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Have a great Thanksgiving!!!!
Good news! Thanks to the awesome people who support Suihira via Patreon, a milestone has been reached in which EVERYONE will see two updates per week during the month of November! This means there will be an update on Wednesdays in addition to the regular updates on Sundays!
November will be a very exciting month with nine updates as opposed to the scheduled four! Hope you guys enjoy it! Thank you so much everyone!
At the moment I'm going full throttle on Suihira. For those who don't know, I'm usually a more than a month ahead of schedule with the actual drawing. For example, the page I just uploaded on Sunday was finished on June 25th. Though now I'm currently 2 months ahead of schedule because the scene I'm drawing happens to be one that I've been thinking about for a long time and am very excited to work on! As a matter of fact, the pages I'm working on will be published in early October...
Yikes that's a while from now, isn't it? :/
Anyways, I'm also working on getting Chapter 1 printed. I'm waiting on receiving a proof for approval and I'll make a journal when I'll be accepting pre-orders! They will probably be $10 incl. shipping anywhere in the world, so keep your eyes peeled!
I also have a YouTube Channel in which I post time-lapse videos of me drawing the comic!
I also don't think I announced it here but Suihira has a website that was made possible thanks to the awesome people who supported Suihira's Patreon! It updates on Wednesdays as opposed to Sundays so people who visit get to see pages a couple days early!
Speaking of Suihira's Patreon, I have added some perks! In addition to seeing pages early (all those pages that I've drawn but haven't published), I have an option for sketch commissions every month, cameos of your characters (or yourself!) in the comic, and you get to see time-lapse videos before they're made public! You can also get similar perks if you just donate to the comic directly through Paypal, there's more info here.
Thanks for the support, guys!
Hey there everyone! With Chapter 1 finally to a close, I would like to officially announce the launch of Suihira’s Patreon!
If you don’t know what Patreon is, it’s a crowd funding platform in which people can support their favorite creators on a monthly basis! Think of it as combination of a tip-jar and a subscription!
Although the comic is a labor of love, it is a heavy burden on me time and finance-wise. I have been fortunate enough to be able to have time to work on it during school because I had it count for a considerable amount of college credit. However, I am graduating soon, and my biggest fear is that I’ll have to put Suihira on the back-burner in order to pay my living expenses and pay back student loans. The reason I am doing a Patreon for this comic is to hopefully have it help me financially so that I can keep working on it. Beyond just paying bills, I also wish for Suihira to have its own website, more frequent updates, and have physical merchandise that I can sell directly to readers via online and at cons!
And if you donate, you will be able to see pages before they’re published online, high-resolution pdfs of chapters, sketchbooks, access to work-in-progress feed, livestreams and more! There’s also room for more perks in the future!
Though Suihira is a fairly young comic, I am in awe and utterly appreciative of every single person who has subscribed, followed, liked, or otherwise expressed their fondness of my work. If you’re willing to also toss in a buck or two to help keep me afloat, be aware that I am utterly grateful.
Thanks for always checking it out, guys!
All I need to do now is to change my username and the transformation is complete! >8U
I might save a few others, but I thought about it and I now believe that South Park fanart contrasts too drastically with what I usually draw now. South Park is a topical, controversial show that deals with adult topics and I feel that my stuff just doesn't reflect that anymore. I regret to say that South Park for me, was merely a phase. I haven't even had South Park in my thoughts in over two years. I haven't seen a new episode, and I've forgotten a lot about the show already.
Despite my feelings for the show as of now, I cannot deny that it was a beneficial phase. Before, I had no interest in drawing people, and the course of events that occured suring my South Park phase lead me to starting to make Suihira... and it's hilarious how close the EARLY artwork is to the South Park style.
Case and point:
But I digress.
So if you want to save the South Park artwork before I delete it, I'll be deleting them about 8 days from now.
I will also be deleting some older works that I feel no longer is appropriate for my gallery for one reason or another. This includes commissions and general artwork I'm not particularily fond of.
My gallery is looong overdue for a nice clean-up.
Until next time~
Until next week!!!
If you have a tumblr, you can follow the officual Suihira tumblr for more updates and related posts!
See you all on Wednesday!
But I've spent the vast majority of my energy on my comic--and I wanted to have an early official announcment here that it will be published on Dec. 7th on a couple of websites and possibly here as well either on this account or another one. There will be 5 pages on Dec. 7th and then a new page every week! So hang tight everybody!
Anyway, I think I will take the opportunity to reflect on "my deviantART story," because I feel it appropriate given where I am now artistically and the role this website played to get me there.
I joined here in 2003 (holy jeeze...) when I just turned 12 years old. My first deviation was this:
I was really really excited about finally uploading my work to a website than a forum, as I did for a few months. That's where I got my real start, and that was when I discovered all I ever wanted to do was draw. I didn't even necessarily feel like an artist, I felt like a creator. Since then I've put all kinds of labels on myself, such as "prospective animator," "illustrator," "sketch artist," and what have you, but I have recently gone full-circle and I'm calling myself a creator again. But for the sake of clients, I usually use the term "cartoonist" and "sketch artist."
Anyways, my interest at the time of joining dA was an even mix of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Sonic the Hedgehog, and The Lion King. I was a frequent fanartist, rarely making original content. From 2004 to 2007 or so, my artwork was nearly exclusive to Sonic the Hedgehog fanart, mostly work relating to my fanfiction I wrote at the time. Honestly, as much as I may pretend I regret that embarrassing project was published on the internet, I really don't. My Sonic fanfiction really got me into drawing, and I was drawing all the time. My skills in art vastly improved, because I had to think about character design, setting, storytelling, and drawing sequentially. Did I do them well? Maybe not? But I was making something, and I was making something that I considered mine. This horse drawing was done shortly after I decided to stop my Sonic fanfiction.
In 2007 my good friend jayfoxfire introduced me to my boyfriend of now 7 years. Because of that, a lot of positive things have happened to me artistically. Besides being fortunate and amazingly lucky to have this man in my life, he now is taking very good care of me while I go to school in Los Angeles to learn art in school to polish my skills. Thanks to him (and my family, as they pay for my tuition), I don't need to juggle a job and school, like so many people have to in this cruel college environment that this country has needs to do. I'm also eternally grateful that I live with him, too. He is the best person to have around all the time!
Between 2007 and 2011 I spent a long time evaluating what I wanted to do artistically. I had invested my artistic "life," so-to-speak, making fanart. I hardly knew how to do anything else. I tried making a story with cats, however, it was missing an important human element that I felt I needed to express. I wasn't good at drawing people, and at the time, I wasn't interested.
Then I went to college and I knew right away I loved the illustration classes as opposed to the fine arts class. Currently I'm working on my B.F.A. in Illustration and I love it so much. However, between then and now, I thought I wanted to be an animation major, or at least a entertainment design major. I struggled a lot with what school I wanted to go into, but thankfully I found a perfect one, and one that even lets me adjust my illustration major to include pre-production animation elements into my curriculum.
Going back to my deviantART, in early 2011, I suddenly became obsessed with South Park. This became a blessing and a curse. Because I had spent 4 years without a franchise to be enveloped with, and South Park spoke to me at the time. Plus, the characters were very fun to draw. However, my teachers looked down on my constant SP fanarting (as fanarting usually is in college, but let me tell you guys something real quick, fanart all you want, just don't tell people. I have a professor in my university that is a brilliant artist and obsessed with Naruto. She has a secret Naruto sketchbook hidden in her house. Also keep in mind, fanart is a great way for people to find your work--just don't let it be all you do.) This was absolutely vital for me to get me to actually be interested in human characters.
Plus it was really killer that a piece of artwork I made got into the South Park fanart gallery in Comic con. Oddly enough, that's what lead to the downfall of my obsession. I was planting seeds for my new obsession, a story that involved people, finally. I could finally express what I had been missing to express in almost four years.
Buuuuut that still wasn't what I was looking for. I hastily put out a comic page of this new story I had. There was little to no writing involved. My friend Ayemae quickly stopped me in my tracks and thankfully told me that I should really put time into this project, especially the non-visual part of it--the writing. So, I then took the time between late 2011 and now to fabricate a story. I saved the writing portion of this project until this year. During 2012 and the early half of 2013, I spent a toooooooon of time sketching. I sketched places, characters, everything I wanted the story to be.
That's where tumblr came in, really. Believe me, it has a big spot in my "deviantART" story, because tumblr doesn't have an efficient commenting system. I had to draw exclusively for myself for once and it let me take a break from the opinions of people on dA for a while. And I enjoyed every moment of it. Now I'm still in the middle of writing the story, but I feel I'm at a good spot to start. I uploaded the two test pages and I feel it was a success.
And for the future of my deviantART story? This website will probably be the first host of this webcomic!
I'm also going to make a new deviantART account, soon. I would just change the name of RianaLD to something else, however, I feel that this website has too much of a fanart legacy, so I will leave it be.
Onward to the future!
Oh, and for the sake of being able to put thumbs of artwork, here are the 5 pieces that I find amazing and very inspiring! These are the works that I didn't look at and later forget about, but they have been in my mind long after its initial viewing!
- Drinking: Tea
My idea will be to make issues (20-25 pages each?) and sell pdfs of them for $1 or so on maybe Etsy as a digital download. I know I can sell em for points here but I hate points... but there's a way to convert them to dollars I think?
For sure Etsy would be much more straight forward. I've already experienced their digital download system and have been very pleased.
Anyway I was wondering what you guys thought of the idea. Is selling it in the first place a good idea? Should I do the first issue free? Etsy or deviantART? Should I just sell physical copies down the line?
Etc etc. Now bring me to your opinions!!
- Reading: Animation books
- Drinking: Tea
Soooooooooooooooooo you can add me on Skype with firstname.lastname@example.org or riana_ld . 'S good. I don't do calls though unless it's with good friends/family.
Off to do house cleaning and commissions, I'm pooped from going to universal yesterday with Steveo to do Jpark things. Aaaaa
- Reading: Animation books
- Drinking: Tea
Jesus me, 10 years is a loooonggg timmmeee. It really feels like forever. o__o It makes me wonder what's going to happen the next 10 or even 20 years! Seems like anything is possible, really. How exciting!
Also for those who've commissioned me, I apologize for taking a while, I keep underestimating how labor-intensive and time-consuming and just EXHAUSTING living on your own is. Especially since I'm used to a constantly maintained house and at the very sight of filth I freak out and clean it... haha least my apartment is always spotless ¦3
- Listening to: Steve's computer making a ruckus!
- Reading: Animation books
- Watching: Walking Dead
- Playing: Zelda games (OOT and TP at the same time)
- Drinking: Tea
Yeah I know. Apparently the state doesn't like it if you take a lot of units and don't get your major/graduate (I'm 3 units over the limit apparently, and it counted the two college classes I took for high school credit back in my junior year of high school....ksjhd), even though I'm a transfer student and I was trying to get university level classes while they were cheap. :l Bah. And I love how my school neglected to tell me about this even though I visited the counselors and financial aid office frequently.
I spent two weeks trying to fight for it but I'm throwing in the towel. So, I must move on.
I would get student loans, but I'm hesitant to do so because a) obvious debt and b) I couldn't transfer to the university yet (long story) so I'm taking a couple classes at a local junior college, and if I get a loan, when I leave to go to university in the fall, I will need to start paying the loan back to the junior college.
But Riana you can get a job.
YES I KNOW I CAN but here's the deal.
I want to see if it's possible if I can try to make money with my art at home before I get a "job". (I don't have a car so getting a job is kinda hard and my school apparently won't hire any student workers who aren't already full time students............)
I'm not even making this journal to be like "I LOST MONEY SO BUY ALL THE COMMISSIONS PL0X" (even though I would be eternally grateful if you guys bought some), I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas of what I can do. Once I'm in university I'll be able to get grants again but in the mean time it's a little iffy.
Thanks! You guys are the best.
- Listening to: birds
- Reading: Habibi
- Watching: Walking Dead
- Playing: Skyward Sword
- Eating: cereal
- Drinking: Tea
I cannot begin to say how freaking lucky I am to have a cheap (for Southern Californian standards anyway) apartment in an absolutely lovely, safe place. Not to mention the view from the living room is gorgeous, you can see the hills and the billion palm trees and various "landmarks" me and Steve sort of made up. AND A LIBRARY IS ACROSS THE STREET I WANNA GET MY CARD SO I CAN GET ALL THE BOOKS HEHEHHEHEEEHH
Oh right, Wreck-it-Ralph. As some of you know from the end of Steve's recent Q&A (and my little cameo te he), Steve said "it was pretty gay", which made everyone assume he hated it. That was mostly for comedic effect. Steve actually thought it was alright, but average at best--but since everyone thought it was the best movie ever, it gave him high expectations and he didn't think it lived up to it.
As for me, I thought the first two thirds were amazing. The characters were very fresh and Ralph was just the greatest, I thought. The last third however was pretty predictable, and it disappointed me because the first two thirds were so creative and fresh! Not to mention, Paperman was just gorgeous. *__* I'll accept 2D/CG imagery like that.
But me and Steve enjoyed ourselves watching it, and that's what going to the movies is all about.
After a couple days, I'll be redoing my commission prices because I need moneys to pay rent and to feed myself all the tamales, various asian soups, and pasta in the world. 8V
But in the mean time, I desperately need time off. My break has been on for a month and 4 days and the only real day off I've had was Christmas. I've been wanting to play video games, draw SCOW stuff (thinking about a name change again :V), goof around with Steve, sleep, watch TV (we got cable and my parents house didn't have any I'm going to cry ;_______; ) and just take it easy.
AND I'M SO FREAKING HAPPY because my old school starts next week, while my new school starts in 2 AHHHH if school started next week like seriously I would've died.
- Listening to: traffic
- Watching: The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents
- Playing: Far Cry 3 (actually watching Steve play it lol)
- Eating: scrambled eggs
- Drinking: Tea