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I wanted to give a little heads up for the following week, for I'll be opening a few slots for smaller A5 commissions as soon as I get them figured out better. Sadly I somehow maganed to mess up my poor darling laptop last week and the new hard drive with the installation will cost me more than I could afford right now. :<

I promise to write the details of the commission info before the end of next week, once I get everything else taken care of. I still owe arts to some amazing people as well, especially when the holidays creep closer, but I will get back to those too as soon as I can. Thank you all for your patience! :thanks:


Features

Scarlet and Dimitri by squonkhunterBunny Girl by xa-xa-xaShipcatville by MinnaSundbergZane Fairchild by bluealarisseasons greetings cats by emla:thumb264974408:Waltz Katzen Blut by Barukurii:thumb266127641:RBC jelly by koyamoriVessel of Dreams by evelmiinaDr Belladonna by DrewGreenDon't Pout by kamicheetah

  • Listening to: Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5

October treats! *o*

Fri Oct 14, 2011, 11:43 AM
Two things I can allow myself to geek out about so much, my poor heart might burst: The Walking Dead- series season 2 premiere on October 16th and Batman Arkham City game released on 18th! I don't even own a game console to play the game and still it's not making me any less excited about seeing it! Uhh, small things in life feel so good. =w=

Going to spend this weekend by working on my final commission and hopefully studying a little in between for a hygiene pass. Yikes, so excited! >w<

COMMISSION LIST:
1. victoranomalous fav.me/d3l31en
2. Kassis fav.me/d3r6jpi
3. cloverfirefly fav.me/d3y0fs6
4. amybdenum fav.me/d41ocw4
5. kakashi-karasu fav.me/d3ku9vx
6. alliartist fav.me/d45v23d
7. Zabalou fav.me/d4d0quz


Features

Chromatic Chaos Drummer by snowkatt101Harley Quinn a la Jan Matejko by barbarasobczynskaAutumn by pepperinMotel. by KeokuHer Tamer by AutumnalDaydreamsJoanne by Joysuke+Queen Owl+ by TankeroHarley and Ivy by Ricken-Art

  • Listening to: Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5

Back home (almost) =v=

Tue Sep 27, 2011, 6:07 AM
I got back home last week from NY and am still trying to recover from the time difference. Suddenly those 7 hours feel rather heavy and I want to get my head back together as soon as possible. The trip was a wonderful one thanks to my darling hosts :iconbluealaris: and :iconlokelani:, who even took me to see Delaware and bluealari's hometown (and her sweet family). Thank you so much for everything, sweeties! I got to see so many things and enjoy delicious food, words can't even express. T3T *kisses*
Also ladies :iconhamletmachine: and :iconmaryannheld:, I was happy to meet you two again! I wish that brunch had lasted much longer, miss Michelle. <333

Many thanks to everyone for such kind feedback too, I'll get back to those as soon as I get my rhythm back together! Up next will be the final commission work. *puts on working gloves*

COMMISSION LIST:
1. victoranomalous fav.me/d3l31en
2. Kassis fav.me/d3r6jpi
3. cloverfirefly fav.me/d3y0fs6
4. amybdenum fav.me/d41ocw4
5. kakashi-karasu fav.me/d3ku9vx
6. alliartist fav.me/d45v23d
7. Zabalou (Paid)


Features

Golden Forest by bluealaris365- Day 3 by Ke-Aithe art of walking by solardienteraining animals by koyamoriwinter magic by pepperinJungle Saints by bluealarisWhat Was Missing by basalt

  • Mood: Tired
  • Drinking: Peppermint tea

Traveling behind the seas ^v^

Tue Aug 30, 2011, 3:16 AM
Next week I finally get to see the two darling ladies bluealaris and lokelani again and get to spend some quality time with them for two whole weeks before returning back to this gloomy country! Something I've been waiting to happen since early Spring (I'm coming for you, sweeties)! :heart:

I managed to catch myself the flu last weekend, but with good luck it should pass just before I travel. My dear childhood friend is also getting married this weekend, so I should be glad I got sick about a week before that and won't look as terrible in the photos as I could. =v=; As for the commissions, there's only one left to do and I feel I need a little warm up before starting it, since I really want to make it as good as possible. I do miss painting so very much.

Stay healthy, everyone! :heart::iconlokelani::heart::iconbluealaris::heart::icontir-ri::heart:

COMMISSION LIST:
1. victoranomalous fav.me/d3l31en
2. Kassis fav.me/d3r6jpi
3. cloverfirefly fav.me/d3y0fs6
4. amybdenum fav.me/d41ocw4
5. kakashi-karasu fav.me/d3ku9vx
6. alliartist fav.me/d45v23d
7. Zabalou (Paid)


Features

red scarf by maxyvertwhispers by koyamorieyes by allwayDeath of the Bounty Hunter by DrewGreen:thumb254317338:Fly By Night by ken-wongDany in some grass. by toerningZanarin and Malic by lokelaniWhisper by X-Ariellewild child by SilppuriAveline by ashwaraOscura Ch 3: The Proposal by bluealaris:thumb251332284:HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROZENLILACS by HamletMachine

  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: I don't dance
  • Drinking: Tea, lots and lots of tea

More darling arts

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 2, 2011, 4:54 AM



A very tired day coming along again, but nothing what a good night sleep couldn't fix. =v=

I wanted to update the features section, since I've received such wonderful arts from people just a little while ago and have found so many sources of inspiration here. Please enjoy! :heart:

COMMISSION LIST:
1. victoranomalous fav.me/d3l31en
2. Kassis fav.me/d3r6jpi
3. cloverfirefly fav.me/d3y0fs6
4. amybdenum fav.me/d41ocw4
5. kakashi-karasu fav.me/d3ku9vx
6. alliartist fav.me/d45v23d
7. Zabalou (Paid)


Features

So Complain, Have No Shame by lokelaniscarlet and dmitri by cloverfirefly:thumb244052009:
Boy and girl by pikaolehemlock by jenniferhomAwaken by frostbellunder by koyamorilummelampi by SilppuriJinki's Forest by bluealaris:thumb107530462:crying character by Mai-eAdventure Time: Back to Black by ladyburarapeebles and marceline by marika:thumb184146219::thumb216630476:

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Sexy Silk
  • Drinking: Coffee, already got cold..

Almost there and about commissions

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 9, 2011, 9:54 AM



I had my final exam finally today, so should things go smoothly, I should graduate on 23th June. One big leap behind after that and so so many more huge steps still to go. =v=

For those who have been asking about commissions, I'll be most likely opening a few slots for those before the end of this month, should nothing go terribly wrong. This time I'd like to try something different than just mere character portraits,  more storybook like illustrations perhaps. I'll be posting a new journal of the prices and terms after my graduation, once I know about them a little better myself too. Enjoy the summer while it's still here! :heart:


Features

care by klindicativeRulers of Nature and the Stars by Alicechangateway by koyamori:thumb207608572:Cowabunga by DanSchoeningResident Evil 4 by damnskippyI am sorry, Daddy by frecklefaced29great... by saniikaOscura Ch 2: Carne City Pg 19 by bluealarisGazing by pikaoleOphelia by nancy0039Tortoise and Bird by morganobrienart

  • Mood: Tense
  • Watching: Game of Thrones

Busy busy busy

Journal Entry: Tue May 3, 2011, 1:01 AM



Less than a month left to get too many papers written, prepare a brief presentation of the thesis project and visit 4 lectures organized outside the school, which seem impossible to find. And of course write some more papers about each of those, so I'd say very very stressful times ahead still. *.*;

Lately there has been quite a few people asking about commissions, but unfortunately I truly have no time to take any of those for a while unless they'd pay really really well. The stress is just too much, so I really appreciate people's patience with me. :thanks:
I hope it's warm and sunny where ever everyone is right now, for it sure isn't in Finland. =v=


Features

Wendy by wiccimmBack to the Garden by LorenaAlvarez:thumb204344703:cloud creature by koyamoricaliginosity by loishStation Story - crosswalk by kaninnvvenOliver by frecklefaced29DARK FOREST TOWN PAGE 6 by LiskFeng:thumb205237496:Waterfall by Jackinfather by kthDragon's Nightmare by minitreehouseFinal Dungeon by dapper-owlBlue angel by QuberonFriends in red by dodostadHaruka x Michiru ACEO by nao--reni'm not calling you a ghost by monkeyeye

  • Mood: Scared
  • Reading: Lolita by Nabokov

1. How long have you been using watercolors?
I started more actively as I entered high school around 2002.

2. What kind of paper do you use?
3 different ones: Classic watercolour paper 250g/m², Bockingford watercolour paper 300g/m² and Canson's Montval watercolour paper 300g/m², which I found from a discount.

3. Paper size?
Usually A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inches) or half smaller format A5, since they're so easy to file in that size.

4. By "aquarelles" do you mean colored pencils?
No, but fine watercolors. All the watercolors I use come as button-colors (or "cakes" as some call them).

5. What's the difference between fine watercolors and thicker watercolors?
Fine ones need more water and less color to look smooth and make wonderful washes, unlike with thicker ones you need to use more color and less water for it's different opaque. The thicker watercolors I use are called "peitevärit" in Finnish, but I don't know the correct translation for them in english. My painting gear: 2.bp.blogspot.com/_-SjJk99Qbwc…

6. Where did you buy the colors?
From an art-supply store, since I couldn't find fine watercolors from bookstores.

7. What brand watercolors?
Schmincke Fine Water-Colours, and Van Gogh Pocket Box Original. I don't know what the thicker ones are. I buy them separately and they don't have any labels on them.

8. How do you mix the colors?
Firstly on my fine watercolor case, but most of them on paper. I wet the selected area before adding the color and let the colors run over each other before drying with a hairdryer. That way the blend into each other much smoother.
With thicker watercolors I mix on buttons and on paper.

9. How do you stretch the paper?
Just wet it from behind with a sponge or similar before stretching it with masking tape. Very basic thing my teacher taught me back in high school, but the tape only holds smaller works.

10. How do you apply the colors?
When it comes to fine watercolors, I always work with color-layers: at first I cover almost the entire paper with chosen background colors by wetting the paper and let the colors blend into eachother (white parts are covered with masking fluid before this). After this I keep adding the color to selected surfaces, like skin, objects, leaving the darkest parts for very last. This also prevents the colors from bleeding.
Step by step: 3.bp.blogspot.com/_-SjJk99Qbwc…

11. What colors do you use for the skintones?
All primary colors, keep mixing till you find the one you like and let the colors blend. I add redder tones where the circulation is stronger and colder colors for shades.

12. What kind of brushes do you use?
Plain basic ones you get from bookstores, small ones for details.

13. What do you use for line-art?
Mostly pencils.
First I draw the sketch clean on a good-quality paper by using a light-table and strenghten the lines with tiny brushes while painting. I also used to use black ink and a hairline-pen. Remember NOT to press too hard when using pencils for the lineart, or it might smudge the colors. Else you should try a colored pencil instead.

14. Do you use masking fluid?
Yes, always when working with fine watercolors. The white paper gives the work such a wonderful contrast. Never use thick layers or cover large areas with the fluid, for it can tear the paper once it's dry. Rather use small portions, don't leave it on the paper for a very long time and once dried, gently rub it away.

15. What brand masking fluid?
Talens, but seriously the brand doesn't matter for they all dry up very quickly. You just have to constantly dip the tip into the fluid while smearing it on paper and wash the tip with water when the fluid starts to pile up. Never ever use a good brush to smear the fluid, for it'll destroy the brush for good!

16. Do you use colored inks?
Yes I do sometimes, Indian ink or colored inks by FW acrylic artists ink.

17. Do you use gouache?
Maybe? The thicker watercolors I use are cakes, not tube colors. There are too many opinions about the fact are they gouache or not. 9w9

18. What kind of a scanner do you use?
Basic Canon Pixma MP150, but I use the advantaged mode when scanning (nowadays in 400dpi). Finally I adjust the tones in photoshop by using "curves", so the work on screen would look closer to the original.

19. Would you make a watercolor-tutorial?
Uuh, no, for those take forever to put together if you're not a fast user with photoshop and still need to learn how to use a camera. T_______T
Some step by step pictures can be found from my sketchblog: tir-risart.blogspot.com/

20. Contests?
Sorry, but I never have that much of an interest to participate in any contests for I 'd rather spend that extra time on my own projects.

If you have more questions about the subject, do let me know and I'll add it up. C:
  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • Listening to: Forbidden love
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Drinking: Coffee