Thursday, August 21, 2014

Outer Scout Wand Stickers & Drowning in REAL LIFE

Outer Scout Wand Stickers now available in my etsy shop~!

First let me say that the outer wands are now available in my etsy shop, so please go check them out!

Okay, now time for my to ramble, rant, and panic. (Although not too much since I have so much to do I can't devote too much time to this ;_;) There are also more photos under the cut!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Happy Birthday to my sister Amanda!

Happy Birthday to my sister Amanda, AKA PookNero & PookiePixels

Check out her accounts for comics and pixel based art!

(That’s a photo of our cat Lily at the top, she’s super sweet and adorable, plus she’ just so happens to be deaf. She sleeps next to my sister every night and even has her own pillow on Amanda's bed.)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

In the name of the moon...I am so disorganized!

Sailor Muerte Stickers now available in my etsy shop~!

It's only been a week since I've come home from Otakon and I am still unpacking! I haven't had a moment to rest all week and things have been really hectic, but thankfully they should be back to normal starting tomorrow.

I'll get back into my normal posting routine with my blogs and settle back into my 9-5 job as a graphic designer. (I am actually looking forward to the daily routine.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Reaper was right. What I value most is ME!

Shiki was the hardest poster for me to make so far. In game she is so bubbly and friendly, but I decided to go with a more somber (and slightly depressing) quote of her's.

I waxed and waned over making the REAL Shiki, but I wasn't sure that fans would prefer the real her over the in-game her. (Which is really sad to say.) I might make a real Shiki after I finish up my Neku, but for now I think this poster will stay as-is.

Either way, It took a lot of tweaking but I am really happy with the finished poster. (Even if it's sad.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finished Rhyme and Beat Prints and How I made Them

Okay so the vlog post for my Otakon 2014 experience should be up by the end of this week, I apologize in advance if I looks like a zombie, but I am fairly certain I got the con-plague.

I never got the chance to post about the rest of the prints I made for Otakon, I was way too busy being a one-woman sweat shop, so here are some progress shots and finished photos from my Rhyme and Beat posters. (Rhyme ended up selling out on the last day of the con but she'll be available on etsy soon.)

These little cards are 2.5" x 3.5" and I did the sketches with a mechanical pencil

First, both posters started out as little sketched ATCS (artist trading cards) that I made for orders in my etsy shop. I photographed each rough sketch before shipping it out, so I used those as a guide for the finished posters.

I thought her expression was too blank, time to add some personality.

From there I took the photograph, enlarged it, and plopped it into illustrator. Then, on a new layer, I started inking the sketch. A vectored style perfectly matches the art for the game. It's chunky, imperfect, and very graphic. As I inked I modified the sketch and tweaked things here and there to make everything look a bit more polished and refined. (These ATC sketches were really quick ones to thank buyers in my shop. So they needed a lot of tweaking.)

My layers got a little messy, so I was trying to find a way to get the chain to work the way I wanted it to.

Once the line art was completed I would start laying down flat colors and add very basic shading.

That's all! Then I saved the files, added the captions, and rushed them to the printer in time for the con. I wish I had planned the series out a bit more, I feel like way too many of the characters are facing left, but I am still quite happy with the outcome.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mini stickers and a (upcoming) vlog post?

These are the adorable mini sticker sheets I had printed up for Otakon's Artist Alley last week. They'll soon be available in my etsy shop!

I plan on filming a little youtube vlog post about Otakon and my experience, so hopefully I can post that later this week!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I'm back from Otakon 2014!

I ended up running out of this design by day 2 of the con.

Oh man, I just got home from Otakon in Baltimore! Selling in the artist alley was pretty hectic and a lot of work, but I got to meet tons of new and interesting people, have lovely conversations, and rub elbows with awesome artists. (Plus I still got to attend my favorite panel ever, Voice actors after dark. If you attend Otakon and haven’t gone yet, it’s a must!)
I had planned on updating from the con but the reception in the basement (where the artist alley is located) was awful, and the free hotel wifi was nonexistent. (With over 30,000 internet-addicted anime nerds like me at the con, free wifi just didn’t stand a chance.)

I’ll be posting Otakon and art updates here as well as my art tumblr, and all of the items from the con will be available in my etsy shop later this month.

For now, I need a shower, some cuddles from my dog, and a nap in a real people bed.

See you all tomorrow! (And Hello to any of you awesome con goers I got to meet this weekend! I hope you all got home safe and sound.)