While I was looking for past artwork to add to my portfolio, I realized that most of my most recent (and often, best) work was primarily accumulated in a large freelance project that I finished earlier this year. Something like 60+ drawings, pages and pages of carefully written instructional copy, over a course of 6 months. Gosh, I wanted to die… working on a freelance project of this size with a full-time job takes a toll. But it was worth it, for the main reason why I like doing freelance to begin with: you get opportunities to draw things that you normally don’t, therefore pushing your comfort levels and ultimately, growing as an artist. For example - I usually never draw big muscular men, but here we are. And I have to say I learned a lot, though I did wish I had more traditional training in regards to male anatomy. 

Co-written and illustrated with my friend and colleague Stephanie Kao, The Art of Drawing Manga & Comic Book Characters is now available for purchase, both from Walter Foster and Amazon! We hope that it is helpful to all of those budding artists out there. 8D

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Redrawing a recent Naruto illustration I finished last year as a commission for 2014 prints 8D The previous version was smaller and a custom commission for a friend of mine, so this new version will be different (and I also just need the source file to be bigger so I can print larger posters.)  It’s weird to be re-drawing something I finished already, but I plan to make some improvements to proportion and the facial expressions, and add a background this time :P 

So I bought a Nintendo 3DS XL on Black Friday and have been having a grand old time playing Rune Factory 4 into the wee hours of the morning XD; I’ve played all the previous Rune Factory games and I like the new features that they’ve added in 4. I don’t like that food items don’t stack though, that sucks ~_~

I usually choose to play the guy characters in most games but decided to go with the female character this time, and I’ve got my eye on marrying Arthur *_* (Honestly though I’m mostly just a workaholic and shit like marriage and having babies is the lowest priority!!!!!)

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time farming for monster drops so I can raise my forging levels… apparently I need some strong weapons and armor for the next dungeon ~_~;;; 

Animal Crossing charm bracelet that I recently finished for a customer. :D

I don’t know about you guys, but Attack on Titan Episode 21 just rocked my world

I couldn’t decide between drawing Sailor Moon or Attack on Titan tonight… so I just drew both at the same time :B 

Mechanical pencil, white prismacolor color pencil, and brown colerase on brown craft paper. Felt like trying out something a lil’ different~

If you’re wondering why Usagi is not in there… well, DUH. She’d kill herself with Maneuver Gear. It would be totally irresponsible for me to draw such a thing. lol.

zetallis:

t1mco:

ART THIEVES AT SACANIME

This is pretty important, especially with a semi-big con happening this weekend!  If you’re going to SacAnime, please keep an eye out for this booth and let the exhibit hall staff know about them!

This is a booth that goes by the name of “Ayase-tan Shop.” They will be exhibiting at SacAnime this weekend (table E20 in the exhibit hall) and apparently has been exhibiting at several cons throughout the summer. As you can tell by these pictures, these people are selling stolen fanart and bootlegged official art. For some reason they haven’t been reprimanded for their unethical business practices yet, so I’m hoping people can really do something about them at this upcoming con! They have been making thousands of dollars on stolen art with not a single cent going to the original artists! While that doesn’t seem to be a big deal for, I dunno, an overseas studio like Sunrise, it might make a bit more of a difference to an individual artist, like HUKE, or an individual fanartist. It might make a pretty big difference, actually.

Edit: Apparently, when confronted about this at Japan Expo, they took absolutely no action and just said that “everyone does it.” Except not. And except this is unethical and sleazy as shit!

So again, if you’re going to SacAnime, please speak out about this and talk to the staff, tell your friends, and most importantly, DO NOT BUY FROM THIS BOOTH. SacAnime is an interesting con in that it has a very small and tightly-knit con community, but a growing population so I think that if we come together, we can make a real dent in their ill-gotten profits and hopefully get them kicked out of the con, maybe even the con circuit, for good!

Ayase-tan Shop, booth E20 in the dealer’s hall!

****PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST!****  We need to get word out so they can NEVER sell at another con again!

Whoa, I’ve been misreading this the whole time. Japan Expo USA actually shut down the booth by the end of the first day.

I also wanted to add that when I approached them and directly asked one of them if they drew all of this, one of them stared me right in the eye and said, “Yes. Do you want to see?” 

I said I did of course, so the little f*cker turns his laptop around so I can see his screen, and he had Photoshop loaded with some random manga art that I didn’t recognize. He didn’t have a drawing tablet or even a mouse for that matter… so what, I’m to believe you were drawing that complicated illustration with the touchpad? Come on now. lol.

Another commission at Fanime 2013. Talk about blast from the past. Extra brownie points if anyone born after 1990 can name the anime, even more points if you can name the characters (though PSSST… you can find the answers in my tags…)

I looked up references on geocities websites!!! Amazing. 

MATERIALS:
• Copic Sketch
• Copic Multiliner
• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed-proof white
• Copic Sketchbook

Commission for my friend Steve, who commissions me every year! 
I would have to say that this is the best Naruto fanart I have ever done. ~_~

MATERIALS
• Copic Sketch
• Copic Multiliners
• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed-proof White
• Copic Sketchbook paper

Copic commission for Carlen, who commissions me every year <3 

•   Materials    
- COPIC TOO marker A4 paper
- Sakura Micron Pigma pens (lineart)
- COPIC Sketch markers
- Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed-Proof White (highlights)

I know it’s SUPER-OLD but I recently started watching Hunter x Hunter and I have to say that, while I generally dislike children, Gon and Killua are SOOOOOO CUTE LOL~~~~~~~~

Art prints available for sale on my storenvy site! <3 

All prints on printed on high-quality heavy 300GSM gloss paper.
Thanks for your support~~~

I had a lot of trouble coming up with a theme/composition for this, until I thought about a really pivotal part in the series that made me tear up a little. I think I was just over-thinking it (can you blame me though, the show is so complex. lol.) 

Prints will be for sale at Fanime and online afterwards 8D

So I was working on some art and was going to post it here once I was done… but then I went and adopted a 4-week old kitten. My artwork has been sitting on my desk, untouched, since Thursday last week XD

g*nee•works

While I was looking for past artwork to add to my portfolio, I realized that most of my most recent (and often, best) work was primarily accumulated in a large freelance project that I finished earlier this year. Something like 60+ drawings, pages and pages of carefully written instructional copy, over a course of 6 months. Gosh, I wanted to die… working on a freelance project of this size with a full-time job takes a toll. But it was worth it, for the main reason why I like doing freelance to begin with: you get opportunities to draw things that you normally don’t, therefore pushing your comfort levels and ultimately, growing as an artist. For example - I usually never draw big muscular men, but here we are. And I have to say I learned a lot, though I did wish I had more traditional training in regards to male anatomy. 

Co-written and illustrated with my friend and colleague Stephanie Kao, The Art of Drawing Manga & Comic Book Characters is now available for purchase, both from Walter Foster and Amazon! We hope that it is helpful to all of those budding artists out there. 8D

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Redrawing a recent Naruto illustration I finished last year as a commission for 2014 prints 8D The previous version was smaller and a custom commission for a friend of mine, so this new version will be different (and I also just need the source file to be bigger so I can print larger posters.)  It’s weird to be re-drawing something I finished already, but I plan to make some improvements to proportion and the facial expressions, and add a background this time :P 

So I bought a Nintendo 3DS XL on Black Friday and have been having a grand old time playing Rune Factory 4 into the wee hours of the morning XD; I’ve played all the previous Rune Factory games and I like the new features that they’ve added in 4. I don’t like that food items don’t stack though, that sucks ~_~

I usually choose to play the guy characters in most games but decided to go with the female character this time, and I’ve got my eye on marrying Arthur *_* (Honestly though I’m mostly just a workaholic and shit like marriage and having babies is the lowest priority!!!!!)

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time farming for monster drops so I can raise my forging levels… apparently I need some strong weapons and armor for the next dungeon ~_~;;; 

Animal Crossing charm bracelet that I recently finished for a customer. :D

I don’t know about you guys, but Attack on Titan Episode 21 just rocked my world

I couldn’t decide between drawing Sailor Moon or Attack on Titan tonight… so I just drew both at the same time :B 

Mechanical pencil, white prismacolor color pencil, and brown colerase on brown craft paper. Felt like trying out something a lil’ different~

If you’re wondering why Usagi is not in there… well, DUH. She’d kill herself with Maneuver Gear. It would be totally irresponsible for me to draw such a thing. lol.

zetallis:

t1mco:

ART THIEVES AT SACANIME

This is pretty important, especially with a semi-big con happening this weekend!  If you’re going to SacAnime, please keep an eye out for this booth and let the exhibit hall staff know about them!

This is a booth that goes by the name of “Ayase-tan Shop.” They will be exhibiting at SacAnime this weekend (table E20 in the exhibit hall) and apparently has been exhibiting at several cons throughout the summer. As you can tell by these pictures, these people are selling stolen fanart and bootlegged official art. For some reason they haven’t been reprimanded for their unethical business practices yet, so I’m hoping people can really do something about them at this upcoming con! They have been making thousands of dollars on stolen art with not a single cent going to the original artists! While that doesn’t seem to be a big deal for, I dunno, an overseas studio like Sunrise, it might make a bit more of a difference to an individual artist, like HUKE, or an individual fanartist. It might make a pretty big difference, actually.

Edit: Apparently, when confronted about this at Japan Expo, they took absolutely no action and just said that “everyone does it.” Except not. And except this is unethical and sleazy as shit!

So again, if you’re going to SacAnime, please speak out about this and talk to the staff, tell your friends, and most importantly, DO NOT BUY FROM THIS BOOTH. SacAnime is an interesting con in that it has a very small and tightly-knit con community, but a growing population so I think that if we come together, we can make a real dent in their ill-gotten profits and hopefully get them kicked out of the con, maybe even the con circuit, for good!

Ayase-tan Shop, booth E20 in the dealer’s hall!

****PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST!****  We need to get word out so they can NEVER sell at another con again!

Whoa, I’ve been misreading this the whole time. Japan Expo USA actually shut down the booth by the end of the first day.

I also wanted to add that when I approached them and directly asked one of them if they drew all of this, one of them stared me right in the eye and said, “Yes. Do you want to see?” 

I said I did of course, so the little f*cker turns his laptop around so I can see his screen, and he had Photoshop loaded with some random manga art that I didn’t recognize. He didn’t have a drawing tablet or even a mouse for that matter… so what, I’m to believe you were drawing that complicated illustration with the touchpad? Come on now. lol.

Another commission at Fanime 2013. Talk about blast from the past. Extra brownie points if anyone born after 1990 can name the anime, even more points if you can name the characters (though PSSST… you can find the answers in my tags…)

I looked up references on geocities websites!!! Amazing. 

MATERIALS:
• Copic Sketch
• Copic Multiliner
• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed-proof white
• Copic Sketchbook

Commission for my friend Steve, who commissions me every year! 
I would have to say that this is the best Naruto fanart I have ever done. ~_~

MATERIALS
• Copic Sketch
• Copic Multiliners
• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed-proof White
• Copic Sketchbook paper

Copic commission for Carlen, who commissions me every year <3 

•   Materials    
- COPIC TOO marker A4 paper
- Sakura Micron Pigma pens (lineart)
- COPIC Sketch markers
- Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed-Proof White (highlights)

I know it’s SUPER-OLD but I recently started watching Hunter x Hunter and I have to say that, while I generally dislike children, Gon and Killua are SOOOOOO CUTE LOL~~~~~~~~

Art prints available for sale on my storenvy site! <3 

All prints on printed on high-quality heavy 300GSM gloss paper.
Thanks for your support~~~

I had a lot of trouble coming up with a theme/composition for this, until I thought about a really pivotal part in the series that made me tear up a little. I think I was just over-thinking it (can you blame me though, the show is so complex. lol.) 

Prints will be for sale at Fanime and online afterwards 8D

So I was working on some art and was going to post it here once I was done… but then I went and adopted a 4-week old kitten. My artwork has been sitting on my desk, untouched, since Thursday last week XD