favorite entry!)

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 1, 2014, 8:26 PM


Submissions are closed!  Thank you all for your entries!

Now, it's time to vote for your favorite entry via Poll~!

Go vote on the entries Arrow left HERE Arrow right 


I'll announce the winners sometime on January 23! :D

Bunting Divider by Kezzi-Rose

It's been a long, long time since I held a contest.  And what better time to do it than as we're heading in to in the middle of Winter!

The Theme:

Sun Celebrating Summer Sun 



Deadline: January 15, 2015 12:00AM US-EST (-5 GMT)
(That's 5:00AM GMT!)

Updated to allow for more time for entries. :)

 Extended again until Sunday, January 18 at 8:00PM US-EST (-5 GMT)


Aight, I'm not feelin' well, and I've had a couple of folks contact me asking for an extension...  How about til Sunday?  This is the absolute last extension here.  Finish up~!


Bunting Divider by Kezzi-Rose

So, for many of us in the northern hemisphere, it's cold.  I say forget you, autumn and winter!  It's time to start thinking of beaches, sunny days, and other things which aren't winter.  ...Right?  Who cares if it's the wrong time of year!


The task at hand:

Draw one (or more) of the following characters in the summer.  This could be at the beach, or stargazing, or camping, or whatever!
You can include other characters from their world, of course.


If you really want, you can also include your own original characters -- but please, be sure to feature at least one of the characters below!

Even though the characters come from a fantasy world, please feel free to change up the setting!


If you need some ideas to get started, here's some information you might find useful:


:bulletred: Keiji doesn't really care about what season it is.  He's the type of guy who'll go out on hikes and enjoy the wilderness if he can.  You can find him out on clear nights stargazing.  He's the most likely to play with small children.
Keiji by kabocha

:bulletorange: Yuki loves summer.  For her, it means being outside in the sun, warm days, and just plain ol' fun.  She's been to the beach a few times, and finds it more fun to play pranks on people with her illusion magic.  She's the most likely to play in a fountain!
Yuki by kabocha

:bulletyellow: Fox hates the heat, and would rather be inside with his books, in the shade.  Spoilsport.  He's prone to sunburn easily, though he's up for a good swim if he can get away with it.  He's the most likely to fall asleep outside with a book.
Fox by kabocha

:bulletgreen: Aster greatly prefers cold weather.  Even so, she enjoys going out and doing things like watching the lightning bugs with her sister, Kei.  She cannot swim, and is afraid of deep water!  She's the most likely to cook all the food for a picnic.
Aster by kabocha

:bulletblue:  Doran finds summertime to be pretty much the same as any other time of year.  He'd love to spend his time with Aster (and maybe some other ladies), if they'd just stick around...  He would find getting into a splash fight to be quite ungentlemanly.  He's the most likely to get dunked at the beach.
Doran by kabocha

:bulletpurple: Mara enjoys relaxing during the summer.  She doesn't like bugs, being in the grass, or humidity, but other than that, summer's great!  She enjoys bonfires on summer nights, when she can share scary stories with people.  She's the most likely to have a first-aid kit on hand.
Mara by kabocha


Got a question on a character?  Please feel free to ask!

Be sure to click on their chibis for a bit more information and additional reference images!

Bunting Divider by Kezzi-Rose

Rules


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!


Bunting Divider by Kezzi-Rose

Submitting


Upload your piece to dA!  Once you're ready to go, just leave a comment on this journal or send me a note with a link to your piece!


Bunting Divider by Kezzi-Rose

Entries

You could say the competition's beginning to... heat up.
:iconhoratioplz:


1. Accept the puddle. by Jazeki by :iconjazeki: Jazeki

2. Summer Swimming! Yuki and Aster by LOOMcomicsby :iconloomcomics: LOOMcomics

3.Oh, no! NATURE! by Erin314 by :iconerin314: Erin314

4. Summer Time!! by Marce-Salami by :iconmarce-salami: Marce-Salami

5. Fox at the beach by d-manstewart by :icond-manstewart: d-manstewart

6. Cool Summer Nights by Stormweaver-Arts by :iconstormweaver-arts: Stormweaver-Arts

Bunting Divider by Kezzi-Rose

Judging + Prizes


The top three entries will be chosen by poll - which will stay up for about five days.  Afterward, I'll announce the winners!

I will not be voting in the poll.


Prizes:


First Place: Two digital single-character fullbody requests and 1272:points: (OR) 6-month premium dA subscription

Second Place: One single-character fullbody request and 636:points: (OR) 3-month premium dA subscription

Third Place: One single-character headshot request and 396:points: (OR) 1-month premium dA subscription


Jan 10: Prizes updated for clarity - and I increased the amount of points or time on a premium sub each place gets~

 
  • Mood: Humor

Commission Information + Pricing

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 13, 2014, 6:48 AM


Status: Closed - finishing current queue

Want something made just for you?  Look no further!

I also do digital commissions, but those are something which I need to quote per piece.  Contact me for more information! :D




My estimated turn around time is usually 1 week per piece, depending on my workload.  If I end up working slower than normal, I will keep you updated.


:star:Payment is only accepted via Paypal.  I expect payment in full before I start work.
Prices are all in USD.

Shipping rates depend on the method of shipping, the size of the piece being shipped, and the destination.  By default, I use first class mail with no tracking.


:star::star::star:If you're interested, please send me a note with details about what you'd like!  Reference pictures are always helpful.
If you want something different from what I've listed here, please let me know! I'm also open to most other types of work, both digital and traditional (save for comics).

:star:Rates are meant for non-commercial work only.  If you intend to use my work in or on stuff you want to sell (eg: books, shirts, tumblers), please let me know ahead of time, and we'll work out pricing accordingly.



Watercolor ATC: starting at $12 ea

You can request that your watercolor piece have some sparkle added to them!  (Free of charge, of course!)  Just ask~!

Examples:

Anuenue by kabocha70. 67% by kabochaDream Catcher Elizabeth by kabocha
Sun and Moon by kabocha



Cutout style-watercolor pieces may be more expensive depending on the complexity of the piece and materials involved.  Prices for this start at $15.

Examples:
Surprise Giftart by kabochaClara ATC by kabocha

Watercolor Artist Tile: $15 ea

These are about 4 inches by 4 inches.  They're kind of neat to work with!

Examples:
Keiko by kabochaCiel by kabochaFritz by kabochaCommission  - Brad and Tiberius by kabocha

In most cases, these would have simple backgrounds, and not be very complex.


Watercolor Bookmark: $15~20 ea


The size of a bookmark is approximately  5.5in x 1.625in (14cm x 4.1cm)

The price varies, depending on if you want the character cut out or not. Please contact me with information on what you'd like!

Comes in a sleeve with tassel.

Examples:
Cut out: Lady Chaos by kabochaAura by kabochaCharlotte by kabocha
Not cut out: Katrina by kabocha




Marker ATC: $10 ea

These typically won't sparkle, unless you want me to put some iridescent medium on it, or to use sparkly gel pens.

Examples:
Noel by kabocha Cards! by kabocha44. Two Roads by kabocha


Marker Artist Tiles: $12 ea

They're the same size as the watercolor tiles.  Backgrounds may be airbrushed.
Example:
Springy by kabocha

Marker Postcard / Greeting card: starting at $15 ea


The postcards are done on A6 size paper.  :D
The back or insides of these are left blank.

Examples:
Creeper gonna Creep by kabochaLords Shuja and Shumei by kabocha

If you need a complicated background or scenery in this type of image, the price may increase.  Make sure to let me know what you want!





:bulletwhite:  Please be advised that I retain the right to turn down a commission for any reason.

I will not draw explicit (adult) material.

 
  • Mood: Cheerful

My deviantART Story

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 8, 2014, 9:09 AM


I'm back!  Sorta.  Kinda.
Holy hell, my messages.  It might take me a while go to through them, and even so, my time's still a bit crunched. ^^;


Anyway. I joined dA almost 11 years ago (I think I'll hit that point next week), at the wee age of 15.  I was brought here by demonmako ...Sadly she's not around dA anymore as far as I know.

I didn't really get active until 2005-2006, when I was finishing up high school.

I don't have the things I posted first in 2003 anymore, but I still have my old, old post from '06:
You JUST don't do that by kabocha

Drawn during Physics class, of course. :D

Over the years, I met a lot of people through dA -- and found out some of my buddehs from elsewhere on the internet / IRL had dA accounts.

(By the way, here's some of the awesome people that I've come to enjoy over the years - in no particular order!)

:iconacidangels: :iconyuninaoki: :iconkinnohitsuji: :iconscreentones: :iconluciole:
:iconjazeki: :iconmysticalpchan: :iconloomcomics: :iconashikai: :iconperiwinkleimp:
:iconlyritwolf: :iconmamuemu: :iconrobokiss: :iconthatdarnkat: :iconfshounen:


And I drew a lot of things, mostly for other people.  (And made brushes.  2007 - 2008 was a very busy year for me, apparently...)  I prefer to focus on the art, so let's pick one "good" piece (that I like) for each year since 2006 (if there is one present).


Veled by kabochaB2S - Contest Entry by kabochaWinnie and Azrael by kabochaMagic Manami Page 3 by kabochaArina by kabochaBlair by kabochaLove, Annotated by kabocha70. 67% by kabocha


...I don't have a favorite for 2014 yet.  The year's not done.

It's kind of interesting how things have changed.  Way back when I started, I was completely opposed to using tools such as "Dodge"... Mostly because it looks tacky.  (I think I've figured out how to use it somewhat tastefully now, though, right?)  I've also moved on to traditional media, too, though I don't tend to upload most of those images.


So, um, yeah.

That's it.

I will probably upload things later, since I have been doing things...

 
  • Mood: Neutral

Photoshop 7 Support

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 23, 2013, 9:41 AM


OK, so, it's been a while since I've said... anything.  (6 months, roughly...)

I'm sure some have noticed that my latest brush sets don't work in Photoshop 7 (And maybe even CS).

Why?  There's a lot of reasons, but the clearest way to say it is that I don't support Photoshop 7 any longer.


Image packs have been released through my website alongside brushes which are noted to have problems with older versions of Photoshop.  (If you have CS2 or newer, you will probably not encounter a problem.)

You can view those brushes here: Downloads @ Nagareboshi

(Image packs may also have materials not present in the original brush set -- so they're a good deal for downloading!)

 
  • Mood: Bemused

Thank you~!

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 26, 2013, 6:34 AM


:heart: Thanks to everyone who made yesterday awesome.  :meow:
I had a great birthday!

I'm now going to stand out on my lawn and yell at some imaginary kids.
Wait, I don't have a lawn. ...Boo.

 
  • Mood: Tired

Feature Thingamabob (9/10 spots taken!)

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 12, 2012, 9:51 AM


Leave a comment, get a 3-work feature.


Gooo~!


1.  :iconsabre-night:
Periwinkle Pony by Sabre-Night Momoconpics 3 Expert by Sabre-Night Emma Standy art by Sabre-Night

2.  :iconaisazia:
GA: Blood Raevyn by aisazia Issy Dragon Baby by aisazia Ziava Character Sheet by aisazia

3.  :iconloomcomics:
:thumb214779636: :thumb209531677: :thumb133781936:

4. :iconacidangels:
Speckle by acidangels Water Shrine by acidangels Control by acidangels

5. :iconyuninaoki:
Halloween Windows 2011-All by YuniNaoki Prize: Lolita Lysette by YuniNaoki Prize: Aria by YuniNaoki

6. :iconashikai:
Old--Pendulum strike by Ashikai Arina from Kibou by Ashikai Watercolor Action Test by Ashikai

7. :iconmysticalpchan:
Happy Valentines by Mysticalpchan Collab: Anomie Preview by Mysticalpchan Tidal Fishes by Mysticalpchan

8. :iconkmccaigue:
Kiriban Ashenee by kmccaigue Tiger Lilies by kmccaigue LordVepar Contest Entry by kmccaigue

9. :iconerik-tan:
Goldfish Scooping by Erik-Tan 100 theme no.11 Memory by Erik-Tan +Tribute for a Fallen Friend+ by Erik-Tan

10.

 

THE ROBOT

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 7, 2011, 6:26 PM


Edit:

Oh, dA.  Let me embed youtube links, pl0x.

ANYWAY:

Here's a video of it in action.  It has no autonomy at present, so... it hits things.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aKo-W…





And there I am with it.


I'm going to work on another robot today.  ROBOT SOCCER.  (It's a final.)


-------------------
It works!

Mostly.  The batteries are dead, and I still have work for tomorrow, but... AAAAAH.  I will have something demo-able.  This is awesome.


I can finally sleep some.


...Finals are next week, though.  :|  I don't know if I'mma pass one class, but I have to talk to the teacher to find out.  x_x;
(Never do 18 credits + work + major, semester-long project and expect any time but WORK AND SLEEP.  Just don't.)



(But seriously!

Java client, C++ peer, C++ server! :D :D :D
SOCKETS.  (I honestly didn't understand them before I had to use them practically.)
THE ROBOT PARSES COMMANDS AND MOVES.

It'd be better if it took natural language, like I'd wanted initially, but hey...)


...also, it has a name, and it is Mercury.



NOW WITH A PICTURE OF THE ROBOTS!


My robot's all the way on the left.  :meow:

The faces are done with tape.



If you're curious about these robots, then you can check out...  The Smurv Robotics Platform!
The price of all those parts are mostly cheaper now than they were when this page was created. :D

You can get away with getting a cheaper version of the iRobot Create; and if you know what you're doing, you could potentially substitute the mini case on top for a netbook or something.  It depends on how much power you want to use...

 

Features! :D

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 21, 2010, 9:50 AM


To those of you who commented on the last journal, thank you~ XD


:iconjacquelynvansant: jacquelynvansant
Coffee 'n Cookies Ads by jacquelynvansant  Exotic Painter by jacquelynvansant Element - Wind by jacquelynvansant
Jacquelyn is a pretty nice person, you see.  Her interests are pretty varied, too.  :D  So, it only goes to say that well...  Her gallery has some interesting things in it~.  (If you want to see some Desert snow, she has pictures of that, too!)

:iconzerorinas: ZeroRinas
Demon and FairyI sat around a campfire, eating mum's delicious homemade double chocolate apple cake in the woods when my dad began to tell me the story about a demon marrying a fairy.
"Are you daft, you old fart?" I said. "You mean a demon, the illegitimate offspring of Jerry Springer, and a fairy, the illegitimate offspring of Reese Witherspoon, can actually marry? Have you shacked yourself in France?" In his almost boring, monotone voice, he replied,
"It's a story I've heard…around these parts, lad. Will you just listen?
"A long time ago…it has been said that there was a demon resurrected by the gods after it was killed in a long war back in the Dark Ages…when it came back it was attacked by the Holy Seven, a group of warriors skilled in the magic and weapon arts, trained specifically to defeat it. It was a long, arduous battle, one that lasted almost a week…but the Holy Seven prevailed, leaving the demon to die in the rain.
"But…minutes after they left it, a beautiful huma
Roy Marboyd Sketch 2 by ZeroRinas Naito"Can you fight, Master Naito?" asked a robot to an old man lying in bed, the man's eyes driven but his face fading, weakening.
"…I…can…fight…" he said, voice weakening. "I…must…save…the Queen…"
"But Master," said a black haired young knight, "You can hardly move right now! If you try to fight again-" Naito grabbed his hand.
"Parnell…I…for…years…must…always…protect…Queen…" Naito's voice declined. Naito's hand rested on Parnell's hand.
"…Goodbye, Master…"
"Is it time?" asked the robot, holding a red orb. Parnell nodded. The robot placed the red orb near Naito's heart. It latched onto his body. Energy swirled around, changing Naito's body completely.
"Parnell!" yelled Naito, clad in blue armor, rising from bed and wielding a large blue, symbol embroidered sword, "We ride to the Castle!"
"Get out of our way!" yelled Naito, slashing his way through enemy soldiers. "Parnell, pick up the pace!"
"Yes, Mas

I actually had the pleasure of meeting Rinas in person, and he managed to psych me out pretty bad when I DID meet him.  I was all ...  "Heeeeeeeey!!!"  when I realized it was him.   That all aside, he's a pretty good writer, and he seems able to put up with temperamental writing partners. XD

:iconcyrusaiden: CyrusAiden

This guy is a dork who doesn't have anything in his gallery.  :P  He could totally put some of his writing there.  Also, he needs an icon!

:iconloomcomics: LOOMcomics
:thumb133175335: :thumb150836720: Rainshadow: Seria by LOOMcomics
Let's see.  Loomy.  I met Loomy through webcomics and Manga-Apps.  Turned out, she's pretty silly, AND pretty awesome.  So, naturally, I like talking to her.  I also like drawing certain men from Vampire Fetish in dresses.

:iconobsailorstar: OBSailorStar
Elazul FF6 Sprite Sheet by OBSailorStar Olbohn FF6 Sprite Sheet by OBSailorStar Pew Pew by OBSailorStar
She probably didn't think I'd ninja this in, but HAH.  :mwahaha:  She mainly does pixel work, but hasn't really done a lot in a while.  Hm.

 
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7 Years?!

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 15, 2010, 1:15 PM


Holy crap, that is a long time to have been here.

So... I've been on dA since I was... 15.  Wow.

My first watcher was demonmako, who I haven't seen in a while.
I don't believe I got active until about 2006...

Some time between then and now, I got into converting brushes for Axeraider70!  GASP!

As of this writing, my most recent watcher is MasterFudgePop!

I've also gotten involved in some really interesting things - like Manga-Apps, and gotten back into drawing my webcomic, kibou.nagareboshi.org/ (Kibou).

Additionally, thanks to Taures-15, I have a premium membership!  :D
Other kind people ( OBSailorStar, ZeroRinas, RingoStarr911, AdriDaHen, and Ninja-Productions ) donated to help me collect points to gain a 3 month subscription!

It's been an interesting ride.  ...One filled with brushes, doodles, and the occasional spyware deal. :P  (At least until I got AdBlock Plus.)

Here's to perhaps more time here...  And DEFINITELY more time over at www.mangabullet.com/visit/kabo… (MangaBullet)!  :heart:
(If you guys haven't been there, you really should take a look at the community!)


...And as a bonus, here's a shout-out to a few other people you might like to check out (in no particular order):

LOOMcomics
picatrix
MamuEmu
KinnoHitsuji
winterdark
Silvercresent11
jacquelynvansant
Ashikai
YuniNaoki


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