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Long time no see, right?

I'm so sorry that I disappeared for quite a long time without letting anyone know what's been going on. For the past few years, I struggled with trying to finish college while battling some severe mental instabilities. My health had gotten so bad that I almost completely stopped posting on the internet. I even stopped drawing for a few years. These past few years, I would peek in on my DA account and the moment I noticed all my notes and messages piling up I would start feeling an anxiety attack come up and I would immediately log out. The same would be for school, I was reminded often by teachers that I wasn't "the Alex that they remember" and whenever I stepped foot in school I would start hyperventilating.

Fast forward to a few months ago, I finally received proper help from doctors with an accurate diagnosis and have been improving my mental stability quite steadily. I got a job as an instructor at a painting studio in a few locations... I finally had the courage to talk to my school and give them a piece of my mind as well as getting the courage to open DA and, well, talk to all of you :)

As for the diagnosis, we finally concluded that I have obsessive compulsive disorder (pure-o) with BPD tendencies. It made me laugh because I always thought OCD was for "clean people" and then I realized it was so much more serious. I looked through my black and white emotion drawings in my gallery and felt even stronger. If it weren't for drawing and sharing these emotions with you guys, I wouldn't be the person I am now.

I am slowly going through my notes and trying to reimburse those who've been so patient waiting for commissions from me in the past (if I still haven't finished your commission, please note me and I will refund you), and am taking time to look at the nice things everyone else has sent me.

It's nice to see you all and I hope you guys still remember me! I apologize but due to the HUGE 3 YEAR BACKUP of messages, I may have to clear them to be able to navigate through DA clearly - if there was something super important you needed from me please don't hesitate to send me a new message!
Hi my friends and followers! I will be posting new artworks that I'd been working on in my new instagram account @ instagram.com/akirakirai (account = akirakirai)
With artworks I'll also be posting some works of my love for makeup artistry...and some selfies smashed in there too LOL

I know that many of you have been worried about me and I truly do miss posting works here and catching up with you guys. As of this past year my life has been very turbulent. I am not afraid to tell you guys who I am now... For most of my life I'd been struggling with depression due to a certain mental illness that wasn't diagnosed correctly until this year - borderline personality disorder & adhd. While it has always felt like a curse that I've been bestowed such an illness, I've recently accepted that I am who I am and that everything happens for a reason. I think that curse is also my greatest blessing - I feel so strongly and if it weren't for the illness, I wouldn't be the artist I now am today. Along with feeling such strong sadness, anger and pain, I love intensely and I care extensively. I think having this "problem" has given me the blessing of being able to experience such a wide range of emotions to such an extent that I feel compelled enough to draw them. I yearn to reach out to those who feel alone and let them know that they certainly aren't.

I've been struggling with an extreme conflict between myself and who I truly want to be. A few days ago, I stayed up the entire night rethinking myself and reality. I don't want to draw "for a living". I want drawing to be my own special hobby - something that I can find a release in. As of now, that hasn't been true. I can't think about drawing without feeling guilty or associating it with work. When I think of drawing for myself or drawing how I feel, I would stop myself because I feel as though I have "better things to do" and I ought to be drawing for those companies instead. It has been making me miserable...
I don't want this. I want art to be my escape. I want my art to reflect the desire I truly have for it.
While drawing for a living/as a job is ideal for those who are talented in it, it is not for me. Because of realizing this, I'd been struggling with an odd mix of depression and hope for the future. Depression because I felt that I had failed everyone and myself who I thought I should be, but hope because I now know who I want to become. I don't want to live a life that is made by others' expectations of me... I want to form my own life that I find true happiness in. I think I need to remember to be kind to myself - I only have this one life and I shouldn't spend it lying to myself.
That isn't to say that I'm not going to conventions or won't take side work - I love conventions and meeting those who are just as passionate as I am about the things I love!

lies by akirakirai Remember this drawing?

Thank you so much for following me and continuing to support me. I promise to keep drawing because it's my strongest and most vivid passion in my life.

..Hi guys! Reason I have been dead

Fri Jun 14, 2013, 7:48 AM
I just wanted to say that I'm so very sorry for not having posted anything in half a year. Long story short, I have been extremely.. EXTREMELY busy. I honestly haven't been able to draw 6 months and it is killing me. I want to draw -- it is my life -- however, it's my last year of college and I really have to focus on being successful in my last year which is so difficult with my job and upcoming internship :( I know that I should at least take some time out for drawing but I'm so terribly busy, it gives me that feeling that I shouldn't, that I have more important things to finish and while I know that's not true it still gives me that guilty feeling.

I also apologize that I haven't been able to respond to you guys little to at all. I have only been able to check my page once to a few times a week but I really do read everything.

I feel very deprived of not being able to draw and I feel sad to see my page getting deserted. But I promise, PINKY PROMISE, that I have a new drawing coming up very soon. I have it finished and drew it a few days ago.. Please anticipate it!

For those that are still there for me, thank you very much for sticking by and patiently waiting for me. Drawing is my therapy and has guided me through my deepest problems and I truly hope that over this time you've felt how I felt through my pieces. It's what means most to me.

Thank you sincerely for the 30,000+ watchers and please wait for my upcoming pics! I hope to become much more active again :)
I hope you guys enjoy my future works!

-Aki


COMMISSIONS [CLOSED]

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 5:18 PM
First time in 2 years I open commissions :') And this will most likely be the last time I open commissions for a long time, too.

It's really important that I raise money during this time -- any help I would be so grateful for, thank you very much!
These, I'm charging less than my business prices :)

SLOTS
1. HitMeWithBrokenLeave (paid)
2. redskullrudd (paid)
3. Denshia (paid)
4. Moreatari (paid)
5. Cinnanom (paid)
6. ZeroForever (paid)
7. emeraldmoonset (paid)
8. mikephifer (paid)
9. Dude980
10. dloz


:star: DISCLAIMER & GENERAL RULES :star:

★ ALL payments should be made before I start the artwork.
☆ These commissions are all for personal use only. Do not reproduce or resell. Credit me.
★ As I know my prices are higher, all prices stated below already include the paypal fee.
☆ If you do not use the order form provided at the end of the journal, I may not consider your request.
★The more references you give, the closer I will be able to give you the request you desire.
☆ I will not do point commissions at this time around.
☆ Please remember that I am human as well. My time is not free and things come up in my life which effect my work flow. The finished product may take a shorter or longer time than expected depending on my current situation.

Why do I price my work the way I did? Working on a commission takes time.  Time I could be spending on college, my full time job, and social life.  My time is so scarce lately and a commission can range from 30min to 20hours for me. While I would LOVE to offer cheaper commissions, I can not afford to price myself at such that I end up not even wanting to do the commission in the end. I want to make sure that I am motivated to do your work and am confident that you will love your work.


:star: PENCIL COMMISSION :star:

★ Extra character = x2 original price
★ Send original drawing to you over mail = chibi and simple +$5.00 USD / detailed + $10.00 USD (usually on small 5"x8" paper)
★ I will send you one printable 300dpi file and one web-view file (JPG).

CHIBI

• $10.00 USD
☆ No background

SIMPLE
Holiday Sketch Batch by akirakirai
• Portrait/Bust: $15.00 USD
• Waist: $25.00 USD
• Fullbody: $40.00 USD
☆ No background

DETAILED
lies by akirakirai Emptiness by akirakirai Please... by akirakirai + DEEP + by akirakirai
• Portrait/Bust: $25.00 USD
• Waist: $40.00 USD
• Fullbody: $75.00 USD
☆ None to simple background

:star: COLORED COMMISSION :star:

★ Extra character = x2 original price
★ I will send you one printable 300dpi file and one webview file.


COLORED, NONE-SIMPLE BACKGROUND
OC Quick Sketch CG by akirakirai + To be Different + by akirakirai
• Portrait/Bust: $40.00 USD ($50 with simple BG)
• Waist: $75.00 USD ($85 with simple BG)
• Fullbody: $130.00 USD ($145 with simple BG)

COLORED, DETAILED BACKGROUND
'It's okay' by akirakirai Creating Reality by akirakirai + An Illusion + by akirakirai + Sanctuary + by akirakirai + No Pain + by akirakirai Sailor Senshi! [quickpaint] by akirakirai
• Portrait/Bust: $90.00 USD
• Waist: $150.00 USD
• FB: Must be discussed


:star: ORDERING :star:

Please note me if you want a commission!
1. Name the note with "Commission" in the title.
2. Copy and paste and FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW.
3. If I accept, I will give you my paypal email, and you will send the payment upfront.

ORDER FORM
Username: (insert username here)
Paypal Email: (insert paypal email here)
References: (insert pictures/description of character you want drawn)
Style: (chibi pencil, head pencil, waist cg, etc)
Extra: (pose ideas/information about your character)
Total Payment: (prices already include paypal fee)


plz visit my FB page!

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 9:25 PM
Hello,

Thank you very much for supporting me during my very busy times. Please visit my FB page and  hit LIKE if you like my art! pretty please :iconbigheartplz:


www.facebook.com/akirakirai www.facebook.com/akirakirai www.facebook.com/akirakirai
www.facebook.com/akirakirai www.facebook.com/akirakirai www.facebook.com/akirakirai
www.facebook.com/akirakirai www.facebook.com/akirakirai www.facebook.com/akirakirai
Thank you so much! It means a lot to me :icondragonhugplz:

I will also update artwork there and the most recent cons I'll be going to, etc ^^ I might update it more often than deviantart :0
I'll most likely post my tutorials there instead of here on deviantArt for personal reasons, since I'm always on FaceBook way more often than DA :)

BTW, I will be attending New York Comic Con at the artist alley, I'll be pleased to meet whoever will be attending as well! :heart: Just let me know if you'll be there so I can meet you!

On another note, how have you all been doing? I really miss speaking to you guys but I never really have the chance because of RL :(

Hi guys,
I just wanted to give you guys an update that I am still here and all, but EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY, disgustingly busy. Trust me, I wish I had time to draw but I just plain don't. Right now I'm attending college full time and also juggling 2 jobs at the same time, meanwhile getting ready for 5+ conventions this year. I seriously wish I could draw but I just can't at this time and it really kills me. I barely even have social/family time anymore :iconcryforeverplz:

Honestly, being extremely busy like this has really helped alleviate my problems with depression, since I don't get to think about sad feelings much at all anymore. I'm always feeling very busy and pumped, very eventful. Although it is stressful at times, it is much better than not having anything to do at all where I actually have so much time to think about dwelling about anything.
I'm also sure that things will calm down for me soon.

I promise that you guys will see some absolutely amazing artworks from me sooner or later though, I have a lot of awesome ideas stuck in my head right now that I haven't been able to put on paper yet. You will love them :)



By the by, I WILL be attending Sakuracon 2012 this year at the Artist Alley. I'll update more on where you guys will be able to find me when I get the time :)!!!!!!!

Thank you so much for sticking by me and for understanding my dear friends and watchers :iconbrohugplz:

-Aki

P.S. I will not be able to reply immediately at this time, I really have to go to sleep now. It's 3am and I've got to wake up super early. Goodnight everyone and I really do miss talking with you guys.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 11:54 PM
Made a new FAQ because I get seriously so many of the same questions and it gets kinda tiring to keep repeating the same answer after a while lmfao
Any more questions? Please ask me here or direct yourself to my formspring! ^^ (Except i'm going to answer them later b/c I need to gtf off the comp and sleep)

:star: [PERSONAL INFO]

Name: Alexandria Lomuntad
Birthday / Age: December 27, 1991 | 20 years old
Ethnicity: Filipino | Chinese | Spanish
Residence: WA, USA
Occupation: College student majoring in Graphic Design | Freelance Graphic Designer
Languages: English fluently | Japanese okay | German poorly
Commissions / Requests / Art Trades / Collab: None to all at the moment.


:star: [ABOUT ME]

What school do you go to to learn how to draw?
Actually I am self-taught. My college (IADT) doesn't teach me how to draw because I'm majoring in Graphic Design. It teaches me the basics like color theory and typography. I taught myself how to draw with lots of trial and error and practice. Going to school for art won't magically make you a better artist, it just teaches you how to better apply basic fundamentals to what you do.

When did you start drawing? What made you want to get into drawing?
I've been drawing since I could pick up a pencil but have been drawing seriously since I was 13. The reason why I started taking drawing seriously was because I was constantly being told I wouldn't be able to do amazing things with my artwork and that really gave me a drive to show people that they were wrong.

What inspires you to draw what you draw?
Whatever I am feeling at the moment, I will draw. I look at admirable artwork and observe what I like. If I'm sad as hell, I'll draw my personification of my feelings. I draw usually when I'm pretty emotional though lol. I listen to a lot of music while I'm drawing, too.

What do you do when you have an artblock?
I just avoid drawing all in all until I feel inspired again. The worst thing for me to do when I'm artblocking is to force creativity out of myself, thus making me more frustrated and having the feeling that I can't draw! I just wait till the feeling comes back to me.

What music do you listen to?
I listen and appreciate everything but I mostly listen to hard rock and kpop. I've always been more of a metal girl and I dgaf lol, but I do like listening to kpop to make me in a good mood.

Can we be friends?
Lollllll well we can't just instantaneously become friends, I think it's something that just happens over time. But I'm happy to talk to you!

You never replied to my comment or note. Do you hate me?
Probably not? XD I am an extremely busy, full-time college student and it's really difficult for me to reply to every single thing I receive. I try my hardest to read every single thing I receive. When it comes to notes, it's hard for me to discern an important note from a non-important one, so I really apologize for that.

What do you like doing in your spare time besides drawing?
I like spending time with friends and the boyfriend, window-shopping, playing video-games, watching documentaries, learning new and interesting facts, reading up on awesome beauty tips, watching youtube videos, and playing piano.


:star: [ABOUT ART]

What tools and program do you use to draw?
I use a 0.5 mechanical pencil (nothing special about it, any mechanical pencil you find lying around) for lineart or pencil works. I have an old scanner, you can find better nowadays. I use openCanvas4.5e to paint and you can find the new and updated version here. I prefer using the old version because I'm used to it. I make adjustments to my final pictures with PhotoshopCS5. I use a Wacom Intuos3 tablet.

Do you recommend openCanvas for CGing?
Well it's what I use so duhhh lol. But honestly, I started using it 7 years ago when I was 13 years old and during that time, they've created much more programs compatible for each different person. My suggestion is to experiment with as many programs as you can and choose the one that you find yourself to be more comfortable with.

How do you get your pencil sketches so clean?
My pencil sketches.... are SO NOT clean. They only look clean because when I scan it in the computer, I adjust the brightness and contrast which removes most of the ugly marks in pencil sketches. I have a quick trick when sketching though, I put a clean piece of paper under the hand I draw with on top of the piece I'm drawing so it will avoid smudging.

Do you ever use references? How did you get good at anatomy?
As much as possible I do not use references unless I absolutely must. I will link in my artist comments if I did use a reference.
I'm not very good at explaining exactly how I started getting "good" at anatomy, but here's a good tutorial that can help you along the way! odduckoasis.deviantart.com/art…

How long does it usually take to finish a drawing?
I never keep track of how long it takes me because I get bored easily and always take breaks. But I'd have to say between 2-10 hours is the usual time.

How often do you draw?
Sporadically whenever I feel like drawing. It's usually once or twice a week. Last year I did not draw for months and months!

Will you make a tutorial?
I'm considering it, but honestly I don't really have the time to make it lately. I've been asked countless of times to make a hair tutorial and I'm thinking about it.

Can you teach me how to draw?
Nooooo I aint a teacher, lest am I even good at explaining things at all. Plus I really lack the spare time :|

May I use your art in some way?
Please absolutely do not without my written permission.

Ask me anything c:

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 7:50 PM
Feel free to ask me anything on my new formspring account! HERE!

Be it about drawing/personal/life/etc haha

BY THUR WAY thx for the support on this pic lies by akirakirai :iconhurrplz:

I just noticed :icontearplz:
I've been waking up so late recently ; o;

Brothers 8D by akirakirai

Thank you so much for the support, guys!
Especially Minato-Kushina for suggesting it and my love MzzAzn for featuring it :hug:
I didn't know if I was ever capable of getting a DD again :')


I have been going through some especially difficult times lately and haven't drawn in a little more than 4 months (until just recently). It has been hard for me to feel stable in my life because of my recurring depression.
It really touches me so much to know that people still enjoy my artwork even though I've abandoned drawing for a long time -- I didn't know if I was going to ever draw again.

Again, thank you for the sweet wake-up call and thanks for always supporting me no matter what! I love you guys :hug:

Leaving for Germany :)

Sun Sep 25, 2011, 7:20 PM
Hi guys,

I'm leaving on vacation for Germany tomorrow (will be staying in East Germany), so I will be quite MIA for a few weeks :) Thank you all for being so patient with me and waiting for artwork to come up (also being patient with my non-replies and commissions OTL)!! I have been very busy but I will enjoy my trip to Germany and will finish up some nice artworks and commissions when I get back!!

I will make sure to take pretty pictures and show you guys when I get back :heart:

Thank you guys so much!
-Aki

Artwork on magazine/commercial + RL

Sat Jul 16, 2011, 10:43 AM
Hi my dear watchers!

My artwork is featured on the cover of Artistik Magazine. Please check out the magazine website here :)


Also. Several of you have told me that this artwork + An Illusion + by akirakirai was used on a college commercial.
It's true. I was a little surprised because I didn't even know it was on the commercial in the first place lol.

About RL, I have basically no time to draw anymore, but I have AMAZING illustrations in my mind!!!! Midterms, preparing for finals, classes, etc. is eating up my life. After this term I'm entering my sophomore year of college.
Also, I will be moving out on the 28th with a lovely person and everybody knows how stressful and time-consuming moving is.

After I finish all of my midterms, I'm hoping to be able to finish my current list of commissions ASAP so I can start opening commissions again. I'm excited to start them. I just need to find the time to be able to. THEN I'll be able to start the illustrations I have in my head!!

Thank you guys so much for the support and for waiting for me while I'm going through this freakishly busy phase of my life.

-Aki :heart:

Please visit my best friend :iconnamoyo13:'s page! She and I have the best of fun with each other while she's taking photography and I'm modelling :)

She took some more pics of me, and it's very comfortable to model for her:
Sunshine by namoyo13 Longing by namoyo13 Prosperous by namoyo13 Serenity by namoyo13

Yes, she's the same person who took the photos for my ID: ID AKIII ignoreplz by akirakirai



Also, about RL. I'm really very sorry that I haven't been uploading anything onto DA or updating at all on DA lately. My time is extremely occupied by college and other personal RL things right now that I actually haven't been able to draw since my last picture. I haven't been able to CG in months. But I'm very happy with things right now RL :iconblushplz:
Tomorrow, my art will be published on a magazine cover and I'm super happy :) I will update about that later.

FEATURE teehee

Thu May 12, 2011, 10:11 AM
I don't usually feature people, but please do check out my classmate's dA! He's new so please welcome him to the community :) He's a very good photographer! :D

:iconbrendanbphotography: :iconbrendanbphotography: :iconbrendanbphotography: :iconbrendanbphotography: :iconbrendanbphotography:

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Wow thank you!

Fri May 6, 2011, 4:28 PM
Hi guys, I've failed to have any time available to reply to much anything or update my journal on personal things because I'm very, VERY busy with RL! College and commissions are eating up my time like a mighty beast!!!
Plus my inbox is flaunting it's gigantic numbers at me so it's very difficult to keep up with everything :(

I just wanted to update really quickly while I have the moment to say..

Thank you so much for all the support I've been receiving! Thank you for more than 20,000+ watchers! Thank you for all the favs and comments on my recent artworks! Thank you for supporting me at SakuraCon (for those who were able to go) and making it a very successful con for me!

I'm not really able to reply at this very moment but I just wanted to let you all know that I'm really grateful and happy for everything :)

Sakuracon 2011!! + Support!!

Mon Apr 11, 2011, 9:34 AM
Hi my friends, I thought it would be about the right time for me to announce that I will be attending Sakuracon 2011 selling my artwork/on spot commissions (and some stuff you've never seen before) at the Artist Alley! If you are going to the Sakuracon this year on April 22-24, please visit me! I will love to meet you!! :hug:
I will be dressed in a school girl outfit and a sailor outfit :) I think I may be easy to recognize in there ^^ I'm not sure where I'll be placed yet, so please look for me! I'll make sure to update when I get further information. Thank you :heart:


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Also, my gooooober friend at college, Brendan, is a very good photographer, he took some shots of me! I would love if you would visit/like his page and give him lots of support if you can! Thank you my friends!! :glomp:




Thank you guys so much for being so patient with me, watchers and commissioners alike. I've been SO SO SO busy lately because of college finals and preparation for Sakuracon in April and it's leaving me ZERO time to go on the internet really,

but I have extremely awesome news, I have to keep it a secret until summer, but let's just say I will be featured on something really really special! :heart: Please anticipate it!

Again, I'll try to update as much as possible but it's really difficult to so I'm giving myself a slight hiatus, thanks for all the support and patience guys, I'm really happy right now! (Plus, thank you for nearly 18k+ watchers and 400k pageviews! :hug:)

Just wanted to let you guys know what's up and I'm really sorry I'm not able to reply lately but I will once I get over all these finals -- thank youuu :glomp:

What is your happiness?

Wed Mar 2, 2011, 8:55 PM
One of my greatest joys is being able to share my artwork with people around the world and hopefully inspiring them.
I love doing something that I love and knowing that other people love it as well.

What is one of your greatest joys?


Thank you so much for all the support I seem to be receiving on my newest deviation :) I am really glad people enjoy it and I will keep trying my hardest to improve.

Holiday Commissions (test journal)

Tue Mar 1, 2011, 12:07 PM
:star: DISCLAIMER & GENERAL RULES :star:

★ ALL payments should be made before I start the artwork.
☆ These commissions are all for personal use only. Do not reproduce or resell. Credit me.
★ As I know my prices are higher, all prices stated below already include the paypal fee.
☆ If you do not use the order form provided at the end of the journal, I may not consider your request.
★The more references you give, the closer I will be able to give you the request you desire.
☆ I will not do point commissions at this time around.
☆ Please remember that I am human as well. My time is not free and things come up in my life which effect my work flow. The finished product may take a shorter or longer time than expected depending on my current situation.

Why do I price my work the way I did? Working on a commission takes time.  Time I could be spending on college, my job, and social life.  My time is so scarce lately and a commission can range from 30min to 20hours for me. While I would LOVE to offer cheaper commissions, I can not afford to price myself at such that I end up not even wanting to do the commission in the end. I want to make sure that I am motivated to do your work and am confident that you will love your work.


:star: PENCIL COMMISSION :star:

★ Extra character = x2 original price
★ Send original drawing to you over mail = chibi and simple +$5.00 USD / detailed + $10.00 USD (usually on small 5"x8" paper)
★ I will send you one printable 300dpi file and one web-view file (JPG).

CHIBI

• $10.00 USD
☆ No background

SIMPLE
Holiday Sketch Batch by akirakirai
• Portrait/Bust: $15.00 USD
• Waist: $25.00 USD
• Fullbody: $40.00 USD
☆ No background

DETAILED
lies by akirakirai Emptiness by akirakirai Please... by akirakirai + DEEP + by akirakirai
• Portrait/Bust: $25.00 USD
• Waist: $40.00 USD
• Fullbody: $75.00 USD
☆ None to simple background

:star: COLORED COMMISSION :star:

★ Extra character = x2 original price
★ I will send you one printable 300dpi file and one webview file.


COLORED, NONE-SIMPLE BACKGROUND
OC Quick Sketch CG by akirakirai + To be Different + by akirakirai
• Portrait/Bust: $40.00 USD ($50 with simple BG)
• Waist: $75.00 USD ($85 with simple BG)
• Fullbody: $130.00 USD ($145 with simple BG)

COLORED, DETAILED BACKGROUND
'It's okay' by akirakirai Creating Reality by akirakirai + An Illusion + by akirakirai + Sanctuary + by akirakirai + No Pain + by akirakirai Sailor Senshi! [quickpaint] by akirakirai
• Portrait/Bust: $90.00 USD
• Waist: $150.00 USD
• FB: Must be discussed


:star: ORDERING :star:

Please note me if you want a commission!
1. Name the note with "Commission" in the title.
2. Copy and paste and FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW.
3. If I accept, I will give you my paypal email, and you will send the payment upfront.

ORDER FORM
Username: (insert username here)
Paypal Email: (insert paypal email here)
References: (insert pictures/description of character you want drawn)
Style: (chibi pencil, head pencil, waist cg, etc)
Extra: (pose ideas/information about your character)
Total Payment: (prices already include paypal fee)


SLOTS
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WAITLIST
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FAQ (new and updated)

Sun Feb 27, 2011, 10:00 PM
:star:

Nicknames: Akira, Aki.
Birthday / Age: December 27 / 19 years old
Ethnicity: Filipino, Chinese, Spanish. I mostly get mistaken for Japanese. I don't really mind tho lol.
Residence: WA, USA
Occupation: College student majoring in Graphic Design
Languages: I can only speak English fluently. I know a fair amount of Japanese to understand enough.
Tools: mechanical pencil for lineart, scanner, openCanvas for coloring, Photoshop for touch-ups. I have an Intuos3 tablet.
Commissions / Requests / Art Trades / Collab: None to all at the moment.


:star:

What school do you go to to learn how to draw?
Actually I am self-taught. My college (IADT) doesn't teach me how to draw because I'm majoring in Graphic Design. It teaches me the basics like color theory and typography. I taught myself how to draw with lots of trial and error and practice. Going to school for art won't magically make you a better artist, it just teaches you how to better apply basic fundamentals to what you do.

When did you start drawing?
I first started giving a shit about drawing about 6 years ago. I've been drawing for fun since I could pick up a pencil though.

What inspires you to draw what you draw?
Whatever I am feeling at the moment, I will draw. I look at admirable artwork and observe what I like. If I'm sad as hell, I'll draw my personification of my feelings. I draw usually when I'm pretty emotional though lol. I listen to a lot of music while I'm drawing, too.

What music do you listen to?
I listen to basically everything but mainly K-Pop and heavy metal. K-Pop makes me in a good mood and some damn good heavy metal makes me feel f'ing unstoppable!!

Can we be friends?
Lollllll well we can't just instantaneously become friends, I think it's something that just happens over time.

You never replied to my comment or note. Do you hate me?
Probably not? XD I am an extremely busy, full-time college student and it's really difficult for me to reply to every single thing I receive. I try my hardest to read every single thing I receive. When it comes to notes, it's hard for me to discern an important note from a non-important one, so I really apologize for that.

What do you like doing in your spare time besides drawing?
I like spending time with friends, shopping, reading up on awesome beauty tips, watching youtube videos, and playing piano.


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How do you get your pencil sketches so clean?
My pencil sketches.... are SO NOT clean. They only look clean because when I scan it in the computer, I adjust the brightness and contrast which removes most of the ugly marks in pencil sketches. I have a quick trick when sketching though, I put a clean piece of paper under the hand I draw with on top of the piece I'm drawing so it will avoid smudging.

I'm just starting out CGing, which program do you recommend?
Whichever you feel most comfortable with. Try out a bunch of programs and see which one you like the most. Because in my honest opinion, it's not the art program that makes you a good artist, it's YOU and how you use the program.

Do you ever use references?
As much as possible I do not use references unless I absolutely must. I will link in my artist comments if I did use a reference.

How long does it usually take to finish a drawing?
I never keep track of how long it takes me because I get bored easily and always take breaks. But I'd have to say between 2-10 hours is the usual time.

How often do you draw?
Sporadically whenever I feel like drawing. It's usually once or twice a week.

Will you make a tutorial?
I'm considering it, but honestly I don't really have the time to make it lately

You use textures, but how do you apply it the way you do in your artwork?
That's a secret ;) It's my style and something that I developed over the years.

Can you teach me how to draw?
Nooooo I aint a teacher, lest am I even good at explaining things at all. Plus I really lack the spare time :|

May I use your art in some way?
Please absolutely do not without my written permission.

Any more questions? Please ask me here or direct yourself to my formspring! ^^

Oh, WOW! + New start, how are you?

Mon Jan 24, 2011, 1:56 PM
LAST JOURNAL FOR A WHILE I PROMISE OTL

I checked up on dA this morning and noticed that my recent deviation received so much attention! o_____o I am really so surprised and didn't know that people would like the image so much! Thank you I am so grateful! It's really such a wonderful thing to come back to while my hand is healing... :hug:
And huoeme just told me about this... :icontearplz: wow thank you! (btw humon, whoa 31k whoa whoa xDDD)


Unfortunately, my inbox has grown way too much for me to handle being able to reply to everyone anymore and I'm really, really sorry but I'm going to clear my inbox now. I can't stand looking at how cluttered it is and I really apologize if I missed something you really wanted me to read!

But let's make this a clean new start ^^
After my inbox is cleaned up I'll be able to sort out replies better~ Thank you guys so much for the support for everything :hug:

I am planning on making a tut really soon when things calm down RL for me ^^
So I want to ask, how are you all?

edit: aiyaaa brb a friend wants to treat me to icecream :'D I will be back soon <3