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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

  • Mood: Love

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.

  • Mood: Content

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

  • Mood: Wow!

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?

  • Mood: Wow!


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. FeatherfromHeL 
  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!

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • 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

Params by kabocha
Win by kabocha

NUMBER 4!  :D  YuniNaoki 

  • Mood: Cheerful

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)

  • Mood: Wow!

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.

  • Mood: Tired

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?)

  • Mood: Tired

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

  • Mood: Tired

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

  • Mood: Joy

June 2015

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

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

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. 

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!!


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:

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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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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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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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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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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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

(You can view the rest of the images I took in my stash...)

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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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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!


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

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

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


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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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: - Writing Tips, roleplaying advice, random idea generators, and more!
:bulletblue: Manga-Apps

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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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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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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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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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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 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)


: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 + Pricing | HOLIDAY SPECIALStatus: Open!

Holiday special!  Buy one, get one half off!
The half off discount would apply to the cheaper of the two items.  This only applies to what's listed below.
Want a something for yourself or as a gift? Read on! :D
I also do digital commissions!  Read below or contact me for more information!
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 let you know.
Current Queue:
Before you start - Important info!

Read the following information.  It's helpful to know!
:bulletred: Payment is only accepted via Paypal.  I expect payment in full before I start work.
Prices are all in USD.
:bulletorange: Free shipping for the holidays!
:bulletyellow: Please, don't send money until I give the OK. :) I will let you know what the price is beforehand after evaluating references!

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

From time to time, I make use of some sparkly paints, pens, and other things in my traditional works. I also get questions from time to time about what they are, and where I got them. So here's a list of what I've found/used/like, and some comments on them.

Please keep in mind that I'm not affiliated with any stores, brands, or things I've linked here.

Star!/No Star  Have used previously.
Pink Flower Untested, but worth a look


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 matching the ink with anything you might be drawing over.

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 to them.

Star! Uni Ball Signo Sparkling Glitter Pens
I got very similar pens about 12 years ago, and while I use them infrequently, they're still useable and haven't gotten clogged. Uni's a very good brand. :D

Star! Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
I recently picked up some of these pens again, and haven't had an issue with clogging recently. I've found them to be really smooth when writing.

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 with your paint.  You can blend it in with pretty much any pigment you have, or layer it on top for a shimmery effect.

Star! Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors
I use this brand quite frequently.  The luminescent colors are quite nice and some have iridescence to them (particularly the duochrome 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
The low price of these paints surprised me, considering they are fairly decent in terms of quality! Niji/Yasutomo has been pretty reliable with their materials, with a reasonable price.  They have a subtle shimmer, and aren't overpowering in many cases, allowing the colors to be used independently, rather than layering them on top of other colors.
Unlike Artist's Loft (which has a comparable price), they don't have a chalky appearance after they've dried.

No Star Artist's Loft Pearlescent Watercolor Pan Set
If you have NOTHING else and must try some sparkly paints, I would still avoid this brand. These paints are kind of chalky when they dry, which isn't usually something you want with watercolors..  I don't care for this brand, but if you absolutely must use them, they can be found in some Michael's stores.

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. I've had my palette for going on 3 years at this point, and haven't run out yet. I use it pretty frequently when I need to layer some sparkly colors on a painting.

Star! Twinkling H2O's Shimmering Watercolors
These were interesting to work with.  Not a favorite of mine, but they are easy to store and use, if you prefer your watercolors to be stored in separate containers.

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


Star! Liquitex Acrylic Inks
Liquitex makes some nice inks which are iridescent in nature, though it does not account for the entirety of their materials. I got some of these a while ago, and when they settle, they really require a lot of mixing to get the pigment mixed back in. Overall, they're not bad, and work well.

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, Rouge Hematite, and Ocean Blue
J. Herbin has some very nice inks in general, so if fountain pens or dipping brushes in ink are your thing, this might be worth investigating!

Flower-sparkle by kabocha


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


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!

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


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

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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
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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
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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!

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